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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 highly experienced, English-speaking local guides who enjoying sharing their deep understanding of the Khumbu Valley, of the people who live there, and of the singular mountaineering history of Himalayan Mountains of Nepal.

On this trek you’ll watch the sunset illuminate Mount Everest from Kala Pattar, visit Everest Base Camp, and experience firsthand the warm hospitality and rich traditions of the Sherpa people. While trekking in the Khumbu Valley, we stay at the very best family-owned lodges and tea houses. In Kathmandu, we overnight near Thamel in comfortable accommodations. Or you may choose to stay in five star accommodations at the historic, Yak and Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu and the Beyul Hermitage + Farm in Chhuserma, near Lukla.

For those with loftier aspirations, the trek to Everest Base Camp may be extended by 3 days to climb Island Peak (20,305 feet) or to trek over the Cho La pass to Gokyo Lakes, a relatively rarely visited region that offers yet more spectacular views of the Himalaya.

Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar • 18 Days

Our unforgettable Sherpa Guided Everest Base Camp Trek begins among the bustling shops and ancient temples of Kathmandu, Nepal’s vibrant capital. We tour some of the city’s world heritage sites including the Hindu holy places of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries clustered around the massive stupa at Boudhanath, and the famous “monkey temple,” Swayambhunath. We overnight at a hotel located near the busy tourist district of Thamel, with its many shops, clubs and restaurants.

The next morning we fly to Lukla, soaring high above the lush, terraced fields of the Nepal foothills with Everest and other giants of the Himalaya rising above us. When we land, our Sherpa staff greets us with a cup of hot tea or coffee. Then we begin walking toward the Khumbu Valley along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, or “Milky River.” Our path winds through Sherpa villages fluttering with prayer flags and surrounded by walls of polished “mani stones” carved with Buddhist mantras. Porters and pack animals carry our expedition gear, leaving us free to walk with only light day packs.

From the legendary Sherpa trading town of Namche Bazaar, the “Gateway to the Khumbu Valley,” we descend across the Imja River and then our trail ascends until we visit Tengboche Monastery, the ancient, spiritual heart of the region. We watch the sunset from Deboche, and then continue higher toward the rocky moraines of the Khumbu Glacier and stone memorials to fallen climbers. As we progress, a panorama of Himalaya peaks expands around us: Ama Dablam, Kantenga, Thamserku, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse and Everest itself.

After spending an evening in Lobuche, we trek onto the exposed ice of the Khumbu Glacier, meandering through ice formations and rocky debris to the tiny, year-round outpost of Gorak Shep. We ascend up to Kala Pattar, where we wait for the sunset to cast golden alpenglow on Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on earth, known to the Nepalese as Sagarmatha, “Head of the Sky,“ and to the Tibetans as Chomolungma, “Mother Goddess of the Universe.” The next morning, we continue to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. In the spring, we pass yak trains laden with supplies for climbing expeditions. A tower of stones adorned with fluttering prayer flags marks the entry to the most famous mountaineering camp on the planet.

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

Related treks: Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Island Peak Climb • 3 Days

Climbing a twenty-thousand-foot trekking peak in Nepal provides for an excellent introduction to the world of Himalayan mountaineering. Mountain Gurus offers a three-day climb to the summit of either Island Peak (20,305 feet) or Lobuche Peak (20,075 feet). These peaks are non-technical but offer a challenging and thrilling Himalayan climbing experience with stunning views of Everest and its neighbors. Island Peak ClimbView 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. The route traverses two high Himalayan passes on a circuit that leads through some of the very best and most pristine terrain of the Everest Region. You’ll enjoy panoramic views and fresh perspectives on Everest in an area visited by relatively few other trekkers. View slideshow

Why choose Mountain Gurus for your Everest Base Camp Trek?

