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Join the Pristine Nepal Treks, where the allure of adventure meets the grandeur of the Himalayas! Are you prepared to embark on a journey that transcends the ordinary, an adventure to the pinnacle of the world’s highest trekking trail?
This classic trek retraces the footsteps of legends—Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, and the intrepid pioneers who first dared to conquer Mount Everest. Every step you take echoes with the spirit of those who forged the path before you.
As you traverse this iconic trail, you’ll witness the breathtaking panorama of Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Lobuche, a visual symphony that defies description.
Here, you will discover the Everest Base Camp package accommodations, planning, important preparations, services, and all other information you may need to know. So, let’s get started.
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About EBC Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights:
- Flight to one of the most beautiful airports in the world, Tenzing Hillary Airport – Lukla.
- Visit the oldest and biggest trading hub of the Khumbu Region, Namche Bazar
- Cross lots of popular suspension bridges including the Hillary Bridge.
- Trek through the Sagarmatha National Park one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Get a dramatic view from one of the popular Everest viewpoint hotels.
- Follow the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay & Sir Edmund Hillary to Everest Base Camp
- Hike to Kalapathar for a panoramic view of the highest mountains; Mount Everest (8,849m), Lhotse (8,516m), Pumori (7,169m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Nuptse (7861m), and Cholatse (6,440m)
- Experience the warm welcoming Sherpa culture and watch their daily lifestyles.
- Visit the oldest Tengboche Monastery in Khumbu Region
- Package of beautiful flora & fauna with stunning Khumbu Glacier & Icefalls.
14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Outline Itinerary
Here is what your 14 Days of Everest Base Camp trek will look like:
- Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to Hotel via private vehicle
- Day 02: Flight to Lukla from Kathmandu or Ramechhap and trek to Phakding – 3hrs
(During peak season, the Lukla flight will be processed from Ramechhap – Manthali Airport)
- Day 03: 6 hrs Trek to Namche Bazar from Phakding
(Walk inside Sagarmatha National Park and cross the first suspension bridge)
- Day 04: Acclimatization Day at Namche & Hiking Activity to Syangboche
(Hike to Char Camp & visit Syangboche)
- Day 05: Trek to Deboche via Tyangboche
(Visit the oldest Monastery in Tyangboche)
- Day 06: Trek Dingboche from Tyangboche
(Best Ama Dablam View from Dingboche Stupa)
- Day 07: Acclimatization Day at Dingboche
(Hike to Nangkartshang peak 5,121m)
- Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche trek
- Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep and back to Gorakshep again
- Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar for sunrise view & Back to Gorakshep for lunch & again trek down to Pheriche
- Day 11: Trek Back to Namche Bazar
- Day 12: Head back to Lukla from Namche
- Day 13: Fly Back to Ramechhap or Kathamndu & Back to Hotel
- Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu
A detailed itinerary is described at the end of the package. Similarly, people also join EBC with Cho La Pass & Gokyo Lake trek for more adventure.
So, these are the minimum requirement days for trekkers that we always recommend when trekking at Everest Base Camp. Prior to this, if you want an extra day, then it can be arranged for additional acclimatization.
- Airport Pick-Up and Drops (4 Airport Transfers: 2 for Domestic & 2 for International Airport)
- 2-Night Stay in Kathmandu (Thamel city area) Hotel with Breakfast service on the basis of Twin Sharing
- From April to May & October to November; Ramechhap-Lukla-Ramechhap 2-way Flight Ticket & Airport Transportation
- From June to September & December to March; Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu 2-way Flight Ticket & Airport Transportation
- Upto 10 kg Luggage & 5 kg hand carry per person free during Domestic flight
- Licensed and experienced Trekking Guides including their Salary, Lukla Flight cost, food, equipment & insurance
- Porter for the Trek including their Salary, food, & insurance with weight restriction up to 20kg only (One porter for two trekkers)
- Tea House & Lodge Accommodation During Trekking | 5 nights in the attached bathroom with Hot Shower facility (Phakding-1N, Namche-3N, Lukla-1N) and 6 nights in the basic room on the basis of twin sharing.
- Full Board Meals During Trekking (BLD)
- 3 Cups of Tea or Coffee per day during the trek
- Seasonal Fruits after Dinner per day during the trek
- Water Purifier and hydration tablets
- Permits for Trekking: Sagarmatha National Park Permit, Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Fee, & Trek Card
- Light Medical Treatments including a Medical Kit Box carried by a Trained Trekking Guide
- Pristine Nepal Trek Duffle-Bag to keep your belongings for trekking
- Pristine Nepal Trek Breathable T-Shirt as a souvenir best for trekking
- All tax, paperwork, or document charges required for trekking
- Free Coordination in Emergency Cases such as Helicopter Evacuation as per your Travel Insurance
- Nepal Visa Fee or Renewal Charges
- Travel Insurance or Trekking Insurance with Helicopter Evacuation
- Personal Tips for Guide and Poter or any other staff
- Personal Expenses such as laundry charges, drinks & beverages, desserts or snacks, or hot shower that is not included in the above inclusion
- Extra Night stay in case of early return from trekking in Kathmandu
- Additional Days during the trek, accommodation, or any services
Everest Base Camp Detail Itinerary
We will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport. Unless you have obtained a visa prior to your arrival in Nepal, you will need to get a visa-on-arrival in the immigration department of the airport. Sometimes, this process may take 30 minutes to even 1 & half hours. Outside, we will be waiting for you with your name on the Pristine Nepal Treks name board.
We will then drive the 7 km to Thamel (30 minutes) to your hotel where you will meet your trekking guide. We will brief you regarding your Everest Base Camp trek and if you need any trekking gear, we will help to arrange it. If you need a sleeping bag and a down jacket then you can rent one and we can recommend you a good shop for it.
