Everest Base Camp Trek - 15 Days

Highlights

  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu and scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • The spectacular mountain scenery of the most iconic peaks in the world, including Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse
  • The trek takes you through the heart of the Sherpa community, who are known for their mountaineering skills, and their rich cultural traditions 
  • You'll have the opportunity to visit local villages, interact with the friendly Sherpa people, and learn about their way of life
  • A great opportunity to test your physical and mental limits and push yourself to achieve something truly rewarding
  • Reach the base camp of Mount Everest, the lap of the highest mountain in the world
  • Trek takes you through a variety of ecosystems, from lush forests to high alpine meadows
  • Witness the stunning view of Khumbu Icefall and hike to Kala Patthar

Mount Everest base camp trek is an unforgettable adventure that takes you to the foot of the world's highest mountain. Located in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal, the trek takes you through beautiful and diverse landscapes, including lush forests, rolling hills, and glaciers. 

As you make your way up the mountain, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains, including Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), Everest (8,849 m), Lhotse(8,516 m), and Nuptse (7,861 m). 

There are many Everest base camp trek packages out there, and selecting the right one to fit your necessities determines the trek experience for you. Our travel consultants help you pick the best Everest base camp trek package, so get in touch with us. 

The Everest base camp trek 15 days explores the riches of Sagarmatha National Park. You spend nights in beautiful Sherpa villages while trekking and get to see their lifestyle.

The Everest base camp trail offers breathtaking landscapes. You will be walking through lush rhododendron forests. The trail crosses numerous hanging bridges and walks past waterfalls, terraces, streams, & glacial moraines. 

Best Everest base camp trek 2023 itinerary 

The trek starts in the city of Kathmandu, where you'll meet your guide and embark on a short flight to Lukla (2,860 m), the starting point of the trek. From there, you'll follow the route to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), a bustling town that serves as the gateway to the Everest region. From Namche, you'll continue on to Tengboche (3,860 m), Dingboche (4,410 m), and Lobuche (4,940 m), where you'll have the opportunity to visit local monasteries and learn about the culture and traditions of the region.

You take acclimatization days in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche villages. The acclimatization hikes take you to Hotel Everest View (3,962 m) and Nagarjuna Hill (5,100 m). On the way to Lobuche, you'll walk on the glacier to cross Dughla pass (4,920 m) and further follow the Khumbu Glacier moraine. The later part of the trail to Gorak Shep (5,164 m) steeply ascends. Gorak Shep is the last settlement area before the Everest base camp (5,364 m). 

The trail from Gorak Shep to EBC is trodden and slippery. Once you reach EBC, a stunning panorama of Khumbu Icefall will blow your mind. After spending some time at the base camp, descend to Gorak Shep to spend the night. The next morning hike to Kala Patthar (5,644 m) and retrace the trail back to Lukla via Pheriche and Namche Bazaar. 

Everest base camp trek difficulty 

The trek to Mount Everest base camp is physically demanding, as you'll be trekking at high altitudes and covering a distance of approximately 130 km over the course of the trip. However, the experience is well worth the effort, as you'll get to experience the stunning beauty of the region and the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing such a challenging trek. Beginner trekkers can do the Everest base camp trek with us without any worries, as we offer full support during the venture. 

Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness risk is always there during the Everest base camp trekking, however if you adopt precautions, you can complete the trek without any sign of it. 

The Everest base camp 15 days begins at 1,400 meters in Kathmandu and goes to Lukla at 2,860 meters on the first day of the journey. Over the next few days, you will be ascending over 5,000 meters twice, one at Everest base camp (5,364 m) and another at Kala Patthar (5,644 m). 

Given the altitude gain, the risk of altitude sickness is given, but with our best Everest base camp trek itinerary that has ample acclimatization days, you will be less likely to get any symptoms. 

We walk slowly and take all the opportunities to rest & recover during the trek. Similarly, our mountain guides take care of the group in case of any medical need. 

Preparation

To prepare for the Everest base camp trek, it's important to be in good physical shape and to acclimatize to the high altitudes. You should also make sure to pack appropriate clothing and equipment, including warm layers, waterproof gear, and good-quality hiking boots.

