This trip will take you on one of the classic Nepal itineraries—the Everest Base Camp trek. After a gentle sightseeing day in Kathmandu, you will be flown to one of the most amazing airports in the world—Lukla. Here you will begin the Everest Base Camp trek. As you ascend over several days, you will pass through an enormous variety of terrain and cultural sites: rhododendron and pine forests, alongside the Dudh Kosi River and over high suspension bridges, old Sherpa towns and monasteries and sweeping panoramic views of the highest mountains in the world—including Everest itself! All along the way you will be staying in some of the most comfortable hotels and trekking lodges in the region. This route is a classic for good reason, and is a trip you will never forget.
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu|
|Day 2||Cultural Tour - Bhaktapur and Panauti|
|Day 3||"Everest Calling" - Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding|
|Day 4||Trek to Namche Bazaar (3443m)|
|Day 5||Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar|
|Day 6||Trek to Debuche (3800m)|
|Day 7||Trek to Dingboche (4358m)|
|Day 8||Acclimatization day in Dingboche|
|Day 9||Trek to Dhugla (4620m)|
|Day 10||Trek to Lobuche (4900m)|
|Day 11||Trek to Gorakshep and hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m)|
|Day 12||Hike to Kalapatthar (5545m) and trek to Pheriche (4270m)|
|Day 13||Trek to Khumjung (3600m)|
|Day 14||Trek to Monjo (2800m)|
|Day 15||Trek to Lukla (2820m)|
|Day 16||Return flight to Kathmandu - Home Sweet Home|
|Day 17||Departure to airport|
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Sightseeing in a private vehicle
• Entrance fees
• English-speaking trekking and city guides
• National park permits & TIMS card
• Flight ticket from Kathmandu – Lukla –Kathmandu for client(s) and guide
• All meals and bottled drinks
• Costs due to personal nature (shopping, tipping etc.)
• Costs due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the limit of RMT
• Costs in Nepal entry visa fee
• Costs for International flights
• International airport departure tax
• Travel insurance
• Costs for the services other than mentioned above
Trekking: Additional information
Please note that the published itinerary can only be a statement of intent and should be used as a guide only. Each day may vary due to the walking times of the group, camping and trail condRead More...
Trekking: Additional information
Please note that the published itinerary can only be a statement of intent and should be used as a guide only. Each day may vary due to the walking times of the group, camping and trail conditions. The guide in charge of your trip may have to alter the schedule if necessary and any such changes are at the discretion of Royal Mountain Travel and your guide.
The trekking day
Your day starts with a wakeup call, followed by breakfast and baggage pickup. You are then driven to the start point of you trek. While trekking, your day starts with breakfast at the tea house where you are staying. You need to pack up your baggage before breakfast as porters usually set off early.
Normally you are on the trail by 8am and stop for a leisurely lunch around noon, with the chance to stop along the way for short breaks. Lunch time usually lasts a couple of hours to give you time to relax, or to explore the village where you have stopped. The afternoon walk is shorter and you can expect to arrive around 4pm to allow time for short excursions to nearby sites, monasteries, exploration of the village or for relaxing with a book or catching up on your diary. Dinner is generally around 7pm.
Everyone walks at different speeds and you should always go at the pace that is comfortable for you. The grade of the trek is only an approximate indication of what to expect, based on the altitude and the hours of walking per day. In general, the condition of trails is good as these are the main routes between villages.
What you carry
Each porter carries 15kg so you should pack 7.5 kgs of baggage, sharing one porter between two persons. These things will not be available to you during the day as the porters usually leave early and do not walk with you. Your daypack should contain all that you need during the day. This should consist of warm clothes for when you stop, a water bottle, camera, sunscreen, lip salve and maybe waterproofs depending on when you’re trekking. Your guide will let you know each evening about any extra items you might need for the following day. You should take a comfortable daypack to carry just the few kilograms of things you need along the way.
Food and drink
No meals are included on your trek. These are available in tea houses, lodges and bhattis that may sometimes have quite limited menus. There are a lot of tea houses and lodges along the way while you are trekking. Meals are generally simple, but filling, but you may wish to stock up on ‘trail munchies’ before leaving Kathmandu or Pokhara. Although mineral water in plastic bottles can be found along the way in many places, you should try to avoid using this. Plastic bottles are a serious problem on the trekking routes as there is no way to dispose of them. Instead you should use water purification tablets, a water filter or ask for boiled water at the lodges. It is a good idea to bring a heat resistant water bottle which can double up as a hot water bottle when you go to bed at night too!
