Overview

One of the best walks in the world- Everest Base Camp Trek is a beautiful journey in the eastern Himalayas of Nepal. Home to some of the highest peaks in the world, the iconic walk to Everest Base Camp offers a great deal of cultural exploration along with stunning mountain sceneries. Not to forget the thrill of flying to Lukla airport, the journey gets even more exciting while meandering the paths of rural towns adorned with Buddhist symbolism. It is one of the best journeys in Nepal that allows trekkers to reconnect with nature and gain unique cultural insights. 

 


Additionally, we'd like to inform you that during the peak trekking seasons, which are Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November), flights to Lukla are routed through Ramechhap Airport. Therefore, we kindly request that you prepare for an early morning drive to Ramechhap on the second day of your journey. For more information about this, please do not hesitate to contact our support team. 


 

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Experience the ultimate thrill of flying to Lukla
  • Learn about the unique and beautiful Sherpa culture and their lifestyles
  • Explore the charming and bustling town of Namche Bazaar and its major attractions like Everest View Hotel, Syangboche Airport, and museums
  • Reach the iconic Everest Base Camp and admire the all-enchanting peaks that encompass you
  • Enjoy the breathtaking sights of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, and many more through your walking journey
  • Hike the Kala Patthar to witness the majestic sunrise over the Everest massif 

 

About Trekking to Everest Base Camp

To welcome you at the airport, you will be greeted by one of our team members who will escort you to your hotel. As there are no further plans for today, you may enjoy the rest of the day at your pleasure.  

 

Our journey to Everest Base Camp begins with a seat-grabbing flight experience to Lukla. Flying to Lukla is an ultimate experience of its own because it is a thrilling experience and, at the same time, grants one of the beautiful sights of the Himalayan landscape. Upon reaching Lukla, you are welcomed by the hustle and bustle nature of the town. Reverberating with tourists and locals, the town offers a unique outlook on remote Himalayan towns. 

 

The journey from Lukla follows to Phakding where you will spend the first night in the mountains. After multiple suspension bridge crossings and lots of ascends and descends through uneven paths, you reach the quaint town of Phakding. 

 

From Phakding the journey brings you to another iconic town of Khumbu region- the beautiful Namche Bazaar. The town brims with trekkers, shops, and locals offering you a unique perspective on the remote tourist Himalayan town. Here trekkers spend two days acclimatizing and utilize the day by hiking to its nearest attractions. 

 

Leaving Namche, the trails follow Tengboche, a beautiful town and spiritual hub for the locals as it is home to one of the grandest monasteries in the region. Tengboche Monastery holds many important ceremonies attended by locals as well as domestic and international visitors. 

 

After enlightening ourselves about the significance of religion in the region, the journey continues to Dingboche- a summer pasture land for yak and sheep herders. It is another resting spot as well for acclimating hence trekkers have the opportunity to explore its nearest highlights such as hiking Nagarjuna hills for more close-up views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest, and many more. 

 

The journey moves ahead to Lobuche through some of the most breathtaking landscapes, and windswept plateaus surrounded by towering glaciers. As you trek higher elevations, it gets more difficult and the air gets thinner. But as you proceed, it will be worthwhile because you’ll see expansive views of peaks surrounding you. As you reach Everest Base Camp and stand in the shadow of the tallest peak in the world, you will get an unparalleled sense of accomplishment that shall stay forever. The sense of achievement extends as you hike Kala Patthar and marvel at the spectacular view of Mt. Everest and its neighboring peaks.

 

As you return from this amazing journey, you get an energizing essence when you encounter fellow trekkers at Gorakshep looking to have the same experience as you. Admiring the mountains again, you take a similar route to return with an abundance of lifetime memories and a profound sense of gratitude for the opportunity to experience the raw beauty and spiritual richness of the Himalayas. 

 

After you arrive in Kathmandu, you'll have a day entirely to yourself, allowing you to explore the city or simply relax at your leisure. The following day marks the conclusion of your adventure, and one of our team members will accompany you to the airport to bid you farewell, with hopes of meeting again in the future.

 

And lastly, if you're inclined to make your journey to Everest Base Camp even more personalized, feel free to reach out to our planning team. We take joy in crafting tailor-made trips that cater to the desires of our travelers.

 

Alternative Trek for Everest Base Camp Trek

If you have enough time and want to explore the region more, you can opt for Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lake Trek. If you are looking for a more challenging trek, then opt for Everest High Passes Trek or Everest Base Camp Trek with Island peak climbing. lastly, if you're inclined to make your journey to Everest Base Camp even more personalized, feel free to reach out to our planning team. We take joy in crafting tailor-made trips that cater to the desires of our travelers.

