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The Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek is a spectacular excessive altitude trek within the mountains of Nepal. Put together for jaw-dropping surroundings and a novel cultural experience exploring the difficult trekking routes across the highest mountain on the planet.

We’ve achieved loads of trekking in Nepal together with two treks to Everest Base Camp (EBC). On this submit, we talk about price, itinerary, guides, porters, altitude illness, methods to get to EBC and provides packing and money-saving suggestions.

Essential Replace for 2022 – All airplane flights to Lukla can be operated through Ramechhap Airport from the 1st of October 2022.

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Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Everest Base Camp trek overview

  • Distance – 120 km/75 mi
  • Days required – 12 days
  • Whole ascent – 6015 m/19 734 ft
  • Whole descent – 5821 m/19 097 ft
  • Highest level – 5640 m/18 500 ft Kala Patthar
  • Issue  – troublesome 
  • Permits – Native Authorities price (NPR 2000/US$17 pp.) and Sagarmatha Nationwide Park allow (NPR 3000/US$25 pp.) are required. No TIMS card wanted for the trek.
  • Price per day – US$29 (with out flights) $58 per individual per day together with permits and transportation.
  • Information – not obligatory, might be achieved independently, with a information/a porter, or in a gaggle.
  • Lodging – visitor homes

The place is Everest Base Camp (EBC)?

Everest Base Camp is positioned about 150 kilometres (90 miles) northeast of Kathmandu within the Khumbu area of Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 metres

Everest Base Camp is a camp the place climbers keep and put together earlier than beginning to climb the world’s highest mountain. There are literally two base camps for climbing Mount Everest, the North Base Camp in Tibet and the South Base Camp in Nepal. The Nepalese camp is the Everest Base Camp that most individuals confer with.

hike to Mount Everest Base Camp?

You will have three primary choices on methods to do the trek to Everest Base Camp, you may both do a package deal tour by an company, do it by your self (no group or information) however rent a porter or information or do it utterly impartial. 

  • Doing an organized tour by an company is an effective choice in case you are alone or not assured to do the trek unassisted, it’s a neater however dearer choice. 
  • Discovering porters and guides in Kathmandu is simple, simply go to any native company they are going to help you to prepare employees on your functions.
  • Doing it your self isn’t laborious and airplane, bus or jeep tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla is the one factor that it’s a must to arrange. You observe a really clear path, everyone stays in the identical little “cities” with many tea homes, it’s not essential to e-book something.

We’ve achieved the EBC trek impartial twice, trekking independently on a reasonably frugal finances our price was $645 (together with the flight) start and finish in Kathmandu in March 2020. You possibly can see our optimized Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary we suggest.

If like for us attending to the highest of Everest is out of your finances however you continue to wish to climb one of many Seven Peaks you would possibly think about conquering Mount Kilimanjaro, the very best peak in Africa, or climbing Mount Elbrus, the very best peak in Europe.

Organised Everest Base Camp Trek

For some nice treks with respected worldwide firms check out these nice excursions.

In case you are trekking in season escape the crowds by climbing the extra quiet manner and experience unreal views of well-known mountains similar to  Okay 43,  Taboche, Cholatse,  Nuptse and Everest. Climb the powerful Gokyo Ri peak for spectacular panoramic views, take a look at this superior 16 day trek itinerary, climbing to EBC through Gokyo Lakes!

How A lot Cash do I Want for Everest Base Camp Trek?

For an entire cent by cent price breakdown of our trek to Everest Base Camp in 2020. Price of trekking to EBC alternative ways in a nutshell:

  • Bundle tour EBC trek with worldwide company $1700
  • Bundle tour EBC trek with native company $1600
  • Impartial EBC trek with a information and porter $1370
  • Impartial EBC trek with a information $1085
  • Impartial EBC trek with a porter $930
  • EBC Trek utterly impartial $645

When you finances round $700 for an impartial 12 day EBC trek you need to have ample cash for the trek together with flights, meals, water, tea, snacks, and lodging. The largest chance to economize is to go to Lukla overland as an alternative of flying, we talk about this later within the submit.

There are solely 2 locations the place you can find ATM’s on the Everest Base Camp hike that’s Lukla and Namche Bazaar.

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Campbell and Alya trekking to Everest Base Camp

Lodging on the Everest Base Camp Trek

Lodging on the Everest Base Camp trek is in Teahouses. Teahouses are mattress and breakfast lodges designed to host trekkers. EBC teahouse lodging in Nepal are easy, clear, and cozy.

