The Everest Base Camp Trek stands out as the most popular trek in Nepal and one of the most iconic and renowned treks globally. Sitting atop many travel bucket lists, the journey to Everest Base Camp often marks the initiation of dreams for a trip to Nepal.
Moreover, reaching the base of the world’s highest peak, whether you refer to it as Chomolongma (Tibetan), Sagarmatha (Nepali), or Everest, is an exhilarating experience. However, its fame has brought challenges such as overcrowding and environmental concerns.
Yet, these issues pale in comparison to the awe-inspiring thrill accompanying the ascent toward the world’s highest peak. The Everest Base Camp trek unfolds as an exhilarating adventure, beginning with a scenic flight into Lukla, a quaint small airport nestled in the Himalayas.
From Lukla, the journey propels forward along a wooded trail, immersing you in the natural beauty of the region. Over two days, the path meanders through picturesque landscapes until reaching the charming destination of Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is a vibrant Sherpa town, serving as a pivotal point for acclimatization, offering a welcome pause in the journey.
Continuing the trek, the next two days lead through higher Sherpa communities and ancient monasteries, providing a captivating glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of the region. The journey culminates in Dingboche, a high-altitude destination that beckons with breathtaking mountain vistas.
Dingboche not only serves as a pivotal rest stop but also as a location for acclimatization at even higher elevations. The Everest Base Camp trek continues its mesmerizing journey from Dingboche, gradually bringing you into the very heart of the Everest region, where the iconic Everest Base Camp awaits. Reaching the lap of Everest is a pinnacle moment in the trek, where the physical and spiritual dimensions converge.
The sense of achievement is profound as you stand in the shadow of the world’s highest peak, surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty that defines the Everest Base Camp experience. Early next morning, you have an opportunity to scale Kala Patthar, translating to “Black Rock,” a challenging ascent hailed by many as the best vantage point for Everest.
This vantage point offers a stunning view of the Khumbu Icefall crashing through the valley below during the early hours of sunrise. The return journey is both lengthy and swift, heightened by the exhilaration of descending to lower altitudes. The Everest Base Camp trek is just as beautiful as the destination, combining cultural insights into the Sherpa community with diverse natural landscapes.
Regarding the difficulty of the trek, it’s classified as moderate to advanced, considering the altitudes. However, no technical training or mountaineering experience is required, making it accessible to avid trekkers.
When undertaking the Everest Base Camp trek or any other trek in Nepal, we make a point to select lodges whenever possible. During your journey, you will be accompanied by passionate local guides and porters who are experts in these areas and have strong connections to native businesses. This is complemented by our Kathmandu office, ensuring the logistics of each day and providing support, including emergency assistance.
Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2. In Kathmandu
Day 3. Fly to Lukla-Begin trek to Phakding
Day 4. Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 5. In Namche Bazaar
Day 6. Trek to Tengboche
Day 7. Trek to Dingboche
Day 8. Acclimatization Day(Excursion to Nangkartshang hill)
Day 9. Trek to Lobuche
Day 10. Trek to Gorakshep-Excursion to Everest Base Camp
Day 11. Hike to Kala patthar-Trek to Pheriche
Day 12. Trek to Namche
Day 13. Trek to Lukla
Day 14. Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 15. In Kathmandu.
Day 16. Departure.
- Enjoy a scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
- Explore Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa people & gateway of Mt. Everest & interact with residents.
- Explore the Everest National Park (National Park situated at the highest altitude in the world) and the diverse flora and fauna in this area.
- Observe Sherpa Buddhist culture and village lifestyle in the heart of the Himalayas.
- Celebrate the panoramic mountain views from Namche, Syangboche, and Kalapatthar.
- Explore the Tengboche monastery, one of the biggest Monasteries in the Everest region.
- Trek along the bank of the Dudh Kosi River & explore the local villages
- Hike to Kalapathar (5550m), one of the best vantage points of this trek and the ultimate destination to have a panoramic view from a close range.
- Visit the highest Base Camp in the world, at 5364m.
- A remarkable view of the Khumbu ice fall and Glacier in the Khumbu region of Nepal.
Price starts from US$1270-US$2245 depending upon the number of traveler.
Please contact us for specific pricing as it varies depending upon your travel dates and your group size.
Also be advised that you will have to share rooms in the mountains during peak season as per availability.
- All airport & hotel transfers by private vehicle.
- 4 nights accommodation in 3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu.
- 11 nights’ accommodation in a tea house during the trek with an attached bathroom where possible.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu.
- Three standard meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) and fresh seasonal fruits after dinner on the trek.
