Very little or no physical activity is involved. Experience is not necessary for this level.EXPLORE EASY TRIPS
This level of trip involves 5-6 hours of walking in himalayas. You might trek along places with extra climatic condition in this level of trek.EXPLORE HARD TRIPS
Anyone in good health who can walk for few hours in a day on easy trails can take part.EXPLORE MODERATE TRIPS
You must be sure of your physical condition and ability to walk for 6 - 9 hours continuously. You need to cope with difficult terrain and difficult passes on steep mountains.EXPLORE VERY HARD TRIPS
Any trip of this level contains elements of extremities. From tricky river crossings, glaciers to trekking peaks which requires basic climbing skills are essential for any trek at this level. You may be subjected to face extreme weather and high altitude. The terrain will be very rock and icy and remote. Technical climbing equipment is required.EXPLORE EXTREME TRIPS
Everest Base Camp Trek
Total Amount :$ 1400.00
QUICK TRIP INFO
Mar - May or Oct - Dec
Private Vehicle & Flight
16 Days 15 Nights
Do you have the crazy dream of walking all the way up the highest mountain in the world? Yes, we are talking about the popular trip to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal. This adventure trip offers trekkers with the opportunity to soak in the charm of the mountains in addition to cultural and spiritual wonders.
You can feel the adventure on this trip right from Kathmandu with a spectacular and scenic flight to Lukla airstrip. As you approach Lukla on flight, beautiful mountains welcome you to the region of the highest mountain and the Land of the Sherpa. You traverse the trail that follows gigantic mountains up ahead. The Dudh Koshi River Valley walk up towards Namche Bazar offers you a nice introductory nature and mountain walking experience. You will eventually traverse the trail all the way up to the Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar as well. The adventure takes you past beautiful settlements and, at the same time, the amazing mountain wilderness. Although this is an adventure walking trip, you will also get to experience the fantastic life and culture of the Sherpa people.
Everest region is the land for the famous Sherpa people who have been holding records in mountaineering. From the first successful climber to the Mt. Everest, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa along with Sir Edmund Hilary, to several record holder Sherpa climbers were born in the region. It is certainly a lifetime experience to explore the settlements, culture and lifestyle of such famous mountaineering tribe. And the walking trip to the Everest Base Camp is certainly a wonderful opportunity to do so.
What to expect on the trip to Everest Base Camp?
- Lukla airport and the Dudh Koshi River Valley walk
- Namche Bazar and the surroundings
- Khumbu Glacier
- Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar
- Breathtaking views of the mountains
- Amazing Sherpa settlements and lifestyle
- Beautiful monasteries along the way
Arrival in Kathmandu
Your arrival in Kathmandu is the first day of the trip. We will welcome you at the arrival gate of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and transfer you to the trip hotel. You will have free time mostly on your own today. We will surely offer you necessary guidance on wandering around on your arrival time. We will also brief you about the entire adventure trip and answer your questions if you have any. Feel at comfort; relax and try to acclimate in the Nepalese atmosphere. Things may look and feel completely strange to you but that’s the beauty of a new place so find yourself at easy and slowly soak into the local ambience.
Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu
Kathmandu has a history of more than 2,000 years. We will take you for a tour of the historical, cultural and spiritual places in Kathmandu that are enlisted in the cultural heritage list. A guided visit to Swoyambhunath, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath will give you an understanding of the history, culture, spiritual practice and lifestyle of Kathmandu valley. It will be a good starter of the trip. An insightful day of exploring the cultural and historical wonders of Kathmandu will come to end after returning back to the hotel around late afternoon.
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding
We drive to the airport for our morning flight to Lukla. With the excitement of being in the region of the highest mountain in the world, we board a small, fixed winged aircraft and set off on an adventurous yet worthy aerial journey to Lukla. Soon after an incredible flight experience, we will find ourselves at the amazing mountain town of Lukla, the gateway to Everest. We will meet all our supporting crew members at Lukla before setting off on the first day of the trek. Once we sort out our stuffs, we start the trek to Phakding today. After about 4 hours of easy trek on a gentle and gradual downhill trail, we reach Phakding on the bank of a beautiful mountain river called Dudh Koshi. The very first day of Everest trail walking will take us past some beautiful cultural and spiritual wonders in the forms of prayer flags, chhortens, mani walls etc.
Phakding – Namche Bazar
We enjoy our breakfast with the serene sound of flowing Dudh Koshi before starting our second day of the trek to Namche Bazar today. The walk today mostly involves uphill effort with some steep going up. We cross several suspension bridges today on the trail as we proceed towards the destination. We check into the Sagarmatha National Park entrance checkpoint just above the beautiful village of Monjo before continuing up towards Namche Bazar. Once we reach Namche Bazar, a prosperous mountain trading town in the Everest region, we will be able to observe and experience more of the amazing culture and lifestyle of beautiful and famous Sherpa people. A nicely settled town in the terraced slope, Namche bazar showcases some spectacular views of mountains like Thamserku (6,6232m) and Kongde Ri (6,187m) to its west.
