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Everest Base Camp Trek – Once-in-a-lifetime experience in Nepal

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of Nepal’s most popular mountain trail treks. This fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime experience enables you to discover the surroundings of the world’s highest mountain, the Mount Everest (with a height of 8,848 m).

Along the trekking route, you can immerse yourself in the peaceful Himalayan lifestyle and culture of Sherpa people, their villages and monasteries.

Surrounded by Mother Nature, you can enjoy impressive views of four of the world’s six tallest mountain peaks: Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and Mount Cho-Oyu.

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Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary – Example

The following itinerary outlines a possible itinerary for your Everest Base Camp Trek. The following itinerary includes both a flight to Lukla from Katmandu and a return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m) – Day 1

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu, our company representative will be waiting for you at the exit of the arrivals area.

Our representative will be showing a sign displaying our company name “All Nepal Trekking P. Ltd”.

You will then be transferred to your respective hotel by our private vehicle.

Includes: airport pick up, hotel accommodation

Sightseeing in Kathmandu City – Day 2

After breakfast, our tour guide will take you to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu:

  1. The Pashupatinath Temple is regarded as one of the world’s holiest sites for Hindus from all over the world and is dedicated to Shiva.
  2. The Boudhanath Stupa is located 5 km east of Kathmandu’s city center. It is one of the largest stupas in the world and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage sites worldwide.
  3. The Swayambhunath Stupa is located at 4 km west of Kathmandu’s city center. The Swayambhunath Stupa is also known as the Monkey Temple as many monkeys live in the area around this temple.

Includes: Breakfast, hotel accommodation, tour guide

From Kathmandu to Lukla and Phakding (2,652 m) – Day 3

After breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu’s airport with our private vehicle. From there, you take a short flight of approximately 45 minutes to Lukla (2,800 m). There you land at the famous Tenzing-Hillary airport.

Lukla is a tiny village built on a hillside and is a gateway destination from where your Everest Base Camp Trek begins.

Upon arrival at Lukla, our trekking crew meets with you and the other group members. After packing and making arrangements, we start the trek and head north.

After approximately 90 minutes of hiking, we pass a small settlement called Chopling and cross a tributary with a beautiful peak towards its head.

We reach Phakding after a 3-4 hour walk from the tiny airport village Lukla. Conclusion: An easy and short day of trekking to start with.

Includes: Breakfast, flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s) and porters

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,446 m) – Day 4

We cross to the west bank of Dudh Koshi River and continue our hike through blue pine and rhododendron forest to the village of Benkar (2,905 m). It takes approximately one hour of hiking to arrive in Benkar.

A bit later, we cross to the east bank and climb up to Chumo. This place is known for its multiple vegetable farms.

Later on, we cross the Kyashar Khol, which is another river. We then climb up a cleft in the canon wall to Monjo (2,835 m). This part of today’s hike, from Benkar to Monjo, takes around 45-60 minutes.

The hiking trail then descends in a cleft to the left of a huge rock. We cross the Dudh Koshi river again on a large suspension bridge to reach its west bank.

We continue our hike to arrive at Jorsale (2,850 m) in approximately 45 minutes. This is the entrance of the magnificent Sagarmatha National Park.

After entering this National Park, we continue our trek through blue pine forest to arrive at the confluence of Bhote Koshi from the west & Dudh Koshi from the east.

We cross the west fork and we start our climb to the beautiful mountain village Namche Bazaar. During this climb, you can already catch a glimpse of the Mt. Everest which can be seen behind the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge.

This last part of today’s trekking, from Jorsale to Namche Bazaar, takes approximately 3 hours.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s), porters

Acclimatisation Day in Namche Bazaar (3,446 m) or Khumjung (3,780 m) – Day 5

Today is the scheduled acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar or Khumjung. You can take the trail that climbs past the Gomba & reach a stoll strip called Syangboche (3,720 m) in an hour.

Climb northeast from the airstrip past a large Chorten in a blue pine forest. Descend past Himalay Turst School to reach Khumjung. A villace Gomba in Juniper groove to the north contains Yeti relics that can be seen in return for a donation.

This place offers an impressive view of Mt. Ama Dablam, which is just a stone’s throw away from Khumjung.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s), porters

Trek to Machermo (4,465 m) – Day 6

Today we trek for about 6 to 7 hours. The trail goes northeast of the stupa at the east end of Khumjung and climbs along the side of Khumbiyula.

We cross a rocky prominence to a crest of a ridge (3,992 m) where there’s a stupa. It takes approximately 2 hours to arrive there from Khumjung.

The trail descends steeply to near the river (3,643 m) where we take the left fork at the junction to head north. After an hour of hiking since passing the junction, Cho Oyu is visible at the head of the valley.

