The picture taken at Kalapather which is situated at 5,545 m.The picture taken at Kalapather which is situated at 5,545 m.

Everest Base Camp Best Itinerary

Quick Facts
  • Trip Duration12 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude 5545m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-16
  • Transportation Flight
  • Best Season Autumn and Spring
Why You'll Love This Trip
  • Embark on a journey to the base of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, and experience the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Himalayas.
  • Follow in the footsteps of legendary mountaineers as you trek through the iconic Khumbu region, a serene and unique trekking route that offers both tranquility and adventure.
  • Discover the untouched beauty of the valleys and landscapes along the Everest Base Camp trek, where nature's magnificence is on full display.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture, observing their traditional way of life and warm hospitality in the picturesque villages dotting the trail.
  • Explore ancient Buddhist monasteries and cultural landmarks, each offering a unique insight into the region's spiritual heritage.
  • Trek through breathtaking landscapes, including lush rhododendron forests, pristine glaciers, and towering peaks, soaking in the natural beauty that surrounds you.
  • Challenge yourself by navigating the steep and rugged terrain, crossing suspension bridges, and acclimatizing to the high altitude as you approach the base camp.
  • Reach the ultimate destination, Everest Base Camp, and witness the awe-inspiring panoramic views of the world's highest peak and its surrounding giants.
  • Be mesmerized by the ever-changing mountain landscapes, from the iconic Khumbu Icefall to the majestic peaks of Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam, that accompany you throughout your trek.
  • Celebrate your sense of accomplishment as you complete this challenging yet rewarding journey, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

How is the trekking journey to Everest Base Camp?

The Everest region has offered trekkers and mountaineers unparalleled memories from many years ago, and the legacy of Everest continues to captivate people themselves. The Everest Base Camp Trek stands as one of the most sought-out regions among the Himalayas to explore. Situated on the southern side at an altitude of 5,364 meters, approximately 40,000 adventurers embark on this journey every year. The scenic beauty of Everest Base Camp is one of the most aesthetically and mentally pleasing adventures to embark on.

Everest Base Camp trekking is a picturesque and beautiful experience that offers a unique blend of physical challenge and majestic natural beauty. Everest Base Camp Trek leads you on an adventure full of panoramic views of the mountain with unbelievable scenes of snow-capped peaks, lush greenery, and serene landscapes. We can understand the active lifestyle and conventional culture of the local people on the route, mostly Sherpas.

That's not all; the Everest Base Camp trek takes you to many notable landmarks at higher altitudes. The trek's highest point is Kala Patthar, which lies at a whooping elevation of 5644 m and lies further beyond Everest Base Camp. Simply no words can describe standing on these lofty peaks and witnessing the highest peak of the world, Mount Everest. The moment you spend there will undoubtedly be the most magical experience of your lifetime. 

Introduction of the Base Camp of Mount Everest Excursion

The Everest Base Camp Trekking, which is located in the heart of the Khumbu region of Nepal, stands as a hotspot for adventure seekers worldwide, beckoning them to embark on a journey of a lifetime amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas. This trek is a harmonious blend of breathtaking natural beauty and the vibrant Sherpa culture, promising an unforgettable adventure for travelers venturing into the heart of Nepal's mountainous terrain.

Traversing through this dazzling landscape, trekkers are treated to an environment full of diverse ecosystems, each offering a unique charm and allure. From verdant forests teeming with diverse flora and fauna to jagged mountain passes beautified with glaciers, every step of the journey unravels a new segment of Mother Nature's beauty. And looming majestically above it all stands the towering peak of Mount Everest, casting its spell over all who dare to embark on the peak.

Accommodation along the Everest Base Camp Trek primarily consists of top-class teahouses strategically located along the trek. These cozy places will offer weary trekkers a warm and inviting refuge, complete with comfortable lodging and hearty food to fuel their mountainous adventures. Despite their humble faces, these teahouses exude an authentic Himalayan charm, which helps provide trekkers with a true taste of Sherpa hospitality.

