Everest Base Camp Hike/Tour - 17 Days

Trip Facts
DestinationNepal
ActivityEverest Treks
AccomodationThree Star Hotel in Kathmandu, Tea house/ Lodge during the trek
RegionEverest Region
Distancelukla-EBC-Lukla(130km/80miles)
Start / End pointKathmandu / Kathmandu
Duration17 Days
Max. Altitude5,555m at Kalapatthar
Meals IncludedBreakfast at hotel in Kathmandu, All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
Group size2-30
Nature of TrekLodge to Lodge Trekking
Best SeasonFeb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Trip CodeDWTKO7
Activity Per DayApproximately 4-6 hrs walking
TransportationDomestic flight (KTM-Lukla-KTM) and private vehicle (Transportation)
GradeChallenging

Everest Base Camp Hike with Kathmandu tour

This trek is a complete package for those who not only want to reach the Everest Base Camp but also want to experience the richness of Kathmandu Valley - which is like a microcosm of Nepal. Your trek in the Everest region will let you experience the Himalayan terrain, its climate, flora, fauna, ethnic villages, monasteries, and snow-capped mountains as you visit Everest Base Camp.

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu - Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Durbar Square
  • UNESCO World Heritage site in the Everest region - Sagarmatha National Park
  • One of the world’s highest airports in Syangboche
  • Culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpas
  • Khumjung monastery - that is said to house a yeti scalp
  • The exquisiteness of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848m)
  • Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse(8,516m), Cho Oyu(8,201m) and Mt.Makalu (8,463m)
  • Prayer wheels, colorful flags, mani stones, high suspension bridges
  • The wide range of flora and fauna
  • Ancient monastery in Tengboche
  • High altitude wildlife like musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopard, and Himalayan tahr
  • Highest glacier on Earth- Khumbu Glacier (4900m)
  • Amazing panoramic views from Kala Patthar (5,555m)

Benefits of EBC trek with Discovery World Trekking

  •  Free pick up & drop off from airport to hotel and vice versa in a private vehicle. 
  • Online trip briefing after booking confirmation
  • Oximeter for monitoring blood oxygen saturation level at high altitudes to detect impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks
  • Medical kits 
  • Sleeping bags and down jacket arrangements if you do not have your own.
  • Free excess luggage storage at the Discovery World Trekking store during the trek
  • Duffle bag for porters
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom) 
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment system

 

Online Trip Briefing

The online briefing will clear all your doubts about the trek, including things to bring (equipment checklist) for the hike, the itinerary details, and what you can expect on the trails. As soon as you complete the booking, we will email you the available date and time for the trek briefing. Please note that we conduct trip briefing only once either online or in person. 

Lukla Flight Information

There might be slight alterations to the trek itinerary, mainly during peak trek seasons (March, April, May, October, and November), as the flight to Lukla will be from Ramechhap/Manthali instead of Kathmandu due to traffic congestion. At other times, the flight will be from Kathmandu. To catch a flight from Ramechhap, we must leave Kathmandu and head to Manthali around 12:30 a.m. on the scheduled departure date. The drive will take around five hours.

 

Everest Base Camp Hike with Kathmandu Tour Comprehensive Overview

Your trek package begins with a full day visiting important historical, cultural, and religious sites in Kathmandu Valley. After enjoying the Kathmandu Valley tour to the fullest, the following morning of your Everest Base Camp hike, you will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. The Everest Base Camp tour starts from Lukla to Phakding. Today's trek will be short, as you will be acclimatizing as well. The full-day hike will start the next day, as you will trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar - the gateway to Everest. 

Your trek to Namche will be remarkable because today will be the first day you will see Everest. Before reaching Namche Bazaar, you will cross the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge.

You will be spending one day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

After an acclimatization day at the gateway of Everest, Namche, you will hike up to Tengboche, enjoying the views of Ama Dablam (6,812m), Lhotse (8,516m), Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,816m), and more.

From Tengboche, Mount Everest Base Camp trek will progress to Dingboche - the summer capital of Khumbu. Dingboche is also famous for its one-kilometer-long stone wall erected to protect crops from cold wind and wild animals. You will be acclimatizing one more day at Dingboche, enjoying the views of Mount Lhotse(8,516m/27,940ft), Ama Dablam(6,812m), and  Island Peak (6,189m).

The Everest Base Camp hike progresses from Dingboche to Lobuche. You will follow the moraine left by Khumbu Glacier, elevating at each step until Thukla and then to Lobuche. Before reaching Lobuche, you will pass a memorial dedicated to those who could not succeed in this harsh terrain.

The tenth day of your Mt Everest Base Camp trek will be exciting as you will reach the Everest Base Camp itself. You will leave Lobuche and head to Gorak Shep, passing several glaciers and ice falls. We leave our luggage at Gorak Shep and climb to Everest Base Camp.

