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Trek Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek is a 14-day trek, also well known as the EBC trek. The trek that leads you to the base of the tallest mountain in the World, Mt. Everest, into the most iconic region of the Himalayas. Among the many treks in Nepal, the Everest Base camp trek is the more popular trek in Nepal because of its natural beauty. Hence, thousands of trekkers and mountain climbers visit Nepal each year to enjoy their trekking experiences and climb the world’s tallest Mount. Everest.

During the trek, you will enjoy the scenic beauties of nature, especially the inspiring view of Mt. Everest from Kalapathar (5545 m). Similarly, you will feel and experience the traditional culture and warm hospitality of the local Sherpa Community.

Fulfill your EBC dream

Everest Base Camp is one of the ultimate destinations for adventure seekers because it’s a dream of every traveler around the world, who wants to fulfill their dream by visiting EBC. While planning for this trek, you can make the trek plan from 12 days to 14 days including Kathmandu. As such in our standard trek plan, you will spend 11 nights in the mountain including a visit to EBC and a hike to Kalapathar.

In addition to the Everest Base Camp trek, we offer other featured tours and trekking activities to our adventure lovers. “NATURALLY NEPAL Once is not enough” is the tourism brand of Nepal. Hence, the people who visit Nepal once, make frequent visits to Nepal, planning different tours and trekking activities. That’s why, adventure lovers, who have already experienced the EBC trek; look for different adventure activities with different tastes in culture, nature, and adventure. That is the reason, the Makalu Base Camp trek or Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek could be an alternative trek option for adventure seekers to enjoy nature and the cultural way of living of the local people.

It’s also our pleasure to inform you that our team can customize this standard trek plan to meet your individual needs if you are making the trek individually or with your group of friends or family members.

EBC Trek Details

Dream of it; we make it happen!

How this trek starts

Firstly, on day 1st, we will pick you up upon arrival at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu. We transfer you to your pre-booked hotel in Kathmandu. After your check-in at the hotel, after a few hours of rest and refreshment, we will provide you a short briefing about the trek and introduce you to your guide, supporters, and other fellow trekkers in case you are in a group tour. Tomorrow, your flight to Lukla is early morning. Hence, we advise you to go to an early bed and become an early bird for your wake up at 5 am and get ready for the airport departure.

On day 2nd, we will provide your transfer from the hotel to the airport at 5:30 am. We provide you with a packed breakfast as the hotel serves breakfast only after 6 am. However, if you are in a big group, we can also arrange a buffet breakfast at 5 am (optional).

Please note that – the flight to Lukla or vice versa always depends on weather conditions! The weather in Lukla is unpredictable because even in the best trek season in October – November, the weather might be worse in Lukla.

Let’s wish and pray for good weather for your flight to Lukla! After a 30-minute exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you will land at its tiny Tenjin Hillary Airport, commonly known as Lukla airport.

Kick-off your trek!

As soon as you come out of the airplane, you will be mesmerized by the sound environment and tranquility. Then the surroundings will fully energize you to kick off your first-day trek from Lukla to Phakding village.

First view of Everest Glimpse

From Namche, you trek along a high path from where you have the first good view of Mt. Everest. You will start trek towards Thyangboche Monastery, located on top of a mountain ridge, then descend the Imja Khola and continue to the villages of Pangboche and Dingboche. After that, you will reach the Khumbu Glacier. The trek through the glacier takes you first to Lobuche and then to Gorak Shep, where you finally reach your destination at the foot of the Khumbu ice falls.

Acclimatization on the trek

Spending time at such heights, even the approaches to the Base Camp requires some acclimatization. After flying into Lukla from Kathmandu and then; completing the two-day trek up to Phakding and Namche Bazar in the Lower Everest region (3535 m), you will spend 2-nights in Namche Bazar adjusting to the conditions with a trek in the valley and a leisurely visit to the local Sherpa museum.

