Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek is a classic trekking adventure in the foothills of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. Trudging along the rugged trails of the Himalayas, decorated with mountains and landscapes, this trek is undoubtedly one of the best walks on earth.
Regarded as the most popular trek in Nepal, Everest Base Camp Trek extends for 15 days. Along the way, you’ll get to marvel at some of the world’s highest massifs, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Nuptse, and Makalu. Not only that, but this trek combines the glorious glimpses of the Himalayas with the iconic culture of the Sherpas. You’ll also get to witness their rustic lifestyle and a taste of their famed hospitality.
The journey to Everest Base Camp begins with one of the most unforgettable flights from Kathmandu to the airstrip of Lukla. You’ll walk through several Sherpa settlements, including Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Gorak Shep, before reaching the base of the world’s highest mountain. The entire trail of the EBC Trek is adorned with breathtaking sceneries, ancient monasteries, prosperous villages, chortens, prayer flags, and mani walls.
In the villages of the Everest region, you will encounter the day-to-day lifestyle of the Sherpa tribes and their practices of Tibetan Buddhism. The trek also combines the spiritual experience as you will be visiting the ancient monasteries of Khumjung and Tengboche.
Moreover, this trek also takes you to the world’s most famous viewpoint, Kala Patthar. At an elevation of 5,643 meters, Kala Patthar marks as the highest landmark of the trek. From the summit, you get to relish a 360-degree panorama of the mountains, including Mt. Everest, Pumori, Lingtren, Nuptse, and Changtse. Also, you will get the opportunity to witness the most epic sunrise of your lifetime emerging over the high Himalayas.
Our 15-days Everest Base Camp Trek is an excellent choice for travelers who are keen to experience the Himalayas most authentically. This Everest Base Camp itinerary is thoughtfully designed with proper acclimatization days to ensure once in a lifetime experience.
Why You’ll Love This Trek!
- Experience the adventuresome flight to Lukla Airport, one of the most extreme airports in the world
- Stand at the base of the world’s highest mountain — Mt. Everest.
- Take a walk along with the shades of four 8000 meter mountains — Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu.
- Explore the bustling Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar
- Witness the 360-degree panorama of the world’s highest mountains from Kala Patthar
- Marvel at the breathtaking sight of Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu Glacier
- Visit the largest monastery of the Khumbu region at Tengboche and enjoy the surrounding spectacles of the Himalayas.
- Witness the rustic lifestyle and unique culture of Sherpas
Is Everest Base Camp Trek Right For You?
- Everest Base Camp Trek is not a luxurious holiday package. It demands both physical as well as mental preparedness. Therefore, if you have prior hiking experience in the mountains or hilly terrains, you’ll be able to complete this trek.
- In the EBC Trek, you will have to walk for about five to six hours every single day. So, if you think you’ll be able to take on the challenge for almost two weeks, you’ll be able to pull this through. It is advisable to go for small hikes and engage in cardio-related activities to train for the trek.
- Each day, you’ll be gaining about 300 to 700 meters elevation in this trek. Make sure your body and mind can cope with the increasing altitude. If you do not have prior trekking experience, it is recommended to go on a lower altitude trek before this adventure.
- During the trek, you will be spending your nights at the local tea houses that offer basic facilities only. The rooms are not comfortable and luxurious, like the hotels around the city area. However, they are relatively clean, cozy, and comfortable.
- The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, especially in the upper reaches of the trek. In worse scenarios, you might have to go through cold weather and snowy conditions on the higher altitudes. Make sure you can cope with such challenges. Additionally, we recommend you pack layers and weather protection, even if you’re trekking in the summer season.
Required Permit for Everest Base Camp Trek
For Everest Base Camp Trek, you’ll need to acquire two different permits — Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit.
