Everest Base Camp Trek | 14 Days
Everest Region
Lukla Airport
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Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 Days

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Duration14 Days
CountryNepal
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude5,364 m.
Group Size1-10 Pax
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleTrekking and Hiking
Best TimeAutumn and Spring Season

Trek to the lap of the tallest mountain in the world during the Everest Base Camp trek. This two-week trek in the great Himalayan range will change your life. The Everest Base Camp 14 days trek happens in Nepal. You will fly to Kathmandu and take a short domestic flight to Lukla, which is the gateway to the EBC trek. 

The trek starts from Lukla and gradually ascends to Everest Base Camp via lush forests, Sherpa villages, and glacier moraines. In two days of gentle trekking from Lukla, you will reach the iconic Namche Bazaar. On the way, spend a night at Phakding village, cross the long Hillary Suspension Bridge, and register permits in Monjo.

During the starting two days of walking, you will cross numerous suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river and constantly trek via rhododendron and magnolia forests. Namche Bazaar is a popular halt on the EBC trail. It is a perfect place to acclimatize and do any last-minute shopping before you trek further.

For an acclimatization hike in Namche Bazar, Everest View Hotel or Khumjung Monastery is a good option. The trail then continues via the Imja Khola Valley and climbs to Tengboche Monastery. It is the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region (Everest region). The route is steep and rugged and passes by Phungi Thanga on the way. 

Mountains like Thamserku (6,608 m/21,680 ft), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft), and Kangtega (6,782 m/22,250 ft) are seen in this part of the trail, whereas Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft) and Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft) dominate the skyline in the distance. From Tengboche, you will trek for two days to reach Lobuche village.

In between these two days, you will spend the second acclimatization day in Dingboche village and also hike above the treeline. The acclimatization hike takes you to Nagarjuna Hill or Chhukung Valley. After Dingboche, you will cross a glacier field and walk along the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche village. 

The last settlement is Gorak Shep, where you will spend the night after hiking to the Everest Base Camp on the same day. The final stretch involves walking on glaciers and steep, rocky tracks. From Gorak Shep, you will also hike to Kala Patthar. The Mount Everest view is mesmerizing from here. 

This ends your major ascent part, and now you will spend three days trekking back to Lukla, or you also have the option to take a helicopter flight to Lukla (additional charges apply). The trail is the same as before. You will only take a detour from Dughla to Pheriche and continue to Namche Bazaar and then to Lukla. 

Highlights

  • Reach the lap of the tallest mountain in the world, Everest Base Camp
  • A two weeks life-changing trek in the great Himalayan range
  • Trek along winding, lush Himalayan foothills, enjoying diverse landscapes
  • The trail goes through the lush rhododendron forests and picturesque villages of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Explore beautiful valleys, rivers, and streams
  • Get to see the lifestyle and culture of Sherpas and other mountain communities
  • A perfect trip for adventure lovers that also has a hint of cultural richness
  • Trek via glaciers and moraines in the upper part of the trail
  • Witness a stunning sunrise from Kala Patthar
  • Witness breathtaking mountain views throughout the trek

What does your day look like during the Everest Base Camp trekking?

Every day, you will start the day with a delicious, fresh breakfast. From Lukla, the Everest Base Camp is situated 65 kilometers away, so you will be trekking 9 to 11 km each day. The trail goes through beautiful villages following lush Himalayan foothills and rhododendron forests. On the way, you will come across other fellow trekkers and mules carrying goods. 

The Everest Base Camp trek route is dotted with lovely lodges. You will spend the night there. Your guide will accompany you, making the trek less boring and safe. Even though the Everest Base Camp trek is done by many trekkers, you will get a lot of time to enjoy the serenity of the region. The landscape changes at every turn of the trail. 

During the trek, you will get to interact with the locals of the Khumbu region. The villagers are friendly, kind, and welcoming. Learn about their lifestyle and culture. The monastery's visits, stupas, chortens, prayer wheels, and prayer flags culturally enrich the journey. There will be a very good balance of adventure and cultural immersion.

Who can do the EBC trek? Looking for a digital detox or want to lose 3-5 kg weight?

The Everest Base Camp trek is for everyone. Whether you are an experienced trekker or not doesn't matter. If you can walk 6 hours a day, you can do the Everest Base Camp trekking. We highly encourage beginner trekkers to do the EBC trek and go beyond their body and mind limits. 

Likewise, the Everest Base Camp trek is a high-altitude, remote trek. The trekking route is not connected to any city and only has small villages. There are only basic facilities available along the trail. The network is decent but not that great. You will not get a chance to be active on social media throughout the time. 

Moreover, as the elevation rises, the network gets poorer. Imagine almost 12 days of the bare minimum to no social media, you will have the best digital detox. To make it even better, by the end of the trek, you will lose 3 to 5 kgs because of daily long hours of walking and nutritious food intake. 

