Everest Base Camp Trek For Senior Citizens

21 Days

starting from $2000

$ 1800

Grade:

Strenuous

Group Size:

Min 1 person

Transport:

Car, Jeep, Plane

Altitude:

5,545m/18,193ft

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek For Senior Citizens

  • Go on a life-changing hiking adventure at your retirement age.
  • Reaching the Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) at a slow pace and witness the best view of the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest.
  • The scenic flight from Kathmandu/Ramechhap to Lukla, one of the world’s most dangerous airports.
  • Visit the Sherpa Museum and the bustling market of Namche Bazaar.
  • Explore an ancient Tegnoche Buddhist monastery nestled amid the Himalayas.
  • Trekking alongside the massive Khumbu glacier.
  • Climbing the summit of Kala Patthar for panoramic views of Everest and its surrounding peaks.
  • Immerse yourself in local culture and learn about the Sherpa people’s culture and tradition.
  • Entering the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO site in Nepal, you can explore various flora and fauna.
  • Crossing thrilling suspension bridges spanning deep gorges and roaring rivers.
  • Watching sunrise and sunset over the Himalayas.

EBC trek for senior citizens offers a unique opportunity for old people to embark on an unforgettable journey. Our carefully crafted itinerary balances breathtaking views with manageable daily hikes for mature travelers. Understanding that not everyone can follow the standard 12-day itinerary, we have designed a 21-day itinerary for senior individuals to reach Everest Base Camp.

The continuously growing age is now not an obstacle for seniors, elderly people, and slow walkers, as we have made the best itinerary that will help you achieve your dream of EBC. Our itinerary ensures multiple rest times within a short walk distance with perfect acclimatization. We ensure a comfortable and safe journey with minimal altitude gains daily.

 Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience made for seniors who want to conquer the world’s highest peak base camp in comfort and style.

Everest Base Camp Trek For Senior Citizens Overview

Everest Base Camp is among the world’s most famous and well-known hikes. This trek, located in the gorgeous Himalayas, provides an unforgettable chance to see the breathtaking majesty of the Everest Region and stand at the base of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. Although the walk presents challenges, the elderly can complete this journey.

Age cannot hamper your plans for a trek to the majestic EBC. For senior citizens considering the Everest Base Camp trek, our trip offers a thoughtful, planned adventure designed with comfort and enjoyment in mind. From the bustling cities of Kathmandu to the tranquil tails of the Khumbu region, every aspect of the journey is carefully planned. You can also visit iconic sites like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche Monastery.

We prepared the package considering age, stamina, pace, etc. If you are elderly or want to organize a trip for your parents, this trekking package is perfect. Our experienced guides are here to ensure your safety and comfort throughout the trek. Each day brings a new adventure and breathtaking views, giving you the best memories.

Special Features in Everest Base Camp Trek for Seniors

As highlighted earlier, this trekking package is mainly designed for people over 55 years old. But you may wonder why we book with us and what special features make our trip different. Here’s what we offer:

Short Distance

The trek shortens the distance between the hikes. As other trekking offerings are 12-16 treks with long days of walking, we have shortened the distance and made the starting and finishing points of the trek short, considering the elder citizens traveling with us.

Manageable Pace

With many days of hiking and a short distance, you will have a planet of breaks. This allows the senior trekkers to walk comfortably and enjoy the journey without feeling rushed. We have marked our resting spots in every location.

Experienced Guides

We have a group of well-experienced and trained guides who are kind and respectful. They ensure your safety and encourage you to trek toward the EBC. They are also all responsible for managing the trekkers’ meal accommodations.

Comfortable Accommodations

The accommodations along the trek have been carefully chosen to provide a comfortable and convenient stay. Staying in the well-featured teahouses and lodges offers the best night’s stay on the trek.

Small Group Size

We keep our trekking group small to ensure personalized attention and a supportive atmosphere. With a few people traveling, you will have a more comfortable and safe journey. Create the best unforgettable memories with us.

We have created the best possible itinerary with proper breaks, acclimatization days, comfortable accommodations and meals, experienced guides, and a few trekkers. Designers created all these special features to give senior adventurers a memorable and rewarding experience.

Who can do the trek?

Everest Base Camp is suitable for all levels of age groups from 10. Also suitable for the elder groups between 40 and 70, the trek is perfect if you are physically fit. With no age limitation to climb, you must be in reasonably good health and possess a basic physical fitness to tackle the challenges.

