Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp, experience Sherpa's ethnic culture and witness some of the natural wonders of the world! Share the trail with mule caravans and yak trains. Cross high suspension bridges decorated with colourful prayer flags and simply get inspired by the stellar Himalayan views...
Everest Base Camp Trek is an unforgettable adventure that takes you to the base of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest. Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp and marvel at the grand sights of the Himalayas. Snow covered mountains unfold at every bend, offering ample opportunities for great photography. As you trek along the ancient trail, discover charming old Buddhist Monasteries looming above Sherpa settlements. Walk beneath the shadows of four of the six highest peaks in the world and test your endurance.
Our Everest Base Camp Trekking itinerary offers you a fascinating teahouse trek. The first day of your Everest trek involves an easy hike from Lukla to Phakding. Stop by the picturesque Sherpa settlements of Namche, Tengboche, and Pangboche en route to Everest Base Camp. Interact with the locals and experience their unique culture. The highlight of this trek is your visit to the base camp of Mount Everest. If it’s a climbing season, meet mountaineers at EBC trying to scale Mount Everest. Moreover, the incredible hike up to Kala Patthar (5550m); the highest point of the trek; is sure to fuel your imagination. The frozen walls of Mount Pumori, Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse surround this stunning viewpoint. Stand beneath some of the highest peaks in the world and celebrate your achievement with your team.
This Mount Everest hike is perfect for anyone yearning for an epic journey to the base of the world’s tallest mountain. Join one of our fixed departures or allow us to customize this trip for you. Let our experienced local trek leader lead you on one of the most memorable journeys you will ever undertake! Before you take this trip it's important for you to prepare and train yourself physically and mentally. Do some cardio, jog, climb stairs and go hiking.
If you are looking for a challenging route then our Gokyo Valley Renjo La Pass Trek might just be right for you. And if you are strapped for time but still want to visit EBC, we recommend our popular Everest Heli Trek. Our Everest Heli Trek allows you to visit EBC and return to Lukla via helicopter.
The ideal seasons for Everest trekking are pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (late September to December). Trekking in Autumn (post-monsoon) promises clear skies and stunning mountain vistas. In Spring (pre-monsoon) wildflowers will be in bloom and it would be divine to walk on alpine meadows filled with flowers and colorful rhododendron blooms. The higher you go the colder it’s going to be. Above 4000 meters, you can expect snow and temperatures to plummet below zero degrees. Nighttime temperatures can drop as low as -10 degrees.
Notice : Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu will remain closed from 10 PM to 8 AM starting from 1st April to 30th June, 2019 for runway extension work. Flights scheduled to and from Lukla during this period will be rerouted to Ramechhap Airport.
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Accommodation for 11 nights in the mountain is included in this package. You will be staying at clean and cozy local teahouses run by the locals. Everest Region has well-developed facilities for trekkers. Most of the teahouses up to Namche offer hot showers, wi-fi, rooms with en suite bathrooms and variety of meals. On the trail we use these lodges - Mountain Resort in Phakding, Hotel Namche in Namche, Tashi Delek Lodge in Tengboche, Hotel Countryside in Dingboche,Himalayan Eco resort in Lobuche, Everest Inn at Gorak Shep, The Edelweiss in Pheriche and Lukla Nombur Hotel in Lukla.
No meals included in this package (except for farewell dinner). There are many restaurants in Kathmandu serving international food. If you need any help choosing a restaurant, do let us know. We will be more than happy to oblige. While trekking you will be stopping for meals at local teahouses. Items on offer include dal-bhat (rice, lentils, curry), momo, Tibetan bread, chapattis, noodles, pizza, pancake etc.
Accommodation in Kathmandu and on the trail is included in your package. Spend 2 nights in Kathmandu at the luxurious Hotel Shanker, a 4 star establishment. The hotel is a renovated 19th century Rana Palace, once the royal residence of the erstwhile queen of Nepal, Queen Aishwarya. The hotel features well-appointed rooms, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, restaurants, bar etc.
Meals while trekking is included in the package cost. While breakfast and dinner will be served at the teahouse you will be staying in, lunch will be at one of the teahouses en route. Keep yourself energized with local food - Dal-Bhat (rice, lentils, curry), momo, Tibetan bread, chapattis etc, or choose an international platter (apple pie, pancake, pizza, mac & cheese, toast, noodles etc.). Except for breakfast (at the hotel you are staying at) and welcome and farewell dinners, meals in Kathmandu is not included in the trip cost.
