Everest base camp

Nepal

Marvel at spectacular Himalayan vistas as you navigate narrow mule tracks between snow-capped mountains on your way to the foot of the world's most famous mountain, Mount Everest.

Trip duration:

17 days

Challenge duration:

11 days

Challenge grade:

5/5

Departure months:

March to May, September to November

Accommodation:

Twin-share in 2-3 star hotels, basic lodges and teahouses

Hiking to Everest Base Camp

On this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, you will trek to the gateway of the highest peak in the world — Mount Everest. Beginning in Kathmandu, you will discover the history and culture of Nepal’s colourful and chaotic capital city, before embarking on the adventure-of-a-lifetime.

From a hive of activity to the serenity of the Himalayas, for 11 days you will trek through alpine meadows, into birch and rhododendron forest, across rivers and along narrow mule tracks between snow-capped mountains.

By day you will experience the majesty of the Himalayas together with a team of local guides and sherpas. At night you will fall asleep in traditional lodges and teahouses in remote Nepalese villages.

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • Experience the majesty of the Himalayas by day and sleep in traditional mountain villages at night
  • Immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of Nepal’s Annapurna foothills as you follow narrow paths between terraced rice fields and majestic snow-capped mountains
  • Discover the history and culture of Nepal’s colourful and chaotic capital city and explore some of the incredible sites on our city tour

Trip notes

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

The adventure-of-a-lifetime begins today as we board our international flight to Kathmandu. The flight into Nepal’s capital city is breathtaking as the Himalayas open out before us. On arrival, we are greeted by our local guide and transferred to our hotel. Tonight, we gather for our welcome team dinner at an Authentic Nepali Restaurant.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour

After breakfast, it’s time to discover Nepal’s capital city on a full day guided tour. Many of Kathmandu’s main attractions are World Heritage-listed in recognition of their cultural and historical significance. In fact, there are more World Heritage-listed sites in Kathmandu than any other city in the world! We’ll visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine. Only Hindus are allowed to enter, but there are many places along the perimeter that have a great view. We’ll also explore Swoyambhunath, a golden-topped stupa set atop a wooded hill, and Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world and the most important Buddhist site in the country. This is the focal point for Kathmandu’s Tibetan community and, throughout the day, hundreds of pilgrims and visitors circle the stupa, spinning prayer wheels and reciting mantras. Finally, we’ll explore the shrines and arya-ghats (cremation sites) on the banks of the Bagmati River.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) and Trek to Phakding (2630m)

This morning we board an early morning flight into Lukla – a spectacular and exciting beginning to our trek. Upon landing at an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpas in the 1960s, we enjoy breakfast while our crew sorts and loads our equipment. It’s then time to begin our trek! Setting off through pine and cedar woods along the Dudh Kosi River, we will encounter our first yak caravans hauling equipment and supplies, including ours, towards the next campsite. We head downhill to the small village of Ghat and then on to Phakding to explore the Pema Choling Monastery perched on a hillside above the village.

Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Today’s trek is longer, as we climb to Namche Bazaar through the river valley, into blue pine and rhododendron forest and across many high suspension bridges. Following lunch, we enter the gates of Sagamartha National Park and after several river crossings, we begin the steep ascent to Namche. On this last leg, the mighty Mount Everest will come into view for the first time, so keep your camera handy! Arriving in Namche in the late afternoon, we are free at leisure to rest or explore. A colourful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, Namche boasts fabulous cuisine and stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Namche Bazaar Acclimatisation Day (3880m)

Today, we rest in Namche Bazaar to aid in acclimatisation. Namche, the administrative capital of the region, was once the staging point for trading expeditions to Tibet, and beyond. Even today, Tibetans are often seen in the village, trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. Enjoy lazy strolls around town or short walks to nearby lookouts. Today we will also take an excursion to Thame Monastery, a picturesque site overlooking the valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m)

This morning we embark on one of the most spectacular treks of our Everest adventure. Leaving Namche, we climb towards the National Park headquarters and follow a trail high above the Dudh Kosi. From here, we can see the route to Tengboche snaking up the mountain ahead, with the summit of Mount Everest and surrounding peaks as a backdrop. As we trek through the birch and silver fir forest, we may even spot Himalayan tahr, musk deer or pheasants. We then ascend towards Tengboche through pine, black juniper and rhododendron forest, arriving in the late afternoon. Tengboche Gompa is the religious and cultural centre of the Khumbu region and boasts incredible views of Mount Everest. Founded in 1912, it has been destroyed and rebuilt twice as a result of earthquakes and fire.

