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Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts

Package: Everest Base Camp Trek
Duration 17 days
Price Contact us
Transportation Flight / Tourist Vehicle
Group Size 2+
Difficulty Fairly Difficult
Accommodation Hotels/Mountain Lodges and Camp
Meal Included
Trip Start / Ends Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Trip Note: Price offered is full inclusive and it is quoted in USD. Trip will only starts when you will arrive to Kathmandu International Airport. The given itinerary is just a standard itinerary and could be customized on request.
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Trip Overview

The Everest base camp trek is one of Nepal's most ambitious and world-famous challenging trek situated in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The part of Everest (Khumbu) is among the most popular and fascinating tourist destinations. It's famous for its beautiful and breathtaking mountain peaks as well as its warm and friendly inhabitant, the Sherpa's, who is the real hero behind almost challenging trekking trails. They are generous and faithful, and the great thing here is that most Sherpa under the age of 50 understands decent English and even speaks proficiently. It's among the widely popular trekking destinations in the Himalayas, and thousands of travelers and trekkers come and visit it every year. Trekkers usually fly to Lukla airport from Kathmandu to save energy and time. It's possible to trek to Lukla.

There is no other route to travel to the Everest base camp except Kathmandu to Lukla via flight, and as a result, large and bulky goods are also transported by air. Once recorded, more than 40 thousand travelers and tourists travel from Lukla airport to the base camp in Everest in a single year. Apart from exploring the Everest, the trek provides you an enormous opportunity to explore the beautiful mountains above 8000 m, such as Nuptse, Lothse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, etc. On can genuinely experience the diverse range of natural vegetation and pearl-like glistening mountains that grab your words to admire and eulogize the destination.

The trekkers then from Lukla keep following the Dudh Koshi River up to the capital of Sherpa, Namche Bazaar (3440 m). To finally reach the village, which is the primary hub of the area, trekkers usually allow a day's rest to acclimatize. They then travel another two days to Dingboche (4260 m) before another rest for acclimatization. Likewise, another two days takes to reach the Everest base camp through Gorakshep, the flat field just below Kalapatthar (5545 meters). The trekkers also get an opportunity to experience the World heritage-listed destination site, i.e., Sagarmatha National Park, magnificent mountains, and enthralling trails. Sherpa's immense and warm hospitality that reflects its traditions, rituals, and lifestyle will probably make you feel and experience you as never before. Also, in the lap of the Himalayas, the eye-catching and incredible view of natural beauty, a wide range of flora and fauna, will genuinely make you feel as if natural resources encircle you. The Ebc trek can be a perfect bonus for nature lovers, trekking enthusiasts, and an enthralling lifetime experience in the land of Himalayas.

Everest Base Camp Trekking is the trek to the base camp of the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest (8848m), which allows the trekkers to investigate the Himalayan scene and culture from very close. The journey begins with your entry in Kathmandu, pursued by a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The Everest Base Camp Trek includes an appealing display of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Pumori, (7161m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Mt. Khumbila (5761m) and numerous other tremendous peaks seen from Khumbu locale.

Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights:

  • Sightseeing tours of Buddhist Monastery, Hindu Temple & and Old Palaces
  • Ample acclimatization periods in between trek days
  • Beautiful Sherpa villages and monasteries around Everest region
  • Introduction to the cultural and religious practices of the Sherpas
  • A visit to the famous Tengboche Monastery
  • Fantastic sunset views over the Mt. Everest from Kala Pathar
  • Views of the entire south face of Mt. Everest
  • Panoramic views of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lobuche West (6,145m), Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Everest
  • A visit to the Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary for 2020,2021

