EVEREST BASE CAMP 16 DAY TREK
Our Everest Base Camp 16 Day Trek
The Allure of Everest and the Everest Base Camp Trek brings us back time and time again. We boast a 99% success rate to date on our Everest base camp trek, this is achieved by adding in one extra day in the critical acclimatization period and helping clients come physically prepared. We spend 3 nights in Namche Bazaar giving you the best chance of making a safe and enjoyable journey to Everest base camp
Our route will enable you to visit monasteries in the heart of Sherpa country, where you can observe the monks in their daily prayers. You’ll also hike out to the Khumbu glacier to visit the iconic Everest Base Camp, where climbers following the steps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay prepared for their summit attempts. You can stand at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall, where climbers begin their own odyssey.
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Whats included in your Everest Base Camp 16 Day Trek?
Included in the Cost Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast Teahouse accommodation during the Everest base camp trek All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu) Experienced, English-speaking professional lead and assistant guides Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter) Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS) Medical kit (carried by your trek leader) All government and local taxes
- Meals & Accommodation
- How To Book
- Health & Safety
- Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
- What To Pack
ITINERARY: Everest Base Camp 16 Day Trek
Day 01 – Arrival, meet at airport & transfer to hotel – O/nt. hotel.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will meet you at the airport after your immigration and customs formalities when you exit from the arrival terminal. A short drive (10 minutes) brings you to the hotel where you then check in. It will be in twin sharing basis with breakfast. This day there are no activities scheduled although it depends on your arrival in Kathmandu if you have time to explore some of Kathmandu’s World Sights.
Day 02 – Transfer to airport & fly Kathmandu – Lukla (2,840m.) & trek to Phakding (2,610m.) – O/nt. lodge.
Today, we have to get an early flight and need to report an hour before your flight at the domestic airport. So, we’ll transfer you to the airport at 05.30 hrs. for a short flight of 40 minutes. Only 15 kg of personal baggage is allowed on the flight. A spectacular flight and hair rising landing on a steep mountain runway bring you to the start of this trek at the village of Lukla. Your guide will arrange local porters (1 porter for 2 persons/trekkers) then the trek commences towards Phakding that is fairly easy which takes 4 to 5 hour (trek time only without breaks; may differ for each person in a group).
Day 03 – Trek Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m.) – O/nt. lodge.
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park that was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt. Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that cross the glaciated Nangpa La. The trek today will last for 6 to 7 hours.
Day 04 – Acclimatization day in Namche & excursion to Syangboche (3,760m.), Khumjung (3,780m.) & Khunde (3,840m.) – O/nt. lodge.
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, teashops and souvenir shops. It also has a magnificent view deck you can have a glimpse of Mt. Everest on a clear day. It is an ideal place for acclimatization for higher altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. An excursion to Syangboche, Khumjung and Khunde on this day will not only allow you to acclimatize, but gives you the feel of Sherpa life and culture as well as to see the peaks of Mt. Amadablam (6,856m.), Thamserku (6,608m.), Kangtenga (6,783m.) up close including Mt. Everest and Nuptse in distance. In Khumjung, you would visit a school and a hospital in Khunde, both established by Sir Edmund Hillary. On the way back you could also visit a privately owned Sherpa Culture museum located above Namche Bazaar main settlement.
Day 05 – Trek Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3,860 m.) – O/nt. lodge.
The first leg of this day’s trek is half hour climb uphill just below the Syangboche airstrip from where a right turn is taken towards Kenjoma. Then the trail descends to a bridge over the Dudhkoshi River at Phunki Tenga. This village is an excellent lunch spot, and here you can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although tiring, the second leg of the hike up the zigzag path has numerous distractions, with rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Finally, after 5-6 hours trek, you will arrive in Tengboche, a beautiful monastic village where the legendary Tengboche Monastery is situated almost in the lap of Ama Dablam.
Day 06 – Trek Tengboche – Dingboche (4,410 m.) – O/nt. lodge.
