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The ultimate bucket list trip! Reach new heights on this expedition and enjoy views of the world’s tallest mountain.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore Kathmandu and visit Swayambhunath (the “Monkey Temple”)

  • Trek high into the Hamlayas reaching the base of Everest at 17,598 feet!

  • Visit mountain villages, Buddhist stupas, and enjoy the warm hospitality of Nepali tea houses along your way to Everest and back

GROUP DEPARTURES

Join as a solo traveler or with friends to experience these amazing destinations with fellow travelers from all over. We guarantee all group departure dates even if only one person is signed up. We recommend asking how many people are currently in your group before booking. 

* See more on difficulty levels here.

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive to Kathmandu
Day 2: Tour of Monkey Temple
Day 3: Fly to Lukla and hike to Phakding
Day 4: Hike to Namche Bazaar
Day 5: Acclimatize in Namche Bazaar
Day 6: Hike to Khumjung
Day 7: Hike to Tengboche
Day 8: Hike to Dengboche
Day 9: Acclimatize in Dengboche
Day 10: Hike to Lobuche
Day 11: Reach Everest Base Camp (sleep in Gorak Shep)
Day 12: Hike to Pheriche
Day 13: Hike to Tengboche
Day 14: Hike to Namche Bazaar
Day 15: Hike to Phakding
Day 16: Hike to Lukla
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 18: Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
Day 19: International departures

Please note: Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart Nepal. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers. See our Cancellation Policy.

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WHAT TRAVELERS ARE SAYING

 
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We loved our guides and guides in training. The itinerary provided a culturally rich experience and brought Nepal to life, while also connecting us to the nature of the himalayas. OneSeed was very accommodating and had AMAZING customer service.
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I would definitely recommend OneSeed to anyone visiting Nepal. Commitment to community and the friendly authentic local guides made this the trip of a lifetime. My favorite part was the time I spent with our incredibly warm and kind guide Bishnu.
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I will most definitely recommend OneSeed Expedition to my friends! I loved everything about this trip from the small group, the microfinancing that OneSeed does, the insurance they provide for their guides and guides in training, and the amazing things they have planned and organized for us in the cities.

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Day 1:  KATHMANDU

Arrive at your lodge and spend the evening exploring the neighborhoods of Patan, home to the spectacular Durbar Square. This area contains a beautiful collection of temples, statues, palaces, and opportunities to buy souvenirs and local crafts. Catch up on some much needed sleep and venture out for some dinner on your own.

Peak Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: airport transfer and accommodations

 
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Day 2:  KATHMANDU 

Spend the day exploring the Kathmandu Valley. Shake the jetlag with a visit to Swayambhunath, the “Monkey Temple”. Take in the views of the city from atop one of the most important Buddhist stupas in Nepal. Return around 1pm to spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Peak Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; guided tour; welcome dinner; accommodations (vegetarian options are available for all meals)

 
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Day 3: KATHMANDU TO PHAKDING

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (30 min). From Lukla, walk to the village of Phakding. Pass by yaks as you trace the banks of the Dudh-Koshi River. Upon arrival in Phakding, get your first taste of Himalayan life.

Total Hiking: approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) / 3-4 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 8,563 ft  (2610 m)

Inclusions: All meals (two options including vegetarian; coffee, tea, water. Additional options available for purchase), domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, park entrance fee, trekking permit, double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Begin the difficult hike up to Namche Bazaar and enjoy the beauty of the Everest region. Pass by waterfalls and through small mountain villages before getting some much deserved rest.

Total Hiking: approximately 7.5 miles (12 km) / 5-6 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 11,286 ft (3440 m) 

Inclusions: All meals (two options including vegetarian; coffee, tea, water. Additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 5: NAMCHE BAZAAR

Spend a day in Namche to acclimatize to the altitude and rest before the next ascent. Spend your day hiking to Everest View Point, an optional 2 hour hike with rewarding views.

