Highlights

  • 35-minute exciting and scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla 
  • Explore the unique and vibrant Sherpa tradition and culture
  • Trek inside the Sagarmatha National Park habitat of exotic animals like Musk deer, Himalayan giant Thar and Snow Leopard
  • Stand at the foot of the world's highest mountain - Mount Everest
  • Catch an outstanding view of sunrise over Mt. Everest from Kalapatthar
  • Enjoy panoramic views of mountains like Ama Dablam, Cho  Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Lobuche, and more
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About Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek is a bucket-list trek for mountain enthusiasts all over the world. This 15-day trek gives you to once in a lifetime experience of living in the isolated parts of the Himalayas surrounded by astounding views of the mountains. This trekking package starts and ends from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and takes you up to 5555 meters at the top of Kalapatthar. 

Everest Base Camp lies inside the Sagarmatha National Park, home to many mountains higher than 8000 meters, various species of plants and animals, as well as groups indigenous to the area, like the Sherpas.  

The Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary is designed to take you through many unique villages, scenic valleys, rhododendron, oak and pine forests, and exhilerating suspension bridges over raging rivers. This trek also allows you be a part of the amazing Sherpa culture as you visit monasteries and live among the villagers to witness their way of life. With the combined effort of experienced guides and your persistence, trekking to Everest Base Camp can give you one of the best experiences of your life.

The Route to Everest Base Camp

The typical Everest Base Camp Trek starts from Lukla. You will walk towards Phakding first and trek to Namche the next day. You will take a rest day for acclimatization rest in Namche Bazaar and continue trekking to Tengboche and Dingboche the following day. At Dingboche, you will take your second acclimatization rest and continue the trek the next day. You will then trek to Lobuche and Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep will be your last stop before making the final push to Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. 

Depending on your interest, you can follow the same route to return back or take a slightly different route. If you take a different route, you will descend to Pheriche from Gorak Shep and stay at Pheriche. The next day, you will trek to Namche to Phortse.

Difficulty

Everest Base Camp Trek falls under the strenuous grade. Strenuous treks demand a high level of strength and physical fitness. That being said, people of all ages and capabilities have managed to complete the Everest Base Camp Trek without issue. Among the 15 days of trekking, you will walk for an average of 5-6 hours a day. Some days require you to walk as little as 3 hours, while other days you need to walk for about 8 hours. 

The terrain of the Everest Base Camp trekking trail varies from beginning until the end. Some routes are flat and even and you can cover up to 4 kilometers in an hour. However, some uphill climbing on the rocky stretches slow you down. The trail gets tough as you approach the Base Camp when you have to walk next to a glacier. 

Altitude sickness is another thing to be careful about during this trek. Cardio exercises, hiking, kayaking, etc. one month prior to the trip can help you prepare for the trek. 

Weather and Temperature

Weather conditions in the Everest region depend upon the season. During spring and autumn, the weather conditions are stable and calm, providing the clearest mountain views. Nights can get a bit chilly but the temperature is bearable. During the day, you can complete the trek easily with just shorts and a t-shirt on. You may need a down jacket while trekking at high altitudes and/or fleece during the evenings and early mornings. 

During winter, the days are cold and windy and nights are even colder. The temperature level drops to below freezing point. There might even occur episodes of snowfall and snow blizzard in the high altitude region. Summer trekking is also possible but the temperature drops low during rainfall and might be hot the other time. You also have to prepare for the rainy days to keep yourself and your belongings dry or waterproof.

Accommodation

During the Everest Base Camp Trek, you will have two types of accommodation. During your days in Kathmandu, you will stay at a 3-star hotel and during the trek, you will stay at tea houses. These tea houses are run by local people and provide you with minimalistic but proper services and clean beds. The room will either be private or on a twin or triple sharing basis.

Food and Water

Your hotel in Kathmandu provides you breakfast while for other meals, you are recommended to try other restaurants in the city providing amazing multi-cuisine food.

Tea houses along the trail provide food rich in carbohydrates and protein. As the trekking takes you to higher places, there will be fewer food options to choose from. For three meals, there is food like noodles, pasta, rice, vegetables, dal bhat, eggs, etc. At Lukla and Namche, you can find additional food like bakery items, pizzas, and beverages. 

