Everest base camp trek offers the great challenge and achievement with the thrill being so close to the world’s highest peak.
Everest base camp trek is the most popular and once in a lifetime world’s top adventure destination in the Himalayas. Trekking to the mount Everest base camp in Nepal is an ultimate goal for trekkers and a beginning of the expedition bid for the climbers. The scenery is simply breathtaking with parades of glistening peaks, stunning glaciers around, ancient and ornate monasteries with the fascinating Sherpa people and their culture and tradition.
Everest base camp trek:- 01 Trekker : 01 Porter
Checking all the gears and getting prepared, we take an exciting flight to Lukla airport to start the guided adventure hike to the Everest base camp in Nepal. Hiking along the Dudh Koshi river, we climb up to the busting Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar where we spend two nights to ensure proper acclimatization with exploration hike around. Leaving Namche we hike to the hidden valley of Khunde and Khumjung and then to Dingboche via Mong la and Phortse. No doubt the different and less trodden trek route than the regular Everest base camp trek itinerary allows all the trekkers in group to have enough time for proper and better acclimatisation. Our expedition style EBC Kalapathar hiking route explore the unspoiled corners in the Khumbu region which many of the classic trekking groups have been simply missing it.
The alpine scenery on base camp trek become more rugged as we hike above the tree line on the Khumbu glacier moraines to Gorak Shep via Lobuche, the last settlement before the base camp. The climb on to the landmark destination of the Mount Everest base camp to leave the footprint over the boulder-strewn moraines can be challenging but very rewarding for the sense of great achievement. We hike up to the Kalapathar at the height of 5545 meters, the highest point on our entire trek, from where the experience of seeing the mount Everest and wonderful Himalayan vista – never to be forgotten.
We walk down to Lukla via the Pheriche and Thyangboche monastery a different trail than we ascend up to the EBC. The great thing of this Mountain Monarch’s Everest base camp trekking itinerary is that we can still continue our exploration and enjoy the diverse angle views of Himalayan ranges on our return. Our experienced and medical trained group leader and enough support crew including the responsible trekking of 01 porter : 01 trekker always with you to support. We ensure proper safety back up like Oxygen cylinder or Portable Altitude Chamber in your guided expedition hike to Everest base camp to make it fully safe and trip of a lifetime to the Himalaya at affordable trek cost.
- Day 01:
Arrive Kathmandu / Nepali dinner with ethnic cultural program.
- Day 02:
Cultural tours to Buddhist Shrine and Hindu Cremation site / Trek preparation.
- Day 03:
Flight to Lukla (2800m / 9186ft) Trek to Phakding (2600m/8530ft) Walk approx. 3/4hrs
- Day 04 - 05:
Namche Bazaar (3450 m / 11318ft) walk approx 7 hrs. Acclimatisation rest day
- Day 06:
Khumjung (3780 m / 12401ft) walks 3 hrs.
- Day 07:
Trek to Phortse Village (3810 m / 12500ft) walk approx 6 hrs.
- Day 08-09:
Dingboche (4360 m / 14304ft) walk approx 6 - 7 hrs / exploration rest day
- Day 10:
Lobuche (4910 m / 16108ft) walk approx 4-5 hrs.
- Day 11:
Gorak Shep (5288 m /17349ft) walk approx 3 hrs / excursion to Everest base camp (5360m/17585) walk approx 5 hrs
- Day 12:
Morning climb to Kalapathar (5545 m /18192ft) approx walk 4 hrs. And trek back to Pheriche (4240m/13901ft), walk approx 4 - 5 hrs
- Day 13:
Trek down to Namche walk approx 6 -7 hrs. Differnt route
- Day 14 - 15:
Retracing back to Lukla (2600m) via Phakding
- Day 16 - 17:
Lukla to Kathmandu and contingency day / Explore Ktm.
- Day 18:
Everest base camp trip ends / airport transper
Trekking to Everest base camp and Kalapathar peak.
Arrival to Departure - hassle free trip - all permits and Lukla flight organize.
Responsible trekking of 01 trekker: 01 porter
All meals and accommodation on trek and hotel in Kathmandu.
Medical trained trekking guide and crew support with comprehensive first aid kit
Portable altitude Chamber and Oxygen as safety back up
Trekking gear like sleeping bag, down jacket, trek duffle bag provided
Explore with local experts to witness and experience the Sherpa culture at first hand.
- How difficult is the Everest base camp trek ? Can i join ?
Everest base camp is by far the most popular trek, an adventure of a lifetime and is attainable for anyone from all walks of life who is determined to leave their comfort zone and ready to go an extra mile to achieve something challenging. Above all Mountain Monarch has one trekker one porter policy for any trip over 4000m which makes it appropriate for you to carry less and slow pacing. As altitude is the main issue there are couples of key elements to accomplish this life changing adventure into the thin air that includes preparations and few rules to follow.
- What trek preparation is needed for EBC trek ?
