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$2600

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Spring
March 18 – April 4, 2019
April 8 – April 25, 2019
April 29 – May 16, 2019

Fall
October 7 – October 24, 2019
October 21 – November 7, 2019

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18 days in Nepal
Trekking Grade: Advanced

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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OVERVIEW

Experience Mount Everest with Mountain Gurus. We offer our classic Sherpa guided trek during the spring and fall trekking seasons. This eighteen-day Himalayan journey includes 4 nights in Kathmandu and 13 nights of trekking in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Sherpa treks are led by English speaking native local guides who offer a deeper cultural understanding of Khumbu Region. During the trek you’ll hike Kala Pattar, visit Everest Base Camp and experience the rich culture of the Sherpa people. While in Kathmandu we overnight near Thamel in comfortable accommodations as well as stay among the very best family owned lodges while trekking in the Khumbu. Or choose 5 star accommodations and stay at the historic Hotel Yak & Yeti while in Kathmandu and The Beyul Hermitage + Farm in Chhuserma. For those with higher aspirations we offer the option of climbing Island Peak or trekking over the Cho La pass to Gokyo Lakes for more spectacular views of the Himalaya during the trek.

Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar • 18 Days

Our classic Everest Base Camp trek begins in the historic city of Kathmandu known for its fascinating Nepalese culture and ancient temples. We tour some of the cities famous world heritage sites including Durbar Square, Boudhanath and the always favorite Swayambhunath “the Monkey Temple“. We overnight at a hotel located near Thamel where you’ll have a chance to shop and explore Kathmandu’s famous tourist district.

The flight to Lukla provides amazing views of the terraced Nepalese landscape and Himalayan giants including the crown jewel Mount Everest. Once in Lukla we’re welcomed with a cup of tea and meet our gracious Sherpa staff. The trek takes us along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River passing small Sherpa villages laden with prayer flags and Mani stones. We carry light packs as porters carry all our heavy trekking gear.

You soon arrive in legendary Namche Bazaar the main trading center of the Sherpa people and gateway to the Khumbu Valley. The next day offers amazing Himalayan views as we begin the descent across the Imja River and trek up to Tengboche. We tour the historic Tengboche monastery and watch the sunset over the Khumbu from Deboche. Over the following days we enter the upper Khumbu Valley where our route takes us up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier passing stone memorials of fallen climbers.

After spending the evening in Lobuche we enter the dry glacier, meandering through glacial ice and debris until reaching the final outpost of Gorak Shep. We trek up Kala Pattar. This vantage point allows for amazing views of Mount Everest. Here you’ll experience the highest mountain on earth, known by the Sherpa as Sagamatha “Head of the Sky“ or the Tibetans as Chomolungma “Mother Goddess of the Universe“. The next morning our trek continues to Everest Base Camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. During the spring we hike across the glacier passing Yak trains carrying supplies for Everest climbing expeditions. The entry to basecamp is marked by a large pile of stones adorn with prayer flags. The excitement and beauty of standing in the shadow of Earth’s tallest peaks overwhelms us.

Over the next days we return trek to Lukla. After saying farewell to our Sherpa staff, we return to Kathmandu where you’ll have a chance to relax, shop and further discover Nepal’s ancient city. Then depart for flights home.

Related treks: Everest Base Camp Expedition Trek, Everest Luxury Lodge Trek, Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Island Peak Climb • 3 Days

Climbing a twenty-thousand-foot trekking peak in Nepal provides for an excellent introduction into the world of Himalayan mountaineering. Mountain Gurus offers a three day climb to either Island Peak or Lobuche Peak. These peaks while never technical present a challenging yet truly spectacular expedition experience. View slideshow

Gokyo Lakes • High Passes Trek • 3 Days

Known for its beautiful turquoise lakes and stunning Himalayan landscape the Gokyo Valley lies just west of the main Khumbu Valley and is often overlooked by trekkers. This trek combines the very best of the Everest Region giving more time to explore and has the advantage of fewer crowds and a pristine circuitous route while traversing over two high Himalaya passes. Amazing landscapes and another perspective of Everest. View slideshow

Why choose Mountain Gurus for your Everest Base Camp Trek?

