1. Breathtaking view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru from Phakding Village in Dudh Koshi valley.
2. Walking along the beautiful Dudh Koshi river and crossing it at the famous Hillary suspension bridge.
3. Walking through Khumbu Ice Glacier, the highest altitude glacier in the world.
4. Exploring the famous Namche Bazar.
5. Enjoying the warm and generous hospitality of the local Sherpa people.
6. Wonderful view of Mt Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Lhotse etc. from Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp.
Everest Base Camp Trek is the King of all trekking in Nepal. The highlight of the trek is the visit to Mount Everest Base Camp (EBC). The base camp of Everest is at an altitude of 5,365 m.
The itinerary of the trek is longer compared to a Everest Base Camp trek and an even shorter 12 day trek to the base camp of Mount Everest. The itinerary is designed to allow a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley at the start of the trek and enough acclimatization opportunity.
The Khumbu valley – where most of the trek takes place – is home of the wonderful Sherpa people. The Sherpas are Buddhists. There are many monasteries in the Everest region like Pangboche, Tengboche and Dingboche.
Most of trekking to EBC takes place along the banks of the Dudh Koshi river. You will spot many species of endangered plants and animals during the trek. Impeyan Pheasant (Danfe), Snow Pigeon, Mountain Goats, Yak, Snow Leopard are among the animals and birds encountered on the way. Rhododendron, Magnolia and Giant Firs form a majority of vegetation.
The forests are dense green with temperate vegetation in the lower belt of Everest Region. The middle belt possesses alpine vegetation. The final stages of the Everest Base Camp Trek is characterized by Tundra vegetation.
The trek to Everest starts with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. We first walk to Namche Bazaar from Lukla. Namche Bazaar is also known as the gateway to Everest. We will part ways with trekkers on the Everest High Pass Trek and Gokyo Lake Trek from Namche. The settlement are sparse as we head north from Namche. Ancient monasteries like Tengboche and Dingboche lie on our road to Everest Base Camp.
The most thrilling part of EBC trek is the walk along Khumbu glacier just before reaching base camp of Everest. Khumbu is one of the largest glaciers on the planet. Kala Patthar, meaning black rock, is at a higher altitude (5,545 m) than Everest and provides stunning view of the nearby mountain peaks.
Route summary: Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche Bazaar - Tengboche - Everest Base Camp - Kalapatthar - Namche - Lukla - Kathmandu.
Best Season: September to December and February to May.
Day 01: Pickup from airport and placement in hotel.
Day 02: Exploring Kathmandu and preparation for the trek.
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla [2,850 m / 9,350 ft] and walk of 8 km to Phakding [2,650 m]. Estimated duration: Flight - 30 mins, Walk - 3 - 4 hours.
Day 04: 12 km trek to the beautiful town of Namche Bazaar [3, 440 m / 11,286 ft]. Estimated duration: 6 - 7 hours.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar exploration and acclimatization for further journey.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche [3,800 m / 12,467 ft]. Estimated distance: 10 km, estimated duration: 5 - 6 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche [4,400 m / 14,435 ft]. Estimated distance: 11 km, estimated duration: 5 - 6 hours.
Day 08: Dingboche exploration and acclimatization for further journey.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche [4,900 m / 14,435 ft]. Estimated distance: 10 km, estimated duration: 4 - 5 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep [5,130 m/ 16,076 ft]. Hike to Everest Base Camp [5,316 m / 17,440 ft] and back to Gorakshep. Estimated distance 15-17 km, estimated duration: 8 - 9 hours.
Day 11: Trek to the top of Kalapatthar [5,545 m / 18,192 ft] and Pheriche [4,350 m / 14,271 ft]. Estimated distance: 15 km, estimated duration: 8 - 9 hours.
Day 12: Trek to Phortse Village [3,950 m / 12,959 ft]. Estimated distance: 10 -11 km, estimated duration: 4 - 5 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Monjo [2,835 m / 9,301 ft]. Estimated distance: 14 -15 km, estimated duration: 6 - 7 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Lukla [2,850 m / 9,350 ft]. Estimated distance: 11 km, estimated duration: 4 - 5 hours.
Day 15: Flight to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Departure.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
We will manage a chartered helicopter in case of cancellation of your flight. You'll have to pay separately for any chartered flight booked during the trek. The cost of chartered flight normally ranges between US$ 200-600 or more depending upon the number of people on board.
Everest Base Camp Trek is extremely adventurous. You need to be fully prepared before taking part in this trek. We request you to manage insurance coverage (including helicopter evacuation) as helicopters will be the only means of evacuation in case of injuries and altitude sickness in remote places.
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu
You will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where our representatives will pick you up. You will then be moved to your hotel room. Later, our guides will prepare you for the trek to Everest Base Camp with required information. We will welcome you with delicious traditional Nepali dinner at the end of the day.
