Everest Base Camp Trek For Seniors 2024-2025

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Overview

  • Duration 19 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 5,545 m. | 18,192 ft.
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu-Everest Region-Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Everest Region
  • Best Season Spring and Autumn

Highlights

  • Best view of the Mahalangur Mountain Range (Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, and many more)  
  • Close interaction with Sherpa culture alongside their food, and festivals (Mani Rimdu, Lhosar, and others).  
  • Completing the Everest Base Camp trek is a remarkable achievement, regardless of age. It's a testament to your strength and determination.  Seniors can trek at a comfortable pace, taking ample time for acclimatization and rest stops along the way.  
  • Experienced Guides: Seasoned guides are essential for safety and navigation. They are familiar with the terrain and know how to support trekkers of all ages.  
  • Quality Accommodations: There are various lodges and teahouses along the route that provide comfortable sleeping arrangements and meals.  
  • Flexible Itinerary: Many tour operators offer customizable itineraries to suit individual needs and preferences.  
  • Porter Support: Hiring porters can ease the physical load, allowing you to focus on enjoying the trek without carrying heavy backpacks.  
  • Altitude Awareness: The trek includes proper acclimatization days, helping trekkers adjust to higher altitudes gradually.  
  • Modern Amenities: Despite the remote location, you'll find basic amenities like hot showers and charging stations in most lodges.  
  • Incredible Wildlife: Keep an eye out for unique Himalayan wildlife, including mountain goats, pheasants, and perhaps even a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard.

Everest Base Camp Trek for Seniors is specially designed for people above the age of 50. This trek to Mount Everest Base Camp is comparatively longer than the regular Everest Base Camp Trek. This trek extends for 19 days. However, you do not have to worry because you will not be continuously walking for 19 days. The basic walk you have to do is for 15 days only.     

As the Elderly citizens are physically not as capable as regular trekkers the longer days with short camps are the best Everest Base Camp Trek available ever. Moreover, the trek takes you through the scenic beauty of the Everest Region, which will make you easily forget the trek difficulty of trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest.   

The 19-day long Everest Trek usually, starts from Lukla. First, you land in Lukla on a twin otter flight. The Lukla Flight itself is the start of the adventure that you can feel from the beginning. The regular hike takes you to Phakding on the first day. The second day is quite longer which has a strenuous hike too. Namche Bazaar and elevation to above 3400 meters (11,150 ft.). Similarly, the fourth day will take you to an elevated place called Tyangboche, which is quite the place of Monastery. Once you reach Tyangboche, the religious spaces around make you feel the best out of the hard trek that you had till you reached here from Namche. From Tyangboche you will have the best view of the Mahalangur Mountain range where the lovely standing Mount Everest lies. Along with Mount Everest (8,848.86m./29,031ft.), you will beautifully spot Ama Dablam (6812m./22,349ft.),Lhotse (8,516m./27,940ft.),Nuptse (7,861m./25,790ft.), Khantega (6,782m./22,250ft.), Kongde (6,187m./20,298ft.), Thamserku (6,608m./21,679ft.), Taboche (6,495m./21,309ft.), and many more.   

tyangboche monastery
Tyangboche Monastery

From Tyangboche, the fifth day even being easy to hike will take you to quite an elevation of 4400 meters (14,435 ft.) in Dingboche. The sixth day is your acclimatization day where you will have a short hike to an elevation of around 5100 m. (16,732ft.) to Nagarjuna Hill and rest in the lower elevation back in Dingboche again. From here as we elevate against the tree line, the oxygen level in the air will also be quite lower. So, understanding the condition of our elderly or senior citizens, we shorten the camps. The lower-distance camps will take you on an easy hike and easy elevation.  

Mount Ama Dablam
Mt. Ama Dablam seen from Thukla

Hence, on the seventh day, we will only reach Thukla, which is just below the Everest Summiteers Memorial. On the eighth day, as we have already broken the earlier day in half, we easily hike to Lobuche passing through the memorial of the Everest Summiteers. Once we reach Lobuche in mid-day you can take enough rest there. This will help the elderly body to adapt to low oxygen levels, hence the altitude sickness too.   

