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Everest Base Camp Trek

Walk in the footsteps of famous mountaineers to EBC

The Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular activities among visitors to Nepal. It's an incredible journey to the foot of the worlds highest peak!

The EBC trek is famous for its incomparable views of the Himalayas and the friendliness of its Sherpa inhabitants! This 15 day tour includes 3 days in Kathmandu for international arrival and departure and 12 days walking in the Himalayas.

The trek is challenging and you need to be in good health with a decent level of fitness. 

Please Note:
  1. This is a teahouse trek. Teahouses are Nepalese mountain lodges that provide basic dorm-like rooms and communal eating spaces.
  2. The itinerary builds in a contingency day for bad weather at Lukla airport. It is not uncommon for bad weather to restrict flights, and without a contingency day the risk of missing your international flight back home is quite high. 

Summary

DURATION

15 days

LOCATION

Nepal

START & ENDS

Kathmandu, Kathmandu

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • A breath-taking flight to Lukla airport
  • Visit the famous Everest base camp and get amazing views of Mount Everest from Kala Patthar
  • Stunning valleys, villages in the cliffs, thundering rivers and the towering Himalayas
  • Experience the beautiful Sherpa culture

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu AND transfer to hotel

FOOD

No Meals

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer

ELEVATION

Kathmandu (1,310m)

kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, the city of temples! Our airport representative will be waiting in the arrival terminal with your name printed on a card.


From the airport we will transfer you to a city hotel, where you can unpack and freshen up from your long flight. Later today you will meet your tour leader to discuss the trek.

Day 2: Fly to Lukla AND trek to Phakding

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse lodge

ACTIVITY

30 minute flight. 3-4 hours hiking

ELEVATION GAIN

Kathmandu (1,310m) to Lukla (2,860m) to Phakding (2,610m)

lukla airport ebc

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas on your flight to Lukla. It’s one of the most adventurous flights in World. The flight takes approximately 30 minutes.


Try to get your seat on the left side of the plane as the Himalayas are best viewed from this vantage point.


On arrival in Lukla we will meet our porters and commence our trek Phakding, where we will overnight at a teahouse.

Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6-7 hours

ELEVATION

Phakding (2,610m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

namche-bazaar

We start the day with a gentle climb before reaching Monjo. For lunch we stop in Jorsalle and then continue through a beautiful pine forest to Hilary Bridge. We then follow the trail as it passes through a steep ascent towards Namche Bazaar. 


Namche is considered as the gateway of the Khumbu / Everest region. It is a beautiful town with numerous amenities available for trekkers. These include a laundry, equipment shops, internet, banks etc.  

Day 4: Rest and acclimatization day in Namche bazaar

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Rest and acclimatization hikes

ELEVATION

Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

Today is our rest and acclimatization day.


We will be doing acclimatization hikes such as Khumjung and Khunde hike, Everest View Hotel Hike, Thame Hike or National Park headquarter visit. 


The evening will be free for exploring Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Trek to Tengboche Village or Debuche 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours

ELEVATION

Namche Bazaar (3,440m) to Tengboche Village (3,860m) or Debuche (3,790m)

tengboche-village

Today we will head towards the national park headquarters and follow the gentle trail to Kyanjuma. Here we stop for a short tea break before we start the descent to Phungi Thanga for lunch.


We then cross the Dudh Koshi river and head down a steep trail to Tengboche village. You have the choice to stop in Tengboche village or hike another 30 minutes to Debuche village.


Tengboche monastery is considered one of the most famous monasteries in the Khumbu valley. 

Day 6: Trek to Dingboche VILLAGE

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Tengboche Village (3,860m) or Debuche (3,790m) to Dingboche (4,410m)

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We begin our day trekking the Imja Khola towards a beautiful village named Pangboche (3,930M).


The spectacular and incomparable views of the Himalayas can be seen from the village. For lunch we will stop in Somare, an hour from Pangboche.


We then continue along our trail and cross a small stream. The trail gets steeper from this point, but ends with a beautiful view of Dingboche village where we spend the night.  

Day 7: Rest and acclimatization day in Dingboche

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Rest and acclimatization

ELEVATION

Dingboche (4,410m)

dingboche-village-rest

This is our second rest and acclimatization day but we will do a day hike to Nagarkhang Peak (approximately 5000 meters). From here you can witness spectacular Himalayan beauty.


The summit offers great views of several Himalayan peaks including Makalu, Thamserku, Amadablam, Cholatse, Tabuche, Lobuche, Kusum Kangaro.


Lunch will be served in Dingboche after our hike whereafter you have the evening free to rest and relax before another day of trekking tomorrow.

Day 8: Trek to Lobuche

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours

ELEVATION

Dingboche (4,410m) to Lobuche (4,910m)

hiking-to-lobuche

We have almost reached our destination, the famous Everest base camp. We begin our trek by following the ridge above Pheriche village until we reach Dughla where we stop for a quick lunch.


After a good meal we begin a steep climb to Dughla Pass. This is a memorial site for many of the world's most famous climbers who have lost their lives climbing Mount Everest.


We continue along a gentle ascent on the bank of the Khumbu glacier. A spectacular sight as this is one of the biggest glaciers in the world! Lobuche is our overnight stop. Tomorrow we head to EBC.

