Everest Base Camp Trek 2023 with Thubten Sherpa

Everest base camp trek with former monk

Hike with a former monk to Everest Base Camp

One of the most popular trips in the world, the Everest Base Camp trek is one trip that everyone has on their bucket list. Mt. Everest being the tallest mountain, everyone wants to reach the highest point in the world, or at-least the highest base camp in the world. 

With snow capped mountains all around and the fresh mountain air glazing you, the natural beauty of the trip is also one thing you will not forget.

Traveling is also always better when you get an in-depth cultural experience. This is why we work with highly experienced guides of the Khumbu region who understand the true cultural and natural importance of the Khumbu (Everest) region.

Meet Thubten, a former monk who has studied in the Tengboche Monastery. Tengboche Monastery is one of the main monasteries in the Khumbu (Everest) region; with many travelers and natives traveling this path on their way to Everest base camp, it is also one of the most popular monasteries with an amazing view of white snow capped mountains with chilling fresh air of the Himalayas all around. Imagine getting this immense Sherpa cultural and religious information as you trek to Everest Base Camp, it will feel like an Everest cultural and buddhist pilgrimage trek. We are so excited to share with you this special Everest Base camp trek with Thubten Yeshe Sherpa.

Thubten is a former Buddhist monk who lived at 11,500 feet in Namche Bazaar, Nepal, and his father, Ila Tsering Sherpa, was a member of the 1963 American Everest Expedition. Since 1999, Thubten has led many Everest Base Camp trips for REI Adventures until REI decided to halt international travel.  He also won the REI Adventures top guide award back in 2005.  Being a former Buddhist monk, he is also a great thanka artist and you can see his work on this website.

This special departure on the Everest Base Camp trek lets you explore the Khumbu valley along with Thubten.  

 

Everest trek with former monk

Arrival: Kathmandu

Departure: Kathmandu

Duration: 17 days

Group Size: 5 – 12 people

Activity level: Strenuous 

Min Age: 16 years

Departure dates:

Oct 25th – Nov 10th,2023
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Highlights on the Everest Base Camp trek

Culture

With so many cultures in Nepal, the Khumbu region has its own people and culture that is unique in every way. Get emerged with the locals as you travel through the villages in the Khumbu region.

Guide : Thubten

Your guides Thubten Yeshe Sherpa was born and raised in Namche Bazaar. During his early age of life, he joined the monastic life. He learned Buddhism in Kopan Monastery in kathmandu and then joined Tengboche Monastery as a monk.

Landmarks in Kathmandu Valley

Explore few of the glamorous landmarks in the Kathmandu valley. Even though it is the capital city, Kathmandu is still filled with historical locations and old buildings. Walk through these roads as you experience the history of Kathmandu.

Majestic Himalayas

With many of the tallest mountains in the northern part of Nepal. Get a panoramic view of some of the tallest mountains in the Everest region and capture amazing images and moments.

Trip Itinerary : Everest Base Camp

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01   Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and they will be displaying a Last Frontiers Trekking signboard outside the airport terminal. You will then be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be hosted by us.

Overnight at a hotel. Welcome Dinner
Day 02   Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley

Fully Guided city tour of kathmandu.

Overnight at a a hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 03   Flight to Airport lukla, Hike to Phakding - 4 hours

Flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport usually takes place early in the morning. We suggest you to make all the sorting and packing the day before, so there is no rush on Day 3. Once you reach Lukla, have your breakfast while our guide will make an arrangement of porters. We assign one porter to every two clients. Begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where you join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunikharka (2,713 m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550 m), it is a short walk to Phakding.

If due to weather or any other reason we cannot take the fixed wing flight, then we will fly on a chopper.

Overnight in Phakding, Lunch and dinner included
Day 04   Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,400 m) — 5-6 hours

After having breakfast in Phakding, we trek along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River crossing suspension bridges en route. Hereafter we hike through a beautiful pine forest towards the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check. Then, we continue trek in Namche trails, climbing steeply upward beholding the sights of sacred mani stones, colorful prayer flags, raging glacial rivers and beautiful mountains. The Everest Base Camp short trek for today comes to close as you reach Namche Bazaar, the beautiful sherpa town where we stay overnight at a guest house there.

