Everest Base Camp trek
Destinations Destinations
Everest Base Camp, Kathmandu, Phakding, Kala Patthar, Namche Bazaar, Dingboche
Activity Activity
Active, Hiking & Trekking, Backpacking
Tour Type Tour Type
Group tour
Physical Level Physical Level
Strenuous
Season Season
December - May

Good to know

  • Operated by Snow Cat Travel, part of Rural Heritage, the highly recommended Nepal adventure travel specialists.
  • Max 8 people with guest to guide ratio 1:4 for safety and risk management.
  • All camping and safety equipment provided (satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit).
  • Fully qualified expert mountaineering guides.
  • 24/7 support.

For experienced mountain walkers, this is the classic route to the base of the world's highest mountain. From the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and the villages of Thyangboche and Dingboche to Lobuche and Everest Base Camp. Kala Pattar offers fantastic Everest views before your descent to Lukla. Acclimatisation days allow adjustment to high altitudes. The challenge is well worth it!

Tour itinerary

What you'll see and do

Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, where you'll be met and receive a private transfer into central Kathmandu and to the KGH Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. Get a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening enjoy dinner in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in the city.

Where you'll stay
KGH Hotel

KGH Hotel

Lukla - Trek to Phakding

Take a private transfer to the airport for a 40 min flight to Lukla. Meet your porter team, then trek a short downhill descent to the river valley. Walk 3-4 hours to the village of Phakding (2610m) and stay overnight in a typical trekking lodge.


The distance is around 10km with approx 650m descent/390m ascent.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trek to Namche Bazaar

Begin by following the trail alongside the river and through pine forests to Jorsale. As you cross the river you will hopefully glimpse Everest's summit over the Nuptse ridge. It's then a climb of 2-3 hrs as the trail heads up to the Sherpa capital. Walking time approx. 5-6hrs, altitude 3440m.

The distance is 10km with 1150m ascent and 400m descent.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Acclimatisation Day

At 3440m, now is a good time for an acclimatisation day to let your body adjust. Namche is a fascinating place to explore with several souvenir shops, cafes, and bars. Take an acclimatisation walk up to the Museum of Sherpa Culture, then near the museum there’s an excellent Everest viewpoint and magnificent views of the iconic peak of Ama Dablam.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trek to Thyangboche

Starting with a steep climb out of Namche where you'll have spectacular views of the main valley with Everest sitting behind the Nuptse Ridge. You now contour the hillside with a couple of shorter but steep climbs to then lose height as you walk down to the Imja Khola and cross the river via a bridge. It's then a steady climb up the ridge to reach the village of Thyangboche, renowned for its great views and monastery where hopeful Everest summiteers might seek the blessings for their challenges that lie ahead.

The distance is 11km with about 870m ascent and 420m descent.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trek to Dingboche

More up and down (but mostly up) as you gradually make your way to Dingboche. After around 3 hours you'll reach Pangboche, home to the oldest monastery in the region. Now at 4410m another acclimatisation day is necessary tomorrow.

The distance is 11.5km with about 870m ascent and 415m descent.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Acclimatisation Day

Now at 4410m another acclimatisation day is necessary. It's good practice to aim to go a little higher and then to come back down again to allow the body the best chances of acclimatising. So, today you can walk up into the Imja Valley towards Chukung, which will have fantastic views.

The distance is around 10.5km with 440m ascent and descent as you spend a further night in Dingboche
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Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trek to Lobuche

You will be walking less distance today than the previous few days, but at the higher altitude it will likely feel harder. It takes around 5-6 hours to make the steady ascent up to Lobuche, at 4910m.

The distance is around 8.5km with 650m ascent.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trek to Gorak Shep

Today you'll walk 3-4 hours up to Gorak Shep, at 5140m, with the opportunity to make the further ascent to Kala Patar, a fantastic Everest view point. If you are feeling low on energy and struggling, then the trek to Kala Patar can be done the next day.

The distance is around 5.5k with 300m ascent.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Everest Base Camp

Today you will walk around 6 hours to Everest Base Camp and then back to Gorak Shep. The summit of Everest cannot be seen from the EBC but there are some pretty impressive views of the tumbling Khumbu Icefall and the west shoulder of Everest.

The distance is around 7km with under 200m ascent and descent.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Kala Patar and to Pheriche

Hoping for clear morning weather it takes around 2 hours to follow the now well worn trail to Kala Patar, at 5500m, which offers the classic view of Everest. Returning to Gorak Shep you walk back down to Lobuche and then onto Pheriche, at 4270m, where there is a permanent clinic staffed by western doctors during the main trekking season.

The distance is around 16km, with approximately 7-8hrs walking and 500m ascent and 1400m descent.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trek to Phortse

You're essentially heading down the way you came up and today the walk to Phortse which takes around 6-7 hrs.


The distance is around 14km distance with 450m ascent and 1300m descent.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trek to Monjo

A long descent down to the river and then up a zig zagging trail to the Mon La. A slight deviation off the main EBC trail, which you now rejoin and descend to Namche. A further couple of hours walking mostly downhill and you'll arrive in Monjo.

