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12 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest base camp trekking is one of the famous base camp trek to do in Nepal, a trekking that takes you to Mount Everest base camp on foot. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain of earth, saying that, you will be standing at 5364 meters / 17487 ft above the seas level. Nepal is home of 10 of the 14 8thousander mountains of this earth, so this Everest base camp hike packages with detail info on Everest base camp trek cost will help you to get to the famous Himalaya base camp, a tallest standing architecture of nature.
Sagarmatha national park conserves endangered animals & herbal plants in its total area of. Everest trek area is inhabited by legendary Sherpa’s, who are famous all around the world as mountaineers. Apart from Sherpa villages in the upper Everest region, like Khumjung, Khunde and Thame village; Rai, Tamang and Chhetri lives in the lower altitude villages (below 3000meters altitude). Culture and traditional festivals of Sherpa (like mani Rimdu, Lhosar etc) and monasteries on route of Everest trekking trail (like Khumjung monastery, Tengboche monastery, Thame Monastery, Dingboche Nun’s monastery, Pangboche Monastery etc.) are rich in art and architecture.
Mount Everest base camp trek is not hard as you would imagine, but beats many other Everest base camp tours. It might sounds tough as we have to trek all the way to the height of 5364 meters and kalapatthar (a famous view point near Gorakshep) is at 5545 meters above the sea level – but proper acclimatization, good guidance, regular monitoring of your health & managed trekking trail to basecamp of mount everest has made ebc trek easily doable by both kids and senior citizens. If you heard about cho la pass, Gokyo or three passes trek; none of these are part of mt everest base camp trek alone.
Things to see in Everest Base camp trekking in Nepal
Everest Base Camp on your foot
Elliptical shape of Namche Bazzar and Sagarmatha National Park Museum for awesome view of Everest herself and the surrounding mountains
Scenic mountain Flight to Lukla
Sacred Tengboche monastery and attending regular ceremony
Close look of Khumbu Ice fall & on foot above Khumbu Glacier
Thukla Pass & the 100s’ of Memorials including Rob hall and Scott Fischer
Acclimatization hikes at Namche to Everest view hotel (a star hotel in Everest) & Dingboche
Bird Eye view of EBC from Kalapatthar with thousands of towering mountains
Day 01 - Flight to Lukla (2880m/9446ft).(Lukla is an airstrip village in Tenjing Hillary airport) & trek to Jorsalle(a small town). 4 hours trekking in flat trail. Day 02 - Jorsalle to Namche (3440m/11283ft). 6-7 hours trekking in uphill trail. Day 03 - Rest day in Namche (3440m/11283ft). Day 04 - Trek to tengboche (3870m/12694ft) 5-6 hours Day 05 - Thyangboche to Dingboche [4350m/14268ft], 5-6 hours Day 06 - Rest day in Dingboche [4350m/14268ft] and acclimatization hike Day 07 - Trek to Lobuche (4930m/16170ft) 5 hours Day 08 - Everest Base Camp [5364m/17594ft], 9-10 hours of trekking in total, mostly flat trail. Day 09 - Up to Kalapatthar for Sunrise and trek down to Pangboche. 7-8 hours Day 10 - Namche (3440m/11283ft) 8 hours Day 11 - Trek to Lukla (2880m/9446ft) Day 12 - Fly to Kathmandu
#Option 2Day 01 - Fly to Lukla, trek to PhakdingDay 02 - Trek to NamcheDay 03 - Trek to Thame valleyDay 04 - Trek to Khumjung villageDay 05 - Trek to Tengboche MonasteryDay 06 - Trek to DingbocheDay 07 - Acclimatize at DingbocheDay o8 - Trek to LobucheDay 09 - Trek to EBC and stay at GorakshepDay 10 - Climb Kalapatthar and trek down to PangbocheDay 11 - Trek to Phortse villageDay 12 - Trek to NamcheDay 13 - Trek to LuklaDay 14 - Fly back to Kathamandu
#Option 3Day 01 - Fly to Lukla, trek to PhakdingDay 02 - Trek to NamcheDay 03 - Trek to Kyangjuma via Everest view hotelDay 04 - Trek to Pangboche village (with monastery)Day 05 - Trek to DingbocheDay 06 - Trek to ThuklaDay 07 - Trek to GorakshepDay 08 - Trek to Everest base camp and climb Kalaptthar, and descend to PhericheDay 09 - Trek back to NamcheDay 10 - Trek to LuklaDay 11 - Fly to Kathmandu
#Option 4Day 01 - Fly to Lukla, trek to PhakdingDay 02 - Trek to NamcheDay 03 - Trek to PhortseDay 04 - Trek to DingbocheDay 05 - Trek to LobucheDay 06 - Trek to Everest base camp, sleep at GorakhsepDay 07 - Climb Kalapatthar & descend to phericheDay 08 - Trek back to NamcheDay 09 - Trek down to LuklaDay 10 - Fly to Kathmandu
Detailed itinerary for Everest base camp trek
Day 01 - Flight to Lukla (2880m/9446ft).(Lukla is an airstrip village in Tenjing Hillary airport) & trek to Jorsalle(a small town). 4 hours trekking in flat trail.
