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Everest Base Camp in spring

Everest Base Camp Trek - Expedition Departures

18 days
$6,179 NZD
5 / 5 from 6 reviews
Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Activity Rating - Challenging
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Walking & Hiking
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Follow the iconic trail to Everest Base Camp and spend two nights camping there

Taking us to the most iconic base camp of all, at the foot of the greatest mountain in the world, Mount Everest (8848m), this is one of the world's classic treks. This special departure has the added excitement of camping at Base Camp itself for two nights; a magnificent setting at the foot of the Khumbu Ice Fall, at a time when it will be bustling with expedition parties preparing for their summit attempts. The journey to Base Camp passes through Sherpa country and allows time to acclimatise before reaching the spectacular high altitude scenery: the incredible monastery at Thyangboche, views of Ama Dablam, Everest and other mighty Himalayan peaks.


  • Two nights camping at Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu Ice Fall
  • Soak up the atmosphere at Base Camp as expedition parties prepare for their summit attempt 
  • Walk amidst other iconic peaks of the world's highest mountain range; Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam
  • Visit the colourful hilltop monastery at Thyangboche
  • Climb Kala Pattar for a magnificent view of Mount Everest

Key information

  • 3 nights standard hotels, 12 nights teahouses and 2 nights full-service camping
  • 14 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus tour leader and local staff. Min. age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 5545m, average 3900m
  • Travel by private minibus and 2 internal flights
  • Between 5 and 8 hours walking per day, with some longer days
  • 17th April 2022 led by Valerie Parkinson, Wanderlust World Guide awards Winner 2021
  • Countries visited: Nepal

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners 
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • Welcome drink at each overnight lodge
  • 3 nights standard hotels, 12 nights teahouses and 2 nights full-service camping
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Sleeping mattress whilst camping
  • Exodus kitbag 
  • Trekking map (provided locally)
  • Trekking permit and national park fees

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu only)
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Sleeping bag (hire in advance from £63*)
  • Down jacket (hire in advance from £63*) 
  • *Hire package incl. down jacket and sleeping bag from £72
Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
Call for private group trips:
0800 643 997
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Days of Walking & Trekking

Approximately 5-8hrs walking per day on average, with some longer days


High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 28.0km/5.4miles
Day 312.3km/7.6miles
Day 411.8km/6.4miles
Day 56.4km/4.0miles
Day 611.8km/7.3miles
Day 75.0km/3.1miles
Day 89.8km/6.0miles
Day 913.0km/8.0miles
Day 105.4km/3.3miles
Day 1219.0km/11.8miles
Day 1317.2km/10.7miles
Day 1411.8km/7.3miles
Day 1513.0km/8.0miles

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips that improve life for the people and places we visit, and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:


How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of a local leader and trekking support staff (guides, porters/yak herders) means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels, teahouses and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprises.
  • Following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Exodus has been able to support Karma, our local partner’s Food Package Project in Nepal, which has distributed food parcels to those in need on the streets of Kathmandu at a time when lockdowns and a lack of tourism left many without an income.
  • It was not until 2005 that the ancient tradition of ‘chhaupadi’ (banishing menstruating women and girls to huts or sheds during their period) was made illegal in Nepal. In rural parts of the country, menstruation is still a taboo subject. Since 2018, Exodus has supported the Freedom Kitbag Project, providing reusable sanitary wear and education in reproductive health to many hundreds of women and to their wider communities.
  • Exodus has had a deep connection with Nepal since the 1980’s and over the years has supported, and continues to support many Himalayan Community Projects, including an elderly person’s home, the High Altitude Workers Welfare Association, providing solar cookers, smokeless stoves and running medical camps in hard to reach communities, to name but a few.


How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • Read about our commitment to nature protection and restoration here, including our rewilding commitment for every customer who travels.
  • By travelling in a small group and on foot for the most part, led by a local leader, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment.
  • As part of our right of passage to Everest Base Camp, we buy our trekking permits and pay our Sagarmatha National Park fees, the income from which helps to preserve the region.
  • Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing. Our animal welfare policy can be found here
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead recommending that you refill your own reusable bottles with boiled water on the trek, or that you treat tap water.


How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

Read about our climate action here, including our carbon reduction and compensation commitments.

