Everest Base Camp Trek

14 Days

Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the mainstream trekking sites of Nepal that takes you to the heartland of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. Mt. Everest is gigantic, with a height of about 8,848.86m, and its wings proliferate across miles. Mt. Everest lies in the northern part of Nepal and is spread across the border between Nepal and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. This trek presents you with stunning mountainous beauty and offers you insights into the Himalayan lifestyle. This magnificent journey to the heartland of Everest begins with relishing the magnificent beauty of the Himalayas through numerous stopovers along the way.

This trek summons numerous people from all around the world to seek the stunning beauty of Mt. Everest along with other surrounding mountains like Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse Sar, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Lobuche and many more. The magnificent journey indulges you with the Himalayan trekking trails, gives insights into the cultures and local traditions, and lets you have a peaceful time in the mountainous region. The holy mountains infuse its beauty and shine golden yellow with the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset. During a clear and warm day, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful mountainous landscapes oozing out a vibrant atmosphere.

The majestic magnificence of Mt. Everest heaves tourism for beautiful sightseeing, stirring trekking experiences, and gripping mountain climbing, even though the Everest Base Camp has much to offer both beginners and experienced trekkers. This trekking journey involves trailing through Sagarmatha National Park, and this contributes to your overall trekking experience by presenting you with glimpses of wandering Himalayan wild species like Himalayan Tahr, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, and Monkeys. On top of that, the journey will take you through the lush green forest, charming rhododendrons, and pine forests and provide you with glimpses of numerous bird species.

The once-in-a-lifetime experience to the heartland of Everest not only serves you with the grandeur of mountains but also presents you with a wonderful opportunity to immerse in the distinct culture and traditions of the Himalayan region, visit numerous monasteries, and stupas, and gain insights into spirituality through Buddhist practices.

Who can do the Everest Base Camp Trek?

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The Everest Base Camp Trek is a magnificent way to seek the beauty of Everest and numerous other mountains like Lhotse, Makalu, Lhotse Sar, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Lobuche, and many more. The routes of this trek are challenging and this demands strong physical strength, sheer determination, proper preparation, essential equipment, and mental resilience.

Factors like the length of the trek, challenging terrain, high altitude, unpredictable weather, and minor injuries and sickness can pose challenges to your EBC Trek. Trekking to the heartland of Everest is not like walking to the park, and this journey demands well-planned actions and necessary preparation. The journey to the heartland of Everest will be accomplished by facing mild difficulty and conquering the forthcoming challenges with the necessary packing, preparations, and planning.

While the Everest Base Camp Trek is considered to be strenuous in terms of difficulty, it can still be done by both experienced trekkers and beginners with proper preparation and equipment. This trek takes you to the extreme altitude of 5364m to Everest Base Camp and covers a total distance of 130 km. The journey can be challenging and can cause physical difficulties along the way. Therefore, the necessary preparations for that involve practicing lightweight exercises like squats, deadlifts, chin-ups, pushups, pullups, crunches, and cardiovascular exercises like running, jogging, walking, swimming, and cycling.

Along with that, performing mobility exercises will hone your flexibility and ensure safe travel. On top of that, the well-planned itinerary of the Himalayas on Foot lets you acclimatize properly, and this ultimately provides you with a stunning and safe experience. Therefore, trekkers, tourists, and visitors can accomplish this journey through their sheer enthusiasm, keen dedication, and determination. While the trek may not be preferable for children and the elderly as this involves walking for about 6-7 hours a day for about two weeks and at the same time, the journey demands navigating skills while passing through challenging paths and rugged terrains. The hard work pays off with the rewarding aspects of the trek, like the magical beauty of the Himalayas and the tranquil presence of the atmosphere. On top of that, the journey will also reward you with personal growth and a great sense of achievement.

What makes the Everest Base Camp Trek so special?

Which is the Ideal Time to Embark on the Everest Kalapatthar Trek

Breathtaking views

The mesmerizing journey to the lap of Mt. Everest presents you with the stunning beauty of the Himalayas along the way. This journey serves you with the magical beauty of the high, rugged Himalayan peaks oozing out a vibrant atmosphere on the bright day. On a clear day, the EBC trek will present you with the transparent beauty of the Himalayan vistas. The mountainous vistas you’ll see are Mt. Everest, Makalu, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse, Lhotse Sar, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and many more. On top of that, this journey will serve you with the excellent beauty of flowing rivers, gushing waterfalls, tranquil lakes, magical glaciers, and lush greenery hills and forests.

