Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, a Visit View Nepal Treks representative will greet you with a warm welcome. They will help you to transfer to your respective hotel. After check-in, you can relax and feel comfortable. The rest of the day is for yourself. You can take a short walk to explore the neighborhood. All hotels we suggest to guests are in areas where it is safe for you to explore on your own. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour and Preparation for the trek
Today, you will explore the most famous landmarks around the city. You will explore the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Swyambhunath Stupa (i.e. Monkey Temple). All of these sites are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are incredibly important to Nepali culture.
The guide who will be accompanied with your tour have an abundance of information, historical facts, and local folklore relating to these heritage sites.
Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest and holiest Hindu shrine in Kathmandu. Here, you can witness an inscriptions, ashrams, Shiva Lingams, and centuries–old temples. Sometimes, you can also see the open cremation along the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. This bustling ground is arguably one of the most important cultural places for Hindus in Kathmandu.
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the world’s largest, and oldest monuments. It is the most significant Buddhist monuments. The dome-shaped stupa has three levels designed in Mandala style. It is decorated with multi-color prayer flags. The stupa surrounding is surrounded by stores, coffee shops, and restaurants.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is full of many temples, and buildings from the time of kings. In Durbar Square, you can explore several temples dedicated to Hindu gods and goddesses. The major attractions of this Royal Square are Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, Taleju Temple, and Kaal Bhairav.
Swyambhunath Stupa commonly known as Monkey Temple holds significance in both Buddhist and Hindu culture and religion. It lies in the western hillocks of the Kathmandu valley. It contains many temples, monasteries, shrines, a library, and a museum. You will find a beautiful view of Kathmandu from the top of a hill.
After finishing the tour, the guide will take you back to your hotel so you can prepare for the trek. In the evening, if necessary, you can do any last-minute shopping around Thamel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) Walking Distance – 8 km, Duration: 3 hours
You will take an early flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Your guide will take you to the domestic terminal before your scheduled flight. The weather in Lukla is very unpredictable, so to ensure you are able to land the flights are scheduled for the morning time.
It takes about 30 minute to reach lukla and the flight is truly thrilling. If the weather is good, you will have stunning views of the hills and giant snow-capped mountains.
You will meet the Sherpas/porters accompanying you for the trek upon your arrival at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. The trek commences with a gradual walk. You will walk through the alpine forests alongside the Dudh Koshi River. After you reach the Cheplung village, you will have a distant view of Mount Khumbila. You’ll continue to walk with the soothing sound of the Dudh Koshi River. Also, you will dodge the mules and trekkers. Overnight destination is Phakding at Guesthouse.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) Walking Distance – 10 to 12 km, Duration: 6 hours.
After breakfast, we will head towards Namche Bazaar. The trek continues on the bank of Dudh Koshi River. This part of the trail is largely under the shades of the pine forest. You will crosses several yak pastures and Sherpa villages, namely Benkar and Chumoa. You will also cross a long, high steel suspension bridge – The Hhillary Bridge – to enter the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo.
From the national park, the trial becomes very steep, going uphill towards Jorsalle village. However, the strenuous trail treats you to the wonderful view of Kusum Kanguru, Nuptse, Everest, and Thamserku.
As you continue climbing the steep uphill, you’ll arrive at Namche Bazaar, appreciating the attractive mountain backdrop. Namche Bazaar is often regarded as the gateway to the Himalayas. It is surrounded by hotels, teahouses, restaurants, cafes, and colourful markets. You will have a close-up sight of Thamserku and Kongde-Ri from the village. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 5: Acclimatization Day – Hike to Everest View Hotel (3,962m) Walking Distance – 3 to 4 km, Duration: 3 to 4 hours.
In Namche Bazaar, you will have a spare day as an acclimatization day. In order to reduce the risk of altitude sickness the acclimatization day is necessary as the trek will take you above 4,000 meters over the next few days.
Today, you will take a short hike to the hills above Namche Bazaar, toward the settlement of Syangboche where you will visit the Everest View Hotel – one of the world’s highest luxury hotels.
You can savor panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Khumbila, Taboche, Lhotse, Kangtega, Kwange, Nuptse, Mount Everest, and Thamserku from the hotel’s sundeck.
You can also explore the Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum on your way back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Guesthouse.
6: Namche to Tengboche (3860m) Walking Distance – 10 to 11 km, Duration: 5 hours
The adventure continues on a pleasant path, after the acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar. At this point, the route is covered with dense forest and occasional Sherpa villages.
With attractive mountain views in the backdrop, this part of the trail is often regarded as the most scenic portion of the Everest Base Camp Trek. You’ll continue the gradual walk along the hillside above the Dudh Koshi River. You then reach at Phungithanga.
