Detailed Itinerary for Everest Base camp Trekking Tour
Day 01: On Arrival at Kathmandu, we will transfer you to Hotel by our representative.
Welcome to the land of natural beauty and diverse geography; for your Everest Base Camp Trek, our representative will assist you transfer to your hotel. Today you just relax and treat yourself in the new country and rest well as tomorrow is your sightseeing tour. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for the Everest base camp Trek.
Government licenced guide will take you around Kathmandu city in four different places in a comfortable A/C car. Tour includes cremation place, Swyambhunath Temple, Boudhanatha stupa and Kathmandu durbar square. These four destinations are suitable for anyone who wants to get to know Nepal a bit closer. One doing this tour will get to know Hindu, Buddhist and historic prospect of Nepal. Enjoy your tour during the day, in the evening will be your trek meet up and a brief introduction about the Everest Base Camp trek, and an opportunity to do the last minute shopping. Overnight at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2880m/9446ft). Lukla is a airstrip village in Tenjing Hillary airport & trek to Phakding (a small town).
From domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport you will fly to Lukla through the beautiful mountains. It takes about 30 minutes to get to Lukla from Kathmandu on a very small aircraft. Once you get near Lukla, on a clear day you can see Everest for the
first time, and other surrounding mountains are awesome to look at during the entire flight. Once you get to lukla, your trekking guide will brief you about the trail in short and you will start walking for about 3 hours towards Phakding. Phakding is small riverside village, inside the river valley. Your first night at Everest region will be at altitude of 2600 meters in a tea house at Phakding. Though the flight to Lukla, also infamous for being the worlds most dangerous airprt, shortens your trip and saves your energy for coming days, an option for a die-hard trekking lover is to trek through Jiri to Namche bazzar adding a few more days of trekking through the jungles and beautiful landscapes.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3440m/11283ft).
(Amazing curvilinear valley facing Mt. Tamserku, Mt. Kusumkangeu and Mt. Khongde on the right of the Namchhe Bazzar). Todays walk is nice and the view is changing from jungle to bushes. Once we get to the village Namche you will be stunned with the size of the mountains you see around. Walk from Phakding to Namche is long in distance but more than half of the distance is easy and flat, only the end just before Namche is uphill. Overnight at Teahouse in Namche.
Day 05: Rest day in Namche (3440m/11283ft). Today is more for acclimatization. The theory of acclimatizing is to trek high and sleep low. We do the same this day, there are plenty of options to hike for the entire day. If you visit the National park museum you will witness Everest Mountain range view for the first time. (Explore Everest View hotel, Sagarmatha National park & Khumjung/Khunde Village or Hidden Valley Called Thame). Overnight at the same tea house as you are acclimatizing.
Day 06: Trek to tengboche (3870m/12694ft) (Here you will see region's old monastery)
This day of the Everest base camp trek will embed the magnificent view of Mt. Amadablam, along with the spiritual and cultural aspects. Tengboche is a small village just with 5 tea houses and a huge monastery. Landscape is nice, the village is located at the end of a ridge and monastery is to the very end of the ridge. Walk today is short but towards the end of the day you are climbing for two hours or more. The climbing part is after lunch break, thus you will have good energy and walking through the beautiful rhododendron forest keeps you going. Once you get to the top of Thyangboche, Everest will come even closer and Mt. Amadablam will be really beautiful. Do not miss to watch stars during the night. Overnight at local teahouse at Thyangboche.
Day 07: Trek from Thyangboche to Dingboche [4350m/14268ft]
Six hours hike today is mostly walking around the beautiful mountain Amadablam. Once you start walking from Thyangboche you will be infront of Amadablam and once you get to Dingboche you will be behind the same mountain. Apart from Amadablam you will see lot of other mountains like Kangtega, Thamsherku, Lotse, Lhotse shaar, Island Peak, Taboche, Pumori and many other. Hike is easy and exciting as you will start the walk from Rhododendron forest and end up reaching the no-tree line. Overnight at local tea house at Dingboche.
