Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal 2023

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Overview

  • Duration 15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 5555m | 18225ft
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Everest Region
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn

Highlights

  • Explore the Himalayas and learn about the unique Himalayan lifestyle
  • Take one of the most daring flights in the world to Lukla airport
  • Enjoy the chirping of birds, tranquility, and rejuvenating mountain air while passing through picturesque villages
  • Trek through lovely rhododendron forests and pass by beautiful waterfalls & rivers
  • Cross-hanging suspension bridges and glaciers
  • Explore the famous Namche Bazaar and hike to the luxury Everest View Hotel
  • Learn about the locals & their culture and visit ancient monasteries
  • Reach the lap of the world's highest mountain, Everest base camp & hike to Kala Patthar
  • Trek with a native guide and witness breathtaking mountain scenery throughout the trek

Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal 2023 Video

"Ready to mark one of your bucket lists by doing an Everest base camp trek? We have the best 15 days trekking itinerary that will take you to the land of Mt. Everest amidst legendary Sherpas and iconic Lukla airport & Namche Bazaar."

Everest base camp trek is among the best trekking routes in the world. With breathtaking views of Mount Everest and other 8000-ers, local Sherpa culture, amazing monasteries, high altitude flora, and fauna, this trek will undoubtedly become the most rewarding journey of your life.

This 15-day trekking tour will take you to Mount Everest base camp at 5,364 meters (17,598 ft) above sea level and Kala Patthar at 5545 meters (18,192 ft). At every turn, you will find a scene that is a delight to all your senses. Everest base camp trek is quite literally the crown jewel of any trekking agency in Nepal and as such is one for us as well. 

We have carefully created a suitable itinerary for people from all walks of life which will fill the sense of adventure in seasoned professional and novice adventurers alike. Here’s what you can expect from the trek.

What to expect from a trek to Everest base camp?

The Everest base camp trek itinerary involves trekking through lush forests and remote villages. Every day, you begin trekking right after breakfast early in the morning. Enjoying simple accommodations and meals with fantastic mountain views, you'll discover picturesque villages one after another. The trail goes along verdant foothills too, and you may pass by yaks & mules. In case of unpredictable bad weather, the team leader will make changes to the itinerary.

  • Witness breathtaking snow-capped mountains, beautiful glacial waterfalls, and gushing rivers
  • Take one of the most daring flights in the world to Lukla airport
  • Enjoy leisurely rest days with native guides and explore the unique Himalayan lifestyle
  • Correspond with the local Sherpa people, enjoy Himalayan cuisine, and visit ancient Buddhist monasteries
  • Cross high-hanging suspension bridges and glaciers
  • Explore the famous Namche Bazaar and hike to the luxury Everest View Hotel

Is the Everest base camp trek appropriate for me? 

Let’s be clear. Naturally, trekking to the base of Mount Everest can easily be the most challenging journey you have taken in your whole life. However, with a strong determination and a little preparation, it can be very enjoyable and memorable. Those who have completed the trip have said that it was the single most fantastic experience of their life. We can not oversell you on this.

The starting point for this trek, Lukla, at 2610m, is already higher than most places you have been. Further, the rugged trail takes you higher and higher to over 5000m. (Refer to the itinerary below.) You will walk around 8 hours a day for 11 days with a backpack. At this altitude, your body gets tired and dehydrated sooner and there’s also a chance of getting altitude sickness.

There are many other incredible treks in the Himalayas that are much easier and may fit you better as a beginner trekker. The Himalayas are not going anywhere, and you can gradually upgrade your trekking level. 

How can I prepare myself for the Everest base camp trek?

To prepare for this trek, you must concentrate on exercises that will increase endurance like cycling, running, and hiking. We advise you to start your preparation at least 3 months prior to the trek to get ahead of things. 

Plan your workouts for five to six days per week, and at least once a week, take a hike to a hill if you are near one. Hiking is an all-around activity that will prepare you for the trek. However, it might not be possible to take a hike every week depending upon your location and your schedule.

