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Everest base camp

everest basecamp seen from the top of kalapatthar
Everest basecamp looks huge from the famous hilltop – Kalapatthar. Basecamp is on top of the Khumbu glacier, whereas Khumbu glacier is the longest glacier of the all Himalayas in earth.

Everest Base Camp trekking is a famous trek and an iconic mountain trekking, proclaimed by climbers and explorers all around the world. Trail to Everest base camp leads through the Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to high-elevation landscape and tall mountains including the longest glacier of earth – the Khumbu Glacier.

Experience the Himalayas on our ebc base camp trekking, one of the most popular trekking route, known worldwide. Trekking trail leads you through Sagarmatha National Park, a flawless, high-elevated conserved area offering the view of snowcapped mountains – close and beautiful.

5364 meters above the sea level – Everest basecamp is outstanding place on earth. Apart from spring season with lots of expedition tents – you will be able to witness the peaceful mountain existence at Everest base camp.

Trekking guide in Nepal

We have a group of experienced, qualified and certified trekking tour guides. The base camp hike to Everest consists verities of trekking route, thus trekking with a local trekking guide will make huge sense. Difficult trail and changing weather of the region has appealing reason to trek with a trekking guide also for the experience of lifetime.

Indulge the excellence of the Sagarmatha national park with our Nepal government certified guides. Having a group of exceptionally qualified and ensured guides helps in planning trekking to Everest base camp in site. To make your journey memorable, informative and fruitful in many sense – it is better to stick with a best guide.

An organized trekking agency in Nepal and a local trekking guide makes all of the good sense for better experience while trekking in Nepal.

Lukla airport & flight ticket

aeroplane about to land at Lukla airport, lukla is gateway for everest basecamp trekking and any other trekking in the region
Lukla airport is famous for its short and technically difficult runway. However at least 10 flights per day takes place in the peak trekking season in everest base camp trekking trail

Lukla airport is the door to everest basecamp trek for fly in option. Lukla is 2860 meters (11,286 feet) above ocean level and is the beginning point for most of the people doing any of the trekking in Everest region. It is 25 minutes flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. The flight ticket cost for Kathamndu to Lukla one way is about $250.

If you have time enough for the trekking to Everest base camp – there is over land trekking option to trek to ebc. Doing overland ebc trek – you will skip the flights from Kathmandu lukla but will add at least 6 days in your trekking trip.

Kalapatthar

Kalapatthar is one of the highest trekking spot close to Mount Everest. People can hike up to this highest altitude near Gorakshep village to see stunning sunrise or sunset. From Kalapatthar – Mt Everest is around 10 KM always, thus the view from here is absolutely amazing.

From the summit of Kalapatthar, you can find incredible all-encompassing perspectives on Mt Everest, Lotshe and Makalu above 8000 meters. Whereas there are mote than 100s of moutnains below 8000 meters on sight and Mt Pumori will look crazy close from Kalapatthar top.

Kalapatthar has also great view of Khumbu glacier, Khumbu ice fall, Hilary step and top to bottom view of Mt Nuptse. You can expect sub-tropical to mild environments with temperatures going from – 20°C to +25°C. Temperature during winter is unbearably cold for sunrise hikes nbuit you can still do it – as moving body is not a problem for cold. But temperature with sunlight is never below zero.

Some of the bad side of Kalapatthar in we season (winter & Monsoon) is mud, extreme dampness and slippery rocks. But if you are with guide or know how to walk steep downhills – this is not an issue for someone who are sleeping at Gorakshep 5200 meters.

Note it – Kalapatthar is a side trip from Gorakhshep – so either you do it for sunrise or sunset – make sure you are doing it in a clear day. Climbing a tall mountains inside a cloud do not give a damn view – we all know that. But strictly, I recommend you to do Kalapatthar if you are doing Everest base camp trek – Do not skip unless your body says so.

Altitude sickness – symptoms and preventive measuresthe highlights of trek in everest region and altitude symptoms

Altitude sickness/Height ailment can cause cerebral pains, queasiness, dazedness, weakness and at times even costs life. While climbing to Everest Base Camp, you will be in the risk for AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).

There are moves you can initiate to assist with keeping any side effects from influencing your trip insight. A few travellers convey oxygen bottles as a safeguard measure for the climb to Everest Base Camp, which is not necessary at the moment. The local tea houses will have oxygen for sale if you need one and surely your trekking guide can manage if needed.

