Everest Base Camp Trek
Duration: 15 days Advanced Must-do in Life
Why we love this tour
Visit Mount Everest base camp to shake hands with the world's tallest mountains. Take part in this beautiful 15-day trekking adventure with no technical difficulties. Admire the Himalayan highest peaks in the company of Sherpa culture, Nepalese hospitality and Buddhism spirit.
- Amazing views of Mount Everest
- Hike through the heart of the Sagarmatha national park
- Scenic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back
- Reach Everest Base Camp with 5 364 m (17,600 ft) altitude
- Hike a stunning glacier
- Visit the Iconic Kala Patthar in 5 545 m (18,200 ft)
- Visit the legendary Namche bazaar and UNESCO world heritage sites
- Enjoy views of Iconic mountains such as Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse or Ama Dablam
- Explore picturesque Himalayan villages
Everest Base Camp is the most sought after trek not just in Nepal but worldwide. This amazing journey through the Sagarmatha national park takes you to the grand massifs of the Himalayas and to the highest mountain in the world, also to see several other legendary peaks such as Nuptse, Makalu or Ama Dablam.
But it's not just nature which makes this trip special. You will also have a chance to experience the unique culture reflecting villages that home Sherpa people and their incomparable hospitality. If you are seeking the best of Nepal, its astonishing view and culture, this trek should be on the top of your wish list.
Our company is focusing on sustainable travel, leaving barely visible footprints, with awareness and respect for both clients and the natural environments we pass through. We make sure that the trek is always balanced to respond to the needs of the clients, locals, nature and the whole environment.
Here is your daily itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival
This is going to be the first day of Nepal adventure. At the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will be waiting with a placard-carrying your name on it. The airport representative will explain the program upon arrival and escort you to the hotel on a private vehicle; Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing
After breakfast, Kathmandu tour begins. Kathmandu Valley is an incredibly diverse city with a breathtaking Newari culture, centuries-old Hindu and Buddhists cultural sites alongside a plethora of ancient monuments. The capital of the country and home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kathmandu, bridges modern facilities with centuries-old traditions and cultures with its tourist-friendly accommodations and the ancestral etiquette “Atithi Devo Bhava” meaning "Guest is equivalent to God". Throughout the day, most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu will be observed. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Lukla/Phakding (2,656 m)
Almost all treks to Everest begins from Lukla so, early in the morning, a drive to Tribhuvan International airport (in a private car) for a flight to Lukla will be arranged. It takes 30-35 minutes to reach Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. After reaching it, the porters and the team members joining us on the trek will be introduced. The ultimate classic Everest Base Camp Trek begins with a hike up through the beautiful town of Lukla to the Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate. From the gate, the trail leading us out of Lukla, drops down to the village of Phakding, traversing the community forest and small Sherpa villages like Thalsharoa, Chheplung, Thado Koshi Gaon, and Chhuthawa. Savour the beauty of well-decorated chortens, prayer rocks, prayer flags and prayer wheels on our way alongside the mesmerizing view of Kusum Kangru and the Dudh Koshi River. It takes about 4 hours to a walk downhill to reach Phakding. Check-in at the teahouse. In the remaining time, either rest or explore the nearby monasteries. Overnight stay in a teahouse at Phakding.
Day 4: Trek to Namche (3,450 m)
After breakfast in Phakding, Everest Base Camp Trek continues. Crossing the bridge across the Dudh Koshi River, leaving Phakding our trail continues north, through the forest of pine, up and downhill past a few suspension bridges and small settlement: Toktok, Bengkar, Chhamuwa to Monjo. At Monjo, your guide will take care of the necessary formalities, before entering the Sagarmatha National Park. From the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park, continuing on a trail which steeply drops down to the bridge across the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the bridge, and following the lower riverbank trail, we climb into the forest over gravel and boulders and continue to Larja Bridge, past Larja Dobhan. Crossing the Larja Bridge, enjoying the first view of Mt. Everest and hiking up the steep hill through the pine forest on a rocky trail to Mislung, the forest ends and the trail levels out from Mislung. From Mislung, the even and plain trail leads us to Namche. After check-in into the teahouse, the remaining time can either be spent resting or exploring the town of Namche. Overnight stay at Namche Bazar.
Day 5: Acclimatization
To prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), further up the trail, a day stop at Namche for acclimatization is a must. Staying active boosts the process of acclimatization rather than simply resting. Therefore, we will go for an acclimatization hike – a full-day circuit through Khunde, Khumjung and back to Namche. Enjoying the wonderful view of Khumbu La, Ama Dablam and Thamserku peaks we advance to Khunde Tsamkhang (a Buddhist temple), built above the village of Khunde. We reach Hillary Memorial Viewpoint to see the 360-degree views of Khunde, Namche, Ama Dablam, and Pachermo Peak. After exploring Khunde, through the potato fields we continue east to the largest village in the Khumbu region- Khumjung. Exploring around the village to see the Hillary School (a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary), the longest Mani wall in the Khumbu region, and Khumjung monastery which treasures a skull of a Yeti. Overnight stay at Namche Bazar.
