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Everest Base Camp Trek 13 Days From Kathmandu Featured

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek Overview

Experience the stunning mountain views of Sagarmatha national park on 13 days challenging Everest base camp trek. Discover the pristine mountain valleys, glaciers, lakes, vegetations, and wildlife symbolic to Sagarmatha national park. Everest base camp trek will enrich you with interesting geographic and biodiversity details of high Himalayas. Enjoy the warm Nepalese hospitality in the tea houses that will empower you to conquer the high altitude. Rejoice yourself with the beauty of mountains and the spirit of adventure. Everest base camp trek is the most rewarding trekking trip on the planet.

Enjoy a complimentary airport pickup and transfer to our hotel near Thamel. In the evening take a meandering walk around the heritage sites of Kathmandu and join a welcome dinner with trek briefing. Early the next morning you will take a 4 hours jeep drive to Manthali airport and take a 20 minutes flight to Lukla. From the Lukla airport, you will start trekking down the River Dudh Koshi. Crossing several streams and suspension bridges you will pass through the Sherpa villages of Phakding and to Namche Bazar. You will acclimatize for a day in Namche Bazar, strolling this ancient trade route and hiking nearby viewpoints. You will observe rich and diverse species of flora and fauna throughout the trail.

From Namche, you will trek to Tengboche, explore the monastery, and continue through the Sherpa village of Pangboche. After crossing Pangboche village you will enter into the mountain valley of Pheriche. From there you will make a steep ascending trek to the Lobuche. After crossing the Lobuche pass, you will get to the Gorakshep. From there you will take a hike up to Kala Patthar (5643m) and gaze at the world’s tallest mountain Everest. Early the next morning you will explore the Everest Base Camp (5380m), your guide will show you interesting geographical details about the base camp.

Everest base camp trek offers magnificent views of other mountains such as Amadablam, Lhotse, Thamserku, and numerous ice-capped mountain peaks. After the trek, you will fly back to Manthali airport and continue the drive to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you will indulge in amazing activities until your departure.

Blooming Rhododendron Forest of Sagarmatha National Park on the way to Everest Base Camp

 

Suggested Itinerary 

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu 

Your guide will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport and then you will take a car drive to your preferred hotel. You will spend the rest of the day relaxing and refreshing at the hotel. Time permitting you will take a meandering walk around the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Thamel and get quick glimpses of the capital city of Nepal. In the evening your guide will brief you about the trek at your hotel and provide you the permits required for the trek.

Day 2 Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding

Lukla AirstripLukla Airstrip - Gateway to Sagarmatha National Park
Lukla Airstrip – Gateway to Sagarmatha National Park

Early in the morning at 8am you will take a flight to Lukla on a twin otter aircraft. A 40 minutes scenic flight along the Himalayas on the north gives you one of the best experiences of mountain flight in Nepal. From Lukla your trek begins, you will trek upstream alongside the river Dudh Koshi and get to the Sherpa village of Phakding for staying overnight. Throughout the trek, you will stay in a Tea House which is a small Nepali style home with few rooms and a western menu. Your stay in a tea house will be accompanied by rich Sherpa culture and hospitality.

Day 3 Phakding to Namche Bazar 

Today you will trek through the beautiful subtropical forest of the Sagarmatha national park through the village of Manjo alongside the river Dudh Koshi. After then you will trek steep up to the Namche Bazar. From the Namche Bazar, you will get the first glimpse of Mount Everest. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Everest base camp. From here two distinct trails will take you the Everest base camp. The left trail will go through the village of Thame, cross Renjo La Pass, enter the Gokyo valley, cross Chola Pass and get to the Lobuche and Gorakshep. You will need an additional 3 days if you also want to experience the beauty of Gokyo lakes.

Day 4 Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

View of Namche Bazaar on the way to Everest Base Camp
View of Namche Bazaar on the way to Everest Base Camp

Trekking in the Himalayas needs acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness. Namche Bazar is at an altitude of 3440m, you will spend the day in Namche Bazar exploring this traditional Sherpa town or hiking to nearby awe-inspiring viewpoints. Your guide will tell you interesting stories about the people and mountains of the region.

Day 5 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 

Today you will take a right trail from the Namche Bazar enjoying the mountain breeze and magnificent views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Amadablam straight ahead. You will be accompanied by breathtaking landscape views of Sagarmatha national park throughout the day. By the afternoon you will again descend to the river Dudh Koshi and ascend to the Tengboche monastery. You can get an awe-inspiring view of Mount Everest and Amadablam from the Tengboche. You will venture into the Tengboche monastery and discover interesting stories of the region from the monks. Later in the evening, your guide will enrich your experience by taking you off the beaten trail. You will stay overnight in a tea house in Tengboche enjoying warm Nepalese hospitality.

