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14 days
Availability : September through June
Kathmandu
Min Age : 12
Max People : 14
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“Everest Base Camp Trek” is a 14-day trek known as the EBC trek. The trek leads you to the base of the tallest mountain in the World, Mt. Everest. Among the many treks in Nepal, the Everest Base camp trek is the more popular trek in Nepal. Because of its natural beauty, thousands of trekkers and mountain climbers visit Nepal annually. They will 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 view of Mt. Everest from Kalapathar (5545 m) is inspiring. Similarly, you will feel and experience the traditional culture and warm hospitality of the local Community.

Fulfil your Everest dream

Everest Base Camp is one of the ultimate destinations for adventure seekers. Because it’s a dream of every traveller worldwide who wants to fulfil their dream by visiting EBC, while planning for this trek, you can make the trek plan from 12 to 14 days, including Kathmandu. As in our standard trek plan, you will spend 11 nights in the mountain. It includes visiting the Everest Base Camp 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 frequently visit Nepal, planning different tours and trekking activities. That’s why adventure lovers, who have already experienced the EBC trek, look for different adventure activities, as they like to have different experiences in culture, nature, and adventure. That is why 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 customise this standard trek plan. So please get in touch with us by email if you are making the trek individually, with your friends, or with family.

How do you start the trek?

Firstly, on day 1st, we will pick you up upon arrival at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu. Then, we will transfer you to your pre-booked hotel in Kathmandu. After check-in at the hotel, we will provide you with a short briefing about the trek. Meanwhile, we will also introduce you to your guide, supporters, and other trekkers. Tomorrow, your flight to Lukla is early morning. Hence, we advise you to go to an early bed. You wake up at 5 am and get ready for the airport departure.
On day 2nd, we will transfer you from the hotel to the airport at 5:30 am. We provide you with a packed breakfast as the hotel serves 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 aeroplane, you will be mesmerised by the sound environment and tranquillity. Then the surroundings will fully energise 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. First, you will start trekking towards Thyangboche Monastery, located on top of a mountain ridge, 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.

Acclimatisation on the trek

Spending time at such heights, even the approaches to the Base Camp, requires some acclimatisation. Therefore, 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 community museum.

In Dingboche, you will enjoy another acclimatisation 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.

Return from the 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 surrounding peaks. Then, it is a three-day trek back to Lukla via Pheriche and Namche Bazar before flying back to Kathmandu.

Alternatively, you can also take a helicopter ride for your return to Lukla and Kathmandu. For this trip itinerary, visit Trek to Everest Base Camp and return by helicopter.

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

We will provide English speaking guide during the trek. In addition, our company will provide a porter for two members, carrying your bag up to 22 k.g. Also, we will provide accommodation at guesthouses during the trek. Meals are included.

Trek highlights

  • Moderate to fairly strenuous and 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 metres)

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 organiser at NepalHiking will brief you about the trek plan and introduce you to your guide. If you arrive in Kathmandu by noon, you may do a walking tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square (old palace) and the local market of Asan Bazar (optional).

Overnight at the hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

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

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

Enjoying the view of the landscape and villages and crossing a couple of streams and bridges, you will reach Phakding in 3 hours. There is a probability of a flight delay or cancellation even in the excellent 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 the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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

After breakfast at around 7 am, you will start your 2nd-day trek following Phakding village and the 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 Jorsale, 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 and 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 ascent steeply until you reach Namche Bazar. It is an approximately 6 hours trek.

Overnight at the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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

As you are already above 3000 metres, spending two nights in Namche Bazar is recommended to avoid any high altitude sickness risk with a side trip to Khumjung village of Thame.
Today after breakfast, you go for a day hiking to Syangboche, Khungde (3840 metres), and even further to Khumjung (3780 metres) or Thame as optional. It is also worth visiting Sagarmatha National Park Museum as a side trip. On this day, you will be thrilled to overlook the fantastic views of the Himalayan ranges, including Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Lhotse, and Mount Everest.

Overnight at the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3850 metres)

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 metres), where some guest houses and tea shops are located. This place also offers a fantastic view of Mount Ama Dablam. From here, the trail descends to Sanasa and 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’s 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 the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 metres)

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 the pine and rhododendron forest, and in about 20 minutes, you will reach Deboche (3820 metres). 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 ascending, you will reach Pangboche (3930 metres). 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, you will reach a major trail junction (4175 metres). 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 the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 7Acclimatization day in Dingboche

Now you are at the elevation of 4400 metres above sea level! Congratulation, you are all fit and refined with the altitude. However, you will acclimatise 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 metres), and don’t miss out on witnessing Mt. Makalu, the 5th highest mountain.

Overnight at the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 8Trek from Dingboche to Labuje (4950 metres)

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

Overnight at the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

Day 9Trek to Everest Base Camp (5400 metres)

Today is your final goal for Everest Base Camp!!
Today, you will leave early morning (5 am) for Everest Base camp; it will take approximately 3-4 hours to reach Gorakshep (5160 metres), the last settlement before Everest Base Camp. You will stop at Gorakshep for breakfast, continue the trek to Everest Base camp (3 hours), and return to Gorakshep (2 hours) for an overnight stay.

