Everest Base Camp Trek – Introduction
“Mount Everest” is known throughout the globe as the world’s highest peak, towering in the Himalaya mountains on the border between Nepal and Tibet.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp is likely the most thrilling and beautiful adventure in the Nepalese Himalaya. Taking you through lush valleys and remote Sherpa villages, the path winds between snow-capped peaks which will leave you completely mesmerized.
Traversing the beautiful landscapes of Sagarmatha park within the Nepalese range, the Mt. Everest Base Camp trek is one of those adventures to check off your bucket list. Not only does it take you to the base camp of the world’s highest peak – Mt. Everest – however it passes through friendly Sherpa communities and can challenge your body to its absolute limits.
Best Time to Trek Everest Base Camp – Weather & Seasons
Autumn Season: September – October – November: this is Nepal’s peak and the best time to go trekking.
Spring Season: February – March – April: this is the end of the dry season and also the second-best time of year to go trekking.
Winter Season: December – January: the skies are clear but night it can get very cold.
Summer / Monsoon Season: May – June: this is Nepal’s hot season and it can get very warm indeed. June – September: this is Monsoon season and the least popular time to go trekking in Nepal.
If you’re fit and have past hiking experience than this 12 days Mt. Everest base camp Trek is perfect.
12 Day Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary – Discover Everest – Ideal Trek
Day 1: Fly to Lukla and trek from Lukla to Phakding.
Day 2: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar.
Day 3: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Day 4: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery.
Day 5: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche.
Day 6: Acclimatization day at Dingboche
Day 7: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche.
Day 8: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp then back to Gorak Shep.
Day 9: Hike up to Kalapatthar early in the morning and trek down to Pheriche.
Day 10: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar.
Day 11: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
Day 12: Morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Gear List for Everest Base Camp Trek – Idea of What to Pack
- Woolly hat
- Merino buff
- 2 or 3 x sports bras
- Around 5 pairs of underwear’s
- Mid layer merino top
- Short sleeved T-shirt
- Fleece jumper
- Wind jacket
- Down jacket
- Liner gloves
- Outer gloves
- Long johns
- Track pants (for the nights in the tea-houses)
- Trekking pants
- 3 /4 pairs of socks
- Hiking boots
- Sports shoes
- Day pack
- Trekking poles
- Hydration pack (absolutely necessary so you can keep your fluid intake up easily)
- Nalgean bottle
- Head lamp
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping bag liner
- Hand sanitiser
- Body wipes
- Diamox, plasters, blister patches, paracetamol
- Activated charcoal (food poisoning)
- Antiseptic cream
- Loo paper
- Hikers wool (blisters)
- Playing cards
- 2 x cameras
- Dry shampoo
- Travel size cleanser, moisturizer, toner, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste
- Contact lens solution plus spare lenses
- Lip balm
- Snacks- roasted nuts, 2 x packets of jerky, chocolate bars
Everest Base Camp Trek – Requirements and Permits
A permit (National Park Entry) and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card are required to enter the Sagarmatha National Park and trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. If you’re on a guided trip, the guide company will typically take care of getting the permit and TIMS card for you.
You can get your TIMS card on your own at offices of the Nepal Tourism Board in Katmandu or at the national park entrance that you will pass through during your trek. Bring a high-quality photocopy of your passport and 2 passport photos.
Meals on the Everest Base Camp trek
Breakfast and dinner will be served at the guesthouse while lunch will be served at one of the restaurants along the trail. Meals: western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places.
You will stay in guesthouse / lodges throughout the trek. Private rooms are available. At higher altitudes, the rooms are dormitory style. Toilets are shared and the guesthouse provides blankets
Showers, Wi-Fi and battery recharging will set you back anywhere between 3 – 4 USD.
Everest Base Camp Trek Cost
The most popular way to arrange a trek to Everest Base Camp. The costs range per person from USD 1200 up to USD 1800 for an average 12 – 16-days trek.
COST INCLUDES: Round trip flight from KTM – Lukla – KTM, permits, accommodation, meals, but costs do not include: insurance, visa, personal equipment, drinks.
The advantage of booking a package trip to Everest Base Camp is that everything is taken care of for you. Accommodation will be booked ahead, meals will be paid for and arranged. You should get to meet your guide before the trip. The negatives if you prefer high-class accommodation you will still be paying for this.
Lukla is the main starting point for almost all the treks in the upper Everest region. From Kathmandu to Lukla 35-mins by flight. From Lukla starts your trek!