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Everest Base Camp Trek tour
Everest Base Camp Kathmandu Everest Base Camp Trek Trip

Everest Base Camp Trek

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
17 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp, following in the footsteps of the great climbing parties 
  • Explore Namche Bazaar and soak up the Sherpa culture
  • Walk amidst the world's highest mountain range, with incredible views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam
  • Visit the hilltop monastery at Thyangboche
  • Ascend Kala Pattar for close up views of Mt Everest

Short Description

Taking us to the most iconic base camp of all at the foot of the greatest mountain in the world, Mount Everest (8848m), this is one of the world's classic treks. Walking through Sherpa country past cultivated fields and small villages, we have time to acclimatise before reaching spectacular high altitude scenery: the incredible monastery at Thyangboche, views of Ama Dablam, Everest and other mighty Himalayan peaks. As well as reaching Base Camp, we have the opportunity to climb Kala Pattar (5545m) for a magnificent view of the highest mountain on Earth. We also offer Expedition Departures with the exclusive opportunity to spend two nights camping at Everest Base Camp in spring, at a time of year when the climbing parties are preparing for their Everest summit attempt.  Please see trip code TNTA [1] for further details. [1] https://www.exodus.co.uk/node/8910The iconic Himalayan trek to the foot of the highest mountain on Earth

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Kathmandu
End City Kathmandu

Travel Theme

Hiking & Walking Cultural

Destinations

Nepal

Cities & Attractions

Everest Base Camp Kathmandu

Activities

Culture Hiking Trekking

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts included
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • Welcome drink at each overnight lodge
  • 3 nights standard hotels and 12 nights teahouses
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Exodus kitbag 
  • Trekking map (provided locally)
  • Trekking permit and national park fees

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Depart London.

The group flight is an overnight flight departing London this evening. **

Day 2 Arrive Kathmandu.

The tour starts at our hotel in Kathmandu. The group flights arrive into Kathmandu in the afternoon and those travelling on them will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. There will be a full trek briefing this evening. *Royal Singi Hotel *

Day 3 Drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport; short but spectacular flight to Lukla (2800m); trek to Phakding

We will need to depart the hotel at around 2-3am to drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport to catch our flight to Lukla. At this time of day when there is usually light traffic, the drive should take about 4 hours. Roads in Nepal are not of the same standard as in the west, there may be potholed areas and the last section is unsurfaced. We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'milk river'). We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night.  *Tea-house* (sleeping altitude 2,652m)

Day 4 Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar, with time to explore the Sherpa villages.

Heading out of Phakding we follow the Dudh Kosi northwards. This day's walk takes us through magnificent forests with glimpses of the mountains ahead. We cross the river several times by bridges as we pass through the villages of Benkar, Monzo and Jorsale. A final bridge brings us to the foot of the steep climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent, we may get our first glimpse, cloud-permitting, of the summit of Everest appearing majestically behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. A last 300m of climbing brings us to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and the main town in the area. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre. It has a weekly market on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning but the town bustle all day every day with trekkers, coffee shops, bakeries and stores selling all kinds of trekking and climbing gear as well as Tibetan souvenirs.  *Tea-house *(sleeping altitude 3,440m)

Day 5 Acclimatisation walk to Kunde and Khumjung; descend to Kyanjuma.

We climb steeply out of Namche past the airstrip at Shyangboche to the Everest View Hotel, the highpoint of our day at 3,880m. Built by the Japanese, this spectacularly situated hotel with wonderful views of Everest and Ama Dablam is an ideal place for a tea break. Descending through forest we come to Khumjung, where we have lunch close to the Sir Edmund Hillary School. After lunch, we walk up to Kunde and visit the Edmund Hillary Hospital. The twin villages of Kunde and Khumjung are set below Khumbila, the rocky peak sacred to all Sherpas. For much of the walk, we have great views of Ama Dablam and other Himalayan giants. We walk back down through Khumjumg to the monastery. Sadly it was damaged in the earthquake but is now being repaired. Inside is a small box and after paying the entry fee (which goes towards the repairs) - we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Descending to the main trail we spend the night at Kyanjuma. *Tea-house *(sleeping altitude 3,600m)

Day 6 Trek through the Sherpa heartland to the monastery at Thyangboche for superb mountain views.

