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Trekking to Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular activities among people who visit Nepal for a holiday. A breath-taking flight to Lukla airport, stunning Himalayan scenery, world’s biggest desert-like glaciers, high thrilling trekking passes and warm, hospitable Sherpa culture together with hundreds of years old monasteries are main attractions of Everest Base Camp Trekking. Everest Base Camp Trek is famous for high standard adventures and friendly Sherpa people of Khumbu region. Trekking to the foot of the world’s highest peak, may not be simple but with determination and courage, it’s not impossible to achieve it.
The trek starts after an adventurous and thrilling flight to Lukla. The flight itself gives an impressive impression of great mountain views (and heart-stopping approach and landing !) and the trek will take you through wide areas of stunning landscapes, ethnic settlements, years old Buddhist monasteries at Monjo, Namche, Tengpoche and Panboche, and ultimately to the midst of towering peaks including but not limited to Ama Dablam, Kang Tega, Nuptse, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaro, Pumori, Lhotse, Lobuche, Island Peak, Makalu and breathtaking Everest itself.
Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderately strenuous trip that is suitable for trekkers with at least basic trekking experience in the past. One without previous trekking experiences can also join our treks to Everest Base Camp however people with previous trekking experiences will not need to endure difficulties that a novice may require to endure.
The trek starts with a small and gentle downhill walk from Lukla to Phakding. Continuing further towards the north, there are several gentle and steep ascents. The trail will seem to be strenuous as we climb further as an effect of high altitude. We may need to acclimatize properly to get rid of altitude sickness during the trek. Ultimately we’ll reach 5550 meters – high enough! Everest Base Camp Trekking is famous for its incomparable snowy Himalayas and the loyalty and friendliness of its inhabitants (the smiling Sherpa people).
Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the popular trekking routes of Nepal. A lot of people visit this heavenly place each year. Every day, we will be walking for about 6-7 hours. There are 2 rest and acclimatization days. We will be doing acclimatization hikes during the rest days.
This is a tea house trekking. We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges. The highest altitude we sleep is about 5100 meters. For some people without previous high altitude experience, it can be a bit difficult to adjust. Our leaders will do the best to accommodate you and make you comfortable while on the journey.
Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a name card written your name. We will transfer you to the hotel. We will introduce you with the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas on your flight to Lukla. It’s one of the most adventurous flight rated by top-rated websites and travel magazines. The flight takes approximately 30 minutes. Try to get your seat on the left side of the plane.
Once we commence our trek, we will pass through Chaurikharka, Chheplung, Ghat, Phakding, etc. Phakding is a small town with the majority of houses made for accommodation. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The trail starts with gentle ascending before we reach Monjo. We will stop in Jorsalle for our lunch and continue further to Hilary Bridge through beautiful pine forests. Once we cross the bridge, the trail passes through steep ascending towards Namche Bazaar.
Namche is considered as the gateway of the Khumbu / Everest region. It is a beautiful town with numerous activities available for trekkers. Pool House, Nescafe Cofee, Bakery, Modern Lodges, Internet, Telephone, Laundry, Bank, Money Changer, Equipment shop, etc., it got everything. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today is our rest and acclimatization day. We will do acclimatization hikes to nearby places. The leader will give you different options such as Khumjung and Khunde hike, Everest View Hotel Hike, Thame Hike or National Park headquarter visit. The evening will be free for exploring Namche Bazaar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We will ascend towards the national park headquarter and follow the gentle trail to Kyanjuma. We may stop for a short tea break before we start descending to Phungi Thanga for our lunch. We will cross the Dudh Koshi river and start steep ascending to Tengboche village. We have the opportunity to stop in Tengboche village or descend another 30 minutes to Debuche village. Tengboche monastery is considered as one of the largest and most famous monasteries of Khumbu valley. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We will follow the Imja Khola towards a beautiful village named Pangboche (3,930M). Pangboche is home of many renowned Everest climbers. This village is the home of brave Sherpas. The spectacular views of the Himalayas seen from the village are incomparable. We will continue for about an hour to stop for lunch in Somare.
