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Everest Base Camp Trekking

Everest Base Camp Trekking

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Everest region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking/Hiking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Full-board on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Kala Patthar (5550m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Everest Base Camp Trek Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the world in the Everest region of Nepal. The ultimate target of the trek is attending the base camp of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest, at 8848 meters. Along the trek route, breathtaking views of the high Himalayas, which are the world’s highest peaks, can be encountered, like Lhotse, Nuptse, AmaDablam, and many more.

The Trek to Everest Base Camp itinerary begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, and upon arrival in Lukla, start the trek to Phakding. The route then follows several high Himalayan villages and stopovers like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Gorak Shep until reaching the Everest Base Camp. The Everest region is protected under the Sagarmatha National Park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the trek is undertaken.

Trekking to Everest Base Camp opens up another great opportunity to experience the local culture of the Sherpa community. The duration of the trek is 12 days in total, starting and ending in Kathmandu. Anyone with good physical fitness and even no past trek experience can complete the trek with more or less little difficulty or no difficulty. The key here is to be well-prepared 3 to 4 months before the trek’s departure.

The best season for the Everest Base Camp trek is the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather will be good and clear, with clear skies and unobscured mountain views.

The Everest Base Camp trek is an unforgettable experience that allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Himalayas and witness the world's highest mountain in all its glory.

EBC Trek Highlights

  • Scenic Trans Himalayan Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla & back.
  • Trek inside the Sagarmatha National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Witness the lifestyle of people living in the high Himalayas, especially Sherpas.
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery – the biggest in Khumbu.
  • Attend Everest Base Camp & witness Khumbu Glacier.
  • Hike to Kala Patthar with 360-degree Himalayan panorama.
  • Astonishing views of Mount Everest, Mount Amadablam, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse, Mount Pumori, Island Peak, Lobuche Peak & many more.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m/40 min) & trek to Phakding (2610 m/3-4 hrs)
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/5-6 hrs)
Day 04: Rest day in Namche Bazaar for Acclimatization & Hike to Hotel Everest View (3880m/3-4 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m/5-6 hrs )
Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/5-6 hrs)
Day 07: Rest Day In Dingboche; Hike to Chhukung (4730m) & back to Dingboche (4410m/3-4 hrs)
Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/5-6 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140m) / Hike to to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) & back to Gorakshep (8-9 hrs)
Day 10: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5550m) to Pheriche (4240 m/8-9 hrs)
Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3440m/6-7 hrs)
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m/5-6 hrs)
Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1400m/40min)
Day 14: Final Departure

Arrive in Kathmandu and one of our representatives will receive you and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore the city where your hotel is located which is usually at Thamel – the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu where every needs and facilities for the tourist are located like hotels, pubs, restaurants, departmental stores, trek gear shops etc. Or you can simply rest at your hotel if you are jet lagged and get ready for an amazing Himalayan trek. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. 

Hotel

Wake up early in the morning and drive to the domestic section of the airport in Kathmandu for a flight to Lukla. After checking the weather it’s flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at Tenzing Hillary Airport. You will have a packed breakfast from the hotel which can be eaten while waiting for the plane at Kathmandu airport. 


After a 40-45-minute flight from Kathmandu, you will finally land at Lukla and then begin your trek to Phakding –a small village in the Khumbu region. Lukla is also the place where your porters will be waiting for you. The trail goes through a green path crossing several villages like Chauri Kharka and Ghat then finally reaches Phakding for an overnight stay. Overnight at Lodge in Phakding.

Note: Flights from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa may be rerouted to Manthali during the peak trekking seasons of March, April, May, September, October, and November due to increased air traffic congestion. Manthali is a 5-hour drive from Kathmandu and we need to start at 12.30am for the Kathmandu/Manthali drive to catch the flight to Lukla from Manthali. During December, January, February, June, July, or August, it's a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, the trek begins with the trail going through forests, traditional villages with ploughed fields, and yak pastures then reaches the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park from where Mt. Thamserku can be spotted.

