Everest Base Camp Trek

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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 Video

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

Whether you want to hike to Everest base camp to prove yourself against the difficulties or enjoy the breathtaking mountain sceneries, it's going to be a life-changing journey. Imagine a 35 minutes thrilling flight from the bustling city of Kathmandu that will take you to Lukla (2,860 m) where the trek begins, and suddenly you are surrounded by the chirping of birds, tranquility, and rejuvenating mountain air.

We believe Everest base camp trekking is more than just an adventurous trek. Over the years, we have led hundreds of individuals to the basecamp Everest, and all of them told us that the Everest base camp trek is a magical experience for self-realization, connecting to your higher self, testing your endurance, unlocking a huge achievement, and relearning to be humble.

In the fast-paced world, we live in today, it's so easy to get lost & forget about nature, slow living, and taking deep breaths. Our Everest base camp trek 15 days trip will once again connect you to nature. You'll live a slow life for a couple of weeks and appreciate every single second of your life. The native guide will help you mingle with the locals and introduce you to the Himalayan lifestyle.

lush green hills and the snow-capped mountains peeking through clouds along the trail are what you see in the first few days of trekking. Following the rhododendron forests, the trail sometimes goes along the foothills accompanied by the rushing sound of rivers and waterfalls. The hanging suspension bridges are decorated with colorful prayer flags that escape in the fog, and you only think about what's beyond it.

Everest base camp trek in Nepal 2022/2023

As we are already in the mid-way of the year 2022 and preparing for the last trekking season of the year, autumn (late September to November), there couldn't be a better time to finally book your Everest base camp trekking. Our team will help you in the preparation for the trek, so you do not have to worry about anything.

Even though it is a journey far away from your home country in one of the remotest and most extreme parts of the world, trust us, you'll oddly feel coming back to a home that never existed before. Likewise, you can also do the early booking for the Everest base camp trek in 2023 spring/autumn and have ample time to prepare yourself for the trek.

No doubt, the Everest base camp trek of 15 days is one of the top treks in 2022 & 2023.

Beautiful villages & welcoming locals- Sherpas

Another huge winning factor for the Everest base camp trek is the picturesque villages and rich cultural heritage of the locals. Among all the communities, the most famous ones are Sherpas. They are known for their strong build and relentless hard work. There's a saying, "no mountains in the Himalayas can be climbed without the help of Sherpas and porters".

On the way to Everest base camp, you pass by the homes of Sherpas. This gives you the opportunity to learn a lot about them and their beliefs. The trail has many monasteries, stupas, chortens, and prayer wheels than you can imagine. There are artistic gates to the entrance of the new village. Khumjung monastery (3,790 m), Tengboche monastery (3,860 m), and Pangboche monastery (3,985 m) are the three major monasteries you'll be visiting during the Everest base camp trekking.

Witness some of the highest mountains in the world

Everest base camp trek is a trip in the ocean of mountains and peaks. Every step brings you face to face with mountains that are eight thousand meters above. The dominating snowy Himalayan mountains can get overwhelming and cold at the start, but as you gradually open your heart, you'll begin to feel welcomed and protected.

During your trek to 5,644 meters, you'll see an uncountable number of mountains. Among them, some famous ones are Mt. Everest (8,849 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Mt. Purmoi (7,161 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Imja Tse (6,160 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), Baruntse (7,162 m), etc.

Apart from the mountains, the Everest base camp trek for 15 days takes you across gorgeous valleys and stunning glaciers. The moraines, narrow ridges, and gorges are some other highlights of this trek. The landscape changes from sub-tropical to alpine zone within a matter of a few days.

Everest base camp trek packages

Many routes lead to the base camp of Mt. Everest. Depending upon your physical fitness and timing, you can choose the itinerary. We have the best Everest base camp trek itinerary that lets travelers enjoy the venture in the Khumbu region to its fullest. Apart from that, we also tailor-made the itinerary for our guests.

If you want to spend a long time in the mountains, then the Jiri to Everest base camp trek is the perfect package for you. This itinerary follows the classic route to EBC, traversed by Tenzing Norgay Shera and Sir Edmund Hillary (first Mt. Everest summiteers).

Likewise, for travelers who are looking for a short trek, we highly recommend Everest base camp trek with helicopter return or Luxury Everest base camp trek. Everest base camp helicopter tour is another luxury package. The luxury EBC trek is all about a comfortable trip with all the modern facilities.

Similarly, the Everest Gokyo Lake Trek and Everest three high passes trek are two challenging trekking packages that explore the further remote corners of the Everest region. These two trekking packages are recommended to experienced trekkers.

Trek to the lap of the highest mountain in the world with a local adventure company

It can be intimidating to choose the ideal Everest base camp trek for yourself from many travel companies out there promising to offer the best price and secure trek. We believe every local trekking company has something different to offer. We are not here to compete with anyone & say we are better. Our team is built up of adventure heads who love to explore and share the same feeling.

