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Everest Base Camp Adventure

Immerse yourself in the beauty and magic of the Himalayas

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EVEREST BASE CAMP 

The trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the most spectacular in the Himalayan region. On your journey, you will walk through beautiful valleys and in the shadows of some of the highest mountains in the world. You will stay overnight at 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 trek to Everest Base Camp. Organising our trek during the main spring climbing season gives you the unique opportunity of staying overnight actually in Everest Base Camp. 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.

FITNESS

Moderate

DURATION

19 Days Total

ELEVATION

5,550m

COST

A$4,500.00

2020 DATESSPOTSBOOKINGSGTD DEPART
Apr 04 - Apr 22Nearly FullBook NowYes

Only a 30% deposit is required to secure your position unless the trek date is within 60 days and then the full payment is required. If the trek date is not guaranteed to depart yet, please do not book flights or pre-trek accommodation until we have confirmed the date as guaranteed in the box. Your funds will be held in our adventure holding account until guaranteed.

Everest Base Camp Overview and Itinerary

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

We are choosing a period for our trek that coincides with the spring Everest and surrounding mountains climbing season which brings with it the exciting atmosphere on 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 the insights of what it’s like to prepare to climb the highest mountain in the world. The Everest Base Camp region of the Himalayas is a trekker’s 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 to be changed by the experience. The people of Nepal have a beautiful and welcoming culture which makes 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 high mountains landscape. 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 Sherpa people. We take a less travelled road to Phortse, a typical Sherpa farming village and the site of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation’s Khumbu Climbing School. Many Sherpa climbers come from Phortse and 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! 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 welcome group dinner.

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

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), trek to Monjo (2,840m) 

Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 9.5km

Habitat: mountain countryside

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 as we 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 situated 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 – Trek Monjo (2,840m) to Namche (3,440m)

Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 4.1km

Habitat: mountain countryside

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) 

Habitat: country village

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

We spend an extra day in Namche before trekking higher to allow our bodies to adjust to the lower levels of oxygen in the air. In the morning, we will walk up to the Everest View Hotel to enjoy a panoramic view of Everest, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. This is just a small preview for 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 just relax over a coffee and a delicious cake from the bakery.

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

Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 5.7km

Habitat: mountain landscapes

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. 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 into the Khumbu Climbing School to check their activities, perhaps even getting in a rock climb at the nearby crag.

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

Trekking Time: 2.5-3 hours

Distance: 4km

Habitat: mountain landscapes

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

Heading out of Phortse you will have spectacular views of Cho Oyu which is 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 just 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 mountains in the Khumbu that is very technically demanding to climb.

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

Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Distance: 6km

Habitat: mountain landscapes

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 to do some much-needed laundry. There are also a few local bakeries that you grab coffee and pastry and just relax with your teammates.

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

Habitat: mountain village

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 are feeling energetic, you can hike towards Chhukung Village, or down to Pheriche. Alternatively, curling in with a good book and hot chocolate is also highly recommended.

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

Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 6.6km

Habitat: mountain landscapes

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

Just above Dingboche and along a plateau of yak herder shelters, we enter a serene sanctuary of panoramic mountains. Take a moment to absorb and reflect on your feelings of excitement that Everest is just around the corner! Passing Dughla, it 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)

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

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

Habitat: mountain landscapes

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 trek at an altitude of 5,500m. We trek back down to Gorak Shep to a well earned hearty lunch and a good rest. The trek to Kala Pattar is not compulsory, but we highly recommend you do it because we will be spending the night at Everest Base Camp and it will significantly assist with your altitude acclimatisation.

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

Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Distance: 3.5km

Habitat: mountain landscapes

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: tent – twin share

Finally, we reach our objective today, Everest Base Camp! We walk further along the rocky terrain alongside the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp. This pile of rocks sitting 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. We will spend the night at Everest Base Camp. This is a great opportunity to see firsthand, what it takes to climb an 8,000m mountain.

