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On this classic trip to Everest Base Camp, we travel to the base camp of the highest mountain on earth during this 12-days guided trip. The trip, which is undoubtedly the best trekking in the Himalaya, starts with a day of exploration in the cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu and continues with an adventurous flight to the airport in Lukla, which hangs on the edge of the cliff at 2860m.

Reach Namche Bazaar on the second day of the trip. Travel past the Sherpa villages of Debuche, Dingboche and Lobuche to reach Gorakshep, a small settlement (5,164m) that sits on the edge of a frozen, sand-covered lakebed. Reach Everest Base Camp, located in the middle of the Khumbu Glacier, on the eighth day of the trip.

Head for Kala Patthar next. Enjoy stunning views of the mountains, including Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Kangtega, Mt Nuptse, Mt Thamserku, Mt Kusum Kanguru, Mt Pumori, Mt Lhotse, Lobuche Peak, Island Peak, Mt Makalu and, of course, the breathtaking Mt Everest itself, towering above the rest.

Start your journey downhill to Lukla after that. Get the chance to enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the Sherpa people along the way. Learn more about their culture and religion during a visit to Tengboche Monastery.

The 15-days Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary is designed for beginner trekkers who are in good health with average physical fitness. The ample distance covered between daily itineraries, steady gain of altitude and separate rest days ensures that we are properly acclimatized to fully enjoy our trek to the Everest base camp. Walking at high altitude trails with proper acclimatization and steady pace will help avoid getting the altitude sickness.

If you want to explore the aerial view of Everest along with trekking along the Himalayas, you can check our Everest Heli Trek.

Trip highlights

  • Walk on the footprints of Sir Edmund Hillary to conquer the Highest Mountain on Earth
  • Stand tall at the Kala Patthar to witness the closest panoramic views of Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world
  • Get a thrilling experience of flying in the World's most adventurous flight and shortest runway
  • Visit World's Highest Monastery Tengboche, known to be the Spiritual Centre of Kumbhu Valley
  • Views of Island peak, Lhotse, Ama Dablam are the major part which encloses the panoramic view

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m).

As you fly into Kathmandu, you'll have beautiful views over the valley, the snow capped mountain peaks in Himalaya, and of the terraced fields below. As per your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02: Fully day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Today after the breakfast we will proceed for sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. The Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambhunath temple and Boudhanath temple are the major sight-seeing areas around the Kathmandu valley. These all are listed in a world heritage sites. The Durbar Square shows us the regal life of ancient periods. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimages. Swoyambhunath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is the Buddhist temple which is very popular around the globe. Swoyambhunath is also known as money temple stands on the hilltop west of the Kathmandu valley. It can also be known as the viewpoint of Kathmandu valley. Boudhanath temple is the biggest Chhorten ever made around the world. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2860 m) - 30 minutes, & trek to Phakding (2656m) - approx. 3 hours

We take a stunning early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, Gateway to the Everest region, perched above the Dudh Kosi or River of Milk so named because of the pale milky appearance of the glacier melt-water. We are now in the region of the legendary Sherpas and you will notice the difference in the faces of the people you meet here and those from the Kathmandu valley.

After lunch we trek north down towards Phakding along a meandering trail which is lined with mani stone walls, made with hundreds of stone tablets and giant carved boulders, brilliantly decorated with brightly colored paints. The Buddhists believe these to be sacred and so as a sign of respect to the local culture we pass them in a clockwise direction. Overnight in tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3450m) - approx. 6/7 hours

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five and half hours. We head onwards and upwards as the trail starts to rise through a forest of rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir-trees. Our target this evening is Namche Bazaar, a delightful mountain village and the Sherpa capital, but first we must ascend Namche Hill; walking at a gentle but steady pace we finally arrive at the town that is itself an important meeting and trading point for the local people. Overnight in tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 05: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3440m)

Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colourful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds move in, reward climbers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. On the way down, we can vis¬it the Sherpa Museum that hous¬es an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. One room highlights the Sherpa traditions and in another, Sherpa high altitude climbers are presented. It is important to note that acclimatization is extremely important and that by using these acclimatization days correctly we greatly improve our chances of reaching our goal of Kalapatar, which lies at an altitude of 5545m. Overnight in tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

