Ultimate Everest Base Camp Trek

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Altitude 5554m, Grade T4

The Ultimate Everest Base Camp trek takes in the best of the Khumbu and Everest. Visit Everest Base Camp, climb Kala Patthar and enjoy more time and more views of Everest and the beautiful, tranquil Gokyo

The Ultimate Everest Base Camp trek takes in the best of the Khumbu and Everest. We have chosen this route to enable trekkers with a little more time available to complete an impressive circular route that guarantees similar stunning views to that of our Classic Everest trek, and more…

We approach Everest via the sacred lakes of the Gokyo Valley, visit the magnificent viewpoint Gokyo Ri (5350m) and cross the famous Cho La Pass (5420m) on the South side of Everest. Joining the main Everest trail we make our way up to the historic Everest Base Camp. Here we are encircled by a grand amphitheatre of rock and ice, a truly spectacular setting. We don’t miss the opportunity to ascend the famous summit Kala Pattar (5554m) where the views towards Everest and the surrounding peaks are breath-taking. We then return to Lukla along the resplendent Khumbu Valley, with its diverse wildlife and vegetation, as well as its rich culture, where villages and rustic dwellings have seemingly scrambled up to perch atop rocky outcrops and vertiginous ledges. A truly memorable experience closely following the footsteps of legendary mountaineers.

If you are shorter on time you could consider the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek.

Trip dossier

Everest Base Camp Trek Ultimate

Days 1/2 Depart UK and arrive Kathmandu the following evening. Transfer to hotel close to the famous bustling, Thamel district of Kathmandu and within easy walking distance of the Monkey temple.

Day 3 A spectacular short internal flight takes us to the tiny airstrip town of Lukla and the gateway to the Sherpa Kingdom. After lunch we walk along the typically stony path that descends from the forested terraces of Lukla right into the Dudh Kosi valley and the brightly painted lodges of Phakding. Good views of Kusum Kanguru’s North Face (6367m). 2 hours walking.
If the flight is delayed due to poor weather this will become the sightseeing day scheduled for the end of the trip.

Days 4/5 Into the Sherpa capital and heart of the Khumbu, Namche Bazaar. You will now be becoming familiar with local protocol for passing chortens, mani stones, Yaks, spinning prayer wheels etc. and enjoying the hustle and bustle of trekking and everyday life that exists on the ‘Everest Trail’. At Monjo we enter Sagarmartha National Park. 5 to 6 hours walking.
It is important to have a couple of nights and a rest day in Namche before proceeding any higher. You can spend day 5 taking short walks up to Thame or Khumjung, visiting the Everest, Ama Dablam and Pumori viewpoints or just relaxing and exploring the narrow streets of the busy Sherpa capital.

Day 6 We head NE up the side of the Dudh Kosi. We climb steeply out of Namche, turn the corner and are immediately presented with superb views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. 4 to 5 hours walking.

Day 7 This is a short walk in distance but involves a height gain of 420m so it is important to do this slowly to aid acclimatisation. 4 to 5 hours walking.

Days 8/9 This again is another shortish day, level to start with, but with an overall height gain of 400m it is worth taking it slow. 5 to 6 hours walking.
More acclimatisation on day 9 spent absorbing the views from the ridge above the village and relaxing.

Day 10 As you walk to Gokyo taking in views of Cho Oyu, the World’s sixth highest mountain, you will pass the two Gokyo lakes and end your day at Gokyo village at 4790m. 5 to 6 hours walking.

Day 11 Ascent of Gokyo Ri (5340m). This peak gives fantastic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Latse, Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. No rush and the rest of the day free for relaxation and sampling Gokyo’s finest bakery. 3 to 5 hours walking.

Day 12
Today we cross 1km of glacier to its eastern side and continue to the lodges at Dragnag at the foot of the valley leading towards the Cho La pass. 3 to 4 hours walking.

Day 13 A long day as we head over the Cho La pass (5368m). A steep climb through boulders leads to the pass from where we are rewarded with more spectacular views. We descend to Dzongla. 8 to 10 hours walking.

Day 14
A short walk from Dzongla to join the main Everest trail where we get our first close up views of mountains at the head of this valley. We head up to Lobuche. 4 to 5 hours walking.

Day 15
A long walk next to the Khumbu Glacier brings us to the crossing of the Changri Glacier and on to the summer yak pasture of Gorak Shep for lunch. We then continue up to the historical Everest Base Camp and return to our lodge in Gorak Shep. 6 to 8 hours walking. 6 to 8 hours walking.

