Nepal Treks with International Mountain Guides
The Everest Base Camp Trek is a classic adventure! IMG offers treks through the Khumbu Valley of Nepal to the Everest South Side Base Camp as well as through Tibet to Everest North Side Base Camp. Dozens of companies offer Everest Treks, but we believe our experience, safety precautions, and solid record of trekking and climbing in the Himalayas make IMG your best choice for trekking Nepal and Tibet. IMG also offers the opportunity to combine your Nepal trek with a climb of Lobuche Peak (20,075') or the unique chance to climb to the Western Cwm of Everest through the Khumbu Icefall and beyond. Please read on to find out what makes the International Mountain Guides Everest Base Camp Trek different from all the rest.
Classic Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek
The trek to Everest BC is one of the world's classic human powered adventures! We have three trekking departures to Base Camp; each trek accompanies the IMG climbing team with sherpa and western guides and sees all the famous sights on the way up the Khumbu Valley. Our itinerary includes staying in lodges between Lukla and Pheriche, then in our custom Lobuche Peak base camp (for fantastic acclimatization hiking) for several nights prior to moving on up to Everest BC at the beginning of the expedition. Rub shoulders with the climbers and see what a real expedition is like. Climb Kala Patthar, hike up to the base of the Khumbu Icefall and get some photos, then join in with the expedition puja ceremony at Base Camp. You stay overnight at Everest Base Camp as a guest of the expedition; only trekkers associated with expeditions are allowed to stay at EBC. Then, trek back out to Lukla with our crack Sherpa team for the flight to Kathmandu. We have a limited number of positions available on these Classic EBC Treks, accompanying each of our three climbing teams.
Gokyo Extension to EBC Trek
For trekkers wishing to extend their trek, we have the Gokyo Extension Option with Trek Team 2 which adds 6 days of trekking. You'll cross two more high passes (Cho La and Renjo La @ 5300+m) and visit the famous Gokyo Valley. What a classic! From the summit of Gokyo Ri you see Cho Oyu (8153m), Gyangchung Kang (7922m), Lhotse (8501m), Makalu (8475 m), Cholatse (6440m), Taweche (6542m), Kantega (6685m), Thamserku (6808m), Lobuche (6145m) and Mt. Everest (8848m).
Sherpa Led Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek
Our Sherpa led Everest trek, with top notch support and logistics, this group also visits the team at Base Camp, near the end of the expedition, normally about the time of the summit bids. This is an exciting time to be there! After the Base Camp visit, trek back out to Lukla with our crack Sherpa team for the flight to Kathmandu. With a slightly accelerated itinerary, you can do this trip in 3 weeks of vacation!
Lobuche Peak Summit Climb
If you would like to visit Everest Base Camp, and stay longer and go higher, bring your crampons and ice axe and add a climb of Lobuche Peak, to over 20,000 feet (we stop at the false summit — the real summit is a very difficult technical climbing). Our itinerary includes staying in lodges between Lukla and Pheriche, then in our custom Lobuche Peak base camp (for fantastic acclimatization hiking) for several nights prior to moving on up to Everest BC at the beginning of the expedition. Then our Lobuche climbers, guides, and Sherpas will drop one day back down the valley to climb this beautiful peak, with world class views of Everest from the summit. Afterward, trek back out to Lukla with our crack Sherpa team for the flight to Kathmandu. From the beautiful Lobuche Base Camp tucked up a side valley from the EBC trek route, the route climbs to a high camp, then from there up rock scrambling to the glacier, which leads to the summit ridge. The steeper parts of the climb to the ridge are normally fixed with about 500 meters of rope. Lobuche Peak is a perfect objective if you are fit and have Mt. Rainier type skills. (ice axe, crampons, roped glacier travel). We will review use of fixed ropes for climbers who have not done this before. Please see the Lobuche Expedition Pages for more info specifically on Lobuche Peak.
Note on Dates
Dates are listed starting with the arrival day to Kathmandu to the arrival day back to Kathmandu from Lukla at the end of the trip.
The ending dates for the EBC Classic Trek, Sherpa Trek, and Lobuche Climb are FIXED, but you should add one contingency day in Kathmandu at the end, before flying home, in case of Lukla flight delay.
Expedition Organization and Leadership
International Mountain Guides (IMG) IMG is the oldest and most respected high-altitude climbing service in the world and its three principals, Eric Simonson, Phil Ershler, and George Dunn, have led and organized hundreds of expeditions worldwide since 1975. IMG's Himalayan mountaineering programs are organized and directed by Eric Simonson, one of the world's premiere expedition organizers. Under his direction IMG has conducted over 60 Himalayan 8000 meter expeditions. His teams include a group of professionals and Sherpas who are the best in the business. Since 1990, over 600 IMG team members have summited the world's classic 8,000-meter peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma.
IMG's Philosophy IMG leads the way! Our goal is to minimize risk while helping as many members as possible reach their goal, and we invest in the logistics and manpower to make this possible. We will not sit back and let other teams do the work. Invariably, our IMG Sherpas are part of the rope fixing efforts and the first team to the summit, preparing the route for future summit bids. We value our reputation as one of the premiere international climbing companies. If you would like to join a world-class team on Everest, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your goals and qualifications for membership in the IMG Everest team!
Ang Jangbu and the IMG Sherpa Team A veteran of dozens of expeditions and an Everest summiter, Ang Jangbu has worked with Eric Simonson on every IMG Himalayan program since 1991 and is a very popular leader. Ang Jangbu Sherpa and his staff put together one of the very best Sherpa teams for IMG. We are proud to have a group of Sherpas working for us who are among the best paid, best led, best equipped, and best trained in the business.
Standard EBC Trek
|Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu|
|Day 2: Kathmandu|
|Day 3: Phakding|
|Day 4: Namche|
|Day 5: Namche|
|Day 6: Namche|
|Day 7: Phortse|
|Day 8: Pangboche|
|Day 9: Pheriche|
|Day 10: Pheriche|
|Day 11: Lobuche BC|
|Day 12: Lobuche BC|
|Day 13: Lobuche BC|
|Day 14: Everest BC|
|Day 15: Everest BC|
|Day 16: Everest BC|
|Day 17: Pheriche|
|Day 18: Namche|
|Day 19: Lukla|
|Day 20: Kathmandu|
- Transportation to and from airport in Kathmandu
- hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu for stated itinerary at beginning of expedition
- welcome and farewell dinner
- round-trip flight to Lukla
- all group camping supplies and trek lodges
- all meals while trekking/climbing
- Park fees and climbing permits
- liaison officers
- Sherpas, camp staff
- radio comms and satellite telephone equipment at Base Camp
- yaks and porters
- International round-trip air fare and travel expenses USA-Nepal/KTM
- meals in Kathmandu (other than breakfast)
- hotels in Kathmandu after the trek/climb
- personal gear
- excess baggage charges, airport taxes and Nepal entry visas
- Sherpa and driver tip pool (Everest/Lhotse/C2/C3 climbers=$500, Lobuche=$300, trekkers=$200)
- satellite telephone air charges
- personal sundries and beverages
- costs incurred as a result of delays or events beyond the control of IMG
- and customary but optional tips for IMG guides
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I’ve done the Everest Base Camp trek with IMG twice (as well as other trek’s with IMG). They are simply the best. Nobody has the depth and support they have in the Khumbu Valley. As a consequence, they also have the best people working for them. I can absolutely recommend IMG to anybody who has an interest in visiting Nepal, and Everest Base Camp!