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Everest base camp trek

Everest base camp trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest region located in the eastern part of Nepalese Himalaya. Going Everest that does mean to Everest base camp for many people, but from kalapatthar you get the best view of the mountain. Everest is a bordering mountain between Nepal and Tibet (an autonomous region belongs to china). Everest has two base camps, one in Nepal and one in Tibet. Everest base camp in Nepal people have to walk after taking a flight to Lukla or they can directly take a chopper trip to Everest base camp as well. Everest base camp in Tibet you could drive just next to the Base camp. Trekking to Everest base camp is a dream trip and one of the life time experiences for many people. Our Everest base camp itinerary is designed to fulfill this dream adventure with unforgettable experiences for many of our customers. Travellers with good health condition and with or without prior experience in the high altitude trekking can sign up for the trip. Our itineraries are specially designed to ensure our customers get proper acclimatization and best possible experience of walking in the Everest area. The journey to the roof of the world start with taking a short flight to Lukla and passing through many of the Sherpa villages and visiting one of the popular monastery of the area.

The overview of the Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest is considered as the roof of the world because it is the tallest point of world. Expedition to Everest is Expensive and out of reach for many persons so many people has a dream to go to Everest finish up going to the basecamp. Everest Base Camp is actually a point from where people are not allowed to go further without climbing permit. Normally the base camp is full of colorful tents during climbing season and they even make a temporary helipad to get the supplies. The Everest Base Camp is always furnished with tents with tea shops inside and visitors can enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate when they are there. Except the expedition members and their staff other people are not allowed to sleep there at Everest Base Camp.

The trip to Everest Base Camp starts from arriving to Kathmandu, from Kathmandu one can take a flight to Tenzing-Hilary airport at Lukla which is located at an elevation of 2860m. The flights are normally operated from either Kathmandu or from Ramechhap. One can take a transfer early in the morning from Kathmandu to reach Ramechhap. It normally takes 4 hours on a private transport. After landing to Lukla simple airport formalities and one can come out. Lukla is one of the biggest villages in the area and there are plenty of guest house, shops selling mountain gears, coffee outlets and a gathering place for trekking crews. As your guide and porter arrange your bags on easy way to start walking, one can simply take a rest. The adventure to Base Camp starts right there pass through villages, farmland and forest. The trail then passes to Phakding and overnight stay there. The next day is one of the tough days of whole trip as this day one has to reach at an elevation of 3440 m. The reward of a climb is one can take a rest next day and discover the surrounding area of Namche. After a day rest the trail heads up at the beginning and goes down and climb up again to reach Tyangboche which houses a beautiful monastery of the area. Tyangboche monastery is one of the biggest monasteries of the area. The view of Amadablam from Tyangboche is so spectacular one does not like move from this place. Descending down at the beginning and crossing the river the trail ascends and reach the village of Pangboche. The luxury lodge ends in this village. Continue further from Pangboche and crossing the river again one can stop at Dingboche for overnight. From Dingboche one of the trails follow to reach Island peak after crossing the village of Chhukung and another trail lead to Thokla and Lobuche, Lobuche is the ideal place for overnight stay. Located at an elevation of 4700 meters, one can get rooms with warm heater paying some extra dollars and that is worthy doing that. The trail from Lobuche pass through harsh topography without significant vegetation and full of boulders. One has to take a great care during winter as the area might be covered with snow which is not stabilized. The trail seems very slippery just few days after snowing. After few hours of walk one can reach Gorakshep and take a lunch there. From Gorakshep where the last lodges are located the trail   continues to Base Camp. Visit Basecamp and come back the same trail and an overnight stay at the highest elevation of the area. People normally get mild symptoms of mountain sickness in this point. Restlessness, little bit of nausea, sleep disorder is common here. The next morning is the highlight of the whole trip, one has to wakeup early and head towards the highest point of the whole trip. Kalapathhar located at an elevation of 5500 meters above sea level is the best view point to see the Everest in giant form. The same trail retracing back one can reach Lukla again and taking another scenic flight to come to Kathmandu. One the way back instead of coming the same trail one can follow the different route to go to beautiful village of Phortse with clusters of similar buildings.