  • In Kathmandu, we stay at a family-run Nepali-owned hotel rather than using a large international hotel chain and during the trek we use a combination of locally owned simple teahouses and camping, which helps reduce the carbon footprint of this trip.
  • Few crops grow nor animals graze at these altitudes, and as there are no roads to the more remote villages, food is often carried in along the trails by porters or yaks/mules, making its transportation footprint inherently low carbon. Namche Bazaar is the main trading hub in the Everest Region and wares are bought and sold on market day.
  • A vegetarian diet is common in Nepal, especially in the mountains where eating meat is not generally recommended due to hygiene concerns and a lack of refrigeration facilities. The staple diet is dal baht, which comes in various forms but generally includes lentil dal, vegetable curry, and rice.
  • Exodus established the Braga Tree Nursery Initiative, in the Upper Annapurna region of Nepal, in the 1980s to play a part in tackling the deforestation problem at the time, and to this day, the tree nursery sustains itself.
  • The provision of solar cookers to many villages along the popular trekking routes in Nepal has helped prevent further deforestation in the pursuit of wood used for cooking.
  • There is no mains electricity in the mountains and many of the teahouses use solar power for hot showers or lighting.

Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you. When trekking - biodegradable soap, shampoo, and toilet paper are recommended. Keep to paths to reduce damage to plants & disturbances to wildlife.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Avoid using plastic bottles or buying mineral water and instead use refillable water bottles wherever possible. Buy boiled water or carry water purification treatment (we recommend a SteriPEN or similar type of handheld UV water purifier).
  • Try to buy locally made handicrafts but be wary of items made from wild animals eg. shahtoosh shawls made from endangered Tibetan antelope.
  • If while packing, you find a spare bit of space in your bag then you may be interested in donating to one of our projects. Exodus supports a Porter Clothing Bank in Kathmandu and also distributes clothing to villages and schools.

 Cultural respect:

  • The Nepalese greeting is ‘namasté – with hands held in front of the face, the higher they are held, the more respect it exudes. Men will shake hands with men but not with women.
  • Walk in a clockwise direction around temples or monuments. Ask permission before entering places of worship and remove your shoes. Leave leather behind before entering Hindu temples.
  • Pointing your feet (the least sacred body part) at people or religious places or pointing or beckoning with a single finger is considered impolite.
  • Displays of affection should be kept at bay, and loose-fitting clothing that covers legs and shoulders is advisable, especially when visiting homes, monasteries or temples.
  • Do it like the locals! The left hand is associated with toilet duties, so eat, wipe your mouth, pass food, give and receive with your right hand. Only handle your own food and drink.
  • Ask before you capture people on camera. Exchanging a few words or gestures before-hand can go a long way. Offering (and actually sending) a copy via post is a great way to benefit both parties!


  • Day 1

    Start Kathmandu.

    The tour starts at our hotel in Kathmandu. The group flights arrive into Kathmandu in the afternoon and those travelling on them will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. There will be a full trek briefing this evening.

    Royal Singi Hotel (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Short but spectacular flight to Lukla (2800m); trek to Phakding

    We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'milk river'). We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,652m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar, with time to explore the Sherpa villages.

    Heading out of Phakding we follow the Dudh Kosi northwards. This day's walk takes us through magnificent forests with glimpses of the mountains ahead. We cross the river several times by bridges as we pass through the villages of Benkar, Monzo and Jorsale. A final bridge brings us to the foot of the steep climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent we may get our first glimpse, cloud-permitting, of the summit of Everest appearing majestically behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. A last 300m of climbing brings us to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and the main town in the area. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre. It has a weekly market on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning but the town bustle all day every day with trekkers, coffee shops, bakeries and stores selling all kinds of trekking and climbing gear as well as Tibetan souvenirs. 

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,440m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Acclimatisation walk to Kunde and Khumjung; descend to Kyanjuma.

    We climb steeply out of Namche past the airstrip at Shyangboche, to the Everest View Hotel, the highpoint of our day at 3,880m. Built by the Japanese this spectacularly situated hotel with wonderful views of Everest and Ama Dablam is an ideal place for a tea break. Descending through forest we come to Khumjung, where we have lunch close to the Sir Edmund Hillary School. After lunch we walk up to Kunde and visit the Edmund Hillary Hospital. The twin villages of Kunde and Khumjung are set below Khumbila, the rocky peak sacred to all Sherpas. For much of the walk we have great views of Ama Dablam and other Himalayan giants. We walk back down through Khumjumg, to the monastery. Sadly it was damaged in the earthquake but is now being repaired. Inside is a small box and after paying the entry fee (which goes towards the repairs) we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Descending to the main trail we spend the night at Kyanjuma We climb steeply out of Namche to the Everest View Hotel. Built by the Japanese this spectacularly situated hotel with wonderful views of Everest and Ama Dablam is an ideal place for a tea break. Continuing, we trek to the villages of Kunde and Khumjung set below Khumbila, the rocky peak sacred to all Sherpas. In Kunde we can visit the Edmund Hillary hospital, and there should also be time to visit the monastery in Khumjumg, where for a small donation we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Descending to the main trail we spend the night at Kyanjuma.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,600m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Trek through the Sherpa heartland to the monastery at Thyangboche for superb mountain views.

