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Everest Base Camp

Stay overnight in Everest Base Camp and explore the spectacular Himalayas

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EVEREST BASE CAMP 

The walk to Everest Base Camp is among the most spectacular in the Himalayan region. On your adventure, you will walk through beautiful valleys and in the shadows of some of the highest mountains in the world. You will stay overnight in tranquil mountain villages and interact with the charming local Nepalese and Sherpa people.

See Mt Everest up-close via Kala Pattar on this 15-day adventure to Everest Base Camp. Organising our adventure during the main spring climbing season gives you the unique opportunity to stay overnight at Everest Base Camp. As a result, you’ll have a chance to explore the Khumbu Icefall and experience first-hand the excitement and emotions as climbers prepare to attempt to climb the highest mountain in the world. As well as Mt Everest, along the way, you’ll take in views of the other highest mountains in the world, such as Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Makalu.

DIFFICULTY

Moderate-High

FITNESS

Medium-High

ELEVATION

5,550m

DURATION

19 Days Total

COST

A$4,500.00

Departure Dates

2023 DATESSPOTS LEFTBOOKINGSGTD DEPART
Apr 08 - Apr 263 SpotsBook NowYes

Only a 30% deposit is required to secure your position unless the departure date is within 60 days, and then the full payment is required. If the date is not guaranteed to depart yet, please do not book flights until we have confirmed the date as guaranteed in the box.

Everest Base Camp Overview and Itinerary

Join us on this exclusive, fully supported, professionally guided adventure through the Himalayas in Nepal to Everest Base Camp via Phortse and Kala Pattar and spend a night in Everest Base Camp.

We are choosing a period for our adventure that coincides with the spring Everest and surrounding mountains climbing season, which brings an exciting atmosphere to the route. It also allows us to spend a night at Everest Base Camp so you can explore the Khumbu Icefall and be fully exposed to insights into what it’s like to prepare to climb the highest mountain in the world. The Everest Base Camp region of the Himalayas is a walkers’ paradise and undoubtedly is home to some of the most spectacular views and highest mountain landscapes in the world. It’s hard to return home from Nepal and not be changed by the experience. The people of Nepal have a beautiful and welcoming culture, making the adventure experience even more special. The tranquillity and peacefulness of the region will have a lasting effect. You’ll make your way from Lukla to Everest Base Camp, passing through beautiful towns that are nestled between the landscape of the high mountains. Your days will allow you plenty of time to relax around these mountain towns and immerse yourself in the panoramic landscape and the beautiful culture of the local Nepalese people.

The trek to Everest Base Camp offers a comprehensive and colourful journey through Nepal’s most famous valley, the Khumbu, the home of Everest (8,848m) and Lhotse (8,501m). The trail also offers glimpses of other 8,000m giants, Cho Oyu (8,201m), Makalu (8,463m) and Shisapangma (8,013m). During spring, the valley is awash with flowering rhododendron trees of various colours and large white magnolia trees. The rolling landscape varies from lush low alpine vegetation to dry high altitude scrubland. Inhabiting this harsh land are the Sherpa people, an ethnic group famous for their hardiness, spirit and mountaineering prowess. This trek journeys into the heartland of the Sherpa people providing an insight into their rich Buddhist culture and traditional way of life. Sir Edmund Hillary grew a passion for Sherpas from his early mountaineering years and, following Everest, spent his remaining years dedicated to fundraising and bringing development to the region.

Our route begins from the gateway airport town of Lukla at 2,840m. Following the Dudh Kosi River on the valley floor, the trail first passes through farming villages of mixed Tamang, Rai and Sherpa communities. We then make a sharp ascent up to Namche, the capital of the Khumbu and the traditional trading centre of the Sherpa people. Next, we take a less travelled road to Phortse, a typical Sherpa farming village, and the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation’s Khumbu Climbing School site. Many Sherpa climbers from Phortse have been trained at the Khumbu Climbing School. From here, it is a short trek to Pangboche, the highest permanent Sherpa settlement. We acclimatise in Dingboche first before trekking the last few kilometres of a high-altitude trail to Everest Base Camp. The view of Everest and Lhotse from Kala Pattar, our highest point, is a magnificent reward! Finally, the return route passes through Tengboche and the Tengboche Monastery. This is the largest monastery in the region and is open to visitors to share prayer time with Monks.

Highlights

  • Stunning panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam
  • Spending a night actually in Everest Base Camp
  • Immerse yourself in the exciting atmosphere of the spring climbing season
  • Experiencing the colourful Buddhist culture
  • Meet and mix with spirited Sherpa people
  • Visit the Alex Lowe Foundation’s Khumbu Climbing School
  • Visit the village of Tengboche.

Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu

Meals included: meals at your own cost

Accommodation: hotel – twin share

Our team will organise your collection from Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal. This will be a free day to recover from your international flight. Later in the evening, there will be a team briefing and a welcome group dinner.