A successful trek should be challenging, enjoyable, and safe. Mountain Gurus’ founder has guided trips in the mountains of Nepal for more than 25 years. We know the terrain, the people, and the local customs of the Khumbu Valley, and we take pride in our ability to offer expeditions that combine rich cultural experiences with physical adventures that will challenge your body and mind. Our experienced trek planners will make sure you have the right travel arrangements, the ideal equipment, the proper training, and the most comfortable accommodations throughout your journey. 

At Mountain Gurus, we put your needs first and foremost while striving to respect the local customs and traditions of your host countryWe work hard to minimize the environmental impacts of our treks. We employ some of the Khumbu’s finest Sherpa staff, and we always seek to exceed fair porter employment guidelines. We believe that all of this adds up to a better experience for you – allowing you to take away many memories, but leave only boot tracks. 

The Trek

If your idea of a perfect 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 set foot on the mountain. Imagine sipping your morning coffee every day surrounded by stunning vistas of the roof of the world.

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. This expedition combines rigorous hiking with ample time to explore the rich cultural history of the Himalayas during your journey.

How challenging is an Everest Base Camp Trek?

The trek to Everest Base Camp is a challenging, high-altitude adventure, but it is drastically less rigorous than a full-fledged Mount Everest summit climb. Participants should be physically fit, in good health, and prepared to hike for 4 to 6 hours each day at a moderate pace. Nepal is one of the most hilly countries on the planet. So be prepared to ascend long, slow inclines. At the top of each one, your efforts will be rewarded with some of the most extreme mountain vistas on the planet.

Prior hiking and mountaineering experience will be beneficial during the trek, but they are not necessary. In the lead-up to your trip, you can expect our knowledgeable office staff to give you personal attention to ensure that you arrive in Nepal well-trained and ready for an incredible and successful adventure.

How safe is an Everest Base Camp Trek?

At Mountain Gurus, we pride ourselves on our safety record. Proper planning, the best equipment, and experienced guides are the hallmarks of our expeditions. We work hard to ensure that while your trek to Everest Base Camp may be challenging and rewarding, it will never be dangerous.

From altitude to storms, traveling in the Himalaya involves various hazards. Our guides have the training and experience to mitigate those risks. Each of our guides has more than a decade of experience. Collectively, they have led hundreds of successful treks in the Himalaya and to Everest. On our Sherpa Guided itineraries, we employ Nepal-based guides who are dedicated to their profession, understand western culture, speak English fluently, and have traveled extensively abroad. Many of our staff have guided summit climbs on Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, and other 8,000-meter peaks. Our guides have been there before and have the experience to keep you safe on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

How expensive is an Everest Base Camp Trek?

If you are looking for a high-altitude Himalayan adventure without having to take two months away from work or spend the equivalent of a college education, an Everest Base Camp trek is the perfect choice for you. Our fee covers a fully supported expedition from Kathmandu to base camp and back. It includes your professional guides, all accommodations, flights and ground transportation while in-country, porter services, scheduled meals, a cultural tour in Kathmandu, permit fees and group expedition equipment.

In addition to the trek fee, you will be responsible for booking 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?

Our journey begins in Kathmandu with a tour of the city’s many world heritage sites. We visit ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples that are still alive with activity today and are some of Nepal’s most important cultural sites. The next morning, we climb aboard a twin-engine Otter for the short, spectacular flight to Lukla nestled at the base of the highest peaks on the planet. We disembark and begin our trek, crossing a suspension bridge over a deep gorge as we make our way into the Khumbu Valley.

Over the following days, we thread our way upward through forests, deep river canyons and terraced Sherpa villages, including such famous sites as Namche Bazaar and Tengboche Monastery. Everest rises above us, surrounded by Ama Dablam, Pumori, Lhotse and other famous peaks. We spin a Tibetan prayer wheel for luck in Pangboche, then we climb onto the Khumbu Glacier, the last step before we ascend to our high point on the summit of Kala Pattar at 18,192 feet!

Our Himalayan trek culminates with an overnight at Everest Base Camp. As we approach the most famous mountaineering camp in the world, we pass yak trains laden with climbing expedition supplies. In the tent city at the foot of the jumbled seracs of the Khumbu Icefall, we meet with expeditions preparing for their summit attempts. Then we retrace our steps back down into the lush Khumbu Valley below vistas of snow-capped peaks.

