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Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip code
Package name Everest Base Camp Trek
Duration 16
Max. elevation 5643 m
Level Moderate
Transportation Domestic flight and all ground transportation as per itinerary
Accomodation 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Tea House / Lodge during the trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding - Namche Bazar - Tengboche -Dingboche - Lobuche - Gorakshep - Kalapathar - Kyang Jima - Namche Bazar - Lukla - Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,350 per person



Everest base camp trek is a dream for millions of adventurers and travelers to stand close to the world's tallest Mt. Everest. 'Everest base camp', by Himalayan Forever is a trekking package which offers you a surreal journey in the Everest region with great difference in services compared to other trekking agencies. We offer options of accommodations from basic, moderate to luxury standard to our interested trekkers, as per the budget. The trek starts from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, and we take a flight to Lukla’s Tenzing & Hillary Airport. Our first-day hike goes through several villages adorned with age-old Buddhism heritage of prayer walls and monuments. We ascend towards Sagarmatha National Park enriched with flora/fauna and the some of the world's highest peaks.

We cross some wooden bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, filled with lovely rhododendron and pine forest surroundings. Ascend on a scenic trail towards famous Namche Bazaar, the main hub of Khumbu Sherpa. It is a small beautiful town which offers facilities for foreign visitors. Namche Bazaar is an ideal place to rest before heading to higher mountainous terrains. We keep hiking on a scenic trial from Namche Bazaar and the altitude rises gradually. The route leads to the top of Tengboche Monastery, a beautiful place with spectacular views of Mt. Everest. This area further includes arrays of towering giant snow-capped peaks surrounded by green woods. 

As we hike higher, we get closer to the mountainous region and reach Pangboche towards the picturesque Imjatse valley, where a small settlement of Dingboche is located. This region offers wonderful views of Lhotse, Nuptse, and majestic Ama Dablam including Island Peak, one of the popular trekking peaks. After spending sometime at Dingboche, the following trial leads to sheer mountain wilderness, getting closer to our main destination. The altitude keeps increasing and we enter the windswept rough landscapes of rocky moraine and glaciers, before finally reaching Everest base camp. The hike could be quite tough but totally worth as we stand beneath Mt. Lhotse. and the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest.

The Everest basecamp offers heavenly views of massif Khumbu Ice-Fall and glaciers. You will also witness the stunning close views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Pumori at a mere distance from top of Kalapathar rocky ridge. We eventually get ready for our way back and the return downhill trial leads to windy Pheriche valley towards Pangboche and then Tengboche. Keep hiking through Namche Bazaar until we reach Lukla for the overnight stay and our hiking part comes to an end. Board a panoramic flight to Kathmandu the next morning. Our Everest Basecamp trek finally comes to an end and the wonderful memories of beautiful hills, mountains, villages, landscapes will surely be remarkable. Besides, Everest three passes trek is an alternative to this trek.

How high is Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp sits at an elevation of approximately 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) above sea level. As trekkers ascend towards this iconic location, they experience a gradual increase in altitude, necessitating proper acclimatization to mitigate the risk of altitude-related illnesses.

Accommodation during Everest trek

Along the trail to Everest Base Camp, trekkers can find a variety of accommodation options, predominantly in the form of tea houses and lodges. These establishments provide basic amenities such as meals, lodging, and warmth, offering trekkers a comfortable respite after a day of trekking through rugged terrain.

Kathmandu accommodation for EBC trekking

Before embarking on the Everest Base Camp Trek, travelers often spend time in Kathmandu, Nepal's vibrant capital city. Here, they can find a plethora of accommodation options ranging from budget guesthouses to luxurious hotels, providing a convenient base for final preparations and exploration of the city's cultural treasures.

Safety Considerations for Everest Base Camp Trekking

While the Everest Base Camp Trek offers unparalleled adventure, it's essential for trekkers to prioritize safety at all times. Adequate preparation, including physical fitness training, gear selection, and knowledge of emergency protocols, is crucial to ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey amidst the Himalayan wilderness.

Preventing altitude sickness during EBC trek

Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), poses a significant risk to trekkers ascending to high altitudes. To minimize the likelihood of experiencing AMS symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and fatigue, trekkers are advised to ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and acclimatize properly.

Travel insurance for Everest Base Camp Trekking

Obtaining comprehensive travel insurance is paramount for trekkers undertaking the Everest Base Camp Trek. This insurance should cover medical emergencies, evacuation services, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen circumstances, providing trekkers with peace of mind throughout their journey.

Tipping tips for your Everest trekking

In Nepal, tipping is a customary practice to show appreciation for excellent service. While trekking to Everest Base Camp, trekkers are encouraged to tip guides, porters, and other support staff according to local norms, acknowledging their hard work and dedication.

