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The Everest Base Camp Trek ( referred to as ‘EBC Trek’) is the most well-known trekking destination in the world and Nepal’s most iconic trekking trail. The Everest base camp trek at 5,365m height will lead you to the heart of Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site, where you will experience the incredible panoramic views of the highest mountains in the world. Along with the highest peak in the world – Mount Everest (8,848 m), you will seek Thamserku Peak (6,623 m), Mount Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mount Nuptse (7,861 m) Lhotse (8,516 m), which all emerge to make a glorious tapestry.
On Everest base camp trekking, you will retrace the steps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s epic journey back in 1953 when they conquered the world’s tallest mountain. You will enter into the world of friendly Sherpa people, who have built their reputation as one of the world’s best mountain climbers. You will have the opportunity to visit the highest altitude Buddhist monasteries as you hike to Everest base camp through the well-known Sherpa community situated in the Himalayan foothills.
The Everest base camp trek is perfect for adventurous people. The trekkers should be in good health with good physical fitness. It is not required to have prior trekking experience.
You’ll be walking for five hours a day on average, which promotes adequate acclimatization and consistent altitude rise. You’ll be walking for five hours a day on average, which promotes adequate acclimatization and consistent altitude rise.
For people looking for a more difficult challenge or who want to venture off the main path, the Mount Everest base camp trek can be paired with a trek to Gokyo lakes.
If you’re planning an Everest Base Camp 12-day Trek and wondering about the difficulty level of this iconic adventure, be sure to check out our guide for a detailed breakdown of the EBC trek difficulty.
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As part of your Everest base camp trek adventure, the flights to/from Lukla airport have been re-routed to Ramechhap airport due to runaway maintenance in Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, it takes about five hours to get here. One can drive to Ramechhap and take a flight to Lukla on the same day from Kathmandu with an early start.
However, we advise staying the night in Ramechhap and taking a flight to Lukla the next day. You can also hire a helicopter for a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This has additional expenses and can be shared among five people. The Everest base camp trek can be reached via routes other than Lukla Airport. For individuals unwilling to fly, alternative arrangements can be made.
Pre-monsoon (March, April, and May) or post-monsoon ( late September, October, and November) is the best time to visit Everest base camp. The weather starts to warm up, trees begin to blossom, and yaks will be on the trekking trails after descending to lower altitudes during the pre-monsoon, allowing you to enjoy incredible mountain views. The Everest base camp trek offers you a lifetime experience. The mountains will re-appear and the temperatures will cool off after the monsoon. There won’t be any snow unlike in the early months of pre-monsoon.
Trekking is possible for the Everest base camp trek in winter (December, January, and February). It will be cold and possibly snow, but the weather is predictable. February, according to many nature photographers is an ideal month to take photos of the mountain. The least ideal times to trekking are during the monsoon months of June, July, and August. The trail will be lush, covered in vegetation and blooming flowers. There will be fewer tourists on the trail because it is off-season. The haze will obscure the mountain views.
There has been a recent update regarding the Everest Base Camp trek permits. The TIMS card (Trekkers’ Information Management System) is no longer required. Instead, it has been replaced by the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit. In addition to this permit, you will also require a Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit for the trek.
You can obtain a Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit either in Monjo (at the park entry gate) or in Kathmandu (at Nepal Tourism Board Office). However, you cannot obtain the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit from Kathmandu. You can only obtain an Everest base camp trek permit from Lukla or Monjo.
After an early breakfast, we fly to Lukla airport (the most dangerous airport in the world) from Kathmandu, which takes about 30 minutes. Your Everest base camp trek 16 days journey officially starts here, as you trace the Dudh Koshi River on a simple trail to the community of Phakding. Overnight at a guest house in Phakding.
Once again, we continue our trail through the Dudh Koshi River, passing beautiful pine forests, Khumbu Valley, and reaching Jhorsalle (2900m). Today, you will get your first glimpse of Mount Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. After a walk of around 5-6 hrs, you will reach Namche Bazar, which is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region (3440m). Overnight at a guest house in Namche Bazar.
