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About Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest base camp trek is a legendary mountain adventure in Nepal. It is one of the most preferred Himalayan destinations among adventure trekkers. In addition to just a trekking activity to the base of the world's highest mountain, It is a journey of exploring the nature and culture of the region.

The base camp trek in Nepal of the Everest region reveals shipshape bonny landscapes, green nature, wild animals, magic mountains, and more. Some skyscraper hill stations submit spectacular mountain views of the Everest massif. Kalapatthar, Syangboche hill, Tengboche, and Nangkar-Tsang are those vantage points for the lovely backdrops of the Khumbu region.

Trekking to the Everest base camp is a treasured destination for most adventure seekers. It is a journey of prospects for the Khumbu region with its charm. Alluring white mountains, tidy landscapes, massive glaciers, flora, fauna, glacial rivers, traditional villages, and more electrification to visitors during the base camp trek. Once you reach the base camp and Kalapatthar, you will be overcast by bonny snow-capped Everest Himalayas. Then, you feel like you are in existent heaven.

A journey to the bottom of the world's tallest peak is not that challenging and may be a lifetime experience for you. Although, a lack of oxygen in the high lands such as Kalapatthar (5,545m) and the base camp (5,364m) makes visitors slightly uneasy breathing. After a scenic flight to Tenzing-Hilary airport at Lukla, the trail to the base camp leads through traditional Sherpa villages and the remarkable topography of the Himalayas, some glorious high mounts like Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, and many others decoy you along the way to Everest.

It is a Buddhist region, so ancient historic monasteries and religious monuments inspire you for a safe and successful journey to the basement of Mt. Everest. Likewise, some rare and regular wild animals instigate you to walk further to witness more beauties of the Khumbu territory. Unforgettable warm hospitality from the locals can be a sweet memory for you after the base camp trek.

Major Attractions of EBC Trek

View from Everest view hotel

The mighty Himalayas draw attention to visiting the base camp, but there is much to explore during the trip to Everest. The locals' culture, religion, festivals, and lifestyle draw travelers. Traditional Sherpa settlements, unreal views from stunning viewpoints, and Religious monuments and shrines add more enthusiasm to the trekkers.

Adventurous Scenic Flight to Lukla

An adventurous dramatic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu links the trail to the base camp of Mt.Everest. It is a half-hour air journey to Lukla, presenting an unreal view of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gaurishankar, Mahalangur, Makalu Barun, and the Tibetan massif. If the Kathmandu airport gets busy, the flights operate from Manthali (Ramechhap). You need to drive around 5 hours to reach Ramechhap from Kathmandu.

Tenzing- Hilary airport in Lukla exists on a lap of a big hill, and it has a short runway. At the bottom of this airfield is a big cliff, which looks scary. So, the landing experience at this airport is an adventure attempt for Everest trekkers and climbers.

Walking Through the Sagarmatha National Park

The Sagarmatha National is a natural UNESCO world heritage site in Nepal. Except for the first day and a few hours on the last day of the base camp trek, most trekking trails remain inside this national park.

Green forest, colorful flowers, Bushy juniper, and many other herbs and shrubs deliver freshness from the Sagarmatha national park to the Everest trekkers. Rare animals (musk deer) and other mammals like Himalayan Thar (wild mountain goat), Pika, and others make jazzy to the trail. Himalayan Monal, Tibetan snowcock, mountain hawk, and lots more birds move close to the walking area and flow tuneful sounds. Natural resources like following rivers, valleys, waterfalls, glacial lakes, and more ornate the hiking route to Everest.

Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar is one of the most beautiful and managed Sherpa towns during trekking to the Everest base camp. It has located on a lap of a hill that carries to Syangboche and Khumjung villages. Being at an elevation of 3,440m above sea level, the base camp trekkers take the first acclimatization break in this place.

Alluring Thamserku and Kongde peak look stunning from Namche Bazaar. At the top right, there is the army base, which is the national park headquarter. It is around a 15-minute walking distance from the guesthouse you stay. You can see the unreal view of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, and many other big mountains. Some trekking and climbing gear are available in Namche Bazaar that you even can not get in Kathmandu. You can visit bakery shops and bars to spend your time during your Namche stay.