It is important to note that acclimatization is extremely important and that by using these acclimatization days correctly we greatly improve our chances of reaching our goal of Kalapatar, which lies at an altitude of 5545m. Overnight in tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 06: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3867m) – approx. 5/6 hours

After having breakfast, you begin to climb through the ups and downs route, passing the Mani wall. Continuing the trek, you pass the small settlement of Sanasa from where the trail drops towards Phunki Tenga (3250 m.). The steep trail begins through pine forests and around Mani stones as it follows the side of a hill to the saddle on which the monastery of Tenboche situated at 3867 m. The excellent views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kwangde will accompany you. Overnight in tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) - approx. 5 hours

You will probably be woken in the early hours, while it is still dark, by the sound of horns and cymbals as the monks have their first prayers of the day. You will have time to visit the monastery in the morning if you did not go the earlier day after you reached Tenboche from Namche. Then, leaving Thyangboche, your path descends through trees to Deboche where the small and atmospheric nunnery is well worth a visit. You pass further houses and mani walls as the path continues along the river valley amongst the trees.

After crossing a bridge over a picturesque gorge, the path gradually climbs, with stunning views of Ama Dablam ahead. There are numerous fantastic photo opportunities in both directions, and frequent chortens and mani walls to pass, as height is gained to reach the village of Pangboche. This is a very picturesque village with stone walled fields and there is a very interesting monastery set in trees at the top of the village. This is probably the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region, possibility dating back as far as the first introduction of Buddhism into the Khumbu. There used to be a yeti scalp and claw kept here but they were stolen some years ago. From Pangboche the path ascends above the village, the sparse landscape now reflecting the height.

You pass some yak herders cottages and walled fields at Orsho before crossing a stream and making a final steep ascent to Dingboche. The village of Dingboche is set in a stunning position, surrounded by high peaks. In summer months they grow barley here possibly the highest altitude in the world at which this crop is grown. For acclimatisation you need to spend two nights around the 4,000m level and Dingboche, lying in a sheltered spot above the Imja Khola is generally more attractive for this than Pheriche, another settlement situated on the other side of the ridge. Overnight in tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization.

There are several opportunities for interesting acclimatisation walks in this region. It is possible to walk up the ridge behind the village to make an energetic ascent of Naga Dzong Ri. This is a steep but not technically difficult ascent to a summit at 5083 metres, from where there are stunning views of Makalu and Amphu Laptse. You can take in the small temple of Nagartsang Gompa on the way down there is a nice sheltered terrace here from where you can enjoy the views. You will descend in time for lunch in the village.

In the afternoon you might care to walk across to the village of Pheriche to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association clinic one of the doctors there often gives a talk about high altitude acclimatisation in the afternoon. If none of these appeal it is possible to walk up the valley to the yak grazing pastures at Chukhung (4,730m) a 4-5 hour round trip. Overnight in tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m) - approx. 6 hours

You ascend the ridge to a large chorten above Dingboche village and then it is an easy walk up a wide, grassy plateau. The peaks of Tawoche and Cholatse tower above and it is possible to see Pheriche in the valley below to your left. At the tiny hamlet of Duglha you reach a jumble of rocks which marks the terminal moraine at the base of the Khumbu glacier. You ascend this moraine to reach the top where there are many memorial cairns to those who have died on Everest.

The landscape is now wild and rocky and there is a real feeling of being high in the mountains. Following the often frozen stream at one side of the moraine you soon reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. This rather bleak spot was once a yak grazing settlement and was then inhabited only during the summer months but now it is open throughout the winter serving trekkers and climbers and is the jumping off point for Everest Base Camp and Kalar Patar. Sunset over Nuptse is particularly spectacular from here. It is worth walking over to the moraine to view the moraine covered glacier behind it. Overnight in tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10: Trek from Lobuche To Gorakshepe (5170m), Visit Everest Base Camp (5364m), Back To Gorakshep: approx 7 - 8 hours

For further advancement, we take the trail through the once vast Gorakshep Lake. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine, and streams. You head out on narrow tracks which are of few feet wide and few hundred meters above the ground. The distance between Lobuche and Gorakshep is of 4.5 km and will take approximately 2 hours to reach.

