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Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights


Follows the trail taken by all the Everest summiteers
Start your adventure with a thrilling flight into Lukla
Hike through Namche Bazaar an up the spectacular Khumbu Valley
Includes climbing Kala Pattar for fantastic views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse
Walk around spectacular Ama Dablam, Matterhorn of Nepal
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About the Everest Base Camp Trek 

Up with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and the ascent of Kilimanjaro, the trek to Everest base camp is one of the world’s great iconic walks. If you love hiking this has to be on your bucket list. Our lodge-based trek follows faithfully in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and allows plenty of time to acclimatise properly and enjoy the views.

SwayambhunathThis trip starts with an overnight stop in the magical city of Kathmandu, which in spite of increasing numbers of tourists, retains it eastern, mystical charm. If you have the energy after your flight make sure to check out some of the best sites including the the temple at Swayambhunath, for magnificent views over the Kathmandu valley, and to Boudhanath, the fabulous stupa with all the seeing eyes.

The trek starts with the rollercoaster flight into Lukla: make sure you sit on the left for your first great views of the Everest region. The landing at Lukla can be a white knuckle affair but the pilots are incredibly skilful dropping the plane down onto a short steep runway.

Plane landing at LuklaOnce safely on the ground in Lukla you will meet with your porters and after a final check you start your trek. On this lower part of the trek you will be passing through a series Sherpa villages with well cultivated fields in an area that is remarkably fertile. If you are hiking in mid Spring you will also have the most dazzling displays of native rhododendrons.

Bridge on the Duhd Koshi riverThe trail is generally downhill for the first day, although as the guides will explain Nepali flat means a whole lot of little ups and downs that don't gain you any overall height.  Day two is completely different as nearly all the day is spent criss-crossing the valley on over wire brigdes spanning the Dudh Koshi river .

And all the time you are climbing steeply up to Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Khumbu region. Namche is a surprisingly large town where you can even find authentic Illy coffee and a really great chocolate brownie. Fill up here this is as good as it gets!

From Namche you drop down and climb back up again to reachTengboche with its incredible monastery set against the backdrop of Ama Dablam, Everest and Lohtse. Next stop is Pheriche and then after a few more days you arrive in Gorak Shep the last stop before Everest Base Camp.

 Everest from Kala PattarGorak Shep is an unattractive town as by this time you are well into the glacial zone and  vegetation is sparse to non-existent. The star of the show here though is the trek to the top of Kala Pattar (5545m) immediately behind the village where you can get breath-taking views of Everest, the highest mountain on Earth.

From Gorak Shep you make your way up to base camp itself. This is a fairly flat hike over very rough and rocky terrain before you arrive at the entry to base camp itself where you will have time to rest, take pictures and soak up the views.  You will then descend to Dingboche and over the next three days retrace your steps to Lukla where you can relax and celebrate with an ice cold beer.

When is the best time to trek to Everest base camp?

There are essentially two trekking seasons for Everest base camp, Spring from February to late May, and Autumn from September to the end of November. The summer months are very wet with the monsoon and winter is extremely cold. For a more detailed explanation about the weather in the Everest region and other factors that you should consider before deciding when to trek see Best time to hike in the Everest region. A summary of the weather conditions is below.

February to May
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As Nepal moves out of its winter the weather starts to get warmer and showers are generally brief and infrequent. The early months are very quiet on the trails, the latter months less so, but still not as busy as in the Autumn. April and May is a fascinating time to vist Base Camp as this is when all the Everest climbers are in residence Dry, quiet and getting warmer
June to August
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With the arrival of the monsoon, temperatures rise, humidity goes through the roof and daily downpours in the afternoon are the norm. Unless you particularly like being wet this is a bad time to be in the Everest region but the Annapurna region still remains dry. Monsoon season
September to November
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The busiest trekking season in Nepal starts in September and lasts into the early days of December when temperatures fall away rapidly. Warm, dry days and clear, chillier nights become the established pattern and rain showers are brief and light. Warm, dry and clear
December to January
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As the days get shorter the temperatures drop dramatically and with increased precipitation there are regular snowfalls which make for beautiful mountains but difficult trails. Trekking at this time of year can be exciting but only with the best of warm weather gear. Cold and with frequent snow showers

Add a little extra wow to a private Everest base camp trek

If you want a really unique experience and want to organise a private trek,  we have some options that are available that will turn a great trip into a spectacular adventure.

Sleep in base camp with an expedition team

Crampon point on EverestIf you visit base camp on a standard trek you are not allowed to actually enter the camp and have to stop at the stone memorial at its entrance. This means you can't get to see how base camp is organised and you can't get to see the start of the Khumbu icefield. Because we have so many guides working for us who are multiple Everest summiteers we are able to offer the unique opportunity to actually join an expedition team and spend the night in base camp with them.