You can go on hiking and regular long walks. Likewise, if you go gym, then strength training along with cardiovascular training will prepare you for the trek. Also, buy your trekking boots early and get used to them. 

Book Everest base camp trek 2023 spring/autumn departure

The trek to Mount Everest base camp is an unforgettable experience that combines physical challenges with cultural immersion and breathtaking natural beauty. Whether you're an experienced trekker or a first-time traveler, this trip is an opportunity to push yourself to new heights and discover the beauty and majesty of the Himalayas.

We have opened our booking for the Everest base camp trek 2023 spring & autumn departures. The booking process is quite simple, and you can reserve a seat in a few seconds using our package page. We also tailor-make the Everest base camp trek itinerary.

If you want to make the trek short or add a distinct element to it, then combine a helicopter return from Kala Patthar. We have an affordable price range for groups. Also, these are some of our other famous trekking packages in the Everest region- Everest panorama trek, Gokyo Lake trek, Three high passes trek, Pikey Peak trek, and Everest base camp helicopter tour.

Itinerary
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On your arrival, we'll welcome you at the airport and take care of your luggage. Our team will drop you at the hotel and inform you about the program later in the day. We haven't planned much on your arrival day apart from welcome dinner. You will spend the evening mingling with the locals and other travelers in the bustling streets of Thamel.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 1300m

We have one full day in Kathmandu, enough to prepare for the Everest base camp trekking and explore some monuments in the city. So, the morning begins with a delicious breakfast and later a guided excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The tour guide will tell all about the monuments and their importance. 

Explore the local market called Ason at the end of the tour and come back to Thamel. After lunch, in the late afternoon, we meet in the Nepal Pioneer Treks office. We meet with the guide and discuss the trek. Then we'll proceed with packing and making sure all the documents are ready for the journey.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Max. Altitude: 1300m

Our Everest base camp trek begins today. We take a morning flight to Lukla airport, the head of the trail. This flight is very famous because of the scenic view and landing on a short runway. At Lukla, the porters join the team, and we begin descending to Phakding village. Our first night stop is Phakding, located a couple of hundred meters below Lukla, which allows us to acclimatize. 

The trail from Lukla goes along the Dudh Koshi river. We walk through alpine forests and cross a few suspension bridges on the way. We'll also walk past a few small villages before making it to Phakding. Here, we get to see beautiful views of Kongde Ri and Kangtega.

 

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 2840m

The next stop of our trek is the famous Namche Bazaar. From Phakding village, the trail ascends through the lush forests of rhododendron and magnolia all the way up to our destination of the day. We take a small break at Monjo village and register our permits before walking past this village. The Sagarmatha National Park begins from Monjo onwards. We cross a long suspension bridge, known as Hillary bridge, and follow a bit of a steep trail up to Namche Bazaar towards the end.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 3440m

We’ll take a rest day in Namche Bazaar. It is for acclimatization, very important. In the morning, we planned a hike to Hotel Everest View at 3,962 m (13,000 ft). This hike is not so easy but lets you witness the first glimpse of Mount Everest along with several snow-capped mountains like Thamserku, Chamlang, Kwangde, Kongde Ri, Lhotse, Nuptse, etc. 

We can continue the hike to one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu region, Khumjung monastery, if we feel like hiking further. After the hike, we'll return to Namche Bazaar to spend the remaining day and night. Take your time to visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Explore the souvenir shops and cafes in the village.

 

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 3962m

The trail ascends to Tengboche village on this day. We go over 3,500 meters. Leaving Namche Bazaar, we walk on the downhill trail to Phungi Thanga. From here, it is a long ascend to the Tengboche village. We can see snow-capped mountains while trekking. The Tengboche village will welcome us with a fantastic panorama of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Lhotse. 

We can see green and brown hills all around us. This village houses the Tengboche monastery. It is the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. We will visit the monastery later in the day to get a blessing from the monks.