From Phungithanga, the pleasant route transforms into a more strenuous uphill walk. You will cross the Imja Khola. Imja Khola is a tributary of the Dudh Koshi River – under the shades of rhododendron forest. You then arrive in Tengboche.
Tengboche is a small Sherpa settlement. It scattered right below a crescent-shaped ridge. It is the home of Khumbu’s largest Buddhist monastery – Tengboche Monastery. The sight from the front yard of the monastery is sublime.
You can enjoy the close-up view of Ama Dablam along with surrounding mountains i.e. Lhotse, Nuptse, and Everest. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) Walking Distance – 11 to 12 km, Duration: 5 hours.
To watch the extraordinary sunrise over Ama Dablam, we recommend you to wake up early on this day. The day walking begins after breakfast. You will move north from Tengboche village. You will cross a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola and the trail continues beside the hamlet of Pangboche village. From here on, the route becomes much narrower.
The next stop is village Orsho. You will take the lower route towards the bank of Imja Khola. Before you arrive in Dingboche there are many mani walls, prayer flags, and chortens.
Dingboche marks one of the Khumbu’s highest Sherpa settlements, situated at 4,410 meters above sea level. Due to high altitude, most trekkers begin to feel the effects of the high altitude at this point of the trek. Be sure to stay hydrated and keep your body warm to reduce the risk of falling ill. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 8: Acclimatization Day – Hike to Nagarjun hill and return: Walking Distance – 5 to 6 km, Duration: 4 to 5 hours.
Today is another rest and acclimatization day to help your body adjust with the surroundings. However, you will still take a short hike to a nearby hill. It helps to keep feeling active and ready for the remainder of the trek.
You will take a steep ascent from Dingboche to the summit of Nagarjun Hill (located at 5,100 meters). The peak offers wonderful views of Kangtega, Cholatse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Lobuche, and Ama Dablam.
After spending few moment at the summit, you’ll descend back to Dingboche to get some rest. If you are feeling well and wanting further activities, you may choose another short tour to explore the village. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) Walking Distance – 11 to 12 km, Duration: 5 hours.
We begin our journey with a gradual ascend towards Thukla, here, the landscape changes. The landscapes becomes much barer and more desolate, with only alpine scrubs surrounding the trail.
As you continue your walk, the trail becomes somewhat strenuous, with a steep uphill over the moraine of Khumbu Glacier. After climbing the steep ridge, you will reach at the summit of Thukla Pass. In this area you will see many stone shrines dedicated to fallen climbers.
Before you arrive at Lobuche, you will walk through grassy valleys and rocky terrain. The village at Lobuche consists only of teahouses, with no permanent settlements here. It lies in a narrow meadow sandwiched between Khumbu Glacier and Lobuche Peak. From the teahouse, you will be able to enjoy the incredible sight of Taboche and Nuptse.
In the evening, you can take a short hike to the narrow gap of the moraine and the mountain wall to see the Khumbu Glacier. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5180m) – Everest Base Camp(5364m) and back to Gorakshep, Walking Distance – 14 to 15 km, Duration: 8 hours.
From Lobuche, you begin walking on a rough and rocky trail towards Gorak Shep. Despite the rough trail, you will be able to enjoy the scene of Nuptse, Pumori, and other mountains.
Before you arrive in Gorak Shep, the trial is challenging which takes few hours to reach there. You will have a little time to rest. You can leave your backpack before getting back to walking towards Everest Base Camp. You will see several small streams and glacial moraines along the way. You will be walking alongside the Khumbu Glacier.
The Khumbu glacier looks like a lunar landscape with small craters, ice formations, and gray boulders. It will take two hours to reach at the base camp of Everest. Upon reaching Everest Base Camp, you can celebrate your achievement with your trekking guide and team members.
You will have a marvelous sight of Khumbu Icefall, Khumbu Glacier, Nuptse, Pumori, and Khumbutse from Everest Base Camp. After spending a good moment at base camp, you will return back to the barren terrain of Gorak Shep for an overnight stay. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 11: Gorakshep – Kala Patthar (5545m) then trek back to Pheriche(4210m) Walking Distance – 13 to 14 km, Duration: 7 hours.
Early morning, we will hike up to the landmark of Kala Patthar to capture a wonderful sunrise view. The trail is not long but it is steep, rocky, and very challenging.
Kala Patthar is situated at an altitude of 5545 meters making it as the highest elevation of the trek. From the summit, you will be able to enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas. You will have a 360 degree view of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Everest, Pumori, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and more.
You will retrace your steps back to Gorak Shep, after taking in the sunrise. After breakfast at Gorak Shep, we then descend towards Pheriche. You will walk along the rugged trail and pass through Lobuche and Thukla Pass.
