If you want to do the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal right, you do it in 12 days. With a rest day in Namche Bazaar and an acclimatization hike to Chhukung Valley, you are most likely to beat the symptoms of altitude mountain sickness (AMS) and your trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp will be comfortable. Cutting it shorter than that and doing it in fewer days is not only bad for your health, it also may take the joy-factor out of your experience. Let us guide you through the basics of the Everest Base Camp Trek, show you the right itinerary and get you everything else you need to do EBC the right way.
Last updated: July 2022
It is higher than everything else and it ranks at the top of many bucket lists. Mount Everest, the Chomolungma, the Mother Goddess of Earth. Thousands of books have been written about it and hundreds of films have been shot. For hundreds of years, man has been trying to understand and control the grandeur of Mount Everest. In Nepal, they can't get around the Himalayas. It determines the weather, topography, infrastructure, religion, and trade. Trekking is one of the major reasons to come to theEverest Region, which is also known as the Khumbu Region. Although some prefer the more quaint Annapurna Region, we can definitely understand that the trek to Everest Base Camp is on your bucket list. Come on, it's Everest! You must do it.
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“You are a stone's throw away from ascending the roof of the world. You try to make sense of it all. You blink with your eyes. This is Sagarmatha. This is Chomolungma. This is Mount Everest.”
Because the Everest Base Camp Trek is so popular with adrenaline hunters, some people sometimes misunderstand and underestimate the risks of altitude sickness and general safety in the mountains. Seeing Mount Everest and trekking to Everest Base Camp is all that matters. They want to do it in 10, sometimes even 9 days. That is rushing it.
How Long Is The Everest Base Camp Trek?
The standard Everest Base Camp Trek is 130KM round trip which is divided into 12 days. Of those 12 days, it takes 8 days to get to Everest Base Camp and 4 days to get back. 12 Days always includes time and space for acclimatization.
Because the Everest Base Camp Trek is so popular with adrenaline junkies, some people sometimes understand and underestimate the risks of altitude sickness and general mountain safety. Seeing Mount Everest and trekking to Everest Base Camp is all that matters. They want to do it in 10, sometimes even 9 days. That is rushing things. If you do not spend much time at altitude, we strongly advise against this option.
What Is The Right Itinerary for the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek?
If you want to do the Everest Base Camp Trek the right way, you should do it in 12 days. Your family does not want a call from Nepal hearing that you had to be taken off the mountain with a helicopter. You can be as fit as a marathon runner or have all your essentials packed, altitude sickness can happen to anyone. Be clever, and choose an itinerary of at least 12 days. We have put an itinerary together that is based on the best-selling 12-day Everest Base Camp Trekas offered by our partnerNepal Eco Adventure. Get your hiking boots ready and join us on this epic adventure to the famous EBC.
Day 01 – Flight Kathmandu – Lukla and trek to Phakding – 4 hours
Namaste! You will board an exciting 30-minute flight to Lukla early in the morning and enjoy the Himalayas in full glance as you arrive at Lukla airport. There, you will be introduced to your porter in case you have booked one. After enjoying a hearty breakfast, you commence trekking. The hike to Phakding is a fairly easy 3 hour one through the Dudhkosi valley. You will head north from the airstrip to Chheplung (2700m) and cross the ThadoKoshi River on a local-style suspension bridge. Just past the bridge, you can see the peaks Kusum and Kanggru (6367m), which are some of the most difficult peaks to climb. Beyond the ThadoKoshi, the trail climbs towards the Ghat (2590m) and crosses a ridge marked with painted Mani stones. You will continue your ascent until you reach the beautiful village of Phakding where you will stay for the night.
Day 02 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) – 6 hours
You will start this second day through the Valley of Dudhkosi River. You will cross the Dudhkosi River 5 times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags on the way to Namche. After the last bridge, you will continue your ascent, gradually leading to Jorsale. It is a 2h30 climb up to Namche with two viewpoints on the way. You will enjoy a mesmerizing view of Mt Everest when it is a clear day. At Jorsale, you will enter the Sagarmatha National park where you will need to verify your permits. After 5/6 hours of hard hiking, you will finally reach the main trading center of the region: the famous Namche Bazaar.
Day 03 – Acclimatisation in Namche – 5 hours
Acclimatization is very important before proceeding higher to avoid altitude sickness. We will be taken for a day’s hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung and come back to Namche through the Everest view hotel Khumjung. We can see the head of a Yeti in the monastery of the area. We can also visit the bakery at the world’s highest altitude. We get to enjoy the panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and many other mountains on a fair day.
