BecomingX Everest Base Camp trek | Adventure Alternative

Overview

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Everest base camp trek

This trek is a special event in support of BecomingX and is a chance to reach an iconic place in the world and at the same time develop your personal skills and awareness. 

The seduction of a trek to Everest base camp has long been known in adventure travel for its unmatched views of Everest, immersed in the peaceful world of Tibetan Buddhism, and framed by the majestic Himalayas. This classic Everest trek through the Khumbu valley offers more than just a walking holiday; it is for many a pilgrimage to the bottom of the highest mountain in the world, in a remarkable country which will leave you with vivid memories of the people who live there.

We have a long history with this region of Nepal. We have been running treks and climbs to mount everest for over two decades and run our very own company based in Kathmandu. You will be in good hands with excellent travel advice and some tips on weather conditions and what to expect. We also provide the trekking permits in advance of your visit.

Summary of base camp trek itinerary

Days 1 & 2 : Arrival and preparation in Kathmandu
Days 3 - 11 : Fly to Lukla then trek up to Everest Base Camp
Days 12 - 15 : Trek back down from Everest Base Camp
Days 16 - 17 : Fly back down to Kathmandu & depart

The total distance covered throughout the everest trek is approximately 92 kilometres. Every day the trek starts after breakfast at about 8.30am and there are many opportunities to stop and take photos, or have a cup of tea. The pace is slow and the itinerary allows for acclimatisation and also rest days. At the start of the trek the distances are short but there are hills aplenty, and higher the distances increase but the gradient is more consistent and even.

Kathmandu is at an approximate altitude of 1400m and the flight to Lukla will take you up to a height of 2866m.  With Everest Base Camp standing at 5360m and Kala Patthar at 5545m, the base camp trek gains a total of 2679 metres from Lukla and 4145 metres from Kathmandu.

How easy is it to trek to base camp of Everest?

This Nepal trek is a feasible goal for most fit hill walkers. The paths are well trodden, they are the highways and byways of the Sherpa people, so you find yourself passing through many villages and getting up close with the culture. The average group size is ten and you will have Sherpa guides and a team of porters to assist you all the way there. Accommodation is in lodges which provide a wide range of western and Nepalese food. Our programme allows you to choose freely from an a la carte menu. It is more remote than, say, the Annapurna Circuit trek which now a road servicing part of it; indeed the final part of the trek is on the Khumbu glacier itself, which ends at the camp used by climbers attempting to ascend the mountain. Over the high wall of mountains beyond base camp is Tibet, so you will have reached the northern border of the country. 

There is nothing technical about the trek, no climbing or even scrambling, but the path is rocky and at the end of the trek it is on moraine and finally on the glacier itself. With a good pair of boots, there should be no need for concern though, the biggest issue is hiking at altitude and staying fit and strong for the final ascent of Kala Patthar. This is a walking holiday but the usual concerns for weather and remoteness and handling the high altitude require common sense and a slow pace. People enjoy the social nature of this trek, the evenings are always fun in the lodges and the food is excellent. Some of the lodges now are quite high-class hotels. As you walk along these Sherpa paths there is always ample opportunity to stop at a tea shop or a small shop and potter about the villages, nothing happens very fast up here! 

Why travel with us?

    • We offer an inclusive package. We don't ask for land payments. We include all of your meals on the trek, we include accommodation for the entire itinerary, we include your flight transfers and a full itinerary (14 days trek) allowing you plenty of time to safely acclimatise, enjoy and explore your surroundings.

    • All our guides are personally trained by Gavin Bate, Company Director and high altitude climber who has made six expeditions to Mount Everest and is a qualified International Mountain Leader. 
  • We follow and exceed the IPPG five guidelines on porter safety. Porters' health and welfare is constantly monitored by local and UK trekking group leaders.

  • All the staff in our UK office have been to Nepal so you can chat to people who understand what its like to go up for the first time, before you go.