Three meals, breakfast, dinner, and lunch are included in the package while you have to carry extra snacks you need like chocolates and energy bars. You can also buy some snacks on tea houses which may cost you more. Tea house where you have your meal allow you to fill your water bottles while you can refill your bottles with tap water and use the water purification pill as well.

Itinerary

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This is our regular Itinerary and most people have done this itinerary.  If you have any special request on this itinerary you can contact us. We can customize this trip with your request. If you want to make it shorter or longer or want to add some other tours with this package please mention on your email, we will work out on your request. 

Our representatives will come to pick you up at the airport upon your arrival. Then you will be transferred to a 3-star hotel. You will rest for a while and have breakfast there. You will be given a short briefing of the Everest Base Camp Trekking. Then you can spend the rest of your day shopping for your trip or exploring the streets of Thamel.

After completing the flight to Lukla, you are given a briefing regarding the trek. Your trekking journey begins from Lukla. You walk along the Dudh Koshi river for about 3 hours to get to Phakding where you will be spending a night.

On the third day of your Everest Base Camp trip, you will have breakfast at Phakding and walk towards Namche Bazaar. On the way, you will get the first glimpse of Mt. Everest. You will encounter many porters carrying goods from Namche Bazaar. On the way, you will get glimpses of the mountains such as Kusum-Kanguru, Thamserku, etc. You will walk through pine and rhododendron forests by the Dudh Koshi river. After having lunch and resting for a while in Monjo, you will ascend towards Namche Bazaar. You will pass many of the suspension bridges and steep stairs to get to Namche Bazaar. You will get to see Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Taweche from Namche.

Reaching Namche, you will cross the 3000 meters mark from where you will be at the risk of altitude sickness. Our body needs some time to adapt to this rapidly changing altitude and decreasing temperature. So, you will stay at Namche Bazar for a day for acclimatization to lower the risk of altitude sickness. You can go for a short hike to Everest View Hotel on this day to view sunrise over Everest. You can also enjoy the sunrise and sunset over the panorama of the Himalayas from the Headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park. You can also stay in the village and explore the lifestyle and culture of Sherpas.

On this day you will walk through almost plain terrain along the Dudh Koshi river. You will pass through the pine forests and cross many suspension bridges. For the first few hours, you walk down the gentle slope and then ascend uphill the rest of the day. Along the way, you can expect to have a spectacular view of Ama Dablam and Mt Everest. You will reach Tengboche where you can visit the Tengboche monastery. You will spend your night at the teahouse at Tengboche.

You will have breakfast early in the morning at Tengboche and set off for Dingboche. The mountain range gets closer and closer as you walk further. On your sixth day, you walk through pine forests and Sherpa villages to get to Dingboche. On the way, you will cross a few villages including Pangboche and Somare where you can get the splendid views of Mount Ama Dablam.

You can see barley fields, potato farms, and Stonewalls built to protect crops from strong winds. You can not get the view of Everest along the way. However, you will get a spectacular view of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. You can see the spectacular sunset and sunrise over these mountains.

On the seventh day of your trekking journey, you take a second acclimatization break. You can either stay in the village and explore things or you can hike around. You can explore Sherpa people and lifestyles. You can visit the Dingboche monastery or take a short hike to Amadablam Base Camp, Nagarjuna Hill or Chukung Ri.

On this day, you will climb the ridge behind the Dingboche village. The way is a little steep to walk. However, the heartwarming view of the Himalayas surrounding you will keep you motivated to move further. You can see the Lobuche peak in the north. After walking for a few hours the way becomes flatter. You cross the Khumbu glacier and moraines. You climb up the moraine valleys for the next few hours. You can see the memorial cairn built in the memories of departed Sherpas and other trekkers. You can get the mesmerizing view of Mt. Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbuste, etc.

This day will be full of excitement as you will be trekking to Everest Base Camp. In the early hours in the morning, you will trek on the rocky moraine trails to get to Gorak Shep. After walking for 3 hours you will get to Gorak Shep and have your lunch there. After relaxing for a few moments you will walk for the Everest Base Camp. You can expect to encounter some climbers and porters at Everest base camp at the season of the expedition. You can not see the peak of Everest from the base camp. However, you can get the views of icefalls, glaciers and other adjacent peaks from there. After spending a few times there you will descend back to Gorak Shep and spend the night.

