Everest Base Camp Trek

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Everest Base Camp Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration15 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Country Nepal
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Max. Altitude 5602m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Trip Type Trekking
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Guiding Method English
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn

Everest Base Camp trek is the most exotic and beauteous trekking in Nepal that takes you to the Mount Everest base camp in the 15 days Everest base camp trek itinerary. Traverse the trail, meandering through Sherpa villages, the UNESCO-listed Sagarmatha National Park, glaciers, and ultimately reaching the majestic heights of the world's tallest peak, Mount Everest, standing at 5,364 meters. The trek includes the renowned EBC Kala Patthar route, celebrated for its breathtaking views, making it a cherished choice among global trekkers.

The Everest Base Camp trek fulfills every trekker's dream, allowing them to proudly declare their presence at the foot of the world's highest mountain upon reaching the base camp. The ascent to Kala Patthar at 5,605 meters promises awe-inspiring scenery, pristine mountain vistas, the closest views of Mount Everest, and extraordinary high-altitude trails. Nepal's enchanting beauty unfolds as you traverse some of the world's most remarkable landscapes.

Diverse geographical landscapes, rich nature, flourishing flora, and fauna characterize the Everest Base Camp Trek. While trekking is feasible throughout the year, the optimal periods are from March to mid-May and from September to mid-November. These windows provide favorable conditions, ensuring a memorable trek while avoiding the challenges posed by harsh winter and monsoon conditions.

Everest base camp trek starts at Lukla 2,845 meters after a scenic 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, in the trekking peak season 20 minutes flight from Manthali to Lukla. the trek takes you through Chhaurikhara village, adorned with colorful mani walls, stupas, and prayer wheels, leading to Phakding. Following the Dudhkoshi river you will reach in Namche Bazaar, a vibrant and scenic local, offers a perfect acclimatization opportunity. In next day hiking to the hotel Everest view, offers the majestic view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserkhu and Holy mount Khumbila then loop to the beautiful Sherpa village, Khumjung.

We trek to Tengboche at 3,870 meters, you can visit to Tengboche monastery, which is the biggest monastery of the Everest region. Trek continue to Dingboche and next day we will hike to Nagarjuna peak, from where you will see Mt. Makalu, Cho Oyu, Amadablam and beatiful Imja valley. Continuing the trek, we hike to Lobuche at 4,930 meters, and Gorakh Shep at 5,160 meters are enjoyable. After reaching Gorakshep, we hike to Kala Patthar for the closet view of Mt Everest and Pumori. We will enjoy the magnificent sunset colour on the mountains top. Next morning, our final ascent to Everest Base Camp alongside the Khumbu glacier. The descent from Gorakh Shep back to Lukla completes the exhilarating journey.

At Himalayan Joy Adventure, we craft an itinerary that caters to your needs, allowing ample time for acclimatization and ensuring an enriching EBC Kala Patthar trek.

Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • the Everest Base Camp at 5,360 meters, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sagarmatha National Park,
  • a mesmerizing panorama of Mount Everest and neighboring peaks,
  • ancient Buddhist monasteries, the renowned Everest viewpoint - Kala Patthar,
  • the charming town of Namche Bazaar,
  • and the warm hospitality of Himalayan Sherpas.

The best times for the Everest Base Camp Trek

The best times for the Everest Base Camp Trek include pre-monsoon (February to May) and post-monsoon (September to November). These periods offer pleasant weather, minimal rainfall, and optimal trekking conditions. While the winter season (December to February) provides sunny days, it brings extreme cold, requiring appropriate gear. Summer (June to August) is also viable, offering moderate temperatures, but caution is needed for wet and slippery trails.

The Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulties

The Everest Base Camp Trek presents various challenges, including high altitudes, extreme cold in winter, slippery trails in monsoon, and the risk of altitude sickness. It is rated as a moderately difficult trail, suitable for passionate walkers with the ability to trek for 6-7 hours daily on rugged terrain. While prior hiking experience is beneficial, it's not mandatory. Adequate preparation, cardiovascular exercise, and short hiking trips enhance endurance for this remarkable journey.