On arrival our representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. After checking in, meet your trek leader and other team members. A briefing on your upcoming adventure will follow. Clear your doubts if you have any. Check your gear, do some last minute shopping or stroll down Thamel, a prominent tourist hub.
We recommend you to schedule your arrival to Kathmandu in the morning or during day time. This will give you ample time to rest and recover from jet lag before you begin your Everest Adventure. Note you have an early morning flight to catch for Lukla tomorrow. Arriving early (to Kathmandu) will also allow you to attend the pre-trek briefing.Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today you fly to Lukla. Your Everest adventure begins with a thrilling flight to Lukla, a charming mountainside Sherpa settlement. Once in Lukla meet the rest of the crew and begin your trek. Walk through Chauri Kharka village and descend towards Dudh Koshi river. The scenic trail follows the bank of the river until Phakding(2,610m), a small Sherpa village nestled in the verdant Dudh Koshi Valley. If you are not too tired, stroll around the village and interact with the locals or head to one of the cafes and enjoy a hot brew or a drink. Overnight in Phakding.
Set off to Namche Bazaar, better known as the “Sherpa Capital” of Nepal. The track crosses over the milky glacial river of Dudh Koshi. Walk above a suspension bridge, and the beautiful pine forest up to Monjo. Get your permits ready for a check after approaching the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Trek further down alongside to Dudh Koshi River up to Jorsale. After some rest it is a bit of a tough climb up the hill till Namche Bazaar, the economic hub of Everest Region. Brace yourself as you catch the first glimpse of Everest in all its glory. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Spend a day at Namche Bazaar. This is your first acclimatization day. As you reach higher your body needs to get acclimatised to the thin air at higher altitudes. Known as the Sherpa capital, the settlement is the economic hub of the Everest Region. Namche’s ‘Saturday Market’ is famous throughout Khumbu. Traders from as far as Tibet come to Namche to sell their wares at the Saturday Market. Mingle with the genial locals or hike up to any of the vantage points for incredible views of the Himalayas. An uphill ascent to Everest View Hotel serves as a good acclimatisation climb while offering you close up views of Mount Everest, Thamserku and Ama Dablam. Want to know more about the Himalayas and Himalayan culture? Head to the Hillary Mountain Museum and the Sherpa Culture Museum. Overnight in Namche Bazaar
Today’s trail offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde are some of the Himalayan giants you will see while you trek. Today’s trek ends at the Sherpa village of Tengboche. Tengboche Monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in Khumbu region, looms over the village. Visit the monastery and feel the calmness of the place descend over you. Listen to the trance inducing hum and chants of the monks. Moreover, the golden rays of the sun brushing over the snowy mountains during sunrise and sunset is not to be missed. Overnight in Tengboche.
You cross over to the plains towards Pangboche. The village has the biggest settlement of Sherpas in the region. The typical Sherpa village ambience and the local food will keep you amused! If you want you can hike to the Pangboche monastery which is one of the oldest in the region. In the afternoon head towards Dingboche. Overnight in Dingboche.
We take a day off in Dingboche to acclimatise to the high altitude. A popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam or ImjaTse, there’s a lot to do here. You can take a leisurely stroll through the village or hike to any of the neighboring hills for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Cholatse, Tawache and Ama Dablam. Overnight in Dingboche.
Continue on over craggy mountain terrain to reach Lobuche, a small settlement with outstanding views of Lobuche, Pumori and Nuptse. En route stop for lunch at the small village of Thukla (4600m). Lobuche is made up of a small number of local homes and teahouses offering basic facilities. The nights are going to get colder, so it is wise to cover yourself up as you are now almost three miles above sea level. Overnight in Lobuche.
Start the day with a relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep. After reaching Gorak Shep you can hike up to either Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar. Please inform your guide where you want to head to so that he can make the arrangements beforehand.
