Everest Base Camp Fixed Departure Trek

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Area: Namche, Everest Base Camp
  • Trip Style: Active/ Adventure
  • Age Group: 15+
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Booking
  • Max. Altitude: 5367m
  • Best Season: Mar-May/ Sep-Dec
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Everest Base Camp Fixed Departure Trek - Group Joining Trek to Everest Base Camp

The concept of group travel is growing day by day in our modern society. To minimize the tour cost and unnecessary hassle from many different operators, this Everest Base Camp Fixed Departure Trek is the best choice for Everest Base Camp trekkers. Sublime Trails gives you a guarantee to operate your trip when you book a fixed departure.

With the Everest Base Camp Fixed Departure Trek, you can book accommodation in Kathmandu on your own choice to meet your expectations. We don't push our valuable customers to stay within our choice of hotel. Rather, we let you choose your hotel according to your own budget. You can stay in a 5-star hotel or budget hostel according to your choice. During the Everest Base Camp Trek, the level of accommodation and meals are similar for all types of travelers. You will stay in a clean and comfortable lodge and eat hygienic food.

Our guides are great at handling different types of groups with varying outlooks. They have worked with people of many nationalities. For this reason, they are very competent to manage all kinds of groups.

We have designed this itinerary to suit all types of trekkers by including two acclimatization days in Namche and Dingboche. We have included all the hidden gems and viewpoints around the Everest Base Camp. We take you to museums, monasteries and other cultural monuments. All these things are included in the package cost.

Everest Base Camp Fixed Departure Trek Highlights

  • Step food on the base of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain 8,848 m (29,029 ft)
  • Fly above the Himalayas on a flight by plane
  • Fixed Departure and group joining available
  • Visit the Tenzing-Hillary Museum
  • Experience Sherpa culture, traditions & hospitality
  • Explore Sagarmatha National Park
  • Panoramic mountain views from Tengboche Monastery
  • Nepal’s biggest glacier - Khumbu - and longest glacier - Ngozumpa
  • Majestic view from Kala Patthar 5,545 m (18,192 ft)
  • See the school established by Sir Edmund Hillary

Food and Accommodations

During your Everest Base Camp Fixed Departure Trek, you will stay in tea houses run by the local Sherpas.  Due to the lack of road access, the tea houses may lack luxury. However, they provide you with basic accommodation and food supply. Normally, foods such as soup, noodles, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, dal bhat, fried rice, eggs, etc. are available in the teahouses. Apart from that, staying at teahouses is a wonderful opportunity to explore the lifestyle of Sherpas.

While in Kathmandu, you will be staying at the 3-starred hotel with breakfast and bed service. For lunch and dinner, you can explore various dishes available in Kathmandu.

How is the weather in Everest Base Camp and what is the best time for this trek?

The weather in the Everest region varies with the seasons.  Spring and autumn are considered to be the best seasons to do the trek. The weather is usually warm, calm, and consistent. The evenings and mornings get cold and chilly but the temperature is bearable. The views are amazing in these seasons. The landscapes and the trail look awesome due to rhododendron blooms and colorful forests.

Trekking in winter is difficult as the temperature becomes unbearably cold in the higher regions. Frequent snowfall and blizzards make the weather condition worse. Similarly, in summer, the weather is unpredictable and rainfalls occur frequently making it difficult to trek. Also, the views get obstructed most of the time.

How difficult is the trek and how should I get prepared for it?

The difficulty of Everest Base Camp trekking is strenuous. You have to walk almost 7/8 hours a day in temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius. The strenuous trips are on average 13-20 days in length. Trekking in such cold climatic conditions and for such a long period of time requires you to have a good level of physical fitness. Also, you should have some mental toughness to complete these trips.

Suggested Preparation

  • Cardio exercises include running, cycling, jogging, push-ups, and pull-ups for about 4-5 days a week for 3 months before your trip will begin.
  • You should also be involved in developing core strengths. and muscle endurance through weight training.
  • Hiking in the hills in different weather conditions will be good preparation for this trip.
  • If you have access, kayaking will also be a very good way to develop the strength and endurance required for this trip.

