The EPIC Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

Sign up for the South Base Camp of Mount Everest, the more popular Everest Base Camp trek. You’ll see some of the most iconic peaks, including Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, and of course, the best-known peak in the world, Mount Everest.

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About Everest Base Camp trekking

Mount Everest, one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Nepal, has captivated adventure lovers since the 1920s, beckoning them back time after time to attempt the climb. The Everest Base Camp trek is a more achievable goal for experienced trekkers looking for the ultimate thrill.

On this trek, you will be trekking to an altitude of 17,600 ft passing through the quaint villages, monasteries, ropeway bridges and ancient rivers. This trek will become a significant personal journey for anyone who has been here. After all, there's no thrill quite like being at the top of the world. With its daunting summit soaring high up above the mountain, trekking to Mount Everest Base camp is definitely an adventure of a lifetime and you will be trekking in footsteps of legends such as George Mallory, Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary.

Everest Base Camp trek – the world’s most epic terrain

The legendary trek to Everest Base Camp is possibly the most dramatic and picturesque in the Himalayas as you get to stand face to face with Mount Everest at 8,848 m (29,029 feet). The trek has two base camps - the South Base Camp in Nepal, and the North Base Camp in Tibet. The South Base Camp is the more popular route, and is attempted by many thousands each year.

This 14-day trek offers you the most spectacular views of gushing river streams, gigantic glaciers, rhododendron forests and snow-clad mountain peaks that extend above the clouds.

The Everest Base Camp trek is a non-technical trek and does not require rock climbing or rappelling skills. However, it is still a difficult trek with long hours of walking, some tough stretches, and an immense altitude, so it is only recommended for those who have considerable high altitude trekking experience. Read our blog on How to Prepare for High Altitude Trekking.

Mount Everest Base Camp trek route

After a couple of days to acclimatize in Kathmandu, you’ll head to Lukla, where the trek begins. Your first big stop is Namche Bazaar, the Gateway to Mt Everest. This is where you’ll meet other trekkers returning from their expeditions, and will listen in awe to their stories. Apart from the colourful local culture, the gathering of trekkers from around the world adds to the exciting vibe of Namche Bazaar.

After this, you’ll trek to Tengboche, Dingboche and Gorakshep over a few days, stopping at a monastery to invoke blessings on your expedition. After Gorakshep, you’ll hardly be able to wait to get to Everest Base Camp, from where you’ll see the iconic Khumbu Glacier ice fall. The base camp is usually a lively place, with plenty of opportunities to meet Everesters and see expeditions setting off to try their luck on the mightiest peak in the world.

After Everest Base Camp, you’d think that nothing else could be exciting. But you’ll be climbing Kala Patthar, from where one can get the best views of Mount Everest. It’s especially spectacular in the dawn light, when the first rays of the sun turn the peak gold.

You’ll return after this to Namche Bazaar, where it’s your turn to tell stories of your climb to fresh-faced trekkers just starting off. After Lukla, you’ll fly back to Kathmandu, returning to civilization after days of living in the lap of Mount Everest.

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Climb up to an altitude of over 17,500 ft on a trek to the base of the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest. Approaching the base camp on a route across the Khumbu Glacier, you'll grab awe-inspiring views of Himalayan peaks such as Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse and several others. You'll stay in guesthouses at small Sherpa villages along the trail and visit popular landmarks such as the Tengboche monastery and the Everest View Hotel. En route, you'll take detours to hike up the Kala Pattar mountain and the Nangkartshang peak.

One of the most challenging yet rewarding adventures of all, this trek to Everest Base Camp is recommended to travellers with experience of at least one high-altitude treks in the Himalayas.

NOTE: Price displayed is per person price for a booking of two travellers.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements in airplane between Kathmandu-Lukla
  • Airport transfers in Kathmandu and Lukla in private vehicle
  • Accommodation in hotel at Kathmandu on twin-sharing basis
  • Accommodation in guesthouses while trekking on twin/multi-sharing basis
  • All meals from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on Day 13, plus breakfast on Day 14
  • All permits and entry fees
  • Services of experienced trek leader and porters
  • Technical and safety gear required during the trek, if any
  • Duffel bag and sun hat
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
  • Rates are inclusive of any international payment transfer fees.
    Exclusions
  • Travel between base city and Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner, during stay in Kathmandu
  • Adventure travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Nepal visa arrangements and costs
  • Baggage in excess of 15 kg onboard domestic flight to Lukla
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
  • Any additional cost due to fluctuations based on international currency exchange rates at the time of booking
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Only for die-hard adventurers, this trek is a bucket-lister! You'll spend 17 days at the foot of the mighty Everest, where every minute is an unforgettable adventure. With landscapes that are the stuff of legends, this trek is always spectacular. You'll be trekking past Khumbu Glacier, the frozen lake of Gorakshep, and the Pheriche valley.

