About Everest Base Camp Trekking
Everest Base Camp Trekking is an all-time Himalayan Classic. This trek fulfills the dream of trekkers who want to experience the historic route to the base of the world’s highest mountain Mount Everest (8848m). Mount Everest is claimed to be one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights and to witness its captivating charm, Everest Base Camp Trek is the perfect journey.
One of the major highlight of this trek is reaching Everest Base Camp itself as while reaching this point, you will have already accomplished something great and then you will look with awe at the mountaineers who are setting out on the Everest Expedition to the summit far above. Another fascinating highlight is the nearby peak of Kala Patthar, 5545m, from where you can see the summit of Mount Everest. Due to the structure of Everest, you cannot actually see the summit from its Base Camp. Besides the unequalled view of the summit of Mount Everest, you will see Lhotse, 8516 m, Nuptse, 7855m, the south face of Pumori, 7161 m, as well as the cascading Khumbu Glacier below. You'll see these mighty peaks from many vantage points throughout this trek.
The Classic Everest Base Camp Trek begins from Lukla, only a 35 minute flight from Kathmandu. The trail winds along the Dudh Koshi River, Nepali for ‘Milk River’. Bright prayer flags are strung from high places all along the trail which climbs gradually upwards through beautiful rhododendron and magnolia forests. Besides the awesome natural scenery, we take time to acquaint ourselves with the local culture: Buddhist monasteries, trails lined with Mani stones and quaint Sherpa villages give us an insight into Himalayan life. As we climb higher the temperature drops; by the time we reach the pastures of Lobuche, you’ll be walking in an icy wilderness and on frozen rivers.
Our itinerary is carefully designed to allow rest days for acclimatization. This is the best way to avoid altitude complications as well as a chance to explore the local surroundings and enjoy the magnificent views. From the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar, and Dingbuche village, you can look up at the spectacular peak of Ama Dablam. The dramatic views of the giant peaks in the Khumbu region change every day as you trek along the Classic Everest Base Camp trail. When you complete the Everest Base Camp Trek, you will feel proud of what you have accomplished and marvel at all the incredible things you have witnessed!!
Ready to challenge yourself with an interesting climb of a 6000m peak? We organize exciting adventure climbs of Island Peak 6189m and Lobuche East Peak 6119m as an add on climb to any of the Everest region treks. We recommend our guests to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek or Khumbu Three High Passes Trek before attempting for either Island Peak or Lobuche East Peak.
The best seasons for doing Everest Base Camp Trekking are from September to November (Autumn) and from March to May (Spring). These months are known for sunny and warm weather and stable and outstanding mountain views. The summer months from June to August are also beautiful, but the trek can be affected by the monsoon rains. Winter season : December to February, can be a great period for trekking to Everest Base Camp with good preparations for cold and weather.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trekking
- follow in the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary to the iconic Everest Base Camp
- spectacular trek up the Khumbu Valley
- visit the beautiful monastery at Tengboche
- ascend Kala Pattar (5554m), the majestic viewpoint for magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse
- explore and experience local Sherpa culture
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Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be staying before commencing the trip.
The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore around the city. We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option.
We head to the domestic airport for our early morning flight to Lukla. From the twin otter plane, we will enjoy some amazing views of several of the world’s highest mountains including Cho Oyu, 8153m, Lhotse, 8516m, Gauri Shankar, 7145m, Menlungtse, 7181m, and Mount Everest.
At Lukla, our support crew will be waiting to welcome us. After distributing our luggage among the strong Sherpa porters who will so cheerfully carry our burdens for the trip, we set out downhill into the Dudh Koshi (milk river) Valley. The trails in these parts reflect the large roll Tibetan Buddhism plays in the lives of the Sherpa people. There are many mani stones, which are large stones with Tibetan prayers chiseled into them, all along the trails. You will soon become familiar with the customary way of passing chortens, mani stones, and prayer wheels in a clockwise direction. We reach Phakdingma, a small village beside the Dudh Kosi River.
Today will be one of the hardest days of the trek. So, we take it slowly, giving our body a chance to acclimatize and our senses a chance to take in the sights into the heart of Khumbu. From Phakding, the trail follows Dudh Koshi valley north for 2-3 hours to Monjo, the entrance to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. There is a good view of Thamserku, 6608m. We follow the river to the Hillary Bridge, a fantastic suspension bridge that spans the deep chasm over the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi. From here, it is a tough climb to Namche. The trail continues to climb through pine forest. About half way up there, is a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt. Everest rising majestically from behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse.
