Join us on one of the most epic trekking routes in the world!!
Everest Base Camp trek with Soul Adventures, Everest Base Camp, situated at 5380m is a mixture of incredible mountain scenery, a mind blowing cultural experience and a satisfying sense of accomplishment.
Oh key doe key then. As usual let’s start off by sorting the buyers from the spyers, the needy from the greedy, and those who trust me from the ones who don’t, because if you can’t see the value in Our Everest Base camp trek adventure today, you’re not on our website shopping……You’re on it shoplifting. Treat the wife. Treat somebody else’s wife. Too late too late, will be the cry, when the man with the bargains passes you by.
What is the Everest Base camp trek all about?
Well its pretty easy to explain really. It’s about an epic hiking experience to see a coke can left behind by a climber in 1976. Just like the Kilimanjaro glaciers that will be non-existent in 10 years’ time due to global warming, such is the fate of this poor Coke can. Experts believe that it will rust away into total oblivion by 13 March 2023 at 2:34pm. So best you book your Everest Base camp Trek as soon as you can.
If coke cans are not your scene, then hang around…..I happen to have a few minutes spare before my next climb. Hopefully I can try and condense the nearly impossible task of explaining what the Everest base camp trek adventure is all about into a few humble sentences. And I say impossible because this mind-blowing experience is a sensory explosion of incredible awesomeness that would take days to explain. Here are a few key points that help illustrate the really cool things about the adventure:
- Enjoy 2 thrilling days in the city of Kathmandu. We take a tour to the two hotspots of this interesting town. Namely the Monkey Temple of the Buddhists and then the Pashupatinath Temple of the Hindus. These places are shrouded in history and date back to the 5th century. Its like being part of an Indiana Jones movie. You will learn a lot about the culture and people of Nepal here.
- Spend 11 days in the trekking capital of the world. You will be surrounded by the Himalayan “super star” giants like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Pumori, Nuptse. And don’t worry about getting bored….the scenery changes every day.
- The flight from Kathmandu into Lukla (the starting point of the trek) is one of the most scenic and mind blowing flights you will ever go on. After just 15 minutes you will get to see a panoramic view of the Himalayas.
- Our Everest Base Camp trekking adventures are fully supported. So there is no need for you to carry heavy backpacks. We have porters and Yaks to assist with that.
- Accommodation is ‘tea houses’. Although you may occasionally find coffee there. So you don’t have to worry about sleeping in tents on hard icy ground princess. The rooms are equipped with beds and mattresses.
- Not only is the trek a physical undertaking but is also a spiritual journey. You will get to challenge yourself physically in some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world. You will also get challenge yourself spiritually in the most humblest nation in the world.
- We spend some time on the trek visiting the Buddhist monasteries in Namche Bazaar and Tengboche. A truly humbling and incredible experience.
Why join Soul Adventures one this trek to Everest Base Camp?
- Because we know the answer to the first question ever asked before a question was ever thought of. Yip, we have it folks. But we only divulge the answer on day 9 of the trek at 3:18pm.
- We offer FREE training sessions to get you mentally and physically ready for the trek. (Johannesburg Only). And yes we are sadists and love seeing our clients suffer. Rather bleed on the training field than the battle field. Or if that motivational saying doesn’t move you, try this one: Pain is weakness leaving the body.
- We have been climbing and trekking in the Himalayas for over 15 years. Not only have we led over 20 treks to base camp, but have also summited some of the Himalayan giants from Island Peak, Cho Oyu, Lobuche and 89.23% of Everest.
- Because our toaster wants you to
- We offer a 50% discount on our Drakensberg hikes to all our clients. These hikes are the perfect training grounds to get you ready for the trek.
- We conduct and record 2 medical checks daily on clients throughout the trek. This is to determine how you are adapting to the altitude and prevent any problems as we get higher.
- We will come with you to the shops to buy your equipment. Yip, we would rather spend the time with you to make sure that you have the correct equipment as well as the correct quantities. No offence to the hiking stores of South Africa, but a lot of the sales staff have not been on the trek. They will try and sell you more than you need. And there also a lot of brands out there that are not sufficient for the conditions found at Everest Base Camp.
- We are South Africa based. So you can get to know us. Come have a beer with us and see if we are the kind of guides you would be able to spend 2 weeks with. It is obviously pretty important that we bond to enhance the overall experience.
- You will have access to myself prior to the trek for any advice. I can only help with trekking advice. Asking about marital problems and how to get rid of your genital warts is not my department.
