Trip Overview

Everest base camp trek is unquestionably one of the most famous treks in the world. In all honesty, trek to Everest Base Camp implicates both challenges and accomplishments. It is mixed with the perception of both romance and thrill of being so close to the world’s highest mountain, Everest. It offers incredible mountain profiles and wonderful insight into the life of Sherpas, their culture, their hard life, and Tibetan Buddhism. Justifiably this Everest base camp and Kalapathar trekking are one of the most popular treks in Nepal. This 16 days EBC Trek is famous not because of its proximity to Mount Everest, but also for its exceptional vista, friendly SHERPA people, enchanting cultural villages, diverse cultures, colorful festivals, and monasteries. 

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty:

There are some who usually come up with a question as – How difficult is Everest Base Camp Trek? The perfect answer to this question will be – its Inspiring. Though the epic trip to Everest Base camp is phenomenal offering anyone with great trekking experience with panoramic mountain views yet it is challenging. E.B.C can be Strenuous to some due to its Altitude variation and thin air. However, it is not something that is unattainable. It is achievable for anyone with sound fitness. Most significantly, our Everest Base camp trek itinerary is designed and intended to make the trip more entertaining than exhausting.

Everest Trek involves a tremendous amount of ups and down walking. We walk the legendary trail through the beautiful valley, high ridges, and cultured Sherpa settlements. However, there are sections where you have a quite established trail and there are segments, which are beaten tracks, more like yak tracks. Furthermore, there are sections with very vague trail impressions high up into the alpine, which are through the glacier moraine and boulders. Acclimatization matters most when you are trekking into the Everest region. The set itinerary and your group leaders' guidance plays a vital role in guaranteeing a safe passage all the way to your objective. 

Best time to Trek to Everest Base Camp:

The trekking and climbing season in Nepal is hypothetically divided into two different periods – Spring and Autumn. Spring from March-May and Autumn from September – November is considered the best time to be into the wilderness with your outdoor ventures in Nepal. Correspondingly, these are the two favorable seasons that travelers can undertake the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. From June until early September is summer followed by Monsoon in Nepal, which is not considered ideal for Trekking to the Everest region due to the high probability of flight cancellation to and from Lukla airport. Winter is best that delivers clear blue sky with breathtaking mountain views and there are trekkers who prefer winter treks due to the high prospect of picturesque setting that the winter has to offer to the travelers. However, during winter the chill factor is really high that makes things very challenging in the Everest region. There are possibilities of some teahouses being shut and whichever are open may not have the variation of food facilities. The night would be intensely freezing and the availability of water for toilets especially in the morning would be a pain in the rear. Travelers are to prepare for the worst-case scenario if you are trekking Everest Base Camp in winter.  

EBC Trek Trip profile:

We stay in lodges under the shadow of the Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku peaks in our journey to Everest base camp and Kalapathar; selected among the world's top 20 classic Journeys of Lifetime by the Observer, UK. 

We enjoy good food and traditional Sherpa hospitality. Our professionally design itinerary allow enough time for proper acclimatization rest days while we are ascending up to the Everest base camp at a relaxed pace through the beautiful forest and Himalayan Sherpa settlements.                                         

We take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla (2,860 m / 9383 feet), the gateway to the Everest region trekking in Nepal. On the way to Everest base camp, we follow the Dudh Koshi valley to Namche, the Sherpa "capital" nestled in a horseshoe bowl, with its colorful and bustling market with traders from local villages and as far away as Tibet. We walk further into the deep Sherpa valley of Khumjung and Phortse, the hidden valleys that offer the most incredible views. The alpine scenery becomes more rugged as we trek above the tree line to reach Dingboche for further acclimatization and exploration. Following the Khumbu glacier moraines, we head to Gorak Shep via Lobuche. We trek Everest Base Camp (5360m / 17,585 feet) and the summit of Kala-Patthar (5445m / 18,192 feet), the best vantage point on earth for the stunning views of 360-degree Himalaya’s panorama including the world’s highest peak Mount Everest. We will, beyond any doubt have the most unbelievable moment in our adventure holiday to Everest base camp trip. 

Also please refer to Short Everest Base Camp Trek. 

A classic Teahouse trek to the Everest Base Camp and Kala-Patthar – touched with the romance and thrill of being so close to the highest mountain in the world.     

Highlights

  • Flying into the world’s most daring mountain airport of Lukla at the elevation of 2840m is more adventurous and astonishing.
  • Walking on the legendary trekking trail through the Sherpa village with its exceptional culture is way stunning than anything.
  • Getting to Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Khumbu region through several suspension bridges is daring and adventurous.
  • Beautiful walk to the village of Khumjung, popularly known as the valley inside the clouds and visit the Monastery to witness the Scalp of mythical creature [Yeti] will surely add up to your legendary quest.
  • Visiting the School built by Edmund Hillary around 1961 gives you the accounts of his life’s devotion to the Sherpa people of Everest.
  • The close view of the magnificent mountain, extensive green hills, the Tibetan-Buddhist culture and to witness the territory of the yaks from Khumjung and onwards is magnetic.
  • Walk to Dingboche with its extravagant mountain views at 360 and staying two nights at the base of soaring Amadablam (the Matterhorn of Nepal) is a very enchanting experience.
  • View of the world’s highest peak and its neighboring mountains and spectacular landscapes that get closer everyday eventually makes you appreciate trekking being an ultimate holiday.
  • Being at the base of the world’s highest peak, Everest and getting to the summit of Kalapathar 5545 m/ 18192 ft is a great accomplishment.

Itinerary

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Our EBC Trekking itinerary is so designed that it would provide ample time for acclimatization, which is crucial while going into thin air. However, you have every right to customize as per your requirements.  

Your Group (Trek) Leader who represents Himalayan Dynasty welcomes you on your arrival in the Kathmandu airport and transfers you to the designated hotel. Your Leader will provide you with the pre-trek arrival briefing and other necessary information and he would schedule the next meetup time. Soon arrangements are made today for your detailed Trek briefing and the distribution of equipment like - kit bag, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc. 

