Brief Description

Everest Base Camp ( EBC ) - the three magical words for every trekking and hiking enthusiast. The journey to the base camp of the highest peak in the world is the journey of a lifetime. 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, EBC trek also takes you through unique Nepali villages and to remote mountain monasteries. You will experience traditional Sherpa culture, hike through dense forests and harsh rocky alpine landscapes to finally stand face to face with the huge and mighty Mount Everest. Keep reading below for more details including Everest Base Camp Trek route map, photos, FAQs and the itinerary. Find Everest Base Camp Trek blogs at the end of this page.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped the region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice axe, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,330 m)
2 Day 2
Flight : Kathmandu to Lukla (2,850 m); Trek: Lukla to Phakding (2,852 m) - 7 km
3 Day 3
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) - 11 km
4 Day 4
Acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar. Acclimatisation Hike to Everest View Point (3,860 m)
5 Day 5
Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) to Tengboche (3,850 m) - 8 km
6 Day 6
Tengboche to Dingboche (4,350 m) - 10 km
7 Day 7
Acclimatisation at Dingboche/Day Hike to Nangkartshang (5,018m) - 4km
8 Day 8
Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930 m) - 8km
9 Day 9
Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,150 m) via Everest Base Camp (5,280 m) - 11 km
10 Day 10
Gorakshep to Pheriche (4,215 m) via Kalapatthar (5,545 m) - 13 km
11 Day 11
Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) - 20 km
12 Day 12
Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,850 m) - 18 km
13 Day 13
Flight : Lukla to Kathmandu (1,330 m)
14 Day 14
Departure from Kathmandu

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

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

Eligibility: Experience required

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.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  • Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) and
  • Hold your breath for 40 seconds and
  • 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch and
  • Push Ups – 10 and
  • Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

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

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Everest base camp trek

The Everest Base Camp trek will take you the base camp of the highest mountain on the planet - Mount Everest. You will experience traditional Sherpa culture in the Khumbu region and get stunning views of the roof of the world and some of the world's highest peaks - Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and many more while trekking through dense forests and harsh alpine territory.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

Best months to do EBC Trek are March, April, May, September, October, and November. For a detailed answer read this: Best time to do Everest Base Camp Trek

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

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

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

There is 3G connectivity for local network NCell for most of the Everest Base Camp trek.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

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.

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

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.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

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.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

Since Everest Base Camp is not a camping trek, tents and sleeping bags are not required.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

There are adequate, hygienic facilities throughout the EBC trail and at all accommodations.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

Gaiters and microspikes will be provided for trekking in snow, if required.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Meals are not included during Everest base camp trek. The lodges/guest houses on this trek have ample eating options.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

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. Refer to the Everest Base Camp Temperature Chart in the itinerary for more details.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

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.

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

You will be dropped off at the hotel/guest house in Kathmandu at the end of the trek.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

You can offload your backpack (up to 10 kg) on this trek. This portage fee is included in the trek cost.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

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.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

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.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

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.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for a solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

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.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

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.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

There are no specific documents required for this trek. However, please make sure you carry a government ID proof (Driving License, Aadhar Card, PAN Card) for the permits required for the trek. The permits will be arranged by us, and the cost for all permits is included in the trek fee.

Packing List: What to pack



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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu for 2 nights in Hostel on Multiple sharing basis (Mixed)
  • Accommodation during Trek for 11 nights in Teahouses on Twin sharing basis (Mixed)
  • Domestic flights- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu. Airport transfer for Domestic flights (Lukla Flights)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee and all permits, applicable local taxes required for itinerary and as per Nepali regulations at the time of the trek
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue Evacuation in case of emergency
  • Portage of 10kg personal luggage
  • 1 English Speaking Trekking Guide for all groups. 1 Assistant Guide for group size above 6 pax.
  • Wages, Accommodation, Food, Insurance of trekking guides and porters
  • Medical oxygen if needed for emergency purpose

What's not Included

  • Any meals during the trek/road journey/hotel accomodation
  • Personal expenses of any nature, personal tips to guides & porters, alcoholic beverages, cold drinks, mineral water/boiled water and hot showers during the trek.
  • Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list.
  • International Airfare & Tourist visa for Nepal. Pick up & drop for International Arrival & Departure
  • Any transportation needs outside of the itinerary inclusions.
  • Any sightseeing outside of the itinerary inclusions
  • Any kind of Personal Gear, Clothing and Equipment
  • Any Unforeseen Expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions, International or domestic flight delays/cancellations, political disturbance, natural disaster, deviation in programs and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Any extra night costs for rooms in case of domestic flight delays in both Lukla and Kathmandu
  • Any filming permits of any kind. This includes any type of drone. The fee for drones is at $16,000 and permits take 45 days to obtain

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund
  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date - 5% deduction
  • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure - 50% deduction
  • Less than 15 days of departure - No Cash Refund
Voucher Refund
  • Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date - No deduction
  • Cencellations within 5 days prior to departure - No Refund
*Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
*Please note that this is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy

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