Everest base camp trek is a fantastic adventure for individuals who fantasize about soaring through the world’s top trekking trials. Ever since Mt. Everest was first depicted on a world map in 1856, the trip to the mountain base camp has become a renowned tourist attraction. This incredible opportunity provides trekkers with an immersive environment and a thrilling experience. The Himalayan scenery, gorgeous rivers, streams, attractive villages, deep forests of rhododendron, numerous rope bridges, and panoramic views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Nuptse, and many others will all be featured on this 15-day tour.
The journey to Everest Base Camp (EBC), located at an altitude of around 5350 meters, begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After landing, the trekking journey starts with a 3-hour delightful stroll to Phakding, where you wind up into the mystic beauty of rainbow prayer flags, monasteries, and Buddhism. You’ll pass via Syangboche Airport, closed for about a decade. However, you will be able to visit this world’s highest airport and see breathtaking views. The Khumbu Glacier, the world’s deepest glacier, may also be seen from the EBC camp.
In a nutshell, this 14-day remote trail route takes you to the base of the world’s highest point, The Everest Base Camp. Before opening a portal to the top of the planet, you’ll be introduced to local cultures. You’ll pass through several traditional Sherpa settlements at an elevation of more than 2,500 meters, where you will ascend through difficult paths. Some trek days may include a long walk through a tiring trail and traversing several suspension bridges throughout the journey. Another breathtaking vantage point is Kala Patthar, located at the height of 5545 meters, where you can see Mount Everest in all her grandeur, towering over the other Himalayan peaks.
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the finest times to visit EBC. The visibility is excellent during this time, making it an ideal trekking season for Everest. The walk is almost 130 kilometers round trip, and you will need to spend 5 to 6 hours every day trekking. To be able to trek through Everest base camp without difficulty, you’ll need a certain amount of energy and endurance. Because most of the trek is above 3500 meters, acute mountain sickness is a distinct possibility. While the vast majority may only be inconvenienced, a small percentage of persons may require special attention.
Everest Base Camp Trip Highlights
- Mountain flight to the stunning Lukla's Hilary Tenzing Airport, located at high altitude.
- Marvel at the Himalayan beauty, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Nuptse.
- Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar, the legendary Sherpa capital.
- Visit Tengboche's ancient monastery and behold its powerful spiritual connection.
- Spectacular views of Nagarjun Hill, Everest Base Camp, and Kala Patthar
- Stunning sun setting and panoramic views of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar.
- Encounter unique wildlife such as musk deer, snow leopard, and Himalayan Thar.
- Pass-through Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.
- Enjoy the Khumbu region's diverse flora and fauna and the beautiful emerald valley of the Dudhkoshi River.
- Indulge in the Sherpa culture and their lifestyle.
Best Season to do the Everest Base Camp Trek
Trekkers can do the EBC trek at any time of year, but it's essential to choose the best weather for your needs. The optimum seasons to start trekking at Everest Base Camp and experience its distinctive attractions are spring (April to May) and fall (September to November). The weather is pleasant and sunny during these seasons, and visibility is excellent. However, in the monsoon season (June to August), the rain makes the path wet, rendering visibility. In the winter (December to February), the trail is covered in snow, making walking difficult.
Because the weather in the highlands is so variable, there may be frequent weather changes in various scenarios. A bright and beautiful morning can also be accompanied by gloomy clouds, snow, and blizzards. As a result, you'll need to be ready to deal with any issues that emerge during the walk.
You may also attend the well-known Mani Rimdu festival if you travel in the autumn, particularly in October. Buddhists celebrate this traditional holiday for 19 days in monasteries like Tengboche Monastery.
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty
The trek to Everest Base Camp is moderately complex. You don't need any prior trekking expertise because the trail is marked as moderate. However, trekkers should be aware that they will be hiking up and down an uneven terrain with steep snowy routes, ridges, and rocky paths, for 13 days, carrying their bag pack for an average of 5-6 hours every day. Even seasoned climbers prepare for such a difficulty ahead of time. The vistas along the way are well worth the effort.
