Everest Base Camp Trek (17 Days)



“Following the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing to the Greatest Mountain in the world! The ultimate challenge of the Everest base camp trek offers breathtaking mountain panoramas, this is one of the most inspiring places in the world to do it”

Trip Overview

Trip Name
Everest base camp
Total Duration
17 days
Fitness Level
Trip Type
Max Altitude
Highest Point
Kalapatthar “5,555 meter
Trek Start
Arrival on
Kathmandu, Nepal
Hotel in city and Guest Houses/Lodges or Camping in Trekking
Breakfast in City and three meals per day during the trekking in Mountain
Trek Days
12 days
Group Size
02-12 pax
Trek End
Departure From
Kathmandu, Nepal

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla- One of the most interesting Himalayan Airstrip flight in the world
  • Trek to the foot of breathtaking Everest, the world’s highest mountain
  • Explore Sherpa villages and get to know the gentle spirit of the Sherpa people
  • The highland monasteries, the sacred mani-walls engraved with Buddhist prayers, colorful prayer flags portraying spirituality, the memorials, Chortens and the every aspect that demonstrates Tantric Buddhism of Nyingma Pa Sect.
  • The floral and faunal biodiversity of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Kalapatthar for the whole view of Everest

The Everest region is one of the most popular and spectacular destinations in Nepal, for trekkers and mountaineers alike. It offers a fascinating and enjoyable environment. This trip start with a full day tour of Kathmandu’s famous Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas. With UNESCO, World Heritage Sites in the valley, you can step back in time to the Golden Age of Nepal’s art and architectural history, as well as see the richness of its modern daily life.

After exploring exotic Kathmandu, you’ll fly in to the remote mountain town of Lukla and begin your trek, our trek to the base of Mount Everest will surpass your expectations. We ascend in true expedition style, savoring the quintessential trekking experience with our guides, crew and porters as we ascend to the base of the world’s highest mountain. Our carefully devised itinerary reflects our proven track record, with time for safe acclimatization ‑ the key to any successful trek in the Everest region. Our trail leads through the famous villages of Namche and Khumjung as well as Thyangboche monastery that reflect the renowned Sherpa culture. We include ascents to Kalapatthar (5555m) from where our guides will point out the classic climbing routes to the summit. A foray is also included to Everest Base Camp from where expeditions prepare to climb the world’s highest peak.

Outline Itinarary

Day 01
Arrive in Kathmandu (1300meters) and transfer to Hotel
Day 02
Full day guided sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley
Day 03
Kathmandu fly to Lukla (2804 meters) trek to Phakding (2610 meters) 3-4 hrs.
Day 04
Trek to Namche bazaar (3440 meters) 5-6 hours.
Day 05
Rest day at Namche Bazar
Day 06
Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters) 5-6 hours.
Day 07
Trek to Dingboche (4350 meters) 5-6 hours.
Day 08
Rest day in Dingboche
Day 09
Trek to Lobuche (4910m) 5 hours.
Day 10
Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorakshep (5140m) 6-7 hours
Day 11
Hike up to Kalapatthar (5555 meters) trek down to Pheriche (4200 meters) 8-9 hours.
Day 12
Trek to Namche bazaar (3441 meters) 5.30 hours.
Day 13
Trek to Phakding (2,640 meters) 6 hours.
Day 14
Trek to Lukla (2,860 meters) 3-4 hours.
Day 15
Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 16
Free day to explore more highlights of the Kathmandu valley
Day 17
Final Departure


Detail Itinerary


On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do’s and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day’s sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus.
Accommodation: Hotel
Meal: Welcome Dinner (drinks excluded)


“Places to visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa along with visit to Carpet Factory, continue touring around Kathmandu Durbar Square with rickshaw tour in lanes of old city.”
This morning, after breakfast at the hotel, we proceed drive by our private vehicle to visit Pashupatinath Temple, famous among the Hindus. The temple is situated amidst many other temples on the right bank of the river Bagmati. Pashupatinath is the guardian spirit and the holiest of all Shiva shrines in Nepal.

