Everest Base Camp Trek
This trip highlights:
- One of the best trekking routes of Nepal
- Flight to Lukla, and the unforgettable landing approach
- The views from Kala Patthar (5545meters) of Everest, the Khumbu icefall and glacier, and the panorama of surrounding Himalayan peaks
- Trek to the foot of breathtaking Everest, the world’s highest mountain
- Observing culture and lifestyle of Sherpa people renowned for their hardiness and experience at high altitudes
- Walk via the most highlighted places of the Everest region – Namche Bazar, Deboche and Dingboche
- Explore the ancient Thami and Tengboche monasteries
- Flexible mountain adventure journey to roof of the world
- 16 hearty breakfasts, 14 satisfying lunches and 14 memorable dinners!
- Airport transfers, from and to
- Flights Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
- Expert bilingual guide and group medical kit
- Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
- Trek pack including down sleeping bag, down or fiber filled jacket, and insulated mat
- All park entrance fees and trekking permits
- Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porter’s insurance
- Sightseeing and site entry fees in Kathmandu
What’s Not Included?
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
- Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
- International flights
- Airport and departure taxes
- Travel Insurance
Daily Notes on a Lodge Trek:
The first two days of the Everest Base Camp trek will be spent in Kathmandu and then we fly to Lukla for adventurous expedition on the third day. The daily routine during a typical trekking day will be as follows:
- You generally walk about 2-3 hours after breakfast in the morning.
- You will have lunch around 11 am and have a break for an hour
- You will walk about 2-3 hours after lunch
- You will arrive at the camp at late afternoon
- You will be served dinner between 6p.m. to 7p.m.
- At last, you will go to bed
- You will spend your first 2 days and the last day of the trail in 3star Hotel Shanker whereas thirteen nights are spent in local lodges or camp of Everest region.
- During the Everest Base Camp trek, you will be accommodated either in camp or in local lodges which have rooms with twin sharing basis.
- You will find lodges in the Everest region are sophisticated as most of the lodges we stay have private rooms with attached bathroom, solar-heated showers, dining room with a back-burner.
- During your stay in Kathmandu only breakfast is provided, lunch and dinner is not included in the package.
- During the trek, 3 meals (breakfast,lunch and dinner) are provided a day. You will have breakfast and dinner in the lodge where you stay overnight whereas lunch on the way to destination.
- For other additional snacks and drinks, you have to bear it on your own.
- You will get to enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as international cuisine during the trek as menu varies daily.
Our trekking group consists of following members:
- An experienced and professional group leader and assistant leaders
- A guide
- Porters to carry your baggage packs and all the camping gear.
- A number of supporting staff depending upon the group size.
Delay of flights is common in Lukla due to poor weather and technical difficulties. For this reason, we have following facilities:
- In the case of delay or cancellation of the flights,all lodging and fooding will be managed for you by the trekking tour managing group but you will be liable for the cost arising from the delay of flights.
- We have managed enough spare days in our itinerary so that if the day is wasted due to delay of flight, the particular day’s program can be covered in spare days.
- Sometimes because of longer delays, we may go for helicopter evacuation, but such delays can be claimed through travel insurance.
- ATMs are available in some of the places such as Namche Bazar but not available in all trekking routes.
- All accommodation and meals are covered within the trip cost.
- Requires extra money for personal purchases.
- Neck wallets and money belts are recommended for safety purpose.
- Indian Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes are not accepted.
- Credit cards are not accepted in some of the places like Namche Hotel but do not expect you can use credit cards everywhere.
- You may suffer from altitude sickness when you go above 3000 m of height.
- Persistent headache
- Disorientation and loss of balance
- Persistent cough
- Difficulty in breathing
- Get hydrated (dehydration decreases ability to adapt high altitude).
- Take breaks in between (fatigue creates room for altitude sickness).
- Get educated (one should be aware about the symptoms, ascent guidelines, and treatment methods of altitude sickness).
- Our guides will be monitoring your health.
- In case of severe condition due to altitude sickness, we can call helicopter for the rescue.
