OVERVIEW

Complete the Everest Base Camp trek, one of the world's most iconic walks. Get up close to Mount Everest at Kala Patthar. Trek on epic trails along raging rivers and escarpments with views of Ama Dablam and a host of other Himalaya Massifs. Experience the real sense of accomplishment in reaching Everest Base Camp and the camaraderie of your fellow trekkers.

Highlights

  • Epic helicopter rides with the mighty Himalayas in full view
  • Hiking along raging rivers on well-maintained tracks
  • The magic of catching your first glimpse of Everest alongside many other magnificent peaks
  • Reaching the stunning town of Namche with its array of local Sherpa handicrafts
  • Tengboche monastry with its stunning 360-degree views over the peaks
  • Ascending above the tree line to beautifully barren terrain
  • Insight into mountain life and remote living of the local Sherpas
  • Stunning walk up the Khumbu Glacier
  • Celebrating reaching Everest Base Camp!
  • Witnessing golden hues on the the majestic Himalyas at sunrise

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
14 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Challenging to Strenuous

Grade 6 - Challenging  to Strenuous 

Longer, tougher, steeper hill sections, rough surfaces and many steps. Active lifestyle, good fitness and walking experience required.

PRICE FROM
$ 5390

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SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 245

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14

DAY 1
Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport, be met by one of our representatives and enjoy a private transfer to your 4-star hotel in the Thamel area. Tonight there will be a welcome dinner and a trek briefing about the details of the exciting journey that you will take over the next 13 days.

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2
Kathmandu Guided Tour and Trek preparation

After breakfast, venture out into the Thamel with your guide, visiting all the iconic sites like Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Swayambunath (Monkey Temple).  The tour will also take you to off-the-beaten-path locations like Boudhanath Stupa and less-known but very beautiful places that are easy to miss without insider local knowledge. We’ll leave enough time for one of our guides to go through all your hiking gear and allow for any last-minute shopping if needed. Kathmandu is famous for trekking gear and is a lot cheaper than in Western countries.

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3
Trek to Phakding (2600m)

We start the hike on the Everest Base Camp track (EBC) today.  Start by taking an epic helicopter ride to Lukla after an early breakfast and transfer to Kathmandu airport where your helicopter awaits (no risk of flight cancellation stress on this trip!).  This is a real highlight of the trip, with your helicopter skirting the mountains with the mighty Himalayas in full view.

Once you arrive in Lukla there is time to explore a little and enjoy a snack or further shopping. Set off with your guide and porters on what is a very beautiful hike along the Dudh Kosi, one of the many raging rivers you will encounter on this walk. The broad well-maintained track travels through buckwheat farms and via small villages to the village of Phakding. Tonight we stay in real luxury for the mountains, in the 3-Star Hotel in our very good friend Mingma’s hotel in Phakding.

Distance: 8km
Elevation Gain/Loss: -248m
Accommodation: 3-star hotel with ensuites
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3400m)

Today is our first challenging ascent on the EBC track.  It comes with some very special views, including our first glimpse of Everest and Lhotse (the fourth highest mountain at 8516m in the world).  Hike to the stunning town of Namche and enjoy the authentic and largest Sherpa mountain town in the region. There are an array of shops selling authentic handmade Nepalese handicrafts and jewellery so try and pack light if you want to indulge!   You’ll stay in a good quality 3-star hotel for 2 nights, with an amazing restaurant looking over the mountains, including Mnt Kondge.

Distance: 11km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 832m
Accommodation: 3-star hotel with ensuites
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 5
Namche Hike and Acclimitisation day

It’s essential to take acclimatisation days in your quest to reach Everest Base Camp to help avoid getting altitude sickness.

So today we enjoy the mountains and, in doing so, build on your hiking fitness with a short walk taking the ridge track above Namche. There are good views over the Everest Base camp track. There are even better views of Everest on the lookout, and on the way down you visit the Sherpa Culture and Everest Mountaineering Museum. There’s time to explore Namche, do some shopping, or relax in one of the many restaurants (or at your hotel) and soak up the mountain atmosphere with the other trekkers and climbers.

