Everest Base Camp Trek




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The Everest base camp trek is possibly the most loved high altitude trek in the world. Plan and Book your Everest base camp trek with expert local Sherpa Company.In fact, this trek draws over 30,000 thousand people each year.Everest Trek offers majestic landscapes, mind-blowing mountain valleys and breathtaking Mountain views. The Everest regions is home of friendly Sherpa people who are world best climber, especially for Mount Everest (8,848 meter /29,028.9 feet). Our well plan 16 days Everest base camp trek itinerary follow in the footsteps of Mr. Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. We fly to Tenzing-Hillary Airport also know as Lukla Airport and begin our epic journey to Mount Everest base camp.

Everest base camp trek is one of the most rewarding trips in the entire world. This trek requires prior experience of mountain walking. However, This is not a technically challenging trek but does involve certain uphill and downhill. Don't forget to pack suitable clothing and footwear.During the high season (September to December), a reservation for the flight to Lukla is generally required. The normal daily trekking time for proficient walkers is 5-7 hours. Mountain Sherpa trekking employee expert local Sherpa guides and staff to cater Everest base camp trek and any others treks in Everest regions. If would like to add some more flavor to this most popular trekking options that is Luxury Everest Base camp trek. Also Everest Base Camp heli Trek that we return via helicopter from Gorakshep to Lukla would be another great options for shorter Everest trek.

At a Glance

  • Everest base camp trek is once in a lifetime physical and spiritual journey through the beautiful Sherpa village
  • 16 days Everest base camp trek we hike 12 days on trails that begin from Lukla Airport
  • An Adventure Trek that involves legendary trails that bring you upfront with the king of all peaks
  • We have Excursion and Acclimatisation day in well know Sherpa town Namche Bazaar and in Dingboche
  • Hie to base camp of Everest and Kala Patthar altitude of 5,645 meter to see the great views of Everest
  • Walk to Everest Base Camp, following in the tracks of the legendary Sherpa climbers with Expert Local Sherpa
  • Accompany by expert & helpful local Sherpa guide & hardest working porter.100% success guaranteed

What's Included?

  • [Best 3/5 Star] Hotel Accommodation in city
  • Quality lodge Accommodation during trek
  • [3 times] healthy & hygienic meals on trek
  • Flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Taxes
  • [4 times] airport transfers by Private vehicle 
  • Expert Local Sherpa guide[ Certified by Gov.]
  • Strong & honest Porters [1 Porter for 2 Person]
  • Duffel bag,Trek map,T-shirt & group Medical kit
  • TIMS Card and Everest trekking permit fee
  • Guides and porters pay, meals and insurance
  • Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu on ( day 02)
  • Welcome dinner & healthy breakfast in KTM
  • Quality sleeping bag and down jacket
  • 1 hour Ayurvedic Full body massage after trek 
  • Private Car,Guide & Entrance fee for City Tour

What's Not Included?

  • International Airfare and Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel & Health Insurance-most recomended
  • Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu: $ 5-10 Per Meal
  • Any Alcoholic Drinks, Water and deserts in Trek
  • Gratitudes for Guide & Porter after end of trek
  • Phone, internet & Battery Charges bills on trek
  • Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Delayed/Sick 


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(Provide us your correct international flight details). Please meet our Guide and driver who will be waiting outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal. Our Guide will be holding welcome banner with your name and our company name Mountain Sherpa trekking & Expedition at the Kathmandu international airport and take you to your hotel.

If it’s a clear day when you are flying into Kathmandu, then your tour begins right from the skies itself. The sights from the windows of our jet shows us glimmering snow-capped mountain peaks spread out down below us, giving us the first thrills of our just begun vacation, sparking off a whole reaction of unforgettable experiences that stay with us for some time to come. As soon as your plane hits the tarmac of Tribhuwan International Airport, Mountain Sherpa Trekking office representative and driver will be on standby to meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rep will help you check into your designated hotel, and after going to our rooms and refreshing ourselves we will be briefed about our daily activities. The rest of your time is free to move around the neighborhood and get familiar with your surroundings. In the evening, there will be welcome dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant where we will be able to enjoy Nepali food with Traditional Nepali Cultural dance and folk music.

Accommodations: Option to Choose accomodations [Best 3 star hotel or 5 Star hotel ] as per your preference

Meals included: Welcome Dinner with Traditional Nepali Cultural dance and folk music

After a good night’s sleep and enjoying a hearty breakfast, we proceed for our tour of Swayambhunath (popularly known as Monkey Temple) “Swayambhu” means “self-created” and refer to the myth that the hill sprung up suddenly from a great lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley.

After this tour we drive for a tour of the famous Boudhanath Stupa (said to be the largest in the world) and a major center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. The stupa is designed to be like a giant mandala (a representation of the Buddhist cosmos).