This morning we descend to the river; we cross it at the little settlement of Phunki Thangkha at 3,250m, then climb steeply through the forest to Thyangboche at 3,867m. We will be here by lunchtime and in the afternoon we will visit the famous monastery. The sunset and sunrise on the fantastic panorama of mountains surrounding us are not to be missed - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam provide a wonderful backdrop to our teahouse. Look out for Himalayan Tahr in the forest surrounding the monastery.  *Tea-house* (sleeping altitude 3,870m)

Day 7 Continue up the Khumbu Valley and then the Imja Valley to Dingboche.

We descend through the forest to Devoche and a little further on we cross the rushing Imja Khola, whose valley we now follow. Climbing steadily, the trail enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. Ascending 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, at 4,350m, a summer settlement where great peaks surround us.  *Tea-house* (sleeping altitude 4,350m)

Day 8 Spend the day at Dingboche for acclimatisation.

We spend the day at Dingboche to continue our acclimatisation. Those adapting well to the altitude can climb Nangkartshang Peak at 5,100m for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawoche and Ama Dablam. There is the option to climb halfway to the peak or for the energetic it takes about 3.5hrs 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. *Tea-house*

Day 9 Continue the ascent to Lobuje.

The trail climbs steeply out of Dingboche past a chorten and ascends the valley gradually to Dugla at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. 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 lying on the Nepal-Tibet border. The trail then 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 on Nuptse is not to be missed.  *Tea-house *(sleeping altitude 4,930m)

Day 10 Visit Everest Base Camp; overnight at Gorak Shep.

Today is a very long, hard day as we leave very early, following the Khumbu Glacier northwards to 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 3 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 will fill our water bottles and take some snacks for the walk to Everest Base Camp. We start by walking across the sandy flat at Gorak Shep and climb onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for a couple of hours before finally descending onto the rocky glacial moraine itself. The trail winds up and down through fascinating ice seracs to the area known as Everest Base Camp, where in spring, we might see in the distance some of the expedition teams as they prepare to climb the mountain. From the Base Camp we get fantastic close up views of the Khumbu Ice Fall and we can appreciate just how difficult it is for the climbers to negotiate a route through the huge blocks of ice. Nuptse towers above us and Pumori rears up behind us. After a short photo stop by the Base Camp rock we retrace our steps to Gorak Shep.  *Tea-house* (sleeping altitude 5,184m)

Day 11 Climb Kala Pattar (5545m) for classic mountain views of Everest; descend to Pheriche.

We have another hard day as we climb steeply above Gorak Shep to the small peak of Kala Pattar, 'Black Rock', at 5,545m from where we can look down over the base camps of the various Everest expeditions. This climb affords a magnificent view of the Khumbu Glacier and above all a close-up view of the world's highest mountain. We return to Gorak Shep and retrace our steps to Lobuje for lunch and then continue on down the valley to the lower altitude of Pheriche for the night. (Please note that the walk to Everest Base Camp and the climb of Kala Pattar are both very tough. Sometimes we may change the order in which we tackle the walks depending on the group's ability and weather conditions).  *Tea-house* (sleeping altitude 4,243m)

Day 12 Retrace our steps to Kyanjuma.

Descending through Pheriche, we cross a small bridge and have a short climb before descending to join 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 Devoche from where we climb back up to Thyangboche on the ridge for lunch. We descend off the ridge to Phunki Tenga and walk back up to Kyanjuma, where we spend the night.  *Tea-house *(sleeping altitude 3,600m)

Day 13 Descend through Namche to Monzo.

The walk to Namche Bazaar takes us along a beautiful undulating trail high above the Dudh Kosi. We have some time in Namche and after lunch we descend through Namche Bazaar and pick up our outward trail again to Monzo, where we stay tonight. *Tea-house *(sleeping altitude 2,850m)

Day 14 Continue to Lukla.

