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The Everest Base Camp Trek

Located in Nepal, Everest Base Camp is the gateway to the highest peak in the world: Mt Everest. A bustling wayfare, reached by way of a rewarding hike through scenic landscapes, sherpa villages, and lush forests. 

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE


Begin your journey in Kathmandu, completing an elevation-gaining and awe-inspiring loop into the Himalayan Mountains towards Base Camp. Complete with scenic and cultural experiences of a lifetime. 

Inclusive of accommodation, guides, food, and in-country transport.

2024-25 STUDENT CHALLENGES

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Everest Base Camp Trek - 30 May 2025

May 30 - June 14 2025· 15 nights

Everest Base Camp Trek - 30 May 2025

Follow in the footsteps of the world's greatest adventures on the infamous Everest Base Camp Trek... Recommended Date for St Andrews 🧡

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CHALLENGE ITINERARY

You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and complete immigration and customs formalities. You will then meet the group and be transferred to the hotel for the first night in Kathmandu. 

Included:

  • Airport transfer 
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu

Today is a free day for resting and last-minute shopping for the trek. You will also be briefed by the tour manager. There is an optional walking tour of Kathmandu with your guide.

Included:

  • Guided Tour
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu


Your trek begins here with an early morning flight to Lukla. After landing you will Trek to Phakding (2610m/8561ft), a small village in the Dudh river valley and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will have the chance to cross a suspension bridge adorned with prayer flags and visit monasteries along the way.

Trek: 3-4 hours

Included

  • Flight to Lukla
  • English speaking guides
  • Porters 
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Bag
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Overnight stay in Phakding

You will trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft), a brightly colored market town. You will be passing through the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and can enjoy views of Thamserku peak. You will be spending 2 nights in Namche to acclimatize.  

Trek: 5-6 hours

Included

  • English speaking guides
  • Porters 
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Bag
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar

Today is an acclimatization day. With a Short hike to Everest View Hotel or Syangboche. You will relax and enjoy panoramic mountain views and explore the Namche Bazaar.

Included

  • English speaking guides
  • Porters 
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Bag
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar

The trek will continue as you head to Tengboche (3860m/12661ft), another small village in the Khumbu subregion of Nepal. You will [ass through Kayangjuma and Sansa and have the chance to visit the Tengboche Monastery.

Trek: 5-6 hours

Included

  • English speaking guides
  • Porters 
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Bag
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Overnight stay in Tengboche

Continuing North, you will trek to Dingboche (4360m/14301ft), with views of Ama Dablam across many suspension bridges with breath-taking views. You will be spending 2 nights in Dingbonche to acclimatize.

Trek: 5-6 hours

Included

  • English speaking guides
  • Porters 
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Bag
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Overnight stay in Dingboche

Today is another acclimatization day. With a short hike around Dingboche to enjoy the surrounding scenery. 

Included

  • English speaking guides
  • Porters 
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Bag
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Overnight stay in Dingboche

Today you will trek to Lobuche (4840m/16203ft), passing by memorials honoring climbers whilst savoring the stunning mountain views.

Trek: 5-6 hours

Included

  • English speaking guides
  • Porters 
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Bag
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Overnight stay in Lobuche

Today is the day! Everest Base Camp, here you come. Start the day trek to Gorak Shep (5181m/16994m), then on to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft). You will have ample to time to explore Base Camp before heading back to Gorak Shep where you will spend the night.

Trek: 5-6 hours

Included

  • English speaking guides
  • Porters 
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Bag
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Overnight stay in Gorak Shep

Now that you have experience Base Camp, it is unfortunetly time to head back starting with an early morning hike to Kala Patthar (5545m/18188ft) for sunrise. You will then trek to Pheriche (4280m) taking in those glorious panoramic mountain views.

Trek: 5-6 hours

Included

  • English speaking guides
  • Porters 
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Bag
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Overnight stay in Pheriche

Today its back to Namche Bazaar, as you descend with views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. 

