A Trek to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
Cross over many high mountain passes and trek on the glaciers.
Experience the warmth of the local Sherpa culture.
Visit some scenic Monasteries.
Get a spectacular panoramic view of the Himalayan Ranges.
See many high peaks with height of 8000 meters or more.
Region: Himalayan Ranges in Nepal Trek Type: Group Adventures Group Size: 1 to 16 People per Group. When is the best time to trek: April to December. Not a good time to trek: Jan to Mar. Trek Begins and Ends at: Kathmandu. Trekking Duration: 14 nights / 15 days. Difficulty level of the Trek: Medium to High. Total Trekking Distance: 120 Kilometers (both sides). Maximum Altitude Gain: 5,644 meters. Daily Altitude Gain: 200 to 400 meters. Type of Accommodation: Hotel or tea houses on a twin sharing basis.
What to expect:
An adventure filled fun time with moderate to difficult trekking on mountain terrain. A lifetime adventure activity filled with fun and moderate to difficult level trekking on high altitude mountain terrains with some splendid views of the nature. Fitness Needed: Any individual between 12 to 80 years old, who are enthusiastic adventure lover and loves trekking with some or average fitness level. Weather:
In summer the night time temperature on upper Altitudes regions will range between -5 to -15 and in winter it will range between -10 to -25. The lower altitude ranges will report between 20 to 0 in summer and 5 to -10 in winter. (Temperature in degree Celsius).
Everest base camp trek is one of the finest trekking destinations in the world, where you not only get to see the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest but many other high peaks of the world such as Makalu and Lhotse.Trekking to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) is always the favorite among every adventure enthusiasts who love to trek. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp facing the south is in the Nepal region and the most popular option for trekkers to reach Everest Base Camp. It is situated on an altitude of 5364 meters. This trekking route is of moderate difficulty level and few instances will be very strenuous. This will be a challenging task and the key over here is your patience level and not your fitness level. People with average fitness level will be able to it successfully, after all it is a trekking to the Everest Base Camp and not climbing the Mount Everest. Our guides, porters will take care and ensure that you are able to reach on your speed, let it take the time of its own.
Our trekking expedition will cover the below famous points apart from many other. Namche Bazaar, Namche Museum, Tengboche Monastery and The oldest Shepra Village on the highest peak. We will get to see the Mount Lhotse, Mount Ama Dablam, The Imja Valley, Mount Makalu, Mount Cho Yu, Mount Pumori, Mount Nuptse, Mount Cholatse , Mount Thamserku, Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu Icefall, Khumbutse, Lingtren, Mahalangur, Everest Base Camp and a trek to top of Mount Kala Patthar. You will get a panoramic view of the Himalayan Ranges from the Mount Kala Patthar, including the complete view of the Everest.
Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu.
Upon arrival our representative will meet you and take you to the hotel and issue your first permit. In the evening you can visit the Thamel Street, it is a very popular place. It has lot of restaurants, casinos and plenty of shops to buy trekking gears and accessories. You can also visit the Darbar Marg.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (2, 800 meters), then walk to Phakding (2, 652 meters)
After breakfast we will proceed to the Tribhuvan Domestic Airport, Kathmandu. We will take a flight to Lukla. The total flying time is of 35 minutes. The experience of flying in this route will be one of your best. The flight will be passing through valleys and presenting some breathtaking views of the mountain ranges and the Nepali villages atop. Once you arrive in Lukla, our representatives will receive you. Immediately we will start our trekking and trek to Phakding. It is at an altitude level of 2652m. It is a simple trek for 2.5 hours. The trail will pass via many small villages and green mountains. We will stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters)
Today we will trek for Namche Bazaar. Namche is at an altitude level of 3, 440 meters. The route is surrounded by huge green mountain ranges. The Dudh Koshi River flows along the side till Namche. We will stop at Monjo for the lunch, as that is the last point to get food before Namche. The route between Monjo and Namche is a gradually inclining trail amidst thick green forest. You will be able to get a glimpse of Everest and Lhotse just before Namche, though not very clear. Overnight stay at hotel. Total trekking will be 6 to 7 hours with moderate difficulty level and a portion after Monjo will be strenuous.