The Everest trek has two base camps - the South Base Camp in Nepal, and the North Base Camp in Tibet. The South Base Camp is the more popular route, and is attempted by many thousands each year. This adventure trip will take you up to the South Base Camp.
    Inclusions
  • Airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Four nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Standard meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee at breakfast
  • All necessary paper work, National park entry permits, TIMS permits
  • Flight fares from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu with domestic airport tax
  • Accommodation in lodges/tea houses during the treks
  • Experienced guide service
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for guides.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company
  • All government taxes
  • Porters for carrying common equipment and luggage
  • Rates are inclusive of any international payment transfer fees
    Exclusions
  • Airfare from Mumbai to Kathmandu and back
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fees for non-Indian travellers
  • Mountain rescue charges or insurance (Will be paid by one’s insurance company in case of any eventuality)
  • Additional food or drink on trek in addition to three standard meals
  • Personal expenses, emergency expenses, road blocks, expenses incurred due to delays caused by weather, cancellations etc.
  • Special region permit and liaison officer fees (where applicable)
  • Tips, hot showers during the trek
  • Lunch in Kathmandu
  • Personal porters (can be arranged for a cost of approx INR 7500 per person, for the whole trip)
  • Any additional cost due to fluctuations based on international currency exchange rates at the time of booking
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The trek to Everest Base Camp is on the wishlist of every high-altitude trekker, and for good reason! You'll be joining the small community of Everest Base Campers, and earn boasting rights for a lifetime. But with this package, you'll also get to take a day trip to the Everest Expedition Camp, where you'll eat lunch with the team that is attempting to summit Everest this year! You'll be able to interact with them, and spend a day at the Expedition Camp, which no other Everest Base Camp trek offers you.

You'll also attempt a climb to Kalapathar (this is an optional activity) in the dark hours of the morning, to catch truly spectacular views of the sun rising over Mount Everest, setting the mountains ablaze.

MPORTANT: While the trek to Everest Base Camp is a non-technical trek and does not require any rock-climbing or rappelling, it is not an easy one. You'll be trekking for over 10 days, in harsh terrain and in extreme weather. To add to that, you'll be climbing to 18,000 feet, which can be difficult to adapt to.

DO NOTE: The cost for this trip includes the domestic flight from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu, but not the flights from your home city to Nepal and back.
    Inclusions
  • Airport pick-up and drop
  • 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu - 3 nights - twin sharing basis in bed-and-breakfast plan
  • Flight fare for domestic flight from Kathmandu - Lukla- Kathmandu for traveller
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu for guides
  • Domestic airport departure taxes
  • Full board tea house trekking cost with breakfast, lunch, dinner & accommodation
  • Guide salary
  • Porter salary
  • Trek permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park permit
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance for Nepali staff
    Exclusions
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Beverages and alcoholic drinks
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • Tips for staff (mandatory)
  • Personal expenses and extra services beyond itinerary

FAQs about Everest Base Camp

Can fit beginners attempt the Everest Base Camp trek?

While it is not technical in nature, the Everest Base Camp trek is not easy. It requires long days of trekking, starting at over 9000 feet and going to 17,600 feet. The elevation itself takes some getting used to, and inexperienced trekkers are not advised to attempt this trek.

What should I carry to the Everest Base Camp trek?

Your operator will give you a comprehensive packing list, depending on the inclusions of your package and the season in which you’re going. Do ensure you go over your list carefully, and make sure you have everything that you’re supposed to carry.

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

There are two seasons for the Everest Base Camp trek: pre-monsoon (March-May) and post-monsoon (Sept-November). The pre-monsoon season is warmer, and the blooming rhododendron adds colour to the trails. However, visibility is not always at its best during this time. After the monsoon, the skies are clear and the views are fabulous, but the weather is colder.