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
Where to obtain: Lukla and National Park Entrance Gate in Monjo
How much does it cost: NPR 2,000 per person
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
Where to obtain: Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and National Park Entrance Gate in Monjo
How much does it cost: NPR 3,000 per person
15 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
|Day||Description||Altitude (Meters)||Trekking Duration|
|1||rrival in Kathmandu. Meet at Airport and Transfer to Hotel||1,350||N/A|
|2||Morning Flight to Lukla (2,840m) and Trek to Phakding||2,610||4 hours|
|3||Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar||3,440||6 hours|
|4||Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar||3,440||N/A|
|5||Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche||3,860||5 hours|
|6||Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche||4,410||5 hours|
|7||Acclimatization Day at Dingboche||4,410||N/A|
|8||Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche||4,910||4.5 hours|
|9||Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Excursion to Everest Base Camp (5,364m)||5,140||7 hours|
|10||Morning Hike to Kala Patthar (5,643m) and Trek to Pheriche||4,270||8 hours|
|11||Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche||3,860||5 hours|
|12||Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar||3,440||5 hours|
|13||Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla||2,840||6 hours|
|14||Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu||1,350||40 mins|
- Make sure to carry enough cash for your additional expenses in the Everest Base Camp Trek. We recommend you to dispense enough cash for the entire trek and exchange them in local currency for your convenience. If you forget to dispense money from the ATM or exchange them in local currency in Kathmandu, you can also do it at Namche Bazaar.
- Bear in mind. Your trekking guide may, at times, decide to delay or alter the standard itinerary to help you achieve success on the trek in case your health condition is not fit enough.
- We encourage you to carry a photocopy of your passport and a few passport size photographs as you may need them while acquiring the trekking permits.
- As solar power is the only source of electricity in Everest Base Camp Trek, the electricity may not be reliable all the time. Therefore, we recommend you to carry a portable charger to be safe whatsoever.
- We highly recommend you to carry a universal travel adaptor to charge your mobile phone or camera as the charging sockets in the teahouses may not be of the exact match with your charger.
- A month prior to the Everest Base Camp Trek, we highly advise you to engage in cardio-oriented exercises, such as swimming, hiking, running, biking, and jogging to stay physically fit for the trek.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary (15 Days)Expand/Close
Welcome to Kathmandu. Once your international flight lands at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the official representative of Nepal Social Trek will greet you outside the arrival gate. He will transfer you to your respective hotel in Kathmandu and help you through the check-in formalities. You can rest and get rid of the jet lag at the hotel for the rest of the day.
In the evening, you’ll have a short meeting with your trekking guide at the hotel. The guide will provide you all the necessary information regarding the Everest Base Camp Trek. If you would like to buy or rent any gear for the trek, the guide will take you to some of the best gear shops at Thamel.
- Greet at the airport and transfer to hotel
- Short briefing regarding the day-to-day activities on the trek
Make sure to attend the meeting as the guide will be providing every detail, such as day to day itinerary, packing list, flight schedules, food, culture, etc. If you’re leaving any of your stuff behind at the hotel, make sure you pack it in a separate bag from your trekking bag. We also recommend you to re-check all the gears that you’re taking to the mountain before going to sleep to make sure you are not missing the essentials.
Early in the morning, you’ll catch a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla. The tiny airstrip of Lukla is considered one of the most extreme airports in the world. The 40-minute flight will truly be a lifetime experience. You can peek out of the window to marvel at the marvelous scenery of high hills and snow-capped mountains.
Once you reach Lukla, you will get to meet the local staff and porters. You’ll begin the trek on a relatively easy trail towards Cheplung village. From the village, you’ll see the first sight of the mountain with the distant view of Mt. Khumbila. You’ll continue the gradual walk on the bank of Dudh Koshi River until you reach the village of Phakding.
- A 40-minutes fight to the world’s most extreme airport at Lukla
- Outstanding view of the mountains and surrounding landscapes
- Walk along the shore of Dudh Koshi River.
The weather in Lukla is highly unpredictable. The small airstrip, located on top of a hill with mountains surrounding on three sides, is widely known for terrible weather, which impacts the regular flight schedules. The flights, in such circumstances, may likely be delayed or even canceled in worst cases.
On this day, you will walk through the pine forest, rustic villages, and occasional yak pastures. Once you leave Phakding, you will continue walking through the narrow trail alongside the Dudh Koshi River. Along the route, you’ll walk past several Sherpa villages, including Benkar and Chumoa, and cross a couple of suspension bridges to reach the entrance gate of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo.
After entering the national park, the trail heads uphill towards the village of Jorsalle. You’ll continue walking as the first glimpse of Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Everest, and Nuptse unfolds on the backdrop.