  • We support sustainable development in Nepal and underwrite our charity Moving Mountains which operates initiatives to help develop the mountain communities through which you will travel and the home villages of the porters and staff who will be looking after you.

Paul Gurney - BecomingX founder                            

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Paul is the founder of BecomingX and works with some of the world’s most iconic and inspiring people to help understand what it really takes to succeed. He has

  • Completed the Fire and Ice Challenge - the two ‘toughest races on earth’ in the same year – a 600km race to the North Pole (see photo) and a 270km race through the Sahara
  • Run 100 miles in 24 hours, climbed 3 of the 7 summits (including Kilimanjaro three times), driven across 3 continents and independently travelled to ~130 countries
  • Raised $5m for charity through extreme challenge events to date
  • Presented to audiences around the world to help people realise their potential

Gavin Bate - Expedition lead

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Gavin is the founder and MD of Adventure Alternative and an:

  • International mountain leader with over 25 years of expedition experience and business coaching
  • Summited the highest mountains on every continent (including 6 ascents of Everest, some alone and without oxygen)
  • Led an expedition to walked to the magnetic North Pole
  • Completed a 6-month solo and unsupported walk across the Sahara
  • Summited Kilimanjaro over 50 times
  • Founded and runs ‘Moving Mountains’ charity, focused on education, health and social welfare in east Africa and Nepal

SIGN UP

You can sign up using the ‘book now’ button on the Dates and Booking tab. We ask for a £100 deposit to secure your place and balances 6 weeks prior to departure.

We will sign you up to our trip app with trip info pack plus there will be regular emails keeping you in touch with trip preparation. When you call the office you won't reach a 'sales agent' but a real person who is experienced in the outdoors, and most importantly, has climbed Kilimanjaro several times!

Adventure Alternative – office@adventurealternative.com 
BecomingX – paul.gurney@becomingx.org

Dates & Bookings

Fixed Itineraries
Start Date
12/07/2017
End Date
14/07/2017
Days
2
Price
£1bn dollars
£1bn dollars
Start Date
13/04/2019
End Date
29/04/2019
Days
17
Price
£1495.00

Itinerary

Everest base camp trek itinerary

The whole trip including travel days is 17, and the trek to Everest is 14 days starting from the mountain village of Lukla where there is a small airstrip. The trek is ten days uphill, which includes two full days rest and acclimatisation, to the last settlement of Gorak Shep. After two days visiting Everest Base Camp and climbing to the high point of Kala Patthar (for dawn views of the sun rising behind the summit of Everest), the descent is three days back to Lukla.

You can trek to Everest Base Camp from March to June, and September to November.

The start date refers to the arrival date in Kathmandu and the end date refers to the earliest you can book your return flight home for.
However you are welcome to arrive earlier or stay on at the end, and stay in our guesthouse in order to spend more time sightseeing in Kathmandu. 

The internal flights ‘fly by sight’ so if there is cloud cover or bad weather there will be delays, mostly for 24 hours but sometimes for longer. We can be flexible and adapt the itinerary to catch up on lost days, but if the planes can’t fly then there is little that we can do except wait.

Occasionally the planes can’t fly but helicopters can, and if you prefer this option we can organise it but there would be a supplemental charge of around $400-$500 per person one way. There is a refund on the flight leg not used but there are also extra nights in a hotel in Kathmandu to pay for. We do strongly recommend not booking your international flight on the same day as the return flight out of Lukla or even the following day in the morning. 

