Everest Base Camp is the classic trek to view the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest. You will follow in the footsteps of famous mountaineers and walk the trail from lodge to lodge. With our Everest itinerary, you do both Ama Dablam Base Camp and Everest Base Camp hike. We have been operating treks to the Everest region in Nepal since 2004. Our itineraries include several acclimatisation days to ensure you remain fit and healthy. This increases your chances of reaching Mount Everest Base Camp and seeing the view of Everest from Kalapatar.
Your holiday begins with a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. After having explored the capital of Nepal you take the flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla. From this small town, you start the Everest Base Camp walk into the Himalayas. After ten days of hiking, we arrive at the Base Camp of Mount Everest at an elevation of 5,300m. If you are in the Spring season you will see many expeditions climbing the route on Mount Everest. After one night at the lodge in Gorakshep, we make the ascent of the walking peak of Kala Patthar at an elevation of 5,554m. This is the high point of your mountain adventure with a spectacular view of Chomolungma known as Mt Everest.
Sagarmatha National Park, known as the Khumbu, is in the north-eastern region of Nepal. Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world at an altitude of 8,848m. Ama Dablam, Pumori, and Nuptse tower above us making this a magical and inspiring place to visit. We include visits to Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries at Thame and Tengboche. You will meet Sherpas and get to know about their way of life and Buddhist religion. You will find yourself immersed in the wonders of this beautiful country. This is a remarkable trek and remembered, along with the people you meet, long after you return home. If you like to upgrade to a higher standard of accommodation take a look at our Luxury Everest Base Camp trek. We also organise an itinerary while staying in tea house lodges with an attached bathroom. This trek is Everest Base Camp Teahouse Plus+.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m)
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Phakding (2,610m)
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Day 5: Acclimatising walks around Namche Bazaar
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (3,860m)
Day 7: Trek to Pangboche (3,930m)
Day 8: Day walk to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,576m)
Day 9: Trek to Dingboche (4,410m)
Day 10: Acclimatising walk up Nangkartshang Peak (5,080m)
Day 11: Trek to Lobuche (4,931m)
Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m), afternoon to Everest Base Camp (5,300m)
Day 13: Ascend Kala Patar (5,545m) and walk down to Pheriche (4,240m)
Day 14: Trek to Phortse village (3,800m)
Day 15: Trek to Monjo (2,610m)
Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2,840m)
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 18: At leisure in Kathmandu
Day 19: Fly back home
- Internal flight to/from Lukla and Kathmandu including baggage allowance of 15kg for your main bag checked into the hold and 5kg for day pack carried with you inside the aircraft.
- All transfers including airport collections.
- One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle.
- Twin-share room at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu.
- Twin-share room with common bathroom while on the trek.
- Breakfast only at hotel in Kathmandu, all meals included while on the trek. Trek meals include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and biscuits plus two-course dinner (soup and main meal) plus up to two cups of hot drinks per meal.
- All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, trekking guide(s), and porter(s). We provide one trekking guide for a group size of two people and two guides for a group size of three people and three guides for group size of six people plus.
- Bespoke weather forecasts for the Everest region from throughout the duration of this trek.
- Thuraya satellite phone to ensure our guides have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning, and group safety.
- Everest trekking map given to you on arrival to Kathmandu.
- Rubberised luggage tags posted to you before departure.
- Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of the Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921).
- Pre-departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone, or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes.
- International flight to/from Kathmandu.
- Travel & trekking insurance.
- Nepal visa for 30 days.
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
- Personal clothing & equipment, please see the Appendix for the suggested kit list.
- Tips (guidance on amounts included in our “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes).
- If you have to wait in Kathmandu at the beginning of the trip due to delays in flying into Lukla STOL mountain airstrip the cost for your overnight accommodation in Kathmandu is not included so you will have to pay extra for this.
- If there are cancellations with the airplanes flying into Lukla it may be possible to fly in a helicopter. There would be an extra cost for this service between US$200 to US$500 per person depending on which helicopter company is used and the demand at the time.
- Other items not listed in “What is included”.
I did my fourth trek, Everest Base Camp, in 2019 with The Mountain Company (TMC). Like all the other treks, the itinerary was expertly planned for acclimatisation, trek at a leisurely pace and time built in to visit local cultural sights. The guides and crew, as always, were very professional, friendly and ready to help. This also applies to Roland, Managing Director. Roland is very responsive and helpful. Safety and well-being of the local community, crew and trekkers are high on his priority list. This is evident on how he implemented plans to help clean up garbage on trails; setting up hardship funds to help out the crew during the pandemic; satellite phones for daily check-in and emergency communication, and the ratio of crew to trekkers to ensure slow trekkers like myself are not left behind or felt the need to rush and catch up with those ahead. This was a standard lodge trek. All the lodges were very comfortable and clean. The food was very good as well. Based on my experience, I have no hesitation in recommending The Mountain Company. I am looking forward to trekking with them as soon as travel is possible.