Trek: 5-6 hours

Included

  • English speaking guides
  • Porters 
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Bag
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar

Today is your final day trekking as you continue back to Lukla, taking in those final views along the way. 

Trek: 5-6 hours

Included

  • English speaking guides
  • Porters 
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Bag
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Overnight stay in Lukla

You will fly back to Kathmandu for a free day to explore! 

Included

  • Flight to Lukla
  • Hotel transfer
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu

This day will be kept for an extra day in case of flight delays/cancellations.

Included

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu

This is where your journey comes to a close. Congratulations on completing the trek to Everest Base Camp! You will be transferred to the airport to return home safely.

Included

  • Airport transfer
  • Meals: Breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED?

  • Airport Pick and Drop Services in private transport
  • 4 Nights of 3-star accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • All necessary permits such as TIMS, National Park Fee
  • All nights’ Lodge or tea house accommodation while trekking
  • 3 times meals in a day when specified 
  • Duffle Bags
  • Medical Kit First-Aid Bag
  • English Speaking Professional license holder Local Guide and assistant guide
  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight and domestic airport taxes including a guide (If the flight is from Ramechhap Airport, we provide private transfers from Kathmandu)
  • One porter for every two trekkers including their entire expenses
  • Staff insurance, salary, necessary equipment, food, and accommodation
  • Rescue Arrangements but Not the bills.
  • Welcome dinner in one of the authentic restaurants in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Extra Night in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, or early arrival from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary
  • Any drinks hard or soft
  • Personal Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Rescue operation charges
  • International Airfare To and From Kathmandu
  • Tips for Support staff, etc.

FAQs

Choose your category below to discover FAQ's related to that topic. Should you not be able to find an answer to your question please get in touch with our team.

You will be looked after by accredited, English speaking local guides along with an Endeavours Adventures rep.

Average group sizes vary, but will be between 12 - 30 participants depending on the number of sign ups.

Before the main trekking days, you will be staying at a hotel. This will be shared same-sex accommodation, and your stay will include breakfast. 

During the trek, you will be staying in various tented accommodation.  

On the final day of the main challenge, you will again be staying at the hotel, and this will still be shared same-sex accommodation.

This trek is rated 3.5-4/5 on its challenge level of difficulty. This is an intense challenge as you will be trekking at high altitudes for over 5 hours each trekking day.

Don't let this stop you though! You will supported throughout the challenge by your guide and fellow team-mates.

A typical day on the Everest Base Camp trek will see you waking up in the early hours and getting off on your adventure! You will be trekking on average for 6 hours each day, soaking up the beautiful and diverse Nepalese landscape. You will eat local lunch during the trek, and have a feast once you've made it to the local campsite. You will have some chill time with your team to play cards and chat about the day, and then you will head off for an early night as you'll be waking up early again!

The combination of tropical latitude, mountain ranges, and topography variations gives Nepal a large diversity of climates. It can be quite warm in Kathmandu but as you climb in elevation, the weather cools. 

With this in mind, please ensure you have clothing suitable for all different weather for this challenge.

Nepali or Gorkhali  is the official language of Nepal.

Below are a couple of useful phrases for travelers in Nepal.

Nepali Phrases:

  • Hello: Namaste
  • Please: krupaya
  • Thank you: Dhan-yavadh
  • Do you speak English?: Timī angrejī bolchhau? 
  • Help me!: mero maddat garnuhos
  • Why on earth did I sight up for this? - Yo kin bhane ma yasalai sign up gare?

It is best to dress modestly in Nepal, shorts are permitted but should be knee length and women are advised to wear trousers and skirts.

Food is important to us. Good and nourishing food makes a good trip even better. All meals and snacks whilst on trek are included in the tour price, unless stated otherwise. 

Endeavours Adventures can cater for all dietary options. At 8 weeks before your challenge start date, a form will be sent to you to request this information. Through this, we will ensure that you are catered for, and will keep you updated on any issues regarding your dietary requests. 

