A scenic-cultural adventure to the foot of the world’s highest mountain, the Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most amazing treks in the world.
The Everest Base Camp Trekking explores the magical lands of the Khumbu Valley and Himalayas on the EBC Trek. The trip takes travelers across the trails at the foothills of some of the highest mountains in the world. Also, the trek offers a close introduction to the culture of the Sherpa ethnic group. Similarly, the trek also offers views of mountains like Cho Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), and Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft) time a few. All in all, the trek ensures a blend of natural and cultural marvels of the Everest region.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,340m meet our staff and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: At Kathmandu with options for sightseeing tours and trek preparations.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,820m) – 30 mins and trek to Phakding (2,635m) – 4 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) – 6 hrs.
Day 05: At Namche Bazaar rest day with a short hike to support acclimatization.
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery (3,867m) – 5 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,350m) – 5 hrs.
Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and short excursion.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4,980m) – 5 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5,180m) and to Everest base camp (5,364m) – 6 hrs.
Day 11: Climb to Kalapatthar (5,545m) and walk to Pheriche (4,230m) – 8 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar via Thyangboche. – 6 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla. – 8 hrs.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel with a free afternoon.
Day 15: International departure for homeward bound.
Everest Base Camp Trail Itinerary is our standard itinerary. Inquire us if you want to customize the trip. If this trek does not match your needs, we also have other options for EBC Trek packages: Rapid EBC Trek, Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek, Everest Base Camp Classic Trek, and Island Peak Climb via EBC.
At Heaven Nepal Adventure, we make sure that our clients get the finest services. Also, we have skilled Sherpa guides and porters to assist you on the trek. Similarly, we have numerous other treks across the country.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp
Firstly, your arrival in Kathmandu marks the start of the Everest Base Camp Trek. Here, you will spend an extra day for trek preparations and you may also choose to explore the city and its world heritage sites that reflect the ancient history, art, and culture.
The day after, you will get on a flight to Lukla which houses one of the most dangerous airports in the world. As you follow the Dudh Koshi River, you will trek north to Phakding. Entering the Sagarmatha National Park, you will trek to Namche Bazaar. As you hug the banks of Imja River, you will head towards Tengboche and further continue to Dingboche. You will spend the second acclimatization day and explore the village area.
Further, you trek north to the Thukla village. You will trek along the Khumbu Glacier to cross Lobuche and reach Gorak Shep. Then, another short trek across rugged and dry trails takes you to the base camp of Mt. Everest (8848m). En route, you can relish the views of Mt. Everest along with Nuptse (7861m) and Pumo-Ri (7165m). After exploring the base camp, you return to Gorak Shep and prepare for a hike to Kala Patthar. From this vantage point, you can enjoy a panorama of the Everest Himalayas. Finally, you begin the return trek and retrace your steps to Lukla.
You may arrive in Kathmandu at any time. When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our airport representative who will be waiting for you at the airport. He will help you get transferred to your Hotel.
Overnights stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu. Included: pick up on our private vehicle.
This day is reserved for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. You will visit the city’s major UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They include the Pashupatinath Temple, the Bouddhanath Stupa, the Swayambhunath Stupa, and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Each of the sites presents amazing artwork done on wood, stone statues, and metal carvings. They provide insight into the historical and religious aspects of Nepal and traditional Nepali architecture. After the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel where you can prepare for the upcoming trip.
Overnights stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu. Included: breakfast, city tour with tour guide, and dinner.
Now the real Everest Base Camp Trek begins early in the morning, you will have a short scenic flight to Lukla. You will be transferred to the airport from the Hotel, and then you will catch the morning flight to Khumbu. The short flight is quite amazing as it presents aerial views of the Himalayan periphery of Nepal rising against the terrain. Upon landing at Lukla, you will begin your trek to Phakding- one of the popular Himalayan villages of the Khumbu situated just north of Lukla. It is a rather easy trek where you can enjoy the tranquil ambiance of the Khumbu. The trail goes through emerald hillsides and when you approach Phakding, you will get your first glimpse of the Kusum Kangrarau Peak.
Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Phakding. Included: B,L,D Tea or Coffee 3 Cup of day.
The trail winds its way into the Dudh Koshi River Valley towards Namche. You will be making your way down the hill towards the river and trekking along its banks until you reach Monjo. From here, you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park.The trek presents amazingly verdant alpine forests of tall pine and scented cedar,home to wide species of birds and small animals of the low-lying Himalayas. Gaining steady altitude, you will trek up the hill again away from the river and through the woodlands to one of the most famous towns of the Khumbu- Namche Bazaar. You can see grand views of peaks like the Kongde RI, the Thamserku, and Everest from the town. Namche Bazaar is a major commercial hub of the region. Due to its strategic location, it was also a major trading point for Nepali and Tibetan traders in ancient times where the exchange of salt, textiles, and meat used to take place.
Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Namche Bazaar. Included: B,L,D Tea or Coffee.
This day is sanctioned for acclimatization. Namche is a great place for acclimatization as it is one of the most famous Sherpa towns of Khumbu. Along with the views of the Himalayan peaks, Namche also presents a bustling Sherpa culture. Today, you can visit the popular Everest View Hotel situated a few miles ahead of town where you can sip hot butter tea on the hotel’s verandah as you look at the view of the Everest peak and its neighboring Himalayas. You can also visit the Syangboche airstrip that is located on a ridge above the town.It presents panoramic views of peaks like Lobuche, Tawache, the Ama Dablam and many more, as well as of the town below. Back at Namche, you can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery.
Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Namche. Included: B,L,D Tea or Coffee.
Further trekking along the Dudh Koshi valley from Namche, you will be passing by Phungki Thanka, and making your way from Pheriche to the village of Thyangboche. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Imja River, you will make your way through the trans-Himalayan forests into the village situated on the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja Rivers. The ridges that surround the village of Thyangboche are filled with rhododendron trees, and the views of the mountain peaks like the Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Everest and many more from the village are spectacular. Here, you can also visit the famous Thyangboche Monastery, a spiritual center of the region and the largest Buddhist shrine of Khumbu. The monastery is also the site of celebrating the Mani Rimdu Festival.
Overnights stay at the guesthouse. Included: B,L,D Tea or Coffee.
Trekking through alpine jade forests overshadowed by tall ivory peaks, you will cross a suspension bridge over the Imja River and pass through the village of Pangboche on your way to Dingboche today. The terrain is quite dense and the trans-Himalayan landscape is filled with small brooks and streams flowingthrough the chartreuse forests of rhododendrons and juniper. Dingboche is situated in the Imja River Valley and is also famously known as “the summer valley” of the region.
Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche. Included: B,L,D Tea or Coffee.
You will spend another acclimatization day at Dingboche today. You can visit the Nangkartshang Peak that is situated above the town’s hill ridgeline. From the peak, you can enjoy majestic views of the Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Mount Cho Oyu, the Kangtega Peak, and the Everest Peaks. Nangkartshang is famous for its panoramic view of the Ama Dablam Peak in its entirety; you can see the top of the peak to its bottom from where the peak rises. After spending time at Nangkartshang taking in the views, we will return to Dingboche.
Overnights stay at a guesthouse at Dingboche. Included: B,L,D Tea or Coffee.
From Dingboche, you will be following the trail that winds alongside the Imja River towards Lobuche- a small settlement that is towered over by the Lobuche Peaks. The trek is rather moderate and you can also notice the terrain changing from greener pastures to rocky soils and snowy barren grounds as you proceed further along the journey. You will pass Pheriche where the Trekker’s Aid Post is situated on your way to the village. Further along from Pheriche, you will reach Chupki Lharka, a rocky terrain strewn with large boulders. Ahead, the Khumbu Glacier moraine is situated amidst the boulders. Views of mountain peaks like Khumbutse, the Mahalangur Himal, Lingtren and the Pumori from the moraine are brilliant. Once the glacier pass is crossed, you can also see Mount Nuptse towering over the valley.
Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Lobuche. Included: B,L,D Tea or Coffee.
This is one of the most anticipated days of the trek. You will be trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest today. Trekking past the sparsely populated settlement of Gorakshep, you will finally hike towards the base camp.You will also pass bythe Khumbu Glacier Moraine. Upon reaching the base camp, you can take in the scenery and enjoy your time. You can see the Khumbu Icefall from the base, and during peak expedition time, the base camp becomes a beautiful canvas of colorful tents set against the snowy fields set up by climbers doing the Everest expedition. After sending time at the base camp, you will return to Gorakshep.
Overnights stay at Gorakshep. Included: B,L,D Tea or Coffee.
Waking up before dawn, you will make your way to the vantage point of Kalapatthar with the help of your flashlight, navigating your way through the rocky terrain. Kalapatthar is the most famous vantage point of the Khumbu from whereyou can see a mesmerizing view of the entire Mount Everest massif.The peaks tend to change color,going from silver to gold as the rising sun spreads its golden rays over the mountains. It is one of the most ethereal sights in the world. After enjoy that heavenly moment at Kalapatthar, you will make your way back to Pheriche, trekking along the same pathway as before. The journey downhill is easier than the trek uphill.
Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Pheriche. Included: B,L,D Tea or Coffee.
From Pheriche, you will make your way back down the valley, hiking along the hillside track dug into the hill-face itself. Crossing the Imja River again, you will reach Thyangboche. The landscape is very diverse as you will pass by the snowy fields back to greener terrains as pines and scented maples decorate the landscape. You can also see the gaping open valleys and the river flowing below as you trek on the ridgelines of the hills.Passing by village people working on farms, collecting firewood or tending to the cattle, you will make your way back to Namche Bazaar.
Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Namche. Included: B,L,D Tea or Coffee.
From Namche, you will make your way back through the Dudh Koshi River valley, pass by Phakding and Monjo, exit the national park and reach Lukla. Once there, you have the rest of the time to yourself, which you can spend exploring the village and talking to the locals.
Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Lukla. Included: B,L,D Tea or Coffee.
From Lukla, you will catch the early flight back to Kathmandu, saying goodbye to the mountains for the last time. In the city, you can spend your time as you please, resting or shopping, as per your preference.
Overnights stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu. Included: Breakfast, Flight, Massages 1 Hour, Farewell Dinner Limited Drink.
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the airport by one of our staff members from where you will depart.
Included: Departure to the airport on our private vehicle.
- Arrival airport pick-up and transfer to the hotel.
- Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural program
- 3 Nights at 3-star standard accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing with one tour guide.
- Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight.
- Tea House/Mountain Lodge accommodation during the trek.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Tea/Coffee) during the trek.
- Cost of a experienced Licensed Trekking Guide (English Speaking) for the trek.
- Porter Cost (one porter for every two members in a group).
- Trekking Permits and Sagarmatha National Park fees.
- All Government and Local body taxes as applicable.
- Down Jackets, Druffle and Sleeping bags (available upon request)
- Company T-shirt
- Group Medical Kit Box (Diamox and other first-aid medicine carried by a guide)
- An hour trekker's massages upon accomplishing the trek.
- Farewell dinner with official staff.
- Transfer to the airport.
Service Not Included
- International Airfare.
- Nepal Visa.
- Sightseeing permit fees in Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except for welcome/farewell dinner.
- Deserts (cakes, bakes, and pies), additional hot drinks, bottled drinks, boiled and mineral water during the trek.
- Electronic device Charging, Hot showers and Wi-Fi.
- Tipping to driver and trekking crew.
- Anything not mentioned in 'Service included' section.
