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Everest Base Camp Trek

12 Days
5 - Excellent
( Based on 2 travel reviews )

Embarking on the Everest Base Camp trek is a soul-stirring adventure that lures bold travelers to the roof of the world. Everest, located at the heart of the Khumbu region in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal, invites trekkers from all over the world to its majestic base camp, unraveling the stories of each traveler that has ever set their foot on the Everest Base Camp.

The journey begins with a thrilling flight to Lukla, a tiny airstrip perched among the towering Himalayas. As trekkers navigate the undulating trails, they are greeted by the harmonious blend of alpine meadows, ancient rhododendron forests, and the distant melodies of mountain streams. The trek unfolds like a storybook, revealing the vibrant tapestry of Sherpa culture and traditions. Namche Bazaar, a lively mountain town, offers a respite for acclimatization and exploration, where trekkers can immerse themselves in the local way of life, from colorful market stalls to centuries-old monasteries.

Beyond the physical challenge and the jaw-dropping landscapes, the Everest Base Camp trek is an odyssey of self-discovery. It is not just an adventure; it is an immersive experience that leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of those who dare to venture into the heart of the Himalayas.

Permits required for the Everest Base Camp Trek

The permits required for the Everest Base Camp trek are as follows:

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit

The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit is a newly introduced permit that is issued by the local government in the Khumbu region.

Foreign nationals, including SAARC citizens, can get Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit, paying a fee of NPR 2,000 per person for the first four weeks. After four weeks, the cost of the permit goes to Rs. 2,500 per person (No VAT applicable). You will need your passport with you to get this permit.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

Everest Base Camp is located within Sagarmatha National Park, and trekkers need to obtain a permit to enter the park. The permit is issued by the Nepal Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation.

You can acquire this permit from Nepal Tourism Board Office, Pradarshani Marg as well as at Sagarmatha National Park Entry Gate in Monjo. However, during peak trek seasons, you might need to stand in a queue for a long time. So, we advise you to get this permit in Kathmandu as soon as possible.

How cold is the Everest Base Camp trek?

The temperature during the Everest Base Camp trek can vary significantly based on the time of year and the altitude. During spring (March to May) the daytime temperature hovers around 17°C at lower altitudes, and 10°C as you climb higher. But it’ll drop in the nighttime to somewhere between -5°C to -10°C. Autumn (September to November) is similar. By winter (December to February) the temperatures will drop. Anticipate daytime temperatures ranging from just above freezing to around 10°C, and during the night temperatures can go as low as -10°C. Whatever time of year you visit, then, be sure to pack some warm clothes.

Packing list for the Everest Base Camp Trek

Clothes

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight Down Jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Lightweight trekking trousers
  • Hiking shorts (if trekking in the summer)
  • Thermals (top and bottom, merino ideal)
  • Two to three trekking t-shirts/shirts
  • Fleece or warm mid-layer
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Glove liners
  • Hiking socks and lighter walking socks
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare underwear
  • Buff or similar
  • One pair of worn-in, waterproof hiking boots
  • One pair of lightweight trainers (for the camp, in the evenings)

Tech items

  • Powerbank
  • Universal plug adaptor
  • Charging cables
  • Phone / iPod /Kindle

Toiletries

  • Biodegradable wet wipes
  • Hand gel
  • Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountain
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen & lip block
  • Personal medication

First Aid Kit, including:

  • Anti-Diarrhoea Tablets (Imodium)
  • Painkillers
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Rehydration Sachets
  • Blister Plasters
  • Vaseline – to rub on feet to reduce friction
  • Diamox for altitude sickness (only after consultation with a medical professional)

Other items

  • Trekking poles
  • Travel towel
  • Two water bottles (one liter each)
  • Metal SIGG bottle (useful to fill with hot water to use as a hot water bottle at bedtime)
  • Water purification tablets/systems, such as Lifestraw or SteriPEN
  • Crampons or chained spikes that will fit any boot, if you don’t have crampon-suitable boots (for winter departures between November and March)
  • Day pack with rain cover (30 liters +)
  • Rucksack or duffel bag (for the porters to carry overnight kit). If you’re wondering what size duffel bag is for Everest Base Camp, around 65 liters should be enough.

Accommodation during the Everest Base Camp trek

Accommodations along the Everest Base Camp trek consist mainly of teahouses, and modest mountain lodges providing essential amenities for trekkers. These teahouses offer twin-sharing rooms with basic bedding and shared or sometimes private bathrooms. Communal dining areas often have wood-burning stoves for warmth, especially at higher elevations.

