Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the best adventures treks. And rightly so as the illustrious journey culminates at the base camp of the Mt. Everest (8848m). Following paths full of overwhelming views of Himalayan peaks, glaciers, and scenic Sherpa villages. Then you move to the Everest Base Camp and also the Kalapatthar viewpoint. Each offering the most glorious of hallmarks of the Everest region. Experience the scenes of the Himalayas and in Sagarmatha National Park, take time to appreciate the lovely and rare flora, fauna and birds.
Your adventure starts with a thrilling flight to Lukla. The landing at the airstrip will surely give you the chills as the airport is deemed as one of the dangers in the world. After arrival, follow your mountain guide and trek to Phakding, a Sherpa village located in the Dudh Koshi river gorge. Your next stop is Namche and to reach the village you pass the immaculate Dudh Koshi River. Walking through the Mani stones, multi-colored strips of prayer flags, you arrive at Namche Bazaar a significant trade-off post for Sherpas. Following the Imja River, you traverse the trails through Debuche and Tengboche.
Relishing the views from Tengboche Monastery, you head to Dingboche and then to Lobuche. En route walk uphill to cross the Khumbu Glacier, relishing awe-stirring views of Himalayan giants like Thamserku (6608m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Imja Tse/Island Peak (6189m), Nuptse (7861m), Cho Oyu (8188m), Lhotse (8414m), and several other peaks. The best part of your journey is the climb to Kala Patthar (5545m), a graceful viewpoint at the base of Mount Pumori (7165m) and Everest Base Camp (5364m), the base camp of world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest (8848m).
After enjoying the rewards of such toiling efforts, you retrace your steps while descending back to Lukla. By the finale of the trek, you will have tons of memories – pictures and experiences that will last till eternity. The Everest Base camp trek is demanding and presents plenty of challenges. All climbers need to have good skills in rock and ice climbing and be capable to join this trek.
Corporate Adventure Treks has constantly been standing out among a ton of travel agencies in the country. Our approaches to the customers include providing utmost safety and ample guidance throughout the trek. The transportation, accommodation, and other services on the trek will surely help you have great times.
A Corporate Adventure representative will welcome you to the country after you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will then be transferred to your hotel which will be followed by a briefing about the trek. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Duration: 35 min Flight + 4 hours trek
Today, you take an early morning flight to Lukla. Flying over the gleaming mountains, you arrive at Lukla and experience the thrilling landing at the airport, considered one of the most dangerous in the world. You meet the porters and rest of the crew at the airport then start the trek to Phakding. The trail takes you through the Dudh Koshi valley crossing a few local style suspension bridges before reaching Phakding. Overnight stay at Phakding.
Duration: 6-8 hours trek
From Phakding, you head to Monjo which lies north of Phakding and is the entrance point of the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail goes through the national park to Jorsalle and finally to Namche. Walk through the Sagarmatha National Park and experience the alpine woods and brooks, small rivers and deciduous jungles. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Namche is a great place to sink in with nature. The views around Namche are outstanding and attractive. You can explore the Syangboche Airstrip and get the 360-degree view of Namche along with perfect views of the Himalayas as well. Further from Namche is the Everest View Hotel. The hotel is the uppermost situated hotel and offers the view of Mount Everest and many other Himalayan peaks. Back at Namche, explore the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Duration: 5-6 hours trek
Following the trail along the right side of the Dudh Koshi River and enjoying the astounding natural scenery of streams, hills, and the Himalayas, the village of Tengboche is reached. The village of Tengboche is situated at the union of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja Khola Rivers and is bounded by rhododendron trees. The village is renowned for Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery of the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at Tengboche.
Duration: 5-6 hours trek
The trekking track passes the Imja River via a suspension bridge and leads towards the village of Dingboche. En route, the village of Pangboche is crossed. Dingboche is entitled the “Summer Valley” of the Khumbu and has the long wall built to defend the village’s crops from the cold storms that descend goes down the Imja Valley. Elegant views of Lhotse (8414m), the Ama Dablam (6856m) and the Island Peak from Dingboche are quite astounding. Overnight stay at Dingboche.
