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Hiking Everest Base Camp

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A walk to the base of the world's highest mountain!

Looking up at the Everest Range from Kala Pattar is an experience that stays with one. Here at 5555m the summit of Everest is still more than 3km vertically above. That’s nearly 2 miles in old money. The view is magnificent and just reward for the effort of reaching Base Camp. 

On arrival in Kathmandu we will have time to go through aspects of the trek to make sure everybody is best prepared. We then set off and take a local flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. Lukla is at 2800m. From here we trek upwards in carefully managed stages. Rest days are essential to minimise problems with altitude sickness. 

The trek soon reaches the busy town of Namche, capital of the Sherpa ethic region and a great place to stock up before continuing. As we climb vegetation becomes thinner. Yaks replace buffalo as the beast of burden and settlements become fewer and further between.  

We have another acclimatisation stop at Dinboche, apparently home of the world’s highest billiard room. We are in open country here with views of the high peaks all around us. The air is thinner and everything moves more slowly.  

We climb further to reach Pheriche. We plan to arrive here at lunchtime and make a trip up and down to Base Camp staying the night at Pheriche. The next day we trek up to Kala Pattar (5555m) for the best view of the Everest range. This is the highest point we intend to reach on the holiday. 

It is an easier journey to retrace our steps back down to Namche and Lukla but not one to be under estimated. Finally we have a day to recover and sight seeing in Kathmandu before returning to the UK doubtless fitter, leaner and with a renewed prospective on life. 

We hope to arrange for groups to met with Kancha Sherpa, who went on the 1953 expedition to conquer Everest. Obviously Kancha is now an old man and may not be available.

Holiday Highlights

  • The thrill of reaching Base Camp. Few people get higher than this.
  • The view of the Everest range from Kala Pattar.
  • Enjoying a beer on the terrace of the Everest View Hotel.
  • The overwhelming sense of achievement on finishing the hike. 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Kathmandu via Istanbul (Turkish Airlines) 
      Internal flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and return 
      Airport transfers 
      Full board accommodation 
      Services of an experienced local trek support team on trekking days 
      Water-to-go refillable purification bottle 
      English speaking Nepali guide and RWH leader accompany the group throughout  
      All local transport costs. 
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 8

  1. Day 1

    We depart the UK for our flights to Kathmandu.

  2. Day 2

    After arrival at Kathmandu airport we will transfer to Hotel Royal Singhi. We will go through important details of the trek ahead to make sure everybody is best prepared.

  3. Day 3

    The journey begins with 30min flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2804m), beautifully situated in front of the high peaks of the Everest region. There we meet our trekking team and begin our trek to Phakding for our first night in tea huts. 4 hrs, 5 miles.

  4. Day 4

    After breakfast in Phakding we head towards Namche. The trail passes through beautiful pine forest and Sherpa villages of Chumong and Monjo, the entrance in the Everest National Park. We cross over the Dudhkoshi and Bhotekoshi rivers and stop at Jorsalle for lunch. We then continue through Namche Bazaar (3440m) where we get to see the first glimpses of Mt Everest. 7hrs, 9 miles.

  5. Day 5

    We spend a day in and around Namche to acclimatize to the high altitude. Namche is a fascinating town well worth exploring. Later we can hike to the Everest View Point to enjoy the Himalayan vistas.

  6. Day 6

    After breakfast, we have an early start walking through narrow trails with great views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Tabuchi and Mt. Thamserku. Passing through rhododendron forest, we make it to the hilltop village of Tengboche (3680m). Tengboche is famous for the largest monastery of Khumbu region. 6hrs, 8 miles.

  7. Day 7

    Today we pass through rhododendron forest and cross the Imja Khola with wonderful views of AmaDablam, Lhotse and Everest. At Pangboche village we get to enjoy the lunch with the locals. We then continue walking through the Sherpa villages with the picturesque views of fields with barley, potato and buck wheat to the village of Dingboche (4350m). 7 hrs, 6 miles.

  8. Day 8

    This another rest day. It is essential to plan these days into our schedule to operate the hike in the safest and most enjoyable way. Dingboche is an interesting little place to while away the day.

  9. Day 9

    Today we head for Lobuje (4910m), a small settlement near Mount Everest in the Khumbu region. Our trail follows the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. We stop at Duglah village for lunch and a rest. We then continue on a winding uphill path through a memorial site decorated with prayer flags and cairn stones for those who passed away while climbing Mt Everest. After that the trail descends towards the Khumbu glacier moraine with brilliant vistas of the Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Peak. After a few hours of further walking we finally make it to Lobuje. 5hrs, 4miles.

  10. Day 10

    This is going to be the longest trekking day on our journey. We follow the Khumbu Glacier northwards across some rough and rocky sections to Gorak Shep (5,184m). We will be stopping for lunch here. We continue to Base Camp to enjoy extraordinary views of the Himalayas. Base Camp (5365m) is one of the highest points in the world reachable on foot without technical equipment. After enjoying great views of Khumbutse, Pumori and Nuptse mountains, we head back towards Gorakshep to our tea hut and a well-earned dinner. 9hrs, 8 miles.

  11. Day 11

    Today, we make our way to Kalapatthar (5555m), the highest point we reach on the holiday. It offers some of the best views of Everest. We start early in order to reach Kalapatthar for a spectacular sunrise, views of Mt Everest, Mt Pumori, Mt Lohtse, Mt Nuptse, Mt Thamserku, Mt Amadablam and other great Himalayan giants. We head back to Gorakshep for lunch and then continue to reach Periche (4200m).9hrs, 10 miles.

  12. Day 12

    We leave the mountains and the base camp behind and descend through Imja Khola and Pangboche through an alpine meadow landscape to Kyanjuma (3600m). 7 hrs, 8 miles.

  13. Day 13

    We descend further crossing rivers and revisiting several Sherpa villages on our way like Jorsalle, Namche and Phakding to reach Monjo (2800m). 5 hrs, 7 miles.

  14. Day 14

    This is the last day of our journey in the Himalaya. Passing through many Sherpa villages we return to our starting point of Lukla (2800m) where we spend the night and prepare for our flight back to Kathmandu. 5hrs, 8 miles.

  15. Day 15

    We take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, we will transfer straight to our hotel for some much-needed rest and celebrations. 

  16. Day 16

    We have a day sightseeing in Kathmandu taking in Swayambhunath and Patan Durbar Square amongst other sights. We have a final celebratory dinner this evening.

  17. Day 17

    We return to Kathmandu airport to take our flight back to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Kathmandu via Istanbul (Turkish Airlines) 
  • Internal flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and return 
  • Airport transfers by road c.45mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class and most low-cost carriers have extra legroom seats. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

The tea huts used on trek provide comfortable accommodation. Twin and single rooms are available in hotels. In tea huts we will stay in single sex twin rooms. Single rooms are not available.