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Nepal: Everest Base Camp 2025

8th Nov 2025 - 23rd Nov 2025

16 days/Nepal /Challenging to Extreme


This is a tough 12-day trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, including an optional (but highly recommended) summit of Kala Pattar. This trek allows you to walk in the footsteps of some of the world’s most respected mountaineers and offers you an insight into the culture of the Sherpa people all while being surrounded by a breath-taking landscape of massive snow-capped peaks.

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A challenging to extreme trip for someone of a good general level of fitness. Each day you can expect to walk for up to 8 hours per day on various types of terrain at high altitude. If you wish to climb Kala Pattar the trek day will be closer to 14 hours. The activity level is high so don’t expect it to be easy. You will need to train in preparation for this.

Nepal’s Everest Base Camp is not just a popular trekking route for tourists; it is the starting point for mountaineers who intend to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The Nepal Base Camp is located at 5364m and mountaineers base themselves here for weeks to acclimatise on the mountain, return to rest and prepare themselves for their ascent. The scenery along the trail is beautiful with views of huge Himalayan peaks dominating the landscape. Staying in teahouses along the trail offers a unique insight into the lives of the local people.

You must be 18+ to join this trek. It may be possible for you to participate if you are 16 or 17 years old if accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no upper age limit.
An ideal candidate for the trek would be someone who enjoys trekking and being out of their comfort zone, is interested in different cultures and is willing to train for the challenge.

You will be accompanied throughout the trek by English-speaking local Sherpa guides who have an excellent knowledge of hiking in the region and may have even summited Everest itself. The guides are first aid trained and will support you throughout your journey, sharing their experience and wisdom with you. You will also be supported by a team of assistant guides and a Different Travel UK tour manager. Your luggage is carried by a team of local porters.


The terrain will vary throughout the 12 days but in general you will trek up and down hills constantly throughout the day as the terrain is relentlessly undulating. Some days you may have a full day trekking uphill, followed by the next day trekking downhill all day. It is essential that your training includes plenty of hillwalking and trekking up gradients over consecutive days in order to condition your muscles to this type of exertion. Underfoot the conditions will be dry, rocky and very dusty. There are numerous river crossings which utilise very high suspension bridges.

The maximum altitude on the trek is up to 5554m (summit of Kala Pattar), or 5364m at Everest Base Camp. There is a likelihood of altitude related symptoms. Your local guides are experienced in spotting signs of altitude sickness but it is important that you do your own research so you can be aware of how your body is adjusting.

Common mild symptoms of altitude sickness include headache, nausea, loss of appetite, disturbed sleep and fatigue. These generally subside after a few days, once your body acclimatises to the altitude.

The trek includes two important acclimatisation days. These days involve exposure to higher altitudes before descending back to your teahouse for the night. This exposure offers your body a chance to adjust to the altitude in a controlled way, before you ascend to higher altitudes over the coming trek days. Acclimatisation days are also a great opportunity to do some local exploring and learn more about the history and culture in the Himalayas. Please note that acclimatisation days are not rest days although you may have the opportunity to spend the afternoons at leisure.

All your meals are included, as specified on the itinerary. During the trek the food is plentiful and delicious although the teahouses tend to offer similar menus so be prepared for a menu which is repeated. There will also be plenty of snacks and drinks available to purchase at each teahouse (prices vary) or at local cafés and bakeries (particularly in Namche). In tourist areas of Kathmandu you will find a wide range of restaurants catering for international and high-quality Nepalese food.

You will stay at a hotel in Kathmandu with en-suite facilities before and after the trek and tea houses (locally owned lodges) with shared bathroom facilities during the trek. The tea houses are comfortable but simple.

