Everest Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

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Overview

  • Duration 15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 5545m. | 18192ft.
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Everest Region
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn

Highlights

  • Accomplish the Everest base camp trek to watch Mount Everest up close
  • 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 - 15 Days Video

Everest Base Camp Trek is the kind of adventure that is almost on every trekker's bucket list. You might have trekked to several routes and several mountains. But there is nothing better than the Everest Base Camp tour whether it is for seniors, beginners, LGBTQ+, or whoever wants the Odyssey to perform. Your adventure usually begins from Lukla and takes you up to an altitude of 5,545m. (18192ft.) in Kalapatthar. From here you can see Mount Everest in such a beautiful way that you will always have the impression of it. Not just the Kalapathhar but also you will be hiking to the Base camp of Mount Everest which lies at an altitude of 5,364m. (17,598ft.) from Gorakshep which is a rendezvous point as it's the last residential area in Khumbu.

Along the trails, the Sherpa villages and Sherpa people will always be so good in their hospitality. And the flow sound of Dudhkoshi (Milk River) for around 3 days the sounds that you will never forget. You can also see the Danphe's wanderings (an endangered and National bird of Nepal) along the way. The Khumbu region is always the best to explore in seasons that basically run for almost 8 months in a year.

This 15-days Everest Base Camp Trek Package will take you from a hilly region where all you see is green hills to a completely white region of mountains. We guarantee you that if you book this trek then there is no doubt that you will ever regret it. Rather you will always remember Nepal when you remember the mountains.
In this detailed trekking to Everest Base Camp Price and Itinerary package, you will get everything you need to know about your trip to itinerate.

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest region doesn't have specific weather. There can be clouds all of a sudden at any time unexpected. So, for your easiness, we have properly diagnosed the best time for trekking to Everest Base Camp. From twilight to the late-night arrival at the tent or camp, you need to know how you are supposed to be walking and getting your footsteps ahead of others. This way you will not miss the view of any mountains along the trail nor you will get sick due to bad weather. And your trek Price will be justified too. Here are the best times for trekking on the Everest Base Camp Trail:

Spring (February to May)

As Spring blooms with green and red lushes of forests and hills so will the mountains. Along the way, the roads are not slippery. And even the flights do not usually get canceled during Springs. The skies are so clear which is always the best thing to have when you are going to the mountains. The red forest full of rhododendrons is always mesmerizing in Spring in the Sagarmatha National Park. Similarly, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and of course, Mount Everest give the best view during the time. However, it is quite hard to get enough accommodations during the season. It is because along with you there will be more of the trekkers around to get to the Base Camp of Mount Everest. As Spring is the seasonal time to do Everest Base Camp trekking, the cost of the trip will be higher.

Autumn (September to December)

Although, the autumn months end in November, however, nowadays the trek can be extended up to December. This is because snowfall usually occurs almost toward the end of December. The fall season is similar to the Spring, only the leaves are falling apart in the region. As you go higher the trees are even less and you will see the yellow shades of grasses throughout the trail. The rhododendron, however, cannot be found during the Autumn, but you will not miss the Danphe and the beautiful Dudhkoshi River's sound along the trail. The mountains are still perfectly visible. But remember as you are surrounded by the mountains, the weather is not so sure during this time. Anytime it might rain or snow towards the end of the season. The trekking cost is also quite high during this season. The costs of the hotels during the Everest Base Camp Trek are also quite hiked in Autumn.

Everest Base Camp Trekking Routes

There are two trekking routes to Everest Base Camp. The first one will directly take you to Lukla on the flight. While the second route goes through the road. And in our package, we offer you a flight back to Kathmandu even in the case of the Second route chosen. Let's discuss in detail these two routes below:

Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Flight and Trek to Everest Base Camp

This trek involves a two-way flight. First, you will go to Lukla on a twin-otter plane booked by our company. This usually involves Sita Air. Then from Lukla, your trek will go for 12 days up and down the hills and mountains in the Everest region. This is the new route that was started only after Lukla Airport (Tenzing-Hilary Airport) was constructed in 1964. And until 2001 the airport was not even paved. It was a complete off-road landing. This Lukla Airport is still considered the most dangerous airport in the world. However, now the runway is properly paved and it is completely safe to land. But still, the cost of the flights remains the same the flights might be packed during the peak season of the trek. So, we recommend you book it right away so that you won't miss Everest. This way your intentional walk will be around 65 kilometers of trail (roughly 40 miles) on the way to the EBC.

