Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 Days

Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 Days
Trip Facts
Destination Nepal
Activity Everest Treks
Accomodation Hotel/Lodge/ Tea House during the trek
Region Everest Region
Distance Lukla-EBC-Lukla(130km/80miles)
Start / End point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Duration 14 Days
Max. Altitude 5,555m at Kalapatthar
Meals Included All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
Group size 2-30
Nature of Trek Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Trip Code DWTTK03
Activity Per Day Approximately 4-6 hrs walking
Transportation Domestic flight (KTM-Lukla-KTM) and private vehicle (Transportation)
Grade Challenging

EBC Trek Overview

EBC trek, is one of the finest treks in the world that centres on the world's highest peak Mt. Everest (29,029 ft/ 8,848.68m). This journey (5,364m /17,598ft) will provide you with a natural thrill as it takes you through breathtaking high-altitude landscapes, Buddhist monasteries, traditional Sherpa culture, high-altitude animals, and snow-capped mountains.

EBC Trek Highlights

  • World’s highest airport at Syangboche (3,780m / 12.402ft)
  • Chance to explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people
  • The magnificent views of the world’s highest peak, 8,848.68m/29,029 ft.
  • Views of other peaks such as Mt. Lhotse(8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Mt. Makalu (8,463m)
  • Explore Sagarmatha National Park
  • Prayer wheels, colorful flags, Mani stones, high suspension bridges
  • Wide range of flora and fauna
  • Ancient monastery in Tengboche (3,867m / 12,687ft)
  • Wildlife like musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopard, and Himalayan Thar
  • Highest glacier on Earth- Khumbu Glacier (4,900 m)
  • 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. 
  • Oximeter for monitoring the blood oxygen saturation level at high altitudes. It detects early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
  • Medical Kits - that might be required in certain situations.
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.
  • Free excess luggage storing at Discovery World Trekking store during the trek
  • Duffle bag for porters

Comprehensive EBC Trek Guide

Our Journey starts with an awe-inspiring 45 minutes’ flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Lukla (2,840m/9,317 ft) is the starting and endpoint of the trek. By reaching Lukla, you are now in the Khumbu region - northeastern Nepal, where Everest lies. 

After getting off the flight at the Lukla Airport, the long hike in the Khumbu Region begins, and our destination for this day is Phakding. The trekking joy lies not on reaching the destination but on savouring the majestic scenery that lies on the way. Our journey takes us through Chaurikharka Village and then descent to Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). 

On the way, you will see traditional Sherpa villages, incredible landscapes, green forests, and cross several suspension bridges. Some of the notable villages between Lulka and Phakding are Chaurikharka, Chheplung, Nachipang, and Koshigaun. The altitudes of these villages are more than 2,500m/ 8,202 ft, and they lie along the Dudh Koshi Riverbank

If you trek during spring (March to May), you will get to see beautiful blue pines growing by the river valleys. We will be spending our night in Phakding itself.

The next day of the journey will bring us more excitement. After breakfast, you will be starting your trek to Namche Bazaar. The trails are quite challenging, but the sceneries of ploughed fields, green forests, and rolling slopes will surely motivate you to move ahead towards your destination. It will also be the first day you will see the giant mountain rising towards the sky with its glory. 

Moving forward on the trails, you will find yourself surrounded by really tall mountain peaks- higher than 6000 m. As we trek further, we will reach Sagarmatha National Park, where we register our permits for a further trek.   

We will continue on our EBC odyssey until we reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mount Everest. About 98% of the total houses in this area serve as local restaurants and lodges, so if you want, you will have a chance to mingle with the locals in Namche Bazaar. 

The popular stops between Phakding and Namche Bazar (3,440 m/11,286 ft) are Tok Tok, Benkar, Jorsalle, and Monjo. All these villages have huge stones carved in the Buddhist language. These stones are called Mane & Chortens in the native Sherpa language. People believe these stones bring good luck and well wishes for locals and travellers alike. The tradition tells you to circle these stones clockwise for good charm.

The walk in this area lets you savour the sights of thousands of prayer flags and giant prayer wheels (rotating bells), while the chilling cold breeze from the river reminds you that you have already gained substantial altitude.

Our  journey takes us through several high suspension bridges while we move towards Namche Bazaar. There is an incredible place where we will see two suspension bridges hanging between the same hill station, one after another, which looks straight out of sci-fi movies. While crossing the bridge, you will hear the currents of the river gushing down below.

You will also get to cross the incredible Hillary suspension bridge on your way to Namche Bazaar. On this bridge, people tie prayer flags & khata (a yellowish holy cloth piece used in important events ).

After a steep uphill trek, you will reach Namche Bazaar.  By then, you will have gained substantial height, and you need time to acclimatize. 

To utilize this time, we will be taking you to the Sherpa Museum. A local photographer, Sonam, runs this museum, and, here you will get to see traditional Sherpa household equipment, an art gallery, and glimpses of Sherpa history.

 You will also visit the highest Nepali airport -Syangboche Airport. Even though this airport has been closed for almost a decade now, the views from there are stunning. Other places worth visiting are Hillary School, Yak farm, Hotel Everest View (one of the highest-placed hotels in the world), and the famous Khumjung Monastery. 

After acclimation for a day, we will leave Namche Bazaar and continue our journey by heading to Tengboche - another Khumbu region gem. The famous Tengboche Monastery lies at the height of 3,867m/12,687ft, and the environment is quiet, calm, and perfectly suited for meditation and prayers. All you can hear is the echo of air struck into the Himalayas and sounds of birds and animals - especially the Danfe (Himalayan monal) and musk deer). The backdrop of Mt. Ama Dablam adds immensely to the beauty of this monastery.

The way itself from Namche to Tengboche goes up and down, and from the path, you will get to savour the views of Nuptse, Lhotse, and more. By seeing the monasteries on our way to the Base Camp, you will experience a spiritual feeling in the environment. We will be spending the night at Tengboche after covering about a nine km distance. 

