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The Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC Trek) offers a complete 14 days hiking schedule from Kathmandu, Nepal, to the base camp of Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak with 8,848.86 meter elevation. Being the glory and pride of Nepal, Nepalese refer to Everest as Mt. Sagarmatha. The trek to Everest Base Camp gives you an incredible up-close glimpse of the gigantic Mount Everest from every viewpoint.
The Everest Base Camp Trek, popularly known as "the stairway to heaven" includes simple and rigorous climbs, making it ideal for explorers. Around 35,000 tourists explore Everest Base Camp each year, and about 1000 ascend Mount Everest, the tallest summit on the globe.
Every turn in the Everest Base Camp trail leads to something new: a rhododendron woodland, streams, hillsides, glacier, and the rich traditions of a Sherpa hamlet. The bright spots of the Khumbu Valley will be on display during your 14-day journey to Everest Base Camp, including the bustling market town of Namche Bazaar, the historic sanctuary at Tengboche, the breathtaking abundant wildlife of Sagarmatha Nature Reserve, and the towering views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Choyu and Mt. Ama Dablam.
For adventurers throughout the world, trekking ranks highly on their checklists of activities to do. People also ascend Mount Everest to demonstrate their courage in the midst of challenges. Relive and recall the triumphant ascent of Mount Everest that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa made in 1953.
When heading for a hike, one must be mindful of the season they decide to go. And what exactly time of year is the ideal season for Everest Basecamp Trekking? Hiking Bees advise you to reserve this excursion for the spring and autumn seasons.
Through splitting these seasons further, spring lasts from March to May. These are pleasant hiking months because of the milder weather. During this season, the flowers are fully bloom, and the pathway is lined with petals and leaves.
Autumn, which lasts from September to November, is the second-optimal season. These months are characterized by vibrant clouds and a refreshing atmosphere.
Additionally, if you visit EBC in the month of October, you could attend the renowned Mani Rimdu festival which is celebrated by Buddhists for 19 days.
Normally, we advise avoiding hikes to Everest Basecamp in the summer. Although, Hiking Bees would be pleased to plan a suitable Himalayan trip to EBC if your timetable for visiting Nepal is scheduled during the summer.
To embark on the unforgettable journey of the Everest Base Camp trek, certain permits are required by the Government of Nepal. These permit entrance fees serve as an investment in preserving the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayan range, particularly the cherished Sagarmatha National Park.
When considering the overall cost of your trip to Nepal and the Everest Region, the permit fees are relatively modest. They symbolize a commitment to safeguarding the future of this remarkable area, encompassing pristine snow, enchanting forests, majestic ice formations, tranquil pastures, and a rich cultural heritage.
For those embarking on the Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek, the following entrance permits are necessary:
Sagarmatha National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a protected area through which the Everest Base Camp trek passes. To enter the park, you will need to obtain a Sagarmatha National Park Permit. You can get this permit in Kathmandu or Monjo, the entrance gate to the national park.
The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality is the local government body responsible for the Everest region. As part of the Everest Base Camp trek, you will need to obtain an entry permit from this municipality. This permit is usually available in Lukla, the starting point of the trek.
By obtaining these permits, you not only gain access to an extraordinary adventure but also contribute to the conservation of this remarkable natural wonder.
These permits are essential and are checked at various points along the trekking route. They help to ensure the conservation of the area and provide revenue for local communities.
It's important to note that the permit requirements and fees may change over time. Therefore, it is advisable to check with the appropriate authorities or consult with a reliable trekking agency in Nepal to get the most up-to-date information before embarking on your Everest Base Camp trek.
The Everest Basecamp Trekking, with an almost 130km trek length, is the most popular and demanding hiking destination based on the trekking trails as well as feedback from hikers. Experienced trekkers won't struggle on this walk, but newcomers may encounter some challenges. As this is a high altitude trek i.e. up to 5500m with unpaved roads, normal people can have difficulty in breaking and walking.
However, there is always a workaround. Beginners may prepare for this hike by adding these practices to their daily routine: Walking at dusk till dawn, Remaining hydrated, Meditation and Yoga, Nutritional diets, Jogging, Going to Gym, and so on.
You should plan your trip with warm clothes and comfortable boots for a pleasant hike along with raincoats or umbrellas as the weather of the Himalayan region is mostly drizzly. When in the journey, we are here to ease your hike with the availability of guides, who will give you directions and porters, who will carry your luggage and oxygen cylinders.
