Everest Base Camp Trek 15 Days

$1925 USD
- 15 Days
- Challenging
2-10 Pax

Trekking, Sightseeing

September to December and March to May

Private Car & Flight

Hotel & Lodge

Lodge Trek

5550m/18,204ft at Kalapatthar

Breakfast in Kathmandu and full board meals during the trek

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Everest Base Camp Trek Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek in the Khumbu region of Nepal offers an adventure experience by taking you to the base camp (5,364m/17,598ft) of the highest peak (Mt. Everest) in the world, offering an opportunity to also experience the spectacular view of other peaks like Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Makalu and Ama Dablam. We don’t stop here, we hike up to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,204ft) for the best view of Mt. Everest. Other major highlights of this trek include stunning landscape, beautiful Rhododendron forest, glacial moraines, foothills, rare species of birds and animals, sunrise from Kala Patthar, the legendary Sherpas and their beautiful settlement, culture, tradition, festivals, dances, monasteries and not to be missed, their warm hospitality.

Highly recommended by tripadvisor our 15 Days Everest Base Camp trek itinerary is the best package to fully enjoy every aspect of this trek. We can also arrange for 14 days Trek if you only have 2 weeks in Nepal. Everest Base Camp trek can also be fully customized guaranteeing 100% departure date, competitive rates and special group discounts.

September to December and March to May are the best time to plan Everest Base Camp Trek. On request  the trek can be planned any time of the year.This trek takes you to the altitude of 5,550m and some days require a 6-8 hour walking therefore, any physically fit person can opt for this trek. You will be guided by the industry experts, qualified and experienced managerial team, guides and sherpas.
  

Daily routine on Everest Base Camp Trek:
(We start our day with a morning coffee or tea served at the hotel/lodge. Shortly after having breakfast, we start our daily walk through the designated trail enjoying the scenic beauty, the villages and the local people. The walk continues till noon. Then we stop for a lunch break at a teahouse. After spending an hour for lunch, we continue the remaining walk for the day. On reaching the destination of the day, we rest for some time. The evening can be spent walking slightly higher than the location where you sleep for accilimatization or enjoying rest of the time with the crew members, exploring the area or simply resting at the lodge. Dinner will be served followed by a short briefing session regarding the following day’s schedule.

  

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)/35 Minutes flight & 4 hours walk

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m/11,283ft)/6 hours walk

Day 05: Acclimatize day

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12684ft)/5 hours walk

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft)/6 hours walk

Day 08: Acclimatize Day

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4,928m/16164 ft)/5 hours walk

Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp - Gorak Shep (5,320m/17,450ft EBC )/ (5,160m/16,929ft Gorekshep )/8 hours walk

Day 11: Hike to Kala Pattar - Pheriche (5550m/18,204ft Kalapatthar)/ (4,358m/14,295 ft. Pheriche)/8 hours walk

Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft)/ 8 hours walk

Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)/8 hours walk

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)/35 Minutes flight

Day 15: Departure day

Please Note:
Due to obstructive weather conditions (even during the best trekking seasons), sometimes they may announce sudden changes regarding the previously provided domestic flight schedule to and from Lukla. The flight may delay for few hours or even few following days. This entirely depends upon the weather condition. Therefore, we kindly request all the trekkers to add a few extra days to your plan. Nevertheless, if everything goes well, we can also make arrangements for you to enjoy other attractions like bungee jumping, jungle safari, rafting, shopping and so on.