The first day marks your arrival day in Kathmandu. Clear all the visa requirements and customs clearance, if any, at the arrival section of the airport. As you come out, you will find a representative from World Alpine Treks waiting for you holding a board with your name. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. The representative will shortly inform you about the plans ahead.

On the third day, you will be headed to the domestic terminal of Tribhuwan Airport for a flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla in itself is an enriching experience where you will be able to enjoy some wonderful views of the mountains. As you land in Lukla, you will meet our other crew members at the airport. From Lukla, we walk down the trail along with hotels and lodges to Dudhkoshi River. We cross a long suspension bridge over the river and follow a path that takes us to Phakding. We stay at Phakding for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

We wake up early and enjoy our breakfast. Then we follow our trail that goes through an undulating path up and down via traditional villages, fields, and rhododendron forests. We gradually ascend and enter Sagarmatha National Park with magnificent views of Mt. Thamserku on sight. We pass villages like Jorsale and Monjo on the way to Namche. Namche Bazaar is an old but lively Sherpa village. It is a gateway to all the trekking routes that go to the Everest region. There are many vibrant shops, cyber cafes, restaurants, hotels, and lodges at this time. Namche Bazaar never rests. It always gets a lot of visitors and is always crowded. We stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Namche for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

The narrow streets of Namche are always crowded. Do not be surprised if the yak bells and other horns wake you up. Today is a day set aside for acclimatization purposes. As we gain height, our body needs to be well adapted to the altitude change. Therefore, we have set aside an extra day in Namche. Today, we hike up to Everest View Hotel for close-up views of the mountains in the Everest region. From the hotel, we can enjoy some striking views of mountains like Kwangde, Thamserku, Kangtega, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, etc. We can visit a museum and a photo gallery on our way back to Namche from the Everest View Hotel. We stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Namche for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

As we ascend, our trail traverses through the forests of rhododendrons with brilliant views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, and Mt. Lhotse on sight. After a while, the trail descends to the Dudh Koshi River at Phungi Thanga. From here, the trail further ascends through the forests of pine and rhododendron to Tengboche. Tengboche is accessible from the Tengboche monastery and has astonishing views of Mt. Ama Dablam along with other peaks in the region. Tengboche monastery is considered the largest monastery in the region. Today, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Tengboche for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

We leave Tengboche and start climbing up the trail for around six hours to Dingboche. As we ascend, we can notice the change in vegetation. We can find ourselves moving above the tree line with pastures and meadows along the way. On the way, we can see small fields enclosed by stone walls to protect crops from cold winds. As we open up to the meadows of Dingboche, we will find ourselves in a spectacular location with wonderful views of Lhotse and Nuptse Ridge on sight. If the weather is favorable, one can relish the amazing views of the sunset over the Ama Dalam Himal in the Everest region. Tonight, we are staying at a guesthouse/ lodge in Dingboche. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

We spend another day in Dingboche. This day in Dingboche is a part of acclimatization. As we have already gained enough height, acclimatization is a necessity. Therefore, we enjoy our day in Dingboche today. After breakfast in the guesthouse, we hike up to Nagerjun for close-up views of mountains in the Everest region. We will be blessed with amazing views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Ama Dalam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and many more. After enjoying the spectacles of the mountains from Nagerjun, we walk back to the guesthouse in Dingboche for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Leaving Dingboche, the trail climbs up a ridge with some magnificent views of Taboche Peak and Cholatse. Further, the trail continues through yak pastures until we cross a wooden bridge over a stream to Duglha. From Duglha, we ascend for an hour along a steep route above the moraine of Khumbu glacier. From here, we ascend the valley to Lobuche, enjoying the views of Khumbutse, Pumori, and Lingtren. Mt. Everest becomes invisible as it is hidden behind the towering peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse. On reaching Lhotse, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Lobuche. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Today is one of the most rewarding days of our journey. Our week-long hard work is going to pay off as we will be stepping into the Everest Base Camp – the dream of every single travel lover. From Lobuche, we follow a rocky path to the last village of the trail – Gorekshep. From Gorekshep, we continue towards the world’s highest base camp, i.e., Everest Base Camp, through the Khumbu glacier. It is considered one of the most dangerous sections of the Everest Base Camp Trek. As we reach the base camp, we will be showered with some mesmerizing views of glaciers, lakes, caves, and icefalls. Though the views of Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse are quite clear, Mt. Everest hides back behind the shades of Lhotse and Nuptse. After spending some time in base camp, we return to Gorekshep via the same route. Tonight, we are staying at a guesthouse/ lodge in Gorekshep. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Today, we woke up a little early to catch the sunrise views from Kalapatthar. We hike up for around two to three hours from Gorekshep to Kalapatthar. As we ascend, we get the first glimpse of the mighty Mt. Everest along with the other peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Changtse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam, etc. The golden rays of sunrise glittering over the snow-clad mountains in the region look amazing. After having this amazing view from Kalapatthar, we retrace our steps back to Pheriche. Tonight, we are staying at a guesthouse/ lodge in Pheriche. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Today, we descend to Namche Bazaar via the same path that we had taken earlier. We descend the same path to Namche Bazaar. Tonight, we are staying at a guesthouse/ lodge in Namche. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

