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Everest Base Camp Trek 12 Days

Everest Base Camp Trek 12 Days

Trip Overview

Maximum Altitude:
5545m
Trip Region:
Everest
Best Season:
Sep-Dec, Mar-May
Duration:
12 Days
Difficulty:
Moderate
Activity:
Trekking
Price from
$1230
People
Prize
  • 1 Person $1460
  • 2 Person $1230
  • 3 Person $1200
  • 4-7 Person $1150
  • 8-10 Person $1080

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Highlights

  • Enjoy the panorama of world’s highest and famous peaks with Mt. Everest.
  • Walk amidst Sagarmatha National Park, listed in World Heritage Sites.
  • Adventure for lovely forest of tall trees to barren mountain wilderness.
  • Enjoyable walk through lovely Sherpa Villages adorned with impressive cultures.
  • Stand beneath the giant South Face of Mt. Everest at Base Camp and Kalapathar.

 

Everest Base Camp Trek 12 days with Himalayan Friendly leads to enjoyable and exciting walks, having time to immerse within local cultures. As well as to marvel at the surrounding grand views of snow-capped peaks that follow you during the walks. Everest Base Camp Trekking is one of the most famous and popular adventures around the Himalayas and probably worldwide.

Since the conquest of Mt. Everest on May 29th, 1953, from then on, it has been exposed to the world. Regarding the picturesque country of the Khumbu and famous Sherpa, the Highlanders of the Himalayas.

Everest Base Camp Trek is a blend of scenic walks in the close harmony of local cultures. Make the Everest base camp one of the favorite adventure destinations among the trekkers and mountaineers.

12 DAYS EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK ROUTE

Trek to Everest Base Camp trekkers can choose several routes, but the best shortest option is flying from Kathmandu to Lukla. It is the gateway town for the various adventures around the high Khumbu Valley, including Everest Base Camp.

The first part of the adventure leads on a pleasant trail with few ups and downs through lovely Sherpa Villages. It is adorned, with religious fascinating monuments of prayer walls, spinning wheels, and Stupas.

The walk enters the Sagarmatha National Park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then enter within the cool shade of forest lined with tall rhododendrons, pines, firs, and oak trees.

As the climb heads towards the famed Namche Bazaar, the hub of Khumbu Sherpa and trekkers. An ideal place with perfect height to enjoy an extra day for acclimatization and short hikes to viewpoints. After spending a pleasant time at Namche Bazaar, the walk begins heading higher towards our major destination.

The trail leads with scenic views of Everest and surrounding famous towering peaks, then uphill to Tengboche Monastery.

One of the highlights of the treks is a beautiful location atop a high ridge amidst lovely forest surroundings. Where trekkers can enjoy the glorious panorama of Mt. Everest, Lhotse with the majestic peak of Ama Dablam.

At the Tengboche tour of the impressive colorful monastery, the adventure continues leaving the green tree lines and vegetation. Heading higher towards sheer mountain wilderness, around the scenic Imjatse valley at Dingboche for another rest day. For acclimatization, before reaching Everest base camp and around the higher terrains beyond Dingboche and Lobuche settlements.

From Dingboche walk leads to a slow climb with fabulous scenery of towering snow peaks and towering Rocky Mountains.

Towards Lobuche and then at Gorakshep the last settlement with several lodges before Everest base camp. On reaching Gorakshep from Lobuche, then heading towards the last final destinations to the much acclaimed Everest base camp. Stand beneath the world’s highest peaks of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse with stunning views of Khumbu Ice Fall.

After a great dramatic experience at Everest base camp, the next adventure takes you to steel climb on top of Kalapathar. A black rocky ridge, hence the name Kalapathar for black rock, stands atop the highest point of the adventure.

Rewards, breathtaking views of Mt. Everest at close distance with adjoining towering peaks of Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori. Enjoying the time of your life amidst the towering world’s highest peaks, the return journey leads to Namche Bazaar and back to Lukla. After a wonderful experience on Everest Base Camp Trekking with great services of Himalayan Friendly guide.

THE BEST TIME FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP TREKKING:

Nearly all seasons of the year for trek to Everest base camp, except in the wet monsoon during the mid-summer. The best seasons are spring and autumn/fall.

Spring starts from March till May, most days are bright with full of sunshine, the sun rises early from 5:30 a.m. and sets at 5:30 p.m. Can get cloudy in the afternoon sometimes, with chances of snowfall.