 Speaking of tastes, the culinary delights found in these teahouses are a highlight of the trek itself. Trekkers are treated to a gourmet journey through Nepali Himalayan cuisine, with hearty dishes made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. From bowls of dal bhat to savory momos and hearty Sherpa stews, every meal is a celebration of flavor and tradition, nourishing both body and soul.

What food and accommodation options are available when trekking to the base of Mount Everest?

There are a number of lodges and restaurants that provide meals to trekkers. These restaurants and lodges provide a variety of local and international dishes, including rice and lentils, noodles, soups, dumplings, fried rice, pasta, and much more. Not only that, vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are usually available, which can satisfy the customer’s needs. The lodges that provide meals are also places that provide high-quality accommodation. The sites of accommodation provide the customers with beds and blankets, but it is also recommended to bring a sleeping bag to increase the warmth. There is also the availability of modern utilities like internet and electricity in most of the places along the route.

What are the risks associated with altitude sickness on an Everest Base Camp trekking adventure?

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most demanding journeys to complete in the entirety of Nepal, if not the world. This trek requires more than just the desire to explore. Participants should possess strong physical fitness and endurance. The trail traverses a rugged landscape filled with steep, rocky terrain that will test your limits. Even the weather in the Everest region can be incredibly harsh and cruel at times, mostly at higher elevations. Trekkers may encounter extreme cold temperatures, strong winds, snowstorms, and icy conditions, especially during the winter and shoulder seasons. Such harsh weather conditions can cause the trekker’s health to deteriorate, which can cause the entire journey to be a gloomy adventure. Additionally, some areas during the trek lack access to the internet. This can cut off the only means of information in the modern world, so it can be a burden. This trek will require meticulous planning. But our team can help turn this strenuous trek into a joyful one. Thus, proper preparation and guidance are key to successfully completing this challenging trek. 

To avoid altitude sickness during the trek, do the following things:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Do not smoke or drink alcoholic substances
  • Take plenty of rest and eat nutritious food
  • Maintain your pace

How does the altitude profile change as you ascend to the Everest hiking trail?

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a challenging trek with the requirement of the ability to conquer altitude change. The adventure starts in the Kathmandu Valley, which has an altitude of around 1400 meters. Then the next place will be Lukla with an altitude of 2800 meters or Phakding with an altitude of 2610 meters, followed by Namche bazar at an altitude of 3441 meters. After reaching Namche Bazar, there are Tengoche, Dingboche, and Lobuuche with altitudes of 3860 meters, 4350 meters, and 4910 meters, respectively. After reaching these milestones, you will reach Everest base camp at a height of 5365 meters, followed by Kalapatthar at approximately 5555 meters. Despite the challenges of the altitude, the trek offers an unforgettable experience of the stunning landscapes of the Everest region. And it is worth a visit by mountain lovers, enthusiasts, or anyone in general.

Why choose Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. for the trek to the base of Mount Everest?

While selecting Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd., you unlock a treasure trove of advantages. Not only do we offer competitive costs, but we also deliver genuine value for every penny you invest and the trust you place in us. Our meticulously organized trips are led by seasoned experts—guides with over 15 years of experience navigating the Himalayas of Nepal. We and our team possess a wealth of knowledge, from eloquent communication and friendly demeanor to an intimate understanding of the terrain, routes, majestic peaks, local culture, and cherished traditions. Most importantly, they share a warm camaraderie with the locals, ensuring an authentic and enriching journey. With us, your adventure transcends mere trails; it becomes a symphony of discovery and connection.

Some of the benefits you will get from joining us during the Everest Base Camp Best Itinerary are:

  • Free airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • Complementary farewell dinner
  • Company t-shirt and certificate
  • 24/7 available
  • Professional and expert mountain leader
  • Down jacket, duffel bag, and sleeping bag (returnable)
  • Free storage of extra luggage at Kathmandu
  • Oximeter and first-aid kit during the trek
  • No hidden cost or policy
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Itinerary

