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Experiencing the iconic Everest Base Camp Trek feels super special all on its own. But add to it summiting the 20,000-ft Lobuche, and you’ve got yourself an unforgettable journey, a taste of expedition life in the world’s highest mountains. You’ll trek among actual Everest summiters and get to spend 2 nights at Everest Base Camp (something that 99% of trekkers don’t get to do!). With an IFMGA guide and the experienced Sherpas by your side, this three-week adventure will have you fully immersed in the culture and traditions of the Himalayan mountains, climbing a peak known for some of the best summit views in the world, and finally reaching the foothills of Mount Everest. The time spent among the highest mountains on Earth will leave you humbled, grateful, and wanting for more—which is why Lobuche might just be the perfect stepping stone to even higher peaks!

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Adventure highlights

  • The best summit views on Earth

    Once you summit Lobuche, panoramic views of the world’s tallest mountains open up (Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse…)

  • Stay at Everest Base Camp

    Spend two days at a luxury base camp with an actual Everest summit team & try out ice climbing

  • Taste of expedition lifestyle

    Lobuche is a fantastic training peak for taller mountains like Aconcagua, Manaslu, or Everest

Itinerary

Everest Base Camp Trek is likely the most famed route in the world, and certainly one of the most scenic ones. But apart from experiencing this iconic trek, this trip also includes summiting the 20,000-foot Lobuche—making it the perfect training for climbing even higher peaks. Everything on this trip is arranged from you, practically from the moment you set foot in Kathmandu. After climbing Lobuche, you'll reach the legendary Everest Base Camp, where you'll spend 2 nights and meet the Everest expedition community. Apart from the camp, you’ll stay in traditional teahouses on the trek, allowing you to learn about the Sherpa culture. And just when you start missing the everyday bustle, you’ll return to Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital from where you began your journey.

  • Today is all about arriving in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Meet your team and get settled into your hotel.

    Elevation: 4,344 ft / 1,324 m
    Accommodation: Hotel

     

    Kathmandu capital of Nepal, city market
  • Today is your free day in the historical city of Kathmandu—we encourage you to explore it! You and your team will also obtain climbing permits. Have dinner together with your team, get to know each other, and have a briefing.

    Elevation: 4,344 ft / 1,324 m
    Accommodation: Hotel

     

    Stupa temple in Kathmandu
  • The trek begins by flying into Lukla. This is a 35-minute flight serving you scenic views from the air. Once you arrive here, it’s all trekking going forwards. The trail will take you through mountain villages, suspension bridges, and forests all the way to Phakding, where you’ll stay overnight.

    Elevation: 8,562 ft / 2,610 m
    Accommodation: Teahouse
    Hiking: 5.1 miles / 8.2 km

     

    EBC trek start
  • After a hearty breakfast, start your trek to Namche Bazaar. You can expect similar scenery from yesterday, passing through verdant mountains, suspension bridges, and over rivers. Get to Namche, a historic trading center of the Khumbu region, and spend the rest of the day here.

    Elevation: 11,286 ft / 3,440 m
    Accommodation: Teahouse
    Hiking: 6.8 miles / 11 km

     

    Namche Bazaar view
  • This is your rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Often called the “Gateway to Everest”, this small town has everything from Tibetan artifacts to delicious food and trekking equipment. Apart from exploring the unique town, this day also serves to let your bodies acclimatize to higher altitudes.

    Elevation: 11,286 ft / 3,440 m
    Accommodation: Teahouse

     

    Namche Bazaar local
  • Continue walking through the Himalayan wilderness. On the trek to Tengboche, you’ll see incredible views of Lhotse and Everest. Once you reach Tengboche, a small alpine valley, settle in as you’ll be spending one extra day here.

    Elevation: 12,687 ft / 3,860 m
    Accommodation: Teahouse
    Hiking: 6 miles / 9.7 km

     

    Tengboche village in the Himalayas
  • Here you’ll find one of the most famous monasteries in Nepal—a large Tibetan Buddhist center in the Khumbu area. A visit to the monastery will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Sherpas. You can also enjoy the daily morning and evening praying ceremony.

    Elevation: 12,687 ft / 3,860 m
    Accommodation: Teahouse

     

    Tengboche temple in Nepal
  • Today’s trek takes you to Pheriche, a charming village dwarfed by towering peaks surrounding it. This is an important acclimatization stopover, so you’ll spend day 9 here as well.

    Elevation: 14,340 ft / 4,371 m
    Accommodation: Teahouse
    Hiking: 7.4 miles / 12 km

    Pheriche in the Himalayas in Nepal
  • Before continuing onto the Lobuche Base Camp, take an extra day in Pheriche to acclimatize and rest.

