Everest Base Camp Trek is a trek like no other. This is one trek that offers you breath-taking and unparalleled views of the highest mountain peak in the world – Mount Everest, along with other eight thousanders. You start your trek from Lukla in Nepal and trek all the way to Kala Patthar above South Base Camp at 18192 feet.
This trek would give you an adrenaline rush and a sense of accomplishment like no other trek. This trek combines tough terrains, extremely high altitudes, and stunning landscapes, with the icing on the cake being mighty Everest. Everest Base Camp Trek is literally the mother of all Himalayan Treks as it is higher in altitude than most other Himalayan Treks and requires a certain level of physical fitness and mental preparedness.
Read about some tips that will help you plan for your EBC trek on our blog. It will prepare you for the adventure that lies ahead!
We start and end in Kathmandu and over a period of 15 days, make our way through many scenic valleys, villages, passes and glaciers. Some days will be extremely challenging and the others relatively easy. One thing that you can be certain about is that each day would be more memorable than the last in the Everest base camp trek.
DAY 1: Arrive At Kathmandu
Meet with our team at the Tribhuvan International Airport who will escort you to the pre-booked hotel in Thamel, commercial neighbourhood of Kathmandu. Later in the day, engage with your trekking guides and sherpas in a brief meeting scheduled beforehand. In the evening, head out to explore the tourist markets of Thamel that have streets racked up with trekking gear sold at cheap prices.
DAY 2: Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) (30-35 minute flight and 4 hours walk)
Wake up to a beautiful morning. You will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport to board a flight from Lukla (2,800 m). It will take you half an hour to reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla- a gateway destination. You can feast your eyes on the beautiful environs of the terrain. Upon arrival at Lukla airport, meet with the other trekking members and head with them for a hearty breakfast at the lodge. At this point, luggage will be readied for the porters.
Shortly, set out for a walk towards Bhaisekharka- make your way through ‘Mani’ prayer rocks on the stone paved trails of Lukla. The rustic rural scenes are refreshing for trekkers that will find the scenery exhilarating.
This short hike is done for jumpstarting the process of acclimatization, essential for a high-altitude trek such as this. Reach Phakding also known as the “lodge-city” and rest awhile or explore the monasteries on the west side of the river. Stay overnight in one of the lodges in Phakding.
DAY 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft),(5-6 hours walk)
Post a scrumptious breakfast in Phakding, set out on the trail that leads you to the first suspension bridge of this trek. You will face an easy uphill through Zapute, Toktok, Benkar, Chumoa to Monju- a gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. The entire hike is filled with little tea-houses and shops. You will have to fill a few formalities at the National Park entrance. This is followed by a steep drop in the trail that leads further to the long suspension bridge across Dudh Koshi river. Keep walking to the high Hillary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. Crossing this bridge would lead you to Namche Bazaar -the first major stop off point for trekkers headed to Everest. This uphill trail will give you the first breathtaking view of Mt. Everest hidden behind Lhotse-Nuptse and Mt. Kusum Khangru.
Stay overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
DAY 4: Namche Bazaar- a day for acclimatization
Today is the first day of some serious acclimatization. Namche Bazaar is a great stop for window shopping and doing all things touristy. Experts recommend physical activity instead of sitting at one place. You will either visit Thame, an old sherpa village or Khumjung village. Both these options are great for an acclimatization hike that render wonderful sightings of Mt. Everest as well as surrounding snow-clad peaks. You can visit National Park Head Office, museum and monastery. You can also choose to spend time in cafes, shops, bakeries and restaurants at Namche Bazaar.
Stay overnight in a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
DAY 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,867m/12,684ft) / 5 hours walk
Post breakfast in Namche Bazaar, trek onward to the ridge. This is an easy trail to Kyamjuma which descends slightly to Dudhkoshi at 3250 m. Along the trail, feast your eyes on the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Ama Dablam and Thamserku. This trail is a rhododendron trail and you can spot some Himalayan wildlife including musk deer, multi-colored pheasants and Himalayan Thar. The trail will lead you to Sanasa- a junction to Gokyo lakes and EBC. A gruelling ascent will bring you to Tengboche monastery.
Overnight stay in a lodge in Tengboche.
DAY 6: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295ft)/5-6 hours walk
Start from Tengboche and hike down for around 30 minutes along the riverside through meandering jungle trails and eventually hike up to to the valley’s highest year round settlement of Pangboche. The trail is through Mani stone walls and small settlements. Enjoy the close-up of Mt. Ama Dablam. Continue hiking up to Pheriche, a walk from here will lead you to Imja valley. Climb a steep trail to reach Dingboche.
Overnight stay in a lodge.