Day 08: Rest day in Dingboche [4350m/14268ft] and acclimatization hike up to
Nangkarsng Peak (5080m/16662ft).
As we reach the altitude above 4000meters we need another acclimatization day; we take a break for an extra day here and make sure we hike high and sleep low. Nangkarsang peak is right on the nose of Dingboche valley; we start early in the morning to climb the hill ridge. Dingboche is deep in the mountain valley and you don’t see that much of the mountains from the village, but when you start walking higher up you will see more mountains and get closer to them. To the North you will see a glacial lake called Chola Lake; and three eight thousand meter high peaks; Lhotse, Lhotse Shaar and Makalu at the far end. Overnight at the same tea house we stayed last night.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4930m/16170ft) making Everest more near but we don't see Everest. (Still View of Mt. Nuptse is Nice)
Todays hike is tough in comparison to other days as you will walk above tree line with less oxygen. It is 5 hours hike today but everybody will walk in slower pace and make sure they feel good. Go slow, save your energy to get to the base camp. Today we pass through bunch of memorials of the people who died on Everest expedition. The memorial place is right after a small village called Thukla. From Thukla you will walk straight uphill for 200 meters, walk around and find memorials of Rob Hall, Scott Fisher, BabuChiri Sherpa and many other climbers. Once you get to Lobuche it is a small village right infront of Mt. Nuptse. Do not miss to check into Worlds heighest bakery at Lobuche. Tonight at local tea house at Lobuche.
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep [5180m/16990ft] and hike up to Kalapatthar for Sunset view. ( awaited destination of whole trekking)
Lobuche to Ghorakshep is just 3 hours hike but today is long as we are also doing a hill top hike up to Kalapatthar at 5545meters. Walking to Ghorakshep is walking through and by the side of the worlds longest glacier “Khumbu Glacier”. Todays scenery is unbelievably nice, although many trekkers are starting to feel the effects of the high altitude. To hear people coughing is common; so make sure you stay warm and hydrated. Your guide is making sure you are alright. Overnight at Teahouse at Ghorakshep.
Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp [5364m/17594ft], and get back to Gorak Shep.
Todays is the day of achievement for Everest Base Camp Trek: you will go to the base camp! It takes about 3 hours to hike to the base camp and 2 hours to come back to Ghorakeshep. Todays hike is on the side of Khumbu Glacier so you will be walking on the top of big boulders most of the time. Once you get back to Ghorakshep, celebrate your achievement and relax tonight at Ghorakshep.
Day 12: Trek back to Pangboche [4000m/13120ft]
We start descending today, which is a lot easier and you will see the scenery from another perspective. Walking down, make sure you have tighten your shoes properly to avoid blisters. Pangboche is the last original village in this region. The village we stay in will be lower Pangboche, there is also upper Pangboche like 30 minutes away from this village. Small Sherpa settlement with stone fenced farming land is beautiful in contrast with surrounding mountains. Overnight treat yourself at local tea house in Pangboche.
Day 13: Trek to Namche (3440m/11283ft) and relax your half civilized life here.
Take warm showers, go shopping souvenirs, go to pub, play pool and relax, ask for massage after those long days of walking in the mountains. Getting back to Namche means you are almost done with the trekking, so it's time to treat yourself and rest tonight at the tea house.
Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2880m/9446ft) to connect your flight the next day.
Namche to lukla is a long hike, but it's also the last hike of the entire trip. Use your energy to push towards Lukla; from Namche to Lukla you will cross the same high suspensio bridges you passed on the way up. Overnight at the local teahouse in Lukla and celebrate the successful completion of the Everest base camp trek with your entire team, as this is the last night together with the whole team.
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu
You will take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the small plane and and same scenic route. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Depart from Kathmandu to next destination.
It's time to say farewell. We will drop you off to the airport to catch your flight to the next destination. We are hoping to welcome you to Nepal again in the future. Be happy and remember us.
