Everest Trekking

Everest Trek

Everest Trek

 Starts at: Lukla  Ends at: Lukla
 Trek Region: Everest  Transport: Flight
 Duration: 14 days  Trip Grade: Strenuous
 Max Altitude: 5,545 m/ 18,192 ft  Accommodation: Teahouse

Everest Trek in an ideal world, most of us would love to stand on the top of the world, 8,848m high on Mt Everest Trek.

Everest Trekking is Realistically, most of us will not be able to achieve this! But if you have good fitness and strong determination, you can make it to Everest Base Camp!

And between you and me, the views of Everest from Kalapatthar are the most spectacular you can get without having to spend weeks trudging up to the summit!

Hopefully, you have gone through our sections about the Everest Base Camp Trek and have gathered all the information you need to help you decide when you would like to do this trek, what to bring with you on the EBC trek, and some of the highlights of the trek itself. We believe this is one of the best trekking routes in the world!

Everest Base Camp Trek Highlight

  • Stand at the base of Mt Everest in awe of its majesty and size
  • Witness the sun setting over Everest from Kalapatthar, known as the Everest viewpoint
  • Fly into the high-altitude Hilary Tenzing Airport at Lukla, an experience in itself
  • Visit Sherpa villages with their Tibetan-like peoples and yak herders
  • Stay in Namche Bazaar, the starting point for all Everest expeditions
  • Be stunned by the chilling beauty of the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefalls
  • Use the essential acclimatization days to learn something about the lifestyle of the Sherpas
  • Pass through Sagarmatha National Park with its unique flora and fauna
  • Follow the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and many other famous mountaineers
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery with its strong spiritual connection

This is not a luxury tour; this is an experience of a lifetime!

Accommodation is on a twin-share basis. Hot showers, wifi, and power sources are provided, with a small charge. The rooms might not be luxurious, but where else can you get views of the Himalayas mountains from your window?

Enjoy fresh Himalayan foods in teahouses along the trail. Where else can you be part of such beauty that is the Khumbu Valley while enjoying steaming hot DalBhat?

A good level of fitness is required. But we will ensure you are well-acclimatized to the altitude. We suggest you keep well hydrated on the trek, keeping alcohol to a minimum.

If you don’t want to trek but wish to see Everest, check out Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour.

Permits for Everest Base Camp Trek

The Government of Nepal imposes permit entrance fees to preserve the beauty surrounding Mt. Everest and other mountains in the Himalayan range.

All national parks in Nepal need a permit, and the Sagarmatha National Park is no different.  When you compare the cost of the permits to the overall cost of your trip to Nepal and the Everest Region, the amount is relatively small. It is an investment in the future of this beautiful area with its snow, forests, ice, pastures, and culture.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay may have been the people to put the Khumbu on the map, but since then, countless mountaineers and trekkers have enjoyed the beauty of the likes of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Goyko Lakes, and much more.  Let’s ensure this area stays as it is for future trekkers and Nepali people.

For the Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek, you need entrance permits as explained below:-

  1. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit (NPR 2000 Per Person)
  2. Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit (NPR 3000 Per Person)

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Magical Nepal issues the required permits for its clients

A Typical Day on the EBC Trek

While the scenery and mountain views may change daily, some things do not.  For example, each day on the trek starts and ends similarly:-

We start our day early, at around 6 or 7 am, when we all meet for breakfast in the teahouse (lodge) dining room.  Breakfast is ordered the night before so the teahouse owner can have it ready for us on time. After breakfast, prepare your duffel bag, which the porter will carry.  He will set off at his own pace.  All you need to carry is a day pack with what you think you might require for the day, such as a water bottle, sunscreen, snacks, etc.

Then start hiking with your guide.  The way will be familiar because your guide will have explained the day’s highlights the night before.  We continue walking until the lunch stop on the trail. This will most likely be at a small settlement.  After lunch, follow the trail until the overnight teahouse.

At the teahouse, it’s time to choose the items off the menu for dinner before relaxing with other travelers or writing your diary.  The guide will explain the route and landscape for the next day during or after dinner.  Don’t forget to order breakfast before heading off to bed.

