Everest Base Camp Trek

14 Days

Have you ever thought of the highest point or place on the earth?

Yes, it is of course Mount Everest of Nepal. There are two ways getting there. A gradual walk from Lukla to Base Camp and trek back through the same trail for 12-14 days. Another shortest way is taking the Everest Helicopter Tour with landing opportunities at Base Camp that completes in 5-6 hours in the morning from Kathmandu airport.

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Note: Private trips are available at your preferred dates throughout the year.

Introduction to Everest Base Camp Trail

Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world with an altitude of 8,848 meters. This famous mountain lies on the border of Nepal and Tibet (China). ‘Sagarmatha’ is the Nepalese name of Mt. Everest and Tibetans call this peak ‘Chomolungma’. Everest Base Camp trek is the most popular sought after treks all over the world.

The entire Everest region comes within the boundaries of the Sagarmatha National Park. The Park has a large composition of rugged terrain and gorges of the high Himalayas. It ranges from 2,845 meters further to the top of the world’s highest mountain- Mt. Everest. People believe this to be the home of Yeti, the snow man- an ongoing unsolved mystery!

Mount Everest trekking starts at Lukla, reached by a 35-minute hair-raising flight. Hiking to Everest Base Camp goes along the Dudh Koshi Valley leading into the popular Sherpa hometown- Namche Bazaar and finally the Kalapatthar, foot of Mt. Everest.

Namche Bazaar serves as a central hub of the area for food, sundries, communications and climbing gears. Many trekkers spend a full day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. The trail passes then through the famous Tengboche Monastery, Lobuche and finally Gorakshep (5,140m/16,864ft).

Gorakshep is the highest point of accommodation available to the Everest Base Camp visitors. Trekkers also ascend to Kalapatthar (5,545m/18,192ft) for the magnificent views of the Himalayan giants. Trekking in the Himalaya has been the leading activity for adventure travellers in Nepal.

There were several attempts made in the history to achieve a summit over the Mt. Everest. But the first successful expedition became possible only on 29 of May, 1953. Notably, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa led the expedition team.

Brief Itinerary:

01Arrival in Kathmandu1,350m/4,430ftFree time
02Kathmandu City Tour1,350m/4,430ftTour: 5-6 hrs
03Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding2,610m/8,563ftFly: 35 minutes,
Trek: 3-4 hrs
04Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar3,446m/11,306ftTrek: 5-6 hrs
05Rest for acclimatisation in Namche Bazaar3,446m/11,306ftFree time
06Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche3,867m/12,687ftTrek: 4-5 hrs
07Trek Tengboche to Dingboche4,410m/14,469ftTrek: 5-6 hrs
08Acclimatisation day in Dingboche4,410m/14,469ftFree time
09Trek Dingboche to Lobuche4,910m/16,109ftTrek: 4-5 hrs
10Trek to Everest Base Camp, return to Gorakshep5,364m/17,598ftTrek: 7-8 hrs
11Trek to Kalapatthar, then return to Pheriche5,545m/18,192ftTrek: 7-8 hrs
12Trek Pheriche to Namche Bazaar3,446m/11,306ftTrek: 5-6 hrs
13Return trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla2,840m/9,318ftTrek: 6-7 hrs
14Fly Lukla to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel1,350m/4,430ftFly: 35 minutes

Accuracy of Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Although it is our intention to operate this itinerary as printed, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops and the duration of the day may vary from those outlined on the Everest Base Camp trek map. You should be aware that some events are beyond our control and we would ask for your patience and understanding.

Please be aware that Lukla flights are taking place from Ramechhap airport only during high seasons. Ramechhap is located at about 150 kilometers towards east and can take a drive of 4 hours from Kathmandu along the BP Highway. It is a small hilly airport with limited facilities. Also, it is important to understand that the Lukla flights are weather permitting and one needs to prepare for accordingly.

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Hiking to Everest Base Camp is one of the most demanding adventure trips ever known. It is because of its altitude, remoteness, extreme weather conditions and accessibility.

The zigzag ups and downs, slippery and snowy trails are the other challenges of the popular Everest Base Camp trek. The dense forests and narrow trail through the hills with the mules loaded with mountain supplies make the trek more thrilling.

Likewise, its remoteness and accessibility are other hardness of the trek. The thrilling flights and weather permitting Lukla airport are enough factors to make this trek more difficult.