Day 9: Trek to Gorakshep AND hike to Everest Base Camp 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 8 - 9 hours

ELEVATION

Lobuche (4,910m) to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) to Gorakshep Village (5,130m)

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Today begins with an easy walk over glacier moraine. We will ascend over the moraines where the trail will become more difficult and the effects of low oxygen levels can be felt.


While crossing the glaciers you will catch a glimpse of Gorakshep village. We stop here for a quick bite to eat before heading to Everest base camp. It's a 5 hour hike to the camp and back to the village where we spend the night. 

Day 10: Hike to Kalapatthar AND Descend to Pangboche VILLAGE

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 10 - 11 hours

ELEVATION

Gorakshep Village (5,130m) to Kalapatthar (5,545m) to Pangboche Village (3,900m)

kalapatthar-view

We have an early start to our day as we begin hiking before the sun has risen. Heading towards Kalapatthar is a strenuous trek but worth the effort.


This is the most famous viewpoint of Khumbu valley which is known for it's towering peaks, including Mount Everest.


We grab some breakfast on our descent to Gorakshep before continuing to Pangboche village.


The day is long and consists of mainly walking downhill. After a long strenuous day of walking downhill, we rest and stay overnight in the village. 

Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Pangboche Village (3,900m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

namche-bazaar

We will pass through Debuche and Tengboche village before we start a steep descent to Phungi Tenga, which is located on the banks of Dudhkoshi River.


We have some lunch before continuing on to Kyanjuma village and then along a gentle path to Namche Bazaar. 


It's been a journey so far so rest up and have a good shower before getting some sleep. Our last day of trekking awaits in the morning!

Day 12: Trek to Lukla

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 7 - 8 hours

ELEVATION

Namche Bazaar (3,440m) to Lukla (2,860m)

phadking

We have reached the last day of trekking!


Today's hike begins with a steep descent to Jorsalle village and then making our way to Phakding where we stop for lunch before heading further to Lukla.


After reaching Lukla we can rest up and prepare for the flight back to Kathmandu in the morning. We will also say goodbye and thank you to our porters here!

Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu AND drive to Hotel 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Flight (30 minutes) and hotel transfer (30 minutes)

ELEVATION

Lukla (2,860m) to Kathmandu (1,310m)

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We head to Lukla airport in the morning to catch our adventurous flight to Kathmandu.


Once landing in Kathmandu, we collect our luggage and head towards the hotel. You have the afternoon to put your feet up and relax after a long trekking adventure! 

Day 14: Rest and buffer day in Kathmandu

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Rest

ELEVATION

Kathmandu (1,310m)

kathmandu

Today we have a free day to explore Kathmandu. We have this spare day in case of any Lukla flight cancellations or delays due to weather issues.


Go shopping, try some local cuisine and enjoy some time resting in Kathmandu!

Day 15: Drive to airport AND departure from Kathmandu

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer (30 minutes)

ELEVATION

Kathmandu (1,310m)

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You will be transfered to the airport 3 hours before your flight. It's a small airport with only 1 terminal.


From here we say goodbye until next time. We sincerely hope you have enjoyed your Everest adventure!

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Single supplements apply.


Please note: June, July and August are the monsoon. We don't operate treks during this period.


If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party. 

What's Included

Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off in a private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for 3 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu domestic airline tickets
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in beautiful cozy tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Everest National Park Entry Permit permit and Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed trekking guide and support porters. Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people
  • Free rental of a down jacket, 4-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant

Not Included

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees, travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Expenses of a personal nature (beverage bills, hot showers, telephone, laundry etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Support crew tips

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Packing List

Clothing
  • 5-6 x hiking shirt + 2-3 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • 1 x hiking shorts and 2 x hiking trousers
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Warm insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet
  • Light, but warm gloves
Headwear
  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights
  • Neck warmer
Footwear
  • Mid-weight hiking boots / hiking trainers
  • 7-8 x hiking socks
  • Trainers for teahouses
Bags
  • 20-25L daypack
  • 80L Duffel Bag (available for free rental)
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain
Other Essentials
  • Four season sleeping bag (available for free rental)
  • Hiking Poles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream

Rental Gear

There are a number of good rental gear shops in Thamel, Kathmandu where one can rent / buy most items listed above. Sleeping bags, a down jacket and a duffel are all included as free rentals.

Travel Insurance

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Accommodation

3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, you will stay in 3-star hotel accommodation with complimentary breakfast.

kathamandu hotels

Teahouse Accommodation (Day 2-12)

The teahouse lodges on the trek are basic. Most teahouses will have shared bathroom / toilet facilities. 

everest teahouse

LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

HIMALAYAN LEISURE INC.

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Himalayan Leisure Inc. is a fantastic local Nepalese trek operator based in Kathmandu. The company is led by Upendra, an infectious character who you will love the moment you meet him. Over the past decade Upendra has built Himalayan Leisure into a premier local trek operator with a reputation for safety, quality and fun. We're confirdent you will have an amazing experience with Upendra and his team.

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Reviews

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

5.0 rating
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

Rob Kendrick

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