Everest Base Camp Treks
The route stretches in the highest wildlife reserve in the world, the “Sagarmatha National Park.” It covers an average area of 1,148 sq. km. of Himalayan ecological zone. The park altitudes ranges from 2,845m at Monju to the top of the world, UNESCO listed the park as a World Heritage Site in 1979 for its unique natural, cultural and landscape characteristics. It is also the home to two eight thousand meters giants Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Lhotse (8,516m) besides these there are several other famous peaks above 6,000m. Apparently Everest region trekking changes trekkers some sort of self- pretentious because being near and around to the highest part of the world provides a sense of delight and glorifying achievement. The moment one hears a name of Everest it is enough for anyone to picture a moment standing in a place on top of the world with peaceful environment and breathtaking panoramic view of the mountains. Everest which stands 8848Mts high has other names popular in Nepal it is popularly known as “SAGARMATHA” in Nepali meaning “Higher than the Sky” and “CHHOMOLUNGMA” in Tibetan meaning “Mother Goddess of the Earth”.
The trek in this region pursue through the track of the Dudh Kosi, the ‘River of Milk’, gradually climbing through forests covered by rhododendron and magnolia. It takes one to the foothills of the mightiest of the mountains in the world. Through the trail, one passes through rhododendron and pine forests, crystal clear water rivers, Sherpa villages and Buddhist Monasteries from temperate to snow line regions. Trekkers acquire a spectacular close view of the world’s greatest mountains, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawache and many other unnamed mountains and peaks. The people of this exotic province, the hard crumble in the daily life in the high Himalayas is interrupted by seasons of feasts and festivals, marked by dancing and general merry making. Most of the festivals are of religious importance and celebrated in the temples and monasteries, with rites conducted by lamas (priests). These festivals are extended through the full moon days of May, June, July, August and November in different sections of the Himalayas. While the Sherpas are the most prevalent inhabitants of Solukhumbu, in the lower region of Solu, the Khaling Rai culture reign as well. In Khumbu which has a limited land for agriculture, livestock raising and trade is more imperative, while Solu with less severe winters grows a mixture of staple crops.
Everest Base Camp Trek is the most popular trek in Nepal. This trek to the base of the world’s highest peak allows you to follow the footprints of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The moderate trek to Everest Base Camp trek offers you the life-long memories where you will get to explore the real beauty of the chain of Himalayas from the closest distance. You will walk on the terrains of the Everest region for around two weeks and follow the trails full of rhododendron blossoms on the banks of Dudh Koshi river. On this trek to the Everest region, you will have an amazing time visiting the exotic glaciers, icefalls and the cascading waterfalls on the neighborhood of the Everest. During the trekking journey, apart from Mt. Everest (8,848 m) you’ll also see Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,855 m), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,856 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,723 m), Mt. Kusum Kanguru (6,367 m) and many other surrounding peaks.
You will start this EBC trek after a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a tiny Sherpa village. The trail then follows many typical villages and scattered settlements of the Khumbu region. Plus, you will get to spend amazing time strolling around the popular business hub of Khumbu, Namche Bazar. With two permits, a Local Area Permit and the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, you can even opt for the solo treks. This trek is safe for any independent trekkers but hiring a licensed guide/porter for the trek always adds fruitfulness to your trek. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a challenging and adventurous journey that one can ever indulge in. So, if you’re an adventure lover, join this amazing trek to Everest Base Camp and collect memorable experiences for a lifetime.
Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights
- Visit some of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Experience the electrifying flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
- Trek to the base of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest (8848 meters)
- Collect blessings from Tengboche Monastery, among the biggest and oldest monasteries of the Khumbu region
- Catch a breathtaking view of the chain of Himalayas from Kala Patthar
- Walk past the Khumbu Glacier-deepest glacier on the planet
- Explore the parts of Sagarmatha National Park- UNESCO world heritage site
- Witness unique Tibet-influenced Sherpa culture and lifestyle
Best Time For Everest Base Camp Trekking
The best time for EBC trek is Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September – November). During these seasons, the weather remains quite stable with the bearable temperatures. And you will experience the clearest views of the mountains under the crisp sky in the less humid surrounding. During winter lots of snow may make the trails to higher altitudes difficult. Plus, many teahouses may remain closed in the higher altitudes. While during summer, the trail becomes wet because of rain. And the dense fog may obstruct the mountains views. Despite tougher climatic conditions, if you pack well and make yourself ready to face any hurdles then you can trek in these of-seasons as well. So, the trek to EBC is doable all year round.
