Everest Base Camp Trek
Our program will get you introduced to Nepalese culture while reaching the base camp of the mighty Mount Everest. You will encounter the highland Sherpa people’s lifestyle and their unique cultural hospitality and get to see ice fall views from Kala Patthar, visit local places such as Namche Bazar, Tengboche Monastery, Khumjung and so much more! Everest Base Camp Trek is a mountain adventure journey to the roof of the world!
First Week: Introduction Week
Our introduction week will get you kickstarted into this amazing country located at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Not only will you get to learn about the language and lifestyle, but you will also visit temples, go on a hiking tour and even take part in a scavenger hunt race at a local market!
Second and Third Week: Everest Base Camp Trek
The Everest Trekking region is known as the most popular destination among high alpine travellers and to make it to the base is on every adventurer-at-heart’s bucket list. Our trek will rarely allow you to rest but in exchange, you will pass through Sherpa villages, admire some of the world’s most stunning landscapes and get to see the best of Nepalese culture.
What is included in the program
- Airport transfers as per the policy – Airport Pickup in Kathmandu – Tribhuvan International Airport
- Presence of a dedicated program coordinator throughout your travel, at the projects and facilities – Logistical management support in case of emergencies
- Authentic Nepali meals and European (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for the duration of the entire program as per the meal plan
- Accommodation at hotels, tea houses, and at our accommodation facility – shared accommodation
- Local transportation to all venues
- Entry fees to all places
- Extensive pre-departure information
Overland public local transportation
What is excluded in the program
- Personal expenses such as table drinks, room service items, laundry, telephone calls, tips, , bottles of water during your road travel etc.
- Any additional expenses caused by or liability for disturbance in the program due to circumstances, weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters. Please see Terms & Conditions.
- Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods.
- Our program does not cover any liability and does not insure participants. Participants must have appropriate insurance before joining the program.
- Any camera fee where applicable.
- Any service not specified above.
- Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla. These can be purchased when you arrive by our in country team. The cost is approx.£150-£200 return.
A few things to consider when you are with us!
- Returning to the accommodation after your personal trips before 22.00 hrs everyday
- You will not be allowed to hire any vehicle on your own
- Consumption of alcohol inside the accommodation is strictly prohibited
- Respect and adhere to our code of conduct
- Our staff is there to support you, guide you and make your trip memorable. We kindly request you to follow their instructions at all times
- You will not be allowed to bring outsiders inside our centres/guest houses or hotels
- Shoes suitable for hiking
- Warm clothes
- Sleeping bag
- Rain jackets during rainy season
- Down jacket and gloves
- Water bottle
You can also rent equipment for the trip.
Week 1: Introduction in Kathmandu
Day 1: Monday
- Puja to the gods and goddess and name-giving ceremony
- Go over the week’s schedule and handing over of documents
- Introduction game to get to know fellow participants
- Cultural seminar on social behavioural norms, dos and don’ts in Nepalese culture. Cross cultural orientation on eating and drinking habits, bathing, clothing and toilet etiquette in Nepalese culture.
- Go out to explore your local surroundings
Day 2: Tuesday
- Nepali language training
- Talk on general health precautions and safety during the program
- Cultural as well as historical orientation tour to Budhanilkantha.
- Shopping at the local market
Day 3: Wednesday
- Yoga and meditation session
- Nepali language training
- Into to Nepalese Culture and Religion (Optional)
- A cultural as well as historical orientation tour to the famous Boudhanath temple
Day 4: Thursday
- Nepali language lesson
- Nepali cooking session
- An amazing race for a Scavenger Hunt at the local market and orientation tour to an exclusive area of Kathmandu and tourist downtown.
Day 5: Friday
- It’s all about hiking today! We will go on a nature trail into the mountains to get a view of Kathmandu valley.
- Feedback sharing, evaluation
Day 6: Saturday
- Free time to explore on your own or relax
Day 7: Sunday
- Free time to explore on your own or relax
Week 2: Everest Base Camp Trek
Day 8: Monday
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla which is at an elevation of 2700m and trek to Phakding (3 – 4 hrs) and overnight. A spectacular flight and a jagged landing on a steep mountain runway will bring us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla.
Day 9: Tuesday
Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar 3440m, (6 – 7 hrs) and overnight. We will continue north following the Dudh Kosi river and on to Jorsale, where we will enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here, it will be a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the lmja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) followed by a steep climb (for about 2 hrs) to Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market.