Also, check Lukla Flight Weight Limit

Kathmandu-Bupsa/Salleri (Road), Salleri-Lukla-EBC-Lukla Trek and Fly Back to Kathmandu

This walkabout route is the ancient route. This was the first time explored by none other than Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa Guide Tenzing Norge. They chose this route as there were no other options for them to conquer Everest were left. They walked from Jiri to Everest Summit and created the history that we still know today. However, at the current time, you will not have to walk from Jiri. The shared jeeps right now can take you up to Bupsa/Salleri. From there only you will start to elevation. It will take around a day for you to reach Lukla first. After that, you will keep on elevating to Everest Base Camp and come back to Lukla. But don't worry, in our package of EBC trek we have included a fly-back to Kathmandu. And also the cost of the Flight is not so high so it is already included in your cost.

Also, check Everest Base Camp through Bupsa/Salleri

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost Breakdown

The usual cost of an excursion to Everest Base Camp package is $1700. However, the Everest Base Camp Trek cost per person will always vary according to the accommodation, food, your own gear, and many more. Sometimes, the Everest Base Camp Trek cost from Kathmandu also varies in case of a flight cancellation from Lukla to Kathmandu or even Manthali. These extended days will have to be usually covered by the trekkers themselves. Basically, the Everest Base Camp Trek cost per day can be calculated at around $130-145. This is why, to avoid any kind of confusion about the total cost of the EBC trek, we have broken down detailed pricing from food, accommodation, travel, guide, and the total package cost below. 

Everest Base Camp Trek Hotel and Food Cost Breakdown 

The Hotel and Food on Everest Base Camp trail might seem a bit pricey to many trekkers. However, as the region is remote and no vehicles except the air route have reached the place, the price that you pay for them is reasonable. Usually, the cost of Food in the Everest region per person can range from anywhere between $10 to $20 for a time meal. This usually includes a pair of a single meal and drink. However, if you want to choose to have meals with something extra the price can also range above $30. 

Similarly, the rooms in the Everest region are always shared with other fellow travelers. During the peak season, the rooms along the trails cost around $7-$15. This price increases as you elevate in the trek. At this range, you will get a basic room with no attached bathroom in it. However, if you wish to choose a room with an attached bathroom in it, then the cost can go anywhere between $25-$300 or sometimes even more. The following table mentions the detailed cost breakdown of the hotel rooms in Everest Base Camp Trail:

Everest Base Camp Trek Accommodation Cost
Types of RoomCost per person in USD
Normal Shared Room without Bathroom$7-$15
Shared Room with Bathroom$20-$100
Luxury Lodge with Attached Bathroom$200-$1000

Everest Base Camp Trek Package Cost Breakdown 

The basic thing that always comes right to everyone before booking anything is its package budget. The rest details are just an addition. Simply, the Everest Base Camp Trek Package ranges between $1400 and $1700, sometimes fluctuating due to the air ticket (plane ticket). The price also fluctuates as sometimes there is a change of location like a flight from Manthali, or even a drive up to Bupsa.  That is why we have included the best breakdown for the journey.  

Check the Everest Base Camp Trek Cost below, and send us an inquiry as soon as possible because very less people get the best deals from our company:

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost
No. of TrekkersCost Per Person in USD
1-2$1700Send Inquiry
3-10$1500Send Inquiry
11 and Above$ 1400Send Inquiry

You can also send us inquiries on WhatsApp (Ramkrishna Timalsina: +977-9851083619)

Everest Base Camp Trek: Is It Right for Me?

Everest Base Camp Trek difficulty is undeniably one of the most iconic and sought-after expeditions in the trekking world. But like every adventure, it comes with its own set of challenges and unique experiences that might not be suitable for everyone. Here's a comprehensive breakdown to help you decide if this trek aligns with your goals, physical capabilities, and desires.

Physical Fitness and Preparation

This trek isn't just a walk in the park. Reaching an altitude of 5,644m. (18517ft.) at Kalapatthar is a test of endurance, even for seasoned trekkers. It's crucial to prepare your body at least six months in advance with a regimen focused on cardio, strength training, and altitude acclimatization. If you are someone who shies away from physical challenges or doesn't have the time to prep, this trek might be demanding.

Duration

The trek is typically 11 days long. The rest of the 4 days are flights sightseeing in Kathmandu. This means you'll be away from urban amenities and daily comforts for almost two weeks. If long treks intimidate you or if you're time-constrained, consider your decision. But if the idea of escaping city life for the mountains sounds appealing, this journey is perfect.