- During early morning and night, the climate may be freezing or very low and can even drop to -20 degree
- During daytime, temperatures may be generally between 20- 35 degree Celsius.
- Climate can change and snow fall may occur at any time at higher altitudes.
- Travel and health insurance is indispensable.
- It should include coverage for emergency flights and medical expenses.
- Warm clothes which include a set or two of thermal inner wear.
- Wind and water proof outer shell jacket and pants.
- Walking clothes like shorts, lightweight loose trousers and shirts.
- Rain ponchos, woolen socks, warm hats, long trousers, warm hats, gloves, bandana, cap/hat for walking in the sun trekking poles
- Sleeping bags if you have
- Travelers wearing lenses should carry ample of lenses solution and backup prescription glasses.
- Sunglasses or ski glasses
- Personal medication andbasic first aid kit
- Sunscreen and sun hat help.
- Water purifiers like iodine tablets, filters etc.
- Headlamps with spare batteries.
- Hand sanitizers.
- Photocopies of passports and other important documents
- A travel guide book and map,reading books, pens, small notebooks, binoculars
- Cameras and carrying cases
- Small and large sized towel, tooth brush/paste, multipurpose soap, deodorants, nail clippers, face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products, small mirror, tissue/toilet roll, anti bacterial hand wash
- Sleeping bags if you have
We strongly recommend you to visit physician or health clinic 4 or 8 weeks before the trek and get vaccinated though vaccination is not compulsory. However, following vaccinations are suggested for your health during the trek:
- Hepatitis A& B
- Japanese B encephalitis (JBE)
- Meningococcal meningitis
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- Yellow fever
- Tetanus diphtheria
- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
- Trekkers themselves should decide how much they want to give as tips to guides, team leader and porters
- Tour leaders may also organize a group tips plan and at the end of the trek tips is handed over to tour leader.
- Besides tips, trekkers can donate warm clothes and other useful items like sunglasses
How do we get to Everest region?
We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. Upon arrival in Lukla, we will be received by our trekking staffs. Once we are accompanied with gears and porters, we head towards our journey to Everest Base Camp.
How will the trail be like?
Most of the trails that we follow are tough and challenging. The trail takes place above 3,000meters and via the rough terrains ridges from where the Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon ahead.
How fit do I have to be?
The basic mountaineering skill, physical fitness and stamina are the most necessary things for the Everest Base Camp trek along with positive mental attitude. It’s better if you prepare yourself with cardiovascular training before the trek.
What is the best season for the trek?
The best season for this trek is autumn (September to December) and spring (March to May). In rainy season, you need to get prepared for the rain. During winter days, climate is beautiful but the temperature reaches to –zero degree so don’t forget to wrap up warm clothes.
Do I need to take walking poles?
Carrying walking poles is a personal choice but not a basic necessity as such for trekking. But, there is no doubt that walking poles are really helpful while going through rough trail or snow. If you are habituated of it, it will be better to carry them while trekking.
How long do we walk each day?
The walking distance of each day highly depends on terrain, gradient and altitude of the trail. Don’t get surprised if you can travel long distance in few hours on one day and you can walk just short distance in many hours next day because of the gradient and quality of path. Normally, you have to walk six to seven hours in a day - that is before lunch two to three hours and after lunch two to three hours. Since it’s a challenging expedition we do not walk every day, we also spend few days in between for acclimatization.
What is the Visa application process?
You can apply for the visa from Nepalese embassy or consulate office located near to you. Otherwise you can also get visa from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) or from any other entry point in Nepal if you cannot manage time to go to an embassy, or are not travelling directly from your home country. But it may require liyttle bit of queing to get visa from TIA. You need to bring your passport, a few sets of photos, and required money to apply for visa. If you are Indian nationals, you do not need a visa to come to Nepal.
Should I have previous trekking experience?
It will be quite helpful for you if you have previous mountaineering experience but it’s not mandatory.
What quality of lodging and fooding facility do we get during the trek?
