Everest Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

Everest Base Camp Trek is the most beautiful and interesting trek that will take trekkers to the base of the World’s Highest Mountain “Mount Everest”. Though most searched and most loved trekking destination, a limited number of visitors get a chance to visit the place.  The trek provides an opportunity to discover the unique culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa people who are known as the guardian angels of the Himalayas. One of the major highlights of the treks is it offers an alluring view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Pumori, (7165m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Mt. Khumbila (5761m), and the other Himalayas while standing on the foot of the mighty Everest. Along with the breath-taking vista of the Himalayas, the trekkers also get to relish the beauty of Khumbu Glacier. Kala Patthar (5550m), which is the best viewpoint to relish the beauty of Everest (8848m), is another gist of Everest Base Camp Trek. The trek also features a visit to the hotel operated at the highest altitude in the world, Hotel Everest View (3962m).

The trekking trail passes through the Sagarmatha National Park which has been inscribed as the country’s first national park to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. If one is lucky enough, a rare glimpse of Himalayan Fauna and Flora can also be spotted.

The trip to the Everest Base Camp starts as soon as your flight lands in Kathmandu where you will be welcomed and escorted to the respective hotel as agreed. Prior to the trek, you can involve yourself in sightseeing tours which allow you to have an insight into the glorious Nepalese history. The trekking journey starts on day 3 when you will be taking an early morning flight to Lukla which is also known as the gateway to Everest. The trekking starts with as soon as one reaches Lukla and trek towards Phakding. The well-developed trekking trail will lead you forward towards the dream. Besides the natural beauties, the EBC Trek also allows trekkers to adore the pleasant alpine vegetation, beautiful Tibetan villages, chortens, monasteries, prayer flags, etc.

Expedition Himalaya allows you to enjoy the holiday to the fullest by organizing the complete package making your trip hassle-free. Accommodation at the tea houses operated by the local entrepreneurs will be provided with inclusive of the meals. This Trek can be done during any time of the year. However, the best time for trek would be the Spring Season (March to May) and autumn season (October to December). Our standard 15 days Everest Base Camp Trek is designed in such a way that it allows proper acclimatization and adequate time for trekkers to adapt with the environment and enjoy the trek to the fullest

You can also opt for Short Everest Base Camp Trek or even Everest Luxury Trek.

Day 1
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1337m)

Upon your arrival at the airport, one of the office representatives from Expedition Himalaya shall welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to the hotel as well as assist you in check-in procedure.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2
Day 02: Rest/preparation

We spend the day preparing for our exciting trek. Our representatives will take care of all the permits required for this trek. During the free time, you can stroll around Thamel and Basantapur.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3
Day 03: Fly Lukla (2800m); Trek Phakding (2610m)

Relishing the stunning panoramic view of the Himalayas throughout the flight, we land at the most dangerous airports in the world, Tenzing Hilary Airport, Lukla. Upon arrival in Lukla, we start our trek. We trek along small Himalayan villages and pass several Buddhist monasteries to reach Cheplung village. Cheplung village hosts the mesmerizing view of sacred Mt. Khumbila (5761m). From Cheplung, we trek for a couple of hours to reach Phakding.

Overnight at the local lodge in Phakding.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek Namche Bazaar (3420m)

We start our morning by trekking along free-flowing Dudh Koshi River. We then enter Sagarmatha National Park after registering our permits at the check post. Trekking through lush Himalayan forests of pine, rhododendron, and juniper, we cross a couple of suspension bridges to reach the small village of Chumoa. We then trek for few hours to finally reach Namche Bazaar, which is situated at the heart of Khumbu region with the alluring view of Everest (8848m), Thamserku (6623m), Lhotse (8414m), and the other Himalayas.

Overnight at the local lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5
Day 05: Rest/acclimatization

Today, we take a day off from trekking and acclimatize ourselves to high altitude. We will take a tour of this Sherpa town and learn about their culture. We then visit the hotel operated at the highest altitude, Hotel Everest View (3962m), which hosts mouthwatering panorama of Everest along with the other Himalayas.