In Dingboche, you will enjoy another acclimatization day with a day hike to the Chhukung valley, where there are fine views of the 5th highest mountain peak, Makalu (8463 m). With snow-capped peaks all -around, you will be eager to trek higher up to the Everest Base Camp.

Guesthouse and lodges on the trek route

The high-altitude Everest region has fewer visitors than Annapurna. However, trekkers are well-provided with guest houses and lodges offering a welcome warm bed for the night, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Along the way, you will visit the lavishly rebuilt monastery at Tengboche. You will enjoy the view of high snow-capped peaks surrounded by pine trees and alpine meadows.

Return journey from Base camp

On the first day of the return trip from the base camp, you will stay overnight at Gorakshep and then hike up the slopes of Kalapathar (5545 m) for a fine view of Everest and its surroundings peaks. Then, it is a three-day trek back to Lukla via Pheriche and Namche Bazar before flying back to Kathmandu.

Some Health Tips before traveling

High altitude sickness Prevention and Treatment

For people who are not accustomed to living in high-altitude environments, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or Altitude Sickness is a common occurrence when traveling to sites with elevations of approximately 8,000 feet (2,400 meters above sea level) and above. This means popular destinations like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base CampUpper MustangKanchenjunga Base CampMakalu Base Camp, and other high-altitude sites present a risk of AMS for hikers, skiers, and adventurers. Especially because these locations are usually remote, it’s important to be able to recognize and identify the symptoms of AMS and how to deal with them.

What to Watch Out For Altitude Sickness

AMS is caused by a lack of oxygen in the body and decreased air pressure which can be experienced during skiing, mountain trekking, or flying when the body does not have enough time to adapt to the change, or too much energy is exerted. This can lead to a range of symptoms, including:

  • dizziness, nausea, and/or vomiting
  • headaches and muscle aches
  • loss of appetite, irritability
  • swelling in feet, hands, and face
  • shortage of breath
  • increased heartbeat severe cases include coughing, chest congestion, skin discoloration, and loss of balance and ability to walk

These cases can lead to damage to the cardiovascular as well as muscular and nervous systems, and should be dealt with on an urgent basis; worst-case scenarios can result in a coma or death. Less severe cases should also be dealt with immediately before they can progress.

Treatment of High Altitude Sickness

In non-severe cases, AMS can be resolved by descending to a lower altitude, hydrating with water, and taking time to rest between activities and before ascending to a higher altitude. Symptoms can take from a few hours to a few days to subside. If there is swelling in the brain and fluid in the lungs, however, oxygen may be administered. Patients may also be prescribed a range of medications including acetazolamide to aid breathing, dexamethasone to reduce swelling in the brain, aspirin for headache relief, and blood pressure medicine.

Prevention of High Altitude Sickness

Fortunately, most people can prevent the onset of AMS with some conscientious planning. This includes ensuring good physical health before exposure to high altitudes (such as assurance of no serious health conditions and reasonable fitness levels). Doctors can prescribe acetazolamide to be taken before climbing, and trekkers can also plan their route accordingly to allow for gradual ascent and days of rest (usually done in 2,000 ft intervals).

Keeping hydrated, carrying oxygen when ascending above 9,000 ft, eating regular, high-carbohydrate meals, and avoiding unnecessary exertion (and allowing for plenty of rest) will also help prevent AMS.

Take Note If Altitude

You suffer from heart and lung disease. Your cardiovascular system will experience strain under high altitudes. Additionally, if you are taking medications that lower breathing rates like narcotic pain relievers, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills, consult the doctor before climbing to high altitudes.

People who suffer from anemia should also consider taking iron supplements before trekking to high altitudes. Low red blood cell counts mean less oxygen in the blood, which will be extenuated by high climbs.