Even the view from Everest View hotel is very impressive. We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Syangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will slowly ascend towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From Khunde, we follow the trail eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in Khumbu, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. After enjoying lunch at Khumjung, we follow a gradual climb to Everest View Hotel where we will enjoy the splendid mountain views. Then we descend towards Namche (3540m).
Day 04 – Trek to Tengboche (3790m) – 5 hours
Our route for today to Tengboche weaves in and out of side valleys, making small ups and downs, to the picturesque tea shops of Kenjoma, and joins the trail from Khumjung just before a collection of Mani stones. The views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek. We pass the small settlement of Sanasa from where the trail drops towards Phunkithanga (3250m). From here the trail climbs steeply through pine forests and around Mani stones as it follows the side of a hill to the saddle on which the monastery of Tengboche sits at 3870m. The view from here is rightly deemed to be one of the world’s most magnificent sceneries. Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Amadablam, Kantega and Thamserku provide an inspiring panorama as the Himalayan giants. We will spend the night in Tengboche.
Day 05 – Trek to Dingboche (4350m) – 4 hours
You will start your trek with a descent through a beautiful forest, then we cross the Imja Khola and trek through the idyllic village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures to Dingboche. You will spend the night at Dingboche. It is a very relaxing village with lots of mountain views.
Day 06 – Trek to Chhukung Valley and back to Dingboche – 5 hours
We will start around 8:30 am for a nice trek up to Chhukung. You will get a beautiful view of most of the mountains, especially Ama Dablam. The view from Chhukung and further up the valley on the moraines towards Island Peak is tremendous. To the south-west, the eastern face of Amadablam provides an incredible view of the picturesque peak. You will go back down to Dingboche for the night. On our descent, we will probably face strong winds.
Day 07 – Trek to Lobuche (4950m) – 5 hours
We start the day with a climb to the chorten trail. This is a gentle climb that will last about 1.5 hours. Then we get to Thugla at 4600m with a tea house where we will have lunch before climbing the steep part of today's trek for another 1.5 hours. We start to get close to high mountains like Mt. Pumori and Mt. Nuptse after a while as we proceed towards Lobuche where only basic accommodation and food is provided. Then we trek along a broad valley floor to Thugla, leaving behind the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche at 4240 m. A western volunteer doctor, supported by The Himalayan Rescue Association is stationed here and offers treatment and consultation to trekkers. When we come out of the valley, we descend to the yak pastures at Lobuche. Overnight at Lodge. The day’s trip takes about 5 and a half hour’s walk.
Day 8 – Gorakshep (5.207m) and Everest Base Camp (5,350m) – 7 hours
This morning, we will take a 2 hours hike up to Gorakshep. The first part is nice and easy but one hour later the trail can get really hard. This, fortunately, is compensated by great views of big walls formed by Everest, Nuptse, and many other mountains. Once we climb about 150m the trail gets better again. Shortly after we will get to the moraine. Finally, we get to 5160m, the world’s highest settlement at Gorakshep. Once we have lunch, we begin our hike to Everest base camp. We will be walking on a side ridge of the Khumbu glacier. After walking on the ridge for about one and a half hours, we cross the Glacier into the Everest base camp area. Today we reach Everest base camp at an altitude of 5360m. We will be able to meet and talk to other mountain climbers at the base camp. We can get a good view of Khumbu glacier and Khumbu Icefall. From there we can also see the big crevasses the climbers use. After appreciating our own efforts and cherishing our achievements, we start our way back to Gorakshep.
Day 9 – Gorakshep – Kala Patthar (5.643m) – Pheriche (4,250m) – 7 hours
Today we hit Kalapathar and therefore we will leave in the early morning. We will start our 1.5 hours hike early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise over Mount Everest and other mountains. We spend some time enjoying the sunrise on the splendid Himalayan ranges, relishing in a unique view and experience and head back to Gorakshep breakfast before we continue to Dzolgla. From Gorakshep -Lobuche it takes about 2 hours and another 2 hours hike will take us to Dzongla from Lobuche. Dzongla is the only place where we can spend the night before we cross the Chola pass.
Day 10 – Pheriche – Namche Bazaar (3,440m) – 6 hours
From Debuche, a 1h30 climb takes you to Tengboche, from where you will descend to Phunkithanga at 3200m. Then you will have a final climb towards Namche Bazaar for the final party night, which is also the last chance to have close-up views of the mountains. Following the same way back to Namche is an easy walk. Once you get to Namche you can appreciate a hot shower and wifi, as well as pastries and beers in bakeries and bars.