Namche Bazaar is the sopping junction for the people from the Everest region. All essential goods bring in into this place and sale. Friday to Saturday noon held a weekly market, and the locals came to buy daily usages things.

Everest View Hotel

Everest view hotel (3,880m) at Syangboche hill offers an eye-captivating Himalayan vista including Amadablam, Thamserku, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and more. This luxury lodge had established by a Japanese man Takasi Miyahara. Phorche village on a straight-ahead and Tengboche look attractive from this hill. Khumbu's holy mountain Khumbila stands on the left of the lodge.

The base camp trekkers visit this place on the acclimatization rest day from Namche Bazaar. It is around 3 hour hike to reach the hotel Everest view from Namche. You will pass the highest airport (Syangboche) in Nepal during an altitude practice hiking to the lodge. You can have hot drinks with a fabulous scene from this place. Then, you can either walk back to Namche bazaar directly or go through Khumjung village. Khumjung village is the biggest Sherpa town in the Everest region. You can visit a monastery here, where you can see the skull of the Yeti.

Tengboche Hill

Existing at 3,860m above sea level, Tengboche is the best spot to see Mt. Amadablam. Mount Ama Dablam is the most beautiful mountain in the Everest Himalayas. You will reach this hill on the 4th day during the base camp trekking.

The Tengboche hill has an open space surrounded by pine, rhododendron, and juniper trees. There is an ancient Buddhist monastery, which is more than a hundred years old. The Monks have the daily invocation in the morning and evening inside this monastery. You can visit here and join their praying in Tengboche. It is a sacred place for the Buddhist people of the Everest region and celebrates the Mani Rimdu festival. This festival scheduling according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar. The festival remains in October and November.

Nangkartshang Hill

5,083m Elevated Nangkartshang hill is left of Dingboche village in the Everest region. You will visit this during the second acclimatization practice day of the base camp trek from Dingboche. The locals and most trekking guides call this peak Nagarjun making it easier to pronounce.

Whatever you call the name of the peak, it is worth climbing. It is a great hill station to observe the brilliant view of the Everest Himalayas. It is only a viewpoint from where you can see Mt. Makalu during the Everest trek. The Makalu is 4th in Nepal and the 5th highest mountain out of the world's 14 tallest peaks above 8,000m. You see a completely different shape of Amadablam from this hill. You can see fantastic views of Thamserku, Taboche, Khangteka, Cholatse, Island Peak, and more from the Summit of Nangkartshang viewpoint.

Not only for the stunning views, hiking this hill prevents altitude sickness before attempting higher elevations such as Kalapatthar and the Everest base camp. It takes around 3 hours to reach the top of this hill from Dingboche and an hour and a half to return. The top of Nangkartshang has lots of rocks and will be windy.

Nearest Glimpse of Everest from Kalapatthar

Everest from Kalapatthar

One of the best viewpoints for the closest view of Everest is the Kalapatthar hill station (5,545m) on the base camp trek. Some trekkers think to skip Kala Patthar after a tiring hike to the base camp, but you must climb this if you don't want to miss the prettiness of the Everest Himalayas.

This famous hill station offers a brilliant 360° Panoramic view of the Everest massif. You start climbing in the early morning from Gorakshep and reach the top in a 2 hours walk. Many black rocks cover the summit, so it is named Kala Patthar.

Mt. Pumori stands very close to the top, which is a good-looking pyramid-shaped. Spending a long tie on Kalapatthar is not good because of the altitude effect. Also, there will be a big wind with a freezing temperature. For genuine information, the view looks better with sunset than the sunrise from Kala Patthar.

Everest Base Camp

The Everest base camp is 5,364m above sea level and a hub of the Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse expedition teams. You will be dreaming about reaching here most of the time after starting the trip from Lukla. This place looks like a mini mountain city in the spring with many colorful tents. The lights make it prettier in the evening.

