Everest Base Camp Trek - Expedition Departures

Taking us to the most iconic base camp of all, at the foot of the greatest mountain in the world, Mount Everest (8848m), this is one of the world's classic treks. This special departure has the added excitement of camping at Base Camp itself for two nights; a magnificent setting at the foot of the Khumbu Ica Fall, at a time when it will be bustling with expedition parties preparing for their summit attempts. The journey to Base Camp passes through Sherpa country and allows time to acclimatise before reaching the spectacular high altitude scenery: the incredible monastery at Thyangboche, views of Ama Dablam, Everest and other mighty Himalayan peaks.

18 days.

From £2,099pp

Your tour to Asia includes:

  • The iconic Himalayan trek to the foot of the highest mountain on Earth
  • Included: * All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners  * Morning bed-tea on trek * Welcome drink at each overnight lodge * 3 nights standard hotels, 12 nights teahouses and 2 nights full-service camping * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek) * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights) * Arrival and departure transfers * Full porterage throughout trek * Sleeping mattress whilst camping * Exodus kitbag  * Trekking map (provided locally) * Trekking permit and national park fees
  • Food: In the tea-houses breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast and usually some variety of egg. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the teahouses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie. Dhal bhat is the staple diet in Nepal and comes in many different forms but generally comprises some curried lentil dhal and meat or vegetables, some rice, and a pickle/chutney. Another popular snack is momos; a type of Nepalese dumpling, fried or steamed, filled with meat or vegetables. Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser. During the two nights camping all food is included and will be prepared by an expedition cook. Trekkers usually sit in a different dining tent to climbers as the climbers will be preparing for their summit attempt. *Drinking Water* Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas. All teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions). SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips. If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the teahouses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek). This is perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle but we advise to still treat it before drinking. While camping, our staff will collect and boil drinking water from the mountain streams/snow and ice and fill up your water bottles for you, but you may wish to use your own water purification treatment as well.

Your Itinerary:

Day 1

Start Kathmandu.

Day 2

Short but spectacular flight to Lukla (2800m); trek to Phakding.

Day 3

Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar, with time to explore the Sherpa villages.

Day 4

Acclimatisation walk to Kunde and Khumjung; descend to Kyanjuma.

Day 5

Trek through the Sherpa heartland to the monastery at Thyangboche for superb mountain views.

Day 6

Continue up the Khumbu Valley and then the Imja Valley to Dingboche.

Day 7

Spend the day at Dingboche for acclimatisation.

Day 8

Continue the ascent to Lobuje.

Day 9

Follow the Khumbu Glacier to Gorak Shep.

Day 10

Continue along the lateral moraine to Everest Base Camp. Camp overnight.

Day 11

Explore the area around Everest Base Camp. Camp overnight.

Day 12

Long descent to Pheriche.

Day 13

Retrace our steps to Kyanjuma.

Day 14

Descend through Namche to Monzo.

Day 15

Continue to Lukla.

Day 16

Fly to Kathmandu.

Day 17

Free day in Kathmandu to explore the city.

Day 18

End Kathmandu.

Other important information

  • Min Age : 16


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