Everest Base Camp Trek Complete Guide and Cost

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Everest Base Camp Trek Complete Guide and Cost
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"Everest Base Camp Trek Complete Guide and Cost

Taking you through the Khumbu Valley, the Everest Base Camp Trek offers the mesmerizing natural beauty of flora and fauna of the surrounding Sagarmatha National Park. You can also get the breathtaking view of 4 among the 6 highest peaks in the world, including Mt Everest (8848 m), Mt Lhotse (8516 m), Mt Makalu (8470 m), and Cho Oyo (8201 m). Here in detail, we give you an ultimate Complete guide to Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek with Cost and Essentials.

Besides that, when you trek to Everest Base Camp from Lukla, you will be retracing the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norway and other conquerors of Mount Everest.

Moreover, you will be staying in teahouses along the trek at some of the highest Sherpa Villages. You can experience and learn the local culture and traditions of native Sherpa during your stay.

Moreover, you will also have the opportunity to visit numerous Buddhist monasteries along the way, which provides a rich history that dates back to ancient times.

Finally, when you reach Everest Base Camp traveling through the snowy and adventurous path along with mountain views, you can get the chance to ascend to Kala Patthar, which will offer you with a more inspiring and close-up view of the mountains. 

Everest Base Camp Trekking Map

 

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A trekking map is always recommended to every trekker regardless of whether they are traveling solo or in a group. It provides a detail of the route you are going to take, starting point and final destination, Everest Base Camp. You can take a map of the route you have chosen.

If you are taking a flight from Kathmandu, your starting point will be Lukla, which will be visible on the map. But, if your trek doesn’t involve flight, your starting point will be Jiri. Some trekkers also take the Gokyo region route after starting the trek from Namche Bazaar.

Everest Base Camp Trekking Routes

The main or the most popular route is from Lukla on the south to Namche Bazaar on the north, where it turns to Pheriche/Dingboche on the north-east.

Then, it carries on reaching Gorakshep through Lobuche. From there, the Everest Base Camp is a little farther to the east and Kala Patthar to the west.

Besides that, trekkers also have the option to travel through the glacial path through the Gokyo region. It takes the left route after a short trek from Namche Bazar. It skips Dingboche and meets the original path near Lobuche. But, it takes a few more days to reach Lobuche.

Trek from Lukla includes the flight from Kathmandu to Norway-Hillary Airport. If you trek doesn’t include flight, your trek starts from Jiri to reach Surke, just below Lukla. From there, it heads to Phakding, one-stop below Namche Bazaar.

Everest Base Camp Trek Altitude Profile

 

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Altitude is an essential factor to consider during the trek. On your ascend, you will be trekking slowly, and the elevation increases gradually from Lukla (2,840 m) to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) and Kala Patthar (5,545 m), the highest point of the trek. But, when you descend, there will be a rapid decrease in altitude.

Guidebook

 

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Just like a map, a guidebook is also essential for experiencing the adventures and views at its best. It contains all the information about the views and things you can do in your treks.

Unintentionally, you can miss some views or activities. So, it is recommended to take a guidebook. Besides that, the guide contains information about many treks that can be used for more than one trek.

Detailed Trek Itinerary

The famous Everest Base Camp Trek starts in a Lukla and takes you to the foothill of Mount Everest through Khumbu Region. For most trekkers, the adventure begins from Kathmandu as they take a flight to reach Lukla Airport.

To get the view of the snow-capped mountain, you need to try to get a seat on the left side. The flight is considered to be the most dangerous flight in the world.

If you are not taking the flight, you need to make an alternative route, which involves a bus ride or jeep ride from Kathmandu to Jiri. From there, you will start your trek, which will add extra five days on your trek.

The entire journey of your trek lasts for about 14 days and 16 days, but you will spend 12 days on the trail. Within those 12 days, you will spend 2 days to 3 days on acclimatization to a higher altitude.

So, in the end, there are 9 days to 10 days of actual trekking. Considering that you will spend 14 days on the trek, here are the standard 14 days itinerary to Everest Base Camp.

Day 1: Arriving in Kathmandu

 

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It is the first day where you will land in Nepal. If you have organized your trek with an agency, agency, their agent will come to pick you up at the airport.

But, if you are on your own, you need to get a taxi yourself. Loads of taxis are available at the airport. You need to be sure about the price before getting into the cab if the meter is not used. 

One of the best places you can stay in Kathmandu is Thamel, which is just 15 min drive from the International Airport. You will find many hotels which offer warm hospitality. Besides that, it also provides fantastic nightlife with numerous shopping stores, including branded and local goods.

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, Trek to Phakding

 

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If the weather permits, you will fly from Kathmandu International Airport to Lukla Airport and start trekking. Flights are often delayed due to severe weather.

Due to weather and land structure, Lukla Airport is considered to be the most dangerous runway in the world. You will have some adrenaline moments in your flight. You need to be prepared to extend your trek for a few days.

If you are with a company, they will be arranging the tickets for you. In case you are alone, you need to buy tickets at the airport for around US$250-$300 return.

Besides, if you are with a guide, the cost of his flight will also be charged at the local rate of about $100 return. You can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the mountains from the plane or once you land.

As said earlier, try to get the seat on the left side if you want to get a close-up view of the Everest region. After that, you will start trekking to reach the village of Phadking, passing through boulders that are carved with Buddhist prayers.

Accommodation: $3
Food per meal: $6x3= $18
Local Permit: $20

Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

 

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You need to be ready to climb steep hills upward. Trekking alongside the thriving Dudkkoshi river and through various suspension bridges, you will reach Mojo and then to Namche Bazaar.

Many trekkers stop at Mojo for some relaxation. If you stop there too, Mount Kailash Teahouse is a great option to spend the night, which offers a hot shower. As you move to a higher altitude, hot showers are tough to find, and if you find it, it won’t be warm enough. So, take a relaxing shower.

And, if you trek to Namche Bazaar, you will travel through Sagarmatha National Park which is a UNESCO world heritage site. But, you need to have a permit to enter the park which you can get in Monjo or Kathmandu.

Once you reach Namche Bazaar, the unofficial capital of the Khumbu Region, which is mostly inhabited by Sherpa, you will have plenty of options for fun, and you can also get the first glimpse of Mount Everest.

Accommodation: $3
Food per meal: $6x3=$18
National Park permit: $40

Day 4: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

 

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If you stopped at Mojo the previous day, you would trek to Namche Bazaar after some breakfast. Regardless of you reached Namche Bazaar yesterday or not, you will spend this day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize your body to a higher altitude. You can wander around the village and other areas or take a walk around the market.

If you are alone, you need to check out the Everest View Hotel. Most of the tour guides would do the same. If the weather god favors you and the sky is clear, you will get the panoramic view of the mountains, including Ama Dablam and Everest itself. At an additional cost, you can also use the Wi-Fi provided by the hotel.

 Accommodation: $3
Food per meal: $6x3=$18

Day 5: Trekking from Namche Bazzar to Tengboche

 

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After a full day of acclimatization, you need to be ready to trek uphill pursued by a flat path to reach Tengboche crossing the Dudh Koshi River.

Once you reach Tengboche, you can visit the ancient and beautifully decorated Tengboche Monastery, where you can receive blessings from the Buddhists. You may also take a different route through the ancient Tibet-Nepal trading route crossing Nanpa La Pass to Thami.

Accommodation: $5
Food per meal: $8x3=$24

Day 6: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche

 

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Your next stop from Tengboche is Periche, which is the home to Himalayan Rescue Association. You will reach Periche trekking along Pangboche. Furthermore, you will witness the majestic view of Mount Ama Dablam standing above you.

Accommodation: $5
Food per meal: $8x3=$24

Day 7: Acclimatization Day, Potential Trek from Periche to Dingboche

 

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Usually, Periche is the stop point for a second day of acclimatization. You can engage in various activities in this place. For trekkers stopping in Periche, Lake Tshola Tsho is a famous destination to enjoy some time in a peaceful environment.

If not in Periche, your trek guide might take you to the stunning village of Dingboche. You can get the marvelous view of Mount Lhotse and Island Peak from Dingboche.

This place is also the start point for trekking to Island Peak. You need to be ready for some crowded time in Dingboche as it is a hub for routes.

Accommodation: $5
Food per meal: $8x3=$24

Day 8: Trek from Periche to Lobuche

 

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Get ready for an adventurous day with steep uphill climbing of over 600m to reach Lobuche from Pheriche. You need to have your lunch in Dughla as there isn’t any lunch option available until you reach Lobuche.

Along the way, you will pass through the memorial of famous mountaineers and Sherpa, who have lost their lives on Everest. And, you will also be able to see Scott Fisher’s memorial.

Besides that, you will encounter sparkling Khumbu Glacier. As for the mountain, Lobuche East is visible, and if you happen to have a binocular, you might also see some climbers.

Accommodation: $7
Food per meal: $8x3=$24

Day 9: Hike from Lobuche to Gorak Shep

 

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On this day, you will hike from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, which is the highest inhabited village in the world. You will rest for some time and have something before resuming your journey to reach Everest Base Camp.

The stopping point is at a little distance from the actual base camp, and most tour groups are not permitted to enter or stay there. Therefore, the opportunity to experience the thrilling excitement of climbers is often limited.

Once you take a picture of the Everest Base Camp and enjoy the view of Mount Everest from its foothill, you will descend back to Gorak Shep, where you will spend the night.

Accommodation: $5
Food per meal: $8x3=$24

Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar and then back to Dingboche

 

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You will start your trek before the sunrise to reach Kala Patthar, the highest point of the trek at 5,643m. Given its location, you will be able to experience the majestic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse.

But, the main highlight is to enjoy the jaw-dropping scene as the sun touches the tip of the mountains. You just need to pray to god to make the weather pleasant.

Once you are done with the view from Kala Patthar, you need to descend over 1000m to Dingboche, where you will spend the night. And, maybe spend some time around the fire.

Accommodation: $7
Food per meal: $8x3= $24

Day 11: Hike back to Namche Bazaar from Dingboche

 

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After spending a night in Dingboche, you will trek downhill to reach Namche Bazaar through Tengboche. Along the way, you will be mesmerized with the view of rhododendron slopes. You can take pictures if you want. You will be spending the night in Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: $3
Food per meal: $6x3=$18

Day 12: Hike from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

 

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On this day, you will trek back to the starting point of the trek, Lukla. After a long day of hiking, you will be spending some relaxing time celebrating here.

Accommodation: $3
Food per meal: $6x3=$18

Day 13 and 14: Fly back to Kathmandu

 

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After a day of celebration, you will catch a return flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. This marks the end of your trip. You will take beautiful memories with you while leaving your footprints.

Solo Trekking

 

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Solo trekking to Everest Base Camp is recommended to trekkers having to experience in multi-day trekking higher altitude. They also need to be able to carry a bag pack weighing about 15-10 kg.

If you are an experienced trekker, you can go for solo trekking as it is the cheapest option for the trek. You will be forfeiting all the amenities provided by the guide and the trekking agency, which will make the trek more affordable, but you will have to manage everything by yourself.

First, you have to find a hotel to spend a night in Kathmandu. Then, you need to arrange a domestic flight to Lukla airport on your own. Besides that, you also need to find accommodation and lunch options for yourself for each stop.

It is the best option if you want to arrange to logistics of your trek.

Guided Group Trek

 

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If you are not a trekking freak and don’t know much about trekking, a guided tour is the best option for you. You can either take a guider or porter with you else you can go for a typical package offered by the agency.