DAY 7: 2nd Acclimatization Day of the trek - Dingboche (4,360m/14,300ft)
Wake up to a refreshing morning in the mountains. Start today by climbing first up to the ridge on the north and enjoy a majestic view of Ama Dablma, Lhotse and other smaller peaks that are visible from Dingboche; panoramic views of Imja Khola valley; lush pasturelands of Dingboche.
Overnight stay in Dingboche.
DAY 8: Trek to Lobuche (4,928m/16,164ft) / 6 hours walk
Today, start your day from a climb to Dugh la through the Khumbu valley. The valley beings to narrow down in Dusa. Enjoy the views of Chola Lake and a majestic view of Mt. Pumori. Cross a small wooden bridge to reach Dugh la. From here begins the second important climb to Khumbu glacier. Look at the numerous memorials of sherpas here. Spot majestic peaks from this point, including Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. Hike up to Lobuche.
Overnight stay here.
DAY 9 Trek to Gorak Shep-Everest Base Camp- Gorak Shep (5,320/17,450EBC) / (5,160m/16,929 Gorekshep)/7-8 hours
Trek further on toward Gorakshep, a tiny hamlet. Have lunch here and later start trekking up to Everest Base Camp. Once you cross the pyramid sign, you can spot the crest of the north ridge of Everest as well as Mt. Pumori, Mt Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small climb upwards will reveal to you panoramic views of the snowy peaks.
A sharp view of Kala Pathhar can be observed after an ascent through Changri Glacier. Walk through the rocky trails to finally reach Everest Base Camp.
Return to Gorakshep later. Overnight stay here.
DAY 10: Hike to Kala Pattar-Pheriche (5,550m/18,204ft Kala Pattar)/ (4,358m/14,295ft Pheriche) / 7-8 hours walk
Today is the day for a strenuous hike to Kala Pathhar. Start early in the morning so you can reach the view point of Kala Pathhar to enjoy the mesmerizing views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori and Ama Dablam from here in the early morning.
Take in the breathtaking scenes and later hike back to Gorakshep and Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.
Day 11:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,400m/11,283ft) / 7-8 hours walk
Post a scrumptious breakfast in the morning, trek downhill to Pangboche village. Continue trekking further down to the bridge over Imja Khola and then climb up to Tengboche.
Descend from Tengboche to Dudh koshi river. Cross the bridge and trek on to reach Kyangjuma through Tanshinga and Sansa, small villages. Walk further to Namche Bazaar.
Overnight stay here. Visit around to explore this lovely tourist destination.
Day 12:Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)/7-8 hours walk
After breakfast, start today by following the drop in the trail from Namche hill to the suspension bridge across Dudhkoshi river. Once in Monjo, continue to Phakding for lunch. This is the last day of your EBC trek.
Trek back to Lukla.
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Fly back to Kathmandu today from Lukla. It will take you 30 minutes. On your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, meet with our team that will escort you back to your hotel.
Day 14: Free Day in Kathmandu.
This day is kept free and will be used if things don’t go as per the plan. In case, everything goes according to the plan, you can visit some of the sites in Kathmandu today.
Day 15: Farewell Day
Bid adieu to the best adventure of your life. Remember to collect some souvenirs for your loved ones.
FAQs for Everest Base Camp Trek
How difficult is Everest Base Camp trekking?
It depends upon your level of fitness, if you are healthy and active, then for you the trek will be trouble-free. The trek is not much difficult, as you will get enough time for acclimatization and the itinerary is flexible enough for you to have mid-breaks. You just need to be physically active and mentally strong to undertake this phenomenal trek.
What is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?
The best time to go for the trek to EBC is from mid-September to May, however, in recent times trek during Dec/Jan are getting popular. October is by far the best time as you get clear views and the temperature is just perfect, neither too cold nor too hot. If you are fit and healthy, you can go trekking in Dec/Jan, however, you need to be prepared for extreme low temperature and the right clothing. As you head towards March-May, the temperatures get warmer and you are much more likely to see activity at Base Camp, as the big expeditions get ready to summit Mt. Everest.
How many acclimatisation days are scheduled in the trek?
Our itineraries are prepared according to the health requirements. We have two rest days in the EBC itinerary, one in Namche Bazaar and the other in Dingboche. These two are perfectly timed to give your body a well-deserved rest. Your trek leaders will also take you for acclimatization hikes, if you wish to participate, or you can remove the hiking boots and take proper rest at the acclimatization points.
If someone is sick what safety measures are taken?
If someone is sick, they will trek down with the trek leader, or, if their health conditions are severe, the trek leader will contact the head office for emergency evacuation as soon as possible, bringing the trekker back to Kathmandu and be admitted to a good hospital till they recover.