The next morning we will collect ourselves continue our journey by trekking to Dingboche (4410m/14470ft), from where we can see the entire Himalayan ranges in the Khumbu region such as Lhotse ( 8,516m/27,940 ft), Nuptse (7,861m/25,791 ft), Makalu (8,485m/27,838ft), Cho Oyu (8,189m/26,867ft), Ama Dablam (6,812m/22,349ft), Thamserku (6,608m /21,680ft), Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft), Mera Peak (6,476m/21,247ft), Lobuche (4,940 m/16,210ft), and many more.

The trek distance is almost equal to 11 km, and we estimate that it will take us about six hours. As we head to Dingboche from Tengboche, we first descend into the forest, past the small town of Deboche, and over a suspension bridge to reach Pangboche village where Pangboche Monastery lies. 

Pangboche Monastery was built in the 16th Century, making it one of the oldest monasteries in modern history. Like all other monasteries, pictures are not allowed in the Pangboche monastery. We will spend some time in Pangboche to soak in the natural beauty. Then we will pass through the Shomare Village and cross another suspension bridge to reach Dingboche.

All the while, as we move towards base camp, you will be slowly ascending to greater heights. In the Dingboche region, you will see barley, buckwheat, and potato fields surrounded by stone walls. 

By reaching Dingboche, you will have gained a high altitude, and once more, it is time for acclimatization. This day, we will take you to the ridge above Dingboche to show you the Lhotse, Ama DablamIsland Peak, Cho Oyu, and Makalu.  

We will also visit Imja Lake (5,004m/16,417ft) from where the river flows east to the village. 

After spending a day at Dingboche, our next destination will be Lobuche (4,940m/16,210 ft). To reach Lobuche, you will be walking alongside the Khumbu Glacier, but you start on the trail that ascends the Pheriche village. This part of the trek will take you to higher elevations and through the Thukla Pass until you reach Khumbu Glacier. 

On the way to Lobuche, you will also see the memorial park right above the Thukla pass. This park consists of an entire hill covered with stones in memory of the Sherpas and others who lost their lives in this region. As you move forward, you will get to enjoy the views of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, and arrive at Lobuche. We will spend that night at Lobuche.

Lobuche lies approximately 8.5 km southwest of the Base Camp and provides a rare view of the mountain. 

After a night at Lobuche, you are on the final big day of reaching the base camp itself. However, before reaching EBC, you will hike to Gorak Shep (5,164m/16,942 ft) and spend some time seeing the Army Mountaineers Memorials. At Gorak Shep, you will leave your belongings and walk alongside the Khumbu Glacier until you reach the EBC itself. The path is full of steep climbs, but the views of stunning lakes, breathtaking glaciers, and icefalls will be soul gratifying.

We will stay at EBC for some time and take a short break basking in the natural beauty of the world's highest peak. You will probably never see Mt. Everest from such proximity. It is probably the highest altitude that you will ever trek to in your life. 

The trails are challenging, and by then you will have prevailed against altitude, frigid weather, and harsh terrain. It is a remarkable achievement. You will be leaving your footprint on the lap of the world’s highest mountain. From the EBC camp, you can also see Khumbu Glacier - the deepest glacier in the world.

We will be back in Gorak Shep for the evening and spend the night there.

When the next day dawns, our hike will take us to Kala Patthar to catch the stunning views of the sunrise on Mt. Everest and other peaks. We will enjoy the views for some time and then gradually descend back to Gorak Shep for breakfast and rest. After resting, we will hike to Pheriche village where we will spend the night for that day.

The next day we will leave Pheriche village and head to Tengboche. The path passes through rhododendron trees, juniper forests, and a bridge over the Imja Khola. After a final steep climb, you will be reaching Tengboche, where you will rest for that day. 

The following day we will be moving back to Namche Bazaar. On the way, you might be seeing wildlife like pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats, or even snow leopards. Since we have been walking for a long time, it is a good day to chill and relax at Namche Bazaar, where we will also spend our night.

After breakfast at Namche Bazaar, we will be heading back to Phakding. As it is a downhill move, it should not be that hard. We will just follow the banks of Dudh Koshi River and cross several suspension bridges that lie on the way. We will spend the night at Phakding.

Finally, it is time to go back to Lukla. From Phakding, you continue to move along the Dudh Koshi River and undertake a steep climb to reach Lukla. By this time, your mount EBC package is almost over, and this is your last trek for this trip. You will be resting the night at Lukla, anticipating a return to Kathmandu the next day.

If everything plans out, you will return to Kathmandu via flight from Lukla on your fourteenth day.

DWT recommends all our valuable clients to arrive at Kathmandu at least one day earlier (in the afternoon) before the day we depart for the trek for proper guidance, checking equipment, weather briefing, and emotional support. We also recommend you to allocate one or two days extra for the trip, in case, flights from Kathmandu to Lukla or from Lukla to Kathmandu get delayed due to bad weather.

EBC Tour Videos & Pictures: Truly a once in a lifetime experience in the Khumbu region of Nepal

EBC Trek Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Flight from Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft). Trek to Phakding ( 2,650m / 8,562ft )

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Dstance 6.2km / 3.8miles
    Flight hours 40 Minutes
    Highest Altitude 2,850m / 9,350ft.
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    After our exciting and scenic 40 minutes flight, we will land at the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla. Our journey to EBC, which begins from Lukla, will be very exciting, as it will be our 1st day of the trek. We will leave Lukla and trek through Chaurikharka village and descend to Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530m / 8,300ft) until we reach Phakding. The trek today will be short and enjoyable as we will also be acclimatizing. We can spend our spare time visiting local monasteries (like Rimishung Monastery) and preparing ourselves for a long trek the next day. 