Pashupatinath is regarded as one of the most important places of pilgrimages for the followers of Hinduism. Thousands of devotees from within and outside the country come to pay homage to Pashupatinath every day. And on special occasions like Ekadasi, Sankranti, Mahashivratri, Teej Akshaya, Rakshabandhan, Grahana (eclipse), Poornima (Full moon day) people congregate here in far greater number. Pashupatinath area is also included in the list of world cultural heritage sites.
Spending an hours in Pashupatinath Temple, we will continue drive to our next destination sites Boudhanath Stupa. This Stupa is primarily for Buddhists. You will be the next one to take walks around the big Stupa. Buddhists walk around this temple, known as KORA around the Stupa. We will see locals, and elderly folks walking and praying around this Stupa.

The Great Stupa of Boudhanath is the focal point of the district, and in fact, until the 1980’s there was very little else here. Since then, there has been a construction boom, and outwardly, at least, there is little these days to distinguish it from any other congested Kathmandu suburb. The culture, though, remains very much Himalayan with a strong presence of Tibetans and Sherpa. This can be evidenced by the number of restaurants selling Momo’s and thukpa and other Tibetan favorites. When traveling into the area, it is often the sight of maroon clad Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns that indicates you are getting close. Although Boudhanath is a fascinating area with many Buddhist temples and eccentric characters, don’t come expecting to find a peaceful and quiet environment to sit and contemplate the wonders of the Stupa. You will have a lunch break in Boudhanath Stupa. After the lunch break we will then continue drive towards our next destination for today is Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the important historic and tourist destinations sites in Nepal. This massive complex is home to palaces, temples and courtyards. The original center of Kathmandu is often named as Basantapur, Hanuman Dhoka or Durbar Square all denoting the same location. Kathmandu Durbar square has various historical royal and governmental institutions mixed with temples of different styles and ages. It may seem a little bit crowded with lots of buildings and temples built around on a very small area. This important historical attraction has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the Durbar Square, we can also visit the very small BEAD shops. There are small shop that weave beads that come from outside of Nepal. This is a tradition jewelry of the Nepalese women.

The main attraction of Durbar Square is Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex. The striking palace was named in honor of the monkey god, Hanuman, and a statue of the unusual deity stands at the main entrance way. The palace is decorated with elaborately carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuvan Memorial museum and the Mahendra Museum. In 1672, during Pratap Malla’s reign, an image of Hanuman was placed in front of the portal to keep away evil spirits and disease. The figure still looks threatening though centuries of anointing with mustard oil and cinnabar (vermilion) have eroded its features. Here, we will also do short tour rickshaw in lanes of old city. In the late afternoon we will return back to hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel
Meal: Breakfast


Visiting: Lukla, Choplung, Ghat and Phakding small Sherpa settlement
“The mountain flight into Lukla is spectacular and the landing an exciting beginning of the trek – one end of the runway is 60m (197ft) higher than the other.”

An early morning you will be transferred from your hotel to the Kathmandu airport for the domestic flight to Lukla. The flight itself is awe-inspiring, as you fly parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibet/China. Flying time to Lukla (2840m) “Tenzing and Hillary Airport” is approximately 25-30 minutes. Upon arrival in Lukla, you will meet with our trekking crew, then porters loads our luggage before heading off on the trek towards Phakding. There will be time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load equipment. Lukla lies at an altitude of (2,840m.) and means “place of sheep”. From Lukla, you descend northwest on a wide trail to the village of Choplung in the Dudh Koshi Valley and river that flows down from the Himalayas, crossing hanging bridges along the way, pass camps and keep an eye out for the Mani stones, which boulders carved with Buddhist inscriptions. The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), we reach at Phakding.

Accommodation: Guest House / Lodge
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Visiting: Phakding, Dudhkoshi River & Imja River, crossing highest suspension bridge
After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi, the walk is pleasant, with a few short ups and downs, until you re-cross the Dudh Koshi from the village of Benkar, taking in the magnificent view of Thermasarkhu (6,608 m.). You then cross the long suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River to reach Monjo, situated below the spectacular peak of Thermasherkhu and a few minutes’ walk from the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. At the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, your trekking permit (especially the park ticket) is checked, as the park keeps a record of all trekkers in the area.