From Lobuche, on the ninth day, we have a strenuous and uphill hike towards Gorakshep. So, we gradually guide our trekkers towards the last human residence in the Everest region in Gorakshep. Gorakshep lies at an altitude of 5,160 meters. (16,929 ft.) But you don’t need to panic for not having any residence in the Everest Base Camp. This is because we do not stay on the base camp of Mount Everest.   

Once you reach Gorakshep, we understand that you have been too tired to walk ahead. So, we rest for the day and let our body adapt to the climate and elevation in Gorakshep. The tenth day is quite long. So, we start the hike early in the morning at around 4 AM usually. We hike this day to Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is situated at an elevation of 5,545 meters (18192 ft.). From Kalapatthar you will see the best view of Mount Everest. Similarly, you can see the best sunrise view rising the sun from right behind Mount Everest.  

After sunrise, we come down again to Gorakshep. After having a good and energetic breakfast in the hotel, we move towards the Everest Base Camp. Once you reach the Everest Base Camp, you will forget every hard time that you had till that date, because you will be surrounded by none other than the lovely mountains staring right at you and praising you. Thus, the trek to Mount Everest Base Camp ends here. We then start our hike back to Gorakshep and rest our day here.  

Now, on the eleventh day, we start heading downhill toward Pheriche. The downhill hikes are easier and faster too. Similarly, on the twelfth day, we head up to Phortse village. The thirteenth day will take you to Namche Bazaar. Usually, the trekkers easily hike up to Lukla on their last day from Namche. But as the trails are quite uphill and downhill, we break this day too. So, on this day we will hike up to Phakding only. On the fifteenth day, you can easily reach Lukla and wait for your flight back to Kathmandu the next day. On this day you can memorize your trek, tip your guides and porters, as well as you can enjoy a lovely day in Lukla.  

When you get back to Kathmandu, you can take an easy rest. After the rest, our team will take you to a Spa in Kathmandu and then during the evening, the HST team will take you for the Farewell Dinner in Bhojan Griha. After the typical Newari Dinner, you will be awarded the Trip Achievement Certificate, and our official trekking to Everest Base Camp will be completed.    

What to Expect in Everest Base Camp Trek for Seniors?

The major feature of the trek is the longer trek and you can witness the Everest Region more beautifully than any other trekkers in the Everest region. Other trekkers usually take 8 days to reach the Everest Base Camp. We have made this itinerary specially for elderly citizens so that they take at least 10 days to reach the base camp of Mount Everest. This way, they can witness more of the trail, people, children, animals, flora, fauna, and many more. Let’s start with the special features of the Everest Base Camp Trekking.  

The first thing since you land in Lukla is you can witness the local people of the Everest region, the Sherpas. Sherpa term is usually used to describe the porters. But it is a wrong impression. All the Sherpas are not porters; thus, this is just a community. A lovely community whose major profession is tourism. Their hospitality is always the best that you can get during your whole journey. Most of the hotels, restaurants, pubs, and other shops are usually run by the Sherpas in the Everest Region.  

namche bazaar
Namche Bazaar

Many of the Sherpas are even found to be running well-equipped hospitals, and well-infrastructure Schools. This way, the people from the region have good accessibility to health as well as educational services. However, as you move ahead with the elevation, the services have been lesser since Namche Bazaar.  

Himalaya Basic School, Namche
Himalaya Basic School, Namche

The next beautiful thing about the Everest Trek is the trail. The trail might be explained as a hard trek. We are not going to say that it is not hard. But all of the trek's difficulty can be seen in how well you are trained and how well you adapt to the environment of the mountains. If you have good physical fitness then you can find the trail easy. But don’t worry, even if you are not strong enough. At least 3 months prior physical strength and endurance training can help you accomplish this beautiful trekking, no matter your age.  

Moreover, you can witness beautiful animals like Himalayan Goats (Thar), Himalayan Pika, Lophophorous (Danphe; the Nepali National bird), Himalayan Musk (Kasturi), and if lucky enough snow leopards. The Sagarmatha National Park which covers most of the Everest region claims that there are 4 recorded Snow Leopards there. Similarly, if you talk about the plants there, the most famous one is the rhododendron (the national flower of Nepal). However, this flower only blossoms in the Spring. Similarly, the pine trees, Dhupi (Juniper), Titepati (Mugwort), and so many other herbs are also found throughout the trail. These herbs do not just showcase the beauty of the trek but also are really helpful in aiding you as herbal medicines for many diseases.  

