14 Days Best Everest Base Camp Trekking Itinerary

everest base camp
Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal. The highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest 8848 mtrs,  the Everest Base Camp 5363 mgrs., beautiful village of  Namche Bazar, Tenboche Monastery, Kalapathhar, Khumbu Icefall, Lukla airport and the ethnic Sherpa People with their unique culture are the highlights of this 14 Days Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek. Generally,  Mid September to Mid December and Mid March to Mid June are the best months to trek in this region. Twenty five minutes scenic flight from Kathmandu (capital city of Nepal) to Small village of Lukla will take you at the beginning point of this trek followed by 2 days trek leading to the small tourist town of Namche Bazaar, which gives you the first sight of Giant Mt Everest along with many other high Mountains. Further trek through Khumbu Valley brings you at the dream valley of Everest Base Camp located at the height of 5363 mtrs, a challenging hike up to the top of Kalapatthar will give you the best bird eye view of Mt Everest. Thereafter you will retrace your path along the same route although you can also take  some side alternative routes at some parts of the trail. During the peak season of Spring, you might see hundreds of climbers camped around the base camp for the Everest Expedition. What you need to prepare for this challenging trip are Guides, Porters, Equipment,  National Park Permit, Flight Ticket to and from Lukla and the necessary information about the region which we will provide you here in detail.

Outlined Itinerary For 14-15 Days EBC Trekking

Day 01 Arrival Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
Day 02 Flight to Lukla 2860 m 25 min and Trek to Phakding 2610 m,  4 hrs
Day 03 Trek to Namche 3440 m, 6 hrs
Day 04 Acclimatization Day at Namche, Hike to Everest View Hotel 2+1 hrs
Day 05 Trek to Tengboche 3860 m, 6 hrs
Day 06 Trek to Dingboche 4410 m, 5.5 hrs
Day 07 Rest Day at Dingboche, Hike Up to Chhukkung Valley 4730m, 03:30 hrs, O/N at Dingboche
Day 08 Trek to Lobuche 4910 m, 5.5 hrs
Day 09 Trek to Gorakshep 5153 m, 0230 hrs, continue to EBC 5363 m 0230 hrs and back to Gorakshep 0200 hrs  O/N at Gorakshep
Day 10 Early Morning 0500 am Hike to Kalapaththar 5545 m 0200 hrs and trek down to Pheriche 4371 m, 5 hrs
Day 11 Trek to Namche 3410 m, 6 hrs
Day 12 Trek to Lukla 7 hrs
Day 13  Fly Back to Kathmandu, afternoon sightseeing
Day 14 Full Day Sightseeing or a BUFFER DAY in case LUKLA-KATHMANDU flight is delayed
Day 15 Departure

Here is the day to day Itinerary for Everest Base Camp trek also called EBC Trek:


Day 01 : Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu

Our  Airport Representative will pick you up at the airport, we will be waiting outside the Arrival Gate with your Name Plates on our Company Board and transfer to hotel on car/bus/van/taxi as arranged.
After checking in the hotel, there will be a short trip briefing before we settle the final payments. Here we will introduce you the guide who will show you the nearest money changer as you need some extra cash for the trekking. We will recommend you some good restaurant for the evening if you need.

Day 02 : Morning flight(25 min) to Lukla 2860 m and Trek to Phakding

Early morning you will be picked up from the hotel and driven to domestic airport. Our guide you look after all the boarding stuff. After 25 minutes adventurous flight, you are at Hillary Airport Lukla which has the shortest Runway in the world. Our staff will assist you on luggage collection while you snap the beautiful peaks overlooking the Lukla Village.
While you are eating breakfast at some Lodge, our staff will arrange your luggage so please keep your necessary things inside your small day pack as the porters will only see you during the lunch and at the night camp only.

After breakfast, we start trekking through the stone paved street of the village. The trail today is mostly downhill except the last 20 minutes uphill before arriving at Phakding.

After a moderate day walk of around 4 hours through village, Maniwall, Chorten,forest and riverbank you are at Phadking. The lunch will be served on the way somewhere at Chaurikharka.
The view on the northern side is the beautiful Kusum Kangaru Peak and in the west in the Kong De Peak.
Phakding is situated at the riverbank, you can walk around the village and across the suspension bridge in the evening.We have to order dinner before 7  and go to bed before 10 pm.

Day 03 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m).