Riveting journey

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a riveting journey as it involves reaching the base camp through navigating the challenging terrain and rugged surfaces. The journey takes you through continuous ascents and descents, and it demands strong physical strength, sheer determination, and mental resilience. Whether it be the scenic and adventurous flight from Kathmandu to Lukla or passing through steep ridges and crossing the thundering rivers over sweeping bridges, the action-packed moments will keep you occupied throughout the journey. By surpassing all the forthcoming challenges, you’ll be rewarded with the stunning beauty of the Himalayas and insights into personal growth.

Himalayan Lifestyle and Culture

The lifestyle of the Himalayan region is differentiated from the lifestyle of the urban areas. The lifestyle of the people of this region is a nature-dependent lifestyle, and they carry agriculture, animal husbandry, tourism, and farming for their living. The diverse Himalayan region encompasses distinct cultures and traditions. The main settlements of this region are Sherpas and they follow Buddhism. You can get insights into Buddhist practices by visiting numerous monasteries, stupas, and mani walls and by having a proper immersion in Tibetan culture. The people of this region are kind and will welcome you warm-heartedly. This will create an opening to interact with different people of different religions and cultures and give you insights into the Himalayan lifestyle and distinct cultures.

Ancient Monasteries

There are numerous monasteries that you’ll be presented with the option to visit during the Everest Base Camp Trek. The Monasteries that you’ll encounter during the trek are Tengboche, Pangboche, Khumjung, Thame, and Debuche. These monasteries lie in the series of stopovers of the EBC Trek, and by visiting these monasteries, you’ll gain insights into spirituality and Buddhist practices. You will have the chance to engage with the spiritual and cultural history of the Khumbu region by experiencing the charm, historical significance, and stunning settings of each monastery. These monasteries are also designed with beautiful statues of Buddhist deities, colorful prayer flags, and intricate prayer wheels. The journey is more fascinating because of the culturally rich artwork and architecture of these monasteries.

Sagarmatha National park

This is one of the other main reasons why you should consider Everest Base Camp Trek. Enlisted as a world heritage site, Sagarmatha National Park is home to the distinct flora and fauna of the region. It is the main attraction of the EBC Trek as it provides stunning Himalayan beauty, diverse flora and fauna, lush green forests, gushing waterfalls, and picturesque rivers. During your EBC Trek, you’ll catch glimpses of Himalayan wild species like Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Tahr, Musk Deer, and Monkeys while passing through the rhododendron and pine forests. Considering the case of luck, you might also catch glimpses of Eagles, Vultures, and the Himalayan Monal (the national bird of Nepal).

Best time for Everest Base Camp Trek

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The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is considered to be Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). During this time, you’ll experience stable climatic conditions and be less likely to face forthcoming challenges. These seasons ensure you a safe and enjoyable experience, and you won’t face challenges like rainfall, snowfall, slippery tracks and risks of flood and landslides. On top of that, Spring and Autumn present you with the magnificent and unobstructed beauty of the Himalayas.

The EBC Trek during Spring and Autumn is mesmerizing as you’ll be able to delve into the beauty of the Himalayas intensely. You will be able to see the surroundings and relish the breathtaking snowy landscapes without the presence of clouds and fog while also being able to navigate the challenging path and landslide-prone areas. Furthermore, trekking through steep ascents and descents is more secure when the weather is consistent and the temperature stays mild. During Spring and Autumn, the temperature of the Everest region ranges from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius.

By embarking on this journey during Spring and Autumn, you avoid the harmful effects of severe colds, such as hypothermia and frostbite. In addition, springtime offers you a beautiful, bare vista of snow-covered mountains. This lessens the likelihood of weather-related problems while allowing you to establish a close relationship with Everest and quenches your thirst for the wonders of nature. Furthermore, planning the trek during Autumn will add the beautiful delight of a festive atmosphere and let you immerse in the distinct culture, traditions, and festivals of the region.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Stunning views of Mt. Everest up close
  • The panoramic beauty of the mountainous landscapes of Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse Sar, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Lobuche, and many more
  • Journey through Sagarmatha National Park
  • Exploration of Himalayan lifestyle, distinct culture and traditions
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp, the highest point of this trek lies at an altitude of 5,364m
  • Glimpses of Himalayan wild species like Himalayan Tahr, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Monkleys, and distinct bird species including Himalayan Monal, the national bird of Nepal
  • Journey through lush greenery hills of distinct topography and charming rhododendrons and pine forests
  • Numerous monasteries, such as Tengboche Monastery, Namche Monastery, Rimijung Monastery, and Thame Monastery
  • Insights into Tibetan culture and Buddhist practices
  • Presence of a tranquil atmosphere when passing through numerous gushing waterfalls, soaring rivers, magical glaciers, and elevated greenery hills
  • Breathtaking sunrise and sunset views from the Everest Base Camp
  • Riveting journey through sweeping suspension bridges, challenging terrains, and rugged surfaces
  • A great sense of accomplishment and personal growth upon completion of the trek by conquering all the forthcoming challenges