Furthermore, trekker's safety is always the top priority in any trek. Therefore, the team leader on duty is given every authority to make changes in the itinerary provided in case of unexpected weather change, the unsuitable health condition of a group member or an unforeseen natural disaster. If needed, team leader might also cancel any part of the itinerary. Hence, in such a situation we request you to co-operate with our team leader and remain flexible.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by one of our company representatives who will then take you to the hotel. Later that day or the following day, a meeting is scheduled at our head office to brief you details of your upcoming trek. Here, you will be introduced to your trekking guides and Sherpas. If your flight arrives on time, a welcome dinner is also scheduled for you at one of the most popular local restaurants where you can enjoy Nepali food along with a glimpse of cultural music and ethnic dance. On request, dinner can also be postponed to the following day.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264ft)

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, offers a wide range of unique historical, natural and cultural sites. You will be guided to some of these sites today which include the World heritage Kathmandu Durbar Square – one of the most important historical structure that offers eye appealing architectural wonders, the Pashupatinath temple - a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva (the lord that holds the power of destruction), Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple) and the Boudhanath Stupa – dedicated to Lord Buddha. However, you also have an option to skip one of these sites and visit another World Heritage site, ‘Patan Durbar Square’ along with Mahabouddha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple that simply offers some of the historical masterpieces to the connoisseurs of art. After spending 3-4 hours observing these beautiful sites, we will meet again to finalize your clothing and trekking gears (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots). Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/ 8,700ft) 35 minutes flight and 4 hours walk

All the flights to Lukla are scheduled early in the morning. We will drive you to the domestic terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport, where you board a Twin Otter to Lukla (2,800m). It will approximately take 35 min to reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla which is commonly known as a gateway destination. If the day is clear, you will enjoy the aerial view of the terrain which is simply a feast to behold.

On reaching Lukla Airport, we conduct a short introduction session with other crew members and breakfast is served at the lodge. Your luggage is also prepared for the Porters at the lodge. Once everything is set, we commence the ultimate walk following the stone pathway downhill that leads towards Phakding after 4 hours walk. The trail offers an experience of downhill and flat trail, prayer rocks (‘Mani’ in colloquial language), and  the view of colorful Lukla village. Upon reaching Phakding, you can freshen up and then our guides will take you for a short walk to the village or even hike up to the nearby Gompas (monasteries) that helps with acclimatization. Then we get back to the lodge where we enjoy dinner. After dinner, Our team leader will brief you on the following day’s trek . The night is spent at a lodge in Phakding.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft) 5-6 hours walk

After breakfast, we set out from our lodge in Phakding and move towards Monju which is known as the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. In between Phakding and Sagarmatha National Park you will get to experience the thrill offered by many suspension bridges, and small settlements like Zapute, Toktok, Benkar, Chumoa and Monju. Here, you can enjoy small tea houses and shops while your leader takes care of the necessary national park formalities. On entering the national park the trail drops steeply down to the river, cross another suspension bridge and continue walk to the high Hillary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. After the bridge the trail leads you uphill to the Namche Bazaar offering you the first great view of Mt. Everest, hidden behind Lhotse-Nuptse along with the view of Mt. Kusum Khangru. The night will be stayed at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Acclimatize day

Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Himalayas, is the main trading center and a tourist hub in Khumbu region. This place is very popular for altitude acclimatization. Though today is a rest day but it is highly recommended to keep moving and stay active for a proper adaptation. Therefore, we organize a short hike to Thame, which is an old Sherpa village or visiting Khumjung/Khunde/Khongde is also considered a very good option to enhance acclimatization. Moreover, Namche Bazaar offers many ways to spend a day. You will have you enough time to visit the National Park Head office, Museum, and other monasteries. You can also have your own quality time at cafes, shops, bakeries or restaurants. The place also features other essential services like post office, hospital, government health post, 24 hour electricity and water supply and high speed internet access. You can also contact your family before heading towards the base of Everest Base Camp. Tonight spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/1,268ft)5 hours walk

Shortly after breakfast at the lodge in Namche Bazaar, we follow the trail along the hastening glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi. The trail offers dramatic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Amadblam along with the close up view of Thamserku. Before reaching Sanasa, you can also enjoy the blooming Rhododendron forest. If you are lucky you will also get a chance to spot wildlife musk deer, multi-colored pheasants and a herd of Himalayan Thar.  On reaching Sanasa which is a major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp, we take a steep ascent that will lead us to the famous Tengboche monastery (the largest Gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal) which is draped with a spectacular view of the Himalayan Mountains. We spend our night at a lodge in Tengboche.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295ft)5-6 hours walk

After breakfast, we first hike half an hour downhill to the riverside then through the lush forest, across the river and finally climb up to Pangboche (3,860m/12,664ft). Here you can experience magnificent Chorten and Mani walls. We then ascend to Pheriche and from here a moderate walk will lead you to the Imja Valley. From here we climb the last and the steepest climb of the day and finally reach Dingboche. Overnight at the lodge in Dingboche.

