Overview for Everest Base Camp Trekking in Nepal
- Trip Code: CT-10005
- Package: Everest Base Camp Trekking in Nepal
- Duration: 14 Day(s)
- Max Alt.: 5,545m/ 18,192ft
- Trip Level:
ModerateRequires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
- Group Size: Min. 2- Max. 12
- Start At: Lukla
- Ends At: Lukla
- Transportation: Domestic flight/ Private vehicles
- Accommodation: Hotels | Guest House
- Best Season: March- April- May- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov.
- Trip Route: Lukla- Namche Bazzar- Tengboche- Dingboche- Gorakshep -Everest Base camp -Kalapathar - Pheriche- Lukla
- Thrilling flight to Lukla from Kathmandu
- One of the most important trading posts of the Everest region, Namche Bazzar
- Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche village
- Encounter with amazing flora and fauna such as Himalayan Yak, Danfe, and Rhododendron forests.
- Jaw dropping views of Himalayan ranges of Everest region such as Thamserku (6623m), Ama Dablam (6812m), Nuptse (7861m), Cho Oyu (8188m), Lhotse (8516m), Island Peak (6160m)
- Hike to Kala Patthar(5555m) from where magnificent view of Mount Everest image (8848m) can be observed
- Everest Base Camp (5310m)
Everest Base Camp Trekking in Nepal is one of the most extraordinary places on earth. To be at the foothills of tallest peak in the world, Mount Everest (8,848m above sea level) is a privilege for most trekkers, but the journey is what makes this trekking in Nepal even more memorable. The Everest Base Camp elevation lies at an altitude of 5,310 meters above the sea level. The Everest Base Camp treks offers a mesmerizing experience of natural wonders. It has a unique geographical phenomena and landscapes.
The trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the most adventurous treks in the world regarded by many fellow trekkers and adventurers. Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek allows you to get up close with the tallest peak in the world. The whole journey to Everest Base Camp is filled with beautiful valleys, Rhododendron forests, exquisite natural phenomena, old monasteries, ancient Sherpa settlements, and their unique heritage.
The trail to the base camp lies within the Sagarmatha National Park which is also one of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites. The Everest Base Camp adventure begins with an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is one of the most thrilling air travels experience you'll find in the world. After landing, a short trek will commence towards Phakding village and you can explore and end the first day of the trek to Everest Base Camp. The next day is when the real trekking begins! You will be gradually going up towards higher altitude and couple days are even set apart as acclimatization days – so that you can adjust with the altitude. This prevents from fatigue and altitude sickness – which is a common phenomenon around this region.
The trek to Everest Base Camp would take you through the Namche Bazzar which is one of the most important trading posts for Sherpas living in the higher altitude of Everest region. This town is a prime tourist junction point and is filled with quality hotels, restaurants, lodges, shops, and internet cafes & bakeries. You can also discover the Sherpas on the trek to Everest Base Camp. Sherpas are famously recognized to be the guardians of the Himalayas. The trek to Everest Base Camp will pass through various Sherpa settlements and villages allowing you to explore and experience their culture as well. Sherpa villages that lie on the Khumbu region of Nepal. The unique lifestyle, culture, foods and heritage are something you will truly cherish.
Another thing to experience on the Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal is the Himalayan Yaks. The Himalayan Yaks can be seen along the trails and if you're lucky you might encounter the Himalayan Monal also known as Danfe in this splendor and beauty. It is also the national bird of Nepal and they're truly an exquisite species of bird. The whole expedition is unique which brings out even more profound beauty to this wonderful trekking journey.
TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP WITH CORETREKS
Trek to Everest base camp with CoreTreks and take the advantage of having everything arranged for you as we offer one-stop assistance for your trekking expeditions and vacation plans in Nepal. When Everest is mentioned many people think about the physical endurance of climbing Mount Everest and the cost to climb Everest. At CoreTreks we ascertain that your trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal is physically and economically reasonable.
Trek to Everest Base Camp with CoreTreks as we provide some of the best offers and packages to explore the `Everest region treks that including airport transfers, accommodation and porters, guides as well as travel insurance! CoreTreks provides you local assistance and have ground staff for trekking in Everest base camp. This do not only safeguards and supports you throughout your trek to Everest base camp, but also offer significantly affordable trekking packages in Nepal – compared to western trekking companies.
Everest Base Camp Trek Cost:
The cost of Everest Base Camp Trek with CoreTreks is USD 1399 per person on a twin sharing basis. This is just to give you an idea since the cost might differ according to your preferences.
CoreTreks has minimal trip charges with high-quality services. Along with that, our travel experts with well over a decade of experience in traveling and tourism will guide you throughout the trip. Now, of course, agencies are charging less or more than us, so be mindful of which one you pick because you do not want to be over-charged.