    Elevation: 14,340 ft / 4,371 m
    Accommodation: Teahouse

     

    Yaks going up a mountain
  • After a good rest in Pheriche, continue onto Lobuche Base Camp. Lobuche is a small Himalayan village with only a few teahouses.

    Elevation: 15,750 ft / 4,800 m
    Accommodation: Tent
    Hiking: 4.5 miles / 7.25 km

     

    Lobuche camp on EBC
  • Departing from Lobuche Base Camp, move forward along the Lobuche Glacier and enjoy stellar views surrounding you. You will reach the Lobuche High Camp, cache your gear there, and descend back to basecamp for the “climb high, sleep low” approach. You will also have a climbing skills clinic. Tomorrow you’ll get back go High Camp.

    Elevation: 15,750 ft / 4,800 m
    Accommodation: Tent
    Hiking: 2.4 miles / 3.9 km

     

    Preparing for Lobuche climb
  • Today you’re moving to Lobuche High Camp, gaining another 2,000 ft. The climb is moderately steep and well marked with few difficulties other than carrying a pack at altitude. Once there, get some rest. Tomorrow you’ll take a rest day before pushing for the sumit.

    Elevation: 17,575 ft / 5,357 m
    Accommodation: Tent
    Hiking: 1.2 miles / 1.9 km

     

    Lobuche camp in the Himalayas
  • Acclimatize with a foray out of high camp on the lower slopes of the summit ascent route to familiarize yourself and brush up your skills. As the sun goes down, head to bed early in preparation for summit day.

    Elevation: 17,575 ft / 5,357 m
    Accommodation: Tent

     

    Climbing Lobuche high camp
  • Wake up early for an alpine start and move towards Lobuche East. After working your way to nearly 20,000 ft on the ridge, you’ll be standing on top of the dramatic peak of Lobuche East, a shoulder peak of Lobuche. You’ll be surrounded with spectacular views of he Everest massif and the Khumbu Valley. Descend all the way to Lobuche Base Camp for your final night in that camp.

    Elevation: 20,075 ft / 6,119 m
    Accommodation: Tent

    Summit of Lobuche
  • Today’s the day—you’ll finally reach the Everest Base Camp! Unlike many other tours, once you reach the basecamp, you won’t have to go back to the valley. You’ll get to stay in the actual base camp itself and get to know the climbing community. Explore the camp and the surrounding areas, marveling at the mighty peaks around you.

    Elevation: 17,598 ft / 5,364 m
    Accommodation: Everest Base Camp (tent)
    Hiking: 8.3 miles / 13.4 km

     

    Everest base camp and tents
  • Today you can explore the camp and you have the option to partake in a beginner-friendly ice climbing clinic on the Khumbu Glacier below the famed icefall. Before heading down the valley, you have one final night at Base Camp Proper.

    Elevation: 17,598 ft / 5,364
    Accommodation: Everest Base Camp (tent)

     

    Ice climbing clinic in Nepal
  • Prior to going down the mountains, follow the trail to Kala Patthar. This is a stellar lookout point with soaring views over Everest and the Khumbu Icefall. Continue towards Pheriche.
    Elevation: 14,340 ft / 4,371 m
    Accommodation: Teahouse
    Hiking: 8.6 miles / 13.8 km

     

    Guided Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Descend back to Namche Bazaar. If you’ve had your eye on some Tibetan artifacts, this is a great chance to collect some souvenirs.
    Elevation: 11,286 ft / 3,440 m
    Accommodation: Teahouse
    Hiking: 13.4 miles / 21.6 km

     

    Suspension bridge on the Everest Base Camp Trek
  • The final step of your Everest Base Camp trek is returning back to Lukla. Explore this tiny Himalayan settlement and the surrounding area.
    Elevation: 9,383 ft / 2,860 m
    Accommodation: Teahouse
    Hiking: 11.9 miles / 19.2 km

     

    Lukla airport, starting point of Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Departing from Lukla, a plane will take you back to Kathmandu. Settle into your hotel for the night and get a good night’s sleep.
    Elevation: 4,344 ft / 1,324 m
    Accommodation: Hotel

     

    Temple in Kathmandu
  • Have breakfast and pack up—it’s time to leave this wondrous country. If you’d like to stay longer, simply ask your guides for some recommendations, or they can even help you with extra hotel arrangements!