 

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 2870m

The trail continues to Dingboche village on this day. From Tengboche, we descend and reach Deboche village. The trail goes through lush rhododendron and pine forests to Pangboche village. Further, crossing a bridge over the Imja river, we ascend to the summer valley of Khumbu region, Dingboche village. The trail walks past terraced and farming fields. The mountain panoramas are extraordinary today. We'll find ourselves closer to the giants.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 4410m

The second acclimatization day we’ll spend in Dingboche village. We'll hike to Nagarjuna Hill early in the morning from where outstanding views of Cho Oyu, Makalu, Everest, Cholatse, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Taboche, etc, are seen. After the hike, we'll return to Dingboche village to spend the remaining day and night. Explore the village and spend time with locals.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 5100m

With every passing day, we are very close to the Everest base camp, but the terrain and the environment both gradually get harsh. Now we are above the treeline totally. Today, the trail also involves glacier walking, so brace yourself. Leaving Dingboche village, we ascend to Dughla. The trail further goes through the Khumbu Glacier moraine to Lobuche village. The surrounding view of the village is phenomenal.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 4940m

The big day is here. We trek to Everest base camp today. First, the trail ascends to Gorak Shep, the last settlement area before EBC. From Gorak Shep we navigate through the steep rocky path to Everest base camp. The base camp of Mount Everest is marked with a huge rock, and we can see tents of numerous climbing groups in the peak season. We will spend some time at the base camp enjoying our moment there and later descend back to Gorak Shep to spend the night.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 5364m

We have an early morning hike to Kala Patthar. We deserve to have one last heavenly look at Mount Everest and the Himalayas before we trek back. And, Kala Patthar is just the place from where we get to catch a glorious sunrise and the surreal panorama of the eastern Himalayan mountains of Nepal. After the hike, we return to Gorak Shep and keep trekking toward Pheriche. The trail retraces its way back to Lobuche village, crossing Dughla. From here, we drop down to Pheriche village.

Note: If you do not wish to retrace the trail back to Lukla and shorten the trip, you can combine a helicopter return from Gorak Shep. We have the best helicopter return in the market for both private & group flights.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 5550m

Today, we have a long way back to Namche Bazaar. The trail goes through villages like Orsho, Somare, Pangboche, and Tengboche. We will walk through terraces and lush rhododendron forests, enjoying the beautiful landscapes.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 3440m

We leave Namche Bazaar early in the morning and trek back to Lukla. We got another long day ahead of us. The trail steeply descends and goes through dense forests, crossing many suspension bridges and remote villages on the way. From Phakding, it is an uphill walk up to Lukla.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 2840m

The trek ends here, and we fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. The flight will be fabulous, especially the takeoff. Once we reach Kathmandu, the team will escort you to the hotel, and you have the entire day to rest, explore, and shop. In the late evening, for the very last time we’ll meet again over the farewell/celebratory dinner of the group.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude: 1300m

Pack your stuff and get ready to leave the hotel. Our airport team will pick you up from your hotel and drop you at the international airport for your flight back to your home.

  • Meals: Breakfast
Route Map
Everest Base Camp Trek - 15 Days Map
Includes/Excludes
Includes
  • Two nights accommodation in Kathmandu with twin sharing at tourist standard hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
  • All Ground and air transportation. Pick up and drop.
  • Full board meal 3 times a day (B+L+D) during the trek days including tea & coffee (served in a cup).
  • English speaking trekking guide who has been authorized by the Nepal government and necessary number of porters (According to the group size) with their insurance, salary, accommodation, and meals.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Cultural show. (Ethnic music and dance)
  • All the necessary official documents, TIMS Permit, Trekking Permit, etc.
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets if necessary.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking Route map.
  • Insurance of Guide and Porters.
  • All required local and government tax.
Excludes
  • Nepal Visa fee and International flight.
  • Meal except for Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea/coffee, snacks, battery re-charge, laundry service, hot shower etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guide and porters.
  • Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control.
  • Monument entrance fees.
Price and Availability
Date AvailabilityPrice 
Start DateFeb 27, 2024End DateMar 12, 2024StatusAvailablePriceUS$1500

Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 Days departure date

We ( Nepal Pioneer Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd ) prefer to provide fixed departure trek, tour and expeditions in all himalayan region of Nepal. If you are single and prefering with a group, you can join our fixed departure schedule. If the schedule dates are not comfortable because of your time, please contact and let us know. We always happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals or group doesn’t want to join with our other group, we can organizeand provide personalized service as per your need, wish and requirement. We arrange the trip according to our clients need, wish and interest.