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty
Mt. Everest is the highest mountain in the world and trekking to its base camp is an adventure in itself. Trekking to Everest Base Camp requires a good level of fitness and strong determination to challenge the changing mountain weather. On this trek, you will ascend to the maximum height 5555 meters at Kala Patthar. So, there could be many instances of altitude sickness. And, since the mountain weather is quite unpredictable you may witness varying and unfavorable weather conditions that may add hurdles to your trek. Plus, the mountainside routes are full of boulders and the rugged terrains with the sloppy terrains and uphill climbs. The geography, weather and the altitude may create difficulty to the trek. But if you prepare well and come physically and mentally prepared then you can beat any type of difficulty on the trek.
15 Days Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Pick up from Airport and drive to your hotel (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival, our representative will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transport you to the finest hotel at Thamel. After some rest at the hotel, you’ll join our team meet-up in the office. During this program, you will meet and greet with your guide and other trekkers. In the evening, you can stroll around the main tourist area of Kathmandu.
Day 02: Half Day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu, Hotel Accommodation.
After breakfast, you’ll go for a half day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You’ll visit Pashupatinath Temple on the bank of the Bagmati river. In addition, you can also visit Swayambhunath Temple, a famous Monkey Temple, and Boudhanath. On the way back to your hotel, you’ll also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a place that holds the history of the valley. In the evening, you’ll get plenty of time for trek preparations. If you’ve missed anything, then you can do short shopping at Thamel or Durbar Marg. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu Airport and trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,695 ft) 3 – 4 hours, Tea House Accommodation.
Today you’ll begin your Everest Base Camp Trek with thrilling mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It lies at an altitude of 2,860 m above the sea level. After the scenic flight, you’ll begin your trek through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests to Phakding. The total walking distance between Lukla to Phakding is 8 km. It will take around 3-4 hours to reach Phakding (2,651 m) Once you reach Phakding, you can explore the surroundings and take rest. In Phakding, you’ll get a plenty of options for accommodations. You’ll spend a night in one of the finest tea houses there.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar Trek (3,430 m/11,283 ft), 5 – 6 hours, Tea House Accommodation.
Today you’ll head towards Namche Bazaar. You will walk around five to six hours to reach Namche from Phakding. Namche lies at 3,438 meters above sea level. And the walking distance between Phakding to Namche is 11 km. where you will walk for 5-6 hrs. After Phakding, you’ll cross over the Dudh Koshi River and follow the steady path. The route to Namche is long and challenging than the trail from Lukla to Phakding. On the way to Namche, you’ll get a gorgeous view of Thamserku (6,600 m). On the trail, you’ll pass through several villages including Benkar, Monjo, and Jorsale. You’ll also walk through the Sagarmatha National Park, where you may witness some rare wild species like Red Panda, Himalayan Bear, Musk Deer, etc. After crossing Hillary suspension bridge, you’ll reach Namche Bazaar. It is a large Sherpa town with numerous trekking stores. There are also a number of restaurants, a bakery cafe, pubs to check out as well. Once you reach Namche, the grand view of Mt. Everest will welcome you. You’ll spend a night at one of the finest tea houses of Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar (3,430 m/11,283 ft), Tea House Accommodation.
Namche Bazaar is a popular stop for taking a rest to acclimatize with the changing altitudes. Walking high and sleeping low is the best way to get acclimatize. So, today for the best acclimatization hike you’ll hike for around 3 hours to Everest View Hotel and Syanboche Airport. Likewise, you can also visit Khumjung village (3,790 m) where you can explore Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery. After exploring all these places you’ll get back to the teahouse at Namche for an overnight stay.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,87 0m/12,694 ft) 5 – 6 hours, Tea House Accommodation.
The trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870 m) takes about five to six hours and covers a 6 km distance. On the way to Tengboche, you’ll enjoy the stunning views of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse. From this day, the trail goes little challenging with full of ups and downs yet, gives the great view of the Himalayas. Further, you’ll trek down to cross the Dudh Koshi river and pass through Alpine forests. After a few hours of walk, first, you’ll reach Phunki Tenga. Again, continuing your trek through a pine forest you’ll reach Tengboche. Here you’ll visit one of the biggest Buddhists monastery of the Khumbu region- Tengboche Monastery. This monastery sits on the top of the hill at an altitude of 3,870 m. During your visit to the monastery, you’ll get a chance to observe the prayers of the monk. This monastery holds great religious significance as trekkers and climbers come and pray for their successful expeditions. You’ll spend overnight at the best possible teahouse in Tengboche.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft) 5 – 6 hours, Tea House Accommodation.
Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche takes about five to six hours and covers the 9 km distance. The elevation of Dingboche village is 4,360 m above the sea level. From Tengboche, you’ll head north and cross the Dudh Koshi river on a small suspension bridge. Again, you’ll descend gradually through a pine and rhododendron forests. Further, crossing the Imja Khola and steep climb will take you to the village of Pangboche. On the way, you’ll pass through many Chortens, Mani Walls, and small settlements along with the magical view of Mt. Ama Dablam. Moving further, the trail enters Imja Valley and follow the Lobuche river. You’ll descend to a river and steep climb lead toward Dingboche. As you reach Dingboche, you’ll witness the beautiful arrangements of fields filled with the crops like barley, potatoes, and buckwheat. You’ll spend a night at one of the teahouses in Dingboche.
Day 08: Acclimatization at Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft), Tea House Accommodation.
Today is the second acclimatization day at Dingboche. This acclimatization is important as you’ll be at a higher elevation and shouldn’t pressurize your body. Rather you should give enough time to adjust with thin air. However, you’ll not sit idle, you’ll go for acclimatization hike to the ridge above Dingboche and enjoy the close-up panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks Lhotse and the other side of Ama Dablam, and Island Peak. Besides, you’ll also get a chance to admire the magical view of Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Makalu. To the north side, you’ll witness many Himalayan peaks over the Khumbu Khola. After exploring the Dingboche village, you’ll get back to the teahouse for an overnight stay.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4940 m/16,203 ft)5-6 hours, Tea House Accommodation.
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche takes about five to six hours and has a distance of 7 km. Today you’ll ascend from Dingboche to 4,940 m at Lobuche through Pheriche at 4,240 m. For the first 40-50 minutes, the trail is easy. After this easy walk, you’ll come across many-prayer stupa. From here the trail descends towards Pheriche village. Today’s walk offers you the magnificent view of Mt. Tawache, Pokalde, and especially Mt. Ama Dablam. From Pheriche, for one and a half to two hours, you’ll have a pleasant walk till you reach the small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. This place is well-known as Thugla and it is only the place which has teahouse before Lobuche. Further, after strenuous trek for three hours, you’ll reach Lobuche for an overnight stay.
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,957ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft) 6-7 hours, Tea House Accommodation.
Today is the big day as you’ll accomplish your dream to be at the base of the world’s tallest peak, Mt. Everest. You will begin the day’s trek after walking through the grassy field. As you move forward, you’ll notice the icy-glacial ponds and icebergs which lie below the Khumbu glacier. Following the rocky and windy path for about three and a half hours, you’ll arrive at Gorak Shep (5,170 m). After some rest at Gorak Shep, you will continue your exciting and adventurous journey to the base camp. It will take around two to three hours to reach the Everest Base Camp (5,364 m). So, today you’ll have to walk for six to seven hours and nearly cover 13 km total distance at high altitude. Once you reach the final destination i.e., Everest Base Camp, you’ll be awe-struck by the view of lofty peaks towering over you. You’ll also get a wonderful view of the world’s deepest glacier; Khumbu glacier. This experience will intensify your feelings of achievement of making it up here. After relishing in the beauty of the Khumbu region, you’ll descend along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and make your way to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.
Day 11: Trek to Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,187 ft) to Pheriche (4,288m/14,264 ft) 7-8 hours, Tea House Accommodation.
Today you’ll hike to Kala Patthar at dawn for the sunrise view over Mt. Everest and other peaks. It is your highest point of the trek at an altitude of 5,545 meters above the sea level. It’ll take less than an hour to cover 1.2 km distance from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is a famous vantage point for the splendid view of Mt. Everest and other surrounding peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Mt. Thamserku. After enjoying the 360-degree panoramic mountain views you’ll walk back to Pheriche (4,288 m) for an overnight stop.
Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,430 m/11,283 ft) 6 – 7 hours, Tea House Accommodation.
Today you’ll trek down through the hillside covered by colorful rhododendron and juniper trees. It’ll take around four hours to reach Tengboche. Further, descending through pine and rhododendron forests you’ll reach Phungki Thanga, where you can spot mountain goats, pheasants, and other wild animals and birds common to this area. Along the way you’ll pass through several prayer flags, hanged on the Chortens, Mani Walls, and Suspension bridges. As you’re heading back, you can capture and enjoy the view of the summit view of Everest and back side of Lhotse. Likewise, after crossing the bridge over Imja Khola, the trail goes through the junction of the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung Village, and Namche Bazaar. Once you reach the teahouse at Namche you can enjoy a hot shower and relax in your room. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (3,430 m/11,283 ft) 6 – 7 hours, Tea House Accommodation.