We descend steeply through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite Mt. Ama Dablam that has exceptional views of the mountains, with the gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. Crossing several Sherpa villages such as Shomare, Orsho, Tsuro Wog and crossing a bridge over Khumbu Khola brings you to Dingboche after about 5–6 hours trek. Some prefer spending the night in Pheriche but Dingboche has a better view when the weather is clear and a bit warmer too.
Day 07 – Rest day to acclimatize in Dingboche – O/nt. lodge.
Provided the weather is clear, you will be astonished by the view of Mt. Ama Dablam on the south that is very different from Dingboche. We will visit a higher ridge above Dingboche to view mountain peaks such as Lhotse, Ama Dablam and several others including the valley below. This excursion will also help you get acclimatized.
Day 08 – Trek Dingboche – Lobuche (4,910 m.) – O/nt. lodge.
Though this distance could be covered quickly, we recommend you to walk on an easy pace due to high altitude & low level of oxygen where you may experience heavy breathing. Views of mountain peaks are abundant from different parts of the trail. This hike takes around 5 hours.
Day 9 – Trek Lobuche – Gorakshep (5,140 m.) via Kalapatthar (5,550 m.) – O/nt. lodge.
We will start the trek very early in the morning (4 a.m.) from Lobuche towards Gorakshep. But before going to Gorakshep, we will detour to Kalapatthar, the viewpoint to watch mountain peaks at 360 with a very close and panoramic view of Mt. Everest including several other mountain peaks. The reason that we start so early in the morning is that the weather is very unpredictable in the high Himalayan region. If we are there early then there is the possibility of good weather that would allow you to see even sunrise.
Day 10 – Excursion Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp (5,364 m.) – & return – O/nt. lodge.
To reach Everest Base Camp, again a very early start is required, as it takes several hours on a trail that weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. Only an hour and a half at the most are allowed at the base camp to witness the mighty icefall of Khumbu glacier, as weather here is very unpredictable. On the return leg, if the weather is good, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorakshep or if time permits to Lobuche. This trip could take around 8 to 9 hours in total with packed lunch from Gorakshep.
Day 11 – Trek Gorakshep – Pangboche – O/nt. lodge.
Today is downhill most of the way, as we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue Association has a trekkers’ aid post here and it is quite interesting to visit. After lunch, we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.
Day 12 – Trek Pangboche – Namche – O/nt. lodge.
We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.
Day 13 – Trek Namche – Lukla – O/nt. lodge.
Our final day’s trail descends down to Dudh Koshi and follows the river back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains would be an ideal opportunity to celebrate the completion of your trek together with the guides and porters.
Day 14 – Fly Lukla – Kathmandu, transfer to hotel on arrival – O/nt. hotel.
Again from Lukla you will fly (35 minutes) early morning. So you will need to rise early in the morning then take your breakfast. You should be at the airport for checking in an hour before your actual flight to Kathmandu. On arrival, you will meet our company representative that will transfer you to your hotel or respective residence which ends your 13 days organized lodge (tea-house) trek.
Day 15 – Free day in Kathmandu (Buffer day just in case flight problem from Lukla) – O/nt. hotel.
Weather in the Himalayan mountain region can never be predicted precisely. If the weather is adverse the previous day, the flight which solely depends on weather factor could be canceled on the scheduled day, so a buffer day is also required. If things go as planned, then you could spend this day to simply relax or do souvenir shopping to bring home to your friends and loved one.
Day 16 – Departure day from Kathmandu, transfer hotel to the airport for onward flight.
– Group consultations and pre-climb meetings for training, gear, medical and all details necessary.
– Airport transfers in Kathmandu on your arrival, departure and for your flight to and from Lukla.
– 4 nights at Hotel Marshyangdi (Annex) in Kathmandu in twin sharing room with breakfast.
– 16 days Everest Base Camp lodge trek with twin sharing lodge room & 3 meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
– 1 guide & porter (1 porter between 2 clients) to carry (30 kg maximum) of your personal baggage during the
trek, their daily wages, food, insurance (for Nepali crew only). There will be an assistant guide if a group consists of 8 persons or more for the trek.
– Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and TIMS registration (similar to trekking permit) fees.
– Domestic airfare for trekking crew guide for flight Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu (if group bigger asst. guide).
– Domestic airfare for the client for Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight with airport tax.
– Service charge and taxes.
– Lunch/dinner during the stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.
– Sightseeing tours, transfers, entrances and city tour guide in Kathmandu (can arrange on extra cost).
– Soft drinks, hard drinks, beer, bottled water, and hot showers during your trek.
– Sleeping bag and inner for your trek (can hire on reasonable extra cost with us).
– Comprehensive travel insurance to cover all travel related matter including helicopter rescue to cover the
cost of flight from point of home departure to Kathmandu and medical expenses.
– Airfare for Any destination – Kathmandu – back to destination flight (have to arrange it yourself in your own country).
– Expenses of personal nature and emergency cost due to an unavoidable situation such as landslide and strike.
– All expenses of personal nature (telephone calls, internet use, laundry, etc.) & tips to trekking staffs.
Your trip cost includes accommodations in Kathmandu and during trekking and climbing. In Kathmandu, you will have twin sharing accommodation in a standard room in a 3-star hotel. During the trek, we will provide twin sharing lodge rooms. We will try to make sure that you get clean and comfortable rooms in the lodge. Toilets during lodge trek will be away (outside) from the room. For camping, it will be 2 men tent with self-inflating Thermarest mattress for more comfort. Accommodation in Kathmandu could be upgraded if you pay extra in a higher category of hotel.
Freshly prepared meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided throughout the teahouses (lodge restaurant) during the trek. Each day, dinner and breakfast will be provided at the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch, during the trek, will be provided at teahouse in fairly pleasant surrounding on the trail. Meals during the climbing period / at camp will also be freshly cooked by the accompanying trained cook. Meals at teahouses can be selected from the existing menu and during climbing will be variety in buffet style (Chinese, Indian, basic Italian and of course Nepali and Sherpa too). During your stay at a hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast is provided at the hotel that you will stay. You can choose to eat lunch and dinner either at the restaurant of the hotel that you are staying or venture out to different restaurants that are located near your hotel.
Everest Base Camp 16 Day Trek
PLEASE INFORM US:
- Which dates you would like to book for your expedition?
- How many will you be booking for?
- Please tell us about you and your outdoor experience
- Fill out the form
- We will send you reservation details on how to book directly from the website.
- Once we receive your 15% deposit we will confirm your booking by email.
- Your balance is due before you start the expedition.
PLEASE BE ADVISED;
- We respond to all Inquiries personally in 1 to 2 days. In addition, please check your spam mail as sometimes our emails get kicked to the spam section.
- Please book in advance. We do small and intimate groups so space is limited
As equally existent as the risks, important are steps taken by the Mardi Himal Treks and Climbs to minimize and mitigate them through our professionalism and constantly increased preparation and technology. Much responsibility is taken with an expedition organizer constantly in control of all clients and team members, at all times, we ensure that hazards are constantly assessed and avoided.
Our decisions and methods are supported by contingency plans that take as many aspects of the expedition into account, and we only ever use the best tried and tested equipment i.e. (GlobalFix PRO GPS / EPIRB, UHF radios, Thuraya Satellite smartphone, advanced first aid kit). Unlike other expedition’s providers, we also have a dedicated Emergency Medical Technician and certified NEBOSH Health and Safety Supervisor as part of their team.
Acclimatization is the process by which our bodies adapt to the altitude as we go higher so we do not get sick and/ or suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). which may lead and worsen to High Altitude Pulmonary Edema(HAPE) and/or High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). Gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. The trek is well planned in regards with time and distance that one has to tackle each day balancing adaptation, rest and enjoyment with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Therefore, increasing the chances of their trekkers for a successful trip.
Moderate physical condition.
This is an easy trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk for around 4-5 hours a day with a light day-pack. Exercising regularly for a few weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform us before booking the trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.