Day 02: Exploring Kathmandu and Trek Preparation
We will explore Kathmandu - a city rich in culture, tradition, monuments and temples. Our destinations will include visit to the Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu. You will shop for necessary trek supplies after the day tour. At the end of the day, your guide will provide you information related to the tour and prepare you for the upcoming trek. Information include route plan and first aid and safety preparedness that you must take during the trek.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla flight and trek to Phakding
Altitude: Lukla (2,850 m/9,350 ft), Phakding (2,650 m/8,694 ft)
Time: Kathmandu-Lukla (30 minutes)/Lukla-Phakding (3-4 hours)
Flight to Lukla takes 30 minutes. You will have lunch at Lukla and then start your trek towards Phakding village, where you will spend your night. The trek to Phakding (8 km) takes 3-4 hours. Phakding is a small village but it has many well equipped lodges. The route to Phakding is stone paved and peaceful. We will mostly be walking along the trails of Dudh koshi River and Thado Khola, You will encounter beautiful Sherpa villages, farms and a mesmerizing view of mount Kusum Kangaru on your way to Phakding.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazar
Altitude: 3,440 m/ 11,268 ft
Distance: 12 Km/Time: 6-7 hours
We will head towards Namche Bazaar after a night at Phakding. Namche Bazaar is also known as the gateway to Everest. The route consists of many high suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river. You will meet the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park near Monjo. You will have your trekking permits checked there. The path will provide you a clear view of Everest, Kusum Kangaru, Lhotse, Tawache etc. You will reach the beautiful and busy village of Namche Bazaar after a long uphill walk on the final part.
Day 05: Sightseeing and acclimatization
Altitude: 3,440 m/ 11,268 ft
You will spend the day in Namche Bazaar to relax and acclimatize. The trek is long with abrupt increase in altitude everyday. Hence it is advisable to take a few days of rest for acclimatization. Enjoy the view of mountains including Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, and Thamserku. You can visit the local Sherpa museum. You can also visit to the Everest View Point Hotel - the highest altitude hotel in the world. Your guide will prepare you for the remaining part of Everest Trek with required information at the end of the day.
Day 06: Namche Bazar to Tengboche
Altitude: 3,800 m/12,467 ft
Distance: 10 km/Time: 5-6 hours
Our next destination will be Tengboche, home to ancient Buddhist monasteries and a center of yoga and meditation. You can enjoy nice view of the sun setting in the Himalayan region. The path towards Tengboche is steep and tiring but the path is full of rhododendron trees and endangered birds. You can stop for lunch at Phungi Thanga. The stop will be brief because we will try to reach Tengboche for the 3 pm monastery service. Tengboche is one of best places of the Everest Base Camp Trek. The beauty of the place and the wonderful mountain view will help you forget the pain of the tiring walk.
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche
Altitude: 4,400 m/14,435 ft
Distance: 11 Km/Time: 5-6 hours
You'll enjoy a wonderful view of Everest, Amadablam and other surrounding peaks with the morning sunrise from the balcony of your lodge. The walk to Dingboche takes place through old yak trails. The village of Pangboche lies on the way. It is a beautiful place and provides you with an opportunity to rest in the middle of the trek. You will cross a couple of rivers and other small mountainous streams on your way. You will reach Dingboche after a hard uphill trek of about 5-6 hours. Dingboche is a valley surrounded by hills on every direction. It is also known as the gateway to Island peak.
Day 08: Sightseeing and acclimatization
Altitude: 4,400 m/14,435 ft
You need to acclimatize yourself for further journey so we will rest in Dingboche today. Dingboche is a busy place. It is a stop for trekkers and climbers of Mount Everest, Amadablam and Imja Tse (Also known as Island Peak). The beautiful Imja river flows from the eastern part of Dingboche. You can also pay a visit to the nearby village of Chukung. Another beautiful thing to see today is the stone walls that surround the whole valley of Imja. You must not miss the Buddhist stupa at the edge of Dingboche. The view of the surrounding area from the stupa is wonderful.
Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche
Altitude: 4,900 m/14,435 ft
Distance: 10 km/Time: 4-5 hours
We will trek towards Lobuche, which is 600 m above Dingboche. At this stage, it is better to move slowly because of the fast increasing altitude. After crossing Thukla, the road becomes steeper and harder. The surrounding natural beauty will take your exhaustion away. You can see the beautiful view of the sun setting in the mountains of Pumori and Nuptse. You will enjoy a peaceful night at the lodge after a long walk.
Day 10: Lobuche-Gorakshep-Everest Base Camp-Gorakshep
Altitude: Gorakshep (5,130 m/16,076 ft), Everest Base Camp (5,316 m/17,440 ft)
Distance: 15-17 km/Time: 8-9 hours
The road is dangerous because you have to walk through one of the largest glaciers in the world - Khumbu glacier. You will get a very close view of mountains like Nuptse, Pumori, Lhotse, Amadablam and Everest. You will stop for the lunch in Gorakshep and then continue your trek to Everest Base Camp. The path is challenging due to high altitude and thin air.
