Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 Days

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 of the earth standing tall at a 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 Kalapathar (5645 meters), 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-hours 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 check out here

Getting Everest Base Camp

The Everest Base Camp Trek starts at 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 Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek variation provides a unique alternative. This trek starts with a bus ride from Kathmandu via Jiri to Deurali/Bhandar from where the trekking starts. Because Jiri is considerably further away than Lukla, this variation will add around 5 to 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/lama

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m).

You will arrive at Kathmandu where we will pick you up from TIA and drop you to the hotel. Meanwhile, you can take your time to stroll around to visit the temples and monuments.

There are plenty of places that you will find fascinating if you wander around. In the evening you will have dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 2
Fly to Lukla from Manthali, and then trek to Phakding (2651 m) 3 – 4 hours

Everest Base Camp trekking adventure starts on the second day with a scenic flight from Manthali Airport, Ramechhap or Kathmandu Airport to Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804 m).

Upon arrival at Lukla, you will meet our porters who will carry your luggage bags. After a short glimpse of Lukla village, the Everest Base Camp hike commences, where you will pass Chaurikharka village, then descend towards Dudh Koshi Ghat. From there, you follow the trails via Dudh Koshi River bank to Phakding and stay overnight at a guest house.

Please note: Kathmandu to Lukla flight has been shifted to Manthali airport, Ramechhap in peak trekking season Spring (March, April, May) and Fall (September, October, November) due to increased traffic as well as renovation in Kathmandu airport since March 2019. Manthali airport can be reached within 4 to 6-hour drive in road from Kathmandu.

This means you need to wake up early in the morning around 2:30 am to go for a drive and catch your early morning Lukla flight from Manthali.

Day 3
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3438 m), 5 - 6 hours

Early in the morning, you will have your breakfast and then begin your trek to Namche Bazaar. You will walk 7.4 km from Phakding to Namche Bazaar.

You begin walking through the beautiful forest of rhododendron and cross Hillary Suspension bridge before you enter the Namche Bazaar.
After you reach the village of the Sherpas, you will rest and have your meals. You can take your time to stroll around and meet the locals. You will see the local yaks as a means of transportation there. You will also witness the head of the dominant mountain, Nupla.

You will stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 4
Acclimatization day / Discover Namche Bazaar (3438 m)

The fourth day is the acclimatization day. This means that your body needs to adapt to a new environment. So, you need to take a day break so that you can adjust to a completely new altitude of Namche Bazaar.
The acclimatization only takes a short time for your body to get adjusted. Meanwhile, you can take your time to wander around the beautiful village.

You can know some more about the lifestyles and people there. You might get the chance to see Mount Sagarmatha from here if the weather is clear.

The simplicity of the Sherpas is something that you will remember for a very long time. You can take your time to visit the Sagarmatha National Park and Sherpa Museum.

You will spend the night there at Namche Bazaar.

Day 5
Trek to Tengboche (3870 m) 5 hours

Early in the morning, you will leave for Tengboche. You will pass through the banks of the Dudh Koshi river to reach Tengboche. You will also get to visit the local monasteries.

You will enjoy the views while trekking and the water resources will freshen up your mood. After only a short trek, you will see a clear view of the mountains. If you are early, you can also take your time to visit a military museum on the way.

After reaching Tengboche, you will have your meals and stay there for the night.

Day 6
Trek to Dingboche (4360 m) 5 hours

Early morning, you will walk down to Indrakhola and climb up to Dingboche. At the height of 4360 m, you will see the gorgeous view of Mt. Lhotse and also the striking Mt. Ama Dablam.

You will also see a clearer view of Everest on the trek from Tengboche to Dingboche. It is a sight to cherish.

This place will also be a spot for you to take a rest and for the second acclimatization. You can take your time to get adjusted for a while and also enjoy the view. This spot is also considered to be among the best viewpoint in the region. You will stay there the night.

Day 7
Trek to Lobuche (4940 m) 5 – 6 hours

You will walk through the base of Mt. Lobuche. This is yet the most difficult part of the trekking journey. The roads are a bit harder to walk on in the higher altitudes.

The trails are completely safe. But, do take your time and maintain your pace with it and not hurry. You will stay overnight in Lobuche.

Day 8
Trek to Everest Base Camp and Back to Gorakshep (5364 m) 6 – 7 hours

On the eighth day, you will walk towards the Everest Base Camp from Lobuche.