Please check our available date.

Additional Information

Everest Base Camp trek best time

When deciding on the best time to visit the Everest region for the Base Camp trek, it is important to consider your personal preferences and the type of weather you prefer. The most popular time to trek is during the spring months of March to May, when the weather is generally clear and dry, with warm days and cool nights. The rhododendron forests are also in full bloom during this time, creating beautiful scenery. 

Another suitable time to trek to EBC is in the autumn months of September to November. Autumn also has stable weather conditions with crystal clear views and a low chance of precipitation. The climate remains pleasant, neither too hot nor too cold. Also, autumn is the festival season, so you may get a chance to be part of some of the biggest celebrations in the country. 

Everest Base Camp trek accommodation

Our accommodation during the Everest base camp trek is basic lodges along the trail. Trekkers spend nights in twin-shared rooms. The package cost covers basic accommodation, so please do not have high hopes. You will get a clean and comfortable room at the end of the day to have a good night's sleep. 

If you want to upgrade your accommodation, then let us know in advance. The Everest base camp trail also has luxury lodges with great services and many modern amenities. 

The washroom in the basic lodge is usually shared. It can be a squat toilet or a western-style one. Single rooms will cost you additional money, and you have to request them at the time of booking. The services offered in the lodges are pretty basic. 

Meals

Food is generally available along the entire route of the Everest Base Camp trek and is typically provided by the tea houses or lodges where you stay overnight. Most lodges offer a set menu of Nepali and Tibetan dishes, as well as some western options such as pasta and sandwiches. Prices for meals are generally reasonable but can vary depending on the specific location and type of dish.

Villages below Dingboche village offer a wide range of menu that includes pizza, bakery items, burgers, steak, curries, rice, porridge, soups, etc. The tea shops along the trail sell snacks and beverages, so carry some Nepali cash to buy. You can carry bars and snacks to munch while trekking. 

Group/private joining

Both group and private treks have their pros and cons, and the right choice for you will depend on your personal preferences and budget. Group treks tend to be more affordable, but you may have less control over the itinerary and may have to compromise on certain aspects of the trip. Private treks tend to be more expensive, but you'll have more control over the itinerary and can tailor the trip to your specific needs and preferences.

Group treks: Group treks are organized by trekking companies and typically include a group of travelers who are led by a guide and supported by a team of porters. These treks are a good option for people who are comfortable traveling with a group and want the convenience of having everything arranged for them.

Private treks: Private treks are tailored to the individual or group and can be customized to meet your specific needs and preferences. These treks are a good option for people who want more control over their itinerary and who may have specific interests or requirements.

Child Policy

Many parents do the Everest Base Camp trek with their children. You just have to be prepared well and follow a perfect itinerary that allows your kid to adjust and enjoy the venture. Our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary is perfect to join with kids. Moreover, we also provide an assistant guide and other services to make sure the trek goes smoothly. For more information, kindly contact us. 

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is crucial to join the Everest Base Camp trek. We ask our guests to buy travel insurance that covers emergency air evacuation to provide instant medical assistance during the trek. Not only this, but travel insurance will also come in handy in case you lose your luggage, face flight cancellation, or for medical coverage. 

There is no hospital in the Everest region, and any big injury or sickness may require air evacuation to a hospital in Kathmandu. Without travel insurance, it gets tough for us to provide air evacuation to you on time.

 

FAQs
  • Everest base camp is a moderate-difficult trek. The trek begins with a good pace and maintains it till the base camp of Mt. Everest. However, with the progress of the journey, the trail and the weather begin to get difficult. You have to be able to walk 6 hours a day while maintaining your stamina.

