Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Duration
    16 days
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate
  • Max Altitude
    5545 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min 1 Pax.
  • Best Time
    March - May & Sept - Dec
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Guesthouse

Trip Overview

Mt. Everest, considered to be the jewel of the Himalayas, is the tallest mountain in the world. It stands 29,000 feet above sea level and is the destination for hikers and adventurers from all over the world. The Everest Base Camp Trek will bring you into some of the oldest and most treasured spots on earth where you will see breathtaking views of cliffs, towering glaciers, and forested hills. Experience the beauty of nature and the local Sherpa traditions of Nepal. This is regarded as one of the finest in the world. This is your chance to get up close and personal with the majesty of Everest and it is a trip that will be remembered for a lifetime. For the true adventurer, there is nothing that beats Everest base camp trekking for some of the best views of the Himalayas.

Your trek to Everest Base Camp begins on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla where you’ll land at Tenzing-Hillary airport. There are no roads between the two towns and the only way in is by plane. There are some beautiful views of the Himalayas, so if you don’t get airsick you will definitely want a window seat so you don’t miss a single minute of the journey. The flight takes about 30 minutes and then you’ll be landing in the mountain top village. The whole place is buzzing with excitement as trekkers and guides are busy preparing for the trek. As you pack up and prepare to leave you’ll bid goodbye to civilization as you begin the ascent towards Everest Base Camp.

The air at the higher elevations is cool and crisp and lush, green forests stretch as far as the eye can see. You’re off on a journey to one of the most challenging destinations in the world. The beautiful and serene mountain villages, the friendly people, and breathtaking view of the mountain makes this trip a once-in-a-lifetime adventure into the unknown. You’ll have a guide with you every step of the way as you travel along the pathways and trails to Everest Base Camp. Bring your camera and plenty of film because you’ll want to record this trip for all of your family and friends at home. There is much to see along the way like jagged cliffs, sparkling clear pools of water, and a suspension bridge.

You’ll make stops in Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Gorakshep on the way to Everest Base Camp. You’ll spend the night in some of these villages and experience the hospitality of the people of Nepal. It is a 2-day trek to Namche Bazaar, which is the trading hub of the mountain. People come to the villages to buy and trade their goods. The Sherpa way of life is a tradition that has survived for many, many years. The villages are remote and remain as they have been since the beginning of time.

The natural beauty of the Khumbu glacier is one of the best features of the trek. If you’ve never experienced the Sherpa way of life you’re in for a treat. The beauty of the surroundings, the peaceful feeling of being in nature with no distractions like ringing phones and computer screens will acquaint you with a different way of living. Each of the villages you’ll be visiting has its own culture and belief system. Tibetan Buddhism started here and is apparent everywhere you look. You’ll see beautiful icons of the Buddhist faith and life in the Himalayas. As part of the trek, you’ll also get a chance to visit a few of the monasteries and gompas in Nepal like the historic Tengboche Monastery. Each stop along the route is an experience in culture and hospitality. The trek to Everest Base Camp is an adventure that you must experience for yourself.

Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights

Throughout its history, Namche Bazaar has been the center of commerce between the mountain dwellers of the high Himalayas and the region’s lowland traders. It is the first stop along the trail to Everest Base Camp and you’ll get a chance to see what life is like for the mountain people. They come to town to trade their goods and transport their goods back home by yak. It is an old way of life that has survived because of its simplicity and absence of modernization. Namche Bazaar is the Sherpa capital of Nepal as well as the gateway to Mt. Everest. The town is guarded by its neighboring communities such as Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Kongde RI, and Kusum Kanguru.  Mt Everest is the center pillar and highest point in the mountain region. These are just a few of the cultural experiences you’ll have on this journey to the summit.

Although it is not one of the designated overnight stays, the Hotel Everest View is a sightseeing opportunity you shouldn’t pass up. Situated within the Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal (on Everest) it holds the record for being the Highest Placed Hotel in the world sitting at an altitude of 3,962 meters. It offers some absolutely incredible views of Everest from the guest rooms. The hotel is a 4-hour hike from Namche Bazaar; and is on the itinerary for day 5 of the trek to Everest Base Camp. A hotel at the top of the world is a sight to behold. Nestled into the Himalayas, it has a gorgeous view of the mountain with all the comforts of home.

Progressing along the Dudh Koshi River and hiking through the Imja Khola valley, you’ll arrive in Tengboche on the 6th day of the journey. Tengboche is the spiritual center of the Khumbu (Tengboche Monastery). It is the oldest monastery in the region with a collection of religious art and offers a look at the Buddhist culture in Nepal. This area is a photographer’s paradise. There are no better views than right here. The majesty of the Himalayas as a backdrop for the monastery, it is truly a sight to see.