Myself and a couple of mates - all of a certain age- trekked to EBC with The Mountain Company late in 2018. Outstanding organisation, very professional, friendly, great guides. Couldn't recommend them highly enough.
The luxury Everest base camp trek we completed with The Mountain Company was fantastic. Managing director Roland answered all our questions before booking and was there to brief us in Kathmandu and get our feedback on our return there. Our guide was professional and knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend time with, as was our porter, and all the TMC staff we encountered were friendly and welcoming. The trek itself really was the trip of a lifetime and allowed us to acclimatise gradually, walk at a comfortable pace, and really take in our amazing surroundings. The luxury lodges were comfortable, friendly, and we enjoyed good food, including wonderful fresh vegetables. We plan to return to the Himalayas, and will definitely book with The Mountain Company.
The scenery is beautiful all the way to Base Camp and this is my abiding recollection of the the trek. Due to the remoteness of the location there is a limited choice of food on offer. We were advised not to eat meat in several locations because it must be hand carried without refrigeration to get there. The tour was well organised, the guides were very professional, even though we were a small group, there were enough personnel from the company to chaperone us in different sub groups to go at our own pace. We felt safe at all time with regular check to ensure we are coping well with the altitude. Roland, the company director, is very hands on with each group, and responds very fast with any queries. The hotels we stayed on were among the best available at each stop. I think the nicest part of The Mountain Company is the fact that they care for the local community in Nepal, they tried very hard to help out during the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake, again during the pandemic when the guides/porters were out of work.
Excellent trek - well organised and felt safe and well looked after throughout.
I joined the Luxury EBC trek in Oct 2018 as a solo female traveller. From start to finish, TMC were friendly, helpful and professional. The trek itself was well run and I was well looked after by our top notch guides. I felt in safe hands for acclimatisation, safety and general well-being throughout the trek. I really enjoyed the day hikes we did off the main trail, especially to Ama Dablam base camp. The food and accommodation at the Luxury Lodges earlier on in the trek were excellent and a treat if your budget can stretch to that. The only issue I had was with my room at the standard accommodation at Gorak Shep. I also got a tummy bug at the same venue which meant I missed the early morning hike to Kala Patthar. Nonetheless, I still had a fantastic adventure. I would definitely use TMC again in the future - I just hope I m fortunate enough to be able to go back to the region!
One of my first decisions was whether to book the trip through an international agency or to go direct to a Nepalese registered company. For me, I would prefer to use a UK based outfit, even though we would pay a premium for the privilege. The main reason was peace of mind. If anything were to go wrong, then at least we would have the argument at home. Selecting a UK company is a challenge because there are so many to choose from. When I looked at this, I liked The Mountain Company because they had a reasonable itinerary: not too fast, time to acclimatise, and the option of a luxury trek. They seemed to have good reviews. Acclimatisation was an important consideration here. I knew this from experience on Kilimanjaro, and from everything that I had read about trekking at altitude. I felt that a few extra days on the trek was worth it, both to enjoy the experience, and to be safe. Our final itinerary was made up of 10 days going in and just 4 coming out. The extra 6 days going in included 3 days pure acclimatisation, where we “climbed high, slept low”. Perfect. Now, standard or luxury, that was the next question. I just knew that standard was going to be very basic. On the other hand, I also knew that luxury was relative, unlikely to be much different from standard at the higher altitudes. Fortunately, my fellow trekkers thought the same way, and we were all agreed that luxury was the answer. By way of comparison, the per person cost for standard was £1,795 and for luxury was £2,675 (May 2017), which is quite a big difference, but then standard is very, very basic. Well, I managed to convince myself. The Mountain Company is a professional outfit. It is headed by Roland Hunter who takes a personal interest in each and every trekker. Our guides were knowledgeable, competent and safe. Thoroughly recommended.
Fantastic organisation & great guides. Everything went perfectly with plenty of contingency plans in case of any issues. Pre expedition info was spot on as was kit list & advice on insurance. I have used The Mountain Company twice now & plan to use them again.
We had the most amazing Everest Base Camp trek. Professional, safe & a whole lots of fun. One of the best things we have done.
I cannot praise Roland and his team highly enough. They were supportive and professional from the booking process through to the Kathmandu prep and onto the trek. Our Sherpa and porters were wonderful and help foster a team spirit. I am in my 50s and had never done such a trek before and can honestly say it was a life changing experience. Furthermore their expertise, attention to safety and general levels of support were perfect.