From $2,900 Land only

Book this holiday

Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • A community project day at a school in Kathmandu.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing
  • Close-up views of Everest
  • Stay during the trek in comfortable Sherpa lodges

The Mount Everest National Park has been a popular destination for trekkers and climbers alike, since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1950's. This classic School Adventure trek follows the Everest Trail from the famous airstrip at Lukla to Everest Basecamp, amongst the wonderful mountain scenery of the Khumbu. The high points of our trek are the sensational viewpoint of Kala Pattar  and Everest Basecamp itself, beneath the spectacular Khumbu Icefall which leads up to the South Col. This was the route taken on the first ascent of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Shepa Tenzing on their historic 1953 climb. En route to the base camp, we visit many delightful Sherpa villages, the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and the stunningly located Thyangboche, with its famous monastery and impressive backdrop of Everest and Ama Dablam. With the opportunity to interact with local people and even participate in a worthwhile community project, this trek to the south side base camp of Everest is one of the finest school adventures on the planet. This tried and tested KE Schools itinerary can be adjusted to better fit the needs of your group - please call and speak to a KE School Groups Coordinator or email schools@keadventure.com

Is this holiday for you?

Generally, the trekking conditions on this school adventure are easy, following good paths and yak trails throughout. Additionally, as the Khumbu is Nepal's most popular trekking destination, the area is well supplied with teashops and lodges and the trails between these are well used and present easy walking conditions. This is the classic walk-in to Everest and our 14 days of trekking allow us plenty of time to comfortably complete the itinerary. To ensure that everyone is in good shape on the steady ascent to Everest Basecamp, the itinerary includes an acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar and a further two acclimatisation days at Dingboche. We have also included 2 nights at Gorak Shep so the group can visit both Kala Patar and Everest Basecamp. The trek to Everest Base Camp is relatively straightforward and completed by thousands of people each year. However,  it should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 4000 metres is necessarily strenuous. We recommend a minimum age of 16 years for this trip.

Brief Itinerary

View in full
  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
  • Fly Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek mainly downhill following the river to Phakding.
  • Trek from Phakding to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m). Rest of day free to explore.
  • Rest/acclimatisation day in Namche. Optional hike to viewpoint of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.
  • Trek to Thyangboche (3860m) located on a ridge below the impressive north ridge of Kang Taiga.
  • Trek to the seasonal settlement of Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley.
  • Acclimatisation walk to Imja Valley with fantastic views towards Tibet. Return to Dingboche.
  • A second acclimatisation day at Dingboche with a day hike into the valley of the Imja Khola.
  • Trek via Dugla and then beside the Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche (4910m).
  • Trek to the Yak pastures at Gorak Shep. (5140m) at the base of Kala Patar.
  • Trek to Everest Basecamp following the moraine and Khumbu Glacier itself. Return to Gorak Shep.
  • Early morning ascent of Kala Patar (5500m) for classic view of Everest. Descend to Pheriche (4270m).
  • Trek to Pangboche, where we visit the monastery. We take an alternative high trail to Phortse (3800m).
  • Trek via Mon La to join the main Everest trail to Namche Bazaar and continue to the village of Monjo.
  • We trek mostly downhill following the Dudh Kosi river, before the final short climb to Lukla.
  • Fly to Kathmandu and check into our comfortable hotel. Rest of day free for sightseeing or shopping.
  • Free day in Kathmandu for sightseeing or for a Community Project.
  • Departure day. A Kathmandu Airport transfer is provided.

Land Only

The price of our trips does not include international air travel to the start location in the destination city and country. The start location for joining the trip is identified for each trip. It's usually a centrally located hotel. KE can easily arrange all airport transfers for you.

International Air Travel

Please contact us at KE for air travel advice. We will be happy to discuss the flight arrangement which best suits your group.

2 teachers FREE

The Guide Price assumes that 2 teachers will accompany the group. Their Land Only costs are covered by the group's payment.

Guide Price $2,900*
Park Fees/permits N/A
Other Charges N/A
Enquire

* We give a price estimate for all of our school trips. This is based on 12-16 pupils and includes two free teacher places. If you are interested in a specific trip, we will send you a quote letter. You may wish to take extra teachers or add on additional days and this can all be included into your quote, on request.