In the early morning we will go to domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport, (or Ramechhap airport in high season) and fly for 23 minutes to Lukla. On arrival at lukla we will have our breakfast and start trekking to Jorsalle village. Jorsalle is near to Namche, so we will cut the longer second day of Everest base camp trekking. Lukla to jorsalle is 4 hours trek.
Day 02 - Trek from Jorsalle to Namche (3440m/11283ft). 6-7 hours trekking in uphill trail.
After walking 15 minutes we will get to larche dovan, this is a place where high Altitude Bridge exist. 2 bridge high above the river bed is awesome engineering in that corner of the Nepal Himalaya. From high bridge we will get into the jungle and got out at namche village. Today is jungle walking and there are few rest places for trekkers. Be aware of altitude in here.
Day 03 - Rest day in Namche (3440m/11283ft). On this rest day we will hike upto Everest view hotel as the acclimatization hike.
Main idea of this day is trekking high and sleeping low. For this idea, we will trek to Everest view hotel and Khumjung village at 3880 meters above the sea level and come back to Namche village to sleep at 3440 meter. The wide range of Everest Himalaya and surrounding mountain is unreal. Everest view hotel has similar view as Sagarmatha national park view point, but we will hike to Everest view hotel or at least to Syangboche airport for proper acclimatization.
Day 04 - Trek to tengboche (3870m/12694ft) (Here you will see region's old monastery). 5-6 hours trekking in flat, downhill and uphill terrain at the end.
From Namche the trail gets to flat terrain and walks all around the Everest view hotel hill, from approx 300 meter below the hotel's altitude. After 2 hours of walking in the flat terrain we will get to kyanjuma and start descending to riverside, Phunkitanga. From phunkitanga we will start walking uphill and will get to Tengboche village. Tengboche is at the hilltop and has regions old and biggest monastery. We will attend puja ceremony in this monastery on the lap of mt Everest.
Day 05 - Trek from Thyangboche to Dingboche [4350m/14268ft], 5-6 hours downhill and uphill terrain will take into the moon like landscape.
Today the trek start right in front of Mt Amadablam; but once you we get to Dingboche village we will get to the base of Mt amadablam, today's hike is interesting around the 180 degree view of Mt Amadablam. Everest disappears today and we will cross the 4000meter altitude so the landscape changes to no tree zone.
Day 06 - Rest day in Dingboche [4350m/14268ft] and acclimatization hike up to Nangkarsang peak
As in Namche village acclimatization day we will hike up to Nangkarsang peak and then sleep at Dingboche village. Nangkarsang peak is 5081 meters above the sea level but ascending for 500 meters from Dingboche altitude is enough for acclimatization. The walk to Nangkarsang peak is straight uphill, be gentle while walking downhill after summit.
Day 07 - Trek to Lobuche (4930m/16170ft) making Everest more near but we don't see Everest. (Still View of Mt. Nuptse is Nice), 5 hours of flat terrain and uphill and again flat trekking.
From today we will be really close to the mountains, the trekking is nice and beautiful on the side of the towering mountains of Everest trekking trail. We will also see, Gokyo chola pass trekking trail from Thukla pass. Thukla pass is not like chola pass, but it is one of the remarkable walk on the way to Everest base camp. Trek gently on Thukla pass uphill. You will get near to 5000 meters above the sea level from this altitude. Once you get to Lobuche village, if you are still strong go on the glacier view point 30 minutes away from your lodge. If you want to rest, this can be a good idea, tomorrow is the main day, the Everest base camp trekking day.
