The Everest View Trek, as the name suggests, is a beautiful walk that offers visitors amazing close-up views of the colossal Mt. Everest and several other surrounding peaks without having to reach the base camp itself. This easy trekking package in Nepal is also one of the most popular trekking packages because it can be embarked upon by people of all ages and levels of fitness. Everest View Trek is one of the top trekking destinations in Nepal that will bring visitors closer to the warm and welcoming indigenous Sherpa people. The Everest View Trek itinerary lets you visit and explore the authentic villages dotted with multi-hued fluttering prayer flags, prominent chortens, and Mani walls.
Considered to be a popular trekking route in Nepal’s Everest region, once can savor endless opportunities in photographic stunts and hikers find this trail rather enthralling to catch sights of the various Everest ranges. Panoramic views of mountain peaks such as Thamserku, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Kongde, Kantega, Everest, and Lhotse throughout the entire trip are simply exceptional. The best season for trekking in Nepal is during autumn and spring seasons during which the skies remain blue and clear offering majestic views of the snow-capped peaks and walking becomes easier and more fun. This stunning trekking package in Nepal kicks off with a scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to the Tenzing-Hillary airport at Lukla, from where the walk begins. During the course of hiking, you will pass through several suspension bridges, rivers, lush forests, picturesque villages of Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Tengboche, Kyangjuma, Jorsale, and Monjo, several ancient monasteries and several other significant landmarks in the Khumjung region.
Join Royal Holidays and get along with the local people in the Khumbu region and congregate a massive experience without getting hit by altitude sickness or portions of a strenuous hike. Ramble amidst the foothills of the Himalayas and enjoy great views of the tranquil environs around quaint villages offering plenty of local investigation opportunities. All you need is good health and a strong determination to hike through the extravagant Himalayan sceneries on this short and easy trekking holiday in Nepal.
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Duration: 3 - 4 hr
Altitude: 2651 M
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.
Duration: 5 to 6 hr
Altitude: 3440 M
You begin the day by following the route through pine forests till you arrive at Benkar valley. Crossing and re-crossing several 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, which is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. Rewarded with glistening glimpses of Mt. Thamserku and Nuptse, you will again cross another suspension bridge passing by Jorsale village, walking near the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. 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. Views of Mt. Everest and Lhotse may be visible if the weather consents. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Duration: 3 - 4 hr
Altitude: 3800 M
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.
Duration: 4 hr
Altitude: 3810 M
After a hearty breakfast, you will start walking uphill to the well-known Syangboche airstrip and the very famous Everest View Hotel. The prominent hotel rests just above Syangboche airstrip, from where you can savor the stunning close-up views of the majestic Everest, Thamserku, Lhotse, Kongde, Kantega, Ama Dablam, Taboche, the divine Khumbila peak, and many other mountain peaks. Climbing beyond the Everest View Hotel, you will follow the trail leveling the path for about 2 hours to reach Khumjung village for lunch. It is exploration time after lunch whereupon you will visit the Edmund Hillary School and the Khumjung monastery that is believed to house a Yeti scalp. You will also visit the Hillary hospital in Khunde village surpassing several busy colorful monasteries adorned with prayer flags. Overnight in Khumjung.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Altitude: 3870 M
The day’s hike is an intriguing walk through the beautiful natural wilderness passing through small quaint villages. Walking through forest trails, you may get the opportunity to witness the Himalayan Tahr, the pheasant or even the musk deer. The trail then follows through the pine forests and after crossing the wooden bridge enveloped with prayer flags over the Dudh Koshi River, you will reach Phunki Tenga, which is your stopping place for lunch. After a brief rest and lunch, you will begin another uphill climb of pine and fir forests to finally reach a small village of Tengboche, wherein lies the largest monastery of the entire Khumbu region. The monastery opens at 3.00 pm and will provide incredible glimpses of the fascinating Buddhist way of life. Besides, the amazing views of Taboche, Kongde, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Kantega compensates during your tour today. Overnight in Tengboche.
Duration: 8 - 9 hr
Altitude: 2830 M5
After breakfast in Tengboche, you will begin the hike with a steep descend through rhododendron and lush fir trees to the bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the river at Phunki Tenga, the walk continues on a leveled path and you will cross villages of Tashinga, Lausasa, and Sanasa before reaching Kyangjuma village, which greets you with spectacular views of some of the Himalayan giants. The trail towards Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma winding through several bends. A steep descent from Namche Hill will lead to a suspension bridge crossing the river again before arriving at Jorsale village. Overnight in Jorsale.
Duration: 5 - 6 hr
Altitude: 2800 M
Today is your last trekking day in the Everest region. You will have a fulsome breakfast before departure from Jorsale beside the Dudh Koshi River and awesome sceneries of green hills passing several tiny Sherpa hamlets towards Monjo village. After crossing the river two times at two different places and making exit from the Sagarmatha National Park entrance, you will arrive at Monjo. Most of the trail today is flat with certain ascends and descends and the amazing Kongde peak in the backdrop. The trail begins a steep descent after crossing Phakding and Cheplung villages up to the airstrip in Chauri Kharka. Crossing the river yet another three times and crossing Thado Koshi, you will make a final ascent from Cheplung to reach Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.
Duration: 30 Min
Altitude: 1340 M
Boarding an early morning flight, you will fly back to Kathmandu will all wonderful memories of the beautiful trek you embarked in the Himalayan realms. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel where you can relax or immediately hit the streets of Thamel and do some souvenir shopping. Exploring popular tourist attractions nearby could be another option if you have time and the zeal in you. Later in the evening you could probably hop into some funky bar or pub and grab your favorite beer or a cocktail to wind up a terrific day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.