Days
16
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$1,636AUD

Everest: the top dog, big cheese, head honcho and grand poobah of mountains.

Got your trekking pants on? Good. Fly from Kathmandu to Phakding then start walkin’. Check out Namche Bazaar, have a lil’ look at old Everest, bliss out in the coolest monastery in the world, eat cake, visit Everest Base Camp. 

RETURNING TO NEPAL:
Thank you for choosing to visit Nepal. It is a decision you can be proud of because by visiting you are helping Nepal get back on its feet after the devastating earthquake of April this year. The following trip notes reflect our itineraries before the earthquake occurred. As Nepal rebuilds, there are likely to be changes. We may not be able to visit some destinations and sights, some accommodation may be closed and some activities may not be available. We are working closely with our operations team in Nepal to finalise as much as we can.

We will be able to let you know about some of these changes in advance before you travel. Others may need to be communicated to you by your tour leader once you are already in the country. We ask all our travellers to be flexible, patient and understanding both as you prepare for your travels and while on your trip in Nepal.


Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Country
Nepal
Code
GIEB
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
(6 reviews)
Ages
Min 18 , Max 99
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a strenuous 16 day trek that reaches altitudes above 5500m.

  • We trek between 4-8 hours per day.

  • Please ensure you have understood the fitness requirements for this high altitude trek.

Itinerary

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal.

Please arrive by 6pm on Day 1 as we will have an important group briefing. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where and when this important meeting will take place. Please ask a member of reception for this information.

Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal, is a fascinating blend of traditional architecture and symbols of the 20th Century. Its rich artistic and cultural heritage is evident where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples.

If you arrive early we recommend you check out Durbar Square with it's temples, markets and busy atmosphere. It is also worth the climb to visit the Swayambhunath - the 'monkey temple'. Explore the network of street markets and alley bazaars and Pashupatinath. For those with a few extra days in Kathmandu, the neighbouring towns of Patan and Bhaktapur are well worth a visit.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Shakti or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Sitting at 8848 m Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world, is one of the greatest trekking destinations. Locally known as Sagarmatha, the mountain has long been revered as the home of the gods. First conquered by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953, Everest has traditionally been the ultimate goal for mountaineers. On this trip you will take on the challenge of reaching the mountaineer's base camp and gain an insight into the world famous Sherpa culture. You will cross glaciers and broad plains, traverse valleys and climb high passes to reach the picturesque Everest Base Camp. Our accommodation comprises small, basic teahouses along the track. These basic but cosy remote houses are operated by the mountain Nepalese to cater for trekkers and also offer simple yet filling and delicious meals to sustain our efforts. This is a challenging trip and involves difficult trekking at high altitudes but the whole experience is simply awe-inspiring!

This is a trek that requires an excellent level of fitness as there are plenty of ascents and descents and the walking is very strenuous. The weather can be harsh in December and January, with a combination of snow and frosts.

This trip includes one or more overnight stays over 3500 metres/11500ft, where there is a genuine risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If left untreated AMS can be life-threatening. We would expect the majority of a group to notice the effects of being at high altitude, and while most will only feel discomfort, it is not uncommon for a small number of people to need extra care which will be provided by our leaders and local staff. All our trips that spend time at High Altitude follow our standard altitude safety measures.

A number of medical conditions or medications can also reduce your body's ability to acclimatise, and thus will affect your performance at altitude and make you more susceptible to AMS. If you are worried about any pre-existing condition (e.g. heart problems), or unsure of your physical ability, you must seek medical advice prior to booking. You may also wish to discuss medication such as Diamox that may help aid acclimatisation.

Please note that while we endeavour to assist all our clients in achieving their goals, there may be times your leader makes the decision to either delay or stop your ascent based on your medical conditions and AMS symptoms.

This trip is lead by an experienced English speaking local guide and two assistants who help with the daily logistics. Though you are expected to help carry your gear, there are porters provided to assist.

Details of the trip, which are subject to change due to weather conditions or any other factors outside of Gecko's control, are as follows (please note all trekking times are approximate).

Today we have a very early (approx. 6.30 am) flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (45 minutes). If the weather is good, the views of the Himalayas from the small plane are amazing! After breakfast in Lukla (2840 m), a short safety talk and an introduction to our porters, we gear up and commence our trek. Today is a fairly gentle introduction, following the milk-white Dudh Kosi River approximately three-hours to Phakding.
Overall Altitude gain between places we sleep is -190m.

(Walking time: approx 3 hours)
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we trek 9 km to Namche (approx. 6 hours), the administrative centre of the Khumbu region. This will be your last chance to check your equipment and hire any additional gear for the high altitudes from Dingboche onwards. Namche Bazaar is also the last chance for a hot shower, yummy feast, to enjoy the local nightlife or to take to the pool hall and video parlours. Overall altitude gain between places we sleep is 830m.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is an acclimatisation day where we will also visit the local museum and surrounding villages. The best way to acclimatise is to do a strenuous walk up to a high altitude then come back down to sleep. Remember - it doesn't matter how fit you are, anyone can be affected by altitude, so have a chat to your doctor before you leave to talk about the symptoms and what to expect.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You'll come to appreciate the tern "short walking day". Stop by the National Park Museum, Everest View Hotel and a hospital built by Sir Edmund Hilary on our way to Khumjung. Continue the ascent alongside Everest panoramas of towering Himalayan snow peaks. Perhaps visit the nearby small hospital run by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. View a yeti skull at the Khumjung Monastery (if you're lucky!). Stay in a lodge in Khumjung.