The view of sunrise looks mesmerizing over the Himalayas. So, you will wake up early and set off for Kalapatthar to catch the glimpse of sunrise over Mt. Everest. Kala Patthar is a beautiful vantage point situated at the foothills of Mt. Everest. From there, you will also get the splendid view of Khumbu glaciers, other adjacent peaks of Mt. Everest, etc. After spending a few times at Kalapatthar, you descend to Gorak Shep and have lunch. Then you will descend to Pheriche exploring the new route.

You will have breakfast early in the morning in Pheriche and set off for Namche. You can enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas while descending to Namche. The trail passes through rhododendron, pine and oak forests where you might encounter musk deer, Himalayan Thar, Snow leopard etc. Descend further to catch the trekking trail of Gokyo lake. You might encounter trekkers returning from Gokyo lake there with whom you can exchange your trekking experiences along the way. After walking for a few hours, you will reach Namche and take a rest at a tea house.

You will have your breakfast at Namche and walk down to book a flight to Kathmandu. You will spend that day at Lukla, celebrating the success of your trip. You can take a shower, have drinks and roam around Lukla city and try different food items. You can visit the school established by Sir Edmund Hillary as well. On this day you will bid goodbye to your Sherpa crews.

You will fly to Kathmandu early in the morning. However, there is always a possibility to get your flight will be delayed as the weather conditions in the Himalayas are unpredictable. When you get back to Kathmandu you can explore the restaurants and cafes around. You can go to bars and spas or you can simply stay at your hotel and relax.  

The last day of your trip will be sightseeing around the valley. There are many sites of cultural and historical significance around Kathmandu. Our private vehicle will come to pick you up at your hotel and take you to places like Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. In the evening, you can enjoy a farewell dinner offered by Sublime Trails Pvt. Ltd.

After waking up in Kathmandu and having your breakfast, our representative will drive you to the airport and assist you in anything required. We wish you goodbye and hope you had a fun time in Nepal.

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What's included

  • Meals: 
    14 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • Accommodation: 
    3-Star accommodation in Kathmandu for 3 nights
    Tea house accommodation along the trail for 11 days
  • Transportation:   
    All land transportation with pickups and drops
    Domestic flight to Lukla and back
  • 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
    Monument Entrance Fee
  • 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
  • One Day Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu
  • 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

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Good to know

Can I take shower during the Everest Base Camp trek?

Yes, you can take a shower during the Everest Base Camp Trek. The tea houses you will be staying in will provide you with the facility. If you want to take a hot shower, you can for an additional price. The price gets more expensive as the altitude increases.

How much weight can one porter carry?

On average, a porter can carry up to 30 kg. But once you have to share the porter with another trekker, he will carry up to 15 kg luggage per person. If you have to carry more than 15 kg, you can either carry the extra weight by yourself or pay an extra charge. 

Can I use the internet during the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Yes, you can use the internet most of the time during Everest Base Camp trek. The easiest way to access the internet is by using mobile data provided by Nepal Telecom and Ncell. It will be fast enough to make video calls, etc. However, the network might not be available in some remote places. 

Another option is using Everest Trek Internet access with an extra charge, which will work all the way to Everest Base Camp.

Do cell phones work on the way to Everest Base Camp?

Yes, the cell phone works in most of the areas. You can use SIM cards of Ncell and Ntc to make calls. The network might not be available in some places but there will be no problem for communication. You can charge your cell phone at tea houses but they take extra charge for that service. In peak seasons, you might even have to stay in queue to charge your phone and batteries. 

How can I prevent altitude sickness?

You will have to take proper acclimatization rest to prevent altitude sickness. Don’t rush to get to the destination and take your trek slow and steady. It is necessary to stay hydrated during the trek. You should avoid alcoholic beverages as they cause dehydration. If your body shows any signs of altitude sickness, you should stop going further or descend back. Take Diamox or equivalent medicine with you but you need to consult your doctor before doing so.

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Customer Reviews

  • An awesome EBC Trek, one of my lifetime experience!

