Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

Activities:
Trekking
Duration
16 days
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate 
  • Max Altitude
    5545 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min 1 Pax.
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Best Time
    March - May & Sept - Dec 
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Guesthouse

Trip Overview

Only legends make it to Everest Base Camp. This is the absolute truth of trekking in the Nepal Himalaya, and nobody can deny it. If you consider yourself a “trekker” but have not done the Everest Base Camp Trek, then you are certainly missing out on something.

A premier trekking adventure in the Nepal Himalayas, Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to the foot of Mount Everest. Are you one of the daring few who have made it to the base of the world’s tallest mountain? If yes, then congratulations. You have earned your honor badge. If you are planning a trek to Everest Base Camp, then here we are, at your service, ready to guide you along the world’s most popular trekking trail.

Trek with us to charming Sherpa villages dotted with stone huts and bright blue and yellow tin roofs. Our guide will regale you with anecdotes and local myths and legends as you make your way through the Sherpa settlements. You may hear about Yeti, the abominable snowman, or the daring exploits of one of the brave Sherpa guides. Please find out more about the towering snow-covered mountains and icy glaciers from our knowledgeable guide. By the time your trip ends, you will have more knowledge of 7000 and 8000-meter peaks.

You start your Everest Base Camp adventure with one of the incredible mountain flights in the world. The landing at the narrow runway built atop a mountain cliff in Lukla is breathtaking. From Lukla, you walk down to the village of Phakding. At Monjo, you enter the famed Sagarmatha National Park, a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Crossing metal suspension bridges, you ascend higher till you reach Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpa country. Bakeries, cafes, pubs, teahouses, luxury lodges, shops, banks, and traditional houses line the streets. Leaving Namche, you move further up to Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep. You make your foray into EBC from Gorak Shep.

The last stretch of the trek is a physical as well as a mental challenge. But when you make it to Everest Base Camp after trudging through the rocky moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, the feeling of victory is sweet and humbling. The sunrise hike to Kala Patthar serves as the icing on the cake. A 360-degree panorama of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and other peaks in the early morning light is a sight to be witnessed.  Feeling nostalgic, you retrace your steps back to Lukla.

Highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek

The chief highlight of this trek is probably the hike to Everest Base Camp from Gorakshep. Nothing tops the feeling of standing so close to the highest point on Earth. Capture stunning glimpses of the Khumbu Icefall and the campsite of the Mount Everest expedition groups from EBC. Close-up views of Mount Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, and Lhotse from Kala Patthar at the break of dawn will leave you awestruck. Overnight stays at traditional Sherpa villages will let you experience the Sherpa lifestyle and culture.

From Namche, you hike to Everest View Hotel, one of the highest hotels in the world. Visit the most important Buddhist monastery in Khumbu Region at Tengboche. Walk past a trail filled with breathtaking natural scenery and jaw-dropping views of the 8000 and 7000-meter peaks, which are all part of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Last but not least, the one-of-a-kind landing experience at the cliff-top Lukla airport is also a notable highlight of this trip.

Is the Everest Base Camp Trek difficult?

Everest Base Camp Trek is a physical as well as a mental challenge. If you are in good physical shape and think you can complete this trek, you certainly will. Our experienced and well-trained guides will be there to motivate and help you every step of the way. If you listen to their advice and follow their instructions, you will be safe in the mountains.

You can prepare yourself physically for your Everest Base Camp Trekking by exercising regularly and carrying a backpack on hikes. Try to include exercises that improve your endurance level and increases lung capacity. Jogging, swimming, brisk walking, stair climbing, cycling, etc., regularly for two to three months before the start of your trip will set you on the right track. Practicing breathing exercises or ‘Pranayama’ will also make your lungs stronger. It will help you breathe better at high altitudes where there is less oxygen. And by the way, eat healthily and maintain a balanced diet.

In the end, it’s always about motivation, about mind over matter. There have been instances of blind and paraplegic adventurers making it to the Everest Base Camp. If they think they can, why can’t you?

However, if you have a heart or breathing disorder, please consult your physician before booking this trip.

Best Seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek

For trekking in Nepal, spring and autumn are regarded as the best seasons. But one can do the Everest Base Trek any time of the year. It’s just that one has to face some discomfort, like walking in the rain and extreme cold during the off-seasons.

Spring season, which starts from February and lasts till the end of May, is most preferred as during this time, the temperatures remain moderate and the atmosphere dry. Spring is also rhododendron blooming season, and the trail is filled with white and red rhododendron blooms.

However, if you want to enjoy crisp and clear views of the mountains, then take an autumn trek. Autumn in Nepal lasts from September till November. During this season, it’s less humid, and skies remain clear.