Price of tea home lodging – value different between without cost and $Three so long as you order meals on the teahouse.

The partitions are skinny and the inside and outside temperatures are about the identical. You do get blankets on the teahouse and sleeping in a skinny sleeping bag in our garments below the blankets supplied was ample on the greater altitudes when it obtained very chilly at night time.

Bathe on EBC Trek – Every part will get dearer as you ascend. From Namche Bazaar on we needed to pay for decent showers. The common price of a scorching bathe was NPR 500 and after a protracted day strolling it’s undoubtedly price it! When you trek early within the season the water is usually frozen within the pipes and you may solely have a bucket bathe, a bucket crammed with scorching water, which is okay, however in February at Gorkshep it’s simply too chilly. We packed Moist Wipes and did a ‘dry bathe’. Pack hand sanitizer for laundry fingers when water or cleaning soap isn’t accessible.

Charging – there are lights within the rooms, however no plugs at most tea homes and it’s a must to pay for charging within the communal space, normally 200 NPR per merchandise or per hour.

There are not any electrical energy sockets within the bedrooms, can normally pay for charging within the eating room.

The tea home normally have a big eating corridor the place you eat and calm down with different visitors. Within the heart of the eating room is a fire that burns wooden and yak dung.

In any respect the lodges we stayed there have been now Western bathrooms. It’s a must to take your personal bathroom paper.

There are good lodges accessible in a number of the villages ($20 -40) see within the itinerary later within the article.

Meals on the Everest Base Camp Trek

The tea homes promote good meals and most of the people eat 2 or Three meals per day on the tea homes the place you keep. It’s anticipated that you’ll eat dinner and breakfast on the tea home the place you in a single day, if you happen to don’t you’re charged much more for lodging ($15 as an alternative of $3).

You possibly can eat properly if you happen to finances about $25 per day ($eight per meal).

Some widespread Breakfast choices trekking to Everest Base Camp: Tibetan bread (bit extra filling and oily than chapatti), Chapatti, Toast with jam or honey, French toast, Pancakes, Porridge with milk, Boiled or fried egg

Meals accessible on most tea home menus; Thukpa (noodle soup), Momos (dumplings), Sherpa stew, quite a lot of Soups, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Potato, Pizza, Sandwiches, Yak steak, Rice with curry, Burger with chips, Spring Rolls.

Dhal Bhat is the staple many individuals reside on in the course of the trek and the porters all the time eat this. at most locations it’s ‘bottomless’, when your plate will get empty they are going to refill your dahl, rice and potatoes, in the event that they don’t supply simply ask!

We normally had a late lunch when arriving (15:00) and never too lengthy after a reasonably early dinner (19:00).

Flights to Lukla, the beginning of the Everest Base Camp Trek

Flight Replace for 2022 – Attributable to airport upkeep work and heavy air visitors, all airplane flights to Lukla can be operated through Ramechhap Airport from the 1st of October 2022. Drawback right here is that you simply now must drive about Four hours to Ramechhap from Kathmandu to catch the flight to Lukla. Good factor is flights from Ramechhap are cancelled lower than from Lukla. Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla continues to be attainable by helicopter. Flights Ramechhap – Lukla $301 return

The simplest approach to begin the trek is to fly from Kathmandu to The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. 

Price of Flights to Lukla– we reserved our flights with Tara Airways in Kathmandu about two weeks forward with out paying. Flights Kathmandu – Lukla price $179 a technique with Yeti airways in 2022. Altering the flight dates are straightforward and free even whereas trekking. Our return date modified throughout our trek and we phoned Tara from a tea home on the way in which to vary our date. I’ll all the time suggest you reserve the primary flight within the morning since flights from Lukla to get cancelled on account of wind in a short time, we now have been caught right here for days on account of climate situations.

You might be allowed solely 10kg of baggage, hopefully you weren’t planning to hold extra! In case you are touring with extra baggage examine that you simply keep someplace in Kathmandu that may retailer your baggage safely with out cost.

The sloping Tenzing Hillary airport in Lukla, thought of by some as essentially the most harmful runway on the planet.

Our YouTube video of the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

Mountain climbing to Lukla from Kathmandu

Lukla is excessive within the Himalayan mountains with no roads reaching all the way in which right here, most individuals fly from Kathmandu to Lukla to start out the EBC trek. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla has some of the scary landings on the planet with the Lukla runway on an incline (enjoyable/fascinating land). The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is dear.

