Everest Base Camp
At the gateway to the top of the world.
A 20 Day Trek Offering the Best of the Everest Region.
Between endless glaciers, across high mountain passes and alongside picturesque lakes, you hike to take in views possible from only one place on earth and to bear witness as the worlds finest embark on their ascent of the highest peak in the world.
Group Trip: March 30th – April 19th 2020
Private Trips: Please Enquire
Length of Trip: 20 days
Nearest airport: Kathmandu
Extended circuit entering the rarely visited Gokyo valley
Guided by Everest summiteers
4 * Luxury hotel in Kathmandu
At A Glance
Days 1 - 3
Arriving in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu you have the opportunity to explore, visiting the worlds largest stupa and UNESCO world heritage site, Boudhanath. With time to undertake any last minute shopping, you finalise your expedition equipment before taking the famous Lukla flight into the Everest region. The first few days are spent following the Dudh Kosi river to Namche Bazar, a thriving Sherpa village and traditional trading center (11286ft).
Days 4 - 11
After spending 2 nights in Namche Bazaar, you have time to acclimatise before gradually ascending towards Everest Base Camp (EBC). Passing through Tengboche, the home of the famous Tengboche Monastery, you enjoy magnificent panoramic views before continuing up the valley to spend several days hiking through the villages of Pangboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorek Shep (16864ft). The higher you climb the grander the landscape as you become surrounded by the highest mountains in the world.
Days 11 - 15
You now start the big ‘3’ ascents; Everest Base Camp (17598ft), Kala Patthar (18208ft) and the Cho La Pass (17612ft) as you ascend over the enormous moraine of the Khumbu glacier to reach EBC, where you can view the incredible Western Cym, known as the ‘Khumbu Icefall’.
A vibrant, bustling and purposeful community, at EBC you witness climbers from across the world prepare to offer their all in an effort to conquor this titan of mountaineering achievement.
After a night at EBC you descend the moraine to Gorak Shep where you spend a further night before hiking up to the ‘Kala Patthar’ with panoramic views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and of course Everest. The final part of the triage is to hike over the Cho La pass and drop down into the beautiful and lesser visited Gokyo Valley.
Days 16 - 18
Embarking on your second pre-dawn start, you hike up to Gokyo Ri (17575ft) which affords amazing views of the whole Himalaya including the world’s 5th highest peak of Mount Makalu (27837ft). Fully acclimatised, you descend to the Gokyo Valley passing through Machherma and Khumjung, returning to Namche Bazaar and familiar terrain for the trail to Lukla.
Days 18 - 20
Your return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu provides an exhilarating departure from the Everest region. In Kathmandu, you have an opportunity for some well-earned rest and recuperation before enjoying a farewell meal and final opportunity to share your adventures before departing onwards.
Need To Know
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners, drinks on first and last night (apart from 2 lunches & 1 dinner in Kathmandu).
We provide private vehicle transfers to/from the airport and to the start/finish of the trek.
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners, drinks on first and last night (apart from 1 lunch & 1 dinner in Courmayeur on our rest day)
We provide private vehicle support to transfer our luggage and utilise if one day your body needs to rest.
This trek is led by a Western, qualified LBH Mountain Guide, working in conjunction with a Nepalese trekking team, who together bring the trip to life.
We adopt an excellent guiding ratio giving you lots of time to take photos, enjoy your surroundings and soak in the unique Himalayan culture.
Booking and Price
Terms & Conditions
Terms and Conditions (updated Jan 2019) – All trips are sold subject to these Terms and Conditions (hereinafter T&Cs).
All clients need to be adequately insured for all activities they are taking part in. Insurance must include repatriation and details should be provided at the beginning of each trip.
All European clients should obtain a European Health insurance card (EHIC), however, this is not a substitute for travel insurance.
2. Health and fitness
Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. In order to assist with this, all trips are graded and we welcome the opportunity to discuss trip details/answer questions in advance of your reservation. Trip members must be in sufficiently good health to undertake the trip, and if unsure seek medical advice in advance. For your own safety, you need to inform us of any medical conditions in advance or at the start of the trip. Trip members are also required to bring adequate clothing/equipment as advised in the pre-departure information.