Note: Stay Overnight during the trekking is guesthouse and Kathmandu at Standard Hotel.
Cost Details of Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour
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Airport pickup and drop by private car for domestic and international flights as in the itinerary.
Three nights Standard Hotel at Kathmandu, B/B (bed and breakfast)
Breakfast with tea or coffee, Lunch and Dinner during the trekking and fresh fruit every night after dinner.
All accommodation during the trek.
All necessary paper works, entry permit & Sagarmatha national park entrance fee.
Fluent English speaking and trained, Government licensed 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.
Guided city tour of Kathmandu; includes 4 destination
Card processing fee for online payable amount
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
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
All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks, tea or coffee in the morning are included with breakfast.
Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fees, if applicable.
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Everest Base camp Trekking Tour
Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most common things in the bucket list of people around the world, but it is not that hard as many imagine. The legendary Everest Base Camp trek has the best views in the world – but that is not all. The trek is also about learning of the unique Sherpa culture in the hidden mountain valleys, witnessing Lama and monks praying in monasteries in pin-drop silence, and balancing on suspension bridges that cross the same river five times on a single day’s trek – each time a bit higher. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa were the first people to climb Mount Everest on May 28, 1953 and from the 70’s the trekking route ( Everest Base Camp Trek ) was established.
Seasons from March to May and from September to December are recommended as best, but Everest Base Camp trekking can be done throughout the year. Hidden valley to Khunde & Khumjung villages, Manni walls and Stupas, and especially Mt. Amadablam along the trail will be some of the many intresting subjects to talk about with your guide.
Major mountains of EBC trek
You will see 100s’ of mountains during the Everest Base Camp Trek, and Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lotse, Mt. Changaste, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Kangtega, Mt. KusumKangeru, Mt. Thamsherku, Mt. Kongde, Mt. Chumbu, Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Taboche, and Mt. Cholatse are commonly pointed out and named by your guide.
Culture and Major festival in Everest region
As the trail passes through the legendary sherpa villages, you will be indulging the cultural and the spritual experience. The typical sherpa culture and their lifestyle in the harsh condition in such high altitude can be a life lesson to observe. If you are lucky to be in Tengboche on the October’s full moon, you will also be able to observe the Mani Rimdu festival. The festival continues for three days in Tengboche monastery – the largest monastery of the Khumbu region. During the festival the monks perform Buddhist dance drama.
Flora and fauna
Most of the trail in the Everest base camp trek is located inside the Sagarmatha National Park. The park of
the sacred Himalayas listed in the UNESCO natural world heritage site since 1979 is rich in flora and fauna with the rarest biodiversity and 8 peaks over 7000 meters including the top of the world Mt. Everest, deep valleys, glaciers, and the unique sherpa culture. The park covering 124400 hectars area is a shelter for wild Yaks, himalayan thar, Musk deer, Golden sack, gray wolf, himalayan pikka and also has preserved several rare animals such as snow leopard and red panda.
Everest base camp Trek Information for Visit Nepal Year 2020 – FAQ
Where is Everest base camp?
Everest is in the boarder of Nepal and china. So the base camp of Everest is on the either side of the mountain. It is obvious that Everest has two major base camps because of the political boundary of the world.
However, Everest base camp situated at Nepal is famous as pristine beautiful base camp of the tallest mountain “Everest”. Everest base camp of Nepal is located on the height above 5364 meteres above the sea level
Which one is better – Everest base camp of Nepal or Everest base camp of China?
China has road very near to the base camp of Everest. So chinease Everest base camp is modern whereas Nepali Everest base camp is still a week walk from the last airstrip at lukla. Nepali Everest base camp is still wild, natural and untouched or unspoiled with modernization of 21st century
Precisely, Everest base camp on Nepal side is way nicer than the chinease Everest base camp. Even though, from Nepali EBC you can just see beautiful top of Everest and from Chinease Everest base camp you can see Everest from top to bottom – to some extent. Still v shaped Everest seen from Nepal side is outstanding.