As the popular viewpoint of Kala Patthar lies towards the west the sunset views are pretty amazing from this vantage point. The sun turns into an orange globe just before sunset and lights up the mountains, including Mount Everest in a fiery orange glow. Kala Patthar is the highest point of your trek at 5545 metres. Since the summit of Mount Everest is not visible from Everest Base Camp, trekkers usually hike to Kala Patthar to get a close up view of the world’s tallest peak. Kala Patthar is surrounded by icy walls of Mount Pumori, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse. Watch the fiery rays of the sun lighting the rocky pinnacle of Mount Everest from atop the Kala Patthar. Later, return to Gorak Shep. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
If you visited Kala Patthar the previous day, this morning you head to EBC and vice versa. Wake up early and take the Everest Base Camp route. Walk alongside the Khumbu Glacier. There are loose stones and gravel and you should be careful where you step. The stunning Khumbu Glacier and icefall, located on the slopes of Everest will leave you awe-struck. At the final ascent to the Everest Base Camp, the views are out of this world; an ideal place to take ‘selfies’. If you happen to make this trek during climbing season, you may get the chance to meet some famous climbers or celebrities attempting an Everest ascent. Later, return to Gorak Shep and head down towards Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.
It is comparatively an easy downhill trek from Pheriche to Tengboche. After an hour of scaling a hill, by late afternoon you will reach Namche Bazaar. Soak in the experiences and take a good night’s rest. Overnight in Namche.
Day 12 brings you to Lukla again. After breakfast, trek towards the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then through several local villages till Lukla. In Lukla you can celebrate your conquest! This would officially be your last night in the mountains. We are sure you will experience the joy and celebrate the bonds that you have made. Overnight in Lukla.
The scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is like a dessert after a heavy dinner. After landing in Kathmandu you will be escorted to your hotel. Take some rest. In the evening celebrate the completion of your adventure with a complimentary farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our representative will drop you off at the airport three hours before your flight is scheduled to depart. Let us know if you wish to explore more of the Himalayas. We have a vast array of itineraries to amazing destinations for travelers bitten by the travel bug, just like you!
On "Day 9" you have the option to hike either to Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar. If you visit Kala Patthar on "Day 9" you trek to EBC the next morning and vice versa. Please let your guide know where you want to head to first so that he can make arrangements beforehand.
The dates listed above are for Fixed Group Departures only. In case you want to book a Fixed Group Departure Trip but the slots are already full, we can still reserve a place for you. The itinerary is also flexible and if you want to add or deduct a day or two it can be done. Just send us an email or call us, and we will do the needful.
Please note you will be heading to one of the highest destinations in the world. It is important for you to realize that the region you are traveling to has very basic facilities. Keep yourself informed and updated by researching and reading about the destination. In order to provide you with the essential information, we have collected some vital information. For more information, you can click on the ‘Trip Notes’ or go to ‘Nepal General Information’ page.
Click this tab for a detailed Trip Note containing essential information about this trip, including gear and equipment lists and practical information.Essential Trip Information
I would like to thank Third Rock Adventures for the fantastic EBC trekking adventure. I had great fun during the trek. I would attribute my trip’s success to the attentive, knowledgeable and courteous staff. While planning this trip I was a little hesitant to use the services of a local company, but after contacting the sales team, I realized that whatever I had read about them on TripAdvisor was true. They were prompt with their responses and their replies to my queries were clear and to the point. While trekking, I was made to feel that I was in good hands. The guide was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. He shared a wealth of information about the culture and lifestyle of the locals. Overall my trip to Everest Base Camp was a success, thanks to the team’s professionalism and attention to detail. I am already looking forward to my next trip to Nepal, which will most definitely be with Third Rock Adventures!
I trekked to Everest Base Camp with the guys from Third Rock Adventures and I must say their service is excellent. I wanted a few changes in the itinerary and they made it while offering some wonderful suggestions of their own. They were prompt with their replies and patient enough to recreate the itinerary (thrice) as per my requirements. The guide was knowledgeable, smart and pleasant. While trekking, he made sure that I was comfortable with the pace and the lodgings at teahouses where we stopped for the night. I had assumed that it would be a tough climb, but maybe because of the easy pace or maybe I really listened to the guide’s advice, I was able to reach EBC without getting sick even once. It was a humbling experience to stand beneath some of the world’s highest peaks. This trek in the Himalayas was just right for me. It was refreshing and changed my life in a positive way. Would recommend this trek and company to anyone planning a Nepal visit!
