Everest Base Camp Trek – 12 Days

Trip Duration

12 Days

Trip Grade

Challenging

Highest Altitude

5,545 m

Accommodation

Lodge/Tea House

Transportation

Flight/Private Vehicle

Group Size

2-9 max

Best Season

Spring/Autumn

Everest Base Camp Trek – 12 Days Overview

In Nepal’s Khumbu region, the Everest Base Camp Trek is a well-liked trek. It leads trekkers past breathtaking mountain vistas, through picturesque Sherpa communities, and finally to the base camp of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.

 

Being the highest peak in the world with an altitude of 8,849m, Mount Everest is beautifully located between the Nepal and Tibet border in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal. The Sanskrit name for Mount Everest is Sagarmatha which means “peak of heaven”. Justifying the name gives us the vibes of heaven itself.

 

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay were the first people to reach Mount Everest’s summit on July 20, 1919. The trail passes through natural landscapes, glaciers, and stunning views of the Himalayas. Sagarmatha National Park provides excellent protection for the Everest region. Here, you can witness several endangered animals, such as the snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan tahr, wild boar, and others.

 

Apart from being amazingly beautiful Mount Everest or base camp may have some disadvantages like altitude sickness. It is most likely to have breathing difficulties when you are at such heights. Many accidents have been reported on Everest base camps and Mount Everest peak itself.

 

Everest Base Camp Trek usually takes 12–14 days to accomplish the trek, and considerable physical fitness is essential. The trek begins and concludes in Lukla, a tiny town with an airport. The journey travels via Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Gorak Shep, which are all popular stopovers along the way.

 

Awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more peaks, are visible from the trail that follows the Dudh Koshi river. The trek can be done in both teahouse and camping style. For many hikers and trekkers, it is the adventure of a lifetime.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek – 12 Days

  • Getting to the base camp of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.
  • Traveling through the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Breathtaking mountain views, including glimpses of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Mount Everest, among other peaks.
  • Witnessing the typical Sherpa way of life and passing through lovely Sherpa villages.
  • Hiking through rhododendron forests and along the Dudh Kosi river.
  • Reaching Kala Patthar’s peak, a lookout point with expansive views of the Himalayas.
  • Walk through the Hillary-Tenzing Memorial at Namche Bazaar and the well-known Hillary Bridge.

Best Time to Visit EBC

Even though EBC welcomes everyone almost all the months, still the best time to visit EBC is April to May and September to October. At this time the temperature is moderate with slight rainfall. You get the chance to see the dazzling view of mountains, clear blues skies, and snow.

 

However, if you are on a limited budget the best time for you is early winter. You can actually get cheaper accommodation and food in early winter.

 

Note: it is almost impossible to trek in mid and late winter due to extreme cold and snowfall and higher chances of avalanches.

Other Requirement

Insurance

Travel insurance is more of a mandatory thing to do before traveling anywhere. Do not forget to mention the maximum altitude you will be reaching because insurance varies and depends upon the height or elevation. You can always get more ideas about travel insurance from travel agencies or the insurance company itself. You can also get one from any travel agency.

 

Visa and passports

For all foreigners besides Indians, you will be needing a valid visa and valid passport to visit anywhere in Nepal. You can have your Nepalese visa at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu. You will also need two passport-sized photographs for trekking permits.

Packing List

Clothing and equipment 

Trekking trousers Money/cash
Trekking shocks Torch lights
Trekking boots Medicines
Waterproof pants Sunglasses
Waterproof jackets Beanies and gloves
Warm shirts and t shirts Medicines
Thermal tops and bottoms Toiletries
Underwear Wash kit
Fleece jacket Safety kit
Down jacket Hand sanitizers
Trekking pole Water bottles and water purifier
Raincoats Trash bag and tissue papers
Sleeping bags Charger/adapters
Duffel bags Power banks
Backpack Camera
raincoats Cooking gas
Cooking utensils  Passport 
Passport size photographs  Permits 

Dates of Trip

PRICE
DEPARTURE DATE
TRIP STATUS

Group Discount Prices

No. of Persons
Price per Person
1 Persons
2 Persons
3-5 Persons
6-9 Persons
10-14 Persons
15-17 Persons
17-25 Persons