The trail further leads to a steep climb from Jorsalle to reach the colorful village of Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is surrounded by colorful markets, trekking shops, fancy restaurants, cafes, and local shops. It is regarded as the Sherpa Capital, and you’ll get to enjoy the close-up view of Kongde-Ri and Thamserku.
- Cross over the thrilling suspension bridges
- Enter Sagarmatha National Park
- Majestic glimpses of Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Everest, and Nuptse
- Walk along the bustling streets of Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar is the most significant commercial hub of the Khumbu region. It is surrounded by markets, gear shops, grocery stores, restaurants, and cafes. If you’ve missed out on anything, from trekking gear to chocolate bars, you can get them all at Namche Bazaar.
You’ll have a much-needed acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar. It is significant to have a leisure day to acclimatize with the increasing elevation and minimize the possibilities of altitude sickness.
On this day, you’ll hike to the beautiful village of Khumjung to keep your feet moving. You’ll get to visit the ancient monastery of the village and a local school built by Sir Edmund Hillary. On the way back, you’ll be visiting the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest luxurious hotels in the world. From here, you can relish the panoramic views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtega, Taboche, and Kwangde.
- Leisure day to acclimatize to high altitude.
- A short hike to Khumjung village
- Visit Khumjung school and monastery
- Visit Everest View Hotel, the world’s highest luxurious hotel
- Marvel at the sensational glimpses of the Himalayas
After the acclimatization day, you’ll continue the trek on a relatively pleasant trail through the dense forest. With the marvelous view of mountains on the backdrop, you’ll traverse through the hillside above the Dudh Koshi River towards Phungithanga.
Once you walk past Phungithanga, the pleasant trail suddenly transforms into a more challenging uphill. The trail passes through an occasional water-powered prayer wheel and continues along the dense rhododendron forest to Tengboche.
Tengboche is a small village scattered in a grassy saddle under the shades of a crescent-shaped ridge. It is home to Khumbu’s largest Buddhist monastery. From the outside of the monastery, you get to enjoy the spectacular view of the surrounding mountains, including Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and others.
- Visit the ancient Tengboche Monastery — the largest in Khumbu.
- Breathtaking view of Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and others
After breakfast, you will head northwards from Tengboche and cross the small suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. You’ll continue the walk on a narrow path towards Orsho and take the lower route towards the western bank of Imja Khola. The trail is mostly surrounded by rhododendron, birch and conifer trees. Furthermore, you’ll walk past several small villages, mani walls, and well-decorated chortens before reaching the overnight destination at Dingboche.
At an elevation of 4,410 meters, Dingboche is the highest Sherpa settlement in the entire Khumbu region. The village is enclosed by stone walls to protect the crop fields. From Dingboche, the view of Ama Dablam is just a stone throw away.
- Cross the thrilling suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River
- Walk past well-decorated mani walls and chortens
- Close-up view of Ama Dablam — the most beautiful mountain in the world
To cope with the high elevation and thin air, you’ll have another important acclimatization day at Dingboche. To keep up with the momentum, you’ll be going for a short hike to a nearby hill from the village.
You’ll be going for a 400-meter climb to Nangkartshang Peak located towards the northern ridge of the village. It takes around two hours of steep ascent from the heart of Dingboche to reach the summit of the Nangkartshang Peak. At 5,083 meters, the summit of this peak offers magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse, Kantega, and Cho Oyu.
- Acclimatization day to cope with increasing elevation.
- A short hike to Nangkartshang Peak
- Enjoy the superb view of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse, Kantega, and Cho Oyu
Never skip the acclimatization day! It is crucial to take a day off not only to ease the sore muscles but also to cope with the thin air before heading to even higher altitudes. Also, if you do not physically fit, we recommend you inform your trekking guide as soon as possible and take a proper rest instead of hiking.
You’ll begin the day with a gradual climb towards the valley of Pheriche. As you continue walking along with the alpine scrub and yak pastures, you’ll reach the Trekkers Aid Post at the valley. Up above, you’ll witness the soaring sight of Ama Dablam, Taboche, and Cholatse.
