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Everest Base Camp Trek

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Trek to the base camp of Mt. Everest on an adventurous trip in the Himalayas and savor the vast beauty of picturesque Nepal

  • Group Size: 13 Persons
  • Trip Duration: 12 Days
  • Max. Altitude: 5550 M
  • Country: Nepal
  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Level: Adventures
  • Meals: On demand
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The Everest Base Camp Trek is certainly one of the most popular trekking packages in Nepal as well as a once-in-a-lifetime experience that leads you to the base of the highest mountain on the planet. An ultimate goal for trekkers from across the globe, this astounding 14-day trekking route in Nepal takes the hikers towards the cultural richness and the natural beauty enveloped in the Khumbu region. Treading from the backyard of the ethnic Sherpa clans and frequent encounters with high altitude charming monasteries, this splendid trek commences with a mind-boggling flight to Lukla, the inevitable spot to begin your nature walk. The spectacular trail leads through numerous suspension bridges adorned with multi-hued prayer flags, marvelous rhododendron forests, picturesque villages, gushing streamlets, steep ridges, awesome glaciers, and glacial moraines. The frequent rewards of the nature hike are the stupendous views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lobuche, Khumbutse, Pumori and many other Himalayan giants. The world heritage enlisted site of Sagarmatha National Park is a major highlight during the walk to the base camp. Another cultural highlight would undoubtedly be a visit to the highly sanctimonious Tengboche Monastery. The morning stroll up to the black rock Kala Patthar offers the most dramatic and elegant views of the gigantic Everest along with a mesmerizing sunrise observation.

Frequent trekkers who are physically fit and have sound health, with a nominal exposure to high altitudes can book this easy trekking in Nepal. The entire trekking trip is easy yet the only challenging factor is the altitude, which seems to contribute to making the adventurous journey in the Himalayas more difficult. Best seasons to trek to the Everest Base Camp are spring and autumn when the weather mostly remains perfect. Join Royal Holidays to get attached with the indigenous people in the Khumbu region and gather a huge experience of the far-flung villages and culture of the ethnic Sherpas. Take delight in the picturesque landscapes and the eye-catching mountain vistas. All you need is good health and a strong determination to hike along the exotic and enchanting trails roving through luxuriant valleys, alpine meadows, countless streams, and suspension bridges.

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Arrival on: Kathmandu | Departure from: Kathmandu
  • 1
    Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding

    Duration: 30 Min flight and 3 hours trek

    Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

    Altitude: 2,651M

    After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for one of the most enthralling flights of your lifetime, which takes you to Lukla. After landing at the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla, you will meet other crew members and start trekking through stone-paved descending trails to Cheplung village. With gradual descent accompanied by lush forests and stunning landscape, you will reach Phakding crossing numerous prayer walls. Overnight in Phakding.

  • 2
    Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

    Duration: 5-6 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

    Altitude: 3,440M

    Your day begins by hiking the route through pine forests till Benkar valley. Crossing and re-crossing quite a lot of suspension bridges including the famous Hillary suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, you will keep moving ahead passing the villages of Chumoa and Monjo. Rewarded with glistening glimpses of Mt. Thamserku and Nuptse, you will again cross another suspension bridge passing by Jorsale village. A steep ascent from here brings you to Namche Bazaar, a real paradise for mountaineers, the gateway to the Everest region of Khumbu, and the prime heartland of Sherpa village. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • 3
    Side trip and rest day in Namche Bazaar

    Duration: 2-3 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

    Altitude: 3,440M

    Staying active even during the rest day, also known as acclimatization is highly recommended this day. Walking, climbing and hiking throughout the day and sleeping low is the best way to get properly acclimatized. You may hike up to Syangboche airport and the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest placed hotels in the world. You have other options to hike up to Khumjung, Thame or Khunde villages or explore Namche Bazaar itself. Here you may observe the traditional Sherpa life, visit the Khumjung Hillary School, visit the mountaineering museum and spend some time interacting with the fun-loving Sherpas or simply enjoy the flora and fauna of the neighborhood at an altitude as high as this. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • 4
    Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

    Duration: 5-6 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

    Altitude: 3,868M

    Today’s hike starts with a downhill walk to the Dudh Koshi River and continuing along the hastening glacial waters. You will be greeted by awe-inspiring views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Kongde, and Thamserku. Crossing the Dudh Koshi near Phunki Tenga you will now enter the Imja Khola Valley, from where it is another 2 hours uphill walk till the hilltop village of Tengboche. Here you will visit the renowned Tengboche monastery which is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. Inside the antique monastery, you will witness incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha and the traditional musical instruments and the attire of the local monks. Overnight in Tengboche.

