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    Everest Base Camp Trek

    Everest Base Camp Trek

    • Destination
      Nepal
    • Durations
      12 days
    • Trip Difficulty
      Moderate
    • Activities
      Adventure Trekking
    • Accommodation
      Tea House
    • Meals
      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Vehicle
      Private Transport
    • Max. People
      20
    • Best Time
      March - May and Oct - Dec

    Highlights

    • Trekking to Everest Base Camp allows you to catch the best views of snow-capped mountains of 7000-8000m including Mt. Everest.
    • A chance to enjoy the stunning views of patches of Sherpa settlements on the lap of the Himalayas. You also get a taste of the unique and traditional lifestyle and culture of the locals of the region.
    • Adventurous and scenic mountain flight to and from Kathmandu-Lukla.
    • Throughout the trek, you will get to enjoy views of the surrounding nature and diverse landscape. This includes sights like Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall.
    • The adventurous, thrilling, and dramatic crossing of Kalapathar at 5545m. You can get mind-blowing views of Mount Everest(8848 m), Lhotse(8516m), Nuptse(7861m), Amadablam(6,812m), and many more.
    • A chance to see and stay at charming, traditional local villages including Namche Bazaar: The highest trade center in the world. One of the main settlements of the world-famous “Sherpa” people.
    • A visit and chance to explore ancient Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and Mani walls.

    Everest Base Camp Trek 12 days

    Everest Base Camp trek is a high-altitude trek that takes you to the base of Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world.

    The 12 Days Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the shorter and more exciting alternatives to enjoy a fabulous Himalayan trekking experience in Nepal. It is ideal if you are short of time and yet wish to trek to the Everest Region.

    Though short, this trek offers fabulous and intimate views of the Everest Region. A trek to this region is a dream come true for many trekkers and travelers from around the world.

    Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

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    No. of Person Price 
    1 Person U$D 1,245
    If you are 2 or above in a group U$D 1,165

    12 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

    The classic Everest base camp trek 12 days is a moderate to strenuous level in difficulty. Hence, with proper preparation and the right equipment and supplies, anyone with a moderate fitness level can go on this trek. This includes beginners with little to no trekking experience.

    For novice and beginners, make sure to train a few months before your actual Everest base camp trek 12 days. The physical training will help you prepare for the longer trekking hours and altitude as well. If you find this trek difficult or if 12 days is a bit longer for you, then you could have the same experience of Everest Base Camp Trek on our another package- Short Everest Base Camp Trek which is relatively shorter but gives you the same thrills and experience. 

    The fitter you are, the more comfortable your trekking experience will be.

    Also, consult your doctor before any high-altitude trek like this one.

    This way, you will be aware of any situation you may face during the trek. You can also prepare for whatever health complications you may face during the trek.

    Let your trekking partner and local trekking staff know about your health complications. This way, they can help you if it occurs. Doing these things will help boost your confidence and morale to go on the trek.

    If you want an easier trekking experience, you can skip Kala Patthar on your trek.

    Else, instead of rushing for an early morning trek there, you can take your time and go in the afternoon for a sunset view. You can also take more days for acclimatization and rest. It gives you more time to enjoy and savor the experience.

    It also allows your body to have time to adapt to the changing altitudes. It is a great way to reduce the risk of getting altitude sickness.

    Most trek operators do have the added option of creating custom-made EBC Trek.

    Best Time for Everest Base Camp 12 Day Trek

    You can do treks in Nepal throughout the year. For the Everest base camp trek 12 days and all other treks in Nepal, the best time is the local spring and autumn season.

    March to May are the spring months and late September-November are the autumn months.

    These two seasons attract the largest numbers of trekkers in Nepal including the Everest Region.

    Both these seasons offer moderate temperatures and more stable weather conditions. The trails are also dry and not slippery or muddy during these months.

    December and January are very cold in the higher elevations. You can also get snowfall on the trails. June, July, and August are the summer monsoon months in Nepal. Hence, the trails are slippery and muddy in the lower altitudes. So, these months are not the ideal time for an EBC trek.

    See more on: Trekking seasons in Nepal | Where is Mount Everest located ? | Where is the best place to see Mount Everest?

    • Day01

      Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft) to Lukla (2,845m/9,333ft) to Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft)

      • Distance:
        Kathmandu to Lukla: 138km
        Lukla to Phakding: 8km
      • Duration:
        Kathmandu to Lukla: 45 min. Flight
        Lukla to Phakding: 3-4hrs. Trek

      After an early morning pick-up from your hotel, you will be driven to Tribhuvan International Airport for a domestic flight to Lukla. This adventurous, short 30-45 minutes flight offers a scenic view of the mountains.