Like any illness, AMS can be prevented and treated accordingly with conscientious planning and an acute awareness of its symptoms, and sufficient access to the right resources for treatment.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal

Departure Time

Between 7 – 8 am (flexible)

Price Includes

  • Domestic flight to and from Lukla airport
  • 2 nights accommodation at Kathmandu Suite Home or nearby hotel of similar standard
  • Accommodation at locally owned guest houses / lodges during the trek (11 nights)
  • Meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • English speaking trek guide and 1 support porter (in the ratio of 2 guests = 1 porter)
  • Trek permit and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • Airport pick up / drop off

Price Excludes

Complementaries

  • Trekking duffle bag
  • Company T-Shirt

What to expect on the trek

>Everest Base Camp Trek

We will provide English speaking guide during the trek. A porter for 2 members will be provided, who will carry your bag up to 22 k.g. Accommodation at guest houses will be provided during the trek. Meals are included.

Trek highlights

  • Moderate to fairly challenging but thrilling to the core!
  • Exciting flight to Lukla
  • Namche Bazar; the tourist hub and the gateway to Everest Base Camp
  • Tengboche Monastery
  • Exciting trek to Everest Base camp
  • Kalapathar, the view point to see the World highest Peak "Mt. Everest"
  • Experienced, helpful and friendly guide and porters

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 meters)

Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be met by our Airport Representative, and transferred to hotel Kathmandu Suite Home or a  nearby hotel of a similar standard (breakfast included). Your trek leader will brief you about the trek plan and introduce you to your guide. If you arrive Kathmandu by noon, you may do a walking tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square (old palace) and local market of Asan Bazar.

Overnight at the hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 2Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (2804 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters)

After taking an early morning breakfast, you will drive to Airport (15 minutes) and enjoy a 30 – minute exciting flight to Lukla (2804 meters.). After meeting your trek crews, you will embark on the first-day trek to Phakding (2610 meters).

Enjoying the view of landscape, and villages, and crossing a couple of streams, and bridges, you will reach Phakding in 3 hours. There is a probability to get a flight delay or cancellation even in the good season of October – November or March – April. If the flight is on time, you will reach Phakding at lunchtime. In case of any delay, you will stop for lunch in Lukla or after an hour walking from Lukla.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3535 meters)

After taking breakfast at around 7 am, you will start your 2nd-day trek following Phakding village and local market; then you will cross an iron bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. After a couple of hours of easy trail following the river; you will arrive at Manjo and Jorsali where you will stop for lunch. In Jorsale there is a Check Post for trek permits (Sagarmatha National Park office). After lunch you will register your trek permit at the check-post; then you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park zone. From here the trail descends for 10 minutes, crosses the bridge, and continues the trek following the Dudh Koshi river the trail will gradually ascend until you reach the last high bridge over the Bhote Koshi river. From here the trail ascends steeply until you reach Namche Bazar. It is an approximately 6 hours trek.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar (Day trek / hike of the valley)

As you are already above 3000 meters, it’s recommended to spend 2 nights in Namche Bazar to avoid any risk of high altitude sickness with a side trip to Khumjung village or Thame.

Today after breakfast, you go for a day hiking to Syangboche, Khungde (3840 meters), and even further to Khumjung (3780 meters) or Thame as optional. It is also worth visiting Sagarmatha National Park Museum as a side trip. On this day you will be thrilled by overlooking the amazing views of Himalayan ranges including Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Lhotse, and Mount Everest.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3850 meters)

Today’s total trek duration will be approximately 5 – 6 hours. After leaving Namche Bazar, you will follow the well-defined curving trail overlooking the mountain views. After 1 hour trek, you will reach Khyangjumpa (3550 meters), where there are some guest houses and tea shops. This place also offers an amazing view of Mount Ama Dablam. From here the trail descends to Sanasa and then reaches Phunki Tenga (3150 meters) in one hour and 30 minutes. You may stop here for lunch. After crossing the river; the trail ascent follows the delightful pine, rhododendron, and birch forest. In 2 hour trek, you will reach Tengboche, situated on the hillside. This place offers an excellent view of Mount Amadablam and a glimpse of Mount Everest. While you are here in Tengboche, it would also be worth visiting the old “Tengboche Monastery” in the morning or evening the time of prayers.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 meters)

As usual, you will take breakfast at around 7 am and start the trek at 8 am. After leaving the Tengboche Monastery, you will trek down through pine and rhododendron forest and in about 20 minutes trek you will reach Deboche (3820 meters). For another 20 minutes, you continue your trek through the pine, rhododendron, and birch forest until you reach the bridge and ascent again after crossing the Imja river after about 1 hour ascend you will reach Pangboche (3930 meters). You will stop here for lunch.