About two to 2 hours and a half hike will take you to the base camp from Gorakshep, and a similar time to return. No lodge is at the base camp, so you must hike back to Gorakshep after visiting this place. You will not see the best view of the world's highest mountain from here, but feel proud being at the bottom of Everest in your lifetime.

Khumbu Glacier

About 12 km long glacier is dimensional lower from 4,900m to the higher 7,600m to the Khumbu icefall. It is the highest glacier in the world between Pumori and Everest, Nuptse mountain range. The topper part of this glacier has a massive icefall that Everest climbers must cross before going to Everest camp I.

The Everest high pass trekkers go over Kongma La from Chhukung to Lobuche. They cross this glacier before reaching Lobuche for the camp. It remains on the left of the EBC trekkers while walking from Lobuche to Gorakshep.

Book The Trek with a Local Company

There are hundreds of companies offering the base camp trek in Nepal. Not only the agencies from Nepal but also are in overseas. The service offer is similar, but the cost differs from what you find online. All foreign agencies organize the trips by collaborating with the local trekking operator. The Everest trip will be more expensive if you book your tour with a foreign agent because of their commission.

Frolic Adventure is a local trekking company in Nepal that operates trips to the Everest region. We have fixed departure dates for the base camp trek in Nepal Everest. We also manage a private departure for the individual trekker, family, and couples with competitive costs as your wish.

If you buy a trekking package to the Everest base camp with a local company, the trip cost will subside and supports the local economy. We are a reliable tour organizer, using easy online payment for the Everest trek.

Short Trekking Itinerary of the Everest Base Camp

The base camp trek trekking itinerary is 12 days but can be customized to 9 days. You will follow a usual trekking trail to the base camp through Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep. The formal plan returns the same way after the Kalapathar hike to Lukla. But, the rapid Everest base camp hike ends with a direct helicopter flight to Kathmandu from Gorakshep.

Essential information about the trek:

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Landing Experience of Lukla airport with a bird-eyes view of giant mountains, landscapes, classic villages, green hills and valleys and more
  • Involvement with a natural UNESCO world heritage site Sagarmatha national park
  • Traditionally well-carved buildings in Sherpa settlements
  • Discover Everest base camp, Khumbu glacier and icefall
  • The eye-captivating perspective of the Everest Himalayas from the Everest view hotel and Kalapatthar
  • Enlistment with Sherpa culture, tradition, lifestyle, dress/ornaments and religion
  • Ancient and historic Buddhist monuments and festivals


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Our airport representative will greet you upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu. Then, our airport representative will transfer you to your hotel with private transportation. You will meet our manager in your hotel to discuss your Everest base camp trek.

  • Meals: None
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: According to the arrival time

After breakfast at the hotel, you go for a full-day Kathmandu city tour today. Our experienced heritage guide will pick you up from your hotel with a private car and then take you to the UNESCO world heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar square (ancient royal palace), Syambhunath (monkey temple), Bouddhanath, and Pashupatinath. Our guide teaches you much ancient history, culture, religion, and more about Nepal. After visiting these sites, you will drop off at your hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m
  • Mode of Transportation: Private car/van/bus
  • Departure Time: 9:00am

You fly early morning to Lukla today from Kathmandu. It is about a half-hour scenic flight this morning. After landing at Lukla airport, you stop at a guest house to prepare to walk and may have a cup of hot drink here. Then, you trek to Phakding through Chaurikharka, Ghat, and Thadokoshi villages. Viewing the Dudhkoshi river towards the valley, you mostly have descending trail today.

