Are you keen to watch the wonders of the Great Everest? The 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular Himalayan treks in Nepal. It is the trek for a lifetime.
The trek is a super adventurous journey to witness the beauty of the great Himalayas. It leads you into the heart of the world’s highest Mt. Everest Base Camp 5364m. The trek rewards you with incredible views of Khumbu Ice Falls and many Glaciers.
The E.B. C. Trekking with Exciting Nepal is culturally enticing. During the EBC trek, you can witness the Himalayan Sherpa Culture and traditions.
The old-age cultures and customs of the Buddhist religion are admirable. We will come across the beautiful monasteries.
There are many Sherpa villages en route. The villages and lifestyle of people are inspiring. The main settlements in the Khumbu are Lukla, Phakding, Monjo, Namche, Khunde, Khumjung, Thame, Thyangboche, Pangboche, and Phortse.
The trek passes through amazing mountain valleys and ridges. Along the route, we will see the lush jungles of Rhododendrons. Walking on these trails during Spring is a magical experience. Also, there are various springs and waterfalls in some parts of the trek.
The towering Himalayas are the major attraction of the trek. The trek rewards trekkers with uncountable vistas of astounding snowy peaks. Some of them are Mt. Everest 8848m Mt. Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Nuptse 7855m, Amadablam 6812m, Kangtenga 6782m, Thamserku 6623m, Kwangde 6011m, and Kusum Kanguru 6373m.
Note: If you have limited time but you still want to trek to the Everest Base Camp, we have an option for you. Go for our Short Everest Base Camp Trek. We also organize the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. Besides, a Mountain flight to Everest is also a great option.
Trip Highlight of 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
- The trek to the base camp of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest.
- The short and exciting Mountain Flight to and from the Lukla Airport.
- Astonishing views of Mt. Everest, Khumbu Glacier, and Khumbu Icefall.
- The biggest Buddhist monastery in the Everest region, the Tengboche monastery.
- Kala Patthar, the best viewpoint of Mt. Everest, Khumbu Glacier, and Khumbu Icefall.
- The remarkable vistas of biggest glacier in Nepal: Khumbu glacier.
- Sagarmatha National Park, a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek
There are lower risks of drastic variations in weather and climate in Everest. Also, the atmosphere is clear, and so are the surrounding vistas.
The Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days is doable all year round. You will have a comfortable Everest Base Camp Trek while trekking during the best times. However, trekking in Winter and Monsoon is quite hard. The lumps of snow over the trails and the extreme cold of winter are hard to resist.
During monsoon, the trails become wet and slippery. Above that, you are likely to see lots of pests and bugs on the trekking trails, including the leeches.
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty
- E. B. C. trek is a high-altitude trek. The trekking trails aren’t even. There can be some difficult sharp ascends. Lots of EBC trekkers suffer from altitude sickness while trying to gain more altitude in a day. You should walk slowly. Maintain your own pace of the walk. Most importantly, get proper acclimatization.
- If you are a beginner, choosing the EBC trek to begin is not a good idea. Everest region is tricky. The frequent weather changes are very common. The trek is difficult for even those who have several trekking experiences. Previous trekking experience is a boon.
- EBC is a long trek, nearly 62 kilometers from Lukla. You will have to walk for 8 to 9 hours a day sometimes. The trek demands a good physique and a strong mentality. Get some physical fitness training before you go on the trek.
- The EBC trail consists of rugged sections. Some trekkers get blisters on their feet because of uncomfortable hiking shoes. Make sure you wear a comfortable one. You are going on a long-duration trek to a remote part of Nepal.
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Everest Base Camp Trek Elevation and Altitude Profile
Our E.B.C. 14 Days starts at Lukla, 2800m. We lose some altitude when we trek to Phakding, 2652. From Phakding, the elevation keeps on ascending till we reach the largest elevation. Kala Patthar, 5554m is the highest elevation on the trek.
From Phakding, the trek follows Monjo (2840m) – Namche Bazaar (3440)- Kyangjuma (3570m) – Tengboche (3860m).
From Tengboche, we ascend to Pheriche (4280m) – village of Dingboche (4360m) – Dughla (4600m) – Lobuche (4940m) – Gorkhshep (5170m). Finally, we will reach the Everest Base Camp (5364m).
After the visit to Kalapathar, we descend down to Dingboche (4360m) – Namche Bazaar, and finally to Lukla.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. (1300m)
Day 02: Free and arrangement day.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m) then trek to Phakding (2804m), 6.5 KM Approx.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 8 KM Approx.