A successful trek is challenging, enjoyable, and safe. Mountain Gurus knows the terrain, the people, and local customs – this all adds up to a rich cultural experience as well as a physical adventure to challenge your body and mind. Our experienced trek planners make sure you have the right equipment, the best training, and comfortable travel arrangements and accommodations.

Mountain Gurus always plans their expeditions with you in mind, but also the local customs and traditions of your host country. We minimize the environmental impact of our treks so you can take away many memories, but leave only boot tracks.

The Trek

If your idea of a morning commute is a high-altitude hike with a Sherpa and a yak, we have got an adventure for you! An Everest Base Camp trek is a great way to soak up the beauty of Mount Everest and the culture of the Himalayas without needing to step foot onto the mountain. Imagine waking every day with stunning vistas of the roof of the world while enjoying your morning coffee.

Mountain Gurus is ready to take you on the most memorable adventure of your life! Spanning 18 days and culminating at the peak of Kala Pattar at 18,192 feet, your Everest Base Camp trek will amaze and challenge you. Not only will you enjoy rigorous hiking, but you will also have ample time to explore the rich cultural history of the Himalayas along the way.

How challenging is an Everest Base Camp Trek?

It is no walk in the park – but is drastically less rigorous than a full on Everest summit climb. Participants should be active, in good health, and ready to hike for 4 – 6 hours each day. Nepal is by nature hilly, so be prepared for long, slow inclines as well as more extreme vistas – and all of it amazing.

Mountain Gurus prides itself on its safety record – proper planning, the best equipment, and experienced guides are hallmarks of our trips. We prepare by giving personal attention to ensure you are well trained and ready for an incredible and successful adventure.

How safe is an Everest Base Camp Trek?

At Mountain Gurus, we work hard to make sure our Mount Everest Base Camp trek is challenging but does not affect safety. There are many aspects of high-altitude trekking that can pose hazards – altitude and weather being foremost. But our guides – each with over a decade of experience – have lead hundreds of treks in Nepal and Everest.

We employ dedicated Nepal-based trekking guides who understand western culture, speak English fluently, and have traveled extensively abroad. Many of our staff guide summit climbs on Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, and other 8000-meter peaks. You can rest assured they have been where you will be going and have the experience to keep you safe.

Proper planning combined with knowledge and experience will keep you safe throughout your journey. A base camp trek with Mountain Gurus is thrilling and allows you to enjoy all the spectacular vistas of Mount Everest in a once in a lifetime experience!

How expensive is an Everest Base Camp Trek?

If you are looking for a high-adventure mountain experience but cannot spare two months away from work or the cost of a college education to go trekking, an Everest Base Camp trek is perfect for you.

In addition to the trek fee, you will need to book your own international travel to and from Kathmandu. You are also responsible for providing your personal equipment, non-scheduled meals and snacks, insurance, medical costs, and gratuities for your Sherpa guides and staff.

What does a Mount Everest Base Camp Trek include?

Starting in Kathmandu, we visit Hindu and Buddhist temples, heritage spots, and other local points of interest before hopping aboard a twin-engine Otter for the short flight to Lukla. After enjoying spectacular views from the plane, we disembark and begin a several hour trek into Khumbu over a stunning suspension bridge.

We hike past Sherpa villages and soak up all the local scenery and culture including the Namche Bazaar and views of Mount Everest along the way. River crossings and steep climbs to ancient monasteries are just a few parts of the journey. After spinning a Tibetan prayer wheel for luck, we climb to the Khumbu glacier which serves as a portal to the summit of Kala Pattar at an amazing 18,192 feet!

Our Himalayan trek culminates in an overnight at the Everest Base Camp. At the foot of the Khumbu Icefall, we meet with expeditions preparing to summit as well as their yak sidekicks. From there, we trek back down into the Khumbu Valley enjoying snow-capped vistas on our descent. For an in-depth look, read the Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary.