    • Overnight stay at Khumbu Travel Lodge, room with attached bathroom
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  2. day 2

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

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

    We will wake up in the morning and continue trekking along the northern bank of the Dudh Koshi River while enjoying the majestic views and crossing many suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, including the Hillary Suspension Bridge. As we move forward, we arrive at the Sagarmatha National Park check post, where we will have our permits registered and then climb up through the dense forests. From this forest, we will catch the first sight of Mt. Everest. Trekking further, we will arrive at Namche Bazaar- the gateway to Everest. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House, room with attached bathroom
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day 3

    Rest day and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

    It is time to acclimatize at Namche Bazaar itself. We recommend you to explore Namche Bazaar, as this town hosts numerous wifi-linked cafes and restaurants, souvenirs, and gear shops. We have several hiking options - such as visiting Hillary School, Sherpa settlement, Syangboche Airport, and yak farms. If you are passionate about Everest, you should not miss hiking up to Everest View Hotel, from where you can catch the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House, room with attached bathroom
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day 4

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

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

    This day we will leave Namche and head to Tengboche. The trail is full of ups and downs and passes through forests, making the trek challenging, but the views you get to enjoy are truly-rewarding. If you are lucky, you might also spot musk deer, pheasants, and Himalayan Thars. Near the end of the trek, you will find yourself descending to Phunki Thenga Village, but after leaving Phunki Thenga, you will be ascending continuously until you reach Tengboche. Tengboche looks like handcrafted natural beauty, which opens up the stunning views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. This day also provides you the chance to see the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu Region - the Tengboche Monastery. We will be spending the night at Deboche.

     

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day 5

    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

    After breakfast, we will be heading to Dingboche. On the way, we will be passing many Chortens, mani walls, and several small villages - including Pangboche, from where you can enjoy the stunning views of Mt.Ama Dablam. Throughout the trek, you will be gaining altitude, and as you move nearer to Dingboche, you can see fields surrounded by stone walls to protect crops. In this hostile environment, the locals manage to grow barley, buckwheat, and potatoes this way. As the night falls, you will stay at Hotel Good Luck in Dingboche. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Rest day and acclimatization at Dingboche

    It is time for acclimatization, once more. By reaching Dingboche, we will have gained considerable altitude, and our body needs time to adjust to the thin air and high altitude. However, to remain busy, we will be walking up the ridge above Dingboche to get spectacular views of mountains - Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Cho Oyu, & Makalu.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day 7

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

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

    The trek to Lobuche will start on the trail that leads to a short uphill near the ridge above Pheriche Village. You will soon find yourself moving alongside the Khumbu Glacier as the hike takes you higher to the Thukla Hills. At the Thukla Hills, you will see the memorial statues of climbers who passed away in this region. Continuing our trek forward, we reach Lobuche, our destination for that day.

    • Overnight stay at Mother Earth House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Trek from Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft) to EBC (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 an extraordinary day as we will be summiting Base Camp. At first, we will be trekking through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and arrive at the beautiful Gorak Shep Village - a village surrounded by snow-capped mountains. We leave our belongings at Gorak Shep and hike up to the Base Camp. This is the closest you can ever get to the highest mountain in the world. You will savor the incredible views from EBC, take pictures of the surrounding, reflect on the memories and your achievements, and then head back to Gorak Shep. Along the way, you will also see the deepest glacier in the world - the Khumbu Glacier.

    • Overnight at Buddha Lodge at Gorak Shep
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day 9

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

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

    We will be waking early in the morning at Gorak Shep and hiking to Kala Patthar to view the sunrise at Mt. Everest and other peaks. Believe us - you have never seen anything as awe-inspiring as the early sunshine covering Mt. Everest anywhere else. After spending some time at the viewpoint, we will trek back to Gorak Shep for breakfast. We will rest for a bit and start our trek to Pheriche, our destination for the day. 

    • Overnight stay at Himalayan Hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day 10

    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

    After a good night's sleep at Pheriche, we wake up early in the morning, have breakfast, and then trek down towards Tengboche. Our way passes through the rhododendron forests across the Imja Khola bridge, through the juniper forest, and finally to Tengboche, where we will be spending our night. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day 11

    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

    After finishing breakfast at Tengboche early in the morning, we head back to Namche Bazaar. The trail takes us through forests full of high-altitude wildlife like pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats, or even snow leopards. Along your path, you will also see numerous prayer flags, chortens, the backside of Lhotse, and Mt. Everest. After arriving at Namche Bazaar, we will head to our lodges and rest as the trek for this day is over. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  12. day 12

    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 hours

    Today's trek will be a short one as we head to Phakding, following the banks of the Dudh Koshi River and crossing many suspension bridges that lie on the way. After passing through several forests and small villages, we will finally reach Phakding. We will stay at Phakding for the night. 

    • Overnight stay at Khumbu Travel Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  13. day 13

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

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

    Yet another short trek day that also marks the end of our trekking. We start by making a return down the Dudh Koshi valley. The route is mostly gentle uphill up to Kusum Stream, but before reaching Lukla, the trail heads steeply up to the west and takes us to Toktok. From here, the views will be entirely different, and we will spend some time savoring those views. We will continue until we reach Lukla. This will be our last day of trekking, and we will be resting at Lukla at night

    • Overnight stay at Comfort Inn
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  14. day 14

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

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40 Minutes

    This is the last of your trek; after having breakfast, you will be flying back to Kathmandu. The 40-minute flight back to Kathmandu will indeed be a relaxing one. It will provide you some time to appreciate your achievement and fall back on your memories. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will head to our hotels respectively. How you spend the rest of the day is entirely up to you.

    Discovery World Trekking will be organizing a farewell dinner on this day. You will also be receiving successful trek certificates. It would also serve as an opportunity to let DWT know what you loved about the trek, what you hated, and how the experience could have been richer.

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

What are Included in my 14 Days EBC Tour Package?

  • Domestic flight tickets (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) and airport departure taxes
  • Total 13 nights (Six nights at Lukla, Phakding(2 Nights), and Namche (3 Nights), rooms with private attached bathroom. Seven nights in standard rooms at Tengboche (2Nights), Lobuche, Dingbuche (2 Nights), Gorakshep, and Pheriche)
  • All standard meals (13 lunches, 14 dinners, and 14 breakfasts) during the trek
  • Government licensed English-speaking trek leader. For more than 12 trekkers, 1 assistant guide.
  • Porter to help trekkers luggage. 2 trekkers will share 1 porter, Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Covers guides' and porters' wages, their meals, insurance, lodging, transportation, flight, and other necessary equipment
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenirs - company's T-shirt & Cap
  • Discovery World Trekking’s Appreciation Certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek

What are excluded from the package?

