Overview

  • 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 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, 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. 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.

Physical fitness/preparation

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 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 for 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.

Trip in Nutshell

  • Trek to the EBC and Kalapathar peak
  • Mt Everest, Sherpa culture with monasteries
  • Guaranteed Group joining trip Departure dates
  • Responsible Adventure policy of 1 Trekker: 1 Porter
  • Supplementary Oxygen and Medical kit with a trained guide
  • Full board choice meals on the trek
  • Best Trek Cost with a 99% success rate to EBC
  • Curated and Less Trodden route to EBC
  • Return Lukla Flight and private twin-bedroom accommodation
  • Use of trek gear like a sleeping bag, down jacket
  • Complimentary Duffle bag and T-shirt and EBC trek map

Trip map

Everest Base Camp Trek map

Itinerary

Your trek group leader will be at Kathmandu Airport to welcome and transfer you to the hotel. On the way to the hotel, enjoy the short, fun drive through the maze streets of an ancient city.

  • On arrival at the hotel, short info on the hotel and city.
  • Time to explore Kathmandu or rest on the earlier arrival 
  • Traditional Nepali Group welcome dinner(know your fellow trekkers).
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Altitude1340 m

Today would be the most exhilarating day to explore the most pious Hindu and Buddhist religious places in Kathmandu. Both of them are listed in the world heritage sites and elucidate the entire mysticism over its existence.

  • Breakfast and be ready for the thrilling tour.
  • Visit Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa
  • Trek briefing in the afternoon 
  • Collect the required Trek gear from Company
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

Around 3 hours of easy walk on the legendary trekking trail through the traditional Sherpa villages. Enjoy the view of the stunning Dudh Koshi gorge; the landscape and the deep valley are unique.

  • Flight to Lukla airstrip @ 2840 m on a twin-otter plane 
  • A wonderful hike crosses the stunning Himalayan settlements.
  • The eye-catching farming terraces on the backdrop of the deep gorge 
  • Spend a night at Phakding with a private twin bedroom
  • Of course, your guide suggests a selection of safe food for diners of your choice.
  • Dinner time briefing with several fascinating local descriptions.
  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsB L D Tea Coffee
  • Altitude2650 m

A day of steady hike to Namche Bazzar, great adventure days of a lifetime starts. But it’s far more than just simply trekking. Our body needs time to adjust to the thin air available as we climb higher. Thus we hike slowly with plenty of breaks and make sure we drink enough on the way.

  • Wake up call in the morning as set by your trek guide.
  • Lunch on the way after 3 hours of gentle walking
  • Dare to cross some renowned high-suspension bridges
  • Soaring cliffs at the backdrop of the deep gorge are awe-inspiring
  • The stunning view of Thamserku, Kusum Kangroo, and the Holy black Khumbiyela mountain next to Namche is mesmerizing.

Acclimatization:

  • Few hours of a sensational hike around Namche for proper acclimatization.
  • The stunning profile of the alluring mountain and extensive green hills with the Tibetan-Buddhist culture and tradition.
  • Take Photos of the territory of the yaks is charismatic.
  • Dare to capture the first view of Mt Everest ( 8848.86 m) right at your Nose.
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee
  • Altitude3440 m

We follow the less-trodden route to the base camp of Everest via the Phorste village, almost a hidden village in Khumbu valley.

  • Great mesmerizing ridge walk of Mong-La with spectacular mountain views.
  • Picturesque terrace village of Photse to spend the night. Don't miss to take the photo of the mighty Cho Oyu, another 8000 m peak in this .region
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee
  • Altitude3810 m

Leaving Phortse, we take the high trail, considered one of the most beautiful, with outstanding views of the enormous mountains and deep valleys. Dingboche, situated at the foot of soaring Amadablam Mountain, is another attraction.

  • A beautiful walk with the most beautiful view.
  • Chances to witness the musk deer, mountain goats, and different birds
  • Effortless walk to Pangbuche and fabulous lunch at Somare village.
  • View of countless other neighboring mountains that are hidden from Namche’s view.

Acclimatisation rest day at Dingboche

  • Morning excursion for acclimatization after breakfast.
  • 360-degree Mountain View, including Island peak and Makalu (the world’s 5th highest mountain).
  • From the point of excursion, a bird’s eye view of Imja valley and Dingboche village.
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee
  • Altitude4360 m

Away from the tree line area, a gradual ascent is recommended. Today is another beautiful walk where mountains like Cholatse, Lobuche, and Pumori unfold before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape.