As you walk further ahead from Pheriche, the trail becomes more strenuous with steep climbs over the moraine of Khumbu Glacier. Upon climbing the ridge, you’ll arrive at Thukla Pass decorated with prayer flags and stone shrines in the name of climbers who lost their lives in the mountain. After crossing the pass, you’ll continue walking through the grassy valleys and rocky terrains to reach your overnight destination at Lobuche.
This tiny settlement is located in a narrow meadow between the towing Lobuche Peak and Khumbu Glacier. You’ll relish a marvelous sight of Nuptse and Taboche soaring above the settlement. In the evening, you will walk up to the narrow gap of mountain walls and moraine to take a glance at the Khumbu Glacier.
- Walk past the village of Pheriche and visit Trekkers Aid Post.
- Traverse along the memorial park at Thukla Pass.
- Breathtaking view of Ama Dablam, Taboche, and Cholatse
- Close-up view of Nuptse and Taboche
- Look over the marvelous Khumbu Glacier.
Remarkable day on the Everest Base Camp Trek! After breakfast, you’ll be departing from Lobuche and heading off on fairly rough and rocky terrain. The route passes through occasional ups and downs on the glacial path towards Gorak Shep. Along the way, you’ll get to enjoy the wonderful sight of Pumori, Nuptse, and other surrounding mountains.
Upon arriving at Gorak Shep, you’ll drop your backpacks at the teahouse and meander through the rocky trail towards the Everest Base Camp. You’ll come across the glacial moraine and several small streams along the way. Once you reach the Everest Base Camp, you’ll have the opportunity to stand at the foothills of the world’s highest mountain.
From the base camp, you’ll get a glimpse of marvelous spectacles of Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbu Icefall, and Khumbutse. After spending some time at the base camp, you’ll make your way back to the sandy lakebed of Gorak Shep.
- Traverse through the glacial path
- Excursion to the Everest Base Camp
- Opportunity to stand at the shore of the world’s highest mountain
- Enjoy the close-up view of Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbu Icefall, and Khumbutse.
Today marks another highlight of the Everest Base Camp Trek. You’ll start the day early at dawn and hike uphill towards Kala Patthar, situated at an elevation of 5,643 meters. Kala Patthar is one of the most prominent viewpoints of the Everest region. Although it does not cover a considerable distance, the route to the summit of this landmark is fairly steep and rocky.
Upon reaching the top of the viewpoint, you will get to witness one of the most beautiful sunrises over the Himalayas. Here, you’ll be surrounded by a 360-degree panorama of huge massifs, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbetse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and so forth.
After spending a brief spell on the top, you’ll retrace the path back to Gorak Shep and descend towards Lobuche. You’ll continue the walk along rough and rugged trails over moraine until Thukla Pass. From here, you’ll cross a bridge over a gushing glacial stream and head towards Pheriche. It takes around four hours to reach Pheriche from Kala Patthar.
Amid hotels and teahouses, this small settlement also accommodates the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic (HRA). It is a voluntary non-profit organization established to reduce the casualties while trekking or mountaineering in the Himalayas.
- Excursion to the famous vantage point of Kala Patthar
- Witness the majestic sunrise over the towering massifs
- Relish the 360-degree panorama of some of the highest mountains in the world
- Visit Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic (HRA)
Since you’ll be reaching Kala Patthar for the sunrise, you’ll need to begin the hike early at dawn. Therefore, we recommend you to carry a headlamp or torch to keep track of the route. In addition to that, you should also consider wearing warm jackets, gloves, and a beanie to keep yourself warm in the cold morning.
On this day, you will leave the Himalayas behind and backtrack your route to Tengboche. You’ll begin the trek after breakfast on a relatively easy route compared to the last few days. Although the walk is pleasant most of the day, note that you’ll need to tackle a few strenuous uphill on the way.
Along the way, you’ll walk through the densely forested area, blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. Make sure to keep your eyes around the trail as you might get to witness some rare wildlife and birds, including musk deer, wild goats, Himalayan griffons, and pheasants if you’re lucky.
After about five hours of gentle walk, you’ll arrive at Tengboche. From the village, you’ll get a marvelous sight of the surrounding peaks, including Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse.
- Walk under the shades of rhododendron and juniper trees.