Meals, including local and international options, are provided, and some teahouses may offer hot showers for an extra fee. Availability of Wi-Fi and charging facilities varies, and it’s advisable to book accommodations in advance during peak trekking seasons.

While the accommodations are basic, they offer a charming and authentic experience, allowing trekkers to connect with the local culture and the warmth of Sherpa hospitality.

Trip Fact

  • 5,550M
  • Feb - mid-April | Sept - late Nov
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 130KM
  • Tea house
  • Private Vehicle | Domestic Flight
  • All meals during trek
  • English, Hindi, Chinese

Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek is the most popular, exotic and adventurous trekking package in Nepal. This fascinating trekking destination in Khumbu region is flourished with adventurous trekking trails, snow-covered Himalayan serene, a lush green forest of rhododendron and oak, various coloured and cultural settlements of Sherpa people and much more exotic sightseeing and cultural tour within. This delighted trek will let you explore the finest sightseeing areas that offer an epic panorama view of mighty Himalayas of this region such as Mt. Everest 8,848m, Mt.Thamserku, Mt. Khangtega, Mt. Ama Dablam 6,812m, Mt.Lhotse 8,516m, Mt.Nuptse 7,855m, Mt.Pomari 7,161m, Mt. Kwangde-Ri, Mt.Makalu 8,463m and more than 150 other high mountains.

Everest Base Camp Trek starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu all the way to Lukla (2820m), one of the most treacherous airstrips in the world. Upon your arrival at Lukla, our representative will assist you and then we start our walking from Lukla ascending all the way to the lap of Mt Everest. Our trekking trail passes via fascinating cultural and sightseeing destinations. We pass through Namche Bazaar (the gateway town to Everest), and Tengboche (visit the oldest and historical Buddhist monasteries and Everest view). Commencing this awe-inspiring trek into the Everest region will let you with exotic memories and adventurous fun.

Highlights

  • Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche Sherpa village and Culture
  • Encounter with amazing flora and fauna such as Himalayan Yak, Danfe, and Rhododendron forests.
  • Panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges of the Everest region such as Thamserku (6623m), Ama Dablam (6812m), Nuptse (7861m), Cho Oyu (8188m), Lhotse (8516m), Island Peak (6160m)
  • Hike to Kala Patthar(5555m) from where a magnificent view of sunrise and panoramic views of the Mount Everest (8848m) can be observed
  • Everest Base Camp (5310m)

Itinerary

Day 1:
Flight from Kathmandu (1300m) to Lukla (2845m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)

First of all, you will go to Lukla by flight which lasts for 30 minutes. You will reach the hotel in Lukla and have some breakfast after reaching there. If you’ve hired a local porter, you will meet him. After the settlement, you will start your trekking. From Lukla, you will head to the north from the landing strip to Chheplung (2530m). You will need to cross the Thadokoshi River. Just passing the bridge, you can see the Kusum Kanguru peak (6367m) which might be a bit difficult to climb. Far away from the Thadokoshi River, the trail goes upwards to Ghat (2590m). During this trek, you will come across the rocks or stones that are carved with Tibetan Buddhism six words which are known as Mani stones. You will continue the climb to reach Pakhding village which is attractive.

Duration of time: 3-4 hours
Overnight at lodge in Phakding

Day 2:
Phakding(2610m) to Namche Bazaar(3440m)

Today, through the way of Dudhkoshi river along with pine forests, you will start second day of your trek. You will cross the 5 suspension bridges on your way to Namche. You can see the fascinating village Banker Manjo,which is the headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park. After passing through the last bridge you will continue 2 hours climb.On the trail, you will relish a fascinating view of Mt Everest. At the entrance, you need to authenticate your permit checkpoint. After climbing 15-20 minutes you will reach Jorsalle which is the last place before Namche. Here you will have your lunch. Then continuing the ascend you can see the influencing impression of Everest and Nuptse.A climb through pine forests for 2 to 3 hours depending on your speed leads to the auspicious trading and managerial town of the Namche Bazaar.

Duration of time: 6-7 hours
Overnight at lodge in Namche Bazaar

Day 3:
Acclimatization and exploration in Namche Bazaar(3440m)

Acclimatization is the adjustment to high attitudes so to avoid altitude illness acclimatization is very important. Today you will go on a hike around Namche Bazaar. Firstly you will visit Hillary museum. On the way, you will see a panorama view of the Everest range which is considered one of the most fascinating viewpoints in the world. After half an hour, you will be continuing your trek to the Syangboche Everest view hotel where you will enjoy the fabulous mountain views. You will be fascinated by broad views of Everest, Lhotse and other mountains on a day. You will enjoy visiting the Syangboche landing strip(3790m) from where you will climb towards Khunde passing stone Buddhist Monuments. Then you will enjoy it there a lot and descend to Namche.