Alternatively, you may need to drive very early morning to the Manthali airport, which takes at least 4 hrs to drive from Kathmandu and then 20 minutes flight to Lukla.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Phakding
  • Altitude: 2610m
  • Mode of Transportation: Private car/van/bus + Domestic flight
  • Departure Time: According to the flight time

It is your second-day hike to Namche Bazaar. Today is a bit long, with around 6-7 hours of walking. You will cross five different suspension bridges for the same river after Phakding. The trail gradually ascends the first 3 hours to Monjo/Jorsalle, then climbs steeply to Namche for the final 2-3 hours.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Altitude: 3440m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00am

It is your first rest day here for elevation adjustment. You do not have a good rest day today and will hike to the Everest view hotel to explore the region. Everest view hotel is 3,880m above sea level, so that it can be the perfect altitude practice for the next destination. After visiting the Everest view hotel and enjoying the view, you will hike back to Namche Bazaar.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Altitude: 3440m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00am

You have a friendly and clear trekking trail for about 2 to 2 hours. This trail is managed by an older man, whom you can see while you walk. Then, you start descending to Phunki-Tenga and stop for lunch. The path ascends another 2 hours to Tengboche from Phunki-Tenga. Tengboche is a hill station with panoramic views, and also there is an ancient historical Buddhist monastery. You can visit this monastery after 3 pm when the monks start regular offerings.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Tengboche
  • Altitude: 3860m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00am

After a bright morning view from this hill, you trek down to Deboche through pine and rhododendron forests for about half an hour. Then you will have another half an hour of easy walk inside the alpine forest and cross a suspension bridge before starting a climb to Pangboche. You will reach Somare in one hour from Pangboche and stop for Lunch. It remains another an hour and a half to two hours to Dingboche after Lunch.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Dingboche
  • Altitude: 4410m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00am

It is your second day of altitude practice day here in Dingboche. You will hike up to the Nangkar-Tsang hill (5120m) after having breakfast in the guesthouse. It is about a 3-4 hour walk to reach the top of this hill. During this acclimatization hike, you will see Mt. Makalu, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse, and many other high mountains. You can also see beautiful glacial lakes from the top of this hill and even while climbing this hill station. You will hike back to Dingboche after acclimatizing, enjoy the scenic mountain views for lunch, and rest a whole day.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Dingboche
  • Altitude: 4410
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00am

You may feel the altitude effect while waking higher after Dingboche today. The walking trail is open without trees, so there is less oxygen in the air with high atmospheric pressure. Today, you hike to Lobuche, trailing through a ridge path, keeping Pheriche valley on your left. You stop in Thukla after 3 hours of walking from Dingboche, then go for the Thukla pass. You will see lots of memorials of dead climbers around the Thukla top. Then, you trek another hour to Lobuche, walking on a flat and rocky part.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Lobuche
  • Altitude: 4910m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00am

Today is your important day that you are reaching the leading destination. You will start hiking early morning from Lobuche and get to Gorakshep in 3 hours of walking. You will have a quick lunch and leave equipment in the guesthouse. You walk to EBC with water, a camera, and a snack wearing warm, windproof gear. It is about two to two hours and a half away to reach the base camp and the same to return.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Gorakshep
  • Altitude: 5180m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 6:30am

Today, you hike early morning to Kalapatthar from Gorakshep. It takes 2 hours to reach the top and another hour to return. You can see the 360 degrees Everest Himalayan view from Kalapatthar and the nearest view of Mt. Everest. Then, you have breakfast in the guest house and trek backward to Pheriche. 

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Pheriche
  • Altitude: 4210m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 6:00am

It is a long walk to Namche Bazaar, which takes around 7-8 hours. You feel more comfortable after arriving in Namche and can visit a coffee shop or bar this evening. 

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Altitude: 3440m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 7:30am

Another long walk is from here to Lukla today. It also takes around 7 hours, with mostly descending parts and some ascending at the end. You arrive in Phakding for lunch, where you spend the first night of the Everest base camp trek. Your last night mountain stay will be tonight so that you may celebrate your successful Everest base camp trip this evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Place: Lukla
  • Altitude: 2840m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 7:30am

You will fly out early morning from Lukla to Kathmandu today. After arrival at the airport, you will drive back to your hotel by private transportation. Frolic Adventure invites you to a farewell dinner this evening that you can join after refreshments.

If you have a flight to Manthali from Lukla, you will again drive to Kathmandu for around 4 hrs.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m
  • Mode of Transportation: Domestflight+Private car/van/bus
  • Departure Time: According to the flight time

Frolic Adventure provides airport drop-off transport from the hotel where you are staying in Kathmandu. After that, you will return home with a beautiful memory of the Everest Himalayas.

