Everest Base Camp Trek

Duration: 16 Days   |   Based on 21 Reviews

Everest base camp trek is most probably on the bucket list of most of the trekkers who seek adventure, thrill and a fun-filled yet notable accomplishment in life. Everest base camp trek is one of the topmost trekking tours for which climbers from all around the globe visit Nepal. Since the days of early expeditions itself, Mount Everest (8,848m) has had a lure of its own, drawing climbers to scale it and trekkers to gaze on its icy faces. The major highlight of the trek is undoubtedly the Everest Base Camp which not only gives you an up-close view of the worlds tallest mountain, Everest but also gives you a magnificent view of the other three highest peaks of the world that is Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,481m) and Cho Oyu (8,201m), giving you a chance to view in total 4 out of 10 highest peaks in the world.

Everest base camp trek is renowned for its exceptional view of the serene mountain range breathtaking landscapes, unique Sherpa culture, historic monastery and an awe-inspiring sensation throughout the journey. This is a pleasant trek to the Mount Everest base camp that offers you an experience of a great challenge, achievement, and thrills of being so close to the world's highest peak in the world. The journey to the base camp begins with a scenic flight to Lukla. For those looking for an adrenaline rush in this trip, you get to experience an almost-death thrill in your first flight itself since Lukla is famous for it has one of the narrowest runways in the world. This trek introduces you to the world-famous viewpoints, breathtaking sunrise and an adventure that goes beyond the horizons into a natural paradise that will undoubtedly stir your emotions.

Everest Base Camp trek 16 days commences in the vibrant city of Kathmandu which has an ancient nudge to itself, where you will discover hundreds of historical monuments and world heritage sites. A half an hour thrilling flight over the mountains will take you to our next destination, Lukla. Lukla is adorned with a tiny airstrip from where your adventure journey to the Base Camp really begins. The trail sets you off to the homelands of the Sherpa people who are rich in their hospitality, traditions, and culture. The monasteries in the area are enchanting and very appealing to the eyes since it is set amongst the most beautiful mountains in Nepal. The route stumbles upon the popular Kalapattar (also known as black rock 5,545m), standing over which you get an outstanding view of the Himalayan giants which literally numbs your senses with breathless admiration that beholds the eye, and makes up for the lung-bursting climb that you just took up there. This also includes fantastic views of the south-west face of the massive, Mount Everest.

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The Everest base camp trek is overall a smooth trip, however, the altitude might take its toll, hence we recommend the trekkers to be more careful while pacing and also acclimatize as much as possible for the trip to be safe and fun-filled.

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Everest Base Camp Trek Altitude Profile

The rise in altitude is one of the most challenging parts of EBC Trekking. Gaining steady elevation makes the trip difficult, even more so than trekking past the rocky terrain. In comparison to other trekking journeys of the same length, EBC Trek presents a higher reach in altitude. That is why considering the occurrence of AMS is a serious condition during the trip and proper time should be given to acclimatizing.

The EBC Trek usually starts with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, situated at an altitude of 3,000 meters. From there, the path follows along the rivers and includes settlements that steadily gain elevation, with the highest point of the trek being at the vantage point of Kalapatthar- located at an altitude of 5,500 meters. The Everest Base Camp itself is located at an altitude of 5,400 meters. Kalapatthar presents breath-taking panoramic views of the entire Mount Everest massif. Acclimatization is usually done in Namche Bazaar, situated at an altitude of 3,440 meters. The second acclimatization time is done in the village of Dingboche, situated at an altitude of 4,360 meters. The highest point for an overnights stay during the trip is at Gorekshep, at an elevation of 5,170 meters.

Everest Base Camp Trek Map

One of the major points for acclimatization is to adjust the body to the high elevation. While in Namche, trekkers tend to usually visit sites like the Syangboche airstrip located above the town, and the Everest View Hotel located a few kilometers from Namche. Other notable overnight stops along the EBC Route in synchrony include the villages of Lukla to Phakding (2,652 meters), Monjo (2,840 meters), Kyangjuma (3,570 meters), Tengboche (3,860 meters), Pheriche (4,280 meters), Dhugla (4,600 meters) and Lobuche (4,940 meters).

