Everest Base Camp 12 Day Trek

Walking & Trekking in Nepal, Asia

DAYS
16

PRICE FROM
£1,750

FLIGHTS
NOT INCLUDED

Everest Base Camp (5,365m) is an iconic location sitting at the foot of the world’s highest mountain.  Experience the wonder of this epic location and all it has to offer over 16 days on a journey never to be forgotten.

This inspirational corner of the world simply has to be on your list of places to go. From the welcoming nature of the Sherpa to the panoramic vistas for miles around The Everest region offers something for everyone. Mount Everest is in the Sagarmatha National Park which is part of the sacred Himalayan Landscape. 

With the highest mountain in the world always just around the corner, it’s hard not to get excited when ascending towards Everest Base Camp. In every direction, the mountains of the high Himalaya can be seen and it is simply breathtaking.

Stop along the trail for a cup of tea on the terrace of a teahouse while relaxing and taking in all that Nepal has to offer will make you wish you had visited sooner and make you never want to leave. 

Highlights

Personal trek crew – In addition to local guides UK qualified Mountain Leaders will also support your trek

Meet and greet – Our services start when you land in Kathmandu

Accommodation – Enjoy accommodation in nelapese teahouses along the route

Transfers – All in country transfers and flights included

Training weekend – 1 night, 2 day training weekend in the UK before the trip

Key facts

Training Weekend

1 night, 2 day training

Group Size

Max. 12 people

Staff

Mountaineerin staff x 2, Local guide. Drivers, Porters & Cooks

Accommodation

4 nights hotel, 11 nights in local Nepalese teahouse accommodation

Meals inclusions

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners included

Walking Grade

Challenging to Tough

Your mountaineerin team

Simon and Paméla Ogunlana, founders of Mountaineerin will accompany you on the trip.

What's INCLUDED

Items that are included in the cost of the tour price.

  • 4 nights stay in a hotel in Kathmandu (2 nights before the trek and 2 nights after)
  • 11 nights stay in a local Nepalese teahouse accommodation
  • All airport transfers
  • Domestic airfares (Kathmandu to Lukla airport and the return flight from Lukla airport to Kathmandu)
  • All the Porters and guides salaries
  • All Sagarmatha National Park entrance fees including TIMS card and permits
  • All meals whilst trekking (breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks) 
  • All Sherpa staff insurance, including porters
  • First Aid bag including Oxygen and Gamow Bag (Portable Altitude Chamber)
  • An experienced and professional UK mountain leader
  • A gift from our Sherpa partners
  • Last night celebration dinner party with a Nepalese cultural dance show 
  • Large duffel bag for all your kit
  • 2 Day, 1 night UK based training weekend

What's not included?

Items that are not included in the cost of the tour price.

  • Flights to and from Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) ✘
  • Visas ✘
  • Personal trip travel insurance ✘
  • Tips for guides and porters ✘
  • Personal trekking equipment ✘
  • Alcoholic and energy drinks ✘
  • Bottled and boiled water ✘
  • Personal snacks ✘
  • Hotel meals unless stated ✘
  • Meals when not trekking other than breakfast ✘

Trip notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all everything you need to know about this trip.

Itinerary - 12 day trek

Arrive at Kathmandu Airport (1,345m). Stay overnight at a hotel B&B.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking time: None today

Spend a day in Kathmandu for some sightseeing and to acclimatise to the high altitude.

Kathmandu boasts one of the world’s oldest Pagodas as well as the largest Stupa in the world called Boudhanath.

Kathmandu has a lot to offer visitors, including delicious food and some fantastic cultural sites to explore.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking time: None today

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport (2,804m), one of the world’s most dangerous airstrips.

From there a 3-hour trek to Phakding (2,610m).

Stay overnight in a Nepalese teahouse.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking time: 3 hours

Early morning start with a 5-hour trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m).

The Namche area is home to the majority of the Sherpas involved in the tourism business in the Everest Region and provides a perfect opportunity to explore Nepali culture during the trek.

Stay overnight in a Nepalese teahouse.  

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking time: 5 hours

Spend a day at Namche Bazaar to acclimatize to the high altitude and prevent altitude sickness.

Namche Bazaar is known as the gateway to the High Himalaya.

The town boasts a range of stores that cater to tourists. S

Short trek to Everest View Hotel. Overnight at a teahouse.  

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking time: None today

A 5-hour trek through beautiful fields of Rhododendron flowers and across a suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi river to the Tengboche Monastery in Khumjung.

This Tibetan Buddhist Monastery is one of the most beautiful sites in Nepal and the largest Monastery in the Khumbu Region.