Now let’s talk about the real deal of the Everest Base Camp Trekking Package which is none other than the mountains. As Solukhumbu is a mountainous district, from the time you land, you can witness the mountains. From unnamed to so many well-known mountains like Everest and Lhotse, you can tame your eyes the beauty from the beginning till the end.   

The big peak that you can witness firsthand is none other than the staggering Thamserku peak while moving towards Namche Bazaar. From Namche Bazaar you can easily spot the peak of Kongde right in front of your eyes. As you move forward, before reaching Kyangjuma, there is a landmark of a Tibetan Stupa from where you can spot the extremely beautiful Ama Dablam. Not just this, but the first peak you witnessed Thamserku, its Northern face can also be seen from here. Along with that, you can have the best view of Khantega. If you move uphill to the Everest View Hotel, then no doubt Mount Everest stands ahead of you on sides covered by Mount Nuptse and Mount Lhotse.  

The more you go ahead the mountains start seeming bigger to you. You can feel like you have been staying and walking on the lap of Imja Tse, Taboche, Lobuche, and many more peaks with a great blessing you have.     

porters in Kynagjuma
Porter in Kyangjuma

Best Time for Senior Citizens to do Everest Base Camp Trek  

Once anybody goes to the Everest Base Camp, there is no doubt that you want an easy trek and no doubt that you need to have a lovely view too. Especially, for the seniors this Everest Base Camp Trek Package is designed in such a way that you would never miss the best view of the trail and staggering tall mountains. Here we have discussed the best time for trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest.  

Spring (March to June)  

The best time when the flowers bloom and the mountains are clear is none other than the Spring. In this season, you would not even feel too much cold, as the season is near toward the summer. In Spring, the white mountains are also so clear with open skies. However, the skies cannot be always open either, as you can see some spots of clouds sometimes, but not always.   

The senior trekkers who are easily affected by the cold can choose the time from March to June to trek in the Everest Region and still succeed so easily without freezing.   

Autumn (October to December)  

October skies are the most open skies during the Everest Base Camp Trek. The mountains are clearly visible too. However, as this is the fall period of the year, usually the flowers do not blossom during these months. The days are also colder in Autumn, so we recommend you wear warmer clothes to prevent you from cold. Moreover, if you like the cold weather, Autumn is the best month for trekking to EBC.  

Preparing for Everest Base Camp Trek for Seniors  

To prepare for the trek, the primary thing is your physical endurance and strength. So, we recommend you train yourself for at least 3 months before the trek. You can enroll yourself in a gym, or hiking programs so often. This will easily help you to build strength.  

The reason to prepare for the trek is due to its physically challenging terrain. Every day you will have to walk at least 5-6 hours with around 5-6 kgs of backpack on your back. This might hold you from walking. But if you are physically prepared the uphill walks with loads on your back can be easy for you.  

Similarly, you also need to be mentally prepared. You better listen to your body first. And the main thing is many people have misconceptions about altitude sickness in the Everest Region. No doubt, that the oxygen level is quite low in the higher altitudes, especially above 4,400 meters (ft.). But not everybody gets altitude sickness. If you keep yourself hydrated most of the time and have enough food, then no doubt you can easily prevent altitude sickness.    

Everest Base Camp Trek for Seniors Trekking Route  

The Everest Base Camp Trekking Route for Seniors is similar to the regular trekking route. However, you will diverge the regular route from Somare towards Phortse to reach Namche. The regular trekking route is the same way back through Pangboche, Tyangboche, and Namche. But as for senior citizens, we have managed a simpler route to reach Namche with less uphill and downhill walking.    

Basically, the Everest Base Camp Trekking Route starts from Lukla. You head towards Phakding on the very first day of the trek. On the second day, you head towards Namche, and you take one more of the rest here. Similarly, on the fourth day, the route takes you up to Tyangboche. From Tyangboche on the fifth day, our trekking guide will guide you up to Dingboche, which is comparatively high elevation but almost straight walk everywhere except for one place after lunch in Somare. From the spot where Pheriche and Dingboche are separated, you climb a 30-minute uphill that drives you to the lovely Imja Tse Valley where Dingboche lies.   

khumbu river
Khumbu River

In Dingboche, we spend one more day acclimatizing, and on the sixth day, we hike up to Thukla. From Thukla on the tenth day, we head towards a big elevation of 4,990 meters (16371 ft.) in Lobuche. After that on the eleventh day, we hiked towards the last human residence of the Everest region; Gorakshep. We rest in Gorakshep for the day. The next early morning we head towards Kalapatthar first and return again to Gorakshep. Similarly, after a good breakfast, we can head towards our ultimate destination; the beautiful Everest Base Camp.  

