Everest Base Camp Trek

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Total Days: 19

Activity Level: 5

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2014

REI member: $3,399

Non-member: $3,750

2015

REI member: $3,699

Non-member: $4,099

Additional Fees

2014

Internal airfare: $375

Single supplement: $499

2015

Internal airfare: $399

Single supplement: $599

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Apr 12–30
  • Apr 30 – May 18
  • May 14 – Jun 1
  • May 27 – Jun 14
  • Sep 21 – Oct 9
  • Oct 1–19
  • Oct 5–23
  • Oct 19 – Nov 6
  • Oct 25 – Nov 12
  • Nov 2–20
  • Nov 20 – Dec 8
  • Nov 30 – Dec 18
  • Dec 4–22
  • Dec 18 – Jan 5
  • Dec 22 – Jan 9

2015

  • Mar 1–19
  • Mar 10–28
  • Mar 19 – Apr 6
  • Mar 28 – Apr 15
  • Apr 6–24
  • Apr 15 – May 3
  • Apr 24 – May 12
  • May 3–21
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  • May 30 – Jun 17
  • Jun 8–26
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  • Sep 28 – Oct 16
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  • Nov 21 – Dec 9
  • Nov 30 – Dec 18
  • Dec 11–29

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Group Size: 2-15

Activity Level: 5

Activities:

  • Trekking

Accommodations:

City hotel, 4 nights; Camps, 14 nights

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Trip Highlights

  • Accomplish a true bucket list item: trek to base camp at Mt. Everest
  • See stunning Himalaya views, including Khumbu Ice Fall, Makalu, and more
  • Follow local guides with 25 years of experience on a fully-supported trek
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites and learn Buddhist and Hindu traditions

Mount Everest towers above the Khumbu at over 29,000' and is perhaps the most iconic symbol of challenge and adventure on Earth. On our classic Everest Base Camp Trek, follow in the footsteps of legends as we ascend from verdant Lukla to the vast glaciers and razor-sharp ridgelines of the Everest Himalayas, home of the world's highest peaks. At Base Camp, stand face-to-face with the fabled Khumbu Ice Fall and its towering seracs. We hike to the summit of Kala Patar (18,100') for an unobstructed view of Everest's windblown summit.

For well over two decades, our expert local staff have been traveling the footpaths of the Everest region with REI members, providing insider perspectives, preparing fresh meals, and handling every detail of our camping and trekking needs. This epic journey begins and ends in Kathmandu where opportunities abound to explore UNESCO World Heritage sites and discover colorful Buddhist and Hindu traditions.

Extend your Everest adventure by experiencing more of Nepal's varied terrain and unique wildlife. Join our Chitwan Jungle Safari – Nepal Extension—or explore even more of Asia on our Angkor Wat extension!

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to vibrant Kathmandu where our Nepal adventure begins.
  • Day 2 - Explore Swayambunath Temple, Boudhanath Temple, Durbar Square, and more.
  • Day 3 - Fly to Lukla and hike through colorful villages to Phakding.
  • Day 4 - Hike through fields and villages from Phakding to Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 5 - Day hike for our first views of Everest, then return to Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 6 - Ascend to the village of Phortse Tenga through rhododendron forest.
  • Day 7 - Half-day ascent to visit Pangboche's impressive monastery.
  • Day 8 - Hike to Dingboche, the highest permanent Sherpa village in the Khumbu.
  • Day 9 - Day hike to remote monastic caves and views of Makalu.
  • Day 10 - Traverse the Pheriche Valley and ascend past the Khumbu glacier.
  • Day 11 - Depending on weather, climb Kala Patar or hike to Everest Base Camp.
  • Day 12 - Depending on our previous day, climb Kala Patar or hike to Base Camp.
  • Day 13 - Cross Pheriche Pass before arriving at Tengboche Monastery.
  • Day 14 - Trek to Namche Bazaar, with views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.
  • Day 15 - Leave Namche Bazaar and descend to Phakding Village.
  • Day 16 - Hike to Lukla and enjoy a final night in a comfortable lodge.
  • Day 17 - Return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, weather permitting.
  • Day 18 - Free day to explore more highlights of the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Days 19 - Our Everest Base Camp trekking adventure ends today in Kathmandu.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Welcome to vibrant Kathmandu where our Nepal adventure begins.

    Our trip begins today in Kathmandu, Nepal. After clearing immigration and customs, you are met by our friendly staff and transferred to the hotel in colorful Thamel, filled with restaurants, unique shops and outdoor outfitters to help you acquire any last-minute trekking gear. The afternoon is left open to rest and explore this unique area. Perhaps take a walking tour with your guide to become more familiar with the city. Meals on your own.

  • Day 2 - Explore Swayambunath Temple, Boudhanath Temple, Durbar Square, and more.

    Today we enjoy a guided tour of the ancient cities of Kathmandu and Patan that will last most of the day. Nepal is a country rich in religious diversity and our visits today to Hindu and Buddhist sacred sites including Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple), Boudhanath and Patan's magnificent Durbar Square will open many windows into these fascinating and ancient worlds. If time permits, we'll take an optional side-trip to the Tibetan Refugee Carpet center in Jawalakhel. The rest of the day will be on your own to explore before our evening orientation to review the trip's itinerary and gather recommendations on repacking your bags for tomorrow's departure. Breakfast included.

  • Day 3 - Fly to Lukla and hike through colorful villages to Phakding.

    In the very early morning (prior to 6 a.m.) we transfer to the airport to catch our scenic flight to Lukla, the entrance into the Solu Khumbu. When we arrive, our supplies and gear are loaded onto yaks, then our trek begins with a 4-hour hike down through terraced hillsides and along stone fences to the Dudh Kosi River and across a hanging bridge to our first camp near Phakding. Take notice of the huge boulder inscribed with the Buddhist prayer, "Om mani padme hum" and be sure to hike clockwise around these special "mani (prayer) stones". Throughout the trek you'll encounter the local Buddhist people reciting this mantra over and over again – a virtuous deed believed to influence the next life. Arriving in camp in Phakding, your tent will be set-up for you and all of your gear delivered by our support staff. You can look forward to receiving a hot bowl of water at your tent each day after we arrive in camp – great for washing up or for doing a bit of light laundry. Then there is time for hot tea or hot drinks and well-deserved rest. This is our arrival routine in camp most afternoons/evenings, and you'll appreciate these little extras along with the rest of the exceptional care and attention you can expect to receive from our trekking staff. All meals included.

