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15 days
Availability : Oct - Nov and March - May
Kathmandu Airport
Lukla Airport
Min Age : 16
Max People : 18
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Our frequent trekker, Taner Uysal, delights in horse riding as he makes his way back to Lukla.
Embracing the thrill of the journey, our regular trekker, Taner Uysal, opts for a horseback ride while returning to Lukla. The mountains echo with his adventurous spirit!

Horse riding to Everest Base Camp (EBC) combines the thrill of trekking in the Himalayas with the experience of riding a horse through some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes. This option offers a less strenuous approach to reaching EBC, making it appealing to those who might find the physical challenge of trekking daunting.

The Experience

  • Nature of Ride: The trails to EBC are rugged, varying from steep inclines to meandering river banks. Riding a horse through these terrains offers a distinctive perspective, allowing riders to enjoy the scenery without hiking fatigue.
  • Interactions: Along the way, riders can experience genuine Sherpa culture, from welcoming tea houses to vibrant monasteries. The horse handlers, often locals, provide insights into the intricacies of Himalayan horse care and the nuances of the region’s ecology.
  • Horses: The horses for this journey are local breeds acclimatized to high altitudes and rugged terrains. They are sturdy, sure-footed, and adapted to the cold climate.

When is the best time for horse riding to Everest Base Camp?

The best time for horse riding to Everest Base Camp aligns with the optimal trekking seasons in the region:

1. Pre-Monsoon (Spring) – March to May:


  • This is the most popular time to trek or ride to Everest Base Camp.
  • Temperatures are relatively warmer during the day.
  • Rhododendrons and other alpine flowers bloom, enhancing the scenic beauty.
  • Clear mornings offer majestic views of Everest and surrounding peaks.


  • It can be crowded, especially in April and May, as this is also the prime mountaineering season when expeditions attempt to summit Everest.

2. Post-Monsoon (Autumn) – Late September to November:


  • Another popular time, the post-monsoon period, offers clear skies and spectacular mountain views.
  • While temperatures are milder compared to spring, they remain conducive for travel.
  • The trails are less crowded compared to the spring season.


  • As winter approaches, temperatures start dropping, especially during the night.

Times to Avoid:

Monsoon (Summer) – June to early September:

  • The region receives heavy rainfall.
  • The trails can be slippery and muddy.
  • Leeches can be a nuisance.
  • There’s an increased risk of landslides in the lower altitudes.
  • Visibility is often poor due to cloudy skies.

Winter – December to February:

  • The temperatures drop significantly, especially at higher altitudes, which can be challenging for riders and horses.
  • Many of the teahouses and lodges en route might be closed.
  • The trails are less crowded, which might appeal to some, but one should be prepared for snow and harsh cold.
Tour Details

Horse riding to Everest Base Camp is an adventure that marries the thrill of high-altitude expeditions with the bond between a rider and their horse. It’s a journey of discovery, resilience, and witnessing the grandeur of the world’s tallest peak from the back of a steadfast companion.

Departure & Return Location

Tribhuvan International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

  • 3 Hours Before Flight Time (International)
  • 1 Hour Before Flight Time (Domestic)

Price Includes

  • Pick up and Transfer:Pick up and transfer as per the trip itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu:3 nights double/twin sharing room with breakfast.
  • Round-trip Flights: Kathmandu to Lukla and back.
  • Horse Rental: Cost of hiring the horse for the entire journey.
  • Horse Handler: An experienced handler to ensure the horse's well-being and guide it through difficult terrains.
  • Accommodation on the trek route: Teahouses or lodges throughout the journey.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek.
  • Permit Fees: Sagarmatha National Park entry fee and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Insurance: Insurance coverage for the horse, which covers any injuries or accidents.
  • Guides and Porters: Professional English-speaking guide and porters to carry luggage.
  • First Aid and Safety: Basic first aid kit and necessary safety equipment.