    This morning we descend to the river; we cross it at the little settlement of Phunki Thangkha at 3,250m, then climb steeply through the forest to Thyangboche at 3,867m. We will be here by lunchtime and in the afternoon we will visit the famous monastery. The sunset and sunrise on the fantastic panorama of mountains surrounding us are not to be missed - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam provide a wonderful backdrop to our teahouse. Look out for Himalayan Tahr in the forest surrounding the monastery.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,867m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Continue up the Khumbu Valley and then the Imja Valley to Dingboche.

    We descend through the forest to Devoche and a little further on we cross the rushing Imja Khola, whose valley we now follow. Climbing steadily the trail enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. Ascending the valley, we have lunch at Shomore, after which we leave the trees behind and cross a wooden bridge at the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Kholas. A short steep climb brings us to Dingboche, a summer settlement where great peaks surround us.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,350m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Spend the day at Dingboche for acclimatisation.

    We spend a day at Dingboche to continue our acclimatisation. Those adapting well to the altitude can climb Nangkartshang Peak at 5,100m for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawoche and Ama Dablam.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,350m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Continue the ascent to Lobuje.

    The trail climbs steeply out of Dingboche past a chorten and ascends the valley gradually to Dugla at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here we have a short, steep climb up to Chukpo Lari, a beautiful, yet poignant place where there is a line of memorials in tribute to the climbers who have died on Everest and from where we have a beautiful panorama of the peaks lying on the Nepal-Tibet border. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuje, a tiny hamlet with a few teahouses. The sunset on Nuptse is not to be missed.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,930m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Follow the Khumbu Glacier to Gorak Shep.

    We leave early and follow the Khumbu Glacier northwards to Gorak Shep (5,184m). The trail undulates up and down the moraine with some short steep sections. The trail is rocky in places as we are now on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. It will take us 3-4 hours to reach Gorak Shep where we will have a rest and something to eat. In the afternoon we climb steeply above Gorak Shep to the small peak of Kala Pattar, 'Black Rock', at 5,545m from where we can look down over the base camps of the various Everest expeditions. This climb affords a magnificent view of the Khumbu Glacier and above all a close-up view of the world's highest mountain. We return to Gorak Shep for the night.

    Please note that accommodation options are extremely limited at Gorak Shep and the tea house used is very basic, though the communal dining area is warm, and the food served promptly to satisfy trekkers’ appetites. Because of the high altitude the plumbing facilities can be affected  and water freezes much of the time.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 5,184m)

    (Trek Profile: 3.5-4 hrs walking Lobuje to Gorak Shep and 4 hrs up and down Kala Pattar) 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Continue along the lateral moraine to Everest Base Camp. Camp overnight.

    A short but tough walk to Everest Base Camp. We start by walking across the sandy flat at Gorak Shep and climb onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for a couple of hours before finally descending onto the rocky glacial moraine itself. The trail winds up and down through fascinating ice seracs to the area known as Everest Base Camp, which in spring is full of expedition teams as they prepare to climb the mountain. We walk past the base camp rock (5300m), which is covered in prayer flags and where the normal trekking groups go to, and continue through the rocky moraine into the actual base camp. We will get to our camp by lunchtime and the afternoon is free to gaze in awe at our surroundings. We will be right below the Khumbu Ice Fall and we can appreciate just how difficult it is to negotiate a route through the huge blocks of ice. Nuptse towers above us and Pumori rears up behind us.

    Full-service camping (sleeping altitude 5,400m)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Explore the area around Everest Base Camp. Camp overnight.

    We spend the whole day at Everest Base Camp with time to absorb the way of life on expeditions. After a relaxed breakfast we have a walk round Base Camp and through some of the ice seracs. We will meet climbing Sherpas preparing to climb and may well be able to watch climbers as they ascend the Khumbu ice Fall. We have lunch in camp and can visit the Everest ER medical tent if it is there and if they are quiet.

    Full-service camping (sleeping altitude 5,400m)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Long descent to Pheriche.