The distance is around 14km with 650m ascent and 1350m descent and takes around 6-7hrs walking.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Back Up to Lukla

At first you continue to head down the valley, passing through Phakding and then climb back up to Lukla.

The distance is around 13.5km with about 670m ascent and 580m descent and takes about 5hrs of walking.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Fly to Kathmandu

You will take off from Lukla for the short flight to Kathmandu. A private transfer will take you from the airport to the hotel. However, you may wish to consider additional contingency plans, whether it be for any delays/cancellations that can and do occur for flights to/from Lukla, or any difficulties that may arise on the trek.

Includes: breakfast
Where you'll stay
KGH Hotel

KGH Hotel

A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight. If you don’t want to leave on Day 16, in the planning stage you can also customise your journey and stay longer.

Includes: breakfast

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Good to know

  • Operated by Snow Cat Travel, part of Rural Heritage, the highly recommended Nepal adventure travel specialists.
  • Max 8 people with guest to guide ratio 1:4 for safety and risk management.
  • All camping and safety equipment provided (satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit).
  • Fully qualified expert mountaineering guides.
  • 24/7 support.

Where to stay

Sample accommodation suggested by our Nepal experts.

Many of our treks feature accommodation in trekking lodges, historically called "teahouses" in Nepal. About 85% of people who go trekking in Nepal are undertaking a teahouse trek. These are usually independent, family owned affairs. They are usually very small, simple and basic.

If you’ve never been teahouse trekking in Nepal before or even “hut to hut” trekking in the European Alps, the teahouse lifestyle may well be new to you. The teahouses are often remote and isolated, with absolutely everything carried in and carried out, or sourced locally.

Usually all meals are included on your trek. Although meals provided by the teahouses will vary, it is always plentiful in quantity.

Lodging on night 1 and 15 is at the 3* KGH Hotel in Kathmandu.

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Tour inclusions

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Included Accommodation

13 nights in teahouses (trekking lodges). Lodging on night 1 and 15 is at the 3* KGH Hotel in Kathmandu.

Included Guided excursions

All guides are english-speaking, professionals and fully licensed.
Also included: porterage on trek, permits and national park fees.

Included All meals

Meals in teahouses (trekking lodges) are usually taken in a communal dining area, rather like most Alpine Huts. What’s “on the menu” can depend upon factors like, what is available locally, how remote the teahouse is and even how busy the teahouse is. With limited cooking facilities, a busy teahouse may provide a set menu in order to be able to feed everyone adequately. Please note teahouses may not be able to provide dietary requirements beyond vegetarian options. While meals are included refreshments and snacks aren't, so budget accordingly.

For a general idea of the food provided, please see the below guide:

Breakfast
A typical breakfast will consist of porridge, pancakes, toast, muesli and other cereals, eggs (various ways), tibetan style bread, tsampa etc. Tea and coffee.

Lunch
Some days this will be at a teahouse, other times it will be a picnic.
Dal Bhat lentil curry, fried noodles, noodle soup, rice, Tibetan dumplings, chapatis with a curry sauce, sandwiches.

Dinner
First Course — Vegetable or noodle soup.
Main Course — Dal Bhat, noodles dishes, rice-based dishes, momo’s, chapati, spring rolls, stews, spaghetti, pizza, dhido, potato and buckwheat pancakes, chips.

Included Ground transfers

Includes all airport and land transfers and any internal flights in the itinerary.

Testimonials

What people are saying about Snow Cat Travel

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Eileen H, UK
03/07/2019

I waited 50 years to visit Upper Mustang Nepal and now thanks to Snow Cat Travel the dream has been realised. The journey was above expectation I will never find another one to equal the experience. As we travelled it was like peeling an onion each layer had a new adventure. The highlight was Lo Gekar gompa when I saw it tears came to my eyes. Mark took great care in planning the journey taking into account altitude, ages and any health issues. It paid off I never even got a headache even at 14000 feet at Lo Manthang. Thank you Mark I will always be grateful to you for arranging my Mustang Experience.

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Paul Stiles - author, Lonely Planet Guidebook to Nepal (2018)
24/11/2020

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Mike L, UK
17/04/2019

We had very specific requirements for our trip to Nepal. We wanted to see wildlife including lots of birds, to see something of how people live in the rural parts of the country and of course to see the Himalayas. The trip that Mark put together ensured that all this was achieved, including about 240 bird species. This was due both to the itinerary and the superb guides that Mark found for us. This made it very special as it was probably not typical of the usual holiday to Nepal. Nothing was too much trouble in making the arrangements and the team in Nepal were also excellent. If you want a tailor-made trip to Nepal with some ideas of you want then Snowcat is the organisation that will ensure that you will have a wonderful holiday. Even if you want to see Nepal with no specific ideas then Mark has an excellent knowledge of the country and where you can go. I cannot recommend Snowcat too highly.

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Chris D, UK
11/04/2019

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