At Namaste Nomad, we take great pride in our work and are firmly of the belief that we offer the best quality trek to Everest Base Camp. All our tours are based on a
holistic approach, with a particular focus on health, wellbeing, safety, a good diet, comfortable lodges and the best sherpas and guides.
Because our co-founder is from the Himalayas and is a very experienced sherpa, we are able to offer this trek for an extremely competitive price. We can do this
because we have all the necessary connections, without using commission agents or middle men.
We also offer a uniquely high-quality service. We give breathing lessons everyday, offer simple yoga, and by paying close attention to diet, according to people’s health and requirements, we aim to keep people safe from food poisoning or any altitude-related issues. We do not allow alcohol at high altitude, and we don’t serve any dairy
or meat on the way up to Base Camp. This is because all meat comes from Kathmandu and has to be carried in by porters, open to the air. We have seen too many people from other companies falling sick and getting helicopter rescue. Some companies actually benefit from this as they are given a commission by the helicopter company.
For us a successful trip is what matters. Our co-founder Mohan lives in Ireland – as an advocate of health and wellbeing and an experienced therapist, he makes client safety an absolute priority. Most of our sherpas have been to the top of Everest and our guides are all trained in first aid and hygiene. Our aim is to provide a decent living for our staff and their families, and to give as many clients as possible the opportunity to experience the joy of trekking in such an amazing place.
What you get from this trek: Culture, adventure, nature, beautiful scenery and the experience of a lifetime. Is this what you are looking for? Then come join us on our epic trip to Everest Base Camp. With its vibrant culture, bustling capital and the best trekking in the world, it’s easy to see why Nepal was voted by Lonely Planet as one of the top five countries to visit in 2020.
In this 18 day trip, you will trek for 12 to 13 days, through one of the lushest landscapes on earth, to a strikingly different world above the treeline where glistening peaks surround you. Trek with us to the base camp of Mount Everest at 5,380m (17,600 ft), with the chance of meeting climbers either side of summiting. See for yourself the beauty of the majestic white peaks. Make your way into the stunning valleys over colourful prayerflag-laden suspension bridges. See and experience the vibrant Sherpa way of living. Trek through the beautiful scenery of Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). And, finally, reach the base camp of the world’s highest mountain – Everest! Also included in this trip are four nights staying in the bustling city of Kathmandu where you’ll visit world-famous Hindu and Buddhist temples, taste the wonderful Nepali cuisine, get the opportunity to meet with our charity partners and experience traditional Nepali cultural performances. This is your opportunity to not only trek through the majestic mountains of Nepal with like-minded people, but to discover a new and fascinating culture and way of life. This journey is more then just about trekking, it changes people’s perception, their outlook on life and brings a vibrancy and peacefulness to peoples lives on their return that no other trip can.The Nepalese people are very humble, grateful and compassionate people and being in their company is inspirational in itself.
Experience the peacefulness of the valleys, the calmness of the majestic mountains and the opportunity to escape the busy lives we live in western society. This trip can be both physically and mentally challenging but with the assistance and expertise of our friendly staff, we can help to you make your dream of trekking to Everest, the highest mountain the world, come true. Come join us and we promise to make this the most fulfilling experience you have ever had.
NOTE: You don’t need to be an experienced trekker or climber to do this trek, but a good level of fitness is required.
*If you bring a group of ten people or more, one person is free of cost.
Day 1: Arrival in Nepal
Arrive in Nepal (or meet with us if you’re there already). Relax at the hotel, have a welcome meal & talk, and enjoy our first night in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu
Let’s start by getting to know the city: we go on a sightseeing tour of bustling Kathmandu visiting Durbar Square, Hindu temples and shrines, Buddhist stupas, and of course do a bit of shopping, picking up any last-minute essentials for our trek. We end the day with an evening of traditional Nepali cuisine & culture.