Map & Itinerary

The Route

  • point
  • peaks
  • airport
  • trip direction
  • trek

Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

    Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals d

  • Fly Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek mainly downhill following the river to Phakding.

    After breakfast, we take a bus to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 40 minute flight to Lukla. Landing on the narrow, sloping runway in the heart of the mountains is a very spectacular way to arrive. To assist with acclimatization, we allow 2 days for the walk up to Namche Bazaar and we start our trek with a downhill leg, from Lukla to Phakding beside the river. The altitude at this first stop is actually lower than Lukla at 2610 metres.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 400m

    • Distance 10km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 630m

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Trek from Phakding to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3400m). Rest of day free to explore.

    A very pleasant walk by the river through pine forest leads to a short climb to escape a narrow gorge section. We pass the entrance to the Khumbu National Park where details of our permits are recorded and then drop down again to the river that we cross on a suspension bridge. We continue up the wooded valley on a good trail and cross the river again before reaching a confluence of rivers one coming down from Thame and the other from the Khumbu. We make a final crossing here on a spectacular high suspension bridge and then begin an hour and half long ascent to Namche on a wide switch back trail. This is the sting in the tail of today’s otherwise gentle ascent, and one of the steepest of the trek. About an hour below Namche, we gain our first views of Everest. On arrival in Namche, we check into one of the town’s many lodges. Altitude at overnight accommodation is 3400 metres.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1150m

    • Distance 10km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 400m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Rest/acclimatisation day in Namche. Optional hike to viewpoint of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.

    Namche Bazaar is tucked away between 2 ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. An ancient market place where goods from as far away as Tibet were and still are traded, Namche today boasts an abundance of lodges, cafes, bars and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Thyangboche. Options for acclimatization walks include the one-hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above the village for the spectacular view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.Namche Bazaar is tucked away between 2 ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. An ancient market place where goods from as far away as Tibet were and still are traded, Namche today boasts an abundance of lodges, cafes, bars and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Thyangboche. Options for acclimatization walks include the one-hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above the village for the spectacular view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Trek to Thyangboche (3860m) located on a ridge below the impressive north ridge of Kang Taiga.

    A relatively easy day of trekking, although at this altitude it will still feel tough on the uphill section to Tyangboche at the end of the day. The trail today is spectacular in terms of scenery. The main trail out of Namche heads in a northwesterly direction climbing steeply out of the town to a ridge crest where a wonderful view of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam is revealed. Our trail now follows a contour high above the river with occasional short climbs as we cross a series of ridges. At the end of this contour trail is the tiny settlement of Kangjuma where various items of local art and craft, jewelry and even yak bells are laid out to entice passing trekkers to buy a souvenir of their visit. From Kangjuma the trail descends to a bridge across the Imja River at Phunki. Beyond the river, we climb a long ridge to Thyangboche (3860m) one of Nepal’s finest monasteries. We have the chance to look around the monastery and the visitor centre there. This is a popular place to overnight as it not only affords a good view of the Everest/Lhotse massif but is also the classic viewpoint for Ama Dablam. However, water is scarce here and the lodges are often crowded so we may opt to continue for a further 20 minutes, descending to a lodge beside the river at Deboche.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 985m

    • Distance 11km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 700m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the seasonal settlement of Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley.

    3 hours trekking takes us to the village of Pangboche, where there is the oldest monastery in the Khumbu. An hour beyond Pangboche, there is a good lunch stop the small Sherpa hamlet of Shomare and then it is a further 3 hours walking, gaining height very gradually, to Dingboche (4410m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley. We overnight in one of the relaxing lodges in this picturesque Sherpa village.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 870m

    • Distance 12km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 420m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Acclimatisation walk to Imja Valley with fantastic views towards Tibet. Return to Dingboche.

    In accordance with our careful program of acclimatisation we will spend two nights at this altitude before moving further up the Khumbu valley. We make a day hike into the upper Imja Valley, to Chukkung (4730m) below the tremendous 3,000 metre south face of Lhotse. In the afternoon having gained valuable acclimatisation and feasted on the impressive ice flutings and ridges which surround us, we retrace our steps to Dingboche. Our second night in the Dingboche lodge. There are fantastic views towards Tibet and of Island Peak and Ama Dablam.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 440m

    • Distance 10km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 440m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • A second acclimatisation day at Dingboche with a day hike into the valley of the Imja Khola.