Trekking Time: 5-6 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m)

Today we trek to Dingboche, along a trail that steadily ascends through alpine meadow. As we trek, we will see the small village of Deboche and its nunnery in the valley below.

Trekking Time: 4-5 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8: Dingboche Acclimatisation Day (4730m)

Today we rest in Dingboche to again aid acclimatisation. You may like to explore the village, rest up or hike to Chukung to view the peaks of Imja Tse (6,189m), Lhotse (8,516m) and Ama Dablam (6,856), and the fluted ice walls flanking the Amphu Lapcha pass.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Trek Dingboche to Thugla (4620m)

From Dingboche, we endure higher elevation, and the air gets much thinner. Breathing does get harder, so we have to be careful to take it slowly from here onwards. After a good acclimatisation, we embark on a morning walk uphill which will take less than an hour, and will spoil us with overwhelming views of surrounding landscapes and mountains. After the climb, the walk gets better on the gradual slope until we reach Thugla for a lunch break, where the raging Dudh Kosi river starts and is fed by the melting Khumbu glacier.

Trekking Time: 3 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek Thugla to Lobuche (4920m)

Today we embark on a strenuous climb for an hour to Thugla pass at 4,820 meters, where there are many memorials of the climbers who died on Everest, Lhotse and other mountain expeditions. From here, we enjoy a nice walk for another hour to Lobuche, where there are dozens of lodges to accommodate trekkers.

Trekking Time: 2 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5180m) and Excursion to Everest Base Camp (5364m)

The day has finally come to trek to Everest Base Camp! From Lobuche, we follow a broad trail parallel to the Khumbu Glacier, ascending gradually as the path winds over the rocky moraine towards the settlement of Gorak Shep. We are now among the glaciers of the world’s highest peaks. Upon reaching Gorak Shep, we break for lunch before continuing to Everest Base Camp. Congratulations, you made it! After celebrations, and ample time to take in the magnitude of our accomplishment, we return to Gorak Shep.

Trekking Time: 8 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Trek Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5540m) and then to Pheriche (4230m)

The peak of Kala Patthar offers astounding views of Mount Everest, and this morning we will rise early to ensure we capture the mighty mountain when the sky is at its clearest. The path to Kala Patthar climbs the grassy ridge above Gorak Shep. The ascent is quite steep, and the trek can be difficult due to the altitude. However, the view from the top is spectacular as we find ourselves surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world – the peaks of Pumari, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest, tantalisingly close in the clear morning air. With time to savour the incredible views, we begin our trek to Pheriche.

Trekking Time: 8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Trek Pheriche to Kyangjuma (3550m)

After yesterday’s adventure-filled day, we gear up for another fresh day. We first cross the Khumbu stream and then embark on the primary Everest route, passing through several villages, such as Tsuro Wog, Orsho and Shomare, until Pangboche, at the base of Ama Dablam. Advancing further, we pass through two more villages, Dingboche and Tengboche. We encounter a steep descent of about 500m through the rhododendron bushes, while fir trees await us. After that, we cross the bridge over Dudhkoshi River and pass through villages, Tashinga and Sansa, before we arrive at Kyangjuma, another serene village.

Trekking Time: 7 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Trek Kyangjuma to Chumowa (2820m)

From Tengboche, we embark on a lengthy day’s hike, however, it is generally on the downward course from Tengboche, re-joining the trip back to Namche Bazaar. Here, we stop for a break before we continue the pace downhill to the river basin ground, with little ascents to a nice Chumowa village for the night stop.

Trekking Time: 5 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Trek Chumowa to Lukla (2840m)

Today, we retrace our steps through rhododendron and pine forests, and back past Benkar and Phakding to Chaunrikhara. We leave the main trail at Chaunrikhara and climb the short distance to the small airstrip of Lukla. Upon arrival in Lukla, we will check into our overnight accommodation. The rest of the day is free at leisure for you to relax and rest after a challenging yet rewarding trek.