Outline Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

Day 02: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Day 04: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche

Day 07: Acclimatization at Dingboche

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep

Day 10: Morning hike from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp and trek to Lobuche

Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Pangboche

Day 12: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 14: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary : 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Kathmandu Elevation: 1400m

The mesmerizing journey to the heartland of Everest begins the day after your arrival at Kathmandu. After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, you’ll be picked up by our team members and transferred to a first-class hotel. Our team will also help in your checking process and you can rest for the day. You can also visit some local places and try some delectable Nepali cuisines. Later on the same day, you’ll be given a brief intro about the trekking journey. The stunning journey will resume the next day through a scenic flight.

Kathmandu Elevation: 1400m

Lukla Elevation: 2800m

Elevation gain: 1400m

Flight duration: 45 minutes

Trek duration: 3-4 hrs

This day marks the beginning of the grand adventure to the lap of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. The journey begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The flight will take you through soaring skies while presenting you with a panoramic beauty of high hills and distant mountainous landscapes. The flight will add charm to your experience by providing you with stunning glimpses of thundering rivers, gushing waterfalls, glaciers, magical lakes, elevated hills, and different local settlements. This engages your attention to the majestic grandeur of nature and ultimately provides you with an outstanding experience.

After arriving at Lukla Airport, you’ll begin your trekking journey towards Phakding. Your journey will continue alongside the Dudh Koshi River and through lush greenery forests. Along the way, you’ll catch stunning glimpses of distant Himalayan landscapes and go through numerous settlements, mani walls, and prayer flags. The rip-roaring journey balances your trekking experience by indulging you in the thrilling route and majestic beauty of the Himalayan region. After 3-4 hrs of trekking, you’ll reach Phakding where you’ll be spending the night at one of the finest teahouses.

Phakding Elevation: 2610m

Namche Bazaar Elevation: 3440m

Elevation gain: 830m

Trek duration: 5-6 hrs

Your next trekking destination is Namche Bazaar and after early morning breakfast, you’ll start your journey towards it. You’ll pass through charming rhododendrons and pine forests alongside the Dudhkoshi River. You’ll pass through numerous stopovers along the way, like Bengkar, Toktok, and Monjo. Monjo is the place where you’ll be issuing permits for Sagarmatha National Park. The Sagarmatha National Park will serve you glimpses of Himalayan wild species like Himalayan Tahr, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, and Monkeys, along with numerous bird species. After crossing Monjo, you’ll walk alongside the BhoteKoshi River until you reach Namche Bazaar. You’ll rest your night at one of the finest lodges of Namche Bazaar.

When you’re heading for a high-altitude trekking journey, it's important to have rest days to acclimatize properly. Embarking on a high-altitude trekking journey involves ascending in altitude, and that results in facing the changes in atmospheric pressure and decreasing oxygen levels. If the body can’t adapt to such changes, it can be prone to altitude sickness. This is why, this day marks as the rest day to adapt to the changing environmental situation. Namche Bazaar lies at an altitude of 3440m and this is considered to be the best place to acclimatize.

Namche Bazaar is one of the famous places of the. This place is rich in attracting tourism through its distinct culture, numerous monasteries, magical museums, and local traditions. This place serves you options to eye-shop and buy numerous handicrafts, Tibetan art crafts, and mountaineering and trekking equipment. Though this day marks the rest day, you’ll still explore the nearby areas of the region. You’ll get insights into the Himalayan lifestyle and distinct culture of the region. Also, Namche Bazaar is rich in yak and cheese, which is an excellent time to try the delectable cuisines of the region and indulge yourself in local traditions and customs.

