Everest Base Camp Trekking - 14 Days

Everest Base Camp Trekking - 14 Days
Everest Base Camp Trekking - 14 Days
Everest Base Camp Trekking - 14 Days
At a Glance
Duration14 Days
Trip GradeModerate
CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude5,644 m at Kala Patthar
Group Size2-10
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleTrekking
Best TimeSpring & Autumn

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most well-trodden and popular Himalayan journeys in the world. It takes you into the heart of the Nepalese Himalayas at the foothills of the tallest mountain on the planet, Mt. Everest (8,848m). Widely popular for the breathtakingly varying landscapes usually dominated by towering snow-capped peaks, lovely traditional valleys, and typical mountain settlements of the Sherpa people, trekking to the Everest Base Camp stands second to none as the top-notch hiking destination in Nepal.

Elevated at an altitude of 5,364 m (17,598 ft) above sea level, the journey to the South Base Camp of Everest in Nepal is going to be an adventure of a lifetime to take in all the serenity of the top of the world from as close as possible without having to set out for another high Himalayan expedition to summit the peak itself, which can be fatal at times. Hence, the Everest Base Camp Trekking is a well-paired extraordinary, and challenging experience with the major highlights of the Everest region, equivalent to conquering the Everest mountain giant itself.

Typically commencing from a small Himalayan town, Lukla, serving as the gateway to the Everest Trekking region, with a small airport elevated at one of the highest altitudes in Nepal (2,845 m/9,334 ft), the Everest Base Camp expedition is no wonder an epic alpine rambling that traverses through various cultural and natural landmarks such as Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Gorak Shep before arriving at the Everest Base Camp itself and the highest elevation of overall jaunting, Kala Patthar.

As the name suggests, this upperland voyage to the Everest Base Camp is not going to be easy. It includes the crossing of several suspension bridges over the roaring rivers, sharp ascents, and descents through rugged terrain and trails, which, however, can be significantly more facilitated than other trekking spots in Nepal, such as the Manaslu Circuit voyage, Langtang Valley Touring, Expedition to Tsum Valley, and others.

Nonetheless, your tour of Mt. Everest Base Camp is an iconic once-in-a-lifetime journey offering precious memories of adventure, cultural immersion, and more than dozens of top-notch Himalayan peaks in the remote part of the Nepalese Himalayas, giving you the correct incentives to connect to the true essence of nature and its people. If you are looking for one such adventure to take yourself on in the holidays of 2024 and 2025, contact us now for a notable itinerary and budget considerations to trek the Everest Base Camp.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the captivating aerial views on the flight to and from Lukla.
  • Experience the first-hand wilderness of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Unwind yourself in the trade and cultural capital of the Everest region, Namche Bazaar.
  • Unique lookouts at the Everest mountain range from various highly elevated vantage points such as Hotel Everest View, Kala Patthar, and Gokyo Peak.
  • Get to relish the serene ambiance of the Khumbu glacier and icefall to the fullest.
  • The heavenly sight of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and many others
  • Get blessings at some of the most revered ancient monasteries, such as Tengboche, Dingboche, and others.
  • Embrace the enriching Sherpa culture of the Khumbu region.

What makes trekking to the Everest Base Camp special?

The Everest Base Camp Trek, also known as the EBC hike, is one of the finest trekking packages in the world. It circumnavigates the tallest mountain on the globe, Mt.Everest, all the way through the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, to the Sherpa capital of Sherpa, Namche Bazaar, in the Everest region, eventually leading you to the south lap of Everest in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 m/17,598 ft.

The comprehensive journey is an adventurous alpine rambling guaranteeing equivalent rewards of natural thrills, cultural immersion, eccentric high-altitude landscapes, and snow-capped mountains. Expect the unexpected special adventure boasting of:

The adventurer's paradise, Mt. Everest (8,848m)

Mt. Everest, locally known as Sagarmatha and Chomolungma in Tibet, is the largest peak on the earth, measuring 8,848 m. It is undoubtedly a paradise for every outdoor adventure and activity lover. It promises a journey of self-discovery, personal triumph, and spiritual cleansing, not only on summiting this gigantic mountain range but also on making it to its base camp.