- Opportunity to witness rare wildlife and birds, including musk deer, wild goats, Himalayan griffons, and pheasants
- Enjoy the mountain view of Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse.
Early in the morning, you’ll depart from Tengboche and make your way towards the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. You’ll begin the day with a steep descend towards the village of Phunki Tenga. Upon reaching this small settlement, the trail transforms into a gradual uphill. After climbing for almost an hour, the trail descends sharply towards the Dudh Koshi River.
Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, you’ll reach the village of Kyangjuma. This tiny village is a junction to three different trails of the Everest region — Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village, and Namche Bazaar. You’ll follow the route that leads to Namche Bazaar and head to the Sherpa Capital for overnight stay.
- Relatively comfortable walk
- Cross over the high suspension bridge
- Overnight at the liveliest Sherpa village at Namche Bazaar
You start the day with a steep descent from Namche Bazaar on fairly rocky terrain. The route from the village to the bank of Dudh Koshi River is quite a challenge, especially if you’re not used to steep downhills. On the way, you cross the high suspension bridge over the river, which leads to a considerably pleasant path.
Most of this day, you’ll be walking under the shades of rhododendron and pine forest alongside the Dudh Koshi River. You’ll also get to enjoy the distant view of the towering pinnacles before arriving at Phakding, a small Sherpa settlement.
At Phakding, you’ll cross another suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and head uphill towards Lukla. On the way to Lukla, you’ll walk past numerous Buddhist monasteries, chortens, and mani walls. In the evening, you’ll celebrate the success of the Everest Base Camp Trek with the entire team before heading back to Kathmandu.
- Cross several suspension bridges over raging Dudh Koshi River
- Walk past the pleasant forest trail surrounded by rhododendron and pine trees.
- Celebrate the success with your trekking guide and all the dedicated staffs in the evening
This day is the final day of your adventure to the Everest Base Camp. After breakfast, you’ll bid farewell to the mountains and catch a flight back to Kathmandu. You also part ways with the local staff and porters in Lukla. The 40-minute flight to the capital city offers a sensational view of the Himalayas and surrounding landscape.
Upon arrival, the representative of Nepal Social Trek will receive you at the domestic terminal and escort you to the hotel. You can choose to take some rest back at the hotel or take a walk around the vibrant street of Thamel and buy some souvenirs if you want. Late in the evening, the representative of Nepal Social Trek will receive you at the hotel and take you for the farewell dinner.
- Incredible flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
- Enjoy the breathtaking sight of the mountains and surrounding landscapes.
- Farewell dinner in the evening
Your final day in Nepal! On this day, the representative of Nepal Social Trek will escort you from your hotel to the Tribhuvan International Airport for the final departure. He will drop you at the airport as per the schedule of your flight and help you figure out your check-in terminal.
- Arrival and departure transfer for both international and domestic flight
- Accommodation in Kathmandu (in three-star hotel including breakfast)
- Two-way domestic flight from Kathmandu and Lukla
- Accommodation in teahouse during the trek
- Three meals per day during the trek (B/L/D)
- Sagarmatha National Park entry fees and local entry permits
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Licensed trekking guide with necessary staffs and porters
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment for all our staff
- Insurance and required transportation for support staff
- All government taxes
- International flight ticket and airport tax
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Dinner and lunch in Kathmandu, except farewell dinner
- Personal trekking gears and equipment
- Tips for trekking guide, porters, and local staff
- Travel and medical insurance in case of emergency
- Emergency rescue evacuation
- Personal expenses such as battery charging, laundry, alcohol, cold drink, hot showers at teahouses, etc
- Unforeseeable expenses incurred due to accidents, strike, natural calamities, political unrest, etc
Why Nepal Social Treks?
Higher Success Rates
Nepal Social Treks guarantees a higher success rate, the glowing reviews for our service on the page speaks for themselves. Our well-experienced guides and crew members deserve much of the credit for this consistent performance. The highly professional staff members have always used their tactical awareness to deal with any adversity on the trek.
Besides, our itinerary for the Everest Base Camp Trek is thoughtfully designed with proper rest/acclimatization day to help your body cope with the increasing elevation and decreasing air pressure of the Himalayas.
