Everest Basecamp Trek 
photo with Ama Dablam in the Background on 5100m/17,000' Chukkung Ri.  Sherpa

Everest Base Camp Treks

Trek to the base camp of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain, personally guided by Dr. Jon Kedrowski & N.O.D. Enterprises. Dr. Jon is a veteran of 4 Mt. Everest climbing expeditions (summited in 2012 and guided a client to the top in 2019) and has been guiding annual base camp treks since 2015. 

Why go with Dr. Jon?

  • His friend Lhakpa Sherpa (5 summits of Everest) co-guides the trip and shares inside information on the local culture.
  • To see the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas and an educational experience from Dr. Jon (Ph.D. in environmental geography, weather, and climate).
  • For your comfort and safety, we take 2 active rest days to acclimatize as we climb to higher altitudes.
  • Get an off-the-beaten path view of Nepal, as Lhakpa provides access to monasteries not accessible to the general public.
  • Lhakpa and Dr. Jon share personal stories of triumph and loss during their Everest climbs, including a memorable visit to the Everest memorials.
  • Stay in lodges and teahouses, most with hot showers.

Client Testimonials

Sherpa, Everest Base Camp Trek, Testimonials

Professional and personable, with in-depth knowledge on local area

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. 

G. Hughes

2019 EBC Trekker

Trip of a lifetime, Dr. Jon is an unbelievable guide

My trip to EBC 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.

L. West

2019 EBC Trekker

What to Expect - Likely Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (elev. 4264 ft / 1300m)

  • We'll assist you to your hotel from the airport. 
  • Do a gear check
  • Dinner at a popular local restaurant
  • Stay at the Yak and Yeti Lodge
  • City tour

Day 2: Fly to Lukla / Trek to Cheplung & Phakding

  • Scenic airplane or helicopter flight to Lukla
  • Trek 1-3 hours on stone paved trails to Cheplung
  • Continue on to Phakding (elev. 8700 ft / 2652m)
  • Stay overnight at our local Sherpa Foundation partners' home

Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (elev. 11283 ft / 3440m)

  • Hot breakfast, then trek to Namche Bazaar, a 5-6 hour hike
  • Cross several suspension bridges, enter Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Great views of Everest, Lhotse, and other beautiful peaks and valleys.
  • Overnight stay at Camp de Base or Khumbu Lodge

Day 4: Rest day to Acclimatize

  • Hike around Namche Bazaar to shops, market places, and bakeries.
  • Optional short trek to Everest View Hotel
  • Special outdoor lunch in Village of Khumjung

Day 5: Trek to Tengboche

  • 5 to 6 hour trek to Tengboche, elevation 12684 ft / 3867m.
  • Includes steep ascent up to Tengboche monastery, with picturesque background of Ama Dablam and Everest
  • Overnight stay at Rivendell Lodge

Day 6: Trek to Dingboche

  • 5 to 6 hour trek to Dingboche, elevation 14295 ft / 4358m.
  • Pass the highest year-round settlement of Pangboche, at 3860m
  • Continue ascending through alpine meadows and yak herds
  • Overnight stay in a lodge

Day 7: Rest Day to Acclimatize

  • Optional hike to Chhukung and Imja Valley toward Island Peak
  • Optional hike up to Chhukung Ri
  • Or explore Dingboche Valley
  • Relax at the Lodge

Day 8: Trek to Luboche (elev. 16164 ft / 4928m)

  • Ascend to Dugla near the terminus of the Khumbu Glacier
  • Hike up to the ridge to the Everest Memorials
  • Overnight stay at Mother Earth Lodge, the world's highest bakery

Day 9: Trek to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp

  • Hike to Gorak Shep, check into the lodge.
  • After lunch, trek to Everest Base Camp (elev. 17450 ft / 5320m).  This is the most wonderful, renowned part of the trek.
  • Return to Gorak Shep for overnight
  • May also include a 3am start to hike to Kala Patthar

Day 10: Hike to Kala Patthar, then down to Pheriche

  • Early start to climb up to Kala Patthar (elev. 18204 ft / 5550m).  You'll get sunrise views of Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, and Ama Dablam.
  • Hike back to Gorak Shep, then down to Luboche or even Pheriche for the night. 

Day 11-12: Trek back to Namche Bazaar and then Lukla

  • Back-to-back days of easy descending down the valley, with overnight lodging and hot showers.

Day 13-14: Fly to Kathmandu / End of Trek

  • Fly on either an airplane or helicopter back to Kathmandu. 
  • Watch planes landing at famous Lukla airport.
  • Group photos.
  • Guides will assist you to your hotel in Kathmandu and to the airport for your flight home.

2020 Everest Basecamp Itinerary -- April 11-24 - -DOWNLOAD BELOW

Nepal_Itinerary_Dr_Jon_2020 (pdf)



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