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

Trekking Time: 7-8 hours

Distance: 13.3km

Habitat: mountain landscapes

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

Finally, we reach our objective today, Everest Base Camp! We walk further along the rocky terrain alongside the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp. This pile of rocks sitting 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. We will spend the night at Everest Base Camp. This is a great opportunity to see firsthand, what it takes to climb an 8,000m mountain.

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

Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Distance: 8.4km

Habitat: mountain landscapes

Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: teahouse – twin share

As we descend to lower altitudes, every step you take from here to Lukla, you will feel rejuvenated with increasing oxygen in the air. 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 – Trek Tengboche (3,860m) to Monjo (2,840m) 

Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 8.3km

Habitat: mountain countryside

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 break in Monjo for the night.

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

Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Distance: 9.5km

Habitat: mountain countryside

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 has prevailed throughout the trek 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

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 your flight home

Meals included: Meals at your own cost

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. You will bid Kathmandu and Nepal farewell… until next time.

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 in the outdoors has been built from the ground up over many years. Adaptability, planning, logistics, transparency and professionalism are our strengths and qualities. Meeting your expectations, servicing your needs, keeping your safe and delivering value for money adventure experience are our priorities. 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 a personalised level of service.

  • We provide experienced Australian and local guides with extensive high altitude and trekking 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 have extensive experience and invaluable local knowledge
  • The opportunity to join some of our other local treks at discounted rates 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 climb being qualified personal trainers and experts in high altitude preparation
  • We ensure the team gets to know each other before the trek, so you know who you are trekking 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 trek
  • Our guides will provide medical support on the trek if as required and arrange a helo extraction if required
  • We prepare you extensively for the trek 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 trekking experience – number decided on group size
  • Transport, airport transfers, private vehicles used throughout the trek
  • Internal flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and return
  • Accommodation at very comfortable teahouses along the Everest Base Camp route
  • Very comfortable hotel in Kathmandu – two nights prior to the trek and two nights after the trek
  • 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’s Team who are qualified personal trainers with extensive high-altitude experience
  • Ongoing equipment advice on whether to purchase or hire
  • Emergency remote communications and group wilderness first aid kit.
  • International flights to Kathmandu (circa AUD$1,000 return)
  • 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 trek)
  • Meals and drinks outside of the trek package (Please refer to the trip itinerary)
  • Personal expenditure
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Vaccinations, medical checks and medication requirements
  • Four night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu is included in the cost of this package on a twin shared basis only (two nights at the start and two nights at the end of the trek). If you would like an individual hotel room in Kathmandu, please let us know when you book, but there will be an additional single supplement cost.

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Fitness Grade: Moderate – You should be able to walk at least 7-8 hours with a daypack of up to 5kg. This is a trek and requires no prior trekking experience. A moderate level of fitness is required though as most days will involve trekking 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 personally to ensure you are fully prepared for the trek physically.

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 trek. 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 that you find a local training and trek partner to undertake this trek with you. This will go a long way in providing vital ongoing motivation for training and support, not just leading up to the trek, but also during it.

Fitness Preparation

Sticking to a fitness program in the months prior to trekking to Everest Base Camp is a vital part of preparation. It is true that attempting to become as fit as possible may not ultimately help with the prevention of acute mountain sickness (AMS), but an increased level of fitness will ensure the body’s ability to cope with the change in atmospheric pressure is amplified, making both acclimatisation and the walking itself far less strenuous. 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 for between 20 and 40 minutes approximately 4 times a week will significantly increase CV fitness, leading to more efficient oxygen consumption by the tissues of the body. 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 improve 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 trek, the longer cardio sessions should last. Ideally, a month before the trek is due to commence, you should be training for around 45 minutes at least three times a week. Closer to the commencement of the trek, it is advisable to include activities such as steep hill climbing and long hikes to build up your endurance. Any training that is similar to the Everest Base Camp experience will be beneficial, even a short hike every second weekend. Purchasing a backpack long in advance and taking it on ‘practice runs’ will help to prepare your body for the conditions it will experience during the trek. 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 trek. Also, as previously mentioned, try and do the trek with a partner. A trek partner is not only a great source of motivation leading up to the trek, but you will be great 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 trek to provide training advice and ensure you are physically prepared. They will also provide valuable advice on your mental preparation and what to expect on on your way to Everest Base Camp.

