Everest Base Camp Trek

20 Days in Nepal / (Skill level: Introductory)

Price per person

$4,200.00

About this trip

Trek to Everest Base Camp and gain unparalleled perspectives while trekking alongside Sherpa, guides, and climbers who are continuing on to the summits of Everest and Ama Dablam. Experience Nepal's culture and learn its history while trekking in the beautiful Khumbu Valley. We use premier logistics that are the same as those used on the region's high altitude climbing peaks.

Overview

  • skill level

    Introductory

  • Duration

    20 Days

Mount Everest has long captured the imaginations of people the world over. The fact that its summit is the highest point in the world speaks for itself, but when traveling in the Khumbu Valley, it becomes apparent that it’s not only Mount Everest’s most famous statistic that makes this place so special, but the greater picture of the mountain range, including the history, the weather, the people who live there, and the climbers who visit.

When trekking in the Khumbu Valley with Alpenglow Expeditions, you become a part of the community of mountain enthusiasts that migrates to this region in order to pursue their dreams. As you travel and trek beside the sherpa, guides, and climbers who continue on to the summits of the surrounding peaks, you will get a perspective unlike any other. You will gain an understanding of the region’s culture, its history, and the sport that brought you there.

We have two similar programs for the spring and autumn Himalayan seasons. Our autumn trek accompanies expeditions on their way to Ama Dablam. Trekkers with Alpenglow Expeditions in the Khumbu are extremely fortunate to be able to utilize the same high-level logistics as those used on the region’s high altitude climbing peaks. With our support staff, guides, accommodations, and food being the best in the business, you are able to focus your energy on yourself and your surroundings.

Come to the Khumbu with us and find yourself on the adventure of a lifetime!

Preparation

  • Fitness

    Trekkers must be in great physical shape to join this expedition. This is perhaps the most important aspect of high altitude trekking, and cannot be stressed enough. Regular, challenging exercise for many months in advance of departure is the only way to gain the necessary level of fitness that is needed. Please contact us for more information on physical training.

  • Altitude Experience

    No prior experience at altitude required.

    • Day 1 — Arrival

      Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (4,600 feet/1,400 meters). We transfer to our hotel, and begin the process of getting over jetlag. (Monday)

    • Day 2 — Explore Kathmandu

      Today we explore some of Kathmandu’s most famous sites. These include Swyambunath (the Monkey Temple), Pashupati (Nepal’s largest Hindu temple), Boudanath (Kathmandu’s most important Buddhist temple) and the old city’s original central square, Durbar. We also have our first team meeting, and organize our bags for the trek.

    • Day 3 — Fly to Lukla & Trek to Monjo

      Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (9,000 feet/2,743 meters), 45 minutes. Trek Lukla to Monjo (9,300 feet/2,835 meters), 3-5 hours. One of the most beautiful and memorable mountain flights in the world, our 45-minute flight takes us from Kathmandu to Lukla, the town where we begin our trek to base camp. After organizing our yaks and porters we begin the half-day hike to the town of Monjo. The trail is excellent, and after descending to the town of Phakding, climbs easily from the river and across our first suspension bridges up to our lodge in Monjo.

    • Day 4 — Trek to Namche Bazaar

      Trek Monjo (9,300 feet/2,835 meters) to Namche Bazaar (11,300 feet/3,444 meters), 3-4 hours. The walk begins with a couple of thrilling suspension bridges and wanders along the banks of the raging Dudh Khosi River, before climbing steeply up a 2,000 foot (610 meter) hill into Namche Bazaar. This hill is the first of our challenging climbs. Along the way we are rewarded with our first views of Mt. Everest, and plenty of well-built stone terraces to stop and rest. We have lunch in Namche Bazaar, and spend the afternoon exploring the vibrant town. Namche is the most important town in the Khumbu Valley, and is filled with fun shops, great bakeries, and colorful winding streets. We also visit the local monastery and the Sherpa Museum of Culture and Himalayan Climbing History. The museum’s exhibits chronicling sherpa climbing history are not to be missed.

    • Day 5 — Trek to Khumjung

      Trek Namche Bazaar (11,300 feet/3,444 meters) to Khumjung (12,400 feet/3,790 meters), 1 hour. For acclimatization purposes we spend a second night near Namche Bazaar. After a relaxing morning exploring town and enjoying our first stunning views of Ama Dablam from a viewpoint above town, we have lunch and then take a one-hour walk to Khumjung and our sirdar’s (lead sherpa’s) home. We spend the night with Phurba Tashi and his family in his comfortable lodge, and possibly visit the Hillary School in Khumjung, and the Khunde hospital, both projects of Sir Edmund Hillary, and significant centers of Sherpa life.