Day1

As you step foot in Kathmandu, the vibrant capital city of Nepal, you'll immediately feel the pulsating energy and cultural richness that define this captivating destination. Take the day to ease into the local rhythm, soaking in the essence of Kathmandu through its diverse sights, sounds, and culinary delights. Wander through ancient temples, bustling markets, and bustling streets teeming with life. Embrace the opportunity to unwind, recharge, and prepare for the exciting journey ahead as you set your sights on Everest Base Camp.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
Day2

Today marks the beginning of your epic journey towards Everest Base Camp, starting with an exhilarating flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Brace yourself for an unforgettable adventure as you soar above the majestic Himalayas and touch down on Lukla's renowned airstrip, known as one of the most challenging in the world. From Lukla, set out on foot along winding trails that meander through breathtaking landscapes towards Phakding, a serene village amidst nature's splendor. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring scenery of lush forests, gushing rivers, and towering peaks as you acclimate to the altitude and find your stride along the trail.

  • Max. Altitude:2,846 m/9,337 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:30 minutes flight & 3 hours trek
Day3

As you progress further into the heart of the Everest region, today's trek will take you from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, the vibrant epicenter of the Khumbu Valley. Follow the winding paths that parallel the mesmerizing turquoise waters of the Dudh Kosi River, immersing yourself in the tranquil beauty of the surrounding scenery. Upon reaching Namche Bazaar, embrace the lively atmosphere of this bustling town, perched high above the valley floor. Wander through its narrow streets lined with colorful shops, cozy cafes, and traditional teahouses, all while relishing the awe-inspiring views of Everest and the neighboring peaks.

The distance between Phakding and Namche Bazaar spans 9.4 kilometers, with Namche situated at an altitude of 3,440 meters and Phakding at 2,610 meters above sea level. Continue your trek towards Namche Bazaar, the lively heart of the Khumbu Valley, as you embark on this unforgettable adventure through the Himalayas.

 

  • Max. Altitude:3,440 m/11,290 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:6 hours
Day4

On Day 4 of your trek, you'll embark on a scenic hike from Namche Bazaar to the renowned Everest View Hotel. As you ascend through lush rhododendron forests and picturesque alpine meadows, each step will unveil stunning vistas of the towering Himalayan peaks, including the majestic Everest. Upon reaching the Everest View Hotel, take a moment to catch your breath and marvel at the panoramic views of Everest and Lhotse from this iconic mountain lodge. Later in the evening, retreat to Khumjung Village, where you'll immerse yourself in the rich culture and warm hospitality of the Sherpa community as you spend the night.

Experience the thrill of trekking to the Everest View Hotel for unparalleled views of the Himalayas, followed by a memorable overnight stay in Khumjung Village to immerse yourself in the Sherpa way of life.

 

  • Max. Altitude:3,790 m/12,400 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:2-3 hours
Day5

Embark on an unforgettable journey from Khumjung Village to Pangboche, traversing rocky mountain trails and picturesque valleys deep within the Everest region. Along the way, soak in the sight of ancient monasteries, colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind, and panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks in the distance. Upon reaching Pangboche, take time to explore this charming Sherpa community nestled beneath the majestic Ama Dablam mountain. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of your surroundings as you prepare for the adventures ahead.

Experience the scenic trek from Khumjung Village to Pangboche, surrounded by breathtaking valleys and stunning Himalayan vistas.

 

  • Max. Altitude:3,985 m/13,074 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:5-6 hours
Day6

Today's journey leads from Pangboche to Dingboche, offering stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and the rugged beauty of the Khumbu valley. As you ascend further into the mountains, the landscape undergoes a gradual transformation, transitioning from lush alpine meadows to rocky terrain, with towering peaks drawing nearer. Upon reaching Dingboche, nestled amidst terraced fields and stone walls, you'll receive a warm welcome from the local Sherpa community. Take some time to rest and acclimate to the altitude, embracing the tranquility of this hidden mountain enclave, before continuing your trek towards Everest Base Camp.