    Today is a long day as we leave Everest Base Camp after breakfast and retrace our steps to Gorak Shep and further down to Lobuje, where we have lunch. We continue on down to Dugla from where we take the right-hand trail and descend into the Pheriche Valley. Once we reach the valley bottom it is an easy walk along into the village of Pheriche.

    Teahouse (Sleeping altitude 4,243m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Retrace our steps to Kyanjuma.

    Descending through Pheriche, we cross a small bridge and have a short climb before descending to join the main Imja Khola Valley. We follow the valley down to Pangboche through an alpine meadow landscape. We drop down to the rushing river then walk through the peaceful rhododendron forests to the village of Devoche from where we climb back up to Thyangboche on the ridge for lunch. We descend off the ridge to Phunki Tenga and walk back to Kyanjuma, where we spend the night.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,600m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Descend through Namche to Monzo.

    The walk to Namche Bazaar takes us along a beautiful undulating trail high above the Dudh Kosi. We have some time in Namche and after lunch we descend through Namche Bazaar and pick up our outward trail again to Monzo, where we stay tonight.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,850m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Continue to Lukla.

    We retrace our steps to Chaunrikhara where we start the last climb to the airstrip at Lukla.

    Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,800m)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Fly to Kathmandu

    We fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. 

    Royal Singi Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 17

    Free day in Kathmandu to explore the city.

    Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu (it is also a spare day to allow for any delays in the flights to or from Lukla). You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. We offer a full range of sightseeing tours, which can be booked and paid for locally. Please see the Optional Excursions section of the Trip Notes or the Exodus notice board in the hotel in Kathmandu.

    Royal Singi Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 18

    End Kathmandu.

    The tour ends in after breakfast. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport in time for the daytime flight back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info



Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry (at present, the Immigration Department of Nepal have suspended  'visas on arrival' for certain nationalities - please check if this applies to you). All Nepal tourist visas are multiple entry. We recommend that you apply in advance as queues on arrival can be very long – applications can be made directly through the Nepal Embassy (by post or in person) or through our recommended visa agency, Travcour. The current cost for a visa in advance is GB£20 for a 15-day visa and GB£35 for a 30-day visa for UK passport holders (plus processing and postage fees if applying through Travcour).

The current cost for a visa on arrival is US$30 for 15 days, US$50 for 30 days, or US$125 for 90 days for UK passport holders. The fee can be paid for in any major currency at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. On arrival in the immigration hall there are 3 queues (if you have obtained a visa in advance go straight to (3) - immigration):

(Step 1) Fill in a 'Tourist Visa' form: either online before travel (recommended) via the Department of Immigration website - print the submission receipt with barcode (valid for 15 days) and bring it with you, or use the electronic kiosk machines on arrival at the airport. If using the kiosks, after inserting your passport the machine will automatically fill out an application form, take an electronic photograph of you and print a paper slip. If the machine won’t read your passport you can complete the details manually using the touch screen. We recommend taking 1 passport photo with you just in case. (Step 2) Proceed to the visa fees collection counter and pay the visa fee (we advise to take some cash) – make sure to keep the receipt. (Step 3) Lastly, go to the relevant immigration desk and present your tourist visa form, payment receipt and passport to obtain your 15, 30 or 90-day visa stamp. Please check you have been given the correct visa duration.

Non-UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

There is low to no risk of malaria throughout Nepal and antimalarial tablets are not usually advised although may be considered for certain higher risk groups; you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. The risk is highest in the low lying southern ‘terai’ districts bordering India.

A yellow fever certificate is only required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission or for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through a country with risk of transmission.

Dengue fever is a known risk in Nepal. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. As of August 2019, there has been a recent outbreak of Dengue fever in southeast Nepal and we therefore recommend you take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites (such as wearing full length trousers, long sleeves and applying insect repellent during the day as well as at dawn and dusk).

Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the Altitude Warning within the Trip Notes for further advice on AMS.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

In the teahouses breakfast will comprise of a choice of bread (a slice of toast, chapatti or Tibetan bread), a choice of egg (boiled, fried or omelette), and a choice between either muesli or porridge each day. Hot tea/coffee will also be served. On specific days, there will not be a choice for breakfast and either a trekkers breakfast (egg, hash brown, baked beans and toast) or a pancake with jam/honey will be served - these options are not available in all teahouses and so we have only included them in locations where they can be guaranteed.

Lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route - sometimes one of your guides will go ahead with the group's order to make it more expedient. Dinner will be in the same teahouse that you sleep at (this is custom in Nepal as teahouses base their room rate on it).

Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie. Dhal bhat is the staple diet in Nepal and comes in many different forms but generally comprises some curried lentil dhal and meat or vegetables, some rice, and a pickle/chutney. Another popular snack is momos; a type of Nepalese dumpling, fried or steamed, filled with meat or vegetables.

Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.  

If you have a gluten free diet, then we strongly recommend you bring some extra food and snacks with you to supplement the food on trek as there will be little variety available for you, particularly for breakfast. Even many of the soups are powdered and contain gluten. Gluten free breakfast options will be limited to vegetable fried rice and a choice of egg, and on specific days only, a trekkers breakfast (without the toast / with an extra egg) will be served. Breakfast options for vegans will be limited to a choice of muesli/porridge with water each day, and on specific days only, a trekkers breakfast (without the egg), or vegetable fried rice will be served. If you are lactose intolerant as opposed to vegan then the same will apply although you will also have a choice of egg each day. 

If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal.

The teahouses sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

Alternatively, all teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with you and use an effective form of water treatment. There are a wide range of products available these days which are more effective than the traditional purification tablets - we recommend talking to an outdoor retailer for the latest advice as technologies are improving all the time: make sure to check the product’s performance in cold/freezing conditions and consider battery life (lithium batteries are best in cold conditions).

Handheld UV filters such as a ‘SteriPEN’ are very effective, can treat 1 litre of water in a couple of minutes and the water is ready immediately – look for lightweight lithium battery models and remember that you will need to bring a wide-mouthed bottle (e.g. Nalgene) for use with these devices.

There are also an array of water filter and purifier bottles on the market but be wary of their weight, bottles with a small capacity and the products performance in freezing conditions. Exodus has partnered with Water-to-Go, a filtration system that eliminates over 99.99% of all microbiological contaminants from any non-salt water source – please visit Water-to-Go for more information. Exodus customers can claim 15% off your first order, and better still, 15% of the purchase value will be donated to the Exodus Travels Foundation. Please note that if the water freezes it will clog up the filter – in this event, defrost before use by sitting the filter in lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes.


The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go. Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking but in order to observe the expedition parties at Base Camp, we operate Expedition Departures in Spring.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as to minus 10ºC at the highest altitudes.

Winter: December to end February. Despite the cooler conditions this is an ideal time to trek in Nepal. Skies are usually very clear especially in December and the mountain views are at their best. Nights will be very cold with temperatures down to minus 15ºC to minus 20ºC at the highest altitudes but days are pleasant and sunny. The trails are also much less busy at this time of year. In Kathmandu maximum daytime temperatures are 19ºC.

Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but often a haze will build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above

Is this trip for you?

For those confident of their physical fitness, this is a challenging grade trek (level 5) with a chance to walk to Base Camp and ascend Kala Pattar, from where we get superb close-up views of the highest mountains in the world. Please read a description of our Activity Levels, found on our website. You may also find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference.

There are 14 days point-to-point walking with full porterage throughout - you need only carry your daypack. You should have some previous trekking experience and if you do not partake in regular exercise or hillwalking then you should do some physical preparation beforehand. The maximum altitude on this trek is 5,545m and the average is approximately 3,900m. Ample time is given for acclimatisation, but altitude is a factor and must be considered - please refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes for further information.

The trail crosses approximately seven modern suspension bridges (twice) over rivers and valleys. All of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high and as such anyone with a strong fear of heights or vertigo may find them difficult.

These expedition departures offer the exclusive opportunity to spend two nights camping at Everest Base Camp itself - there is always the possibility of snow at Base Camp and it will be cold in the mornings and evenings and below freezing at night. We will arrive at Base Camp early afternoon and then have the rest of the day and the following day to explore. Set at 5,400m at the foot of the Khumbu Ice Fall, the setting is spectacular. Huge ice seracs surround the camp and the peaks of Pumori, Lingtren and Khumbutse tower above us. We have chosen dates when many expeditions attempt Everest and the Base Camp area will be bustling with activity as groups prepare to make their summit attempt. We will be staying close to an expedition team and will be able to soak up the atmosphere, excitement and trepidation of Base Camp life. We should even be able to watch teams climb up through the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall. We will not be allowed onto the Khumbu Ice Fall (only climbers with permits are allowed actually onto the Ice Fall).

This trip includes one or more domestic flights – please refer to the ‘Transport’ section of the Trip Notes for information about the safety of flying in Nepal.