Completing the Everest Base Camp trek is a true win for anyone. Whatever your intentions are, you will have an adventurous trip and get the best physical and emotional results by the end of the trip!

Everest Base Camp trek 14 days cost and book the EBC trek 2024/2025

There is always a talk about the Everest Base Camp trek cost and how it varies. Many factors contribute to the Everest Base Camp trek cost, such as itinerary, services, group size, etc. You can customize the Everest Base Camp trek itinerary as per your requirements.

Trekking in a group of 5 or more trekkers allows a good deal on the per-head cost. Our Everest Base Camp trek 2024/2025 bookings are open. For any assistance, contact us at @gmail.com.

Group size Package cost Book here
1 USD 1,470 per person Book now
2-4 USD 1,190 per person Book now
5-8 USD 1,150 per person Book now
8+ USD 1,100 per person Book now

*Note: Getting the lowest cost does not guarantee a good trekking experience because the services will be very limited in those packages, and the guide and porters may not be well paid for their hard work. So, you should definitely take a step and see what you are getting for the price you are paying and how the guide and porters are paid.

What to do after booking the Everest Base Camp trek?

After you have booked the Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal, it is time to prepare for the trek. As per your fitness level, you should keep a week to 6 week training time. In this duration, improve your strength, stamina, and focus. 

Get your trekking boots and break into them. Likewise, slowly start to collect the trekking clothes and gear. You can buy or rent the gear according to your budget. You can rent upon arriving in Kathmandu. 

How Recreation Holidays make your Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal safe, hassle-free, and successful?

At Recreation Holidays, we want to make your life easy. Therefore, we have hand-picked the best trekking packages in the Himalayas in Nepal and have reconstructed them to suit modern-day trekking expectations. You do not have to go through several options and get stuck into a buyer's dilemma. 

Taking the Everest Base Camp trek as an example, it is well-designed and priced. You will trek with the best guide. All the arrangements will be premade for you, including obtaining permits. You will arrive in Kathmandu, explore the city, pack your duffle bags, and start trekking right away. Our team will do all the groundwork for you. 

This saves you lots of leg work and hassle. Likewise, you do not have to go through the nuances of hidden costs with us. You will be pre-informed of any additional expenses. At last, your safety is our top priority, and our well-trained mountain leaders assure that. 

ItineraryExpand All
Day01

Our team will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport on your landing day. You will not have the hassle of getting a taxi and driving to the hotel by yourself. Moreover, our team will also help you with your luggage. Settle in the hotel and later meet us for a trek briefing. You will then do last-minute shopping and pack the duffel bags.

Accommodation: Hotel
Day02

The trek begins with a short and thrilling flight to Lukla. You may take the Lukla flight from Ramechhap Airport instead of Kathmandu Airport. It takes 4 to 5 hours to reach Ramechhap Airport from Kathmandu. Once you land in Lukla, meet with porters and start trekking down to Phakding village. The trail follows the Dudh Koshi River and goes through rhododendron forests. You will cross many suspension bridges and pass by small villages on the way.

Max Altitude: 2,846 m/9,337 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day03

From Phakding, trek to Namche Bazaar. Follow rhododendron forests and cross streams and rivers on the way. You will cross the long Hillary Suspension Bridge and register permits in Monjo. The final stretch of the trail involves steep climbing.

Max Altitude: 3,440 m/11,290 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day04

Spend one more night in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize. Hike to the Hotel Everest View in the morning. During the hike, you will witness stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, etc. Later in the day, explore the gallery, museums, cafes, and shops in Namche Bazaar.

Max Altitude: 3,962 m/13,000 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day05

From Namche Bazaar, the trek continues to Tengboche Village. FIrst, you will descend to Phunki Thenga, and from here, trek through rhododendron and juniper forests to Tengbcohe. In this village, you will visit the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. You will also get to see wonderful views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Ama Dablam.

 

Max Altitude: 3,860 m/12,660 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day06

From Tengbcohe, descend to Deboche. The trail further drops to the Imja Khola Valley floor and gradually ascends through rhododendron forests to Pangboche. Further, you will ascend via terraced fields and bushes to Dingboche village.

Max Altitude: 4,410 m/14,470 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day07

You will spend one more night in Dingboche village to acclimatize. Like last time, hike to Nagarjuna Hill or Chhukung Valley. Witness stunning mountain vistas during the hike. Spend the remaining day in Dingboche, resting and exploring

Max Altitude: 4,940 m/16,210 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day08

There are no forests on the trail from Dingboche onwards. Instead, you will cross a glacier field and steeply ascend to Thukla. From here, a narrow, steep track leads you to Dughla pass and continues to Lobuche village. On the way, you will come across memorial chortens of climbers who passed away during the expedition.