Overnight at the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 10Hike / trek to Kalapathar (5545 metres)

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 metres).

Overnight at the Guesthouse, 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.

Overnight at the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 12Trek back to Lukla

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

Overnight at the Guesthouse, 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. The flight may be early morning, late morning, or even afternoon, depending on weather conditions.

Overnight at hotel Kathmandu Suite Home or a similar hotel category, including 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 beautiful memories you have had during two weeks in Nepal.

Please note:

Unpredictable weather in Lukla..!

The weather in Lukla is unpredictable. The month of October/November is considered the best season of the year. Nevertheless, the weather is unpredictable even in the best seasons. Thus, it is always recommended to spare at least two 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)

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 trekkers to bigger group sizes. Thus, without any hesitation, you can book the trek!

When is the best time for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Firstly, 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. Similarly, the weather is not favourable from December through February. However, you can still trek during that time, but not highly recommended.

How can I be prepared for the trek?

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

How to start my trek to Everest Base Camp?

To start your adventure Everest Base Camp trek, you will take a half an hour exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the “Gateway to Mt. Everest.” First, you will trek from Lukla and enjoy your first-day hike to reach the local community villages of Phakding and Namche Bazar. Then, moving further up, you will trek towards Tengboche Monastery, located on the top of the mountain ridge, reflecting the prominent local culture. Then, you will trek further towards Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep, and then importantly, you will eventually 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

  • Feel the Lifetime experience at 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 and witness the local community’s culture and lifestyle by visiting this region’s various monasteries and villages.
  • Enjoy the fascinating view of Khumbu Glacier.

How difficult is Everest Base Camp Trek?

In our trek itinerary, we have mentioned that the lowest elevation at the start of your trek is 2804 metres – the Lukla after your flight from Kathmandu and the highest elevation is 5545 metres- the Kalapathar.
As long as you are mentally and spiritually prepared and physically fit, the higher elevation is not an issue. But if you have a backache or knee pain problem, you should consult your doctor. Among the trekkers who book trips with us, 60% of trekkers book the Everest Base Camp Trek. Overall, they had a great time with a 99% success rate.

Can I do Everest Base Camp Trek in December and January?

Definitely yes! In the past, we operated many treks in December and January with a 99% success rate. These months are the coldest months of the year, but the weather is perfect with fewer crowds of trekkers.

 

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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 to this experience, but also the efficiency of Nepal Hiking’s manager, Tilak, in helping me to organise it all. And the outstanding service of 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. In particular, I recommend 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.

24 October 2019

Kjell G. Herregarden

Solo Traveller

Dear Tilak,

Happy New Year!

Thank you and your team for making my trekking tour to Nepal a great success. I have always been fascinated by high mountains, but at age 67, I think it is too late to start climbing. But to fulfil my dream, I decided to take the Classic Everest Trek from Jiri to Everest. It was quite a long trek, but a trek I will strongly recommend. Even though the weather from Jiri to Lukla was not very good and the trekking trail is quite strenuous, I think you get a better impression of the daily life in the Himalayan area than from Lukla up to Everest, which is more touristic.

I want to thank Bhairam for meeting me at the airport and bringing me back after the trek and Kevi (guide) and Raz (porter) for excellent service during the trek. Kevi understood that my main goal was to go as close to Everest as possible. He advised me all the way up, and I managed Kala Pattar (5,550m) without any problems. I will never forget the beautiful view of Mount Everest early in the morning, and I was proud of myself for not giving up on the steep tracks. The trek back to Lukla was very relaxed, and Kevi and I had more time to talk about life in the high mountains. Even if I could not talk to Raz in English, we could communicate with gestures, and he also managed to serve me local wine before Lukla!

Finally, I want to thank you, Tilak, for meeting me in the hotel after the trek and I want to say that I am very satisfied with your company and your staff and I will tell all my friends in Norway to contact you if they plan to go to Nepal. I am quite sure I will travel back to Nepal in the future.

Kind regards,

Kjell

24 October 2018

Charles - Brit

Group Traveller

Arranged an 11-day hike to Everest base camp over Chinese New Year 2018 with the Nepal Hiking agency. Excellent communications beforehand via Email and WhatsApp. 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 made this a special trip. Great trip, great guides and porters. Excellent value. Highly recommended.

Charles – Brit living in China

18 March 2018

Nick

Solo Traveller

Hi Tilak,
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, and had excellent English and good knowledge of the area. The food and accommodation were fantastic, and you well organised the trip.

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 you should need anything.
Thanks again,

3 August 2017

Alice

Family Traveller

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

We had a great time on our Everest base camp trip and thought our guide Basu was very responsible, organised, and cared to keep us in good health. He ensured that we paced well and took us to places with good food and clean accommodation. I would recommend him and the company to anyone considering trekking in Nepal.

31 December 2016
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