You will finally get to witness other-worldly views from the base camp. Everest Base Camp's altitude is 5,364m, and all around you, you can see snow-capped mountains standing tall and proud, including Pumori, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Khumbu Icefall.  After enjoying the views, from the Everest Base Camp, you will descend to Gorak Shep and spend the remaining day with a content heart.

On the next day, you will wake up at Gorak Shep early in the morning and head to Kala Patthar Viewpoint (5,555m) to witness the dawn breaking on Mount Everest and neighboring mountains. This is also the highest point of this trek. After enjoying the sunrise views from Kala Patthar, we return to Gorak Shep and then trek to Pheriche.

From Pheriche, we reach Tengboche, crossing the Imja Khola Bridge. The next day will take us from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar. As you get to Namche Bazaar, you will feel yourself back in a market - throbbing with life. After spending a night at Namche, you will return to Phakding. The next day you will leave Phakding and reach Lukla.

Lukla marks the end of your trek to Everest Base Camp trails. You will be spending the last night in the trek region at Lukla. The following morning, you will fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. Your Everest Base Camp hike package ends in Kathmandu.

On your departure date, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back home.

What are the places worth visiting in Kathmandu?

This package comes with a tour of Kathmandu Valley, known for its seven world heritage sites - Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Changunarayan Temple. As you explore Kathmandu Valley, you will find it to be a multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multi-religious tolerant valley inhabited by very welcoming people.

What will we do while acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar?

You will not stay idle. We will take you to Hillary School, and several monasteries - including Khumjung Monastery, which people believe houses yeti-scalp. Namche is a throbbing marketplace full of gear and souvenir shops, Wi-Fi-linked cafes, and restaurants.

What are the attractions of the Everest Base Camp hike?

The Everest trek will take you through traditional villages, thrilling suspension bridges, rough paths, innumerable mani-walls, prayer wheels, and monasteries before leading to the Everest Base Camp. While on the trails, you will get gorgeous views of some of the world's highest mountains, icefalls, and glaciers.

DWT recommends all our valuable clients arrive at Kathmandu as early as possible, at least one day before the trek departure date, for last-minute preparations. If in case you missed the online trip briefing, it will allow us time to conduct an in-person briefing. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu may get delayed due to the weather. In such cases, we reschedule these flights to the next available flight. So, we suggest our clients add at least 2 extra days as a cushion to the trip to avoid international flight delays back to their home country.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day1

    Arrival to Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport) (1,350m / 4,450ft), transfer to hotel

    Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), you will find a Discovery World Trekking representative waiting for you with a pamphlet with your name on it. As a welcome gesture, they will present you with a garland, and then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle.  

    • Overnight stay at International Guest House
  2. day2

    Full-day Kathmandu Valley sightseeing & trek preparation

    This day you will take part in a guided tour around some of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. We will be visiting several UNESCO World Heritage sites like Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (the Monkey temple), Boudhanath, and the historic Durbar Square.

    As you relish these attractions, you can get brief insights into these places from our tour guide. After spending an entire day exploring in and around Kathmandu, we prepare for the following day's trek in the evening. We will be rechecking your equipment and gear to ensure that you are not missing anything. You will also meet other trekkers that will be joining this trek. 

    • Overnight stay at International Guest House
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)
  3. day3

    Flight from Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft) Trek to Phakding (2650m / 8562ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6.2km / 3.8miles
    Flight Hours 40 minutes
    Highest Altitude 2,850m / 9,350ft
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    You will take an early morning flight to Lukla. It will be a surreal flight as you find yourself flying above Himalayan ranges like Annapurna and Langtang. After reaching Lukla, the trek to Phakding (2,650m) starts. 

    We descend to Thado Koshi River and cross a suspension bridge embellished with prayer flags. From here, you can catch breathtaking views of Mount Kusum Kanguru (6,367m). Then comes the Chaurikharka Village, and little ahead lies Phakding. 

    Today's trek will be short as we will be acclimatizing as well.  As a starting point for most Everest region treks, Phakding offers a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and shops.

    • Overnight stay at Khumbu Travel Lodge (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day4

    Trek from Phakding (2,650m / 8,562ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 7.4km / 4.6miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6 hours

    This will be the first day of full-day trekking. We will be continuing our trek along the banks of Dudh Koshi River - traversing several suspension bridges. The lively and vibrant color of the prayer flags all along the trail will, without a doubt, make the trek remarkably exciting. After a few hours of walking, we reach Monjo Village, from where the Sagarmatha National Park starts. We get our permits registered at Sagarmatha National Park and follow a trail passing through dense forest. As you climb up, you will see the face of Mount Everest (8,848m) emerging.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day5

    Rest day and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

    Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest, is a throbbing marketplace full of hotels, restaurants, souvenirs, and gift shops. Though it is a rest and acclimatizing day, there are many attractions that you should not miss. 