Duration: Day hiking
Dingboche is also an amazing village for adjusting. An ascent to Nagerjun is a good way to spend time at Dingboche. On reaching the top, you can find that the skyline is decorated by mountains like Kangtega (6685m), Lobuche (6119m), and Ama Dablam (6856m). After the ascent, you return to Dingboche and explore the monasteries there. Overnight stay at Dingboche.
Duration: 5-6 hours trek
Walking to Dughla from Dingboche, we arrive at Chupki Lhara. It is a pebbly slanted from where the sight of imperious peaks can be seen. The trail descends to the Khumbu Glacier moraine. The vistas of the mountain like Khumbutse(6636m) and Pumori (7165m) from the moraine are remarkable. Mount Nuptse (7861m) also appears up ahead once the glacier pass is crossed. Overnight stay at Lobuche.
Duration: 7-8 hours trek
A gentle walk from Lobuche alongside the view of the world’s utmost glacier- the Khumbu Glacier leads us to Gorakshep. You begin on an ascent to the Everest Base Camp along the icy and snowy trails. Here, the view of the Khumbu Icefall and the sight of the Khumbutse (6636m) and Lingtren Mountains are wonderful. After spending some time at the base camp relishing the highlights and the atmosphere, we shall return back to Gorakshep. Overnight stay at Gorakshep.
Duration: 7-8 hours
An early morning start to Kalapatthar from Gorakshep is the additional best part of the trip. Kalapatthar is a well-known vantage point common for providing panoramic views of Mount Everest(8848m), Nuptse (7861m), the Pumori (7165m), and Lhotse(8414m) among many other peaks. Ascent to Kalapatthar is done early for the sunrise is absolutely wonderful. After some time at Kalapatthar, we will return to Pheriche. Overnight stay at Pheriche.
Duration: 6-7 hours trek
The day entails long and tiresome trek along the Imja River. From Pheriche, you head to Pangboche and then to Orsho. After leaving Orsho, you head to Deboche followed by Tengboche, home to the illustrious Tengboche Monastery. Heading back to Namche, you reach Khumjung village and finally to Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche.
Duration: 6-7 hours trek
From Namche Bazaar, you retrace your steps and descend along the Dudh Koshi River. Walking through the Sagarmatha National Park, you descend to Jorsalle and exit the park to reach Monjo. Further ahead, the trail drops to Phakding and towards Bengkar. From Bengkar, it’s a short while to Lukla. You can complement the success of the trip with the celebratory drinks at the local eateries. Overnight stay at Lukla.
Duration: 35 Minutes by flight
Bidding the Everest region farewell, you get on a short-scenic flight to Kathmandu. Leaving Lukla, you relish the views of the Himalayas for the final time and upon arriving in the valley, you head to the markets to shop or souvenirs. The day can also be spent by visiting the sites of cultural significance in the city. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
On the last day of your stay in Nepal, you will be accompanied by a representative from Corporate Adventure Treks to the Tribhuvan International Airport prior to your scheduled flight.
For this trek there will be one leader, assistant leader (10 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size but we after years of experience we have found a maximum of twelve people to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to book this trip for a larger group then that can be arranged too.
We will be accommodated in Hotel Moonlight or Similar in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 270. Corporate Adventure treks rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests
The easiest way to reach Lukla (2840m), the trailhead of your Everest Base Camp Trek is via a flight. One of the highest and most extreme airports in the world, flying to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla has its own challenges. The chief among them is the weather.
The airport is built on a narrow plateau, over a steep cliff. Navigating the plane along the short and narrow runway is difficult when strong winds whip across the mountains. Surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world, the weather here is unpredictable and changes frequently. It would be clear and sunny one minute, and the next moment the clouds will appear and everything will turn hazy. Flights operate only when the weather is stable and visibility clear.
The chances of your Lukla flight getting canceled cannot be ruled out. If this happens your EBC Trek may get extended by a day or two. So come prepared and keep buffer days so that you may not miss your international flight.
If there is a long delay due to bad weather, we will try to secure a space for you on a helicopter flight. The cost for the heli flight [USD 500 one way per person] is not included in the trip price and should be borne by you.
Due to congestion at the Kathmandu airport during high season (Spring- March, April, autumn – October, November), flights to and from Lukla now operates from Manthali Airport in Ramechhap. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu.
However, airline companies operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you book your trip early, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to or from Lukla. It will be easier and more comfortable to fly directly from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa, instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap.
Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
Remember you will be trekking to the world’s highest trekking destination, Everest Base Camp which lies well above 5000 meters beyond the sea level. Here there is less oxygen in the atmosphere which will make breathing a bit difficult.
To let your body get used to the thin air, you need to walk slowly, steadily, and keep your body hydrated. If you try to hasten and walk fast to reach your destination in less time, chances are you may suffer from AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness.
AMS symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc., are seen at elevations above 2000 meters. Usually, these symptoms occur once you reach Namche or beyond Namche.
Taking Diamox and a good night’s rest may work for mild cases. Drinking plenty of fluids (water, tea, soup, etc.) and keeping your body hydrated will also help to keep the sickness at bay. One should take the necessary precautions to ensure that the condition does not worsen. But if the symptoms worsen, one may have to return to a lower elevation and get medical help.
There are clinics at Lukla, Namche, and Pheriche which offer basic care for minor ailments. In the worst-case scenario, an air evacuation will be arranged, where the patient will be flown to Kathmandu to receive medical aid. AMS, if untreated or ignored can take your life.
On a high altitude trek like the trek to EBC, acclimatization is very important. Your body needs time to get used to thin air which can be done by resting at a lower altitude before reaching a higher level of elevation.
Our experts have included two days in the itinerary for acclimatization. During your trek, you will be spending extra days at Namche (3440m) and Dingboche (4410m) to acclimatize successfully before trekking further.
Here are the altitudes and oxygen levels at some of the major stops en route to Everest Base Camp:
Places Altitude Oxygen Level
Lukla 2,840m/9,318ft 0.73%
Namche 3,440m/11,286ft 0.64%
Dingboche 4,410m/14,469ft 0.58%
Lobuche 4,910m/16,109ft 0.53%
Gorak Shep 5,140m/16,864ft 0.52%
Everest Base Camp 5,364m/17,598ft 0.5%
Kala Patthar 5,500m/18,209ft 0.5%
It is important to keep your body hydrated on the trail as dehydration also causes AMS. One should drink at least 3-4 liters of fluids daily.
We dissuade you from buying bottled water as it adds up to the thrashing problem in the mountains. Moreover like everything else, bottled water is also expensive in the mountains.
We highly recommend you to carry a reusable water bottle with you, one that can hold hot water. You can use one with a steri pen or an inbuilt filtration system like LifeStraw. You can also use water purification tablets to treat the water. While the water in the mountains tends to be pure and without impurities, it’s better not to take chances and filter or treat the water before drinking.
Using chlorine or iodine tablets to treat the water may alter its taste. You can add flavored electrolyte powder (which readily available at pharmacies in Kathmandu) to mask the bitter chemical taste. Adding electrolyte to your drinking water may also be beneficial as the minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc.) you lose while walking gets replenished.
Teahouses offer boiled drinking water at an additional cost. It can cost anywhere between 1 USD to 4 USD. Up to Namche, you may have to pay around 1 USD per liter or pot (every teahouse use a different sized pot). The price increases gradually as you climb higher. You pay the highest for boiled water at Gorak Shep, ie, 4USD. While cold water is provided free of charge, it is not advisable to drink untreated tap water.
Despite being the world’s highest trekking trail, internet connection (though erratic and irregular at some places) is available in the Everest Region.
You can connect with your loved ones while trekking, post updates, and upload pictures on social media. Wi-fi is available at all teahouses up to Gorak Shep. While it is free at some cafes in Lukla and Namche, most teahouses will charge you extra for using their Wi-Fi hotspot.
It will be cheaper and easier to get an Ncell (a private telecom company) sim card in Kathmandu and purchase internet data that could last you for your entire trip. The company offers 3G connectivity up to Everest Base Camp (5364m).
Everest Link, another local internet provider also offers paid internet access on the trail. You can purchase the username and password at any of the teahouses or shops along the trail.
Note: company will be provide limited data every lodge. If you need more date you can purchase direct.
