15 Days





Max Altitude

5,545 M


Dubbed “the steps to heaven,” trekking in the Everest region is not just an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay by trekking to Everest base camp; it also is an opportunity to conquer high passes and glaciers while experiencing the renowned Sherpa hospitality. Not for the faint of heart, this journey entails flying into Lukla, one of the world’s most dangerous airports, and trekking via beautiful forests, famous Sherpa villages of Namche and Khumjung, glacial moraines, and ascent to Kala Pathar, a highlight for all adventurers, which offers the perfect vantage point to the summit. 

Course Dates and Location
Date Location
20Nov - 26Nov Base Camp Book Now

The Sagarmatha (Everest) base camp trek is the ultimate adventure, showcasing the most extraordinary high mountain scenery on the planet. Starting from the Sherpa 'capital' of Namche Bazar and leading to Thyangboche monastery, where the annual Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated in October - November, this journey delves into the heart of Solukhumbu's vibrant cultural center.

Nepal, famed for its ancient culture and the majestic Himalayas, has long been a favorite among adventure seekers. Nestled between Tibet's high plateaus to the north and India's fertile plains to the south, Nepal offers a rich history, vibrant culture, stunning architecture, and breathtaking landscapes.

Embark on a trek from the bustling Kathmandu, a modern city with ancient remnants, to the awe-inspiring heights of the Himalayas. The trails not only lead to the base of Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world, through stunning landscapes but also offer a glimpse into Nepal's essence and its people. Experience rural life along traditional trading routes and witness the adaptability, resilience, and perseverance of the Sherpa community.

  • Day 1 : Trek briefing and preparation day
  • Day 2 : Fly to Lukla trek to Phakding approx 3-4 hours
  • Day 3 : Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar approx 5-6 hours
  • Day 4 : Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar and local excursion
  • Day 5 : Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche approx 5-6 hours
  • Day 6 : Trek Tengboche to Dingboche approx 5-6 hours
  • Day 7 : Rest at Dingboche for acclimatisation and a local excursion
  • Day 8 : Trek Dingboche to Lobuche via Dongla approx 6 hours
  • Day 9 : Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep to Base Camp approx 8-9 hours
  • Day 10 : Trek Gorakshep to Kalapatthar and down to Pheriche approx 9-10 hours
  • Day 11 : Trek Pheriche to Phortse approx 4 ½ hours
  • Day 12 : Trek Phortse to Khumjung approx 3 ½ hours
  • Day 13 : Trek Khumjung to Phakding approx 5 hours
  • Day 14 : Trek Phakding to Lukla approx 4 hours
  • Day 15 : Fly Kathmandu
  • Note: The trek itinerary is a guide only and may be subject to change at short notice

Initiative Outdoor uses a layering system where different pieces of clothing are worn together or separately to achieve optimum body temperature control. The upper body garments listed here are either synthetic or merino wool garments that retain their insulating properties when wet, or nylon or Gore-Tex layers which help prevent heat loss by cutting wind, rain, and snow.



T-Shirts – walking2We recommend merino wool, Capilene or other synthetic fabric as they wick away the moisture and dry quickly. No cotton.
T-shirt – sleeping1This can be cotton
Base layers (ie thermal top)1Lightweight or mid-weight long-sleeved t-shirt of merino wool, polyester, Capilene, or Polartec power dry
Top insulating Layers1Mid-weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
Fleece Vest1 
Rain jacket1 
Down Jacket1 


Underwear Sufficient for the trek (remember you can wash them)
T-shirt – sleepingThermal long johns/long underwear1 
Trekking Trousers2Lightweight quick-dry trousers (no cotton). Zip offs are good
Evening/sleeping trousers1(optional)1 pair of lightweight tracksuit bottoms (sweat pants) or yoga style trousers for evening wear and sleeping in. No jeans.
Hiking Shorts1If no zip-off trousers. Below the knee for ladies
Rain Pants1 


Day pack1Approx. 35ltrs. We will provide you with a duffle bag for your trekking gear
Sleeping bag with compression sack1Minimum 3 season
Sleeping bag liner1Optional


Hiking boots1Must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support
Flip flops/Camp shoes1Lightweight for evening use


Water bottles2One liter each, Nalgene or Sig style or a bladder if preferred
Water purification drops1Cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (Piyus)
Lip Balm1With SPF factor
Sunscreen1We recommend SPF 30 or greater
Mosquito repellent1 
Personal first aid kit1To include any prescribed medications
Bandana/Buff1Useful for a variety of purposes.
Flashlight /head torch1Head torch is best as it leaves your hands free + extra batteries
Travel towel1Lightweight and compact
Wash kit Travel size items for the trek & eco friendly if possible
Instant Hand Sanitizer1Alcohol-based for keeping hands clean
Sun hat1 
Warm hat1 
Trekking poles (Optional)
Trekking snacks Good selection available in KTM
Camera With charger &/or extra batteries
Toilet paper & rubbish bag  
Pack of cards/travel game1For evening entertainment
Passport photos Always useful and a must-have if you want a local sim card
Photocopies of all your important documents  
A great sense of humor & a positive attitude Essential – don’t come without it!! J

This is a guideline only

Your trek cost includes:

  • Pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Expert trip leadership and motivated staff for the duration of the trek
  • Airport transfers in Nepal (where applicable)
  • 2 nights accommodation pre-trek & 1-night post-trek in Kathmandu
  • 1-night accommodation pre or post-trek in Pokhara (where applicable)
  • Transportation to and from trek start and finish for you and your trekking team (different budget options available)
  • Basic teahouse/lodge/camping accommodation during the trek on a twin sharing basis
  • During the trek all meals on a full board basis (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to include tea/coffee during the meals, but excluding any drinks outside of the meal times
  • All permits, conservation area, and restricted area fees
  • Porters
  • Insurance and equipment for Nepali staff
  • Rescue assistance
  • Group medical kit

Your trek cost does NOT include:

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Visa for Nepal
  • Travel insurance (insurance to include evacuation is mandatory. Please make sure you are covered to the correct altitude)
  • Personal expenses such as fizzy drinks, chocolate, gifts, snacks, hot showers during the trek, etc.
  • Meals unless specified
  • Sightseeing
  • Gratuities
  • Excess baggage on internal flights
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Initiative Outdoors

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