You should be able to walk 5 to 6 hours a day with approximately 5 kg backpack weight on you. Therefore, you need to be in good shape and health to join the Everest base camp trek. If you have a past medical history or health issues, then consult your doctor once and discuss all the possible scenarios your body may see on a trek like this.

Do the following things to prepare for the Everest trek for 15 days:

  • Go on day hikes to build a long walking habit.
  • You can increase your stamina by swimming, cycling, running, or jogging.
  • If accessible, train your body in the gym. Work on your core strength and endurance.
  • Incorporate simple meals in your diet to adjust to a new palate while trekking.
  • Break in your new boots and get used to it.

You can start a training regimen that includes the following:

  • Aerobic workouts
  • Strength training
  • Training hikes
  • Cardiovascular workouts

How should I pack for the Everest Trekking?

Traveling to the base of Mount Everest needs some careful packing. Since you are traveling to a cold and unforgiving environment, it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Having said that, traveling gears can be pretty heavy. So, be sure to choose lighter gears. Sure, it will cost more but you do have porters, but in the higher altitudes, lighter gear will help you trek easily and be far more comfortable in the mountains. Check the complete equipment and packing guide for Everest base camp trekking.

Be sure to pack these items:

  • Head & Hand: Sun Cap, Wool/Fleece Hat, Lightweight Synthetic Liner Glove, Waterproof Gloves
  • Upper Body: Short-Sleeved Shirts/T-shirts, Lightweight Top/Thermo Coat, Synthetic or Fleece Jacket, Down Insulated Jacket
  • Lower Body: Underwear, Trekking Pants, Woolen Socks
  • Toiletries: Hand Sanitizers & Hand wash, Wet Tissues, Toothpaste/Toothbrush, Bath Soap, Shampoo, Moisturizers, Laundry Soap, Garbage Bag, Sunscreen (-50 Spf), Lips Guard (-20/-50 Spf), Zip-Lock Bags, Baby Wipes or Wet Towels
  • Miscellaneous: Trekking Poles, Head Torch, Sandals, Lightweight Hiking/Trekking Boots, Rucksack (45 - 55 Ltr.), 1 Duffel Bag, Water Bottles, Pee Bottle, Lightweight Towel, Umbrella/RainCoat, Spare batteries, Waterproof Sacks, Power bank (Solar Recommended), Journal/Pen, Book/Board Game, Bars & Snacks
  • First Aid Kit: Water Purification Tablets, Handy Plaster, Crack Bandage, Tincture, Iodine, Strepsils, Antibiotic, Paracetamol, Aspirin, Sinex, Anti-Diarrhea Capsule/Eldoper, Brufen/Ibuprofens, Diamox, Eye Drops
  • Travel Documents: Valid Passport, Valid Visa, 4 PP Size Photo, Insurance Paper (Medical & Rescue) & Contact Address, Family/Company Contact Number & Address, Credit Card

If you miss anything, Thamel has plenty of trekking gear shops. You will find cheap and expensive authentic gear shops to choose from. You will find gear shops all the way to Namche Bazaar, just in case, you forget anything.

Do I need trek insurance?

We need travel insurance as a part of the booking document for the Everest base camp trek. Travel insurance is only accepted if it covers emergency evacuation (up to 6000 meters) and medical bills. You should know traveling at a high altitude in a remote area comes with certain risks.

If you have well-covered travel insurance, we can easily offer you quick medical assistance. Without travel insurance, evacuation and other medical services can be very expensive. Similarly, you can include flight cancellation and loss/theft of baggage in the insurance.

Here are the recommended insurance for the high altitude treks in Nepal, including the Everest base camp trek.

  • Sports Cover Direct
  • Allianz
  • Tyrol Air Ambulance
  • Roland
  • ADAC
  • Med Deutch

Why Choose Himalayan Scenery Treks?

Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition has been working as an adventure tour operator in Nepal for over 17 years. During this time, we have always prioritized our clients’ safety, comfort, and satisfaction, and this uncompromised service is the reason why we have retained a huge number of our clients.