We will follow a gentle trail until we cross a small stream from where the trail becomes steeper before we see a beautiful image of Dingboche village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This is our second rest and acclimatization day. We will do a day hike to Nagarkhang Peak (approximately 5000 meters) from where we will witness spectacular Himalayan beauty. The summit offers great views of several Himalayan peaks including Makalu, Thamserku, Amadablam, Cholatse, Tabuche, Lobuche, Kusum Kangaro, etc.
We will return to Dingboche for lunch have a free evening for rest and relax. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We are getting closer to our destination; Everest Base Camp. We will follow the ridge above Pheriche village until we reach Dughla. We will stop in Dughla for a quick lunch before we start steep climbing to Dughla pass; the memorial for many world famous climbers passed away in this area.
The trail further is gentle ascending on the bank of Khumbu glacier; one of the biggest glaciers in the world. We will stop in Lobuche for the overnight stop. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The first part of the trek until we walk over the glaciers in pretty easy. Once we start ascending over the glaciers, the trail becomes harder due to trail difficult and low Oxygen level. Crossing the glaciers will give us a glimpse of Gorakshep village.
We will take quick lunch in Gorakshep and continue our journey to Everest Base Camp before it’s too late. The journey takes about 5 hours to visit Everest Base Camp and return to Gorakshep. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We will wake up early in the morning to start the hike to Kalatthar before the sun comes up. The climb is difficult for it’s worthy. Kalapatthar is the most famous viewpoint of Khumbu valley known of towering Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest.
Descending to Gorakshep, we will grab our breakfast and start descending to Pangboche village. It’s a long day ahead but it’s mostly downhill walking. We will pass through Pheriche village where a Himalayan Rescue Aid post is situated.
We will pass through Debuche and Tengboche village before we start steep descending to Phungi Tenga for our lunch. Phungi Tenga is situated on the bank of Dudhkoshi River. We then, have to start ascending to Kyanjuma village and continue further to Namche Bazaar through a gentle path. Namche will be waiting for a good shower and a good sleep.
We will take steep descending to Jorsalle village and continue further to Phakding for our lunch breakfast. We are coming towards the end of our 11 night 12 days trek. Once we reach Lukla, we will conclude our walking and prepare for the flight to Kathmandu on the next morning. Say goodbye to your porters.
We will go to the airport in the morning to catch our adventurous flight to Kathmandu. It’s going to be the breathtaking flight and adventurous experience. It’s worth to seat on the right side of the airplane for some beautiful views of the Himalayas. Upon landing in Kathmandu, we will collect our luggage and head towards our hotel. Free afternoon to rest and relax.
We have a free day in Kathmandu before catching our international flight. Lukla flight often gets weather issues and flight cancellations / delays and this day is used on potential problems. You have a free day for shopping gifts for your friends and families and rest and spend last hours in Kathmandu.
We will drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. The airport is small and has only 1 terminal. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again!
Our prices are different based on a number of people. The prices are set based on a number of people traveling together. For example, the price for 1 person and the total price for 2 people is different. So, the price you see at the time of making the reservation is the final. We do not charge an additional amount for the single traveler.
We accept all major currencies such as USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, SGD, MYR, GBP, THB, CHF, JPY, HKD, etc. Credit card payments are accepted only in USD. We also accept bank transfers, direct remittance services (Western Union, Moneygram), etc.
March – May, and September – December are considered the best months for trekking in Nepal. Trekking is doable throughout the year however some months are better than others. June – August is monsoon season so there might be some rain showers in these months. January – February is winter months and it’s usually much cold in higher areas.
The trek is doable throughout the year.
The trek has free cancellation 60 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 60 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees.
We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 2 to Day 12). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwich, burgers, etc. are available.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).