    You can hike to the Khumjung and visit the Sagarmatha National Park visitor center. Hillary School and other old monasteries lie on the way to Khumjung. We certainly want you to visit Khumjung Monastery, which people believe houses a yeti-scalp. You can also visit one of the highest airports in the world - Syangboche Airport. If you want to see Everest some more, you need to get to the Everest Hotel premises. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day6

    Trek from Namche (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Tengboche/Deboche (3,855m / 12,850ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.2km / 5.7 miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6 to 7 hours

    After a rest day at Namche, we move ahead to reach Tengboche. The trail goes up and down, making it challenging. But with the brilliant views of the Himalayas and occasional wildlife spotting, we will complete the path without realizing it. As you trek ahead, you can observe diverse floras and faunas. The hike takes us to Phunki Tenga, from where you can get panoramic views of the mountains like Everest(8,848m), Ama Dablam(6,812m), Lhotse(8,516m), Nuptse(7,861m), and Thamserku(6,623m). Then comes Tengboche Monastery, also known as the Monastery on the top of the hill. We will loosen up here for a while and continue our journey until we reach Deboche. 

    • Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day7

    Trek from Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft) to Dingboche (4,360m / 14,290ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12km / 7.45miles
    Highest Altitude 4,360m / 14,290ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    We head towards Pangboche (3,985m) village passing through many stupas, mani walls, and small villages. We enjoy the up-close magical views of Ama Dablam (6,812m) from Pangboche. The trek becomes lighter as we enter the Imja Valley - following the Lobuche River. We descend to the river and climb a steep uphill to reach Dingboche (4,360m). 

    The route is quite challenging due tohigher elevation and decreasing oxygen levels in the air. Dingboche, also known as the summer valley of Khumbu, consists of fields enclosed by stone walls that protect crops like barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from cold and wild animals. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day8

    Rest day and acclimatization at Dingboche

    We have allocated one more day for acclimatizing at Dingboche to adjust to the thinning air. However, we will not stay idle but explore places in and around Dingboche. You will be hiking up the ridge above Dingboche and enjoy the panoramic close-up views of Mount Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft), the back view of Ama Dablam (6,812m), and Island peak(6,189 m). While our body acclimatizes, we calm our minds with stunning views of the untouched mountain beauty.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day9

    Trek from Dingboche (4,360m / 14,290ft) to Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.2miles
    Highest Altitude 4,930m /16,175ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    The path to Lobuche is outstanding as you can enjoy dazzling mountain views throughout the entire trek. We proceed through the moraine left by Khumbu Glacier(4,900m). As we climb higher, you will be able to see intimate views of the stunning mountains. The trail becomes steeper as we advance to Thukla

    The mesmerizingly beautiful trails will help us forget the challenging trek to Lobuche. You will also be passing through a memorial dedicated to climbers who could not succeed in this harsh terrain. We will take short breaks throughout the journey to enjoy the mind-boggling scenery. We conclude our day with an overnight stay at Lobuche.

    • Overnight stay at Mother Earth House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day10

    Trek from Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft) to Everest Base Camp (5,364m / 17,598ft) and back to Gorak shep (5,185m / 17,010ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 15km / 9.32miles
    Highest Altitude 5,364m / 17,598ft
    Trek Duration 6-8 hours

    This is the day you will be setting your foot on Everest Base Camp (EBC). But the trek begins from Lobuche early in the morning, and we will be passing many glaciers, including the famous Khumbu Glacier. You can also see Khumbu Icefall (5,486m) behind the Khumbu Glacier. On your way, you will also see the Army Mountaineers Memorials.

    We continue our trek until we reach Gorakshep, where we leave our luggage and then climb to Everest Base Camp. The final ascent to Everest Base Camp(5,364m) is a little challenging due to rocky dune, moraine, and unconsolidated glacial debris. 

    By reaching the Everest Base Camp, you will have fulfilled your dream to see Everest. As you sit surrounded by snow-capped mountains, you might be overwhelmed with emotion. Unless you plan to climb Everest, this is the nearest you will get to Everest. After enjoying the views from EBC, we will descend to Gorakshep (5,185m) and spend the remaining day there. 

    • Overnight stay at Buddha Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day11

    Hike to Kala Patthar (5,555m / 18,208ft) Viewpoint, trek to Gorak Shep to Pheriche (4,250m / 13,945ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.6km / 6miles
    Highest Altitude 5,555m / 18,208ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    Kala Patthar (5,555m) is a short optional hike from Gorakshep. We highly recommend this trek as Kala Patthar is the best viewpoint to see Everest and other surrounding peaks. Please keep in mind, we cannot see Everest from the Everest Base Camp as Mount Lhotse (8,516m) stands right in front. 