 

  • Max. Altitude:4,410 m/14,470 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:4-5 hours
Day7

Today offers a well-deserved rest in Dingboche, allowing you to acclimate to the altitude and recharge for the journey ahead. Take the opportunity to explore the surroundings, with an optional stroll to Nagarjuna Top. Enjoy stretching your legs and breathing in the crisp mountain air while marveling at the awe-inspiring views of Everest, Lhotse, and other dominating peaks on the horizon. Return to Dingboche in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day amidst the serene mountain scenery.

  • Max. Altitude:(5,100 m/16,732 ft)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:3-4 hours
Day8

Continue your trek from Dingboche to Lobuche, a secluded village nestled in the shadow of majestic Himalayan peaks. Traverse rocky terrain and glacial mountains, offering glimpses of the stunning Khumbu Glacier and the towering peaks that loom above it. As you ascend higher into the mountains, the air thins and the landscape takes on a more rugged and surreal appearance. Upon arrival in Lobuche, take time to rest and acclimate to the altitude, knowing that tomorrow marks the final leg of your journey to Everest Base Camp.

Distance between Dingboche and Lobuche: 10.7 kilometers

Embark on the trek from Dingboche to Lobuche amidst glacial mountains.

 

  • Max. Altitude:4,940 m/16,210 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:4-5 hours
Day9

Today's ascent from Lobuche to Gorakshep, the last settlement before Everest Base Camp, presents both challenges and excitement. Upon reaching Gorakshep, deposit your belongings at your accommodation before proceeding towards Everest Base Camp. Follow the trail as it winds across the Khumbu Glacier, passing renowned features like the Khumbu Icefall and the marker indicating Everest Base Camp. Reach your destination and savor this remarkable achievement amidst the awe-inspiring majesty of the Himalayas.

  • Max. Altitude:5,364 m/17,598 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:7 hours
Day10

Rise early to witness the sunrise from Kala Patthar, one of the highest viewpoints offering panoramic views of Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks. Although the ascent to Kala Patthar is challenging, the reward is unparalleled, with breathtaking vistas of the world's highest peak bathed in the golden hues of dawn. After soaking in the spectacular scenery, return to Gorak Shep for breakfast before descending to Pangboche.

Journey to Gorak Shep and embark on a hike to Everest Base Camp.

 

  • Max. Altitude:5,545 m/18,192 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:8-9 hours
Day11

Bid farewell to the serene surroundings of Pangboche as you make your way back to Namche Bazaar. The trail winds through scenic valleys and charming Sherpa settlements, offering glimpses into everyday life in the Everest region. Take a moment to reflect on your incredible Himalayan adventure, surrounded by majestic mountains and breathtaking landscapes. After days spent immersed in nature, return to Namche Bazaar to reunite with local companions and enjoy the comforts of civilization.

  • Max. Altitude:3,440 m/11,290 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:6-7 hours
Day12

As your walk nears its end, make the last drop from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, retracing your route through the Khumbu Valley. As you descend from high altitudes, the air thickens, and the landscape gradually transforms into lush woodlands and sloping farms. When you arrive in Lukla, take some time to celebrate your accomplishments and say goodbye to the mountains that have become your home for the previous two weeks. As you prepare to return to Kathmandu, think about the memories and friendships you've made along the way.

The distance between Lukla and Namche Bazaar is 17.7 kilometers.

 

  • Max. Altitude:2,846 m/9,337 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:6-7 hours
Day13

Board an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and catch one more view of the beautiful Himalaya. As you arrive in Kathmandu, take some time to look back on your amazing adventure and the experiences that shaped you along the way. Spend your final day in Nepal visiting Kathmandu's bustling streets, shopping for souvenirs, or simply relaxing and remembering your Everest Base Camp experience.

Take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Spend the day pondering your journey in Kathmandu.

  • Max. Altitude:1,400 m/4,600 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:30 minutes flight
Day14

As your journey to Everest Base Camp comes to a conclusion, plan your final flight from Kathmandu. Whether you're returning home or continuing your travels, take with you the memories of your Himalayan journey and the lessons you learned from the mountains. Say goodbye to Nepal with appreciation and respect for its beauty and kindness, knowing that the spirit of the mountains will continue to live on in your heart.

Depart from Kathmandu with memories of Everest Base Camp.