Day 08: Acclimatization day

This is the final acclimatization day before we make our way up to the Mt. Everest Base Camp. Dingboche is a beautiful place which offers a magnificent view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse and numerous other peaks from the ridge North of the village. You can also observe the Imja River that flows directly east of the village. Another interesting thing about this village is the kilometers of stone walls that cover the entire valley of Imja. You will also be surprised to see an internet café and one of the world’s highest billiard parlors. This place offers some of the best options to spend your day.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4,928m/16,164ft)5 hours walk

After breakfast, we begin our walk towards Dughla all the way through the Khumbu Khola valley. We then make our way through Dusa and Phulong Karpo. The trail gives you a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Chola Lake and experience the breathtaking view of Mt. Pumori which eventually vanishes when the trail goes down and takes a bend across the stream. From here the trail mounts to Dughla. On reaching Dughla, we scale up the sheer terminal of the Khumbu Glacier. Here you can see the memorials of those Sherpas who passed away on the glacier of Mt. Everest on the way to the summit. You can also enjoy a great view of some other peaks like Pumori, Mahalangur Himal, Khumbutse, and Lingtren. On crossing the Khumbu Glacier we gently hike up to Lobuche. Overnight at a lodge in Lobuche.

Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep-Everest Base Camp-Gorak Shep (5,320m/17,450ft) / (5,160m/16,929ft Gorekshep)7-8 hours walk

After breakfast, we continue the hike towards Gorak Shep. On reaching Gorak Shep, we check into the lodge, have lunch and then continue to hike up to Everest Base Camp. We pass the pyramid sign from where you get an opportunity to see the top of the north ridge of Mt. Everest along with Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Pumori, and Mt. Nuptse. A small way up from here leads you to a place that allows you to experience 360 degree landscape of the hoary mountains. We further climb up to the top all the way through the torrent Changri Glacier in order to get a quick glimpse of Kala Pattar (Black Rock). Struggling your way up through this rock and glacial trail eventually leads you to your destination – Mt Everest Base Camp. You can spend some time taking pictures and appreciating the beauty offered by Mt. Everest and her sibling peaks. We then return to Gorekshep and spend the night at a lodge.

Day 11: Hike to Kala Pattar-Pheriche (5,550m/18,204ft Kala Pattar) / (4,358m/ 14,295ft Pheriche)7-8 hours

The major goal of today is to watch the view of sunrise in the Himalayas. We start around 4 am. A couple of hours walk towards Kala Pattar will take you to the most popular viewing point of Kala Pattar (5,545m) that offers breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori and Ama Dablam. The mountain glows golden as soon as the very first ray of the sun strike the peaks. The view of glowing mountains is nothing less than a feast to behold. We spend some time taking pictures of the magnificent views. After that we hike back to Gorak Shep, have breakfast and trace our way back to Pheriche where we spend our night at a lodge.

Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft)7-8 hours

After breakfast at the lodge in Pheriche, we make our way down to Namche Bazaar, the trail drops downhill to Pangboche village which further drops to the riverside where on crossing the bridge over Imja Khola the trail hikes up to Tengboche. From Tengboche, a steep descent takes you to the Dudh Koshi River, where we cross the first bridge over the Dudh Koshi River in Phunki Tenga.  We then pass the village of Tashinga, Sanasa and finally reach Kyangjuma. The trail from here to Namche Bazaar is a piece of cake for all those trekkers who manage to make their way up to Mt. Everest. We spend the night in Namche Bazaar, where you can enjoy a hot shower. You also have an option to relax in the nearby restaurants, cafés and bakeries. Overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)7-8 hours