As you already know, we confirm a trip once you have paid a deposit of 20-30% through our online system. The remaining balance is recommended to be paid in cash. The reason to accept cash payment as full payment is that our bank takes 3.5% interest in online payments.
There are sufficient flights to Lukla with domestic airlines for the Everest base camp trek, but most airlines operate their flights from Ramechhap during the busy season. The reason behind this is that Kathmandu has only one airport with a single runway where both international and domestic airlines operate flights. This makes it harder to operate both domestic and international flights at the same time.
Kathmandu to Ramechhap Distance: 142 km (88.2 miles)
Operating Time: March, April, May, September, October & November
Manthali Airport Altitude: 474 m (1,555.1 ft)
It is a 4 to 5-hour drive to Ramechhap from Kathmandu and the domestic airlines fly to Lukla early in the morning, because Lukla weather is comparatively better in the morning. You need to be in Ramechhap before 7 am so we will need to depart from Kathmandu around 2 am.
About Kathmandu to Lukla Flight
From Lukla, it is a 30-minute flight from Kathmandu so it should take 90 minutes for the round trip. Sometimes during the bad weather, it may take more than two and a half hours. This is why all the domestic flights operate from Ramechhap to Lukla during the busy season.
Operating Time: January, February, June, July, August, & December
Operate From: Tribhuvan Internation Airport (Domestic Flight Area)
Lukla to Phakding Trek
Lukla to Phakding Distance: 7.8km/4.8miles
Duration: 2-3 hours
Difficulty Level: Easy
Phakding Altitude: 2,660m (8,727 ft)
Once you reach Lukla you will meet our porter, have breakfast, and prepare for the day in Phakding. There is a Pasang Lhamu municipality check post at Lukla where we need to buy a local permit for the EBC trek. You will see the Pasang Lhamu statue on top of the exit before you leave Lukla. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was the first woman from Nepal who summit Mount Everest on 22 April 1993.
The trekking trail leads you slowly down to Chaurikharka, Chheplung, one of the popular Sherpa villages. After this, you will follow the old trekking trail to Thadokoshi village, Ghat, Chhuthawa, and Phakding, and you will experience the Nepal suspension bridge. There will be short downhill and short uphill stretches, but most of the time trail continues at a similar altitude. Villages are not very big in this area and most of the local people are involved in tourism. You will see hydro project pipelines on the way that provide locals with electricity.
You will follow this EBC trail along the Dudhkoshi riverside. After walking for approximately four hours you will reach Phakding, a tourist-oriented village, at 2,660m/8727.03 ft. There are about 20 lodges, guest houses, hotels, and restaurants, and almost all the trekkers stop at Phakding for the first night.
- First View of Kusum Khangkaru mountain from Thado Koshigaon
- Enchanting Painted Mani Stones
- Beautiful Prayer Wheels
Phakding to Namche Distance: 10.7 km (6.64 miles)
Trek Difficulty: Challenging
Duration: 5-6 Hours
After having a wonderful night at Phakding, the second day of the Everest base camp trek will start after a delicious breakfast. Today you trek to the famous Namche Bazar 3,440m/11,286.09 ft. Namche Bazar is called the gateway of Mount Everest. All trekkers and climbers have to come through Namche Bazar to go to Mount Everest.
You should cross the suspension bridge in Phakding which brings you to the other side of the Dudhkoshi River, and you have to follow this beautiful Dudhkoshi River all the time in this Everest trek. You will cross at least five suspension bridges before Namche Bazar. Passing through Tok Tok village, Bangker, Monjo, and Jorsalle will be a fantastic walk in the afternoon. We have to buy a national park entrance permit at the Sagarmatha National Park check post at Monjo. After Monjo, as soon as you cross the river you will stop at Jorsalle for lunch.
After lunch, you will again cross the river and then you will have a steep uphill climb. Approximately one-hour walking will bring you to Larja Dovan where you will see the famous Hillary Bridge with colorful Buddhist prayer flags. Then you need to trek uphill for two hours to Namche Bazar.
- First glimpse of Mount Everest after crossing Larja Bridge
- Enter Sagarmatha National Park
- First View of Kongde Ri
Namche to Everest View Hotel: 2.5km (1.5 miles)
Duration: 2 Hours round trip
Hiking Difficulty: Easy
It is very important to have an acclimatization day here. Namche Bazar is located at an elevation of 3,440m/11,286.09 ft above sea level and you are trekking to EBC which is 5,364m. You need to stop at many places over 4,000m before EBC. There is always the possibility of altitude sickness after 3,000m. It is advisable to walk slowly and stay at a place for two nights to avoid altitude sickness.
We suggest you hike even though this is the rest day in the Everest base camp trek.
Normally, our guide will take you to Char camp which is on top of the Namche Bazar where you can see beautiful mountain views including Mount Everest. You will witness the statue of late Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay and a view of Mount Everest 8,848m, Lhotse 8,516m, Ama Dablam 6,838m, Thamserku 6,608m, Kusum Kangaru Himal 6,367m, Kongde Himal 6,187m, Khumbila, Tawache 6,495m, Nuptse 7,861m and many other high peaks from Char camp.
Go further up to Syangboche 3,800m. It is a steep uphill climb but not too long. Syangboche is famous for two things: its airport which is the highest airport in Nepal, built at an elevation of 3,780m above sea level; and the Everest View Hotel, which is said to be the highest hotel in the world. Enjoy the view of Mount Everest with a hot drink, then go back to Namche Bazar.
Namche Bazar is popular for its market on the weekend, and on Saturdays, people from different villages come to Namche Bazar to shop and farmers bring their products to sell. As well as the market, this place offers many trekking and climbing gear shops, banks, restaurants, hotels and lodges, a health post, a security post, a military base, a Sagarmatha pollution control committee, a small departmental store, a sauna bath center, massage center, etc.
