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It’s not every day that you get to stand at the foothills of the tallest mountain in the world. But before you know it, you’ll be high up, at the 17,598-ft Everest Base Camp—something only a chosen few get to experience. Trekking with an actual Everest Summit team means that you’ll get to hike past the Trekkers Rock and get a front-row seat to all the action in the proper Everest Base Camp. You’ll mingle with aspiring Everest summiters, sleep in tents at a luxury camp on the glacier, and have the opportunity to participate in an ice climbing clinic on the Khumbu Glacier. With the help of the most competent, strongest, and friendliest Sherpas in the world by your side, this legendary 80-mile trail will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Over the course of 20 days, the trek will take you through rhododendron forests, historical villages, Buddhist monasteries, and suspension bridges—with the unreal sights of the highest peaks on Earth all around you.

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Adventure highlights

  • Front row seat for Everest Summit action

    Trek alongside, mingle, and chat with top summit guides and summiters—this is where the action happens!

  • Rare opportunity to sleep at Everest Base Camp

    Unlike 99% of EBC trek hikers, you’ll get to stay where the summiters stay, to feel the excitement

  • Experience the legendary 80-mile trail

    Discover rich culture, traditions, and way of life of Khumbu Valley, with its forests, Buddhist temples, and historical villages

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Itinerary

Everest Base Camp Trek is likely the most famed route in the world and certainly one of the most scenic ones. Make your pilgrimage into the high Himalayas—with a slow acclimatization schedule—until you reach the Everest Base Camp. While most trekkers only reach “Trekkers Rock” and quickly return down to the Khumbu Valley, you’ll get to spend 2 nights at Base Camp 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.

  • Arrive in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Today you’re meeting your team. You’ll be a part of an Everest climbing expedition, meaning that you can stay at Base Camp proper once you reach it!

    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
    Hiking: 7.4 miles / 12 km

     

    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 Everest 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: Tented camp
    Hiking: 4.5 miles / 7.25 km

     

    Lobuche camp on EBC
  • Departing from Lobuche, move forward along the Lobuche Glacier and enjoy stellar views surrounding you.  You will take an acclimatization hike to Lobuche High Camp (17,715 ft) for some of the best views of the Himalayas! Return to Lobuche Base Camp for the night.

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

     

    Meal at Lobuche camp
  • The last stopover before reaching Everest Base Camp is Gorak Shep, a small settlement with the highest tea house. Get some rest before the big day!

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

    Gorak Shep on Everest Base Camp Trek
  • 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: 2.7 miles / 4.4 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)

     

    Climbing clinic on Everest
  • 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

Kat Schaumburg
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Kat Schaumburg
Kat was grown and raised in the foothills around Komo Kulshan (Mount Baker) in northwest Washington, where her love and admiration for the natural world started young and wildly. She has worked with AMGA-accredited guiding companies since 2016, including work on Denali, rock climbing in the Southwest deserts of the US, and extensively in the Cascades. Kat focuses her guiding efforts on working women-specific trips and seeks to empower her clients with as much instruction and education as possible.
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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Lorena Compean Casmiro

CTSS was an amazing guide. They provide all the support required to be able to achieve this big challenge. CTSS provide a lot of information prior and during the trekking to first ensure safety and to facilitate the successful completion of the trek.

Lorena C (source: Guide)

Kat was an excellent guide, always willing to go the extra mile to take care of the group and make us feel safe. I always felt I was in good hands, and I felt safe that even if I felt sick, I would be taken care of. My guide always asked us how we were feeling and made sure we were very informed about everything that was happening to our bodies and how to deal with them. The CTSS facilities at Lobuche and Everest Base Camp were awesome!

Jean R. (source: Guide)

I originally signed up with 57hours and was referred to CTSS. I was impressed from the very beginning because of the meticulous guides to the itinerary, gear list, and responsiveness by members of CTSS. They answered every question promptly and went out of their way to ensure I would have a safe trip.

