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The Everest Base Camp trek (EBC) is possibly the most dramatic and picturesque in the Nepalese Himalaya. Not only will you stand face to face with Mount Everest, Sagarmatha in Nepali language, at 8,848m (29,029 ft), but you will be following in the footsteps of great mountaineers like Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay ...

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“Awesome trip that Nepal Hiking Team put together and had the most amazing time. They really went above and beyond making the trip as special as it turned out. Raj and Kumar (Guide and Porter) we great guys and created a nice friendship from it. I would definitely recommend Nepal Hiking Team for anyone looking for a great adventure.”
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Everest Base Camp Trek - Overview

The Everest Base Camp trek (EBC) is possibly the most dramatic and picturesque in the Nepalese Himalaya. Not only will you stand face to face with Mount Everest, Sagarmatha in Nepali language, at 8,848m (29,029 ft), but you will be following in the footsteps of great mountaineers like Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who all wanted to reach Everest's summit.

A Domestic Yak on the Everest Base Camp Trek
A domestic Himalayan Yak, not far from Everest Base Camp, with Mt. Nuptse in the background,
One of many suspension bridges on the Everest Base Camp Trail
One of the many wired suspension bridges on the Everest Base Camp Trek
A trekker getting close to Everest Base Camp
A trekker getting close to Base Camp with Mt. Everest and its 8850 meters looming in the background.
Everest Base Camp with its many tents
A view towards Everest Base Camp, where climbers are acclimatising, and waiting to make their way to the next camp up Mt Everest.

The trek to EBC is scenic and offers ever-changing Himalayan scenery through forests, hills and quaint villages. A great sense of anticipation builds as you trek up the Khumbu Valley, passing through intriguing Sherpa villages, Tibetan monasteries, all towered over by some of highest and most stunningly beautiful mountains of the world. In the evenings you will be rewarded with delicious Nepalese cuisine around the dining-room fire while sipping Sherpa tea and conversing with other like-minded travelers.

Besides the superlative Mount Everest, some other prominent peaks visible during the Everest Base Camp trek include Lhotse (8501m), Makalu (8463m), Cho Oyu (8153m), and Ama Dablam (6856m).

Everest Base Camp Trek - Trek Facts

Trek Difficulty: 

 Level 3 - Medium
Trek Duration:  12 days
Remoteness:  Remote but a busy and well-serviced trekking trail
Max Altitude:  5364m at EBC and 5643m at the Kala Patthar
Accommodation:  Basic teahouses / Moderately-priced lodges / Fancy guesthouses and Hotels
Best season:   Mar-May, Oct-Nov
Transport To/From Trek  Flight to the town of Lukla (2860m); also accessible by taking a bus to Shivalaya and then a few days of trekking up to Lukla.
Required permits:
  1. Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card
  2. Sagarmatha National Park Permit
  3. No restrictive permits are required for the EBC trek
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Everest Base Camp trek map

Everest Base Camp Trek - Itinerary

View from the Everest trail with Mt Amadablam
On the Everest trail, not far from Namche Bazar, with a view towards the beautiful Mt Amadablam

The standard trekking itinerary for the Everest Base Camp Trek is 12 days long. However, it may vary slightly depending on the trekking agency you choose to go with:

  • Day 1: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,650m)
  • Day 2: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
  • Day 3: Acclimization day at Namche Bazaar
  • Day 4: Namche - Tengboche (3,860m)
  • Day 5: Tengboche - Dingboche (4,360m)
  • Day 6: Dingboche - Dughl (4,600m)
  • Day 7: Dughl - Lobuche (4,940m)
  • Day 8: Lobuche - Gorakshep (5,150m), then to Everest Base Camp (5,364m), and back to Gorakshep
  • Day 9: Gorakshep - Kala Patthar (5,643m) - Pheriche (4,280m)
  • Day 10: Pheriche - Namche (3,440m)
  • Day 11: Namche - Phakding - Lukla (2,860m)
  • Day 12: Flight from Lukla - Kathmandu

Alternate Routes:

  • Option 1: Although the EBC trek is the most well-known of all the treks in Nepal, there are other alternative treks that you can take. A popular choice is the shorter Everest Panorama Trek which can be completed in 8 days. You will get to see Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks but the Base Camp itself is not part of this trekking route. The maximum altitude on this trek is normally around 3,860 meters, as the itinerary's highest point is normally Tengboche. 
  • Option 2: Another option is the Gokyo Trek which takes 12 days to complete and offers views of Everest and nearby peaks, Gokyo Lake and the longest glacier in Nepal - Ngozumpa Glacier. You also have the option to combine the Everest Base Camp Trek with the Gokyo Trek for a 15-day trip.
  • Option 3: A third alternative is the combined Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Trek which takes 15 days. This trek is highly recommended, as you will both see the amazing and pristine Gokyo region as well as Everest Base Camp.
  • Option 4: Finally, if you have 16 days available or more, you can do the amazing Everest Base Camp 3 Passes Trek, crossing the 3 passes Kong Ma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass, each of them above 5,000 meters. 
Namche Bazar, the capital of the Everest Region
A view of Namche Bazar, the capital of the Everest region, just before the sun sets.