Overnight in Namche. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05   Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day (3,400 m) — 4 hours

Namche Bazaar is the first acclimatization spot en route to Everest Base Camp. This popular mountain town is a busy trading hub of native Sherpa people where you can shop mountain gears and clothes, buy local handicrafts, find hotels, guest houses, and visit museums and many more. We spend acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. We visit Sherpa Cultural Museum to explore the history and culture of the Sherpa people and their unique traditions and customs. Even more, we hike up to Syangboche Airport (the highest altitude airport of Nepal) and Hotel Everest View, the highest placed hotel in the world at 13,000 feet. This place offers astounding views of Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and neighboring mountain peaks.

Overnight in Namche. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06   Trek to Debouche (3,798 m) — 5-6 hours

Our trek starts after having breakfast in the morning. We embark on a journey through the forest to Kenjoma where the trail connects with Khumjung. The trek continues descending towards Dudh Koshi River, followed by steep ascent towards Tengboche. On the way, behold the sights of rushing glacial river, beautiful rhododendron forest, and cliff top monasteries. Also, we pay a visit to Tengboche monastery, the famed and largest monastery in the Khumbu region. You will discover powerful spiritual experience, Buddhist celebrations and enactments there. Depending upon arrival time, we will observe a prayer ceremony performed by Lamas either in the morning or evening. From there, we enjoy the breathtaking and stunning view of beautiful mountains- Mt Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kwangde, Tawachee and many others.

Overnight in Debouche. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07   Trek to Dingboche (4300 m) — 5-6 hours

Today we trek through trails through coniferous forest to Deboche. From there, we pass suspension bridge over Imja Khola river, and climb uphill towards Pangboche village. From there, we follow the trails towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and finally ascent to quaint traditional Sherpa village, Dingboche. En route, we come across colorful mani stones, prayer flags and breathtaking view of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam.

Overnight in Dingboche. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08:   Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m) — 4 hours

Today is set for acclimatization. Especially, when going on high altitude, we need to take a rest in order to adapt in a new environment and prevent altitude sickness. On this day, we take a short hike to Nangkartshang peak for astounding views of gorgeous Ama Dablam. In the evening, we stroll around the village or you can take a rest. Along the way, we see farmlands surrounded by stone walls to protect food crops grown there.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09:   Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) — 4.5-5 hours

The trail gradually goes uphill to Dughla offering stunning view of Tawachee and Cholatse. As you pass through trail, we come across the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. En route, we observe the stone memorials with prayer flags built in the memory of perished climbers. Then, we trek towards Lobuche village; from here we observe a close view of mountain peaks like Nuptse, Lobuche and Pumori.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10:   Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and Back to Gorakshep (5,180 m) — 7-8 hours

This is a great day, a challenging yet fulfilling trek. Prepare yourself for trekking to the base of the world’s tallest mountain- Mount Everest.First we headed to Gorakshep. From here the strenuous trek continues along the alpine trails, moving through rivers, rocky dunes, and moraines. En route to Everest Base Camp, we observe a spectacular view of Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall. From there, you will have a much better view of incredible peaks like Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Khumbutse, Pumori, among others. We return back to Gorakshep and stay overnight there.

Overnight in Gorekshep. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11:   Hike Up to Kalapathar (5,555 m) early in the Morning and Trek Down to Pheriche (4,200 m) — 7-9 hours

In the early morning, we hike to Kalapatthar for sunrise view over the Himalayas. This place offers the best viewpoint for observing panoramic view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Chagatse, Pumori and many more.Finally experience the fascinating trip of lifetime and profound phenomenon of mountains, standing on the highest elevation of the entire trip, 5555m. From there, we descent to Gorak Shep for breakfast and continue hiking towards Pheriche.

Overnight in Pheriche. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12:   Trek back to Debouche (3,798 m) — 4 hours

We trek the same route back to Debouche.

Overnight in Debouche. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 13:   Trek back to Namche Bazaar (3,400 m) — 4-5 hours

We trek the same route back to Namche. On the way, we pass Tengboche that leads to our ultimate destination Namche, for overnight stay. En route we come across Dudh Koshi gorge, forests filled with rhododendron, pine, Himalayan birch, juniper trees, colorful pheasants, mountain goats to name a few.