After breakfast at hotel at 7 am, we walk through rough trail passing through village and forest  via Tok Tok and  Monjo where we will register our permit and the TIMS card at the National Park Permit Check Post.

The white mountain on the right hand side above the high hill is the Mt. Thamserku.

After 15 minutes walk across the suspension bridge we are at the lunch camp at Jorsale.
After Lunch we cross the river over suspension bridge and walk through a very narrow trail where we have to be very careful of Yaks passing from the opposite side.
After crossing the high suspension bridge at the junction of two rivers, the hardest part of the day starts here. The uphill over your head takes around 2 hours sweaty hiking.
There is a chance of seeing a glimpse of  Mt. Everest from the midway of the uphill if the weather is clear. It takes another hour from a stone Platform constructed for the tourist and the porter for rest. Even after you can see the first sight of Namche Village through the pine trees, it takes another 20 minutes to arrive the main village.

Day 04 : Acclimatization day at Namche Bazzar.
After  breakfast at around 9 am, we hike up through the ridge on the north eastern side of the village until we arrive at the Syanboche Airport which has a runway but there is no flights allowed due to very risky location except some special flights and helicopters.

Further walk through the meadow brings you at the most amazing place in the world with panoramic view of the mountains including Kongde Peak, Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Thamsherku, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse, the world's tallest peak, the Mt. Everest, Mt Nupse, Teboche Peak , Cholatse Peak and many other peaks.
If you walk 20 more minutes along the levlled path toward the northern side, you will reach at the Everest View Hotel, probably the most luxury hotel in the world located at the highest altitude.
We now walk towards the top ridge of the hill for the amazing view of Khunde and Khumjung Village behind the hill stretched in a beautiful valley.
Khunde has the Himalayan Rescue Centre with Clinic which works for emergency treatment for any trekkers with Altitude or any other sickness.
The Khumjung Village has the biggest High School in the area established by the first summiteers of Mount Everest, Tenjing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hilarry.
The Hillary Foundation has been working for the infrastructure development, health improvement, education, Drinking Water, Electricity etc. in the Khumbu Region.
After spending sometime, we walk back to Namche Village for late Lunch and enjoy a free afternoon at Namche Village.

About Namche Village

Namche is a beautiful and the biggest village in Khumbu area with facilities like  shopping, internet, money exchange, post office, Army and Police Check Post, Helipad, Irish Bar, German Bakery, Pool Table etc where you can spend few hrs in the afternoon. Namche has more than 125 homes mostly the Lodges.
Every Saturday there is a Saturday Market called the Haat bazaar where people from lower and upper region arrive for trade of local and Chinese goods. People walk for weeks to sell their products in this market during Haat Bazaar whereas buyers also walk for several days.
The Tibetan small Traders have the permits to arrive at Namche without any Visa where they arrive after crossing very high Nang Pa La Pass with their huge loads.
 
Day 05 : Trek to Tengboche(3860mtr) 6 hrs., walk through village , stream and forest, here the main route to Base Camp splits up with another famous route to Goyo lake trekking, lunch at Phortse Tanga on the river bank, last 2 hrs tough uphill until the hotel, visit around  Tengboche Monastery, watch a short slideshow in a small eco-home theater if you are interested
Day 06 : Trek up to Dingboche(4410m). walk through Pangboche village  5:30 hours, beautiful view of Amadublum, Tamsherku etc , easy day
Day 07 : Acclimatization day at Dinboche. hike up to Chhukung  03:30 hours, eat lunch there if you want, back to Dingboche, crucial Night in terms of High Altitude Symptoms, there is a clinic at next village Pheriche if you want to check your health condition
Day 08 : Trek to Lobuche (4910m) through Deboche (suitable for Lunch Place), easy morning, one hr. uphill after lunch, walk through the valley until Tea House at Lobuche ,  total  5:30 hours walk
Day 09 : Trek to Gorak Shep 5153 mtrs, 0230 hrs walk, Lunch Break, continue walk to EBC(5363m), 0230 hrs, there you are, back  to Gorakshep (5153m).  sleep at Gorakshep, toughest day approx. 0700 hrs walk.
Day 10 :Early morning around 0500 am hike up to Kalapathar(5545mtrs), 2 hrs., view sunrise over Mt. Everest back to hotel , breakfast and trek down to Pheriche, 5 hours
Day 11 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m). walking 6:30 hours, O/N at guest house, longest day walk but excitement for warmer weather, bigger village, good hot shower and food
Day 12 : Trek down to Lukla (2840m).Last day walk,  lunch break at Phakding, Walking 6:30 hours, Last evening at Lukla, celebrate last dinner with guide and porters
Day 13 : Morning Flight to Kathmandu, 30 minutes , weather sometimes can postpone your flight for indefinite time, 2 days buffer time is recommended
Day 14 :Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Monkey Temple (Buddhist Monastery), Pashupatinath Temple (Hindu Temple, Bauddhanath, Patan durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square, back to Thamel, Free Evening for Shopping, dining.
Day 15 : Fly back to your country or next destination.