EBC Trek Cost
The cost of trekking in Nepal depends on factors like quality of services and the number of trip days. The cost of a regular Everest Base Camp trekking package can be around $1400 – $1800 depending upon your trek requirements and services. If you want private rooms during your trek and stay in Kathmandu, the costs will go up. If you are travelling during peak season, you are recommended to book in advance. The other costs include porter, guide and permit costs.
Everest Base Camp Trekking Permits
The government of Nepal has imposed permit fees to trek and explore through various regions in Nepal. Permits are important to your safety and also for records. These are the permits you should obtain for the trek: Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit- NPR 2,000 per person issued in Everest region and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit – NPR 3,000 per person can be obtained in Kathmandu as well as in Everest region. You can get all of these permits on your own and you’ll need your passport to issue the permits. Also, we can also issue the correct permits if necessary.
What is the best time to trek to EBC?
February to May (Spring) and September to November (Autumn) are the best time for Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is perfect and the views are awesome during these months. However, if you are bothered by crowds, these may not be an ideal time for you.
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty and Altitude
Trekking to the Everest Base Camp is difficult and challenging. Everest Base camp trek difficulty can be graded as moderate. People from all ages have completed the trek but it is only possible with good preparation. People who are used to hiking along the trails for a few days with a good level of physical fitness will find the trek comparatively easy.
The trek requires you to walk 80 miles in 10-12 days through the hills and mountains. The starting place of the trek, Lukla is at 2820m, Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5365 meters whereas the highest point is Kalapatthar at 5545 meters. Kalapatthar is renowned for its magnificent views of majestic mountains including Mt. Everest. During the EBC trek, you will ascend 400-800 meters per day.
Nepal Country Visa and Entry Procedure
Here are two ways to obtain a Nepalese visa. The first one is via the Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed in your country. As of the second way, you can easily obtain an On-Arrival visa at the entry/exit points stationed across the country. You can fill out an application form and provide the necessary documents to receive an On-Arrival Visa. Travellers can choose different visa types according to the length of their stay in Nepal.
The visa for 15 days costs USD 30, USD 50 for 30 days, and USD 125 for 90 days. Also if your visa is about to expire but you are not yet done exploring the country, you can get your visa extended for USD 3 per day and if your visa has already expired, it costs USD 5 per day. This information regarding updated Visa Fees is available at the official website of the Department of Immigration at http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/post/notice-regarding-visa-fee-updates.
You can also head to the following link for more information regarding Tourist Visa in Nepal. http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa
How to reach Nepal?
International flights are only available through the only International airport i.e. the Tribhuvan International Airport. If you are planning on traveling to Nepal by air then TIA is your only option. Flights can be boarded from India, Dubai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur among many other destinations.
Traveling by land you have two options, via India and China. There is also a direct railway line connecting India and Nepal along with several bus facilities for traveling across border from India.
Traveling by road through India is the most easily accessible. You can travel to Nepal through Sunauli- Bhairahawa, Raxaul – Birgunj, Siliguri- Kakarbhitta, Banbasa – Mahendranagar, or Bahraich- Nepalgunj. Kodari and Kerung are two entry/exit points stationed at the Nepal-Tibet border.
Popular Destinations to Visit
There are numerous travel destinations in Nepal; each with a unique identity and story of its own. Kathmandu is one of such destinations, with dozens of sightseeing to do, eateries to try out, and handicrafts to shop. Next up is Pokhara which enchants its visitors with its serene lakes and the enthralling views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Fishtail ranges. Similarly, Lumbini, Chitwan, Bandipur, and Palpa are few other destinations which are ripe for tours and leisurely vacations. Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park are two of the most popular destinations for jungle safari and wildlife exploration.
As of adventure sports, Kathmandu and Pokhara offer plenty of choices including rafting, bungee jumping, zip-lining, and paragliding. Likewise, the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions stand out as the prominent destinations for treks, peak climbing trips, and expeditions.
Things to do in Nepal
The nation is considered to be a paradise for trekkers and grants an exciting number of choices. On these treks, you will witness the grand views of the Himalayas and cultural prosperity of the ethnic communities along the trails. Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek are two of the most popular treks in Nepal.