Overnight at the local lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek Tengboche (3870m)

Passing small village of Kyangjuma, we trek along beautiful Dudh Koshi River on our way to Tengboche. We cross a wooden bridge over Dudh Koshi River at Phunke Tenga which leads us on the trail to Tengboche alongside Imja River. After 6 hours of trek, we reach Tengboche where we explore the ancient Tengboche Monastery. Tengboche Monastery, also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, hosts a magnificent view of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Thamserku (6623m), and other snow-capped Himalayas. Overnight at the local lodge in Tengboche.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek Dingboche (4360m)

We start our day by trekking through lush Himalayan forests of pine and rhododendron and eventually cross a suspension bridge over Imja River before we enter Pangboche village. We take a short tour of Pangboche Monastery before trekking along rocky trails to reach the small village of Somare. Leaving Somare, we then trek for a couple of hours, alongside Imja Khola, to reach Dingboche. Dingboche hosts a splendid vista of Everest (8848m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Lhotse (8414m), Island Peak (6189m), Lobuche (6119m), Taboche (6367m), and the other Himalayas. Overnight at the local lodge in Dingboche.

Day 8
Day 08: Rest/acclimatization

Today, we take a break from the long trek to acclimatize ourselves to the high altitude. We can use this day to either rest or hike up to Nangkartshang Monastery, situated on the base of Nangkar Tshang Peak (5616m). Nangkartshang Monastery hosts an outstanding panorama of Ama Dablam (6856m), Everest (8848m), and Lhotse (8414m).

Overnight at the local lodge in Dingboche.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek Lobuche (4930m)

Leaving Dingboche, we climb rough rocky ridges and trek alongside Khumbu Khola. On our way, we come across few small monasteries and Chortens before we reach the small Sherpa village of Thukla. Thukla hosts a jaw-dropping vista of Pumori (7165m), Nuptse (7861m), Taboche (6367m), Lobuche (6119m), Cholatse (6335m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and the other Himalayas. We then climb steep moraines of Khumbu Glacier to finally reach Lobuche.

Overnight at the local lodge in Lobuche.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek Gorak Shep (5160m); visit Everest Base Camp (5364m)

We trek alongside Khumbu Glacier through rough ridges on our way to Gorakshep. From Gorakshep, we take the steep and slippery moraine route to reach Everest Base Camp, which is the nearest a trekker can get to the summit without mountaineering gears. We take a short tour of the snow-filled base camp. We relish the spectacular view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Khumbutse (6665m), Nuptse (7861m), Pumori (7165m), Lingtren (6749m), and the other Himalayas. After enjoying the view of the Himalayas, we trek downhill to Gorakshep.

Overnight at the local lodge in Gorak-Shep.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek Pheriche (4240m) via Kala Patthar (5545m)

We make an early morning hike to Kala Patthar (5555m) viewpoint, from where, we relish the amazing view of the sun rays reflecting on Everest (8848m), Pumori (7165m), Lhotse (8414m), Nuptse (7861m), and many other gigantic peaks. The view from Kala Patthar is simply breathtaking. After relishing the superb vista of the Himalayas, we trek downhill to Pheriche.

Overnight at the local lodge in Pheriche.

Day 12
Day 12: Trek Namche Bazaar

Trekking downhill, we cross a couple of wooden bridges and enter small village of Pangboche in the Imja River Valley. We then trek along Imja River and reach Phortse Thanga, where we take a short tour of Phortse Gompa. After exploring the monastery, we trek further downhill through dense pine and juniper forests and cross another wooden bridge over Dudh Koshi River to reach Sanasa. We continue our trek and pass many small villages of on our way to Namche Bazaar.

Overnight at the local lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 13
Day 13: Trek Lukla

Today is the final day of our trek. Trekking along beautiful Dudh Koshi River, we cross a suspension bridge and enter Jorsalle. We then trek past several monasteries and Mani walls for a couple of hours to reach Phakding. From Phakding, we trek for another couple of hours through small villages crossing small streams to reach Lukla.

Overnight at the local lodge in Lukla.