We further descend to Lukla via Phakding. We stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Lukla for the night. (Inclusive of Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

We take a return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel room in Kathmandu. You can relax in your room for the rest of the day. (Inclusive of Breakfast)

After thirteen days of long journeys, today is a free day in Kathmandu. You have two options for the day – you can either explore some unexplored UNESCO-listed heritage sites around Kathmandu or go to the shopping malls for shopping. You can also collect some souvenirs for your family and friends back home. (Inclusive of Breakfast)

Before a few hours of your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the international terminal of Tribhuwan International Airport. (Inclusive of Breakfast)

Cost Includes

Flights/Transportations

  • International/ Domestic Airport pick-ups/ drop-off facility by Tourist Car.
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight including domestic Airport tax.

 

Accommodations

  • 3-night accommodation in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 11-night accommodation in Guesthouses/Lodges during the trekking journey.

 

Meals

  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking days
  • Breakfast at a hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Required Permits

  • Trekkers Information Management Permit (TIMS).
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fees.
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhumu Municipality Entrance Permit.

 

Guide & Porter

  • Highly Qualified, English-speaking, knowledgeable trekking Guides with their salary, accommodation, food, and airfare.
  • 1 helpful porter for 2 trekkers to carry your trekking equipment and personal stuff with their salary, accommodation, and food.

 

Essential Equipment

  • World Alpine Treks'  Duffel bag, Trekking Map, Company T-shirt, and Sleeping Bag( You must return the Sleeping Bag after completing the Trip).
  • World Alpine Treks First Aid Kit.
  • Oximeter to measure Oxygen and pulse Levels during the trekking days.

 

Complimentary

  • Seasonal available fresh Fruit during trekking days.
  • Farewell dinner in a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant with a Cultural Performance.

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare to/from Nepal.
  • Nepal entry visa fee - You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50  for 30 days, USD 125 for 90 days visas. You need 2 passport-size photos.
  • Travel insurance to cover emergency evacuation and medical expenses.
  • Hot showers during the trek except for Namche and Lukla.
  • Extra night hotel Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal refreshment expenses - soft drinks, hard drinks, mineral bottled water, cigarettes, chocolates, etc.
  • Utility expenses like telephone, electricity for charging, internet (WI-FI), laundry services, etc.
  • Tips for support crew members of your trekking team.

Useful Info

Arrival for Trek

Our trek package encompasses complimentary airport transfers as part of our commitment to delivering a wonderful trekking experience. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by one of our dedicated representatives, who will hold a World Alpine Treks signboard to ensure prompt identification and a warm welcome. Our representative will then escort you to your hotel accommodations in a private, well-appointed vehicle ensuring a comfortable and seamless transition from the airport to your hotel. 

 

Once at the hotel, our team will provide a brief overview of your itinerary while the hotel staff handles your check-in process efficiently. This will allow you to familiarize yourself with the upcoming journey while the hotel formalities are taken care of seamlessly. Following this, you will have the opportunity to relax and acclimate to your new surroundings, ensuring you are well-rested and prepared for the adventure ahead.

 

Nepal Tourist Visa 

Obtaining a tourist visa for Nepal is pretty easy. All foreigners, except Indian nationals, will need a visa to enter Nepal, however, you cannot take a visa on arrival if your country is not listed among those that require a visa before arrival.

 

There are several ways to get a tourist visa. One, you can apply for a tourist visa from the nearest embassy or consulate office in Nepal or you can apply for an On-Arrival Visa by filling up an online application form. To access the details, please click HERE.

 

Requirements for Visa 

  • A valid Passport with a validity of at least six months before arrival in Nepal.
  • A filled-out visa application form.
  • Entry Visa Fee - USD 30 for 15 Days, USD  50 for 30 Days, and USD 125 for 90 Days.

 

Visa Extension

  • 3 USD per Day (minimum 15 days)
  • 5 USD per day as a late fine in the case of a delay
  • Additional 25 USD for a Multiple re-entry facility

 

Lukla Flight Information

The flights to Lukla take off from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport as well as from Ramechhap’s Manthali Airport. However, during peak trekking seasons which are from March, April, May, September, October, and November, flights to Lukla only take place from Ramechhap airport.