Price Excludes

  • Personal Expenses: Snacks, drinks, souvenirs, and other personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance: Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • Equipment: Personal trekking and riding gear (except for standard saddles).
  • Additional Horse-related Expenses: Any unforeseen costs related to the horse, e.g., if a replacement is needed.
  • Tips: For guides, porters, and horse handlers.
  • Emergency Evacuation: Costs associated with emergency evacuation or medical treatments.
  • Additional Days: Costs arising from delays, e.g., due to weather conditions.
  • VISA Fees: Nepal entry visa for international travellers.
  • International Flights: To and from Nepal.


  • T-Shirt
  • Trekking duffle Bag
  • Welcome/Farewell dinner
What to Expect

Embarking on a horse riding journey to Everest Base Camp offers an unparalleled blend of adventure and cultural immersion. Travelers can anticipate:

  • Unique Perspective: Riding a horse on the rugged terrains of the Himalayas offers a distinctive vantage point, allowing travellers to absorb the grandeur of the landscapes without the exhaustion of trekking.
  • Local Horse Breeds: Riders get to mount local horse breeds that are well-acclimatized to high altitudes and tough terrains, offering an authentic Himalayan equestrian experience.
  • Cultural Interaction: Journeying with local horse handlers allows a deeper understanding and appreciation of Sherpa culture, traditions, and their deep bond with nature.
  • Crossing Suspension Bridges: Experience the thrill of crossing high-suspension bridges, especially the iconic Hillary Suspension Bridge, on horseback with the roaring Dudh Kosi River below.
  • Namche Bazaar: The Sherpa capital not only offers panoramic views of the Himalayan range but also bustling markets, teahouses, and a rich cultural experience, all while on horseback.
  • Tengboche Monastery: Visit the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region. This prominent monastery, set against Ama Dablam, Everest, and other peaks, is a sight to behold.
  • Everest and Himalayan Panorama: Throughout the ride, magnificent views of towering peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.
  • Diverse Terrain: Horse riding through various landscapes, from dense rhododendron forests and alpine meadows to rocky trails and icy paths, offers an ever-changing backdrop.
  • Acclimatization Rides: On acclimatization days, like in Dingboche, riders can take shorter horse rides to nearby vantage points for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Wildlife Spotting: The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sagarmatha National Park, boasts diverse plants and wildlife. Riders might spot
  • Rider-Horse Bond: Throughout the journey, riders often form a deep bond with their horses, making the adventure not just about the destination but the companionship.
  • Final Stretch on Foot: Leaving horses at Gorak Shep and trekking to EBC on foot ensures riders don't miss out on the traditional trekking experience for the last crucial stretch.
  • Environmental Impact: Using horses can reduce the carbon footprint by lessening the need for helicopters for evacuations or supply transportation.
Horse ridingItinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

  • Welcome to Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Transfer to hotel, introductory briefing on the Trek
  • Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • A full day of sightseeing, including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
  • Final preparations and packing for the Trek
  • Overnight in Kathmandu

Note: The day tour for sightseeing is not included in the trip cost and remains optional. If you’re interested in availing of this tour, please inform NepalHiking upon arrival, and arrangements can be made accordingly.

Day 3Fly to Lukla & Horse Riding to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft, 3-4 hours)

  • Early morning flight to Lukla
  • After arrival, meet your horses and handlers
  • Start the horse ride to Phakding
  • Overnight in Phakding

Day 4Horse Riding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft, 5-6 hours)

  • Ride along the Dudh Kosi River
  • Cross several suspension bridges
  • Entry into Sagarmatha National Park
  • Ascend to Namche Bazaar
  • Overnight in Namche Bazaar

Day 5Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

  • Short hikes for acclimatization, view of Mt. Everest and Amadablam
  • Explore the Sherpa Museum and local market
  • Overnight in Namche Bazaar

Day 6Horse Riding to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft, 5-6 hours)

  • Ride through the forest filled with pines, firs, and rhododendrons
  • Arrive at Tengboche Monastery
  • Overnight in Tengboche

Day 7Horse Riding to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300ft, 5-6 hours)

