Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the best adventure treks on the foothills of the Highest Mountain on earth. Following paths full of overwhelming views of Himalayan peaks, glaciers, and scenic Sherpa villages, you move to the base of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest (8848m). Everest Base Camp Trek is packed with twisting tracks, lush pastures, Sherpa bazaars and settlements, Buddhist monasteries, and numerous streams. This trek offers you excitement and memories that will last forever.
Everest Base Camp trek starts with a thrilling flight to Lukla. The landing at the world’s most dangerous airstrip will surely give you the Goosebumps. After arrival, follow your skilled guide and trek to Phakding, a Sherpa village located in the Bhote Koshi River gorge. Your next stop is Namche, and to reach the Sherpa town, you pass the immaculate Bhote Koshi River. Walking through the Mani stones and multi-colored strips of prayer flags, you arrive at Namche Bazaar, a significant trade-off post for Sherpas. Other villages on the route include Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche among others. You will also visit the most sacred Buddhist monastery of Khumbu region, Tengboche Monastery, during this trek. The moderate trek becomes worthwhile after a hard climb on the glaciers when you reach Everest Base Camp, which hosts amazing panorama of the entire Khumbu Himalayas. The best part of your journey is the climb to Kala Patthar (5550m), from where you can observe the sheer beauty of Everest (8848m) and the surrounding mountains. By the finale of the trek, you will have tons of memories, pictures, and experiences that will last till eternity.
Himalayan Recreation Treks and Expedition has been striving to be the best travel and Tourism Company in Nepal by focusing primarily on customer satisfaction. We value your time and requirements and design our itineraries to accommodate all your travel needs. With our experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly guides, you are bound to have an amazing holiday in Nepal. We offer a wide range of tour and trek packages, all kinds of transportation services, and the best available accommodation for all our trips.
Welcome to Nepal. Our team members will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
While we finish the last minute official procedure with the Nepal government, you will have a leisure day for shopping, visiting the Durbar Squares, Hindu shrines, Buddhist stupas, or just resting at the hotel. A favorite location is the Monkey Temple, a Buddhist temple located on a small hill that provides the panoramic view of Kathmandu city. Or you can join the thousands of Hindus who visit the Pashupatinath temple, one of the most well-known Hindu temples in Nepal and the most renowned Shiva temple in Asia. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
From Kathmandu, take a mountain flight to Lukla. The Lukla airport is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Bounded by tall peaks and hills, the runway at Lukla is quite captivating and the flight is considered as an exhilarating adventure in itself. Upon arriving at Lukla, the trail slowly leads us to the Cheplung Village. From there, a steady walk downwards will take us to the village of Phakding. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
The trail leads us to the mountain town of Namche Bazaar via Jorsale and Monjo villages. Walk through Sagarmatha National Park and experience the alpine forests and the streams and rivers. Namche Bazaar, because of its central location, is the commercial hub of Khumbu region. The vista of Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and Everest (8848m) seen from Namche is astonishing. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Namche is a great place to sink in with nature. The view around Namche is outstanding and attractive. You can explore the Syangboche Airstrip and get a panoramic view of Namche along with perfect views of the Himalayas. Further from Syangboche is the Everest View Hotel (3962m). The hotel is the highest operating hotel in the world and offers a breath-taking view of Mount Everest (8848m) and many other Himalayan peaks. Back at Namche, explore the Sherpa Culture Museum. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Following the trail along the right side of Dudh Koshi River and enjoying the astounding natural scenery of streams, hills and the Himalayan peaks, the village of Tengboche is reached. The village of Tengboche is situated at the union of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja Khola rivers and is bounded by rhododendron trees. The village is renowned for Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery of the Khumbu region. Tengboche Monastery is also considered as the mystical hub of the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
The trekking track crosses Imja River via a suspension bridge and leads towards the village of Dingboche. En route, the village of Pangboche is crossed. Dingboche is entitled the “Summer Valley” of the Khumbu region. Elegant views of Lhotse (8414m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Island Peak/Imja Tse (6189m) can be observed from Dingboche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Walking to Dughla from Dingboche, we arrive at Chupki Lhara. A continuous view of imperious peaks can be seen throughout the trek. The trail descends to the moraine of Khumbu Glacier. The vista of the mountain like Khumbutse (6665m), Lingtren (6749m), and Pumori (7165m) from the moraine path is remarkable. Mount Nuptse (7861m) also appears up ahead once the glacier pass is crossed. Stay at the guesthouse in Lobuche.