Today you’ll be back to Lukla by following the bank of Dudh Koshi river. You’ll pass through several streams and cross many suspension bridges. You will have an altitude drop from 3,440 m to 2,860 m. Passing through a forest trail and small villages, you’ll first reach Phakding. An hour of uphill climb will bring you to Lukla for an overnight stay at a comfortable teahouse.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla.
Normally, the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,338 m) departs early in the morning and takes about 45 minutes. Upon arrival at the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport, you’ll escort back to your respective hotel. You can rest and relax till evening. Or, you can also stroll around nearby places like Thamel or Durbar Marg and buy some gifts for your family and friends. In the evening, you’ll join a farewell dinner to celebrate your trek accomplishment. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Day 15: Final Departure.
Time for goodbye! This is your final day with us. Depending on your flight scheduled time, our representative will see you off to the airport. We wish you a safe journey and hope to see you soon!
12 Days Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and drive to hotel ( 1365 m / 4, 470 ft ), Hotel Accommodation.
Our representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and transfer you to your hotel. In the evening, we will host a pre-trek meeting in our office and introduce you to your trekking guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, Hotel Accommodation.
Early morning, after breakfast, you will be taken for a cultural tour of Kathmandu city. Some of the main highlights will be Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu (2860 m / 9380 ft) & Trek to Phakding (2651 m / 8695 ft) 3-4 hrs Tea House Accommodation.
An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla at 2,804 m/9,199 ft. On arrival at the airport, a guide will brief you and introduce our porters before our trek begins towards Manjo (2,835 m/9,268 ft.) After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713 m/8,900 ft). The walking is easy. After passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550 m/8,366 ft), it is a short walk to Phakding and then to Manjo.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440 m/11,283 ft) 4- 5 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar known as the Gateway to Everest which is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail.
Day 05: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazar (3,440 m/11,283 ft), Tea House Accommodation.
We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air pressure. In a short trek in and around Namche Bazar, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.
Day 06: Trek to Tyangboche (3,870 m/12,693 ft) 6-7 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3,930m / 12,893ft today. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. From Tengboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche village.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4350 m / 14268 ft) 5- 6 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time so we avoid getting affected by the altitude.
Day 08: Trek to Chhukung (4710 m/ 15448 ft) for acclimatization and trek Back to Dingboche 5- 6 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
On this day you can enjoy another day for acclimatization. We will have trip to Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley to get a marvellous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the evening.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910 m / 16,104 ft) 4 – 5 Hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits.We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4,910m / 16,018ft at Lobuche, which is really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude.
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5180 m / 16,990 ft) and visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m/ 17,594 ft) trek back to Gorak Shep. 7- 8 hrs, Tea House Accommodation.
This is the big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365m / 17,601ft. , the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak shep for the night.
Day 11: Hike Up to Kalapatthar (5545 m / 18,187 ft), Early in the Morning & fly back to Kathmandu via Helicopter, Hotel Accommodation.
This will be another big and rewarding day of the trek. Most of the morning in this day is spent climbing Mt. Kalapatthar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555m / 18,225ft. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29,028ft, 8848meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse, and countless others. Upon reaching Kalapatthar, We rest for few minutes and take a helicopter ride to Kathmandu enjoying the most thrilling experiences and breathtaking views of The Mount Everest. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. And, at the end of the day, we host a farewell dinner program at a Nepali restaurant where you can see some cultural performance.
Day 12: Transfer to the Airport for Flight Departure.
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
Quoted Cost Includes:
- Pick up from airport and drive to hotel.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast ( 3-star level hotel.)
- Half day Kathmandu sightseeing
- Airport Drop for Lukla Flight
- Flight Ticket Kathmandu–Lukla
- A professional Sherpa Guide with Government License.
- Sherpa porter who will carry your baggage(2 people 1 sherpa porter max 20kg)
- All Accommodation during Trekking (guest House/lodge)
- Food during Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )
- Sagarmatha National Park Permit
- TIMS (Trekkers Information Management system) card
- Food, salary Transport, clothing for Guide and Porter
- First aid kit from The Great Adventure Treks and Expedition.
- Insurance for Guide and Porter
- Rescue Help in case of emergency (paid by your travel insurance)
- Lukla – Kathmandu flight ticket
- Airport to hotel by car
- Government tax and service charge
- Airport departure to your sweet home
- All program as per Itinerary.
Quoted Cost Excludes:
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Any kinds of Drinks (soft and Hard Drinks)
- Visa, international flight ticket
- Personal Nature expenses
- Tips for Staffs
- Trekking Equipment
- Rescue and Evacuation cost
- Kathmandu Monuments fees
- shower during the trek
- Bar bills
- If you use high level accommodation.