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Everest Base Camp Trek - 16 Days

Key Information
  • Duration16 Days
  • Difficulty LevelModerate
  • Max Altitude5,364 m/17,598 ft.
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • Best TimeMarch-May/Sep.-Dec.
  • Group Size1-16

About The Trip

Everest Base Camp Trekking (5,364 m/17,598 ft) helps to witness the mighty Mt Everest on a background of the vast deep blue sky like nature in heaven. Be ready for the jaw-dropping scenery and unique cultural experience exploring challenging routes around the Everest Base Camp Trekking in the Himalayas. As you reach Lukla air felt fresher, the aroma of the city was restored with rich Himalayan vegetation, and you will be welcomed with the colorful prayer flags flapping against the wind. Explore the friendly local villagers, Buddhist monasteries, Sherpa culture, endangered flora, and fauna.

Overview

Most trekking lovers to the Himalayas would love to stand on top of the world, but not able to achieve this. But if you have good determination and love for nature you will surely make it to the Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp Hike had become the goal for thousands of tourists all over the world. There is a sense of grandeur that comes with trekking through the foot of the Nepal Himalayas.

The iconic Everest Base Camp Trekking leads us through Khumbu Valley, which helps us to behold the endless beauty of Sagarmatha National Park surroundings. You will also be delighted to see the breathtaking vistas of the 4 highest peaks in the world like Mt. Everest (8.848 .86 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Makalu (8,470 m), and Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), Lobuche (4,940 m) and many more summits. You will literally fall in love with this striking art of nature. As you enter Sagarmatha National Park you can hear the echo of air struck into the Himalayas and sounds of birds and animals. Especially, you may witness Danfe (Himalayan monal), pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats, and even snow leopards.

Hike to Everest Base Camp retraces the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, and other pioneers of Everest as we trek from Lukla to Base Camp. You will also experience some of the highest villages in the world as you explore the local culture and traditions of the native Sherpas and learning the spiritual connection with the Himalayas. There will be a lifetime memory of witnessing the sun setting over Everest from the Kalapatthar. It will be a magical moment with tears with happiness as you feel the sense of achievement that will encourage your entire life. There will be no words to describe the Everest Base Camp trip as you gain bliss while discovering yourself around holy mountains.

As you walk along with the trial you will hear the humming sound that was emanating from a monastery. As you reach closer you will feel the powerful and deep sound that shook to the core. You will be amazed to hear the peaceful sounds from the monastery. Everest Base Camp route explores the exotic local villages, history, and traditions of the Sherpa people.

In addition to this trip, there are other amazing alternative trekking routes that are seeking greater challenges. You can choose any trip from Everest Region Trekking like Everest Base Camp Heli Trek, Everest View Trek, and Everest Three High Passes Trek. Everest Base Camp via Jiri, Short Everest Base Camp Trek, and Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake. For more Everest Trekking Package you can explore more exclusive The Himalayan Odyssey tour packages.

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Everest Base Camp Route

Everest Base Camp Trek map starts with the exhilarating 40-minute memorable flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport. From Lukla, our trekking starts as some striking areas between Lukla and Phakding are Chaurikharka, Chheplung, Nachipang, Koshigaun, and Ghat Dudh Koshi River. Along the way, we will cross many suspension bridges which makes your trip exciting. Have a glance at the beautiful monsters, Sagarmatha National Park, and beautiful villages. On the way to Namche Bazar (3,440 m), you will see the stone-carved which is called Mane and Chortens in Sherpa Language which is kept there for good luck and well wishes for travelers and locals. If you find these types of stone carving, walk clockwise direction for good charm while crossing the stones. After crossing Hillary suspension bridge and trek steep uphill to the dense forest, you will reach Namche Bazar. If you are staying there, you can find the Sherpa museum, Syangboche airport, yak farm, and Hillary school.

As you walk further, you will reach Tengboche (3,867 m) and witness the famous Tengboche Monastery which is known for its quiet and calm environment. As you follow the Everest Base Camp route to Dingboche, you will fall in love with the panoramic view of the dazzling white peak. We will trek along with the beautiful village of Dingboche (4,260 m) and then to Lobuche (4,930 m). After chilling night at Lobuche, we will be at the final lodging place of the entire Khumbu Region called Gorakshep. Gorak Shep is the final stop and end of lodges and restaurants where we will decent leaving our footprint on Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. It is a famous viewpoint for the exquisite sunrise and sunset and close view of entire snow-capped peaks. After the memorable trip to Everest Base Camp, we will return back through the same route and finally to Lukla where we will take a courageous flight back to Kathmandu.