    We will hike very early to Kala Patthar to view the sunrise on Mount Everest and other peaks. Kala Patthar is also the highest point during this trek. After spending a good hour at Kala Patthar, we trek down to Gorak Shep for breakfast. Then our return begins. We will descend to Pheriche (4,250m) for this day. The trail will be quite enjoyable as it passes through forests and meadows.  

    • Overnight stay at Himalayan Hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  12. day12

    Trek from Pheriche (4,250m / 13,945ft) to Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.2miles
    Highest Altitude 4,250m / 13,945ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hours

    Our descent from Pheriche continues. We descend through the rhododendron forest to reach Tengboche hilltop village. The trail is easy with a steady downhill followed by a gentle uphill. We cross the beautiful bridge over Imja Khola and head into the Juniper forest to reach Tengboche.Tengboche has a few famous monasteries, and it also provides panoramic views of several mountains. 

    • Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  13. day13

    Trek from Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.2km / 5.7miles
    Highest Altitude 3,855m / 12,850ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    The path from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar is downhill and should be an easy one. It will be no surprise if you keep wondering how you climbed all those steps. With the vibrant colored prayer flags, elegant Stupas, the tip of Mount Everest, and the back of Mount Lhotse, this path offers stunning views that you will treasure. We halt at Namche Bazaar for the day. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  14. day14

    Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Phakding (2,650m / 8,690ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 7.4km / 4.5miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hours

    We head back to the small village of Phakding. The trail is mostly downhill. The trail provides you with final up-close views of majestic mountains on the horizon. Once again as we return, we pass through small villages, narrow forests, and thrilling suspension bridges. We reach Phakding after a mild walk through Benkar. You will have adequate time to relax and enjoy the rest of the day with good food and a serene ambiance. 

    • Overnight stay at Khumbu Travel Lodge (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  15. day15

    Trek from Phakding (2,650m / 8,690ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6.2km / 3.8miles
    Highest Altitude 2,850m / 9,350ft
    Trek Duration 3-4 hours

    We conclude the walk in the Everest region this day. We hike back to Lukla - following a mild uphill and then downhill. As we trek to Lukla, we cross a small village called Toktok. The views of the mountains from Toktok are very different and unique. We hike ahead while enjoying the views until we reach Lukla. It is an excellent day to spoil yourself with all the luxury Lukla offers.

    • Overnight stay at Comfort Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  16. day16

    Fly back to Kathmandu (1400m / 4,593ft) from Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40 minutes

    After having a pleasant breakfast, we leave Lukla for Kathmandu on a 40-minute flight. The flight should be comfortable and relaxing. Chances are, you will be flooded with the memories that you created during the trek. The returning flight from Lukla, one of the most extreme airports in the world, should be a memorable one as well.  

    With a heart filled with a pleasant memory of the place, we conclude our trek at Kathmandu. We will take you back to your hotel. You can wander the alleys of Kathmandu - enjoying the typical delicacies or appreciating the architecture.

    • Overnight stay at International Guest House
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)
  17. day17

    Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for departure

    On your departure date back home, our representative will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope you enjoyed your adventure holiday in Nepal, and we look forward to serving you again. 

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

What is included?

  • Pick up & drop off from airport to hotel and vice versa in a private vehicle
  • Full day Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with a tour guide in private transport, entrance fees to world heritage sites
  • Three nights' accommodations with breakfast at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Total: 13 nights in trek regions. Six nights at Lukla, Phakding (2N), and Namche (3N) room with private attached bathroom. Seven nights in standard rooms at Tengboche (2N), Dingboche (2N), Lobuche, Gorakshep, and Pheriche (twin sharing room)
  • Domestic Flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) tickets and airport departure taxes
  • Standard meals (13 Lunches, 13 Dinners, and 13 Breakfasts) in trek regions
  • Government licensed English Speaking Discovery World Trekking experienced trek lead. One assistant for a group of 12 or more. One porter for two trekkers. Per trekker, the luggage limit is 9 kg.
  • Guides and porter costs - their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight, and other necessary equipment
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Pulse oximeters for monitoring blood oxygen saturation at high altitudes to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks
  • Medical kit
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets arrangements if you do not have your own.
  • Rescue operation arrangements in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - a company's t-shirt & cap
  • Discovery World Trekking trek appreciation certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek

What is excluded?

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Excess luggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per person)
  • Extra night accommodations in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled water, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances out of management control, for example, landslide, bad weather conditions, itinerary modification for safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in "What is included?" will be counted as excludes

Everest Base Camp Map

Equipment list for Everest Base Camp hike

We recommend you to bring only the basic clothing and accessories for the trek. Though everyone has their preferences, here is a list to help you pack the items. We assign porters to carry your luggage, but per trekker luggage weight limit is 9 kg. 