If you arrive early by any chance, it will provide you with ample time to explore the town of Thamel, the heart of the city which is very lively and can always do your last minute shopping. Your leader will always be there to assist you with any queries that you may have, he is always more than happy to show you around if you need assistance. 

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals Welcome Dinner

in late 2019, under some crucial circumstances, the Tribhuwan International Airport had to alter the operation of flights flying to Lukla from Ramechhap Airport rather than Kathmandu. Thus, We will need to leave the hotel earliest at around 2-3 am to drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport to catch our flight to Lukla. Manthali Airport is 132 Km / 82 miles and takes about 4 hours drive.  Most Lukla flights fly early, during which time the probability of high winds and clouds is likely to be lower. In one of the earliest flights, we proceed eagerly towards the starting point of our incredible journey. This thrilling mountain flight is for 20 minutes and eventually, we get to the most beautiful town of Lukla which is simply phenomenal. This airstrip was built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friend when he started his social work of building schools and hospitals for the local Sherpa people.

At Lukla, the first glimpse of all huge mountains is quite impressive which surrounds the very village but be patient, it is just starting, and there are lots more to come on your way. From Lukla, we trek downhill towards the Dudh Koshi (milky river), a raging river that flows from the highest mountains. The trail is fairly easy and well-marked, menders around the fields of potatoes and wheat. We see many "Mani Wall" which is a compilation of many stone tablets, each with the Buddhist chanting inscriptions, "Om Mani Padme Hum" which means, "Hail to the jewel on the lotus". Please respect the local tradition as the local people walking left to these Mani Walls. We pass through many traditional villages to reach the vicinity of Phakding for our first-night stay at Lodge.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Time 4 Hours / 4 Hours

Today, passing through the pine forest and terraces, we cross and recross the thundering glacial river ' Dudh Koshi '. We will see groups of hybrids called Dzopkyos carrying the trek-gears and trading goods along the trail. Spectacular mountain peaks like Nupla (5885m) Kongde RI (6093 m), Thamserku (6808m) rises majestically above us.

We must be patient, though the allure of the mountains is hard to resist, as it is very important that we acclimatize slowly so that we can fully appreciate our time at higher altitudes. We enter onto the Sagarmatha National Park, another World Heritage site. We walk along the river to the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, a gateway to the Everest. As we ascent passing through the pine forest of rhododendron and magnolia, we will sight our first view of the majestic Mt. Everest from a vantage point

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals No Meals
  • Time 6 / 7 hours

As we believe that the journey is important not the place of stay. This rest day is very important to acclimatize for safe ascending. Though it is a rest day, you have lots of options you can do as you wish. You may walk to the hill above the village to the National Park Headquarter to see the stunning view of huge mountains including Mt. Everest. The Sherpa cultural center in National Park headquarters has an interesting collection of Sherpa mountaineering items and photographs. You may go on an excursion to Thame village or those who are fit and acclimatizing well may wish to take an optional morning walk to the Everest View Hotel from where the view of the Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam may be seen or just simply relax and watch the Sherpa culture around.

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals No Meals
  • Time 2 hours

Leaving the Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital the trail heads up the ridges with spectacular views Namche below which is fabricated in a shape like a bowl or a horseshoe is beautiful. Furthermore, the view of AmaDablam, Everest, and other soaring peaks can be clearly seen on the horizon before we descend through splendid rhododendron forests to our destination, Khumjung "The City inside the clouds " for lunch. Khumjung is indeed a very prosperous green hidden valley situated at the base of the holy mountain Khumbiyela where Sir Edmund Hillary built the first School popularly known as the "Schoolhouse in the clouds" and famous Khude hospital. On the way, as we pass through terraced fields we may see savage-looking saggy haired Himalayan mammals called Yaks and a brightly colorful Imphieant Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. We will also be able to visit the Khumjung monastery where we may have an opportunity to see the famous "Scalp of Yeti".   

  • Accommodation Tea-house
  • Meals No Meals
  • Time 2 / 3 Hours

Today we are trekking the traditional but less trodden village called Phortse which allows you to explore the lower section of Gokyo valley and not to be on the same way back and forth. This undulating trail to Phortse is indeed very amazing. As we ascend to the village of Mong-La the magnificent view of the majestic high mountains, deep valleys, and gorges would simply make your day. Gradually we descend the very pleasant narrow hill-cut trail to the village of Phortse Tenga for fabulous lunch. After lunch, as we take the vertical rhododendron forest trail there is every chance for you to spot beautiful pheasants and Musk deers. We will be walking slowly in own pace or we will maintain the pace set by your assistant guides because we are gradually heading towards the thin air environment. 

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals No Meals
  • Time 5 / 6 Hours

Today being a long day we start a little early as compared to our previous trekking days. We ascend the initial phase of the trail and stop at the ridge, pictures from this ridge point is something not to be missed. The view of the Phortse village, the hills, mountains, and valleys simply open up welcoming you and persuading you about more beautiful and motivating things coming ahead. We soon take the high elevated trail that's literally cut over the massive hill from where you would be overlooking the Dudh Koshi gorge below. This trail is considered to be the most attractive trail among others in the Everest region. Gradually we get to the beautiful settlement of Pangboche and we walk further to the village of Somare for Lunch. 

After lunch, we continue to walk the beautiful mountain meadow trail away from the tree line. Now we are more into the alpine area where you would find more alpine herbs and junipers growing. The landscape changes to arider and less vegetated. Eventually, we reach the beautiful town of Dingboche, a hidden valley which is very well guarded with the snowcapped mountains in 360 degree. 

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals No Meals
  • Time 7 / 8 Hours

Today being it a rest day we will go for an acclimatization hike after breakfast. Your Group Leader will organize this optional excursion where we go at higher altitudes with the option of hiking high up to the ridge overlooking the village or up to the Chhukung Village. We are to gain certain elevation with an idea of acclimating where we are to pursue a method or a technique of "Walk High, Sleep Low". After your excursion, in the afternoon you may spend the day exploring or relaxing and enjoying the unforgettable mountain scenery.

