Everest Base Camp Trek

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Everest Base Camp Trek is perhaps the most famous trek in the world and justifiably so. The trek takes in some of the most famous mountain scenery in the world passing the beautiful Ama Dablam on route to Everest Base Camp itself and its spectacular ‘horseshoe’ of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. It combines scenery, culture, religion and of course your own personal effort. It’s a trek that’s shouldn’t be missed and it never fails to impress.. We will normally aim to travel over with our Everest Summit team however we can arrange private expeditions at alternative dates.

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Course Details

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    Price £1895.00

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    Ability Level Trek 2

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    Fitness Level T

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    Location: Lukla region, Nepal

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    Guide ratio: 1:16

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    Season: Spring and Autumn

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    Duration: 19 Days



The Everest base camp trip starts in Lukla, in the South East corner of Nepal. You will hike through the picturesque villages on the road to Everest, heading towards the Nepal – China border.

Further Information

What's included
  • Full state of the art expedition service
  • Expedition permit for Sagamartha National Park
  • Lukla return airfare
  • All food and accommodation
  • Sherpa support with equipment
  • Staff wages, insurance,
  • All necessary porters to carry load to and from base camp
  • All local transfers
  • satellite phone (pay call)
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu in a comfortable hotel on B&B
  • What's not included
  • Equipment rental
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to/from Kathmandu
  • Tips & items of a personal nature
  • Who is this for?

    The Everest Basecamp trek suits those who are keen walkers, each day is normally 4-5hrs of walking, and each member only carries a light (5-6kg) Rucksack. The walking is not overly strenuous and the path is normally very good although it can be rocky.

    All members have their personal equipment carried by our porters, we would expect people to have 10-12kg of equipment each, this excludes the small rucksack that we each carry with us each day. In order to enjoy to enjoy and make the most of our Everest base camp trek we would advise you have the following ability and fitness levels.

    Accommodation and huts

    Accommodation is in the Sherpa teahouses and Lodges all the way. These are fairly modern to begin with but
    become a little more basic the further into the Khumbu we venture. They are always welcoming and warm with
    a selection of drinks (including fizzy soft drinks) and great food – some local, some geared to western tastes,
    such as omelettes and pizza.

    The typical lodge will have twin rooms for sleeping and a large communal area for dining and relaxing that will
    have a stove that will be lit in the evenings. Over the years we have built a great relationship with the owners
    of these lodges and we consider them now friends. Lodges in the Khumbu are the best in Nepal. They’re not
    ultra modern or luxurious, but they’re clean and comfortable, and all do have running water and clean toilet

    Typical Itinerary

    DAY 1 – Travel to KATHMANDU


    After arriving at Kathmandu on the morning of the first day, we spend another complete day in the city, resting
    and preparing for our adventure. There is also time to experience the delights of Kathmandu itself.

    DAY 3 – LUKLA (2840m)

    An early morning start is rewarded with breakfast in Lukla and of course stunning views during the flight of
    distant snow capped mountains. It’s at Lukla that we meet our trusty staff for the expedition. The day’s trek
    places us at the entrance to the Everest National Park in Monjo (2835m) and the adventure truly begins.

    DAY 4 – NAMCHE BAZAAR (3400m)

    After entering the park we walk next to the giant Dudi Kosi River before we wind our way slowly and steadily
    uphill to the Sherpa capital city Namche Bazaar.

    DAY 5 – REST

    Rest day in Namche Bazaar. Here we let our bodies get used to the increase in altitude. Some may take a
    gentle stroll to the Everest Hotel (3900m) to take in some of the breath taking views of the mountains, while
    others may wander the throbbing streets of Namche to experience the shops and, if you’re lucky, the Tibetan

    DAY 6 – DEBOCHE (3700m)

    It’s back on the trail as we make our way around the mountainside, sharing the trail with Yaks and Porters
    carrying supplies up and down the valley. We pass incredible viewpoints and, from this point on, it feels like
    we are truly in the Himalayas. We drop down to the Dudi Kosi River again before we climb to the famous
    Thyangboche Monastery. There is time to explore this wonder of the Khumbu and to take in the history of the
    Lamas. Inside are beautiful wall hangings, ornate carvings and a giant Buddha. If the team is fortunate, it may
    be possible to see the Lamas praying which is a tremendously moving experience. We move down the hill a
    little to Deboche to spend the night nestled among the rhododendron tress in a quiet setting.