We retrace our steps to Chaunrikhara where we start the last climb to the airstrip at Lukla.  *Tea-house* (sleeping altitude 2,800m)

Day 15 .. Fly to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport and transfer to Kathmandu

We fly back to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport and transfer to our hotel in Kathmandu. At this time of day there can be heavy traffic, especially coming into Kathmandu itself, and the drive is likely to take 5 hours or more.  *Royal Singi Hotel *

Day 16 Free day in Kathmandu to explore the city.

Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu (it is also a spare day to allow for any delays in the flights to or from Lukla). You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. We offer a full range of sightseeing tours which can be booked and paid for locally. Please see the Optional Excursions section within the Trip Notes or the Exodus notice board in the hotel in Kathmandu. *Royal Singi Hotel *

Day 17 Fly to London.

The tour ends in after breakfast. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport in time for the daytime flight back to London. **



Land Only

Day 1 Start Kathmandu.

The tour starts at our hotel in Kathmandu. There will be a full trek briefing this evening. *Royal Singi Hotel*

Day 2 Drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport; short but spectacular flight to Lukla (2800m); trek to Phakding

We will need to depart the hotel at around 2-3am to drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport to catch our flight to Lukla. At this time of day when there is usually light traffic, the drive should take about 4 hours. Roads in Nepal are not of the same standard as in the west, there may be potholed areas and the last section is unsurfaced. We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'milk river'). We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night.  *Tea-house* (sleeping altitude 2,652m)

Day 3 Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar, with time to explore the Sherpa villages.

Heading out of Phakding we follow the Dudh Kosi northwards. This day's walk takes us through magnificent forests with glimpses of the mountains ahead. We cross the river several times by bridges as we pass through the villages of Benkar, Monzo and Jorsale. A final bridge brings us to the foot of the steep climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent, we may get our first glimpse, cloud-permitting, of the summit of Everest appearing majestically behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. A last 300m of climbing brings us to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and the main town in the area. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre. It has a weekly market on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning but the town bustle all day every day with trekkers, coffee shops, bakeries and stores selling all kinds of trekking and climbing gear as well as Tibetan souvenirs.  *Tea-house *(sleeping altitude 3,440m)

Day 4 Acclimatisation walk to Kunde and Khumjung; descend to Kyanjuma.

We climb steeply out of Namche past the airstrip at Shyangboche to the Everest View Hotel, the highpoint of our day at 3,880m. Built by the Japanese, this spectacularly situated hotel with wonderful views of Everest and Ama Dablam is an ideal place for a tea break. Descending through forest we come to Khumjung, where we have lunch close to the Sir Edmund Hillary School. After lunch, we walk up to Kunde and visit the Edmund Hillary Hospital. The twin villages of Kunde and Khumjung are set below Khumbila, the rocky peak sacred to all Sherpas. For much of the walk, we have great views of Ama Dablam and other Himalayan giants. We walk back down through Khumjumg to the monastery. Sadly it was damaged in the earthquake but is now being repaired. Inside is a small box and after paying the entry fee (which goes towards the repairs) - we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Descending to the main trail we spend the night at Kyanjuma. *Tea-house *(sleeping altitude 3,600m)

Day 5 Trek through the Sherpa heartland to the monastery at Thyangboche for superb mountain views.

This morning we descend to the river; we cross it at the little settlement of Phunki Thangkha at 3,250m, then climb steeply through the forest to Thyangboche at 3,867m. We will be here by lunchtime and in the afternoon we will visit the famous monastery. The sunset and sunrise on the fantastic panorama of mountains surrounding us are not to be missed - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam provide a wonderful backdrop to our teahouse. Look out for Himalayan Tahr in the forest surrounding the monastery.  *Tea-house* (sleeping altitude 3,870m)

Day 6 Continue up the Khumbu Valley and then the Imja Valley to Dingboche.