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Itinerary for Everest Base Camp

Day 1-2 (Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 November 2025):

London to Kathmandu
Depart London for Kathmandu on an indirect overnight flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu the next morning you will be transferred to a hotel where the rest of the day is free before a trek briefing and welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Meals: Dinner

Day 3 (Monday 10 November 2025):

Kathmandu to Lukla (2843m) to Monjo (2835m)
Depart the hotel early this morning for the domestic airport, from where you will take a scenic 40-minute flight landing on a steep mountain runway which sets the scene for our forthcoming trek. Upon arrival in Lukla we will meet our assistant guides and porters before starting the trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail towards Phakding where we cross and re-cross the river on a series of high suspension bridges before we arrive into the small village of Monjo where we stay overnight.
Meals: Boxed breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 5-6 hours / 12.5km

Day 4 (Tuesday 11 November 2025):

Monjo to Namche (3440m)
From Monjo we take a steep hike to Namche where, if the weather is clear, we catch our first glimpse of Mt Everest. Just beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, a protected area which aims to preserve the fragile mountain environment for future generations of trekkers and mountaineers. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy market, numerous shops, cafes and most famously, freshly baked apple pies.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 3-4 hours / 5km

Day 5 (Wednesday 12 November 2025):

Namche (acclimatisation day)
This morning you will go on an important acclimatisation trek. There are a number of options for acclimatisation in the area, such as trekking towards the Everest View hotel (3880m) where with views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Thamserku and more; or perhaps visit the interesting Sherpa museum and Syangboche airport (3780m) where you November catch a glimpse of Everest. After lunch the rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy the bustling town of Namche (and perhaps try a slice of famous apple pie).
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 2-3 hours / 3km

Day 6 (Thursday 13 November 2025):

Namche to Deboche (3820m)
From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi river where we enjoy our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu. Passing several villages and numerous tea shops we descend steeply into the forest towards the village of Phunki Tenga situated next to the river, where we stop for lunch. After lunch we take a steep climb out of the forest to Tengboche which is famous for its monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. We then descend to a village nearby, Deboche, where we stay overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 6-7 hours / 12km

Day 7 (Friday 14 November 2025):

Deboche to Dingboche (4410m)
This morning we continue to descend through the forest until we cross the river and start our steady ascent up towards the village of Dingboche, stopping at a village for lunch. The trail this afternoon opens up into what feels like a vast plain after following a narrow trail earlier in the day. You will notice the temperature dropping as you approach Dingboche, which is the highest altitude village on the trek so far.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 4-5 hours / 9.5km

Day 8 (Saturday 15 November 2025):

Dingboche (acclimatisation day)
Today is another important day for acclimatization. You will ascend to around 4600m from where you will have panoramic views of the nearby peaks and the rural farmland in the valley below. Look out for Ama Dablam, Amphu Gyabjen, Cholatse and Tabuche which surround vast glaciers and turquoise lakes. This afternoon you can explore the village and perhaps visit one of the bakeries or cafes for refreshment.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 2-3 hours / 3km

Day 9 (Sunday 16 November 2025):

Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m)
We retrace our steps from yesterday’s acclimatisation up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tabuche but turn right and take a steep ascent towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. We stop to have lunch at Thukla (4620m), a small village surrounded by vast peaks before continuing on the trail towards the memorial, home to tributes to all those who have died in Nepal’s Himalaya. After some time to reflect, we continue following the Khumbu glacier up towards the cluster of houses at Lobuche where we stay for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 5-6 hours / 9km

Day 10 (Monday 17 November 2025):

Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorak Shep (5140m)
Today we make our final journey to our goal, Everest Base Camp. Starting our trek just after dawn we continue to follow the ice pinnacles and crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier as it winds its way through the valley. After around 4 hours trekking we stop for an early lunch at Gorak Shep before making the final push to reach Base Camp, arriving a few hours later. After celebrations, group photographs and time to appreciate the stunning surroundings at Base Camp we return to Gorak Shep for a well-deserved rest!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 8-9 hours / 11.5km

Day 11 (Tuesday 18 November 2025):

Gorak Shep to Kala Pattar (5554m) to Pheriche (4240m)