Anonymous (source: Guide)

Was a really unique way to do an Everest Base Camp trek alongside an Everest summit team. I thought it would be intimidating and I wouldn’t be a bit of an outlier as I was just a trekker, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. CTSS’s camp, guides, and professionalism were second to none. I felt honoured to be part of their team.

Peter W (source: Guide)

CTSS is a class act! The team and facilities are world-class. Every detail of the expedition was perfect. Mike’s decision-making, Tendi’s guidance, the strength of our Sherpa team, and the food Kumar was producing were second to none. You only had to see the look on the faces of team members from other operators…to know we had something special. I can’t wait to climb with CTSS again.

Kevin A (source: Guide)

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

  • 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 the Everest Base Camp for two days (or even longer, if you’d like!).

    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.

    Everest Basecamp Trek hotel
  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced guide with expansive knowledge of the area
      • 20-day Everest Base Camp Trek (18-day trek + 2 contingency days)
      • World-class, highly-trained Sherpa team
      • All meals on the trek
      • Accommodation for the duration of your tour (double occupancy)
        • Yak and Yeti hotel in Kathmandu
        • The best teahouses available on the trek
        • Tent in the Everest Base Camp
      • All trekking permits
      • Porters (carrying your baggage)
      • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets

    What’s not included:

      • International flights to Kathmandu, Nepal 
      • Airport arrival or departure taxes
      • Travel expenses (Visa, passport, reciprocity fee, vaccination charges)
      • Optional activities not included in the itinerary or additional days before or after the tour
      • Personal trekking equipment
      • Personal expenses — e.g. non-team meals in Kathmandu, personal snacks, alcoholic beverages, laundry service, medical expenses, showers in teahouses
      • Water on the trek — possible to buy directly from stores along the route or teahouses
      • Satellite telephone air charges and 3rd party base camp Wi-Fi
      • Sherpa tip pool ($400 for trekkers)
      • Guide gratuities 
      • Required travel insurance policy (for trip cancellation, interruption, rescue & evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.)

    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
      • Lobuche climb
  • 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 
  • While you don’t need to be super athletic in order to trek the Everest Base Camp, great fitness is still required. You will be trekking 5-8 hours per day and gaining on average 300 m (1,000 ft) in elevation. Apart from long hiking days, you’ll also be carrying your daypack with all things you might need throughout the day. 

    If you’re not already very active, training several weeks prior to the trek is a must—improving your cardio and strength endurance is key here. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp is by no means exclusively reserved for advanced climbers. With enough time to adjust to high altitude, some good preparation, and the right attitude, you will enjoy the trek and reach the 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.

    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.

  • All your food on the trail is taken care of and dietary adjustments are possible.

    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.

    Hearty lunch on EBC

  • During your time in Kathmandu, you’ll be staying at the famous “Yak and Yeti” hotel. While you’re trekking, you’ll be staying in the finest teahouses available. And once you get to Everest Base Camp, you’ll be in a tent. Unlike most other Everest Base Camp tours, you actually get to spend the night here, not just tag “trekkers rock” and head back down to the valley. This allows you to mingle with mountaineers and experience the scene and the community of Everest expedition life.

    Keep in mind that the hotel and the tent are always twin shared, as well as the majority of teahouses on the trek.

     

    Three standard tents in Everest Base Camp Single accommodation in Everest Base Camp

  • 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.

    Everest Base Camp celebration
  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For the Everest Base Camp Trek, the usual group size is between 8 and 12 people with one guide and sherpas.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

    Trekking the Everest Base Camp 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. From there to the city, it’s best to take a bus or a taxi. Downtown Kathmandu is just a 15-minute drive away.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet.

  • Yes, to visit Nepal, you must have a Nepalese visa. For the Everest Base Camp Trek, 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.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Nepal, please refer to COVID-19 information by the U.S. Embassy in Nepal.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • 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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