After the breakfast, we continue our walk downhill from Namche toward the second bridge across the Dudh Koshi River near the meeting point of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. Then we walk towards Monjo where on fulfilling the formalities at check point of National Park at Monjo we continue our walk towards Phakding. We stop at Phakding for lunch and continue the trail that leads us to Lukla. Along this flat trail you can enjoy prayer stones, rhododendron and pine forest, prayer flags, Sherpa village as well as open plains. This is the last day of the trek. On reaching Lukla you can either spend your time with the rest of the crew members or look for some alone time to summon up the wonderful memories made during the past two weeks. Overnight at a lodge in Lukla.

Day 14:Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)35 minutes scenic flight

It’s time to bid farewell to the Khumbu region of Nepal. The Sherpas will take your luggage to the airport and organise other airport formalities allowing you to enjoy your last breakfast in the Khumbu region. Once the plane arrives, you can directly board the plane and fly back to Kathmandu. A private vehicle will be awaiting your arrival at the airport. Your guide will then take you to the hotel.

Day 15: Departure day

This is the last day of your trip. One of our company representatives will assist you to get to the airport as per your flight departure time. If you are looking to extend your trip, we can make the required arrangements.

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost :- US$1295

Include

·         Airport Pick-up and Drop-off service in a private vehicle

·         3 nights twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast

·         Full day guided city tour in a private vehicle

·         Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants with traditional, ethnic music and dance

·         Airport transfer for domestic flight

·         Trekking permit and TIMS permit

·         Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets

·         All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek

.         Lodge during the trek (4 nights attached bathroom with hot shower)

·         Fresh fruits after dinner

·         Tea/Coffee (Served in a cup)

·         Government licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses

·         Porters (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses

·         Insurance of Guide and Porter

·         All required local and government taxes

·         Down jackets and sleeping bags (if required)

·         Company T-shirt

·         Trip map

Exclude

·         Nepal arrival visa

·         Meals in the city except breakfast and other mentioned special dinner

·         Personal expenses like all kinds of drinks including mineral water, and  alcoholic and soft beverages

·         Monument entrance fees

·         Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation

·         Tips and any other extended trips and accommodation

Everest Base Camp Trek Information

Travel Insurance:
For everyone planning their next trek in the Himalayas of Nepal, it is highly recommended that you get a travel insurance that covers added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents (together with air ambulance, helicopter rescue and other treatment cost). Your insurance policy should cover your entire activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal. In addition to this, the policy  should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (hospital charges, medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. Also, most of the trekking trails in Nepal take you above the altitude of 5000m, therefore, you also need to ensure that your insurance policy covers treks that go over 5000m. You are fully responsible for unforeseen expenses during the trip.
 

Health, fitness and experience requirements:


Altitudes in the Himalayas of Nepal definitely demand an excellent stamina, tough determination, and the best health condition. Some sections of the trek are quite demanding and some days might even require 8-9 hours of walking.

Though trek to the Everet Base Camp is considered moderate and easily attainable, it is highly recommended to seek advice from your doctor before scheduling your trek. 
  

No technical skill is required to plan this trek. However, your prior hiking or camping experience will definitely be considered as a bonus. Also, a few weeks of regular exercise and jogging is recommended before the trip to build up the required stamina.
  

Note: Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any existing medical conditions.
  

Food and Accommodation:
We always make sure that our customers get the right value for their money. Therefore, we always attempt to make some of the best arrangements for our customers. To ensure a comfortable stay. We book tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu before and after your trek. Normally, the rooms are twin share. However, this totally depends on the size of your group and the availability of rooms. On request, triple share can also be arranged. If you are looking for a single supplement room, extra charges will be applied. During the trek, your stay is arranged with local guesthouses or lodges with shared amenities. You can also enjoy a hot shower in these lodges. In the absence of shower, few buckets of hot water can also be arranged on request. A full board meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea & Coffee) will be provided from the teahouse menu during the entire trek. Usually, porridge, toast or chapattis, oatmeal and local bread are served for breakfast. The food served for lunch and dinner are simply great.

