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 the 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 on our blog that will help you plan for your EBC trek. It will prepare you for the adventure that lies ahead!
We start and end in Kathmandu and over a period of 12 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 01: Fly to Lukla | Trek to Phakding (2610m)
Grade - Easy
Altitude Gain - 1210m
Distance/Duration - 30-minute flight, 9km trek (4 Hours)
Wake up before dawn and get ready as you will leave from your accommodation and drive to Kathmandu Airport at around 3:00 am. From there, you will be transferred to Ramechhap Airport by road - arranged by the airlines (no extra cost to be paid). It will take you three to four hours to reach. On arrival, you will board the flight for Lukla which will take 30 minutes to reach Lukla.
After landing in Lukla, you will meet our representative, who will take you for a trek to Phakding, which will take around 3 hours. 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 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Grade - Moderate
Altitude Gain - 830m
Distance/Duration - 10km/7 Hours
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 the 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 03: Acclimatization Day
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 in one place. You will either visit Thame, an old Sherpa village, or Khumjung village. Both these options are great for an acclimatization hike that renders wonderful sightings of Mt. Everest as well as surrounding snow-clad peaks. You can visit the 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 04: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m)
Grade - Moderate
Altitude Gain - 420m
Distance/Duration - 8km/6 Hours
Post breakfast in Namche Bazaar, trek onward to the ridge. This is an easy trail to Kya Juma 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 grueling ascent will bring you to the Tengboche monastery.
Overnight stay in a lodge in Tengboche.
Day 05: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m)
Grade - Moderate
Altitude Gain - 550m
Distance/Duration - 9km/6 Hours
Start from Tengboche and hike down for around 30 minutes along the riverside through meandering jungle trails and eventually hike up 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 06: Acclimatization Day
Wake up to a refreshing morning and explore your nearby surroundings as today is your rest day. Go out for a walk and explore all the nearby places. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 07: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m)
Grade - Moderate
Altitude Gain - 530m
Distance/Duration - 7km/7 Hours
Today, start your day from a climb to Dughla through the Khumbu valley. The valley begins 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 Dough 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 at the teahouse.
Day 08: Lobuche - Gorakshep - EBC (5350m) - Gorakshep (5164m)
Grade - Difficult
Altitude Gain - 224m
Distance/Duration - 12km/8 Hours
Today is going to be the most challenging day but at the same time, the most adventurous as well. 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 Patthar can be observed after an ascent through Changri Glacier. Walkthrough the rocky trails to finally reach Everest Base Camp. Take a quick picture as you’re not supposed to stay at the basecamp for long. Later, return to Gorak Shep. Overnight stay here.
Day 09: Gorakshep - Kala Patthar (5550m) - Pheriche (4371m)
Grade - Difficult
Altitude Loss - 793m
Distance/Duration - 19km/10 Hours
Today is going to be another treacherous day of trekking as you will be covering a lot of distance. Early in the morning, you will start trekking uphill towards Kala Patthar, which happens to be the highest place on this entire expedition. From the top, you will get a great view of many summits such as Everest, South Col, Lhotse, Khumbu Glacier, and EBC, etc. Later, trek down to Gorakshep and continue hiking till you reach the destination for the day; Pheriche. Stay overnight.
Day 10: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Grade - Moderate
Altitude Loss - 931m
Distance/Duration - 15km/8 Hours
Post a scrumptious breakfast in the morning, trek downhill to Pangboche village where you can visit the old monastery once you reach. Later, 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. Stay overnight.
Day 11: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2860m)
Grade - Moderate
Altitude Loss - 580m
Distance/Duration - 19km/7 Hours
After breakfast, start today by following the drop in the trail from Namche hill to the suspension bridge across the Dudhkoshi River. Once in Monjo, continue to Phakding for lunch. This is the last day of your EBC trek. Trek down to Lukla and stay overnight.
Day 12: Lukla to Kathmandu
Although there is no trekking to be done today, you will still have a tonne of adventure as you will again take that short flight to Ramechhap/Kathmandu. Arrive in the capital city of Nepal and explore the popular tourist town in the evening. Trip ends.
1. How difficult is Everest Base Camp trekking?
It falls under the category of moderate treks. Although it depends upon your level of fitness, if you are healthy and active, then for you the trek will be trouble-free. The high altitude is generally not a problem as you get enough time for acclimatization and the itinerary is flexible enough for you to have mid-breaks. Still, a couple of months’ preparations should be done.
2. What is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?
The best time to go for the trek to EBC is between March to May and September to November. Some people go for the trek during the winters as well but it is not advisable as the weather gets extremely cold and there are chances of snow delays due to blizzards.
3. How many acclimatization days are scheduled in the trek?
Our itineraries are prepared according to 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.
4. 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.
5. Where can we buy/rent trekking equipment?
Thamel in Kathmandu and Namche Bazaar are two places where you can buy all kinds of trekking gear/equipment.
Maximum Altitude: 5,644 m (18,519 ft)
Total Distance: 62 km
Best Time to go: Mid March to May and September to Mid December
Cost for Foreigner
Fixed Departure - Mixed Group, on every Saturday($1049 per person + GST5%) + Extra Insurance Cost.
Age of the Trekker
Insurance Cost in USD on per person basis
65 & + years
Please Note: Rate of Exchange will be applicable as on the date of payment. Currently taken on March 2020: USD1 = INR 77. ROE is subject to change without prior notice.
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!