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The greatest trek in the world—Everest Base Camp Trek—can be even greater if you make it ruggedly luxurious. This means enjoying the best of the best all the way throughout your 16-day journey: the very best lodgings, food, guides, and actually spending 2 nights at the Everest Base Camp (unlike 99% of trekkers!). An Everest summiter and an IFMGA guide will lead you along the 40-mile route all the way up to the 17,598-foot base camp, where you’ll find surprisingly fancy accommodation, get a massage, a champagne breakfast, try out ice climbing, and mingle with aspiring summiters. Instead of the 3-day walk back, a helicopter will cone whisk you back to Kathmandu—this scenic flight will give you a bird’s eye view of the most spectacular mountain terrain in the world! So you see: this exclusive and luxe trek isn’t just any ol’ trek. It’s an unforgettable journey through the highest mountains, magical landscapes, and intriguing history—with an added bonus of unparalleled Everest comforts that you won’t find anywhere else.

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  • The best trek on Earth

    Walk the legendary trail and get a feel for Sherpas’ rich culture, traditions, and daily life

  • World's highest massage

    After a week of hiking, get a massage like no other, at the 17,598 ft high Everest Base Camp

  • Luxe tents and heli ride back

    Enjoy super cozy tents at Everest Base Camp and fly back to Kathmandu by helicopter

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Itinerary

With an IFMGA Mountain Guide and Everest Summit Guide by your side, you will experience the Everest Base Camp Trek in the most unique and comfortable way possible. Starting from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, where you’ll stay at a 5-star hotel, you will continue your way up to Everest Base Camp and stay at the finest mountain lodges available along the way. Once you reach the Base Camp Proper, you will mingle with the summiteers and see where the action happens! Don’t forget it’s all about Rugged Luxury, this means heated dome tents just for you, as well as a massage. After an ice climbing clinic, you will fly back to Kathmandu and discover the city on a full-day tour. Do the most iconic trek in the world the luxe way!

  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, your guides will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your five-star hotel in the city. Get some rest once you get to your hotel, your adventure awaits.

    Elevation: 4,344 ft / 1,324 m
    Accommodation
    : Five-star hotel in Kathmandu

    Kathmandu capital of Nepal, city market
  • After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll go through a briefing and gear checks. You will have free time in the afternoon, perfect for exploring the city. Later on, enjoy a welcome dinner with your guides and your team.

    Elevation: 4,344 ft / 1,324 m
    Accommodation
    : Five-star hotel in Kathmandu

    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: Yeti Mountain Home Lodge
    Hiking: 5.1 miles / 8.2 km

    EBC trek start
  • After breakfast, we’ll trek for 5-6 hours to the town of Namche Bazaar, the historic trading center of Khumbu region. Our trek will take us through green mountains, suspension bridges over rivers.

    Elevation: 11,286 ft / 3,440 m
    Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home Lodge
    Hiking: 6.8 miles / 11 km

    Namche Bazaar view
  • This is a day of rest and acclimatization, a chance to let your body get used to higher altitudes. Use this time to explore Namche Bazaar, a town often called the “Gateway to Everest”. It has everything, from Tibetan artifacts to delicious food and trekking equipment. A visit to the Thamo Monastery will make this day of active recovery complete.

    Elevation: 11,286 ft / 3,440 m
    Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home Lodge

    Namche Bazaar local
  • Time to get going! Today’s 5-6 hour trek will take us to the village of Debouche.

    Elevation: 12,532 ft / 3,820 m
    Accommodation
    : Rivendell Mountain Lodge
    Hiking: 6.75 miles / 11.1 km

  • Another day of active recovery. We’ll visit the Tengboche Monastery, and try to save our strength for later.

    Elevation: 12,532 ft / 3,820 m
    Accommodation
    : Rivendell Mountain Lodge

    Tengboche temple in Nepal
  • Today we’ll hike for 5-6 hours above the vegetation level: higher and higher into the Himalayas, at 14,350 ft.