This will give you time to experience all the excitement around the climbing teams and to visit the "Crampon Point" which marks the start of the hazardous climb up through the Khumbu icefield. Also if you set your alarm to about 3am you can get to see the porters winding up the icefield carrying loads to stock the higher camps, their head-torches forming a white snake in the darkness.

Save days on your trek with a fantastic heli-trek

Helicopter trek to EverestWe are often asked if it is possible to hike to base camp in fewer days as many people find that twelve trekking days is too long for them to get vacation. For a normal trek this is simply not possible. Over the years we have been running Everest treks we have experimented with different itineraries and length of trips and have found that the trek we operate now is the best possible balance between success and time-taken. As soon as you try to take a day out, the incidence of altitude sickness goes up dramatically.

What we are able to offer to those short on time, or who would like to see how spectacular the Himalaya look close up from the air is a helicopter trek. On this, you hike to Everest base camp normally but after the first day's descent a helicopter picks you up and takes you on a fantastic flight down the Khumbu valley and finally back to Kathmandu. This saves between 2-3 days off the normal itinerary and is a spectacular end to a trek.

If you are interested in either of these options please enquire now and mention the option you are interested in or alternatively talk to one of our advisers on chat.

Detailed Itinerary for the Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 1Arrival

On arrival at Kathmandu airport, a member of the Kandoo team will meet you and take you to your hotel.

Day 2Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, trek to Phakding

Our adventure starts with a short flight to Lukla, including breathtaking views of the Himalaya region from the air, and a while-knuckle landing on Lukla's mountain runway.  We'll meet the rest of our crew at Lukla, and begin hiking up the Dudh Koshi valley on the way to Phakding.

  • Elevation: From 1300 metres to 2800 metres to 2656 metres
Day 3From Phakding to Namche Bazaar

After leaving Phakding, we will cross the same river several times over high suspension bridges. It helps to avoid thinking about Indiana Jones movies here! Soon, we'll pass Monjo and enter the Sagarmatha National Park.

Once inside the Park the trail becomes steep, rising to Namche. Namche Bazaar is the chief trading village for the region, and an excellent place to find a few last Western luxuries, including Illy coffee and some amazing brownies! Better still, on a clear day you can see Everest itself from here. 

  • Elevation: From 2656 metres to 3450 metres.
Day 4Acclimatisation Day at Namche Bazaar

Namche supports a host of shops, lodges and tea houses, and is an excellent place to grow used to moving around in the thin air nearly 3500m above sea level.

To help the process along, we'll organise a trek to the Everest View Hotel (at 3880 metres). You can enjoy lunch with a world class view of the mountain on their patio.

  • Elevation: 3450 metres
  • Highest point: 3880 metres
Day 5From Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

We'll continue to follow the valley above the Dudh Koshi, and be treated to amazing views of Everest, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam along the way. We'll cross another high bridge at the village of Phunki Tenga, where we will stop for lunch.

After a brief rest, we have a steep climb to Tengboche, the site of the largest gompa (Buddhist monastery) in the region.

  • Elevation: From 3450 metres to 3867 metres
Day 6From Tengboche to Pheriche

Day six takes us back down into the forest, and across the Imja Khola. Once across, we'll climb up to Pangboche village and more stunning views of what seems like the entire Himalaya.

We'll continue upwards to the HRA's first aid post at Pheriche, and be able to attend a lecture on avoiding altitude sickness (which we really do advise you to attend).

  • Elevation: From 3867 metres to 4252 metres
Day 7Acclimatisation Day at Pheriche

In order to help with your acclimatisation and prepare you for the higher portions of the trek, we will arrange an excursion to see Tshola Lake and the Tawache and Cholatse Walls.

The short trek will take us up the ridge over Dingboche, where we'll be able to see the Imja Valley spread beneath us, and the south face of Lhotse in the distance.

  • Elevation: 4252 metres
Day 8From Pheriche to Lobuche

Today we begin the main trek again, climbing the steep Khumbu Glacier with Tawache and Cholatse peaks overhead. The boulder-strewn terminal moraine makes interesting and rugged terrain, and the top of the glacier is marked with numerous cairns, left to mark the passage of the Sherpas and climbers who have died conquering Everest.

At the glacier's top, the path levels out to a very gentle climb to Lobuche.

  • Elevation: From 4252 metres to 4930 metres.
Day 9From Lobuche to Everest Base Camp, descent to Gorak Shep

The trail now leads along the Khumbu Glacier, providing excellent vistas of the Himalayan peaks nearby. Lunch is at Gorak Shep, and then we are back on the trail for a few hours until we reach Everest Base Camp. We will pass lesser glaciers, ice pinnacles, and the sometimes dangerous crevasses of the Khumbu along the way. 

The return trip to Gorak Shep is made along a higher path overlooking the Khumbu icefall and the South Col route.

