Everest Base Camp Trek Nepal | Himalaya Expedition
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Difficulty

Moderate- Difficult

Max. Altitude

5643m

Duration

14 Days

Best Time

Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec

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Tour description

On the 14 day Everest Base Camp Trek, we get to experience astounding mountain views, glimpses of the life of the world famous mountain climbers (the Sherpas), enter Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site and tour high altitude Buddhist monasteries. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp of Nepal also provides us an opportunity to embark on an epic journey that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set off to in 1953. Our Sherpas, will guide us to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest. This adventurous trek package that also includes climbing Kala Pathhar( 5643m) to admire the panoramic views of Everest and other Himalayas. Nothing beats the thrill and sense of accomplishment that grips hikers on seeing the power and grace of the mighty mountain up close. The 14-day Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary is designed for trekkers who are in good health with average physical fitness. The ample distance covered between daily itineraries, steady gain of altitude and separate rest days ensures that we are properly acclimatized to fully enjoy our trek to the Everest base camp.

Note: If there is any delay or addition of extra day due to weather or any other circumstances other than the itinerary below, then an addition of Rs. 4500 plus taxes will be charged per person.


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EVEREST BASE CAMP

Is this Holiday for you ?

The trek is not a technically difficult undertaking. However, the high altitudes involved during the trek (as high as 5160m) and the cold of Himalayas, the temperature does go freezing after sunset. It will be vitally important that you have good personal winter gear to keep yourself warm and we will give you a list in effect to the same. You will be advised by the UFO guide to rest and keep your body hydrated as much as possible on the first day of arrival. Your oxygen levels will be monitored from time to time to check on the level of acclimatization. There is fair bit of walking to be done every day, and we would encourage you to do walking/running and breathing exercises. A fair level of fitness will be required to enjoy this trek. All the hard work before the trek will pay off when you enjoy this classic trek to the maximum by following in the footsteps of legendary mountaineers!

Trek to the most popular base camp in the World

Hike through iconic Namche Bazaar and views of Ama Dablam

Climb Kala Patthar (5643m)





  • 14 Days, 2 nights hotel, 11 nights lodges
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • max group size: 10
  • In the high mountains of Nepal, the maximum daytime temperature low down on our trip will be between 5°C and 15°C, with night-time lows way below 0°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and at the height of the day it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. However, mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or wind cannot be ruled out at anytime.

Start Date End Date Code Adult Price Status  
28-09-2019 11-10-2019 EBC10/19 1480 Guaranteed

  • Local English speaking guide team and porters (1 porter: 2 clients)
  • Standard Guesthouses/Lodge during the trek
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Hotel stay in 3-4 star category as per availability in Kathmandu
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary (National Park permit, TIMS, Staff Insurance)
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Medical kit with Oxygen and PAC
  • Sleeping bag (to be returned after the trek)
  • Down Feather Jacket (to be returned after the trek)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner
  • Domestic Flight and airport departure taxes
  • T shirt & trekking cap
  • Travel & rescue insurance
  • Visas
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc. (Budget for at least Rs. 250 per day for water)
  • Personal camera equipment
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Personal gear
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • International Airfare and departure taxes
  • Any extra charges pertaining to late or early arrival in Kathmandu or change in above itinerary
  • GST or any other taxes
  • We will be staying at lodges during our trek, and they, now, have extensive menu for your to choose from. The lodges have improved in quality so have the choice of foods with most lodges now offering an extensive menu. In order to allow clients to choose exactly what they wanted we now operate all our treks on a lodge only basis. You will need to budget for between $25-30 each day for all meals. Only 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners at Kathmandu will be included in the cost.
  • A single group transfer will be arranged from Tribhuvan International Airport to hotel in Leh at 1300 hrs. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel to Airport at 9 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 14 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at the Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the UFO office.
  • During this trip the group will spend 2 nights hotel and 11 nights in mountain lodges. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office. As you go higher in the mountains, the lodges will charge you to for charging you phone (NR 100) , shower (NR 300), and hot water refill (NR 300). All these costs are approximates and should be accounted for while budgeting for a trek.
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea served to you at around 7 am. At around 8 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 8.30 we should be back on the trail to our next destination. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your bag which will be transported safely to the next camp by a team of porters. Please make sure you fill you water bottles for the day ahead. Lunch will either be packed or at hot lunch at the next campsite. We walk an average of 5 -6 hours every day. On arrival at our mountain lodge, we can relax and take tea or coffee. Dinner is ready at around 7.30-8 p.m. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their beds.