Duration of time: 2-3 hours
Overnight at lodge in Namche Bazaar

Day 4:
Namche Bazaar (3440m) to Tengboche(3870m)

Today you will continue towards Tengboche. On the way to Tengboche, the views of Everest and Ama Dablam are extraordinary. You can look at the spotted deer and colourful Himalayan birds, namely Daphne which are also known as Nepal’s national bird. The trail reaches Sanasa(3600m) and drops towards Phunki Thenga (3250m). Then it enters the rhododendron and pine forests. Then your destination will reach to the hilltop village of Tengboche at 3870m. The scene from there is said to have splendid landscapes like Everest, Nuptse, Kantega, Ama Dablam and other peaks. During the time of October and November, local people here celebrate Mani Rimdu festivals during the full moon. You can also visit the monastery in the afternoon.

Duration of time: 5-6 hours
Overnight at lodge in Tengboche

Day 5:
Tengboche(3870m) to Dingboche(4360m)

You will begin your trek with a descent through beautiful forests. You will cross the Imja Khola and gradually ascend to Pangboche. Continuing your trek along the river and ascending with Lobuche Khola, you reach Dingboche. Here, you can find numbers of lodges and tenting areas since it is the most famous village for tourists. The west of the Imja River exists a helicopter landing pad. It is a very moderating village with lots of views of mountains.

Duration of time: 4 hours
Overnight at lodge in Dingboche

Day 6:
Acclimatization in Dingboche(4410m)

After a savoury breakfast, around 8:30 in the morning you will start your trek to Chhukung. You can view the amazing mountains mainly Ama Dablam. The wind over here is really fresh and strong too. Chhukung is really famous for Island Peak climbing which is a great way to explore the best and most stunning views of the mountain range. And finally, you will go back to Dingboche.

Duration of time: 5 hours
Overnight at lodge in Dingboche

Day 7:
Dingboche(4360m) to Lobuche(4410m)

In the morning, your trek will begin after your breakfast. Today your trek will be more challenging due to higher altitude. Through the trail, you will reach Thugla(4600m). After climbing for 1 hour, you will reach Thugla Pass(4800m) which is also the memorial for the people who passed on their way to the mountains. Also, you can view the high mountains like Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Pumori. You can see the beautiful views of Mt. Lobuche too. There might be freezing cold so you need to carry warm clothes because we will be approx. 5000m above sea level. It will be quite pleasant as it is 4-5 hours long. When you come out of the valley, you will descend to Lobuche yak pastures.

Duration of time: 5 hours
Overnight at lodge in Lobuche

Day 8:
Lobuche(4940m) to Gorakshep(5164m) to Everest Base Camp(5364m)

In the morning, you will hike till you reach Gorakshep from Lobuche. After you walk for one hour, the path gets difficult but you will be astonished by really nice views of a big range formed by Everest, Nuptse and other mountains. You will take lunch at Gorakshep. After having lunch, you will head to your final destination for Everest Base Camp. On your destination you will come closer to Khumbu Glacier. After walking for about one hour you will cross the glacier and enter the Everest Base Camp area(5364m). After reaching there you can view famous Khumbu glacier and Icefall. After exploring, enjoying the sunset and capturing mesmerized memories you will return to Gorakshep because of the low temperature and high altitude at Everest Base Camp.

Duration of time: 8 hours
Overnight at lodge in Gorakshep

Day 9:
Gorakshep(5164m) to Kalapathar(5545m) and back to Pheriche(4280m)

This morning, we woke up early around 4:15 to see the sunrise on the mountains and views of Mount Everest and other peaks at Kalapathar. This place is one of the best viewpoints of Everest. Most of the pictures of mountains and peaks are captured from there. After relishing there you will be heading back to Gorakshep for breakfast. After having breakfast you will walk down slowly for about 7-8 hours and reach Pheriche(1300m).

Duration of time: 8 hours
Overnight at lodge in Pheriche

Day 10:
Pheriche(4280m) to Namche Bazaar

After breakfast in Pheriche, you will ascend one hour to reach Tengboche from Debuche. Then you will descend to Phunkithanga(3200m) and ascend to Kyangjuma and then to Namche Bazaar which is quite easy and can also be the last chance to view mountains closely. You come back to Namche after a healthy trek of 5-6 hours.

