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Get ready to experience the epic adventure journey to the world’s most popular trekking destination- the Everest Base Camp.
Mount Everest, also known as Sagarmatha, is the highest peak on the planet.
Trekking to the Everest region is to reach the top of the world literally and practically. It is more than just trekking. It is a breakthrough in everyone’s life.
The heavenly region lies in the northeast of Nepal. It is the colony of the world’s highest peak, majestic mountains, deep gorges, glaciers, and gigantic rocks.
Explore the lifestyle, culture, traditions, monasteries, and beliefs of the Sherpa people.
The journey to the Everest region begins from Lukla with a scenic flight from Kathmandu.
Everest region trek is full of Rhododendron, pine, and juniper forests; it makes the whole journey full of fragrance and enjoyment. We can even see the rare and endangered animals and birds of the higher altitude.
Trekking in the Everest region is not only to explore the mountains. It is recognized for the hospitality of the Sherpa people.
The Everest region is a combination of smooth and adventurous treks.
It comprises the easy and beautiful trek of Everest Panorama to the adventurous Mount Everest summit.
Everest region trekking makes everybody proud because being around the world’s highest peak provides a sense of achievement.
The 18-day high altitude trek to the Everest Base Camp lets you explore the Himalayas’ challenging trails, all the while presenting you with jaw-dropping sceneries of the mountains, icefalls, and quaint Sherpa villages, which are all so picturesque that it will leave your Instagram feed poppin’.
Our set of trekking guides will help you get closer to the Everest region’s local culture, all the while taking you through some of the beautiful and breathtaking sceneries of the world.
Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal
Everyone has their certain expectations of trekking to Everest Base Camp, and as much exciting and spectacular experience it is, it is also challenging. Here are some of the points that you can expect on your Everest Base Camp trek:
Your ultimate Everest Base Camp trek begins after you touch down at Nepal’s only international airport in Kathmandu, the Tribhuvan International Airport, where we will be waiting to welcome you.
We will escort you to the hotel. After you reach the hotel, we will brief you about the schedule for the day and the day after tomorrow.
The next day is to explore the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. Also known as the ‘City of Temples,’ Kathmandu has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, museums, and eateries that you need to check out.
The Kathmandu tour will commence after breakfast at the hotel. The first destination that we will be taking you to is Kathmandu Durbar Square. This Durbar Square is a series of palaces with beautiful Hindu and Buddhist shrines, courtyards, sculptures, and traditional wood carvings.
Then we will take you to the magnificent Hindu-Buddist temple, Swayambhunath (popularly known as the Monkey-Temple). You will see the full view of the Kathmandu valley while getting lost in the hymns of Buddhist chants and prayer wheels.
We will then take you to visit the Boudhanath temple, one of the world’s largest stupas.
Before heading towards the hotel, you will be visiting a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, named the Pashupatinath temple. Going to the temple in the evening to watch the aarti will be one significant spiritual experience for you.
However, if you want to do some trekking -gear shopping, we can send our tour guide to various stores in Thamel. Thamel is a great place to buy trekking gear and equipment at a significantly cheaper rate.
Today will be a busy day. After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer you to the domestic airport from where we will catch Lukla’s flight.
The scenic flight will show you the best views of Nepal’s mountain ranges like Cho Oyu, Gauri Shankar, Lhotse, and Melungtse. Now, the landing part itself is another adventure.
Also known as one of the most dangerous airports, Lukla Airport is also the busiest one in Nepal, which welcomes many trekkers coming to climb the mountains. Upon landing, you will be greeted by our trekking crew and briefed.
The first destination of the day will be Phakding. On your 4 – 5 hours of hiking, you will pass through the banks of Dudh Koshi (Milk River), named for its chalky color that emerges from the glaciers.
You will be following these river ridges through the rest of the day while hiking through many suspension bridges, tea shops, and passing by some mountain animals. The vibrant prayer flags add a spiritual touch to the beautiful view of the Kusumkang mountains.
You will finally reach Phakding after passing through the small villages of Chaurikharka and Ghat.
After staying a night at Phakding, we will begin our 6 – 7 hours trek to Namche Bazar, known as the ‘Gateway to Mount Everest.’