Once you descend the ridge of Thukla Pass, you will cross a short bridge over a glacial stream to arrive at Pheriche. Pheriche is a small settlement and it is surrounded by teahouses, hotels, and yak pastures. Here, you can find a Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic. This voluntary non-profit clinic serves as a rescue station for mountaineers and trekkers in the Himalayas. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 12: Pheriche to Namche (3440 m) Walking Distance – 14 to 15 km, Duration: 7 hours.
We begin our walk after breakfast and will be leaving the High Himalayas behind. The route we walk today are more pleasant that compared to the last few days.
You will walk under dense rhododendron and juniper forests. If you are lucky, then you may catch a glimpse of rare wildlife, including pheasants, musk deer, wild goats, and Himalayan griffons.
Along the way, you will pass through several villages like Tengboche and Phungi Tenga. After you reach Phunki Tenga, the trail turns into a steep uphill. You will walk ascent for about an hour before you begin your walk back down towards the Dudh Koshi River. You will cross a small suspension bridge to reach Kyangjuma village.
This small community is where three popular trails of the Everest region meet – Khumjung Village, Gokyo Valley, and Namche Bazaar. Here, you’ll follow the trail that leads to the Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar at Guesthouse.
Day 13: Namche to Lukla (2800m) Walking Distance – 18 to 19 km, Duration: 7 hours.
From Namche Bazaar, we take a steep descent of rock terrain. For those who are not used to walking downhill, this part of the trail can be challenging. You will cross a several high suspension bridges.
There will be one last opportunity to enjoy the sight of the distant Himalayas, until you reach Phakding. Once the trail turns back uphill, you will pass several chortens, mani walls, and Buddhist monasteries before arriving in Lukla. The trek concludes after we reach the Lukla.
In evening, you can celebrate your accomplishment with your guide and other local team members. You can thank them for their help in making your Everest Base Camp Trek a success. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 14: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Today is the final day of your trek. Early morning, while weather is good, you will board a flight back to Kathmandu. As you fly to the city, be sure to enjoy one last view of the incredible region.
You will arrive in Kathmandu after the short 30-minute flight. You then transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day you can wander around Thamel to purchase souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
You can visit any of the restaurants in this part of the city which serves everything from local momo’s to steaks and pizza. After your time in the mountains, you will be sure to find something to enjoy for dinner. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15: Reserve Day in Kathmandu.
We suggest that you include a buffer day for emergencies, due to frequent delays and cancellations of flights in Lukla. If your flight is canceled, this day will ensure you make your international flight home and avoid the hassle of having to change it.
Alternatively, if everything goes as plan, you can use this day to relax. You can go on a city tour, look for souvenirs, get a massage, or do any other activities that you are looking to enjoy in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 16: International Departure / Farewell
Today is the final day in Nepal, and for your final departure a representative of Visit View Nepal Treks will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport. Your pick-up time from the hotel will depend on when your flight is scheduled to depart. Be sure to make note of the time and be prepared to leave.
If you are looking to go on another adventure in Nepal and extend your stay, please let us know. We will be more than happy to help you make arrangements.
- All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
- Four nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu city tours, including all entry fees, tour guide, and private transportation
- Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek. We provide private bathrooms with hot showers in Phakding, Namche, and Lukla.
- Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for two people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
- Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes.
- Duffle bag for trekking
- Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking
- Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
- First aid medicine kit
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring two passport size photos for permit)
- Government taxes & office service charge
What's not included
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
- International airfare
- Personal Travel insurance
- Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa quickly upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa suitable for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 50 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 135. Please bring two passport-size photos.
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Soft drinks, including water
- Hot showers during the trek except when in Phakding, Namche and Lukla
- Internet, and phone call unless it is free.
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC trek) is the most popular trek of Nepal. It offers the dazzling sunrise and sunset views over Nepal’s highest mountains. Everest Base Camp is home to an impressive selection of attractions and experiences. It is worth a visit for travelers to make lifelong memories. Around 35,000 people visit Everest Base Camp every year. And around 700 to 1000 people come to scale the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest.
The 16-day Everest Base Camp Trek, also tagged as “the steps to heaven” combines moderate and extreme hikes. This trek is perfect for adventurers. You can see the world’s highest mountain peak from Kala Patthar which lies at an altitude of 5644m. above sea level. You can relish and relive the experience of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary, who had their first victorious climb of Mt. Everest. Everest Base Camp route is a journey towards the newness – the richness of Sherpa village culture, rivers, foothills, beautiful forest of rhododendron, and glacial moraines.
Trekking to the majestic Everest is at the top of many people’s bucket lists. Visit Nepal, and there’s no time like the present to decide to take up this adventurous trip.
Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights
- Visit the UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu.
- Adventurous flight to Lukla from Kathmandu.
- Explore the bustling village of Sherpas “Namchhe Bazaar.”
- Explore Everest Base Camp.