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals No Meals
  • Time 2 / 3 Hours

As we are gaining altitude, it is important to walk slowly and steadily. Walking on barren slopes above the tree line we will see different peaks such as Cholatse, Lobuche and Pumori unfold us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. Rock Cairns can be seen dedicated to the memory of climbers attempting the high mountains at Dugla / Thugla Ridge.  Walking up onto moraine of Khumbu Glacier (the longest glacier in Nepal) to Lobuche for the overnight camp, one can feel the temperature drops here as we are more exposed to our camp situated along with this glacier moraine.

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals No Meals
  • Time 5 Hours

Today, we are high among the glaciers of the world's highest peaks to trek alongside the Khumbu Glacier, as the trail rolls over the rocky moraine towards the high settlement of seasonal spectacular village called Gorak Shep. After lunch, we head for the historical ascend to Everest Base Camp. The trail sometimes can be difficult to follow so do keep an eye on your Sherpa guides and walk carefully. On the way we might encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to the Expedition group in March and April. 

We could not see the Everest from base camp but we can see the most difficult and dangerous section of the Everest expedition, the Khumbu Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm. We return to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay. This spectacular village is surrounded by Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m), Nuptse (7745m), and of course Everest (8848m). As the sun sets it becomes very cold though the sun is strong in the daytime. The Chill factor is strong at Gorak Shep so be well equipped and stay warm. 

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals No Meals
  • Time 3 Hours / EBC 4 Hours

This morning we ascend the vertical slope of Kala-Patthar, a small, rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Pumori. A slow, and steady pace once again takes us on a vantage point to enjoy the sensational Himalayan vistas all around. The climb is demanding and challenging but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. We will hear huge glaciers creaking as they move under pressure and be awe-struck at the sheer size and majesty of the surrounding peaks including Pumori, Nuptse, Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Kantega and Everest – the highest mountain in the world. 

About 3-kilometer distance east and some 200 meters below, the famed Everest base camp is seen in a bowl at the bottom of the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall. For many trekkers reaching Kala Pathar is a very emotional experience and we have allowed plenty of time on Kala Pattar to enjoy the experience. After making historic steps on Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar, we will descend down to the medical center Himalayan settlement of Pheriche of the region.

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals No Meals
  • Time 3 Hours / 4 Hours

 We retrace our steps to Pangboche, it seems much quicker and easier going down! There can be a tendency to rush as we are walking downhill, but there is still much to see as we descend to Tengboche and on the way to Namche. From Pangboche we will take an entirely new trail until Namche. Tengboche monastery is another highlight which is sure to make a spiritual difference.  Visiting the Monastery and to lit a butter lamp will be of great significance. This monastery was recently re-built after it was destroyed by fire in 1989 AD. As this area is a devout Buddhist region, the wildlife is unharmed so there is a possibility that we may see some wild animals such as musk deer, mountain goat, and Pheasants, etc. Eventually, we once again reach the town of Namche, and now its high time to congratulate yourself and celebrate your achievements. 

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals No Meals
  • Time 7 / 8 Hours

We retrace down the way through the rhododendron forest to the valley floor to follow the Dudh Koshi downhill and then out of the national park to the village of Phakding. 

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals No Meals
  • Time 5 Hours

We retrace our steps along the same Dudh Koshi. It is a beautiful and easy walk through pine and rhododendron forest with a view of Kusum Kanguru and other splendid mountains behind us before a gradual climb out of the river valley to the trek starting point, Lukla to enjoy our final mountain sunset of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey.

Being it the last day Celebration and Tipping follows.

  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals No Meals
  • Time 4 Hours

This morning, we have a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu; it is a thrilling exciting flight over forests, fields, and villages with the Himalayas in the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. 

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals No Meals
  • Time 45 Minutes

Your Group leader will accompany you to the airport - Transportation is provided. Please make sure that you have collected your belongings from the security department. 

  • Meals Breakfast
  • Time 25 minutes
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Trip inclusion

  • All Essential Permits.
  • Airport pickups and drops facility on both Domestic and International flights.
  • Three-star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed / Breakfast basis.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • All Government and Local tax.
  • DOMESTIC FLIGHT KATHMANDU/LUKLA AND LUKLA/KATHMANDU.
  • Fundamental trekking gears like a sleeping bag, down jacket fleece liner, etc.
  • Teahouse accommodation or tented camp as per the trek.
  • An accomplished trekking Group Leader.
  • All Ground Staff – Their Allowances and Insurance.
  • Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive medical kit on all trips.
  • Take away Himalayan Dynasty duffle bag, T-shirt and trekking Map.
  • Fee levied on a Nepali visa.
  • All MEALS, DRINKS + WATER.
  • All personal expenses including laundry, battery charges, shower, etc.
  • International flight fares.
  • A medical examination or emergency rescues.
  • Donations.
  • Staff Tipping.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival.
  • Travel or medical insurance.
  • Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.

Dates & Availability

Departure DatePriceStatus 
Start: 12 Apr, 2021End: 27 Apr, 2021US$ 1200Save US$ 200Available5 seats vacant

Useful Information

Himalayan Dynasty welcomes you to Nepal, and we hope that your stay here will be a pleasant one. The following information has been compiled to give you an idea of what to expect as per the package you signed up for. However, your Group Leader will cover all the crucial details during his trek briefing. You may keep this for touring later after you are more settled.

IN KATHMANDU:

All of our treks in Nepal start with at least one day in Kathmandu. On arrival, you should proceed through Customs / Immigration. Once you have passed through Immigration please collect your baggage and proceed through the exit point where you will meet HIMALAYAN DYNASTY representative with the company’s’ CLIP / SIGN BOARD to welcome and transfer you to the designated hotel in Kathmandu.

