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Everest Base Camp Trek Complete Guide

Updated at Apr 25, 2022by Mission Himalaya

If you are in search of the Everest Base Camp Trek Complete Guide then you must know of Mt. Everest. Mt. Everest is the world's highest mountain peak. Trekking in Everest means walking in the foothill of Mount Everest commonly known as Everest Base Camp Trek. Everest Base Camp Trek lets you enjoy the views of the dangerous airport of Lukla, suspension bridges, Buddhist culture, sunrise from Kala Patthar, and many more.

At first, I arranged a traveler visa for Nepal. Subsequent to arriving in Kathmandu, Nepal, I reached Mr.Duwadi (CEO of Mission Himalaya Treks). He then welcomed and invited me over to his home. After speaking with Mr. Duwadi about how long is the Everest Base Camp Trek, he arranged a 14-day EBC itinerary for me. 

This Everest Base Camp Trek Complete Guide blog discloses how I went to Everest Base Camp from Kathmandu. 26 letters of the English Alphabet couldn't depict my inclination of how I felt while being at the highest point of Everest.

Overview of Everest Base Camp Trek:

The total distance of trekking:120 kilometers

No of days required for EBC Trek: 12 days total (10 days trek and 2 days acclimatization)

Highest Destination of Ebc Trekking: 5545m (Kalapatthar viewpoint)

Most Famous Destination: Everest Base Camp(5365m). The highest mountain is Sagarmatha (8848) Base Camp.

Difficulty: Difficulty for beginner hikers- In comparison Modate difficult trek in Nepal.

Permits required: Sagarmatha National Park permits (Nepali local currency 3000 or approximately US$30)

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Gaupalika permits (Nepali local currency 2000 or approximately US$20)

Note: At this moment no need for TIMS (Trekkers Information Management Systems) permits

Cost per day: For Everest Base Camp Terk: US$ 1510 approximately for the organized trek from the Trekking agency of Nepal with a guide, porter, two-way domestic flight, accommodation in the city, and Trekking, transportation, permits, all Meals in trek and breakfast in the city.

Accommodation: Tea house or lodges in Trek and Luxury hotel to budget in Kathmandu. (Note; Some Luxury accommodation can be provided if you choose Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek)

Why is Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp Trek so famous?

  • Experience the world's most dangerous Lukla airport.
  • Get amazing perspectives of Mt. Everest and the abutting mountains, for example, Ama Dablam.
  • Voyage through the countries of the ethnic Sherpa individuals.
  • Go through the clamoring market town of Namche Bazaar.
  • Appreciate a bunch of houses set among the high, summer-touching fields of the district.
  • Trek through the epic scenes of the Himalayas.
  • Wonder about the remarkable ice models of the Khumbu Glacier.

Guide to Everest Base Camp Trek from Kathmandu

You can go to Everest Base Camp Trekking from Kathmandu. For this, you should arrange tickets and visas from your country. Then fly to Tribhuwan Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal. From there, your journey to the Everest Base Camp from Kathmandu will begin. Here is the detailed guide to the Everest Base Camp Trek from Kathmandu. I booked 14 days at Everest Base Camp Trek. The short itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek goes this way.  This could be your guide to the Everest Base Camp Trek.

Everest Base Camp Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu & go to the inn (1300m/4264ft) {15 minutes driving}

  • Be prepared for the trek.
  • Ask for a guide for the preparation trips.
  • Don't plan to make it on your own.

Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2800m/9186ft) Trek from Lukla to Phakding(2652m/8700ft) {15 minutes drive,35 minutes flight, and 3-4 hours trek}{9km/5.59 miles}

  • Lukla Airport
  • traditional Sherpa peoples.
  • old Rimishung Monastery.

Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) {5-6 hours}{ 12 km/7.46 miles}

Day 4: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar, climb to Everest View Inn (3880m/12730ft) {3 to 4 hours}

  • Hike up to Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Namche Monastery.
  • Sherpa Culture Museum.

