Everest Base Camp & Kala Patar
Climbing Skill
Fitness & Stamina
View from the high point of Kala Patar with Everest dominating the panorama
Course overview

Course dates & availability

If it is your first time visting the Himalayas, this is the most famous, and most popular trek in Nepal. The trek includes the famous viewpoint of Kala Patar at 5545m, from where you see the famous Khumbu Glacier and the surrounding 8000m peaks, including Ama Dablam and Lhotse, with the towering summit of Everest.
We run this trip at the time of year when there are the best conditions and calmest weather for the best views. It is key to avoid the rainy season of April to September. During these months there is often too much snow on the upper mountain. Our scheduled dates and private expeditions are all operated outside the rainy seasons.
This trip will appeal to those looking to experience the amazing scenery of Nepal with breathtaking views every day of the trek. As the trip is non technical it requires no mountaineering, climbing or trekking experience.
As we run expeditions to high altitude peaks, such as Aconcagua, Mont Blanc and Mount Elbrus, we are very aware of the importance of acclimatisation, and so this itinerary has been carefully designed to prepare you as much as possible. The trek includes two days of acclimatisation and sightseeing to make it less intense.
Dates not suit?: For groups of just two or more, we will run bespoke trips on any dates outside the rainy monsoon season for exactly the same price as the standard courses.
Dates: These are listed in the column on the right, and they show the live availability from our secure online booking system. When you book online, you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine Information Booklet, course specific kit list and invoice.
Course Dates
Everest Base Camp
  • [ 0 ] 1 - 16 Oct 2017
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Client feedback
The views were breathtaking and the group was friendly. A fantastic holiday and one that I will recommend as a must to everyone I know. Thank you so much!!
Sarah J , Everest Base Camp

Expedition groups and experience

Our formula is to restrict the group sizes, so that there are a maximum of 8 clients on each trip. The small group sizes enable us to run specialist ascents, where the group can bond well, and each expedition member has great access to all the Icicle staff, local guides and porters. This is more intimate and more inclusive than the mass group commercial style expeditions run by some operators, where the needs and speed of each individual cannot be catered for. Although you require no previous mountaineering experience for this expedition, you are advised to be a competant UK hill walker who is familiar with up to six hour walking days. As you will note from the itinerary, this expedition is quite intensive in order to ensure your acclimatisation. Upon booking you will be sent a full detailed expedition dossier with suggested training and preparation and equipment lists.
Breakfast in the Mweka camp Trek Meals, Food, Guides & Porters
A key factor in the success of any expedition is its how well rested and fed the team is. We have ensured that the camps and porter services are as high as possible. All the meals on the mountain are provided throughout the expedition, so each day you are provided with breakfast (porridge, eggs, sausages, toast, fresh fruit), lunch (packed or cooked, such as spaghetti bolognaise, fruit, cakes), afternoon tea (coffee / tea / hot chocolate, and biscuits), and a large dinner in the evening (soup, main course, and dessert). The cooks and porters supply hot water to wash before meals, and they also carry extra drinking water and supplies in case anyone runs out during the day. We find that clients are always amazed by how good and plentiful the food is, especially when you round a corner and your lunch table is laid out before you! For every two clients on an expedition, we use one local guide and up to three porters. The porters
carry these tents and the sleeping bags, as well as the mess / cook tents and food, so you need not worry about carrying any major loads each day. When you stay in camps, the tents are high quality tents designed for altitude use, such as the Mountain Hardwear Trango series tents. The porters pitch and strike the tents for you each day. At each camp site on the mountain, there are basic toilet facilities. We recommend you carry only a 20 litre bag at most, the size of a typical day sack for hillwalking in the UK. We ensure that all the guides and porters are suitable fed and clothed, and have forged close links with the Porters Protection Project (PPP).