Price For the Above Trip USD 1299 Per Head

What is included in the Price?

Airport Pick Up/Drops

Kathmandu Hotel 3 Nights at Four Star Level Accommodation on BB Plan

Hot Shower Until Namche both way

Both way Flight ticket Lukla-Kathandu including Airport Tax

An English speaking guide for each group up to 7 pax,(assistant guide for group up to 12), necessary porters (One porter for every 2 pax), their salary, food, accommodation, equipment, insurance, transportation, flight tickets,

All meal during trekking Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

All accommodation at tea house during trekking

National Park Permit and TIMS (Tourist Information Management System) card

Office Service charge

Sightseeing at Kathmandu valley including guide,  site Tickets and transportation at private vehicle

One Ltr Hot Water every evening that can be put inside your sleeping bag for warm night and drink next morning

Farewell Dinner at Bhanchhaghar Kathmandu (typical Nepalese Food)

Assist in Rescue arrangements in case of emergency ( you need to come up with Insurance)

Above Price Doesn't Include:

All bar bills such as alcohol, mineral water etc

All Meal in Kathmandu except breakfast at Hotel

All kind of personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, internet, battery charge, shower above Namche

International airport tax

Tips to guide, porter,  driver etc.

Travel Insurance ( we can only assist for rescue arrangements)

Any extra day/night expenses occurred due to natural disasters and any kind of unavoidable situations like landslides, flight delays, earthquakes etc.

 

Essential Packing List For 14 Days Rapid Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek Nepal:

One Duffel Bag at least 60 litres to pack your stuff while in mountain to be carried by porters
One small day back pack for yourself to carry important stuff like camera, wallet , tissue etc.
Walking stick (optional)
One Pair of air proof water proof Jacket and pant
One pair of Down jacket and a fleece jacket
Two pair of cotton pant
Three pairs of Liner Pants
Five to seven pairs of t-shirts/shirts, long blouse
One dozen thick hiking shocks and few pairs of  medium sized shocks
One pair water proof Gloves and a pair linear glove
A pair of sunglass (extra recommended in case lost/broken)
One pair of trekking boots and a pair light sports shoes
Torch light and spare batteries
Sun cream, lipstick, Hat
Book, Alarm Watch (mobile can be used but charging is costly)
Some empty plastic bag to pack your used clothes
Medicine Packet containing basic medicines 

Trip Related Information

Poor Infrastructure and Social Difference
Nepal is a developing country.Decades of bad politics  has left Nepal behind from the modern progress and lifestyle although it's naturally very very beautiful country.

You will find it quite different once you step in here, like  narrow and dusty roads, slums and crowded traffic around the city.What you can take it positively is that you are here to experience the real Nepal which is different in many ways and it's worth visit beacuse of the natural beauty, historical structures and the happy faces of  people even at such environment.

Ninenty percent of Nepalese people follow Hinduism in Nepal, so they have centain beliefs and tradition enfluenced from their religion like wearing short skirts, bikini and other revealing tops are not very entertained although the touristic areas are getting  used to it slowly.Kissing in public is also not entertaining.

There is a word "Namaste" used for greetings, wishing you good morning, good evening, good afternoon and also to say goodbye. Giving money to beggars are not encouraged as it might encourage them more in future.Spiting on the road or public places are common but blowing your nose while eating might be strange for the local people.Most of the people in Nepal use hands for eating.Some asian tourist may find it strange.

Fruits, Sea Foods and Other Foods
Nepal is a landlocked country, so it's not so easy for the restaurants here to serve seafoods although you can find some normal fish items here.Some good restaurants may serve seafoods imported from Thailand or India but it may not be always fresh due to irregular supply.