How UFO makes EVEREST BASE CAMP special?

    Small Groups

We are all about small groups and personalized services! Small groups tend to bond together much more than large groups and also help us give personal attention to each client. Also are you not in the mountains to get away from the crowd?

    No Hidden Costs

Our adventure holidays have a lot of amenities and services included i.e accommodation, transportation, meals, staff et all. Right from picking you up at the airport we do not want you bother you with arranging or spending on anything other than personal expenses or some meals. Let us take care of you for the duration of your holiday! As we use mountain lodges for accommodation in Nepal, meals are not included during the trek.

    Transport

All your land transport is included in the trek as you land in Kathmandu. Your main backpack is also carried by porters for the trek duration. We want you to enjoy your walk in the mountains and not be bogged down by a heavy backpack.

    Accommodation

Your stay in Kathmandu will be at a 3-4 star facility hotel at the beginning of the trek as well as the end of the holiday. So you can relax in the city before catching your flight the next day.

    Guide client ratio

Our guide client ratio for treks is 1:4 for treks and 1:3 for climbing holidays. As we said, personal attention is paramount to us. As a responsible company, a local guide will always the lead the group so that you get the local perspective as well as generating employment in the area.

More reasons to love the experience

Stay in 3-4 star hotels in Kathmandu
Domestic flights included
Make new friends
Follow in the footsteps of legendary mountaineers
Personal attention to each client
Porters to carry your backpack

ITINERARY FOR THE TREK

DAY 1

ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU. CHECK INTO HOTEL.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by a UFO representative and transferred you to the hotel. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20-25 minutes. After your check in the group leader will set a time for your trek briefing to discuss in regards to the trek. The evening is free but your trek leader will organize a welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant. 



  Accommodation
Hotel
  Meals
Dinner

DAY 2

FLY TO LUKLA. TREK TO PHAKDING (2652M)

In the early morning you will take the spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m) with breath taking views of the Himalayas. The flight time is about 40 minutes and you will land at an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa’s in the mid-1960s. After landing you will have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load your trekking equipment. You will begin the trek by walking through the Lukla village and join the main trail to the Everest Valley. The walking is easy today with great views of Kusum Khanguru. We trek through small villages of Thadokoshi and Ghat. After passing through Ghat (2550m), it is only a short walk to Phakding



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
Breakfast
  Time
Fly 45min; 6km; 3-4 hrs

DAY 3

TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3446M)

From Phakding you will head towards the valley for Namche Bazaar following the Dudh Koshi river. You get spectacular views of Mt.Thamserku from Benkar.From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m), the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. After lunch, it’s fairly an easy walk till we get to the last suspension bridge. The views of Lhotse, Nuptse and Tawache come into views for the first time; you now make a steep ascent to get to Tope Danda where you have photo opportunities of Mt.Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. We now make a gradual climb to get to Namche Bazaar. 



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
No meals
  Time
10km; 5-6 hrs

DAY 4

ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT NAMCHE BAZAAR (3446M)

We have an extra day today for you to acclimatize. You can either go for a hike to Syangboche or do other optional walks around Namche. The stunning vista includes a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. The afternoon is free to wander through Namche. You can enjoy the bakeries, surf the Internet or buy souvenirs, etc.



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
No Meals
  Time
3-4 hrs

DAY 5

TREK TO THYANGBOCHE (3875M)

On today’s walk there will be opportunities to spot local wildlife including the beautiful Danfe pheasant, Himalayan Thar (mountain goat) and Musk deer. As we leave Namche Bazaar, you will climb towards the park headquarters and follow a contouring trail high above the Dudh Kosi river. Above Namche the route to Thyangboche becomes visible and is a fairly easy hike to Phungi Tanga. This is where we have lunch. After lunch you will ascend, initially steeply, through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forests to get to Thyangboche. The views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse Khantega and Thamserku are breathtaking. In the late afternoon we go and visit the Monastery to join the daily prayers with the Monks. This is one of the best spots for sunset. 