Day 16 An early start and steep climb brings us to the top of the famous Kala Pattar (5550m) for views of Everest, Lhotse and Nupste. This is the highest point on the trek. We descend to Lobuche after lunch. 3 to 5 hours walking.

Day 17 Descend from Lobuche to Debuche. Enjoy the lower altitude walking and the teahouses. 5 to 8 hours walking.

Days 18/19
Two more days’ walking back to Lukla using different paths much of the way, visiting Tengboche Monastery and spending the night at Namche Bazaar. 4 to 6 hours walking each day.

Day 20
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Back to the comforts of our hotel in Thamel and the enjoyable hustle and bustle. This is a good time to buy souvenirs and try your hand at haggling with the local shopkeepers. Time to celebrate!

Days 21/22 Spare day in case of bad weather and time for sightseeing in Kathmandu. Sightseeing tours can be arranged and would include visiting the temples of Bodnath, Swayambhunath (The Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath and Durbar Square. Simply wandering around the huge array of shops, markets, cafes, bars and restaurants in Thamel is a fascinating experience. Depart Kathmandu in the evening of Day 22, return to UK the following day.

  • Estimated International flights from London (flight inclusive package)
  • Accommodation –  hotels,  lodge, and teahouses
  • Meals – 20 breakfasts, 17 lunches and 17 evening meals
  • Park Fees as appropriate
  • All road transfers in country (unless indicated in ‘exclusions’)
  • Qualified UK group tour leader (subject to minimum numbers)
  • Local guides
  • Local trekking staff to assist (cook and porters)
  • All road transfers in country (unless indicated in ‘exclusions’)
  • Adventure Peaks kitbag or logoed top for previous clients / non-Uk clients
  • 24hr back-up and support from our UK staff
  • 15% Discount off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchased at the Adventure Peaks shop.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Drinks and personal spending
  • Tips for local staff
  • Meals if not indicated in inclusions
  • Visas (if required)
  • Museum and monument entry fees
  • Costs associated with an expedition/trek finishing early, or you leaving an expedition / trek early
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances including the cost of extra nights accommodation, and if required the helicopter cost to and from Lukla (including a share of the leaders cost)

Previous trekking reports from Everest Base Camp Trek

Lobuche and Everest BC Oct 19 - Jude rounds up a fantastic expedition to Lobuche and Everest Base Camp
PBC-19-11 (1) Everest BC Prevent Breast Cancer special - 26th November As the team depart Kathmandu, Carrie reflects on Team Prevent's special trek.
PBC-13.11 (4) Prevent Breast Cancer Classic Everest trek - 25th November After a day exploring the sights of Kathmandu, the team depart today.
Lobuche Lobuche and Ultimate Everest 19th Oct 19 - 2nd congratulations to the team who have summited on Lobuche.
GCP20190714-126 I’m going to Everest Base Camp - As our Prevent Breast Cancer charity group prepare to depart on their Everest BC trek next week, we ask Sally Dynevor a few questions about the trip.
Classic-everest-may-19-12 Classic Everest BC 11th May 2019 - 24th May Still on a high from reaching Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, the team have now trekked down to Lukla.
Ultimate-Brindley-Nov-18 (21) Ultimate Everest Base Camp 10th Nov 2018 - 29th November The team have finished their trip and have flown back to Kathmandu.
Ultimate-Everest-Namche Ultimate Everest 20th Oct 18 - 7th November The team are back in Lukla and will head back to Kathmandu tomorrow.
Nepal trek Find your perfect Nepal trek - Whether it's Everest Base Camp or the Annapurnas, Nepal's treks are the finest in the world - find the trek for you with our guide to the best trails.
Monkey temple. Kathmandu Classic Everest Base Camp Trek 31st March 2018 - 1st April The team are arriving in Kathmandu.

The Sacred Lakes of Gokyo

Everest Base Camp

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12 reviews for Ultimate Everest Base Camp Trek

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    A Lewis

    The track with all that I hope for, and I will never forget all the great views. Thanks and we had great weather throughout and no problems at Lukla.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Irene L

    Dean was an excellent guide/leader. He was fun, friendly, professional and made the trip a trip to remember.
    Dean coped with emergencies smoothly and efficiently and kept the team members informed of what was happening. I had an incident coming down from Kala Pattthar and Dean again coped extremely quickly and efficiently. I would with no doubt use you again for any expedition.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    The local crew were excellent! I can only commend them for their attention to detail and looking after each of us – superb! Dean was a superb leader and was cool under pressure of emergency situations. I can only commend him, an asset to you. His quality of leadership was excellent.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Selwyn H