The Everest region is not only known for its stunning landscapes but also for its rich Sherpa culture and traditions. During the trek, you'll have the opportunity to interact with the friendly locals and learn about their way of life. Here are some cultural highlights:
Sherpa Villages: As you pass through picturesque Sherpa villages like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche, take the time to explore their vibrant markets, visit monasteries, and engage in conversations with the locals. Gain insights into their deep-rooted spiritual beliefs and cultural practices.
Sherpa Cuisine: Indulge in the flavors of Sherpa cuisine, which typically consists of hearty dishes like dal bhat (lentils and rice), momos (dumplings), and Sherpa stew. Savor the local tea called "chiya" and try yak cheese, a specialty of the region.
Monasteries and Festivals: Visit the iconic Tengboche Monastery, one of the most significant Buddhist monasteries in the Everest region. If your trek coincides with a festival, such as Mani Rimdu, you'll have the opportunity to witness vibrant ceremonies and masked dances performed by monks.
Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a potential risk when trekking to higher elevations. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, it's crucial to prioritize altitude acclimatization. Here are some measures we take to minimize the risk:
Gradual Ascent: Our carefully designed itinerary includes rest days and gradual ascents, allowing your body to adapt to the increasing altitude. This helps reduce the chances of AMS.
Hydration and Nutrition: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water. Consume a balanced diet with carbohydrate-rich meals to fuel your body and support altitude adaptation.
Awareness of Symptoms: Our experienced guides closely monitor your health and well-being throughout the trek. They are trained to identify early symptoms of AMS, such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, and loss of appetite. Prompt action can be taken to ensure your safety.
Safety Briefings: Prior to the trek, our guides provide comprehensive safety briefings, educating you about altitude sickness, its symptoms, and preventive measures. They will also guide you on the appropriate response if symptoms occur.
To undertake the Everest Base Camp Trek, you should have a good level of physical fitness and stamina. You should start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months before the trek. Some of the suggested preparations include:
Physical Preparation: Everest Base Camp Trek is a physically demanding trek that requires a good level of fitness and stamina. You should start preparing for the trek at least 2-3 months in advance. Some of the physical preparation you can do include:
Mental preparation: Mental preparation is equally important as physical preparation. You should be mentally prepared for the challenges of the trek and be positive and determined throughout the journey.
Before embarking on the Everest Base Camp Trek, it's crucial to be well-prepared and equipped with the right gear. Here are some essential items you'll need:
Trekking Gear: Invest in a sturdy and comfortable pair of trekking boots that provide ankle support. Pack lightweight and moisture-wicking clothing, including thermal layers, trekking pants, and waterproof jackets. Don't forget to bring a sun hat, sunglasses, and gloves to protect yourself from the harsh mountain elements.
Backpack: Choose a durable and spacious backpack with good weight distribution. It should be large enough to carry your essentials, such as extra clothing layers, water bottles, snacks, and a camera.
Sleeping Bag: Opt for a high-quality sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures. It's advisable to choose a bag rated for sub-zero temperatures to ensure a warm and comfortable night's sleep at higher altitudes.
Trekking Poles: Consider using trekking poles to aid in balance and reduce stress on your joints while traversing challenging terrains. They can be especially helpful during steep ascents and descents.
First Aid Kit: Carry a well-stocked first aid kit containing essential medications, bandages, antiseptic creams, blister plasters, and any personal prescription medications you may require.
Hydration System: Stay hydrated throughout the trek by carrying a water bottle or hydration bladder. It's important to drink plenty of fluids at high altitudes to prevent altitude sickness.
Personal Items: Don't forget to pack sunscreen, lip balm, a headlamp or flashlight, extra batteries, a multi-tool or pocket knife, toiletries, and a lightweight towel.
For a detailed checklist of necessary equipment check our essential gear list for trekking in Nepal.
Hiking Bees is a professional Nepalese trekking company with a team of professional guides, who efficiently run a variety of treks and vacations. Locals from the region where you will be hiking serve as our guides and carriers. They are knowledgeable in hike routes and schedules and have received extensive training. With Hiking Bees, you can travel anywhere for a reasonable price, capture your precious moments, and enjoy your vacation.
Everest Basecamp Hiking is unquestionably a fantastic, ideal location for trekkers. For individuals with a specified timeframe, this 14-days journey would be perfect. We also suggest the 16-day Everest Basecamp Trek with Gokyo Lake trek or 19-days Everest Basecamp Trek with Island Peak Climbing or 19-days Everest Basecamp Trek Lobuche Peak Climbing or 20-days Everest 3 Passes Trek if you're searching for a longer, more demanding alternative choice with additional tourist routes.