- Visit Tenzing Norgay Sherpa Musueum
- Everest View Hotel & view of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam & other peaks
- Visit Sagarmatha Nest for handmade recycled products, arts, and others
- You can do Yoga
Namche To Deboche Distance: Approximately 11 km (6.8 miles)
Duration: 5-6 hours
Trek Difficulty: Very Hard
Tengboche Altitude: 3,860m (12,664 ft)
Namche to Phungi Thanga for Lunch: 4km (2.4 miles) & takes 2-3 hours
After stopping at Namche Bazar for two nights, your EBC trek starts again from here to Tyangboche. The first part of the trail is so smooth and nice with a beautiful Everest view. The path is wide and clean through a constant elevation. You will have a panoramic Lukla Valley view in the south and a gorgeous view to the northeast. Two hours of pleasant walking will bring you to Lausasa where two trekking routes diverge. The north uphill trail goes to Gokyo Lake Valley and the east downhill trail takes you to Tyangboche.
You need to hike approximately one hour downhill to Phungi Thanga where we stop for lunch. You will cross another suspension bridge, then you will climb uphill to Tyangboche for approximately two hours. Tyangboche is an important place in the Khumbu region. It has the oldest monastery and it is the center of the religious faith of the Buddhist Sherpa people.
You need to hike approximately one hour downhill to Phungi Thanga where we stop for lunch. You will cross another suspension bridge, then you will climb uphill to Tyangboche for approximately two hours. Tyangboche is an important place in the Khumbu region. It has the oldest monastery and it is the center of the religious faith of the Buddhist Sherpa people.
Monks live in this monastery and they perform puja every day, in the morning and afternoon. You can go here and get a blessing from a monk. Tyangboche has just five lodges and is very busy in the high season. If you walk half an hour further down, Deboche offers some nice accommodation and we will stop here overnight
- Visit Tengboche Monastery & get the blessing of Monk
- First astounding view of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam & other peaks
Deboche to Dingboche Distance: Approximately 10 km (6.2 miles)
Trek Difficulty: Moderate
Today you will trek to Dingboche which is over 4,400m/14,435.7 ft. After a delicious breakfast at Deboche, you will commence your hike along a beautiful horizontal path through the rhododendron forest to the Dudhkoshi River. Then you trek uphill to the famous Sherpa village, Pangboche at 4,000m/13,123.36. This village has produced many Sherpa mountain climbers. The tree line is only present in north-facing areas. Pangboche and Somare face south and do not have a tree line at this 4,000m altitude.
After this village, you will travel along the horizontal path for half an hour and then uphill to Somare where you will have an hour-long lunch break. The path is horizontal to Dingboche but the elevation gradually starts to increase. It takes about two and a half hours to reach Dingboche at 4,450m. This comparatively large village is the last in this area and you will spend two nights here.
- Beautiful Pangboche Village also known as one of the biggest settlements in the Khumbu Region
- Walk beside Imja River
Dingboche to Nangkartshang Peak Distance: Approximately 2 km (1.2 miles) uphill
Nangkartshang Peak Altitude: 5,121m (16,801.18 ft)
Hiking Difficulty: Hard
Duration: 4-5 hour round trip
Trekking to EBC is always challenging due to its high altitude. Many trekkers suffer from altitude sickness in this region. It is not only due to the high elevation: weather conditions also play a major role in altitude sickness. Going slowly and taking acclimatization days at these places will be very helpful in adapting to the environment. Your body will adapt and you will be more likely to make it to Everest base camp.
Hiking to Nangkartshang Peak 5,121m/16,801.18 ft will be very helpful on this day. It is a steep uphill climb from Dingboche and takes 2 hours and 30 minutes. This peak offers beautiful Mount Makalu 8,463m views including Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Island Peak, Kangtega, Thamserku, Tawache, Cholatse, Nuptse, and many other high mountains.
You should then return to Dingboche before lunch and rest for the day. Going up and stopping at a lower elevation is perfect for acclimatization. Even if you are very careful you can experience altitude problems at this elevation. You must tell your guide if you have a problem. Usually, it will be fine after spending two nights here.
- Hike to Nangkartshang Peak for an amazing 360° view of the Himalayas
- Explore the village area and taste bakery items in Dingboche
Dingboche to Lobuche Distance: Approx 6 km (3.7 miles)
Trek Difficulty: Very Hard
Duration: 5-6 Hours
After having two nights at Dingboche you will continue to Lobuche today. The first part of the trail is a gradual uphill trek for 20 minutes. Then you follow a smooth gradual horizontal path heading to Thukla for 2-3 hours. You should cross Small River before Thukla 4,600m. This river comes from the Khumbu glacier and due to the fast melting of the glacier, it always changes its path. Sometimes in summer, it is also very wide. There is no fixed bridge. Local people fix the bridge but it is not stable.
You will stop at Thukla (also called Dukla) at 4,600m (15091.86 ft) for lunch. There are only two lodges and one tea shop therefore it becomes very busy in the high season as most trekkers stop here for lunch.
You need to hike uphill after lunch at Thukla. This part is one of the famous uphills of the EBC trek. It is not that long but trekking here in the afternoon will be difficult and challenging, but also interesting. Approximately one hour of climbing brings you to the top of the mountain where you can witness a popular mountaineer’s memorial, where it is always windy and chilly. Then you need to trek another one and a half hours to reach Lobuche.
Normally, the trail is fine here except for during winter. It is a horizontal path but a lot of snow makes it challenging in winter. Lobuche is a tourist-stopping center before Gorakshep and Everest base camp. There are only 6-7 lodges, all of similar categories. Due to its high altitude, many trekkers complain about sleeping here and many trekkers suffer from headaches. A mild headache is acceptable but you have to be very careful if the headache worsens, and you should be fine after having a rest.