The hotel accommodation in Kathmandu would be on a twin bed sharing room in a 3-star hotel on bed and breakfast basis. Trek briefing will be organized in Kathmandu hotel by your Group Leader making sure all of the trekkers have proper gears and are prepared for their long-awaited adventure holiday. Your leader will provide you with the necessary equipment like a sleeping bag, jackets, etc as per your requirements. Should you have any queries feel free to ask your group leader or the hotel reception who are always pleased to assist you. Single supplements would be provided as per the requirement on a trivial additional cost.

Since we don’t consider drinking water straight from the tap to be safe, we request you to use boiled water or the mineral water provided in your rooms.

CULTURAL CONSIDERATION:

Since Nepal has only been open to the outside world since 1951 and despite in the midst of great social transformation, Nepal still thrives as a very spiritual and conventional country. Though Nepali people consider foreigners as special guest yet they are expected to respect and respond to the Nepalese customs, social norms, and beliefs sensitively. Nudity and presenting of an intimate relationship are totally unacceptable. Typically, they greet with a ‘Namaste’ "Nah-mah-stay", it’s a gesture of greeting which is performed by placing our hands together to our heart and slightly bow our head. Namaste literally means "I bow to the divine in you".

Respect holy places – preserve what you have come to see, never touch or remove religious objects. When entering any Nepalese home, temples, and monasteries, always remove your shoes. When taking photographs, respect privacy – ask for permission and use restraint. Many Hindu temples may not be open to non-Hindus. Always ask permission before entering.

While giving or taking anything Nepalese use two hands which is a symbol of respect rather than doing it with just one hand. However, offering things to the begging children is highly discouraged because it only encourages begging. If you would like to donate to any school or charity organization, your group leader will always be there to guide you to do it in an appropriate method.

MONEY EXCHANGE:

As for exchanging the foreign currency, you can either do it from the Banks or from any of the registered Money Exchange counters that we have in the Thamel area. However, we don’t persuade carrying too much cash due to the high probability of it being lost or stolen. Withdrawing money from the ATM is very preferable though the cash you receive from the ATM is always Nepali Rupees. ATMs can be the most convenient way to get at your money, again the downside is - they are not always a good value. There might be a certain amount of transaction fees you may have to face when using an ATM in Nepal.

Under the new provision, a person can withdraw only Rs. 20,000 (equivalent to $200) from the ATM in a single transaction. Similarly, the central bank has also slashed the maximum single-day withdrawal limit to only Rs. 40,000.

There are normally no exchange facilities on the trek so your trek leader will be giving you necessary guidelines as to how much approximately you are to carry.

PERSONAL EXPENSES:

The equivalent of US$ 35 per day per trekking for Food plus US$ 200 extra will generally be enough for the duration of your Everest trek, although for longer treks you could carry as much as US$ 300/400 as emergency cash. The amount required in Kathmandu for meals, sightseeing and transport would normally be covered by about US$ 40 per day. Shopping will vary greatly from person to person.

TRANSPORTATION IN KATHMANDU:

Taxis:

All Taxis running in Kathmandu have signs on their roofs and all have black and white number plates. Taxis are abundant in Kathmandu and they have price meters. We request you to insist upon the driver using the meters or you may simply ask the hotel or your leader regarding the approximate taxi fare to get to the destination you are planning to visit. All Taxis running during the night have slightly higher rates than the day prices which is there by law.

Local Transportation:

There are public Buses, mini-buses, or micro vans that ply fixed routes at regular intervals. The public transportation service is fairly frequent and they are super cheap compared to the taxis. But due to their regular stops for the passengers they don’t make in a good time. They are fairly express though. So if you are in a tight schedule public transportation won’t be a good idea. Always ask the locals before you board any public vehicles as different vehicles run to different destinations.

Rickshaws:

Rickshaws are a fun way to get around Kathmandu. They are basically meant for short trips within the city areas. We recommend you to negotiate with the fares in advance. However, to rickshaw ride around the Thamel area would be an awesome experience – it’s not expensive though.

Two Wheelers:

Cycles and Motorbikes can always be hired for a day or as per your requirements. However, we don’t really recommend two-wheelers self-riding in Kathmandu as our traffic is somewhat different and chaotic compared to what you have in your country. It isn’t safe unless you are conditioned to driving in a similar traffic scenario. And without a doubt, Kathmandu is not a place to learn two-wheelers driving.

SIGHTSEEING:

Your free time in Kathmandu will normally be spent on exploration or Shopping or last-minute purchases and getting organized for the trek. However, if you are looking for additional sightseeing before or after your trek, feel free to contact us or your group leader for touring suggestions. We can very easily arrange a guided tour including transportation which will be an ideal way to see the city.

You also may like to consider an Everest Mountain Flight for one of these days in Kathmandu that offers you the magnificent mountain vistas and the aerial view of the deep canyons, contact our staff.

YOUR VALUABLE SAFETY: STORAGE:

While in Kathmandu please do not leave your room unlocked. If you are out on a short stroll or on any appointments, make sure to accommodate and secure your valuables – that can either be in your locked luggage or hotel safety deposit box.

Before we depart for our incredible adventure your leader will organize a safety store facility for your left luggage and the safety deposit box for your valuables that you wish to leave behind. However, please follow the hotel safety guideline over the loss of key to your deposit box. While trekking never leave your valuables unattained. It’s always safe to carry them on your daypack. Make sure to lock your Tea-House rooms while going out even if it’s for a short time period. In case of loss or theft please report it to the nearest police check post where you need to obtain a written report. In any such situation, your group leader would be the best person to talk to.

FLYING TO LUKLA:

The 20 minutes’ flight to Lukla from Ramechhap Airport is one of the most thrilling experiences that delivers you the most incredible mountain flight with a view. Landing in the inclined airstrip of Lukla is something of great significance. It is always very tricky to predict the weather in the mountain. Furthermore, anyone flying high to these high altitude airports must be aware of the fact that the delays and cancellation are common episodes. Besides, anyone by any chance is flying to Lukla from Kathmandu airport they are to be aware of the fact that our international airport having one single airstrip for both international and domestic so the probability of delays is high. Thus, anyone flying to Lukla must be prepared to take the uncertainty with patience. However, it’s not a daily story. And it’s always very wise to have a contingency day in Kathmandu to cushion any cancellation situation. Though listed as a Dangerous Airport in the world the pleasure of flying to Lukla is an experience of a lifetime that is not to be missed. In fact, what’s the point of living a life of fear?

WEIGHT LIMITATION

15 Kilograms / 33 Pounds is the weight limitation in the Domestic airlines flying to Lukla and at the same time, all companies are to abide by the porter weight restrictions rules that prevail in our country. 15 Kg / 33 Lbs is your overall baggage weight that includes your daypack and your luggage. However, it doesn’t sincerely require to be an exact figure of 15 kg, 1 or 2 Kg extras per person wouldn’t make a much difference. Few things that wouldn’t count would be the items that you are taking with you in your flight like water, camera, wallet, etc. Besides, the porter luggage weight limitation is 30 kg / 66 pounds and one porter will be dealing with 2 duffel bags. So it’s always best to minimize your weight limitations. However, regarding what you need to bring carry with you is given in detail at our Trip Information page.

HEALTH:

Health is certainly significant when you are traveling to any parts of the world. To enter Nepal, there are no mandatory vaccinations. However, we suggest you to consult a doctor before you leave your country for any necessary vaccination they so choose its obligatory. We recommend you not to drink water straight from the tap. You can always drink boiled and cooled water provided by your staff or you may buy boiled and filtered water from any teahouses on the way at minimal costs.

While on your trek your leader provides you with the necessary guidelines on food to get away with food poisoning or any stomach related ailments due to new diets. However, we follow strict hygiene guidelines so all the foods in the Everest Region tea-houses are hygienically prepared under your Group leaders survey. As you all know that ‘Travellers’ Diarrhoea’ is the body’s natural reaction to new diets and new water with different mineral content. So stick to something healthy till you get acclimatized to all the new diets. Make sure you avoid too much oily food and especially meat that comes all the way from the lowland.

In case of any health issues, you can always talk to your group leader who is medically trained and counsel you with necessary precautions or medication to treat any mountain ailments that he has been trained for. You do not need to carry an extensive medical kit as your Trekking Group Leader carries a comprehensive first aid kit for the group and staff. However, we do advise you to carry your personal prescribed medicine.

PHYSICAL PREPARATION

The level of fitness is required for Everest Base Camp Trekking as it is exclusively physical. Here we are not asking for something hard-core as we don’t consider trekking to be a contest to demonstrate your level of fitness. We believe trekking to be your ultimate holiday rather than a competition to prove how fit and strong we are. We keep a convenient pace so that your holiday is challenging but not very exhausting. You can set up your own pace and time to enjoy the most fascinating surroundings rather-than being bothered about keeping up.

Our mantra while doing any of Everest Trekking is associated with THREE ‘S’ is “Slowly, Steadily, but Surely”. Trekking is indeed a holiday being with nature, the local environment and in the wilderness, yet few weeks of physical homework is required to support you while enjoying your freedom. The best physical preparation is to walk and be conditioned with your physical strength carrying your day-pack and wearing the boots you plan to wear on the trek. 3 – 4 weeks of basic physical preparation prior to your arrival to Kathmandu will be much as necessary. Alongside, Jogging, swimming, gym workouts would add further assistance in your health fitness.

A TYPICAL TREKKING DAY:

Everest Base Camp trekking days are designed so that the walking is both challenging and enjoyable. The companionship of other trekkers of a similar frame of mind, plus the barely contained excitement and positive attitude of the Nepalese staff create a great company and many happy moments.

Each day has its different attraction which is mostly controlled by a number of factors from the availability of suitable teahouse or campsite, trail conditions, and general walking pace of the group. Exact time schedule may not be always followed, as it would in fact destroy the free and easy stroll along the trails that you have come to enjoy and experience the difference. So the following schedule is just a guideline.

The day begins early at around 6.00 to 6.30 am with a cup of tea. Before breakfast, pack your gears into a duffle bag by keeping some essential items like camera, rain jackets, water bottles, sunscreen, toilet roll, appropriate warm clothes, sunglasses, etc. in your day pack since you will not have access to your duffel bag until you arrive to our next destination. Your duffel bag will be loaded into one of the porters' loads along with the other members of the group gear and will head off along the trail while you have your breakfast.

NOTE: Please don’t pack any fragile items in the duffel bag unless you inform about it to your guide or local staff.

After breakfast, we are usually on the trail around 7.30 to 8.00 am, and following a morning walk, we stop for lunch at around 11 to 12 o'clock. About 1 ½ hour lunch break allows you to enjoy the surroundings, so relax, catch up on your diary or reading. We reach camp or teahouse by 3 – 4 p.m., as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Having afternoon tea, side trips, games or other activities (optional) are generally organized by the trekking group leader/guide or you can opt to relax, read, write a diary, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with staff or local people or fellow trekkers. Dinner is normally served around 7.30 pm. Every evening your trekking Group Leader/guide will brief you about the next day program. Chatting and fun activities with your staff generally fill the evenings. Most trekkers remember these evenings as one of the highlights of their trip.

TREK ACCOMMODATION:

Accommodation at Everest Base Camp Trekking is essentially in the tea-house that will be basic on twin bed sharing room with common toilets. Rooms with attached toilets and the single supplement will be provided depending on the availability as not all destinations in the Everest region offer a single supplement due to the limitation of tea-houses over the restrictions and obligations of National park rules and regulations.