Tengboche on the backdrop of Mount Everest and Amadablam on the way to Everest base camp
Tengboche on the backdrop of Mount Everest and Amadablam on the way to Everest base camp

Day 6 Tengboche to Pheriche 4371m 

You will continue trekking further east crossing the Imja river while watching over towering mount Amadablam. Trekking further through the village of Deboche, Pangboche, Shomare you will enter the valley of Pheriche. The valley is rich in Juniper trees, offering cool breeze, sun, and amazing mountain views. Pheriche is perfect for your second acclimatization day. You will stay overnight in a tea house in Pheriche.

Day 7 Acclimatization in Pheriche 

Today you will stay in Pheriche for rest and acclimatization. In the day your guide will take you on a short hike to Chola Lake and the village of Dingboche. A day in leisure on the laps of the mountain will give you an unprecedented experience of nature at its best state. You will stay overnight in Pheriche.

Day 8 Pheriche to Lobuche 

Today you will cross the Dughla Waterfall bridge and ascend 650m to Lobuche. A steep trail will take you up to the limits of your endurance. You may see the climbers on the summit of Lobuche East peak through binoculars. Along the way, you can see several memorials of the mountaineers and the Khumbu glacier on the side. The other left trail that you had left on Namche Bazar finally concludes near Lobuche. You will get to Lobuche for staying overnight.

Mount Tobuche 6,542m near Pheriche
Mount Tobuche 6,542m near Pheriche

Day 9 Lobuche to Gorak Shep 5164m

You will continue a slightly ascending trek alongside the Khumbu glacier and get to the Gorak Shep. This is the last human settlement on the trail. You will leave your bags on the tea house and trek further to the Mount Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5380m. You can see groups of mountaineers camping and preparing for climbing Mount Everest at the base camp. Your guide will enrich your experience by telling you interesting facts about the geological aspects of the region. You will discover different types of rocks that came from the sea bed throughout the trail. Afterward, you will trek back to your hotel in Gorak Shep for staying overnight.

Day 10 Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar and Dingboche 

Today is the most rewarding day of your Everest base camp trek. You will get to see the world’s tallest mountain Everest standing bold tall right in the front of your eyes. You will hike to Kala Patthar and gain an elevation of 5643m and enjoy the stunning view of Mount Everest. From Kala Patthar, you will also get panoramic mountain views of Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Maha Langur, Lobuche, Lobuche, and many snow-capped peaks. You will get the most amazing experience and scenic views from Kalapathar. Afternoon you will descend back to Gorak Shep and start trekking back to the village of Dingboche. You will stay overnight in Dingboche.

Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5364 m above the sea level
Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5364m above the sea level

Day 11 Dingboche to Namche Bazar 

You will trek back following the same trail through the Pheriche and Tengboche monastery. The trek will be fairly easy descending with a short climb to Namche Bazar. You will collect the best memories of the trek while trekking back. By the evening you will reach Namche Bazar for staying overnight.

Day 12 Namche Bazaar to Lukla 

Today you will descend from Namche Bazar to Phakding and cross the river Dudhkoshi on a suspension bridge several times. On the way, you will encounter several herds of yak caravans taking goods for the tea houses. A fairly easy trek through the beautiful Sherpa villages, farm fields, rhododendron forests will take you to Lukla. You will spend the rest of the evening recollecting your memories and stay overnight in Lukla.

Day 13 Lukla to Manthali to Kathmandu 

You will take a flight to Manthali before noon. From Manthali airport, your guide will arrange a jeep drive to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the day you can spend on leisure. In the evening your guide will invite you for the farewell dinner from the team of KTM Guide. This marks the end of your Everest Base Camp trek, your guide will suggest you more things to do until your stay in Kathmandu.

Boulder and Chhorten near Pangboche on the way to EBC
Boulder and Chhorten near Pangboche on the way to EBC

Package Includes

  • All airport and hotel transfers on a private car and jeep
  • 2 nights accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Round trip flight tickets from Manthali to Lukla
  • Accommodation in a tea house during the trek
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • Licensed English speaking trekking guide
  • Staff salary, food, accommodation, transportation, and insurance• Sagarmatha national park trekking permit
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and tickets
  • Medical kit
  • Farewell dinner after trekking.