  • Gradual-up walk in the vast Himalayan meadow is peaceful.
  • Walking up to the memorial plateau with hundreds of memorials built after the people who met with tragedy on different mountains of Everest is remarkable.
  • Getting to Lobuche, a small settlement at the foot of Lobuche peak, is significant.
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee
  • Altitude4910 m

Today we are heading to the last teahouse post before the EBC. Gorak Shep, a Base Camp earlier, takes about 3 hrs to walk on an undulating trail of the rocky moraine. The stunning parades of peaks include Pumari (7,145 m), Lingtren (6,697 m), Nuptse (7,745 m), and of course, Everest (8,848.86 m) surround this last outpost.

Highlights:

  • Spectacular view of the Khumbu Ice Fall besides soaring mountains.
  • Excursion to the base camp after lunch.
  • The view of the base camp and the blue ice pinnacles of an Icefall is astonishing.
  • It is a challenging but enriching walk to and fro from base camp.

 

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

 Now is the time for an epic climb to Kalapathar, the point to value your dream, and the sensational Himalayan vistas all around. The climb is not easy, but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. After making historic success at EBC and Kalapattar, we will descend to the Himalayan settlement of Pheriche.

  • Phenomenal sunrise view.
  • A gratifying moment being at 5545 m with an exceptional panoramic view.
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee
  • Altitude4240 m

Returning to the tree line area, we retrace our steps to Pangboche, with still much to see at Tyangbuche Monastery. Being a pious Buddhist settlement, the wildlife is unharmed, so there is a possibility to encounter some wild animals such as musk deer, mountain goats, and Pheasants.

  • Effortless walk to Tyengbuche monastery, the most active monastery in the Everest region.
  • Visiting the monastery and lighting the butter lamp is an incredible experience.
  • Witness the untold history and the activities of Tyengbuche.
  • Give yourself a break at Namche either with a drink or buying souvenirs.
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Altitude3440 m

We retrace the way through the rhododendron forest to the valley floor to follow the Dudh Koshi downhill and then from the national park to the village of Phakding.

Now it’s time to recall our moment, the day we started with all the hopes and excitement. Then, finally, we walk through the valley of Dudh Koshi to Lukla, finishing this exhilarating journey.

  • Being the last night, fun activities follow with dancing, eating, drinking, and tipping.

 

  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Altitude2860 m

We take the thrilling flight to Kathmandu. Hotel transfer and free day for shopping or rest before boarding the international flight back home.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

It is time to fly back home, keeping all the exhilarating moments of a lifetime experience in mind. We customize the airport transport as per the flight details.

  • MealsBreakfast

Everest Base Camp Itinerary:

Guideline detail day-by-day itinerary of EBC trek with elevation, walking hours, and daily activities. We explore less trodden regions on the way to base camp, allowing more time for proper acclimatization and return from different routes. We ensure the safe and excellent adventure holiday of a lifetime with an appropriate safety backup.

What's Included
  • Customize airport transfer as per the flight details.
  • Standard hotel stays on a twin-share BB plan in Kathmandu as per the EBC trek itinerary.
  • Choice and Full board meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinking water, Tea, Coffee water on trek.
  • Oxygen Cylinder with regulator and comprehensive First Aid medical kit.
  • Responsible & Ethical trekking policy of 1 TREKKER: 1 POTTER ensures porter carries less weight.
  • Accommodation at a clean and comfortable tea house or lodge.
  • Welcome Group dinner with the Nepali cultural program as listed in the itinerary.
  • Guided city tour for half day with entrance permit as listed in the EBC trip plan.
  • Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu flight with airport transfer
  • Use company-quality trekking gear for free - a sleeping bag, fleece liner, down jacket, and rain poncho as required.
  • Permanent and professional trekking Guide to lead your trip who is well trained in Wilderness First Aid Medicine.
  • Assistant trekking guides and trek crew with proper gear and insurance.
  • Everest region trekking map.
  • Complimentary Mountain Monarch's Trek Duffle bag, Everest region trek map, and T-shirts.
  • TIMS / VDC and Sagarmatha park entry fees.
What's Excluded
  • Nepal entry Visa fees
  • International Airfare and any of your Travel Insurance
  • All drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips and Items of personal nature like a phone call, a hot shower, laundry, mineral water, etc.

Dates & Availability

EBC Trip Dates:

Please plan to join the adventure journey to the EBC trek in Nepal at an elevation of 5364 meters. We have many fixed departure dates for 2023 and 2024 to join the group trekking experience. 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.

March Departure
     
Start DateStart DateMarch 04, 2023End DateEnd DateMarch 19, 2023StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS$1750
Start DateStart DateMarch 18, 2023End DateEnd DateApril 02, 2023StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS$1750
Start DateStart DateMarch 25, 2023End DateEnd DateApril 09, 2023StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS$1750

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, which we would not have been able to do 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, their one porter for each trekker policy and that 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!

  • M
    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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