We will have a full day for acclimatization at Namche Bazar. As per your schedule, you are free to rest or stroll around the streets of Namche Bazar. Trekkers can have an optional hike to the Everest view hotel for a remarkable view of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks.
After having breakfast, our trek starts with a walk of around 5-6 hrs from Namche Bazar to Phortse village. Phortse is a beautiful farming village in the Khumbu region located at a height of 3810m. You will also have an opportunity to explore the Sherpa village, and its culture and have a sweet talk with the locals. The Sherpa people are well-known for their mountaineering skills. Overnight at a guest house in Phortse village.
After an early breakfast, the trek begins from Phortse village to Dingboche at a height of 4410m, with a walk of around 7-8 hrs. During this escalating trail, you will be able to snap a close-up view of Mt. AmaDablam and the Lobuche River. You will pass through the rhododendron forests and cross a suspension bridge over ImjaKhola. This trek will be a difficult one compared to the previous one. Dingboche lies between Pangboche and Chukhung. Spend the night in Dingboche.
The sixth day is your rest day to be familiar with the local climate. You can rest the whole day or explore the valleys of Chukhung and Imjakhola. Spend the night in Dingboche.
Today, you will head towards Lobuche from Dingboche, which is located at a distance of 5 hrs by normal walking. The trail continues on a modest climb up to Pheriche village, a popular spot for trekkers and climbers. Along the trek, you will be privileged by the magnificent views of the mountains Pumori, Nuptse, Cholatse, and Thamserku. The trek soon becomes easier as we continue up the valley to Lobuche. Now you are at a height of 4910m. Spend the night at a guest house in Lobuche.
After breakfast, you will begin your trek to Gorakshep through the snowy and rocky path of Thangmariju for a 360-degree view of the mountains. After a walk of around 2-3 hours, we will reach Gorakshep, which is the final spot before hiking up to the Everest base camp.
From there, you can have the very first view of Kalapatthar. You can also enjoy the views of the Khumbu glacier and the surrounding peaks of Pumori, Nuptse, and Khumbutse. Continuing further, you will reach the final destination of your trek, Everest Base Camp, where you will be greeted by prayer flags and small pyramidal stacking stones. Later, you will hike back downhill to Gorakshep from base camp and stay there overnight.
Early this morning, you will hike to Kalapatthar for the panoramic sunrise view of Mt. Everest. After enjoying the vistas of the tallest peak, you will head back down to Gorakshep and have breakfast. Then you will continue your trek to Pheriche village, have lunch with the locals and stay overnight.
After breakfast, you will continue your trek from Pheriche passing magnificent rhododendron and juniper forests as you make your way back to Namche Bazar. On the way, we will take a break at Tyanboche. Once again, you will have time to explore the Buddhist monastery in Tyangboche, also known as Dawa Choling Gompa. Continuing the journey from here, you will pass through green hills and windy ridges before arriving at Namche Bazaar. Stay Overnight.
Today’s trek will take you back from Namche, as you travel through the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo. The mountain goats, snow leopards, and colorful pheasants can be seen on the ridgeline. From Monjo, the descending trail pass through suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. You will be exploring Sherpa’s lifestyle again on your way to Lukla. Take a rest at Lukla as it is your last evening at the mountain. Overnight at a guest house in Lukla.
Today, you will have an early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu. You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to the hotel by your representative. This is your free day. You can relax or have a tour of the city or go shopping. You can also stroll around the streets of Thamel or visit the Garden of Dreams.
If time permits, you may also visit the spa or the therapy center to soothe your tired muscles. In the evening, a typical Nepali cultural program will be arranged along with the farewell dinner to symbolize the successful completion of the journey. You will also be sharing your feedback and trekking experiences.