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.
Lukla Flight Alert: Due to congestion at the Kathmandu airport during high season (Spring- March, April, Autumn - October, November) flights scheduled to and from Lukla will operate from Ramechhap Airport. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu. However, most airlines will operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you make an early booking, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to Lukla (KTM-Lukla). It will be easier to fly directly from Kathmandu instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap. Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will continue to operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
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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. Enjoy your first evening in Nepal by having dinner at a popular Nepalese restaurant. Have a taste of traditional Nepalese cuisine with our office representative who will guide through the elaborate menu. 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. Sort out your belongings, pack your gear 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. En route you get a glimpse of Khumbila, a sacred peak worshipped by the Sherpas. This is one of the few unclimbed peaks in the Khumbu region as no one is allowed to step on this sacred peak. 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. You get to cross several suspension bridges including the famous Hillary Suspension bridge! 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 where we have lunch. 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 Mount Everest in all its glory from a vantage point known as Tope Danda. 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 acclimatized to the thin air at higher altitudes. Known as the Sherpa capital, the settlement is the economic hub of the Everest Region. Here you will find some of the best bakeries, cafes, restaurants, shops and the only ATM at this altitude in the Everest Region. Namche’s ‘Saturday Market’ is famous throughout Khumbu. Traders from all over Everest Region 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. You can take an early morning hike to Sagarmatha National Park for a mesmerizing Himalayan sunrise. Watch the sun rays lighting up the snow-covered peaks of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and Lhotse. Want to know more about Himalayan culture? Head to the Sherpa Culture Museum and get an insight about Sherpa traditions and culture. An uphill ascent to Everest View Hotel via Shyangboche Airport serves as a good acclimatization climb while offering you close up views of Mount Everest, Thamserku and Ama Dablam. If you feel like it you can hike over to Khumjung and Kunde villages. Visit the very first school in the Everest Region established by Sir Edmund Hillary in Khumjung. Khumjung Monastery, which is more than 400 hundred years old, has on display what is believed to be the scalp of Yeti, the abominable snowman.You can also visit the Hillary Hospital in Kunde. 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. The walk through juniper and rhododendron forests with the giant peaks looming overhead makes this a memorable hike. Today’s trek ends at the Sherpa village of Tengboche. One can enjoy a close view of Ama Dablam, renowned as one of the most beautiful peaks in the world, from 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, including Ama Dablam and Thamserku, during sunrise and sunset is not to be missed. Overnight in Tengboche.
You cross over to the plains and the Imja Khola (River) towards Pangboche. The village has the biggest as well as the highest permanent settlement of Sherpas in the region. The typical Sherpa village ambience and the local food will keep you amused! In the afternoon head towards Dingboche. En route enjoy inspiring views of Island Peak and Ama Dablam. Overnight in Dingboche.
We take a day off in Dingboche to acclimatize to the high altitude. This is your second acclimatization day. A popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam or ImjaTse, there’s a lot to do here. After breakfast take an acclimatization hike to Nagarjun Hill(5100m) that lies close to the village. It is an upward hike with no technical sections. There may be some loose rocks and you may have to watch your step as you scramble on some sections. But no technical climbing is required and apart from the altitude, there's nothing you need to worry about. Named after a Buddhist hermitage that lies on the hill, Nangkatshang or Nagarjun is one of the best viewpoints in the Khumbu region. One can enjoy incredible 360-degree views of Makalu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega, Thamserku etc. The best views are of Ama Dablam (one can see the whole mountain, from the base to the summit) and Island Peak. You can also get a close up view of the Imja glacier from here. In the late afternoon you can take rest or stroll around the village. Overnight in Dingboche.
Continue on over craggy mountain terrain to reach Lobuche, a small settlement with outstanding views of Lobuche, Pumori and Nuptse. Because of the high altitude, you may find walking a bit difficult. En route stop for lunch at the small village of Thukla (4600m). At Thukla Pass we stop by and pay our respects at the memorial stupas built in honour of mountaineers who lost their lives while climbing Mount Everest. Among the stone memorials, the ones dedicated to alpinists Scott Fischer, Rob Hall and the record breaking climbing Sherpa Late Babu Chiri Sherpa stands out. The ill-fated Everest expedition where Scott Fischer and Rob Hall lost their lives have been described in John Krakauer's book "Into Thin Air" and has been made into a feature- length movie named "Everest". From the trail one can view the peaks bordering Nepal and Tibet. 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.