    Trekking: 3-4 hours; about 4.5 miles. From Lukla (9,320'/2,840m) we lose 920'/280m over the first 3 miles of our hike, then hike a relatively flat final 1.5 miles to arrive in Phakding (8,560'/2,610m).

  • Day 4 - Hike through fields and villages from Phakding to Namche Bazaar.

    The dawn's air is crisp as the sun won't reach the bottom of the Dudh Kosi Valley until mid-morning, but your morning wake-up call each day on our trek is delivered complete with a hot cup of tea and warm bowl of washing water delivered right to your tent. After a hearty breakfast, we set out on the trail as it wanders through rolling terrain, past traditional homes, plowed fields and pine and cedar forests. Ascending slowly to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, the snowy peak of Thamserku (21,680'/6,608m) gives us a taste of the unmatched mountain scenery to come. Lunch provides fuel for the final push, a steep 2,000'/610m hike to the village of Namche Bazaar. Namche is the largest Sherpa village and has long been the primary staging area for major Himalayan expeditions. It is a major establishment because of the abundant source of fresh water and its lively bazaar on Saturdays. REI has a long history here and has cultivated many friendships. We know you'll enjoy this very special place and we'll spend two nights here on our way up the mountain. All meals included.

    Trekking: 6 hours; about 5.6 miles. We gradually gain 920'/280m over the first 4.2 miles, then quickly gain an addition 2,000'/610m in the final1.4 miles for a total of 2,920'/890m of gain to reach Namche Bazaar (11,285'/3,440m).

  • Day 5 - Day hike for our first views of Everest, then return to Namche Bazaar.

    Temple horns and yak bells awaken us to a sunrise surrounded by snowy summits over 20,000'/6,100m high! Today is an acclimatization day, meaning we plan to hike high to gain strength, then descend again to sleep low, enabling our bodies to better adjust to the altitude before we continue our ascent. A slow and steady pace with adequate time for acclimatization is key to an enjoyable trek. Peaks we'll view as we set out today include Kwangde (20,930'/6,380m), Thamserku (21,680'/6,608m), and Kangtega (21,932'/6,685m). And what's more, as we ascend to around 12,500'/3,820m we earn truly stunning views of Nuptse (25,790'/7,861m), Lhotse (27,605'/8,414m), Ama Dablam (22,493'/6,856m) and even Mount Everest (29,035'/8,850m). Tonight we overnight again in Namche Bazaar. All meals included.

    Trekking: 4-5 hours; about 3-3.5 miles. Elevation gain and loss is 1,250'/380m.

  • Day 6 - Ascend to the village of Phortse Tenga through rhododendron forest.

    From Namche Bazaar our trek leaves the standard Base Camp trail for the next two days. Crossing the valley, we ascend through a rhododendron forest traversing the beautiful southern slope of Khumbila, the sacred mountain of the Sherpas which cannot be climbed. We trek over Moung La pass (13,000'/3,960m) stopping for lunch with the spectacular peak of Thamserku looming in the near background. Then we descend to Phortse Tenga alongside the Dudh Koshi River and fed by the glaciers of the tenth highest peak in the world, Cho Oyo. Finally, we ascend another 45 minutes or so through picturesque birch and rhododendron forest to Phortse where we'll camp for the night. Watch for iridescent impeyan pheasants, tahr mountain goats, and possibly musk deer when walking through the forests and among the high farms today. All meals included.

    Trekking: 6-7 hours; about 5.3 miles. Elevation gain from Namche to Moung La pass is 1,705'/520m covered in 3.3 miles before we steeply descend 920'/280m in 1 mile to the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing a bridge there, our final ascent to Phortse (12,500'/3,810m) gains 425'/130m in just under 1 mile. Our total daily gain is 2,130'/650m and our total loss is 920'/280m.

  • Day 7 - Half-day ascent to visit Pangboche's impressive monastery.

    Today we enjoy a leisurely half-day ascent to Pangboche during the morning hours. This more leisurely hike leads along a scenic contour, gradually gaining another 400'/120m as we approach our Pangboche camp situation among small traditional homes and fields. After lunch and a bit of rest we'll enjoy a unique opportunity to visit Pangboche Monastery, the oldest monastery in the Everest region. Lama Sangwa Dorji, believed to be the reincarnation of Guru Rinpoche, founder of Buddhism in Tibet in the eight century and one of its most significant figures, is said to have founded Pangboche Monastery. The ancient and very special nature of this place is easily felt by visitors. Returning to camp for dinner, enjoy sitting among the 400 year old juniper trees as you gaze across the valley at the magnificent mountain scenery here. All meals included.

    Trekking: 3-4 hours; about 3 miles. Elevation gain is 400'/120m to Pangboche (12,895'/3,930m).

  • Day 8 - Hike to Dingboche, the highest permanent Sherpa village in the Khumbu.

    Today's hike is an extended half-day, with a late lunch in camp after a challenging and scenic climb to Dingboche (14,400'/4,410m). After ascending fairly gradually along the river Imja Khola for the better part of the morning, our trail swings off the main track to the east and climbs slowly up to the windswept potato fields of Dingboche village, the highest permanent Sherpa settlement in the region. Ama Dablam's razor edges are particularly dramatic here. We'll expect to have arrived and be enjoying a late lunch by around 1:00 pm, so consider packing an energy bar or snack in your daypack as we set out in the morning. After lunch, the remainder of the afternoon is yours to rest, journal, read, enjoy the views and soak in your surroundings. All meals included.

    Trekking: 4-4.5 hours; about 4 miles. Elevation gain is 1,575'/480m.

  • Day 9 - Day hike to remote monastic caves and views of Makalu.