Trekking Time: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

Today, we take the return flight to Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. The day is free at leisure to explore Nepal’s bustling capital city before we gather for our farewell group dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu

Bid farewell to Kathmandu, Nepal and our Everest adventure as you make your own way to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight home. We are filled with the memories and moments that have made this adventure one you will never forget.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

The adventure-of-a-lifetime begins today as we board our international flight to Kathmandu. The flight into Nepal’s capital city is breathtaking as the Himalayas open out before us. On arrival, we are greeted by our local guide and transferred to our hotel. Tonight, we gather for our welcome team dinner at an Authentic Nepali Restaurant.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour

After breakfast, it’s time to discover Nepal’s capital city on a full day guided tour. Many of Kathmandu’s main attractions are World Heritage-listed in recognition of their cultural and historical significance. In fact, there are more World Heritage-listed sites in Kathmandu than any other city in the world! We’ll visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine. Only Hindus are allowed to enter, but there are many places along the perimeter that have a great view. We’ll also explore Swoyambhunath, a golden-topped stupa set atop a wooded hill, and Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world and the most important Buddhist site in the country. This is the focal point for Kathmandu’s Tibetan community and, throughout the day, hundreds of pilgrims and visitors circle the stupa, spinning prayer wheels and reciting mantras. Finally, we’ll explore the shrines and arya-ghats (cremation sites) on the banks of the Bagmati River.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m) and Trek to Phakding (2630m)

This morning we board an early morning flight into Lukla – a spectacular and exciting beginning to our trek. Upon landing at an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpas in the 1960s, we enjoy breakfast while our crew sorts and loads our equipment. It’s then time to begin our trek! Setting off through pine and cedar woods along the Dudh Kosi River, we will encounter our first yak caravans hauling equipment and supplies, including ours, towards the next campsite. We head downhill to the small village of Ghat and then on to Phakding to explore the Pema Choling Monastery perched on a hillside above the village.

Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Today’s trek is longer, as we climb to Namche Bazaar through the river valley, into blue pine and rhododendron forest and across many high suspension bridges. Following lunch, we enter the gates of Sagamartha National Park and after several river crossings, we begin the steep ascent to Namche. On this last leg, the mighty Mount Everest will come into view for the first time, so keep your camera handy! Arriving in Namche in the late afternoon, we are free at leisure to rest or explore. A colourful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, Namche boasts fabulous cuisine and stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Namche Bazaar Acclimatisation Day (3880m)

Today, we rest in Namche Bazaar to aid in acclimatisation. Namche, the administrative capital of the region, was once the staging point for trading expeditions to Tibet, and beyond. Even today, Tibetans are often seen in the village, trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. Enjoy lazy strolls around town or short walks to nearby lookouts. Today we will also take an excursion to Thame Monastery, a picturesque site overlooking the valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m)

This morning we embark on one of the most spectacular treks of our Everest adventure. Leaving Namche, we climb towards the National Park headquarters and follow a trail high above the Dudh Kosi. From here, we can see the route to Tengboche snaking up the mountain ahead, with the summit of Mount Everest and surrounding peaks as a backdrop. As we trek through the birch and silver fir forest, we may even spot Himalayan tahr, musk deer or pheasants. We then ascend towards Tengboche through pine, black juniper and rhododendron forest, arriving in the late afternoon. Tengboche Gompa is the religious and cultural centre of the Khumbu region and boasts incredible views of Mount Everest. Founded in 1912, it has been destroyed and rebuilt twice as a result of earthquakes and fire.

Trekking Time: 5-6 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m)

Today we trek to Dingboche, along a trail that steadily ascends through alpine meadow. As we trek, we will see the small village of Deboche and its nunnery in the valley below.

Trekking Time: 4-5 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8: Dingboche Acclimatisation Day (4730m)

Today we rest in Dingboche to again aid acclimatisation. You may like to explore the village, rest up or hike to Chukung to view the peaks of Imja Tse (6,189m), Lhotse (8,516m) and Ama Dablam (6,856), and the fluted ice walls flanking the Amphu Lapcha pass.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Trek Dingboche to Thugla (4620m)

From Dingboche, we endure higher elevation, and the air gets much thinner. Breathing does get harder, so we have to be careful to take it slowly from here onwards. After a good acclimatisation, we embark on a morning walk uphill which will take less than an hour, and will spoil us with overwhelming views of surrounding landscapes and mountains. After the climb, the walk gets better on the gradual slope until we reach Thugla for a lunch break, where the raging Dudh Kosi river starts and is fed by the melting Khumbu glacier.