You will walk through the highest glacier of the world, Khumbu Glacier. The views of the pristine mountain are absolutely captivating when you are surrounded by the icy glacier.

After walking for about 7 hours, you will reach Everest Base Camp.
After your time at the Base Camp, you will again head back for Gorakshep where we will rest and spend the rest of the day.

Day 9
Visit Kalapatthar and trek back to Pheriche (5545 m) 7 – 8 hours

Although Everest Base Camp might seem like the last destination for you but the views from Kalapatthar are spectacular.

Yes, you will trek up to Kalapatthar from where you can have the best view of Mount Sagarmatha.

So, enjoy the view while you can. And you will climb down to Lobuche for lunch and head to Pheriche where you will spend the night.

Day 10
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast, like every other day, you will prepare yourself to leave Pheriche. From Pheriche to Debuche and then an hour climbs to Tengboche once again.

You will again descend to Phunkithanga (3200 m) and finally, hike towards Namche. After days of hard work and after a feeling of accomplishment, we will enjoy at Namche.

After days of adjusting, enjoy the variety of food at Namche. Because this is a transit point, it is a settlement that has prepared to adjust to the growing number of tourists. Which is why it is quite facilitated. Enjoy the day and rest well. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 11
Trek to Lukla (2860 m) 6 – 7 hours

The trail from Namche to Lukla follows a steeply downwards path passing a suspension bridge. Here, The Dudh Koshi River comes up with a gorgeous feel to the natural surroundings.

This is the last destination and tomorrow you will head to Kathmandu. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 12
Fly to Manthali and then drive to Kathmandu 35 minutes

Early in the morning we will catch a scenic flight back to Kathmandu or Manthali over the Himalayas. Arrive at Kathmandu and, back to the hotel. You can take a rest or spend the rest of your day strolling around Thamel.

Day 13
Free / Shopping day

It’s a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla.

Day 14
Free day / Farewell dinner / Fly to home.

It’s an extra 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.

Optional activities: 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.

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

Day 15
Fly to home.

The trip concludes! Our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Includes/Excludes

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
  • Transportations, accommodation, wage, food, insurance, equipment for the guide & porter.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • English speaking Sherpa trek guide.
  • All necessary paper works, Everest National park entry permit.
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Himalaya Discovery duffel bag.
  • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
  • Trek Map.
  • Farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant after the trip completion in Kathmandu.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares and Nepal visa.
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur.
  • International Travel insurance which included rescue.
  • Tips for the guide & porter.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the ‘Price Includes’ section.

Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.

  •  For trekking in Mustang or Dolpo region we recommend May to September.
  • The Poon hill  trek  in the Annapurna region takes place throughout the entire year.
  • Cultural tours takes place throughout the entire year. For the best mountain views the periods February to May and September to December are recommended.

Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?

A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).

Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.

Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.

Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.

Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).

Q. Where can I change money?

A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.

Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?

A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).

Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.

Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?

A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.

Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?

A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:

  • Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!
  • Do not wear hot pants/short paints or stylish clothes in the remote area! (shoulders and legs should be covered)
  • Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!
  • Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!
  • Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!
  • Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!

Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?

A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.

Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?

A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:

  • 15 days (several entries possible)  $ 30 (approx. EUR 27.00)
  • 30 days (several entries possible)  $ 50 (approx. EUR 45.00)
  • 90 days (several entries possible)  $ 125 (approx. EUR 115.00)

An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.

Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?

A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111, info@ciwec-clinic.com.

Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?

A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.

Q. What happens in bad weather periods?

A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.

When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making  allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.

Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?

A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.

Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?

A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).

Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?

A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).

Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.

Practical Information Everest Base Camp Trek

People and Culture

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 hikers in the Himalayas.

How much Everest Base Camp Trek does it cost?

Everest Base Camp Trek cost range per person from USD 1200 to USD 2000 for an average 12 – 16-days trek. The price will vary according to group size, standard and deluxe trek plan you prefer. The most popular way to arrange a trek to Everest Base Camp.

Cost Includes: Roundtrip flight from KTM – Lukla – KTM, permits, accommodation, meals, but costs do not include: insurance, visa, personal equipment, drinks.

The advantage of booking a package trek 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 trek. The downside, if you prefer high-class accommodation you will still be paying for this.

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.

Please note: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trekking itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.

On an adventure trip of this type, weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

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Trip Facts

  • 14 Days
  • Moderate
  • 5545m
  • February to May, & September to December
  • 4 - 5 hrs.
  • Lukla / Lukla
  • Everest
  • 2 to 10 People

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