Our packages and services have their own essence that you'll not get with any other trekking company out there. We love what we do, and we are thriving each day to be better at what we do. Our comprehensive EBC trek package, friendly crew, transparent policy, no hidden charges, and full support during the treks makes any journey in the Himalayas smooth and a lifetime experience.

Choosing us will let you escape the intermediary charges that the travel portals take and allow you to contribute directly towards the betterment of the mountain community. We do not have any unnecessary bureaucracy, and you can book any trip with us in just a few clicks.

And of course, the cost you pay will be the lowest in return for the best service.

What to expect during Everest base camp trekking?

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 accommodation 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.

Everest – is this trip right for you?

Ask yourself these questions before booking an Everest base camp trek to know whether this trip is right for you or not.

  • First thing, reaching the base of the world's highest mountain may sound very tempting, and you may get swayed by its popularity. Consider your physical fitness and the requirements of the EBC trek. 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.
  • Regardless of your age and fitness, if you have the right mindset & proper team, you can make it to the base camp of Mt. Everest.
  • If you are short on time and thinking to cut off the acclimatization days & increase elevation gain each day by more than 500 meters to complete the trek in a short time, then stop it. There are packages like EBC trek with Heli return, EBC helicopter tour, etc that let you travel to Everest base camp without spending a long time.
  • Whether you can spend a lot of money and get all the things as per your likings or adjust to basic accommodation & simple meals. There is no in-between. Your endurance matters a lot during the Everest base camp trekking.

Everest Base Camp Elevation and Altitude Profile

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

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. Prepare for the trek with cardiovascular training such as cycling, swimming, hill-climbing, and walking for enjoying the trek to the utmost level.

Our 15 days trek to Everest Base Camp begins from Lukla, 2800 Meters. From here we will lose some altitude while hiking to Phakding, at an elevation of 2610 meters. The real trekking adventure begins from Phakding. Our trek slowly gains elevation as we ascend and reach all the way to Kalapatthar; 5545 meters which is the highest elevation of our trekking journey.

The trek route 15 days Mount Everest Base Camp Trek follows Monjo (2840 meters) – Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) - Everest View Hotel (3880 meters) – Kyangjuma (3570 meters) – Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters) - Pheriche (4280 meters) –  Dingboche (4360 meters) –  Thukla (4700 meters) – Lobuche (4940 meters) – Gorkhshep (5170 meters). From Gorekhshep 2 hours hike reaches Everest Base Camp (5364 Meters).

Reaching the Kalapatthar (5545 Meters), we hike down to Dingboche (4360 Meters) and then retrace the trail we took earlier, all the way back to Lukla. 

 

Itinerary

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On your arrival day, you get picked up by our airport team. They will welcome you at the international airport terminal and transfer you to the hotel. You'll stay overnight in our own hotel, Arushi Boutique Hotel, and later meet the rest team members over welcome dinner. The evening is free. Stroll on the bustling streets of Thamel and enjoy Kathmandu's nightlife.

We take one full day off in Kathmandu. In the morning, we take you to tourist sites in Kathmandu. The tour involves visiting Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Asham Market. This guided tour gives you a good understanding of Nepali culture and history.

After lunch, rest for a bit, and later meet us in our office to prepare for the trek. The trek guide will introduce himself and brief you about the trek. We'll then begin packing and shopping for missing things.

  • Altitude: 2,846 m
  • Trek distance: 6.2 km/3.8 miles
  • Duration: 35 minutes flight & 3 hours trek
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trek begins today. We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla airport, the trailhead where porters join our team. After loading all the luggage, we begin descending toward Phakding village. The trail goes through villages like Cheplung (2,660 m) and Thado Koshi Gaon (2,580 m). We can see views of Kongde Ri and Kusum Kangguru along the way.

  • Altitude: 3,440 m
  • Trek distance: 7.4 km/4.6 miles
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Phakding, it's an impressive walk to Namche Bazaar. You trek through rhododendron & magnolia forests. Passing by Toktok (2,7760 m) and Bengkar village (2,630 m), cross the Hillar Bridge. It is a long suspension bridge. We reach Monjo (2,835 m) and register permits at the police checkpoint. The trail then winds through the Sagarmatha National Park, crossing numerous suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river and small settlement areas. The trail gets steep as we approach Namche Bazaar.

  • Altitude: 3,962 m
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

On this day, we spend another night in Namche Bazaar and hike to a high and sleep low to acclimatize our bodies. Early in the morning, we follow the stone trail that ascends to Syangboche Airstrip and further leads to the Hotel Everest View.

We get to see tempting views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Thamserku, Taboche, Khumbila, etc from here. Later, we drop down to Namche Bazaar and spend the remaining day visiting Everest Photo Gallery, Sherpa Culture Museum, cafes, and souvenir shops.