Max Altitude: 4,940 m/16,210 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day09

The day begins early with a delicious meal. Leaving Lobuche village, you will trek following the Khumbu Glacier to Gorak Shep. The trail is surrounded by barren hills, peaks, and mountains. You will walk on steep, rocky paths. You will spend the night in Gorak Shep, but before that, hike to Everest Base Camp. Explore the base camp and witness the infamous Khumbu Icefall.

Max Altitude: 5,364 m/17,598 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day10

In the early morning, you will go on a quick hike to Kala Patthar. Get to see a beautiful sunrise and breathtaking mountain scenery from here. Later, descend to Gorak Shep and continue dropping down from here to Pheriche.

Max Altitude: 5,545 m/18,129 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day11

Today, you will trek back to Namche Bazaar. You will trek following a less crowded route. The trail goes through rhododendron and pine forests. You will pass by many small villages and cross suspension bridges on the way.

Max Altitude: 3,440 m/11,290 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day12

The trail from Namche Bazaar to Lukla is the same. The trail steeply descends and follows a forested route like before. Cross several suspension bridges throughout the way and pass by small villages. From Phakding, it is an uphill walk to Lukla.

Max Altitude: 2,846 m/9,337 ftMeals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Lodge
Day13

On this day, you will fly back to Kathmandu. Upon landing at the airport, the guide will escort you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free. Relax, explore, and shop as you wish. In the late evening, we will meet for a farewell dinner.

Max Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 ftMeals: Breakfast and farewell dinnerAccommodation: Hotel
Day14

It is time to say goodbye to each other. Our team will escort you to the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Meals: Breakfast only
Route Map
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Trip Service Details
Includes
  • Transfer from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
  • 2-night hotel stay in Kathmandu with breakfast (based on twin sharing)
  • Kathmandu/Ramechhap-Lukla round-trip flight, including airport transfers
  • All required permits, such as the National Park, TIMS, and local permits.
  • 11-night twin-sharing accommodation during the trek
  • Three daily meals during the trek (11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners)
  • Provision of a duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during your trip (to be returned upon completion).
  • English-speaking guide with first aid knowledge and medical kit
  • Comprehensive insurance for the field staff and their salary
  • Flight back to Kathmandu/Ramechhap from Lukla, with transportation
  • Achievement certificate upon request
  • Farewell dinner in Thamel, Kathmandu
  • Complimentary luggage storage during the trek
  • Departure airport transfer service
Excludes
  • International airfare, Nepal visa, and insurance
  • Meals in Kathmandu beyond breakfast and additional accommodation nights
  • Porter service during the trek (USD 220 per porter, 20-25 KG max.)
  • Personal expenses on the trek (hot showers, drinks, extra meals, Wi-Fi/data, battery charging, accommodation upgrades)
  • Tips for trek staff (expected)
  • Anything not mentioned in the “INCLUSION” section
Dates & Availability
April 2024
May 2024
June 2024
StartsApril 28, 2024
EndsMay 11, 2024
StatusGuaranteed
Price
US$1470
Additional Info

Everest Base Camp trek permits

The Everest Base Camp trek requires the Sagarmatha National Park permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance permit. Both permit fees are covered in our package cost.

  • Sagarmatha National Park permit cost: USD 30 per person
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance permit cost: USD 20 per person

Best time to trek to Everest Base Camp

Every season offers a different trekking experience to Everest Base Camp. For a comfortable trek, stunning view, long daylight hours, and stable weather, trek in April or November. Likewise, March, May, late September, and October are also great times for Everest Base Camp trekking. These months also have stable weather and moderate climate.

If you are fine with a little bit of cold, then trek in the first two weeks of December. The trail will be empty, and the prices of lodges are down. The weather is a bit fluctuating, but it's manageable to trek. Similarly, January, February, June, July, and August don't have ideal weather conditions for the EBC trek. 

Everest Base Camp trek difficulty

The Everest Base Camp trek difficulty is moderate. It is a beginner-friendly trek. The trekking route is well established, however the terrain is not flat. You will ascend and descend throughout the trek. So, good stamina and strength are needed. 

Daily walking hours are 6. Starting from lush forests, you will trek past terraced fields of barley and wheat and further ascend to glacier fields and moraines. The altitude rises every day, which will exhaust you quicker than you may imagine. 

Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness happens if your body does not acclimatize during high-altitude travel. To protect you from altitude sickness during the Everest Base Camp trek, we have added two rest days to our itinerary. You will go on a hike in the morning and spend the remaining day resting. 

Similarly, if you keep yourself hydrated and get ample rest daily, you can avoid altitude sickness. Also, have nutritious food to provide energy to yourself and avoid smoking, high intake of caffeine, and any kind of alcoholic drinks. 