Day 2 – In Kathmandu – explore beautiful Kathmandu and prepare for your adventure

Meals included: meals at your own cost

Accommodation: hotel – twin share

This is a free day for you to explore the crazy yet wondrously beautiful city of Kathmandu. Home to five World Heritage sites, Kathmandu is a stunning landscape of handcrafted wooden palaces (durbar or palace squares of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur) and glorious Buddhist stupas (Swayambu and Boudhanath). It is a city that stimulates all senses, so be prepared because Kathmandu is a city that demands attention.

Day 3 – Fly to Lukla (2,840m), walk to Monjo (2,840m) 

Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 9.5km

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

Our trip begins with an early morning 30-minute flight to Lukla, which flies over endless rolling hills covered with green terraces. Once in Lukla, we have a short break to organise porters and gear before starting our day’s walk, descending and ascending to Monjo. We pass green villages and colourful mani walls and follow the Dudh Kusi River upstream. This region is Buddhist so remember to walk clockwise or to the right of mani walls and prayer flagpoles. Monjo is an apple farming village near the base of the hill up to Namche. We will take the time to drop into the Monjo School; they love having visitors.

Day 4 – Walk to Monjo (2,840m) to Namche (3,440m)

Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 4.1km

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

Before leaving Monjo, we will drop into the Khumbu National Park Information Centre, where you can trace our trail on a 3D model of the region. The route crosses several steel suspension bridges covered with katas, white well-wishing scarves, and prayer flags. From the last bridge, it is a 2-3 hour hike up to Namche. On a clear day, you can catch your first view of Everest, the highest mountain in the world, from a lookout about mid-way up the hill. Once in Namche, you have the afternoon to rest, do last-minute gear shopping or catch locals enjoying the markets.

Day 5 – Acclimatisation day in Namche (3,440m) 

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

We spend an extra day in Namche before moving higher to allow our bodies to adjust to the lower oxygen levels in the air. In the morning, we will walk to the Everest View Hotel to enjoy a panoramic view of Everest, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. This is just a small preview of the spectacular scenery to come! From here, you can explore the villages of Khunde and Khumjung, where Sir Edmund Hillary opened a hospital and school, or you are free for the afternoon to wander around Namche, email friends and family, or relax over a coffee and a delicious cake from the bakery.

Day 6 – Walk Namche (3,440m) to Phortse (3,810m) 

Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 5.7km

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

The trail behind Namche is a gentle track that traverses high above the Imja River with overlooking views of Thamserku and Ama Dablam. We pass a memorial in memory of Tenzing Sherpa, Sir Edmund Hillary’s climbing partner, before reaching Kyangjuma to break for morning tea. We split from the regular traffic of trekkers heading to Everest Base Camp by taking the higher road up to Mong for lunch en route to Phortse. Many villagers still depend on potato and buckwheat farming here, but Phortse is also known for producing many climbing Sherpas to supplement their incomes. Since 2003, the Khumbu Climbing School, which operates in Phortse, has trained many keen young men and women. In addition, every winter, renowned international climbers and local guides work together to run climbing courses. The partnership has not only increased climbing enthusiasm amongst locals but has also improved general climbing safety. On arrival, we will stop at the Khumbu Climbing School to check their activities, perhaps even getting in a rock climb at the nearby crag.

Day 7 – Walk Phortse (3,810m) to Pangboche (3,930m)

Walking Time: 2.5-3 hours

Distance: 4km

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

Heading out of Phortse, you will have spectacular views of Cho Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world and up the Ngozumba Glacier leading to Gokyo Lakes. The trail to Pangboche is an easy day of traversing, with views of Tengboche Monastery across the valley. Pangboche is the highest permanent settlement with the oldest monastery in the Khumbu. The horizon from here to Lobuche is dominated by Ama Dablam (6,856m), one of the most picturesque Khumbu mountains that is technically demanding to climb.

Day 8 – Walk Pangboche (3,930m) to Dingboche (4,410m) 

Walking Time: 4-5 hours

Distance: 6km

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

As we hike up the track towards Dingboche, there is a distinct change in the landscape as we cross the 4,000m altitude mark. High altitude scrubs replace trees, and formidable mountains suddenly appear within reach. You feel instantly that Everest must be close! Dingboche is the first of a series of settlements leading to Everest Base Camp, which was established to accommodate trekkers. It is a seasonal village with a few fields and yaks. The afternoon is free to send emails or do some much-needed laundry. There are also a few local bakeries where you can grab coffee and pastry and relax with your teammates.

Day 9 – Acclimatisation day in Dingboche (4,410m) 

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

We take a rest day in Dingboche to acclimatise to our increased altitude gain. In the morning, we will walk up to a lookout to touch the 5,000m mark. It is a steep climb, but the views of Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,501m), Nuptse (7,861m) and on clear days, Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Shispangma (8,013m) are worth any feelings of breathlessness. After lunch, if you feel energetic, you can hike towards Chhukung Village or down to Pheriche. Alternatively, curling in with a good book and hot chocolate is highly recommended.