Cold morning, and late afternoon, as well during the night time with cold wind above 3,000 meters. Spring season is a lively time, with wildflowers in seasonal bloom, the rhododendrons and other species of flowers.

The next best season is autumn/fall, begins from September and ends in November. Most days are bright and clear for views and walks, but cold morning, late afternoon, until the night times. Chances of snowfall during the walks sometimes, nevertheless a pleasant season during autumn/fall for Everest base camp treks. Everest base camp trek can be enjoyed during the winter times despite the cold winter months. But most days are fine with sunny days, it gets dark sooner, due to short hours of daylight. Morning, and in shade the temperature is freezing, as well in the late afternoon, until nighttime. But an enjoyable time, with fewer numbers of trekkers to encounter.

Itinerary

Morning get transferred to Kathmandu domestic airport for scenic short flight to Lukla. During air-borne, enjoy stunning views of the Himalayan peaks with Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. After half hour or little more, then the small air craft land at Lukla’s Tenzing & Hillary Airport. Having time for refreshing stop and to get organized for the first day trek to Phakding. Start the walk through the town of Lukla then down and ups past nice villages to Phakding for overnight halt.

From Phakding the morning walk leads on pleasant trail with short down and up to reach Monjo Village. Then short walk to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, which is listed in the World Heritage Site. The Sagarmatha if a name for Everest in Nepal, the native knows as Chomolungma. From the park a short descent to cross a bridge above Dudh Koshi River. Then reaching Jorsalle, a small village for lunch stop. Afternoon walk leads to dense forest of rhododendron, and pine trees, a short climb to a ridge. The walk leads to cross a high bridge, as climb starts on a winding uphill path to Namche Bazaar.

Enjoy an extra day at Namche Bazaar, the hub of Khumbu villagers.
In Namche a weekly Saturday market held, hence the name as Namche Bazaar, a great place for rest day. Enjoy short hike to support acclimatization
before the high altitude walks to Everest Base Camp. The best hike is to the top of Namche Bazaar, for superb panorama of Everest, Lhotse and beautiful Ama
Dablam with an arrays of peaks. As well visit the interesting museum,
treasures information of the Khumbu region, the local culture, and of flora, fauna with mountaineering history. The other best hike is to Everest View Hotel of few
hours climb above Namche Bazaar. The first luxury hotels around Khumbu and Everest areas, listed in the Guinness World Record as the highest hotels.
From the hotel enjoy the great views of Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam, then walk down to Namche Bazaar. Rest of the afternoon explore Namche Bazaar lined with shops, stores and fancy restaurants, café, bakeries.

After a pleasant rest day at Namche Bazaar, adventure continues the walk follows

the scenic trail. Facing views of Everest with arrays of snow-capped peaks, as the

walk leads downhill to Phunki Tenga. A small place and popular lunch stop of the

trekkers en route to Tengboche and beyond. After lunch climb for few hours to

reach Tengboche and the Monastery, then check into a nice lodge.

At Tengboche tour of the monastery of cultural and religious interest with beautiful paintings. Tengboche located on a picturesque spot, enclosed by series of snow mountain range with views of Mt. Everest.

Breakfast with panorama of the majestic Himalayan Mountains with views of Mt. Everest. The morning starts heading downhill into serene woods, after getting across the bridge, leaving the tree line behind. Heading towards sheer mountain wilderness, then with gradual up to Pangboche, the last permanent village and human settlement. After Pangboche a short climb to Somare for lunch, with grand close views of Ama Dablam. Afternoon walk to exposed areas, then down to a stream, crossing a small bridge. The climb leads to winding up to reach scenic Imjatse Valley, where Dingboche is situated. Beneath the towering northface of Ama Dablam with views of Island Peak, towards east of the valley.  At Dingboche enjoy the comfort of a nice lodge accommodation, and marvel the beautiful surrounding scenery.

Enjoy another rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and take a short hike to scenic ridge top of Nakarjung. From this high point fabulous views of the surrounding snow peaks with close look of Ama Dablam and Island Peak. Includes views of world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu in the east direction, after a great scenic hike, back to Dingboche. Afternoon, at leisure and explore around Dingboche nice settlements with shops, lodges and restaurants.

From Dingboche, adventure heads slowly lead towards our destination, the morning walk heads to a short steep climb. On reaching above Imjatse Valley and Dingboche, then enjoy climb on a gradual uphill with more winding gentle path. Then towards a small place of Thugla, located on the mid-way Between and Pheriche routes towards Everest base camp. Stopping in Thugla for lunch, afternoon leads to a steep climb of less than hour. To reach atop Thugla ridge, and then with gradual walk up to Lobuche for overnights top.