    We've scheduled another important acclimatization day today. To this point in the trek, we've ascended over 5,150'/1,570m, and before we attempt to sleep any higher, we'll once again hike high today then descend back to camp to sleep low for one more night. There are many options available to us, and the most likely is one of our Sherpa guides' favorite hikes. Few visitors to the Everest region will ascend the base of Nangkar Tshang peak, and this 3.5 to 5 hour round trip leads past cliff-side sacred sites to a stunning view of Makalu, the world's 5th highest peak at 27,762'/8,462m. We'll hike as high as we reasonably can, reaching our high point somewhere between 15,700'/4,785m and 16,400'/5,000m, then return to camp at 14,400'/4,410m. This should help the body acclimatize more effectively, as the next three days bring ever more increasing challenges. We do not move camp tonight. All meals included.

    Trekking: optional, 3.5 to 5 hours; 3 to 4 miles. Elevation gain and loss is between 1,300'-2,000'/375m-590m.

  • Day 10 - Traverse the Pheriche Valley and ascend past the Khumbu glacier.

    Our ascent today begins with a gentle climb along the upper trail headed into the Pheriche valley. Well above Pheriche and the valley floor, we contour along the northwest side of the valley through alpine scrub and yak pastures, enjoying panoramic views of Tawoche (20,890'/6,367m) and Cholotse (20,785'/6,335m). Directly behind us, Ama Dablam appears to rise directly from the valley floor to its fullest snowy height. After about two hours of gradual ascent along this path, we reach Thokla Pass and begin a challenging but relatively short ascent of about 690'/210m. At the top of the pass, long strands of prayer flags connect monuments and memorials dedicated to Himalayan climbers who've perished in pursuit of their climbing dreams. The scenery becomes ever more exceptional as we crest the pass to panoramic views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and other 7,000+meter peaks. We continue hiking beyond Thokla Pass to reach Lobuche, a sparse trekkers' outpost amid dramatic alpine scenery where we'll camp for one night. The next two days will be very challenging, so it is important to eat well and drink lots of water tonight. You are likely to be tired by the end of this tough yet beautiful day of trekking. All meals included.

    Trekking: 5-6 hours; about 5 miles. We gradually gain an initial 690'/210m over a distance of 2.5 miles before ascending Thokla Pass, gaining another 690'/210m but over a steep, short section about a half mile. From the top of the pass, we gradually gain an additional 265'/80m over 1 more mile to reach Lobuche (16,110'/4,910m ). Total gain today is 1,645'/500m.

  • Day 11 - Depending on weather, climb Kala Patar or hike to Everest Base Camp.

    The next two days host some of our trek's most exceptional highlights. On day 11, we pick our way through boulders and rock while trekking about 3 hours to reach Gorak Shep. This tiny outpost resides in the immediate shadow of Kala Patar. We arrive in time for lunch, and then evaluate conditions before moving on. If the weather suggests clear views we'll set out for the summit of Kala Patar to enjoy the exceptional view of Mt. Everest (29,028') from its summit. If the views seem less likely to open up for us, we will instead head up on the 3-4 hour hike to Everest Base Camp, saving Kala Patar for the following morning. In either case, we may descend in the dark to our dinner at camp so bring warm clothes, a headlamp and check your batteries before setting out. Both hikes are optional but exceptional. You'll be glad if you've saved some energy for these hikes. All meals included.

    Trekking from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (16,865'/5,140m): 3 hours; Elevation gain to camp is 755'/230m.
    Round trip Gorak Shep-Kala Patar (18,510'/5,640m): 3-4 hours; about 2 miles. Elevation gain/loss is 1,645'/500m.
    Round trip Gorak Shep-Everest Base Camp (17,600'/5,365m): 3-3.5 hours; about 4.5 miles.Elevation gain/loss is around 735'/225m.

  • Day 12 - Depending on our previous day, climb Kala Patar or hike to Base Camp.

    Today, we'll pick-up where we left off the previous day completing whichever of the two hikes we were not already able to attempt. Meanwhile, our team moves camp back down to Lobuche, Thokla or Phulung Kharka depending on the group's physical ability and time. If we set out for Kala Patar this morning, we must start very early so that the light affords us the best quality of Everest views. We will set out before sunrise with headlamps and return to breakfast in camp before descending if we climb Kala Patar today. After breakfast, we'll have time to descend as far as Thokla or Phulung Kharka. If we instead hike to Base Camp, we'll set out in the early twilight and will likely descend to Lobuche this afternoon. You may opt out of the hike this morning if you prefer to head back down the trail. While we can celebrate some very significant accomplishments tonight, there are still plenty of highlights remaining on our descent, which will feature some different trails and very special sights along the way. All meals included.

    Round trip Gorak Shep-Kala Patar (18,510'/5,640m): 3-4 hours; about 2 miles. Elevation gain/loss is 1,645'/500m.
    Round trip Gorak Shep-Everest Base Camp (17,600'/5,365m): 3-3.5 hours; about 4.5 miles. Elevation gain/loss is around 735'/225m.
    Trekking from Gorak Shep (16,865'/5,140m) to Lobuche or Thokla: 2 hours and 5 miles with 755'/230m elevation loss to Lobuche (16,110'/4,910m) or 3 hours and 7 miles with 1,710'/520m elevation loss to Thokla (15,155'/4,620m).

  • Day 13 - Cross Pheriche Pass before arriving at Tengboche Monastery.

    Today we cover a lot of ground and descend thousands of feet into far more oxygen-rich air as we hike. We'll enjoy a stop at the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic in Pheriche, which is an important medical facility for trekkers, climbers and local people. Staffed by volunteer physicians, it is a very interesting waypoint on this remote trail that is new to us. After lunch we emerge from the valley and climb a short distance to Pheriche Pass, before descending to cross the river Imja Khola. Climbing on through the park-like rhododendron forests bursting with flowers on spring departures, we eventually reach Deboche or Tengboche to camp. Both are situated in picturesque settings and boast a long and significant religious history as Deboche is the site of an important nunnery and Tengboche hosts the main Tibetan Buddhist temple in the Khumbu region. Not really a village, Tengboche is primarily a gompa and everyone living there is in some way associated with the operations of the monastery. If we reach Tengboche tonight, we will visit for a glimpse into monastic life. If we camp in Deboche, we will visit Tengboche on our descent tomorrow. All meals included.