Trek Highlights

  • 13 days trekking to Everest Base Camp
  • Our trek allows ample time for acclimatization and allows you to trek at your own pace
  • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu includes breakfast
  • Tea house trek in comfortable family owned lodges
  • Guided temple tour in Kathmandu
  • Fully supported trek includes meals with porter service
  • Lukla flight and airport transfers
  • English speaking Sherpa trekking guides
  • Friendly MG office staff will help prepare you for the adventure

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 • Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 • Kathmandu Tour
Day 3 • Flight to Lukla • Phakding
Day 4 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300 ft
Day 5 • Namche Bazaar
Day 6 • Deboche
Day 7 • Pheriche • 13,950 ft
Day 8 • Pheriche
Day 9 • Lobuche • 16,100 ft
Day 10 • Gorak Shep • Kala Pattar • 18,192 ft
Day 11 • Everest Base Camp • 17,600 ft
Day 12 • Dingboche
Day 13 • Kenjoma
Day 14 • Monjo
Day 15 • Lukla
Day 16 • Flight to Kathmandu
Day 17 • Kathmandu
Day 18 • Depart Home

Island Peak

Day 13 • Island Peak Base Camp • 16,300 ft
Day 14 • Island Peak High Camp • 18,000 ft
Day 15 • Summit Day • Imja Tse • 20,305 ft
Day 16 – 21 • Chhukung – Kathmandu

Gokyo Lakes • High Passes

Day 12 • Dzanglha • 15,900 ft
Day 13 • Cho La Pass • 17,800 ft
Day 14 • Gokyo • 15,583 ft
Day 15 • Renjo La Pass • 17,540 ft
Day 16 • Thame • 12,300 ft
Day 17 – 21 • Monjo – Kathmandu

What customers are saying about Mountain Gurus!

 “Our guide was absolutely great!! I will definitely recommend Mountain Gurus to my friends who are interested in this or similar MG trips. I am more than satisfied. Thanks so much for allowing me this opportunity of a lifetime. I look eagerly towards the next adventure!” November 2011 Mel D

“Thank you for organizing my Nepal trip. I loved every minute of it… Nepal really is a magical place for me!” Spring 2011 Dawn C

“I had a great trip. Kili and his Sherpa staff took very good care of me. My guide, Dorjee, was great. I plan on using Mountain Gurus in the future and will recommend you guys to others.” Fall 2009 Rick S

“Wow, Thanks for a wonderful experience, you guys are the best. Nepal was amazing and the guides were simply terrific, I’d travel with Mountain Gurus anywhere.” Spring 2009 Ann B

ITINERARY

Everest Base Camp Sherpa Trek

Trek begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 1 • Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal (KTM). A Mountain Gurus representative will transfer you to the hotel. Our trek begins in the historic city of Kathmandu, known for its fascinating Nepalese culture and ancient temples. The hotel is located near the popular Thamel district jammed with restaurants and shops selling Nepali handicrafts. In the late afternoon we will have a trek orientation.

Accommodations: Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2 • Kathmandu

After breakfast we begin our tour of Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. Among them we visit Durbar Square a complex of palaces, courtyards, Hindu temples and home of the Living Goddess, Kumari Ghar. Next, we visit the always favorite Monkey Temple known as Swayambhunath, situated on a small hill which offers panoramic views of the city and very curious monkeys. As time allows we’ll visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.

Accommodations: Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Day 3 • Flight to Lukla • Phakding • 8,700 ft

We transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic airport for our morning flight to Lukla. The views from the twin-engine Otter are nothing less than remarkable, providing amazing scenes of the terraced Nepalese hillside and Himalayan giants including the crown jewel Mount Everest towering in the distance. Once in Lukla we are welcomed with a cup of tea and meet our Sherpa staff. The trek into the Khumbu region begins with a few hours walk until we reach a long suspension bridge connecting the two sides of Phakding.

Accommodations: Lodge in Phakding
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 4 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300 ft

The trek continues along the banks of the Dudh Koshi crossing the “Milky River“ many times as we pass small Sherpa farming villages laden with prayer flags and carved prayer stones known as “Mani Stones“. We carry light packs as porters carry all our heavy expedition gear. After entering Sagamatha National Park, the trail climbs steeply through the forest giving us a chance of seeing our first glimpse of Everest before arriving in Namche Bazaar the main trading center of the Sherpa people and gateway to the Khumbu Valley.