Everest Base Camp Weather

Everest Base Camp weather is changeable, and the best trekking seasons are usually determined by the arrival of the summer monsoon. In order to avoid the wettest conditions, many hikers travel during the spring, which occurs months from February until April. There is no time-bound actually to have a trek, any month any time is okay. The mountains of Nepal are recognized to feel the frequent shifts in the weather. But, the most suitable seasons could be when the weather is moderate and the atmosphere is relatively dry. Another good time is the autumn season which falls from the month of September until November. You will see wildlife, flowers blooming, cool air, blue skies, and green vegetation. Winter season treks are also possible; while temperatures can be cold and tracks can be packed with snow, there is a positive appeal to enjoying the Everest Base Camp Trek without a crowd. No matter when you plan for your trek, every time you head towards the journey it is for sure that your trip will be unforgettable for a lifetime.

Everest Base-Camp Trek Cost

When you are thinking about exploring the Himalayas like Everest Base Camp, there will be lots of factors to take into consideration like route, best time, how fit do we need to be? But one of the most important confusion will be, “How much does Everest Base Camp Trek cost?”.

Whether you are budget dependent or not, it is important to consider how much you want to pay for the trip and what is the actual cost. The baseline cost of the Everest Base Camp trek will depend on the number of variables. Your cost will change based on how comprehensive you want your trip to be.

On average Everest Base Camp, the trek will be generally 10-18 days and the cost is generally between USD 1655  to USD 1555. This price includes domestic flights, trekking permits, meals, professional trekking guides, porters, accommodation, entry fees, and others. You will get some discounts if you are in groups. The cost of Everest Base Camp Trek highly depends upon traveling as private or in a group.

Everest Base Camp Altitude

Everest Base Camp Trek Altitude Map

Highlights

  • Explore Sagarmatha National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Panoramic view of mighty mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848.68 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Mt.Makalu (8,463 m), and many more.
  • Pure your soul at the surrounding of Himalayan monasteries, prayer flags, and prayer wheels.
  • Varieties of endangered flora and fauna.
  • Immerse in the land of local Sherpa people.
  • One of the world’s most beautiful viewpoints, Kala Patthar (5,555).
  • World’s highest glacier, Khumbu Glacier (4,900 m).
  • Most Extreme Airports in the world, Lukla Airport (2,845 m).

Itinerary

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There is a high chance to delay the Lukla flights if there is bad weather, with an average delay being 24 hours. We can be flexible and change the Itinerary to catch up on lost days, but if the planes can’t fly for more than 4 or 6 days, then there is little to do besides waiting.

Occasionally, the helicopters can fly; if you prefer we can arrange it with the additional charge.

Abbreviation

  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

The below Itinerary is just tentative, and we are always there to change this Itinerary according to your requirements. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you want to add or deduct your trek journey.

Upon your arrival, our representatives will be at the airport to greet you and then accompany you to the hotel. Later, we will meet our trekking guide and other trekkers and prepare for the trek.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude(1,400 m/4,600 ft.)

This is the time to clear your remaining doubts and queries. Your guide will brief you about your trekking. You can also immerse yourself in the history of Kathmandu valley. During your exploration day in Kathmandu, we can manage government-licensed tour guides at an extra charge.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude(1,400 m/4,600 ft.)

On this day, we will take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The duration of the flight will be about 45 minutes. After landing in Lukla, we will carry on with our journey on foot and head to Phakding. While on our way to Phakding, we will first cross the village called Cheplung. From here, we will be able to spot Mt. Khumbila, Mt. Kusum Mt. Kangaru, and Kongde a mountain that no one has climbed. After the ascend to Cheplung village, we will gradually descend and head to Phakding to rest for the night. 

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB, L, D
  • Time2-3 Hours Trek
  • Maximum Altitude2,860 m/9,380 ft.