    Trekking ranges from 5-6 hours; about 7.5-9 miles. Groups setting out from Lobuche (16,110'/4,910m) will descend 3,970'/1,210m to the Imja Khola River (12,140'/3,700m), while groups setting out from Thokla (15,155'/4,620m) will descend 3,015'/920m to reach the same point. From the river, the way is mostly flat to Deboche (12,170'/3,710m), and for groups headed on to Tengboche, the day ends with an ascent of about 495/150m over 1 mile to reach Tengboche (12,665'/3,860m).

  • Day 14 - Trek to Namche Bazaar, with views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.

    Today is another full day of descent with a healthy dose of uphill mixed in, and the air continues to become more oxygen-rich. If we've departed from Deboche this morning, we'll climb a short 330'/100m, soon reaching the spacious plateau upon which Tengboche Monastery is built at 12,685'/3,860m. After a visit there, we continue descending to the Dudh Koshi river then climb for 1.5 hours to Kyangjuma for lunch. We finish our hike today with a gradually descending walk from Kyangjuma to Namche Bazaar (11,285'/3,440m) where we'll enjoy once again the unforgettable panoramic views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest and Ama Dablam that inspired us near the outset of our trek. Tonight we'll spend the night in Namche Bazaar where you can find services like hot showers and internet access for a small fee, along with local bars and souvenir shops. There will likely be time for you to explore Namche Bazaar on your own after we arrive and before we enjoy dinner. All meals included.

    Trekking: 5-6 hours; about 5-6 miles. Elevation gain for groups setting out from Deboche is 495'/150m over 1 mile to reach Tengboche (12,665'/3,860m), then all groups descend 2,005'/610m in 1.25 miles to the Imja Khola River (10,660'/3,250m) before climbing 985'/300m in 1.75 miles to Kyangjuma (11,645'/3,550m). After lunch, we hike an additional 2 miles to reach Namche Bazaar, gradually losing another 360'/110m. Total elevation loss today is around 2,365'/720m, while total gain is between 985'-1,480'/300m-450m.

  • Day 15 - Leave Namche Bazaar and descend to Phakding Village.

    Leaving Namche Bazaar, we have a big descent today to Phakding. If the weather is clear, take plenty of photos of your final views of the great peaks we've enjoyed so much along the way, including Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. We'll not see them again after reaching camp tonight. In Phakding we'll camp by the Dudh Koshi River and enjoy another spectacular Himalayan sunset before turning in. All meals included.

    Trekking: 4-5 hours; about 5.6 miles. We quickly lose 2,000'/610m in the first1.4 miles of our hike, then gradually lose an additional 920'/280m over the first 4.2 miles for a total of 2,920'/890m of loss today.

  • Day 16 - Hike to Lukla and enjoy a final night in a comfortable lodge.

    Today is a challenging final day of trekking from Phakding to Lukla as we begin with a descent, then climb 600' to end in Lukla as we leave the long trail behind. After the climb, enjoy a night in a small lodge where you can shower and then look forward to a truly memorable farewell party with all of the wonderful support staff that have contributed so much to the success of our great adventure. Overnight in Lukla. All meals included.

    Trekking: 5 hours; about 4.5 miles. From Phakding (8,560'/2,610m) we hike a relatively flat 1.5 miles before gaining 920'/280m over the last 3 miles of our hike to arrive in Lukla (9,300'/2,840m).

  • Day 17 - Return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, weather permitting.

    We must prepare for our return flight to Kathmandu very early this morning. Taking of from the Lukla airstrip is an exhilarating experience and our last look at the snowy Himalayas is bittersweet. After the flight we are met by our ground staff and transferred to our hotel for hot showers, clean clothes and a relaxed day. Our staff will have double-checked your flights out, and will update you on any important changes. Then the balance of the day is free time. Breakfast is included.

    Note about flights: Most treks run during the best weather conditions of the year and there is an extra day at the end of the trek to allow for poor weather, sightseeing and shopping. Flights to and from Lukla are not always dependable; weather conditions may cause flight cancellations. Delays are possible any time of year but are more typical on the summer departures. Costs of any evacuation are in addition to any previously paid air/land costs and are billed to trip members upon return to the States; thus we highly recommend the purchase of trip insurance.

  • Day 18 - Free day to explore more highlights of the Kathmandu Valley.

    Enjoy a free day exploring on your own or join us for an optional city tour. The tour is likely to feature Kathmandu Durbar Square or the ancient city of Bhaktapur. The reminder of the day is at your leisure to shop or relax before your journey home. Breakfast included. (Note: Reserve day for return flight from Lukla in case of inclement weather).

  • Days 19 - Our Everest Base Camp trekking adventure ends today in Kathmandu.

    We transfer to the airport for homeward bound flights. This transfer is provided and will be tailored to suit your scheduled departure.

Explore even more with an optional Chitwan Jungle Safari – Nepal Extension.

Note on Itinerary

Although we generally adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Your guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan, and their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that REI has led in the Everest region. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is successful.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

National Park fees, 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu, meals as noted on the itinerary, Sherpa guides and porters, cooks and commissary crew, tents, foam sleeping pads, community cooking gear, baggage portage, and airport transfers.

Not Included

Air transportation to/from Nepal, flights within Nepal (mandatory internal flight), meals as noted on the itinerary, visas, any necessary emergency evacuation flight, optional tips to guides and staff, additional sightseeing options in Kathmandu, airport taxes, cost of obtaining a passport or medical immunizations, insurance, and items of a personal nature such as liquor or laundry fees.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Strenuous [5]. Trekking in Nepal is for active people in good health who enjoy vigorous hiking. Nepal has an "up and down" topography, there is very little level walking. We expect participants to be strong, experienced hikers in good physical condition. Gear and supplies will be carried by porters or yaks, leaving members free to carry only a daypack. No technical climbing or other special abilities are required. However, each person should be equipped with a "spirit of adventure" and have prior experience with backcountry camping, sleeping in a tent and willingness to undergo the potential hardships of outdoor living and long days on the trail. This trek spends considerable time at altitudes between 11,000' and 17,100'. The trails themselves are only moderate, but at these altitudes hiking will feel more strenuous. A good physical conditioning program must be undertaken several months in advance to get into shape. A physician's signature is required for participation on this trip.