The special food,  most Nepalese people everyday is called "Dal Bhat" which consists of a bowl of rice, seasonal fresh vegetable, meat items, pickle and lentil soup. The speciality about this dish is that you can ask more and more portion of the items for the same unit price until you are full.
While you are in mountain, you will eat at the same lodge where you sleep, as the rooms are comparatively cheaper they expect you to eat there.Food items served in mountains are mainly Nepalese, Indian, Tibetan, continental etc. that include Dal Bhat (Rice, curry, lentil soup), Noodles, Thukpa (noodle in soup with mixed veg/non veg) Spagheti, Breads, Pasta, Egg Items, Momo (wrapped meat/vegetable ball like chinese Dim Sum), Lasagnia, Tibetan Bread, white bread/toasts, corn flakes, milk, tea/coffee, hot chocklates, lemon Tea, Masala tea (mixed with spices, good in cold weather), boiled potatoes and potato items, chicken items, Pizzas,Yak Steaks (may not be fresh as Yaks are very expensive, very low sell), mineral water, coke/fanta/soda etc.

Due to the cold weather and remoteness, fresh fruits are not available in general.
Accommodation vary On Package
Kathmandu has different categories of hotels including 5 star hotels, selecton of hotels will depend on the trip package price.We normally want to include the 5 star hotels as this is the best way to insure the facilities you need although you are free to chose any category of accommodation.

While you are in trekking, most of the rooms are available in twin sharing basis.Rooms are clean but smaller and mostly have common bathroom.
They have attached rooms at some stops but it's very few and can't guarantee as they don't take bookings.Most of the lodges provide electricity generated either from battery, solar or from local micro hydropower which is very expensive so we need to pay even for mobile/camera charging.

In practise most tourist can't take shower at upper parts of the route due to cold, althogh you can clean your body with wet towels.Lower region have hot shower which we need to pay extra.

Most lodges don't take prior booking.They might be very busy during high season so you might need to share the rooms even you have found single room earlier.At upper camps at Lobuche and Gorak Shep, you might need to sleep on dormitory if the rooms are already full.Dining at higher altutitudes have fire heaters at the centre of the dining, you can also dry your small towels and clean shocks as most places don't have loundry service in mountain.You are suggested to bring enough clothes as per your trekking days.
There are some luxury lodges run by Yeti Mountain Homes and Everest Summit Lodges, which are comparatively very expensive and it needs separate bookings with packages almost double price, yet can't cover the whole trip as they don't have lodges at all the camps.
Guide & Porter's Responsibility and the Habits
Generally there will be a guide for a group upto 7-8 tourits, there will be an assistant guide for a group of 8-16 person.There will be one porter for each 2 trekkers.Their maximum carrying limit is 20 kg. As we walk, they will have their own pace because of the loads they are carrying, but they will join you at lunch and dinner stop. So you are advised to keep your  necessary items like Camera, Jacket, Towel, Torch light, money bag, hats, general medical box  etc. with you in your day bag.

Guides accompany you all the way from morning to evening.

In case of very bad  weather and some other unavoidable circumstances, your guide might change the itinerary, at such situation , he will  consult with you and also the company beforehand wherever it's possible.

We normally provide English speaking guides. If you want to hire a language specific guides, you can request beforehand but it costs you extra charge.
Sickness, Injury, AMS and Treatment Options
Due to sudden change in location and the weather, sometimes you might feel sick while in mountain. Another probability is getting mountain sickness.

Mountain sickness can be felt above 2500 mtrs. by anyone when the body can't adjust with the altitude in the thinner air.Tiredness, short-sleep, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, state of confusion, unable to stand or walk on straight-line  are common symptoms. If the situation gets worse, fainting may occur. To avoid this, our itinerary are carefully designed and our guides are trained to manage in case it happens.

In case of such AMS (acute mountain sickness), the best remedy is to bring down the sick person to lower elevation that will automatically help the patient to recover overnight.

Although some tourists take Diamox but it's not practically proved than bringing them to real location with abundant oxygen.

In severe case, we will manage horse or porter to carry you down or even a helicopter to fly back to Kathmandu. However you need to pay the bills occurred, so having a proper travel insurance is strongly recommended before commencing the trip, if you already don't have one, we can assist you to join a short term insurance in Kathmandu.

In normal practice, sick client is either stopped at that very point or sent back to lower area or sent back to Kathmandu and rest of the group will stick to the original plan, however the group
can discuss about possible changes in the itinerary at such cases.


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