The Everest Base Camp Trek is an adventure of a lifetime journey that will bring you up to the base of the highest mountain in the world. Begin in the city of Kathmandu where you will be acclimatizing. Discover the rich cultural heritage and the Nepalis reverence for religion at sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Patan Durbar Square - historical monuments that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As you begin your hike up to the base camp, astounding views of the Himalayan mountains can be seen at every turn of trek, and your adrenaline will be set pounding as you cross bridges suspended over chasms so deep it seems bottomless. Trek into the land of the Sherpas, and be inspired by stories of famous Sherpas and their fearless spirit.

Very few experiences can be as magical as observing the break of dawn from Kala Patthar at 5,550 metres, where the rising sun bathes the snow-covered Mount Everest and emerald valleys with its golden glow. This is truly a destination in Nepal not to be missed!

Our Essential Everest Base Camp Trek is excellent for trekkers who want to cover the highlights of this trek in the shortest possible time. Check out our 15-day itinerary if you want to spend more time in the region.

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  • Day 1: Kathmandu (1400m)
    Welcome to Kathmandu!
    Welcome to Kathmandu! We will mark the start of your adventure with warm greetings at the Tribhuvan International Airport. After transferring to your hotel in Kathmandu, you can relax and explore the area at your own leisure. We will have a briefing session with you to complete documentations, go over details and answer any queries you might have for the trek ahead.
  • Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla (2840m)
  • Day 2: Phakding (2610m)
    Lukla to Phakding
    Board a small, fixed-winged aircraft today, and we are off on our adventure! Alight at the amazing mountain town of Lukla, the gateway to Everest. We will meet all our supporting crew members at Lukla before setting off on the first day of trek.

    After about 4 hours of easy treking on a gentle downhill trail, we arrive in Phakding, a village that lies on the banks of a beautiful mountain river called Dudh Koshi. Rest for the day here in the scenic little village.
  • Day 3: Namche Bazaar (3440m)
    Phakding to Namche Bazaar
    From Phakding, we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, the trail climbs steeply up with breathtaking views of Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region.

    The Namche Bazaar is a prosperous mountain trading town, considered as the capital of the Sherpa people. You can have a bird’s-eye view of the U-shaped bowl amphitheatre as you approach, dotted with a colourful panoply of lodges, houses and restaurants, surrounded by mountain ranges on three sides with an opening out to the Bhote Khosi on the other.
  • Day 4: Namche Bazaar (3440m)
    Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day
    We will spend a day here at Namche today for acclimatization as we prepare to go higher in the days to come. We will take a hiking trip to the Everest View point, right above Namche bazar to have the very first glimpse of the Mt. Everest. This spectacular view point shows us wonderful mountain views, including Mt. Everest.

    Spend the rest of the day around this bustling town. Visit the Sherpa Museum to get information on the history of the Himalayas, its geography, culture, and its people. Explore interesting shops and haggle with vendors, or indulge in the delights offered by the local bakeries in Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 5: Tengboche (3860m)
    Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
    We continue along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi flanked by magnificent views of the mountains. Pass through Sanasa, where the trail then drops to Phunki Thanga. Views of the Himalayan giants from here are deemed to be the most magnificent in the world.

    Once we reach Tengboche village, we will be surrounded by peaks like Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam including Mt. Everest. After settling into our accommodation, we set out to explore the Tengboche Monastery, the biggest Buddhist monastery in the region where Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first man to summit Mt. Everest along with Sir Edmund Hilary, was sent to be a monk once. In the monastery itself, there is a 6-metre tall sculpture of Buddha, incredibly ornate wall hangings, and displays of musical instruments and robes worn by the Lamas.
  • Day 6: Dingboche (4410m)
    Tengboche to Dingboche
    After a short and steep descent through a forest of birches, conifers, and rhododendrons, you will reach Debuche. Spot Nepal's national bird, the Impeyan Pheasant, here. After crossing the Imja Khola on a swaying suspension bridge, high above where a river rushes through a narrow cleft, the trail climbs past some magnificently carved mani stones to Pangboche. The uphill trek continues, taking you to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak and Ama Dablam.
  • Day 7: Lobuche (4910m)
    Dingboche to Lobuche
    On this day, the trail will traverse through meadows and farmland before continuing along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Pass through the small village of Duglha before climbing up to a viewpoint, where stone memorials as set up as tributes to climbers who have perished on nearby summits. The trail drops slightly and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche. Stay overnight at the lodge.
  • Everest Base Camp (5380m)
  • Day 8: Gorakshep (5140m)
    Lobuche to Gorakshep, with hike to Everest Base Camp
    We are finally going to Everest Base Camp today! Before we hike to EBC, we will make a stop at Gorakshep, a small settlement on the glacial lakebed of the Everest region, and the highest overnight point of our trek.