The largest chance for saving cash on the Everest Base Camp trek is by going from Kathmandu overland, skipping the flight.

Flights between Kathamandu and Lukla usually get cancelled on account of wind and I’ve heard many tales of trekkers spending a few days ready in Kathmandu to fly out or in Lukla to fly again. Our flight from Lukla to Kathamandu was cancelled the primary time we trekked to EBC.

We walked from Lukla to Salerri (2 days) and took an uncomfortable jeep journey from Salerri to Kathmandu for $20.

Coming from Kathmandu you are able to do the reverse and take a jeep from Kathmandu to Salleri. Salleri is 265 km away from Kathmandu. The experience is about eight hours costing about NPR 1,100 ($10) for Buses and NPR 1700 ($17) for Jeeps,  buses go each day from Kathamandu. You possibly can stroll from Salleri to Lukla in 2 or Three days.

An alternative choice is to take a bus to Jiri taking about 9 hours, from right here the trekking route doesn’t go by Lukla to EBC, it goes as follows Salleri – Ringmo – Kharikhola – Puiyan – Phakding – Namche, becoming a member of the principle route after 5 days at Namche Bazaar so there may be an additional 4 days of trekking.

A great way to hike is strolling the Jiri to Namche EBC route on the way in which up and taking the path to Salleri on the way in which down.

Everest Base Camp Trek Permits

Prior to now there have been 2 permits required to do that trek, a TIMS and a Nationwide Park allow. Each permits had been nonetheless checked at checkpoints alongside the route once we did the trek the primary time. Solely the native permits which are offered alongside the way in which are nevertheless now required on the trek.

Everest Base Camp permits required in 2022

Native allow  price NPR 2000 ($20) in Lukla.

Sagarmatha Nationwide Park Entry Allow (NPR 3000/$25 + 13% Govt. Tax) can be found on the entrance gate in Monjo or on the Division of Nationwide Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) counter at  Bhrikuti Mandap in Kathmandu.

Yak walking over a suspension bridge trekking to EBC
Trekking at excessive altitude there are lots of yaks on the route, carrying all the pieces the tea homes want, from constructing provides to meals.

Do you want a TIMS allow to trek to Everest Base Camp?

Prior to now, a TIMS ( Trekkers’ Data Administration Techniques) card was vital for trekking within the Everest area. The TIMS card is now not required for the Everest Base Camp Trek.  The TIMS card has been changed by the native space allow. TIMS could be required for different areas similar to Annapurna or Langtang

When you hike from Jiri or Salerri to Lukla you go by areas managed by totally different native authorities and a TIMS could be vital.

How Tough is the Everest Base Camp Trek?

For an individual of medium to good health stage the Everest Base Camp trek is of medium to strenuous issue. You stroll Four to six hours a day for 12 days, with a resting day or two for acclimatization. In case you are moderately match you need to be capable to do that carrying your personal backpack. Having porters make it simpler. No technical climbing abilities are required. No matter how match you’re, climbing to quick can lead to altitude illness.

Our EBC trek was 120 km/75mi, so that you stroll kind of 15km per day for about two weeks. It isn’t a flat strolling floor and typical of treks in Nepal there may be loads of going up and down. The gap you cowl doesn’t require tremendous health, the altitude does nevertheless make it fairly powerful, you begin at 3000m and climb 2400m additional to succeed in base camp at 5365m. Issue of the Everest Base Camp Trek is influenced by;  your pack weight, a porter could make it a lot simpler right here and season, in case you are chilly and depressing it’s undoubtedly tougher.

Stingy Nomads at Everest Base Camp
Alya on the Everest Base Camp signal.

Greatest time to trek Everest Base Camp

There are two distinct seasons for trekking to EBC. The finest months to trek to Everest base camp are within the  pre-monsoon season by March, April and Might or within the submit monsoon season from late September, October, November.

Pre monsoon (Feb-Might) the climate must be largely steady and dry, nice for trekking. We’ve achieved loads of trekking in Nepal between February and April. We cherished the landscapes on the EBC trek in March and actually most popular the spectacular snow lined mountains late February and early March to the landscapes in center April. This time of the 12 months was nevertheless freezing chilly. If you wish to hike to Gokyo Lakes simply remember that in years with loads of snow Cho La Cross at 5420m on the way in which to Gokyo Ri is usually closed in February and also you won’t be capable to cross.