Stay overnight in a Nepalese teahouse.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking time: 5 hours

6-hour trek to Dingboche (4,350m), a Sherpa village and a popular stop for trekkers heading to Everest.

Dingboche proves some fantastic views of Imja Tse (Island Peak) and Ama Dablam.

Dingboche is also near Pangboche, which is a base camp for climbing Ama Dablam.

Stay overnight in a teahouse.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking time: 6 hours

An additional acclimatisation day with a day trip from Dingboche to the Chhukung Valley (4,710m).

Chhukung Valley is an amazing site surrounded by massive glaciers and towering peaks.

Stay overnight in a teahouse.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking time: None today

5-hour trek to Lobuche (4,910m), the last overnight stop before reaching Everest Base Camp.

Lobuche is located near the foot of the Khumbu Glacier and is busy with Sherpas, porters and yaks passing through with hiking groups and supplies. 

Stay overnight in a teahouse. 

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking time: 5 hours

A 7-hour trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365m), the trail moves up and down the moraine with some steep climbs at times.

Groups will take their time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayan Mountains all around them.

Most groups are unable to camp at EBC so we will then trek back to Gorak Shep (5,180m) and stay overnight in a teahouse at Gorak Shep, which provides a perfect starting point for Kala Patthar.

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking time: 7 hours

A 6-hour hike up Kala Patthar (5,550m), a landmark on the south ridge of Pumori. Kala Patthar means ‘Black Rock’ in Napali and is popular with tourists for providing the best view of Mount Everest and the Khumbu Icefall.

Then a return trek to Pheriche (4,200m).

Stay overnight in a teahouse. 

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking time: 6 hours

Begin the return trip with a 6-hour trek back to Namche Bazaar (3,441m).

Stay overnight in a teahouse. 

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking time: 6 hours

Continue the return trip with a 6-hour trek to Lukla Airport (2,800m).

Stay overnight in a teahouse. 

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hiking time: 6 hours

Return flight from Lukla Airport to Kathmandu (1,345m).

Stay overnight at a hotel B&B. 

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend a day in Kathmandu for relaxation and leisure activities.

We recommend visiting the Thamel District, the hottest spot for tourists in Kathmandu.

Stay overnight at a hotel B&B. 

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for your final flight departure. 

Everything you need to know

Although trekking to Everest Base Camp does not require any technical mountaineering ability it should be remembered that the highest point is 5,550m high and is a serious physical undertaking.

You will spend a minimum of 11 days trekking (depending on your itinerary) with most of those days at altitude. You should be physically fit enough to be able to walk for at least 10 hours if not
longer. Your summit day for example will be a physically and mentally challenging day with a large ascent followed by a considerable descent also.

For most, the fitter you are the more you will enjoy your experience and although it is difficult to train for trekking at altitude there are forms of exercise that will at least help you prepare. Advice will be available when booking on how best to train for this trek. Increasing your general fitness level from time of booking to departure would be of great benefit for the trek.

During the Everest Base Camp Trek, our team of Porters will carry your kit, leaving you with just a light daypack to carry, allowing you to focus on the trek and enjoy your surroundings.

The Sherpa and assistant guides will support you with their extensive mountaineering experience and knowledge throughout each day and guide you from teahouse to teahouse, where you can rest for the night.

Porters and guides will be a vital part of your trek and it is important to us that they are treated fairly.

We only use porters who are employed under fair conditions and treated in a way we feel is acceptable. You can also do your bit to ensure porters in particular are not overloaded by keeping your luggage to the recommended weight and size.

The porters and guides are there to support you as much as possible and also look out for your welfare. Each day, porters will walk ahead in time for your arrival so when you arrive you can relax and take in your surroundings however high up you might be.

Guides and porters are paid a wage however it is customary (not mandatory however) to tip them at
the end of your trek. If you think about it, they will have carried all your kit (possibly on their head) for almost 2 weeks so a little extra is most likely deserved.

There are guidelines to tipping amounts and tips are usually provided in Nepalese Rupees. Further guidance will be provided closer to your trek. Note: tips are not included in the cost of your trek.

Old Kit – Many of our porters do not have quality personal kit such as fleeces, boots, jackets etc. If
you have any old kit you would like to gift to our porters then please bring this with you. Any kit
and any size will be considered as long as it is not damaged. We’ll take it off you in Kathmandu.

Whilst in country we often use a range of transport depending on the requirements needed, group size and other considerations.

This can range from private taxi, minibus and also various aircraft. We appreciate that vehicle standards can differ outside of the UK but work to ensure that vehicles used in country are fit for purpose and safe. This way your journey will be as comfortable as possible. If vehicles are not deemed fit for purpose alternative options will be sought.

The package includes 4 nights B&B accommodation (2 days before and 2 days after the trek.)