The return to Pheriche in a single day is similar to other trekkers. The next day rather than heading up to Namche, we break the regular trekking route and head towards a beautiful village of Phortse. But don’t worry, you are not the only trekker in the region, you will find so many others choosing this route for the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek. On the next day, we head up to Namche Bazaar. The evening rest here will help you realize the best out of your Everest Base Camp Trek moments.   

Out of the final three days, on the first day, we head up to Phakding and rest there. And on the eighteenth day of your trek, you can get your feet back in Lukla and wait for your flight for the next day to Kathmandu. 

Everest Base Camp Trek: Is It Right for Senior Citizens? 

No matter what, there is always a query on whether the trek might be good enough for elderly citizens or not. And we proudly say that, yes, it is right for every senior citizen who has the spirit to do along with good physical endurance. For your information, the oldest man who has trekked to Mount Everest Base Camp was 73 years old (Niranjan Debnath from India).  

The first thing you need to know is as you are going to the mountains nothing is predictable. However, if you listen to your body and your guide, then no doubt the trek is going to be on your side. You have to keep on drinking enough water and consuming enough food. Along with that as you move to a higher elevation, you might not have a good appetite, but forcing yourself to eat normally would give you enough energy. Similarly, getting enough rest and sleep at the hotel will always help you to get properly ready for the next day.   

The best motivation you need to get in the mountains is, if you have come for the trek, then you got to complete it. So, staying safe, listening to your body and consistent trekking would always make the EBC trek successful. 

Preventing Altitude Sickness during Everest Base Camp Trek by Seniors  

The most crucial thing in the mountains is ascending the hills gradually. If you keep yourself walking faster, then your body will take time to adapt to the mountain environment. Thus, a slow but steady walk on the Everest Base Camp trail is the best way to avoid altitude sickness. 

The next thing you need to be aware of is none other than the drinking water. Using electrolytes in purified drinking water can help you remain hydrated as well as it can give you enough electrolytes in your body. There is even confusion that in higher altitudes people usually do not sweat, but why would you need water? This is because, in higher elevation not just from your sweat but you will lose water even from breathing due to difference in atmospheric pressure.  

The next thing you need to know is to carry the Acetazolamide tablets. These tablets help you acclimatize faster in the elevation. This way your body can try adapting faster. But remember these tablets are not the cure for altitude sickness.  

Similarly, as you elevate, you need to avoid using caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, and tobacco items. This is because these things usually do not give you a good time to rest and sleep. As a result, your body becomes lethargic most of the time, which is quite vulnerable to altitude sickness.  

children of khumbu
Children of Khumbu

Last but not the least is to listen to your guide. The guides sent alongside you by Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition are well-trained for higher elevations. So, trust in whatever they say to make you accomplish the Everest Base Camp Trek.  

Food and Accommodation during Everest Base Camp Trek for Seniors  

Food  

The Everest Region is a remote region with no road vehicles available. The only way of transport there is the air transport. The airplane lands in Lukla, which usually carries the food items from Kathmandu. After that, the food is carried by porters, Yaks, Jopkes, and Mules up to any hotels till Gorakshep.  

So, almost every kind of food is available on the Everest trek.   

Even if any of the senior citizen has some diet restrictions Himalayan Scenery will be able to manage that. Just inform the team during your inquiry. We will manage the best diet plan as per your request. More than that, if you do not have any diet restrictions, then we recommend that you eat local food like lentils, rice, pickles, and vegetables. These are the best foods that give you energy on the mountain trails.  

Accommodation  

During the trek of EBC, the hotels have shared rooms available in hotels. Usually, our team also manages the shared room in the region. Usually, these rooms do not have attached bathrooms in them. So, you have to use the commonly available bathroom in the region.  

