EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
NOLS WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER
Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the first summit of Everest in 1953 with the trip of a lifetime. Trek to Everest Base Camp for an immersive Wilderness First Responder course!
Along the way, enjoy the villages of the Khumbu Valley and climb Lobuche East with panoramic views of Everest. Then spend 8 days living at Everest Base Camp completing your NOLS Wilderness First Responder course, living in base camp prior to the spring climbers' arrival.
During the trek to Everest Base Camp, we will stay in traditional tea houses, visit local clinics, share meals with local Sherpa, join in a Sherpa Dance, have classes, and visit the Khumbu Climbing Center. Come a few days early and enjoy some time in Kathmandu enjoying the trekkers' hotspot of Thamel, Durbar Square, and the local Stupas.
This Trek is organized and led by Kaitu Expedition, a veteran operator on many 8,000m peaks led by Dr. Nima Sherpa. Idaho Rescue Training and NOLS Wilderness Medicine are joining the trek to teach the Wilderness First Responder portion of the course. Kaitu Expedition will have many experienced Nepali trekking guides, climbing guides, base camp staff,and porters as we travel to the Kaitu Expedition Everest Base camp prior to the arrival of the spring Everest season climbers.
Not a climber? No worries, the Lobuche climb is optional. Enjoy some extra days exploring in the Khumbu Valley, a few rest days, or a day at Lobuche High Camp.
1 April to 26 April 2023
USD$9900 per student including Meals & Lodging
Deposit of USD$2,000 to reserve your spot, full payment is due by 31 January 2023.
3% fee added for Credit Card Payments through this website
Students are required to provide their own rescue insurance through Global Rescue (roughly $100-200)
Course taught in English
Trek and climb lead by Kaitu Expedition staff
WFR Curriculum taught by NOLS Wilderness Medicine Staff
Max 24 students with 2 NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructors
Minimum age of 21 by 1 April, 2023
Links & Downloads
Credits & CEU's
Learning & Trekking Integration
In addition to 9 days at Base Camp completing the WFR class, we will have select classes in Kathmandu on Day 1, a full day in Khumjung on day 5, and a few hours in the afternoon in Phortse Village after trekking on Day 6. We will also have cultural and possible visits to local medical clinics, Everest ER, and training centers.
Participants will carry a light day pack while trekking and porters will support the trek by carrying up to 20kg (44lbs) per participant in additional personal gear. More information is in the personal gear list.
Day 0 or Earlier
International Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
Preparation Day in Kathmandu, group briefing, equipment checking & official formalities with a few WFR classes.
Fly to Lukla 2800M and trek 4 hrs to Phakding 2640M
Trek 5-6 hrs to Namche Village 3446M
Trek for 6 hrs to Khumjung Village, interactive visit with Hillary School and Khunde Hospital
Acclimatization Day in Khumjung. WFR Class with evening program with local Sherpas including shared meal and Sherpa dance
Trek 4 hrs to Phortse Village 3840M, visit Alex Lowe Foundation, Kumbu Climbing Center. WFR Class in the afternoon.
Trek 5-6 hrs to Pheriche 4250M
Trek 5-6 hrs to Lobuche Village 4900M
Rest Day or Climb to Lobuche High Camp 5400M
Rest Day or Climb from Lobuche High Camp to Lobuche East Summit 6119M and back to Lobuche Village 4900M
Trek 6-7 hours to Everest Base Camp 5300M
Rest Day at Everest Base Camp 5300M
WFR at Everest Base Camp 5300M
Trek to Pheriche 4250M
Trek to Namche 3446M
Trek to Lukla 2800M
Fly to Kathmandu
Rest Day / Reserve day
Day 25 or Later
WHAT IS INCLUDED
All travel, meals, & lodging, including:
Ground transfer to your hotel from KTM airport
Lodging at a Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu beginning April 1 and after returning from Lukla
Flight to/from Kathmandu to Lukla
Lodging in Tea Houses along the trekking route
Lodging in Expedition tents at Everest Base Camp
Optional Lobuche Climb with all necessary group climbing gear and training.
All necessary staff & porters
All necessary trekking & climbing permits
Welcome & Farewell dinners in Kathmandu
All required permits
WFR Course including Epinephrine Injection and CPR/AED for Adults, Children, & Infants
All required course equipment & textbooks
What is not included
Meals & lodging in Kathmandu before April 1 & after April 26
Travel into Kathmandu
Local activities in Kathmandu
Any additional activities in Nepal
Tips for guides, porters, and support staff ($250)
Extras on the trail (coffee, tea, beer, etc.)
Required Rescue Insurance
Optional Additional Climbs with Kaitu Expedition during the spring climbing season
Climb to Everest Camp 2- 6,400m ($5,000)
Climb Lhotse- 8,516m ($10,000)
Climb Everest- 8,848m ($30,000)
Kaitu Expedition is leading the trek & Lobuche Climb. Kaitu Staff will care for all medical emergencies and evacuations during this trek and course. Idaho Rescue Training and NOLS are present to teach the WFR curriculum.
All Credit Card payments through this website include a 3% fee. Participants can also pay by check or wire transfer to Idaho Rescue Training or Kaitu Expedition for no additional fee.
All participants are required to provide proof of personal rescue insurance through Global Rescue.
Gratuity for Kaitu Expedition staff is not included in the cost and is required of participants.
Payment is refundable with a USD$500 fee up to 31 January 2023.
Beginning 1 February 2023, a USD$2,000 fee will be retained if you need to cancel your reservation.
If a student needs to leave the course after it has started, their registration fee is retained.
Students may purchase Tuition Protection Plan with Travel Insurance through MDM Group.