- Enjoy the serenity of mountains and walk on Khumbu Glacier.
- Visit Kala Patthar, known as “Black Rock”(5,644m) – is the highest hiking point.
- Visit Khumbu International Library, which illustrates Nepalese Himalayan Tourism.
- Explore and pray at the ancient monastery “Tengboche Monastery.”
- Meditate and experience spirituality in the mountains.
- Meet locals to learn about the Himalayan lifestyle during tea house stays.
Is This Right For You?
Everest Base Camp Trekking is rewarding as you will meet other hikers from across the world. You can see the Mount Everest’s snow-capped cone. The chances are perfect for you to capture with the Everest Base Camp trek!
EBC trek will be an ideal trekking destination if you,
- Hike regularly
- Admire flora and fauna
- Curious to learn about a new culture -local Himalayan culture and lifestyle
- Wish to take an adventurous, challenging journey – Tenzing Hilary Airport.
- Love natural scenic beauty.
These reasons are just a few for you to consider although there are many other reasons to take the EBC trek. Visit View Nepal Treks will highly appreciate your queries for more information. We are happy to assist you in choosing the ideal one that will best suit your needs.
How hard is it to trek to Everest Base Camp?
Everest Base Camp Trek is categorized under moderate treks so it is not as easy as you think. It can be challenging because of the rough, steep uphill and downhill and several hours of daily hike.
Therefore, physically fit people can easily trek to Everest Base Camp with backpacks and can acclimate to higher altitudes. If interested, you can start your fitness journey to prepare for this Nepal trek.
Can Beginners trek to Everest Base Camp?
Yes, beginners can easily trek to Everest Base Camp. As an experienced trekking company, Visit View Nepal Treks, with exceptionally talented guides, we offer the best advice for beginners for their EBC trek. Visit View Nepal Treks has the most support facilities, even for first-time trekkers. Therefore, this makes our company an excellent choice for beginners.
Before you begin your EBC trip, always,
- Drink water regularly
- Check your oxygen level regularly.
- In case of any medical emergency, consult with the guides
- Rest well at the lodges
- Wear comfortable gears
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Carry a lightweight bag
Which is the best month to trek to Everest Base Camp?
There are two best seasons to do an Everest Base Camp Trek. In these season, there will be a favorable weather and clear mountain views.
The first is the spring season (March to May). In spring, you can expect perfect weather conditions and it is the best time to do a trek. Nevertheless, the route will be crowded during this time.
Next is the autumn season (mid-September to mid-December). During September, you can expect moderate weather, slowly transitioning into mild snowfall in December. The snowfall accompanied by chill winds can make the trek difficult for you.
If you seek a quieter climb or want to avoid the bustling crowd, you can also visit EBC in the off-season. According to the clients preferences Visit View Nepal Treks operates treks throughout the year.
Everest Base Camp Trek Route Overview
The journey leading towards the Everest Base Camp is filled with awe-inspiring views of the mountains, serene river banks, high suspension bridges, and mixed terrains.
On your first day in Kathmandu, the representatives from the Visit View Nepal Treks will brief you about the trek’s itinerary. The city guide will take you on a city sightseeing tour. You will visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites. You will go to shopping in Thamel to buy mountaineering gear and equipment.
The next day you will be expected to start early to board a flight to Lukla. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the Lukla. From Lukla airport, you will begin your trek to Phakding through beautiful villages. The next stop is Namche Bazaar. The routes to Namche Bazaar from Phakding is mostly uphill terrain and can be challenging. You spend one spare day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize with higher altitudes.
Everest Base Camp Trek Route
The next morning after delicious breakfast in Namche Bazaar, you will trek for 5 – 6 hours to reach Tengboche Monastery. You will pass through winding trails with scenic views of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and Mount Everest, during the first half of the trek. Overnight stay at Tengboche in the local teahouse.
The next day, you will start the trek to Dingboche. The trial is mostly a downhill walk with stunning views of mountains on your way.
You will spend a leisure day at Dingboche. The next morning, you will begin your trek to Lobuche. On a trail, we will stop at scenic points. You can capture enticing picturesque views of mountains.
The next stop will be Gorakshep. From Gorakshep, we will hike to Everest Base Camp. Also, we will hike up to Kala Patthar, the highest hiking point in the Everest region.
After Gorakshep, we take a long descent down to Lukla. Then, a flight back to Kathmandu marks the end of the trek.
Highlights of the Route from Lukla to the Everest Base Camp
- Views of Khumbila, Taboche, Lhotse, Kangeta, Kwange, Nuptse, Mount Everest, and Ama Dablam.
- Explore the largest Buddhist monastery- Tengboche monastery, in the Khumbu region.
- Summit to Nagarjun hill at 5100 meters
- Explore the Everest Base Camp (5,634m)
- Down JAcket