An off-season trek during the monsoon and early winter will be no doubt physically challenging. But the trail will be secluded, and you may get to enjoy discounts at most of the places.

Is this Everest Base Camp Trekking right for me?

This 16-day Everest Base Camp Trek guarantees an unforgettable walking experience along the highest walking trail in the world. By booking this trip, you will get to enjoy the best of our services – an experienced trekking guide, porter to carry your heavy stuff, accommodation at the best teahouses as per your budget, meals, and transportation as specified in your itinerary.

If you need a shorter itinerary, you can check out our 14-Days Everest Base Camp Trek. To get a real feel of the adventure, please check out our video of the Everest Base Camp Trek. You can always get in touch with us to tailor your trip according to your needs. Give us a call or drop us a line.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour and Preparation for the trek

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Walking Distance - 8 km, Duration: 3 hours

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283) Walking Distance - 10 to 12 km, Duration: 6 hours

Day 05: Acclimatization Day – Hike to Everest View Hotel (3,962m/12995ft) Walking Distance - 3 to 4 km, Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Day 06: Namche to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Walking Distance - 10 to 11 km, Duration: 5 hours

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) Walking Distance - 11 to 12 km, Duration: 5 hours

Day 08: Acclimatization Day- Hike to Nagarjun hill and return: Walking Distance - 5 to 6 km, Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) Walking Distance - 11 to 12 km, Duration: 5 hours

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5180m/16990ft) - Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) and back to Gorakshep, Walking Distance - 14 to 15 km, Duration- 8 hours

Day 11: Gorakshep - Kala Patthar (5545m/11283ft) then trek back to Pheriche (4210m/13810ft) Walking Distance - 13 to 14 km, Duration - 7 hours

Day 12: Pheriche to Namche (3440m/11283) Walking Distance - 14 to 15 km, Duration- 7 hours

Day 13: Namche to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Walking Distance - 18 to 19 km, Duration - 7 hours

Day 14: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 15: Reserve day in Kathmandu

Day 16: Farewell and Departure

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
  • Kathmandu city tours, including all entry fees, tour guide, and private transportation
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek. We provide private bathrooms with hot showers in Phakding, Namche, and Lukla.
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for two people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking
  • Duffle bag for trekking
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medicine kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring two passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa quickly upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa suitable for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 50 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 135. Please bring two passport-size photos.
  • Soft drinks, including water
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot showers during the trek except when in Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Internet, and phone call unless it is free.
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Trip Route Map

FAQs

  • How do I get Visas to Nepal?

  • Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

  • What are the temperature ranges all year round?

  • Do I need to bring any official document papers for EBC trek?

  • What immunizations will I need?

  • I am a solo traveler; can I join a group?

  • Can I book a private trip?

  • Which hotel do you use in Kathmandu? Can I extend my stay? And how much does it cost?

  • Can I upgrade my hotel to a luxury hotel in Kathmandu?

  • What sort of accommodation facilities are available during the trek? And what about showers?  

  • Can you Brief me on meals and water during the trek?

  • How is Typical Trekking Day like?

  • Are Internet and Mobile Connectivity available during the trek?

  • Do you have planned enough acclimatization? And what are your Safety Protocols?

  • How much spending money do I need for each day on the trek? And are credit cards accepted on the Trail?

  • Is there a laundry service during the trek?

  • Can I recharge my electronic gadgets, and what kind of plug, adapter/converter should I use to travel in Nepal?

  • Can beginner trekkers do this trek?

  • Do you know how many miles the Everest Base Camp Trek is?

  • Is there any alternative way if the flight to/from Lukla is canceled or delayed?

  • What is the weight limit for the Lukla flight?

  • Is travel insurance necessary to do the EBC Trek? If so, what type of travel insurance is adequate?

  • Are your guides qualified to handle a medical emergency?

  • If I am sick, can I continue the trek after a day's rest?

  • Are your guides certified by the Government of Nepal?

  • Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

  • Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

  • Is it necessary to make a down payment to reserve a place on a trek? And how to book?

  • What is Nepal Hiking Team's cancellation policy?

  • Can I postpone my trek? If so, how can I postpone the trek?

  • Do you accept last-minute bookings?

  • Why Choose Nepal Hiking Team?

