Everest base camp trek 12 Days starts from the stunning flight of Lukla. The Everest base camp trekking 12 days let’s you reach the base of the tallest mountain on Earth which offers spectacular scenery. Everest base camp trek is not only to see the highest mountains but to trek through the one of the most stunning trek trails. The trekking offers you the gorgeous view of the Khumbu Himalayan range, beauty of the everest national parks, the diversified landscape and unique culture of the Sherpa community of the Khumbu Region. With Everest there are some other peaks which are above 8000 Meter Like Mt Makalu, Mt Cho you, Mt Lhotse are the other mountains that you can see while doing the 12 days Everest base camp trekking. The trek is quite challenging as it starts from 2800 meters and reaches 5,645 Meters to the kalapathar.

What to see on Everest Base Camp Trek

Other than Mt Everest there are many things to see on Everest base camp trek. Everest base camp trek offers the spectacular view of the Khumbu Himalayan Range. On the way to Everest base camp and from Kala Patthar you can see the stunning views of the mountains, including Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Kangtega, Mt Nuptse, Mt Thamserku, Mt Kusum Kanguru, Mt Pumori, Mt Lhotse, Lobuche Peak, Island Peak, Mt Makalu and, of course, the breathtaking view of the Mt Everest. The stunning flights to Lukla also offer you the spectacular view of the mountain Range Like Langtang and Gaurishanker too. Sherpa culture and sherpa traditions are other things you will see while on Everest base camp trek. Trekkers trek inside the Sagarmatha National Park which is UNESCO world heritage sites. Diversified landscapes, high glaciers, waterfalls and Sherpa people and their culture are things to see.

Everest base camp trek Highlights

  • Sherpa people and their culture
  • Explore the Sherpa culture of the Everest region by visiting various monasteries and villages of this region.
  • Thrilling mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Magnificent views of Mount Everest and many other 8000m-7000m mountains, Khumbu Icefall.
  • Hike to Kala Patthar(5555m), Everest Base Camp(5365m) and Discover the best Himalayan view in 360 deg angle from Syangeboche hill and from Kalapatthar
  • Sherpa Buddhism, tallest monastery, Local sherpa and their life styles.
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Everest base camp trek 12 Days itinerary

In general the Everest base camp trek is 12 days is 14 Days travel program but it excludes 1 day to arrival and 1 day to departure. Most of the travel company says it is 14 Days which also include your arrival day and departure day. During trek duration you have 1 day for acclimatization in Namche. If you want to more acclimatization day then you have to extend your trek duration which is also possible please go to booking Mention all the things that you want to we will customize your itinerary perfectly

DayFromToAltitudeTime Duration(Approx)
1Your DestinationKathmandu1350 M, 4430 FT.Your time
2KathmanduPhakding2,651M/8,700 FT4 Hours
3PhakdingNamche Bazaar3,438M/11,280 FT6 Hours
4Namche BazaarNamche Bazaar3,438M/11,280 FTWhole Day
5Namche BazaarTengboche3,870M/12,694 FT6 Hours
6TengbocheDingboche4,360M/14,300 FT5 Hours
7DingbocheDingboche4,360M/14,300 FTWhole Day
8DingbocheLobuche4940 M/16,207 FT7 Hours
9LobucheGorak Shep5,170M/16,961 FT7 Hours
10Gorakshep-KalapattarPherice5,545M/18,192 FT, 4,288M/14,070FT8 Hours
11PhericeNamche Bazaar3,440M/11,280 FT7 Hours
12Namche BazaarLukla5,545M/18,192 FT, 4,288M/14,070FT8 Hours
13LuklaFly to Kathmandu1350 M, 4430 FT.40 Minutes
14KathmanduYour DestinationN/AN/A
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12 Days Everest base camp trek itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel (1,300m/4,264 ft)

    Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, me and my team will pick us you from the airport and take you to hotel. When we are at hotel there we will discuss about the trip and mange the insufficient trekking stuff/gears for the trekking and settlement the other trip things.

  • Day 02:Fly to Lukla then trek to Phakding

    On the time of 40 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (9,186ft), you will enjoy one of the most beautiful air routes in the world from where you can see the tall Himalayan range. When we reach Lukla the your trek begins, you will meet your other trip members helpers who will carry your trekking stuff.
    From lukla you start your trekking. At first we go gradully descent to Cheplung village then gradually descend until we reach Phakding and stay at phakding

  • Day 03:Phakding to Namche Bazaar

    At the beginning of day you will walk through a beautiful pine forest, you will follow the trail north up the valley of Benkar then cross Dudh Koshi River and reach at Monjo, the entrance place to Everest National Park. From there you will cross the long suspension bridge to reach at jorsale, we pass Jorsale village and walk alongside of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this valley where the major river meets each other. Crossing over the Hillary bridge, trek begin steep ascent to Namche Bazar. On the way, we would have excellent views of Everest (8,848m) and Lhotse (8,516m.). Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, Namche Bazar (3,440m) is a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears and other necessary goods.