The region is beautiful with kind people, and the locals shall welcome you warm-heartedly to immerse yourself in their distinct Tibetan culture. This region is also considered to be an excellent stopover as it serves you with the magical beauty of the Himalayas. You can roam around the local places to different stores, restaurants, markets, and sightseeing places, play pool games and interact with local people. On top of that, a visit to Syangboche, Thame or Khumbjung can be done during this day as these places lie near the Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar Elevation: 3440m

Tengboche Elevation: 3867m

Elevation gain: 227m

Trek duration: 5-6 hrs

Today, the journey will take you to Tengboche from Namche Bazaar. You’ll pass along places like Khyangjuma and Phunke Tenga. The journey takes you through pine forests and sweeping suspension bridges. The journey through alpine woods and numerous settlements is an amazing experience, and upon reaching Tengboche, you’ll be served with the majestic beauty of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. Tengboche also has Tengboche Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. After 5-6 hrs of trekking, you’ll reach Tengboche where you’ll rest for the night. Tengboche serves you delectable cuisines and presents you with an excellent chance to immerse in the local culture of the region.

Tengboche Elevation: 3867m

Dingboche Elevation: 4260m

Elevation gain: 393m

Trek duration: 5-6 hrs

The journey extends towards Dingboche after your early morning breakfast at Tengboche. The trail passes through numerous chortens, mani walls, and stupas. Along the way, you’ll have to navigate the challenging terrain and walk for 5-6 hrs to reach Dingboche. After breaching Dingboche, you’ll be served with the stunning beauty of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu and many other mountains. Dingboche also acts as the midpoint for many trekking and mountain climbing sites. You’ll spend your night at one of the finest teahouses of Dingboche by exploring local settlements and gaining insights into the Himalayan culture and Himalayan lifestyle.

This day marks the 2nd acclimatization during your Everest Base Camp Trek. By today, you’ll have been ascended by 4260m, and its important to give your body enough time to adapt to the changing surroundings. Though this marks the rest day, you can still visit some nearby places, catch magical glimpses of Himalayan landscapes from sightseeing stopovers, and explore the settlements of Dingboche.

Dingboche will serve you the excellent beauty of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Lobuche, and many more mountains, along with the stunning beauty of the diverse topography of the region. This region is also famous for providing glimpses of Himalayan wild species and gives you insights into the Himalayan wonders. The thrilling aspects of the trekking journey to the heartland of Everest turn out to be favorable and magical because of the beautiful time spent at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche. This generates a charming vibe within and boosts your enthusiasm to continue on the upcoming journey to reach the lap of Mt. Everest.

Dingboche Elevation: 4260m

Lobuche Elevation: 4930m

Elevation gain: 670m

Trek duration: 5-6 hrs

This is a challenging day because you will be trekking uphill for five to six hours as you approach Lobuche. We follow trails before using a suspension bridge to cross the river. We will climb the north face of the glacier along a clearly designated path, passing by several stone memorials honoring climbers who died during the neighboring peak expedition. Then, we will travel towards Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley.

The valley narrows as we approach Dusa, the home of a yak herder. As we proceed past Phulung Karpo, we will be treated to the breathtaking panoramic beauty of Mount Pumori. We climb to Dugla as the trail lowers after over a small wooden bridge over a raging stream. From here, we have views of Nuptse, Cholatse, Thamserku, and several more impressive peaks. After catching the stunning sights of the Himalayas, we reach Lobuche, where we’ll be resting our nights at one of the finest teahouses.

Lobuche Elevation: 4930m

Gorakshep Elevation: 5180m

Elevation gain: 250m

Trek duration: 4-5 hrs

The journey continues through steep ascents after the early morning breakfast at Lobuche. We travel past the Khumbu Glacier's lateral moraine on our way to Gorak Shep. As we approach Gorak Shep, the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Pumori, Mahalangur, Nuptse, and Lingtern become clearer. Then, the ascending trail will take us to Thangma Riju, which will provide us with a panorama of the mountains. The journey reaches out to Changri glaciers from where a clear view of Kala Patthar can be seen. After arriving at Gorak Shep, we’ll seek the best accommodation available and prepare for our main event, a trek to Everest Base Camp tomorrow.

Gorakshep Elevation: 5180m

Everest Base Camp Elevation: 5364m

Elevation gain: 184m

Trek duration: 8 hrs

This day marks the most important day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. It is the day we[‘ve been waiting and seeking since the start of the journey with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. On this day, we’ll continue our trekking journey up to the Everest Base Camp through snowy trails and steep paths. The journey had been challenging for days, and this will be the final battle to conquer the forthcoming challenges to seek the majestic beauty of Everest by being present in its lap. Trek to Everest Base Camp won’t be very difficult as you’ll only be ascending by 184m during this day.