    Elevation: 14,340 ft / 4,371 m
    Accommodation
    : Edelweiss Mountain Lodge
    Hiking: 6.9 miles / 12 km

    Pheriche in the Himalayas in Nepal
  • We’ll go for a hike and then visit the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) to learn about high altitude and its effects on the body.

    Elevation: 14,340 ft / 4,371 m
    Accommodation: Edelweiss Mountain Lodge

    Yaks going up a mountain
  • After a good rest in Pheriche, we’ll continue to Lobuche, a small Himalayan village with only a few teahouses, and then to the tented Lobuche Base Camp for the night.

    Elevation: 15,750 ft / 4,800 m
    Accommodation: Tented camp — associate tents
    Hiking: 4.5 miles / 7.25 km

    Lobuche camp on EBC
  • We’ll take an acclimatization hike to Lobuche High Camp for some of the best views of the Himalayas, before returning to Lobuche Base Camp.

    Elevation: 15,750 ft / 4,800 m
    Accommodation: Tented camp — associate tents
    Hiking: 2.4 miles / 3.9 km

    Three standard tents in Everest Base Camp
  • A 3-4 hour trek will take us to Gorak Shep, the last village in the Khumbu Valley.

    Elevation: 16,942 ft / 5,164 m
    Accommodation: Teahouse or tented camp
    Hiking: 5.6 miles / 9 km

    Gorak Shep on Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Today we’ll finally reach Everest Base Camp proper! We’ll have a delicious lunch prepared by a chef, before exploring the Base Camp and enjoying its amenities.

    Elevation: 17,598 ft / 5,364 m
    Accommodation: Everest Executive Domes
    Hiking: 2.7 miles / 4.4 km

    Executive tents in Everest Base Camp
  • Go for a beginner-friendly ice climbing clinic on the Khumbu Glacier before retreating to the spa tent for the world’s highest massage!

    Elevation: 17,598 ft / 5,364 m
    Accommodation: Everest Executive Domes

    Ice climbing clinic in Nepal
  • It’s time to leave Everest Base Camp. A scenic helicopter flight will take us from Everest Base Camp back to Kathmandu, and a five-star hotel.

    Elevation: 4,344 ft / 1,324 m
    Accommodation: Five-star hotel in Kathmandu

    Heli flight in Everest
  • For your final day with your team and your guides, enjoy a full-day Kathmandu city tour. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner.

    Elevation: 4,344 ft / 1,324 m

    Temple in Kathmandu
  • You are strongly advised to build in (at least two) 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.

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Meet your guides

“Big” Tendi Sherpa
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“Big” Tendi Sherpa
“Big” Tendi Sherpa
Big Tendi is an IFMGA Mountain Guide and the Technical Director for the Nepal Mountain Guide Association. With 3 summits of Mount Everest and over 30 years of experience, he has earned his place as one of the most respected guides in the Himalayas and is an integral part of our expeditions to Mount Everest, including our Rugged Luxury expedition. Big Tendi is currently the Technical Director for the Nepal Mountain Guide Association and an instructor for the school. It would not be a stretch to say that he is the Godfather of the certified Nepal Mountain Guide Association having trained an entire generation of mountain guides and elevating them to international esteem.
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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Jen M.

The CTSS team went above and beyond every step of my journey, from when I booked my EBC trek to after I got home. Big Tendi Sherpa was a wealth of knowledge and thought if every little detail to ensure we made it to camp healthy. We stayed in the best tea houses along the way, and the amenities and service at EBC were next level, from the espresso bar to the massage tent.

Peter W

Kind, inspiring, courteous, strong and always smiling. There are truly no words I can write that do him justice. I look forward to more climbs with Tendi in the future.