Note: If you stay longer in Kathmandu and move to a different hotel in another town in the Kathmandu valley, you must arrange airport drop-off transport. 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: None
  • Place: Your home
  • Mode of Transportation: Private car/van/bus
  • Departure Time: 3 hours earlier to the flight time

Cost Details

  • Airport picks up and drops by private car/van/bus
  • 3 nights accommodation in a tourist standard hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary twin sharing basis
  • Full-day Kathmandu city tour
  • All the ground and domestic air transportation during the trip
  • Your standard meal BLD during the trek with a cup of hot tea/coffee for breakfast
  • Fresh fruit after every dinner in the mountain
  • All necessary papers works, national park entry permits, TIMS cards, and monument entrance fees
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks
  • An experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and insurance for the guide and porter
  • Farewell dinner at last night in Kathmandu
  • An arrangement of an emergency helicopter service which will be paid for by your travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffle bags if you don't have any 
  • Certificate of achievement
  • All government taxes (Gst) and Stationery expenses
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan international airport (Kathmandu)
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu.
  • All heritage sites entry fees
  • Additional activities on your free days
  • Your personal expenses
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Sweet things like dessert/chocolate
  • Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek
  • International airfare
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in including section


Trip DatesAvailabilityNotesPrice  
25 Mar, 2023 - 08 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1700
26 Mar, 2023 - 09 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1700
27 Mar, 2023 - 10 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1700
28 Mar, 2023 - 11 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1700
29 Mar, 2023 - 12 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1700
30 Mar, 2023 - 13 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1700
31 Mar, 2023 - 14 Apr, 2023GuaranteedUS$1700

Useful Info

Best Time to Trek to Everest Base Camp

Autumn or spring is the best time to trek to Everest base camp. These seasons usually have clear days with almost no rainfall. Although, until mid-September and late May might have some rainy days.

The autumn comes right after the monsoon, so all the haze clears with the summer rain and brings clear visibility. You can see glossy views in a clean environment. It is a prime trekking season, and thousands of adventure travelers travel in Nepal.

Spring is the second popular hiking season to go to the Everest base camp. It is also the main expedition period for the climbers. The blooming flowers make the Everest trail attractive in the spring. It is warmer to visit base camp compared to the autumn.

It is still possible to trek to the Everest base camp in winter. The weather will be nice and clear, but the temperature will be freezing. The trail will be less crowded, so if you prefer to trek in a quiet environment, this season is best for you. Although, the summer is not a good time to go to the Everest base camp. It brings lots of monsoon rains and poor visibility. The trekking trail can also be slippery with a wet floor, so hiking to EBC during the summer might be unsafe.

Cost for Everest Base Camp

The price for the trek depends on the service and the length of the trip. Seeing different trip costs for the same service can make you confused. Booking a tour with a local company is cheaper than an overseas agency.

The cost for the Everest base camp package defers on the group size. An individual trekker needs to pay more than more people in one group. Frolic Adventure organizes a private group tour to the Everest base camp at a reasonable cost for travelers. The price detail according to the group size has been given below to trek to the Everest base camp.

  • One person – 1,700 USD
  • 2-4 people – 1,600 USD per person
  • 4-9 people – 1,500 USD per person
  • 10- 16 people – 1,450 USD per person

Things to Pack for Everest Base Camp

It is the most important topic about the base camp trek in Nepal. Visiting the mountain region always will be the clod, so you need to pack warm trekking gear for the Everest trekking. The warm clothing usually will be heavy, so there is a thing to care about, that is concern about the weight limitation for the Luka flight. That is why try to take light, warm, and quality hiking gear to minimize overload for the flight.

A few pairs of trekking trousers, long and short sleeves, a down jacket, fleece jacket, thermal layers, a warm hat, sun hat, and gloves are needy bodywear for the hike. You can check this for detailed information about the hiking gear to pack before a trek to the Everest base camp.