Day 08 - Trek to Everest Base Camp [5364m/17594ft], and stay for few hours, 9-10 hours of trekking in total, mostly flat trail.
Today is the awaited day of Everest base camp trekking. Trekking for 10 hours sounds hard but it has multiple breaks. Also we will have lunch break in between Lobuche village and Everest base camp, in the middle at Gorakshep. Gorakshep is the last village of Everest base camp trekking. After lunch at Gorakshep we will check in our hotel rooms and trek to Everest base camp on the same day with necessary gears, which will be briefed by your guide. After visit to Everest base camp, we will come back and sleep at Gorakshep village. Lobuche to Goraksep is rocky trail on glacier walk. From Goraksep to Everest base camp the trekking trail is on the glacier and big boulders.
Day 09 - Hike up to Kalapatthar for Sunrise view and trek down to Pangboche. 7-8 hours of walk all downhill - except 2 hours trek up to Kalapatthar top.
Early morning we will hike up to kalapatthar with glittering stars on the sky. From the top of kalaptthar we will catch the sun rising above the thousand of mountains and trek down to Goraksep for breakfast. After breakfast, we trek back to Pangboche on the same trail of Everest base camp trail. We will walk downhill on the way back to Namche from Goraksep after successful completion of Everest base camp trek.
Day 10 - Trek to Namche (3440m/11283ft) and relax your half civilized life here. 8 hours trekking on downhill and flat terrain except 2 hours uphill in total.
Today we will pass by famous Tengboche monastery, walk by the lunch places we stayed on our way up to Everest base camp trekking. We will cross the suspension bridge back again. After walking on the properly maintained trail from kyangjuma to Namche, we will get to the destination and can have chilled beer. Grab your drink to the limit; which you have skipped last time, even you wanted to, but do not override the limit as tomorrow is still a long walk from Namche to Lukla.
Day 11 - Trek to Lukla (2880m/9446ft) to connect your flight the next day. 8 hours of downhill trekking.
We will trek back to Lukla, by the same trail from the 1st and second day of Everest base camp trekking on our way up. We will trek out of sagarmatha national park, cross the suspension bridge more than 5 times and walk by the riverside on the river valley before we get to the hill top of Lukla. Coming back to lukla concludes our trekking. Have a refreshing evening with your trekking team, celebrate it and get ready to fly back to Kathamndu, back to the capital of Nepal and the city life once again.
Day 12 - Fly to Kathmandu
Before noon, we will fly back to Kathmandu or Ramechhap as per your flight schedule. On arrival at Kathmandu airport our vehicle will drop you at your respective hotel.
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Cost of 12 Days Everest basecamp trekking in Nepal
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Note - Price displayed is for one person, Saying that, more people makes the price low.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trekking – any food from Menu
All accommodations during the trek – best available.
All necessary paper works, entry permit & Sagarmatha national park entrance fee.
Fluent English speaking and trained, Government license holder guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking and tour.
A helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
Medical supplies (first aid kit) with regular oxygen saturation check up with oxymeter, we will keep the record.
All government taxes and office expenses.
Added Value - (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap - to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination
Everest Base Camp Trek Cost Exclude:
Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $50 USD dollar.
Your Travel and medical insurance for emergency, we assist you for the arrangement, if needed
All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks. (except tea in the morning)
Gratitude (except for lead guide ).
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Everest base camp trek is not as hard as you imagine. Nepalgram offers a proper acclimatized itinerary for Kathmandu Everest Base Camp trekking in Nepal. Everest summit can not be climbed with this trek package but for sure we will look Everest from less than 10 kilometer distance.
What is in Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek?
Everest Base Camp is given its name because it’s the starting point for mountaineers who want to summit Mount Everest. So, specifically, Everest Base Camp is a glacier top surface where you will be able to see lots of tents of Everest climbers in the spring season from March to May, when weather conditions are favorable.