  • International flight costs
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per Person) on the trek
  • All accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, or early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottle 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 that covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guides and porters (recommended)
  • Additional costs incurred due to causes beyond our control, for example, landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • All other costs and expenses not listed in the - What are included in my 14 Days EBC Tour Package?

Official Trek Map : Kathmandu - EBC

EBC Trek Map

Packing list for EBC Trip in Nepal 2021 - 2022

This Trek requires preparations and checklists of gears & equipment needed for the journey. It is always best to carry the essential clothing and accessories for the entire trek. We understand that you have your own preference for clothing but we recommend you to consult us before packing.

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 a 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

Guided EBC Tour Package Information

We will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport.

If you have booked an EBC package with us, we will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport on the day of your arrival and transfer you to your hotel in a private vehicle. Similarly, when you depart, we will transfer you from your hotel to the Tribhuvan International Airport.

When you arrive at the airport, our representative will be holding a pamphlet with your name and our company name. They will present you with a Khada or a marigold garland as a welcome gesture.

Tour package start

You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, the only international airport in Nepal. There are plenty of Hotels in Kathmandu, and you can choose the hotel that suits you. If you want, we can manage/recommend hotels for you. Our tour package does not cover hotel stay expenses before departing for the trek. Your trek will start with a flight to Lukla, which takes around forty minutes.  

Is EBC safe for travel?

The answer is yes. It is very safe to travel to the EBC. The route consists of notable places like Lukla, Namche Bazar, Lobuche, and Gorakshep, where the combined population is roughly 4 thousand. You will be completely wandering in the solace of nature along with our helpful crew. 

We understand the terrains are quite challenging, so our team is always there to motivate and inspire you. To protect you from COVID -19, we have vaccinated all our staff and followed these steps to ensure your safety. 

  • Our guides have Intensive Wilderness First Aid Training.
  • Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience who are eager to help you in the face of difficulties.
  • We use high-quality masks, gloves and carry sanitizers for everyday use.
  • While on the trek, we recheck food & accommodation arrangements for extra hygiene 

 

EBC Accommodation

EBC accommodation includes 13 nights stay at the best available lodges and hotels on our trekking path. All rooms are twin sharing rooms.

We will stay six nights in rooms with private attached bathroom at Lukla, Phakding(2 Nights), and Namche (3 Nights) and seven nights in standard rooms at Tengboche (2Nights), Lobuche, Dingbuche (2 Nights) Gorakshep, and Pheriche).  

Two nights of hotel stay in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required but not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels fit for all budgets. 

On the trail, you can enjoy hot showers and Wi-Fi, but you need to bear extra costs. 

What about the Food

Our trek is mostly in high elevations around the world’s highest peak, so your body needs enough carbohydrates and proteins. The meals we provide you on this trek are very convenient and hygienic, but you cannot compare them with the options you get in big cities. 

On the trek, we will provide you with 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 14 dinners.

Some of the popular menu items are -

Fourteen breakfasts -Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French Toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan Bread or Chapati, 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, Sherpa Stew Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (Dumplings) Macaroni Dishes, Tenduk, Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Potatoes, Salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snacks (Papad, Prawn) Dessert Items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie, etc

Fourteen 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 Raman, Dessert Items (Rice Pudding, Apple Pie), Steaks are available on the menu.

We hand select the best hotels/lodges/restaurants where the food is fresh, hygienic, tasty, and nutritious. Most menus consist of cuisines that are either local or Asian, or popular western. As we gain altitude, the menu items available become fewer and fewer. 

We highly recommend liquids- green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup(must) along with fresh vegetable items at high altitudes. Though plenty of non-veg items will be available, we won’t recommend them because the meat in such places is not hygienic. 

We highly encourage you to avoid dairy and cheese items and strongly suggest not to consume alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, hot chocolates, as experts suggest avoiding such items at high elevation treks.

 

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

What is the best time to visit EBC?

The weather is one of the most important factors to consider while hiking to the Base Camp. You can get a live Mt. Everest weather forecast here, but it is nearly impossible to predict accurately. 

Tourists, professional climbers, and locals trek to the Base Camp throughout the year. However, there are ups and downs throughout the seasons. The best-suited time to trek is either in the Spring or Autumn. Normally, during these periods, the sky is crystal clear from dusk to dawn. The clear azure skies provide the most spectacular views.

Spring (Feb to June) is one of the best seasons to trek to EBC. As the monsoon slowly ends, perfect trekking weather emerges, and most trekkers head to EBC during this time. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls to 5 degrees at night. This is the best season to enjoy the views.

In the rainy seasons (June- September), flights to Lukla may get canceled often, but trekkers also trek, during rainy seasons as well. Even if you choose to trek in the rainy season, Discovery World Trekking will conduct treks safely. During off-seasons, the trails are less crowded. 

During Autumn (Sep-Nov), the weather gets cooler, and as Autumn progresses, snowfall starts making EBC trekking tougher. Nights get colder. Nepalese celebrate two of their biggest festivals during this season - Dashain & Tihar. The festive environment also makes trekking more rewarding during this season. 

The weather gets frigid from December to February, and it starts to snow. The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable, and the temperature may change very quickly - often in a few hours! If you wish to trek during this season, we can conduct safe treks during this time as well.

 

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly.

Acclimatization during EBC Trekking

Acclimatization during high treks like EBC is very crucial. As a general rule, you are at a risk of altitude sickness if you go above 8000ft (2438.4m). Altitude gains of as much as 5,000 meters require serious attention.

We have allocated two days for acclimatization at Namche and Dingboche. The highest point of the trek is at Kalapatthar (5,555m)

Altitude sickness in high mountain journeys is a common problem, but it is preventable and needs immediate treatment. However, if you ignore symptoms of altitude sickness, it may get serious. 

Mountain sickness often starts from an elevation of 3,500m. Our trekking leaders and guides are well-experienced and use oximeters to monitor your oxygen level for early detection of altitude sickness.

We have designed our itineraries to prevent altitude sickness by providing time for acclimatization and allowing slow ascent. As a precaution, we also encourage you to drink plenty of water. However, you need not worry about altitude sickness, as our team takes care of your health and suggests ways to take precautions. In case of severe sickness, the only effective cure is to descend immediately. 

