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Hiking the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal

Everest Base Camp | Nepal
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Top reasons to hike the Everest Base Camp Trek

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    Discover Nepal’s capital before embarking on an exciting trek

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    Mt. Everest and the surrounding dazzling peaks are a sight to be seen

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    Meet the local Sherpa people and spend nights in rustic guest houses

Witnessing the ineffable beauty of the Himalayas and the mightiest of them all, Mt. Everest, is every nature enthusiast’s lifelong dream. With trails winding through gorgeous natural landscapes infused with Nepalese culture, it comes as no surprise that the Everest Base Camp tour enjoys the reputation of being one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Trekking amid pine and rhododendron forests, broad pastures, valleys, and quaint villages to reach the astounding views of Everest and the surrounding peaks evokes an intense feeling of awe and inspiration. On top of this, the trek is rife with cozy guest houses offering delicious meals and an insight into the Nepalese lifestyle. As an added bonus before and after the trek, discover the urban side of Nepal in the country’s breathtaking capital Kathmandu. Let your knowledgeable guide tailor this once-in-a-lifetime experience and soak up the views of the most jaw-dropping mountains on Earth!

Season

March through April and October through November

Nearest city

Your adventure begins in Kathmandu, Nepal

Duration

17 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Itineraries

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Hiking the Everest Base Camp Trek

17 days

Feel the ultimate sense of achievement upon reaching the Everest Base Camp on a guided hike to some of the most stunning mountains on Earth. Immerse yourself in the traditional lifestyle of the locals and spend nights in cozy guest houses scattered along the way. The experience gets enhanced even further when you visit the country’s capital before and after the trek. With a knowledgeable guide by your side, you’ll capture the true essence of Nepal!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

You’ll arrive at the airport in Kathmandu and your guiding service will transfer you to your hotel. This beautiful city is the capital of Nepal and lies in a broad valley at the edge of the Himalayan range. The art and architecture of this city are an interesting blend of Hindu and Buddhist influences. You’ll be given a full trip briefing at the hotel and get ready for your Everest Base Camp adventure.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals: No meals on this day

Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 2: Kathmandu

After breakfast, you’ll do some sightseeing. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Squar, one of three Durbar Squares (Royal Squares) and a majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover Swayambhunath, a religious complex and a 2000 year-old Buddist shrine overlooking the city in the Kathmandu Valley. This tour also includes a visit to the Temple of the Living Goddess. After that, head to Patan, the oldest of the three major cities in the Kathmandu Valley. It’s called the City of the Arts and is known for its intricately carved wooden temples and skilled craftsmen.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

Patan, Nepal

Day 3: Lukla (2,800 m / 9,186 ft) and Phakding (2,652 m / 8,700 ft)

In the morning, you’ll take a spectacular mountain flight to a tiny airstrip in the small town of Lukla. Here you’ll meet with your porters and begin the trek with a short walk to the picturesque village of Phakding.

Trekking: 3 hours
Accommodation: Guest house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

The airport in Lukla, Nepal

Day 4: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,286 ft)

Start your day off by walking along the Dudh Kosi river and continue with a steep climb to Namche Bazaar, the most important Sherpa town and a former trading center with Tibet. The Sherpa are one of the Tibetan ethnic groups native to this area, renowned for their climbing skills and superior endurance at high altitudes.

Trekking: 5 hours
Accommodation: Guest house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Namche Bazaar, Nepal

Day 5: Rest day at Namche Bazaar

Today is an acclimatization day. Namche Bazaar is worth exploring with its Buddhist monastery and distant views of Everest. For better acclimatization, it’s recommended that you walk to the domestic airport Syangboche or to one of the nearby villages such as Kunde or Thamo and explore the Sherpa culture and customs.

Accommodation: Guest house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

A Sherpa village in Namche Bazaar, Nepal

Day 6: Tengboche (3,867 / 12,687 ft)

After a rest day, you’ll set off trekking again. Within an hour, the summit of Ama Dablam will appear to the east, while glimpses of Everest lure you forward. The gentle trail crosses the Dudh Kosi river at Phuki Tenga where you’ll start the long climb up to Tengboche.