 

  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
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Cost Details
Includes
  • Both-way domestic flight tickets (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) with airport departure taxes
  • 11 nights’ accommodation during the trek:
  • All healthy meals during the trek (12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, and 11 dinners)
  • A government-licensed, well-spoken English-speaking trekking guide. If you are more than 8 trekkers, we provide 1 assistant guide.
  • Porter/Sherpa to help trekkers’ luggage. Two trekkers can share one porter. The maximum weight limit for a porter is 20 kg (10 kg per trekker, weight limit), and you can store non-essential items in your hotel or Nepal Excursion store.
  • The company is responsible for providing guides and porters with meals, pay, transportation, and insurance.
  • For safe drinking, Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. provides water purification tablets.
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruit as per the availability.
  • Khumbu, Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fees
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • The guide will be carrying a first-aid kit with Diamox (preventative measures to avoid altitude sickness). Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen level in your body.
  • We can provide a sleeping bag and a down jacket as per your request. Has to return after the trek.
  • Appreciation certificate after the completion of the trek.
  • Either say goodbye or welcome dinner.
  • Assisting in any emergency evacuation or rescue due to uncertainty or any serious health condition (funded by your travel insurance).
Excludes
  • Nepal entry visa fees vary depending on how much time you want to spend in Nepal ($25–15 days, $40–50 for 30 days, and $100–110 for 90 days).
  • Excess luggage for the Lukla flight.
  • Your food and accommodation in Kathmandua before and after the trek.
  • Your personal clothing and gear.
  • Personal nature expenses like energy bars, hot and cold drinks, laundry, internet, hot showers, etc.
  • Your travel insurance, which covers your emergency evacuation,
  • Tipping for your guide and porter.
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Clients Reviews

  • Amazing experience

    Nov 2022 • Couples

    Me and my boyfriend did the Everest base camp trek with Raju back in November. We had an incredible experience, Raju was very patient and kind and provided us with everything we needed when we needed it. He is knowledgable and experienced and can adapt the trek to your needs/preference. We always felt safe, comfortable, and confident with Raju.

    Rochelle M
    Rochelle MUnited KingdomAug 10, 2023
    TripAdvisor
  • Best Everest Base Camp Excursion!

    My brother and I hired Raju to be our guide for a 14-day Everest Base Camp trek and it was truly the best experience of our lives. This was the first time either of us had taken a trip like this and we could not have asked for a better person to make sure we were being safe and having fun. Raju went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and I know our trip would not have been as enjoyable without him. If you are considering booking, just do it! It will be the best decision you ever make.

    Thank you, Raju!!

    Evalyse L
    Evalyse LUnited StatesJun 19, 2023
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Useful Information

What are the alternative routes or passes near the Everest Base Camp trail?

In addition to the typical Everest base camp trek, we also have the Everest base camp trek via Jiri, which provides us with generic views of villages before joining the trek at Lukla. We also have the three-pass trek, where you can embark on a challenging and adventurous route that crosses three high mountain passes: Kongma La Pass (5,535 m), Cho La Pass (5,420 m), and Renjo La Pass (5,360 m). Additionally, the Gokyo Lakes Trek is a trek that leads to the beautiful turquoise lakes of Gokyo, located among the mountains of the Everest region of Nepal. The Everest View Trek is a shorter and more accessible option for hikers who want to experience the beauty of the Everest region without trekking to Base Camp. It offers a breathtaking view of Everest and villages like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Khumjung.

How do I prepare before the trek to the foot of Everest Base Camp?

The Everest Base Camp Trek can be incredibly difficult if we don't prepare for it early. For this trek, both the physical and mental state of an individual must be in top condition. Physical fitness is crucial for all individuals, especially for travelers embarking on the challenging Everest base camp trek. This expedition presents numerous obstacles, including rapid altitude gain and rugged terrain. To prepare adequately, consider incorporating various fitness activities such as cardio training, swimming, yoga, gym workouts, and regular jogging into your routine. Strengthening your muscles and enhancing your stamina through these exercises will greatly benefit you during the trek. As you traverse steep ascents and descents on uneven, rocky paths, having a strong fitness foundation will enable you to navigate the journey with ease and fully relish each moment. Prioritize dedicating one to two hours of daily jogging at home in the month leading up to the adventure. This practice will fortify your calves, enhance ankle flexibility, and provide the necessary strength for tackling the demanding terrain of the Everest Base Camp trek.