  • Day 1 - Arrival (Hotel Check-in is after 1400 hrs)
  • DAY 2 - Preparation & Sightseeing
  • DAY 3 - Fly to LUKLA & trek to MONJO : (2,840m) – approx. 6 hrs walk
  • DAY 4 - Trek to NAMCHE BAZAAR – (3,440 m) – approx. 4 hours walk
  • DAY 5 - Namche Bazaar: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
  • DAY 6 - Trek to DEBUCHE: 3,870 m – approx. 5 hrs walk
  • DAY 7 - Trek to DINGBOCHE : (4,360 m) – approx. 4 ½ hrs walk
  • DAY 8 - Explore DINGBOCHE : (4,360 m) – approx. 5 hrs walk
  • DAY 9 - Trek to LOBUJE : ( 4,930 m) – approx. 4 ½ hrs walk
  • DAY 10 - Trek to GORAK SHEP – 5, 210 m approx. 2 ½ hrs.
  • DAY 11 - Trek to EVEREST BASE CAMP-LOBUCHE – approx. 7 hrs
  • DAY 12 - Trek back to DEBUCHE : (3,800 m) – approx. 6 hrs walk
  • DAY 13 - Retreat back to MONJO : (2,840 m) – approx. 7 hrs. walk
  • DAY 14 - Trek back to LUKLA : (2,800 m) – approx. 4 hrs. walk
  • DAY 15 - Fly back to KATHMANDU – 1,300 m – approx. 30 m
  • DAY 16 - Free Day In KATHMANDU – 1,300 m
  • DAY 17 - Departure (Hotel check-out time is before noon)

Note: The information given is a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip itinerary can be adjusted as your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Check Everest base camp Trekking 14 daysEverest base camp trekking via JiriEverest base camp and Gokyo trekShort Everest Base Camp Trekking for more Everest base camp packages.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 1- Arrival (Hotel Check-in is after 1400 hrs)

You will be warmly greeted by our representative at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu upon your arrival. After escorting to your designated hotel in the city, you’ll be assisted in checking into your room. Before checking in, the timing and location for a briefing session concerning your trip will be arranged. After such briefing, which will include a quick check of your trekking gears by our experts, you’ll have the afternoon/evening of that day all for yourself.

  • Overnight in a hotel.
  • Includes: Transfers on a Private AC vehicle & Accommodation

DAY 2- Preparation & Sightseeing

In the morning after breakfast and preparation of the trek, the city guide will pick you up and then drive you to SWAYABUNATH stupa, which is perched atop a hill on the western edge of Kathmandu valley. This is one of the world’s most glorious Buddhist Chaityas said to be 2,000 years old.  After we drive 18 km east to an ancient palace of BHAKTAPUR filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces, and temples. We end our day with a visit to Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine PASHUPATINATH.  We will have some time to do last-minute shopping before leaving for the trek.

  • Overnight at the hotel
  • Includes: Breakfast, Accommodation, sightseeing tours with Local English speaking guide, entrance fee and private transportation

DAY 3- Fly to LUKLA & trek to MONJO : (2,840m) – approx. 6 hrs walk

Our trek program commences today with an exciting 35 minutes mountain flight to Lukla (2,800 m) from where we start walking through the beautiful mountainous Sherpa land. Our nearly 6 hours walk today will reach us to the village of Monjo (2,840 m). The trail will be through villages, community forest, crossing rivers on a metal suspension bridge with Kusum Kanguru peak (6,367 m) towering at the backdrop, mani walls, chortens & boulders carved with Tibetan mantras and brightly painted prayer wheels.

  • Overnight at the lodge.
  • Includes: Breakfast, Accommodation, staff, Necessary permits, airport transfers

DAY 4- Trek to NAMCHE BAZAAR – (3,440 m) – approx. 4 hours walk

The walk today to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) will comprise of around 4 hours. Initially, the trail is gentle but gets you involved with high and long climbs at later stages, actually taking you from a safe altitude to an area that can pose risks of altitude sickness. Hence, avoiding exhaustion by taking your time and moving slowly is advised. The trail passes through enormous granite bluff, carved with mantras in huge Tibetan characters, crosses Dudh Kosi river on a suspension bridge then walk through pine forest to famous Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

  • Overnight at the lodge.
  • Includes: Breakfast, Accommodation, staff, Necessary permits

DAY 5- Namche Bazaar: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

Today is a rest day for acclimatization before proceeding towards higher elevation.  This day can be spent exploring the Namche Bazaar, Museum, Sherpa Cultural Center and get some excellent view of the Himalayas. Also, the option is to do a day hike to some large Sherpa villages of Kunde and Khumjung from where you can get the magnificent views of mighty Everest.