(Walking time: approx 2 hours)
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
As far as monasteries go, this one takes the cake. If you don't feel a sense of calm sitting at 3867m in Nepal's spiritual centre of Tibetan Buddhism while looking at Mt Everest, then you might be a robot. Perhaps stop off for a hard-earned coffee and cake from the Khumjung bakery. Rejoin the trail to Everest, keeping eyes peeled for Danphe Pheasant and Himalayan Thar. Enjoy views of Kantega, Ama Dablam and Everest. Stay overnight at Thyangboche.

(Walking time: approx 5 hours)
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Everest is so close you could touch it. We know you're excited but pace yourself because altitude sickness can sneak up when you least expect it.

Climb above the tree-line and trek approximately six hours covering the distance of 8 kms to Dingboche. Indulge in lunch at village of Pangboche, with the peak of Ama Dablam in the background. Overall altitude gain between places we sleep is 600m.

Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is another acclimatisation day. Staying the night in Dingboche we take day hikes to Amadablam base camp, Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung.

Explore the beautiful Imja Khola Valley and view the surrounding peaks.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Yes folks, it's the one you've all been waiting for - Everest Base Camp. Look out for expedition groups on their way to the summit. They're the rock stars of the climbing world (without all the groupies).

The trek to Lobuche (4930m) is tough and covers 7 km, bringing us close to our ultimate goal! View the peaks of Taweche and Cholatse from the chorten atop the Pheriche Valley. Eat lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of Khumbu Glacier. Visit a line of memorial cairns, built in memory of Sherpas and other climbers who have died on various Everest expeditions. Spectacular views of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, and, across the border in Tibet, Changtse. Overall Altitude gain between places we sleep is 490m.

(Walking time: approx 6 hours)
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Follow the broad valley that runs parallel to Khumbu Glacier. Ascend gradually to the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier. Experience the sensational sunset views from the amazing vantage point of Kala Patar. Gains views of Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest.

(Walking time: approx 3 hours)
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Wake early for the trek along the glacier to Everest Base Camp (5364 m). If trekking between March and May, you'll almost certainly encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to expeditions. See the notorious Everest ice fall.

(Walking time: approx 7 hours)
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Head downhill to Dughla and enjoy a long tea break in Pheriche. Visit a trekkers' aid post. Great views of Imja Valley, Ama Dablam and Kantega. Re-trace your steps to Debuche and on to Thyangboche

(Walking time: approx 6 hours)
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Descend from Thyangboche to the suspension bridge at Phunkitenga. Cross the Dudh Kosi river and ascend to Trashinga. Grab lunch in Namche Bazaar and enjoy a final opportunity to visit the shops.

(Walking time: approx 7 hours)
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Set off on the last, steady 5 hours of the trek. Arrive back in Lukla and celebrate (or sleep off) what you've just achieved. Say goodbye to our Sherpa crew at Lukla. Get together with the rest of your group and pool your tips if you haven't already.

(Walking time: approx 5 hours)
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Weather permitting we take a short early morning fight from Lukla to Kathmandu on day 15 (approx 45 minutes). We'll return to our accommodation and have free time during the afternoon for further sightseeing or shopping. Time to celebrate with a tongba (hot millet beer) and a plate of ziva (pastry fingers filled with cheese), while you relax your weary but incredibly toned legs. You've earned it.

Accommodation
  • Hotel Shakti or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
The trip ends on Day 16, but Kathmandu has a lot more to offer those who wish to prolong their stay.

At the end of your tour please consider donating to the KEEP Porters Clothing Bank. As you will have come to realise on your tour, porters play a vital role in the tourism industry enabling tourists to visit Nepal’s most picturesque and difficult terrain. The majority are subsistence farmers who travel from lower areas of Nepal to the higher elevated trekking routes to find employment. Contrary to the belief that porters are well-adjusted to the cold and altitude of the Himalayas, every year many porters suffer from a variety of illnesses such as altitude sickness, snow blindness, hypothermia and frostbite and some even die as a result. The Clothing Bank was set up in 2009 to provide ill-prepared porters with better clothing suitable for trekking in a mountain environment and reduce the number of unnecessary illnesses and fatalities which occur each year. Usually donations of used jackets and trousers/pants from Westerners do not fit Nepali porters who tend to be smaller. However donations of other clothing items such as socks, boots, sunglasses, warm gloves and sleeping bags are always welcome. Your leader can ensure that your donation is passed on. If you would like to make a financial contribution to KEEP please do so through the Intrepid Foundation and we will match your donation dollar for dollar.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Bus, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel/Guesthouse (2 nts), Trekking Lodge/Tea House (16 nts)

Reviews

Our Everest Base Camp trips score an average of 4.83 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.

Footsteps of Hillary, November 2015

Kimberley Redman

Footsteps of Hillary, November 2015

Lidia Lüttin

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Important notes

1. This trip starts in Kathmandu on Day 1 at 6pm.
2. Due to the demands of travelling at high altitudes (up to 5000m) a Passenger Self Assessment Form is required for this trip.
3. A sleeping bag is required for this trip. Please bring your own or hire one in Kathmandu.
4. Single Supplement is for hotel nights only - does not include Trekking Lodges.

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