  • Ride through lush forests and cross the Imja River
  • Ascend to Pangboche and onto Dingboche
  • Overnight in Dingboche

Day 8Acclimatization day in Dingboche

  • Optional hikes for acclimatization and panoramic views
  • Explore surrounding pastures
  • Overnight in Dingboche

Day 9Trek to Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft, 5-6 hours)

  • Begin your Trek on foot (horses stay behind)
  • Cross the treacherous Khumbu Glacier
  • Ascend to Lobuche
  • Overnight in Lobuche

Day 10Hiking to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft), then back to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft, 7-8 hours)

  • Early start to EBC via the Gorak Shep Lake
  • Enjoy views from the base camp and head back to Gorak Shep
  • Overnight in Gorak Shep

Day 11Hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) and trek down to Pheriche (4,288m/14,070ft, 8-9 hours)

  • Early morning hike to Kala Patthar for sunrise views
  • Descend to Pheriche
  • Overnight in Pheriche

Day 12Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft, 6-7 hours)

  • Retrace your steps, descending through beautiful forests
  • Cross the Dudh Kosi River
  • Overnight in Namche Bazaar

Day 13Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft, 6-7 hours)

  • Descend to Lukla, marking the end of the mountain journey
  • Celebrate the completion of the Trek
  • Overnight in Lukla

Day 14Fly back to Kathmandu

  • Early morning flight back to Kathmandu
  • Rest, shop, or explore the city on your own
  • Farewell dinner
  • Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 15Departure from Kathmandu

  • Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for your journey back home.

Important Notice!

Lukla Weather Overview
Lukla’s weather is unpredictable, often leading to flight delays or cancellations. It’s prudent to set aside an additional 2-3 days before your return flight home to accommodate potential disruptions.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Horse Riding to Everest Base Camp

Is horse riding to Everest Base Camp suitable for beginners?

While beginners can undertake the journey, prior basic riding experience is beneficial. The terrains are rugged, and having confidence in riding will enhance the experience.

How do I ensure the well-being of the horses during the journey?

It’s essential to choose a reputable tour operator that follows ethical practices in treating and handling the horses. Regularly check the horses for signs of fatigue or injuries and ensure they’re adequately fed and rested.

What kind of horses are used for the journey?

Local Himalayan breeds, accustomed to the high altitudes and rough terrains, are usually employed for such rides.

Do I need special equipment for horse riding?

Standard trekking equipment is necessary. For riding, a comfortable saddle (provided by the tour operator) and a riding helmet are essential. Some riders also prefer riding gloves.

Can I ride the horse to Everest Base Camp?

Typically, riders leave the horses at Gorak Shep and trek the final stretch to EBC on foot due to the terrain’s challenging nature near the base camp.

What if the horse gets sick or injured?

Reputable tour operators will have provisions for such scenarios, including bringing in a replacement horse if necessary.

How does the altitude affect the horses?

Local breeds are well-acclimatized to the altitude. However, just like humans, they need time to acclimatize when ascending to significant heights. Regular breaks and acclimatization stops are planned to ensure their well-being.

What's the average distance covered daily on horseback?

Depending on the terrain and altitude, riders typically cover 10-15 kilometres daily, taking 4-7 hours.

Is it environmentally responsible to take horses to EBC?

With proper management, horse riding can have a lower environmental impact than transportation methods like helicopters. However, it’s crucial to ensure that the horses’ waste is managed properly and that the trails aren’t degraded.

How does the cost of horse riding to EBC compare with trekking?

Horse riding can be more expensive than traditional trekking due to the added costs of the horses, their handlers, and other related logistics.

Are there emergency provisions in case of accidents or severe altitude sickness?

Yes, reputable operators such as Nepal Hiking Pvt. Ltd. will have emergency protocols, including communication facilities and evacuation plans, in case of severe altitude sickness or other emergencies.

Can I undertake the journey solo?

While possible, it’s advisable to go with a group or guided tour for safety and logistical reasons, especially considering the challenging conditions and terrains.

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