Who are the people encountered on the Everest Base Camp trekking route?

Nepal is a collection of people belonging to thousands of castes and speaking hundreds of languages. Many people live in just the mountainous part of Nepal. But if we were to be specific, the people of castes like Sherpa, Rai, Tamang, etc. live in the Everest region of Nepal. But regardless of the caste, there is no doubt that this place will provide you with warm hospitality and love. The people out here are very down-to-earth and welcoming.

What is the estimated cost of the hiking trek to Everest Base Camp?

The estimated cost of the Everest base camp trek depends completely on the amount of time you wish the adventure to last and how deeply you wish to immerse yourself in nature. However, for a general statement, the expenses include trekking permit fees, lodging, meals, and transportation. The total cost of the trek typically falls within the range of USD 1,200 to 2,500, varying based on your travel period and the number of fellow adventurers accompanying you. Whether you’re a solo wanderer seeking solitude or part of a merry band of trekkers, the Himalayas await your footsteps.

Which is the best season to undertake the Everest Base Camp Trek?

While trekking to the base camp of the tallest peak in the world (Mount Everest), autumn and spring are the perfect times of the year. In the meantime, the weather remains magnificent, with clear skies and favorable weather conditions. Some travelers dare to do it in the off-season too, but they have to face risks like heavy rainfall, snow, and a severe cold temperature. 

Everest Base Camp Trek in the Spring Season (Early March to Late May)

Being the peak season of the year, it is considered the best season for traveling, and it is overcrowded compared to other seasons. On sunny days, the weather is warmer and more dry, making the views and scenery more clear and sharp. Occasional snowfall occurs, which makes the night a bit cold, but hiking during the day is warmer.

Everest Base Camp Trek in the Winter Season (November to January)

The winter season starts from November to January, which is the coldest season in Nepal. The weather is quite dry; days are mildly cold, but nights are extremely cold, where temperatures go below -20 C. Trekkers that can bear the cold can hike in this season with well-equipped materials, which include warmer clothes, thermal jackets, thick socks, gloves, first aid, and more. Hiking in this season is less crowded, which gives true adventure experiences.

Everest Base Camp Trek in the Autumn Season (Late August to Early November)

Along with the spring season, the autumn season is also considered the best for EBC Trek. As for the climate, it is neither warmer during the day nor freezing cold at night in the winter season. Due to the favorable climate, it is crowded during the spring season. The teashop, cafe, and hotel are filled with tourists and visitors.

A perfect view of Mt. Everest along with other surrounding high summits, fresh air, a blue sky, busy local markets, friendly people, etc. are some features of traveling in this season.

Everest Base Camp Trek in Monsoon Season (June to Mid-August)

In Nepal, the monsoon starts in June and ends in August. Also called the wet season of the year. It is the least traveled season, as the rain causes mud, landslide risks, diseases, and leeches that discourage many trekkers from traveling. Constant rain and a cloudy sky give the trip a different feel and make it harder to trek. Taking a flight to or from Lukla can be risky too. However, nature is in full force at this time, and not to mention, the place feels different during this time. People do visit the region at this time, too. The Everest Base Camp Trek attracts fewer tourists in this season as a general view.

What permits and regulations apply for trekking in the Everest Base Camp area?

To trek in the Everest region, you need two permits: the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality (local area) permit. You can get these permits in Kathmandu or at the entry point of the national park. You will need to present them at various checkpoints along the trek. The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality permit is valid for a maximum of two months. Depending on your route, you may also need the Optional Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit. You must also follow these climbing regulations:

  • Climbers must be accompanied by a guide at all times.
  • Climbers must have summited a 7,000-meter peak prior to attempting Everest.
  • People over the age of 75 are banned from climbing.
  • People who are blind are banned from climbing.

