12 days trek to Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar is a challenging grade trek. Kalapattar at 5500m is the highest point of EBC trek. The Everest Base Camp Trek offers a great view of Mount Everest and the other beautiful Himalayan peaks like Amadablam.
The once in a lifetime trek adventure is full of unforgettable scenery and the mesmerizing view of the Himalayas. We trek 140 km from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and Lukla in 12 days. As you will pass beautiful Sherpa villages, river and forest on the trail.
Everest Base Camp Trek is possible throughout the year except rainy season. Spring from March to May and Autumn from September to November is the best season for EBC trek. The is a good tea house trekking in Nepal, walking on the authentic trail and monasteries to Everest Base Camp.
Likewise, Everest Base Camp Trek begins from Kathmandu with 40 minutes flight to Lukla. We then trek to Phakding, Namche bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, Kalapatthar, EBC and return to Lukla for get return flight to Kathmandu in the following day. Hence, 12 days Everest Base Camp Trek is a standard way to hike to Everest base camp Nepal. Please check here is our Everest base camp trek package cost, itinerary and dates for 2022/23/24/25.
Why Everest Base Camp Trek
- Stand face-to-face with Mt. Everest and experience Everest Base Camp itself
- Kala Patthar at 5,600 meters, a vantage point providing fantastic views of majestic peaks such as Nuptse, Lhotse, and Mount Everest
- Great trekking trail and excellent mountain landscapes
- You'll trek up and down on more or less the same trail.
Day 01Kathmandu – Lukla (2,642m) – Phakding (2,562m)
35 min flight, 8km, 3-4 hrs trekking AP Plan -Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
After breakfast, transfer to the Domestic Airport for the Trans Himalayan flight and dramatic landing on the hillside at Lukla: gateway to the Khumbu/Everest region. Meet your local porters and walk downhill to the Sherpa settlement of Cheplung. The trail then follows the side of the Dudh Koshi Valley before ascending to Ghat (2,530m/8,350ft). Another gentle hour leads up to Phakding.
Day 02Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
10km, 5-6 hrs trekking AP Plan -Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
The trail meanders through pine forest, along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing suspension bridges via the Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo and Jorsale: entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park and permit checkpoint; with tranquil views of glistening Thamserku (6,618m/21,714m). The trail continues along the riverbed to the confluence of the Bhote and Dudh Koshi Rivers. It then climbs steadily, crossing the high Tenzing- Hilary suspension bridge: with inspiring glimpses of Everest and the Nuptse – Lhotse ridge. A final three hour ascent through pine forest leads to the prosperous trading and administrative town of Namche Bazaar.
Day 03Acclimatization and exploration day
Rest Day 5 to 6 hours day hike AP Plan -Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
This is a scheduled acclimatization day on the trek. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and health experts recommend a stop for at least one extra night. Be active and roam rather than laze around: climb high and sleep low is the acclimatization advice. Take an entertaining side trip to the large traditional Sherpa village of Khumjung (3,780m/12,402ft): with fine views of Thamserku, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Everest – in a sea of lesser peaks. Return to Namche Bazaar for the night.
Day 04 Day 04: Namche Bazaar - Tengboche (3,870m)
8 km, 5-6 hrs trek AP Plan -Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
The trail climbs up from the town and then contours around the hillside, offering great views including Everest and Khumjung. Look out for spotted deer, Himalayan tahrs and birds – including the colorful (male) Danphe pheasant (Nepal’s national bird). The trail rises to Sanasa where the routes to Gokyo and Everest BC fork. The trail to the right then descends to cross the Dudh Koshi (past water driven prayer wheels) on a suspension bridge near Phunki Thenga (3,250m/10,663ft), the lowest point north of Namche Bazaar. It then enters the Imja Khola Valley and rises steeply, through dwarf conifers and rhododendron forest, for a two hour pull, to the hilltop village of Tengboche. Their famous Gompa is set against the backdrop of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Everest, Kangtega and other peaks. At full moon in October/November they hold the colourful Mani Rimdu festival which includes masked dancing and Tibetan Opera in the monastery courtyard. Visit the monastery during the afternoon.