Cost & Dates

  • Small Group Journey
  • Private Journey

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Reviews

Raymond Low, Singapore Nepal Hiking Team provide an excellent guide to me when I hiked Everest Base Camp. My guide, Mr. Prakesh Rai, is very professional and caring... He always gives me very informative replies whenever I have a question or two about the terrain which we are trekking, the history of certain towns or places we passed by or stayed...He is always asking how I am (my old right ankle injury came back)...and will help me carry my load.... We had a good time together especially when we take photographs of the awesome scenery.....He works tirelessly and would be a concern for my diet and always asked me if I had enough of food, hows my leg was, and whether feeling ok especially when we are going towards a higher altitude..... We had a wonderful acclimatization climb and he is always observing me how I am doing. Nepal Hiking Team rocks!.... And I would sincerely recommend my friends to this group..... It’s simply awesome!... Thank you Nepal Hiking team and it's truly a great experience traveling with your professional guide!
Yang, Singapore It was an awesome experience in Nepal, in which a big part of my trip was covered in the mountain, thank to NHT. Ganga, the company manager has been engaging since my enquiry and very efficient and patient with all my queries. They are flexible to customize to my needs due to my planned itinerary besides hiking. They also made arrangement for airport pick up and Ganga met me in person in my lodge to go through the procedures and discussion. 2 days prior to the trek it was raining heavily and many flights were cancelled. We were lucky to tag along a rescue helicopter to Lukla, also thank to Ganga's arrangement. When we arrived at the start point, we were welcome by the friendly guide and porters. My relationship with Gurung, the guide was very good, he took care of me every single bit of the trip, as I was a slow walker in the team. He would check our conditions from time to time to ensure our well beings. Gurung and I joked around in the tea houses and we made many friends and some exchange of cultural knowledge. I was not well when I returned from Base Camp. We discussed and we decided that an evacuation was needed. Gurung visited me in the hospital and sent me back to the hotel after discharge. I had a farewell lunch with him. Ganga and Hari, the 2 managers visited me on the 2 days and they even sent me to the hospital again for report collection. Hari also sent me to the airport on my departure day. I have total satisfaction and heart-felt appreciation for Nepal Hiking Team. There were other companies who tried to compromise prices and quality but not NHT, who insisted on quality and care above all. I'm back in Singapore safely. And they are keeping in contact with me on some follow-ups. I truly want to recommend you this company for their awesome service given the reasonable if not attractive price! This trip was so awesome although I had some hiccups on my decent. I miss Nepal alot, and the friendship shared.
Ian, Canada My wife and I did the Everest Base Camp Trek as organized by Nepal Hiking Team. We read guidebooks and numerous websites leading up to this trip, but nothing quite captured the awesomeness of just being there in person. Each day of our trek was physically and mentally exhausting, but our guide saw to it that we were looked after - be it on the trail, dining, or settling in at the lodge each night. Nepal Hiking Team did a fantastic job for us; I could not be happier with how this trip was organized, and how Balaram and Ganga took care of us.
Evelyn, Ireland Organised this trip from Australia with very limited trekking experience. Ganga and his team were extremely professional and approachable in answering our questions and providing guidance. The travel itinerary was tailor-made to suit our dates. The accommodation in Kathmandu was excellent, accommodation along the trek was the best available and our guide and porter were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Our flight to Lukla was cancelled and our guide Mr Bim had organised a helicopter within a few moments. Felt very safe and secure with the local knowledge and expertise. The Nepal Hiking Team look after you from start to finish; meeting you at the airport with a garland of flowers and wishing you farewell with a Nepalese scarf. We were a party of three from Ireland and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Couldn't recommend this company highly enough. I will be advising anyone from Ireland to use this local company for sheer value and professionalism!!
Bob Spurlock, United States In my opinion, it is a lot better to travel solo if observing the place's culture is the primary goal of the visit. It was undoubtedly one of my top priorities when I decided to visit Nepal and do the EBC trek with Nepal Hiking Team. Along with a tour of the city on the first day, the trekking journey was also filled with spiritual visits to monasteries and other stupas that line the area of the mountains. The Everest Base Camp was also one of the best and most beautiful places that I have had the pleasure of visiting. As discussed, I spent a bit more time at the Tengboche Monastery, and the trek arrangement done by NHT was all very professional and extremely well-executed. My guide, Raj, was also a very good person to be with as he provided me insight into many of the places and the monastery. I had a bit of a difficult time going further from Gorekshep as I had a headache. My guide was considerate enough to stop at the accommodation for as long as I needed to continue. With medicine and a bit of rest, though, I was able to carry on and completed the trek with my team. I want to thank NHT and everyone involved in the trekking journey for a beautiful job. I was well taken care of and felt secure. The insightful knowledge I was provided at the monastery and other temples in the mountains and my guide's translations of the language while I was trying to speak with the monks there is appreciated wholeheartedly. I am immensely pleased and content with the services and recommend Nepal Hiking Team for anyone looking for a good travel agency.