Trip Overview of Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest base camp trek is one of the best trekking experiences that you can get in your entire life. Everest base camp trek is the best hike in the whole world. In this trek you can, get a magnificent view of the entire mountain range of Nepal along with the highest Mount Everest. This trek will take you through the valleys full of forests and precipitous ridgelines. During this trek, you can see small villages under the high glaciers. The most beautiful part of the Everest base camp trek is that you will get to view the fantastic panoramas of the Khumbu village. Khumbu valley is the ancient society of Nepal is an amazing combination of unequal natural grandeur with rare beauty. Above the Himalayas will help you to make your journey to Everest base camp very memorable.
Everest base camp is the most preferred trekking destination for people visiting Nepal. You can experience natural beauty and cultural beauty together. The trek to Everest base camp starts from enjoying the terrific flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport. From there you will start your real trekking. During the trek to Everest base camp, you will get to meet all kinds of people and talk to them about their culture. This trek also includes additional adventures as there are many small and big mountains on the route which you can also trek to these mountains.
Gathering with the people and participating in the adventures ahead with your fellow team. This trek will dive you into the wilds of the Himalayas crossing the prayers flag on the suspension bride. You will have to climb up the sharp viewpoints which lie in the middle of the mountains.
Why Everest base camp trek
- Get the best view of Mount Everest, Mount Changtse and Nuptse, Mt Pumori, Mt Lhotse, and Mount Ama Dablam.
- Enjoy the walking in the home of brave Sherpa people with their Tibetan influence culture.
- The Khumbu Region has the most stunning mountain views in the world.
- Trekking in the Sagarmatha National Park which is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Visit Kala Patthar for the breathtaking view of the majestic Mount Everest and surrounding mountains.
- Khumbu Region has many century-old beautiful Buddhist monasteries
- Enjoy the biodiversity of the spot and the greenery and the fauna.
- Visit one of the active monasteries in the Tengboche Monastery of the Khumbu region.
Everest base camp gives you the spectacular scenery
Many mountain trekkers climb these small mountains as a practice for climbing the other high mountains. As mountains are the loveliest part of Nepal, people in these mountains’ regions are very friendly and welcoming. You can also go through the life of local Sherpa and Gurung people living in the Khumbu region. Along with the natural beauty, this trek will provide you to see and observe the remote and cultural part of Nepal. On the Everest base camp trek, you can unlock the mystery of Khumbu valley and built a connection with the people living there. You will have a day off to explore and visit the Khumbu valley.
Everest base camp trek is from 1 to 2 weeks from arrival to departure. you can make the trek longer or shorter as per your time frame as you can return back by helicopter. the trek reaches a maximum height of 5545m at Kala Patthar, a small peak offering fine views of Mount Everest. Although the final part of the trek is through essentially uninhabited areas. few lodges are in operations and in high season time, early booking for a room is a wise idea.
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Everest base camp trek cost
Trekking in Everest areas is a little expensive if we compare it to other treks in Nepal. The Everest base camp trek cost starts from USD 1500 per person. The cost includes permit fee, sightseeing fee, guide and porter charge, accommodation cost, food, and so forth. However, the visa fee, airport taxes, personal expenses are exclusive. There are a few other extra costs also you need to consider for the trekking. You need to add the cost for travel insurance which can take USD 150 which needs to cover both rescue and medical. It is necessary to do travel insurance as unexpected things also can happen in the rough and rocky trail.
Another extra cost you need to plan is for your trekking gear. Without proper trekking great you can’t compare the Everest base camp trek. To make your cost lower you can rent a sleeping bag and down jacket in Kathmandu. Other items you can bring from your home if you wanted to use them for the trek also. for the normal quality of all equipment, you can also buy Thamel trekking shoes. You need to also count the costs for a hot shower, battery charging, and for your personal expenses also during your trek. Hot shower and other things for your personal expenses you can add per day USD 10 or more.
How long does it take to trek to Everest base camp?