At Hiking Bees, we strive to make your Everest Base Camp Trek exceptional and unforgettable. Here's what sets us apart:
Our team of highly skilled and knowledgeable guides are local experts with years of experience. They are passionate about the region and will ensure your safety, provide valuable insights, and share fascinating stories about the mountains, culture, and history.
Our meticulously planned itinerary maximizes your chances of successful acclimatization, minimizing the risk of altitude sickness. We include rest days, gradual ascent profiles, and carefully selected tea houses for your comfort and safety.
Throughout the trek, you will stay in comfortable tea houses, offering a cozy atmosphere and warm hospitality. You'll have the opportunity to savor delicious local cuisine and experience the unique flavors of the region.
Your safety is our utmost priority. We maintain high safety standards, including providing comprehensive medical kits, carrying out regular health checks, and having emergency evacuation plans in place, should the need arise.
We are committed to promoting sustainable and responsible tourism practices. We work closely with local communities, supporting local businesses, and minimizing our impact on the fragile Himalayan ecosystem.
Experience a thrilling mountain adventure with breathtaking Himalayan vistas.
Reach the root of the world's highest peak by following the footsteps of notable mountain climbers.
Enjoy 14 days of getting to know Sherpa's culture and lifestyle.
Namche Bazaar, the vibrant Sherpa market town.
Cross high-altitude footbridges covered with vibrant Buddhist praying flags.
Hike to Kala Patthar's summit to behold mountains including 8848.86m Mt. Everest, 8,516m Mt. Lhotse, 8,188m Mt. Choyu and 6,812m Mt. Ama Dablam that are practically touching.
Trek with a knowledgeable and amiable tourist agent to discover more about the stunning Khumbu area.
Day 1 : Landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
At the Kathmandu airport's arrival zone, a staff from our service will be waiting for you with your nameplate. Once you arrive, the staff will greet you and take you to your accommodation in Kathmandu. A description of our arrangements will be provided to you by the hotel when you check in.
Day 2 : Flight from (Kathmandu or Ramechhap) to Lukla and hike to Phakding (2,800m/9,187feet)
After a leisurely breakfast at a hotel in Kathmandu, our trip officially begins. We'll be driven to Tribhuvan International Airport where we'll take a short flight to the alpine town of Lukla, with beautiful himalayan views from the airplane's window. Following our landing, we will join our trekking group and get started on the Everest Base Camp Trek. After approximately four hours of trekking, we will arrive at the little settlement of Phakding, which is our destination for the day. We will explore the neighborhood monasteries or take in the serenity of the Dudh Koshi River after we reach there. Then, we'll be spending the night at a homestay in Phakding.
Day 3 : Hike from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438 meters/11,280 feet)
We'll get up early today and eat a hearty breakfast at our guesthouse. We begin our second day of the EBC Trek by hiking through a lush paradise of shady forests and hidden cascades. We'll go through the suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River and capture our first decent view at some of the tallest peaks in the Himalayan region, including Thamserku, which is covered in snowfall (6,608 meters). Then, our route enters Sagarmatha National Park, a huge region rich in scenic beauties. Following lunch, we'll traverse yet another set of footbridges before catching a glimpse of Mount Everest. From here, Namche Bazaar, a bustling town, is only a short distance away. For lodging tonight, we'll choose the finest hiking lodge that's obtainable.
Day 4 : Refreshment Day at Namche Bazaar (3,438 meters/11,280 feet)
We don't carry on with our journey today and stop by to sightsee the beautiful landscape of Namche Bazaar. We are resting here to adjust to the increasing elevation as we are currently at a steep altitude and are further traveling to a higher altitude location. You may take a little trek to admire the views from Syangboche Airport or you can take a tour to the 'Sherpa Culture Museum'. Additionally, you can visit the bakeries, which ought to be applauded for making delectable pastries at such high elevations. We make our way back to Namche Bazaar in the dusk to spend the night at the same guesthouse.
Day 5 : Hike from Namche to Tengboche (3,870 meters/12,697 feet)
After a hearty breakfast to enhance our strength, we will shoulder our bags and go towards the slender mountaintop above Namche Bazaar. Here, you may see a distinctive stupa honoring Tenzing Norgay and his trip to the summit of Mount Everest alongside Edmund Hillary. You'll see some of the unexposed but spectacular Himalayan peaks, like Thamserku, Kangtega, and the triple summits of Kusum Kanguru. To get to Tengboche, we'll gradually ascend through lush rhododendron jungles as we take in the breathtaking surroundings along the Dudh Koshi River. We'll check in at a nearby guesthouse when we get to Tengboche. After that, we visit Tengboche Monastery, Khumbu's most illustrious and renowned Buddhist temple.