To date, we have completed over 1000 tours of the Everest base camp. 8000+ trekkers from all over the world have completed the trek with us. We also boast amazing reviews on Trip Advisor.

Itinerary

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  • Accommodation: Arushi Boutique Hotel

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to Arushi Boutique Hotel at Thamel, the tourist capital of Kathmandu. Here, you will meet your guides and other team members over the welcome dinner. 

The evening is free. Take a leisurely walk enjoying Thamel’s ambiance which you will find packed with Nepalese arts and crafts shops, trekking stores, restaurants, and bars. 

  • Accommodation: Arushi Boutique Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast

It’s a full day off at Kathmandu. In the morning, you will visit important cultural sites like Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Ashan Market. This guided tour will give you a good understanding of Nepali culture and history.

After lunch, we will convene at our office where the trekking guide will brief you about the itinerary, discuss the conditions of the trail, double-check your equipment and medicine and mention other important details of the trek. If you are missing something, it’s readily available in the shops at Thamel.

  • Max Altitude: 9,334 ft. (2,846 m)
  • Resting Altitude: 8,563 ft.(2,610 m)
  • Trek Distance: 3.8 miles (6.2 km)
  • Duration: 5 hours drive, 14 minutes flight & 3 hours trek
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Your day will start with an adventurous flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. During the flight, you will get a pretty good understanding of what lies ahead. This is where the trail starts and the porters join our team. 

We begin our first day of the trek with the descent to Phakding village. Starting here, you will get to witness the Himalayan ways of living as we will follow the curves of the milky white Dudhkoshi river and pass through the mountain villages of Chheplung, Thado Koshi, and Nachipang.  

Tonight, you will stay at your first tea house for the trek.

 

  • Max Altitude: 11286 ft. (3440 m.)
  • Resting Altitude: 11286 ft. (3440 m.)
  • Trek Distance: 4.6 miles (7.4 km.)
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

It’s a long day ahead today. You start in the early morning from Phakding finding yourself sometimes left and sometimes right of the Dudhkoshi river. You will pass through several high steel cable suspension bridges. You will often find yourself face to face with yaks, FedEx of the mountains. Make sure to make way for them. 

Most of today’s trek is moderate. You will find gentle inclines and declines while you pass through pine and rhododendron forests and villages like Thulo Gumela, TokTok, and Benkar. You will enter Sagarmatha National Park from Jorsalle. It is home to endangered species like red panda and snow leopard. 

The next milestone in our route is the Hillary bridge, named after Edmund Hillary. From here, you will start a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar (11286 ft./3440 m.) which will take you around 2 to 3 hours. Tonight, you will stay in the biggest town in the Everest region.

  • Max Altitude: 13000 ft. (3962 m.)
  • Resting Altitude: 11286 ft. (3440 m.)
  • Trek Distance: 4.3 miles (7 km.) approx
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today, you will spend the whole day relaxing and acclimatizing your body, even if you feel you don’t have to. After breakfast, you will hike to the Everest View Hotel for tea via the Syangboche airstrip. Along the way, you will enjoy a 360-degree view of the Himalayas. It is a perfect time to bust out your cameras and capture the majestic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Thamserku, Taboche, Khumbila, and more. 

Later, you will drop down to Namche Bazaar and spend the remainder of the day taking in the local culture. Visit Sherpa Culture Museum and Sagarmatha National Park Museum to learn about the history of the local people, trekking, and mountaineering in the area. You may be surprised to find an Irish pub, german bakeries, and cafes this high on the trail considering the remoteness of the Everest region. 

Namche Bazaar is essentially the last stop to stock up on supplies for the trek. Also be sure to charge your phones, power banks, and all your devices as you have to pay for charging from here onwards. You will find the last ATM if you need to withdraw money.

  • Max Altitude: 12665 ft. (3860 m.)
  • Resting Altitude: 12665 ft. (3860 m.)
  • Trek Distance: 7.45 miles (12 km.)
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

You'll be prepared to resume traveling after taking a day and a half to recover in Namche. The trail today starts with a steep climb followed by a somewhat moderate trek for a while. For the initial part of the trek, the views are stunning. As you move towards Phungithanga through Sanasa, you will find several Sherpa communities quietly going about their everyday lives. 