  • Elevation: From 4930 metres to 5164 metres
  • Highest point: 5364 metres (Everest Base Camp)
Day 10Ascent of Kala Pattar, descent to Dingboche

We'll set off very early on day ten to make for the peak of Kala Pattar, and one of the most awe-inspiring views in the region. The land stretches out before us, from Everest itself to the Khumbu icefield.

After a pause for rest, lunch and photographs, we begin the descent back to Dingboche.

  • Elevation: From 5164 metres to 4360 metres
  • Highest point: 5554 metres (Kala Pattar)
Day 11Descent from Dingboche to Namche Bazaar

We'll be following the river again for some time, then making our way to Tengboche through rhododendron and birch woods.

After Tengboche, we'll cross the Dudh Koshi and return to Namche.

  • Elevation: From 4360 metres to 3450 metres
Day 12Descent from Namche to Lukla

Our last day of trekking follows the Dudh Koshi valley into Lukla.

At Lukla there is usually a farewell party for everyone - climbers, guides and porters alike - celebrating another successful trek. Be sure to try the traditional Sherpa dances and sample some chang while you're at it. It's a bit like beer, but served hot.

  • Elevation: 3450 metres to 2800 metres
Day 13Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

An early breakfast, then off to Lukla airstrip for the flight back to Kathmandu, and your hotel.

Day 14Departure

On day fourteen, a member of the Kandoo crew will take you to Kathmandu Airport, and see you off on your return flight.

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FAQs about the Classic Everest Trek

Q1HOW DIFFICULT IS THE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?

If it were not for the altitude, the EBC trek would be considered fairly moderate. However, when you take the altitude into consideration, the trek becomes quite difficult. On average you will be trekking 5 or 6 hours per day and you will need a good level of fitness. With some basic training we believe the EBC trek is achievable for most people. You can read more about our recommendations for training here.

Q2How far is the EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?

The total hiking distance from Lukla to EBC and back is 76 miles or 122 kilometres.

Q3WHAT IS THE SCENERY LIKE ON THE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?

Rivers, valleys, forests, suspension bridges, monasteries, Nepalese villages and, of course, hugely tall mountains make up most of the beautiful scenery on this trek.

Q4Do I need to BOOK IN ADVANCE?

The EBC trek is extremely popular so we always recommend booking at least 3 months in advance. We run with a small team of very experienced guides and with short trekking seasons we get booked up quite early.

Q5What kit will I need for the trek?

The key challenge on this trek is the big variations in temperature you will increase both between day and night and as you increase altitude from Lukla up to base camp. The best solution to this is lots of different layers of clothing that you can adjust to keep your temperature just right. And of course a really good sleeping bag. For more detailed advice on the kit you will need see here.

Q6How many days do I need for the trek?

After running Everest treks for over 10 years we have found that our 12 day itinerary is the shortest that has a great success rate and a  very low risk of altitude sickness. If you want to go shorter than this then you could consider a helitrek.

Q7How do I get to Nepal for this trek?

If you are travelling from Europe or the west coast of the USA the best routes to Nepal are either via the Middle East hub airports or through one of the main international airports in India. We particularly like Qatar Airways when flying from the UK.  If you are travelling from East of Nepal or from the East Coast of the USA the best routings are via Singapore, Bangkok or Hong Kong.

Q8What travel insurance do I need?

You will need a specialist high altitude trekking insurance that covers you up to an altitude of 5500m and that specifically covers you for helicopter evacuation. The profile of the Everest trek means that it is not easy to descend quickly by foot and helicopter evacuation is sometimes essential.

Q9Will I need any vaccinations for this trek?

Any visitor to Nepal should have all their vaccinations checked as the list of what is recommended is lengthy and includes hepatitis A and B. You must check your vaccination record with your doctor but general advice on vaccinations is here.

Q10Do I need a visa to enter Nepal?

All visitors to Nepal need a tourist visa and must have at least 6 months left on their passport. You can buy a visa at Kathmandu airport or if you want to speed up your transit at the airport contact your local Nepalese Embassy.

Q11What is the accommodation like on the trek?

Our EBC trek is based in lodges, which are often called tea houses. We have tried camping treks but find that staying in lodges is a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.  The standard of accommodation and the facilities available vary a lot but generally decrease as you go higher up the mountain. For more information about lodges see here

Q12What will the food be like on the trek?

Prior to 2014 we operated treks with food in the lodges included as the choices were relatively limited and the "Lodge" fixed menu was a good option. Since then, as the lodges have improved in quality so have the choice of foods with most lodges now offering an extensive menu. In order to allow clients to choose exactly what they wanted we now operate all our treks on a lodge only basis. You will need to budget for between $25-30 each day for all meals. You can see a typical menu here.

Q13What tips would you recommend?

Our crew are some of the very best paid in Nepal and tips are not a substitute for wages. Tipping is though part of the culture in Nepal and we recommend  $15 per day per guide and $8  per day per porter. These amounts are for the group as a whole and not per person. 

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