Price Considerations

The trek, especially during peak seasons, can be on the pricier side. From equipment rentals, and guide fees, to food and accommodations - the costs add up. If you're on a tight budget, you'll need to plan meticulously. However, the experience, by most accounts, is worth every penny.

P.s.: In some cases, if you are lucky enough you will also get the horses to ride on to Everest Base Camp at higher camps. If you feel too tired to march the footsteps then this can be another option for the last leg.

Permits and Guides for Everest Base Camp Trekking

Permits

This 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 price 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%

Note: If you choose the traditional EBC trek starting from Jiri or Bupsa/Salleri, you'll need an additional trekking permit. Trekkers must buy the Gaurishankar Conservation Area entry permit, priced at NPR 3000 for foreigners.

Guides

Before 2023, anyone could go to the Everest Base Camp trekking without any guide. However, since 2023 no traveler has been allowed to solo Trek in Nepal which obviously includes the Everest Base Camp. Guides are kept so that you will have safe and sound travel on the trek.

Guides will also make it easy to get good hotels and food in the region. Of course, they are booked by the trekking company but also with a guide, there is minimal chance of getting scammed. Moreover, safe travel can be ensured with a perfect guide.

To book a good trekking guide make sure you choose Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition. This is because we have the best trained and experienced guides. Our guides have a government-assigned Guide License.

The upside in our guides is their High-Altitude Training Achievement and First Aid. This will ensure that you are safe even in severe conditions during the trek. Additionally, we do not charge you any extra price for the guides. The cost of the guide is already included in your Trekking Cost.

Booking, Payment, and Cancellation Policy

Booking

When you choose to book holiday to Everest Base Camp Trek with Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expeditions, you're in for an unparalleled journey. 
To secure your place, an early booking is essential. Generally, a deposit of 20% of the total Mount Everest trek cost is required with your Passport copy. The remaining amount can be settled at our office at least a day before your trek begins. You have the flexibility to pay via cash, card, online transfer, or bank transfer. However, keep in mind that card payments come with an additional 5% bank charge.

Completing Your Payment

After your initial booking, it's crucial to complete the full payment at least a day before your trek starts from Kathmandu. Upon receiving your complete payment, Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expeditions will provide you with all the necessary documents and confirmations for your trek.

Payments can be made in cash, by card, online transfer, or through bank transfer. If you opt for the card payment method, be prepared for an additional 4% bank charge.

Cancellation and Refund Policy for the Trek

Travel plans can sometimes be unpredictable, and we understand that. Our cancellation and refund policy for the trip is as follows:

  • The 20% deposit amount is completely non-refundable even if you cancel the trek. However, the trip can be rescheduled to later times.
  • After you pay the price of the trek and you want to cancel it 20 days prior to the start, only 50% amount is refundable.
  • However, if you cancel the trek 7 days before the start, then no amount is refundable.

If the trek gets canceled due to unforeseen circumstances like adverse weather conditions, Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expeditions commits to refunding your entire deposit.

Note: If you want to extend your trek due to any circumstances, we are ready to do that for you. Also, if you think you cannot complete the trek, then we have the upside of you letting your trek be done by some other person. We will not charge extra for the trek transfer.

Flight Delay/Cancellation

If the flight gets delayed or canceled while returning or going back to and from Kathmandu; then for your extra days' hotel and food costs, we advise you to carry some extra local currency.

Departure Note

The Trip Start Date is your arrival date in Nepal whereas the 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.

For additional information and query:
Ramkrishna Timalsina: +977-9851083619 (WhatsApp)
E-mail: info@himalayanst.com

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 for around 45 mins. 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 guesthouse 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 farewell dinner will be done in Bhojan Griha. It is a typical Nepali Restaurant based in Kathmandu which provides a good menu and taste of Nepali food. Along with that Bhojan Griha is also famous for the local dance performances from all over the country in one place.

