11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
The 11 days Everest Base Camp Trek is a marvellous journey to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain Everest. It is equally about making the exhilarating journey, which witnesses the breathtaking views of the mystical Himalayas, exploration of the centuries-old villages, getting acquainted with the resilient and welcoming Sherpas and experiencing nature in its pristineness and exclusivity. The lovely Sherpa people, their culture and tradition add more charm to this historic trekking.

11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Trek to the world-famous Everest Base Camp
  • Enjoy a 360 degree view of the mountains from Kala Patthar(5,555m)
  • Highest glacier on Earth- Khumbu Glacier (4900 m)
  • View of other peaks such as Mt. Lhotse(8,516m), Cho Oyu(8,201m) and Mt.Makalu (8,463m)
  • Experience the wonder of Thyangboche Monastery beneath the shadow of Ama Dablam
  • Travel through the Sherpa villages of Namche, Khumjung, Khunde and Dingboche
  • Explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people
  • Visit Tengboche, the biggest and oldest monastery in the region
  • See beautiful Sherpa villages and century old monasteries
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • The wide range of Flora and Fauna Wildlife like musk deer, colourful pheasants, snow leopard and Himalayan Thar
  • Experience a breathtaking mountain flight to Lukla
  • Travel through one of the top ten trekking routes in the world

About the 11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

The soaring summit of Mount Everest attracts adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies from all over the world. Join us as we travel to the base camp of the highest mountain on earth during this 10 -day, guided trip. Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla airport and follow the trail that travels along the banks of the thundering Dudh Koshi River.

Reach Namche Bazaar on the third 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. We look forward to taking you on a trek of a lifetime. Please go through the itinerary for more details.

Brief Itinerary: 11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1

Welcome to Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Day 2

Kathmandu to Lukla flight and trek to Phakding

Phakding

Day 3

Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar

Day 4

Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery

Tengboche

Day 5

Tengboche Monastery to Dingboche

Dingboche

Day 6

Dingboche to Lobuche

Lobuche

Day 7

Lobuche to Everest Base Camp

Gorakshep

Day 8

From Everest Base Camp, hike to Kala Patthar and trek to Pheriche

Pheriche

Day 9

Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar

Day 10

Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Lukla

Day 11

From Lukla fly back to Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Itinerary: 11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 1 - Welcome to Kathmandu

Once you land at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu our representative will receive you and transfer to the respective hotel. On this day, you can either rest or stroll around the nearby places like Thamel or Durbarmarg. In the evening, our tour guide will give a short brief about the upcoming trek. During this orientation program, you will get a chance to meet your trekking guide and other fellow trekkers. Finally, in the evening you can stroll around the nearby hotel area and if you have forgotten to bring any trekking gear you can buy over there.

Day 2 - Kathmandu to Lukla flight and trek to Phakding

We will pick you from your hotel and drive you to the airport in Kathmandu. A quick, 25-30-minute flight from Kathmandu will take you to Lukla (2,840m), the gateway to the Khumbu region and the starting point of this trek. Travel through the Dudhkoshi River Valley, past various settlements such as Chheplung and Chaurikharka, before reaching Phakding. Enjoy great views of the Himalayas during the trek. It's a leisurely day with a gradual descent of approximately 200 meters.

Day 3 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Stay in Namche and allow your body to acclimatize to the altitude. You have the option to hike to the nearby areas. The trading and administrative centre of the Khumbu region, Namche is home to various government offices, banks, plenty of shops and eateries. One of the most interesting optional hikes on our list is the one that takes you to Everest View Hotel, from where you can enjoy great views of Mount Everest and other mountains in the Himalayas.

Day 4 - Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery

Start your day with a quick ascend followed by a flat trail to reach Kyanjuma. Travel downhill from there to reach Phunki Tenga. Cross the Dudh Koshi River to reach Tengboche Monastery, the most important monastery in the region. Depending upon the weather and other factors, you might end your day in Debuche (3800m) or stay in Namche.