For those who are not satisfied with just gazing up to the mountains, you can go for a mountaineering expedition and peak climbing. While expeditions take you to mountains above the height of 6,500 meters, the destinations of peak climbing trips are low-lying peaks which can be summited even by amateurs. Everest (8848m), Annapurna (8091m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) are popular expedition sites whereas Island Peak (6189m), Mera Peak (6476m), and Pisang Peak (6091m) are the notable peak climbing destinations.
Short tours and sightseeing in Nepal are also quite popular among travellers in Nepal. Likewise, adventure sports like rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, canyoning, rock climbing, zip-lining, and mountain biking are also among the things that can be done in Nepal.
Trekking Seasons in Nepal
The country lies on the temperate zone and has four distinct climates: spring, summer (with monsoon), autumn, and winter. Normally, the best time to trek in Nepal is during March-May (spring) when the skies are clear, trails are filled blooming flora, and the temperature is just the right.
Another appropriate season is mid-September to November (autumn), during which the temperature is moderate, skies are clear, and mountain views are stunning. The summer season (June – August) is occupied by heavy rainfall increasing the chances of landslides in the hills, while the winter season brings in harsh weather conditions and extreme cold. However, there are treks which can be done during winter and monsoon as well.
Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang regions lie in the rain-shadow area so, they are ideal trek destinations during monsoon. Likewise, easy and low-altitude treks like Ghorepani Poonhill and Tamang Heritage Trek are perfect during the winter season.
Read our blog on Best Season to Trek in Nepal for more info.
While trekking in Nepal is extremely satisfying, altitude sickness might get a better hold of you at times. The air pressure and oxygen concentration decrease the higher you travel.
As such, altitude sickness is an illness that a human body suffers from due to these reasons. The symptoms of the sickness include lack of appetite, nausea, weakness, lightheartedness, sleep disturbance, tiredness, and headache. These symptoms generally appear when moving upwards of the height 2,400 meters from the sea level.
You can adopt different measures to avoid altitude sickness like a walk with a slow and steady pace, avoid smoking, and stop at different stations to acclimatize. Before beginning your trek, make sure you have a first aid kit with ibuprofen or paracetamol and Diamox. If anyone falls victim to altitude sickness, it is necessary to inform the trip leader and descend to a lower altitude. In extreme cases, it might also be necessary to perform Heli rescue and emergency evacuations.
Accidents can happen anywhere so, it is recommended for all the tourists to get travel insurance before visiting Nepal. Depending upon the insurance policy and the company, the insurance will look after tragic like theft, loss or accidental damage of gears and other belongings, baggage, and medical emergencies. Likewise, the insurance should also include helicopter evacuation and any kinds of mishaps that might occur during adventure sporting like bungee jumping, rafting, and zip-lining. No one is capable of foreseeing the accidents, but each individual can by themselves an insurance policy to lessen the effects of the accident.
Meals and Accommodations
In major cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu, you will get multiple options to choose from, from cheap lodges to extravagant 5 stars hotels. Likewise, you will also get to choose from a wide range of cuisines while in the major cities. However, once you move away from the cities, the options for meals and accommodations in Nepal will become limited. During the treks, the best accommodations available are lodges and teahouses. They provide basic facilities for dining and lodging. These places mostly serve traditional Nepali food “Daal Bhat Tarkari” (rice, pulses, and vegetables). Similarly, there are several other food varieties like Momo, Thukpa, and Thakali food available across Nepal.
Banking, ATM’s, and Money in Nepal
Nepalese Rupees is the official currency of Nepal. The banknotes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 whereas coins of 1 and 2 are available in Nepal.
While travelling to Nepal, banking and money exchange are not a huge deal in big cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu. When you head to rural areas, the availability of banks, ATMs, and money exchange booths becomes fairly scarce. So, it best to withdraw enough cash and exchange the currency at major cities. You can also exchange foreign currencies into Nepali Rupees at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You need to be updated about the exchange rates which are available at the official website of Neal Rastra Bank at https://www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php.