Accommodation, Food, and Drinks on Everest Base Camp Route

There are plenty of guesthouses along with the Everest trekking route, so you do not need to carry camping tents for the tour. The lodges have twin-sharing accommodations with a quilt and pillow on the bed.

The bed will be clean with a comfortable mattress in the Everest region, but it may not be the same as in the hotel in Kathmandu. The accommodations mostly lack a toilet inside, but you can also get an attached bathroom on the base camp route. There are also cozy lodges for luxury trekkers in most camps during the trip. You can easily find your space for the night except in Tengboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep. These places have limited guesthouses with few accommodations. So, you need to book rooms in advance in these places.

The guesthouses have a menu with Nepalese and western meal items. So, you do not always have to stay with the local food but can try the traditional meal if you would like. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner are hygienic and cooked by a trained person. You might be bored seeing the same items everywhere on the menu along the way to Everest.

You need to drink lots of water at the high elevation. You can buy bottled mineral water or can drink the normal one. If you drink tap water, you must use purification tablets or sterilizers. Check this about the accommodation...

Internet, Phone, and Battery Charging

It is a good connection for the phone and internet on the Everest trekking route. The guesthouses and shops sell the internet top-up card provided by the Everest link. Also, you can use the mobile SIM card for a phone call and 4G internet. We suggest buying NCELL or NTC prepaid card with data in Kathmandu before going to the Everest base camp.

There is no electricity after Tengboche, and using solar for the light and charging. For the first three days, you might get free battery charging in the lower region, but they charge you after Tengboche. It is good to bring a power bank with a heavy MAH capacity.

Permit Cost for Everest Base Camp

The trekking itinerary for the Everest base camp remains inside the Sagarmatha national park. It is a natural UNESCO world heritage site in Nepal. The national park protects wildlife, vegetation, cultural/religious monuments, and forest. Visitors must have a trekking permit for the Everest base camp to control wrong activities inside the park.

It costs 3,000 NPR for all Everest trekkers except for the people from the SAARC countries. Hikers from south Asian nations must pay 1,500 NPR for the base camp trek permit. Nepali visitors also have to obtain a trekking permit to enter the park. It costs 100 Nepali rupees for the internal trekker.

Besides the national park entry ticket, you need to issue Pasang Lhamu rural municipality permit for the Everest trip. This ticket costs 2,000 NPR for all travelers but does not charge for Nepali trekkers. You also need a Trekkers Management System Card (TIMS) now, which is provided by the Nepal Tourism Board and costs 2000 NPR for other nations and 1000 NPR for the SAARC nations trekker. Check about the permit here...

Altitude Sickness in Everest Trek

The harrowing matter during the trek is altitude sickness for the trekkers, which can occur after 3,000m above sea level. The Lukla airport is already high enough for the people coming from sea level. You will not visit directly to the base camp from Lukla. It is a few days of gradual ascend and starts altitude effect after the Namche Bazaar.

Mountain sickness affects the brain and lungs. The high mountain illness is not a sudden thing. It has early symptoms like nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, breathing difficulties even rest. It is a serious matter but can not harm much if careful.

You can prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) by strolling, drinking plenty of fluid, keeping warm, eating/sleeping well, and hiking for acclimatization. You can take the altitude pill after 3,000m, just 250mg every twelve hours. You need to drink more water after taking the altitude pill than usual. The medication makes you dehydrated. An important notice: Do not go further to higher elevations if the early symptoms occur. It is better to have one extra rest day at the same place or descend to the lower elevation as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions by the Base Camp Trekkers

It is better to have some essential information before planning a trek to the Everest base camp. Here, we have tried to resolve some needy answers to frequent questions about base camp trekking.

What happens if the Lukla flight is canceled?

The Lukla airport is in the mountain, so the weather is unstable. The flight can be a cancellation at any time. Sometimes, it delays for a few hours and then operates the flight. But, it can be no flights for a few days due to the bad weather. You can wait for the flight if you have enough time or need to use a helicopter for the tight holiday. Check this for detailed information.

What is the weight limitation for the Lukla flight?