- Not only are we mountaineers but have also become mountain psychologists. Yip. We have been guiding in the Himalayas for over 15 years so we have got to know how humans operate mentally. We are going to walk the journey with you. We are going to motivate you. We are going to cry with you. We are going bond with you. Adversity introduces a man to himself. We will be there to help with the introduction process. That process is a vital part of the Everest Base camp adventure. We as a guiding company need to know how you react to adversity. Some people cry. Some people get angry. Some people go quiet. We would rather find out how you react in a controlled environment rather than in a snowstorm at 5000m.
- We are not complete idiots in the mountains. We have a few pieces still missing.
The distance covered on the Everest Base Camp trek?
The total hiking distance covered on the Everest Base camp trek is 130km. Did you notice I mentioned the words “total”? You did? I’m glad. For the less observant types, let me break that statement down for you. If the total hiking distance of the base camp experience is 130km that means it is only 65km to the actual Base camp from the start of the hike in Lukla. And of course…..you guessed it……another 65km back from Everest Base camp to the end of the hike, which is also Lukla. That equates to a total of 130Km. Now calm down sunshine. Remember that we cover that distance over 11 days. So if my Mathematical Degree is worth anything that works out to about 11.32456km a day.
How many hours a day do we hike?
Okay kids. So we have determined that we hike on average about 11.32456km a day. An easy walk at sea level hey? But alas, we are not at sea level and of course we are in the Himalayas. That means there are going to be a few inclines along the way. So basically the hiking speed is determined by a few factors. Namely: The affects of altitude on your body, the gradient and of course the compounded effects of fatigue. Having said that, we average about 2km per hour.
So back to our maths lesson kids. We know that we cover an average of 11.32456km a day. Divide that by 2km per hour and….tah dah……we have an answer of say 5 hours. But of course we don’t hike that all in one go. We are a kind and compassionate trekking company and don’t want to see our clients suffer. So. Basically we hike for 3 hours. We then stop for lunch at a tea house along the way. The lunch break takes up to 1.5 hours. We then finish with the remaining 2 hour hike.
How fit do you have to be to trek to Everest Base Camp?
If your name is Marge and you are pretty large then maybe its best to take a barge. If you have been on one of Elbrus expeditions and hooked up with a Russian Bride, we can assume your fitness levels are sufficient enough for the trek. Okay. Enough of that. We don’t want to get sued for derogatory and slanderous banter. So hold back them lawyers sunshine or make like an elephants penis…and hit the road. Having said that….you do not have to be super fit.
The hiking distance is totally achievable. Obviously you would need a moderate level of fitness to complete the trek to base camp comfortably. We have had clients finish the hike without doing a stitch of training. But they were buggered. Fatigue compounds.
So they started to feel tired by day 7 as there body was not used to exercise. So Mr. Couch Potato, best you join us for a few training sessions. The other factor of course is the altitude. The thinning air means less oxygen. So you may feel like you are unfit but it is just your body moaning for the lack of this precious, life giving gas.
Is this trek for you?
Why is this trek not for you?
Because you asked the question. If you need to ask that question then it may not really be what you want to do. You need to be 100% dedicated to the dream. I can’t remember ever asking myself if climbing Everest or any other mountain was for me. I just had a calling and I knew it had to be done. If you are not happy with this answer try this: Think of purple flag on top of Everest.
Imagine that flag divided itself into 5 equal parts. Now imagine the pole of the flag just decided to get a job in an accounting firm without letting the various parts of the flag know. What would happen? Well, we are not sure. We are just trying to keep you on this webpage a bit longer so we can increase our ranking with Google. This will result in more potential clients visiting our Everest Base Camp Trek webpage thus ensuring huge profit margins.
Is you partner suffering from IKIAS? ( I Know It All Syndrome)
We can help with that!!!!
Send them on an Everest Base Camp trek with Soul Adventures and we will help them lose 65,234 brain cells. The high altitude and lack of oxygen are our weapons of mass brain cell destruction. And we will return them not so clever and thus render your relationship a much better one. No charge for this service.
Best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?
So basically there are 2 trekking seasons in the Himalayas.
Pre-monsoon from the beginning of April to the end of May
This season is a lot colder than the post-monsoon season. There is also a lot more ice especially on the higher mountains. The air is lot dryer which can cause issues with lungs. This is the season that attracts the high altitude climbers.Because it is basically the end of Winter in the Himalayas, there is a lot more stable ice. This is perfect for Everest summit attempts. This also means you are going to bump into a lot of the mountaineers of Everest.