From here, a short descent brings you again to another suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River, after which you reach a bridge to Jorsalle village, the last village and the only place to shop until Namche Bazaar. The walk from Jorsalle village is pleasant, following the river until coming to the last bridge over the Imja Tse River. The walk to Namche Bazaar traces a winding, uphill path, with a magnificent view of Kwangde Peak and its other sister peaks towards the east and with Kusum Kangaroo at your back. As you climb higher, you can view the Mt. Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse, and Tawoche Peak, all the way up to Top Danda, where there is a stone wall for porters and trekkers to rest on. From here, another 1-2 hour walk takes you to the destination of the day, the famed Namche Bazaar, where the colorful houses are situated in amphitheater style.

Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) is the staging point for expeditions to Everest and other Himalayan peaks in the area. It is also is a prosperous market town selling everything from Tibetan artefacts to trekking and climbing equipment. The visitor center at park headquarters has detailed information on various climbs in the area, memorabilia from different mountaineering expeditions, and information on the lifestyle and culture of the Sherpa people.

A historic trading hub, famous for its homemade yak cheese and butter, Namche is situated on the slope of an arch-shaped mountain, which allows you to oversee the sights of glorious mountain peaks throughout the valley, day and night. Once a capital of Khumbu, where Sherpas from neighboring villages and Tibet would gather to trade commodities, and would display their traditional arts and crafts, Namche Bazaar – to this date – hasn’t forgotten its ancient culture and royal hospitality.
The town, maintaining its reputation, is now a tourist hub since it is a gateway to the Himalayas. One of the popular stops along the Everest route, this little village-town, is a Sherpa dominated trading center that seems to have it all. Besides a good number of hotels, restaurants and equipment stores, one can even find a proper pub and cyber cafe. It is good to halt here for a couple of days to acclimatize by walking in and around Namche as acclimatization cannot be done in a hurry. A visit to Syangboche or some Sherpa villages such as Thame, Khumjung and Khunde just a few hours walk from Namche are good options for whiling away your time here.

“Every Saturday morning, Namche Bazaar lights up with its weekly market gusto. The market is a spotlight in the middle of the town, and traders from Tibet and other villages come with the pieces of arts and goods to attract the hearts of their potential customers.”

Accommodation: Guest House / Lodge
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


“An acclimatization day allows for an excursion to Thame and Khumjung, the green village”
Visiting: Around Namche
This is the first of the two days set aside for “acclimatization”. Health experts recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day’s hike to Everest view Hotel (3880 meter/) or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar, with breathtaking views of the surrounding snowcapped giants and the deep valleys way down below. Where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. There is also an interesting museum providing with various information on the history of the Himalayas, the geographic information of the area, cultural practices, mountaineering history, and flora and fauna of the region.

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (drinks excluded)


Visiting: Tengboche Monastery & local Sherpa homes
After breakfast, the trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with magnificent views of the mountains. After a few hours walk, the path descends towards Fungi Thenga, where you will stop for lunch. After lunch, you ascend through a beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron trees before reaching Tengboche after two hours. We trek to an altitude of 3,860 meters today. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning, depending on how the day’s trekking went.

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (drinks excluded)


Visiting: Visiting Monastery, Debouche villages, Pangboche villages
From Tengboche the trail drops to Debouche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of Mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time so we avoid getting affected by the altitude.

After a rewarding time in Tengboche, the trail descend through a forest of birch, fir, juniper, and rhododendron before it finally reaches Debouche, a lovely spot situated at 3,650 m., with magnificent views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. From Debouche, the trail meanders past a long prayer Mani wall. The path is gradual until you reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of the Imja Tse River. From here, it is a gradual ascent most of the way to Pangboche village. Lush vegetation vanishes as you gain altitude. After Pangboche, it is a short climb to Somare for lunch. Somare is a small settlement with a fantastic view of Ama-Dablam. From here, you can see the northern face of Kantega peak. After a pleasant break in Somare, your journey continues gradually towards the east; after an hour of walking, just before a small wooden bridge, the road splits in two directions, going towards Pheriche or towards the east, which is the trail you will follow. From here, you can see a totally different view of Ama Dablam, its towering north face. From the bridge, the trail climbs slowly, winding above the Imja Tse River, until you arrive at a big Mani stupa. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as it enters the Imja Tse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse, with a view of the eastern snow-capped mountains, including Island peak or Imja Tse (6,189 m.). Dingboche is situated amongst beautiful patchwork fields enclosed by stone walls, which protect the crops of barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (drinks excluded)


Visiting: Dingboche
Acclimatize in Dingboche, with an optional acclimatization hike to the Nangkar Tshang (approx. 5016 meters and about 3 to 4 hours round trip).

