Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC Trek) is the most renowned and popular adventurous activity in Nepal. With our 14 days, Everest Base Camp trek itinerary you will get to witness some of the 8000 meters peaks of the world including the highest peak of the world Mount Everest. With an elevation of 5,364 meters above sea level, it lies at the foot of Mount Everest. Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most visited trekking routes of Nepal. Meanwhile, Kalapatthar situated at an altitude of 5,545 meters above sea level is the highest point of the trek.
The starting point of the Everest Base Camp trek is Lukla. The total distance of the trek from Lukla to Kalapatthar and back to Lukla is 130 kilometres. Similarly, It will take 35 minutes of scenic flight to reach Lukla airport from Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu. Everest Base Camp trek difficulty level depends on the season to visit and the number of days for the acclimatization. During the months of March to May and October to December, many of the trekkers visit the Everest region and all the hotels and lodges of the trail are busy.
This territory is more than trekking, it is a dream of everyone’s life, and some describe the experience close to Nirvana. Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the popular trekking trails in Nepal. Luxury hotels are not available throughout the trek and the trekkers have to stay in the local Teahouse and Lodges. There is no age limit for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Similarly, Beginners with normal fitness levels can also complete the trek. The total distance of the trek starting and ending at Lukla is 130 kilometres.
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Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek
- The scenic flight to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.
- Several suspension bridges and crossing high passes routes.
- The heroes of Himalayas- Sherpa Lifestyle, Tibetan Buddhism experience.
- Major tourist destinations like Namche Bazaar, Kalapathar, Gokyo lake, glaciers.
- Longest glacier system in the Himalayas, Ngozumpa Glacier.
The EBC trek is not an easy undertaking. It is technically difficult. Trekkers must trek this area with the expert guide. The best time to trek to EBC is before the monsoon starts (February, March, April and May) and after the monsoon season (September, October, November and December). The snowfall can be experienced in the winter season, it is better to look after the weather forecast before starting the trek to the foot of Everest.
Adventurous trek to the foot of the tallest peak offers the spectacular beauty of the highest peaks. It also covers many other spectacular views like dramatic glaciers, deep settlements, several majestic mountains and diverse society. The area lies inside the Sagarmatha National Park, the site listed under UNESCO world heritage site. It is a shelter for a large number of floras and faunas. It offers huge medicinal herbs. With such diversity and uniqueness, Everest is the key to the evolutionary history of the planet earth with habitat for rare and endangered species like snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan Black Bear, musk deer and Himalayan wolves.
Lukla and Namche
Lukla is the trek starting point of the trekkers visiting Everest Base Camp through the flight. Tenzing Hillary airport of Lukla is also called the most dangerous airport in the world. Meanwhile, it is the nearest airport to reach Everest Base Camp Trek. Situated at an altitude of 2,860 meters above sea level it will take only 35 minutes to reach Kathmandu through a scenic flight. Similarly, another way to reach Everest Base Camp from Nepal is through Jiri which also includes trekking. It takes more days to complete the trek and the total distance covered through trekking is 185 kilometres.
Meanwhile, Namche is situated at an altitude of 3,440 meters above sea level and it takes 2 days to reach Lukla. There is a high chance of facing altitude sickness above 3,000 meters above sea level. Because of that most of the trekkers keep Namche Bazzar as their acclimatization spot. There are many places nearby to visit in Namche Bazzar so that the trekkers don’t have to sit at a limited place throughout the acclimatization day. Some of the popular places to visit at Namche Bazzar includes the Sagarmatha National Park visitors centre, Sherwi Khangba centre and Namche Bazar. Similarly, visiting Hotel Everest View also can be done which is the highest placed hotel on Earth.
Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar
Situated at an altitude of 5,364 meters above sea level Everest Base Camp is the most popular destination throughout the trek. Meanwhile, only the southern base camp of Mount Everest is accessible through trekking in Nepal. This is the same route that the expedition teams choose to summit Mount Everest. It is one of the most popular trekking routes of Nepal and about 40,000 trekkers through this route. There is a high chance of facing altitude sickness at such a high altitude. Because of that normally 2 or more days of acclimatization is needed before reaching base camp.
Kalapatthar is the highest point of the trek and it requires one more day to reach Everest Base Camp. Situated at an altitude of 5,545 meters above sea level the English translation of Kalapatthar is Black Rock/Stone. Kalapatthar is one of the most popular hiking spots for trekkers travelling to Everest Base Camp. An amazing and close up view of Everest can be seen from Kalapatthar because of that almost all the trekkers add Kalapatthar in their itinerary. The ascent of Kalapatthar starts from Gorakshep which is situated at an altitude of 5150 meters above sea level.
Details about Everest Base Camp Trek
The Everest base camp trek starts from Lukla. The only way to reach Lukla is via flight. There are no other ground transportation modes available, so the airlift to Lukla is necessary. From Lukla, the trail will lead climbers to the Namche Bazaar (3440 m). It generally takes two days to reach there. Namche Bazaar is a Sherpa Capital. It is also a popular place in the Everest region. Generally, trekkers take one-day acclimatization at this place to lessen the risk of altitude sickness. From Namche Bazaar, another 2 days of trek is required to reach Dingboche (4260 m). After another acclimatization stays at Dingboche, another two days trek via Gorak Shep and Kalapathar will take you to the Everest base camp.