Weather is another reason for its difficulty. The higher you go, it is colder. Therefore, you will need a good set of trekking cloths. Good quality sleeping bag, comfortable hiking boots, down jacket and other accessory warm garments are necessary for this trek.

However, it gives a lifetime memory which is achieved by bidding the difficulties only.

Equipment for Everest Base Camp Trek

A comprehensive equipment list is provided on our website. Specialist items such as a 4 season sleeping bag and down jacket can be hired or purchased in Kathmandu. Please note that lack of proper equipment can ruin your entire trip badly.

Group vs. Private Trip

We allow maximum 12 persons in a group. Travelling in a group gives fun and friendly companions but less flexibility. However, you are always in a pressure to stay at the same pace as the group does. High altitude trek requires enough preparation and enthusiasm.

Likewise, the group members need to show equal spirit. Tiny sign of conflicts due to gender, origin, nationality, language, race, age and individual choices can lead to ruin the trip.

On the other hand, being in a private trip acquires lots of attention and you are more secured. It also provides you enough flexibility for your own pace of comfort and luxury.

Trekking is not just a walk and you will miss many important socio-cultural scenes if you do not have time to wait and experience that. You will meet many co-trekkers along the trail and in guest houses while travelling privately too despite your thought of loneliness.

Customize this trek with Island Peak Climbing

Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most searched trekking holidays in Nepal. This trek is also available with Island Peak climbing for passionate trekkers. Please follow the link for extended itinerary of Island Peak and Everest Base Camp Trek.

Everest Base Camp Charity Trek

Trekking Encounters ran a Charity Trek to the Mount Everest Base Camp during October, 2010. However, they were only able to reach up to Tengboche due to bad weather which trapped them for some days in Kathmandu. There were seven VIPs (Visually Impaired Persons) in the team from Scotland namely Drew, Eddie, Fiona, Jacky, Jen, Natalie, Dean including seven Guides Amanda, Bob, Derek, Diana, June, Linda and Rhona.

Mount Everest Facts

  • The official altitude of Mount Everest is 8,848 meters (29,028 feet)
  • The peak was first identified by a British surveyor – Sir George Everest in 1841
  • Everest was first named as Peak 15 and measured 29,002 feet in 1856
  • It was named Mount Everest to give tributary to Sir George Everest in 1865
  • British expedition team made the first attempt from the north (Tibet) side in 1921
  • The first successful summit was achieved by Sir Edmund Hillary (New Zealand) and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (Nepal) on 29 May 1953
  • The first woman to summit Mt. Everest was Junko Tabei (Japan) on 16 May 1975
  • The first Nepali woman to summit Mt. Everest was Pasang Lhamu Sherpa on 22 April 1993
  • 18 different climbing routes are available for Everest expedition
  • The average expedition duration is about 39 days

Trip Summary

Because of this, Everest Base Camp trek route has become one of the most explored trekking trails in the Himalayas. Many expedition teams are following the Everest Base Camp trail for several other peaks in the Everest region. Since then Everest Base Camp trekking is accomplished by thousands of trekkers every year.

While one is still on this earth and fit and well the trek to Everest Base Camp is an undertaking not to be missed. During April and May many expedition teams use the Everest Base Camp trail as they head for greater heights, spurred on with expectations of reaching the summit.

There is another tour available for time-bounded travellers. Our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing at the Base Camp Day Trip is a perfect option where touching Kalapatthar with your feet and taking pictures is possible by a Helicopter.

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek – 9 Days with trekking in and flying out from Kalapatthar to Lukla or Kathmandu can also be an exciting experience. This includes all the major features of the trek relatively in a shorter time-frame.

Trekking Encounters guaranties a confirmed departure on the given schedule and there is no hidden extra on the quoted price. We believe on fair pricing policy. The cost above includes for a range of full-board Everest trekking packages.

See also, Everest Base Camp Trek Cost Blog, How much does it cost to trek to Everest Base Camp?

  • One of the popular places to visit in lifetime
  • Ancient Tengboche Monastery
  • Spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu and Lhotse
  • Marvelous view of the Khumbu Ice-fall
  • Picturesque mountain flight to/from Lukla
  • Sherpa hometown- Namche Bazaar, the gateway of Everest expeditions


Reception by the Office Representative at the airport and we shall transfer you by our comfortable vehicle to a hotel located in the downtown followed by a short pre-trip meeting.