    DAY 7 – DINGBOCHE (4410m)

    A day that is dominated by the views of Ama Dablam (the ‘Matterhorn of the Himalayas’). We wind our way
    further into the Khumbu area and reach Pangboche. Here we stop for lunch and perhaps meet some of the
    high altitude Sherpa from the climbing team. They all live in this tiny village under Ama Dablam. From here we
    have a short trek to Dingboche where we stay with the Step Father of Namgel (another of our high altitude
    Sherpa) in his beautiful lodge.

    DAY 8 – REST

    Rest day. Just like we did in Namche, we let our bodies catch us up. If the weather allows, we may hike up
    above the village to a small summit that is strewn with prayer flags. Or of course we can simply rest, drinking
    the famous homemade fruit juice unique to this lodge.

    DAY 9 – LOBUCHE (4900m)

    We leave Dingboche and contour around the hillside to Dzugla, once again crossing the Dudi Kosi en route,
    this time on simple wooden planks. From Dzugla we climb the hill that puts us among the climber’s memorials.
    This is an area where stones have been piled to remember those who have died in the nearby mountains. It is
    a haunting and touching place and no-one passes without feeling moved by what they see and feel. A mellow
    walk takes us into Lobuche and our resting place for the night.

    DAY 10 – GORAK SHEP (5220m)

    A short trek gets us to Gorak Shep, where we spend the night. This was the site of Base Camp for the 1953
    Everest expedition, and also the world’s highest ever cricket match in 2009. After lunch we will climb Kala
    Pattar to reach the top as the sun sets on the highest mountain in the world. The views are simply stunning.

    DAY 11 – BASECAMP (5300m)

    Base Camp itself. Close your eyes as we descend onto the glacier and try to picture Hillary back in ’53 as we
    ponder our own achievement. When the group is lead by our summit guide, you will also get the fantastic opportunity to spend a night at Base Camp with theEverest climbing Team, swapping our stories with theirs

    DAY 12 – BASECAMP (5300m)

    The team will spend a whole day at Everest Basecamp to truly experience what expedition life is like. We can
    explore the lower part of the icefall or simply rest and take in all in.

    DAY 13 – DINGBOCHE (4410m)

    After saying goodbye to the climbing team, we retrace our steps down the valley to Dingboche to spend the

    Day 14 – NAMCHE BAZAAR (3400m)

    Although it should be downhill all the way we battle a few minor hills en route to Namche Bazaar once again

    DAY 15 – PHAKDING (2700m)

    Trek to Phakding. Most teams will trek all the way to Lukla in a day but we feel that it’s best to split the walk,
    allowing our porters an easier time as well as ourselves. The end of a wonderful adventure is drawing to a
    close and it’s important to enjoy the last few precious days.

    DAY 16 – LUKLA (2840m)

    We finally make it back to Lukla. This should be an easy day but our tired bodies and the final section of uphill
    can make it feel like hard work. We arrive at the Paradise Lodge for a good meal and a small party with our
    Nepalese crew, reflecting on the last 15 days.

    DAY 17

    Return flight to Kathmandu, where again we will be met at the airport and taken back to the luxury of the hotel.

    DAY 18

    A leisure day in Kathmandu, time to soak up the atmosphere and grab gifts for loved ones at home. It’s also a
    chance to see those sights that we may have missed on the way in.

    DAY 19

    Return flight home.

    PLEASE NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is an adventure in a
    remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, conditions on the trail, and the health of
    team members can all contribute to changes. The Guides and their Sherpa assistants will make every effort to
    keep to the itinerary but please understand if things need to change a little.


    To maximise your chances of getting to Base Camp and enjoying the trek, it is important to
    get as fit as you possibly can. If you have already been to altitude (4000m+), you will have
    some idea of the endurance required to get there. Prior preparation is a good idea. The
    process of training for your goal will help you focus on your goal, and having a goal will help
    you focus on your training. So all in all, training is good!

    Probably the best training is going on long days hill walking as this simulates the real thing as
    closely as possible and prepares the mind (exercising for long periods in poor weather
    requires mental strength!) However not everyone has the opportunity to do this and so
    alternatives such as running, cycling and gym workouts are good. The focus should be on
    training Cardiovascular Endurance and so if in the gym, cycling/running/rowing machines are
    much better than weight training. Try and exercise for up to a couple of hours at a time, 4
    times a week. Remember to build up your workouts over time. If you are not used to
    exercising much, your muscles and joints need time to build up to avoid injury.