Every year, it caters to the interests of thousands of trekkers, climbers, and expeditors alike across the world, including some of the humbling moments where one must push themselves beyond their limits, demanding a good level of mental and physical conditioning. The allure of standing at the foot of the planet’s largest mountain is a powerful draw that still holds mystery and mystique in the year, followed by the tale of Yeti, who is believed to reside somewhere around Mt. Everest, adding much to observe and discover during the Everest Base Camp Trek.

Therefore, Mt. Everest is not just a peak; it is a legend in itself, a pinnacle of achievement in the world of mountaineering, trekking, hiking, or any other form of adventure you wish to relish, evoking the true sense of awe and wonder to mark a victory over a convenient method of at least being in its lap at the base camp, calling adventurous spirits all around the universe.

The mesmerizing Sherpa culture

There is zero doubt that the Everest region inhabits a wide ethnic community in Nepal encountered on the way to the Everest Base Camp, which is basically dominated by the Sherpa people, celebrated worldwide for their mountaineering skills and hospitality, the majority of whom hold a strong faith in the Tibetan Vajrayana Buddha.

It adds much to your cultural engrossment, while the comprehensive trekking to the Everest Base Camp offers you a glimpse into the harmonious and resilient mountain community and their way of life, still deeply rooted in agriculture and livestock.

On keeping everyday interaction with these locals from the Himalayas, they would be happy to give you a deeper insight into their everyday lives and the region's hidden mysteries. Our local Sherpa guide can help you establish a smooth connection between trekkers and locals, providing a deep and valued meaning to the trekking experience at Everest Base Camp.

The wonderland of the Himalayas, the Everest region

Throughout this adrenaline-rushing adventurous trek to the Everest Base Camp, you will be in the heavenly presence of snowy giants that keep you motivated to challenge the outstanding heights of the Himalayas, featuring some of the greatest rugged trails with sharp ascents and descents, such as Mt. Pumori, Holla, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Khumbutse, including the top of the planet, Mt. Everest.

As an ideal destination that you can commence any time of the year you prefer, the Everest region hence is an open challenge to test yourselves both physically and mentally and let yourself completely free venturing around the goose-bumping Khumbu Icefall, sparkling waters of glacial lakes, and several cascading waterfalls all amidst the majestic snow-capped mountain ranges of the Everest, giving you an access to different kinds of adventure sports in the Himalayas such as mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking, and others.

Here’s what you might like about preferring the scenic summit to the peak in the Everest region:

If you are more fond of unwinding yourself in the turquoise lakes of the Everest Himalayas while exploring the Everest Base Camp by crossing one of the commendable passes, then the 16-day Gokyo Cho La Everest Base Camp Trek is just made for you, offering an incredible amalgamation of breathtaking natural and cultural gems in eastern Nepal.

The gratifying hike to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar

Of course, the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar are the major highlights of the overall alpine jaunting to the Everest Base Camp to seize the memories that will stay with you, ever filling you with the sense of adequate, where reaching the foot of the world’s highest mountain surrounded by sky-towering peaks and massive Khumbu icefall provides you with the most intimate embracement of the Everest range itself, while Kala Patthar grants you an exclusive, most closet look out at the peak.

The Everest Base Camp is the starting point to summit the peak itself to meet brave climbers worth the extra effort to be in a crown jewel-like tranquil setting far away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, while the side trek to the nearby viewpoint on the next day, Kala Patthar offers one of the most spectacular panoramic views, especially during sunrise and sunset, crafting the spell-binding magical moment to delve into during the trekking to the Everest Base Camp.

The journey to rejuvenate oneself spiritually

For the spiritual guidance seeker, the pristine beauty of the Everest region upon embarking on the Everest Base Camp expedition is just the right ambiance for meditation and self-reflection on encountering several highly revered sacred sites such as Buddhist monasteries, stupas, mani walls, and prayer flags, giving rise to the sacred sanctuary with a moment of stillness that might have been long lost from numerous trek destinations due to rapid urbanization.

Often related to the divine being, the mountain peaks seen en route to the Everest Base Camp allow you to reconnect with the natural world, aiding you in finding solace in its serenity, while the locals invite you to participate in several festivals, celebrations, rites, and rituals to find connection with the region’s divinity to tune your innermost thoughts and desires, serving as the spiritual pilgrimage.

The 14-day trek itinerary and route to the Everest Base Camp

The 14-day itinerary for an adventurous hike to the Everest Base Camp begins as soon as you step into the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, to board a flight to the starting point of the trek, Lukla the very next day spend a night at the local tea house or lodge in Phakding and then immediately goes to Namche in the following days.