Walking distances and hours stated within the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated exclude lunch stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

Please Note: Anyone suffering from a cold or infection will be asked to stay at the lodge in Gorak Shep to avoid infecting a climber at this crucial time.

To help you better prepare for your Nepal holiday, please also see our Nepal Destination Guide.

Why Trek with Exodus?

• Over 30 years’ experience of organising treks in Nepal.
• ‘Ask an expert’ – talk to Exodus office staff who have done the treks themselves.
• Experienced English-speaking local leaders who are qualified in first aid and trained in recognising and dealing with altitude sickness.
• One of the highest staff to client ratios on trek - 1 staff member: 4 clients.
• All staff (leaders, guides and porters) are fully insured and paid a fair wage.
• Carefully planned ascent rates and itineraries with built-in acclimatisation and contingency days.
• Staff carry oxygen and first aid kit.
• Self-assessment AMS cards used to monitor every client at altitude.
• Established protocol for Lukla flight delays – see below.

Internal Flight Delays

Please note that adverse weather conditions at Lukla airport occasionally mean that flights to/from Kathmandu cannot operate. We include an additional day at the end of the itinerary to allow for this, but on occasion, persistent bad weather may delay the start of your trek or your return to Kathmandu.

Should there be a lengthy delay at the start of a trip we will aim to provide a shortened Everest trek, but if adverse weather conditions continue and the main objective of the trek become impossible to reach, an alternative trek to another region of Nepal will be offered. When fixed-wing planes are unable to fly, but helicopters to Lukla are available, clients may choose to travel by helicopter; in this event, the price per person will be approximately US$500-600 per person, of which Exodus will cover half.

Should there be a significant delay at the end of your trek, we will endeavour to get you on the first fixed-wing flights to Kathmandu available. Should helicopters be able to fly, we will consider paying for these on a case by case basis to enable clients to meet their international flights. In the case of persistent adverse weather, Exodus will re-book international flights for Flight Inclusive clients, but please be aware that clients booking on a Land Only basis will be responsible for re-booking their onward travel and for any associated costs.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

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Hotels & Lodges

This tour spends three nights in a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu, twelve nights in lodges (teahouses) and two nights full-service camping at Everest Base Camp.

 In Kathmandu we usually stay at the Hotel Royal Singi, located within walking distance of the Thamel district. All rooms have en suite facilities and there is a restaurant, a bar and an outdoor courtyard. There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby and Wi-Fi codes are available from reception for the rooms. There is an Exodus desk in the hotel lobby and an Exodus representative will usually be available daily in the mornings and evenings. 

The teahouses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains. 

The hub of the teahouse is the dining room, usually decorated with colourful traditional rugs, sometimes with a stove or heater (some lodges charge a fee to put the heater on). Most teahouses sell snacks and other essentials such as tissues, soap and toilet paper. Almost all lodges have electricity but it is not wholly reliable and lighting may not be bright enough to read by – a torch is essential. Electrical charging facilities are generally available only in the dining room (charged at approx. Rs150-350 per hour per device). Many of the lodges use solar power so sometimes there is not enough electricity for charging. Many lodges have Wi-Fi these days – in some areas it works well but in others it is slow and temperamental.

We book twin-share bedrooms throughout this trek. Beds with foam mattresses, bedsheets and a pillow are provided. Bedrooms are unheated and can get cold at night so you will need to bring or hire a sleeping bag.

Most lodges have only one or two basic toilets and sometimes these are located outside the main lodge building. Toilets are usually Asian ’squat’ style; although many lodges have now installed ‘western style’ seated ones. Toilet paper is not provided so you should bring your own or buy it locally (please dispose of it the bin provided – do not put it in the bowl). If there is not a flush handle, there should be a container of water to pour down – if it is empty (or frozen) please either refill it or ask the lodge to.

Some lodges now have hot 'showers' (charged at approx. Rs250-500 per shower). Sometimes a hot shower is simply a bucket of hot water and not a shower head.

Standards of cleanliness vary especially in the peak trekking season and in winter when the water freezes at night. Please report any problems to your leader or the lodge and be vigilant in your personal hygiene regime – use soap or hand sanitizer gel before and after toilet breaks, snacks and meal times.

As a general rule, the higher altitude you go to, the more basic the lodges and the more expensive food and services become.

For the two nights camping, mattresses are provided, and you will sleep in tents pitched on the glacial moraine. There will be a dining tent with chairs, toilet tents and full camp staff. All food and hot drinks, snacks and water are provided whilst camping.