Day 4: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar (3, 440 meters), Short Hiking
This is a day for acclimatization and we will be resting in Namche Bazaar. It is a place that has everything one can wish for, Coffee shops, bars, restaurants and many more things to do. You can go to the Namche museum, this a little above Namche Bazaar, just about 20 minutes trek. You can get a clear view of Everest and Lhotse from this place. You can visit the Namche Bazaar (Market) and Namche Monastery.
Day 5: Namche to Tengboche (3, 860 meters)
Tengboche is a small valley at an altitude level of 3,860m. It is one of the most beautiful places of our entire trekking route. The Tengboche Monastery is a famous and beautiful place, worth visiting. The trek time will be about 5 hours with moderate difficulty level.
Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche (4, 360 meters)
Today we will start our trek and go towards the Pangboche village and we will get some nice views of Mount Ama Dablam. We are likely to have our lunch at Pangboche. We will then trek towards Pheriche and proceed to the Imja Valley. We will be able to see the Lobuche River and will pass through it and take steep hike to Dingboche. Overnight stay in a hotel at Dingboche. The trek will be about 6 to 7 hours while it will be moderate for most part, there will be about 1 steep incline.
Day 7: Acclimatization day at Dingboche (4, 360 meters)
Today will be an acclimatization day. We can take a small hike to get a view of worlds three top mountain peaks, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and Mount Cho Yu. Besides these, you will see plenty of peaks and mountain ranges. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche (4, 940 meters)
Today we will start trekking towards Dughla (4, 600m) and then to Lobuche (4,940m). On this route we will get to see a huge stream and many mountain peaks including Mount Pumori (7, 138m), Mount Nuptse, Mount Cholatse and Mount Thamserku. Once we pass the Khumbu Glacier we will get to see the highest peaks such as Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur. While all of these will look very near to the Mount Everest, it is not possible to get a glimpse of Everest from here. Total trekking time will be 6 to 7 hours and this will be a moderate trek. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 9: Lobuche (4, 940 meters) to Gorakshep (5, 170 meters) to Everest Base Camp (5, 364 meters) and come back to Gorakshep.
This will be a completely glacier route. The trek to Gorakshep (5, 170m) and Everest Base Camp (5, 364m) is likely to be a moderate trek. You can see Everest on the way but you can’t get a full view from Base camp, the Kumbhu icefall will be very clearly visible. This part of the trek will surely feel like you are in heaven amidst the glaciers and see the gigantic mountain up-close. We will get to see the peak of the Everest very clearly tomorrow from Kala Patthar. Overnight stay in a hotel at Gorakshep. The total trekking time will be 8 – 9 hours.
Day 10: Hiking to Kala Patthar (5, 645 meters) and descend to Lobuche (4, 940 meters)
The hike to Kala Patthar will be the most difficult part of this trekking expedition of yours as well as the most rewarding one. You will be able to see the Peak of Everest. In fact Kala Patthar is the only place which will give you views of almost the entire high peak mountains of the Himalayan Ranges. It will take about 2.5 to 3 hours to reach Kala Patthar from Gorakshep. After Kala Patthar it will be all descending from now on and the trek becomes very simple, though you have to be careful about the decline. We will need another 3 hours to reach Lobuche (4940m). Total trek time will be 7 hours max with only one steep incline and rest simple and easy trek.
Day 11: Lobuche (4, 940 meters) to Tengboche (3, 860 meters)
Today we will reach Tengboche via Pheriche it will be about 6 to 7 hours of easy declining trekking. You will be passing through the amazing Himalayan ranges.
Day 12: Tengboche (3,860 meters) to Monjo (2, 835 meters)
This will be a moderate trek; it will take about 6 – 7 hours trek to reach Monjo. Overnight stay at Monjo.
Day 13: Monjo (2, 835 meters) to Lukla (2, 800 meters)
It will take about 6 hours to reach Lukla. This will remain a simple trek. We will get a very small incline just before Lukla. Overnight stay at Lukla.