Our trail will continue along the Dudh Koshi River and its suspension bridges. We will pass through some rolling terrains and cultivated fields. As we incline, we will see the first glimpse of the mighty Mount Everest and Lhotse.
Right after that, we will need to walk a few hours, and we will reach Namche Bazar, where we will be spending the night.
The next day is for exploring Namche Bazar. Namche Bazar is the Sherpa capital village that has numerous teahouses, restaurants, and bars. Some shops sell groceries and even mountaineering equipment.
Namche Bazar is the last spot where ATMs are available.
The vibrant village’s sky-high cliffs and deep canyons add to the region’s scenic beauty. Since most tourists like to visit Thame, we will take you there to see the town of numerous famous Sherpas and the ancient monastery.
At Namche, you will see many animals like yak, mountain goat, blue sheep, and birds like Pheasant and griffin vultures.
After breakfast at Namche, we will leave for Phortse Tenga.
We will ascend through a beautiful rhododendron forest and cross the southern slope of Khumbila. We will stop at Moung La Pass for lunch.
After lunch, we start our downhill trek alongside the Dudh Koshi river and again start ascending through birch and rhododendron forests till we reach Phortse.
Phortse is a traditional Sherpa village, which is also a great place to encounter pheasants, tahr mountain goats, and musk deer.
After an overnight at Phortse village, we will have a short hike to Pangboche.
We will gently incline through one of Nepal’s most beautiful trails till we reach the beautiful Sherpa village, Pangboche.
We will have lunch and rest for a while. Then, we will visit the Pangboche monastery — the oldest monastery in the Mount Everest region, established by a great monk named Lama Sangwa. You can explore the monastery’s ancient sculptures, idols, carved masks, and ruins.
We will return to our hotel at Pangboche for dinner and rest.
Our eight-day will have a challenging yet scenic climb to Dingboche.
We will trek uphill alongside the Imja Khola to reach our destination.
Dingboche, the last Sherpa village in the Khumbu region, is known as the best place to rest. We will reach Dingboche just in time for lunch. After lunch, you can chill, read a book, or enjoy the views.
Today is our acclimation day. We need our bodies to rest and adapt to a higher altitude to avoid altitude sickness.
After having breakfast, we will go on a day hike to the base of NangkarTshang peak. This 3 to 5-hour hike will take us past the cliffside and reward us with a stunning view of Mount Makalu.
We will again descend back to Dingboche to rest. This way, our bodies will acclimatize more effectively.
After an early breakfast at Dingboche, we will start our 6-hours long trek to Lobuche.
We will start our walk along the incline trail towards the Pheriche valley. We will hike through alpine scrub and yak pastures.
The trail lets you enjoy beautiful views of Tawoche, Cholatse, and Ama Dablam.
After we reach Thokla pass, we start our challenging uphill trek. As we incline, we will see more magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges.
We traverse the Thokla pass till we reach Lobuche. Lobuche sits on the Khumbu glacier’s lateral moraine.
You will have your dinner and sleep here tonight.
Today is going to be the most exciting day that you had been waiting for, for so long. Today, we trek the Everest Base Camp (EBC).
We leave Lobuche after breakfast and walk along the rocky trails. We make a stop at Gorak Shep for lunch. After lunch, we continue our trek through the colorful prayer flags, marking that we are coming close to the Everest Base Camp.
All the days of intense trekking will feel ‘worth-it’ after you stand in the middle of snow-capped mountains and colorful prayer flags moving with the chilly mountain wind.
You can see the splendid views of the Khumbu icefall and meet other trekkers and mountaineers resting or some even descending from Mount Everest. It is a great place to hear the first-hand experiences of these people.
After you have had your share of experience at the base camp (i know it will not be enough), we will descend back to Gorak Shep, where we will be staying tonight.
On the other hand, if the weather shows excellent clear views, we will set out for Kala Patthar today and visit the Everest Base Camp tomorrow
After an overnight at Gorak Shep, we will hike to Kala Patthar in the early morning. However, if we visit Kala Patthar the day before, we will be going to the Everest Base Camp instead.
Kala Patthar is a big black rocky hill next to Gorak Shep that rewards every trekker with its serene sunrise view that shows panoramic vistas of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and many other peaks.
According to most trekkers, Kala Patthar has more beautiful views than the Everest Base Camp. We will let you decide about that!
