EVEREST BASE CAMP 2020
THE CLASSIC TREK TO MT EVEREST, WITH A UNIQUE TWIST
Trek to Base Camp of the highest mountain in the world; Mount Everest, whilst being Guided by climbers who have summited the peak, and share the unique experience of spending a night at Base Camp.
Mount Everest stands at a majestic 8,848m above sea level, towering over the rest of the Himalayas. This is a challenging trek but one that will reward you with breathtaking scenery and unforgettable views across one of the world’s most impressive mountain ranges.
We take a steady pace as we climb the trail, allowing plenty of time to acclimatise, and allowing you the opportunity to fully appreciate your incredible surroundings.
All of our treks are supported by one of our local Sherpas who has also summited Mount Everest.
This trek is also ideal for anyone wishing to enter the Everest Marathon or Half Marathon, but who wants a more comfortable trek with extra time at the higher altitudes. Competitors on this trip can also use our private Base Camp instead of the main organisers, and we can provide Sherpas to run with competitors on race day itself. Laura has also completed the Marathon and can talk through the course.
Organisation & Leadership
Leadership and Support:
This expedition is highly supported by a team of mountain specialists. Monix Adventures has been organising and leading specialised expeditions for more than 7 years. This trip will be personally led by Rhys & Laura.
Rhys is an experienced high altitude mountaineer and expedition leader. He has completed over 20 expeditions including ascents of the highest mountain on every continent and Mount Everest, where he reached the summit on his 20th birthday in 2006. He has led 8 Kilimanjaro treks, climbed Mount Toubkal in Morocco 5 times, and numerous mountains with Laura. Both completed a ski mountaineering expedition in Greenland in 2014. He has also provided private Guiding in Ecuador and the Himalayas.
Laura has been climbing for 5 years and has racked up an impressive list of challenges to date. She has previously climbed Kilimanjaro & Mount Toubkal on a number of occasions. She also completed a ski mountaineering expedition to Greenland in 2014, and the party made a successful ascent of the highest mountain in the Arctic Circle. More recently she has turned her hand to running, and despite starting from scratch, went on to complete 8 extreme marathons in under 1 year. She successfully completed the Mount Everest Marathon in 2017 with a Monix Guest, and is looking forward to competing in the Everest Ultra Marathon in 2020. She has also run the World’s Coldest Marathon in the Arctic, and the Kilimanjaro and Patagonia Marathons amongst others.
Accommodation & Service
This is a fully supported journey, staying in teahouses throughout the trek. We use a handpicked selection of the best teahouses available, all of which we’ve personally visited and stayed in before.
On Arrival at Everest Base Camp, we’ll have a private camp exclusively for our team, fully supported with a cook and full crew.
As well as Rhys & Laura leading the trip, during the trek you will also be accompanied by a Sherpa guide. This will give you a special insight in to Sherpa life and what it’s like to stand on Top of the World.
We can also provide private helicopter flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, as well as scenic flights to Mount Everest. Please contact us for more details.
DAY 1, 17th May 2020: Arrive in Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu! Transfer and check into your hotel, an iconic property and oasis of calm just outside the main hustle of Kathmandu, where you are met by an amazing blend of cultures, religion and people. In the evening there will be a full briefing to prepare for the trek.
DAY 2, 18th May 2020: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (2,635m)
After breakfast we take a short flight to Lukla, from where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The views are breathtaking, with dramatic scenery of terraced hills as well as the mountains, including Gauri Shankar, Melungtse and Numbur. After landing we meet our porters and head northwards on a 3-4 hour trek to Phakding where we will be spending the night in a cosy tearoom with private rooms and ensuite bathrooms.
DAY 3, 19th May 2020: Phakding to Namche (3,450m)
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, passing a checkpoint before crossing this roaring river on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply, offering us our first breathtaking views on foot of Everest and Lhotse as we reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region. Overnight in our second teahouse, again with private rooms and ensuite bathrooms.
DAY 4, 20th May 2020: Acclimatisation Day in Namche
Today is our first acclimatisation day, as we remain in Namche for the day and spend another night here. Namche is the Sherpa capital, a bustling village crammed with markets and traditional Sherpa houses. The small town is also famous for its outstanding scenery and as a junction for trekkers as the majority of Sherpa and mountaineers pass this way on route to Mount Everest. We will take a leisurely morning hike to the Everest View Hotel, from where we can get great views of Everest, Lhotse and one of the most beautiful mountains in the world; Ama Dablam. The rest of the day is free to explore Namche and it’s many lovely cake shops! Overnight in the lodge.
DAY 5, 21st May 2020: Namche to Deboche (3,810m)
Today you start to gain some height and hike the classic Everest Base Camp trail. The vegetation begins to thin out, and each corner you turn the view is slightly different, as Lhotse, Everest, Ama Dablam and many more peaks reveal themselves. You’ll trek past Tengboche Monastery, where you may have time to join the monks for prayers, and spin the prayer wheels for good luck. Overnight in a lodge underneath the striking and jagged Ama Dablam. Private rooms with ensuite.
DAY 6, 22nd May 2020: Deboche to Dingboche (4,410m)
The trek continues ascending further as we trek past more homesteads. We cross another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and pass through Pangboche, the home of a beautiful ancient monastery. From Pangboche, the route winds high above the valley floor, passing through various Sherpa settlements and also the Gompa, which houses the famous Yeti scalp. We will spend tonight and tomorrow in Dingboche. Private rooms with ensuite.
