Trek to the base camp of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain, personally guided by Dr. Jon Kedrowski and Dr. Jon's Adventures. Dr. Jon is a veteran of 5 Mt. Everest climbing expeditions (most recent summit in 2021) and has been guiding annual base camp treks since 2015.
What is Mt. Everest Base Camp? It's a temporary tent village set up each spring where aspiring mountaineers, Sherpas, and support staff gather to prepare for, acclimatize, and climb Mt. Everest. It's situated on the Khumbu Glacier at 17,500 feet, and is surrounded by the towering slopes of Mt. Everest and other imposing Himalyan peaks.
On our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp, you will get an “off the beaten path” look at the Sherpa culture. We can customize this trip to your desires and will assist you with everything from the start to finish, supplementing the experience with a wealth of knowledge on Nepal.
We also offer an add-on to climb 20,075 ft / 6119m Luboche East Peak after reaching Base Camp.
"Dr. Jon’s Everest Base Camp Trek is truly a remarkable and humbling experience; a trip filled with numerous educational and cultural learnings that delivered physical challenges and sublime sites around every turn and mountain pass or peak (an not to mention, the only group trekking with a legendary Jenga set). Dr. Jon and his localized team have curated a truly unique trekking itinerary unlike any other. The personalized leadership and expertise on behalf of Dr. Jon, coupled with the local care and thoughtfulness of Sherpa guide leaders Lhakpa and Geljen, is no more apparent than the respect and hospitality offered from the locals along the EBC route. Dr. Jon and team have cemented themselves as leaders in the community, leveraging strong relationships with business owners, tea houses and supporting organizations along the way. Don’t miss out on this trip of a lifetime….boundless learnings and rewards."
- C. Drumm (Spring 2022 Trekker)
Jennifer Broome conducted a live interview on The Weather Channel from Gorak Shep, near Everest Base Camp during our Spring 2022 trek.
Dr. Jon and his friend Pemba Sherpa at SherpaLand Lodge.
Group Size: 12
This is our regular Everest Base Camp Trek. The trip starts in Kathmandu with a flight to Lukla, and then we trek up to Everest Base Camp o...
Group Size: 12
Group size: 4
This is the regular EBC Trek but includes a stop to climb Luboche East (elevation 20,075'). The trip starts the same as our regular trek (s...
Group size: 4
Group Size: 12
This is the regular EBC Trek but includes a stop to climb Luboche East (elevation 20,075'). The trip starts the same as our April 2023 trek...
Group Size: 12
The Mt. Everest region is one of the most popular trekking regions in Nepal and for good reason; it offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the country and hence has become one of the most sought after adventure trips in the world. This trek is a great fusion of incredible scenery, challenging high altitude hiking, and experiencing Sherpa people and their unique culture.
This trek takes you through the most popular villages of the Khumbu to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,021ft). The trek also lets you encounter the friendliness of local Sherpa people who call this wonderland their home. They have a rich culture and interesting traditions that must be experienced.
Trek highlights include visiting Everest Base Camp and hiking to Kalapattar (5550m), which means Black Rock, for dramatic views of Mt. Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, and Lhotse, and other peaks of the entire Khumbu region.
To be clear, the Everest Base Camp Trek is not a climb of Everest or any mountain (with the optional exception of the aforementioned Kalapattar). The terrain you will hike on is well-established trails and paths. As you get closer to Everest Base Camp and onto the Khumbu Glacier, you will be on rockier terrain but there’s no need for crampons or other mountain climbing equipment.
Read this for more general facts about Nepal and it's people, weather, and culture.
While this trek is physically challenging, there is no age limit and trekkers do not need to have previous mountain climbing experience. We hike about 80 miles (130 km) up through the Khumbu Valley, gaining almost 10,000 vertical feet in 8-9 days. On most days, trekkers hike 5 to 6 hours total. The remainder of the day we spend exploring the villages and relaxing at the lodges.
Given the duration and altitude mentioned above, this trek does require an advanced level of endurance and aerobic conditioning. Our philosophy is, you never want your lack of physical fitness to prevent you from reaching your dreams. On this trek, a lack of physical fitness could force you to have to turn around early and head back down the valley while the rest of the group continues up to Everest Base Camp.
Strong physical fitness will allow you to enjoy the trek even more so you are not exhausted at the end of each day, and will it help with the acclimatization process.
How can you prepare and train for the Everest Base Camp Trek?
In terms of acclimatizing to high elevations, getting up to and above 10,000 feet will certainly be helpful in the weeks leading up to your trek, but it isn't necessary. We have a tried and tested method for safely gaining altitude on this trek and taking appropriate rest days to allow our bodies time to adapt and produce more red blood cells. We monitor our trekkers pace and physical health to ensure they are moving at the correct pace for them to avoid the issues and symptoms that signify altitude sickness.
In summary, you don't have to be fresh off a marathon PR to enjoy this trek, but being as fit as you can be will certainly be beneficial !