Day 10 – Walk Dingboche (4,410m) to Lobuche (4,910m) 

Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 6.6km

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

We enter a serene sanctuary of panoramic mountains just above Dingboche and along a plateau of yak herder shelters. Take a moment to absorb and reflect on your feelings of excitement that Everest is just around the corner! Passing Dughla is a 1-hour hike up to Thokla Pass (4,830m), where memorials have been built for deceased climbers. We then cross some rocky terrain to Lobuche to spend the night.

Day 11 – Trek Lobuche (4,910m) to Gorak Shep (5,140m) and Kala Pattar (5,550m)

Walking Time: 7-8 hours which includes Kala Pattar return acclimatisation trek

Distance: 4km to Gorak Shep and 2.4km return Kala Pattar trek

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

Gorak Shep is the last settlement before reaching Everest Base Camp. From Lobuche, it is a short walk of a couple of hours across a glacier moraine to reach Gorak Shep around mid-morning. After some refreshments, we will hike the trail up the large black hill behind our teahouse. The summit of Kala Patter, or “Black Rock”, offers us our first real look at Everest, an unobstructed view of the highest mountain in the world. Alongside it stands Lhotse, the 4th highest in the world. Kala Pattar is also our highest point on the adventure, at an altitude of 5,500m. Finally, we walk back down to Gorak Shep for a well-earned hearty lunch and a good rest. The trek to Kala Pattar is not compulsory. Still, we highly recommend you do it because we will spend the night at Everest Base Camp, which will significantly assist with your altitude acclimatisation.

Day 12 – Trek Gorak Shep (5,140m) to Everest Base Camp (5,300m)

Walking Time: 4-5 hours

Distance: 3.5km

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: tent – twin share

Finally, we reached our objective today, Everest Base Camp! We walk along the rocky terrain alongside the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp. This pile of rocks at the foot of the infamous Khumbu Ice Fall in spring is home to some 30 teams (hundreds of climbers and support staff) aspiring to climb to the summit of Everest. In the afternoon, we will take our time inspecting the Khumbu Ice Fall and visiting the Himalayan Rescue Association. Finally, we will spend the night at Everest Base Camp. This is an excellent opportunity to see firsthand what it takes to climb an 8,000m mountain.

Day 13 – Walk Everest Base Camp (5,300m) to Pheriche (4,270m)

Walking Time: 7-8 hours

Distance: 13.3km

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

As we walk the undulating glacier trail back to Thukla pass, we look back and around at the snow peaks within this spectacular and wonderous valley. You can understand why this Himilayan mountain region attracts so many climbers and adventurers to this playground of mountains. We continue the downhill trail to Pheriche.

Day 14 – Walk Pheriche (4,270m) to Tengboche (3,860m) 

Walking Time: 4-5 hours

Distance: 8.4km

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

As we descend to lower altitudes, you will feel rejuvenated with increasing oxygen in the air every step you take from here to Lukla. We have lunch at Pangboche, cross the river and pass through Deboche to reach our destination of Tengboche, where we will spend the night. Tengboche Monastery is famous for hosting the major Buddhist festival, Mani Rimdu, in November. The monastery itself was rebuilt after a fire in 1989. Visitors are allowed to observe prayer time with the Monks at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. This is not to be missed! You can also enjoy coffee and a cake at the bakery.

Day 15 – Walk Tengboche (3,860m) to Monjo (2,840m) 

Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 8.3km

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

It is a big descent from Tengboche to the Dudh Koshi River crossing, followed by a 45-minute hike up the other side heading back to Namche. The trail from here is an easy traverse with familiar sights of Thamserku and the Kongde Range. We pause in Namche for lunch before making another big descent back to the valley floor. Crossing over the many suspension bridges in warmer temperatures again, we eventually rest in Monjo for the night.

Day 16 – Walk Monjo (2,840m) to Lukla (2,840m) 

Walking Time: 4-5 hours

Distance: 9.5km

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

Enjoy the sights of the mani walls around Ghat and other villages as we make our way back to Lukla. This is our last opportunity to take in the Buddhist culture that prevailed throughout the adventure before returning to the melting pot of cultures found in Kathmandu.

Day 17 – Fly Lukla to Kathmandu, overnight stay in Kathmandu

Meals Included: breakfast (lunch and dinner at own cost)

Accommodation: hotel – twin share

This will be an early morning flight out of Lukla back to Kathmandu. You have the rest of the day to rest and relax from the trek. A massage is highly recommended!

Day 18 – In Kathmandu – explore beautiful Kathmandu and prepare for your departure home

Meals included: meals at your own cost

Accommodation: hotel – twin share

This will be your last day to get in some local sightseeing around Kathmandu or to just relax and prepare for your departure. If you didn’t make it to Bhaktapur or the other durbar squares in Patan/Kathmandu, make sure you don’t miss these world heritage sites. They provide another viewpoint of Nepal’s diverse culture and ancient architectural talents.