Acclimatization in Namche Bazar
We spend an extra day here at Namche today for acclimatization as we are already at 3,440 meters above sea level with a large portion of the stretch left to go higher in the days to come. As this is an acclimatizing day, we will go for a hiking trip to Everest Viewpoint right above Namche Bazar to have the very first glimpse of the Mt. Everest. This spectacular viewpoint brings the wonderful mountain views including Mt. Everest that keeps us motivated to go higher towards the base camp. Once we return back to Namche Bazar after the hike, we can explore the town going through one end to the other of the town. We can indulge in some conversation with locals there, surf internet in internet cafes, or simply relax and save the energy for the days to come.
Namche Bazar – Tengboche
We start the day early after breakfast and proceed towards Tengboche, a beautiful village in the Khumbu region on a hill in the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Imja River. The uphill walk passes through forest and involves ridge walking. After about 6 hours of uphill walk, we reach Tengboche village. Once we reach Tengboche village, we can enjoy Mountain View of the peaks like Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam including Everest. Once we settle into our accommodation, we can set out on an exploration of Tengboche Monastery, the biggest Buddhist monastery in the region where Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first man to summit Mt. Everest along with Sir Edmund Hilary, was sent to be a monk once. The galore magnificence of the monastery is simply overwhelming.
Tengboche – Dingboche
Dingboche is the destination for today. After we finish our breakfast with a view, we set off on the trekking journey for the day. We follow the downhill trail towards Dingboche and past it, we reach Pangboche village. We will take some time to explore the village and an ancient and beautiful monastery. Pangboche is a beautiful and the biggest Sherpa settlement in the region. After starting ahead from Pangboche village, we head towards Dingboche leaving the route to Pheriche. After spending about six hours on the trail past forest, villages and beautiful sights to see, we reach Dingboche village where a breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks awaits us.
Acclimatization at Dingboche
We are already at the elevation of 4,410 meters above sea level thus a good full day is what we need to adjust with the high altitude climate here and above. This extra day at Dingboche works as acclimatization and rest day as well that is essential to go further higher. Even when we are calling it a rest day, we are not staying idle. We will go for some hiking to higher elevation and return back to Dingboche for an overnight stay. This full day of exploration around Dingboche will expose us to the overwhelming beauty of the place and surrounding mountain peaks.
Dingboche – Lobuche
As we are already above tree line on our trek, we now walk through pastures, glacial moraine, boulder strewn path and like of the terrain all the way to Lobuche. The walk today involves crossing a small pass called Dughla also known as Thukla with several memorial shrines for the brave mountaineers who lost their lives during their climbing expeditions. Although the walk is slow paced on uphill trail, made difficult by the increasing elevation, it brings wonderful views of the mountains to our sight that help us forget the strenuous effort we are taking up in the impressive mountain landscape. A well spent seven hours of the effort in the rugged Everest trekking trail that many other adventurers are treading takes us to the small settlement of Lobuche to spend overnight before striving for one more day to reach the base of the highest mountain in the world.
Lobuche – Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp
We are eventually going to make it to the Everest Base Camp today after these many days of trekking in and amidst the wonderful Himalayan peaks. Our determined and sincere effort to be at the base of the highest mountain in the world is going to materialize this afternoon. We are going to stand at the place where many climbers have spent days and nights training, preparing and attempting the summit of the formidable Mt. Everest. We walk to Gorakshep, a small settlement on the glacial lakebed in the Everest region, where we are going to spend overnight today as the highest overnight stopover for the trip. After relishing our lunch at our tea house, we set off on the walk to the Everest Base Camp. A slow paced walk on the moraine and boulder strewn gradual path up to base camp is going to test our excitement and stamina. Anyway, we are going to get to the base camp regardless of the difficulty of walking at the elevation. We click countless pictures and enjoy the moment of being at the classic Everest base camp before making a return trip to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.
Gorakshep – Kalapatthar – Pheriche
We get up early, really early, in the morning to hike up to Kalapatthar, the highest elevation on the trip, for a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other Himalayan panoramas up close with a spectacular sunrise over those mighty peaks. This never-seen-before view and sunrise on earth is going to blow our mind away alluring us to stay there forever. Alas, we wish we could! We have to make a return trip back to Gorakshep for breakfast. We start the trek back to Pheriche after breakfast. The trek down today is taking us to a new place that we have not covered on the trek. Pheriche is a beautiful settlement in the Khumbu region which is normally the stopover place for many Everest trekkers on their way back down after the base camp and Kalapatthar joy on the trip.