We spend our second day of acclimatization at Dingboche. A refreshing breakfast while admiring a looming Ama Dablam (6856m/ 22493 ft.) to the south is really fantastic. To better appreciate Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Lhotse and numerous other peaks visible from Dingboche, we climb the ridge on the north behind the village. This will be an ideal acclimatizing excursion. Upon this juncture, we can see three of the world’s six highest peaks, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Cho Yu. To the west, loom the towering peaks of Cholatse (6440 m/21,126 ft.) and Tawoche (6542 m/ 21,463 ft.). As we look northwest, we see an array of peaks rising at the head of the Khumbu Khola valley. The Lobuche West and Lobuche East peaks are most dominant along with Lhotse, which stands over 8500 meters (8501m/27, 890 ft.). From a vantage point high on the ridge, we can scan the sweeping Imja Khola valley as well as the picturesque fields and pastures of Dingboche.

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (drinks excluded)


Visiting: Mani stones & alpine area
Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. Today’s most of the trail leads you uphill to a small prayer monuments (Chorten) and past the village down below, from where you commence trekking on the gradual uphill path with awesome views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. After a good two hours of hiking, you reach Thuglha (Dughla). From here, the path climbs towards a small ridge (4,600 m.), where you can observe a memorial for climbers who died on the Everest expeditions. From this spot, the walk to Lobuche is an hour or two on a good trail. Lobuche, situated just below Lobuche peak, is well-sheltered from the strong Himalayan wind. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude.

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (drinks excluded)


Visiting: Everest Base Camp & Gorakshep
This is another big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5365 meters, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. We wake up early and after tea, we hike to Gorakshep crossing through the huge boulders and glacier part. The walk is pleasant except for the high altitude gain, the trail is gentle for an hour with few short steep climb before reaching the moraine and glacier portion, great view of the Khumbu glacier down below with striking scenery of the high snowcapped mountain in front of you, after going through the moraine section a short descend brings you at Gorakshep, after a break here continue towards Everest Base Camp for another two hours, the path is quite rough in some section. Base Camp is lively in the high climbing season, after being here at the foot of Number One retrace the journey back to Gorakshep.

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (drinks excluded)

Note: On the day to EBC packed lunch or some snacks will be arranged by our guides to take with you for EBC.


Visiting: Kalapatthar & Pheriche small Sherpa settlements
This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of the morning on this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patthar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555meters. The ascent is demanding, but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028 ft., 8848 meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5180 meters then treks down to Pheriche. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (drinks excluded)


Visiting: Pangboche villages, monastery & same route back to Namche Bazaar
From Pheriche we take a slightly different route down to Orhso, then to Pangboche village. Here is the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a ‘Yeti’, or the abominable snowman. Leaving the mountains behind us, our descent takes us through Tengboche Monastery at an elevation of 3860 meters before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar at 3441meters. We arrive back to Namche Bazaar in the afternoon. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (drinks excluded)


Visiting: Mane, Suspension Bridges, Small Sherpa settlements
Leave Namche Bazaar and descend to Phakding Village on the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. Leaving Namche Bazaar, we have a big descent today to Phakding. If the weather is clear, take plenty of photos of your final views of the great peaks we’ve enjoyed so much along the way, including Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. We’ll not see them again after reaching Phakding.

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (drinks excluded)

DAY 14: TREK TO LUKLA (2840M) 03-04 HRS

Visiting: Small Sherpa settlements
Today is a challenging final day of trekking from Phakding to Lukla as we begin with a descent, then climb 600′ to end in Lukla.

Although we are travelling the same route down, we have completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance, snow-covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing an impressive faith in Buddhism and a culture of prayer stones and flags. Upon arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smiles on our faces!