How many hours should I walk each day?

You should not rush to get to the destination while doing this trek. As altitude sickness is a major risk in the Everest region, you should trek slow and steady. You can walk up to 6-7 hours a day but as the altitude increases, it becomes more difficult to walk. While returning, you can get to Lukla in just three days of walking as there is no risk of altitude sickness. Make sure you acclimatize properly while trekking in the higher region. If your body shows any signs of altitude sickness you should stop right there or descend some altitude. 

Trek Route

Everest Base Camp Fixed Departure Trek starts from Lukla. You will trek to Phakding, Namche, and spend a day at Namche to acclimatize. You will then resume your trek to Tengboche, and Dingboche. You will again spend a day at Dingboche for a second acclimatization rest. The next day you will resume your trek to Lobuche, Gorak Shep, and finally to Everest Base Camp. 

You will return using a different trail. You will trek to Pheriche from Gorakshep, Phortse, and then finally to Namche. You will follow the previous trail to get back to Lukla.

Itinerary

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1:Trek to Phakding from LuklaAltitude: 2610 m
  • Day 2:Phakding to Namche BazaarAltitude: 3440 m
  • Day 3:Acclimatization Day at Namche BazaarAltitude: 3440 m
  • Day 4:Namche to TengbocheAltitude: 3860 m
  • Day 5:Tengboche to DingbocheAltitude: 4410 m
  • Day 6:Acclimatization Day at DingbocheAltitude: 4410 m
  • Day 7:Dingboche to LobucheAltitude: 4910 m
  • Day 8:Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp and Back to Gorak ShepAltitude: 5140 m
  • Day 9:Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5550 m) descent back to PhericheAltitude: 4210 m
  • Day 10:Pheriche to NamcheAltitude: 3440 m
  • Day 11:Namche to LuklaAltitude: 2860 m

Detail Itinerary

Day 1:Trek to Phakding from Lukla

  • Max Altitude2610 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

A warm welcome awaits you at Lukla. The trekking expedition begins on the trial besides Dudh Koshi River. The trail follows mid-hill forest. After 3 and a half hours of walk, you will arrive at Phakding. The trek is relatively short the first day of celebrated Everest Base Camp Trekking.

Day 2:Phakding to Namche Bazaar

  • Max Altitude3440 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

The trek ascends upon the Dudh Kosi valley. You will pass through many suspension bridges. You will continue your trek until you arrive at Monjo. 2 hours of a pleasant walk will lead you to Monjo entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Your TIMS card and National Park Permit will go through authorization at the Entrance. You will have lunch Jorsale. After 3 hours of trek, you will arrive at the most popular stopover during the treks in Everest Region. Namche Bazar rewards you with the first view of Everest.

Day 3:Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

  • Max Altitude3440 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

After you ascend to such elevation gradually through your trek. Your body needs to rest and acclimatize. You will have your first acclimatization day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. The air gets thinner, as the gain in altitude is gradual. Trek will commence slowly and steadily. You will have enough so that we get enough time to acclimatize on the route to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17598ft).

Day 4:Namche to Tengboche

  • Max Altitude3860 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Today, you will hike to Tengboche from Namche. You will start your hike through the ridges by the hillside. You will have spectacular views of Mt. Thamserku 6,608 m (21,680 ft), Ama Dablam 6,812 meters (22,349 ft) and Mt. Kusum Kangaru 6,367 m (20,889 ft). The trek is straight through the hillside for over an hour. You will descend to the river valley gradually and have your lunch. Later on, you will ascend through the subtropical forest and to Tengboche. Tengboche provides a dramatic view of Mt. Ama Dablam(6,812 m\22,349 ft) as well as the other great mountains that surround the beautiful Tengboche Monastery.