After breakfast, sightseeing tour of World Heritage Sites will be started by an experienced City Tour Guide. Tour includes to Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan Durbar Square. The entirely stone made Krishna Temple, three-storied golden temples and the three main courtyards of the Durbar Square are the major attractions of Patan.

We set off early morning from our hotel to domestic airport for Lukla flights. After a 35 minute scenic mountain flight by a small aircraft, we land in Lukla airport (Tenzing-Hillary airport). Today’s trek from Lukla to Phakding is only about 3-4 hours. The trail from Lukla is seen broad and clear. From the airstrip it heads north through a kani (arch) and then slopes downhill to a low agricultural land. A splendid view of the difficult trekking peak Kusum Kangaru (6,367m/20,889ft) is seen while walking ahead. The trail is rich with teahouses, prayer wheels, gompas (Buddhist monastery) and huge boulders decorated with Buddhist mantra (prayer chant). Finally we arrive in the village separated in two parts with about a 10 minute trek between them, and a long suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. This village is called Phakding where we stay overnight.

Today's trek is about 5-6 hours. After crossing the suspension bridge at Phakding, we trek for 2-3 hours following the climbs steeply up rough stone steps before reaching the long paved Monjo village on the edge of Sagarmatha National Park. In addition to the lodges, single-roofed houses and a few basic shops, there is a small gompa nearby. The trek from Monjo to Namche Bazaar will take another 3-4 hours. There is an entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park where an entry permit must be showed or obtained and kept safely for showing on exiting the park. Once passed through the gate, the trail drops to river level which is set among fields of huge cabbages, crosses to the west bank of the Dudh Koshi river on a long suspension bridge and passes teahouses and lodges in Jorsale (2,775m/9,104ft). This is the last available accommodation before Namche Bazaar. About halfway up, at a bend on this ascent we should get our first brief view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. As our trek continues up mostly among trees, we will eventually come to a group of buildings, then broad stone steps and finally arrive in one of the lower streets of our overnight stop Namche Bazaar. This town is known as the Sherpa “Capital” and gateway to the Mt. Everest. Namche Bazaar has many facilities – a post office, banks, ATMs, money exchange centre, a health post, a dental clinic, numerous shops, restaurants, cyber cafés and telephone facilities, a gompa and several chortens. The headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park and a military post are situated above the town. We stay two overnights in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around. Trekking time 5-6 hours.

Today we stay in Namche Bazaar for acclimatisation. Because of the altitude, it will be necessary for us to spend a minimum of two nights here. On this day, we have the choice of just relaxing and roaming round this interesting hill town, or alternatively trekking round a nearby 3-4 hour circuit with stunning views. On this excursion trek, we pass through two traditional Sherpa villages Khumjung (3,780m/12,402ft) which has a chorten at its entrance and Khunde (3,841m/12,602ft) where there is a small hospital. This day helps a lot for acclimatisation for our further trek to Everest Base Camp.

On this day while climbing out of Namche Bazaar along the hillside to a point, we will have the stunning views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. A large white chorten is built along the trail to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest on 29 May 1953. After waking through the rhododendrons and some small settlements, the trail continues on a steep descent to cross the Dudh Koshi on a suspension bridge. From the bridge, there is approximately a 2 hour steady climb up to Tengboche. Just beyond the bridge, a series of water-driven prayer wheels and lodges alongside the trail are found. We then continue to climb mainly through forest and before reaching the ridge at Tengboche, the trail then past a chorten with Nepal’s largest gompa nearby. The up valley view from the top is unbelievable with Mt. Everest dominating the background (a great photo shoot). Tengboche or Thyangboche Monastery (3,867m/12,687ft), also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community located in the Everest Base Camp trail of Nepal. It is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region which was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. We stay overnight in this beautiful Tengboche village. Trekking time 4-5 hours.

