Everest Base Camp Trek, a traveling experience with a thrilling adventure.
The dream of many, Nepal Everest Base Camp lies in the vicinity where the World’s highest peak “Mt Everest” is situated. It is the base of Mt Everest. No doubt, every traveler from around the world has ‘Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek’ on their bucket list either they are capable of doing it or not. Here is A complete guide on trekking to Everest Base Camp.
Situated at the beautiful district Solukhumbu, Everest Base Camp is a paradise that offers the best view along with the natural and cultural experiences to its traveler. It is at an altitude of 5,350 meters from sea level which can be difficult and one might get caught altitude sickness. Nevertheless, if you can accept the challenge, just focus on it, go slow, prepare your self before, drink water and make it to the destination for the beautiful and adventurous experience.
Facts about Everest Base Camp Trek
- Altitude: 5,350 m Everest Base Camp and 5,643 m Kalapathar
- Location: Sagarmatha National Park, Everest region
- Permit: National Park Entry permit and rural municipal entry permit
- Duration: 14 days
- Level: Difficult
- Accommodation: Lodge/hotels/tea houses/guest houses/tented camp
- Best Time: March/April/October/November
- Attraction: Namche Bazar, Kalapatthar, legendary Sherpas, and their lifestyle, Khumbu glacier and icefalls, Tengboche Monastery, School made by Sir Edmund Hillary, view of peaks like Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Mt Everest.
Itinerary of Everest Base Camp
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Ramecchap and take a flight to Lukla (2,805m) & trek to Phakding (2,652m).
Day 2: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3,440m).
Day 3: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 4: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3,867m).
Day 5: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,413m).
Day 6: Trek from Dingboche to Day exploration at Chukung (4,730m) or Nagarjun View Point (5,000m).
Day 7: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930m).
Day 8: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp.
Day 9: Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5,360m) to Pheriche (4,930m).
Day 10: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche
Day 11: Trek from Tengboche to Monjo
Day 12: Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2,652m).
Day 13: Flyback from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel in Thamel
Cost for Everest Base Camp Trek
Accommodation and Food cost
Cost of Drinks
In Everest base camp, the cost of mineral water is USD 1 to USD 4 per bottle up to the journey. Likewise, tea and coffee cost USD 2 to USD 4 whereas a bottle of beer is USD 5 to USD 10.
Guide and porter cost
For Everest Base Camp Trek the rate of experienced guide id USD 30 per day whereas the porter charge is USD 20 per day.
Cost Includes and Excludes
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu, flight ticket.
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu, flight ticket for guide.
- Trekking Guide (Professional experience & License holder) as well as his accommodation, food, transportation, and insurance
- Porter (2:1 sharing basic maximum up to 25kg in one bag)
- National park fees and TIMS card.
- Hotel-Lukla airport-hotel transfer
- Government taxes
- Service charges
- Food and drinks – this would roughly be USD 15-25 per day, depending on how much and what you want to eat and drink of course!!
- Accommodation – please budget USD 3-5 per day for this
- Travel Insurance – you may want to make sure your travel insurance covers emergency evacuation at more than 5000meters.
- Kathmandu sightseeing – Before and/or after the trip you may want to take some time to explore world heritage sites around Kathmandu.
- Tourist Entry Visa – when you get to the airport, all tourists are required to pay the visa fee of US$40 (for 30 days). Note that the fee varies by the number of days you plan to be in the country. Just a word of caution that you can pay in any major currencies, except in Nepali Rupees! So don’t bother changing that much money to pay for the visa fee! (Also, don’t forget that photo of yours which is also required!)
- Trekking essentials – any trekking gears, boots, sleeping bag, down jackets, trekking poles, etc! This could all be rented (or bought cheaply!) in Kathmandu. Just walk around Thamel
- Hotels in Kathmandu – this could vary widely depending on the amenities you are looking for. Generally, you can find places between US$10 (budget backpackers) to US$250 (really high-end hotels). Medium range 3-star hotels are around $30-$40 for a double room.
- Tips for guides and porters – this of course entirely depends on you, but generally, it is expected!