MAX. ALTITUDE: 5550m
Everest base camp trek, the trek to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain is one of the most popular and perhaps the greatest of all the trekking itineraries in the world. The trek is a magic blend of fascinating culture, jaw-dropping scenery and strenuous endeavour that never fails to impress.
The trek to Base Camp follows a gentle acclimatisation regime with plenty of rest days allowing us to enjoy the trek’s many unique places. We start in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where our senses will be captivated by the vast blend of religions, culture and scenic experiences before flying to the spectacularly located mountain town of Lukla (2,800m), from where we begin our trek into the Khumbu Valley.
We follow an ancient route that will take us through tiny villages and remote valleys, past impressive monasteries and over high mountain passes. The views grow more spectacular every day as we traverse below the hanging glaciers of Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Cholatse with Mount Everest and Lhotse visible in the distance. After a few days of captivating trekking, we arrive at Base Camp and cast our eyes over and above the notorious icefall to follow the Western Cwm where the route to the top of the world disappears from view. Heading back to climb Kala Patthar (5,550m) which stands at the feet of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Pumori the panorama is truly spectacular.
9 good reasons to trek to Everest Base Camp with 360 Expeditions.
1. Itinerary. Our Everest Base Camp trek follows the route taken by Hillary and the first ascent team. It includes extra days to allow for maximum acclimatisation and a contingency day to allow for bad weather. (18 days UK to UK. This gives you the best chance to reach EBC and to climb Kala Patthar for those incredible views. Also we have an additional day in Kathmandu after the trek to fully explore the city and absorb its unique culture, and of course to shop for those fantastic souvenirs.
2. Western leaders: Our western guides have a huge passion for Nepal. They will have climbed many of the peaks you trek past and are a fountain of local and cultural knowledge adding a huge amount to your trekking experience.
3. In country support Our 360 local support team is simply the best. Imagine trekking to the base camp of Mt Everest with someone who has actually summited the mountain multiple times. We have worked with our Nepali teams for over 10 years and consider them good friends and treat them as such.
4. Hotel top and tailing the expedition. You will be staying in a beautiful hotel surrounded by quiet tropical gardens nestled in the bustling heart of Kathmandu. No need for taxies to and from the fun.
5. Accommodation on trek. We select the best quality tea-houses according to your selected itinerary. The camping option sometimes found in this itinerary usually entails camping on the grounds of a tea house and using their facilities. Sleep is likely to be disturbed by yaks and other trekking teams coming and going.
6. Meals on the trek. When you sit down for a meal you’re most likely to be the only group free to choose whatever you fancy from the menu. No monotonous set menus and you won’t be reaching into your pocket to pay for that extra hot drink.
7. Climbing team. Teams trekking to EBC in spring time will have the opportunity to meet our Everest summit team.
8. Porters. Our porter crew carry your kitbag. You will only need to carry your daysack, maximising your chance of reaching base camp and climbing Kala Patthar. It comes without saying that our Porter crew is looked after very well. They get paid good wages, sleep in good accommodation and get three square meals per day. And they are insured for emergency evacuation should something untoward happen to them.
9. No hidden costs. Our prices include return flights to Lukla, National Park entry fees and all trekking permit fees.