Day 10: Wednesday
Namche Bazaar (resting day and overnight). Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Once named the “Trekkers Mecca of Nepal”. Namche now boasts an abundance of lodges and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a resting day, acclimatising to the new altitude of 3450m before heading off towards Gokyo.
Options for acclimatisation walks include a visit to Khunde Hospital and also the one hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.
Day 11: Thursday
Namche Bazaar trek to Tengboche (3860m) for about 6 hrs and overnight. From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. Now, we will get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we will descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an excellent lunch spot, and here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche.
Although tiring, the hike up the zigzag path has numerous distractions, with rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu.
We will stay near the monastery with Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam framed in the doorway of our guest house.
Day 12: Friday
Tengboche trek to Pheriche, (4252m) for 6 hours and overnight. After breakfast we will head up to Pheriche with the majestic Amadablam overshadowing our day. On the way, we will meet a little Sherpa village called Pangboche and continue to Pheriche.
Day 13: Saturday
Pheriche trek to Lobuche (4930m) for six hours and overnight. We will continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Taboche on the left. We will then turn right and climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. At the top of this climb, there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.
Day 14: Sunday
Lobuche trek to Gorakshep (5184m) for two and half hours and (Kalapattar 5500m) and back to Labuche.
Day 15: Monday
Lobuche trek to Dingboche (6 and half hrs) and overnight. It is downhill most of the way, as we will retrace our steps to Dughla and descend to Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue Association have their trekkers aid post here and it is quite interesting to visit.
Day 16: Tuesday
Dingboche trek to Tengboche (3860m, for 4 hrs) and overnight. We will continue to follow the river and after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche.
Day 17: Wednesday
Tengboche trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) for 5 hrs and overnight. From Tengboche, we will descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki, where there are water driven prayer wheels. Then, we will climb and contour around the hillside to Namche.
Day 18: Thursday
Namche Bazaar trek to Lukla (2840m) for 7 hours and overnight. From Namche Bazaar, the trail descends steeply to the village of Jorsale. Passing the villages of Phakding (2640m) and Choplung, we will reach Chaurikharka and the trail that cuts up to the airstrip at Lukla.
Day 19: Friday
Lukla to Kathmandu. Early morning flight to Kathmandu
Day 20: Saturday
Free days to relax and to catch your breath.
Day 21: Sunday
Free days to relax and to catch your breath.
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
This route takes you through Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep and the towards the Everest base camp.
Accommodation & Food
Along the trekking route you will have overnight stays in hotels/guest houses. The accommodation is basic. During the introduction week you will be staying at our Volunteer house, you may opt for a private room,subject to availability.
Mostly Nepalese style dishes (vegetarian and chicken) will be served during the trip.
Trip Country Info
Population: Approx. 28.98 million
Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR)
Time zone: UTC +5:45
Namaste and welcome to Nepal, a country of high Himalayan Mountains, artistic monuments, exotic wildlife, and diverse cultures. Located between 80 12′ east longitude and between 26 22′ and 30 27′ north latitude, Nepal extends along the south slopes of the Himalayas in central Asia.
Although Nepal is small, it has the greatest latitudinal variation of any country. The land rises from the southern plains of the Terai, barely above sea level at 70 meters, to the top of the Mt. Everest, the highest peak on Earth at 8848 meters above sea level, in a distance of less than 200 km.
Book your volunteer travel holiday and experience one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world as well as the highest mountain ranges. Nepal has lush valleys that team with exotic wildlife ready to be explored on your gap year adventure. It is a beautiful country located in South Asia bordering both India and China. As you enjoy your volunteer travel experience in Nepal you will come across many remote monasteries and villages that adorn the stunning landscape where you will experience the best of Nepal. The outstanding beauty and friendly Nepalese people are the main reasons people book gap year holidays to Nepal and why they are a popular choice with us. We have a compreshensive selection of gap year holidays in Nepal with a number of teaching and community programs on offer.
Have a look at our latest gap year experiences in Nepal or contact us for more about work & travel in Nepal or your questions about specific programs. The volunteer Nepal program is a very good way for you to experience the most of what the spiritual and enchanted land of Nepal has to offer. You may also choose to trek Mount Everest or smaller mountain hikes like Poon Hill.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Departures/ drop offs