Upon arriving at the Everest Base Camp, the journey will reward you with the astounding beauty of Mt. Everest along with its sibling mountains like Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse Sar, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Lobuche and many more. The riveting adventure will present you with self-reflection and personal growth. Presenting yourself in front of the grandeur of nature through sheer determination and hard work for days will reward you with a tranquil atmosphere within and a great sense of achievement. It indeed is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you shall cherish the beautiful memories made during this trek.

After relishing the beauty of the Himalayas and snow-capped landscapes, you’ll start descending to Lukla. The journey to Lukla from Everest Base Camp covers a long distance, and we’ll be splitting the days. On this day, we’ll descend to Gorak Shep, and from there, we’ll start our trek to Lobuche. We follow the same route we ascended, and upon reaching Lobuche, we’ll spend our night at one of the finest lodges.

Lobuche Elevation: 4930m

Pangboche Elevation: 3985m

Elevation loss: 945m

Trek duration: 7 hrs

It's time to descend to Pangboche from Lobuche. Although our mesmerizing Everest Base Camp Trek has tilted towards an end, you’ll still be occupied by the stunning beauty of the Himalayas and Himalayan settlements. The journey demands descending towards Lukla, and today, through steep descents and ascents, we’ll reach Pangboche. We’ll descend by about 945m in altitude, walking for about 7 hrs, and after such a strenuous journey, we’ll seek accommodation at Pangboche.

Pangboche Elevation: 3985m

Namche Bazaar Elevation: 3440m

Elevation loss: 545m

Trek duration: 4-5 hrs

This is the 12th day of our Everest Base Camp Trek, and on this day, we’ll descend back to Namche Bazaar, where we will stay to rest on the way to Everest Base Camp. After following the same trails but descending for about 4-5 hrs, we’ll reach the Namche Bazaar, the famous village of the Khumbu region. Upon arriving at Namche Bazaar, we’ll seek accommodation in one of the finest teahouses of the region.

Namche Bazaar Elevation: 3440m

Lukla Elevation: 2800m

Elevation loss: 640m

Trek duration: 7-8 hrs

Through the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers, we pass through numerous village settlements and the distinct topography of the region before finally arriving at Lukla. The journey takes us through numerous forests and bridges. After 7-8 hrs of downhill, we’ll reach Lukla. After reaching Lukla, you can cherish the beautiful memories made during this trek. Today, we’ll stay at the hotel of Lukla and prepare ourselves for our flight from Lukla to Kathmandu the next day.

Lukla Elevation: 2800m

Kathmandu Elevation: 1400m

Elevation loss: 1400m

Flight duration: 45 minutes

This is the last day of EBC Trek, as we’ll be catching the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu on this day. Our journey began with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla to sightsee the majestic Everest, and now, after relishing the spectacular beauty of Mt. Everes along with other mountains, we bid farewell to the Himalayan region and catch our flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. The nostalgia might you on the way to Kathmandu, but the flight duration will be extended as a bonus to your journey to let you enjoy the panoramic aerial beauty of the Hill and Himalayan region once again. The journey was outstanding, and you shall have a wonderful story to share with your family and country.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of food is available during Everest Base Camp Trek?

The EBC Trek offers you a wide range of dishes to try. Depending on the place, you can select dishes from the menu. The food menu includes local dishes as well as continental dishes. For breakfast, you can serve yourself with options like boiled eggs, bread, butter, pancakes, cereals and many more. For meals, you can have a local Nepali dish, Daal Bhat, that will keep you full with enough nutrients for the trekking journey. Moreover, numerous options of dishes like Momo, Chowmein, Thukpa, pizza, salad, nuts, fruits, soup, steamed vegetables, rice, chicken, spaghetti, cheese, and many more are also available.

What is the accommodation like during the Everest Base Camp Trek?

The accommodation during the EBC Trek is teahouses and lodges. You’ll follow the trekking trails through a series of stopovers like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep, where you’ll rest the night at one of the finest teahouses or lodges of the region.

Will there be electricity and wifi services during the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Yes, the trek will accompany you with warm nights equipped with basic facilities. You can rest your night and charge your phone, camera, and other electronic equipment in the teahouses or lodges of the stopover places. Wifi is also available in the lower part of the Himalayan region but the connection seems low, and cellular data also won’t work as you move higher in altitude. The more you ascend in altitude, there may be a shortage of such facilities, which is why it’s important to bring a powerbank or save your battery for the use in upper Himalayan region.