On relishing a day of acclimatization in Namche, the 14-day Everest Base Camp Trekking route takes you to several cultural, religious, and natural landmarks of the region: Tengboche, Dingboche, Loubcuhe, and Gorak Shep, ascending to a greater height and closer proximity to Mt. Everest (8,848m) at its base camp at an altitude of 5,634m.

However, it is not the highest altitude of this once-in-a-lifetime journey to the upper land of the Everest region, which is the Kala Patthar, translating to ‘Black Stone’ in English, with an unmatchable look out at the surrounding snow-capped peaks, including Mt. Everest, especially in the morning to capture the changing colors of the sky in stark contrast to the whitewashed mountain ranges.

Nonetheless, a successful ascent to Kala Patthar initiates a retracing of the route back to Kathmandu, which at first descends to Pheriche, directly to the Namche, and lastly to Lukla to fly over to the valley one more time and head home country, collecting the memories of a lifetime in the Himalayas warmed by the genuine hospitality of the Sherpas.

This 14-day itinerary and route to the Everest Base Camp traditionally follows well-versed and established trails, allowing ample acclimatization and discovery of the Khumbu region, its unique cultural and natural gem; hence, it is the best one among multiple itineraries to choose from offered by Ammonite Adventure and Treks.

The Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

The overall cost to go on a thrilling high Himalayan expedition to the foot in the region dominated by the largest mountain giant in the world, Everest Base Camp Trek, can vary greatly based on the duration of the trek, season, level of comfort you are seeking, and whether you are hopeful for a more secluded experience independently or a guided tour organized by a 100% trustworthy travel, tour, and trek operator such as Ammonite Adventure and Treks.

To sum up, the trekking cost to the Everest Base Camp can generally range from USD 1,200 to anywhere from USD 4,000, which usually covers the expenses of all the logistics of this adventurous hiking, including the essential permits, meals, accommodation, guides, porter fees, personal travel insurance, and necessary trekking equipment and gear.

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, you will be received by our airport representative, who will transfer you to the hotel to spend the day resting and preparing for the upcoming trek to the Everest Base Camp.

If the time allows, you are free to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the valley and, lastly, enjoy the buffet in the evening hosted by Ammonite Adventures and Treks Pvt. Ltd.

Max. Altitude: 1,400mMeal: Complimentary-DinnerAccommodation: Three-Star-Hotel

The day begins with an early morning breakfast to depart for the flight to Lukla airport from TIA to officially begin trekking to the Everest region, which spends its very first day at the teahouse of Phakding as the destination of the day.

The trail is a pleasurable passing via several tiny Himalayan dwellings and hamlets, lush woodlands, terraced fields, and farms, all along the bank of the rigorous Dudh Koshi River.

Max. Altitude: 2,850m / 9,350ftMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Tea-House

After warming up a bit and grabbing the delicious organic breakfast, you will continue trekking along the river shore of the Dudh Koshi and cross several suspension bridges after registering your entry to the Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo.

The trail of the day is gradually ascending to Namche Bazar, the cultural gem of the Everest region. To call it a day, spend it in one of the teahouses or local lodges, delving into the panoramic sights of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse throughout the day, along with Kussum Kangaru, Kwangde, and Thamserku.

Max. Altitude: 3,440m / 11,285ftMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Tea-House

Today is one of the crucial trek days to the Everest Base Camp. Use the whole day to let yourself adapt to the high altitude and its surroundings so that you don’t have to encounter acute mountain sickness (AMS) or altitude sickness, a normal occurrence that can get threatening only if not taken care of at the right time.

You will be presented with an optional hike to the Everest View Hotel or discover the unique eateries, history, and lifestyle of the Sherpa people by exploring the vibrant markets and visiting the Sherpa museum in Namche Bazaar.

Max. Altitude: 3,440m / 11,285ftMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Tea-House

On this day, you will leave the beautiful town of Namche behind and head to the spiritual realm within the Everest region, Tengboche, on a fluctuating trekking trail that is a gentle flat up to Kyangjuma ridge, taking lunch at Phungi Thanga, descending to the Dudh Koshi River that you will cross with a thrilling suspension bridge, and sharp ascend thereafter to Tengboche, passing through the forests of rhododendron with a majestic glimpse at Everest and other snow-capped mountain ranges.