  • Day 04:Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar

    There are many things to do around Namche Bazaar, and we can spend a day here to acclimatization. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Khumbu region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. Today you would hike to Syangeboche or Sengboche Hill station is an ideal place for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading towards Tyangboche Hill. We go up to Khhumjung monastery (one of the biggest sherpa inhabitants) passing over Syangeboche hill station. While you are hiking through Syangeboche hill station, you will have an excellent view of Mount Everest, Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Thamserku, Mount Nuptse, Mount Lhotse, Mount Tawche, Mount Kwangde and so on from here.

  • Day 05:Trek to Tengboche

    This segment of the trek includes the steep cliff dropping down the Dudh Kosi river and ascent along the rhododendron forests to Tengboche. While descending to Dudh Kish River, we enjoy the views of mountains like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. After we to reach to Tengboche, we visit Tengboche monastery-the largest monastery in the region.

  • Day 06:Tengboche to Dingboche

    At first today you go descent down through forests filled with a variety of lush trees – birch, conifers and rhododendrons. This walk again offers us with superb views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The picturesque trail dips down to Devuche, crosses the suspension bridge of Imja River and takes us to Pangboche. The trek moves ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately begins climbing up to Dingboche. At Dingboche, we see a beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from grazing animals. Overnight at Dingboche.

  • Day 07:Dingboche: Acclimatization

    Today, is your acclimatization day to be familiar with the local climate. Today, we hike to Nagarjuna peak located at an altitude on 16,000 ft for better acclimatization and as well as to get almost the best view of Khumbu Himalayan range and peak like Valley for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache and Ama Dablam. It’s not tough hiking but as the trail is gently accented than it takes a longer time to get the summit. Hike to Chhukung village is optional, it also provides a majestic view of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others. In the late afternoon, we return to our lodge at Dingboche and take rest.

  • Day 08:Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft)

    We start the day with a gradual climb to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here we climb steeply to Chupki Lhara where we find an array of stones with prayer flags. Along the journey, you will have eye-catching views of Mount Tawache, Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Pokalde (5741m), Mount Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Mount Nuptse.

  • Day 9:Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours

    After breakfast at Lobuche, we trek to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep. The journey today is the most rewarding section of the complete Everest base camp trek. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. You would pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. From here you would see Nuptse, Khumbuste, Pumori and many more mountains. then you will back to Gorakshep.

  • Day 10:Trek to Kala Patthar from Gorakshep (5,545m/18,192ft)then to Pheriche (4,288m/14,070ft): 17km, 8 hours

    We prepare for an early morning departure in the dark where temperatures are (-10 to -14 C) and moreover, there is always the potential of cold winds. Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar which is recognized as a mountain black stone located at an altitude of 5,545m / 18,132 ft, one of our highest points of the whole journey. You can see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. Kalapatthar or Kala Pattar is a famous hill station to view sunrise/sunset on Everest Himalayan range. As you are here, you can see an amazing view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and many more mountains. You can take photograph and enjoy the view then we descend down to Gorekshep and have breakfast there and go down to Pheriche (4,243m.)

  • Day 11:Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 20km, 6 – 7 hours

    Now your trail always goes decently down through rocky terrain.During the trek route, you would see rhododendron forest. During the trek, you would pass Tengboche where there is the famous and oldest monastery of this region. You go still descends from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) on this time you would pass several tiny villages.
    Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation

  • Day 12:Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft): 19km, 6 – 7 hours

    The trail descends continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Overnight in Lukla.
    Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation

  • Day 13:Fly to Kathmandu

    We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu we help you to look around Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
    Service Included: Breakfast, Transportation and Accommodation

  • Day 14:Final departure

    Final departure

Manslu trekking cost includes

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 2 night’s twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights ticket for Guide and Guest
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
  • Guest house basis trekking accommodation while on trekking days
  • Airport transfer (Local and Domestic flights both).
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Trekking tours
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permits
  • Local government permits fees
  • All land transportation as per written on above itinerary
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs

EBC trekking cost excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above

Everest base camp trek difficulty

Well another question that trekker has is how difficult is Everest base camp trek?

Let me explain you something The difficulty of Everest base camp depends upon various factors such as
altitude, Number of trekking days, number of trekking hours as well as the season that you do your trek.

Everest base camp trek difficulty

There are various trekking routes in Nepal which of them are long as well as short. This Everest base camp trekking is two weeks long itinerary. This is Strenuous types of the trek.

Strenuous Trekking are difficult kind of trekking which needs steep climbing and some technical knowledge of walking in the ice as well. It requires prior trekking experience and strong physical fitness. It is the trekking above 4500m elevation and for the period of 15-25 days with 7-8 hours walk per day. An example is Everest base camp trekking.

Altitude is another big factor that matters on the difficulty of Everest base camp trek. Normally you start your trek from the elevation of 2800M from Lukla which is quite tough and you climb almost twice the height of Lukla. Each day you climb more than 200 Meter in an average. During the 14 days, you should do 2 days acclimatization rest for the betterment of your health as well as digest the height.

