15 Trek Routes to Everest Base Camp

Tengboche Monastery

Several trek routes are running along with Sherpa settlements in the Everest region that guides you to the Everest Base Camp. EBC Trek was ranked the fourth-best treks in the world by a leading travel guide book, Lonely Planet in June 2020. Undoubtedly, Everest Base Camp Trek elevated at the altitude of 5,364m (17,598ft) from sea level is a great opportunity to glance at Sagarmatha (Nepali name for Everest).

Among many choices, to begin with, most of the routes to Everest Base Camp mostly initiate from Lukla. Lukla arrives once you land in Tenzing-Hillary Airport situated at the height of 2,840m (9,318ft) from sea level. Tenzing-Hillary Airport is the sole airport present in the Khumbu region, so it is also called the gateway to the Everest. The flight to Lukla takes place either from Kathmandu airport or from Ramechhap airport in Manthali. However, to reach Ramechhap airport, one requires an on-road drive from Kathmandu for about 4 to 5 hours.

Other substitutes to the Everest base camp apart from routes through Lukla are Phaplu and Jiri. The classic routes that begin from Phaplu and Jiri are not much popular like that of the route beginning from Lukla. Reaching Jiri and Phaplu requires a four-wheeler drive from the capital city Kathmandu for about 7 to 8 hours.

On the other hand, trek routes with helicopter tours have gained more popularity in recent days. An Everest Base Camp helicopter tour is suitable for those who are on a short holiday. Moreover, helicopter flyover also grants an extra benefit of enjoying everything from a bird’s eye view which would be impossible through a walking view.

Whether the EBC trek routes start from Lukla, Phaplu, or Jiri, all trek routes to EBC has to pass through Namche Bazar. Also, the trek route that incorporates helicopter tour passes through Namche. Most of the treks to EBC include Namche Bazar as its first stopover for acclimatization. Namche Bazar situated at an altitude of 3,440 m (11,286ft) is the most active trade hub for the Sherpa and Tibetans.

From Namche Bazar, the trek route runs via traditional Sherpa villages like Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche. Walking through these villages is a great insight into Tibetan influenced Sherpa culture. Additionally, the trek routes offer fascinating views of forests, rivers, and various mountains. Finally, the day you get to enjoy the beauty of gigantic mountains from Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, your trek will feel complete.

Fifteen Trek Routes to Everest Base Camp

Our various packages for EBC are designed with special consideration of features about the routes and needs of the trekkers. Depending on the routes taken and other added attributes like a luxury, helicopter tours, the duration of these packages ranges from 5 to 18 days. To facilitate your decision on choosing the best-suited routes for you, we have listed and briefly explained below 15 different routes to undertake EBC trek.

1. Everest Base Camp Hike – 12 Days

Trip Facts:

πŸ’  Grade: Moderate to Difficult
πŸ’  Walk Hour per day: Minimum- 3 hours, maximum- 8 hours, average- 6 hours
πŸ’  Acclimatization: Two days in Namche and Dingboche

Everest Base Camp Hike-12 days trek starts and ends in Lukla. The hike from Lukla runs along the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and beautiful mountain sceneries. Including two days for acclimatization, you will need to hike for 8 days to reach Kala Patthar. Getting back to Lukla from there will occupy 3 days.

The view of Everest, the tallest mountain on earth from Kala Patthar is the main attraction of this 12 days trek. Furthermore, it’s also an excellent chance to enjoy remarkable 360-degree views of 8,000 and 7,000-meter peaks like Lhotse Pumori, Ama Dablam, and Nuptse. The beauty of Khumbu glacier, Icefall, and the Everest expedition campsites during peak seasons are other complementary garnishes in the trek.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft), Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek
Day 2Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10.5 km) trek
Day 3At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft)
Day 4Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek
Day 5Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Day 6At Dingboche – 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft)
Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek
Day 7Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek
Day 8Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft)
Visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek
Day 9Hike to Kala Patthar (5550m/18,209ft)
Trek to Pheriche (4,240m/13,911ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (12 km) trek
Day 10Trek from Pheriche to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (19 km) trek
Day 11Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek
Day 12Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight

2. Everest View Trek – Visit EBC and Gokyo Lakes by Helicopter – 5 Days

Trip Facts:

πŸ’  Grade: Easy to Moderate
πŸ’  Walk Hour per day: maximum- 6 hours, minimum- 3 hours, and average- 5 hours
πŸ’  Acclimatization: One day in Namche Bazaar

Everest View Trek – Visit EBC and Gokyo Lakes by Helicopter trek package is a beautiful blend of trekking and helicopter tours. A helicopter ride is such a blessed opportunity to admire the best views of the Himalayas.

After landing in Lukla airport on the first day, this 5-day trek begins as you walk across the DudhKoshi River and reach Phakding. The second day, the plan would be to walk via pine and rhododendron forests towards Namche Bazar. After acclimatizing in Namche for a day, a helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar from Namche will offer you an aerial view of the Everest Region.