Day 5:Tengboche to Dingboche

  • Max Altitude4410 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

The morning view of Mt. Ama Dablam(6,812 m\22,349 ft) is even more spectacular. You will enjoy your breakfast with a delicious view. You will resume your trek with a short descent. You will walk past sublime treeline spread across deserted hills. After 30 mins of a hike, rocky stern trails will fill up your shoes. You will cross Sherpa villages like Shomare and Pangboche. You will finally reach Dingboche for an overnight stay after walking for 5-6 hours.

Day 6:Acclimatization Day at Dingboche

  • Max Altitude4410 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Now that you have ascended to the altitude above 4400m/14435ft, you will rest for the day. This is due to the fact that such a high altitude demands that you spend a day acclimatizing to the low air at such an altitude. Besides, this is also an exciting way to charge up your body after somebody aches you might have with trekking for the past days. Passing the day will be easier for you as the astonishing view from Dingboche will leave you breathless. Hence, you will have one more acclimatization day.

Day 7:Dingboche to Lobuche

  • Max Altitude4910 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Today, you will go to the Everest Base camp. Doing so, you will get to an altitude of close to 5000m/16, 404ft. You will have an amazing 2 and a half hour hike uphill. You will reach Dughla at this point for your lunch. The trail will be demanding from here. Your strenuous walk will take you to a higher altitude. You will ascend slowly and steadily. You will arrive in the region of Khumbu. Walking further through the rocky terrains will lead you to Lobuche(4910 meters).

Day 8:Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp and Back to Gorak Shep

  • Max Altitude5140 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

You will hike alongside the Khumbu glacier to Everest Base camp. The walk is approximately 2 and a half hours long. The hike is slow paced and easy this day. You will explore glacial areas in Everest Base Camp. You will enjoy the Great Himalayas during today’s trek. After the exploration of Everest Base Camp, you will return back to Gorak Shep for lunch.

Day 9:Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5550 m) descent back to Pheriche

  • Max Altitude4210 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

You will start your trek on black rock hills shortly after breakfast. Kalapathar lies just above Gorakshep. The trail is a straight uphill climb for almost 2 hours. The hike could be difficult for most. It gets really windy around this part of the region. Prepare yourself with warm clothes. The summit of Kalapatthar rewards you the splendid views of Mt. Everest (8848m /29000 ft). The unobstructed Mt. Pumori is a blessing and looks great at close up.

Day 10:Pheriche to Namche

  • Max Altitude3440 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

You will retrace your hike back to Namche. You will begin your trek down to Orsho and continue the trail further on to Pangboche. You come across smaller bridges and jungles. You will descend to Tengboche. A steep walk down will lead you to Phungi Tenga. The trail will lead to a high ridge above the Dudh Koshi River. You will continue your trek over many turning. You will finally arrive at Namche for an overnight stay.

Day 11:Namche to Lukla

  • Max Altitude2860 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

The trek back to Lukla (2840m/9200 ft) from Namche will take about six and a half hours. Your trek will continue to descend and gradually ascend this day. After your arrival at Lukla, Your Everest Base Camp Trek will officially end. You will stay at Lukla for the night.

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What's Included

  • Meals: 
    11 Breakfasts, 11Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • Accommodation: 
    Tea house accommodation along the way for 11 days
  • Guides and Porters:
    One guide and assistant guide between 6 people 
    1 porter for two people (A porter can carry up to 30 kg)
  • Entry Fees and Permits:
    Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Fee
    TIMS Card
  • Miscellaneous: 
    Down jacket, a Sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after the trip
    Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
    All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
    First Aid service in case of minor injuries
    Salary, food, and accommodation for guides and porters

What's not Included

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reason
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

Additional Information

Safety and Security in Everest Base Camp Trek

Undoubtedly, Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the safest and most secure treks in Nepal.

We at Sublime Trails ensure your complete safety and security throughout your trek. We'll provide nutritious meals, cosy lodgings, first aid care, and, if necessary, helicopter evacuation to every client joining the Everest Base Camp fixed departure trip with us.

The rapid rescue, availability of helicopters, decent lodges for overnight, experienced trek guides, and supportive locals in the Everest region makes it one of the safe places to hike.