FOOD ON THE TRAIL:

Kathmandu breakfast is included beside the welcome dinner in a traditional royal Nepali restaurant. The FOOD and DRINKS are NOT INCLUDED in your Everst Base Camp Trekking Package. All food and Drinks including the personal expense are to be shouldered by the travelers themselves.  In our entire trip, we will eat all the meals in the local Tea-houses including our lunch and our staff will make sure that your food is prepared with hygiene. You will be amazed to find the variation of food menu in such remote regions of Nepal. Furthermore, all Tea-Houses in the Everest region give their best to provide you food that is nutritious, plentiful, and tasty. We can also cater for specific dietary needs if you advise in advance besides our delicious mixture of Nepalese, Indian, Chinese, and continental food.

EVEREST TREKKING TRAIL:

Everest Base Camp Trekking involves a great number of ups and down walking. Furthermore, it includes remarkable walking into a series of rocky steps, hill-cut trails, boulders and moraine trails. However, trekking in Everest doesn’t actually require a technical experience other than being slow and taking pleasure. But despite all these, the beautiful panoramic views of the towering Himalayas and stunning Sherpa cultured villages with the influence of Tibetan Buddhism eventually gives you an amazing impression of the magic of Nepal and you will appreciate why trekking is the ultimate holiday. We believe that your adventure trek is a holiday of a lifetime and we try our best to pay attention to day to day detail so you enjoy as much as possible. Our field staff will assist you while trekking by carrying your daypack or helping over more difficult sections as required.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL:

In total Everest Base Camp Trekking is around 135/40 Km or 86/87 miles. We usually walk 5/6 hours every day excluding Lunch. We normally start early so that we could reach our destination at the given time which in return contributes to more space to explore and enjoy the serenity of the place. To make every day more memorable and relaxed we set up a convenient pace for everyone giving you ample time to enjoy and acclimate.

Though the epic trip to Everest Base camp is phenomenal offering anyone a great trekking experience with panoramic mountain views yet it is challenging. E.B.C is a Strenuous-Challenging trek due to Altitude variation and thin air yet it is achievable for anyone with sound fitness. We start from treeline through a very established trail gradually walking into the alpine terrain on a beaten track and eventually walking into thin air on a moraine or boulder trail – which means certain walking experience into the wild is necessary.

Anybody of any age group can join as our itineraries are intended to make the trip more pleasing than exhausting nonetheless, we recommend pre-physical training and your doctors’ consent in regards personal ailments, weak ankle/knee, blood pressure, heart problem, etc.

WEATHER / BEST TIME TO TREK:

The temperate climate in Nepal is affected by monsoon, which sweeps up from the Bay of Bengal every summer making mid-June to mid-September wet and humid. During the monsoon time, the Nepal Himalayan region is not ideal for trekking with an exception of a few remote valleys in high terrain. We operate delightful trips into the forbidden kingdom and the restricted province of Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo in Monsoon season. The following three distinct seasons, all of which are suitable for the Everest Base Camp Trekking having their own advantages.

  • Autumn (Mid-September to November): is usually considered as the best and most popular time for the trekking in Nepal. During this season generally the clear sky and mild to warm days / cool nights enhance your stay in all these fascinating mountains, as the countryside gets lush and green. Gradually it gets cooler later in this season, as the winter approaches.
  • Winter (December to February): Though not an appropriate time to trek to Everest, winter is however considered as an ideal time to visit Nepal by large number of experienced trekkers despite the colder conditions. It usually provides a clear sky delivering magnificent views despite the low temperature. Though days are cooler and nights are extremely cold however, it offers the tremendous advantage of being less crowded trails. However, January and February aren’t ideal for trekking to Everest Base camp due to the high chill factor and the probability of most lodges being closed as all water supplies will be frozen.
  • Spring (March to Early June): By March the cold and dry season begins to give way to milder, moister spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear giving enough time to comprehend and photograph these entire magic fold mountains; occasionally cloud build-up brings afternoon rainstorms with the gradual increase of daytime temperature. This season has clear weather at the higher altitude with the spectacular displays of rhododendrons and other flowers.

MOTIVATION AS ABSOLUTE NECESSITY: 

The most significant factor while doing Everest Base Camp trekking which is overlooked quite often is ‘MOTIVATION’. Mental preparation is inseparable from physical, it’s your mind and not your body that determines what you are capable of doing providing you with goal-oriented behavior. If you want to succeed and make your freedom of trekking the most pleasant of all then inspiration to know your potential and significantly believing in yourself is important. While doing EBC Trek, simply providing you with our best professionals isn’t enough to guarantee you a safe passage, in fact it’s you and your positive outlook that makes the whole thing go exactly the way you want.

CAPTURE MEMORIES / PHOTOGRAPHY:

The beautiful region of Everest offers you ample opportunity for photography which has so much to present you with its stunning and spectacular scenery and its respectful SHERPA people. Everest has never failed to lure the professionals and has actually served as a platform for emerging photographers. Taking away the pictures of innocent faces of Nepali people is an excellent opportunity but some are with religious belief against being photographed so it is always polite to ask for permission first. Nonetheless, batteries die very soon at higher altitudes while doing Everest Trekking due to cold temperature environment so it is always sensible to carry extras though you have a charging facility in almost every stop at a minimal fee.

ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS:

Himalayan Dynasty being an environmentally friendly trekking company, preservation, and conservation of the fragile environment is our topmost concern and we try our best to minimize all the negative impacts of our presence in the areas we visit. Mineral water is rampant in Everest region yet for environmental concern WE are opposed to the use of disposable plastic bottles on any of our trips to Nepal Himalayas. With no additional cost all through the Everest Base Camp trek our staff will supply you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening for which at least 2 metal or plastic Nalgene bottles are recommended. In case you run out of the delivered water you can always buy boiled and filtered water from the tea houses along the way at minimal charges.

We at the most prefer to stay in the tea-house where they prepare the meals using Kerosene or alternative energy. Moreover, we discourage our valued guests to use hot showers if the water is heated on firewood in teahouses along the trail.

We organize Eco trekking Workshop every year, which trains our staff in regards to conserving the environment and give our best to commit ourselves to fully establish an environmentally friendly trekking company. We hope you appreciate the need for our guidelines – following them will help to protect and preserve this beautiful region for future visitors.