EBC trek also includes extraordinary mountainous terrain, lush green farmland, dense forest and fast-flowing rivers, glacial pools, etc. Rich choices of natural beauty, absorbing culture, amusing lifestyle are the major features of this trek. In addition, the feeling of accomplishment makes the EBC trek an enthralling trek. Sagarmatha National Park permit is needed to trek to Everest Base Camp. Meanwhile, there are many side trips that can be done in the Khumbu region. Some of the popular destinations include Gokyo Ri, Gokyo Lake and Cho Oyu Base Camp Trek.
Peoples of Everest Region
Sherpas are natives of the Himalayas. Buddhists, Lamas, Monks and Nuns led by Rinpoches serve the mixed culture of Sherpa communities. It gives the unique amalgamation of the wonder of mountains and Sherpa customs. The majority of people in this region are involved in mountaineering and the tourism industry. Because of the altitude lifestyle, they have a strong ability to perform at the highest altitude. Their lifestyle is pretty unique and they also help the trekkers in this region.
There is no age limit required to visit Everest Base Camp Trek. The youngest person to complete the trek is a 5 years old boy named Harshit Saumitra. Everyone travelling to Everest Base Camp has their lifetime experience and the trek is worth it despite its difficulty. Trekking to Everest Base Camp with an experienced guide and potter will help you to complete the trek without difficulty. The guide will be there for you to provide the appropriate information, facts and many more through the trek. Similarly, the porter will carry your bags and you don’t need to worry about your heavy bags throughout the trek.
If our trip itinerary doesn’t suit your holiday schedule or you wish to modify the itinerary or combine it with any travel plans, then please let us know and we’ll be happy to create a tailor-made itinerary, designed especially for you. Also whether you are a student group/family group /corporate team please inquire us. we offer you a variety of packages.
Your Arrival Time (?): Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
At 06:00 PM: In the evening we will meet for a coffee and will brief you on the details of your trek program. You will get every necessary information you need for trekking in the Everest region. All your paperwork and permits will be made available to you, to be kept with our guide.
*Optionally you can add one additional night stay in Kathmandu to cover cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu as well for your trek preparation shopping.Kathmandu Half-Day Sightseeing: Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple for half-day sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding
At 05:30 AM: Wake up early in the morning and drive to the domestic airport and then fly to Lukla (2815m). The scenic flight is very attractive and offers spectacular aerial views of Sagarmatha National Park and the Khumbu region of Nepal. It takes about 30 min of flight time to reach Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla, you can explore some coffee shops and enjoy the scenery around.
After spending a few moments in Lukla, you will embark on your trek towards Everest base camp. For this day, the stopover is at Phakding. It takes about 4 hours to reach Phakding from Lukla. Passing through the beautiful valleys, farmlands, lush forest and small Sherpa settlements is the best part of the trek this day. The trek towards Phakding is mostly downstream and passes alongside the banks of Dudhkoshi River. Considering the Lukla elevation, you will lose about 250 m elevation at Phakding. Overnight stay in a teahouse in Phakding.
Trek to Namche Bazaar
At 08:00 AM: The trail climbs up the Dudh Koshi Canyon, crossing from side to side passing the villages of Benkar and through forests of blue pine, fir and juniper. We will enter the world’s highest national park from Monjo, the trail undulates along the valley up to the confluence of Bhotekoshi and Dudh Koshi.
The thrilling suspension bridges, forested trails and Sherpa settlements are the major attractions of the day. While trekking in this area, you can witness mind-blowing views of the Himalayas in the distant sight.
This part of the trail is virtually sunless and notoriously cold and windy, the wind funnelling down the gorges of both rivers. From this point, you begin the final step to Namche Bazaar. Along with the trail, you can explore Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Lhotse etc. Overnight rest at Namche Bazaar.
Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar
At 08:00 AM: Namche Bazaar, the biggest settlement in the Khumbu region, and is well facilitated with ATMs, Internet cafes, restaurants, bakeries and other gears facilities. It’s a rest day for acclimatization, you will go for a short hike to a nearby viewpoint (Everest Amadablam viewpoint) and take a tour of the place including the Tourist Visitor Center where information about Everest climbers, Sherpa people and their culture and flora and fauna of the region are briefed.
Namche Bazzar boasts a variety of facilities. It is an excellent acclimatization stop that offers the chance to explore Everest View Point, a few monasteries and Sherpa museum. You can stroll around the alleys to know more about the Sherpa’s lifestyle and culture. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Trek to Deboche
At 08:00 AM: You will follow the trail which climbs the top of a ridge offering a panoramic view of Thamserku, Kusum Khangru and Kongde Ri. After walking around a branch ridge, the views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Everest, Taboche and Nuptse suddenly become unveiled. You will start to descend towards Dudh Koshi river, cross the river and start to climb up towards Tengboche.
