During the EBC Trek, you will come across captivating beauty of the Himalayas, huge glaciers, cold & untamed rivers, streams, picturesque valleys, fine villages, and dense forests of fir, rhododendron, and conifer. Likewise, surreal views of high snow-capped mountains will keep accompanying you through the trek. You will see the Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m), Lobuche East (6,119 m), Lobuche West ( 4,940 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Taboche Peak (6,501 m), Mt. Kangtega (6,782 m), Khumbutse (6,665 m), Pumori (7,161 m), and numerous other mountains.
Everest Base Camp Trek landmark
Known as one of the most extreme airports in the world, a flight to Lukla airport will give you a thrilling and adventurous experience that will always be in your memories. You will fly from Kathmandu, and the flight time will be around 35 minutes. Lukla is also the starting point of EBC Trek.
Namche Bazaar is known as the tourist hub of the Khumbu region. This is also the main and the biggest residence area of Sherpas. Similarly, in Namche Bazar, you will find most of the facilities like WiFi, nice cafes & restaurants, luxury lodges, etc.
Located in Tengboche village, Tengboche monastery is the oldest and biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. In the monastery, you will get to see ancient sculptures, paintings, antique pieces, and manuscripts. You will have a deeper understanding of the culture and tradition of locals by visiting this monastery.
Located at 5,180 meters, Gorak Shep is the first base camp of Mt. Everest. Later, the base camp got moved to 5,364 meters where it is located right now. You have to pass by Gorak Shep to reach Everest Base Camp. After exploring the base camp, you will drop down to Gorka Shep for night stay.
Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp, the lap of the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest (8,848 m) is a dream destination of travel lovers. From here, you will get to witness an outstanding view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Kongde, Lobuche Peak, Mt. Ama Dablam, etc. Likewise, you will also see a stunning view of Khub Icefall and other huge glaciers, moraines, and glacial lakes.
Kala Patthar is the most popular viewpoint in the Everest region. From the top of the Kala Patthar, you will get to observe a 360-degree view of Everest as well as a jaw-dropping landscape view from here.
On Everest Base Camp Trek 16-days, you will get to experience the rich culture, tradition, norms, values, and practices of Sherpa people. This region is highly dominated by Buddhism, and you will see the influence of Tibetan Buddhism in some places. You will see several monasteries, chortens, gumba and mani stones on the trail. Similarly, you will visit the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region, Tengboche monastery as well. As you will spend the night in different villages, this will give you a chance to interact with locals and take a deep look into their unique lifestyle.
Everest region is mostly resided by Sherpa people, the great climbers, and kindest humans. Besides them, you will also see Rais, Limbus, Sunwars, Manangis, and Lopas living in several villages. Every community has a distinct culture, major festivals, languages, dress, and delicacies, yet they are living together as one.
Everest Base Camp Trek goes through Sagarmatha National Park, which is part of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites. This national park is a habitat of many wildlife including rare ones like the red panda, snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, etc. Sagarmatha National Park includes several florae as well. Likewise, other parts of the trail also include beautiful forests of rhododendron, pine, fir, maple, cedar, juniper, etc. The entire region is extremely rich in vegetation and ranges from subalpine to alpine zone.
Everest Base Camp Trek difficulty
Everest Base Camp Trekking is a moderate to difficult journey in the Everest region. The trail includes many ups & downs on steep, rugged, and rocky path. The trail passes by dense forests of rhododendron, fir, pine maple, juniper, etc crossing several streams and rivers, which makes the trail even more adventurous. On average, you have to walk for around 6 to 7 hours a day. All of these demands strong stamina, high strength, and good health.
Anyone can go on this trek until they are physically fit means prior trekking experience is not necessary. However, make sure to go on a few short hikes before the commencement of the trip.
Altitude Sickness and Prevention
Everest Base Camp Trek 16-days is a high elevation journey that will take you above 5,000 meters. There is always a chance of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or altitude sickness during high altitude treks. Daily, you will gain elevation that will require proper acclimatization or you can also get hit by AMS. However, with enough acclimatization day in between the trekking period and proper guidance, one can easily complete this trek without having any issues. Also, keep yourself hydrated. Drink enough water and other liquids during the trek to avoid altitude sickness. In case you feel difficulty in breathing inform your guide right away so that he can take proper measures on time.
Transportation and Bag Pack
Everest Base Camp Trek begins with a thrilling flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. From Lukla, you will start walking towards Everest Base Camp slowly via villages like Phakding, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche.
Below is the list of things that you should carry during EBC Trek:
- T-shirts and Pants (Innerwear)
- Thermal Wears
- Breathable Underwears
- Trekking Pants/Shoes/Socks
- Insulating Jacket
- Rain jacket
- Warm woolen Gloves
- Sun hat/woolen hat
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking Pole
- First aid kit
- Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc)
- Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
Food and Accommodation during Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trekking trail is one of the most developed trails of Nepal. There is a wide range of lodge and guesthouse available here that will suit everyone's pocket. The rooms are generally small and are on the twin-sharing term with a few furniture. You can find a comfortable bed and hot shower along with common bathrooms. Similarly, there is the facility of WiFi, however, the connection might not be stable due to weather. Food like Dal Bhat and Sherpa cuisine can be found everywhere along with momo, chowmein, thukpa, pizza, sandwich, bread, bars, tea, coffee, and other beverages.
As per your budget, you will be staying mostly at either a 3-star hotel or 5-star hotels in the major cities. These hotels have their own restaurants, which means that you don’t have to worry about eating elsewhere. You can also explore around and dine in numerous restaurants & cafes that are available out there.
Best Season to go on Everest Base Camp Trek
Spring (March to April) and Autumn (late September to November) is considered the most desirable time to go on Everest Base Camp Trekking. This is the best time of the year to travel in the Khumbu region as the views are clear and fantastic. Moreover, the weather is neither too cold nor too hot, perfect to traverse.
Likewise, Monsoon (June to mid-September) is not a favored time to go on trekking in the Everest region. The rainfall makes the views unclear and trail also become slippery & full of bugs.
However, in Winter (December to February), people do go on EBC Trekking, especially photographers as this is the best time to capture the surreal views of Himalayas. But, with excellent views comes harsh cold and heavy snowfall. Therefore, be prepared nicely before commencing the trek.
Everest Base Camp Trek Cost
Everest Base Camp Trek Cost depends on the company you will be traveling with. However, the cost ranges from budget-friendly to luxurious as per the facilities you will be receiving during the trek. With us, you will find the most affordable cost for this trek as well as the most expensive ones. The cost includes all necessary permits, food & accommodation during the trek, first aid kit, and expenses of guides & porters. For more detailed information, you can check our cost includes and cost excludes part.
- Make sure to carry insect repellents and table salts
- Collect enough information on the weather and temperature
- Get yourself a nice map
- Maintain body hydration- drink plenty of water daily
- Walk slow and safely
- Take out insurance that will cover any emergency evacuation and property loss
- Carry hand cash as there will be no atm on the way
- Pack light
- Do not get obsessed over network and internet; spend time in nature