Day 11 – Trek to Lukla – 8 hours
The trail from Namche to Lukla is mostly downhill until you reach the flat part. You will exit the Sagarmatha National park and reach Lukla after a final effort of climbing stairs. You will have the opportunity to have dinner with your guide and porter(s) and celebrate the end of your journey.
Day 12 – Flight Kathmandu – Lukla
You will fly to Kathmandu early in the morning, enjoying really nice views of most of the Himalayan range. Do not forget to choose the seat on the right-hand side of the aircraft. You have nailed the Everest Base Camp Trek. Have you not had enough yet? Perhaps it is now time to discover the Annapurna Region! *This itinerary is subject to change and may vary from one tour operator to another.
This 12-day Everest Base Camp Trek is offered by Nepal Eco Adventure. It includes accommodation, domestic flights, guide, porters, meals and more. Click here to see everything about this trek and book directly!
Where Can I Find A Map For The Everest Base Camp Trek?
Below you can find a detailed map with day-to-day points of the Everest Base Camp Trek.
What is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?
The Everest Region, along with the rest of Nepal has 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The months from February to May, pre-monsoon, and from October to December, post-monsoon, are the most popular for trekking to Everest Base Camp.
What must be said, is that every trekking season offers its own excitement and atmosphere for hikers but if you want to have some certainty about the weather conditions during the trek, definitely stick to the peak seasons. You can also trek to Everest Base Camp Trek in the winter months, but you will have to revise your packing list and get ready for temperatures well below -15 Celsius / -1 Fahrenheit.
Temperatures & Weather while trekking to Everest Base Camp
As described in the section herefore Nepal has 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The months from March to May and from October or November are the most popular for trekking at the Everest Region. But how's the weather like in these seasons?
Summer season falls in the month of June, July and August. Summer is the month of the hottest temperature and therefore has the most pleasant trekking conditions. But the monsoon that coincides with the summer means that you have to be more careful with your preparation as the trekking trails on your way to Everest Base Camp might be wet and slippery.
Winter (December-January) treks in the Everest region are not as popular as the Spring or Autumn treks. The places along the Everest Base Camp trek can be extremely cold during the winter. The temperature of Everest Base Camp itself can be as low as -15 degree Celsius which tempts trekkers to visit this region in pleasant climatic conditions.
However, trekking in Everest Base Camp in the winter has its own benefits. The skies are clear with little or no chances of rain. The accommodation is easier to find and cheaper too as there are off-season discounts. Further, the views of the mountains during the winter season is the best amongst all seasons.
Spring (March-May) is a season in which trekkers and travel enthusiasts come to Everest Base Camp in a large number. In this season, the temperature is mild, the rainfall is low and the trekking conditions are perfect. The mean daily temperature in the Everest Base Camp is between -12 to 0 degree Celsius. Lower regions along the trek are even warmer making it pleasant for any trekking enthusiast.
Autumn(September, October, November), like Spring, is a season that invites travelers around the world to trek in the Everest Base Camp. Moderate temperatures, mild wind, and low precipitation makes Autumn a season of wonderful trekking conditions.
Not quite sure about your options? Our trekking experts are happy to help. Contact us via this link for no-obligation advice!
What Permits Do I Need For The Everest Base Camp Trek?
For trekking to Everest Base Camp, you need the following permits:
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System):
This permit is important for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. From theAnnapurna Circuit to the trek to Poon Hill, all trekking routes require this permit. This costs NRS 2000 per person. This equals about 17 USD or 15 EUR. Alternatively, your trekking company arranges you a location permit in Lukla which costs around 20 USD.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit:
For entering the Sagarmatha National Park, the park that is home to the Mount Everest Region, you need to obtain an entry permit. This permit costs 30 USD + government tax.
All permits are arranged by your trekking provider.
If you book through Bookatrekking.com all permits are arranged by your trekking provider and you will never face hidden costs. Check all options for your Everest Base Camp Trek here!
How Safe Is The Everest Base Camp Trek?
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our hikes and trekkings low. Trekking companies and their guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions.
They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all guided treks and hikes to Everest Base Camp.
If you are worried about safety in terms of criminality, then don't worry. Crime is basically non-existent in the Everest Region.
Training for the Mount Everest Base Camp Trekking
If you live anywhere else other than the Himalayas, it will be hard to get your legs ready for higher altitudes. After all, it doesn’t get much higher than Nepal. This is why we have to be clear upfront: Unless you have hiked at a higher altitude before, it will be difficult to get a 100% ready for your adventure. If that sounds bad to you, then comfort yourself with the fact that there is absolutely no need to be 100% ready.