3. Dietary Requirements
We endeavor to work with clients and accommodate their dietary requirements. However such is the nature of adventure travel we may be limited to specific menus e.g remote Mountain Huts, Tea Houses in the Himalaya’s etc. We fully encourage you to contact us in advance to discuss your requirements then we have every opportunity to explore options thereafter.
4. Cancellations and Fee Schedule Per Person
91 days or more prior to departure – €250 cancellation fee
61 – 90 days before departure – 25% of the trip cost
46 – 60 days before departure – 50% of the trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Fees are calculated from the date we receive written cancellation notice which can be via email. If clients are unable to access email and cancel over the phone we will confirm in writing the cancellation.
If you cancel 91 days or more prior to departure, it may be possible to transfer to another trip without occurring any fees. Please discuss this with us in the first instance.
With specific departures, there may be an increase in cancellation fee if the accommodation provider T & Cs mean we are liable for payment.
If you have a complaint, please contact us as soon as possible, in the first instance your leader is often your obvious point of contact. This ensures we have every opportunity to explores solutions to the problem(s) arising and we will do all we reasonably can to resolve the complaint. You must tell us within 4 weeks after your holiday of any complaints that you feel have not been dealt with properly.
6. Alterations By Us
We will tell you as soon as reasonably possible if we must make any alteration to your holiday. Most alterations are minor, but very occasionally we might have to make a major alteration. A major alteration is a change of location or to a lower standard of accommodation for a substantial part of your holiday, a change in start/finish dates or necessary price rise in your holiday caused by rises in costs (e.g. exchange rates, internal transport etc). You may then choose as follows:
- To accept these alterations
- To withdraw from the holiday, in which case we will repay all monies paid to us including your deposit and this is the sum of our liability to you
- To accept an alternative holiday that we may propose to you, in which case if the proposed holiday is a lower price we will pay you the difference and if it is a higher price we may ask for the difference.
You must inform us of your choice as soon as possible after we contact you.
7. Group Leadership
On a guided holiday your leader is responsible for the safety and enjoyment of the whole group and has sole discretion, on behalf of Live Breathe Hike, to exclude temporarily a participant from the group. They may also choose to terminate the participants holiday without the possibility of a refund if the leader thinks the participant is likely to endanger the group safety or spoil its enjoyment.
8. Your Responsibility
Mountain holidays by their very nature are adventurous, with a certain level of risk is undertaken. Individuals need to conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner at all times; responding to advice, guidance, and instruction that may be given by the group leader / experienced professional and take all reasonable actions to eliminate accidents or injury.
9. Our Responsibilities
We will take all reasonable care to ensure that the information we give to you is accurate, including on our website, in your schedule and information pack. We will do all that we can to provide the service as described in the information we give to you. We are not liable if any failure is:
- Attributable to anyone other than us
- Attributable to a third party unconnected to us, and unforeseeable or unavoidable
- Due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and could not have been avoided even if all due care had been taken
- Due to an event which even with all due care we could not foresee or forestall
10. Cancellation By Us
Live Breathe Hike reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient signup or logistics problems that may impede trip operations. The refund of all land payments received shall relate Live Breathe Hike from any further liability.
Live Breathe Hike must normally make substantial payments to its suppliers far in advance of the scheduled trip departure date. If a trip is canceled due to force majeure; (acts of God, war, strikes, earthquake, flooding etc), Live Breathe Hike will promptly refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible. However, Live Breathe Hike does not guarantee recovery of any or all of the advance payments made.
11. Additional Costs
Live Breathe Hike shall not be liable for (a) expenses such as additional nights and meals not specified in the individual trip itineraries, but which may required to get to from a trip start or end; expenses due to the delay of a trip for any reason (e.g. bad weather, trails conditions, land slides, flooding, sickness etc); (c) expenses occurred in recovering lost luggage by airlines, belongings left behind on a trip or in shipping purchases or other goods home from abroad; (d) visa and other incidental costs.
Live Breathe Hike reserves the right to take photographic or film records of any trips, and may use any such records for promotional and/or commercial purposes without payment.