Day 6 : Hike from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 meters/14,305 feet)
Pangboche, Somare, and Dingboche are three of the settlements we pass by on our fifth day of the EBC Trek. Huge snowy peaks like Lhotse and Ama Dablam overshadow the skyline as we travel through a beautiful rhododendron woodland and over a long footbridge over the Imja Khola River, which is shimmering with brilliance. We'll also notice a lot of mani stones set by the trailside as we get closer to Dingboche. You should always bypass these boulders from your right side since they are carved with Buddhist chants. Finally, before reaching Dingboche, we'll go past a vast area of lush greenery where barley and potatoes are farmed. Here, we'll choose a guesthouse where we may stay for the following two nights.
Day 7 : Refreshment day at Dingboche (4,360 meters/14,305 feet)
At this point in our EBC Trek schedule, our bodies still require a day to acclimate to the higher elevation. So we decide to stay back at Dingboche and witness the breathtaking viewpoints of Nagarjun Hill or Chukhung Village alongside Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Ama Dablam and other peaks. You shall have a memory to cherish for lifetime once witnessing the sunset above the stoned terraces of Dingboche and the wind-whipped peaks.
Day 8 : Hike from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910 meters/16,105 feet)
The journey today begins with a gentle ascent via little communities and temporary camps. You'll pass through recognizable summits like Ama Dablam and Nuptse along the journey as well as get a chance to spot unexplored mountains - Kongma Tse and Taboche. Each of these mountains is a spectacular stopover along the metaphorical path to Mount Everest. We will pause to pay our respects to a number of memorial monuments built in honor of climbers who have perished soon after travelling through the little hamlet of Dughla. After there, we'll continue on to Lobuche, where we'll spend our night.
Day 9 : Hike from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5140 meters) and Trek from EBC (5,364 meters/17,599 feet)
Gorak Shep has to be one of the most stirring names in the entire Khumbu, together with Namche Bazaar. Before reaching Gorak Shep in the morning, we will climb across a rocky glacier. We'll take a little lunch break here before continuing on to EBC. With the breezes of the world's tallest peak speeding past our ears as we climb the rocky road, you'll undoubtedly have a bounce in your heart. You'll have a plethora of leisure to see the expansive Everest Himalayan landscape once we reach the base camp. The vast walls of the Lhotse, Western Cwm, Nuptse, and the Khumbu Icefall are seen. We'll hike back to Gorak Shep, later on, to celebrate with a supper and spend the night at a hotel.
Day 10 : Hike from Gorak Sheo to Kala Patthar and hike back to Pheriche (5,545 meter/18,193 feet)
Today's task is to climb Kala Patthar, a 360-degree viewpoint for Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Thamserku, and additional renowned summits and glaciers. Even more impressive views of Everest are visible from this viewpoint than yesterday's! After that, we'll make our way down to Gorak Shep for a relaxing brunch before starting the long journey back to Pheriche. This will be a nice and familiar path that will take us to another guesthouse for hot supper and pleasant sleep.
Day 11 : Hike from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,438 meters/11,280 feet)
As we return to Namche Bazaar in the morning, we commence with a mild slope amid rhododendron trees. After a few of hours of walking, we'll arrive at the Imja Khola river and then halt for lunch in Tengboche. Seize the chance to take further glance at the town's stunning monastery. Although it is prohibited to take photos inside, the scenes you will encounter will remain engraved on your memory forever. We will now travel across lush slopes and windy hillsides to return to Namche Bazaar. This evening, you'll have sufficient time to do some shopping prior to supper. In another pleasant hotel, we'll spend our second last night of this wonderful EBC hike.
Day 12 : Hike from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800 meters/9,187 feet)
Our trek on the Everest Base Camp comes to an end today. We'll start a steep descent via several tiny settlements, including Phakding, wherein we spent our initial night on the trek. Your last glances of the picturesque Khumbu wildness will be from the mounting point of numerous footbridges, so be sure to take in the breathtaking vistas of waterways and wooded hillsides. When we finally get back to Lukla, we'll celebrate with a dinner and also do a little bit of exploring around Lukla. Last but not least, make an effort to obtain enough sleep for the next day's early flight.
Day 13 : Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
This is the last day of our trip to Everest Basecamp. We leave for the Lukla Airport early in the morning and have last-minute insights into the beautiful Himalayas. Following a 35-minute flight, we return to Kathmandu and check into our hotel. You can chill or go sightseeing during the remaining hours of the day in the capital, At the end we will have our farewell dinner, talk about the trip and have a good night's sleep.
