The Everest Base Camp trek goes to the south base camp of Mt. Everest offering views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Pumori, and Ama Dablam. Apart from trekking for two weeks through the beautiful Khumbu region to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world, the trek also takes you through unique Nepali villages and to remote mountain monasteries. The Gokyo Lakes variation of the classic EBC trail adds an ascent of Gokyo Ri peak, Cho La pass and five glacial lakes! Head to our FAQ section for the detailed packing list specific to Nepal treks.
Arrive at Kathmandu (4,593 ft)
Reach Kathmandu and report to the designated hotel that has been booked for you. You can explore the place by visiting the famous Boudhanath temple, Pashupatinath temple, Thamel, etc. Thamel is Kathmandu’s trekking and tourism heartbeat, and draws you in with its labyrinth of narrow corridors shaded by prayer flags strung above. Around every corner are festive restaurants, bookstores full of trekking maps and handmade crafts, cafes waiting to shelter you from the occasional afternoon thunderstorm and every piece of trekking gear you could possibly hope for available for last-minute purchases before you head to the mountains. You will get the exact address of reporting hotel and contact info 4 days prior to your departure from India.
Flight : Kathmandu to Lukla (2,850 m); Trek: Lukla to Phakding (2,852 m) - 7 km
Fly over the mountains into Lukla in the Khumbu region from Kathmandu. Make sure to snag a seat on the left side of these tiny planes, the view out the window is one you’ll never forget. Lukla is a small village with no road, only reachable by flight or foot. You walk straight out of the airport, across the cobbled stone footpath of the village and off into the forest trail, officially starting your first day of trekking. Just before exiting the village, you will be required to obtain your first of two permits and present them to the checkpost. Keep these handy, as you will need them again. Today’s trek starts this difficult journey off to an easy start, descending 300m right away and then slowly climbing just under 100m to meet the rest point of Phakding for the night. Along the way, you will pass countless mani walls painted on the rocks lining the trail and boulders carved with Tibetan Buddhist prayer inscriptions. Many prayer wheels can be found along the way, instructing you to spin them clockwise to be cleansed of sin and be given an auspicious path. Overnight stay in guesthouse in Phakding.
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) - 11 km
This will be the first introduction to difficult terrain on the trek. Start by walking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice on the high suspension bridges Nepal treks are famous for. The trail is a series of small, repeated ascents and descents, following along the river and again crossing the engraved Buddhist stones characteristic of the area. Stop for lunch at the village of Monjo, which is also the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. Here, you will acquire your second of two permits, which again will be checked later on. After entering the park, descend along an enormous wall painted sky-high with prayers written in Tibetan to the Bhote Kosi river arriving at Jorsalle village. Then the fun begins. After one final stroll along the beach-like riverbank, the trail gets steeper from here passing through dense forests. After a while cross the last suspension bridge for today, dangling spectacularly high above a sharply-descending gorge. From here, you ascend a forested 600m to Namche Bazaar, the administrative and trade capital of the Khumbu region. If the weather is clear you might get your first view of Everest at the rest point along the way.
Namche Bazaar to Khumjung (3,790m) - 3 km
Today we ascend a short, but steadily inclined trail to Khumjung, the village above Namche Bazar famous for its astounding views of the surrounding peaks and valleys below. We keep this day short on purpose for acclimatization reasons. Enjoy the views in the afternoon and evening.
Khumjung to Dole (4,050m) - 9 km
We begin with a gentle descent before rising back out of the valley, the first time you will be officially off the main EBC trail. The difference should be noticeable, as you will pass fewer people and have more of the trail to yourself. The trail rises through scrub and trees rounding the side of the mountain upwards until you reach Mongla, a sweet little village perched stunningly on a ridge that divides two valleys, an old stupa welcoming you as you arrive. After a break here, the trail descends 350m through forested switchbacks until it abruptly begins to climb again, 400m back up to reach Dole. You pass through more forests, rhododendrons and by half-frozen waterfalls.
Dole to Machhermo (4,400m) - 5.5 km
After a very short descent to cross a stream, you begin the day’s climb along the shrubs and small trees of what has now become a more barren landscape. Today marks your first day above the treeline, and the trail here is mostly quiet, save the river thundering far below you to your right. Keep an eye out for Nepal’s national bird, Danphe, which has been spotted in this area. It’s hard to miss, the bird’s tail is an iridescent rainbow. The climb takes you up 400m before descending another 50m down into Machhermo.
Machhermo to Gokyo (4,765m) - 7 km
You will climb a lot today, but the views are stunning. The 500m you ascend follow alongside the river gorge below. Pass by yaks grazing on up to cross the bridge over the river, which drains from the first of the Gokyo lakes. After a short climb, we will reach the first of the Gokyo Lakes - Longpongo and soon after that the second one - Taboche Tsho. From here, a continued gradual incline takes us to Gokyo village at the banks of the Dudh Pokhari lake with Cho Oyu in the back.