Day 5 - Tengboche Monastery to Dingboche

After climbing to cold, stark Tengboche, you'll now descend steeply through thick forest. You'll cross over the Imja Khola River, part of the Dudh Khosi tributary. From there, you'll arrive at the village of Pangboche, which is situated directly opposite Ama Dablam, one of the region's landmark summits. Because of the village's unique location, you'll be able to admire stunning and immersive views of the mountain. You'll also be able to see a gompa, or Tibetan monastery, along with sacred Buddhist mani walls.

Day 6 - Dingboche to Lobuche

A difficult day with steep climbing awaits you. The day starts with a gradual climb to Dughla, where we will stop for a quick lunch. It will be an early lunch today but we do not have another option before reaching Lobuche. A steep climb from Dughla will take us to the memorial of famous mountaineers such as Scott Fischer and Babu Chiri Sherpa. Enter the Khumbu Glacier area and follow the route to Lobuche (4,910m), where you will be spending our night.

Day 7 - Lobuche to Everest Base Camp

The first section of the trail will take you to Gorakshep via the Khumbu Glacier. Drop your bags and enjoy your lunch in Gorakshep before heading to Everest Base Camp (5,364m). The trail takes you through terrain strewn with rocks, moraines, streams and glaciers. Reach Everest Base Camp, located in the middle of the Khumbu Glacier. Return to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.

Day 8 - From Everest Base Camp, hike to Kala Patthar and trek to Pheriche

The early morning walk to Kala Patthar from Gorakshep takes approximately 2 hours. Enjoy amazing views of the mountains shining in the color of the morning sun. This peak offers amazing, panoramic views of Mount Everest and other peaks in the Himalayas. Take photos and spend some time enjoying once-in-a-lifetime views of the mountains before we steps back to Gorakshep. Have our lunch before heading downhill to Pheriche.

Day 9 - Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

Continue your journey downhill. Cross the Dudh Kosi River and make a steep climb to Kyanjuma. From this point on, the trail is largely flat or downhill until we reach Namche Bazaar.

Day 10 - Namche Bazaar to Lukla

A long day on a downhill trail awaits you. The last day of this trek is full of steep descends along the Dudh Kosi until you reach Phakding for lunch. The trail from Phakding to Lukla is mostly a gentle, uphill climb.

Day 11 - From Lukla fly back to Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport to catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. Our guide will accompany you for a complimentary farewell dinner provided by the company in the evening. This is the end of our services. We will provide a departure transfer upon request.

Note: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in the mountains, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature is an asset!

What's Included

  • All accommodation during the trek (in lodges and guesthouses)
  • A highly experienced, English-speaking trekking guide (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment.
  • All necessary trekking permits as well as government taxes and official expenses
  • Transportation as per the detailed itinerary in private/public jeep and bus
  • The meal inclusions on trek are breakfast (one set breakfast and tea or coffee), lunch (one main meal and tea or coffee) and dinner (soup, main and dessert with tea or coffee).
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water.
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  • Use of a sleeping bag, down jacket and a duffel bag (in case you don't have them). They have to be returned after the trek.
  • A first aid kit and basic supplies appropriate for the group size. In a worst case scenario, arrangements of an emergency helicopter evacuation service (to be paid for by your travel insurance). Note: if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
  • A first aid kit with basic supplies appropriate for the group size and trek route – if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
  • An appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek

    Note: The local tea houses are basic but clean and they do not often have attached bathrooms or hot showers. The price is based on twin share and does not include any extra charge that lodge owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms or hot showers (if these facilities are available) or for battery charging. We can’t know in advance what they may charge for such things in the different lodges along the way, so we prefer to leave this cost out, rather than pass along an estimated charge to you.