For complete day-to-day details, please click the Itinerary tab.

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 you prepare for your 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!” Mel D, November 2011

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

“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.” Rick S, Fall 2009

“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.”  Ann B, Spring 2009

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 our hotel, located in the bustling Thamel district of Kathmandu, the vibrant capital of Nepal. Our adventure begins here, surrounded by Kathmandu’s shops, restaurants, ancient temples and fascinating culture. In the late afternoon we gather for a trek orientation.

Accommodations: Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2 • Kathmandu • 4,593 feet

After breakfast we begin our tour of Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. We visit Durbar Square a complex of palaces, courtyards and Hindu temples, one of which is home to the living goddess, Kumari. Next, we visit the Buddhist stupa Swayambunath, nicknamed the “Monkey Temple” for the curious monkeys that climb on its grounds perched on a hill with panoramic views of the city. If time allows, we 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 as we fly above the lush, terraced farms of the Nepalese foothills with Himalayan giants, including Mount Everest, rising above us. In Lukla, our Sherpa staff welcomes us with a cup of tea or coffee. Then we begin our trek into the Khumbu Region. We hike for several hours through small farming villages, Buddhist shrines and rhododendron forests to a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River that connects the two sides of Phakding.

Vertical Descent Trekking: 600 feet
Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

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

Day 4 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300 ft

Our trail winds back and forth across the Dudh Koshi or “Milky River,” tinted with glacial flour. We pass small Sherpa farming fluttering with prayer flags and flanked with “Mani Stones” carved with Tibetan Buddhist mantras. Porters and pack animals carry our expedition gear, leaving us free to enjoy the scenery with light day packs. We enter Sagarmatha National Park then climb steeply through the forest to our first glimpse of Everest just before we walk into Namche Bazaar, the main trading center of the Sherpa people and the “Gateway to the Khumbu Valley.”

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 2,600 feet
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

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 hike above Namche Bazaar to Sunrise Point. We’re rewarded with a spectacular view of Lhotse, the distinctive pyramid of Ama Dablam, and Mount Everest rising above the massive Nuptse Face. On the way down, we explore the lively village of Namche, with its shops and street merchants selling an assortment of Tibetan wares, including an outdoor market on Saturday mornings. As we walk the stone-paved streets, we cannot help but stop for a slice of apple pie and a cup of coffee in the local bakery. We spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the fresh mountain atmosphere.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: None
Trekking Time: None

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

Day 6 • Tengboche Monastery • 12,850 ft

From Namche, our trekking route traverses steep hillsides far above the Imja Khola surrounded by widening views of Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku. We descend to the river, cross it and begin the steep climb to Tengboche, regarded by many as the hardest segment of the trek. In the afternoon, we tour Tengboche, the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region and the residence of the revered Buddhist teacher, or “Rinpoche,” Nawang Tenzing Jangpo. We then drop down to our lodge in Deboche, a quaint village nestled among conifer and rhododendron forests.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 1,550 feet
Trekking Time: 4-6 hours

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

Day 7 • Pheriche • 13,950 ft

We continue to trek through rhododendron forest until we cross a suspension bridge high above the Imja Khola and climb the sheer valley to Pangboche, traditionally the last year-round settlement in the Khumbu Valley. Vegetation dwindles as we enters the alpine climate zone and follow a fork in the trail that leads to Pheriche.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 1,100 feet
Trekking Time: 4-6 hours

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 overlooking Dingboche to 17,000 feet for views of Makalu, the world’s fifth highest peak. In the afternoon, we have the option of visiting Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) for an acclimatization lecture.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: None
Trekking Time: None

