Everest Base Camp trek (EBC trek) is the most popular trek for watching the dazzling sunrise and sunset views over Nepal’s highest mountains. Everest Base Camp is home to an impressive selection of attractions and experiences, making it worth a visit for travelers to make lifelong memories. Every year, around 35,000 people visit Everest Base Camp, and around 700 to 1000 come to scale the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest.
The 16-day Everest Base Camp Trek, also labeled as “the steps to heaven,” combines moderate and extreme hikes, perfect for adventurers. You can see the world’s highest mountain peak from Kala Patthar, 5644.5 m (18,519 ft) above sea level. Relish and relive the same experience of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who had their first victorious climb of Mt. Everest. Every bend of the Everest Base Camp route is a journey towards the newness-beautiful forest of rhododendron, the richness of Sherpa village culture, rivers, foothills, and glacial moraines.
Conquering the majestic Everest is at the top of many people’s bucket lists. Visit Nepal, and there’s no time like the present to decide to take up this adventurous trip.
Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu to various UNESCO sites
- Adventurous flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
- The bustling village of Sherpas “Namche Bazaar.”
- Explore Everest Base Camp – the first base camp of the highest peak- Mt Everest ( 8,848.86 m)
- Enjoy the serenity of mountains and walk on Khumbu Glacier
- Kala Patthar, known as “Black Rock”(5,644m) – is the highest hiking point
- Visit Khumbu International Library, which illustrates Nepalese Himalayan Tourism.
- Visit and pray at the ancient monastery “Tengboche Monastery.”
- Meditate and experience spirituality in the mountains.
- Meet locals to learn about the Himalayan lifestyle during tea house stays.
Is This Right For You?
Everest Base Camp Trekking is rewarding because you will meet other hikers from across the world and see Mount Everest’s snow-capped cone. The chances are perfect for you to capture with the Everest Base Camp trek!
This EBC trek will be an ideal trekking destination if you,
- Hike regularly
- Love natural scenic beauty
- Admire flora and fauna
- Curious to learn about a new culture -local Himalayan culture and lifestyle
- Wish to take an adventurous, challenging journey-Tenzing Hilary Airport.
Although there are many other reasons to take the EBC trek, the above are just a few for you to consider. Nepal Hiking Team will highly appreciate your queries for more information and is happy to assist you in choosing the ideal one that will best suit your needs.
How hard is it to trek to Everest Base Camp?
The Everest Base Camp Trek is not easy; although it is categorized under moderate treks, it can be challenging because of the rough, steep uphill and downhill and several hours of daily hike.
Therefore, physically fit people can acclimate to higher altitudes and easily trek to Everest Base Camp with backpacks. If interested, you can start your fitness journey to prepare for this Nepal trek.
Can Beginners trek to Everest Base Camp?
Yes, beginners can easily trek to Everest Base Camp. As an experienced trekking company, with exceptionally talented guides, at Nepal Hiking Team, we offer the best advice for beginners for their EBC trek. Nepal hiking team has the most support facilities, even for first-time trekkers. Therefore, this makes it an excellent choice for beginners.
When you are starting your EBC trip, always,
- Drink water regularly
- Check your oxygen level regularly.
- In case of any medical emergency, consult with the guides
- Rest well at the lodges
- Wear comfortable gears
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Carry a lightweight bag
Do you want to check the list of essentials, especially the equipment necessary for the EBC trek; if yes, please read our blog. You can get an idea of all the gear and equipment required for the trek.
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Which is the best month to trek to Everest Base Camp?
If you want to get the most out of the Everest Base Camp Trek with favorable weather and clear mountain views, here are two seasons you can choose from.
The first is the spring season (March to May). Spring is the best time, as you can expect perfect weather conditions. However, the route will be crowded during this time.
Next is the autumn season (mid-September till mid-December). You can expect moderate weather during September, slowly transitioning into mild snowfall in December. The snowfall accompanied by chill winds can make the trek difficult for you.
If you want to avoid the bustling crowd and seek a quieter climb, you can also visit EBC in the off-season. Nepal Hiking Team operates treks throughout the year for our clients according to their preferences.
Everest Base Camp Trek Route Overview
The route leading towards the Everest Base Camp is filled with mixed terrains, high suspension bridges, serene river banks, and awe-inspiring views of the mountains.
After you arrive in Kathmandu on your first day, one of the representatives from the Nepal Hiking Team will brief you on the trek’s itinerary. Our city guide will take you on a city sightseeing tour to the UNESCO sites, followed by shopping in Thamel to buy mountaineering gear and equipment.
The next day you will be expected to start early to board a flight to Lukla (duration- 30 minutes). Upon arrival at Lukla airport, you will commence your trek to Phakding through beautiful villages. The next stop is Namche Bazar. The route from Phakding to Namche Bazar is mostly uphill terrain and can be challenging. You will have one day in Namche Bazar for acclimatization purposes.
Followed by a scrumptious breakfast the next morning in Namche Bazar, you will trek for five to six hours to reach Tengboche Monastery. During the first half of the trek, you will pass through winding trails with scenic views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. Overnight stay in the local teahouse will be provided at Tengboche.
After an overnight stay in Tengboche, the next day, you will commence the trek to Dingboche after breakfast. The trial is mostly a downhill walk with stunning views on your way.
After your leisure day at Dingboche, you will begin your trek to Lobuche the next morning. On your trekking trail, we will halt at scenic points from where you can capture enticing picturesque views of mountains.
The next stop will be Gorakshep, where you will hike to Everest Base Camp and then return to Gorakshep. In Gorakshep, you can also hike up to Kala Patthar, the highest hiking point in the Everest region.
After Gorakshep, we take a long descent down to Lukla. Then, a flight back to Kathmandu marks the end of the trek.
Highlights Of The Route from Lukla to the Everest Base Camp
- Views of Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, Nuptse, Kwange, Kangeta, Lhotse, Taboche and Khumbila.
- Visit the largest Buddhist monastery- Tengboche monastery, in the Khumbu region.
- Summit to Nagarjun hill at 5100 meters
- Explore the Everest Base Camp (5,634m)
Alternative Treks You Can Consider!
If you are someone with limited days in your hand but want to experience the EBC trek taking the same route, you might want to consider trying one of the other treks.
Firstly, we offer a 14-day Everest Base Camp Short Trek, which follows the same route, with only a deduction of sightseeing in Kathmandu at the beginning of the trek and a leisure day stay in Kathmandu at the end of the trek.
Similarly, we have a 12-day spectacular Everest Base Camp Heli Shuttle trek in which you take a helicopter from Gorakshep to Lukla, saving you a few days.
The next option is the 11-day short Everest Base Camp Heli Trek, which allows you to trek to the Everest Base Camp and then take a scenic helicopter back to Kathmandu.
In addition, for someone looking for an extravagant luxury trek to Everest Base Camp, we recommend our Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek (16 days) package.
On the other hand, Everest Base Camp for Seniors (20 days) would be the perfect option if you want a longer trek tailored for senior citizens and children. This trek includes sightseeing in Kathmandu, two acclimatization days, and a leisure day in Kathmandu.
Furthermore, we also have the Everest High Passes Trek, an extended version of the classic Everest Base Camp Trek that includes crossing three high passes- Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass. If you are amongst those, who are hiking freaks, the package is undoubtedly for you.
No matter which package you select, Nepal Hiking Team always ensures quality travel to make your trekking experience a truly remarkable one. Our well-experienced and friendly guides will provide you with history, information, and guidance as you navigate a truly spectacular part of the Himalayas.