In a setting like this, it often seems like time is standing still. The villages thrive as they have for hundreds of years, the peaceful atmosphere invites you to leave all your worries behind and experience life in the mountains. One of the highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek is ascending to the highest point on the trail, Kala Patthar. You’ll arrive just about sunrise for one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see, the sun coming up over the rocky crags of Everest in the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

You’ll also see a variety of wildlife living in the area such as the red panda, snow leopard, and Himalayan black bear. The park is an animal reserve for endangered animals. If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the Himalayan Monal, the national bird of Nepal.

More Highlights

  • See the breathtaking views from the lap of the world’s tallest mountain – Mount Everest.
  • Surrounded by the beauty of nature and the mountains of Nepal: Cho Oy u, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, and so on.
  • Experience the hospitality of the Sherpa people. Learn about their community, traditions and culture.
  • The journey includes stops at Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery and Kala Patthar.
  • Take in the history and spiritual experience of visiting the Tengboche Monastery.
  • Hike to see the world’s highest placed hotel – Everest View Hotel.
  • Discover the beauty of Sagarmatha National Park that is home to several species of endangered animals.
  • See the picturesque views from Nagarjun Hill and the Everest massif.
  • Get some awesome views of Everest from Kala Patthar, the highest point in the trek. Take in the views of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and many other peaks. Also, there is the beautiful sunrise view over Everest from Kala Patthar.
  • Most exciting and adventurous flights to/from Lukla.
  • Take a guided city tour of UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites of Nepal.

What is the trail like?

  • The journey is a moderate level trek, so with the proper level of training beforehand, you will be able to finish the trek with few problems.
  • The trail is uneven and unpaved, so you will be walking a rough path all the way.
  • It includes doing many ups and downs.
  • The highest elevation you will reach is Kala Patthar at 5,550m and each day you will be gaining an altitude of 500-600m.
  • And lastly, you will be walking for 5-6 hours every day, so we suggest you prepare yourself with the appropriate exercise routine.

How Difficult This Trek?

Everest Base Camp Trekking is suitable for most trekkers and hikers of average fitness levels. The entire trek takes place over a 12-day period and reaches a maximum elevation of 5,545 meters. The hike is moderately difficult so you should have strong legs and be physically and mentally fit to meet the challenge. If you’re worried about being able to keep up on the trek it is recommended to practice various cardiovascular exercises like walking, jogging, and swimming to prepare for the trek. It is a well-known fact that the air at the higher elevations is thinner and some may find it hard to catch their breath if they are not prepared for the change in altitude.

There is no hiking experience needed for the trip. You should be able to walk and climb moderate hills to keep up with the guides. You’ll be monitored by the Nepal Hiking Team and everyone progresses at the same pace on the trail, slow and steady. The main concern is for the safety of the group and you’ll get the opportunity to stop and take a break along the way. It helps a lot to get plenty of rest and hydration for the hikes, as well as being in good physical condition. The sooner you acclimate to the environment the faster you’ll adapt to it. The main goal is to sustain your energy over long periods to keep a steady pace. If you follow these tips you’ll complete the Everest Base Camp Trek like a seasoned pro.

When is the Best Time of Year for the Everest Base Camp Trek?

The best time of year to undertake the Everest Base Camp Trek is in the spring from February until May. You can take the trek any time of year actually, but the mountains of Nepal are known to experience changes in weather. The best time to visit is when the temperatures are moderate and the atmosphere is relatively dry. Later in the season, it gets very humid which makes hiking more difficult. Another good time, if you’re not able to come in spring, is in the fall from September through November. You’ll see wildlife, flowers blooming, and clear blue skies. No matter when you plan your trek, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

How Can I know if the trek is Right for Me?

If you are looking for a new and exciting experience, the Nepal Hiking Team can take you to new heights. Trekkers are provided with all the basics like accommodations, meals, and transportation. Everything is arranged ahead of time by our administration staff prior to the trek. Hundreds of people flock to Everest every year to take a trip up the mountain. It’s an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. Our guides and courteous staff will make sure your trip is memorable and one that you will cherish forever. Let go of your worries and follow your adventurer spirit to Everest Base Camp.

You’ll be setting out on a 12-day adventure into the mountain villages of Nepal, a place that few people get the chance to see on the way to Everest Base Camp. It’s like stepping back in time to a simpler way of life surrounded by nature. Your itinerary is designed to show you all the best sights and a chance to visit remote areas that are only accessible on foot. Contact us today to book your adventure.

Itinerary Expand all

Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu

Your adventure begins with your arrival in the bustling capital city of Kathmandu. You’ll be met at Tribhuvan International Airport by a representative from Nepal Hiking Team, who will help you with your luggage and transportation to your hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, so you can check into your hotel and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure. You may simply want to rest after your long flight, but the lively tourist markets and restaurants of the Thamel neighborhood are an enticing draw for many visitors. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.