Weather in Everest to do Mount Everest Base Camp Hike

The mountain climate is hard to predict as it is changing very fast. The weather is dependent with the elevation also. The weather forecast system in Nepal doesn’t have sophisticated technology so not very accurate. In general mornings are clear and afternoons are cloudy except in the winter. Winter time even afternoons are clear. The winter time the temperature goes down drastically and there are various factors like wind, snow and wind direction make a change in temperature. December, January and February are the coldest months. The temperature in base camp in the winter might go 20 degrees Celsius below zero. As sun coming up the temperature grow again. The trail is beautiful with rhododendron flower in March- April specially below tree line.

Best time to go to Everest Base Camp Trekking

People can visit Everest Base Camp throughout the year but the rainy season from beginning of June to end of August the trail might be wet and muddy. Due to dense cloud in the passes and even at lower elevation the flight to Lukla might cancelled so we recommend to do this trek from March to June and September to December. If one can cope the low temperature January and February has the spectacular view as everything condensed down.

Necessary preparation and clothing

Everybody with normal physical condition can accomplish the trip. The itineraries are variable depend with the interest, age group, physical condition, health condition as well as ability to adapt the climatic condition. As climbing up our physiology is slightly changing and body tend to adapt the elevation and oxygen level in the thin atmosphere. Sufficient rest days are necessary to complete the trip successfully. Warm clothing and a nice sleeping bag are recommended to complete the trip. You can check our blog for the packing list of clothing as the flight has weight restriction for passengers flying from Kathmandu to Lukla. The detail of the pack list is available at https://www.himalayantravelconsultant.com/pack-list-to-go-to-everest-base-camp-by-himalayan-travel-consultant.html you can even write to us if you have any queries regarding clothing and preparation of the trip.

Climate, flora and fauna in Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek is the part of the Sagarmatha National Park which occupies area of 1148 sq. kilometers and there is a buffer zone of 275 sq. kilometers. Mainly the Sherpa people are living in this area. The climate varies due to elevation and the observed climatic zone is from lower temperate, upper temperate, sub-alpine and alpine. The major glacier in the Everest region are Khumbu, Imja, Nangpa and Ngozumpa.

The vegetation keeps changing due to elevation as well. Lower elevation is full of pine, hemlock, fir, juniper and birch. As elevation goes higher the vegetation go sparse but the black juniper is observed even at the elevation of 4000 meters. Above 4000 meters dwarf grassland and cushion plants are observed.

The giant mammals in the area Snow Leopard, Musk Deer and Red Panda. In the trekking route Musk Deer and Himalayan Thar are frequently sighted. Lower elevation is full of Langoor, Jackal and wolf. The different type of birds also observed in the area. Nepal’s national bird Lophophorus is frequently sighted during the trek.

The price of the trip and how to book

We have all inclusive price for the trip is $1350 per person on the basis of twin sharing accommodation and minimum 2 travelers. We believe over the philosophy of only me in the trip paying $200 extra and if there are bigger group please write to us about what we can offer to you. You can place a deposit to confirm your place and we do all the necessary reservation and paper works. The balance payment you can make once you arrive to Kathmandu. If this creates problem to you please do not hesitate to discuss with us about the alternatives.  You can send an email at info@himalayantravelconsultant.com or send a message in WhatsApp or Viber at +977 9851126351 you get an instant reply.

Difficulty level of the Everest Base camp trek

Everest Base Camp trek is not the most difficult trek in Nepal neither in Everest Area. Only problem of the Everest Base Camp Trek is walking in the higher elevation for significant days. As one can take a flight to Lukla, the trailhead is already at higher elevation, in a second day the trek goes to more than 3,000 meters above sea level.  The last part before reaching Base camp and just after Lobuche the trail is full of boulders and walking there is difficult when it snows.  As the erosion continues in this area fine sediments are washed away and only big boulders remaining, when it snows, the gap between the boulders are filled up with loose fresh snow and it is very difficult for people figuring out the depth of the gap and lose their balance. When snow melts partially that develop a very slippery surface giving difficulties for walking. As Everest area is communicated well one can always get a rescue helicopter if they are having serious troubles. Any age group with normal physical fitness can do Everest Base Camp trek.

Are you looking for more adventurous trek than Everest Base camp Trek you can check our itinerary of Everest Base Camp with Gokyo valley and Cho-la Pass or Everest Three High Passes Trek.