We hike in the woods and walk past several summer Yak herding huts to reach Gyele and Dole (4,048 m).

From Dole, we continue our trekking to reach Lhabarma (4,328 m) in less than an hour. From there, we continue the hike to Luza (4,390 m) for another hour. The final stage for today takes about 45 minutes and takes us from Luza to Machermo where we stay for the night.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s), porters

Trek to Gokyo (4,791 m) – Day 7

Today’s trek to Gokyo takes approximately 6 to 7 hours.

We climb the mountain side from Machermo to the tip of the ridge. Here we can enjoy a magnificent view of Cho Oyu (8,153 m), the mountains surrounding the Ngozumba glacier and Cholatse (6,440 m) and Tawoche (6,542 m) at the right hand side.

We descend the gentle slope for an hour to reach Pangar. From Pangar, we descend slightly following one of the melted glacial rivers that follow the west side of Ngozumpa glacier. This glacier lies at the eastern side of the trail.

The trail crosses this river and after one and a half hour of trekking since leaving Pangar, we arrive at the first of several lakes (4,709 m). Another 45 minutes of trekking brings us to the next lake, Taocha Lake.

From there, we continue for another 30 minutes to arrive at the third lake called Dudh Pokhari with Gokyo on its eastern shore. Cho Oyu (8,153 m) can be seen from Gokyo and lies in the north.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s), porters

Climb to Gokyo Peak (5,360 m) – Day 8

To climb the Gokyo Peak, we head towards the northern edge of Dudh Pokharai, we cross the zone of ablation and begin to ascend the mountain side.

Below us, the contrasting colours of the rough, desolate glacier and the emerald lake offer a beautiful scenery. As we ascend higher and higher, several of the world’s highest mountains appear: Mount Everest, Lhotse and Makalu.

We cross the rocky area visible at the summit and while crossing it, we arrive at the Gokyo Peak. The view from the summit offers a 360° panorama view of the surrounding mountains!

The climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Peak takes about 3 hours. After reaching the summit of Gokyo Peak, we return to Gokyo by descending the same trail. Count on approximately 5 to 6 hours to reach the summit and get back to Gokyo.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s), porters

Trek to Phortse (3,840 m) – Day 9

Today’s trek to Phortse is a journey of approximately 7 hours.

After retracing our steps a little to just beyond Pangar, we cross to the east side of the river issuing from Ngozumpa glacier and we cross the tributaries.

It is a very easy hike on a trail which levels, then descends and then levels again on the way to Thore (4,390 m).

After arriving in Thore, we descend through Konar (4,050 m) to finally reach Phortse after about 7 hours of trekking.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s), porters

Trek to Pheriche (4,252 m) – Day 10

Today’s trek to Pheriche is a journey of approximately 6 hours in total.

We cross the hill to the Imja Khola side. The trail leads to Debuche (3,757 m). After arriving in Debuche, the trail gradually ascends through the forest of Rhododendron.

We continue to the river, the Imja Khola, and cross it at a narrowing on a suspension bridge (3,780 m) from which we can enjoy a spectacular view of Ama Dablam.

We cross the river to the north bank and after 10 minutes, the trail forks. The left side leads to Pangboche Gumba while the right side leads to Pangboche village, which is at approximately 3 hours form Phortse where we started today’s hike.

We take the trail to Pangboche village and once we arrive there, we gradually continue the upward hike in the northeast of the village. We arrive at another trail fork after 1,5 hours hiking from Pangboche.

The right side leads to Dingboche (4,343 m) while the left one, slightly less prominent, climbs to the crest of a small ridge (4,282 m) from where Pheriche, our destination of today, can be seen.

We descend for a short while to cross the bridge over the Khumbu Khola in order to cross to the west bank which leads to Pheriche. Pheriche, where we stay for the night, is located at approximately 3 hours hiking distance from Pangboche.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s), porters

Trek to Lobuche (4,930 m) – Day 11

Today’s trek to Lobuche from Pheriche takes about 5-6 hours.

We continue our trek north along the flats past Yarsa (summer Yak herding hut) of Phuling Karpo, then turn northeast up a grassy lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier.

We cross its crest and descend to cross a glacial stream emerging from the snout of the glacier which is covered by the moraine (4,579 m). We then ascend to the huts of Tugla (4,593 m) at 2 hours hiking distance from Pheriche.

We climb to the pass to the right, the trail then contours on the other side of the glacier after crossing another stream of melted water.

The trail climbs up gradually to the northeast to Lobuche situated below the terminal moraine of tributary glacier. It takes about 2 hours to reach Lobuche from Tugla.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s), porters

Trek to Gorak Shep (5,184 m) & visit Kala Patthar (5,545 m) – Day 12

The trail continues next to the Khumbu glacier, and then climbs through the terminal moraine of another tributary glacier. From a considerable height, the rubble-covered hill of Kala Patthar, in front of Pumori (7, 145 m), can be viewed here.