  • Overnight at the lodge.
  • Includes: Breakfast, Accommodation, staff, Necessary permits

DAY 6- Trek to DEBUCHE: 3,870 m – approx. 5 hrs walk

After breakfast, we climb towards the east following the Dudh Kosi (river) again, high above the riverbed.  Then our trek descends to Phunki Tenga at 3,250, passing through some Sherpa villages like Sanasa and Tashinga.  After, we climb steeply then walk through rhododendrons and conifers forest to Tyangboche at 3,870m.   Here you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam.  Also here you will have a chance to visit one of the most famous Tyangboche Monastery.  This is one of the most sacred monasteries for the Sherpa community.  After, we will descend a bit further to Debuche for our overnight stay.

  • Overnight at the lodge.
  • Includes: Breakfast, Accommodation, staff, Necessary permits

DAY 7- Trek to DINGBOCHE : (4,360 m) – approx. 4 ½ hrs walk

Today we follow the trail, which goes through dense rhododendron forest then drops down to cross the wooden bridge hanging above Imja Khola.  After the trail climbs to Pangboche through mani wall and white stupa. From the path, you can have a great view of the Ama Dablam mountain. Continue following the path of the Imja Khola past an enormous mural of Guru Rinpoche to the small Sherpa village of Shomare for a lunch break.  Then we walk very gradually for a couple of hours, gaining altitude to quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche.  From here, you can have a great view of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam mountains.

  • Overnight at the lodge.
  • Includes: Breakfast, Accommodation, staff, Necessary permits

DAY 8- Explore DINGBOCHE : (4,360 m) – approx. 5 hrs walk

By now, your body has been quite acclimatized, yet it is always a good idea to spend another night at Dingboche. This will prepare you considerably for a climb to a higher elevation. So today, we visit a small summer settlement called Chhukung (4,730 m) with an option open for climbing up the Chhukung Ri (5,800 m). Once atop the Chhukung Ri, you can have magnificent views of the Island Peak (6,189 m), towers of Mt. Lhotse above the north, Amphu Laptse Pass (5,780 m) flanked by the immense ice walls dominating views towards the south.

  • Overnight at the lodge.
  • Includes: Breakfast, Accommodation, staff, Necessary permits

DAY 9- Trek to LOBUJE : ( 4,930 m) – approx. 4 ½ hrs walk

On our way to Lobuje (4,930 m) today, we come across magnificent views of Tawachee and Cholatse (6440 m). Lobuje, which is a summer village, boasts several hotels, and its trail is reported to be the habitat of the snow leopard and the renowned “Yeti”.

For nearly an hour, the trail climbs straight up the rough terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier covered with parched and desolate surroundings with fingers of ice and snow dropping down sheer mountain walls on all sides. The area has rows of stone monuments built-in memory of Sherpas, who died in an avalanche during the 1970 Japanese skiing expedition on Everest, including BabuChhiri Sherpa (10 times Everest summiteer) & Scott Fisher who died in 1996 Everest disaster.  While crossing the ridge from here, you will have a great view of the Pumori peak (7,165 m) before continuing our climb up to the north over the loose moraine and finally arriving at Lobuje.

  • Overnight at the lodge.
  • Includes: Breakfast, Accommodation, staff, Necessary permits

DAY 10- Trek to GORAK SHEP – 5, 210 m approx. 2 ½ hrs.

It’s going to be quite an ordeal today, in terms of both mental and physical exhaustion, as we further climb towards the higher altitude. But don’t you fret already, because while walking through the ‘off beaten’ trail via the Italian Project, you will be pleasantly rewarded with fantastic views of the Khumbu glaciers, Mt. Pumori (7,400 m), Lola and Link Tring(Tibetan mountains), Nuptse and the mighty Mt. Everest.

Upon arriving at Gorak Shep around lunchtime, you will have a nearly 3 hours break. After enjoying your lunch, you will gradually start your climb to Kala Patthar (5,545 m). Once atop, you can then watch excellent views of the sunset unfolding over the Himalayas, which momentarily will make you feel like you’re actually in Heaven. The picture, of course, is subject to weather conditions.

