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  • 10 Days/9 Nights
  • Hard
  • 18200 ft./5547 m
  • 10 Participants
  • April-May/October-November
  • Nepal

Everest Base Camp Trek – 10 Days Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek is a thrilling journey to get a glimpse of the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest. On this 10-day-long trail, you will experience one of the most popular trails.  The Everest Base Camp Trek or EBC is beyond the grandeur of towering mountains. Offering an array of landscapes, the EBC trek in Nepal features on the bucket list of every trekking enthusiast. It is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with cozy tea houses, well-maintained trails, the splendor of the mountains, and enriching cultural encounters. 

Witness the world’s highest mountains

During this trek, you’ll encounter Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak along with the 14 highest peaks. Although the EBC Trek is every adventure lover’s dream, only a select few embark on this difficult yet picturesque trail, leading you above the clouds at 18,000 ft when you set foot at Kala Patthar. 

Everest Base Camp Trek is the ultimate adventure destination for passionate outdoor enthusiasts. The legendary tales of climbs in Sagarmatha National Park come to life as you witness the majestic Greater Himalayan range in all its glory. 

Everest Base Camp Trek 10 days follows a standard route and avoids the strenuous trail. Your eyes are in for a treat with the spectacular sights of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu on the trail. 

Suitable for seasoned trekkers 

As exciting as it may sound, the Everest Base Camp is taxing as you ascend to 18,000 ft. You will surpass the altitude of EBC when you climb to Kala Patthar at 18,900 ft. to witness the grandeur of Everest from a vantage point.  

Be prepared for an adrenaline high as EBC  Trek guides you through a classic trail, an immersive cultural experience with the grandeur of the world’s highest peaks. Experiencing the Everest base camp is an achievement for all adventure enthusiasts.  On this trek, you challenge yourself while basking in the glory of the beautiful landscapes of Nepal.  Embark on this thrilling yet classic trek for a bag full of unforgettable discoveries that will last a lifetime.

Everest Base Camp trek - 10 days brochure

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 10 Breakfast)
  • Accommodation 
    • Tents, Homestays/Dorms
    • Cloakroom Charges 
  • Highly Experienced Leaders and Guides 
    • Trained and Qualified Guides
    • Certified Outdoor Leaders
  • Permits
    • National Parks and Sanctuaries
    • Forest Permits and Entry fees 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen Tent
    •  Toilet Tent
    • Dome Tents 
    • Sleeping Bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical Kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing Accessories
    • Ice Axe
    • Microspikes
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    •  Oximeter, Thermometer etc.

Exclusions 

  • Domestic/International Airfare charges to and from Lukla.
  • Meals during transit to and from Lukla.
  • Trek Insurance for Helicopter rescue. OWLS team will help you to get the best trek insurance available in the market.
  • Personal expenses 
  • Offloading charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list. 
  • Buffer Day Cost 

 

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Kathmandu (4593 ft.) to Lukla (9,300 ft.) and Trek to Phakding (8,600 ft.)

On Day 1, Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu and meet the OWLS team at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. Lukla, a small town in Khumbu is the gateway to the world’s highest mountain. This lively town of Lukla is bustling with climbers from across the world. This busy town is also the starting point of your EBC Trek Via Three Passes Route. Kathmandu to Lukla is around 138 km, and the duration of the flight is around 30 minutes. 

Your first step towards the base camp of the world’s highest mountain starts today. As you start climbing through a gradual descent, the trail passes through beautiful Nepalese villages. The day is comfortable and you will reach Phakding in the afternoon, and stay in a tea house.

 

Things to remember while booking a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla 

  • There are daily flights in the morning from Kathmandu to Lukla. Flights into Lukla are highly weather-dependent. A cloud covering a mountain ridge can shut down the entire airport! This is why you must book the first flight out of Kathmandu and factor in buffer days in the itinerary.
  • In case a flight from Kathmandu to Luka isn’t working out, your other option to Lukla will be to take a flight from Manthali Airport, which is close to Ramechhap. Taking a regular shared cab or bus from Kathmandu to Ramechhap, cost NPR 500 which is more comfortable than a bus, and leaves every hour. The duration of the drive is between 5-7 hours. These modes of transport are almost always available in trekking season.

Day 2 : Phakding (8,600 ft.) to Namche Bazaar (11,290 ft.) and Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

The trail from Phakding to Namche bazaar starts with a comfortable gradual walk. The distance of around 10 km is covered in 7 to 8 hrs while you walk on a mix of undulated trails and some steep climbs.

Before trekking ahead, it is required to acclimatise at Namche Bazaar to get your body used to the high-altitude region.

Day 3 : Namche Bazaar (11,290 ft.) to Pangboche (13,000 ft.) via Tengboche.