    Kathmandu, aerial view
  • Unused contingency days are not included in the cost of your program. However, we highly recommend that you factor them in to account for any weather delays. We suggest buying a flexible return ticket so you can move your flight if needed. If you don’t use your contingency days on the mountain or decide to stay longer in Kathmandu awaiting your return flight, associated hotel costs are strictly your responsibility.

     

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Meet your guides

Edgar Parra
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Edgar Parra
IFMGA Mountain Guide
Edgar has more than 20 years of experience mountain climbing in Ecuador and around the world. He is an IFMGA-certified guide, as well as a passionate traveler, photographer, rock and ice climber, and much more. He has experience guiding in South America, the Alps, and the Himalayas. Edgar is charismatic, friendly, and very patient, and he speaks fluent Spanish, English, German, Italian, and Russian. Everyone who have had the opportunity to climb with Edgar all agree that his charismatic, friendly, and patient demeanor will be the cherry on top of an already excellent expedition!
Climbing the Seven Summits
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Climbing the Seven Summits
Climbing the Seven Summits
CTSS is a world leading mountain guiding, expedition, and trekking service. Their trademark expeditions are the tallest peaks of each of the 7 continents, but they also run countless expeditions and treks all over the world. You can trust them to deploy the best, most experienced mountain leaders in the world, use top of the line equipment, not skimp on costs, and make wise decisions in your best interest.
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Jason V

I will never forget that you believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. For that, I will always be grateful.

Len F

As expected, you run a first-class show from start to finish… I look forward to the next adventure.

Kevin A

An incredible experience from start to finish. I can’t say enough what a difference it makes to have a great guide who cares so much about the whole experience and a great time to make the journey so special. I hope this is the first of many climbs with CTSS for me.

Things to know

  • Apart from crossing Everest Base Camp Trek (and staying at the base camp) off your bucket list, you will also have the opportunity to summit Lobuche East, standing at 20,075 ft! You will climb Lobuche alongside an actual Everest summit team.

    You will be welcomed into an actual Everest climbing team and trek alongside mountaineers who are attempting to scale the world’s largest peak! Apart from a terrific opportunity to chat with mountaineers, you’ll be invited to stay in a tent inside the Everest Base Camp. This is something that you won’t see most guided treks offering. Instead of just tagging the “trekkers rock” on the outskirts of camp and returning down into the valley, you’ll stay in Everest Base Camp for two days!

    Everything on this trip is held to the highest standard, and so is food! You’ll eat in the finest teahouses and once you reach the base camp, you can expect delicious dishes from a top-notch cook.

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • 20-day Everest Base Camp Trek & Lobuche climb
      • World-class trek guides, porters, and sherpa staff to assist with carrying personal gear
      • Accommodation (based on double occupancy)
        • Hotel in Kathmandu
        • Teahouses and mountain lodges on trek
        • Tent during the Lobuche part
        • 2 nights in tents at Everest Base Camp Proper
      • Leadership, strategy, climbing oversight, including full support for a summit attempt
      • Climbing permits for Lobuche
      • Training and skills refresher clinics at Lobuche & Everest Base Camp
      • Domestic flights to and from Lukla
      • In-country transport associated with the program itinerary
      • Airport transfers
      • Welcome dinner & meals throughout the expedition
      • Access to medical and communications gear
      • Mountain camp infrastructure and logistics, including tents on mountain meals

    What’s not included:

      • International flights to and from Kathmandu, Nepal
      • Airport arrival or departure taxes, associated travel expenses (including visa, passport, reciprocity fees, vaccination charges, excess baggage)
      • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary or additional days before or after the scheduled program
      • Personal climbing equipment, clothing, toiletries, etc.
        Personal sundries including but not limited to non-team meals while in Kathmandu, personal snacks, specialized high altitude climbing food, alcoholic beverages, laundry services, medical expenses, gratuities, 3rd party internet, email or phone charges, bottled water, specialty coffees
      • Sherpa tip pool ($400 for trekkers)
      • Guide tip (customary but optional) — costs incurred as a result of events beyond the control of your guides above and beyond the normal expedition costs
      • Required trip insurance policy (for trip cancellation, interruption, rescue & evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.)
      • Unused Contingency Days at the end of your program: CTSS covers one night in the hotel in Kathmandu on your return. If you decide to stay longer in Kathmandu beyond this night, those costs are your responsibility. We highly recommend that while you plan to be away from home for the entire duration of the expedition, including contingency days, you book a flexible return airfare so you can move your flight forward if you don’t use all of the contingency days or push it back as you need.

