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Everest Base Camp ..

.. Full Itinerary

16 day trip / 11 days trekking


Depart from UK

We will meet our group and Action Challenge staff at the airport and check in together before boarding our flight to Kathmandu.


Meals: In-flight  Accom: Flight 


Kathmandu - Manthali

On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met at the airport and transfer to our hotel just outside of Manthali, where our local flight departs from the following day. We will stop off for a food break en route to Manthali, and upon arrival, we will have our briefing from our Action Challenge leader and local head guide who will be leading us on the challenge. In the evening we enjoy a welcome meal together and relax before our early departure in the morning.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel


Lukla - Phakding - 2,610 m, 7km / 3 hours trekking

We leave our hotel early and transfer to the airport for our exhilarating flight to Lukla. Clear skies permitting, we will get our first glimpse of Everest, Ama Dablam and Nuptse. The awe-inspiring scale of the Himalayan giants will give us an exciting taste of what’s to come. On arrival in the famous town of Lukla (‘Place with many goats and sheep’) we will trek towards Phakding, following the Dudh Kosi river along a centuries-old trading trail that runs from Nepal to Tibet. We will spend the night in a lodge in Phakding.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House


Phakding - Namche - 3,449m, 6km / 5-6 hours trekking

On our first full trekking day we cross the mighty glacier-fed Dudh Kosi river and continue through forested valleys to enter the Sagarmatha National Park, where we find rock walls and huge boulders ornately carved with Buddhist prayers. Tonight we stay at the famous village of Namche Bazaar.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House


Acclimatisation Day (Namche) - 3,449m, 5km / 4-5 hours trekking

Today we rise early for a short climb to the ridge above Namche for a stunning sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. We then return to Namche to begin our acclimatisation walk to the hills above Namche Bazaar, enjoying the dramatic backdrop from the top, where we spend an hour or so relaxing at the altitude. We then return for a more leisurely afternoon in Namche before settling in for a second night to allow for further acclimatisation.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House


Namche - Deboche - 3,820m, 9.5km / 7-8 hours trekking

From Namche, the trail follows the contours of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. From here we will see incredible views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stop-over for lunch. Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche, famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. From here, it's a short trek through rhodendron-shaded trails to reach Deboche.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House


Deboche - Dingboche - 4,410m, 10km / 6-8 hours trekking

The trail winds through rhododendron forest, crosses the Imja Khola river and has fine vantage points of Ama Dablam. It then climbs gradually past beautifully carved mani stones to reach the village of Pangboche where we continue along the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Kholas, turning east into the Imja Valley. A path lined with stone walls leads us through fields to our accommodation in Dingboche village.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House


Acclimatisation Day (Dingboche) - 4,410m, 5km / 4-5 hours trekking

Dingboche village lies at the head of two valleys in the shadow of Pokalde (5745m). For our acclimatisation walk today we head up the Chukung Valley for fantastic views of the Himalaya’s majestic mountains including the towering south face of Lhotse and Island Peak. We return to our accommodation in Dingboche for the night.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House


Dingboche - Lobuche - 4,910m, 8km / 4-6 hours trekking

We head up the Chola Khola valley towards the village of Dughla and descend to follow the valley to Lobuche. We will feel the temperature drop today, but the stunning sight of Nuptse bathed in an ethereal moonlight will keep our spirits high.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 10

Everest Base Camp - 5,364m, 10km / 8-10 hours trekking

Today is the day! With the buzz of expedition in the air, we leave Lobuche at dawn. The sun soon reaches the summits of the Himalayan peaks and slowly lights up the valley floor. We traverse the Khumbu Glacier, climbing towards Gorak Shep (‘Graveyard of Crows’), where a couple of simple mountain lodges are set amongst breathtaking mountain scenery. Together we continue at a slow but steady pace on our bid to reach Base Camp along the Khumbu Glacier at 5,364m. It’s a long and tiring day at altitude but team spirit drives us on to reach Everest Base Camp. We spend a little time taking photos and celebrating our achievement before making our way back down to Gorak Shep where we spend the night.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 11

Kala Patthar (Optional) - Pheriche - 5,550m, 15km / 8-10 hours trekking

Today, we have the option for those who are in good health to do so, take on the slow and steady climb to the summit of Kala Patthar. This is a tough trek which begins at 4am, but an achievement that is rewarded with spectacular views of the mighty Everest and the Khumbu Glacier below as the sun rises. We then re-join the rest of the group at Gorek Shep and all descend to Periche to complete a long but unforgettable day. If a trek to Kala Patthar is not possible due to inclement weather, we will descend directly to Periche.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 12

Pheriche - Namche - 3,449m, 20km / 9-10 hours trekking

After breakfast this morning, we descend back down from Periche along the valley floor, back through Tengboche where we stop for lunch under views of the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam once again and continue along the winding route to the colourful village of Namche. 


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 13

Namche - Lukla - 2,850m, 20km / 8-9 hours trekking

Today, we complete the last leg of our challenge together back down to the town of Lukla. The familiarity is a welcome feeling as we cross back over the swing bridges and into the warmer air of the forests.


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 14

Return to Kathmandu

This morning, we take a local flight back to Manthalli airport, and from there, transfer back to Kathmandu. Here we enjoy a decent shower and sit down for our last meal together; a celebration of our great achievement and a toast to our new found friends!


Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 15

Depart Kathmandu

This morning is our free time to spend as we wish - we will have the opportunity to take in the ancient Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site, crammed full of brightly-coloured stalls laden with Buddhist and Tibetan souvenirs and surrounded by palaces and temples. We can also visit Swayambhu, a large Stupa with stunning views of the city, plenty of monkeys and a great place to eat Momos (a delicious local specialty!). Those who want to take it easy can spend the morning wandering around backpacker haven Thamel, or kick back with a book in the beautiful “Garden of Dreams.” This evening (flight time dependant) we transfer to the airport for our return flight home.


Meals: B

DAY 16

Arrive in London

After our flight lands, we head on our separate ways, with fantastic stories, photos and memories to share with our friends and families. 

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What's included in the package


  • Fully supported 16 day group challenge
  • UK qualified medic
  • Full support team, including local guides
  • International flights and air travel taxes
  • Action Challenge trek leader
  • All accommodation, twin share - hotels / tea house
  • All meals with the group; including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Day in Kathmandu ended with a celebratory dinner
  • Pre event support including discounted training weekends

Not included

  • Airline fuel surcharge 
  • Single supplement for tent / hotel
  • Nepal visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Tips for local crew
  • Optional extensions
  • Optional training weekends
  • Kit hire

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