We had an amazing trek with our family of 5!! Our guide Jaya was great! He was extremely knowledgeable about the mountain and went out of his way to take very good care of our family! The porters were great too and even carried a birthday cake safely for our youngest son all the way to the next tea house for a Birthday celebration. We had been trekking in Nepal twenty years earlier without kids and always wanted to come back with them. I did have some reservations about taking 3 kids trekking in the Himalayas, but everyone stayed safe and healthy and it was truly the trip of a lifetime! I would highly recommend Third Rock Adventures and Jaya as a guide !
No, the summit of Mount Everest is not visible from Everest Base Camp. Rising above 8000 metres, the mountain is just too gigantic to be viewed in its entirety from its base. The summit of Everest can be viewed from Kala Patthar and from places en route to EBC. If you want to view Mount Everest without having to trek to Everest region, you can do it by driving to Nagarkot, taking an Everest Mountain Flight and an Everest Base Camp HelicopterTour. The best view you get of Mount Everest is from Kala Patthar.
Your Everest Base Camp Trek cost depends largely on the type of services you seek. If you want to go solo(without using the services of an agency and without guide or porters) it may cost you a lot less but you may have a lot to deal with. Like getting the permits, finding a suitable place to stay and eat at each stop or figuring out whether you are on the right trail.
Booking with a trusted company like Third Rock Adventures may cost you a little more but this will make your travel less stressful. Booking with us will save you a lot of hassle and ensure a smooth trip. For this trek we offer two packages - Standard and Deluxe. Do check the price include and exclude section to find out the kind of services you can avail on each of these packages. You can select the package which suits your requirements and book your trip.
These are the best months to do this trek, as the weather is mild and the temperatures range from 12 to 15 degrees. The skies generally remain clear and the days are pleasant and warm. You can expect an occassional spring shower and hazy weather during April. The mountain views are stunning in September, as there is more snow on the mountains. Nights can be freezing as the temperture dips after sun down.
No, it is not possible to include a camp night at the EBC. The only campers at the Base Camp are the expedition teams, who are preparing to summit Mount Everest. Also there are no lodges at the Everest Base Camp, and the temperatures could drop to subzero during the night. It will be more comfortable for you to stay at the lodge in Gorak Shep.
Yes, you can book a Solo trek if you wish. We offer both Private and Group joining options to our clients. Travelling solo with just your guide and porter will give you more space and flexibility while trekking. You can walk at your own pace and stop at places to photograph as you wish. However joining a group will help you bring down the cost of your trip.
Airport authorities at Tribhuvan International Airport have notified that from 1st April to 30th June, 2019 the airport will remain closed from 10PM to 8AM for runway maintenance work. As flights to Lukla are scheduled in the early hours, private airline companies (including Tara Air) have decided to conduct their flights to Lukla from Manthali Airport in Ramechhap. The airport lies about four hours’ drive from Kathmandu. If you already booked your trip with us you need not worry, as we will drive you to the airport at no extra cost. If you have booked your tickets directly with the airline company you will have to contact them to find out about their transportation arrangement.
You are absolutely right that the international airport will undergo renovation and maintenance between April to June 2019. All the flights to Lukla from Kathmandu, booked within this time frame will not be hampered. A slight change has been implemented; instead of flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, all clients will be driven to Ramechhap airport from Kathmandu and then they will fly from here to Lukla and vice- versa. The drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap is 4 to 5 hours.
Example: Kathmandu/ Ramechhap>>Lukla>>Ramechhap/Kathmandu. see more information
Alternatively, one can also opt for the classic Everest Base Camp Trek which normally commences from the small town of Jiri or Salleri. This infact is the oldest route to Everest Base Camp and has been used by many famous mountaineers before the airport in Lukla was built. IF you choose the classic route, you will also get an opportunity to view the lower hills of solu region, which has been ignored by many over the years ever since Lukla became the gateway to Everest.
Spring and Autumn are the two main trekking seasons. Spring is also the season when many climbers try to summit their chosen mountains in the Himalayas. Trekking to Everest Base Camp during spring season will be much warmer then trekking in autumn. There will be wildflowers on the way and the rhododendron trees will be in full bloom. The trail to Tengboche and Deboche will be lined with red, pink and white rhododendron shrubs.