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EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

An Adventure of a Lifetime

Everest Base Camp Trek

The trek to Mt. Everest is the most famous and amazing multi-day adventure in the world.  On this trek, you'll explore the world's highest mountains deep into the heart of the Himalaya and spend two weeks trekking among some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery that Earth has to offer.  Along the way we stay in small mountain villages in teahouses, immerse ourselves in Sherpa culture, and create memories that last a lifetime! 

 

February 20th-March 8 2023

Starting from: $2,500 USD*
Deposit: $1,000 USD
Duration: 16 Days
Daily Activity: 6-8 Hours

*Discounts for more than 2 people.  Please enquire for more details

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

VISIT EVEREST BASE CAMP

The obvious highlight of a trek to Everest Base Camp is the base camp itself!  After a short flight from Kathmandu to the beginning of the trek at Lukla, it's a week to 10-day trek to base camp.  Along the way, we admire some of the world's most amazing mountain scenery, stay in locally owned teahouses and soak in the incredible sherpa culture.  

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WATCH THE SUNRISE FROM 18,500 FEET

Trek to 18,500 feet (5,639 meters) and watch the sunrise over Mt. Everest at Kala Patthar.  This is a peak that towers nearly 1,000 feet over Everest Base Camp and is the best point to watch the sunrise in the Everest region.

VISIT NAMCHE BAZAAR-THE SHERPA'S CAPITAL

What began as a settlement nearly five decades ago has now transformed into the Sherpa-people's capital and arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  We spend one, maybe two days acclimating here, have our first view of Mt. Everest, and can see the trek ahead!

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GALLERY

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WHY FRESH TRACKS HIKING?

GUIDED BY THE BEST

Fresh Tracks Hiking was started in 2019 in Colorado and has over 450 5-star combined reviews on Google, Viator, and Airbnb.  We have teamed up with the local Nepalese Sherpa people in Namche Bazaar to provide logistics, expert local knowledge, and to help out with your safety.  Together, we will ensure a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone in your group!

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AVOID THE CROWDS

Oversold flights. Packed trails.  Full guesthouses.  Missing an amazing photo because too many people blocking your view.  This is the story every year during the two peak trekking seasons. Sounds like fun?  We don't think so!  We go in February, about two weeks before the high season begins to avoid the crowds and have the entire trek to ourselves!  

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TAKE HOME PHOTOS THAT LAST A LIFETIME

Have you ever looked at an Instagram profile and saw their professional photos and thought, " I wish my photos looked like that!" The time for you to shine is here!  To document your trip to Mt. Everest Base Camp, I carry three professional, full-frame cameras that have their own dedicated lens and take thousands of photos over the two-week trek.  On top of this, you receive every photo I take!  

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TRAIN FOR SUCCESS

The trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp is around 80 miles, gains over 9,000 feet of elevation, and has a maximum elevation of 18,500 feet!  To say the least, training and preparation is essential for such an endeavor.  That's why we have teamed up with Summation Athletics to provide you with all the training tools you need in order to make it to Everest Base Camp and back.  After booking, you will receive a discount code worth $80 to help you train!

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ITINERARY

Day 1-Arrive in Nepal

Ele­va­tion: 4,383 ft / 1336 m

Namaste! Welcome to Kathmandu: the exotic and chaotic capital of Nepal! Our first day abroad is an easy one.  Since the time difference from North America to Nepal is roughly between 10-13 hours,  your body needs a day to rest from the long flight over.  Therefore, today is a free day.  At the end of the day, we will have a welcome dinner and meeting to get to know everyone attending, go over gear, and complete all necessary forms for our trek!
 

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

 

Meals Included:  A welcome dinner is included.
Special Information: Attending the welcome meeting is mandatory, as we will be collecting insurance details, filling out forms for our permits, going over gear, and making sure that everybody is prepared for the trek ahead of us!  

 

Flight delays happen.  Unforeseen events that might affect the trip also happen.  Therefore, we recommend that you arrive a day or two before the first day of the hike to ensure that you arrive on time and have enough time to adapt to the time change.

Day 2: City tour 

Ele­va­tion: 4,383 ft / 1336 m

While we wait for our trekking permits to finalize, we spend the day on a tour of the nation’s capital.  We will explore Durbar Square, Thamel, Pashupatinath Temple, and nearby markets around the capital.  During this time we can also stop at local trekking shops to rent or purchase any gear that is needed for the hike.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

 

Meals Included:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included for today.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu

to Lukla and hike to Phakding

Ele­va­tion: 8,563 ft / 2,610 m

Trekking distance: 5 miles+/-

Today, the real fun begins!  Today we have an early start with a stunningly beautiful 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and begin our quest to Everest Base Camp.  After landing, we have a nice breakfast in Lukla before our trek begins.  Our first day out is pretty mellow, with about 3 hours of trekking and a descent of around -200 feet into Phakding.