  • Altitude: 3,860 m
  • Trek distance: 9.2 km/5.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Leaving Namche Bazaar, we follow an uphill route past verdant foothills to Kyangjuma (3,550 m). After walking for some time, we’ll descend to Phungi Thanga (3,250 m) and cross a bridge. The trail then goes through a lush forest and ascends to Tengboche village. The views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, etc are phenomenal from this village.

  • Altitude: 4,410 m
  • Trek distance: 12 km/7.45 miles
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & 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). 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.

  • Altitude: 5,100 m
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today, we have another acclimatization day. We'll begin the day leisurely and hike to a nearby hill called Nagarjuna to acclimatize and witness the surreal mountain landscape. Later, we explore Dingboche village and spend the remaining day relaxing.

  • Altitude: 4,940 m
  • Trek distance: 8.5 km/5.2 miles
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

We'll ascend following a steep uphill route and reach Dusa (4,503 m). The trail from here continues to Dughla (4,620 m). We'll walk on the glacial path to the top of Dughla pass (4,830 m). Further walking past tombstones, we walk on the steep path to Lobuche village. The landscape changes drastically in this part of the trail.

  • Altitude: 5,364 m
  • Trek distance: 15 km/9.32 miles
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

It's a big day today. After all those long walks in the last few days, we'll finally make it to the lap of Mt. Everest, Everest Base Camp. From Lobuche, we follow a rocky ascend along the Khumbu Glacier and walk past a place called Pyramid (4,970 m). It's an Italian Research Center. We then walk up to Gorak Shep and keep trekking alongside glacier moraine & streams. The trail is trodden and steep. Further, passing by the Khumbu Glacier, we reach EBC. We'll return back to Gorak Shep to spend the night.

  • Altitude: 5,644 m
  • Trek distance: 9.6 km/6 miles
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & 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. 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's pass and drops down to Pheriche.

  • Altitude: 3,440 m
  • Trek distance: 17.7 km/10.9 miles
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

We'll have a heavy breakfast and begin trekking towards Namche Bazar. It's a long walk today. 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.

  • Altitude: 2,846 m
  • Trek distance: 13.6 km/8.3 miles
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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

  • Altitude: 1,350 m
  • Duration: 35 minutes flight
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast & farewell dinner

We fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning. It'll be one of the most thrilling takeoffs of our life. 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 farewell dinner.

The Everest base camp trek has ended. You leave Kathmandu on this day. 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 map

Cost Details

Included

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • Three-night 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 lodge to 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 (after completion of the trek)
  • First aid medical kit (Basic), Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit & TIMS Card Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • The US $ 20 Local Government Tax
  • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Excluded

  • Personal Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Visa fees are as follows 
  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 (it cost USD25 per day)
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • WiFi 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 Dates refers to your returning date from Nepal.

The listed departure date is a specially quoted trip and is designed specifically for the group joining option. If the provided dates are not feasible for you, let us know your other suitable date for you which later on can be added by us. You can also request a private group trip.

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Start: MondaySep 05, 2022
End: MondaySep 19, 2022
Price US $1699Status: Limited
 
Start: MondaySep 12, 2022
End: MondaySep 26, 2022
Price US $1699Status: Limited
 
Start: MondaySep 19, 2022
End: MondayOct 03, 2022
Price US $1699Status: Closed
 
Start: MondaySep 26, 2022
End: MondayOct 10, 2022
Price US $1699Status: Available
 

Useful Info

Best time of the year to trek

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 much hotter.

Flora & Fauna

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.

Everest base camp trek 15 days itinerary

The Everest base camp trek begins from Lukla (2,846 m). You take a short flight from Kathmandu to reach Lukla. The trail descends to Phakding village (2,610 m), passing by small settlement areas. You rest here and get ready early in the next morning to leave for Namche Bazaar. The trail from Phakding crosses many suspension bridges and reaches Monjo.

You'll register your permits here and walk through lush forests of rhododendron & magnolia. The final few meters of walk to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) is steep. Here, you spend a couple of nights acclimatizing before ascending toward Tengboche village (3,860 m). To acclimatize, you hike to Hotel Everest View (3,962 m) and have the option to continue it to Khumjung monastery (3,790 m).

From Namche Bazaar, the trail climbs to Tengboche village via Phungi Thanga (3,250 m). Further, trekking through dense rhododendron forest, you descend to Deboche (3,320 m) and cross Imja Khola over a suspension bridge. Passing by Pangboche village (3,930 m), the trail gradually ascends to Dingboche (4,410 m). You spend another rest day in Dingboche village hiking to Nagarjuna Hill (5,100 m).