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

The extra luggage that you will not be taking on the trek 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 with you your equipment requirements to determine your budget and potential future use. Our team is very familiar and experienced with most of the 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 water-proof bags (double sealed if possible)
  • Wrap clothing in plastic bags or waterproof stuff sacks
  • In the daypack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, 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, 120-litre durable expedition duffel bag and a collapsible day pack. If you have a current large backpack 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, also purchase a large collapsible 120-litre duffel. When you travel, put the large pack inside the collapsible duffel bag with any other items that can be stored in the undercarriage of the aeroplane, and board with your daypack with any valuables like cameras, computers etc. You can then leave the duffel bag at the hotel with any gear in it that you do not wish to take on the mountain. A 120-litre collapsible duffel can be purchased at many of the adventure shops or on eBay. Please also make sure the duffel bag can be locked with a combination lock. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss.

Clothing

You want your inner layer to be wicking material—not cotton. 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 for 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 saves 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 well 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 be 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 Asolo and Salmon 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 but have a look at Asolo and Salomon 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 would suggest trying on the Salomon mid-high ULTRA 3 GTX and QUEST 4D GTX . They are a bit more like a runner, so they may be more comfortable. If you decide to go with the Salomon ULTRA 3 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 F/-25 degrees C 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 on summit day)
  • To prevent water from freezing on summit day, 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, books, for the evenings
  • Plastic bags and zip-lock bags for waterproofing
  • Salt, pepper, spices for bland food
  • Toiletries – including toilet tissue (bio-degradable preferably) – baby and face wipes are also excellent
  • Small bottles of hand sanitiser.

First Aid

One of the senior guides will be carrying a large first aid kit for the group that will contain all of this medical equipment, but we would highly recommend that you carry a small personal first aid kit that contains 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
  • Malaria pills (talk to your doctor)
  • Diamox (talk to your doctor)

Food and Snacks

  • Breakfast bars, or muesli bars
  • Porridge satchels
  • Lollies
  • Energy Gels
  • Condensed milk coffee tubes

Note: Please try to conserve your sugar-based foods for higher up the trek. You will find, as you gain altitude, your appetite may decrease, particularly on summit night, so having a good supply of energy bars, muesli bars, breakfast bars and energy gels will get keep your body fueled on the summit push. Having easy to manage and easy to get to food will make it much easier for consumption, particularly if it is bad weather and very cold. It is important to consume regularly on your push to Everest Base Camp, as you will be burning energy very quickly keeping warm and walking. Many people fail to reach Everest Base Camp due to poor food and water management.

Gifts for Guides, Porters and Locals

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

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 on the trek. 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 that we put most emphasis on to ensure a comfortable climb are, 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 [email protected]

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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Trek Dates

How often do you run the trek?

At this stage, we will only be operating one trek a year which will be during the spring climbing season so that we can offer the overnight stay at Everest Base Camp. This will also allow us to ensure proper training and preparation is 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 as well.

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

Yes, if the dates that we have organised don't work, we can organise a custom date that would suit, 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?

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

The Trek

How hard is the actual trek?

With the right preparation, guides and support team, the trek is very achievable. The itinerary that we have developed with our local guides gives our team the best chance of reaching Everest Base Camp and spending the night at around 5:00 AM. The itinerary has been developed around suitable acclimatisation days at key altitude, as well as utilising the principals of moving high and sleeping low on some days. Big adventure achievements will never come easy so there will be some challenges. We put a lot of emphasis on pre-training so the trek will be much easier. Most of the people that 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 on the during the trek.

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?

