Everest Base Camp
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17 days from $2780 AUD
Following in the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, this iconic trek takes you to the base camp of the world’s highest peak. The trail winds through the breathtakingly beautiful Khumbu Valley and the glacial-carved landscapes of Sagarmatha National Park, with snow-capped peaks soaring on every side.
Over 17 days, you’ll discover the rich traditions of the native Sherpa people and their spiritual connection with the mountains while staying in some of the world’s highest villages. Spend your acclimatisation days visiting Buddhist monasteries dotted along the trail and watch an unforgettable sunrise over Mount Everest from the 5,644-metre-high Kala Patthar.
Beverages– soft and hard
Return private airport transfers
Return domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla
Accommodation (twin share)
Hotel (2 nts)
Basic Teahouses (14 nts)
English speaking professional trekking guide
Sagarmatha National Park permit
Trekking to Everest Base Camp
Tipping of local staff
Entrance fee (monastery/temple heritage visit)
DAY 1 - Namaste and welcome to Kathmandu
Namaste and welcome to Nepal! Arrive any time during the day and settle into your hotel before a trekking orientation meeting with your guides in the evening.
If you fly in a day or two earlier, take time to explore the atmospheric streets of Kathmandu, which is home to heritage-listed temples and squares, as well as lively bazaars and a plethora of stores selling trekking gear. Climb to the hilltop temple of Swayambhunath for panoramic views across the Kathmandu Valley or make a day trip to the artisan towns of Bhaktapur and Patan.
DAY 2 - Flight to Lukla. Trek to Phakding
Rise early for a morning flight to Lukla (2,480 metres) where your exhilarating trek to the Everest Base Camp will begin. Situated beneath the world’s highest peak, the trail that leads to this mountaineer’s base camp has become a bucket list challenge for many, offering breathtaking mountain views and a unique insight into the local Sherpa culture. It traverses the magnificent river valleys and sparkling glaciers of the Sagarmatha National Park, with trekkers pushed to the limits as they compete against the high altitude conditions. You’ll overnight in basic teahouses along the way that are operated by resilient mountain communities who have long thrived in this spectacular environment.
After soaking up the Himalaya views during the flight to Lukla, find your trekking groove as you make the short descent to Ghat (2,490 metres) in the Dudh Kosi Valley. Today’s relatively easy, three-hour trek follows the river valley all the way to Phakding (2,610 metres) where you’ll spend your first night.
Hiking hours: 2-3
DAY 3 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Today’s trek will see you enter the Sagarmatha National Park and (hopefully) get your first views of Everest itself. The trail follows the Dudh Kosi Valley through a blue pine and rhododendron forest, with porters coming and going in both directions loaded with supplies. After crossing the river at Benkar, enjoy views of the snow-capped Kusum Kanguru (6,369 metres) and Thamserku (6,623 metres) before a challenging climb to the bustling town of Namche Bazaar (3,500 metres). This vibrant commercial hub is known for its nightlife, as well as being the last place to rent any additional trekking gear you might need for accessing the higher altitudes.
Hiking hours: 4 ½ -5 ½
DAY 4 - Namche Bazaar
Spend the day relaxing in Namche Bazaar as you allow your body to acclimatise to the altitude. You’ll embark on a short but strenuous hike to a higher elevation where you can soak up the views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Everest, with the option to walk above the Bhote Khola River Valley towards Thame (3,810 metres). Take time to visit the national park headquarters where there are fascinating displays about the local ecosystem and Sherpa culture while learning about Namche’s role as a trade hub for Tibetan salt.
Hiking hours: 4-5
DAY 5 - Namche to Thame
Today’s trek will be at a leisurely pace as you pass through the village of Thamo en route to Thame (3,800 metres). Follow the trail that gently rises above the Bhote Kosi River while enjoying sweeping views across the valley towards the peaks of Nupla, Shar and Lho Nup. After arriving in Thame, pay a visit to the small monastery to discover the region’s rich Buddhist traditions, then settle in for a night spent relaxing with your fellow trekkers.
Hiking hours: 4
DAY 6 - Thame to Khumjung
After breakfast at your teahouse, don your pack and head across to the opposite side of the Bhote Kosi to return down the valley and rejoin the path you were on the previous day. You’ll then begin a long ascent past the airstrip at Shyangboche, from where there are beautiful views of Ama Dablam and the surrounding mountains. Continue on to Khumjung (3,800 metres) where you’ll be treated to homemade bread and coffee from its German bakery, then take time to visit the Hillary School that’s been supported by this legendary mountaineer.