The beauty of Everest is outstanding from workable peaks of Nepal like Kalapatthar peak (5545 meters above the sea level), Gokyo ri peak, Machermo hill top and Pikey peak.
What height is Everest Base Camp?
Height of Everest base camp is 5364meters in SI unit and 17594 foot in FPS unit. You will be sleeping at 5180 meters/16990foot while doing Everest base camp trek. The last village you sleep in Everest base camp trek is Gorakshep village.
How is Nepali EBC different than Tibet EBC?
Motorable road and natural landscape are completely different aspects of trekking to Everest base camp from two countries.
Nepal – Khumbu glacier, Khumbu ice fall, Hillary step and wanderlust white mountain landscape is a jaw dropping attraction of Everest base camp in Nepal. But still you need walk through the rough trail into the nature.
China– You can take train or dive by jeep to near the base camp of Everest.
How do I get to Everest base camp?
Everest base camp in Nepal has different options of getting access. However it is way easy for chinease Everest base camp – you can drive and walk a little bit. But for Nepali Everest base camp you need to trek or fly by helicopter. There are Everest base camp landing helicopter tour to Everest base camp which can be done in one day.
Among many options to get to everest base camp. Some option of getting to Everest base camp are listed below:
Fly to Lukla and trek for 10-15 days to get to everest base camp and back.
Drive to Salleri and trek to everest base camp, this will be 15-20 days of trekking.
Fly to Phaplu and trek to everest base camp.
Drive to Jiri and trek to everest base camp will take 20-28 days of trekking. This option is famous as a historic trekking done by Eudmund hillary and tenjing norgey sherpa.
If you take helicopter to fly to the base camp of everest base camp, it will take 3 hours to fly in and fly out of everet base camp. By helicopter, you can get to everest base camp in 1 day, back and forth.
By trekking up helicopter down:
This is a trending option of trekking to everest base camp, mixed up of luxury trip to everest base camp and trekking to the top of the world. You can do trekking up helicopter down in 8 to 10 days of trekking and flying.
How much does it cost to do Everest Base Camp?
In general trekking to Everest base camp is 10 to 15 days trekking activity, and the cost for Everest base camp trek range from US$1000 to US$ 1700 per person. The price includes your guide, entrance fees, airfare, and accommodation. Food during Everest base camp trek might be included in the price above US$1500.
How long does it take to climb Everest base camp?
Precisely, 120km distance of everest base camp trekking trail takes 12 days for a normal round up trekking trip. But some trekkers make it 16 days trekking to everest base camp. 16 Days is with multiple acclimatization and side exploration. Trekking towards everest base camp is 8 days in general; whereas, just in 4 days you can trek back down to lukla airport. 8 uphill + 4 downhill trekking to everest base camp trek includes 2 days of acclimatization. Acclimatization is at 3400meters and 4400meters altitude.
How cold is it at Everest Base Camp?
5degree celcius to -20 degree celcius in range of temperature of everest base camp. But the temperature of Everest base camp is different in different seasons. Winter temperature of everest base camp can go down to -20 degree Celsius; whereas summer temperature of Everest is around 5 degree Celsius. Everest base camp is literally in the middle of the mountain range; so the temperature during the night drops down more than half to the sunny day temperature. Saying that; in Everest base camp, days (sunny) are warmer and nights and morning (before sunrise) are colder.
Has anyone died trekking to Everest Base Camp?
More than 15000 trekkers trek to the base camp of everest, the number of death is minimal. But it does not mean people do not die at all, people die in the trekking because of negligence; this can be guides, porters or clients. In the year 2019 November – a trekker from Germany died at Lobuche village at 5000 meters and a porter died at Gorakshep village.
What is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?
