Everest Base Camp Trek - The Ultimate Adventure
The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks in the Himalayas, and rightly so. Trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) is the ultimate adventure goal for trekkers around the globe. This EBC trek takes you through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world and offers a chance to see the mountain range from a new perspective. In addition, you will experience the ancient Sherpa culture amidst the breathtaking scenery of the mountains. Thus, the journey to the Base Camp of Mt Everest is a great challenge and achievement, and the Ultimate adventure thrill of being so close to the world's highest peak.
If you are anticipating leaving your footprint at the base camp of mighty Everest, then here are some trek details to look at before your journey to Everest base camp in Nepal.
What to see and explore on the way to the base camp of Mt. Everest
- Leave a footprint at a historical place of Base camp following the footstep of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenjin Norge Sherpa.
- Stand at Kalapathar next to Mt Everest face to face
- Explore and experience the Sherpa culture and tradition amid the alluring parades of Himalayan glistering peaks
- Witness the ornate and historical Buddhist monasteries at Namche, Tengboche, and Pangboche
- Walk on the rugged terrain to get stunned by the chilling beauty of the Khumbu glacier and icefalls.
- Exciting flight to Lukla airstrip, the Himalayan airport
- Exploration of Sagarmatha National Park with its unique flora and fauna on display.
Everest base camp itinerary, map, Lukla flight, and acclimatization
The hike to Everest Base Camp is a classic trekking itinerary to the world's tallest mountain, Mt. Everest. It takes approximately 11 - 14 days of walking only to complete the trek from Lukla to Lukla. This trek starts from Lukla with an exciting flight and goes to Everest base camp and Kala Patthar at 5,445m. To ensure the flight is on time and avoid the considerable air traffic in Kathmandu airport as well as unpredictable weather, we take an early morning drive to Ramechap to board the thrilling flight to Lukla. The trek itinerary and route map pass through several Sherpa villages and offer spectacular views of Mt. Everest and a parade of stunning peaks. Importantly, we spend two nights at Namche and Dingboche, respectively, with an acclimatization hike for the proper acclimation. Then, we follow the less-trodden itinerary via Monla and Phortse villages to Dingboche and return via Pheriche and Tengboche monasteries, a different way than what we climbed up. Our route map/trekking itinerary to Everest base camp is curated to offer maximum exploration and optimum acclimation.
Accommodation, food, and cost of Everest base camp
We offer the most competitive cost of the Everest base camp trek, covering most of the expenses on the trip from hotel accommodation, Lukla flight, trek permit, full board meals, service from trek crew, etc. We ensure a private room with a twin bedroom for the accommodation in the teahouse. All of these teahouses are basic in what they offer. They have a dining hall to have meals and chat with fellow trekkers or crew. We ensure hygienic full-board meals while you are on a trek from breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. We also provide an attached bathroom in some places, say 2 or 3 nights on a hike, as available at lower elevations on our standard Everest base camp cost. If you wish to upgrade your accommodation, we customize it accordingly at an extra price.
Trek difficulty and who can join it
The difficulty of the Everest base camp trek is strenuous, with a hike from 4 to 8 hours a day at an elevation of 2500 to 5550 meters on rugged terrain, where 50% less Oxygen is available compared to the sea level. No rope or climbing activities; it is simply steady and slow walking at a high altitude. Basic accommodation, limited food options, and unpredictable weather on the Himalayan could increase the trekking difficulty level. One doesn't need to be a super fit athletic or high-altitude mountaineer, nor a previous trekking experience required to join this adventure. Though trekking to the Everest base camp is strenuous and will push you to your limits, it is an achievable journey for everyone with the average physical fitness for their age with pre-trek physical preparation. This trek is not recommended for pregnant women, anyone with heart problems, or children below ten years old.
The fitter you are, the more you enjoy the adventure. Most people of reasonable fitness for their age can complete this hike to the base camp of Mount Everest as this is a walking holiday at your own pace, enjoying the wonders of the Himalayas. We recommend 3/4 weeks of trek preparation exercise such as aerobics, walking, cycling, jogging, or Tai Chi to prepare for the adventure. While getting physically fit, mental preparation must not ignore. Thus, be ready for the challenging journey, as there could be adverse weather conditions.