  • 5
    Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

    Duration: 5-6 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

    Altitude: 4,353M

    Pursuing the scenic trail through birch, conifer and rhododendron forests, the day’s hike is a short descent to a scattered stone village Deboche. Crossing the Imja Khola through a suspension bridge, the trail ascends to Pangboche amongst thousands of Mani stones and a closer view of the towering Ama Dablam. Moving towards the Imja valley and Lobuche River, the trail continues to the quaint traditional Sherpa settlement Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. Overnight in Dingboche.

  • 6
    Acclimatization Day – Dingboche

    Duration: 4-5 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

    Altitude: 4,900M

    Yet another scheduled rest day kept aside for acclimatization with higher altitudes, today you can either take short distance hikes to Nagarjuna Hill or the Chhukung Valley, which offers astonishing views of Makalu, Cholatse, Tawache, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Another option would be a few hours hike up to Nangkartshang peak just above Dingboche. This peak is an excellent viewpoint, which provides incredible views of Ama Dablam from its summit to its base in the floor valley. Overnight in Dingboche.

  • 7
    Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

    Duration: 5-6 hrs

    Altitude: 4,950M

    Making an early start after breakfast, you will begin ascending to a ridge through yak pastures through a wooden bridge to reach Dughla at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Passing by a large group of stone-piled memorials with prayer flags, belonging to Scott Fischer, an American mountaineer and Babu Chhiri Sherpa, a Nepali mountain guide who climbed Everest 10 times, and other mountaineers who perished on nearby summits, you will rise steeply up to Chupki Lhara. Following the valley upstream and the trail easing off, you will reach Lobuche in the late afternoon. Overnight in Lobuche.

  • 8
    Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp, then back to Gorak Shep

    Duration: 7-8 hrs

    Altitude: 5,370 M

    Today is the big rewarding day yet one of the most difficult days requiring extra attention due to the thin air at high altitudes. Following the rocky path along the barren Khumbu moraine, you will arrive at the last village of Gorak Shep, from where it is a straight walk across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials passing through rocky dunes, moraines, and streams finally leading you to the Everest Base Camp. The view of the dreaded Khumbu Icefall, the most dangerous section of an Everest ascent, from the base camp is spectacular. You will return to Gorak Shep after spending some moments capturing photographs at the base camp. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

  • 9
    Hike up to Kala Patthar(5643M) and trek from Gorak Shep to Pheriche

    Duration: 8-9 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

    Altitude: 4,371M

    Today is another challenging yet a rewarding day of the trek where you will make a pre-dawn departure amidst cold temperatures to savor the most beautiful sunrise views of the Himalayan chain from Kala Patthar, the black rock. Though the ascent is demanding, you will experience one of the best moments of your life with 360 degree up-close and tantalizing views of Mt. Everest. After spending some stunning moments at this historic locality, you will make a quick downhill descent to
    Gorak Shep, where you will have a sumptuous breakfast. After breakfast, you will pave your way on an easy trail to Pheriche village. Overnight in Pheriche.

  • 10
    Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

    Duration: 6-7 hrS

    Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

    Altitude: 3,440M

    After breakfast today, you will begin the easy, downhill hike through the hills covered by rhododendron and juniper trees. Crossing the Dudh Koshi River, the downhill trail leads you to Deboche, Pangboche and Tengboche villages. A stretched decline from here leads back to Phunki Tenga before the climb to Sanasa from where views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Nuptse peaks are impressive. Passing through twisting trails through a forest and the walk along the broader path to Namche is considerably more relaxed. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • 11
    Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

    Duration: 6-7 hrs

    Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

    Altitude: 2,800M

    Today is your last trekking day; the major portion of the trail is flat with few descends and brief ascends. Passing Phakding and Cheplung villages, the trail declines steeply until it cuts up to the airstrip in Chauri Kharka. Crossing the Dudh Koshi several times, it is a final ascent of about one hour from Cheplung to reach Lukla. The final evening in the mountains is a perfect opportunity to spend a few moments with your trekking mates. Have a few celebratory drinks and dance around tonight because the porters who accompanied you on the trek won’t travel to Kathmandu with you; they will stay behind. Overnight in Lukla.

  • 12
    Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

    Duration: 30 Min

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Altitude: 1340 M

    Boarding on an early morning flight to Kathmandu, you will carry back nostalgic moments of the glimpses of the astounding snow-capped mountains and the wonderful memories of the Himalayan sojourn. On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be guided to your hotel room where you may relax for a few hours or simply freshen up and wander around Thamel for some souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Itinenary Note

This is a standard itinerary designed with a view to allow sufficient acclimatization period for trekkers. However, if you are not satisfied with this itinerary or wish to modify it according to your needs, we will happily do it for you. You are free to choose your own hotels, guides or porters if you wish to. We are always there to customize or tailor-make your trips as per your plans and convenience.

