Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal: Conquering the Himalayas
Experience the best adventure with our Everest Base Camp Trek. It is a dream that has attracted adventurers and nature enthusiasts for decades. Imagine yourself standing beneath the towering giants of the Himalayas. Right in front stands the majestic Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. It soars to an awe-inspiring 8,848.86 meters (29,031 feet).
This extraordinary Everest Base Camp Trek offers an unmatched adventure through nature’s wonders. It feels like – a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will leave you with a profound sense of accomplishment.
Here at Himalayan Trekking, our knowledgeable guides, who are passionate about sharing their expertise, will take care of everything with 24/7 support. You can embrace the transformative experience in safe hands. Get ready to create memories that will leave you in awe of the natural world.
The best time to do the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek in Nepal is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. These two periods provide the most favorable weather conditions and clear views of the stunning landscapes. Here’s a breakdown of these seasons:
Spring (Pre-Monsoon): March to May
The weather is relatively stable, bringing warm daytime temperatures and refreshing nights. The trails come alive with rhododendron blooms and abundant greenery. The clear skies offer excellent views of the surrounding mountains, including Everest. This period attracts a lot of visitors to Everest Base Camp Trek, so the trails and tea houses can get a bit crowded.
Autumn (Post-Monsoon): September to November
The weather is dry and stable, with clear skies and great visibility. The landscapes are beautifully colored with autumn foliage. Unlike the bustling spring season, the trails are quieter, providing a serene trekking adventure.
When heading on the Everest Base Camp Trek, it’s essential to obtain permits. Permits are a requirement for all national parks in Nepal, including the Sagarmatha National Park. For the Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek, the following entrance permits are required:
Please NOTE THAT: All of these permits for the Everest Base Camp Trek will be managed by Himalayan Trekking for an organized Trek.
The Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek in Nepal is considered moderately difficult to challenging due to its high altitude, varying terrain, and length. The trek involves hiking through rugged trails, ascending to high altitudes, and dealing with changing weather conditions.
The Everest Base Camp Trek is not just a trek; it’s a transformative journey. It will challenge your limits physically as well as mentally. It will help unveil the wonders of nature to you, and connect you with a community that has lived in the mountains for generations. Our itinerary, seasoned guides, and dedication to your safety will ensure that your adventure is both exhilarating and enriching.
Book your Everest Base Camp Trek with Himalayan Trekking today and head to new heights of adventure and self-discovery.
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Altitude: 1,300 m (4,265 ft)
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our dedicated team will be there to warmly greet you. You will be transferred to your hotel in the heart of Thamel. It is a vibrant district known for its unique blend of restaurants, shops, and local culture.
Our journey starts with a scenic flight to Lukla. There, we will meet up with the rest of the team and begin our trek. We descend towards the Cheplung village. At Cheplung we get to see beautiful views of Mt. Khumbila. Mount Khumbila (5761m) also known as “God of Khumbu” sacred mountain which has never been climbed. Our journey then continues towards Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
The first part of the trail is easy, we cross the Dudkoshi and walk along the path west of the river. We pass through pine forests and small villages along the way. We continue up north the Benkar valley, we cross the Dudh Koshi again and continue forwards passing through the Chumoa and Monjo villages. Once we reach Jorsalle we verify our permits. Here, you will start seeing more sights of the snow-clad mountains ahead. The last parts of the trek get tougher as we must climb a steep incline to reach the Hillary Bridge. And then, continue hiking up a steep path leading up to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
This day is primarily meant for an acclimatization trek to a higher altitude and then back to Namche to sleep one more night at the current altitude. We will be hiking up to Khumjung village. It is a small but vibrant Sherpa village. There we will be visiting the Hillary School and the Khumjung Gompa where the monastery claims to have a Yeti scalp on display. After our day of exploration, we make our way back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
With breakfast done, we prepare to trek up to the renowned Tengboche monastery at Tengboche village. It is the largest monastery in the region and one of the most significant ones as well. The monastery is perched in a beautiful spot on a high ridge with Mount Ama Dablam in the background. It is surrounded by pines, azaleas and colorful mountain rhododendrons, and the views are just fantastic; you can get good views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku! Overnight in Tengboche.
The trail to Dingboche promises an outstanding views of the mountains and an awesome experience as many claim. The first part of the trail is relatively moderate with river crossings along wooden bridges, climbing up large steps through colorful gateways, and the ever-existing views of the Himalayas. The climb to Dingboche begins once we reach the Imja Valley and the Lobuche River. The trek to Dingboche is as picturesque as the village itself. Overnight at Dingboche.