Package Excludes

  • International flight tickets
  • Extra weight charges on domestic flights for more than 20Kg
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, phone call, battery recharge
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Extra porters, food, and beverages
  • Personal clothing and bag
  • Trekking insurance
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs or delays caused by unavoidable circumstances
Thame village at an altitude of 3820 m
Thame village at an altitude of 3820m

Frequently Asked Questions About Everest Base Camp Trek

How can I get the tourist visa for Nepal?
You can get a tourist visa of Nepal on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. The visa rate is as follows:
15 Days – 30 USD
30 Days – 50 USD
90 Days – 125 USD
If you are entering Nepal from India or China, you can get the tourist visas at the border immigration offices. You can also get the tourist visa for Nepal from the Nepalese embassy in your country.
For more information about the tourist visa to Nepal. Visit the website of the Nepal Immigration Department

Do you provide hotel transfer services?
Yes, we provide the hotel transfer services at an additional charge of USD 15. A representative from KTM Guide will escort you from the airport to your hotel.

What are the documents required for the Everest Base Camp Trek?
To go on the Everest Base Camp Trek, you need a passport, tourist visa, two passport-sized photographs, and travel insurance.

I want to go on Everest Base Camp Trek, can I join a group? Can I do a private trek?
Yes, you can join our fixed departures to go on a group. You can also do a private trek with a guide only. For private trekking, there will be an additional USD 250 charge.

What will be the accommodation like during the Everest base camp trek?
During the Everest base camp trek, you will stay overnight in teahouses. Teahouses are small stone-built houses along the trail. Teahouse can accommodate a handful of tourists and provides few food menu items. The rooms will often have twin beds with mattress, bed sheet, pillow and blanket.

What will be the toilet and bathroom like during the Everest base camp trek?
You can find both squat and flushing toilets along the trail. Teahouses in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche Bazaar offer a private bathroom with a hot shower. At other teahouses, you will have to pay 3 to 5 USD for a hot shower.

Is mobile network or wifi available during the Everest base camp trek?
Yes, a mobile network is available at almost all places on the trail. Make sure you have a Nepal Telecom sim card that offers more coverage. Tea houses along the trail also provide wifi at some charge.

What is the food like during the Everest base camp trek?
Teahouses offer traditional Nepalese food as well as international menu items. You can order vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free food items in the teahouses. Just let your guide know about your dietary requirements and he will help you.

What about drinking water during the Everest base camp trek?
Drinking water is not included in the package. You can get drinking water from taps or springs, before drinking, you should use iodine or similar to purify it. Tea houses also provide boiled water at the charge of USD 2-3 per litre.

Are credit cards accepted on the trail?
Only a few teahouses in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche Bazaar accept credit cards. For other places, you need to pay in Nepalese currency. Typically NRs. 2000 or USD 20 per day is good enough for having bottled water, hot and cold beverages, snacks, and chocolates on the trail.

Is laundry service available during the EBC trek?
Laundry service is available in Namche Bazaar only.

What type of power adapter is supported in the teahouses during the Everest base camp trek?
In Nepal, most commonly 2 or 3 pin round plugs are used. Some tea houses have flat plug support. The operating voltage is 230v and 50Hz. Beyond Namche Bazaar, teahouses are powered by the solar panels, it will cost 2-3 USD for charging anyone device for 1 hour.

What is the weight limit on a flight to Lukla?
You can carry up to 15 Kg on the flight to Lukla. For the additional weight, it will cost 3-5 USD per Kg.

Do I need any prior trekking experience for the Everest base camp trek?
No, you do not need any prior trekking experience to do the Everest base camp trek. However, you must hire a trekking guide if it’s your first time. You will be crossing 5500m in altitude so in any difficulty your guide will help you out.

What is the trail length of Everest Base Camp trek?
The total trail length is 130 Km from Lukla to Lukla. You will walk

Is the flight to Lukla delayed or postponed often?
The weather of Lukla is unpredictable so many flights are delayed or postponed. Also during the peak season, many tourists are doing this trek, so the flights are very busy. We advise you to keep a few spare days before departure flight while planning this trek.

Is it true that there is no direct flight to Lukla from Kathmandu during the peak season?
Yes, it is true. During the peak season of March, April, May, September, October, and November, direct flight to Lukla may not be available from Kathmandu. In that case, your flight will be routed from Manthali airport which is 5 hours drive from Kathmandu.

What to do if my flight to or from Lukla is delayed or canceled?
It’s most likely to happen for every trekker. Normally if you wait for 1-2 days you will get your flight. If you don’t want to wait then you will have to take 4 days trek to Salleri or 7 days trek to Jiri from where you can get a drive back to Kathmandu. You can also get helicopter ride to or from Lukla at approximately 1000 USD.

What type of travel insurance do I need to do the Everest base camp trek?
Your travel insurance should cover emergency helicopter evacuation, extra expenses due to health conditions, and trip cancelation fees. The insurance should cover trekking up to an altitude of 5643m.