Weather

There are two ideal "weather windows" for Nepal. From the latter half of March until the first part of May temperatures are relatively warm, 10° to 15° warmer than in the fall. Mornings are bright and clear with the air slowly becoming hazier as the day progresses. The rhododendron forests in springtime are spectacular, with color displays that are "Himalayan" in beauty. June is warm and green with very few other trekkers – the sense of solitude is much greater than other seasons. However, it is more likely to include rain showers, hazy skies, wet and muddy trail conditions and possible flight delays. Afternoon rain showers do occur in June and mountain views can be sporadic or interspersed with clouds. The fall season, the latter half of October through December, is an ideal time for the best mountain views. The days are typically sunny and clear with moderate temperatures and the evenings are usually quite cold...frosty, to be exact. Trekking to the very high Mt. Everest Base Camp region (at more than 17,000 feet) can include 0° temperatures at night and a 50% chance of some snow anytime above the 13,000 foot level. During the day, above 15,000 feet, do not anticipate temperatures above 35°. Again, since your body is taking in less than half its normal supply of oxygen, 32° will feel colder than we are accustomed to at home.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

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Everest Base Camp Trek Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.

Flight Weight Restriction

Flights to Lukla have a weight restriction of 30 pounds. Please pack light and adhere to this list.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Tents, stoves, fuel
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Foam sleeping pads
  • Trip leader first-aid kit
Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Copy of first page of passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa form for Nepal (or obtain at Kathmandu airport)
  • 4 extra passport photos
Luggage
  • Duffel bag - extra-large (5,500 - 9,500 cu. in.)
  • Duffel bag - for non-trek items left at the hotel in Kathmandu
  • Daypack to carry camera, water bottles, extra clothing
  • Luggage tags and 2 TSA approved locks
Camping Gear
  • Sleeping bag and stuff sack, rated to 0° or less (REQUIRED). For Oct. to Jan. departures, may want to consider a -20° sleeping bag.
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad (optional)
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain pants (side zippers are convenient)
  • Insulated parka/ski jacket, down or synthetic filled (REQUIRED)
Clothing
  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater
  • Fleece pants or tights (see 'optional')
  • Midweight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool
  • Expedition-weight thermal tops/bottoms
  • Hiking pants/skirt
  • Hiking shorts - men (Spring and Summer treks)
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts, synthetic are best
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks, wool or synthetic
  • Liner socks
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat (over ears)
  • Bandana
  • Wool or fleece gloves
  • Thin liner gloves
  • Gaiters
Footwear
  • Hiking boots, sturdy, ankle support, water-resistant, well broken in
  • Camp shoes: trail shoes or running shoes
City Clothing
  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and daily wear
  • Comfortable shoes
Travel Accessories
  • Reliable flashlight or headlamp (lithium batteries are best for cold weather)
  • Pocket knife or pocket tool
  • Ear plugs
  • Small quantity of favorite energy snacks
  • Water treatment tablets or drops
  • Hiking staff or trekking poles
  • Small waterproof pack cover for daypack
  • Two 1-quart water bottles or hydration system and one 1-quart water bottle (see “Things to Consider”)
  • Sunglasses with strap (side-shields or glacier glasses recommended)
  • Sun block and lip balm – SPF 30+
  • Personal hygiene supplies including biodegradable soap
  • Small quick-dry towel
  • Personal first aid kit / medicines
  • Hand sanitizer gel or hand wipes
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags
  • Large, heavy duty plastic trash bags (2)
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Trowel and roll of toilet paper in plastic bag
  • Throat lozenges or hard candies for dry or sore throat
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, film/memory cards, spare batteries
  • Battery charging station for cameras or personal electronics
  • Solar charger for batteries
  • Voltage converter (from Nepal 220 to US 110)
  • Plug adapter (from Nepal - 2 round peg to US - 2 flat peg)
  • Down or synthetic-filled pants (On fall treks these are a very wise addition)
  • Down booties (For fall treks around camp at night)
  • Knee supports
  • Altimeter
  • Games, playing cards, etc.
  • Reading and writing materials

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Culturally sensitive dressing tips: Women - pants or a skirt with tights underneath are fine. Tights, shorts and sports tops are not advised unless worn under other clothing. Men - pants are best, or wear knee-length hiking shorts. Men should never go shirtless.
  • Your duffle bag should be able to accommodate all of your trekking gear and clothing. You may want to consider using an extra large duffel so that you have space to carry home all the great gifts and souvenirs you may be purchasing. Be sure to adhere to your airline's baggage size and weight restrictions. Additional charges may apply if you exceed their parameters.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax.
  • If you like to use a hydration system while hiking, please note that you will need to also bring at least one 1-quart water bottle. Our method of water treatment involves boiling, and hydration systems may not hold up well when water is heated to high temperatures. A water bottle will give you a place to cool very hot water before it is safe to add to your hydration system's bladder.
  • We are sometimes asked about the appropriateness of bringing one's own crampons. Crampons are not necessary for this trek.
  • If you do not bring with you the medications that you wish to have on hand and decide to purchase medications over the counter in Kathmandu or elsewhere in Nepal, you cannot be guaranteed that the medication you are purchasing is authentic. Please consult with your travel doctor about any and all medications you may wish to have on hand and bring those medications with you to Nepal.
  • You may find that you will not use every piece of clothing that is on this gear list. However, the list has been created to provide for the full range of weather conditions that you MAY encounter during your trek. Should the weather be unseasonably cold or wet, you will appreciate having this gear.
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding or bunching up.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Travel clothes, extra gear, and purchases will be left in a storage room at our Kathmandu hotel or office. Please bring a small bag, luggage tag, and a lock for this purpose.
  • It may be difficult to obtain feminine health supplies while in Nepal. Women are advised to bring these items from home.
  • Gifts: Trekkers are always amazed at the helpfulness of our support staff and the hospitality of the Nepalese families met along the way. Clothing or gear recently used on your trek make great gifts. Please don't bring extra gifts, as these are a burden to you and the staff while trekking.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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REI AdventuresEverest Base Camp Trek
 
4.8

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  • Once in a lifetime experience (36)
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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Epic trip

      By Trust in Nature

      from Encinitas, Calfornia

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Activity Level
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Excellent Guide
      • Food
      • Great Itinerary
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Quality Equipment Provided
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about REI Adventures Everest Base Camp Trek:

          train at altitude if you can.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • Good price, great guides, itinerary was well laid out
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Kala Patthar summit
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • I would read my blog:http://jerrytrust.blogspot.com

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Trip of a lifetime

          By Chautime

          from Chicago, IL

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          Pros

          • Activity Level
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

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              Comments about REI Adventures Everest Base Camp Trek:

              This was truly a trip of a lifetime. Seeing the world's tallest peaks in person and being immersed in the culture is an undescribable experience. If you're like me and are captivated just reading about the area -- then this is the trip for you.