A gentle walk from Lobuche alongside the view of Khumbu Glacier leads us to Gorakshep (5140m), a calm place dotted with some lodges. From here, the trail ascends to the top of the edge on a steep and icy trail, finally reaching Everest Base Camp. Here, the view of the Khumbu Icefall and the sight of the mighty Everest (8848m) and other snow-capped peaks of the Khumbu region are wonderful to marvel at. After spending some time at the base camp, relishing the landscape and the atmosphere, you return back to Gorakshep. Overnight stay at a lodge in Gorakshep.
An early morning start to Kalapatthar from Gorakshep is one of the best parts of the trip. Kalapatthar is a well-known vantage point common for providing panoramic views of Mount Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Pumori (7165m), Lhotse (8414m), and many other peaks. A tough ascend to Kalapatthar rewards you with the mesmerizing sunrise over the snowy peaks. The sun rays touch the tip of the mountains and change the Colour of the peaks from silver to gold. After spending some time in Kalapatthar, you hike down to Gorakshep and then trek all the way down to Pheriche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
This is a long but worthwhile day of trekking along a sandy trail that winds its way down, up, and around numerous villages. The trek takes you to Phunke Tenga, and crossing the numerous suspension bridges, you reach Khumjung, the largest Sherpa village of Khumbu region. You finally reach Namche Bazaar by crossing a long Mani wall. When you reach Namche Bazaar, enjoy the panorama and celebrate the accomplishment. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
The trek back to Lukla moves through a trail that descends and crosses several suspension bridges. Chortens, prayer flags, and small Gompas line the villages and the track. The presence of Bhote Koshi River enhances the lovely atmosphere amid the natural scenery. As you reach Lukla, you can just rest. In the evening, you can explore the vibrant town. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
You take a flight back from Lukla to Kathmandu early in the morning, which takes about 40 minutes. On arrival, we transfer you to the hotel. Refresh and relax. Later, stroll in the streets of Thamel. Enjoy your dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Today is your final day in Nepal. After breakfast, our team representative will drop you at the airport before the scheduled time.
3 Night Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast in 3 star
Tea house Accommodation during a trek
Food from the menu (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
An Expert English speaking guide with his/her food, accommodation, insurance and salary.
Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu (Round way flights)
All the private transport for sightseeing and Pick up drop off
- Pickup and drop at Airport
- 3-night hotel stays in Kathmandu on B/B Plan (3 star)
- Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during trekking period
- Air fair for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
- 10 night Accommodations during the trek
- Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour inclusive of guide, and transportation
- A government license holder guide
- Porter to carry your baggage
- Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation and local tax for guides and porters
- Ground Transportation Charge while returning back to Kathmandu from the trekking destination
- TIMS card(Trekker’s information Management System)
- First Aid Kit
- Trekking Permits needed
- All government taxes, VAT and service charges
- Farewell dinner prior to departure
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- Tips for trekking staffs
- Drinks (hot/soft/cold) and liquors
- Personal shopping and laundry, Personal trekking equipments, Gifts and souvenirs
- All items not listed in Cost included section
Proof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers trekking as an activity up to 6000m. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking. We have some suggestions on finding an insurance company on our Terms of Service Page
EXTRA COSTS AND EXCLUSIONS
Our trekking packages are pretty much all inclusive when you arrive in Nepal. Here are additional expenses that you can plan on while trekking:
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- Sleeping Bag Rental $20 and Down Jacket $15 if needed.
- All the meals are included on the trek but we only include breakfast while you are in Kathmandu.
- We suggest a tip for the guide and porter after the trek – Plan on around 10% of the cost of your trek.
- We don’t include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
- The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few of the tea houses for between $4 and $6. Charging electronic devices is possible in the tea houses and charging costs between $1 and $3 an hour.
- Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($40/night) and meals in Kathmandu or Lukla for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.
We generally don’t charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request.