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

Everest Base Camp Trek - 15 Days map

Cost Details

Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle (Both domestic and international)
  • Accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Comfortable private vehicles for ground transportation as per 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, Government Licensed and High-Altitude Trained Guide
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment.
  • Accident insurance for all staff
  • Trekking map, trekking hat, duffel bag, trekking pole.
  • Trip achievement certificate (Upon completion of the trek)
  • First aid kit, oximeter for checking pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate at higher altitude
  • Entry Permit for Sagarmatha National Park and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card Fee (Required: 2 passport size photos)
  • $20 - Local Government Tax
  • Assistance with rescue and evacuation (Insurance is required for evacuation)
  • Walkie-talkie is available for group trekkers

Excluded

  • Personal travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Visa Fee upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu)
  • Snacks/drinks and other personal expenses
  • Extra porter (If required) - 25 USD/day
  • Hot showers on the trail
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Internet and phone calls 
  • Gratuity for team members

Departure Dates

The "Trip Start Date" is when you arrive in Nepal, and the "End Date" is when you leave Nepal.

The departure dates we provide are for group treks. If these don't work for you, share your preferred dates. You can even ask for a private group journey.

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Start: TuesdayApr 16, 2024
End: TuesdayApr 30, 2024
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Start: FridayApr 19, 2024
End: FridayMay 03, 2024
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Start: MondayApr 22, 2024
End: MondayMay 06, 2024
Price US $1400Status: Available
 
Start: ThursdayApr 25, 2024
End: ThursdayMay 09, 2024
Price US $1400Status: Available
 
Start: SundayApr 28, 2024
End: SundayMay 12, 2024
Price US $1400Status: Available
 

Useful Info

What to Expect in Everest Base Camp Trek?

The first thing you can expect on this trek is the completion of your bucket list. As the Everest region requires enough physical fitness and training for almost 3 months before the trip, the expectation is always good. Simply, unless you arrive at the destination of base camp you won't know the mountains because once you visit you will feel like doing a migration and settling in the mountains rather than to go someplace like a desert.

What we recommend you expect on the trek is; the Sherpas, the children, the cultures, and the cold forgetting the beauty of the mountains. If you talk about the Sherpas, they are the indigenous people of the Khumbu region. The major occupation of these people is none other than tourism. For six months whenever there is the best trekking season to Everest Base Camp, they treat you with so much great hospitality.

The respect you get from the Sherpas here is that you never get anywhere in the world. Moreover, the first person to ascent Mt. Everest Mr. Tenzing Norgey was also a Sherpa. He helped Sir Edmund Hillary to get to the summit of Everest before anyone else. Just imagine if one Sherpa did such a great achievement what others are capable of. They will help you as porters, trekking leaders, and your hospitality partners.

The children in the Khumbu region are another beauty. We have managed more than 1,000 trips to Everest Base Camp. And the happiness our guests had the most was because of the children of Khumbu. One of our guests Nick from New Zealand even said, "The children in Khumbu asked me for chocolate, they didn't ask for money." "All they wanted is happiness," Nick added. And exactly as Nick said, the children are the same. They are the future of Khumbu, and their mesmerizing smile will never let you tear your gaze away from them.

The Sherpa culture is another beauty that you can never forget once you are in Khumbu. Imagine a community that has its roots embedded deep within the majestic folds of the Himalayas. That's the Sherpa people for you. They are not just known for guiding climbers up Everest but representing a rich tapestry of culture, tradition, and faith.

They originally hailed from Tibet but journeyed to Nepal between 400 and 600 years ago. In doing so, they didn't just change their address. They also embraced the towering Himalayas and adapted brilliantly to its high-altitude challenges.

What language do they speak? While their tongue closely mirrors Tibetan, many are also eloquent in Nepali, the official language of Nepal. If you ever trek to Everest Base Camp, keep your eyes peeled for intricate stone sculptures etched with Tibetan text carvings. But don't worry, because of tourism as their profession, the Sherpas are fluent in multiple languages from all around the world.

Religion is their compass, with most Sherpas practicing the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. The Khumbu region's heartbeats are the monasteries or "Gompas" like Tengboche and Pangboche. And for them, Mount Everest isn't merely Earth's highest peak. They revere it as "Chomolungma," the "Mother Goddess of the World" and thus consider it a pilgrimage for the locals.

Festivity is woven into the Sherpa way of life. The Mani Rimdu festival stands out, a grand celebration in Tengboche, Thame, and Chiwong monasteries. It's a time of dance, song, and stories of Guru Rinpoche, who introduced Buddhism to Tibet.

Then there's the Dumji festival, a heartfelt thank-you to the gods who watch over the Sherpa community. And we should not even forget their New Year Lhosar that falls in the month of March which is a peak season for the trek. So, during your trip, you will not miss their festivals either.

The Khumbu region is a treasure trove of towering peaks and ancient glaciers. It draws adventurers and nature lovers alike, eager to marvel at its beauty.