Day 5: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3867m/12684ft) {5-6 hours}[10km/6.21miles]

  • Visit the Biggest Tengboche Monastery.
  • Walk in the village, and see cultures and traditions.
  • Extra-heartening panoramic views from Tengboche.

Day 6: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/14461ft) {5-6 hours}[12km/7.46 miles]

  • Go through Pangboche Monastery.
  • Enjoy rhododendron and birch forest.
  • See the hidden valleys of the Himalayas.

Day 7: Acclimatization day in Dingboche, climb to Nangkartshang Peak (5083m/16676ft) {5 to 6 hours}

  • See the six tallest mountain peaks in the world (Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku).
  • Visit and enjoy Imja valley, Amphu Lapcha.
  • Makalu Barun National park.

 Day 8: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4928m/16164ft) {5-6 hours}[12km/7.46miles]

  • See Khumbu Glacier and mountain views.
  • Rare dwarf rhododendron (mountain rhododendron).
  • Buddhist Chortens and Sherpa Culture.

Day 9: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5160m/16929ft) and climb to Everest Base Camp (5365m/17602ft) {7-8 hours}[15km/9.32miles]

  • Tea Break and Rest.
  • Sunset from Gorakshep.

Day 10: Early climb to Kalapatthar(5550m/18204ft) and trek back to Pheriche(4200m/13780ft) {7-8 hours}[13km/8.08 miles]

  • Enjoy Breathtaking views, which I can not explain here.
  • climb up early.
  • Pheriche village.

Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Kyangjuma (3500m/11480ft) {5-6 hours}[11km/6.84 miles]

  • Himalayan terrain.
  • Its descending path is easy to walk.

Day 12: Trek from Kyangjuma to Monju (2850m/9348ft) {6-7 hours}[8km/4.97 miles]

  • Edmund Hilary School.
  • Charity Hospital.

Day 13: Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2800m/9186ft) {4-5 hours}[11km/6.84 miles]

  • Trek Completion.
  • Celebration with singing and dancing.
  • Relax.

Day 14: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft) {35 minutes flight and 15 minutes driving}

  • Ready for flight Kathmandu.
  • Back to Kathmandu.
  • Do shopping and extend the holiday.
  • Explore Nepal or return back.

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

The price of Everest Base Camp Trek relies on a number of factors and varies for each person. On average, the total cost per person is US$ 1510  (Calculated based on 2 people)

Cost Includes:

  • Two nights of deluxe three-star category hotel accommodation in the Capital city of Nepal Kathmandu included breakfast and free WIFI.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla (trekking starting point and Lukla(trekking ending point) to Kathmandu flight with a guide (note; the flight can be scheduled by airlines changes to Ramechap airport due to airport traffic and airlines rules and regulations)
  • Tribhuvan international airport to Thamel Hotel and Thamel your hotel to Tribhuvan international airport transportation by private vehicle at the time of international flight and domestic flights).
  • Everest National park or Sagarmatha National park permits and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Gaupalika local permits for trekking.
  • Tea house or lodges accommodation in trekking time according to the above-mentioned itinerary.
  • Full board meal(breakfast, lunch, and, Dinner) During the trekking.
  • An experienced guide with his salary, food, accommodation,  insurance, and transportation. ( guide has government licensed, First aid trained, and well experienced)
  • Strong trekking porter who shared between two paying people with his salary food accommodation transportation and insurance during the trekking.
  • A down jacket and a 4-seasonal trekking sleeping bag are given at the time of trekking and have to be returned after completing the trekking.
  • Medical first aid Kit with an oximeter(carried by your guide)
  • Welcome or farewell dinner according to your international flight time in a typical Nepali local restaurant with your guide with cultural dance and live music shows.
  • All government and company service charges.
  • Certificate of your trekking signed by your guide and the company managing director.