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (3,870 m)
We begin the trek to Tengboche through an easy trail to Phunki Thanga. Ascending towards Tengboche village which is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. The monastery is located within the Sagarmatha National park. Enjoying panoramic views of the highest mountains on the earth including Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Nuptse, we reach Tengboche. If we reach there early, we will most probably be able to witness a religious Buddhist ceremony. Overnight stay in Tengboche.
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4,410 m)
After breakfast, we begin our day’s trek walking downhill passing through lush forests full of birch, conifers and rhododendron trees. Accompanied by breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam, the trail descends to Debuche, passing over the Imja river taking us to Pangboche. Walking the upper Pangboche trails, enjoying pristine views of the Himalayas and Pangboche monastery, we move towards the Imja Valley. Passing the Lobuche river and climbing up to Dingboche, we reach the beautiful windy village adorned by chortens and prayer flags. Overnight stay at Dingboche.
Day 8: Acclimatization
This marks our second stop for acclimatization. Dingboche is a very popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam and Imja Tse. Walking around the beautiful village with stone walls protecting fields and crops like barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from cold wind and grazing, we spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take a day hike to Nagarjun Hill where we can observe great views of Mt.Makalu, Lhotse, Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and others. Overnight stay at Dingboche.
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche (4,940 m)
The trail will become more and more challenging as we reach higher altitudes. We ascend the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier which goes through boulder-strewn slopes leading us up to Chupki Lhara. Chupki Lhara is a ridge that provides spectacular views. After climbing the moraine on the far side through Khumbu glacier the trail leads us to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5,170 m/Everest Base Camp 5,364 m)
Moving along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier, we leave icy cold Lobuche and head towards Gorakshep. On the way, we come across the magnificent view of the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other mountains. After almost two hours of walking, we reach Gorakshep and rest for lunch before heading to Everest base camp. We pass through rocky dunes, streams, and moraines and reach the base camp to the highest mountain in the world; Everest. From here, we can observe the stunning view of Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori mountains. Overnight at Gorakshep.
Day 11: Kalapatthar (5,545 m/Pheriche 4,288 m)
Early in the morning, we start our trek to Kala Patthar to catch the breathtaking view of sunrise on Mount Everest from Kalapatthar. After several hours of ascent, we reach the top of Kalapatthar from where we can admire the glorious sunrise over Mount Everest up close. The day’s first light will illuminate the pristine views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse, and Lobuche on the way down. From Kalapatthar, we head back to Gorakshep for breakfast. After breakfast, we head down the rocky route to Pheriche. Overnight stay at Pheriche.
Day 12: Trek to Namche
We trek down the descending trail at first to Tengboche. Walking downhill retracing our way back through Sagarmatha National Park accompanied by the stunning views of the glorious mountains we reach Namche. Overnight at Namche.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla
After our breakfast, we return over the main track down to Dudh Koshi retracing our way back to Phakding. Following the track, we reach Lukla scaling different Sherpa villages crossing a suspension bridge above Thado Koshi. This will be our last night in the mountains until next time. Overnight stay at teahouse in Lukla.
Day 14: Kathmandu
After about 35 minutes of flight time, we land in Kathmandu and we’ll drive back to the hotel. Rest of the day is for relaxing or sightseeing around Kathmandu city or it’s up to you to plan whether to stroll around the city buying souvenirs or spend a relaxing day at massage. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 15: Departure
Need to know before you go
Minimum 2 people are required for this tour. If you are a single traveller, you can still book the tour if there is another group.
Please note that extra buffer day is needed between Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu in case of bad weather or unforeseen circumstances or changes, therefore we request you to have extra day in Kathmandu before your international departure.
Medical and helicopter emergency rescue should be covered by your insurance and it should be shown to the operator before the trip departure. The insurance should cover the altitude up to 5500m.
This trek is one of the most sought-after treks in the World. In the high season, you will meat a lot of other people and the trek needs to be planned and booked multiple weeks or months in advance. If you want to get more of the beaten path or you have seen Everest before, we recommend the Annapurna circuit or the Dhaulagiri circuit, both extremely beautiful hikes.
For advanced hikers we also offer a circuit Everest Base Camp trek through three high passes with some level of technical difficulty.
We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.
Accommodation ratings/price applies only for the hotel/s in the cities, not in trekking regions. The level of accomodation is 3 stars.
To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of the total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before the trip departure date. If the booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. Final payment on trekking, tours, climbing, expedition, or any kind of trip in Nepal can be made upon arrival in Nepal. It can be made by bank transfer, cash (preferably USD/EURO), or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Amex). In the case of a wire transfer, the bank charges should be paid by the clients themselves. There is a 4% surcharge when the payment is made by cards (this applies to all payments; deposits, final balances, trip extension, and miscellaneous purchases.)
Kathmandu airport, agreed with your guide