At the heart of Khumbu stands Mount Everest, soaring at an impressive 8,848.86 meters (29,032 feet). It's not just the tallest mountain in the world, but a symbol of both human determination and nature's splendor. In local tongues, it's called 'Sagarmatha' in Nepali and 'Chomolungma' in Tibetan.

Just a breath away is Lhotse, reaching 8,516 meters (27,940 feet). It's the world's fourth tallest, sitting proudly beside Everest. Then there's the stunning Ama Dablam. While not as tall, it stands out with its unique shape, much like a mother cradling her child. It rises gracefully to 6,812 meters (22,349 feet).

And as you walk towards Everest Base Camp, you'll spot Thamserku and Kangtega. These twin beauties, climbing to 6,608 meters (21680 feet) and 6,782 meters (22,251 feet) respectively, paint a breathtaking backdrop to the Khumbu landscape.

The Khumbu region boasts three magnificent glaciers, each with its unique charm and significance.

Firstly, there's the Khumbu Glacier, the mightiest in Nepal. Starting from Everest Base Camp and reaching down to Lobuche, this glacier is a mountaineer's path to Everest's summit from the south. It's not just an icy trail, but a testament to nature's wonder.

Then we have the glacier that feeds Imja Tse Lake, found south of Everest. But nature's beauty here comes with a warning: the glacier is shrinking due to climate change. This retreat has sparked concerns about potential floods from the lake. Yet, travelers need not worry. Trekking here remains safe, allowing you to witness the effects of our changing planet firsthand.

Lastly, near the serene village of Gokyo, you'll find a glacier known to be the Himalayas' longest. Walking its trail, you're treated to views of shimmering turquoise lakes and majestic peaks that seem to touch the sky.

In the heart of Khumbu, amidst these glaciers, every step tells a tale of nature's power and fragility. So, book your trip and witness it for yourself.

Preparing for 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 before 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 from 5 to 6 hours a day with approximately 5-7 kg backpack weight on you. Therefore, you need to be in good shape and health to join the trek to Everest base camp itinerary. 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

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 of Everest Base Camp Elevation 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

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

While going to Everest Base Camp, you will have to walk at least 5-6 hours uphill every day reaching up to an altitude of 5,644 meters. There are some places where you can go downhill too, however, the elevation is way higher than you can imagine. Another thing that makes the trek difficult is the altitude sickness. Not everyone who has good health and physical endurance is able to reach their destinations. We have lots of histories of people canceling the trip in the middle of being sick.

But don't worry the Base Camp cannot be hard on everyone. There are the best ways to get to your destination. The above-mentioned cases are of a few people only. The mountain is not hard every time on everyone. It is just sometimes you might feel bad otherwise once you see the mountains surrounding you every stress on you will get away. You will forget what your previous life was like. You will enjoy the view. You will love it.

Yes, the journey is of course difficult but not impossible either.

Communication and 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 Wi-Fi service is not available everywhere. 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 are ATMs in Namche Bazaar and Lukla, where you can withdraw money. Apart from these places, you'll not find ATMs anywhere else on the Everest base camp trekking route.

Food and Accommodation during Everest Base Camp Trek

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 economical. 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.

Flora and Fauna in the Everest Region

This trip 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 Monjo (2,845m./9,333ft.) and goes up to the top of Mt. Everest (8,848.86 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 Lukla flight safe?

    Yes, Lukla's flight is completely safe. There are twin-otter airplanes to Lukla. However, the Lukla Airport runway being so short, is considered to be the most dangerous airport in the world.

  • For foreigners in Nepal, Passport and ID photos are required to get permits and other documentation for Everest Base Camp Trek. For Nepali, their citizenship and ID photos will work fine.

  • No, you cannot solo trek to Everest Base Camp. Since 2023, the Nepal Government doesn't allow solo treks to EBC, so you'll need to join a group or hire a guide.

    Many trekkers often experience altitude sickness and need evacuation. Plus, it's easy to lose your way if you wander off the main trail. So, getting a guide or joining a group is the best option.
     

  • Yes, the Everest Base Camp is crowded in the peak seasons (Spring and Autumn). Every season, 30,000 to 40,000 adventurers take on this journey. In the busiest times, up to 500 trekkers start their journey daily.

  • If you often hit the gym, swim, run, or train physically, you're well-fit for the Everest Base Camp Trek. But if you're not active, you should walk 4 to 7 kilometers every day at least for 3 months before starting the trek.

