The Everest Base Camp Trek

A cultural and natural odyssey in the shadows of the world’s highest peaks

8, Nov 2023 |

From the resilient ascent pioneered by Hillary and Norgay to the breathtaking views from Kala Patthar and the tranquil Tengboche Monastery, every step unveils the grandeur of the Himalayas.

Everest stands as more than a mere mountain; its base camp journey is an expedition of its own. Along the path often dubbed “the steps to heaven,” every bend unfolds fresh photo opportunities, from serene forests and Sherpa villages to glacial moraines and foothills.

For spirited adventurers unafraid to embrace exertion, the comprehensive trekking support team ensures immersion in local cultures, culminating in a window to the world’s summit.

The name “Everest Base Camp Trek'' (EBC) resonates profoundly among global trekkers. It’s a path where countless aspirants have found transformative experiences in the Himalayas. For some, it’s a rite of passage, an emblem of a true trekker. Others embark on this odyssey to attain proximity to the pinnacle of the world. Nestled at an impressive 17,598 feet (5,364m), Everest Base Camp in Nepal captivates with its challenges.

The base camp lies in Nepal’s Khumbu region, the legendary destination of this expedition. It’s here that the formidable Khumbu Icefall, the initial challenge for Everest summit seekers, commences, leading to the Western Cwm and the peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse.

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s iconic triumph shaped history. Focusing on Nepal’s southern slopes, they established a pivotal idea: a supply depot at Everest’s base rather than laboriously trekking the Khumbu Valley. Thus, Everest Base Camp came into existence.

The Everest Base Camp trail transitions from the lush alpine environs of Sagarmatha National Park’s southern end to the rocky terrain of ancient Moraines, leading to the trek’s finale. The Everest Base Camp Trek isn’t just a physical feat; it’s a cultural and natural odyssey, a testament to the enduring allure of Earth’s loftiest peaks and the perseverance of those who journey to meet them.

The path unwinds through lush forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines, and foothills, providing a tapestry of experiences. From the resilient ascent pioneered by Hillary and Norgay to the breathtaking views from Kala Patthar and the tranquil Tengboche Monastery, every step unveils the grandeur of the Himalayas.

Trek Highlights

Experience a tapestry of culture: prayer wheels, vibrant flags, mani stones, and towering suspension bridges.

Khumbu Glacier is the Earth’s loftiest glacier at 4,900m.

Watch the sun paint Everest at dusk from Kalapatthar, the Everest viewpoint.

Immerse yourself in Sherpa villages, their Tibetan-like inhabitants, and yak herders.

Enrich your spirit at Tengboche Monastery, a haven of deep spirituality.


Trekking Permits

For Everest Base Camp (EBC) trekking, the following entrance permits are required:

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit: NPR 2000 per person

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit: NPR 3000 per person

Itinerary for Everest Base Camp


Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, trek to Phakding

On the first day, the journey begins with a captivating 40-minute flight from Kathmandu (1,400m or 4,593ft) to Lukla (2,850m or 9,350ft) at Tenzing Hillary Airport. Departing Lukla, the trail winds through Chaurikharka village and descends to Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530m or 8,300ft) before reaching the day’s destination, Phakding (2,650m or 8,562ft). This initial trek offers a chance to acclimatize and explore local monasteries like Rimishung Monastery, setting the stage for a longer journey ahead on the next day.

Day 2: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

The journey commences along the northern bank of the Dudh Koshi River, offering scenic delights and crossing several suspension bridges, including the iconic Hillary Suspension Bridge. Progressing, the route takes you to Sagarmatha National Park’s checkpoint for permit registration, followed by an ascent through dense forests. A forest vantage point unveils our first glimpse of Mt. Everest. The trek culminates at Namche Bazaar, renowned as the gateway to Everest.

Day 3: Acclimatize at Namche Bazaar

Day three is devoted to acclimatization in the vibrant Namche Bazaar. This bustling town provides a range of facilities, including WiFi-enabled cafes, eateries, souvenir shops, and equipment stores. Exploration options are plentiful, such as visits to the Hillary School, Sherpa settlements, Syangboche Airport, and local yak farms. Enthusiasts of Everest can’t miss the trek to the Everest View Hotel, which offers awe-inspiring views of Mt. Everest and its surroundings. This day ensures crucial acclimatization while immersing oneself in the culture of this bustling Himalayan enclave.

Day 4: Namche to Tengboche or Deboche

The fourth day commences with your departure from Namche as you set your sights on Tengboche. The trail presents a blend of uphill and downhill sections, weaving through forests that challenge but also reward with captivating vistas. Wildlife sightings may include musk deer, pheasants, and Himalayan thars. As the day unfolds, you descend to Phunki Thenga Village before embarking on a continuous ascent toward Tengboche. The beauty of Tengboche lies in its panoramic vistas, offering views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. This day also provides an opportunity to explore the grandeur of the Khumbu Region’s largest Buddhist monastery, Tengboche Monastery. Overnight accommodation awaits in Deboche.