As a side trip, it would also be worth visiting the Pangboche monastery; the oldest Gompa in the Khumbu region. After lunch, you will continue the trek following the Imja river with a gradual ascent and after an hour trek, you will reach a major trail junction (4175 meters). The left trail leads to Pheriche and the right trail leads to Dingboche. From the junction, you will descend to a bridge by crossing the Imja river and ascend again to reach Dingboche in an hour.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 7Acclimatization day in Dingboche

Now you are at the elevation of 4400 meters above sea level! Congratulation, you are all fit and fine with the altitude. Though you will acclimatize here to avoid any further risk of altitude.

After breakfast, your guide will take you for a hiking trip to Chhukung valley, then return to Dingboche by the evening. Do your best to get as high as possible up to Chhukung Ri (5546 meters) and don’t miss out to witness Mt. Makalu, the 5th highest mountain in the world.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 8Trek from Dingboche to Labuje (4950 meters)

No doubt, after the big days you are even much stronger for the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar. On the way to Labajuje, you will be rewarded with an impressive view of the Himalayas and reach Labuje in 4 – 5 hours of your trek.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 9Trek to Everest Base Camp (5400 meters)

This is your final goal for Everest Base Camp!!

Today you will leave early morning (5 am) for Everest Base camp that will approximately take 3-4 hours to reach Gorakshep (5160 meters); the last settlement before Everest Base Camp. You will stop at Gorakshep for breakfast and then continue the trek to Everest Base camp (3 hours) and return to Gorakshep (2 hours) for an overnight stay.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 10Hike / trek to Kalapathar (5545 meters)

Get ready for another exciting day!

Kalapathar is the best vantage point to observe Mount Everest in closer range. Recommended to start your hike at 5 am (2 hours) to get to the top of Kalapathar; then return to Gorakshep. After breakfast, you will trek down to Pheriche (4280 meters).

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 11Trek back to Namche Bazar

Following the same trek routes, you will trek back to Namche Bazar via Pangboche and Tengboche, which will take about 7 hours to trek.

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 12Trek back to Lukla

Following the same trek route of Lukla – Namche Bazar, you will trek down to Lukla via Jorsale, Manjo, and Phakding villages (7 hours).

Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 13Fly back to Kathmandu

After early morning breakfast, you should get ready for your return flight to Kathmandu. Depending on weather conditions, the flight may be early morning or late morning, or even afternoon.

Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast.

Day 14Departure

After breakfast, your guide or representative of NepalHiking will arrange a car for your transfer to the airport, and then bid farewell with a safe flight. And you will return home by collecting all the wonderful memories you have had during 2 weeks in Nepal.

PLEASE NOTE:

Unpredictable weather in Lukla…

The weather in Lukla is unpredictable. Even in the best season of November, the weather may be bad; so, there is a possibility of delay or even cancellation of the flight. Thus, it is always recommended to spare at least 2 more days before your return flight back home.

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Route map of Everest Base Camp
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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about Everest Base Camp Trek

I'm solo traveller, can I book the trek?

We are a local trek operator. No matter how small or big the group size is, we will operate the trek for any size from solo trekker to bigger group size. Thus, without any hesitation, you can book the trek!

When is the best time for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Firstly, from mid-September till the end of November is the best season to trek for the best travel experience. So, for the best photography experience, you should plan this trek during the period. Secondly, you can trek from March till mid of June.