The trail from Dingboche continues to Lobuche (6,119 m) crossing Dughla Pass (4,830 m). This part of the Everest base camp trek route is more on steep & rugged sides with a barren landscape. The following day, you finally reach Everest base camp (5,643 m), walking via the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and Gorak Shep (5,164 m). You'll spend the night at Gorak Shep on this day instead of EBC.

Early in the morning, hike to Kala Patthar (5,644 m) to witness a gorgeous sunrise and 360-degree views of the mountain around you. Follow the same trail back to Lobuche village and drop down to Pheriche village (4,371 m). Now it's a long descent to Namche Bazaar through beautiful villages and lush forests. From Namche Bazaar, retrace the trail back to Lukla airport.

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Everest base camp trek is a moderate to difficult trek. You can join this trek without previous trekking experience. The trail sees numerous ascends and descends every day. The region only gets remote, and facilities are inadequate as you approach Everest base camp. High altitude journeys have their pros and cons. One of the cons of high-altitude treks is altitude sickness.

You do not have to worry about altitude sickness because it's a common illness that travelers see on a trek like this. If you see symptoms (headache, difficulty in breathing, insomnia, loss of appetite, etc), you can have medicine and drop to a lower elevation until the symptoms fade away. In the worst case, we may have to evacuate you to a nearby hospital in Kathmandu. It's a rare event.

Other things like basic accommodation, limited services, and simple meals may also make the journey furthermore difficult for some trekkers if they can't endure these limitations. You need a lot of energy and determination to get up every day for 11 days straight and walk multiple hours to reach your destination.

Accommodation during base camp trek 

The accommodation during the trek is the lodge. The lodges are 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.

Meals on Everest 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, then 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.

Water & Beverages

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. On the other hand, mineral water is very expensive. You'll be like paying USD 2 to 5 for a bottle of water is absurd and also increases waste.

Now for beverages, there are tea, coffee, sprites, juice, etc. There are shops in big villages that sell local and imported alcoholic drinks too. If you are gaining elevation, then do not consume alcoholic drinks. It'll make you vulnerable to altitude sickness.

Required Permits for Everest Base Camp 

Everest base camp trek needs two permits, and both you can obtain 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%
  • Fitness Level & Preparation for the Trek

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 base camp 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.

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. When we talk about the difficulties Everest base camp trek carries for novice trekkers, then it goes much beyond the terrain. Apart from the steep and rugged paths, there are things like high altitude, limited facilities, basic accommodation, poor network, etc 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 bare minimum 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 venture, and give you full support during the trek.

How Safe are 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 there can be bad people sometimes wherever you go. Make your choices wisely, and never feel nervous to ask for help. Research about the locals and the society before traveling. Keep your guard up.

Now in the mountains, you have to be more careful with nature & trodden routes, than the humans. 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 cold 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.

Travel 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 too. There can be medical emergencies, accidents, etc on the way.

If you have well-covered Travel insurance, we can easily offer you quick medical assistance. Without travel insurance, it gets tough to make rescuers come for evacuation. Similarly, you can include flight cancellation and loss/theft of baggage in the insurance.

Communication & Internet

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 disturbance sometimes.

In the villages at upper altitudes, the WiFi service is not available. That's why cellular data is the best option. The Nepali telecommunications company Ncell provides internet service up to Everest base camp. Do not expect the network to be smooth, but you may get a chance to use the internet at base camp.

Charging & ATM

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.

What should you pack for Everest Base camp trekking?

Follow the blow packing guidelines for the Everest base camp trek for 15 days. It's always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared in the Himalayas. Also, you'll get all trekking clothes & gear in Thamel. You can rent or buy them as per your wish. So, no need to carry everything from your home.

  • Head & Hand: Sun Cap, Wool/Fleece Hat, Lightweight Synthetic Liner Glove
  • Upper Body: Short-Sleeved Shirts/T-shirts, Lightweight Top/Thermo Coat, Synthetic or Fleece Jacket, Down Insulated Jacket
  • Lower Body: Underwear, Trekking Pants, Warm socks
  • First Aid Kit: Water Purification Tablets, Handy Plaster, Crack Bandage, Tincture, Lodine, Strepsils, Antibiotic, Paracetamol, Aspirin, Sinex, Anti-Diarrhea Capsule/Eldoper, Brufen/Ibuprofens, Diamox, Eye Drops
  • 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, Pocket Torch, Swiss Knife, Sandals, Lightweight Hiking/Trekking Boots, Rucksacks (45 - 55 Ltr.), 1 Duffel Bag, Water Bottles, Pee Bottle, Pack Towel, Umbrella/RainCoat, Spare batteries, Waterproof Stuff Sacks, Solar chargeable power bank (optional), Journal/Pen, Book/Board Game, Bars & Snacks
  • Travel Documents: Valid Passport, Valid Visa, 4 PP Size Photo, Insurance Paper (Medical & Rescue) & Contact Address, Family/Company Contact Number & Address, Credit Card

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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