The trek to Everest base camp is one of the world’s great iconic walks following trail of legendary mountaineers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. If you like hiking trekking; it must be on your bucket list. Wilderness Excursion’s 12 Day Everest Base Camp trek with carefully designed itinerary authentically follows in the footsteps of these famous mountain climbers and allows plenty of time to acclimatize appropriately and enjoy the views of Himalaya.
This trip starts with two overnight stays in the magical city of Kathmandu, which known as “the city of temple” increasing numbers of tourists, retains it eastern, mystical charm. If you have the energy after your flight make sure to check out some of the best sites including the temple at Swayambhunath, for magnificent views over the Kathmandu valley, and to Boudhanath, the magnificent Boudhanth stupa with all the seeing eyes which symbolize “combination compassion and wisdom” according to Buddhist perspective. Our journey starts with the rollercoaster flight into Lukla: make sure you sit on the left for your first great views of chain Himalaya. The landing at Lukla can be a white knuckle affair but the pilots are incredibly skilful dropping the plane down onto a short steep runway.
Once safely landing at Lukla; a bustling mountain town situated at the altitude of 2800 meter above sea level, you will meet with your porters and after a final check you start your trek. On this lower part of the trek you will be walking through a series of prayer walls, manis and Sherpa villages with well cultivated fields in an area that is remarkably fertile. If you are hiking in mid Spring you will also have the most dazzling displays of native rhododendrons.
trail is generally downhill for the first day, although as the guides will explain Nepali flat means a whole lot of little ups and downs that don't gain you any overall height. Day two is completely different as nearly all the day is spent criss-crossing the valley on over wire brigdes spanning the Dudh Koshi river .
And all the time you are climbing steeply up to Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Khumbu region. Namche is a surprisingly large town where you can even find authentic Illy coffee and a really great chocolate brownie. Fill up here this is as good as it gets! From Namche you drop down and climb back up again to reachTengboche with its incredible monastery set against the backdrop of Ama Dablam, Everest and Lohtse. Next stop is Pheriche and then after a few more days you arrive in Gorak Shep the last stop before Everest Base Camp.
Everest from Kala Pattar Gorak Shep is an unattractive town as by this time you are well into the glacial zone and vegetation is sparse to non-existent. The star of the show here though is the trek to the top of Kala Pattar (5545m) immediately behind the village where you can get breath-taking views of Everest, the highest mountain on Earth.
From Gorak Shep you make your way up to base camp itself. This is a fairly flat hike over very rough and rocky terrain before you arrive at the entry to base camp itself where you will have time to rest, take pictures and soak up the views. You will then descend to Dingboche and over the next three days retrace your steps to Lukla where you can relax and celebrate with an ice cold beer.
Basically there are two trekking seasons in Nepal. For Everest base camp, Spring from March to late May, and Autumn from September to the end of November is the best season to trek. The summer months are very wet with the monsoon and winter is extremely cold. For a more detailed explanation about the weather in the Everest region and other factors that you should consider before deciding when to trek see Best time to hike in the Everest region. A summary of the weather conditions is below.
March to May
As Nepal moves out of its winter the weather starts to get warmer and showers are generally brief and infrequent. The early months are very quiet on the trails, the latter months less so, but still not as busy as in the Autumn. April and May is a fascinating time to vist Base Camp as this is when all the Everest climbers are in residence
June to August
With the arrival of the monsoon, temperatures rise, humidity goes through the roof and daily downpours in the afternoon are the norm. Unless you particularly like being wet this is a bad time to be in the Everest region but the Annapurna region still remains dry.
September to November
The busiest trekking season in Nepal starts in September and lasts into the early days of December when temperatures fall away rapidly. Warm, dry days and clear, chillier nights become the established pattern and rain showers are brief and light.
December to January
As the days get shorter the temperatures drop dramatically and with increased precipitation there are regular snowfalls which make for beautiful mountains but difficult trails. Trekking at this time of year can be exciting but only with the best of warm weather gear. We also have guided trek to Everest Base Camp inwinter. Check our video of Everest Base Camp winter trek.