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Some information about Everest Base Camp Trek

1. A complete guide for Everest Base Camp Trek
2. Mountain Sickness during  Everest Base Camp Trek
3. Lukla Flight Delays and Cancellation
4. Everest Base Camp Trekking in Winter
5. A Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trek

Highlights

  • Exploration of artistic and cultural ancient places in Kathmandu valley, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Squares.
  • Attending trip orientation organized by Alpine Eco Trek in Kathmandu.
  • Receive free Alpine Eco Trek Duffel bags each.
  • A free warm sleeping bag that is returnable will also be provided by us.
  • The awesome thrilling mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Past Mani stones and Buddhist stupas you will be experiencing an exciting hike along the pleasant mountain trails.
  • Kora (circle) the Mani stone walls and small chortens and Stupas laden with colorful prayer flags.
  • Make unforgettable impressions of mountains by enjoying the view of lofty Himalayas from Hotel Everest viewpoint.
  • Experience the remarkable culture of vibrant Sherpa kingdom.
  • Explore the world’s highest Buddhist monastery in Tengboche.
  • A night at Everest base camp to enjoy the views of Majestic Mount Everest from Kalapathar will amaze you. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m). Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by one of our trek leaders and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 02Rest day or a cultural tour of Kathmandu valley.
  • Day 03Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2880m), 35 minutes flight and 4 hrs walking.
  • Day 04Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
  • Day 05Acclimatization day, hike to Everest view hotel.
  • Day 06Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
  • Day 07Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4260m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
  • Day 08Rest day at Dingboche (4,250m), explore the beautiful villages of Dingboche and Chhukung.
  • Day 09Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,900m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
  • Day 10Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) via Gorakshep (5,150m), 8 hrs walking.
  • Day 11Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapathar (5,545m) and then to Pheriche (4,240m), 7 hrs walking.
  • Day 12Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3,860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
  • Day 13Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3,445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
  • Day 14Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,880m), 6 to 7 hours walking.
  • Day 15Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.
  • Day 16Drive to the Airport to head back to that special place we call home.
Detail Itinerary

Inclusion

  • The entire airport picks up and drops.
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Everest National park fee with trekking permit.
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Lukla return trips.
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card).
  •  All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner) during the trekking period.
  • Accommodation (Guest house or mountain lodges) during the trekking period.
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staff.
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary, and their insurance.
  • All necessary grounded transportation.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local, Government Taxes.
  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program.
  • Personal nature expenses.
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
  • Rescue & Evacuation.
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff.

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
27 Oct, 2020 - 11 Nov, 2020Guaranteed$1390 USD
30 Oct, 2020 - 14 Nov, 2020Guaranteed$1390 USD
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Useful Information

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trekking journey. What that means is- you do not need prior trekking experience to do the trip. However, the journey does require trekking for extended periods on alpine Himalayan terrains with rising elevation, thus preparing your body before the beginning of the trekking trip is a must. Otherwise, the body would not be able to handle the long hours of trek, and the journey might not be a success. 

Thus, preparing your body by doing regular cardio exercises like running and swimming regularly, and gradually increasing the workout time each time you perform them can help boost your stamina. This can aid during the trip. Every year, around 30,000 people tend to trek through the Khumbu Valley to Everest Base Camp. It is a trip that has no age limit or physical boundaries. As long as you are capable of long hours of trekking, you can do the journey. 

On average, the length of the Everest Base Camp Trek is about 130 kilometers. A normal trek on leveled terrain with this length does not seem too difficult, but what sets the EBC Trek apart is the gain in elevation. Trekkers usually cover about 15 kilometers of length per day. Excluding the two acclimatization days, EBC Trek requires about 10 out of 13 days of trekking. The typical trekking pace during the trip is 5 to 6 hours of trekking. Taking into consideration the terrain of the region, the trip proves to be difficult than the average trek on the leveled landscape.

Most trekkers opt to take the aid of porters to carry the heavy baggage, as well as trekking equipment like trekking poles. The rocky terrain can be hard on the knees and joints, and thus building up endurance before trekking is important.

Everest base camp trek range

Physical Fitness for Everest Base Camp Trek

As stated, Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trekking trip. For this, you will need to prepare your body before the journey. Doing cardio exercises boost the body's stamina and help in the overall performance of trekking endurance. Despite being achievable, the EBC Trek still presents certain challenges, like long hours of trekking and the rise in the elevation above 3,000 meters. The Khumbu, which is where the EBC Trek takes place, presents trekkers with alpine, mainly uphill hike on rocky terrains.

Moreover, you also need to be able to hike through back-to-back days. That is why building up endurance is necessary. For physical preparation before trekking, you can practice cardio exercises, starting at 30-minute durations at the beginning and then gradually increasing your work-out time. This will help in building the muscles and also increase your stamina and boost your endurance capacity.