Meals here are not that tasty and both Lobuche and Gorakshep both places do not have a variety of food because bringing food here is a huge challenge. Most trekkers have little sleep at this altitude.
Our team always carries an oximeter during trekking. You can measure the proportion of oxygenated hemoglobin in the blood of your body. It will help to monitor how your body reacts to this altitude.
- First view of Mount Pumori
- Visit Everest Memorial & pay tribute to the brave souls
Lobuche to Gorakshep Distance (Lunch Stop): 4.5 km (2.7 miles)
Lobuche to Gorakshep Duration: 3 Hours
Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp Distance: 4.1 km (2.5 miles)
Gorakshep to EBC: 2-3 hours
Today is your Everest base camp day. You need to get up early, have a warm breakfast, and start your day around 5 am. The first hour of walking will be easy even though this is high-altitude. You will have a gradual horizontal path in the first section. After walking for approximately an hour you should have a steep 20-minute uphill climb to Lobuche Pass 5,110m.
Then the path is formed by melting glaciers so it is unstable in every season. It is about a two-hour walk to Gorakshep but the views are incredible here. Once you reach Gorakshep 5,180m you can take a break for some food.
After stopping for a while you will continue to Everest base camp. It is only one and a half hours to base camp from Gorakshep. If you feel very tired, go slowly and take your time. The trail to base camp from Gorakshep is moderate but is also formed by melting glaciers. Everest base camp is also very unstable due to ice melting. Unfortunately, global warming is causing the glacier to melt very quickly. The base camp, where all expedition teams pitch their tents, is located just before the Khumbu icefall area.
Once you reach Everest base camp, we congratulate you. Everest base camp is not only a mountain base camp it is the highest mountain base camp. It is a dream destination for all adventure lovers, all nature lovers, and all mountain lovers. Everest base camp is located over 5,364m above sea level. This is the highest base camp of the highest peak. It is called that you are not a real adventurer if you have not been to Everest base camp.
So take pictures, celebrate your achievement, and enjoy the moment of Everest base camp. After an unforgettable time at Everest base camp, you will go back to Gorakshep for an overnight sleep.
- Visit the Everest Base Camp and capture the moment
- The last settlement of the Khumbu Region
Gorakshep to Kalapattthar Distance: Approximately 1.5 km (0.9 miles)
Duration to Reach Kalapatthar: 2 hours
Gorakshep to Pheriche: Approximately 12 km (7.4 miles)
Trek Difficulty: Hard
This day is also an important day on this Everest base camp trek. You cannot see Mt Everest from base camp so you need to hike up to Kalapathar 5,545m (18192.26 ft) to see the view of Everest. Sunset from Kalapathar is the best for the Everest view. Most people cannot hike to Kalapathar in the evening after a long day of trekking to base camp. You need to hike around 90 minutes to Kalapathar from Gorakshep so it is advisable to start from Gorakshep before sunrise.
After seeing the view from Kalapathar, go back to the hotel for breakfast then walk down to Pheriche.
You will follow the same trail you trekked Lobuche and Thukla. After Thukla 4,600m, (you need to cross the River) you take the left trail instead of going right to Dingboche. Pheriche is another Sherpa village situated at an elevation of 4,200m above sea level. There is a hospital here that is very popular among the high-altitude trekkers.
All Nepalese guides and porters receive free treatment in this hospital, but tourists need to pay a high fee. This hospital opens only in the busy season. You will see yaks here most of the time in the year. You will have a pleasant sleep here after the nights over 5,000m.
- Hike to Kalapatthar 5,545m, the highest elevation in the package
- 360° view of astounding mountains from Kalapatthar
Pheriche to Namche Distance: 19.8 km (12.3 miles)
Duration: 6-7 hours
Trek Difficulty: Challenging
After stopping overnight at Pheriche, today you will have a long day at Namche Bazar. You need to cross Pheriche pass 4,470m in the first section for less than half an hour. Then trek down to Orsho 4,190, Somare 4,010m, and Pangboche village. It will be a constant gradual downhill trek. You will continue to walk down and cross Imja Khola (River) then reach Milingo 3,750m, passing through Deboche and reaching Tyangboche 3,860 is uphill a little. Then it will straight downhill to Phungi Thanga 3,250m from Tyangboche for an hour’s walk.
Normally, Phungi Thanga will be a lunch stop and then you will trek uphill to Lausasa for an hour. The trail will now be a gradual horizontal path to Namche Bazar for a two-hour walk. You will have a lovely room with a private bathroom at Namche Bazar and you will enjoy having a hot shower.
Namche to Lukla Distance: 18.5 km (11.4 miles)
Duration: 6-7 Hours
Trek Difficulty: Very Hard
Today is the last day of walking on the Everest base camp trek. After a delicious breakfast, you will follow the same trail you hiked up. The first section of the day will be downhill, past the popular Hillary Bridge with colorful Buddhist prayer flags at Larja Dovan and Jorsalle. You will check out from the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, then follow the Dudhkoshoi River through Bangker, TokTok, and Zam Fute, and stop for lunch at Phakding.
It will be a long day walking through Chhuthawa, Nurning, Ghat, Thado Koshigaun, Chheplung, Chaurikharka, and Lukla. The night in Lukla will be the last night on the mountain of Everest base camp trek. Your porter will finish their hard-working job here at Lukla, so don’t forget to celebrate and don’t forget to tip them.
After having an incredible time on the Everest base camp trek, today you will fly back to Kathmandu.
Lukla flights are operated only from Ramechhap in the high season due to the high air traffic of Kathmandu airport, so we will most probably fly to Ramechhap from Lukla. It is only a 15-minute flight to Ramechhap. Then we will have 5 hours drive to Kathmandu.