The nice trail abruptly changes into a harder ascent once you pass Phungithanga. The trail continues steeply through the dense rhododendron woodland and after 2.5 hours of climbing, you will reach the beautiful Tengboche monastery. 

Tenzing Norgay, the first person to reach the summit, was born nearby and served as a monk in the Tengboche monastery. The monastery and the surrounding locality are worth exploring.

  • Max Altitude: 14,469 ft. (4,410 m.)
  • Resting Altitude: 14469 ft. (4410 m.)
  • Trek Distance: 5.7 miles (9.2 km.)
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The sunrise from Tengboche monastery is stunning, so we'll try our best to wake up early to witness it. After breakfast, we descend following a lovely rhododendron forest to Deboche (3,320 m). 

The trail further crosses Imja Khol and ascends to Pangboche village (3,930 m). One of the notable summits in the area is Ama Dablam, which is just across from Pangboche. At Pangboche, you will find the oldest monastery in the region. You’ll find a unique relic inside the monastery, considered by the locals to be the scalp and hand of a Yeti.

From here, we cross another bridge and trek through small settlements like Shomare (4,010 m) and Orsho (4,190 m). Walking along Imja Khola, we ascend to Dingboche village. 

  • Max Altitude: 16732 ft. (5100 m.)
  • Resting Altitude: 14469 ft. (4410 m.)
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Since you have descended to over 4400 meters/14400 ft., it’s a good time to take a rest and acclimatize. We'll begin the day leisurely and hike to a nearby hill called Nagarjuna to acclimatize and witness the surreal mountain landscape. Later, you can explore Dingboche village and spend the remaining day relaxing

  • Max Altitude: 16207 ft. (4,940 m.)
  • Resting Altitude: 16207 ft. (4,940 m.)
  • Trek Distance: 5.2 miles (8.5 km.)
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

You’ve had acclimatization and rest day and only a small hike yesterday, so, you are ready to push further today. You will head up the main path in the wide valley under the Cholatse and Tawache peaks. The terrain will get much icy and the settlements are few and far between. 

You will ascend following a steep uphill route and reach Dusa (4,503 m). Following this trail, you will reach Dughla (4620 m.) in about two hours. You will find yourself at the foot of the Khumbu glacier, the highest glacier in the world. This is where the steep climb starts along the glacial path to the top of the Dughla Pass (4830 m.)

Continue on the steep path paying respects to the shrines created in honor of the fallen mountaineers like Rob Hall and Scott Fischer to reach Lobuche village. The landscape changes drastically in this part of the trail. Lobuche is a small settlement consisting of a few tea houses and lodges.

  • Max Altitude: 17598 ft. (5,364 m.)
  • Resting Altitude: 16942 ft. (5164 m.)
  • Trek Distance: 9.32 miles (15 km.)
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today is the day. Your dream of seeing the base camp of Mount Everest is finally going to manifest. Leaving Lobuche, we start a rocky ascent along the Khumbu glacier passing International Pyramid Laboratory Observatory. Further walking along, you reach Gorakshep, a small settlement in relatively flat terrain.

You continue aside the glacier for two more hours on a rocky, downhill, and uphill trail to reach Everest base camp. It’s time to celebrate. Stop and admire the beauty of Mount Everest, listen to the story of the climbers who are on their way to the top of the world, take pictures, and prepare to head back to Gorak Shep for the night.

  • Max Altitude: 18517 ft. (5,644 m.)
  • Resting Altitude: 14340 ft. (4371 m.)
  • Trek Distance: 6 miles (9.6 km.)
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We wake up super early and hike to Kala Patthar to witness a heavenly sunrise from this viewpoint over Mt. Everest. The hike is steep and rocky. 

Take a moment to realize that except for the scientists in the International Space Station and a few thousand mountaineers that are currently on expeditions on different peaks, all of humanity is below you. 