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

Day 9 • Lobuche • 16,100 ft

We follow the river out of Pheriche through yak pastures. Our trail leads along a lateral glacial moraine, past a torrent of meltwater pouring out of the Khumbu Glacier, then ascends to Dughla. We climb the terminal moraine past stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits and then arrive in Lobuche, surrounded by exceptional views of Nuptse, Pumori and other peaks.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 2,150 feet
Trekking Time: 4-6 hours

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 until we cross onto the exposed ice of the glacier itself. We wind through ice formations and rocky debris to the tiny outpost of Gorak Shep. After lunch, we trek up Kala Pattar, a high point on a ridge leading to Pumori. From here, we have amazing views of Mount Everest. With cameras in hand, we wait for sunset, when alpenglow lights up the highest mountain on earth, known to the Nepalese as Sagarmatha, “Head of the Sky,” and to the Tibetans as Chomolungma, “Mother Goddess of the Universe.” We turn on our headlamps and descend to camp.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 2,092 feet
Trekking Time: 4-8 hours

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

Day 11 • Everest Base Camp • 17,600 ft

If bad weather blocks our view of Everest on Day 10, we can ascend to Kala Pattar today.

Today we continue our trek to Everest base camp at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. As we approach camp, we pass yak trains laden with supplies for climbing expeditions. During the spring climbing season, Everest Base Camp is a hive of activity – a small village of expedition tents set against the backdrop of the massive, jumbled seracs of the Khumbu Icefall. A tall stack of stones adorned with prayer flags marks the entry to basecamp. We take celebratory photos and return to Gorak Shep or to Lobuche as time allows.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 600 feet
Trekking Time: 4-6 hours

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

Day 12 • Dingboche • 14,250 ft

We leave the Khumbu Glacier behind and return to the lush, beautiful Khumbu Valley with its spectacular views of snowcapped peaks. As we descend, we enjoy superb views of Lhotse, Island Peak and the north face of Ama Dablam.

Vertical Descent Trekking: 2,700 feet
Trekking Time: 4-6 hours

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.

Vertical Descent Trekking: 1,000 feet
Trekking Time: 4-6 hours

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. As we approach the pass, we’re greeted with amazing views of Cholatse and Taboche peaks to our left and the Lobuche massif to the right. From here, a steep but simple ascent takes us up a series of rock steps until we reach an ice cap that leads us to the top of this high Himalayan pass. We enjoy a break, then descend steep talus slopes to the Yak herding outpost of Thagnak Kharka.

Vertical Ascent Trekking to Cho La Pass: 1,900 feet
Vertical Descent Trekking to Thagnak Kharka: 800 feet
Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

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

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

In the morning, we cross Nepal’s largest glacier, the Ngozumpa Glacier, which flows out of the massive South Face of Cho Oyu, the earth’s sixth highest mountain. Our route leads through glacial pools and icy seracs to the western edge of the moraine, and then to the first exquisite turquoise pool of the stunning Gokyo Lakes. On the shores of the third lake, in a otherworldy location on the western edge of the Ngozumpa Glacier, we find the village of Gokyo. We take a short rest in town, then continue past Gokyo up steep talus to the top of Gokyo Ri. We linger here surrounded by stunning views of the Goky Valley, the enormous Ngozumpa glacier, and an incredible panoramic view of the highest peaks of the Himalaya, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang.

Vertical Ascent Trekking to Gokyo Ri: 2,500 feet
Trekking Time: 5-7 hours

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

Day 15 • Renjo La Pass • 17,540 ft

We wake early and depart Gokyo in preparation for another long day crossing a second major Himalayan pass, the Renjo La. We rest at the pass to admire the outstanding views, then complete our long trekking day with a decent to our lodge for the night in Lungdeng.

Vertical Ascent Trekking to Renjo La: 2,000 feet
Trekking Time: 5-7 hours

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

Day 16 • Thame • 12,300 ft

We continue to Thame, a village that was once a stop on the salt trading route between Tibet and Nepal. Thame was also the childhood home of Tenzing Norgay, who completed the first ascent of Mount Everest with Sir Edmond Hillary in 1953.

