• Duration 16 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous

    The strenuous grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You walk generally 6-7 hours every day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. if some problems appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup. You may get affected fast if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions.

  • Maximum Altitude 5,364 m.
  • Group Size Minimum 02
  • Best Time Sep-May

The Everest Base Camp trek is a bucket-list adventure and a journey of a lifetime. Trek through diverse geography, witness breathtaking mountain landscapes, explore Sherpa villages steeped in traditions, and challenge yourself. This 16 days backpacking in the Himalayas of Nepal takes you to the base of the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.

Following the iconic Everest Base Camp trek route, you will embark on an incredible expedition, conquering the most celebrated trekking destination in the world. It is not just a hike but a transformative journey, so lace up your boots and get ready to experience the wilderness and magic of the Himalayas!

You will begin the Everest Base Camp trek 16 days trip with your arrival in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Spend a day exploring the historical monuments of the city, obtaining necessary EBC permits, and preparing/shopping for the trek. On day three, you will fly to Lukla and begin trekking with your guide and porter.

The Everest Base Camp trek route will leave you speechless with its natural wonders and untamed beauty. As you trek through dense rhododendron forests and beautiful Sherpa villages, you can see a glimpse of towering snow-capped peaks pierce the sky. The never-ending uphill climbing along lush hills will present the vastness of the Himalayas.

As you trek, you can instantly feel the disconnection from everyday chaotic city life. The gradual pace of trekking will allow you to unwind and introspect. You will get time to immerse yourself in the simplicity of the mountain lifestyle, where every steaming cup of tea will give you pure contentment.

It is not a luxury trip (although you have the option to upgrade to the luxury EBC trek), however the sense of peace and joy will be with you all the time. You will trek higher every day, overcoming thin air and relentless climbs. Test your physical and mental fortitude. Each step will build unshakeable confidence within you and unveil a newfound strength you never knew you possessed.

Every day, you will get to experience the warm hospitality of Sherpas and other mountain communities. Visit ancient monasteries and explore old stupas along the Everest Base Camp trail. Share meals with fellow trekkers and build memories to cherish forever. Enjoy nature and its different sides.

The Everest Base Camp trek route offers a panorama unlike any other. Trekkers get to witness heavenly views of numerous mountains such as Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft), Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft), Island Peak (6,165 m/20,226 ft), Makalu (8,463 m/27,766 ft), Nuptse (7,861 m/25,791 ft), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft), Thamserku (6,608 m/21,680 ft), etc.

Highlights

  • Embark on a bucket-list adventure and a journey of a lifetime by doing the Everest Base Camp trek
  • Explore the beauty of the Khumbu region, home to some of the tallest mountains on Earth and the famous Sherpa community
  • Challenge yourself and push your limits
  • Enjoy the simple life and clean food of the mountain
  • Trek through rhododendron forests and glacier moraines
  • Witness beautiful sunrises, mesmerizing sunsets, diverse landscapes, and jaw-dropping mountain panorama
  • Go on adventurous side hikes during acclimatization days
  • Reach the base of the tallest mountain in the world, Everest Base Camp
  • Hike to Kala Patthar, the highest point of the trek
  • Experience contentment in simplicity and make memories to cherish forever

What is the Everest Base Camp trek like?

The Everest Base Camp trek is not a technical climb, but the high altitude and several days of walking on rugged terrain make it demanding. You will leave the modern-day conveniences behind and embark on a journey in the remote mountains of the Himalayan range.

The Everest Base Camp trek route is remote, and even the closest mega-city, Kathmandu, is quite far away. Lukla is the gateway and the only way to affordably and quickly travel in and out of the region. Another alternative is helicopter flight, which is on a bit expensive side.

Trekkers have to be prepared for limited services, thin air, cold climate, long walking duration, and steep ascents & descents. This is not a camping trip, so you will spend nights in simple lodges. Beginner trekkers can finish the Everest Base Camp climb, however they have to understand and accept the challenges.

*Note: Luxury lodges are available at an additional cost. You will get a much better lodging experience with a private washroom, Western-style toilets, and services like charging, hot showers, WiFi, etc, included in the room cost.

How to train for the Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal?

Start your Everest Base Camp trek training well in advance. A 4 to 6 weeks of preparation time is recommended. During this duration, you have to progressively increase the intensity of your training to reach your peak fitness level.

