Everest Base Camp trek

Everest Base Camp Trek – 13 Days

13 Days 5545m.

Trip Highlights

Five reasons to do the Everest Base Camp Trek

  1. The Everest Base Camp Trek is easily Nepal’s most iconic trek. This trek will bring you up close to the world’s highest peak! All throughout the trek, you will be in the breathtaking company of giant mountain peaks decorating the blue skyline.

 

  1. As you walk through the Khumbu region you will experience the culture of legendary Sherpa people who are known around the world for their mountaineering skills. Their culture has a high influence of the Tibetan culture. You will stay in Namche Bazaar—a historical and important rendezvous point for Nepali and Tibetan traders in ancient times. You can also visit the Tengboche Monastery and receive blessings for a successful journey from the Buddhist monks who reside there.

 

  1. Flying into Lukla Airport (also known as the Tenzing-Hillary Airport) is an incredible experience. The short flight from Kathmandu offers spectacular mountain views and you will see before your own eyes the change in topography as you leave the foothills hills and enter into the Himalaya.

 

  1. Sagarmatha National Park is UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. It is home to rich flora and fauna that is unique to the Himalayan ecosystem. Trekking through its lush and tranquil Himalayan forest of birch, juniper, blue pines, and rhododendron is a special experience. The park is home to more than 100 species of bird and to many endangered exotic species of animals, like the Snow-Leopard and the Musk Deer and Himalayan bear and red panda.

 

  1. At 5,380 m, the Everest Base Camp itself is of course the most significant highlight of your whole journey. Once you arrive you will be filled with an immense sense of pride and accomplishment. At Base Camp you will be able to take in views of the famous Khumbu Icefall

Trip Overview

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.

 

How difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek?

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.

 

Flights to Lukla – important note

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.

 

When to trek

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.

Detail Itinerary

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

 

Date & Cost

Trip Start DateTrip End DateStatusPrice
15 Sep 201929 Sep 2019US$1150.Book Now
03 Oct 201917 Oct 2019US$1150.Book Now
21 Oct 201903 Nov 2019US$1150.Book Now
07 Nov 201921 Nov 2019US$1150.Book Now
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Cost Include

Price includes:

  • 13% VAT and 10% Service Charge
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, medicine.
  • Round Trip flight ticket for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Tea house/Lodges accommodation during the trekking
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trekking including tea & coffee
  • Sagarmatha National Park fees
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • Welcome/Farewell Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary papers, admin charges and government taxes

 

The cost does not include:

  • Nepal entry visa fee to be obtained from your own country (note: before the coronovirus pandemic, you could obtain a Nepal visa upon arrival at the Airport – please check this)
  • International Airfare/Airport tax
  • Meals in Kathmandu (except for the ‘Welcome’ and ‘Farewell’ meals)
  • Alcohol, bottled water, drinks other than tea & coffee, hot water to drink and for bathing
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging etc.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters)
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staff and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

Equipment List

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)

Sun-block(30-50 SPF)

11  Reviews on Everest Base Camp Trek – 13 Days

“We would like to thank Sonam very much for making our honeymoon in the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park an unforgettable experience! Sonam’s experience and knowledge helped us to concentrate on the exquisite beauty of the mountains instead of worrying about paperwork, lodging etc. We always knew that Sonam’s advice will fit us the best, and it always did. Thanks to his guidance we dream of visiting Nepal again with our kids when they grow up! Sonam is talented, extremely smart and a nice and giving person. Anyone would only benefit from his friendship and his guidance in trekking in Nepal with BOLD Adventures! We wish Sonam all the best luck! Namaste!”

I had the great pleasure of trekking to Everest Base camp via the high passed with Sonam as our groups’ leader in October in 2011. The trek organisation was if the highest standard with everyone achieving their goals thanks to a very dedicated leader who got us through the good and difficult days with his great skills and good sense of humour. Sonam even managed to get our group out of Lukla by helicopter when bad weather closed the airport to normal flights for a number if days. I would highly recommend Sonam for any trekking trip in the Himalayas and I will be trekking again with him.

At age 59 I had the pleasure of meeting Sonam, and, experiencing one of the greatest adventures of my life – Everest Base Camp. Through the luck of the draw Sonam was our guide on the mountain. His first challenge was not the mountain, but the multicultural and multi age/experience level of our group. He rose to the occasion, and made an impossible vacation reality for us all. His knowledge of the culture, the landscape, and the people made this event possible, and successful. Having traveled extensively throughout the world, I would recommend Sonam as a tour guide extraordinaire. In closing, Sonam’s abilities do not end with his knowledge of the mountain, but continue into the desire to give back to his people. When you travel with Sonam there are no lectures, but a genuine passing of culture so a traveler understands and appreciates the surroundings. Good Luck travelers, and I hope your adventure is as spectacular as mine

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  • Trip Duration

    13 Days
  • Trip Grading

    Moderate
  • Max Altitude

    5545m.
  • Best Time

    spring and Autum
  • Group Size

    1+