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

No trip to Nepal would be complete without an introduction to the religious and cultural attractions of Kathmandu. The city is distinguished by a unique synthesis of Hinduism and Buddhism, and many religious sites in the Kathmandu Valley are considered sacred to both religions. You’ll visit four major UNESCO World Heritage sites: the remarkable Swayambhunath and Boudhanath stupas, the Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath, and the world-renowned Kathmandu Durbar Square. You’ll also have plenty of time to shop for handcrafted souvenirs and stock up on any last-minute supplies. After your tour, you’ll overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu. Today’s breakfast is included.

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

Today represents the true beginning of your Everest Base Camp Trek. You’ll wake up early and enjoy a quick breakfast at your hotel before heading off to the airport, where you’ll board a scenic flight to Lukla. This brief flight offers stunning panoramas of the Himalayan range, giving you a tantalizing taste of the mountains you’ll encounter during your trek. From Lukla, you’ll start hiking in the direction of Phakding. Keep your eyes peeled: you might just catch a glimpse of the distinctive triple-peaked summit of Kusum Kanguru along the way. The small, bucolic settlement of Phakding is situated on the banks of the Dudh Koshi, a high-altitude river which runs all the way from Everest and is known for its milky, opaque water. You’ll enjoy comfortable overnight accommodation at one of Phakding’s guesthouses. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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

Leaving Phakding behind, you’ll trek north on a path leading to Monjo. This small town serves as the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park, a formally protected area which takes its name from Mt. Everest (called Sagarmatha in Nepali). The park is home to a staggering variety of Himalayan flora and fauna, and you’re sure to enjoy trekking through sweetly scented evergreen forests comprised of blue pine, deodar, and rhododendron. As it doubles back and forth across the Dudh Koshi River, your trail winds its way past tiny settlements called Tok Tok and Jorsale. After crossing a final suspension bridge at the junction of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers, you’ll hike uphill for about two hours before reaching what’s regarded as the unofficial capital of the Khumbu region: Namche Bazaar. You’ll overnight in one of the town’s many popular guesthouses. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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

Today is reserved for acclimatization: as you ascend to higher elevations, it’s important to let your body adapt to the smaller amount of available oxygen in the atmosphere. Fortunately, there’s a lot to see and do in the colorful commercial hub of Namche Bazaar. For one, you’ll get to enjoy your first unobstructed view of Everest itself. Many neighboring peaks are also visible from town, including the mighty Thamserku, the sprawling massif of Kongde RI, and the distinctive summit of Ama Dablam. Consider paying a visit to the Sherpa Culture Museum to learn more about their vibrant traditions; this will help you to understand some of the cultural sights you’ll encounter along the trail in the days to come. Visiting the nearby Everest Photo Gallery may also provide some inspiration for your own photographs.

After perusing these displays, take a short hike to the Syangboche Airport just above town. From here, you can capture stunning photographs of Namche Bazaar from above—not to mention the wall of Himalayan peaks surrounding the town. Finally, make sure to visit the Hotel Everest View. It’s regarded as the highest hotel in the world and offers great vistas of its namesake mountain from each window. Overnight at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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

Today’s hike begins at a leisurely pace. Leaving Namche Bazaar, your path winds uphill through fragrant rhododendron woodlands and passes alongside quiet Himalayan villages. Many trekkers regard this route as the most scenic section of the entire Everest Base Camp Trek. You’re really in the mountains now: Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse are just a few of the stunning peaks that tower over the trail. You’ll continue hiking past the Imja Khola; this river drains the slopes of Everest and is actually a tributary of the Dudh Koshi. Your destination for today lies where the two rivers converge at the spiritual center of the Khumbu: Tengboche. This village is best known as the site of the important Tengboche Monastery. This is the largest gompa you’ll visit during your hike, and it’s a sublime sight to behold: flanked by pines and azaleas and set against the backdrop of Ama Dablam, it’s hard to imagine a more striking setting. Make sure to step inside to check out the monastery’s exquisite murals and statuary. You’ll spend the night at a guesthouse in Tengboche. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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

After savoring a tasty breakfast in Tengboche, you’ll begin your morning hike by descending through forest-clad hillsides towards the tiny hamlet of Deboche. You’ll cross a handful of suspension bridges over the Imja Khola before approaching the next notable settlement on today’s route: Pangboche. This is a good place to rest and enjoy a snack while taking in tremendous views of Ama Dablam. When you’re ready to continue, you’ll start climbing along a trail lined with prayer flags and bordered by mani walls. Mani walls are comprised of many stone tablets, each of which is inscribed with a Buddhist mantra, and should always be passed on the left. Continuing past the village of Orsho, you’ll finally arrive at the small Sherpa village called Dingboche. Known as the “summer valley” of the region, Dingboche experiences summer rains from the monsoon, contributing to its farming livelihood. Check in at an internet café or enjoy a bite to eat from one of the local bakeries before turning in at your guesthouse, where you’ll spend the night. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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

