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Everest Base Camp Trek

16 Day Escorted Walking Tour

Nepal, Indian Subcontinent

Cloaked in myth and steeped in history, the mighty Himalaya are the world's largest and highest mountain range and Mount Everest, the tallest of them all, is the jewel in the crown. Follow in the footsteps of adventurers on the world's most iconic trek to Everest Base Camp. Walk through traditional Sherpa villages, interspersed with tea houses and roaring fires, and past high alpine monasteries for magnificent views of the dramatic Himalayan peaks.

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Tour Highlights

  • Trek across mountainous terrain to reach Everest Base Camp
  • Experience a dramatic flight and landing into Lukla airport before the Trek begins
  • Marvel at the incredible views of some of the world's tallest mountains from Sagarmatha National Park
  • Explore the Tengboche Gompa, a traditional Buddhist monastery
  • Climb to the stunning Khumbu Glacier after one of the most difficult but rewarding sections of the trek.
  • Witness a breathtaking sunrise from Kala Patthar, which overlooks the mountain peaks of the Himalayas
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Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Kathmandu via Dubai

Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Kathmandu via Dubai.

Day 2
Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Dinner

Be met by the tour manager and transferred to the hotel for a welcome dinner and a full briefing on the adventure to come.

Day 3
Kathmandu - Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft) - Phakding (2,562m/8,700ft), average 3-4 hours of walking including breaks, covering 8km

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After an early breakfast head to Ramechhap airport for a spectacular twenty-minute flight to the mountainous airstrip at Lukla, gateway to the Khumbu/Everest region. Meet the trekking team who will be your guides and porters for the whole journey. The trek starts gently with a descent to the Sherpa settlement of Cheplung, then winds up the valley of Eastern Nepal's highest river, the Dudh Khosi ('Milk River'). Along the way there are memorable views as the trail wends its way through Ghat village before reaching Phakdang and the first overnight lodge. Your first trek should take around 3-4 hours departing from Lukla at 2642m before arriving at your Guest House in Phakding which lies approximately at 2562m. Today's trek is expected to take around 3-4 hours covering ascents and descents of approx. 80m. Distance covered will be approx. 8km.

Day 4
Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280ft), average 6-7 hours of walking including breaks, covering 10km

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning begins with a pleasant meander through beautiful pine forests and Sherpa villages, crossing several suspension bridges before reaching Jorsale, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Admire the mighty peak of Thamserku towering above the village before continuing to the powerful confluence of the Bhote and Dudh Khosi Rivers. From here, ascend to the spectacular Tenzing-Hillary suspension bridge and take in the incredible views of Mount Everest rising behind the Nuptse Lhotse Ridge. The trail now steepens for the final climb up to Namche Bazaar, a bustling high-altitude town and gateway to the Himalayas. Unwind and settle in for a two-night lodge stay in Namche.

Day 5
Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization and exploration day

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A day to become acclimatised to the altitude, with plenty to do. Namche Bazaar is a delight in itself, with an abundance of local bakeries, bars, traditional restaurants and souvenir shops. There is also the fascinating and informative Sagarmatha Park Visitor Centre, well worth a visit for an insight into Sherpa culture and regional flora and fauna. Another option, recommended to aid acclimatisation, is a walk to the higher village of Khumjung. The stunning views of Thamserku, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Everest provide more than ample reward.

Day 6
Namche Bazaar - Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft), average 5-6 hours of walking including breaks, covering 8km

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depart Namche Bazaar and make the ascent towards Sansa where the trail forks to the village of Gokyo. Along the way, look out for local Himalayan wildlife, including Nepal's national bird, the Danphe pheasant and Himalayan Tahrs. Cross the Dudh Khosi near Phunki Thenga and pass Tibetan Buddhist water driven prayer wheels. Traditionally it is believed water that passes the prayer wheel becomes blessed and purified, cleansing the onward path. Begin to ascend through the stunning conifer and rhododendron forest which leads to the picturesque village of Tengboche, showcasing an incredible panoramic view of Himalayan peaks. Having reached tonight's destination, spend the afternoon visiting Tengboche Gompa, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery established in the early 20th century by Lama Gulu. This spiritual centre is perched on a ridge at 12,687 ft, with Mount Ama Dablam forming a riveting backdrop.

Day 7
Tengboche - Dingboche (4,360m/14,300ft), average 5-6 hours of walking including breaks, covering 10km

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today's trek towards Dingboche begins by crisscrossing the Imja Khola River and making a steady ascent up its valley to Pangboche and on to Shomore for a rest and lunch. The trail continues with a climb out of the tree line to a wooden bridge where the icy rapids of the Imja Khola and Khumbu Rivers meet. Cross the bridge and it's a short ascent to the picturesque Sherpa village of Dingboche. From here there are striking views of the peak Ama Dablam, which rises above the local villagers' terraced fields of barley, buckwheat and potatoes. The fields are walled to protect crops from icy winds during the short growing season. Spend the evening at a lodge in Dingboche.