 

The decision was taken to cater to the traffic congestion at Kathmandu’s airport and to lessen the delays and risk of flight cancellation. The flight duration from Kathmandu to Lukla is about 30 minutes, but from Ramechhap Airport, it is about 10 minutes. Furthermore, the weather in the Himalayas is erratic and can shift rapidly. Thus, flying from Ramechhap to Lukla is more favorable hence flights were rerouted to Ramechhap’s Manthali airport.

 

Our team at World Alpine Treks will secure the earliest flights possible for our clients to ensure a seamless journey.

 

Reaching Ramechhap

Due to flight diversion, an additional destination has been included in the itinerary for travelers heading to Everest. Now, it has become a standard practice to travel to Ramechhap to catch the flights to Lukla.

 

To get to Ramechhap, we will start early, waking up at around 1 AM on the second day. A private vehicle will be ready to take you to Manthali Airport, located 83 Km east of Kathmandu. The journey to the airport typically takes about 4 hours from Kathmandu.

 

The airport is located in a scenic location by the bank of the Tamakoshi River, offering travelers a glimpse of the unique geography of Nepal.

 

Accommodations

Our trek package includes three-star accommodation services in Kathmandu at the tour price. However, if you wish to upgrade your accommodation to the offered ones, then we shall comply with your request at an additional cost. 

 

In the Everest region, trekkers can upgrade their accommodation in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche Bazaar. Beyond this, you continue the trek with standard tea houses with comfortable rooms and delicious warm meals.

 

As per what a standard tea house would look like, they are basic guest houses or lodges that offer simple rooms with twin beds, communal dining areas, and shared facilities such as bathrooms and basic washing facilities. Some tea houses offer amenities like hot showers and charging stations for electronic devices at an additional cost. They also serve delicious warm meals but with limited menu options.

 

In regards to luxury lodges, few are available on the trails of the Everest region. These lodges offer rooms with better amenities and services. These lodges have rooms with attached bathrooms offering amenities such as hot showers, western toilets, and possibly internet access. Moreover, these lodges offer a more extensive menu with a variety of cuisine options, including local and international dishes.

 

Overall, the main difference between the two types lies in the level of facilities and services. Luxury mountain lodges offer a higher level of services to travelers seeking a more upscale trekking experience, while normal ones provide basic accommodation and services.

 

Acclimatization Days

Also known as a rest day, acclimatization day is an important part of an itinerary where you are scheduled to take a break while hiking in the high-altitude areas. It is a part of an itinerary because it is essential to allow trekkers to adapt to the reduced oxygen levels at higher elevations.

 

When trekking in high-altitude areas we should be cautious of how our body is accommodating to changing surroundings. Our body should physiologically adapt to function effectively in low-oxygen environments, thereby reducing the risk of altitude-related illnesses such as acute mountain sickness (AMS), High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), and High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).

 

During a trek like Everest Base Camp, there are two separate days allotted for acclimatization. One in Namche and one in Dingboche. Both places were carefully chosen as rest spots because these places are at perfect altitudes to acclimatize.

 

On the acclimatization day, trekkers particularly do not have to engage in any activities. However, we would rather suggest staying active than staying idle. For instance, while trekking EBC, on the acclimatization day in Namche, one could go for short hikes to Syangboche airport, and Everest View Hotel or stroll around the market, exploring cafes and shops. Similarly, while in Dingboche, one could opt for a short hike to Chukkung Ri or Nagarjun Hill, to have picturesque scenes of the Himalayas.

 

Overall, the whole point of acclimatization is to allow the body to adjust to the altitude. It is crucial to not hasten the journey in the rush of finishing the journey quickly. Proper acclimatization is necessary to minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses and to enhance the trekking experience.

 

Meals

Nutritious meals are important for high-altitude treks. Hence, we ensure that healthy meals are provided throughout the journey. Similarly, we request travelers to inform us of their dietary restrictions while making confirmation of the trek. Given that the Everest base camp trek involves high-altitude areas demanding consideration of energy, we prioritize providing ample nutritious foods in the trekking region. However, we would like to inform you that food choices may be limited at higher elevations. 

 

Our Everest base camp trek packages include all three meals- breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trekking portion. For breakfast, you can find boiled eggs, cereal, oats, bread, jam, and butter, along with traditional breakfast which includes vegetable soups with rotis. 

 

As per meals, we recommend trying traditional dishes like Dal, Bhat, vegetable curry, and local pickles. They are rich in carbohydrates and thus will offer sufficient energy for the walk. For health reasons, we would discourage having non-veg meals as they are difficult to digest in higher elevations. Along with traditional dishes, one can also find pasta, noodles, porridge, omelets, and more Western cuisines. 

And as for dinner, similar choices as lunch are available at the teahouse.

 

Electricity 

Electricity is available on the Everest trails of Nepal. However, it is important to keep in mind that the availability of electricity is limited but enough to serve all. Electricity in the Himalayan trails is produced through hydropower projects and solar panels. In places where hydropower electricity is not available, which often is the higher altitude areas near 4000 meters above sea level, electricity is accessed through solar panels.

 

In lower trekking altitudes, electricity is freely available. However, in higher altitudes, one would have to pay some amount to get their electronic gadgets charged. Usually, charging costs would come to around Nepalese rupees 200-500 depending upon the altitude. Nevertheless, it is highly suggested to finalize the price before using the service and if possible, it would be even better to bring your power bank.

 

Also, the most common type of electric socket and plug is the Type C and Type D socket. These operate on a standard voltage of 230 volts with a frequency of 50 Hz. Moreover, it is highly advised to carry universal travel adapters for Type C plugs to ensure compatibility with electrical outlets.

 

Phone, Internet 

Wi-Fi and Internet are available on the trekking trails of Everest base camp. May not be available throughout the trail, yet service will be available for a good amount of the journey. There are various ways one could access the internet on the trail. You can buy local SIM cards or connect to the Wi-Fi available at the teahouse.

 

For anyone considering staying online consistently during the journey, buying a local SIM card would be the most convenient option available. You can purchase NTC (Namaste) or Ncell sim cards upon your arrival at the airport or a shop near your hotel. They are easily available to purchase. While buying the SIM card, you may purchase any of the internet plans that suit you the most. Normally, it would cost you no more than 1000-2000 Nepalese rupees. Buying a SIM card is pretty reliable as it would allow you to be online or call anyone as you wish.

 

Besides these two options, you have one more option to stay connected while doing any treks in the Everest region. You can find Everest Link, which is a telecommunications company based in Nepal that provides internet and Wi-Fi services. They have a network of Wi-Fi hotspots and internet access points in various locations along the trekking routes. There are different plans available for buyers to purchase, and it would cost around 2000-3000 Nepalese rupees.

 

And lastly, it is important to note that internet or Wi-Fi connection quality may not meet the standards of the urban areas.

 

Attached Bathroom & Hot Shower

Bathrooms and toilets along trekking routes of Everest base camp differ as per the trekking trail and it very much depends upon the teahouses you stay as well. Some premium teahouses in lower elevations such as Lukla, Phakding, and Namchhe Bazaar offer rooms with attached bathrooms and hot water running.

 

However, most teahouses are standard and offer basic amenities like rooms, food, bathrooms, electricity, and showers. They offer shared bathrooms with squat-type toilets. In some teahouses, you can find Western types of toilets as well. They may not seem luxurious but are convenient for trekkers on the trail.

 

Hot showers may not be readily accessible in every teahouse, but in instances where they are unavailable, one can request one for an extra fee. Typically, this service costs between 300 to 500 Nepalese rupees, varying based on the altitude. Staff will typically heat a bucket of water and provide it for showering in the bathroom upon request.

 

Best Trekking Season 

Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most loved trekking trails in Nepal. Many have the trail on their bucket list so most do not want to mess up their experience by traveling at the wrong time. So, for anyone, hoping to visit Everest Base Camp, here’s a glimpse of what every season looks like on the trail:

 

Autumn (September-November)

One of the best times to do Everest Base Camp is from September to November during the Autumn season. During this day, the skies are clear, the weather is stable, and the temperature is moderate. As it is post-monsoon season, trails are pretty much dry and visibility during this time is excellent.

According to temperature data, during this time of the year, the maximum temperature typically ranges from 7 to 17 °C during the day, while the minimum temperature drops to about 2 °C or below at night.

While clear skies and excellent visibility for mountain views, stable weather conditions, moderate temperatures ideal for trekking, and vibrant autumn foliage are a few of the advantages of trekking in this season, there are some cons as well.

One of the disadvantages of trekking EBC during the autumn season is the high number of trekkers on the trail. This will result in crowded trails and of course teahouses and lodges.

 

Winter Season (December – February)

Winter is another beautiful time to explore Everest but this beautiful season brings its challenges. It is the coldest time of the year so expect to see thick snow levels and icy trails. Besides the challenges of extreme cold, the season offers some of the greatest vistas of the Himalayas. Visibility is excellent at this time of the year and crowd-free trials.

The maximum temperature around this time of the year ranges around 4 °C during the day, while the minimum temperature can drop to -20 °C. Hence, you must be well-equipped with proper clothing and gear.

It is the least popular time for trekking Everest Base Camp so anyone who prefers solitude would be able to enjoy the solitude of the mountains. Also, you get a new look at the mountains other than their rocky self. Stunning mountain vistas are a bonus of trekking at the Everest Base Camp during winter months.