Internet and Communication
It is quite easy to access the Internet in Nepal. Using Wi-Fi is a widely used way to communicate and use the Internet. Wi-Fi is easily available in major cities and even in some remote destinations. When trekking to remote locations, Wi-Fi might not always be available; so, using cellular data is the best way to communicate over the Internet. You can buy a Sim-card in Nepal at a reasonable price which allows you to make an international call. Also, you can use mobile data while you are in the areas without Wi-Fi. Telephone, Fax, and newspapers are few other forms of communication in Nepal.
Internal Flight Delays
Due to the geographical diversity and unpredictable climate in the Himalayas, the internal flights are often delayed or cancelled. Weather conditions like heavy rainfall, storms, or fog can disrupt the flights. So, it is wise to spare an extra day or two as buffer days, in case of flight delays and cancellations. Likewise, it is also necessary to note that the weather conditions are great during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. If you have enough time, you can also choose road transportation in such cases.
Health and Safety Including Traveling alone in Country
The country is very safe for all tourists and travellers. The country is not experiencing any armed conflicts, religious wars, or grave crimes. Travelling alone is also perfectly sage and you will find willing Nepalese to help you with your travel issues. We also advise solo travellers to inform their loved ones and authorities like local police about their travel destination and itinerary to remain on the safe side. However, there are many issues that you need to consider to trek alone. So, you should have ample knowledge and idea before going on a solo trek.
Likewise, there is a Tourist Police department in Nepal which looks after the welfare and safety of the travellers. You can learn more about them at the official website of Nepal Tourism Board at https://www.welcomenepal.com/plan-your-trip/tourist-police.html.
In case of medical emergencies during your trek, you can visit nearest health-post which provide basic medical services. If the medical complication persists, you’ll have to head to the hospitals in town and cities. Similarly, it is also necessary to follow a healthy and hygienic lifestyle when travelling in Nepal to stay fit and healthy.
Useful Nepali Phrases
|How are you?||Tapaii lai Kasto Chha?|
|I am fine.||Malai Thik Cha|
|Have you eaten? (used often as informal greeting)||Khana khannu bhayo?|
|What is your name?||Tapaiiko naam ke ho?|
|Pardon me/ Sorry||Maaph garnuhola|
|I don’t understand||Maile bhujhina|
|I understand||Maile bhujhe|
|See you again||Pheri bhetaula|
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions or Queries):Expand/Close
Depending upon your time requirements, you can book this trip few months or least a weeks before from our departure dates. This should be after making sure that you have checked your health and physical fitness.
The group size ranges from a minimum of 1 person to the maximum of 10-15 persons. You can also join other groups.
From March to May, most of the day is
clear with the minimum temperature of 0° C to 20 °C . As the altitude increases the temperature decreases making higher areas like Tengboche, Gorakshep, Kalapathhar and Everest base camp colder than Kathmandu and Lukla.
At present each village has more than 10 to 20 good lodges with pleasant rooms and they serve excellent food menus depending on the seasons. Common bathrooms and restrooms may be a probability in remote places. Do not expect much of the high end facilities in remote parts like Tengboche and Gorakshep. All rooms and dining are equipped with heating facilities to make your stay warm and comfortable.
Most of the places do have electricity on route to Everest Base Camp operated by hydro-power. After Namche Bazaar and Thyangboche electricity is private of the lodge and tea houses.
Some places do have networks for cell phones and as well for internets & Wi-Fi. Dingboche and some areas do not offer consistent network connection due to remoteness.
At present, nearly all places in Nepal including remote villages do have mobile phone network coverage.
Our guides and trekking crews are well equipped with knowledge and skills for these situations. You will be provided with primary health care or rush you to the nearest hospital or to Kathmandu via Helicopter depending upon the seriousness of the situation.
