• Duration: 16 Days
  • Diffculty: Strenuous 
  • Best Time: October - May
  • Max. Altitude: 5550 m

Everest Base Camp Trek - The Ultimate Adventure

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Trekking to Everest Base Camp (EBC) is an ultimate goal for all global trekkers. This EBC trek takes you through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. It offers a chance to see the mountain range from a new perspective. In addition, an experience of Sherpa culture amidst the parades of peaks. Being at EBC is fantastic - a challenging, long walk, but what a place! As you stand on The Rock at Kalapathar, you can see the summit of Mt. Everest over the Western Shoulder. Knowing you are right where so many brave climbers and Sherpa set off for their dream. Of course, the ultimate adventure thrill of being close to the world's highest mountain. 

Everest Base Camp Itinerary and acclimatization

The hike to Everest Base Camp is a classic trekking itinerary. It takes about 11 - 14 days of walking to complete the trek from Lukla. Importantly, we spent two nights at Namche and Dingboche, respectively. This is for the proper acclimation and exploration around. We climb the less-trodden route via Monla and Phortse villages to Dingboche. Then hike to Luchche and Gorekshep. From here, we hike to Everest base camp and climb the Kalapathar. We return via Pheriche and Tengboche monasteries in different ways.

We offer the most competitive cost of the Everest base camp trek. This covers most of the expenses on the trip. Price includes the hotel, Lukla flight, trek permit, meals, trek guide, crew services, etc. We ensure a twin-bedded private room, including a 2/3 night attached bathroom on a trek. All of these tea houses 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 on a trek from breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Trek Difficulty, Physical Fitness, and Safety

The difficulty of the Everest base camp trek is strenuous. The walk will push you to your limit. This is a hike on rugged terrain from 4 to 8 hours a day up to 5550 meters. The oxygen level is around 50 % less compared to the sea level. There are no rope or climbing activities on the EBC trek. It is an achievable journey for the average fit person. It is simply a steady and slow walking holiday at a high altitude. Of course, pre-trek preparation is required to enjoy it at its best. It is not recommended for pregnant women or anyone with heart problems. Basic accommodation, limited food options, and unpredictable weather could increase the trek difficulty. The fitter you are, the more you enjoy the adventure. Most people of reasonable fitness for their age can complete this hike. We recommend 3/4 weeks of trek preparation exercise. Prepare for aerobics, walking, cycling, jogging, or Tai Chi. While getting physically fit, mental preparation must not be ignored.

Hiking high in the Himalayas means walking on rugged terrain. Where less Oxygen is available, and the weather is unpredictable. Besides the precaution of slow walking, proper safety backup must be checked. We ensure a medical-trained guide with Oxygen and medicine as a safety backup.

Best Time, Permit, and Lukla Flight

The Spring and Autumn/Fall is the best time to do this EBC trek. March to May and September to November are the best months. December is also a great time to hike to the Everest base camp. Winter offers clear blue skies, sunny days, and cold nights. One can have a good sleeping bag for cuddling on these cold nights. Two to three weeks is enough to complete the Everest base camp in Nepal. The total walking distance to Everest base camp is about 140 to 160 km. This covers 12 days of the trek, including the day hikes.

Sagarmatha National Park and Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality offer EBC trek permits. We will get these permits for you. The flight to Lukla depends on the air traffic in Kathmandu airport. We likely take off from Ramechhap for Lukla during the busy season. This avoids the air traffic in Kathmandu airport and flight delays.

Guide, Porter, Tipping, and Personal Expenses

Most companies hire guides temporarily. Besides other companies, we have permanent guides to work with us. They have done medical training and leadership training. Our guides are confident enough to deal with all adverse situations on a trek. They provide the required medicine while on tour. We have enough trek crew, including porters and Sherpa, to support each trekker.

Tips of gratitude are offered to the trek crew for their hard work. As a part of the adventure culture, trekkers give tips to the trek crew. Though most things are included in the trip cost, you need some extra budget—such as expenses for meals in the city, drinking water, etc. Wi-Fi, recharging batteries, hot shower, drinking water, and snacks need an additional budget on a trek.

Booking for Spring and Autumn of 2024

Out of hundreds of outfitters to go with. We stand apart with our proper safety backup and responsible travel. We carry the Oxygen and required medicine on our trek. Oxygen is life-saving in case of Acute Mountain Sickness on a hike. 

We offer fixed trek departure dates to join the group to Everest Base Camp. Our EBC Trek dates for the spring and fall/autumn seasons 2024 are online. Besides this Base Camp Trek to Mount Everest, we organize other trips like the 12-Day EBC Trek with Helicopter Return or the Three Pass Trek. One can climb the Island peak just after the Everest base camp trek.