Namche is a beautiful village in itself with colorful houses and lodges and prayer flags, and the setting is majestic as it is spread on the steep sides of a horse-shoe shaped valley facing the beautiful Kongde Ri Peak.
If we are acclimatizing well, we will want to walk up a hill for spectacular viewpoint where we can see all the way up the Imja Khola Valley to where the glacial moraine begins below the towering Mt Everest, 8848 m. Other spectacular peaks vosoble from here are Taweche, 6542m, Thamserku, 6808m, Kantega, 6685 m, Ama Dablam, 6856m, Nuptse, 7896m and Lhotse, 8511m. Besides, the great bazaar with a wonderful variety of shops to visit, today gives us a chance to visit the Sherpa Cultural Centre which has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs. There is also the option of a day walk to the pretty village of Khumjung where Sir Edmund Hillary built his “Schoolhouse in the Clouds” and the famed Khunde hospital. We can see the “scalp of a yeti” at Khumjung monastery.
Today, we follow the Classic Everest Base Camp trail and enjoy one of the most scenic days of our trek. We start with a short, steep climb out of Namche up to a ridge which meanders above the Imja Khola. As we hike along, we get spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and also the beautiful Ama Dablam. We descend through rhododendron forest to Phunki Tenga near the Dudh Kosi where we will have our lunch. A suspension bridge takes us across the river and we start an ascent of about 1 hr through pine and rhododendron forest. We will likely spot some wildlife such as Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer and pheasants while passing through the forests. The trail becomes less steep after leaving the forest. We climb for another 1.5 hours through grassy meadow to reach the Tengboche monastery on the crest of a long ridge which stretches to the summit of Kantega. Sir Edmund Hillary helped to re-build this famous monastery after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. From Tengboche, the views of the Everest massif as well as all the other major peaks of the area will be totally spellbinding.
The trail descends through a beautiful forest then crosses the Imja Khola (river) and passes through the village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures where the yak graze, to Dingboche, 4400m which is the second place to stop and acclimatize.
A second acclimatization day with optional hikes to Nagarjun Hill or Chukung village, with fine views of Ama Dablam, Makalu and other peaks, interspersed with lakes and glaciers.
We continue our trek through the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier to Dugla. The trail switchbacks through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb, you'll see many stone cairns built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt. Everest. We continue to climb to Lobuche, 4910 m, from where you will see the awesome Mt. Pumori Peak, 7220 m closely.
NOTE: Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. To prevent altitude sickness, a good rest and plenty of water is necessary. You will crave some Chocolates or Snickers at this point.
Today, we trek on past Gorak Shep (5130 m) to reach Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,598 ft). After celebrating our efforts and photographing this achievement, we return back to Gorak Shep.
An early morning climb will take us to our destination peak, Kala Pattar, following the Khumbu Glacier. From Kala Pattar, we will see the sunrise and enjoy superb views of the surrounding mountains. We descend for lunch at Lobuche and continue our hike down to Pheruche.
Gradually, we again pass through Pangboche village, the same trail we used on the way up. The trail leads down to a river. After crossing the river, we walk for an hour up through the forest and reach Tengboche. After taking a good break there, we'll walk continuously to Namche.
Boosted by all our new red blood cells, we rush down the footpath toward Sagarmatha National Park gate, in Jorsale. Later, Lukla footpath leads us back to the first villages we visited two weeks ago: Gumila, Phakdingma, and Choplung. The high peaks disappear behind the hills. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with your sherpa guides and porters and a good chance to sample some chhyang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on the memorable trekking experiences. The staff will be hoping for some precious and well deserved tips.
You will take an early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu.
After breakfast, there will be free time for souvenir shopping and other independent activities.
We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight.
- Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
- Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu, Four nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) on Twin sharing
- Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 11 nights (With twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
- All standard meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
- English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
- One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
- Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
- Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
- Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
- Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
- Annapurna Foothill's Tshirt
- Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek
- First aid medicine kit.
- Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
- Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
- Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
- All government and local taxes
- Your Personal Travel Insurance.
- Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
- Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
- Beverages (drinks, mineral water, boiled water and beer).
- Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
- Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
- Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.
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The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
If you have limited time and won’t be able to the 16 Days Everest Base Camp Trekking then we do have Everest Base Heli Trekking 12 Days or you can join our Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking in just 12 days.
We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Everest Base Camp. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin.
Everest Base Camp Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date.
We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.
Private Trips to Everest Base Camp is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones.
Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking.