    Try and choose an activity that you enjoy and keep a note of what you do and your times –
    this really helps with keeping the motivation up. If you are not used to training then your local
    gym will be able to advise you on a plan and schedule to help you achieve your goals.
    Training does not work overnight! The fittest athletes train as part of their lifestyles and have
    been doing it for years – so you should start your training at least (ideally) 3 months before
    the expedition.

    It is important to arrive in Nepal fit and healthy – so look after yourself before your expedition,
    don’t overdo the training, and don’t start a diet before you get here – you will lose weight at
    altitude, so give yourself a head start and arrive in Nepal feeling strong!

    The Effects of Altitude

    As one climbs higher the air gets thinner and so there is less oxygen in each breath we take.
    The higher we go the less oxygen there is. This makes exercising much harder work than at
    sea level and so we have to slow down to help compensate. Because we have slowed down,
    we may feel colder.

    Because there is less oxygen in the air as we get higher, this can lead to ‘altitude sickness’ or
    Acute Mountain Sickness (headache, nausea, weakness, fatigue, dizziness) and can develop
    into a very serious and even fatal (in extreme cases) problem.

    To avoid these problems and maximise your enjoyment of the trek, we need to acclimatise by
    spending several days and nights at progressively higher altitudes, so our bodies can adapt
    as we slowly gain altitude. This is a very important part of our preparation.

    The itinerary is our tried and tested one that will allow all of us plenty of time to acclimatize,
    thus giving us maximum chance of completing the trek. Please note: it is very important to tell
    your trek leader if you have a headache or feel unwell during the trek.

    Kit List

    1.Lightweight shorts (made of a quick drying / breathable material)
    2.Trekking trousers (made of a quick drying / breathable material)
    3. Socks (we recommend Merino wool for warmth and breathability – 3-4 pairs)
    4. Underwear (3-4 pairs – wash as you go!)
    5. Wicking t shirts and long sleeved tops (2 of each)
    6. 2x Lightweight fleece
    7. 1x Heavyweight fleece
    8. Waterproof goretex trousers
    9. Waterproof goretex jacket
    10. Trekking boots
    11. Flip flops / crocs / sandals for the evenings
    12. 4/5 season down sleeping bag – some like a sleeping bag liner too
    13. 4 season down jacket
    14. 2 x water bottles (camelbacks are fine for the trek but can freeze at higher altitudes)
    15. 2x good quality sunglasses (category 4 UV block) – 1 as spare
    16. head torch and spare batteries
    17. thermals
    18. 2 pairs of warm gloves
    19. warm hat
    20. sun hat
    21. quick dry ‘paclite’ towel
    22. Insect repellent & antihistamines
    23. Lipsalve with sunblock factor 30+
    24. Wetwipes
    25. Ipod / personal stereo & camera, book, Personal medical kit and wash kit – keep this to an absolute minimum!!!

    You should carry a small daypack (25-30 litres is ideal) with your waterproofs, camera, water etc.

    You should also bring a large kitbag for all items that you will not be carrying yourself while trekking. These will be transported from camp to camp by porters. Max weight limit (excluding personal rucksack) – 15kg.

    It is possible to wash clothes as you go / get clothes washed in villages. Bowls of hot water are normally provided for
    washing in lodges, some of which also have showers.

    It is possible to buy down gear relatively cheaply, but again we
    cannot guarantee the quality.

    Booking info

    Full course price includes: Professional Dream Guides leader and local mountain guides, Internal flight
    costs and all internal airport transfer costs, Porters (15kg of personal gear), Sagarmatha National park fees,
    Equipment & clothing for porters & local crew, All meals during trek and hot drinks during trek,
    Accommodation during trek (Lodges and Tents at BC), Accommodation in Kathmandu on Twin basis with

    Full course price does not include: International flights, Personal equipment, Staff/guide gratuities,
    Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks during the trek, Bar bill, phone calls and laundry at the Hotel, Lunch and
    evening meals in Kathmandu, Optional sightseeing trips, Travel Insurance, Visas, Country departure fee of
    approx. Rs. 1100 (just under £10)

    Our leaders

    Our trip to Everest Base Camp will be led by a qualified Mountain Leader or Guide. All of our leaders have a
    valid first aid certificate, have a wealth of experience at altitude – and are highly versed in recognising and
    dealing with the symptoms of altitude sickness. We are extremely careful in our selection of leaders, and
    make sure that not only are all of our staff known personally to us, but also that we choose the right leader for
    the right trip. With Dream Guides you will be looked after by someone whose experience in the Himalayas is
    second-to-none, and to whom your safety and wellbeing are paramount.