  • Overnight at the lodge.
  • Includes: Breakfast, Accommodation, staff, Necessary permits

DAY 11- Trek to EVEREST BASE CAMP-LOBUCHE – approx. 7 hrs

Today after breakfast, we trek to the base camp (5,360 m) of the world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest (8,848 m). Start from the north end of Gorak Shep, then follow the trail across the Khumbu Glacier, where you’ll see numerous prayers flags wedged between rocks at the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall (5,340 m).

In comparison to your ascent to Kala Patthar, you had the previous day; the trek to the Everest Base Camp is not going to be anything spectacular – landscapes, close up views of Khumbu Ice Falls, Khumbu Glacier and the base camp of the highest peak are the chief sight of this trip.  In the springtime, you’ll be greeted with an atmosphere that is fascinating in itself. You’ll see climber groups from various countries eating, reading, playing cards, strumming guitars, and doing everything possible to kill their time while they wait for the green signal to commence their climb to the summit. Return to Gorak Shep pick up gears and then walk down to Lobuje for an overnight stay.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Accommodation, staff, Necessary permits

DAY 12- Trek back to DEBUCHE : (3,800 m) – approx. 6 hrs walk

Today we retreat the same route down to Debuche, through moraine, gushing stream, following the west bank of Imja Khola and rhododendron forest to Debuche.  As we will be retracing towards the lower altitude, so we cover more ground.  

  • Overnight in the lodge.
  • Includes: Breakfast, Accommodation, staff, Necessary permits

DAY 13- Retreat back to MONJO : (2,840 m) – approx. 7 hrs. walk

Continue retracing back by walking down to Phunki Thenga then climb the ridge towards Namche Bazaar.   From here, we descent down to Dudh Kosi, which is quite hard as it gives a lot of pressure to your knees.  Cross high suspension bridge, then the path runs mostly level to Jorsale and then climbs to Monjo.  

  • Overnight at the lodge.
  • Includes: Breakfast, Accommodation, staff, Necessary permits

DAY 14- Trek back to LUKLA : (2,800 m) – approx. 4 hrs. walk

Today is the last day of our walk down to Lukla.  The trail goes down the valley then passes through villages of Phakding and Chopling to reach Chaumrikharka. After we begin the final climb of the trip to Lukla for an overnight stay.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Accommodation, staff, Necessary permits

DAY 15- Fly back to KATHMANDU – 1,300 m – approx. 30 m

After breakfast, we fly to Kathmandu. We will receive you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel once again.

  • Overnight at the Hotel.
  • Includes: Breakfast, Accommodation, airport transfers

DAY 16- Free Day In KATHMANDU – 1,300 m

You have this day all for yourself to do your leisurely activities. You may shop around for souvenirs, get body/feet massage, take a walk to the nearby areas around the vicinity of Kathmandu valley, or just wake up late and laze around in your hotel room. Also, this day will act as a layover day in case of flight cancellation, etc.

  • Overnight at the hotel.
  • Includes: Breakfast, Accommodation

DAY 17- Departure (Hotel check-out time is before noon)

After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport as per your international flight schedule and bid farewell.

  • Includes: Breakfast & airport transfer

Trip Includes/Exclude

Things You Should Know Before Planning Everest Base Camp Trek

Mount Everest's soaring summit entices adventure seekers and those whose dreams rise higher than even the clouds. It's a lifetime adventure for such people. Mt. Everest is the highest peak in the world, with the height of magnificent 8,848 meters. The locals call it Sagarmatha, which means the mother of the Universe. Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp is one of the trips to fulfill your holiday dreams. Only in the Everest region can you find a walk on the legendary foothills just below the majestic Everest with spectacular views of the breathtaking peaks. This prominent trek is known throughout the world for its incredible trails and the vistas that speak to your senses. Nearly everyone on the planet has heard about Mt. Everest, why don't you come and explore it? Well, if you are planning to experience the enthralling and trailblazing trails of Everest base camp with amazing accomplishments, then you need to know and follow the following instructions before the Everest Base Camp trekking. These are some of the significant suggestion and guidelines as;

  • Must be physically fit and healthy: So if you think and plan of Everest Base Camp trek, good health is a significant factor. If you have some kind of disease or is a heart patient, you don't have to think about trekking because you can have a life-threatening problem as you have to climb high and walk more. So avoid it better and instead enjoy the lower camp.

  • When to go: Dry and warm seasons, March-June and September-November, are the best season for trekking. The climate and temperature are appropriate and clear during these times for a better experience.

