The ultimate destination of Everest Base Camp Trek is to reach the first base camp of Mt. Everest which is 5364 m high from the sea level. The minimal recommended duration for this trek is 13 days. So considering on today’s’ busy world, we have reduced the duration of this trek to 13 days from 16 days.
Everest Base Camp Trek is obviously one of the most popular trekking routes in the world. Its an inspiring destination from where you learn the absolute meaning of the “roof of the world”. During the trip, you enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the Khumbu. Although it is a trekking in the Everest Base Camp, it is a moderate trekking route. It offers most remarkable scenery of 8 thousand (Mt. Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt. Makalu etc).
The trek begins from Lukla when you land Lukla airport by domestic flight. In fact, your adventure journey begins as you take your domestic flight to Lukla because Lukla airport is considered as one of the most dangerous airport in the world. However, pilots of here is used to with it. Thereafter, you move toward Phakding, a small village of Khumbu region. You stay an overnight there. Then, you pass few Sherpa villages including Namche Bazaar as well as alpine forest to reach the Everest Base Camp. On the way, you get to have an opportunity to see magnificent views of the high snow-capped mountains and ethnic cultural experience as well as Buddhist monasteries. Here are some other activities which you can do during this trek.
Go For Nepal Treks and Expedition has designed 13 days’ itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek for those travelers who want to be closer on Everest in the short period of time by trekking.
What is Everest Base Camp?
Everest Base Camp is a place in which Everesters stay overnight before beginning their Everest Expedition. It has been classified into 4 sections, according to their elevations and difficulty level to reach there. They are as follows:-
- Everest Base Camp I
- Everest Base Camp II
- Everest Base Camp III
- Everest Base Camp IV
Everest Base Camp Trek refers to visit first base camp because trekkers are not allowed to go rest of the camps of Everest. If you want to go other camps, you need Everest Climbing permit. Trekking permit is not sufficient to get there.
Although your ultimate destination of this trek is Everest Base Camp, you should not leave Kalapathar behind because you can experience Mt. Everest more closer from Kalapathar than Everest Base Camp.
How long does it take to do the Everest Base Camp Trek?
It depends upon trekking route. The recent trend is 13 days trek which includes arrival and departure dates also. But if you don’t want the rush, it will be better to choose 16-18 days trek. By the way, you can elongate the trek to 18-19 days. More than 18 days are not required only to trek to EBC.
Is it difficult to trek to Everest Base Camp?
It is a moderate trek. It means it is not so difficult. However, it is a lifetime adventure of adventurers because it offers unique magnificent scenery of the great Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks.
It also depends on the season. In spring, the temperature ranges from -2 to 8-degree centigrade. In winter, the temperature ranges from -12 to 2-degree centigrade.
What is the mount Everest original name?
Nepalese call it Sagarmatha which means “Goddess of Sky”. In Tibet, it is called Chomolungma which means “mother goddess of the universe”. But its first name was XV peak.
How far is it to Everest Base Camp from Lukla?
Lukla to Everest Base Camp distance is 38.58 miles (62 kilometers). It takes around 13 – 16 days to reach there by trek walking style. The average walking time is 5-6 hours per day.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2850m) and trek to Phakding (2660m)
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3235m)
Day 04: Acclimatization and rest at Namche
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3890m)
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4910m)
Day 07: Trek to Lobuche (4910m)
Day 08: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m) and Everest Base Camp (5380m) and back to Gorakshep
Day 09: Trek to Kalapathar (5545m) and Pheruche (4320m)
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3435M)
Day 11: Trek back to Phakding and Lukla (2850m)
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu (30-35 minutes)
Day 13: Final Departure
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel.
As you arrive at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu, one of their representative will be there to welcome you. They will take you to the hotel. Your tour operator gives you brief information about each day program. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,850 m) and trek to Phakding (2,660 m).