However, some delicacies may only be for the most adventurous stomachs!

During the trek, phone signal and Wi-Fi will be sporadic.

You will be over 4,000m day 7 to day 13.

Official drone laws are very strict, and so you must read these carefully. 

If you decide to take a drone with you on the challenge, it is at your own risk

Please note that you must ask for permission by the whole group to use the drone.

There may be access to showers at the start and end of the trek but they will likely be less available for the majority of the trek.

There is unlikely to be Wi-Fi at any point on the trek.

At Endeavours Adventures we place safety at the heart of what we do. Whilst an element of risk always exists within each challenge, we have worked with our partners in country and implemented our own procedures to minimise risk whilst still ensuring you have an incredible challenge experience! 

All our challenges are risked assessed in line with BS8848 British Standards of Trekking.

Please make sure to ask your guide whether it is safe to drink the water available in both the urban and rural areas.

Bringing re-usable 1L or 2L water bottles on your challenge is compulsory, as you need to have enough water to keep hydrated and well throughout your trek.

The recommended travel vaccinations for Nepal are below.

Courses or booster typically advised:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid

Other vaccines to consider:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Diphtheria 
  • Rabies (High risk country)
  • Yellow Fever

No yellow fever vaccination certificate required for Nepal.

Please consult an appointment with a travel nurse and get the required vaccines for entry to Nepal. Some of these vaccines require multiple doses so please book an appointment as soon as possible.

You can find a travel nurse at a pharmacy, or at a travel clinic at Superdrug & Boots. You can also speak to your GP beforehand if you are unsure where to start.

We strongly recommend that you bring certain medication as a precaution for your challenge. This includes: painkillers, re-hydration sachets, anti-sickness and diarrhoea medication. 

You can also bring altitude sickness tablets if you wish to, and we also recommend bringing insect spray.

For our Everest Base Camp trek, altitude sickness may be a concern for participants. 

Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is when you travel to a high altitude too quickly, and breathing becomes more difficult as you're not able to take in as much oxygen.

In most cases, people who suffer from altitude sickness will have mild to moderate symptoms, which include (but not limited to): nausea and vomiting, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite and dizziness.

The best way to combat the symptoms of altitude sickness is to pause your ascent, or to descent from your current point. It is also recommended to drink plenty of water, eat enough food, and get enough rest. 

If your symptoms still persist during the challenge, please ensure you speak to your Endeavours rep and the local guides as soon as possible, as you may be required to stop trekking.

You can bring altitude sickness medication if you wish. However, you must speak to your GP about this first.

The team in country will be supplying clean drinking water throughout the challenge for you.

Many people take on the Base Camp trek throughout the year. However, it is our most difficult trekking challenge.

We strongly recommend that you practice some form of hiking and start training around 16-18 weeks before the challenge date. If this is not possible for you to do, we would recommend going on regular walks with different types of ground, steepness, and even practice walking with the bag you will wear on the challenge, as well as your walking boots. 

All of this will help prepare your body for the day. Also, committing yourself to enough fitness training beforehand will make the trek more comfortable for you.

A typical trek at this level will include trekking for 5 to 8 hours per day over consecutive days at very high altitude, so it is important to get your body adjusted to this level of activity.

There are no specific exercise routines that you must follow, as everyone is different. However, doing squats regularly as well as step-up exercises, such as the stair master at the gym, is recommended.

The team at Endeavours Adventures do not offer training sessions. However, this may be something that your challenge leader or team could organise throughout the year with you.

Yes! If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, you will be able to see our training plan guide for you. 

Please be aware that this is just a recommendation - this is for inspiration rather than a requirement.

Flights are not included in the registration fee, and must be arranged by participants themselves. This is because it is cheaper and provides you with more flexibility in terms of when you arrive and depart from the country, should you wish to stay for longer before or after.

For this challenge, you will need a 20-35L day backpack, which you will be using as your backpack throughout the trek.