From Gorakshep, it is approximately 3.4km to the Base Camp. As you walk across the rocks towards the many prayer flags that mark the spot, you will arrive at Everest Base Camp. During the expedition season, many of the groups are settled here in their respective camps awaiting their climb to the highest mountain in the world. You can even interact with some of them. It will take approximately 2.5 hours to reach Everest Base Camp from Gorakshep.

After taking photographs and enjoying the moment, we head back towards Gorakshep for the overnight. Overnight in tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11: Trek from Gorakshepe To Kala Patthar (5,545m) To Pheriche (4,288m): approx 7-8 hours

Kalapattar’s altitude is often given as 5550m but the hill, further along, is a little bit higher. One fact is that you do not see the top of Kalapattar from Gorakshepe, only a false summit which is much lower. It is a fairly tiring walk up there unless you are well acclimatized. The views from the summit are memorable. Everest views are the best you can get from this place. Descent from Kalapattar is easy, just a quick straight down walk to Gorakshep and we advance towards Pheriche. The route to Pheriche will be rapid as we descend and it will be easy as well. Overnight in tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12: Trek from Pheriche to Namche (3450m) - approx. 7/8 hours

Today’s trek is mostly downhill. We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over Imja river. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2860m) - approx. 5/6 hours

 Take the downhill trail to Lukla. We will follow the descending trail and walk through rocks and boulders to the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River. On reaching Lukla, you head to a local teahouse where you will stay overnight. In the evening, you celebrate the completion of your trip with your trekking crew.

There will be singing, dancing, and endless local brew rounds with the porters, guide, and assistant guides. This is an excellent time to thank the local crew for helping you realize your EBC dream. Offer them tips before retiring for the night and bidding goodbye to most of them. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 14: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu

You successfully conclude the trek and proceed for flight to Kathmandu. We will enjoy our last view of the high mountains while flying back to the Kathmandu from Lukla. The snow-capped mountains will be worth to watch. After 25 minutes of flight, our representative will be waiting for you at domestic airport to take you back to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the day at your leisure; feel free to relax or explore the local markets. Overnight in Hotel

Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu.

As per your flight time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home or any other destinations. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12 PM.

Or inform us if you want to stay longer for short tours such as Jungle Safari at National Parks, Mountain Biking, Rafting, a Tibet tour, a Tour to Bhutan or India Tour. We will be happy to assist you.

  • Trip facts

  • Trip duration : 15 Days
  • Grade : Moderate to Fairly Challenging
  • Activity : Cultural sightseeing tour and trekking
  • Starts in : Kathmandu
  • End in : Kathmandu
  • Trek Type : Tea House
  • Accomodation : Hotel & lodge (tea house)
  • Max Altitude : 5545m

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop off services by private A/C vehicle
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on twin /double sharing basis with breakfast only
  • All meals during the trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Accommodation during the trek in Tea House
  • Domestic Airfare : Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu airfare
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters(ratio:2 members=1 porter) during the trek (per member max 12-13kg weight)
  • Sagarmatha National park fees
  • Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality (Local Government) entrance fee / Khumbu VDC entry fees
  • Airport transfers in AC private vehicle
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English Speaking local Tour Guide and entry fees
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs for the trek
  • Insurance for all staff & porters
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, we recommend you to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

Cost Excludes

  • International flight & any other airfares
  • Nepal visa
  • Extra baggage charge if any (weight allowance 12kg+3 kg in domestic flight)
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for Guide, porters, drivers etc.
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason
  • Personal expenses such as table drinks, snacks while walking, hot water/shower, internet, telephone etc during the Everest Base Camp trek.
  • Clients insurance and Medical expenses
  • Any other tours, transfers and hotel accommodations other than mentioned above
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

Extension Tours

Jungle Safari
Pokhara Tour

Necessary Information

1. Visa to Nepal

You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. For that, you require a valid passport with 2 copies of passport size photos. Similarly, A visa for Nepal can be obtained at Nepal India border entry point at Birgunj, Nepalgunj, Kakadvitta, Bhairahawa, Gaddachowki and Kodari on the Nepal China border. A 15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please visit

2. Welcoming upon your arrival in Nepal

We will be at the airport to welcome you upon your arrival to Nepal. We will be carrying the Raj BalaTreks & Expedition placard with your name underneath. From airport you will escorted to your hotel and we help you to check-in.