Everest Base Camp is very popular as lodge to lodge trek. There are even chain of luxury lodges are available in many places and locations. Everest Summit Lodge and Yeti Mountain Home costs USD 160 – 200 per night on double occupancy basis. If you are staying in simple trekking lodges one gets to indulge in the local culture, traditional houses and lives of the welcoming Sherpa people who make trip more enjoyable. The cost of a room on twin sharing basis usually ranges from NPR 800 – 1200 (USD 8 – 12) for 2 pax in simple lodges. En suite rooms in moderate lodges may cost some USD 15-25 a night on twin/double sharing basis depending on quality and your selections. The price goes high as you walk higher. There are no en site accommodation at Dingboche, Pheriche, Lobuche and Goraksep in Everest Base Camp trek route as of our recent last treks.
Hiring a guide for this trek cost USD 25 – 35 a day depending on the quality, level of education, experience of guide and season. Porter hire costs USD 18 – 20 a day. The cost covers wages, accommodation, food of the guide and porter. Some companies also offer fresh guides and they can act as Guide cum Porter (PcG) he carries some 10-13kg for you and simply guides you. We recommend you to take an experienced licensed guide as Everest Base Camp trek is adventurous and high elevation area, if something goes wrong; you really need a good guide with all the technical knowledge for safety that your guide can handle crisis or critical situation. The training and experience of a licensed professional guide can make your trekking more fun and enjoyable. Hiring a Kathmandu based guide requires his/her transportation fare that cost around USD 100 for round Lukla flight. We have our official guides at Lukla in seaons, and no need to pay his flight to Lukla but only flight back to Kathmandu only.
Basically most of people start the Everest Base Camp trek from Lukla – a busy small mountain town that offers guest houses, restaurants, shops, groceries, bars and local bhatties (local teashops and bar). Several domestic flights run to Lukla from Kathmandu that cost USD 180 per flight per person. One can start the trek from Jiri that you need extra one week walking up to Lukla and continue to Base Camp (See our Classic Tenzing Hillary Everest Base Camp Trekking Route from Jiri). Also now one can start the trek from Salleri or Phaplu. Local jeep/bus are available to Salleri from Kathmandu that takes 12-13 hours drive. Lukla is 3 days walk from Salleri. Also there are flights available to Phaplu from Kathmandu. See our Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trek route)
Everest Base camp route is a remote and rural area all the goods are carried by mules, human muscles from Jiri that takes 10 -14 days and supplied by charter planes which causes it so expensive. As the elevation increases, the price of food increases and the menu choices decrease as it gets harder to transport more goods to remote places. The cost of each meal is approximate NPR 400 - 900 per meal but it might differ according to your selection of food. Approximately it will cost USD 20 - 35 should be enough for a day simple meals and tea/coffee though it really depends on your appetite and numbers of meal you order. In every lodges you are expected to eat in same place where you sleep. You will enjoy every bite, every sip after a hard day’s trek and the hard work of the men and mules required carrying them to such elevations. Every single piece of food feels worth every penny for the relief and joy.
Bottle of water/soda/coke/fanta/sprite: NPR 200 – 400 (USD 2 – USD 4)
Bottle of beer: NPR 600 – 800 (USD 6 – 8)
You just need Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee that costs NPR 3000 (USD 30) per person and Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance ticket price NPR 2000 (USD 20) per person.
As you go high, all things become costly due to the effort and cost of transporting things there. It is the same for all high elevation treks to the mountains in Nepal.
You will require to charge your camera, phones and others as you spent days there. The cost is usually a few dollars but in the long run it will cost you more to charge many things. The cost is higher to support the local hydropower stations and there are no electricity everywhere but solar power. If you want to reduce this cost, you might want to carry a solar-powered battery charger or a portable power bank of your own to make sure that you get to have fun the beautiful sceneries and share them with the world all the time. It will cost some USD 1-2 every full charge.