- 3 hot drinks (coffee/tea) after every meal during the trek.
- One welcome dinner with a cultural performance in Kathmandu.
- 1 full day guided city tour in Kathmandu.
- English-speaking licensed trekking guide along with a porter (1 porter for every two trekkers).
- Round trip airfare between Kathmandu/Manthali-Lukla.
- 1 hour sauna and steam along with 1 hour massage after the completion of the trek.
- First aid kit, duffel bag, and trekking map.
- Trekking staff accommodation, wages, meals, trekking gears, and insurance.
- All necessary paperwork and permits for the trek (TIMS/National Park Fee/Rural Municipal Fee).
- All government tax and service charges.
- Nepal Visa(available at the airport on arrival)
- International airfare.
- Meals other than listed (lunch and dinner in Kathmandu).
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, bar, beverages).
- Bottled/boiled water, battery recharge, Wi-Fi and hot showers during the trek.
- Tips and gratuities to Guide, Porter and driver.
- Travel medical insurance covering rescue and emergency evacuation.
- Personal trekking gears and equipments.
- Trip cancellation cost due to your health, weather condition, political situation, and any other unforeseen events.
- Any other expenses other than the listed above.
Detailed ItineraryExpand All
Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, a Wind Horse representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure until the evening. Later in the evening, there will be a briefing followed by dinner, along with a cultural performance, at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu
Today, you will visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple.
At Kathmandu Durbar Square, you will explore the area around the former palace of the kings of Nepal, viewing various temples and monuments. Following that, you will drive to Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Here, you will circumambulate with pilgrims and visit the surrounding monasteries.
Afterward, you will proceed to the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal, Pashupatinath Temple. The evening is free for you to shop for any last supplies or gear needed for your upcoming trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Fly to Lukla-Begin trek to Phakding
The mountain flight into Lukla is spectacular, and the landing is an exciting experience. One end of the runway is 60 meters higher than the other. The flight is typically on a small Dornier or Twin Otter aircraft, with a duration of around 25–30 minutes.
Upon arrival in Lukla (2800m), you will meet your Sherpa guides and porters before commencing the trek towards Phakding. Your permits will be entered and checked at the park entrance. Begin the trek by descending gradually for about 2 hours to Thado Koshi, then gradually ascend, crossing several suspension bridges, passing through villages, and finally arriving at Phakding (2610m). Overnight in Phakding
Please be advised that during the high season (March, April, May, October, and November), flights to Lukla are routed through Ramechhap (Manthali) airport, approximately a 4-5 hours’ drive away from Kathmandu. To accommodate this, you must start early (several hours before dawn around 2 am).
Trek to Namche Bazaar
Follow the Dudh Koshi River, passing through Sherpa settlements like Bengkar and Chumao, before entering Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. Cross the long Hillary Hanging Bridge, and as you continue the steep climb uphill, reach a resting point called Chautara, where you can catch a first glimpse of Everest through the trees.
Continue the ascent, and eventually, you’ll arrive at the bustling Namche Bazaar (3440m). This serves as the heart of the Sherpa community, providing lodges, cafes, and shops selling souvenirs and trekking gear. If you’ve forgotten anything, you can find it here. Spend the remainder of the day in Namche Bazaar acclimatizing to the altitude. Overnight in Namche Bazaar
In Namche Bazaar(acclimatization day)
Today is our acclimatization day, and you will embark on a short hike to Syangboche Hotel Everest View, situated at 3880m, which takes about 1-2hrs. This location is renowned as one of the best vantage points, offering breathtaking views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other peaks.
After relishing the panoramic scenery, a brief descent on the other side leads you to the large village of Khumjung, home to Hillary’s School. Following the visit, you will descend back to Namche, where you have the rest of the afternoon to relax or explore on your own. Overnight in Namche Bazaar
Trek to Tengboche
After a short climb out of Namche Bazaar, you’ll arrive at Kyangjungma, a spot with tea shops, where the trail from Khumjung also merges. The views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek. Continue by passing through the small settlement of Sanasa, from where the trail descends to the river at Phunki tenga (3300m).
From here, the trail ascends steeply through pine and rhododendron forests, following the side of a hill to reach the saddle on which the Tengboche Monastery sits at 3870m. On a clear day, the views are breathtaking through the rhododendron trees, showcasing the Himalayan giants such as Kwangde, Tawachee, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega, and Thamserku. Visit Tengboche Monastery, the largest one in the Khumbu region. Overnight in Tengboche
Trek to Dingboche(via Pangboche)
Descend through a forest of rhododendrons, birches, and conifers to reach Deboche (3820m), a village with a few lodges and a nunnery. Cross a beautiful hanging bridge and ascend to Pangboche village (3980m). There is an option to visit Pangboche Monastery, situated higher up than the village. After passing Pangboche, the trail ascends above the tree line, entering alpine meadows of scrub juniper and, in summer, a profusion of wildflowers.