Day 5: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

Day five begins with breakfast, followed by the journey to Dingboche. Along the way, you’ll encounter a series of chortens, mani walls, and charming villages, including Pangboche, where panoramic views of Mt. Ama Dablam unfold. As the trail progresses, the elevation gradually increases. As you approach Dingboche, the landscape reveals fields safeguarded by stone walls, ensuring the protection of crops. Despite the challenging environment, local communities successfully cultivate barley, buckwheat, and potatoes. The night’s accommodation awaits you at the welcoming Hotel Good Luck in Dingboche.

Day 6: Acclimatize at Dingboche

This brings you to another essential acclimatization period. Dingboche’s higher elevation demands adjustment to the thin air. To make the most of this phase, you’ll venture up the ridge beyond Dingboche. This hike not only keeps you engaged but also treats us to awe-inspiring mountain panoramas. Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Cho Oyu, and Makalu will emerge on the horizon, forming a stunning backdrop that captures the essence of the Himalayas. This day allows you to acclimatize while immersing yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding peaks.

Day 7: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

The trek to Lobuche begins as we follow a trail that ascends near the ridge above Pheriche Village. Advancing further, you continue your journey alongside the Khumbu Glacier, steadily making your way up to the Thukla Hills. This poignant location is marked by memorial statues, paying tribute to climbers who tragically lost their lives in this challenging terrain. The path continues onward, leading you to your ultimate destination for the day, the settlement of Lobuche.


Day 8: Lobuche to EBC and back to Gorak Shep

An exceptional day dawns as you embark on the summit of Everest Base Camp. You begin your journey along the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glacier, leading you to the picturesque Gorak Shep Village, nestled amidst majestic snow-capped peaks. After securing your belongings, you ascend to Base Camp, the closest point to the world’s tallest peak. Here, you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring vistas and vistas and capture the breathtaking surroundings in photographs. The return to Gorak Shep provides a glimpse of the renowned Khumbu Glacier, the world’s highest glacier, enhancing this remarkable experience.

Day 9: Kala Patthar, Gorak Shep, then Pheriche

An early start awaits you in Gorak Shep as you set out on a hike to Kala Patthar. This vantage point at 5,555 meters (18,208 feet) offers a remarkable sunrise view over Mt. Everest and its neighboring peaks. The unparalleled sight of Everest bathed in the first light is a sight to behold. After taking in the view, you’ll return to Gorak Shep for breakfast. A brief rest follows before you embark on the trek to Pheriche, your destination for the day, at an altitude of 4,250 meters (13,945 feet).

Day 10: From Pheriche to Tengboche

After a rejuvenating night in Pheriche, you start the day early with breakfast before commencing your descent to Tengboche. The path guides you through enchanting rhododendron forests, across the Imja Khola bridge, and into fragrant juniper woods, ultimately leading to Tengboche. This charming village, nestled at an altitude of 3,855 meters (12,850 feet), awaits your arrival and will be your resting place for the night.

Day 11: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

With an early start and a satisfying breakfast in Tengboche, your journey homeward to Namche Bazaar begins. The trail meanders through flourishing forests inhabited by high-altitude wildlife, including pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats, and the elusive snow leopard. Along the way, you’ll encounter vibrant prayer flags, serene chortens, and glimpses of Lhotse’s backside and the majestic Mt. Everest. As you reach Namche Bazaar, you’ll retreat to your lodgings, marking the conclusion of the day’s rewarding trek.


Day 12: Namche to Phakding

On this day, your trek to Phakding offers a comparably shorter journey. Along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River, you’ll traverse several suspension bridges during our passage. The path winds through lush forests and quaint villages, eventually leading you to the settlement of Phakding. The accommodation for the night awaits you in Phakding as you conclude the day’s trekking adventure.

Day 13: Trek from Phakding to Lukla

The journey enters its final phase with a relatively shorter trek to Lukla. As you retrace your steps along the Dudh Koshi Valley, the path gently inclines to Kusum Stream. However, as Lukla draws near, the terrain changes, and you ascend westward to Toktok, presenting fresh panoramic viewpoints for you to savor. With each step, you draw closer to Lukla, where your trekking adventure concludes. This last day marks the end of your trial, and you’ll find rest for the night in Lukla.


Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu

As your trek reaches its conclusion, after breakfast, you’ll board a 40-minute flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. This short flight provides a moment of relaxation and contemplation.

Best season 

Ideal periods for an Everest Base Camp trek are from March to May and mid-September to November. During these windows, the trek offers optimal conditions with less snowfall than in winter and avoids the monsoon rains of summer.

Itinerary by: 

Discovery World Trekking

Contact Details: +9779840055491

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