Everest Base Camp trek Highlights- what to expect?
- Tour Duration: 15 days
- Trek Duration: 9 days
- Tour Location: Everest Region
- Destination: Namche Bazaar, Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar
- Beginning Altitude: Lukla at 2820 m
- Highest Elevation: Kala Patthar at 5545 m
- Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
- Experience the lifestyle of the Tibetans, Sherpa
- Visit the 17th century Tengboche monastery
- Mesmerizing views of the majestic Mt Everest, Amadablam, Makalu, Nuptse, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Khumbu icefall
- Hiking the very famous and mesmerizing Kala Patthar
Everest Base Camp Trek Best season
The best season for Everest Base Camp trek is known to be spring and autumn. Spring and autumn season are the best trekking seasons in Nepal. The views are more clear in these seasons than others. Also, you are less likely to be a victim of heavy snowfall or rain during this period.
During the winter season, the trail will be full of heavy snow in the higher altitude. This might cause a problem since the trail might be lost and slippery. Also, you will have to pack a lot of warm clothes which will add to your bag pack.
During the summer season, there might be chances of heavy rainfall which might make the trail muddy and slippery. You will also have to mind the leeches.
Everest base camp trek weather is best in March, April, May, September, October, and November. To avoid bad weather conditions it is best that you trek in spring and autumn. During this time the weather is ideal for trekking. Also, the weather is less likely to affect the flight to and from Lukla. Everest Base camp trek August month is generally not considered the best for trekking since the weather is not nice in this period.
Everest Base Camp trek food and drinks
In Kathmandu, you will get all the delicacies that you prefer as per your request. You can find various cuisines. However, in the Everest region availability of non-vegetarian food is difficult. You will be facilitated with modest Nepali food. In most teahouses, you will be provided with Nepali staple diet including Dal (lentil), Bhat (rice) and curry (vegetables). You can also request toast and eggs in the lower altitude.
You will generally get hot drinks in higher altitudes including black tea and coffee. Your drink options are limited in these areas. You can bring your refillable bottles along with you since a one-liter bottle of mineral water costs $ 1 to $5. You can drink water from clean springs after using a small water purifier equipment or tablets to avoid the risk of contamination.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m)
Day 02: Trek preparation day in Kathmandu (sightseeing optional)
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2820 m) and trek to Phakding (2640 m) - 04 hours
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) - 05 hours
Day 05: Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche (3867 m) - 05 hours
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4260 m) - 04 hours
Day 08: Dingboche- Rest and acclimatize
Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m) - 05 hours
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5170 m) and to Everest Base Camp (5334 m) - 6/7 hours
Day 11: Hike to Kalapatthar (5545 m) and trek to Pheriche (4240m) - 06 hours
Day 12: Trek to Namche (3440 m) - 6 hours
Day 13: Trek back to Lukla (2820 m) - 06 hours
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 15: Next adventure or international flight
Everest Base Camp Trek Map
The map below showcases the popular Everest base camp trekking route including the one we have described in the itinerary.
Also consider that this map is not to be used as the only trekking map since there are alternative routes to Everest Base Camp trek depending on the duration, season, and side trails. You can also view Google map for Everest Base Camp Trek by clicking on the link below
Everest Base Camp Trek Cost
What is the cost to trek Everest base camp? Well, Everest Base Camp trek is not a cheap trek due to the duration and also due to the difficulty in reaching the Everest region. There are many factors that affect the cost of trekking namely transportation mode, trek duration, permit costs, availability of resources in the trekking region, and also your requirements. Everest Base Camp trek cost for Nepali citizen is generally lower than the non-Nepali citizen due to the permit costs.
All in all, including the permit costs, accommodation, food, drinks, and general transportation, the total estimate falls to US$1290 – 1850 per person and can expand up as per your requirements. You can coordinate with our agency for the best and affordable Everest Base Camp trek package.
Everest Base Camp Trek Permit
There are three Everest Base Camp permits that you will require. Those are:
- TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) permit: $20 for an individual and $ 10 per person if you are in a group
- National Park Entry Permit: Everest Base Camp is located in the Sagarmatha National park.
- Khumbu Pasanglhamu Gau Palia (Rural Municipality) takes local tax RS 2000 per/person
You must note that these permits are only applicable to the Non-Nepali tourists. You can coordinate with Nepal Adventure Team agents who will get you the permit without hassle in the Everest Base Camp tour package.
Everest Base Camp Trek Transportation Mode
The Everest Base Camp trek transportation modes include mostly flights and if necessary jeeps or taxi. Foreigners will have to additionally estimate the travel cost for the flights involved in entering Nepal and departing from Nepal.
Apart from that, you will have to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla since trekking or driving is very difficult or impossible. After reaching Lukla you will only have to trek. You will end your trek at Lukla again after which you will have to fly back to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, if you would like to roam around then you might use a taxi or jeeps. You must keep in mind that the flight to Lukla is at times affected by the weather so you will have to keep a few days extra for the uncertain inconvenience. Everest Base Camp trek helicopter return is also available on special request or in the case of emergency.
Everest Base Camp Trek accommodation
Everest Base Camp accommodation generally takes to a tea house or even camping. In the lower altitude, you will have clean rooms with man facilities including hot showers, however, as you ascend higher the availability of finding hotels and facilities lowers.