It is not recommended to drink alcohol at altitudes above 3,000m or so, where altitude sickness can start to have an effect.
Accommodation is in lodges and teahouses and is of a basic standard. Rooms may be twin or multi share with basic shared toilet facilities. Hot showers are available in some places for a small charge. It is a good idea to pack wet-wipes to freshen up, especially useful when you reach high altitudes where the water can be very cold. It is not recommended to wash your hair when you are at higher altitudes and where the outside air is cold, as you run the risk of getting a chill when your wet hair takes a long time to dry.
Lodges usually have a common room where later in the day, when people start to arrive from their day’s trek there might be a stove that is lit to keep warm. Bedrooms however are not heated. Lodges provide clean bedding, but you may want to pack a sheet sleeping bag for peace of mind.
The main means of transport is on foot, or in some cases by horse, with mules or donkeys sometimes carrying baggage. On most trekking routes, your baggage will be carried by the porters. You should ensure that anything you might need during the day is in your day pack as you will not see the baggage that is being carried again until the end of each day.
You will be provided with government licensed experienced trek guided assisted by the porters who transport your baggage with one porter for every two trekkers. The guide is in overall charge of the trek and looks after you. This is the person you should go to with any problems, concerns or questions. Our guides are highly trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high altitude medicine, first-aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its peoples. However, you should remember that they are local guides and their English may sometimes be quite basic and limited to trek-related topics. Usually porters will have a more basic understanding of English. Please try to speak slowly and clearly to make communication easier.
Trek grading and preparation
It is impossible to have a ‘foolproof’ grading system as everyone has different expectations and perceptions of their own fitness level. Remember that no trek in the Himalaya is a stroll as all involve going up and down, often at altitude. Altitude affects everyone differently, and even if it has not affected you much before, each time can be quite different in how it affects you.
Regardless of age or fitness, preparation before you arrive is a good idea. Aerobic activity, swimming, cycling or brisk walking is recommended or, at the very least, walking up and down stairs in your trekking boots to be sure that they fit well and are comfortable. Try to use hiking boots that you have already broken in to avoid blisters. Remember that the trek should be fun and you should go at your own pace.
It is best to bring cash in major currencies such as US, Canadian or Australian dollars, Euros, or Pounds. Ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations. Everyone’s spending is different, but as a guide we suggest about USD 8 – 10 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara and USD 30 – 35 per day whilst trekking. If you drink or smoke you need to allow a bit more.
You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu. You can find the money exchange counters near your hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara but there are no exchange facilities in villages along the way.
Communication: mobile phones and internet
Please note, as you will be often trekking through valleys and will not always be close to mobile towers, mobile phone reception can be very patchy. NCELL, the local mobile company has quite good coverage, but sometimes the signal can be very weak. Usually lodges have powerpoints to recharge your mobile, although this sometimes can be at an extra charge.
Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and is not included in the trip price. If you wish to reward the efforts of those who have worked to make your trek the best they can, we suggest the following: USD 4 per day for groups of 8+, USD 5 per day for smaller groups which will be shared amongst the whole staff, including porters.
Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Be careful to check the small print of your insurance regarding altitude as some policies only provide cover up to 2000m.
There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. Your health condition must be sound as you will be climbing to above 4000m. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal. Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarial, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.
Please be aware that you will be in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).
AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the affects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization can result in headaches, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final. There is a possibility of AMS in any trek that passes through altitudes above 4000 meters.
Although our routes are carefully planned to allow proper acclimatization you may feel some effects of altitude for the first few days or at higher altitudes. Breathlessness, lethargy and mild headaches are not uncommon and generally decrease as your body adjusts. Maintaining adequate fluid intake is essential. Please advise your guide if you feel more severe symptoms and do not medicate yourself without discussing it with them first.
Variation of climate is directly proportional to the altitude. For this trekking, trekking routes are often passing through a range of altitudes from 850m upwards. Between about 2700m and 3000m a cool temperate climate prevails, and you should expect a cool summer and very cold temperatures in the winter. Above 3000m, even if the daytime is sunny and quite warm, the temperature will drop sharply as soon as the sun goes down.
The weather in mountains is notoriously changeable so always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.
Trekking permits are required for almost all treks and will be obtained by Royal Mountain Travel. The Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) is essential for the record of Nepal Tourism Board keeping in mind about probable hazards to occur. You need to provide your full name, nationality, home address, passport number, sex, date of birth and 2 photographs for each permit. Royal Mountain Travel also pays any fees required for entry to national parks, conservation areas or restricted areas.