    Optional add-ons:

      • Extra nights at Everest Base Camp
      • Gokyo Lakes extension
      • Helicopter descent from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu
      • Helicopter descent from Everest Base Camp to Lukla (and then catch the included fixed wing flight back to Kathmandu)
      • Kathmandu city tour
  • Everest Base Camp Trek itself is achievable and accessible to anyone who is healthy, relatively fit, and willing to train for the adventure. However, keep in mind that this tour includes climbing Lobuche, which does require excellent physical fitness and prior experience would be ideal. You can read more about what it takes to climb Lobuche down below. You will receive a pre-trip departure booklet and a program which has all you need to know about trekking at altitude, gear, visas, and more. Follow the program and allow yourself sufficient time to prepare for this adventure—you will not only enjoy the trek and the climb, but be able to immerse yourself in the surroundings and be truly present, without feeling totally out of your comfort zone.

    If you’re unsure whether you’re fit enough to climb the 20,075-foot Lobuche, contact us and we can give you more information.

    If you’d like to stick to Everest Base Camp Trek only, without the climbing experience, we have a regular Everest Base Camp Trek on offer. And if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, a truly luxurious trek to the base camp, then the rugged luxury EBC Trek is for you.

  • If you’re looking to summit Lobuche East, you should ideally have prior experience using ice axe, crampons, and glacier rope travel techniques. However, you will spend ample time retraining and refreshing these skills. Lobuche involves long rock/snow/ice slopes of moderate angle protected by a fixed line. The terrain and skill set required is similar to that found on the full Everest climb, making it a fantastic pre-climb or progression peak.

    This is what the Lobuche climb usually looks like:

      • When you get to Lobuche Base Camp, you’ll do a training seminar before completing a carry to Lobuche High Camp, caching gear there, and descending back down to basecamp, where you’ll spend the night.
      • Ascend back to High Camp—this time prepared to spend 2-3 nights for the Lobuche summit bid. Take a rest/acclimatization day before making the summit push. During the rest day, you will acclimatize with a foray out of high camp on the lower slopes of the summit ascent route to familiarize yourself and brush up your skills. Head to bed early in preparation for the summit.
      • Wake early for an alpine start. Lobuche East’ summit route moves through a series of rock slabs increasing in steepness until you reach a final steep snow slope leading onto the south-east ridge proper below the summit. These slabs are often covered in snow/ice, but your guides are there to make sure you implement proper rope travel techniques.
      • Continue pushing through the steep snow slope above the rock slabs. The route then follows a prominent ridge or a few more hours of climbing—the climbing up the ridge will be protected by fixed lines as well. After working your way to nearly 20,000 ft on the ridge, you’ll be standing on the dramatic peak of Lobuche East! You’ll be surrounded by spectacular views of the Everest massif and Khumbu Valley! With the summit under your belt, the team will descend all the way to Lobuche Base Camp.
  • Walking at altitude is a slow process, so we encourage you to settle into the rhythm and pace set by your experienced guides. Enjoy taking in the magnificent views of the mountains around you, and the quaint villages that you pass through. There is no rush at altitude. You will spend 4 to 7 hours hiking each day. Be prepared to walk in all weather, and on undulating mountain terrain, crossing creeks and rivers and climbing some high passes. There will be rest and acclimatization days.

    From the minute you land in Lukla, you are at altitude, and your body requires time to ease and adjust to this new altitude naturally. One of the best ways to do this is to climb slowly. This Everest Base Camp Trek tour is designed to allow time for acclimatization to minimize the stress of altitude on the body. However, illness at altitude can be experienced in varying degrees, from a slight headache, breathlessness or fatigue. Your guides know the signs and will work with you to help avoid and manage altitude illness. We will ask you to practice a very high level of hygiene at all stages of the trek. Your guides take many precautions to make sure we minimize the chances of our team members getting sick.

  • This gear list has been carefully compiled over years of treks and expeditions. Please take it seriously. All of the items on the list are mandatory. If you don’t have all the items on the list, you will be required to purchase them in Kathmandu. Please contact us for specific items or more details on items.