Day 14: Lukla to Kathmandu
Today we will proceed to the Airport and catch our flight to Kathmandu and enjoy the valley views throughout the 35 minutes flying time. This is a complete leisure day and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 15: Departure
Please check out by 12 noon to catch your flight. We will drop you at the Airport.
What does it include?
Airport pick up and drop for international terminal.
Domestic airport transfers.
Accommodation in Kathmandu (2 nights).
Accommodation during the trekking period (12 nights).
Domestic return flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu).
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS).
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
All government and local taxes. Please Note: For single trekker we provide porter cum guide.
What it does not include?
Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
Food and drinking water throughout the trip.
Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc.
Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health or any other reason.
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
Nepalese visa fee.
Tips for guide(s), porter(s).
What is the cost for Everest Base Camp Trek?
The cost of our trip is INR. 35, 000* for Indian Nationals and USD 820 for foreign nationals and or Non Residential Indians. This price does not include your arrival to Kathmandu as well as food. The price includes basic accommodation, two way ticket to Lukla, Porter and porter guide. *Govt Tax will be applicable.
Why is it so expensive for Foreign Nationals?
The difference of price is due to permit fees and Lukla – Kathmandu flight charges (294 USD or more) in Nepal.
Can the number of days be reduced from the itinerary?
It is not possible to reduce the itinerary or modify in any way as majority of our travelers prefer the existing itinerary. However, if you have some emergency a helicopter can be organized at extra cost to drop you at Kathmandu.
What is the fitness level required for this trek?
This is a trekking expedition to the Everest base camp and not climbing the Mt. Everest. One should walk / trek as per the speed they are comfortable with. The trekking route is indeed challenging and one should be convinced that he/she is going to take this challenge and complete the trek. More often than not, it will be our mental ability than the physical fitness level which will stop us. We have trekkers who are overweight by 15 -20 Kgs and in their 60s completing the trek. The trekking is long as every day we will be trekking for 5-6 hours on an average and there are 12 days so one needs to have patience.
How to prepare for this trekking expedition?
We advise you start walking regularly for as long as possible. This will help you a lot. If possible go for small treks in your vicinity. Try to go for longer morning walks at least 20 days before the trekking date. If you are gym goers then we advise you to not do weight lifting activities at least 10 days before the trek and do only cardio and stretching exercises. Try to walk for long on a treadmill in incline mode. The reason we advise you to stop weightlifting as that has chances of muscle stiffing or muscle injuries and generally it takes a week or 10 days to get back to normal.
I do not need the service of a porter, can you remove it?
Our prices are inclusive of porters and not possible to remove it. The porters not only help carry your luggage but they are our most trusted friends when it comes to our safety in this region. Safety as in knowing the weather and route conditions as well as knowing whom to approach where for medical help if any. If we are confronted with any emergency then the porters are our biggest asset for help. Throughout the trek, the porters walk all along with us and ensuring we do not go to edges and all the time ensure our safety. Moreover, the porters are the locals of this region and they have no other source of income than this and their livelihood is dependent on this. At the end of the trekking expedition you will be happier about having a porter.
Is there any age limit as I plan to bring my kid?
If the kids are coming with their parents then we have an age limit of 8 year and above. However, it will be the decision of the parents as we have seen even 6 year old in this region. However, if the kid is sent alone then our age limit is 12 and more. We also do not have any upper age limit; we have had 70 year old people coming with us in this trek and complete this comfortably.
What about trekking gears, shoes etc?
We advise you to have 1 pair of trekking poles, 1 trekking shoes, 1 pair of gloves, 1 proper jacket for protection from cold, 1 basic jacket that protects from wind. We have an updated list of items that needs to be carried with you, please go through our “Items to Bring Section”
We recommend that you buy the shoes from your city. Other stuffs you can consider to buy from Kathmandu as plenty of stores available there and you can do proper bargain.
How good are the accommodations?
The accommodations are basic comfortable and provide well maintained beds and Toilets. All our accommodations are on twin sharing and in some places might be triple sharing. The same place also serves food at extra cost and in this region the understanding is where we stay is where we will eat as well.
What other expenses I need to plan for?