Important Notes for EBC Trek

  • Flights to the Everest Region now depart from Ramchhap airport due to congestion at the Kathmandu airport.  Ramchhap is several hours’ drive from Kathmandu, so we leave Kathmandu at 1 am to reach there for the early morning flights.  There are no day or evening flights due to the high winds in the mountains in the afternoons.
  • Flights can be delayed or canceled due to bad weather.  We recommend you build in a 2 or 3-night contingency plan.  That means do not book your international flight for Tuesday if your planned flight from Lukla is on Monday.  Best to book it on  Thursday or Friday.
  • If you wish to take a helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, there will be an additional charge of around $250 to $300.
  • There is no additional fee for the package rate for solo travellers.  However, if you are travelling alone and wish for a single room, please add on the single supplement during checkout.
  • Porters can only carry 20kg.  So please pack lightly.  We will provide you with a bag/duffle bag that is easy for porters to carry.
  • Airlines have a weight limit of 15kg per person.  Any excess can be paid at the airline counter at the airport.  Note that this is only possible if the flight is not overweight already.  Again, please pack lightly.
  • Please provide us with a copy of your passport at the booking stage, as we require this for domestic flight booking.
  • Meals on the trek are included in the price.  This does not include hot or cold drinks, alcohol, or extra snacks.  In Kathmandu, breakfast is included, but not lunch or dinner.
  • There are extra expenses for hot showers ($3 to $5) and charging your battery ($1 to $3).
  • You can buy a wifi card in Lukla or Namche Bazaar http://everestlink.com.np/  for $25.  10 or 20 GB of data are provided for use over 30 days in the Everest Region.  We cannot guarantee the wifi quality – it will depend on the weather and location.
  • Weather can change dramatically and quickly in the mountains, so please bear with us if there are delays.  Please follow the advice of your guide if he needs to change the itinerary in any way due to the weather.
  • Drones are not permitted unless you have a special permit to fly them in the Everest Region.  This is because there are many unscheduled helicopter flights in the sky.  It is tricky to obtain permission, so leave it home unless you need a drone.
  • Remember your insurance!
  • Most of all – enjoy your amazing adventure!

 

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu!

Kathmandu – 1,300 m / 4,265 ft

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding

Phakding – 2,651 m / 8,697 ft – 4 hrs

Day 3: Phakding to Namche

Namche – 3,440 m / 11,286 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 4: Acclimatization Day in Namche

Namche – 3,700 m / 12,139 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Day 5: Namche to Tengboche

Tengboche – 3,956 m / 12,979 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche

Dingboche – 4,380 m / 14,370 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

Dingboche – 4,380 m / 14,370 ft – 3 to 4 hrs

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche

Lobuche – 4,938 m / 16,200 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep (Afternoon hike to Kalapatthar)

Gorakshep – 5160 m / 16929 ft – 6 to 7 hrs

Day 10: Gorakshep to Pheriche (Morning hike to EBC)

Pheriche – 4,371 m / 14,340 ft – 8 to 9 hrs

Day 11: Pheriche to Namche

Namche – 3,440 m / 11,286 ft – 6 to 7 hrs

Day 12: Namche to Lukla

Lukla – 2,860 m / 9,383 ft -7 hr

Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight)

Kathmandu – 30 min

Day 14: Departure

Departure

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu

  •  Accommodation: Hotel

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Your hotel is in the city’s center, the vibrant and colorful area known as Thamel. With its restaurants, bars, and shops with unique Nepali handcrafted items and trekking gear, this is an interesting place to spend the afternoon.

There will be the opportunity to meet your guide today and ask any questions you may still have about your trip to Everest Base Camp.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding

  •  Flight time: 35 to 40 minutes
  •  Trek time: 3 to 4 hours
  •  Accommodation: Tea House
  •  Trek Distance: 6.2 km/3.8 miles

Due to changes in the regulations and upgrading at the domestic airport in Kathmandu, flights to Lukla will likely operate out of Manthali Airport in Ramechhap District.

This involves a four-hour drive from Kathmandu during the night.  The flight from Manthali will depart early in the morning and take 20 minutes.

On arrival in Lukla, our experienced local porters will meet you. Heading down the trail to Phakding, we already notice the fluttering Tibetan prayer flags and meet local people reciting Tibetan mantras as they walk.

Day 3: Phakding to Namche

  •  Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  •  Accommodation: Tea House
  •  Trek Distance: 7.4 km/4.6 miles

Today the trail takes us through forests, traditional villages with plowed fields, and yak pastures. As we reach the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, we can see Thamserku rising above us.

After lunch, we continue on to Namche Bazaar. This is the largest Sherpa village in the Khumbu Region and is the starting point for expeditions and trekking groups.

Here you can purchase a few last minutes items (such as chocolate) should you have forgotten to do so in Kathmandu.

Day 4: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazar

  •  Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  •  Accommodation: Tea House

Today is an acclimatization day to allow our bodies to adjust to the high altitude.  But that doesn’t mean we do anything! The best way to acclimatize is to be active.

There is an opportunity to spend a few hours hiking around the area or visit the school set by Sir Edmund Hillary in the Khumjung village as a thank you for all the assistance the Sherpa people gave him in his successful ascent of Mt Everest.

Some of the mountains on view today are Kwangde (6,011m), Thamserku (6,623m), Kangtega (6,782m), Nuptse (7,861m), Lhotse (8,516m), Ama Dablam (6,812m) and, of course, Mount Everest (8,848m).

Day 5: Namche to Tengboche

  •  Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  •  Accommodation: Tea House
  •  Trek Distance: 9.2 km/5.7 miles

There are not many steep ascents and descents today, giving plenty of time to concentrate on photography!  Stupas (Buddhist shrines), prayer flags, mani walls (walls with Buddhist prayers carved into them), and mountains, such as Ama Dablam, and Tengboche Monastery, are all worth photographing.