DAY 7, 23rd May 2020: Dingboche Acclimatisation Day - Or Recce Day for Runners
Today will be a valuable day to acclimatise and allow our bodies to adjust to the altitude now that we have ascended above 4,000m. There is the option to spend the day relaxing or to explore the area. There is the opportunity of a light hike into the Imja Khola Valley where you can see some fantastic views, from the mountainous scenery of Makalu, Borangche, Ama Dabam and Island Peak, to the Khumbu Valley stretching out below us. For the runners, it’s an opportunity to see the Bibre Loop, a section of the Marathon Course which most competitors don’t get to see until race day.
Day 8, 24th May 2020: Dingboche Summit - 4,350m - 5,100m - 4,350m
Today you’ll hike away from the main trail, for great acclimatisation, more big views, and also a summit at around 5,100m. Even if the summit is not reached, it’s a perfect opportunity to spend some time around the magical 5,000m mark, which will all be a tremendous help for the final stage of the trek.
DAY 9, 25th May 2020: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m)
From Dingboche we head towards the Khumbu Glacier. The trail leads us through farmlands and meadows. We will stop in Dzugla (4570m) for lunch before continuing along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.
Today we also pass by the stone memorials to climbers who have died on the mountains around us. Many trekkers appreciate stopping here to pay their respects, to read the moving tributes and find memorials to famous mountaineers. We follow the trail to Lobuche, admiring the views of Nuptse, Kala Patthar and Pomo Ri. Private rooms, shared bathrooms.
DAY 10, 26th May 2020: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5100m)
A short day today, and a welcome break from a reasonably tough hike the day before. We’ll follow the main trail to Gorak Shep, around 3hrs away, with very little height gain. Afternoon resting, and overnight in the teahouse. Gorak Shep is situated at the foot of Kala Patthar and was the original Base Camp used by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on their successful ascent of Everest, before the Base Camp moved closer to the mountain on the edge of the Khumbu Icefall. Private rooms, shared bathrooms.
DAY 11, 27th May 2020: Ascent of Kala Patthar (5,554m), Arrive Everest Base Camp (5,360m)
An early morning start sees us beginning a challenging day as we make our way to Everest Base Camp itself. Today’s trek starts as we ascend to the summit of the non-technical Kala Patthar. We aim to reach the summit as dawn breaks and the many incredible mountains before us reveal themselves. From this viewpoint there is an amazing panorama, which we will take plenty of time to savour as the sun rises, before retracing our steps back down to Gorak Shep for brunch and then continuing on to Base Camp. It’s a short hike of around 3hrs, when we’ll arrive in Base Camp and check in to our private camp for welcome drinks. Overnight Base Camp - Camping.
DAY 12, 28th May 2020: Descend to Dingboche - Or Rest Day for Runners
Today the trekking team will leave Base Camp behind to start the descent, stopping for the night in Dingboche. The air will start to thicken as we get a different view down the valley during the day. For team members taking part in the Marathon, it’ll be a full day’s rest at Base Camp. Overnight Dingboche. Private rooms, ensuite.
DAY 13, 29th May 2020: Dingboche to Namche - Or Marathon Day for Runners
Today we follow the route back to Pangboche then onto Tyangboche where we can visit the legendary monastery, the largest in Khumbu. This is also a good viewpoint to see Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku from a different angle. We’ll then carry on to Namche, and check in at our teahouse for showers and celebrations. We’ll also see the runners pass us, including the record breaking Sherpas who cover the course in under 4 hours! Private rooms, ensuite.
DAY 14, 30th May 2020: Namche to Lukla
Our final big day on the trail today as we push all the way down to Lukla, where our adventure began. We’ll overnight here before taking a morning flight back to Kathmandu the next day (weather permitting). There’s also an option to helicopter straight from Namche to Kathmandu. Private rooms, ensuite.
DAY 15, 31st May 2020: Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350m)
The scenic morning flight back to Kathmandu gives us one last chance to say farewell to the mountains. Spend the day resting and relaxing or see some of the sights in Kathmandu. It’s the perfect opportunity to get some souvenirs, or simply relax poolside. Celebratory dinner and drinks. Overnight Hotel in Kathmandu.
This trek is scheduled for the best time of year to visit the Khumbu region, right in the Spring Season when the mountain will be full of climbers. This makes for a bustling Base Camp experience and reliable weather conditions- as much as possible that is!
The trek itself is suitable for fit walkers. A typical day involves 4-6hrs of hiking over undulating, often rocky terrain and dirt trails. All equipment is carried by porters, but you should be able to carry your day pack of around 7kg for up to 8hrs of walking.
A full kit list will be sent to you at time of booking.
Dates: 17th - 31st May 2020
Professionally Led by Rhys & Laura
Supported by local Sherpas and Porters
Special Permission to sleep at Base Camp
All accommodation as specified in the final itinerary
All National Park Fees
All meals during the trek
Flights to/ from Kathmandu and Lukla
Additional meals, snacks and drinks not listed as included
Items of a personal nature
Alterations to the itinerary
Airport departure taxes
Hospital bills and international evacuation in the event of an emergency
Marathon Entry Fees
Please Note: Flights to and from Lukla are currently excluded. This is because we offer private helicopter and scheduled fixed wing transfers, and can provide pricing details for each option. Helicopters are also available for charter to cut out the descent days for those who are pushed for time. Please contact us for a charter quote.