Everest Base Camp 16 Days Itinerary

Everest Base Camp 16 Days Itinerary

Everest Base Camp trek is a great introductory trek to the wonderful mountains and charming Sherpa settlements of the Khumbu region. Everest Base Camp 16 days Itinerary is a great option for travelers who wish to spend adventurous time on the lap of the chain of Himalayas.

Everest Base Camp is an epic trek in the Everest region that takes you to the base of Mount Everest at a staggering height of 8848 meters.

This trek to the base of Everest is full of adventure and provides an ultimate challenge for the trekkers. So, if you are up for the challenge, this is one of the most inspiring treks in the world to do it.

On EBC trek, you can experience astounding mountain views and tour across high altitude Buddhist monasteries. Plus, you also get to visit Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site. It presents you with a glimpse of the local life of Sherpa people in this region.

This trek takes you to the same trail Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa set off in 1953.

Beautiful, multi-hued prayer flags and carved Mani stones will amaze you throughout the trail.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp 16 Days

Everest Base Camp

  • Takes you to the base camp at 5,357 meters where you can see the close-up view of the chain of Himalayas.
  • Kala Patthar (5555m) is the best vantage point to encounter the spectacular view of the mountains. It is the highest point of the trek.
  • Experience the friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages great variety of cultures and traditions.
  • The diverse flora and fauna of the Sagarmatha National Park.

Detailed Everest Base Camp 16 days Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: 1,345 meters

Highlights: Nepali local food and exploring the cultural lifestyle of Nepali people

Welcome to Nepal! Our representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). And, escort you to the respective hotels.

After your refreshment, we will provide a short briefing regarding your trip. And the rest of the time you may stroll around the streets of Kathmandu.

Overnight stay in the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley

Sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley

Maximum Altitude: 1,345 meters

Highlights: Sightseeing at UNESCO world heritage sites

On the second day of Everest Base Camp 16 Days Itinerary, you will have a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. You will be visiting 3 UNESCO world heritage sites.

Visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square and strolling around the lovely streets of Kathmandu old Ason market. You can also visit the home of the living Goddess Kumari. Then you can witness the biggest Hindu Temple of Nepal – the Pashupatinath Temple.

And visiting one of the world’s glorious and ancient temples- the Swayambhunath Temple. It is also known as monkey temple.

Overnight stay in the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding


Maximum Altitude: 2,840 meters

Flight Duration: 35 min

Trek Hours: 3 to 4 hrs

Highlights: Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

On the third day, the EBC trek begins with a short 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The flight to Lukla is a lifetime experience.

The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla always leave early in the morning due to weather conditions. After you reach Lukla, the actual EBC treks begin where you will trek towards Phakding.

The trail goes through the Dudh Koshi river. After passing several villages, mani walls, and bridges you will arrive at Phakding.

Overnight stay at Phakding.

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar

Maximum Altitude: 3,440 meters

Trek Hours: 6 hrs

Highlights: Crossing several suspension bridges and walking via Sagarmatha National Park

On the fourth day, you will trek to Namche Bazaar from Phakding. The trail takes you through the Dudh Koshi river and Monjo. You will cross many exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags.

At Monjo, the trek officially enters Sagarmatha National Park. Here, you will have to issue the Sagarmatha National Park permit card to continue your trek.

Then the walk proceeds toward Jhorsalley village. You will also walk through Rhododendron, pines, and oaks forests. Then after a few hours, you will reach Namche Bazaar. In Namche Bazaar, you can visit the colorful and busy markets on Saturdays.

The route to Namche is slightly challenging. But, it will be worth it by seeing the amazing beauty of the environments.

Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day

Namche Bazaar

Maximum Altitude: 3,440 meters

Trek Hours: 5 hrs

Highlights: Excursion of Namche Bazaar, visiting the colorful market

On the fifth day of Everest Base Camp 16 Days Itinerary, you will spend in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize. This will help you to adjust to the environment.

Namche Bazaar is the primary town of the Everest or Khumbu region. You can tour around this place, it has many shops, restaurants, internet cafes, and a colorful market.

Namche offers a diverse culture, flora, fauna, and full of interesting museums, gompas, and so on.

You will hike to the Sagarmatha National Park. You can enjoy the view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, etc. And also visiting the Khunde hospital built by Sir Edmund Hillary.

You can also visit Syanboche Airport and Everest View Hotel. It is one of the highest-placed hotels in the world. From the hilltop, you will get an awesome view of Namche valley.

If you are keen interested, you can trek to Khumjung village and explore the beautiful Khumbu valley.

Overnight stay at Namche.

Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche


Maximum Altitude: 3,860 meters

Trek Hours: 6 hrs

Highlights: visiting the largest monastery in the Khumbu region- Tengboche Monastery

On the sixth day of Everest Base Camp 16 Days Itinerary, you will head towards Tengboche village from Namche Bazaar. This village is the oldest Sherpa village in the Khumbu region.

The trek continues through the Dudh Koshi river with a wonderful view of mountains. You will also walk via Rhododendron and birch forests. Here, you can also spot musk deer and Himalayan Thar. Then after a few hours of walking, you will reach Tengboche Monastery.

Tengboche is the famous and biggest monastery of the Everest or Khumbu region. It lies within Sagarmatha National Park which is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Inside this monastery, there are ornate wall hangings and robes of lamas. Along with a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha and musical instruments.

Overnight stay at Tengboche village.

Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche


Maximum Altitude: 4,360 meters

Trek Hours: 5 hrs

Highlights: Walking via lush forests, passing via Chortens, Mani walls, and prayer flags.

On the seventh day, you will trek towards Dingboche from Tengboche.

The trails drop down to Debuche, crossing another exciting suspension bridge on Imja Khola. Then climb up to Pheriche and Pangboche amongst the thousands of mani stones.

This route passes through the lush forest of Rhododendron and birch. While trekking, you can encounter the wonderful views of Mount Everest and other peaks. You can also witness different mani walls and Chortens along the trail.

Then after the continuous walk of 4 to 5 hrs of the day, you finally reach Dingboche.

Overnight stay at Dingboche.

Day 8: Dingboche Acclimatization Day


Maximum Altitude: 4,360 meters

Trek Hours: 5 to 6 hrs

Highlights: Awestruck view of Mt Lhotse, Mt Ama Dablam, and stone walls covering Imja valley

On the eighth day, you will have some rest in Dingboche. Spending a day in Dingboche will help to acclimatize in the high elevation.

After breakfast, you will hike to Nangkartshang peak just above Dingboche. This is the vantage point where it will reward you with the panoramic view of Mt Ama Dablam and Lhotse.

If the weather is clear, you will get to see Ama Dablam in its entirety. Furthermore, you can also encounter Mt Makalu and Cho Oyu.

With a great Himalayan view, you can admire the picturesque Imja valley. And also the beautiful and charming Dingboche village.

Overnight stay at Dingboche.

Day 9: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche


Maximum Altitude: 4,940 meters

Trek Hours: 5 to 6 hrs

Highlights: Amazing view of Chola Lake and Mt Pumori, stone memorials of Sherpas that perished at the Khumbu Glacier.

On the ninth day of Everest Base Camp 16 Days Itinerary, you will head from Dingboche to Lobuche. The trek begins with a climb to Dughla via Khumbu Khola valley.

The trek ascends towards Chupki Lhara via boulder-strewn slopes. You will enjoy a majestic view of Chola lake and Mt Pumori.

The trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. It also passes by stone memorials of Sherpas that perished on nearby the summits.

The top of the ridge is surrounded by prayer flags, mani walls, and stones. You can also get an amazing view of other peaks including Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Mahalangur Himal. Then leaving behind the Khumbu Glacier, the trails gently climbs up to the Lobuche.

Overnight stay at Lobuche.

Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp – back to Gorak Shep

Gorak Shep

Maximum Altitude: 5,365 meters

Trek Hours: 8 to 9 hrs

Highlights: 360-degrees views of snowy mountains like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Khumbu. A glimpse of Kala Patthar, and walking via glacial trails and reach Everest Base Camp.

This is a big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365m. You get closest to the Mt. Everest.

You will start your trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep. Walking via rocky glacier you’ll reach Gorak Shep.

Following the trails of Khumbu Glacier and catching the glimpse of Mt. Everest finally you’ll reach Everest Base Camp.

The Everest Base Camp is stunningly beautiful. You can enjoy amazing views of Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori mountains from the Base Camp.

After soaking in the beauty, you walk back towards Gorak Shep where you will spend the night.

Overnight stay at Gorak Shep.

Day 11: Hike up to Kalapathar and Trek to Pheriche


Maximum Altitude: 5,555 meters

Trek Hours: 7 to 8 hrs

Highlights: Sunrise view over Mount Everest along with other peaks. Enjoy the best view of the Khumbu region from Kalapathar

On the eleventh day, you will hike to Kalapathar in the early morning. After a few hours of walking, you will reach Kalapathar.

Kalapathar is the best vantage point to witness Mount Everest. From here, you can also encounter Mt Nuptse, Mt Lhotse, Mt Pumori, and other peaks as well.

The trail is a demanding and challenging, yet rewarding part of the trek. All the scenery of the surrounding is seriously breathtaking.