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

    • Instead of just tagging the “trekkers rock” on the outskirts of Everest Base Camp and returning down into the valley, you will actually enter Base Camp Proper—which is something that 99% of trekkers never reach! Once there, you’ll enjoy two nights in exclusive, luxury Climbing the Seven Summits Camp in heated, geodesic dome tents. These are heated and powered with a queen-sized bed, and are the ultimate Everest glamping digs!
    • You’ll have the best accommodation there is—3 nights at a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu, 7 nights in top-class mountain lodges along the trekking route, and 2 nights in exclusive, luxury tents in Everest Base Camp.
    • Your team of Sherpas will be the cream of the crop, led by the legendary “Big” Tendi Sherpa. “Big” Tendi is a three-time Everest summiter, an IFMGA Mountain Guide, and the Technical Director for the Nepal Mountain Guide Association. You will be joined by the strongest, most skilled, and most trusted Sherpas. They are the highest paid on the mountain and you’ll quickly admire and respect their hard work, humility, gregariousness, and strength.
    • Food is held to the highest standard on this trip, just like everything else. You’ll eat at the finest teahouses and once you reach the base camp, you can expect delicious dishes from a top-notch cook who trains at five-star restaurants during the off-season,
    • You’ll get a champagne breakfast on the glacier at Everest Base Camp.
    • There will be a beginner-friendly ice climbing clinic.
    • You’ll experience a 60-minute massage at 17,598 ft (5,364 m)!
    • Instead of spending three days going down the mountain, a helicopter will come and take you back to Kathmandu! As a perfect ending to your trek, you will enjoy a scenic heli flight with spectacular views of the highest mountains in the world.
    • Your guides made sure to make your Everest Base Camp experience as unique and as comfy as possible. So after that massage, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while watching a movie in the famous “Big House”, a huge solar-powered dome that serves as the heart of the camp. Here you’ll also find coffee tables, couches, a library, a yoga area, and a cafe with a professional barista.
    • Finally, keep in mind that this is a rugged luxury experience, meaning that you’ll get a taste of the true, untamed expedition lifestyle blended with all to comforts and luxuries you can get!
  • What you get on this adventure:

      • 16-day rugged luxury Everest Base Camp trek
      • IFMGA Mountain Guide and Everest Summit Guide
      • World-class porters and Sherpa staff
      • Accommodation
        • Five-star accommodation in Kathmandu (3 nights) — single rooming, dual occupancy for couples
        • Finest teahouse and mountain lodge accommodation in the Khumbu Valley (8 nights)
        • Tented camps at Lobuche Base Camp (2 nights)
        • Luxury Everest Executive Domes at Everest Base Camp Proper (2 nights)
      • Airport transfers
      • All group transportation while on the expedition
      • Domestic flights to Lukla at the start of trek
      • Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu
      • All meals while on the trek and at Everest Base Camp
      • 1x one-hour massage at Everest Base Camp Spa
      • Beginner-friendly ice climbing clinic and necessary gear
      • Shared one-way helicopter from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu

    What’s not included:

      • International flights to and from Kathmandu
      • Airport arrival or departure taxes, visas, associated travel expenses
      • Any extensions prior or post the specified itinerary — however, your guides can help you plan these add-ons, please contact us in time
      • Personal clothing and equipment, toiletries
      • Sherpa tip pool ($400 for trekkers)
      • Guide tips, customary but optional
      • Any rescue expenses incurred or excess expenses above and beyond the normal trip costs including transport, hotels, evacuation, flight changes, and gear shipping
      • Required trip insurance policy (for trip cancellation, interruption, rescue & evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.)
      • Bar tabs, mini bars, hotel internet bills, laundry etc
      • Lunch in Kathmandu, souvenirs and personal sundries
  • Rugged luxury is all about bringing a dash of refinement to remote places and innovating to achieve comfort and a sense of indulgence, without sacrificing the experiential aspects of adventure travel that we all seek and love.

    It’s still an untamed, off the beaten path expedition that satisfies your desire for exploration and being close to nature, but with as many creature comforts as possible. In a nutshell, it’s comparative luxury in really remote places.

  • This Rugged Luxury Everest Base Camp trek is achievable and accessible to anyone who is healthy, relatively fit, and willing to train for the adventure. 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, but be able to immerse yourself in the surroundings and be truly present, without feeling totally out of your comfort zone.