3. Health Issues and Vaccinations Requirement for Everest Base Camp Trek

As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio.

The main health consideration during Everest Base Camp Trekking is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and handle the low oxygen rate. If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you to consult your doctor about your suitability for trekking in high altitude areas before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.

4. Difficulty Level of the trek

Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate to fairly challenging trek that does not require any technical expertise of mountaineering. It is basically a long hike up to the altitude of 5,364 meters. The trek is only grueling because of its duration of 12 days hike up and down the hill across diverse terrains (15 days including arrival and departure).

5. Trekking Type

Everest Base Camp Trek is a tea house trek. A Nepalese tea house is a lodge or guest house located in one of the trekking regions in the Nepal Himalayas. At the end of the day’s trekking you pitch up and have a room and food provided. Teahouse trekking in Nepal is an incredible experience.

6. Accommodation on the trek

There are plenty of basic, clean and friendly lodges along the trail. You often have to share rooms but you can also stay in single rooms where possible. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. A few have electric blanket, hot bags (luxury lodges) and all have a spacious dining room-lounge.


We will accommodate you and your group in a comfortable local lodge each day. The Guide coordinates with the local lodge owners and a porter is sent ahead to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot always be booked in advance).

7. Food on the Trek

 On trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.

To get an idea about your meals on the go, breakfast comprises a hot beverage, toasts, pancakes, eggs, etc. while lunch will include rice items, noodles, potato varieties, pizza, pasta, burger, meat items, and so on. The starters in dinnertime are soup varieties while the main course includes more or less similar items as that of lunch menu, including a dessert item and a hot beverage.

8. A Typical Day on a Tea House Trek in Nepal

 We provide a comfortable experience on our teahouse lodge-style treks. Our team works hard to support you so that you can relax and enjoy trekking in Nepal. The lodges provide your meals in a communal dining room. There is a range in standard and service in teahouse lodges depending on location. i.e. lodges at higher altitude and places with fewer trekkers tend to have more basic facilities.

The day starts with getting up in your room shared with another trekker in our group. Before heading for breakfast you pack your overnight gear into your duffel bag. You would have given your breakfast orders to the guide to pass onto the kitchen last night. At the designated time the group will assemble in the dining room to eat breakfast. The menu has a range of items to choose from such as porridge, cereals, chapattis, and a choice of egg dishes. There is also the choice of tea or coffee plus other hot drinks like the popular ginger, lemon honey drink.

While the group is having breakfast the porters arrange their loads and set off in the cool of the morning. After breakfast, between 7am and 8am, we start trekking. The pace of the trek is moderate as there is plenty of time in the itinerary to reach the lodge for tonight. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around midday at a teahouse lodge by the side of the trail.

After lunch, we continue the trek and on most days we arrive at the lodge by mid-afternoon. For dinner, you get a two-course dinner (soup and main meal). The menus are quite standard with a range of dishes such as dal bhat, momos and the famous Sherpa stew. Dal bhat is a Nepalese dish of rice and lentils with vegetable curry. It is also possible to order spaghetti and pasta; pizzas; vegetable burgers and chips and fried rice.

After the meal, the leaders will discuss the plan for the next day. Afterwards, people might stay in the dining room chatting about the day’s events or playing cards. After a tiring day, most people head to their rooms quite early for the night. Tomorrow is likely to be very similar to today!

We cater for a variety of dietary requirements. There are always meals that are suitable for vegetarians. During booking, we find out if you have any dietary needs and agree upon meal plans before departure. If you have any questions about the food provided please get in touch with us to discuss further.

9. Personal Expenses – Approximate money you should carry on the trek

Our 15 days Everest Base Camp Trek cost is all inclusive of your accommodation, meals, permits and other official expenses.(See price includes and excludes section for more detail). Besides, other expenses depend on your spending habits. A USD 10-15 is sufficient to buy bottled water, snacks, chocolate bars, hot and cold drinks, and showers during the EBC Trek besides your included meals and accommodation.

10. Money Exchange

You can exchange money at a Bank or the money exchange counter in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. Many Tourist class Hotels have money exchange facilities. For Trekking, there are Banks and exchange counters at major Tourist hubs like Namche and Lukla. These days, there are availability of ATMs everywhere in Kathmandu and some in Lukla and Namche.