Why do I need permits for trekking in the Everest Base Camp area?

Trekking permits are essential for several reasons when exploring the Everest area and other regions of Nepal. These permits ensure conservation efforts, protect natural resources, regulate trekking activities, enhance safety, and support local communities. 

What are the attractions and notable features along the trek to Everest Base Camp?

  • Stunning mountain views: Trekkers are treated to breathtaking views of the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many others.
  • Sagarmatha National Park: The trek passes through Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its diverse flora and fauna, which consists of a variety of flora and fauna as well as some exotic species.
  • Everest View Hotel: The Everest View Hotel, situated at an altitude of 3,880 meters, offers panoramic views of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
  • Khumbu Glacier and Icefall: As trekkers approach Everest Base Camp, they traverse the Khumbu Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in the world. They can also see the dramatic Khumbu Icefall, a treacherous section of the climbing route to the summit of Everest.
  • Sherpa Culture and Villages: Trekkers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Sherpa culture by visiting traditional villages like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Khumjung
  • Everest Base Camp: The ultimate destination of the trek is Everest Base Camp itself, located at an altitude of 5,364 meters. Here, trekkers can witness the climbers preparing for their ascent of Everest and soak in the awe-inspiring surroundings of the world's highest peak. 

Why are acclimatization hikes important?

Acclimatization hikes in Everest are taken to adapt to the all-new environment and the altitude of the place. Acclimatization hikes are crucial during high-altitude treks like the Everest Base Camp trek. These hikes allow your body to gradually adjust to the thin air, preventing altitude sickness. Spending nights above 4,000 meters is the maximum threshold, and acclimatization hikes prepare you for this celestial rendezvous. They introduce you to the Himalayan landscape, the rugged trails, and the camaraderie of fellow trekkers. So, lace up your boots, breathe deep, and let the magic of the mountains unfold.

 

Equipments

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  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Wear a winter hat, an insulating hat, or a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Headlamp with an extra battery

FACE

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Face and body wipes

HANDS

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight winter gloves

BODYY

  • Hiking shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton trousers
  • T-shirt (bring lightweight wool).
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jackets (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

FOOTWEAR

  • Hiking boots
  • Take an extra pair of thick wool shocks

ESSENTIAL GEARS

  • Backpack or day back (The size depends on whether you take a porter or not.)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (a -20-degree sleeping bag is best for high-altitude trekking)

TOILETORIES

  • Medium-size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable soap bar
  • Nail clippers

PERSONAL ACCESSORIES

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

EXTRA ITEMS

  • First aid kit
  • We provide additional passport photos and photocopies.
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Everest Base Camp Best Itinerary FAQs

  • On average, trekkers cover around 6–9 miles per day, but this can vary based on the specific itinerary.

  • The Himalayan region of Nepal is developed and lacks transportation facilities, so you may not find good snacks and also protein bars available. Bring those things from your home. Snickers and other candy are easily available, highlighting the importance of the energy source if you do not pack from home. You can buy sneakers, Mars bar, kitcat, Pringles, biscuits, and coconuts.

  • The accommodations differ according to your budget. In Everest Base Camp, on the way to Namche Bazar, you are likely to have a nice and modern bathroom. As you move ahead with the increase in altitude, everything encounters a frozen restroom. Be prepared for all of it, and also bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

  • For the Everest Base Camp Solo Trek, you required trekking poles, trekking shoes, inner loves, moisture underwear, sunglasses, headlight, water bottles, camera, pee funnel, passport, money, some book to read during the free or night time, cards( to play during the bore mood), trekking trousers and suits, portable chargers, locks, towels, ear lines, sleeping bags, lines, earphones, bag packs, day packs, duffel bags, rain covers, dry bags, trekking shoes, hiking boots, outer insulated gloves, waterproof jackets, trekking, t-shirts, and other personal goods

  • Training should start before you embark on the adventure trek. You should be mentally and physically fit and fine; you should walk from up hills to down hills to increase your walking strength at high altitude; and you should visit the gym regularly, focusing on your legs.

