Hiking the Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp | Nepal
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Top reasons to go hiking the Everest Base Camp Trek

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    Surreal panoramas of the mighty Himalayas

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    Meet local Sherpa and spend nights in rustic teahouses

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    Discover Nepal’s ancient metropolis and its rich Hindu culture

Go to heights few others have ventured. Coveted by climbers and big mountain hikers, the Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to a dizzying 5,364m where you’re dwarfed by the snow-capped peaks of the tallest mountains on Earth. On this two-week tour you’ll enjoy more than just high-altitude views though, it’s a fusion of Nepalese tradition, endemic flora, quaint villages—and towering summits, of course. Starting from the Kathmandu Valley boasting seven UNESCO sites, you’ll continue on the trail where you’ll appreciate the hospitality of the local Sherpa people as renowned as the mountain itself. While the high-elevation base camp is the showstopper of the trip, it’s the grounding in Nepalese culture that makes it special.

Season

Year-round

Nearest city

Kathmandu

Duration

15 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

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15-Day Everest Base Camp Trek

15 days

Take on this 15-day journey to the base of the highest mountain in the world! Tour the historical capital of Kathmandu, experience the Nepalese cuisine and traditions, and follow trails connecting rhododendron forests, glacial valleys, and charming villages. All of that is just a lead-up to the grand finale: the Everest Base Camp at 5,364 m. Witness the ineffable beauty of the Himalayas and the mightiest of them all, Mt. Everest!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m/ 4,264 ft)

Your guides will come pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Freshen up and head to the finest Nepalese restaurant in the city to meet up with your group. Go through a briefing about the trip and then return to the hotel.

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley (1,300m/ 4,264 ft)

Tour the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu. You’ll visit important places for Buddhist and Hindu rituals and ceremonies, such as the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. These historical sights boast numerous works of art and they portray the ancient history of Nepal. You’ll also visit many smaller temples and spend the day wandering around Kathmandu. Return to the hotel and pack your bag with appropriate equipment for the upcoming days.

Boudhanath in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Lukla — Phakding (2,651m/ 8,700 ft)

Kick off the day with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It will be a thrilling ride as the pilot navigates between hills and lands on a small strip atop a hill. With Lukla as the trek’s starting point, pass through the Cheplung village, enjoying the sight of Mount Khumbila, considered to be home to the patron God of the local area. As you reach Phakding, you’ll get a sense of the place’s popularity, as it has numerous lodges and tea houses welcoming guests. Stay there for the night and take in the view of the mighty Kusum Kangkaru, which means “Tree Snow-White Gods.”
Trekking: 3-4 hours

Lukla Airport in Nepal.

Day 4: Phakding — Namche Bazaar (3,438m/ 11,280 ft)

Continue trekking ahead and cross the Dudh Koshi river several times by suspension bridges as you pass through the Sherpa villages of Tok Tok, Benkar, and Monjo, where the Sagarmatha National Park area begins. Your guides will take care of all the required formalities at the entrance. Passing through Jorsalle, you’ll gradually ascend the valley to the foot of the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. Halfway up the climb, you might catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Lhotse. You’ll reach Namche Bazaar, the land of Sherpas, where you’ll spend the night.
Trekking: 5-6 hours

Trekker in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar (3,438m/ 11,280 ft)

You’ll go for an acclimatization hike in the morning, ascending out of Namche, past the world’s highest airstrip at Syangboche, to the Everest View Hotel. Marvel at the highest peaks on Earth as you sip on your tea: Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and many other Himalayan giants. Start descending through the Syangboche airstrip to the National Park, where there’s a statue of Tenzing Norgay, the first person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest along with Edmund Hillary. After you’ve explored the Sherpa museum, return to Namche Bazaar and visit its ancient monasteries. You’ll stay at Namche Bazaar for the night.
Trekking: 3-4 hours

A Sherpa village, Namche Bazaar in Nepal.

Day 6: Namche Bazaar — Tengboche (3,870m/ 12,649 ft)

Descend to the Dudh Koshi river where the trail passes through small settlements of Sherpas, along lush rhododendron forest. Climb steeply through the forest to Tengboche—as you reach it, visit the most famous and largest monastery in the Khumbu region. Once again, enjoy the panoramic view of the highest mountains on earth. Rare species of flora and fauna can be spotted in the forest surrounding the monastery. Spend the night in Tengboche.
Trekking: 4-5 hours

Village of Tengboche in Nepal.

Day 7: Tengboche — Dingboche (4,360m/ 14,300 ft)

Descending through the forests to Debuche, cross the wooden bridge over the Imja River. Keep trekking the uphill trail to Pangboche, which rewards you with views of the giant Himalayas. Spend some time exploring the Pangboche monastery. Ascending the Imja Valley, stop for a lunch break at Somare. After that, keep hiking to Dingboche, crossing a wooden bridge over the Khumbu Khola along the way. Dingboche is your place for the night.
Trekking: 5-6 hours

Hiker near Dingboche in Nepal.