Everest Base Camp 16 Day Trek
Travel insurance is a must and not an option when joining trekking, tour, and mountaineering trips. Your insurance policy should include helicopter rescue flight/s, medical treatment, hospitalization, and repatriation apart from the normal coverage of loss of baggage, theft, flight/trip delay, cancellation, etc. We suggest you obtain such a policy in your own country before setting on your trip as we do not arrange or sell insurance.
What To Pack On Your Everest Base Camp 16 Day Trek
What to pack and bring during your trip can have a substantial effect on your trek. We have provided a guided list below to get you ready. Please take note that factors such as weather, season and duration of the trip may dictate the things you need to pack. You are entitled with a 15kg /33 lbs pack that your trekking porter will carry for you as part of our service. Some marked items below are provided by Mardi Himal Treks & Climb inclusive in the service.
Important documents and items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
- Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
- Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
BACKPACK – We hiked with 70L packs and had plenty of extra space. This is definitely overkilled on a supported teahouse trek. Again we did our last trek unsupported. A simple lightweight backpack about 45L is really all you should need on a teahouse trek.
SLEEPING BAG – We used 15 degrees (Fahrenheit) down sleeping bags and found them to be quite warm and comfortable. At lower elevations, they were too hot to zip up, but that extra warmth was necessary at altitude.
SHOES OR BOOTS – I used trail Garmont boots on all of our Nepal treks and I would make the same choice again. Janet used Columbia, thanks to her teammate Carina for lending them! If you plan on boots (or plan to encounter in lots of snow), make sure they’re lightweight and break them in really well before your hike.
WATER PURIFIER – We absolutely loved our Sawyer filter that works on gravity from our water bag to the Nalgene bottle. We would highly recommend it. It’s fast, easy, and effective. You’ll also save money and waste a lot less plastic by reusing the same bottles. Purifying tablets are easy to find in Nepal, but we prefer not to ingest strange chemicals. We picked up some tablets to have as a backup but thankfully didn’t end up needing them.
WATER BOTTLES – We hiked with two 1L Nalgene bottles each. They’re cheap, strong, they work well with the Sawyer filter and they’re easily replaceable. Water sources were plentiful along trails and we rarely needed to hike with more than 1-2L each.
CLOTHING – Don’t overpack on clothing. That’s a common mistake that will lead to unnecessary weight. Instead, pack in layers and avoid bringing any two items that will serve the same purpose. Here’s what we brought:
1 Rain jacket shell – 1 Pair rain pants – 1 Down jacket – 1 Fleece jacket – Warmer than down when damp and better to hike in a Pair hiking pants /1-2 Hiking t-shirts / 1 Long-sleeve shirt / 1-3 Pair/s underwear / 2-4 Pairs socks ,2 wool and 2 thin polycotton(add thin layer if using boots) / 1 Pair long john bottoms /1 Warm hat / 1 Sun hat/ 1 Pair gloves or mittens
WE RECOMMEND AP, COMPASS & GUIDEBOOK – Good maps can easily be purchased in Kathmandu. We always hike with a compass too, though the trails were easy and we know the area so we didn’t end up needing it.
FIRST AID KIT – Always bring a small personalized first aid kit and added extras like painkillers, Diamox, and personal medications.
SUN PROTECTION – Sunglasses (polarized recommended), sunscreen, and SPF lip balm are an absolute must.
HEADLAMP – A small headlamp will be useful for late night bathroom visits.
POCKET KNIFE – regular steel is best for survival.
TREKKING POLES – We used sticks. If you have bad knees/ankles they can help reduce strain on big ascents and descents.
SMALL TOWEL – very handy and helpful.
WRISTWATCH – Nepalis estimate hiking distances in hours, not miles or kilometers, so it’s useful to pay close attention to the time.
PERMITS – This was changing during our stay and found out TIMS card was not acknowledged by the checkpoint in Lukhla. They charge another permit. We were unable to refund it in the end. So do your research on this.
PERSONAL TOILETRIES – Don’t forget things like a travel toothbrush, toothpaste, contact lenses, personal medications, and any other small toiletries you’ll need.
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