Today your dream of getting to the base of the world's highest peak turns into a reality. Yes today's hike takes you to EBC, the destination you have been dreaming since the start of your adventure! Though challenging and tough, today's walk is one of the most memorable walks in your entire journey. As the elevation rises and the oxygen level drops, you find yourself getting weaker physically. Take it slow and steady and follow your guide. It takes only a couple of hours to reach Gorak Shep. Once there grab some refreshments, leave your heavy stuff at your teahouse and hike up to Everest Base Camp.
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 the climbing season, you may get the chance to meet some famous climbers or celebrities attempting an Everest ascent. Later, return to Gorak Shep. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Note: As Kala Patthar lies towards the west the sunset views are pretty amazing from this vantage point. If the weather is clear and you feel like first heading to Kala Patthar then you can intimate your guide. You can visit EBC on Day 10. But do let your guide make the final decision, as he is the only expert who can determine the best course of action.
After breakfast head towards Kala Patthar, the most popular view point in the Everest Region. Kala Patthar is the highest point of your trek at 5550 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. Enjoy a 360 degree view of these Himalayan giants. Watch the fiery rays of the sun lighting the rocky pinnacle of Mount Everest from atop the Kala Patthar. 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.
Today's walk 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 rest or go shopping for souvenirs. There are shops around the vicinity of your hotel selling handicraft items and locally made trinkets and clothes. Ason, the oldest market in Kathmandu also lies a few hundred metres from your hotel. You can shop for spices, tea, brass statues and decorative jars at this market. If you wish to take a guided cultural tour do let us know. In the evening, celebrate the completion of your adventure with a complimentary farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.
This day has been set aside for emergencies such as flight delays or cancellations, bad weather on the trail etc. If your trip goes as planned, then you can use this day to explore a village en route or Kathmandu city. Do inform us if you want to book a city tour. You can select from our vast range of itineraries or you can get a tailored trip as per your needs. Overnight in Kathmandu.
This is your last day in Nepal. 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!
The ideal seasons for Everest trekking are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). 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. Read more about the Best Time to Visit Nepal.
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Hotel as well as teahouse accommodations are included in your trip cost. Spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at the 4-star Hotel Shanker. A grand palace of the Rana aristocrats which has been converted to a luxurious hotel, Hotel Shanker is one of the city's poshest hotels. It lies close to Thamel, foreign embassies and popular restaurants. The hotel features well-appointed rooms, spa, wellness centre, swimming pool, restaurants, bar etc.
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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. Do check the price include and exclude section to find out the kind of services you can avail on our package 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.
You are absolutely right that the international airport will undergo renovation and maintenance between October to November 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.
This slight change will not affect your itinerary in anyway. Everything will move forward as planned.
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.
I was so invested in building my career that I had not taken a vacation for almost three years. Working for a real estate firm in Wall Street without a break left me burnt out and struggling with insomnia. That’s when my family and physician told me strongly that it’s high time I took a break. With no fixed destinations in mind I trawled the internet looking for inspiration. I randomly chose a few tours and treks and sent a few enquiries. The first reply that I received was from Third Rock Adventures. I had enquired about their Everest Base Camp Trek and they sent me a detailed response. They explained clearly about the physical and mental challenges that I would face on the mountains and how I should train my body before taking this trip. They also offered a couple of easy options (treks). But after reading the experiences and watching vlogs of those who had done this trek, I decided I wanted to do this particular trek. Though I had sent enquiries to some international travel companies too, I finally went with Third Rock because they sounded sincere and genuinely seemed to care about what I wanted.
Getting to Everest Base Camp, I tell you was not easy. But it was worth all the sweat and physical hardships. It was worth flying thousands of miles to do it. It sounds clichéd but the mountains are really beautiful. The trek brought me close to nature and reminded me about the beauty of small things; like how comforting it is to feel the breeze and sit under the shade of a tree on a hot day. I would say the highlight of my trip was not reaching EBC but the journey itself, the people I met on the way and the places we crossed. The contentment and happiness of the local people that I met on the trail has made me revaluate my life goals. Thanks to Third Rock Adventures for organizing this inspirational trip for me. A shout out to Deepack and Giri too, my guide and porter on the trial without whose support and encouragement I wouldn’t have made it to base camp. A five star to this company and its people!
Everest Base Camp trek was once in a lifetime experience. The trek wasn’t easy but the spectacular views made it a rewarding trip. The view of Everest from Kalapatthar was overwhelming. We were blessed to have a pretty much decent weather. It was nice to have someone handle all the logistics and I could just enjoy the trek and soak into the beauty of the region. Thank you to the team of Third Rock Adventures for making my trip memorable.