Plan a Trek to Everest Base Camp in 2018 – Powered by NAT GEO Expeditions

Considering the popular fascination for Mount Everest (being the highest point in the world), a simple trek to even its base camp is almost an equivalent adventure of sorts. The experience will definitely provide you with oodles of adrenaline-rush, to be cherished for a lifetime. Everest Base Camp mostly refers to either of the two rudimentary campsites or base camps on opposite sides of Mount Everest, which are used by mountaineers during their ascent or descent activities.

  1. South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 meters (17,598 ft) – mostly used when climbing via the southeast ridge.
  2. North Base Camp is in Tibet at 5,150 meters (16,900 ft) – used when climbing via the northeast ridge.

Today, we present you an upcoming trekking opportunity in Nepal, conducted by National Geographic Expeditions. This program is for a 19-day Himalayan Trek to the South Base Camp of Everest, located in Nepal.

Trip Dates :

  • May 10 – 28, 2018
  • Oct 13 – 31, 2018
  • Nov 03 – 21, 2018

Accommodation Style :

4-nights stay in comfortable Nepalese-style hotels and 14-nights stay in simple mountain lodges with shared basic facilities.

Travel Logistics :

Porters and pack animals will transport our gear. Participants should be in excellent health. A signed medical form from your doctor will be a MANDATORY requirement.

Trip cost :

$6,095

Prices are per person and double occupancy. For a single room, add $900. Airfare to/from Kathmandu and within Nepal is NOT included in the expedition cost. The group flight within Nepal is $380 (subject to change). 

Group Size: 

8–16 

Trip Itinerary – 19 Days:


Days 1 & 2 — Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Hotel transfer (Shangri-La Hotel Kathmandu)
  • Orientation Program
  • Kathmandu Tour: Visit Pashupatinath and Bodhnath Stupa – UNESCO’s world heritage sites.
  • Meals: Day 1 – Dinner, Day 2 – Breakfast

Day 3 — Lukla/Begin Trek/Phakding

  • Fly over to Lukla (9200 ft)
  • Interaction with Sherpa guides and begin the trek.
  • Descent 1500 ft to the Dudh Kosi (River of Milk).
  • Reach village of Phakding
  • Overall activity: 5 miles hiking, 3 hours
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 4 & 5 — Namche Bazaar

  • Trek north from Dudh Kosi Valley to Monjo.
  • Entry into Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • A steep climb to Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar
  • Stay for 2 nights to acclimatize and go on short hikes in and around the area.
  • Overall activity: Day 4: 6 miles hiking, 5-6 hours; Day 5: 3-4 miles hiking, 2-3 hours
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 — Thami

  • Trail along the Bhote Kosi to the remote village of Thami.
  • Cross the Bhote Kosi and hike steeply uphill to Thami.
  • Overall activity: 2-3 miles hiking; 4-5 hours
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 — Khumjung

  • Visit Thami Monastery (13,000 ft).
  • Trek to village of Khumjung, where Sir Edmund Hillary established a school in 1961.
  • Visit to Sir Edmund Hillary’s school.
  • Overall activity : 7 miles hiking; 5-6 hours
  • Accommodation : Mountain Lodge
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 — Tengboche/Debuche

  • Trek to Tengboche Monastery, through the Dudh Kosi gorge.
  • Descent to lodge in Debuche.
  • Overall activity : 7-8 miles; 5-6 hours
  • Accommodation : Mountain Lodge
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 9 & 10 — Pheriche

  • Trek through a forest to the village of Pangboche.
  • Hike up to the remote village of Pheriche.
  • An optional 2,100 ft climb to Nangkartshang Peak (16,672 ft) to see Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu (three of the six highest peaks in the world).
  • Overall activity : Day 9: 6 miles hiking, 5-6 hours; Day 10: 5 miles hiking, 6-7 hours
  • Accommodation : Mountain Lodge
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 11 & 12 — Lobuje/Gorak Shep

  • Trek along the valley floor to Dughla (15,157 ft)
  • Hike to Lobuje.
  • Walk up to the edge of the Khumbu Glacier.
  • Hike up to the village of Gorak Shep.
  • Climb up Kala Pattar (18,192 ft) for a dramatic close-up view of Everest.
  • Overall activity : Day 11: 4 miles hiking, 5-6 hours; Day 12: 5 miles optional hiking, 2-3 hours.
  • Accommodation : Mountain Lodge
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 — Everest Base Camp/Lobuje

  • Final climb to Everest Base Camp, under the sparkling Khumbu Icefall.
  • Return to Lobuje.
  • Overall activity : 9 miles hiking; 9-10 hours
  • Accommodation : Mountain Lodge
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 14, 15, & 16 — Descent to Lukla

  • Retrace back along the Imja Khola to Debuche.
  • Hike down a steep trail to the Dudh Kosi and climb to Namche Bazaar.
  • Trek back to Lukla.
  • Overall activity : Day 14: 9-10 miles hiking, 6-7 hours; Day 15: 8-9 miles hiking, 5-7 hours; Day 16: 9 miles hiking, 8 hours.
  • Accommodation : Mountain Lodge
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 — Lukla/Kathmandu

  • Fly back to Kathmandu.
  • Rest for the remaining day.
  • Accommodation : Shangri-La Hotel Kathmandu
  • Meals : Breakfast.

Days 18 & 19 — Kathmandu/U.S.

  • Explore the town of Bhaktapur.
  • Visit temples and palaces of Durbar Square and Sun Dhoka, a gilded copper gate crafted in 1753.
  • Depart Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation : Shangri-La Hotel Kathmandu
  • Meals : Day 18 – Breakfast, Dinner; Day 19 – Breakfast

For further details, please visit : Nepal: Everest Base Camp Trek

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3 comments

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Shwetank Gupta April 26, 2018 at 2:19 pm

Nice!

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Hoopspot April 26, 2018 at 4:26 pm

Well for hiking at such high altitudes, don’t you think fitness also plays an important role? Can a normal individual complete the course?

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Santwona Patnaik April 26, 2018 at 8:49 pm

Ofcourse! Fitness is a MUST. One doesn’t need to be upto marathon standards but of course the fitter you are, the better you’ll feel and the more you’ll enjoy the trek.
A normally fit individual can complete the trek, considering that they will be given rest times in between, to acclimatise.

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