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Everest Base Camp Trek Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Everest Base Camp Trek is considered to be one of the most adventurous trekking routes in the Himalayas of Nepal. Since Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, trekking to its base camp is exciting and arduous at the same time. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa were the first people to ascend the summit of Mt. Everest on 29th May 1953 AD. You have the chance to take the same epic trek that Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary took in 1953 A.D by trekking to Everest Base Camp. Every travel enthusiast, adrenaline seeker, explorer, and environment lover among us have this trek on their bucket list.

The Everest Region, widely known as the Sherpa heartland, is situated in the gorgeous Solukhumbu region. The Everest Base Camp Trek is abundant in Himalayan panoramas, which include well-known mountains such as Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Changasto, Mt. Lingterin, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kantega, Mt. Kusum Khagaru, Mt. Kongde, Mt. Khumbila, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Cholaste, Island Peak, Lobuche Peak, Pokalde Peak, Honku South Peak, and a lot more. You can also see a variety of high-altitude animals, including Musk Deers, Jackals, and Himalayan Tharal Birds like Pheasants.

Everest Base Camp Trek Route:

For our devoted customers, Adventure White Himalaya has created this traditional 15-day Everest Base Camp Trek Package. The journey begins with a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, one of the world’s most dangerous airports. The inviting Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar will then greet you as you continue hiking in the direction of Tyangboche Monastery. After that, you’ll keep walking till you reach Dingboche. You spend a day here getting acclimated to the environment. You will arrive at Lobuche and then Gorakshep after another six hours of trekking. Your Everest Base Camp Trek is successful if you start out early and trek to Kalapatthar (5545m). The experience of arriving at Mount Everest’s base camp will be extraordinary and undoubtedly give you chills.

Everest Base Camp Trek Facts:

  • Trip Starts: Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends: Kathmandu
  • Transportation Facility: Plane or Road
  • Trip Duration: 15 Days
  • Trip Activity: Trekking
  • Trekking Guide: Available (Male)
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Min-Max Group Size: 2-20 pax
  • Min age: 12 years or above

Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights:

  • Scenic flight to Lukla Airport
  • Visit Sagarmatha National Park; a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore Sherpa Culture and their dishes
  • Breathtaking Mountain Views
  • Witness the Khumbu Glacier, which is Nepal’s largest glacier
  • Visit Hillary Museum on acclimatization day

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m)

When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our company will greet you. Once you exit the arrival terminal hall, please search for the person holding a sign featuring your name and the words “Adventure White Himalaya Treks.” You will be brought to the hotel by our agent after retrieving your luggage. When you arrive at the hotel, staff will give you a room key so you may change and take a rest.

Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu and preparation for the trek

Following breakfast, you have two options: One is that you can purchase trekking supplies or equipment at Thamel if you don’t already have any before embarking on a city tour. If you have all you need for trekking, we will give you access to a private automobile so you may tour the Kathmandu Valley. The three most important sites in Kathmandu Valley—are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa—are typically visited on a tour.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla Airport (2,840 m), and trek to Phakding (2,650 m)

You will be driven from your accommodation to the airport in Kathmandu this morning to catch a domestic aircraft to Lukla. It takes about 40 minutes to fly to Lukla. We travel northwest on a broad track from Lukla to the Dudh Koshi valley town of Cheplung. Walking today is simple. As we travel along the river, we pass past the Ghat village. We will descend till we reach Pakhding, a little settlement, which is where we are going.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Phakding

Day 04: Phakding to Namche bazaar (3,440 m)

The track takes us through a lovely pine forest and over suspension bridges along the Dudh Koshi River. Then, after passing through the communities of Banker, Chumoa, and Monjo, we arrive at the checkpoint and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. First, we get a spectacular view of the gleaming Mt. Thamserku (6,618 m). In order to get to Namche Bazaar, we had to pass via the final settlement of Jorsale.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Namche Bazar

Day 05: Acclimatization rest at Namche bazaar (3,440 m)

We will stop by the visitor center and the Sherpa Museum in the morning. You may see an intriguing exhibition about Sherpa life and culture, a wealth of details about the local flora and fauna, and a display about the development of climbing in the Khumbu.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Namche Bazar

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3,860 m)

Today, we leave the hamlet and travel up a somewhat level path above the Dudh Koshi while taking in the magnificent mountain views of Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. We proceed past the different Tibetan-run stores selling gifts and descend through a Blue Pine forest to Phunki, where we cross the Dudh Koshi once more (3,250 m). From there, we travel to Tengboche Monastery (3,867 m), from where we get stunning views of Thamsarkhu and Kantega to the north and northeast, as well as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Taboche.