Day 19 – Depart Kathmandu for Home

Meals included: Meals at your own cost

Today you will book out of your hotel in Kathmandu and be driven in the shuttle to Tribhuvan International Airport for your return flight home.

The mountain town of Lukla on the Everest Base Camp route

Additional Information

Peak Potential Adventures operates small group adventures both in Australia and overseas and was founded by a group of experienced adventurers who have built a solid and well-regarded reputation. Our experience outdoors has been built from the ground up over many years. Adaptability, planning, logistics, transparency and professionalism are our strengths and qualities. Our priorities are meeting your expectations, servicing your needs, keeping you safe, and delivering value for money adventure experience. Taking on an adventure can sometimes seem a bit daunting, so one of our most important qualities is that we are approachable and always available to answer any questions or provide advice – with us, you’ll always get personalised service.

  • We provide experienced Australian and local guides with extensive high altitude and adventure experience – the number of guides depends on group size
  • Our local Nepalese support team have been operating and guiding in the Everest Base Camp and surrounding areas for over 20 years and has extensive experience and invaluable local knowledge
  • The opportunity to join some of our other local adventures to assist in your fitness preparation (we highly recommend this option)
  • We have extensive experience working with teams and helping individuals reach their goals
  • We will provide ongoing fitness advice leading up to the adventure, being qualified personal trainers and experts in high-altitude preparation
  • We ensure the team gets to know each other before the adventure, so you know who you are walking with, and you feel like you are part of a team before you depart
  • We provide personalised and individual advice about gear/equipment to ensure that your gear won’t let you down on the adventure
  • Our guides will provide medical support on the adventure if required and arrange a helo extraction if required
  • We prepare you extensively for the adventure physically
  • We are very passionate and dedicated about getting everyone to Everest Base Camp safely and back down in a very safe and enjoyable operating environment
  • We are fully licensed and accredited in the areas of our adventure operations.
  • Australian and local guides with extensive high altitude and adventure experience – number decided on group size
  • Transport, airport transfers, and private vehicles used throughout the adventure
  • Internal flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and return from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • 4x nights twin share accommodation in a very comfortable three-half star hotel in Kathmandu – two nights before and two nights after the adventure (Please get in touch with our team if you would like to pay extra for a single supplement room)
  • Accommodation at very comfortable teahouses along the Everest Base Camp route – twin share
  • All meals as indicated in the travel itinerary
  • All local trekking permits and approved and fully insured porters for the group and personal gear
  • Personal fitness training support and preparation from the Peak Potential Adventure Team, who are qualified personal trainers with extensive high-altitude experience
  • Ongoing equipment advice on whether to purchase in Australia or hire or purchase in Kathmandu
  • Emergency remote communications and group wilderness first aid kit.
  • Return international airfares to Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Meals in Kathmandu (USD$20-25 per meal)
  • Personal items (e.g. phone calls, laundry, tips, incl. early departure or mountain rescue)
  • Travel insurance (it is compulsory for all team members to have Cover-More travel insurance for this adventure)
  • Meals and drinks outside of the adventure package (Please refer to the trip itinerary)
  • Personal expenditure
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Vaccinations, medical checks and medication requirements.

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Terrian Difficulty: Moderate-High

Fitness Grade: Medium-High You should be able to walk at least 7-8 hours with a daypack of up to 6kg. This is an adventure and requires no prior adventure experience. Therefore, a moderate fitness level is needed, as most days will involve walking and carrying a daypack. The route is non-technical but will reach a maximum altitude of 5,550m.

(Weight will depend on your personal gear requirements for the day. Porters will carry up your personal equipment). The Peak Potential Adventures Team will work with you to ensure you are physically fully prepared for the adventure.

Support

With any adventure, preparation is vital for success. Peak Potential Adventures provides an ongoing training and equipment support program during the lead-up to the adventure. Regular contact and support will be provided through the Peak Potential Facebook page, as well as by email, phone and personally as required. We strongly suggest you find a local training and adventure partner to undertake this adventure with you. This will go a long way in providing vital ongoing motivation for training and support leading up to the adventure and during it.

Fitness Preparation

Sticking to a fitness program in the months before walking to Everest Base Camp is vital to preparation. Indeed, attempting to become as fit as possible may not help prevent acute mountain sickness (AMS). Still, an increased fitness level will ensure the body’s ability to cope with the change in atmospheric pressure is amplified, making both acclimatisation and walking far less strenuous. Therefore, more important than anything else when it comes to trekking to higher altitudes is one’s cardiovascular (CV) fitness. Cardiovascular fitness refers to the fitness level of the most important muscle in the body – the heart. Exercising between 20 and 40 minutes approximately 4 times a week will significantly increase CV fitness, leading to more efficient oxygen consumption by the body’s tissues. This will result in the more effective use of energy supplies, substantially improving your chances of reaching and spending a night at Everest Base Camp.