Distance: 7km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 200/-200m
Accommodation: 3-star hotel with ensuites
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 6
Trek to Debuche via Tengboche (3770m)

Leaving Namche you hike on the EBC track once again along a magnificent escarpment with glorious views down over the Dudh Koshi and its canyon wall. Cross over the river at Phungitenga and begin another ascent to the saddle, whilst walking through forest canopy. Tengboche monastery is just two hours from here, the holiest place in the Everest region.  The monastery has a stunning setting with 360-degree views over Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku and Tebuche. It’s a short haul from the monastery to Debouche, where you will be staying tonight.

Distance: 9.1km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 430m
Accommodation: Tenbgboche in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 7
Trek to Dingboche

The hiking begins to flatten off (relatively speaking given this is the Everest Base Camp track!), and it doesn’t take long to get to Pangboche and its monastery. From here the walk travels down into the valley and becomes even more stunning, traversing another suspension bridge and joining the Imja Khola a tributary of the Dudh Kosi, following this powerful river for most of the remainder of the day.

As you become closer to the town of Shomare, you gradually ascend above the tree line and the terrain morphs into more sparse and barren terrain but no less beautiful. Your constant companion as you trek will be magnificent views of the unique Ama Dablam, among the many other mountains that make up this one-of-a-kind landscape. Your overnight accommodation is at the foot of Ama Dablam in Dingboche.

Distance: 10.7km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 540m
Accommodation:  Dingboche in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 8
Dingboche Hike to Chukhung and Acclimitisation day

Another acclimatisation day coupled with a not-to-be-missed walk.  Trek out to Chukhung, the setting-off point for climbers of Ama Dablam. Relatively speaking, today’s walk is moderate-level, and the perfect precursor for what is to come. As you walk along the valley and river you will be surrounded by massive peaks, views of which get better and better.  The small village of Chukhung at 4750m is an insight into mountain life and remote living. We are back by early afternoon with plenty of time to relax in picturesque Dingboche with stunning views from the restaurant over the Ama Dablam.

Distance: 9.8km
Elevation Gain/Loss: +320m/-320m
Accommodation: Dingboche in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

 

DAY 9
Trek to Lobuche

Today’s walk is one of the most stunning on the EBC trek. The trail traverses Pheriche and towards the Khumbu Glacier moraine. This section is somewhat reminiscent of the section from Cormanyeur to Val Ferret on the Tour du Mont Blanc, but you’re 3000m higher and surrounded by mountains 4000m higher. It is simply surreal as you cross an effectively wide-open hilltop and enjoy one of the best views of the walk – a 270-degree view of the mountains. Once you reach Thukla, your lunch spot, the track begins to get steep as you travel up the Khumbu Glacier.  From here it is another wonderful, reasonable flat section  into Lobuche.

Distance: 9.8km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 530m
Accommodation: Lobouche in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 10
Trek to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep

Today is a big day as the thin air slows things down.  However, the walk is made easier by giving you the option of leaving your pack in Gorakshep and taking it slowly as we allow plenty of time. The trail is rocky in sections and traverses moraines and over streams before reaching your ultimate goal: Everest Base Camp.  Soak up the amazing views at the top of the track just before heading down to the world famous Icefall and the camp. There’s time to celebrate and then make your way back to Gorakshep for a well-deserved rest. Tonight there’s an optional small celebration at 5288m – small because tomorrow is the most  amazing day of all.

Distance: 11.3km (feels like 22.6km!)
Elevation Gain/Loss: 440m (there’s undulation on this section)
Accommodation: Gorakshep in a basic lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 11
Trek up to Kala Patthar and Pheriche (5644m)

Today is the most epic of all of the trekking days on the EBC trip with the hike up to Kala Patthar, the highest part of this incredible trek. We leave early, aiming to summit at sunrise.  Kala Patthar is a Hindi name that translates to “black rock”. From the summit of these black rocks, the views are simply spectacular. The sight of the sunrise casting golden hues over the majestic Himalayas is a sight to behold. Views of Mount Everest are extraordinary, and easily the best on the walk. Most trekkers remark that they are filled with a profound sense of joy as they are surrounded by 360-degree views of the tallest mountains in the world.

It is a much easier walk down as we make our way to Pheriche, via Gorakshep, for lunch, and our last stop in the mountains. Tonight we celebrate your achievement of conquering the EBC. The dinner tonight is enjoyed with the guide/s and porters.  Say your goodbyes as tomorrow you return via helicopter to Kathmandu.