However, there is another package of Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek which you can easily choose to go with. This package will allow you to have a luxury room with an attached bathroom and sometimes even electric blankets from the hotels. This way you can easily and warmly accomplish your trekking even during the Autumn.  

horse ride to ebc
Horse Ride to EBC

Permits and Guides for Everest Base Camp Trek for Seniors    

Permits

For this trek, you need two special papers called permits. You can get a local government permit in Chheplung, near Lukla. You can buy the National Park Permit at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo, which is along the way.  

These permits are called the "Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit" and the "Sagarmatha National Park Entry permit."    

The good news is, that when you go on our Everest base camp trek with us, the price you pay already includes the cost of these permits. You don't have to spend extra money on them. Plus, our team takes care of getting these permits for you, so you don't have to worry about it. It makes your journey very easy.  

Just to give you an idea, the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit costs NPR 2000 plus VAT, which is 13%. And the Sagarmatha National Park Entry permit costs NPR 3000 plus the same VAT of 13%.  

Guide  

Before the year 2023, people could go trekking to Everest Base Camp all by themselves, without a guide. But things changed in 2023, and now it's not allowed for travelers to go alone on treks in Nepal, including the one to Everest Base Camp. They want to make sure everyone stays safe during their journey, so they require you to have a guide with you.  

Guides are like travel buddies who help you have a good and safe time on your trek. They know the best places to stay and eat along the way, and they make sure you don't get tricked by anyone. Having a guide also means you're less likely to get into any dangerous situations. 

What's really cool about these guides is that they know how to handle tough situations, especially in high places where it can get really cold and tricky. They also know how to give first aid if someone gets hurt. And here's the best part: you don't have to pay extra for a guide because the cost of the guide is already included in the price of your trek.   

What after the Trek Ends?  

At Himalayan Scenery Treks & Expedition, we strive to provide a truly Nepali experience to our trekkers. Even after you've completed your trek in the mountains, we continue to take care of you. As a special farewell, we invite you to enjoy a delightful Nepali Farewell Dinner at a charming local restaurant known as Bhojan Griha.     

You might wonder why we chose Bhojan Griha when there are many other restaurants in Kathmandu. Well, it's because we love its wonderful ambiance, delicious food, and the traditional Nepali performances that take place during dinner. It's our way of immersing you in the rich culture of Nepal.  

At Bhojan Griha, they serve food in the Nepali style, allowing you to experience the local dining customs. During dinner, you'll also have the opportunity to witness captivating dances performed by members of Nepal's indigenous communities. What's more, the food they serve there is sourced from our very own organic farm in Bhaktapur, ensuring freshness and quality.   

After this special dinner, we present each trekker with a Trip Achievement Certificate for successfully completing the Everest Base Camp trek. It's our way of commemorating your journey filled with Nepali flavors, the exhilarating trek, and the wonderful memories you've created with us at Himalayan Scenery Treks & Expedition. 

Booking, Payment, and Cancelation Policy  

Booking  

When you decide to go on the Everest Base Camp Trek with Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expeditions, you're in for an amazing adventure.  

To make sure you get a spot, it's important to book early. You'll need to give us 20% of the total cost of the trek along with a copy of your passport as a deposit. The rest of the money can be paid at our office at least one day before your trek starts. You can choose how you want to pay – either with cash, a card, through an online transfer, or a bank transfer. Just remember, if you use a card, there's an extra 4% charge from the bank.  

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Payment  

Once you've made your first booking, it's really important to pay the full amount at least one day before your trek starts in Kathmandu. When we get all your money, Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expeditions will give you all the papers and confirmations you need for your trek.  

You can pay in different ways, like using cash, or a card, sending money online, or through a bank. But if you use a card, remember there's an extra 4% charge from the bank.  

Cancelation and Refund Policy  

We know that sometimes, travel plans can change unexpectedly, and we get it. Here's our policy for when you need to cancel your trip:  

  • The 20% deposit you paid when booking your trip can't be refunded if you decide to cancel. But don't worry, you can reschedule your trip for a later date.   
  • If you've paid for the entire trip and then decide to cancel 20 days before it starts, we can give you back 50% of the money you paid.  
  • However, if you cancel the trip just 7 days before it's supposed to begin, we won't be able to give you any money back. 
  • If, for reasons beyond our control like really bad weather, we have to cancel the trek, we promise to give you a full refund of your deposit.    

Important note: If you need more time for your trek or if you can't do it at all and someone else can take your place, we're happy to help with that. We won't charge extra for transferring your trek to someone else.  