After lunch, we return back to our hotel get refresh then we process for necessary gear shopping & checking.We will help to check your necessary gear for Packing as well as we deliver you our company duffel bag, Sleeping bag and down jacket.We will have an early supper and retire to bed, most probably. Since your flight will be early morning you have to get up get up at 4:30 am and get ready to go to the airport for next day.

Accommodations: Best 3 star hotel or 5 Star hotels will be provided as per your preference

Meals Included: Breakfast  Entrance Tickets: Included

After being well rested after a solid night’s sleep, we wake up fresh the next morning, have an early breakfast, and get into our vehicle for a drive to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Tenzing–Hillary Airport Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trip commences. After an adventurous scenic 30-minute flight above the stunning green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. Arguably, this is one of the most beautiful sky routes in the world, which concludes in a remarkable landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet the other crewmembers and after some sorting and packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the pretty wealthy village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if you are interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. This is our first Overnight in Phakding. Best Lodge accommodation

All meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch superb scenes of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. At this juncture, we stop at Chautara to admire the views. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading centre of this region. Overnight in Namche [Las Vegas of the Khumbu] – Best Lodge accommodation

All meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Namche Bazaar is situated between two ridges amidst the huge peaks of the Khumbu and has a variety of lodges, teashops and souvenir shops as well. Its sophisticated position seems to be developed enough to meet western standards, even at remote mountain outpost like this. The enterprising Sherpa folks hereabouts have learnt a lot from the big expeditions that have passed this way. Said to be the ‘Las Vegas’ of the Khumbu, Namche is just the place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before setting off towards Tengboche.

Today after breakfast our Sherpa guide will take you an acclimatization hike up the slopes above the Everest views hotel.Constructed by the Japanese this stunningly located hotel with delightful views of Everest and Ama Dablam is a perfect place for a tea break. Continuing, we also walk to the towns of Kunde and Khumjung set below Khumbila, the rocky peak sacred to all Sherpas. In Kunde we can visit the Edmund Hillary hospital, and there should also be time to visit the monastery in Khumjumg, where for a small donation we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Afterwards you will return to the lodge for tea break with your afternoon at leisure, after which you may choose to explore the town. Enjoy a second cozy night at the Sherpa Lodge, with an evening briefing by your guide covering any necessary gear and the anticipated itinerary for the following day.

Best lodge Accomodations

All meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

After enjoying our breakfast in Namche, today we hit the trail towards Tengboche enjoying superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up views of Thamserku. Our trek follows on the gradual trail with some ups and downs overlooking magnificent views of the great Himalaya. Along the way we can spot wild fauna like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sanasa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga we then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests while before we reach Tengboche at 3,867m. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and the biggest Buddhist Monastery in Khumbu region is found herer. Overnight stay at lodge in Tengboche – Best Lodge accommodation 

All meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

From Tengboche, the trail climbs and contours around the west side of the Imja Khola valley, providing outstanding views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest. We enter Pangboche on the high trail and after lunch visit the monastery which has relics said to be the skull and hand of a yeti. From Pangboche we walk through alpine meadows and pass beneath the towering Ama Dablam to Dingboche. An exciting village to spend the night - Best Lodge accommodation

All meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

This is a day to haul up and rest without being idle. We can stroll around the village and get pally with the local folks with some interesting conversations. This will give us deep insights into the lifestyles and cultures of the local folks in this region. At the same time we can also relish the landscapes that surround us and we can also catch up on some reading. Today our guide will take you for wonderful excursion to nearly 5,100M/16733ft high Peak for better acclimatization. We hike from the ridge on the north behind the Village to Nagarjuna peak (5,100 m). 

Nagarjuna peak (5,100M/ 16733ft) ,We enjoy the marvelous views of world's highest peaks, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Cho Yu as well as Cholatse (6440 m/21,126 ft) and Taboche (6542 m/ 21,463 ft) on the west. For the afternoon lunch, packing Lunch will be provided. Best Lodge accommodation

All meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

After crossing by some of the teahouses of Duglha, we plod higher onto the pretty risky moraine of the Khumbu glacier, passing a chain of stone monuments built in memory of Sherpas who have died on mountaineering expeditions to Mt Everest. From hereabouts, the trail lowers and goes by the west side of the valley to Lobuche. The sunset on Nuptse from this point is an amazing sight to behold. Overnight at Lobuche – Best Lodge accommodation

All meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

A real early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the risky route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a grand view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to Gorakshep for a restful night. Best Lodge accommodation

All meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Today is the most important part of our trip. We start early at dawn to catch the dramatic views from Kalapatthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to expose itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kalapatthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to click pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kalapatthar. From here, we scuttle to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kalapatthar rocks and our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan views, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we possibly can with our camera so they can last a lifetime. After this we make our way back to Pheriche with a slow descent; for a good night’s rest which we truly deserve. Overnight at a local lodge after a great day – Best Lodge accommodation

All  meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

We lose approximately 2,000 feet in elevation today and walk on a trail with a lot of ups and downs. We descend through a hillside filled with rhododendron and juniper trees and cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. We descend rapidly through pine forest where we can easily spot mountains goats, pheasants and other wild animals and birds common to the area. The path eventually reaches Sansa from where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. We walk on winding trails followed by another walk through a forest before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.- Best Lodge Accommodation

All meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Today, we begin to get warmed up by the light cool breeze. Although we are traveling the same route down, we enjoy completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We take time and walk at our own pace today as this is the last day of our trek. We experience the Sherpa villages' impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayer flags while we walk through the villages. Upon arrival in Lukla, we have plenty of time to relax, stretch those aching legs, and recall the experiences of the last couple of days. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with truly happy faces! Upon arrival in Lukla, we stroll around while our leader will re-confirm our flight ticket. In the evening, we enjoy last dinner with our crew and make it a party night which calls for a celebration. Best Lodge accommodation

All meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Today, after a hale and hearty b/fast, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel. If interested, we could buy some gifts to take home from Nepal for loved ones and friends and relatives; we can visit some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods. This short excursion either can be assisted by Mountain Sherpa’s guides or we can do it ourselves too. If we want to explore any other areas in Kathmandu, we have to manage time for this today as well! At eventide, we will attend an exciting celebration dinner together for successfully completing our original EVEREST Base Camp trek hosted by Mountain Sherpa Trekking and Expeditions! Overnight in Kathmandu, the valley of the gods-Best Hotel accommodation

Meals included: Healthy Breakfast

This is more or less a contingency day we keep in hand in the event of a delay in flights from Lukla to Kathmandu, which sometimes happens; so, if this doesn’t happen which is good and fortunate, and then it’s just great. It’s your free day to do whatever you wish, at your cool pace that suits your convenience. You could simply use this day for some shopping of souvenirs or penning a few postcards to the loved ones at home. It’s your day anyways. Best Hotel accommodation

Meals included: Farewell Dinner [Typical Nepali Restaurant]

After b/fast, our rep and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer us to the airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was a wonderful joy and pleasure, we at Mountain Sherpa Trekking and Expeditions will cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the time you spent with us and we thank you for choosing us as your travel partner and for visiting this amazing country Nepal. We are sure that trekking in this beautiful region of the Khumbu [Everest region] will give you lifetime memories of a vacation well enjoyed. Ciao friends! Till we meet again. Breakfast

Please Note: Although we try to follow the itinerary given above, at times local trail or weather conditions may necessitate slight changes if necessary. The trekking itinerary may also vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This adventure goes into wild territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the safety of your trip and your life. Thank you so much for your understanding.


yes 4 Nights Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 or 5 Star Category Hotel as per above itinerary

yes 12 Nights best Mountain lodge comfortable room with attached bathroom & Hot shower where available

mail All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis [Single rooms can be organized during trek with extra cost]

mail For the 4 Nights hotel in Kathmandu single rooms are available at a supplementary cost. 


What Kind of Food I Can expact during Trek?

------------------- Morning Breakfast [6:30-7:30 AM] -----------------------

  • Tea or Coffee, Hot chocolate, lemon tea, hot milk or green tea
  • Eggs items- Fried Eggs, Boiled Eggs, scramble eggs, Omelet,
  • Bread items- Toast, Pancakes, Chapati & Tibetan Bread
  • Porridge with Honey

--------------   Afternoon Lunch [12:30 – 1:00 PM]  -------------------

  • Curry with Rice, Pasta, Noodles item, fried rice, fried Potatoes, Mo.Mo

-----------------  Evening Dinner [6:00-8:30 PM]  ----------------------

  • Sherpa Stew, vegetable Soup, mixed Soup, Potato Shop

  • Dal bhat tarkari – a soup of lentils with rice and a vegetable curry

Fried potatoes with veg, MO. MO, fried Noodles, Pasta, mash potatoes with Chesse


--------------------------- Safe Drinking Water -----------------------------

You can get bottled water all the way up to base camp but the price per liter goes higher and multiplies significantly. It is recommended to bring steripen (UV filtration) or iodine tabs for water purification with soft plastic bags so that you can purify the water from local source and make it safe for drinking purposes. At tea houses you will be served with boiled water. And please be noted that don’t drink water from local taps and resources as it would prone you to water borne illness and affects the whole trekking journey.