Day 05: Rest Day in Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3850m), 9.5 KM Approx.
Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4350m) 11 KM Approx.
Day 08: Acclimatization in Dingboche / Explore Around.
Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4950m)
Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5160m). Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and Down to Gorakshep.
Day 11: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kalapathar (5554m). Trek down to Pheriche (4371m)
Day 12: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 14: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Everest Base Camp Trek- Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal trekkers! Entering the country, the beautiful view of the Himalayas greets you. As you arrive nearer to the capital city, Kathmandu, you will see the areas filled with houses at every end.
The aerial view of Kathmandu valley is quite beautiful and unique. After landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, you head out to the terminal where our officials will be waiting for you.
Then they collect you up and drop you at your hotel, where you are greeted traditionally with garlands and tika. After that, the officials will help you check in to your rooms and leave for the day.
The remaining day is free, so you can do as you please. If you prefer roaming, then you can hit the markets that are lively throughout the day. However, it is noisy and crowded, so just a head's up for some cultural shock.
Day 2: Free and Arrangement Day
The second day is for touring around the Kathmandu valley and preparing for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Your guide will be arriving after breakfast, so freshen up and be ready for the trip.
Before starting the day, there will be a small introduction between you and the guide. This day you will be visiting the UNESCO Heritage Sites only, as you need to prepare for the trek as well.
Your first destination is Swayambhunath, a religious stupa complex located on top of a hill. You can see the entire Kathmandu city from up there. After that, you head towards Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal and a holy place for Buddhist followers. This place gives a sense of peace and calmness as you enter the structure.
From here, you drive to Pashupatinath Temple, a holy ground for Hindu followers. This temple is crowded every day by the devotees of Lord Shiva. Please know that clicking pictures inside the main temple area is prohibited.
Now, you head to Patan Durbar square, located in the heart of Lalitpur. Krishna Mandir is its major attraction, but the beautiful newa architecture is the one that catches the eye of the tourists.
You now visit the last destination of the Kathmandu valley tour, Basantapur Durbar Square. This square is a living paradise offering old durbars, monuments, temples, monasteries, and more.
After a tiring long day, you finally return to your hotel, where you are given a brief summary of your trek. If you have things to buy for the journey, then you can visit the local markets.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, then trek to Phakding.
Flight duration: 25 to 30 min
Maximum altitude (Lukla): 2860 m
Trek distance: approx. 6.5 km
Trek duration: 3 to 4 hours
Maximum altitude (Phakding): 2610 m
As you will be starting your Everest Base Camp Trek- 14 Days today, the wait is over. Flight is the only option to reach Lukla from Kathmandu, so you need to catch an early morning one.
You wake up early, get ready, and wait for your guide in the lobby. They will pick you and take you to the airport where you board the flight. The flying duration between Kathmandu to Lukla is half an hour which is short yet scenic.
You will be surrounded by eye-catching views of the Himalayas, green hills, and landscapes on the entire flight. Lukla is a small mountain town that is the starting and ending point for Everest region treks.
After arriving at Lukla, you meet up with the rest of the team and have breakfast. Then you get ready to begin your trek towards Phakding, which is your first stop on this trip.
The trail to Phakding is quite an easy one as it is primarily a mix of dirt, some rocky sections, and stone pathways. This village is on a lower point than Lukla so that it will be more greenery.
After breakfast, you head down the main street and walk past the Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural municipality office. Then make your way downhill to reach Cheplung that gives you a glimpse of Mt Khumbila.
Again continuing the walk, you contour along the banks of Dudh Koshi river before climbing to Ghat. You then climb the trails from here onwards to reach Phakding.
You pass several small villages, suspension bridges, and green forests on your way to Phakding. This beautiful village has several standards for high-class lodges and bars.
Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Trek distance: approx. 8 km
Trek duration: 4 to 5 hours
Maximum altitude: 3445 m
You begin this day's trek to Namche Bazaar after a big breakfast. The trails from Phakding till there are pretty tough as you hike through plowed fields, rolling terrains, along the river banks, and more.
Heading out of Phakding, you cross the river through a suspension bridge on the other side of the village. Then following the footsteps of porters, you make your way up the valley.
The forest trail that follows the river valley is lined with beautiful blue pine and looks spectacular during spring. With a slight ascent, you reach Benkar and cross the Dudh Koshi river from here.
You get to see many peaks above 6000 m from here onwards, viewing them you reach Monjo and have your lunch. Continuing the walk, the trails are a bit tougher from this point.