    • Day 6 — Trek to Phortse

      Trek Khumjung (12,400 feet/3,790 meters) to Phortse (12,450 feet/3,800 meters), 3 hours. Phortse is home to most of our sherpa team. It is a mountain town perched on the walls of a massive river valley and sees few Western visitors. To get there we set off on small trails, featuring a long stone staircase through vertical rock cliffs that ends at the Mong La, a high pass with striking 360 degree views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kantegri. We descend to the river then climb easily to Phortse, arriving in time for lunch. We spend the afternoon visiting our sherpa team in their homes, drinking tea and tasting the locally made yak yogurt.

    • Day 7 — Trek to Dingboche

      Trek Phortse (12,450 feet/3,800 meters) to Dingboche (14,800 feet/4,530 meters), 5-7 hours. We begin today’s trek far from other trekkers on the trail from Phortse to upper Pangboche. In Pangboche we visit the oldest monastery and temple in the region and explore its paintings and statues. If we are fortunate, we may also receive blessings from the local lama. Once finished, we continue hiking to Dingboche, a small seasonal town perched at the base of Lhotse’s South Face that has incredible views of Ama Dablam’s North Ridge.

    • Day 8 — Rest Day in Dingboche

      Rest day in Dingboche (14,800 feet/4,530 meters). Optional climb of Chukkung Ri (17,600 feet/5,364 meters), 6-8 hours. Chukkung Ri is not glaciated, but provides an excellent way for us to gain additional acclimatization, as well as stunning views of Lhotse’s South Face and the huge glaciers filling the Amphu Valley. In the afternoon we return to Dingboche. As needed, this day also makes for a great rest and recuperation day prior to continuing higher in the Khumbu Valley. Many shorter day hikes also exist around the town of Dingboche offering an opportunity to explore without attempting the complete climb of Chukkung Ri.

    • Day 9 — Trek to Lobuche

      Trek Dingboche (14,800 feet/4,530 meters) to Lobuche (16,109 feet/4,910 meters), 4-6 hours. We say goodbye to the Ama Dablam climbing team this morning, and then take our time and move slowly as we move considerably higher in the valley. The walk to Lobuche follows a high plateau with beautiful views of the surrounding peaks and yak herders’ huts, before crossing a small river and climbing steeply above the town of Dughla to the Everest memorial zone. Here there are stone memorials and plaques to many of the local and international climbers who have been lost climbing Everest and the Khumbu’s other big peaks. After some time here to take in the beauty of this place, we continue up the valley to Lobuche.

    • Day 10 — Trek to Gorak Shep

      Trek Lobuche (16,109 feet/4,910 meters) to Gorak Shep (16,942 feet/4,910 meters), 3 hours. Optional climb of Kala Patar (18,192 feet/5,164 meters), 4 hours round-trip. Today, although not long, is quite challenging due to the altitude and occasionally difficult trail. After an early morning start, we follow the valley next to the Khumbu Glacier all the way to the final Sherpa settlement of Gorak Shep. If the weather and views warrant, we may choose to climb Kala Patar this afternoon to see sunset on Everest’s South Face. Summiting Kala Patar is a non-technical but strenuous hike on good, generally snow-free, trails. The views of Everest from its summit are the best anywhere in Nepal, and well worth the hard hike. We spend the night in a lodge at Gorak Shep.

    • Day 11 — Trek to Lobuche

      Trek Gorak Shep (16,942 feet/4,910 meters) to Lobuche (16,109 feet/4,910 meters), 2 hours. Optional hike to Everest Base Camp (17,575 feet/5360 meters), 3-4 hours round trip. Depending on our day yesterday, we may wake early to summit Kala Patar this morning. We also have the option to hike to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. In the autumn the base camp is quiet, but still a stunning place to visit. In the afternoon we descend all the way to Lobuche.