You will gain almost 2000 ft. on Day 3 of the trek. It’s quite an ascent before the classic trail starts. When you step on this trail, you will witness the first sight of Ama Dablam. The walk is gradual on an undulated ground, followed by a steep ascent.

We halt for a hot lunch at a tea house and start for our destination Pangboche. Pangboche is roughly 4 km from the first stop of Tengpoche.  It’s a long day and you will cover over 12 km today. 

Day 4 : Pangboche (13,000 ft.) to Dingboche (14,450 ft.)

Pangboche is a bustling settlement overlooking the majestic Ama Dablam. After admiring the mesmerizing view of Ama Dablam, the team heads to Dingboche. It takes 5 to 6 hours to cover the distance between Pangboche and Dingboche. 

Dingboche is a large settlement on the way to the Everest Base Camp trek. It is a large settlement offering breathtaking views of Mt Lhotse. You will halt here for a night at a cozy tea house. 

Day 5 : Dingboche (14,450 ft.) to Lobuche (16,200 ft.)

While going to Lobuche, you will be back on the conventional Everest Highway again and you will witness the route bustling with climbers, Everest aspirants, and locals.

Lobuche is a big village, and you will find it bustling with trekkers from all across the world. You will reach Lobuche for a hot lunch.

Day 6 : Lobuche (16,200 ft.) to Gorakshep (16,900 ft.) and Excursion to EBC (17,400 ft.)

Gorakshep is the last village on the EBC trail. It is a small settlement with few tea houses. The Khumbu glacier is on the right side of the trail. It appears as a big river of ice. We have lunch at Gorakshep

Post lunch, we go for an excursion to the basecamp of Everest. The moment you reach the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, you swell with a sense of pride. The experience to be at the base camp of the world’s highest mountain make you feel exclusive. The sense of achievement brings a smile of contentment to every trekker’s face. The base camp is covered in colorful tents of the Everest climbers. After spending some time in the base camp we come back to Gorakshep.

Day 7 : Gorakshep (16,900 ft.) to Pheriche (14,070 ft.) via Kala Patthar (18,200 ft.)

We leave early in the morning to witness the dreamlike sunrise. The sun appears from behind Everest creating a hollow. The weather is cold and windy. You will be climbing to the highest point of your trek to Kala Patthar which takes around 2-3 hours. From Kala Patthar you will see the perfect view of Everest. It is very windy at the top of Kala Patthar.

The summit offers you a great view of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, the Khumbu glacier and icefall, and the entire Everest Base Camp.

After enjoying the view, you will descend down to Gorakshep and have breakfast. After breakfast, you will head for Pheriche. Pheriche is around 5-6 hours from Gorakshep. It is a gradual but long walk to Pheriche.

Day 8 : Pheriche (14,070 ft.) to Namche Bazaar (11,290 ft.)

The trail to Namche bazaar is a continuous descent on a crowded coventional highway of Everest.

On your descent to Namche Bazar, you will reach Tangboche. The village has a big monastery. Our team visits the monastery which is thronged by trekkers on this route.

Namche is a big village with small markets. The trekkers collect souvenirs from here. The market is bustling with climbers heading toward Everest and also the ones descending from the trek.

Day 9 : Namche Bazaar (11,290 ft.) to Lukla (9,300 ft.)

After immersing yourself in the surreal landscapes, it is time to head back home. The team celebrates at Namche Bazar, a bustling hub for trekkers and climbers. The place is more developed compared to other villages in the region. 

You will descend from Namche Bazaar to Lukla Airport, reliving the long and breathtaking trails you witnessed for the last nine days. 

Day 10 : Fly to Kathmandu (4593 ft.)

For your return journey, you can again fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu. Or you could fly via Ramechhap.

For all your travel plans we advise you to include a buffer day for this experience to accommodate bad weather in the Khumbu region of Nepal.

We always recommend booking your return flight/train tickets considering the same.

How to reach the basecamp of Everest Base Camp trek – 10 days?

When planning your Everest Base Camp Trek, pay attention to arranging your air travel. We advise trekkers to secure their flight reservations well in advance, preferably at least two months prior. Opting for a round-trip ticket tends to be more cost-effective.

For the Everest Base Camp Trek, you’ll need to fly into Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Once you land in Kathmandu, you will continue your journey to Lukla, a getaway to the Everest Basecamp trek.  

How to reach Kathmandu?

The most convenient and efficient way to travel to Kathmandu is by air. You might be surprised to know that the distance between the capitals of India and Nepal can be covered in just one and a half hours by air. If you plan your trip well in advance, you can book a flight from Delhi to Kathmandu between INR 12-15K. Major airlines such as Indigo, Air India, and Vistara provide direct flights from Delhi to Kathmandu.

Here is the current cost of flights from major Indian cities to Kathmandu for April. The fare surges further if you postpone your booking.

Flying from Delhi is the cheapest option to reach Kathmandu. 