What's Excluded

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu; Nepal visa fees and international airport taxes; any excess baggage charges
  • Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and emergency rescue / evacuation that covers all of the activities you will undertake during your trip should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
  • Services and activities not mentioned in the detailed itinerary above (eg additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
  • Any gear or equipment that you may need to rent/buy - please ask us if you would like any advice about gear to bring/buy/rent
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Personal expenses (eg mineral water/soft drinks/bar bills, entrance/photography fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations, extra snacks etc)
  • Costs incurred due to unforeseen events (eg caused by natural disasters, adverse road conditions / flight delays, labour strikes, fuel shortages, extreme exchange rate changes, etc)
  • Any extra charge that tea house owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms, or hot showers (if these facilities are available) and charging of batteries
  • Tips for the guide, and porter (if you have added a porter to help you carry your backpack)
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes

Best Season/Time for Everest Base Camp Trek - 10 days

There are mainly two different trekking seasons. The best months to trek to Everest base camp - 10 days are pre-monsoon (February, March, April and May) and post-monsoon (late September, October, November and December) It is possible to make the journey in February and early September

  • January doesn't necessarily mean lots of snow, so it's possible to trek to Everest Base Camp then, but it is chilly. Wrap up warm, though, using lots of layers and enjoy being one of the very few people up in the Himalayas.

    Temperature: Temperatures ranges from 15°C to -15°C

  • February and early March are cold, especially at night (around -20°C or colder), but you should get clear skies providing good, uninterrupted views of Everest. In addition, the trail will be less busy and the teahouses quieter, giving a sense of true adventure to a trek to Base Camp.

    Temperature: Around 18 °C. At night the average minimum temperatures drop down to around -12 °C.

  • Late March and April are popular months for trekking, with the warmer weather and the rhododendrons and other flowers in bloom further down the trail. Days are beginning to stretch out to provide lots of daylight for exploring, too, with good visibility in the early mornings.

    Temperature: Around 18 °C. At night, the average minimum temperatures drop down to around -12 °C.

  • In early May trekking to Everest base camp is still possible, just before the monsoon arrives, but we don’t suggest trekking during this season.

    Temperature: Around 25°C. At daylight and it drops down to around -5°C.

  • By late May the monsoon has arrived in Nepal and lasts through June, July, August and into early September. During the rainy season, the trails are muddy and rife with leeches and cause disruption to travel.

    Temperature: Around 27°C at daylights to 5°C

  • The autumn trekking season kicks off in late September as the monsoon dissipates. Clear skies and fresh air characterise this time of year, with October to early November particularly great for trekking. Temperatures are comfortable, although the weather is colder now than during the spring season (around -10°C at Base Camp during the day), the days are dry and the views are perfect. The landscape has been washed clean by the monsoon rains, too, and looks particularly lush and verdant.

    Temperature: Temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees

  • Late November and December are also good times to go trekking, but it will be colder, with temperatures dropping well below zero at night. The upside is that the trail to Everest Base Camp will be much less busy as people eager to avoid the cold clear out.

    Temperature: Temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees

Packing list / Equipment checklist

List of Equipment for 11 days Everest Base Camp Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The following belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each).

Upper Body

  • Headband or Beanie
  • Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
  • Hat for Sun Protection

Hands

  • Inner Gloves
  • Outer insulated gloves

Core Body

  • Base Layer
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Outer Layer
  • Trekking Shirts/T-Shirt
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear

Lower Body

  • Base Layer
  • Trekking trousers and shorts
  • Rain and Windproof Trousers
  • Underwear

Feet

  • Hiking Boots
  • Trekking shoes/sandals
  • Hiking/Thermal Socks
  • Gaiters (not necessary)

Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping bag
  • Liner
  • Earplugs

Bags and Backpacks

  • Duffle bag
  • Backpack
  • Daypack
  • Raincover

Miscellaneous & Accessories

  • Trekking Poles
  • Head Torch
  • Sunglass
  • Sunscreen/Lip balm/Wipes/Hand Sanitizer/Toiletries
  • Reusable Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
  • Small Locks
  • Trekking Towel
  • Waterproof Ziplock Bags
  • Camera/Video Camera/Extra Batteries/ Extra Chargers
  • Notebook/Journal and Pen (optional)
  • Playing Cards/Book/Kindle (optional)
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • General Medications
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Blister Plasters
  • Oximeter
  • Durable wallet for travel documents, money & passport
  • Favourite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)

Accommodation

Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in EBC trail. Along the way to 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.

  • Rooms

    Basically, you’ll find twin-basis type of accommodation on the EBC trail. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. Almost all tea houses provide blankets as it will be freezing at night.

  • Toilets

    Mainly on the lower elevation, most lodges offer western-style toilets. As you move higher on the trail you’ll find squat toilet facilities. Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water.