Your group leader decides whether to stop your ascent based on each team member's overall condition, as some people are more vulnerable than others.

The EBC Trek 2021 | Group Trek | Private Trek

We organize groups as well as private treks. Group discounts are available based on your team size. The bigger your team is, the more discount you will get. Please view our price list for details. Just click on the - we offer group discount -on your right.

However, if Discovery World Trekking assembles the group, you will not be eligible for discounts. 

We can handle any size of groups. Each group has a group leader as a guide, a porter for every two trekkers, and an assistant guide for a group of more than 11 trekkers.

A typical day on the Everest Trek

Every day will provide you with a unique trekking experience that includes- enjoying the trek and scenery, taking photos, and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, qualified expert Sherpas will be sharing information and historical facts about the places as you trek. 
Our porters will carry most of your luggage, but you might need to carry a small regular bag for your valuables. 

In the morning after breakfast, we set off on that day's walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the trek. After trekking for three to four hours, we will have lunch and then an hour of rest before continuing the journey.

The afternoon walk is generally shorter - about two to three hours. Once you reach your overnight lodge/tea house/tent, you can enjoy the snacks, and afterward, you are free to explore nearby places.

We serve dinner around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner, you get time for friendly conversations. The expedition leader/guide will brief you about the next-day plan. After the briefing, you can play on-board games like monopoly, cards or watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of our guests engage in learning common Nepali words or reading books before sleeping.

How high is the Base Camp?

It lies at an elevation of 5,364 meters (17,598 ft) from sea level. The journey starts at 1,600 meters in Kathmandu and goes as high as 5,555 meters at Kala Patthar.

How to Communicate during the Trek?

You can use internet service at the lodges for a small charge but once you reach high altitudes communication will be through the phone.

Discovery World Trekking office will communicate with all our valuable clients through our trek leader at least once a day via Signal, WhatsApp, phone, Messenger, etc., to make sure our clients are fine, safe, and feel right. 

Depending on the network you use, you might get some signals on your way, but they are not very strong at high altitudes. However, you can easily purchase a local sim card in Kathmandu.

Normally, you will get a Wi-fi connection on all lodges/hotels you will be staying at.

Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided at an extra cost.

Extra personal expenses on trekking

The clients are themselves responsible for meals and accommodations in Kathmandu. You can easily book them online, or we can book them for you at your request.

Similarly, you need to pay for the visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot and cold drinks, souvenirs, tips to the trekking crew members, etc. We recommend bringing cash (Dollars) and changing it to Rupees. Only Rupees are accepted in the Nepali market. 

Trek Costs

In average Trek runs for 10-16 days and costs somewhere between $1200 to $1600, which includes domestic flights, trekking permits, food (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner), a professional trek guide, porter, accommodations, and certificate of completion of the journey.

Discounts are available for groups. The trek cost mainly depends on whether you are traveling in private or in a group. Group travel is cheaper, but private treks are more customizable. 

Electricity, battery recharge, water on trekking

Electricity for camera and mobile recharge is available at an extra cost in all lodges. During the trek, you can either buy packed mineral water on your way or carry boiled water. We also provide you with a water purification pill. 

We suggest you not to drink water from rivers or taps, as the water might not be hygienic.

Trek travel insurance

This trip is quite challenging, as it comes with the risks of high altitude, potential altitude sickness, and other unforeseen events- including sudden climate changes.

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

We can recommend insurance companies based on the recommendations of our previous clients and our experience, but we do not sell the insurance policy.

Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information after trek booking. In case of emergencies, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. It will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help, etc. Please ensure that your insurance covers all costs incurred during mountain rescue service.

Before buying travel insurance, make sure to call the insurance company and recheck if they have heli-rescue up to 6000m.

How to get a visa for Nepal?

All foreigners, except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport, and you can extend your visa at the central immigration office. Visit www.immigration.gov.np to know more.

The visa application will require a passport valid for at least 6- months and a passport-size photo. The current visa fee costs USD 50 for 30 days, which you need to pay in cash on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive a free visa.

Some countries - Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan- may not receive an on-arrival visa. If you are from these countries, you may need to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Currency Exchange in Nepal | USD to NPR

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

(1 USD = ~ Rs.100-120 NPR)

You can exchange most foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over in Thamel, and you might be able to exchange small amounts of cash in hotels. Most money exchangers display the exchange rates publicly.

Only 100 and 2000 Indian Rupee notes are legal in Nepal. We recommend you to bring cash and then exchange them in Kathmandu. You can also withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself.

Several ATMs in Kathmandu are open around the clock. If you are using a foreign card - the maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee. If you use the money exchange facility offered by financial institutions, they charge you a processing fee of about four percent or more.

In the trekking trails, there are no banks, and money exchanges, so you should exchange your money in Kathmandu, as people only accept Nepalese currency in trek regions.

Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn, or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

How much luggage can I take during the Trek?

The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker. Two trekkers will be assigned one porter, and combined luggage should not exceed 18 kgs. We never overload our porters

However, you might need to carry your own knapsack or backpack (with valuables or anything important). Only carry the essentials. You can leave excess baggage safely, either at your hotel or at the Discovery World Trekking store for free. 

We will recheck everything (luggage, equipment, etc.) during our briefing before starting the journey.

Trek Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees the safety, security, and satisfaction of all our clients. Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. We will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipment, and first aid kits for each trip. Our leaders and guides have taken extensive First Aid Training.

If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, we will move forward by assessing the situation and keeping everyone safe. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every team member will be together for safety, and there are no chances of getting lost in the hostile terrains.

Trek difficulty 

Trek difficulty level is challenging, and so it is equally rewarding. This physically demanding trip requires a bit of proactive preparedness to succeed. Exercising and jogging regularly for a couple of weeks before the trip departure is a good idea as it builds up stamina.

Novice trekkers with normal fitness levels can accomplish the trek. However, the fitter you are, the more enjoyable the trekking gets. Past hiking experience would be an added advantage, but no technical experience and skills are necessary. Participants who can hike 4 to 6 hours a day at a reasonable pace with a light day pack can complete this trip. The trekking route takes you through the rocky mountains, steep ascents, and descents. 