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Everest Base Camp Trekking Packing List:
“There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” Alfred Wainwright
Are you planning your dream trip to the Himalaya of Nepal? Make sure you have packed well for your hiking and trekking experiences in Nepal. The time period of your visit also determines your packing list. The best trekking seasons for beginning your Everest Base Camp Trekking are spring and autumn. During these seasons, maximum flow of trekkers can be witnessed. Weather during spring (March – May) and autumn (September – November) are likely to be mild with clear blue sky and outstanding mountain views. But nights can get freezing cold at higher elevation. So, packing appropriate clothing, gear, and equipments for your Everest Base Camp Trek is a must for lifetime memorable trekking experience in Everest region of Nepal.
A strategically way of packing will be keeping in mind that your stuffs will be packed in two bags. One will be the daypack that you carry every day on your trek. Pack your daypack as light as possible by carrying only the essentials so that you can relish your moments in wilderness freely. Pack anything you may need each day during your hike in your daypack. Other bag will be your duffle bag which will be carried by your Porter from the very beginning of your trek till the end.
Here is the complete packing checklist for Everest Base Camp Trekking or any other similar teahouse trekking in the captivating Himalaya of Nepal.
- Warm beanie hat
- Tubular Headwear (buff)
- Sun Hat or Cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
- Polarized Sunglasses with UV protection
- Headlamp (Black Diamond / Petzl) with spare batteries
- Sunscreen with factor 50+
- Upper Body (Core body):
- 3 Light and trekking weight thermal tops
- 3 T-shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
- 1 Fleece Jacket or pull over (Merino, soft shell)
- 1 Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
- 1 Down Jacket
- 2 Thermal base layers (merino or polartec power dry)
- 2 Pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
- 1 Waterproof/ Rain pants
- 2 Light Hiking shorts
- 2 Fleece Pants
- 4 Under wears (merino)
- 1 Lightweight gloves or liner gloves
- 1 Pair shell gloves (Gore-Tex)
- 1 Waterproof outer glove
- 3 Warm Trekking socks (smart wool)
- 3 Pairs of liner socks
- 2 Pairs of thick/ warm socks
- 2 Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
- Trekking Boots (waterproof, ankle support with rigid sole)
- Lightweight Rubber Shoes / Trainers / Trail Runner to wear at the Tea Houses
- 1 Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 40 - 50 Liters
- 2 Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
- Large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
- A pair of adjustable Trekking Pole
- Camera with extra battery
- Sleeping bag (- 15 C depending upon trips)
- Sleeping Bag liner
- Ear Plugs
- Portable Solar Charger
- Smart Trekking Watch
Personal First Aid Kit:
Please do note that our trekking guides will be too carrying the first aid kit with them especially for the guests and the entire team as a whole. Still, we suggest the following items to be carried with you while trekking in the Himalaya of Nepal.
- Personal Medication
- Diarrhea Stopper (e.g. Imodium)
- Paracetamol Tablets
- Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
- Diamox for altitude (consult your doctor about this)
- Water Purification tablets or drops
- Blister kit / Zinc Tape
- Hand Sanitizer
- Dressing Gauze
- Antibiotic Cream
How difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trekking in Nepal ?
Everest Base Camp Trekking is very doable for each and every outdoor enthusiast who dreams of witnessing the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest (8848m). Even it is your first time in the Himalaya of Nepal but if you possess multi-days hiking, running/ walking experiences then you can commence this trek smoothly. All you need to do is pay great attention to your physical fitness, training programs and proper acclimatization throughout the trek to achieve what you came for. Everest Base Camp Trekking trail is 100% safe and there are no technical elements to the journey; just one foot in front of the other.
Difficulty level of Everest Base Camp Trekking is a relative question. Distance from Lukla to Kala Patthar is approximately 55Km (34 miles) which is not that far. It’s the altitude that makes the trek tougher as you keep on gaining elevation gradually. Highest point of the trek is Kala Patthar standing at an altitude of 5545m. For people who are used to hiking long distances with a regular backpack, they might find the trek relatively moderate. And for those people who are not used to hiking and training, they will find this trek a bit challenging. Above Lukla the trails are pretty good and well maintained but you’ll still find rough, rocky and treacherous areas. The hardest parts are obviously the up and down bits, flat parts do exist in certain section but when you are in the Himalaya of Nepal, it is mostly a little bit up and a little bit down. Some trekkers find downhill harder, it’s tough on knees, others, like me, struggle with uphill section. The probable longest and hardest uphill sections are the climbs to Namche and to Tengboche which are absolutely exhausting. As a wise man once said, “If going gets tough, tough gets going” and the rewards are equally rewarding as well.