    We will spend a third night at Dingboche as part of our acclimatisation programme. Today we trek up the side valley of the Imja Khola for spectacular views of Island Peak and the immense South Face of Lhotse, the world's fourth highest peak.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 500m

    • Distance 8km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 500m

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek via Dugla and then beside the Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche (4910m).

    The trek today follows the Khumbu Valley and climbs to the tiny settlement at Dugla where we may decide to take a break for a leisurely lunch. Shortly thereafter, we reach the memorial to those Sherpas who have died on Mount Everest. Here, the trail starts to level out, following the lateral moraine on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche (4910m) opposite the towering pyramids of Nuptse and Lhotse.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 640m

    • Distance 8km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the Yak pastures at Gorak Shep. (5140m) at the base of Kala Patar.

    Lobuche is the traditional start point for the final day’s trek all the way to Everest base camp. However, if the group is sufficiently acclimatised we will today trek up as far as Gorak Shep, which will make the following day’s trek to base camp much easier. We begin by following a trail through the ablation valley at the side of the Khumbu Glacier gaining height steadily. At this point the glacier is still hidden from us by the moraine, but as we climb to cross the rubble of a tributary glacier, we can see the great Khumbu Glacier stretching away down valley and also up towards the area of base camp. Beyond this tributary we reach an island of sparse grasses below the famous hill known as Kala Patar. This place is Gorak Shep, once a summer yak herding meadow in the middle of nowhere, this remote spot now boasts several of the highest lodges in Nepal. As to be expected at this altitude and in this remote spot, the lodges here are quite basic but they do have heated dining rooms and offer a degree of comfort. For those with energy to spare there will be time to make an afternoon ascent of Kala Patar to catch the sunset on Everest and, if the weather is kind, one of the most stunning alpine glow sunsets you will ever see. Altitude at Gorak Shep is 5140 metres.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 295m

    • Distance 5km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 70m

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Everest Basecamp following the moraine and Khumbu Glacier itself. Return to Gorak Shep.

    The big day. Above Gorak Shep, it is a steady trek to Everest Basecamp, walking at first on the moraine crest and finally on the Khumbu Glacier itself. We will spend an hour or so in this inspirational place, close beneath the stupendous Khumbu Icefall, before returning to at Gorak Shep.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 175m

    • Distance 7km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 175m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Early morning ascent of Kala Patar (5500m) for classic view of Everest. Descend to Pheriche (4270m).

    Aiming to make the most of the usually fine morning weather, we have an early start for perhaps the highlight of our trip, the approximately 2-hour ascent of Kala Patar. At around 5500 metres, this is one of the finest viewpoints for Everest and the Khumbu Valley. Returning to Gorak Shep for some refreshment we then retrace our steps to Lobuche, before descending the Khumbu Valley to Pheriche where we overnight. There is a permanent clinic at Pheriche, set up by the Himalayan Rescue Association and staffed during the trekking season by Western doctors. Altitude at our overnight accommodation is 4270 metres.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 495m

    • Distance 16km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1395m

    • Time 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Pangboche, where we visit the monastery. We take an alternative high trail to Phortse (3800m).

    Leaving Pheriche, we soon reach a bridge across the Khumbu River and a junction with our outbound trail below Dingboche. We pass through Pangboche as on the way up, but here we now take a trail, which contours the hillside high above the river, offering great views across to Tyangboche monastery beneath the towering face of Kang Taiga. We overnight in the lesser visited village of Phortse at the mouth of the Gokyo Valley. Phortse is a particular treat, as we get as close a glimpse in to traditional village life in Nepal as any where in the Khumbu.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 440m

    • Distance 14km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1255m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek via Mon La to join the main Everest trail to Namche Bazaar and continue to the village of Monjo.