The duration of the trek depends on your comfort and budget. If you want to explore the villages and observe their life during this trek then it will take a longer time. but if you only want to see Mount Everest and get to Everest base camp then you can complete this trek within 5 days. However, we suggest you take the long trek, as there is less chance that people suffer from altitude sickness if you trek slowly.
If you have a busy seclude and do not have enough time to trek then Above the Himalayas can also provide you a helicopter tour to Mount Everest, where you can directly reach Everest base camp enjoying the magnificent aerial view of the Himalayas.
Normally, Everest base camp is a 14 days trek that starts from Kathmandu and also ends in Kathmandu. There are various options for reaching Everest base camp. You can also take the route with side treks such as Jiri, Saleri, and Phaplu, which will take more time so, this route to EBC is very less traveled.
How fit do I have to be for the Everest Base Camp?
Well, there is no particular test or exam for testing your fitness for trekking to Everest base camp. But of course, if you are physically fit then you can enjoy this trek more. In general, you will have to walk about 5 hours a day during this trek. Many of you might not walk on the stony route for a longer time, so you should be preparing and do some physical exercise. You will also get few days for acclimatization if your trekking secludes allow. Furthermore, for completing this trek easily without any problem you must do have some trekking experience.
You will have to start your trek early in the morning so, at the time of the evening, you will complete the trek and even get some time to relax and rest. This is very common for people trekking to EBC or any other higher altitude places. You also need to be fit for this trek so that you will not fall sick. Moreover, doing some basic exercise, yoga and hiking will help you during this trek. Remember the fitter you are the better experience you will get of trekking so we suggest you try to be fit.
Best features of the Everest base camp trek
Everest base camp is the center of attraction for the people wanting to trek to the Himalayan region. Being the highest mountain of all trek to EBC is full of anticipation and excitement. You can find many highlights on this trek. many people often have the misconception that you can see mount Everest from Everest base camp which is not true.
You will get the best view of Mount Everest from Kala Patthar which also falls on the route to Everest base camp. Kala Patthar lies at an altitude of 5,000 meters from sea level. From here you will get to see the highest Mount Everest in the middle of other mountains like Nuptse, Changes, and Lhotse. This is the best part of your whole trip. in addition to this if you stay overnight at Gorakshep then you will get to watch the sunrise from Kala Patthar is also breathtaking.
you will also get to see many historical and cultural places on the route to EBC. The famous Tengboche monastery is the oldest monastery of Nepal which lies in the Khumbu valley. People believe there is spiritual energy in this monastery and here you can see the ancient Buddhist artwork. furthermore, Namche Bazar is another famous and beautiful place in the Khumbu region. Namche Bazar was used to be the main traditional point of Nepal and Tibet. From here you can get a magnificent view of Ama Dablam and Thamserku.
Is Everest base camp hard to trek?
Everest base camp lies at an altitude of 5,500 meters above sea level. People all around the world dream of trekking to Everest base camp. You do not have to expert in mountaineering for trekking to EBC but there are some difficulties that trekkers have been feeling while trekking to this place. altitude sickness is the most common among people trekking to EBC.
For reducing altitude sickness, you should drink a lot of water and take proper acclimatization and walk at a slow pace. another problem while trekking to Everest base camp is the rough trail people might find it difficult to walk. If you feel any difficulty during the trek then you should immediately inform your guide. For your safety guide will also carry a first aid kit.
Furthermore, you should be preparing for this trek by practicing regular Cardiovascular exercises such as walking, swimming, and running before the trek. doing so will help you to walk continuously during the trek.
When is the most adequate time of the year to goon on the trek to Everest base camp?
The most popular time of the year for doing all the adventurous activity is during the spring season. The Spring season in Nepal falls from February to May. This is the perfect time to trek to EBC because the weather during this season is best with the comfortable temperature. the daylight and clear sky will help you to enjoy your trek with blooming rhododendron and wildflowers throughout the route. For the people who want to see the Himalayas in their best condition then spring season is for those people.