Distance: 11.6km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 500m/ – 1300m
Accommodation: Pheriche in a lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 12
Helicopter ride back to Kathmandu

Today revel in your achievement of reaching the Everest Base Camp and summiting Kala Patthar, and top it off with an epic helicopter ride back to Kathmandu.  This breathtaking and unique journey takes you back down the mountains and via the foothills to Kathmandu – not only delivering astonishing views, but saving your knees walking downhill too!  After a magical hour or so in the sky, be transferred back to your 4-star hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13
Contingency day Kathmandu

Even with the use of helicopters, the weather can, on very rare occasions,  make travel unpredictable.  In order to ensure your acclimitisation is not rushed, and/or risk missing an international flight with any unavoidable delays, we have factored in this contingency day.  It is most likely that this extra day will be spent in Kathmandu as a recovery day – you could indulge in meditation or yoga, a massage or simply relax around the infinity pool. Or all of the above!

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Breakfast and farewell dinner at Mingma’s restaurant

DAY 14
Onward travel or more rest days in Kathmandu

The tour ends after breakfast, but depending on your onward travel arrangements, take a walk around Kathmandu or indulge yourself with a massage.  We can happily book more days for you in Kathmandu (at extra cost) if you would like to stay on.  Be transferred back to the airport – just let our team know what time you would like once you are back in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Epic Helicopter flights to Lukla and from Pheriche (near Everest) back to Kathmandu, saving both your knees and substantial time
  • Expert local guide/s (1 guide to 4 passengers to ensure you are well looked after) plus guided tour of Kathmandu
  • Be met at the airport and transferred to and from your accommodation
  • Walk pack free with luggage transfers each day
  • Allocated acclimitisation and contingency days
  • 4 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • 3-star Hotels and handpicked boutique lodges/teahouses
  • 13 breakfasts and 11 dinners – welcome and farewell dinners at excellent Kathmandu restaurants
  • Our team on the ground has four helicopters with priority at all times, making your walk as safe as possible
  • All trekking permits, entrance fees to Heritage sites & gov taxes, duffel bag, buff and walking information pack
  • Flexibility to pick another departure date if those available do not suit you

Please read ‘WHY TRAVEL WITH US – THE AUSWALK DIFFERENCE‘ in GENERAL INFO to learn more.

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ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

During this tour, you will stay 4 nights in a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu, and 3* hotels and the best accommodation available in the mountains.

All the accommodations are accustomed to welcoming trekkers and very well-equipped to make your stay comfortable regardless of the weather conditions. Typically, rooms are very comfortable with ensuites where possible. They are all in magnificent locations and the lodges are built in authentic Nepalese tradition. As you ascend towards Everest Base Camp the last few locations the accommodation gets simpler.  We have endeavoured to use all the best accommodations available as you ascend, but to call the accommodation at Gorakshep at high altitude luxury is not accurate. This won’t matter as you will be savouring your achievement at having summited at EBC.

Dining
You will be provided with 13 breakfasts and 11 dinners. You will enjoy a welcome dinner at an authentic Nepalese restaurant on arrival and a farewell dinner at a beautiful open-air contemporary Nepalese restaurant on one of the last 2 nights. On the trek, you can order off the menus for breakfast and dinner. Lunch can be obtained as you walk, but given the size of breakfast and dinner, we find that many walkers eat very little at lunch. The food is good but becomes simpler as you ascend.

It is suggested that you bring some snacks with you from Kathmandu or your home country. Some dense quality protein balls and some good quality scroggin will be of benefit. You can buy beer, soft drinks, chocolate and various other snacks at almost all the accommodations. Dahl Baht the local ‘delicacy’ is pretty good and we recommend that you try this, especially at altitude. It is what the sherpas eat and for good reason. You will need to keep your calorie intake up to support you at altitude.

 

  • NIGHT 1, 2 ,12 & 13

  • NIGHT 3

  • Night 4 & 5

  • NIGHT 6,7,8,9 & 10

  • NIGHT 11

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort in preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, the average daily distance is 12.6km, the average daily elevation gain is 448m (but 700m elevation with the undulation), average terrain difficulty is 10/10 due to altitude.

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DISTANCE - BELOW AVERAGE

Distance is not a major consideration in your training program. However, you should still incorporate some long walks as it will increase your cardiovascular fitness.