    From the ridge-top perch of Phortse we make a long descent to the river in the lower part of the Gokyo Valley. We cross the river on a simple plank bridge and begin a steady climb on a switch-backing trail for 400 vertical metres up to the Mon La. From here we descend to rejoin the main Everest trail and continue to Namche Bazaar, which we reach after 4 or 5 hours. There will be time for sightseeing, souvenir buying and lunch, before we set off again for a further couple of hours easy hiking, mostly downhill to Monjo.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 650m

    • Distance 14km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1320m

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • We trek mostly downhill following the Dudh Kosi river, before the final short climb to Lukla.

    From Monjo the trail descends the valley, which becomes more enclosed as we pass the villages of Phakding and Chopling, to reach Chaumrikharka. Here we begin the final climb of the trip – the sting in the tail – with a 45 minute steady ascent up to the airstrip at Lukla. Arriving at the bustling town we check into a lodge and tonight we will no doubt celebrate the end of a great trek.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 665m

    • Distance 13km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 580m

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

  • Fly to Kathmandu and check into our comfortable hotel. Rest of day free for sightseeing or shopping.

    We take the flight to Kathmandu, where we check in to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or shopping in the bazaar. This evening we will have a celebration dinner in one of Kathmandu’s popular restaurants.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Free day in Kathmandu for sightseeing or for a Community Project.

    We have a full day for sightseeing in Kathmandu. If preferred, today can be used to visit a local school in Kathmandu, built by the Juniper Trust. You can simply visit or we can organise a Community Project day.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. A Kathmandu Airport transfer is provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A Kathmandu Airport transfers is provided

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • A qualified UK KE Schools leader
  • Professional English-speaking local guide
  • A free trek bag (approx 80L) for all group members Kathmandu airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • A full service trek including porters
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes but also international cuisine from pizza and chips to apple pie. To ensure that the group can eat together, we order meals in advance and your trip leader will arrange a set menu for the group, which will alternate between local and international dishes. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread and a hot drink, lunch will be a simple meal with a hot drink, and dinner will be 3 courses consisting of soup, main meal and a simple pudding. IBoiled drinking water will be provided at breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the lodges and tea-houses sell snacks, chocolate bars, soft drinks and mineral water. In Kathmandu we take our meals in the hotel and local restaurants and here there is a wide variety of cuisines and dishes to choose from.
All meals are included in the price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 18
Kathmandu Airport transfers are included on arrival and departure. The KE School Group Leader or KE representative will meet you on arrival and assist with the transfers to the group hotel. Full joining instructions along with hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with the booking confirmation.
During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally-located tourist-class hotel. Whilst on trek there are 14 nights in lodges/tea houses. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals. Mostly these lodges have a pleasant sitting / dining area which is often attractively decorated and usually there is a wood burner to warm the room. Bedrooms are generally unheated with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The majority of lodges have twin rooms but occasionally accommodation will be in dormitories. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at £2 or £3 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour). Hotel rooms are normally on a twin basis and you will be paired up with another group member of the same sex.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Shortly after first light you should wake and start packing your trekbag and making preparations for the day. Coming down to the lodge dining room we will be served with a hot breakfast before setting off on the days trek. We will generally reach our lunch stop after around 3 or 4 hours walking. Lunch taken at a teahouse along the route, usually takes about an hour and is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and are well on their way to the evenings stop as we set off again. It is usual for the afternoon's walk to be shorter than the morning session. Arriving at the lodge, the leader will sort out rooms for the group while we explore or relax with a soft drink on the terrace. After the sun goes down the temperature drops sharply in the thin Himalayan air and we will all soon be inside in the warmth of the lodge sitting room. Dinner is normally served between 6 and 7pm. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising or playing games. By 9 pm most trekkers will have retired to bed and by 10 pm the whole lodge will be asleep.