Post-monsoon from the beginning of September to End of November
A lot warmer in this season. Also a lot greener from all the rain. Hikers also seem to acclimatize way better in this season as the air is not so dry and there is a lot more oxygen from the plants. There is no high altitude climbing in this season due to the lack of good ice conditions on the higher slopes of the mountains. So Everest Base camp will be dead quiet as there is one climbing her.
So pretty easy really. Choose one of these months to go trekking. Both seasons are excellent times to go regardless of the negatives. There are always pros and cons to everything in life.
Things to do before you leave for Everest Base Camp
- Abolish Capitalism
- Avoid global warming
- Say goodbye to your mommy
- Say no to drugs
- Read the first paragraph of this webpage.
Seems expensive? Don’t stress. Just take out a loan. There are many reputable companies out there willing to help. Take these guys for example. They seem super helpful and caring
- Return fights from Kathmandu to Lukla
- 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu. We make use of 3 star hotel in the Thamel District called the Avatar Hotel. So…. 1 night before the trek and 1 night on return from the trek. Savvy? Any additional nights accommodation are for your own account sunshine.
- All airport transfers. We take care of the airport pick up when we arrive. The transfer back the next day for the flight to Lukla. The transfer after the trek from Lukla to the hotel. The transfer from the hotel back to the airport for your departure flight back to South Africa. Make sense? I’m glad. If you are not happy with this you can dial 5 now.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the trek into Everest Base Camp
- 12 nights accommodation in tea houses ( mountain lodges) on the trek.
- All trekking permits
- All local taxes
- Includes us putting up with all your crying, blisters and longing for your mommy.
- Medical Kit and Emergency oxygen
- A day tour to the Temples of Kathmandu
- A bespoke turnkey solution that incorporates a bilateral and systematical deviation to your corporate jargon that us mountaineers refuse to use.
- International Flights
- Dinners and lunches when in Kathmandu
- Extra nights accommodation if we finish the trek early or if you need to come down earlier than scheduled due to unforeseen circumstances.
- My wife
- Hiking equipment ( backpacks, sleeping bags and so fifth)
- Travel Insurance. We highly recommend you take out TIC travel insurance that must include helicopter evacuation. Trust us on this one. If you need to get evacuated due to an altitude related illness and you are not covered best you have a spare R50k in your skyrocket.
- Tea/coldrinks/bottled water in the tea houses.
- My left nut
- Entry fees into any tourist attractions like the Monkey Temple and the Eiffel Tower.
We fly from Johannesburg to Khathmandu. Depending on flight schedules and cost, we usually fly via Doha or Dubai. There will be a layover here.
We arrive in Khathmandu. Hopefully by say 2pm if the flights are favourable. Our team leader will be waiting at the airport for us. We then take the 1 hour drive through to the Thamel District to the Avatar Hotel-Our humble abode for the knight who happens to be Sir Lancelot.
We also sleep in the same hotel as him. We check into the hotel, have a shower, go for dinner and indulge in a beer or 10. Please do not trash the hotel upon return from dinner as we need to stay there when we get back. And my mom will get upset.
We send a swarm of toasters and a foghorn into your hotel room to entice you from the slumber process. Our aim today is to get to the airport by 6am to catch a flight to Lukla. Why so early you may be asking? Well I have a few minutes spare so let me explain. We cannot book a flight time with the airlines who fly to Lukla. It works on a purely first come, first serve type of system.
And we like to get served first. Our ego wont accept a 5th serving. And of course there may be a few ‘Egyptian handshakes’ involved to ensure a ‘first serve’ passage-If you know what I mean. A necessary budgetary expense I’m afraid. We then hop on the twin engined plane and take the 45 minute flight into Lukla.
What if there is bad weather?
Right. Lets get this topic out of the way shall we. Sometimes the flights are cancelled due to bad weather. This means there is no way to get into Lukla unless you are up for a 200km walk taking over 2 weeks. And no….we are not responsible for the bad weather. We did not bring it on because we didn’t feel like trekking. Weather is something beyond our control and stresses us out as much as it does our clients. If flights are cancelled or delayed we have to adjust the trip itinerary to compensate for the lost day or days. Please bare with us on this. And that does not mean take your clothes off either. We would have said bear with us but that could be a bit grizzly.
Okay, so if everything goes according to plan…we land in Lukla by say 10am. You are gonna love the landing!!!!!! We then meet our Sherpa Team, have a spot of tea and start the Everest Base camp trek by about 11am. The first part of hike meanders through various villages for about 1.5 hours until we reach the the highlight of today. The first sightings of ancient Sanskrit tablets and a small monastery. We then continue for about an hour into Phakding at 2610m. We spend the night here. Dinner is served at 6:30pm. So you have the rest of the afternoon to explore the area. We tuck you into bed with your favourite teddy bear and some warm Yak milk. NOT!!