We descend through the forest to Devoche and a little further on we cross the rushing Imja Khola, whose valley we now follow. Climbing steadily, the trail enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. Ascending 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, at 4,350m, a summer settlement where great peaks surround us.  *Tea-house* (sleeping altitude 4,350m)

Day 7 Spend the day at Dingboche for acclimatisation.

We spend the day at Dingboche to continue our acclimatisation. Those adapting well to the altitude can climb Nangkartshang Peak at 5,100m for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawoche and Ama Dablam. There is the option to climb halfway to the peak or for the energetic it takes about 3.5hrs 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. *Tea-house*

Day 8 Continue the ascent to Lobuje.

The trail climbs steeply out of Dingboche past a chorten and ascends the valley gradually to Dugla at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. 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 lying on the Nepal-Tibet border. The trail then 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 on Nuptse is not to be missed.  *Tea-house *(sleeping altitude 4,930m)

Day 9 Visit Everest Base Camp; overnight at Gorak Shep.

Today is a very long, hard day as we leave very early, following the Khumbu Glacier northwards to 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 3 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 will fill our water bottles and take some snacks for the walk to Everest Base Camp. We start by walking across the sandy flat at Gorak Shep and climb onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for a couple of hours before finally descending onto the rocky glacial moraine itself. The trail winds up and down through fascinating ice seracs to the area known as Everest Base Camp, where in spring, we might see in the distance some of the expedition teams as they prepare to climb the mountain. From the Base Camp we get fantastic close up views of the Khumbu Ice Fall and we can appreciate just how difficult it is for the climbers to negotiate a route through the huge blocks of ice. Nuptse towers above us and Pumori rears up behind us. After a short photo stop by the Base Camp rock we retrace our steps to Gorak Shep.  *Tea-house* (sleeping altitude 5,184m)

Day 10 Climb Kala Pattar (5545m) for classic mountain views of Everest; descend to Pheriche.

We have another hard day as we climb steeply above Gorak Shep to the small peak of Kala Pattar, 'Black Rock', at 5,545m from where we can look down over the base camps of the various Everest expeditions. This climb affords a magnificent view of the Khumbu Glacier and above all a close-up view of the world's highest mountain. We return to Gorak Shep and retrace our steps to Lobuje for lunch and then continue on down the valley to the lower altitude of Pheriche for the night. (Please note that the walk to Everest Base Camp and the climb of Kala Pattar are both very tough. Sometimes we may change the order in which we tackle the walks depending on the group's ability and weather conditions).  *Tea-house* (sleeping altitude 4,243m)

Day 11 Retrace our steps to Kyanjuma.

Descending through Pheriche, we cross a small bridge and have a short climb before descending to join 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 Devoche from where we climb back up to Thyangboche on the ridge for lunch. We descend off the ridge to Phunki Tenga and walk back up to Kyanjuma, where we spend the night.  *Tea-house *(sleeping altitude 3,600m)

Day 12 Descend through Namche to Monzo.

The walk to Namche Bazaar takes us along a beautiful undulating trail high above the Dudh Kosi. We have some time in Namche and after lunch we descend through Namche Bazaar and pick up our outward trail again to Monzo, where we stay tonight. *Tea-house *(sleeping altitude 2,850m)

Day 13 Continue to Lukla.

We retrace our steps to Chaunrikhara where we start the last climb to the airstrip at Lukla.  *Tea-house* (sleeping altitude 2,800m)

Day 14 .. Fly to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport and transfer to Kathmandu

We fly back to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport and transfer to our hotel in Kathmandu. At this time of day there can be heavy traffic, especially coming into Kathmandu itself, and the drive is likely to take 5 hours or more.  *Royal Singi Hotel *

Day 15 Free day in Kathmandu to explore the city.

Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu (it is also a spare day to allow for any delays in the flights to or from Lukla). You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. We offer a full range of sightseeing tours which can be booked and paid for locally. Please see the Optional Excursions section within the Trip Notes or the Exodus notice board in the hotel in Kathmandu. *Royal Singi Hotel *

Day 16 End Kathmandu.

For land only travellers the tour ends after breakfast.