A short break in Kala patthar will be a moment to cherish and engrave in your heart forever. Additionally, the view of pristine Turquoise blue Gokyo Lake surrounded by those gigantic mountains from above looks unbelievable.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft), Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek
Day 2Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (10.5 km) trek
Day 3At Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft)
Day 4Heli tour of Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft)
Gokyo Lakes (4,790m/15,715ft) and Return to Lukla
Day 5Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight

3. Everest Base Camp Trek- 13 days

Trip Facts:

πŸ’  Grade: Moderate to difficult
πŸ’  Walk Hour per day: minimum- 3 hours, maximum- 8 hours, average- 6 hours
πŸ’  Acclimatization: Two days in Namche and Dingboche

Everest Base Camp Trek starts from Lukla and continues via Dudh Koshi River. Passing through lush pine forests via Phakding village leads you to Namche for acclimatization. After acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar, you continue the march towards Tengboche along with lush rhododendron and birch forests. Dingboche will be another stopover for a day that also involves a short hike to Nagarjun Hill at 5,100m. A hike to Nagarjun is a good opportunity to have impressive photography.

Passing through Thukla and Lobuche villages is a close insight into Sherpa culture. Various icons like prayer flags, monasteries found along the way represent Buddhism. On a ninth day, you then trek to Gorak Shep and visit Everest Base Camp. The next day, you hike to Kala Patthar and enjoy the 360-degree sight of the Himalayas.

After spending a pleasant time at Kala Patthar you move down to Lukla through the juniper forests of Periche and Namche. From Lukla, you fly back to Kathmandu on an early morning flight which marks the end of your trek.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft), Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek
Day 2Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10.5 km) trek
Day 3At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft)
Day 4Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek
Day 5Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Day 6At Dingboche: 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft), Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek
Day 7Trek to Thukla (4,620m/15,154ft)
Walking distance: 3-4 hours (5 km) trek
Day 8Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 2-3 hours (3 km) trek
Day 9Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft) – Visit Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek
Day 10Hike to Kala Patthar (5550m/18,209ft) – Trek to Pheriche (4,240m/13,911ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (12 km) trek
Day 11Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (19 km) trek
Day 12Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek
Day 13Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight

4. Everest Base Camp Comfort Trek – 15 Days

Trip Facts:

πŸ’  Grade: Moderate to difficult
πŸ’  Walk Hour per day: minimum- 2 hours, maximum- 8 hours, average- 5 hours
πŸ’  Acclimatization: One day in Dingboche

This Everest Base Camp Comfort Trek plan starts and ends in Kathmandu. After landing in Tenzing- Hillary airport, your walk starts from Lukla along Dudh Koshi River and proceeds to Namche Bazar via Phakding village.

Further, enjoying the sight of mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, and Makalu this comfort trek goes on via Khumjung and Phortse. Khumjung village displays an ancient monastery with a Yeti scalp.

We acclimatize in Dingboche and also go for a short walk to beautiful Nagarjun Hill which offers 360-degree views of the Himalayas. Further, we march towards Gorak Shep through Sherpa villages in Thukla and Lobuche. Elevating more from Lobuche, we arrive at Everest Base Camp through Gorak Shep. You will enjoy the view of Khumbu Glacier and Icefall during a walk through Gorak Shep.

The view of Everest looks more stunning from Kala Patthar, so you walk again until Kala Patthar arrives. In Kala Pathtar, you will splurge in the amazing view of mountains and relish nature’s magic. To get back to Lukla, you need to descend via the settlements of Tengboche, Phakding, and Namche. Your comfort trek ends when you get back to Kathmandu from Lukla via a flight.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft), Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek
Day 2Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10.5 km) trek
Day 3Trek to Khumjung (3,780m/12,399ft)
Walking distance: 3-4 hours (5 km) trek
Day 4Trek to Phortse (3,810m/12,497ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek
Day 5Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (10 km) trek
Day 6At Dingboche – 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft) – Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek
Day 7Trek to Thukla (4,620m/15,154ft)
Walking distance: 3-4 hours (5 km) trek
Day 8Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 2-3 hours (3 km) trek
Day 9Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft) – Visit Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek
Day 10Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft) – Trek to Pheriche (4,240m/13,911ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (12 km) trek
Day 11Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (9 km) trek
Day 12Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (10 km) trek
Day 13Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (10.5 km) trek
Day 14Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Walking distance: 3-4 hours (8 km) trek
Day 15Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight

5. Shortest Everest Base Camp Trek – 9 Days

Trip Facts:

πŸ’  Grade: Moderate to difficult trek
πŸ’  Walk Hour per day: minimum- 4 hours, maximum- 8 hours, average- 6 hours
πŸ’  No acclimatization day included

Shortest Everest Base Camp Trek does not have any days separated for acclimatization. Because there is no any acclimatization in this package, this 9 days trek is more physically demanding than other treks with ample acclimatization. So, it is suitable only for those who have had many trekking experiences and are used to high altitudes.