Itinerary

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Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our team will be there to welcome you. After the welcome, you will be dropped at Arushi Boutique Hotel in Thamel, which is around a 20-minute drive.  

On this day, you will go sightseeing in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath (Monkey Temple), Bouddhanath, and Pashupatinath. After the sightseeing trip, you will meet the Himalayan Scenery Team and your guide to Everest Base Camp. There will be a good trek briefing and you will get ready for your trek tomorrow.  

We will usually have an early flight from Tribhuvan International Airport to Lukla. However, in some cases, the flights are shifted to Manthali Airport, which is around 130 km. East of Kathmandu. In that case, we headed toward Manthali Airport at around 3 AM in the morning. Then we catch our flight from Manthali to Lukla.   

Once we land in Lukla we meet our porter. After our breakfast in Lukla, we head toward Phakding. We go downhill most of the time as the elevation is low. Walking a bit further from Lukla we reach Chheplung. In Chheplung, the guide will get you the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Gaunpalika Permit for you.  

Now walking downhill and plain lands for around 3 to 4 hours alongside Dudhkoshi River (Milk River) we reach the lovely village of Phakding. There we rest our day in the hotel.

Day 4 is quite long and hard too. So, we start early in the morning with a good breakfast in Phakding. There is no big uphill up to the place called Jorsalle. But before reaching Jorsalle, we have to enter the Sagarmatha National Park from Monjo. Here you will have to get the permit of the national park along with your guide and porters, and then only you can get entry in the Everest Trek.

Once the guide gets you the permit, you can then enter the national park. Walking for around 15 minutes we reach the lunch place in Jorsalle. After having a good lunch, the real deal of the day begins. We hike straight for around an hour. Thereafter, we climb an uphill to Larcha Dovan. From Larcha Dovan you will have to cross the Hilary Suspension Bridge that lies 460m. (1,510ft.) above the river. After crossing the Larch Dovan another big uphill climb starts. 

This uphill is quite hard up to Topdanda (3,140 m. | 10,301 ft.). Once we climb up to Topdanda for around an hour we rest for a few minutes. Then after, we start an easy but still uphill walk towards the bustling Namche bazaar for around 1.5 hours more. Before reaching Namche Bazaar, there is one checkpoint again, where the tourist police will re-enter your details to track you down in case of any misappings. After the checkpoint, you enter the last village before Namche called Mislung. Walking past through Mislung for around 15 minutes, you reach the lovely Namche Bazaar. You rest for the day at the beautiful hotel in Namche Bazaar. 

As you have already elevated to above 3000 meters in altitude, your body needs to adapt to the environment of the mountains. Thus, today we take you for a short hike up to Everest View Hotel (3,880 meters | 13,000 ft.). Before going to the Everest View Hotel, we first head to the Sherpa Museum in Namche. This museum showcases the history and culture of the Sherpas from the Everest Region. After a good tour of the museum, we hike uphill toward the Everest View Hotel. After 45 minutes of walking, you reach the spot.   

In the hotel, we have a good breakfast having the best view of Mount Everest and its corresponding mountains. After a few moments of travel around we head back to Namche Bazaar again where you can rest for the day in your hotel, or you can explore Namche.

Today, the day is not that long but harder than before. After an early breakfast in your hotel in Namche Bazaar, we head toward Tyangboche. Tyangboche is a place well known for the monastery and the best view of the mountains from throughout the trail.  

After walking a straight road towards Kyangjuma for around 45 minutes you first reach a viewpoint. This viewpoint has a beautiful Stupa from where you will have the best view of Mount Ama Dablam right in front of you. Before Ama Dablam, you can witness the Khantega and Thamserku peaks too.  

From the same place, you can again witness Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. From Kynagjuma we have a downhill for around 1.5 hours. The end of the downhill will take you to Phunki Thanga. From Phunki Thanga you will leave Dudhkoshi behind you and enter towards the Khumbu region that flows with a massive Khumbu River. In Phunki Thanga, we will have a good lunch with the whistling sound of both the Khumbu and Dudhkoshi rivers.    

Once we move forward from Phunki Thanga another big uphill of the day awaits for us. Just before the start, there is another Sagarmatha National Park checkpoint again. After re-entering your details here, you head toward Tyangboche.  