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yes Welcome/farewell Dinner with live Cultural Show at typical Restaurant (Local Sherpa dance & music)

yes One hour special Himalayan Ayurveic massage after trek (Full body relaxing massage)

yes Complimentary Mountain Sherpa Trekking Duffel bag, Everest Base Camp Trek Map & T-shirt

yes Water bottle and walking poles  by Mountain Sherpa if required ( to be return after trek)

yes Quality Sleeping bag & quality Down Jacket by Mountain Sherpa if required ( to be return after trek)

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Fantastic Everest Base Camp Trek

Review Posted by:
David Luiz

Fantastic Everest Base Camp Trek

My wife and I completed the Everest base amp trek with group join trek, and we were all so thankful we chosen to go with mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions! They exceeded our expectations in every way. It is a very prearranged, expert company. They were helpful, replied all our inquiries thoroughly and fast. During the Everest base camp trek, our expert local Sherpa guides were fantastic.

They were welcoming, experienced, and patient. Despite us often being near the back of A day before the start of the trek there is a briefing at the hotel, which is a good way to get to know about overall trekking. Also we got the company duffle bags for the stuff, which was carried, by the porters.

The first day began early morning with the pick up at our hotel and drive to Airport for Lukla Flight. After short but thrilling flight to Lukla, We met our Sherpa guides and Porters to start of the Everest base camp trek. Before the start there was a nice coffee and breakfast. On the trek itself we experienced that the guides took care of everyone of the group. They did a lot of stops, so you get a chance to take some rest and drink or eat something. Our guides never pushed us to speed up. They were outstanding in providing fascinating info about the places. The porters were amazing! The lodge accommodations and food was overall very good.

Overall, Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions is outstanding value, and we recommend them to everyone!

Posted on : September 2nd, 2018 6:25 AM

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Review Posted by:
Catherine Messina

Best Everest base camp trek Reviews for Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions

We found Best Everest base camp Trek reviews online about Mountain Sherpa Trekking and booked our trek to Everest base camp. I can't express sufficient how great of an experience my friends and me had at Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions. All before the trek was set up so perfectly and efficiently, and they created such a warm and fun environment during the trek, it felt like we were a small family by the end of the trek.

We met as a group for an information session the night before we fly to Lukla. This was helpful and informative, and it allowed us to meet our group over tea too. The first day of the trek, we started off at the Everest base camp trek from Lukla after short flight from Kathmandu. The trek we took was absolutely beautiful. The views are unlike I have ever seen and I will never forget the beauty of the mountains and the terrain. No one in the group was rushed to finish the trek and our guides gave us spots to take breaks and wait for everyone before continuing. Overall, the trek was also gorgeous, and was mostly downhill.

We also had time throughout the trek to learn more about the Sherpa culture and lives of the local Sherpa people - this, after the insane views - is another reason you should definitely do the Everest base camp trek.

Last but not least, I want to commend our expert local Sherpa guides, Rinji Sherpa and Sonam Sherpa, and the rest of the Mountain Sherpa trekking & Expeditions crew that was on our trek. They are the main reasons that this was such a great experience. Rinji and Sonam knew so much information about the region, Sherpa culture, and history, and they spent a good portion of the trek teaching us new things. Beyond this, they took our care and safety as a priority. When I was feeling sick the first day,

Sonam stayed behind to confirm I was feeling better and to continue at my own pace. I made it to camp that night because of the patience and care of both of the guides! Last but not least, the food was incredible on the trek. The porters and the lodge and food was good - it was really amazing to see them carry all of our bags and the necessary equipment ahead of us. Thank you Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions for making my trip so memorable

Posted on : August 20th, 2018 10:51 AM

“EVEREST BASE CAMP - Good Organization and Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa an outstanding guide”

Review Posted by:
Diego Fernandez [Spain]

“EVEREST BASE CAMP - Good Organization and Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa an outstanding guide”

“After spending 15 days in Everest Base Camp Trek, I have to congratulate Pasang and the team of Mountain Sherpa Trekking for their services.
I was a solo traveler but Pasang took care of me in Kathmandu picking me up on my arrival, helping me with all the arrangements (change money, rent equipment) and taking care of me after my trip once I had to come back to the airport. Great Service!
Best of best was my climbing sherpa/guide in Nepal (Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa). I totally recommend Lhakpa as a guide. Not only he is always focused on the wellness of his client, he knows everybody and everything in the region so he is always happy to share his experiences and advice the best for the trip.

I recommend this trip to anyone, it is a fantastic adventure and if organized by right people (like Mountain Sherpa Trekking) it is not as difficult as it looks even for those traveling alone”.

