Everest Base Camp Trek

Nothing beats the thrill and sense of accomplishment that grips hikers on seeing the power and grace of the mighty mountains up close than Mount Everest Base Camp Trip. The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most rewarding trekking destinations in the world that tops the bucket list of most of the trekking and adventure enthusiasts around the world. Whatever you hear and imagine about Mount Everest, it is 10 times amazing to see and feel by yourself being in a reality.

It is a great way to experience the Nepal Himalaya mountains through the amazing picturesque high Khumbu Valley inhabitant by Sherpas, high thrilling trekking passes, world's biggest desert like glaciers and war, hospitable Sherpa culture together with hundreds of years old monasteries on its way. Everest Base Camp is very popular among tourists as it provides a heady mix of solitude, wildlife sighting and physical challenge around the trail. Trekking to the foot of the world's highest peak may not be simple but with the high determination and courage, it is possible to achieve it that proffers us a great time with a lifetime experience.
Trip Code: EBCT62
Starts: Lukla
Finishes: Lukla
Duration: 16 Days
Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 16
Seasons: Mar-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 5545m/ 18192.3ft
Trip Views: 5431
Activities: Trekking
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Travel Style: Budget Comfortablecheck Luxury


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Breakfast: 15
Lunch: 12
Dinner: 12
Lukla Flight
Private transportation
Hotel: 3 Night(s)
Teahouse: 11 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Everest Base Camp is in the lap of the world highest mountain Mount Everest (also known as "Sagarmatha" in Nepal, "Chomolungma" in Tibet and "Deodungha" in Darjeeling).
  • Everest Base Camp is at the altitude of 5364m above the sea level.
  • Until 1856, no one recognized Everest as the highest mountain in the world.
  • Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first official ascent of Everest on 29 May 1953 using the route from Jiri to Namche Bazaar for the expedition.
  • Everest Base Camp is inside the Sagarmatha National Park which is enlisted in World Heritage Site (UNESCO).
  • Appa Sherpa of Nepal is the one to hold the record of reaching the summit of Mount Everest the most at 21 times as of May 11, 2011.
  • Best season for this trip is March to May and September to November.

Why this Trip

  • Everest Base Camp is the amazing once in a lifetime type of trip that surely rewards each of its trekkers with the adventurous and thrilling journey that includes the wide areas of stunning landscapes, ethnic settlements, years old Buddhist monasteries at Monjo, Namche, Tengboche and Pangboche and ultimately to the midst of towering peaks including Ama Dablam, Kang Tega, Nuptse, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaro, Pumori, Lhotse, Lobuche, Island Peak, Makalu and breathtaking Everest itself.

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  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    This is going to be the first day of Nepal adventure. At the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will be waiting with a placard-carrying your name on it. The airport representative will explain the program upon arrival and escort you to the hotel on a private vehicle; Overnight in Kathmandu.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick Up Services
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    After breakfast, Kathmandu tour begins. Kathmandu valley is an incredibly diverse city with a breathtaking Newari culture, centuries-old Hindu and Buddhists cultural sites alongside a plethora of ancient monuments. The capital of the country and home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kathmandu, bridges modern facilities with centuries-old traditions and cultures with its tourist-friendly accommodations and the ancestral etiquette “Atithi Devo Bhava” meaning "Guest is equivalent to God". Throughout the day, most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu will be observed. Overnight stay at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Full day sightseeing
    • Local food wine tour (optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : LUKLA/PHAKDING (2656M)
    Almost all treks to Everest begins from Lukla so, early in the morning, a drive to Tribhuvan International airport (in a private car) for a flight to Lukla will be arranged. It takes 30-35 minutes to reach Tenzing Hillary airport/ Lukla airport. After reaching Lukla, the porters and the team members joining us on the trek will be introduced. The ultimate Everest Three High Passes Trek begins with a hike up through the beautiful town of Lukla to the Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate. From the gate, the trail leading us out of Lukla, drops down to the village of Phakding, traversing the community forest and small Sherpa villages like Thalsharoa, Chheplung, Thado Koshi Gaon, and Chhuthawa. Savor the beauty of well-decorated chortens, prayer rocks, prayer flags and prayer wheels on our way alongside the mesmerizing view of Kusum Kangru and the Dudh Koshi River. It takes about 4 hours of walk downhill to reach Phakding. Check-in at the teahouse. In the remaining time, either rest or explore the nearby monasteries. Overnight stay in a teahouse at Phakding;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea house

    Activities:

    • Airport drop
    • Flight to Lukla
  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO NAMCHE (3450M)
    After breakfast in Phakding, Everest three high passes trek continues. Crossing the bridge across the Dudh Koshi River, leaving Phakding our trail continues north, through the forest of pine, up and downhill past a few suspension bridges and small settlement: Toktok, Bengkar, Chhamuwa to Monjo. At Monjo, your guide will take care of the necessary formalities, before entering the Sagarmatha National Park. From the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park, continuing on a trail which steeply drops down to the bridge across the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the bridge, and following the lower river bank trail, we climb into the forest over gravel and boulders and continue to Larja bridge, past Larja Dobhan. Crossing the Larja Bridge, enjoying the first view of Mt. Everest and hiking up the steep hill through the pine forest on a rocky trail to Mislung, the forest ends and the trail levels out from Mislung. From Mislung, the even and plain trail leads us to Namche. After checking into the teahouse, the remaining time can either be spent resting or exploring the town of Namche. Overnight stay at Namche;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

    • Sagarmatha National Park Entrance
    • trekking
  • placeDAY 5 : ACCLIMATIZATION
    To prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), further up the trail, a day stop at Namche for acclimatization is a must. Staying active boosts, the process of acclimatization rather than simply resting. Therefore, we will go for an acclimatization hike – a full-day circuit through Khunde, Khumjung and back to Namche. Enjoying the wonderful view of Khumbu la, Ama Dablam and Thamserku peaks we advance to Khunde Tsamkhang (a Buddhist temple), built above the village of Khunde. We reach Hillary Memorial Viewpoint to see the 360-degree views of Khunde, Namche, Ama Dablam, and Pachermo Peak. After exploring Khunde, through the potato fields we continue east to the largest village in the Khumbu region- Khumjung. Exploring around the village to see the Hillary School (a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary), the longest Mani wall in the Khumbu region, and Khumjung monastery which treasures a skull of a Yeti. Overnight stay at Namche;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea house

    Activities:

    • tour of Namche Bazar
  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO TENGBOCHE (3870M)
    We begin the trek to Tengboche through an easy trail to Phunki Thanga. Ascending towards Tengboche village which is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. The monastery is located within the Sagarmatha National park. Enjoying panoramic views of the highest mountains on the earth including Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Nuptse, we reach Tengboche. If we reach there early, we will most probably be able to witness a religious Buddhist ceremony. Overnight stay in Tengboche;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea house

    Activities:

    • trekking
  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO DINGBOCHE (4410M)
    After breakfast, we begin our day’s trek walking downhill passing through lush forests full of birch, conifers and rhododendron trees. Accompanied by breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam, the trail descends down to Debuche, passing over the Imja river taking us to Pangboche. Walking the upper Pangboche trails, enjoying pristine views of the Himalayas and Pangboche monastery, we move towards the Imja Valley. Passing the Lobuche river and climbing up to Dingboche, we reach the beautiful windy village adorned by chortens and prayer flags. Overnight stay at Dingboche;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea house

    Activities:

    • trekking
  • placeDAY 8 : ACCLIMATIZATION
    This marks our second stop for acclimatization. Dingboche is a very popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam and Imja Tse. Walking around the beautiful village with stone walls protecting fields and crops like barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from cold wind and grazing, we spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take a day hike to Nagarjun Hill where we can observe great views of Mt.Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and others. Overnight stay at Dingboche.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea house

    Activities:

    • Guided tour of Dingboche
  • placeDAY 9 : TREK TO LOBUCHE (4940 M)
    The trail will become more and more challenging as we reach higher altitudes. We ascend the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier which goes through boulder-strewn slopes leading us up to Chupki Lhara. Chupki Lhara is a ridge that provides spectacular views. After climbing the moraine on the far side through Khumbu glacier the trail leads us to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea house

    Activities:

    • trekking
  • placeDAY 10 : TREK TO GORAKSHEP (5170M/EVEREST BASE CAMP (5364M)
    Moving along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier, we leave icy cold Lobuche and head towards Gorak Shep. On the way, we come across the magnificent view of the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other mountains. After almost two hours of walking, we reach Gorak Shep and rest for lunch before heading to Everest base camp. We pass through rocky dunes, streams, and moraines and reach the base camp to the highest mountain in the world; Everest. From here, we can observe the stunning view of Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori mountains. We trek back to Gorak Shep. Overnight at Gorak Shep;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea house

    Activities:

    • trekking
  • placeDAY 11 : KALA PATTHAR (5545M)/PHERICHE (4288M)
    Early in the morning, we start our trek to Kala Patthar to catch the breathtaking view of sunrise on Mount Everest from Kala Patthar. After several hours of ascent, we reach the top of Kalapatthar from where, we can admire the glorious sunrise over Mount Everest up close. The day’s first light will illuminate the pristine views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse, and Lubuche on the way down. From Kala Patthar, we head back to Gorak shep for breakfast. After breakfast, we head down the rocky route to Pheriche. Overnight stay at Pheriche.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea house

