Everest Base Camp Trek

Trek Duration
12 Days

Max Trekking Altitude
5550m

Trek Grade
Easy-Moderate

Accommodation
Teahouse

Hours of Walking
6-7 Hours per day

Area
Sagarmatha National Park - Solukhumbu

Group Size
4-8 people

Best time to go
September-November & March- May

EBC Trek Highlights


  • Seeing world ‘s tallest mountain Mount Everest
  • Amazing view of famous peaks like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserkhu, etc.
  • Experience Himalayan culture and tradition and meeting the famous Sherpa people at nearby Sherpa Village

  • Visiting local Buddhist monasteries
  • Explore alpine vegetation of Khumbu region
  • View of the natural scenario of Khumbu glaciers and lakes
Everest Base Camp Trek 12 days

Everest Base Camp Trek Overview


Understandably, Mount Everest is what draws many travelers to Nepal. This makes the Khumbu Region, home of the world’s highest mountain, extremely popular with tourists. The Everest Base Camp trek allows trekkers to follow in the footsteps of legendary mountaineers and get up close to the world's highest mountain, allowing you to witness the breathtaking beauty of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world and offers an unparalleled adventure for travelers seeking a transformative trekking experience.

You can anticipate the highest standard EBC trek experience with our company's experienced guides, who proudly possess over two decades of field expertise.Their primary focus is to prioritize safety, empowering trekkers to navigate the challenging terrain with confidence and minimal risk. Furthermore, you will not only receive exceptional support in navigating the trek but also gain valuable insights into the region's cultural heritage and mountaineering history.

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  • Tengboche Monastery at Everest Base camp trekking route
  • The Gateway to Everest Base Camp- Namche Bazaar
Trip Details

Everest Base Camp Trek 12 Days Itinerary


This Everest Base Camp Trek 12 days itinerary is perfect for trekkers and adventurous families having limited time for long journey and vacation. Beyond the breathtaking mountain views, we offer a unique opportunity to immerse in the captivating culture of the renowned Sherpa and Tibetan communities through our Sherpa Village Trek.

With our 12-days Everest Base Camp Trek, you'll get a close-up look at the Khumbu region's attractions, including the busy market town of Namche Bazaar, the historic monastery at Tengboche, the breathtaking wildness of Sagarmatha National Park, and the towering summits of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.

The trek begins with a scenic 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small mountain town nestled amidst towering peaks, which serves as both the starting and ending point of the Everest Base Camp trek. From Lukla, you embark on an extraordinary journey, gradually ascending to higher altitudes while immersing yourself in the breathtaking Himalayan landscape.

If you prefer a shorter trek with panoramic views of Everest, our Everest Panorama trek package awaits. Moreover, for those seeking extra comfort, we have EBC Comfort Trek packages, ensuring you explore the Everest region with ease, staying in comfortable lodges throughout the journey.

For a more extended trekking experience in the Everest region, we also offer the Gokyo Valley Trek and EBC & Gokyo Valley Trek via Cho-La-Pass, featuring a 16-day itinerary.

Everest Base Camp Trek monastery

How to prepare for the 12 Days EBC trek?


Preparing for the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek is essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey in the high-altitude Himalayan region. The Everest Base Camp Trek is regarded as a moderate to challenging trek ideal for anyone with a reasonable level of physical fitness and mental stamina. Due to the steep ascents and descents on the trails and the elevation, they are challenging.

To prepare for the EBC trek, it's essential to enhance your stamina and leg strength since the journey involves long hours of walking. Regularly engage in activities like walking, hiking, running, or cycling to improve your cardiovascular endurance. Don't forget to include leg exercises to strengthen your muscles. These preparations will enable you to handle the uneven paths and high altitudes during the trek. Keep in mind that you should be ready to walk for about 5-7 hours per day and ascend an average of 300m (1000 ft) in elevation each day.

Hiking serves as an excellent preparation for the extensive walks of the Everest Base Camp trek, offering a gradual way to build body strength and endurance. For beginners or those with limited activity, it's advisable to start with shorter and easier hikes, opting for trails that align with your current fitness level. As you become more comfortable with these initial hikes, gradually increase the distance and difficulty, and explore various terrains to get ready for the diverse landscapes you'll face during the EBC trek. Additionally, incorporating elevation gain hikes helps your body adjust to the uphill climbs and descents that await you on the journey.