Accommodation: Teahouse (1 night)

 

Meals Included:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 4:  Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Ele­va­tion: 11,286 ft / 3,440 m

Trekking distance: 4 miles+/-

Today we will trek around 6-7 hours to Namche Bazaar.  From Phakding we’ll cross the river many times over suspension bridges and head up the valley.  The trail is in the forest, follows the river valley and we will have picturesque views the whole way!  High Himalayan peaks above 20,000 feet line the trail and we will have views of the peaks of snow-capped Kusum Kanguru (20,895’) and Thamserku (21,729’). Lunch will be had in Monjo (9,300’), which is about half way from Phakding to Namche Bazaar.  This makes it a good place to break for lunch. From here we start our ascent to Namche Bazaar and enter into Sagamartha national park.  Here, we will have our first glimpse of the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam.

Accommodation: Teahouse (1 night)

 

Meals Included:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 5: Rest day in Namche Bazaar

Ele­va­tion: 11,286 ft / 3,440 m

Trekking distance: 4-6 miles

Today we will stay another night in Namche Bazaar to help us acclimate to the elevation in the Himalayas.  We’ll start the day about an hour before sunrise and hike about 30 minutes to Sagarmatha National Park headquarters.  Here, there are panoramic views of Mt. Everest(29,035’), Lhotse (27,940’), Nuptse(25,791’), Ama Dablam(22,349’),  and other magnificent peaks in the area.  We can also admire our first real view of the trek ahead and watch the sunrise, and have great photo opportunities, before making our way back down to our teahouse to have breakfast.  After breakfast, we will take an optional hike up higher in elevation to take in the views and enjoy the crisp and refreshing mountain air that Namche Bazaar has to offer.  Any additional gear that we might need to purchase or rent can be done here at the bazaar.

Accommodation: Teahouse (1 night)

 

Meals Included:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 6: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Ele­va­tion: 12,664 ft / 3,860 m

Trekking distance: 6 miles+/-

After a relaxing day in Namche Bazaar, we start the day early and take 6-7 hours to trek the 6 miles to our next destination of Tengboche.  We ascend above the treeline and have panoramic views of high mountain peaks the whole day! The trail follows the river below and has incredible views of Ama Dablam, which is often considered the most beautiful mountain in the world.

Accommodation: Teahouse (1 night)

 

Meals Included:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche

Ele­va­tion: 14,469 ft / 4,406 m

Trekking distance: 7 miles+/-

Today our trek will be another 6-7 hours and the distance covered will be roughly 7 miles.  This will be our second day above the treeline and although Everest will be mostly hidden behind the stunning Lhotse-Nuptse Ridge, the huge peaks that tower above the eastern end of the valley are absolutely incredible to say the least!  This is the day that most people really start to feel the altitude.

Accommodation: Teahouse (1 night)

 

Meals Included:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 8: Rest day in Dingboche

Ele­va­tion: 14,469 ft / 4,406 m

Trekking distance: 4-7 miles

We have another rest day on the schedule today but that doesn’t mean that we’re not out being active!  We have many possibilities for our adventure for the day that we will discuss the night before.  We can either backtrack our trek from yesterday and make our way to Ama Dablam base camp, take a trek to Chukkhung, or summit the nearby peak of Nangkartshang.  Either option will take us higher into the Himalaya and we will once again come down to sleep at a lower elevation to help with the acclimation process.

Accommodation: Teahouse (1 night)

 

Meals Included:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche

Ele­va­tion: 16,109 ft / 4,910 m

Trekking distance: 5 miles+/-

The last few days were spent hiking pretty much due north.  Today we turn to the northwest and get new views to experience!  The morning begins with a mellow, gradual uphill ascent for the first hour with views of Lobuche Peak(20,162’), Cholatse(21,130’), and Taboche(21,310’), just to name a few!  We then pass over a bridge and begin our climb over Thok La Pass, which has memorials dedicated to many mountaineers, porters and others that have perished on their quest to summit Everest over the past 50 years or so.

Accommodation: Teahouse (1 night)

 

Meals Included:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp

Ele­va­tion: 16,942 ft / 5,1640 m

Trekking distance: 7 miles+/-

Today is the big day!  The day that you signed up for and the day that you’ve been envisioning since you can remember!  The day’s trek parallels the fabled Khumbu Glacier all the way up to Gorak Shep.  Here, we will drop off all our stuff, grab lunch and continue the day up to EBC!  It’s a short 1.5-2-hour trek to base camp and along the trail, we will have up close views of Nuptse, which absolutely dominates the view the whole way!  The views of Everest itself is not spectacular, but we will be able to see glorious glaciers, lakes, caves, and the notorious Everest Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm.  After spending as much time as needed at base camp, we will return to Gorak Shep for the evening.