Most lodges in the Everest region offer Wi-Fi. - below Kyanjuma you have to pay for it in each lodge (approx. NPR500 per stay). Above Kyanjuma you can buy an Everest link data card for about NPR2000 that should work in all the lodges above Kyanjuma. Sometimes the Wi-Fi may not work because of the poor network coverage or power cuts.

Extra Accommodation

If you require any additional accommodation in Kathmandu either before or after the tour, we can book this for you (subject to availability), please enquire with your Sales Consultant.

Single Accommodation

If you prefer your own room, we offer a single supplement for the hotel nights in Kathmandu only (subject to availability). While in the tea-houses, single rooms cannot be guaranteed but if a single room is available that night, you can pay locally on a day by day basis.

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Trip Notes

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  • Reviewed May 2022

    Book this trip!

    You must book this trek. I had about 2 years from the point of booking to departure and had read nearly all books on the market and scoured the internet for all available videos of the trek. None of which prepared me for the journey - in a good sense. I wasn't sure how I would cope with the altitude, the basic tea houses or the food - all concerns of mine due to the fact I had never been on a trip like this before, but I was pleasantly surprised in each of these aspects. The Lodges are basic, but they are clean, comfortable and welcoming. The food selection is pretty broad, and you can enjoy Western staples such as pasta, pizza, potatoes and toasties if you wish, but do also try the local dishes like Mo Mos (dumplings) and Dal Bhat. There were a few moments on the trek that I observed that confirmed I had made the right choice in going with a well-established 'brand' in Exodus. The organisation, contacts and professionalism of those involved meant that we felt fully prepared and most importantly, safe at every turn - Moreso than had I booked with a local, more independent company. These companies are perfectly fine, but I preferred the security and extensive knowledge Exodus was able to provide.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me, seeing Everest in all her glory from the top of Kala Pattar was always going to be THE big moment of the trek, in many ways more important than getting to Base Camp itself. I knew that you couldn't see the summit of Everest from BC and Kala Pattar offers trekkers an unrivalled view of the highest point on this Earth. It's an optional part of the trek but I strongly urge you to make the extra 3 hour or so journey. We went up in the afternoon, which is a little different to most treks, they go early morning to see the sunrise over Everest but I much preferred the time we went. It was fairly quiet on the path up, with only one or two couples making their way up. At the top with fabulous clear skies and with wind whipping strongly around I achieved my main goal of the trip, and the view does not disappoint.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I was lucky enough to have Valerie Parkinson as Group Leader, she has such a wealth of knowledge and deep rooted love of the Himalaya that I really could not have asked for a better leader. Having been trekking in the Himalaya since I was a baby (sorry Valerie!), Valerie has as much experience as anyone and knows the paths like the back of her hand. I showed her a photo that I wanted to recreate on the trek and she knew exactly where it was on route - which wasn't that obvious. She has deep, personal connections to the land and the people of Nepal which is really nice to see, meeting the various Tea House Owners was like seeing lifelong friends reuniting to catch up after two years apart due to the Pandemic. Valerie has been there and seen it all, which was a great comfort to some trekking novices. Her passion for her job absolutely shines through. Also a special mention for our guides Khusman and Sonam, they were able to pace the group perfectly and supported us massively every single step of the way. Their energy and willingness to help is limitless and with a small group of 4 trekkers, we really became a close knit group and bonded hugely with all our guides.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Invest in a Steripen as the trip notes suggest. I was a little reluctant due to the price, but it paid for itself many times over with it's ease of use in sterilising the water so it was safe for consumption. It's so quick and easy to use (taking 90 seconds to sterilise a litre of water) I was so grateful I made the purchase. I didn't take trekking poles as I don't usually use them when trekking at home, but I purchased a cheap pole in Namche and it just helps to stabilise you on the rougher terrain and helps you channel your energy. Our Leader Valerie (another benefit of her skills!) observed that those of us without poles were exerting so much more energy than those with poles. Such are the prices at Namche (I certainly get a top of the line pole) you don't even need to fit them into your luggage home to bring them back and can donate them to others in need on the trek. Try the local dishes, if Dal Bhat is good enough to power the local people, it's good enough for everyone! I just used my camera phone for photos and videos, as opposed to taking a SLR camera, which seemed to manage the job just fine
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Laura Grealish