Likewise, the EBC Trek also presents the arduous task of trekking up elevations that present low oxygen amounts in the atmosphere. High altitude makes breathing slightly harder than normal and can result in getting worn out faster. Thus, it is also important to keep that in mind while preparing for the trip. Getting used to exercising at low oxygen-level conditions can also adjust your body for the trekking trip. Doing so can alter your body to take in more oxygen than normal per breath, which is useful while trekking in the mountains.

This is one of the physical characteristics of the ethnic Sherpa people who live in the mountains. Their high altitude environment has made their bodies alter and adjust to the environmental conditions.

What is the Best Season for the Everest Base Camp Trek 16 Days?

The Everest Base Camp trek is probably one of the most sought after treks in Nepal. What many trekkers wonder is, what is the best season for the Everest Base Camp trek 16 days then? As Alpine Eco Trek organizes this amazing trek in Nepal for many years, we have listed out the best times to trek to Everest Base Camp. Autumn meaning late September to end December and during the spring season, late March to mid-May would be the best seasons to head out for the Everest Base Camp trek 16 days.

Trek to Everest Base Camp During Autumn Season:

During the autumn season, the weather will be a bit colder, but the views are incredible and besides the spring season this will be the best time to visit Everest Base Camp. While you’re out trekking the skies will be clear and the surrounding white-topped Himalayas make for a perfectly picturesque scene. With warm days and cold nights, the stay in the teahouses becomes more comfortable, and the higher we go the better views become. Do you want more info about the autumn trekking season in Nepal? Do not hesitate and contact our Alpine Eco Team at alpineecotrek@gmail.com

Trek to Everest Base Camp During Spring Season:

Although warmer then the autumn season, trekking to Everest Base Camp during the spring season is absolutely perfect if you’re looking for a great trekking experience in Nepal. With more accessible paths and warm trekking days, spring is the peak season for Mt. Everest summiteers. Trekking to Everest Base Camp can also be done during other seasons, but we are not so happy to recommend, as due to unpredictable weather most flights to and from Lukla airport will be delayed and sometimes even canceled, resulting in a bad experience during your trek in Nepal.

What is our accommodation during Everest Base Camp Trek 16 Days?

In Kathmandu:

As we start off this incredible Everest Base Camp trek of 16 days, we’ll spend the first days in Kathmandu. As the capital of Nepal and known as a cultural hub this amazing city is filled with sightseeing places, old temples, and palaces. Alpine Eco Trek wants you to experience only the best of Nepal and provides also a guided sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. During your overnight stay, we use the standard hotel, located in Thamel, also known as Backpackers Alley. This area is filled with trekking shops, restaurants, and interesting handicraft shops. We book you on BB bases so you get to enjoy a delicious breakfast in the peace garden of a standard hotel, and for dinner, you get to explore around and have something from the local restaurants. We do recommend the Nepalese momo or dumpling, a favorite in all Nepal.

During the Trek:

Leaving Kathmandu behind and heading into the Everest region of Nepal, means leaving all luxury behind. During the actual trek, we will be staying in the various tea or guesthouses available and of course, this doesn’t mean luxury resorts. Staying in the local villages during the trek is charming in its own way. Being away from busy roads and urban city life, the peacefulness of our accommodation during the trek is soothing and something to look forward to. Alpine Eco Trek believes strongly in sustainable tourism and makes uses of as many local options as possible to further help develop this stunning region in Nepal. As we go on the Everest Base Camp trek breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the local guesthouses and lunch are usually packed for an on the way picnic. The guest houses are charming in their own way with incredible Himalayan views. The rooms are clean but we do recommend bringing your own sleeping bag as hygiene is important.

What type of meals can I expect during the Everest Base Camp Trek 16 Days?

As stated before during the trek itself we serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With a Nepali staple dish of delicious rice, lentil soup, and vegetables on the main menu, it’s also possible to order something a la carte in the local guesthouses. We do recommend staying away from any meat dishes as we are in the Himalayas and meat preservation facilities are less than in bigger cities.
Wonder if you can get gluten-free meals? Well during the trek there are no such options but you can always prepare some items and pack with you during your trek towards Everest Base Camp. You can also inform our Alpine Eco Trek travel team for any diet to take into account during your trek, this way we can make the necessary preparations.

Do I require travel insurance for the Everest Base Camp Trek 16 days?