      After getting refreshed at a Hotel in Lukla, the actual trek begins. You will walk through the Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Memorial gate down to Thalsaroa, and then to Cheplung village.

      You will also get your first views of Mt Khumbila (5,761m/18,901 ft) and Kusum Kangaru (5415m/17,765 ft). From Cheplung the trail passes through Ghat before reaching Phakding.

    • Day02

      Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft) – Namche (3440 m/11,285ft)

      • Distance: 11km
      • Duration: 6-7 hrs Trek

      From Phakding, the journey to Namche Bazaar begins. You continue your way through various Sherpa villages: Rimi Jung, Zamfute, Benkar, and Chhamuwa. This day is slightly longer and more challenging. Yet the beautiful surroundings and view will motivate you.

      You will continue along the banks of Dudh Koshi River through the magnificent forest, several prayer wheels, stupas, and Buddhist shrines. You will also pass caravans of donkeys and yaks carrying goods up and down the trails.

      After Monjo village, you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park. Hereon, the trail gets steeper and heads to Namche Bazaar.

    • Day03

      Acclimatization and exploration day

      Acclimatization is necessary and recommended for the Everest region trek to avoid AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).

      While acclimatizing, it is ideal to go for short, side trips. It helps your body to acclimatize better.

      Some short trips you can take are to Sagarmatha (Everest) Museum and Everest View Hotel. You can get a panoramic view of Mt. Khumbila (5,761m/18,901 ft), Mt. Thamserku (6,623m/21729 ft), Mt. Everest (8,848m/29029 ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27940 ft) and AmaDablam (6,812m/22349 ft) from the hotel. You also get a beautiful view of the horse-shaped Namche valley.

      On these hikes you can visit Khumjung Hillary School, Yeti headed monastery, Sherpa Cultural Museum, and Khunde Hillary hospital established by Sir Edmund Hillary.

      You can also walk to the Syangboche airstrip. The airstrip offers picturesque scenery of Namche village from the runway.

      You can also choose to rest for the rest of the day or explore the beautiful and bustling Namche Bazaar. Considered the ‘Gateway to Everest’, it is the central tourist hub of the Khumbu (Everest) Region. It is also the highest trade center in the world with many restaurants, hotels, pubs, lodges, shops, and ATMs.

    • Day04

      Namche (3,440m/11,285ft) to Tengboche (3,870m/12,696ft)

      • Distance: 9km
      • Duration: 6-7hrs. Trek

      From Namche, the trail takes you uphill and winds zigzag for a couple of hours.

      On your way, you may catch sight of Himalayan Thar (mountain goat), blue sheep, musk deer, and Danfe (colorful pheasant).

      You make your way through different villages like Kyangjuma, Lawichasa, Tashinga and Sansa. Sansa is the main junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp.

      You pass through forests of juniper, rhododendron, and birch. You can also get a stupendous view of sparkling AmaDablam (6856m). You will have lunch at the beautiful village of Phunki Thanga. After Lunch, you will continue your way through the dense forest for about 3 hours and reach Tengboche.

      Tengboche is the oldest Sherpa village in the Khumbu region. It is also home to the famous Tengboche Monastery, one of the largest monasteries of the Khumbu region.

      Once here, you can visit the ancient monastery. It is home to incredible ornate wall hangings and a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha. Here, you can attend or observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or the next morning. Many of the local guides, and trekkers make it a custom to attend one. The monastery is also the host of the biggest festival in the Khumbu region- the Mani Rimdu festival.

    • Day05

      Tengboche (3,870m/12,696ft)- Dingboche (4,410m/14,467ft)

      • Distance: 8km
      • Duration: 6-7hrs. Trek

      From Tengboche, you will make your way through the stone-paved trail for 20-25 minutes to reach Debuche. Once here, you can visit Deboche Nunnery. It has beautiful Thanka and mural paintings and architecture.

      From Debuche, you cross one of the many exciting suspension bridges. This one takes you over the Imja River.

      This takes you to Pangboche: the last permanent Sherpa farm village on this trek. From here, you continue on to Orso sticking to the left side of the Imja river, arid landscape, and moraine boulders.

      After the steepest climb of the day, you’ll reach Dingboche.

    • Day06

      Acclimatization and Exploration day at Dingboche

      Dingboche is a quaint traditional Sherpa village. It offers exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam.

      This is the second compulsory scheduled acclimatization destination before continuing to higher elevation.

      On this day, you can hike to the ridge on the northern side behind the village: NangkarTshang Peak(5,616m/18425ft). Once here, you can visit Nangkartshang Gompa.