Now that you’ve reached altitudes greater than 4,000 meters, you’ll need more time to adjust to the rarified air. Today is therefore reserved for acclimatization—but that doesn’t mean you have to sit still. Just south of Dingboche is a steep hike to the top of Nagarjun Hill, from which you can obtain gobsmacking views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Lobuche, and Taboche. Trekking to this rewarding vantage point also offers a panoramic vista of the entire Imja Khola valley. When you’ve had your fill of sightseeing, return to Dingboche to explore its many guesthouses, restaurants, bakeries, and shops. Dingboche is also noted for hosting one of the world’s highest billiards parlors. For our money, there’s nothing more relaxing than kicking back with a mug of butter tea while enjoying the solitary splendor of Imja Tse, the 6,189-meter mountain better known as Island Peak, which rises above town. You’ll spend the night at your guesthouse in Dingboche; today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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

After leaving Dingboche, today’s hike takes you through windswept pastures and past the lonely huts of yak herders. As you trek towards the tiny settlement of Lobuche, you’ll notice changes in the local terrain. The woodlands of the past few days have now thinned out, replaced with scattered shrubs and rocky, snow-dusted grasslands. Your route will afford you with a good look at the now-familiar peaks of Lhotse and Ama Dablam, but there are even more mountains to be identified from here. Ask your guide to point out Lingtren, Pumori, and Khumbutse. Today’s trek ends at Lobuche, a small village nestled in the shadow of the mountain which shares its name. Lobuche is comprised almost entirely of guesthouses, so it’s the ideal spot to spend the night. Make sure to get plenty of rest so you’re ready for the hike to Everest Base Camp in the morning. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for: after many kilometers of trekking, you’ll finally get to see Everest Base Camp with your own two eyes. From Lobuche, you’ll strike out on a trail leading to Gorakshep. This is a sparsely populated little village where trekkers’ lodges and guesthouses are situated on the edge of a frozen lakebed. Gorakshep was once the site of the original Everest Base Camp, and it’s your last stop before pressing on to the base camp’s current location. Take a moment to enjoy the semi-tame birdlife here, including snowcocks and choughs, before resuming your hike.

Leaving Gorakshep, you’ll begin hiking alongside the Khumbu glacier moraine and its associated Khumbu Icefall, which is regarded as a particularly hazardous part of the climb for those attempting to summit Everest. You’ve now reached the best part of the day: your arrival at Everest Base Camp. Spend some time enjoying the incredible atmosphere; depending on the time of year, you might run into climbing expeditions getting ready for their epic ascent. You’ll return to Gorakshep to spend the night in your guesthouse, basking in the exhilaration of having achieved the ultimate trekker’s dream. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner today are included.

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

You’ve already been to base camp, but the Everest Base Camp Trek isn’t over yet. You’ll actually get your best view of the mountain itself on today’s hike to the vantage point of Kala Patthar. You’ll depart Gorakshep in the early morning to ascend to this famous viewpoint in time for sunrise, climbing a series of challenging switchbacks. Kala Patthar represents the highest elevation of the entire journey, so it should come as no surprise that the view from here is unparalleled. You’ll relish the enchanting interplay of light and shadow as the sunrise reveals a panoramic vista of the Everest massif and the surrounding peaks of Nuptse and Changtse. When you’re ready to move on, you’ll descend from Kala Patthar and begin trekking towards Pheriche. This is a small farming community that serves as a popular stop for trekkers. You’ll overnight at a guesthouse here. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

 

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

Today you’ll be trekking from Pheriche all the way back to Namche Bazaar. While this route comes out to be about 15 kilometers, the going is significantly easier now that you’re descending. You should be able to make good time as you follow the trail along the watercourse of the Imja Khola, crossing suspension bridges and passing by the familiar sights of Pangboche and Tengboche. Consider stopping for a relaxing lunch in the little town of Phungi Thanga or Kyangjuma before continuing to descend through pleasant woodlands. After another two or three hours on the trail, you’ll find yourself back in Namche Bazaar. Enjoy an evening mingling with other trekkers who are still on their way to Everest Base Camp. You’ll overnight at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

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

Today’s trek will take you back to Lukla, where your adventure began. About an hour from Namche Bazaar, you’ll reach the first of many suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. These flags snap in the wind while the Dudh Koshi river roars beneath, creating an unforgettable ambience. This return journey will be familiar, but you’ll get a new perspective on the many chortens, mani walls, and gompas along the way now that you’re traveling in the opposite direction. You’ll pass through the village of Cheplung and wind your way gradually along the path leading to Lukla. You’ll arrive in the late afternoon and spend the night here in Lukla. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 14 - Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Your successful trek comes to a conclusion today. Wake up early to bid a very fond farewell to the spectacular scenery of the Khumbu before boarding your morning flight back to Kathmandu. Watching the Himalayas pass beneath your window, you’ll now be able to recognize many of the major peaks. After the solitude of the mountains, the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu may come as something of a surprise. You’ll be transferred to your hotel to spend the rest of the day at your leisure; feel free to relax or explore the local markets. There are plenty of great restaurants in Thamel where you can enjoy dinner before returning to your hotel to spend the night. Today’s breakfast is included.