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (drinks excluded)


Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel. If we get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, we can visit to some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for authentic Nepalese goods. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner at Nepali Restaurant where we can pick our meal from their carefully crafted menu that offer a wide range of choices. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meal: Breakfast


Enjoy a free day exploring on your own or join us for an optional city tour. The tour is likely to feature Kathmandu Durbar Square or the ancient city of Bhaktapur. The reminder of the day is at your leisure to shop or relax before your journey home. (Note: Reserve day for return flight from Lukla in case of inclement weather).
Accommodation: Hotel
Meal: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner (drinks excluded)


The journey has come to an end today! There is nothing to do but we just trade emails to travel companions and organize our photos. If we have more time we can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from office will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure trip in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Meal: Breakfast
Note: If you have more time in Nepal you can join our leisure or adventure extension trips like White Rafting, Jungle Safari on elephant back-Paragliding and Bungee Jump.

Welcome to the Himalaya

Welcome to the Himalaya

Namaste and welcome to the stunning and diverse geographical regions of the Himalaya.

This wonderful place is home to many of the highest mountains in the world including the world’s highest, majestic Mount Everest, to some of the deepest gorges, lush valleys, great rivers, colorful people and ancient histories. You’ll find a wide and fascinating diversity of landscapes, culture, people and activities within the Himalaya. From stunning scenery to vibrant and colorful culture, from the serenity and spiritualism of ancient temples and monasteries to the thrills and spills of some of the finest white water rides, from the challenge of the awesome peaks to the laid back relaxation of the valley, lakesides and quiet hill stations to the deep lush jungles of the lowlands, from romantic and intricate courtyards, exotic palaces and exquisite restaurants to high snowy passes where prayer flags flutter in the skies and from the solitude of the great peaks to the welcoming bustle and warmth of the local bazaars and courtyards. Whatever your interest, the Himalaya has something to offer everyone.

We are a leading trekking, adventure and eco travel company based in Kathmandu, Nepal. We specialize in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Cambodia and India, including Sikkim. Our services include advice, planning and organization of a wide range of adventure and trekking travel options and related services including: trekking and climbing expeditions among the world’s highest peaks; jungle safaris; white-water rafting; mountain biking; family adventures; educational expeditions for schools and youth groups; short breaks, guided tours and sightseeing; special interest holidays; romantic breaks; volunteer placements and corporate services.

Our office staff, guides and other support staff are all from local villages and towns in the Himalaya and are all experienced and qualified professionals. Our extensive local knowledge as well as our experience and local contacts mean that we are able to provide the best service to you and we are proud of our reputation for quality, innovation and overall customer service with a focus on cultural and environmentally responsible travel. We aim to provide you with an excellent, friendly and personal service at competitive and fair prices for a truly memorable adventure travel experience.

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We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fundraising programs, student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work closely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements, budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation, guides, transport, permits, peak fees, equipment requirements, food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And you can get on with enjoying yourself.

The Trekking Group

For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) this arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Everest Base Camp Trek for any group size, but generally we include a maximum of twelve people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking In the Himalaya

The Himalaya mountain regions provide some of the finest trekking routes available anywhere. Within the Himalaya, Nepal’s mountainous, hilly and lowland Terai regions offer some of the most spectacular trekking in the world. Treks vary from high altitude routes some of which visit base camps used by mountaineering expeditions to easy short treks within the Kathmandu Valley and lower hill country where you’ll travel through pretty villages, subtropical lowlands, vast meadows and forests, fast flowing rivers, deep canyons and even the cold and barren regions at the feet of the great mountain peaks. The views change with the seasons, with different stages of planting and harvesting cycles in the villages and valleys and the brilliant display of wild flowers in spring and autumn.

Trekking with us means an adventure walking holiday, with a small group of other trekkers, led by an experienced and professional English speaking local guide. We use professionally trained and experienced local Sherpa guides or Sirdar on our treks, tours and expeditions and are totally confident in their ability and experience. Local guides are integral to providing you with the best travel experience. Not only can they share local knowledge and insights, at the same time as you travel you are contributing to the local economy and supporting local communities at the same time as you travel. Whatever route you choose, you’ll be sure to meet local people and enjoy stunning landscapes as you walk at your own pace through well-established village trails. Whilst some of the popular trekking trails are used by climbing expeditions on their approach marches, most have been used for hundreds of years by the local Nepalese for everyday travel and trade.