Walking ahead, you enter the Sagarmatha national park at Jorsale, cross a river, and continue upstream. After reaching a bit further, you cross another suspension bridge and climb uphill until Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Acclimatize Day
Namche Bazaar is a beautiful Sherpa town and trade hub of the Khumbu region. Many trekkers acclimatize here before continuing their trek in the Everest region. This town is the last place with restaurants, cafes, ATMs, good internet service, and more.
During acclimatization, you do not rest but go on short hikes or roam around to let your body cope up with the new environment. So, you have the option to go on a full-day hike above the Bhote Khola river valley in Thami for sunrise and sunset views.
If you prefer shorter hikes, then you can head up to Everest View hotel for lovely views with drinks and coffee, which is an hour away from Namche. Or walk to Gauche Gonda Visitor Centre and Sherpa Culture Museum to learn about Sherpa culture and history.
Likewise, you can also explore the town and visit the markets, old houses, and drink at the Irish pub. While staying in Namche, enjoy the final modern facilities of the trek.
Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
Trek distance: approx. 9.5 km
Trek duration: 4 hours
Maximum altitude: 3850 m
After a beautiful day at Namche, you again resume your 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek by heading to Tengboche. The trek between these two points is quite challenging due to the elevation gain, but the beautiful views and spiritualism will make up for it.
You begin the hike by heading out of the town and walking up alongside the valley. There is a bit of incline in the start as you get over the village, but afterward, it gets easy as you walk on a smooth sandy trail.
Following the paths for about a few hours, you slowly gain elevation on the way and also climb stairs at some point. Then you make your way around the valley and get to view Mount Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and more.
From here, you continue walking the trails and arrive at Kyangjuma, then start to descend into the forest path below. The walk down can be tough with the uneven and rocky terrain plus loss of 1000 ft elevation.
As you keep descending the routes, you reach a suspension bridge and cross over to Phungi Thanga. Now, it is time to gain some elevation which is the last portion of your hike to Tengboche.
Doing an uphill climb, you trek through rocky terrain and a zigzag path crossing above the treeline. As you keep moving forward, the valley below and the peaks ahead look stunning. Viewing these scenarios, you arrive at Tengboche.
Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
Trek Distance: approx. 11 km
Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Maximum altitude: 4350 m
The Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche will be quite a beautiful one as you walk through the glacier river and view several snow-capped peaks. You will also pass through the beautiful Pangboche village, well-known for mount Ama Dablam.
Leaving the Tengboche village behind, you first descend the trails into the forest while passing the small town of Deboche. This village is another option to stay overnight while trekking in the Everest region.
Then continuing the trek, you walk past inscribed stones while gaining some elevation. Soon after, you cross a suspension bridge over the river that takes you to Pangboche.
As you come nearer to the village, the view of Ama Dablam becomes vast along with the surrounding landscapes. You can take a few minute's breaks here to enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the mountain ranges.
After enjoying the views, it is now time to leave Pangboche and head up the valley. Throughout the entire day, you slowly gain elevation while seeing the Himalayas.
Moving further ahead, you pass the village of Shomare, which is the last village before Dingboche. The path will wind its way around the valley and make you cross another suspension bridge that approaches Dingboche.
Day 8: Acclimatize day
Dingboche is another place for acclimatization. Like we said before, these days are held not for rest but to roam around and let your body settle down with the current elevation.
During your rest day at Dingboche, you can hike up to Nagarjuna Hills, located at 5050 m elevation. This viewpoint nestles on the edges of a hill above Dingboche. It is a 3 to 4 hours walk to see the panoramic vista of Taboche peak, Thamserku, Lobuche west, Ama Dablam, Lobuche east, and Kangtega.
Or, as an alternative, you can hike towards Chukhung valley, whose path leads to Island Peak. This point offers superb views of Makalu, Ama Dablam, and other surrounding peaks.
After an exciting time, you return to Dingboche for lunch. You can roam around the village for the remaining time and spend your time interacting with the local people.
Day 9: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche
Trek distance: approx. 7.9 km
Trek duration: 5 hours
Maximum altitude: 4950 m
Today's trek takes you to Lobuche, the second-highest village on this trail. On this day, you will also view the famous Khumbu Glacier as you walk alongside it for most of the day.
Heading out of the village, you take a left turn and ascend through the small ridge above the Pheriche village. This trail would be in the same direction as Nangkartshang Peak if you hiked here the previous day.
But instead of heading up the peak's direction, you simply follow the slight incline path along the mountain's wall. After trekking for a few minutes, you reach a beautiful monastery. In its backdrop, you can see the marvelous view of Taweche and Cholatse peak.