If you take medication for asthma, high blood pressure, minor heart attacks, or respiratory diseases, it is advisable to visit the doctor before embarking on your trek. Thus, seniors who have a passion for adventure and are willing to take it slow can. You can enjoy the journey as long as you prepare for the altitude and physical demands.

Preparing for the Senior Citizen Trek to EBC

Even though we have specially prepared for elderly citizens trekking packaging, considering their convenience and comfort, it is also essential for you to get prepared. Here’s what you can do to maintain a safe and enjoyable trekking:

  • Engage in regular physical activities such as walking, jogging, or strength training.
  • Undergo a thorough medical check-up to assess your physical fitness.
  • Try to maintain pace and gradually ascent to minimize altitude risk.
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats.
  • Learn breathing patterns
  • Wear sturdy and supportive hiking boots with good ankle support

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek Seniors

For senior citizens, the best time to visit Everest Base Camp is during the Autumn (September-November) and Spring (March-May) seasons. These seasons offer milder temperatures, clear skies, and stable weather conditions. All the features of the trekking months offer comfortable and safe travel for older individuals. Additionally, the vibrant blooming rhododendrons in the spring and the stunning fall foliage in autumn enhance your trekking experience. For the best scenic view of the Himalayas and to create the best memories, we recommend trekking during these two seasons.

Alternative Treks or Less Trekking Experience Needed Treks

If you are not planning on exploring the EBC trip, we also offer other trekking options and routes that are convenient for you. We have something for everyone, from multi-day to short-day hiking trails and scenic routes to cultural immersion trails. If you are looking for other trekking routes and trails, here are some of our recommendations.

Annapurna Panorama Trek

This trek in the Annapurna Region provides the best views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Unlike Everest, you don’t have to reach an extreme altitude.

Langtang Valley Trek

This is an ideal trekking destination for seniors looking for a short trek. It offers beautiful landscapes, charming Tamang Villages, and stunning mountains.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

This trek is perfect for those looking for a relatively easy and beautiful trekking route. One of the major highlights is the breathtaking sunrise views over the Himalayas.

Upper Mustang Trek

If culture and history interest you, you must take this trek. Located in the Mustang region, it offers a unique trekking experience with Tibetan-influenced culture and dramatic landscapes.

Helembu Trek

The trek is ideal for seniors looking for a gentle introduction to trekking in Nepal. It provides scenic views of Langtang ranges and opportunities to experience the rich Sherpa Culture, with most trails being easy.

Itinerary

01 DAY

Arrival in Nepal

Our staff will be available at the Tribhuvan International Airport to welcome you to Kathmandu. A fresh flower garland will greet you and transport you to your hotel. After reaching your hotel, you can rest or explore some beautiful short-distance places in Kathmandu.

02 DAY

Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

The next morning, after breakfast, our next journey of exploring Kathmandu city starts. On this day, you will be picked up by our city tour guide from the hotel then get in the car arranged by the company, and visit the cultural and historical places, such as Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Monkey Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After the day, we will conduct a small meeting about the preparation for the trek. Our trekking guide will assist you in purchasing your remaining gear near your hotel in Thamel.

03 DAY

Fly to Lukla and then trek to Phakding (2,610m) – 4 hrs trek

The journey towards our trekking starts from here. After having breakfast and preparing for trekking, it’s time for us to take a flight. Our guide pick you up from your hotel and takes you on a scenic Lukla flight. After landing in Lukla, we will start our hiking journey towards Phakding.

This is the first stop on the trek. After walking a simple ascent for four hours, you finally reach Phakding. The trail offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, lush forests, and charming Sherpa settlements. This gentle start allows seniors to ease into the trek.

04 DAY

Trek to Jorsalle (2,900m)  – 4 hrs trek

After spending the night at Phakding, our journey towards Jorsalle starts the next day. Along the way, we traverse through lush forests filled with rhododendrons and pine trees. We follow the path alongside the Dudh Koshi River. The highest altitude reached is 2,900 m. We will take a slow walk and gradually rest until we reach Jorsalle.

We will have lunch at Jorsalle, rest for a whole day, and acclimate our bodies. You can explore this small Sherpa village throughout the day. The accommodations are comfortable, providing great food and night stays for elderly people.

05 DAY

Trek to Namche (3,440m) – 5 hrs trek

On day 5, our trek leads us from Jorsalle to Namche Bazaar. It is a bustling hub nestled in the heart of the Khumbu Region. The trail ascends through dense forests and offers glimpses of snow-capped mountains. We pass through a suspension bridge and the colorful prayer flags.