Overnight stay at local lodge in Tyangboche

Day 07: Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,410 m)

We begin our trek by descending through a rhododendron forest to the Imja river, where we cross it on an exhilarating bridge. We’ll stroll by a substantial mani stone wall as we approach the Pangboche hamlet. To get to the Dingboche, we continue through the summer pasture.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Dingboche

Day 08: Acclimatization at Dingboche (4,110 m)

Acclimatization at Dingboche will be a memorable day. There are some mesmerizing views of the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge and the North Face of Ama Dablam. You can take in the panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche, Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak, and others as you travel roundtrip through this lovely valley.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Dingboche

Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910 m)

We reach Dusa today after our walk, from which point we descend to a creek at 4,580 meters. We arrive at the teahouse of Dughla immediately above, where we can see a ridge with numerous tributes to Sherpas who perished during an Everest trek. To get to Lobuche, which is at 4,930 meters, we continue down the Khumbu Glacier’s moraine while enjoying views of Kalapatthar and Pumori.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Lobuche

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,180 m); visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m), and back to Gorakshep

Given that we are leaving so early, you will have a long and difficult day. We will be walking for almost three hours to get to Gorak Shep as we follow the Khumbu glacier northward. We’ll eat lunch and take a nap after we reach Gorakshep. After crossing the sand flat at Gorak Shep, we spend a few hours ascending into the Khumbu glacier’s lateral mothering before ultimately entering the stony glacial moraine itself. To reach the location referred to as Everest base camp, the trail ascends and descends through the amazing ice. We stroll back towards Gorak Shep, where we spend the night, after taking in the scenery.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Gorakshep

Day 11: Early Morning trekking to Kalapatthar (5,545 m), and returning back to Pheriche (4,240 m)

Our big day is today. We go early in the morning to watch the breathtaking sights of Mount Everest as the sun rises above Kalapatthar (8,848 m).

However, we must first prepare for an early-morning departure in the dark and the chilly weather. Additionally, there is always a chance for brisk gusts that are very cold. Lengthen Khumbu tower, a well-known choice, can be seen to the east when Everest beings emerge between the west shoulder. When we reach the summit, marked by cairns and prayer flags, we scramble to scale the rocky outcrop nearby. We take a seat on the Kalapatthar rock, gazing out at the breathtaking Himalayan landscape and moving from one impressive peak to another. We go back to Gorak Shep for breakfast, go back the same way for lunch, and then keep going till we reach Pheriche.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Pheriche

Day 12: Pheriche trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)

Today’s trip to the lower elevation of Orsho and Shomare is simpler than the climb to Kalapatthar the day before. After Shomare, an alternative route might be taken if we want to go to the Gompa in Upper Pangboche. We go back the way we came, through the forest to Dingboche, and down to the Imja Khola. On our way through Pangboche, Tyangboche, Phunki Tenga, Kynguma, etc. before arriving at Namche Bazaar, we will pass through a lovely village. Along with us, the Himalayan views will remain unchanged.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Namche Bazar

Day 13: Namche bazaar to Lukla

From Namche to Phakding, the trail is primarily downhill. From Phakding to Lukla, the terrain is all gradually ascending. We will get to Phakding after traversing a number of stunning suspension bridges, lush forests, and high cliffs. The majority of the trials up until Lukla will be uphill after eating at Phakding. We shall arrive in Lukla at last.

Overnight stay at a teahouse in Lukla

Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu

You will depart from the airport in Lukla in the early morning for a breathtaking mountain flight back to Kathmandu. You will meet our agent when you arrive at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport, and they will drive you to your accommodation.