After you do your share of photography and sightseeing, we will descend back to Gorak Shep again for breakfast. After breakfast, we will continue to descend to Pheriche Pass, where we will be resting today.
After eating breakfast at Pheriche– a small village in the Khumbu region, we will descend back to Deboche.
We will stop at the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic in Pheriche. We will pass through the rhododendron forest till we reach Deboche.
Deboche, our stop for the day, is a beautiful village that has an excellent religious history. We will visit the Deboche Nunnery, the oldest Buddhist nunnery in the Mount Everest region, and an ideal meditation place.
Afterward, we return to the hotel and rest.
After breakfast, we continue our trail to Namche Bazaar.
We will visit the Tengboche Monastery on the way. You can explore and learn about the monastic life at this monastery.
We will then continue walking towards Kyangjuma for lunch. After lunch, we will start our descend to Namche Bazaar. The descent will show you amazing views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam peaks.
On your descent, you will see native animals like thar, goral, and wild antelope. If you are lucky, you will see a musk deer too.
After a good breakfast at Namche Bazaar, we will start trekking down to Manjo through the Dudh Koshi valley.
You should definitely take lots of photos and take in the views of the mountains one last time.
We will stay at Phakding village today and enjoy the beautiful sunset.
We will leave Phakding and pass through the village of Ghat and Chepling to reach Lukla.
We will also pass through many small stupas and prayer flags till we trek the final hill to Lukla.
Upon reaching Lukla, you can shower and relax. You can also explore the town if you want.
Today you will fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport after having breakfast. The trekking team will drop you at the Lukla airport.
Our tour agency will be waiting at Kathmandu’s domestic airport to escort you to the hotel where you can relax. If you are not feeling tired, you can explore the streets of Thamel in the evening. Thamel is known to have excellent nightlife too.
Your last day at Kathmandu is for you to sit back and chill. You can go out for souvenir shopping or relax your muscles from all the trekking by treating yourself at the spa.
If you want to explore more of Kathmandu, we will be ready to take you around this beautiful city.
Today, you will have to pack your bags and take remarkable experiences with you to your homeland.
We will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport, 3-hours before your scheduled flight.
You need a visa to enter Nepal if you are a traveler from any country besides India.
You can get the visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You will need to present a passport of 6 months validity and a passport-sized photo. The visa fee is USD 50 for 30 days, which needs to be paid in cash. If you want to extend your stay in Nepal, you can go to the Central Immigration Office and fill out the forms and pay.
If you are a citizen of the SAARC countries or China, you will receive a free visa.
However, if you are a citizen of Nigeria, Ghana, Cameron, Swaziland, Somalia, Iraq, Palestine, Liberia, and Afghanistan, then you may not receive the visa on arrival to Kathmandu. You need to contact your local Nepalese embassy before flying to Kathmandu.
The Everest Base Camp is one of the most famous places to visit in the world. The trek itself is a lifetime journey, and the weather plays a vital role for you to get the most out of this journey.
The weather is always unpredictable at high altitudes, and here, we are talking about the most elevated trekking point in the world. Even though professional climbers and locals trek all year round, the Everest Base Camp Trek’s best time is the Spring and Autumn seasons.
Spring and Autumn seasons have clear skies from morning till evening, and there is no rainfall, making your trails easy and safe. Trekking during these times will reward you with magnificent views of the Himalayas.
The temperature will also be warm, and the nights bearable cold.
These months are the coldest and have the heaviest snowfall. Days are warmer and have clearer skies making it perfectly fine to trek to the Everest Base Camp. However, the temperature drops to -15 degrees Celsius at night, making it extremely cold to sleep.
If you are allergic to extreme cold, do not trek during these months.
March to April marks the spring season, making it one of the best times to go for a trek before the monsoon season.
The days are warm and have clear skies making it best to see the mountains as you walk the trails. These are the times when the plants start blooming in abundance.
These are also an excellent time to go for a trek because it falls between the spring and summer seasons. Due to the warm days, clear skies, and bearable cold throughout the night, the hike becomes much more enjoyable.
These months hit the peak of the monsoon season.
The Everest region faces heavy rainfall, due to which the flights to Lukla have high chances of getting canceled.