After enjoying the jaw-dropping mountain views from Kala Patthar, descend to Gorak Shep and retrace the path back to Lobuche. The trail crosses Dughla pass and drops down to Pheriche.

  • Max Altitude: 14340 ft. (4371 m.)
  • Resting Altitude: 11286 ft. (3440 m.)
  • Trek Distance: 10.9 miles (17.7 km.)
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We'll have a heavy breakfast and begin trekking toward Namche Bazar. Even though it’s a long walk today, it is comparatively easy as the elevation will drop as you go. 

The trail follows the same path back to Pangboche (3,930 m) and crosses multiple suspension bridges. We walk past lush forests and beautiful villages, before reaching Namche Bazaar. It’s a good chance to visit some Himalayan shops and buy souvenirs.

  • Max Altitude: 11286 ft. (3440 m.)
  • Resting Altitude: 9337 ft. (2846 m.)
  • Trek Distance: 8.3 miles (13.6 km.)
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

From Namche Bazaar, descend along a steep trail through lush forests. Trek through remote villages, crossing multiple bridges and streams. We return to Monjo and retrace the trail to Lukla via Phakding village.

  • Max Altitude: 9337 ft. (2846 m.)
  • Resting Altitude: 4,429 ft. (1350 m.)
  • Duration: 20 minutes flight
  • Accommodation: Arushi Boutique Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

As your last feat of adventure, take the daring flight back from Lukla. Enjoying the last views of the Himalayas, we descend to Kathmandu airport and drive to the hotel. The remaining day is free. You can do whatever you want and shop. We meet you in the late evening for a farewell dinner.

The Everest base camp trek is done and dusted. Prepare for your flight back home. Our airport team will help you check out from the hotel and drop you off at the international airport.

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Trip Map

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Cost Details

Included

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • Accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin-sharing room for lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • Kathmandu city tours, tour guide, and private transportation (Day 2)
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. 
  • Accident insurance for all staff
  • Trekking map, trekking t-shirt, and trip achievement certificate (Upon completion of the trek)
  • Basic first aid medical kit, oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitudes.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit & TIMS Card Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Local Government Tax - 20 USD
  • Help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements. (Insurance Required)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Excluded

  • Personal travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Visa Fee: (Available upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu)
  1. 30 USD for 15 days
  2. 50 USD for 30 days
  3. 125 USD for 90 days
  • Snacks/drinks and other personal expenses
  • Extra porter (If required) - 25 USD/day
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Internet and phone call unless it’s free.
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Departure Dates

The Trip Start Date is your arrival date in Nepal whereas End Date refers to your return date from Nepal.

The listed departure dates are designed for group trekking. If they are not feasible, let us know the dates suitable for you. You can also request a private group trip.

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Start: MondayDec 05, 2022
End: MondayDec 19, 2022
Price US $1700Status: Available
 
Start: MondayDec 12, 2022
End: MondayDec 26, 2022
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Start: MondayDec 19, 2022
End: MondayJan 02, 2023
Price US $1700Status: Available
 
Start: MondayDec 26, 2022
End: MondayJan 09, 2023
Price US $1700Status: Available
 

Useful Info

Everest Base Camp Trek Elevation and Altitude Profile 

The Everest Base Camp Trekking demands reasonable fitness and the ability to walk through steep gradients besides an average walk of 5-6 hours per day besides mental endurance. The graph below shows the altitude profile for the classic Everest Base Camp Trek. The graph makes it easier to see the gradual ascent and more rapid descent of the trek.

Everest Base Camp Trek Elevetation Profile
Day-to-Day Elevation Profile of Everest Base Camp Trekking

What is the best time to trek to the Everest base camp?

To have the best Everest base camp trekking experience, we recommend trekking from March to April in the spring season and October to November in the autumn season. These are the peak months to trek in the Himalayas and witness breathtaking mountain views. The stable weather and moderate climate welcome hundreds of travelers from around the world to the Khumbu region.

