The Everest base camp trek is a great opportunity to experience the Everest region's amazing rich culture and people like rich Sherpa culture, beautiful mountainous landscape brimming with river valleys, gorges, glaciers and mountain rivers and magnificent views of Everest range.
Everest Base Camp Trek - Overview
Nepal is known as "the Land of the Himalayas" and in spite of its relatively small size, the country has the
eight of ten tallest mountains in the world including Mount Everest- the tallest mountain peak on the planet.
Nepal has many amazing trekking destinations that vary from each other in terms of topography, cultural prominence, and landscape. Among all of the trekking destinations in Nepal, the Everest Base Camp Trek is considered the most popular and thousands of travelers visit this region every year.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal is one of the most famous trekking destinations and has been a center of attraction for trekkers and climbers since 1953.
The Everest Region Trek Trail:
The journey to the Everest base camp usually starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Lukla is surrounded by high hills and mountains and situated on a cliff and has a single runway that drops off to the gaping open valley below as the runway ends. A 30 - 40 minutes flight to Lukla will be dramatic & adventurous for you as the terrain is very different from any part of the country.
From the village of Lukla, the trekking trail then proceeds to go through villages like Phakding, Monjo, the Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche and Gorakshep before finally reaching the Everest Base Camp. During the trek acclimatization to the high altitude terrain is usually done in the famous mountain town of Namche Bazaar and Dingboche.
Usually, the Everest Base Camp treks journey lasts for two weeks, but the itineary days can be customised to suit the trekker's needs & requirements.
Everest Base Camp Trek FAQ
Where is the Everest Base Camp?
Everest base camp lies in the Khumbu region situated on the south side of Mount Everest.
What is the altitude of the Everest base camp?
The Everest base camp is elevation is 5,380m (17,600 feet).
What is the best time for Everest base camp?
There are mainly two different trekking seasons. The best months to trek to Everest base camp are pre-monsoon (February, March, April, and May) and post-monsoon (late September, October, November, and December). But October is considered the best time for the Everest base camp trek.
How much does it cost to trek to Everest camp trek?
The price for the Everest camp trek ranges per person from USD 1,200 all the way to 3,000. The prices depend on the needs of the trekkers and the itinerary can be prepared accordingly.
How is the weather in the Everest base camp trek?
The weather at the Everest base camp trek depends on the different seasons you trek to. The temperature at the base camp rarely gets above freezing throughout the year, but cold winds that blow make the temperatures feel even colder. The coldest months of the year are from December to February and the temperatures are warmer in the rainy season in July and August.
How is the accommodation during the Everest base camp trek?
Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in the EBC trail. Along the way to the Everest base camp, most of the tea houses are built and managed by local villagers. These tea houses are specially designed to provide the basic facilities for trekkers to take rest.
How is the food like in the Everest base camp trek?
There is an abundance of regular meals and food during the Everest base camp trek. You will enjoy both national and international foods like Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Nepalese and Indian. You can also enjoy hot beverages like hot chocolates, coffee, and others.
I have never done trekking. Is Everest base camp trek for me?
Yes, of course, you can do it. Trekking is hard but not the hardest one. To accomplish this, you can take training like swimming, aerobics, jogging, etc. in order to increase your stamina and endurance.
How many hours a day do I need to walk on Everest base camp trek?
The Everest base camp is graded moderate, meaning that you generally won’t exceed eight hours of activity in a day. Some days can vary from 4-5 hours a day to just 2-3 hours.
Is trekking to Everest base camp is dangerous?
The Everest base camp trek might look dangerous for beginners as they will be hiking at an altitude up to 5000m. There are nearly zero cases of any accidental event during the trek. Only altitude sickness is the main danger for trekkers.
How hard is the Everest base camp trek?
The Everest base camp trek is a challenging yet rewarding trek. People who are not used to hiking will likely find it hard. Whereas people who are used to hiking long distances might find it easy. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents, and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well.
What if I get altitude sickness in the middle of the trek?
The major health issue that can occur while trekking to Everest Region is altitude sickness. You have to drink plenty of water and need to take medicine like Diamox to minimize the risk of altitude sickness. We will provide guides and porters who are experienced and trained to help trekkers with precautions and safety measures.
How many days does it take to reach the Everest Base Camp?
The days to reach Everest Base Camp depend on your needs & time. You can easily get there in 1 day (via helicopter), 5 days (hiking), 7 days (hiking), 8 days (hiking with acclimatization). The time for reaching the base camp and returning back takes place according to the time period maintained in the itineraries.
Do I need insurance for Everest base camp trek?
100% Yes! Injury and altitude sickness and any other calamities may occur during the trek, so it is best to get travel insurance before you go. Better safe than sorry!
How much luggage do I take during Everest base camp trek?
The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. Only carry what is essential.
Legal Documents or Permits needed for Everest Base Camp Trek
If you are planning for a trip to Everest base camp, there are different kinds of costs and permits that are involved.
TIMS card was necessary for trekkers in the Everest region. TIMS Card is still valid for trekkers in other regions of Nepal. But if you want to trek to EBC from Jiri, you will need a TIMS Card. TIMS is issued by the Tourism Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). There are 2 kinds of TIMS cards that are issued- one for an Independent trekker and one for an organized trekker.
TIMS Card for Independent Trekker
- Color- Green
- Cost- Rs 2000 Per Person
- Photos – 2
- Collected by- Self
TIMS Card for Organized Trekker
- Color- Blue
- Cost- Rs 1000 Per Person
- Photos – 1
- Collected by – Local Trekking Agency
So a TIMS Card is not necessary if you take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then start your trek. It is only needed for Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek.
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
This is a new permit which was imposed from 1st of October 2018 replacing an existing TIMS Card. The local government of Khumbu directly collects NPR 2000 Per Person from each foreigner. Please note that this permit cannot be obtained in Kathmandu. First, if you are flying through Lukla you can obtain this is Lukla. If you are trekking from Jiri or Salleri this can be obtained in Monjo.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
This is an existing permit system for entering National Park. You can obtain this permit either in Kathmandu at Nepal Tourism Board Office or in Monjo at Park Entrance Gate. This will cost NPR 3000 Per Person. The most convenient way is to obtain this at Monjo.
Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek
If you are following the classic Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek, then you will obtain the permit from Monjo. You will also need to obtain an additional permit for Gaurishankar Conservation Area if you come through Jiri. This can cost you NPR 3,000.