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Well what can I say about this trip?? It was amazing!! I have done a few
Exodus trips before but this was the best yet. Not only were the views
outstanding but the itinerary was great, the pace of walking was perfect to
aid acclimatisation and the staff were amazing. The accommodation/tea houses
on the whole were great, some were better than others but the trip notes
explained this fully and what do you expect at 5000m. Highly recommended
trip!
The amazing scenery and climbing Kala Patthar.
The mountain views as you walk to base camp are fabulous, each day the
mountains did not disappoint.
Climbing Kala Patthar was great, it is a 4.30am start so you set off with
head torches on and for me this is always a highlight. Seeing the sunrise
over Everest was breathtaking and not to be missed.


Ajay (Azzy) was great, as were our guide Suresh, assistant guide Mingmar and
Kumar our Yak man. Nothing was too much trouble and they went over and above
what was expected. The morning wake up tea was always accompanied with a
smile and cheery "good morning, how did you sleep" and while this was a nice
touch, it was also a cunning way to check we were coping with the altitude.
Nightly health checks also made sure we were all doing OK with the altitude,
these checked if we had drunk enough water, had headaches and how we were
eating. Any issues were dealt with quickly and great advice given.


Read the trip notes. I used a water-to-go bottle to filter water and also
took purification tablets so I didn't have to buy water and both worked very
well. Don't change too much money as you can live cheaply on the trek if you
don't buy wi-fi every night or shower every day. Pack light, you really can
survive with minimal but essential clothing.


It was just amazing from start to finish. Our group was fabulous so spending
2 weeks trekking with like-minded people was easy under the care of our
amazing guides. Highly recommended trip!!


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Everest Basecamp & Back

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Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Amazing experience! Loved everything minute of it from Namche to basecamp
and back. Our Guide Bikash was fantastic, creating a great group atmosphere
and taking care of everyone with professionalism.
Reaching Basecamp


Bikash was a great leader


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Everest Base Camp Trek

5.0
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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Hiking amidst the most awe-inspiring scenery, a not to be missed, truly
outstanding trip! I have travelled with Exodus on many occasions, and this
trip is so finely tuned it is impossible to find fault. Perfect pacing,
acclimatisation, itinerary and physical challenge. Challenge is also present
in some of the Tea Houses, but the trip notes give ample notice about how
basic they can be, and I found this added to the whole experience. Some were
terrific, and some were simply a place to rest and refuel before another day
enjoying the magnificent mountains. Having said this, the food served in all
the Tea Houses was always great; I enjoyed a whole range of local food,
including Dhal Bhat and Sherpa soup, but also couldn’t resist the odd plate
of egg and chips!
Climbing Kala Patthar. I hadn’t really paid attention at the briefing, I
just thought it would be a nice optional trek up a mountain to see sunrise
over Everest. We set off at 4.30 am, within 10 minutes my water bottle had
frozen and I’d lost all feeling in my fingers (despite wearing 3 pairs of
gloves!). Panic started to set in when I realised that the ice I was
slipping on going up, would be 10 times worse coming down; the headache and
nausea didn’t help either. However, the sense of achievement getting to
the top, and getting the best views of Everest with a sunrise to boot were
worth every second of hardship. Glorious!

Special mention also for all the Porters, Yaks, Dzos, and Mules. It was both
inspirational and humbling to see the vast range of products they carry on a
daily basis to enable hikers to complete the trek with some degree of
comfort.


Ajay is a superb Tour Leader, ably assisted by the two guides on this trek,
Suresh and Mingmar and Kumar, our Yak Man. The service we received from this
awesome team was outstanding; they couldn’t do enough for us. No task too
big or too small, and always with a smile. Daily health checks and constant
reminders to drink water and eat well helped us all to stay safe and healthy.

Our last night in Lukla, when we had a lovely meal with the whole team, a few
celebratory beers and a dance, it really demonstrated the special bond that
tour leaders can foster in the groups they lead.