  • 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.

    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 itinerary 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.

  • The accommodation during the tour will be the best of the best, based on single rooming. Of course, it goes without staying that if you’re travelling as a couple or would like to stay together in rooms, your guides will provide you with double occupancy.

    • While in Kathmandu, you’ll stay at a five-star hotel.
    • Once you get on the trek, you’ll stay at the finest teahouses and mountain lodges in the Khumbu Valley. These teahouses were handpicked by your guides who have stayed at and witnesses them in person, and they’ve been chosen for their comfort, hygiene standards, and food quality.
    • You’ll stay in tented camps at Lobuche Camp as well as in Gorak Shep.
    • Once you finally reach the base camp, you’ll get comfy and rested at luxury Executive Domes by CTSS.

    Room at a teahouse on EBC

    Executive tents in Everest Base Camp

  • All your food on the trail is taken care of and dietary adjustments are possible. While in Kathmandu, your guides will take you to one of the best restaurants in the city and you’ll enjoy breakfast there.

    Once you get on the Everest Base Camp Trek, you’ll stay at the finest teahouses, where hosts prepare delicious and locally sourced food.

    Once you reach the base camp, the food you’ll be served is the finest one on Mt. Everest. There will be a head chef, Kumar, who has been cooking for Everest expeditions for more than a decade and trains at 5-star hotels in the off-season.

    Generally, while on trek and at the base camp, you can expect omelettes, pancakes, porridge, chicken, rice, stir fry, vegetables—sustainably farmed and local. You are certainly welcome and encouraged to bring some of your favorite snacks, though rest assured that your guides provide plenty of food and there will be opportunities to purchase snacks along the trail.

    Preparing food at mountain lodge in EBC

    Hearty lunch on EBC

    Fresh pasta on EBC

  • 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.

    Clothing

      • Casual travel clothes
      • Light-weight sneakers for travel and base camp
      • Medium-weight trekking boots with ankle support
      • 2 pairs light socks & 2 pairs medium-weight trekking socks
      • Medium-weight gaiters
      • 2 pairs of thermal underlayers top & bottom (1 light, 1 medium)
      • 4 pairs of underwear
      • 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 layers (1 synthetic pile jacket, 1 down or synthetic vest and jacket)
      • Shell jacket (waterproof)
      • Heavy down parka with hood
      • 2 buff neck gaiters
      • 2 heavy-weight winter hats
      • Baseball hat or sun hat that protects the neck
      • Medium-weight fleece gloves
      • Heavy-weight climbing gloves

    Personal equipment

      • Day pack (30L) and pack cover
      • Heavy PVC duffel bag with locks
      • Down sleeping bag (rated to -20F)
      • 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
      • Water purification (iodine tablets, filter, or UV treatment)
      • Multitool
      • Altitude watch
      • 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
      • Sunscreen and zync
      • 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 the rugged luxury Everest Base Camp Trek, the usual group size is between 8 and 12 people with one guide and sherpas. Your guide is a top Everest summit guide who is laser focused on your safety, acclimatization, and success.

    Rugged luxury Everest Base Camp treks 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 rugged luxury Everest Base Camp trek (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.
  • A 25% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The deposit is non-refundable. The remaining amount is paid 4 months (120 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking after submitting payment, Client’s deposit will be forfeited to Guide. All fee payments from Clients are non-refundable and non-transferable. Client expressly agrees that beginning on the first date of Guide’s services, there will be no refunds amounts paid to the Guide for any reason.
      • Guide reserves the right to modify, change, alter, or cancel any of their services. Guide reserves the right to withdraw enrollment from anyone who fails to meet payment deposits or other program requirements. Any payments made by Client shall be non-refundable. This includes if a trip is canceled due to pandemics, epidemics, acts of god, natural disasters, force majeure, wars, revolutions, weather conditions, travel cancellations, travel bans, visa denials, or any other reason.
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