11. Tips

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the completion of your trekking in Nepal. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips. It is recommended that you talk to the members and hand it over individually as per the hierarchy on the last day of the trek.

12. Facility of communication available on trek

Communication during Everest Base Camp Trek is not challenging but there are certain things to be considered. For using internet, Wifi service is available in lower altitudes. You have to pay extra charge for this service about $5 (per stay) up to Namche though you can’t be really sure about signal strength. Beyond Namche, teahouses normally don’t have WiFi facility. A better option is to use Everest Link network which works throughout the region. It has better connectivity and faster speed. You can buy the data package at approximately $10 (1GB) and $5 (512 MB) valid for 30 days. You can also use local service provider (both for internet and mobile network) but they don’t work properly in some places as you go higher. If it is crucial for you to keep in contact with your family or others, we can provide you a mobile satellite phone (rental charge on request).

13. Flight / Land Transfers

The starting and ending point of this Everest Base Camp Trek is Lukla, which is connected by a 30 mins’ flight from Kathmandu. We will arrange flight and airport pick up and drop transfers as per the itinerary.

14. Luggage while trekking

During Everest trekking, your main luggage will be carried by porter. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 to 15 kgs for flight safety and porter welfare as per IPPG standard. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel in Kathmandu while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel's safekeeping.

15. Required Fitness Level

When you go on the Everest Base Camp Trek, you'll be walking at high altitudes, more than 5,000 meters above sea level. At these heights, there's less oxygen in the air, which can make you sick if your body isn't ready. This is known as altitude sickness. To prevent this, you should prepare your body for high altitudes.

This entails focusing on cardiovascular endurance through activities like hiking, running, or swimming to build stamina for long hours of walking at high altitudes. Strength training is equally crucial, targeting muscles in the legs, core, and upper body to navigate steep ascents, descents, and rocky terrain with ease. Flexibility is also important for preventing injuries and moving efficiently, thus incorporating regular stretching exercises is essential.

16. Climate & best time to do the trek

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

17. First Aid Kit

We supply a medical bag with standard medicines prescribed by trekking doctors and a user’s manual. Since our staffs/guides are not qualified for suggesting medications to western clients, we would request you to use the medicines upon your own risk. It is safer and more reliable if you have your own medicine kit and not depend on what we have.

18. Rescue /Evacuation

Your safety and security are our top priority, and we always make sure that nothing untoward happen to you. However, if anything serious like sickness or a casualty occurs, we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. As you are responsible for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it.

19. Drinking Water on the Trek

Drinking water is an important consideration during the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter flight from Kalapathar to Lukla. It is recommended to drink at least 3-4 liters of water per day to stay hydrated and avoid altitude sickness. Trekkers can obtain drinking water from several sources along the trekking route, including bottled water, boiled water, and purified water. Bottled water is available at tea houses along the way, but it is expensive and generates a lot of plastic waste. Boiled water is a cheaper and more environmentally friendly option, and most tea houses provide this service for a small fee. Alternatively, trekkers can bring their own water filtration system or water purification tablets to purify water from streams or rivers. However, it is important to ensure that the water is purified before drinking it to avoid waterborne illnesses.

20. All our guides are certified guides

All our guides are certified and trained trekking leaders. Our guides are certified by the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM), Nepal. They have years of experience working in this line of work and know the different trekking trails of Nepal, mountain ranges, culture, and mountain sickness.

21. Booking Procedure

Your booking of this Everest Base Camp Trekking will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of 20% of the total trip and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

22. Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply:

  • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (20% of the total trip)
  • 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost
  • 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost
  • Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

Additional Information

1. Lukla Flight Information

During the peak seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek (March to May and September to November), all the Lukla flights will be operated from the Manthali Airport due to congestion at Tribhuvan Airport.

2. EBC Trek Equipments and Gears

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking to Everest Base Camp. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking.