We will head out early in the morning and make our way to the famous town of Namche Bazaar. Our trail will take us through lush green pine forests, and we will ascend until we reach the north side of Benkar valley. Continuing with our journey, we will first cross the Dudh Koshi River, pass through two beautiful villages of Chumoa and Monjo, and finally make our way to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. We will resume our journey, and after crossing a suspension bridge, we will reach Jorsale, where we can rest. Then we will walk alongside the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. Between Jorsalle to Namche Bazar, you will get a chance to see a glimpse of Mt. Everest. During the trek, you will cross five adventurous suspension bridges, which add memory to your trip. Finally, we will reach the final stop at Namche Bazaar, gaining 789 m altitude. Namche Bazaar will be the rest of the night.

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,440 m/11,280 ft.

On this day, we will halt in Namche Bazaar, kind of! Today we will acclimatize to the changing weather and increasing altitude. You can go around the town of Namche Bazaar and visit souvenir shops and restaurants. You can also opt to wake up early in the morning and hike up the Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the sunrise and also the majestic view of mountains such as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kongde. If you are interested in a day hike, we can opt for a day hike and head to Khumjung village to visit the Hillary School and scalp of Yeti. You can also visit Sagarmatha National Park Museum, Sherpa Museum, and a Khumjung monastery.

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB, L, D
  • TimeRest Day
  • Maximum Altitude3,962 m/12,999 ft.

We will head out after breakfast, and right from the beginning, we will be surrounded by the beauty of mountains such as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Khangtaiga. Additionally, we will also be blessed with the rare sightings of musk deer and pheasants. The trail then ascends to Mong Danda, where we will have a rest for a while. Our trail will then lead us through a suspension bridge that goes over the Dudh Koshi river. We will then ascend the trail and make our way through pine and juniper forests. We will finally reach Phortse after the end of this uphill climb.

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,840m/12,598 ft.

On this day, we will be crossing the 4000 meters mark, but initially, our trail will descend to a small village that houses another famous monastery. After this, we will walk through an alpine trail and gradually make our way up to Pangboche. The magnificent view of Ama Dablam will accompany us. Pangboche is one of the last Sherpa settlements in this region. Here we can also visit the Pangboche Monastery, which is the oldest monastery in Khumbu Region. After about 6 hours of walking, we will finally reach Dingboche.

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time6-7 Hour
  • Maximum Altitude4,360 m /14,300 ft

As we hit the 4000 meters mark, we must acclimatize and rest in order to complete our trek properly. On this day, you have the option to explore Dingboche village and the neighboring villages of Chhukung and Imja. Although you will be rewarded with a stunning view, you must take proper rest to complete the last leg of your adventure.

Today we will be hiking to Nagarjun Hill, Amadablam Base Camp, or Chhukung. from the top of Nagarjun Hill you will be blessed with beautiful Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lobuche East, Lobuche West, Taboche Peak, Cholatse, Thamserku, Kangtega and Ama Dablam.

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB,L,D
  • TimeFree Day
  • Maximum Altitude5,100 m/16,732 ft.

Our trek will get more challenging now as we make our way to Lobuche. Our trail will gradually ascend as we make our way to yak pastures and reach our first stop: Dhukla, which is situated at 4,620 meters. We need to climb steep steps until we reach the moraine of Khumbu Glacier. Despite the challenging trek, we will be able to see the spectacular mountain range with mountains such as Lobuche, Nuptse, Cholatse, Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, and Mahalangur. This difficult climb will come to an end when we reach Lobuche, awaiting the adventure that lay ahead of us.

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB, L, D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,940 m/16,207 ft.

Our 10th day will be the biggest day of our trek. We will be reaching the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. Our trek kicks off with a hike up to Gorak Shep. After Gorak Shep, we make our way to the base camp. The trek is relatively difficult as the trail involves rocky dunes and moraine, formed an accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. On our way, we will also see the famous Khumbu Glacier and icefall located on the base of Mount Everest. On this day, you will get a chance to witness mighty Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse, and Lingtren. During the spring season, we can also meet climbers waiting to make the climb. Whip your cameras out and take a ton of pictures of the breathtaking views of the mountains. After savoring this moment, we will make our way back to Gorak Shep. We need to go to bed early on this day as we need to wake up to catch the sunrise on the following day.

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude5,364 m/17,594 ft.

On this day we will wake up very early and make way to Kala Patthar which is the highest point of your trek. After hiking up for 2-3 hours, we will reach Kala Patthar. Get ready to be mesmerized with the stunning beauty as the first rays of the sun hit the mountains. Kala Patthar offers the best view of Mount Everest and other mountains such as Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Lhotse and Nuptse, Ama Dablam. After this, we will head back to the Gorak Shep for our breakfast. Then we will make our way to Pheriche where we will rest for the night.