Not only that, but all the trekking guides of Nepal Social Treks are first aid responders who are trained to assist you in case of any health-related issues on the trek. So far, we as a company have consistently delivered 300+ treks every year with a staggering success rate of 99 percent.
Well Qualified Teams
We assure you a highly professional, dedicated, hardworking, and well-organized team with Nepal Social Treks. Our trekking guides are highly experienced and have carried out more than 100 treks all around the Himalayas of Nepal. For this trek, we will provide you with our highly dedicated team that is specialized and has years of experience in Everest Base Camp Trek. We have been able to deliver 99 percent of the success rate in all of our treks consistently. One primary factor of our successful expedition year after another is due to our hardworking guides and porters who guarantee exceptional service to make your trip a success.
Nepal Social Treks has been providing reliable trekking services in Nepal since 2006. Even after a decade in the industry, we still work continually to improve the quality of our service and methods to satisfy your needs.
We are clear about your expectation and the quality of our service to help make your Everest Base Camp Trek a major success. Therefore, we have handpicked and trained all our staff members, including trek leaders, guides, sherpas, and porters, to deliver nothing short of brilliance.
Excellent Food and Accommodation Facilities
The health and well-being of our clients have always been the number one priority of Nepal Social Treks. On the trek, we provide you with a hearty three-time meal every day and ensure that you get the proper calories to compensate for your effort. Our team guarantees that the food served at your table is hygienic, delicious, and makes you feel at home. In addition to that, we also provide you with a cozy bed at the end of every night. As per the itinerary of our Everest Base Camp Trek, we take the full responsibility of providing your rooms at one of the best teahouses at each stop.
FAQS About Everest Base Camp Trek
Like any other trekking destination of Nepal, the most favorable time to trek to Everest Base Camp is during spring and autumn. It is because, during these seasons, the sky tends to stay consistent and clear, offering a spectacular view of the mountains. Moreover, the weather also remains moderate during this time of the year, which is ideal for long-day trekking.
Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC Trek) is considered a strenuous trek. However, there are no technical routes or climbs on this trek. The route to the base camp is not paved and is likely to get rough, rocky, and gravel-strewn most of the time.
Additionally, the EBC Trek is two-week-long, where you will have to walk for about 5 to 6 hours every day on average. Therefore, those who have a weak ankle needs to be careful in every step.
Also, depending upon the season, the trail might be covered in ice and snow, which is going to be much more challenging than a regular trail. But, if you’re already an avid trekker, this should not be much of a challenge for you. Even for a first-timer, this trek is achievable if you make proper preparation prior to departure.
The tea houses on the trail provide safe drinking water. But, we do not recommend you to drink the water from local streams or natural sources. Make sure to carry a water bottle and ask your guide to fill the water in the teahouse. Also, it is better to carry water purifiers and tablets to treat the water for safety.
Frankly speaking, the risk of acute mountain sickness differs from person to person. Since you’ll be walking up to 5,643m at Kala Patthar, the risk factor will be present. However, our packages for Everest Base Camp are thoughtfully designed with proper acclimatization days to reduce the chances of altitude sickness.
In addition to that, all our guides are certified first-aid responders who will effectively monitor you and help you, if any symptoms are seen.
It is recommended to trek at a slow and steady pace, instead of rushing to reach your destination. Most importantly, stay hydrated and drink as many fluids as possible to reduce the risk of AMS.
Everest Base Camp Trek is a classic teahouse trek. Like most trekking destinations in the Khumbu region, most teahouses in Everest Base Camp Trek are relatively well-managed and comfortable. To be honest, there is a wide range of options when it comes to accommodation in the Everest region — from relatively cheaper lodges with basic amenities to deluxe quality hotels.
You will be accommodated in deluxe quality teahouses in every overnight stop. Although they are not likely to be as luxurious as the star hotels in the city areas, they will provide all the necessary amenities such as cozy rooms, delicious food, WiFi, charging facilities, and hot shower facilities.
The teahouses of Everest Base Camp serve both Nepali as well as western cuisines. Dal Bhat is by far the most preferred meal while trekking in the Himalayas. However, we serve a different menu each day as per your preference.