Also if altitude is an issue – descending will always be a solution while you are trekking in the Himalaya.

At basecamp of Everest, you’ll likewise have the option to use suggested medicines by medical expert for your base camp trip. Continuously convey your situation with trekking guide and consult medical expert prior to taking any medicine.

Packing list for Everest base camp trekking

pictures of things needed for everest base camp trekking or any of the trekking in nepal
You can find details on what to pack for trekking in Nepal, so as for Everest base camp trekking

The following are a couple of things to consider for your everest base camp outing. Ensure that you bring an adequate number of things for every one of the individuals from your family/friends such as gloves, coats, down jacket, hiking pants, hiking bag, hiking boots, hiking socks, hiking poles, t-shirts, under garments and additionally caps that you might require to save your face from the snow. Make certain to check with your trekking agency in Nepal or travel planner about what is required. Make sure you pack additional clothes which might be useful in case of bad weather. In this case a trekking porter is recommended to keep yourself on the safe side.

You can find the list of things to pack for trekking in Nepal in general.

Suspension bridge in EBC trekking route

As mountain are source of water - in everest basecamp trekking we have to walk across many suspension bridges
There are many suspension bridges n route of Everest trekking and all are decorated/prayed with prayer flags

Three are more than 7 suspension bridges along the trekking route of Everest base camp trekking. It is fun to trek with these swinging bridges.

Among all Larche bridge is a famous and best view point of entire trekking in Everest region. It is situated on the trail close to Jor salle.

You will not miss walking on these bridge, even though you are walking for less than a minute on them. Yaks & muels walking on the bridge will make you amaze and don’t forget to take the picture in those moments – these makes a good picture memory for your travel gallery.

Mt. Everest – tallest mountain on Earth

wide angle view of Mt everest
Everest trek is beautiful for its diverse showcase from glacial lakes to longest glacier and the tallest snow peak.

Mount Everest is presumably the most popular mountain on the planet. It is popular because of its altitude which is standing at an altitude 29,035 feet or 8848.86 meters above from the sea level. This is new height measured in 2021 by government of Nepal.

Climbing to Mount Everest has become very popular in recent years as compare to past years and the so called highway to the summit of Everest is not as easy as we have heard. Along with the cost for climbing is insane.

Mt. Amadablam – A beautiful and iconic peak which changes the view magically while trekking to everest base camp

One of the mostly praised mountain of everest region trek
Amadablam means mothers necklace

Journeying by the side of Mt. Ama Dablam is an enthusiastically memorable insight for all the trekkers in the region. This mountain is situated in Khumbu, Nepal between Pangboche village and Dingboche village.

Amadblam expedition is considered harder than Mt Everest expedition.

Trekking to Ama Dablam basecamp alone makes a trekking trip in Everest region but you can always do everest base camp trekking with Amadablam base camp side excursion. Whereas climbing Mt Amadablam is a difficult movement but provides eye-catchy sights on the completion of expedition.

Namche Bazzar

Namche Bazaar is a trade center of entire everest region. It is a visitor’s center point in any of the Everest Region trekking or climbing activities, Solukhumbu Nepal. Namche Bazaar is at an elevation of 3440 meters above sea level a with worlds highest altitude Pub & fancy minimarts and shops.

Namche has outlet of branded cloths like North face, Sherpa, Sonam & more. Many other shops and tall buildings can be found in Namche Bazaar. You can visit to Namche bazzar with Namche trekking itinerary like one with Nepalgram.

Namche is the hub of everest trekking region and major trading center
Namche is one of the very common destination in any trekking trips in the region.

Peak season & off season

The “high season” for trekking and climbing in Everest region begins in April and finishes close to the furthest limit of September. However june & july are low season for trekking in Nepal. June & july are monsoon season in Nepal with lots of rain and clouded sky.

Everest summit trips starts around mid-May and ends in mid- may, that is why everest base camp trekking trail is crowded in this season. Thus, EBC trail alone is more busy during spring than in autumn. However, other trails of Everest like everest 3 high passes, Everest chola pass trekking route and Renjo la pass trekking are not as crowded as EBC trail even in the spring season.

whereas June to July and November to February are regarded as the off season in Everest.