The Shortest Everest Base Camp trek starts and ends in Lukla. Passing through the Sherpa settlements like Phakding, Namche, Pangboche, Thukla, and Tengboche, it gives you an immense delight of learning their culture and traditions. The routes via these settlements have many representations of Buddhism like ancient monasteries, mani walls, prayer wheels, and prayer flags.

Kala Patthar standing at the altitude of 5,550m (18,209ft), is the highest elevation on this trek route and is known as the best viewpoint of the giant mountains. Your journey then ends when you arrive back from Kala Patthar to Lukla.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft), Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight and 3-4 hours (8 km) trek
Day 2Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10.5 km) trek
Day 3Trek to Pangboche (3,930m/12,891ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (14 km) trek
Day 4Trek to Thukla (4,620m/15,154ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek
Day 5Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft) – visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking distance: 8-9 hours (15 km) trek
Day 6Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft) – Trek to Pheriche (4,240m/13,911ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (12 km) trek
Day 7Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (19 km) trek
Day 8Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek
Day 9Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Duration: 35 minutes of flight

6. Everest Base Camp Trek and Return by Helicopter – 9 Days

Trip Facts:

πŸ’  Grade: moderate to difficult trek
πŸ’  Walk Hour per day: Minimum- 5-6 hours, maximum- 7-8 hours, average- 6 hours
πŸ’  Acclimatization: Two days in Namche and Dingboche

Everest Base Camp Trek and Return by Helicopter combines the foot walk from Lukla to Kala Patthar and helicopter trip return to Lukla from Kala Patthar. This 9 days route begins with a helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Once you reach Lukla, the trail holds through the route following the DudhKoshi River towards Phakding village. The next day, your walk continues towards Namche Bazar, your first acclimatization spot.

From Namche Bazar, you walk past Tengboche village along with the lush pine and rhododendron forests. Dingboche will be your second place for acclimatization. During your stay at Dingboche, you can have an acclimatizing hike to Nagarjun Hill to see the beautiful panoramic view of the scenery.

Again, the next day, your journey to EBC through this route continues in the rugged trails via Lobuche; along with the astonishing views of the Himalayas Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam.

On the 9th day, you will hike to Kala Patthar, the best viewpoint of Everest. After embracing the beauty of the mountains from the closest possible distance, you return back to Lukla via a helicopter flight. During the helicopter ride, you will have the chance to savor the incredible charm of the Everest region. From Lukla, you will be taking a flight back to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) by Helicopter, Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Duration: 45 minutes Helicopter flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek
Day 2Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10.5 km) trek
Day 3At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft)
Day 4Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek
Day 5Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Day 6At Dingboche – 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft)
Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek
Day 7Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek
Day 8Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft) – Visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek
Day 9Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft), Return by Helicopter to Lukla and onward to Kathmandu
Duration: 2-3 hours (3 km) trek,1-hour Helicopter flight

7. Everest Base Camp Short Trek – 10 Days

Trip Facts:

πŸ’  Grade: Moderate to difficult trek
πŸ’  Walk Hour per day: Minimum- 3 hours, maximum- 8 hours, average- 6 hours
πŸ’  Acclimatization: Not included

Everest Base Camp Short Trek is most feasible for those who have much experience in trekking at high altitudes or who can adjust quite well even in a thin air area. Without an important acclimatization process, there are high chances of acute mountain sickness at such heights.

Take an exciting flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla lies in the lap of mountains and Himalayan cliffs. Your trek begins from Lukla following the trails along the forest line beside the Dudh Koshi River. Before reaching Namche, you will first pass through a Sherpa community Phakding.

As there is no acclimatization in this package, you continue to walk towards Tengboche and reach Dingboche. Tengboche and Dingboche are both rich in Buddhism icons like monasteries, mani walls, prayer wheels, and prayer flags. If you are lucky you will also have the chance to listen to soulful Buddhist chants playing in the Tengboche monastery. From Dingboche again, the route follows the path to Lobuche and Gorak Shep. Be blessed with a closer view of mountains like Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, Tawache, Lhotse, and other peaks.

Once you reach Kala Patthar after one more hike day, the sparkling mountains will reward you for all the hardships. After savoring the beauty of Himalayas lined up you retrace your way back to Lukla via Pheriche and Namche Bazar. Your trip then ends with a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft), Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek
Day 2Trek from Lukla to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10.5 km) trek
Day 3Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek
Day 4Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Day 5Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek
Day 6Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft) – Visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek
Day 7Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft) – Trek to Pheriche (4,240m/13,911ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (12 km) trek
Day 8Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (19 km) trek
Day 9Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek
Day 10Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight

8. Phaplu To Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Days

Trip Facts:

πŸ’  Grade: Moderate to difficult trek
πŸ’  Walk Hour per day: Minimum- 4 hours, maximum-8 hours, average- 6 hours approx
πŸ’  Acclimatization: Two days in Namche Bazar and Dingboche

Phaplu to Everest Base Camp trek commences with a drive from Kathmandu and completes with a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Unlike other standard trek routes, this trek takes a different path. You get to arrive at Namche only after walking three days through villages; Nunthala, Buspa, Surkhe, and finally through Phakding. These appealing villages are full of pine forests and cow pastures and agricultural farms.