Safety on Everest base camp trek in Nepal
Proper safety arrangements must be checked before starting your journey to the Himalayas. Hiking high in the Himalayas means walking on rugged terrain where less Oxygen is available, and the weather is very unpredictable. Therefore, besides the precaution of walking slowly and steadily, the trekking team must have supplementary Oxygen in case of emergency with a comprehensive medical kit. We at Mountain Monarch ensure that you are accompanied by our experienced and medically trained competent trek guide with Oxygen and a first aid kit on your trek to Mt. Everest base camp in Nepal.
Best time and Duration of the EBC
Trekking to Everest base camp is the most popular adventure in the Himalayas; it allures trekkers worldwide. The best time and season for this EBC trek is the spring season of March, April, or May, and the fall or autumn season of September, October, and November. The early winter, December, is also a great time to hike to the Everest base camp with clear blue skies, sunny days, and cold nights cuddling inside a warm sleeping bag. Usually, two to three weeks is enough to complete this adventure to the Everest base camp in Nepal based on your chosen hiking routes.
EBC trek Distance and walking hours each day
The total walking distance to Everest base camp is 140 to 150 km which we cover on 12 days of the trek, including the day hikes. Our itinerary is design base on the elevation gained each day. Most of the day while hiking up to the base camp is 4 – 6 hours a day, while we cover relatively long distances on your way down to Lukla with 6 – 8 hours of walks each day.
Mount Everest Trekking Permit and Lukla flight
To do the Mount Everest base camp hike in Nepal, one must have trekking permits from the Sagarmatha National Park and Village development committee. We will get these permits for you. The flight to Lukla is based on the air traffic in Kathmandu airport; it is likely to take from Ramechap airport during the busy season. This is around four hour's drive from Kathmandu. The great thing about Ramechap Airport is that the flight to Lukla is much more reliable than from Kathmandu Airport.
Gear for the Base Camp
Proper gear is necessary to complete the journey to Everest base camp safely. Our company provides a sleeping bag, warm jacket, and trek duffel bag to make your trip hassle-free. In addition, you need to have your gear, including the trekking boots, a day pack, and some warmer gear.
Telephone and Internet on route to Base camp
The local sim of NTC and Ncell typically works well on the journey to the Everest base camp. These sims come with the data package as well. Local WIFI and internet facility are available at most places on the route.
Hot shower and electricity/charging gadgets
Taking a hot shower depends on the weather up there. Usually not recommended. If you wish to take a hot shower, we suggest you take it at Namche or below, only weather permits. Electricity at lower and Solar at higher elevations are available to recharge the gadgets on our route to the Everest base camp trip.
Guide and porter
Most to the company hire guides temporarily. Besides other companies, we have permanent guides to work with us. They have done medical training and leadership training. Confident enough to deal with all adverse situations and to prescribe the required medicine while on a trek. We have enough trek porters and Sherpa to support each trekker on a hike to the mount. Everest base camp in Nepal.
Tipping and Personal expenses
Tips while in the high Himalayas adventure is a gratitude being offered to the trek crew for their hard work on your adventure journey in the Himalayas. Besides the full board meals, accommodation, trek permit, Lukla flight, and hotel accommodation is included in the trip cost, you need some extra budget for the lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and recharging batteries, using WIFI, having some snack and mineral water, tips to trek crew, etc. on a trek.
Trekkers experience standing at the Mt. Everest Base Camp.
Fantastic to be at EBC - a challenging, long walk to get there, but what a place! As you stand on The Rock, you can see the summit of Mt. Everest over the Western Shoulder, knowing you are right where so many brave climbers and sherpas set off for their dream and knowing that this is as close as you can get to ordinary people.
Why Everest base camp with Mountain Monarch
Out of hundreds of outfitters to go with, Mountain Monarch stands apart with its responsible travel policy and proper safety backup. We go with supplementary Oxygen on each trek to Everest base camp, and our porters carry less weight, and they are more like your personal Sherpa than a porter while on your journey, ready to help you out. This is Nepal based local company having permanent guides with medical training. We provide the service from arrival to departure, ensuring your trip to Nepal is hassle-free, enjoyable, and safe. Thus, permanent, reliable, and medically trained guides with responsible trekking policy and safety backup are why you trek with us.
Booking is Open for Spring and Autumn 2023/2024
Mountain Monarch, a responsible and trusted local company based in Nepal, offers many fixed departure dates for the spring and fall/autumn seasons of 2023/2024. Besides this regular base camp trek to Everest, we also provide short hiking in the Everest region, like 12 Days EBC Trek with Helicopter Return or 14 Days EBC Hiking journey to the Island. Furthermore, peak Climbing combines an EBC trek with a climb of 6189 meters peak, the most popular trekking peak in the Everest region.