Packing for your trek
You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.
You should limit your baggage to about 7kg. You will find the following items useful.
Royal Mountain Travel is a Nepal-based sustainable tourism operator. We specialize in curating once-in-a-lifetime experiences to showcase indigenous and community based tourism projects. We work with travel agents and tourism companies to help plan travel experiences that highlight authentic, local lifestyles throughout some of the most unique landscapes on earth.
Arrival in Kathmandu
If you fly into the Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport during the day, you will be treated to views of the snow-capped Himalayas in the distance, and the high wooded hills of the Kathmandu Valley. After you’re picked up in the arrivals hall by our representative, you will be briefed about our company and given other general information. There are no pre-organized activities today, so you have time to rest and settle into your comfortable hotel, but you’ll set a time for a full briefing.
Overnight in Hotel Traditional Comfort
Cultural Tour - Bhaktapur and Panauti
Bhaktapur is the quintessential Newari city, with some of the finest architecture in all Nepal. Among the three oldest cities of the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapurwas once the largest, and was capital of Nepal during the Malla period. In the narrow lanes and open squares of Bhaktapur you can see traditional crafts being made, such as pottery, metalwork, art, and the finest woodwork. Newari craftspeople are still renowned today as producers of some of the best traditional crafts in Nepal.
After our sightseeing in Bhaktapur city we will drive to Panauti (approx 1 hour). Upon arrival at Panauti, we will be welcomed by the whole community. You will be introduced to your hosts, at whose home you will eat a delicious traditional lunch.
Panauti is one of the oldest typical Newari villages, and here you will see a number of beautiful and fascinating Hindu temples. Panauti has generally been spared much earthquake damage over the centuries, even though neighboring towns and cities have suffered. It is believed that Panautiwas built on a single stone, thus making it more stable and secure that neighboring places.
Breakfast at Hotel Traditional Comfort.
Lunch with a local family in Panauti
Overnight in Hotel Traditional Comfort
"Everest Calling" - Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is spectacular, as you pass high mountains, deep gorges, isolated villages and streams and waterfalls below. The landing is also very exciting, as the runway is carved into the side of a mountain.It is a trip you are unlikely to ever forget.
Our short trek today heads gently through pine and cedar woods, following the DudhKoshiRiver, to Phakding. On the way you will certainly encounter your first yak caravans, which carry trekking equipment and supplies (including yours!) towards Everest. These wonderful beasts are a feature of all treks in the Everest Region. It is also possible to see musk deer, Himalayan Tahr and maybe even water rats in the cold river!
Breakfast at Hotel Traditional Comfort
Overnight in Hotel Sunrise
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3443m)
The route today crosses the highest and the longest suspension bridge in Nepal, shortly after which—if the weather is clear—you will catch your first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance, through the pine trees.
Today’s destination is Namche Bazaar, the administrative capital of the region and a hub of local Sherpa culture. It was historically the staging point for trading expeditions to Tibet. Its Saturday market remains an important event, bringing traders from villages a week’s walk away. These days it is a prosperous and a colorful village, with many interesting shops and vendors, a range of cuisines and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. It’s a great place to spend a day acclimatizing.
Overnight in Hotel Sherwi-Khangba
Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
It’s necessary to spend a day in Namche Bazaar acclimatizing to the high altitude before we go higher up into the mountains. On this day, you can take an excursion to Thame (2600 m). Intricately carved mani stones mark the path to this large valley with a picturesque Gompa on the hillside overlooking the valley. In Thame you can enjoy watching the yak caravans, as well as taking in the wonderful mountain panoramas and the interesting culture of the Sherpa people.
Overnight in Hotel Sherwi-Khangba
Trek to Debuche (3800m)
Leaving Namche, the route is unbelievably beautiful – the Dudh Kosi River is far below, and the mountains Thamserku, Kantega, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest rise in front. Woods, rhododendron forests, mani walls, chortens and suspension bridges across the river make this a lovely and memorable walk. Rising above the tree line, the trail enters alpine meadows of juniper, and in summer, a profusion of wild flowers.
Overnight in Hotel Riven Dell
Trek to Dingboche (4358m)
The morning view from Debuche is justifiably considered one of the most magnificent in the world, so don’t forget to set the alarm early.Today’s trek from Debucheto Dingboche will be quite challenging, as Dingboche is at an elevation of around 4400 m. You will no longer find trees around Dingboche, only small spiny shrubs. This is the only place in the region where barley is grown, and—as with so many of our stops along this trek—the mountain views are outstanding.