Pheriche – Khumjung
On the way back down towards Lukla, we traverse the trail to Khumjung today which lies on a different route that normally doesn’t come on the way up to the base camp. Khumjung is a beautiful settlement situated near Mt. Khumbila with the view of other mountain peaks around. The Buddhist monastery here in the village has a Yeti Scalp. We can explore the monastery and village once we reach there to stay overnight.
Khumjung – Monjo
We are walking down to Monjo today starting after breakfast at Khumjung. The walk today goes to meet the trail that we took on the way to Everest base camp a few days earlier. We trek down to Namche Bazar and make a brief stopover to enjoy the charm of this mountain town considered as the Sherpa capital. We are ready to walk back down to Monjo after a nice break in Namche. The downhill trail takes us down to our destination which lies just the north of Phakding and South of Jorsalle, another beautiful village in the region.
Monjo - Lukla
It’s the last day of trekking when we trek to Lukla today. The lower we walk, the farther we are leaving the iconic Everest base camp behind physically but we are carrying a beautiful memory of being there. We cross suspension bridges and walk past Phakding and advance towards Lukla. Once we reach Lukla to bring our trekking part to an end, we duly thank our supporting team members. If it were not for their amazing effort, our journey would be very difficult. We celebrate the joy of making it to the base of the highest peak in the world.
Lukla - Kathmandu
We take a morning flight from the Lukla airstrip leaving the mighty mountains behind us. Another exciting flight with adventure takes us back to the city civilization. Once in Kathmandu, we spend leisurely time back in the chaos of the city after so many days of serene mountain air and incredible adventure.
Departure Day, Trip Ends
As the last day on this beautiful adventure trip, we will drive you to the airport for your departure flight as per your flight schedule. If this is not your departure day, the service for this trip ends here. If you have extra days to spend in Nepal and need any other assistance, please do let us know. We will certainly help you in whatever way we can.
- All the ground transportation service by private tourist vehicles.
- Experienced and friendly city guide in Kathmandu.
- All your standard meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
- The comfortable and private room while trekking for 11 nights.
- Trip Map.
- Two-way domestic flight tickets with airport tax.
- Experienced, friendly, and English-speaking trek/tour guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek. We assign single porter for every 2 travelers.
- Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation and local tax for our staffs.
- First aid kit
- TIMS permit for trekking, Everest National Park and Pasang Lamu rural municipality entry permit.
- All of our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.
- Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu.
- Drinks (cold drink/beverage) in the Everest region.
- Personal trekking equipment (clothes/trekking gear/toiletries).
- International airfare to Kathmandu and departure cost
- Travel insurance for high-altitude rescue and evacuation.
- Expenses compromising phone calls, laundry and bar bills, battery recharge, shower, and excess baggage charges. You can leave your baggage at the hotel in Kathmandu and can collect upon arrival.
- Tips for our staffs. You feel like giving tips to our guides/porters, you have to lighten your wallet.
- Any other expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.
The walking adventure to the Everest base camp goes through the trail that meanders up and down the mountains frequently. Although this is not an extremely difficult trip, you will certainly feel some challenges of walking in the high altitude during the trip. We would rate it as a moderate trip in difficulty level. You definitely need to go through the challenge of walking several days in the mountain wilderness to experience the majestic charm of the Mt. Everest and other mountains in the region.
Walking hours vary from day to day on this trip. You walk from 4-8 hours every day depending on the distance you cover. You can expect the walking hours to be around 6 hours on average.
Since it is a walking adventure trip, you do not need any climbing skills, experience or equipment. However, you will need a high level of determination to traverse the mountain trail in the wilderness for several days. This is just a trekking trip, not a climbing adventure.
The walking route to the Everest base camp is a well-trodden and popular trail. You will find enough guest houses and lodges along the trail where you normally spend the overnights. Guest houses and lodges along the route are basic accommodation with dining facilities where the trekkers spend overnight. These guest houses and lodges are comfortable but not super luxurious. The overnight places for each day are specified in the itinerary. However, your trip guide can change the overnight places on his/her sole discretion if s/he thinks it necessary for your comfort and better experience.
Dal Bhat is the staple food in the mountains. This combo of rice, lentil soup, vegetables, curry etc. is available everywhere you go. In addition to this Nepali food, you can enjoy momos, noodle soup (Thukpa), chowmein, pizza, sandwich, Sherpa bread, soup, bakery etc. along the trail. Options of vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods are also available. We highly recommend you to go for vegetarian food during the trek.
When you go for the walking adventure trip, you will pack two different bags – one big backpack that your porter will carry for you and the other, a small daypack for yourself to carry with necessary things that you need for the day. You can refer to our Things to Carry page for a complete guide on what you need to have when you are in the mountains.