After spending some time and capturing all the beautiful moments, you will hike back to Gorak Shep. Then from Gorak Shep, you will descend to Pheriche to spend the night.

Overnight stay at Pheriche on the 11th day of Everest Base Camp 16 Days Itinerary.

Day 12: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

Maximum Altitude: 3,440 meters

Trek Hours: 6 to 7 hrs

Highlights: Passing through several villages like Tengboche, Pangboche, Sansa, Khumjung, and Namche.

On the twelfth day, you will head back to Namche Bazaar from Pheriche. The trail drops downhill until you reach Pangboche village.

The trail has a lot of ups and downs. You will ascend to a hillside filled with Rhododendron and juniper trees. You will also cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River.

Then you will descend through pine forests. Here, you can easily spot mountain goats, pheasant, and other wild animals and birds.

Then you will eventually reach Sansa village. Here you can witness beautiful mountains.

After that, following the Khumjung village and walking via the forest you will reach Namche Bazaar.

Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla


Maximum Altitude: 2,840 meters

Trek Hours: 6 hrs

Highlights: Rhododendron and pine forests, Sherpa villages, and prayer stones

On the thirteenth day, you will head back to Lukla from Namche Bazaar.

The trek begins by walking on a rocky terrain to reach Namche Bazaar. It is a downhill trek following the Dudh Koshi river.

You will cross several suspension bridges, monasteries, and Sherpa villages. You can enjoy walking on open Rhododendron and pine forests.

After reaching Lukla, you will spend the rest of the day by taking some rest. As it will be the last day in the mountains.

Overnight stay at Lukla.

Day 14: Fly Back to Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: 1,345 meters

Flight Hours: 35 min

Highlights: Wonderful aerial view from the plane.

On the fourteenth day, you’ll fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning. You will enjoy the 35-minute scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

On your arrival at the airport at Kathmandu, our representative will transfer you to the respective hotel. You can take a rest and if you wish you can go explore the city.

Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 15: Rest Day/ Shopping/ Leisure

Highlights: Shopping and exploring the rest of the city in Kathmandu.

This is a free day and you can do shopping. You can buy souvenirs for your close ones around the Thamel area, also worth spending quality time at Kathmandu.

You will celebrate the completion of the Everest Base Camp trek and have the final dinner together in the evening.

Overnight stay at Kathmandu

Day 16: Departure

This is the last day of your trip. Our representatives will assist you to get to the airport as per your flight departure time.

Everest Base Camp in Different Season

Everest Base Camp

Spring- March, April, May

Spring season brings the glory of eternal sunshine over the mountain ranges. This season promises a beautiful view of the Everest region. The weather is perfect for trekking during this month. It is warm at lower elevations.

The mild and warm weather in the spring season is perfect for the exploration of nature. Chirping birds in the meadows, flowers blooming in the mountains make it a dream of a season to trek.

Autumn- September, October, November

You might experience occasional snowfall but it will make the trekking more exciting. You will still feel the chill in the early morning and late evenings.

The sunny and warm day makes the trekking comfortable. The spectacular scene of blooming rhododendrons across the hills will leave you awestruck.

This season is also the best time to trek to EBC for a clear view of mountains.

Winter- December, January, February

Winter, it is an off-season of the year. The trekking passes are usually closed. The days are shorter.

You might also experience heavy snowfall some times of the year. The cost also tends to drop low in this month.

Solitude is another wonderful thing at offer during the winter trek to Everest Base Camp.

Summer- June, July, August

You can experience drizzling rain and thunder this time. The month brings pleasant weather and memorable trekking experience.

The temperature starts to get warmer. Flowers blossom across the green fields.

The days tend to be longer during this time of the year. Occasional rain might disrupt the trek though.

Difficulties of Everest Base Camp 16 Days

Everest Base Camp

The length and time can be the determining factors for the difficulties of the trek.

You should spend some days acclimatizing to the altitude of this region. So, 16 days allows you enough time to acclimatize. This will decrease your chances of suffering from Altitude sickness.

This 16 days Everest Base Camp Trek is not going to be easy unless you prepare well.

There might be several difficulties you may face during the trek.

Thus, hiring a guide and porter is very essential for this trek. As they provide useful guidelines to overcome difficulties you might encounter during this trek.

Final Say,

Everest Base Camp Trek 16 days Itinerary is an amazing experience in the foothills of the mountains. Exploring the Himalayas, ancient monasteries, and village settlements are the best part of this trek.

It is a once in a lifetime thrilling experience as you will cherish this moment forever.

All you need to consider is the necessary knowledge, proper planning, and packing before you set off on your adventure.

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