We will take you to your hotel and the afternoon will be free. We are pleased to offer a farewell dinner at a reputable traditional Nepali restaurant in the evening.
Finally, we will drop you at the airport according to your flight schedule. We hope you will always retain fond memories of Nepal and your Everest Base Camp trek and will recommend Nepal and Everest base camp to your friends.
Have a wonderful journey ahead.
Thank you so much.
Trekking Permits Required for Everest Base Camp Trek:
You will need Sagarmatha National Park Permit & Local Rural Municipality Entrance Permit to be able to trek in Everest Base Camp Trek.These permits are very important in order to preserve the natural beauty of the area, provide sustainable income for local communities, safety of trekkers & provide security in the area. The cost of permits for the Everest Base Camp Trek is very cheap as you will get it under NRS 5,000.
- Sagarmatha National Park Permit Fee = (NRS 3000 per person), Monjo
- Local Rural Municipality Entrance Permit Fee = (NRS 2000 per person), Lukla
Where to obtain permits for the Everest Base Camp Trek?
Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit: This permit can be obtained at the Lukla Counter. Lukla is a common starting point for many trekkers heading to Everest Base Camp. Once you arrive in Lukla, you can visit the Lukla Counter to obtain the Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit.
Sagarmatha National Park Permit: The Sagarmatha National Park Permit is required for entry into the Sagarmatha National Park, where Everest Base Camp is located. You can obtain this permit either in Monjo or in Kathmandu.
Important Note: If you prefer to obtain the Sagarmatha National Park Permit in advance or if you are not planning to fly directly to Lukla, you can get it in Kathmandu. The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) office in Kathmandu is responsible for issuing the Sagarmatha National Park Permit. You can visit their office, fill out the required forms, and obtain the permit there.
Accommodation Services in Everest Base Camp Route
Accommodations in Everest Base Camp Trek are either lodges or Tea houses which provide basic food and lodging. People who don’t know what Tea houses are, “Tea Houses were a place where trekkers could stop & have a cup of warm tea or other hot beverages to keep them warm.”
Later on, tea houses started to provide food & lodging services which became the important accommodation in Everest Base Camp Trek. Up to Namche Bazar, you will find good hotels or lodges with attached bathrooms that have services like a café, bakery, ATM, bank, money exchange & others.
After Namche Bazar, there will be limited lodges & tea houses where you will only find basic rooms with basic facilities including electricity.
During peak seasons, finding a room is very hard because of the high demand for accommodation among a large number of trekkers. Additionally, some tea houses prioritize larger groups making it even harder for individual trekkers to find available rooms. It is best to book with tour operators during peak seasons like us.
In our 14-day EBC package, you get a total of 13 nights of lodging on the basis of twins sharing.
You will stay two nights in Katmandu (before and after the trek) on the basis of twins sharing breakfast at a star-category hotel. (Hotel Thamel Park or Hotel Jampa or similar) However, you can stay or opt for the hotel of your choice in Kathmandu. During the trek, you will get a five-night private attached bathroom at Namche (3N), Lukla, and Phakding each night respectively.
The rest six nights will be in the normal room at Tyangboche or Deboche (1N), Dingboche (2N), Lobuche, Gorakshep, and Pheriche each night respectively.
Foods and drinks in Tea Houses during the Everest Base Camp trek
Food costs are usually included in the cost inclusion which is why you will get Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner during the trek at tea houses. Our trip package covers three-course meals, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & seasonal fruits with 3 times Tea or Coffee per day. However, any kind of beverage drinks or desserts, snacks, or alcoholic beverages is not included.
Similarly, in Everest Base Camp Tea Houses, there are multiple choices you can choose from Continental cuisine, Indian Cuisine, Nepali Cuisine, and Chinese Cuisine. However, the prices are a little more expensive than the prices in Kathmandu.
It is also important to note that the food options are limited at higher elevations and some foods may not be available. Additionally, after Namche Bazar, it is recommended to avoid eating meat dishes as tea houses in higher elevations do not have refrigerators.
Food options like vegan or veg can also be found in tea houses which is good news for vegans/vegetarians. As for the Breakfast in Everest Base Camp Tea Houses, eggs, toast, porridge, Noodles, or Tibetan-style bread are served on the table with drinks like tea, ginger tea, lemon tea, coffee, & even hot chocolate.
During Lunch, you can have your own choice of meal from Continental, Chinese, Indian & Nepali Cuisine in Everest. Guide & Porters are served with Dal Vat Tarkari, a typical Nepali food that includes rice, lentil soup & vegetable curry.
Trekkers usually try foods like pizza, burgers, spaghetti, sandwiches with potato items such as fried potato, mashed potato, boiled potato & rice items such as fried rice, plain rice or noodles items, meat items such as chicken and yak meat variety, and other western foods.
Since you will be trekking after eating lunch, we highly suggest you eat food with high amounts of carbohydrates which gives you energy as there will be no shop in the way so that you can buy snacks.
After a long walk on the trail, dinner will be served according to your own choice of meal. After the meal, we serve seasonal fruits and give a short briefing as well as take your order for the next morning’s breakfast.
On the trek, you will see that the prices are totally different from Kathmandu because as you know transportation is not very easy in the Everest region.
The only means of transportation is by helicopter, Yaks, and people which are expensive methods of transporting resources & ultimately making the prices of food high.
Food safety will also be applied when taking orders from trekkers who are allergic to some dishes or ingredients so that the Chef can prepare according to them.
Note*: We don’t recommend any meat items, dairy products, and cake items during the Everest base camp trek. All meats are carried in a basket at least for three to seven days without refrigerating & it is not allowed to kill any animal in this region.
Best Time for Everest Base Camp
Choosing the right time to embark on the Everest Base Camp Trek is essential for a safe and enjoyable experience. The trek is possible during both the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons, each offering unique advantages.
