Trek to Everest Base Camp

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Trip Overview

Duration

18 Days

Activities

Cultural
Hiking

Physical Rating

Challenging

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Grit and Grind

Experience the buzz of Kathmandu, the serenity of tiny Nepalese mountain villages and the fever pitch of the candy-colored Namche Bazaar. We visit Buddhist pilgrimage sites and the famed Monkey Temple, where the animated holy rhesus macaque monkeys tumble about under the vibrant prayer flags. The panoramas are on a continuous reel. This is the top of the world and a dream that’s unattainable to many because of the grit, grind and stamina it requires.


Trek Upward and Inward

The Ultimate Challenge

This trip will test our mettle on suspension bridges designed to turn your legs into wobbly Jell-O. Test your quivering quads on big elevation gains where the blue sheep graze nonchalantly. If you’re looking for a hardcore physical adventure with spiritual renewal braided in, trekking to Everest Base Camp should be on your radar.

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Nepal is a beautiful country of culture, traditions and religions. The people are wonderful and very friendly—I’m so happy I did this trip.”

Gregoria G.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Kathmandu

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  • Day 2

    Kathmandu

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  • Day 3

    Lukla

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  • Day 4

    Phakding to Namche Bazaar

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  • Day 5

    Namche Bazaar

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  • Day 6

    Namche Bazaar to Phortse Village

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  • Day 7

    Phortse to Pangboche

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  • Day 8

    Pangboche

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  • Day 9

    Pangboche to Dingboche

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  • Day 10

    Dingboche to Lobuche

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  • Day 11

    Lobuche to Gorak Shep to Base Camp

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  • Day 12

    Kalapathar to Pheriche

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  • Day 13

    Pheriche – Tengboche Monastery – Phungi Tenga

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  • Day 14

    Phungi Tenga to Monjo

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  • Day 15

    Monjo to Lukla

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  • Day 16

    Lukla to Kathmandu

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  • Day 17

    Kathmandu

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  • Day 18

    Kathmandu

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What’s Included

  • checkmark icon Airport transfers for arrival and departure
  • checkmark icon All ground transportation as outlined in the itinerary
  • checkmark icon Three to four nights in Kathmandu in a 3-star hotel
  • checkmark icon 12–13 nights in Nepalese mountain lodges during the trek (unheated twin rooms, shared bathrooms with squat or western toilets), shared showers (solar or propane-heated hot water at an additional cost), power and Wifi available (for an additional fee) 
  • checkmark icon -4°F/-20°C sleeping bag for mountain lodge stays
  • checkmark icon Breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Day 2 to Day 16, breakfast ONLY on Days 17 and 18
  • checkmark icon One gallon (four liters) of filtered water per day (per person), hot drinks at each meal and 33.8 oz (one liter) of hot water before bed
  • checkmark icon An experienced English-speaking female trek guide and city tour guide plus two male assistant guides
  • checkmark icon One male porter per every two women (including their daily wages, insurance, equipment, food and lodging)
  • checkmark icon Sagarmatha National Park permit, TIMS permit and PRM fees (Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality)
  • checkmark icon Return domestic airfare Kathmandu–Lukla
  • checkmark icon Wild Women Expeditions Trek duffel bag
Please Note:

Each woman must have $650 USD available in cash (or credit card) for the helicopter in/out of Lukla in case of airline delays/cancellations so the group can maintain the scheduled itinerary.

All applicable taxes are included in the trip price.

Optional single private room upgrade (in Kathmandu only), subject to availability.

Itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather and other environmental conditions. Please review our Booking Terms.

Trip Details

Know Before You Go

Click HERE for all of the logistical details you’ll need to know prior to departure—including the packing list, arrival and departure details and suggested tipping information.

This trip starts in Kathmandu, Nepal (airport code: KTM), and finishes in Kathmandu, Nepal (airport code: KTM).

Physical Fitness Level

This is no walk in the park! You must commit to a serious and dedicated training program prior to this trip. Our Adventure Experts can help you with suggested plans and resources to ensure that you are in optimal condition and prepared for this adventure.

Evacuation Procedure

In the unlikely event that a group member must descend the mountain due to altitude sickness, illness or injury, trek staff will accompany them down the trail to lower elevation and support their return to Kathmandu. Provisions are available for a pony/horse ride (non-severe cases) or a helicopter ride (only for severe cases) to decrease the altitude level. We will be able to designate the trekking guides and porters for the mid-travel departures.

