- duration 12 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 10+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Maximum altitude 5555 meters
- Trek difficulty Hard
- Trek to base of the world's highest mountain; Mount Everest (8,848 Meter).
- Hike to Kala Patthar peak (5,555m) for stunning views of Mount Everest.
- Visit Tangboche Monastery; the largest monastery in Khumbu region.
- Get face to face with mighty Himalaya and giant Khumbu Icefall.
The trek begins from Lukla, a Sherpa settlement known as the ‘Gateway to Everest’. Following your experienced guide, trek through the valley of Dudh Koshi to Namche Bazar. Namche, a bustling trading hub filled with upscale mountain lodges, bakeries, shops and internet cafes, resembles an amphitheater carved on the sides of the mountains. Spend a day here acclimatizing before heading to Tengboche when you can visit the Tengboche Monastery. The trek then continues to Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, and finally to Everest Base Camp.
A good hike to Kala Patthar and Nangkhartshang Peak will test your endurance level but reward you with close-up views of Mount Everest, Mount Pumori, Thamserku, Imja Tse/Island Peak and several other majestic mountains. The highlight of the trek is of course to visit Everest Base Camp, surrounded by tumbling glaciers and giant walls of snow and ice. EBC is the first campsite for climbers trying to scale Mount Everest.
Please see the itinerary for a detailed day-by-day overview.
I absolutely loved the trip and when things went wrong (sick people, weather conditions, flight delays) they did the best to assure the best possible experience.
I would highly recommend to ask for Ravi in your team, he is superb. He is bit quiet person but extremely polite and sweet, constantly caring that everyone is happy. Making sure we dont go too fast, that everybody makes it, he is super polite and respectful. I fully trusted Ravi. Absolute gem for ACE.
Also Raj was great team lead with medical experience and natural leadership skills. And Ramesh was really fun and uplifting the mood. Great team combination as each bring different strength.
The only bad experience was the travel from Kathmandu to Manthali and back. Of course this is not in control of ACE but the trip was really bad.
The length of the trip is one point but what makes it terrible is the quality of the roads. Quality is so poor that people with back problems or suffering with motion sickness will not handle the trip well. Also its almost impossible to snooze in during the ride in order to put the long trip in good use. Im not sure if ACE and other companies are able to reach out to government to work on this.
Also they forgot to arrange the shuttle back to the airport for us as we left week after our trek. This caused us bit of stress and we had to take taxi instead but this was the only thing that went wrong during the whole trip, which is impressive.
Other than that the trip was amazing, and I would really recommend using ACE to help you to cross thing off your bucket list :)”
Day 1: Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) & trek to Phakding
Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m)
Day 3: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day
Day 4: Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m)
Day 5: Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m)
Day 6: Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m)
Day 7: Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m)
Day 8: Trek to EBC (5,365 m) & Gorak Shep descent
Day 9: Hike to Kala Patthar (5,555 m), descend to Pheriche
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m)
Day 11: Trek to Lukla (2,804 m)
Day 12: Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
- Airport pick-up and drop-off in private tourist vehicle.
- Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms (11 nights).
- All your standard meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek.
- Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports.
- A experienced, first-aid trained and licensed English-speaking expert trekking guide and an assistant guide when the group size exceed seven people.
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all local staff.
- Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
- Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep).
- Trip completion certificate.
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- All our official expenses.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu (can be arranged upon inquiry).
- Porters to carry your luggage during the trek. Porters are available on Trip Addons section.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Mandatory travel insurance, which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Nepal entry visa, which you can obtain easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 pp sized photos.
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
- Personal trekking equipment.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver
- Earn US$ 35+ in travel credits.
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.Other Practical InformationNote: You will have short pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before commencing your flight to Lukla. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, a copy of your passport-size photo and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any and make sure to ask any question if you have regarding your trip. Equipment list for reference: Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes Sun hat (We provide you a complimentary sunhat) Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears Sunglasses with UV protection Headlamp Neck warmer Hand Liner gloves Heavier shell gloves Core Body Tshirts (2) Lightweight expedition thermal tops Fleece jacket or pullover Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric) Synthetic sports bras (for women) Lower Body – Legs Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms Nylon hiking shorts Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants Water/windproof trousers Casual pants Feet Liner socks Heavyweight socks Waterproof hiking/trekking boots Light shoes/sneakers Other essential important items Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies) Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours) Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport Water bottle/bladder Water purification Iodine tablets Toiletries (Include toilet paper, wet wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap)
What is the weather going to be like when I travel to Everest Base Camp?
The weather in Nepal varies by season. For example, November to January is the dry season with sunny days, clear skies and usually no rain. However, on Everest Base Camp, the temperatures at this altitude will be cold, particularly at night. February to May and September to October is the most popular time to travel to EBC, with usually fairly dry and stable weather, although there may be the occasional shower. June to August is monsoon season in Nepal, but once you pass 3,000 meters altitude there is less and less rain. Check out our guide on the best time to visit Nepal for more on specific monthly climate and seasons.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
- Are there bag weight restrictions for the small aircraft flight from Kathmandu to Lukla?
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?