  • From either Salleri or Lukla, 95% of trekkers successfully reach Everest Base Camp. The trek to Everest Base Camp takes anywhere from 12 to 15 days to finish.

  • On the trek, porters can carry up to 15kg (33 lbs) of your main pack. Just be careful not to overbuy in Namche. It's a good idea to have an extra bag to leave gear in Kathmandu that you won't need for the trek. Typically, the plane also allows luggage up to 15kg (33 lbs).

  • The Everest Base Camp trek is generally safe and enjoyable, even with the risks of high-altitude sickness or unexpected natural events. Regardless of potential altitude challenges, the trek suits all travelers, depending on the time they can set aside for rest and acclimatization.

  • Yes, you can exchange your money in Namche Bazaar. There are money exchange companies like Western Union and IME are available. Even there are few banks in Lukla and Namche Bazaar that do the money exchange. But the exchange rate is so low in those places. So, it is better to exchange the currencies in Kathmandu.

  • Yes, you can use card payment in Everest Region up to Namche only. The more you elevate the hotels usually prefer cash payments. So, it is more advisable to use cash.

  • Yes, you can sleep at Everest Base Camp during the expedition time only. But the package itineraries will have accommodations in Gorakshep. You will have to pay separately to sleep in the base camp. The Everest Base Camp location usually keeps on changing every year due to weather and climate change issues. But it is completely safe to sleep in a tent there.

  • The Lukla flight limits you to carry a weight of up to 15 kg (33 lbs.). This weight is divided into 10kg of luggage and 5 kg of hand carry.

  • Yes, you can smoke as well as drink on the trek. But it is not advisable for your health as you cannot safely elevate to higher altitudes by drinking and smoking.

  • Yes, you can hire a guide as well as a porter in Lukla. Usually, the porters are only hired in Lukla. However, we recommend you to hire a guide from your tour operator in Kathmandu.

  • Yes, the helicopter can take you back to Lukla. This is usually chosen by trekkers because the return route on the trek is the same as the elevation.

  • There are 3-start up to 5-star hotels up to Everest View Hotel in the Everest trek. However, at higher altitudes, there are fewer hotels. In peak seasons, there are tents made available by the hotels in case rooms are not vacant. However, you can also get sharing rooms at higher altitudes.

  • You can see the first view of Everest during the EBC trek on the second day of your trek. This is when you hike towards Namche from Phakding. There is a resting point in the middle. From there you can visualize Everest for the first time during the trek.

  • Yes, there are hot showers available in the EBC. You need to pay an extra charge to the hotels to take hot showers.

  • Usually, you don't need an oxygen cylinder for the EBC trek. But when your oxygen level is so low, then in that case only, oxygen is made available for you. Actually, the oxygen cylinders are for the Everest Climbers.

  • 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.

  • 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 1400 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, 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.

  • 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.

  • Yes, the teahouses have charging plug points. Most of these plugs are powered by solar and are pretty useless during cloudy days. Charging your 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 the power cut time.

  • Walking to Everest Base Camp is not that hard if you are physically fit and have trained well. However, the altitude up to 5,644 meters (18517ft.) can get you mountain sickness and other health issues. But the trained people do not feel quite hard trekking to Everest Base Camp as there are plenty of spaces for resting and having talks with fellow travelers.

  • The standard hike to Everest Base Camp takes 12 days to complete. It will start from Kathmandu, where you will be hiking for continuous 8 days till Everest Base Camp. Then it will take exactly 4 days to get down to Lukla and fly to Kathmandu.

  • Usually, the cost of Everest Base Camp Trek ranges from $1400 reaching up to even $3000. This expensiveness depends upon the package you choose and your own extra expenses. The tour operator generally will charge you $1400-$2000.

  • As EBC is not the most difficult trek in the world, obviously, beginners can do it. But make sure you get trained both physically and mentally before starting the journey.

  • You actually do not climb to Everest Base Camp; you walk. Yes, the normal person can simply trek to Everest Base Camp with proper training and physical fitness. You will trail along the hills first and then the mountain paths all along.

  • A healthy individual aging from 10 years to 70 years with good physical and mental fitness can involve in the EBC trek.

  • Everest Base Camp sits about 200-300 km from Kathmandu. A plane ride to Lukla takes roughly 35-40 minutes. From Lukla, it's a 65 km trek to EBC, requiring around 7-8 hours of walking each day.

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