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time8-9 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude5,545 m/18,192 ft.

From this day, we will make our return journey. The altitude will slowly decrease as we head down the trail, and there will be occasional hills that we must scale. We will pass through fabulous rhododendron forests and pine forests. Our retreat will also include the company of spectacular views of the mountains. We will reach Tengboche, where we will rest for the night. Here, we can visit the famous Tengboche monastery and enjoy the stunning view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Thamserku, and other peaks. If you visit this place during October, you can witness the famous Mani Rimdu festival.

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time3-4 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,870 m/12,694 ft

The route takes us steeply down along the Dudh Koshi River. As you reach Top Danda, you will see the last sight of Everest from here.  We will then cross the river and follow to the Jorsale and exit the Sagarmatha National Park. Finally, we will have overnight at Monjo.

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time7-8 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,835 m/9,301 ft.

We will cross Monjo, Phakding, and cross the suspension bridge at Thado Koshi before rising to Ghat and Cheplung. Then after the final ascent, which lasts for 40 minutes, we will reach Lukla.

  • Accommodation Teahouse
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Time6-7 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,860m/9,186ft

We will head back to Kathmandu on this day. The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu will last about 30 minutes. During this flight, we can still enjoy the view of the mountains.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Farewell Dinner
  • Time30 min flight
  • Maximum Altitude2,860 m/9,380 ft.

Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end. We will get you to the airport and bid farewell. Lastly, if you plan to extend your stay in Nepal, The Himalayan Odyssey will be at your service.

    Cost Details

    Included
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu with BB plan
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek
    • First Aid Kit
    • Sagarmatha National Park entry fee and TIMS card
    • Experienced English-speaking trek guide and porter (2 trekkers: 1 guide and porter)
    • Staff Insurance
    • Salary, food, and accommodation of your staff during the trek
    • All ground transportation as per itinerary
    • Domestic Flight (KTM-Lukla-KTM)
    • Arrival transfer from the international airport to your hotel
    • Tea house lodge during your trek
    • Tour Certificate
    • Farewell Dinner
    Excluded
    • International flight ticket
    • International airport tax
    • Visa Fee
    • Other personal items. (Phone calls, snacks, hot and cold drinks, laundry, alcohol, extra porter, shower, etc )
    • Private Travel Equipment
    • Excess baggage cost during your domestic flight
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips for staff and guide
    • Anything that is not listed in the “PRICE INCLUDES” section above

    Dates & Price

    It is our fixed departures, if you are looking for your own date, please feel free to contact us.

    Date Trip StatusPrice 
    start dateOct 28, 2021end dateNov 12, 2021StatusGuaranteedpriceUS$1,555US$1,655

    It is our fixed departures, if you are looking for your own date, please feel free to contact us.

    Good to Know

    Equipment Checklist

    Every trekking requires certain preparation of gears and types of equipment for the journey to make your trip more comfortable. It is recommended to carry the necessary and light things so that it will be easy while you are walking. The following belongings are recommended that should be brought, although we concede that our clients have their own decision for the clothing. To know what to expect in the Everest Base Camp Trek, we have prepared some useful clothing & gear during the trek.

    Travel Documents

    • Airline tickets (confirmation and itinerary)
    • Nepal Visa form (may be obtained at Kathmandu Airport)
    • Travel insurance policy documents
    • Valid passport
    • Copy of passport (2 copies, first page only)
    • Passport photos (4)

    Travel Equipment

    • Duffel bag (100 liters; no wheels or rigid handles)
    • Lightweight, duffel bag
    • Luggage locks
    • Travel wallet
    • Passport/money belt
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Travel plug adapters
    • Electrical converter

    Travel Clothing

    • Quick-dry undergarments
    • Synthetic or wool T-shirt
    • Long-sleeve, travel-friendly shirt and pants
    • Casual shoes
    • Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks

    Trekking Equipment

    • Day pack (25–35 liters)
    • Sleeping bag comfortable to 0°F (dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference)
    • Waterproof hiking boots
    • Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)
    • LED headlamp with extra batteries
    • Trekking poles

    Trekking Clothing

    • Wool or synthetic T-shirts (2)
    • Mid-weight fleece or soft-shell jacket (2)
    • Mid-weight down or synthetic parka with hood
    • Convertible hiking pants
    • Fleece pants or insulated pants
    • Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket and pants
    • Mid-weight waterproof and fleece gloves or mittens
    • Sun hat
    • Mid-weight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)
    • Liner socks (optional)
    • Glacier sunglasses
    • Neck gaiter, balaclava, Buff or bandana

    Food

    • Energy bars
    • Electrolyte replacement drink mix
    • Snacks (cookies, GORP, Snickers, etc.)
       