Day 15 - Reserve day in Kathmandu

This day is reserved in case there are any weather-related delays with your return flight from Lukla. If your schedule is on track, today represents a great opportunity to get more familiar with Kathmandu by exploring any of the attractions you weren’t able to visit upon arriving in Nepal. Some lesser-known sites include the colorful Buddhist Kopan Monastery and the Hindu Changu Narayan Temple, which lies just east of the city and is recognized as a World Heritage site. There are also lots of places to grab a bite to eat. Especially popular amongst trekkers is The Rum Doodle, located on Bhupi Road in Kathmandu’s Naxal neighborhood. Guests here are encouraged to sign a paper cutout of a yeti footprint to decorate the restaurant’s walls; look carefully and you might just see the autographs of famous mountaineers. When you’re finished shopping and eating, return to your hotel to spend the night. Today’s breakfast is included.

Day 16 - Farewell and Departure

This morning, you’ll wake up to enjoy your last breakfast in Kathmandu while reflecting on all of the memories you’ve made on the Everest Base Camp Trek over the past two weeks. Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transported to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. We hope you’ll return to Nepal in the near future to see everything else that our unique country has to offer! Today’s breakfast is included.

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. 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 2 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 2 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 easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 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
  • WiFi internet and phone call unless its free.
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

FAQs Expand all

How do I get Visas to Nepal?

Nepal has been facilitating ‘On Arrival’ Visas to those flying to Nepal. The Visa procedure is very simple and quick; however, you may need to queue during peak tourist season. You can also obtain your Visa to Nepal from the Nepalese Embassy based in your home country if you wish to avoid the airport queue. But please remember that visitors who have obtained a Visa from the Embassy must travel to Nepal within six months of their Visa issue date.

Travellers from Nigeria, Ghana, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria and refugees are requested to get their Visa from the consulate offices of Nepal in their region.

If you are entering Nepal through the borders with Tibet or India, you can get a Visa at the border crossing points.

Here is the link of visa and fee information (Link)

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

One of our airport representatives will be at the airport to welcome you. He will be carrying the Nepal Hiking Team placard with your name underneath. He will take you to your hotel and help you to check in.

As well as our airport representative will come to your hotel approximately three hours before your scheduled flight. He will take you to the airport for your flight back home.

Do I need to bring any official document papers for the Everest Base Camp Trek?

To do the Everest Base Camp Trek, you need a valid passport, a tourist Visa, two passport-sized photographs for trekking permits and travel insurance which is very important.

I am a solo traveller; can I join a group? Or Can We do a Private trip?

We run several small group-joining treks with guaranteed departure dates so solo travellers are welcome to join in with a group.

We will still run your trip, even if there are no other travellers on the dates you have booked. We never ask our client to change their travel dates due to an insufficient number of people.

Yes, we do organize private trips. There is no surcharge if there are two or more people for your trip. Also, for a private trip, we have guaranteed departure dates all year round thus, travellers can choose any dates to suit them.

But, if you are a solo traveller, then for a private trip, a surcharge of USD 250.00 will be added onto the published rate on our website.

I am a solo traveller; can I join a group?

We run several small group-joining treks with guaranteed departure dates so solo travellers are welcome to join in with a group.

We will still run your trip, even if there are no other travellers on the dates you have booked. We never ask our client to change their travel dates due to an insufficient number of people.

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

Our standard package includes a 3-star hotel, usually WOODAPPLE HOTEL AND SPA, or similar in Kathmandu. It is a newly built property on the outskirts of Thamel and offers great services and amenities to the valued guest.

Yes, you can extend your hotel stay in Kathmandu and it will cost approximately USD 50 and USD 55 per night, inclusive of breakfast, for a single and double/twin room respectively.

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

Definitely, you can upgrade your hotel to a luxury hotel in Kathmandu. There are several luxury hotels in Kathmandu. You may either inform us of your preferred hotel or we shall give you our options. Either way, we shall comply with your request.

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

During the trek, you shall be staying in the teahouses/guesthouses. The rooms in the teahouses are neat and clean, equipped with twin beds for two trekkers and beds are set up with a mattress, a bed sheet, a pillow and a blanket. Private bathrooms are available in three locations including Lukla, Phakding and Namche.