Passing through the luscious forest for around 2 hours straight you finally reach today’s destination; Tyangboche. Once you reach Tynagboche you can get to the 15th Century Monastery built by the then Tibetan Sherpas who migrated to the Everest Region. This monastery carries a big cultural and religious value to the Sherpas of Everest which you can easily witness once you enter inside. 

After around an hour of tour of the Monastery, you rest for the day in the hotel.

The trail today is comparatively easy, but you will now surpass all the tree levels as you will get above 4,000 meters (13,120ft.) of elevation.   

From Tyangboche, you start early in the morning with a good breakfast. You can see the best view of the mountains right in front of you for a while. Then you head downhill toward Debuche. Walking past Debuche and Milingo you come across a suspension bridge that leads you toward Pangboche.  

There are in fact two Pangboche in the Everest region (Upper and Lower). But we will only pass through the lower Pangboche for now. Walking for around an hour you reach Pangboche. It is also quite a good place to stay with enough hotels. Usually, most trekkers who choose the regular trekking push themselves up to Pangboche as this is the last treeline available in the region.  

Half an hour more of the walk from Tyangboche you reach a small residential village named Syomare. We have our lunch in Syomare as there are no hotels and restaurants further up to Dingboche. After good food in Syomare we ow head straight toward Dingboche. However, in the middle two ways separate, one leading toward Pheriche (the one we avoid) and one toward Dingboche. Moving further we finally reach the river junction where the Khumbu River and the Imja River mix. We cross a metal bridge here and head alongside the uphill of Imja River toward the Imja Valley.   

Walking for at least 1.5 hours, we finally reach the destination for today and tomorrow, Dingboche. Dingboche is the place from where people also depart for the Island Peak Climbing so for the Everest Base Camp Trek too. We rest for the day in Dingboche and prepare for tomorrow.

As we have come higher and above the tree level today, we have to make our body adapt again. So, early in the morning in our hotel in Dingboche, we had a good breakfast. Carrying a few snacks in your daypack we head toward Nagarjuna Hill (5,100 m. | 16,732ft.). From this hill, you can again see lovely mountains like Everest, Imja Tse (Island Peak), Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Taboche, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. You will now only feel like you are completely surrounded by mountains all over. This is a dream come true for you.   

We will return for lunch back in Dingboche after the hike. Then we rest for the day enjoying, talking, and exploring Dingboche.

As our senior citizens will have already hiked above 4,400 meters (14,435ft.) we have to go slow and gradually from today onwards. Thus, today we will only hike for around 3 to 4 hours to a nearby place from Dingboche called Thukla.

Thukla is a place that only has two hotels. After an early breakfast in Dingboche we head toward Thukla, before reaching Thukla you have already left the Imja valley, so there is no Imja River here. Rather you witness the Khumbu River back. Once you cross the Khumbu River, you finally reach Thukla, our destination for the day. 

Today is quite a memorable day for every trekker and Everest Climber. This is because as we move uphill from Thukla, we will reach the Everest Memorial. Everest Memorial has different memorial stupas of the dead climbers to Mount Everest including the famous Scott Fischer and Babu Chhiri Sherpa.  

We pay tribute to all the dead souls and then keep walking toward Lobuche. From the Memorial, it usually takes around 1.5 to 2 hours to reach Lobuche. In Lobuche, your body might feel a low oxygen level, so keep yourself safe from altitude sickness which will help you to accomplish your trekking up to the base camp. We recommend you rest in a warm place in Lobuche rather than exploring the day.  

This is one of the hardest days of the trek. You head early in the morning toward Gorakshep; which is the last residence in the Everest region.   

Have an energetic breakfast as there are no hotels and shops in the middle of the trail. First, you start ahead for around half an hour straight. Afterwards, there comes a really big uphill, which you have to climb so gradually listen properly to your guide. After crossing the uphill you come across a big glacier that has come out of Khumbu. The place is quite hard to cross. But you don’t have to worry. Our guides are well-trained in these kinds of places to get you safely across.   

After crossing the glacier, you will have still an hour's walk left to reach Gorakshep. But the trails are easy. Once you reach Gorakshep, we recommend you have enough food in your hotel and rest for the day. The temperature is also quite low in the region so, better to get yourself warm here with your clothes especially. 