If your walking pace is slow, go slow, that’s completely fine. You’ll likely acclimatize better. It does so by initially increasing the rate and depth of breathing and subsequently generating more red blood cells to better absorb the insufficient oxygen of Khumbu Himalaya. Proper acclimatization is the key factor that determines your whole trip and its chances of success. So, to relish the overall experiences, you require a sincere evaluation of your age, fitness, and how much preparation is needed and perform accordingly. Around 30,000 people will make the trek through the Khumbu Valley to Everest Base Camp to catch a glimpse of highest mountain in the world every year. Yes, it is a tough walk but with proper preparation and dedication, any adventure seeker can succeed the trek and mark it off from their bucket list left with remarkable experiences of Nepal Himalaya.
The total distance of the Classic Everest Base Camp Trekking for 16 Days is about 156 KM (97 miles) approximately including the short hiking’s which will be done in acclimatization days when you’re in Namche and in Dingbuche.
On the trek, our trekking guide will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own personal medical kit. Almost all medications required for trekking are available in Kathmandu for a fraction of the price you will pay overseas. Just get your doctor to make out a list and get them here before you leave for the trek either in Kathmandu or back home.
Well, it depends on your experiences, budget and time available. Some people go to Everest Base Camp without a licensed trekking guide and carry everything themselves as well. There are usually a lot of trekkers on Everest Base Camp Trekking trail so you would probably not be alone but easily could be as in harsh weather or in a medical emergency, you will be on your own. So consider your skill level carefully. We strongly suggest our guests to do the trek with professionals trekking guide and we believe our guides are highly experienced and for sure professionals making your safety their foremost priority.
Although there are few ATMs available in places like Lukla and Namche Bazaar, ATMs might run out of cash or machines might not work promptly. Thus, we highly recommend getting your cash Nepalese Rupees from ATM machine or Money Exchange in Kathmandu before starting your trek.
In bigger villages like Lukla, Namche, Dingboche, Lobuche some tea houses will accept credit card payment. But not sure the payment will always be successful. We still suggest getting Nepalese Rupees from Kathmandu.
Most of the tea Houses will have internet facility, hot shower, battery charger with a small amount of money. You can purchase internet recharge card to use internet at the tea house.
There is no requirement to join a group or departure dates. We always try to be flexible with our trips for our guest’s convenience. We are open to changes on the trip details as long as the proposed itinerary or suggestions does not harm your own chances of acclimatization.
Private or Solo Trips is possible but a bit more expensive compared to joining a fixed date. We highly recommend hiring a reputable guide service for a safe and secure trekking experience. With Annapurna Foothills, there is absolutely nothing to worry about if you wish to do a private solo trip or join a departure date. We assign local professional guides, porter etc whom you could trust with your life as they are highly experienced and give first priority to your safety.
On average, a typical trekking day would be 5-6 hours long. The longest day can be up to 8-9 hours and 3-4 hours is the shortest day. It also depends on your walking pace. We usually start early so that you could reach the destination on time making sure that you’ve got enough time to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Khumbu region.
For sure, you can. As there’s a saying which quotes that, age is just a number and if you’re physically and mentally strong, well prepared, then there’s no age limit to do the Everest Base Camp Trekking. If you are trekking with your family members or need any special attention and requirements for the trip, we highly recommend you for scheduling a private trek with few extra days and make necessary arrangements for your convenience. The only requirement is to have good hiking/walking experiences previously.
At most villages along the Everest Base Camp Trekking Trail, the tea houses will have internet facility. Most of the lodges will offer internet service. You need to purchase Internet Data Pack like recharge card EVERST LINK. You can also purchase Nepalese SIM cards (NCEL or NTC) but their coverage will be limited as we trek higher. And our climbing guide will also carry a satellite phone for emergencies with minimum cost.
Yes, it is totally safe to travel to Nepal and to do solo trekking as a single women or girl. We are more responsible in this aspect and we ensure all safety for solo women traveler. Upon request we can also arrange for a female trekking guide as well.