In Kathmandu, you will be accommodated in a 3 star Shanker Hotel. You do not need to worry about the accommodation during the trek as well because the lodges are well managed and easily available in trekking routes. You can even have private rooms with attached bathroom and gas powered heater. Besides that we also set our camp at different places during the trek.
As far as, fooding is concerned we would like to assure you that you will get standard and hygienic meals(breakfast, lunch and dinner). From Nepali to continental all cuisines are easily available in Everest Base Camp trekking route.
Are memory card, batteries, equipment and other things available in trekking route?
It’s better if you manage all those items when you are in Kathmandu. If you have forgotten to bring, then you can buy or rent most of items in Lukla or Namche Bazar. Lodges at Khumbu also sell batteries, sunscreen, memory cards and other such items. But you will find price of those items superocketing.
I want to bring my kids for the trek? What is the age limit?
There is no such restriction in terms of age. Generally, children below 18 years are required to trek accompanied with their parent or guardian in Nepal. If your child is too young, it will be better not to bring him/her because the trek is challenging and some trails are out of young children’s capability. On the top of that children are most likely to suffer from altitude sickness and other diseases.Therefore, keeping those things in your mind you can decide who should be part of the trip.
But if your kid is fit and used to with mountaineering trek then, you can bring him/her but you should be extra careful for him/her.
How is the drinking water facility during the trek?
In most of the trekking routes mineral water is available. Otherwise, you can use boiled water which is provided in lodges. But they may charge a nominal fee for boiling water.
What kind of communication facility is available in the trekking routes?
It all depends on the area but there are numerous telephone offices where you can make both domestic and international call. There are also cybercafés like Namche Cyber Café, Khumbu Lodge Cyber café in most of the trekking routes. However we cannot guarantee good network connectivity.
How safe is this trek? What about Maoists problem?
We would like to assure you that Nepal is a safe country to travel. Besides that, we ensure safety for all our guests.We maintain good relationship with people of the lodges we stay at and our team leaders are well experienced and are concerned all the time regarding the whereabouts of every guest in the trek.
During Maoist insurgency period, the trekking routes were not safe enough. But after comprehensive peace agreement, they have ended the war and joined the main stream politics. Therefore all destinations along with Everest Base Camp trek is safe for travelling.
What if I get sick or meet an accident during the trek? What are the facilities available?
Our dedicated guides are always there to help you during the trek to Everest Base Camp. If your health condition becomes serious, our guide make necessary arrangements for your further treatment. We can even take you to health posts and clinics on the way. In most extreme cases, we can even manage helicopter for your rescue. However, you need to keep in mind that medical facilities in the route are rudimentary. So, be prepared with your own medical kit as well.
How much money should I carry?
Accommodation and food costs are covered in our package during the trekking days. Therefore, you need to carry only a small amount of money to buy snacks, water and other things which are not covered in the package.$10 to $15 per day should be enough for such expenses.
What things are important to carry for trekking?
Find “Packing Tips” in Trip notes for the answers.
My mother (she is 65) is super excited to join with us in the Everest Base Camp trek, when she came to know about our trek. Will she be able to join the trek?
Let me remind you once again that Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most challenging treks. For this trek, one should be in sound health condition. Though being young and energetic, many fall sick during this trek. On the top of that health facility is rudimentary. In such case, you must carefully think that who should be the part of this trek. We are not saying that making this trek is out of question for senior citizen. Even 80 years old have conquered the Everest. But this does not apply in case of every senior citizen. If your mother is habituated of this kind of trek, then you can bring her after consulting with the physician .
What kind of shoes or boots should I wear?
We recommend you to wear comfortable trekking shoes with Gore-Tex style lining and thick soles to have comfortable walk during trek.
How is the electricity facility in the lodges on the route?
Electricity is available throughout the Solu Khumbu (the district where Mt.Everest is situated) region as use of solar panels and hydroelectricity are widespread. Hence, the lodges where we will stay overnight will have electricity.
How can I charge my cell phones?
As there is electricity and/or solar power in the lodges you can charge your gadgets in lodges. But they may charge a nominal fee for recharging facilities.
Should I carry more than one pair of shoes?