Whatever activity you choose to do to improve your physical and mental capacity, note that consistency is the key. Do not overdo and listen to your body. Hiking, swimming, cycling, running, strength training, choose whatever option is available to you.

Practice regular long walks with a weighted backpack to build endurance and habit. Make sure to rest and give your body time to recover. Also, picture yourself trekking and completing the journey successfully. It will create a positive mindset within you.

*Tip: Train in the boots you plan to use during the trek. You will feel much more comfortable and stable in the mountains and can avoid the new-shoe blisters.

Who can do the Everest Base Camp trek? Are you ready for the voyage?

The Everest Base Camp trek challenge is manageable if you are prepared well. Previous trekking experience is not needed to join this trek, however participants have to be in decent shape. It is an adventurous trek with simple accommodation and meals. You indeed have to adjust a lot, but the journey is very rewarding, too.

Join our Everest Base Camp trek 2024 autumn departure and optimize your trip and success/safety rate with our team's support. Get the best Everest Base Camp trek cost with top-notch service. We have also custom-created our Everest Base Camp trek map to provide a better understanding of the trail.

Our Everest Base Camp trek price includes permit fees, accommodation and meals during trekking, Lukla flights, transportation (as per the itinerary), and accommodation in Kathmandu, and guide and porter service. If you can walk 6 hours a day and are fine with high altitude, you are ready to join the Everest Base Camp trekking.

What are some alternative treks in the Everest region besides Everest Base Camp?

Apart from the Everest Base Camp trek 16 days, there are options like the Gokyo Lakes trek, Three High Passes trek, Cho La Pass trek, Renjo La Pass trek, Everest View trek, EBC trek with helicopter return, and luxury EBC trek. All these packages have different difficulty levels. Pick the package that best suits your fitness and other requirements.

You can also tailor-make the Everest Base Camp trek 16 days as per your wish. For example, you can shorten the itinerary and combine a helicopter flight in and out of Lukla or a helicopter flight from Groak Shep to Lukla or Kathmandu. A helicopter flight adds more essence to your journey.

How much weight should I expect to carry in my backpack on the Everest Base Camp trek? What are the things to pack in my backpack?

You will use two luggage bags during the Everest Base Camp trekking. The first one is a duffel bag, which is carried by a porter. The Duffel bag weight limit is 9-10 kg per trekker. The second one is a daypack (backpack), which is carried by you. You can carry up to 5 kg in your backpack.

Pack the following things in your backpack and the remaining trekking clothes and equipment in a duffle bag:

  • Reusable water bottle
  • SPF, lip balm, etc
  • Nuts, energy bars, snacks, etc
  • Camera, charger, mobile phone, adapter, etc
  • Map, journal/pen, money, documents
  • A pair of gloves, scarf, beanie, sun hat, etc
  • Small first aid kit, mini torch, and other essentials

Everest Base Camp trek with Adventure Treks Nepal: "More than 3 decades of legacy in the travel and tourism sector of Nepal."

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a huge commitment for any individual, and we, Adventure Treks Nepal, will be your reliable partner in this adventurous endeavor. With more than three decades of expertise in the Himalayas of Nepal, we have established ourselves as one of the pioneers in the industry.

Our team is well-versed and very knowledgeable. Because of our long legacy with foreign travelers in Nepal, we have been accustomed to the international standard of traveling. Our trips are well-planned, curated, and organized. You will not feel any stress or hassle while doing Everest Base Camp trekking with us.

All of the logistics will be taken care of in advance by our team. We have priced our Everest Base Camp trek package just right to not compromise on the services. Whether you are planning to do a solo Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal or with your friends and families, we are here to help you curate your trip.

Itinerary

*Note: Lukla flight

In October, November, March, April, and May, the Lukla flights are operated from Ramechhap Airport instead of Kathmandu Airport because of heavy air traffic.

You will leave your hotel around 1:00 AM and drive 4 to 5 hours to reach Ramechhap Airport to catch a morning flight to Lukla.

Likewise, in December, January, February, June, July, August, and September, the Lukla flights are operated from Kathmandu Airport.

You can include guided sightseeing of these monuments at a very affordable price.

Trip Plan
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We provide free airport pick-up service on your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Our team will welcome you at the airport and drop you off at the hotel in Thamel / Kathmandu. If you have any questions, you can ask them. The remaining day is free in the city. Explore the bustling streets of Thamel.