Posted on : April 29th, 2016 9:11 AM

“Amazing Everest base camp”

Review Posted by:
Nickolas Dalais- Australia

“Amazing Everest base camp”

We did some looking around before deciding on going to base camp with Mountain Sherpa, and we are glad we did. We decided on them because of the price, communication and the fact that they are local - so our money wasn't going to the bottom line of a big company and we got the personal touch we were looking for. Our trip was customised to suit the flight dates that we had already booked in advance, and Sumba managed everything for us, including changing Lukla flight dates a couple of times to give us some more like in Kathmandu before our trek and having the amend bookings as one of our party got sick before we left Australia and had to drop out.
Communication with Sumba was always prompt and effective but still relaxed and friendly. The guides and porters that Sumba organised for us (Lhakpa, Pemba and Nyima) were fantastic: knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and good humoured. 1 of us was struggling with altitude sickness and they were all concerned and looked after him really well. We got up to base camp and back in 2 less days than expected (we came down pretty quickly) and it wasn't an issue to bring our flights back to Kathmandu forward and organise an extra couple of days accom in Kathmandu as well.
Overall an excellent trip - and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Mountain Sherpa to anyone looking to explore the Himalaya.

Posted on : March 24th, 2016 7:55 AM

Amazing Trek to Base Camp

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Amazing Trek to Base Camp

The Mountain Sherpa Trekking team did an amazing and professional job from day one until it was time to go home. My fiancée and I took the trip in late March and enjoyed bright sunshine and warm temperatures on most days. At no fault of the trekking company, poor weather did delay our flight from Kathmandu to Lukla for 2 days, which forced us take a helicopter or risk missing our return flights home. This added to the cost, but our guide in Kathmandu, Tandi and our guide on the trail, Nurujngbu were very accommodating to ensure we got the most out of the trip. Every day we were treated to new and beautiful views of the Himalayan Mountains and the chance to learn and interact with the local population. Every night were were treated to wonderful food and our own very nice (however cold) room for 2. On the days when the road got steep and the air got thin, Nurujngbu and our porter, Pimba always made every effort to help us along with helpful tips and a positive attitude. Overall, the trip was a huge success and one I would highly recommend to all family and friends.

Posted on : April 15th, 2015 7:12 AM

Excellent Everest base camp trek

Review Posted by:
Joel Alameida -USA

Excellent Everest base camp trek

Thanks for all your hard work organizing our trekking adventure. We had a wonderful time. The trek to Everest Base Camp was not easy, but was rewarding and worth it with awesome views, interesting cultures, and kind peple. We never felt unsafe throughout our trip for any political reasons. Our guide Pasang and Nima were great. Nima always had a warm smile. During one night my wife became very sick with a stomach bug probably due to the food. Pasang, Nima, and another Sherpa carried her on their backs to the next town that had a doctor. This showed how kind and caring the Sherpa culture was. Overall, I would definitely recommend this trip and your company for excellent trekking service in Nepal.

Posted on : March 16th, 2015 4:03 AM

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Everest base camp trek is not very difficult trek. But, a reasonable level of fitness is required to enjoy this trek fully. If you are relatively fit and don’t mid to walk 5-6 hours a day then you can walk to Everest base camp. As there are steep ascent and descents, rocky paths, rock steps and some moraine walking. So, this trek isn’t suitable for anyone with knee problems or weak ankles. Anyone with heart trouble or lung problems should check with their doctor.

We suggest you to do some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking before embark on your journey.

We provide accommodation you deluxe rooms at best three Star or five Star category hotels in Kathmandu with healthy breakfast included. Along the Everest base camp trek routes, we provide you Best Mountain lodges with attached bathroom & hot Shower wherever available. We can also offer you good quality sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping gear. The lodges in trekking routes generally provide single and double rooms, or seldom a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in tea houses provides essential and basic facilities and will be outside the room in many places.

Check the terms and conditions of your travel insurance very carefully before embarking on the Everest Base Camp trek – the elevations involved are above 5000m, and many companies simply will not cover you at that level. (World Nomads offers trekking up to 6000m under its level 2 cover.)

You need to be covered for helicopter evacuation from the mountains in emergencies, and, if you have a connecting flight to your home country, are flying out of Lukla, and planes stop running, your insurance should cover the cost of a helicopter out of Lukla. We fully facilitate for our valued clients for any emergencies issue.

Yes, they have all received 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides Profilesand Training Certificates. All our guide are 100% Local Sherpa from Khumbu Region. Most of them have more than 20 years of Experience.

Yes, Our Company staffs including Sherpa guide, cooks, porters and driver are fully insured and fully equipped.  We do provide them quality clothes. Hence, we are totally different then other company. We are 100% local Sherpa owned Company. We do care our staff very well and support society as much as we can.