Activities such as jogging, cycling, swimming and boxing all increase the heart rate and improve your CV fitness. The best option is to attempt to include activities that you enjoy, which will enhance the chances of actually continuing with a fitness program. Performing the same exercise every time is not recommended, as sooner or later, the body becomes accustomed to the training and is thus no longer challenged by it. Effective methods of training include cross-training and interval training. Cross training involves performing at least two different forms of exercise in one session, whilst interval training includes varying your effort level substantially every couple of minutes during a single session. Both of these techniques keep the heart challenged on an ongoing basis, ensuring that your CV fitness is constantly on the increase.

The closer it gets to the adventure, the longer cardio sessions should last. Ideally, a month before the adventure commences, you should be training for around 45 minutes at least three times a week. Closer to the commencement of the adventure, it is advisable to include activities such as steep hill climbing and long hikes to build up your endurance. Any training similar to the Everest Base Camp experience will be beneficial, even a short walk every second weekend. Purchasing a daypack long in advance and taking it on ‘practice runs’ will help to prepare your body for the conditions it will experience during the adventure. If you cannot get out into the mountains regularly, find a gym that has a summit climber in their equipment line-up. These machines work the climbing muscles that will be used during the adventure. Also, as previously mentioned, try and do the adventure with a partner. An adventure partner is not only a great source of motivation leading up to the adventure, but you will be an excellent support for each other during the trip – making the whole experience more enjoyable.

The Peak Potential Adventures Team will be available leading up to the adventure to provide training advice and ensure you are physically prepared. We will also provide valuable advice on your mental preparation and what to expect on your way to Everest Base Camp.

After you have booked, the Peak Potential Adventures Team will discuss your requirements and budget with you.

The extra luggage you will not be taking on the adventure with you can be left in a locked storage room at the Hotel in Kathmandu for no charge. Valuables should be left in a safety deposit box at the hotel. The Peak Potential Adventures Team will discuss your equipment requirements to determine your budget and potential future use. Our team is very familiar and experienced with most outdoor equipment brands, their performance suitability and where you can obtain the best pricing deals.

Points to Remember

  • Overweight or extra luggage may require an extra porter
  • Store electronics in sealed waterproof bags (double sealed if possible)
  • Wrap clothing in plastic bags or waterproof stuff sacks
  • In the daypack, take along water, sunglasses, a camera, a waterproof jacket and trousers at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters and the rest of your gear until the end of your trek for that day. Also, carry with you snacks like energy bars etc.

Luggage

  • Day pack, for you to carry (25-35 litres) – (A strong and durable collapsible day pack can work well)
  • Large backpack (70-85 litres) or durable expedition duffel (120 litres) for porters to carry
  • Plastic bags or waterproof stuff sacks
  • Combination lock.

Note: The most convenient system for expedition travel is to take a 120-litre collapsible duffel bag, a 120-litre durable expedition duffel bag and a collapsible day pack. If you have a current large backpack of around 75-80 litres, that will also work, or feel free to purchase a backpack if you think you will use a large backpack for future adventures. Large backpacks generally cost more than a large duffel bag and can be harder to pack on the mountain. If you are planning to take a large backpack, purchase a large collapsible 120-litre duffel. When you travel, put the large pack inside the collapsible duffel bag with other items that can be stored in the aeroplane’s undercarriage, and board with your daypack with any valuables like cameras, laptops etc. You can then leave the duffel bag at the hotel with any gear you do not wish to take on the mountain. A 120-litre collapsible duffel can be purchased at many adventure shops or on eBay. Please also ensure the duffel bag can be locked with a combination lock. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to discuss the best options.

Clothing

You want your inner layer to be wicking material—not cotton. The next layer should be insulating and warm like fleece, and the top layer should be waterproof but breathable like Gortex or Event. You can get away with cheaper non-breathable wet weather gear. You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and sleeping. Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly on the trail.

  • Shorts, for first and last day only
  • Long trousers, for hiking and for the evenings (zip-off leg trousers work well, and save taking shorts)
  • Short-sleeved wick t-shirts
  • Long-sleeved wick shirts for hiking and the evenings
  • Thermal long underwear and top
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater – (preferably fleece)
  • Fleece trousers
  • Down jacket with hood or thick ski parka (for temperatures below freezing plus wind)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered together)
  • Woollen hat or Balaclava and/or neck scarf

Footwear

Please make sure to break in your boots before the trek

  • Trekking boots for hiking during the day, preferably warm, waterproof, and with ankle support – not too light and not too heavy. Leather or a composite boot is perfect. Have a look at Salomon or Hoka boots.
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
  • Gaiters
  • Hiking socks for warmer conditions
  • Wool socks for colder conditions
  • Sock liners to wick away moisture

Note: Boots are a personal preference, and everyone’s feet are different, so try a few different brands. Make sure they are not too tight at the front; give yourself plenty of room for coming down without hitting your toe on the front of the boot. If you have problems with your feet, like blisters, we suggest trying on the Salomon mid-high ULTRA 4 GTX or the Hoka Anacapa, which are personally used by us. Both boot systems are more like heavy-duty runners, so they may be more comfortable. Also, try the leather boot options because they can be very durable, but they will take more to break in properly. If you decide to go with the Salomon ULTRA 4 GTX, please make sure you use some thicker summit socks, as the boots are a bit lighter, so a thicker summit sock will ensure that your feet stay warm.

