Base camp sign, Everest | Neill Prothero
Are you ready to take on the challenge of trekking to the world's highest mountain? Here are some tips and advice for trekking to Everest Base Camp and beyond.
If you love mountains. You'll love Nepal. This tiny land-locked Himalayan country the size of England is home to 10 of the world's highest peaks - including Mt. Everest, and offers some of the most dramatic mountain scenery on the planet.
Everest Base Camp treks are perhaps the most popular trekking holidays on earth and one of the first treks that we offered way back in 1975. Walking through the stunning Khumbu region of Nepal, to view the highest peaks on earth, is something everyone should experience at least once.
We have established our own operation in Nepal, rather than sub-contract, and this gives us complete hands-on control over the quality of your trekking holiday in Nepal. Since 1975 we have assisted many people on our Everest Base Camp treks and the experience we have gained will only add to the quality of experience you will receive when trekking to the base of the worlds highest peak with us.
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Choosing your Everest Base Camp Trek
Fitness & Preparation
All our adventures in the Everest region are graded from introductory to challenging - we've got options that range from low altitude hikes to high altitude climbs. Depending which level of trip you choose, we recommend 30 mins to one hour of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times weekly, three months before you leave. Hill walking with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also a great way of building stamina and fitness. TRIP GRADING DEFINITIONS >>
How Long Does it Take?
Everest Base Camp is 5360m above sea-level. The air has less
oxygen at such altitudes so the more time you give your body to adjust to the change in altitude (oxygen levels) on the ascent the better chance you have of realizing your goal. Our treks to Everest Base Camp are between 14 to 25 days and include an extra day between Lukla and the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar.
This extra day gives your body a better chance to acclimatize and will maximise your chances of successfully completing your trek.
Best Time of Year for Everest Base Camp Treks
Our season for Everest Base Camp treks extends from mid-September to May. Travel during October to November and enjoy rich autumn colours, clear skies and wonderful mountain views. From January to February winter treks mean fewer people and wonderful photo opportunities with snow-dusted landscapes and frozen waterfalls. Nepal has 30 indigenous species of Rhododendron, and March to May is the best time to see them plus a colourful display of Spring flowers in full bloom.
Our Guides and Staff
All of our Everest Base Camp treks are fully supported with a bilingual group leader and a team of other staff including driver, cook, kitchen staff and porters. We use expert local leaders and staff and they are pivotal to the success of each adventure. By training and empowering local people we are able to provide positive employment opportunities and secure incomes, while our travellers benefit through the authentic experience locals impart.
What to Pack for Everest Base Camp Treks
On our Everest base Camp treks we’ll provide you with a gear package which includes a sleeping bag and liner, a down or fibre-filled jacket, and complimentary kit bag. Make sure you pack a pair of good quality walking boots and be sure to wear these in prior to your trek. Also take plenty of layers and bring a good quality waterproof day pack.Book any World Expeditions trip and get a 15% discount on your trekking gear from Cotswold Outoor. BROWSE COTSWOLD OUTDOOR >>
Eating & Drinking on Everest Base Camp Treks
All meals are included with all our Everest Base Camp treks and a trained cook and assistants will prepare delicious and quality meals for you three times a day. Using as many fresh ingredients as possible, our carefully selected menus combine the best of both western and local cuisine. We cater for any special dietary requirements and carefully manage food preparation and hygiene standards. MORE ABOUT FOOD & DRINK >>
Due to the inclusive nature of our prices the only other money you will need to budget for is US$200 – US$400 spending money for incidentals and souvenir shopping. There are many beautiful handicrafts produced in Nepal. In Kathmandu, shop for pottery from Bhaktapur, paintings, Buddhist thangkas, distinctive weaving from various regions, hand-knitted woollen wear, pashminas, Tibetan rugs and carpets, jewellery, brassware, and more. NEPAL SHOPPING GUIDE >>
Accommodation on Everest Base Camp Treks
After a hard day’s trek you can look forward to relaxing in the comfort of one of our campsites located on the trail to Everest Base Camp. World Expeditions' campsites comprise spacious tents with comfortable beds and thick mattresses, composting toilets, and hand basins, plus a dining room with eco-friendly heating and windows offering spectacular views over the Himalaya. OUR PERMANENT CAMPSITES >>
Popular Everest Base Camp Treks
Here are some of our most popular Everest Base Camp treks: