One of the best trekking adventures in the world, 14 days Everest Base Camp Trek is a must-do journey. Taking place in the Khumbu region, the trek is a beautiful traverse through the Dudh Koshi and Imja River Valleys. Home of Mount Everest, the tallest Himalayan peak in the world, Khumbu is a mesmerizing region home to the indigenous Sherpa people of Nepal. Throughout the trip, trekkers are presented with majestic views of the Everest peaks paired with beguiling alpine landscapes and a rich ethnic cultural presence.

14 days Everest Base Camp Trek begins with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trekking trail winds along the deep ravines and ridgelines of the gorgeous river valleys, and branches up and down hillocks of pine, juniper and rhododendrons until finally concluding at the base camp of the world’s highest peak.

The journey is filled with Khumbu’s best facets, like the Himalayan town of Namche Bazaar, the Tengboche Monastery and the vantage point of Kalapatthar, as well as many ethnic villages and settlements scattered throughout the foothills. The Sherpa culture and their prominence are also present throughout the journey, manifesting in the form of Chortens, stupas, Gumbas and prayer wheels that ornament the pathway. Mani stones carved with prayers and colourful prayer flags also uplift the cultural ambience of the Himalayan region.   

Likewise, the terrain isalso ornamented with amazing natural attributes, like the alpine woodlands ofthe Sagarmatha National Park. Terrace farms of potatoes and barley planted onthe outskirts of the villages present a dainty sight. River-drained oxbow foothills,hillocks, and hamlets of rhododendrons and the Himalayan tapestry thatdecorates the skyline at each step of the journey make the trip anunforgettable event.

Home to many elusive andendangered species of wildlife, the woods of the national park also dispose ofthick emerald canopies to trek under. Everest Base Camp Trekking is certainly aonce-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is filled with other-worldly Himalayanviews. It is a trip that rewards trekkers with absolutely captivating Himalayas,rich cultural beauty and a grand natural charm.

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14 days Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Visit the vantage point of Kalapatthar from where panoramic views of the entire Mount Everest massif is seen in a spectacular fashion
  • Visit many ethnic Sherpa villages along the journey, like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche
  • Trek through the Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the region’s verdant woodlands
  • Enjoy serration of Himalayan sights along the journey through the river valleys of Imja Khola and Dudh Koshi  

14 days Everest Base Camp Trek TIPS and notes.

Key Information

Physical Fitness

Although no prior trekkingexperience is required to do Everest Base Camp Trekking, preparing for the tripby doing regular cardio exercises three to four weeks before the beginning ofthe trek will help in making the trip smooth. Regular exercises help to buildstamina and will increase your chances of a smooth trekking journey withouthassles.

Hiring a Porter 

Generally, you can hire aporter in the mountains if you wish to do so. Hiring a porter helps in makingthe trip easier for you. Likewise, tipping isn’t mandatory, but it isappreciated. You can tip about USD 100 for the porter. This amount is of coursejust an example; you can tip as much as you like depending upon yoursatisfaction with the work. Likewise, the load the porter can carry is a maximumof 12 to 15 kg of weight at a time.    

Packing 

It is advised to packlight. The less baggage you have, the easier it will be to manage, both for youand the porter in the mountains. You can re-pack your duffle bags afterarriving in Kathmandu. Hotels in Kathmandu provide the service of safetystorage lockers where you can store your excess bags until the end of thetrekking trip.

Meals and Drinking Water 

Both vegetarian andnon-vegetarian meals are available during the trek. It is advised to bring water-purifyingtablets or other suitable forms of water purification with you. This is abetter alternative to constantly buying bottled water in the mountains whiletrekking.

Altitude Sickness and Insurance

Having a Travel Insuranceis mandatory while trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal. It is preferred to havetravel insurance that covers emergency helicopter rescue in the mountains.Similarly, the onset of altitude sickness and its occurrence varies from oneperson to the next. The trip is crafted with ample acclimatization time toavoid AMS. Nevertheless, you can take medication like Diamox to prevent thesickness, and should mild symptoms occur- you can take rest days along thejourney until you feel better enough to continue.

Flight Delays and Cancellations

Lukla Flight Delays canoccur due to several reasons, like bad weather conditions or other problems.That is why it is important to keep an extra contingency day in your trip incase of delays or cancellations.

Itinerary

Everest Base camp trekking Itinerary


  1. Day 01

    Kathmandu Arrival

    You may arrive in Kathmandu at any time. When you land, you will be greeted by one of our airport
    representatives. He will help you get transferred to your Hotel. Overnights
    stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

  2. Day 02

    Kathmandu – Lukla [2,642m] by flight, 35 mins. – Trek from Lukla to Phakding [2,562m], 3-4 hrs trek

    You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lukla early in the morning. The short flight to Lukla is quite exciting. You can get good views of the mountain peaks from the plane. From Lukla, you will then begin your relatively short trek to Phakding, passing through the narrow ridgeline of tall hills. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Phakding.

  3. Day 03

    Trek from Phakding – Namche Bazaar [3,440m] 6-8 hrs

    Today, you will have a comparatively longer trekking journey from Phakding. Following the pathway towards the Dudh Koshi River, you will trek along the woods until you reach Monjo, which is where you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park. From there, you will then trek through the baldachin of pine and cedar woods towards Namche Bazaar. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Namche Bazaar.

  4. Day 04

    Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization and exploration day

    For acclimatization, this day is reserved. There's a lot to do at Namche Bazaar, Khumbu's commercial hub. You can enjoy amazing views of the Everest peak, as well as many of its neighbouring Himalayan peaks, including the Thamserku, Kongde RI, and Ama Dablam. You can also visit the Sherpa Museum of Culture and the Everest Photo Gallery. In addition, you can also walk up to the Syangboche Airstrip above Namche. You can catch spectacular views of the city below from Syangboche, as well as the peaks of the Himalayas that surround the city in the distance. You can also pay a visit to the Everest View Hotel, which provides views from all its windows of the Everest peaks. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Namche.