TRIP EXTENSIONS:

Trip extensions can always be worked out while booking your trip or after you are done with your trip. Along with the Everest Base Camp Trekking, depending on your schedule and requirements we can always arrange best trip extensions that would correspond to your need. However, exploring Kathmandu, Tour to the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Short hike to Nagarkot for the best sunrise and sunset view, trip to Chitwan National Park, trip to Pokhara, paragliding, rafting, etc. are the some of the most phenomenal extensions illustrations.

TIPPING GUIDANCE

Tipping is an entirely personal matter. - It is also an indication of your satisfaction with the service delivered by our local trekking crew. As they work really hard to make your holiday the most memorable one, tipping is more like a token of gratitude of saying THANK YOU to your local crew. As a guideline average tipping is around 10% of your trip cost per trekker. Many people also like to donate various items of equipment to the porters and trek staff who would very warmly receive these items. Your Group Leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution of your gratitude and the used items (possibly by raffle) amongst the trek crew. We recommend you to make separate tipping for your trekking Group Leader.

BEWARE OF AIRPORT PORTER:

NOTE: We highly suggest you to separate US$ 1 OR 2 only to pay the bell boy in the Hotel. We strongly suggest NOT TO TIP OR GIVE AWAY ANY OF YOUR BAGS to any of the AIRPORT PORTERS on your arrival in the Kathmandu Airport other than the Himalayan Dynasty Representative. Do check your bags while loading into the provided car/van for the hotel.

FEEDBACKS / RECOMMENDATION / WORD OF MOUTH

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FAQs

In total Lukla – EBC –Lukla we cover around 135/40 kilometers or 86/87 miles.

Though the epic trip to Everest Base camp is phenomenal offering anyone a great trekking experience with panoramic mountain views yet it is challenging. E.B.C is a Strenuous-Challenging trek due to Altitude variation and thin air yet it is achievable for anyone with sound fitness. Anybody of any age group can join as our itineraries are intended to make the trip more pleasing than exhausting nonetheless, we recommend pre-physical training and your doctors’ consent in regards to personal ailments, weak ankle/knee, blood pressure, heart problem, etc.

YES, as per the time convenient to you and the level of fitness you can always modify the EBC trek. Himalayan Dynasty has always been top-ranking in customizing trek for the clients as per their requirements.

Flying to Lukla in a small but pretty looking Twin Otter plan is indeed a great experience of a lifetime. Conversely, it is always very tricky to predict the weather in the mountain and anyone flying high to these high altitude airports must be aware of the fact that the delays and cancellation are common episodes. However, by reason of Kathmandu airport having one single airstrip for both international and domestic flights, there has been a new modification in operating flights to Lukla. The Government has halted all flights flying to Lukla from Kathmandu airport, instead, they have opened up the next alternative of flying to Lukla from Manthali (Ramechhap) airport which is 132 km away from Kathmandu.

It takes around 4 - 5 drive to get to Manthali airport because of which it is always very wise to have a contingency day in Kathmandu to cushion any cancellation situation. But the probability of flying to Lukla from Manthali is high compared to flying from Kathmandu and substantially the flying distance is short which is around 20 minutes. Still, there is a probability of delays or cancellation under extreme weather disorders. In a similar way, anyone flying Lukla must be prepared to take these circumstances with patience. However, it’s not a daily story.

15 Kilograms / 33 Pounds is the weight limitation in our Domestic airlines and at the same time, all companies are to abide by the porter weight restrictions rules that prevail in our country. 30 Kg / 66 Pounds is the weight limitation for each porter and trekking with the 'Himalayan Dynasty', one porter will be dealing with tow duffel bags. However, regarding what you need to bring carry with you we have given packing details HERE.

In any case, if the flight to Lukla is canceled, which the airlines probably declare around early afternoon – we can come up with two options.

First, to fly the next day though we would be pushed back to later flights as the priority will be given to passengers flying that particular day. So the chances of flying to Lukla can be low if the weather isn’t showing much improvement.

Second, we will go for the Helicopter option. However, additional costs need to be added per trekker for a charter helicopter. The additional cost of USD$ 300 – 500 USD will be required over your Lukla flight ticket.

If the chances of flying to Luka by plane or helicopter unfeasible and we start running our of our days than alternatively, we divert our trek to a different trekking route most probably to the Annapurna region.

Next, if the flight FROM Lukla is canceled then again we come up with the option of either wait the next day or take the helicopter depending on the situation. If the possibility of flying is very low or zero then we have an option to walk for a day and take jeep or bus to Kathmandu. This option may involve a long drive but way better than getting stuck in Lukla.

NOTE: We highly recommend our travelers to always have a contingency day in Kathmandu to cushion any cancellation situation.

April to mid-June during spring and September to November during autumn before the harsh winter is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp when the view of the world's highest peak and its neighboring mountain is at its best state.

Travelers from far and wide come to visit EBC during winter (December till February) despite the serious wind chill factor and lower temperature because the day time offers crystal clear weather and exceptional mountain views. To capture the unbelievable beauty of Everest winter is great other than chilly morning and evening, all you need to do is prepare for the worst of chill weather circumstance.

Besides spring and autumn season in Nepal, Everest Base Camp is also practicable even during winter (December till February) however; despite the fewer visitors and the probability of crystal clear views, the chill factor can get to very extreme. Closure of few lodges and not too many choices for food can be the circumstances. Besides, the convenience of water supply in the morning may not be possible coz everything freezes during this time in the Everest region. Trekkers have found it really hard to cope with the scarcity of water and cold-sickness during this time. One should be well equipped with winter gear and be well organized physically and mentally to challenge the weather circumstance.

Everest Base Camp trek is not something like walking in the park or performing your daily hill walk training. E.B.C trek is exclusively physical and needs both mental and physical preparation. It is an inspiring trek suitable for people with sound fitness. Though trekking in Everest involves a tremendous amount of up and down walking with gain or loss in the altitude yet no previous wide-ranging experience is needed. But the beginners without adequate preparation may find it a little demanding.