Trekking Time: 3 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek Thugla to Lobuche (4920m)

Today we embark on a strenuous climb for an hour to Thugla pass at 4,820 meters, where there are many memorials of the climbers who died on Everest, Lhotse and other mountain expeditions. From here, we enjoy a nice walk for another hour to Lobuche, where there are dozens of lodges to accommodate trekkers.

Trekking Time: 2 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5180m) and Excursion to Everest Base Camp (5364m)

The day has finally come to trek to Everest Base Camp! From Lobuche, we follow a broad trail parallel to the Khumbu Glacier, ascending gradually as the path winds over the rocky moraine towards the settlement of Gorak Shep. We are now among the glaciers of the world’s highest peaks. Upon reaching Gorak Shep, we break for lunch before continuing to Everest Base Camp. Congratulations, you made it! After celebrations, and ample time to take in the magnitude of our accomplishment, we return to Gorak Shep.

Trekking Time: 8 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Trek Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5540m) and then to Pheriche (4230m)

The peak of Kala Patthar offers astounding views of Mount Everest, and this morning we will rise early to ensure we capture the mighty mountain when the sky is at its clearest. The path to Kala Patthar climbs the grassy ridge above Gorak Shep. The ascent is quite steep, and the trek can be difficult due to the altitude. However, the view from the top is spectacular as we find ourselves surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world – the peaks of Pumari, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest, tantalisingly close in the clear morning air. With time to savour the incredible views, we begin our trek to Pheriche.

Trekking Time: 8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Trek Pheriche to Kyangjuma (3550m)

After yesterday’s adventure-filled day, we gear up for another fresh day. We first cross the Khumbu stream and then embark on the primary Everest route, passing through several villages, such as Tsuro Wog, Orsho and Shomare, until Pangboche, at the base of Ama Dablam. Advancing further, we pass through two more villages, Dingboche and Tengboche. We encounter a steep descent of about 500m through the rhododendron bushes, while fir trees await us. After that, we cross the bridge over Dudhkoshi River and pass through villages, Tashinga and Sansa, before we arrive at Kyangjuma, another serene village.

Trekking Time: 7 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Trek Kyangjuma to Chumowa (2820m)

From Tengboche, we embark on a lengthy day’s hike, however, it is generally on the downward course from Tengboche, re-joining the trip back to Namche Bazaar. Here, we stop for a break before we continue the pace downhill to the river basin ground, with little ascents to a nice Chumowa village for the night stop.

Trekking Time: 5 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Trek Chumowa to Lukla (2840m)

Today, we retrace our steps through rhododendron and pine forests, and back past Benkar and Phakding to Chaunrikhara. We leave the main trail at Chaunrikhara and climb the short distance to the small airstrip of Lukla. Upon arrival in Lukla, we will check into our overnight accommodation. The rest of the day is free at leisure for you to relax and rest after a challenging yet rewarding trek.

Trekking Time: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

Today, we take the return flight to Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. The day is free at leisure to explore Nepal’s bustling capital city before we gather for our farewell group dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu

Bid farewell to Kathmandu, Nepal and our Everest adventure as you make your own way to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight home. We are filled with the memories and moments that have made this adventure one you will never forget.

Meals: Breakfast

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

ABOUT THE ADVENTURE

How challenging is this adventure?

The Everest Base Camp trek is ranked 5/5. This adventure is challenging, involving trekking at altitude over consecutive days, up to 3-9 hours a day (possibly more subject to weather conditions and altitude). It is essential that you prepare for it. You will be much more likely to reach Everest Base Camp if you undertake an appropriate fitness regime in preparation. Nothing can truly prepare you for the altitude of 5,380 metres, but you can make your trek easier with proper training and reaching a fitness level capable of trekking over consecutive days with a pack on your back. The better prepared you are, the more likely you will enjoy the experience and your body will be able to deal with the rigours of adapting to high altitudes.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

FITNESS AND TRAINING

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

We recommend that in the months leading up to your climb, that you make use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. You need significant strength in your legs and a sense of determination, as there are some demanding sections, which are made more challenging by the altitude. Be consistent in your training, walk as often as possible and increase the intensity of your workouts to gain the most benefit from them. 