Common itinerary & destinations of Everest base camp trekking trail where you spend the night

Phakding – the first night in your everest basecamp trip

Phakding is a small village by Dudhkoshi river. The color of the water in this river looks like milk – and hence it is named as Dudh koshi – Dudh meaning milk. Phakding is located 17,500 feet above sea level and famous for being at starting point (the first night) of first day in your Mt Everest trip.

Trekkers start their everest hiking by spending one night at Phakding before moving on to Namche. Bazaar.

Namche Bazzar – second night & 1st Acclimatization destination of EBC trek

Namche is also famous as Sherpas capital of Everest region. At 3340 meters above the sea level, Namche is oval shaped beautiful village facing Mt kongde. Being very close to the mountains, cold breeze of white mountains starts feeling from namche.

Your first acclimatization of EBC trek is at Namche. Namche has multi storey buildings, terrace cafes and lodges.

Spend your days wandering through the amaze of ancient Tibetan houses, temples and Namche monastery. Namche has luxury to very simple hotels. The hotels with indoor heating would cost more than USD 50$ per night.

Tengboche Monastery/Village – situated at 3870 meters

Tenboche is a village in the Khumbu region of Nepal on the trekking trail of Everest base camp trekking. Famous monastery of the region “Tengboche Monastery” can be visited during the trek. Tengboche monastery is close to Mount Everest and Namche Bazaar.

Tengobcohe is famous for easy trekking destination to do trekking Everest. Trekking like everest view trek or Everest panorama trekking returns from Tengboche, for soft trekking in Everest.

There are few famous trekking in Everest region till tengboche monastery. Everest view trek, Everest panorama trek, Tengboche trek. 

All above stated trekking packages will take you till Tengboche view point. Doing this short trek avoids high altitude trekking for those who has low stamina with high altitude.

If you want soft trekking than Tengboche Namche trek can be an option. As Namche is at 3340 meters but Tengboche lies higher at 3870 meters from the sea level.

Tenboche is famous for one of the best view point of Everest without getting to Everest basecamp, Gokyo ri and Kalapatthar. There is a view point near Tengboche monastery from where you get the best view of Everest.

View of Mt Amadablam is also iconic & amazing from Tengboche village.

Tengboche monastery is also famous for famous festival of the Everest region like Mani Rimdhu festival. People from Nepal & abroad attend Mani Rimdhu festival at Tengboche monastery – every year.

Dingboche Village – second acclimatization stop for Everest base camp trekking

trekking ebc in winter
Near Lobuche in a snowy day – in the middle of nowhere

Dingboche sits at 4440 meters above sea level and it’s one of the old village of Khumbu region. You still can see those small thached houses with dry stone wall compunded village on the lap of the Himalaya.

Dingboche is near to Glacier, Glacial lake and gateway to Chhukung. Chukkung village is base camp fro Island peak climbing.

Dingbcohe is the perfect place to acclimatize and choose side trip options from many of them.

It is one of the best locations for side hiking in the area, as there are trails that lead up to Mt. Chhukung Ri (6,349 meters), famous Nangkarsang peak, Amadablam glacial lakes, Chola lake and Cholatse glacier.Village is surrounded by snow capped mountains.

The famous view of Mt Amadablam disappears but gets very close to you at Dingboche village. Dingboche is a high altitude mountain valley and offers incredible views of the Himalayan range.

Dingboche village itself offers many opportunities for trekkers to go sightseeing into the small village, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and try local foods in one of the restaurants or cafes around it. There are many cafes with Bakery in Dingboche village.

All the trekkers doing any of the Everest  base camp region trekking spend second acclimatization night after their first one at Namche village.

Lobuche village on the lap of Mt Lobuche famous as Lobuche peak

the trail from lobuche to everest basecamp from Lobuche village
Trekking trail heading to Gorakshep, Kalapatthar and EBC – Mt Pumori and Nuptse can be seen

Lobuche follows the path along the famous and longest Khumbu glacier. Khumbu Glacier is active glacier of Mt. Everest Base Camp.

Lobuche is at the perfect view point of Mt Nuptse without the view of Khumbu glacier. At Lobuche you can spend the night in a lodge with spectacular views of sunset at Mt Nuptse. This is a superb introduction to the mountains around Everest, but you do not see Mt everest from Lobuche village.

WATCH SUNSET

Although you are not able to see mount everest from Lobuche village. However, sunset and sunrise view at Mt Nuptse is amazing.