From here, you follow the path that opens up to a wide valley for a few hours. The incline is not very harsh, but you are walking at a high altitude, so make sure to stroll.
Continuing the trek, you can see the small yet beautiful town of Thukla on the other side of the river. You will now follow the trail that leads to this place by crossing through the bridge.
The trials from here onwards are tricky as you will be climbing a zigzag route to the Thukla Pass. Then continue the walkthrough steeper trails until you reach the Khumbu Glacier.
You will cross the Khumbu Khola from Dugla and have your lunch at the foot of the terminal moraines. You climb on a solid and steep rocky trail to reach the top of the moraines from here.
Then you walk along the ridge while passing a line of memorial cairns built in the memory of climbers and sherpas that passed away during the Everest Expedition.
You can enjoy the view of Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Pumori from this point. Then following the stream, you enter Lobuche village that brings you closer to your destination.
Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, then trek to Everest Base Camp and down to Gorak Shep.
To Gorak Shep
Trek distance: approx. 4.5 km
Trek duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
Maximum altitude: 5160 m
To EBC (round trip)
Trek distance: approx. 7.2 km
Trek duration: 4 hours
Maximum altitude: 5364 m
The big day has finally arrived when you will visit the significant highlight of this trek, i.e., Everest Base Camp. Before reaching there, you hike to Gorak Shep first, the highest village on this trail. This place is the closest to the EBC itself.
The journey to Everest Base Camp has been broken down into two parts. On the first half, you trek to Gorak Shep, and on the second, you hike to the base of Mount Everest.
So, after a hefty breakfast, you make your way to Gorak Shep from Lobuche. Following the broad valley that lies parallel to Khumbu Glacier, you gradually ascent with a slow and steady rhythm through the rocky path.
There will be some steeper sections before you arrive at the moraine of Changri Nup Glacier on this trail. As you keep moving up, the views of mountain peaks get better and better.
From here, you make several slights up and downhill climbs through sandy trails that lead to Gorak Shep. With each gain in elevation, you get closer to Everest Base Camp.
Arriving at Gorak Shep, you drop your bag at the lodge, eat your lunch, and begin your trek to Everest Base Camp. You start by immediately walking along the side of the Khumbu Glacier and continuously gaining elevation to the base.
If you trek during the climbing months, then you can encounter porters and yaks on the trails. You pass during the steep climbs, viewing the glorious lakes, glaciers, and the notorious Everest Icefalls.
Reaching the base, you are welcomed by the beautiful sight of Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks. The views are mesmerizingly stunning and gifted by nature.
You stay there for some time and take pictures before returning to Gorak Shep. After the climb, you have an early dinner as you need to wake up early the next day.
Day 11: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar then down to Pheriche
To Kala Patthar (round trip)
Hike distance: 3.7 km
Hike duration: 3 to 4 hours
Maximum altitude: 5554 m
Trek distance: 11.5 km
Trek duration: 5 to 6 hours
Maximum altitude: 4371 m
The Everest Base Camp 14 Days trek is incomplete without hiking up to Kala Patthar. This beautiful peak hovers above the beautiful village of Gorak Shep and is one of the best viewpoints in the Khumbu region.
Today you witness some of nature's best gifts to this region. After a peaceful night, you wake up early and head to Kala Patthar to view the sunrise and Mount Everest.
A good portion of the trail is smooth and easy to navigate. You can slowly make your way up the paths leaving behind Gorak Shep, Khumbu Glaciers, Icefall, and more.
The early rays of sun shining upon the white peaks and the valley below look breathtakingly beautiful. Also, the view of Mount Everest looks more stunning close-up.
You can take your time to relish and embrace the moments. These memories are priceless, so capture them on your devices. The surrounding landscapes and mountain views make this place unique.
After spending some time there, you head back to Gorak Shep and have your breakfast. After that, you pack your bags and begin the journey down to Pheriche.
You retrace your steps back, so Lobuche is your first point. Throughout the trail, you will be walking above and alongside the Khumbu Glacier, surrounded by mountains and views of glaciers.
A few of the sections are easy and manageable, while a couple of them are trickier as well, so watch out. You have already walked these paths, so you can easily make them out.
For most sections of this trek, you will be descending till Pheriche, so walk slow and steady.
Day 12: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
Trek distance: 11.5 km
Trek duration: 7 to 8 hours
For the trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar, you will be descending to a lower elevation, but there will be several ups and downs on this day. So, gear up and prepare yourself.