Overnight in Namche Bazaar. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 14:   Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) — 6-7 hours

This is the final leg of our epic and adventurous trek in the Everest region as we retrace the same path back to Lukla. Now is the time to reflect back on this adventurous trip of your lifetime and celebrate our extraordinary achievement. We can spend our free time stroll around the Lukla village, and enjoying the sightseeing. We close the sojourn with dinner in the evening. Have fun, dance, celebration drink with your team members.

Overnight in Lukla. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 15:   Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla (2,804 m)

If we don’t have a regular fixed wing flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, then we will take a chopper ride back to Kathmandu.

Overnight in Kathmandu. Breakfast
Day 16:   Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu

We will be touring some more sites in Kathmandu today. Some of the highlights for today will be Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Pashupatinath Temple.

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.
Day 17:   Transfer to the International Airport for Your flight Home

Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure

The trip concludes — our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast included.
Highlight of Everest Base Camp Trek
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Guide Thubten Sherpa

Your guides Thubten Yeshe Sherpa was born and raised in Namche Bazaar. During his early age of life, he joined the monastic life. He learned Buddhism in Kopan Monastery in kathmandu and then joined Tengboche Monastery as a monk. He left the monastic life, got married and became a mountain hiking guide. Let’s explore the Khumbu region with them.

Have a Question?

Feel free to reach out and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

Want to speak with someone in US, we have Stanley as our representative, and he can explain about the destination. 

Call him PST : 503-980-8878

Tour Pricing

Shared Room
$3,990/person
Single Room
$4,540/person

Cancellation Policy

  • Non Refundable Deposit deadline 1 month prior to the trip date (25th Sept for 25th Oct trip)
  • Final payment for Oct 25th trip to be made on 1st Oct, 2023.
  • No refund if cancelled after full payment is received.

I have read all the information, and this trip sounds interesting, i want to join the 1st Nov, 2022 group.

Reserve your spot by making a deposit.  Deposit will be refunded anytime before 1st Oct, 2022.

I have read all the information, and this trip sounds interesting, i want to join the 25th Oct, 2023 group.

Reserve your spot by making a deposit.  Deposit will be refunded anytime before 25th Sept, 2023.

Price includes

  • 4 nights at Hotel Marshyangdi Deluxe Room with breakfast
  • Transfer within the country on private vehicle
  • Welcome Dinner on Day 1 & Farewell Dinner with drinks on Day 16
  • Lunch and Dinner on Day 2 (excludes drinks)
  • Domestic Internal flight Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
  • If due to weather or any reason your fixed-wing plane doesn’t fly, then we covered you for a Chopper ride for one time.
  • Entrance Fee & Guide Fee for Tours in the city
  • Good Condition Tea Houses/Lodges for accommodation on trek
  • Guest orders all 3 meals per day from lodge menu (no restrictions)
  • Lunch from Day 03 – until Day 14 Breakfast
  • Boiled Water during the hike, Tea, Coffee, Hot Lemon, Ginger Tea
  • REI Adventure Top Guide Thubten Sherpa
  • Porters fee, accommodation, and meals
  • Last Frontiers duffel bag for trek portion & give away as well
  • Trekking Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Fee
  • Trekking Guide/Porter insurance covered
  • Tour on Day 16 as well

Price excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a Personal Nature
  • Tips to city Guide & Drivers
  • Emergency Evacuation
  • Bottled liquid like water, Juice,
  • Any soda or alcoholic drinks
  • Any Meals not mentioned
  • Gifts, Souvenirs, Donations
  • Gratitude to trek guide & porter

Trip Details

What to expect on the trip?

Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Getting a panoramic view of chilling white snow capped mountains, along with the warm hospitality of the local Sherpa ethnic group, you’ll get an experience of your life time.