After you reach Namche Bazaar, your walk starts to take the usual route through the banks of Dudh Koshi River. Along the paths via Sherpa villages like Lobuche, Tengboche, and Dingboche, you will have the chance to meet many other trekkers moving on both directions. You will also meet many Sherpas and Tibetans descending and ascending in the trail for trade purposes.

After heartwarming sights of Mount Everest and various other mountains from Kala Patthar, your descend walk back to Lukla begins. Moreover, the sun rays hitting the sparkling mountains will be a moment for you to boast about for a lifetime.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu (2,413m/7,915ft)
Duration: 8-9 hours (270 km) drive
Day 2Trek to Nunthala (2,330m/7,643ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (12 km) trek
Day 3Trek to Bupsa (2,070m/6,790ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (14 km) trek
Day 4Trek to Surke (2,290m/7,512ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (14 km) trek
Day 5Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (15 km) trek
Day 6Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (15 km) trek
Day 7At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft)
Day 8Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,661ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Day 9Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Day 10At Dingboche – 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft)
Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek
Day 11Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek
Day 12Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft)
Visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek
Day 13Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft)
Trek to Pheriche (4,240m/13,911ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (12 km) trek
Day 14Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (19 km) trek
Day 15Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek
Day 16Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight

9. Short Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Flight – 8 Days

Trip Facts:

πŸ’  Grade: moderate to difficult trek
πŸ’  Walk Hour per day: Minimum- 4 hours, maximum-8 hours, average- 6 hours
πŸ’  Acclimatization: Two days in Namche Bazar and Dingboche

This short Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Flight voyage begins as you fly to Namche via a helicopter ride. In Namche, you can buy gears if you may have missed bringing along some and maybe buy a few snacks as well.

After acclimatization in Namche for a day, your next day starts with a walk from the trails of Tengboche village. From Tengboche, you will hike to Dingboche and will acclimatize there one more day. Again, continuing the hike through rocky trails, you pass via other Sherpa villages; Lobuche, and Gorak Shep.

The housing and culture of the Sherpa villages are an excellent representation of Sherpa’s, and Tibetan’s way of life. All over the way, impressive figures of the mountains are always welcoming. Your most awaited day comes into reality when you hike to Kala Patthar from EBC.

Be ready to consider yourself as the happiest person on earth while you gaze at the giant snowcapped masses from Kala Patthar. Savoring the beauty of the Himalayas, from a bird’s eye view, come back from Kala Patthar to Lukla via a helicopter flight. Returning Kathmandu from Lukla via a flight marks the end of your trek.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Fly Kathmandu to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) by Helicopter
Duration: 50 minutes Helicopter flight
Day 2At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft)
Day 3Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek
Day 4Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Day 5At Dingboche – 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft)
Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek
Day 6Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek
Day 7Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft)
Visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek
Day 8Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft)
Return by Helicopter to Lukla and onward to Kathmandu
Duration: 2-3 hours (3 km) trek,1-hour Helicopter flight

10. Mount Everest Base Camp Trek Return to Lukla by Helicopter – 8 Days

Trip Facts:

πŸ’  Grade: Moderate to difficult trek
πŸ’  Walk Hour per day: Minimum- 2 hours, maximum-8 hours, average- 5 hours
πŸ’  Acclimatization: Two days in Namche Bazar and Dingboche

Mount Everest Base Camp Trek and Return Helicopter begin from Lukla. To reach Lukla, you will first need to take a half-hour flight from Kathmandu. The 8 days trek incorporated with helicopter return has double benefit; picturesque observation of the surroundings while on a walk and in-flight view of the entire exquisiteness. It is not a very exhausting trek as you have two days for acclimatization and also you get to return from Kala patthar to Lukla without having to walk.

You will walk past various Sherpa settlements like Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, and Lobuche through steep paths. Tengboche monastery is a very important place that you should not miss to visit. As you walk through suspension bridges whilst watching colorful prayer flags flaunting in the wind, many peaks approach closer to make you feel truly blessed.

A demanding march over the Khumbu Glacier signifies that you are now closer to Kala Patthar. Once to reach Kala Patthar, immerse in the magnificent views of those magical mountains and fill your memory card with plenty of pictures. From Kala Patthar, the helicopter flight will escort you back to Lukla. From Lukla again, you will need to catch a flight, to get back to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek
Day 2Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10.5 km) trek
Day 3Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek
Day 4Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Day 5At Dingboche – Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft)
Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek
Day 6Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek
Day 7Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft)
Visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek
Day 8Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft)
Return to Lukla via Helicopter and Regular flight to Kathmandu
Duration: 2-3 hours (3 km) trek, 50 minutes flight

11. Everest Luxury Lodge Trek Return Lukla by Helicopter – 9 Days

Trip Facts:

πŸ’  Grade: moderate to difficult trek
πŸ’  Walk Hour per day: Minimum- 3 hours, maximum-8 hours, average- 5 to 6 hours
πŸ’  Acclimatization: Two days in Namche Bazar and Dingboche

Everest Luxury Lodge Trek with a return by Helicopter is a luxurious trek that completes in just 9 days. Your journey starts from Kathmandu via a flight to Lukla. From Lukla, the trek advances via a Sherpa rural community; Phakding before you arrive at Namche. Namche will be our first stopover for acclimatization. Enjoy the first sight of mountains from Namche, wander around the market, and discover the nearby villages.