To join in trekking, all participants should be in good health. They need to have normal physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us or consult their physician before booking the trek.

Keeping Everest Khumbu Icefall Glacier Region clean

Our motto is to take photos of the journey and leave only footprints behind. We are for sustainable tourism and conduct eco-friendly trips only.

Discovery World Trekking works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips that meet the expectations of both travelers and communities in the trekking regions.

 

Discovery World Trekking Hiking Team

During the Trek, our well-trained and experienced guides/Sherpas will accompany you to make your journey joyful and memorable. All our guides are well trained, licensed and have spent years trekking/climbing peaks. 

Porters will carry most of your luggage. Two people will be assigned one porter, and combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. If required, we can also arrange one porter per person.

Our crew members come from the high Himalayas. They have high endurance and are well adapted to living at high altitudes. 

All of our staff members are very valuable to us, they are well paid, and we take care of their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging throughout the expedition/trek.

All our guides and porters receive medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy crews can make our clients happy.

We provide basic accommodation, food, and warm drinks for our guides and porters. Our team members have:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Authorized Trekking Guide Training certificate
  • Fluent English and one other major language
  • Conservation and biodiversity training
  • Rock climbing training

 

Tipping during Everest Trek

Tipping is at your discretion and should be based on service quality. In Nepali culture, a tip is an accepted and honored way to say thank you (Dhanyabad) for good service.

Most of our guests offer tips on the last day of the trek. The tip amount is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and appreciation of their work.

 

100% Guaranteed EBC Trek Booking

Discovery World Trekking is a government-authorized, registered, and licensed trekking and touring operator in Nepal. We are also members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

 We require 10 percent of payment in advance. You can send us necessary documents like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight details later, but it should not exceed one week from the booking date.

Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union, and online payment directly from our website. The remaining cost can be paid in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when you arrive in Nepal. Furthermore, we forward available payment modes and details to your email.

 

Last-minute Everest Trek booking in Nepal

It is best to book in advance, but if you are unable to do so Discovery World Trekking has a special provision for a last-minute booking. In the case of last-minute booking, we must receive 100% percent trip payment 24 hours before the trek departs. We do our best to operate treks at any time. However, keep in mind that there might be delays due to events beyond our control.

Contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us [email protected] 

 

Can I extend my trip?

After completing the Trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra. There are many beautiful and adventurous places in Nepal. You can spend your extra time in various ways, such as sightseeing in Kathmandu, Nagarkot View Trip, Chitwan Jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, and canoeing before flying back.

Feedback so we can improve our service

After completing the trip, we will be organizing a farewell dinner during which we will present you with a printed certificate mentioning your trek achievement. We would highly appreciate if you would give compliments, comments, or complaints about the service we provided. This will help us improve our services for future travelers/trekkers.

 

USEFUL INFO ABOUT EBC TREK

We highly recommend our clients to add a few extra days in addition to their trip length so that you do not miss your return flight.

The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu may get behind schedule due to the weather. In such cases, we try our best to reschedule the flights to and from Lukla for the next available flight. However, there are chances for flight postponements or cancellations. 

We suggest our clients to schedule 2 extra days to avoid any problems with international flights. 

In case of delay, and if you wish, we can arrange a helicopter for you. But it costs approximately USD 500-1000 depending on the demand and capacity. There will likely be no delays, but in case it happens, we can help arrange additional activities during your extra time stay.

Please Note: The EBC Trek Package includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and can be fitted to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review our designated departure dates for your trek. If the date does not suit you, then let us know we can arrange a trek that is convenient for you. 

The itinerary listed above is a general guideline; please be advised that it might be necessary to modify it due to external factors beyond our means - including but not limited to the following: unstable weather, unavailability of lodging and campsites, unforeseen governmental decrees, trail, and ecological conditions.

Although it is unlikely, there are chances that changes might occur that would significantly alter the original itinerary. You cannot hold us accountable for delays or changes beyond our control. In the event of an itinerary adjustment or need for redirection to other trails and areas, the Lead Guide will ultimately choose the best rerouting in consultation with the group members and their interests. 

We look forward to guiding you on the life-changing trek to EBC through some of the most dazzling landscapes on the planet. 

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Book this trip with us. Here are the upcoming dates. Feel free to share this trip with your friends and family. For custom trips or general inquiries contact us.

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Guided EBC Tour Package Perks

Team of highly experienced Experts
No Booking or Credit Card Fee
Hassle-Free Booking
Your Happiness Guaranteed
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Group Discount Prices

No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax US$ 1450
2 Paxes US$ 1150
3 Paxes US$ 1125
4 - 6 Paxes US$ 1100
7 - 12 Paxes US$ 1070
13 - 18 Paxes US$ 1050
19 - 24 Paxes US$ 1030
25 - 30 Paxes US$ 1000

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Company Reviews

Discovery World Trekking

Trip of a lifetime

Lynwil
5 - Excellent
03/21/2019

Brilliant experience over two weeks. Unfortunately we had a few issues with cancelled flights from India but Paul did everything possible to rearrange things for us so we didn’t miss our trek. Our guide Dol was brilliant - very knowledgable and caring. Unfortunately he also had an uncanny skill of winning at cards every night! The two porters Mon & Lukhaman were brilliant and never stopped smiling, especially when beating us at snooker. Who knows how they get a snooker table up to to 4500m! The trip itself was great - hard work but very enjoyable. Two of our group were unfortunate to develop altitude sickness and had to descend - one by walking and one by helicopter. The arrangements made by Paul and his team were great and I felt reassured that Paul was there to meet my wife at the hospital and ensure that everything was ok. I would undoubtedly recommend DWT - a local company doing things in the right way. We hope to come back to Nepal sometime to explore more of many trekking routes available and would look no further than DWT.

Discover EBC with Discovery – you won’t be disappointed.