Best Time to Trek Everest Base Camp:
Pick somewhere between Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May) for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The surrounding is vivid and the Himalayas are glowing during the time. It is possible to pick dates beside Autumn and Spring but is not recommended.
For trekking in Nepal, one must be equipped with necessary mountaineering essentials, which we will provide, and take time for acclimatization. So, winter days and rainy days are best avoided.
Important: Please note that there are chances of flight delay/cancellation to Lukla from Kathmandu. However, the alternative route will be through Ramechhap Airport which is roughly 6 hours drive from Kathmandu.
Major Attractions of Everest Base Camp Trek:
Starting off the trek with a thrilling flight to one of the most dangerous airports, keeps you guessing what's next on your trek to Everest Base Camp. Lukla Airport, also known as Tenzing Hilary Airport lies at an elevation of 9,334 ft/ 2,845m in Khumbu, Pasanglhamu, Solukhumbu District.
Although it might look scary at first, the airport is located in one of the beautiful places on earth. Upon stepping out of the airplane, you will be greeted by an unmatchable panorama with the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. Due to high elevation, fast winds, rain, and clouds, flights delay or cancellations are common at Lukla.
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. - Zig Ziglar
Kala Patthar, which translates to 'Black Rock', is the highest you will get during your trek to Everest Base Camp. The place is extremely popular among trekkers as it offers the best close-up view of Everest. One can scope out the spectacular panorama of Everest, Nuptse, and Changste. Kala Patthar is one of the major attractions during your Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal.
Located in north-east Nepal between Mount Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge, Khumbu Glacier is the world's highest glacier. The glacier is at an elevation of 7,600m (24,9000 ft). It is one of the final destinations during one's trek to the base camp. The region experiences a large icefall known as the Khumbu Icefall. Despite the mesmerizing views, Khumbu Icefall is one of the riskiest obstacles on the standard south col route to the Everest summit.
Sherpa Culture & Traditions
Sherpas rule the Himalayas. With impressive adaptation abilities, Sherpa people are highly knowledgeable when it comes to mountaineering and trekking at high altitudes. These people establish gompas (temples) in order to practice their rituals and prayers. Mostly found in the eastern region of Nepal, Sherpas have a diverse presence in the country.
Mostly famous for trekking and climbing, Sherpa guides are going to be your companion during your trip to the Everest Base Camp. Due to long term experience in the mountains, they have got life-saving tips and tricks up their sleeves. At higher altitudes, it is hard to find help when needed, so Sherpas are like the last line of defense for any unforeseen consequences.
Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park is a national park in eastern Nepal with a total area of 1,148 sq km. Located in Solukhumbu District, it is one of the reasons why people trek to the Everest Base Camp. The park is dominated by Mount Everest. Sagarmatha National Park shares the border with one of the Tibetan Preserves, Qomolagma National Nature Preserve.
Established in 1976, Sagarmatha National Park holds historic significance. It was the country's first national park that was inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site. However, tourism in the area only began in the early 1960s.
At an elevation of 3,500m, Namche Bazaar is best known as the staging point for Everest region expeditions. Although transportation reach has yet to arrive, locals have transformed the traditional market into a wonderland for tourists. One can get trekking and climbing equipment along with other gears to continue the journey.
Namche Bazaar is a trading hub as well. The place is incredibly popular for its homemade yak cheese and butter. There was a time when Tibetan traders would gather to set up their shops and barter goods, mostly traditional arts and crafts. The increasing flow of tourists has contributed to its development. However, the ancient culture and traditions still remain the same.
Everest Base Camp
The final destination of our trek, Everest Base Camp. Situated at a very high altitude of 5,364m, Everest Base Camp is your final opportunity to scope out the majestic Himalayas from up close. As soon as you reach the base camp, there comes a feeling of fulfillment and achievement. The views are phenomenal. Bear in mind, that the journey to the Everest Base Camp is why most trekkers keep this as their top priority. As someone once said, "The journey is what makes the destination beautiful."
Lukla Flight Diversion:
To avoid congestion at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, flights to Lukla is likely to take-off from Ramechhap Airport. The Ramechhap Airport is approximately 6 hours by drive from Kathmandu. On top of that, flights are likely to be canceled or postponed if the weather is not favorable. So, be prepared for the delays.
Accommodation and Food:
Everest Base Camp Trek is a widely popular trekking route in Nepal. The region is well-managed for accommodation and food. However, the prices are quite expensive because of limited transportation means at a high altitude.