You will see stones with the name of dead climbers at EBC. You need to be careful on the trails because the ice movement of glaciers may mislead you. It normally takes 2 to 3 hours to reach to EBC from Gorakshep and about the same time for return.
Day 11: Gorakshep-Kalapatthar-Pheriche
Altitude: Kalapatthar (5,545 m/ 18,192 ft), Pheriche (4,350 m/14,271 ft)
Distance: 15 km/Time: 8-9 hours
We will now head for Kalapatthar. The place is called Kalapatthar because it is full of black stones. From there you will see perfect and clear view of Mt. Everest hidden between two mountains. This is why Everest is called the shy mountain. You will then head towards Pheriche through Gorakshep. We follow the trail of Thukla. The downward trek is easier compared to the one we took on our way up.
Day 12: Pheriche to Phortse Village
Altitude: 3,950 m/ 12,959 ft
Distance: 10-11 Km/Time: 4-5 hours
You'll take a different path for coming back Instead of returning from the same old path you took on the way up. The early morning view of Kangneta, Thamaserku, Khumbu La and Kongde Ri peaks is stunning from Pheriche. The path is flat at first but starts to move down gradually. You’ll have to trek for almost 4 to 5 hours to reach Phortse. The village of Phortse, settled mainly by the Sherpa people, does not lie on the main Everest Base Camp trail. It is less explored compared to other popular villages like Pangboche and Dingboche. The villagers of Phortse are very hospitable and an evening with them provides a wonderful cultural experience.
Day 13: Phortse Village to Monjo
Altitude: 2,835 m/9,301 ft
Distance: 14-15 km/Time: 6-7 hours
You'll have to trek for 6 to 7 hours to reach Monjo. The path will be easy compared to uphill trails. You will find a terrific viewpoint named Mong-la on the way. You will have your lunch at Namche before reaching Monjo. Monjo is a popular resting place for people on the way to and returning from the Everest Base Camp Trek. There are guest houses and tea houses for the night's stay at Monjo but you also have the option to camp in tents. It is environmentally friendly and the experience is thrilling.
Day 14: Monjo to Lukla
Distance: 10-11 Km/Time: 4-5 Hours
You will head towards Lukla after spending a night in Monjo. You will follow the same path you took for the first and second day of your trek. The night will be your last night in the mountains of the Everest region. Your guides will inquire about and fix flight ticket back to Kathmandu. You will meet a lot of trekkers at Lukla. Some of them will be about to start the trek to Everest Base Camp and surrounding destinations while others will be about to return to Kathmandu like you.
Day 15: Flight back to Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m
You will head back to Kathmandu after a small walk to Lukla airport. You can shop some souvenirs for your loved ones back home from the shops in Lukla before boarding your flight. You will say goodbye to your guides and porters, who will take you to the Lukla airstrip. You will have enough time for visiting the streets of Thamel and surrounding area in Kathmandu because the flight only takes 30 minutes. You will spend the evening by enjoying a wonderful musical and cultural show.
Day 16: Departure or trip extension
We will bid you farewell following a traditional Nepali ceremony marking your departure. We will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, from where you will head back to your destination. You also have the option to extend your trip.
US$ 1299/ per person (price valid for minimum 2 person)
- Pickup and drop service for Airport Arrival by private car and driver.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu with complementary breakfast include
- Two way flight between Kathmandu and Lukla.
- All domestic airfare taxes.
- Trek permit TIMS ( Trekkers Security) include
- Sagarmatha National park entry permit during trekking
- Full Board Meals ( 3 meals during your trekking per day)
- Seasonal fruits following supper.
- Trekking accommodation (in lodge and tea houses).
- English speaking, first aid trained and highly experienced guides with their salary, accommodation, meal, transportation and insurance paid for.
- Assistant guide we provide above 6 people group and his expense
- One porter for every two trekkers with every cost of the porter covered by the company.
- Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag after trekking return to company
- Free Ambition Himalaya T-Shirts
- Comprehensive First Aid kit with guide
- Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]
- Pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before the trek
- Worst case rescue and medical evacuation arrangements
- International airfare and visa processing fees.
- Cost of travel not mentioned in itinerary, emergency evacuation and insurance.
- Personal nature expenses (bars and beverage bills, dessert, hot shower, drinking water, telephone, internet, laundry, titbits etc.)
- Wi-Fi and cost of other device charging.
- Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek
- Meals in Kathmandu (also in the case of early returns and late departures)
- Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section (Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
- Tips or gratitude for guide and porter
Equipment you need to bring
- Pair of trek boot, sleeping bag, down jacket, pullovers, neck scarf for evening/night/morning.
- Sun hat and casual warm clothes for day.
- Some pairs of good quality socks, slippers, suntan lotions, personal medications etc.
These are the general items and gears necessary for trekking in Nepal. The items required vary with each trek and the season of travel. Some items listed below are only necessary for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.