The trekking routes are well managed throughout, making it easier for trekkers to navigate. Also, the decent trekking routes at most places make the hike comfortable.


Altitude sickness and it’s prevention

Everest Base Camp sits over 5364 metres. Likewise, the places like Kala Patthar and Gorak Shep are above 5,000 metres. The hiking route starts from 2,600 metres at Lukla and takes you through gradually increasing altitudes.

Altitude sickness develops as the oxygen level decreases past 3,500 metres altitude. At such places, trekkers feel issues with breathing, headaches, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, and others. There's no denying these symptoms appear to most trekkers, faint to some and severe to some. Even if you get some signs, you must immediately report the issues to your trek guide. They'll give you proper medications to overcome these issues.

There are ways with which you can escape altitude sickness issues. First, you must drink plenty of water and eat adequate meals daily. It is recommended that you must drink 100 ml of water every 30-minute interval during the trek. Also, you must drink Oral Rehydration Solutions with water. Alcohol and coffee are not the best drinks because they develop dehydration. Besides these, you may take the Acetazolamide tablet before starting the high-altitude hike from 3,000 metres.
 

Travel Insurance

We request you buy decent travel insurance covering helicopter evacuation and emergency hospitalisation costs.

Everest Base Camp Fixed Departure Trek runs for 11 days. Even if it's not that long, you may encounter some health issues and risk of altitude sickness. At such times, you may need helicopter evacuation and decent hospitalisation.

At such times, to call a helicopter, travel insurance will be the only option. The cost of the Everest Base Camp Fixed Departure Trek package doesn't include helicopter and medication costs. Hence, you must have one decent insurance document to compensate for those events.

Sublime Trails only purchases insurance for trek guides and porters. We recommend some travel insurance agents in Nepal from where you can buy transient travel insurance.
 

Guides and Porter’s Health Safety

A trip is successful only when the trek guides and porters are 100% fit and safe. To commit to the guide and porters' safety, Sublime Trails ensures the safety of trek guides and porters.

We employ trek guides who are capable of handling first aid situations and also can tackle the obstacles in the route. Also, they come with excellent navigation skills to take you through the best way possible.

In extreme situations, we also offer helicopter evacuation and medication facilities to our trek guides. Also, we buy insurance for them to ensure better health and proper care during emergencies.
 

Baggage and weight limit for porter and airlines

If you can carry your backpack, you can have it yourself. But you need a porter if you can't hike carrying a bag.

A porter can be shared among two trekkers, and a porter's combined weight is 30 kg. If your backpack crosses 15kg individually, you must hire a porter; as such, we don't pay the cost for you. The price you pay for this package only includes one porter.

For airlines, you can carry most of 15 kg, with a weight of 10 kg luggage and 5 kilograms on hand carry. You must pay the additional fare per the airline's guide for weight more than this.


Flight delays and transportation 

Since you'll be flying to Lukla, the weather at Lukla often changes with no notice. In such instances, the flight gets delayed, and you have to wait in the airport for hours.

We run Everest Base Camp Trek with fixed departures in Spring and Autumn. These two seasons are best known for the clear weather, ideal temperature, best scenery, snow-filled mountains, and more. In these times, the possibility of flight cancellation is infrequent. But, due to increased air traffic, flight delays happen frequently.

Spare one or two days as buffer days to cope with flight cancellations if it happens.

For transportation, you'll get airport drop and pickup service from us. During the trek, you'll fly to Lukla and Kathmandu.
 

Diversity of flora and fauna

Everest region is home to 118 exotic birds, making it an ideal bird-watching hub. Coloured Pheasants, Robins, Red-headed bullfinch, Himalayan White-Browed rose-finch, Warbler, and others.

Rare animals like Snow leopards and red pandas live inside Sagarmatha National Park. You'll witness the most common mammal, Mountain Mouse, at most places. Besides, Himalayan Tahr, Musk Deer, and Marten make Everest region home.