    • Day 12 — Trek to Pangboche

      Trek Lobuche (16,109 feet/4,910 meters) to Pangboche (12,894 feet/3,930 meters), 5 hours. Along the way we visit the town of Pheriche, home to the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association), an important medical clinic that treats both foreign trekkers and the local Sherpa. We will also enjoy having more oxygen for our bodies, warmer temperatures, and re-entering the world of trees and vegetation after the stark beauty of Everest. We spend the night in one of our sherpa’s lodges in Pangboche.

    • Day 13 — Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp

      Trek Pangboche (12,894 feet/3,930 meters) to Ama Dablam Base Camp (14,500 feet/4,420 meters), 3-4 hours. Today we make a short but steep climb away from the main tourist track to visit our climbing team in Ama Dablam Base Camp. This base camp may be the most beautiful in Nepal, with unbelievable views of Ama Dablam and a perfectly flat grassy valley with a river running through it. We enjoy a comfortable night in tents, and food from the best chef in the mountains.

    • Day 14 — Rest Day in Ama Dablam Bascecamp

      Rest day in Ama Dablam Basecamp (14,500 feet/4,420 meters). Optional hike to Ama Dablam Yak Camp (17,100 feet/5,200 meters), 6-7 hours round-trip. Since our climbing team and Sherpa will all be here preparing for their climb of Ama Dablam, this is an opportunity to see the inner workings of a major Himalayan climbing expedition. For trekkers that are feeling strong, there is an optional hike to Yak Camp on Ama Dablam. This hike gives a close-up view of the technical Southwest Ridge on Ama Dablam, our climbing group’s route of ascent. We spend a second night in tents at Ama Dablam Base Camp.

    • Day 15 — Trek to Thyanboche

      Trek from Ama Dablam BC (14,500 feet/4,420 meters) to Thyangboche (12,664 feet/3,860 meters), 4-5 hours. We leave base camp in the morning and hike down the hill to Pangboche. After tea we continue down the valley and through thick rhododendron forests to Thyangboche. Thyangboche is home to the most important and active monastery in the Khumbu and we will spend the afternoon visiting the monastery and monks and watching a traditional Tibetan Buddhist ceremony.

    • Day 16 — Trek to Namche Bazaar

      Trek from Thyangboche (12,664 feet/3,860 meters) to Namche Bazaar (11,300 feet/3,444 meters), 5 hours. Our walk begins with a big drop down to the Dudh Khosi River and a stunning suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge we climb again to our lunch spot in Sanasa. After lunch, we continue contouring along hillsides and over small ridges until dropping into Namche Bazaar.

    • Day 17 — Trek to Lukla

      Trek from Namche Bazaar (11,300 feet/3,444 meters) to Lukla (9,000 feet/2,743 meters), 5-7 hours. Our final day of walking covers the same ground we spent 2 days climbing on the way in. Now that we are acclimatized we cover the distance easily, and enjoy the many suspension bridges, tumultuous rivers, small towns and monasteries. After lunch in Phakding, the trail climbs a final 600 vertical feet (180 meters) to the airstrip in Lukla, and our final lodge where we spend the night.

    • Day 18 — Fly to Kathmandu

      Fly Lukla (9,000 feet/2,743 meters) to Kathmandu. This 45-minute flight begins with one of the most exciting takeoffs in the world. Once airborne, there are incredible views of the mountains, the foothills, and finally the city. After landing in Kathmandu we return to our hotel for an evening of celebration. Night in hotel.

    • Day 19 — Weather Day

      Contingency day for flights from Lukla to Kathmandu. Since the flights to and from Lukla are often delayed or cancelled due to bad weather in the mountains, this is an essential extra day. If we arrive back in Kathmandu on time, this day can be used for sightseeing in the city, shopping for souvenirs, or sleeping in and enjoying the fantastic pool at the hotel.

    • Day 20 — Departure

      Depart Kathmandu for home. After a final group breakfast, return to the airport to catch international flights home (Wednesday).

      • Head

      • Kaenon Klay sunglasses

        Must have dark lenses. Minimal light should come in below, above, or around the sides of the lenses.“Wrap” style is best. Ventilation is important and a retainer strap recommended (Chums or Croakies).

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      • SmartWool Balaclava

        We recommend a tight-fitting balaclava that is worn under your hat. Make sure that it covers as much skin as possible and yet still comfy.

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      • Patagonia Lined Beanie

        A comfortable, warm well-fitting hat that covers your ears. Make sure that your beanie fits under a helmet. We also recommend the Marmot Summit Hat.

