Everest Base Camp is known as an all time Himalayan classic. This trek helps trekker fulfill their dream of wanting to experience the historic route to the base of the world’s highest mountain. Mount Everest, 8848m, is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights.The Everest Base Camp Trek is the perfect adventure.
One major highlight of this trek is reaching the majestic Everest Base Camp. By reaching this point you have already accomplished something great. You will then look at the mountaineers with awe who are setting out on the Everest Expedition to the summit far above. Another highlight is Kala Pattar, 5545m, from where you can view the summit of Mount Everest. Due to the structure of Everest you cannot actually see the summit from Base Camp itself. Besides, the view of the summit of Mount Everest, you will also see the following: Lhotse (8516 m), Nupste (7855m), the south face of Pumori (7161m) and the cascading Khumbu Glacier below.
The classic Everest Base Camp trek begins from Lukla. Lukla is only a 35 minute flight from Kathmandu. The trail winds along the Dudh Kosi River, ‘Milk River’ in Nepali. from the high places all along the trail which climbs gradually upwards you can see bright prayer flags strung as well as beautiful rhododendron and magnolia forests on the way. In addition the overwhelming natural scenery, we take time to acquaint ourselves with the local culture: Buddhist monasteries, trails lined with mani stones and quaint Sherpa villages which helps us give an insight into the Himalayan life. As we climb higher the temperature drops; you’ll be walking in an icy wilderness and on frozen rivers by the time we reach the pastures of Lobuche.
Our itinerary is carefully designed to allow rest days for acclimatization as this is the best way to avoid altitude complications. This also gives you an opportunity to explore the local surroundings as well as enjoy the brilliant views. From the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar, and Dingboche village, you can look up at the spectacular peak of Ama Dablam. As you trek along the Classic Everest Base Camp trail the spectacular views of the giant peaks in the Khumbu region is bound to change every day.
You will feel proud of what you have accomplished and marvel at all the incredible things you have seen after you have successfully completed the Everest base camp trek.
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu, 1300m|
|2||Preparation Day in Kathmandu, 1300m|
|3||Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m|
|4||Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3441m|
|5||Acclimatization day - Trekking around Namche Bazaar|
|6||Trek to Tengbuche, 3860m|
|7||Trek to Dingbuche, 4400m|
|8||Acclimatization Day- Hiking Chhkung Ri back to Dingbuche|
|9||Trek to Lobuche, 4915m|
|10||Trek to Gorak Shep 5170m (day hike Everest Base Camp)|
|11||Early Morning ascent to Kala Pattar, 5545m and descent to Pheruche|
|12||Trek to Namche, 3441m|
|13||Trek to Lukla, 2700m|
|14||Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu|
|15||Free day Kathmandu|
Best Season for the Everest Base Camp Trek
The best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek are from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views. The summer months from June to August are also beautiful, but the trek can be affected by the monsoon rains.
EBC is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Go Himalayan Adventures takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights before and after heading into the remote regions.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to ‘god’, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
Meals on the EBC Trek
Three meals a day are included during your Everest Base Camp Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.
Drinking Water on Everest Base Camp Trek
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
Fitness/Health on the EBC Trek
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
Local Customs You Should Know About on Classic Everest Base Camp Trek
Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.
Travel Insurance for Everest Base Camp Trek
Go Himalayan Adventures strongly recommends you have sufficient insurance coverage to you go into this remote area.Travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability,medical treatment is recommended.The insurance must cover all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Go Himalayan Adventures can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.
If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.
If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Go Himalayan Adventures will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.
There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.
It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.
In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 3500, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.
If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Lukla.
Everest Base Camp Trek Equipment and Packing List
This list is only our suggestion Everest Base Camp Trek. You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip. Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.
Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu. Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.
Please remember that Go Himalayan Adventures provides one porter for every two clients. The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg. That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs). You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail.
Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.
It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather. At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night. What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring. A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea. You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.
Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items):