Day 8: Rest day at Dingboche Day 8: Acclimatization at Dingboche (4,360m/ 14,300 ft)

Spend the day at Dingboche for acclimatization, a beautiful village with a wide variety of mountain vegetation and domestic animals. Go on a hike to Nangkar Tshang, lying at the height of 5,100m, which is a great way to acclimatize. You’ll also see a number of peaks, such as Taboche, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam. Climb a steep hill and reach the top, from which you get views of Imja and Pheriche Valley. Return to Dingboche and spend the night there.

Happy hiker and mountain peaks.

Day 9: Dingboche — Lobuche (4,940m/ 16,207 ft)

As you head towards Lobuche, you’ll pass through the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche that provides emergency medical services to trekkers in need. Reach Chupki Lhara, which provides great views of gigantic peaks. Walk down to the moraine of Khumbu Glacier and keep trekking to Lobuche, where you’ll spend the night.
Trekking: 4-5 hours

Panoramic view of the mountains in Nepal.

Day 10: Gorakshep — Everest Base Camp (5,364m/ 17,594 ft) — Gorakshep (5,164m/ 16,940 ft)

Today’s the day! Start the hike following the Khumbu Glacier to Gorakshep. As you reach Gorakshep, have a short break and lunch. From there, the trail runs along the side of the Khumbu Glacier for a couple of hours and finally, you’ll reach Everest Base Camp. Congratulate yourself for reaching the camp and take in the surrounding views of mountain peaks, the Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu icefalls, and colorful tents contrasted against the snow. Return to Gorakshep.
Trekking: 8-9 hours

Everest Base Camp.

Day 11: Kala Patthar (5,545m/ 18,192 ft) — Pheriche (4,288m/ 14,070 ft)

Start your hike with a steep climb out of Gorakshep and ascend to Kala Patthar, meaning the “black rock”. From the top, you get a panoramic, close-up view of the highest peaks on Earth. Enjoy the sunrise and return to Gorakshep, where you’ll have breakfast. Walk down to Pheriche and spend the night there.
Trekking: 8-9 hours

Happy hiker in the mountains.

Day 12: Pheriche — Namche Bazaar (3,440m/ 11,280 ft)

Walk down from Pheriche, have a short climb, and descend to Somare. Follow the Imja Khola Valley down to Pangboche. Trek down to the Imja River and walk through rhododendron and birch forests to Debuche. From there, climb up to Tengboche and have lunch. Trek down to Phunkithanga, cross the Imja River, and climb back up to Kyangjuma. Finally reach Namche Bazaar and spend the night.
Trekking: 6-7 hours

Suspension bridge on the trek.

Day 13: Namche Bazaar — Lukla (2,800m/ 9,186 ft)

Take the rocky downhill trail towards Dudh Koshi River. Head to Lukla by crossing Monjo, where you’ll see prayer flags, mani walls, and chortens. As you reach Phakding, keep trekking to Lukla. Spend the night at a lodge.
Trekking: 6-7 hours

Waterfall along the trek.

Day 14: Lukla — Kathmandu (1,300m/ 4,264 ft)

Take a flight back to Kathmandu. Roam around the city and go to a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of the trek.

Plane taking off from Lukla Airport.

Day 15: Departure

Your guides can drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport if you wish to go home and get your well-deserved rest. There’s also an option to stay a bit longer in Nepal and choose your next adventure. Just let your guides know to make proper arrangements.

Square in the capital city of Kathmandu.
Reviews

Reviews (5)

Michael D about Nepal Ascent Treks on TripAdvisor

We had a great trek in the Khumbu Valley leading up to the Everest Base Camp. Nepal Ascent Treks made sure everything was taken care of during the trek. Our guide Avinash made sure all our stays at tea houses were great, taking great care to make sure we had everything we needed. I would happily recommend Nepal Ascent Treks for their service and attention to detail.

Andrew P about Nepal Ascent Treks on TripAdvisor

Amazing experience and outstanding service provided by the lead guide Ram. Ram was very personable and experienced with reading the weather and mountain conditions on the Everest base camp trek. He made me feel safe and secure through out the entire trek.I’ll be definitely using his services and expertise for my next trip to Everest Base camp.

Ricardo G about Nepal Ascent Treks on TripAdvisor

These guys were amazing. My wife and I did the 12 days Everest base camp trek with them and everything was wonderful. The manager explained the whole thing beforehand and then we had Ganga as a guide and his brother Arjun as a porter, we could tell they were well taken care of and that was a big deal for us. Also they kept us in a good mood and informed at all times and we had fresh fruit every day. We honestly don’t think we’d make it to the top without their support. Highly recommended.

