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Everest Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

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Everest Base Camp Trek
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Everest Base Camp Trek is among the popular teahouse treks 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.

15 Days 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 Trek 15 Days

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.

15 Days 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 is 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.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02:  Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 8km, 3 - 4 hours trek

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 11km, 5 - 6 hours

Day 05: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 10km, 5 - 6 hours

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 9km, 5 - 6 hours

Day 08: Dingboche: Acclimatization

Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 5-6 hours

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours

Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pheriche (4,288m/14,070ft): 16km, 7-8 hours

Day 12: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 20km, 6 - 7 hours

Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft): 19km, 6 - 7 hours

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu

Day 15: Final Departure

If you want to extend your trip, please feel free to choose from our DAY TOURS, NEPAL TOURS or Jungle Safaris. here are some trip extensions that might interest you.

Extended Trips

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m / 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

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 Durbarmarg. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2,651 m / 8,700 ft), 8 km, 3-4 hours trek

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 (3,438 m / 11,280 ft), 11 km, 5-6 hrs

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 the 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: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,248 ft)

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: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870 m / 12,694 ft), 10 km, 5-6 hours

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: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m / 14,300 ft), 9 km, 5-6 hours

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 Day: Dingboche

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: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940 m / 16,207 ft), 7 km, 5-6 hours

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 mani-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: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m / 16,961 ft), Visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m / 17, 594 ft), 13 km, 6-7 hours

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: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545 m / 17,594 ft) to Pheriche (4,288 m / 14,070 ft), 16km, 7-8 hours

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: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,280 ft), 20 km, 6-7 hours

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: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860 m / 9,186 ft), 19 km, 6-7 hours

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 to Kathmandu

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!

  • Pick up and drop from airport/ hotel/airport.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu ( 3-star hotel.)
  • Half day Kathmandu sightseeing
  •  Flight Ticket Kathmandu--Lukla-- Kathmandu
  • A  professional Sherpa Guide with Government License.
  • Sherpa porter who will carry your baggage(2 people 1 sherpa porter max 25kg)
  • All Accommodation during Trekking (guest House/lodge)
  • Food during Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  )
  • Necessary Trekking permits/ National park permit
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management system) card
  • Requirement Equipment (sleeping bag and Down Jacket)
  • 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)
  • Farewell dinner with a cultural show.
  • All program as per Itinerary.

  • 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

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Trip Facts

  • 5555m Kalapathar
  • Strenuous
  • Flight and Private transport
  • Available
  • Lodges and tea houses
  • October - December and March - May



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