The fine, bright days with cold nights & mornings are perfect to walk amidst the mountains and verdant valleys. The region begins to thrive with seasonal vegetation and wildlife. You may get to see the biggest Nepali festivals closely in the autumn season particularly. The temperature ranges from 5°C to 18°C. The lower belts are a little warmer. 

What food and accommodation can I expect in the Everest region?

The meals during the Everest base camp trekking are very healthy and humble. You get a variety of options in Namche Bazaar, including pizza, burgers, steak, bakery items, beverages, etc. The package covers three meals a day while trekking. You get breakfast, lunch & dinner with tea/coffee. If you are a vegetarian, you'll love this trek.

Dal Bhat with veggies and curries is the staple meal. It's an authentic Nepali meal, very rich in nutrients, tastes delicious, and costs less. There are options like chapati, momo, sandwiches, Tibetan bread, porridge, thukpa, thenduk, etc. For breakfast, you get toast, eggs, oatmeal, muesli, soup, etc.

The accommodation during the trek is the tea houses run by local families. The services are definitely limited, but the hospitality is incredible. You stay overnight in a twin shared room (for a single room, let us know in advance). The rooms are small in size but have clean comfortable mattresses & blankets with great views out of the window most of the time. The washroom can be private or shared. 

Boiled water and mineral water both are available along the way. Boiled water is much more economic. You can refill your reusable water bottle almost every time it gets empty free of cost. Mineral water, on the other hand, will cost you anywhere from USD 2 to 5 for a liter.

What permits do I require to hike to the Everest base camp?

Everest base camp trek needs two permits, and you can obtain them at the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or at Monjo, the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. The permits are the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit and the Sagarmatha National Park Entry permit.

Our Everest base camp trek cost covers the fees of both permits, so you do not have to spend extra money. And our team obtains permits on behalf of our guests, making the journey extremely hassle-free.

  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit: Npr 2000 + VAT 13%
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry permit: Npr 3000 + VAT 13%

Everest Base Camp trek for beginners

If you have never trekked before or done any kind of high-altitude journey, then Everest base camp trekking can get quite challenging. The difficulty of the Everest base camp trek for novice trekkers goes much beyond the terrain. Apart from the steep and rugged paths, there are things like high altitude, limited facilities, basic accommodation, and poor networks that the individual has to deal with.

Unlike other trekking routes in the Himalayas, fortunately, the Everest base camp trail has many modern comforts, especially if you are ready to pay the price. However, if you are on a budget, then you have to make a lot of adjustments and accept the bare minimum of services. Along with your body, you should be mentally prepared too.

It's better to trek with a local trekking company because they'll arrange everything for you, help you get ready for the adventure, and provide you support during the trek.

How safe is the Everest base camp trek for solo female trekkers?

Nepal is one of the safest countries in the world to travel solo, whether you are a female or male. With that being said, you have to be careful in new surroundings and with new people. Make your choices wisely and never feel nervous to ask for help. Keep your guard up.

Now in the mountains, you have to be more careful with nature & trodden routes than other factors. The natives of the mountains are very kind, humble, welcoming, and friendly people. They are always ready to help you and share their stories. However, nature can get forgiving sometimes.

If you are trekking solo, make sure you are on the right track. Start the day early to end it on time. Be extra attentive on the trail because there would be no one to inform you about the steep, slippery sections. Carry first aid, emergency contact numbers, snacks, and a map.

Communication & Internet on the Everest Base Camp Trail

The communication and internet facilities on the Everest base camp trail are nice. You can get paid WiFi service in villages like Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, and Tengboche. Likewise, the cellular network is pretty good too, to call your friends or use the internet. There can be network disturbances at times. In the villages at higher altitudes, the WiFi service is not available. That's why cellular data is the best option.

Charging stations are in the very lodge along the trekking route. You need to pay a few bucks to charge your devices. Carry spare batteries or a solar charger to avoid this small expense if you want. Likewise, there is an ATM in Namche Bazaar, where you can withdraw money. Apart from this place, you'll not find ATMs anywhere else on the Everest base camp trekking route.

