Everest Base Camp Trek
About The Everest Base Camp Trek
This historic trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m 17,598ft) is one of the most famous expeditions in the world. Mt Everest (8,848m), the world’s highest mountain is known as Sagarmatha “sky head” in Nepalese and Chomolungma “the mother goddess of the earth” in Tibetan.
The scenery is truly breathtaking with mixed forest, flower filled meadows, glaciers, rivers and spectacular mountainous panoramas throughout. Located in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal our route takes us through Sherpa villages, bazaars and Buddhist monasteries. Trekkers come away with great appreciation of the Sherpa way of life, their mountain culture and traditions.
Unlike most companies, our itinerary involves a circular route taking in more of the region. After Namche Bazaar we ascend the Goyko valley, cross the Cho La pass (5,420m) and then descend from the west towards Everest Base Camp. After visiting Everest Base Camp we descend the normal route. Our itinerary includes 12 days of trekking and has been designed with acclimatisation in mind. This makes the trip more enjoyable and gives everyone the best possible chance of reaching Everest Base Camp.
We also spend two nights in Kathmandu and enjoy time to explore the city. This unforgettable adventure is perfect for those looking for a challenging trek to the foot of the world's highest mountain.
Why Trek to Everest Base Camp with Earth's Edge
What our clients say...
"This was my first trip with Earth's Edge and I was very impressed with the efficient and hassle free organising of the trip. So much obviously went into the behind the scenes work which I am unaware off that contributed to a thoroughly enjoyable trip. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the accommodation in the tea-houses. The food was decent and was very appropriate for the trip. Having an excellent group leader, doctor and local guides also contributed immensely to the overall enjoyment. The timing during the year was also perfect as we were finishing our trip just as the peak season was beginning and the trails were getting very crowded. Ultimately though, I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who is contemplating it as I certainly found it to be extremely enjoyable and have come home with plenty of great memories from it." - Jason Dowling, Co.Dublin.
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All our Everest Base Camp treks are led by an experienced Irish guide and doctor who travel with the group from Dublin.
Our packages are inclusive of flights from Dublin, internal flights, in-country transport, a full local guiding & support team, accommodation, all meals on the trek, trekking permits, a celebratory meal & an Earth's Edge softshell jacket.
Our 18 day expedition includes a 13 day trekking itinerary designed with acclimatisation in mind, thus maximising your chances of reaching Base Camp.
We use excellent local guides, cooks and Sherpas. We have a strict Responsible Travel Policy and ensure our local partners are treated fairly.
Training weekends – Meet an Earth's Edge expedition leader, an Earth's Edge expedition doctor and your fellow Everest Base Camp trekkers two months before departure. Our training weekends consist of a full brief and two hikes in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.
We have a strict Leave No Trace policy and do everything we can to ensure we leave the trail as we found it.
Our Everest Base Camp Itinerary & Costs
Day 1: Depart Dublin.
Depart Dublin for Kathmandu.
Day 2: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Arrive in Kathmandu. Relax or explore! Overnight hotel.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (2,650m), 3 hrs trekking.
Fly to Lukla in the morning and trek to Phakding. Overnight guest house.
Day 4: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,450m), 8 hrs .
Trek along the Dudh Kosi River and then through pine forest to reach Namche Bazzar. Overnight guest house.
Day 5: Rest day.
Rest day for acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar. Explore the village market and surrounding area. Overnight guest house.
Day 6: Trek Namche Bazaar to Dhole (4,200m), 7 hrs.
Enjoy a scenic walk to Dhole. Overnight guest house.
Day 7: Trek Dhole to Machhermo (4,470m), 3 hrs.
Scenic walk today with views of Cho Oyu (8,206m), the world's 6th highest mountain. Overnight guest house.
Day 8: Trek Machhermo to Dragnag (4,700m), 4 hrs.
An easier walk today with stunning views. Overnight guest house.
Day 9: Trek Dragnag to Dzonglha (4,830) via the Cho La Pass (5,420m), 8 hrs.
Today we cross the Cho La Pass which offers stunning views of the surrounding high mountains. Overnight guest house.
Day 10: Trek Dzonglha to Lobuche, (4,910m), 3 hrs.
A short day today to reach Lobuche. Overnight guest house.
Day 11: Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep (5,140m), 9 hrs.
Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) before descending to Gorakshep. Overnight guest house.
Day 12: Trek Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5,550m) to Dingboche (4,410m,) 10 hrs.
An optional to trek to Kala Patthar in the early morning is followed by a long walk out to Dingboche. Overnight guest house.
Day 13: Trek Dingboche to Tengboche (3,860m), 4 hrs.
Descend to Tengboche with great views all the way. Overnight guest house.
Day 14: Trek Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3,450m), 4 hrs.
Descend all the way back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight guest house.
Day 15: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,850m), 8 hrs.
Our last day of walking takes us back to Lukla. Overnight guest house.
Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu.
Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. Enjoy a special celebratory meal in the evening. Overnight hotel.
Day 17: Depart Kathmandu .
Free day in Kathmandu. Evening departure for Dublin. Overnight flight.
Day 18: Arrive in Dublin.
Arrive back in Dublin.
€399 deposit at the time of booking & €2,900 balance payment two months prior to departure – Total €3,299. Read our best price guarantee.
Costs include international flights to Kathmandu, internal flights in Nepal, an expedition leader & doctor travelling with the group from Dublin, all transport in Nepal, all meals on the trek, all accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels & camping, all local park and guide fees & an Earth’s Edge softshell jacket & bandana. For more details on inclusions and exclusions please review the expedition information pack.
*Prices were set on October 25th, 2016.
Interesting Facts about Everest Base Camp
The mountainous north of Nepal is home to eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. It is also home to more than 240 peaks over 6,000 metres above sea level.
Nepal is a small landlocked country located high in the Himalayas in between its two powerhouse neighbours India and China. Nepal is a hub for adventure tourism due to its pristine natural resources but despite being visited by hundreds of thousands each year it is still one of the poorest countries in the world.
Napalese people don’t usually greet each other by a shake of hands or hug. They hold both of their palms, bow down and say ‘Namaste’. Mythically this means that they salute the God living inside the soul.
The national flag of Nepal is the world's only non-quadrilateral national flag. The two triangles represent the Himalayan Mountains and the two major religions Hinduism and Buddhism.
Many say that the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is an adventure in itself. The scenic journey sees you swoop though beautiful valleys alongside Everest before landing on the short runway. In January 2008 Lukla airport was renamed in honour of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
People of the Khumbu region are called Sherpas who have adapted to living in high altitude conditions for generations. Sherpas are key sources of climbing expertise, advice and help. Most sherpas under the age of 50 tend to have a good level of English.
The best time to attempt your Everest Base Camp trek is in March through to mid May and September through to mid-November. Summer months are considered too wet for climbing and Everest views are likely to be obscured by low clouds and fog.
In 1856, the mountain was named after George Everest, a retired Surveyor General who never even saw the peak.
The temperature at the summit never rises above freezing, averaging -36C in winter and -19C in summer. Every year the mountain grows taller by 4mm as a result of the upward thrust generated by two opposing tectonic plates.
Eight tonnes of rubbish collected from the slopes of Everest - including the remains of a helicopter - were turned into works of art and sculpture to highlight the issue of littering on its slopes in 2012. It took 65 porters and 75 yaks to carry down the rubbish from the mountain over two spring expeditions.
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