Because the trip necessitates a high level of endurance, regular exercise such as walks and aerobics may be beneficial in maintaining your body's stamina. It's critical because there's less oxygen at higher altitudes, and maintaining the growing elevation can be challenging at times. As a result, integrating some cardiovascular activities and hill training will help you prepare for the trail's changing path.
At such a high altitude, acquiring Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a risk. As a result, standard altitude safety precautions must be followed. Continue walking at an increasing altitude will produce AMS symptoms, so it is recommended that you stop and adjust in Namche Bazaar. Climbing fewer than 600 meters each day is encouraged. Taking a pill like Diamox, which acts as a respiratory stimulant, can prevent AMS.
It is possible to trek alone in the Everest region. However, hiking alone to the Everest base camp is not recommended because of the high altitude and potential for altitude sickness and other mountain hazards.
Accommodation during Everest Base Camp Trek
The trail to Everest Base Camp is littered with pleasant and hospitable teahouses for the whole of the journey. The accommodations are affordable and straightforward. Each lodge includes a central public space with a colossal stove that provides warmth and ambience.
The accommodation and facilities are clean and functional; however, they are fundamental. Most guesthouses provide clean and sanitary shared rooms or separate rooms, depending on your preferences. They have all the necessities, such as electricity, telephone, top-up, Wi-Fi, laundry, and so on. Some teahouses feature in-room heating, while others have a central stove kept lit in the night. Most places offer electrical device charging, albeit it may be an additional expense.
Namche Bazar is a well-known acclimatization station on the EBC trek, with coffee, Wi-Fi, and breathtaking views. Throughout the way, the meals are practically identical. On the lodges' fixed menus, there are a variety of meal alternatives. The food in the Tea Houses is good and reasonably priced, especially considering the low cost of lodging and the fact that the porters and yaks must carry all of the food up the mountain.
- Full board meals while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
- Private Arrival & Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu 3 star hotel on a twin share bed/Single and breakfast as per the itinerary.
- Accommodation in teahouse ( Best Mountain Lodge ) or lodge while trekking.
- Welcome / fare- well dinner as listed in the itinerary with Local Cultural Dance
- The sightseeing city tour with world heritage entrance fees as listed in itinerary.
- All Domestic flights and airport tax as listed in the itinerary.
- Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
- Sleeping bag, duffel bag etc for the use during the trip, Plastic garbage bags.
- Professional local experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid.
- Comprehensive First Aid Kit.
- Respective region (Everest) trekking map, TIMS Card.
- Necessary Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
- Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
- Warm clothing & trekking gear for staff including porters: Gortex jacket & trousers, fleece jacket and pant, trekking shoes / boots, woolen hat, gloves, shocks, sunglasses etc.
- A Trekking t-shirt
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
- Meals on the cities except Welcome Dinner (Tentative US$8-$12.00 per meals)
- Nepal entry visa fee which you will get it in to Kathmandu airport on upon arrival
- Personal trekking equipment
- Items of a personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water, hot shower, battery charge, Telephone, etc.
- Single Supplenment (USD 200 per person)
- International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges.
- Valid Travel Insurance with Medical evacuation in case of emergency
- Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes and other unpredictable events.
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m) / Transfer to Hotel
Upon landing, you will be welcomed and picked up by our staff at the international airport in Kathmandu. We will accompany you to the designated hotel (3-star). Relax in the comfort of the top class hotel. Later, get out to enjoy the marvel of Thamel market in central Kathmandu. In the evening, we will meet up for welcome dinner. Get to know about Nepal, our trekking group, the trekking guide, your journey and other information. The trekking leader will brief the journey and explain necessary preparations for this amazing trip.
Day 2 Domestic Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2880m) [45-Minutes], trek to Phakding (2640m) [4-Hours]
From Kathmandu, we will take a 45-minute towards Lukla. Lukla flight is unique due to the stunning mountain views and landing at one of world's highest altitude airstrip.
Lukla is a bustling town with shops, restaurants and facilities for guests. After some rest, we will start trekking towards Phakding village. It will take 3-4 hours of trekking according to the pace. Phakding is larger than Lukla and is equipped with restaurants, tea-houses, bars and restaurants for trekkers.