    Have lunch at our tea house, and we will set off for the Everest Base Camp. The walk on the moraine and boulder strewn path up to base camp will test our stamina. As the camp comes into sight, the feeling of exhilaration is indescribable as we stand up close and personal with the formidable Mt. Everest. After basking in the glory of Mt. Everest, we will return to Gorakshep for the day.
  • Kala Patthar (5550m)
  • Day 9: Pheriche (4240m)
    Gorekshep to Pheriche, with morning hike to Kala Patthar
    Get up really early this morning for the hike up to Kala Patthar, the highest elevation on the trip, to catch a magical sunrise as dawn breaks over Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other mighty peaks.

    After enjoying nature’s light show, we have to make our way back to Gorakshep for breakfast. The trek down today will bring us down a new path to Pheriche. It is the usual stopover place for many Everest trekkers on their way back down after the base camp.
  • Day 10: Namche Bazaar (3440m)
    Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
    The journey today starts with quite a fair drop to the valley floor, after you cross the Dudh Kosi river on a suspension bridge. Walk in the shadow of pine trees and rhododendrons bushes that line the trails. Tonight you will be back in Namche Bazaar to stay overnight at a guesthouse.
  • Day 11: Lukla (2840m)
    Namche Bazaar to Lukla
    Continue to walk down to Monjo and enjoy a night there. It’s an easy walk down through Phakding to Lukla for the final night's stay in the Khumbu region. You can explore Lukla, a rapidly changing area in the Himalayas.
  • Day 12: Kathmandu (1400m)
    Lukla to Kathmandu
    Fly back to Kathmandu on an early flight, and transfer will be provided from the airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the colourful town with its narrow lanes and charming shops. We will meet again in the evening for a fine celebratory dinner, complete with a Nepali cultural show, to commemorate your conquest of the Himalayas.
  • Day 13: Kathmandu (1400m)
    See You Again!
    All good things must end as we come to your final day in Nepal. You can squeeze in some last-minute shopping before our transport arrives to send you to the airport for your flight home. We bid you farewell, and may you leave with beautiful memories and a wonderful experience of the Himalayas.
  • Adventure trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest
  • Round trip between Kathmandu and Lukla by propeller plane
  • Walk through the bustling market town of Namche Bazaar
  • Experience the culture and amazing hospitality of the Sherpas
  • Visit mystical mountain Buddhist monasteries
  • Get up close with the highest peaks of the world
  • Sunrise at Kala Patthar at 5,550 meters above sea-level


All our packages are inclusive of:

  • Airport Pickup & Drop off
  • Deluxe hotel accommodation in city area, which includes breakfast, Wi-Fi, 24 hours hot water supply.
  • All mountain guest house stays.
  • City tour(s) with an English-speaking tour guide.
  • A highly experienced, government-licensed trekking Guide.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Trekking Permits1
  • TIMS card (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • All domestic air transportation, if mentioned in itinerary.
  • All ground transportation will be by Private Car/ Jeep/Luxury Tourist Bus.
  • All government taxes, VAT and other applicable fees.
  • Celebratory dinner on the last night
  • Necessary equipment - first aid kit, duffle bags to put your belongings to be carried by our porters.