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      • Marmot PreCip Baseball Hat

        A great hat to help keep the sun out of your eyes and keep you cool on warm days.

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      • Hands

      • Black Diamond guide glove

        These gloves should be full GORE-TEX®, with a removable fleece liner (so you can take the liner out and dry it at night). The warmer the liner the better.

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      • Marmot Windstopper glove

        You will rarely take these gloves off.  They should be snug-fitting, and have some sort of reinforced palm.

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      • Feet

      • Western Mountaineering Flash down booties

        You’ll love having a warm, comfortable shoe to slip into when tent-bound.

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      • LaSportiva Bushido hiking shoe

        These light to mid-weight shoes are for every day use. The ideal shoe is comfortable to wear for multiple days and scrambles decently on rock. A Gore-tex lined shoe stays drier when hiking in rain or snow. High top hiking boots are heavy and unnecessary.

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      • Darn Tough 1/4 cushion hiking sock

        These are your every day sock, good for day hikes, trekking and town days.

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      • Upper Body

      • Icebreaker long sleeve Top

        A merino or poly-pro base layer that you will wear often. Fitted, light-weight and quick drying.

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      • Marmot Greenland Jacket

        A puffy jacket with a hood that will keep you warm during the coldest of conditions. The higher the quality down, the better (800-fill is best). However, be sure the jacket is still lightweight.

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      • Marmot Minimalist Jacket

        A lightweight, waterproof and breathable jacket WITH A HOOD that can withstand extreme weather conditions. Make sure you have pit-zips and if you are using an old jacket, re-waterproof it. PacLite® is preferred for lightweight.

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      • Marmot ROM softshell jacket

        While this item isn’t required, we know that those who don’t have one wish they did! More breathable than Gore-tex, these jackets block wind and light precipitation.

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      • Patagonia Nanopuff jacket

        Warmer than your expedition weight top, but not as extreme as your big puffy jacket. Full zip is recommended.

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      • Patagonia R1 hoody

        A poly-pro mid-layer that you will wear often. Fitted, light-weight and quick drying. Make sure it is long enough to tuck-in and we recommend zipper collars for more ventilation.

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      • Patagonia tropic comfort hoody

        This lite weight hoody has become a guide favorite for almost every day spent in the mountains. This layer can be worn on hot or cold days, and shields you from the sun during long hours spent outside.

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      • Icebreaker Tech Lite shirt

        Light base layer that effectively wicks moisture away from your body and is breathable. Quick-dry is important as well. One light colored shirt is recommended for extremely sunny days.  We have found that merino wool is the superior material for base layers, as they regulate body temperature very well, and are extremely odor resistant.

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      • Lower Body

      • Arc'teryx Atom LT insulated pants

        Full-length side zippers are recommended, for throwing on top of all of your layers.

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      • Marmot Minimalist Pant

        Your waterproof bottom layer for extreme weather days. Make sure you have water-resistant zippers, crampon patches + good pockets.

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      • Marmot Scree Pant

        You will spend most of your days in these pants. Choose Schoeller® or a soft-shell equivalent. Breathable + water-resistant. These pants should have an ankle zip so they will accommodate your mountain boot.

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      • Patagonia expedition weight bottoms

        Fitted, light-weight and quick drying. The mid-weight will be a base-layer that will get you through a wide range of temperatures.

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      • Icebreaker long underwear

        Fitted, light-weight and quick drying. This base-layer will get you through a wide range of temperatures. NO COTTON.

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      • Patagonia Shorts

        Throw these on under other layers for when the sun begins to beat, or you have a sudden urge to jump in a glacial lake. Lightweight, durable and comfortable. NO COTTON.

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      • Equipment

      • Nalgene 1 liter water bottle

        Two Lexan 1 liter, wide mouth bottles.

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      • Black Diamond Trekking Poles

        Must be collapsible poles. Make sure that they are durable, lightweight + easily adjustable. You must have at least one, but we recommend 2.

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      • Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

        L.E.D. headlamps are required.. Make sure they have 3+ bulbs. Bring extra batteries. We highly recommend a tilting lamp.

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      • Marmot Col sleeping bag

        Rated to -20º F. Choose an 800+ Fill Premium Goose Down bag. Make certain that the sleeping bag is the right length. DON’T FORGET A COMPRESSION SACK FOR THE SLEEPING BAG. Many climbers also like a silk liner. Recommended: Granite Gear Compression Sack.