The trek today is longer than other days, so the journey begins earlier than usual. After a healthy breakfast, you leave the village of Pheriche and begin to head down and cross a river.
After that, you climb up the valley and gain a bit of elevation. Walking further ahead, you reach a familiar path that you took while heading to Everest Base Camp.
Viewing the same scenarios, you trek downhill, slowly losing elevation. A portion of the trail is standard and less technical. Walking past several villages like Pangboche, Deboche, Tengboche, and many more, you arrive at Namche.
This day you make several steep declines and cross many forests, rivers, and suspension bridges.
Day 13: Trek from Namche to Lukla
Trek distance: 19.5 km
Trek duration: 7 to 8 hours
Your time in the Everest region is coming to its end as you will be heading back to Lukla today. After having a hearty breakfast, you check out from the lodge and make your way down through the step stones.
Then following the trails, you reach a rest stop area after walking for about half an hour. You get the final glimpse of Mount Everest from here. Continuing walking downwards, you reach a pathway of dirt and stone steps.
Then cross over some suspension bridges, you walk along the Dudh Koshi river and do a steep climb to reach Lukla.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu
Today your 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek comes to its halt. You wake up early and catch a flight back to Kathmandu. You will view the beautiful sceneries of the Himalayas for a final time before arriving at the capital.
After reaching here, your guide will drop you at the hotel and end the Everest Base Camp Trek. We hope the trip went just as you planned and it was fun for you.
Trip Cost US$ 1,285 Per person
- Airport to Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle.
- Two-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Your entire stander Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek, A Cup of Tea/ Coffe During the Breakfast.
- Seasonal Fruits.
- Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek. Attached bathroom Namche and Lukla.
- A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government,license holder Guide, his food, accommodations, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine etc.
- A Strong Porter among the two trekkers ( one porter sharing among two member ) including all his expenses including full insurance during the trek.
- Round Trip flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla-Kathmandu for member and Guide.
- Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla airport for Group and crews.
- Check in Baggage 10 KG and Hand carry 5 KG, (Kathmandu-lukla-kathmandu)
- Medical supplies, first aid kit box, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
- An arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance company). If in case.
- Sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be returned after trip completed).
- Sagarmatha National Park permits.
- Trekking route map.
- TIMS (trekkers’ information management System.)
- All ground transportation.
- All our government taxes.
- Official expenses .
- Your travel insurance, Recommended.
- International air fare.
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
- Personal trekking Equipments.
- Extra baggage check in during the flight(Kathmandu-lukla-Kathmandu) if more than 15 KG, 01 USD per KG extra, can pay directly to the airline.
- Extra hotel night in Kathmandu.
- Activities in Kathmandu.
Everest Base Camp Trek Departure Dates
We offer fixed departure dates and we also offer customization of trips as per your need. If you want to customize your trip, please contact us via this page.
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|10/05/2021 - 10/18/21||Guaranteed||US$ 1,285 per person||Book this trip|
|10/06/2021 - 10/19/21||Guaranteed||US$ 1,285 per person||Book this trip|
|10/07/2021 - 10/20/21||Guaranteed||US$ 1,285 per person||Book this trip|
|10/11/2021 - 10/24/21||Guaranteed||US$ 1,285 per person||Book this trip|
|10/13/2021 - 10/26/21||Guaranteed||US$ 1,285 per person||Book this trip|
|10/15/2021 - 10/28/21||Guaranteed||US$ 1,285 per person||Book this trip|
|10/18/2021 - 10/31/21||Guaranteed||US$ 1,285 per person||Book this trip|
|10/20/2021 - 11/02/21||Guaranteed||US$ 1,285 per person||Book this trip|
|10/22/2021 - 11/04/21||Guaranteed||US$ 1,285 per person||Book this trip|
|10/29/2021 - 11/11/21||Guaranteed||US$ 1,285 per person||Book this trip|
|10/30/2021 - 11/12/21||Guaranteed||US$ 1,285 per person||Book this trip|
Frequently Asked Questions of Everest Base Camp Trek
Is there any age limit for Everest Base Camp trekking?
It may amaze you but there is NO age limit for this trek. Saying that it doesn't mean you should not be in good physical and mental health. If you are a regular trekker it should not be difficult for you to complete this trek. It is better if you consult your doctor before going on this trek. Take necessary suggestions and medication.
What is the best season for the trek to Everest Base Camp?
Like any other trekking option, it also follows the same season that is of Spring and Autumn. Spring starts in March and ends in May. This season has a moderate climate and clear skies. There is less chance of rainfall and snowfall which makes things easier in this trek.