We would like to highlight that there are items that are not included within our package cost. Kindly budget for these extra expenditures according to the duration of your trek. This includes the below:

  • Lunch & dinner in city areas
  • Rental of equipment such as sleeping bags and winter jackets can be arranged, if required.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (USD40)
  • Visa can be applied upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (Kathmandu). 2 passport sized photos will be required.
  • Tips for the Driver, Guide and Porters. We suggest a range between USD8 – USD10 per day, any more will be very much appreciated.
  • City sightseeing entry fees in Kathmandu valley & Pokhara.
  • Drinking water along the trek. Water is sold at around USD1 – USD3 per bottle by the mountain lodges. You can also choose to buy water tablets at about USD2 in the city to treat water.
  • Wifi (if any), hot showers and charging of batteries may cost extra at some mountain lodges. Wifi is usually between USD3 – USD5, charging batteries around USD1.50/hr and hot water for showers around USD4.
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)2
  • Extra hotel stays and meals in the city that arise due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as flight cancellations/delays, bad weather conditions etc, are not included in the package cost.3
  • International flight tickets
  • Any other activities and/or items not mentioned or stated as optional in the itinerary

1Trekking Permits

There are restricted areas in Nepal which issue trekking permits for a limited no. of days. If you opt to stay in the restricted area longer than the permit period, additional charges will be levied for every day thereafter. These additional charges are not included in the cost of the trip.

2Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential to ensure our trekkers are covered in case of any mishaps, especially if helicopter evacuation is required. Do note that standard policies cover emergency evacuations up to 4000m only, so please ensure that your policy covers you up to 6000m. Your policy information must be submitted to us before we begin trekking.

3Flight Delays

If flight delays or cancellations are between Kathmandu and Lukla, we can arrange a chartered helicopter if you are agreeable to the charter hire cost. Bad weather in the mountains may carry on for more than a day. In order to avoid affecting your international flight out of the Nepal, you are strongly advised to buffer a few more days towards the end of your trip.


We will try our best to accommodate postponements and reschedule your trip if we are notified at least one month in advance.
However, if you need to cancel the trip, please understand that cancellation fees will be imposed as the necessary manpower, logistics and accomodations would have been arranged.
The cancellation fees will be based on the cancellation notification period given:

  • over 30 days before the trip – 100% refund on deposit.*
  • under 30 days before the trip – 50% refund on deposit.*
  • under 15 days before the trip – no refund.

*exclude bank/transfer charges.