 

DateDayElevationTravel TimeInfo
13 April 1 1400m None Arrive into Kathmandu. You will be met by our staff at the airport and transfered to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time you can relax or sightsee around Kathmandu.
14 April 2 1400m None Rest day and acclimatisation to jetlag, sightseeing plus trek briefing.
15 April 3 2460m 45min flight 2hrs Trek Flight* to Lukla, walk downhill to Phakding or Jorsale along the edge of the Dudh Kosi River. Easy, busy path, surrounded by forest.
16 April 4 3440m 5 - 6hrs Uphill to Namche Bazaar which is the Sherpa 'capital' in the heart of the Khumbu region. Initially follow the valley to Monjo where you enter the National Park, then cross the river a few times and start a long unrelenting path uphill, with one spectacular bridge spanning a deep gorge. Leave the coniferous forest behind, and arrive at a huge natural amphitheatre with the houses spread around the sides.
17 April 5 3440m n/a This is an acclimtisation day which you can rest or enjoy the sights and sounds of Namche. You can also go for short walks to the Sherpa museum and other local places of interest.
18 April 6 3850m 6hrs Walk to Deboche which is near the famous Thyangboche Monastery. The path out of Namche is initially steep and then opens out into a high valley, passing through villages like Pangboche before negotiating two steep hills. After this it is a short walk to the beautiful rhododendron glade where you will find the lodge.
19 April 7 4252m 5hrs A gradual gradient up to Dingboche. The path skirts the side of the valley with the river far below on your right and passing beneath the spectacular Ama Dablam. The village sits on the confluence of two valleys and is good farming land.
20 April 8 4252m n/a This is another rest and acclimatisation day. In the neighbouring village of Pheriche it is important to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association to listen to the daily lecture on high altitude health, and get a check from the medical staff.
21 April 9 4920m 5hrs Trek up the high valley to Lobuche which is alongside the huge Khumbu Glacier. You can now easily feel the effects of the thin air as the hike takes us up to the Thukla Hills where there are many stupas erected in memory of Sherpas who have died on expeditions.
22 April 10 5200m 4hrs Hike on the glacial moraine to the final settlement of Gorak Shep. The views here are spectacular; Nuptse dominates the other side of the valley, behind which the black triangular peak of Everest is just visible. The giant wall of ice ahead is the border with Tibet. Gorak Shep is the last outpost, a small collection of huts just below a shoulder of Mount Pumori called Kala Patthar which is our destination the day after tomorrow as a fine viewing point for Everest.
23 April 11 5360m 6hrs Trek to Everest Base Camp along the lateral moraine and finally over the Khumbu glacier itself. Arriving at the small tented city where climbers congregate to climb the mountain is a surreal experience. There is a network of paths between the different expeditions' camps and a chance to have a chat with people. Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, which does an amazing job of looking after climbers.
24 April 12 High point 5540m drop to 4920m 2 + 3hrs Early morning climb to the summit of Kala Patthar (5540m) to see sun rise behind the peak of Everest. This is a tough walk in the cold and not to be underestimated. Take warm clothing. Back at the lodge for breakfast and a walk back to Lobuje and further if the team wishes.
25 - 27 April 13 to 15 4920m down to 2850m ~6hrs a day Over three days a descent via Namche Bazaar all the way to Lukla with various options for accommodation. It is possible to stay in different villages, for example Pheriche, Khumjung, Monjo, but the route is the same as the way up.
28 April 16 1400m 45mins Lukla flight to arrive in Kathmandu in the morning and transfer to hotel. Day rest and sightseeing.
29 April 17 n/a n/a Depart Kathmandu. Best to book your flight in the afternoon or evening in case you are delayed in Lukla and need to take the morning flight out on this day. Even better would be to keep Day 17 free in Kathmandu and fly home on day 18. 

 

Cost

BecomingX trek cost £1,495.00

Plus a £2000.00 minimum fundraising target for BecomingX which is raised separately (see further details below)

INCLUDES

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu for 3 nights bed and breakfast (upgrades available)
  • Trek accommodation in lodges/tea houses (twin rooms with beds and mattresses)
  • Three meals per day during the trek with a hot drink (additional drinks or portions are self funded)
  • Sagamartha National Park Fees
  • Sherpa guides (English speaking, professional, experienced and trained in first aid)
  • Porters (max weight carried for you is 12.5kgs)
  • Staff food, insurance, accommodation and equipment
  • Internal flight to Lukla

EXCLUDES

  • International flight to Kathmandu
  • Meals and drinks in Kathmandu (~£40)
  • Personal costs on trek like drinks, laundry, hot showers, bottled water (~£100)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional Porters if packs are overweight. £10 per kg 
  • Nepalese Visa ($40 for 30 day visa)
  • Tips (~ $80 per trekker)
  • Fundraising target

Notes:

We run 14 day treks which gives a good time to acclimatise. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of safely reaching base camp also greatly reduce. We follow established mountaineering principles of height gain on all treks to altitude.

