The trek to Everest Base Camp is the most famous multi-day adventure hike in the world for a reason. Taking you into the heart of the Himalayas, the route winds its way up to 5,643m above sea level, offering you unparalleled views of the world’s highest mountain. Everest Lodge Trek is a lifetime journey to the Himalayas of Nepal.
Everest base camp is located at an elevation of 5364 meters (17926 feet). It is no small feat getting to base camp. Even though it is a hike through villages with teahouse accommodations, the EBC Trek is 12-20 days of trekking at a sustained elevation above 4000 meters (13123 feet). These valuable tips for trekking to Everest base camp will make your Trek easier.
It is not the scary daunting experience that people imagine it to be, trekking to base camp is actually a lot of fun and hopefully, these points will help you with your future climbs and make it just a little bit more comfortable on the way up.
Distance: 120 km round-trip from Lukla to Base Camp and back to Lukla (You will fly to Lukla from Kathmandu)
Days required: 15 days
Total Incline: (Undulation) – 6015 m/19 734 ft
Total Decline: (Undulation) – 5821 m/19 097 ft
The highest point on the trek: 5640 m/18 500 ft, this is actually at Kala Patthar, which you will hike to in the morning after reaching Everest Base Camp. This is where you get the best views of Mount Everest.
Difficulty: It’s hard for an average hiker but the altitude is definitely more difficult to manage than the distance with several rest days and acclimatization days.
Accommodation: Guest Houses, also known as Tea Houses along the way where you will sleep in a comfortable bed and have access to showers (extra charge) and restaurant facilities. Very comfortable accommodation and great after a long day of hiking.
1. Exciting mountain flight to Lukla Tenzing Hillary airstrip.
2. Trekking through the river, valleys, forest, suspension bridges, Buddhist monasteries, and Sherpa villages.
3. Panoramic views of the world’s highest peak and other snowcapped peaks from Kala Pattar (5545 meters).
4. Standing at the base camp of Everest altitude of 5364 meters & explore a closed view of Khumbu Icefall.
September to mid-December is the best time to trek in Nepal, September, October, November is the major trekking season in Nepal usually clear day with absolutely breathtaking views of the snowcapped peaks. Similarly March, April, May is other perfect time for a trek to Everest Base Camp. The month of March, April, and May in the Everest Base Camp covered by full of tents by Everest climbers. April May is the busy season for ascending Mount Everest.
▼ ITINERARY OVERVIEW of Everest Lodge Trek:
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2800m. & trek to Phakding (2,10m.), 3-4h.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m.), 7-8h.
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Namche to Tyangboche (3,860m), 6-7h.
Day 06: Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,410m), 7-8h.
Day 07: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.
Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m), 6-7h.
Day 09: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m) 3-4h, & hike to Kala Patthar (5,644m) for Sunset. 3-4h.
Day 10: After breakfast hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) 3-4h, & trek back to Labuche (4,910m) 3-4h.
Day 11: Labuche to Phorche (3,840.), 6-7h.
Day 12:Phorch to Namche (4,440m.), 6-7h.
Day 13: Namche to Lukla (2,835m.), 6-7h.
Day 14: Lukla to Kathmandu by 40-minute flight.
Day 15: Departure after Breakfast.
♂ Note: All itineraries can be customized at your request.
Cost: From 1750$ PP
▼ WHAT’S INCLUDED?
1. Arrival & Departure: Airport – Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop)
2. Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu on bed & breakfast Basis- Twin Bedroom
4. Permit: All necessary paper works: Sagarmatha National Park permits, TIMS permit & conservation entry fee
5. Insurance: Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during
6. Trekking Map: Everest Region Trekking map
7. Member transportation: Air Transportation: (Domestic Flight) Fly from Kathmandu – Lukla & returning Lukla – Kathmandu, with Guide as per itinerary.
8. Stuffs Transportation: Necessary all equipment Transportation for all.
9. Member Luggage: Up to 15 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carrying by porters
10. Lodging & Food: Food 3 meals a day (BDL; including tea and coffee) Breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the guesthouses you are staying at. You could pick anything on the menu, which had western options or Nepali options. You can eat pancakes, Pasta, pizza, and burgers or you can go for the 24-hr Nepali Power Dal Bhat.
12. Porter: Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek
13. Staff Salary and allowance
14. Comprehensive Medical kit
1. Air Fare: International flight fare (to/from Kathmandu) Personal transportation beyond the aforementioned programs
2. Nepal entry Visa fee
3. Lunch & Dinner: Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
4. Extra nights in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
5. Rescue Evacuation: Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs.)
6. Personal Expenses: Telephone, Internet, battery recharge, shower, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, Boiled, water, beer, coke, and Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Insurance, Personal Trekking Gears & Equipment.