Well, depending upon your interest and travel period, we can customize your trip to Everest Base Camp accordingly. Normally, the standard route will take 16 Days in total to complete the trek
It is true that all the direct Kathmandu - Lukla flight operation has been re-routed to Manthali Airport. Is it done to avoid ATC (Air Traffic Congestion) which usually occurs during peak trekking seasons As per the Civil Aviation Association of Nepal (CAAN) decision, flights to and from Lukla airport will be operated from MANTHALI airport, Ramechhap. The Civil aviation association of Nepal (CAAN) has acquainted that there is rapid accession of traffic blockage at Kathmandu Airport and the Lukla sector is believed to be the busiest domestic flights sectors of Nepal. Flight to Lukla is one of the most occupied flights during the trekking season in Nepal and to avoid the traffic congestion and minimize the workload of TIA, they’ve drawn a conclusion i.e. all the flights to and from Lukla are rerouted from Kathmandu Airport to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap again.
In case of bad weather and our Lukla flights get cancelled or delayed, what are the possible alternatives that we will have?
If our domestic flights to or from Lukla get cancelled because of bad weather, we’ll have two major options;
Reschedule your flight next day. Additional expenses like accommodation, food etc. need to be paid by guests.
Other option will be a Helicopter flight which will be expensive compared to regular flights. Cost will depend upon availability, number of members and baggage weight.
You can store the unwanted stuffs in the locker room at the hotel where you’ll be staying in Kathmandu. They’ll provide you a baggage tag which you’ve to keep it with you safely or you can hand over it to our guide. And after your return from trek to hotel, you can collect those stuffs by giving them the same baggage tag that they’d gave you previously.
Yes you can. But be sure to bring the prescription and its original container so that you don’t have to face any sort of hassle from custom inspection. We also suggest bringing personal first aid kit
Annapurna Foothills will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 25 kg of luggage (maximum 12 kg for each trekker). Porter are those staffs who not carry only your luggage but also lift your spirit to reach new heights and your affection and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination.
Regarding cancellation, if a guest voluntarily or involuntarily terminates/cancels the trip once the trip has started, no refund will be given for missed or unused services of the trip regardless of the reason i.e. sickness, or any other unfortunate events.
In case if any guests wish to cancel their trip prior to their departure for any reasons then a written application should be sent by the guests to us, two weeks prior to the trip starting date. If the cancellation is made beyond the time limit then USD 200 per person will be charged. As per our company policy, deposit amount is non- refundable and can be utilized with the timeframe of one year from the trip confirmation date.
We’ll be happy to welcome you soon in Nepal and provide you our expert team to do the magnanimous Everest Base Camp Trekking in Himalaya of Nepal. Please get in touch with us asap.
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You won’t be spending much on trail as accommodation and 3 meals a day are included in your trip cost while booking with Annapurna Foothills. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000 - 3000) per day will be enough since you have to personally pay for items such as beverages, drinks, charging electronic devices, Wi-Fi, hot showers, souvenirs etc.
Both Everest and Annapurna Base Camp Treks are the most visited destinations in Nepal for hiking and trekking. Both of the treks are unique and beautiful in their own way, their location, culture, people, lifestyles and the mountains that they are surrounded with. The thing we can suggest and guarantee is you will be amazed by both of the treks.
Everest Base Camp Trekking takes trekker to the highest elevation to Kala Patthar (5545m) and the highest point of Annapurna Base Camp is 4130m. During your Everest Base Camp Trekking you will gain altitude quickly; however during Annapurna Base Camp Trekking the trekker will gain altitude gradually. Comparatively Annapurna Base Camp is more suitable for the beginners and Everest Base Camp for those who want to challenge themselves a bit higher.
Autumn (September - November) is supposed to be the ideal season to visit Everest Base Camp. Similarly, spring (March – May) is also a great period to do the Everest Base Camp Trekking where many climbers will be aiming to reach highest point on Earth. Holiday time around Christmas and New Year is also good time to visit Everest Base Camp. With cold temperature, clear skies and very few trekkers on the trail (Dec- Jan) are also nice months to visit Everest Base Camp. This Trek can be done in monsoon too but the views won’t be that clear because of heavy rainfall.
Our standard 16 Days Everest Base Camp Trekking costs USD 1450 per person if you’re a group of 2 – 6 people. Depending upon various factors such as routes, trekking days, availability, trekkers, season etc. and other various factors cost for the trip can be negotiated. Contact us for further details.
Everest Base Camp is very doable for every enthusiast trekker who dreams of seeing the world’s highest mountain even it is their first time in the Himalaya of Nepal. All you need to do is pay great attention to your physical fitness, training programs and proper acclimatization throughout the trek to achieve what you came for. Multi day hiking, running/ walking, strength and endurance training is a must.
Trip grade is challenging but one who has enough hiking/walking experiences previously can do this trek as the trail is 100% safe and there are no technical elements to the journey; just one foot in front of the other.