While no trekking experience is required prior to registration, a good level of physical fitness is essential. Ample time is allocated each day to reach the next accommodation or campsite, so there is no need to rush. In fact, we advise that you trek slowly to aid acclimatisation and improve your chances of summit success. Please consult your GP or a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for this challenge. 

In addition to your physical training, it’s important to be mentally prepared for the challenge. You might encounter setbacks and difficult periods during the trek, but remind yourself that many people have achieved this feat before you, and you can do it too. Maintain a positive attitude, and remember your guide will be there to encourage and inspire you all the way!

ACCOMMODATION

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share 2-3 star hotels, lodges and teahouses. 

Teahouses are basic but comfortable, however they can get cold. You’ll need your thermals, fleece, beanie, gloves and a sleeping bag. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms can be requested at an additional cost (subject to availability). Please note, on this adventure single rooms are only available at the hotels in Kathmandu and Lukla.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

WHAT TO EXPECT

What are the toilets like? 

Most hotels, lodges and teahouses will have private amenities with water and flushing toilets. While trekking, toilets are likely to be basic squat-style with no toilet paper provided. When using toilet paper, it should not be flushed and instead be placed in the bins provided or in a recyclable brown paper bag or zip-lock bag to be disposed of later. Restrooms in restaurants and other public places will vary. At places such as Gorakshep, Lobuche and Dingboche, only squat toilets are available.

Are showers available? 

Yes, there are showers available at the hotels in Kathmandu and Lukla. Showers are available at almost all teahouses for a small charge. It costs Rs 400-550 per person for a hot shower.

What is the food like? 

You can expect a selection of cooked and continental breakfast options each day. During the trek, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be served at local teahouses. Daal bhaat power, 24 hour! This delicious local dish is also what the crew will be eating at lunch, and they know what's good. It's the best source of energy and will keep you going for the rest of the day. But don't worry, there will be other options to choose from, too. Dinners include a variety of cooked foods such as fried rice or noodles, pizza, momos, vegetables and more daal bhaat, and some other western dishes.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. 

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

If you have worldwide coverage, you can bring your own mobile phone and use it to make domestic or international calls. Please check with your mobile service provider prior to departure regarding international roaming and associated costs. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM card. Please ensure your phone is unlocked prior to departure. 

Mobile phone reception will be limited during the trek, but generally fine in the city. There will be free Wi-Fi available at the hotels, and some teahouses will offer it for a small fee. 

Will I have access to electricity?

Nepal uses two round or three round pin power plugs (outlet types C, D and M), 220V/50Hz. 

Power outages are a reality of life in Kathmandu. Most hotels post a schedule of planned electricity cuts, which can last up to 16 hours a day, however they generally have generators which they use during these outages. While trekking, you will have less access to electricity and may incur a small fee to charge your devices. We recommend a powerbank (portable charger), which you can charge before embarking on the trek.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider. 

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

COSTS AND PAYMENTS

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Return domestic flights Kathmandu - Lukla
  • Transfers in private vehicle as per itinerary
  • Twin-share accommodation in 2-3 star hotels, basic lodges and teahouses
  • Local English-speaking guides and trekking crew
  • Porters (one porter between two participants)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Water on trekking days
  • All entrance fees and national park permits as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please keep in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow Rs 4,000 (approximately AU$50) per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping in Nepal is expected, though not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate. Your Team Leader will give you advice on customary tipping amounts and coordinate a tipping kitty to assist you and the team with the process. Usually around Rs 15,000 (approx. AUD$200) per person for the entire adventure. 

TRAVEL INSURANCE AND VISAS

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our international adventures. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa for entry into Nepal. We advise you to obtain your visa prior to departing Australia or New Zealand. For further information, please contact the relevant consulate. Passports are required to be valid for at least six months after the date you return to your home country. You must have a valid passport before you can apply for a visa.

ABOUT NEPAL

Is it safe to travel to Nepal?

While in Nepal, we advise that you remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended, always keep an eye or a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags, and avoid travelling alone, especially at night. Caution should be adopted in larger cities. When staying in hotels, secure all valuables and documents in a safe. These are the same safety precautions we recommend when travelling to any destination.