Read the trip notes, in particular the information about buying bottled
water. I took a Steripen and it worked perfectly, some others on the trip
took purification tablets; they also worked. It was disheartening to see so
many bottles of water being purchased when Exodus are working so hard to
‘Ban the Bottle’.

Avoid the very long queues at Kathmandu and buy your Visa before you travel.
Take really good gloves/mittens. The food is reasonably priced in the Tea
Houses, so if you can live with showers and WiFi you won't need excessive
amounts of money. It can be tricky changing it back to Sterling if you do
underspend. `


The success of a trip is always about the people. Like-minded fellow
travellers, making new friends, plus the quality of the Tour Leader and
support staff who make the experience so rewarding and unique. In addition,
the people you meet on the way, the Nepalese people are so friendly and
welcoming, and we even bumped into some potential Everest summiteers! Book
the trip, it will not disappoint!!


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Everest Base Camp Trek

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
This was my first trip with Exodus and I was not disappointed. From my first
enquiry, throughout the planning, during the trip and afterwards, Exodus were
superb. I was kept informed of an changes to the itinary or flights and
whenever I asked a question an advisor responded promptly.

I hadn't met any of my group until we arrived at Heathrow or Kathmandu but
very quickly got to know some great people who I hope to keep in touch with.
There's even talk of some of us meeting up in the future for another trip.

The guides were all first class. Ozzy, Sorros and Mingma along with Yak Man
took great care of us and couldn't do enough for us. Acclimatisation and
staying healthy is key to a successful trip to base camp. The guides took
great care over getting this right.
All in all, a great Exodus experience and I look forward to tackling Island
Peak next year.
Sunrise over Everest from Kallapatar. Beautiful!!


Very well organised, very knowledgeable, couldn't do enough for his clients
and had a great sense of humour.


Listen to the guides and take their advice. Ozzy's advice was simple but
absolutely accurate:
1. Walk slow
2. Pack light
3. Sip water constantly
4. Don't lose your apetite

Don't burden yourself with anything you don't need. 1 set of clothes will
easily last several days!!


A great first Exodus experience. I will certainly use Exodus again for future
trips.


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Everest Base Camp Trek

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Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
An amazing lifetime experience that was challenging which made it all so
satisfying. The mountains, terrain and general scenery was breathtaking,
never forget the colour of the sky.......deep deep blue!!! The living
conditions were definitely NOT like home but that's part of the challenge and
you come away so appreciative of what you have.
This might sound selfish but making it to Base Camp and the next morning to
Kala Patthar was absolutely exhilarating and the sense of achievement was
overwhelming. Also to do it with a group of people who had like minded
ambitions was very satisfying and it so good to have someone to hug to share
the moment.


There is not enough nice words in the English vocabulary to describe Bikash
and his team. Bikash was a great leader, his sense of care game through
glowingly very early which immediately gave us assurances that we were in
good hands. He made our ambitions his ambition which ensured we all
successfully made it to Base Camp. He gave us that extra care and gentle
touch when we needed it as it wasn't all smooth sailing in trying to keep
healthy. Exodus you have a gem of a person on your team , a person who is so
passionate in what he does and makes ordinary peoples dream come true. Hope
our life cross paths again Bikash so I can give you another big hug to say
thank you.


Have a good level of fitness, be positive and keep healthy and Base Camp is
at your mercy!!! Listen to your guide leader, warm clothes, eat and drink
well, and enjoy the occasion.


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Everest Base Camp March 2018

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Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
What an absolutely amazing experience, too beautiful to ever put into words!
Everything from start to finish was simply perfect - the organisation, the
people, the nature. Without a doubt one of the toughest, coldest and most
incredible things I have ever done!
I have to say I really loved every aspect of the trip! The people, the fresh
air, the landscapes. The mountains are incredibly beautiful and you never get
sick of the views. Reaching Base Camp was a fantastic feeling, such a great
sense of achievement and also a bit emotional. It was amazing to see us all
so happy and proud of each other, celebrating the moment together as friends.