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      • Therm-a-rest NeoAir Therm sleeping pad

        72 inch long inflatable pad required. Make sure you also purchase and bring a repair kit + bag for the sleeping pad.

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      • Marmot Long Hauler Duffel

        These bags should be extremely durable, waterproof, and big! You should feel comfortable leaving it in a puddle for several hours. Remember dry clothes are hot commodities in the mountains! Large enough to fit everything you own, plus what you anticipate buying.

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      • Black Diamond Speed 50 pack

        Internal frame pack that is between 50 and 60 liters. This pack should be comfortable, lightweight and fitted to your body.

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    • Would you consider doing a custom trek in the Himalaya?

      We always welcome custom expeditions and treks. 50% of Alpenglow’s expeditions are customized.

    • Do I really need to purchase trip and rescue insurance?

      We strongly recommend purchasing both types of insurance. Trip insurance covers issues that would cause you to cancel your trip in advance. Rescue insurance can help cover costs in the event that you decide to end your expedition early. We recommend purchasing Travel Guard and Global Rescue. You can find links to both of these insurance companies by heading over to our Partners page.

Logan Talbott

Director of Operations / mountain guide

Logan has been guiding professionally for over 10 years in the disciplines of Rock, Alpine and Ski Mountaineering. When not out guiding, Logan keeps things running smoothly as the director of operations at Alpenglow Expeditions. From one day ascents of El Capitan to big Alpine climbs in the Himalaya, from ski descents on Denali to backyard ski tours in Lake Tahoe, he can’t help but smile when out running around the hills. Logan is a fully certified AMGA/IFMGA mountain guide, an Avalanche course leader with AIARE, as well as a wilderness EMT. In addition to guiding, Logan has extensive experience in mountain rescue, having worked for rescue teams in both Yosemite and Denali National Parks, and volunteering locally for Tahoe Nordic SAR. When not out in the hills, he lives in Truckee, CA with his lovely wife Lynette and spotted dog Arlo.

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA - American Mountain Guide
  • IVBV IFMGA UIAGM - Mountain Guide

Zeb Blais

From bushwhacking miles of Manzanita in ski boots to traversing huge glaciers in exotic ranges, adventure draws Zeb in. Originally from Vermont, Zeb has been hooked on big mountains since his first ski tour in Jackson Hole and has pursued skiing, climbing and exploring ever since. Zeb has climbed and guided in the Himalaya, Alaska, Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador and Asia among others and he’s working hard to keep that list growing. Working as a mountain guide allows Zeb to share his passion for human powered movement in the mountains and to pass along what he’s learned along the way.

Zeb has successfully guided Mt Everest [29,029′], Mt Cho Oyu [26,906′] including a ski descent from the summit, Lobuche East [20,075′],  and four expeditions on Denali [20,320’], including a ski descent from the summit. He has completed 64 summits of Mount Rainier [14,410’]. Additional credentials include 12 summits of Mount Shasta [14,179’]; 5 summits of Mount Shuksan [9,100’]; 3 summits via Mount Baker [10,678’], including one ski descent from the summit, and two ski descents via the North Ridge; 2 summits of Aconcagua [22,841’]; 1 summit of Cotopaxi and 1 summit of Cayabme; 2 summits of Ixtacihuatl in Mexico; 3 summits of Orizaba in Mexico, including a ski descent from the summit; and numerous rock, alpine and ski summits from the Cascades, Sierra Nevada, Coast ranges and Rockies.

Zeb is an AMGA certified ski guide.

Guide Certifications
  • AMGA Certified Ski Guide

Esteban “Topo” Mena

Topo’s formal name is Esteban Mena, but he goes by his nickname. Topo is 28 years old and began his guiding career at 19, when he climbed Aconcagua’s South Face and became the youngest person to accomplish this difficult climb. Topo began guiding in Ecuador and Peru. In 2012, Topo summited Manaslu and in 2013, he summited Everest – both without using supplementary oxygen. Topo again summited Everest in 2016 while supporting his wonderful partner Carla as she successfully summited without supplemental oxygen. He also has climbed challenging new routes in Kyrgyzstan and China and one of his climbs (Kyzyl Asker) has been nominated for the Piolet d’Or (as part of an Ecuadorian team).

Guide Certifications
  • ASEGUIM
  • IVBV IFMGA UIAGM - Mountain Guide

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