 

After completing permit formalities and having lunch you will climb up to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Everest region and the biggest Sherpa town in the Khumbu region where many hotels, luxury resorts, restaurants, pubs, trek shops etc. are located. You name it, they have it at Namche and if you forget to shop for any trekking gear in Kathmandu, Namche is the last point to do so but the price may differ. Overnight at Lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is the rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and to cope with the rising elevation. You can go for a side excursion to Hotel Everest View (3880m) which is considered the hotel located at the highest point on earth. From its balcony, you can have the first glimpse of Mt. Everest and other world’s highest peaks sipping tea/coffee. Then it’s back to your hotel in Namche Bazaar. In the evening, you can explore Namche, talk with the locals, and meet many other trekkers and mountaineers from around the world. Overnight at Lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today’s trek involves many steep ascents and descents, and it’s also a good opportunity for nice photography. On the list are Stupas (Buddhist shrines), prayer flags, mani walls (walls with Buddhist prayers carved into them), and mountains, such as Ama Dablam, and Tengboche Monastery which all are worth a good picture.

 

The trail up to Tengboche from Lukla is a dusty switchback path but it is all worthwhile as you reach Tengboche which offers a spectacular panorama. Tengboche has the largest Buddhist monastery which is the largest and the most important monastery in Khumbu. Pay a visit to the monastery and with a small donation, you can light some butter lamps. Overnight at Lodge in Tengboche.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trail is quite challenging today but with a very scenic route. The trail follows the Imja Khola ‘River’ climbing up to Dingboche and passing along windswept fields (mainly potato). Dingboche is the highest Sherpa village in Khumbu. The view of AmaDablam is spectacular from Dingboche which arrived during lunch time. After lunch at Dingboche, the rest of the afternoon is free to explore watch the surrounding Himalayas or dig into your books. etc. Overnight at Lodge in Dingboche.

 
Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

As the altitude increases it’s important to get better acclimatization so it’s rest/acclimatization day at Dingboche. You can rest at your lodge or there are several side excursions like a hike to Nangkar Tshang Peak, with its sacred sites and views of Mt Makalu. Or hike to Chhukung (4,730 m) which provides majestic views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Choyo. You will also notice Imja Khola Valley as well as the fields and pastures of Dingboche. Afterwards, back to the lodge at Dingboche. Overnight at Lodge in Dingboche.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today you will gently climb to the Pheriche Valley and then trek above the valley floor passing along alpine scrub and yak pastures. En route get a good view of Tawoch and Cholotse, with Ama Dablam behind us. From here you will notice as if AmaDablam is just rising from the valley floor.

 

Then you will continue to Thokla Pass, where the ascent is challenging. From here is another good opportunity for the best photos of the peaks like Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, and a few other 7,000-plus meter peaks. After crossing this pass will finally reach Lobuche. Lobuche isn’t a big town but is surrounded by dramatic and beautiful surroundings. Overnight at Lodge in Lobuche.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is the big day as you will be attending Everest Base Camp, the foot of Mt. Everest. You will start first with 3 hours hike to the small village of Gorekshep passing over boulders and rough terrain.
Then hike to Everest Base Camp and upon arrival feel the majesty of the base camp, walk over the Khumbu Glacier from where Everest summiters start their journey to the top. Celebrate your achievement with your trek guide and other members at the base camp. From the base camp enjoy views of Khumbu Icefall, Khumbu Glacier, Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse, and a little bit of Everest. Afterwards, back to Gorekshep for the overnight stay. Overnight at lodge in Gorekshep.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Start early today to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas from Kala Patthar which is the most popular Himalayan viewpoint in Khumbu providing 360-degree Himalayan panorama including Mt. Everest.

 

The hike up to Kala Patthar is not that long but steep, rocky, and very challenging. Upon reaching its top you will be rewarded with the most spectacular Himalayan panorama of the peaks like Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Pumori, and more.