Yes, hot showers are available throughout the trek. Our package includes a private, free, hot shower for three locations i.e. Lukla, Phakding and Namche. In other places, it will cost around NPR 300-500 per hot shower, depending on location.

What type of toilet/bathroom facilities are available during the Everest Base Camp Trek?

You can find western flushing-style toilets as well as squat-down toilets on the Everest trail. However, during the winter season, as you move higher on the trail, we suggest you use the squat-down toilets instead of the sit-down toilets. This is because, as we move higher, it gets colder and water freezes making it difficult to flush the toilet. So we advise you to check if the water is working perfectly before using the toilets.

Where do we go to the toilet along the trail?

Usually, before leaving the teahouse, our guides advise trekkers to go to the toilet to avoid needing to go during the trail. Moreover, you will come across few houses along the trail who will let you use their toilet. But if it is an emergency and there are no houses nearby, then you will have to go in the wild!

Is there any means of communication and Internet access while trekking to Everest?

You can find various ways to access the internet. If you have purchased SIM card, then you can use data to access the internet. However, the network connection for both communication and internet access may not be consistently good. As you move higher, the connection may get weak. You may be able to get Wi-Fi service from the teahouse, but please expect to be charged for this.

And last but not the least, you can purchase an Everest Link Card which is quite popular in the Everest region for its fast and reliable internet service. You can purchase these cards in Kathmandu as well as in Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Dingboche and Gokyo Valley.

What kind of food can I expect during the Everest Base Camp Trek?

You will find all types of food on the trail, from traditional Nepalese and Sherpa dishes to international dishes. You will even find freshly baked cakes, muffins and other baked goodies. Additionally, if you have any dietary restrictions, it is no problem on the Everest Base Camp Trek; you will find vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals on the menus. You must inform your guide about any special dietary requirements, so that he can inform the cook of the teahouse who will prepare your meals to your delight.

Is it safe to drink water in the Everest region? Is drinking water included in the package?

If you are drinking water directly from the tap, then no, it is not safe; although it is drinkable water, it is not always favourable for everybody. So, before consuming the water, we ask that you purify your water by using water purifying tablets. Only once the water is purified should you drink it.

There are other ways to access water too. You can buy bottled water or hot boiled water from the teahouse. It will cost about NPR 200-300 per liter. And drinking water is not included in our package.

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

We cannot say exactly how much spending money you need for the trek, as it will depend on your spending habits. Most of the goods available on the trail is pretty expensive compared to the main city area.

All of our trek packages include three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on trekking days, so you will not be spending much on meals. However, trekkers will have to bear the cost of water, beverages, snacks, chocolates, etc. As a rough guide, many of our past trekkers have said NPR 2500-3000 will suffice plentifully each day during trekking days.

As for the credit card, they do accept credit cards or debit cards on the trek; but halfheartedly. Also, cards are accepted in some places only; mostly, some shops in Namche Bazaar accept credit cards, but not beyond that. Please note, it is easier if transactions are made using cash, but be warned, they will not take foreign currency; only local currencies are accepted.

Is there a laundry service during the Everest Base Camp Trek?

You will find a few laundry services in Namche Bazaar. Beyond that, there is no service available. So, you will have to hand-wash your clothes yourself if it is really necessary to do laundry. Otherwise, you can bring your dirty laundry to Kathmandu and have it done all in one go.

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

Yes, you can charge your electronic gadgets during the Everest Trek. However, please remember that after Namche, electricity in the Everest region is obtained via solar panels. Hence, if it is not a good, sunny or bright day, you will only get limited power. Besides, it costs around NPR 200-300 per hour to charge electronic gadgets.

In Nepal, no flat-pronged plugs are found in use as in other countries. Electric plugs in Nepal have two or three round prongs. You can find type C, type D or type M electric sockets with a power voltage of 230V/50Hz. It is better if you bring a universal travel adapter.

What is the weight limit for the Lukla flight?

The weight limit is 15 kg/33 lbs for the Lukla flight, including both your duffel pack (10kg/22 lbs) and a daypack (5kg/11lbs). If you exceed the weight limit, you will have to pay USD 2-5 for each extra kilo in the air terminal. We therefore suggest you pack as light a bag as possible.

Can beginner trekkers do this trek?

No technical skills are required for the EBC Trek, unlike those of other adventures like mountain climbing. So, you would not need prior trekking experience to carry out this trek. But having said this, it does not mean that it is a cakewalk in such high elevation (above 5000m). With adequate preparation, such as having the required trekking gear, healthy food intake, properly scheduled liquid drinking and the careful supervision of the guide, it is not impossible for you to complete this endeavour, even if you are a beginner.

