Everest Base Camp Trek has been a dream for many adventurers since 1953 as Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa reached to the summit of the Mt. Everest. Now, thousands of people have conquered the Everest Base Camp Trek and many people are still following the same path to go to reach the Everest Base Camp (5384 m) because the charm of the trek has remained the same.
Everest Base Camp Trek is now an achievable goal for everyone. But it does not mean that you can underestimate this sophisticated area, because it is one of the highest trekking points in the world. So, trekkers need to be aware of altitude sickness and some other health factors.
Visit World Heritage Sites:
The trip begins with the overnight stay in the charming Kathmandu city; the city is also known as the city of the temple as you find many temples here. The second day is the sightseeing day in Kathmandu while you will visit around a few world heritage sites. It will be a refreshing moment for you before heading to the trek. You visit some exciting pilgrims and historical monuments of the valley that includes fabulous Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Fly to Lukla Airport:
Experiencing the world’s one of the most dangerous flight to Lukla with an inconceivably proficient pilot by enjoying the scenery of high mountains, you along with a guide reach at Lukla within 45 minutes, where we meet our team’s rest of the members, and the trek kicks off. You move toward Phakding following the Dudh Koshi River passing few sherpa villages with well-cultivated lands. You will be excited as you will cross and recross the river and arrive at Phakding after 3 hours’ trek. We stay our first mountain overnight at Phakding.
Our next stop point is Namche Bazaar, the village also known as the gateway of Mt Everest, situated at the elevation of 3441 m from the sea level. Before reaching Namche Bazaar, we need to stop for a while in a village called Monjo for some kind of TIMS and National Park Permit. Namche Bazaar is an acclimatization station, and it is definitely needed for every trekker as they will follow more uphill and higher elevation here onward.
Namche is really a large village as a comparison to other sherpa villages in Khumbu, and it is the capital town of Khumbu region where you can even find different types of coffees and sweet items.
Trek to Tengboche Monastery
Spending one more day for acclimatizing the high altitude, we then take a slow uphill walk to Tengboche village; the village is more popular for Thyangboche Monastery. After that, the trail includes other village Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche with offering stunning views of Ama Dablam (6812 m), Thamserku (6623 m), Nuptse (7861 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Cho Oyu (8188 m), as well as the great Mt. Everest (8848 m).
Gorakshep is the last point to overnight stay but the village is not so attractive; it lies in the glacial zone where vegetation is rare to non-existence. However, Kala Patthar (5545 m) is just behind it which is the best viewpoint of Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.
Walk through rough rocky terrain:
You make way up to EBC following the rough rocky terrain. After reaching EBC, you can have a rest, take some pictures and you feel like you achieve your lifetime adventure experience. Thereafter, you descend to Lukla in the next 3 days by retracing the steps, where you will take relax and can have cold ice beer as a celebration of the trek completion.
At the end of the trek, you feel that you have got the lifetime adventure and have lots of memories in the head and in the cameras (Photographs) that will last for a long life.
The following itinerary includes a one-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu city as we think it will be mind-refreshing to enjoy Kathmandu temple tour. However, we also have 13 days’ EBC Trek itinerary that excludes Kathmandu tour.
What is the best time to go to Everest Base Camp Trek?
Generally, Spring (End of February, March to May) and Autumn (End of August, September to November); are the two substantial seasons for trekking in Everest Base Camp. Summer is the wet season because it is monsoon time, whereas winter is absolute cold. To get detailed information about the weather in Nepal, you should see article – weather and climate in Everest base camp.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2850m) and trek to Phakding (2660m)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3235m)
Day 05: Acclimatization and rest at Namche
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3890m)
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4350m)
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4910m)
Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m) and Everest Base Camp (5380m) and back to Gorakshep
Day 10: Trek to Kalapathar (5545m) and Pheruche (4320m)
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3435m)
Day 12: Trek back to Phakding and Lukla (2850m)
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu (30-45 minutes)
Day 14: Final Departure
In Kathmandu, we provide 3-star level hotel accommodation for 3 nights that also includes breakfast. But lunch and dinner are not included. While tea house accommodation is offered in trekking as there is no luxurious hotel and lodges at Everest region. In most tea houses, you will get a twin shared the room with the blanket, while dormitory room is provided in higher altitudes. But, it would be wise to bring a sleeping bag as the only blanket may not be sufficient to tolerate the cold weather of the mountains. There is also a facility of electric charges upon additional cost in most of the places.
Generally, you will have breakfast and dinner in the same tea houses or lodges where you stay during the trek; while lunch will be served one of the restaurants on the trail en route.
There are few options for which menu item you want to choose. All 3 times meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) will deliver in the trek. But keep in mind, you will get only one menu item to choose. Along with breakfast, trekkers can have tea/coffee. Tea/coffee will be provided only one time per day.
While you are in the trekking, we will provide chlorine-treated drinking water. However, mineral and boiled water will be only available upon additional cost as all tea houses provides it.
How much to tip to guide and porter after the trek?
We provide a salary to the guide and porter. So, we can’t force anyone to give tips to them. But they expect some tips from you as they care and help you in the trek. It shows your gratitude to them if you give tips. It would be good if you give at least $100 for each of them. For details, click here.
Is there any alternative of trekking in Everest?
Yes, there are the alternatives of trekking in Everest. Either Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour or Everest Mountain Flight is the best alternatives.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel.
As you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, one of their representatives 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. Meals Included: Dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour.
Today early morning, after having breakfast, you will move to go sightseeing in UNESCO heritage sites of Kathmandu valley which includes Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 03: 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 Dudhkoshi. The trail follows the bank of Dudhkoshi River until it reaches Phakding. Overnight stay at guest house. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 04: 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 Dudhkoshi River and crosses the Dudhkoshi River, then goes through a beautiful pine forest to Monju. Thereafter, you soon approach to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, then descend to Dudhkoshi River. Now you follow the steep climb to the beautiful village called Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Lodge. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 05: 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. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 06: 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 the lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,350 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 lodge. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 08: 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 hrs. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 09: 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 hrs in Everest Base Camp, you will move back to Gorakshep. Overnight at lodge. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 10: 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 the 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 11: 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 lodge. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 12: Trek back to Phakding and Lukla (2,850 m).
After having breakfast, you move toward the Hillary suspension bridge and passes some local ethic villages. In the evening, you will be at Lukla. Overnight in a lodge. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 13: 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 an 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. Meals Included: Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant
Day 14: 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.
- Three nights standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star level hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (2 nights)
- All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners) with one cup tea/coffee per day.
- Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek
- Government Licensed Holder friendly 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 on the 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.
Is a guide necessary for this trekking ?
It is not compulsory to hire a guide to trek Everest Base Camp. However, guide will make your trip more joyful. We have got remarks from our many customers on how great the trip was because of our guide. Guide will also care you and suggest you to stay calm and physically fit in the high altitude.
I have not trekked before. Can I make this trip ?
Definitely, anyone can trek in Everest. Nevertheless, it would be nice if you have some hiking experience before because it reaches up to 5545 m above the sea level. But we have designed a good itinerary having sufficient acclimatization day. Therefore, a person who is physically fit and healthy can join our everest base camp tour.