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag (Rated -10 degrees Celsius or colder is recommended)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner if you are a cold sleeper
  • Inflatable sleeping mat

Other Items

  • Water bottles or Camelback (3 litres) – (Neglane largemouth water bottles work better in colder conditions)
  • To prevent water from freezing if it gets very cold, keep your water source inside your jacket. For Camelbacks, blow air back into the bladder after each sip and drink often.
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses (preferably polarised)
  • Money
  • Trekking Poles
  • Headlamp or torch
  • Bring enough batteries for your headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life
  • Energy bars, boiled sweets, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Playing cards, games, and books for the evenings
  • Plastic bags and zip-lock bags for waterproofing
  • Toiletries – baby and face wipes are also excellent
  • Small bottles of hand sanitiser.

First Aid

One of the senior guides will carry a large first aid kit for the group that will contain all of this medical equipment, but we highly recommend that you carry a small personal first aid kit containing these basic items.

  • Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, or Aspirin (talk to your doctor)
  • Throat lozenges
  • Plasters
  • Moleskin
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50) & lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Antihistamines
  • Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid if required
  • Diamox (talk to your doctor)

Food and Snacks

  • Lollies
  • Energy Gels

Note: Please try to conserve your sugar-based foods higher up the route. As you gain altitude, your appetite may decrease, particularly at higher altitudes, so having a good supply of lollies and energy gels will keep your body fueled. In addition, having easy-to-manage and easy-to-get food will make it much easier for consumption, particularly if it is bad weather and very cold. It is essential to consume regularly on your push to Everest Base Camp, as you will be burning energy very quickly, keeping warm and walking. Unfortunately, many people fail to reach Everest Base Camp due to poor food and water management.

Gifts for Guides, Porters and Locals

  • Boots/Shoes
  • Any warm clothing
  • T-shirts
  • Hats
  • Pens

They can be items you give away at the end of the adventure that you don’t wish to take home with you.

Note: Please feel free to contact the Peak Potential Adventures team to discuss any equipment that you may be looking at purchasing to ensure that it will be suitable for the adventure. To make it easier, please email through a link to the item so we can assess the technical aspects of the item. The two main pieces of equipment we emphasise most to ensure a comfortable climb are an outer down jacket and boots.

Safety and Regulation Requirements

Peak Potential Adventures has a 100% safety record

Our guides carry communication equipment and communicate with our team during and at the end of each day

Our local guides are some of the most experienced and well regarded in the Everest region, so they have access to local resources and assistance if required

If necessary, we can arrange for a helo evacuation if required under your travel insurance policy

Our team was put to the test during the Nepal earthquake natural disaster in 2015 and we did our best in getting everyone home safe. You can see the documentary here

Our Australia adventure operations meet the highest professional standards and accreditations which also applies to our international adventure operations.

If you have any further questions or would like more information about our Everest Base Camp trek.

You can contact our team at admin@peakpotential.net.au

You can also get in contact with us on our Facebook and Instagram feeds.

Alternatively, please click here to go through to our contact page.

Please ensure that you read our booking terms and conditions below.

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

If there’s a question that we haven’t covered for you, we are just an email or phone call away.

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Adventure Dates

How often do you run the adventure?

At this stage, we will only operate one adventure a year during the spring climbing season, so we can offer an overnight stay at Everest Base Camp. This will also allow us to ensure proper training and preparation are undertaken to ensure a successful outcome with staying a night at an altitude of 5,300m at base camp. We pride ourselves on delivering on our service because it is a big investment for you, so we want you to succeed. And for us, it's all about quality, not quantity.

Please also check our Facebook and Instagram feeds because we also announce new trek dates there.

What if the fixed dates don't work, can you organise a group custom adventure?

Yes, if the dates we have organised don't work, we can organise a custom date that would suit you, but the group would have to be 10 trekkers or more, and it may not coincide with the spring climbing season.

What is the best time of year to trek to Everest Base Camp?

We believe that the spring climbing season during April provides the best time of year because of the exciting atmosphere created along the route. Also, we can offer you an overnight stay in Everest Base Camp, a unique and exciting experience generally not experienced by the many other trekkers who do this each year.

About The Adventure

How hard is the adventure?

With the proper preparation, guides and support team, the walk is very achievable. The itinerary we have developed with our local guides gives our team the best chance of reaching Everest Base Camp and spending the night around 5:00 AM. The itinerary has been designed around suitable acclimatisation days at key altitudes and utilising the principles of moving high and sleeping low on some days. Significant adventure achievements will never come easy, so some challenges will come. We put a lot of emphasis on pre-training so that the walk will be much easier. Most of the people you speak to that didn't reach Everest Base Camp have a common theme, they lacked preparation, were poorly guided, and there was limited to no teamwork during the adventure.