Do I get to stay overnight at Everest Base Camp?

This EBC Trek through the Himalayas on Foot will take you to the Everest Base Camp, but you won’t be able to spend the night at Everest Base Camp. Instead, you’ll spend the night at Gorak Shep, which is about 3.5 km away from Everest Base Camp.

Are Guides and Porters compulsory for the Everest Base Camp Trek?

The Guides and Porters are not mandatory for the EBC Trek, but trekking alongside an experienced guide while the porter relieves a heavy load from your back is indeed a wonderful experience. The honed skills and ripened experience of guides and porters will help in navigating the challenging path while giving you insights into the Himalayan exploration, Himalayan settlements, and distinct flora and fauna of the region.

Is it possible to seek the beauty of Everest without a strenuous journey for days?

While trekking for days by navigating the challenging paths and forthcoming challenges is riveting and fun, the EBC Trek has an alternative to seek the magical beauty of the Himalayas. The alternative choice involves the Everest Helicopter Tour that takes you to the heartland of Everest in a single day without loads of walking for days.

Are trekking permits required for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Yes, you do need trekking permits for Everest Base Camp Trek. The required permits for the trek are:

  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit (can be issued in Kathmandu or Monjo)
  • Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit (can be issued in Monjo)

Cost Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • International and Domestic Airport transfers by private vehicles
  • 2 nights at ( Maya Boutique Hotel) in Kathmandu
  • Full Board Meal (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodations during the trek in lodge/ tea house
  • English speaking Sherpa guide with his insurance and salary
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
  • Flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu (inclusive of airport tax)
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if NECESSARY (return after the trek)
  • First Aid Kit and Oximeter
  • Full day kathmandu sightseeing with car and English speaking Guide
  • All the government Tax, Vat, and service charges.
  • Farewell dinner on the last night in Kathmandu.
  • In case of emergency: A helicopter service will be arranged and paid through your travel insurance

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may issue the visa upon your arrival at Airport)
  • Porter's Cost not included (Hireable with additional cost)
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu)
  • Your personal expenses, drinking water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills, wifi, hot shower, battery charge etc.
  • Laundry, telephone, hot showe& internet charge
  • Tipping the guide and porters (15% of the total cost is expected)
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section
  • Entry fees in Kathmandu when you are sightseeing

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Preparation You Need Before Embarking on the Everest Kalapatthar Trek

When it comes to seeking the Everest Base Camp Trek, proper planning is crucial to have a smooth, safe, and enjoyable experience. Proper planning will alleviate most of the challenges of the trek and hone your trekking experience by double. Proper planning before heading for any mountain hike or trek involves in-depth research, suitable selection of time, and selection of licensed trekking agents. By choosing the EBC Trek through an experienced trekking agent, you’ll have a wonderful journey to remember with assured safety. Regarding that, we, the Himalayas on Foot, have been constantly working for years to provide authentic services to all the trekkers who seek our services. Our services are top-notch with a well-planned itinerary. Here are the qualified lists of why you should seek the majestic EBC Trek through Himalayas On Foot.

  • Our well-planned itinerary involves trekking at a steady pace with two days of acclimatization at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche to adapt your body to changing surroundings.
  • Our experienced guide will help in navigating the paths, spreading knowledge of the Himalayan region and its species, and giving you insights into the ongoing journey and Himalayan settlements. Also, our guides and porters are fluent in English and you won’t face any communication barrier during the trek.
  • The package will cover your permit fees and food and accommodation during your EBC Trek. You’ll receive top-notch quality service from us regarding your accommodation and food.
  • We prioritize safety by providing necessary guidelines, essential equipment, and first aid items, along with following safety protocols during the trek.
  • Our company deals with providing stunning trekking experiences at the expense of affordable prices.
  • Our company’s foremost priority is to ensure you a safe and enjoyable experience and we have many positive reviews.
  • Our experienced team will pick you up from the airport, help you with your checking process, and depart you to the airport with a warm farewell.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is crucial before heading for any high Himalayan trekking journey. Travel Insurance provides coverage for unexpected events or accidents that may happen during the trek to Everest Base Camp. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp comes with a lot of risks, and reaching the Base Camp by surpassing all the forthcoming challenges may lead to injuries or sickness.