Head, face, and neck

  • Sun hat or cap (day)
  • Fleece beanie/woolen cap (night)
  • Balaclava (optional)
  • sunglasses
  • Sunscreens
  • Moisturizers
  • Lip Balm
  • Face towel
  • Scarf
  • Neck gaiters

Upper Body

  • T-shirts (preferably quick-dry and breathable) (day)
  • Parka/windbreaker (day)
  • Rain gear/poncho
  • Inner thermal (at night)
  • Fleece T-shirts (night)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket (night)

Lower Body

  • Undergarments
  • Trekking pants (preferably stretchable, quick-dry, and water-resistant) (day)
  • Rain gear
  • Inner thermal (at night)
  • Fleece/wool pants (night)
  • Hands
  • Light/outdoor gloves (day)
  • Warm winter gloves, fleece or woolen gloves (night)


  • Thin socks (day)
  • Warm woolen socks (at night)
  • Hiking boots (preferably GORE-TEX) with spare shoelaces
  • Floaters or sandals
  • Knee support (optional)

Essential Items

  • Passport
  • Extra passport-size photos (min. 2) for trekking permit
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Money
  • Backpack and rain jacket
  • Duffel bag*
  • Padlocks
  • Rain cover and a day pack (30L)
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Personal medicine
  • water bottle


  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Facial wash, soap, and shampoo
  • Tissues or wet wipes
  • Toilet rolls
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Handkerchiefs (optional)
  • Basic first-aid kit

 Others (Optional)

  • Thermo flask
  • Portable water filter/purification tablets
  • Earplug
  • A Universal Adaptor
  • Camera, memory card, and charger
  • Reading books or maps
  • Binoculars
  • Watch
  • Snack
3. History of Everest Base Camp Trek

In the early days, climbers targeted at mountaineering Mount Everest. They tried different approaches to climb it, from Nepal and Tibet. In the Twenties, George Mallory advanced on the north face route, reaching a height of 7,000 meters.

Sadly, in 1922, seven Sherpa porters died in an avalanche on Everest, showing how dangerous it can be. These early treks also set up the paths and camps for the upcoming trekkers.

Historic Day of Everest

After many tries, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa finally reached the very top of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. They became famous names in Everest's history.

After the 1960s onwards, and now

Since the 1960s and even now (present), climbing has remained a specialized activity, while TREKKING IN THE EVEREST REGION has become more popular than ever.

The Khumbu region around Mount Everest became a national park in 1976. It is Sagarmatha National Park and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

Today, Everest Base Camp (EBC) serves as both a starting point for climbers trying to reach the peak of Mount Everest and a beloved destination for trekking holidays for adventure trekkers. The local economy heavily relies on tourism, with efforts towards environmental conservation and sustainable tourism gaining momentum.

Nowadays, trekkers find it easier to reach the foothills of the legendary Mountain. Anyone can go on Everest Base Camp Trek, a helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp, choose a shorter EBC trek, and do more according to their preferences.

4. How High is Everest Base Camp ?

The elevation of Everest base camp is 5,364 meters (17,598 feet), its serves as the launchpad for climbing the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. However, the highest point reached on the Everest base camp trekking is Kalapatthar, situated at an altitude of 5,555 meters (18,225 feet).

From this vantage point you can enjoy the unobstructed view of the Mt. Everest and other surrounding peaks if the weather is clear. Its the perfect location to experience the breathtaking perspective of the Himalayas and Khumbu region.

5. Temperature During Everest Base Camp Trek With Helicopter Return

During the Everest Base Camp trek, while journeying from Jubing to Everest Base Camp, temperatures vary according to altitude and the places you hike to. Below, we have compiled the minimum temperatures you can anticipate on this trek for each of the 12 months. These temperatures are tentative and may vary slightly, being either higher or lower. You should expect the below temperatures for the last two nights/days while staying in Lobuche and Gorakshep.

  • February: Minimum around -30°C (-22°F), Maximum around -15°C (5°F)
  • March: Minimum around -20°C (-4°F), Maximum around -10°C (14°F)
  • April: Minimum around -7°C (19°F), Maximum around 4°C (39°F)
  • May: Minimum around -5°C (23°F), Maximum around 8°C (46°F)
  • June: Minimum around -2°C (28°F), Maximum around 10°C (50°F)
  • July: Minimum around -1°C (30°F), Maximum around 15°C (59°F)
  • August: Minimum around 0°C (32°F), Maximum around 15°C (59°F)
  • September: Minimum around -4°C (25°F), Maximum around 10°C (50°F)
  • October: Minimum around -5°C (23°F), Maximum around 7°C (45°F)
  • November: Minimum around -20°C (-4°F), Maximum around -10°C (14°F)
  • December: Minimum around -25°C (-13°F), Maximum around -15°C (5°F)
6. Distance From Lukla to the Everest Base Camp

The distance between Lukla Airport (Tenzing-Hillary Airport) and the Everest Base Camp is approximately 65 kilometers or 40 miles. The total distance of the Everest Base Camp trek is around 130 kilometers or 80 miles., typically completed within an 11-day timeframe.