The first half of the climb to Tengboche is strenuous, finally, it eases off as the trail approaches the forested area. You will visit one of the biggest monasteries in the Khumbu region in the afternoon. Tengboche gives one of the best panoramic views of the snow giants. Overnight stay in Deboche, 5-10 minutes walk from Tengboche.
Trek to Dingboche
At 08:00 AM: Before breakfast, you will visit the Tengboche Monastery, After breakfast, you will continue our trail through rhododendron forest to Pangboche and further to Imja Khola. Then you will climb to Pangboche village (3930m), a Sherpa village with the oldest monastery in the region. You will then start moving towards another village Somare and reach the beautiful Dingboche village (4250m). Overnight stay in Dingboche village.
Acclimatization in Dingboche
At 08:00 AM: Today, you will have another day of acclimatization. You will head to another beautiful part of the Khumbu region, Chhukung offers you a magnificent view of Mt. Makalu, Island Peak, Peak 38 etc. Overnight in Dingboche Village.
Trek to Lobuche
At 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will move towards the barren valley vegetation. This is the most important day of the Everest Base Camp trek route. At Thangma Riju one can experience the 360-degree panoramic view of snow-capped mountains. The path joins the trail below Thugla and gives beautiful views of Cholatse (6442.) across the valley.
The trail is rocky and icy in some parts. After another steep ascent, Taboche, Pumori, Kalapatthar and Nuptse are particularly spectacular from Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche teahouse.
Trek to Everest Base Camp, Overnight at Gorakshep
At 08:00 AM: Today is the most important day of our trek as you will be at the base camp of Everest. The walk towards Everest is along the Khumbu Glacier. You will reach the small village of Gorakshep, where You will have your lunch.
After having our lunch the trail will lead you to the Mt. Everest base camp at an altitude of 5,364 meters. Everest base camp gives you an unforgettable view of Khubutse, Mt. Pumori, Changtse and Khumbu icefall instead of Mt. Everest.
Trek to Kala Patthar, back to Pangboche
At 05:00 AM: Early morning you will climb to Kala Patthar for a sunrise view. From the top, you will see a 360-degree view of some of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Pumori (7,169m), Mt. Everest (8,848m) and Lhotse (8516m), the Tibetan peak Changtse, Nuptse (7861m), Amadablam and countless other smaller peaks. This is the most fascinating day of the trek as you can explore the panoramic views of the Himalayas and beautiful views around the Khumbu region.
You will have breakfast coming back and after breakfast, you will descend down towards Lobuche following the Glacial valley and return to Pangboche. Overnight at Pangboche.
Trek to Namche Bazaar
At 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will further move downwards towards the Namche bazaar via Tengboche. The trekking is easy and the trails are mostly downhill. So, it is easier to trek towards Namche Bazaar. Along the way, you can explore the astounding Himalayan views, forested hills, Sagarmatha National Park and several cultures enriched Sherpa settlements. It takes about 5-6 hours of continuous downstream hike to reach Namche from Pangboche. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Trek to Lukla
At 08:00 AM: Today is the last day of our trek and will further move downwards to reach our last destination of the trek Lukla. It takes about 5-6 hours of trek to reach Lukla from Namche Bazaar. In the evening, you can explore the nightclubs and restaurants in Lukla. Overnight at Lukla.
Fly back to Kathmandu
At 06:00 AM: On this day you will be returning to Kathmandu by flight. A flight from Lukla will take you back to the Kathmandu valley. You will get shopping time in Kathmandu and we will have a farewell Nepali dinner together in the evening.
At 08:00 AM: You will be free until your flight time; we will drop you at Kathmandu airport 3 hours before your departing flight.
Here are the list of articles about Everest regions which could be helpful for you before visiting Everest.
Frequently Asked Questions
How difficult is Everest Base Camp Trek?
This is a difficult level trek. One must walk uphill during the trek time. A physically fit and a mentally calm person can complete the trek easily.
Which is the best time to visit Nepal?
The best season to visit Nepal is the pre-monsoon period (February to May) and Post monsoon period (September to December). The sky is clear, which means that you can truly enjoy the remarkable Nepalese landscape with the mountainous views.
The weather is either usually too cold in the winter and very wet in the summer during the monsoon season, but you can trek to Upper Mustang because it falls under the rain shadow.
What is the age limit for trekking in Nepal?
There is no age limit for adult trekkers to visit Nepal. However, Child below 18 is required to trek with their parents or guardian.
- All arrival and departure at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.
- Private transfer or flight(Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu) as mentioned in the itinerary.
- 2-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu/Pokhara as per the trek itinerary.
- Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
- Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day.
- All necessary paper works. (National Park Entry Permits and TIMS Card)
- English speaking licensed trek guide.
- Porter during the trek. (Can carry 20KG Baggage of 2 people)
- Lodge or Tea house accommodation during the trek.
- One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay.
- All government and local taxes.
- Guide and Porter’s salary, food and accommodation during the trek.
- Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your traveller’s insurance company.
- Sleeping bag, duffle bags and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Farewell Nepali dinner on your last night.
- Personal expenses.
- Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport size photos and 30 USD)
- International flight ticket.
- Travel health insurance. (Recommended)
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver.
- Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.
- Any other expenses which are not mentioned in including section.