Peak Altitude: 11,286 ft (3440 m) 

Inclusions: All meals (two options including vegetarian; coffee, tea, water. Additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 6: Namche to Khumjung

Begin your ascent from Namche, hiking high above the edges of the village. Descend to the village of Khumjung at the base of the sacred mountain Khumbilia. Khumjung boasts inscribed stone walls and chortens (Buddhist stupas). Khumbu’s only secondary school, founded by Sir Edmund Hillary, is also in this village. Take a short hike up to the Khumjung monastery.

Total Hiking: approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) / 4 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 13,025 ft  (3970 m)

Inclusions: All meals (two options including vegetarian; coffee, tea, water. Additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 7: Khumjung to Tengboche

This segment includes the famous descent to the Dudh-Koshi River and the equally famous ascent along the rhododendron forests to Tengboche. Soak in views of Everest and Ama Dablam. Upon arrival in Tengboche, visit the local monastery and have a warm cup of local tea.

Total Hiking: approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) / 4 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 12,664 ft  (3860 m)

Inclusions: All meals (two options including vegetarian; coffee, tea, water. Additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 8: Tengboche to Dengboche

Continue your hike to Dengboche as you take in the mountain views along the trail.

Total Hiking: approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) / 4 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 14,468 ft  (4410 m)

Inclusions: All meals (two options including vegetarian; coffee, tea, water. Additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 9: DENGBOCHE

Rest and acclimatize to the altitude in Dengboche. Spend the day hiking around nearby villages or resting on the teahouse terrace with Ama Dablam soaring directly overhead.

Peak Altitude: 14,468 ft  (4410 m)

Inclusions: All meals (two options including vegetarian; coffee, tea, water. Additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 10: Dengboche to Lobuche

Continue your ascent towards Everest as you pass under towing mountains. Reach Lobuche nestled high in the Himalaya, a major trekking stop along the trail to base camp.

Total Hiking: approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) / 5 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 16,207 ft  (4940 m)

Inclusions: All meals (two options including vegetarian; coffee, tea, water. Additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 11:  Lobuche > Everest Base Camp > Gorak Shep

Today is the big day! Follow the trail along the western side of the Khumbu Valley and the views of Mount Pumori - “Everest’s daughter” - will accompany you. After a brief descent, reach Gorak Shep and take a short break. Afterwards, hike an arduous four hours along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to reach Everest Base Camp at 17,598ft! Head back to Gorak Shep for some much deserved rest.

Total Hiking: approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) / 8 hours trekking

Altitude: 17,598 ft  (5364 m)

Inclusions: All meals (two options including vegetarian; coffee, tea, water. Additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 12: Gorak Shep > Kala Patthar > Pheriche

Wake before sunrise and begin the ascent to the top of Kalapathar (18,192 ft), which takes about 2 hours. The trail is made up of a series of steep switchbacks that eventually leads to the highest point of the summit. Enjoy the sunrise and stunning views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumari and Mt. Nuptse. Head back to the hotel for breakfast and then descend to Pheriche. 

Total Hiking: approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) / 5-7 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 18,192  (5545 m)

Inclusions: All meals (two options including vegetarian; coffee, tea, water. Additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 13: Pheriche to Tengboche

Continue your descent into the Khumbu valley and return to the village of Tengboche. 

Total Hiking: approximately 8.5 miles (13.7 km) / 6-8 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 12,644 ft  (3860 m)

Inclusions: All meals (two options including vegetarian; coffee, tea, water. Additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 14: Tengboche to NAMCHE BAZAAR

Head back to Namche Bazaar with a new perspective now that you've conquered Everest Base Camp!

Total Hiking: approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) / 6 hours trekking

Altitude: 11,286 ft  (3440 m)

Inclusions: All meals (two options including vegetarian; coffee, tea, water. Additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 15: Namche to Phakding

Continue your descent from Namche to Phakding.

Total Hiking: approximately 11 miles (17.7 km) / 6 hours trekking

Altitude: 8,563 ft  (2610 m)

Inclusions: All meals (two options including vegetarian; coffee, tea, water. Additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 16: Phakding to Lukla

Take this three hour hike at a leisurely pace while marveling at the scenery around you.