 

Afterwards, retrace your way back to Gorekshep for breakfast then descend to Pheriche. It’s a rugged trail to Pheriche and passes along Lobuche and Thukla Pass. As you descend the ridge of Thukla Pass, you will cross a short bridge over a glacial stream to arrive at Pheriche.

 

Pheriche is a small village with hotels, teahouses, and yak pastures. Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic is also at Pheriche. This voluntary non-profit clinic serves as a rescue station for trekkers and mountaineers in the Himalayas. Overnight at Lodge at Pheriche.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We make our way back to Sherpa Town in Namche, which involves a lengthy trial. However, the breathtaking views of the mountains persist, so make sure to pause at intervals and soak in the beauty of the Everest region.

 

Relishing the majestic mountains, we descend gradually through various communities, such as Orsho, Somare, Pangboche, and Tengboche, until we reach Namche. 

 

Upon reaching Namche, indulge in a refreshing hot shower and unwind for the day. If you desire, you can ask your guide to take you to local cafes, where you can relish delicious baked cookies or savour your favourite coffee.

 

Tonight, enjoy a cosy night at a guesthouse, reminiscing about the base camp as you browse through your photos and videos. Overnight at Lodge in Namche.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

As you make your way down from the breathtaking mountain views behind you, you will descend to Lukla. The journey takes you through Jorsale, Monjo, and Phakding, showcasing the lush forests and magnificent mountainous terrain that will keep you captivated throughout the trek. Make sure to savour the final moments of gazing at the massive peaks and cherish the end of your Everest hike.

 

In the evening, it’s time to celebrate the successful completion of your Himalayan adventure with your crew and teammates. Take this opportunity to express gratitude to everyone, especially the porters who tirelessly carried your belongings. A festive atmosphere will envelop the hiking crew as you join the porters and guides in singing, dancing, and enjoying local brews. Before the night ends, consider offering tips as a gesture of appreciation to your porter, guides, and assistant guides, as you bid farewell to most of the porters and assistant guides in Lukla. 

Tonight, as you lay down to sleep, let the memories of Everest fill your dreams, knowing that you accomplished an incredible feat. Overnight at Lodge in Lukla.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Bid farewell to the Everest region and the mountain, and take again the trans-Himalayan flight back to Kathmandu to Lukla. The Himalayas slowly fade from your plane window screen and finally land at the airport in Kathmandu. Then drive to a hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore or simply rest at your hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Hotel
Breakfast/Dinner included

Today is your final day in Nepal. A representative of Marron Treks will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, three hours to your flight schedule. As we reluctantly wave goodbye to each other, let’s make a wish to stumble upon one another very soon. Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your travel companion in Nepal again. 

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu round airfare.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bags.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Permits for Everest National Park and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Farewell Dinner at Nepali Authentic Restaurant.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfares.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for guides and porters (Tipping is expected).  

Route Map

Group Departure

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6th September, 2024 - 19th September, 2024

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10th September, 2024 - 23rd September, 2024

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17th September, 2024 - 30th September, 2024

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3rd October, 2024 - 16th October, 2024

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10th October, 2024 - 23rd October, 2024

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20th October, 2024 - 2nd November, 2024

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5th November, 2024 - 18th November, 2024

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10th November, 2024 - 23rd November, 2024

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12th November, 2024 - 25th November, 2024

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20th November, 2024 - 3rd December, 2024

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FAQ's

1. What is the duration of the Everest Base Camp trek?
The trek typically takes 12 days to complete the start/end of Lukla where you fly from Kathmandu.

2. Is it possible to trek to Everest Base Camp without a guide?
Yes, it is possible to trek independently, but according to the new Nepalese government rule, your trek must be booked through a registered travel agent in Nepal.

3. Are any permits required for the Everest Base Camp trek?
Yes, you will need two permits: a Sagarmatha National Park Permit and a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card. There is also another fee involved the Khumbu Municipality entrance fee.

4. What is the best time of year to trek to Everest Base Camp?
The best time is during the pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (late September to November) seasons for stable weather and clear views.