ELEVATION - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs.

If you do not have access to hills, it is essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible such as on a treadmill or stair climber. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Also, prioritising resistance weight training will help you develop overall muscle strength.  Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, as opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels if you are able to. Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

EXTREME MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles. Altitude is an issue on this walk so you must do some training over the kilometres outlined above.

GENERAL INFO

WHY TRAVEL WITH US - WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE

Travel without stress or delays

  • Most visitors travel to Lukla via aeroplane, however, flights are often subject to weather-related delays or cancellations.  Hence we use helicopters which are far less susceptible to such issues, helping to deliver your trip as per the carefully planned itinerary
  • Returning from the peak via helicopter also eliminates walking all the same way back down to the trailhead in Lukla – your knees will be very grateful!  This saves up to 3 days of repeat walking and in addition, eliminates having to travel for 5 hours to and from Ramechhap for Lukla flights
  • Built-in contingency day in case the weather delays departure from the mountains.  This rarely happens with helicopters but we know you wouldn’t want to miss your international flight in the unusual event that it did!
  • Priority use of our team’s 4 helicopters in case of an emergency

 

The best possible food and accommodation

  • Staying in a 4-star hotel in the quietest part of the bustling Thamel in Kathmandu, where you enjoy the Thamel area but are insulated from the bustle
  • Enjoying the best accommodation options available on the trek.  Note: accommodation levels vary and, where possible, rooms have ensuites.   Accommodations at a few high-altitude locations are less luxurious but still comfortable
  • Since food plays a significant role in hiking at higher elevations, we strive to serve our guests fresh and healthy meals every time

 

Be well guided and looked after

  • Sufficient time to visit Kathmandu’s unmissable 7 World Heritage sites with our guided tour
  • Highly experienced fun-loving guides with fluent English
  • Guide to hiker ratio of 1 to 4 passengers so you will be very well looked after
  • Our professional safety-focused team on the ground ensure the best possible experience

 

We support the region and the environment

  • We support the Himalayan Sherpa Hospital at Phakding through the Himalayan Sherpa Foundation
  • We support the organization KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). KEEP provides valuable training programs for guides, including language training, map reading, and a porter welfare program
  • We offset our carbon emissions, raise money and donate to Odonata, an environmental charity committed to supporting biodiversity
  • Auswalk has earned Advanced Eco Tourism Certification

 

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available in March, April, May, September, October and November.

Please contact us if the departure dates displayed do not suit you as we can easily arrange another more suitable date for you.

If you have your own small group, we can lock away your departure date from your group at 4 or more pax.

WALKING

Challenging to Strenuous – The distance walked on this trip is not great each day and at low altitudes, the walks are not that difficult. However, at higher altitudes fitness level is a factor which is why we have rated this trip as we have. Tracks and trails on this tour will have prolonged ascents and less so some descents along mainly well-travelled tracks. There are a few long sections of elevation and some sections of steps. At the end of the track, there is a rocky section on your way to EBC.  An average of 12km, 700m ascent each day. Having an active lifestyle and preparing or being an experienced walker will make the journey more enjoyable. The real challenge comes toward the end of the walk altitude. Please be assured that we have 3 acclimatisation days and take extra care not to ascend too quickly That is why we have not rated this walk as Strenuous the hardest rating as we ascend in a much more practical and supportive way.

Importantly, your guide is an expert mountaineer and is local with expert knowledge of the track.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

This walk starts and ends at Kathmandu Airport. 

Kathmandu Airport 
The trip starts with a transfer from Kathmandu Airport to your accommodation. You will be met at the airport by one of our representatives but please let us know your travel plans so we can arrange your private transfer. If you are already in Nepal then the walk starts at your hotel.

At the end of the trip, we transfer you back to the airport for your international flight.

A useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from or to other destinations.

LUGGAGE

Each morning it will be up to you to pack your bag and place your luggage outside your room. Your guide will let you know what to do. Bags must be less than 15kg and be Soft Bags (i.e. not hard cases). We supply you with this.

Importantly, any excess kilos can be stored at the hotel in Kathmandu.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred by our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

POWER SUPPLY

The Everest region is powered by hydro electricity. In peak season, supply is limited and power outages may occur so we advise bringing a powerbank/ back up batteries for your phones, cameras, and electronics.