Submit monsoon (late Sept-Nov) with much less haze and clouds on this interval it’ll usually present higher views of those spectacular mountains. This time is colder however a good time to hike to Gokyo Lakes. This can be a good season for trekking, however from October it may be loopy busy with packed teahouses, mix this with frozen water pipes could make for some frustrations.

Dec-Feb Mountain climbing nonetheless attainable however very chilly, as much as -30C at night time! Some instances loads of snow falls on the path, passes could be closed. Keep away from the crowds however convey correct gear!

Everest Base Camp Trek Ideas

The place to remain earlier than and after EBC trek?

We’ve stayed at a number of resorts in Kathmandu in numerous components of Thamel and most popular the placement Keshar Mahal Marang Road. A small and quiet dead-end road in Thamel with solely resorts, hostels, eating places and occasional retailers. The road is a 5-minutes stroll from the principle touristy space with a whole lot of retailers and businesses. There are a few nice eating places and occasional retailers close by.

We had fun staying at Aryatara Kathmandu Lodge, a pleasant place, huge rooms, snug beds, good breakfast (included), nice scorching bathe, AC, wi-fi, TV, and so forth. The room value contains free airport pick-up (for worldwide flights solely). Useful and pleasant employees. We saved our further baggage right here each time we went climbing without cost with none downside.

Extra choices in the identical road

Porters carrying equipment to Everest Base Camp
Porters working laborious carrying provides to Everest Base Camp.

Guides and Porters on EBC

Hiring a porter and information in Kathmandu is extra widespread than to do that in Lukla. You do get approached by touters or guides themselves in Kathmandu, however the most secure manner of doing that is by going to a neighborhood company. This manner you do have somebody to show to if there was an issue, your information can not simply disappear.

Some businesses in Kathmandu arrange that you simply meet your information in Lukla whereas some favor to ship a information with you from Kathmandu, on this case you’ll have to pay for the information’s flight, Nepalese residents fly at a lowered value of $100 for the return flight. You would not have to pay for meals or lodging on your information, they get this for very low-cost on the tea home or without cost for bringing you to the teahouse.

I’ll suggest that you simply meet with the
information earlier than, examine if he speaks adequate English, if you happen to belief
him and if you happen to get alongside. I’ve met guides which have climbed
Everest, a few of these guys are extraordinarily educated.

  • Be sure you are utilizing a
    registered information
  • The information must be insured

Two individuals can thus share a porter so long as you don’t make him carry an excessive amount of, I’d say most 15kg for a porter, however many firms let the porters carry 20 kg.

You possibly can finances $30 per day for a information, which might be shared by as much as 4 individuals and $20 per day for a porter.

Tipping the porter and information on EBC

Please remember the fact that a very good tip for the  porter/information is predicted. These guys are unreal and work very laborious. Tipping is an enormous a part of their revenue.

Insurance coverage for the Everest Base Camp Trek

We attempt not to consider what can go to mistaken an excessive amount of when attacking a brand new journey. Mountain climbing at excessive altitude in a distant location, there are clearly very actual dangers.  Insurance coverage is essential on any excessive altitude trek, altitude illness is quite common and since there are not any roads in these mountains if you happen to get critically injured or sick you’ll have to be evacuated by helicopter which could be very costly. Most journey insurance coverage won’t cowl excessive actions like excessive altitude trekking.  Get a quote right here for World Nomads climbing insurance coverage for Nepal that covers you to 6000m (that could be a ‘sure’ for Everest Base Camp at 5364m).

At all times learn the small print and be certain you purchase the right coverage. Be correctly lined for harm, evacuation, gear loss, journey cancellation and journey delays.

Doesn’t matter the place you reside or the place you’re for the time being, it takes lower than 2 minutes to get a quote and you should purchase it on-line even in case you are already touring. When you solely take out a coverage on your trek length it’s not too expensive, beginning in a few days? it’s not too late

Dangers Throughout Everest Base Camp Trek

Altitude illness (AMS) is the most important danger in the course of the Everest Base Camp trek. Different dangers are abdomen issues (diarrhea) and flight issues touchdown at Lukla airport, rated as some of the harmful airports on the planet.

Abdomen issues on EBC trek

Meat is carried by porters and never all the time refrigerated, attempt being vegetarian. Largest probability for an upset abdomen comes from water. Filter your water, easiest method is to hold a lifestraw bottle, shopping for plastic bottles all over the place prices loads and could be very dangerous for the setting, ending up in a landfill someplace within the mountain or getting burned.