7. $30 USD for an extra porter per day (If extra porter demanded)
8. Tips: Tips for Guide, porters, and staffs (Avg. US 15$ per day per member)
Note: At times Trekkers have been delayed in Lukla awaiting return to KTM. During these times when Airplanes cannot fly, Helicopter flights can be arranged (subject to their availability). The cost is approximately $400 paid by the trekker
Any other item not listed in the “Price Includes” section
▼ TOUR BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS
Minimum Group size: 2 Person, Maximum Group size: 20++
BOOKING A TRIP: A booking is confirmed only after receiving a copy of the passport and certain deposits from clients. Once the company receives the booking deposit a client will receive a confirmation invoice or email. From this stage, the booking agreement between the company and the customer will be applicable.
DEPOSIT REQUIREMENTS: Community Trek requests a minimum of 20% deposit of the total trip cost before making the confirmation. The remaining amount should pay before commerce the trip.
PAYMENT METHODS: Trip Confirmation Deposits can be made by Bank Transfer, Money Transfer Services.
Here is Booking Terms & Condition in detail please read out before final trip booking…
♂ Contact us at the email/numbers below to book the tour.
Tel: 977 9808881190 | WhatsApp (Ramesh)
Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from Community Trek will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. We can use this time to ask any questions about our trip to the management and trek leader.
The day starts with an early morning fly from Kathmandu to the tine airstrip of Lukla. The scenic flight duration is just above 40 minutes so don’t forget to take your cameras, although you’ll have a second chance of taking beautiful snaps on the way back to Katmandu. Upon landing, while the guides and porters will divide the baggage you can have a good look around, take pictures and get prepared for adventure. Depending upon the time we land at Lukla, we might have our lunch there. From Lukla, we will walk to Phakding village. The walk is fairly easy and we will stay overnight in Phakding. We can spend our evening strolling around the village.
Our day’s hike will start after having breakfast. We will start by walking along the banks of Dudh Koshi River and we will have to cross this river twice in the same day. We will then arrive at a small village called Monjo. Monjo is the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. After entering the National Park, we will descend to Bhote Koshi River upon which we arrive at Jorsalle village. We will walk further from there heading off to Namche Bazaar, a prosperous trade hub in the lap of the Himalayas which is also the capital of the Khumbu region. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Namche Bazaar.
After having ascended an altitude of 3,440 m (11,253ft), we will use the day for acclimatization. It is very important to have our body prepared for further ascending. You will have the day at your disposal and you can choose to do whatever you wish. One option can be to walk up to the Everest View Point Hotel and enjoy the view it offers. You can also choose to have a walk around Namche Bazaar and observe the local proceedings and lifestyle. If it is Saturday, there will be the traditional “Saturday Market” which is a wonderful experience and a great market to explore. There is also Sherpa Museum in Namche which would be the place to visit if you are interested into Sherpa’s culture and history.
On the fifth day, after breakfast, we start our trek with a pleasant walk through the forest with a magnificent view of mountains. The great view of the mighty peaks of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde will be at our disposal all day long. Today’s trail ascends through the forest on its way to Tyangboche. The first thing that could draw your attention after reaching Tyangboche might be its beautifully big monastery. Tyangboche has a large campsite, tea houses and lodges overseeing Mt. Ama Dablam. We will finish the day by spending the night in a hotel in Tyangboche.
The day consists on a lot of descending trail which goes from Tyangboche to Dingboche. On the way, we will pass rhododendron forests, cross a valley and walk through the plains to reach Dingboche. It is a relatively easy day, in terms of walking.
It is another acclimatization day which is required for ascending to further altitudes. You can take complete rest during the whole day. If you wish so you can also take some couple of hours’ time to hike up to CHHUKUNG (4,730m) but only if you have an excellent physical CONDITION. Chhukung is a small hill station overlooking many mountains and glaciers. The main purpose of the day will be to prepare you physically for the rest of the trek.
There is a lot of vertical gain today even though the trail length does not clock more than 4.5 miles. We will walk through the alpine meadows and yak pastures to cross the Khumbu Glacier. The end of the moraine of the glacier has a specifically steep trail which can be seen as a challenge. We will then continue along the rugged route in order to reach Lobuche where we will stay for the night. Lobuche is situated beneath the Lhotse Ridge.
Today you will be hiking 3-4 hours to Gorakshep Village, the last human settlement in Everest. And check room, have lunch then around 2 pm hike up to the Kala Patthar (5,644m), the highest point of the whole trek.