              We had hot and cold weather, rainy and snowy weather, foggy and clear weather -- we had it all. It was great -- I wouldn't change any of it.

              Kathmandu was the worst part of the trip for me. Crowded, dirty, busy, loud....be prepared for no sidewalks and to walk amonst cars, motorcycles and trucks. Be very careful as several of us did get bumped by a motorcycle/car or two.

              If I had to call out another negative, it would be the couple of nights we stayed at the lodges, particularly Lobuche. If you are deciding between the lodges or camping, I think the camping is WAY better. The lodges are not warmer, the walls are paper thin and there is typically a lot of people.

              A big thank you to Thupten & Badri, our trip leader and sirdar....and to the rest of the porters, chef, kitchen staff, yak/zopkio drivers and assistant guides. You all made the experience wonderful. Thanks for carrying my pack when I had bronchitis. And Badri - thanks again for getting me both up and down Kala Patthar. I could not have done it without you!!

              Finally, thanks to my fellow trekkers. You are forever etched into my amazing memories from this trip.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • I have read a lot of books on the Everest region and needed to experience it for myself.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • 1) Seeing spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Makalu, etc. 2) Summiting Kala Patthar, 3) Seeing an avalanche as it was happening (no one got hurt), 4) Several opportunites to look DOWN on the clouds, 5) Experiencing the rich Nepalese culture and the amazing sherpas, 6) Experiencing and surviving 2 flights from the Lukla (Tenzing-Hillary) Airport. 7) Our group was great. 8) The 17 staff that travelled with the nine of us trekkers were phenomenal. 9) The challenge of the ascents and decents with the altitude. There are so many highlights.
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • Oh, there is a lot....1) Be physically prepared 2) Stick to the gear list (except for the trowel, you don't need that) 3)Bring a good supply of "just in case" medication. 4) Bring extra toilet paper, sunscreen and hand sanitizer. 5) Bring enough money. 6) If you can't handle disgusting toilets, don't go on this trip. 7) Chances are, you will suffer from something on this trip. Everyone in our group did to varying degrees. 8) The enjoyment comes from the whole experience, not just the spectacular views. 9) Seek advice from, listen and respect the trip leaders and guides. They've seen it ALL and will happily help you. 10) Bring enough warm clothing and waterproof gear.

              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great time for the Everest trek

              By bbcrick1

              from Elkhart, IN

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              Pros

              • Activity Level
              • Exceeded Expectations
              • Food
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Photographic opportunity
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

              • Small Inconveniences

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                Comments about REI Adventures Everest Base Camp Trek:

                My wife and I picked this trek primarily due to the date as it fit our schedule well. Our fear was that the weather conditions would be unfavorable as this the the last REI trek of the season. The fears were unfounded as we had a clear sunny sky everyday, and the daytime temperatures allowed hiking in a t-shirt many days. The added bonus was fewer hikers, yaks and porters due to the low-season time (1700 trekkers December vs. 9600 October 2012). Our trek was special for many reasons: 1. Our guide - Thubten Yese Sherpa. Thubten elevated our trip to another level because his sole purpose was to make sure everyone was having an exceptional experience. He is a native to the Khumbe area and spent 10 years as a monk. He willingly shared his intimate knowledge of his culture with our group and took us to his family home at Namche Bazar. 2. The staff - we had a crew of 19 that took care of our group of 12 trekkers. Their purpose was to insure our comfort and success on the trek. From tea at the tent in the morning to a hot water bottle for the sleeping bag at night - they cared for us. 3. The pace - a modest pace to accomodate all fitness levels. Our group hiked together in one group and all 12 made it to base camp - a first of the season according to Thubten! Two overnight stays at altitude helped us acclimitze to the altitude and allowed more intimate explorations of our surroundings. 4. The food and drink - 3 great meals a day of good food. We were amazed by the food that was served! We had ample supply of clean water, and hot drinks at breakfast, Lunch and dinner, as well as morning and afternoon tea. 5. The washing water - We were provided with warm washing water in the morning and afternoon. This allowed us to stay relatively clean on a long trek in a dusty environment. 6. Hot water bottles for the sleeping bag - need I say more? Looking to get one for home now! 7. A fabulous cultural experience in an exotic Himalayan environment. The local people were approachable and friendly. 8. Caring for the sick - several people were ill during our trek and the guides cared for them, gave them "sherpa saunas" and carried their packs. 9. Patience - The guides were extremely patient with all the trekkers for photography, bathroom breaks, and any other special request. 10 Emergency helicopter flight - our exit flight from Lukla was cancelled due to weather and the thought of days in Lukla prompted Thubten to arrange a helicopter evacuation of our group. It was a great finish to a wonderful trek and maybe it should be a regular trek option? 11. Tea house lodging at high cold camps Labouche and Gorek Shep. We were provided rooms at the high cold camps. 12. Intangibles - Beautiful starry nights, sunny everyday, hiking beneath Himalayan peaks of my dreams, a great group dynamic of diverse people, our guide Thubten giving us a tour at Tengboche Monastery where he had lived, Yaks!

                I would say the biggest disappointment for me was Kathmandu. It was dirty, overcrowded with people and cars, and our hotel left something to be desired as it had no heat, spotty hot water, and power outages for hours.

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • The dates for this trek fit my schedule well. It worried us that the December trek would have bad weather and extreme cold, and both of these fears proved unfounded.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • Visiting an exotic country and hiking beneath the Himalayan peaks of my dreams.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • Be physically prepared for daily excercise at altitude, Be open to an intimate encounter with another culture, and embrace your fellow trekkers.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Trip of a lifetime

                By Sualzi

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Casual Adventurer

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                Pros

                • Exceeded Expectations
                • Group Camaraderie
                • Guides
                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                • Well Organized Itinerary

                Cons

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Everest Base Camp Trek:

                    This was such a great experience. It has always been a dream of mine to see Mt. Everest and I'm so proud to have done it. I could not have made it without the support of our excellent trekking staff. They were so great. I felt good knowing that REI was making sure we were taken care of. It took the hardship out of camping; gear hauled, tents set up, food cooked and all cleaning done for us! The others in my trekking group were great. All in all, it was a fabulous experience!