The tip amount is usually around 20% of the total wages of porters and guides. So, you may tip $50 or more on a week-long trek. However, it is your decision to tip or not. You can also choose not to tip. It is a nice gesture and is regarded as an appreciation of the services offered by the guide and porter.
The best months to experience the Everest Base Camp Trek are September, October, November, February, March, April and May. These are pre and post monsoon months. The trek is accessible most times of the year. It is recommended to inquire beforehand if you are planning the trek on other months to make sure.
Everest Base Camp Trek is worth it according to many travellers who have been there. The trek offers both cultural and natural experiences. Many trekkers have done this trek several times and they have had enjoyable journeys and experiences, every time. The main highlights of the trip are Kathmandu, Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu Glacier, Kala Patthar and the Everest Base Camp.
Well, it depends on you. The trek can be arranged to run anywhere from 10 days to 25 days. There are various trekking routes and itineraries that can be designed to fit your needs. If you want to go to Everest Base Camp on the same paths walked by first climbers Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa then it will take you 20 days.
The cost of Everest Base Camp Trek can go anywhere between $1200 – $5000. However, a normal 15 days trek would cost you around $1400 depending upon operator. The cost depends upon the quality of services offered, likes modes of transportation, routes of trek, food and accomodation.
Yes, you can trek to Everest Base Camp alone. Make sure you have a proper checklist of things you need to take care of. Permits, accomodation and transport can be hard to manage especially in a peak tourist season.
Hiking or trekking shoes are perfect for Everest Base Camp trek. You will have to hike through different landscapes for 6-7 hours a day and you will need the shoes to be comfortable, durable and waterproof too. Snow boots are necessary if you are planning to trek in winters.
Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most famous in the world and it is only possible to avoid crowds during winters and off season. Another way to avoid crowds is to take alternative routes to Everest Base Camp. Around 35,000 people visit Everest Base Camp each year.
Most of the tea houses offer traditional Nepali food, Dal Bhat (rice and lentil). The food has to be carried by porters and animals to the remote areas and the options on the menu may not be like Kathmandu or even Lukla. There are options for non veg food but it is wise to keep your stomach in good condition during the trek. Eating three times: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is mandatory during the trek. Breakfast includes tea, coffee, oatmeals, omelette, chapati, jam and fruit juice. You will have options in lunch and dinner ranging from tibetian bread, soups to pasta, pizzas, dumplings and Dal bhat.
Yes, Everest Base Camp Trek is safe but it has its risks due to its geography. The chances of the trek being unsafe is fairly low if health conditions and fitness is good. Altitude sickness is a problem for some trekkers but there are various ways to prevent it. Of all, a good plan and preparation ensures safety on this Everest Base Camp Trek.
Everest Base Camp Packing List
In case you don’t miss anything else, here’s the full list:
- Travel insurance
- Air tickets
- Few passport-sized photos
Clothing and Accessories
- Neck gaiter
- Lightweight thermal gloves
- Lightweight towel
- Down Jacket
- Windproof and waterproof jacket
- Windproof and waterproof trousers
- Sleeping trousers
- T-Shirts (full/half sleeve)
- Walking shoes or sandals
- Hiking shoes
- Sleeping bag
Food & water
- Snacks ( Crackers, Chips, Biscuits, etc)
- Protein bars
- Dry fruits
- Your favorite coffee or tea bags
- Water bottle
- Water purifier
Personal Hygiene and Toiletries
- Hand sanitizer
- Quick drying towel
- Multipurpose soap
- Nail clipper
- Face wash
- Body wash
- Baby Wipes
- Sunscreen with maximum SPF
- Small mirror
- Feminine hygiene (Sanitary pads)
- Sleeping bag
- Duffel bag
- Backpack (45-60 litre)
- Swiss knife
- Trekking Pole or Stick
- Portable charger / power bank
- A notebook and a pen is always useful
- Alarm clock
- Insect repellent
- Sewing kit
- Card games (Uno, Skip Bo)
- Board games (Ludo, Chess)