In Kathmandu, however, you will find all the facilities you like since you will be staying at a 3 star or a five-star hotel.
Everest Base Camp trek packing list- What will you need?
An important thing to note is that you should not bring any unnecessary equipment with you while you travel to Nepal. The necessary equipment can be hired here in Kathmandu. The following equipment and clothing are necessary for your trek. All of these can be purchased or hired from Kathmandu. You will need the following equipment and clothing for the trek:
- Travel documents and passport size photos
- Boots and or trekking shoes
- Woolen/cotton socks (6-8 pairs)
- Gloves ( 2 pairs)
- T-shirts/ shirts (4-6 pcs)
- Trousers (2-3 sets)
- Fleece jacket and Down jacket
- Cap (for the day), Woolen hat (for evenings and mornings)
- Small and large towels
- Water bottle
- Sun/snow glasses
- Walking poles
- First Aid kit
- Penknife/ Swiss Army knife
- Duffle bags (carried by porters or animals)
- Rucksack/ backpack
- Personal hygiene products and toiletries ( female hygiene products are not found easily on the trails
- Wide-brimmed hat (great for protecting your head, face from the sun)
Guide and Porters
It proves to be very beneficial to have porters and guides along with you if you are a foreigner who is not proficient in Nepali culture, tradition, history, and language. The guides can be very helpful in showing the easier path and negotiating with the locals. The porters can easily carry your bags if you are not in the condition to do so. Since the Everest Base Camp route is relatively difficult, so it is best if you hire a porter to carry your load.
The Nepal Adventure Team agents will easily provide an Everest base camp guide and porters for you on your request. Our porters are similarly well known about the trek and are at all times fully equipped with gears. The porters are well looked after, and as per the company policy, a single porter will carry a maximum weight of 25 kg. A professional guide usually costs around $25 per day which includes their fee, accommodation, food, and insurance.
Safety and security
Everest Base Camp is a popular trekking destination, so you will find fellow trekkers on the way all-round the year. You should not worry about safety issues while walking with our guides and porters wince they will keep you safe. It is best advised not to travel alone. Although there has been occasional news of political instability in Nepal, it does not affect the security of the trekkers in Nepal. The tourism board makes sure that all the tourists have the utmost safety during their stay in Nepal. Our team members including the guides and porters will help you in any case of uncertainty whether it is natural disasters or political instability. Thus it is best advised that you prepare yourself with all the necessary equipment and hire a guide and porter if possible. The locals on the trail towards the Everest region are also very friendly and helpful. It is also advised that you travel through a taxi or a tourist bus since they are safer alternatives to traveling here in Nepal. This also helps if you cannot stand traffic jam and chaotic and overcrowded vehicles. It is suggested that you avoid political rallies and that you keep a day or two in case of inconvenience. However, it is safe to say that our agency will keep your safety and security in mind. Also, you must follow all the rules that have been set by the tourism board and that our travel agency suggests, then you are good to go. Since Everest region is a long way from Kathmandu, so you must separate a day or so in case of inconvenience from natural or political issues.
Everest Base Camp trek Altitude
Everest Base Camp trek elevation starts from 2820 m at Lukla to the maximum 5545 m at Kala Patthar. Everest Base Camp altitude rises above 3000 m so you need to be prepared of AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness). Some people are more prone to AMS than others. So you must be very aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness which includes dizziness, vomiting, fever, nose bleeding, severe headache, and more. It is best if you take medicines against altitude sickness if you think spot even the slightest of these symptoms.
Since there is a rapid altitude change in the trek so you must rest your body for acclimatization. The itinerary prepared by our agency is perfect to prepare your body for this kind of change in altitude.
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty
The Everest Base Camp trek difficulty is generally considered to be moderate to difficult. Prior experience of trekking is necessary for the Everest base camp trek itinerary. It is necessary that you take part in physical activities like swimming, hiking, running, and walking as far as possible before the trek. If you have pre-existing medical conditions then it is vital that you provide your medical reports and share about the condition to our team. It is common that you will experience altitude sickness as you go above 3000m. You will have to walk 6 to 8 hours per day and will have to walk uphill and downhill. There might be additional difficulty in walking due to the snow. Thus it is necessary to acclimatize during the trek and to be prepared beforehand. Our Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary is properly drafted considering the Everest base camp trek difficulty.
Everest base camp trekking is one of the most popular treks in Nepal and is adventurous yet doable by all trekking enthusiasts. From the soaring Mount Everest’s south face to the tradition and culture of the Sherpa community and the unique flora and fauna found along the way, you can have it all in this trek. Everest base camp trek is a moderate to difficult level trek with stunning views and excellent experiences. Along with the Everest Base Camp trek you might also be interested in Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak Climbing, Jiri-Everest Base Camp trek, Everest Gokyo Lake Trek, Rolwaling trekking, Budget Everest Base Camp Trekking, and more. Our customizable excellent package can best suit your requirements.
Come and join our Nepal Adventure Team Pvt. Ltd. for Everest Base Camp Trekking which will take you to the beautiful Everest region and leave you stunned by the elegance and grandeur of Nepal. We provide safe and fully guided services so that your trek will be one of a kind with all the fun and adventure that you expect. Everest Base Camp trek is still and will always be one of the best trekking destinations. Pack your bags, Everest is waiting for you!
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