Everest base camp trek

Everest base camp trek

12 Days Everest base camp trek starts from the challenging flight of Lukla Airport. the 12 days journey let’s you the tallest mountain of Earth. Tibetan natives called it Chomolungma, meaning “Goddess Mother of Mountains Everest base camptrek has all the things from natural aspect that a nature and adventure lovers want.

Trek to Everest Base Camp has become the target of thousands of trekkers of the world. but this is not that easy as all we think there are some information that you must have before you start your Everest base camp trek.

12 Days Everest base camp trek

Overview of Everest base camp trek

Everest Base Camp trek is a dream hike for every hikers. It is not only because of height but also it’s beauty. Everest Located in the Mahalangur himalayan range(The tallest himalayan range of the world). Thousand of trekkers attempt a base camp each and every year

Why is everest base camp became so popular? Well! it is because of footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay and the countless other early pioneers of Mount Everest who tried to submit the Everest. is one of the most sought-out trekking destination in the world. It has amazing view of the mountains, wonderful trekking facilities, and warm, hospitable Sherpa people.

Everest base camp trek has a great opportunity to experience the local Sherpa hospitality staying at their lodges. Trek to Everest base camp is in Sagarmatha national park, listed in UNESCO world heritage sites in Nepal. Base Camp Everest trek is best to see the highest mountain in the world, Everest at 8,848m, and many of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks such as Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. Everest Ice fall glacier with huge ice pinnacles soaring to unbelievable height before reaching to Base camp.

As Everest base camp is located at a height of 5500 Meter around, and it takes about two weeks to do hike. You have to take care of your health while on trek. There are many things to consider before you start your trek Everest Base Camp. This article will serve as your Trekking guide Everest to Everest Base Camp.

12 Days Everest base camp trek Facts
  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Duration:14 Days
  • Accommodation: Full Board, 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
  • Route:Kathmandu, Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Tengbouche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, Pherice, Namche Bazaar, Lukla, Kathmandu

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.

12 Days Everest base camp trek outline itinerary

In general the Everest base camp trek is 12 days. 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

Day From To Altitude Time Duration(Approx)
1 Your Destination Kathmandu 1350 M, 4430 FT. Your time
2 Kathmandu Phakding 2,651M/8,700 FT 4 Hours
3 Phakding Namche Bazaar 3,438M/11,280 FT 6 Hours
4 Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar 3,438M/11,280 FT Whole Day
5 Namche Bazaar Tengboche 3,870M/12,694 FT 6 Hours
6 Tengboche Dingboche 4,360M/14,300 FT 5 Hours
7 Dingboche Dingboche 4,360M/14,300 FT Whole Day
8 Dingboche Lobuche 4940 M/16,207 FT 7 Hours
9 Lobuche Gorak Shep 5,170M/16,961 FT 7 Hours
10 Gorakshep-Kalapattar Pherice 5,545M/18,192 FT, 4,288M/14,070FT 8 Hours
11 Pherice Namche Bazaar 3,440M/11,280 FT 7 Hours
12 Namche Bazaar Lukla 5,545M/18,192 FT, 4,288M/14,070FT 8 Hours
13 Lukla Fly to Kathmandu 1350 M, 4430 FT. 40 Minutes
14 Kathmandu Your Destination N/A N/A
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12 Days Everest base camp trek itinerary

This is the 14 days Everest base camp trek itinerary, we can still customize it as per your needs
  • 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

    Kathmandu Elevation:1300 Meter Lukla Elevation:(2800 M) Phakding Elevation:(2,651 M/8,700ft)
    Elevation Gain: 1350 meters Approx Distance Travel and time:8 KM Trek and 4 Hours flight Duration: 30 Minutes Flight

    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
    lukla Service Included: Transportation, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 03:Phakding to Namche Bazaar
    Phakding Elevation:(2,651 M/8,700ft) Namche Bazaar Elevation:(3,438m/11,280 ft) Trail today:Most of the trail are climbing
    Elevation Gain: 787 meters Approx Distance Travel11 KM Trek and 4 Hours Time duration:5-6 Hours

    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.
    Phakding Service Included: Transportation, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 04:Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar

    Namche Bazaar Elevation:(3,438m/11,280 ft) Activities:Small Hike Trek:N/a

    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.
    Namche bazzar Service Included: Transportation, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 05:Trek to Tengboche
    Namche Bazaar Elevation:(3,438m/11,280 ft) Tengboche Elevation:(3,250 metres ft) Trail today:accent and decent
    Elevation loss: 200 meters Approx Distance Travel10 KM Trek Time of trek duration:5-6 Hours