It would be better for you to carry additional shoes as you never know what kind of situation may arise during the trek.
Do you manage porters for this trek?
Yes, we manage porters for this trek. Porters generally charge according to the weight of your luggage.
Do your guides speak more than one language?
Generally we arrange expert bilingual guides so that there will not be communication problem on the route.
Should I bring sleeping bag and tents?
We provide you trek pack including sleeping bag, fiber filled jacket and insulated mat. You can also bring sleeping bag and tents
How is the bathroom facility during the Everest Base Camp trek?
The lodges at Everest region have good bathroom facility some even have facility of attached bathroom. But be prepared with some basic and rudimentary stuff.
What are the chances that I can get altitude sickness? How do you help me in such cases?
Since our trail is above 4000 m, there are chances that people might suffer from acute mountain sickness/ altitude sickness. In such case, we immediately take you to lower level and provide you first aid treatment. If your condition becomes more serious, we can take you to local clinic and health post. In extreme cases, we can also take the help of rescue helicopter. However, you should keep in your mind that even rescue helicopter may get delayed due to poor weather condition. Prevention is better than the treatment. Therefore, try to avoid such situation as far as possible.
How can I avoid altitude sickness?
To avoid altitude sickness, we have scheduled acclimatization day so that you can take enough rest. Besides that you should trek slowly, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, eat well and avoid alcohol.
What kind of physical problems I may suffer from during the trek, besides altitude sickness?
Sometimes you may also suffer from light diarrhea as well as sprains and muscle aches. But you do not have to worry as we carry medical kit for the treatment of such problem and our guides are always ready to help you.
What alcoholic beverages are available during trek?
You can have plenty of local as well as foreign alcoholic drinks such as whisky, gin, vodka as they are available in the lodges of all trekking routes. So, you can enjoy this trek with nice shot of your favorite alcoholic drinks.
I am fond of camp fires. Can I do that during this trek?
Use of firewood is officially forbidden inside Sagarmatha National Park. Therefore, you should use kerosene instead of firewood. You may find kerosene in Lukla and Namche but the price of kerosene will definitely be higher than in Kathmandu.
What kind of flora and fauna can be seen during the Everest Base Camp trek?
Since the trek routes fall in Sagarmatha National Park, you will be mesmerized to see the diversity of flora and fauna.You will make your journey through birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo and rhododendron forest in the lower altitude and you will find a lichens and mosses in high altitude. Besides, the national park is the home of endangered animals such as Himalayan thars, deer, langur monkeys, hares, mountain foxes, martens, wild yak , snow leopard ,and Himalayan wolves. However, their numbers are not very large. Hence you may not be able to see all of them. You can hear and see the chirping of Himalayan monal ( danphe ).
I have heard that sky of Nepal is not safe. Every year many air crashes have taken place in different places of Nepal and Lukla is one of them. This made me discouraged to join the trek. Is flight to Lukla really unsafe?
Yes, we admit that some aircrafts met with tragic accidents while flying from and to Lukla. But this does not necessarily signify Lukla is completely unsafe from the point of view of air travelling. If you consider deeply about its location and the prevailing weather conditions in the Everest region, it is remarkable that there have not been more accidents at Lukla. Those accidents took place due to poor weather affecting visibility not because of the poor safety standard of the airlines. In many records, Lukla has a fairly safe record.
I have heard that you will find Sherpas everywhere in Everest region. Who exactly are the Sherpas?
Yes, you will meet with many Sherpas during Everest Base Camp Trek as trail takes place through the homeland o Sherpas. Sherpas are Buddhist tribe of Nepal who settled down in Solu Khumbu (the district where Everest is situated) from Tibet around 15th century. The customs which Sherpas follow is still similar to the customs of Buddhist Tibetans. They speak language which is derived from Tibetan language having no scripts. The Sherpas are famous for their skills in mountain climbing. Many Sherpas have created records in mountain climbing.
• Airport Pickup and drop of at Shanker Hotel (A/C Car)
• Orientation for the trekking
• Pre trek briefing and handing out of the sleeping bags and fiber filled jackets
• We take a day off to visit some of the World Heritage sites in Kathmandu.