Gorakshep – the last village on everest base camp trekking trail

GorakShep is located on the main trekking trail in the valley part in between Chumbu and Khumbu glacier. Ghorakshep has been a village with tea houses & cute steelement in the valley.

Valley is Surrounded by wide and huge glaciers there are 4 tea houses and cafes. The hotels/tea house itself has a homey feel with a dining room with fire place so as to keep the cold under control.

Standing at 5170 meters above the sea level – nights at Gorakshep is not great even for your trekking guide, although he has been trekking back to back.

Pangboche Village – Mt Everest dissapears from this village

Pangboche is the intermediate stop between Tengboche and Dingboche on the trail of Everest base camp.

The Pangboche Gomba , which can be reached after a steep climb of about 40 minutes from the settlements on the lower pangboche, is an important pilgrimage site for local Sherpas who believe that it contains some relics of Milarepa. Milarepa is a famous 11th-century Tibetan lama who spent his life in meditation at various religious retreats across Nepal.

We reach Pangboche village on the first day of descending trekking trip after Everest base camp is done. Upper Pangboche has monastery famous for its old hermitage. 

Pheriche – a windy village of Everest Khumbu region

Pheriche is the starting point for trips to Lobuche before getting to Everest basecamp. It has a lodge, restaurants and small shops as well as a generous washing area and toilet facilities. 

Pheriche village has high altitude clinic where foreign doctors serve you at very much affordable rate.

You can also produce wind energy at this village as the river valley is pretty wind most of the time.

Portse  – A village of mountaineers

Mt Kangtega seen while trekking to ebc
Looking back from Pheriche village – Mt Kangtega

Portse is a travel guide for travellers who want to enjoy nature and discover stunning spots during their flexible everest region trekking trip in Nepal. Destinations of Nepalgram offer a variety of nature experiences; for instance. Portse village do not locate exactly in route. But however you do any of trekking including Everest base camp trekking through this village. 

Although the trekking trail to get to Portse are narrower than trails like Dole for Gokyo trekking & Tengboche for Everest base cam trekking trips, there is proper trail for trekking inside the village.

If you are thinking about a small loop from Pangboche/Gokyo to Portse it surely worth than getting back to Namche by same route.

Lukla – Entrance of Everest region

Lukla village has Tenzing hilary airport & is the gateway to Mt. Everest and the trekking peaks inside Sagarmatha National Park. Lukla has lodgings and plenty of shops along with a post office, Bank, police post, telegraph office and ATM machines.

Lukla is the first breakfast point before getting to everest base camp. And it is the celebration town after the everest base camp trekking; before flying out to Kathmandu. Enjoy the mountain party & Dance clubs with trekking gears.

Prayer flags – 5 elements of life

Prayer flags are one of the most beautiful sights of Everest base camp trek. They are in a real sense all over.

Flags are seen on the top of mountains and on the highest points or passes between Mountain ranges. Prayers flags are traditional Tibetan Buddhist spiritual banners that are commonly found at peaks all around the Tibetan plateau, including in high altitude trekking areas of Nepal.

These flags are symbol of local people worshiping the mountains as god.

Nepali food

There are a few fundamental prerequisites that you want to have while journeying the Himalayas. The food eaten by the most of the porters and guides is Nepalese food which comprise of rice, dal, bhat and roti (chapati). Your guide & porters pay for their food for the closed menu.

Whereas for the trekkers you can find the menu at every teahouse/lodges where basic western, indian, Italian, Chinese, Nepali food are available. Dinner times are adaptable however they depend upon next day plan by your guide. In general we will eat breakfast at 7:30 am, lunch at around 1:00 pm and dinner around 7:00pm.

Useful Links for Everest base camp trekking:

  1. Everest base camp trek blog
  2. Everest base camp trekking packages of Nepalgram
  3. Information about Sagarmatha National park
  4. Guide for EBC 3 Passes Trek
  5. Everest Vs Annapurna

About Author

I grew up in the mountains & got university education in Kathmandu to become an engineer. But with homely environment of mountains interest me to become a trekking & tour guide, by passion. I have been 6574 meter to the highest & fortunately got chance to explore most of Nepal and bit of abroad.

Eventually, passion converted to profession and here i am on behalf of Nepalgram - a Trekking agency in Nepal.

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