Very good question. Usually, a person with previous multiday hiking experiences is welcome to join our treks. If you do not have previous hiking experiences but still have no problem walking for 6-7 hours every day, then we are happy to take you on board.
If you are average fit then most of our treks are doable by you. If you are not sure whether you are fit or not then please consult with our travel experts.
We take bookings for this trek for people over 6 years old. The trek is doable with kids as well and we have previous experiences of organizing family tours.
We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by Nepal Government.
This is completely tea house based trek hence we will be sleeping and eating in the lodges. In Kathmandu, we provide 3 start category hotel accommodation with breakfast and it will be standard lodges while on the trek. The lodges on the trek will be mostly shared bathroom / shared toilet while in 1/2 places we may provide you rooms with private toilet.
The meals on the trek will be mostly locally prepared using local ingredients most of the time. Kathmandu offers a wide selection of meals in basic to high standard luxury lounges. On the trek, the number of meal items will be limited to a small number.
Everest Base Camp Trek is a high altitude trekking route in Khumbu region. This trekking can be done throughout the year however March to May and September to December are better months comparing to other months i.e. June, July, August, January, February, etc. During best months the sky is generally crystal clear, the views are breathtaking and the weather is lovely as well. March to April is the months of blossoming season of rhododendron and many other flowers which looks very beautiful lush of green forests. From October to December you will see more green forests in the area. Everest Base Camp Trekking is best during spring and autumn season. As this is the ultimate adventure of your life we recommend you to plan the trek properly and during best months though Himalayan Leisure, Inc. will be able to arrange your trip throughout the year.
Head: Sun hat or scarf – Light balaclava or warm fleece hat – Sunglasses with UV protection
Lower Body: Under Garments – Hiking shorts – Lightweight cotton long pants – Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms – Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) – Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet: Thin, lightweight inner socks – Thick, warm wool hiking socks – Hiking boots with spare laces – Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
Upper Body: T-shirts – Light and expedition weight thermal tops – Fleece jacket or pullover – Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) – Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket – Down vest and/or jacket*
Hands: Lightweight gloves – Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
Accessories: Sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade * – Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries – Trekking Bags/Duffel bag * – Basic First Aid Kit – Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag – Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) – Trekking Poles – Water bottle (2) or camel bag – Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) – Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
Toiletries: 1 medium sized quick drying towel – Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable) – Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) – Deodorants – Nail clippers – Face and body moisturizer – Personal / Feminine hygiene products – Small mirror
Extras/Luxuries: Binoculars – Reading book – Trail Map/Guide book – Journal & Pen – Walkman – Pencils and small notebooks – Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble – Swimming customs (Kathmandu and Trek)
We choose this specific trek with Himalayan Leisure based on the many good reviews on here. So thankful we did. At first we were a little worried about the altitude and our conditioning prior to the trek. But in all honesty, the pace and given time to finish the trek was very reasonable. I would be lying if I said it was easy. There were certainly some tough days. On our own, I don’t think it would have been possible without the help of our expert guide Lal and porter Pasang. With Over 20 years experience and over 200 treks to EBC, Lal is a highly qualified guide. He is very knowledgeable about the land, the culture, and the people. He suggested what to eat and what not to. Lal was very descriptive about what to expect on the following days hike. He was also being very adamant about taking the trek one day at a time, which helped greatly. In the end we even shared the local brew (Chhaang) to celebrate our success. We made real friends out of each other, not just with Lal but with Pasang also as we hiked together most of the way and even up to the base camp. The people, the culture, the land, the animals, the whole experience was just incredible. If your looking for the right company and guide, I would highly recommend Lal at Himalayan Leisure 100%. Professionals through and through. We would like to give a big thank you to Lal and Pasang for helping us make this dream possible.
We are back to Kathmandu after a beautiful trek to Manaslu with Himalayan Leisure. This is our second trek with them, previously I have done EBC. A great company and lots of support for the customers. Very happy to travel with them for the second time. Everything was perfect as usual.
Thank you all!
Very professional and we had a lovely guide.