A helpful practice is to wear your daypack during your training hikes and gradually increase the weight of its contents over time. Start with a comfortable weight and then add more items gradually until it reaches around 11kg. This will help your body get accustomed to carrying the necessary gear and supplies during the actual trek, making it easier and more comfortable when you embark on your adventure in the high-altitude Himalayan region.

EBC Trek Accommodation and Availability


The availability of teahouses and lodges along the Everest Base Camp trek route has significantly improved in recent years, enhancing the overall trekking experience for adventurers. These accommodations range from basic to high-end, offering a variety of options to suit trekkers with different preferences and budgets. You can find a few well maintained and luxurious hotels till you reach Dingboche.

Teahouses are the most common form of accommodation along the trekking route. They provide basic yet cozy lodging with communal dining areas where trekkers can enjoy local meals and interact with fellow travelers. As you progress towards Dingboche, you'll also find more comfortable lodges with cozy and warm rooms featuring attached bathrooms and hot showers. These amenities make the trek more comfortable, allowing trekkers to rest and relax after a day of walking.

Everest Base Camp Trek Permits


Before embarking on an exciting trek to Everest Base Camp, keep in mind that you'll require two permits: the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit. Both permits are vital for your trekking, so ensure you obtain them prior to commencing your adventure or during your journey. We, Mountain Travel Nepal, will usually take care of the permit arrangements, ensuring you have the necessary documents for your journey.

Best Season for Everest Base camp Trek


The best season to go on the Everest Base Camp Trek is between March and May, and September and December, when the winds are calmer, the days are sunny, the temperatures are mild, and the trail is beautiful, with green dense forests, raging rivers and streams, the soothing sounds of birds and animals, and uninterrupted views of the grand massifs along the way.   During these months, the entire journey becomes even more wonderful. 

Detailed Itinerary


Everest Base Cmap Trek Itinerary

Arrival Day : Arrival in Kathmandu

You will be greeted by our welcoming staff as soon as you land in Kathmandu, the energetic capital of Nepal. Before your trekking adventure starts, we'll help you with the necessary planning and make sure you have a comfortable stay. Exploring Kathmandu's cultural wonders, such as the Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath (Monkey's Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and others, is a great opportunity.

Day 1.  Flight to Lukla (2,840 meters), 30 minutes & trek to Phakding (2,610 meters) 2-3 hours

You start your trek to Everest Base Camp on the first day. You travel from Kathmandu to Lukla on an exciting flight, where you are met by your experienced guide and porters. You begin your trek toward Phakding, a picturesque village located along the Dudh Koshi River, from Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest. As you travel through charming towns and over suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags, take in the beautiful scenery and learn about Sherpa culture.

Day 2. Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters) 4-5 hours

The trail takes you to Namche Bazaar, a bustling Sherpa market town and the entrance to the Everest region, as you continue your ascent. The trekking route gradually ascends, providing breath-taking views of Everest and nearby peaks. Namche Bazaar welcomes you with its buzzing atmosphere, inviting teahouses, and breathtaking mountain views. Use this chance to adjust to the altitude and learn about the rich local culture.

Day 3. Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Acclimatization is crucial for a successful Everest Base Camp trek. This day is dedicated to adapting to the high altitude and allowing your body to adjust. Explore the surrounding areas of Namche- the capital of the Khumbu Region, visit the Sherpa Cultural Museum or Sagarmatha National Museum and take a short hike to Everest View Hotel for a mesmerizing panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and other majestic peaks. Hotel Everest View, which was founded in 1971 and is located at a height of 13,000 feet, is recognized as the highest hotel in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records (2004). The resort has developed into a destination unto itself, appearing in various guidebooks and receiving media attention. You can hike here and have a cup of coffee enjoying a 360 degree view of the Himalayas, appreciating Mt. Everest and many other high mountains from the table. Engage in insightful conversations with fellow trekkers and immerse yourself in the unique mountain atmosphere.

Day 4.  Trek to Tengboche (3,867 meters) 6-7 hours

You travel to Tengboche, which is where one of the most sacred monasteries in the Everest region is located, after leaving Namche Bazaar. Rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, and stunning mountain vistas can all be seen from the trail. A spiritually enlightening experience in the tranquil Himalayan setting can be had by arriving in Tengboche in time for the evening prayer ceremony at the monastery. Tengboche monastery is the biggest monastery in the Everest Region. It is one of the monastery where the sacred festival- Mani Rimdu of the Buddhist is performed every year. This festival is celebrated to mark the founding of Buddhism by Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava.

