For many, Mount Everest is the synonym to Nepal. Many people come to Nepal to catch a sight of Mount Everest and other peaks in the Khumbu region.
The 15 day Everest Base Camp trek is a majestic trip in the evergoing company Dudh Koshi rivers and several snow-covered peaks on the background.
Everest Base Camp Trek lies in the lap of the highest peak in the world- Mt. Everest. It is amongst the most popular treks in the world. You get to walk in the footprints set by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Along the route, you will get amazing views of different peaks above 8,000 meters in altitude.
With proper planning and preparation, you can complete the Everest Base Camp Trek in 15 days. The trek days also include acclimatization days to help adjust your body to the high altitude of the Everest region.
This trek takes you to the heart of Sherpa land passing through lush rhododendron forests, boulders, rivers, and icefalls. The highest point you reach in this trek is at Kala Patthar (5545 meters). Kala Patthar is one of the best places in the Everest region to catch splendid views of the Everest.
The trails to the Everest Base Camp are clear. As long as you have a moderate fitness level, you can complete the 15 days Everest Base Camp trek. But, one must be careful of the height changes that goes up to the height of around 6,000 meters. So, prepare yourself physically and mentally with proper packaging. Then you can easily walk to the lap of Mount Everest.
Highlights of EBC trek in 15 days
- Everest Base Camp: 5,346 meters
- Spectacular views of Mount Everest and other peaks above 8,000 meters
- Sagarmatha National Park
- Tengboche monastery- monastery at the highest altitude in the world
- Kala Patthar- ultimate point for the Everest view
- Stunning Khumbu Glacier and ice fall
- Sagarmatha National Park
- Gokyo lakes, Gokyo Ri, and other glacial lakes
- Namche Bazaar- famous business hub in high altitude
- Warm hospitality from the local Sherpa people
- Lukla Airport- among the world’s dangerous airport
- A direct encounter with the trekkers preparing for mountain expedition at the base camp especially during the expedition season.
If you want to see Everest but you do not have enough time or can't walk for long days, we have Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The helicopter will land at different places to explore the Everest region.
Best time for Everest Base Camp Trek
September- November, and March-May is the best time for this trek. With the moderate climate and pleasant weather, you will have easy walks in the terrains of the Everest region. The day time is sunny while night brings chilling weather.
It is the pleasantest time of all for trekking in Nepal. Also, this is the time with least possibility of rainfall. So, you will have an easy and enjoyable trek.
However, with enough preparation and proper packing you can go on this trek any season of the year including the summer and the winter season.
Everest Base Camp Trek 15 days Map
A travel map is a must when you pack your bags and set off for travels, hike, or treks. It is your trustworthy guide when nobody’s around. It helps you to navigate the appropriate route in the mountainside.
You can find maps either in printed forms or online. To find about the Everest Base Camp Trek map, you can check here:
Everest Base Camp trek difficulty
This is a moderate trek in the rocky terrains of the Everest region of Nepal. In this high altitude trek, the route often goes uphill and then downhill.
You do not have to go on vertical climbs. But there are plenty of uphills along the way. It is also a high altitude trek. This means that you might face difficulties in adjusting to the altitude if you don't prepare well.
The trek routes in the higher altitudes are often blocked by ice and snow. Chances are high that you may fall on the snow. So, you need to walk slowly and gradually to avoid any mishaps.
Everest Base Camp Trek Weather
During summer months (June, July, and August) the minimum temperature at the highest altitude in this trek drops down to 0 degrees. It is among the pleasant time to trek in this region as you do not have to experience extreme cold.
While winter months (December, January, and February) are much colder in the mountainous region. The days are sunny with clearer views but night temperature drops down below -20 degrees. For such weather, you need to carry a sleeping bag to beat the mountain cold.
Likewise, Autumn season (September- November) is the peak season for this trek. The moderate temperature both during days and night with least rainfall makes this season popular trekking season.
Also, Spring season(March-May) is also the best time for this trek as the forests in lower altitudes turn lush with rhododendron blossoms. During this time, the mild temperature eases trekking to the nook and cranny of the region.
Altitude profile of Everest Base Camp trek
This is a high altitude trek. You start from the height as low as 1,345 meters in Kathmandu while ascending to the heights above 5,000 meters. As you proceed further the altitude gradually increases. The highest point you reach in this trek is at Kala Patthar- 5,555 meters.
The trek route covers treks at high altitude as well as very high altitude. As the altitude increases the problem of shortness of breath occurs so you need to take proper acclimatization before you move on to a new height.
Here’s a detailed altitude chart for 15 days EBC trek:
Also, to prepare yourself with the changing altitude, you need to involve in different physical exercises and training.
Altitude Sickness in Everest Base Camp trek
While going for EBC trek you will trek to an altitude of 5,600 meters. It means there are several chances you suffer from altitude sickness.
Some common signs of altitude sickness include- shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sleeplessness, blurry vision, and so on.
If you notice these symptoms while ascending further, you need to stop trek. Make sure that you drink enough water, take rest for some time, climb downhill. In severe cases, you may take Diamox, only if it is prescribed by your physician.
To avoid altitude sickness, you must walk slow and gradual. Acclimatize properly in the changing weather. Most importantly, keep yourself hydrated.
People and culture in Everest Base Camp trek
The Everest region is a Sherpa people, descendants from the Tibetan Himalayan world. The scattered settlements of Sherpa people all the way from Lukla amazes you in the trek.
Also, you can pay a visit to century-old monasteries and Gompas that give you glimpses of the Tibetan Buddhism practiced by Sherpa people.