    Climbing equipment

      • 50-60L climbing pack
      • Lightweight climbing harness
      • 1 climbing ascender
      • 3 slings (2 double length, 1 single length)
      • 3 locking carabiners
      • 4 non-locking carabiners
      • 20 ft of 8 mm prussik cord
      • Climbing helmet
      • Alpine ice axe
      • 12 point crampons
      • Figure 8 and rappel device
      • Trekking

    Clothing

      • Casual travel and in-town clothes
      • Light-weight sneakers for travel and base camp
      • Medium-weight trekking boots with ankle support
      • Double insulated mountaineering boots (and gaiters if your boots don’t have them)
      • Down booties
      • 2 pairs light socks, 2 pairs medium-weight trekking socks, 2 pairs climbing socks
      • Medium-weight gaiters
      • 2 pairs of thermal underlayers top & bottom (1 light, 1 medium)
      • 4 pairs of synthetic underwear (travel, climbing, trekking, basecamp)
      • 2 pairs of synthetic climbing pants (1 light, 1 medium)
      • 1 pair of insulated pants
      • 1 pair of shell pants (waterproof with full side zippers and fit over climbing pants)
      • 2 medium-weight long john tops
      • 2 medium-weight layers (1 synthetic pile jacket, 1 down or synthetic vest and jacket)
      • 1 shell jacket (waterproof)
      • 1 heavy down parka with hood
      • 2 buff neck gaiters
      • Facemask
      • 2 heavy-weight winter hats
      • Baseball hat or sun hat that protects the neck
      • Medium-weight fleece gloves
      • Heavy-weight climbing gloves
      • 8000m mitts
      • Chemical hand and foot warmers (optional)

    Personal equipment

      • Day pack (30-40L) and pack cover
      • Two XL duffel bags with locks
      • Down sleeping bag (rated to -20F)
      • 2 sleeping pads (1 closed cell, 1 inflatable)
      • Trekking poles
      • 2 headlamps (1 medium-sized, 1 small-sized as a backup)
      • Batteries (make sure to have enough for the whole trip with spares)
      • 2 one-liter water bottles, wide mouth
      • Insulating bottle covers
      • Thermos
      • Mug, bowl, cutlery
      • Water purification (iodine tablets, filter, or UV treatment)
      • Multitool
      • Altitude watch
      • Portable humidifier (optional)
      • Basic medical kit with high altitude meds (blister kit, bandaids, wound closure strips, triple antibiotic ointment, basic repair kit, scissors, Diamox (acetazolamide, 125 g) for AMS, antacids, NSAIDs such as aspirin or ibuprofen, anti-diarrheal, ear plugs, duct tape, antibiotics (upper respiratory such as Azithromycin and a gastro-intestinal such as Ciprofloxacin), melatonin, asthma meds if you use it (Advair) cold and flu meds

    Personal items

      • Prescription eyewear
      • Travel wallet with passport, cash and travel documents
      • 5 passport photos
      • Sunglasses
      • Glacier glasses
      • 1 pair of goggles (1 cat 4 lens)
      • Sunscreen and zync
      • Lip balm with SPF
      • Foot powder
      • Hand sanitizer (several small bottles)
      • Small soap & small shampoo
      • Pack towel
      • Toothbrush and toothpaste
      • Nail trimmers
      • Baby wipes
      • Book or Kindle / iPad
      • Camera
  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For this Everest Base Camp Trek tour & Lobuche climb, the usual group size is between 8 and 12 people with one guide and sherpas. Your guide is an IFMGA guide, laser focused on your safety, acclimatization, and success.

    Everest Base Camp Trek tours & Lobuche climb can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital and the starting point of your tour, most people fly into Tribhuvan International Airport. Your guides will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your five-star hotel in Kathmandu. Feel free to arrive any time, but make sure you communicate it well with your guide so they know when to pick you up.

  • Apart from the fact that you’ll have a highly experienced and knowledgeable person by your side—who’ll also make sure you have the best time in the country—trekking in Nepal is no longer allowed without a guide. This decision has been made for the tourists’ benefit, as many tourists have gone missing over the past few years when they went trekking by themselves.

      • A trip insurance policy is required for the Everest Base Camp Trek tour & Lobuche climb (for trip cancellation, interruption, rescue & evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.). If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!
      • To visit Nepal, you must have a Nepalese visa. For this trip, you will need a 30 day multiple-entry visa, which is valid for 6 months and costs 50 USD. You can easily obtain it as soon as you arrive in the country, which is usually at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
      • You are strongly advised to build in contingency days on either side of your trip, to allow for travel delays. These days are not included in your trip costs. We also recommend booking a flexible fare for the return flight home. Flights can sometimes be delayed out of the Khumbu due to mountain weather.
      • We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.
  • Deposits 

    When booking a trip, you can either pay for it in full or reserve your spot with a 50% deposit. The remaining 50% of the trip price is to be paid 120 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!

    • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
    • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by paying another 20% of the total amount.
    • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Cancellations

    • Booking fees are non-refundable. 
    • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
    • For cancellations 120 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 0-119 days before the trip, there is no refund.
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