    Activities:

    • Side trip to Kalapatthar
  • placeDAY 12 : TREK TO NAMCHE
    We trek down the descending trail at first to Tengboche. Walking downhill retracing our way back through Sagarmatha National Park accompanied by the stunning views of the glorious mountains we reach Namche. Overnight at Namche.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea house

    Activities:

    • trekking
  • placeDAY 13 : TREK TO LUKLA
    After our breakfast, we return back over the main track down to Dudh Koshi retracing our way back to Phakding. Following the track, we reach Lukla scaling different Sherpa villages crossing a suspension bridge above Thado Koshi. This will be our last night in the mountains until next time. Overnight stay at teahouse in Lukla;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • trekking
  • placeDAY 14 : BUFFER DAY
    It is a buffer day as the flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are sometimes canceled due to weather conditions. So, to avoid the impact of cancelled flights on your departure plans a day is reserved as buffer day.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel(not included)

    Activities:

    • Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 15 : KATHMANDU
    After about 35 minutes of flight time, we land in Kathmandu and we’ll drive back to the hotel. Rest of the day is for relaxing or sightseeing around Kathmandu city or it’s up to you to plan whether to stroll around the city buying souvenirs or spend a relaxing day at massage. Overnight at Kathmandu.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing
    • Food
    • and wine tour (Optional)
  • placeDAY 16 : DEPARTURE
    Depending on the flight time, Swotah will arrange the transfer to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time. Our representative will meet at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Souvenir
    • Airport drop
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by private vehicle
    • Trekking permits, all necessary paperwork, and Trekkers' Information Management System Fees
    • All applicable government taxes
    • Available accommodation during the trek
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
    • Equipment clothing for porters and guide including their full insurance
    • Two-way Kathmandu- Lukla airfare with domestic airport departure tax
    • Deluxe rooms in a standard hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu from a professional guide
    • Authorized English speaking guide for the trek and tour along with Porters (2:1) for the trek
    • All expenses for staffs; meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Trekking Map
    • Occasional hot shower during the trek
    • Sim card service (zero balance)
    • Souvenirs from Nepal
    • Photos of the trip (if requested)
    • Certificate of appreciation (if requested)
  • Exclusions
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Entrance fee(s) during sightseeing
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
    • Excess baggage charge(s) for the domestic flight
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Lukla because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their will so we try to keep group as small as group of 14 but it can be increased with the special request of the clients.
  • 5. Is Travelling in EBC safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can boast as the one of the safest country in South Asia for women. You will find people very friendly and respectful towards foreigners especially towards women. EBC is one of the most visited areas by the tourists so the service providers are professional and local people are respectful with welcoming hospitality towards the trekkers.
  • 6. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 7. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    EBC is world famous trekking region among the trekkers hence this region provides wide range of delicious western meals like Pasta, noodles, pizzas, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek. As you trek higher you should avoid meat for health purpose as it is not good to eat meat in higher altitude and also the meat is not very fresh.
  • 8. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 9. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car/jeep/van depending on the size of the group for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Lukla on domestic flight.
  • 10. What is the best season for trekking in EBC ?
    EBC can be trekked all year around excluding monsoon season and winters. February to June, and Mid-September to November are the best time to do this trek.
  • 11. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance for about 5500 meters. In case of emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical condition ask your tour leader to contact us ASAP so that we can manage helicopter for the rescue. You then will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 12. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal innerwear t to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 13. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 14. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
  • 15. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 16. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 17. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    Whilst trekking in Everest region you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly.
  • 18. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 19. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 20. How far do I trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 7-9 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing. Because, number of hours of walk really depend on clients' speed. So it's really relative.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 22. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

Optional Activities

Helicopter tour

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Helicopter tour is one of the most pleasurable and thrilling journeys to explore the beauty of all those gigantic mountains. You can take a glance of green valleys, snow peaks, and landscapes through the heli tour. The helicopter journey is an opportunity to travel the destination with comfort and make it an unforgettable travel experience.

Canoeing

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Canoeing is a thrilling water adventure carried out in those high waves in Nepal. The activity includes hiking, jumping, swimming and climbing through waterfalls which gives you chills. This electrifying experience can be performed either around Sundarijal area, Trishuli or Bhote Koshi River. You have to be mentally and physically fit to experience most of the adventure.

 

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