The trek is challenging but not impossible during these months.
You just need to stay cautious on the trails.
The good part is that the trails will not be crowded and you will get to see spectacular views of the waterfalls. Plus, you will also get a discount on accommodation charges.
These are yet another best months for the Everest Base Camp trek.
Most trekkers love to trek during these months because of the perfect climate. The end of rainfall clears off the clouds and dust, showing the mountains’ fantastic views under the clear skies.
The temperature rises to 20 degrees Celsius in the daytime and lowers to 5 degrees at night.
November to December is the beginning of the winter season.
Most people trek in November as the days are clear and show phenomenal mountain views. The temperature drops from December and the snowfall starts getting heavier, making it hard to trek and sleep at night.
The Everest Base Camp Trek comprises 13 nights at the best available lodges in the Everest region.
One night at Pokhara and two nights in Kathmandu (before and after the trek) is not included in the package.
On this, you can choose from a wide range of hotels according to your budget and liking.
We will be trekking over high elevations to reach the world’s highest base camp, so it is no exception to miss out on nutritious food to fuel your body. Your body needs to consist of enough carbohydrates, protein, fats, and fiber.
The package you buy will constitute 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 14 dinners throughout the trek.
Your breakfast will have oatmeal, cornflakes, muesli, toasts with jam, butter, cheese, and honey, french toasts, Tibetan bread, chapati, hashed browns, boiled eggs, or omelets, pancakes, fruits, vegetables, and hot drinks like tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.
Lunch includes Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari with poppadoms, Tibetan bread with soup, steaks, sandwiches, momos, macaroni, thenduk, fried noodles, vegetable curry, potato items, pizza, and dessert items like rice pudding and apple pie.
Dinner constitutes Dal, Bhat and Tarkari, Tibetan bread, soups, stew steaks, sandwiches, Momo, thenduk, spaghetti noodles, pasta, and potato items snacks like poppadoms and prawn crackers, and dessert items like rice pudding and apple pie.
All these food items will be fresh, hygienic, organic, and delicious. The menu list is a combination of traditional local Nepalese food, Asian and western cuisine.
Vegetarian and non-vegetarian items are included; however, we do not recommend eating non-vegetarian items on the trek as some places might not be hygienic. We also encourage avoiding dairy items, alcoholic items, and caffeinated items.
It is essential to drink at least 3 – 4 liters of water a day to keep your body hydrated throughout the trek.
You should carry a hydration bladder and use water purification tablets. You can also use a reusable bottle with a SteriPen or an inbuilt infiltration system.
If you do not have one, then you can buy sealed mineral water. They are available throughout the trail in local lodges. Mineral water’s price increases with the increase in altitude, NPR 100 / USD 1 – NPR 400 / USD 4.
Never drink water directly from flowing rivers or streams for your safety.
The 14-days Everest Base Camp Trek is challenging; but rewarding. Anyone can accomplish this trek. However, a bit of preparedness is vital to complete this challenging trip.
You do not need to have past experiences to trek. All you need is a good health condition, normal physical fitness, and most importantly, a positive and determined attitude.
These are some vital traits you need to have as you will be hiking for 4 to 6 hours each day through rocky, steep ascents and descents.
If you have a pre-existing health condition like heart, lung, or blood disease, you need to inform the agency or consult your physician before booking the trek.
Altitude sickness / Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is the most common problem that most trekkers face during the trek to the Everest Base Camp.
The AMS is preventable if immediate treatment is taken. It can be life-threatening if ignored. Thus, the Everest Base Camp trek has two rest days en route to the base camp: one in Namche and another in Dingboche.
Acclimatization is done to let your body adapt to the high altitude and avoid altitude sickness.
We need to ascend slowly, take breaks, and drink plenty of water every day.
Besides, our trekking guides are also trained in first-aid processes and are well-experienced in this sector. They will be carrying an oximeter to check your oxygen levels and will also be carrying Diamox tablets for emergencies.
If you have severe mountain sickness, you will be descended immediately.
We take your safety, security, and satisfaction as the number one priority.
For this, we carry all the required gear, equipment, and first aid kits.
Our team of leaders and guides are skilled professionals who have extensive first aid training. In case a trekker falls sick due to altitude sickness, the trekker needs to tell the trekking guide about what he wants to do, or we will decide accordingly.