Another best time for trekking to Everest base camp is between September and November. This time is the period of post-monsoon, so there might be occasional rainfall. But apart from that the surroundings and the views of the mountains are still best at this time. after the rainfall, the grassland and the mountains look very refreshing.
summer and Monsoon fall at the same time in Nepal. so, people trekking to Everest base camp during summer is very low due to monsoon rainfall. If you are a peace lover then this might be the best time for you as crowded during this time is very low.
Another season in Nepal is the Winter season. as winter is the coldest time of the year people do not prefer to trek EBC during winter. Although it is the time where you can enjoy the Himalayas in their real condition. The views of the Himalayas wearing the white attire of snow is just amazing. This time is best for the loner people who want to avoid the crowd.
Do I need a permit for trekking to Everest base camp?
TIMS means the trekker’s Information Management system. You can take this trekking permit on the tourism board in Kathmandu. TIMS card construction will costs you NRS 2000. Remember that this card is only valid for a single entry in only one place. You will have to get a TIMS card by physically going on the tourism board.
In addition to this another permit that you will need to have for this trek for entering Sagarmatha national park there are several checkpoints where you will have to show your permit.
Accommodation and food detail during the trek
Food and accommodation are the basic things need for nay trek. For accommodation there several hotels and lodges. If you trek EBC during the peak seasons like Autumn and Spring then it might be difficult to get rooms in hotels. In such a condition, you might have to share rooms with your fellow traveler. Then the facility of the hotels will depend on the price you pay. The first and the last night at the hotel in Kathmandu are not included in your package. For trekking in peak seasons, you can pre-book the rooms.
Food during the trek to Mount Everest is also the common question of the people trekking on Everest base camp. As EBC lies in the remote places of Nepal. As the elevation of this place is very high so, the price of the food is also quite high. The general cost for normal meals is NPR 400-100 depending on the variety.
You must eat the right food in the right amount. While trekking to Everest base camp you must avoid the hard drinks, as they increase your heartbeat which also may result in a heart attack. You should eat more energy-giving light food. Dal Bhat and Tarkari are very famous in the trekking region.
Guide and Porter
It depends on whether to hire a guide or not. If you are trekking solo then we recommend you hire a guide and porter. As there might be a chance that you might get lost. For people who are trekking to a particular trekking company, they will provide you guide and porter themselves. If you want to hire a guide the cost of the guide is USD 600-800. For hiring a porter, the cost ranges from USD 300-400. Guide and porter will help to make your trek more fun and enjoyable. Guide and porter will also help if any problem arises during the trek. Furthermore, they will provide you the information about the places and help to communicate with the local people.
Get into Sherpa village of Khumbu
Our Everest base camp trek goest from the Hindu lowland to the ends at Tibetan Buddhist upper land. ‘while you are in the Namche Bazaar and another upper village You will meet the Sherpa people renowned for their enterprises, hard work, and devotion to the proactive of Buddhism. Nowadays trekking and mountaineering is the main income source of these people. more than half of the populations of these regions are in the trekking and climbing sectors.
No wonder you will meet many Everest summiteers inf the village of Thame and Khumjung. the village of Namche bazaar looks more like an alpine resort than a Sherpa village as there are lots of hotels, restaurants and some bars there.
This is the main center of Solukhumbu and has a lot of shops and you can enjoy good hot showers. there is plenty to do around Namche Bazaar and a day should spend easily here acclimatizing. Don’t make mistakes for AMS as the victims of AMS are often the fittest and healthiest people because of their overextended. It is important to take a day walk to a higher altitude as part of your acclimatization and coming back to sleep at Namche. For this purpose, you can make a day hiking to Thame, Everest view hotel, or even further village of Thame to the west.
Everest Region Trek Highlights
1. Mt Everest and several other peaks
The world’s highest peak, “Mt Everest(8848m)” lies in this region. You will not be climbing the highest peak when you are on the base camp trek. However, you will get the best close-up view of high mountains. Not only this but there are other different peaks too in this region. While on the way you will be greeted with Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Cho Oyo (8153m), Mt. Lhotse (8,501m), and Mt. Lhotse Shar (8,393m). For those who prefer visiting the mountainous, This is worth trekking.
