Everest Base Camp Trek - Expedition Departures

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5.0 Based on 24 Reviews
  • duration 18 days
  • tour type Group
  • tour_type Group tour
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • age_requirement 16+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Two nights camping at Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu Ice Fall
  • Soak up the atmosphere at Base Camp as expedition parties prepare for their summit attempt 
  • Walk amidst other iconic peaks of the world's highest mountain range; Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam
  • Visit the colourful hilltop monastery at Thyangboche
The trip Everest Base Camp Trek - Expedition Departures starts and ends in Kathmandu. It is a trekking tour that takes 18 days taking you through Kathmandu, Lukla, Tengboche and 9 other destinations in Nepal. Everest Base Camp Trek - Expedition Departures is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

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.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 24 reviews
Walk High, Sleep Low, Turn Left
4 - Very Good
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An outstanding experience, exceptionally organised!
5 - Excellent
“This was truly an incredible experience, with great attention to detail in the organisation, health and safety of the group. From the beauty of the mountain range to the knowledge shared by the expedition leader, the Everest Base Camp trek is definitely worth doing!
The tea-houses were basic in nature (as you would expect), but don't let that deter you as they are very comfortable with an extensive food and drinks menu. The locals are also very helpful and generous! Our group was managed by a leader and 3 other guides, so everyone was looked after.”
Everest base Camp Trek - Perry Burton
5 - Excellent
“This trip has awesome in every respect. I am so pleased we choose to do this trek with Exodus. We saw lots of other groups on the trek and none of these seemed to be quite so well looked after as our group.”
Exodus were great
4 - Very Good
“I booked this once in a lifetime experience with Exodus in the hope it guaranteed quality and they didn't let me down. Our leader, guides and group were phenomenal. The walking was a little easier than I imagined and the scenery more spectacular, BUT dial down your expectations of the tea houses...they were variable. Some were totally fine, but a couple were barely heated. If you are hardy enough to put up with cold mornings and nights, book this trip without hesitation. I personally had no problems with altitude sickness and I didn't take pills - much of the credit for that must go to the excellent pacing of the guides. It's necessary, but the acclimatisation does drag the walking out over a lot of days and the way down is a literal anticlimax. That said, everyone should make this journey at least once in their lives.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • 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.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 3 nights standard hotels, 12 nights teahouses and 2 nights full-service camping
Meals
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners 
Transport
  • Travel by private minibus and 2 internal flights
  • All transport and listed activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
Others
  • 14 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus tour leader and local staff. Min. age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 5545m, average 3900m
  • Between 5 and 8 hours walking per day, with some longer days
  • 18 April 2021 departure to be led by Valerie Parkinson
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • Welcome drink at each overnight lodge
  • 3 nights standard hotels, 12 nights teahouses and 2 nights full-service camping
  • Tour leader throughout, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Sleeping mattress whilst camping
  • Exodus kitbag 
  • Trekking map (provided locally)
  • Trekking permit and national park fees
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to/from Kathmandu are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Everest Base Camp Trek - Expedition Departures tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Everest Base Camp Trek - Expedition Departures tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 18 March 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 18 March 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Everest Base Camp Trek - Expedition Departures tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Everest Base Camp Trek - Expedition Departures tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • 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?

    Yes. The baggage weight allowance on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is 10 kg for checked baggage plus 5kg for hand baggage for a total of 15 kg. Bags overweight will be charged approximately USD 1 per kg over the limit.

     

  • 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?

    The decision to hire a porter is up to you and usually based on your fitness level and/or budget. One porter can be shared between two people and can carry up to 25 kg. Many trekkers hire a porter to have a more comfortable trek.

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