Day 14
Day 14: Fly Kathmandu

Today, we fly back to the capital via a late morning flight. We relish the scenic beauty of the Himalayas throughout the flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. You can either rest or go for souvenir shopping in the nearby market.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15
Day 15: Depart Kathmandu

You can explore the city and before three hours of your flight time, one of our office representative shall meet you and take you to Tribhuvan International Airport for the final departure.

What is Included

  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off service in a private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner (Day 1) and Farewell Dinner (Day 14)
  • 3-star standard accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Manang or similar) for 3 nights along with breakfast
  • Accommodation during the trek in Teahouse/Lodges run by local entrepreneurs
  • All standard meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Airfare: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu domestic flight tickets
  • Well-experienced, licensed, English speaking trekking guide (their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation)
  • Porters (One porter for every 2 members) and his entire expenses (salary, food, accommodation equipment, and insurance)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit
  • Khumbu Permit
  • First-aid Kit (carried by your trek guide)
  • Applicable local and government taxes

What is Excluded

  • Any International Airfare and Nepal Visa Fee
  • Any meals (Lunches and Dinner) in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses such as Personal trekking gears, telephone, laundry, bottled water, bar bills, etc.
  • Any extra cost arising out of natural calamities or cancellation of the program
  • Tips for guide, porters, drivers and staffs as a token of appreciation
  • Travel & medical insurance including insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation
  • All other items not mentioned in the list of ‘Price Includes’

Clothes Attributes

FabricBreathabilityWaterproofWind StopperStretchiness
FleeceExcellentPoorPoorExcellent
Laminated Soft-shell GoodGoodFairGood
Double weave softshellExcellentPoorFairExcellent
Waterproof breathable laminated softshellFairGoodExcellentFair
Waterproof breathableFairExcellentExcellentPoor

Head Gear

  • Hat preferably wool or fleece
  • Sun hat & buff scarf
  • Head torch with extra alkaline batteries
  • Sunglasses (UV Protected)
  • Sun Block Cream (SPF 30)

Clothing

  • Thermal inner layer
  • Quick-dry T-shirts (Full Sleeves)
  • Bodywarmer fleece
  • Down Jacket
  • Gore-tex Jackets
  • Underwears
  • Thermal trouser
  • Trousers for trekking
  • Fleece trouser
  • Gore-tex trouser
  • Down pant
  • Neck gaiter

Personal stuff

  • 4-5 season sleeping bag with thermal or fleece bag liner
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos
  • Water purifier preferably tablets
  • Day pack
  • Dry bags
  • Trekking Poles
  • Insurance Papers
  • Swiss army knife
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Baby wipes or wet towels
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Earplugs
  • Area Map
  • Navigation Compass
  • Notebook and pen
  • Books
  • Snacks
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Towels
  • Pee bottle for men & Pee Funnel for Women (for very cold nights

Hand Wear

  • Inner thin gloves
  • Water-proof warm gloves

Foot Wear

  • Water repellent trekking boots with ankle support
  • Gaiters
  • Socks
  • Trainers

Bags

  • Strong Kit/Duffel bag to be carried by porter
  • Rucksack / Trekking bag (50-60 liters)
  • Toiletry bag

Medicines

  • Personal medications

*Please go through this link to download the checklist for Gears & Equipment. Trekking Gears and equipment list

Tourist Visa Information

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa in order to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad and also at entry points in Nepal. In order to obtain a visa at the airport or any of the land entry points, you are required to complete a visa form and provide a recent passport photograph and payment in cash.

Visa Charges

Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries

Multiple entries 15 days – US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 30 days – US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 90 days – US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency

Tourist Visa Extension

If you wish to extend your visa, you can do this at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu

  • Tourist visa extension is done for minimum 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of delay less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

For more information:

http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

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Price From USD $ 1,450
Cost Per Adult Traveler:
$ 1450 USD
1450
Total $ 1,450 USD

Trip Facts

  • 15 Days
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 5,545 m
  • Moderate
  • Tea House
  • March to May, Sept to Nov
  • Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
  • Tea House/Lodge
  • Flights/private car or tourist bus (as per itinerary)
  • 12 pax Maximum