Likewise, the EBC trek also goes through the famous Sagarmatha national park, where you will find many rare Himalayas flora and fauna. You can also see the mysterious forest filled with multi-color rhododendron. Everest base camp trek is the most peaceful place to be trekking. The soothing sound of the river flowing down from the Himalayas glacier is very pleasing. As said earlier many small mountains surround the great Mount Everest.
2. Sherpa Culture
The Nepal Everest region trekking is mostly populated by the legendary Sherpa’s. The lifestyle, culture, tradition, and also way of speaking is distinct from any other in Nepal. The way they treat their guests and welcome them is the perfect thing that you will see on Everest. Likewise, with a different lifestyle, you will even find the diverse taste of food made by Sherpa’s. Such a type of journey is well worth doing.
This trek has a number of attractions include the spectacular scenery and the outgoing Sherpa people of the Khumbu region. the hard part of this trail is it is not following the valleys like the Annapurna treks instead our Everest base camp trek cuts across the valley and climbing up again to the other. We will ascent total of about 9000m by arriving at the base camp. there is plenty of accommodation available and some of them are good now. many news guest houses with ensuite facilities are building up. the popular gateway is via Lukla fly in and out but you can also start via Jiri or from Salleri now.
3. Photographs of Everest
If you are on Everest trek then it is obvious that you will watch Mt. Everest close and get the chance to take photographs from near. On the way to trekking, there are several other mountains and natural view which will add spice to your journey.
4. Monasteries and Museum
Most of the monasteries in the Everest region are uphills from where you can see the view of the mountains. The monasteries are spiritual and cultural in Everest. Similarly, there is a Sherpa museum called Sagarmatha National Park museum where you can visit and learn about the ancient history of Sherpas.
5. Making new friends
As already said that Everest Base trekking is the popular one, it is sure that a lot of people will visit the area. If you are fond of making new friends then it is the best trek where you will find many people from different nationalities and cultures.
6. Prayer Flags
If you are on the Everest Khumbu trekking packages then prayer flags are the most common thing that you will see the most on your way. A prayer flag is the rectangular flag of clothes where prayers are in most of the trail. The view with prayer flags is astonishing to watch. You will also love the way it is three and hung up, If we compare it to other regions of Nepal’s excellent treks, the Everest view trekking is one of the most memorable. You will get the opportunity of experiencing high altitude mountain scenery, a traditional lifestyle, and several natural wonders of this heavenly country, Nepal.
Some of the side treks of the Everest region
The Khumbu Glacier is located in Mount Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge With elevations of 4,900 m. It begins from Western Cwm and flows down through the Khumbu Valley. Afterward, melting, it drains into the Lobuche River. This glacier is the highest of all glaciers in the world. The slow-moving ice from the glacier in the form of the river can be best seen from Everest base camp or the Kala Patthar. During our Everest trekking, we will follow the Khumbu Glacier in the final part of the trail. It is one of the more famous and often visited Himalayan glaciers as it is the key route for climbing Mount Everest also.
This peak lies in our Everest Khumbu trekking village of Dingboche and easy “walkable” peaks in the region. This is also one more a sub-peak of a higher ridge than it is an independent mountain. while you are at the top you will be rewarding the best view of Mount Kangtega, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Taboche.
Since our Everest trekking spends a rest day for acclimatizing in Dingboche. Before going to higher places such as Kala Pattar, Everest Basecamp, or Island Peak. They are climbing Nangkartshang is one way to kill one of the “rest” days and one of the most worthwhile as well. This is an easy ascent than some of the other walks up peaks in the areas and good to be fit for the other peak climbing also. It’s a great half-day excursion and gives you a spectacular view of the Khumbu region. As the People stay in Dingboche for some rest. Thus, Climbing Nangkartshang is also a way to send out your rest day in an exciting way.