Can I drink the water in Nepal?

Do not drink the tap water. Tap water is safe to drink only after it is boiled. Purified bottled water is available everywhere in major cities and at teahouses along the trail, and is generally quite cheap. Before you purchase a bottle of water, check that the seal on the cap is not broken.

What weather can I expect?

The weather in Kathmandu is very pleasant, ranging from 20-28°C during the day most of the year. The average temperature during the trek will be around 15°C with a maximum temperature of 20°C during sunny days, and a minimum of -10°C in the morning and at night, for areas above 4,000 metres altitude. While trekking, temperatures will vary greatly and will usually drop as you climb in altitude. Lower altitude will be a reasonable temperature where you should be able to comfortably trek in a single layer. Layering is really important – early mornings/evenings and higher altitude will be cooler so make sure you have a warm jacket

Are credit cards widely accepted in Nepal?

Nepalese rupees (Rs) are not available for exchange in other countries. Australian dollars (AUD) and New Zealand (NZD) can be easily exchanged in Kathmandu on arrival, and credit cards are accepted in most major hotels. It is best you carry local currency in small denominations with you while on the trek.

Access to ATMs is limited and only available in Kathmandu, so we advise that you withdraw sufficient funds for the duration of the trek prior to departing the city. 

Do I require any vaccinations to travel to Nepal? 

Approximately two months prior to departure, you should visit your GP to begin your vaccinations. The most common vaccinations for Nepal include:

  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus

Cholera is considered a medium risk in Nepal. Please consult your GP regarding protection against this disease.

How challenging is this adventure?

The Everest Base Camp trek is ranked 5/5. This adventure is challenging, involving trekking at altitude over consecutive days, up to 3-9 hours a day (possibly more subject to weather conditions and altitude). It is essential that you prepare for it. You will be much more likely to reach Everest Base Camp if you undertake an appropriate fitness regime in preparation. Nothing can truly prepare you for the altitude of 5,380 metres, but you can make your trek easier with proper training and reaching a fitness level capable of trekking over consecutive days with a pack on your back. The better prepared you are, the more likely you will enjoy the experience and your body will be able to deal with the rigours of adapting to high altitudes.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

We recommend that in the months leading up to your climb, that you make use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. You need significant strength in your legs and a sense of determination, as there are some demanding sections, which are made more challenging by the altitude. Be consistent in your training, walk as often as possible and increase the intensity of your workouts to gain the most benefit from them. 

While no trekking experience is required prior to registration, a good level of physical fitness is essential. Ample time is allocated each day to reach the next accommodation or campsite, so there is no need to rush. In fact, we advise that you trek slowly to aid acclimatisation and improve your chances of summit success. Please consult your GP or a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for this challenge. 

In addition to your physical training, it’s important to be mentally prepared for the challenge. You might encounter setbacks and difficult periods during the trek, but remind yourself that many people have achieved this feat before you, and you can do it too. Maintain a positive attitude, and remember your guide will be there to encourage and inspire you all the way!

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share 2-3 star hotels, lodges and teahouses. 

Teahouses are basic but comfortable, however they can get cold. You’ll need your thermals, fleece, beanie, gloves and a sleeping bag. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms can be requested at an additional cost (subject to availability). Please note, on this adventure single rooms are only available at the hotels in Kathmandu and Lukla.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What are the toilets like? 

Most hotels, lodges and teahouses will have private amenities with water and flushing toilets. While trekking, toilets are likely to be basic squat-style with no toilet paper provided. When using toilet paper, it should not be flushed and instead be placed in the bins provided or in a recyclable brown paper bag or zip-lock bag to be disposed of later. Restrooms in restaurants and other public places will vary. At places such as Gorakshep, Lobuche and Dingboche, only squat toilets are available.

Are showers available? 

Yes, there are showers available at the hotels in Kathmandu and Lukla. Showers are available at almost all teahouses for a small charge. It costs Rs 400-550 per person for a hot shower.

What is the food like? 

You can expect a selection of cooked and continental breakfast options each day. During the trek, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be served at local teahouses. Daal bhaat power, 24 hour! This delicious local dish is also what the crew will be eating at lunch, and they know what's good. It's the best source of energy and will keep you going for the rest of the day. But don't worry, there will be other options to choose from, too. Dinners include a variety of cooked foods such as fried rice or noodles, pizza, momos, vegetables and more daal bhaat, and some other western dishes.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. 