The months of March to May and Sep to Nov provide favorable weather conditions, with clear skies and stable temperatures. Trekkers also visit Everest Base Camp from June to August & December to February but it is very hard. We also book trekking in the off-season however you will need flexible/extra dates.
Learn more about the best time for Everest Base Camp Trek and plan your journey accordingly. For short details, here are the description of all four seasons and their own perks:
Everest Base Camp trek in the Autumn season
The autumn season, which lasts from September through November, is the ideal time to trek to Everest Base Camp because of the clear skies, dry days, pleasant temperatures, and fresh air. Advantages of doing the Everest Base Camp trek in Autumn.
- Dry days, clear skies, comfortable temperature, and fresh air.
- Panoramic mountain views
- Better prices in the trip package
- Less chance of snowfall
- Chances of seeing Nepal’s greatest festival Dashain and Tihar
- Since it is trekking season the trail gets quite crowded
Everest Base Camp trekking during the Spring season
The spring season lasts from March to May & one of the favorable seasons to visit Everest Base Camp. With the warm temperature during the day and rhododendron forests on the trails, it feels like being welcomed by nature. During this period of time, the day is longer which allows you to explore the trail more and gives you good visibility in the early morning as well. Advantage of doing the Everest Base Camp trek in Spring
- Longer days to Explore trails more
- Clear skies provide good mountain views
- Beautiful trails with rhododendrons and other flowers in bloom
- Good visibility in the early morning
- Comfortable temperature
- Less chance of rain and snowfall
- Nights might be quite cold
- The trial may be a little bit crowded since it is a trekking season
Everest Base Camp trek during Monsoon Season
Monsoon season is a challenging season to visit Everest Base Camp as there will be heavy rainfall in lower elevations & fog in higher elevations. However, on a clear day, the trek offers the best landscape views. Advantages of doing the Everest Base Camp trek in the Summer
- Less crowd, you could have a quality time
- The best temperature for trekking
- Green hills views
- Observing flora and fauna
- Rain may cause some difficulty
- The temperature rises remarkably
Everest Base Camp trek during the Winter season
Wintertime is a lot more comfortable than the summer season. Though the weather gets cold it is still possible to trek to Everest Base Camp. The only problem will be the flight to Lukla & foggy during trekking. Advantages of doing Everest Base Camp trek in Winter
- Less crowd and more space to enjoy in the Himalayas
- Prices in the trek and flights tend to drop a bit low
- Spectacular view
- No bugs and insects
- Might encounter rare wildlife
- The nights can be quite cold
- Fast-blowing wind during days
- Days are shorter
Preparing for Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty: Tips from Pro
The difficulty level of the Everest Base Camp trek is considered challenging not moderate. Trekking, it’s easy, moderate, challenging & hard level. The reason for the difficulty is due to high altitudes, cold temperatures, trekking durations, rugged trails, and terrain. Without proper guidance, it will add even more difficulties for trekking. Hence, the best way to minimize difficulty is by working on your physical & mental health.
Why does physical fitness play a big role in the Everest Base Camp Trek?
As trekking in EBC requires a minimum of 5-6 hours of daily walking while gaining elevation each day, you should be physically & mentally prepared to handle the challenge. Moreover, the tree line ends at Pangboche village (3,985 m), where there is a considerable drop in oxygen levels. Here are some helpful guides & tips to prepare for the difficulty of EBC
a) Preparing Training & Exercises:
Training for Everest Base Camp means building your stamina. Without any stamina to walk further, you will never complete your EBC journey. Thus, here are some exercises that you can try to prepare for the EBC trek:
- Short hiking
- Cardio Exercise
b) Top best tips for EBC:
If you are like me who always seeks information before heading to the destination then the idea of “50 best tips for EBC” may sound awesome. Why not right? It’s all for success. However, here I will only point out the best and most used tips among those 50 tips.
- Always walk slowly & Be hydrated
- Bring Extra Nepalese currency with you in trekking
- Pack your backpack light & important gear only
- Avoid any hard drinks during the trekking
- Choose the best time to trek Everest Base Camp
- Always start your trek early
How fit should you be for the EBC trek?
If you have trained enough & have confidence in walking 5-6 hours daily with a 15 kg backpack while gaining altitude, then you are ready for the Everest Base Camp trek. There is no age or weight requirement to trek on this beautiful trail. You just have to follow instructions properly & trust your guide.
Transportation for Everest base camp trek
Normally, we use private cars for airport pick-ups and drops. It is only 7 km from Tribhuwan International Airport to Thamel. We have two different airports for Lukla’s flights. We can get domestic tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla from June to September and December to March.
All domestic airlines operate Lukla flights from Ramechhap from April to May and October to November. Ramechhap is 130km from Kathmandu. So private vehicles on the ground and domestic airlines for Lukla are used.
Heli as Alternative transportation:
Sometimes, they cannot fly in or out of Lukla due to the bad weather. So, the helicopter can be the only option during bad weather. But it is very expensive. It costs $250 to 500 for sharing a helicopter in one way. Sharing a helicopter is not possible always.
What is the luggage weight limit?
Porters for Everest Base Camp trek
We use Porter from Lukla. Most porters are from mountain regions. They are strong, honest, and experienced in this trek. We have been using those porters who did not have the opportunity to go to school and now facing difficulties and really need a job.