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What's Included

  • Airport to hotel / Hotel to airport pick up & drop off service on a private air-conditioned tourist vehicle.
  • Accommodation during the trek in teahouse/lodge/guesthouse run by local people, mostly in twin-shared rooms 
  • All standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the entire trek.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu both way flights tickets
  • Flight tickets for the guide
  • A highly professional, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide.
  • All staff cost including their salary, insurance, equipment, accommodation, food,  transportation, 
  • All required documentation including trekking permits, national park permits
  • All government taxes including VAT, tourist service charges etc

What's not Included

  • Food and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses in the mountain; Battery charging, WiFi and Hot bucket shower
  • Porter (It is optional, $20 a day for one porter
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tip and donation

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Great EBC experience

Traveler: Pallares Diez | Country: US

Great experience with Royal Holidays during the entire trip of EBC. Right from the start to finish, the service was extraordinarily awesome. Always a smile, responsive and helpful, incredible knowledge and highly concerned about our safety – what else to seek for? I would definitely use them again because they are the ones who made a trip of a lifetime for our whole group.

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Thanks to the entire Royal Family

Traveler: James Quinn | Country: US

I now wonder my journey wouldn’t have been the same had I not completed my Everest Base Camp trek with Royal Holidays. It was a perfect two-weeks time with the most friendly, charming and jolly people of Nepal. I thoroughly enjoyed the Dal-Bhaat during my trek. A wholehearted thanks to the whole family of Royal Holidays. You guys are simply outstanding – you deserve a five-star appreciation from me. My...

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The best ever trip to Everest Base Camp

Traveler: Kristian | Country: DE

It was my fourth trip to the base camp, and this time I picked Royal Holidays to experience and feel the difference. I must say it was the best experience amongst all my previous trips to the base camp. The day we reached Namche returning from the base camp was my birthday. It was a wonderful moment for me when Nabaraj Tiwari, our guide had ordered a cake for the...

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there any age limit for doing the Everest Base Camp Trek?

    Generally, children less than 7 or 8 years old and elderly people above 65 years are not advised to do the Everest Base Camp Trek as the high altitudes could prove more detrimental to their health. But, as long as one is healthy and fit, there is no age limit for doing the EBC trek. Five-year old Indian boy Harshit Saumitra reached the base camp in 2015 while an 85-year old Nepali Min Bdr Sherchan and an 80 year old Japanese Yuichiro Miura even reached the summit for the first time when they were 76 and 70 years old respectively.

  • What are the best months for trekking to the Everest Base Camp?

    Spring and autumn are the best seasons for trekking in the Everest region. The months of March, April and May are the pre-monsoon springtime while September, October and November are the post-monsoon autumn months. During these months, the sky remains clear and one can have splendid views of the snow-capped mountain peaks and the lush environment.

  • Can I trek to the EBC in the months from June to August and December to February?

    Months from June to August are monsoon months, so rainfall will make the trails slippery and less relevant for hiking. However, the trail remains less crowded and one can enjoy beautiful views of the Himalayas and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Months from December to February are the winter months. If gets colder during the nights. Trekking trails remains less crowded with plenty of snow-fall. Clear sky and beautiful panoramic views of the snowy peaks are pleasant sights to see.

  • Can I trek to the EBC independently or without a guide?

    Yes, you can. But it is highly advised for those trekkers with prior experience of walking in high altitudes for several days. In addition, trekkers should be ready to carry their own baggage of at least 15 kg. Trekking without a guide would be the cheapest option to reach the base camp but then, be ready to manage everything on your own including accommodation in the mountains, domestic flight tickets to and from Lukla and of course your meals. Nonetheless, if it is your first time in the Everest region, then it is best if you use a trekking guide for several reasons you wouldn’t regret later.

  • What kinds of accommodation and food arrangements can I expect during the EBC Trek?

    During the entire time of trekking, you will spend nights at local teahouses or lodges. However, if you are on a luxury trek, you will be able to relax at more comfortable luxury hotels wherever available. Accommodation is based on twin sharing unless you opt to occupy a single room paying single supplement charges which are surprisingly high. Meals during the trek include typical Nepali food as well as Tibetan, Indian, Italian or continental cuisines. Typical meals available are rice, pasta and potato dishes. You can also enjoy other food items such as bread, porridge, muesli, hot chocolates, toast with peanut butter, and other snacks. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the teahouses that you spend the night while lunch will be served on the way during the trek at a suitable place.

  • What types of toilet facilities are available at the teahouses?

    A majority of the teahouses on the Everest route have squat type of toilet facilities. In the recently built teahouses and lodges they have western style flush toilets due to the increasing flow of tourists in the EBC trail. However, at certain places, there may be shortage of water so it is advised to carry your own toilet paper and other toiletries.

  • How difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek?