Everest base camp trek cost

While you are determined that you would do Everest base camp trek you should know how much cost does it?
Well, Basically there are following cost incurred while you do Everest base camp trek
The cost of Everest trek includes the price of flights ticket to Lukla-Kathmandu-Lukla, Accommodation in trek and Kathmandu, food, gear, travel permits, insurance, cost of hiring a guide and porter as well as drinks expenses.

The flight cost to Lukla – Kathmandu – Lukla costs is 360$. If you go from Jiri to Everest Base Camp, you will save 1-way flight cost but it takes 7 more days to complete your trek.

For the accommodation is 45$ per day per person. which includes your food and accommodation as well as drinks for the single day.

Likewise, you need to get the two permits while you go to Everest trekking. EBC trek requires Sagarmatha National Park permit costs 33$. Besides that, you also need to get Rural municipality ticket which cost is.

To go to Everest base camp it needs guide as well as a porter. The basic salary of guides is 25$ per day which includes his salary as well as other expenses. Same like for the porter is 20$ per day.

Everest base camp trek altitude

So the Next question is about Everest base camp trek altitude by place-wise

Everest base camp is obviously higher that you think. and all the place where you stay for the overnight has also high elevation. for your better preparedness we have included the place height on table. The traditional everest base camp trek is start trek from Jiri. However Nowadays most of the trekkers start their trek from Lukla which is elevated at the height of 2800M from sea level. So it is quite tough for you to become better prepare here is the height of table

Everest base camp trek altitude chart

Lukla2800 m
Namche Bazaar3438 m
Khumjung379 m
Tengboche3860 m
Gorak Shep5164 m
Everest Base Camp5364 m
Kala Pathar5545 m
Gokyo4750 m
Island Peak6189 m

Why do you need guide for Everest base camp trek

  • Your guide ensure safety Because safety is our main concern.
  • You can’t get sufficient information about local culture, history, flora and fauna by yourself so it is a very good idea to bring the guide to Everest Base Camp.
  • While in trekking there are a lot of trekkers so it is crowded on that time you need a local guide who can perfectly manage Logistic arrangements for the trekking so you need to hire a guide for Everest Base Camp.
  • You may get sick during the trek which might be because of Altitude mountain sickness or any other problems, in that case, your guide will be helpful to you. Sometimes you need to do quick decision when you become sick at that time you need a guide as well. The guide will help keep an eye on you and your belongings. Regarding outdoor safety, your guide will know the routes, conditions, and health concerns.
  • Guides will elaborate the local cultures, their tradition, their custom by his own knowledge as well as sometimes he/she also gets information form local and tell you the more things as well as update. They can be more fruitful to ask about the religions, local people ethnic groups, their customs and traditions. You can have insight into the history of various places and their civilization.

Guide and Porter Hire from Lukla

Well! If you are going to do Everest base camp trek you must know something about guide and porter

You can bring guide and porter from lukla as well. This will relatively cheap to you as well as easy also. Guide and Porter Hire from Lukla is easy options to you. Instead of Booking full board packages if you decide take the partial service it is also good idea. However it is also quite challenging. you can not trust the people directly. So we advice to you take the guide porter from us. we are the responsible for them as well as we do also insurance of the guide and porter.

Trekking guide from lukla is also possible to take but they are not so good in English. If you bring the guide from Kathmandu would be good to you. Trekking guide will ensure your flights as well as help you to take you lukla as well. Everest base camp trekking guide Knows Proper walking hours, planning and acquaintances with the surrounding forests, hills, mountains, trails and local traditions.

Everest base camp trek Guide porter hire cost

Guide, porter or porter guideCost
Porter guide23$

Which is best Everest base camp trek seasons

There is a speech: “Nepal is for all season”; however, there are mainly two best high seasons to trek to Everest Base Camp, they are: Pre-monsoon (February, March, April, May) and Post-monsoon (September, October, November and December).have a look on this table.

everest base camp trek seasons

Mid-September, October, and November are Autumn SeasonThis is the best time to do trekking because in this time the field is full with crops, the forest is very green and there is no chance of rain. The weather is pretty good. it is neither warm nor cool
March, May is the second-best season of the year to do trekkingDuring this time the forest becomes very colorful because of rhododendron and magnolia flowers as well as very less chance of rain.
December, January, and Februarythe sky is clear but the weather is cold and there is a risk of hailstorm and snowfall.
June, July, August, and mid-SeptemberThis is Nepal´s hot and pre-monsoon season and it can get very warm indeed. This is still the best time to do this trek
May, Junethis is Monsoon season and the least popular time to do trekking in Nepal. The risk of leeches, landslides, floods and so on.
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Everest Base Camp trek facts
  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Duration:14 Days
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Trip Style:Tea House
  • RegionEverest Region
  • MealsFull Board on trek
  • Altitude5,545M/18,192 FT
  • Group-Size1-18 Person
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle/Local Bus
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