Day 3: The Lukla Flight
We’re off to Everest! We fly on a twin-engine Otter to Lukla, with an incredible view of the Himalayas. At Lukla we meet the rest of our staff, sherpas and porters and have a short briefing. Now we start our Everest trek! And two and a half hours later, after with a delightfully easy initial downhill trek, we arrive at Phakding, spending the night in our first teahouse / lodge close to the gushing Kosi river. Hiking distance: 4.5 miles
Day 4: Wake up in the Himalayas
We wake up in the Himalayas! We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagarmatha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region. Elevation: 3,440 meters. Hiking distance: 6 miles
Day 5: Acclimatization
Today is a rest and acclimatization day in beautiful Namche Bazaar. Namche is a unique horse-shoe shaped village (pictured above) with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, great food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town rewards us with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest. Elevation: 3,440 meters.
Day 6: Clean air
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We spend the night next to the Thyangboche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region, and take the opportunity of visiting the monks and watching their singing meditations. Elevation: 3,860m
Day 7: Breaking a sweat
From Thyangboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche past thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of the high mountains, including Lhotse, Island Peak and Ama Dablam. This is where all that training pays off! Elevation: 4,410 meters
Day 8: Dingboche
Today we take another rest and acclimatization day at Dingboche – a tiny village with a population of around 200. It’s here that Everest climbers sometimes come for medical attention. There is the option of taking a light hike up the valley for a wider variety of photos of the valley and mountains of the Khumbu region. Elevation: 4,410 meters
Day 9: Footsteps of the great
Today’s trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. After a long and adrenaline-inducing trek, we arrive at the Eco Lodge for hot showers and well deserved warm meals. Elevation: 4,910 meters. Hiking distance: 5 miles
Day 10: Rise and shine
After an early morning start, we ascend Kala Pattar mountain (18,450 feet), from which we can enjoy unbelievable views of the Himalayas, without having to climb Everest! That evening we sleep beneath Kala Pattar at Gorak Shep. Elevation: 17,000 feet / 5,182 meters
Day 11: Everest
Today, after a relatively short but incredibly exciting trek, we reach our destination – Everest Base Camp! It’s located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall, and we’ll spend some time there, giving you a chance maybe to meet some climbers, and to thoroughly explore the area if the weather allows. We’ll return to Gorak Shep for the night. Elevation: 5,357 meters. Hiking distance: 2 miles
Day 12: Gorak Shep
In the morning we will enjoy tea and breakfast before our parting view of Everest and our descent. We head down the glacier and re-enter the lush and beautiful valleys,
surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks. Upon reaching the village of Pheriche, you may have the opportunity to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association’s Aid Post. Elevation: 4,252 meters. Hiking distance: 7.5 miles
Day 13: Descend
We continue back down the valley, below the tree line and through the rhododendron forest to Debuce, a quiet village with a Tibetan nunnery. Today will be a short hiking day with an afternoon to relax, shower, do laundry and prepare for the final day’s hiking. Elevation: 3,820 meters
Day 14: Namche
Today we trek back along the Dudh Kosi River through a magnificent rhododendron forest and past beautiful waterfalls. Shortly before reaching Namche, the trek takes us through a pine forest, where musk deer often graze in the early morning. Arriving in town, we may see lowland porters, highland Sherpas, and Tibetan people trading food and supplies at market-time. We stay at the Hotel with hot showers and a comfortable bed. Elevation: 3,440 meters. Hiking distance: 10 miles.
Day 15: Celebrate!
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla where we spend the night at the Khumbu Lodge. Hot showers are available and we have a celebratory night with the staff. Elevation: 2,840 meters.
Day 16: Back to the capital
If the weather is clear, the morning flight back to Kathmandu will be a scenic and smooth farewell to the mountains. We arrive in Kathmandu and we say goodbye to some of the staff. Elevation: 1,336 meters
Day 17: Shopping
Free day for activities of your choice: rest & relax / shopping / city touring. It is also possible to visit, for example, Nagarkot or BhaktaPur (the cost for this is not included
in our itinerary).
Day 18: Home
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