Day Hike to 4th and 5th Gokyo Lakes
Today, we will take an acclimatization day at Gokyo. We will do a day hike to the 4th and 5th Gokyo Lakes. Return to Gokyo for the night.
Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and Dragnag (4,660m) - 7 km
Today, we will start with a steep, tough climb to the 5350 m Gokyo Ri peak which offers majestic views of four of the world's highest peaks - Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu along with Ngozumpa Glacier. From there we return to Gokyo, collect our belongings and head toward the village of Dragnag via crossing the Ngozumpa Glacier. The day begins with an immediate ascent to the ridge overlooking Gokyo - enjoy the last view of the village, lake, Gokyo Ri and Cho Oyu before descending the terminal moraine onto the glacier. Crossing this section will be a repeated series of ascents and descents around the crevasses of the glacier until you reach the other side. From here, we climb the terminal moraine once more and descend gradually into Dragnag for the night.
Dragnag to Dzongla (4,800m) via Cho La Pass (5,350m) - 8 km
Today will test you. We will begin very early in order to cross Cho La Pass and descend into Dzongla for a well-deserved rest. Many argue that this is the most difficult day of the trek, and we begin by following the river and ascending 350m up and out of this valley, immediately descending 150m again down into the next, where we cross moraine, hoping over boulders and ascending again in spurts.The ascent to the pass can than be seen, and looks like nothing more than an enormous wall of boulders. This climb is arduous and slow - make sure to follow your guide, as there is no easily visible trail. Toward the top, microspikes may be needed on sections of more firmly packed snow until you reach the top. Down the other side is a quick, steep descent onto the glacier, which we will traverse until we meet the steep, rocky descent section on the other side. Til here, it should have taken approx. 7 hours. This section of boulders descends sharply for 50m before becoming a relatively more gradual ridgeline descent before meeting the valley floor. Enjoy your rest at Dzongla tonight - you’ve earned it.
Dzongla to Lobuche (4,950m) - 6 km
Hope for clear skies today, because the views as you ascend out of the riverbed lying below Dzongla are one of the trek’s best. As you round the mountain, the huge lake of Cholatse Tso glitters far below you, and further on, Ama Dablam reveals herself alongside a host of other huge mountains. You’re going to want to keep your camera on you today. Once this panoramic traverse is complete, we reconnect with the main EBC route and climb a sporadic 200 meters uphill to find Loboche.
Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,150 m) Evening hike to Kalapatthar (5,545 m) - 7 km
Today is split into two parts, Lobuche to Gorakshep and the round-trip hike from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar. The way from Lobuche to Gorakshep consists of gradual ups and downs alongside the Khumbu glacier for the first section. For three kilometers, the trail rises slowly and steadily, before descending 50m down to the glacier of a subsidiary valley. After ascending again sharply from here, you get your first full-fledged view of the Khumbu Glacier itself, and you know Everest is close. Around the ridge, you descend and reach Gorakshep by lunch. It is a small village, only functioning during tourist season. From here, you will continue on up to the top of Kalapatthar for an excellent view of Everest herself. Return to spend the night in Gorakshep.
Gorakshep to Pheriche (4,371 m) after Kala Patthar (5,645m) 6-7 Hours
Today is also split into two parts. First, you will hike to EBC with your daypack. The trail is a mix of descent with slightly more ascent, and after an hour and a half length hike, you find yourself on a ridge with the Khumbu Glacier below you to your right. On the glacier, you will see colorful tents resting below Lhotse, Nuptse and Everest itself, and you know you’ve made your destination. A short descent down the lateral moraine and you’re on the glacier itself, standing below the tallest mountain in the world. We will return to Gorakshep to gather our belongings, and then retrace our steps back down to Pheriche.
Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3438 m) 6-7 Hours
Today will be a welcome break to the constant ascent of the last two weeks. The trail begins for several kilometers in a gradual descent to Dughla, where you will find various memorials to Sherpas and climbers who died on Everest. The day’s views include Pumori, Cholatse, Nuptse and Lobuche East as you descend. After descending a steep 250m section to the small village of Thokla, you’ll continue on down to the valley floor, passing through meadows, yaks. The hike continues on slightly further across shrubby terrain until you reach Pangboche, from where you have the best view of Ama Dablam you will get the entire trek. From Pangboche, a steady descent through forests takes you to the valley floor and across the river, after which, you climb right back up past Deboche to Tengboche. Tengboche is home to the largest monastery in the Khumbu region and is home to the Rimpoche of Tengboche. Whether its for spiritual or aesthetic purposes, a visit inside its ornately painted walls will leave you in awe. Again on the other side of Tengboche, we will descend 550m down through prayer wheels, cross another river, and again ascend 300m. You’ll pass old stupas, arranged among flags at scenic points along the way until Kyangjuma, a tiny settlement with a few lodges selling woolen shawls, yak cheese and other local items. From here comes a final stretch of relatively gentle ups and downs on a stunningly exposed trail that wraps around the mountain, with low tree growth allowing for panoramic views of distant valleys and imposing mountains.
Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,850 m) - 18 km
Retrace the trail back to Lukla. First, the steep descent down from Namche Bazar followed by a long section of repeated up’s and down’s before your climb to Monjo among the mani stones. You will check out here with the permit cards you received almost a week ago and continue on through Phakding, until the final ascent up and out of the forests into Lukla village.
Flight : Lukla to Kathmandu (1,330 m)
Fly back to Kathmandu today. Remember, grab the right side of the plane now for those fantastic views! You can rest and relax throughout the day at the hotel. If you want then you explore the market and purchase some gifts or nepalese goods for your closed ones. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, you will get a farewell dinner at Nepali Restaurant where you can pick your meal from their carefully crafted menu that offer a wide range of choices. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Departure from Kathmandu
The trip ends in Kathmandu today. You can stay and explore more of Nepal, or plan your departure from Kathmandu. However, you are advised to keep a day as buffer in Kathmandu in case your flight from Lukla gets delayed due to unpredictable weather conditions, which happens regularly. No matter your post-trek plans, congratulations! You just accomplished something monumental - enjoy the feeling that comes with it.
Everest Base Camp Trek is made only for experienced trekkers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated. You should attempt this EBC trek only If you have already done a trek that climbs to 4700-5000 metres. It is recommended not to opt EBC trek if you cannot get acclimatized in the mountains of Nepal. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. Everest Base Camp Trek difficulty level on Bikat rating scale is 5. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
Should have an experience of at least 10 – 15 trek days in the Himalayas, At least one Moderate Plus category trek, Experience of trekking at altitudes higher than 4700 - 5000 mts, Medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.
How to use an Ice Axe
How to use Climbing boots & Crampons
How to rope up & follow queued climbing/descending
How to self-arrest using an ice axe
Knowledge of Basic First aid
Best months to do EBC Trek are March, April, May, September, October, and November.
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The base for EBC trek is Kathmandu. To get to Kathmandu from Delhi, you can take one of the following options - By Air: There are multiple flights daily connecting Delhi and Kathmandu. Return airfare will cost you between INR 10,000 - INR 15,000 By Road: The road distance between Delhi and Kathmandu is 1,152 km. A DTC service is operated on this route that will cost you around INR 5,000 for a return journey. You can also drive to Kathmandu in your own vehicle. By Rail: There are multiple trains operating daily from Delhi to Gorakhpur near the India - Nepal border. From Gorakhpur, you will have to take a bus to the Sunauli across the border. From Sunauli, you will have to take another bus to Kathmandu. Expect the return journey to cost you between INR 4,000 - INR 7,000
There is 3G connectivity for local network NCell for most of the Everest Base Camp trek.
You will be in Kathmandu at the beginning and end of this trek. There are a number of places to explore in Kathmandu - walk through the old city, explore the streets of Thamel, visit the famous Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath temples, take thangka painting workshops or learn how to cook local cuisine. You can also drive or fly to Pokhara in Central Nepal and explore the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri regions - rife with vast trekking options as well! Another must-see attraction is the Royal Palace, the site of the infamous 2001 massacre of the Royal Family by the then Crown Prince, and now converted into the Narayanhiti Palace Museum.
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
You will be provided with shared accommodation in a hostel in Kathmandu. On the trail, you will be provided twin or triple sharing accommodation in lodges/tea houses/guest houses.
Since Everest Base Camp is not a camping trek, tents and sleeping bags are not required.
There are adequate, hygienic facilities throughout the EBC trail and at all accommodations.
Gaiters and microspikes will not be provided by us. If needed, then you can rent the same from Kathmandu or Namche Bazaar. However, these are not needed for Nepal treks.
Meals are not included during Everest base camp trek. The lodges/guest houses on this trek have ample eating options.
You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack
Depending on the season, the temperature on Everest Base Camp trek can drop to -20°C at night and be as high as 30°C during the day time.
There may be fresh snowfall in the region depending on the weather. There will be permanent snow accumulation at higher altitudes, though not necessarily on the trail itself.
You can offload your backpack (up to 10 kg) on this trek. This portage fee is included in the trek cost.
A team of the participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by the directions of the leader. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
You can buy your trekking necessities from Kathmandu. There may be some items available at shops in Namche Bazaar, or other villages on the trail as well.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for a solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing a tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
You will be dropped off at the hotel/guest house in Kathmandu at the end of the trek.
Please do carry either your passport or Voter ID card, along with a few passport size photographs.
Water bottles are available for purchase on the trail. However, if you plan to get water from the local water sources then please carry chlorine tablets/ water purification tablets.
Indian Currency of INR 100 and below work in Nepal. However, the new INR 2000 and INR 500 notes are not accepted at all. The new notes work in the cities, but people at other places might not accept the new notes. Get your currency exchanged to Nepalese currency from Kathmandu.
Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.
For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
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