We include professional staff and porters for each member. We do not operate kitties and we promote good hotels in Kathmandu with which we have built up strong relationships over the years, or you have the option of staying in our own guesthouse.

Unlike most companies we include three meals per day whilst on trek, which with other operators would add £350 - £400 per person to your costs.

We have our own licensed company in Kathmandu, Adventure Alternative Nepal and full time staff to operate all our treks, climbs and tours in Nepal

Payments

A deposit of £100 is required on booking to secure your place and we ask that the remaining balance (trip price minus the deposit) is paid in full 6 weeks prior to your departure. 

Insurance for a trek to Everest Base Camp

As soon as you book you should purchase a policy which covers trekking to 5500m this will cover you should any unexpected events force you to cancel. Your policy should also include helicopter rescue in the event of an evacuation.

BECOMINGX – CHARITY FUNDRAISING

BecomingX (www.becomingx.org) is a charity founded on the belief that anyone, regardless of background or societal barriers, can achieve truly extraordinary things. It is focused on equipping people around the world with the skills and confidence to realise their full potential. Through working with the world’s most iconic and inspiring people, BecomingX aims to demystify what it takes to succeed and help people build practical, life changing skills such as confidence, determination, resilience and leadership. Your fundraising will help us achieve a number of our key goals:

  • To help us build inspiring content and materials and to achieve our target of reaching 100m people around the world
  • To fund our face to face delivery programmes where we aim to reach 1m people (through collaboration with our beneficiary organisations)
  • To provide funding for the development of schools and education programmes in Tanzania and Nepal (with Moving Mountains)

Kit List

Everest base camp trek kit list

The basic idea of the kit we will take is to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night.

You will be given a detailed kit list after booking, but the main points to cover are as follows:-

  • BAGS - Rucksack or duffle bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you
  • SHELL - Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain
  • LAYERS - Shirts, trousers, shorts, Tshirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves
  • BASELAYER - Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings
  • FEET - Comfortable boots with a good sole and ankle support. Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings.
  • SLEEPING - Warm sleeping bag (3 or 4 season) to get a good nights sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
  • DRINKING - Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles.
  • WASHING & MEDICAL - wash kit, towel, first aid kit
  • SUN CARE - sunglasses, sunhat
  • TREKKING - trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags
  • PERSONAL ITEMS - cameras, books, music

RENTAL ITEMS

All equipment (both real and fake!) can be hired in Kathmandu and also higher in the mountains in Namche Bazaar. The shops sell just about anything you may need, in terms of equipment, snacks, food and of course souvenirs.

Luggage Allowance on internal flight to Lukla

Please note that standard luggage limits on internal flights are 15kg in the hold and 5kg as hand luggage. You can of course wear your trekking boots and jacket to help cut down on the weight of your bag. You will also have left any city clothes or extra travel kit in Kathmandu. If you have particularly heavy luggage then we will need to bring in more porters and pay an extra charge for the aeroplane, so therefore Pasang will charge you an excess fee for the trip to be paid in cash. This is around £10 per kilo over 15 kilos in your main luggage.

 

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£1,495pp

You can book your Adventure Alternative holiday for as little as £100.00 and pay the balance in as many instalments as you like. Choose a scheduled date or contact us for private dates, a bespoke itinerary or more trip details. 

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Key Information
  • Duration 17 days
  • Numbers 4 - 15
  • Altitude 5545m
  • Distance 90km
  • Challenge Moderate
  • Comfort Lodges