Accommodations: Lodge in Namche
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 5 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300 ft

We begin our day with an acclimatization trek above Namche Bazaar to Sunrise Point and the Everest View Hotel. Here we’re rewarded with a spectacular view of Mount Everest rising above the massive Nuptse face with Lhotse and the distinctive Ama Dablam in sight. On the way down, we explore the lively village of Namche with its interesting trekking shops and street merchants selling an assortment of Tibetan wares. As we walk the stone paved streets one can’t resist stopping by the local bakery for a cup of coffee and slice of pie. We spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the fresh mountain atmosphere. On Saturday mornings, a local market is held in the center of the village which allows for interesting people watching.

Accommodations: Lodge in Namche
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Tengboche Monastery • 12,850 ft

As we leave Namche our trekking route follows the steep hillside high above the Imja Khola. Magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku increase with every step. We descend to the river, crossing it and begin the steep climb to Tengboche, regarded by many as the hardest day of the approach trek. The afternoon is spent touring the historic monastery considered the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region and residence of the famous Rinpoche revered by Buddhist’s. The route drops to Deboche a quaint village situated among conifer and rhododendron forest where we spend the night.

Accommodations: Lodge in Deboche
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 7 • Pheriche • 13,950 ft

The next morning, we continue trekking through rhododendron forest until crossing another suspension bridge high above the Imja Khola. The route climbs the sheer valley to Pangboche traditionally known as the last year-round settlement in the Khumbu Valley. Our uphill trek enters the alpine climate zone and our route forks to Pheriche.

Accommodations: Lodge in Pheriche
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 8 • Pheriche • 13,950 ft

Rest and acclimatization day. In the morning we can climb the ridge above Dingboche to 17,000 ft for views of Makalu, the world’s fifth highest peak. In the afternoon you can visit the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Assoc.) for an acclimatization lecture.

Accommodations: Lodge in Pheriche
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 9 • Lobuche • 16,100 ft

We leave Pheriche following the river while passing yak herding grounds. Following the lateral moraine, we cross a glacial stream of the Khumbu glacier and ascend to Dughla. The trail climbs the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier and passes stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We follow the trail to Lobuche with remarkable views of Nuptse and Pumori as well as other surrounding peaks coming into view.

Accommodations: Lodge in Lobuche
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 10 • Gorak Shep • 16,942 ft – Kala Pattar • 18,192 ft

We trek out of Lobuche following the moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The route enters dry glacier and meanders glacial ice and debris until we reach the final outpost of Gorak Shep. In the afternoon we trek up Kala Pattar, merely a high point on a ridge leading to Pumori. This vantage point allows for amazing views of Mount Everest. We’ll wait for the alpine glow to descend on the peak making for remarkable photographs of the world’s highest mountain and descend by headlamp. Everest, known by the Sherpa as Sagamatha meaning “Head of the Sky“ or the Tibetans as Chomolungma “Mother Goddess of the Universe“.

Accommodations: Lodge in Gorak Shep
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 11 • Everest Base Camp • 17,600 ft

In the event of bad weather, we have the opportunity for a second chance to climb Kala Pattar. Today we continue our trek to Everest base camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. We trek across the glacier passing yak trains carrying supplies for Everest climbing expeditions. During the spring climbing season Everest base camp is crammed with activity as a small village of expedition tents arises at the edge Khumbu Icefall. We arrive at a large pile of stones adorn with prayer flags marking the entry to basecamp. After a few celebratory photos we return to Gorak Shep or even further down to Lobuche as time allows.

Accommodations: Lodge in Gorak Shep
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 12 • Dingboche • 14,250 ft

We head down the glacier and enter the lush and beautiful Khumbu Valley, surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks. From here the views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and the north face of Ama Dablam are superb.

Accommodations: Lodge in Dingboche
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 13 – 15 • Namche Bazaar • Lukla

Over the next three days we descend to Kenjoma, Monjo and Lukla.

Accommodations: Lodge in Namche and Lukla
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 16 • Flight to Kathmandu

After saying farewell to our Sherpa staff, we depart to Kathmandu on an early morning flight.

Accommodations: Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Day 17 • Kathmandu

Contingency day. Spend the day exploring the Thamel District.

Accommodations: Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Day 18 • Depart Kathmandu

Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home.

Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Itinerary Notes
Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Gokyo Lakes High Passes Trek

After enjoying Everest Base Camp you have the option of returning directly to Lukla via the main Khumbu Valley trekking route. Or since acclimatized, continue trekking on to the Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Ri and Thame village, over the Cho La and Renjo La high mountain passes.