These 11 days also include two acclimatization days, one in the bustling hub of Namche Bazaar and the other in the tranquil village of Dingboche, allowing your body to carefully adapt to the increasing altitude.

7. Kathmandu Accommodation for Everest Base Camp Trekking

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be promptly transported to your designated hotel, a comfortable and well-maintained 3 star hotel. Your stay includes twin-sharing/double accommodation with breakfast. All the rooms have private bathroom, TV, and ample storage for your luggage.

If you desire a more exclusive experience, you can upgrade to single occupancy or enhance your stay to a 4- or 5-star hotel at an additional charge.

8. Attached Toilet/bathroom Facilities During Everest Base Camp Trekking

During the trek, you’ll be staying in local teahouses/guesthouses, offering simple lodging and meals for travellers.

However, these places have improved facilities now, especially in some areas like Lukla, Phakding, and Namche where we offer you rooms with attached toilets/bathroom. Locals run these teahouses, serving Nepali meals like “Dal Bhat.”

While dining spaces are cozy, accommodation is basic, with twin-sharing rooms and the option to upgrade for single occupancy at an additional cost. Also, please note that comfort is modest in the mountains. However, there is a possibility of having fewer choices available during the off-season.

9. Importance of Acclimatization During Everest Base Camp Trek

As soon as you arrive at the airport at Lukla, you are at an altitude of 2,860m – having left Kathmandu at 1,440m an hour earlier. By the time you reach Namche, you have reached 3,440m above sea level. At this height, some may begin to see their bodies react to the altitude. Our guides are well-trained in the signs of altitude sickness and what to do should any trekker suffer. Our trek leaders and guides will also carry an oximeter to monitor your oxygen level should there be any questions. But avoidance is better than cure, so keep well hydrated and alert the guide to any changes in your body.

To avoid problems, we have an acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar and another at Dingboche. Acclimatization days don’t mean you are doing nothing. It means walking around at a higher altitude and sleeping at a lower altitude to accustom your body to the height. On our EBC trek, we have built-in interesting things to do and see on these two days.

10. How to Prevent Altitude Sickness During Everest Base Camp Trek

Altitude Sickness, also called Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), cannot be prevented, but you can minimize the chances. Here are some tips to avoid altitude sickness:

  • Ascend slowly at your own pace
  • Take acclimatization days
  • Stay well-hydrated
  • Eat light and nutritious meals
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco

Listen to your body, and if you feel symptoms like headache, nausea, or dizziness, tell your guide. They will decide the best course of action, including descending rights away to arranging a helicopter rescue in coordination with your travel insurance.

11. Baggage Allowances in Lukla Flight

Please remember that the maximum weight allowed for the Lukla flight is 15 kg (about 33 pounds), which includes both your duffel bag and daypack. If your daypack is heavier than this limit, you can pay an extra fee of USD 2 to USD 5 for each kilogram over the limit.

However, sometimes even with the extra payment, you might not be allowed to bring more weight. To avoid any issues, it’s best to stick to the 15 kg limit when packing.

12. Travel Insurance for Everest Base Camp Trekking

Having travel insurance that covers high-altitude adventure activities (above 5,000 m) is mandatory. This includes contingencies like flight disruptions, accidents, and emergency evacuations.

You can buy such insurance online from various providers. Some of the common choices based on client experiences for Everest Base Camp Hike include:

  • USA and Canada: Tugo, United Health Care, World Nomad, Blue Cross
  • Australia and New Zealand: Fast Cover, Allianz Australia
  • Singapore: Ergo, World Nomad (Explore plan level 3)
  • Europe: Europe Assistance, Austrian Alpine Club, Allianz Europe
  • India: ICICI Lombard

However, please ensure that the policy covers trekking up to 6,000 m altitude. While these are just suggestions, the policies, and coverage may vary accordingly. Contact these insurers directly to inquire about their offerings before making a purchase.