Two meticulously crafted itineraries are available for the Everest Base Camp trek, catering to different preferences. Explore the longer trek option by clicking here for the itinerary.

    Your journey awaits, promising an experience of a lifetime.


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    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Himalayan Joy Adventure will welcome you and arrange transportation to your hotel. After settling into your room and freshening up, our representative will provide you with information about your upcoming trek. Following this, you can explore the bustling tourist hub of Thamel, where numerous shops offer a variety of trekking gear and souvenirs. In the evening, Himalayan Joy Adventure will organize a welcome dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant featuring traditional Nepali cultural dance. Following the dinner, you will be transported back to your hotel for an overnight stay.

    • Max. Altitude: 1300m
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Explore the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites nestled in the Kathmandu Valley. On your second day, embark on a tour to visit renowned places such as Kathmandu/Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square, the Swayambhunath Temple, and the Boudhanath Stupa. Enjoy an overnight stay at the same hotel in Kathmandu.

    • Max. Altitude: 1300m
    • Duration: 5hrs.
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Embarking on an early morning journey from Kathmandu leads you to the exhilarating Lukla airport. The refreshing and adventurous flight sets the tone for our trek. Upon arrival in Lukla, our trek commences with a walk to Phakding. A noteworthy aspect is that our high-altitude trail kicks off with a descent through Chaurikharka and Chilung to reach Phakding. We spend the night at the available lodges in Phakding.

    • Max. Altitude: 2600m
    • Duration: 4 hrs trek
    • Accommodation: Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Following a delightful breakfast in Phakding, our journey kicks off towards Namche, a bustling trading hub. The trail ascends steeply, guiding us through the breathtaking Dudh Koshi valley. Sustaining a steady pace, we trek up to Namche, where we'll be treated to our initial view of Everest. The evening will be spent with dinner and accommodation at a lodge in Namche.

    • Max. Altitude: 3440m
    • Duration: 6-7 hrs.
    • Accommodation: Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

    Today presents a chance to further discover Namche Bazaar. Consider indulging in some shopping, and enjoy a comfortable stay at bakeries or internet cafes. Take a stroll through the Sherpa settlements or embark on a hike to the Everest View Hotel, just a 2-hours walk (400 meters) from Namche.

    • Max. Altitude: 3,880 m
    • Duration: 4 hrs
    • Accommodation: Lodge
    • Meals: Breafast, Lunch and Dinner

    We'll enjoy a hearty breakfast in the early morning at Namche Bazaar before embarking on our journey towards the Tengboche monastery. Along the trail, we'll take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Once at the monastery, on a clear day, you'll be treated to a stunning panorama of the Himalayan peaks. Additionally, if you visit during the expedition season, you might encounter mountaineers gearing up for their Everest expedition, seeking blessings at the monastery.

    • Max. Altitude: 3, 850 m
    • Duration: 6-7 hrs
    • Accommodation: Lodge
    • Meals: Breafast, Lunch and dinner

    Following your breakfast, embark on your journey to Dingboche. The scenic vistas of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam along the rocky trail are breathtaking. The initial part of the trail is straightforward, but as you approach Dingboche, the atmosphere becomes tranquil and almost heavenly. Spend the night at local tea houses in Dingboche.

    • Max. Altitude: 4410m
    • Duration: 5 hrs
    • Accommodation: Lodge
    • Meals: Breakafast, Lunch and dinner

    While embarking on the EBC trek, you'll encounter varying altitudes. Therefore, one specific day is dedicated to acclimatization through hiking. Utilize your time in Dingboche to explore the surroundings and embark on a hike to Nagarjun Hill. From this vantage point, marvel at breathtaking views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Khangtega and other majestic mountains.

    • Max. Altitude: 4410m
    • Duration: 4 hrs
    • Accommodation: Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast

    Indulge in a delightful breakfast in Dingboche before embarking on your journey towards Lobuche. The trek to Thukla village is relatively easy, but beyond that point, the trail ascends to the Hillary Memorial site. Here, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Although you'll gain an altitude of 500m today, keep in mind that Lobuche is already at 4900m, so you might experience a slight change in altitude. Upon reaching Lobuche, take the opportunity for a short acclimatization hike to the side of the Khumbu glacier. Enjoy a stay at a tea house for the night.