Essential Gears & Equipment for EBC Trek
Important Preparation Needed for Everest Base Camp Trek:
Planning and Preparation are very important to have a safe and sustainable experience while trekking. Focusing only on fitness is not what you should be doing to prepare for EBC, instead, there are so many key factors that you should consider before leaving for the trek. Things like gear & equipment, mental preparation, budgeting, planning itinerary, acclimatization, safety & other important factors are necessary to avoid trekking errors. Here are some important factors to plan & prepare for a safe & sustainable trek in Everest Base Camp:
Gears & Equipment: Packing list for EBC
Packing the right gear & equipment can save you from any unnecessary expenses. To make it easy for you, here is the checklist of the packing list for the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Clothing gear for the trek
- Down jackets
- Trekking boots
- Long sleeve t-shirts
- windproof jackets
- Hiking socks
- UV rays protected sunglasses
- Nylon windproof pants Nylon
- windproof pants
- Water bottles
- Neck gaiter
Essential gears for the trek
- Duffle bag (It is provided by us without extra charges if you trek with us)
- Minimum 40L daypack for carrying essential items during the trek
- Water bottles or Camelbak (Hydration bladder)
- Sleeping bags
- Trekking poles
- Quick dry trekking towels
- Toilet paper
- Shampoo Diaper
- Rash cream
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Lip balm
- Wet wipes
- Hand sanitizer
Foods and Snacks
- Snacks (which include chocolate bars and Protein & carb-containing foods)
- Thermos (For storing hot water for a longer time)
- Re-hydration powder (To stay hydrated)
- Passport (It is needed for entry gate registration)
- Travel Insurance
- Portable solar charger/power bank
- Playing cards or any other games
- DSLR cameras
For more detail check our “Packing list for Everest Base Camp”.
Can I buy or rent gear and equipment in Thamel?
Certainly, you can easily buy or rent the necessary gear and equipment needed for the Everest Base Camp Trek in Thamel, Kathmandu. You can find a wide range of shops and services catering to travelers and outdoor enthusiasts. Thamel is known for its extensive selection of trekking gear, encompassing clothing, footwear, backpacks, and accessories. You can expect to find items like trekking poles, sleeping bags, down jackets, and rain gear available for rent or purchase. We have a fully dedicated blog covering the topic of buying and renting gear in Thamel, Kathmandu.
EBC Trekking Route Map
The Everest Base Camp Trek is considered moderately difficult. It involves challenging terrain, high altitudes, and long trekking days. Adequate physical fitness and acclimatization are crucial for a successful trek.
Of course. With proper fitness, the right mindset, and guidance anybody can do this EBC trek. However, you have to walk slowly and steadily to cope with the higher altitude. Be sure to take in plenty of fluids and listen to your guide’s instructions.
The distance covered per day during the Everest Base Camp Trek varies based on the itinerary and individual trekking pace. On average, you can expect to trek around 10 to 15 kilometers per day.
The success rate of the Everest Base Camp Trek is high, with a majority of trekkers reaching their destination. However, success depends on various factors such as physical fitness, acclimatization, weather conditions, and individual circumstances.
There is no strict age limit for the Everest Base Camp Trek. However, participants should be in good health, physically fit, and able to endure the demands of high-altitude trekking. It is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before undertaking the trek, especially for older individuals.
No, Everest Base Camp is not a permanent residence for anyone. It serves as a temporary campsite for climbers during the climbing season. After the season ends, the camp is dismantled, and climbers descend.
During Everest Base Camp Trek, the cost for extra services like WIFI can range up to NPR 500-700 for 24Hr Unlimited, Extra Luggage Costs can range up to NPR 100-150 per kg, Hot Shower can cost NPR 500, Boiled Water can cost NPR 100-NPR 500 according to altitude level for small pot water.
In trekking, there is no fixed price applied to all tea houses due to altitude & terrain. However, here are the rough prices for charging your devices in tea houses:
Mobile=NPR 300 per hour (NPR 500 for full charge)
Camera=NPR 300 per hour (NPR 500 for a full charge)
Power Bank=NPR 400 per hour (NPR 1200 for a full charge)
Laptop=NPR 500 per hour (NPR 1500 for a full charge)
Drone Battery=NPR 600 per hour (NPR 1800 for a full charge)
Note: At higher altitude areas, solar power is the main source of electricity which is why it takes longer than hydropower to charge devices.
On average, it takes 6 to 7 hours to walk from one destination to another while ascending in Everest Base Camp Trek. However, we should not skip the factors such as fitness level, acclimatization needs, weather conditions, & proper guide that will actually determine the duration.
Similarly, when descending back to Lukla, it will take less time and fewer days. Here is a rough itinerary of the EBC trek with estimated walking times:
Lukla to Phakding: 3-4 hours
Phakding to Namche Bazaar: 6-7 hours
Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar
Diboche via Tengboche: 5-6 hours
Tengboche to Dingboche: 5-6 hours
Acclimatization day in Dingboche
Dingboche to Lobuche: 5-6 hours
Lobuche to Gorak Shep, then Everest Base Camp, and back to Gorak Shep: 7-8 hours
Hike to Kala Patthar and return to Pheriche: 7-8 hours
Pheriche to Namche Bazaar: 6-7 hours
Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours
Yes, there is indeed a hot shower facility during the Everest Base Camp trek. Up to Namche Bazar, you will be provided rooms with attached bathrooms & hot shower facilities which will be included in the cost inclusion.
This means you can shower at Lukla, Phakding & Namche Bazar. Similarly, after Namche Bazar, a hot shower is optional and only recommended if you really want to shower. It cost Nepali currency NPR 200 to 400 per hot bucket shower.
Yes, you can easily make a reservation or online booking through our website depending on the time you have at your disposal. Just fill out the form in our contact or inquiry section, which is accessible on the package, and submit it to us. We will respond to your mail within 24 hours.
To book a trek, you will need to pay 25% of the total price (this is to confirm and book the Lukla flight ticket) and the rest can be paid in Kathmandu. Also, you need to send us your passport scan copy and passport-size photos. You will receive an invoice, itinerary & other proof of bookings after 25% of payment.
We have a quick, easy, and secure online payment gateway system on our website. Find the online payment portal which is located at the top/header of our website or it is available inside the package too.