Every day of the trek is a draining experience and you may want to take a hot shower to get fresh. However, in the higher places showers or baths are not possible due to the cold and the cost. A gas geyser shower are available in most of the hotels and lodges that will cost USD 3-4 per shower. You are suggested not to spend long time in gas geyser shower room as it can be fatal for your health.
You may like to top for the services of the places you visit or the people you meet in the trails, It is usually a good idea to tip your guides and porters for their hard work at the end of trek at Lukla or in Kathmandu if they make your trip amusing, safe, and enjoyable. Various places in the high altitudes like the monasteries, stupas and schools will expect some form of a help from the tourists for the improvement of their infrastructures. You might want to keep aside a few dollars if you feel like contributing to such good causes. Hiking to the mountains of Nepal is one of the most adventurous trips you could ever enjoy. As you take in the magnificent beauty of the mountains and landscape, the warm welcome of the locals and the thrills of the track, you will get an experience worth every penny you spend. You may have confusion that how much to tip your guide or Sherpa? Here is an article that helps you about tipping in Nepa
The amount you pay for the same trek depends on your selection of travel agency. If you choose an international agency, they may charge you around USD 2000 to 3000 per person whilst as we are a local company; our full board package cost is USD 1155 per person on double occupancy basis for the year in 2019. Some agencies charge for their brands and the safety and convenience, local companies provide equally satisfying services. It is your choice to pick the agency according to your budget and travel plans however booking with local organization is your direct contribution supporting locals in Nepal.
Everest Base Camp Trek is a great fun, demanding and remote hike so you need to be ready to face hiking challenges. As the services (accommodation, food, guides, and porters) are the same as you go up, it does not make much sense to pay more for the same services. Do the research and make an informed decision so you get to enjoy the beauty, tranquility and unexplored treasures of the region without hurting your pocket.
A wonderful experience with Wilderness Excursion to Everest Base Camp. It has been an unforgettable trekking of 10 days in Khumbu Valley. Everything was very well organized by Pradip and his team. Many thanks to Guide Aital that was able to bring us to Everest Base Camp with safety and without any problem. He also arranged day to day accomodation finding best rooms. Many thanks also to Porter Chandra very strong and helpful during the track. It has been not only a trip into a fantastic natural environment but also we could meet and know more about splendid people and very unique culture. We also particularly appreciated Pradip honesty to explain every detail before the travel and for instance he signalled immediately that airplane to Lukla were not running from 1st April from Kathmandu but from Manthali and he immediately found an alternative solution for us. Thanks again !
Simply the best! Thank you Wilderness Excursion! And Big thank you Pradip! I did Ebc and Kala Patthar with Wilderness Excursion in March 2018! Everything was perfect! Highly recommend these guys! Thanks Pradip and Lhakpa Sherpa! All the best Janos!
My husband and I booked our Everest Base Camp trek through Wilderness Excursion working with Pradip. The process was seamless and we felt well-prepared heading into our trek. We had the most wonderful experience with our knowledgeable guide and helpful, friendly porter. We highly recommend Wilderness Excursion. Pradip is extremely professional, replies back very quickly and effectively communicated with us along with being easy to talk to. We had the time of our lives and plan on coming back to Nepal for more. Definitely worthwhile!
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 Nurbu Sherpa arranged everything and helped me a lot. Nurbu did not let me feel tired and boring. I have read about the Manaslu region and willing to go there with Wilderness Excursion again. I like to make a strong recommendation.
Hello fellow trekkers! We did Everest Base Camp Trek in Oct 2014 with Wilderness Excursion. I wanted to say thank you to Pradip and Jay Ram for the greatest trip of our lives! It's so important to have a guide you trust in those beautiful mountains... Jay Ram truly made it special. You get to know yourself and your limits (and amazed how high it is!!) while traveling in one of the most amazing places.... THANK YOU! And hope we will meet again... Rimma, Greg and Leonid
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