Summer or months before monsoon are considered as the best time of trekking to everest base camp. The month of march, April and may in the spring season are considered the best month to trek to everest base camp. Also, the month of september, october and november are considered good season for trekking to Everest base camp. Comparatively, spring is better than autumn; it is because of the temperature. In pre monsoon the temperature of Everest base camp is warmer than in post monsoon and the sky visibility is almost similar. However, luxury trekking to Everest base camp has made this trek possible throughout the year.
Is Everest base camp harder than Kilimanjaro?
Everest base camp has more than 90 percent success rate. The proper trail of Everest base camp trekking trail has made itself easier than Mt kilimanjaro. The scenery and ups and downs of Everest base camp trek is very frequent and hence helps to acclimatize more. So comparatively Everest base camp trek is considered easier than climbing kilimanjaro. While trekking with people who have done Mount Kilimanjaro, they say everest base camp is easier because of its frequent uphill and downhill landscape. They also believe, the scenery of Everest base camp trekking has made this trek easy to forget the pain during the trek.
Do you need a permit to go to Everest Base Camp?
Yes, you need trekking permit for trekking to Everest base camp. You can get the permit for Everest base camp trekking trail either at Nepal tourism board (NTB) at kathmandu (nearby thamel) or you can buy it on the way. There is a national park permit counter at Monjo village. A permit counter at Lukla gives you a trekking permit to Everest base camp on arrival, this is a different permit. There are major 2 tickets or permit you need to buy during your Everest base camp trek. One you get at lukla is local permit and another you get at Monjo is national park permit. You must have both of these permits to trek in route of everest base camp. There are multiple check points for the permit to Everest base camp trek.
Do you need to train for Everest Base Camp?
It is better to prepare for trekking to everest base camp. As multiday hiking is not easy by character, train yourself to be able to walk in lower oxygen level & in hilly trails. I recommend you to walk in the stairs with mask on. Mask helps you to walk in low oxygen atmosphere whereas stairs walk will help your legs to walk in the uphill and downhill of Everest base camp trekking trail.
Can you see Everest from base camp?
Yes, you can see everest from the Everest base camp. There are many online articles claiming that you cannot see Everest from the base camp of Everest, which is completely wrong. You do not see the top of everest but the northen part of everest can be seen from the everest base camp. Hillary step and the everest ridge near to Mt Lotse can be seen from everets base camp. From half way on the trekking trail from Gorakshep village (the last village in everest base camp trail) to Everest base camp you can see a perfect v shaped view of everest.
Is trekking to Everest Base Camp dangerous?
Trekking to Everest base camp is not dangerous at all. The wide trail to Everest base camp is properly marked and signed with informative hording boards. Unless you get bad weather (like foggy day or snow storm) trekking by yourself to Everest base camp is doable. Trekking solo to the base camp of tallest mountain should be fine without guide and with wider research.
Is Everest base camp closed?
No, everest base camp of Nepali side do not close at all. Chinease base camp close Everest base camp sometimes for different reasons but Nepali Everest base camp never closes and most of the local guest houses in the trial of Everest base camp are open all around the year.
How cold is Everest Base Camp in October?
October is considered as one of the best season to trek to Everest base camp, so the temperature is in between 5 degree Celsius in the night/morning and 14-20 degree Celsius in the sunny day. Temperature of everest base camp trekking trail decreases on reaching above 4000meters.
How cold is Everest Base Camp in December?
December to February is considered as winter in Nepal, so temperature of Everest base camp in December goes down to -20 degree Celsius. Even during the day, winter temperature of Everest base camp do not rise more than 10degree Celsius.
Is it hard to climb to Everest base camp?
Everest base camp trek is not hard as you imagine. If you do proper training prior to Everest base camp trek then it is easy trekking to high altitude. Everest base camp is at 5364 meters above the sea level. Hence hard part of Everest base camp trek is associated with altitude. If your body reacts better with altitude you will be fine trekking to Everest base camp.
How far is it from base camp to the summit of Everest?