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

The distance between Lukla to the Everest Base Camp is an 80-mile round trip. From Lukla, it takes approximately eight days to reach the Everest Base Camp, including two acclimatisation days, and then three days to return.

Is it true that there is no direct flight to/from Lukla from Kathmandu during the high season? And why is that?

It is true, but not all year round. The flight is diverted during peak spring and autumn trekking seasons only. This is to avoid the traffic congestion at Kathmandu Airport, so most of the flights are diverted to Manthali Airport. The decision was made by TIA and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. You can find more information in this link.

For Manthali – Lukla flight: You will get up around 2:30 am and drive to Manthali Airport in a shared tourist vehicle for about 4-5 hours from Kathmandu. Then you will take a flight to Lukla from Manthali Airport; the duration of the flight is 20 minutes. This arrangement is for the peak trekking months of March, April, May, October and November.

For Kathmandu – Lukla flight: You will wake up around 5:00-6:00 am and drive for about 30 minutes to the domestic airport in Kathmandu and fly to Lukla from there. The duration of the flight is 35 minutes. This arrangement is for the remaining months, excluding the peak trekking months.

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

The alternative option if the flight gets delayed is to get on another flight. But we must tell you that there are no flights to Lukla after midday due to the weather change. And, if the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather, then you shall have to take another flight the very next day. As you may know, the weather is quite unpredictable and it is very important to fly to Lukla only when the weather is clear and favourable. Besides this, there is another alternative option to take a helicopter to Lukla if the flight is cancelled.

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

Travel insurance is compulsory to do any treks in Nepal. But before you purchase your travel insurance, make sure you know the maximum altitude you will reach, because insurance varies depending upon the elevation. You can get more information about the different types of travel insurance packages from your insurance company.

But, most importantly, if you are trekking to an altitude that is above 5600m above sea level, make sure your travel insurance covers emergency helicopter evacuation, extra expenses due to health concerns, and trip cancellation charges.

Are your guides qualified to handle a medical emergency?

Our guides are qualified to handle small, primary medical emergencies as they are first-aid trained. And in the case of an emergency, then they will manage the emergency evacuation in cooperation with the Kathmandu team, so that patients can get medical attention as soon as possible. Our guides carry an oximeter with them to regularly check the oxygen level in the blood, a first-aid box for minor injuries and Diamox for the prevention of altitude sickness.

What immunisations will I need?

In general, you do not have to be vaccinated to do the Everest Base Camp Trek. There is very little chance of contracting malaria, since it is only found below 1500m. However, if you are concerned about certain diseases you can consult with your doctor before opting for the trek.

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

Indeed, a trekker can continue their trek if the sickness is mild and has recovered after a day’s rest. But, if the condition of the trekker is very serious, then he or she will be flown back to the city in an emergency evacuation.

Are your guides certified by the Government of Nepal?

All our guides are certified and trained trekking leaders. Our guides are certified by the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) which is run by the Government of Nepal. They have years of experience working in this line of work and have knowledge about the different trekking trails of Nepal, mountain ranges, culture and mountain sickness.

Have trekking guides received first-aid training for high altitude?

They have received basic first-aid training where they learn about general first-aid procedures and have attended lectures about altitude illness (AMS/HAPE/HACE) and the use of hyperbaric chambers. They are awarded with a certificate following this three-day course.

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

Tipping is not an obligatory; however, it has become a way of showing an appreciation to the individuals who have helped you along the trek. Regardless, it depends upon whether you want to tip or not. Everything relies upon how far you are satisfied and happy with their services. But as a general rule of thumb, trekkers have tipped USD 150 to 200 for trekking leaders and about 100-150 USD for the porter to show their appreciation.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

You can add extra days to your trekking trip; however, if you are joining in with a group trek, then unfortunately, it is not possible. It is only permitted to add a few extra days onto a private trek.

Is it necessary to make a down payment to the reserve a place on a trek?

To reserve a place, it is indeed necessary to make a down payment. However, the down payment is only required when you are certain that you want to do the trek. To reserve a place, 20% down payment of the total cost is required.

What is Nepal Hiking Team’s cancellation policy?

Clients are welcome to cancel the trek whenever they like. However, they should inform us with a valid reason as to why they are cancelling. Also, please note the deposit made to reserve a place is non-refundable. The reason for this is because, as soon as we receive the confirmation from the clients, we use more than the deposit amount to make reservations for hotels, airlines, transportation and other things necessary to operate the trek efficiently. Also, if we cancel these services, they will charge us a cancellation fee.

However, we are free to postpone our reservation for any dates. Therefore, we ask our clients to postpone their trip rather than cancelling it completely. Here is the link (Link) to our booking conditions.

Why Book EBC trek Nepal Hiking Team?