Trekking: 5 hours
Accommodation: Guest house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Tengboche, Nepal

Day 7: Dingboche (4,358 m / 14,297 ft)

Descend to the Dudh Kosi river through rhododendron forests, which you might see in bloom if trekking in the spring. Continue to Pangboche village where the monastery once held a mystical yeti scalp. You’ll soon find yourself above the tree line and pass a few tea shops and yak herders before reaching Dingboche and a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls.

Trekking: 6 hours
Accommodation: Guest house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Hiker in Dingboche in Nepal

Day 8: Rest day at Dingboche

You’ll get another rest day for better acclimatization and enjoy the stunning mountain views, particularly the north face of Ama Dablam and Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. There are also several shorter hiking options which can help your body acclimatize.

Accommodation: Guest house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

A beautiful morning in Dingboche, Nepal

Day 9: Lobuche (4,928 m / 16,167 ft)

Once you leave Dingboche, you’ll cross dry grazing land and gradually climb to Dughla. The surrounding stony wastes are the moraines of the Khumbu glacier which you’ll climb over to reach Lobuche, where shepherds’ huts and tea houses can be found.

Trekking: 5 hours
Accommodation: Guest house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Trekker sitting in Lobuche, Nepal

Day 10: Everest Base Camp (5,364 m / 17,598 ft)

To kick off your day, you’ll ascend gently through pastures and follow the rocky moraine path with incredible views of the Khumbu Glacier. Gorakshep is on a flat field below Kala Patthar and Mt. Pumori (7,145 m / 23,441 ft). Continue walking for 2-3 hours to the Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep where you’ll spend the night.

Trekking: 4 hours
Accommodation: Guest house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

A hiker soaking up views near Gorakshep and Everest Base Camp

Day 11: Hike to Kala Patthar (5,545 m / 18,192 ft)

Climbing Kala Patthar is pretty challenging (1-2 hours) but you can see the west face of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and more. After that, you’ll return to the village of Pheriche (4,243 m / 13,920 ft).

Trekking: 6 hours
Accommodation: Guest house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

A hiker taking in views from Kala Patthar

Day 12: Tengboche

This morning you may be interested in visiting the Nangkartshang Gompa, a cultural monument in Himalaya, before descending to Tengboche.

Trekking: 5 hours
Accommodation: Guest house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

The village of Tengboche, Nepal

Day 13: Monjo (2,835 m / 9,301 ft)

Today you’ll head to Shanasha. From here, the route follows on the main busy path and winds all the way to Namche Bazaar on a downhill and gradual path. Upon reaching Namche Bazaar, you’ll head to the village of Monjo located near the Sagarmatha National Park, where you’ll spend the night.

Trekking: 5 hours
Accommodation: Guest house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

A trail in Monjo, Nepal

Day 14: Trek to Lukla

Apart from a few short uphill climbs, the only long climb will be just before Lukla, taking about 40 minutes from a place called Choplung.

Trekking: 6 hours
Accommodation: Guest house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Porters and guides in Lukla

Day 15: Flying from Lukla to Kathmandu

You’ll fly to Kathmandu from the tiny mountain strip (weather permitting). Today will be the last chance to take in the surreal views of the stunning Himalayas in the distance.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

A plane flying out of Lukla

Day 16: Kathmandu

After your breakfast, make your way to the holiest shrine of the Hindu culture in Nepal—Pashupatinath. This is where holy sadhus pray and cremations on the Bagmati River are carried out. You are not allowed into the temple if you’re not a Hindu, but you can still marvel at this awe-worthy Hindu temple. Afterwards, make your way to the holiest shrine of the Buddhist culture in Nepal—Boudhanath. With its large stupa, i.e. a dome-shaped building which contains relics used as a place of meditation, this is where devout Buddhists come for a pilgrimage. You’ll often come across old devotees circumnavigating the shrine and falling on their knees and rising again.
In the afternoon, explore Bhaktapur, the smallest city in Nepal—probably the least changed of all the cities in the Valley and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. The city is notable for pottery and weaving which are to this day traditional industries in this city. It also abounds with a multitude of architectural wonders including the Palace of Fifty Five Windows, Golden Gate, and the magnificent five storied pagoda-style Nyatapola Temple.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast

Boudhanath, Nepal

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu

Today is the last day of your Everest adventure and it’s time to reminisce about the spectacular views of the mountain scenery you’ve witnessed during the last 2.5 weeks! Your guiding service will transfer you to the airport in Kathmandu for your flight home.