• After breakfast we will visit Pashupatinath (an ancient temple complex sacred to the Hindu faith) and Boudhanath (a magnificent Buddhist stupa dating from the 5th century AD).
• We return for lunch at the hotel.
• After lunch we will visit Durbar Square (home of erstwhile kings of Nepal) and the famous Swayambhunath (a Buddhist Shrine) also known as the monkey temple.
• We will leave the evening free for you to shop or stroll around the hotel.
• You may want to hit the bed early as the trek will begin early next day.
This day is free for you to get a tour of Kathmandu the capital city which also has the most world heritage sites within 20 kms. You will get a chance to experience a little bit of Nepalese culture and visit some of the happening tourist sites in Kathmandu.
• We start early with breakfast at 7 AM.
• We leave for the airport by 8 AM to catch the flight to Lukla (2840m). The flight is around 35min from Kathmandu to Lukla.
• Once we arrive at Lukla we will be greeted by our crew members and have the gears sorted and porters loaded.
• We then go downhill towards Dudh Kosi (Milky River), and take a meandering and relatively easy trek down the hill to our overnight stop at our campsite at Phakding (2610m).
• The tents and the night camps will have already been set up for you to rest for the night
This will be your first encounter with the majestic Himalayas and you can soak in the fresh air away from the city. Nothing beats a night camp in the middle of the mountain range welcomed with a hot chocolate/tea/coffee from a cheerful kitchen staff.
• We start the trek to Namche Bazar crossing the Dudh Koshi several times through old pine forest.
• We follow the river to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi river, and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar.
• We will arrive at Namche at late afternoon and check into the lodge and rest.
• Dinner will be served at 7PM, but you are free to wander around the town before.
You will get the first view of the Everest and also get see Spectacular Mountain peaks unfold above and the peak of Kusum Kangru (6369 m) can be seen to the East, at the head of the valley. Further along the trail, we see Kongde Ri (6093 m) and at the turn of the trail, Thamserku (6808 m) rises into the sky. Spend the night at Namche Bazar, a prosperous village spread within a horse-shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri.
• This day is to help us with the acclimatization process for a safe and comfortable trip. We are now at a height of 3400 m so getting used to the altitude will take some time.
• You have the choice to go around and visit Sherpa museum, Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters, 4-5 hour round trip to Everest view Hotel to view Everest and Ama Dablam, walk to Phurte (3400m) or spend the day relaxing at the lodge.
Namche is the ideal stop as it offers rugged views but also has all the comfort of civilization to make your stay comfortable.
• The trek starts with a steady climb to where the Ama Dablam peak can be viewed.
• We descend through rhododendron (national flower) forest and get to our lunch stop by the river.
• We cross the river Dudh Kosi and begin the ascent to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega peak.
• Gaining the ridgeline we pass through a traditional gateway and around a chorten (a kind of Buddhist pagoda) before cresting the ridge onto a wide grassy meadow at the monastery village of Thyangboche.
• We can explore the monastery, enjoy views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam, before we head downhill to our campsite at Deboche.
• Spectacular views of Everest and Ama Dablam peak with few cultural sites.
• We begin a steady ascent crossing the Imja Khola and and start an easy climb along a wide trail to the small village of Pangboche (4000m).
• We may take a slight detour to visit the Pangboche Gompa - the oldest monastery (around 300 years old) in the Khumbu Region.
• We cross the river again and then gradually trek up to Dingboche.
• We spend the night under in tents, under clear Himalayan skies.
• Stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Kantega, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and Nuptse
• We have the choice to rest and relax to acclimatize or go hiking high up to the ridge overlooking Dingboche, or up to Chukung Village and on to Chukkung Ri, a high ridge with excellent views of Nuptse, Lhotse and Imja Tse (6189m).
• Both options offer spectacular panoramic views of surrounding Himalayan peaks, but the former is a half day trip while the latter takes most of the day.