Only Delhi and Mumbai have direct flights to Nepal’s capital.  Other cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata have connecting flights to Kathmandu. 

Where to stay in Kathmandu? 

The capital city of the Himalayan country is also a tourist hub frequented by explorers from across the world. After you land in Kathmandu, take a room in Thamel, a buzzing, visitor-friendly area and a commercial neighbourhood located in Kathmandu. Thamel is well connected to other parts of Nepal.

There is an array of options for staying in Kathmandu. You can settle for a night in a hostel or book a room in a hotel. 

If you are looking for hostels in the Thamel region, visit Hostelworld’s website to check the availability.

Kathmandu to Lukla 

Lukla is the base camp for the Everest Base Camp trek. The airport sits atop the mountains at an altitude of 2,860 meters. To reach Lukla, you can either book your flights yourself or take OWLS help to coordinate the travel from Kathmandu. The OWLS team will guide you to book your tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla, or you can request OWL to book your Lukla flight. 

Please note the cost of the Kathmandu to Lukla flights has to be borne by the participants.

There are two ways to reach Lukla. 

1) Fly from Katmandhu to Lukla 

This is the most preferred mode of travel to reach Lukla getaway to the Everest Base Camp Trek. 

There are daily flights in the morning from Kathmandu to Lukla. Flights into Lukla are highly weather-dependent. A cloud covering a mountain ridge can shut down the entire airport! This is why you must book the first flight out of Kathmandu and factor in buffer days in the itinerary. 

Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla opens for booking a month in advance. The minimum airfare from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport starts at approximately Rs 12000. This fare increases and goes up to Rs 25000. We recommend our trekkers to book a round trip to save some bucks on airfare. 

It takes 30 -40 minutes to cover the distance between Kathmandu and Lukla. 

Kathmandu to Lukla flights take off early morning, between 6:30 am to 12.15 pm.  Tara Air,  Yeti Airlines, Sita Air, Buddha Air and Summit Air are the most popular domestic airlines offering Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights.

2) Cab to Manthali and flight from Ramechhap airport

In case a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla isn’t working out, your other option to Lukla will be to take a flight from Manthali Airport, which is close to Ramechhap. 

Ramechhap is approximately 132 kilometres away from Kathmandu. To catch a flight to Lukla, drive for about 5 hours to reach Manthali Airport in Ramechhap.  If your flight to Lukla is from Ramechap, you need to leave as early as 2 am from Kathmandu. Another option is to travel a day before and stay overnight at a hotel in Ramechhap.

The distance between Ramechap and Lukla is covered in  20 minutes.

NOTE:  Keep extra buffer days at the end of your trek. Extra days allow flexibility with your trekking itinerary in case of delays due to unpredictable weather. 

Everest Base Camp Trek Map

Everest Base Camp Trek FAQ

How long is Everest Base Camp Trek?

The total distance of the Everest Basecamp trek is around 130 km. The average distance you will cover is 8 – 10  km per day. You will walk for a minimum of 5 – 8 hours every day. 

Is Everest Base Camp Trek suitable for beginners?

The Everest Base Camp trek is quite challenging and suitable for trekkers with prior exposure to high altitudes and excellent physical fitness. 

How difficult is Eversest Base Camp Trek?

Everest Basecamp is categorized as a difficult trek. The trek is 15 days long and traverses some tricky ascents and descents. On this trek, the highest is at an elevation of 18,550 ft. when you reach Kalapathar. It requires trekkers to be in good physical condition to trek comfortably to Everest Basecamp. 

What will be the temperature in Everest Base Camp Trek?

The temperature on the Everest Base Camp Trek is usually low as you are at a higher elevation from sea level. Everest Base Camp Trek temperature ranges between 10°C in the daytime to min – 5°C at night and early mornings in spring seasons when the trail begins after the harsh winter. 

Find out more about Everest Base Camp Trek monthly temperatures and the weather guide of the EBC trek

What is the best time for Everest Base Camp Trek?

The best time to visit Everest Base Camp Trek is during the spring (March) and autumn (September- November) seasons. The trek will offer contrasting landscapes in different seasons. 

Read more about the best time to visit the EBC trek here. 

Will there be snow on the trek?

If you trek to EBC in spring from March to April, there are chances to find remains of winter snow at higher elevations. There will be no fresh snowfall on the trek. However, if you are lucky, you might witness fresh snowfall at higher altitudes in early March. 

What is the cost of the Everest Base Camp Trek ?

The Standard Everest Base Camp trek’s cost at OWLS is Rs 51,999 and covers your accommodation, meals, guide fees, and permit fees to and from the starting point of the trek, i.e. Lukla. 

The trek cost covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp. The trek cost covers your accommodation, meals at the base camp, and during the trek. If you are up for a challenging trek, you can consider the longer route of Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri. 

What permits are required for the Everest Base Camp Trek?