With the exception of a few meals in Kathmandu at the beginning and end of the trek, most meals are included in the trip cost. We usually do a welcome dinner together as a team in Kathmandu the day after your arrival in Nepal, and a celebration dinner on the back end of the trip before you fly home.
Once on the trek, we eat all meals together at the various teahouses, lodges, and restaurants we stop at along the way. We take care of all those details, all you have to do is sit down and eat! The food in the Khumbu region is very tasty, and we'll be eating a combination of traditional local cuisine as well as common foods you eat at home, such as pizza, eggs, toast, soups, rice, and cake.
You will want to bring your own snacks and sports drink (in powdered form) for hiking, to maintain your energy levels. You'll be burning more calories than your normally would at home, so those snacks are very important for maintaining your strength.
Also, motivation and attitude tend to go down with energy level, so follow the adage "When you feel good, eat." (Meaning that if you aren't feeling good, you are likely also behind on your calories and need to catch up, so eat while you feel good and avoid that situation.)
We provide trekkers with some bottled water, but also be prepared to purchase your own and other drinks you want along the way.
Once you are registered, we will provide you with a list of gear needed for this trek. It's best to buy everything you need several months in advance of your trip so you can test everything out multiple times on training hikes. Getting a blister from new boots on day 1 of your trek is not fun and can ruin the experience.
Remember, not all gear lists are perfect or comprehensive. Our gear list will have suggestions of the major items you will need. Part of the reason why there are so many gear options out there is that we all have slightly different anatomy. What works for us may not work for you. Go out on your own mini-expeditions and train in your gear to break it in and determine if it will work for you. If you get blisters at home in a pair of boots, you’ll get them on this trek too.
While this is a trek to high altitude, we stay on well-established trails and paths. Therefore, you will not need crampons, ropes, harnesses, or other technical mountain climbing equipment.
A security deposit of 25% of total trip payment is due 120 days prior to trip start date. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the trip start date. Payment can be made by check, credit card, Venmo, Zelle, or Paypal.
Our cancellation policy is:
While this trek is not dangerous in terms of risks of falling down exposed ridges, it can still be dangerous due to the high elevation of Everest Base Camp. Other risks to consider are weather-related travel delays, traveler’s diarrhea, high altitude coughs, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and exposure to cold temperatures.
To minimize the risks associated with weather-related delays, we highly recommend flying to Lukla from Kathmandu by helicopter rather than airplane. It’s more expensive but in general helicopters can fly in more types of weather than airplanes, considering what the Lukla airport is like.
Everyone reacts differently to higher altitudes, depending on their fitness, genetics, and the elevation at which they normally live. We mitigate this risk by following general procedures of not increasing elevation gain by more than 500m per day once we reach Lukla. We also take two separate rest days during the trek to let your body adjust and manufacture more red blood cells. This is extremely important and not something that can be cut out of the trek to reduce the number of days.
If a member does start showing signs of altitude sickness, we have numerous resources available to assist them, including medications such as Diamox. We also have extra guides that can stay behind in a village with a member who is having difficulty, to give them extra acclimatization time.
A member of our staff will stay with a sick trekker when they cannot remain with the group. We recommend medications to bring for common ailments and have extras with us. In an emergency, a helicopter can be hired to transport a sick trekker back down to a hospital in Kathmandu. The Himalayan Rescue Association is our partner in the Khumbu with clinics in several of the villages, so we can take a trekker to those clinics if necessary, and we ask that trekkers join the American Alpine Club for medical insurance through their partner Global Rescue, which provides for free medical care the entire trek.
To avoid traveler’s diarrhea, we bring water treatment and filtration devices and also purchase bottled water for our trekkers. If someone were to experience stomach distress, we also have medication to help them. Staying in the cleanest and best hotels, lodges, and teahouses mitigates this as well.
We will constantly emphasize the following safety protocols:
Trekkers can fly into Kathmandu, Nepal from their home country. We ask trekkers to arrive a minimum of 1 day prior to the trek start date to allow for time to adjust to jet lag and to purchase any last minute items in the big city.
Upon arrival at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport (KTM), we will have a staff member there to transport you by private vehicle to your hotel in the city. All trekkers on the team will be staying at the same hotel. We will assist you in booking your roundtrip flights (the only transportation you arrange on your own and pay for out of pocket) so that you arrive at a similar time as other team members.
Once in Nepal, all your transportation is prearranged and covered. We fly by airplane or helicopter up to Lukla to start the trek.
Travel insurance is required for the trek and should include coverage for trip cancellation or delay, baggage loss, medical expenses, and evacuation . There are many options in the marketplace. Another current requirement is that the travel insurance cover you for COVID-related contingencies (cancellation, testing, and treatment). We will help you select the right insurance for you as part of our inclusive pre-trip planning services.
For information on travel advisories and restrictions in Nepal, go to the U.S. Embassy website. In addition, we check in frequently with our staff in Nepal on what's happening on the ground in the country (regarding testing, quarantines, etc.) and keep our members updated as their trip approaches.
A valid passport is required for entering Nepal. We will assist you on applying for and securing your visa upon arriving in Nepal.