With pros, there are some cons, one should not ignore. It gets extremely cold at this time of the year. So besides cold, the limited availability of teahouses and lodges in higher elevations is another disadvantage of trekking in this season. Also, the trails get snowed, making trekkers' journeys challenging.

 

Spring Season (March-May)

Spring is another ideal time for Everest Base Camp trekking beside the Autumn season. During this time, trails get vibrant with blooming rhododendrons, and stunning mountain backdrops. As it is post-winter season, the weather starts to warm up hence offering perfect weather temperatures for trekking.

According to temperature data, during this time of the year, the maximum temperature typically ranges from 10-15 °C during the day, while the minimum temperature drops to about 0 to -5°C at night.

The weather at this time of the year is mild. It is neither too cold nor too hot. Along with favorable weather conditions, the blooms of rhododendrons are another specialty of this season. Similarly, clear skies offer breathtaking vistas and there are fewer crowds compared to autumn.

However, there is a possibility of rain showers, especially in the lower elevations. Also, as the weather gets warmer, snow starts melting which makes paths slippery. Hence carefulness is required.

 

Summer/Monsoon Season (June-August)

Summer coincides with the monsoon season. It is the wettest and hottest time of the year, but a beautiful time to observe nature’s abundance. Hills gleam with flowers and lush greenery.

As per temperature, during this time of the year, the maximum temperature at Everest region would be 10 -15 °C during the day, and the minimum temperature would be 5 °C at night. 

During this time of the year, there is high precipitation thus cloudy skies may sour the experience. Nevertheless, the view when the clouds clear is one of the most spectacular. Besides that, flourishing vegetation and crownless trails are some of the perks of trekking at this time of the year.

Muddy trails, rain, mist, and flight cancellations are some of the cons of traveling around monsoon season. Hence, it is highly suggested to travel with a flexible schedule if you would like to trek EBC during this time.

 

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is a type of mountain sickness that can occur when hiking at a higher elevation. It is caused when our body is unable to acclimatize to the lower oxygen levels and atmospheric pressure at high altitude areas. There are 3 different types of altitude sickness categorized based on their levels of sickness.

 

1. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

It is one of the mild forms of altitude sickness. If treated immediately trekkers can complete the trek without any delay. However, if ignored, it can result in something more serious.

Common symptoms of AMS include tiredness, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, and headaches. These symptoms can be treated with medication. However, one should not just ignore these symptoms.

 

2. High-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE)

It is another type of mountain sickness but a more serious one. In this type, fluid is collected in the lungs and it can be very dangerous. It is one of the main causes of death as well.

The symptoms of HAPE are similar to AMS so one can ignore the seriousness and may think medication can solve the issue. However, the situation can quickly escalate to seriousness as symptoms change to shortness of breath, dry coughs, severe headache, confusion state, and loss of coordination.

During such conditions, seeking immediate medical attention is required. Delay in medical attention can lead to life-threatening events so it is very important to be mindful of a patient's condition.

Nevertheless, it is a treatable condition so one should not be entirely scared about it. However, it is quite important to not exhaust our bodies while hiking at high elevations.

 

3. High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

HACE is another serious version of altitude sickness. In this type, fluid is collected in the brain and thus is life-threatening. This happens when our body is unable to adapt to low oxygen levels at higher elevations.

Symptoms of HACE include severe headache which won’t be treated with medication, confusion, irritability, hallucinations, loss of balance and coordination, and blurred vision along with symptoms of AMS but a bit more severe.

Just like HAPE, immediate medical attention is needed. Alongside, descending the patient to a lower altitude is also equally important.

 

Preventive of Altitude sickness

Following are the ways to prevent altitude sickness while hiking the high-altitude trekking areas of Nepal.

  • Do not miss the acclimatization days 
  • Do not rush the journey
  • Constantly Hydrate yourself
  • Say no to smoking, and drinking while hiking
  • Take medications
  • Drink plenty of garlic soup 

 

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is highly recommended for trekking in Everest base camp. It is one of the most important travel documents every traveler must have. While it may not be a mandatory travel document to enter Nepal, it is still essential to purchase insurance if you are considering trekking at higher altitudes. Everest base camp trek is in remote areas and is in high elevations. Hence, it involves health risks such as altitude sickness, and injuries which can be financially stressful. Additionally, travel plans can be disrupted due to various reasons such as flight cancellations or personal emergencies. Therefore, to cover such events, travel insurance can come in handy.

 

Nevertheless, it is very important to keep in mind that you purchase a nice insurance plan. The Everest base camp trek ranges over 5000 meters in elevation. Hence, you must make sure, their insurance covers an altitude of 6000 meters, has emergency medical treatment, and evacuation by helicopter. These are essential provisions to have in your travel insurance while Everest base camp trekking.