The trek to the top of Kala Pattar is optional but it offers superb sunrise views of Everest (which you can’t see from Base Camp) and other vast peaks. If you wish to do this trek a 3am start is required to make it to the top for sunrise. For those trekking Kala Pattar, you will return to Gorak Shep in time to meet the rest of the team for breakfast before starting the descent to Pheriche, a small town you will have seen from across the valley in Dingboche when we stayed there on days 7 and 8.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 5-6 hours / 12km (+ extra 3km for Kala Pattar)

Day 12 (Wednesday 19 November 2025):

Pheriche to Kyangjuma (3550m)

Today’s trek is mostly downhill as we retrace our steps and descend to Kyangjuma, a village just outside of Namche. There are lots of places of interest along the way including a trekker’s health post, water driven prayer wheels and rhododendron forests.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 8 hours / 14.5km

Day 13 (Thursday 20 November 2025):

Kyangjuma to Monjo (2840m)
Today we continue on the trail to Namche and Monjo. We can take a small detour this morning to visit Khumjung (3780m) and Khunde (3840m), where you can visit the Edmund Hillary School and hospital, both still in use today, or the Monastery. We descend into Namche for lunch before making our way back to Monjo for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 4-5 hours / 8km

Day 14 (Friday 21 November 2025):

Monjo to Lukla (2843m)
Today marks our final day of trekking as we follow the Dudh Kosi back to Lukla. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure and you may wish to visit one of the many bars, cafes and restaurants, or simply relax and reflect on your incredible achievement. Tonight you will enjoy a celebratory meal together and have a thank you and tip ceremony for the local guides and porters.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 7-8 hours / 12.5km

Day 15 (Saturday 22 November 2025):

Lukla to Kathmandu
This morning we will depart Lukla on an early flight back to Kathmandu. We will arrive at the hotel just before lunch and you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening we will enjoy a farewell meal in Kathmandu. Overnight at a Kathmandu hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 16-17 (Sunday 23 – Monday 24 November 2025):

Kathmandu to London
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London. You may arrive on Monday 24 November depending on flight schedules.
Meals: Breakfast



N.B. This itinerary has been prepared in advance so while we do not anticipate changes, this itinerary may be subject to alteration due to flight schedules, hotel availability and other factors outside our control. During the trip itself the itinerary will depend on the group ability, weather and the daily circumstances. Any changes in the itinerary will be made in the interest of group safety and enjoyment. In-country, your guide and tour manager will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group

Costs & How to pay

Registration fee: £495
and then either…

Self-funded: £2,500


Sponsorship: £5,000


Flexi: £2,500 trip costs and £2,500 sponsorship for a charity of your choice


This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves. There is no sponsorship required although if you wish to raise sponsorship for a charity you are welcome to do so.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Trip cost balance is payable to Different Travel 10 weeks prior to departure.
  • You are welcome to fundraise separately for any charity of your choice but this is not mandatory. Any fundraising undertaken cannot be used for your trip costs.


This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) and a donation to their chosen charity. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each tour that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • The amount the charity receives is at least 50% of the minimum sponsorship total.


This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves while still raising some funds for the charity.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Trip cost balance is payable to Different Travel and your fundraising is payable to the charity 10 weeks prior to departure.
  • Any fundraising undertaken cannot be used for your trip costs.

What's included

  • Return flights from London (inc. airport taxes)
  • Domestic flights
  • All transport in Nepal
  • Accommodation (3 star hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses on trek)
  • Meals
  • English-speaking guides, porters and support crew
  • Sagamartha National Park entrance fees
  • Trek permits
  • UK Different Travel tour manager.

What's not included

  • Nepalese visa (current cost $30 on arrival)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, snacks, showers, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (approx. £55-65 per person)
  • Trek kit and equipment
  • Cost for optional helicopter transfer in the event of poor weather conditions in or out of Lukla

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