Along the way you will encounter several yak herders’ camps and, after crossing a river and ascending a small ridge, arrive at Dingboche (4410m), a large village offering outstanding mountain views. Dingboche is also the only place in the region where barley is grown, and you will see old houses scattered around. You will arrive early, so you have plenty of time to wander around. Overnight in Dingboche.
Acclimatization day(Hike to Nangkartshang hill)
At this stage of the trip, a second acclimatization day is essential due to the significant altitude gain. Hike to Nangkar Tshang, standing at nearly 5,100m, where you’ll have panoramic views of peaks such as Taboche, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam. From this vantage point, enjoy vistas looking down onto the Imja and Pheriche Valleys. Afterward, return to Dingboche and spend the night there. Overnight in Dingboche.
Trek to Lobuche
Leaving Dingboche, the path gently ascends through the highlands, characterized by sparse alpine shrubs. Cross a gushing stream, and after a brief climb, reach Thugla (4600m), the designated lunch stop for the day.
From Thugla, the ascent becomes steeper, passing by stone memorials adorned with colorful prayer flags, constructed in memory of departed souls of climbers. Continuing onward, after a short while, you will arrive at the small settlement of Lobuche (4950m).
The village offers massive mountain vistas of Nuptse, Lobuche, and Pumori. In the evening, you can take a stroll along the side hills to aid in acclimatization. Overnight in Lobuche
Trek to Gorakshep-Excursion to Everest Base Camp
Today is one of the most anticipated days of the trek as you make our way to Everest Base Camp. The higher elevation makes today’s trek quite challenging. The first part of the journey involves a flat walk, and soon the trail weaves over rocky highland terrains and glaciers until you reach Gorakshep (5,164m).
Gorakshep is a small and the last permanent settlement with trekking lodges, clinging to the edge of the Khumbu Icefall. Take a short break or have lunch, and then continue further afield alongside the Khumbu glacier moraine for another hour and a half to reach Everest Base Camp (5,364m).
Congratulations on reaching the base camp! Take pictures and soak in the surrounding views of peaks, the Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu Icefalls, and the colorful expedition tents in contrast to the surroundings and retrace your steps back to Gorakshep. Overnight in Gorakshep
Hike to Kalapatthar-Trek to Pheriche
Rise early for a short yet challenging hike to Kala Patthar (5,540m/18,176ft), ascending approximately 400m in an hour over a distance of mere 1.5 KM. (Note that recent measurements put Kala Patthar over 5600m.) After departing Gorakshep, the trail ascends sharply. After about a 100m climb, you’ll be treated with views of Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse.
Continuing the climb, a grand panorama of the Khumbu glacier and Nuptse massif unfolds. The final ascent to the rocky viewpoint of Kala Patthar places you in the midst of an unbelievable Himalayan panorama, featuring peaks, icefalls, and glaciers (weather permitting).
Descend back to Gorakshep for breakfast and retrace your steps to Lobuche and down to Tughla. Instead of returning to Dingboche, take a different path descending along the Khumbu Khola valley to reach Pheriche (4,370m). Overnight in Pheriche.
Trek to Namche
The hike down the Pheriche valley is long as it joins the Imja Khola valley, passing through Pangboche and Debuche. There is a brief climb to Tengboche monastery. From there, you descend to cross the river at Phunki Tenga at 3300m.
The final climb brings you to Kyangjungma, from where it is a gradual descent down to Namche Bazaar, where you can celebrate the completion of the Everest trek. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Trek to Lukla
Your final day of the trek will drop you back down to the Dudh Koshi River, crossing numerous suspension bridges and retracing your route past Jorsale, Monjo, Bengkar, Phakding, Ghat, and Choplung, before arriving back at Lukla. The last section from Ghat to Phakding is a steep step climb of approximately 3 kilometers. Overnight in Lukla
Fly to Kathmandu
With a bit of luck and favorable weather, you should have no trouble making your flight back to Kathmandu. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to pursue your interests at leisure. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today has been designated as a contingency day in case the flight from Lukla is canceled due to the unpredictable mountain weather, which is unfortunately quite common. If everything goes according to plan, you may spend this day at your leisure. You could go souvenir shopping or, if you prefer, request a sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight in Kathmandu.
At the end of an amazing adventure, it’s time to bid farewell and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.