Day 3 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m) [5/6-Hours]
Wake up to a beautiful sunrise at Phakding. After breakfast, we start the trek following the trails. Encounter local people, children, yaks and fellow trekkers as you move through Sagarmatha National Park and a few registration posts held up by local police. Cross high suspension bridge and climb until you reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest. Namche is also housed with various accommodation, food and hangout facilities.
Day 4 Acclimatization
We will spend our fifth day in Namche Bazaar to adjust our body to the high altitude. We will spend the free time resting, strolling around the market, or spending time in one of the café/restaurants present there. Later, we will hike up towards Everest View Hotel. Everest View Hotel is situated at the altitude of 3880m, and is serving the mountaineers since 1971. The hotel is strategically built at a view-rich area and provides unmatched Everest scenery.
Day 5 Trek from Namche Bazzar to Tengboche
Day 6 Trek to Dingboche (4,360m)
This day includes 5-6 hours long trek through villages Tengboche to Dingboche located alongside Imja River. This beautiful trail is so easy to fall in love with because of its extreme scenic beauty. Tengbochhe Monastery is the largest monastery of this region. It opens at 3.00 pm so if we are lucky enough to reach there by time, we can also spend some time observing the Buddhist religious ceremony. Overnight in Dingboche.
Day 7 Acclimatization
This rest day is perfect for exploring one of the salient features of Dingboche village, kilometres of stone walls covering entire valley of Imja. The short trek along these mountain trails allows us to see more of massive Himalayan (snow-capped mountain) structures like Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Lobuche East/West and the famous Khola Valley. All the while we will acclimatize for further ascend to our journey.
Day 8 Trek to Lobuche (4940m)
With our trek being 2-4 hours long, our route for the day is from Dingboche to Lobuche. This is a relatively short trek as the valley begins to narrow and we pass the historical 1993 Everest Expedition Camp. We will pass another village Duglha and ascend to moraine of Khumbu Glacier. We will be able to view peaks including Lingtren, Pumori and Khumbutse.
Day 9 Trek to Gorakshep (5,270m) to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and back
Our journey from Lobuche leads us to yet another Sherpa settlement, Gorak Shep after 6-7 hours trek. This is a popular stop for trekkers. Nuptse, Cholatse, Lobuche, and Pumori overlook the Lobuche village as we visit the Everest Base Camp including Majestic Mount Everest. The Everest Base Camp provides a stunningly breath-taking view of the overlooking mountains. We will return back to Gorakshep for overnight stay.
Day 10 Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar to Pheriche (4,280m)
Our next 7-8 hours trek leads us to Pheriche from Gorakshep with Kala Patthar along the way. Kala Patthar offers an amazing panoramic view of the summit of soaring high mountains. World's tallest mountain peaks back with full glory as we are climbing up the hill to see Khumbutse and Changtse Mountains. Later, we will head back to Pheriche.
Day 11 Trek to Periche to Tengboche (3,870m)
Marking the start of our return journey, we climb down from Pheriche to Tengboche. Trekking for about 5-6 hours, all the beautiful view and close inspection of Sherpa culture make it worth hiking the rocky trails among the Himalayas.
Day 12 Trek to Namche Bazaar
We are on our way back from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar with 6-7 hours trek. Spending our last night at Namche, talking to locals and kids is an amazing way to get little closer to the mountainous lifestyle.
Day 13 Trek to Lukla
Bidding our goodbye with imprints of the highest summit in the world, we return back to Lukla from Namche Bazaar. It’s about 6-hour trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. Every moment of the last couple of days spent will be a lifetime memory.
Day 14 Fly back to Kathmandu
Taking a 40-minutes flight back to Kathmandu, today is our final day here. This day is ideal for visiting Swayambhunath Stupa and exploring local streets Thamel. Taking a walk, enjoying the nightlife, buying souvenirs are all beautiful options while at the town.
Day 15 Departure
After breakfast, it will be time for us to bid you farewell. Your transportation will be arranged to the airport from where you will fly home or to your next adventure.