Nepal Hiking Team has been organizing Everest Base Camp trek for more than a decade. We have made dreams come true of hundreds of trekkers by taking them to the lap of the world’s highest mountain. You can also read the praise that our valued customers have for us on our trip advisor page. Our great team helps us to run every trip, be it solo, private, or a group trek efficiently. Our foremost priority has always been the customer’s satisfaction and their health and safety.

During the journey, every trekker is accompanied by our highly talented, professional, first aid trained, and experienced team of trekking leaders who will always make sure you are okay and enjoying the time in the Himalayas. Our team of trekking leaders are qualified and licensed guides who earned certificates accredited by the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM). Also, we offer the provision of a custom made trip to our trekkers who wish to plan the itinerary as per their preference. And last but not the least, the price for our Everest Base Camp Trek package is reasonable and affordable inclusive of best services only.

All in all, we value your precious time and your satisfaction so we work hard to offer the best of best for you and make your time worthwhile, satisfying and unforgettable.

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Tanya Henderson , Australia

My husband and I did Annapurna and Everest Base Camp Treks Nepal Hiking Team. Ganga and his team members went out of their way to ensure we had a smooth and enjoyable trip and provided professional and excellent services (airport pickups, provision of city and mountain maps, goose-down trekking gear, relevant and useful advice, driver services, etc.).

We had regular contact with management throughout our time in Nepal (before, during and after trekking) and we always felt like we were in capable hands! We were even taken out for dinner and presented with EBC completion certificates upon arriving back in Kathmandu after trekking.

Our guide, Raj, was absolutely outstanding!! Not only was he great fun but he was also knowledgeable, kind and honest (this is very important as not all companies provide reliable guides – many will try to make a quick buck off tourists in the mountains whenever they can!) Our trek to Everest base Camp was incredible but the experience was made even better by having such a superb guide with us. Thoroughly recommend this company and requesting Raj if you can!

Everest Base Camp Trek in November 2012.

Casey Vollbrecht , United States

My husband and I did the amazing short Everest Base Camp Trek with Nepal Hiking Team just recently, and we have nothing but good things to say about our wonderful experience. Let me start off with how wonderful our guide Bal Kumar was, along with our trusted porter Raju. From making sure that we were comfortable and capable-to-continue to pre-arranging the accommodations and the food- Bal Kumar was there at every step of the way. He hiked with us throughout the journey, and aside from having his company, we were also very lucky because Bal Kumar shared his stories about the culture and traditions of the villages and the mountains as we made our way. It added a lot of authentic feeling to the journey, which we are really grateful for.

At every moment, Bal Kumar was asking us if we were okey and his experience in the field also really showed as he would arrange for the services without us having to enquire about them first. We were also just a phone call away from the main office of the company and with Mr. Ganga and Mr. Balaram should we have had any problems. I did feel a little altitude sickness when we were at Namche Bazaar, but Bal Kumar made sure that I had enough rest and proper medicine before continuing. He was completely fine, hiking with us in our own pacing and not making us rush forward. Because of this, we were able to really enjoy our trip without hassles. 

I am very grateful to Nepal Hiking Team for arranging this trip as we could not have asked for a more convenient and comfortable journey to the Himalayas! Nepal Hiking Team really takes care of their customers and we were so glad to be under the care of such nice and wonderful people. Thank You NHT for a beautiful trip! We will be sure to go with Nepal Hiking Team again if we ever visit Nepal in the future once more!   

 

Priti and Anupam Rastogi , 756 LOWELL CT, sunnyvale 94087

Simply finished our Everest Base Camp trek thus happy we went with NHT! They are the best. Directly from an opportunity to join with them and asking myraid of inquiries, Ganga and group were tolerant. The one thing that stands apart with NHT is their flexibility. We had a modified trek and during the climb we made requests to transform it and they happily obliged-no inquiries posed! I am certain it takes some work to reschedule all the pre arrangements at the tea houses uniquely during the on season. Ganga additionally organized us to fly to KTM from Lukla to spare us time when we were booked to fly out of Ramechhap.

Our guide Prakash was amicable and quiet. He never pushed us to go quick. He even recommended an adjustment in our agenda which drove us to the excellent Sherpa town of Khumjung – it isn’t on the typical EBC course. Much appreciated Prakash and Sagar!! Sagar was so dedicated and what an incredible vocalist! He engaged us when my spirits were low from climbing 9 days in a row. That was extremely sweet. Another significant notice would likewise be that our guide Prakash never pushed us to take any meds, he rather debilitated us and luckily we didn’t require we did fine without Diamox and he would simply screen our oxygen levels. During and before the trek we had gotten information from different people that the guide would request that they take medications (these are not NHT guides). I would profoundly suggest NHT and we will certainly request them to book our next Nepal experience when it happens!!

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