Morning rising early as possible, as well as carrying packed lunch for the long day hike to Everest Base Camp. The trail follows on level path with climb above Khumbu glacier. The walk continues towards Gorakshep, with a short descent

and entering the mountainous areas en route to Everest base camp.

Gorakshep, located on a wide glacial field beneath the towering Mt. Pumori and

Kalapathar black rocky hill. After a short rest, the walk continues heading towards

Everest Base Camp. The walk continues on gradual winding path across moraine

of rocks and glaciers, then reaching at Everest Base Camp.

Enjoy the dramatic arctic zone landscapes, beneath the mighty Mt. Everest

amidst, remorseless fields of ice, snow, rocks and glaciers. Standing close to

massive Khumbu Ice Fall, after an exciting moment at Everest Base Camp, return

walk to Gorakshep for overnight halt.

An early morning last big climb of the adventure, the hike to the top of Kalapathar high ridge. A famous and most popular for the grand views of Mt. Everest with surrounding towering giant mountains. The steep climb last for few hours, from the highest point of the trek. Enjoy the great close views of Mt. Everest, at a mere distance with Pumori towards north in front of Kalapathar top. After the memorable experience amidst world’s highest peaks, descend to Gorakshep for breakfast. On completing the major highlights of the adventures downhill on the same route till Thugla past Lobuche. From Thugla, the trail leads down to the Pheriche Valley, a pleasant walk to Pheriche for lunch and overnight stop. Pheriche a lovely settlement with many good lodges with close views of Ama Dablam, Taboche and Cholatse Peaks.

Morning walk heads downhill to the bridge, and then uphill to a small ridge with long descend to Pangboche. After a short refreshing rest, walk further down to a bridge, then climb to Tengboche Monastery. As the walk reach you back into green vegetation and tree lines, enjoy the stunning views from Tengboche. After Tengboche down to Imjatse River at Phunki Tenga, with short steep up to Shanasha village. From this small settlement walk on a pleasant winding trail to Namche Bazaar for overnight stop.

The last and long day trek to Lukla, enjoy final walk of the adventure on leaving Namche Bazaar. Morning walk with long descend to Dudh Koshi River Valley, then the walk gets pleasant, on gradual path to Jorsalle. After crossing a bridge with short steep climb to national park and then reaches Monjo Village. After Mojo the trail follows to cross a long bridge, towards Phakding for lunch, afternoon an enjoyable walk. Following the winding gentle path with last final climb of an hour to reach Lukla, by late afternoon. Enjoy the last overnight at Lukla and around Khumbu, Everest region.

Morning as time for flight to Kathmandu, walk to Lukla’s Tenzing & Hillary Airport. After checking in get on abroad in a small aircraft for short scenic flight to Kathmandu. On reaching at Kathmandu airport, a short drive takes you to your hotels, rest of the day at leisure for individual activities.

Include/Exclude

Include

  • Pickup and drop off from your Hotel
  • Flight transportation from Kathmandu/Lukla/-Lukla/Kathmandu or from Ramechhap to Lukla and Lukla to Ramechhap.
  • Three times daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.
  • Fully licensed, English speaking trekking guide
  • Porter to carry your gear (1 porter for every 2 clients)
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • All government, local taxes, and official Expenses
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking
  • Duffle bag for trekking
  • Trekking map

Exclude

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Travel insurance that covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • International flight airfare
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "What is included?"

Useful Info

Food and Drinking water en route Everest base camp:

Glorious food the most important en route trekking to Everest base camp or other adventures. To keep you fit and able to enjoy the trekking, all lodges provide comprehensive food menus of great variation. Including from breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as light snacks, refreshing drinks and bakery products in some lodge restaurants.

Trekkers once enters the well kept dining hall, will be surprised to find various choices of foods, snacks and drinks. The breakfast menu either a set or Ala Carte: Includes eggs of choices from boiled, scramble, poached or omelet. Served with loaf, pancakes, breads toasted, or as it. is with hash brown potatoes, grilled tomato. As well cereal like oat porridge, corn flakes, and granule or muesli to enjoy with warm milk. Followed by black or milk tea, coffee milk/black and hot-chocolate, Horlicks or Bournvita the energy drinks.