Accommodation and meals

The accommodation during the Everest Base Camp trek is simple lodges. Twin shared rooms are booked for our trekkers. For solo trekkers, we book single rooms at an additional cost. Washrooms are mostly shared. Pack toilet paper and all other essentials for the trek. 

In the upper part of the trail, you will mostly see squat toilets, especially if the lodge is not newly built. There is also a very good arrangement of food along the EBC trail. You will get a variety of food options ranging from Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, Chinese, and Western. 

Dal bhat and thukpa are the main trekkers food. Pack ample snacks for the trek in Kathmandu. Likewise, you will get boiled water in every lodge, so you do not have to buy plastic water bottles. Just carry a reusable water bottle. Boiled water is safe to drink and costs less than a plastic water bottle. 

Guide and porter

Our Everest Base Camp trek package includes a guide, and you have the option to add a porter to our package at an additional cost. Guide and porter make trekking safe, delightful, and informative. You will not miss anything if you go trekking with a guide. Likewise, the porter will carry your heavy duffle bag and allow you to enjoy the journey to the fullest. 

Everest Base Camp trek packing 

Trekking clothes and gear are required for the Everest Base Camp trekking. You can buy and rent everything in Kathmandu at a fraction of the cost. 

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight down jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Lightweight trekking trousers
  • Hiking shorts (if trekking in the summer)
  • Thermals (top and bottom)
  • Two to three trekking t-shirts/shirts
  • Fleece or warm mid-layer
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Glove liners
  • Hiking socks and lighter walking socks
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare underwear
  • Buff or similar
  • One pair of worn-in, waterproof hiking boots
  • One pair of lightweight trainers (for the camp, in the evenings)
  • Dry towel
  • Daypack
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Toiletries (SPF, lip balm, moisturizer, toilet paper, tissue paper, soap, deodorant, etc)
  • Snacks, adapter, charger, reusable water bottle, camera, journal & pen, cash, passport, travel visa, travel insurance, etc
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FAQs

For the Everest Base Camp trek, you will need a Nepali tourist visa. Travelers from many countries can obtain this visa easily upon arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or at any land border. The visa fee varies as per your stay in Nepal. You can check the further details here.

We will help you in planning and preparation for the Everest Base Camp trek. If you have decided to do the Everest Base Camp trek, book the trek via our website. Likewise, if you wish to customize the trek, send us your inquiry.

The Everest Base Camp trek difficulty is moderate. It is not a very challenging trek. With proper guidance, rest days, and preparation, anyone can reach the Everest Base Camp.

There is a risk of altitude sickness during the Everest Base Camp trekking. Whether you get it or not depends on your caution. If you follow some simple tips like keeping your body hydrated, getting ample rest during the trek, and maintaining your pace, you can avoid altitude sickness.

To do the Everest Base Camp trek, you will need the package cost, which usually starts at USD 1,400 per person. Apart from that you will need money to buy/rent trekking essentials, travel insurance, visa fees, souvenirs, international flight tickets, food in Kathmandu, tips, etc.

Yes, you have to carry money during the Everest Base Camp trek. You may have to pay a few extra bucks for services like charging your phone, hot showers, and WiFi in the lodges. Trekkers have to cover these personal expenses by themselves. You can budget USD 100 to USD 150 as pocket money for the trek duration.

You have to use Nepali rupees during the Everest Base Camp trekking. Villagers do not accept foreign currency or any card payments.

Yes, you can book the Everest Base Camp trek with your kids. Make sure your kids are fine with high altitudes and can adjust to the environment.

It is not mandatory to get a guide for the Everest Base Camp trek in legal terms. However, it is recommended to trek with a guide because they will make sure you are safe during trekking, help you get the best accommodation and meals, help you interact with the locals, and not let you get bored.

Yes, beginners can trek to Everest Base Camp. Before starting the trek, spend some time exercising and going on long walks. If possible, do some day hikes. Preparation matters for a successful and enjoyable Everest Base Camp trek experience.

No, you do not have to learn the Nepali language to do the EBC trek. However, learning some common phrases will make your time much more fun.

Yes, you can extend your Everest Base Camp trek. If you want to extend you trek, feel free to let us know.

Travelers’ Review
Superbly organized Everse Base Camp trek

This is my second trek organized by the Step on Himalayas and its owner Hari, and I cannot recommend it enough. Hari organized our Everest Base Camp Trek at the...

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Eugene
Eugene - CanadaNovember 03, 2023
Never too old to have an adventure

Hi....namaste, My wife and I had the most wonderful experience...Harry was the perfect man in organising our adventure. Our guide and porter all I can say we were very impressed with them...

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Bon-Kid
Bon-Kid - AustraliaOctober 30, 2023
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