Hillary Memorial Chorten’s Viewpoint
We can make an easy day excursion from Namche reset day to Khunde. You can also visit Hillary Memorial Chortens (stupas), which is just about 20 minutes up the hill behind Kunde Monastery. There are Three shortens which are dedicated to the Everest summiteers, his wife and daughter, who died in a plane crash while working on aid projects in the region. You will enjoy the mind-blowing views of Thamserku peak, Namche Bazaar, and Thame Village.
Imja Tsho and Amphu Labtsa
While you are in The Chhukung you can make a detour to the Amphu Labtsa Phedi is further away and higher than Imja Tse BC. It will take about 6 hours trip for going up and back. I made a day hike there last year from Chukkhung, 3:00h up and 2:30h down, 500m climb. It used to be a snow-covered, glaciated wall, now just an ugly grey slab of stone.
The glacier had also mostly disappeared, like most small glaciers in the Himalayas. You are fit and hiking then you can certainly visit both Imja Tse BC and Amphu Labtsa Phedi in a day. Thus it will be an amazing experience to visit The Imja Tsho’ lake and the base of the wall-like Amphu Laptsa Pass. Furthermore, this is a wild and remote high mountain landscape in the Everest trekking route.
The Chola Tsho is a stunning alpine lake just 30 minutes off the main Everest trekking trail. It liest in, between Lobuche and Dughla. You can visit this beautiful lake of Chola Tsho. It is about 3 hours walking above Dughla to Lobuche in a single day due to acclimatization issues. If you are doing the Everest three pass trek, when you will arrive at Cho la pass sand Dzonglla you can see Chola-Tsho sits at the base of craggy Cholatse Peak.
Enjoy the trekking in Sagarmatha National park
You will get to observe the local lifestyle of the people living in the Everest region. Sagarmatha national park is the protected area where hundreds of species of flora and fauna are found also fall on the Everest base camp region. Kala Patthar is the highest point on this trek. From here you will get an exquisite view of enormous Mount Everest.
People living in the Khumbu region are mostly Gurung and Sherpas following Buddhism. That is why you will find many small and big monasteries on the way. 5 days Everet view trek is perfect for people who have a busy working schedule. You will be walking through typical traditional villages, lush forests filled with oaks and pines, crossing the high suspension bridges, being with the loyal and friendly local people, enjoying the awe-in spring views of the mountains and their landscape.
How much does it cost?
The cost of Everest base camp trek 7 days has been greatly affected by the recent political upheaval in Nepal, and the current Government has implemented many new taxes and costs to ensure that people working in the hospitality industry, such as hotels, guest houses, restaurants, and tourism are paid fair and equitable wages. Daily needed things prices to hike up, meals and rooms cost in Everest base camp trek 7 days increased seasonally, as in the rest of the world, fuel costs have been increasing regularly and due to a severe shortage in Nepal prices vary from day today.
However, even though we at Above Himalaya Trekking have been affected by these factors, we continue to offer the best services to our customers at a nominal cost. the cost of our standard package for Everest base camp trek 7 days full board package from arrival to departure is USD 1498 per person. in the group 1 guide and 1 porter on 2 people basis, in a big group we can have some cost-sharing and can be the little cheaper basis if we need to run the trek for just 1 person there is 1 guide who will help to carry the bag and this will make your trek cost down.
Picking up ‘The Right’ Gears
Everest Base Camp trek 7 days is not a technical climb but saying, so it is not even that easy. You should be ready in every way. And the preparation is incomplete without sufficient gears. How you prepare for the trip makes a huge difference in how you enjoy the trek.
There are several essentials that you need for the Everest base camp trek 7 days to ensure its safety and success. But few things are of utmost importance.
While packing, don’t forget essential items like a passport, permits, travel insurance, and enough cash. Talking about the clothing items, trekking boots, and down jackets are a must.
During the trek, you will be walking for long hours every day. You don’t want to injure yourself. Thus, you need trekking boots with proper traction and make you feel comfortable. For that, you will need appropriate waterproof and comfy trekking boots to protect you from the hazards of the cold and rocky trails.