    • Max. Altitude: 4, 910 m
    • Duration: 5 hrs
    • Accommodation: Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

    Today, your journey unfolds as you traverse from Lobuche to Gorak Shep. Take a brief pause for a light lunch before making your way up to Kalapatthar 5602m, where you can relish the vibrant hues of the sunset casting a warm glow upon the majestic peaks of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Khumbutse, Changatse, and Pumori. This spot provides the ultimate and up-close experience to capture the awe-inspiring beauty of Mt. Everest. Be prepared for the freezing temperatures at Kala Patthar after the sun dips below the horizon; ensure you have warm gear and headlamps for a safe return to Gorakshep. Following an exhausting 8-hour trek, find solace in a comfortable bed at a local tea house as you succumb to a well-deserved night's sleep.

    • Max. Altitude: 5, 140 m
    • Duration: 8 hrs
    • Accommodation: Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    In the early morning, set out for the Everest Base Camp before breakfast, marking a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the base of the world's highest mountain. The trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp covers a mere three kilometers, yet the low temperatures and diminished oxygen levels may slow your pace. The round trip can take up to four hours due to these challenging conditions. Upon reaching Everest Base Camp, return to Gorakshep for breakfast before continuing the trek back to Pheruche. This descent provides an opportunity to take in what may have been missed on the ascent.

    • Max. Altitude: 4, 240 m
    • Duration: 8-9 hrs
    • Accommodation: Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Start your day with an early morning breakfast, delighting in the captivating vistas of the Himalayas while sipping on a cup of tea in Pheriche. Following breakfast, we'll pack up and embark on a walk to Namche for an overnight stay at a local hotel.

    • Max. Altitude: 3, 440 m
    • Duration: 8 hrs
    • Accommodation: Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Following a seven-hour trek from Namche, we find ourselves once again at the starting point of our journey. This marks the concluding leg of our expedition, as we make our way on foot to the airport. It's the last night nestled in the embrace of the Himalayas!

    • Max. Altitude: 2, 845 m
    • Duration: 7 hrs
    • Accommodation: Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Embark on an early morning journey from Lukla, and before you know it, you'll find yourself in the heart of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. Take it easy at the hotel until evening, and later, join us for a farewell dinner at a local Nepali restaurant. Drift into a peaceful slumber, relieved to be in Kathmandu.

    Note: Keep in mind that occasional flight delays or cancellations due to inclement weather may occur, so it's advisable to be ready for any potential inconveniences.

    • Max. Altitude: 1,380 m
    • Duration: 27 minutes
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Gather all the wonderful memories into your suitcase. It's time to say farewell to Nepal, carrying with you the promise of a return visit. The representative from Himalayan Joy Adventures will be present to bid you a fond goodbye.

    • Meals: Breakfast

    Our Everest base camp trek Itinerary is flexible according to the traveller's time frame.

    Everest Base Camp Trek Route Map

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    Service Details

    What's Included
    • Airport picks up and drops by private tourist vehicle.
    • 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu in 3* category (twin sharing) on B/B plan.
    • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
    • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Flight Kathmandu to Likla and return (10 kg luggage per person)
    • Accommodation in twin sharing basis on the trek
    • 3 meals in a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with a cup of tea/coffee on the trek.
    • Every evening serve fresh fruits
    • Knowledgeable and friendly english speaking guide.
    • Porter (one porter for two guest)
    • Wages for the tour and trekking staffs
    • Insurance for the trekking staffs(Guide & Porters)
    • Local transportations
    • T-shirt and Duffel bag (Himalayan Joy Adventure brand)
    • National park and TIMS permits.
    • Trip Complete certificate by Himalayan joy Adventure
    What's not Included
    • Travel insurance which should covers emergency rescue and evacuation (most required)
    • International flight fare
    • Entrance fees while you are in sightseeing in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.
    • Nepal entry visa, which can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu.
    • Cold drinks such as mineral water, cola, sprite, fanta and beer etc.
    • Personal trekking and climbing equipments.
    • Tips for trekking / tour guides and driver.
    • If incase flight delayed or canceled, the extra expenses such as hotel and food. (If regular flight is canceled, can fly by helicopter to assure your destination. )