Hot showers are mostly powered by solar panels or a gas-fired water heater. On very rare occasions hot showers may not be available.

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Overview

OVERVIEW

Complete the Everest Base Camp trek, one of the world's most iconic walks. Get up close to Mount Everest at Kala Patthar. Trek on epic trails along raging rivers and escarpments with views of Ama Dablam and a host of other Himalaya Massifs. Experience the real sense of accomplishment in reaching Everest Base Camp and the camaraderie of your fellow trekkers.

Highlights

  • Epic helicopter rides with the mighty Himalayas in full view
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  • Stunning walk up the Khumbu Glacier
  • Celebrating reaching Everest Base Camp!
  • Witnessing golden hues on the the majestic Himalyas at sunrise

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
14 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Challenging to Strenuous

Grade 6 - Challenging  to Strenuous 

Longer, tougher, steeper hill sections, rough surfaces and many steps. Active lifestyle, good fitness and walking experience required.

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$ 245

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Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14

DAY 1
Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport, be met by one of our representatives and enjoy a private transfer to your 4-star hotel in the Thamel area. Tonight there will be a welcome dinner and a trek briefing about the details of the exciting journey that you will take over the next 13 days.

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2
Kathmandu Guided Tour and Trek preparation

After breakfast, venture out into the Thamel with your guide, visiting all the iconic sites like Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Swayambunath (Monkey Temple).  The tour will also take you to off-the-beaten-path locations like Boudhanath Stupa and less-known but very beautiful places that are easy to miss without insider local knowledge. We’ll leave enough time for one of our guides to go through all your hiking gear and allow for any last-minute shopping if needed. Kathmandu is famous for trekking gear and is a lot cheaper than in Western countries.

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3
Trek to Phakding (2600m)

We start the hike on the Everest Base Camp track (EBC) today.  Start by taking an epic helicopter ride to Lukla after an early breakfast and transfer to Kathmandu airport where your helicopter awaits (no risk of flight cancellation stress on this trip!).  This is a real highlight of the trip, with your helicopter skirting the mountains with the mighty Himalayas in full view.

Once you arrive in Lukla there is time to explore a little and enjoy a snack or further shopping. Set off with your guide and porters on what is a very beautiful hike along the Dudh Kosi, one of the many raging rivers you will encounter on this walk. The broad well-maintained track travels through buckwheat farms and via small villages to the village of Phakding. Tonight we stay in real luxury for the mountains, in the 3-Star Hotel in our very good friend Mingma’s hotel in Phakding.

Distance: 8km
Elevation Gain/Loss: -248m
Accommodation: 3-star hotel with ensuites
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3400m)

Today is our first challenging ascent on the EBC track.  It comes with some very special views, including our first glimpse of Everest and Lhotse (the fourth highest mountain at 8516m in the world).  Hike to the stunning town of Namche and enjoy the authentic and largest Sherpa mountain town in the region. There are an array of shops selling authentic handmade Nepalese handicrafts and jewellery so try and pack light if you want to indulge!   You’ll stay in a good quality 3-star hotel for 2 nights, with an amazing restaurant looking over the mountains, including Mnt Kondge.

Distance: 11km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 832m
Accommodation: 3-star hotel with ensuites
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 5
Namche Hike and Acclimitisation day

It’s essential to take acclimatisation days in your quest to reach Everest Base Camp to help avoid getting altitude sickness.

So today we enjoy the mountains and, in doing so, build on your hiking fitness with a short walk taking the ridge track above Namche. There are good views over the Everest Base camp track. There are even better views of Everest on the lookout, and on the way down you visit the Sherpa Culture and Everest Mountaineering Museum. There’s time to explore Namche, do some shopping, or relax in one of the many restaurants (or at your hotel) and soak up the mountain atmosphere with the other trekkers and climbers.

Distance: 7km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 200/-200m
Accommodation: 3-star hotel with ensuites
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 6
Trek to Debuche via Tengboche (3770m)

Leaving Namche you hike on the EBC track once again along a magnificent escarpment with glorious views down over the Dudh Koshi and its canyon wall. Cross over the river at Phungitenga and begin another ascent to the saddle, whilst walking through forest canopy. Tengboche monastery is just two hours from here, the holiest place in the Everest region.  The monastery has a stunning setting with 360-degree views over Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku and Tebuche. It’s a short haul from the monastery to Debouche, where you will be staying tonight.