After an acclimatization day in Namche, you walk past Deboche village through pine and rhododendron forests. Passing Deboche, you ascend towards your second acclimatization spot; Dingboche. In Dingboche, you can have a hike to Nagarjun Hill to see the closer panoramic view of the Himalayas like Ama Dablam, Makalu, and Lhotse.

Further, we walk past Lobuche and Gorak Shep to reach Everest Base Camp. To get the clear view of Everest, you need to hike even above the Everest Base Camp; to Kala Patthar. Stand at Kala Patthar and stare at the beauty of such a wonderful outlook of the mountains as if you are the most fortunate being in the globe.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek
Day 2Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10.5 km) trek
Day 3At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft)
Day 4Trek from Namche Bazaar to Deboche (3,820m/12,539ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Day 5Trek from Deboche to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Day 6At Dingboche – 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft)
Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek
Day 7Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek
Day 8Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft)
Visit Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek
Day 9Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft)
Return to Lukla via Helicopter and Regular flight to Kathmandu
Duration: 2-3 hours (3 km) trek, 50 minutes flight

12. Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek – 12 Days

Trip Facts:

πŸ’  Grade: Moderate to difficult trek
πŸ’  Walk Hour per day: Minimum- 3 hours, maximum-8 hours, average- 6 hours
πŸ’  Acclimatization: Two days in Namche Bazar and Dingboche

Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek is the package we offer that seeks to provide the best possible lodge facilities throughout the trek. This 12 days trek begins and finishes in Kathmandu. On the first day, you land at Lukla airport via an early morning flight from Kathmandu.

After breakfast in Lukla, you will walk towards Phakding through the roaring River, Dudh Koshi. Resting for a night in Phakding, you will walk towards your first acclimatization spot; Namche. In Namche, you can stay at Everest view hotel that serves the best hospitality. Enjoy the free day in Namche and watch beautiful sceneries from the hotel. The day can also be spent exploring the neighboring villages like Khumjung.

The next day, your walk heads on along pine trees to Dingboche via Deboche. At Dingboche, you will stay for the second acclimatization, which is a very important process. While staying at Dingboche, a short hike up to Nagarjun Hill is a good option to utilize the leisure day.

Everest Luxury Lodge Trek continues towards EBC through Lobuche and Gorak Shep. On the 9th day, you hike to Kala Patthar and immerse in the glory of mountain ranges. Moreover, the snow glimmering with sun rays looks jaw-dropping when seen from Kala Patthar.

From Kala Patthar, you will then retrace the trail back to Lukla through the settlements of Periche, and Namche. On the last day, you will fly back to Kathmandu via a flight from Lukla.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek
Day 2Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10.5 km) trek
Day 3At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft)
Day 4Trek to Deboche (3,820m/12,539ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Day 5Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Day 6At Dingboche – 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft)
Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek
Day 7Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek
Day 8Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft)
Visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek
Day 9Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft)
Trek to Pheriche (4,240m/13,911ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (12 km) trek
Day 10Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (19 km) trek
Day 11Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek
Day 12Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight

13. Everest Base Camp from Jiri – 18 Days

Trip Facts:

πŸ’  Grade: Moderate to difficult trek
πŸ’  Walk Hour per day: Minimum- 4 hours, maximum-8 hours, average- 6 hours
πŸ’  Acclimatization: Two days in Namche Bazar and Dingboche

Everest Base Camp from Jiri is an alternative route against the usual standard route that typically starts from Lukla. It begins with a bus ride from Kathmandu to Bhandara via Jiri. From Bhandara, you will walk across Sun Koshi River enjoying the glance of Ganesh Himal, Lantang, Lakpa, Dorje, and Gauri Shankar mountains.

Hiking for three days via Sete, Jun Besi, and Nunthala is necessary before arriving at Buspa. The village trails connecting Bhandara and Buspa present you with scenic landscapes, terraced farmlands, and some animal farms as well. Additionally, Lamjura La pass and Trakshindo la pass makes this route more exciting.

Again, from Buspa, you will have to walk alongside pine, maple, birch, and rhododendron forests and pass through Surke to reach Phakding. On the way to Phakding, the trail ascends to Khari La pass and descends to Puiyan followed by a walk through Chaurikharka.

After acclimatization at Namche, your trek will follow along the trails towards Tengboche and Dingboche. Again, after daybreak in Dingboche, you ascend to Everest Base Camp via Gorak Shep. The mountains, glaciers, Icefalls, Buddhist monasteries, flags, and many more along the trails to Gorak Shep are remarkable.