Frequently Asked Questions

Temperature and weather in Everest base camp
The temperature in Everest base camp (EBC) can be extremely cold. Generally at the altitude of 5,200m which is definitely above the sea level has characterized climate called mountain plateau climate which is coldest throughout all the months. The coldest months in EBC are November-February where the temperature reaches -17 degrees Celsius. July and august being rainy seasons they are comparatively warmer. Spring in EBC i.e. (April – May) generally has the daytime temperature around 15 degrees Celsius where at night it can fall to -1 degrees Celsius. With this bearable temperature, the spring season is definitely the best time to visit EBC providing clear and blue skies, and a view of the summit. During the monsoon season (June to September) the temperature is good. At day time reaching up to 22 degrees Celsius and at night falling around 4 degrees Celsius this season seems to have a warmer climate. But due to heavy rainfall, the roads might be muddy and may cause some trouble to trekkers. In autumn the daytime temperature reaches 17 degrees Celsius and falls around -8 degrees Celsius at night. Well, winter is cold everywhere. In EBC, being the coldest season the temperature in winter (November to April) can be around -5 degrees Celsius in day time whereas, it greatly falls to -10 to -15 degrees Celsius at night. However, if you really like the cold, you can still visit EBC in early winter. In fact, you will get an amazing view of clear blue skies and bright sunshine.
Transportation
Bus-The bus is a suitable and moderately easier way to reach Lukla, especially for those who have acrophobia. They can always travel by bus or jeep to Phaplu and then trek to Lukla. It usually takes 10-12 hours of bus/jeep journey to reach Phaplu from Kathmandu. During dry seasons the bus reaches up to Khari Khola whereas in summer seasons the bus only reaches up to Phaplu because of slippery and muddy roads. Trains- since there are no trains available in Nepal this option is for people coming through northern side Tibet. There is a train facility up to Lhasa. From Lhasa, there is the easiest roadway to northern EBC. This makes the journey easier and comfortable. Airplane- the two airports here are Kathmandu and Lukla so you cannot directly fly from Kathmandu to EBC. But you can reach Lukla airport. From Lukla, you need to start a tour trek to EBC. It takes around 35-40 minutes and costs you 15000-19000 NRS from Kathmandu to Lukla. Helicopter- Helicopter allows you to visit and return to Kathmandu in a very short time. It takes 4 hours to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla, it takes 40-45 minutes to reach the base camp or Kalapathar. You can reach 17,700 feet (5,400m) by helicopter and enjoy views from your window seat. However, the price is very expensive around 150$ for one way. But this may differ depending on the size of the group.
Accommodation and food
Accommodations- accommodations are basic yet comfortable in EBC. In fact, you can get a friendly environment staying on the teahouses, made and run by Sherpa. They are basically small lodges with small rooms. Teahouses- here, Rooms are usually provided with twin sharing beds and small tables. They also provide a clean mattress, bedsheet, and pillow with a warm blanket. You can also use your sleeping bag for additional warmth. They have one common dining room to eat and also to socialize with other trekkers. Staying in teahouses or lodges may cost up to 5- 10$ (500 -1000 NRS) per night. Teahouses have proper facilities of bathroom, hot shower, and internet access. Food – food in EBC can be a little expensive as the altitude rises. Meal (dal, Bhat, curry)- 400-700 NRS (4-7$) Hot soups- 300-500 NRS (3-5$) Snacks- pasta, noodles, potatoes= 400-600 NRS (4-6$) Pizzas – 700-900 (7-9$) Veg momos -400- 500 NRS (4-5$) Tea and coffee- 100 NRS per cup (1$)
Permits and fees
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality entrance permit- this permit costs you around 2000. This was appointed on 1st October 2018 replacing the old TIMS cards, Sagarmatha national park entry permit- it costs 3000 NPR for every foreigner besides SAARC countries which is 1500 NPR (15$). Here, two passport size photographs and a copy of Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural entrance are mandatory for further processing. They can be available at the Nepal tourism board office. This is one of the important permits you need to save for further way. Additional permit for Jiri to base camp- if you are traveling through this route of Jiri you need to get an extra permit for the Gaurishankar conservation area. The permit is either available on the Nepal tourism board with a cost of 2000 or at the Shivalaya checkpoint which will cost you 4000. However, there is always a discount for SAARC country citizens.
Guide/sherpas/porters
On your way to EBC, you can meet plenty of people to ask for directions and help, for which a guide doesn’t seem much of a necessity. However, it will help you a lot with other things so you can always take one for safety. A guide will cost you 22-30$ per day. As for the porters they carry all your belongings unless they do not exceed 25 kilos. They may charge 16-20$ per day.
Communications and electronic
Being one of the popular tourist destinations, EBC has been improving in terms of facilities. There is an internet or Wi-Fi connection in EBC. Although it’s available only in a few areas it works pretty nicely. However, radios are still the primary means of communication there. Fortunately, there is good network coverage in EBC and we can communicate and use data as we wish. There is also electricity in every teahouse for us to charge our phones or electronics. However, extra batteries and power banks are highly recommended.
Safety and fitness
Honestly, Trekking to EBC is quite challenging and adventurous. You need to prepare yourself for a hike of 5-6 hours per day. You can start your exercise 1 month prior to the journey. You have to strengthen your muscles, knees, and legs for trekking. It’s not mandatory for you to be 100% fit and healthy. If you are mild to moderate sick you can still travel with your physician’s permission. But if you are severely sick it’s better to take a rest and postpone your plan. Throughout the journey, you need to stay hydrated and continuously check your oxygen level. It’s likely to suffer altitude sickness when you start climbing higher. The primary cause of altitude sickness is a decrease in the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. It’s important to carry handheld oximetry. Oxygen saturation below 75% may be a risk. The most common medication for altitude sickness is Diamox (Acetazolamide). some of the symptoms of altitude sickness are shortness of breath, nausea, tiredness, weakness, and fast heartbeats.

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