Distance: 9.1km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 430m
Accommodation: Tenbgboche in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 7
Trek to Dingboche

The hiking begins to flatten off (relatively speaking given this is the Everest Base Camp track!), and it doesn’t take long to get to Pangboche and its monastery. From here the walk travels down into the valley and becomes even more stunning, traversing another suspension bridge and joining the Imja Khola a tributary of the Dudh Kosi, following this powerful river for most of the remainder of the day.

As you become closer to the town of Shomare, you gradually ascend above the tree line and the terrain morphs into more sparse and barren terrain but no less beautiful. Your constant companion as you trek will be magnificent views of the unique Ama Dablam, among the many other mountains that make up this one-of-a-kind landscape. Your overnight accommodation is at the foot of Ama Dablam in Dingboche.

Distance: 10.7km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 540m
Accommodation:  Dingboche in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 8
Dingboche Hike to Chukhung and Acclimitisation day

Another acclimatisation day coupled with a not-to-be-missed walk.  Trek out to Chukhung, the setting-off point for climbers of Ama Dablam. Relatively speaking, today’s walk is moderate-level, and the perfect precursor for what is to come. As you walk along the valley and river you will be surrounded by massive peaks, views of which get better and better.  The small village of Chukhung at 4750m is an insight into mountain life and remote living. We are back by early afternoon with plenty of time to relax in picturesque Dingboche with stunning views from the restaurant over the Ama Dablam.

Distance: 9.8km
Elevation Gain/Loss: +320m/-320m
Accommodation: Dingboche in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

 

DAY 9
Trek to Lobuche

Today’s walk is one of the most stunning on the EBC trek. The trail traverses Pheriche and towards the Khumbu Glacier moraine. This section is somewhat reminiscent of the section from Cormanyeur to Val Ferret on the Tour du Mont Blanc, but you’re 3000m higher and surrounded by mountains 4000m higher. It is simply surreal as you cross an effectively wide-open hilltop and enjoy one of the best views of the walk – a 270-degree view of the mountains. Once you reach Thukla, your lunch spot, the track begins to get steep as you travel up the Khumbu Glacier.  From here it is another wonderful, reasonable flat section  into Lobuche.

Distance: 9.8km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 530m
Accommodation: Lobouche in a comfortable lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 10
Trek to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep

Today is a big day as the thin air slows things down.  However, the walk is made easier by giving you the option of leaving your pack in Gorakshep and taking it slowly as we allow plenty of time. The trail is rocky in sections and traverses moraines and over streams before reaching your ultimate goal: Everest Base Camp.  Soak up the amazing views at the top of the track just before heading down to the world famous Icefall and the camp. There’s time to celebrate and then make your way back to Gorakshep for a well-deserved rest. Tonight there’s an optional small celebration at 5288m – small because tomorrow is the most  amazing day of all.

Distance: 11.3km (feels like 22.6km!)
Elevation Gain/Loss: 440m (there’s undulation on this section)
Accommodation: Gorakshep in a basic lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 11
Trek up to Kala Patthar and Pheriche (5644m)

Today is the most epic of all of the trekking days on the EBC trip with the hike up to Kala Patthar, the highest part of this incredible trek. We leave early, aiming to summit at sunrise.  Kala Patthar is a Hindi name that translates to “black rock”. From the summit of these black rocks, the views are simply spectacular. The sight of the sunrise casting golden hues over the majestic Himalayas is a sight to behold. Views of Mount Everest are extraordinary, and easily the best on the walk. Most trekkers remark that they are filled with a profound sense of joy as they are surrounded by 360-degree views of the tallest mountains in the world.

It is a much easier walk down as we make our way to Pheriche, via Gorakshep, for lunch, and our last stop in the mountains. Tonight we celebrate your achievement of conquering the EBC. The dinner tonight is enjoyed with the guide/s and porters.  Say your goodbyes as tomorrow you return via helicopter to Kathmandu.