    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.
    tengboche Service Included: Transportation, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 06:Tengboche to Dingboche

    Dingboche Elevation:(4,360 Meters) Tengboche Elevation:(3,250 metres) Trail today:Most of the trail accent
    Elevation loss: 1100 meters Approx Distance Travel5-6 KM Trek Time of trek duration:6-7 Hours

    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.
    Dingbouche Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation

  • Day 07:Dingboche: Acclimatization
    Dingboche Elevation:(4,360 Meters) Trail today:You can hike a bit more
    Elevation loss/gain N/A Hike duration:N/A

    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.
    dingbouche Service Included: Transportation, Lunch, and Dinner

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

    Dingboche Elevation:(4,360 Meters) Lobuche Elevation:(4940 m/16,207 ft) Trail today:Most of the trail is accent
    Elevation loss: 700 meters Approx Distance Travel5-6 KM Trek Time of trek duration:5-6 Hours

    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.
    lobouche Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation

  • 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
    Lobuche Elevation:(4940 m/16,207 ft) Gorak Shep Elevation:(5,170 m/16,961 ft) Everest base camp Elevation:(5,364 m/17,594 ft) Trail today:Most of the trail is accent and decent
    Elevation gain: 400 meters Approx Elevation loss: 200 meters Approx Distance Travel11-12 KM Trek Time of trek duration: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.
    Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation

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

    Kala Patthar Elevation:(5,545m/18,192ft) Gorak Shep Elevation:(5,170 m/16,961 ft) Pheriche Elevation:(4,288m/14,070ft) Trail today:Most of the trail is accent and decent
    Elevation gain: 500 meters Approx Elevation loss: 1257 meters Approx Distance Travel17 KM Trek Time of trek duration:8-9 Hours

    We prepare for an early morning departure in the dark where temperatures is (-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 kalapattar is 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.)
    everest base camp Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation

  • 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 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

Everest base camp trek difficulty

Well the 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 a 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 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 the 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. Example are 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 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 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


Places Altitude
Lukla 2800 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 the 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 on that time you need guide as well .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 to 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 guide Cost
Guide 25$
Porter guide 23$
Porter 21$

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


Time Weather
Mid-September, October, and November are Autumn Season This 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 trekking During this time the forest becomes very colorful because of rhododendron and magnolia flowers as well as very less chance of rain.
December, January, and February the sky is clear but the weather is cold and there is a risk of hailstorm and snowfall.
June, July, August, and mid-September This 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, June this is Monsoon season and the least popular time to do trekking in Nepal. The risk of leeches, landslides, floods and so on.

everest base camp trek gear list

This information will give you an idea about Trekking equipment list for your trek as the backpack and the gear play vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you have all the necessary gear for the trip. The following is a Trekking equipment list we recommend that you take together with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However, we recommend that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable there is no Brand.you can bring by your choice.

Trekking equipment list for body

  1. Four seasons Sleeping bag -15 would be preferable ( You can even rent here in Nepal we will arrange your sleeping bag however it is better if you have your own)
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
  3. Daypack for yourself (Bring the small one where you can put your important stuff as well as drinking water)
  4. A down Jacket
  5. Shade hat or Cap
  6. Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  7. Sunglasses with UV protection
  8. Headlamp
  9. Neck warmer
  10. A pair light weight warm gloves.
  11. T-shirts 2- 3 pieces quick drying one would be the good.
  12. Light weight thermal tops.
  13. Fleece jacket.
  14. Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  15. A pair’s nylon hiking shorts quick drying one
  16. Underwear
  17. Two pairs lightweight long underwear.
  18. Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  19. Four pairs of liner warm socks
  20. medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
  21. A pair light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
  22. sandal (Optional) or Flip Flop

Trekking equipment list Medicines and First Aid Kits

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Anti-infection ointments
  4. Band-aids
  5. Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  6. Detol, Betadin
  7. Tape
  8. Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  9. Diamox 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
  10. 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.

Miscellaneous but Important Trekking equipment list

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  2. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  3. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  4. Sun’s cream with SPF 40 is recommended
  5. Pocket knife.
  6. Water purification lodine tablets
  7. filter to filter the water
  8. Drinking Water Bottle or floatable bottle
  9. Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

headingforpage”>Optional Trekking equipment list

  1. Adjustable trekking poles
  2. Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
  3. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
  4. Binoculars
  5. Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)