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • I have always wanted to go to the Himalayas to see Mt. Everest. I trusted REI to provide the guidance and support that I needed to do something like this. I would travel with REI again.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • The biggest highlight was seeing Mt. Everest up close on my birthday. (and the cake that the cook made for me!!) Making this journey with my Mom made it so much more extra special.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • Listen to your guide! He knows best! Take your Diamox. You will probably need it, even if you don't think you do. Pack enough snacks, and it's best if they are a carb/protein combo snack. Make sure that you let the guides know how you are doing and know that it's best if you hike at your own pace. The altitude is tough, but going slowly and listening to the guides will help you through.

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The most incredible 3 weeks of my life!

                    By denisejulian

                    from Reno, NV

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Pros

                    • Accommodations
                    • Activity Level
                    • Exceeded Expectations
                    • Food
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides
                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                    • Quality Equipment Provided
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                    Cons

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Everest Base Camp Trek:

                        In life, you will be faced by obstacle after obstacle. But adversity not only develops character, it reveals it. On the first day of the trek I had a horrible stomach problem and puked like 7 times, had a broken wrist and a sprained wrist, and am only 19 years old, and nobody thought I would make it past the first day, except myself. But the next morning, Christmas day 2012, I was feeling much better. Day after day I got stronger and kept going, thanks to the support and camaraderie from my group and the wonderful happy REI staff, all 19 of them plus Thubten's hearty laughter, and a little determination and desire to get to where we were going. We made it to base camp on January 1, 2013 as a team, and the next day I was there on top of Kala Pattar with a few others. I felt so alive and lucky and honored to be there. That's what was so great about this trip to me...it always felt like such an honor to be there, everywhere we went. It helped put my own life in perspective to see the way people live so happily in a place like this, with nothing superfluous like us, and it was so humbling. The food was amazing, the people (group and local) were awesome, the sights were incredible, learning to accept living as simply as possible was challenging but rewarding, and the yak dung fires were amazing too :) unfortunately I'm not much for complaining, I embrace the way things are, so I don't have anything to say about what was not so great about this trip.I whole-heartily recommend it to everyone who wants to see Mt. Everest with their own eyes and so much more, as long as it's understood that you'll be "roughing it" a bit...but hardly, the accommodations are far more luxurious than I expected...just not in a 5 star hotel way. Anyways though, get out there and do it...REI is amazing.

                        -Big D :)

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • I chose this trip because it was a place on my "bucket list" to go in my lifetime, and it seemed much easier to go with a pre-planned group where all details were taken care of ahead of time. Also, I enjoy going on vacations that include much more than simple relaxation :)
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • There were too many highlights to choose one as the best. I loved being a part of the local life, learning about the culture, and the people there were the warmest that I've ever been surrounded by. They go way out of their way to take care of you. Oh yeah...and the scenery of course :)
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Don't be too cautious, it gets in the way of having a well-rounded experience :)

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        An Adventure You Should Not Miss!

                        By Blue Dog

                        from Denver, CO

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                        Pros

                        • Activity Level
                        • Exceeded Expectations
                        • Food
                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Guides
                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                        • Well Organized Itinerary

                        Cons

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                            Comments about REI Adventures Everest Base Camp Trek:

                            I honestly had VERY few moments of discomfort or angst. If I did, I chalked it up to part of the adventure. You have to walk into this trip with an open mind - you are in a 3rd world country so patience and understanding is key. Electricity will not function 24/7, there will be cold showers, the food is excellent, but it is not 5 star on every level. The views and the experience trump everything! As others have noted, you will have the opportunity to plug in electronics along the way - but limited access to Wi-Fi. Listen to Thubten's advice and instruction - you are in EXCELLENT hands. Have an AMAZING time - it is truly an incredible journey!

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • I chose this trip as trekking to the Everest Base Camp has been on my bucket list for years.
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • So many to list: 1) The December/January trip means WAY fewer trekkers on the trail - we had the Everest Base Camp all to ourselves! 2) It was truly a privilege to meet and work with Thubten and his staff 3) Trekking in the shadows of some of the largest mountains in the world is surreal, 4) The weather was poor in Lukla so we were transported out by helicopter - awesome way to end the trip, 5) Hot water bottles at night and hot tea delivered at my doorstep in the morning and 6) Sharing the experience with one of the best travel groups EVER.
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • The winter trip in December/January seems a bit daunting with the thought of the cold weather. Turns out, the days were quite warm and sunny with some wind. Nights and mornings were cold, but, if you have the right gear, you will be fine. If you have a tendency to be on the cold side: Bring extra warm gear like hand warmers, down pants, fleece pants, fleece liner, warm booties (I brought my UGGs), and a heavier weight down jacket. As far as Diamox goes: 4 out of 12 people did not take it (including myself) and we all made it to Base Camp. Bring hand lotion: The hand sanitizer (a must) will dry out your hands which is painful. Bring an extra roll of toilet paper. Make sure you bring all the right meds just in case: Cipro, Allergy, Anti-Diarrhea, Cough, Pain, etc. The trail is dusty: Bring something to cover your mouth/nose like a bandana. Also, because of the dust, I could not wear contacts for a few days so if you are 'blind', either bring prescription sunglasses or make sure goggles will fit over your glasses. If you are a shopper, bring more cash than REI suggests. Carry a headlamp with you at night in the hotel in Thamel - electricity is not free flowing and you may get caught in the dark! Buy trip insurance for piece of mind if nothing else. Get in shape for the trip, there are many long days on the trail.