Our guide will check your oxygen level and heart rate (using an oximeter) each day to ensure your safety from altitude sickness.
If you feel any changes to your body like having a headache, vomiting, extreme tiredness & other symptoms then do tell your guide immediately. We also encourage you to drink plenty of fluids to prevent any possible altitude symptoms.
Also, walk slowly and maintain your breathing. And, do not hesitate to let your guide know if you are having any difficulties.
On rest day in Namche, after breakfast, you will first go to Tenzing Norgey Sherpa memorial park. Further, hike to the Everest viewpoint to catch a glimpse of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, and many others.
In the meantime, you will also be going to the highest situated Hotel Everest View (3,962m/13000ft) for a tea break. Return back and you can explore the Namche Bazar thoroughly.
At Dingboche, you will be hiking to Nangkartshang peak (5,121m) which is a 2-3 hour hike. The top offers you a stunning view of Island Peak, Lhotse, and Amadablam among many others.
Basically, two days are allotted for acclimatization in the standard Everest Base Camp trek plan.
However, in case you need extra days then we can prepare the trip plan according to your request. Additionally, if you encounter any problems or difficulties while on the trek, we can extend the trip duration for an additional cost.
During the trek, you will be achieving an altitude of 5545m. Which is a remarkable altitude. If you commit to this high altitude without proper preparation then, the mountains will not be very friendly.
There is a difference between dehydration headache and altitude sickness. Both will cause you headaches but there is a big difference between the two of them.
You can continue after a dehydration headache and also after some care and medicine but if you catch altitude sickness then we suggest you descend as soon as possible and concern to the hospital.
Here are some useful tips to prevent altitude sickness during the Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal:
-Avoid ascending more than 500m a day
-Slow and steady wins the race
-Have a rest day after gaining an altitude of 600 to 900m
-Avoid flying directly to high-altitude areas
-Drink plenty of water and don’t let yourself feel thirsty. If you feel thirsty then understand that you are slowly getting dehydrated.
-Strictly avoid alcoholic products and smoking
-Consume a high-calorie diet
-Avoid exposure to extreme sunlight
The Everest region is one of the high-altitude treks, thus the rooms there will be cold most of the time, especially in the morning and evening. However, the lodges or teahouses provide you with an additional sheet of blankets on request. You need to carry a sleeping bag at -20 degrees for this trek. Either you can bring it with you or you can rent it in Thamel.
Normally you will not have a laundry facility during the trek. So, we suggest you bring at least 4 T-shirts and a down jacket for the trek. Up to Namche Bazar, you can get your t-shirt washed on the acclimatization day but the drying part depends upon the weather. So, it might not be very reliable.
WiFi and internet facilities are available in the Everest region. Neither wi-fi nor mobile data are reliable in the Everest region. You can pay and get wi-fi in every hotel but it is not really useful.
Everest link and air link are widely used sources for Wi-fi in the Everest region.
The water in the Everest region comes from the Himalayas. Even though the water looks very clean, it is not a very good idea to drink water from the tap during the trek. The first thing is the water is very cold and it might contain bacteria. It can cause stomach pain and diarrhea during the trek.
So as an alternative, you can use a water purifying tablet to filter the water and consume it after 30 minutes. Hot water is also available at every hotel. We suggest you drink warm water.
Even the water coming from rivers and waterfall are also not safe to drink. You can buy mineral water on the way. Since we discourage plastic use, we suggest you buy a portable water bottle and reuse it.
We apologize if you don’t finish your trekking. We cannot refund you because we pay for all permits, guides, porters, and Lukla tickets in advance.
You need to pay for your personal expenses such as hot showers, snacks, desserts, bar bills, WI: FI internet, food except for during trekking, tipping to guide and porters, emergency cases such as altitude sickness, natural disaster, flight cancelation, etc.
So, keep NPR 30,000-50,000 with you in cash during the EBC trek.
It is absolutely fine if you are coming early for the Everest base camp trek. We will pick you up from the airport and bring your hotel. Pay yourself for your extra night in Kathmandu.
And it is fine too if you have a late departure. We will drop you at the airport three hours before your flight whenever you go. Pay yourself for extra nights in Kathmandu.
All of our guides speak English. They all have seven years plus of experience in this Everest base camp trek. Some of our guides have more than 15 and 18 years of experience here. They are a highly dedicated and experienced, friendly and hard-working person.
During departure, a private vehicle will be arranged for you in time. You can have your own choice if you want assistance or not. Usually, Mr. Chin will go himself or he will send your guide with you.
You can obtain a tourist visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport under the Department of Immigration.
However, Indian nationals don’t require a visa and some countries – Nigeria, Ghana, Syria, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Somalia, Cameroon, and Afghanistan cannot get an On-Arrival visa. They have to acquire a visa prior to their arrival from their nearby embassy. For SAARC and Chinese nationals, a visa is issued free of cost.
On-Arrival Visa Fee:
15 Days – 30 USD
30 Days – 50 USD
90 Days – 125 USD
To issue the visa you need to fill out the form online or may use a kiosk machine which is available inside the arrival hall. You need two passport-size photos for this.
There are several scenarios if a flight to or from Lukla is delayed.
If the bad weather caused the delay, the flight will be rescheduled for the following day when the weather is clear again. Trekkers may need to stay an extra day or two until the flight can take off.
If the flight delay is due to technical issues with the plane, the airline may try to fix the problem and reschedule the flight for the same day. Alternatively, the trekkers may be asked to wait until the next day or until a replacement plane arrives.
If the delay is due to other unforeseen circumstances, the airline may provide compensation or refunds to the trekkers. However, this is not always the case and it is best to check with the airline’s policies and terms and conditions.
In any case, trekkers should be prepared for flight delays and make sure they have enough supplies and backup plans in case of unexpected delays.