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    Everest Base Camp Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for all trekkers. This journey guarantees the thrill and challenge of reaching the foot of the world's highest peak.

    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Durations
      16 days
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Max.altitude
    • Group Size
      Min. 1 Pax
    • Best Time
      March - May & Sept - Dec

    Message Regarding flight to/from Lukla

    During the peak seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek (March to May and September to November), all the Lukla flights will be operated from the Manthali Airport due to congestion at Tribhuvan Airport.

    Trip Overview

    The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of Nepal's most exciting and sought-after routes in the Himalayan region. Ideally, a 16-day long EBC trek takes you to the foot of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world at 8800 meters above sea level.

    The first major destination is a renowned World Heritage site, Sagarmatha National Park, the country's first natural heritage site. Among its unspoiled beauty, you can see diverse plants such as Rhododendron and Junipers in their natural habitat. Alongside the area's beautiful vegetation, you could even spot some wildlife, such as the Impeyan pheasant, the bearded vulture, the snowcock, and the alpine chough.

    Going through the route of this EBC trek, you’ll see some of the highest peaks, like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, dominating the eastern sky. The mighty Khumbu Glacier highlights this Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. It is the largest glacier in the world, spanning over 180 square kilometers. Another of the best attractions on this route is Kala Patthar. This is the best viewpoint in Nepal for the sunrise above Mt. Everest and other Mountains. This viewpoint lies at an elevation of 5545 meters and is one of the highest viewpoints in Nepal.

    The Mount Everest Base Camp Trek is an incredible journey. You will also become familiar with the Sherpa people, one of the Tibetan Ethnic Groups, who offer modern infrastructures for global trekkers. On this trip to the Everest region in Nepal, you’ll witness the ethnic culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa community.

    Top Highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trekking

    • Everest became famous after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit in 1953 AD.
    • Lukla Airport is one of the highest-altitude and most dangerous airports. Landing there can give you a sense of thrill and excitement.
    • Visit Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore diverse Himalayan flora and fauna in a pristine environment.
    • Visit Namche Bazaar and learn about the Sherpa Community's diverse culture, traditions, and lifestyle.
    • Enjoy stunning panoramic views of all the mountain ranges from Hotel Everest View, the world's highest hotel. Marvel at the snowcapped mountain ranges from its viewpoint.
    • Explore Tengboche Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery en route to EBC.
    • Reaching Everest Base Camp is the ultimate goal of the trek, giving a sense of extraordinary accomplishment.
    • Get an awe-inspiring sight of the mighty Khumbu Glacier.
    • Kala Patthar offers a sunrise that strikes Mount Everest, and its sunset turns the horizon golden.
    • The EBC trek offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire Himalayan range, including Ama Dablam, Mount Nuptse, and Everest

    Route Overview of the Everest Base Camp Trek

    Your Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal starts after arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), where the Nepal Hiking Team (NHT) will receive you. Then, they will guide you to a hotel in Kathmandu, located near the tourist hub. It's perfect for exploring the surroundings on foot, shopping, and discovering eateries & restaurants.

    After two nights in Kathmandu, you'll take a flight to Lukla. Depending on the season, it occurs either at Kathmandu Domestic Airport or Manthali Airport, Ramechhap. Your 'Everest Base Camp Trek' begins at Lukla Airport.

    The trek follows the Dudh Koshi River through Sagarmatha National Park. After spending a night in Phakding, you move towards Namche, where you’ll cross a thrilling Hillary suspension Bridge, providing a secure path over the Dudh Koshi River. The journey continues towards Namche Bazaar, where you stay two nights to acclimate. Stroll to the Hotel Everest View, the highest-placed hotel, and admire ancient stupas, Sherpa museums, and Memorial Stones.

    Then, you can continue your walk-through of the trails to Tengboche monastery at Tengboche Village. You can take your time to adore the mesmerizing view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Thamserku. After arriving at Dingboche, you'll be awed by the outstanding Ama Dablam and walk towards Nangkartshang Peak.

    Following the EBC route, you'll reach Gorak Shep after twists and turns through the Khumbu Glacier. After Gorakshep, you finally get to the Base of Mount Everest. You can witness the Khumbu glaciers mesmerizing you as you unwind the timeless beauty of this region. After a few moments of admiration, you will descend to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.

    The next day, you hike to Kala Pathhar to watch the sunrise rising from Mount Everest. You'll descend to Pheriche, retracing through Tengboche, Phunki Tenga, Kyangjuma, Namche, and Phakding. After Phakding, you will conclude your EBC trek in Nepal by reaching Lukla again.

    For any customized EBC trek as per your preference and qualified Everest guide, Contact the Nepal Hiking Team.

    History of Everest

    Would you like to know how this extraordinary route to Everest started? Let's look at it.

    Everest Base Camp's (EBC) history is more exciting than you think! It's all about how people have been trying to climb Mt. Everest at 8848.86 m for a long time. Mount Everest is the ultimate challenge for climbers, and the history of EBC is mixed up with that.

    Back to the old days of the 1920s

    In the early days, climbers were targeted at mountaineering Mount Everest. They tried different approaches to climb it, from Nepal and Tibet. In the Twenties, George Mallory advanced on the north face route, reaching a height of 7,000 meters.

