The ultimate adventure of 14 days Everest base camp trek offers breathtaking mountain panoramas, if you like to walk this is one of the most inspiring places in the world to do it. The tallest summit on the earth standing tall at height of 8,848 meters is not only the aspiration of mountaineers from all over the world, but its base camp, Everest Base Camp is also one of the most popular and rewarding trekking destinations. More than 30,000 trekkers trek to this region every year.
Our 14 days Everest base camp trek is a great introductory lodge trek that offers sensational mountain views and an insight into the lives of the Sherpa people. Everest Base Camp trek trail follows the trail for the Mount Everest expedition till the base Camp. After discovering the temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Kumbu Sherpas, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas.
A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area. We then follow the trail to famous Tengboche, located high on a ridge where a magnificent 360-degree panorama awaits. The views of Everest, the Lhotse-Nuptse Wall, Ama Dablam and Kantega dominate this peaceful and spiritual location – surely one of the most tranquil and inspiring places in the world. The Everest base camp trek is not only famous for its nearness of world’s highest peak but also for its friendly Sherpa people, world’s highest Buddhist monasteries, picturesque Sherpa villages, great variety of cultures, traditions and active Buddhist monasteries. This stunning Everest Base Camp trekking visits both, Everest base camp and Kala Patar (5645meters), a viewpoint recognized as the best vantage point to see Mount Everest which is a premier goal for many adventurous walkers in the Himalaya.
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty
Firstly, it should be noted that no climbing expertise is required for the Everest Base Camp Trek and there are no technical climbing sections.
Many people believe that a super high fitness level is required for the EBC trek. While a good fitness level will certainly make the trek more enjoyable, you definitely don’t have to be an Olympic athlete.
An EBC trek tires most people due to the altitude and hilly nature of the path, but we think that any novice-trekker can tackle the hike with a little basic training.
Certainly some days are easier than others, and preparing for the tough days is sensible, not the easy ones. If you have minimal fitness, walking to EBC for 4 to 6 hours a day will bring it out of you.
Everest Base Camp Trek difficulty, the altitude is undoubtedly the most difficult and underestimated aspect of the EBC trek. Certainly, the trek’s high altitude profile makes it going more difficult.
If it wasn’t for altitude, the EBC trek would actually be very basic. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), especially at altitudes reached on the EBC trek, should not be taken lightly or underestimated.
We advise you do a couple of 4-6 hour treks at home so that your body is used to that kind of exercise period. Start about 5-7 weeks in advance, and slowly build up time and distance so that you can walk a strong 5-hour trekking time.
When to trek Everest Base Camp?
From September to November (autumn) and March to May (spring) are the best seasons to trek to Everest Base Camp. June to August (monsoon) is the rainy months but this time is best for keen botanists and has clear sky sometimes. During the hike, it offers grand spectacles of blooming rhododendron flowers during months of March, April and May.
The view of Mt. Ama Dablam with the rising sun shining on it is one of the superb views of this trek. At the highlight of this trek, you will climb Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar at dawn to enjoy one of the most brilliant mountains views on the Earth. If you want to avoid crowds then winter trekking (December – February) is recommended. The morning temperature is cold but not unbearable and during the day it is warm and clear sky with a fantastic view for most days.
Everest Base Camp Trek Packing List
1. Base Layer 2. Trekking Shirts 3. Trekking Trousers and Shorts. 4. Fleece Jacket 5. Insulated Jacket 6. Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear 7. Sun Protection Hat 8. Trekking Backpacks 9. Camera Gear and Accessories 10. Hiking Boots and Socks 11. Jackets and Other Outerwear 12. Long Underwear and Base Layers 13. Gloves, Hats, and Rain Gear Other Essentials
It is advisable to use good quality worn-in boots to protect your feet. For more detail click here
Getting Everest Base Camp
The Everest Base Camp Trek starts in Lukla and leads you through the Khumbu Valley to the Everest Base Camp situated on the south side of Mount Everest.
Most trekker’s however, begins in Kathmandu. From there it is a short, yet unforgettable flight into Lukla 30mins from where you will start the actual trekking.
The entire journey including the trek typically lasts between 14 and 16 days, with 12 days on the trail. Of these 12 days, 2/3 will be spent acclimatizing to the high altitude, so 10 days of actual trekking can be expected.
For those who don’t want to start their trek by flying into Lukla Airport, the Shivalaya or Deurali to Everest Base Camp Trek variation provides a unique alternative. This trek starts with a bus ride from Kathmandu via Jiri to Shivalaya or Deurali from where the trekking starts. Because Jiri is considerably further away than Lukla, this variation will add around 5-6 days into the trek.
EBC Trek Highlights
- Visit Everest Base Camp and experience the camaraderie as climbers attempt the world’s highest peak
- Highly experienced Sherpa leaders
- Stand on the summit of Kala Patar at 5,645 m. (18,519 ft) for stunning views of Everest
- Visit ancient monasteries and receive a blessing from a monk or lama
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle.
Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.
There will also be a full trip briefing today with gear check. In case you need to hire or buy equipment locally there will be time to do this today.
An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan international Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla at 2804meters. On arrival at the airport guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding.
After landing we have time to discover the village while our staff sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713meters). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550meters) it is a short walk to Phakding, It is important to take these first few days slowly to enable your body to acclimatise and to enjoy the passing scenery and culture. Overnight at guesthouse.
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar known as the Gateway to Everest which is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, Money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail. Overnight at guesthouse.
We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. As well as a short trek where a museum is celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. Today we hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at guesthouse.
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860meters today. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the days trekking went. Overnight at guesthouse.
From Thyangboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time so we avoid getting affected by the altitude. Overnight at guesthouse.
Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910meters at Lobuche which is really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. Overnight at guesthouse.
we will ascend gently to begin with through lovely pasture lands, This is another difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365meters. the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team there about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak shep for the night. Overnight at guesthouse.
This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of morning in this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5645meters. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028ft, 8848meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5180meters then trek down to Periche. Overnight at guesthouse.
From Periche we take a slightly different route down to Orsho then to Pangboche village. Here is the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a Yeti, or abominable snowmanthe. Leaving mountains behind us our descent takes us through Tengboche Monastery at elevation of 3860meters before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar at 3441meters. We arrive back into Namche Bazaar in the afternoon. Overnight at guesthouse.
Finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to discover the town. Overnight at guesthouse.
Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to the hotel. You can rest and relax throughout the day. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. If you get interested to take some gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or go out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guide or you can do it yourself too. The trip concludes! Our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
The trip concludes! Our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.