Cost Excludes:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu rather than the above-mentioned itinerary.
  • International flight ticket(your country to Kathmandu and Kathmandu to your country)
  • Your travel and medical insurance (please consult your insurance company its  high altitude rescue includes in case of emergency or not?)
  • Nepal visa cost(visa can be taken to the airport at your arrival time)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu rather than itinerary due to your own cause like early arrival late departure early return from the mountain due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses like Phone calls, internet calls, hot showers, Battery charges, drinking water, Hot and cold beverage or bar bills, Hot water, and Extra porter Laundry)
  • Tips or gratitude for your guide and porter(tips not mandatory but expected)

Everest Base Camp Trekking Gear:

When you trek to Everest Base Camp do not bring too many things. Because during the flight you can bring only 15 kgs from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu.

Similarly, a porter can carry 30 kgs maximum. 2 people normally share 1 porter. Be careful of your trekking goods. It must be of good quality and light in weight.

Please try to keep your body, foot, and hands warm. Here are the Everest Base Camp Trekking Gear Lists:

  • Waterproof and windproof warm gloves
  • Fleece or wool pants or trousers
  • Waterproof Trekking boots with spare laces
  • Warm hiking socks 2 pairs for a tea house
  • Thermal tops
  • Windproof and Waterproof shell jackets
  • Headlamps, Toiletries, numerous pairs of batteries
  • Small padlock-to-lock trekking duffel bags, Fleece jackets, T-shirts Thermal gloves, and Plastic bags.
  • Socks, Waterproof shell trousers/pants, Underwear, Shorts, Cotton trousers/pants, Thermal bottoms, Daypack (35-40 liters)
  • Sun hat or scarf or light balaclava, Sunglasses with UV protection, Water bottles(two for cold water, one for hot water), Sleeping bag (-10 degree), Small wash towel, Basic first aid kit.

Read this article: Trekking Gears in Nepal

Required experienced and physical condition

For the Everest base camp trek, you do not necessarily have to be a runner for the marathon. A normal physical fitness person can be able to this trek. But you need to trek around 7-8 hours in a single day so preparing yourself is much better. How you can be trained?

Before starting the Everest base camp trek running walking cycling or swim according to your suitable option at least exercise 4 hours per day. when you pre-exercise carry a backpack of at least 5 kg weight. push up setup and stair climbs are also helpful. Do not over-exercise to make your body super tired just make yourself strong.

There are 3 different kinds of permits you needed when you enter Everest Base Camp Trek. Trekkers Information management System (TIMS), Sagarmatha/Everest National park entry permits and the Third one is Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees need to pay when you trek to Everest Base camp.

There are two kinds of treks to go to Everest Base Camp. One is Independent and another is guided. Everest Base Camp trek planning is difficult because it manages a lot of tasks like permits, accommodations, transportation, and flight guide porters. There are a lot of tasks you need to do during your trek. they are the Everest base camp permit cost.

Everest Area: National Park Trekking routes in the Everest region lie within Sagarmatha National Park. Foreigners are required to obtain a Sagarmatha National Park entry permit as well as a TIMS card to trek in the Everest Region.

Everest Base Camp Trekking Permits

Sagarmatha/Everest National Park entry permit fee for foreigners including 13% VAT, a total of 3,000 NPR (Approximately US $30)

Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee for SAARC nationalities: 1,500 NPR.

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality of Solukhumbu district has started an entrance fee of Rs 2,000 (approximately $19) for every foreigner entering the rural municipality from October 1, 2018.

Where to get the permit for Everest Base Camp Trekking:

Sagarmatha National Park entry permit can be purchased in the Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu, or while you will be trekking Monjo you can buy it.

While the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fee needs to be deposited at the Lukla Check Post near Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate.

Contact info@missionhimalayatreks.com. if you wish assistance from us for your best services.

Where to get the permit:Kathmandu: Permits and TIMS cards can be purchased in the Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu, (If you book with Mission Himalaya Treks And Expeditions we will arrange all of these for you.