The trail up to Tengboche is a dusty switchback route, but the panoramic views from the monastery make it all worthwhile. If you are lucky, you can attend a service, for which a small donation would be appreciated.  You can light some butter lamps.

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche

  •  Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
  •  Accommodation: Tea House
  •  Trek Distance: 12 km/7.45 miles

The trail is, of course, very scenic but also quite challenging today.  We follow the Imja Khola before climbing up to Dingboche’s windswept fields (mainly potato).

This is the highest Sherpa settlement in the Khumbu Region.  Ama Dablam’s views from here are spectacular and dramatic as we will arrive at Dingboche in time for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax with a book or gaze at the surrounding mountains.

Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

  •  Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
  •  Accommodation: Tea House

With the ever-rising altitude, it is important to take another day to acclimatize.  There are several options available for short hikes today.

Such as visiting the base of Nangkar Tshang Peak, with its sacred sites and views of Mt Makalu. This trip is a 3.5 to 5 hours round trip, and the ascending altitude on this hike will help our bodies prepare for the high altitudes ahead.

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche

  •  Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
  •  Accommodation: Tea House
  •  Trek Distance: 8.5 km/5.2 miles

Today the trek begins with a gentle climb toward the Pheriche Valley.  Trekking above the valley floor, we pass through alpine scrub and yak pastures.  On display are Tawoch and Cholotse, with Ama Dablam behind us. From here, it appears Ama Dablam is rising directly from the valley floor.

The trail continues on to Thokla Pass, where the ascent is challenging.  Again a photographer’s paradise as there are panoramic views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, and a few other 7,000-plus meter peaks!

After crossing the pass, we reach Lobuche. Not a very attractive settlement in itself, but the scenery surrounding it is beautiful and dramatic.

Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep (Afternoon hike to Kalapatthar)

  •  Trek time: 6 to 7 hours
  •  Accommodation: Tea House
  •  Trek Distance: 15 km/9.3 miles

This is an exciting day!  Today we ascent to the viewpoint for Everest.  First, the trail takes us for about 3 hours over boulders and rough terrain to the small settlement of Gorakshep.

After lunch, it starts out for Kalapatthar, from where the views of Everest are simply the best views you can possibly get. At 5,545m, this is the highest altitude we can trek in Nepal without requiring climbing permits. Its name means black rock, which is more of a ridge than a mountain.

If the weather is not clear, we may leave Kalapatthar for the morning as sunrise over Everest is equally awe-inspiring as the sunset.  Should we decide on this option, we will hike to Everest Base Camp today. Please be aware trekking groups do not go right into the base camp where expeditions are set up.

This is,, so we do not disturb the climbers’ activity or risk their health.  (We don’t want to give them our colds and flu when they embark on such an epic journey!) But we get a good view of all the ongoing activity.

Day 10: Gorakshep to Pheriche (Morning Hike to EBC)

  •  Trek time: 7 to 8 Hours
  •  Accommodation: Tea House
  •  Trek Distance: 19.6 km/6 miles

If we didn’t make it to Kalapatthar yesterday, we would do it this morning, returning to Gorakshep for breakfast.  Similarly, if we did not visit Everest Base Camp on day 9, we will do that this morning. Each trip takes 3 – 4 hours to return from Gorakshep.

After breakfast, we head to Pheriche, which takes approximately 4 hours.  This little settlement houses the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic.

Long established, it is now a hospital but still focuses on altitude sickness and altitude-related problems of trekkers and climbers as well as the health of the local people.  Staffed mainly by volunteer medical personnel, this is an interesting area feature.

Day 11: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

  •  Trek time: 6 to 7 hours
  •  Accommodation: Tea House
  •  Trek Distance: 16 km/9.9 miles

The trail descends quite considerably today, but some uphills must be tackled! As we approach Namche, the forests and greenery return.

This is a long day of walking, made harder by the hard hiking the day before. But push on because a good dinner and a hot shower await! And now is the opportunity to celebrate your successful trek to Everest Base Camp with a beer!

And with wifi available, now is also time to get in touch with loved ones at home and perhaps upload a few pictures of your trip.

Day 12: Namche to Lukla

  •  Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  •  Accommodation: Tea House
  •  Trek Distance: 16 km/9.9 miles

In the earlier part of the day, take a good final look at the magnificent Himalayan mountains, and say goodbye to the Khumbu Valley and Mount Everest. Then put your head down as we make a final long ascent into Lukla.

Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight)

  •  Flight time: 35 to 40 minutes
  •  Accommodation: Hotel

This morning says goodbye to Mt Everest and the Khumbu Region as we board our flight back to either Kathmandu or Manthali Airport.  Depending on which airport is open at that time and, of course, weather conditions, either we will be back in Kathmandu for brunch or in the early afternoon. Then there is time to do some shopping before our farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 14: Departure

After breakfast, our representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport in time for your onward flight.  Should you stay longer in Nepal or have a late flight, please note that the hotel check-out time is 11 am.

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