Day 05Tengboche - Dingboche (4,360 m)
10km, 5-6 hrs walk AP Plan -Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Today’s trail descends to Debuche: a scattered stone village with a nunnery, chortens and long mani wall. Cross the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola and gradually ascend to Pangboche with views of towering Ama Dablam (6,856m/22,495ft perhaps the most beautiful mountain in the Everest region). The trail then follows the river fairly closely as it gradually rises to its confluence with the Lobuche Khola and continues up to Dingboche: the last year-round Sherpa settlement in the region. Different views of Ama Dablam rise above the terraced fields of barley, buckwheat and potatoes. The fields are walled to protect crops from icy winds and animals during the short growing season.
Day 06Acclimatization day in Dingboche
Rest Day - 5 to 6 hours trek AP Plan -Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
This is another scheduled rest day on the trek and will assist your fitness and oxygen intake at the higher altitudes to follow. An enjoyable 3-4 hrs side walk, 400m climb to Nangkartshang Gompa, on the ridge north of Dingboche village can be the best choice. This vintage point offers Mt. Makalu (8,463m) fifth highest Mountain in the world to the east and awesome view of Mt. Ama Dablam and valley floor. If you have more energy, continue to Nagarjune Hill summit (5090m) for additional adventure and thrill. Return from the rarefied air to Dingboche for the night.
Day 07Dingboche – Lobuche (4,940m,
7km, 4-5 hrs walk AP Plan -Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
The trail climbs to a ridge providing towering views of Taboche Peak and Cholatse and continues through Yak pastures before crossing a wooden bridge over a roaring stream to Duglha (4,620m/15,158ft). The trail then ascends steeply for an hour, up the gravely terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. On the summit is a large group of stone-pile memorials to lost Sherpas and climbers. It also affords great border-views including Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Pumori. Everest is hidden behind the towering wall of Nuptse and Lhotse. Follow the valley upstream for about an hour to Lobuche.
Day 08Lobuche - Gorakshep (5,160 m) - Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) Gorak Shep
15km, 7-8 hrs hike AP Plan -Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Basic Tea houe lodge
A long rewarding day, follow the windblown and rocky path along the barren moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to the last village at Gorak Shep. After an early lunch, set out on the feint trail to the world’s highest Base Camp, on the Khumbu Glacier: opposite the dreaded icefall – the most dangerous section of an Everest ascent. Trek back to Gorak Shep for the night at Lodge.
Day 09Gorak Shep - KalaPatthar (5,545m) - Pheriche (4,280m)
15km, 7-8 hrs trekking AP Plan -Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
A very early morning climb of 2-3 hours up Kala Patthar, behind the village, offers a sunrise awakening of the Himalayan chain. Drop back to Gorakshep for breakfast, and then retrace your steps down to Lobuche. Return to the snout of the Khumbu glacier, dropping down the moraine and continuing on to the village of Pheriche for a lower and warmer night.
Day 10Pheriche – Namche Bazaar (3,44m, 15km, 6-7 hrs)
15km, 6-7 hrs walk AP Plan -Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Today’s trail gradually descends to Deboche before a mild rise through rhododendron forest to the hilltop village of Tengboche which has an important monastery and great views in all directions. A long descent, leads to Phunki Thenga (3,250m/10,663ft) on the Imja Khola: the trek’s lowest point north of Lukla. The path then climbs to Sanasa (where the trail forked to Gokyo) beyond which it broadens for the pleasant contour walk back to Namche Bazaar.
Day 11Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,642m, 18km, 6-7 hrs)
6 to 7 hours walk AP Plan -Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Basic Teahouse Lodge
From Namche, the trail descends to more comfortable altitudes, passing through the friendly farming villages of Jorsale (where we exit the National Park), Monjo, Phakding, then crosses the suspension bridge at Thado Koshi before rising to Ghat and Cheplung. Round off the adventure with the final 700m, 35min ascent to Lukla: and say goodbye to your porters.
Day 12Lukla – Kathmandu (1,300m, 35 min flight)
35 minute flight, 4 hours trek AP Plan -Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Budget Teahouse Lodge
After an early breakfast, take the return flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel.
- Airport transfer - hotel/airport/hotel
- Twin sharing standard hotel accommodation on BB basis in Kathmandu before and after trek we can book as per your request.
- Round Trip Flight cost - Lukla/Kathmandu/Lukla of client and guide.
- Basic twin sharing tea house accommodation during trek.
- 3 times meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
- English Speaking guide and all his expenses during the trek like flight, insurance, salary, meals and accommodation.
- All Trekking permit - Sagarmatha National Park Fee, Local government tax and TIMS card.