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

If you have worldwide coverage, you can bring your own mobile phone and use it to make domestic or international calls. Please check with your mobile service provider prior to departure regarding international roaming and associated costs. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM card. Please ensure your phone is unlocked prior to departure. 

Mobile phone reception will be limited during the trek, but generally fine in the city. There will be free Wi-Fi available at the hotels, and some teahouses will offer it for a small fee. 

Will I have access to electricity?

Nepal uses two round or three round pin power plugs (outlet types C, D and M), 220V/50Hz. 

Power outages are a reality of life in Kathmandu. Most hotels post a schedule of planned electricity cuts, which can last up to 16 hours a day, however they generally have generators which they use during these outages. While trekking, you will have less access to electricity and may incur a small fee to charge your devices. We recommend a powerbank (portable charger), which you can charge before embarking on the trek.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider. 

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Return domestic flights Kathmandu - Lukla
  • Transfers in private vehicle as per itinerary
  • Twin-share accommodation in 2-3 star hotels, basic lodges and teahouses
  • Local English-speaking guides and trekking crew
  • Porters (one porter between two participants)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Water on trekking days
  • All entrance fees and national park permits as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please keep in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow Rs 4,000 (approximately AU$50) per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping in Nepal is expected, though not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate. Your Team Leader will give you advice on customary tipping amounts and coordinate a tipping kitty to assist you and the team with the process. Usually around Rs 15,000 (approx. AUD$200) per person for the entire adventure. 

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our international adventures. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa for entry into Nepal. We advise you to obtain your visa prior to departing Australia or New Zealand. For further information, please contact the relevant consulate. Passports are required to be valid for at least six months after the date you return to your home country. You must have a valid passport before you can apply for a visa.

Is it safe to travel to Nepal?

While in Nepal, we advise that you remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended, always keep an eye or a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags, and avoid travelling alone, especially at night. Caution should be adopted in larger cities. When staying in hotels, secure all valuables and documents in a safe. These are the same safety precautions we recommend when travelling to any destination.

Can I drink the water in Nepal?

Do not drink the tap water. Tap water is safe to drink only after it is boiled. Purified bottled water is available everywhere in major cities and at teahouses along the trail, and is generally quite cheap. Before you purchase a bottle of water, check that the seal on the cap is not broken.

What weather can I expect?

The weather in Kathmandu is very pleasant, ranging from 20-28°C during the day most of the year. The average temperature during the trek will be around 15°C with a maximum temperature of 20°C during sunny days, and a minimum of -10°C in the morning and at night, for areas above 4,000 metres altitude. While trekking, temperatures will vary greatly and will usually drop as you climb in altitude. Lower altitude will be a reasonable temperature where you should be able to comfortably trek in a single layer. Layering is really important – early mornings/evenings and higher altitude will be cooler so make sure you have a warm jacket

Are credit cards widely accepted in Nepal?

Nepalese rupees (Rs) are not available for exchange in other countries. Australian dollars (AUD) and New Zealand (NZD) can be easily exchanged in Kathmandu on arrival, and credit cards are accepted in most major hotels. It is best you carry local currency in small denominations with you while on the trek.

Access to ATMs is limited and only available in Kathmandu, so we advise that you withdraw sufficient funds for the duration of the trek prior to departing the city. 

Do I require any vaccinations to travel to Nepal? 

Approximately two months prior to departure, you should visit your GP to begin your vaccinations. The most common vaccinations for Nepal include:

  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus

Cholera is considered a medium risk in Nepal. Please consult your GP regarding protection against this disease.

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

Reviews

Past adventurers rated their overall experience on the Everest Base Camp Trek as 4.66 out of 5

★★★★★


"It was the most amazing thing I've ever done. It really challenged me to my very core, but I'm so glad I did it!"

Laurianne Ellicott

Fusion's Reach Greater Heights: Everest Base Camp Challenge 2017

★★★★★


"This trip has been truly inspiring. I feel motivated to push myself physically, professionally and emotionally."

Oliver White, Charity Representative

UNICEF Australia's Climb for Kids: Everest Base Camp 2018
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Responsible travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.

Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.

Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral.

Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.

Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.

Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here.

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