The first point of contact on the trek to Everest base camp is Lukla. Lukla is where you’ll be landing on your trip to Everest base camp. This is where your journey of 14-15 days will start. After landing in Lukla, you’ll feel the fresh air that blows from the mountains. With more villages and communities to get in touch with on your trek to Everest base camp, we strongly recommend getting to know the community of the people living in the villages. Yes, the mountains and natural beauty of the Everest region is no doubt one of the best views you’ll want to take in, but the community of people living here is what gives the natural beauty life. You’ll have many opportunities to get in touch with the community here, so don’t miss out your chance to get to experience the community during your trip. There are certainly specific times when big festivals take place in the Everest regions, there are without a doubt one of the best celebrations where all the community comes together to celebrate together, so if you’d like to get this experience; we would strongly suggest contacting us to set up a booking request.

If you want to take a look at what your overall Everest base camp trek will look like, we have an itinerary on the page where you can see your journey from Lukla to Everest base camp.

How to train and get in shape for the Everest Base Camp trek?

Everest being the highest mountain in the world, it can be a challenge getting up to Everest base camp. With long distances to cover, and elevation to gain, is not an easy trek. But, by training and getting in shape before the trek, your journey will definitely be very pleasant. 

On your trek to Everest base camp, one things that is most important is acclimatization. This is why there are certain stops where you’ll get to relax and get acclimatized. So you don’t need to worry about acclimatization. 

Each day on your trek to Everest base camp, you’ll be hiking an average of ____ miles at a leisurely pace. So it is important that you are able to walk at-least ___ miles during your training. This is not as difficult as you may think. Just think about this as taking a walk around your neighborhood for a couple of times. After some time, you can try by carrying your backpack just to get used to the weight. Being able to do this effortlessly should be enough to help your journey be pleasant. 

How much should I pack and what should I pack for my trek to Everest Base Camp?

  • Packing is one things that travelers need to take sometime planning out. You don’t want to pack so much that you end up over packing, but at the same time you don’t want to under pack where you’re missing some important things on the trek. This is why after careful consideration we have curated a check list of items that you should pack for your trek to Everest base camp. Email us to learn more about packing.

Why take this trip with us?

Bucket List

Many of Nepal’s areas are yet in developing states or are underdeveloped to explore. We have particularly selected to trek through the Sagarmatha National Park because this is one of the must do things during a lifetime. Explore the Khumbu region of Nepal, and you will be amazed to see Everest, its people, and have it checked.

Be inspired

We believe in so much more than travel. We are always striving towards helping the local economy and the environment in our trips. We have partnered with many organizations that has a purpose on our trip. With this trek we are cooperating with the local Sherpa women of the Khumbu region to promote Women Empowerment.

Explore

Every location has their own people, culture and tradition; Sherpas are the major inhabitants of this location. Sherpas have been residing in the foot of the Himalayas since long. Because of this Sherpas are very adept in this cold and high altitude location. Explore and get involved with the people of the Himalayas and experience their culture, tradition, and lifestyle.

What To Expect

Note on Itinerary

Although we generally stick to the schedule date, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, lodging availability, and the group’s general timing.

Qualifications

The Langtang trek is considered moderate. It’s a great introduction to trekking the Himalayas, particularly if you are nervous of the more high altitude expeditions. The highest point on the trail is 5,364 meters. However, you will have the option to opt out if you wish.

 Air Travel

Please check with your travel agent for a better route to fly into the arriving destination. We advise you to check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Weather

The two best seasons for the Everest trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-Sept to mid-Dec). The winter months are also possible, however, you will have to prepare yourself for some cold nights!

Distance of the Trek

The route is 65 miles or 110 km. This means that you will be trekking for an average of 6 hours per day on the 17-day itinerary.

Lukla Flight Note

Please note that often the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you.

In such a situation, we have covered you to take a Helicopter ride from the airport to airport.  It can be from either other end airports.  We will be able to cover 1 time use of helicopter one-way only.

The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities which can be arranged by Last Frontiers upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc.

However, please note that there will be no refund, if you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you with accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of a flight delay/cancellation after finishing the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.