Vertical Descent Trekking to Thame: 2,000 feet
Trekking Time: 4-6 hours

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

$3,195

Island Peak Climb: $1,995
Gokyo Lakes High Passes: $745

Upgrade to Hotel Yak & Yeti and The Beyul Hermitage: $500 per person based on double sharing. Overnight at Everest Base Camp: $200

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

Deposit and Payments

  • $700.00 deposit includes a $500.00 non-refundable registration fee, due with application.
  • Balance due 120 days prior to start date.
  • The balance can be paid by check, wire transfer, or by credit card with a surcharge of 3.0%

Price Includes

  • Round-trip flight to Lukla
  • Sagarmatha National Park 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 $500
  • 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 or synthetic, must cover the ears
  • Buff or Neck Gaiter
  • 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 for trekking. Three cotton shirts for lodges.
  • Mid-layer Top: A synthetic or fleece top
  • Softshell Jacket: A breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Hardshell Jacket: GORE-TEX© or fully waterproof shell. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Light Insulated Jacket: Light synthetic insulated or down jacket
  • Insulated Jacket: A warm, 700+ fill down jacket

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 wool or synthetic medium weight
  • Hiking Boots or Trekking Shoes: One pair medium weight hiking boots, or hiking shoes with adequate ankle support, large enough to be comfortable with your warm socks
  • 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 30-liter pack with good support and adequate space for personal, trekking gear
  • Duffel: One large, 60- to 70-liter, durable, waterproof duffel for transporting gear via porters
  • Liner Bags: Several large plastic contractor bags to keep gear dry

Trekking Gear

  • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and collapsible.

Hydration

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

Personal Health and First Aid

  • Snacks and electrolyte drink mix, such as Nuun
  • Small soap and shampoo
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Small personal first-aid kit with medications. Consider including antibiotics such as Azithromyacin for upper respiratory, Ciproflaxin for gastrointestinal, Diamox / acetalzolamide 125 mg for altitude, and NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen,
  • Toilet paper
  • 1 or 2 small bottles of hand sanitizer
  • Earplugs
  • Camera, other electronics as desired

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.

• 15 days multiple-entry tourist visa ($30 USD)
• 30 days multiple-entry tourist visa ($50 USD)
• 90 days multiple-entry tourist visa ($125 USD)

Health & Immunizations:
Immunizations are not required for entry into Nepal. Consult your doctor, local travel clinic or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for updated immunization recommendations for 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 country’s destination city. When booking your flight, you will need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if applicable. 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

On the approach trek, you will hike for 4 to 8 hours per day while carrying a 20-pound day pack. Porters and pack animals will carry group expedition gear and your additional personal equipment. You will spend each evening resting and recharging in a local tea house or lodge. To fully enjoy this trek, you should be in good physical condition with some prior experience at altitude.

Before the expedition, we recommend that you run, hike local peaks, and backpack to build your strength, stamina, and comfort in the outdoors.

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

  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Fuji, Morocco High Atlas, Machu Picchu
  • Northwest Climb such as Mount Baker (optional)

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the physical requirements needed for this trek?

For this trek, you must be able to hike for 4 to 8 hours each day while carrying a small day pack. On some days, we’ll gain as many as 2,000 to 3,000 feet of elevation. You should have strong hiking skills and be in excellent physical condition for this expedition.

Who will my guides be?

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?

Nepal’s trekking season is dictated by the schedule of the annual monsoon, which brings heavy rain and snow from June to September. Trekking conditions are excellent from in the pre-monsoon season from March through May, when we have the opportunity to visit Everest Base Camp during the busy spring climbing season. October and November also bring superb trekking opportunities, with more solitude in the mountains and often beautiful weather. In the fall, it is not possible for us to overnight at Base Camp because few if any climbing teams will be on the mountain. The winter months are very cold in the high mountains.

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 of your extra clothing items and overnight gear. At no point will you carry your own camping gear or any group expedition equipment. For your comfort, your day pack should not weigh more than 15 to 20 pounds.