    Due to the development of infrastructure on the Everest route in the present day, it is not very difficult to do the EBC trek as in the past. No prior experience of trekking or mountaineering skill is required. People of all age groups from all walks of life have been successfully completing the trek. Talking about difficulty, the entire trip from Lukla to the base camp and back is about 130 km. Our standard EBC trek itinerary comprises of 12 days out of which, you will be trekking for 9 days with 2 days of acclimatization. One can expect to walk about 15km on an average each day spending 5 – 6 hours. The only challenging part of the trek is the high altitude which may affect a trekker in an unpredictable way. We have allowed sufficient acclimatization days on the trek that will allow your body to get adapted to the increasing altitude.

  • What are the chances of hot showers during my EBC trek?

    Beginning from Phakding up till Gorakshep, there are hot shower facilities provided to the trekkers. These showers are in the form of bucket showers rather than the modern head-high showers. But hot shower costs you a few dollars. Depending on the elevation, one shower may cost from US$ 4 to US$ 15. However, if you have booked for a luxury trip, then attached bathroom and toilet facilities are provided along with hot showers without any extra cost.

  • How can I avoid altitude sickness during the Everest Base Camp Trek?

    Altitude is the only challenging factor during the EBC trek otherwise the trip is not as difficult as one may presume. Even the healthiest person could be a victim to altitude sickness if precautions are not taken. In order to avoid altitude sickness, trekkers should not push their limits; they should walk at a slow pace. Another important aspect to avoid being hit by altitude sickness is to comply with the acclimatization days. It is very important that you use your acclimatization days to hike up to higher altitudes and come back to sleep at lower elevations. One should never hurry nor neglect the acclimatization rest days in order to reach the base camp in a short period of time.

  • What is the possibility of the availability of ATMs on the EBC trek?

    There are hundreds of ATM booths in Kathmandu which is not a matter to worry about. However, while you begin your trek, ATM services are available only in Lukla and Namche Bazaar. But services at these places are erratic; the machines may not work or they may be running short of cash. We recommend you to withdraw cash while you are in Kathmandu and carry a meager amount of money of small denomination so that you are able to purchase snacks or drinks during the trek.

  • What is the shortest possible itinerary for EBC trek?

    Our standard EBC trek itinerary is comprised of 12 days including 2 acclimatization days. There are some agencies which run the same trip in shorter duration of time escaping the acclimatization days or walking extra hours each day. This is very risky for your life and we don’t recommend it to our customers. If you wish to walk up to the base camp and return on a helicopter, then the walking days will be reduced. While those who do not wish to walk at all and reach the base camp, it is doable within 4 – 5 hours by flying in and flying out on a helicopter from Kathmandu. So to say, the shortest possible itinerary for EBC (without trek) is just one day.

  • Can I communicate with my relatives while on the EBC trek?

    In the past, there were no communication facilities until you returned to Kathmandu from trekking. But since the past few years, communicating with your relatives back home is not a problem at all from most of the places of the Everest regions, except from some places. While you are in Kathmandu, we suggest you to purchase a local SIM card, preferably NCell, and top up with certain amount of money. So, when you are walking in the mountains, you can talk to your friends or family, use internet facilities to upload photos of trekking and so on. Some lodges on the trek route also have Wi-Fi facilities for which you need to pay. Only some of the areas may face network problems due to which you may not be able to make phone calls or use your phone data to use the internet.

  • Will I be able to charge my phone and camera batteries on the EBC trek?

    Teahouses or lodges at most of the places are equipped with electricity whereupon charging your phone or other electronic gadgets like iPod, iPad or camera batteries is possible. However, you will be charged from US$ 1 to US$ 4 per hour depending on the altitude.

  • I want to join a group for the EBC trek. How can I join?

    EBC trek is possible either individually or in a small or large group. If you are unable to form your own group and wish to join a group, you need to contact us with your preferred travel date and required services. Accordingly, we will place you in a group that matches your requirement.

  • Should I hire a guide and a porter for my EBC trek?

    Hiring both guide and a porter will definitely increase your trip cost to some extent. Your guide will lead you in the mountains, show you the way and explain the culture and historical importance of significant landmarks. In the same way, your porter will carry all your heavy baggage. We do not recommend you to trek alone – it is best if you hire a guide-cum-porter in order to minimize your cost. He will lead you as well as carry your load.

  • What if I fall sick in the middle of the EBC trek?

    The most common health issue that a trekker faces during EBC trek is altitude sickness and to avoid from being hit by this sickness, it is recommended to drink plenty of water or fluids. Normally, our guides are equipped with some medicines that may be required during the trek. An effective medicine Diamox is always available with them and it helps reduce altitude sickness. In case you fall sick in middle of your EBC trek, your guide will help you and take precautions and safety measures to minimize your sickness. Depending on the severity of your sickness, your guide will either take you about 300m below for recovering your health or else he will call for a rescue evacuation by a helicopter.