What's the climate like?

Spring and autumn (before and after monsoon) are both dry seasons, and the forests are flowering and lush. In winter, the skies are brilliantly blue but cold, sometimes with snowfall. Below Namche, temperatures can reach 24 degrees Celsius during the day. Whilst above 4000m, day temperatures can range 15 to -20 degrees Celsius. Nights are cool and may drop to -10 degrees Celsius during storms. Prepare cool and warm attire as suggested in the packing list.

What is the typical day like on the trail?

A staff member will wake you up by a knock on your door around 6.00 AM. You will get dressed, pack for the day's walk, and have your duffel ready for your porter before breakfast, usually at 7:00 AM. The aim will be to leave the teahouse and be on the trail by 8:00 AM. On the trail, you will carry a small daypack (20-40L weighing around 5kg) with your personal items, water, warm clothing, wet weather gear and camera equipment. Generally, lunch is at our rest stop for the night, which leaves the afternoon free to rest and soak in the views. Dinner is usually at 7:00 PM, and most walkers read, play cards or go to bed early to prepare for the next day's adventure.

Can I stay on after the adventure?

You can extend your stay to explore more of Kathmandu or Nepal. These arrangements would need to be made by you and would be at your own cost. We are happy to discuss post-adventure ideas with you.

Food, Accomdodation & Facilities

What is the accommodation like in Kathmandu?

The accommodation in Kathmandu, Nepal, is a comfortable and clean mid-range three half-star hotel and will be on a twin share accommodation basis. Still, we can adjust the accommodation according to your budget (i.e. budget up to five-star). If you would like to book your own room, please let us know when you book, but there will be additional costs. If the group size is an odd number, there will be no extra cost if you end up in your own room. The hotel will have wifi and excellent security. (Please note that meals in Kathmandu are NOT included in the land costs. Plan for USD $20-25 per meal on these days.

What is the accommodation and food like on the trail?

Whilst on the trail, you will sleep in the local friendly village teahouses. These provide basic accommodation (twin-share), shared toilets and a large common dining hall. Teahouse kitchens cater for international and local tastes, from pizzas/pasta to typical Nepali favourites. Other facilities, including showers, internet, battery charging and laundry, are sometimes available for an extra cost.

Guides & Team

Why use Peak Potential Adventures?

Our guides and the way we run our adventures are second to none. You will only get very experienced guides on our treks that you can trust. We pride ourselves on ensuring everyone has a positive, rewarding, safe experience. We leave nothing to chance in our preparation and always consider our client's safety and enjoyment during the adventure.

Will there be Australian guides on the adventure?

Yes, we work on a guiding ratio of 1 guide to 7 clients, so the number will vary depending on the group size. Generally, we aim to send two Australian guides with each group as we only do one Everest Base Camp adventure per year during the spring climbing season, so the number of the group will normally be 10+.

Sherpa culture

Known as “Eastern People” in Tibet, Sherpas were nomads who migrated and settled in the Solukhumbu Region around 500 years ago from Tibet. Their dialect, dress and food are very similar to Tibetans, more than Nepal's Hindu majority ethnic groups. With a culture deeply rooted in Buddhism, Sherpas have a strong respect for the mountains, and it's spirit. First employed as high-altitude porters on early Himalayan mountaineering expeditions, Sherpas are now well-regarded accomplished climbers by their own rights.

How many people could be on this adventure?

This adventure is limited to a maximum of 20 people.

What is the minimum age?

Because of insurance and liability reasons, the minimum age for this adventure is 18.

Fitness & Equipment

How fit do I need to be, and can I get fit?

Everest Base Camp can be walked to by those who are relatively fit and willing to get fit. A significant advantage in undertaking this challenge with Peak Potential Adventures is that our team are also qualified personal trainers. We have had significant experience in high-altitude fitness preparation, so we will provide you with ongoing personalised advice and support on your training and fitness requirements to ensure you are ready. Also, trekking to Everest Base Camp is not all about fitness; it's as much a mental challenge, which we will prepare you for through our extensive adventure experience and qualifications in personal training.

We recommend joining one of our local weekend Six Foot Track adventures or free community walks to measure your current fitness and endurance levels.

What equipment will I require?

The equipment list is on the website under additional information. Once you have reviewed the list, we will discuss your equipment requirements and budget with you. Some equipment can be purchased in Kathmandu and on the trail, so we will discuss this option with you.

Vaccinations, Medical Conditions & Allergies

What vaccinations should I have?

We highly recommend that you speak to your doctor. You can also read up on what current vaccinations may be required on the Travel Doctor website, which you can access via this link.

Are there other health tips?