If you visit in the month of October-November, you will get a chance to enjoy Mani Rimdu festival in Tengboche monastery. It is among the biggest celebration in the Khumbu region.
In addition, if you take Classic Jiri route, you get chance to encounter different ethnicities- Brahmins, Chhetris, Newar, Tamangs en route to Lukla.
Everest Base Camp trek permits
Local permit priced US $20 which you can collect at Monjo.
Sagarmatha National Park Permit (SNPP) priced US $34 which you can collect at Monjo.
If you plan to take Classic Jiri route, you need to collect an additional permit of Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project. It cost the US $20 if you collect it at Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu. It costs US $ 40 if you collect it at Shivalaya, Jiri.
If you are a solo trekker, you need to collect all the permits by yourself. But if you are traveling with us, we will arrange all the necessary permits for you.
(Note: TIMS card is not needed for this trek. A local permit works on its behalf.)
Everest Base Camp trek costs
Trekking in Nepal is quite cheap in comparison to other popular holiday destinations in the world. In this trek, your cost depends on whether you are traveling with a travel company, or you are traveling alone. The time you wish to visit, the route you take to trek, and the duration you wish to stay on the lap of the Himalayas.
It costs US $1120 per person for this trek on two people booking clause. But if you are booking single you are required to pay single supplement price and if you are in a bigger group you may get some discounts s well.
In general, you need to pay around the US $20- US $30 for food and accommodation in the tea houses en route. While you need to spare around the US $20- US $30 to the guides and porters too.
Travel insurance also adds to your cost in this trek. Travel insurance with a policy that covers evacuation of up to 6,000 meters costs around USD 150.
Pre-planning her trek with appropriate gears and packing list is a must. For this trek, the cost of equipment depends on how you get them. You can either buy second hand, or you can rent those gears for a specific time.
In addition, if you visit during peak seasons you need to pay for the hot showers, charging devices, and wifi services. Also, you can show some gratitude to your guides and locals for their effort to make your trek a success.
Everest Base Camp Trek Travel Insurance
Sometimes due to the bad weather, you may face flight cancellation or delays. Or, you may get minor wounds or injuries while walking on the terrains. There could be a situation when you might be in immediate needs of helicopter evacuations, or medical consultancy.
For situations like these, travel insurance is a must. After insurance, you can walk free and safe without any fear, or insecurities pulling your back as they cover all your inconvenience.
Hiring a guide for Everest Base Camp Trek
You will find a number of tea houses and fellow trekkers en route to Everest Base Camp. The trails to EBC are well marked. So, you can also go to the Everest Base Camp on your own.
But we recommend you to hire a guide( porter-guide, or guide only) for many reasons. They will help you communicate directly with the locals, they will stand by your side in case of some problems, or any emergencies.
They also help you pre-book for accommodation and food after tiring walks. Plus, they bargain for the services at tea houses on your behalf.
Tips for Everest Base Camp Trek
Here are general tips for EBC trek:
Pack well. As mountain weather is unpredictable, you need to be very careful while packing. Do not forget to carry a sleeping bag and thermals which you may need any time during nights.
Start early. As the afternoon wind is likely to bring cloud and obstruct mountain views. It is better if you leave early for the trek and reach your destination on time.
If you do not want to spend out at night with an empty stomach, the better book for food and accommodation early. Especially, if you go on treks during the peak seasons.
If you are trekking in monsoon, you must carry insect repellents or table salt to keep away bugs and leeches.
Carry your own water bottle and water purifying tablets.
Walk slow. Drink enough water. Take enough rest.
Everest Base Camp trek after 2015 earthquake
The trek route and tea houses damaged during the earthquake in completely restored. You will find enough tea houses and lodges for your comfortable stay during the trek. Along the Jiri route, you may see some traces of destruction by the earthquake. But if you choose Lukla flight, you will notice a few damages.
Even the tea houses in the higher altitudes are rebuilt. You do not have to fear getting lost, or not finding food and room to sleep.
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
Everest Base Camp trek is for all. If you wish to walk on foot to the base camp, then you can do it. Or, if you do not think you can go on foot, then you do not have to worry at all. You can choose EBC helicopter tour where you will fly directly to the Base Camp and return back to Kathmandu in a day. And, still, catch a glimpse of the world’s highest towering peaks. For detailed information of EBC helicopter tour, click here.
You may be interested in our Everest Base Camp Luxury Trekking.
Alternate routes to Everest Base Camp Trek
If you wish to explore something other than the normal trekkers get, then you can choose alternate routes to reach to the Base CAmp. These routes are peaceful, exotic, and full of life. You will collect extraordinary experiences in these routes.
This is an exotic trek route to the base camp. On this route, you cross through less crowded Gokyo valley. Walk past the glistening Gokyo lakes and other glacial lakes. Also, on this route, you climb to Gokyo Ri, to get amazing views of Mount Everest from a different perspective.
It is a classic route to the Everest region. On this route, you travel to Jiri on by, or jeep and start walking from the town of Jiri. En route you cross different boulders, rivers, and exotic villages of different ethnic groups. After a few day’s walks, you reach to Lukla and follow the ideal trek route to the base camp.
Other treks in the Everest region you may be interested in:
Walking closer to the highest peak in the world is a dream to many. The Everest base Camp quenches your mountain crave on one hand, while on the other it offers you the lifetime memories.
Walking past the Sherpa villages, lush forests of pine and rhododendron, and pathways filled in chhortens and prayer flags keeps you contended along the route. You will find nothing to complain about in this overall trek.
Are you also thinking of doing this trek? Are you craving for the best Everest views?
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