Krystina
5 - Excellent
04/09/2018

Just got back from a trek to EBC with Discovery and highly recommend booking a trek with them! Aside from enchanting scenery, the trek to EBC gave us the chance to experience Sherpa culture, visiting monasteries, museums and witnessing mountain life for ourselves. I loved walking just for the pleasure of it, through villages, rhododendron forests, past colourful prayer wheels, across suspension bridges, behind yak trains and, my favourite, through valleys where the mountains circled us like the spine of a massive sleeping dragon. At night, I loved sitting around the fire and listening to the guides and teahouse owners in animated conversations I didn’t understand but which were always lively and filled with laughter. Our guide, Dol was wonderful. He was quiet and unassuming but also filled with knowledge about the region. I loved seeing his photos from other treks as well as learning about his life in Nepal and the village he where he grew up. It was also lovely having someone to take care of us. He chose excellent accommodation, made sure we were always looked after with tea and refreshments and set a good walking pace for the trek. We would not have had the same experiences if we’d set off alone and we definitely wouldn’t have learnt as much as we did about the Solukhumbu region, the Sherpa culture or the mountains themselves. Our porter was incredible too, always arriving before us so our bags were ready in our room and basically just a true champion like all the other amazing porters we witnessed on our journey. The trek to EBC is pretty unforgettable. Not only are you surrounded by breathtaking scenery every second of the day but you get to experience for yourself the amazingly warm hospitality of the Nepalese people, witness their unique way of life and carry with you the sense of personal achievement that comes with visiting the highest point on earth. If you do decide to take on the challenge Discovery is definitely the company to do it with.

Amazing experience

Tova
5 - Excellent
03/21/2018

Came to Nepal to do the EBC trek with my brother. Found Discovery on line and it was such a lucky break. Paul the owner was from the get go a great at communicating via email all the details and organized everything from our flights to Lukla pick up at airport, porters and guides. we were welcomed at the airport with flowers and taken to our hotel. he was always a phone call away happy to solve any issue. the guide we were assigned was incredible. his name is Karan and he was great at looking after us and making sure we stuck to the scheduled. we absolutely loved it all! despite the cold and long days it has been such an empowering experience one we will remember for years to come. I honestly can't recommend Discovery any more than I have they are reliable, friendly and also very reasonably priced. Thank you for everything ! Tova

FAQ’s

Is there any age limit or criteria for trekking to EBC?

There is no age limit, but Discovery World Trekking does not recommend children to climb high altitudes. Trekking at high altitudes might have severe effects on a child's health. For adults, you need to be in a good physique and have a positive attitude. Discovery World Trekking does not recommend this trek to those who suffer from certain medical conditions such as heart or lung disease.

What is the weather condition at the Base Camp?

Weather on the trail to EBC is always changing and impossible to predict. Here is a list of probable temperature and weather conditions in each month.

Month Temperature Weather and Nature 
JanuaryMax 4°C in the daytime to min -17°C in the nights and mornings Blue skies, freezing weather 
February Max 4°C in the daytime to min -15°C in the nights and mornings Mild and humid, good visibility 
March Max 7°C in the daytime to min -12°C in the nights and mornings Days are short and the temperature starts to warm up, chances of occasional snowfalls 
April Max 10°C in the daytime to min -5°C a night Moderate temperature with amazing landscape, rhododendron, and wildflowers 
MayMax 15°C in the daytime to min 0°C a night Days are still long, warm, and sunny 
JuneMax 16°C in the daytime to min -1°C a night Rainy season 
July Max 15°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night Hot and humid 
August Max 16°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night Max 16°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night 
September Max 15°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night End of monsoon, no clouds 
October Max 12°C in the daytime to min -6°C a night Stable weather condition 
November Max 6°C in the daytime to min -12°C a night Days are sunny and bright, cold during the night, the sleeping bag is most. 
December Max 4°C in the daytime to min -14°C a night Foggy and cloudy weather 

Does EBC trek require an immunization certificate?

No, it does not. But if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, let us know before booking the trip.

What is the booking and payment method for the Trek?

We require a 10% advance for confirming the booking, which you can pay by bank transfer, western union, or online through our site. You can pay the rest of the trip cost in cash, by bank transfer, western union, or using a credit card. We will email you payment details- including modes of payment available. 

Is there an airport pick-up service by the company?

You will see a Discovery World Trekking representative welcoming you outside the Tribhuvan International Airport arrival lounge holding a pamphlet with your name on it. S/he will take you to your selected hotel in a private vehicle.

I am a vegetarian. Will I get enough meals during the trek?

Discovery World Trekking does not recommend non-veg items at trekking regions because the meat in such places may not be hygienic. We also strongly advise you to avoid dairy and cheese items along with alcohol. So, our packages are suitable for all - vegans, vegetarians, and non-vegetarians.

Is there a cancellation or refund policy?

Discovery World Trekking has cancellation and refund policies. Please visit our terms and conditions page for more information.

What is the booking and payment method for the trek?

We require a 10% advance for confirming the booking, which you can pay by bank transfer, western union, or online through our site. You can pay the rest of the trip cost in cash, by bank transfer, western union, or using a credit card. We will email you payment details- including modes of payment available. 

What is the level of trekking to the EBC?

The trekking level is challenging. Discovery World Trekking tries its best to make your journey as safe, easy, adventurous, and joyful as possible.

What is the luggage weight limit for the Lukla flight?

The weight limit on flights to the Everest region, basically to Lukla, is 10 kg. You are allowed to hand carry 5 kg making your total 15 kg.

Is Wi-Fi available during the trek?

Yes, most guesthouses offer Wi-Fi for a small charge.

I have never trekked before. Can I make it to the Base Camp?

The short answer is yes. You can trek to the Base Camp even if it is your first trek. EBC is considered one of the challenging trails,  but as long as you are reasonably healthy, fit, and can walk up to 6 hours a day, you should easily make it. If you are signing up for EBC Trek, you should definitely start by jogging, running, and taking part in stamina-oriented exercises a few weeks before the trek. 

What is the best season for trekking to EBC?

Spring (March to June) and Fall (September to November) are the best seasons to trek to base camp.

How to avoid altitude sickness during the Trek?

The Base Camp is 5,365 meters above sea level, and the chances of getting minor altitude sickness are common. Our trek packages take into account the need for acclimatization and set apart time to adjust at high altitudes to avoid altitude sickness. 

