Everest Base Camp Trek | Itinerary | Cost | Season | Permits | Review

  • 2020-01-27
  • by Amrit Chhetri

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This Everest Base Camp Trek Blog, in particular, is for the purpose of providing the information that requires conquering the highest base camp in the world, the most popular awaited adventure Trekking Packages in Nepal- the Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek! Depending upon one’s preference especially on the route/place(s) and on number of trekking days, the Everest Base Camp Trek is designed and designated by the various package names such the Everest Base Camp 14 Days or the Everest Base Camp Trek 15 Days and sometimes Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trek or EBC Gokyo Lake Trek, etc. Typically, most of these trekking packages include 2 nights in Kathmandu-the reason- the first day is of course for the arrival in Kathmandu and the second day is for getting the required trekking permits and trek preparation. If everything is done beforehand, then a single day is enough. In this Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek Blog, trekkers can get more information such as the Everest Base Camp Trek Map, Everest Base Camp Trek Cost, Everest Base Camp Trek Review and much more available in Himalayan Asia Treks.

Besides walking physically from Lukla all the way to Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar and back, there are other options to succeed the Everest Base Camp Trek in a short duration as well. After conquering the Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar, head back to Gorak Shep, from where one can choose to get back to Lukla via Helicopter to save more days. This type of trekking package is also known as Everest Base Camp Trek via Helicopter. This is not only the option, if one is interested to take a Helicopter Tour at the Everest Base Camp (EBC), one can choose to reach Gorak Shep from Lukla via helicopter, then hike to Everest Base Camp (EBC) and Kalapatthar and get back to Lukla from Gorak Shep. This tour package comes with the name Everest Base Camp Tour via Helicopter.

The general itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trek requires a minimum 12 days also known as Short Everest Base Camp Trek 12 Days. However, with one’s personal preferences the itinerary may vary with the variations of the number of days and the destinations to be visited. The following itinerary is to get the overview of the days, places, altitudes and time required to trek, etc. generalized in brief. You can check the full itinerary on our Everest Base Camp Trek  page.

Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Flight to Lukla. Trek to Phakding (2610m – Trek 4hrs).
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m – Trek 6hrs).
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3860m – Trek 5hrs).
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4410 m – Trek 5hrs).
Day 07: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4940 m – Trek 5hrs).
Day 09: Trek to Gorak Shep (5164m). Day excursion at Everest Base Camp (5364m)
Day 10: Early morning hike to Kalapatthar (5545m – 2hrs) and back to Pheriche (4371m – Trek 8hrs).
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3860m – Trek 7hrs).
Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2860m – Trek 7hrs).
Day 13: Lukla fly to Kathmandu (25mins.). End of the trek. Dinner with cultural programme.
Day 14: Departure.

Everest Base Camp Trek is in fact available at every next cake shop but it isn’t a piece of cake as normally presented or heard of. It takes much carefulness and the knowledge of the at least basic trekking skills and training for high altitudes adventures. Despite accompanied by the skilled and strong trekking guides and porters during the trek, scaling the rugged terrain into the thin air at high altitudes needs extra stamina and discipline to overcome the potential hazards like AMS, Acute Mountain (high-altitude) Sickness or hypoxia. For one to pleasurably accomplish this majestic venture, we have tried out best to provide some of the important aspects of the trekking in the Himalayas that one needs to know prior to engaging in this adventure.

        Everest Base Camp Trek Information: 

  1. What is Everest Base Camp Trek or EBC Trek?

The journey to the world’s highest mountain base camp towards Everest by trekking in the Khumbu region of Nepal is called the Everest Base Camp Trek or EBC Trek in short. This trekking starts from Lukla and goes all way up to the Everest Base Camp at 5,200 meters or 17,060 feet from the sea level. If we take a direct distance of Mt. Everest from the EBC, it is around 19km or 62,335 feet away. This trekking even takes us to the Kalapatthar at 5,644m or 18,517 feet above the sea level. This is the highest point one will reach during the trek and is about 300m above EBC. Kalapatthar offers the breathtaking panorama of the many snow-peaked mountains up close, including Everest.

  1. How long does it take to complete the Everest Base Camp Trek?

It generally takes around 12 days to complete this 130km round-trip EBC Trek.

For an average trekker, it will take 8 days to reach the Everest Base Camp from Lukla plus 4 days to get back to Lukla. In 12-days trek, there will be 2 acclimatization days to compensate the body oxygen level and adjust it to the climate and altitude change. In addition to 12-days sole trek, there will be another 2-days for arrival in Kathmandu and departure from Kathmandu and 1 more day is highly recommended to cover up any potential delay caused by any unprecedented weather condition, else one can even be benefited by this extra day doing historical sightseeing tour in Kathmandu or take a leisure day for shopping souvenirs for dear ones. Altogether, these totals to 15-days program, which is the best pick for any regular EBC Trek.

  1. How much does it cost to trek to Everest Base Camp?

The cost of Everest Base Camp Trek varies with the selection of the options available in the market. The following are some options on which the cost depends upon.

 

Number of days you want to trek for:

The average trekking period can be from 12 days and above, the number of days you choose is the number of days you are paying for.