Max. Altitude: 3,880mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Tea-House

Now you will move forth to another religiously and historically significant village of the Khumbu Valley, descending via the forest, crossing the Imja Khola, and ascending thereafter, making your way through several Chortens, Mani walls, and small yet picturesque villages such as Pangboche, enjoying the stunning Island Peak, Ama Dablam, and many other unnamed peaks.

There will be notable altitude gain accompanied by the serene ambiance of making it through scenically rich fields and farms with typical Himalayan crops such as barley, buckwheat, and potatoes protected by stone walls to end the day at one of the local tea houses.

Max. Altitude: 4,320mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Tea-House

The much-needed second day of acclimatization is here when you will hike to Nagarjun Hill or Chukhung Valley for a gorgeous sight of the surrounding mountains, including Island, Makalu, Lhotse, Sar, Cholatse, Tabuche, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku Baruntse, etc. This is a great way to keep your body familiar with the low oxygen level; however, it is important to listen to your body and simply roam around Dingboche.

Max. Altitude: 4,320mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Tea-House

The trek of the day is along the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier that begins after a short uphill climb near the ridge above Pheriche village from Dingboche taking you higher to the Thukla Hills.

On paying respect to the memorial statues at Thukla Hills you will directly ascend to Lobuche with spectacular sight of Nuptse and other peaks.

Max. Altitude: 4,970mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Tea-House

It is an extraordinary day when you will finally get to summit the Everest Base Camp, whose first section of the hike is to reach the last Himalayan settlement before the base camp, Gorak Shep.

Here you will leave your belongings after savoring the finger-licking lunch and later on soak yourself in the awe-inspiring surroundings, probably the closet you could ever be to Everest in the base camp, and trek back to Gorak Shep for overnight, conquering the victory of the everlasting memories.

Max. Altitude: 4,970mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Tea-House

It is another major highlighted day that reaches the highest altitude of the entire trekking journey to the Everest Base Camp. To make up for the sunrise view in the morning that further refines the majesty of Everest, Lhotse, and other surrounding peaks, you will begin the hike very early in the morning.

The mountain scenery from the top of Kala Patthar is indeed the most splendid sight you have ever caught in your life. Everest View appears to be the most massive of all. Return to Gorak Shep for breakfast and start the trek to Pheriche for the night, descending via Lobuche.

Max. Altitude: 5,644 m (18,519 ft)Meal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Tea-House

Although you will cover comparatively more distance, the retracing of the trail back to the gateway of the Khumbu region is going to be delightful, scenically descending through the village of Pangboche and the religious monastery of Tengboche.

You will feel the warmth in the air and the greenery in the ambiance, so make sure to enjoy each bit of it to finally call it a day at the tea house of Namche Bazaar.

Max. Altitude: 4,250m / 13,945ftMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Tea-House

It is a short trek day, marking the end of this exciting Himalayan journey to the Everest Base Camp, taking a steep descent to the Dudh Koshi River and crossing its tributaries by several suspension bridges, passing through several notable villages like Phakding until you make it to Lukla.

Max. Altitude: 3,440mMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Tea-House

On this day, you will take an early morning 30–40 minute flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla after a filling breakfast, transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu to take a refreshing bath, take a stroll around the vibrant city of the Kathmandu Valley, and enjoy the delicious complimentary dinner in the evening hosted by us.

Max. Altitude: 2,850m / 9,350ftMeal: Breakfast-Lunch-DinnerAccommodation: Three-Star-Hotel

It is your last day on vacation in Nepal as you depart for your home country. Depending on your flight schedule, we will transfer you 3 hours prior to the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Wish you a safe flight!

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Trip Service Details
Included
  • Two nights in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu city.
  • Comfortable tea house lodging during the trek is as per the itinerary.
  • Scenic domestic flight ticket fee to and from Lukla.
  • All three meals each day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner en route to the Everest Base Camp.
  • Trekking map and a government-authorized local Sherpa guide.
  • Travel insurance for all the Nepalese trekking staff.
  • Garbage deposit and other necessary fees related to the trek.
  • The Sagarmatha National Park Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance permit fee.
Excluded
  • International flight tickets and visas to and from Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance for trekkers and travelers provides coverage for high-altitude emergencies, including helicopter evacuations.
  • Lunch, dinner, and extra-night accommodations in Kathmandu and outside of the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, shopping, phone calls, and internet data.
  • One porter can be shared between two trekkers who can carry a maximum weight of 25kg combined.
  • Guide and Porter's gratitude are much expected.
Dates & Availability
Starts:June 03, 2024Ends:June 16, 2024
PriceUS$1399
AvailabilityGuaranteed
Additional Info

How are the food and accommodation facilities on the way to Everest Base Camp?