As for the level of fitness and trek preparation we suggest that EBC is not appropriate for someone with very weak ankles, knee, heart or lungs problems and for all these your doctors advice is obligatory. But even the kids of early age to the adults of over 70 have walked to Everest base camp. However the Mountain Monarch itinerary are so designed that the walks are short and attainable. Nevertheless EBC is not a walk in the park, it includes tremendous amount of ups and downs so to prepare for this trip you need to train yourself with the everyday undulating walking with the amount of weight you are thinking of carrying while on your trek.
- What is the food and accommodation like on trek to Everest base camp ?
While on Everest base camptrek Mountain Monarch uses the best family oriented lodges with twin bed sharing rooms with clean common toilets and occasional rooms with attach toilet bathrooms. Lodges are at its best offering you the comfort experience and its typical local environment. You have variety of choices for the food and most lodges prepare food better than most restaurants in Kathmandu. So far there has not been any complaints whatsoever in regards to food and accommodation provided by us.
- What if I am very slow in the group ?
Other than your group leader you will have assistant guides in your group. Your leader will sort out assigning each of his assistants in the group systematically while he takes responsibility for the slow walking people being at the tail of the group making it utterly non strenuous. Nevertheless, your leader would be counseling everyone in the group to stay together and walk collectively as a team.
- AMS and safety measure needed while doing the EBC trek?
Acute mountain sickness ( AMS) is something we get when our body fails to adapt to the thin air environment. Mountain Monarch provides medically professional leaders with medications, oxygen cylinders and oxygen chamber bag to deal with any altitude related ailments. Besides, your leader will put forth some basic rules to get away with altitude sickness and as well there are multiple things you can do as precautions to ward off AMS eg taking Diamox etc.
- What I an to bring or carry with me on this EBC trekking?
Depending on the weight restriction on most international airlines and 15kg in our domestic airlines it's always wise to minimize your weight limitation. However, you will receive a trip dossier with specific detail list on what you need to bring. While on trek you will be carrying your day pack containing your valuables and essential gear for the day, whereas your entire gear goes into the company provided duffel bag to which you will have access anytime you want as we have one trekker one porter policy for EBC trek.
- What are commom moutain ailments while doing the EBC trek?
Each year thousand of trekkers come to Nepal and do Tea-House Trekking and at the end of the day they come up with horror stories regarding bad treks, food poisoning, stomach problems and altitude sickness – and honestly most of which are true. In regards to precaution to all these ailments your group leader will update you with preventive measures of choosing the right food, maintaining the precise pace while walking etc.
- Lukla flight on Everest base camp trip?
As Nepal air aviation is quite strict about small planes flying high into the remote mountain airstrips there are flight delays and sometimes cancellation. Whenever there is a slightest weather chaos or high winds these remote mountain airports would be momentarily closed down until they get a green signal. However, this isn’t everyday case and we highly recommend anyone flying high to have spare days to keep up with your missed out days.
- Do I need the travel insurance to join the EBC trek?
We strongly suggest you to have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure though we ensure you that there would be hardly any evacuations or any health catastrophe as your leader is always be well equipped with wide range medical knowledge and has oxygen cylinders or oxygen chamber bag to deal with life threatening situation. But it's always wise to have insurance as your back up for just in any case though it is not mandatory to have the helicopter rescue insurance to join the Everest base camp trek in Himalayas with us.
- Distance and walking hours on Everest base camp ?
In total Lukla – EBC –Lukla we cover around 135/40 kilometers or 86/87 miles besides the side day trips. Normally we are walking from 04 to 08 hours in a day as per the trek itinerary.
- Can we buy miteral water on trek?
We strongly oppose the use of plastic mineral water bottles for environmental concern. Instead Mountain Monarch staff carries kerosene to provide you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening without any additional charge. We suggest you to bring at least 2 metal or plastic Nalgene bottles so that you can have enough to last the duration of the day. Besides you can use the hot bottles in the night as hot pack in your sleeping bag and can still drink it during the day when it's still warm.
- Why trek with experienced trek leader and reputed campany to EBC?
If you are looking for hassle free holiday in terms of permit, hotel, flights, transportation etc and someone to cater you since the time of your arrival till your departure its best to go with a reputed company that offers you leaders who are knowledgeable and professionals. Reputed companies are there to provide you with quality service at a very competitive price and are there to guarantee your safety which I suppose is the biggest concern. Leaders, besides giving you all the necessary information, are there to cater you at times of any crisis no matter if it’s a mountain ailments or any weather mayhem.
- What is the best time for EBC trek ? CAN I do it in Winter?
April to mid June during spring and September to November during autumn before the harsh winter is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp when the view of world's highest peak and its neighboring mountain is at its best state.
Travelers from far and wide come to visit EBC during winter (December till February) despite the serious wind chill factor and lower temperature because the day time offers crystal clear weather and exceptional mountain views. To capture the unbelievable beauty of Everest winter is great other than chilly morning and evening, all you need to do is prepare for the worst of chill weather circumstance. We customise the special Christmas and New year time Everest base camp trek every year.
- Can WE customise the private EBC trek?
Yes as per the time convenient to you and the level of fitness you can always modify the EBC trek. Mountain Monarch has always been unbeaten in customizing trek for the clients as per their requirements.