However, anyone with very weak ankles, knee, heart, or lung problems essential pre-check-up and consent from your doctor is mandatory. We recommend some pre-physical training prior to your arrival in Nepal. The recommendation for the best preparation would be everyday undulating walking, cardio, or running certainly add up to your self-reliance.

Himalayan Dynasty provides you with a very warm sleeping bag with fleece liner and wind-stopper duvet jackets with attach hood. We also provide you with Nepal Pyramids duffel bag to fit all your gears in, plastic bag to separate your clean clothes with the dirty ones.

Besides, the 'Himalayan Dynasty' presents you with FREE material like the company’s T-Shirt, Duffel Bag, Trekking Map, and the Completion Certificates. We as well provide our trekkers with the complimentary of 2 Toilet Rolls each - once you run out, travelers are expected to buy their own which you can always do it any of the tea houses or the basic convenient store in the town.

Since we allow people a very relaxed pace with multiple breaks, the time duration varies. However, we usually walk 5/6 hours every day excluding Lunch. To make every day more memorable and relaxed we set up our own pace giving you ample time to enjoy the moment. We also start early so that we could reach the destination that in return contributes to more space to explore and enjoy the serenity of the place.

Usually, your group leader sets up a ground for everyone in the group to stay together and walk collectively as a team. However, most of the time your group leader assigns a job for the assistant guides to cater the separated group as for himself staying at the back with the slow walking people. But in no way people lose their charm of free strolling, everyone reserves the right to take his/her time and maintain their own pace.

While on the EBC trek Himalayan Dynasty uses the best family-oriented lodges with twin bed sharing rooms with clean common toilets. However, occasionally depending on the availability we provide rooms with attach toilet bathrooms at lower elevation areas. Lodges are at its best offering you the comfort experience and its typical local environment. You have a variety of choices for the food and most lodges prepare food better than most restaurants in Kathmandu. So far there have not been any complaints whatsoever in regards to food and accommodation provided by us.

Much like your Food and Drinks, WATER is not included in your package. For environment sake, the 'Himalayan Dynasty' is against the use of disposable plastic water bottle (mineral water) since the selling of mineral water is rampant in the Everest region and the higher you go they tend to get expensive. Travelers can always buy water from a safe drinking water station or boiled and cooled filter jar that the tea house usually has.

An easy way of doing would be following your Group Leaders’ guidelines. He may collect a certain amount of kitty money from each trekker (one-time collection) as per the requirement and would provide you with hot morning washing water, boiled and cooled water for drinking every day after breakfast and after dinner. He would get additional porter who will be carrying a stove and kerosene to provide you with the assured water supply throughout the trek.

Himalayan Dynasty provides a professional Group leader who is legitimate and medically trained. Depending on the size of the group we provide you with Sherpas’ (The Assistant Guides) and porters to carry your luggage. One porter will be dealing with 2 duffel bags.

Each year thousands of trekkers come to Nepal and do Tea-House Trekking and at the end of the day they come up with horror stories regarding bad treks, food poisoning, stomach problems, and altitude sickness – and honestly most of which are true. In regards to precaution to all these ailments, your group leader will update you with preventive measures of choosing the right food, maintaining the precise pace while walking, etc.

Acute mountain sickness is something more of a reaction that materializes in our body under a lower rate of oxygen level. It’s a mountain ailment which is fatal. It’s hard to predict who of what age and physical fitness can actually get of A.M.S. However, the 'Himalayan Dynasty' delivers professionals who are well equipped with medication and oxygen cylinders to deal with A.M.S. Besides, there are ample preventive strategies to deal any mountain sickness. Travelers are expected to strictly follow the guidelines set by the company and designated group leaders. Food poisoning, severe diarrhea, stomach problems are other very common mountain ailments that can be nightmarish than the A.M.S. However, your Leaders are very well trained to handle and medicate any such mountain ailments with excellence.

The device charging privilege is possible almost anywhere in Everest Base Camp Trekking. However, every device charging requires a certain amount of payment which goes higher with the elevation. This is because most of the destination has a dependency on the solar charging facility for power supply. However, it is always wise to carry some extra batteries or the fully charged power bank batteries since your batteries run out pretty quickly in the cold.

Wi-Fi availability is almost everywhere in Everest Base Camp Trip. They use a service provider known as “Everest-Link”. You usually need to buy an Everest Link Card that has a time validity period but the same password can be used in different destinations if you have not run out of the balance. However, there have been too many grievances over Everest Link being expensive and not working as it is intended. Significantly, Everest Region has really good mobile receptions and you can always buy Local Sim Card and data as per your requirement in Kathmandu itself.

It is always very wise to have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure that includes trip delays, cancellation, loss of property, sickness, or air evacuation. Though your leaders are highly trained to cope with any emergency situation yet sometimes even after the best of our precautions things happen. From everyday trekking injuries like sprained ankles to life-threatening conditions such as HAPE (high-altitude pulmonary edema) and natural disasters like avalanches and rock-falls, it’s important that you have the right travel insurance for the Everest Base Camp trek.

If you are looking for a hassle-free holiday in terms of the permit, hotel, flights, transportation, etc and someone to cater you since the time of your arrival till your departure its best to go with a reputed company like us. We offer the best of our support staff who are knowledgeable and professionals. We surpass your expectations when with our quality service at a very competitive price and at the same time guarantee your safety which I suppose is the biggest concern. Besides we are prompt with our actions when it comes to any emergency situations.

Reviews

  • Stephen Gray - October 20, 2019

    I spent very memorable days in the Everest region in Nepal. I used to dream to see this highest peak of the world and now I arrested it in my camera. My guide arranged everything and helped me a lot. He did not let me feel tired and boring. I have read about the Manaslu region and willing to go there with this company again. I like to make a strong recommendation.