The trail becomes steeper as we approach Namche Bazaar, presenting some challenges. Upon reaching Namche, the people welcome us with warm hospitality. We will have our lunch and acclimatize to the higher altitude. We can see the beautiful peaks of the village.

06 DAY

Rest day or acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

Today is the rest day. It’s a great opportunity for serious hikers to acclimatize to the higher altitude and explore the vibrant Sherpa town. Explore the beauty of this bustling city through narrow streets. For a more fun day, consider a half-hour short hike to nearby viewpoints for the best views of the Himalayas.

07 DAY

Trek to Phungi Tanga (3,200m) – 4 hrs trek

We now resume our trek from Namche Bazaar and head towards Phungi Tanga. Along our way, we will enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and encounter local wildlife. With frequent breaks and ascends, we will finally make up to Phungi Tanga after 4 hours of trek.

We have lunch and rest for the day at Phungi Tanga. It is beside the Dudh Koshi River and is a great spot for Himalayan Griffons. Explore this small Sherpa town and chit-chat with locals to make memories and understand their culture and traditions.

08 DAY

Trek to Deboche (3,800m) – 4 hrs trek

After breakfast, we will go to Deboche, which covers approximately 6 kilometers of trek. While the trek involves some uphill sections, it’s relatively gentle, making it perfect for senior adventurers. As we ascend gradually, we will enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. The route provides ample resting spots.

One of the best villages falling in the route is Ani Village. This place has a reputation for its ancient monastery and picturesque atmosphere. After visiting Ani Village, we will continue our journey to Deboche, where we will settle for accommodation.

09 DAY

Trek to Dingboche (4,410m) – 5 hrs trek

The next day, we will move forward to Dingboche. With 10 kilometers of trekking, we can reach the destination in approximately 5 hours. It offers moderate challenges for senior trekkers, with some uphill sections and rocky terrain to navigate. We will pass by rhododendron forests, suspension bridges, and rushing rivers as we trek.

Dingboche is a charming settlement nestled amidst the mountains. It offers cozy lodges and tea houses for accommodation. After this rewarding retreat, we will settle in Dingboche. You can rest and recharge for the adventure.

10 DAY

Rest day

The 10 days is an acclimatization one. It is a must-have rest day because we have reached over 4000m in elevation. Relax in the surroundings and enjoy the best views from the location. The sunrise also looks stunning. Explore the local area and enjoy your rest day with friendly locals.

11 DAY

Trek to Thukla (4,600m) – 4 hrs trek

Day 11 brings us back to the trek. We will continue from Dingboche to Thukla, covering around 4 kilometers. While the terrain includes some uphill sections, the surrounding mountains’ captivating views, and the trail’s tranquil ambiance make it a rewarding experience for all.

We will also encounter various species of flora and fauna native to the region, adding to the richness of our trekking adventure. As we arrive in Thukla, we will take time to appreciate the natural beauty surrounding us and immerse ourselves in the peaceful atmosphere of this remote village.

12 DAY

Trek to Lobuche (4,900m) – 4 hrs trek

On the 12th day, we will move forward to Lobuche. We will pass through the charming villages of Dungla and Chupki Lhara. These villages offer a unique glimpse into the local Sherpa culture and traditions. The trail presents a mix of terrain, including rocky paths and gradual ascent.

The trail’s peaceful ambiance and the local communities’ warm hospitality make this leg of the journey memorable and enriching. After almost four hours of trekking, we will reach the Yak Pasture of Lobuche and stay overnight there.

13 DAY

Trek to Gorakshep (5,164m) – 5 hrs trek

This is a busy day for us. The journey from Lobuch to Gorakshep takes around 5 hours. After making various rest stops and frequent breaks, we will finally reach Gorakshep. The trail begins with a gradual ascent, leading us through rocky terrain and the Galcker mountains. It offers stunning views of Mount Everest.

Upon reaching Gorakshep, we will settle into our accommodations and prepare for the highlight of our trek: the Everest Base Camp. It is the last settlement before reaching the EBC, offering lodge facilities in the Himalayas landscape.

14 DAY

Hike to Kala Patthar then trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and back to Gorakshep – 5 hrs trek

Today, our hike starts from Gorakshep, and we will make the most anticipated journey of the trek. Early in the morning, we hike up to Kala Patthar viewpoint- 5,545 meters for surreal sunrise views over Mt. Everest and return to Gorakshep. After breakfast, we move towards Everest base camp.

The trail winds through rugged terrain, including rocky paths and glacier moraines. Along the way, we will see the breathtaking views of Everest surrounding us. We will snap photos and capture every moment of our successful journey.