 

Money Exchange

It is highly suggested to exchange your currency for Nepalese currency while trekking to the Everest base camp. In Kathmandu, you can shop using their credit/debit card or even with dollars but it is not the same case everywhere else.

 

Trekking trails in Everest region only accept Nepalese currency so before you embark on the trek, do not forget to exchange your currencies. Besides, bring enough cash that will last you till the duration of your journey. ATM or card services are rarely available on the trail.

 

Required Permit

Permits are essential if you wish to trek Everest base camp. The necessary permits are Sagarmatha National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu municipality permit. Usually, these permits are prepared by trekking agencies travelers are traveling with so trekkers may not worry about how to access it.

 

Nevertheless, one can access the Sagarmatha National Park permit from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or the entry checkpoint in Monjo along the trekking route. The permit fee is payable in Nepalese Rupees (NPR) and is subject to change. Currently, the permit fee is USD 30 (3000 Nepalese rupees).

 

Khumbu Rural Municipality Enter Permit can also be gained from the Nepal Board Office in Kathmandu. The permit fee for foreign travelers is USD 20 (NRP 2000).

 

Trekking permits are essential and to travel without them will result in monetary fines for the travelers. These permit fees go into the maintenance of the trails and the authority makes proper use of it as well.

 

Typical Trekking Day

A typical day while Everest base camp trek follows a well-established routine. Generally, the day begins around 6 in the morning, with trekkers waking up and freshening up before enjoying a hearty breakfast. 

 

After breakfast, we begin the trek and walk for about 3-4 hours with breaks in between to take a rest and enjoy the surroundings. Around noon, you will stop at a teahouse along the trail for lunch, where you can choose from a variety of options. Teahouses are accommodating to dietary restrictions and will often prepare meals according to trekkers' preferences. 

 

Following lunch, the journey continues, with breaks in between as needed, until the destination for the day is reached in the late afternoon. Upon arrival, you will settle into your accommodations at the teahouse and enjoy a hearty dinner. While this routine provides a general overview of a typical trekking day, it's important to note that each day may bring new experiences and variations. Some days may require waking up earlier than usual for new experiences or to reach a specific destination. Thus, expect unique experiences every day you are walking the Himalayan trail.

 

WAT Team

Our team of experienced and skilled guides and porters will assist you all through your journey. Our guides hold government licensing for mountain trekking, hence are trained and government-authorized. Proficient in intensive wilderness first aid, responsible tourism, effective communication, and professionalism, they are dedicated to ensuring a seamless journey. Beyond their commitment to smooth operations, they are enthusiastic advocates for Himalayan landscapes, investing deliberate efforts to promote their beauty. Recognizing their dedication, we ensure fair compensation and comprehensive care for our team members, considering them integral to our operations and deeply valuing their hard work.  

 

We also prioritize the safety of our team members, providing them with the necessary gear and training to ensure their safety. We also strive to provide a safe and secure working environment, with zero tolerance for any form of harassment or discrimination.

 

Alternative Trekking Route

Apart from the traditional trekking path leading to Everest Base Camp, numerous alternative routes present distinctive adventures and viewpoints of the Everest area.

 

1. EBC Trek with Chola Pass & Gokyo Lakes

One of the exciting trekking routes besides the classic Everest Base Camp Trek is the EBC - Cho La Pass - Gokyo Lakes trek. This journey includes visiting one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, seeing the largest glacier- Ngozumpa glacier, and crossing one of the most exciting mountain passes- Cho La pass (5420 m) alongside the majestic backdrop of Everest massif. It is an incredible journey that lasts for about 3 weeks and offers one of the most breathtaking experiences for trekking admirers.

 

2. Everest Base Camp with Three Passes Trek

Everest Base Camp with Three Passes trek is an exhilarating trekking route in Nepal, offering both challenges and rich rewards. This adventure involves exploring iconic landmarks such as the Gokyo lakes and Ngozumpa glacier, as well as crossing three formidable mountain passes: Kongma La (5306m), Cho La (5420m), and Renjo La (5345m). Additionally, trekkers have the opportunity to visit Everest Base Camp and ascend Kala Patthar. Despite its physical demands, this journey promises incredible experiences and breathtaking vistas.

 

3. Everest Base Camp with Heli Return Trek

Another captivating way to experience the Everest region is through the Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli Return. Following a similar itinerary to the classic EBC trek, this option eliminates the need for trekking back by foot. Instead, trekkers conclude their journey with an unforgettable helicopter ride, offering a bird's-eye view of Everest Base Camp and the majestic hike to Kala Patthar.

 

Departure after Trek

To make your journey smooth, our team will arrange a drop-off service when it’s time to depart. It is part of our complimentary airport transfers included in our trek package. One of our representatives will meet you at your hotel approximately three hours before your scheduled flight time. They will accompany you to the airport, ensuring a hassle-free transition, and bid you a safe journey back home.