The trail passes downhill from Tengboche through the pine and birch trees and tall rhododendrons. we then arrive at Deboche (3,710m/12,171ft) which has a trekkers’ health post. Over the bridge, the way climbs up valley, passes chortens and mani walls, then goes through a kani. Shortly after this the trail divides as it approaches the village of Pangboche (3,930m/12,894ft). We arrive at this point in about 1:30 hours from Tengboche. Next comes Orsho a high yak-grazing pastureland before Dingboche. The trail splits here at a small mani wall, the left-hand branch going to Pheriche while the other branch going towards Dingboche. We continue our trek uphill towards right to the traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche. Dingboche has a number of lodges, spread among its stone-walled fields. On the western hillside adjacent to the village, there are two large chortens. Dingboche is dominated by the world’s fourth highest mountain, Lhotse (8,501m/27,890ft). We stay for two nights at Dingboche for acclimatisation. Trekking time 5-6 hours.

Today we stay another day in Dingboche for acclimatisation. To aid acclimatisation while relaxing in Dingboche, we can have a day trip to Chhukung valley and return to Dingboche for overnight rest. Chhukung offers a marvelous view of the surrounding Himalayas including the Lhotse’s massive south wall. Alternatively, it is a good idea to have a trek up the Nagarjun hill. Trekking time 3-4 hours.

From Dingboche, we continue our trek passing through the yak-herders’ huts at Dusa (4,503m/14,774ft) and cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden bridge and then climb to Dughla (4,620m/15,157ft) where there are a few lodges. From here the route heads up steep moraine (ridge of rocks) slopes, to a ridge with a number of large cairns, chortens, prayer flags and mani stones covered with Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags. The trail now enters the Khumbu valley, crosses to the western side from which one gets a clear view of the massive Nuptse (7,861m/25,791ft) and finally arrives at Lobuche. This is a busy place with trekkers camping in various spots on the far side of the stream and around the lodges. We stay overnight at Lobuche. It can be very cold overnight here. Trekking time 4-5 hours.

Today, we set off to the Everest Base Camp with the trail initially crossing a stream below Lobuche and then progressing along the left-hand side of the valley, before rising to a higher narrower step. Soon we will reach a point where a narrow side valley cuts off to the left. After about 200m it takes us to the “Italian Pyramid”, a stone-built lodge and scientific station which collects meteorological and seismic (earthquake) data. Continuing on, the main trail comes to a more open area, climbs a moraine where edelweiss grows on a slope – crosses a sandy stretch, weaves among heaps of moraine, climbs once again and then drops down to Gorakshep. The trail to Base Camp begins just beyond the Gorakshep Lake, runs for some way along the moraine crest and then appears to descend to the Khumbu glacier. Once in the centre of the glacier, the route signs are somewhat dubious – e.g. the occasional cairn of yak dung! – but we will be okay with our experienced guide. Although Everest Base Camp does not provide a view of the world’s highest mountain itself, tomorrow’s trek will more than compensate for this – today we will get a real close-up of the impressive Khumbu ice fall. The Base Camp can be quite a bustling place with expeditions camping, porters, trekkers and yaks, etc. Having achieved our first goal, and after resting, we will return to Gorakshep for our overnight stay. It consists of three lodges on the rim of a level basin of glacial sand, with the small lake nearby. Tibetan snow cocks chase one another noisily across this sand flat. Although it is very close, Everest is not visible from Gorakshep, however there is a stunning view of the majestic Nuptse, soaring high in the east. We stay overnight at Gorakshep. Trekking time 7-8 hours.

Today’s trip is not only literally the “high point” of our entire trek but it also has the absolutely high point with unbelievable views from the summit of Kalapatthar. The long awaited trek starts around 5.00am. The climb takes about 1-2 hours (depending upon the route chosen) to reach the summit. On the arrival at the summit, one can experience the most fantastic sunrise over Mt. Everest. Kalapatthar is a spur of Pumori (7,165m/23,507ft) and in Hindi means “black rock” which is appropriate. It has two summits and two ascent routes, both paths being clearly visible from Gorakshep. The left-hand path which wriggles its way to the secondary summit (5,545m/18,192ft) takes 1-1:30 hours and the other which zig-zags up the eastern flank to the higher summit (5,623m/18,448ft) takes 1:30-2 hours. Neither route is technically difficult. Another alternative is available which takes in both summits, climb the left-hand trail to gain the lower top, marked with a number of slender cairns and then continue along the ridge scrambling over rocks and reach the higher summit with its flutter of prayer flags. From both summits, a truly incredible panorama is spread before you. Although Everest is of course the main focus of attention, the ice cone of Nuptse which from this view point appears higher than Everest, has stunning beauty. Having really soaked up these incredible views we will return downhill to Gorakshep and then continue our trek down to Pheriche after breakfast. We stay overnight at Pheriche. Trekking time 7-8 hours.