Trip in Nutshell

  • Trek to the EBC and Kalapathar peak
  •  Mt Everest, Sherpa culture with monasteries
  •  Guaranteed Group joining trip Departure dates
  •  Oxygen and Medical kit with a trained guide
  •  Private twin room with full board choice meals on the trek.
  •  Affordable trek cost with a 99% success rate to EBC
  •  Curated and Less Trodden Route to EBC
  • Return Lukla Flight and required trek permits

Trip map

Everest Base Camp Trek map


Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, our team will transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner, where you can enjoy local cuisine and meet fellow trekkers. The next day, we'll explore Kathmandu's historic sites on a guided tour. Trek briefing and gear check before starting the Everest Base Camp trek.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Altitude1340 m

Our journey begins with a scenic flight to Lukla at 2840 meters. Usually, we take off from Ramechhap Airport during peak season. It avoids the considerable air traffic in Kathmandu airport and bad weather. From Lukla, we trek for about 3 hours to Phakding along the Dudhu Koshi gorge. Continuing, we head to Namche Bazaar at 3440 meters. We hike slowly and steadily, allowing the body to acclimatize gradually. Your guide will ensure safe meals and a private twin-bed room. We have set up the acclimation rest day at Namche. We hike up and sleep at the same elevation.

  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude3440 m

We take a less-traveled route to Everest Base Camp via Phortse village. A ridge walk on Mong-La offers spectacular mountain views. It provides picturesque views of Cho Oyu, an 8000-meter peak bordering Tibet. The next day, we continued to Dingboche. This less-trodden high trail offers outstanding views of vast mountains and deep valleys. Wildlife like musk deer and mountain goats might make an appearance. We have another acclimatization day at Dingboche. Panoramic profile of Island Peak, Amadablam, and Makalu.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsFull board meals
  • Altitude4360 m

Away from the tree line, a graduatio ascent is recommended. Today, Leaving Dingboche, we ascend to Lobuche at 4,940 meters. The next day, we climbed to Gorak Shep at 5,288 meters. This is the last tea house before Everest Base Camp. The trail offers gradual climbs with stunning views of Pumari, Lingtren, Nuptse, and Everest. We climb to Everest Base Camp and see the Khumbu Ice Fall. It's a challenging but rewarding journey.


  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsB, L, D
  • Altitude5288 m

Today, you'll climb Kalapathar, the best and closest vantage point. It offers sensational Himalayan vistas and is so close to Mt. Everest. It's a tough climb, but the views are worth it. Afterward, we trek to Pheriche or Pangboche for an overnight stay. Of course, a night of better sleep at lower elevations.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsB, L, D
  • Altitude4240 m

We retrace our steps to Lukla via a different route. We pass by Pangboche and Tyangboche Monastery. You might spot musk deer, mountain goats, and Pheasants along the way. We'll celebrate our journey in Lukla by dancing, dining, and tipping.


  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Altitude2860 m

We'll take an exciting flight back to Kathmandu. We drive to the hotel, and you have free time to relax or explore the city. We customize airport transfers to end memorable Everest Base Camp trek.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

Guideline details day-by-day itinerary of Everest base camp trek. It covers the elevation, walking hours, and daily activities. We explore less trodden regions on the way to base camp.

What's Included
  • Airport transfer on both international and domestic flights.
  • Standard Hotel on a Twin share basis with breakfast as on the itinerary.
  • Standard tea house on twin share private room on a trek
  • Full board meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on a hike.
  • Group Welcome dinner with the Nepali cultural program
  • Guided half-day city tour with entrance permit as listed on trip plan.
  • Kathmandu (Ramechhap) Lukla Kathmandu (Ramechhap) flight with airport transfer.
  • Safety backup: Oxygen and First Aid Medical kit
  • Medical-trained Trek guide and crew with required gear and proper insurance
  • Trek gear: a sleeping bag, warm jackets, and rain poncho as required.
  • Complimentary Trek duffle bag, T-shirt, and Trek map
  • Sagarmatha National Park fees and Local Khumbu VDC permits etc.
What's Excluded
  • Nepal's entry Visa fees.
  • International Airfare and any of your Travel Insurance.
  • All drinks and main meals in cities
  • Beverage Drinks on the trek
  • Tips and Items of personal nature like Wi-Fi, a hot shower, laundry, etc.

Dates & Availability

Adventure journey to the EBC trek with the Katapathar hike in Nepal. We have many fixed departure dates for 2023 and 2024. We offer the most inclusive trek package at the best affordable cost. With a group of friends or family, if you want a customized trip date. Let us know, and we will have a trek date that best suits you.