Duration of time: 6 hours
Overnight at lodge in Namche Bazaar

Day 11:
Namche Bazaar to Lukla(2840m)

After breakfast, you will trek towards the Hillary suspension bridge and then pass through many villages. The way to Lukla is downhill to the flat part. You will pass the Sagarmatha National Park and reach Lukla in the evening. You will lose an altitude of around 600 metres that day. It will be the last day of your Everest trek.

Duration of time: 8 hours
Overnight at lodge in Lukla

Day 12:
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

After a delicious breakfast in Lukla, we will take a 30 minutes flight back to Kathmandu which will be the end of your journey. You can also have a delightful view at the time of your flight. After 30 minutes you will land at Kathmandu Airport and directly go to the hotel to get some rest.

Cost

Includes

  • Airport Pickup after Arrival in Kathmandu on Request
  • All Land Transportation on Cozy Vehicle as per Itinerary
  • Domestic Flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • An Experienced, English-Speaking and Government-Licensed Trek Leader and Assistant Trek Leader (6 Trekkers: 1 Assistant Guide)
  • Porter Service (2 Trekkers: 1 Porter)
  • All the Staff Salary, Insurance, Equipment, Domestic Airfare, Food and Accommodation
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag (To be returned after the Completion of the Trip)
  • All the Required Paperwork, Documents
  • Trekking Permits (National Park Permit and TIMS)
  • All the Local and Governmental Taxes
  • Medical Kit (Carried by Trek Leader)

Excludes

  • International Flight and Visa Fees
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Extra Baggage Charges
  • Extra Night Accommodation in Kathmandu ( In case you arrive early or departure late and early return from mountain due to any reason) than the Scheduled Itinerary
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Any Type of Personal Expenses such as Alcoholic Beverages, Phone Bills, Internet Bills, Laundry and Hot Shower
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance
  • Trip Cancellation Cost
  • Accident or Health Issues
  • Loss Theft or Damage of Personal Properties(We advise you to take out Personal Travel Insurance)
  • Tips and Gratuities

FAQs

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Can a beginner trek Everest Base Camp?

Even though the Everest Base Camp trek is not easy, with proper planning, acclimatization, stamina, and the right altitude, a normal average person can complete this trek. However, it is not advised for beginners.

What is the max age for Everest Base Camp Trek?

There is no such age limit for the Everest Base Camp trek. You can trek the Everest Base Camp if you have good physical and mental health conditions.

Can I do Everest Base Camp solo?

Climbing Everest Base Camp solo is not recommended.

What is the weight limit for Everest Base Camp?

The porters’ weight limit for your main pack is 15kg (33lbs).

How many km is Everest Base Camp Trek?

The classic Everest Base Camp trek from Lukla to EBC and back is 130km long – 65km each way.

What level of difficulty is Everest Base Camp?

The difficulty level of the Everest Base Camp is moderate.

Do you need oxygen for Everest Base Camp?

Yes, your body doesn’t function as normal when you go into a high area, so you must carry the oxygen cylinder even if you don’t feel the need.

What to sleep in Everest Base Camp?

Sleeping bags will be provided on Everest Base Camp trek.

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  1. Everest Base Camp Trek
    (3 weeks ago)
    Expressing my trek experience to the Everest Base Camp is beyond words of comprehension. As we trekked through diverse landscapes, I was spell bound looking at the majesty of nature and each step felt magical. The towering mountains, the gushing rivers, the dreamy sunrises and sunsets, the friendly people-literally everything made me feel alive and utterly complete. Nepal is a beautiful country and I think, the Nepali people make it more enchanting for tourists like us with their genuine warmth and hospitable nature. Overall, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Grateful to team Himalayan 360 for making this trip a success with your exceptional service and expertise.
    Flynn
    Date of Experience: September, 2023
  2. Everest Base Camp Trek
    (3 weeks ago)
    The Everest Base Camp Trek was an amazing experience for me. Our trek began at Lukla with our seasoned guides who had in-depth knowledge of the trail, coupled with a genuine passion for the Himalayas, which made every step of the trek both educational and inspiring. Himalayan 360's attention to detail, from comfortable teahouses to energizing meals tailored to sustain trekkers in the high-altitude environment, exceeded expectations. The fact that the safety of the trekkers was kept as the top priority, instilled confidence in us. Reaching the Everest Base Camp after days of trekking felt like a huge achievement. I wholeheartedly recommend Himalayan 360 to anyone seeking an exceptional and well-guided trekking experience to the Everest Base Camp.
    Jackson Hayes
    Date of Experience: September, 2023

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