Day 12 • Dzanglha • 15,900 ft

We head down the Khumbu valley following the glacier moraine. The trek veers west towards Tsho Rolpa Lake and traverses high with spectacular views of Lobuche East Peak.

Accommodations: Lodge in Dzanglha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 13 • Cho La Pass • 17,800 ft – Thagnak Kharka • 15,100 ft

The day starts early as we begin the long trek towards the Cho La pass. We’re greeted with amazing views of Cholatse and Taboche peaks to our left and the Lobuche massif to the right. From here, the steep but moderate climb takes us up a series of rock steps until reaching the ice cap which leads us to the top of the high Himalayan pass. After enjoying a break we descend steep talus slopes and trek to the Yak herding outpost of Thagnak Kharka.

Accommodations: Lodge in Thagnak
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 14 • Gokyo • 15,583 ft – Gokyo Ri • 17,575 ft

This morning our route takes us across the Ngozumpa glacier flowing out from the massive South Face of Cho Oyu, the earth’s sixth highest mountain. After passing glacial pools and ice seracs we soon arrive at the western edge of the moraine. The trek now takes us past the first of the beautiful turquoise lakes known as the Gokyo Lakes. At the third lake we reach the village of Gokyo located on the western edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, considered the largest glacier in Nepal. After a short rest we continue past Gokyo, climbing steep talus to the top of Gokyo Ri. From here there are stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Himalaya, including such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang.

Accommodations: Lodge in Gokyo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 15 • Renjo La Pass • 17,540 ft

We depart Gokyo early morning for another long day and the second major Himalayan pass to cross. Once at Renjo La pass the views are outstanding. After a long break we trek further down valley to spend the evening.

Accommodations: Lodge in Lungdeng
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 16 • Thame • 12,300 ft

We soon arrive in Thame. The village was once part of the salt trading route that existed between Tibet and Nepal. It was also the childhood home of Tenzing Norgay who with Sir Edmond Hillary was one of the first men to climb Mt Everest.

Accommodations: Lodge in Thame
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 17 – 18 • Monjo • Lukla

Over the next two days we descend to Namche, Monjo and Lukla.

Accommodations: Lodge in Monjo and Lukla
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 19 • Kathmandu

After saying farewell to our Sherpa staff we depart to Kathmandu on an early morning flight. We spend the afternoon resting and exploring the Thamel District.

Accommodations: Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Day 20 • Kathmandu • Contingency Day

An optional day is scheduled in the event of flight delays departing Lukla and for exploring Kathmandu. The day remains flexible depending on the desires of the group. There are many opportunities to further tour Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. The city of Bhaktapur and Patan are recommended. Some in the group may simply want to relax and shop in Thamel.

Accommodations: Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Day 21 • Depart Kathmandu

Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home.

Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Itinerary Notes
Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

DETAILS

Price

$2600

Island Peak Climb: $1600
Gokyo Lakes High Passes: $600

Upgrade to Hotel Yak & Yeti and The Beyul Hermitage: $400 per person based on double sharing. Overnight at Everest Base Camp: $150

Rates are quoted based on double sharing standard hotel accommodations while in Kathmandu and double sharing porterage and accommodations at lodges during the trek. Single room fees apply.

Deposit and Payments

$700.00 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application
Balance due 90 days prior to departure

Price Includes

  • Round-trip flight to Lukla
  • Sagamatha NP fees
  • Scheduled land transportation in Nepal
  • Hotels in Kathmandu
  • Lodges during the trek
  • Guided sightseeing tour
  • Scheduled meals during the trek
  • Professional English-speaking trekking guide
  • Scheduled porter service based on the itinerary
  • Baggage transport (limited to 15kg – 33lbs)
  • All group equipment for the trek (including emergency oxygen)

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare and meals during travel
  • Visa fees
  • Non-scheduled airport transfers
  • Non-scheduled meals
  • Personal gear
  • Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
  • Single room (hotels only) and porterage supplement $400
  • Medical and evacuation coverage
  • Helicopter flights due to delays
  • Early departure fees
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Tips and gratuities

GEAR LIST

A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in the PreClimb information upon reservation.