Bikash and team were absolutely exceptional. Very professional, knowledgeable
and caring. All three guides really went above and beyond to make this a
successful and unforgettable trip for every single one of us.. lending us
their poles, gloves, sunglasses when we lost or broke our own equipment and
even carrying our daypacks when we couldn't. Absolutely outstanding. Bikash I
can't thank you enough for what you have done for us! And thank you for the
birthday cake!


Get fit and you can absolutely do it! I am not a trekker and had never
climbed a mountain before but with a generally good level of fitness and a
few weeks preparation in the gym I was absolutely fine. I do recommend to
bring everything on the packing list - you will need it! Do bring a thin buff
as the trek is very dry and dusty especially in the lower altitudes. In
general I think a bit of common sense will go a long way in the mountains -
no coffee or alcohol (on the way up, do try the Everest and Gorkha beer on
the way down), hearty lunches as you will need the energy, light dinners. I
also had multivitamins with me as the diet can be a bit unbalanced.

Most importantly, don't forget to have fun! Walk slowly it's not a
competition, take lot's of pictures, make friends!!


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Details

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

3 nights standard hotels, 12 nights teahouses
12 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
Between 5 and 8 hours walking per day
Altitude maximum 5545m, average 3900m
Expedition departure available in April

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 3 nights standard hotels and 12 nights teahouses
  • 12 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus tour leader and local staff. Min. age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 5545m, average 3900m
  • Travel by private minibus and 2 internal flights
  • Between 5 and 8 hours walking per day, with some longer days
  • Staff carry oxygen and a first aid kit on trek
  • Expedition departures [1] available in April including 2 nights camping at Everest Base Camp [1] node/8910

Trip ID#:

exodus-TNT

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request from GBP75 - Kathmandu only)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: Breakfast is included throughout the trip. In the teahouses breakfast will comprise of a choice of bread (a slice of toast, chapatti or Tibetan bread), a choice of egg (boiled, fried or omelette), and a choice between either muesli or porridge each day. Hot tea/coffee will also be served. On specific days, there will not be a choice for breakfast and either a trekkers breakfast (egg, hash brown, baked beans and toast) or a pancake with jam/honey will be served - these options are not available in all teahouses and so we have only included them in locations where they can be guaranteed. Lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route - sometimes one of your guides will go ahead with the group's order to make it more expedient. Dinner will be in the same teahouse that you sleep at (this is custom in Nepal as teahouses base their room rate on it). Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie. Dhal bhat is the staple diet in Nepal and comes in many different forms but generally comprises some curried lentil dhal and meat or vegetables, some rice, and a pickle/chutney. Another popular snack is momos; a type of Nepalese dumpling, fried or steamed, filled with meat or vegetables. Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.   If you have a gluten free diet, then we strongly recommend you bring some extra food and snacks with you to supplement the food on trek as there will be little variety available for you, particularly for breakfast. Even many of the soups are powdered and contain gluten. Gluten free breakfast options will be limited to vegetable fried rice and a choice of egg, and on specific days only, a trekkers breakfast (without the toast / with an extra egg) will be served. Breakfast options for vegans will be limited to a choice of muesli/porridge with water each day, and on specific days only, a trekkers breakfast (without the egg), or vegetable fried rice will be served. If you are lactose intolerant as opposed to vegan then the same will apply although you will also have a choice of egg each day.  If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount. *Drinking Water* Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal. The teahouses sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle. Alternatively, all teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with you and use an effective form of water treatment. There are a wide range of products available these days which are more effective than the traditional purification tablets - we recommend talking to an outdoor retailer for the latest advice as technologies are improving all the time: make sure to check the product’s performance in cold/freezing conditions and consider battery life (lithium batteries are best in cold conditions). Handheld UV filters such as a ‘SteriPEN’ are very effective, can treat 1 litre of water in a couple of minutes and the water is ready immediately – look for lightweight lithium battery models and remember that you will need to bring a wide-mouthed bottle (e.g. Nalgene) for use with these devices. There are also an array of water filter and purifier bottles on the market, such as ‘The Grayl’ or ‘Water-to-Go’ but please note that these tend to have a small capacity and the filter systems will be less effective if they freeze.

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