Hiking hours: 5
DAY 7 - Khumjung to Pangboche
From Khumjung, the day’s trek begins with a short descent to Phunki Tenga (3,250 metres), followed by a long climb to Tengboche where you can enjoy superb views of Thamserku (6,608 metres) and Kangtega (6,685 metres) high above the valley. Tengboche is home to the largest monastery in the region that has been lovingly restored following a fire in 1989. After visiting the monastery and its museum, refuel with treats from the local bakery while looking over towards the summit of Everest. From Tengboche, the trail descends through a beautiful rhododendron forest before crossing the Imja Khola. It’s then a short climb up to Pangboche (4,000 m) where you’ll overnight near one of the oldest monasteries in the region.
Hiking hours: 6
DAY 8 - Pangboche to Dingpoche
As you depart Pangboche this morning, you’ll pass numerous prayer walls (always pass them on the left!) before continuing to Orsho that’s known for its beautiful rock paintings. The trail then crosses the Lobuche Khola with views of Pumori to the north before arriving in the picturesque village of Dingboche (4,410 meters). It nestles at the base of Ama Dablam (6,856 metres), with a patchwork of small fields surrounded by stone walls radiating from the village. After lunch, you can trek to the 5,080-metre-high Nagkar Tshang, then (if the conditions are right) experience the sunset light illuminating the peak of Ama Dablam and the south face of Lhotse.
Hiking hours: 5
DAY 9 - Day trip Chhukung
Today is another opportunity for acclimatisation as you leave your main pack at the teahouse in Dingboche and embark on a day trek to Chhukung. It’s close to the 6,200-metre-high Island Peak and affords magnificent views of the northern ice wall of Lhotse. You may opt to continue in the direction of Chhukung Ri (5,550 metres) or towards the Island Peak Base Camp (about 5,000 metres) before returning to Dingboche for a restful evening.
Hiking hours: 5
DAY 10 - Dingpoche to Lobuche
After breakfast at your teahouse, ascend the small ridge behind Dingboche where there are impressive views of Taweche and Cholatse (6,440 metres) before continuing to the Thukla Pass (4,830 metres). Trekking through wide-open fields, you’ll eventually arrive at the foot of the Khumbu Glacier’s terminal moraines as it flows off Everest. In the afternoon, you’ll pass a series of memorial cairns built in honour of those who have lost their lives during Everest expeditions, with views of Pumori and Changtse across the border in Tibet. Eventually, you’ll arrive in Lobuche where you’ll have the afternoon to relax.
Hiking hours: 5
DAY 11 - Lobuche to Gorakshep
Around 30 minutes after leaving Lobuche, you’ll make a short detour to a pyramid-shaped Italian research centre near a glacier where climate data is collected and monitored. From here, continue on to Gorakshep (5,140 metres), which is the highest elevation accommodation you’ll stay in on this trek. After lunch at your teahouse, make the three-hour return climb to Kala Patthar (Black Rock) at 5,550 metres, from where there are majestic sunset views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks.
Hiking hours: 6
DAY 12 - Everest Base Camp to Lobuche
There’s the option to wake in the pre-dawn hours for another hike to Kala Patthar for sunrise or just save your energy for the trek to your ultimate destination – Everest Base Camp (5,364 metres). Take time to soak up the incredible achievement of making it this far as you enjoy sweeping views of the Khumbu Glacier and the notorious Everest Ice Fall. If you’re trekking during the climbing season of March to May, you’ll probably see yaks and porters coming and going as they supply food and equipment for expeditions tackling the summit. After revelling in this moment for as long as you need, descend along the same trail to Lobuche where you’ll spend the night.
Hiking hours: 7
DAY 13 - Lobuche to Phortse
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in Lobuche before following the same trail back to Tukla, then deviate onto the lower path that leads to Pheriche and Orsho for a change of scenery. You’ll then negotiate a narrow mountain path then leads along the steep slopes to the pretty village of Phortse (3,810 metres) where you’ll spend the night.
Hiking hours: 6-7
DAY 14 - Phortse to Monjo
From Phortse, it’s only two or three hours’ trek back to Namche Bazaar, passing through a beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir along the way. A short climb to Mong La offers magnificent views of Ama Dablam and its surrounding peaks before descending to a large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. In the early afternoon, you’ll arrive back in Monjo where you’ll spend the night, with temperatures much warmer than just a couple of days ago.
Hiking hours: 5
DAY 15 - Monjo to Lukla
Your final day on the Everest Base Camp trail takes you along the same route you initially departed from as you leave the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail crosses the Dudh Kosi four times before passing through Phakding and along an undulating trail back to Lukla. Here, you’ll spend a final night celebrating your achievement with your fellow trekkers and guides.
Hiking hours: 5
DAY 16 - Lukla to Kathmandu
A morning flight from Lukla will transport you back to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu where your trekking adventure comes to an end.
Spend the afternoon drinking chai in one of the many hip courtyard cafes, fill your backpacks full with some last minute shopping and reflect on what has truly been an incredible journey
DAY 17 - Alas! It is time to say goodbye
You will be transferred back to the airport in time for your departure flight. “Khabi Alvida Na Khena”: as the Bollywood Blockbuster title says – “Never say goodbye”!