Head and Face

  • Warm Hat: Wool/ synthetic, one that covers the ears.
  • Buff or Neck Gaitor
  • Sun Hat or Baseball Cap
  • Sunglasses: Essential eye protection at altitude.
  • Sunscreen: SPF 30+
  • Lip Balm: SPF 30+
  • LED Headlamp: Bring one extra set of batteries.

Upper Body

  • Baselayer Tops: Three synthetic shirts are best for trekking. Three cotton shirts for lodges.
  • Mid-layer Top: This is a synthetic or fleece top.
  • Softshell Jacket: This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Hardshell Jacket: GORE-TEX© or a fully waterproof shell. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Light Insulated Jacket: Light synthetic insulated jacket
  • Insulated Jacket: 700+ fill down.

Handwear

  • Lightweight Gloves: One pair (WINDSTOPPER© is recommended)

Lower Body

  • Baselayer Bottom: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
  • Trekking Pants: One pair. Synthetic, stretchy, non-insulated
  • Hardshell Pants: Bring a good pair of rain/wind pants.
  • Insulated Pants: One pair of synthetic insulated pants with full side zips.

Footwear

  • Trekking Socks: Six pair synthetic medium weight
  • Hiking Boots or Trekking Shoes: One pair medium weight hiking boots/shoes large enough to be comfortable with sock.
  • Sport Sandals or Camp Shoes: These are to wear in lodges.

Sleeping

  • Sleeping Bag: Bring a warm bag (rated to 20ᵒ fahrenheit).

Packing and Backpack

  • Backpack: One 30L pack with good support, adequate to carry personal.
  • Duffel: One large duffel for transporting gear via porters
  • Liner Bags: One large plastic contractor bags.

Trekking Gear

  • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and collapsible.

Hydration

  • Water Bottle: Two, 1L wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©

Personal Health and First Aid

  • Snacks and drinks
  • Small personal first-aid kit and medications
  • Toilet paper, blue bag or wag bag
  • Earplugs

TRAVEL & FITNESS

Travel

Program Location:
Begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal

Visa/Entry Information:
Passport must have six months or more validity remaining at the time of entry. American citizens may obtain a visa prior to travel or upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. 30 day multiple-entry visa ($40), or 90 day multiple-entry visa ($100)

Health & Immunizations:
Immunizations are not required for entry into Nepal

Flight Travel Information:
Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), Kathmandu, Nepal

International Departures:
Itineraries reflect the date and time you will need to arrive in country for a program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries destination city. When booking your flight, you will need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It is easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you will need to arrive.

Meals and Food:
All meals are provided as per meal schedule. See itinerary.

Gear:
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Everest Trek Fitness & Training

Trekking Grade: Advanced

The approach trek requires 5-7 hours hiking per day carrying a 20 lbs. pack, utilizing porter support for personal gear. We will spend each evening in local tea houses to rest and recharge. Good physical conditioning and experience at altitude are ideal to make this trek a pleasant experience.

Prior to the expedition we recommend running, hiking local peaks, backpacking and trekking to gain strength and stamina for the climb.

Here’s a suggested progression of treks before attempting the Everest Basecamp Trek

  • Mount Fuji, Morocco High Atlas, Mustang Explorer, Bhutan Explorer, Machu Picchu
  • Northwest Climb (Mount Baker), optional

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the physical requirements needed for this trek?

This trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a small day pack. Elevation gains of 2000-3000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and excellent physical conditioning are required.

Who will be guiding?

Our Sherpa treks are led by a Nepalese (Sherpa) guide with extensive experience leading our trekking teams. They will be accompanied by assistant Sherpa guides and porters. Many of these guides are native to the Khumbu (Everest) region of Nepal.

What are the Nepal trekking seasons?

The best time to trek is in the pre-monsoon Spring season, March-April-May and the post-monsoon Fall season, October-November. Nepal experiences the monsoon (heavy rains and snow) from June to September. Winter is very cold in the high mountains (December-February).

How much will my pack weigh?

During the trek you will only carry the gear you’ll use for each day. Porters will carry all your extra clothing items and overnight gear. At no point will you carry camping gear or equipment for overnight. Daypacks should not weigh more than 15-20 lbs. for your comfort.