Today, we will do some hiking around Dinboche. We shall ascent a ridge behind the village, from where we can get views of six of the tallest mountains in the world that includes the Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu, Cholatse, Taboche peak, and other snow-clad mountains rising above the Khumbu Khola Valley, particularly Lobuche West, Lobuche East and Lhotse. The spot also offers spectacular views of the Imja Khola Valley and the attractive Dingboche village. Overnight at Dingboche.
We continue on the trail along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and pass by stone memorials for climbers who perished in the mountains. We ascent further as we move towards the Lobuche village which is nestled under the massive Lobuche peak. Overnight at a guesthouse.
The trail to Gorak Shep is rocky and when paired with the elevation, it makes it very much tougher. Nonetheless, on Gorak Shep, you feel like you’re walking on a beach because Gorak Shep is a frozen lakebed covered with sand.
Once Gorak Shep is conquered, now it’s the part of the journey you’ve been waiting for- Everest Base Camp. The trail to EBC is also very rocky and is filled with larger rocks as we move closer towards EBC. The rocky terrain, the ascents, and descents on a glacial path, and the elevation make this trail challenging. However, the views from there and the feeling of being there away from the “world” is incredible. It isn’t more about the views but it’s more about the personal sense of achievement you get and to realize that you’ve made it!
You can see the mighty Khumbu Icefall, the upper part of the Khumbu glacier, stunning views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori, and many other Himalayan giants from EBC. We will head back to spend the night in Gorak Shep. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
The trek starts early in the morning. We walk up a slope admiring great views of Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse mountains to reach Kala Patthar is a famous landmark in the region, it literally means black rock. Some would say, Kala Patthar is the highlight of the whole trip. The top of Kala Patthar, offers the best views of Mount Everest. Hikers walk early in the morning to Kala Patthar to witness the sunrise from Kala Pattar. After spending some time at Kala Pathhar, we head back down to Gorak Shep and from there down to Pheriche. Pheriche is small Sherpa village made popular by the Tshola Tsho Lake. Overnight in Pheriche.
Now, that we’re done with all the climbing, it’s time to come down. And, by down, 2,000 feet down! We descend through rhododendron, juniper and pine forests, at one-point crossing over the Dudh Koshi over a wooden bridge. We make it down to Sansa where awesome vistas of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains await. Twisting and turning through the woods we finally make it to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
It’s again all downhill from here. Enjoy the views and reflect upon what you just achieved in these last two weeks. It is a wonderful time to fully look back at the entire journey. After passing some rocky path, it is just a quick descent, crossing several suspensions bridges on the way until we reach our destination. We will also be passing by many monasteries, too. And finally, we make it back to Lukla. This will be the last day in the mountains! Time to rest, reflect and relax! Overnight in Lukla.
We will catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu, where we can do some last-minute souvenir shopping and some celebration! You can also check out some other places in Kathmandu, we will be assisting you with that as well. A farewell dinner is arranged to celebrate your success. Overnight in Kathmandu.
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Trekking to Everest Base Camp’s difficulty varies based on your fitness, trekking background, and altitude adaptation. The journey includes tough uphill and downhill paths, rough terrain, and changeable weather. Altitude is vital, and altitude sickness is a concern. With good preparation, training, and expert guidance, most moderately fit individuals can accomplish the trek.
The Everest Base Camp trek takes about 12 to 14 days, including arrival and departure days. This gives time for adjusting to the high altitudes and resting, which is very important.
The cost of the Everest Base Camp Trek can vary widely due to factors like your chosen trekking company, service level, accommodation preferences, trekking season, and any added activities. On average, the cost can range from $1,000 to $1,800 USD or more per person. This generally includes permits, guides, porters, lodging, meals, flights, and essentials. It’s best to do research and pick a reliable trekking company that suits your budget and preferences.
Even if you’re new to trekking, as long as you’re reasonably fit and determined, you can make the Everest Base Camp trek. Being well-prepared physically and mentally is key. The altitude, steep trails, and changing weather might challenge newcomers. Picking an experienced trekking company with adept guides, enough acclimatization time, and a fitting itinerary significantly boosts beginners’ trekking success. Always consult medical experts and trek organizers before setting off.
To secure the Sagarmatha National Park Permit, you have a couple of options. You can visit the Nepal Tourism Board Office located at Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu. Their official website is https://ntb.gov.np/ for further information. Or we can help you to get permit if you book this trip with us.
Entry Fees for Sagarmatha National Park for Foreign visitors: NPR 3,000 per person, and for SAARC nationals: NPR 1,500 per person. For Children under 10: Free entry You will need your passport with you to get this permit.
Yes, When heading on the Everest Base Camp Trek, it’s essential to obtain permits. Permits are a requirement for all national parks in Nepal, including the Sagarmatha National Park.
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