This adventure reaches a maximum altitude of 5,550m at Kala Pattar. As such, you may experience some effects of high altitude (e.g. headaches, increased breathing, and disturbed sleep) as your body adapts. The trek schedule has been designed to allow for proper acclimatisation. However, everyone responds to high altitude differently, so the best advice is to walk slow, drink plenty of water (~4L/day), listen to your body and alert your guides if you or your teammate are not feeling well. The Peak Potential Adventures Team will carry a well-stocked wilderness first aid kit along the trail. It will contain commonly used medications. It is easy to stay healthy and avoid bacterial or parasitic infections by eating from hygienic venues, avoiding salad (raw) and unpeeled fruits and using hand sanitiser regularly.

Can I walk safely if I have allergies or a medical condition?

It all depends on the allergy or the medical condition, but we would strongly suggest that you speak to your doctor first before making a booking. If it is a food allergy, that will be no problem because that can be catered for by the head and assistant cook. Please let us know on the adventure booking form so we can inform our team what you can't eat.

Fees, Payments & Travel Documents

How much is the adventure?

The adventure cost, excluding international flights is AUD$4,500.00

How much could I expect to pay for flights?

Flights can range for economy up to AUD$2,500.00 depending on who you fly with. Many major airline carriers fly to Kathmandu, so we suggest searching the Webjet website to provide you with all the comparisons.

Can I pay a deposit and pay the rest before departure?

Yes, we only require a 30% deposit to secure your position on the adventure if the trek is more than 60 days out, with the full balance payable 60 days before departure. Full payment will be required when booking if the adventure departs within 60 days.

Is there a credit and debit card payment surcharge?

Yes, if you book using the credit or debit card Stripe payment gateway, there will be a 1.6% surcharge. You can avoid this 1.6% surcharge by electing to do a bank transfer in the payment option.

Do I need to obtain a visa for entry into Nepal?

Yes, but tourist visas can be obtained directly at the immigration department of Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Bring at least two passport-sized photos, a copy of your passport and USD$40 cash for a 30-day tourist visa. You can also prearrange a visa from your nearest Nepalese consulate.

What currency should I take with me?

The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. Smaller amounts of money are usually paid in rupees, whereas larger amounts of money are paid in USD$. Money can be exchanged at the Bureaux de Change, which can be found at Kathmandu international airport. Make sure they change your money at the rate written in front of the bureau. Only hotels, restaurants and tourist shops of higher category accept international credit cards; when paying small amounts in US$ rather than rupees, you get a worse exchange rate in most cases. Some local shops accept rupees only.

Why is your price a bit more expensive than other operators?

We are not a large-scale online travel agent that will just take your money, treat you as a booking number, provide you with an email with information, and expect you just to show up. From the time you book with us, we will provide you with one-on-one personalised service, advice, assistance with travel arrangements, visa applications, and, most importantly, your fitness training and equipment requirements. We understand what is required to successfully walk to Everest Base Camp, so we will eliminate as many risks as possible to reward you with an amazing adventure experience you committed to and paid for.

Cancellations & Travel Insurance

What happens if I need to cancel?

Please read our booking terms and conditions for specific policy details.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Do I need travel insurance to walk to Everest Base Camp?

Yes, it is a requirement to take out travel insurance with Cover-More Insurance with our Everest Base Camp adventure. We always ensure all our team members have the same travel insurance; just in case of unforeseen reasons, we need to coordinate a full team evacuation not just off the trail but out of Nepal.

Travel insurance will also insure you against:

  • Trip cancellation
  • Trip interruption
  • Missed connection
  • Travel delay
  • Loss of baggage
  • Medical emergencies
  • Medical evacuation

You can read more about Cover-More travel insurance here and get a quote. We firmly believe through our past experience that they are the best in the industry and will be there if you or we need them.

Photos & Media Content

Will I get access to photos & media content?

Yes, photos taken by the Peak Potential Adventures team during the Everest Base Camp adventure will be shared via our corporate Google Drive.

Only a 30% deposit is required to secure your position unless the departure date is within 60 days, and then the full payment is required.

What Our Guests Say

I was asked to write a testimonial about the 2015 Everest Base Camp Anzac trek, which I am more than happy to do. The trek itself to Everest Base Camp for me was the toughest and most rewarding thing I have ever done, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I can say it was made possible because of both Shane Pophfer and Darren Wise from Peak Potential Adventures.

On the trek itself, we had Shane as our lead Australian guide and he was always there to encourage people and to keep pushing on and for me, this was a great help as Shane has a way of getting the best out of people.

Not forgetting Darren though, who back in Australia, liaised with the proper authorities to get us all back home safely to Australia after the Nepal earthquake safe and sound. Both Shane and Darren make an excellent team working together in keeping trekkers safe.

I have no problems recommending them and Peak Potential Adventures to my friends, which I am already doing, and I am talking to them about the 2016 Everest Base Camp Anzac trek.

Would I go on this trek again or any other adventures with Peak Potential Adventures…….ABSOLUTELY!!!!. I have full confidence in the team of Shane and Darren and the way they run their adventures with Peak Potential Adventures.

Paul Rollo enjoying the trekking on the Peak Potential Adventures Everest Base Camp trek.