Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular trekking trips in Nepal. The stunning scenery or the spectacular vistas aren’t the only specialties of this region. The trek also gives you a glimpse of the Sherpa culture and history, through the several beautiful villages and colorful monasteries you will visit along the way. The trail is filled with high swinging bridges decorated with prayer flags, colorful prayer wheels and stupas, milky rivers, and the breathtaking views of the mountains, which make the trek immensely pleasurable. The trek offers you everything- natural beauty, captivating culture, hospitality, and sense of achievement; all these make the Everest Base Camp trek one of the world’s best treks.
Peak Season – Spring (March-May)
This is one of the best times of the year to visit Nepal. Also, is best for treks to EBC. Spring in the mountains is colourful with slopes covered by varieties of rhododendron and other flowers. Everest expeditions also begin at this time. We recommend you plan your journey at this time. The temperature for areas above 4000 m is at average is 15 degrees centigrade during the day and can reach -15 in morning and night.
Peak Season – Autumn (Late September – Early December)
The sky is clear, and you get spectacular views of the Himalayas. Many important cultural festivals take place at this time of year like Dashain and Tihar (two biggest festivals of Nepal). It is peak season, so the traffic can be heavy, we recommend you plan your journey from October till mid-December although most online sources cite September. This is because, with climate change, the opening windows for treks in Nepal is slowly changing but haven’t been updated in the standard itinerary. It isn’t warm but not super cold too. Higher elevations are colder than lowers so better pack your winter clothing. The average for areas above 4000 m is 17 degrees centigrade at daytime and can get pretty cold at night and morning with temperatures reaching -10 to -15 degrees C.
Winter Season (December to February)
It starts getting pretty cold at the Himalayas from mid to late November. Trekking is still possible but is very cold. The weather is stable and dry. It is off-season, so it will be less crowded, and the tea-houses and lodges are empty. Temperatures at base camp average -20 to -30 degrees centigrade. You can get spectacular views on a clear day, mornings can be misty, and expect snow falls. Overall, it is good for trekking if you can handle the cold!
Less Favorable times
June to August, which is the monsoon months, are not good for trekking. The route is wet, slippery and not recommended. The skies are cloudy as well.
The trek isn’t so difficult, but it is recommended that you prepare yourself for the trek. It is easy for backpackers, hikers and people that are generally active in their daily lives. Also, most people do find the trek moderate, but adequate preparation is a must and bring proper trekking gears. The high elevation is the most difficult part of the trek. The key is to walk slowly and acclimatize. Having at least 2 days for acclimatization is a must. Overall, it’s a 130 km round trip. The path is rocky, curvy and filled with ups and downs. With enough rest and a steady pace, it is very much achievable for most people.
The trek doesn’t require the ultimate level of fitness but walking 6-7 hours a day does require some level of fitness. It is recommended that you plan training 6-8 weeks before the trip. You can take long walks or hikes, do some jogging or swimming. Doing squats would be a good idea with some strength training at the gym.
You can find all kinds of places to stay on the trail to the base camp. Obviously, higher you go the lesser your options and the facilities are basic. There are several teahouses along the way that provide good but basic facilities. Tea houses are of varying qualities. Tea houses at established trek routes have western style toilets with hot showers while tea houses at high elevations off the established route are pretty much basic with squat toilets. Tea houses are recommended for EBC trek. You can find luxurious lodges at Namche and Lukla but most lodges/teahouses will provide good but basic facilities.
We will provide you with good accommodations throughout the journey. At Kathmandu, you will be staying at a 3 Star Hotel and at good teahouses/lodges that provide you with the comfort you need during the trek.
We will provide you with the meals during the trek. You will be provided with meals three times a day. Since the region is located in a remote area, it can be difficult to get a variety of food. The menu at teahouses and lodges will mainly consist of bread, lentils, porridge, pancakes, fries, spinach, roti, chapatis, tea, soups, egg, rice, dumplings, pasta, beans etc. Bottled drinking water is available throughout the trek which is not included in our package cost. In Kathmandu, we will provide you only breakfast. A welcome and farewell dinner is arranged at Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m), transfer to hotel, welcome dinner
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding.
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3,440m)
Day 04: Namche Bazaar: day rest
Day 05: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3,870m)
Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360m)
Day 07: Dingboche: day rest
Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Duglha
Day 09: Trek from Dulha to Lobuche (4,940m)
Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170m), hike to EBC (5,364m)
Day 11: Hike to Kala Patthar (5.545m) and trek to Pheriche (4,280m)
Day 12: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m)
Day 14: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 15: Stay in Kathmandu
Day 16: Final departure transfer
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be picked up by our representative who will drop you off at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our journey starts with a scenic flight to Lukla. There, we will meet up with rest of the team and begin our trek. We descend towards the Cheplung village. At Cheplung we get to see beautiful views of Mt. Khumbila. Mount Khumbila (5761m) also known as “God of Khumbu” sacred mountain which has never been climbed. Our journey then continues towards Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.