      This hike takes around 4-5 hrs. You can also enjoy the awesome view of Island peak (6,189m/20305 ft), Thamserku (6623m/21729 ft), and AmaDablam (6,856m/22493 ft), Mt. Makalu (8,463m/27766 ft). You can see Ama Dablam in its entirety.

      This village also boasts of its incredible views of the late evening sun.

      After this hike, you can rest at the lodge or you can explore the beautiful village of Dingboche.

    • Day07

      Dingboche (4,410m/14,467ft) to Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft)

      • Distance: 7km
      • Duration: 5-6hrs. Trek

      After breakfast, your trek begins through the rocky boulders to Dusa. From here, the trail ascends to Dughla via the Khumbu Khola valley.

      Throughout your walk, you’ll enjoy majestic views of countless peaks like Mt. Pumori(7,161m/23494 ft), Taboche (6,542m/21463 ft), Cholatse (6,440m/21129 ft), AmaDablam (6,856m/22493 ft), Khumbutse (6,636m/21772ft) and Lhotse (8,516m/27940 ft). You will also see Chola lake.

      Once in Dughla, you will climb up the steep terminal of the Khumbu Glacier. Here, there are many stone memorials. Each of these are dedicated to the climbers who lost their lives during their climbing expeditions to Mt. Everest and other nearby mountain peaks.

      Even here, you get an amazing view of peaks including Pumori, Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Mahalangur Himal. After leaving behind the Khumbu Glacier and trekking for an hour, the trail climbs up to Lobuche.

      The village of Lobuche is today’s destination. It lies at the foot of the giant Lobuche peak.

    • Day08

      Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft) – Gorakshep (5,160m/16,928ft) – Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,597ft) – Gorakshep:

      • Distance: 14km round trip.
      • Duration: 8-9hrs. Trek

      Today you make your way to Gorak Shep, the last human settlement on the Everest Base Camp trail.

      The day begins early with a short 3-hour hike from Lobuche to Gorak Shep. To reach Gorak Shep, you walk via narrow mountain gaps, glacial moraine alongside the world’s highest, rocky glacier- Khumbu glacier.

      Here, you can take a sidewalk to visit the Glass Pyramid. It is a meteorological station and a lab, established by Italy and the government of Nepal. The station helps to track and read the Himalayan weather and the flow of the glacier.

      If the weather permits, you’ll head towards Everest Base Camp (EBC). If not on a Climbing expedition in the Everest Region, this is the closest you can get to Everest.

      It takes 2-3 hours to reach EBC from Gorakshep. From EBC, you get a spectacular view of the Khumbu Glacier and Icefall. You can also see many small frozen lakes around the EBC.

      During spring and autumn, you may find expedition teams who are about to attempt the summit.

      After enjoying and exploring the Base Camp and surrounding areas, you’ll return to Gorak Shep.

    • Day09

      Trek from Gorakshep (5,160m/16,928ft ) – Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,207ft) and Gorak Shep to Pheriche (4,230m/13,877ft)

      • Distance: 15km
      • Duration: 6-7hrs. Trek

      Today, the day begins at dawn. Your hike takes you to the highest elevation of your Everest base camp trek 12 days itinerary – Kala Patthar at 5,545m.

      This famous viewpoint is one of the main highlights of this journey. It offers an amazing 360-degree mountain panorama of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Pumori, and Mt. Ama Dablam. On the summit, you can witness the extraordinary sunrise view over the highest mountain ranges of the world.

      After enjoying the view and the beautiful moments, you will hike back to Gorak Shep. After your breakfast at Gorak Shep, you’ll retrace your steps back to Pheriche for an overnight stay.

      At Pheriche, you can visit the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) office. It has a small medical post that has foreign volunteer doctors. They are available during the peak trekking seasons of Spring and autumn.

      HRA provides emergency health services including AMS counseling and talks on first aid, risks, and sickness at the high altitude.

    • Day10

      Pheriche (4,230m/13,877ft) to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,285ft)

      • Distance: 17km
      • Duration: 7-8hrs. Trek

      From Pheriche, you make your way back to Namche Bazaar.

      The trail drops downhill to Orso, Somare, and the village of Pangboche. You trace your way along the west bank of the Imaja river and cross the bridge over Imja Khola. The bridge brings you back into the tree line as you climb up to Debuche and Tengboche.

      From here the trail descends to Phunki Thenga before the final climb to Sansa. From Sansa, the trail gets easier which leads to Namche.

      Overnight at Namche Bazaar. Once here, you can enjoy a hot shower, relax or explore the cafes, restaurants, and bars.