Training program for Mount Everest Base Camp trekking

Preparing for the physical demands of the Everest Base Camp Trek requires a structured training program encompassing cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking simulations. Building endurance and strength beforehand enhances trekkers' ability to tackle the rugged terrain and high altitudes encountered during the journey.

Internet & Wi-Fi availability during EBC trek

Although connectivity may be limited in remote areas along the Everest Base Camp Trek, some tea houses and lodges offer Wi-Fi services for trekkers seeking to stay connected with loved ones or share their adventure on social media. However, trekkers should be prepared for intermittent or slow internet access.

How to trek to Everest Base Camp

The trek to Everest Base Camp typically begins in Lukla, following a scenic route through picturesque Sherpa villages, dense forests, and high mountain passes. Trekkers navigate rugged terrain, suspension bridges, and glacial moraines before reaching the iconic base camp, where they can marvel at panoramic views of Everest and surrounding peaks.

What's great about the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek?

The Everest Base Camp Trek offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse oneself in the majestic Himalayan landscape while experiencing the rich culture and hospitality of the Sherpa people. From breathtaking mountain vistas to encounters with yaks and prayer flags, every moment on the trail is filled with awe-inspiring beauty and adventure.

Trekking difficulty to EBC

The Everest Base Camp Trek presents a moderate to challenging level of difficulty, requiring trekkers to be in good physical condition and prepared for long days of walking at high altitudes. While the trail is well-defined and accessible to most adventurers, the rugged terrain and altitude variations demand resilience and determination.

Permits needed for Everest Base Camp Trek

Before embarking on the Everest Base Camp Trek, trekkers must obtain various permits, including the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card. These permits ensure compliance with conservation efforts and support local communities along the trekking route.

Everest Base Camp Trekking Hours

The duration of the Everest Base Camp Trek typically ranges from 12 to 16 days, depending on the chosen itinerary and acclimatization schedule. Trekkers can expect to hike for an average of 5 to 7 hours per day, covering approximately 10 to 15 kilometers of terrain while enjoying frequent breaks to rest and admire the scenery.

Route Choices for the EBC Trek

The Everest Base Camp trek offers a variety of routes, each with its own allure. While the classic trails like the Everest Base Camp via Lukla remain popular, adventurers seeking a less-traveled path might consider alternatives like the Gokyo Lakes route. The diversity in routes caters to varying preferences, ensuring a memorable experience for all.

One-Way Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return to Kathmandu

For those seeking a touch of luxury and a panoramic view of the Himalayas, the one-way Everest Base Camp trek with a helicopter return to Kathmandu is a game-changer. This option combines the thrill of trekking with the convenience of a helicopter ride, offering a unique perspective of the majestic peaks and valleys.

EBC Trek Best Season

The success of an EBC trek heavily depends on choosing the right season. While the trek is open year-round, the best time to visit is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and optimal trekking conditions, allowing trekkers to fully appreciate the stunning landscapes.

Everest Trek Accommodation

Accommodation along the EBC trek varies, from cozy teahouses in remote villages to well-equipped lodges in popular trekking hubs. Understanding the available options and making informed choices enhances the overall trekking experience. Trekkers can immerse themselves in local culture while enjoying a comfortable stay in the heart of the Himalayas.

Everest Trek View and Landscape

The Everest Base Camp trek unfolds like a visual symphony, presenting trekkers with ever-changing panoramas. Majestic peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse, dominate the skyline, while serene landscapes dotted with rhododendron forests and picturesque villages complete the scenery. Each step reveals a new masterpiece of nature, leaving an indelible mark on the trekker's soul.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our guide and staff will receive and welcome you in a traditional way. They will accompany you on a short drive to your hotels located in the heart of the city, Thamel. It is a tourist hub where most good hotels and restaurants are situated.

Check out your exquisite accommodations and get refreshed to join in for a group briefing. The Himalayan Forever's guide or group leader will provide you with a lot of useful and important information regarding the trek, hotels, and local lodges. A group welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant during the evening time will be served to you.

Day 2 : Kathmandu Full Day Sightseeing

After breakfast, a city and cultural tour guide from Himalayan Forever will meet you at the hotel for an exciting day city tour drive. The drive passes through Kathmandu's historical Durbar Square and Palace Courtyard. It is the right place to witness Nepalese cultures and offers the views of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our next stop is Swayambhunath Stupa, which carries a history of 2,600 years. It is a Buddhist monument that is one of Nepal's most well-known landmarks and is located on a hillside west of Kathmandu.

1. Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Nestled within the bustling streets of the Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square stands as a living museum of Nepal's royal history. As the former royal palace, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts an array of palaces, courtyards, and intricately carved temples. The architecture reflects a harmonious blend of Hindu and Nepalese artistry, with pagoda-style structures, ornate windows, and detailed wooden carvings that showcase the country's cultural diversity. Visitors can explore the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (the Living Goddess's residence), and numerous shrines that bear witness to the city's royal past. The vibrant atmosphere, with street vendors, local artisans, and traditional performances, immerses visitors in the authentic charm of Kathmandu.

2. Pashupatinath Temple:

A short distance from Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple emerges as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines globally, nestled along the banks of the Bagmati River. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this UNESCO-listed site draws pilgrims and tourists alike with its spiritual aura and stunning architecture. The temple complex encompasses a series of shrines, ghats, and courtyards, each contributing to the religious ambiance. The main temple, adorned with silver and gold, features intricate carvings that narrate Hindu mythology. Visitors can witness the solemnity of cremation ceremonies along the riverbank, a profound experience that underscores the cycle of life and death in Hindu tradition.

3. Boudhanath Stupa:

A beacon of Buddhism in Kathmandu, the Boudhanath Stupa is an imposing structure that commands attention with its colossal mandala. As one of the largest stupas in the world, it serves as a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The stupa's whitewashed dome is adorned with prayer flags, while the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha gaze serenely in all four cardinal directions. Pilgrims and visitors alike circumambulate the stupa, spinning prayer wheels and chanting mantras, creating a rhythmic and meditative atmosphere. The surrounding area is dotted with monasteries, shops selling traditional Tibetan artifacts, and rooftop cafes that offer panoramic views of the stupa and its vibrant surroundings.

Day 3 : Drive to Manthali, Fly to Lukla 2, 846 m and trek to Phakding 2,645 m - 04 hrs.

Morning transfer to Manthali town small airport for panoramic flight to Lukla, board in a small aircraft. The flight heads east with stunning views of Himalayan peaks facing Mt. Everest, as the plane makes a smooth exciting landing at Lukla Tenzing & Hillary Airport.

A moderate town, where walk starts heading down to Dudh Koshi River valley through several Sherpa villages. Festooned with prayer flags, Buddhist monument and prayer wall then reaching our first overnight stop at Phakding village.

Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m / 11, 350 feet - 06 hrs.

A long today’s walk to Namche Bazaar, morning after breakfast the trail follows on moderate path. Walking short down and ups crossing a long bridge to reach a nice village of Monjo. The enter Sagarmatha National Park; (Sagarmatha a name for Everest in Nepal, while the native Sherpa calls as Chomolungma of Tibetan origin language). From the park entrance cross another bridge over the same river Dudh Koshi to Jorsalle, the last settlement before Namche Bazaar. Stopping for lunch, afternoon walk on river bed amidst lovely forest, then starts the climb on crossing a high bridge. A steep winding for few hours reaches Namche Bazaar for two overnight halt in the comfort of nice lodge.

Day 5 : At Namche for acclimatization and a short scenic hike.

An ideal spot Namche Bazaar for rest day to support acclimatization and short hike to view-points. Morning having breakfast facing views of Kwangde and Thamersarkhu peaks, while at Namche there are several side hikes.

Suggested scenic places for hikes around Namche and beyond:Visit the park museum on top of Namche Bazaar, offers interesting information of the Khumbu Sherpa’s cultures. Along with panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamersarkhu and Kantega with Kwangde peaks. 

Hike to Everest View Hotel at above 3,880 m high a refreshing spot for views of Mt. Everest, while having warm cup of hot drinks. For energetic people can enjoy longer hike to Khumjung and Khunde villages, located on a glacial valley.

Rest of the day enjoy leisure afternoon browsing the streets of Namche Bazaar full of shops, stores, restaurants and fresh bakeries. 

Day 6 : Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.

From Namche Bazaar, morning walk short up and then on winding nice trail facing views of towering snow-capped peaks. Then down to Imjatse River for lunch in a small settlement Phunki-Tenga, amidst beautiful rhododendron and pine forest.

Afternoon two hours climb to beautiful Tengboche and the monastery, a picturesque ridge and a small plateau. Enjoy grand panorama of Everest and surrounding giant snow peaks with time to visit the monastery interior of great religious and cultural interest. Overnight at Tengboche or little further down to Deboche in a quiet surrounding in the midst of woods.  

Day 7 : Trek to Dingboche 4,340 m - 05 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight either in Tengboche or Deboche, facing glorious views of Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam. Walk begins heading downhill to cross a bridge from here tree lines declines for short Himalayan bush and shrubs. 

Walk uphill with gentle climb to Pangboche village, located on route to Ama Dablam base camp and to Everest base camp.