After spending about 1/2 hours in the Base Camp, we will return to the same trail we used to reach the top. Our night stay will be at Gorakshep. We will now take a rest and remember the beautiful journey to Everest Base Camp.

15 DAY

Trek to Pheriche (4,200m) – 7 hrs trek

This is the long descent day of our trek, and we will walk for almost seven hours. Starting our journey early in the morning from Gorakshep, we will descend back to Pheriche. The trail offers a mix of downhill and flat terrain. As we make our way back, we will have an opportunity to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories we have created.

16 DAY

Trek to Tengboche (3,900m) – 8 hrs trek

We begin our trek from Pheriche to Tengboche, covering 16 kilometers. We will pass through picturesque landscapes, small Sherpa villages, and verdant forests. We will again encounter Tenboche Monastery on our way. We will then settle in the place and enjoy the serene and spiritual environment.

17 DAY

Trek to Namche  (3,440m) – 5 hrs trek

On day 17, we will trek from Tengboche back to Namcke Bazaar. The trail takes us through beautiful forests and charming Sherpa villages like Phunki Tenga and Sanasa. We will also see the mountain views and cross bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. It’s a peaceful journey back to Namche Bazaar, where we can relax and enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the town.

18 DAY

Trek to Phakding (2,610m) – 4 hrs trek

Passing approximately 7.5 kilometers, the trail descends gently. Making our way to Phadking, we will pass through picturesque Sherpa villages and enjoy the views of Dudh Koshi and the surrounding areas. We will have the opportunity to soak in the scenery beauty of the Himalayan landscape one last time before our journey to Lukla.

19 DAY

Trek to Lukla (2,860m) – 4 hrs trek

It is the final leg day of our trek. The trail follows the Dudh Koshi, meandering through charming villages and lush forests. As we approach Lukla, we will have mixed excitement and nostalgia as our journey ends. Our trek finally wraps up after we reach Lukla. We will stay our night at a guesthouse in Lukla.

20 DAY

Fly back to Kathmandu and join farewell dinner in the evening

After breakfast, we will take a flight back to Kathmandu the next morning. When we arrive in Kathmandu, we transfer you to the hotel. We organize a farewell dinner in the evening where you can share your EBC journey story. This is your last night in Nepal. Take a good rest and pack all the essentials as you depart tomorrow.

21 DAY

Departure

This is the last day of your Nepal travel. Our office staff will pick you up and drop you off at the airport 3 hours before your flight. Thank you for choosing us. Our staff will give you a warm goodbye, and you will fly back to your country. Make sure you again consider us for booking any adventurous activities in Nepal.

Price Includes

  • All the airport pick-ups and drop-offs are by private vehicles.
  • Total 20 nights of accommodations on this tour.  (3 nights of a 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city with breakfast.)  (17 nights of twin-sharing basis local lodges accommodations with breakfast, lunch & dinner while on the trek.)
  • 3 Meals per day while on the trek in the mountain region (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • We serve seasonal fruits every day after your dinner during the trek.
  • One day, a city tour guide will guide a Kathmandu sightseeing tour using private transport.
  • Experienced and government-certified trekking guide for the trek.
  • Supporting porters to carry your belongings during the trek. (1 porter for 2 clients)
  • An assistant guide for a group of more than 10 people.
  • Salary, accommodations, transport, meals, and accidental insurance for all our trekking guides and porters.
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu), including airport taxes.
  • All the necessary paperwork and trekking permits for the trek.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue service in case of health issues while on the trek. (In this case, you should have travel insurance)
  • Rain protection duffel bag and sleeping bag to use for the trek. (provided on request)
  • A comprehensive first aid medical kit and an oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen level while on the trek are useful for high-altitude sickness.
  • Trip achievement certificate after the successful trip.
  • All government taxes and company service charges.
  • Ultimately, we offer a Nepalese cuisine farewell dinner in Kathmandu with a cultural dance performance.
  • Pre-meeting at Kathmandu before the trek.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares.
  • Nepal entry visa fees. Visit the link for the Nepal tourist visa information.
  • Your personal entrance fees for Kathmandu sightseeing.
  • Your extra expenses include WIFI, a hot shower, and battery charging while on the trek.
  • Alcoholic beverages and cold drinks during the trek.
  • Extra hotel night accommodation in Kathmandu or Lukla if other than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Your personal trekking equipment and travel insurance.
  • Gratitude to the trekking guides and porters.
  • Excess baggage of more than 15 kg for Lukla flight.

