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

Your 15-day Mt. Everest base camp trek begins from Lukla and takes you up to an altitude of (5,545 m. | 18,192 ft.) in Kalapathar. This tour is not just a base camp tour. Throughout the trek, you will be in the warm hospitality of the Sherpa communities. Also, You will be complemented by the mesmerizing melody of the Dudh Koshi River.

Trekkers will be able to visit places like Lukla Airport, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Everest View Hotel, Tengboche Monastery, Dingboche, Nagarjuna Hill, Lobuche, Gorakh Shep, Everest Base Camp Trek, and Kala Patther. The Sagarmatha Base Camp lies at (5,364 m. | 17,598 ft.) from Gorak Shep, a rendezvous point as it's the last residential area in Khumbu.

Throughout the trek, one can see exotic animals like Snow Leopard, Himalayan Tahr, Red Panda, and Himalayan Monal(Danphe Bird, a national bird of Nepal). Though this might depend upon your luck to get the sight of any of these animals.

Additionally, mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 meters/29,029 feet), Lhotse (27,940 feet |  8,516 meters), Nuptse (25,771 feet | 7,855 meters), Ama Dablam (6,812 m. | 22,349 feet), Kangtega (6,782 meters | 22,251 feet), and Thamserku (6,623 meters | 21,719 feet) can be seen in this trek.

This Everest Base Camp itinerary promises an affordable cost and an unforgettable transformation from lush greenery to the serene white expanse of the mountains. Though this journey can be difficult for beginners, with our support it can be achieved easily.

Summarized Itinerary To Everest Base Camp

The following plan will leave you with unforgettable moments so be ready.

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu | 1,350m (4,428ft)
Day 2: Trek preparation and sightseeing at Kathmandu | 1350m (4,428ft)
Day 3: Fly to Lukla, easy hike to Phakding(2,610 m)
Day 4: Strenuous Hike to Namche Bazaar | 3,440 m (11,286 ft)
Day 5: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar; hike to Syangboche Airstrip (3,748 m) and Everest View Hotel (3,962 m)
Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery | 3860 m (12665 ft)
Day 7: Tengboche Monstery to Dingboche | 4,410 m (14,469 ft)
Day 8: Acclimatization in Dingboche; hike to Nagarjuna Hill | 14469 ft. (4410 m.)
Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche | 4,940 m (16207 ft)
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp | 5,364 m.(17,598 ft) and back to Gorak Shep | 5164 m (16942 ft.)
Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar and back to Pheriche | 4,371 m (14340 ft)
Day 12: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar | 3440 m (11286 ft.)
Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2846 m (9337 ft)
Day 14: Flyback to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner | 1350 m (4,429 ft.)
Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu
(Note: The above itinerary can be changed if it doesn’t meet your requirements.)

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek

Spring (February to May): Spring is the best season to trek in Khumbu. 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. However, it is quite hard to get enough accommodations during the season.

Autumn (September to December): The mountains are perfectly visible throughout the season. But remember as the mountains surround you, the weather is not so sure during this time. 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. It might usually snow towards the end of the season.

Difficulty of the EBC Trek

Many travelers have once questioned ‘How hard is it to trek to Everest Base Camp or Can a beginner do Everest Base Camp Trek?’. Don't worry because we are here for that question.

The difficulty of this trek is strenuous where one will be facing unpredictable weather, rough terrain, altitude sickness, and Lukla flight delay. (Also, check the Lukla flight weight limit)

Anyone can accomplish the dream ‘Everest Base Camp Trek’ with enough training or daily exercise for 3 months. Even the imagination of Everest and the other 8000ners surrounding you is admirable and honorable. It’s the saying “High rewards come with a high price,” so act accordingly.

Everest Base Camp Trekking Routes

There are two routes to Everest's base camp. Let's discuss in detail these two routes below:

Classic EBC Route

This Classic Everest Base Camp 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 walk will go for 12 days up and down the hills and mountains in the Everest region. This new route started only after Lukla Airport (Tenzing-Hilary Airport) was constructed in 1964.

The Lukla Airport is still considered the most dangerous airport in the world. But still, the cost of the flights remains the same the flights might be packed during the peak season of the region. 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.

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

This trail was the first time explored by none other than Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa Guide Tenzing Norge. 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 Base Camp and come back to Lukla. But don't worry, in our package of Everest Base Camp we have included a fly-back to Kathmandu. Also, the cost of the flight is low, so it is already included.
Also, check Everest Base Camp through Bupsa/Salleri

Note; If you have problems or confusion related to the Everest Base Camp trek or any other tour then, you can rely on our experts: [email protected] or [email protected].

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: MondayJul 22, 2024
End: MondayAug 05, 2024
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Start: MondayJul 29, 2024
End: MondayAug 12, 2024
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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 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.

Duration

The walk 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 hikes 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 hike, 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 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 Hiking

Permits

To walk in the Everest Region requires 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 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 route starting from Jiri or Bupsa/Salleri, you'll need an additional permit. Trekkers must buy the Gaurishankar Conservation Area entry permit, priced at NPR 3000 for foreigners.

Guides

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

Guides will also make it easy to get good hotels and food in the region. Of course, they are booked by the agency 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 hiking 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 expedition. Additionally, we do not charge you any extra price for the guides. The cost of the guide is already included in your Cost.

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

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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