 

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Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu,
a capital city of Nepal located at 1300m above sea level. On your proper time you will be picked up from airport and check in in the hotel where you stay.

Day 02: Introductory trip to Kathmandu including sightseeing of One of the old palace complex, popular by the name Patan Durbar square, a Buddhist temple popular by the name monkey temple among the foreigners but is called Swoyambhunath and a Hindu temple Pashupatinath, a popular cremation ground for many hindus of Kathmandu. All these places are listed by UNESCO as world heritages. Afternoon time free for doing trek preparation.

Day 03: Early morning flight to Lukla(2800m) and easy 3-4 hours walk to Phakding (2652m) and overnight stay there.

Day 04: A climb uphill to Namchebazar (3440m) with the first glimpse of Mount Everest on the way. Might take 5-6 hours with normal walking speed and trail crosses one of the popular river from Everest area.Namchebazar considered a gateway to Everest and one of the populous village of this trekking area. Quiet a variety of shops, guest houses and stores available here.

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namchebazar. On this acclimatization day you can opt for either take an excursion trip to Syangboche and Everest View Hotel, have a cup of coffee there and back to Namche and take a rest there or you can hike to Thame and walk back to Namche by evening.

Day 06: Trek from Namchebazar to Tyangboche(3867m). Thetrek descends to Phunketenga (3250m) and again goes uphill to reach Tyangboche, which houses one of the popular Buddhist monastery of this area. 4-5 hours of walk and this will be second biggest climb for this trip.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4360m), takes normally 6 hours and it is a gentle climb throughout a day. The trail follows Dudhkoshi River upstream most of the time. Only at the last moment the trail corsses the river and take right bifurcation to reach the village of Dingboche. Dingboche is the last village where one can see the cultivation is done. Mostly they plant potato, barley and vegetables like cabbage and carrot.

Day 08: Acclimatization day in Dingboche. You can take a rest in hotel or can make some side trips to observe the last village to see some farming or climb some nearby peaks to prepare your body for higher elevation. It is recommended you climb at high places and come down to sleep in lower elevation so you get acclimatized.

Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche(4910 m). Trek ascends slowly making a Thokla pass and takes normally 5-6 hours walk.

Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorekshep (5160m) takes couple of hours and hike to Everest Base camp (5350m) take a tea break, observe base camp and back to Gorekshep for overnight stay.

Day 11: Early morning hike to Kalapatthar, the best Everest view point of the trek where normally people go for sunrise with Everest Himalayan range, come down for breakfast and trek back to Pheriche(4240m) and overnight stay there.

Day12: Trek back to Khumjung (3780m) and overnight stay there.

Day 13: Trek from Khumjung to Lukla (2800m) and overnight stay there. Khumjung is one of the biggest village of the route and lot of Everest summiteers were born here. Visit Khumjung and continue down to Lukla. Normally it takes normally 7-8 hours including visit to Khumjung.

Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla and afternoon free for doing last minute shopping and if you are interested you can take an optional tour to visit some monuments in Kathmandu.

Day 15: On a proper hour transfer to airport for the final departure.

Price Includes:

  • Pick up from Airport on arrival day and departure day.
  • Accomodation as per the itinerary according to the need of the client.
  • Descent tea house accomodation during the trek.
  • All meals during the trek. i.e. breakfast lunch and dinner. Many companies promise all meals but sometime people get a nuisance experience as they head for the trek, the trekking guide will tell them you get only one plate or one dish because of the limited money for the trek so we provide a soup and main course or a main course and a dessert with a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, both for lunch and dinner and set breakfast most of the time.
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu - Lukla -Kathmandu on a regular flight, some time due to the bad weather if the flight get cancelled and need to take a sharing helicopter the client need to pay the extra cost incur.
  • A guided city tour in private vehicle.
  • Monument admission fees as per the itinerary.
  • Experienced, english speaking trekking guide and every two customers one porter to carry your bags. Normally a porter carry 25 kgs of your bag so maintain around 12 kgs each customer.
  • Staff's expense including salary, insurance, meal and accomodation and airfares when applicable.
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping bag for trekking portion and return to company after the completion of the trek.
  • All necessary permits.  