The hotels/lodges are decent. Most rooms are on a twin sharing basis with attached bathrooms. While some lodges need to be pre-booked, the professionals from CoreTreks will accompany you through the process.
Culture and Religious Beliefs:
Sherpas are the native residents of the Everest region. They are brave, hardworking and dedicated people. Tourism and traveling is their major occupation. However, Sherpas practice Buddhism and they take their religion very seriously. It is important to follow their rules and regulations, if you do not know, take some time to learn or simply ask them. Some things to keep in mind:
- Always walk clockwise around a temple
- Do not take photographs without permission
- Only throw away unused items to bins
- Ask for permission before you enter a monastery
- Never disrespect the prayer flags
Connection and Internet:
Most people may assume that the Everest Region has no internet connection but that is not true. There is a cell phone signal everywhere around the region. You could take phone calls and use the internet without a problem. Mainly, there are two different service providers i.e. NCELL and NTC. You can buy a SIM card easily from the nearest store.
Trip Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trekking in Nepal
One of the staffs from CoreTreks will pick you up from the airport and take you to a hotel. The hotels are three-star or above based on your preference. We will have a brief session about our trek and a little bit of sightseeing or shopping around the streets of Thamel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and hike towards Phakding.
This is one of the most dramatic and thrilling short flight experience in the world. The total flight duration of this scenic flight will be around 30 to 45 minutes. After landing at Lukla, the trail opens out to reach towards first stop. After a hike of 3-4 hours towards Phakding village, alongside the Dudh Koshi river and the Gokyo Lake – which one of our prime destinations. The trek here is comparatively easier and you can also explore some small pristine villages as we reach Phakding.
Important Note: Lukla flights have been diverted to Ramechhap instead of Kathmandu according to the recent notice from Aviation Authority. The drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap is about 4h to 5h (140km) via B.P.Highway. We will be preparing very early in the morning for the drive to Ramechhap in order to catch early flights. Read more about Lukla flights diversion here.
Phakding to Namche Bazaar
After breakfast at Phakding the trek begins towards a mountain town of Namche Bazzar. Several small settlements and villages are stretched towards Namche Bazzar. The trekking route passes through the Sagarmatha National Park which is yet again a picturesque path with alpine woods, streams and rhododendron tress. Namche Bazzar is the commercial hub in the Khumbu region because of its location and topography. We will be staying overnight at a guesthouse near Namche Bazzar.
Namche Bazaar, Acclimatization Day
Namche Bazar is the perfect place for acclimatization. A short hike towards Syangboche (3720m) is done after breakfast. The panoramic view of the great Himalayan ranges such as Mount Everest (8848m), Mt Lhotse (8749m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Labuche (6119m) can be seen from these viewpoints. Further from Namche lies the Everest View Hotel which is a hotel located at the highest altitude on earth. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
The journey towards Tengboche starts following the trails which marches along the glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with mesmerizing views of the Himalayas. A famous monastery lies at Tengboche where a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, incredibly ornate wall hangings, and the musical instruments and robe of the Lamas can be seen. A prayer ceremony is done every day in the monastery and you along with the fellow trekkers will be taken to observe the prayer – either in the evening or morning depending on the trekking schedule. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Tengboche to Dingboche
The trail then will go through Imja Khola. You can enjoy crossing exciting suspension bridge and climb towards Pangboche. The trek passes through traditional Sherpa villages and finally taking to the village of Dingboche from where magnificent views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam can be seen. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Dingboche, Acclimatisation Day
Dingboche is another great place for acclimatizing. After breakfast a hike to Nangkartshang Peak is amazing way to acclimatize yourself to the altitude. The place has an excellent viewpoint and if the weather is clear, the view of Ama Dablam peak could be seen. Trekkers can spend the rest of the afternoon strolling around the villages or resting. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Dingboche to Lobuche
The trek further resumes by hiking towards Dhungla where an aid-post is situated at a place called Pheriche. The trail continues along the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials of the climbers who have passed away during their summits. Further upward, the risk of getting altitude sickness arises so it is important to take it easy. Hence, an overnight stay at a guesthouse is arranged.