Day 14 : Departure from Kathmandu
This is the day of farewell where you accomplish the journey and leave for your home. Three hours prior to your boarding time, our staff will receive you from your hotel and drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We really enjoyed hosting you. Many thanks for having us and safe travels returning home.
The Everest Basecamp Trekking, with almost 130km trek length, is the most popular and demanding hiking destination based on the trekking trails as well as feedback from hikers. Experienced trekkers won't struggle on this walk, but newcomers may encounter some challenges. As this is a high altitude trek i.e. up to 5500m with unpaved roads, normal people can have difficulties in breaking and walking. However, there is always a workaround. Beginners may get ready for this hike by adding these practices to their daily routine: Walks in the dusk and at the dawn, Remaining hydrated, Meditation and Yoga, Remaining hydrated, Nutritional diets, Jogging, Going to Gym and so on.
The trek typically takes 12-14 days, but the duration may vary depending on the trekker's fitness level, acclimatization time, and itinerary.
The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is from March to May and from September to November when the weather is relatively stable and visibility is good. However, the trek can be done throughout the year.
The altitude of Everest Base Camp is 5,364 meters (17,598 feet).
While it is possible to do the trek without a guide, it is recommended to hire a guide or join a trekking group for safety reasons and to have a better experience. A guide can provide valuable information about the trail, culture, and local customs.
Accommodation during the trek ranges from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges. The facilities are basic and usually include a bed, a shared bathroom, and a common dining area.
The starting point of the Everest Base Camp trek is Lukla, which can be reached by a short domestic flight from Kathmandu.
During the monsoon season, you can expect heavy rainfall, high humidity, and cloudy skies. The temperatures can range from 20-25°C during the day to 10-15°C at night. The monsoon season can make trekking difficult due to the wet and slippery trails, but the landscape is lush and green.
The post-monsoon season, from September to November, is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp. During this time, the weather is clear and dry, and the temperatures are mild, ranging from 12-20°C during the day to -5-5°C at night.
From December to February, the winter season in Everest Base Camp brings snow and colder temperatures. The temperatures can range from -10-15°C during the day to -20-25°C at night. Trekking during the winter season can be challenging due to the snow and ice, but the landscape is beautiful, and the trails are less crowded.
The pre-monsoon season, from March to May, is another great time to trek to Everest Base Camp. During this time, the weather is warm and dry, and the temperatures range from 15-20°C during the day to 5-10°C at night. The landscape is also beautiful, with flowers blooming, and the trails are less crowded.
The weather patterns in Everest Base Camp can be unpredictable, even during the best times of the year. It's essential to be prepared for sudden changes in weather conditions.
During the day, the temperatures can range from 0-20°C, depending on the season. The weather is usually clear and sunny, with occasional clouds and light rain.
At night, the temperatures can drop significantly, even during the warmer months. It's crucial to have the right gear and equipment to stay warm, including a warm sleeping bag, a down jacket, and a hat and gloves.
The Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek offers a range of accommodation options, from basic teahouses to more luxurious lodges.
Teahouses are the most common form of accommodation on the EBC trek. These are basic lodges that offer a bed, a shared bathroom, and sometimes a communal dining area. They are typically inexpensive and provide a rustic, authentic experience. Teahouses can get crowded during peak season, so it's recommended to book in advance.
For those seeking more comfort, there are also a number of lodges that offer private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, hot showers, and WiFi. These lodges are more expensive than teahouses but provide a higher level of comfort and convenience.
It's important to note that accommodation options can be limited in some of the more remote areas of the EBC trek, so it's best to plan your itinerary carefully and book in advance where possible. Additionally, it's important to be flexible and prepared for the possibility of shared accommodation and basic facilities in some areas.
Preserving the pristine beauty of the Everest region is of utmost importance. As responsible trekkers, we follow certain guidelines to minimize our impact on the environment:
Pack it In, Pack it Out: We practice a strict "leave no trace" policy, ensuring that we carry all our waste with us and dispose of it properly at designated areas.
Sustainable Accommodation: Our accommodation choices prioritize tea houses that follow sustainable practices and have proper waste management systems in place.
Respect for Nature: We encourage trekkers to admire and appreciate the natural surroundings without disturbing the flora and fauna. It's important to avoid littering, picking flowers, or disturbing wildlife.
Supporting Local Communities: We actively engage with local communities, supporting their livelihoods through responsible tourism. We hire local guides and porters, purchase locally produced goods, and contribute to community development projects.
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