In Nepal from mid-June to mid-September is monsoon season. In other words, trekking is not recommended during this period. The weather is not favorable from December through February due to the minimum temperature. However, you can still trek during the time, but not highly recommended.

How can I be prepared for the trek?

The base camp trek is tough and challenging compared to other treks as it is located at a high altitude. Be physically and mentally prepared to complete the trek successfully. To prevent high altitude sickness, you should go at a slow pace and ensure yourself that your body is being adjusted with thin air.

How to start my trek to Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp Trek ItineraryTo start your adventure, you will take a half an hour exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; the “Gateway to Everest.” To reach the famous Sherpa villages of Phakding and Namche Bazar, you will trek from Lukla, so you will enjoy your first-day hike. Moving further up, you will trek towards Tengboche Monastery, which is located on the top of the mountain ridge, that reflects the prominent Sherpa culture. Then, you will trek further ahead towards Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, and then importantly you will reach Everest base camp and Kalapathar.

After exploring 360-degree panoramic views of the Himalayas, you will trek back to Lukla and then to Kathmandu by flight.

What are the main highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Trek to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
  • Visit the best viewpoint in the Everest region, Kalapathar.
  • Enjoy the adventure of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Experience the culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa people by visiting various monasteries and villages of this region.
  • Enjoy the fascinating view of Khumbu Glacier.

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Martyn

Solo Traveller

My recently completed trek to Everest Base Camp was a wonderful experience. Not only was it the spectacular scenery, challenging walking, and friendliness of the local people that contributed towards this experience, but also the efficiency of Nepal Hiking’s manager, Tilak, in helping me to organise it all, and the outstanding service provided by my guide, Ram, in helping me to achieve my goal of reaching Base Camp quickly and safely.

I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Nepal Hiking to any prospective client, and in particular recommending Ram to anyone who wishes to have a friendly, helpful, caring, and knowledgeable guide, whose English communication skills are excellent.

A sincere thank you to all involved in helping me to achieve a life-long ambition.

2019-10-24

Charles - Brit

Group Traveller

Arranged a 11 day hike to Everest base camp over Chinese New Year 2018 with Nepal Hiking agency. Excellent communications before hand via Email and Whastapp. The agency picked us up at the airport and arranged all transfers and lodges for the entire trip. The guide and porters were amazing and really made this a special trip. Having got stuck on the mountain’s waiting for our return flight we were fully taken care of for our 52 hour delay. Great trip, great guides and porters. Excellent value. Highly recommended.

Charles – Brit living in China

2018-03-18

Nick

Solo Traveller

The trip to Everest Base Camp and Kalar Pathar in June was fantastic. Thank you for your help and support. Ramesh, my guide was excellent, I couldn’t have asked for more in a guide. He was helpful, caring, had excellent English and good knowledge of the area. The food and accommodation were all fantastic and the trip was well organised.

Nepal Hiking Agency was overall very helpful and professional. It is nice to know that you have a company you can rely on in Kathmandu if anything should be needed.

Thanks again,

2017-08-03

Alice

Family Traveller

Hi Tilak,

So I am back in London where it is freezing and grey and dull!

We had a really great time on our Everest base camp trip and thought that our guide Basu was very responsible, organised and took great care to keep us in good health. He made sure that we paced ourselves well and took us to places that served good food, and clean accommodation. I would definitely recommend him and the company to anyone that was thinking of trekking in Nepal.

2016-12-31

Joanna

Family Traveller

We would like to thank you and all your staff for the great stay in Nepal.

At the beginning we would like to thank you for organizing our tailor-made trip in Kathmandu, trekking to Everest Base Camp, Kathmandu Valley and Chitwan National Park. All were perfectly organized.

We would like to thank you staff for great hospitality and flexibility during the trip. Especially our guides Ganga, Salik and Anuj and our porter Mani.

We can honestly recommend your office for all, who wants to visit Nepal.

Thank you again,

JOANNA AND GRZEGORZ
Warsaw, Poland

2016-10-05
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