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Everest Base Camp September 15th-30th 2021

September 15 @ 8:00 am - September 30 @ 5:00 pm


Join us in Nepal for this classic Himalayan adventure to Everest Base Camp (17,600′).

This trek leads you to the heart of the Khumbu region where you can feel the Sherpa hospitality and the rich Tibetan Buddhist culture. Join us for this adventure of a lifetime and follow in the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary who trekked this very route to climb and eventually summit the top of the world in 1953.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@nowoutdoors.org.

15 Days $1,899
Deposit of $450 (non-refundable) due no later than April 1st
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AS ALWAYS >>> We will send you a full recommended gear list once your payment has been received.

Day 01:  Arrive in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our amazing team will pick you up at the arrival gate and take you and all your gear to the hotel.  If the time permits, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag.


Day 02:  Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, a visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will follow then the Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening.  After concluding the sightseeing, there will be a seminar for you to attend to discuss the upcoming trekking plans.


Day 03: Fly to Lukla (35 min) and trek to Phakding (2652m). 3-4 hrs

Ideally, we will arrive in Lukla between 7 – 9 am, so that you can have breakfast and start walking mostly downhill for a relaxed walk on your first day.  The total hike should take 3-5 hours, depending on if you will travel to Phakding or Monjo.  If you go to Phakding (2,650m/8,694ft) it will be about 3 hours walking and if you are going to Monjo (2,850m/9,350ft) it will take approximately 5 hours.  If we are going to Monjo, we will have lunch in Phakding and then continue onto Monjo, arriving in the afternoon. When you arrive, you will check into your room and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and starting the acclimatization process. Make sure you keep well hydrated; drinking 3 to 4 liters of water a day is essential all the way through the trek. 9km/ 5.6 miles to Phakding or Monjo will be 13km/ 8.8 miles


Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m). 6-7 hrs

For the first couple of hours you will get to cross some of the famous suspension bridges, while gradually moving up-hill towards the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, the official entrance to the Everest Region.  You continue downhill on for a short time before it levels out to flat ground on mixed terrain. The trail then follows the river to the final high suspension bridge before you begin the long ‘Namche Hill’, which can take 2 hours, to reach the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. The total for today’s trekking is usually 6 hours long with plenty of breaks and rest along the way. From Phakding to Namche is 11.3 km/ 7.02 miles


Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.

Today is one of our acclimatization trek days.  As you trek up behind Namche Bazaar, the trail is quite steep and you can feel the lack of oxygen while you ascend 460m/1,509ft to Shangbouche Airport, then cross the runway and head another 100m/ 328ft up to Shangbouche Hill at 3,900m/ 12,795ft. We will enjoy the stunning views and relax for 30-45 minutes before returning back to Namche. This trek is an essential part of the acclimatization process and usually takes approximately 4 hours. 3km/ 1.8 miles


Day 06: Namche to Tengbuche (3867m). 5-6 hrs

Today we will hike towards Tengbouche, at 3,900m/ 12,795ft. After ascending out of Namche, the first 2 hours are relaxed walking, traversing the left hand side of the valley, high above the valley floor.  The trail then descends down toward the river for our lunch stop.  From here it will take 2 – 3 hours to hike up the long hill to the town of Tengbouche. This is a gradual but long ascent and the total time will be 5/6 hours of hiking today. 12km/ 7.5 miles


Day 07: Tengbouche to Dingbuche (4358m). 5-6 hrs

From Tengbouche, we will travel to Dingbouche, at 4,400m/ 14,436ft.  The trail starts down-hill and continues very gradually up and down hills before crossing the river and gradually head up hill towards Pangbouche for lunch (Pangbouche was one of the villages on the trail that suffered most from the recent earthquakes), which usually takes 2-3 hours. From there it is a gradual up-hill trek towards the Imja Valley looking towards Island Peak and an hour later arriving in Dingbouche. The total trekking time today will be 5 to 6 hours. 12km/ 7.5 miles


Day 08: Acclimatization day

Today, we spend another night in Dingbouche to further the acclimatization process. From here we will aim to reach the height of 4,900m/ 16,076ft, gaining 500m/1,640ft, in this acclimatization trek which should take approximately 3 hours.  We will enjoy the views and rest for about 30-45 min. at the high point before dropping back down for lunch and an afternoon of relaxing. 3km/ 1.86 miles and 500m/ 1,640ft of ascent and descent.


Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4828m). 5-6 hrs

From Dingbouche we will head to Lobuche, at 4828m. The trail heads back towards the Khumbu valley and continues on a long and slow trek across a beautiful elevated route towards Dugla, where we will stop for a while to eat lunch and rest. This stretch usually takes 2 hours and after lunch, from Dugla to Lobuche, will be an additional 3 hours with plenty of rest stops. After stopping at Dugla we have a long uphill section over the Thukla Pass to top out at the Everest Memorial, before heading on to Lobuche.  We will be trekking for a total of 5 hours today. 12km/ 7.5 miles


Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep-EBC – Gorakshep (5160m-5365m-5160m). 7-8 hrs

Today we travel from Lobuche to Gorak Shep at 5,160m. Today’s trek is very beautiful and unique, crossing a lot of loose rock and Glacier moraine.  The trail into Gorak Shep takes approximately 3 hours.  We will have lunch here before continuing an additional 3 hours to reach Everest Base Camp, where we will spend some time enjoying the Base Camp of the World’s highest mountain! The hike back to Gorak Shep is a another 2 hours, bringing this long day to end after a total of 7 or 8 hours of hiking.  Today is very challenging day for most people. 10km/ 6.2 miles


Day 11: Hike to Kalapatthar, trek down to Pheriche (5555m-4358m). 7-8 hrs

After a good night’s rest in Gorak Shep, those who feel ready and able, will wake up very early and hike up Kala Phattar to see the sun rise over Everest. This is a difficult 3 hour up-hill hike which is very hard work, but well worth it for the amazing views of Everest in the early morning. Once you return back to Gorak Shep, you will have breakfast and return all the way to Pheriche at 4358m. This can take 4 hours, making the total amount of time walking 7 hours today. 18km/ 11.2 miles

Day 12: Trek down to Namche Bazaar (3440m). 7-8 hrs


Today we will trek from Pheriche back to Namche Bazaar.  Today is another long day and can take approximately 7 to 9 hours. As you are heading down-hill, to lower levels of altitude and you can cover the ground quicker than on the way up. When you get back to Namche you will get to enjoy the delights at the Namche Bakery or play a few rounds of pool at Cafe Danfe before we rest up for the long walk back to Lukla tomorrow. 22km/ 13.7 miles


Day 13: Trek down to Lukla (2652m). 7-8 hrs

This is another long day and can be one of the hardest as your body is tired after the trek. You start the day going back down Namche Hill and then the long stretch back to Lukla.  You will pass Phakding before starting the last uphill section into Lukla where we will sleep for one more night.  Today’s trek can take 7 to 8 hours. 21km/ 13 miles


Day 14: Early morning flight back to Kathmandu (1300m). 35 min fly

Today your legs get a break as you only have to trek to Lukla Airport and fly back to Kathmandu, which is only about 10 minutes walking! We will arrive at Kathmandu in time for breakfast and you will be able to spend the day relaxing and picking up a few more souvenirs.


Day 15: Departure Day

Cost Includes:
All airport pick up / drop off and hotel transfers as per the itinerary
Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the itinerary
A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with tour guide
Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport departure taxes
Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag
Teahouse / Lodge accommodation during the trek
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
An experienced English-speaking trekking guide and a porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
A comprehensive medical kit
Farewell dinner in Nepali Authentic Restaurant
All government taxes, VAT and office service charge

Cost Exclude:
Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs)
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
Monument sites entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
Excess baggage charges
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if early arrival or late departure, and earlier return from the mountain (due to any other than the scheduled itinerary)
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, internet / Wi-Fi, laundry, bar bills – tea/coffee, hot chocolate, juice, beer, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower etc.)
Tips for guides and porters (Tipping are expected, but not compulsory)

Interested in joining us! Email info@nowoutdoors.org for more details and registration information.

Nick Gordon, Wilderness EMT, is owner aof NOW Outdoors LLC. He teaches wilderness adventure courses for UW-Milwaukee and teaches for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2009, Nick has been leading wilderness adventure, medicine, and survival courses throughout the Midwest and abroad including Nepal, Canada, Peru, and deep in the Amazon Jungle.


September 15 @ 8:00 am
September 30 @ 5:00 pm
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