Your travel arrangements to Kathmandu and return. Expenses for food and water and additional expenses if any for extended stay due to bad weather. We have seen around Indian Rs.15, 000/- to Rs.20, 000/- (USD. 250 to USD 400) generally being sufficient for food expenses.
What about medical facilities?
The route has basic medical centers which can handle minor heath problems and relatively major treatment can be managed at the Lukla Hospital in Lukla. If needs state of the art facility then we will have to come to Kathmandu. Our trip does not provide cost of rescue and it has to be paid as additional and we can arrange for all rescue operations including helicopter rescue.
What about Insurance?
We do not provide any insurance and you must check with your insurance provider where and how they are applicable in Nepal and if they cover helicopter rescue and cashless facility etc.
Is there any health conditions or age limit?
We do not have health guidelines and you must check with your doctor if you have any medical conditions. There is no age limit but you must be more than 12 year old if you are coming alone.
Which month should I go?
March last week to May last week is the best time to visit Everest Base Camp, in between this period you can see lot of flower on the way and the best view is Nepal’s national flowers. This time weather also very good so all the top mountains in this zone are clearly visible. Mid September to mid December also best time to visit the Everest Base Camp, this time weather is very clear so you can enjoy your trek.
Can we charge our mobiles, iPads and cameras ?
We advise you to have an external power-bank and bring it fully charged from Kathmandu. In the hotel there will be charging facility, but there will be additional fees for the same which the hotel will charge. The price ranges between 100 NPR to 800 NPR. It is better if you charge your power bank and use it after.
Is there internet and mobile connectivity?
Yes most of the parts have mobile connectivity but not all. The hotels do provide access to internet with additional charges. Wi-Fi prepaid card are NPR. 350 to NPR. 500 with 15 hours validity.
It seems the Lukla airport is dangerous?
The Lukla airport is a small table top airport with a very short run way, it is dangerous but anyway they only fly small air-crafts (Dornier Do 228) and that negates the shorter run way part. Flying in these regions is dangerous when weather guidelines are not followed by the airlines. In fact flying to Lukla will give you a wonderful aerial view of this region. The airlines like Yeti do follow the safety procedure. We do not book tickets in non listed airlines and buy tickets only from premier Nepal Govt listed airlines.
Why are you advising us to use water purifier for drinking water?
We are fully aware that you can buy bottled waters in this region. The bottled waters are expensive and more over this region is the remotest part of the world and does not have great civic services. Trekkers will consume bottled waters and dump plastics which in-turn will harm this wonderful Khumbu region and we are a bit sensitive to it so we have been requesting our trekkers to use running stream water and purify them. We think it is a very small way we can help the nature and all most all of our trekkers agree to it happily. However, we leave it to your choice and if you like to have bottled waters then you can buy them and have.
How safe is this route?
The route is very safe and our porter and guides have huge experience and will do their best to ensure your safety. You are requested follow the advice of our trekking lead / guide.
Are these dates guaranteed departures?
Yes all our dates are guaranteed departures. If any delay due to weather we will stay put and trek further once weather clears. We will complete the entire trekking expedition as planned however there may be extensions on no of days if we face any bad weather. So far we have not faced any great bad weathers and mostly our dates are planned in season that are best suitable for trekking and offers favorable weather.
I am overweight can I do the trek?
If you think you can walk for longer then you should come for this. Also as explained earlier it is challenging but you are free to walk as slow as you can and our porter will be there with you throughout even if all other trekkers are reached destination. Throughout even if all other trekkers have reached the destination, you may take time but if you have the motivation, then you can complete this trek. Moreover, you will surely lose weight.
Items to bring with you
UV Protected Sun Glasses.
Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Preferably Water Proof).
Water disinfection Drops / Tablets.
Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack.
Good jacket to protect from cold.
Thermals – Top and Bottom.
Poncho (for rain).
Knee Cap 1 Pair.
1 quick drying towel.
Sun blocks (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sun blocks.
Wet-Tissue Papers/ Baby wipes.
Headlamp, Torch with spare batteries.
Gaiters for hiking in winter.
Basic First Aid Kit.
2 light weight trekking pants.
3 light weight trekking T-Shirt.
4 pairs trekking socks.
Dry Fruits and Chocolates.