Everest Base Camp Trek Complete Guide

  • Mar 17, 2024
  • Kabita Gurung
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Everest commonly known as Sagarmatha/Chomolungma is believed as the holy mother by the locals. Sagarmatha was coined by His Majesty during the 1960s, meaning the “Goddess of the sky”.The Goddess of the sky attracts many worshippers, some of them highly experienced mountaineers. There are two main climbing routes, one approaching the summit from the southeast in Nepal (known as the "standard route") and the other from the north in Tibet. But it was never easy to do the job. Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary were the first to make the official ascent of Everest in 1953 finally after numerous unsuccessful attempts by numerous others before them. Since then, many enthusiasts have attempted to please and worship the holy Mother through their patience and persistence, many of whom offered their lives during their expedition and remained hidden in the mountain until discovered by others. 

Getting to behold this overwhelmingly magnificent Goddess of the sky, Mt. Everest from very near is a dream come true. Extensive mountaineering high into Everest is a dangerous yet marvelous adventurous expedition that requires passionate meditation and a strong mindset. Yet, we can always choose to take this opportunity to experience the holiness of the mountain through an exclusive trek to the camp of this very Sagarmatha.

Yes, we can have this exotic experience of the world’s roof within 10-15 days of a strenuous yet mind-blowingly fulfilling trek to the base camp of the very own Mt. Everest. There are two base camps on Mount Everest, on opposite sides of the mountains: South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,380 meters, while North Base Camp is in Tibet at 5,150 meters.

Everest is more than a mountain and the journey to its base camp is more than just a trek. The beauty of the base camp is just as compelling as the magnificence of Mt. Everest itself, while the journey up there is as adventurous and as challenging as the ascent itself. Along a route dubbed by some as "the steps to heaven," every bend in the trail provides another photo opportunity, beautiful forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines, and foothills. Imagine you're surrounded by the world's highest peaks around you and everything seems so pure and heavenly. Experiencing this part of the ascent through the base camp trek creates a real story of its own. Once you taste the cold breeze of Everest base camp, you'll remain nostalgic about it your entire life. The Everest Base Camp trek on the south side, at an altitude of 17,900 feet, is why one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas, and about 40,000 people per year make the trek there.

Treat yourselves to the most heavenly and epic experience of trekking from the one and only Everest. Allow us this opportunity to honor you with the sense of grandeur that comes with trekking through an area considered a Mecca for climbing and mountain enthusiasts. Our lifetime experience of the jaw-dropping sceneries and the unique cultural blend of the Sherpas and the Himalayan tribes starts with the most beautiful decision of exploring the Himalayas through Everest Base Camp Trek. This trek commences from Kathmandu with a 35-minute flight to the most unique airport of Lukla at the thrilling altitude of 9,334 ft / 2,840 m.

Table of Contents

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 M) and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Drive to Ramechhap, fly to Lukla (2840 M) & trek to Phakding (2652 M)
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3438 M)
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3870 M)
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4360 M)
Day 08: Acclimatization at Dingboche
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4940 M)
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5140 M) and explore Everest Base Camp (5380 M)
Day 11: Early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545 M) and trek to Pheriche (4240 M)
Day 12: Trek to Tengboche (3870 M)
Day 13: Trek to Monjo (2835 M)
Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2840 M)
Day 15: Fly to Ramechap and drive to Kathmandu (1350 M)
Day 16: Extra day in case of flight cancellation due to bad weather
Day 17: Final departure

Transportation for the Everest Base Camp Trek

The trek starts and ends at the same place, Lukla. To reach there, you will need to take a 30-35 minute flight from Kathmandu.

Note: Since Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal operating all the domestic and international flights, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) often operates all flights to Lukla from Ramechhap (Manthali) airport during the maintenance period and peak season to reduce air traffic. During the autumn of 2019, all the flights to Lukla were operated from Ramechhap (Manthali) airport. The distance between Kathmandu and Ramechhap is around  135 km which takes a minimum of 4 hours of drive. And the flight from Ramechhap (Manthali) airport to Lukla takes about 15 minutes. 