    - Ai Lin Tan, Malaysia

    Unlike any other trekking expedition, our recent trip to EBC in May 2018 was one amazing experience. Not only our 15-days trip is filled with thrill and adventures but the entire trip arranged by Mr. Ram of Sublime Trail’s and our mountain guide BK (Bikram Khadka) was commendable. Every each meal we can choose our preference of food included in the package and the guesthouse stay is quite comfortable except the one in Lobuche, that was the worst with no water supply, but other than that the rest was quite good. each and every one of us were carefully observed by our mountain guide BK along our trek for fear of unsuspecting altitude sickness. Likewise, the 3 Sherpa was very helpful and even help me to carry my backpack when I'm totally exhausted. The day before last was a day trip tour in Kathmandu, indeed it was also an eye-opening experience too, I must say it’s truly an amazing lifetime experience. Overall it was a wonderful trip full of adventures. Once again, thank you Sublime for arranging this amazing trip for us!

  • Amazing Everest Base Camp with Amazing Guide (BK)

    - Calvin Y, Malaysia

    BK (Bikram), Ram and the team were amazing and the best people we've ever met in our trekking to Everest Base Camp. This is our 1st trekking trip in Nepal so we didn't really expected much other than walking for long hours. The whole journey was amazing in its own way, BK (our mountain guide) and the porters were really amusing and taking good care of us. The trek is so beautiful and the team is very experienced. This is the best Nepal holiday we've had so far and can't wait to come back for another trekking trip with Ram and BK. Sublime provides 5 stars service!

  • Everest Base Camp 15 days trek with Sublime Trails

    - Jessie Lee, Singapore

    Every time I think about trekking there always comes a name and that is of Sublime Trails. Before going to EBC 15 days trek I had already gone to Langtang trek and Annapurna Base Camp trek with them. When I was planning for the trek Ram helped me to organize my plans for having a great trek. I already had memorable treks with them but compared to this trek they were just a drop of water in an ocean. They were already providing great service when I first went with them but they were not settling at that level. They were improving themselves every time to provide fantastic trekking experience at low cost.

    Ram and I went for the trekking 3rd time and he was the boss for me since he was always 10 steps faster than I thought. He had seemingly unrivaled contacts in every trekking routes to get things done during the trek. He was excellent at giving every bit of information and was always sensitive to how I coped with the trekking. So he was a super guide for me and so was his company.

    This agency has been giving its best service to every client they have worked with and I would absolutely recommend Sublime Trails to anyone visiting Nepal: to have Sublime trek at the reasonable price.

  • Best guide for EBC trek 15 days

    - Brian Thomas, Australia

    I and my Wife went to Everest Base Camp 15 day trek through Sublime Trails and we had a great time when we were in Nepal.

    For the beginners like us, this trek was hard enough to give up on the half but our guide Ram took care of us and encouraged us to go further to complete the trek. We finally completed the trek and found that it was completely worth of all the hard work done to reach there. Without our guide Ram and our porter, we wouldn’t have been able to complete the trek and enjoy the natural beauty of the mountain vistas. During the whole trip, I was the slowest in our group but they never left me behind and they always supported me every time. The mountains were splendid and our guide Ram was so much knowledge that he told and made us remember every detail of all those mountains which astonished us.

    The trek was physically challenging for me but Ram did a great job of taking care of me and he even made sure that we acclimatize properly so that we would not suffer from altitude sickness. He was the renowned person since due to his presence we were welcomed with much greater hospitality than others. He arranged great accommodations and lovely food for us.

    Remembering these memories makes me want to go to Nepal again and have an enjoyable trek with Ram. So definitely I would recommend Ram and Sublime Trails if you want to trek in Nepal.

  • Everest base camp trek - The Lifetime Memory

    - Katie Miller, United States

    We had a 15 days trek to Everest Base Camp with Sublime Trails. The trek was well organized and literally, it was perfect for us. They served us really well from the time of pick up at Kathmandu till our departure. Our guide Hari and our porters were really caring and looked after us in every step. They helped us to properly incline higher altitude without getting Altitude sickness so we all were able to reach to the base camp and get the majestic view of the Everest.

    I would definitely recommend Hari and Sublime crew to anyone who wants to trek in Nepal.