You must know that hunting and harming animals in this region is strictly prohibited. Even when you see these animals, you mustn't disturb them.
 

Respect to local cultures

Sherpa, the Everest region's inhabitants, has a diverse culture, festivals, and core social values. These people follow Buddhism and hence, practice and celebrate the religion.

The festivals like Mani Rimdu, Lhosar, Buddha Purnima, and some Hindu festivals are celebrated mainly by locals. Many Everest region trekkers plan their trip to Everest, especially during these festivals. 
 

Tip to trek guides and porters

At the end of the Everest Base Camp fixed departure trek in Lukla, you must tip your guide and porters. The fee is not standard, but you must pay USD 15 per day for the direction and USD 10 to porters daily.

It's not just a tip you give to them; you also provide them with motivation and a gesture of companionship. Through thick and thin throughout this trek, guides and porters also work hard to take you to the base camp and make the trip successful.
 

Essential documents for Everest Base Camp fixed departure trek

There're a few important documents that you must carry for various reasons. Below are some crucial documents you shouldn't miss in Everest Base Camp Fixed Departure Trek.

  • Passport and a few copies of it.
  • A valid Nepali Visa
  • Passport size photos for permits and various purposes.
  • Copy of travel insurance
  • Contact information
  • Covid-19 vaccination card


Backpack items for Everest Base Camp trek with fixed departure

The backpacking list for this trek includes but is not limited to the following.
 

Wearables

  • Trekking pants, fleece, sleeves

  • Down jacket, sleeping bag

  • Running shoes, trekking boots

  • Water and windproof jackets, trousers

  • Thermocoat, thermal inners

  • Inner wears, underwears
     

Skin care products

  • Lip balm, vaselines, lotions

  • Sun block creams

  • Moisturiser


Gadgets

  • Camera, binoculars

  • Mobile devices

  • Additional pair of batteries 

FAQs

  • No, the ATM services are not available in the Everest region. You should carry cash along with you while trekking. It is better to carry Nepali currency as it is the only currency accepted in most of the places.

  • Minor injuries and problems are handled on the spot by our guides and team members as they are well experienced and trained to deal with such things. In case of emergencies, helicopter evacuations are available. However, you need to make sure your insurance covers such expenses.

  • Yes, some of the teahouses have wifi services available. However, you need to pay an extra price for that. You can use the data provided by Ncell and Ntc the other time. The Everest Wifi is also available in this region.

Clients Reviews

5.0based on 7 reviews
  • Nirveli
    NirveliMay 13, 2022
    TripAdvisor

    Refreshing & Inspiring Everest Base Camp Trek

    I want to write this review to share my experience of Everest base camp trekking I did last week. It was one of the best times of my life. The 12 long days of walking on Everest trail surely was joyous. My guide Mr. Ajit was fantastic at guiding and also taking cool photographs. He made my trip very engaging by constantly chatting with me and with the whole team.
    The Kala Patthar hike in the morning was good. It was cold but the sightseeing from there was worth my trip. Only bad thing that happened was the sun burning on my shoulder and ear. But they will go in weeks. I want to thank Mr. Ram Khadka for organising this trip on a fixed departure. He also gave us tshirts from his company. They were cool. The trip was cool.
    I love Nepal and can’t wait to be back soon.

  • Josh Sa
    Josh SaMay 07, 2022
    TripAdvisor

    12 days long trek on legendary Everest trekking trails

    It was a perfect trek for me. I had previous trekking experience with Sublime Trails. I had
    done Langtang Valley trek with them in 2018.
    This time, I wanted to seek adventure by booking Everest base camp trek with them. Their
    style of operating the tour is what fascinates me to join their experienced team. Guide
    Ganesh was a super cool person. He was also an equally talented photographer.
    Accommodations, food, and hot showers were satisfactory in this trek. Also, my porters were
    super frank. Though they couldn’t speak English, their smiles always kept me motivated.
    Final thoughts, amazing Everest tour. I thought I would complete the Gokyo Lake trek with
    them next year. I want to explore the Everest region to the fullest.

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