- All government taxes, vat, company service charge.
What's not included?
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
- Travel Insurance in case of emergencey for rescue and other medication.
- Nepal visa fee
- All kind of hot and cold drinks - coke, fanta, beer, whisky, bottle of water, hot water, tea, coffee etc.
- All personal trekking equipmenets like down jacket and sleeping bag etc.
- Porter to carry your backpack/luggage.
- Tips for guide and porter
- Personal expenses like wifi, hot shower, telephone, battery charge fee
- Upgraded lodge accommodation like room with private toilet and bathroom.
- All the cost not mention on above cost includes.
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You will get basic tea houses for boarding/lodging.This is the most popular style of trekking to Everest Base Camp and simply involves trekking from teahouse to teahouse. Teahouses are essentially small hotels find in local villages that offer both a place to sleep as well as home cooked meals. Rooms are typically shared with 2 trekkers in a room. Bathrooms are shared as well and in the Everest Base Camp Trek, the lodges usually have running cold water and western style toilets. Also the hot shower is also available but it need to pay extra cost for it.
In some of the villages on the trek, it may be possible to have a private room with an extra cost and we will do our best to arrange that. However, during busy times of the year there is a limited amount of lodging available in some of the villages so it's generally impossible to arrange private rooms. This is the case even if you're willing to pay extra since the tea house owners will not give out a private room if it means someone else goes without a room.
Trekkers can choose meals from menu at tea houses. Typical meals on EBC trek includes omelets, toast, boiled eggs, noodle soup, fried rice, macaroni, momo, vegetarian curries, pizza or chow mein. The traditional Nepali Dal Bhat which consists of rice, lentils, and a vegetable is all you can eat and always a good choice. Meat on the mountain is not hygienic and we suggest trekkers stick with vegetarian options.
There is not a problem for vegetarian food and in fact we recommend that everyone stick with a vegetarian diet on the trek as the local meat is not refrigerated properly. If you have special dietary requirements just let us know and we will make sure to assist with the proper menu.
Everest Base Camp Trek Equipment
Proper preparation and equipment will give you a great trekking experience. It is also possible to buy/rent trekking gear at affordable price in Kathmandu and Pokhara Nepal. Below is the recommended trekking equipment list for comfortable everest base camp trek.
Day trek pack
Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
Lip Balm with Sunscreen
Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
Water Bottles or Camel Back
Headlamp with extra batteries
Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
Trekking Poles (optional)
Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
Wide brimmed hat
Wool hat (Should cover ears)/Balaclava
Insulated Wool/Down Mittens
Moisture wicking long sleeve T-shirts (2)
Moisture wicking T-shirts (1)
Long underwear pants (2)
Underwear (5 to 7)
Heavy Fleece/Down Jacket
Long sleeve shirts (2)
Trekking Pants (2)
Gore Tex Waterproof Jacket with hood
Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
Hiking boots with ankle support
Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
Hiking socks (10)
Sock Liners (optional)
Sleeping bag rated to -20° degree centigrade
Sleeping bag liner (optional)
Sleeping bag stuff sack
Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
Waterproof cover for daypack
Dry Bags in several sizes
Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes
First Aid Kit/Toiletries
Advil or Ibuprofen
Diamox (for altitude sickness)
Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
Panty Liners and Tampons
Ear plugs for sleeping
Passport (needed at entry gate for registration)
One Passport Size Photo (Needed for trekking permit
Portable Solar Charger
Journal, pen and paper
You will get neat and clean basic tea house accommodation in the trek. The room with twin beds with mattress and a pillow. No heating and electricity in the room, there will be a small/dim solar light. The rooms are small partition with plywood. The rooms in the lower parts of the trek are much better than the higher elevation.
Yes and you can trek to EBC if you are reasonably fit. Ready for 6 to 7 hours walk in a day in the mountain trails .No matter who you are and what your background. Physical training and preparedness is helpful to enjoy the trek.
Well, and it is nice maximum of 10 kg to 15 kg weight per person in the flight to Lukla for EBC trek.
Yes, there will be electricity in most tea houses at the lower part of the trek. But no heating in the room. In the higher part of the trekking, there will power from 6 pm to 8:30 pm by solar panel. The charging is only possible in the main dining room at expensive rates. The battery charging cost range from RS 250 to 450 rupees per hour for cameras and laptop.
