Everest Base Camp Hike - 12 Days

Mount Everest

Trip Overview

Everest Base Camp Hike is one of the greatest trekking experiences that a trekker can ever enjoy in his or her lifetime. This short hike to Everest Base Camp takes you to the foot of the world’s highest mountain, the highest point you can ever trek to without any technical climbing.

Walk through the ecologically rich Sagarmatha National Park, a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and traditional Sherpa villages. Learn more about the unique culture of these world-famous Sherpa mountaineers during your overnight stays at locally run teahouses.

Everest Base Camp trekking trail is dotted with Buddhist religious objects like prayer flags, prayer wheels, chortens and mani stones. Two acclimatization days at Namche and Dingboche gives you ample time to prepare your body for the tough walk to Everest Base Camp. Use these rest days to explore more villages like Kunde and Khumjung and vantage points of Everest View Hotel and Nagarjun Hill.

At Tengboche you visit one of the oldest and most important gompas (Buddhist monastery) in the Khumbu region, the Tengboche Monastery. But the main highlight of this budget Everest Base Camp Trek is the hike to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar.

Get close to the tallest mountain on earth and enjoy awesome views of 8,000 and 7,000 metre peaks, Khumbu glacier, Icefall and the campsite of the Everest expedition groups.

Everest Base Camp Hike Route

Your Everest Base Camp Hike kicks off with a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Landing at the narrow airstrip of Lukla surrounded by mountains is sure to give you goosebumps. The first day’s trek takes you to the village of Phakding. A leisurely walk and a crossing of the suspension bridge (the first of many that you will encounter) over the pristine Dudh Koshi River brings you to Phakding.

The hike to Namche proves to be tiring but you get to savor your first view of Mount Everest just you are about to enter this Sherpa capital carved on the side of a mountain. An extra day will allow you to take an acclimatization hike to the Everest View Hotel and savor grand views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Mount Everest and other peaks.

Visit the ancient villages of Khumjung and Kunde too, if you have the energy. Your Everest trekking itinerary also includes a stay at the beautiful village of Tengboche. Overlooking the beautiful Ama Dablam peak, a stay at this sacred monastic village will leave you inspired and spiritually empowered.

Spend another extra day at Dingboche before venturing to the 5,000 metres mark. A hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m) will prepare your body for the long hike to Everest Base Camp.

You make your final walk to Everest Base Camp from Gorak Shep. It’s a tough walk but filled with incredible views and moments that you will cherish for a lifetime. Celebrate your achievement once you reach EBC. Take pictures under the backdrop of the Mount Everest’s frozen walls and the magnificent Khumbu glacier and icefall.

If you make this trek during climbing season the base camp will be covered with colorful tents of expedition groups. A hike to the lookout points of Kala Patthar, the highest point of your trek at 5,550 metres, offers 360-degree views of Mount Everest, Pumori, Nuptse and Lhotse.

After enjoying these grand views, retrace your steps back to Lukla where your budget Everest Base Camp Trek ends. Savour the last views of these soul stirring mountains as you finally fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Everest Base Camp Hike Difficulty

12 Days Hike to Everest Base Camp is graded moderate to difficult. Both experienced as well as novice trekkers can do this trek provided, they are physically fit and healthy. Previous trekking and hiking experience may be favorable.

The highest point you will reach is Kala Patthar at 5,550 metres. Two acclimatization days have been incorporated in your itinerary making this one of the best Everest base Trek itineraries.

You get to rest your body for two days before reaching the higher elevations and make it back to Kathmandu after hiking to Everest Base Camp in a short period of 12 days.

Minimum, you will be walking for 3 hours on the trail and maximum 8 hours.

Everest Base Camp Hike Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1

Fly 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 2
Day 2

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10.5 km) trek

Day 3
Day 3

At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft)

Day 4
Day 4

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek

Day 5
Day 5

Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek

Day 6
Day 6

At Dingboche – 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft)
Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek

Day 7
Day 7

Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek

Day 8
Day 8

Trek 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 9
Day 9

Hike to Kala Patthar (5550m/18,209ft)
Trek to Pheriche (4,240m/13,911ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (12 km) trek

Day 10
Day 10

Trek from Pheriche to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (19 km) trek

Day 11
Day 11

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek

Day 12
Day 12

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight

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Everest Base Camp Hike

Trip Facts

  • Trekking & Hiking
  • Moderate to Difficult
  • 5,550m/18,209ft
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 1-12

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