Lunch is light en route trekking, can be anywhere around the best small lodge restaurants or Tea-House. Mostly trekkers enjoy as time permitting and how hungry one is. The lunch either fried noodle with vegetable or fried rice, fried potato and eggs, noodle soups. Including Tibetan bread which is quite popular along the trekking route, or simply boiled potatoes. Fresh fruits are scarce, due to its availability and season wise, but one can have canned mixed fruits.

Dinner to enjoy, from tomato, onion, chicken light soups followed with papadom (a crispy dry thin Indian cracker) or popcorn. The main course, from fried or boiled noodles, spaghetti, Nepal famous Dal Bhat, fried rice. Dinner can be set or La Carte’: In large group of more than 4-6 is best to have set meals, this will save fuel and time.

As for drinking water, available in all places either or mineral bottled water. One can buy from the lodge boiled and filtered water for drinking.

On high altitude walk to keep you fit and able, drinking much water helps and supports with acclimatization. Bottled Mineral water can be quite expensive, rather to buy clean boiled water from the restaurants. As for Eco or Responsible Trekking, we do not encourage plastic bottled water it created garbage.

Not healthy for environment and Eco Tourism, can buy only in some rare situation when you are sick and desperate. Drinking alcohol is not healthy going uphill around higher altitude it causes problem and de-hydration. Trust the above information will thoroughly help the trekkers planning for wonderful Everest Base Camp Trekking.

Accommodation en route to Everest Base Camp Trekking:

Trekkers and visitors will be amazed and surprised with lodge’s accommodation around the Khumbu region of Everest. Trekkers have the options for various standard of lodge accommodation for overnight stops, en route to Everest Base Camp.

From Lukla onwards to Dingboche trekkers can choose from budget, standard or luxury lodge accommodation.  From Namche Bazaar till Tengboche and few places in Dingboche, most lodges provide common bathrooms and toilets. In most places, the rooms are on a shared basis with common bathrooms and toilets. Due to harsh weather and terrain conditions. The plumbing systems for running water freezes in the morning, evening, and nighttime. Due to freezing temperatures from Namche Bazaar onward, using hot showers will be at extra cost. Especially sharing common bathrooms and toilets. All lodges have electricity to light the large dining room powered by local hydro or solar power.

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FAQ

1 .) Everest Base Camp Worth Trek?

Certainly it is an adventures of a lifetime experience to stand beneath the towering world’s highest peak. It is one of the dreams to millions travelers being close to Mt. Everest. It is a scenic trekking, where you will be enclosed by giant snow peaks. In the close backdrop of beautiful local cultures with warm hospitality of the Sherpa, the highlanders of Everest and Eastern Himalayas.

2 .) How Hard And Difficult Is Everest Base Camp Trek?

Everest base camp trek is not that hard nor difficult, the route and trail are straightforward. Depending upon the trekker’s fitness, the walk leads on gradual winding path with few short steep ups and down. The climb to Namche Bazaar is quite tiring but can be easier, taking it slow with enough short rest.

The other steep climb of few hours to Tengboche Monastery, but enjoyable with uphill through lovely forest. Rest of the walk leads to gradual ups, the only hard and difficult. Most trekkers might feel tough, is due to the gain in altitude, but taking slowly will be the best. The last final tough climb is to Kalapathar Hilltop for closest views of Mt. Everest. Rest of the walks on the way back is easier with few short ups and more downhill to enjoy to reach Lukla.

3 .) Has Anyone Lost Their On Everest Base Camp Trek?

Very rarely and few trekkers have lost their life in the past decades, on trekking on their own without guide. At present the situation has changed no trekkers are allowed to trek on their own, for safety purpose. Trekkers do catch HAS (High Altitude Sickness), but fades soon after getting acclimatized with rest days.

For very sick person, are air lifted on a helicopter to the hospital in Kathmandu, Since the Government made rules for foreign trekkers to be accompanied by local guide. From then no incident of death has been recorded so far since the trekkers has to trek with a guide.

4 .) Where Is Mount Everest Camp Located?

There are two base camps for Mt. Everest, as the mountain straddles the borders between Nepal and Tibet, China. The North Base Camp is near Rongbuk in South East Tibet, the most popular is South Base Camp. Located in the district of Solu-Khumbu around Nepal Far North Mid-East. Approx. 300 km or 187 miles from

the capital city Kathmandu, takes about 11 to 12 days round trips from Lukla to Lukla with flights both ways.

5 .) How Cold Is At Everest Base Camp?