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    FAQs

    • Q1. Where is Everest Base Camp?

      Everest Base camp is located in the Everest (Khumbu) region of Nepal.  It is located on 28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E which is 5364m from sea level.

    • To reach the trailhead, you have two options available in Nepal. You can either fly directly to Lukla or drive to Jiri and start the trek.

    • Always make sure you pack comfortable hiking shoes because it is estimated you will be walking 5 – 8 hours daily.

    • The Everest Base Camp sits at an elevation of 5,364m above sea level.

    • The best time to hike Everest Base Camp is in the pre-monsoon (Spring – March to May) and the post-monsoon (Autumn – September to November). The weather tends during these times to remain stable and views are usually clear.

    • You will need to purchase two permits: Sagarmatha National Park Permit – USD 15 for SAARC nations and USD 30 for other nations per person. Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit which costs USD 20 per person.

    • To trek Everest Base Camp, all you need is a valid Nepal entry visa and permits. You can easily get an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport or at the consulate office in your home country. The Everest Base Camp Trek permits can be obtained from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in Kathmandu.

    • Yes! It is not compulsory to hire a guide for Everest Base Camp. However, we suggest you hire a local government-licensed guide for your safety and hassle-free hike. A professional guide knows the mountain well, is aware of challenges, and explains the local culture and environment in the simplest way.

    • Walking 5 – 8 hours a day, you will be gaining around 1,000 – 1,500 each day.

    • It is quite difficult to answer the exact duration of the EBC trek. The duration depends on the route and pace of your hike. However, in general, we can complete the trek in 14 days (it starts with your arrival and departure). Some trekking agencies even claim EBC trek to complete in 12 days but don’t go for it – it is really hard and life-threatening too.

    • During the trek, you will be served full board meals in the teahouse. You will have breakfast and dinner at the teahouse where you will stay overnight and take a lunch on the way between the destinations. Teahouse on Everest Base Camp Trail offers basic meals; Daal Bhaat & Tarkari is the main food that you will get to eat on the trail. It is authentic Nepali food that is a filly and full of healthy calories. Along with some Nepalese cuisines, you will be served some international cuisine such as – pizza, noodle soup, momo, etc.

    • Children who are acquainted with mountains or are used to lots of walking can trek the Everest trail, although, for their own enjoyment, we recommend an age limit of around 12. If you want to trek Everest Base Camp with your family, please contact us so that we can discuss your children's fitness in more detail.

    • While statistics are readily available for the death of climbers during the Mt. Everest expedition, there are no official data for death trolls that occur during Base Camp treks and related routes. On the low end, we estimate that around 3 – 6 dies each year some 10 years back. But now you will find some died during the trek. It is very low when you realize that more than 35,000 people visit Everest Base Camp every year.

    • This case is very rare. The guides are very experienced and will do their best to help each trekker complete their journey. If you get ill and need to return back, you will be looked-after and arrangements will be made for you.

    • If you want to enjoy the trek, then walk at a slow pace – it’s not a race. Take your time to enjoy the views, take photos and catch your breath. The guide will always accompany the slowest person in the group and will leave instructions for the faster walkers.

    • As the Everest Base Camp trail is a combination of high altitude and rigorous mountain terrain, we recommend that you have a good fitness level. It is best to start doing some regular exercise 2 – 3 months prior to the trek.

    • We suggest you consult your doctor. However, we recommend you to carry simple medicines like Ibuprofen, Codeine, Paracetamol, Strepsils, anti-diarrhea tablets, and Diamox (for altitude sickness).

    • The exact Everest Base Camp Trek distance is hard to calculate. It depends on the route you take. The Everest Base Camp trail via Gokyo lakes is lengthier than regular EBC trail. Approximately, the Everest Base Camp is 130 km round trip starting from Lukla. However, the climbing 65 km trail to Everest Base camp takes much longer as you need to consider for acclimatization.

    • You will be walking for 8 days to reach Everest Base Camp. The rest 6 days will be spent on your acclimatization, flights, trek preparation and departure.

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