Kalapatthar is the hill that you will best experience if you see the sunrise from here. Thus, we usually take the trekkers at around 4 AM in the morning to the spot. Wear warm clothes and gloves as well as a good beanie. Thereafter, we will walk uphill for around 1 hour. 45 mins. to reach Kalapatthar. You will wait for the sun to rise here and see the best view of Mount Everest along with its correspondents Lhotse and Nuptse. Every trekker here sees the sun rising right from behind Everest feels like heaven, and so will you.  

After a few photographs and the heaven experience in Kalapatthar, we head back to Gorakshep for breakfast. After breakfast and a few minutes of rest, we now head toward our ultimate deal of the trek, the Mount Everest Base Camp. After walking on the rocky and glacial trails for around an hour you finally reach the Everest Base Camp. The landmark in the base camp is the stone you see in every photograph.  

You enjoy your time here at the base camp, and then move back to Gorakshep again. Once we reach Grakshep, we have a good lunch and rest for the day here. Also, as you have already come to a lower elevation than the Everest Base Camp, you can easily roam around Gorakshep and explore the place. 

Now the ultimate trek has already ended for you. So, all you will have is the urge to get back to Lukla as soon as possible. Additionally, you will also be walking downhill most of the time. So, we will walk faster and longer distances from today. 

Thus, our aim today is to reach Pheriche for the day. We start our day with breakfast in Gorakshep. The same trail will take us up to Thukla. If you are hungry enough then no doubt, we will have our lunch here in Thukla. If not, then we will push 1.5 hours more then, reach our destination in Pheriche. Pheriche is the village right on the other side of the hill of Dingboche. You have your lunch here and rest for the day.

Today, we can start a bit late as well. So, with an early breakfast, we head toward Syomare village. Walking further 15 minutes from Syomare we take a right turn toward Upper Pangboche rather than following the general trekkers’ route.

Once we reach Upper Pangboche in around 1.5 to 2 hours we will have our lunch there.

From Upper Pangboche we have one downhill and one uphill to reach Phortse village. This will usually take around 2.5 hours to reach Phortse. We rest for our day in Phortse.  

Today’s day as well does not have to be hurried. So, we will start at around 8 AM with a good breakfast and then head toward the Namche Bazaar.

Walking a few up and downhills for around 3-4 hours we reach Namche Bazaar. Here we will have our lunch. Then after a good time rest during the day, the evening in Namche always waits for you to enjoy. Here you will many fellow trekkers from your trail enjoying the completion of the trek.  

Today as well we have enough time. So, we start heading down slowly from Namche with a good breakfast. Just after Mislung, again we have to re-enter our details with the Tourist Police to ensure that we have checked out of the place.

After walking for around 2 hours, you reach Monjo. In Monjo, you have to do the checkout again with your permit. Then 2 more hours of the walk will take you to Phakding.  

In Phakding, you will have a good lunch and rest for the day.   

Finally, we head towards our final checkpoint of the trek. After breakfast, you continuously walk toward Lukla. Reaching Chheplung, you will have to check out again at the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Gaupalika with your permit. Then you finally reach the airport region Lukla.  

You have lunch in Lukla, and then again you can enjoy or rest upon your choice here.

Today, we wake up early and get ready to fly back to Kathmandu as per your flight time. But we recommend you to have an early breakfast here. Once you fly back to Kathmandu, our team will be there to pick you up at the airport. Once you head back to the Arushi Boutique Hotel, our company team will be waiting for you to congratulate you on your trip to the Everest Base Camp.  

After a few hours of rest, our team will take you to a lovely spa. You can enjoy it for a while and till the evening the time is yours. We will meet you back in the evening again for a perfect Nepali Dinner.   

In the evening we will take you to the best Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu; Bhojan Griha. Here you can witness so many typical Nepali dance performances while having your dinner. Similarly, the food served here is from none other than the farm of the restaurant. After the humble dinner in Bhojan Griha, we will head back to the hotel. There we will present you with your trip achievement certificate of the Everest Base Camp Trek. With that, the official trip ends.

It is sad to say, but the goodbye time has already come. So, our team will give you a farewell and take you back to the airport for your departure. We will see you again on another trek in Nepal.  

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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-  3 Nights
  • 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.
  • Farewell Dinner and Spa in Kathmandu
  • 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

There is an everyday departure for the Everest Base Camp Trek from Himalayan Scenery Treks. However, we have managed our plan for every three days. You can customize your itinerary according to your date too. 

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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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