Overnight in Peaceful Lodge
Acclimatization day in Dingboche
We will spend an acclimatization day here. You can hike up the Imja Khola to Chhukung, a small summer settlement. From there, the views of Island Peak (6189m), Lhotse (8516m), Ama Dablam (6812m) and the fluted ice walls flanking the Amphu Lapcha Pass are some of the highlights of the entire trek.
Overnight in Peaceful Lodge
Trek to Dhugla (4620m)
From Dingboche there is a pleasant flat hike, until we reach the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. After a moderate climb, we arrive at a simple but cozy guest house located in a spot with some of the most spectacular scenery you will ever see. The day’s walk is short, so you can spend the rest of the day sipping tea, reading a book, chatting with other trekkers, or exploring the area.
Overnight in Hotel Dhugla
Trek to Lobuche (4900m)
As we walk to the end of the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we pass through meadows and summer yak pasture, until we reach a steep, tough climb. You will see stone monuments to six Sherpas who died in an avalanche, as well as monuments to other climbers who were lost in this region. From Lobucheyou will get a view straight towards Nuptse, and sunset is truly magnificent.
Overnight in Hotel Oxygen
Trek to Gorakshep and hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m)
During the first part of today we trek to Gorakshep, which is the last settlement before Everest Base Camp. The windy, rocky path affords wonderful views of Pumori, Nuptse and other magnificent peaks. After a glacier crossing we reach Gorakshep, check in at our lodge and enjoy a well-deserved lunch. You can spend some time celebrating the fact that you have made it all the way to this marvelous spot!
After some rejuvenation, our adventure continues with a hike towards Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Icefall. The trail passes over rocky moraines and glacial streams, until we reach the base camp, perched on the rock-covered Khumbu Glacier. We explore the base camp, bask in the awesomeness of the surrounding mountains, and then return to Gorakshep.
Overnight in Buddha Lodge
Hike to Kalapatthar (5545m) and trek to Pheriche (4270m)
Today we will rise early and hike to Kalapatthar to enjoy sunrise over the highest mountains in the world. From here you will have a panoramic view of Everest and many other peaks, such as Pumori, Khumbetse, Nuptse, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Thamserku and others. We’ll return to the lodge in Gorakshep for breakfast, and afterwards start the trek to Pheriche.
In the Sherpa village of Pheriche, the Himalayan Rescue Association has opened a seasonal hospital to help trekkers suffering from Acute Mountain Sickness. Gamow Bags and oxygen cylinders are available here, which can be life-saving equipment.
Overnight in Himalayan Lodge
Trek to Khumjung (3600m)
Today the trail descends to the towns of Pangboche and Tengboche. Along the way we will pass some old Sherpa monasteries, and if you’re lucky we can see mountain goats, musk deer and many Himalayan birds. In particular, look out for Nepal’s national bird, the Danphe, which lives in this area. Looking like a cross between a pheasant and a peacock, it is a beautiful and colorful bird that will certainly delight you.
Although we are descending in altitude today, the trail rises and falls, and is steeply uphill in parts. From Khumjung—one of the largest settlements in the Khumbu region—you will get wonderful views of AmaDablam, KusumKangaru and Konde-RI. You will also pass the well-equipped high school built by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1960, and have the chance to visit an old monastery in which an ‘authentic’ Yeti skull is kept.
Overnight in Hotel AmaDablam
Trek to Monjo (2800m)
We descend in altitude a lot today, and you will probably feel the air get warmer, and easier to breathe. The trees and vegetation will get thicker once again.
Overnight in Hotel Monjo
Trek to Lukla (2820m)
Today we retrace our steps back down to Lukla, through rhododendron and pine forests, past Benkar and Phakding to Chaunrikhara. We leave the main trail at Chaunrikhara, and climb the short distance to the small airstrip of Lukla. You can feel very proud of yourself for completing this trip, and making it back to the starting point.
Overnight in Hotel Mera Lodge
Return flight to Kathmandu - Home Sweet Home
You will fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning and will be picked up from the airport and transferred to Hotel Traditional Comfort. The rest of the day is free to relax, or if you have any energy left, to do some gentle sightseeing or shopping in Kathmandu. Hotel Traditional Comfort is conveniently located a short walk from the Thamel district, where you will find many souvenir shops and multi-cuisine restaurants.
Overnight in Hotel Traditional Comfort
Departure to airport
Departure to the airport for your flight home.
Breakfast in Hotel Traditional Comfort