5. Do Everest Base Camp Trek have any age restrictions?
There is no specific age restriction and there's a record of five years completing the trek on foot. For individuals over 60, it is advisable to consult with a doctor before undertaking the trek.

6. What is Everest Base Camp elevation?
Everest Base Camp is located at 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) approximately above sea level.

7. Is the Everest Base Camp trek difficult?
The Everest Base Camp trek is not that easy going but not very difficult too. The trek involves walking at high altitudes, and the trail can be steep and rocky in some sections. However, with proper preparation, physical fitness, and acclimatization, it is achievable for most trekkers.

8. Are there tea houses or lodges along the Everest Base Camp trek route?
Yes, the Everest Base Camp trek route is well-developed and lined with tea houses, lodges, and guesthouses. These provide accommodation and meals for trekkers, making it possible to complete the trek without camping gear.

9. What is the maximum altitude reached during the Everest Base Camp trek?
The highest point of the Everest Base Camp trek is Kala Patthar, a viewpoint located at approximately 5,643 meters (18,514 feet) above sea level. This is where trekkers can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks.

10. How do I get to the starting point of the Everest Base Camp trek?
You need to fly to Lukla from Kathmandu where the trek starts. Alternatively, you fly to Ramechap to Lukla in high trek season since flights from Kathmandu to Lukla don’t operate due to high air traffic.

11. What type of physical fitness is required for the Everest Base Camp trek? 
A good level of physical fitness is needed for the trek. Prior hiking or trekking experience is beneficial, but anyone who is in good health, exercises regularly and prepares for the trek can participate. Cardiovascular endurance and strength training are recommended to better cope with the challenging terrain and altitude.

12. Is the Everest base camp trek worth it?
Yes, it is. The Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most renowned treks in the world.  The major highlight of the trek is witnessing the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest. The trekking trail passes through spectacular landscapes, Sherpa villages, and diverse cultures of the Khumbu region in Nepal.

13. How much money do I need for the Everest base camp trek?
Our tour package covers accommodation and food during the Everest Base Camp trek. Having additional funds for expenses like hot showers, Wi-Fi, battery charging, and drinks is a practical suggestion. Carrying an additional USD 15 per day should be sufficient to cover these additional expenses. Keep in mind that prices can vary, especially at higher altitudes.

14. How cold is it at Everest base camp?
The trek begins at Lukla, which is already situated at 2,800 meters (9,186 feet) which means you will immediately experience a difference in air temperature. As you ascend further along the trek, you will notice a gradual drop in temperature. Places like Dingboche, located above Namche Bazaar, are at a higher altitude and tend to be colder. The temperature decreases with each gain in elevation, and the nights can become significantly colder than the daytime temperatures

15. How long should you train for the Everest base camp?
Starting physical preparation well in advance is crucial for a successful and enjoyable Everest Base Camp trek or any other trek in Nepal. Making walking the main part of your training routine is an excellent approach, as it helps condition your body for the sustained walking and ascending involved in trekking.

16. Is it dangerous to go to Everest base camp?
Altitude is indeed the primary challenge and potential danger when trekking to Everest Base Camp. The high elevation and reduced oxygen levels can lead to altitude sickness if proper acclimatization is not followed. Taking it slow and allowing for acclimatization days significantly reduces the risk of altitude-related illnesses.

17. Is there WIFI at the Everest base camp?
There is now a Wi-Fi facility available at Everest Base Camp and more than 200 hot spots along the trekking route, thanks to Everest Link company. 

18. Is there cell service on Mount Everest?
4G connectivity has been available in the Everest Region since 2010, making it more convenient for trekkers and climbers to stay connected with the outside world. But there are still some remote and less-populated areas, like parts of Gokyo and the Thame Valley, where the service may not be available or may be unreliable.

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Equipment

Please find the recommended items for the packing list, which depend on the seasons and the altitudes you are attending. We provide a 75-liter duffel bag and a sleeping bag. Minor items can be bought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

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