Maximum Altitude: 5,644 m (18,519 ft)
Total Distance: 62 kms
Best Time to go: Mid March to May and September to Mid December
THINGS TO CARRY:
1. Trekking Bag
2. Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Quechua Forclaz 500 or similar)
3. Crocs Shoes for rest days
4. Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack
5. Sleeping Bag
6. Thermals - Top and Bottom
8. Sunblock (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sunblock
9. UV Protected Sun Glasses are a must
10. Trekking Poles, 2 units
11. Water disinfection Drops / Tablets to purify water so that you can use for drinking purpose. (If you don’t get it in India, there are plenty available in Kathmandu)
12. Good jacket to protect from cold
13. One Windcheater
14. One Raincoat OR Waterproof Jacket and Trouser
15. 4 passport photos for permit
16. Passport for Foreign nationals, Indian can carry Voter ID or Passport
17. Lightweight Towel (1 unit)
18. Toilet Paper (plenty)
19. Wet-Tissue Papers (plenty)
21. Trekking Socks
22. Dry Fruits and Chocolates
We recommend and request using natural stream water for drinking purpose. This can be purified using the water purifying drops / tablets. We have two reasons to request this to you, 1: It helps in not dumping plastic in the world’s remotest area and 2: its saves thousands of rupees as mineral water price is very high in trekking zone.
NOTE: Not more than 12 nights in trekking route and not more than 3 nights in Kathmandu shall be provided under any circumstances and nor shall be any accommodation be adjusted towards less nights being consumed either in trekking route or in Kathmandu.
I just completed EBC trek through you and loved the arrangements and will surely go for other treks through you guys.
It was good, the guides can be more encouraging towards pushing the limits for people to do Kala Patthar.
Well organised trek. I would recommend this trek to everyone who loves adventure in the Himalayas. The services were up to the mark. Great going!
Nothing in my life has changed me more than trekking to Everest Base Camp in the year of 2016. So much preparation was put into it, so much research and mental and physical training before we even could imagine setting foot upon this trail. Lots of people told me that I should be expecting the unexpected on this life-changing trek. Generally, I believe adventure experiences are best had with minimal preparation because it catches us unaware. However, if you're talking about EBC, you better be prepared as thoroughly as you can. Because before I made the breakthrough, I lost count of how many breakdowns I had on my way to the base camp. It took me a while to recover from the altitude sickness and get myself together. My head was constantly aching and I was questioning myself at every step along the way. Very obviously, the extreme weather adds up to the tension so much, it gets insufferable quite a number of times before you finally reach the destination of your dreams. The snowfall on the second last day had dampened my spirits and I had so many doubts about whether or not this was even worth half of what I was going through. So, imagine, if it's something so challenging, how rewarding would be the feeling of having accomplished this feat. This experience has changed my life for good.
I have built tremendous level of confidence ever since I undertook this incredibly challenging trek. I arrived in Kathamandu by air and then to Lukla and finally trekked to Phakding(8700 ft). We were made to acclimatize at Namche Bazaar which is a hip place...it has a very touristy vibe. It is very very important to acclimatize to the altitude at this stage because it is very integral to your capacity to trekking further than this. You can visit the monastries, Ama Doblam and Lobuche River. After this you will trek to Dingboche where you will spend a day or two acclimatizing again. Here is the first time you will see the first glimpse of a few popular peaks such as Makalu, Cho Oyu and Lhotse and others. You will also get to sleep at a tea house which is basically an inn which previously was a tea house. We went from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and then to EBC on Day 09 and then later back to Gorak Shep for the stay that night. Next day was Kala Pathhar and then descended back to Lobuche and further down from there on. It was a 15 day EBC trek that is going to stay with me forever.
I had not been on a trek for 2 years before this one so keeping this in mind, I trained for about two to three months before I went on the EBC trek. Thanks to following a good training schedule which was required for the EBC trek, I was in the best shape possible, and had the time of my life! I had the best experience of my life. Thanks a lot for this, Adventure Nation!
I want to thank everyone at Adventure Nation and the guide team and the sherpas that accompanied us. I?ve not had fun like this in my entire life. It was so challenging but what an experience! Awesome! I am grateful for everyone who was on this trek. Everyone took care of their trek mates, and whenever needed, shared their gear and whatever was needed. Never seen such fun and amazing people ever. Good job Adventure Nation for arranging this!
Did the EBC trek in June 2016. Such an important day in my life - the day I reached EBC. It took a lot of effort and a lot of pushing myself, but in the end, I made it! So proud of myself for going through with this. I almost made my mind up that I will not go but my friend really pushed me and so I went with him. We trained together and booked this together and eventually made it to Everest Base Camp together. Memories for a lifetime!