Summary

You don’t have to be a world-class climber to get world-class views of Mount Everest. On the High Road to Everest Base Camp we’ll trek 10 days up and down over this challenging but doable terrain.

Along the way, enjoy splendid views of the world’s greatest mountain range, eat nourishing meals, and get up close and personal with yaks. Test your physical and mental endurance and make new friends in Nepal.

Tour by:

Start
Kathmandu
Finish
Kathmandu
Trip Type
Adventure
Physical Level
Advanced
Cultural Rating
Moderate
Ages
Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
Group Size
12 max group size
Included
Service of English Speaking leader for the trip
Service of one Assistant Trekking Guide for the trekking
Service of one porter each for 2 trekkers while on trek – will be hired from Lukla onwards
International Airport Arrival and Departure transfer
Domestic Airport Arrival and Departure transfer on group basis
03 nights accommodation in Traditional Comfort (twin sharing basis) with breakfast
Flight ticket Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
Half-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English-speaking tour guide, entrance fees to Pashupati and Boudhanath Stupa with private transport
Accommodation for 11 nights in comfort lodges on twin sharing basis with breakfast (lodges from Dingboche up onwards do not have ensuite bathrooms)
Breakfast while trekking
Everest National Park & TIMS Card
Not Included
Lunch & Dinner
Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, mineral water, laundry, telephone calls, internet facilities
Sleeping bags
Additional Expenses which may arise due to circumstances beyond control of RMT/UnquoteTravel such as flight delays and flight cancellations
Compulsory Travel/health insurance (Browse policies at World Nomads, our recommended travel insurance provider.)
Extra cash and emergency fund: As per our experience we would like to recommend that you carry a budget of around USD 300 (equivalent in Nepalese Currency) for meals and other beverages not included. There is an ATM machine available only in Namche Bazaar but we would like to recommend bringing money with you from Kathmandu. There are at times, when the ATM machine does not work. Hence carrying required budget for the trek from Kathmandu itself is highly recommended. There are places where you may get cash from your Master or Visa Card but the service charge is very high up in the mountains. As EMERGENCY FUND, we would like to recommend that you have around USD 400 in cash which you can exchange in case of emergency.
Tip: tipping in Nepal is accepted all over. When you are dining in restaurants in cities like Kathmandu, generally 10% tipping is already included in your food bill. We have information that soon the same system will come in effect in Lukla too. Generally, in food menu it will be clearly written if there will be additional 10% service charge or not.Tipping for your support trekking crew, trekking guide and your escort guide is recommended but not compulsory. Depending upon your satisfaction with the services provided by the team, you may choose to tip them as per your wish. As a guide we would like to suggest as below:
Porter: USD 2-3 per person per day
Trekking guide: USD 10 – USD 15 per week per person
Escort guide: USD 20 – USD 25 per week per person

Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu
    Arriving at Tribhuwan International Airport is an experience in itself. As we exit the arrival terminal, we will see a huge crowd outside the airport with numerous placards. Our airport representative will be waiting among the crowd with your name written on a placard. You will be escorted to your booked hotel in Kathmandu. Depending on the traffic situation, the drive to your hotel will be approximately 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Receive a warm welcome by the staff of Traditional Comfort offering you auspicious Tika and Buddhist scarf “The KHADA”. You have free time to relax and enjoy the traditional ambiance and comfort of the hotel until your group meeting in the evening time. Accommodation: Traditional Comfort Meals Included: Breakfast Oxygen Level: Approximately 90%
  • Day 2
    City Tour & preparation for the trek
    Today we start our day visiting two of the holiest sites of Kathmandu Valley – Pashupatinath Temple & Boudhanath Stupa. Nepal is a unique country where you can see many cultures and religions living in harmony. You will be experiencing these qualities during our sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple – a Hindu temple and Boudhanath Stupa – a Buddhist Shrine. You will be escorted by a well-experienced tour guide. Later in the afternoon we have free time to prepare ourselves for our arduous trek to Everest Base Camp. Making sure that we have all the necessary gear and clothing as per weather conditions and recommendations from our escort leader. You have ample of opportunities to wander around Thamel – the tourist hub of Nepal, window shopping, trying various eateries. We recommend that you go to bed early tonight so that you sleep well and are ready to wake up early the next morning. Accommodation: Traditional Comfort Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Day 3
    Lukla Flight/Phakding
    Phakding elevation: 2650 m (8,694 ft.) Population: Around 450 Total Distance: 5 km Walking Hours: 3-4 hours Early morning wake up call and depart to the domestic airport which is around 10 to 15 minutes’ drive from our hotel. After checking in for our flight, we will have time to take our packed breakfast before we board our flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla is on a small Dornier / Twin Otter plane and generally takes around 25 – 30 minutes. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime flight during which we will have ample opportunities to see the mighty Himalayas (weather permitting) as we descend to land in one of the most exciting airports of the world. Lukla airport also known as Tenzing Hillary Airport. At the airport, we will have our first meeting with our group of Sherpas. They will be anxiously waiting to welcome us to their workstation -the Everest Trekking Trails. We will have our short break here while our Sherpa’s arrange our baggage so that it becomes comfortable for them to carry. To maintain the service level and fair working conditions, we allow only 15 kgs per Sherpa. As said, every great journey starts with a small step… here we go towards Everest Base Camp. Today we are going to walk for around 3 to 4 hours. The day is just a glimpse of our walking days ahead. To begin we descend gradually up to Thado Koshi for around 2 hours. Then after we start to make our first ascent of the trek which is a gradual uphill all the way Phakding which will take another 2 hours. We reach Phakding in time for lunch. Accommodation: Sunrise Lodge or Similar Meals Included: Breakfast Oxygen Level: Approximately 73%
  • Day 4
    Namche Bazaar
    Namche Bazaar elevation: 3440m (11,2886 ft.) Population: Around 1700 Total Distance: 9 Km Walking hours: Around 7 hours Namche Bazaar is the Gateway to Everest Base Camp and the Capital Village of Sherpas. Today is one of those days when our physical strength, our stamina and our will power will be on the test. Most of the day we will be walking uphill with short intervals of flat walking. With numerous opportunities to cross high suspension bridges, after our first ascent, we will reach Benkar where we will be welcomed by gigantic Mt. Thamserku at the horizon. Walking past the Mani Stone walls and the Buddhist Shrines we will reach the Sagarmatha National Park entry gate. The park gate was established in 1976 and was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1979. Here we do our entry process and permit checking. Accommodation: Camp De Base or Similar Meals Included: Breakfast Oxygen Level: Approximately 64%
  • Day 5
    Namche Bazaar – Acclimatization Day
    Acclimatization Hike – Syangboche 3860 m (12,664 ft.) (Approximately 3 – 4 hours) Indeed, today is the day when we will be preparing ourselves for high altitude trekking. We will be assessing our physical ability and endurance against the high altitude that is to come. Should you feel uncomfortable during the hike, please do not hesitate to consult with your trekking leader. He is the best person to listen to and get suggestions from. Today our acclimatization hike will take us to Syangboche which is 3860 m above sea level. The total hiking hours will be around 3 – 4 hours. We start our hike with a steep uphill walk all the way to the National Park headquarters from where we have the opportunity to enjoy the majestic views of various Himalayan Peaks including Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusum, Khangru, Kongde, Phachhermo, Melungtse, Khumbila and Taboche. Along our trail, we have the opportunity to enjoy the flora and fauna found in this Himalayan Region. After time spent at Syangboche, we descend back to Namche Bazaar for our Lunch. We have free time to wander around Namche Bazaar, visit local bakeries and shops and do last minute shopping (if required) to buy or hire any trekking gear you may need for the trek. Accommodation: Camp De Base or Similar Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Day 6
    Debuche
    Debuche elevation: 3710 m (12,171 ft.) Population: Around 150 Total Distance: 9 Km Walking hours: Around 7 hours Today’s trek all the way to Debuche is mixed with uphill and gradual flat walking. As we go up the stunning views of Himalayan Peaks such Everest and Lhotse keeps on inspiring us to move forward. We stop at Kenjuma (3550m) for a tea break and we keep ourselves mesmerized with the views. Our lunch stop, which is another hour walking from Kenjuma, is at Phunki Tenga, where we can see prayer wheels spinning with the help of flowing waters from the rivulet. After lunch we ascend for couple of hours to reach Tengboche (3870m) via Rhododendron forest and the stunning view of Mt. Kangtenga. At Tengboche, we take a break for some time to visit the famous Tengboche Monastery. Tengboche Monastery is one of the biggest monasteries of Everest Region and was built in the 16th century. Another another half-hour walk, we descend to reach Debuche for the night. Accommodation: Rivendell Lodge or Similar Meals Included: Breakfast Oxygen Level: Approximately 60% ** The last settlement where we have ensuite bathrooms and hot-water showers. The possibility of showering after this settlement is very scarce due to barren land and alpine meadow landscape up.