You will also need a 60-75L large rucksack to bring all your belongings in. Avoid bringing a suitcase! Please do not exceed 18 kg per person if possible.

In the rare possibility that your large rucksack doesn’t arrive at your destination with you on time, please can you ensure that you pack enough clothing and items for a couple of days in your day bag.

You can find the kit list at the bottom of this page!

In Peru, the power plugs and sockets are of type D, M and C, the standard voltage is 230 Volts, and the frequency is 50 Hz. Check your appliances and battery chargers and make sure they are dual voltage.

Type C plug: Two round prongs (used in much of Europe, but not in the UK or Ireland).

Electricity is not always available during the challenge, so please bring portable batteries if you require electricity.

The currency in Nepal is called Nepalese Rupee. Credit and debit cards are used in the bigger cities in Nepal like Kathmandu. ATM availability depends on where you are in Nepal. In Kathmandu, there should be good ATM networks, but in smaller towns and villages may not have ready ATM access, so please make sure to carry some cash just in case.

We recommend bringing £500-£550 worth of currency.

To consider would be:

  • A tip for the guides and porters during the trek between 40-70 USD each
  • Cash for souvenirs
  • Emergency cash
  • Money for group dinner and drinks on the last night
  • Money for any meals not included in the itinerary and for coffee / snacks you may want in Kathmandu on free days
  • USD / GBP to buy food during the airport journeys there and back

If you want to bring a card, you could also bring your Monzo or Revolut card as extra cash.

For Nepal, a visa is not required for UK citizens. UK citizens do not need to procure a visa if they are planning to enter Nepal for tourism-related activities. Without a visa, British nationals can stay inside Nepal for a maximum period of 120 days. 

However, if you are an international citizen, it is your responsibility to arrange your own visa to cover the duration of your challenge. You can contact the team at Endeavours Adventures should you need support in this process.

For our Base Camp trek, it is your responsibility to arrange your own travel insurance for the whole duration of your challenge. 

It is important that you get cover that covers you for trekking over 5,500m. 

If you have any questions regarding this, please email alex.taylor@endeavoursadventures.com.

You are welcome to source your own insurance, but we recommend booking through our suppliers. 

The 2024/25 standard fundraising target is £1,895.

Yes! In signing up and paying the registration fee for this challenge, you are given the option to either be SELF-FUNDED or choose from one of 3 FUNDRAISE options for a chosen charity. If a FUNDRAISE option is selected, after completing your registration payment (s) you must also reach your fundraising target to guarantee your place on the challenge. But fear not! We have an expert team of fundraising guides and support available to help you alongside the incredible support you shall receive directly from the charity.

In most cases, you are able to change your fundraising option for your challenge, provided that it is before your final fundraising deadline. 

Your charity representative must approve this change, and you must email your charity rep AND a member of the Endeavours Adventures' team about this before this can be confirmed. 

A change in your fundraising option will incur a £25 administration fee.

NOTE: If you are fundraising for Dig Deep, you CANNOT request to lower your fundraising target.

Endeavours Adventures have a lot to offer you in terms of fundraising support! Once you sign up to your challenge, you will receive a welcome email which will include the different ways the team will support you. 

This support will include a monthly fundraising newsletter, monthly fundraising support sessions, an online fundraising resources pack, and regular communication with the Endeavours Adventures’ team.

Charity challenges are usually split 50:50, where 50% of your fundraising goes straight to the charity, and the remaining 50% goes towards the costs of running the challenge. At Endeavours Adventures, we want to go above and beyond and ensure that we are giving as much to the charity as possible. 

For the Everest Base Trek, 51% of the fundraising goes to the charity, and 49% goes towards the costs of the challenge. 

On top of this, 100% of the money that you raise above your fundraising target goes directly to the charity to support the incredible work they do.

Your fundraising deadline will usually be between 6-8 weeks before your challenge start date, which is dependent on the charity you are fundraising for.