We usually suggest taking your running shoes for the Everest base camp trek 7 days. They are incredibly comfortable with walking high and long distances. Plus, they are breathable too. Most importantly, running shoes protect your feet from minor injuries to a major like plantar fascistic, tendinitis, pronation, etc. Get yourself a pair of the best women’s running shoes for plantar fasciitis.
While doing the Everest base camp trek for 7 days, it will be freezing on the higher part. The chilly wind can quickly get on your nerve and cause severe problems like nausea, headache, frostbite, pneumonia, etc. Moreover, the uneasiness may cause altitude sickness. Thus, make sure to warm your chest and head.
Nothing helps to beat the cold like a high-quality down jacket. Before taking one, don’t forget to check the necessary features, material, and down fill power. You have the option to buy or rent it in Kathmandu. If you don’t have any idea regarding them, go through the best down jacket of 2017. This jacket will undoubtedly help you find a better one. Other essentials include sleeping bags, water bottles, sun hats, gloves, sunscreens, medications, personal health requirements, and many others.
Low Stamina, how to improve your trekking stamina ???
No worries. Here are a few methods to help you enhance your trekking stamina if you are willing to trek to the hard trails.
1. Try going for small hikes
Hiking is considered to be a potent activity that could decrease the danger of coronary heart illnesses, blood pressure, makes your bones strong, and additionally allows in reducing the frame weight. Because it lowers the chance and makes you bodily suit, people who are physically fit can go without difficulty trek to the close vicinity too. Also, people with low body weight can stroll longer compared to the ones who are fat. Also, practicing small hikes can make you modify and address the problems that arise while trekking to long routes. Going sluggish and focusing the trekking is a quality manner to increase the stamina for the Everest base camp trek 7 days.
2. Eating healthy diets
Ingesting is necessary for all the activities that we do. The better way to boom the body’s stamina is a healthy diet. Focusing on the meal’s behavior can reduce a variety of body problems and make you physically fit so that you can do Everest base camp trek 7 days easily with your healthy body.
3. Stay active for Everest base camp trek
Even in the offseason, go for training as well as a small trek. Especially winters when people feel lazy, cold, and which is not the season for trek or hike go for it. It will balance your body and strengthens the lung and overall body during cold. Skiing, indoor rock climbing, are the best options, which will help you to improve your stamina.
Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek
Everest Base Camp luxurious lodge Trek is the trek that includes the opportunity to reach the Everest base camp with the accommodation in one of the finest and comfortable lodges of the Everest region. This is the trek to the base camp of the world’s famous and highest mountain “Mt. Everest”. It is the most popular Trekking in the Globe where one will be offered the spectacular view of King of all-mountain.
With other Himalayan chains of Khumbu area that includes five of the World’s Highest Himalaya Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt, Makalu (eight,463m), Mt, Cho Oyo (8153m), Mt. Lhotse (8,501m), and Mt. Lhotse Shar (eight,393m) and also it provides the lodges with the highest level of service which is standard and far better than anything else available in the area with landscaping gardens, comfortable lounges, and bedrooms as well as hot showers and western
The interesting Everest base camp luxury lodge trek begins with the sightseeing tour of the historical and cultural monuments in Kathmandu valley. And the next day we will take the Himalayan flight to Tensing Hillary airport at Lukla. Start the trekking up the Dudh Koshi Valley, surrounded via the soaring peaks heading in the course of the Namche Bazaar. This is also the capital of the Khumbu Sherpa, where we are greeted by many extraordinary mountain vistas. Everest Base Camp Luxurious lodge Trek provides a sound Trek far from the crowded cities where we will experience peace and enjoy nature.
Everest Base Camp Trek - Trip Info
Duration: 14 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Max. Altitude: Kalapathar (5545m/18192ft.)
Trek Grade: Difficult
Trekking Dates: You can do this trek on any date. The best time is Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 2 to 12 people. the rainy season is not that good for the trek as the views are not great and sometimes landslides can happen.
Trip Details: 14 days, 2 night Kathmandu hotel, 11 nights at tea house Lodges, Breakfast in the city, and breakfast lunch & dinner during the trek is included.