Documents & Permits

If you are planning for a trip to Everest base camp, there are different kinds of costs and permits that are involved.

TIMS Permit

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. 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.

Difficulty

While only a few brave (and crazy) men and women will summit Everest each year, around 30,000 people will make the trek through the Khumbu Valley to Everest Base Camp to catch a glimpse of the tallest mountain in the world.

The 11 days Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging yet rewarding trek. The EBC Trek requires no technical expertise or mountaineering skills as it is basically a long hike at altitude. The hiking will be from 5 to 7 hours a day taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well.

If you have an experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage for you. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lung disease.

11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the altitude of 11 days Everest Base Camp?

    The altitude of Everest Base Camp is 5,380m (from the southern side, Nepal) and 5,200m (from the northern side, Tibet).

  • Do I get to stay overnight at Everest Base Camp - 11 days?

    The Everest Base Camp trek does not stay overnight at base camp. To sleep at base camp requires special permits which are very expensive. Instead, you stay at Gorak Shep where you walk into base camp for a day trip.

  • What is the best time for 11 days Everest Base Camp Trek?
    There are mainly two different trekking seasons. The best months to trek to Everest Base Camp Trek 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 Region Trek.

  • How many hours a day do we walk?

    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.

  • How is the accommodation during the 11 days Everest Base Camp Trek?
    Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in the EBC trail. Along the way to Everest Base Camp Trek, 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 on the 11 days 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.

  • What kind of sickness did we face during 11 days Everest Base Camp Trek?

    During Everest Base Camp Trek the major problems that you can face are altitude sickness (both major and minor), cold, vertigo, and acrophobia, immediate tiredness or swelling of the legs and other natural calamities that can occur.

  • I have never gone trekking yet. Is 11 days 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 is the weather in Everest Base Camp Trek?

    The weather at 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.  

  • Is trekking to Everest Base Camp Trek dangerous?

    The Everest Base Camp Trek might look dangerous for the 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.

  • What if I get altitude sickness in the middle of the trek?

    The major health issue that can occur while trekking to Everest Base Camp Trek 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 the guides and porters who are experienced and trained to help trekkers with precautions and safety measures.

  • How much luggage can I take during 11 days 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.

  • Can I extend my trek?

    Yes, you can. But for this, you have to update us before the trek so that we could manage the itinerary as per your requirement.

  • How can I use toilets during the trek?

    On the trail, you will find the Toilets in the small villages where there are restaurants and tea houses. Most toilets in this region are squat toilets. And in other options prepare to hide behind big rocks and do your business.

  • Do I need Insurance?

    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!

  • What is the average size of the group?

    Groups can vary between 6 to 16 travellers, who typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends travelling together who have a shared interest in outdoor adventure and nature.

  • Where can I exchange my money?

    There are a number of registered money exchanges in the streets of Thamel and it's common to find near your Hotel in Kathmandu.

Please note:

  • Rates are in US dollars
  • Prices are valid for your specified time of travel only
  • This is only an offer and no reservations have been confirmed
  • Prices are subject to availability

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Reviews of 11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

Anil
4/ 5stars
2019-11-17 in
Traveler:
The first day of our trek was so overwhelming with the Nepalese hospitality. We were welcomed in the airport by a person from Team Dookma and later in the evening we were briefed about our trekking itinerary. On the next day we fly to Lukla to start our trek. During the trail our guide Pasang & Dev were attentively looking after our needs. The remaining days of our trek were so fun and a new experience to indulge with local people. The experience to reach EBC was indescribable and was a lifetime adventure. We have such an amazing experience and memories during our time in Everest and Nepal. Thanks to the team Dookma.
Amira Alhuthaili
4/ 5stars
2019-11-15 gb
Traveler:
We have successfully completed our first EBC trek with team Dookma. The trek definitely was a lifetime adventure as we were through days of hardship to see Everest. We admit the trek wouldn't be possible without the help of our senior guide Pasang Sherpa and other potters. Pasang had conquered Mount Everest which is fascinating. A big thank you to the whole team of Dookma for making these wonderful memories possible.
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