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
No meals
  Time
9 km; 5-6 hrs

DAY 6

TREK TO DINGBOCHE (4360M)

After breakfast we descend through the alpine forest to get to Debuche. You might be lucky enough to come across Mountain Goats and the Musk deer as it is mostly seen here. After crossing the Imja Khola the trail gradually climbs up with views of Ama Dablam to the village of Pangboche for morning tea stop. We then ascend gradually high above the Imja Khola River and passing the tea houses at Shomare and Orsho before crossing the river to get to the lodge at Dingboche. The scenery is spectacular and although Everest disappears behind the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge here but you get stunning views of Ama Dablam and Island Peak. Today you will be completely above the tree line and the temperatures could drop quickly. The nights could be freezing from here on and you might start to feel the altitude from here. It is important to take notice of your trek leader’s advice and recommendations regarding rest and fluid intake



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
No Meals
  Time
12km; 6-7 hrs

DAY 7

REST & ACCLIMATIZATION AT DINGBOCHE (4360M)

Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of small fields enclosed by stonewalls. The walls protect crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds. It is occupied mainly through the monsoon months, when large numbers of yaks are brought here to graze in the valley pastures. There are plenty of options for your acclimatization, you can climb Nakarsang or take a walk through the Hukung valley. The views are fantastic with Makalu, the 5th highest mountain coming into sight and other mountains surrounding you. The afternoon is free for you to explore Dingboche. 



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
No Meals
  Time
3-4hrs

DAY 8

TREK TO LOBUCHE (4930M)

In the morning you will ascend the small ridge behind the village above Pheriche Valley. From the chorten at the top, Taweche and Cholatse (6440m) make a striking scene. To the north, Lobuje Peak (6119m) and the snowfields of Cho La dominate the skyline. The walking is now generally flat on wide-open fields. Late in the morning you will cross the Khumbu Khola at Dughla (4620m) and take a light lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of Khumbu Glacier. In the afternoon, there will be a solid and quite steep climb on a rocky trail to the top of the moraines. On the crest of the ridge, you will pass a line of memorial Cairns, built in memory of Sherpa’s and other climbers who have died on the various Everest expeditions. From here the view is spectacular - Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m), Khumbutse (6623m) and, across the border in Tibet, Changtse (7550m) can be seen at the head of the valley whilst Everest remains hidden behind the towering walls of Nuptse and Lhotse. You will then follow the valley stream to the lodge at Lobuje, arriving early afternoon. Today will be tiring but the fantastic scenery makes it all very worthwhile



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
No Meals
  Time
8 km; 5-6 hrs

DAY 9

TREK TO GORAK SHEP TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (5160M) TO GORAK SHEP

Today we start early for Gorek Shep following the broad valley that runs parallel to Khumbu Glacier. A gradual ascent enables you to build the slow, steady rhythm required when walking at high altitude. When you reach the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier, you will make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with Cairns that eventually leads to the surprising glacial sands of Gorak Shep (5160m) - reached after about three hours of walking. After a quick bite you will gear up appropriately and head off towards the Everest Base Camp. The trek to the base camp will take you around three hours and if trekking in the popular climbing period of March to May, you will almost certainly encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to expeditions here.

From Everest Base Camp you won't get views of Mount Everest, but you will be able to see the notorious Kumbhu Icefall that flows from the Western Cwm, which is regarded as technically the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain. The return journey from the Base Camp to Gorak Shep takes the same amount of time.



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
No Meals
  Time
12km; 7-8 hrs

DAY 10

TREK TO KALA PATTHAR (5643M) & PHERICHE (4200M)

Today you make an early start for Kalapathar (5643m) to experience the sensational sunrise views from this amazing vantage point. From the lodge the ascent is quite steep, so you should start very slowly and try to ascend at a steady, rhythmic pace. Kala Pattar is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It is a tough walk because of the altitude, but the 360-degree view from the top will surpass your wildest imagination. It will probably take about two hours to reach the summit from Gorak Shep.Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest, the highest mountain in the world, will surround you. About three kilometer’s away and some 200 metres below, the area of the Everest Base Camp can be seen in a bowl at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice Fall. The descent back down to Gorak Shep is easy and once you have returned to the lodge you will have breakfast and retrace your steps back to Lobuje and to Thugla for lunch. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola and head down the valley to Pheriche for the night 



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
No Meals
  Time
12km; 7-8 hrs

DAY 11

TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAR (3446M)

From Pheriche you will cross the Khumbu Khola River and ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge for great views of Imja Valley, AmaDablam and Kantega. You will then descend to the small settlements at Orsho and Shomare before passing through Lower Pangboche to reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River to ascend back to Thyangboche for lunch. In the afternoon you will descend steeply through beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea, you will cross the Dudh Kosi River and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and on to Namche Bazaar, where you will spend the night.

 



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
No Meals
  Time
10km; 5-6 hrs

DAY 12

TREK TO LUKLA (2860M)

Today after breakfast we visit the shops in the bazaar before descending steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. You will follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where you will stop to have the permits checked out at the national park. It is only a short walk via Benkar through blue pine and rhododendron forest, with great views of Kusum Kangaru, back to the lodge in Phakding for lunch. After a good lunch it’s only a short walk in the valley before making the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. In the evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner, followed by a few celebratory drinks and dancing with your Sherpa companions. 