  • Accommodation: Hotel

Today, you will go on a guided full-day tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Bouddhnath Stupa. The tour guide will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning. Get to know about Nepali history and culture. Explore the local markets and try Nepali delicacies.

After the tour, return to the hotel and get some rest. We spend the late afternoon/evening preparing for the EBC trek. Meet with your mountain guide and learn about the trail. You can do any last-minute shopping and pack the duffel bag.

  • Meals: Breakfast only
  • Accommodation: Hotel

You will start trekking today. First of all, take a short morning flight to Lukla. The flight will be scenic. From Lukla, you will start descending to Phakding village for the night stay.

The trail goes along the Dudh Koshi River through rhododendrons and magnolia forests. You will cross many suspension bridges on the way & also pass by small settlements like Ghat and Cheplung.

  • Max Altitude: 2,846 m/9,337 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 35 minutes flight & 3 hours trek
  • Distance: 6.2 km/3.8 miles

From Phakding, you will begin the journey toward Namche Bazaar, the tourist hub of the Khumbu region. The trail goes through the rhododendron forest, crossing numerous hanging bridges.

You will trek via settlements like Toktok and Bengkar before reaching Monjo. Register the permits here and start officially walking inside the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail steeply ascends to Namche Bazaar.

  • Max Altitude: 3,440 m/11,290 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Distance: 7.4 km/4.6 miles

Take an acclimatization break in Namche Bazaar before hiking further. In the morning, hike to Hotel Everest View and Khumjung village. The hike helps you avoid altitude sickness and presents stunning mountain views of Thamserku, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Am Dablam.

Hotel Everest View is one of the highest luxury hotels in the world. Likewise, in Khumjung village, you will explore the ancient Khumjung monastery and the Edmund Hillary School.

  • Max Altitude: 3,962 m/13,000 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 4 hours

The trail from Namche Bazaar follows uneven hillsides to Kyangjuma. From here, descend to Phungi Thanga and follow an uphill route to Tengboche village. You will visit Tengboche monastery here and get to see a superb view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Ama Dablam from here.

  • Max Altitude: 9.6 km/5.9 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Distance: 9.6 km/5.9 miles

Leaving Tengboche, you will descend for 45 minutes via lush forests to Deboche village. The trail then further drops to Imja Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge, walk up to Pangboche village.

Have a quick visit to Pangboche monastery and continue ascending to Dingboche village. Dingboche is known as the summery valley of the Khumbu region with farming fields.

  • Max Altitude: 4,410 m/14,470 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Distance: 9.1 km/5.6 miles

You will take a second rest day in Dingboche village. Hike to Chhukung Valley early in the morning. It is one of the less visited parts of the Khumbu region. You will enjoy tranquil, offbeat trails. Witness wonderful mountain views of Makalu, Cho Oyu, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, etc, during the hike.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 4-5 hours

Dingboche onwards, you will traverse the higher trails. Leave the treeline behind and follow a steep track to Thukla. From here, the trail ascends to Dughla Pass and continues along the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche village. You will see memorial chortens of dead Sherpas and climbers on the way. The landscape is much more barren and secluded.

  • Max Altitude: 4,940 m/16,210 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Distance: 8.5 km/5.2 miles

Start trekking early from Lobuche village. Gradually ascend via the Khumbu Glacier moraine and follow rocky, steep trails. Soon, you will reach Gorak Shep, where you will spend this night.

From Gorak Shep, you will hike to the Everest Base Camp. Explore the base camp and have a close view of the Khumbu Icefall. After enjoying some time at the base camp, return to Gorak Shep.

  • Max Altitude: 15 km/9.32 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Distance: 15 km/9.32 miles

Before sunrise, you will start hiking to the Kala Patthar. On the mid-way, you can see golden rays of sun on the snow-capped surrounding mountains. The scenery will be enchanting.

From Kala Patthar, witness a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest and many other mountains. After the hike, you will retrace the trail to Gorak Shep and follow the same route to Dughla. From here, the trail turns to Pheriche village.

  • Max Altitude: 5,545 m/18,129 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Distance: 9.6 km/6 miles

Trekking from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar, you will pass by the secluded route. Trek through small villages and lush forests. Witness lovely landscapes on the way.