Everest Base Camp Trek FAQ

Is Everest Base camp trek worth it?
Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular trek in Nepal, if not the world. Everest being the tallest mountain in the world, everyone has Everest or Everest base camp trek in their bucket list. With white mountains all around and being so close to nature, the Everest base camp trek is definitely without a doubt a trip that is worth it.
More over, with a culture of people with warm hospitality that gives the natural surrounding life, It is one of the most peaceful place to trek to.
Will I be able to make it to Everest Base Camp?
Everest Base Camp can be a challenging trek, specially being the highest base camp in the world. However, with a little training before hand and a wonderful trekking team, your trek to Everest base camp will not only be easier but you’ll want to visit it in the future again.
What is one advice that you'd give on the trek?
Everest base camp trek is known to be a challenging trek in general. With so many travel companies providing from very cheap to very expensive trips, we very highly recommend not joining the very cheap treks.
The Everest base camp trek is the ONE trek where you want to enjoy and have a feeling of accomplishment after you’ve completed the trek. Weather you are traveling alone, with your friends, or your loved ones; a trip list Everest base camp should be a memorable one where you’ll want to come back again.
From years of survey from travelers coming to Nepal from many trekking companies, it was observed that the trek which were more on the cheaper end have a significant less satisfactory rating.
What to carry and pack for my Everest Base Camp trek?
It’s important to pack enough, but at the same time not over pack. This is why our Last Frontiers Team is curating a short video on what to pack for the Everest Base Camp trek.
So make sure subscribe to our newsletter and our youtube channel to get an update on the video and other important travel tips;
REQUIRED : How much money should i take for my Everest Base Camp Trek?
How cold is it in Everest Base Camp?
Spring (April – May) Daytime temperature: 15°C Nighttime temperature: -1°C Wind speed: 11km/h Precipitation/month: 7mm Sunshine hours/day: 9

Monsoon Season (June – September) Daytime temperature: 22°C Nighttime temperature: 4°C Wind speed: 10km/h Precipitation/month: 170mm Sunshine hours/day: 7-8

Autumn (October – November) Daytime temperature: 17°C Nighttime temperature: -8°C Wind speed: 22km/h Precipitation/month: 2.5mm Sunshine hours/day: 9-10

Winter (November – April) Daytime temperature: -5°C Nighttime temperature: -15°C Wind speed: 7-8km/h Precipitation/month: 5mm Sunshine hours/day: 7-8
REQUIRED: Best time to trek Everest Base Camp?
The best time to trek Everest Base camp is __________. During this time, there is a surge of travelers coming from around the world, so it is important to have your lodges booked before time.

One advantage of traveling with a travel guide is that they will already have good connections with the lodges making it hassle free for you.
How should I train for my Everest Base Camp Trek?
On the Everest Base Camp trek, you’ll be trekking about 5-7 hours a day with couple days to acclimatize, so we recommend hiking for at-least 1 hour a day, and 3 – 4 hours on the weekends to get your body ready for the trek. Doing this will make your trek far more easier.
How long is the Everest Base Camp trek?
The trek only from Lukla back to Lukla will take about 13-15 days.
Is there calling service on Everest Base Camp?
Cellular services are available in some parts of the Khumbu region. As a tourist, you will be able to buy a sim-card with your number to get cellular service.
You can also get a internet service card if you just want the internet service.
Is there Wifi service on Everest Base Camp?
Wifi is available in most tea houses on the trek up to Everest base camp. However, the speed is usually slower.
Do I need a trekking permit for my Everest Base Camp trek?
Yes, you will need a trekking permit when trekking up to Everest base camp. There are specific points on the trek where the permit will be checked.
What is the altitude for Everest Base Camp?
5,364 meters
Can I take my drone on my Everest Base camp trek?
You are not permitted to fly a drone inside the Sagarmatha National Park area unless you have an authorized letter from the National Park, Army officials, and the CAAN.

Even after this, there are many regulations that you’ll need to follow, where you are only allowed to fly the drone during the stated day and time. So this is why it is best not to carry a drone with you.
Best places for photography on Everest Base Camp trek?
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How much do I need to hike each day on the Everest Base Camp trek?
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Will my kids be able to make the Everest Base Camp trek?
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REQUIRED: What prepare for Everest Base Camp trek in 2022?
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Do i need a travel insurance?
Yes, you will need insurance to cover any medical issues you may get up in the higher elevations.
I am a solo traveler, can i still book the trip?
For single travelers, we offer a Single Room option. This trip is still designed to go with a group.
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