Internal Flights

Access to the high and remote areas of the Himalaya where our treks start is often only possible using internal flights. The changeable nature of mountain weather makes flying conditions complex. In addition the Civil Aviation Access to the high and remote areas of the Himalaya where our treks start is often only possible using internal flights. The changeable nature of mountain weather makes flying conditions complex. In addition the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of western nations and all airlines in Nepal appear on the European Commission’s list of airlines that are banned from flying into EU member states. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice provides further details which you can read on their website at: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nepal/safety-and-security. KE is mindful of its duty of care to clients travelling with us in Nepal and we were stakeholders in a recent independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators during 2013. KE uses only three airlines in Nepal which were approved by this audit as safe carriers. These airlines are: Yeti Airlines, Tara Air and Buddha Air. We continue to cooperate with other tour operators to monitor aviation safety in Nepal and will ensure we remain a stakeholder in any further air safety audits. While we have taken appropriate action to try to minimise the risks of flying in Nepal, you should be aware that flying in mountainous terrain is not without any risk. Please note that poor weather can cause delays on the flights to and from Lukla. If flights are cancelled for the day, you will spend an extra night in Kathmandu and this may be at a hotel other than the group hotel. There is enough flexibility in the trekking itinerary to make up a lost day or even two, but alternative arrangements must be made if your Lukla flights are cancelled for a third day. We have included 2 nights in Kathmandu at the end of the trip as a contingency against delay on the flight back from Lukla. Helicopters can sometimes fly when the scheduled fixed wing aircraft cannot. If your group is offered the opportunity to use a chartered helicopter, either flying up to Lukla or back to Kathmandu, this will be at extra cost. In the extremely unlikely event that flight cancellations cause you to miss your homeward international flight, KE will render all assistance, but cannot be held liable for any extra costs incurred. We advise you to take out suitable insurance and to keep your receipts, as you may subsequently be able to make a claim.

All KE School Adventures are led by a specialist UK KE Schools leader. During the trip the leader will be assisted by an English-speaking local guide and on trek will be supported by a trek crew including a cook, camp staff and porters or baggage animals and their handlers.
Approximately £150 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, soft drinks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. It is possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks etc on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up, these items become more expensive as you get further from the nearest road and may be more expensive than you are used to at home.
Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your local guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. Most groups will want to show their appreciation to the local staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Normally, tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a guide, we recommend that each student contributes £30 (in rupees) to these tips. Your KE School Adventure leader will help you make arrangements for a fair distribution of tips among the trek crew.
Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg (33 pounds). It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This itinerary involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending several nights above 4000 metres and trekking to 5400 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. We have included an additional day of acclimatisation when compared to the normal recommended approach for Everest Base Camp which will help greatly in preparing you for the high altitude. Before coming on this trip you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs./33 lbs.

You must bring the following items:

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Training shoes /Sneakers or similar for evening use
  • Shorts
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Gaiters
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Scarf or buff
  • Nailbrush
  • Wet wipes
  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
  • Travel clothes
  • Camera and batteries
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

Notes

Equipment hire: Items marked * are available for hire through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

October through to May is the best time for trekking in Nepal. These months outside of the summer monsoon season offer the best conditions for trekking. Pre-monsoon from March to May is the main climbing season for Everest and at this time there will be many expeditions at the base camp. This is also the time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. From the end of November to March it is very cold in the upper Khumbu with night time temperatures well below freezing on most days. You will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during the expedition. In October/November and April/May this will range from approximately 25C in Kathmandu to approximately 14C at 3000 metres and approximately 3C at 5000m. From December to early April, temperatures will average around 5C lower than this but at any time of the year the real feel temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer. At night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet and you can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing once above approximately 4200m. (above 3000m from mid December) and at our highest overnight stops, outside temperatures may drop as low as minus 15C. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short-lived storms can and do occur.
Lonely Planet Guide to Nepal. Lonely Planet Rough Guide to Nepal. Rough Guides Trekking and Climbing in Nepal. Steve Razzetti. Everest: A Trekkers Guide. Kev Reynolds. Cicerone Into Thin Air. Jon Krakauer The Climb. Anatoli Boukreev The Ascent of Everest. John Hunt & Edmund Hillary Sherpas & Himalayan Mountaineering. Sherry Ortner A History of Nepal. John Whelpton Field Guide to Birds of the Himalayas. Bikram Grewal Everest the Old Way. John Driskell
Everest Base Camp. 1: 50,000 Nepa / N.G. Maps

This map which is a collaboration between National Geographic and the long established Nepal publisher, Nepa Maps, is probably the best for this trek showing the trekking route in its entirety from Lukla to Everest Base Camp.

Recent Reviews & Blog Posts

Good or bad we publish ALL reviews so you can make an inspired and informed choice.