Travel insurance for trekking to Everest Base Camp is an absolute must. While the Everest Base Camp trek is a safe trek with close to zero accidents, we are in remote areas without any road access. As they say, prevention is better than a cure if something, where to happen the only means of rescue, is by helicopter and that can be quite expensive. That is why you should be sure to get travel insurance covering at least helicopter rescue as well as all other policies involving trekking in high altitudes. Nepal does not yet have the option of travel insurance for foreigners, that is why Alpine Eco Trek strongly recommends you to get is either from your respective country or via online travel insurance sellers. It’s also always a good idea to leave a copy of your insurance at our travel office and with a next of kin. Do you require more info about travel insurance during the Everest Base Camp trek 16 days? Please contact our Alpine Eco travel team at alpineecotrek@gmail.com

Are there any Safety Measures while Trekking to Everest Base Camp?

Alpine Eco Trek, with over 20 years of experience takes you safety as a top priority. During the Everest Base Camp trek 16 days we take all the necessary safety measures, by holding enough stops along the way for resting and two acclimatization days. Although the Everest Base Camp trek is not so dangerous the main concern will be Acute Mountain Sickness. As we head to higher elevation it’s very important to take our time and get used to the less oxygen. That’s why our Alpine Eco Trek team makes sure that you are well-rested and ready to head higher towards Everest Base Camp. While trekking, the paths, and trails vary from river crossings to slippery jungle terrain and our team is with you to guide you through in a safe manner. Before undergoing the Everest Base Camp trek we hold a detailed trekking briefing in Kathmandu. That way you are also informed about the route and safety rules during the trek to Everest Base Camp.

What is the Normal Group Size during a Trek to Everest Base Camp?

Group sizes to Everest Base Camp vary from company to company, but here at Alpine Eco Trek, we believe in smaller groups better service. Taking from 2 up to 12 persons per group lets us organize better and manage more time for every individual trekker. By dividing our guides and assistant guides it’s easier to guide you to Everest Base Camp with the best service on the way. How does it work? Well at Alpine Eco Trek you get to choose between group joining or trek privately.

Private Trips or Group Joining:

Private trips or in this case treks to Everest Base Camp can be organized. Not have to share your experience with strangers, or being dependent on others in your group but trekking on your own pace has its own charm. We organize treks to Everest Base Camp per two persons with one guide and one porter. Make your trek to Base Camp memorable and prompt for the private option during your booking. 
Want to meet new people from around the world while trekking to Everest Base Camp? With our group joining system, we take up to 12 persons, being cheaper than the private option this does not only save you on your budget but also lets you meet up with other trekkers as well. All of our trekking groups to Everest Base Camp create unique bonds and make lifelong friends. Check out our group availability and our departure dates during your booking.
Just give us a message where you want to go, when you want to go and with how many you want to go. Our Alpine Eco Trek travel team is 24/7 available at alpineecotrek@gmail.com.

How is a Trekking Day Towards Everest Base Camp Filled?

As we want you to experience as many clear views during the Everest Base Camp trek it’s important to start trekking in the morning. With breakfast being prepared in the kitchen of the guesthouse, our Alpine Eco Trek team holds a daily wake-up call between 6 am and 7 am. After breakfast, we head out and start trekking towards our lunch location. Enjoying that Himalayan lunch in the fresh air is a great way to recuperate our strength and stamina to continue on for a few more hours. Calculate an about 5 to 7 hours a day of trekking with more hours before lunch and less after. That way you arrive in the late afternoon and have ample time to enjoy those views from the local village. During dinner, our Alpine Eco Trek guide takes the time to go over the next day.

What type of Guide do I require during my Trek to Everest Base Camp?

A government licensed and well-experienced trekking guide is what you need for your trek to Everest Base Camp. Alpine Eco Trek provides fluent English speaking and experts in the field for all our trekkers. With many years of experience, we have always understood that a trekking guide can make or break your experience while trekking in Nepal. As so we have a small but very dedicated team of highly experienced trekking guides that are with you every step of the way. By managing also assistant guides to help every individual and being well informed about every area in the Everest region our guides are masters of the Himalayas. Speaking fluently English they make sure you are well informed and well provided for during the entire trek towards Everest Base Camp.

What is the duration of Everest Base Camp Trek?

In general, the Everest Base Camp Trek takes about 13 days. Most of the trekking journeys are also incorporated with a pre and post nights stay in Kathmandu. The duration of the EBC Trek is incorporated with ample acclimatization time. The trek is done at a slow and comfortable pace as this allows your body to adjust to the gradually rising elevation. It is advised to not rush the trip as it can lead to Acute Mountain Sickness. AMS occurs when your body does not adjust to the gain in elevation and can cause symptoms like dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, loss of appetite and others. If left untreated, AMS can also sometimes be fatal.