In Nepal's Solukhumbu region, the Mani Rimdu Festival is observed at the monasteries of Tengboche, Thame, and Chiwong. These spiritual rituals and activities of empowerment are taking place. Nineteen days of festivities are included, and a three-day public festival marks the end of the celebrations. According to the lunar calendar used in Tibet, the Mani Rimdu celebration is scheduled for a specific date. The Mani Rimdu ceremony is held in Tengboche during the ninth Tibetan month, which typically coincides with the full moon in October or November. Trekking during a festival will be both adventurous and cultural if you can schedule your trip around those times.

Day 5. Trek to Dingboche (4,410 meters) 6-7 hours

As you travel from Tengboche to Dingboche, the trail leads you farther into the Himalayas. This charming community is located in a large valley and provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. You'll see the landscape changing into a more untamed and alpine environment as you hike higher. Enjoy the stunning views of Mount Ama Dablam and other Himalayan giants that dominate the horizon.

Day 6. Acclimatization at Dingboche

You'll stay in Dingboche for an additional day in order to further adapt to the high altitude. Altitude sickness is less likely as a result of your body having time to acclimate to the thinner air. On this day, go around the neighborhood and climb Nangkartshang Peak for stunning vistas of the Khumbu Valley. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the mountains and savor the unique atmosphere of this high-altitude village. Enjoy the stunning views of Mount Ama Dablam and other Himalayan giants around the Dingboche.

Mount Ama Dablam is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world located in the Everest Region. It is known as the "mother's necklace" because of its long ridges, which resemble the arms of a mother (ama) shielding her child, and its hanging glacier, which is considered to be the dablam, the traditional double-pendant that Sherpa women wear and which features images of the gods. Anyone hiking to Mount Everest Base Camp will see Ama Dablam dominating the eastern sky for several days. Ama Dablam is commonly referred to as the "Matterhorn of the Himalayas" due to its soaring ridges and steep faces. The mountain is featured on the Nepalese banknote for one rupee.

Day 7. Trek to Lobuche (4,950 meters) 5-6 hours

The journey takes you to Lobuche, a little town hidden in the shadows of towering peaks, while you continue your ascent. As you cross glacial streams and negotiate moraines, the terrain gets more difficult. You are moving closer to Everest as you experience the unspoiled landscape and breathtaking sights. Spend some time taking in the landscape's pristine beauty and the neighboring mountains' enormous size.

Day 8. Trek to Gorakshep (5,164 meters), 2-3 hours Hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters) 1.5-2.5 hours

The climb to Everest Base Camp begins today, something you have been anxiously awaiting. A breathtaking view of the mountains can be seen as the trail winds through the Khumbu Glacier and provides vistas of icefalls. You reach the world-famous Everest Base Camp, where climbers congregate to get ready for their ascent, at this point. Take in the overwhelming sense of success while gazing in awe at the world's highest peak. After some time at Base Camp, you'll trek back to Gorak Shep for a well-deserved rest.

Day 9. Hike to Kala Patthar (5,644 meters) and trek to Pheriche (4,371 meters) 5-6 hours

You will get up early and start a hike to Kala Patthar in order to see the sunrise over Everest and capture unforgettable views. The Himalayan giants, including Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse, are visible from this viewpoint of Kalapatthar in a panoramic display. After taking in the breathtaking views, you'll make your way down to Pheriche, a village located in the Khumbu Valley. Take pleasure in the Sherpa community's warmth and hospitality.

Day 10. Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters) 6-7 hours

You turn around and head back to Namche Bazaar by going lower. The well-traveled paths and breathtaking views give you the chance to pause and consider your incredible journey. Join your fellow hikers in toasting your success as you take in the lively atmosphere of this bustling mountain town. Explore the local markets, indulge in delicious Sherpa cuisine, and reminisce about the memories created during your Everest Base Camp adventure.

Day 11. Trek to Lukla (2,840 meters) 6-7 hours

You say goodbye to Namche Bazaar and head back to Lukla on the last day of your Everest Base Camp trek. Knowing that you are leaving behind the magnificent Himalayas as you travel through the familiar landscapes is a bittersweet moment. Enjoy the journey's final moments, taking mental pictures of the breathtaking scenery and imagining back on the unforgettable experiences you've had so far.

Day 12. Flight to Kathmandu, 40 minutes

As you board the short but scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, take one last look at the towering peaks that have left an indelible mark on your soul. Back in Kathmandu, you have the opportunity to unwind and celebrate the successful completion of your Everest Base Camp trek. Indulge in the vibrant cultural scene, visit local markets, and sample delicious Nepalese cuisine as you recount the memories of your Himalayan adventure.