    An extraordinary trip to Everest Base Camp

    This is a fantastic trek to Everest Base Camp, made even more extraordinary by the two nights spent in EBC, taking in the unique atmosphere as climbing season gets underway. Valerie and the rest of the Exodus team were fantastic, and looked after us so well, ensuring an unforgettable adventure.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many amazing moments. The first view of Everest and the other Himalayan giants at sunrise was certainly very special. Our acclimatisation walks where we reached altitudes of 5100m and 5545m left me with a real sense of achievement, and confidence ahead of going to stay in Base Camp. It was also very interesting to meet some of the different mountaineering groups along the way who were aiming for the summit of Everest.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie's knowledge and experience of the Himalayas is second to none, and it was fantastic to hear of her adventures and to learn about trekking and mountaineering in the area from her. Her leadership ensured that everybody achieved our objective of safely reaching EBC and back. I would definitely travel on one of her trips again in the future.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you want to trek to Everest Base Camp, do this trip, it is so special to spend time in the camp itself, while it is a privilege to travel with such a knowledgeable and enthusiastic team. Bring an open mind, drink lots of water on trek and embrace the adventure.
  • Reviewed April 2019

    Awesome trip to Everest Base Camp

    Great trek with fantastic leaders & an amazing group of people

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All reaching Everest Base camp & staying 2 night. The whole trip was amazing

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Leader was great & we all felt very safe re altitude trekking

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just keep putting 1 foot in front of the other 😊
  • Reviewed April 2019
    Paul Dent

    Best Experience Every ...

    Brilliant, just brilliant experience and led by professional and competent people. I do admire Val, her experience, communication and leadership of the team and ourselves was impeccable. You will experience much more than you expect, in terms of terrain, views, people and accommodation too.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sunrise over Everest was thrilling and not to be missed. The Khumbu glacier was inspirational too, especiLly from its base point.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As above, you will struggle to find a better leader for this. She knows what to do and also is brilliant if required for non- standard situations. In addition to her Leadership skills, It should be added that Val is also a very very nice person indeed and will always have your best interests in mind and she misses little.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a moped mind with you and do enjoy the journey, as well as the destination, as Virginia would say.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Val has some very competent guides and future leaders in her group. Do watch and listen to these guys ... they’re also very humorous people too.
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Claire Harrison

    Excellent Trip

    This was an amazing trip and my personal opinion much better than just going to the Rock. It is well paced and you arrive in to base camp at lunch time. Walking in through all the different camps was a real highlight. You then get time to spend walking on the Khumbu Glacier, a free day the next day to catch your breath before the descent and walk back to Lukla. I would highly recommend Exodus over other companies as you will notice the small differences. Better tea houses, etc etc.... A great trip lead by a great leader and very experiences guide and sherpas.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching base camp and camping on the rocks with climbers that are going to try to summit Everest.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader made this trip, Valerie Parkinson is a legend and now I know why. She is very well informed, gave us lots of advise and kept us all healthy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Definitely use a Steripen you won't be disappointed.
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Faith Morgan

    Everest Expedition

    I'd dreamed of seeing Everest for as long as I can remember, but somehow managed to arrive in my 40's having never quite got there. As soon as I saw this Exodus trip which encompassed two nights camping AT ACTUAL BASE CAMP I knew this was the trip for me and pressed 'book now' there and then! I wasn't disappointed and the whole trip was organised faultlessly from the moment I pressed the enter key on the laptop, to the moment I landed back in the UK. If you've read the books and watched the films and dreamed of walking in the footsteps of legends this is the trip for you. It hasn't only achieved a dream for me - it's inspired me to do more!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to spend two nights camping at Everest Base Camp amid the buzz of teams setting up their camps in preparation for summit attempts. Waking up under a frosty yellow canvas, pitched impossibly on boulders and unzipping the tent to reveal spectacular mountain views in every direction,. Watching the final rays of sun go down behind Everest! Getting to walk on the Khumbu Icefall was also something I never dreamed possible!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie Parkinson is a vastly experienced and inspirational leader. What she doesn't know about the Himalayas isn't worth knowing, and she kept the group engaged with her in depth knowledge of the area, and enthralling stories of her incredible achievements. Nothing was too much trouble for her or the local guides, and she ensured the whole trip ran smoothly from the moment we arrived. I would book a trip with Valerie as leader again without hesitation!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you've got Everest Base Camp on your bucket list this is the trip for you. Don't just visit the rock -spend 2 nights there.......Book now!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was the first I'd travelled with Exodus, but definitely won't be my last......Can't wait to book my next adventure with you! Thanks for a great experience.

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