You are not climbing K2 or Mount Everest and not running a mountain race. This is trekking. In fact, you are actually supposed to take it easy. Taking it easy is a rule of thumb when you want to prevent altitude sickness while out in Nepal. It doesn’t matter how fit you are, once you are out there on the trails, you have to stick to your own pace. But of course, the fitter you are, the more you can enjoy your days. Get fit!
Should I Hike More?
One solid approach to get the hang of what you do is to rehearse. The best practice for climbing is climbing. Seeing that you are keen on a multi-day trekking experience, we accept that you enjoy walking. Awesome, do it more. If you are fortunate to be encompassed by some hills or even mountains, the time has come to see them all the more frequently. When? In the event that you are new to this, we recommend beginning a half year the start of your trek, essentially going for 60 minutes (or two) climb seven days. When you get the hang of it, after around three weeks, you will have an ideal opportunity to reinforce your power. Convey a pack of 10 to 15kg and include a more drawn out climb of three hours to your week. On the off chance that this way of life is different to you, you will before long receive the rewards of this moderate exercise.
What Are The Health Benefits of The Everest Base Camp Trek?
There is more you can do to get ready for your Everest Base Camp Trek but the above basics will definitely help you on your way. You can focus on strength exercise, you can simulate altitude with altitude masks. There's a lot you can do. Check this blog post if you want to read more about getting fit for your Everest Base Camp Trek.
How Do I Diagnose AMS During My EBC Trek?
Symptoms of AMS start to show within a few hours after arrival at high altitude and include nausea, shortness of breath, headache and inability to exercise. An overall feeling of fatigue will take all the joy away that you were experiencing until things got bad. You may struggle to fall asleep, experience dizziness and you could be suffering from a severe headache. You may also lose your sense of coordination, have trouble walking and have a tight chest. If things progress to HAPE or HACE, you might get confused, have a shortness of breath at rest and you will likely be unable to walk at all.
The higher the altitude, the more severe your symptoms can be. If you have watched Everest the movie, you know what we are talking about. But those guys were climbing and you are, fortunately, only trekking. There is a number of scoring systems for determining altitude sickness. Guides are trained in these systems and are experienced in immediate treatment. Although many people will experience some symptoms of altitude sickness, it doesn’t have to escalate. When aware of the symptoms, you can do a lot to make sure you stay healthy at high altitude.
How Do I Prevent Altitude Sickness During My EBC Trek?
The following rules of thumbs can help you to prevent altitude sickness happening to you. They can also help to get the symptoms under control.
Have a full medical checkup and tell your practitioner what you are up to. Purchase medication recommended by your doctor. If you plan to be trekking with children, make sure you take their preparation just as carefully.
Become the Fittest Version of Yourself
Exercise about 3 to 6 hours a week with a backpack of 10kg to simulate an average day out in the Himalayas. Check out this blog post and find out how you can train for trekking in Nepal.
Listen to Your Body
Your body tells you when it needs rest. Listen to it carefully. Be aware of the symptoms of Altitude Sickness and talk about it. Let your friends, your guide, your porters know how you feel and press pause when your body wants you to. Don’t let things get worse.
Climb High, Sleep Low
An unwritten law for trekkers and climbers alike is to climb high but to sleep low. That’s why those mountaineers on Everest take a long time to get to the peak, they go up and down a few times before they push for the peak. They climb high, but they sleep low. That’s why you sometimes see a descent in the middle of your itinerary. This is being done to ensure you that you acclimatize carefully after having tackled elevation.
Eat Plenty and Hydrate More
Do you like food? Great. Eat as much as you can and eat even more. The same goes for drinking. No, you silly, not for alcohol. Hydration! Eat and drink as much as you can. Don’t skip a meal, even if you are not hungry.
Check What Comes Out
One way to gauge your fluid intake is to check your urine. Do you have to take a wee break more often than usual? Great. Keep up the hydration game. No? Then drink more.
What About The Flight From Kathmandu to Lukla for my Everest Base Camp Trek?
A 25-minute flight from Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) takes you to Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA), named after the famous pioneers Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. The airport is known to be one of the most dangerous airports in the world. That fact makes the flight particularly interesting. In the past flights were irregular and flight schedules were when the weather was rough, hard to count on. However, as more airlines are no offering flights on this exciting route, things have improved a lot compared to the days in the 90s and 00s.
Check the below video to get an impression of your upcoming flight to Lukla.
What Are The Teahouses on the Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek Like?
Tea houses are small hotels known as Bhatti. Them being small hotels, you can expect a certain level of comfort. Yes, you can, but just know that comfort is a relative concept. They are comfortable to the extent that you have a place to sleep and that you can enjoy home-cooked meals. That’s right, tea houses are run by local families who have opened their houses to trekkers passing by.