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes
  • Hands
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in high altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Everest Base Camp Long Hike Tour Information

Safety precautions for Everest Base Camp tour

Everest Base Camp lies in Solukhumbu District of Nepal, a must-visit tourist destination recognized by travel authorities like Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor. The nearest cities to Everest Base Camp are Lukla & Namche Bazaar. Each of these cities has a population of less than 2000. 

Furthermore, during the trek, you will not find many people. The route passes through notable places like Lukla, Namche Bazar, Lobuche, and Gorakshep. The combined population in these villages is roughly 4 thousand. You will be completely trekking in the solace of nature along with our crew. 

We take the following precautions to ensure our valuable clients are as safe as possible. 

  • Our guides have completed intensive wilderness first aid training
  • Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience and are ready to help you if required.
  • We will be encouraging and motivating you every day
  • We check food & accommodation in trek regions for extra hygiene.

Everest Base Camp trek start

Early in the morning, the Discovery World Trekking guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Tribhuvan International Airport for a 40-minute flight to Lukla. Lukla is the starting point of the trek. 

This package includes Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flights.

Free airport pickup

Discovery World Trekking provides free airport arrival and departure transfer for valuable clients who have booked the Everest Base Camp Trek package. When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will find our representative holding a pamphlet with your name on it. After greeting you, they will present you with a garland as a welcome gesture and then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. 

Accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trek

This package includes three nights stay at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu (Single accommodation for solo trekkers, a twin sharing for the group). You will be staying in the best available lodges in trek regions. We provide six nights' stays at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche in rooms with a private attached bathroom, and seven nights in standard rooms at Tengboche (2N), Dingboche (2N), Lobuche, Gorakshep, and Pheriche. 

Hot showers and Wi-Fi are available but come with extra costs.

The Meals

The trek takes place in high elevations, so your body requires enough carbohydrates, proteins, and other nutrients throughout the hike. You will have enough nutritious and tasty food in trek regions, but your choices are limited. There are plenty of options for your meals in Kathmandu.

We will provide 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 13 dinners in trek regions.

Some of the popular menu items are -

Thirteen breakfasts - Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French Toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan Bread or Chapati, Muesli Breads, Fruits and Vegetables, Local Tsampa Porridge, Hashed Brown Eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets), Pancakes, Muesli Breads, Fruits and Vegetables, Hot Drinks - varieties of Teas, Coffees, Hot Chocolates, etc.

Thirteen lunches - Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soup Items, Tenduk, Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Sherpa Stew Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (Dumplings) Macaroni Dishes, Vegetable Curry, Potatoes, Salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Dessert Items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Thirteen dinners - Dal (lentils), Bhat (Rice) & Tarkari (Curry), Tibetan Bread, Various Soup Items, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni Dishes, Tenduk, Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Potato Items, Vegetables, Salads, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks, Papad, Prawn, Korean Ramen, Dessert Items (Rice Pudding, Apple Pie), etc

We select the best lodges that provide fresh, hygienic, tasty, and nutritious food. The menu includes local, Asian, and Western food items, but as you gain elevation, your choices get limited. 

We highly recommend plenty of liquids such as green, ginger, and lemon tea, hot lemon, garlic soup (must), and fresh vegetables at trek regions.

Though you will have plenty of non-veg options at trek regions, we do not recommend them for hygiene concerns. Similarly, we suggest you avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks, hot chocolates, and dairy items. 

All personal bills (alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks) in teahouses/lodges or cafes except standard meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Best Time For Everest Base Camp Trek

The weather is the most crucial factor you need to consider while deciding on the trekking season. 

Though people trek to Everest Base Camp throughout the year, there are seasonal ups and downs. However, you can consider spring and autumn with clear skies, cool temperatures, and stunning mountain views as the best trek seasons.   

The winters are cold with heavy snowfall, and the routes are wet in summer due to the monsoon. However, a different breed of trekkers finds these seasons exciting for Everest treks.

January to February

These are the coldest months - throughout January and up to early February. Days are warmer, but the nights are cold. You can expect lots of snowfall pilling all over the route. Though we conduct winter treks to Everest Base Camp, we do not recommend these treks, especially for people who are allergic to colds. 

Temperatures: 15°C to -15°C.

March to April

This is one of the best times to hike to the Everest Base Camp. The weather is very favorable, and you can enjoy stunning views of the Himalayan ranges and glaciers. March marks the beginning of spring, and the weather starts to warm up. During these months, all flora and fauna dormant throughout the winter spring back to life in the sun-kissed temperatures. Temperatures start increasing from the mid of March, and with clear skies, snow mountains look their best. 