This will be provided in twin rooms. Single rooms are available however there may be an additional
charge. Please ask for details.

Accommodation during the trek is provided in teahouses along the trek.

Teahouse accommodation is normally in twin rooms. Check “What’s included” below for the full list of items included.

All your food during your EBC trek will be eaten and prepared in the teahouse you are staying for that night. Amazingly some tea houses still use traditional methods cooking on wood fires. You’ll find a menu of things to choose from when you sit down to eat and we’ll help and advise where appropriate if needed. 
 
Breakfast options include; pancakes, porridge, omelettes, toast
 
Lunch and dinner options are often the same options but there is normally a large range of things to choose from such as; pasta dishes, noodles, vegetable fried rice, toasties, chips, fried potatoes, dal bhat, sherpa stew and a large range of sherpa meals. For desert we often try to bring you some form of fruit even if it’s canned. 
 
Whatever you choose it is always tasty and more than enough to fill you up. Considering the equipment the Sherpa have to cook with you’ll simply be amazed at the quality and quantity of what comes out of the kitchen. As meat and other raw products have to be carried to the teahouse we generally choose to eat a largely vegetarian diet whilst trekking. 
 
Included also are hot drinks and the occasional biscuit. As there is no potable drinking water on the trek suitable for tourists your options are to; buy bottled water, use a filter to fill your own bottles or purchase hot water for your bottles each night. Regardless or your preference water is cheap and won’t cost you a great deal. 
Nepal generally has 2 main seasons, a dry season and a wet season (the monsoon).
 
The monsoon June – September can bring persistent wet weather with cloud obscuring views of the mountains and any days trekking can be made harder with muddy paths, wet kit and disappointing views of the chosen trekking area.
 
We generally choose to deliver our treks at the start of the dry season (November to May) when it’s a little quieter on the trail.
 
Bright blue skies and sunshine make for good trekking weather with amazing sunrises and sunsets to die for.
 
It can be a little colder at night but the persistent good weather make it all worth it.
 
Treks in the Everest region March – May can often be very busy with Everest summit treks underway meaning crowded tea houses and often problems with flights to and from Lukla.  
 

The best currency to take to Nepal is GBP. The Nepalese Rupee (NPR) is Nepal’s national currency
however does not have any worth outside of the country therefore GBP are widely accepted as the
best way to take money to Nepal.

Most major hotels, restaurants, airlines and large shops accept cards and there are some cash machines.

Please note that whilst trekking we suggest carrying sufficient cash should you wish to purchase anything. Also we advise; money, credit cards, passports, visas etc should be kept safe, in a sealed bag/container where they cannot be damaged and you should keep these with you at all times.

You do not need any specialist equipment for trekking to Everest Base Camp however specific mountain clothing would benefit you greatly rather than hoodies and sweatshirts for example.

The best system for mountain walking anywhere is to have several layers that you can put on and take off as and when you get too hot or too cold. Each layer traps a certain amount of air, which over time, your body heats up therefore insulating your body.

Your kit will be put into 2 bags for the trek, 1, which you will carry (your daysack) and 1, which your porter will carry (normally a larger rucksack or duffle bag).

You will carry all the items you need for each day in your daysack whereas the porters will carry everything else, such as group equipment, sleeping bags, extra clothes, food etc.

A full complete kit list will be provided upon booking with both essential and optional items highlighted.

Although we hope you do not incur delays in your outbound and homebound journeys to and from the start/end points we can never rule them out.

There are not necessarily any arrangements in place for such an issue but your trip guide and Mountaineerin Ltd will do everything possible to support you should this happen.

Personal trip insurance is essential for a trip of this kind and you should be specific in telling your insurer about what you are doing.

For example most insurers cover you as standard up to a certain height on well known trekking routes. The highest point of this trek is 5,554m high and it is unlikely that an ascent of this kind would be covered under a standard policy due to the increased risk.

You should read any policy very carefully before committing to it and make sure it covers everything you expect it to.

If you are unsure about any sections then contact the insurer for clarification prior to purchasing any policy.

You will be asked to provide your policy number and insurance details prior to the trek should we need to contact them in the event of an emergency.

We advise reading any policy fully before committing to it.

Personal trip insurance is available from Travel & General and a quote can be obtained here.

Travel & General Insurances Services Limited (t&g) is a specialist intermediary focused on the
travel industry. t&g have been providing travel bonds and travel insurance to travel organisers in
the UK and Irish travel markets since 1983 and have gained a wealth of experience over the last
thirty years making t&g an ideal insurance partner.

