Unforgettable 16 Day Everest Base Camp Trek
Join us on an adventure of a lifetime as we take you embark on this epic Everest base camp trek. The journey takes you through some of the most breathtaking and dramatic mountain scenery in the world. The route from Lukla to Everest Base Camp is through the Khumbu Valley where you will be surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world. This is definitely one of the best trekking routes in terms of majestic scenery, a humbling cultural experience and an overall ‘mind-blowing, kick-ass’ experience.
We spend two days discovering the epic town of Kathmandu-from the Monkey Temple, the sacred Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath and the bustling streets of the Thamel District. Our accommodation on the trek is in the various villages on route that are set against soaring, snow covered and jagged pinnacles of the many Himalayan Giants from Amadablam, Pumori, Lhotse and of course….the Mother Goddess herself, Everest. You will get to know and understand the unique and humbling culture of the mountain people known as Sherpas.
The hiking trails are lined with mani stones and engraved with ancient Tibetan Buddhist prayers. You will be taken on a journey into the spiritual lives of the Sherpa people and how the mountains play such an important role in their daily lives. You will discover how the Sherpa people are able to survive; how they grow food in an otherwise infertile soil; how they interact and trade amongst each other. You will be invited into remote mountain monasteries where you will spend time immersing yourself in the ancient chants of the monks.
What makes an Everest base camp trek so incredible
- Enrich the Nepalese people’s lives by supported them in their drive to rebuild Kathmandu after the earthquakes destroyed a lot of the city and villages.
- Spend a few days exploring the incredible town of Kathmandu
- Mind-blowing views of the highest mountains in the world on your flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
- Take the epic Trek to most famous Base Camp in the world; the launching platform for climbs to the summit of Mount Everest.
Is an Everest Base Camp trek for you?
- The trek is a 12 day trek and includes a few challenging days. Trekkers reach an altitude of 5,300m at Everest Bas Camp and 5,643m on the summit of Kala Pattar.
- We trek between 4-8 hours per day.
- Please ensure you have understood the fitness requirements for this high altitude trek.
- We have an alternative land itinerary in place for when we are not able to reach Lukla by air due to weather conditions. Please see Day 1 of your itinerary for details.
How hard is the trek into Everest Base Camp?
Although there the trek is not too challenging there is the effects of altitude to take into consideration. The daily trekking covers 8km a day over say 6 hours. There are a few longer days that include up to 14km over say 10 hours. The terrain includes moderate to steep paths and elevations ranging from 2700m to 5,300m. The hike includes rest days to help with acclimatization and rest.
What to expect on the Everest Base Camp Trek
We will stay 2 nights in 3 star ‘Nepalese-style’ hotels, and 14 nights in simple, rustic ‘tea houses’ or mountain lodge. The lodges have beds and shared facilities like toilet and eating room.
No need to carry heavy backpacks!! Our tour includes porters who will transport your gear from village to village.
Why trek with South Africa Adventures?
- Our passion is mountaineering and we have climbed some of the highest and craziest mountains in the world. Our team leaders have been through most Scenarios Mountains can throw at us poor mortal humans. Knowledge we would love to impart with to get you ready for your Everest Base Trek.
- We walk the path with all our clients in terms of training and preparation. We offer free mountaineering training sessions on the weekends and assist with equipment purchases.
- You have 24/7 access to our support team.
- Access to our lectures on surviving at altitude ( we cover aspects of Acute mountain sickness, equipment, nutrition and training for the mountains)
- We offer a 50% discount on our Drakensberg training hikes to all clients ( includes transport from JHB, food, equipment, park fees, guide)where you not only get to test your physical and mental capabilities bit get to test your gear as well. We also test a your oxygen saturation levels and blood pressure to see how you cope with adjusting to altitude.
- Enjoy a 10% discount on equipment purchases
- We conduct medicals on our clients 3 times a day on the trek into Everest Base Camp . Over the years we have compiled benchmarks of where climbers should be medically at the various altitudes. A vital part of predicting any altitude related problems higher up.
Pick-up from Kathmandu International Airport
2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu at a standard hotel (including breakfast)
All necessary permits, such as for the national park and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
Accommodation in mountain lodges (tea houses)
Medical kit bag on every trip
Kathmandu to Lukla return flight tickets
Domestic airport tax
1 porter per 2 people
Staff insurance, salary, equipment, food and lodging
Day tour of Kathmandu
Meals in Kathmandu
All meals on the trek. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance
Why we exclude the food cost?
We have left out the cost for food as there are many options for you to choose from along the trek. All of the tea houses offer breakfast, lunch and dinners. There is also such a variety to choose from that we decided it best that we leave that up to you.