Total Hiking: approximately 4.5 miles (7.2 km) / 3 hours trekking

Altitude: 9,383 ft  (2860 m)

Inclusions: All meals (two options including vegetarian; coffee, tea, water. Additional options available for purchase), park entrance fee, trekking permit, double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 17: LUKLA to Kathmandu

Grab a predawn breakfast before hopping on an early flight back to Kathmandu. Head back to your lodge in the capital city and enjoy a warm shower.

Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: Breakfast, transfers, flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, accommodations

 
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Day 18: Kathmandu

Spend the day relaxing and exploring Kathmandu on your own during the day. Join your fellow expedition members for a farewell dinner and lots of toasting in the evening.

Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: Breakfast, farewell dinner, accommodations

 
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Day 19:  KATHMANDU 

Time to say goodbye! A OneSeed representative will take you by private car to the airport for your flight departure.

Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: Breakfast; airport transfer

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items

  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)

  • international airfare and meals during travel

  • snacks during trek

  • beverages outside of designated meals

  • alterations to standard itinerary

 

INCLUSIONS

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date

  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu

  • roundtrip flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

  • all lodging during the trek (double occupancy w/ shared bathrooms)

  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek

  • trekking permits and entry fees

  • welcome & farewell dinner in Kathmandu

  • guide and porter services

  • baggage transport (limited to 22lbs/10kg)

  • all ground transport while in Nepal

  • guided excursions in Kathmandu

  • airport transfers

 

*All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


Trip Extensions

WHAT TO BRING

 

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left at the hotel in Kathmandu during your expedition. See current weather conditions for Everest Base Camp and Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Packing System: This expedition includes porters for bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack. We recommend packing your items in a large backpack or a durable duffle bag. 

Don't forget

 

We need you to have everything on the list below for our expedition to go smoothly, so there is no one item that is more important than another. Double-check your entire list and make sure to have/review these important items below.  It's important to note that trekking at high altitudes can become a concern above 10,000 ft. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.

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Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival date in Nepal.

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Medical insurance card

Should anything happen, we can get you the care you need.

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Required Vaccinations

It is important to receive required (or recommended) vaccinations before traveling abroad. Check the CDC's recommendations for Nepal here.

 

The List (check it twice)

Trekking Gear

  • Change of clothes for Kathmandu - to be kept in storage during expedition

  • Medium/Heavyweight down jacket

  • Fleece jacket or vest (1)

  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)

  • Rain Jacket

  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)

  • Synthetic T-shirt

  • Wool or synthetic hat

  • Gloves

  • Waterproof hiking boots

  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)

  • Sandals/Crocs/old sneakers (for walking around the lodges/restrooms in the evening)

  • Day pack

  • Water bottle

  • Headlamp

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Quick-dry towel

  • Personal toiletries and medicine

  • Sleeping bag w/ 0ºF rating

  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag

  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail 

  • Hand sanitizer

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Kathmandu

  • Flight information submitted

  • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date

  • Photocopy of passport

  • Four (4) passport-sized photos for arrival visa and trekking permits

  • US Currency for 15 or 30-day Nepali Tourist Visa (available upon arrival for US citizens)

  • Medical insurance card

  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail

  • OTC medications (Advil, Imodium, Pepto-bismol etc.)

  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Nepal (if applicable)

  • Guidebooks

  • Camera

  • Trekking poles

  • Bandana or buff (for dust and wind)

  • Energy bars

  • Yaktrax (especially useful for late fall and early spring trips)

  • Outlet adapter (available to purchase in Kathmandu)

  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

  • Wet wipes

Rentals Available:

  • Sleeping Bag - $42 USD

  • Trekking Poles - $21 USD

  • Must be confirmed at least 1 week prior to expedition start date - contact us today to reserve your rentals.

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Elevation

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

As in all mountain regions, weather is most impacted by changes in elevation and topography.  As you begin your expedition in Lukla, you consistently gain elevation and the temperatures gradually drop with each day on the trail. The days are warmed by the mountain sun and nights get chilly. At the higher elevations, temperatures drop into the teens and 20s at night. Expect to start off the morning in a fleece or jacket and then shed or add layers as needed throughout the day.