Note: You are welcome to choose whichever insurer suits your needs however it should include suitable
cover for evacuation in case of emergency. We reserve the right to refuse any participant whom we do
not feel has obtain suitable insurance or who is unwilling to share details of the policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

The trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar is a popular trek but by no means does that make it easy.

Altitude sickness is a serious obstacle and this 12-day trek incorporates acclimatisation days and excursions to help assist with the acclimatisation process to high altitudes. The air is thinner at high altitudes which makes physical activity harder.

Thankfully, as well as being supported by our UK leaders we have enlisted the support of local Sherpa and porters and their expertise and experience give us the best chance of achieving our goal. 

The affects of altitude vary massively from person to person but in most cases improve with time spent at altitude. If they don’t action may need to be taken. Some symptoms of altitude sickness could include: headaches, loss of appetite, fatigue and more.

Acclimatisation is very important when trekking at altitude and it is vital not to ascend too quickly. Your guides during the trek will keep a close eye on you to ensure any affects of altitude can be managed appropriately.

It should be noted that the best solution to solving altitude sickness is to descend and if it is felt by the guide that this is the best option then they will support you in doing so.

The British Mountaineering Council has some good advice and tips on mountain sickness

As well as the possible implications of altitude sickness there are also some other things those travelling to Nepal should consider. It is recommended that you visit your GP at least 2 months prior to your trip to discuss the current inoculations required and any other advice they might have.

It may also be wise to discuss any previous illness/conditions you may have had to ensure travelling to Nepal or participating in the trek will not compromise your current health.

Further health information can also be found on the TravelHealthPro website.

You can also visit the UK Government foreign travel advice for the most up to date travel advice and guidance.

British nationals are required to have a visa, which costs approximately $50 in order to enter Nepal.

Visas can be obtained at the airport on arrival but there can be long queues and applying prior to arrival may make the transition through the airport smoother.

Visas are available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and at some land borders. You can pay in pounds sterling at the airport.

Bring two passport-sized photos with you.

Note: Credit/debit cards are not always accepted for visas.

More information can be found on the UK government foreign travel advice website.

There are several airlines flying from the UK to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Prices range from around £500 – £900 depending on when you want to travel.

Flights are not usually direct.

Some of the airlines flying from the UK include:

Turkish Airlines – Flights normally via Istanbul (Turkey)
www.turkishairlines.com

Qatar Airways – Flights normally via Doha (Qatar)
www.qatarairways.com

Etihad Airlines – Flights normally via Abu Dhabi (UAE)
www.etihad.com

Air India – Flights normally via Delhi and Mumbai (India)
www.airindia.in

Oman Airways – Flights normally via Muscat
www.omanair.com

Emirates – Flights normally via Dubai (UAE)
www.emirates.com

1 Pay in full

You can pay for the trip in full using a credit or debit card via our website.

2 Pay a deposit

Alternatively you can pay a deposit and then the remaining balance 60 days before the trip date.

3 Monthly instalments via direct debit

Paying by direct debit is very simple. We set up the plan and email you the link to fill in your bank details. Once completed an agreed set number of payments will be taken from your account for the set amount.

The direct debit can be stopped, amended or cancelled at any time by contacting us.

When paying by direct debit there is no deposit to pay. There is no extra charge for paying in this way.

At Mountaineerin we simply provide the event organisation and delivery taking into careful consideration your requirements. Some people may choose to raise money for a specific charity.

This is completely fine however you will need to arrange any sponsorship and donations yourself. We are more than happy to give you some ideas of how best to do this if you need some support.

Here at Mountaineerin, we pride ourselves on having tried and tested each of our events before offering them to our clients. We also accompany you on the trip.

That way we can advise you from personal experience and support you in the planning process from the very first time you contact us. We believe our events provide a quality experience at a competitive rate and we trust you won’t be disappointed.

Is your booking safe with us? In short the answer is yes your booking is safe. We’ve written a blog here with more information.

Yes! The training weekend normally takes place in Snowdonia in bunkhouse accommodation. Accommodation is purposefully kept minimal to reflect that in country.
 
The training weekend consists of 2 mountain day walks of 6-8 hours in terrain that you can expect to find on the trek. Its a great opportunity to test both current and new kit and check it is fit for purpose. 
 
As well as the above the weekend gives people an opportunity to spend time with the team they will be trekking with as well as meet their UK guide(s).
 
The weekend will also consist of an informal presentation about the trek and a Q&A session so you can ask questions etc. 

UPCOMING DATES

Date
4th Nov 2022 – 19th Nov 2022

Availability
Places available

Cost
£1,750

Date
3rd Nov 2023 – 18th Nov 2023

Availability
Places available

Cost
£1,750

Date
2nd Nov 2024 – 17th Nov 2024

Availability
Places available

Cost
£1,750