The Everest Base Camp (commonly referred to as ‘EBC’) is easily the most iconic trek in Nepal. It is also the most popular!
Your trek to EBC at 5,364 m will take you into the heart of Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site, where you will also experience incredible panoramic views of the highest mountains on the planet.
More than just Mount Everest (8,848 m), you will seek the Thamserku Peak (6,623 m), Mount Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mount Nuptse (7,861 m), Lhotse (8,516 m) and many more! These all emerge to make a glorious mountain tapestry.
On this trek, you will retrace the steps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s epic journey in 1953 when they conquered the world’s tallest mountain. You will enter into the world of the Sherpa people, who have built their reputation as some of the world’s best mountain climbers.
As you trek through the famous Sherpa villages lying in the foothills of the Himalayas, you will also have the chance to tour high altitude Buddhist monasteries.
The Everest Base Camp Trek is perfect for people who are in good health with average physical fitness. You do not need to have previous trekking experience.
On average you will be walking for 5 hours per day, which allows for steady altitude gain proper acclimatization.
For those who want a bigger challenge or want to head off the beaten path, the Everest Base Camp Trek can be combined with a trip to Gokyo Lakes.
Due to runway maintenance in Kathmandu, flights to and from Lukla Airport have been re-routed to Ramechhap airport, which is around a 5 hours dive from Kathmandu. It is possible to drive to Ramechhap and fly to Lukla on the same day. However, this will require a very early start in Kathmandu. We recommend you spend one night in Ramechhap before flying to Lukla the next day. The journey from Lukla to Kathmandu, via Ramechhap, is easily done in a single day.
Alternatively, you may choose to charter a helicopter from Kathmandu direct to Lukla. This is done on a 5-person sharing basis and will bear an additional cost. The helicopter flight takes around 1 hour.
Lukla Airport is not the only gateway to EBC. For those who do not want to fly, alternative arrangements can be made.
The best time to trek Everest Base Camp is pre-monsoon (March, April, and May) or post-monsoon (late-September, October and November).
In the pre-monsoon period (March, April and May) it begins to warm up, trees start to blossom and yaks will be on the trekking trails after coming down to lower altitudes for the winter. You will still have incredible mountain views.
Post-monsoon (late-September, October and November), the mountains will re-appear, and temperatures will become more moderate. Unlike the early months of pre-monsoon, you will not need to worry about snow.
It is possible to trek in winter (December, January and February). The weather is predictable, however, it will be cold and there may be snowfall. The trail will be less populated with tourists and the views of the mountains are best. Many nature photographers say that February as an ideal month to take photos of the mountains.
The monsoon months of June, July and August are the least ideal times to trek. The trail will be lush, full of greenery and many flowers will be in bloom. As it is off-season, there will be fewer tourists on the trail. However, the haze will cover the mountains from view.
13 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Travel 5 hours by bus from Kathmandu (1,350 m) to Ramechap (474 m)
Day 2: Short flight (30 minutes) from Ramechap to Lukla (2,800 m); Trek 3 – 4 hours to Phakding (2,652 m)
Day 3: Trek 5 – 6 hours from Phakding (2,652 m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) (5-6 hours)
Day 4: Rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Trek 6 hours from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Village (3,810 m).
Day 6: Trek 6 – 7 hours to Dingboche (4,400 m)
Day 7: Rest and acclimatization day in Dingboche.
Day 8: Trek 4– 5 hours to Lobuche (4,910 m)
Day 9: Trek 8 – 9 hours to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) and back to Gorak Shep (5180 m)
Day 10: Trek 6– 7 hours to Pheriche (4,320 m) /Orsyo 4200m.( In the early morning hike up to Kala Pattar (5,545 m) for the beauriful picture of Mt.Everest and Mt.Nuptse with south col and back to Gorkshep for breakfast 2 hrs up and down.
Day 11: Trek 7 – 8 hours to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
Day 12: Trek 6 – 7 hours from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800 m)
Day 13: Fly to Ramechap and bus to Kathmandu
|Trip Start Date||Trip End Date||Status||Price|
|15 Sep 2019||29 Sep 2019||US$1150.||Book Now|
|03 Oct 2019||17 Oct 2019||US$1150.||Book Now|
|21 Oct 2019||03 Nov 2019||US$1150.||Book Now|
|07 Nov 2019||21 Nov 2019||US$1150.||Book Now|
|24 Nov 2019||08 Dec 2019||US$1150.||Book Now|
|11 Dec 2019||25 Dec 2019||US$1150.||Book Now|
|27 Dec 2019||10 Jan 2020||US$1150.||Book Now|
|14 Jan 2020||28 Jan 2020||US$1150.||Book Now|
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|16 Feb 2020||01 March 2020||US$1150.||Book Now|
|05 March 2020||19 March 2020||US$1150.||Book Now|
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|09 April 2020||23 April 2020||US$1150.||Book Now|
|26 April 2020||10 May 2020||US$1150.||Book Now|
|18 May 2020||01 June 2020||US$1150.||Book Now|
The cost does not include:
TREKKING SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT UP TO 5,500m.
1 pair of strong mountain /hiking boots
1 Sleeping bag(comfortable to 15C)
1 Medium/Large rucksack/backpack
1 Down Jacket/all-weather Anorak
1 Light water & windproof jacket
1 Pair waterproof gaiters/ overtrousers
1 or 2 -liter water bottles.
1 Inner sleeping sheet.
1 Torch/Flashlight and spare batteries.
2 Long sleeve cotton shirts
1 Medium sized towel
1 Washing kit: Include personal toiletries, Talcum power Moleskin for blisters Toilet paper Biodegradable soap/shampoo Any personal medication
1 Pair shorts.
1 Fleece/warm sweater
1 Pair sports shoes/sandals
2 Pair lightweight trousers
1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
2 T-shirts 1 Small day pack
2 Pairs of light socks
3 Pairs of heavy wool socks
1 cotton Headscarf/bandanna
1 Warm hat/Gloves(waterproof)
1Sunglasses and sunhat
1 Money belt Underwear(including thermals)
3/4 Plastic bags for wrapping clothes
Water purification tablets/solution(Preferably Iodine)
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