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures for the Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal

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 traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures for the Everest Base Camp trek, 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 during sightseeing
    • An experienced and professional government license holder trekking guide
    • Full 17 days of hiking, trekking, and sightseeing
    • Accommodation for 4 nights in Kathmandu with breakfast
    • Accommodation for 12 nights in twin sharing lodges/guest houses during the trek
    • Full board meals during trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    • 4 airport transfers by an A/C private vehicle
    • Sightseeing by an A/C private vehicle
    • Trekking porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment (1 porter for 2 people)
    • Entrance fees at the monuments
    • Everest National Park fee & Pasang Lhamu Village Development fee
    • First aid kit

What’s not included:

    • Airfare Kathmandu—Lukla—Kathmandu ($365 net per person)
    • All meals not included in the itinerary
    • Hard or soft drink
    • Visa fee ($30 per person, payable directly at the airport during the time of entry)
    • Personal equipment
    • Visit to any place not in the itinerary

Note: Government taxes, airfare, national park fees, entrance fee, etc. are subject to change.

How fit do I need to be?

In order to participate in this strenuous trip to the Everest Base Camp, you need to be quite fit as you’ll be hiking and trekking for over 2 weeks, 3-6 hours per day. During your trekking days, there will be some steeper and more challenging ascents along the way. You’ll have two rest days in order to allow your body to acclimatize to the high elevations. Keep in mind that you’ll also be packing a backpack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

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 (approximately 2,500 to 3,000 cubic inches)
    • Trekking poles
    • Sun hat or scarf
    • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
    • Lightweight gloves
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell
    • Underwear
    • T-shirts
    • Light- and expedition-weight thermal tops
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Fleece wind-stopper jacket — optional
    • Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
    • Down vest and/or jacket — optional
    • Hiking shorts
    • Lightweight cotton long pants
    • Light- and expedition-weight thermal bottoms
    • Fleece or wool pants
    • Waterproof shell pants (preferably breathable fabric)
    • Thin, lightweight inner socks
    • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
    • Hiking boots with spare laces
    • Gaiters — optional
    • Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
    • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
    • Basic first aid kit
    • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bags)
    • Water bottles
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Sunglasses
    • Small wash towel
    • Binoculars — optional
    • Compass — optional
    • Swiss knife — optional
    • 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 group adventure, the client-to-guide ratio is 15:1.
    • Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
    • It takes a minimum of 6 people for this tour to operate. The maximum number of participants is 30. If joining alone, you’ll be placed with peers that share a similar level of experience.

Hiking in the Everest Base Camp trek, Nepal, 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 30% deposit is required at the time of booking. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies, and deposits are no longer refundable. The remaining 70% of the amount is paid the latest 3 months (90 days) prior the departure.

All cancellation requests need to be sent in written. A cancellation will only be effective when written confirmation of the cancellation is received.

    • Cancellation 61 days or prior to departure, all deposits will be refunded after deduction of transaction fee and services booked in advance on a non-cancellable basis;
    • Between 31 and 60 days prior to departure, 75% of the total package amount will be deducted
    • 30 days or less prior to departure, there will be no refund and the full package amount will be forfeited.

If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, your guiding service is not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. If you fail to join a tour according to tour booking dates or join it later or change departure date no refund will be made (in case of a group booking).

Getting there and meeting location

To get to the Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal, most people fly into Tribhuvan International Airport, about 15 minutes away from Kathmandu where your adventure begins. From there, your guiding service will transfer you to your accommodation in Kathmandu. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

At the end of your adventure, your guiding service will transfer you back to the airport for your flight home.

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