Accommodation: Teahouse (1 night)

 

Meals Included:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 14: Lukla flight to Kathmandu

Ele­va­tion: 4,383 ft / 1336 m

Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Pattar to Pheriche

Ele­va­tion: 14,340 ft / 4,371 m

Trekking distance: 10 miles+/-

Today we view firsthand some of the Himalaya’s most recognizable sights and will have the best views of Mt. Everest!  The day starts early so we can have a favorable chance to see the sunrise before any clouds come in.  The climb to the highest point of our hike, Kala Pattar (18,519’) is not easy and we will take our time getting there.  The hike up to the summit is only about one mile but the elevation change is about 1,500 feet so we will take about two hours to get there.  Therefore, we will start today’s trek about two hours before sunrise. Then it’s all downhill from here! The descent to Gorak Shep is easy and when we arrive back at the teahouse, we will pack our bags while breakfast is being made.  After breakfast we will set off to Lobuche, where we will stop for lunch, then continue on to Pheriche, where we will rest for the night. 

Accommodation: Teahouse (1 night)

 

Meals Included:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 12: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

Ele­va­tion: 12,664 ft / 3,860 m

Trekking distance: 12 miles+/-

Our descent from Everest Base Camp continues today from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar.  The trek is nearly all downhill, so the trekking is easy and the miles pass by pretty quickly.  This is the longest day of the trek, but not the hardest.  We will arrive in Namche Bazaar in the early afternoon and you’ll have the afternoon to walk around town and pick up any souvenirs that you would like to take with you back home!

Accommodation: Teahouse (1 night)

 

Meals Included:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Ele­va­tion: 11,286 ft / 3,440 m

Trekking distance: 9 miles+/-

Our last day out on the trek is nearly all downhill as we retrace our first two day’s hike on the trail.  This time, the trail is all downhill, which means it’s much easier!  Like the first two days, we will cross many bridges high above the rivers below and admire our last views of the Himalayan mountains on our trek.  When we reach Lukla, we will say goodbye to our Sherpa crew and stay our last evening on the trek in a tea house near the airport.

Accommodation: Teahouse (1 night)

 

Meals Included:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Weather permitting, we will take the first flight of the day back to Kathmandu.   After we check in to our hotel and have some time to freshen up, we will end our adventure with a much deserved complimentary massage in Thamel.  After that, we will have the rest of the day to relax and get any shopping done that might need to be done or see any sights that we didn’t get to see on the first two days.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

 

Meals Included:  Breakfast at Lukla is included.  All meals after breakfast are not included.

Day 15: Depart Nepal

Our final day together is our departure day from Nepal.  There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.

*Special Itinerary Notes:   

Weather in the Himalayas can change rapidly without any notice, which can result in changes to be made on our intended itineraries. Even though the weather in Kathmandu might be bright and sunny, it could be cloudy in Lukla.  Additionally, the airport at Lukla does not have radar or navigation equipment so the pilots are completely dependent on if they can see or not.  Flights throughout Nepal are often delayed or canceled due to poor weather conditions. Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are particularly prone to these delays which has the potential to vary the itinerary of our tour departures. Our contingency plans in case of bad weather are as follows:

 

Day 2 – We will attempt to board our booked flight as per the itinerary. If this flight is canceled, we will return to our hotel in Kathmandu for an additional night and have a free day in the nation’s capital.

 

Day 3 – We will again attempt to board our booked flight. If this flight is canceled we will charter a helicopter to transport the group, provided helicopters are available and weather does not prevent them from flying to Lukla.

 

Our guests will need to use their mandatory emergency fund to cover the cost of the chartered helicopter. The exact cost will depend on how many travelers are in our group and could be up to $500. If we reach Lukla on day 3 by either aircraft or helicopter we will follow the same itinerary to Everest Base Camp but descend from base camp to Lukla in two days in order to take our return flight from Lukla on day 14.

 

Day 4 – If both airplanes and helicopters are unable to reach Lukla on the morning of day 3, then on day 4 we will travel by road to Phaplu, which is an approximately 9-hour drive by private vehicle.  From Phaplu we will then trek to Tengboche on the Everest Base Camp route via Lukla. A group decision based on departure dates will be made on the hike on how to proceed.  

We also advise allowing a few extra days in Kathmandu at the end of your trip should your return flights from Lukla be delayed due to weather conditions.

Please read our POLICIES and RESPONSIBILITIES document before booking.