Pangboche is the last permanent village, the other places on route Everest base camp are temporary settlements with lodges for trekkers. After Pangboche a slow short up to a place called Somare for lunch break. Afternoon walk on gentle up within an exposed areas, a short down to a river. Crossing a small bridge a short steep climb to Dingboche, located in a beautiful Imjatse valley. At the bottom of Ama Dablam North Face with views of Island Peak and Lhotse, Nuptse.

Day 8 : Rest day in Dingboche for acclimatization and short excursion.

Another pleasant and important rest day for acclimatization as the altitude sharply rises. Dingboche a lovely place within scenic Imjatse valley encircled by an of snow peaks. Enjoy few hour hike to Nakarjung hill above Dingboche offers grand panorama of the valley floor with towering giant peaks. The views includes as far to Mt. Makalu and Lhotse Shar in the Far East with Island Peak. 

Day 9 : Trek to Lobuche 4,960 m - 05 hrs.

From Dingboche, morning walk up to a ridge, and then on nice gradual climb to Thugla, a small settlement. Where the trails from Pheriche and Dingboche joins at Thugla on route Everest base camp. A good place for lunch stop facing close views of Ama Dablam and Cholatse peaks. Afternoon a steep short climb to Thugla-Pass,having short rest, continue walk on gradual up to Lobuche for overnight halt. 

Day 10 : Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and back to Gorakshep - 06 hrs.

A Big Day of the adventure, start the morning walk from the nice lodge of Lobuche. As well carrying a pack lunch for the long day to Everest base camp, a slow gentle walk to start the fresh cool morning. The trail follows up and then walk on rocky moraine, above Khumbu glaciers. After few hour of steady hike reaching Gorakshep, a small settlement located on a valley below high Kalapathar hill. Facing close views of Mt. Pumori, enjoy a short refreshing break and then walk continues over rocks and boulders. Then finally reaching the highlight of the adventure at Everest base camp, enjoy the dramatic scenery of arctic landscapes.

The base camp, can be busy and active during the mountaineering expedition times of late spring. Enjoy the remorseless fields of ice, snow and glaciers with massif Khumbu Ice Fall. The views of Mt. Everest is not visible, blocked by Lhotse and Nuptse peaks, achieving our goal and highlights. Return walk to Gorakshep for overnight stop, after a long exciting day of the adventure.

Day 11 : Climb Kalapathar 5,545 m and trek to Pangboche 3, 900 m - 06 hrs.

Start the morning as early as possible for the last big climb of the adventure to Kalapathar rocky hill top. After a strenuous climb reaching on the highest point of the adventure, Kalapathar one of the famous, popular scenic ridge.

From Kalapathar, enjoy breathtaking panorama of gigantic peaks that surrounds top of Kalapathar, facing closest views of Mt. Everest. After completing all major highlights descend to Gorakshep for breakfast, and continue walk downhill, feeling in high spirits. The trail follows past Lobuche and Thugla, from here onwards on another route to Pheriche valley. A pleasant walk to join the trail of Dingboche to Pangboche, head downhill to Pangboche for overnight stop.

Day 12 : Trek to Kyang-Jima 3, 650 m via Thyangboche - 06 hrs.

Morning dazzling views of Ama Dablam at close distance, towers above Pangboche village. Leaving Pangboche walk down to a bridge and climb up to Tengboche and the monastery. Enjoying the surrounding exciting panorama of Everest and range of peaks, descent takes you to Imjatse River. A short climb to Shanasha village then on winding nice trail to Kyang-Jima. A small settlement with several guest houses and lodges amidst tranquil surrounding. A nice place, offers grand views of Everest, Ama Dablam with Tharmasarku and Kwangde at close range.

Day 13 : Trek to Monjo 2,880 m via Namche Bazaar- 05 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight with glorious morning views of stunning peaks, an hour walk to Namche Bazaar. Having time at Namche Bazaar as well for lunch stop, afternoon down to Dudh Koshi River. On reaching the river bank a slow short climb to enter the park entrance and exit. Then ending the wonderful day reaching lovely small village at Monjo for overnight halt.

Day 14 : Trek to Lukla 2, 846 m - 04 hours.

Last day trek of the adventure, enjoy the walk with few short down and ups to Phakding. From Phakding retracing the same route with last final climb to Lukla for lunch and overnight stop. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the Lukla town lined with shops, restaurants and stores.

Day 15 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu with afternoon free at leisure.

Having early breakfast, a short walk to Lukla’s Tenzing & Hillary airport as plane reach from Ramechap or Kathmandu. Board on the small aircraft for swift short flight back to land at Manthali small airstrip. A pleasant and exciting drive brings you back at Kathmandu, rest of the day at leisure and for individual activities and shopping souvenirs of Nepal.

Day 16 : International departure for homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. Himalayan Forever Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport. Bidding farewell to the guide and staff as you depart for homeward bound flight, after a wonderful experience and adventure on Everest Base Camp Trekking.


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