Temperatures: 18°C to -12°C.

May to June

It is also the perfect time for Everest Base Camp trekking, right before the rainfall. Monsoon begins in Nepal from the end of June and lasts till mid-August. The mix of spring and summer makes these months favorable for EBC treks. 

Temperatures: 25°C to -5°C.

July to August

The rainfall hits its peak in regions below 3500 meters. Due to heavy rain, flights to Lukla may get canceled at the beginning or end of the trek. However, you will find trekkers on the route to Everest Base Camp. The rainfall makes the hike challenging but not impossible. If you are thinking of trekking during these months, we do organize safe EBC treks. You will get to enjoy spectacular waterfall views from the path. 

Temperatures: 20°C to 5°C.

September to October

This is another perfect season for the EBC Treks. The monsoon slowly retreats, and a perfect trekking climate emerges. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls to 5 degrees at night. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most. The clear skies, excellent trail condition, and gorgeous mountain views make this period favorable for treks. In addition, two of the biggest festivals - Dashain & Tihar - fall during these months, adding a festive mood throughout Nepal. 

Temperatures: 20°C to -5°C.

November to December

Winter slowly begins, and snowfalls start, eventually making it tough to trek. However, November treks are not that hard, with clear skies and stable temperatures. From December, the temperatures plummet, and heavy snowfall begins. 

Temperatures:  18°C to -10°C. 

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes rapidly.

Acclimatization

Altitude sickness among trekkers is common at high altitudes, but you should not ignore the signs of altitude sickness. If severe, it requires immediate treatment. 

We will be acclimatizing in two places - Namche and Dingboche - during our trek. This hike is less intense than Everest Base Camp 12 and 14 days.

At Namche Bazaar, you can explore this famous Sherpa town while adjusting to the thin air. You will be spending your second day acclimatizing in Dingboche, where you will enjoy the views of several snow peaks.

Our trek leaders/guides are well trained and experienced at high altitudes, and they are extensive first aid trained. Your health and safety are important to us, and they will always be our priority. 

If you are rigorously affected, the only cure is to descend immediately. Your trek lead has the authority to decide whether to continue the trek or descend immediately, based on the situation. 

Trip Grade: Fitness level and Health

The Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging yet rewarding trek. You will be hiking 5 to 7 hours a day depending on the destination, taking regular breaks to soak in the views. 

The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents, and forward trails in the rocky paths and through the forests. If you have previous trek experience, it will help but is not required. 

However, please understand that the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the trek. Hence, we advise you to take part in stamina-building exercises a few weeks before the trek. 

We do not recommend this trek for people with heart or lung diseases. People suffering from such conditions must contact us before booking this trek. 

Trekking group/single

We organize group and private treks. If you have your own group, you will be eligible for discounts. The bigger your group is, the more discount you will get. However, you are not entitled to any discount for the groups we assemble. We can handle all group sizes and add an assistant trek guide for a group of 12 or more trekkers. 

A typical day on the Everest Base Camp Trek

Each day provides you unique trekking experience - climbing, enjoying the scenery, taking photos, exploring the local villages, tasting traditional foods. 

Throughout the trek, our expert guides/Sherpas will accompany you. They will also provide you with information about the places you will be visiting. Porters will carry your luggage, but you may need to carry a regular backpack for your valuables. 

The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the daily walk around 7 to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of that day’s hike.

After trekking for three to four hours, we will serve you lunch around midday, often on the route to the next destination. We take a rest for about an hour and then hit the trails again. 

The afternoon walk is generally shorter - about two to three hours. Once you reach your overnight lodge/tea house/tent, you can snack on the extra dietary food. Then, you are free to explore the nearby places. 

We serve dinner from around 6 to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, your trek leader will brief you about the next day's plan. After this briefing, you can indulge yourself in social conversations, read books, or play games like monopoly, chess, or cards. If available, you can see mountaineering documentaries as well. Most foreigners also indulge in learning light and fun Nepali language from our crew.  

Communication during the trek

You can use the internet at the lodges by paying a small service charge. However, at high altitudes, you will be communicating by phone for safety.

Discovery World Trekking office remains in contact with all trek groups via trek leaders at least once a day to learn about trek conditions. You can buy a local sim card in Kathmandu, but based on the network, the signals might not be strong enough. 

Wi-Fi is available in teahouses/lodges, but you need to pay a service charge to use this service.

Extra personal expenses during the trek

Though this package covers a significant part of the trek, all expenses are not covered. All our valuable clients will need spending money to pay for lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, visa application fees, travel insurance policy purchases, snacks, Wi-Fi, alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, tips for trekking crew members, souvenirs, etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars), which you can exchange for rupees. Trek regions only accept Nepali currency.