The temperatures and climate, depending upon seasonal wise, spring are quite warm during the day. About maximum 15 to 25° Celsius during the day from

10 am till 2 pm. Afternoon can get windy adding wind-chill factor, the minimum temperatures will be -0 to -10° Celsius. In the morning, late afternoon and nighttime, as well in shades away from the sunlight.

6 .) How Hard And Difficult Is Everest Base Camp Trek?

Everest base camp trek is not that hard nor difficult, the route and trail are straightforward. Depending upon the trekker’s fitness, the walk leads on gradual winding path with few short steep ups and down. The climb to Namche Bazaar is quite tiring but can be easier, taking it slow with enough short rest.

 

The other steep climb of few hours to Tengboche Monastery, but enjoyable with uphill through lovely forest. Rest of the walk leads to gradual ups, the only hard and difficult. Most trekkers might feel tough, is due to the gain in altitude, but taking slowly will be the best. The last final tough climb is to Kalapathar Hilltop for closest views of Mt. Everest. Rest of the walks on the way back is easier with few short ups and more downhill to enjoy to reach Lukla.

7 .) Has Anyone Lost Their On Everest Base Camp Trek?

Very rarely and few trekkers have lost their life in the past decades, on trekking on their own without guide. At present the situation has changed no trekkers are allowed to trek on their own, for safety purpose. Trekkers do catch HAS (High Altitude Sickness), but fades soon after getting acclimatized with rest days.

 

For very sick person, are air lifted on a helicopter to the hospital in Kathmandu, Since the Government made rules for foreign trekkers to be accompanied by local guide. From then no incident of death has been recorded so far since the trekkers has to trek with a guide.

8 .) When Is The Best Time To Visit Everest Base Camp?

Spring and autumn/fall are the best seasons for trekking to Everest base camp, as well as for all Himalayan destinations. Spring is the high times for trek to Everest base camp, as for the mountaineering expeditions. The spring begins in March and ends in May. The next right season is autumn/fall starts from September last till November, but much cold morning, and night time. Interested trekkers can enjoy Everest base camp trekking during winter season also, despite the freezing temperatures, morning and night time. But most days are fine for views and pleasant walks.

9 .) Where Is Mount Everest Camp Located?

There are two base camps for Mt. Everest, as the mountain straddles the borders between Nepal and Tibet, China. The North Base Camp is near Rongbuk in South East Tibet, the most popular is South Base Camp. Located in the district of Solu-Khumbu around Nepal Far North Mid-East. Approx. 300 km or 187 miles from

 

the capital city Kathmandu, takes about 11 to 12 days round trips from Lukla to

 

Lukla with flights both ways.

10 .) Is There Money Exchange Route To Everest Base Camp?

Money exchanges are available, in few place along the routes like in Lukla and Namche Bazaar. Where Government Regisrated Bank and ATM exists, trekkers can change the money in these banks and draw money through ATM.

 

From Lukla and Namche Bazaar there are no money exchange counter or banks.

 

But some lodge owners do accept foreign currencies with Nepali money as per the official rates or little bit higher.

11 .) What is the walking pace during trek

The average pace of walking is 2 miles per hour. But It can be increased or decreased according to your comfort.

12 .) How Much Money Do I Need For Everest Base Camp Trek?

The money to carry as per one needs for personal expenses, when booked for the full package with Himalayan Friendly. Accommodation and foods are included that is breakfast, lunch and dinner as per the trip cost. Including the services of guide and porters, the only extra is for own personal expenses.

Like using hot showers, charging electronic items, as well for extra snacks and drinks. As well tipping the guide and porters at the end of trekking, if you enjoy the services of the staff. Normally carrying at the average of US$ 20 per day for own personal requirement. On top extra money for as gratitude for the staff, about US$ 100 It also depends upon the size of group, which make the tipping easier than on smaller groups of trekkers. The rest is for emergency purposes in case the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, get delayed or cancelled. Due to bad and unfavorable weather, might have to use helicopter services as well. Where your insurance should cover, if needed.

13 .) Can I buy trekking gear from Kathmandu?

Yes, you can buy trekking gear from Kathmandu. Thamel is the best place to buy trekking gear.

14 .) What is the limitation of weight for the Lukla flight?

Ready for the Lukla flight? Remember, there’s a weight limit. You can bring up to 15 kg of baggage, including your hand-carry and trekking gear. So pack light and smart for an epic adventure!

Price from
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People
Prize
  • 1 Person $1460
  • 2 Person $1230
  • 3 Person $1200
  • 4-7 Person $1150
  • 8-10 Person $1080

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