Along the trekking trackway to the Everest Base Camp, you will come across a wide number of teahouses and lodges offering varying levels of comfort accommodation, which are usually twin beds with basic bedding and a common bathroom furnished in a typical way. In these tea houses and local lodges, you will be offered a variety of menus that can, although limited, reach a significant height.

Similarly, modern amenities such as hot showers, wifi, internet services, and charging of electronic devices can also get constricted as you move closer and closer to the Everest Base Camp and other highly elevated landmarks, which usually come at an additional cost. As per the internet services, it is good to purchase local NCELL or NTC sim cards beforehand to stay in touch with your loved ones on the way whenever your cell phone receives a signal.

Where can you get permits for the Everest Base Camp Trekking?

For an extremely engrossing visit to the Everest Base Camp, you will need two of the necessary permits called the Sagarmatha National Park and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, which are usually obtainable in Kathmandu and issued by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation at the NTB building in Bhrikuti Mandap or on the trekking trail to the Everest Base Camp in Manjo Village at the Sagarmatha National Park Office.

These permits are usually arranged by the trekking companies you have chosen to take services from when buying one of their packages to the Everest Base Camp, which can charge you NPR 2,000 per person for the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality permit and around NPR 3,000 for the Sagarmatha National entrance permit, where SAARC nationals can get notable discounts.

When is the best time to go trekking to the Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp throughout the year prevails! Every season in the Everest region leading you to the base camp of the tallest mountain peak on the earth, Mt. Everest has its own specialty. The spring season is noted for the full flourishing of colorful rhododendrons along with other varieties of wildflowers; autumn is noted for the more comfortable and top-notch condition of the trekking trail; and monsoon/summer, and winter, although taken as off-trekking season, offer you a unique perspective on the region, including greater chances to grab some discounted pricing on the package.

Why is the Everest Base Camp expedition considered a moderately challenging Himalayan Voyage?

One of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal, Everest Base Camp is regarded as the moderately demanding top holiday in the Everest region, offering a balanced fusion of adventure, challenge, and rewards, including surreal mountain vistas, cultural encounters, and a sense of accomplishment achievable by anyone with good physical fitness who has attained proper preparation, training, determination, and appropriate guidance from professional mountain guides.

Is it necessary to take Guides and porter service for the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Yes, for a more enhanced experience during the trek to the Everest Base Camp, it is a must to hire guides and porters from one of the leading and reputable trekking agencies or companies, as they ensure a smoother journey to the Himalayas consisting of several rugged sections with steep ascends and descends.

Local expert guides are an absolute trek companion, providing you with valuable insight into the local culture, wildlife, and history. They navigate you safely through the trekking trail with the possibility of seeing symptoms of acute mountain sickness (AMS), along with much-needed logistics planning and support while the porters carry the load for you, so all that you have to do is make the best out of the best on the journey to the Everest Base Camp.

FAQs

The best eco-friendly way to take care of periods on any sort of journey to the Himalayas is to carry reusable woolen pads, which are easy to use and comfortable, as a better option than using tampons, packed sanitary pads, and menstrual cups.

Yes, bottled mineral water at the various stopping tea houses and lodges on the way to Everest Base Camp is available; however, to minimize the environmental impact of plastic in the fragile Himalayan ecosystem, it is good to get a thermos that you can refill with boiled water throughout the journey.

It can be difficult to decide whom to get insurance from and numerous insurance providers are active on the market. So, trusting locally based insurance companies seems to be the best option to ensure reliability that covers you for high-altitude emergencies, helicopter evacuations, and other health emergencies.

Although the highest altitude gain during the Everest Base Camp Trek seems to be the base camp itself, it isn’t; the actual maximum elevation is at one of the scenically enriching vantage points of the Everest region called Kala Patthar at 5,644m.

Yes, by following the footsteps of one of the government-authorized guides who are hireable without having to buy the package itself, individuals seeking a more isolated and authentic experience of the Everest region can definitely go for solo trekking to the Everest Base Camp.