Drinking water in Everest Base Camp Trek

For trekking, Nepal is the most popular country in the world Because of its snowy Himalayan range. Every person has the curiosity to know how about drinking water during the trekking period. Tap water on the trek is also very well for drinking for Nepali people because it comes from Snow mountains and glaciers.

But tourists are not sure whether they can direct drink or not because they have no habit. They can purify this water or use pills or chlorine drops and can drink it. You can buy mineral water only on some trekking routes because of plastic pollution control. In that part, you can find some safe drinking water  Or you can buy boiled filter water from the tea houses.

In many of the Everest tea houses, you can find a mineral water bottle. But it is quite expensive. Better if you can bring water cleaning tablets by yourself. But never drink city water from the tap. it is very poor. you must buy mineral water for drinking in a city like Kathmandu and Pokhara. Namche Lukla and Dingboche you can buy the cheapest mineral water bottle at around US$1.

List of Popular mountains seen in Everest Base Camp Trekking:

Everest Base Camp Trekking journey you can explore several mountains except for the highest peak in the world"Mt. Everest". They are as follows.

Mt Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Nuptse (7855m), Mt. Pumori (7161m), Mt. Changaste (7550m), Mt. Lingterin (6679m), Mt. Amadablam (6856m), Mt. Thamserku(6723m), Mt. Kantega( 6685m), Mt.Kusum Khagaru (6367m), Mt.Kongde (6011m), Mt. Khumbila(5761m), Mt. Twache peak (6367m), Mt. Cholaste (6335m), Island peak(6179m), Lobuche peak(6145m), Pokalde peak (5806m), Honku south peak (6119m), Mt Makalu, Amphulapsa,  and 100s of named and unnamed peaks.

It is the best trekking destination not only because of its snow mountain but also by the Unique culture of sherpa, several glacier lakes, Khumbu glacier, Khumbu Icefall, Several climbing peaks, and the elegant beauty of Rhododendron forest, Monasteries, Chortens, green hills, several waterfalls, rivers, and numerous sunrise and sunset viewpoints, the tiny airstrip flights to the world most dangerous airports.

The Everest region is listed as Unesco World Heritage Site because of this unique culture and beauty. The hospitality provides by the sherpas is awesome. Before you visit this place you must know some information. I will provide you with some information about the guided trek to the Everest Base Camp.

Trekking options for Everest Base Camp trek

There are several trekking options you can choose from trekking but Missionhimalaya treks suggest you choose a Guide and porter with an organized trek with a government-registered company.  But here are the options for the trek you can choose.

  • Private trek with a private Guide with a Porter.
  • Private trek with private Guide but without Porter.
  • Private trek with porter only.
  • No Guide and no Porter Personal trip without agency.
  • Porter com guide who is able to walk with you as a guide and porter both.
  • Small-Group Tour with Guide with Porter.
  • Joining with other group share guide and porter.

Guide and porter for Everest Base Camp Trek

There is no hard and fast rule you must trek to Everest base camp with a guide and porter. You can trek solo too. But Mission Himalaya Treks and Expeditions suggest you travel with a guide and porter. But make sure that your guide is licensed.

He will help you to book your accommodation and choose your best food. Also in an emergency, he will help with your health emergency evacuation. In some places, he negotiates the price. He is knowledgeable and experienced in trekking so he introduced all the mountains and culture and traditions of Khumbu. he beat as a friend role but the hospitality is amazing and awesome.

Porter helps you to carry your luggage so because of him you are not tired of trekking. So porter plays a big role in trekking too. In case two trekkers travel and one quit the trip and one continues guide can go with the person who moves forward. porter move with backward trekkers. So both are similar and necessary in the Everest base camp trek.

Internet at Everest Base Camp Trekking

Without the internet, living is too difficult day by day. Face-to-face connection with friends and family is the wish of adventure seekers. Sharing the moments of trekking with your close friend or family is most important. Here are some ways to get Wi-Fi and the internet in Everest base camp trekking.