December Departure
Start DateStart DateDecember 22, 2023End DateEnd DateJanuary 06, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS$1850
Customer Reviews
  • Beth Jeffery
    Beth Jeffery 5.0United StatesJanuary 02, 2023logo
    Well taken care of

    We booked with Mountain Monarch in April 2020, but COVID happened. So, we rebooked for December 2022. We were concerned about the cold. Mountain Monarch supplied us with good down sleeping bags and parka down jackets that kept us warm. We were picked up from the airport and taken to our hotel. Pradip arranged a city tour for our extra day. Our trek was amazing. Clear skies. Had snow one day; it was beautiful. Mingma Sherpa, Chhoti, a female porter, and Ramesh took very good care of us. The tea houses were clean, the food was good, and water was supplied. I will be back. I highly recommend Mountain Monarch take care of all the details of tea houses, flights, transportation, hotel, park fees, tours, etc. Such a fantastic experience. Thank you so much.

  • R
    Rachel 5.0CanadaDecember 05, 2022logo
    Amazing Adventure

    My partner and I completed the EBC trek with Mountain Monarch in October/November 2022 and had a fantastic time!! The trek itself was breathtaking and a unique challenge. It was great to have the whole thing planned for us, so all we had to worry about was the next step in front of us. Everything from picking us up at the airport to flying to Lukla and back was easy and smooth. MM somehow got us on a flight straight from Lukla to Kathmandu. We would not have been able to do it if we were on our own. Pradip even helped us get bus tickets to Pokhara after our trek! The price is slightly higher than other companies, but we thought it was worth it.

    We especially loved that they are a 100% Nepali company, so all money goes to support their economy and one porter for each trekker policy. We got boiled water instead of plastic water bottles to save plastic. We had a great group of people from around the world to hike with. Our guides (Santosh, Roshan, and Fingo) were super knowledgeable, patient, and helpful! We learned much from them about Nepal, the Everest region, the wildlife, and Buddhism. On our way back down, the plan changed slightly, resulting in walking for over 9 hours one day, walking into the dark even, and it was hard to understand the plan due to language barriers fully. It just would have been nice to have it communicated to us better. But other than that, we loved the route and loved that it went off the beaten path a bit, so we had a few much quieter days to take in the area and the culture (the areas where there are no other paths were often quite busy, I will say). Highlights were visiting EBC (obviously), Kalapathar summit (more complicated than anticipated but so worth it!), and the quiet village of Phortse, where we saw the rare musk deer and all the dal bat! I would definitely recommend booking with Mountain Monarch!

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    Michael Daley 5.0United StatesJune 20, 2021TripAdvisor
    Father and Son Adventure

    My son and I have wanted to do this trip for the last few years. We had it planned for 2020, but COVID canceled that. It was a close call on making it for 2021, but our dream came true. Pradip was able to transfer our 2020 $ to 2021. He is a professional in every way and one of the nicest people you’ll meet. We still had restrictions with COVID, but MMA put our safety first. We saw more than usual in Kathmandu and learned a lot, and I mean a lot. Since we passed the COVID test, we started our trek early. My son and I said we’d spend more time in the Himalayas than in Kathmandu, so Pradip and CP, our guide, suggested adding some extra days and adding two more summits and Chola Pass to the trek. CP is an excellent guide and one of the nicest people you’ll meet. He educated us on the people, food, culture, mountains, and way of life up until high. We all really got to know each other very well. CP even taught us how to play Nepalese rummy to pass the time in the tea houses, and we taught him double solitaire. He got to know our abilities and even gave us a challenge on the Trick Trail, which we enjoyed. He was always concerned with our COVID safety when we were in villages and provided masks for us. He never passed us; he always stressed to be patient and go slow (Bestari Bestari). He made us feel very confident and strong with his compliments and kindness. He became a very good friend on the trail as if we’d known him for a long time. CP is also very funny and entertaining, a very happy man that enjoys helping people understand his culture and the beauty of the Himalayas. You can tell he loves being in the mountains and sharing his knowledge. We always stayed at nice tea houses/lodges with great cooks. The food was FANTASTIC. We were vegetarians on the trail until the way down, and we ate like kings.

    Not only was the food excellent, but there was also always plenty of it; you never went hungry. With MMA, my son and I each had our porter, and we even got them to have some fun with us on the pass and join us in cards. We did the three summits: Nangkar Tshang, Kala Patthar, and Gokyo Ri. The two extra summits and going over Chola pass really added to the fun and adventure, and it was not much of an additional cost. I am SO HAPPY that we booked the trek through Mountain Monarch. We met some great people and had a trip of a lifetime. If I go back, I’m definitely using them again because being with the best; there’s no reason to look elsewhere. I know you can only give five stars, but they deserve more. I’ve never seen any person or company do as much as they do for us.

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