Electricity and water during the trek

Throughout the lodges on the way to Everest Base Camp, electricity for camera and mobile recharge is available. During the trek, you can buy packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shops or fill your water bottle with boiled water at lodges/teahouses for an extra cost. We can also provide you water purification pill if you require. 

We strongly advise you not to drink water from the rivers, taps, and wells in the trek regions because the water in trek regions may not be drinkable.

Travel insurance

This trip grade is ranked challenging as it entails the risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness, and other unforeseen events - including sudden climate changes.

Travel insurance is compulsory for this trek. All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation costs- including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes (up to 6000m).

Based on our client experience, we can recommend insurance companies to help you, but we do not sell insurance policies. 

We request you to send your detailed insurance documents within a week of booking the trek. 

In case of emergencies, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us to arrange a quick and effective rescue and transfer you for emergency medical help. Please ensure that your insurance covers the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest trek elevations.

Before buying travel insurance, make sure to call the insurance company and recheck if, in addition to medical costs, they cover heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m. Do not just believe what they say on their website.

Passport and visa

All foreigners except Indians require a visa to enter Nepal. You will get an on-arrival Visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The visa application will require a passport with at least six months validity, a passport size photo, and a visa fee. Currently, the visa fee is USD 50 for 30 days, which you can pay in cash. China and the SAARC country citizens will receive a free visa.

Citizens from certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan) may not receive an arrival visa. So if you are a citizen of these countries, contact your local Nepalese embassy.

The Nepal government can change visa rules without notice. Please visit https://www.immigration.gov.np/ for the latest information. 

Money exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.

(1 USD = ~ Rs.120 NPR).

You can exchange most foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. These money exchanges display their ongoing rates visibly. If you have Indian Rupees, please note that only Indian Rupee notes of 100 and 2,000 are legal in Nepal. 

Despite the security advantage of a traveler's cheque, we recommend you cash exchange to avoid lengthy processes and high bank commission rates. You can also withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. Several of these ATMs are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card.

If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions, you will have to pay four percent or more as a service charge depending on banks/financial institutions. 

There are no banks and money exchanges in trek regions, so you should exchange money in Kathmandu only, depending on how much personal expense you require. Only Nepalese currency is honored in the trek regions.

Most established banks in Asia only accept new, clean notes. So make sure to bring clean and crisp notes.

How much luggage can I bring to the Everest Base Camp trek?

The luggage weight limit is 9 kg per trekker. We will assign one porter for every two trekkers. The maximum weight a porter carries will not exceed 18kg. We also expect you to bring a small backpack for your important documents and costly items. You can leave your excess luggage at your hotel or Discovery World Trekking store for free.

Responsible travel

We strongly believe that we need to protect trek regions from the adverse effects that tourism might bring. Hence, we partner with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to conduct eco-friendly trips that meet the interest of trekkers and the locals in trek regions.

Discovery World Trekking Crew

During your trek to Everest Base Camp, our trained and well-experienced guides/sherpas will accompany you to make your journey more comfortable and memorable. 

All our guides are well trained, licensed, and have years of experience guiding trekkers in the Himalayas. Our porters will be carrying your luggage, but your luggage weight limit is 9kg per trekker. 

 Our crew members are locals raised in remote high Himalayas with high physical endurance at high altitudes.

 All our staff members are precious to us. We pay them well and cover their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging throughout the trek/expedition. They also receive medical care when ill or injured. We try hard to keep our staff happy, as we believe that only a happy person can make others happy. We train our guides/trek leads properly to serve our valuable clients.

Our trek leaders/guides have

  • Intensive wilderness first aid training
  • Government-authorized trekking certificate
  • Fluency in speaking English and other major languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity training
  • Rock climbing experience

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping as a way of saying thank you. However, tipping is at the traveler's discretion, and it should reflect the quality of service. We advise you to tip as a group at the end of the trek.  

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a Nepal government-authorized, licensed, and bonded trekking and touring operator. We have been providing our services for over a decade. We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). 

Therefore, you can book the Discovery World Trekking trips with confidence. We require 10 percent of the trek cost as an advance for booking confirmation. You can pay using a bank transfer, Western Union, or online through our website. Similarly, you can pay the remaining amount in cash, using a credit card, or Western Union after arriving in Nepal. We will also email you payment details - including available modes of payment. 

Please send us your necessary documents like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight details within a week of booking the trek. 

Last-minute booking

It is best to book treks in advance. However, for those unable to book in advance, Discovery World Trekking has a special provision for a last-minute booking. In the case of last-minute booking, you need to meet 100% of the trip cost 24 hours before the trip departure date.

Please note that though we try our best to operate a trek at any time, however, in case of last-minute booking, you cannot hold us responsible for delays due to circumstances beyond our control such as bad weather, unavailability of lodging, etc. For more information call (Viber/WhatsApp) at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email [email protected].