Frequently Asked Questions by traveller

Can a beginner trek Everest Base Camp?

Yes, beginners can trek Everest Base, but preparing well and taking it slow is important. Its high altitude and rough terrain provide some difficulty, with a moderate level of challenge. But it is achievable by all levels of trekkers.

Can you visit Everest Base Camp without walking?

Yes, you can visit Everest Base Camp without walking. If you want to explore the beauty of the Khumbu region and do not want physical activity, a helicopter ride is the best option.

How crowded is Everest Base Camp Trek?

Being one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world, you can expect a huge crowd on the EBC trail. You can expect more people during the peak seasons like spring and autumn.

What is the hardest part of the EBC trek?

The most challenging part of the Everest Base Camp trek is the altitude and steep ascents. Additionally, navigating the rocky and uneven terrain and unpredictable weather conditions can add more difficulty.

How long does it take for seniors to climb EBC?

Seniors should opt for a slower pace with more acclimatization days, which can extend the trek to 18-22 days.

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Packing List for EBC for Senior Citizens

If you are planning on trekking with us, make sure you have some preparation beforehand. Proper packing of all the necessary essentials is important for sound and safe travel. We will not provide you with the tracking and packing essentials. Here is the list of all the packing essentials you may require for your trek.

General

  • Backpack
  • Snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterbottle
  • Frist-aid kit
  • Trekking poles
  • Gloves

Headwear

  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Scraf

Torso

  • Moisture-wicking base layer
  • Insulating mid-layer
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell

Lower Body

  • Trekking pants
  • Thermal leggies
  • Underwear

Feet

  • Sturdy boots
  • Moisture-wicking socks
  • Camp shoes

Personal Items

  • Passport
  • Permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cash
  • Credit cards
  • Personal identification
  • Prescription medication

Accommodation

If you are a senior citizen traveling with us, we offer the best teahouse accommodation along the trek. Teahouses are the most common accommodation on the trail. From the starting point in Lukla to destinations like Namche Bazaar and Dingboche, we will offer cozy rooms with beds, blankets, and shared bathrooms.

The amenities you find may be basic, but considering your level of luxury, we have arranged all of them for your comfort and convenience. While amenities may be more basic in higher altitudes, accommodation still provides a warm and welcoming environment for seniors to rest and recharge their bodies.

Meals on the trek

Everest Base Camp offers various options, ranging from typical Nepali cuisine to Western foods.

  • Breakfast: Eggs or pancakes, porridge, Tibetan bread, toast with jam, tea, or coffee.

  • Lunch: Dal Bhat, noodles, pasta, rice dishes, vegetables, or soup.

  • Dinner: Same as lunch, meat, potato dishes, desserts, tea, or coffee.

Upon request, the trek can often accommodate some special dietary requirements, making meals satisfying and accommodating.

Drinking Water During Trek

Staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining overall health and well-being, especially during activities like trekking. It is also particularly important at higher altitudes, where dehydration can occur more rapidly. Adequate hydration helps the body adjust to altitude changes. You can maintain energy levels and enjoy a more comfortable trekking experience by staying hydrated.

Several options for drinking water are available in trekking, such as bottled water, purified water, boiled water, and hydration systems. Regardless of the chosen method, drinking plenty of water throughout the trek is crucial. You should aim to drink at least 2/3 liters of water daily and increase your intake at higher altitudes.

Helicopter Ride

As an alternative to trekking, seniors visiting the Everest region can still experience its majestic beauty through a scenic helicopter tour. These flights offer breathtaking views of Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks without any physical demand.

The flights typically depart from Kathmandu and fly over the Everest region, allowing you to see iconic landmarks such as Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, and the Khumbu Icefall. You can relax and enjoy the scenery on flights conducted at safe altitudes.

They are the most suitable options for seniors, as they do not require any physical level. If you want to explore the beauty of this region but cannot take the long trekking route, then opting for a helicopter ride is a perfect option. Although it is quite expensive, it is one of the fastest and easiest means to explore the Khumbu region.

Trekking Permits

The Everest Base Camp Trek requires two permits: the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit.

1. Sagarmatha National Park Permit: The EBC falls under Sagarmatha National Park, so getting this permit is mandatory. The Nepal Tourism Board issues the permit in Kathmandu or at the entrance gate of the national park in Manjo.

2. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit: If you are trekking to a restricted area, you must also obtain this local area permit in addition to the Sagarmatha National Park Permit. It is the replacement for the TIMS Card if you are trekking to the Everest region.

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