  • Max Altitude: 3,440 m/11,290 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Distance: 17.7 km/10.9 miles

From Namche Bazaar, you will follow the same trail back to Lukla. First, descend to Phakdig village. From Phakding, the trail ascends to Lukla via lush rhododendron forests.

  • Max Altitude: 2,846 m/9,337 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Distance: 13.6 km/8.3 miles

An early morning flight will take you back to Kathmandu or Ramechhap airport. Upon landing, drive to your hotel. You will be accompanied by your guide. The remaining day is free in the city. Rest and enjoy your time. If you feel extremely tired, visit spa or massage centers.

  • Max Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast only
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Duration: 35 minutes flight

You have a full free day in Kathmandu. This is a good time to explore the Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square. Likewise, this is your last day, so do not forget to buy souvenirs. Window shopping in Thamel is quite famous among foreigners.

  • Meals: Breakfast only
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Your trip with us ends here. Our team will take care of your airport departure. They will drop you at the international airport as per your flight schedule.

  • Meals: Breakfast only
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Cost Details
Included
  • All Transport (Private).
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Duffle Bag using for Trekking.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the Trekking.
  • Accommodation in Tea house (mountain lodge) while trekking.
  • Domestic Flight with Airport Tax.
  • Trekking Porter with Insurance. (We Provide 01 Porter for two trekkers)
  • Trekking Guide with insurance.
  • Trekking Guide and Porters food and accommodation, wages etc.
  • Everest Base Camp Trekking Region map.
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National park permits fee.
  • Khumbu pasang lhamu rural municipality entry permit fee.
  • Trekker’s Information Management system (TIMS).
  • Farewell dinner with cultural program.
  • All Government taxes Income tax plus VAT.
  • Office services charge.
  • Water purification tablets.
Excluded
  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal entry Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days) (US$ 30 for 15 days) you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Drinks, Dessert, Juice, Mineral Water, Heater charge, Hot Shower, Wi-Fi etc during the Trekking and main meals in cities.
  • Tips for Guide, Porter and driver.
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Essential Information

Everest Base Camp trek permits

The Everest Base Camp trek permits are the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance permit & the Sagarmatha National Park Entry permit. Both permit fees are covered in our package cost. They cost USD 20 and USD 30 respectively per person.

The Everest Base Camp trail difficulty

Everest Base Camp trekking can be challenging for some trekkers who are not fit or cannot walk 6 hours a day. In general, this trek's difficulty is marked moderate, which means doable for beginner trekkers.

The journey is demanding in terms of high altitude, limited services, thin air, and long walking duration. Climbing to Everest Base Camp does not involve any technical section. You will traverse diverse terrain ranging from lush forests to glacier moraines.

Prevent altitude sickness

High altitude brings altitude sickness. Usually, when you trek to the Everest Base Camp, you are traveling from sea level to above 2,500 meters on your first day. Given this difference in the elevation, sometimes travelers suffer from altitude sickness because they are not used to the elevation.

Altitude sickness is common during the Everest Base Camp trekking and can be avoided and treated. First, to avoid altitude sickness, you should take acclimatization breaks, keep yourself hydrated, maintain your pace, listen to your body, have good food, and rest well.

Secondly, to treat altitude sickness, your guide will help. He will provide you with first aid and help you relieve the symptoms. The early symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, vomiting, difficulty in breathing, insomnia, dizziness, nausea, etc.

Learn about different seasons and pick the one that best suits your requirements

There are four seasons in Nepal - spring (March to May), summer/monsoon (June to August), autumn (September to November), and winter (December to February). Unlike the rest of the country, the Himalayas see all of these seasons thoroughly.

Spring and autumn are considered the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp or any destination in the Himalayas. These two seasons have the best climate, stable weather, stunning mountain views, and long daylight hours. Winter trekking is also possible if you can handle the cold.

Moreover, winter trekking allows you to enjoy jaw-dropping mountain vistas, empty trails, and low accommodation costs. Summer/monsoon has the highest weather challenges, but EBC trekking is possible with suitable preparations.

Ensure your safety with travel insurance: helicopter evacuation coverage is mandatory

Trekking in the Himalayas has underlying risks of injuries, altitude sickness, natural disasters, poor weather, etc. As flying in and out of Lukla is the only transportation available, the other best available alternative to immediately return to Kathmandu is helicopter rescue.