Kristyn Fanstone about Nepal Ascent Treks on Guide’s Website

I did the Everest Base Camp trek in October and Nepal Ascent Trek and Expedition was the absolute best! My guides Ram and Rob were amazing and made sure all of us in the group were okay at all times. Plus they were always joking with us and helped us have a blast! My flight into Nepal was delayed by a day and the company owner Sittal made sure I was taken care of by rescheduling my airport pick up, driving me to join the group on the city tour, and provided me with accommodation after the trek was done since I had missed a night before hand. From airport pick up and airport drop off, the whole experience was unforgettable. This was hands down the best thing I did on my entire 3 month trip and I have and will continue to recommend Nepal Ascent Trek and Expedition to anyone travelling to Nepal who wants to do a trek. Could not have been happier!!

Dan Garfinkel about Nepal Ascent Treks on Guide’s Website

This was my first trekking experience in Nepal, so I was worried at first, but Sittal S and his wonderful company took excellent care of me. Dipak B was my guide, and he saw to it that I was always safe, comfortable, healthy, and happy the entire trek. I couldn’t ask for a better guide – he was also my best friend for the duration of our journey. This was by far the most incredible trip I’ve taken in my 58 years. The land, the mountains, and the people made this a life-changing experience. I’m definitely coming back, probably to do the Annapurna circuit. Word of mouth from the folks who did that is it’s amazing, and Nepal Ascent Treks is the group to go with.

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57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures for the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal, please refer to the US Embassy’s foreign travel advice for Nepal.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • 15 days of hiking
    • Porter
    • Airport pickup and drop off
    • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park permit, TIMS)
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and fresh seasonal fruit after dinner (while on the hike)
    • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request)
    • First aid medical kit
    • Full-day guided city tour in Kathmandu by a private vehicle
    • Insurance of guide and porter
    • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets
    • Lodge expenses
    • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map
    • Stay in the city at the finest hotel (3 nights, twin-sharing room at Kathmandu)
    • Transportation in a private vehicle
    • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese restaurants with traditional music and dance
    • 1-hour trekkers massage/ yoga after the trip completion
    • 5 hot showers (attached bathroom) during the trek
    • Local sim card

What’s not included:

    • Any additional trips
    • Extra hot showers, wi-fi, and battery charging on the hike
    • Extra porter charge
    • Meals in the city (apart from breakfast and other mentioned special dinners)
    • Nepal arrival visa
    • Personal expenses
    • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation

How fit do I need to be?

In order to participate in this strenuous trip to the Everest Base Camp, you need to be in excelent physical condition as you’ll be hiking for 2 weeks, 3-9 hours per day. We recommend that you start exercising a couple of months prior to the trip, at least 3-4 hours a week. During your trekking days, there will be some steeper and more challenging ascents along the way. There will be less arduous days reserved for acclimatization and rest. Keep in mind that you’ll also be carrying a backpack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before the start of the adventure. 3 to 4 hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, or cycling per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
    • Gloves
    • Hiking poles — optional
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Trekking pants and full-sleeved t-shirts
    • Lightweight hiking boots and hiking socks
    • Sandals
    • Climbing gear
    • Gaiters
    • Sleeping bag (provided upon request)
    • Towels and undergarments
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • Waterproof rain jacket and down jacket
    • Sunhat and wool hat
    • Money belt
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Notebook and pen
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, lip balm, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, aspirin, band-aids, etc.)
    • Headlamp or flashlight with spare batteries
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For this adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 5:1. 
    • It takes a minimum of 2 people for the tour to operate. Maximum group size is 12 people. The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

Hiking the Everest Base Camp Trek can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Deposit and cancellation policy

A 20% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking and it is non-refundable. You’ll pay the remaining 80% on arrival to Kathmandu prior to the start of the trip. While the deposit is paid via bank transfer or credit cards, the remaining 80% balance must be paid to the guiding company in cash prior to departure for the trip from Kathmandu.

If the Client cancels or postpones their booked trip for any reason, their deposit remains valid until they are ready for the trip. Alternatively, they can transfer the booked trip to others. The company will not be responsible to refund any amount if the trip is canceled or postponed due to clients’ personal reasons or any unfortunate circumstances. 

The guiding company requires a written notice in case of any cancellation.

    • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip, Client may reuse 100% of the total cost for another trip, valid for a year.
    • For cancellations fifteen (15) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to reuse 80% of the amount paid for another trip, valid for a year.
    • For cancellations seven (7) calendar days prior to the trip, Client is entitled to reuse 50% of the total amount for another trip, valid for a year.
    • Any changes, amendments, or additions in aggregation to the trip the Client has booked, such as hotels, transfers, additional days, etc., will account for an additional administration fee of $20/ booking per change. These additional charges are imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines, and not by the company.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to your Everest Base Camp Trek adventure, most people fly into Tribhuvan International Airport. Your guides will come pick you up and take you to Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city.

Once you’ve arrived to Kathmandu, your guide will suggest the best place to meet—most likely, it will be the hotel you’re staying at or a restaurant at which you’ll have your welcome dinner. You’ll go through a briefing about the trip and prepare for the adventure ahead.

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