Who does the Everest Base Camp Trek appeal to, and why?
This trek is ideal for those new to trekking as it is non-technical and follows good paths and yak tracks. In good conditions it can be considered easy, but all trekking requires a basic good level of fitness so that you can enjoy the views of the amazing scenery. The trek is designed to build your acclimatisation slowly over the two weeks, but as the majority of the trek is at an altitude of over 3000m everyone will find it demanding. The average length of each day of trekking is between four and six hours, with extra breaks and lunches. Two days of rest and sightseeing are built into the trip, at the famous trading post of Namiche Bazaar and the ancient farming region of Dingboche, where you do acclimatisation walks from the camp and return there in the evening. This gives time for rest and recuperation, and also gives time to experience the scenery and cultures that you pass through.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Fly to Kathmandu International Airport, where typically the flight arrives around 18:00. Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu, evening meal, trek briefing after dinner, and equipment queries. Night in hotel.
Drive to Kathmandu airport and catch flight to Lukla airport (flight takes approx 40 mins). This is an exciting flight in a small plane to reach the high airfield with its colourful prayer flags. In the afternoon you trek from Lukla to the village of Phakding where you camp for the night. Night in Phakding camp, 2610m.
Trek through the forests to enter the narrow gorge of the start of the Khumbu National Park. After some exhiliarating crossings of some high suspension bridges you reach the prosperous trading post of Namiche Bazaar. From here you gain the first views of Everest. Night in camp at Namche Bazaar, 3400m.
Today is a day for acclimatisation and rest at the ancient trading post of Namche Bazaar. This has some of the oldest tea shops and lodges in the region with beautiful blue roofs. An afternoon acclimatisation trek up the Imja valley to a ridge with stunning views of Ama Dablam. Night camp Namche Bazaar, 3400m.
An early start from Namche Bazaar to gain the ridge crest and trek to the impressive monastery at Thyangboche. Here there is time for a tour around the monastery and Visoitors Centre. Surrounded by snow capped peaks, it is an amazing viewpoint for photos. Night in camp at Thyangboche, 3860m.
From Thyangboche there is an easy five hour trek through the fragrant rhodedendrons and past the village of Payboche which has the oldest monastery in the region. The area is an ancient farming region and you should see local farmers and yaks grazing the grasses. Night in camp at Dingboche, 4410m.
Today is another day to rest and acclimatise as you are now at an altitude of more than 4000m. The day is spent in the stunning pastoral scenery of Dingboche. There is an acclimatisation trek in the afternoon to gain around 300m with fantastic mountain views. Night in camp at Dingboche, 4410m.
Trekking through the rural countryside from Dingboche surrounded by the high mountain peaks. You also pass the poignant memorial to the local sherpas that have died on ascents of Everest. Here the view is dominated by the huge snowy face of Lhotse. Night in camp at Loboche, 4910m.
From Loboche the trek continues up the valley to the steep gravel morraines that have been deposited by the glaciers retreating. Above the gravel mounds you reach an island of grasses that is called Gorek Shep. Here, at over 5000m are the highest tea houses in the region. Night in camp at Gorak Shep,5140m.
Today is the big day to reach Everest Base Camp! Starting early for the best weather and clearest air, you climb the scree and moraine to reach the great viewpoint of Everest and walk on the surface of the famous Khumbu ice fall. Time to absorb the atmosphere & take photos. Night in camp at Gorak Shep, 5140m.
An early start today to trek the two hour steep climb to reach Kala Patar. From here you have, what is considered to be, one of the best viewpoints in the Himalayas. The peak gives a 360 degree view of the stunning snow capped mountains with Everest and the Khumbu valley. Night Pheriche camp, 4270m.
After a slightly later start from the camp at Pheriche, a short climb before continuing on a good contour track towards the bridge at Phortse. Here you have great views down the Khumbu valley and across the valley to the Tyangboche monastery framed by the high mountains. Night in Kang Tega camp.
From Phortse you start the descent back down the scenic valley, crossing the river, and climbing to Mon La before reaching Namche Bazaar. Here there is time for some lunch and shopping in Namche Bazaar, then another couple of hours of trekking to reach the camp at Monjo village. Night in the camp at Monjo.
Passing through the local villages of the Monjo region, the trek takes us to the traditional Sherpa village of Chaumrikharka, where there is time for lunch and photos. The final part of the trek is a short steep climb to reach the lodge at Lukla. There is a traditional Nepalese dinner and the night is spent in the Lukla lodge.