From Pheriche, we leave mountains behind us and the descent takes us through the Tengboche Monastery back to Namche Bazaar. The last section of the trail is of course the one we covered on our northbound trek, but now facing in the opposite direction will have a totally different prospect. We stay overnight at Namche Bazaar. Trekking time 5-6 hours.

Again we proceed southward, retracing the route trekked on day 3 and 4, crossing and re-crossing the Dudh Koshi at intervals. We stay overnight in Lukla. Trekking time 6-7 hours.

We take the 35 minute breathtaking flight from Lukla. Tour concludes.
Option available for extending your trip with Jungle Safari adventure, white water rafting or a trip of your choice.

Cost Includes:

  • Arrival/departure transfers from/to International Airport and Hotel
  • Two nights accommodation at a City Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Cultural tour of Kathmandu City
  • Permit for Sagarmatha National Park and TIMS Card (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Meals (B/L/D) prepared at local teahouse/lodge
  • Accommodations from the teahouse/lodge in the mountains
  • An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide
  • A porter shared between two trekkers
  • Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
  • Air tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu and ground transfers to/from airport
  • First aid kit box
  • Farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program

Cost Excludes:

  • Bar and beverages bills, bottled water
  • Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Personal cloths and equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, boots etc.
  • Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
  • Tips to the staff
  • International Airfare and Taxes

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to trek to Everest Base Camp?

There are many factors which are responsible to form a general price such as cost of transportation (bus/flight), permits, meals and accommodation, guide and porters etc. However, we have an offer for this trip at US $1,440 per person (subject to single room supplement for an individual traveller).

When is the best time to trek to the Everest Base Camp?

The best months for Everest Base Camp trek are October, November, April and May. The air is freshly laundered after the monsoon rain and the views are simply crystal clear during October-November. April-May remains dry and hot. There are many expeditions carried out during spring.

How is the weather like in April-May in the Everest region?

April-May is a dry season and it can be dusty and humid. The weather is warmer and gets hotter by the end of May but it will be rewarded with the spectacular rhododendron blooms.

Do I need TIMS for Everest trekking?

Yes, you will need TIMS for Everest trekking. It costs Rs 1,000 (US $8) per person supported by a local staff and costs Rs 2,000 (US $16) to the independent trekkers.

Besides, it is also mandatory to purchase Khumbu Pasang Lhamu entry permit enforced by the local municipal body at Namche Bazar. It costs Rs 2,000 per person.

Where can I get permits for Everest Base Camp trekking?

Local Trekking Companies can apply for permits on your behalf. The Sagarmatha National Park permit is issued by Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) and TIMS jointly by Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). The Local Khumbu Pasang Lhamu entry permit is available in Namche Bazar.

Is it likely that flights to/from Lukla usually get cancelled?

Flights to/from Lukla are very much weather permitting. The flights are available from Kathmandu only and during morning. So, it is wiser to have a couple of spare days for your flight back home.

During peak seasons, flights to Lukla take place from Ramechhap instead of Kathmandu, about 150 kms east from Kathmandu.

Can I drive back from Lukla if my flight is cancelled?

No. The shortest road network is available after 2-4 days walk and drive to Sallerie then a full day drive by a local jeep to Kathmandu. The first part of the road condition is poor while the second part is better.

Do I really need a guide for Everest Base Camp trek?

It is recommended to hire a registered guide for the Everest Base Camp trek. It is wiser to go with a guide for treks above 5,000 meters. However, it is not impossible to trek alone but we strongly urge to have a guided trek and remain safe. A guide is your doctor, messenger and family in case of emergency.

Can I find a guide in Lukla?

You may find an experienced trekker in Lukla but it is not guaranteed that they are registered guides. Trekking Guides have to be trained at Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM), then they need to be registered at Department of Tourism and license is provided to become a Trekking Guide. Some Companies may stock their guides at Lukla during peak seasons. So, it is important to confirm this with your trip organizer. It is important to remain cautious on hiring freelance guides.

How difficult is the Everest Base Camp trek?

The Everest Base Camp trek is considered as strenuous trek. However, rope climbing is not involved on this trek. This is a trek which can be completed on comfortable trekking boots and no crampons are needed. So, its a doable trip.

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