If the situation is critical, a rescue helicopter will be sent to bring the trekker back from the higher elevation.
As impressive as Everest Base Camp Trek is, it is also risky due to its high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness, and other mishaps that may occur due to sudden climate change.
The Everest Base Camp is a challenging trek. Even though we put your safety as the number one priority, you need to ensure yourself with a travel insurance policy that provides coverage for all the costs of injuries or emergencies you may face during the trek.
The travel insurance policy must include the cost of helicopter evacuation and hospitalization, incase of an emergency. Also, try to choose an insurance company that provides coverage on domestic and international flight cancellations because Lukla’s weather is unpredictable, and you may face flight cancellations.
You need to provide a copy of your travel insurance certificate to the agency. Failing to present an insurance policy or even an improper insurance policy will lead to the cancelation of your trip.
The agency will be using your insurance policy information to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation in case of need.
Mobile service and internet connection are available throughout the trek.
You can get internet service at every treehouse; some are free while some charge you NRS 100/ USD 1 per hour.
If you have purchased a SIM Card (available at the airport), you can load money and use the data to access the internet.
You can also purchase the Everest Link Card, which provides fast and reliable internet service. You can buy this card in Kathmandu, Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Dingboche, and Gokyo valley.
We will contact you through the phone and update you at least once a day to make sure you have everything you need and are safe.
You will not have to worry about anything as you will be connected to Kathmandu’s travel agent for any kind of assistance during the trek.
Nepal uses the Nepalese Rupees (NPR/Rs) as their local currency.
1 USD = NRS 118.45
You can exchange your foreign currency at the local banks or the legitimate money exchange companies in Kathmandu and Thamel.
As much as Traveler’s Cheque is a secure way of transactions, the banks prefer cash exchange as it has a quick process.
You can also withdraw cash (in NRS) from many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel. When you use a foreign card, the ATM will charge NRS 500 as a processing fee, for which you can withdraw a maximum of NRS 35,000.
If you want to exchange the money at banks and financial institutions, the service charge will be imposed about 4% or more depending on the amount of withdrawal and the bank’s policies.
There are no banks or money exchanges on the Everest Base Camp trail. You need to exchange your money in Kathmandu depending on how much money you require for personal expenses.
Most of the major expenses during the trek are covered by the package that you bought. These expenses include transportation, accommodation, food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek, and permit charges.
The expenses of meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are to be paid by the clients themselves. The hotels/lodges can be booked online, or you can ask the agency to do it for you.
You will have to separate some cash for personal expenses to cover meals and accommodations in Kathmandu, Visa process fees, travel insurance premium fees, snacks/drinks/beverages during the trek, souvenirs, and tips for the trekking crew members.
We suggest you bring cash (dollars) and convert them into Nepalese rupees while you are in Kathmandu because you need to have the local currency to purchase goods and services on the Everest Base Camp trail.
Carry a minimum of USD 700 as an emergency fund.
Note that the people in the Everest region accept Nepalese currency only.
Electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available at an extra cost throughout all the lodges at the Everest Base Camp.
Most of the lodges have hydroelectricity or solar power. We suggest you bring a portable power bank, just in case.
A trekker can carry luggage of a maximum of 9kgs.
We will assign a porter to carry your luggage. If you are traveling in a group, then he will be carrying another person’s luggage too. So the combined weight of the bags would be 18 kgs.
We would not permit the porter to carry more weight than that for safety reasons.
You should carry your valuables in your backpack and bring only what is necessary. You can leave your excess baggage at the hotel or our office store for free.
It is imperative to protect our environment and not disturb any natural aspects on the trail, be it plants or animals.
Our motive is to support eco-friendly trips and leave only footprints, not garbage, on the area we visit. We also believe in limiting the use of plastic consumption as well as supporting local communities
In Nepal, tipping is an action that shows a person that you honor their work and are thankful for their assistance.
The tips should be offered at the end of the trek. There is no specific amount of how much to tip. It can depend on the service quality, length of the trip, budget, and overall appearance of the agency’s work.
We make sure that all of the Get Lost Forever team are paid well and are treated equally. Tipping them makes them feel inspired to give you all an excellent service and offer an enriching journey.