Today after breakfast in the lodge in Lukla, there is a transfer to the airport to catch the internal flight back to Kathmandu. The afternoon can be spent either relaxing in the hotel in Kathmandu, or exporing the great shopping bargains that Kathmandu is famous for. In the evening you go out for a group celebratory meal.
Morning off for you to explore Kathmandui, before the airport transfer. The flight usually leaves in the mid afternoon, arriving back in the UK late on Monday evening/ early Tuesday morning.
ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow the itineraries, but as mountain activities are always weather and conditions dependant, we are sometimes forced to alter the plans. If this is the case, a suitable different route will be attempted, and you will be informed at the first suitable opportunity. Please use this outline course itinerary as a guide to the style of trip, with good conditions, as it will not necessarily be an exact blueprint for the exact schedule that you will follow.
Effect of climate change on Khumbu Glacier / Kala Patar
The weather patterns in the Himalayas are changing, and the icefields are shrinking. It is not necessary to use an ice axe or crampons on the mountain or during this trek. The typical weather at present is clear mornings, then an afternoon cloud build up (often with short shower), then the clouds break in the evening and over night. This pattern explains why on the day to summit the high point of Kala Patar you and your guides will set off at first light in the early morning to take advantage of the clear skies so that you get the best views at the top.
Course Prices
Everest Base Camp Trek
14 days guiding, 16 days in total £1449
Flights to Kathmandu
Icicle holds ATOL T7228
We can supply flights to Kathmandu
Secure online booking system
Standard Course Inclusions: 1) Nepalese trekking guides for daily leading and guiding, 2) Icicle UK Western Leaders if group has six or more clients, 3) Pre expedition Info Booklet, 4) Equipment discount voucher for UK kit shops, 5) All Lodge and tent accommodation in Nepal on a full board basis (Lukla to Lukla), 6) Road transport in Nepal to / from Lukla airport to start / end the trek and airport transfers to / from Kathmandu airport and Kathmandu hotel, 7) All costs for expedition leaders, local guides and porters, 8) We provide all communal equipment such as tents and cooking kit (you provide your own clothing, walking boots, and sleeping bag with mat), 9) Internal flights to / from Kathmandu to Lukla airport, 10) Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (B&B basis).
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Kathmandu International airport, 2) Bar and restaurant bills, 3) Evening meals on the first and last night in Kathmandu (budget on £10 per night), 4) UK and foreign airport taxes, optional trips, souvenirs, 5) Local porter / guide tips (approx £40pp), 6) Nepalese departure tax, 7) Your personal laundry, telephone calls, and any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 8) Extras before course: personal activities insurance, and excess baggage charges.
Notes: This trip requires a minimum number of 4 people. If there are less than minimum numbers, the course can go ahead if you request it, but the price will rise. In this situation, should you choose not to continue your booking, you can opt for a full refund or a transfer onto another course or date.
Icicle expedition kit bag for FREE
All those booking on this trip are entitled to a free Icicle expedition kit bag. This tough c.65 litre capacity kit bag is designed for full expedition usage and is made out of durable fabric, and features carry straps. It normally retails at £50. Postage within the UK is included in the prices. If you live overseas, it's not a problem at all. We'll let you know the price for postage. Want a second bag? Order another, click here.
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Flights UK to Kathmandu
From £600 (inc. airport taxes)
Icicle is fully bonded with ATOL, and so we are able to offer flights to Kathmandu International Airport. This is served by, and flights from the UK are from Heathrow. See our ATOL licence, details.
Nepalese Departure Tax
Payable on entry / exit £15
We do not force clients to have these obligatory taxes iincluded in the prices, as they are paid locally in US Dollars, and some clients may benefit from the exchange rates by opting to pay these directly at the airport.

Extend your trip with the Chitwan Jungle Safari

Many people choose to extend their stay for an extra three days to experience safari. Close to Kathmandu is the Chitwan National Park which is a world famous reserve and one of the last places to see the Asian one-horned Rhino. The action packed three days include a visit to the village of Tharu, an elephant back safari ride, travel in a dug out canoe, and a visit to the elephant breeding centre. Transport to and from Kathmandu is included. We offer this three day extension from £350. At night you stay in comfortable local lodges. Contact us for further details.
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