Everest Base Camp

Everest is more than a mountain and the journey to Everest Base Camp is more than just a trek. As you travel through Sherpa villages and take in the amazing views along the way you will want to come back time and time again. The Everest Base Camp trek is rated as one of the best treks in the world and a journey never to be forgotten.

Location: Nepal
2024 Price: £1950 per person
Length: 15 days
Previous experience required: If you have been for a hike in the countryside around the UK then you will be fine on this expedition. The trails up the Khumbu valley are better than many in the mountains of the UK. 

Everest Base Camp with Hepworth Adventures

2024 Expedition dates

9 February – 24 February
22 March – 6 April
12 April – 27 April
10 May – 25 May
4 November – 19 November

We boast a very high success rate to date on our Everest Base Camp trek, this is achieved by having three nights in Namche Bazaar at 3,440m part way through the expedition. This is a highly important acclimatisation point during the expedition, giving you the best chance of making a safe and enjoyable journey to Everest Base Camp.
Please note that if you are a group of 6 or more we can organise a private expedition for you at any date you wish during the year and also use different routes and itineraries bespoke to your group.

Way to Everest Base Camp with Hepworth Adventures

Overview

  • Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu
  • Day 2 Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding
  • Day 3 Namche Bazaar
  • Day 4 Namche Bazaar acclimatisation
  • Day 5 Namche Bazaar acclimatisation
  • Day 6 Tengbouche
  • Day 7 Dingboche
  • Day 8 Dingboche acclimatisation
  • Day 9 Lebouche
  • Day 10 Gorak Shep – and onto Everest Base Camp
  • Day 11 Kala Patthar to Periche
  • Day 12 Namche Bazaar
  • Day 13 Lukla
  • Day 14 Flight and transfer to Kathmandu
  • Day 15 day of leisure in Kathmandu before transfer to the airport and depart

Everest Base Camp Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu, We meet you at the airport and transfer you to our hotel. Usually we use the Hotel Moonlight (****) where you can relax, recover and get ready for the trek. We will have a full briefing, including kit check to make sure you have everything you need for the days ahead. Sleeping altitude 1,400m
Transfer to Lukla, trek to Phakding. We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi. We have some stunning views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night. Sleeping altitude 2,652m
Heading out of Phakding, we follow the Dudh Kosi northwards. Today, we will walk through magnificent forests with glimpses of the mountains ahead. We cross the river several times by bridges as we work our way up to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar, the main town in the area and Sherpa capital. It is a prosperous town and an important trading centre. It has a weekly market and the town bustles with trekkers, coffee shops, bakeries and stores selling all kinds of trekking and climbing gear as well as Tibetan souvenirs. Sleeping altitude 3,440m
Today is an acclimatisation day where we will walk to the Sherpa Museum at 3,600m. From here we will have stunning views of Mount Everest and the surrounding mountains. The key is to rest, relax and acclimatise at this height. This will make all the difference as we gain altitude later in the trek. Sleeping altitude 3,440m
This is where our itinerary is different. Instead of heading up the valley to Tengboche, we stay in Namche another night giving you the best possible acclimatisation program. We head up to Shangbouche Hill at 3,900m for beautiful views of the whole Everest region. The goal is to spend some time acclimatizing at this elevation before returning to Namche for lunch. The afternoon can be spent sampling the delights of the Namanche Bakeries and local stores. The hike to Shangbouche Hill will take approximately four hours round trip. Sleeping altitude 3,440m
Today we leave Namche and trek to Tengbouche at 3,900m. From Namche, the well worn trail follows the side of the valley high above the Dudh Kosi. We pass a few villages before lunch by the Dudh Kosi River. After lunch we make the steep 700m ascent to Tengbouche. This is the home of the impressive and famous Tengbouche Monastery. Sleeping altitude 3,860m
We descend through the forest and cross the Imja Khola River, climbing steadily, the trail enters Pangboche, at 3,900m the highest permanent settlement in this valley. As we ascend the valley, we have lunch at Shomore, after which we leave the trees behind and cross a wooden bridge at the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Kholas. A short steep climb brings us to Dingboche. Sleeping altitude 4,350m
Acclimatisation at Dingboche. We spend the day recovering and acclimatising around Dingboche. For those adapting well to the altitude, there is the option of climbing Nangkartshang Peak at 5,100m for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawoche and Ama Dablam. There is the option to climb half way to the peak or for the energetic, it takes about 3.5 hours to get to the top. It's a tough and steep climb but well worth the effort for the amazing views. We return to Dingboche for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free to relax and acclimatise. Sleeping altitude 4,350m
Today we trek to Lobuche, continuing the upper trail towards Thukla at 4,620m. We stop here for a tea break and a snack before the steep climb up to Chukpo Lari, a beautiful, yet poignant place where there is a line of memorials in tribute to the climbers who have died on Everest and from where we have a beautiful panorama of the peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border. The trail eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuje, a tiny hamlet with a few teahouses. In the late afternoon there is the option to walk up onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier and the sunset of Nuptse is not to be missed. Sleeping altitude 4,930m
Today is a long, hard day as we leave early following the Khumbu Glacier towards Gorak Shep (5,184m). The trail undulates up and down the moraine with some short steep sections. The trail is rocky as we are now on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. It will take us about three hours to reach Gorak Shep where we will have a rest and something to eat. From here to base camp and back there are no lodges so we fill our water bottles and take some snacks for the walk to Everest Base Camp. It takes about two hours to get from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp. Once we are there we will have time to explore this once in a lifetime chance to be at the base of the world's highest mountain! Usually after about an hour, it is time to turn around and head back to Gorak Shep for the night. Sleeping altitude 5,180m
Today is another big day! Normally, the plan is to start before dawn at around 4am and arrive at the top of Kala Patthar, 'Black Rock', just before sunrise. The trail from Gorak Shep leads steeply uphill all the way to the top of KAla Patthar at 5,645m. This takes approximately two hours. The views from the summit towards Everest are spectacular and after seeing the sun rise, we descend back to Gorak Shep for breakfast. There, we will pack our bags and head down the trail. We retrace our steps through the Lobouche, possibly stopping in Thukla for lunch. From here, we take the lower trail to the village of Pheriche at 4,300m for the night.
From Pheriche, we cross a small bridge and have a short climb before descending to the main Imja Khola Valley. We follow the valley down to Pangboche through an alpine meadow landscape. We drop down to the rushing river then walk through the peaceful Rhododendron forests to the village of Deboche, past Tengboche to the bridge over the Imja Khola river where we have lunch. After lunch there is still a considerable descent before we arrive in Namche Bazaar in the late afternoon. Time for a rest, shower and relax! Sleeping altitude 3,400m
Today is our last day of trekking! We retrace our steps to Chaunrikhara where we start the last climb to Lukla. Today is a long day and we will not reach Lukla until late afternoon. The distance covered today is about 21 Km and we will enjoy our last night spent in the Everest Region tonight. Sleeping altitude 2,800m
An early start for our flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel.
Today is the final day of our intinerary. We recommend that you do not book your return flight any earlier in the day than evening on this day. This is critical if there are any delays in getting out of the mountains the previous day. We include your transfer back to Tributhan International Airport for your onward journey. If you would like to spend any extra time in Kathmandu we are happy to book additional nights for you in the hotel.
A traditional street view in Thamel, Kathmandu