Trip extension

After completing the trek, if you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal, we can organize fun activities for you, such as exploring places in and around Kathmandu, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing, etc.  

Feedback

After the Everest Base Camp trek, we will organize a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. After dinner, we will present you with a trek completion certificate. It is also a perfect time to give us trek feedback. 

Trip Departure Dates

Note to solo travelers:

If you are a solo traveler, please reach out to us via call/WhatsApp/Viber at +977-9840055491 or email [email protected] before booking the trip to confirm the departure date.

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Based on the opinion of at least 955 people.

5 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand

Ricky

Written Feb 27 , 2023

Discovery World Trekking proved to be exceptional hosts from the moment we arrived. They warmly greeted us at the airport, escorted us to our accommodation, and provided a thorough introduction to the logistics of our adventure. This incredible team demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring our needs were met.

 

Our guides and porters were truly remarkable, leaving us astounded by their astonishing strength and ability to carry heavy loads. During the trek, we had the opportunity to converse with our guides, benefiting from their extensive local knowledge and gaining valuable insights about the mountains and Nepal itself. At the tea houses, they diligently served us, prioritizing our comfort and satisfaction.

 

By the end of our journey, these individuals had become more than just our guides; they had become our friends. If you ever decide to embark on a trek to Everest Base Camp, there is no better team to accompany you than Discovery World Trekking.

 

 

Serena

Written Jan 16 , 2023

I had the incredible opportunity to join Discovery World Trekking on an expedition to Everest Base Camp, and it was truly a pleasure! From the very beginning, upon our arrival in Kathmandu, Paul greeted us and ensured that everything went smoothly.

 

The guides provided to us were absolutely outstanding! Their professionalism, expertise, and wealth of experience were unparalleled. They offered unwavering support and assistance throughout the entire journey, particularly during challenging moments. I enthusiastically recommend trekking with Discovery World Trekking, and I eagerly anticipate returning to Nepal in the future!

 

 

Discovery World Trekking

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4.9

4.9 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand

Liam

AU

2 0, 2023

I had the incredible opportunity to fulfill my dream of trekking to Everest Base Camp with a close friend of mine. Being in touch with Discovery World Trekking made the experience even better. Paul, in particular, was extremely helpful and took care of all the necessary arrangements. As I was pursuing my lifelong dream of reaching Everest Base Camp, I had numerous questions, but Paul patiently answered all of them.

 

Our guide on the trek was exceptional and highly knowledgeable. He consistently looked after us and provided valuable hiking advice along the way. I am immensely grateful to the entire team for their efforts and support. You truly deserve nothing but the best. Keep up the excellent work!

Noah

US

3 1, 2023

Recently, I returned from an incredible trek with Discovery World Trekking. If you are considering a journey to Everest Base Camp, I cannot emphasize enough how highly I recommend them. Right from the moment of our arrival, the exceptional Paul took great care of us, going above and beyond to provide assistance in any way possible.

 

Though the trek presented both mental and physical challenges, every moment was truly rewarding. Throughout the journey, we encountered a variety of stunning landscapes, ranging from lush forests and flowing rivers to majestic mountains and snow-covered valleys. Without a doubt, I plan to return in the future for more thrilling adventures with DWT.

ebct 17 days

ebct 17 days,
5 - Excellent
27/02/2023

Discovery World Trekking proved to be exceptional hosts from the moment we arrived. They warmly greeted us at the airport, escorted us to our accommodation, and provided a thorough introduction to the logistics of our adventure. This incredible team demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring our needs were met.

 

Our guides and porters were truly remarkable, leaving us astounded by their astonishing strength and ability to carry heavy loads. During the trek, we had the opportunity to converse with our guides, benefiting from their extensive local knowledge and gaining valuable insights about the mountains and Nepal itself. At the tea houses, they diligently served us, prioritizing our comfort and satisfaction.

 

By the end of our journey, these individuals had become more than just our guides; they had become our friends. If you ever decide to embark on a trek to Everest Base Camp, there is no better team to accompany you than Discovery World Trekking.

 

 

ebct 17 days

ebct 17 days,
5 - Excellent
16/01/2023

I had the incredible opportunity to join Discovery World Trekking on an expedition to Everest Base Camp, and it was truly a pleasure! From the very beginning, upon our arrival in Kathmandu, Paul greeted us and ensured that everything went smoothly.

 

The guides provided to us were absolutely outstanding! Their professionalism, expertise, and wealth of experience were unparalleled. They offered unwavering support and assistance throughout the entire journey, particularly during challenging moments. I enthusiastically recommend trekking with Discovery World Trekking, and I eagerly anticipate returning to Nepal in the future!

 

 

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