As opposed to popular belief, you don’t need a lot of complicated gear and equipment for an Everest Base Camp adventure. Here’s a basic checklist of the most essential items that you should not forget to bring with you during your EBC Trek:
A sturdy pair of trekking boots with good ankle support
Rucksack or daypack (30 liters) with a waterproof cover
Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
T-shirts or shirts
Wind/ waterproof light jacket
Fleece jumper or jacket
Inner Thermal (top and trouser)
4-6 pair of socks and underwear
Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap or balaclava
Inner and outer gloves
Headlamp, power bank, and extra batteries
Sun protection cream, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer
Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries
Water bottle and water purification tablets
Sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner
These are only some of the essential items. Check a more detailed packing list for trekking. Most of the trekking equipment are available on hire in Kathmandu. You can keep your baggage light by only packing the most essential items and renting or buying the rest in Kathmandu. Shops in Thamel offer branded as well locally made gear and equipment.
Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to the highest trekking trail in the world. Having an experienced local guide accompanying you will enrich your trip in so many ways. Trekking with a person who has in-depth knowledge of the mountain will also keep you safe and secure.
When you book an EBC Trek with us, we pair you up with one of our local guides. All our guides have an experience of more than 10 years and have a vast knowledge of the area you are visiting. They have completed the trekking guide course and have the required government license to work as a mountain guide. They can communicate in English and have received training on wilderness first aid and crisis management.
The trek will be led by a chief guide or trek leader. For every 8 trekkers, there will be an assistant guide assisting them personally. One porter will carry the luggage of 2 clients. Make sure that your luggage does not exceed 12/13 kg, as the porter can only carry a weight of 25/30 kg.
We believe in the ethical treatment of our staff. All our Guides and Porters are provided with weather-appropriate gear and clothing to battle the harsh weather in the mountains. Before the start of a trek, we ensure that our mountain guides are fully insured. They are given fair wages and treated with respect.
We seriously follow the guidelines set by IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) and offer assistance to porters to develop other skills. A portion from the booking fee goes to fund the education of our field staffs’ kids.
We ensure the safety of our clients by following all safety protocols during the trip. The Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary has been designed by travel experts and veteran guides who have guided several groups to Everest Base Camp innumerable times.
To prevent AMS, the required number of rest days has been added to the itinerary. Our guides always carry a first-aid kit and pulse oximeter (to measure the oxygen level in your blood) with them. The guides assigned to you have more than 10 years’ experience and know what steps to take during an emergency. They are well-trained in wilderness first aid and crisis management.
If a client shows symptoms of AMS and needs to descend to a lower elevation, an assistant guide will escort him/her and will follow the safety protocol. He will closely monitor the client’s condition and will take the required steps needed for the well-being of the client.
If he/she feels alright after a night’s rest, the guide will escort the client back to join the group. But if the condition worsens, the client will be escorted down to Lukla or get airlifted to Kathmandu for expert medical aid.
The permits you need for the Everest Base Camp trek are – 1) Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, and 2) Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit. Unlike other treks in the Nepal Himalaya, you won’t be needing a TIMS (Tourist Information Management System) card.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board’s Office in Kathmandu or at the park’s entrance gate in Monjo by paying NRS 3000. For citizens of SAARC countries, the fee is NRS 1500. You need to fill out the permit form and show your passport or a copy of your passport. This will be including on our package.
To get the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, you need to be in Lukla. You have to pay NRS 2000 for the permit at the rural municipality counter which lies at the edge of the village.
You won’t have to worry about queuing up to get the permits as the company or our guides will arrange all the permits for you.
For Everest Base Camp Trek, you need a good travel insurance policy that offers you coverage for all activities and altitudes included in your itinerary. The highest altitude you reach is 5,550 meters and your travel insurance should offer you suitable coverage up to this elevation.
Though we take your safety as our number one priority, we cannot rule out mishaps and emergencies that may occur at this altitude. There is less oxygen in the environment and trekkers usually suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness, which could prove to be fatal if not treated on time. Walking on a treacherous mountain environment also exposes you to physical injuries. Therefore make sure that your insurance covers the cost of all injuries and emergencies that you can possibly face during this trekking adventure. Your insurance policy should especially cover the cost of helicopter evacuation and hospitalization in case of an accident or medical emergency as these happen to be quite expensive. Check for vaccination requirements as some travel insurance policies makes it mandatory to immunize yourself before you leave your country.
Before you decide on a policy, be mindful and don’t forget to read the fine print. It would be advantageous for you also to choose a company that offers insurance cover on both domestic as well as international flight cancellations and lost or stolen baggage.