 Why choose to do your expedition with us?

There are lots of providers offering the opportunity to climb to Everest Base Camp. These are some of the reasons we think we offer a better experience than most of the other providers:

  • Included in our price is a training weekend in the UK. It gives us a chance to get to know you, and vice versa. It also gives us an opportunity to talk about the expedition, training you may need to do, the acclimatisation process and kit you will need on the trek.
  • Jeremy has known and worked with his team out in Nepal since 1995. There are really good relationships between the crew in Nepal and us here in the UK.
  • We look after our team in Nepal. We provide our guides with excellent kit so they are able to better look after you. They will have been fed very well during the expedition and should any of the local team be sick on the mountain, we will make sure they are looked after and receive the appropriate medical care.
  • We make sure our porters are properly paid and do not carry too much up the valley. As a result, they may well pop back down the mountain from our next camp to help carry your daysack for you if you’d like.
  • We offer a very high client : guide ratio to help look after you as we get to base camp and back again!

What’s included in the price of this trip:

  • We will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to our hotel base in Kathmandu, returning you to the airport at the end of the expedition
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  • All accommodation on the trek
  • Internal transport from Kathmandu to the trail in Lukla
  • A fully supported trek which includes 3 meals per day
  • Emergency equipment such as medical oxygen and emergency evacuation services
  • Professional guiding from local guides and qualified, experienced UK leaders
  • All park entry fees
  • A two day one night training weekend in the UK

The cost excludes

  • International Flights
  • Visa fees to get into Nepal
  • Extra drinks taken in hotels and tea houses during the expedition
  • Bottled water or energy drinks on the trek
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry or telephone
  • Travel and medical insurance: you need to make sure you have sufficient medical insurance to cover you for trekking up to Everest Base Camp
  • Rescue costs incurred if you need to be evacuated and transferred to a different location (this is usually included in your travel / medical insurance)
  • Tips for your mountain crew – $100 max
  • Optional extra trips and tours whilst you are in Nepal

What’s next?

Please do contact us if you would like to join this expedition. We require a non-refundable deposit payment of £500 and the balance is due 2 months before the expedition commences.