We head towards Everest Base Camp from Gorak Shep to spend some blissful moments. Again from EBC, we hike to Kala Patthar at the height of 5,550m (18,209ft). Standing at the altitude of 5,550 m will be a moment to celebrate. The splendid view seen from Kala Patthar will reward you for the patience you kept during your walk from the beginning. From Kala Patthar, a downward march to Pheriche and Namche will bring you to Lukla. The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu on the 18th day marks the end of Everest Base Camp from Jiri Trek.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Drive from Kathmandu to Bhandara (2,190m/7,184ft) via Jiri
Duration: 7-8 hours (220 km) drive
Day 2Trek to Sete (2,575m/8,446ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (12 km) trek
Day 3Trek to Jun Beshi (2,670m/6,790ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (14 km) trek
Day 4Trek to Nunthala (2,330m/7,643ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (12 km) trek
Day 5Trek to Bupsa (2,070m/6,790ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (14 km) trek
Day 6Trek to Surke (2,290m/7,512ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (14 km) trek
Day 7Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (15 km) trek
Day 8Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (15 km) trek
Day 9At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft)
Day 10Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,661ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Day 11Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Day 12At Dingboche – 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft)
Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek
Day 13Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek
Day 14Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft)
Visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking Distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek
Day 15Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft)
Trek to Pheriche (4,240m/13,911ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (12 km) trek
Day 16Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (19 km) trek
Day 17Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek
Day 18Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight

14. EBC Trek and Fly Back Lukla By Helicopter – 10 Days

Trip Facts:

πŸ’  Grade: moderate to difficult trek
πŸ’  Walk Hour per day: Minimum- 3 hours, maximum-8 hours, average- 5/6 hours
πŸ’  Acclimatization: Two days in Namche Bazar and Dingboche

EBC Trek and Fly Back Lukla by Helicopter trek start with a picturesque flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Start marching from Lukla through the thundering river Dudh Koshi towards Phakding village. After one night stay in Phakding, you proceed towards Namche Bazar through lush forests and suspension bridges. Namche, a busy market of the Khumbu region will be your first acclimatization location.

On the 4th day, your hike from Namche will continue towards Dingboche through the village of Tengboche. The sight of tall mountains like Ama Dablam, Everest, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Kusum Kanguru looks enthralling from trails of Tengboche. Having an acclimatizing hike to Nagarjun Hill while in stay over at Dingboche provides you with a good opportunity to observe panoramic scenery of the Himalayas.

On the 7th day, you leave behind Dingboche and proceed to walk towards Everest Base Camp through Lobuche and Gorak Shep. On the 9th day, your activity involves an early morning hike to Kala Patthar to see the full-fledged vista of the radiant Everest and other peaks like Pumori, Nuptse, and Lhotse. From Kala Patthar, you will then return to Lukla via a helicopter flight.

The aerial views from up above the air during the heli ride while returning Lukla are sure shot unbeatable against any other experiences. Your trip comes to an end when you return to Kathmandu from Lukla via an early morning flight.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek
Day 2Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10.5 km) trek
Day 3At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft)
Day 4Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek
Day 5Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Day 6At Dingboche – 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft)
Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek
Day 7Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek
Day 8Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft)
Visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek
Day 9Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft)
Return to Lukla via Helicopter
Duration: 2-3 hours (3 km) trek,15 Minutes flight
Day 10Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight

15. Kondge Luxury Trek & Heli Tour – 7 Days

Trip Facts:

πŸ’  Grade: Moderate to difficult trek
πŸ’  Walk Hour per day: Minimum- 3 hours, maximum-7 hours, average- 5 hours
πŸ’  Acclimatization: One day in Namche Bazar

Kondge Luxury Trek & Heli Tour begins with a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu that offers you with an extravagant insight of the gorgeous mountains. From Lukla, the trek heads to Phakding through a descending path along the Dudh Koshi River. Namche Bazaar will be our next day target and also acclimatization spot which can be utilized by an exploration of nearby villages. A short hike can be made to the Everest View Hotel to watch the panoramic view of the mountains.

The journey then continues to Thame; a village with a beautiful illustration of Sherpa culture and Buddhism. The monasteries, mani walls, small Sherpa houses while walking to Thame will serve as a beautiful photo background.

The 5th and 6th days are occupied by a hike to Kongde and Farak Ri respectively. Farak Ri 5,000 m (16,505 ft) is going to be the highest elevation you will step on the 7 days luxury trek. Appreciating the unbelievable views of the mountains from these spots are beyond any explanation.

From Farak Ri you get back to Lukla via a panoramic helicopter ride. Your luxurious trek ends as you return Kathmandu via flight from Lukla. Thus, even though you don’t reach the Everest base camp in this package, the amazing bird’s eye view from the helicopter viewpoint ride is fully compensating.

