Everest Base Camp Trek - 16 Days

Ultimate Journey to stand next to Mt. Everest
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At a Glance
Duration16 Days
Trip GradeStrenuous
Maximum Altitude5,550 m
Best TimeSept - May

Everest Base Camp Trek: The Ultimate Adventure to Mount Everest

The Everest Base Camp Trek explores some of the most spectacular Himalayan landscapes at their best.  This base camp of Mt. Everest is the ultimate adventure destination and mecca for adventurers around the globe. Standing at base camp is a dream-come-true experienceofalifetime journey through a challenging, long walk. As you stand on the rocky Kalapathar at an altitude of 5545 meters, you can see the summit of Mt. Everest over the western shoulder. Historical footsteps at Everest's base camp, where so many brave climbers and Sherpa set off for their dream to scale the mighty summit. It offers priceless moments, unimaginable sceneries, and unlimited happiness. Trekkers don’t have words to express the experience. They cry joyfully once next to the ever-smiling and welcoming mighty Everest, forgetting the cold and strenuous walking.

How do I get acclimatized on Trek to Everest?

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a classic voyage into the heart of the Himalayas. It takes about 12 daysof walking to complete the trip from Lukla to Lukla, the gateway to Everest. You start the Base Camp Everest hiking itinerary with an ascent to Namche Bazaar at an elevation of 4340 meters, where you spend two nightsfor the sidewalk excursion. You follow the less-trodden nature trail route to Dingboche via Monla and Phortse villages. As at Namche, another two nights stay at Dingboche for nature side trip exploration and proper acclimatization. Such rest days and acclimatization are crucial for the safe Odyssey travel to Mount Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar.

Following the well-designed and detailed Everest base camp expedition itinerary schedule for proper acclimation, you leave Dingboche village for Lobuche and Gorekshep. This Gorakshep, at a height of 5164 meters, is the last teahouse settlement to spend a night before the base camp. We traverse Nepal's epic Everest base camp from here to leave a historical footprint at this most popularadventure landmark. Hike to Kalapathar for the sunrise or sunset on Everest. It is worth it for the mesmerizing view of the mighty peak with the famous Khumbu Icefall. The excursion to base camp and Kalapathar is the ultimate highlight of the Mt. Everest base camp expedition. There is still more to explore on our return route to Lukla. You will descend via the Pheriche and Tengboche, where you will have time to visit the ornately decorated monasteries.

What should you see and expect on the journey to Base Camp?

The adventure hiking journey to Mount Everest Base Camp offers stunning mountain scenery, rich cultural experiences, unique cuisine, and basic but cozy accommodations. The iconic Khumbu glacier and icefall against the backdrop of Mt. Everest are simply breathtaking. Not to miss the stunning pyramids of Ama Dablam Peak and Lhotse, Nuptse, and Purori, including the parades of peaks all around.

The unique and vibrant culture of the legendary Sherpa people enriches your voyage to the base camp of Everest. Interaction with local trek crew and people, visiting the Buddhist monasteries, and a caravan of yaks and porters enrich your adventure experience. You visit and explore the Buddhist monasteries at Namache, Pangboche, and Tengboche, which offer unique insight into the spiritual life and culture of the Khumbu region. The colorful prayer flag fluttering on the hilltops and suspension bridges with the Buddhist chanting of Om Mane Padme Hum inscribed on Mani Walls creates a sensory experience of a lifetime. One must be there to experience its sights and sounds.

The affordable and competitive Nepal Everest Base Camp cost includes the hotel, Lukla flight, trek permit, meals, trek guide, crew services, etc. The package price ensures a twin-bedded private room, including a 2/3-night attached bathroom on a trek as available. These tea houses and lodges are basic yet cozy in what they offer. They have a dining hall to have meals and chat with fellow trekkers or crew. On a trek, we ensure hygienic, full-board meals, including local cuisines such as Dal Bhat and Momo. We provide some gear for free use, such as a sleeping bag, warm jacket, and trek duffle bag.

Who can join this Base Camp Trek?

The difficulty level of the Mount Everest base camp trekking is strenuous. The walk will push you to your limit. This hiking adventure is on rugged terrain from 4 to 8 hours a day up to 5550 meters, where the oxygen level is around 50% less than the sea level. No rope or climbing activities are involved in this epic journey to the base camp of Mt. Everest in Nepal. It is a steady, self-paced, multiple-day walking excursion adventure holiday into the heart of the Himalayas. Thus, the Everest Base Camp expedition is an achievable destination for the average fit person. This walking tour is not suitable for pregnant women or anyone with heart problems.

What Safety Backups Are There on Trek to Everest?

Hiking high in the Himalayas means walking on rugged terrain with less oxygen and unpredictable weather. Besides the precaution of slow walking, proper safety backup must be checked. We (Mountain Monarch), being a recommended and best company, ensure a medically trained guide to lead your Everest base camp and Kalapathar trip with oxygen and medicine as a safety backup. We have enough trek crew to deal with any adverse situation on adventure travel.

How do I prepare for the Mount Everest Trek?

Of course, pre-trek preparation is required to enjoy it at its best. 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 fascinating hike to the base camp of Mount Everest. We recommend 3/4 weeks of trek preparation training exercise. Prepare for aerobics, walking, cycling, jogging, or Tai Chi.While getting physically fit, mental preparation must be addressed.

What is the best time to hike?

Spring, autumn, or fall are the best times to join on the MountEverest trek to Base Camp in Nepal. March to May of spring, also known as an expedition season, offers moderate temperatures and flowers in bloom. September to November of the autumn season offers a mild temperature for hiking uphill trails. It gets relatively colder nights towards the end of this season. The early autumn season has a chance of sparse monsoon rain, too. December is also a great month to venture 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 are enough to complete trekking to the Everest base camp in Nepal. The total walking distance or length is about 140 to 160 km. This trek map takes 12 days, including the day hikes, which means 16 days from arrival to departure from Kathmandu.

Trekking Permits and Lukla Flights?

You must have Sagarmatha National Park, and Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality permits to participate in the Everest base camp adventure trip. We will get these trek and travel permits for you. The flight to Lukla depends on the air traffic at Kathmandu Airport. We will likely take off from Ramechhap for Lukla during the busy season. This avoids air traffic at Kathmandu Airport and flight delays.

Looking for a group to join in spring or autumn 2024 and 2025

Out of hundreds of outfitters to go with, we stand apart with our proper safety backup and responsible travel. We have fixed group departure dates to join the Nepal Everest Base Camp trip. Our EBC Trek dates for the spring and autumn seasons of 2024 and 2025 are online. Besides this Base Camp Trek to Mount Everest, we organize other trips likethe Three Pass Trek or Island Peak Climbing, as well as amateur climbing beyond trekking in Nepal.


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

Tour PlanExpand All
Day 1-2

When you arrive at Kathmandu Airport, our team will transfer you 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. Arrival trek briefing and gear check before starting the Everest Base Camp trek.

Day 3-5

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.

Day 6-8

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 with the panoramic profile of Island Peak, Amadablam, and Makalu.

Day 9-10

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.

Day 11

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.

Day 12-14

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.

Day 15-16

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

Cost Details
  • 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, Local Khumbu VDC permits, etc.
  • 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 a personal nature like Wi-Fi, a hot shower, laundry, etc.
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Route Map
Trek map of Everest base camp
Altitude Chart
elevation of Everest base camp trekking route