  • Water is very important while trekking at a high altitude. Due to the lake of water, maximum dehydration in your body may lead to serious problems; you may feel tired, lazy, and dull. So during my adventure hike, I used to drink 3 liters before my lunch and 3 liters after my lunch, and I tried to drink less after my dinner because we often need a break at midnight to visit our washroom, so I recommend drinking at least 4 liters of water, but I drank 6 liters of water daily to remain healthy and safe from altitude sickness.

  • You can save some money by carrying water bottles with some water purification tablets or Sunlight during the trek.  I follow this method every morning during my adventure walk. I used to carry a camel bag and use the tap to fill it up, again during my lunch and dinner time. When I was closer to the Gorakshep, the water was not very clear and pure, so I was suggested by my friends to carry and use the water from my lower altitude. It is very good to carry one personal bottle with iodine pills to purify your waters. Everest Base Camp trekking mineral water is expansive; save money with safe nature.

     

  • In the peak season, like early March, July, and September–mid December, the trail is a little crowded because this season is very fabulous to make the adventure walk to the base camp. We can see may guide the group around 5–6, 10–15 people, and also pass through the local people, village, porters, and yak during the walk, but there are plenty of places where you can feel like there are just you and the world's iconic peaks during our hike.

  • Altitude sickness can be a risk to anyone walking in high altitudes. To be far from this sickness, you should first consult a doctor before you make the adventure trip (though I did not) to go over the benefits. Many people and travelers chose to take it as a preventive measure against altitude sickness. I also took a dose in the early morning and at night during bed rest. The main side effect of this medicine is that it makes you urinate more often than in regular time. That means you should wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom.

  • Yes and no,  both worlds take equal response to this trek. Everest Base Camp is at a high altitude, and it can kill, but it isn't likely. If you prepare yourself before the adventure hike, take your time, acclimatize properly, and take rest, then you can be fine. People have quit their trek either by accident or by being knocked off by the yak, but this isn't a serious concern if you are clever and smart too. Always walk on the right path and give way to yaks and other animals; always stay inside the trail to remain safe.

  • Everest Base Camp is located at an altitude of approximately 5,364 meters (17,598 feet).

  • Base Camp 2 (or Camp II) on Mount Everest is situated at an altitude of approximately 6,400 meters (21,000 feet).

     

  • Trekking to Everest Base Camp is challenging but feasible for many people. The difficulty mainly arises from the altitude, which can lead to altitude sickness. Physical preparation and acclimatization are essential to navigating the terrain and the thin air.

  • Yes, the oxygen level at Everest Base Camp is about 50% less than at sea level. Some trekkers may experience difficulty breathing, which is why acclimatization and preparation are crucial.

  • The altitude and the risk of altitude sickness are the most challenging aspects. Additionally, the stretch between Lobuche and Everest Base Camp can be particularly tough due to the terrain and thin air.

  • Everest base camp trekking offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, a rich cultural experience, and a sense of accomplishment. It’s a must-do for many adventure enthusiasts.

  • On average, trekkers cover about 10–15 km per day, but this can vary based on the specific itinerary and acclimatization days. Check her out for the full Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary.

  • There is no strict age limit. However, trekkers should be in good health. It’s advisable for very young children and elderly individuals to consult with health professionals before undertaking the trek.

     

  • It is technically possible but not recommended due to the increased risk of altitude sickness. The longer duration allows for proper acclimatization.

  • Hikers typically don’t spend two weeks at Everest Base Camp itself. The entire trek, including ascending and descending with acclimatization stops, usually takes about two weeks.

  • The annual death rate of Everest base camp trekkers is approximately 0.03%. The majority of trekkers successfully reach the base camp, but some may not complete the trek due to altitude sickness, physical exhaustion, or other health concerns.

     

  • While beginners can undertake the trek, it’s crucial to be physically prepared and aware of the challenges related to altitude. Having prior trekking experience can be beneficial, but with proper preparation and guidance, beginners can successfully complete the trek.

  • The round-trip trip to Everest Base Camp typically takes around 12–14 days, depending on acclimatization stops and pace.

     

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