No matter where you are in the Khumbu region the Wi-Fi of EVEREST LINK always keeps you connected. There are different kinds of data available like 10 GB validity for 30 days price Nrs 2000 and 20 GB validity for 30 days price Nrs 3000. All the major areas of the Everest region Everest link wireless internet are available. Wi-Fi prepaid cards are available in most stores and lodges.

Mobile internet in Everest Base Camp:

The Nepal Telecom and Ncell Mobile data can be worked in some parts of the Everest Region Trekking like Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Gorakshep. But make sure that all parts of the Khumbu region cannot be the signal or poor signal mobile calls and internet.

Health Issue in Everest Base Camp Trek

High altitude is a risk area in concern Health. The main important issue is AMS. Even minor or major problems are concerned with your health. Sometimes if you are careless you will die so must treat it in time. You must stay alert to the symptoms of AMS. So check your oxygen level and pulse every day 2 times.

Acute Mountain Sickness:

The major point of the trekkers who trek for the first time in Nepal is fear of AMS(acute mountain sickness). Mountain Sickness is a very serious problem that can affect anyone. Being aware of the symptoms, and abiding awareness of symptoms can reduce the chances of affliction.

Most of us are able to adjust to living at a higher altitude and give enough sufficient time (acclimatization is the process of adaptation) but it depends on different persons. Some suffer headaches at 2500 m and some suffer happily twice in height without any discomfort.

It is not possible to predict in advance who among the first-time trekkers will suffer from it, or when. Physical fitness only benefits neither its young fullness. In fact, it will appear young people more than old people.

The best way to avoid AMS is to make a steady ascent to about 3000m, then ascent no more than 400m per day after that. And “Climb high sleep low” is important. It is better to plan a rest day in order to allow the body to adopt the reduced oxygen levels in the mountains.

Another best consideration is liquid intake. At higher altitudes, it is necessary to drink at least 4 liters a day to avoid dehydration. And to urinate half a liter a day. Yellow color urine signs that liquid needs to be increased.

Mountain sickness can be detected in several ways. Headache, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue. Some trekkers also find that they suffer disturbed from sleeping and become breathless. When these symptoms developed they do not go higher until the symptoms have gone away. If these signs of leaving after a day instead become worse it is important to descend to lower levels. Do not take strong painkillers or sleeping tablets as these can mask the symptoms.

The worst condition was indicated by vomiting, severe headache, lack of coordination, bubbly breathing, wetness, increased tiredness and breathlessness, and even rest. Such symptoms warn of a very serious condition (fluids can be lungs or brains).  Which if ignored can lead to a lack of consciousness and death within 12 hours. The only care is descending at once even at night if necessary until symptoms decrease or completely disappear. The improvement is experienced at just 300m of descending. Continue with your trek when signs of improvement indicate that it’s safe to do.

Remember that do not go too high too fast and descend promptly if ill.

If you have not been to altitude before and have no acclimatization will visit your doctor before trekking to high altitude. He may prescribe half a Diamox tablet (125 mg) to be taken each 12 hours a day. Diamox does not mask the symptoms of AMS, so if you still get them, it is essential to get them accordingly. Many people taking the drugs experience mild tingling in their hands and feet.- these are not signs of developing AMS. You should notice that increased urine output, through Diamox is a diuretic and is used to reduce fluid retention.

In some places of Nepal, a medical Aid post run by volunteers from the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) is situated in Manang, Pheriche. Some doctors are in attendance during the high season. In the afternoon they give a free lecture on AMS with a lot of useful advice. This is well worth attending for tourists. They give some medical consultations with some fees too.

How to recover AMS in Everest base camp:

  • Descend to a lower Elevation if possible
  • Take enough rest until you feel better.
  • Do not exercise or not have sex, and do not smoke.
  • Do not climb any higher for the next 24 hours.
  • Drink plenty of water and fluids.
  • Take external oxygen supply if necessary. Some tea houses you can get.
  • Take anti-sickness medicines (Diamox 250 mg 3 times a day).

