- duration 12 days
- tour type Private
- tour_type Private tour
- age requirement 5+ years old
- age_requirement 5+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Trekking in the Shadow of the world's highest peak, Mt Everest and Sherpa Land
- Historical and Cultural Excursion
- Best Everest view from Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp
Moreover, Kala Patthar (5545m) gives you a spectacular views of numerous mountains including Mt Everest. Mount Everest Base Camp Trek is the best and most popular trekking route in Nepal as well as in the world.
The Everest trek starts from the small high mountainous airport of “Lukla” which is 35 minute scenic flight from Kathmandu airport. From Lukla our adventure really begins towards the shadow of Mt Everest.
During the Everest Base Camp trekking, we spend some enjoyable days hiking through typical Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries. On the way, we will need to rest for two nights in order to acclimatize to the higher elevation and observe the culture and lifestyle of the Highland Sherpa people.
The main highlight of the Everest Base Camp trek for everyone will be the top of Kala Patthar. The panorama view of rivers, avalanches and white glittering snowcapped peaks including Mt Everest from the top of Kalapatthar is breathtaking. Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lotse, Mt. Changtse, Khumbu Glacier, and the south-west face of Everest will be seen from here.
This trek can be done all year round in any season. However, March to May and September to November is the best time of the year for trekking in Nepal. If your goal is to see Mt. Everest, we will ensure that you will remember this trip for the rest of your life.
Please see the Itinerary for a day-by-day overview.
The day before our trek, we met the Trekking Planner owner, Dipak, to go over some points and so he could answer any queries we had. He was attentive and also gave us some good advice on what to expect during the trek. We since learnt that Dipak was a porter and then guide himself for 15 years, so his knowledge and expertise is great.
We had to take a four hour bus journey to Ramechhap at 2.30am the next morning. This was a little frustrating as we had hoped to fly out of Kathmandu, and the roads to Ramechhap airport were bumpy (as well as a little dangerous at night as the driver weaves through the thin mountain roads quite quickly) therefore, sleep was impossible. Having to fly from Ramechhap was out of Trekking Planners hands and everybody we met had done the same - just forewarning that it is not the nicest journey!
Once we got to Lukla Airport, we began our short day 1 walk. We had a temporary guide for this day as our trip guide was finishing off a previous trip. He didnt speak great English but as it was only for a few hours it didnt really matter.
That evening we met our guide and the next morning the trek really began. Our guide was Ananta and he was really great. We had such a fun time with him and it was like being with a friend most of the time. His knowledge of the areas was unparalleled, and he was extremely attentive in making sure everybody was feeling okay. We often had a laugh and a joke with Ananta during the walks as well as in the evenings, and there was a real team spirit by the end of the trip which was lovely.
On the day we were supposed to depart back to Kathmandu, we heard bad weather was rolling in due to a cyclone from India and flights back would likely be cancelled that day. It was urgent we got back because we had our international flight home early the next morning. Both Ananta as well as the flight lady at the Lukla teahouse were amazing. We got to the airport 4 hours before our scheduled flight time to see if they could squeeze us on an earlier flight (we knew all flights would be cancelled by the time we were due to depart). Both the flight lady and Ananta were relentless with airport staff to get us on a plane and it was immensely appreciated. We did indeed get a flight back to Kathmandu (well, Ramechhap), and learnt that our flight was the second to last to depart, and all were cancelled after that - so very lucky!!
Once back in Kathmandu, we had a good rest and then met Ananta, the other lady in our group and Dipak for a farewell meal of authentic Chinese food - which was fantastic. Dipak was genuinely interested in obtaining feedback on how to be better and clearly appreciates what is important to people when doing a trip such as this.
Overall such a great, memorable trip!”
Day 1: Flight to Lukla (2828m/9279ft) 35m and trek to Phakding
Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft)
Day 3: Rest day at Namche Bazaar
Day 4: Trek to Tengboche (3850m/12632ft)
Day 5: Trek to Dingboche (4350m/14272ft)
Day 6: Rest day Dingboche
Day 7: Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16109ft)
Day 8: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m/16995ft) and Everest Base Camp
Day 9: Trek to Kala patthar (5545m/18193ft) and Pheriche
Day 10: Trek to Namche bazaar (3440m/11287ft)
Day 11: Trek to Lukla (2828m/9279ft)
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft )
- Pick up and drop off from all airports by a private vehicle
- Pre-trek meeting in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight with airport taxes
- National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS card)
- Knowlegable English-speaking government licensed guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
- We provide assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size 4+
- Twin/double sharing accommodation and three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek
- First aid kit
- Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
- Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
- All necessery government taxes, service charge and official expenses
- Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
- All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu
- all accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
- Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
- Your personal expenses
- Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
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What is the weather going to be like when I travel to Everest Base Camp?
The weather in Nepal varies by season. For example, November to January is the dry season with sunny days, clear skies and usually no rain. However, on Everest Base Camp, the temperatures at this altitude will be cold, particularly at night. February to May and September to October is the most popular time to travel to EBC, with usually fairly dry and stable weather, although there may be the occasional shower. June to August is monsoon season in Nepal, but once you pass 3,000 meters altitude there is less and less rain. Check out our guide on the best time to visit Nepal for more on specific monthly climate and seasons.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
- Are there bag weight restrictions for the small aircraft flight from Kathmandu to Lukla?
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?