We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $150 cancellation fee. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost. HEAD
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Head torch
- Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
- Fleece jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Down jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants (long)
- Waterproof Pants
- Thin inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Comfortable Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag rated to – 20°C
- Trekking bags/duffel bag
- Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
- Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
- Water bottle or camel bag
Trekking is an adventure, a long arduous journey the combination of hiking & walking around the remote villages & unknown trail where the terrain is usually hilly & you're likely to encounter snow in higher altitude.
The best season for tekking in nepal is known be to after fall & after winter, the following month mid of September to mid of December consider ever best season of trekking in Himalayas. During this period of months, the weather is pleasant, not so cold & not so hot.
Trekking is for everyone who is physically fit & loves the outdoors & adventures.
If you're confident then you can guyide yourself but we suggest you to travel with guide not only for the safety but also to make your trip more enjoyable. Our guides are trained, well-knowledged & aware about all the trails of remote villages which will make your trek to any part of the country a lot more easier. Even if you're well- knowledged & confident, we recommend you to travel with guide which will surely help you enhance your experience.
WHO CAN GO?
There aren’t any certain age limits for Himalayan trekking since we've had families with kids of 8 years & our eldest trekkers have been in their late 70's. As long as the trekker is physicaly fit & willing to trek, there is no age limits for adventure.
People of all type of shape can go for this trekking as long as he/she is physically fit & healthy. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. We suggest you to go for short treks & hikes before your departure inorder, to feel comfortable during your trekking.
Generally, anyone who have a good stamina will be able to cope with higher altitude & lower oxygen density. But we do suggest one to have short treking or hiking experience at any part of the world for maximum enjoyment of you Himalayan trek.
Things that you will need to bring for your trek to Everest Base camp or any other place are listed below; • Clothing -Base layer -Insulation layer -Third layer • General Trekking gear -Trekking trousers & shirts -Trekking shorts -Waterproof shell jacket & trousers -Underwear • Headwear -Hat -Beanie -Neck gaiter • Handwear & Footwear -Inner Gloves -Outer isulated gloves -Hiking boots -Trekking shoes/sandals -Hiking socks -Warm thermal socks -Gaiters • Bag & backpackers -Duffel bag -Backpack -Dayback -Raincover -Dry bag • Sleeping gear -Sleeping bag -Liner -Ear plugs • Poles & Headgear -Trekking poles -Sunglasses -Headlight • Important accessories -Water bottle/Hydration bladder -Towel -Pee funnel -Lock -Waterproof bag • Extra accessories -Camera -Portable charger -Books -Cards -Passport,Money • Medications & Toiletries Water purifiction tablet, Isotonic powder, Diamox, Common Medications, First aid kit, Sunscreen, Baby wipes, Toilteries, Plasters, Oximeter, Hand sanitizer.
Travel insurance is compulsory & it is the responsibility of traveler to do so before beginning their journey. Register your insurance with our company name & be sure to give us the copy of the Insurance Certificate and point out the Emergency Telephone numbers.
It depends on your specific trek. For some trekking, it requires special permit & for some you’ll just have to get a simple pass to enter conservation areas & national parks. Most require a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. We handle all permits for you, so you wouldn’t need to worry about this.
Yes, please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.
ABOUT THE TREK
The number of your trekking days usually depends according to your trekking but mostly Himalayan treking lasts for 2-4 weeks.
Trekking hours might differ according to the place you're trekking to but generally, trekkers walk for 4-6 hours each day.
If you're trekking to Everest base camp, one of the most unpredictable thing is weather & temperature. So, the best option is to always be prepared for any conditions. The weather & temperature tend to be somewhat predictable based on the months & seasons. for eg; • Spring-March, April, May, June Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters. • Monsoon season-July/August through mid-September This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. Duringthis time, the average temperature is 22 degrees C (71.6 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters. • Autumn-End of September, October, November This is also one of the best season to trek in Everest region. The average temperature during the fall is 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude. • Winter-December, January, Feburary The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -20 degrees C (-4 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.
You can find telephones in some villages on your way to Everest region from which you can make international calls. Except that all our guides carry local sim cards of both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client.
ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & TRANSPORTATION
In Kathmandu, We use standard rooms at three star hotels with breakfast & meals included. Duriong trekking, Unless you signed up for a camping trip specifically, most treks include lodge or guest house accommodation. Incase if there are not any guesthouse or lodges, you'll be sleeping in tents.
We eat our meals most of the time in guesthouse, lodges & teahouses where Continental menus are generally available, along with soups and dishes of noodles or rice. On most of the remote routes, only traditional dal, bhat, curry & noodles will be available.
We provide all the meals during the trek, butit won't be piossible for us to provide water. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and you can also get along the trail but you will need to treat it. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or to use a steri pen. On most treks you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around $1 USD but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.
Most of the tea houses do have western style flushing toilet however in higher elevation you could only find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.
No, that is not a problem at all as most of the lodges in Everest region serve vegeterian meal & it is best to have vegeteraian meal to avoid food poisoning.
Yes, the food prepared in mountains are very safe to eat. All the foods are fresh & healthy. We suggest you to eat vegeterian meal during trek & follow the suggestions of your guide.
Mode of transportation during your trek may vary according to the places you're visiting & trails.The transportation to & from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation. You'll be provided with our private vehicle most of the times. We'll be arranging all the transportation services for you to feel as comfortable as you can so you wouldn't have to worry about it.
You'll have to book you internation
HEALTH & SAFETY
Good overall fitness, flexibility, and healthy will ensure your trek safely and comfortably. Those with acute or chronic health conditions impacting their stamina, range of motion, coordination, or balance may have difficulty completing the trek. Foe those who havesome doubts about their fitness, the best option would be to try some hiking & short trek before your journey.
You'll have to book you international flight on your own since we are a local agent well handle evrything for you once you arrive Nepal.
There are high chances of getting altitude sicknes when you travel to higher elevation. As you climb higher, your body will start to show some symptoms as it is not used to the high altitude. To avoid altitude sickness, you can find acclimatization day in most of the trek when we take rest at certain place & go for short hikes around the area to adjust our body to the increasing altitude.
We take all the responsibility of your health & wellness during thetrek. If you get sick in Higher altitude, we immediately take you to lower altitude for recovery & if needed your guide will utilize your travel insurance information to call a rescue helicopter, and you will be flown to Kathmandu or Pokhara for medical attention.
Yes, it is very much safe for female & male both to travel solo in Nepal or himalayas. We take all the responsibilty of safest of our guest either it is female or male .So, we assure you that you wouldn't need to worry about safety while travelling with us.
Yes, our representative from Himalayan Recreation Treks will be there to pick you up at the time of your arrival & drop you off at the time of your departure.
Yes, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A tourist Visa with multiple entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, a tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.
It depends on your spending habits but generally, in Kathmandu US$15 to US$20 will be enough for dinner & lunch per day per person & US&10 to US$15 will be enough to to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. You should note that the price gets higher as you go to higher elevation.
Although the possibility of flight getting delayed or cancelled is really rare but if it gets delayed due to certain weather condition then, in Kathmandu we will rebook your flight for the next day. We may also be able to provide an option for a privately chartered helicopter. If you choose to take the helicopter this can cost an additional $500 or more depending on availability and group size. Extra hotel nights ($40) and meals in Kathmandu are not included when flights are delayed although we will make arrangements for you. If your flight is delayed from Lukla you are responsible for extra accommodation and meals (approximately $30).
If you decide to travel solo & not join our group treks then, you'll be charged US$15 extra for porter as well as for addittional hotel charge.
Sometimes trekkers cannot complete the trek due to their schedule, health problem or any other personal reasons. In this case, we request to be understandable that we cannot offer you the refund for unused days on trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.
The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% deposit payment. You can pay the rest of the balance when you arrive in Kathmandu by USD Cash, Credit cards (Master, Visa and American Express) any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by bank itself.
Cancellation notice is required, minimum of 20 days before trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as cancelled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid ampount. If you do not cancel your trip before 20 days, you must be aware that the trip you’ve already bought is completely non-refundable as per our terms and conditions.
Yes, all our guides have received 45 days training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).
All our guide are trained to use first aid kit incase of emergency & are 24 hours available for your service. They have knowledge to use Oximeter in order to track your oxygen level just to make sure you are fit enough to continue your high altitude walk. Guides also carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.