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.