Flight and Transportation Costs

Kathmandu to Ramechhap Private Jeep Cost - 140USD
Manthali to Lukla one-way flight cost -176 USD

Kathmandu Lukla flight cost-217USD

Everest Base Camp Trek Guide and Porter Cost

French Guide cost per day- 30 to 60USD
English Guide cost per day- 20 to 40USD
Porter cost per day- 20 USD

Permits and paperwork for the Everest Base Camp Trek

You will need Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit, and a Sagarmatha National Park permit. The trekking agency that is providing the service to you will do all the permits and papers works.

Permit cost

The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit and the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit cost 20 USD and 30 USD  per person respectively.

Food and Accommodation on the Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp Trek is probably the most well-equipped and facilitated trekking region in Nepal. The food and lodging facilities are quite impressive despite being far and disconnected from the cities. You can get varieties of food and beverages menu to choose from. You can get rooms with attached western-style bathrooms in most of the places. You can even find a bakery in the Everest Base Camp. On average, food and lodging on this trek will cost around 35 USD per day for a single person. 

Still, we recommend a group size of a maximum of 10 people for a better experience.

Drinking Water on the Everest Base Camp Trek

Tap water and other natural sources are available along the routes which are drinkable using a water purifier, filter, or pills. Mineral water is available in plastic bottles and can be bought in hotels, teahouses, and lodges. However, we encourage you to buy less plastic bottled mineral water and use more natural and tap-sourced water for environmental concerns.

Electricity, Telephone, and Internet on the Everest Base Camp Trek

Electricity is available in most places. Solar is available where there is no electricity line. Most hotels and lodges charge a certain amount for charging your phone or camera.

The phone network works in most places. We recommend you buy an NTC sim card as it has better coverage in higher areas.

Wi-Fi service is available throughout the entire region. You will need to pay a certain amount to use it.

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

The Everest Base Camp Trek is difficult. You will have to walk to places that are above 5000 meters. There is a possibility of getting high altitude sickness in altitudes like this. If you have already done treks like Manaslu Circuit, Annapurna Circuit, or any other high-altitude treks, then it will not be a problem.

For people with no previous experience of trekking, taking cardio exercises like cycling, running, swimming, hiking, etc. for at least a month before trekking in Nepal is highly recommended.

While on the trek, you will do the acclimatization process where you will learn to acclimatize to the increasing altitudes day by day.

Know more about altitude sickness

Best time to do the Everest Base Camp Trek

The ideal time to do the trek in this region is in the autumn (September-November) and spring (March-May) seasons. The weather is moderate during these times. The number of trekkers is also high in this period.

In the autumn, the skies are clear providing crystal clear mountain sceneries. Festivals like Dashain and Tihar are celebrated in these periods adding extra uniqueness to the trek.

In the springtime, trails are decorated with colorful Rhododendron forests. The number of trekkers is a little less compared to the autumn season. The Nepalese New Year falls at this time. The skies are not as clear as during autumn and rainfall can be expected sometimes.

If you would like to avoid the crowd, you can trek in the monsoon and winter seasons. In the monsoon, trails look beautiful with lush green forests. But the roads and trails are slippery with leeches in the lower regions. Mountains are not as visible as in autumn and winter.

Trekking in the winter provides beautiful mountain scenery. However, the heavy amount of snowfall can make it impossible to trek in higher places and passes. You may need to return halfway or cancel the trek for safety concerns. And lodges and teahouses are closed down due to extreme cold.

Everest Base Camp Trek Variations

If you have plenty of time and would love to make the trek more interesting and adventurous, you can try out these different variations of the Everest Base Camp Trek.

Everest Base Camp Trek from Bhandar
Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake
- Everest Base Camp Trek via Three Passes

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