    Sadly, in 1922, seven Sherpa porters died in an avalanche on Everest, showing how dangerous it can be. These early treks also set up the paths and camps for the upcoming trekkers.

    Historic Day of Everest

    After many tries, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa finally reached the very top of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. They became famous names in Everest's history. 

    After the 1960s onwards, and now

    Since the 1960s and even now (present), climbing has remained a specialized activity, while trekking in the Everest region has become more popular than ever.

    The Khumbu region around Mount Everest became a national park in 1976. It is Sagarmatha National Park and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

    Today, Everest Base Camp (EBC) serves as both a starting point for climbers trying to reach the peak of Mount Everest and a beloved destination for adventure trekkers. The local economy heavily relies on tourism, with efforts towards environmental conservation and sustainable tourism gaining momentum.

    Nowadays, trekkers find it easier to reach the foothills of the legendary Mountain. Anyone can go on a helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp, choose a shorter EBC trek, and do more according to their preferences.

    Trip alternative options for Everest base Camp

    Caring for our clients and their diverse needs, we have organized various packages for adventures with different timelines. If you find the 16-day Everest trek unsuitable, please consider these alternative packages:

    The 14-day short Everest Base Camp Trek is the shortened version of this legendary 16-day adventure to Everest.  The main difference is there are no two extra leisure days (one at the beginning and the other at the end of the trek). This option is perfect for those who want to complete the iconic EBC trek in a limited time.

    If you are looking for a more relaxed itinerary with families or elders, the 20-day EBC Trek for seniors and kids will be the ideal option. This trek features shorter walking hours and more free time for rest and exploration, which makes it comfortable and enjoyable for all ages.

    The Everest base camp with Heli return tour is a 12-day adventure that combines trekking and an exciting heli ride. You can experience the thrill of reaching the base of the world’s tallest Mountain and enjoy the helicopter ride directly to Lukla.

    Lastly, our Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek 16-day is a luxurious option. It features an overnight stay in opulent mountain lodges (in available places) during the trip and accommodation at a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy comfortable stays with excellent service while discovering Sherpa traditions and culture.

    Let us know if you are interested, and we can customize the trip according to your preferences.


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    Cost Includes

    • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers.
    • Four nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
    • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
    • Best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek. Private bathrooms with hot showers are provided at Phakding, Namche, and Lukla.
    • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek.
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff.
    • Round-trip to/from Lukla, including transfers. (Flights operate via Ramechhap Airport during peak season).
    • Use of down jacket and sleeping bag while trekking.
    • Duffle bag for trekking.
    • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
    • First aid medicine kit, including an oximeter to monitor oxygen level and heartbeat.
    • All necessary paperwork and permits, including Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee (Please bring two passport-size photos for the permit).
    • Government taxes & office service charges.

    Cost Excludes

    • Lunches and dinners while in Kathmandu.
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • International airfare.
    • Nepal entry visa.
    • Snacks and other personal expenses.
    • Hot showers during the trek, except in Phakding, Namche, and Lukla.
    • Personal trekking equipment.
    • Wi-Fi internet and phone calls unless they are free.
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers.

    Cost and Date

    Start Dates refer to your arrival date in Nepal. End Dates correspond to your return date from Nepal.

    The Everest Base Camp Trek set departure dates are tailored for the group joining option. If the -days Everest Base Camp Trek departure dates don't fit your schedule, we can include alternative dates that better suit your needs.

    July, 2024

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      Good to Know

      Tips for Everest Base Camp Trek

      • For the best experience, aim to hike between March to May or September to December, when the weather conditions are most favorable.
      • Prepare yourself physically and mentally, as consulted by our trekking leaders, 2-3 months before venturing for the trek.
      • Carry protein bars and dried fruits for snacking up in the mountains. Hot lemon, green tea, lemon tea, or garlic soups are great options for hydration at higher elevations. 
      • Be responsible for your travel. Avoid bottled water and other plastics for ecological safety and to maintain the beauty of the place.
      • Not necessarily to mention, but remember to take pictures via camera with a beautiful background of the Everest region. 
      • Never let your body face dehydration and digestive discomfort; avoid junk foods, alcohol, and dairy products at all costs.
      • Follow the expert guidance and take enough time for acclimatization. If you face symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS, contact your guide ASAP.
      • Take personal responsibility for your valuables; store them in your backpack or rucksack.
      • Explore the Nepali culture and traditions through our guides and local people.
      • For internet access, buy the Everest Link Card for USD 2 - 4, cheaper than Airlink. Make sure to buy a sim card too from Nepal Telecom or Ncell.
      • For charging your device, you have options of two and three-pin plug points at USD 1-4 per hour. The electrical standards of Nepal are 230Vvoltage and 50 Hz frequency.
      • Device charging facilities are in high demand during peak seasons. So, do carry power banks as an alternative, and to save money in charging. 
      • Carry cash of NPR 18000-20000 (Roughly USD 180-200) per person for extra expenses like shower, device charging, and Wi-Fi during the EBC trip. Visit one of the money exchange centers or use ATM stations available 24/7 in KTM. 
      • Feel free to appreciate your guides with tips for their support – a common practice in Nepal.
      • Feel free to extend your travel plan with one of our tour packages leading to Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan, or Chitwan.
      • You can choose a private or group trip to Everest Base Camp. You can benefit from our competent guides, sales, and logistics personnel who will cater to your needs. 