1) You can either budget for between $350 and $400 for the food costs on the trek or
2) You can select our ‘Food Included Option” for R5400. Just add to the cart when checking out. Then you won’t have to worry about payments or carrying cash on the mountain. We will ensure you have 3 meals a day prepared for you on the mountain. ( you will be able to select between a choice of 3 different dishes)
Add Ons: (Add these to your cart upon checkout)
1) Meal Option (Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the trek) R5,400
2) Travel Insurance including helicopter evacuation: R2,300
3) Extra Night in Kathmandu per person sharing: R900
4) Extra night in Kathmandu single occupancy: R1300
5) Return Flight from Johannesburg to Kathmandu on Qatar Airways: R12,200
6) Drakensberg Training Hike: R1,800
12 day Trek to the base of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest
The trek includes a summit of Kala Pattar Peak (18,192 feet) and Everest Base Camp (17,590 feet)
Explore the many Sherpa villages en route
Spend time in the ancient Namche Bazaar and Tengboche monasteries.
Incredible mountain scenery as you make your way through the Khumbu Valley
Best view of Everest from the summit of Kala Pattar at just over 5,600m
Immerse yourself in the Sherpa Culture and way of life
2 day tour of Kathmandu including the Monkey Temple and sacred Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath
Fly to Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. We will spend the rest of the day relaxing and checking gear for the trek; Dinner in the Thamel district.
Lukla to Phakding
Today is an early start as we head out to the airport to catch our flight to Lukla. *Please note* weather conditions can be very volatile and delays in the flight patterns are common. If all things go according to plan we will be on the 8:30am flight. The flight into Lukla (2,860m) takes about an hour. Upon arrival we will meet the rest of our Sherpa team and assign equipment to them. After breakfast and something warm to drink we start the much awaited Everest Base camp trek. The first part of the trek descends about 300m and we follow the trial along the Dudhi Khosi River and past ancient mani walls and boulder cave with Buddhist prayers to the village of Phakding;2610m (8km hiking, 3 hours)
Today we trek north up the Dudhi river to the area known as Monjo. This is the point where we officially enter the Sagarmartha (Everest) National Park. We get our trekking permits and head up the steep mountain pass to the village of Namche Bazaar situated at 3,440m. (10km hiking, 6 hours)
This is a rest day set aside for acclimatization. We spend the day visiting the local Monastery and take a hike to the Everest View point. The rest of the afternoon is all yours to explore this quaint mountain village; the gateway into Everest Base Camp.
We continue our trek through the Khumbu Valley to the Village of Phortse Gaon.(3,810m) The trek will allow you to discover how the Sherpa people live and survive in the mountains. The village offers some incredible views of the most famous Himalayan icon-Amadablam; (9km hiking, 6 hours)
Today we continue our trek to Everest Bas Camp through the tree line upwards to the village of Dingboche at 4,410m. The trek covers about 8km over 6 hours.
Rest day set aside to acclimatize and rest. We also take a hike up to 4800m to help with the acclimatization process.
Today we make continue the trek up towards the village of Lobuche at 4,900m. Just before we get the village we spend time at the Everest Memorial site. This is where memorial cairns have been erected in memory of all climbers who have lost their lives in the Himalayas. The trek covers about 7km over 5 hours.
Everest Base Camp/Gorak Shep
We wake up early and take the 3 hour trek up to Gorek Shep (5,164m) The trek boasts some incredible views of the most famous Himalayan Giants including Pumori, Nuptse and Lhotse. Once we get to Gorak Shep, we have lunch before making the final push into Everest Base Camp at 5300m. The trek into base camp takes about 3 hours. We spend about an hour here before we make the descent back to Gorek Shep where we spend the evening.
We wake you up at 3am. The aim is to watch the sun rise on the summit of Kala Patar (5610m). The summit also offers THE BEST VIEWS EVER of Everest. You are not able to see Everest from Base camp because the looming bulk of Lhotse. The climb up takes about 2 hours. We then descend back to Gorek Shep for breakfast. Then it’s all downhill. We cross the Khumbi Khola glacier and head down the valley towards Periche where we will have lunch. We then descend to the village of Orsho for the night. The trek covers about 9km over 6 hours.
We take the 9km hike back to Namche Bazaar where we will spend the night again. Maybe a beer or two in the local pub to celebrate.
The final day of the Everest Bae camp trek sees trekkers retracing their steps from a week before back to Lukla. The hike covers about 10km over 6 hours. We spend the night in Lukla.
We take the short flight back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is all your to explore the Thamel district
Sightseeing day; We include a tour to the Monkey Temple and the sacred Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath
Arrive back home