Hiking distance: 8km
Duration: 3 hours 2 minutes and 14 seconds
Cock a doodle do!!! Or don’t. Wake up at 7am. Have a wee, pooh and brush teeth. Breakfast at 8am. Ready to start the hike by 9am. This is basically the daily morning routine on our Everest Base Camp Trek. Today is a challenging day. We basically follow the Dudhi river into the Sagarmartha National park. We cross 3 suspension bridges before we head up a steep and long hill into Namche Bazaar at 3,440m. We may even get to see a tiger that doesn’t exist. One climber didn’t see it back in 2010.
Hiking distance: 10km
Duration: 6 hours 4 minutes and 22 seconds
Today is a rest day. Well…sort of. We are going to take you on a 45 minute stroll up the Everest Veiw point where you will a good view of our guides bum, I mean Everest, situated about 40km away. W also spend some time at the old village where Edmund Hillary spend many a day. We also send and hour or so in the local monastery with the local monk. The afternoon is usually spent in the bakery devouring the best black forest cake ever.
We Follow the normal morning routine and begin the hike by 9am. Today we trek up through the mysterious heath like vegetation towards our humble abode for the night-the Everest Hotel situated at Tengboche, 3860m. The tea house has some of the most incredible views of Everest from the dining hall. This village is spectacular. It is surrounded by some Himalayan giants as is basically at the base of the iconic Ama Dablam mountain.
Hiking distance: 9km
Duration: 6 hours 10 minutes and 41 seconds
Today. Well it may not be today as you might be ready this in the future. But you get what we mean. Today….we head up the village of Dingboche at 4,410m. So the altitude will most likely start to affect you at this point. The trekking speed will be slow so as to allow our bodies to adapt to the tanning air.
Hiking distance: 8km
Duration: 6 hours 2 minutes and 11 seconds
Rest and acclimatization day. Rest day???? Ha ha ha. Yeah right. We need to get you acclimatized. So we are going to drag your sorry ass up to 4800m. A steady trek that takes about 3 hours up and down. Then you can rest sunshine. So hopefully back by say 11am so you can chill.
We start to head into alpine territory. So the vegetation will become sparse as will the ping pong balls. The highlight of the trek today is the time we send at the Everest memorial sight. This is sombre place indeed that is home to all of the climbers who have died in the Himalayas. We then continue up to the village of Lobuche at 4,900m.
Hiking distance: 7km
Duration: 5 hours 45 minutes and 19 seconds
An early start as we have a long days trekking ahead today. We start with a 3 hour hike into Gorek Shep at 5,164m. We have lunch and then take the 3 hour trek into Everest Base camp at 5,300m. We spend about 45 minutes here harassing the tiger that doesn’t exist and of course the climbing teams. We may shed a tear or two to commemorate the sense of accomplishment before we head on back to Gorek Shep for the evening. Ginna be a long night I’m afraid. The altitude here is not conducive to good sleep. But you will survive.
Hiking distance: 12km
Duration: 8 hours 12 minutes and 34 seconds
Wake up at 3:30am. What???? Did you say 3:30am? Well yes sireeeee…we did. In fact you have 30 minutes to get ready because at 4am we start or climb to the summit of Kala Patar at 5,610m. It is from here you will get THE BEST VIEW EVER of Mount Everest. You cannot see the summit of Everest from the bas camp or even Gorek Shep as the looming mass of Nuptse and the Khumbu Icefall is in the way. Back down for breakfast by say 8am. We give you about 3 hours to chill before we head on down to Periche at 4,420m. for the night.
Hiking distance: 11km
Duration: 7 hours 18 minutes and 56 seconds
We head on down to Namche Bazaar for the evening. And now that we are at a lower altitude and the trek is basically nearing its end…..we can enjoy a celebratory beer or 20.
Hiking distance: 9 km
Duration: 5 hours 34 minutes and 02 seconds
The final trekking day. We head back done to Lukla. A pretty long day. Especially with that hangover from Namche Bazaar. We overnight in Lukla
Hiking distance: 14 km
Duration: 6 hours 37minutes and 22 seconds
The final trekking day. We head back done to Lukla. A pretty long day. Especially with that hangover from Namche Bazaar. We overnight in Lukla
Hiking distance: 14 km
Duration: 6 hours 37 minutes and 22 seconds
We highly recommend that we include this day in case we get delayed in Lukla due to bad weather. Of course, if we get down in time….the cost of the accommodation is on your account.
Fly to Dubai/Doha
Arrive back in Johannesburg