13. Phone and Gadgets Charging

In Everest Base Camp Trekking trail, they normally use renewable energy like solar power. If you need to charge your devices, certain guesthouses may charge a fee, usually around USD 1-5 per charge.

It’s advisable to bring two-pin (type C) and three-pin (type D) adapters. However, you can either bring these adapters or buy them in Kathmandu.

14. Can a Beginnger Trek Everest Base Camp?

We believe that with the right support and guidance, a beginner can absolutely trek to the maginificent Everest Base Camp. Our team comprises seasoned guides who boast in-depth knowledge of the terrain and are well-trained in first aid, ensuring the safety and comfort of every trekker throughout the journey.

We highly recommend that beginners undergo comprehensive physical training and conditioning before setting off on this unforgettable adventure. This may involve engaging in cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking to build endurance and stamina.

By dedicating time to this preparatory phase, beginners can enhance their overall fitness levels, making the trek a more enjoyable and rewarding experience.

We will provide you the necessary guidance, support, and encouragement, enabling them to fully embrace the splendour of the Everest region while creating lasting memories of a lifetime.

15. Group Departure Treks & Private Treks

We conduct Group Departure Treks as well as Private Treks. If you have your own group, we provide you discounts based on your group size.

However, you will not get discounts for groups we assemble or our Fixed Group Departure Treks. For a group of 12 or more, we add an assistant guide. You can choose to conduct a private trek exclusively for your team.

16. EBC Trek Route Variations

There are a number of route variations for the trek to Everest Base Camp. Among them most popular are Gokyo Lakes Trek, Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Three Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing via Everest Base Camp Trek.

17. Trip Extension

After completing the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. There are many beautiful and adventurous places in Nepal.

You can spend your time in various ways, such as sightseeing in Kathmandu, Nagarkot View Trip, Chitwan Jungle Safari, paragliding, White Water Rafting, and canoeing before flying back.

18. Guide to Overcoming Challenges on Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderately challenging but incredibly rewarding adventure. A good level of physical fitness is required because it involves walking for several hours a day, frequently uphill, and at high altitudes. We highly recommend that you keep up a regular exercise routine for weeks before the hike. If you have any health issues, consult with your doctor before starting the hike.

Here are some tips to help you overcome difficulties during the trek and make the most of it:

Physical Preparation

We recommend you start fitness training before your trek. Focus on cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and endurance activities. Incorporate uphill and downhill walking into your training to simulate the trek's terrain.

Altitude Acclimatization

In our package, we have included two acclimatization days at higher altitudes (Namche Bazaar and Dingboche). It helps you to take your time to ascend, allowing your body to adjust to the decreasing oxygen levels. You can use these days to explore the local surroundings at a slower pace.

Hydration and Nutrition

You may have heard that everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day. Our guides are trained to keep you Stay well-hydrated throughout the trek. We recommend you drink as much water as you can. Consume a balanced diet rich in carbohydrates, proteins, and essential nutrients. Eating light but frequent meals is recommended. Keep a nutrition bar in your day bag.

Pacing and Rest

Rest is essential for acclimatization and overall well-being. Pace yourself during the trek. Avoid rushing to prevent exhaustion and altitude-related issues.

Listen to your body and our guide. Always take breaks as needed.

Proper Gear

We recommend you invest in high-quality, certified trekking gear, including comfortable and sturdy boots, warm clothing, a good backpack, a day bag pack, and other essential equipment. Dress in layers so that you can easily adjust to changing temperatures and conditions.

Mental Preparation

Stay positive and focused. A positive mindset can help you overcome challenges more effectively. If you have any issues that come to mind, kindly share them with our guide.

Our guides and porters are experienced in the Everest region. They can provide valuable insights and assist with logistics, allowing you to focus on the trek itself.

Travel With Rajbala

Since we began in the early 90s we have always strived to keep our environmental footprint as small as possible and to give back to the many villages we pass through on our trekking itineraries. Today we still embrace this responsible travel approach when devising and operating our small group travel holiday experiences in Nepal. We invite you to trek in Nepal with the Himalayan trekking specialists Raj Bala Treks and Expeditions.