Without travel insurance with helicopter evacuation coverage, you have to bear a significant expense. Not only that but without travel insurance coverage, it gets tough to provide financial assurance to the rescue company, which may result in a delay in evacuation.

Lodge accommodation and fantastic food options along the trail

The Everest Base Camp trek route has lodges for trekkers. Budget-friendly and luxury lodges are available. Our EBC trek package includes a basic lodge. You will get twin shared rooms. Single rooms are available but cost extra money. Washrooms are mostly common.

Carry a sleeping bag and pack all essential tonalities, including toilet paper, soap, etc. In Kathmandu, you will only get breakfast. During trekking, you will get breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The meals are offered based on the lodge's menu.

You can find dal bhat, thukpa, momo, stew, soups, porridge, fried rice, rice with curry, pasta, pizza, burger, etc on the menu. Additionally, you can buy extra snacks, beverages, and boiled drinking water on your own.

*Note: We highly recommend budging USD 15 to USD 25 each day for additional expenses during trekking. You will have a much more comfortable experience.

Gear up for the Himalayan terrain and climate

For the Everest Base Camp trek, you will need the following trekking clothes and equipment:

  • Comfortable, light-weight underwear
  • Trekking t-shirts and pants
  • Base and thermal layers
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket and pant
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Gloves, socks, scarf, beanie, sun hat, etc
  • Trekking boots and a casual pair of shoes/slippers
  • Duffel bag (We provide) and daypack
  • Trekking pole, map (We provide), reusable water bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Toiletries, first aid, snacks
  • Camera, adapter, charger, power bank
  • Journal/pen and traveler games

You need to get a travel visa to enter Nepal

Nepal offers on-arrival visas to travelers from many countries. However, travelers from countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, and refugees with travel documents have to obtain a travel visa for Nepal in their country.

They are not eligible for an on-arrival visa in Nepal. If you are from these countries, apply for a travel visa at the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate Office in your country.

FAQs

The Everest Base Camp trek difficulty is 5 out of 10. It is a moderate/difficult trek. Trekkers have to be fit to do this trek. Previous trekking experience is not required.

The Everest Base Camp trek cost can range from USD 1,450 to USD 2,500 per person. The cost of the package varies as per the itinerary, group size, and services included in the package.

The Everest Base Camp trek can go from 12 to 16 days. Likewise, if you combine Gokyo Lake or Three Passes in the itinerary, the trek will get longer.

Trekking with a guide is recommended for the Everest Base Camp trek for a hassle-free, safe, and satisfying experience.

The chances of altitude sickness during the Everest Base Camp trek are high if you do not acclimate properly. It is a high-altitude trek, and from the very first day, you will experience a drastic elevation change, which can trigger altitude sickness. So, acclimatization is crucial.

Yes, our Everest Base Camp trek 16 days itinerary has two acclimatization days.

No, it is not safe to drink tap water during the Everest Base Camp trek. Not everyone can digest tap water, therefore avoid it.

You will find ample vegetarian food options throughout the Everest Base Camp trek route. However, vegan options are very limited. You can ask the lodge owners to prepare the food according to your needs, but may not be possible everywhere.

Squat toilets are common. Western-style toilets are available in all newly built lodges and luxury lodges.

Water is cold throughout the year in the Everest region. For hot showers, lodges provide heated water in buckets mostly. It will cost you USD 3 to USD 5. In Lobuche village and Gorak Shep, you may not get hot water for showers.

A mobile network and WiFi are decent along the Everest Base Camp trek route. Paid WiFi is available in Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche villages. Above Dingboche, WiFi is not available everywhere. You have to use a cellular network. Due to rocky terrain, location, and high altitude, the network mostly remains unstable.

In Nepal, we use the Nepali rupee. Dollars are accepted in most of the hotels and restaurants in tourist cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and Lumbini. There is an ATM in Lukla and Namche Bazaar. Above Namche, you have to carry cash.

Tipping is very much expected from the trekkers and is not included in our Everest Base Camp trek cost. We recommend trekkers tip 15% to 25% of the package cost to the guide and porter.

Learn some basic Nepali phrases to help break the conversation with the locals. Greet the locals by saying Namaste and touching your both hands. Ask for permission before taking their pictures or entering staff-only areas in the lodges. Be respectful of the local's beliefs and be modest.

No, there is no risk associated with wildlife encounters during the Everest Base Camp trek.