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Tengboche Weather

Frequently Asked Questions


Does it matter what time I arrive or depart?

If you arrive/depart at any time on the scheduled start/end dates of your trip, OneSeed will arrange for airport transfers. Pickup will be arranged to efficiently transfer clients with flight times in close proximity (generally within one hour of each other). If you plan to arrive before the scheduled start date or stay past the end date of your trip, you will need to coordinate your own airport transfer or purchase a trip extension through OneSeed.

Do I need a visa? And what about passport requirements?

Visas are required in Nepal and can be purchased in cash at the airport upon arrival ($25 USD for up to 15 days, $40 USD for up to 30 days). Please keep your passport and visa with you at all times during your expedition. You must bring 4 passport sized photos for your visa and trekking permits. Visit the State Department website for Nepal travel information. Your passport must be valid for six months after your country departure date. It should also have at least one blank page for any necessary stamps.

What happens if my trip is altered due to unforseen circumstances?

Per the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver Agreement, if your expedition must be altered at any point, you are responsible for any additional costs.Canceled flights and transportation strikes happen. We do our best to ensure that your experience is unaltered by handling the situation efficiently and smoothly. For complete terms and conditions, see here. We recommend reviewing optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance to cover expenses in these instances. Some instances that have come up are:

  • A twisted ankle one week before a trip
  • Power outages in the Atlanta airport leaving travelers stranded
  • Burst appendix!
  • Earthquakes or floods cutting a trip short

DO I NEED ANY IMMUNIZATIONS OR MEDICINE?

Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines for Nepal. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.

WILL WE NEED TO FILTER WATER?

Safe drinking water will be provided to you along the trail. When in Kathmandu and other villages, be sure to only drink bottled water and do not use tap water to brush your teeth. Our goal is to reduce the number of single-use plastic water bottles on our expeditions. Your guide will be equipped with a SteriPen to purify water on the trail.

WHAT FOOD SHOULD I EXPECT TO EAT ON THE TRAIL?

REMEMBER: Avoid street food when you first arrive to Nepal! You do not want to begin your trek with unnecessary stomach issues. Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning calories like a champ. Visit our blog post on tea houses in Nepal for a full list of food options. OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. If you didn't include this information on your registration form, please email go@oneseedexpeditions.com. We recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars.

WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE ON THE TRAIL?

Check out our blog post for a comprehensive overview of what to expect on your trek --> Tea Houses in Nepal: Everything You Need to Know About Accommodations on the Trail

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE?

Tips are always appreciated. We have developed this chart to act as a guide. Averages below are based on per person recommendations.

  • Head Guide: $6-8/day
  • Assistant Guide: $2-5/day
  • Porter $1-3/day

WHAT IS THE ELVATION? IS ALTITUDE A CONCERN?

The highest elevation you will reach on your trek is 18,219 ft. Trekking at high altitudes can become a concern above 10,000 ft. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine. We always advise hiking at your own pace, drinking plenty of water, and the importance of self-care on the trail.

DOES SOMEONE CARRY MY PACK?

Due to the high altitude and length of daily travel, you will carry a daypack and a porter will carry your duffle bag up to 22 lbs. Your daypack should contain any clothes needed for that day and any personal belongings like your camera or passport.

CAN I LEAVE SOME OF MY LUGGAGE IN THE HOTEL DURING THE TREK?

You will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trek in Kathmandu. Leaving an extra bag at the hotel during your trek is free of charge.

HOW SHOULD I TRAIN FOR MY TREK?

Daily mileage can range from 3-11 miles and 4-8 trekking hours per day. This expedition requires above average physical fitness. No technical skills are required and first-time trekkers are welcome. We always recommend that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Nepal is highly recommended.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

Weather is always unpredictable which is why we recommend a comprehensive packing list. A sunny warm day can turn on a dime and end in rain. It never hurts to prep for both! Visit the terrain section above to see average temperatures and weather forecasts for the Annapurna region.

ANY OTHER TIPS?

We always ask that you stay safe on the trail by drinking plenty of water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Nepali with people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you're exploring.


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