Here’s the list of foods on the menu of Everest Base Camp Trek:
Breakfast: Black tea, milk tea, coffee, porridge, toast with spreads, grain cereal, and eggs (served fried, omelet or boiled), boiled water
Lunch: Chapatis, juice, canned tuna, and meats, fresh fruits, potatoes, cheese and gherkins, vegetable, Dal Bhat, momo, chowmein, pizza, boiled water
Dinner: Dal Bhat, fried rice, soup, spaghetti, steamed vegetables, pizza, fresh apples, salad, tea, boiled water
Yes! Almost every lodge and teahouse provides a hot shower facility in the Everest region. Most of them are gas or solar-powered. However, in a few places, especially in the upper reaches of the trek, you might have to make do with the bucket bath.
Bear in mind. The teahouses will charge you an additional amount for hot shower facilities, which is not included in the package.
Yes, most lodges and teahouses in the Everest region do provide WiFi services. However, the teahouse owner will charge you an additional amount for the WiFi service. It is also important to remember that WiFi connection in the mountains does not tend to be as reliable as they usually are in the cities.
If you want to stay connected with your friend and family while trekking to Everest Base Camp, we suggest you buy Everest Link WiFi. It is a wireless internet service, which is accessible in most parts of the Khumbu region. Bear in mind that you can only buy them in the villages above Namche Bazaar. Everest Link is a considerably cheap and reliable internet service compared to regular WiFi services in the Khumbu region.
Yes, most teahouses in the Everest region do provide charging facilities. However, since they are solar-powered, the charging stations are available only for small electronic devices, such as mobile phones, portable chargers, cameras, and battery packs.
Bear in mind that charging facilities comes at an additional cost. Depending upon the teahouses, it ranges from Rs. 200 to 600. In general, the cost of charging increases as you go higher from lower reaches to the upper part of the Himalayas.
Yes! Whether you are an experienced trekker or a novice traveler, you must train well before heading to Everest Base Camp. Since you’ll be walking through rough and rocky trails for two weeks, we recommend you engage in cardio-oriented activities at least a month prior to the trek.
Prepare yourself and maintain your physical fitness with activities like swimming, hiking, cycling, and jogging. To get familiar with the rugged routes, we advise you to go hiking nearby your homes.
Everest Base Camp Trek is graded as a strenuous walk in the foothills of Everest. However, with proper training and physical fitness, this trek is doable, even for first-time trekkers.
Here are a few essential gears you need to pack for Everest Base Camp Trek:
Trekking Shirt – Pack 4 to 5 breathable trekking shirts, balancing both half and full sleeves.
Trekking Trousers – Minimum 2 water and wind-resistant trekking pants.
Trekking Shorts – Pack a couple of trekking shorts for lower reaches of the trek.
Thermal Layer – At least one pair of a thermal layer.
Fleece Jacket – Pack a light-weight fleece jacket for the lower region.
Down Jacket – Carry a high-quality down jacket to keep you warm from the extreme weather in the upper reaches of the trek.
Waterproof Shell Jacket – One waterproof jacket to stay protected in the wet weather.
Breathable Underwear – Carry at least 4 to 5 pairs of breathable and comfortable underwear.
Hiking Boots – A pair of high-quality hiking boots will be enough for the trek.
Sandals/Trainers – A pair of either sandals or trainers, depending upon your preference.
Hiking Socks – Pack at least 4 to 5 pairs of comfortable hiking socks.
Thermal Socks – Carry at least a 2 to 3 pair of warm thermal socks to keep you warm in the evening and night.
Gaiter (For Winter) – You can pack a gaiter for any season, even though it is especially recommended for winter.
Warm Beanie – One beanie to keep your head warm in the upper reaches of the trek.
Sun Protection Hat – One sun protection hat to keep your face protected from harmful UV rays and sunburn.
Buff/Neck Gaiter – One buff or neck gaiter to protect your neck from the harsh wind.
Inner Gloves – A pair of inner gloves for the lower region of the trek.
Outer Gloves – A pair of outer gloves to wear as an additional layer in the upper reaches of the trek.
High-Quality Sleeping Bag
UV Protection Sunglasses
Water Purification Tablets
Headlamp with Spare Batteries