                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            A GREAT EXPERIENCE

                            By Vermont 53

                            from Rutland, Vt

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                            • Activity Level
                            • Exceeded Expectations
                            • Food
                            • Group Camaraderie
                            • Guides
                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                            Cons

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                                Comments about REI Adventures Everest Base Camp Trek:

                                This was an amazing trip. It is not an easy trip, but well worth the time and effort. It is extremely well planned by REI and the staff- we had 21 for 14 of us, could not be better. They take great care of you, and really seem to be happy to be part of the whole adventure. The food is excellent. They produce such a variety of tasty meals, it is hard to believe that this can be done in such simple conditions. Thupten, our trip leader was really outstanding. He is from Namche so he knows the Sherpa people the region well. We all felt like we came away with insider's view of life in that part of the world.
                                I highly recommend this trip and REi Adventures.

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • I have been to Tibet with REI and love the Himalayas. I wanted to see more and to challenge myself physically.
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • It would be hard to single one thing out. The whole trip was amazing.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • Get fit, buy the trip insurance, follow REI's advice for packing, enjoy the journey. The scenery is spectacular.

                                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Two times to Nepal.....praying for three

                                By Barbara from Kansas

                                from Topeka, Kansas

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                                • Accommodations
                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Food
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides
                                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                • Quality Equipment Provided
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

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                                    Comments about REI Adventures Everest Base Camp Trek:

                                    This trip was amazing. I did it twice and I think the heart of the people and the beauty of the country was what I enjoyed the most, outside of Kathmandoo. The air travel is a challenge but with prayers, I wasn't alone. I think that God has richly blessed my life through REI travels and especially through this trek that I did not only once, but twice. Unforgettable!!!

                                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                      • I did the same trip four years ago and the country was beautiful and the people in the valleys were so kind and loving and appreciative of anything that my heart fell in love with everything. I went back because I made a promise to return and I thank my God every day that I was able to return.
                                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                      • Seeing the Himalaya's again and meeting Mingma, Nima, Tek, Bal, Manbahadur, Madhu, and meeting Thubten in my journey. The staff and the trekking was great for this country gal from the flatlands of Kansas.
                                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                      • Listen to REI staff as you prepare as they are amazing and wonderful to work with. When you are in Nepal, listen to your guide and if it happens to be "Thubten", treasure every minute as he is compassionate and truly a good person at heart and he loves his nature and his religion.

                                      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      REI And Nepali Staff Did A Great Job

                                      By Old hiking fool

                                      from Falls Church, VA

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                                      Pros

                                      • Cultural Experience
                                      • Great staff
                                      • Well Organized

                                      Cons

                                      • Accommodations
                                      • Sometimes Crowded Trails

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                                        Comments about REI Adventures Everest Base Camp Trek:

                                        REI is more expensive than some outfits, but they are also better organized and offer more support. You get what you pay for. As most reviewers note, the Nepali guides and other staff were excellent. With animals carrying gear, the trip itself was almost luxurious. I got sick with dysentery on the trip (probably caught parasites in Kathmandu) so the lead guide walked me to a clinic with a British doctor who gave me some medication, and when I was too sick to make it to base camp one of the other guides walked me downhill. It's hard to see some of the outfits which operate on a shoestring being able to do that. I completed the trip and didn't have to be evacuated. The one criticism I would have is that we pitched tents in the courtyards of some tea houses that were dusty and crowded, especially in Namche. REI needs to re-think the model of sleeping in tents in towns and villages. It seems that the days of tent trekking in Everest country have passed as the area has become so economically developed. People considering going on this trip should realize that the Everest region is crowded with trekkers during the clear weather of the Fall. If you want to get way from people, you should consider a different trip. On the other hand, I really liked the chance to visit monasteries and see villages in addition to awesome mountains. I did not find the conditions very cold (though some others in my group did) but I was surprised by how humid the cold can be in the river valleys or as the clouds roll in. I was also surprised by how lush and green the river valleys are, since i was expecting high altitude to equal dryness, but I had not factored in the low latitude. Bottom line: Great trip. Book with REI - they know what they are doing.

                                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                          • Seeing Everest was a lifelong dream and I wanted a physical challenge. I went with REI because I have been a member for over 30 years and I trust REI to have their act together.
                                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                          • The Himalayas are awesome. I also enjoyed visiting the Buddhist monasteries.
                                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                          • Read all the reviews. Lots of good info. Be sure you are in good shape. You don't have to be an athlete, but this trek is hard. Talk to your doctor before you go. I was glad I brought an additional ground pad on cold nights. I did not need all the other cold weather gear i brought in October, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Bring more money than REI recommends. Get trip insurance.

                                          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Amazing Adventure

                                          By Mtnshelby

                                          from Colorado

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                                          Pros

                                          • Activity Level
                                          • Exceeded Expectations
                                          • Group Camaraderie
                                          • Guides
                                          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                          • Quality Equipment Provided
                                          • Well Organized Itinerary

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about REI Adventures Everest Base Camp Trek:

                                              Things I'm glad I brought: a water bottle with a cover (to keep out dust), hiking stick, -30 sleeping bag (most people won't need that level, but I did), small camera (worked for me), packable down jacket, summer to winter weight gear, nylon summer hiking tops, merino wool turtleneck, head lamp. Things I wish I'd left home: instant coffee (it's provided), nylon booties (not practical outside the tent), collapsible water bottle (bring a standard plastic water bottle that withstands boiling hot water). This trek isn't Europe by bus, and conditions can be a little tough (when those Himalayan clouds roll in. . . brrr). But is it worth it? Absolutely. Not a day goes by that I don't think about this trip. If you're at all interested, sign up and "Johnny Ho"!!!

                                              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                              • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                              • I enjoy traveling solo with a reputable company, and this was my first experience traveling with REI. This trip was terrific, and I would definitely travel with REI again. The local trekking company in Nepal went out of its way to ensure our safety and quality of our experience.
                                              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                              • There are so many highlights, including our first-rate professional trip leader Nema and his terrific staff (the nicest guys!!), amazing views, watching an avalanche from Kala Pattar, trekking with "yaks" (a bucket list item), group camaraderie, the views, the views, the views.
                                              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                              • If you're at all interested, sign up and go. But be prepared, from gear to physical fitness levels. Read all the reviews. The REI gear list and recommendations are good. If you're 40+ (as I am), you need to make a commitment to physical preparation. 60-minute daily hiking or jogging with longer distances on weekends (10 miles minimum) worked for me. You may not need that much, but I did!

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