Kala Patthar provides the most wonderful sight for a sunrise contemplation over Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks such as Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori. You would definitely not want to miss that. It will take a couple of hours to reach Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep. We will take our time, enjoying what Kala Patthar has to offer before heading down to Gorak Shep and then to Pheriche to stay overnight there.
After Breakfast, trek to Everest Base Camp. The route follows the Khumbu Glacier with its intriguing 15m (49ft)-high series of ice, a feature unique to Himalayan glaciers. Return to Gorakshep and Trek back to Labuche.
From now onward, it’s all about descending. So our pace will be faster than earlier and the walks will be easier. The beauty of the Himalayan terrain will never leave us along the way. We will spend the night in Sherpa Village Porsche 3,840m.
From Porsche 30-40 minutes walk down to rivers and climbed up to Mongla Dada then easy way until Namche Bazar. Overnight at Namche.
After having breakfast you will be on a trek back to Lukla which contains approximately 8-9 hours’ walk. On the way to Lukla, you will enjoy the vegetation, natural beauty, glaciers, rivers, and different animals of the Himalayan region.
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
♂ You must bring the following items:
1. Hiking boots
3. Trekking trousers / pants
4. Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
5. Baselayer shirts
6. Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
7. Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
8. Waterproof jacket
10. Warm hat
12. Thermal gloves
13. Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
14. Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
15. Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
16. Water bottles 1 L.
17. Antibacterial handwash
18. Small towel
19. Daypack, 25/30Litres
20. Trekking poles
21. Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
22. Warm jacket (down)*
♂ Basic First Aid Kit including:
A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite) and Glucose tablets.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.
♂ Health and Fitness Requirements
This trek requires that you walk on an average of six hours every day, excluding the rest days. You will be hiking uphill every day from the day you land in Lukla until the day you climb up to Kalapathar on Day 10 of the tour. The highest point of this tour is almost 18,000 feet above sea level. Naturally, this requires a certain degree of fitness. Everest Base Camp Trek is recommended only for people in good health and fitness with some experience of trekking behind them. There is no restriction of upper age on this tour; your fitness is what matters. Minors who wish to be part of this tour must be accompanied by an adult.
Most people in reasonably good health would be able to make this trek without any injuries or serious sickness/problems. Check with us if you have any questions about your ability to make this tour.
Due to the altitudes, we travel in, this tour may not be suitable for people with heart ailments, chronic problems related to lungs and those with high blood pressure related problems. If you have experienced serious altitude sickness in the past that required hospitalization, this tour is not recommended for you. This tour is also not suitable for people with thyroid-related problems. If you are in doubt, please check with your doctor before signing up on this tour.
We are doing this trek at the beginning of winter. The choice of the season has its advantages:
The peak hiking season is behind us, which means the trails are quieter and so are the villages where we will be staying.
The weather is clearer than any other season, making it great for photography. Expect wonderful light during sunsets and sunrise.
Temperatures dip to fairly low numbers during this season. Nighttime temperatures go below the freezing point, while there is still some chill in the air during the day. However, the tea-houses keep you comfortable during the night, and you will warm up as you keep walking during the day.
Accommodation will be in a comfortable hotel Kathmandu.
Accommodation will be in tea-houses during the trek. Tea houses are guesthouses with permanent housing and bedding that can keep you comfortable. You will be provided with sleeping bags.
♂ What about Lukla Flight?
Because of bad weather, we could face problems with domestic flights to/from Lukla (Delayed or even cancelled). It is very rare, but it could happen even in the best trekking season. Thus, we always recommend you to add supplement night/s in Kathmandu after your trek if that is possible for you (just in case). Trekkers need to be prepared for all weather conditions. In the Himalayas weather can cancel or delay the scheduled flight(s) to/from Lukla airport. To be sure that you make your trek, or return from it, it may be necessary to make this flight by a chartered helicopter. Helicopters can operate in some weather that aircraft cannot. Should a helicopter be needed, it will be at the expense of the trekkers, and not something covered by Community Trek Please keep approximately USD 500 (one way) accessible in case this situation presents itself. This suggested amount is in addition to the emergency fund suggested below.
Hopefully, weather delays will not occur, or if they do it will be for a limited time. Should the delays stretch into days and neither helicopter nor flight are a viable option, a collective decision will be made by the group on how to proceed. This is especially true if the delays are prior to the trek, as the original trek may no longer be feasible. Your Guide will be there to help with this process.
♂ Is there Drones allow?
Please note that drones and the flying of drones are prohibited in Nepal. If you violate these regulations the police may take you into custody.
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