  • Day 7
    Dingboche
    Dingboche elevation: 4350 m (14,271 ft.) Population: Around 600 Total Distance: 8 km Walking hours: Around 6 hours Today we will be leaving the treeline behind and trekking in the high-altitude alpine meadow. The first couple of hours we will be walking through rhododendron forest, crossing wooden bridges over the Dudh Koshi River to reach the last permanent settlement of the region at Pangboche (3970m). We’ll take a tea break with the majestic view of Mt Amadablam. We continue our walk on the undulating flat until Shomare (4040m) alongside the banks of Dudh Koshi River. After lunch we leave the treeline behind and after crossing another wooden bridge over the Dudh Koshi River we start the uphill walk all the way up to Dingboche (4350m). Accommodation: Peaceful Lodge or Similar Meals Included: Breakfast Oxygen Level: Approximately 57%
  • Day 8
    Dingboche Acclimatization Day
    Dingboche elevation: 4350 m (14,271 ft.) Population: Around 600 Total Distance: Walking hours: Around 4 hours One more acclimatization day before we proceed forward for our ultimate goal of Everest Base Camp. Today we will be going up to an altitude of 4700m at Nagarzhang Peak. We will be walking for about 4 hours today and let our body be acclimatized to high altitude. From the Nagarzhang Peak, we can get the panoramic view 4th highest peak Lhotse, 5th highest Makalu, 6th highest Cho Oyu, and Island Peak etc. The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy. Accommodation: Peaceful Lodge or Similar Meals Included: Breakfast Oxygen Level: Approximately 57%
  • Day 9
    Lobuche
    Lobuche elevation: 4910 m (16,108 ft.) Population: Around 100 Total Distance: 7 Km Walking hours: Around 5 hours As we start our day, please be informed that all the settlements henceforth are only for the purpose tourism and serving adventure orientated tourists. There are no permanent settlements. We walk along the summer yak pasture which is gradual flat and views dominated by Mt. Taboche and Mt. Cholatse. We stopover for lunch at Thugla (4620m). After lunch we continue our walking up the steep ascent to Chakpki Lara Pass at 4820m, where we pass through memorials of Sherpas and a few famous mountaineers. Walking through the end of moraine of Changri Glacier, we are offered with views of peaks including Nuptse, Khumutse, Lingtren, Pumori, Lobuche East and Lobuche West. It is an easy flat hike all the way to Lobuche. While in Lobuche, we can get the great sunset view of Nuptse and short hike to the view point of the entire Khumbu Glacier are sights not to be missed. Accommodation: Oxygen Lodge or Similar Meals Included: Breakfast Oxygen Level: Approximately 54%
  • Day 10
    Gorakshep
    Gorakshep elevation: 5180 m (16,994 ft.) Total Distance: 6 Km Walking hours: Around 3 hours (total walking hours for the day around 7 hours) Today is the day when we will be achieving our goal. All the hard work, pushing our body and our endurance to the limit. We start early in the morning and with gentle ascending walks; we hit the 5000 m altitude. After walking for about 90 minutes or 2 hours, we start our steep ascent, a trail which is pretty rough and rugged all the way to Gorakshep. We will be at Gorakshep by our lunch time. We do early check in to our lodge at Gorakshep and have our lunch. After lunch, we gear up for another 2 hours hike all the way up to Everest Base Camp. During the season time for Everest Peak Summiting, you can expect a huge crowd at Base Camp with members of expedition team carefully planning and preparing to summit Everest. The rest of the time it is generally quiet with the only rocky mountains and prayer flags. Take time for photography and enjoy being at Everest Base Camp. Yes, we have finally achieved our goal. Accommodation: Buddha Lodge or Similar Meals Included: Breakfast Oxygen Level: Approximately 52%
  • Day 11
    Pheriche
    Pheriche elevation: 4270 m (14,009 ft.) Population: Around 250 Total Distance: 13 Km (including early morning excursion to Kala Patthar) Walking hours: Total walking hours for the day around 5 hours Yes we have achieved our goal and we have done we have trekked for all these days. But it is always worthwhile visit to Kala Patthar. We generally do the hike to Kala Patthar in the early hours of the morning which will give us the opportunity for a glorious sunrise over Mount Everest and other Himalayan Peaks. The 360 degree view of the mighty Himalayas stand before us boasting their presence and beauty. Some regard this hike as the hardest one but the hard work is worth every bit. We descend back to Gorakshep for our breakfast and then continue our return all the way back to Pheriche. Accommodation: Basic Lodge or Similar Meals Included: Breakfast Oxygen Level: Approximately 60%
  • Day 12
    Namche Bazaar
    Namche Bazaar: 3440 m (11,286 ft.) Population: Around 1700 Total Distance: 13 Km Walking hours: 8 hours Accommodation: Camp De Base or Similar Meals Included: Breakfast Oxygen Level: Approximately 64%
  • Day 13
    Lukla
    Lukla: 2860m Population: Total Distance: 13.5 Km Walking hours: 8 hours It’s all celebration time as we hike all the way down to the bustling town of Lukla. Goals achieved, smiling faces …. It’s party time when we are in Lukla. We gather up our supporting team who have been with us all these days, helping us, inspiring us and sometimes when required carrying us too. We thank them from our bottom of our heart. Here we say goodbye. And of course, you have the time to party and have some drinks in the evening too. It may have been more than a week when you had your last sip of alcohol (consumption of alcoholic beverages while hiking all the up in high altitude is not recommended). But we do have an early morning wake up tomorrow. Accommodation: Hotel Mera Lodge or Similar Meals Included: Breakfast Oxygen Level: Approximately 70%
  • Day 14
    Kathmandu
    It’s just around 10 minutes walking from our hotel to Lukla airport where we check in and wait for our flight to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, we are taken back to our hotel where we can have nice hot showers, relax, and take a day off. You may wander around the streets of Thamel and do your last minute shopping. Along with your escort leader, we go for our final dinner in a nice restaurant where we have our last group dinner together. Accommodation: Traditional Comfort Meals Included: Breakfast Oxygen Level: Approximately 90%
  • Day 15
    Tour ends
    It is departure day, please confirm your departure transfer with your escort leader. He will make sure that your transport for departure will be at the hotel at your requested time. Should you have some more extra days to wander in Nepal and need more information, your escort leader can help you out in organizing and give you the information you require. Accommodation: Not Included Meals Included: Breakfast