You will be woken up with a knock on your door around 6.00am by a staff member. You will get dressed and pack for the day’s walk, and have your duffel ready for your porter before breakfast, which is 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 trekkers then either read, play cards or head to bed early at around 8-9:00 PM to prepare for the next day’s adventure.

Can I stay on after the trek?

Yes, 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 trek 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 3.5-star hotel and will be on a twin share accommodation basis, but we can adjust the accommodation according to your budget (i.e. budget up to 5-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 additional cost if you end up in your own room. The hotel will have wifi and has 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 in on the trail?

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

Guides & Team

Why use Peak Potential Adventures?

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

Will there be Australian guides on the trek?

Yes, we would on a guiding ratio of 1 guide to 7 clients, so the number will vary depending on the size of the group. Generally, we aim to send two Australian guides with each group as we only do one Everest base Camp trek 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 the Hindu majority ethnic groups in Nepal. With a culture deeply rooted in Buddhism, Sherpas have a strong respect for the mountains and its spirits. First employed as high altitude porters on early Himalayan mountaineering expeditions, Sherpas are now by their own rights, well regarded accomplished climbers.

How many people could be on this trek?

This trek is limited to a maximum of 20 people.

What is the minimum age?

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

Fitness & Equipment

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

Everest Base Camp can be trekked to by anyone who is relatively fit and those who are 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 offer booking discounts for our Six Foot Track trek if you'd like to come on a weekend adventure to measure your current fitness and endurance levels.

What equipment will I require?

After you have booked, you will also be emailed an equipment list. Once you have a copy of the list, we will then discuss with you your equipment requirements and budget. Some equipment can be purchased in Kathmandu and also on the trail, so we will also 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 trek 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 be carrying 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 trek 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 just let us know on the adventure booking form so we can inform our team of what you can't eat.

Fees, Payments & Travel Documents

How much is the trek?

The trek 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$1,000.00 depending on who you fly with. Many on the major airline carriers fly to Kathmandu so we would suggest searching the Webjet website that will 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 trek if the trek is more than 60 days out with the full balance payable 60 days before departure. If the trek is departing within 60 days, full payment will be required when you book.

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 either do a bank transfer or to be issued an invoice in the payment options.

What happens to my payment?

When you book an adventure with us, your funds go into an adventure holding bank account until such time the adventure is definitely guaranteed to start. If an adventure does not go ahead for some reason like bad weather, or not enough participants, we will refund you in full. Please also read our full booking terms and conditions.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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

Why is your price is 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 and provide you with an email with information and expect you to just show up. From the time you book with us, we will provide you with one on one personalised service and provide advice and assist with your travel arrangements, visas applications, and most importantly, your fitness training and equipment requirements. We understand what is required to successfully trek to Everest Base Camp so we will eliminate as many risks as possible so that you are rewarded with an amazing trekking experience that you committed to and paid for.

Cancellations & Travel Insurance

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you cannot participate in the trek for which you have paid, you will receive a 24-month credit  to join one of the next Everest Base Camp treks.

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

Booking Terms and Conditions

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

Yes, it is a requirement to take out travel insurance with Cover-More Insurance with our Everest Base Camp treks. We always ensure all our team members have the same travel insurance, just in case of some unforeseen reason 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 insurance here and also 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, any photos that are taken by the Peak Potential Adventures team during the trek will be shared with you via Dropbox. This is a free file/folder sharing service up to 2GB which is usually enough space for any photos that we have taken during the trek. If the photo folder is more than 2GB, we will reduce the quality of the photos. The quality will still be more than enough to share on social media etc.

If you don't already have a Dropbox account, please click here to go through to their signup page. We would recommend using the same email address to signup that you used on the trek booking form because we will generally use that email address when we share the photo folder. Once you have shared access to the photo folder, you will be able to download any photos in that folder. We will usually delete the folder after a month after the trek to free up our available file storage.

Only a 30% deposit is required to secure your position unless the trek 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 RolloEverest Base Camp - Nepal