- duration 12 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 7+ years old
- max group size 20
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Trek difficulty Moderate
- Guided trek with ample acclimatization days built in
- Getting to the foot of world's highest mountain: Mount Everest
- Insight to Buddhism & Sherpa culture while walking through Sherpa villages & monasteries
- Sagarmatha National Park with its great variety of Himalayan flora and fauna
The journey to Everest Base Camp is celebrated not only because it culminates to the world's highest peak and provides incredible Himalayas views of mountains like Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Makalu and the Mt. Everest itself, but also because this adventure gives you an insight to Buddhism, culture and tradition of the world famous climbers, the Sherpas.
We get an opportunity to walk through alpine forests of Sagarmatha National Park and through the vast Khumbu glacier. Thus, the Everest Base camp trek has often been a lifetime goal of passionate trekkers and is an ultimate trip that every adventure lover would like to embark upon.
The Everest base camp trek can be joined by every trekking enthusiast who are physically fit and possessing that trekking spirit. Consisting various steep ascends, descends along smooth gradual walking for average of 6 to 8 hours per day, the Everest base camp trek is enduring and strenuous. However, slowly and steadily ascending towards high altitudes will help us to avoid altitude sickness.
It is recommended that trekkers prepare ahead of time by regularly jogging, walking, cycling or swimming which increases your stamina so that you can focus entirely on all the greatness that the Everest base camp trek has to offer. Please see the Itinerary for a day-by-day overview.
The trek itself was very challenging, but well worth it. The views were unbelievable!!!”
Do come back to Nepal, a small country but packed with adventure, beauty and opportunity to explore and discover....
With all our best wishes,
Icicles Adventure Treks Team”
Day 1: Fly Kathmandu - Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft) - Phakding
Day 2: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft)
Day 3: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day
Day 4: Namche Bazzar - Tengboche (3860m/12660ft)
Day 5: Tengboche - Dingboche (4410m/14464ft)
Day 6: Acclimatization Day at Dingboche
Day 7: Dingboche - Lobuche (4910m/16105ft)
Day 8: Lobuche -EBC (5364m/17594ft) - Gorakshep(5181m/16994ft)
Day 9: Gorekshep - Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft)-back to Pheriche
Day 10: Pheriche - Pangboche- Tengboche - Namche Bazaar
Day 11: Namche Bazaar - Lukla
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu
- Airport pickup/drop including for arrival and departure
- Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu round trip flight
- Licensed, English-speaking, knowledgeable and experienced trekking leader including his flight, food, salary, accommodation, equipment, insurance
- Porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers) including his salary, food, equipment, insurance, etc
- TIMS, Sagarmatha National Park Permit
- Accommodation during trek in local lodges/teahouses (twin sharing)
- Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during trek
- First aid medical kit
- Complimentary Icicles Adventure t-shirt, duffel bag, trekking map
- Sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
- All government taxes & agency service charges
- Nepal Visa, international airfares, excess baggage charges
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Food, accommodation and activities in Kathmandu
- Tips for staff (tip is expected but not mandatory)
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, any kind of beverages including water, hot shower, extra porters, etc
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.Other Practical InformationCustomers are suggested to keep 1-2 buffer days at the end of Everest Base Camp Trek because the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight that is involved in this trek is prone to delay and even cancellation due to weather conditions. Weather sometimes can affect the flight even in best seasons and flight delay/cancellation may happen. In that condition, please be prepared mentally for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We will be responsible to provide you accommodation (in guest house) and food in Kathmandu if cancellation happens before the trek. But in case of flight cancellation after finishing the trek, you will be responsible for all your accommodation and food expenses. No refund will be made for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later. We can organize helicopter charter/rescue in such conditions (upon clients request) but it also depends upon availability. The helicopter that can lift 5 people at one time charges approximately USD 3400. So, best is to come with some buffer days at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even do some optional activities which we can arrange for you upon request. The optional activities may include rafting, jungle safari, bunjee jumping, city tours, sightseeing, etc. If flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of Everest base camp trek and it seemed to lengthen so long that its likely to disturb your onward travel schedule, you can choose alternative trek/trip such as trekking in another area like Langtang or Annapurna. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait at the airport for the original trip you booked, you can do so as many days as it takes to resume the flight. Please note no money will be refunded if you do not take alternative trip and lose time waiting at the airport or you only do a short trek later.
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?