  5. Day 05

    Trek from Namche Bazaar – Tengboche [3,870m] 5-6 hrs

    You will then have a leisurely walk uphill from Namche Bazaar through the forests to the village of Tengboche. Passing the Imja Khola, you will be trekking through rhododendron-laden hamlets and emerald pastures towards Tengboche- the spiritual hub of Khumbu. Along the way, views of peaks like the Ama Dablam and the Everest Himal keep you company. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Tengboche.

  6. Day 06

    Trek from Tengboche - Dingboche [4,360 m] 5-6 hrs

    From Tengboche, you will hike over the Imja Khola, crossing several suspension bridges. You will pass by many smaller settlements along the way, like Pangboche and Orsho. The journey is filled with Mani stone walls. When you reach Dingboche, the regions popular "summer valley," you can relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Everest peaks looming over the village. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche.

  7. Day 07

    Dingboche: Acclimatization and exploration day

    This day is reserved for acclimatization. You can spend the day relaxing at Dingboche or choose to visit the vantage point of Tserko RI. The climb up the vantage point is rather challenging, but the view from the top is definitely worth the effort. Tserko RI presents breath-taking views of the Everest massif, as well as of the sprawling Imja river valley below. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche.

  8. Day 08

    Trek from Dingboche – Lobuche [4,940m] 4-5 hrs

    From Dingboche, you will trek towards the small settlement of Lobuche today. The hike takes you past Himalayan pastures. You will also find that as you make your way up the hill, the landscape shifts from green forests to sparsely pointed shrubs with snowy acreages. Lobuche is a small town overshadowed by the peaks of the Lobuche. You can also get good views of peaks such as the Lingtren, the Pumori and the Himalayan mountain of Khumbutse along the way. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Lobuche.

  9. Day 09

    Trek from Lobuche – Gorakshep [5,160m] – Everest Base Camp [5,364m] – Gorakshep, 7-8 hrs

    Today is one of the trekking trip's most awaited days. From Lobuche, before the Everest Base Camp, you'll make your way to Gorakshep- one of the last settlements. Gorakshep is a very sparsely populated little settlement that was the original base campsite before the site was moved to its now-original location. From Gorakshep, you will finally hike alongside the Khumbu glacier moraine towards the base camp. After spending some time at the base camp of Everest, you will return to Gorakshep. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Gorakshep.

  10. Day 10

    Trek from Gorakshep – Kalapatthar [5,545m] – Pheriche [4,280m] 7-8 hrs

    Early in the morning, you will trek towards the vantage point of Kalapatthar from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the entire Mount Everest massif. The sunrise view amidst the mountain peaks from Kalapatthar is utterly gorgeous. After the vantage point, you will then make your way back down to Pheriche, following the same pathway as you did before. The climb back down is fairly easier than the upward trek. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Pheriche. 

  11. Day 11

    Trek from Pheriche – Namche Bazaar [3,440 m] 8-9 hrs

    The trail back to Namche from Pheriche moves quickly. You will follow the Imja River to Tengboche, from where the trail then reaches towards Phungki Thanka. You'll finally reach Namche through Kyangjuma. The descent is easier than the climb and you can stroll through the forests and enjoy the views of the mountains along the way. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Namche.

  12. Day 12

    Trek from Namche Bazaar – Lukla [2,642m] 7-8 hrs

    The trail back to Lukla from Namche follows the same path as before. It is ornamented with prayer flags, Chortens, Mani walls, and Gompas. The gushing of the Dudh Koshi River will once again ring through the air as you cross it over suspension bridges. After gradually ascending from Cheplung, you’ll reach Lukla. Overnights stay at the guesthouse.

  13. Day 13

    Flight from Lukla – Kathmandu [1,300m] 35 min flight, Rest

    From Lukla, you will bid the Everest mountains goodbye for the last time and have a flight back to the city. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred back to your Hotel. Overnights stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

  14. Day 14

    Departure

    Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped off at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure.

FAQs


  1. Q.1

    What is the best season for doing the Everest BaseCamp Trek?

    The best time to do the trek would be during the spring and the autumn months, which lasts from March to May and September to December respectively. They present clear skies with crystal clear Himalayan views. Also, there are lesser chances of flight delays, which will make your schedule smooth. As spring and autumn are the peak seasons for trekking in Nepal, you will meet many fellow trekkers on the way.

  2. Q.2

    Is there an age limit to do the trek?

    No, there is no age limit for Everest Base Camp Trekking. However, you need to be in good physical shape in order to complete this trek. Also, it is also suggested that you see your doctor before the trip and obtain the necessary permissions and advice. Make sure to carry any medications with you that you need on a daily basis and other medications for travelling in extreme altitudes.

  3. Q.3

    How are the toilet facilities at the guesthouses?Will I be able to shower during trekking?

    Most of the guesthouses on the Everest trail have squat toilet facilities. Some lodges have western-style toilets as well. It is highly recommended to carry your toilet paper and other required toiletries. Likewise, hot shower facilities are available at select guesthouses. The most common type is a bucket shower where buckets filled with hot water are placed in a shower room. Hot shower costs extra, from USD 4 to 15peruse, and the price increases along with the elevation.

  4. Q.4

    Are there any communication facilities availablewhile on the mountain?

    There are landline telephones in most of the villages along the trekking route in the Everest region. MobilePhone services are available throughout Nepal, even at the Everest Base Camp. However, the quality of the reception varies from one location to the next. Internet facilities can be found in only a few villages and they cost extra.

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