Apart from the base camp of Everest, trekking trail to Kathmandu Everest base camp has more to see. Starting your trek after the short flight to Lukla, village walk, jungle trek and wilderness of downstream rivers will amaze your expectation. From the second day of trekking you will feel like you are too much close to the mountains; however one can see mountains after landing at the airport of Lukla itself.
Walk after Namche village has more to explore – flora, fauna, Ghoral, Himalayan goats, footprint of snow leopard and yaks along the trekking trail of Kathmandu Everest base camp is both interesting and annoying. In the peak season of October and April trekkers walking on the trail will be passes by herd of yak, yak are transporter of the Everest.
How close will the mountain or Everest look?
Very close, when you sleep at your hotel at Namche village, mt Kangtega will be right in front of you. When you start walking from Namche to Tengboche the view of the mountains will be closer and closer. Day from Tengboche to Dingboche will walk around Mout Amadablam. One you get to Lobuche your head will be too close to Mt Nuptse. When you are at the Everest base camp all the mountains will draw you in them. All in all, Kathmandu Everest Base camp trek will provide closer view of thousands of mountain.
Among them, Mt Thamsherku, Mt Amadablam, Mt Kangtega, Mt Cholatse, Mt Pumori are remarkable. These peaks are peaks of Everest below 8000 meters. Where trekkers to Everest base camp trail will be able to see 4 mountains above 8000 meters; Mt Everest, Mt Makalu, Mt Choyu, Mt Lotse are peaks above 8000 meters that EBC trek will offer to dear trekkers.
Who can do Everest Base Camp trek?
Normal fitness level is okay for trekking to Everest base camp. No rope, no ice climbing, no technical walks are necessary for Everest trek. But positive mind, happy with nature, okay to walk for 11 days is most important
thing you need to consider trekking to the base camp of Everest. A person in their early 80 years or kids of 5 years has done Everest base camp trekking with smiling face. So you can do it. For your information there are many people around the world who come to trek Everest base camp to burn the fat. If you love nature and the mountains, Kathmandu Everest base camp trek could be a great idea for good exercise and a best holiday in Nepal.
What is the best time for trekking to Everest base camp?
If you are looking for good time to trek to Everest; go Everest in between late September to November. If you want to avoid the crowd and get the good view, both at once; trek to Everest on these months: September, November, December, March, and early June. Everest is drier than Annapurna trekking trail. As Everest trek starts from lukla at 2880 meters chance of rain is very less however snow and clouds will not be strange in winter and monsoon respectively. Winter in Nepal starts from November and ends in February where monsoon is in the month of June & July.
Everest Base Camp trek difficulty
Everest base camp trek is not hard as you would imagine. The trekking itinerary is designed for normal fitness level people, so if you go in 12 days trek, in that case it should not be a problem at all. Walking hours are allocated, with plenty of breaks; breaks includes – picture break, tea break, pee break, on route briefing break, let other go break, catch your breath break, lunch break & more. As the hour of walking is arranged in this way; Everest base camp trek is not difficult.
For the pro trekkers, trail of Everest base camp is a highway to the mountain. The wide & properly managed trail, guide taking care of the unforeseen situation and taking care of you during the trek; all of these will make trekking easy. However, cold temperature in the morning and night, high altitude symptoms are always dark side. The best way to tackle with cold is putting on enough cloth, drinking enough, drinking hot tea and moving around when possible. Stay in the dinning, if they have turned on the heating chamber. To mitigate the altitude related disaster, follow your guide and take medicine like Diamox, if needed. Acclimatization is also the best option for deceiving the altitude related trouble.
Solo Everest Base Camp trek
As Everest base camp trek is, one of the famous places to visit in Nepal and a common bucket list of millions of people, all around the world. With that being said, trek cannot be done in complete privacy or in 100% peace; but if you choose to go in a solo trip to Everest base camp; you can avoid the crowd in the trail or at the tea house, to most extent. Solo trekking to Everest base camp helps you to modify the trekking activity, easily. For example, if you want to climb kalapatthar for sunset, instead of sunrise – you can go for it without more discussion. Saying that you have full feasibility for any of the change you want to make, of the scheduled itinerary to EBC. Solo trek to EBC will be a private trek to Everest base camp.
In return, the cost for the trek will be little bit expensive than group join trek to EBC. But all the cost you pay extra, worth it.