Because trekking in Nepal has become so popular in recent years, more and more tea houses have opened their doors and the concept has improved over the years. The more popular your route, the better the quality of your tea house is. Hence, the teahouses on the Everest Base Camp Trek are of good quality. Quality meaning that you can expect flush toilets, hot showers and in some cases wireless internet. The use of these amenities is at an extra charge. On popular routes, it is even likely that you will stay in a building that has been built with the sole purpose of serving as a tea house.
What To Pack for The Everest Base Camp Trek? Your Ultimate Kit List
- Duffel Bag
- Rucksack with Rain Cove Daypack
- Hiking Boots
- Sandals or Shoes
- Hiking Socks
- Trekking Poles
- Inner Socks
- Thermal Baselayer
- Fleece Pullover or Jacket
- Light Weight Thermal Tops
- Waterproof Jacket
- Sports Bra for Her
- Hiking Shorts
- Hiking Pants
- Waterproof Pants
What is the height of Mount Everest Base Camp?
The standard Everest Base Camp Trek starts at Lukla at an altitude of around 3400 meters. Your final goal is to reach the Everest Base Camp in Nepal at a height of 5,364 meters (17,598 ft).
What is the difficulty of the Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek?
Hiking or trekking in the Everest Region can be a challenge. But this doesn’t mean that you can not do it. If you like hiking and make sure you start to get fit well ahead of the start of your trek, you can definitely make it.
The average Everest Base Camp Trek is not too difficult but hikers and trekkers should still be moderately fit. After all, you are stilling trekking through the Himalayas of Nepal. If you are wondering what it physically takes to go trekking in Nepal and what you can do to become the fittest version of yourself, check out this blog post.
What does the Mont Everest Base Camp Trek cost?
As most foreign visitors to Nepal land in Kathmandu, you will need an extra flight to Lukla where most of EBC-Trek itineraries start. An itinerary as offered by our partner usually includes flights from Kathmandu to Lukla. This is where some of the costs sit.
The Everest Base Camp Treks provided by our partners always include flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back, accommodation during your trek, meals, guide, and porters. The Costs for an Everest Base Camp Trek starts around EUR 1000,- / USD 1100,- per person. You can check this page for all options for your Everest Base Camp Trek.
Everest Base Camp Trekking for Charity?
The Everest Base Camp Trek is a very popular choice when you are looking to do something for charity. There is something special about it going op Everest and that is why the EBC-Trek for charity is a fantastic idea. You can do a fundraiser or you can simply gain awareness for a topic of your choice. Although we do not help with crowdfunding or fundraising, you can get in touch with our trekking experts to find a fitting route for your Everest Base Camp Trek.
Read more about Nepal and the Everest Base Camp Trips in our Blog
If you want to get some more information on trekking in Nepal you should have a look in our Nepal Travel Guide. You can find plenty of useful blog posts about several subjects like a packing list, staying in teahouses, etc. Find our Nepal Travel Guide over here.
Where do I get my insurance for the Everest Base Camp Trek?
Trekking the Everest Base Camp means a lot of hiking on high altitude, and you will definitely pass an altitude of over 5,000 meters. You do not need a specific Nepal travel insurance, but you must just make sure that your travel insurance covers hiking at high altitude. Before you travel to Nepal you must make sure that you check with your travel insurance that you are covered for the altitudes that you will reach on your booked trek. You don't have travel insurance yet?World Nomads has some good options available for trekking and hiking adventures.
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Where can I find reviews of the Everest Base Camp Tours?
Our customers leave their reviews of their booked Everest Base Camp Trek on our Bookatrekking.com Trustpilot Page. You can check this page for these reviews our get in touch with our Trekking Experts directly fo the first-hand experience.
How To Book my Everest Base Camp Trip?
There are several websites where you can book your Everest Base Camp Trek. Important to consider is that the cheap providers are probably not very good for their staff. The income is relatively low in Nepal and some organizations like to exploit this.
At Bookatrekking.com we try to make a selection of providers who have everything in order, take good care of the staff and nature. However, they are obliged to indicate their lowest price on the internet. Here you will find all our offers for the Everest Base Camp Trek.
If you have any questions about theEverest Base Camp Trek, why don't youget in touch with our trekking experts? They are keen to help you out! If you want to find out all you need to know about trekking in the Himalayas, don't forget to read our long-read article abouttrekking in Nepal! Or what about Pakistan? If you are looking for the next big thing, consider doing the K2 Base Camp Trek! Too far? Check out our blog post about hiking in Europe. Also, read here about the Walker's Haute Route.
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