Stopping Altitude Illness (AMS) in the course of the hike.

Altitude illness (AMS) is brought on by ascending to rapidly, climb slower to forestall it. Once we walked to EBC the second time we had a spare week earlier than our flight to Lukla and determined as coaching and acclimatization to do the Langtang trek. By the point we began the EBC trek, we had been used to the climbing within the altitude.

Altitude illness is quite common on the Everest Base Camp trek. It may well occur to anyone, regardless of how outdated or match you’re or you probably have earlier trekking experience.

Throughout our first trek to EBC we had been feeling very robust and didn’t cease to acclimatize at Namche Bazaar, once we obtained to Tengboche we had complications in the course of the night time, staying a second night time didn’t make AMS signs disappear and we circled and walked again descending 600m. This labored and we began ascending once more a day later with none additional issues. We persist with the rule of thumb now, not ascending greater than 600m per day.

Throughout our final trek to Everest Base Camp we did acclimatization stops at Namche and Dingboche and by no means had any issues.

yaks carrying supplies to EBC
At greater altitude donkeys are changed by yaks, for transporting meals, constructing materials and different items up the mountain. Some instances it’s a must to look ahead to some time for a practice of those beasts, loaded with cargo to go on the slender paths.

Hydration – Drink sufficient! Crucial keep hydrated.

Trekking Tempo -Don’t go to quick, no more than 600m enhance in altitude per day.


Many individuals take Diamox. At excessive altitude the air strain is low and fewer oxygen accessible, Diamox prevents AMS by performing as a respiratory stimulant.

We took Diamox alongside in our first support package, however didn’t use it. We met a number of different trekkers that had been taking Diamox they didn’t have AMS or any dangerous results from taking the drug, one of many guys mentioned he had some ‘needles and pins’ emotions in his fingertips when he began taking diamox, nevertheless it obtained higher with time.

Contraindications Diamox, it’s a diuretic so that you continually must urinate, I imagine it’s a ache to go to the bathroom within the chilly at night time. Needles and pins (paraesthesia) in fingers in toes, skilled by some individuals.

Porter carrying building material to EBC
Porter carrying constructing materials up the mountain to construct a brand new lodge. Everest base camp trek.

AMS Signs

  • Poor urge for food
  • Fatigue
  • Complications
  • Dizziness
  • Issue sleeping

In case you have solely have delicate complications you ought to be OK, however watch out AMS is harmful and  trekkers have died on EBC ignoring it and pushing by. You possibly can ask the recommendation of the skilled sherpas that personal lots of the tea homes. At Periche there’s a clinic with worldwide docs working there and a each day discuss on AMS.

Bear in mind if you happen to carry on pushing by extreme signs and also you would not have insurance coverage a helicopter to take you down can price a few thousand {dollars}.

Namche Bazar acclimatizing day
Namche Bazar is a very talked-about acclimatization cease on the EBC trek. Espresso, wifi and superb views from our tea home.

You must by no means be to fastened on an itinerary, stroll at a snug tempo, if you happen to don’t really feel properly relaxation.

Everest Base Camp Trek Map

Everest Base Camp Trek Various Routes

There are numerous superb trekking routes and peaks to hike and climb on this superb mountain. That is a number of the most typical hikes and climbs trekkers do round EBC.

  • Lukla to Salleri – it’s attainable to take a bus from Kathmandu to Salleri and stroll from right here to Lukla, no flights required to trek to EBC! This hike is nice for acclimatization and can prevent a few hundred {dollars} on flights!
  • Hike to Everest Base Camp through Gokyo Lakes – Add three or 4 days to your EBC trek by trekking to Goyo Lakes, six spectacular glacial lakes, positioned between 4,700m and 5,000m. Stunning panoramic views of well-known mountains similar to  Okay 43,  Taboche, Cholatse,  Nuptse and Everest and the well-known glacial lakes, cross the attractive and difficult Cho La Cross.
  • Climb Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft)It’s a actual climb, critical mountaineering, that means it’s not  trekking. Be taught the required abilities and conquer a 6000m peak! Normally achieved as an additional Three days with an EBC trek.

Packing Ideas

We’ve achieved a number of treks in Nepal see our full Everest Base Camp trek packing record and video to see what we packed for this trek.

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