Apart from the suitable itinerary, you could also cut off certain foods and drinks to help your body acclimatization such as:

  • Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic, and smoking items.
  • Drink at least 4 liters of water a day.
  • Trek steady, walk at your own pace & do not skip acclimatization days.
  • Use Diamox (medicine to stop altitude sickness) if any symptoms show up
  • Drink garlic soup.
  • Avoid Non-Veg Food items.

How safe is the EBC Trek?

EBC is still considered a challenging trek, safety should be a concern only if you are traveling alone and without any insurance. The mountains trails can be tricky, but with guided tours, you are as safe as you can be at any place in the world.

What is the mode of transportation to reach the Base Camp?

There are many modes of transportation to make it up to EBC. One can trek from Phaplu/ Salleri. Generally, the most popular route is Via Lukla Airport. Two other options are using a helicopter ride or a horse ride.

Is Lukla Airport convenient for the flight?

Lukla is at 9,500 ft (2,850m) above sea level. The higher the altitude, the lower the air density. So, the planes need to land at faster speeds. The weather in this area changes constantly, and the cloud cover can be extreme, leading to turbulence, which, though not dangerous, can be tough for passengers. However, Lukla Airport is Nepal's busiest airport, which serves as the key entry and exit point for trekkers hoping to ascend Mt. Everest. 

What if my flight to and from Lukla is canceled or delayed?

We recommend you to allocate extra 2 / 3 days for the hike to account for unpredictable weather. In rough weather, flights from Lukla to Kathmandu or vice versa get canceled. In such cases, the flight is automatically rescheduled for the next possible day. 

If you have a very tight schedule, you can charter a helicopter to make sure you are on schedule either for the trek or your flight back home. However, you will have to bear the helicopter cost. But, if the visibility is less than 1,500 meters, it is impossible to operate a helicopter, and Discovery World Trekking will reschedule the flight.

How high is the EBC?

The elevation is 17,600 ft (5,365m). We start the trek by flying to Lukla (9,383ft / 2,845m). Most trekkers hike to Kala Patthar (18,514ft / 5,555m) for sunrise or sunset. 

Do I need any special permits before starting the trek to EBC?

Yes. You need Trekkers' Information Management Systems (TIMS) card, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees & Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. Discovery World Trekking will help you with all the necessary paperwork required for this permit.

Do I need travel insurance to trek for EBC?

There are chances that you may need a quick helicopter ride back to Kathmandu to avoid health emergencies, so adequate insurance is a must. The insurance has to cover helicopter rescue & medical evacuation expenses at high altitudes. We require your insurance documents before you start your EBC Trek.

Is there wifi available during the trek?

Yes, telecommunications has been developed rapidly in recent years. While the nationwide connection is above the global average, most of the trails do have internet, phone, and wifi facilities.

How hard is it to walk to the Base Camp?

EBC trek is not the most challenging trail out there. Having said that, it is not always the trails that make it hard to walk, rather it is the altitude and less oxygen level that make the trek hard. So technically, EBC is not a tough trek, but it is just a long hike at a high altitude.

Should I take Diamox to the Base Camp?

You should take drugs only after proper consultation with medical experts. Diamox has a history of positive effects and helped many along the way, but it is always best to take professional advice. Here at Discovery World Trekking, we have experts who can advise you when to take Diamox.

How long should I train for the Trek?

There is no fixed duration for how long you have to train. But it is better to start to stretch, jog, and take part in stamina-building exercises, a few weeks before the trek. Remember, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the hike.

How to acclimate to high altitude quickly?

Having proper rest at night, keeping your body warm, and drinking lots of water, help your body acclimatize at a high altitude quickly. 

How long does it take to get to the base camp?

On average, EBC can be completed in 10-16 days depending upon weather, itinerary plan, destinations, and any changes in the plans.

Do you have to buy travel insurance before booking?

Yes, you must have travel insurance after booking any trek that rises above 4,500+ meters. Your insurance must cover medical evacuation and heli rescue. 

How to get a visa for Nepal?

Nepal provides an on arrival visa to citizens from most nations, making it very easy to travel to Nepal. To get more information about tourist visa, visit Nepal government immigration site .

How much does it cost to trek to the Base Camp?

EBC Trek can extend from 10 days to 16 days depending upon itinerary & the corresponding cost would be around $990 to $1,600, which will cover your local flights, permits, lodges, guide, porter, and meals during the trek.

Are Discovery World Trekking Guides well trained?

Discovery World Trekking is one of the leading eco-travel agencies in Nepal. All our team members are experienced, trained, and have government-authorized licenses. 

Why choose Discovery World Trekking for the EBC Trek?

Discovery World Trekking has been operating treks/expeditions for over a decade. We have helped more than 50,000 travelers, trekkers, and explorers to conquer the Base Camp. With over 60% recommended clients rate & a 99.9% successful trek track record, we believe in providing quality service to all looking for Everest adventure.

Do I need Training for the Trek?

No, you don’t need special training for your trek but normal stretching, jogging, and hike around small hills can really help you in your upcoming EBC trek. 

Can I stay at the Base Camp?

No, you can not stay at Base Camp because there are no lodges there. The nearest hotel to EBC is in Gorak Shep, from where you can reach the destination & Kala Patthar splits.

Is there any age restriction to hike EBC?

There is not an age limit but Discovery World Trekking does not recommend children to climb high altitudes as this may have severe effects on a child's health. However, you need to be in a good physique with a positive attitude. Discovery World Trekking does not recommend this trek to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lung disease.

Do I need to bring medicines for trek?

If you are allergic to specific medicines, it is better to consult your doctor and bring your own. Discovery World Trekking regards its clients as its family. So, we will provide you with medical kits and address your safety concerns to avoid altitude sickness and other probable sicknesses.

What about the drinking water on the trails?

Bottled water is available at a low cost. But you can not use plastic bottles in the Everest region. So, You need to drink mineral water or boiled filtered water in those areas. It is better to use water purification drops and tablets, which you can bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu. Discovery World Trekking also provides water purifier pills.

What is the luggage weight limit for a porter?

Discovery World Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 18 kgs of luggage (maximum 9 kg for each trekker). Porters not only carry your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection, and generosity inspire them to work hard to take you to your destination.

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