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12 Days Magical Everest Base Camp Trek (Budget Trek)

Enjoy a hike to Everest View hotel with an extra day in Namche Bazaar to ensure a better, smoother and enjoyable trekking to EBC

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Trip Cost: (budget option)
$ USD 1095 per person

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12 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5545 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.15
  • Best Time: Feb - June, Sep - Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Strenuous Level

Among the hardest available treks in Nepal, but still these treks are in reach of most people however one must be fit.

12 days Everest Base Camp Holidays is one of the best trekking sites for a non-elite climber to witness the beauty of the world's highest summit, Mt. Everest up close. The first ever invaders of this trek, Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953 set a record for successfully climbing the summit and since then, climbing the Everest Base Camp has been an ultimate goal for the Mountaineers. The trip is designed in such a way that the trek needs a basic physical fitness since it is challenging, however it is not exhausting. This budget trek itinerary includes enough acclimatization days to ensure a better, smoother and enjoyable trekking.

The 12 days guided holiday expedition begins with a thrilling and scenic flight to Lukla and the trail passes through the Everest National Park offering some of the most breathtaking views of the Khumbu region including Mount Everest (8848 m). The routes lead us towards the Phakding village which has a great ambiance to spend a night in. En route we experience and explore the enchanting views of the overwhelmingly beautiful mountains making our way through an abundance of forests and wildlife including Musk Deer, Mountain goats also known as Himalayan Thar, wild yaks, snow leopard, etc.  The trail takes us to Namche Bazaar via Everest National Park which has a wide range of flora and fauna. The National Park also offers an opportunity to watch different species of birds.  Namche Bazaar is one of the most happening places in the region and is preferred by many tourists for spending a night here and exploring the traditions and cultures of the Sherpa people. After a straight two days stay in Namche, we hike up to Tengboche, a very popular place known for its monastery passing through Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep that has beautiful alpine villages which are worth visiting. We continue our way to Kala Patthar as it has better and clear visibility of the world-famous peak, Mt. Everest. As we reach our destination, the accomplishment of the trek feels like a lifetime achievement and the joy seems to be exploding through each of our veins!

The most favorable season to enjoy 12 days Everest Base Camp trek Holidays is from March to May and October to December. This is a full tea house based trekking and the highest elevation of the trek is 5,545 meters which is the Everest Base Camp itself.

12 days Everest Base Camp Holidays short itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2880m), 35 minutes flight and 4 hrs walking.
Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 03: A day for rest at Namche Bazaar (3445m), hike to Everest view hotel. 
Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 05: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4260m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 06: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4900m), 6 to 7 hrs walking. 
Day 07: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m) via Gorakshep (5150m), 7 to 8 hrs walk. 
Day 08: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m) and then to Pheriche (4243m), 6 hrs walk. 
Day 09: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 10: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3444m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 11: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880m), 6 to 7 hrs walking. 
Day 12: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

12 days Everest Base Camp Holidays – Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2880 m) | 35 minutes flight | 4 hrs walking.
After breakfast, the journey begins with a half an hour scenic flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2640 m), which takes approximately four hours to complete. Our trek is followed by a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. From here, Mt. Nupla (5885 m) can be seen in a far distance on the opposite bank atop the Kongde Ridge. We descend towards a mountainside path that merges into our route to Everest with views to a valley to our right; and at its far end lies Mt. Kusum Kang (6367 m). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445 m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
The six hours walk from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445 m) is surrounded by mountains ranges on all three sides and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi River. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: A day for rest at Namche Bazaar (3445 m) | Hike to Everest View Hotel. 
Rest day for acclimatizing. Namche Bazaar is an ideal place to spend a day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. We recommend you to stay active on your rest days as well so we walk up to Khhumjung where we can visit a monastery and enjoy the splendid views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Tawche, Mt. Kwangde and so on. We can also take hours walk up to Syangboche (3800 m) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for an outstanding view of the mountain vistas. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
We spend approximately five hours walking today. As we climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view of the incredible Himalayas appears right in front of us. We continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until we come to the stone gate built by lamas which mark our entry into Tengboche (3860 m). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4260 m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Today's climb involves approximately five hours walk to Dingboche. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4900 m) | 6 to 7 hrs walking. 
We spend approximately six hours walking to Lobuche. The onward journey leads north for up to 50 minutes until we come to a mani-prayer stupa and then we take a downward path to Pheriche village. Today's walk offers views of Mt. Tawache, Mt. Ama Dablam and to the north- Mt. Pokalde (5741 m), Mt. Kongma-tse (5820 m) and the great wall of Mt. Nuptse. After a two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla. We stop at Dugla for lunch before continuing for an hour up to a steep hill to the top where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, we continue (1 to 2 hours) of trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind. Overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) via Gorakshep (5150 m) | 7 to 8 hrs walk. 
Today's trek involves approximately seven hours of walk. The trail treks up the valley following a rocky moraine path, icy glacial ponds, and icebergs down below the Khumbu glacier. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. From here, the trail winds through a rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. The views of Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lho-La and Mt. Khumbutse appears in front of us. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545 m) and then to Pheriche (4243 m) | 6 hrs walk. 
Approximately six hours walking. We accomplish an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545 m) and enjoy the spectacular sunrise. Kala Patthar offers a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and others. We also get an up close and personal view of some of the yaks in the area which are normally used as four-legged porters in this region. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3860 m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Tengboche is a small village with a famous monastery offering splendid views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills and river views. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3444 m) | 5 to 6 hrs walking.
We descend for approximately five hours walking today. The walk from Tengboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Sanasa. The walk to Namche is very scenic on a long winding path. En route we get an opportunity visit the traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. From Khumjung village, another 30-minute walk brings us to the village of Khunde. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2880 m) | 6 to 7 hrs walking. 
Approximately six hours walking. The last day of our trek leads us from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times in a row. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla for our overnight stay.

Day 12: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes.
After a heavy breakfast, we take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at an airport, we transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be on your own. In the evening, you will be invited to join a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with your guide and team enjoying the drink and meal hosts by Ram Kumar. End the Journey!

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops to/from Domestic Airport
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Lukla return trips.
  • Everest National park fee with trekking permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced helpers
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Fare well dinner in Kathmandu host by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Hotel, sightseeing or any extra activities in Kathmandu
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for 12 days Everest Base Camp Holidays:

How can I book 12 days Everest Base Camp Holidays?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do 12 days Everest Base Camp Holidays?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something adventure and challenging with stunning views of Mt. Everest region. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for 12 days Everest Base Camp Holidays?
Feb, March, April, May, June and September, October, and November December are the best seasons. However, July, August and Jan are also okay and trekking can be done.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for 12 days Everest Base Camp Holidays. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
12 days Everest Base Camp Holidays is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 5545m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


Trek Checklist

Equipment & Packing List for Everest base camp holidays.

Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

Trip Map

Map for Everest trekking

Everest Region Trekking Map

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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