  Accommodation
Mountain Lodge
  Meals
No Meals
  Time
18km; 7-8 hrs

DAY 13

FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU (1360M)

You will rise early in the morning today for your flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred back to the starting hotel. The rest of the day is free to do some souvenir shopping or further sightseeing. Your final night in Kathmandu offers you the chance to go out on the town and enjoy a final dinner (optional) with your travelling companions and newfound friends.  Farewell dinner will be organized for the group by UFO.



  Accommodation
Hotel
  Meals
Dinner
  Time
Fly 45min

DAY 14

INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE TO ONWARD JOURNEY

Your trip comes to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements. A departure transfer to the airport is included



  Meals
Breakfast

Why trekkers love us?

I am a mom of three under 5 and a baker. I signed up for the Rumtse to Tso kar trek in Ladakh with UFO. The trek made me experience views that are completely bookmarked in my head and very difficult for me to forget. The camping experience was nothing close to what I was expecting. As a first time trekker I could not ask for more. Thank you team UFO for an experience that is going to stay with me for a long long time !

Sumedha Singh

We had a great time with UFO on the Mardi Himal trek in Nepal. The arrangements of the pickup, hotels and lodges were top notch. We could follow our pace and make slight changes to the plans which helped us pace our trek and save an extra day at Pokhara. I would highly recommend UFO for your trekking adventures.

Atul Goyal

I wanted to introduce my 9 year old girl to trekking & camping and make it like a yearly family ritual. UFO team made our 2 day Benog Tibba Trek in Uttarakhand an experience to remember. Small details were taken care off and coordinated very well. My 9 year old now wants to go for a trek every year!

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Frequently asked questions

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?

If it were not for the altitude, the EBC trek would be considered fairly moderate. However, when you take the altitude into consideration, the trek becomes quite difficult. On average you will be trekking 5 or 6 hours per day and you will need a good level of fitness. With some basic training we believe the EBC trek is achievable for most people. 

HOW FAR IS THE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?

The total hiking distance from Lukla to EBC and back is 76 miles or 122 kilometres.

WHAT IS THE SCENERY LIKE ON THE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?

Rivers, valleys, forests, suspension bridges, monasteries, Nepalese villages and, of course, hugely tall mountains make up most of the beautiful scenery on this trek.

DO I NEED TO BOOK IN ADVANCE?

The EBC trek is extremely popular so we always recommend booking at least 3 months in advance. We run with a small team of very experienced guides and with short trekking seasons we get booked up quite early.

WHAT KIT WILL I NEED FOR THE TREK?

The key challenge on this trek is the big variations in temperature you will increase both between day and night and as you increase altitude from Lukla up to base camp. The best solution to this is lots of different layers of clothing that you can adjust to keep your temperature just right. And of course a really good sleeping bag.

HOW MANY DAYS DO I NEED FOR THE TREK?

We have found that our 14 day itinerary has a great success rate and a  very low risk of altitude sickness. 

WHAT TRAVEL INSURANCE DO I NEED?

You will need a specialist high altitude trekking insurance that covers you up to an altitude of 5500m and that specifically covers you for helicopter evacuation. The profile of the Everest trek means that it is not easy to descend quickly by foot and helicopter evacuation is sometimes essential.

WILL I NEED ANY VACCINATIONS FOR THIS TREK?

Any visitor to Nepal should have all their vaccinations checked as the list of what is recommended is lengthy and includes hepatitis A and B. You must check your vaccination record with your doctor

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE ON THE TREK?

Our EBC trek is based in lodges, which are often called tea houses. We have tried camping treks but find that staying in lodges is a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.  The standard of accommodation and the facilities available vary a lot but generally decrease as you go higher up the mountain.

WHAT WILL THE FOOD BE LIKE ON THE TREK?

Before the food in the lodges were relatively limited and the "Lodge" fixed menu was a good option. Since then, as the lodges have improved in quality so have the choice of foods with most lodges now offering an extensive menu. In order to allow clients to choose exactly what they wanted we now operate all our treks on a lodge only basis. You will need to budget for between $25-30 each day for all meals. 

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?

Our crew are some of the very best paid in Nepal and tips are not a substitute for wages. Tipping is though part of the culture in Nepal and we recommend  $15 per day per guide and $8  per day per porter. These amounts are for the group as a whole and not per person.