Therefore, in case of sudden accidents or suffering, Travel Insurance plays a vital role in covering the costs of unexpected events. Some of the events that can be covered by Travel Insurance are medical emergencies, evacuation, and repatriation. Here are the shortlists that the Travel Insurance will cover for the EBC Trek.

  • Emergency evacuation through Helicopter
  • Medical expenses due to illness and injuries
  • Trip cancellation or interruption
  • Search and rescue operation in case of emergency
  • Accidental death or disabilities
  • Natural disasters and weather conditions that may affect your travel plans

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Altitude Sickness

When it comes to trekking to the Everest Base Camp, altitude sickness is the main concern. This trek takes you to the extreme altitude of 5,364m through a series of ascents and descents. Ascending in altitude results in changing atmospheric pressure and decreasing oxygen levels. And if the body can’t adapt to the changing environment, it’ll have a risk of catching altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is also known as acute mountain sickness and this can range from mild to extreme depending on the ability of the body to adapt to the changing surroundings. The symptoms of this sickness can be a headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of appetite, insomnia, and reduced coordination.

Therefore, it is important to maintain a steady pace while ascending and have suitable acclimatization during the EBC Trek. Acclimatizing twice for 14 14-day treks can be suitable to let your body adapt to the environmental changes. On top of that, staying hydrated and consuming healthy foods can help in coping with sickness and minor injuries along the way. In case you catch altitude sickness, it is important to descend and acclimatize properly. If the case pertains, you’ll be given a dose of Diamox and rest that will cope with the sickness. But in case the altitude sickness worsens, you’ll be evacuated by helicopter to the nearby hospital of Khumbu region or directly to Kathmandu.

Packing for the Everest Base Camp Trek

Choose a Peak Season

Packing is another important aspect to consider alongside the necessary preparations before embarking on the journey to Everest Base Camp. Being mindful of the climatic conditions of the region is crucial, and packing must be done accordingly to deal with the fluctuating weather and temperature conditions of the high Himalayan region. Whether you’re heading for the EBC Trek during Spring, Autumn, or Winter, packing your bag with warm clothes is crucial.

Moreover, be alert for occasional downpours and snowfalls, and pack along waterproof jackets. Bring along a thick velvet sweater and fleece jacket to protect you from extreme coldness. Similarly, packing pairs of gloves, neck warmers, socks, and thermal inners can help withstand the cold breeze of the Himalayas. Moreover, pack your backpack with essential equipment like adjustable trekking poles, trekking boots, sunglasses, and first aid boxes. Also, make sure to pack the required travel documents like a passport, passport-sized photos, and a valid visa along with you.