Guides will be in constant contact with the office in Kathmandu and in case of emergency, quick response is possible. The arrangement of the emergency evacuation by any means is the responsibility of Peak Endeavour Nepal Trekking’s guides and porters.

Once the group member is down off the trail, they will be accompanied to the hospital and later returned to the hotel. Extra nights off the trail are at the group member’s expense, as are meals, bottled water and any other items or excursions during this time as well as any additional fees associated with evacuation such as helicopter rescue.

The group member can then choose:

  1. To remain in Kathmandu and await the group’s return.
  2. To depart anytime.

In either case, the Wild Women Expeditions guide and office staff and the local partner/guide must be notified of their decision.

*Please note: trip interruption insurance is required in case of flight and/or helicopter delays from Lukla to Kathmandu. We cannot guarantee the day or time of our return flight to Lukla. Trip interruption must cover the cost of rescheduling your flights should you miss your originally planned departure from Kathmandu.

Reminder: You must have access to $650 US for the helicopter in/out of Lukla in case of airline delays/cancellations so the group can maintain the scheduled itinerary. Credit card and/or cash is recommended.

A Typical Day: What to Expect

Mornings will be early, but night owls are welcome! Before breakfast, you will be required to repack your gear into a trek duffel bag, which
will then be transported by the porters and not available to access until you reach your next accommodation that afternoon/evening.

After a simple breakfast (though you may not have your usual appetite due to the altitude), we are usually on the trail between 7:30–8 a.m. depending upon the duration, challenge and nature of the day’s walk. We will walk for around 3–4 hours and then generally break for lunch for about one hour. Some of our staff will walk ahead and select a suitable and usually scenic place to stop. The afternoon walk is usually a little shorter and we try to reach our next accommodation by around 3:30–4:30 p.m. Once we arrive, a nourishing and rejuvenating afternoon tea will be prepared. From the time your tea is steeped until dinner is served, there is free time to rest, journal, doodle, massage your feet or explore the surrounding area.

Dinner is typically served between 6–7 p.m. Trekking evenings afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it’s simply swapping stories, playing cards, chatting with the crew or joining in some impromptu singing and dancing with the locals. Much of the enjoyment of an expedition is in the journey—you’ll see!

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The Wild Women Way

If you’re wondering how we roll, it’s together. The Wild Women Way is our modus operandi, our mantra and our rock solid foundation. You can learn more about our Wild Ways HERE.

How We Support You

Ready for a big adventure? We’re in it together. On this trip, we hike about six to eight hours per day for 13 days and reach impressive altitudes. Yes, it’s a challenge, but you’re never alone. Like thousands of women before you, you’ll draw on strength you didn’t know you had and come out feeling like the goddess you are. 

Like all our trips, this trip can be scaled to suit different abilities and comfort levels. If you have concerns or reservations about your ability to complete or enjoy this trip due to any physical or medical reasons, please contact us and let’s talk about it.

What the Trip Entails

This is an active adventure. We would like you to be comfortable with the following:

  • checkmark icon Hiking over rough, uneven terrain and very rocky terrain for an average of 6–8 hours per day for 13 days, covering 38.58 miles (62 km) one way, which is 77.16 miles (124 km) return
  • checkmark icon Climbing uphill, gaining 200–900 meters every day for 8 days and descending downhill (200–900 meters) every day for 5 days on the return
  • checkmark icon Carrying a 20–30L daypack weighing 10 lbs (5 kg), every day for 13 days
  • checkmark icon Hiking at altitude (above 10,000 feet/3000 m)
  • checkmark icon Flying in small airplanes (Twin otter) or helicopters and landing on mountain runways
  • checkmark icon Sleeping in very basic accommodations (unheated, shared sleeping rooms and shared bathrooms with squat toilets)
  • checkmark icon Be prepared for seriously strenuous physical activity!
  • checkmark icon Physical Rating: Challenging (Serious fitness level required. Trips are the most physically challenging with approximately 5 to 10 hours of physical activity each day. These trips require a high degree of fitness and even if you exercise regularly, they typically will require more specific conditioning and a specialized training routine depending on the trip.)
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