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. Head to the FAQ section for the detailed packing list specific to Nepal treks.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,330 m)
Upon arrival our representative will meet you and take you to the hotel and issue your first permit. In the evening you can visit the Thamel Street, it is a very popular place. It has a lot of restaurants, casinos and plenty of shops to buy trekking gears and accessories.
Kathmandu to Lukla (2, 860 m / 9,383 ft, 35 minutes flight), then trek to Phakding (2, 652 m / 8, 700 ft): 3 hours.
After breakfast we will proceed to the Tribhuvan Domestic Airport, Kathmandu. We will take a flight to Lukla. The total flight duration is of 35 minutes. The experience of flying in this route will be one of your best. The flight will be passing through valleys and presenting some breathtaking views of the mountain ranges and the Nepali villages atop. Once you arrive in Lukla, our representatives will receive you. Immediately we will start our trekking and trek to Phakding. It is at an altitude level of 2652m. It is a simple trek for 3 hours. The trail will pass via many small villages and green mountains. Overnight stay in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3, 440 m / 11, 286 ft): 6-7 hours.
Today we will trek for Namche Bazaar. Namche is at an altitude level of 3,440m. The route is surrounded by huge green mountain ranges. The Dudh Koshi river flows along the side till Namche. We will stop at Monjo for the lunch, as that is the last point to get food before Namche. The route between Monjo and Namche is a gradually inclining trail amidst thick green forest. You will be able to get a glimpse of Everest and Lhotse just before Namche, though not very clear. Total trekking will be 6 to 7 hours with moderate difficulty level and after a portion, Monjo will be strenuous. Overnight stay in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
Acclimatization at Namche, Short Hiking.
This is a day for acclimatization and we will be resting in Namche Bazaar. It is a place that has everything one can wish for. Coffee shops, Bars, Restaurants and many more things to do. You can go to the Namche museum, this a little above Namche Bazaar, just about 20 minutes trek. You can get a clear view of Everest and Lhotse from this place. You can visit the Namche Bazaar (Market) and Namche Monastery. Overnight stay in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
Namche to Tengboche (3, 860 m / 12, 664 ft) : 6-7 hours.
Tengboche is a small valley at an altitude level of 3,860m. It is one of the most beautiful places of our entire trekking route. The Tengboche Monastery is a famous and beautiful place, worth visiting. The trek time will be about 6 - 7 hours with moderate difficulty level. Overnight stay in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410 m / 14, 468 ft) : 5 – 6 hours.
Today we will start our trek and go towards the Pangboche village; we will get some nice views of Mount Ama Dablam. We are likely to have our lunch at Pangboche. We will then trek towards Pheriche and proceed to the Imja Valley. We will be able to see the Lobuche River and will pass through it and take steep hike to Dingboche. The trek will be about 5 to 6 hours while it will be moderate for most part, there will be about 2 steep inclines. Overnight stay in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
Acclimatization day at Dingboche
Today will be an acclimatization day. We can take a small hike to get a view of worlds three top mountain peaks, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and Mount Cho Yu. Besides these, you will see plenty of peaks and mountain ranges. Overnight stay in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
Dingboche to Dughla/Thukla (4,620 m / 15, 157 ft) : 3 hours.
Today's trek to Dughla (4,620m) will be our shortest trek in this trip. The distance between Dingboche and Dughla is less in comparison to rest of the days. The flat trail till Dughla will offer some of the best views of this trekking expedition. On our right, we can see a magnificent view of mount Pumori (7,138m) and a glacial lake. We will cross the Dhudkoshi River just before our Tea House; in fact the source of this river is just 1KM from this place. You can see the wall of Khumbu glacier from this place. Overnight in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
Dhugla/Thukla to Lobuche (4,940 m / 16, 207 ft) : 3.5 hours
Today we will start our trekking towards Lobuche which is situated beside the Khumbu glacier. Initial part of the trek will be tough as we will hike to Dughla Pass/ Thukla Pass. It is a short and steep hike from Dhughla/Thukla. The pass is full of mountaineers’ memorials. You can find many famous mountaineers memorials who lost their lives in different expeditions. We usually spend some time at the pass and then proceed to Lobuche. Dhugla / Thukla Pass to Lobuche trail is almost flat. Overnight in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge
Lobuche to Gorakshep (5, 164 m / 16, 942 ft) and visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m / 17,598 ft): 7 – 8 hours.
Today's trekking trail will have a lot of ups and downs till Gorakshep. Most of the ups and down trails are on the Khumbu glacier moraines. Once we reach Gorakshep, we will have a light lunch and proceed to Everest Base Camp, which is situated at the beginning of the Khumbu glacier. The trail goes along side of the Khumbu glacier. You will get to see some extra ordinary views of Mt. Pumori on your right and Mt. Nuptse on your left. The Khumbu icefall is clearly visible from base camp. This portion of the trek brings us up-close to these gigantic mountains and it feels like heaven. We need to hike on the Khumbu glacier for a small distance to reach at Everest Base Camp. It is situated on the glacier close to Khumbu ice fall which is very clearly visible. We will spend some time at the base camp and return to Gorakshep on the same trail. Overnight in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge
Hike to Kala Patthar (5, 644 m / 18, 519 ft) and trek down to Pheriche ( 4, 371 m / 14, 340 ft) : 7 – 8 hours.
Today we will start our trek early in the morning to Kala Patthar. The hike to the summit of Kala Patthar is one of the most difficult and yet rewarding part of this trekking expedition of yours. You will be able to see the most beautiful and gigantic view of Mount Everest. After the Kala Pathar hike, you will discover why Everest is the highest peak on our planet. In fact Kala Patthar is the only place from where you can get views of almost the entire high peak mountains of the Khumbu Range. It will take about 3 hours to reach Kala Patthar from Gorakshep. We can’t spend much time on the top as it’s a windy place. After Kala Patthar it will be all descending from now on and the trek becomes very simple, though you have to be careful about the decline. We will need another 4 hours to reach Pheriche. It is a flat valley on the bank of Dhudhkoshi River. Overnight in a Tea House / Mountain Lodge.
Pheriche to Namche Bazaar.
Today’s trek will be a moderate trek till Namche Bazaar. We have a little hike before Tengboche and after Phungi Thanga.
Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
Today is the last day of our trekking in Khumbu. The trek is of moderate difficulty level as we return to Lukla on the very same trail. The last hike to Lukla will appear endless as we will be in a hurry to reach Lukla, however the trail is not tough at all.
Lukla to Kathmandu
Today we will proceed to the Airport and catch our flight to Kathmandu and enjoy the valley views throughout the 35 minutes flight duration. This is a complete leisure day and overnight stay at hotel.
Kindly check out by 12 noon to catch your flight. We will drop you at the Airport.
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. For a detailed answer read this: Best time to do Everest Base Camp Trek
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. Refer to the Everest Base Camp Temperature Chart in the itinerary for more details.
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 will be dropped off at the hotel/guest house in Kathmandu at the end of the trek.
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.
Please do carry either your passport or Voter ID card, along with a few passport size photographs.
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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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