      The Everest Base Camp trek offers arguably the world’s most beautiful landscape and adventure. So, before coming, preparing well to enjoy this trip is advisable. This guide provides the necessary information to make this trip memorable, especially as you approach the base of the world’s highest mountain, the tallest peak.

      Guide on the Best time to trek Everest Base Camp

      Spring (March-May) or Autumn (September-December) is the best time to travel the Everest Region. The climate is excellent at this time; you can have a clear view of the Mountain peaks. However, mountain weather is not predictable,

      This time is the peak season for trekking in Nepal. You will meet people worldwide and share your trekking stories with them.

      Note: If you want to avoid the crowds and noise and don't mind some rain or cold weather, you can also trek to the Everest region during the monsoon or winter.

      Foods on Everest Base Camp Trek

      While trekking to EBC, you can enjoy an early breakfast at teahouses and guesthouses. It is recommended that you start with a large intake of fluids. Tea is also served to warm your body early in the morning, and many trekkers bring their tea bags or their best brand of coffee. Oatmeal, Toast with jam/butter or Honey, chapatti roti, pancakes, eggs, and fruit juice are also available for breakfast.

      Various meals while on EBC include snacks, soups, sandwiches, dumplings, pasta dishes, and pizza. Dal Bhat's rice with curry, lentils, and beans is a heavenly meal. Garlic soups will help with altitude sickness.

      Dinner is similar to lunch, with local dishes like dumplings “Momo,” noodles “Thukpa,” pasta, spaghetti, or porridge. Rice and vegetables are also good. Trekkers sometimes gather around dinner tables and drink beer and tea before bed.

      Note: For environmental reasons, avoid bottled water. Opt for sterilized or boiled water. Drinking water is not included in the NHT package.

      Please also try to avoid the intake of alcohol, which creates difficulty in the acclimatization process, and dairy products, which may cause digestive discomfort at higher altitudes.

      EBC Trek: Distance & Difficulty

      The trek to Everest Base Camp is difficult due to the distance and acclimatization requirements. You should be prepared to walk for six to seven hours every day.
      The journey to Base Camp is approximately 130 km, or 80.8 miles, long. We will hike through Lukla, Namche, Dingboche, Base Camp, and back to Lukla. Although it sounds pretty challenging, you can do it because you only need to walk approximately 15 km (9.32 mi) per day. We will walk for eleven days to finish our expedition. The hike's shortest walk is between 3 and 4 kilometers, and the longest is 20 kilometers.

      Permits cost for Everest Trek 2024

      Everest Base Camp trek permits may confuse you, but don't worry; we have them covered! You will need two entrance passes (permits) to travel through the Everest Base Camp Trek. One pass allows you to enter Sagarmatha National Park, where Everest lies. The other is a pass to enter the local Khumbu Pasang Lhaumu area.

      The cost of both permits is already included in our trek packages, so you should not pay any extra costs. The price depends on whether you're from South Asia (SAARC countries) or another country.

      For SAARC nations, the permit costs about Nepali rupees 1500 and 2500 for Sagarmatha National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Card, respectively.

      The permit cost for foreign nations is slightly higher than that of SAARC countries. The cost will be about NPR 3000 and 2000 for Sagarmatha National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Card, respectively.

      Altitude sickness Prevention during the EBC trek?

      It is important to note that Acute Mountain Sickness is a genuine threat. See your personal physician before your trek to establish your risk and obtain a physical examination.

      Preventative measures are essential:

      Avoid alcohol beverages and tobacco products, and moderate intake of caffeine.

      Drink water, consume carbohydrates, and take it easy when they reach higher altitudes.

      It may also be a good idea to go equipped with Diamox tablets and a basic first-aid kit.

      Acclimatization is crucial:

      Utilize professional guides and adhere to safe elevation gain practices.

      It is best to do it gradually by starting at slow slopes and taking sufficient rest days.

      Descend if you experience symptoms:

      If one starts feeling nauseous and dizzy, it means they are already suffering from altitude sickness.

      If symptoms become severe, one must rapidly descend to a lower altitude.

      Attached/toilet bathroom facilities during the EBC trekking

      On the trek, accommodation will be in the local teahouses/guesthouses, which provide basic hosting and food for travelers.

      Basic Facilities:

      Most teahouses are considered rest stops along the trek route; these are like local guesthouses. Some of these teahouses can offer accommodation and food for trekking tourists (usually offering the Nepalese staple ’Dal Bhat’). Nevertheless, associated amenities are also somewhat limited, specifically regarding restroom facilities.

      Predominantly Squat Toilets:

      Expect more squat toilets, that is, holes in the ground, rather than the average sitting toilets throughout the trek. You may have never sat on a squat toilet for your whole life, but it is alright. Other trekkers find them more hygienic because there is no skin contact with the seat.

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