Overnight Stay in a hotel in Kathmandu and also have your goodbye meal at a local restaurant

Day 15: Final Departure

Today marks the end of the trek to Everest Base Camp. For your flight out of Nepal, our airport agent will drop you off at Kathmandu’s international airport.

Everest Base Camp Trek Food and Accommodation:

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most well-developed treks in Nepal. There are numerous teahouses along the routes leading to Everest Base Camp. All of the cozy tea houses provide a variety of meals and cozy lodging. However, they only provide a small selection of food on the menu due to the remote, high-altitude terrain. However, the food served at the tea houses is wholesome and keeps you refreshed for the strenuous hike. The locals will treat you with great hospitality and top-notch food service. You’ll be heartened by the Sherpa community’s friendliness.

Rice, cereals, and other non-perishable ingredients are therefore widely used in the area. Dal, a cooked lentil soup, is another option. White steamed rice is served with these dishes. All around Nepal, people eat the popular combination dish known as “Dal Bhat.” Most tea houses sell bottled water, but it is extremely pricey. To prepare tea, coffee, and other applications, the tea shops boil water from the nearby stream. There are many water purifying pills and chlorine treatments available if you don’t want to drink bottled water.

The tea houses along the Everest Base Camp route provide twin-sharing accommodations. The majority of teahouses offer twin bedrooms with some furniture. A pillow and a cozy blanket are also included. Along with the teahouses, there are simple bathrooms and squat toilets. Overall, the accommodations are rather basic but more than adequate for a nice stay.

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trekking:

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is an exciting experience you’ll never forget. Therefore, you must be aware of the best time of year to trek to Everest Base Camp if you want to get the most out of this expedition. The Everest Base Camp Trek, however, may be undertaken at any time of the year. Every season offers benefits and drawbacks. So, the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp depends on the type of trekking experience you want.

Spring (March-May)

One of the greatest seasons to trek to Everest Base Camp is definitely spring. Early March marks the beginning of spring, which lasts through May. The weather is consistent and dry during the spring, making it ideal for trekking and high-altitude hiking. Indeed, the days are sunny and bright, and the sky is a deep blue, giving you a magnificent view of the mountains and the surroundings. Due to the consistent weather, it is the busiest and best season for trekkers.

Autumn (September-October)

The Everest Base Camp Trek is the best and most successful in the autumn. During autumn, days are very clear and the weather is moderate, except for the nights which are quite chilly. The unusual snowstorms can happen occasionally during this time of year. Due to the perfect weather, this season attracts more trekkers to Everest Base Camp than any other. Pre-ordering is therefore required, especially for Everest Flights and Accommodation.

Winter (December-February)

Although the winter months will be the coldest at Everest Base Camp, it is still possible to trek there during this time. On the road, there will be a significant snowstorm, and it will be bitterly cold. At high altitudes, the temperature can drop to -30°C at night. So it’s crucial to pack the right equipment.

In addition, winter is the greatest time to trek if you want to avoid crowds and prefer quiet surroundings because there are so few trekkers there.

Summer (June-August)

The summer season is nothing but a season of rain. The trails are slippery with leeches. In addition, the views of the mountains are obscured by the heavy rain. Therefore, this is the least popular trekking season in Nepal.

Everest Base Camp Trek Permits:

Everest Base Camp is situated in the protected zone inside the Sagarmatha Region. Therefore, every expedition within this territory requires an entry permit. The Sagarmatha National Park Permit and the Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit are two notable permits for EBC Trek. For the Everest Base Camp Trek, the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) is no longer required. In its place, the Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit is now given.

Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit

The Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit is required for trekkers to access the Sagarmatha Region and is provided only by the local Khumbu government. This permission costs between $15 and $20 per person. To obtain the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, you must have a copy of your passport or the passport’s information with you. Further, VAT is not applied to the permit fees.

Sagarmatha National Park Permit

Sagarmatha National Park Permit can either be issued at Monjo at the entrance gate or the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) counter in Bhrikuti Mandap in Kathmandu. The Sagarmatha National Park Permit costs NPR 3000 for foreigners, NPR 1500 for SAARC Nationals, and NPR 100 for Nepalese citizens per person. All these prices are exclusive of VAT which is 13%.