Outline Itinerary:

DayActivities
Day 1Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek
Day 2Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10.5 km) trek
Day 3At Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft)
Day 4Trek to Thame (3,820m/12,539ft)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (8.5 km) trek
Day 5Trek to Kongde (4,250m/13,940ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (10 km) trek
Day 6Hike to Farak Ri (5,000m) and Late afternoon Heli flight to Lukla
Day 7Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight

Everest Base Camp Trek Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of questions that go into preparing for an Everest Base Camp Trek. Here are few most frequently asked questions answered for your:

When is best time to visit Everest Base Camp?

The Spring season (March to May) and the autumn season (September to November) are the finest time to embark on this trek. The minimum and maximum temperature of the Everest region during spring is -10Β° C (14 F) F and 15Β° C (59 F) respectively (approx). And in autumn, the temperature ranges approximately from -10Β° C (14 F) to 19Β° C (66.2 F). Both spring and autumn seasons possess clear weather. Thus, clear weather contributes to an unobstructed view of the mountains and other sceneries.

While some trekkers who prefer solitude come to undertake EBC trek in the summer/monsoon season (June to August). In the summer season, flora and fauna begin to flourish in their preeminent form. But, the leeches during monsoon are not a very pleasant bonus. The temperature in the Everest region during summer ranges from 5Β° C (41 F) to 20Β° C (68 F).

Besides, if you can bear extreme cold at night up to -60Β° C (-76Β° F) and desire for a challenging snow walk, the winter season (December to February) is okay as well. Though, very few trekkers arrive Nepal for EBC trek during winter.

How difficult is EBC Trek?

As the paths are steep on most routes, the journey to EBC is not a cakewalk. We grade the trek to EBC as β€œmoderate to difficult”. The EBC journey starts from Kathmandu from the altitude of 1,400 m (4,593 F). In most of the routes, the trek begins from Lukla at the altitude of (2,840m/9,318ft). The maximum altitude en route to the EBC is (5,550m/18,209ft) at Kala Patthar.

To complete the EBC trek, one does not require having technical expertise such as climbing or athletic running. So, any experienced and non-experienced person can undertake the trek to EBC. In other words, it is a realistic goal for a healthy person with basic preparation and willpower who can walk 5 to 6 hours a day.

Thus, with a track of professional supervision by the guide, and a properly operating plan with high prioritization for acclimatization, reaching completing the EBC trek is achievable.

How to Avoid Altitude Sickness in Everest Base Camp Trek?

The experience of altitude sickness during the Everest Base Camp trek differs for each person. It is almost impossible to predict to whom altitude sickness might occur, as it sometimes may affect even to experienced climbers.

Symptoms of altitude sickness generally occur within 6 and 24 hours after getting to altitudes above 2,500m (8,202 F) from sea level. Common symptoms of altitude sickness are shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, and tiredness.

SO, walking at a steady pace, properly planned acclimatization, taking some medicines if required, and being hydrated are the key measures to beat altitude sickness. Additionally, constant communication with the guide is also very vital. Informing the guide instantly as soon as you sense the occurrence of any altitude sickness symptoms assists the guide to undertake immediate measures.

How to Train for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Conquering the EBC trek does not require technical skills like that of a mountain climber. However, walking to high altitudes can be physically demanding. So, before doing this trek, we advise you to start doing some preparedness to attain physical stamina in advance.

To attain physical stamina, some movements such as short hikes or light gym exercises, squats are helpful. These kinds of physical movements are useful to strengthen your legs. Similarly, aerobic exercises like jogging and swimming are also very beneficial for improving oxygen circulation in the body.

Everest Base Camp Trek Permit Costs

Each trekker undertaking a trek to Everest Base Camp needs to purchase two permits; 1) Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, and 2) Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit can be acquired from the Nepal Tourism Board’s Office in Kathmandu or at the park entrance in Monjo which costs NRS 3000 (USD 30 approx). The SAARC countries’ citizens are liable to pay only NRS 1500 (USD 15 approx) for the permit. The process of acquiring these two permits requires the submission of a filled out permit form and a copy of your passport. Once you reach Lukla, the rural municipality counter provides Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit which costs NRS 2000 (USD 20 approx). The better way is to get both permits at once in Monjo entrance.

And trekking to Everest Base Camp from through routes of Jiri requires an additional permit for Gaurishanker Conservation Area Project Entry as well. Nepal Tourism Board’s office in Kathmandu issues the permit for NRS 2000 (USD 20 approx).

Food and water during EBC Trek

Mineral water bottles are readily available for purchase throughout the EBC routes. Also, trekkers can get bottled, boiled, and filtered water at most of the teahouses in the routes. You can also fill your bottle from the streams and waterfalls found along the trails. But whether you fill the water from a natural spring or borrow from the teahouses, water purification before drinking is much essential.

Throughout the Everest Base Camp trek routes, the teahouses have a menu with varied choices. For breakfast, the teahouses mostly offer toasts, eggs, potatoes, cereal, or porridge with tea/coffee. And with regards to lunch and dinner, the menu includes usual Nepali meals like Dal-Bhat (rice, lentils, and curry or meat).

Other common foods available in the teahouses are burgers, pizza, bakery cakes, dumplings, and noodles. Moreover, people with special dietary preferences like gluten intolerance or vegan foods receive very generous service in the teahouses.