 

Type of trek are looking for:

The type of trekking means, what do you want to include in your packages. For example, extend the route to other destinations like Gokyo or other passes, etc., type of accommodation, transport medium, meal type, luxury trek or the regular standard trek, etc. All these options come with different price tags. So, the price depends on what you go for.

 

Time or season planning for the trek:

High season high cost, low season low cost. The time or season, you choose to trek also alters the rate of the package.

 

  1. Is Everest Base Camp Trek difficult? How hard is EBC Trek?

Yes, trekking to the Everest Base Camp is one of the most difficult Treks in Nepal.

However, it doesn’t mean that you cannot conquer it, rather one needs to be more disciplined to follow the proper instructions and itinerary to accomplish this quest.

The approximate total distance one would cover from Lukla to the EBC and back could range from 130-165km depending upon the route selected and the walking along the rugged terrain with intermittent steep ascends and descends in such high-altitude is quite challenging. One needs to be physically and mentally fit to take this challenge in this high-altitude, where there will be mostly ascending walk for about 5-8 hours per day covering just 10-15 kilometers. This is even tough for experienced trekkers in the high-altitudes uphill walk.

So basically, you don’t need to have all the peak climbing experiences but with proper training, enduring stamina and strong willpower, putting oneself fit both physically and mentally is utmost to achieve the grandeur of this journey.

  1. Can I trek to Everest Base Camp? How to be prepared for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Yes, anyone with a strong physique and stamina and mentally sound with good willpower can take this challenge. However, there must be involved some proper training as this journey takes place in the highest places on the earth, which means thin air or less oxygen is available. Additionally, one can expect much of the walk uphill along uneven and rocky terrains.

Training for the Everest Base Camp should include exercises that involve strengthening the endurance of cardio (heart), physical (whole-body) and mental (brain). Exercise like outdoor workouts, jogging/running, swimming, aerobics, uphill hiking, etc. focusing on duration and distance for 3-6 months would be a better practice to training oneself and getting ready for the EBC.

  1. Is it safe to trek to Everest Base Camp?

Nepal has always been a top destination in a must-visit list. Nepal is 100% safe country for traveling either you are a solo male traveler or a solo female traveler or traveling in a group. Travel around in Nepal and you will find it’s more like a family welcoming you home with a beautiful smile of Nepalese citizens wherever you go. And this is making you feel comfortable already. In the mountainous area, for a more comfortable and safer journey, it’s always a wise decision to have yourself accompanied by a skilled one. Nepal is full of natural wonders with mysterious geography and it’s easy to get lost track especially in the dense jungle or in the remote and sparsely populated areas. Therefore, we always highly recommend hiring a guide/porter for any trekking program through government register Local Trekking Company in Nepal.

  1. Is there wifi on Everest Base Camp Trek?

While you are trekking on the trail to the Everest Base Camp, most of the teahouses/ lodges, Wi-Fi is available. However, it is more likely that you have to pay an extra cost for its usage. Different places offer different services at different prices at hotels, teahouses, lodges or restaurants, etc. But the higher you go, the pricy it goes.

Buying a Nepalese sim card like Ncell/Nepal Telecom could be a better option to enjoy a bundle of internet data packs at a cheaper price, as Nepal Telecom /Ncell towers are available along the trail, offering 2G to 3G network where one can use the hotspots.

Taking an external battery for charging your electronics is suggested if you are fond of taking pictures, or posting your progress along the trail.

  1. Is electricity available at the overnight destinations in the Everest base camp trek?

In most of part, electricity is available while you are on the Everest Base Camp Trek. Expect the solar powered electricity as well and pay for charging your electronics. The rates may vary at different places.

  1. What is the distance between Everest Base Camp Trek and Gokyo Lake Trek?

The only difference between the Everest Base Camp Trek and Gokyo Lake Trek is a visit to Gokyo Lake. Both the treks will take you to the EBC but in Gokyo Lake Trek one has chosen to visit Gokyo Lake, be it after EBC and Kalapatthar visit or before via different routes. The distance from EBC to Gokyo Lake is 34km only, however, this will add extra 3 days to reach Gokyo via Chola pass at 5420m, in your EBC Trek itinerary. Gokyo Lakes are oligotrophic lakes in Gokyo Valley at 4,700 meter – 5,000 m (15,400 – 16,400 ft) above sea level with the surface area spreading over 485 acres. If you want to visit Gokyo Lake, you must request it in your EBC itinerary and expect the price to rise.

 

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost: 

The standard budget for the Everest Base Camp Trek 14Days starts from USD1400 - USD1600 per person including 2 night in three/four-star hotel on bed & breakfast basis in Kathmandu, all pick-up and drop off transfer from airport to hotel and vice versa, government licensed holder guide, porter (2 guests: 1 porter), daily breakfast, lunch & dinner throughout the trek, tea/coffee, required permits, staff salary, etc.

 

If you want to choose Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek, then it would be around USD3000 – USD4500 which includes a five-star hotel in Kathmandu, luxury hotels while on trek (Everest Part) which is operated by Yeti Group. If you wish to take a Helicopter for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight rather than twin otter aircraft, then you can do so. We can help you book a Helicopter on a group sharing basis with the price of USD600 per person minimum and includes a guide charge as well.

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