The package includes transport to and from the airport, domestic flights, accommodation on every stop and meals, all permits and passes, porters to carry your luggage, and most certainly an experienced guide.

As for the agency, you can either choose a local tour operator or Western. Local agencies are often cheaper, but their services are questionable. The price ranges from $650 to $1000.

Western agencies are expensive than local agencies, but their services are to the point. They offer comfortable and affordable accommodations. Guides are also among the best in the region. Their price ranges from $1300-$2000.

Best time to trek to EBC

 

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Usually, the best time to visit Nepal is considered to be from September to November. And, you might think that is the best time to trek to EBC. But, the best time is not at the peak summer, but February to May is the peak season.

During these months, the sky is clear, and the trails are dry and stable, which makes it ideal for both sightseeing and trekking. Besides that, the mountains are also more colorful, and hillsides are covered with rhododendron.

September to November is also a suitable trekking period that has fewer crowds than the peak months. Trekking is also possible, but you need to be prepared for cold. Monsoon season is wet, and the trails are risky. So, trekking during monsoon is not recommended.

Difficulty in Trekking to EBC

 

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Everest Base Camp trek is a long 15-day trek, but it is not a challenging trek even though the trails are along the edge of a cliff. You just need to be careful. Moreover, it does not require any former trekking skills. Your size, shape, or age also won’t cause you many problems.

You will be trekking the total distance of 130 km in about two weeks. So, you need to cover around 15 km distance in a day where you will be trekking for about 5-6 hours.

Walking is not a problem here; the hardest part is the altitude here, which might affect your body. So, you need to let your body acclimatize to the height and aim for the gradual ascend rather than a quick one.

Visa or permit for EBC

 

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If you are a tourist from any country rather than India, you will need a visa. The price for a 15-day visa costs $25, and the 30-day visa rises to $40.

Even though the normal trekking days last for 15 days, we recommended going for a 30-day visa as there might be the case where we need to extend the trekking days.  

As stated above, you also need the Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS) and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, which costs around 20$ and $40, respectively.

If you are on your own, you need to purchase it. But, if you are with a tour operator, the permits and cards will be handed to you beforehand.

Altitude Sickness on Trek

 

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Altitude Sickness might be the most sensitive and dangerous situation you could end up in the trek. As for the fact, it is not related to age or fitness of the body.

It can affect anyone, and the effects are worse of some people than others. Quick ascend in the altitude is the main cause of altitude sickness.

Some of the symptoms of the altitude sickness are headache, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, and shortness of breath. If you find yourself having any of the problems above or any abnormalities in your body, you need to be careful.

Rest for a bit, and if there isn’t any improvement in your health, you need to descend back. To prevent altitude sickness, you need to do a gradual climb and let your body acclimatize from time to time.

Items for the trek

 

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The most important thing you need for the trek is warm clothes. You can pack warm coats, fleece jackets, downs a jacket and a t-shirt. For your legs, take some trekking trousers and shorts. Waterproof jackets are also recommended.

Furthermore, you also need a hat, beanie, sunglasses and neck gaiter for head and face, warm inner and outer insulated gloves for hands and warm socks and trekking shoes for your feet. You will also need a first-aid kit, spare snacks, and water for emergencies.

Besides all these, you can also pack some of your regular necessities like hand sanitizer, wet wipes, moisturizers, soaps, and some other items. Also, you might need notebooks and pens, books (if you have the habit of reading), and binoculars.

Insurance

 

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To trek to the Everest Base Camp, you should do your insurance, which covers you up to the hiking altitude of 6000m. As the highest point of the trek is at 5,643 m, your insurance will be included.

Your tour agency will not be responsible for any kind of accident or natural disaster, so you need to make your insurance in case anything goes wrong. Besides these, the insurance also covers delays and altitude sickness problems. You just need to find the right policy.

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