The same goes with the Autumn season. The clear weather and moderate temperature make your journey enjoyable. If you don’t like the trek with the crowd then winter season is best for you. This off-season, the temperature goes really low and there is a chance of high snowfall.
How dangerous is Everest Base Camp?
First of all, there should not be confusion between Everest and Everest Base Camp. Climbing Everest 8848m and trekking to Everest Base Camp 5364m is a different thing. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is easier than climbing Everest.
You may hear inspiring stories of 16 years to 80+ women trekking to Everest Base Camp. The trail leading to Everest Base Camp may be long and tiring but not dangerous. You should prepare yourself physically and mentally for this trek. It is better to take some precautions before climbing Everest Base Camp. Without it, this trek can be dangerous.
How long does it take to reach the Everest Base Camp?
On average, it might take you an 11 to 14 days round trip trek to Everest Base Camp. The majority of the trekkers do it in 12 days. If you want to decrease the trekking days you can hire a helicopter. It might add extra expense to this journey, but also adds more excitement.
How to travel to Everest Base Camp?
Trekking or hiring the helicopter is the best option for you to visit Everest Base Camp. After you land here in Kathmandu, you will take the flight toward Lukla. Lukla has one of the most dangerous airports in the world.
You will start your trek from Lukla itself to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. Following the Dudh Koshi, staying at Namche Bazar and a few other popular villages you will Everest Base Camp.
Why is Everest Base Camp so famous?
There is no fixed or exact answer to this question. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is famous for various things. From taking the flight towards Lukla to reaching Kala Pattar, everything is exciting.
You will visit Namche Bazar, the largest Sherpa settlement in the Khumbu region. It is also a gateway to Mount Everest. You will also see one of the largest Monastery in the Khumbu region, in Tengboche. Mountains like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, surround this beautiful monastery.
You will enter this region through Sagarmatha National Park where you will see endangered floras and faunas. Kala Pattar is another notable landmark of this Everest region. From here you will see the world’s highest mountains and its surroundings.
How difficult is Everest Base Camp?
Length and altitude are the major difficulties in this journey of Everest Base Camp. You will be covering 15 km per day, which may not seem to be difficult at first glance. But, prepare yourself because it is not a paved path that is flat.
Rocky and snowy trails will slow your pace and add more difficulties. Altitude is another major factor that creates difficulties. As you trek higher in the uphill, the altitude also increases. Acute Mountain Sickness and other altitude-related problems may arise due to increment in height. During this trek your maximum point will be 5500m, which is an extreme height. So, it is better to know about these things before heading towards Everest Base Camp.
What are the meals on the Everest Base Camp?
There are various tea houses and lodges throughout this journey. They provide you delicious local food. Breakfast includes toasted bread, pancakes, eggs, hot milk, and many more. Typical Nepali lunch includes rice, pulses, vegetables, pickle, potato etc. Other than this you can also have porridge, toast, peanut butter, and a few more.
What are the toilet facilities available during this trek?
There are western-style toilets available in the newly built tea houses. But, most of the tea houses have old Indian style toilets. It is better to carry your toilet paper and accessories. They also provide you with a hot shower till you reach Gorak Shep.
Is safe drinking water available during this trek?
It is better to carry your own water bottle. Tea houses and lodges provide bottled water. You can get filtered and boiled water if you pay some extra cash. It is not safe to drink water other than bottled ones.
What are the communications facilities over the Mountains?
You can get telephones that are landlines in almost every village. You can make international calls from here. Your cell-phone may not also work properly because of poor networks. There are also internet facilities available in a few villages but this might be expensive for you.
How much does Everest Base Camp cost?
The cost includes the cost of visas, insurance, equipment and gears, food and accommodation, personal expenses, and many more. These costs change from time to time so it would not be correct to mention here. You can search for it online.
Do I need to get some training before doing Everest Base Camp Trek?
Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderately difficult trekking destination. You have to cover the round distance of 130 km in Everest Base Camp Trek. The trails are not as plain as you think, rather they are ascents and descents. You have to cover at least 15km on a trekking day. If you are an experienced trekker which has already completed high altitude/mountain treks then you can do it easily.
If not an experienced trekker, Yes, you need to get some good training before Everest Base Camp Trek. Your training should start 3 or 4 months before the trek date. The training is Strength training, Cardiovascular training, Hiking training, Mental conditioning etc. Check this our article about: How to Train for Everest Base Camp Trek, to get a full guide on training for Everest Base Camp Trek.