Distance: 11.6km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 500m/ – 1300m
Accommodation: Pheriche in a lodge
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 12
Helicopter ride back to Kathmandu

Today revel in your achievement of reaching the Everest Base Camp and summiting Kala Patthar, and top it off with an epic helicopter ride back to Kathmandu.  This breathtaking and unique journey takes you back down the mountains and via the foothills to Kathmandu – not only delivering astonishing views, but saving your knees walking downhill too!  After a magical hour or so in the sky, be transferred back to your 4-star hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13
Contingency day Kathmandu

Even with the use of helicopters, the weather can, on very rare occasions,  make travel unpredictable.  In order to ensure your acclimitisation is not rushed, and/or risk missing an international flight with any unavoidable delays, we have factored in this contingency day.  It is most likely that this extra day will be spent in Kathmandu as a recovery day – you could indulge in meditation or yoga, a massage or simply relax around the infinity pool. Or all of the above!

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mulberry
Meals: Breakfast and farewell dinner at Mingma’s restaurant

DAY 14
Onward travel or more rest days in Kathmandu

The tour ends after breakfast, but depending on your onward travel arrangements, take a walk around Kathmandu or indulge yourself with a massage.  We can happily book more days for you in Kathmandu (at extra cost) if you would like to stay on.  Be transferred back to the airport – just let our team know what time you would like once you are back in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Epic Helicopter flights to Lukla and from Pheriche (near Everest) back to Kathmandu, saving both your knees and substantial time
  • Expert local guide/s (1 guide to 4 passengers to ensure you are well looked after) plus guided tour of Kathmandu
  • Be met at the airport and transferred to and from your accommodation
  • Walk pack free with luggage transfers each day
  • Allocated acclimitisation and contingency days
  • 4 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • 3-star Hotels and handpicked boutique lodges/teahouses
  • 13 breakfasts and 11 dinners – welcome and farewell dinners at excellent Kathmandu restaurants
  • Our team on the ground has four helicopters with priority at all times, making your walk as safe as possible
  • All trekking permits, entrance fees to Heritage sites & gov taxes, duffel bag, buff and walking information pack
  • Flexibility to pick another departure date if those available do not suit you

Please read ‘WHY TRAVEL WITH US – THE AUSWALK DIFFERENCE‘ in GENERAL INFO to learn more.

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Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

During this tour, you will stay 4 nights in a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu, and 3* hotels and the best accommodation available in the mountains.

All the accommodations are accustomed to welcoming trekkers and very well-equipped to make your stay comfortable regardless of the weather conditions. Typically, rooms are very comfortable with ensuites where possible. They are all in magnificent locations and the lodges are built in authentic Nepalese tradition. As you ascend towards Everest Base Camp the last few locations the accommodation gets simpler.  We have endeavoured to use all the best accommodations available as you ascend, but to call the accommodation at Gorakshep at high altitude luxury is not accurate. This won’t matter as you will be savouring your achievement at having summited at EBC.

Dining
You will be provided with 13 breakfasts and 11 dinners. You will enjoy a welcome dinner at an authentic Nepalese restaurant on arrival and a farewell dinner at a beautiful open-air contemporary Nepalese restaurant on one of the last 2 nights. On the trek, you can order off the menus for breakfast and dinner. Lunch can be obtained as you walk, but given the size of breakfast and dinner, we find that many walkers eat very little at lunch. The food is good but becomes simpler as you ascend.

It is suggested that you bring some snacks with you from Kathmandu or your home country. Some dense quality protein balls and some good quality scroggin will be of benefit. You can buy beer, soft drinks, chocolate and various other snacks at almost all the accommodations. Dahl Baht the local ‘delicacy’ is pretty good and we recommend that you try this, especially at altitude. It is what the sherpas eat and for good reason. You will need to keep your calorie intake up to support you at altitude.

 

  • NIGHT 1, 2 ,12 & 13

  • NIGHT 3

  • Night 4 & 5

  • NIGHT 6,7,8,9 & 10

  • NIGHT 11

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort in preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, the average daily distance is 12.6km, the average daily elevation gain is 448m (but 700m elevation with the undulation), average terrain difficulty is 10/10 due to altitude.

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DISTANCE - BELOW AVERAGE

Distance is not a major consideration in your training program. However, you should still incorporate some long walks as it will increase your cardiovascular fitness.

ELEVATION - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs.