Our attempt while you are on a trek:
Most of our trails take you to the remote Himalayan region of Nepal, where communication facilities are very few. Therefore, we takes all the responsibility to deliver your messages to your family, friend and relatives. Our guides are provided with a cell phone and are contacted on a regular basis.

Our guides will make every attempt to follow the planned itinerary however, it is kindly requested to be flexible in case of changes in the itinerary caused by extreme weather conditions. We can also help you reschedule your international flight (extra charge is applied) if you need any additional days to complete your trek. We will make every possible attempt to make your trek a ‘grand success’.
  

Why to Trek with us?
We offer a wonderful opportunity to help you visit those areas, culture and tradition of Nepal that have never been explored before. Your trip itineraries are fully customized in order to meet the needs and interest of each traveler. We offer 17 years of experience to plan an outstanding adventure trip for you. Customer service is our top priority.

Our legal documents:
Registered under the government of Nepal,we are a fully licensed and certified company. Our licence allow us to operate treks, tours, expedition, hiking and many other tourism related services in the Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. We are also an active member of the following organizations.

Nepal Tourism board (NTB)

Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN)

Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP)

Ministry of Finance, Department of Taxation

Company Registration Office, Pvt. Ltd.

Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism Industry
 

What are the best seasons to plan this trek?

Spring – March, April and May are considered as the best months to trek as you can enjoy the warmest weather of the year, fine temperature, clear blue sky and the beautiful rhododendron forest.

Autumn – Mid September, January and February are also considered one of the best months to plan your trek to the Everest Base Camp as these offer the best trails, clear blue sky and the best visibility.

Winter – December, January and February are also considered as good months to plan your trek to the Everest Base Camp; however, its midwinter and days are very cold. Therefore, a very good preparation required if you are planning your trek at this time of the year.

Summer – Mid June, July and August, monsoon in Nepal, is not considered as the best season to plan your trek in Nepal. The trails are slippery and heavy rain usually affects the visibility.
 

What should I bring?
Along with warm clothes you will also need other equipment for the sufficient protection of your body. Below are the list of necessary items that you need to pack before commencing your trek.

Head- Hat (with a wide brim), Sunglasses (with UV protection), Sunscreen lotion and Lip balm.

Upper body- T-shirts (2), light and expedition weight thermal tops, Fleece jacket and pullover, Fleece wind-stopper jacket (Optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest/jacket(included)

Hands - Lightweight gloves, heavy-weight gloves/mittens with a waterproof outer shell

Lower body - Underwear (4), hiking shorts (2), lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Fleece or wool pants, waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet - Thin, light-wear inner socks (4), thick, warm wool hiking socks (4), hiking boots with spare laces, camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals), gaiters (only for winter)

Accessories  - Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F (included), headlamp with spare bulb and batteries, small padlock or combination lock, basic first aid kit, large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag), day pack, water bottles (2), hiking pole/walking sticks, small ear plugs

Toiletries – Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, small wash towel

Extras  - Cameras with extra batteries and cards, binoculars, light balaclava or warm fleece hat, reading books, trip map/guide book, journal & pen, iPod & travel games (like cards, chess, backgammon)
 

Passport and Visa Information:
It is easy to obtain Nepal’s visa. You may either apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy in your own country, or you can obtain it upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US dollars and your passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the trip. However, nationals of SAARC countries (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan) and China do not require any visa to visit Nepal. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. For the convenience or foreign nationals, a visa is also provided from the borders listed below:

Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)

Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)

Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)

Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)

Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)

Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)

Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)

Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)

Tourist Visa Fees:

Transit visa (3 days) – Free of cost

Multiple entry (15 days) – 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry (30 days) – 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry (90 days) – 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency

(For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan,Dillibazar, Kathmandu.

Tel: 00977-4433934, 4429660, 4438862, 4438868. You can also download visa form from – www.immi.gov.np)