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  1. Bmillertary
    f you're looking for a guide service, your search is over. Himalayas on Foot was amazing. From the very first second I landed in the airport I received the best service I have ever received. I've never had anyone outside of my family work so hard to make me feel comfortable and valued. My guide, Dipak, was literally a life saver on the Everest Base Camp trek. He knew when to push me as when to reign me in. If you are on the fence about getting a guide, the best advice I can give you is go with this company. The amount of wisdom, experience, and friendliness that you get is worth far more than any dollar amount. From helping you find the best gear for the cheapest prices to expertly guiding you through the majestic Himalayas. You don't want to be the Trekkers who have to turn around because they got lost or had high altitude sickness. Himalayas on foot also arranged a safari trip to Chitwan and adrenaline junkie trip to Pokhara. It can be stressful traveling in Nepal if you don't speak the language but The owner, Mukti, arranged everything with the skill of someone who has been doing this for a while and someone who genuinely loves what they do. I can't endorse this company, Mukti, or Dipak enough. See you guys in California sometime!
  2. Sigurd
    I had the best time in Himalaya with "Himalayas On Foot"! I would absolutley recomend trekking. The nature on the way to Everest Base Camp was amazing! Mukti, the boss, planned the trek with intellegence, and made me feel taken care of the entire time. And Dipak, my guide, knows everything worth knowing about the culture, nature, and safety. He even helped me buy my gear before the trek and helped me in Kathmandu after the trek was done. He was super friendly and caring.
  3. mark
    Raj was an excellent guide for myself and my brother during our 17 day trek to Everest Base Camp. He is very familiar with the area and accommodating as we changed our itinerary around. Lots of early sunrise starts for my photography which Raj helped with. He was very cautious with us in terms of altitude sickness which we thankfully avoided. He's also a funny guy and a great chess player!
  4. Chithranga
    10 friends from the Tropical island of Sri Lanka came to Nepal with the intention of trekking to the Everest Base Camp. Being out of the country in an unknown land for the first time away from civilization climbing up everyday in extreme cold, sleeping in places unknown, eating food just to fill our tummies were the additional hardships that we had to face during the journey. As the common saying "strangers become friends" was proven to be true our guide Mr. Raj right from the beginning made us feel like family, made us feel that this was our second home. It's not easy to keep track of each and everyone, looking after the needs of each other, customizing needs of everyone. This is exactly what our friend Mr. Raj did. He knew everyone of us. Helping us on our way up and down. He knew what we wanted even before we raised them. The man behind the scene Mr. Mukthi was also the same helping us in whatever the way possible sp cially during the emergencies arranging th needed help without any hesitation. This is what I call outstanding service. They didn't leave any room for us to question and comment. Only room for praise and appreciation. Even after we came down and during the stay at Katmandu they took care of us like their own friends, The hardest thing for us to do was to say good bye....If I am to do trekking in Nepal again, I would definitely choose you guys....dhanyebaat...
  5. Amila
    Himalayas on Foot organized this tour of Everest Base Camp trek for us, a group of 10 friends from Sri Lanka. We had different levels of hiking experiences but none of us had a trekking experience in a foreign country. So trekking to Everest Base Camp at high altitude with unfamiliar cold weather was a concern and a challenge for all of us. When we arrived at Kathmandu airport we were greeted & welcomed by Mr. Mukti himself, the founder of Himalayas on foot. Following day we were briefed by him & he was very professional and his experience as a trekking/tour operator was evident. After the briefing we were introduced to his guide Mr. Raj, the person who was in charge of our team for next 12 days on the mountains. Arriving at Lukla airport on 1st of December 2016 marked the beginning of our trek. Even though we had a fairly large team Mr. Raj was quick to understand strengths & weaknesses of individual members of our team and he did an excellent job accommodating everyone throughout the trek. Whenever there was a need even the porters went out of their way to help us. During the trek two of our team members felt sick on two separate occasions but Mr. Raj communicating with Mr. Mukti who was at Kathmandu handled the both emergency situations very professionally so that rest of us could continue the trek without worrying about the team members we left behind. When we came back from the trek Mr. Mukti was keen to get our feedback about the trek, his staff and facilities they provided, which shows the commitment to their service. Among the vast number of tour operators in Nepal we are glad we picked Himalayas on Foot and we are also thankful that we found the best trekking guide Mr. Raj (Rajendra Lamichhane). Trekking to Everest Base Camp was one of the best experiences in my life. Himalayas was as enchanting as ever and hospitality of Nepali people are among the best. I can’t wait to trek again in Nepal and when I do, I’m definitely choosing Himalayas on Foot because Mr. Mukti, Mr. Raj and his team left no reason for me to look for another trekking company.
  6. ed v
    I arranged for a trek to Everest Base Camp about 2-3 weeks before leaving. I had limited time, so couldn't do a 14 day up-and-down. Mukti arranged everything, including a guide and porter, a helicopter flight to Lukla, a helicopter ride from base camp back to Kathmandu at the end, and the hotel in Kathmandu. I planned nothing and just arranged my flight. A car picked me up from the airport and delivered me to the hotel, so I didn't even need to know the address. It was about as little work planning as is possible. Since the trip was so last-minute, I didn't plan anything to do between my return from base camp and my flight out. Mukti arranged a driver to take me to the jungle and stay for a couple days, and arranged a safari and some other events. The driver brought me back, and I left Nepal the next day. All in all, it was fantastic to be able to experience a trek, safari, etc., with no real effort in planning. It was all taken care of. A once in a lifetime experience. I highly recommend Himalayas on Foot.
  7. raffaele
    Good booking expierence and service from Himalayas On Foot, i booked a trip with them (12 Day Everest Base Camp), but for personal reasons i was not able to travel to Nepal, even through, Mukti offered me several options for my trip being really flexible and helpfull. Highly recomended services and looking foward to book with them again in the near future.
  8. bebu
    It was all excellent. Fantastic guide who took great care of me and went the extra mile. Hotel accomodation was great as well, no complaints. Highly reccommend!
  9. ilpare
    The trek was great. We received very good service since arrived Kathmandu. Harry was our guide, he is nice and took a very good care of us. We had trek with Himalayas On Foot twice. Highly recommended!!!!

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Everest Base Camp Trek
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  • 5555 Meter
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  • 14 Days
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