    Useful Information

    Flight delay and cancellations

    Occasionally, flights to Lukla may face cancellations owing to unpredictable weather conditions. To address this, Himalayan Joy Adventure has devised a trek itinerary that incorporates an additional day at the end of the journey. If your flight experiences a cancellation lasting more than two days, we offer the option to charter a helicopter to and from Lukla. This ensures that you reach your scheduled destination or homeland without further delay. The associated cost for this supplementary service ranges from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $4000 USD, which you can seek reimbursement for through your insurance.

    Departure and Itinerary

    Customize your departure dates and itinerary arrangements according to your preferences. Feel free to reach out to us for any inquiries regarding your tour departure date.


    Every day, the global challenge of environmental pollution persists, and Nepal is no exception. Our field staffs are highly conscientious about environmental issues, and we actively promote awareness. We recommend to our guests the use of boiled water or water purification pills instead of purchasing bottled water. This choice not only helps in avoiding the use of plastic bottles, which take a considerable amount of time to decompose, but also contributes to minimizing waste.

    While trekking, consider ordering the same food items as a group to reduce fuel consumption. Furthermore, it is essential to note that making a campfire is strongly discouraged. We advocate for responsible travel practices, urging travelers to leave only footprints on the trail and ensure the removal of all non-biodegradable items brought along. Let's collectively work towards preserving the environment for future generations.

    Everest Base Camp Trek FAQs

    • The elevation of Everest Base Camp (EBC) itself is approximately 17,600 feet (5,364 meters) above sea level. However, the trek to Everest Base Camp involves varying elevations as you ascend and descend through the Khumbu region of Nepal. The trek typically starts at Lukla, which is at an elevation of around 9,383 feet (2,860 meters). Along the way, you'll pass through several villages, including Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Gorak Shep, before reaching Everest Base Camp.

    • The altitude of Kala Patthar is approximately 5,643 meters (18,514 feet) above sea level. It is a popular trekking destination and offers stunning panoramic views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks. Trekkers often visit Kala Patthar to get a close-up view of Mount Everest, as it provides one of the best vantage points in the region.

    • The Everest Base Camp trek typically begins in Lukla, Nepal. Lukla is a small town with an airport that serves as the gateway to the Everest region. Most trekkers fly from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, to Lukla to start their trek.

    • The cost of the Everest Base Camp trek can vary depending on various factors such as the route taken, duration of the trek, the trekking company chosen, and the amenities provided.

      Independent Trekker:

      If you plan to trek independently, without a guide or porter, your costs will be lower. You'll need to budget for permits, accommodation, meals, and miscellaneous expenses.

      On average, independent trekkers might spend anywhere from $1500 to $1800, or even more, depending on their preferences and spending habits.

      Guided Trek:

      This typically includes a guide, porter, permits, accommodation, meals, and even domestic flights.

      The cost for a guided trek can range from $2000 to $3000 or more, depending on the level of service, the duration of the trek, and the specific inclusions.

      Luxury Treks:

      Some companies offer luxury trekking packages with higher-end accommodation, better meals, and additional services. The cost for luxury treks can arange from $5000 to $10000.

      Additional Costs:

      Keep in mind that these estimates not including the international flights to and from Nepal, travel insurance, personal expenses, and equipment costs (if you need to purchase or rent trekking gear).

      Before finalizing any trek, it's advisable to contact trekking agencies, compare their services and costs.

    • The trek to Everest Base Camp is a popular and challenging trek in the Everest region of Nepal. The duration of the trek can vary depending on the specific route taken and the acclimatization schedule. Generally, the trek takes about 12 to 14 days to reach Everest Base Camp from Lukla, the starting point of the trek.

    • Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a challenging endeavor that involves high altitudes, rugged terrain, and variable weather conditions. Not everyone is physically or medically fit to undertake such a trek. Here are some factors that might make it difficult or unsafe for individuals to trek to Everest Base Camp:

      Health Conditions: People with certain medical conditions, such as heart problems, respiratory issues, and severe allergies, may find it challenging to cope with the high-altitude environment.

      Chronic conditions that can be exacerbated by altitude sickness or strenuous physical activity may pose a risk.

      Age: Very young children and elderly individuals may find the trek physically demanding, and there could be health risks associated with high altitudes.

      Fitness Level: Lack of physical fitness can make the trek difficult. The trek involves walking for several hours each day, often in challenging terrain, and being in good physical shape is important.

      Altitude Sensitivity: Some people are more sensitive to high altitudes and may experience altitude sickness, which can range from mild symptoms like headaches and nausea to severe conditions that can be life-threatening.

      Lack of Trekking Experience: Inexperience in trekking or mountaineering can pose a challenge. The Everest Base Camp trek involves walking at high altitudes and navigating through varied terrain, and having some trekking experience can be beneficial.

      Pregnancy: Pregnant women are generally advised against trekking to high altitudes due to the potential risks associated with decreased oxygen levels.

      Certain Disabilities: Individuals with certain physical disabilities or limitations may find it difficult to navigate the trekking trails and may require additional assistance.

      It's crucial for anyone considering the trek to consult with a healthcare professional to assess their individual health and fitness levels. Additionally, obtaining proper acclimatization, following safety guidelines, and being aware of potential altitude-related issues are important for a successful and safe trek to Everest Base Camp.

    • The trek to Everest Base Camp is considered challenging, primarily due to the high altitude and the rugged terrain. The trek typically takes around 12 days, starting from Lukla and ascending to an altitude of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) at Everest Base Camp. Here are some factors that contribute to the difficulty:

      High Altitude: Altitude sickness is a significant concern, and trekkers need to acclimatize properly to reduce the risk of altitude-related illnesses. The thin air at high altitudes can cause symptoms like headaches, nausea, and fatigue.

      Weather Conditions: Weather conditions in the Everest region can be harsh, especially during the peak trekking seasons of spring (April and May) and autumn (September and October). Trekkers may encounter cold temperatures, snow, and unpredictable weather.

      Rugged Terrain: The trail involves a mix of steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and suspension bridges. Trekkers need to be physically fit and mentally prepared for long hours of walking each day.

      Basic Accommodations: While there are teahouses along the route providing food and shelter, facilities are basic. Trekkers should be prepared for simple accommodations and shared facilities.

      Length of the Trek: The trek is a multi-day journey, and each day involves several hours of walking. Trekkers should be in good physical condition and prepared for the sustained effort.

      Logistics: The trek to Everest Base Camp requires careful planning and logistics, including obtaining necessary permits and arranging transportation to Lukla.

    • Trekking to Everest Base Camp in winter is possible, but it comes with additional challenges and risks. The winter season in the Everest region typically spans from late December to February. During this time, the weather is extremely cold, and temperatures can drop significantly, especially at higher altitudes. The trekking trails may be covered with snow and ice, making the journey more demanding. If you decide to trek to Everest Base Camp in winter, it's advisable to be well-prepared, physically fit, and equipped with appropriate gear. Additionally, hiring an experienced guide and checking weather and trail conditions beforehand is crucial for a safer and more enjoyable trek. Always prioritize safety and be ready to adapt your plans based on the prevailing conditions.

    • The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. The two main trekking seasons are:

      • Spring (Pre-Monsoon):

      • Months: Late April to early June
      • Reasons: This is considered the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp. The weather is generally stable, and the temperatures are moderate. The days are longer, providing more daylight for trekking. The rhododendron flowers are in full bloom, adding to the beauty of the landscape.
      • Autumn (Post-Monsoon):

      • Months: September to November
      • Reasons: Another excellent time for trekking to Everest Base Camp. The weather is clear and stable, with crisp, dry air and stunning visibility. The temperatures are also favorable during this season. Autumn is a popular choice for trekkers, and you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.
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