Flora & Fauna in the Everest Region

The Everest base camp trek in Nepal winds through the Sagarmatha National Park. This national park was established in 1976 to protect the wildlife and rich flora of the Khumbu region along with mountains, rivers, streams, valleys, moraines & glaciers. The Sagarmatha National Park begins right after Mojo (2,845 m) and goes up to the top of Mt. Everest (8,849 m).

The climate ranges from temperate to arctic. The major trees are pine, hemlock, fir, juniper, magnolia, birch, and rhododendron. Likewise, the exotic animals found in this national park are musk deer, red panda, snow leopard, etc. As per the records, there are more than 1000 flora species, 208 bird species, and hundreds of animals found here.

FAQs

  • Q1. Is it safe to carry electronic devices like cellphone, camera or so on? Is there is facilities of charging electronic devices?

    Yes you can bring along your electronic devices with you. However, not all devices can survive the extreme change in temperature and pressure. Digital Cameras are free of danger. If you have a laptop, make sure it is well packed and shielded.

    Teahouses have charging plug points. Most of these plugs are powered by solar and are pretty useless during cloudy days. Charging you electronic devices will cost you some money especially at higher elevations. Carry along spare batteries for your camera. There is a lack of constant electrical supply in Nepal. You may not always get to charge your devices during load shedding time.

  • The major health issue that can occur is altitude sickness. To avoid this problem, you have to drink lots of water. You should carry an effective medicine called Diamox and have it immediately after the attack. We will provide the guides and helpers who are experienced and trained to take different kinds of precautions and safety measures in this kind of situation. If your condition becomes severe, you will be taken 300m downward from your current position. From there, you can trek again in substitute time according to the rate of your body recovery.

  • There are a few internet cafes in Lukla, Namache and a few villages up to Gorak Shep. They are affordable but not completely reliable. You can connect with yours relatives through satellite phones. Some tea house offer satellite or wired phone service. Just point the device mostly east. It is an easy and inexpensive way to letting those back home know where you are and you are ok.

    Mobile phone service is available with a Nepal Cell phone company SIM card. They work perfectly well even outside the cities. However, as you go higher, you will lose the strength of the network or have no network at all.

  • Everest base camp trek difficulty is moderate to tough. The trail has lots of ascents and descents through rough, steep paths. You go above 5,500 meters and travel in a very remote area.

  • Yes, a beginner can do Everest base camp trekking. You have to be well prepared for the trek. Build walking habits and work on your stamina. Papackul all the essentials and meet us on a given date in Kathmandu. We'll take care of everything else in Nepal.

  • Usually, the Everest base camp cost begins at USD 1200 and goes above your itinerary and services. You need additional money for international flights, tipping, travel insurance, visa, personal expenses, and emergency funds.

  • From Lukla, you'll reach Everest base camp after eight days of walking. The Everest base camp itinerary is usually 14 days or 15 days. You can add a side trip to Gokyo Lakes or one of the high passes if you have time to trek more.

  • Yes, you can do the Everest base camp trek alone. Just make sure you are well equipped for the trek, got all the permits, and have booked accommodation in advance along the trekking route. Trekking alone in the peak seasons without reserving accommodation is risky. You may have to spend the night in the dining area or under the stars.

  • Yes, the Everest base camp trek is safe. You trek with an experienced guide and porter. In case of any emergency, they will help you and take care of you. While our professional team arranges all the things for your journey in Nepal, so you'll have a safe trip overall.

  • Yes, you can take a helicopter to the Everest base camp. However, landing a helicopter at EBC can be difficult because of inadequate space. If you are on a helicopter tour, you land at Kala Patthar, which offers better views.

  • No, you do not need supplemental oxygen support to trek to Everest base camp. We have seen most of the trekkers easily reach Everest base camp and even Kala Patthar without any issue.

  • Yes, Everest base camp trekking is 100% worth it. You get all the time to unwind and immerse yourself in the Himalayas. The views are sensational and worth all the long, tough walk for more than 10 days. You get to learn about the Himalayas and the natives.

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