Teahouse Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals, to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools, lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.


We will be accommodated in a 3-star hotel, in Kathmandu and teahouses/lodges during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. We will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Q: What types of meals served along the route in Everest area?

One can find many choices of food as per the lodge menu and season wise, as the trek leads higher above the menu varieties are limited due to cold and altitude wise, one can find from bakery items, rice / dal and mild veg curry, noodles to Yak or buffalo meat steak, soups with variations.


During our trip, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome for guests.


This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude.

Porter Care

We are firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. (International Porters Progress Group)

Environmental Concerns

The Everest Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do. Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Our employs a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Please talk to your leader to avoid environmental impacts.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of our trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

Physical Condition and Experience Requirements

This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers are fit and can walk for long hours with a light backpack every day. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for a few months prior to the trip is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform us before booking the trip. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.

Our Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walking rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, intended to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Best time to trek to Base Camp

The best time to trek to Base Camp is between March to May and October to end of December when the weather conditions are suitable for trekking. Arguably the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is in October and November when it’s dry and the weather is mild, although at higher altitudes the temperature still plummets below freezing at night so be prepared. The spring months between March and May are also prime trekking months, although temperatures are higher and there are occasional showers.

Equipment’s and Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by our company inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 23 pounds or 10 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets, Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance, Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts, Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.


Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions, Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs, Sunglasses with UV protection, Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves), Light and expedition weight thermal tops, Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover, Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, Down vest and/or jacket *, Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable


1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves, 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves, 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Lower Body

Non-cotton underwear briefs, 1 pair of Hiking shorts, 1 pair of hiking trousers, 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal), 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers, 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric


2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks, 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks, 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”), 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals, Cotton socks (optional), Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version


1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*, Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional), Rucksack and Travel Bags, 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon), 1 large duffel bag *, A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding, Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags, 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)


Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light), Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids),1 skin-blister repair kit, Anti-diarrhea pills, Anti-headache pills, Cough and/or cold medicine, Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide, Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant, Water purification tablets or water filter, 1 set of earplugs, Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies,

Practical Items

1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit, 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches, 1 compass or GPS(optional), 1 alarm clock/watch, 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries, large Ziplocs, 2 water bottles (1 liter each), 1 small folding knife, Binoculars (optional), 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks


1 medium-sized quick drying towel, Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable), Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable), Deodorants, Nail clippers, Face and body moisturizer, Female hygiene products, Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

Wet wipes (baby wipes), Tissue /toilet roll, Anti-bacterial hand wash


Reading book, Trail map/guide book, Journal and pen, iPod, Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps), 1 modest swim suit, Binoculars (optional), Voltage converter (from 220 to 110), Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs), Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Frequently asked questions

Q: I heard Lukla is dangerous to fly into. How true is that?

Lukla is indeed a dangerous airstrip as it’s one of the shortest in the world. That said crashes are rare, but have happened in the past.

Q: What religions and customs practiced around Everest?

The Sherpa people and Everest area is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, in every village you can find a monastery with priest called Lama.
The life style in daily life is of Tibetan ways of culture and traditions even the language is similar to Tibetans as Sher means east, so the Sherpa came from East Tibet to Khumbu area of Everest.

Q: Is Everest protected with National Park?

Everest area from Lukla onwards lies within Sagarmatha National Park which is the world highest park listed in the World Heritage Sites in 1979

Q: How is Everest base camp trek compared to other Himalaya area?

Trek to Everest base camp grade from moderate to adventurous with high altitude gain on the daily walk above 4,600 to 5,000 meters high.

Q: How are the views and sceneries around Everest?

On trek to Everest area daily views of snowcapped peaks of Tharmarsarku, Kwangde, Kantega, Tawoche, Cholatse, Ama Dablam including Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse mountains with views of deep valley and rolling hill landscapes.

Q: What are the landscapes and vegetation’s around Everest?