     

  • Everest base camp is a moderate-difficult trek. The trek begins with a good pace and maintains it till the base camp of Mt. Everest. However, with the progress of the journey, the trail and the weather begin to get difficult. You have to be able to walk 6 hours a day while maintaining your stamina.

  • The hike to Everest base camp can go from 12 days to 16 days depending upon the itinerary. The 14, 15, and 16 days itineraries are the safest and best ones because they have ample acclimatization days and let travelers enjoy the mountains & the unique lifestyle of the locals. In total, you'll cover 130 km doing the Everest base camp trekking.

  • Yes, a beginner can do the Everest base camp trek with proper preparations. Our team will help you get ready for the venture and support you through the journey. The trek will not be easy, but with your effort and hard work, you can definitely reach the base camp of the highest mountain in the world.

  • Yes, Everest base camp trekking is worth it. If you consider the journey, the experience one gets over the span of two weeks, the breathtaking mountain landscapes, and all the health benefits, the Everest base camp trek is 100% worth doing. You will have a lifetime experience trekking to the base camp of Mt. Everest.

  • For a comfortable trek, you'll need USD 1500 to USD 2200 to do the Everest base camp trek. We have a wide range of Everest base camp trek packages with different prices to fit our guest's budgets. You can get in touch with us for more information.

     

  • You have to be in sound health and fit enough to walk 6 hours a day. The terrain is uneven, with a lot of ascends & descends. Likewise, you have to adjust to the limitations of the Himalayas. Overall the trekker should have a fit body and mind to join the Everest base camp trek.

  • No, it is not hard to breathe at Everest base camp. We do not have any case till now where a trekker cannot breathe at the base camp.

  • No, you cannot sleep at the Everest base camp because there is no tea house or lodge. All you can see are the tents of the mountaineers.

  • These are the best months for Everest base camp trekking- March, April, early May, late September, October, and November.

  • Yes, as a foreigner, you'll need a passport to enter Nepal from any of its borders. Then you need your passport to get the permits to trek to Everest base camp.

Client Reviews
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    NicoleMalaysiaSep 14, 2021

    Everest Base Camp Trek

    I am Nicole from Malaysia. There is no regret in choosing Nepal Pioneer as our guide for EBC Trekking because without the help of our professional guide Mr. Binod, me and my teammates definitely won’t make it to the EBC. Throughout the journey, I got really sick and weak. Mr. Binod always stayed by my side during trekking and lend out his helping hand as much as possible to make sure that I won’t give up on this trek. Also, he always taught me to be positive no matter what and shared his trekking experience with me. Slow and steady was his quote 

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    CadenMalaysiaSep 17, 2019

    Why you should join Nepal Pioneer team Good experiences and professional tour guide Mr.Binod

    My name is Caden. Actually I was recommended by my friend who had joined couple of times EBC tour with this company. My friends and I were so glad to know Mr. Binod as our tour guide and his team that who helps us alot during trekking. They are so professional, helpful and friendly. In these 12days journey we all like a family, (bro n sis) πŸ‘ͺ they give us many supports so that we can complete our EBC trekking journey. Myself and some friends get some injured during the tour, so that slow down our movement. But Mr Binod n his team never give up us n keep giving us good support or even helping us in many ways so that we can finished our journey as estimated. It is so touching, without them I don't think my friends and I can't make it. Mr. Binod is a person that has good patient and good management for the tour. He has 23 yrs experience as treking tour guide and knowledge person, no doubt all his arrangements priority is for his customers (always customer first) and always give us many useful information and knowledge in the mountain. He also a very caring person, everytime he will make sure all of us are catch up each others. He will never ever left his customer alone in far of his eyessight.
    Besides that, we wish to thanks to Mr. Binod for the birthday celebrations arrange for my friend. So touching, we have a cake that can celebrate my friend's birthday during this tour. Many thanks to him n his team, they really make their best to us.
    Our pleasure to join his team which really give us a warmth during cold moment in the mountains πŸ”οΈ and have alot of fun with them
    All the best to Mr. Binod and his team. May God bless them always πŸ˜‡
    Any chance given, definitely I will join them again. C you all soon

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