Nonetheless, we advise all trekkers to have vegetarian food during the trek because digesting meat products may not be easy at high altitude for all. Also, the meat available there are not always fresh.

Accommodation

In concern with the accommodation in the EBC trek routes, rooms with attached bathrooms and free hot shower are available at lower elevations such as Namche. Beyond Namche, as the routes start to elevate at a higher altitude, the lodges have basic facilities only; bed, shared washroom, and a common sitting, and dining area.

Therefore, in the EBC trek, accommodation is available in non-insulated rooms with thin walls. The bed is arranged with a mattress, pillow, and a blanket. So, layering a sleeping bag and a pillow liner is better for two reasons; hygiene and temperature may fall during the night.

EBC Trek gear and packing list

Equipment like a comfortable pair of trekking boots, down jacket, windproof jacket, thermal underwear, and inners, walking stick, a comfortable backpack are very much essential.

You can bring all the required gear by yourself that could be useful for other future treks as well. Otherwise, gears are also available on rent in Kathmandu at a reasonable price of around USD 2 to 5 per equipment/clothes.

In EBC trek routes, it might get warm while walking at day and the temperature may gradually fall in the evening even during summer. Thus, wearing layered clothes is a good idea so that you can easily layer or un-layer clothes according to the change in temperature while walking in the trails.

Communication and electronic devices

We recommend you carry fewer electronic devices during the EBC trek; most possibly just a phone and a camera. If you have brought laptops or heavy tabs, you can store those back safely in Kathmandu’s hotel.

Charging facilities are available at tea houses in the low altitudes all over the EBC trek routes. However, the facilities may be less as you ascend because the power may cut off occasionally. Nevertheless, many teahouses have now begun to depend on solar-generated electricity. In some places, you may also expect to pay a little amount for charging devices.

Concerning communication, the Sim-card can be easily available once you reach to Nepal. The data internet works well up there in the EBC routes, though the internet might lag in poor network areas. Wi-fi services are also available in the lodges, although some lodges may charge you for it.

What if the Lukla Flight Gets Canceled?

In winter and rainy season there are chances of delay or cancellation of the Lukla flight due to foggy weather. If canceled, the next day’s flight will be available as the weather clears up. If canceled for many days, we still have a non-flight route that starts from Jiri or Phaplu. Another option in case of flight cancellation is to charter a helicopter ride to reach Lukla.

So it is advised that you allocate one or two more days as leisure in case you need to compensate for the lost days due to flight discrepancy.

Besides, trek options to other regions like Annapurna, Manaslu and Langtang can also be promptly planned instead of Everest Base Camp trek.

Handling Emergencies

Medical facilities are indeed fewer in the EBC trek routes. But, all our certified guides are first aid trained. Thus, if any emergencies occur, our guides will handle it well. Moreover, the guides carry a set of medical kits. Also, few local health centers are available in the villages along the trek where you can monitor your oxygen level in the body.

For instance, if a trekker needs to descend due to altitude sickness, then it is the topmost priority of the guide to assist in doing so. If any serious scenario occurs, evacuation by helicopter from any spot throughout routes is possible. Therefore, while trekking to EBC, it is imperative to buy travel insurance with a policy that covers the medical evacuation to the height of 6000 m (19685 ft). The cost of helicopter evacuation, of course, can be claimed later but with a genuine reason presented.

Conclusion

No matter what route, what means you use for the trek!! You can get to the mountains anyway and the mountains have such magical power to throw spells on you. Besides, despite being a non-living element, mountains manage to appear so vivacious! Come visit Nepal, trek to the Everest Base Camp to fall in love with the mountains. Feel the chills down your spine, and earn the right to brag about this awesome experience for life.

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Naba Raj Amgai

Naba Raj Amgai, stepped into the world of travel and tourism in 1996.

Beginning his journey in the tourism industry as a humble Porter Guide to founding hospitality establishments and an adventure travel company, he has come a long way.

In a career spanning more than two decades he has achieved more than anybody dreams of achieving. Along with his professional achievements, his selfless contribution towards his community and society has won him a lot of accolades and praises.

Having dedicated more than two decades in the tourism and hospitality sector, he has amassed a wealth of experience.

After passing high school, he began helping out some trekking guides and was soon recruited as a porter guide at a reputed trekking agency. Within a short period of time he was individually guiding clients across the well-known trails of the Himalayas.

He went on to lead tour groups on multi-country tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Being a part of mountain climbing expeditions familiarised him with expedition logistics and operations. Later on he went to become the Executive Director and took over the reins of Operations, Sales and Marketing departments. Spending several years in the tourism field has made Naba Raj Amgai a destination expert.

Travelling is his passion and he has been to many countries across the world – USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Holland, Germany, Austria and many parts of Asia.

His journeys to different parts of the world have enriched his travel experience and knowledge. This experience has been instrumental in planning and organising successful trips for several clients.

As of today many reputed trekking agencies, hotels and restaurants are under his leadership. A dynamic and proactive leader, he continues to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life.

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