Luboche East Peak, at 20,075 ft / 6119m, is a great entry-level climb in the Himalayas. It requires a high-level of fitness but does not require advanced mountaineering skills other than basic knowledge of rope systems, harnesses, crampons, and ice axe. At the summit, you get unparalleled views of Mt. Everest and the glacial valleys below, dotted with high altitude lakes.
For this climb, you will trek up to Everest Base Camp with the rest of the team we are guiding. On the way back down from Base Camp, Jon and our Sherpa guides will trek with you over to Luboche East base camp and then proceed to climb Luboche over the next 1-2 days.
This climb adds about 2 days on to our regular Everest Base Camp trek.
Dr. Jon will be your guide for the Everest Base Camp Trek and will get to know you prior to the trip. With most trekking companies you don't know who your guide is until you arrive in Nepal.
Dr. Jon's friend Lhakpa Sherpa (5 summits of Everest) co-guides the trip and shares inside information on the local Sherpa culture. You will get an off-the-beaten path view of Nepal, as Lhakpa provides access to monasteries not accessible to the general public.
You get to see the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas and an educational experience from Dr. Jon, who has a Ph.D. in environmental geography, weather, and climate and is an expert on the Khumbu region.
Everest Base Camp sits at 17,500 feet. For your comfort and safety, we take 2 active rest days to acclimatize as we climb to higher altitudes. This time-tested plan leads to our high success rate in clients reaching Base Camp.
Lhakpa and Dr. Jon share personal stories of triumph and loss during their Everest climbs, including a memorable visit to the Everest memorials.
We stay in the best lodges and teahouses the area has to offer, and most of them have hot showers.
We can customize the trip and itinerary based on the needs of your group.
Nepal was wonderful in so many ways! If you are looking for a getaway that will keep your mind off of the grind of everyday American life you should do it!! However, there was a definite daily workout while trekking! It is not just walking, there are some serious uphill and downhill pretty much everyday that will make you earn your ramen at the next teahouse! I was a bit nervous about the teahouses, but they were wonderful! Very kind owners, delicious food and great variety and the rooms all have a bed with a mattress and heavy blanket, some even had heated blankets! You have to remember to stop and take a look around at the beautiful place you are in while on the "heel-toe-express" in the Khumbu, as Jon called it. The views and people you will experience along the way truly make the trip unlike no other. The diversity in landscape, terrain and nature from Lukla to Gorakshep is unique and stunning! This trek reminds you that there is so much more to life and to get out there!
Dr. Jon was a fantastic guide. He encapsulates the ideal balance between the consummate climbing professional, capable of preparing you and coaching you through this quasi-dangerous trek, and the laid-back goofball you want to hang out with and grab a beer with at the end of each day. His close relationship with the mountain, the region, and the locals was obvious. His local colleague and our Sherpa guide, Lhakpa. was the perfect addition to our team. He too is professional, yet personable and loved to crack jokes with our squad. He also provided that in-depth local background knowledge to answer the most random questions and curiosities we might have about Nepal, Everest, or the local culture.
Dr. Jon and Lhakpa are both impressive athletes that never appear phased by the altitude or distances covered. I'm not even sure Lhakpa sweats! He's incredible... he hikes all day in dress slacks and a button-down shirt, looking like he was headed into the office. Blew my mind!
Anyway, I can't say enough positive things about this trek, this guide, and this style of hiking. Going with Dr. Jon and Lhakpa really affords the maximum amount of flexibility and customization you'll come to appreciate.
2019 EBC Trekker
My trip to Everest Base Camp was a blast—a true trip of a life time. Enormous mountains, stunning views, amazing culture, and the opportunity to challenge myself both physically and mentally. My favorite parts were the consistency of being awe struck by the mountains (they just keep on going up) and the reminder that there are very many ways to live life.
I loved the evolution of the trip—the intro into Nepal and its traditions with a day tour around Kathmandu; my first helicopter ride; starting the trek in Lukla which was green and blooming with flowers; crossing glacial rivers and learning how to give yaks the right of way; learning new card games and taste testing every apple pie; seeing the tallest mountain in the planet as it welcomed a new day; and leaving EBC in snowfall—it was simply wonderful.
Also, Dr. Jon is an unbelievable guide, and he is tied to Nepal and the Himalayas. After his first summit which was a crazy athletic feat, to being at EBC for the earthquake and in the capital for the aftershock, almost summiting without oxygen, and now guiding, he knows the region, its traditions, and, this sounds cheesy, it is a part of him. Additionally, the Sherpa that he uses, Lhakpa, is simply amazing. He is funny, kind, patient, and on a different level for hiking; he is also the kind of guy who will carry a birthday cake two miles on the trail.
2019 EBC Trekker
That trek was incredible and beyond my wildest dreams of what I had expected. Jon, you set us up perfectly from tea houses to restaurants and everything in between. It was so fun hearing about climate change, your knowledge of the mountains, the Nepalese culture, and Lakpa and Geljen were incredible guides. Everything went off perfectly, so thank you!!
2021 EBC Trekker
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