Conclusion: An Unforgettable Journey

The Everest Base Camp trek is a world-class experience that displays the splendor and beauty of the Himalayas. You will be fully immersed in the breathtaking landscapes, vibrant Sherpa culture, and spiritual atmosphere of the area thanks to our diligently planned itinerary. We hope to help you outrank competing websites and establish our authority in the field of Everest Base Camp trek itineraries by offering thorough and in- depth details about this amazing journey.

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a life-changing experience, offering unparalleled natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a sense of achievement. However, it's crucial to prepare well, choose a trustworthy and experienced trekking company, and follow safety guidelines to make the most of this extraordinary journey.

Embark on this extraordinary journey and discover the magic of the Everest region. Conquer the search rankings and capture the attention of adventure seekers worldwide. Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave an indelible mark on your spirit and create memories to last a lifetime.

Everest base camp trek route

EBC Trek Itinerary

Arrival Day : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 1. Flight to Lukla (2,840 meters), 30 minutes & trek to Phakding (2,610 meters) 2-3 hours

Day 2. Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters) 4-5 hours

Day 3. Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Day 4. Trek to Tengboche (3,867 meters) 6-7 hours

Day 5. Trek to Dingboche (4,410 meters) 6-7 hours

Day 6. Acclimatization at Dingboche

Day 7. Trek to Lobuche (4,950 meters) 5-6 hours

Day 8. Trek to Gorak Shep (5,164 meters), 2-3 hours Hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters) 1.5-2.5 hours

Day 9. to Kala Patthar (5,644 meters) and trek to Pheriche (4,371 meters) 5-6 hours

Day 10. Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters) 6-7 hours

Day 11. Trek to Lukla (2,840 meters) 6-7 hours

Day 12. Flight to Kathmandu, 40 minutes

Conclusion: An Unforgettable Journey

Some important tips and guides

Follow this EBC trek guide for more safe and enjoyable trek:

  • Physical Fitness: Put your physical fitness and stamina first. Regular exercise, such as hiking, running, and strength training, will help your body prepare for the demands of the trek.
  • Acclimatization: Allow for adequate acclimatization time during the trek. Ascend gradually and take rest days to assist your body acclimate to high altitudes and lower your chances of altitude sickness.
  • Pack Light: Pack only the essentials and keep your backpack as light as possible. Remember, you'll be carrying it throughout the trek.
  • Layering: To adapt to changing weather conditions, dress in layers. Warm gear for cold nights and higher elevations, as well as lightweight clothing at lower altitudes, should be included.
  • Hydration and Nutrition: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and carry water purification tablets. Eat balanced meals to maintain energy levels during the trek.
  • Invest on Good Trekking Gear: Purchase high-quality trekking shoes, comfortable clothing, a warm sleeping bag, and a waterproof jacket. Don't forget to bring essentials such as a headlamp, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • Travel Insurance : Get comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and medical emergencies.
  • Weather Considerations : Be prepared for weather changes. The weather can be unpredictable, so pack rain gear and be ready for varying conditions
  • Pay Attention to Your Body : Be mindful of your body's signals and convey any health problems to your guide. During the journey, it is critical to prioritize your well-being.
  • Enjoy the Journey : Finally, take the time to appreciate the breathtaking scenery, cultural experiences, and camaraderie of fellow trekkers. The EBC trek is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so enjoy every minute of it.

Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trek

  • A Down Jacket: If you do not have a down jacket, Mountain Travel can arrange for you to rent one, or you can purchase one for a reasonable price in Kathmandu’s tourist district Thamel.
  • A warm and lightweight feather sleeping bag: If you have a good quality and lightweight warm sleeping bag, it is advisable to bring with you. If you do not have one, Mountain Travel Nepal will provide you one.
  • A Warm Fleece
  • A warm and light-weighted feather sleeping bag (if you do not have MTN will provide you)
  • Long Sleeved T-shirts: We would suggest either wool or synthetic material. Though cotton is very comfortable to wear, it gets wet and cold when you sweat in it, and it takes a long time to dry. Wool will stay warm even when it gets wet, and it does not start to smell bad as quickly as cotton or synthetic material – however, it does take a little longer to dry. Synthetic material is usually quite lightweight, and it efficiently transports the sweat away from your body, and dries quickly. On the downside, it starts smelling quickly and will need to be washed often.
  • T-shirts and/or Vests: Same suggestion as for long sleeved t-shirts.
  • A pair of Shorts: As an alternative to shorts, a pair of zip-off trousers.
  • A pair of Lightweight Trousers: Synthetic or a synthetic/cotton mix preferable.
  • A pair of Long Johns : These are nice to have for chilly evenings in the teahouse or outside the tent especially for altitudes above 4000 meters where it often gets very cold during the night
  • A pair of good walking Boots and good Trekking Socks: Make sure the boots are big enough – if the boots are too small, you will lose your toenails. It is important that your heel is fixed in the boot while at the same time you should have some space in front of your toes. Consider that your feet “grow” during the day. Consider whether you will use both inner socks (liners) and trekking socks or only one pair of socks.
  • A pair of Sandals or Flip-flops: It’s always a great feeling to take off your boots at the end of a long trekking day and walk around barefoot in your sandals around camp. They are also easier to get in and out of if you have to go to the loo during the night.
  • Rainproof Jacket: The weather can change rapidly in the Himalayas and a sunny day can quickly turn into a rainstorm or even a snow storm. A light jacket with low packing volume is preferable, since you carry the jacket in your day pack to be prepared for sudden changes in weather.
  • A Sun Hat
  • A Woollen Hat
  • A pair of Gloves
  • A Head Torch
  • A Camera + extra Memory Cards 32 GB – above
  • Personal Water Bottle
  • Toiletries: Toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, wet wipes, a bit of extra toilet paper

Confirmation of booking

All bookings are made in good faith. Once we have received your booking we will send you an invoice giving payment details.

We will require an advance deposit of US$ 200 per person in order to hold your booking on a secure basis with the balance to be paid prior to your arrival in Nepal.

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy
Arrangements may be cancelled at any time but the cancellation should be communicated to us in writing. Since cancellation incurs administrative costs, we will retain any deposit paid and in addition will apply cancellation charges as follows.
Period before departure within which written cancellation is received, and sum of cancellation charge shown as a percentage of the package price:
  • More than 60 days: Deposit only
  • 31-60 days: 50%
  • 15-30 days: 75%
  • Less than 15 days: 100%
Price Increases
Any unforeseen cost increases beyond our control will be passed on directly to the guest, whenever such increases occur.
This could include (but is not limited to) such items as airfares, fuel costs, government taxes, currency exchange variations, etc. In some cases, an increase might also be applicable if group numbers drop below the originally costed number.

Change of Itinerary
We reserve the right to change or alter any itinerary at any time for reasons beyond our control. These could include but are not limited to adverse weather conditions, cancellation of flights or government restrictions in certain areas.
Whenever we are forced to make such late changes, we will always endeavor to give guests as much advance notice as possible and to ensure that the alternate itinerary achieves, insofar as possible, the objectives of the original tour.

Payment conditions


Cost Includes
  • Airfare two ways – KATHMANDU/LUKLA & LUKLA/KATHMANDU (US $ 217 x 2 subject to change)
  • Airport transfer service before and after the trek
  • Trekking accommodation in Teahouse during the trek (twin sharing room) on full board basis- 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Experienced English Speaking, government licensed guide and all his expenses during the trek like his transfer, insurance, salary, meals and accommodation
  • All Trekking permit - Sagarmatha National Park Fee & Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry fee
  • Personal warm sleeping bag and liner
  • First aid kit and duffel bag
  • All government taxes
Cost Excludes
  • Hotel accommodation with dinner and breakfast in Kathmandu before and after the trek we will book only on your request
  • Extra support porter (if included a porter will carry max. 20 kg luggage)
  • Travel Insurance in case of emergency for rescue and other medication
  • Entry visas fee for Nepal
  • All kind of hot and cold drinks - coke, fanta, beer, whisky, bottle of water, hot water, tea, coffee etc.
  • Personal expenses like wifi, hot shower, telephone, battery charge fee.
  • Extra day out of the itinerary due to unforeseen situations
  • Tips for guide and porter

" If you are planning a trip to Nepal then "Mountain Travel Nepal" is your go-to agency. We had an amazing experience with the company and Mr. Ashok. We track the Everest Base Camp in 10 days.

The team was very helpful in providing us with detail, adjusting the route accordingly before and after due to weather changes where needed, provide insights into the culture and the people, and supporting us in any way they could to achieve and successfully complete the trek. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. We will come back.. I'm sure of it. Special thanks to our guide Loken and our two porters Dipak Rai and Bibek Rai who took very good care of us providing a positive and family atmosphere."

– Alessandro, Daniele, Claudio & Luca
- Italy & Germany
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