  • Suppliers: Carry only what you needed to make your trek easier. Leave the unneeded bulky luggage to avoid problems. Ensure that you only carry the necessary supplements.

  • Required permits: There are several police checkpoints; park officials can check your permit at any time. So make sure you've got all the required documents and permissions to avoid disruption and hassle and never try to unnecessarily discuss to them. 

  • Trekking guides: Since you will experience all of these for the first time, you need skilled and experienced trekking guides to ensure a better experience, which our available guides are well-trained experts and have experience of more than a decade. Everything you tend to do first consult and follow the instructions of our trekking guide.

  • Responsible Trekking: All instructions must be followed carefully. For better cooperation, you should maintain good team discipline. Don't haphazardly throw waste materials. Apart from this, you will experience and feel the best and most fascinating trek ever after well management.

  • Essential Gears: Comfortable hiking boots, sleeping bags, and few changes in clothing for changing temperatures are the main essential gears required. Hiking pants, thermal baths, gloves, a warm inner jacket, and a wind / waterproof jacket are essential for the cold weather. Similarly, hiking sticks, waterproof cases, bandages, headlamps, water purification supplies, and cameras are some other necessary equipment. 

  • Experiences:  It is important and relevant to have some climbing experience for trekking peaks, summiting, and climbing a mountain of 5,650-6,500 m. Some skills and trekking habits are required and considered for trekking at high altitudes.

So, these are some of the helpful instructions and much need information before the start of your breathtaking trek to Everest base camp in the lap of Himalayas to ensure the majestic lifetime accomplishments.

Following are the equipment list for Everest Base Camp trek. This list is just a guideline, but you can adjust it according to your needs and interests.  Most of the listed gears can be hire or purchase in Kathmandu. You can find various qualities of trekking gears in the Kathmandu market; some are locally manufactured, whereas the others are imported from China and are obviously of better quality.  Also, you can get high-quality gears in some of the branded stores in Kathmandu.

For your information that at the start of the trek, apart from your day pack, your luggage will be carried by a porter – so the weight of the bag should not exceed 15 kg per person.

EQUIPMENT LIST :

General :

  • Duffle or Rucksack bag – around 70 ltrs (with lock)
  • Day pack 25 ltrs.
  • Down Jacket (You can bring your own or can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • 4 Season Sleeping bag – 30 d (You can rent it in Kathmandu)

Upper Body – Head/Ears/Eyes

  • Shade hat or baseball cap
  • The warm woolen hat that covers your ears
  • Balaclava – the lightweight, thinner variety
  • Glacier glasses 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case. This is to protect your eyes from the more energetic rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere, which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.  Regular sunglasses are not sufficient.  If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures.  These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc.,

Hand

  • One pair of liner gloves thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on a mild day or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
  • One pair of warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool)
  • One pair of shell gloves or mitts Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Core Body

  • 4 Cotton T-shirts
  • 1 Synthetic t-shirt
  • Two long sleeve
  • One expedition weight long underwear top
  • 1 Water & Wind Proof Jacket

Lower Body – Legs

  • Two pair lightweight, long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic
  • One pair of softshell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable
  • One pair of trekking pants. Waterproof/breathable, gore Tex or equivalent is best.
  • One pair of cotton pants

Feet

  • Four pair of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene
  • Three pair heavyweight socks to be worn over liner socks
  • One pair of lightweight socks, a good option for the lower/warmer parts of the trail
  • One pair of medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.  Ensure a good fit with layered socks, and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blisters)
  • One pair of sneakers. Suitable during staying in the lodge and Kathmandu
  • One pair of sandals
  • One pair of hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • Extra strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • One small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aid, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • One small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.

Miscellaneous :

  • Water bottle (1 Ltr)
  • Lip Balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar – pure crystals
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include hand wipes,  liquid hand sanitizer & towel.
  • 3-4 large, durable plastic bags for keeping miscellaneous gear dry inside your pack. Also excellent for separating clean from dirty laundry
  • Earplugs
  • One pair of adjustable trekking poles
  • Books, Cards
  • A pee bottle for men to avoid that chilly late night trip
  • Digital cameras, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use.
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