You will take a flight to Lukla which takes about 35 - 40 min to reach there. Then, you kick off your trek from Lukla to Phakding by walking through Chaurikharka Village and descent towards Dudh Koshi. The trail follows the bank of Dudh Koshi River until it reaches Phakding. Overnight stay at guest house.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,235 m).
Early in the morning after having breakfast, you further start your trek upward Namche Bazaar. In the beginning, the trek also follows the bank of Dudh Koshi River and crosses the Dudh Koshi River, then goes through a beautiful pine forest to Monju. Thereafter, you soon approach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, then descend to Dudh Koshi River. Now you follow the steep climb to the beautiful village called Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Lodge.
Day 04: Acclimatization and rest at Namche.
Today is your rest day at Namche. It is important before moving up to a higher elevation. You get to explore the Namche and culture and tradition of Sherpa people. Overnight at lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3,890 m).
As usual, you take breakfast and start trekking towards Everest Base Camp today. Today's highlight will be the breathtaking views of Himalayas - Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peaks. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4,910 m).
Today, you will start your trek followed by rhododendron forest to Dingboche. You cross a bridge over Imja River and then pass the valley wall and traverse to the plains to Pangboche village. Pangboche is the biggest residential area of Sherpas in the Khumbu region. Your afternoon trek may be quite difficult as the landscape gives way to dry; desolate mountain and you hike up to Dingboche. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m).
Today's trek will be more gradual and more challenging due to the higher altitude. You get to enjoy wonderful views of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Amadablam. Finally, you will reach Lobuche after about 4-5 hours. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Gorakshep (5,180 m) and Everest Base Camp (5,380 m) and back to Gorakshep.
Today is the ultimate destination of your trip. You will trek to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep. As you reach to Gorakshep, you will get to enjoy the snow-capped mountain views surrounding you. If it is spring season, you get chance to meet with Everest Climber attempting scale the Everest summit. After spending 2-3 hours in Everest Base Camp, you will move back to Gorakshep. Overnight at lodge.
Day 09: Trek to Kalapathar (5,545 m) and Pheruche (4,320 m).
You wake up before dawn and trek towards Kalapathar. In Kalapathar if the weather is good, you can enjoy a sunrise view over Mt. Everest. From here, you can capture a wonderful scenario of Himalaya in your camera. Afterward, you will come back to Gorakshep and have breakfast. Then you descend in the direction of Pheruche. Overnight at lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,435 m).
The way of Pheruche to Namche is mostly downhill which is quite easier. You will be at Namche by late afternoon. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 11: Trek back to Phakding and Lukla (2,850 m).
After having breakfast, you move toward the Hillary suspension bridge and passes some local ethnic villages. In the evening, you will be at Lukla. Overnight in a lodge.
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu (30 - 35 min).
Today is the second last day of your journey. In the morning, you will hop a domestic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. One of our representatives will be at the airport with a private vehicle, and you will be transferred to the hotel. You need solo rest after your trek in the Himalaya. In the evening, you will enjoy a get-together and cultural dinner with your guide and Go For Nepal team.
Day 13: Final Departure.
One of their representatives will take you to the airport for your flight back home.
What's included !
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
- Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three or four-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (2 nights)
- All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners).
- Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek
- Licensed English speaking guide.
- The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
- Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
- Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
- Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
- Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- Official expenses.
What's not included !
- Air travel to/from Nepal,
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu,
- Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature,
- Personal clothing, insurance against accidental, medical and emergency rescue evacuations,
- Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.
- Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
- Travel Insurance
- Emergency helicopter rescue evacuation arrangements will be covered by travel insurance.
What is trekking ?
Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.
Is trekking good for me ?
In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.
Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?
You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.
How difficult is trekking and climbing ?
Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.
Is travel insurance necessary ?
Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.
What types of permit are required for trekking ?
It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.
How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?
During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.
What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?
Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.
Will I have to carry my own luggage ?
Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.
Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?
Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.
What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?
There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.
Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?
It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.