Prevention from AMS In Everest Base Camp trek:

  • Eat high-calorie food when you are trekking.
  • Ascend slowly when you reach higher.
  • keep yourself hydrated in trekking.
  • Take plenty of rest and drink a lot of water.
  • think positively and do not think about AMS.
  • Do not smoke, do not drink alcohol, and do not over-exercise.

There is some hospital along the trekking routes of Nepal. Evacuation from more remote areas of some trekking routes is difficult to organize and extremely expensive to carry through. The rescue also takes time because of weather conditions and insurance supporting documents and communications systems. Rescue is only attempted when a guarantee of sufficient payment has been made. Independent trekkers have less chance of having a positive response to a call for airlift evacuation and the room for hotels and tea houses. The experienced guide helps very quickly for them in case they are in danger. So Mission Himalaya Treks And Expeditions PVT Ltd. suggests you join a good company to support you the whole trip to Nepal.

Insurance necessary for Everest Base camp trek:

natural calamities and acute mountain sickness can happen at any time. so that time we need an emergency to back by helicopter or chopper. that cost is very expensive. so be sure that buy the insurance cover until 5500 m and make sure your insurance covers it. we suggest you before starting the trek you must have insurance for the Everest base camp trek. if anything happens to your cause of insurance we are not responsible.

 Best time for Everest Base Camp Trek:

There are four seasons in Nepal throughout the year. [winter{December, January, and February}, Summer{June, July, and, August}, Autumn{September, October, and November} and  Spring{March, April, and, May} ]. Autumn and Spring are remark best times for trekking in Nepal. Because this time Nature is the clear and best view of snowy Himalayan peaks. You can trek freely without worrying about the atmosphere and clear surroundings with stable weather mean no need to worry about rain in summer, and no need to worry about snow in winter. This season is not too cold a lot. Rainfall is usually low in all seasons except June, July, and August. So, in Spring Autumn, and Winter, you are able to see the majestic view of the Himalayan ranges with the landscapes of Nepal.

During the Spring season in Everest Base camp trekking, the temperature is an average of 0-10 degrees. This is tolerable weather in the mountain because the mountain itself is a cold place. In spring you can trek to Everest base camp comfortably because the afternoon is hot and at night you have a pleasant time at tea houses. This season is flower time so You are able to see the National flower of Nepal(rhododendron) blooming around the trekking at a low altitude below 4000m.

Autumn Season is the second-best season for the Everest Base camp trek. The temperature is between (-5 to +15) degrees. A little bit colder than in springtime but the same as you trek in the daytime is hot. At nighttime, you relax in Guesthouses. According to Mission Himalaya Treks, Experience and tourist feedback Autumn time is the best time for trekking Everest Base camp because of the stable and clear best view of the snow-capped Himalayas. But Mission Himalaya Treks and expeditions can organize this trek throughout the year depending on your holiday time and flight schedule.

Different packages of Everest Base Camp Trek organized by Mission Himalaya Treks

  • Traditional or classic  Everest base camp Trek.
  • Luxury Everest base camp trek.
  • Rapid Everest base camp trek.
  • Budget Everest base camp trek.
  • Short Everest base camp trek.
  • Everest base camp trek with Gokyo glacier lake or Chola pass trekking.
  • Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek.
  • Everest High passes Trek.


This is the basic guide for you. If you want to go to Everest on your own it's quite risky to go alone. This only guides you to trek to Everest from Kathmandu.

There are many problems you may face while traveling to Everest. You should be careful about those. I have written some difficulties and problems faced by every Everest Base Camp traveler over here. This would be a good guide for you for trekking on Everest and keep you prepared for the trek. The article includes things like Altitude Sickness, Insurance, Clothes, and food.

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