      Note: If you wish, you can spend the night at other villages (Sansa, Monjo) along the trails.

    • Day11

      Namche (3,440m/11,285ft) to Lukla (2,845m/9,333ft)

      • Distance: 19km
      • Duration: 8-9hrs. Trek

      From Namche Bazaar, the trail takes a steep descent to the borders of Jorsaley National Park. Here, you will cross the Dudh Koshi River from Namche Hill.

      While enjoying the beautiful scenery of the forest, you’ll reach Monjo and leave the Sagarmatha National Park.

      After this, the trail leads you back to Phakding and then to Lukla.

      It is also the last day with some of your trekking staff like guides, and porters. So, if you plan to reward them for a job well done, it is the day. You may not meet them the next day.

      Overnight stay at Lukla.

    • Day12

      Lukla (2845m/9333ft) to Kathmandu(1300m/4265ft)

      • Distance: 
        Kathmandu to Lukla: 138km
      • Duration: 
        Kathmandu to Lukla: 45 min. Flight

      Your Everest base camp trek 12 days itinerary comes to an end with a flight back to Kathmandu early in the morning. On the flight, you can enjoy the last glimpses of the Khumbu region.

      Once at the airport in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your respective hotels. You can choose to spend the remaining day as you wish. You can explore the city of Kathmandu or relax at the hotel or in one of the many restaurants, cafes, and bars in Kathmandu.

      Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

    Cost Details

    What's Included in Everest Base Camp Trek

    • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle.
    • Three meals a day(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
    • Fresh fruit every evening after dinner.
    • Trekking lodge (Tea House)accommodations throughout the trek.
    • All necessary paper works Sagarmatha National park Entry permit and Trekker’s  Information Management System(TIMS) permit.
    • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu-flight with private airport transfer and domestic airport tax.
    • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained, Government license holder guide. With all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance included.
    • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service(paid by your Travel Insurance  Company).
    • Use of sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag, and walking Poles. (if you don’t have your own, need to return after the trip is completed.)
    • Eco Holidays Nepal T-shirt.
    • Government taxes and official expenses.
    • Everest base camp trek map.
    • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily. (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms.) This will ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
    • Assistant guide group size above 6 + person.

    What's Excluded in Everest Base Camp Trek

    • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
    • Kathmandu Hotels.
    • Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
    • Porter if needed($240). One Porter will use for two people.
    • Your Personal Expenses.
    • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic cold and hot drinks on the trek. ( Those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the Tea Houses).
    • All desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
    • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
    • Extra activities around Kathmandu.

    Departure Dates & Price

    • Start Date5th Mar 2024
      End Date16th Mar 2024
      USD 1165Per person
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    • Start Date10th Mar 2024
      End Date21st Mar 2024
      USD 1165Per person
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      End Date26th Mar 2024
      USD 1165Per person
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      End Date31st Mar 2024
      USD 1165Per person
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      End Date5th Apr 2024
      USD 1165Per person
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    • Start Date30th Mar 2024
      End Date10th Apr 2024
      USD 1165Per person
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    Trip Map

    Everest Base Camp TrekMap

    Essential Information

    What You Need | Gear List

    Head

    • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
    • Wide brimmed sun hat
    • Bandana or head scarf (for dusty conditions)
    • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
    • Sunglasses with UV protection

    Upper Body

    • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
    • Light weight thermal tops
    • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
    • Down vest and/or jacket *
    • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

    Hands

    • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
    • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves

    Lower Body

    • Non-cotton underwear briefs
    • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
    • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
    • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
    • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

    Feet

    • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
    • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
    • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
    • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals

    Sleeping

    • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*

    Rucksack and Travel Bags

    • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
    • 1 large duffel bag *
    • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
    • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
    • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

    Medical

    • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
    • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
    • 1 skin-blister repair kit
    • 1 set of Ear plugs
    • Anti-diarrhea pills
    • Anti-headache pills
    • Cough and/or cold medicine
    • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
    • Water purification tablets or water filter

    Toiletries

    • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
    • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
    • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
    • Deodorants
    • Nail clippers
    • Face and body moisturizer
    • Small mirror
    • Personal Hygiene
    • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
    • Tissue /toilet roll
    • Anti-bacterial hand wash

    Lastly,

    The Everest Base Camp Trek 12 Days Itinerary is one of the best and most ambitious adventures you can embark upon while in Nepal. With amazing landscapes, beautiful villages, forests, and mountain scenery, it takes you to the base of the highest mountain in the world.

    It is an awesome introduction to trekking in Nepal and with proper planning and preparation, beginners can too experience it.

    If you have any further questions and queries, feel free to contact us.