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Reviews

Nacho G, USA

Unforgettable Experience of Everest Base Camp

The best Everest trekking guide! Deepak is genuinely exceptional. From the moment we embarked on our journey, his expertise, and passion for the mountains were evident. His extensive knowledge of the Everest region, coupled with his impeccable communication skills, made our trek an unforgettable experience. Deepak's patience and understanding were remarkable, as he catered to each group member's needs and pace, ensuring that everyone felt comfortable and safe throughout the entire trek. Not only did he provide valuable insights into the local culture and surroundings, but his infectious smile and positive energy lifted our spirits even during challenging moments.

If you're planning an Everest base camp trek, I can't emphasize enough how invaluable Deepak's guidance and companionship are. He goes above and beyond to ensure an incredible adventure, and I wholeheartedly recommend him as the ultimate Everest trekking guide.


 

Fureena, USA

Excellent trip to ABC & EBC with a Professional Guide

A very special thanks to my really good guide, Deepak. I don't think I can find a better one. I traveled solo and he was always there advising me on things to buy, also taking good care of me and answering all my queries during my trek. When I had blisters and walked with so much pain, he always made jokes to make me feel better. Would choose Alpine Treks because of Deepak on all my future Nepal trips as my trip was a success! The Alpine Treks team is amazing and everyone showed more care than interest in money which I found truly amazing. They always prioritized my safety, and food and made sure I was always contented with everything. They give very good service. Deepak personally sent and fetched me from the airport and they always had lovely greetings and farewells.

My trip went very well because I decided to go with World Alpine Treks. It's really important to find the right trekking company and I especially recommend them as they were more interested in my well-being and to enjoy my stay in Nepal more than anything else. There was full transparency from the start to the end & Deepak always answered every query I had even before I arrived in Nepal. World Alpine Treks is a trustable, honorable company and I would recommend it to all. Have been on a hiking trip to EBC, ABC & Annapurna Circuit with them.


 

Victoria O, USA

Everest Base Camp Trek Experience 

The Everest Base Camp Trek with Deepak as a guide was probably the best experience of my life. It’s important to have someone taking care of you and looking up to your well-being, safety, and comfort while you are facing an experience as challenging. Deepak took care of booking the best and most comfortable accommodations all along the way, ordering our food, getting all the tickets (plane, national park, etc) since they were included in the price, and helped us manage the high properly (we had NO issues at all under his watch) and most importantly was super involved in making our experience perfect. We become friends with both Guide and Sherpa along the way.

I wouldn’t have imagined how amazing this experience would be. I am forever grateful to Deepak and his company, who also took care of helping us get last-minute clothes since our bags were delayed 12 days (this was completely out of their scope of work, and they did it only out of kindness and devotion to their job). I would recommend anyone who makes this experience with World Alpine Treks, a great and very professional company, and most importantly, owned by great people.


 

Horng C, Taiwan

Deepak is a Good Guide

I have been to EBC and had Deepak as my guide. He is very professional, warm, and cute. He took care of our group and helped us immediately with whatever we needed. During the 13 days, he gave us a lot of good suggestions to make the trip safer. I trust him and enjoy my time in Nepal very much. If you are going to Nepal for trekking, EBC is a good choice and Deepak is a good guide to consider.
我曾經去尼泊爾的EBC健行,並且認識了高山嚮導Deepak。他非常的專業、溫暖,而且很可愛。在10幾天的旅行中,他給了我們很多的建議,讓旅程更為安全。是一個值得信任的嚮導。


 

Fureena, Australia

Excellent trip to ABC & EBC with a professional Guide

A very special thanks to my really good guide, Deepak. I don't think I can find a better one. I traveled solo and he was always there advising me on things to buy, also taking good care of me and answering all my queries during my trek. When I had blisters and walked with so much pain, he always made jokes to make me feel better. Would choose Alpine Treks because of Deepak on all my future Nepal trips as my trip was a success! The Alpine Treks team is amazing and everyone showed more care than interest in money which I found truly amazing. They always prioritized my safety, and food and made sure I was always contented with everything. They give very good service. Deepak personally sent and fetched me from the airport and they always had lovely greetings and farewells.

My trip went very well because I decided to go with World Alpine Treks. It's really important to find the right trekking company and I especially recommend them as they were more interested in my well-being and to enjoy my stay in Nepal more than anything else. There was full transparency from the start to the end & Deepak always answered every query I had even before I arrived in Nepal. World Alpine Treks is a trustable, honorable company and I would recommend it to all. Have been on a hiking trip to EBC, ABC & Annapurna Circuit with them.


 

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