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Packing List for High Road to Everest Base Camp Trekking (recommended)

Below are our recommended lists of items that you need to have in your backpack. But please do check with your escort during the group meeting or first dinner about the items. Sometimes based on recent climate, they may add or remove a couple of items from the list.

    • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, band aids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
    • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
    • Fleece top/sweater
    • Footwear
    • Hat
    • Locks for bags
    • Long pants/jeans
    • Money belt
    • Outlet adapter
    • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Shirts/t-shirts
    • Sleepwear
    • Small travel towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Waterproof backpack cover
    • Windproof rain jacket
    • Wet wipes
High Altitude Trekking packing list
    • Down jacket (Recommended for winter season)
    • Hiking boots (Worn frequently prior to departure)
    • Pack liners to waterproof bags
    • Reusable water bottle – minimum 1 liter (Aluminum or Nalgene Polypropylene are best)
    • Sandals (For wearing around camp in the evenings)
    • Sleeping bag and liner, 4-season
    • Spare boot laces
    • Thermal base layer
    • Waterproof gloves
    • Whistle
    • Windproof rain gear
    • Wool socks

Note: The best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials in layers, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a light fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof layer.

Important Notes

Accommodation

In Kathmandu, we’ll be staying at Traditional Comfort.
Nepali tradition and modern comfort meet at Traditional Comfort. As soon as you enter the red-brick building you will notice the perfect balance between traditional artistic features and comfortable modern hospitality. Traditional Comfort follows Newari design and architectural principles. The Newar people of the Kathmandu Valley are said to have been the originators of the distinctive pagoda style of temple architecture, which later spread throughout East Asia. The unique brickwork and woodcarving are commonly seen in Newar buildings—including the modern Traditional Comfort—is rarely seen outside of Nepal.

During the trekking: With the beginning of trekking to Everest Base Camp, the early days of staying in tented camps and being served by many Sherpa’s slowly came to end with the start of lodges or teahouse houses run by local people. Starting with one or two rooms in each house, slowly it turned into a good business and there are many lodges which have 30 + rooms. But yet the standard of the accommodation remained basic while the room size was still small and no facilities, there were only a couple of beds in each room. The toilets were too basic and were uncomfortable. Slowly nowadays the trend of making comfortable rooms with ensuite bathroom are on the rise. There are many lodges in the trekking route which provide such comfort level accommodation. But saying so, please note that the comfort level of the lodges is not great compared with comfort level hotels of big cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan etc. During our trekking too, we will be staying in trekking lodges with added comfort level. Comfortable beds with blankets, ensuite toilets (lodges at Lobuche, Gorakshep & Pheriche will be without ensuite toilets), heated blankets (where ever possible) OR hot water bag will be provided. All rooms in the lodges will be twin bedded. You have the possibility to take hot water showers in all places except for Lobuche, Gorakshep and Pheriche. We recommend that you have body wipes with you which you may use during these 3 nights.

Transport

We will have a private vehicle for the Kathmandu portion of this tour. There will be two domestic flights included.

Who is this trip for?

This trip will be enjoyable for those with an adventurous spirit as well as those with hiking experience. Travelers should have a good level of fitness and overall good health for time spent in high elevation. This trip is good for first-time Asia travelers as well as travelers who typically travel independently.

Cancellations and Refunds
If you must cancel your reservation for a tour and/or its extension, we will refund your payment, less the following fees per tour and/or extension:

Days Prior to Trip Start Date Trip Cancellation Fee Per Person
60+ days $250
31 – 60 days 50% of trip price
0-30 days 100% of trip price

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