    Climate / Weather

    Our spring trip is timed to coincide with the end of the monsoon season, therefore optimising the weather and
    views – and the Rhododendrons are out. For the walk in, the weather is normally mild and the snowline
    around 5000m. If it is sunny, the days are usually warm so you are likely to be trekking into base camp in
    shorts or trekking trousers and a light fleece. However, you will need to carry waterproofs, and the evenings
    will be cool – down jackets are normal night time attire! Our Autumn trip is timed to be post monsoon for better
    weather and clear views.

    Travel Arrangements

    Some people like to arrive early and spend some time in Nepal before their trip, some may do this after the
    trip: and others may be pushed for time and need to head back to work. In order to retain this flexibility we
    offer a land-only package and you should arrange your own flights. We recommend doing this as soon in
    advance as possible as flights to Nepal can be very busy in October. We have been impressed by the
    services of Qatar (via Doha), but other airlines flying to Kathmandu include Virgin (via Delhi), Gulf Air (via
    Bahrain), Etihad (via Abu Dhabi) and Jet (via Delhi). If flying via Delhi, you will need to organise an Indian visa
    well in advance – please note you CANNOT obtain a transit visa on arrival in Delhi.

    Our service includes an airport transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu, so you should let us know your flight
    details and whether you require a transfer.

    Passports and Visas

    Everyone visiting Nepal must have a full passport (valid for 6 months after your stay) and entry visa. You can
    apply for your visa in advance from the Nepalese embassy in your home country, or you can obtain one on
    arrival at Kathmandu airport. For this you will need a passport photo and cash (dollars are preferable, but
    euros & sterling are also accepted). The current price of visa on arrival is $40 for 30 days or $100 for 90 days.
    Up to date information is available at www.travcour.com


    Accommodation is in the Sherpa teahouses and Lodges all the way. These are fairly modern to begin with but
    become a little more basic the further into the Khumbu we venture. They are always welcoming and warm with
    a selection of drinks (including fizzy soft drinks) and great food – some local, some geared to western tastes,
    such as omelettes and pizza.

    The typical lodge will have twin rooms for sleeping and a large communal area for dining and relaxing that will
    have a stove that will be lit in the evenings. Over the years we have built a great relationship with the owners
    of these lodges and we consider them now friends. Lodges in the Khumbu are the best in Nepal. They’re not
    ultra modern or luxurious, but they’re clean and comfortable, and all do have running water and clean toilet

    Vaccinations and Health

    You should consult your doctor for up to date information about vaccination requirements, but we would
    recommend the following vaccinations: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A. If you are intending to extend
    your trip to visit the Terai region (including Chitwan National Park) you might consider malaria prophylaxis.
    You should also discuss the management of any health concerns with your GP and bring enough medication
    to last the trip. We would also recommend visiting your dentist before a long trip to altitude.

    First Aid

    We will provide a substantial first aid kit with our trip for emergencies, but you should also bring your own
    personal medical kit with the following items: plasters, painkillers, rehydration salts and diarrhoea treatment
    (dioralyte and immodium), a broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream and tablets,
    diamox and any other medication you might require. It is possible to buy all of the above over the counter in

    Money and Tipping

    The Nepalese currency is the rupee, and at the time of writing £1 is equal to 112 NRs. You can bring your
    money in cash or travellers cheques – these are widely accepted (but not $20 travellers cheques). There are
    many ATM machines in Kathmandu. Whilst on trek you will not spend much money – all food is provided and
    there isn’t a huge deal to spend your money on. You may wish to have the odd coke or beer, especially in
    Lukla, and it is a good idea to carry some cash (approx £100 worth) in the event that you need to stay in
    lodges or descend in an emergency. Tipping is standard in Nepal and you should allow around £50-60 to tip
    the local staff at the end of the trek. Your leader will assist with organising and collecting this. Currently the
    international departure tax is 1695 rupees.

    If you have any questions regarding this trip, please contact us through the website.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Olly Alkema
    “This is a magical journey and one I’d recommend to anyone who loves the outdoors. Embrace the welcoming Sherpa culture to the base of Everest and sample the local culinary delights and amazing views along the way.”
    Olly, Marketing and Operations

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