How will you handle a medical emergency during the EBC trek?
Our guides are trained with first aid service. They will regularly check the oxygen level in your blood. For altitude sickness, we will use Diamox. For purifying drinking water we will use Iodine. For minor injuries we will use first-aid box. In case of severe illness, we will send a helicopter for evacuation.

Do I need any immunization before doing the Everest base camp trek?
No, you don’t need any immunization before going to the EBC trek. You are unlikely to get Malaria, which is found below 1500m. Please consult with your doctor before going to the trek.

Is it possible to extend the trek, if I got sick?
Yes, it is possible. If you got sick and recovered after 1-2 days, you can continue the trek. If your health worsened, you will be immediately evacuated to Kathmandu on a helicopter.

How much should I tip the guide and porter?
We have a tipping culture in Nepal. Normally visitors tip around 100 – 200 USD to the porter and guide. But it’s not compulsory to tip.

Can I extend or add extra days during the trek?
Yes, it is possible to extend or add extra days during the trek. But it is only possible if you are doing a private trek.

How much should I pay in advance to book the Everest base camp trek?
20% of the total payment is required to confirm your booking. The remaining amount you can pay after arriving in Kathmandu.

What if I want to cancel my trek?
If you want to cancel your trek, please write to us with a valid reason. However, we will not be able to refund the booking confirmation fee of 20%. If you happened to cancel the trek while on the trail for your reason, we will not be able to make any refund.
If the trek is canceled due to natural forces, you will have to claim the refund from your insurance plan.

Why should I book with KTM Guide?
KTM Guide features the best deals in Kathmandu. We have a very good network of trekking guides, operators, hotels, restaurants, and more. Booking a trek with KTM Guide, you will get a good discount from our affiliates. We have also given our packages standard operating procedures so that every tourist will get the most out of their time and budget.

Glimpse of Mount Everest from Namche Bazar on the way to EBC
Glimpse of Mount Everest from Namche Bazar on the way to EBC
  • 09-13 Days
  • 5001m +
  • Tea House

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Want to trek again!

(5/5) By Ktmguide on 9 October, 2020

I did EBC trek in 2012, it was such a marvellous experience. We started from Dolaka, crossed Tashi Lapcha Pass 5810m and reached EBC via Gokyo Lakes in our 15th day. We flew back from Lukla. Next time I want to trek via Barun Valley and Sherpeni Col.

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A must go trek

(5/5) By Tanka on 25 September, 2020

Everest Base Camp is a lifetime experience for trekkers who loves to explore the beauty of nature and has the spirit to tackle difficult situations during the trek. A beautiful journey to reach the base camp of the highest mountain in the World, Everest Base Camp is adventurous and a beautiful achievement anyone can ever experience. The path begins from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu where you will be able to explore the city including the World Heritage Sites of Nepal. Your adventure begins with a half-hour flight to Lukla from the Manthali Airport, Ramechhap. You can experience the best aerial views of the Himalayas during the flight. From Lukla, your first trekking journey will be started. The trek reaches a high point of 5545m at Kala Pattar offering views of Mt Everest and the Khumbu icefall. Throughout the trek, you will experience mesmerizing views of mountains, high altitude Buddhist monasteries, suspension bridges, spanning torrents of sparkling water, rhododendron blooms and spectacular frozen glaciers. Some of the major attractions during the trek to Everest Base Camp are Khumbu Icefall, just above the basecamp a very beautiful Khumbu Icefall is located on the slopes of Mt. Everest, Kala Patthar, one of the most notable peaks during the trek to Everest Base Camp which provides the best views of Mt Everest, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Chantse. During the trek, you can also explore some of the most beautiful village-like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Gorak Shep and know about the local culture and traditions of native Sherpa untouched by modernization. You can find traditional icons of the Buddhist faith and strings of prayer flag in every village during the trek. You will also experience the thrill of accomplishment that grips hikers to witness the beauty of the mountain up close. The facilities on the Everest trek are excellent, you will find good lodges to stay and healthy food to eat. Since trekking and mountaineering are the backbones of the Sherpa economy, the ambience will be great by the locals. The local Sherpa authorities have effectively replaced a Rs 2000 entry fee to TIMS card so, there's no need to get a TIMS card in Kathmandu if you are just headed to the Everest region. This trekking package is designed for the trekkers who are physically fit on average. Other information related to the Everest Base Camp trek will be provided on your arrival by our office staff. We would recommend you to grab this amazing Lifetime experience to trek up to Everest Base Camp and cherish the memories forever.

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