What types of accommodation should I expect during Everest Base Camp Trek?
Everest Base Camp Trek is the most popular trek in Nepal and there is no problem of accommodation facilities on this trek. The major stops of the trek are dotted with various tea houses/lodges. These tea houses charge anywhere from USD3 to USD 200 depending upon the qualities and services.
Service provided by the tea houses is satisfactory with clean sharing rooms and toilets. Rooms are cosy and warm enough. Most of the accommodations are on a shared basis with two beds. Each of the bed sheets is occupied with clean bedsheets, pillow, blankets. Hence, in most cases, you should expect basic accommodation facilities during Everest Base camp trek.
What are the permits required to do Everest Base Camp Trek and how to apply for it?
Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit are the two permits required for Everest Base Camp Trek. The Sagarmatha National Park entry permit is for your entrance in the restricted area which costs 3000 NPR(USD30) per person. You can obtain this entry permit either from Kathmandu (Nepal Tourism Board office) or from Monjo, Khumbu (Entrance of Sagarmatha National Park). You have to submit the filled permit form along with a photocopy of passport and two passport-sized photos.
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance permit is a new permit introduced to replace old TIMS cards. The fee for this permit is 2000 NPR(USD20) per person and this is obtainable only from Lukla. This permit is required for entering the restricted villages of Khumbu regions. You have to submit the filled permit form along with a photocopy of passport and two passport-sized photos.
Why do Travel insurance while trekking in Everest Base Camp Trek?
Everest Base Camp Trek is a rough and high-altitude trek which means you can get injuries, sickness, and altitude sickness. You might need an emergency helicopter rescue in case of serious acute mountain disease. Travel insurance comes handy in these unexpected situations by covering all of the costs of treatments, medics, and helicopter rescue.
What happens if I get sick on Everest Base Camp Trek?
The possible health problem incurred by trekkers on Everest Base Camp Trek is altitude sickness. Normally, drinking enough water and taking periodic rest reduces the chances of altitude sickness. Diamox is very helpful in case of altitude sickness; it helps to recover the body from the sickness. If anyway you get hit by altitude sickness it is better to stay where you are. Take rest and have Diamox to lower the sickness, if this also didn’t help fall to lower regions. Don’t worry, our experienced team will help you to cure sickness.
What are the chances of altitude sickness during a trek like EBC? How can I help it?
Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the high-altitude treks which takes you to the altitude of above 5000m. Hence, there is always a fear of altitude sickness throughout the trek. People who are not used to high altitudes can have a serious problem here if not acclimated properly. There are several things you can do to avoid altitude sickness like proper acclimatization, be hydrated, walk slowly etc. If these precautions, not taken seriously, altitude sickness can hit you any time. We have a full guide about Everest Base Camp altitude sickness read it here by clicking the link.
Why is domestic flight specially to and from Lukla delayed?
Lukla Airport(2860m) is one of the challenging airports in the world. It is located just on the edge of a cliff, which makes landing and takeoffs challenging. Moreover, weather and visibility of Lukla airport never sit ideal, it changes rapidly. Due to these reasons, the flight to and from Lukla are delayed, which happens too often. Off Seasons like Winter and Monsoon season sees most of the flight delay. Whereas, the flights to and from Lukla are not so much delayed during Autumn and Spring season.
Who will carry my heavy backpack? Are there any porter services in Everest Base Camp trek?
Yes, of course, there are porter facilities to carry your heavy trekking bag and other stuff. Porters are mainly the people of local communities who know, understand everything about the Everest region. They also speak fluent English, so there is no problem in communication. These porters carry loads of around 20 to 30 kgs and cost to employee porter is around 20 to 30 USD per day.
There are some porters who can do both the job of guide and porter altogether. They are quite experienced ones, so no questions about their services. Such porters plus guide individuals cost around 30 to 35 USD per day. You have to pay wages only to hire porters no other added cost. However, if you like to give money tips to the porter, you can give, it is not mandatory. You can offer any amount as per your choice.
What is it like to stay at the teahouses?
Tea houses are basic accommodation where you will be spending overnights of the trek.
These houses provide meals, rooms and basic services like wifi, hot showers to trekkers. Most of the rooms of tea houses are composed of two beds with a simple bed sheet, pillow and blankets. Meals are served in a large dining hall where all the guests of the teahouse eat. These houses provide services like wifi and electronic charging with some added cost. The quality of service varies with the type of tea house you are staying. There is a range of tea houses in the Everest Base Camp Trek trail.