At the base of Kala Patthar, there is a lake that is often frozen during winter. We descend to the sand and contour the lake on its northeast shore. We arrive in Gorak Shep after 3 hours of trekking from Lobuche.

The cairn of upper Kala Patthar to the north of the rounded hill can be reached in maximum 2 hours from Gorak Shep by ascending directly and keeping slightly to the northwest.

From Kala Patthar, you can enjoy magnificent views of Nuptse, Everest, Changtse and Lhotse’s summit and northern flank. This is certainly one of the most majestic view points in the world. After enjoying this incredible scenery, we retrace our steps to Gorak Shep.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s), porters

Gorak Shep (5,184 m) – Visit Everest Base Camp (5,340 m) – Day 13

The sites of various base camps used for climbing Mount Everest are close to the foot of Khumbu icefall (5,357 m).

The base camp can be reached in a few hours from Gorak Shep by venturing over rubble-covered surface of the Khumbu glacier. After visiting the Everest Base Camp, we retrace our steps to Gorak Shep.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s), porters

Trek to Dingbuche (4,343 m) – Day 14

Today’s trek takes about 7 hours of hiking. We retrace our steps and pass Lobuche. From Lobuche, we take a short cut crossing the stream emanating from the snout of the Khumbu glacier and climb up the lateral moraine.

We then follow a trail that contours to the south passing the small temporary village of Dusa before descending further to Dingbuche.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s), porters

Dingbuche – Visit Chuukung – Day 15

We head east from Dingbuche to reach Bibre (4,571 m) in one and a half hours. The trail then continues east crossing numerous streams that issue from the Nuptse & Lhotse glaciers.

We pass along a number of Yak herding huts at Chuukung, 1,5 hours after Bibre. We continue our trek back to Dingboche the same way we came.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s), porters

Trek to Tyangboche (3,867 m) – Day 16

Today’s trek to Tyangboche takes about 6 to 7 hours.

The trail descends gradually and after approximately 30 minutes, near Mani wall, the left side of the trail fork leads to Pheriche.

We continue heading southwest from Debuche (3,757 m) from where the trail ascends gradually to reach Tyangboche.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s), porters

Trek to Manjoo (2,800 m) – Day 17

We follow the same route as we have previously taken. Today’s trek to Manjoo takes about 7 hours.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s), porters

Trek to Lukla (2,850 m) – Day 18

We retrace our steps that we have previously taken and end our trekking in Lukla where this amazing adventure started.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodge accommodation, guide(s), porters

Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu – Day 19

We take the morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Check-in in hotel and free time in the city centre of Kathmandu.

Includes: Flight to Kathmandu from Lukla, breakfast, Kathmandu hotel accommodation, transfer to hotel

Kathmandu – Day 20

This extra day is allocated to have rest at any place you want.

Includes: Breakfast, Kathmandu hotel accommodation

Final Departure – Day 21

Our company representative transfers you to the airport for final departure with our private vehicle.

Includes: Breakfast, transfer to the airport

Custom Everest Base Camp Trek

Customised treks which differ from this itinerary are always organisable. It’s always possible to shorten the trek for example if you are on a tight schedule in Nepal and want to spend sufficient time in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara.

Don’t hesitate to contact us in order to discuss your preferences, wants and needs. We are flexible and your personal preferences (and those of your group’s members) matter most to us when organising your Everest Base Camp Trek.

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

Included costs

Our Everest Base Camp Trek Package covers the following costs:

  • All meals (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Lodge) during the trekking period
  • Sagarmatha National Park fee + TIMS permit fee
  • English speaking guide
  • Highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary
  • Staffs insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • Domestic airfare (flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu)
  • Airport pick ups & drops
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley as per programme
  • Hotel in Kathmandu on B&B plan (bed & breakfast) as per programme
  • All Local / Government Taxes

Excluded costs

The following costs are excluded and not covered by our Everest Base Camp Trek Package:

  • Personal expenses
  • Bar bill and all kinds of drinks
  • Rescue and Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Everest Base Camp Trek – Trip Facts

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

How hard is the Everest Base Camp Trek? The Everest Base Camp Trek involves a tremendous amount of walking up and down in the Sagarmatha National Park and the Himalayan Glaciers.

Everest Base Camp Altitude

The Everest Base Camp Trek reaches a maximum altitude of approximately 5,545 m.

Everest Base Camp Trek Best Time of Year

The best season to enjoy an Everest Base Camp Trek is during the months September, October and November.

Minimum Required Group Size

The minimum group size is 2 persons.

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