The Mountains of Everest region and Sagarmatha National Park are geologically young and broken up by deep gorges and glacial valleys. Vegetation includes pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes, fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods, scrub and alpine plant communities, and bare rock and snow.

Q: When is the flowering season around Everest area?

The famed bloom of rhododendrons occurs during spring (April and May) although other flora is mostly colorful during the monsoon season (June to August)

Q: What types of meals served along the route in Everest area?

One can find many choices of food as per the lodge menu and season wise, as the trek leads higher above the menu varieties are limited due to cold and altitude wise, one can find from bakery items, rice / dal and mild veg curry, noodles to Yak or buffalo meat steak, soups with variations.

Q: What is a teahouse?

The traditional trekking name given to a Nepalese guesthouse on a trekking trail.

Q: Are there dorm rooms available or just teahouses?

Most of the rooms are twin rooms. If you are alone, then you’ll have the twin to yourself. There are a few teahouses offering dorm rooms, but not many.

Q: On route trekking are lodge warm?

All the lodge are warm and cozy with pot belly iron stoves to warm the main dining rooms.

Q: What kind of people trek mostly?

Depending upon the choice of trekking and duration level of the holiday, Encounter Nepal has taken people from below 12 children to above 75 years elderly people.

Q: How can children and elderly people walk around Everest?

The good thing is that for young child below 10 and 70 yrs. above people a short trek to Tengboche is the limit due to altitude and health wise which is at 3,867 meters high.

Q: What kind of wildlife seen in the Sagarmatha National Park of Everest?

Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are the Himalayan Thar, goral, serow and musk deer. The snow leopard and Himalayan black bear are present but rarely sighted, other mammals rarely seen are the weasel, marten, Himalayan mouse hare (pika), jackal and languor monkey.

Q: What temperature exists around Everest area?

Temperature varies as per the season April to September temperature are normal below 05° C to 20° C morning and evening are cold while the day time is perfect with sunshine. Around October to March temperature gets below minimum -10° C to maximum 15° C during the day.

Q: What are the grades of Everest trekking area and duration?

We have programs from moderate, adventurous to challenging adventure trekking which leads to high passes of over 5,000 meters.

Q: What are the main views on Everest Base Camp trek?

Everest Base Camp offers incredible vista of worlds high mountains from Mt. Everest (8,848m / 29, 028ft) Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft.), Mt. Nuptse (7,855m-25,772 ft) Pumori (7,161 m / 25,772 ft) Ama Dablam (6,812 m / 22,480 ft) Kantega (6,782 m / 22, 380 ft) Tharmarsarku ( 6,623 m / 21, 855 ft) Kwangde (6,011 m / 19,837 ft) Kusum Khanguru (6,373 m / 21,030 ft) holy mountain Khumbila (5,761 m / 19,012 ft) extending to world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) with Island Peak / Imja Tse (6,160 m / 20,328ft) Lobuche Peak (6,119 m / 20,192 ft) Pokhalde ( 5,806 m / 19,159 ft) and many other adjoining unnamed peaks in the comfort of nice cozy lodge and Sherpa hospitality.

Q: How high is Kalapatthar what will I see?

Kalapatthar a small mountain which can be reached trekking uphill for few hours from Gorakshep located at 5,555 meters high with closest views of Mt. Everest with other adjoining high mountains.

Q: I’m genuinely scared of heights is this a problem?

Small local house on the Everest trail there are some narrow areas along the trek and some boulders to climb over or around. There are also some steep passes to overcome. Think 45 degree angles. If you can handle that, then you should be fine. The biggest obstacle for people who are scared of heights to overcome comes from crossing suspension bridges. This can be unnerving to say the least. Make sure your guide is aware of this and prepared to deal with any issues that may arise e.g. fainting etc. Here’s a photo of a Nepalese suspension bridge to give you an idea.

Q: Is it necessary to buy bottled water? Can’t we drink boiled or tap water?