Everest Base Camp trek Altitude
Everest base camp itself lies at an altitude of 5364 meters or 17487 feet above the sea level. But the maximum height you can attain while doing Everest base camp trek is 5545 meter or 18077 feet above the sea level. In normal itinerary for Everest base camp trek, there are 2 acclimatization hike, one at 3500 meter and another at 4400 meter. Acclimatization hike also help trekkers to rest after multi day hiking, tired body and helps to revive the energy.
Everest base camp trek starts from an altitude of 2880 meters or 9389 feet above the sea level, at Lukla. On the first day trek goes downhill to phakding, descending 300 meters, this makes trekking easy at the beginning. Second day of EBC trek is considered hard, it is all because of longer hour of walking and around 1000 meter altitude change, in a day. But we take acclimatization break at Namche so it is not hard, the next day. When trek goes above 4000 meters, at crossing Pangboche village, then the trek goes different than normal. No tree line, less oxygen and being near to the mountain, all of them at once start affecting the trekker. But if you follow the instruction of guide, take it easy, walk slow and steady, drink enough, eat & sleep plenty; following these rules will help you to achieve the goal to ebc trek in an ease.
Everest Base Camp trek in December
Trek in December is regarded as winter trek to Everest base camp. Winter are cold in the mountain, there is no internal hating, except in the dinning, till the oven is turned on. Apart from being December’s morning and night’s cold, other part of December trekking is normally fine. However, if there is snow fall during the trek, which is most probable; it is going to be colder than normal and temperature goes below zero, immediately.
Many people do trekking in December, but you need to be sure that, you are used to with the subzero temperature and resist the snowy trail of Everest base camp. Most importantly, it is highly recommended, to take a trekking guide for winter trekking. Snowfall, cold nights and less people are both good and bad side of trekking in December. If you think you can tackle all of it, Everest base camp trek in December will give the clear sky and amount of snow on the mountain will look fantastic.
Everest base camp trekking cost starts from US$950, as a basic service plan. But this price can increase according to the service and facility you want to use during the trek. If you want standard accommodated trek, best service; which is called luxury Everest base camp trek in general, in that case the price will be more than double than stated.
But one thing is for sure, the cost of Local travel agents or local trekking company, based in kathamndu has way cheap price than international companies.
Everest Base Camp trek itinerary
Itinerary for Everest base camp trek can be designed as accordance to your choice and interest, but still common itinerary for Everest base camp trek is 12 days trek from Lukla to lukla. There are many options to change the itinerary, like; you can include the side trip to Thame valley (birth place of first Everest climber – Tenzing norgey Sherpa) or you can add more days in between Lukla to Everest base camp, so as to make sure you want to go slow. Everest base camp trek for Indians has always been hard to finish in 12 days. If you love your comfort and want to stop when you feel tired, best way is to go for 14 days trek, from Lukla to Lukla. 2 extra days as spare days of Everest base camp trek will help to stay where or when you feel tough.
In regard to solo trekking trip, change of itinerary is easy but for group join, trekking guide must look at the interest of group rather than a single person, so you must stick with the plan.
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Dec 7, 2019
by Guang on Nepalgram - Trekking Agency in Nepal
Everest basecamp trekking with Nepalgram
Our trip to Eeverest base camp turned out to be a grand adventure in Nepal. The country is incredibly beautiful, which we knew about and expected. And the energy of the people and the environment is extraordinary, which can only be experienced and which surprised us quite a bit and pleased us to no end. We gave our best and got up every morning to a well planned day of fun and excitement that had us thoroughly engaged and looking forward to the next. The trip planner arun at the tour company is a real gem. He is passionate about Everest; very energetic and positive to work with in planning a trip. He is very knowledgeable about all opportunities to live well and enjoy the country. The process of planning our trip was very collaborative - he worked with us to figure out our interests and needs and based on that made suggestions for an itinerary that was exactly what we wanted. During the self-driving journey we felt he and his wive were with us every step of the way. All the detailed arrangements for every day were perfect. Its a challenge of endurance for ourselves through a totally new and different place; but they made it easy, safe and fun! We feel like we picked the perfect tour company to work with. I definitively recommend Nepalgram......