That very much depends on how much use you intend to get out of it. Reasonable quality gear is available in Kathmandu for a fraction of the price of the real deal. We will help out you to find good standards gears in Kathmandu.You also rent out down gear and sleeping bags, which are the most sensible option if you don’t think you’ll be using them again for a while.

You can buy all types necessary warm clothes in Kathmandu. You will discover many local stores to branded stores like North face, Mountain hardware etc.  We will accompany and assist if anybody needs to buy or hire the equipments.

We suggest that you keep the weight of your trek bag maximum 15kgs. Each porter can carry maximum 30kgs = 2 clients trek bags @15kgs per bag per person.Please note that you are allowed only 15 kgs of luggage including your hand bag for Lukla flight. For excess baggage you have to pay extra charges.

Yes, you can hire an extra porter if required.

The hotel we use in Kathmandu has a secure locked room where they store our Clients extra belongings in a safe way. You can also safely leave your belongings at our office.

Our expert Local Sherpa guides and porters are trained in mountain first aid and altitude related illness. The solution to severe altitude problems is always to descend.Thousands of our clients hike the Everest base camp trek each year and most do not have serious issues. If someone is unwell or has an accident, we evacuate them out to the nearest road or village where we organize helicopter evacuation back to Kathmandu. We always have sufficient staff with our crew so that one of our people can leave to care for the sick/injured client and the rest of the group can continue on with their trek or climb if they wish to. There are now cell phone masts installed at Gorakshep so it is possible to get 3G connectivity throughout the entire Everest Base Camp trek.If necessary, your guide will utilize your travel insurance information to call a rescue helicopter, and you will be flown to Kathmandu  for medical attention.

Yes, we do have PAC but we don’t use it for Everest Base camp trek since you only have to stay a night above 5000 meters. We will surely provide one if required.

There are now cell phone masts installed at Gorakshep so it is possible to get 3G connectivity throughout the entire Everest Base Camp trek.  The best network above Lukla on Everest Base Camp trek is NCell. Please note in order to get Nepal SIM card you will need to provide a photocopy of details page of your passport and one passport photo. Our guide will help you to buy SIM Card. Also all our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

No problem at all because the lodges mostly serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions committed to looking after our porters and our trekking weights are carefully calculated so that our porters are not overloaded. We provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers. There will be one expert local Sherpa guide for 2 people. For above 4 trekkers we provide one extra Sherpa guide. This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size but we after years of experience we have found a maximum of twelve people to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to book this trip for a larger group then that can be arranged too.

In Everest base camp trek most of lodges/tea houses have electricity. You can charge your iPod or camera batteries while on treks. Please note that lodges/tea houses will charge you some money for the charging fee (1 USD to 3 USD per hour) in during your trek.

The tips for the guides, driver and porters are not included in the price you paid for your tour. However is something extra present to your staff after a special trek, however you must know that tips are not mandatory and instead you must take from different view of point as saying thanks after making successfully your trip to Everest Base camp. Normally, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

This is very practical matters for Everest base camp trek, however many company doesn't take it seriously,The flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are generally reliable but if the weather is not good they can be canceled for the entire day. Our 17 day package includes one extra contingency day in case of delays. If your flight is delayed in Kathmandu we will rebook your flight for the next day. We may also be able to provide an option for a privately chartered helicopter. If you choose to take the helicopter this can cost an additional $150 to $500 or more depending on availability and group size. Extra hotel nights in Kathmandu will be provided, when flights are delayed. If your flight is delayed in Lukla we will provide the accommodation and meals in the cost.

Once you have confirmed your booking, an advance deposit of 30 percent (35%) of the "total trip Package” is required for 100% Confirmation.The deposit can be paid by Credit Card, or by bank Wire transfer. The remaining trek balance needs to be paid in Kathmandu on your arrival day. When we confirm your trek booking we will send you more details about how to pay the trek deposit. Please note that the trek deposit is non-refundable. However, you may postponed your travel date if incase required. Your deposit expires after 3 Years only. You can travel any date within 3 years.

We boast 99% success rate to date on our Everest base camp trek, this is achieved because of our highly experience local Sherpa guides & staff. As we are 100% local Sherpa Company in Nepal. Our entire guides & staff are 100% Local Sherpa people from Everest region. As you know “Sherpas are highly regarded as elite mountaineers and experts in their local area. They were immeasurably valuable to early explorers of the Himalayan region, serving as guides at the extreme altitudes of the peaks and passes in the region, particularly for expeditions to climb Mount Everest”

Second reason: Our specially designed itinerary ensures you a proper acclimatization, we added two extra days in the critical acclimatization period. One night in Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) & we spent another night in Dingboche at (4,410m/ 14,465ft].