Yes tap water is available but it’s sourced from a natural spring. There may be bacteria in it. Boiling water is a safe option as is using water purification drops or pills. Teahouses charge for boiling water (50-80 rupees per liter)

Q: Are there any ATM’s on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Yes, but they don’t always work and are only available sporadically. It’s far better to get all your money ready in Kathmandu. You can get cash advances from hotels but there are also steep fees involved with some charging up to 10%. Money changers will also offer cash advances but again you will be looking at 8-15% rates. Upper scale hotels will take credit cards but again with fees. It’s far, far better to bring Nepalese rupees with you. In a fix, bring some US Dollars or Euro for back-up.

Q: Is it a good idea to carry food stuffs and cook it using dry wood at higher altitudes?

There’s very little wood available over 4000m. You will also not be allowed to cook inside teahouses. You can however bring your own snacks or supplementary foods. E.g. cheese, cans of tuna etc,

Q: Can bring my own tent to Everest Base Camp?

Yes you can. But you’ll need to be prepared for the elements. I would advise this only if you are experienced in outdoor camping. Some guesthouses will charge a nominal fee for you to camp there. Likewise keep in main things like camping stoves, fuel and food which will need to be carried.

Q: Can I charge my camera batteries on the trek? Should I bring a Kindle, iPad or Laptop?

Yes you can charge batteries but you’ll be charged by the hour and you’ll have to bring your own charger. Same goes for laptops, phones or anything else that you need to plug in. Charges vary between 100 and 500 rupees per hour. I personally wouldn’t bother bringing a laptop on a trek, it’ll be bouncing around all day and subject to damage. As for iPad’s or Kindles? Well keep in mind that you will be meeting others on your treks and will be going to sleep early so there’s not always time for reading. There are usually a few old magazines in teahouses that can be read.

Q: I have allergies, will food be a problem on the trek?

Depends on your allergies! The most common form of food on the trek is Dal Bhat, a plate mix of rice, vegetables and lentils. Here’s an exact look at the type of dal Bhat you’ll get on a trek. Menus do have a wide choice of plain pasta, noodles, pancakes and rice based dishes.

Q: What altitude does Yak exists?

Yaks are found grazing over the pasture in the high country above 3,000 meters high.

Q: Is Yak used for carrying loads?

Yes, Yak are the beast of burden been carrying loads for mountaineers, trekkers and for merchants.

Q: Why Yak not used below 3,000 m?

Yak cannot survive below 3,000 meters due air current, temperature and vegetation that they are not used lower area for grazing.

Q: What alternative below 3,000 m for carrying loads?

From Lukla onwards using human porters and from Lukla Jokyo ( a cross between yak and normal cow) are used for carrying loads as they can survive both above 3,000 to 6,000 meters and as far to 2,000 meters below.

Q: Do I need special travel insurance for the Everest Base Camp Trek?

It really depends on the small print of your current travel insurance provider. Many will not include mountainous trekking or mountain climbing. Do check with them to confirm that trekking to Everest Base Camp is covered by your policy. Many do or will not cover you above certain altitudes either. World Nomads is a provider that will cover you based on different altitudes, but again you need to be sure to select the correct level of cover for your trek! Keep in mind that a typical rescue costs $5,000 just for the helicopter alone, so it’s strongly advisable to get insurance cover. Here’s an article I wrote about trekking insurance for Nepal.

Q: What happens if I get sick or get hurt while trekking?

There are basic pharmacies in larger villages along the trek. There’s a hospital in Khumjung and a few altitude sickness clinics open during the peak season. Basically you are on your own for the duration of your trek (hence going with a guide/porter is a good idea). However in the event of an emergency there usually is access to a telephone line or satellite phone for an evacuation via helicopter. This is another reason to be sure you are covered with adequate travel insurance! Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions or are looking for a reliable trekking guide. Meanwhile most everything else if covered on other articles on trekking you’ll find below or in the right-hand side bar at the top.

Q: If someone is very sick what safety measures are taken?

If one is very sick, this can happen with uncertain accident as well we have strong relation with helicopter companies. Guide will contact the head office for emergency evacuation as soon as possible bringing the victim back to Kathmandu and in good hospital till the patient recovers.

Q: How safe is trekking around Everest area?

Everest area so far is very safe from thefts and burglar, but still one has to be cautious with valuables and money keeping in a safe place. As for altitude wise itinerary have rest day for acclimatization for altitude hazard before going higher elevations.

Wish you have memorable time with us!
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