Price Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa Fee.  You can get a visa on arrival for most of the countires. The charges are $30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days. (please bring exact change)
  • Excess baggage charge for the flights to and from Lukla.
  • Extra nights accomodation in Kathamndu due to early arrival or late departure due to any reasons and foods in kathmandu.
  • International flight tickets.
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue Insurance.
  • Personnel Nature expense like bar bills, laundry, battery charge, shower during the trek, phone calls etc.
  • Tips for the guides, porters, drivers and bell boys. Please visit our tipping guide line for tipping information.

The Nepal visa is available upon arrival at airport for citizen of most of the countries please check your eligibility or write to us. The passport must be valid for at least six months or more.

Everest Base Camp trip FAQ

How high is the Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp in Nepal is located at an elevation of 5350 meters but Everest has a basecamp even at Tibet which is located at an elevation of 5200 meters above main sea level.

What mountain I see from Everest Base Camp?

There is a spectacular view of Mt. Pumori, Nuptes and Everest from Everest Base Camp, besides there are lots of other small peaks in the area.

Do I need a permit to go to Everest Base Camp?

Yes, as Everest is located inside the national park and there are local bodies who collect taxes in the Everest area. TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal) also charge TIMS card to go to Everest Base Camp.

Once I get a permit to go EBC, can I go little further if I like to go?

No, your permit is valid just to reach EBC, you are not allowed to go further without your climbing permit.

Am I sleeping in Everest Base Camp?

No, your las lodge is located at Gorakshep which is at the elevation of 5050 m. You visit EBC and walk back to your lodge for overnight stay.

Am I sleeping in Kalapathhar?

No, Kalapathhar doesn’t have lodge, tea house and even are not allowed to sleep there in tents.

Which is the best point to see Everest during my trek to Everest Base Camp?

Kalapathhar is the best view point to see Everest but during your trip you will see Everest from Tyangboche, Syangboche and many other parts of the trail.

Where do I eat during my trip?

All the tea house and lodge where you sleep has their own restaurants and you eat at their dining hall.

Do I get bottled water everywhere?

Bottled water is available everywhere but as you go higher the price also hikes and we recommend our clients to drink purified drinking water.

How do I purify water?

You can carry water purifying liquid solution or tablets which are readily available in stores in Kathmandu, Lukla and Namche.

Who carry my stuffs during the trek?

Every two trekkers we provide one porter who carry your stuffs, a small day pack with necessities of the day we recommend to carry with you as the porters might be in a distance with you.

Am I sleeping on tents?

No, you always sleep inside the room, some time in very busy season you might need to accommodate in dining halls.

Am I sleeping on a floor at dining halls?

No, they have wide benches where you going to sleep.

What happened if I am not able to walk during the trip?

Normally you can take a rest and try next day but if you get a serious problem, you supposed to be rescued from the area.

Do I have an insurance from your company when I book the trip?

No, we don’t have any insurance when you book the trip, you have to buy insurance policy on your own.

Where can get insured?

You can buy insurance that covers your rescue and medical expense in higher elevation back your home country before you depart for your trip and leave the copies of the documents to the agency in Kathmandu, they will do coordination in case of emergency.

Can I contact Insurance company on my own?

Of course, if you want to contact your insurance company on your own you can do that.

What happened if my flight to Lukla get cancelled?

You can reschedule a flight for next day or paying some extra there might be helicopter which can still take you to Lukla. When you travel with us, we will try our best to arrange you the best alternatives in case of bad weather.

After I complete the trip, if the weather gets bad and I stuck in Lukla what happened?

We will try to take you out in helicopter if you are willing pay some extra otherwise you stay there in Lukla and try next day. If the weather gets bad continuously for many days you can walk down an extra day and take a Jeep back to Kathmandu.

Is it very difficult to go to Everest Base Camp?

Difficulty level depends with individuals but the Everest Base Camp trek is one of the easy treks in Everest area.

I want more adventure which trek you recommend in Everest area?

The three high pass trek is more adventurous than Everest Base Camp but if you want more adventure than base camp you can go to Gokyo Valley, Cho-La pass and Everest Base Camp.

Can I trek to Everest Base Camp and fly back in a helicopter to Lukla?

Of course, you can trek to EBC and take helicopter back to Lukla, the price varies with the season, during the main season helicopter is readily available in Lukla but during low season we might need to send the helicopter from Kathmandu and might incur some extra cost.