• We move up the Dhugla Ridge and onto terminal moraine from the mighty Khumbu Glacier.
• The climb past Dhukla levels out somewhat as we walk a trail that follows terminal moraine up the valley, and we reach our campsite at Lobuche.
The slopes are quite barren now as we move above the tree line, and views of different peaks, such as Cholatse and Lobuche, unfold before you. On trail today we get great views of Pumori and Nuptse and the hill above the Lobuche affords great sunset views of Nuptse. For the many it will be the highest altitude they may have slept at!
• The walk is a steady climb with only short sections that are steep as we trek alongside the Khumbu Glacier on a path that winds over the rocky moraine towards the settlement of Gorak Shep.
• At Gorak Shep we will have an early lunch and catch our breath a little.
• After lunch we continue our trek to Everest Base Camp where we will get to almost be a part of the excitement of the legendary Everest expeditions.
• In the afternoon, we head back to our camp at Gorakh Shep, a 2.5 hour walk back.
• Getting to meet and mingle with expedition members, steeled to conquer the highest point on Earth!
• Trek to Pheriche (4250 m) Gorak Shep-Kala Pattar (5545m) 2hrs, Kala Pattar-Gorak Shep (5182m) 1hr, Gorak Shep-Lobuje (4930m) 2.5hr, Lobuje- Pheriche (4250 m) 3hrs.
• Later in the afternoon, we begin the return trek to our camp at Pheriche, passing on the way the small settlement at Dhugla.
Views include Everest and its rocky buttresses immediately before us and the infamous Khumbu Icefall. Many of the ascent routes up Everest are quite clear and below us the Khumbu Glacier snakes towards the icefall and Western Cwm.
• Now we head downhill and may descend to Pangboche and visit its historic old monastery depending on the time.
• Overnight in tented camp at Phortse.
The mood now is celebratory as the most difficult part of trek is over, and now it's relatively easy going. Most of us will notice the pleasures of having more air to breathe as we descend to lower altitudes.
• From Phortse we leave in the morning after breakfast.
• Completing a 360 degree panorama of mountains are Khumblia and Kongde Ri which encircle us from across the valley.
• It's a pleasant walk down to Namche, where we stop briefly, before descending to our overnight lodge in Monjo.
If the weather is clear, the mountain views from Thyangboche monastery as we pass through in the morning are outstanding - Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are at the head of the valley, their line of sight flanked by Taweche on one side and Ama Dablam on the other.
• We start early morning to our last camp on trek back to Lukla.
• We descend through the forest towards the Dudh Kosi, and continue our return journey crossing and re-crossing the river.
• We begin a steady ascent from Phakding and by early afternoon we should have reached our campsite at Lukla.
This is the last day of trek before heading back to the city so you can say you goodbyes to the porters and guides and enjoy with a small party at Lukla.
• We fly early morning from Lukla to Kathmandu (35 minutes).
• On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
• A thrilling flight over forests, fields and villages, with the Himalaya in the background.
• You are free to roam around Kathmandu or rest in the Hotel.
• In the evening the group will meet for a farewell dinner.
• Depart Kathmandu: arrangements cease unless further ones have been made.
Classic Trek to the Base of Mt. Everest
Everest Base Camp trekking takes us on to view spot on the height of 5545m at Kala Patthar where the scenery of the Himalayas is marvelous. The trekking to Everest Base Camp probably will be the greatest breathtaking adventure for anyone who loves mountains. It gives you the complete Himalayan classic livelihood. One can take mirth from there, the overwhelming vistas of the Everest Himalayan Chain of Khumbu area that comprises five of the world's highest Himalaya including the tallest Mt Everest and Mt. Makalu and Mt. Lhotse.
Epic Journey of Life-Time
Ways to Everest Base Camp are two. South Base Camp is situated at Nepal whereas North Base camp is at Tibet both at an altitude of above 5000m height. Everest Base Camp for climbers is rudimentary campsite whereas for trekker itâ€™s the fabulous site to view the highest peaks. South side is more popular trekking routes to Himalayas and thousands of visitors use this way every year.