Everest Base Camp - Safety considerations

Please note the following safety considerations for the Everest Base Camp trek:

  • This is a high altitude trek and therefore careful acclimatization is needed. Acclimatization days are required during the trek to avoid altitude sickness. 
  • Temperatures regularly drop below freezing around EBC during early spring, late autumn and winter. Please ensure that you have the proper gear and clothing for the time of the year.

Everest Base Camp Trek - Questions and Answers

  • How long is the trek to Everest Base Camp?

    The Everest Base Camp trek is an 129km round trip that starts from and ends in Lukla, where most people fly in from Kathmandu. It takes most travelers between eleven and 14 days to complete this journey, with the average duration being 12 days, of which it takes around eight days to trek from Lukla to the base camp. The return journey, which normally takes four days, is downhill.

    We also recommend adding buffer periods of a day or two before and after your trek. You may need a couple of days in Kathmandu to shop for trekking gears and meet up with the tour guide to discuss the trek. The buffer period at the end of the trek is recommended because there is always a good chance of Lukla flights getting delayed due to bad weather. This means that your entire trip duration will be between 14 to 16 days. 

  • What is it like to trek to the Everest Base Camp?

    Trekking to Everest Base Camp is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Consistently voted as one of the best treks in the world, the entire journey is picturesque and features a variety of scenery. 

    However, the breathtaking landscapes that you encounter along the way are just part of the adventure. The tea houses and village lodgings where you stay offer a chance to experience local life and interact with the Sherpa people, making this journey a cultural experience. Some might find the trek to be highly demanding, but beautiful landscape and cultural interactions make it well worth it!

  • How high is the Everest Base Camp?

    Everest Base Camp is located 5,364 meters above sea level, while Lukla, the starting point of this journey, is situated at an elevation of 2,860 meters. That means that there is a staggering 2,504-meter elevation gain during the journey to the base of Mount Everest. However, almost all tour operators ensure that you have rest periods in between to decrease the chances of altitude sickness.

  • How hard is the Everest Base Camp trek?

    While Everest Base Camp trek is certainly not a walk in the park, you do not have to be an athlete to complete it. It requires no technical skills except for the ability to cover long distances on foot at altitude. Of course, the fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find this journey.

    The trek becomes more difficult as you get closer to the base camp primarily due to the altitude gain. The most challenging part of this trek is after you breach the 3,000-meter altitude, as the pressure level and the oxygen level drops. Altitude sickness can kick in at this height. Above 5,000 meters oxygen levels will be approximately 50% of the normal levels, which makes the trek that much more challenging. To learn more, read about altitude sickness while trekking in Nepal.

  • How much does the Everest Base Camp trek cost?

    The price depends on the tour company you book with. But most tour operators charge between USD 700 and USD 1,500 for a trip to the base camp and back. There is also an option for a one-way hiking trip with a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu. This is significantly more expensive, though, at around USD 2,500 to USD 3,000 per person. Another option is a luxury EBC trip with comfier accommodation and more rest days. These tours can also go up to USD 3,000 per person.

  • What is the average temperature at Everest Base Camp?

    Topographically speaking, Everest Base Camp is called a ‘mountain plateau’, which essentially means that it is cold throughout the entire year. However, temperatures do vary from month to month. The months of December and January are the harshest, with an average temperature of around -10°C. The weather is a bit warmer in spring and fall, often reaching 15°C during the day, although nights are still very chilly. Summers can see daytime highs of 22°C and an average nighttime temperature of 4°C. But since the monsoon coincides with warmer months, rainfalls are prevalent even in the mountains. For more information, here is our guide on trekking seasons in Nepal.

  • Where is Mount Everest Base Camp?

    The Everest Base Camp sits at the foot of the Khumbu Glacier in Nepal, close to the border with China. The trek to the base camp takes you past highland hamlets as well as the de facto Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar. The Everest Base Camp on the Nepali side is also called the ‘south base camp’, which is more popular and distinct than the ‘north base camp’ in Tibet, China. The latter has been closed to travelers since February 2019.

  • When to trek Everest Base Camp?

    While you can hike to Everest Base Camp all year round, the best seasons are the pre-monsoon period between March and May and during the fall season (October and November). Fall is considered the best time to do this trek as this is when the sky is the clearest and the Himalayas look magnificent. More information in our guide on trekking seasons in Nepal.

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