Day 8
Dingboche - Lobuche (4, 940m/16,207ft), average 5-6 hours of walking including breaks, covering 7km

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning's trail starts with a picturesque trek out of Dingboche, rewarded by beautiful views of the Taboche and Cholatse summits. Journey through Yak pastures before arriving at the hamlet of Duglha where you will proceed up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to Chukpu Lari. Here there is poignancy in the stone memorials to the Sherpas and climbers who have lost their lives on Everest, mixed with wonder at the breathtaking views of Khumbuste, Lingttren and Pumori peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border. Follow the valley upstream for an hour to an overnight lodge in the hamlet of Lobuche.

Day 9
Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,160m/16,930ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft), average 8-10 hours of walking including breaks, covering 15km

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A long but hugely rewarding day begins with an early start, following an undulating trail along the icy moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to reach Gorak Shep - the last stop before Everest Base Camp. After a rest and lunch refuel, it's time to hit the trail towards the ultimate goal, the highest basecamp in the world and a place of mountaineering legend. During peak climbing season the trail is busy with porters carrying supplies, the ice seracs becoming a riot of colourful tents. This is a time and a place to celebrate, contemplate, take pictures to treasure and share the moment with your fellow travellers. Marvel at the sublime view of the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall, one of the most treacherous sections of an Everest ascent. Gaze from west to east to take in the peaks of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse and Nuptse. Retrace the path back to Gorak Shep for the night.

Day 10
Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5,545m,18,192ft) - Pheriche (4,280m/14,070ft), average 8-10 hours of walking including breaks, covering 15km

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Set off early this morning to summit Kala Patthar peak in time to catch the majestic sunrise over Everest, seen here in astonishing close-up. On the horizon can also be seen the summits of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Lhotse and Nuptse. Head back down to Gorak Shep for breakfast then onwards back to Lobuche. After lunch, continue descending the valley towards tonight's destination of Pheriche.

Day 11
Pheriche - Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft), average 8-9 hours of walking including breaks, covering 15km

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning the trail returns through rhododendron forest on the way back towards Phunki Thengavia via Tengboche. A climb to Sansa will take you to the trail which forked at Gokyo, and then a walk along a broader trail will lead back to Namche Bazaar, the stop for tonight. This is nearly the end of the journey, and a great place to cherish the experience, perhaps shopping for a memento before enjoying a drink in a bar.

Day 12
Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2,642m/8,668ft), average 7-8 hours of walking including breaks covering 18km

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, depart Namche Bazaar and descend towards the villages of Jorsale and Cheplung. Complete the trek with a final 35-minute ascent to Lukla, where the journey began. Bid farewell to your porters and enjoy a celebratory evening at the overnight lodging near the little airstrip.

Day 13
Lukla - Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft): 40 min flight

Breakfast

An early start will begin the return journey to Kathmandu on a 20 minute flight from Lukla to Ramechhap. Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax.

Day 14
Kathmandu

Breakfast

Ample time to unwind and enjoy the sights of Kathmandu. Explore ancient Durbar Square a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, amble through Thamel's fascinating maze of narrow streets lined with many shops, restaurants and bars or wander in the grounds of Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple.

Day 15
Kathmandu

Breakfast

Enjoy a day at leisure in Kathmandu.

Day 16
Kathmandu to the UK

Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey.

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Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Hotel Himalaya
4 nights
Kathmandu, Nepal
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Snow Land Guest House
1 nights
Phakding, Nepal
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Important Information

British passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for Nepal prior to departure. A Nepalese visa can be purchased on arrival into Kathmandu; you will need to download a form from the Nepal Embassy website and present this completed form on arrival at immigration together with a passport sized photograph (we recommend taking a couple spare) and payment (currently USD $30). When applying for the visa on arrival you will need to ensure you apply for a multiple entry visa. We recommend you check the following website before travelling for all the most up to date advice, requirements and any changes http://www.nepembassy.org.uk/visa.php. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number, and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flights are operated with Emirates, departing London Heathrow via Dubai. Each passenger is entitled to 30KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (Max 10kg - 55cm/38cm/ 20cm) in size. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check- in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure. IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic. Flying insects including mosquitos are common in this part of the world, you may find it useful to wear long-sleeved, long-legged clothes and use repellents which contain DEET.

For this trekking holiday previous experience and a high level of fitness & stamina is required. Trekking will be along well-worn trails with different levels of pace, you will need to be prepared to negotiate steep inclines and uphill treks climbing stone steps. Your treks will be between mountain lodges and daily distances will vary from 7 to 18 kilometres. Please do consider the pace may vary depending on the abilities within the group. It is important to note altitudes vary with most treks between 2642m and 5545m, the highest altitude that you will reach will be around 5545m. We recommend carrying a small backpack and if you are in any doubt as to the tour's suitability, please speak to your GP as soon as possible as this is a physically challenging holiday.

The currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee or NPR, divided into 100 paisa. US dollars and UK ster-ling are both also often accepted should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry, and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £120- £220 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour. Tipping is not compulsory and is at your discretion. Should you wish to tip, we recommend tipping both your guide and porter approximately £3.00 ($5.00) per person per day in total. This will be collected at the end of your tour for your convenience. Tips are accepted in the local currency, US dollars and British pounds.