"If you have more questions, do not hesitate to contact us. You can e-mail us or you can skype with us, see the Contact Us button on the website."

Dates & Prices

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15 November 2018 01 December 2018 Guaranteed Departures USD 1500 Book Now
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04 December 2019 20 December 2019 Guaranteed Departures USD 1500 Book Now
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Why book with us

We're Trusted 100% local Sherpa Company

As a Sherpa We have been Guiding many tourists and climbers in the Everest region for the last 20 years to show them our Sherpa tradition and history of Everest to give them life time experience that we are so proud of and now it's so sad to hear that today low cost trekking companies in Nepal who are selling cheap trekking package to innocent tourist to Everest region are falling into a big scam. There are many trekking companies, who have no passion for the mountains, environment and social responsibilities. Their guides from those companies are there to make you sick not make your trip a lifetime unforgettable. They will evacuate you by helicopter so that they too get a cut of the commission. It’s really sick and pathetic. We request you to book a trek to Nepal with expert 100% local Sherpa Company like Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions.Who genuinely appreciate your business and will make sure you have a great time in Nepal. Fake helicopter rescue means rescuing the entire tourist who had been cheated by guide & company owner while trekking in high altitude for providing inorganic food.


We highly recommend you to have extra 1 or 2 days in Kathmandu before you start your trek. Two nights in Kathmandu prior to start trek would help you to get over jet lag after long flight & to get well prepared. The extra night will enable this & will absolutely decrease your pre-trek pressure level. Also Sometimes Domestic flight might be delays or cancel in Nepal so we need to keep extra contingency days. Looking for the perfect itinerary? Our 16 days Everest base camp trek itinerary is Perfect and suitable for all level travellers. 


Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions are committed to providing excellent service. We will provide all the necessary help and support to ensure an enjoyable trip for you. Where we can, our focus is travelling sustainably to offer you a meaningful and low impact journey through Nepal.

We are committed to remaining honest and transparent to our clients, providing one on one consultation up until departure. We expect our clients to take advantage of this service either face to face or over the telephone/Skype to ensure a well prepared tour, we also provide pre-departure group briefings and look forward to any post-departure feedback. All of our previous clients have been highly satisfied with our service and it is important to us to maintain this in the years to come.Nepal is a land of many surprises and Mountain Sherpa trekking & Expeditions does our best to set the right expectations of the places, people, systems and services you may come across while visiting Nepal.


These guys need a separate category - they are the backbone to our company. None of this is possible without them. They work tirelessly for us to make sure that your vacation is perfect. They arrange and carry all. They are always the last to leave a Lodge/campsite and first to arrive. We try to repay their effort with better treatment than any other company provides. We give proper salaries, equipment and insurance to all our porters. In fact most trekking and supply porters come from the lowlands and ascend to work during the trekking seasons. We work with this village to ensure their families have all the tools they need and their children are set for school. We donate books, computers and even a teacher and have brought clients to help whenever interested. We are lucky to have these guys and will always think of special ways to honor them.


Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions was created with the purpose to give back. It is very important for those who can to help those who can't. We don't see this happening enough in Nepal and it was the inspiration for this company. We work closely with one of the main supporters of Mountain Sherpa Foundation, A non-political and non-profit social organization. Our foundation provides much-needed head start scholarships to less fortunate Sherpa children. In Nepal many children grow up in remote mountain villages, deprived of basic education. The Mountain Sherpa Foundation mission is to help the next generation find their way to a brighter future. For every booking of your trip, a small donation is made to this fund to provide full education scholarships to children. So far, we have 7 children in our program, and it grows every year. By doing this, we honor the dreams of our elders to make a better world. Although the Mountain Sherpa foundation is supported by Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expedition, we always welcome kindness of friends. 


We are 100% local Sherpa owned adventure Travel Company. We have some of the world most experienced and respected Mountain Sherpa guides as well as reliable, well-trained professional outdoor crew. Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions employee expert local Sherpa guides & staff. So, we assure 100% safety & guaranteed successful trip in Himalaya with us. We utilize as many local resources as possible, including local Sherpa guides and produce. With sustainability a main focus of ours, we do promote the new destinations to tourists which will in turn maximize the benefits for the local people of Nepal. We encourage the Nepali locals to preserve their culture and communities by sharing with them the understanding of the benefits of sustainability.


Every Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions Sherpa guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training every year – every single Mountain Sherpa trekking guides attend. When guiding you, they will have with them a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts/ scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. They know how to make you feel better.

In case something unexpected happens and you feel you can no longer complete the trek, they will figure out the safest and quickest way off the course and to a clinic. You will never be left alone, you will have a member of the team escort you every step of the way until safely with a doctor. When you are feeling up to it, we will make sure that you still have the chance to visit Everest base camp and re-connect with your group or you can explore the area on lower part.