If you do not have access to hills, it is essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible such as on a treadmill or stair climber. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Also, prioritising resistance weight training will help you develop overall muscle strength.  Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, as opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels if you are able to. Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

EXTREME MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles. Altitude is an issue on this walk so you must do some training over the kilometres outlined above.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

WHY TRAVEL WITH US - WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE

Travel without stress or delays

  • Most visitors travel to Lukla via aeroplane, however, flights are often subject to weather-related delays or cancellations.  Hence we use helicopters which are far less susceptible to such issues, helping to deliver your trip as per the carefully planned itinerary
  • Returning from the peak via helicopter also eliminates walking all the same way back down to the trailhead in Lukla – your knees will be very grateful!  This saves up to 3 days of repeat walking and in addition, eliminates having to travel for 5 hours to and from Ramechhap for Lukla flights
  • Built-in contingency day in case the weather delays departure from the mountains.  This rarely happens with helicopters but we know you wouldn’t want to miss your international flight in the unusual event that it did!
  • Priority use of our team’s 4 helicopters in case of an emergency

 

The best possible food and accommodation

  • Staying in a 4-star hotel in the quietest part of the bustling Thamel in Kathmandu, where you enjoy the Thamel area but are insulated from the bustle
  • Enjoying the best accommodation options available on the trek.  Note: accommodation levels vary and, where possible, rooms have ensuites.   Accommodations at a few high-altitude locations are less luxurious but still comfortable
  • Since food plays a significant role in hiking at higher elevations, we strive to serve our guests fresh and healthy meals every time

 

Be well guided and looked after

  • Sufficient time to visit Kathmandu’s unmissable 7 World Heritage sites with our guided tour
  • Highly experienced fun-loving guides with fluent English
  • Guide to hiker ratio of 1 to 4 passengers so you will be very well looked after
  • Our professional safety-focused team on the ground ensure the best possible experience

 

We support the region and the environment

  • We support the Himalayan Sherpa Hospital at Phakding through the Himalayan Sherpa Foundation
  • We support the organization KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). KEEP provides valuable training programs for guides, including language training, map reading, and a porter welfare program
  • We offset our carbon emissions, raise money and donate to Odonata, an environmental charity committed to supporting biodiversity
  • Auswalk has earned Advanced Eco Tourism Certification

 

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available in March, April, May, September, October and November.

Please contact us if the departure dates displayed do not suit you as we can easily arrange another more suitable date for you.

If you have your own small group, we can lock away your departure date from your group at 4 or more pax.

WALKING

Challenging to Strenuous – The distance walked on this trip is not great each day and at low altitudes, the walks are not that difficult. However, at higher altitudes fitness level is a factor which is why we have rated this trip as we have. Tracks and trails on this tour will have prolonged ascents and less so some descents along mainly well-travelled tracks. There are a few long sections of elevation and some sections of steps. At the end of the track, there is a rocky section on your way to EBC.  An average of 12km, 700m ascent each day. Having an active lifestyle and preparing or being an experienced walker will make the journey more enjoyable. The real challenge comes toward the end of the walk altitude. Please be assured that we have 3 acclimatisation days and take extra care not to ascend too quickly That is why we have not rated this walk as Strenuous the hardest rating as we ascend in a much more practical and supportive way.

Importantly, your guide is an expert mountaineer and is local with expert knowledge of the track.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

This walk starts and ends at Kathmandu Airport. 

Kathmandu Airport 
The trip starts with a transfer from Kathmandu Airport to your accommodation. You will be met at the airport by one of our representatives but please let us know your travel plans so we can arrange your private transfer. If you are already in Nepal then the walk starts at your hotel.

At the end of the trip, we transfer you back to the airport for your international flight.

A useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from or to other destinations.

LUGGAGE

Each morning it will be up to you to pack your bag and place your luggage outside your room. Your guide will let you know what to do. Bags must be less than 15kg and be Soft Bags (i.e. not hard cases). We supply you with this.

Importantly, any excess kilos can be stored at the hotel in Kathmandu.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred by our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

POWER SUPPLY

The Everest region is powered by hydro electricity. In peak season, supply is limited and power outages may occur so we advise bringing a powerbank/ back up batteries for your phones, cameras, and electronics.

Hot showers are mostly powered by solar panels or a gas-fired water heater. On very rare occasions hot showers may not be available.

Map

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

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