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Generally trekking is a wonderful activity for anyone who is reasonably fit. If you enjoy nature and like a challenge, we would say it is for you.
You don’t have to be super fit, but be prepared to walk on uneven terrain for 5 to 6 hours a day. We recommend that you prepare for a trek by going on regular jogs, swims or climbing stairs for some physical training. Go on walks or hikes that stretch for a few hours are great ways to prep. You can also take the opportunity to try out your trekking gear to make sure they are comfortable and working fine. If you have any doubts, visit your physician to assess your physical condition to ensure you can handle the trek you are planning to go on.
It is not necessary, but it will be an added bonus if you do have. It is more important for you to engage in some form of cardio training to make sure you have a good level of stamina, and to arm yourself with a positive mindset for the trek.
Trekking difficulty depends on the specific route, and our treks typically involve multiple days of walking on rough terrain. Generally, the longer the trek and higher the altitude the tougher the trek will be. Other factors for assessment include terrain, amount of ascending and descending, expected climate. For treks listed as strenuous, it can be manageable if you are physically fit and have maintained a suitable level of activity up to the trek. We can also customise treks to try to best match your fitness concerns.
We would say there’s no real age limit, as long as you are confident in handling the trek. We have groups of parents with young kids, and elderly trekkers who have completed their journeys. Generally, we suggest more days on the trek if you are concerned, so that we can spread out the amount of trekking per day and adjust the pace according to the group.
The recommended period is from February to May, and September to December. It is possible to trek during the monsoon season in the rain shadow zones such as Upper Mustang and Dolpo, where it gets warmer and flowers are in bloom.
The treks bring you to remote places in the mountains and high altitudes and having a guide will make it much safer for your travels. Our experienced guides can share stories and culture of the area you are trekking in, giving you deeper connection and make your trip more enjoyable.
We will send you a suggested packing list as items vary according with season and trek you are going on.
Keep in mind the rule of layering. It is best to use several thin layers than one or two thick layers. This helps you control your body temperature, where you can put on or take off layers according to the weather. Base layers should wick away moisture and be quick drying. Outer layer should be wind-proof and rain-proof regardless of the season you are trekking in.
We will recommend the equipment to bring in the packing list for your trek. You will find an extensive range of trekking equipment for sale in Kathmandu city, so you have the option of buying equipment right here in Nepal.
We advise you to bring along 1L to 2L of drinking water, waterproof jacket, some snacks for energy boosting, sunblock, portable headlamp/ flashlight, hats and sunglasses for sun protection. Sun protection is important for trekking as the sun’s rays get stronger in high altitudes. Make sure the weight of your day pack is comfortable for you to carry throughout a 6 – 7hours trek.
Our porters can carry up to about 25kg. One porter is assigned for every 2 travellers.
We will arrange storage in the city for your luggage and belongings that you do not want to bring up to the mountains.
There are teahouses or guest lodges along most of our treks where we will stay. On the few trekking routes that have no lodges, we will sleep in tents.
We will stop at the various teahouses along our trekking route for lunch and dinner.
We strongly advise against buying bottled water in the mountains as plastic bottles are one of the biggest source of pollution in the mountain areas. Bring your own bottles and you can buy boiled water from the tea houses ranging from USD1 – USD3 per liter. Alternatively, you can fill your bottle from various drinking spots and purify them with water tablets.
Mobile coverage will be spotty, and less available the higher we trek. Coverage may be stronger when we enter bigger mountain villages. Some of the teahouses have wifi and usually charges a rate of USD 3 - USD5/hr for usage.
Altitude sickness can occur as your body system is not used to the lower oxygen air in high altitudes. Symptoms can range from headaches, lack of appetite to acute mountain sickness where you have seek medical attention immediately. We try to help you prevent these by pacing the elevation of our treks, and sometimes staying at a certain place for a day instead of moving upwards (acclimatization days). On these days, you can take the time to explore the area where we are acclimatizing.
In the event if you fall sick or gets injured, please approach our guides who are all first-aid trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. If your condition requires professional medical attention, our guide will call a rescue helicopter using your insurance to fly you to a city hospital.
Weather can be unpredictable and flights may be canceled for the entire day if it is unsafe to fly. It is advisable that you buffer a day towards the end of your trekking trip, to avoid affecting your international flight out of Kathmandu. We will rebook your flight for the next day. A chartered helicopter may be arranged if you are agreeable to the charter hire cost.
We will arrange for the accommodation required due to flight delays, but extra costs incurred will not be included in the package price.
Travel insurance is required for all our trekkers and you should buy one that covers for all the days of trekking. Check your insurance that it covers trekking activity and emergency helicopter evacuation up to 6,000m. Many policies cover up to 4,000m only. Please diligently check that you are well insured.
Tips are always greatly appreciated by our guides and porters. As a guide, we advise about USD8 – USD10 per day as a way to appreciate their hard work for their care and guiding during the trek.
A deposit of 25% of agreed trek package fees is required before your trip to Nepal. The deposit amount must be paid through PayPal via your account on, unless a prior agreement is made for other modes of payment. Payments are subjected to transfer fees of 3.9% charged by PayPal, or any other transfer fee amounts charged by other modes of payment. The remaining amount is to be paid in cash (USD/Nepalese Rupees) at our office when you arrive in Kathmandu.
We will try our best to accommodate postponements and reschedule your trip if we are notified at least one month in advance. However, if you need to cancel the trip, please understand that cancellation fees will be imposed as the necessary manpower, logistics and accomodations would have been arranged. The cancellation fees will be based on the cancellation notification period given:
- Over 30 days before the trip – 100% refund on deposit.*
- Under 30 days before the trip – 50% refund on deposit.*
- Under 15 days before the trip – no refund.
*Exclude bank/transfer charges.