From the summit of Everest its base camp is less than 8km in aerial distance. However, khumbu ice fall is falling right at the bottom of the everest base camp, so you can say Everest base camp is super close to the summit of Everest.
Can you hike to Everest base camp alone?
Trekking to Everest base camp on your own is not recommended as trekking in high altitude is risky with your health. It is better to go with someone who can take care of you and can lead you in the trail during any snow storm of cloudy day. If you want to do solo trek to Everest base camp, carry all the necessary gears for communication to keep yourself in touch with someone in emergency. For the permit you can buy them on the way.
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Nov 16, 2019
by Nora Roger on Nepalgram - Trekking Agency in Nepal
My husband and I had the most fantastic time trekking to Everest
From our enquiries to booking was quick and Arun answered our emails. On arriving in Kathmandu we were whisked through the crazy traffic to our hotel Tibet family home and Arun mailed us with good advice on where to eat if we wanted to go out. The following day we had kathmandu sightseeing tour of UNESCO world heritage sites, which was wonderful time with Arun himself. Arun was trekking guide himself, which was awesome to know, we flew to Luckla and trekked to Phakding the following day. From then on Arun looked after us about our health, food, made sure that we were drinking enough water; he knew everything about the area, knew the names and heights of every mountain we could ask! Ram our porter did a great job carrying our bag and was an all round really nice guy. We could not have asked for excellent service on the mountain and by the end of the trip we were familier each other as friends. My memorable part was climbing Gokyo Ri starting in the early mmorning, the view from the top was unreal. My husband and I had the most fantastic time trekking to Everest. General ideas i would give are climb kalapathar in the afternoon for sunset, it is awesome than that freezing cold of the morning sunrise, in your health especially your drinking water makes a lot of difference so make sure you are drinking purified water, we found the trip quite easy because we were lucky to be healthy throughout the entire trip. The reason to chose Nepalgram was, they were a local company with good environmental policys and we feel we made a great choice. You will not regret trekking Everest with Nepalgram, they are the best.
Nov 16, 2019
by Lauren Hiller on Nepalgram - Trekking Agency in Nepal
Everest base camp
A friend and myself did Everest base camp trek last year and arun was our guide. Arun was so amazing. His English is fantastic, his knowledge of the area is out of this world. He made our trek so much more enjoyable! I couldn’t recommend him enough
Nov 14, 2019
by Jasmin on Nepalgram - Trekking Agency in Nepal
Everest base camp in Monsoon
I signed up for Everest Base Camp trekking with two other people in the group. Trekking was scenic and the weather was fair enough. I had a very lovely time with our guide Arun, who not only guided on the trek but also showed me small details in the countryside (flora and fauna) that I wouldn’t normally have noticed. Trail was nice with all those flowers. Our guide and porter Saila, took care about food to accommodation; we were asked to start trek early in the morning to catch the view of mountains before clouds comes in, incredible idea of Arun. I booked the the trek in July/August 2018 which is monsoon in Nepal, meant that the views were more cloudy but we had the mountains and paths to ourselves! The briefing and meeting with Arun in Kathmandu before we started was helpful and the kits provided were very useful. I always felt safe with our guide and everything felt well organized. All in all, I would highly recommend the Nepalgram for Himalayan trekking and sightseeing tour.
Nov 14, 2019
by Emillie on Nepalgram - Trekking Agency in Nepal
Amazing Trek with an Amazing Guide
I went to Everest Base Camp with Arun as my guide and it was one of the best trips of my life. Arun is extremely knowledgeable about the region and culture and besides seeing the beautiful landscape, I really learned a lot. All lodging was taken care of and anything that was needed was handled immediately by our guides. I was constantly being asked how I felt, if I needed anything, and sometimes just got words of encouragement when I needed it (mostly towards the end when I was cold and tired!). I highly recommend Nepalgram! P.S. I was a solo traveler and even though I did make friends, I would have never felt left out thanks to my guide.