    Very enjoyable track, I will certainly consider adventure peaks again. Thanks for the itinerary and all arrangements.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5


    Great experience, good communication…{the info we received beforehand was} timely and thorough…{trip leader was} outstanding – approachable and knowledgeable. Seeing Everest with my own eyes was unbelievable…

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marianne S

    Very well organised trip. The trek delivered all that was promised and more. We had a fabulous time. Support from all teams – Ambleside and Nepal was exceptional. The leader was extremely experienced. Did not “nanny” the group, which I liked. Great guy, I can see why Adventure Peaks is successful.
    [Highlight was] reaching the top of Kala Pattar. Such a great view which I’ll never forget. Can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning. This is one highlight of too many to mention.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Trudi W

    Good information given before going. Very well organised and all went seamlessly. The guides were very helpful and patient. Food was amazing, too much at times. Our leader was very helpful and knowledgeable. He was always happy to talk and answer questions and the odd time he didn’t know the answer he would always go and find the answer. Good amount of time given for walking and acclimatisation. Very well organised with lots of time for photos and to take in where we were.

  8. Rated 4 out of 5


    Very well organised. British team leader present. We had a very strong relationship with the guides and porters, they were first class. Joe [the leader] was superb, particularly in the critical moments…a real asset, has maturity beyond his years and is a very impressive person. Cho-La pass and glacier was the hardest but most rewarding day. Will definitely do the next trip with AP.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    Extremely well organised; outstanding guide and leader…the staff were very friendly and extremely anxious to please…[the highlight was…] seeing Everest for the first time. Amazing trip; I personally achieved much more than I ever though I would be able to.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    The UK leader and the Sherpa guides and porters made everything enjoyable whilst ensuring things ran smoothly. The information seemed to be comprehensive and written by people with experience of the trek and the country e.g. the advice on obtaining the visa on arrival. We were carried away with Joe’s (the leader) enthusiasm for the trek and the mountains. There were several situations where Joe’s leadership skills were required and each time he dealt with them exceptionally well. There were plenty of highlights for me but the biggest one was making it to the top of Kala Patthar to watch the sunset. On the return we modified the itinerary slightly to have an additional rest/relaxation day at Namche Bazaar, making the time up with longer days walking the descent. This we all enjoyed, particularly as we were able to spend lots of time in what became our favourite cafe.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great itinerary, great views, great guide, Sherpas, porters and Adventure Peaks local people. Both Jude and Jire, the trek leader for the EBC section, both demonstrated their capabilities to lead and support all group members. Both were incredibly helpful especially with the many and different physical complaints. Well done to both and the supporting Sherpa and Porter teams.
    The sunrise on Kala Pattar was truly humbling and worth all the effort to get there!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5


    Well organised trip with friendly staff. Jude, our leader, was friendly and professional, looked after us all. The best bit was watching the sunrise from Kala Patthar.

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Everest from the Air £270 An early morning spectacular flight over Everest. The flight is from Kathmandu and lasts around one hour, taking you close to Everest and its surrounding peaks. Window seats are guaranteed. It is worth also booking an extra night's accommodation in Kathmandu to give you another morning - please ask the office at the time of booking.
Chitwan Safari at Tigerland Resort £525 (+4 days) You can round off your trip with a 3-night / 4-day wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park. This includes an unforgettable jeep safari, river canoe trip, a full day walking safari, elephant ride and a trip to the elephant stables. The price is inclusive of Park Permits and lodge accommodation with all meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on your day of departure. One night's accommodation in Kathmandu after your safari is included. Travel by vehicle from Kathmandu and return flight to Kathmandu. Flights from Kathmandu to Chitwan can be arranged for a supplement of £115.00. Price based on twin rooms staying at the Tigerland Safari Resort. Single supplement of £260.00 applies.
Chitwan Safari at Parkland Resort £425 (+4 days) You can round off your trip with a 3-night / 4-day wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park. This includes an unforgettable jeep safari, river canoe trip, a full day walking safari, elephant ride and a trip to the elephant stables. The price is inclusive of Park Permits and lodge accommodation with all meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on your day of departure. One night's accommodation in Kathmandu after your safari is included. Travel by vehicle from Kathmandu and return flight to Kathmandu. Flights from Kathmandu to Chitwan can be arranged for a supplement of £115.00. Price based on twin rooms staying at the Parkland Jungle Safari Resort. Single supplement of £215.00 applies.


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