To avoid AMS, one can take medications like Diamox. Most trekkers opt to take the medication from the very beginning of the trip itself, from Kathmandu. Other factors to consider are getting properly acclimatized, maintain a comfortable pace, being hydrated and resting if the symptoms occur. Because of this, having travel insurance is mandatory while trekking in Nepal. It is also important to have a travel insurance policy that covers the helicopter rescue and emergency evacuation in the mountains while trekking.

During the trip, you can also hire porters to carry your bag-packs. This makes trekking a lot easier. Taking this into consideration, it is also advised to pack light and to only pack the necessary things you will need during the trip. The maximum amount a porter is capable of carrying is about 5 to 6 kg of weight per person. Similarly, the daily duration of trekking from one destination to the next is about 5 to 6 hours of trekking. The gain in elevation is much harder than the descent. That is why the initial trek to the base camp requires more stamina and longer duration than the descent back down the valley.

What is the cost for Everest Base Camp Trek 16 Days?

The overall cost of an all-round EBC Trek includes the cost of permits, TIMS, guide, porter, accommodation, meals, and other miscellaneous things. The cost ranges from USD 1000 to USD 1500 per foreigner for an average trek of 10 to 16 days. Of course, this is an extrapolation of the trip, and the cost varies from one travel agency to the next, as well as solo travels.

When traveling with us, the cost generally excludes travel insurance, visa fees, trekking equipment, and other personal expenses. Besides this, we include the cost of our package deals. As for meals and accommodation, the EBC Trek presents the option of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. For drinking water, you have two options- either buy bottled drinking water in the mountain or use your own water purifying method, like tablets. Using one's purification method is a lot cheaper and cost-effective than constantly buying bottled drinking water in the mountains. The mineral water cost from USD 1 to USD 4 per bottle along the journey. The higher the elevation, the costlier things become.

Warm Tea and coffee usually cost USD 2 to USD 4. A beer bottle costs USD 5 to USD 10. In the same manner, tipping the guide and the porter isn't mandatory, but it is appreciated. There are no specific amounts for tipping, but it depends upon your satisfaction in their work.

13 days Everest Base Camp trek with 3 nights in Kathmandu including day tour and farewell, being one of the most popular treks of Nepal; the Everest Base Camp trek contains more than 25,000 tourists a year.

What type of Equipment do I need to Trek to Everest Base Camp?

As a non-technical trek, advanced gear or equipment is absolutely not required to trek to Everest Base Camp. Alpine Eco does recommend good condition standard trekking equipment such as; comfortable trekking boots, down jacket, water bottle, some warmer clothes for higher elevations, a sleeping bag, and trekking sticks are not necessary but can make your trek more comfortable. Most of the gear can be rented or bought in Thamel, the starting point in Kathmandu of the Everest Base Camp trek 16 days.
Do you need more info about what type of equipment you should bring? Don’t hesitate to visit our packing list page.

Complimentary Bag

A large duffel bag (30 liters) of our company will be supplied to you by us for your trek; you can put your stuff in the duffel bag which will be carried by our porters.

Your Trek Bag/Duffel Bag

Our porters will be there to greet you at the Lukla airport, they will carry your trek bag/duffel bag, for two trekkers one porter will be there as one porter can carry up to 20 kg.

Lukla Flight

All the flights from Kathmandu to Lukla are scheduled to fly before noon. There are several options (airline companies) for flying to Lukla. A small plane (16 person capacity, twin Otter single-seated plane) with window seat guaranteed and the weight limit is 15 Kg including your handbag. You would be able to buy the tickets on the internet or if you need our help to buy the tickets please feel free to let us know.

Note: For Lukla flight delays and cancellation and Lukla airport fact and weather forecast, please read our latest article here

What are the Tips to Complete the Everest Base Camp Trek Successfully?

Enjoy the Everest Base Camp trek; one of the most thrilling treks in Nepal, the trek to EBC begins with a stunning walk through the world-famous trails to Khumbu valley. The trek does not include any technical climb, therefore no need for any previous climbing experience or even any high altitude experience to complete the trek. However, you need to be physically fit and have great strength, conditioning and endurance to be able to complete the trek and to fully enjoy the amazing trip of a lifetime.

So, we suggest you to spend at least 4 to 5 days a week doing some intense physical training for 3 to 4 months prior to the departure date of the trek. Joining a Gym, hiking/ walking and good aerobic exercises including jogging, swimming and cycling are highly recommended before starting the Everest Base Camp trek.

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Our website contains as much information as possible about Everest Base Camp trek 16 days. However, if you have any questions regarding the trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all inquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book or enquire about this trip, you can send us an email or contact our team leader directly by phone: +977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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