How safe is Nepal for solo woman travelers?
Nepal is much safer for solo woman travelers than the other south Asian countries like India, Bangladesh. Nepal is 76th safest country out of 163 countries and 3rd safest in South Asia after Bhutan and Srilanka. The culture of Nepalese people is always welcoming, there is this popular saying “The guest is god”. However, travelling solo is not suggested in Nepali trekking trails as they are mostly rural, you can face many problems along the trek.
How much extra money should I carry on Everest Base camp trekking?
Everest Base Camp trek is not as cheap as you think. On average you will require 20 to 25 USD per day for expenses like drinks, shower, charging, tips, and other personal expenses. The extra cost totally depends upon you, so plan accordingly for daily budget.
What is the availability of ATM booths on the way?
ATM booths are only available until Namche. From Namche, it's a rural part of Nepal with no urban facilities like banks, ATMs, restaurants etc. Hence, cash out as much you need for the trip at Namche.
Can I complete Everest Base Camp trek solo?
Yes, you can complete the EBC trek on your own. But before that, you need all of the information about Everest Base Camp Trek like itinerary, foods, permits, accommodations, altitude sickness, weather etc. Also, you need to be physically and mentally strong. EBC trek is a long trek and you have to be ready to encounter all of the hurdles and difficulties of the trek.
Can I charge my electronic items on EBC trek?
Yes, the tea houses and lodges of EBC trails provide charging facilities. However, for this service, you have to pay an extra cost. The cost of charging is around 2 to 3$ per hour.
Can I rent trekking gears and equipment for Everest Base Camp Trek?
Yes, there are several rental shops of trekking gears in Thamel, Kathmandu. Trekking gear like sleeping bags, down jackets, hiking boots can be rented. The cost of renting gear and equipment is around 1 to 2 USD per day.
What type of trekking shoes should I bring for EBC Trek?
Strong, light and comfortable trekking shoes are workable for EBC trek. While purchasing the shoe please check to ensure the comfortability. Don't buy either too tight or too loose, pick the shoes that fit your finger properly. Make sure that the shoe has the right grip and sole for rough tracks.
How are the emergency situations handled?
In case of emergencies, our team members will rescue you from accidents or incidents. If an emergency is solved locally with the help of guides and locals, it is okay. If not, you will get emergency helicopter rescue to avoid the consequences of emergency situations.
Are there any other ways besides trek to reach Everest Base Camp?
Yes, you have the option of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. This helicopter tour avoids the long trek and lands you directly in the Everest Base Camp. Within one day, you will complete the tour of base camp. It is the easiest and luxurious package for Everest Base Camp.
Does my guide have the basic first aid kit and medicines?
Yes, our guides are equipped with basic first aid kits and other medicines for the case of emergencies. They will provide you with all the basic medical supplies throughout the trek, you don't have to be worried.
Should I bring my personal sleeping bag or not?
Having a personal sleeping bag is helpful in case of extreme cold and unhygienic bedsheets. The bedsheets of tea houses do not seem clean to all of the trekkers. If you are a hygienic person who does not want to sleep on the public bed sheets. You should probably bring a sleeping bag. Also, the weather of Everest region is so cold that sometimes tea houses blankets are not enough to avoid cold. So, a sleeping bag comes handy here also.
Where to leave my personal non-trekking things while trekking?
You should keep all the personal items in your hotel at Kathmandu. The hotel ensures the safety of your baggage which you can receive after the completion of the trek. Hotel management provides a certain baggage tag which is used to confirm that the bag is yours. Hence, keep it safe to avoid unnecessary trouble.
How experienced will be my trekking guide?
Our guide members are very much experienced who ensure the easy and convenient completion of the trek. Their long established experience comes handy in emergency situations. Don't worry about the trekking guide, you will have a memorable experience with our guide. He will guarantee you the amazing trekking experience with him.
How to deal with Lukla flight delay and cancellation?
Lukla flight is a never sure flight due to the location and weather. There is always a chance of flight delay and cancellation. Having extra days before the home flight is very much suggested. You can deal with the flight delays and cancellations by rescheduling the Everest Base Camp trek.
What are the clothes and equipment that you require for the trek to Everest Base Camp?
- Waterproof jacket
- Thermal innerwear
- Trekking boots
- Down jacket
- Fleece T-shirt
- Scarf, gloves
- Duffel bags, torch
- Sleeping bag, backpacks
- Water Bottle
- Sun glasses
- Sun block
- Quick-drying towel
- First aid kit
- Water purifying tablets