You can take 15 kg for the Lukla flight, including hand luggage. If you have more than the limitation, the airline charges you some amount for the overload.

How hard is it to trek to Everest base camp?

It is a moderate leveled trekking trip in Nepal. More than 90% of trekkers can do it, but people may feel uneasy at the higher elevation. According to the hiking path, it is not that difficult, but the altitude makes it slightly hard to walk.

Do I need climbing training for the EBC trek?

No, you don’t need climbing training for Everest base camp. It prevents altitude sickness if you have visited above 3,000 meters in the Himalayan regions before this trek. You can do physical training and day hiking to prepare for the Everest trip.

How long do I need to walk on the base camp trek daily?

Mostly, the trekking camps are short because of the high altitude. You have one long day, about a 7-hour walk from Phakding to Namche Bazaar on the second day. You will walk 4-5 hours each day after Namche until Lobuche. The final day to go to the base camp from Lobuche takes around eight hours. After the Kalapatthar, you trek back to Lukla in three days, so these camps are long.

Can I go solo to the Everest base camp?

Yes, you can, but it can be dangerous. You meet lots of trekkers during the high season and follow them. But it is not safe during the offseason. Also, you might have some difficulties, like arranging accommodation and other things, if you are a solo trekker.

Is a guide compulsory to trek to Everest base camp?

No, but trekking with a guide is far better than not having one. If you hire a guide, you can travel freely without stress and learn more about the region. We provide you with an experienced government license holder leader for the trip.

How safe is it to go to Everest base camp?

It is safe to visit the Everest base camp. Although, you have to care about the altitude effect and some uncertain accidents along the way on Everest. There are yak, Jokpe (a hybrid of cow and a yak), and mules for the supply of things. You encounter them on narrow surfaces sometimes. Because of insufficient space, the load might push you to the cliff if you stand on the unsafe side.

You need to be careful while taking a photo. We suggest you check around to see if it is a safe zone or not to stand and move back. Likewise, wild animals and yaks will be moving above the trekking trail. The stones can roll down from the animal movement, so check well during walking on the trekking path.

An important suggestion: do not hesitate to talk about altitude sickness to your guide if you have some earlier symptoms.

How many days does it take to reach the Everest base camp from Kathmandu?

It depends on which route would like to start the trek. If you begin your trip from Lukla by taking a flight, it takes eight days to reach the base camp, with 2-rest days for acclimatization in Namche and Dingboche. Likewise, Starting from Jiri takes 13-14 days, and 10-11 days from Salleri to reach the Everest base camp.

What are the transportations to start a trek to the Everest base camp?

The most usual transportation is a flight to Lukla to start a trek to the Everest base camp. Alternatively, you can drive to Jiri and Salleri by bus or jeep to begin a journey to Everest.

Can I drive directly to the Everest base camp from Kathmandu?

No, there is no motor road to the base camp. But you can drive to the north base camp in Tibet. You can reach the base camp within an hour on a helicopter flight. The Everest base camp helicopter tour is the quickest way to visit the base camp and explore the region for people who have a short holiday in Nepal.

What is the highest elevation that I can reach on this trek?

Kalapatthar (5,545m) is the highest elevation the base camp trip takes you. If you missed this hill, the Everest base camp (5,364m) is your highest elevation.

Can children and the elderly trek to the Everest base camp?

The children and the elderly can trek to the Everest base camp.

Where can I leave the things I don’t need to take on the trek?

You can leave the things in the hotel in Kathmandu that you do not need for the trek. They keep your stuff safely in their storeroom. You will get a baggage tag, which you don’t have to lose. You will get it back after the trip by showing provided baggage tag from the hotel.

Do I have to bring a tent and food for the base camp trek?

No, there are guesthouses to stay in everywhere on the Everest trail. You can choose lunch, dinner, and breakfast from a food menu in the lodges where you stay on the trek.

Is there a place to sleep at the base camp?

No, there is no lodge at the base camp. You need to hire Gorakshep for a night if you want to sleep at the base camp.

Hopefully, you got some information regarding a trek to the Everest base camp. If not, contact us for more queries about the trip.

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