For the EBC trek, you need  Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit. The permit will cost around Rs 2,000 per person for the first four weeks. You will get this permit after arriving in Lukla. You will have to get your documents checked and get the permit. The other permit you need is the Sagarmatha National Park Permit. The permit costs around Rs 1000 plus taxes for SAARC nationals and around Rs 3000 for foreigners. The permit can be collected from either Monzo or Namche Bazaar. 

Average Daily Budget: You need to hire a guide for the Everest Basecamp Trek. The guide fee starts at around Rs 1600 per day. The average daily budget to cover your accommodation meals should be a minimum of Rs 1500-2000.

What is the altitude of the Everest Basecamp trek?

The trek is at an altitude of 18,200ft. EBC starts at an altitude of 9,300 ft from Lukla. 

What is the duration of the Everest Base CampTrek?

It takes 10 days to complete the Everest Basecamp trek, including travel to and from the base camp. 

 

Where is Everest Base Camp Trek located? 

Everest Base Camp Trek is located in Western Nepal and inside the Sagarmatha National Park. The trek starts from Lukla. 

Where is the base camp of the Everest Base Camp trek?

Lukla is the basecamp of Everest Basecamp trek. 

Can we do the Everest Basecamp Trek on our own?

The trek is an arduous one and the trail passes through secluded forests. Trekking in Nepal comes with the comfort of tea houses, making trekking on your own a feasible option. However, the trek requires experienced local guides to help you navigate tricky terrains. 

Hiring a guide is mandatory for entering conservation areas in Nepal. Nepal Tourism Board recently passed new guidelines for foreign trekkers. As per the new guidelines, foreign trekkers are restricted from entering Nepal’s national parks and conservation areas without a guide or a porter for the entire journey.

Hiring a guide helps obtain trekking permits to enter the conservation area without hassle. 

FAQ

How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

Please keep the following documents ready before filling out this form

  1. ID proof
  2. Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)
  3. RTPCR for children <15 years/Vaccination certificate for adults (for Nepal treks)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You don’t need to carry your medical kit. If you have your prescribed medications, you need to carry them on the trek

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

When trekking in Nepal, OWLS trekkers are provided with comfortable accommodations in tea houses. These tea houses are independently owned and offer a unique stay experience on the Everest Base Camp trek. The tea houses come in different sizes, some are big and spacious, while others are small and can only accommodate a few trekkers. As you climb towards the higher Khumbu region, the tea houses become smaller. However, all of them offer basic facilities and breathtaking mountain views from their verandahs.

During the EBC trek, two participants will share a bedroom in the tea houses. Most of the bedrooms have only two beds and provide basic amenities such as mattresses, sheets, pillows, and blankets.

Toilet and Shower Facilities in the Tea Houses

Tea houses have Western-style toilet facilities, but as you ascend, you may encounter Indian-style commodes instead of flush toilets. It’s important to note that flush toilets are unavailable in the higher regions. However, basic toilet facilities will still be provided and trekkers have to use buckets to pour water.

Don’t forget to carry your own roll of toilet paper. 

Shower in Tea Houses?

During the Everest Base Camp Trek, you can use the shower facilities provided by tea houses at an additional cost. The charges for hot water can vary between INR 300 and 600. Please note that shower facilities may not be available at higher altitudes. Therefore, if you wish to take a shower at higher elevations, you can buy a bucket of hot water and clean yourself. 

 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 900 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

Yes, you can leave the extra luggage at the base camp. However, do not leave valuables like laptops, jewellery, or any other expensive items in the base camp. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

You will have regular concrete toilets as you will be accommodated in tea houses. Trekking in Nepal offers flush toilets at lower altitudes. As you climb higher the facilities are limited and the toilets will be in the outhouses. 

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

Tea houses on the EBC trek offer Thakali Thali, a staple in Nepali cuisine. This local thali is a combination of Daal (lentils), Bhaat (rice), and Tarkari (vegetable curry) with a  side of green veggies, pickles, and some local delicacies. 

You will eat Thakali Thali for lunch and dinner on most days. Breakfast will have options of bread, eggs, porridge etc. 

If you wish to order anything outside this staple meal, Teahouses offer a variety of options. Right from Pizza to Pasta.  However, this will come at an additional cost. 

 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

There will be a scanty mobile network on the EBC trail. You can buy an N-cell SIM card in Kathmandu to access the mobile network on the EBC trek. Electricity is limited to overhead lamps. Tea houses on the EBC trail rely on solar power, hence there are limited charging points. 

Charging points for mobile and Wi-Fi are available at some teahouses at an additional cost. The facilities are available in the lower regions. The charges for wifi start at around Rs 200 and go up to Rs 600. The charges become expensive as you go higher up. 

Do not expect a high-speed WIFI connection on the trek. These facilities become scarcer as you climb higher up in the mountains.