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Everest Base Camp Trek

The classic trek from Lukla to the foot of the world’s highest mountain is a challenge undoubtedly within the reach of a well-motivated student group, either staying in lodges or camping.

Here are more details of an example tour itinerary as a starting point, but at Kipling Tours, we can tailor-make any itinerary just for you.

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  • Day 1

    Depart from the UK

    Today you depart from the UK for your overnight flight to Kathmandu.

  • Day 2


    You arrive in Kathmandu and are met by our Sherpa team who transfer you by private vehicle to your hotel and an opportunity to relax. Depending on flight arrival time, you may be able to spend the afternoon exploring the Thamel district of the city with its many restaurants, bars and shops which this part of the city is famous for.

  • Day 3


    In the morning you will be picked up from the hotel for a half day sightseeing tour to visit some of the main sights in the Kathmandu valley including the Buddhist stupa at Bodnath and the Monkey Temple at Swayambunath. You will also visit the Bagmati River at Pashupatinath which is famous for the many sadhu holy men who reside here. After lunch you have free time to explore the city at leisure.

  • Day 4

    Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2850m)

    In the morning you return to the airport for the spectacular flight to Luka. With clear weather you get fantastic views of the mountains and as you turn into the deep gorge of the Dudh Kosi valley you can look ahead and see Everest itself. You have lunch in Lukla before starting the trek to the Dudh Kosi valley. When you reach the valley you follow the course of the river northwards to the village of Phakding where you stop for the night.

  • Day 5

    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

    Today you follow the Dudh Kosi northwards, crossing the river several times by suspension bridges. You get your first good views of the mountains when Thamserku (6608m) appears at the head of a narrow valley and soon arrive at the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. You continue along the river until you begin a long steep climb to Namche Bazaar, the principal village of the Khumbu region. You stay at here at an excellent Himalayan Lodge.

  • Day 6

    Acclimatisation trek to Khumjung (3780m)

    Today you make an acclimatisation trek up to Khumjung, a delightful Sherpa village situated just above Namche. Although only a short day, you gain a couple of hundred metres of altitude which helps to adjust to the altitude. In addition Khumjung is a very quiet village which does not see the volume of trekkers that pass through Namche. After lunch you return to your lodge in Namche Bazaar.

  • Day 7

    Trek to Deboche (4,350m)

    You leave Namche and follow a spectacular path which traverses around the hillside high above the Dudh Kosi River. After about two hours you arrive at the lodges of Sanasa where you can stop for tea. You then descend all the way down to the Dudh Kosi River and your lunch stop at Phunki Tenga. From here a long climb up many switchbacks takes you to the famous Gompa at Tengboche. After taking the obligatory photographs of this famous spot, you continue for a short distance to your overnight stop at the hamlet of Deboche, situated in pleasant pine forests.

  • Day 8

    Trek to Dingboche (4410m)

    From Deboche you head north and soon cross the Dudh Kosi river by way of a small suspension bridge which spans a deep chasm in the river valley. You then follow a delightful path through the village of Pangboche. Superb views of Ama Dablam present themselves at virtually every point on the path. You continue along the river and your overnight accommodation at the village of Dingboche.

  • Day 9

    Acclimatisation trek to Chukkung (4730m)

    To the north of Dingboche there are spectacular views of Lhotse’s huge South Face. As part of your acclimatisation programme, you trek northwards for a couple of hours directly towards this face. You can take lunch at the hamlet of Chukkung, and for those with lots of energy, several local hills offer a short climb for even better views. In the afternoon you return to Dingboche.

  • Day 10

    Trek to Lobuche (4910m)

    From Dingboche you start to ascend into the highest parts of the Khumbu. The path traverses the hillside until you reach the few stone buildings at Dugla. You have lunch here and then continue to ascend by the snout of the Khumbu Glacier, passing many stone chortens. The path follows a pleasant, grassy valley and finally reaches the lodges at Lobuche where there are outstanding views of Nuptse.

  • Day 11

    Trek to Gorak Shep and Climb Kala Pattar (5545m)

    A short but spectacular day today as you trek on a rough path high above the Khumbu Glacier to Gorak Shep (5200m). Consisting of just a handful of lodges and yak herders huts, this is the last habitation before Everest base camp. Every Everest expedition since 1952 has passed through here. In the afternoon you can make the ascent of Kala Pattar (5545m) for the classic views of the world’s highest mountain. The best time to be on the summit of Kala Pattar is the late afternoon when the sun is setting in the west away. You are eyeball to eyeball with Pumori and our panorama stretches across the Lho La to Changtse in Tibet.

  • Day 12

    Trek to Everest Base Camp (5270m)

    To reach Everest Base Camp from Gorak Shep you follow a rough path on the moraine covered Khumbu Glacier. This is not a snow-covered glacier so any crevasses are clearly visible and do not present any difficulty. After three hours you arrive at the base camp area, which is a sprawling mass of tents during the main spring climbing season. Although you cannot see the summit of Everest from base camp the Khumbu icefall is right in front of you and you may be able to see the black dots of climbers descending through this chaotic jumble of ice blocks. After taking photos and admiring the scenery you retrace your steps back to Gorak Shep.

  • Day 13

    Trek to Pangboche (3930m)

    From Gorak Shep you retrace the route to Lobuche and continue descending to the small collection of buildings at Dugla (4600m). You follow the broad valley to Pheriche (4240m) where you have lunch before crossing the Dudh Kosi by a small wooden bridge and continue on a delightful path high above the river to the village of Pangboche. There are superb views of Ama Dablam (6856m) from all along the trail, offering varied perspectives on this famous peak. Pangboche is a sizeable Sherpa community with a large Gompa situated high above the village.

  • Day 14

    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

    Our final day in the high mountains takes us back to Namche Bazaar via the famous Gompa at Tengboche. Here you can gaze back north at the fantastic panorama which includes Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam, whilst to the east you can see Kang Tega and Thamserku. You will also be able to visit the Gompa which has been newly built since the old one was destroyed by fire in 1989. You stop for lunch at Punki Tenga before climbing up to the lodges at Sanasa and a superb high-level traverse to reach Namche and your comfortable lodge.

  • Day 15

    Trek to Lukla (2850m)

    Today you retrace the route down the Dudh Kosi and back to Lukla. Although you took two days to make the same journey on the way up, you are now well acclimatised and most people cover the distance to Lukla in five or six hours. You stop for lunch in Phakding before the final slow climb back up to the airstrip where you stay at a lodge in the centre of the village.

  • Day 16

    Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

    Saying goodbye to your Sherpa team you take the exciting one-hour flight back to Kathmandu. Flights are weather-dependent and often do not run to schedule. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon there will be free time for last minute souvenir shopping.

  • Day 17

    Depart Kathmandu

    Depending on flight times, you may have time this morning and afternoon for some sightseeing before your transfer to the airport for the homeward flight.

Prices start from

£1695 for a 17 day tour

Full board basis based on flights with Qatar Airlines.  We include local guides, all admissions, domestic flights and all local transfers by private coach

includes flights

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