Yes, Travel Insurance is necessary for Everest Base Camp Trek. Injury and altitude sickness is far too common on EBC trek. So it is best to have travel insurance before trek to EBC.
Well, Trek to Everest base camp is possible throughout the year, yet Autumn and Spring is the best time of year trekking to Everest base camp. Rainy season is not recommended for EBC trek.
If someone get sick in the group, a fellow trekker in the group has to descend with a porter/assistant guide. The rest of the other people in the group continue their trek to Everest base camp. In serious and emergency case, we also do medical evacuation and helicopter rescue to Kathmandu hospital.
There is no specify training method to recommend. We advise you to exercise a minimum of 5 times per week for one hour each time doing activities like hill walking, cycling, running and strength work.
There will be 2 to 12 travelers in the group. The Everest Base Camp trek is a popular trip, so most of groups are fully booked. The group is mix of individuals, couples or friends travelling together. The ages differ and trekkers can be in their 20's to 60's. The group comprise of people from all nationalities.
No, we are not spending overnight at the Everest Base Camp. You will stay at Gorakshep from where we hike to Everest Base Camp. To spend night at Everest Base Camp require special permit which are very expensive. Also, there is no tea houses at Everest Base Camp. So it is better to stay at Gorakshep and trek to Everest Base Camp for a day trip.
The most difficult and underestimated aspect of the EBC trek is the altitude. The trek steadily climbs as the path winds it way up to Base Camp. There is no correlation between altitude sickness and fitness levels gender or age. Everyone is potentially at risk. Trek up slowly with enough rest days is nice to avoid AMS.
This is a wilderness trek with no paved section ascends and descends often. Make sure you rest often enough to prevent over-tiredness. 15 km trek a day is often rocky, steep and fairly slow going depending on when you trek, the trails can also be covered in snow trekking EBC in Dec-Jan-Feb.
Everest Base Camp trek is not dangerous at all because trekkers are not going into the danger zones where real climbing is required, and they stay below the most dangerous altitudes - there's little risk involved though on Everest Base Camp Trek.
Weather/Temperature in Summer like in June, July, and August will be in between 20 to 25 degree centigrade. The lowest that the temperature gets in the night time is -3 degree centigrade and a maximum of 5 degrees. The temperature in the months of June and July are pretty similar.
Weather/Temperature in Autumn from September to November in between 12 degree to 20 degree in in the day time. The sun is not as warm as in the summer, but that is expected. In September the average nighttime temperature is almost 3 degrees. This starts to fall down and reach in between -7 to - 15 degrees in November
Weather/Temperature in Winter in December, January and February in between 10 degree to -20 degree.
Weather/Temperature in Spring like in March/April/ May in between 20 degree to -10 degree.
Yes, there is a good mobile phone reception on the trek with good internet coverage in all small villages though it is expensive as it is owned by a private company by the name Everest Link. From them you have to buy volume not time and after activation it is only good for not more than a day.
There are a number of internet cafes along the route like in Lukla and Namche Bazaar. After that there are several dotted along the route, including a good one in Gorakshep. Be warned though, these internet cafes are not always reliable and signal is often poor/lost. Most tea houses will offer wifi, however, this will come at a cost that is usually more expensive than an internet cafe.
At the lower altitude like Lukla, Phakding, Namche the guesthouses provide hot shower. And in rest of places at higher elevation, warm water in the bucket will be provided for shower. For all the showers, it costs you extra payment, range from USD 5 per shower. The higher you go, hot shower is more expensive.
Cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you trek to everest base camp. The ATM machine is available only in Namche and relying on it is not a better idea as you never know when things stops working. Also if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you get a very very less exchange rate. So changing money from Kathmandu and taking Nepalese cash is a good idea.
The hotel in Kathmandu provides free storage services. So you can leave all your items that does not require for trekking at your hotel, and you can also leave at our office too.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is a small gesture of thanks to your guide and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
The electricity gadgets charging facility is available in most of the places by paying some cost. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters. You can also buy the adapters in the super markets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it
Yes, most of our departures sell out during the peak seasons but during the off season we generally have smaller groups. We guarantee all departures once you make the deposit. We will run the trek for you even if you would be alone there at the same group cost.
It is not really necessary. We get a lot of first time trekkers in the group, so even if you don't have experience you will be in a good company. Your fitness level should be such that your comfortable walking all day. Previous, hiking or trekking experience is always a plus.