Lobuche to Gorakshep & Everest Base camp, E.B.C to Gorakshep
The FINALE of the trek is on this day! After breakfast a slow walk further on from Lobuche starts to avoid the altitude sickness. The trail runs alongside the sight of the world's highest glacier, the Khumbu Glacier. After about 3 hours of walk we will reach Gorakshep where the burdens and baggage are laid at the lodge. After having lunch, you will walk towards the Everest Base Camp. This is the closest point; one can get to Mount Everest without being a professional mountaineer or having hardcore mountaineering equipment. The view of the Khumbu icefall can be seen from the base camp which is a spectacular view to behold. After spending some time at the Everest Base Camp, you will head back to Gorakshep for the night. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Gorakshep to Kalapathar & Back to Pheriche via E.B.C
The journey from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar is one of the most difficult walks during the whole trek but it is however the most rewarding as well. Kala Patthar is a famous vintage point which is known for its panoramic views of the Himalayan including the best view of Mount Everest. The hike towards Kala Patthar is done early at dawn since the sight of sunrise is one of the prime attractions of the whole trek. The view is truly something to behold as the sun rises from within the Mount Everest and changes the colors of the Himalayan ranges from silver to gold. After enjoying the mesmerizing views and getting all the photographs you need, you can head back to Gorakshep, then walk down towards Pheriche. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
Saying goodbyes to the mountains, you will trek downhill the trails that follows the Imja river all the way to Tengboche. From there you will be further descend towards Phungki Thanka and finally reach Namche Bazzar once again. You can relax for the day in the region and ponder upon the amazing journey travelled and enjoy experiences the town of Namche Bazzar has to offer. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Namche Bazaar to Lukla
The trail from Namche Bazzar to Lukla is the same trail we will be passing through while ascending towards Namche Bazzar. The trail will be much easier as it is going downhill and lesser altitude. As you reach to Lukla, you can then relax and celebrate accomplishment of your epic journey. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Morning flight Lukla to Kathmandu
The flight usually is held during morning hours. The flight will be 30 to 45 minutes long to reach from Lukla to Kathmandu. After landing, you will be taken back to the hotel where you can stay overnight.
CoreTreks will host a dinner that night where you along with the fellow trekkers will be able to taste the traditional Nepali cuisine along with some cultural dance at the venue. Overnight stay at a hotel.
The day has come and after bidding our goodbyes a representative from CoreTreks will transport you to Tribhuvwan International Airport around 3 hours before your flight departure.
- Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
- Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (2 Nights).
- Twin sharing accommodation during trek. (11 Nights).
- Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes.
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Trekking permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment.
- Accident insurance for all staff.
- Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
- Personal care & attention.
- Local and government taxes.
- All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek.
- Travel and Rescue Insurance.
- Tips to crew.
- Personal mountaineering gears.
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu.
- Everything else apart from wherever "Cost Included services" is mentioned.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Everest Camp Trekking in Nepal is a moderate level of trekking. The trek is quite long (around 130km round trip), however people of all ages, shapes and sizes have completed the trek.
Yes, it is completely safe to trek to the Everest Base Camp and requires no mountaineering skills whatsoever. You will be guided throughout the trek providing information about any possible threats.
You can expect a considerably long hike to experience the mesmerizing views of the majestic massif alongside of the Everest. Some other qualities of the trek are: the flora and fauna of the Himalayas, the Sherpa residence, and an opportunity to scope the tallest mountain of the world, the Everest.
The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle).
For the accommodation there are specially Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However due easy accessibility of hotels & lodges throughout the trial, camping is usually avoided during the Everest Base Camp trek.
To book the Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:
- Online booking,
- Wire transfer OR,
- Cash on arrival
We recommend you to go through our booking policy before you head to the payment. In case of further inquiries please feel free to contact us.
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- Travel Insurance
- Trek Packing List
- Responsible Tourism
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CoreTreks is always striving for customer satisfaction and quality services. At the same time, we do not compromise on our responsibilities. We discourage any activities that harm the surroundings as well as the people. Nepal is a country of respect, hence we encourage travelers to greet people and show respect to the culture and traditions.
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may start once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain altitude rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go.
The itinerary includes acclimatization days to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please note that sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are some few extra preventions:
- Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust
- Drink more water, not less than 5 liters a day
- Eat more, eat often, and eat healthily
- Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms
- Do not skip acclimatization days
- Be prepared in case of an emergency
Safety and Security
A comprehensive Travel Insurance is mandatory while trekking with CoreTreks. However, there are a few measures that you can implement to ensure safety:
- Secure your belongings
- Do not flash cash or jewelry
- Have an emergency plan
- Do not trek alone
- Only choose authorized trekking agencies
CoreTreks will provide you with the essentials such as a Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, a duffle bag, a t-shirt, a trekking map, a self-sufficient medical first aid kit, and more. These are to be returned after completion of the trek.
Personal mountaineering gears are not included but we will provide you with a list of equipment necessary for your trek.
On average, walking time per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day.
Hiring a Porter/Guide
An experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. The package also includes a porter for every 2 individuals.
All our guides are licensed and well-experienced. They have been guiding with CoreTreks for almost a decade. Guides come in handy whenever you need some quick information, and to enhance overall trekking experience.