We are very clear about what is and is not included in our tour prices. Some of the lower priced trekking companies do not include such basic things as accommodation in city and food during trek. Also our price includes best expert local Sherpa guides & staff. We are only one company in Nepal that employee 100% local Sherpa guides. Many companies use unskilled guides & even do not carry basic first aid kits.If you are comparing prices, be sure you take into account exactly what you are getting. If they are vague about it, chances are you will find yourself with some unexpected expenses! No surprise expenses from Mountain Sherpa Trekking & expeditions!


For all of our treks and tours we only require a minimum of two travelers. The majority of our clients have at least 2 in their group, which means that you can choose virtually any date to start your tour or trek. If you are traveling solo, we are very happy to place you in one of our existing groups, subject to availability. For solo traveler, we also organize special private trek.

Gear List

-------------------  Essential Everest base camp Trek gear Packing List

The following Everest base camp trek gear list will give you an overall idea. We understand that traveling involves taking extra luggage especially if you are on an extended vacation. The weight limit for Lukla sectors is 10 kg check-in baggage + 5 kg hand carry.This means combining both the duffel bag and the daypack should be 15 Kg/ 33 pounds. You will be charged with extra baggage rate if your baggage exceeds the weight limit.When this happens, sometimes the airline sends your bag in later flights.in that case,Our porter in Lukla will collect and transfer to the destination as soon as possible.

Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions provides free storage to all our customers who are trekking to Everest base camp and the other treks that we offer. We have a safe storage facility in our Hotel where we store items of luggage and bags and valuable items while you're enjoying your vacation. If you have any fragile items, just let us know beforehand so that we can take extra care of it. The maximum weight that a porter can carry on the trek has been limited to 30kg. Please note that we provide one porter between two people.

Travel Documents

- Airline tickets (confirmation and itinerary)- Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours)

- Nepal Visa form (may be obtained at Kathmandu Airport)with small bill Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport (On Arrival Visa Fee 15 Days – 25 USD, 30 Days – 40 USD & 90 Days – 100 USD)

- Travel insurance policy documents

- Valid passport & Copy of passport (2 copies, first page only) as well as Passport photos (4)

Travel Equipment

  • Travel wallet & Passport/money belt
  • Sleeping bag liner & Travel plug adapters (C, D and M)
  • Daypack- 25-30 liters would be good size with Rain cover

Trekking Equipment

  • Quality sleeping bag: (We will provide one complimentary Sleeping bag which is yours to keep)
  • Duffel bag: We will provide one complimentary Mountain Sherpa trekking duffel bag, which is yours to keep)
  • Down jacket:(Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; we will prove one complimentary but has to be returned after the trek) & Trekking poles

Travel Clothing ( Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes)

  1. Sun hat (You will need a good, wide brim trekking hat that offers protection from the sun.)
  2. Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  3. Sunglasses with UV protection
  4. Headlamp- extra batteries and bulbs
  5. Neck warmer
  6. Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions

Upper Body

  1. Long-sleeve, travel-friendly shirt (2)
  2. Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover (optional)
  4. Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric) with hood
  5. Wicking, quick dry sports bra (for women)

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  2. Nylon hiking shorts
  3. Lightweight, travel-friendly pants (1 pair)
  4. Fleece pants or Trekking Trousers  (Water/windproof)
  5. Casual pants


  1. Waterproof hiking/trekking boots (Getting a comfy boot that is the right size is perhaps more essential than the brand of shoe.
  2. Hiking socks (Suitable hiking socks should be breathable and moisture wicking so doesn’t choose anything made from cotton)
  3. Warm Thermal socks & Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)
  4. Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Miscellaneous Accessories

  1. Water Bottle / Hydration Bladder- As dehydration increases to altitude related sicknesses; good hydration is most important on the trek.
  2. Towel
  3. Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
  4. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
  5. Small Binoculars & Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
  6. Hand and Foot Warmers


Many of the following items are optional; tailor the list to suit your personal needs.

  1. Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman
  2. Dental floss, Toothbrush, Toothpaste & Toilet paper
  3. Personal wipes, Women’s hygiene items
  4. Hand sanitizer, Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) & Lip balm (SPF 30 or higher)
  5. Shampoo and conditioner, Biodegradable soap & Deodorant
  6. Dental floss, Razor and shaving cream & Skin lotion

⇒⇒⇒ Insurance

You should certainly get adequate travel and trekking insurance from a trustworthy insurance provider. As a responsible Sherpa company, we strongly advise that you have your own travel insurance. Before purchasing insurance policy, you need to confirm that you are covered for high altitude trekking up to 6,000 meters for helicopter evacuations. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard packages and therefore it needs to be selected separately.