When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.
These are the best months to do this trek, as the weather is mild and the temperatures range from 12 to 15 degrees. The skies generally remain clear and the days are pleasant and warm. You can expect an occasional spring shower and hazy weather during spring. The mountain views are stunning in September, as there is more snow on the mountains. Nights can be freezing as the temperature dips after sun down.
If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, electronic device charging, etc. USD 10 to 20 (NRS 1000-2000) per day will suffice. Hot showers and limited wifi USD 10 to 20 (NRS 1000-2000) is included on our package.
You can either buy bottled mineral water or fill up a reusable water bottle with boiled or sterilized water. During the trek, the teahouses or lodges serve you bottled and filtered water which is generally safe and have to be paid for. A liter of water would cost anything between 1 to 4 USD. As you go higher the cost of all commodities, including water, increases. But do note there is no dearth or scarcity of drinking water at teahouses. We encourage our guest to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat the water before drinking. You need to drink at least 3-4 litres of water each day to stay hydrated at higher altitudes. Keeping your body hydrated helps you to keep away the symptoms altitude sickness.
No, the company won’t provide drinking water or any extra drinks or beverages other than the ones that are specified in the trip cost.
While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.
You need to be in good shape and have an ability to walk 6 – 7 hours uphill and downhill per day. This trek is suitable for passionate trekkers. Positive attitude, excellent health, and strong determination are required for successful finish. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Besides, it is advisable to trek with a highly reputed trek operator like us, with experienced guides who can help you with significant mental preparation with a personal touch.
Regarding the difficulty, the only challenging factor is the altitude. Our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. Neither ropes nor ice picks are needed for this trip and no vertical climbs are involved. Novice travelers in a good physical shape, who exercise regularly, has positive attitude and has healthy heart and lungs can easily complete this adventurous trip.
You need to have local currency to purchase items on the trail. While Lukla and Namche in the Everest Region may have lodges that would accept payment with cards, we strongly advise to carry enough local cash with you to buy essential items en route. You can exchange your currency at any of the money exchange centres in Kathmandu or use your credit or debit card at the local ATMs to get local currency.
As Everest Base Camp is situated at a high altitude of 5,364 metres, you spend only 1 to 2 hours at the base camp. Since the base camp lies at the foot of the world’s tallest mountain Mount Everest, the hike to EBC is probably the highlight of your trek. Though one cannot view the summit of Mount Everest from the base camp (as the mountain is too huge) you can get close up views of the massive walls of Everest, Khumbutse, Lingtren and Nuptse. The Khumbu Icefall appears spectacular. Though the icefall lies close to the Base Camp, it is not possible explore it as you need proper climbing gear to walk on it. But you get to explore the actual base camp of the Everest expedition groups. During climbing season, it is like a mini city of tents and you get to meet mountaineers (sometimes celebrities too!) from different countries attempting to summit Mount Everest. After taking pictures and soaking in the magnificent views you descend down to Gorak Shep again. Please do note the visibility of mountains depends on the weather. If it’s foggy you may not get good views of the mountains.
No, we do not spend the night at Everest Base Camp as there are no teahouses or lodges there. Moreover it is advisable and more comfortable to spend the night at a lower elevation. After enjoying the views we trek down to Gorak Shep and stay overnight at a local teahouse.
In all our Everest Treks the teahouses that we use have western toilets. In luxury lodges and teahouses in the lower elevations the rooms come with attached bathrooms and hot showers. At higher elevations the facilities may be a bit basic and you may have to share the bathroom with other travellers. Please do note that in case of extreme cold, the water in the toilet basin may freeze and you may have to use an Asian (also known as ‘squat’) style of toilet that is located outside. Please do carry toilet paper rolls with you at all times. It is important that you carry enough rolls of toilet paper and hand sanitizer while trekking.
No, the summit of Mount Everest is not visible from Everest Base Camp. Rising above 8000 meters, the mountain is just too gigantic to be viewed in its entirety from its base. The summit of Everest can be viewed from Kala Patthar and from places en route to EBC. If you want to view Mount Everest without having to trek to Everest region, you can do it by driving to Nagarkot, taking an Everest Mountain Flight and an Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The best view you get of Mount Everest is from Kala Patthar.