Following permits are required to do the Everest Base Camp Trekking:
Sagarmatha National Park Permit
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fee
All permit and documentation fees are included in our Everest trips.
A big YES!! Annapurna Foothills strongly recommends you have Insurance Policy with coverage of emergency search and evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability, medical treatment etc during your Nepal Trip. The insurance must cover all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate evacuation process and medical response based on the situation.
Not just because we are a Nepal based local operator but our Sherpa Trekking Guides are experienced, competent, and professional and all of them have leaded groups in various parts of Himalaya of Nepal. We focus on safety, quality and value for money by providing good equipments and logistics required for your trip, things that many lower cost programs don’t facilitates with.
We value and operate eco friendly trips and are highly committed to Leave No Trace. Our guides and staffs are well aware of their responsibility toward environment.
Everest Base Camp also popularly known as EBC is in Khumbu region of the Himalaya of Nepal. Standing at an altitude of 5300m, Everest Base Camp allows the trekkers to follow the historic route to the base of the world’s highest mountain. Mount Everest, 8848m is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights and a journey to Everest Base Camp is the perfect adventure.
Well, it depends upon the kinds of emergency you’re going through. If you have to leave the trip due to ill health or severe injury, we will arrange an emergency air rescue immediately which will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain search and rescue.
If you are able to walk down, one of the assistant guides will guide you down to a lower elevation where you can wait for the rest of the team or fly out to Kathmandu ahead of the group.
Even if you leave the trip beforehand, we are committed to pay the porters and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired. So, refunds for the unused days for your trip will not be given. We can provide something complementary depending upon the cases.
Yes we do offer tailor made or private departures for Everest Base Camp. If our listed departure dates are not fitting your travel plans then we can organize a private or tailor made departures for you and your loved ones.
Yes, you can hire Trekking and Climbing Guide and Porter services from us. We can offer customizable services of Guides, Porters, Domestic Flights and Documentation for your trek.
Foods during trekking can be one of your major highlights of the journey. You can get all sorts of food, from local to western dishes and the teahouses in this region provides menu to its guests where you can find wide varieties of dishes which are served fresh, warm and tastes delicious. And you don’t need to worry if you are vegan or allergic to gluten as we have the choice on menu. Basically you will have dinner and breakfast at the lodge where you stay overnight and lunch will be served on the way at the tea house.
Everest Base Camp Trekking is a Tea House/ Lodge Trekking. Most of the tea houses will have twin sharing room for trekkers. Annapurna Foothills chooses tea houses which has clean, comfortable and warm rooms for our guests. It is very important to have a nice and warm room at the end of a long trekking day.
In the peak tourist season, it might be difficult to find a better accommodation due to the influx of large number of trekkers. So, if you’re planning to do the Everest Base Camp Trekking in peak seasons, let us know in advance so that we can confirm your stay in a comfortable way in the Himalaya of Nepal.
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring water purification tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. We do not suggest drinking tap water for our guests. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water at tea houses. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
We mainly focus on small and private groups. We take up to 12 trekkers in a group so that we can provide personal care and support to each of our members. If you have a group of more than 12 members, please contact us for amazing group discounts and customized services.
This is my first time travelling with Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. We were in a group of 13 trekkers and touched by warm welcome from Ngima and Tenzin with a garland of marigold and their hospitality during the stay in Kathmandu.On the trek, we were well looked after by our Sherpa guides Tashi, Nigma, Mingmar and Dawa in terms of guidance of trail/safety, accommodation and food drink. They were reliable and super friendly, not to mention meticulous. Remembered the night in Dingboche was so cold and been served with a warm bowl of fruit cocktail which really warmed up my heart.Thank you to the great team at Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition for a great experience.
First of all, from the touchdown at Kathmandu to the end, I was amazed by this team. From the boss and his Wife to the guides (Sherpas), and porters. They were an awesome bunch. Felt safe throughout the trip. Always there to protect and give us a hand whenever we need it. Not only pulling us up from high n big boulders or pulling us back from falling over and what I remember most is the warming of our hands when we were frozen. Great journey and passionate team. Keep it up!
I was with a group of friends to Everest Base Camp in Oct-Nov18. And we got Annapurna to help us with the trekking trip. They are often going beyond their work and duty to take care of the team. They are passionate people and always checking to ensure that we are ok. Excellent service and highly recommended for trekking in Nepal.
Great experience with the company during this expedition. We are well looked after by the guide and assistant. They offer help to carry our backpack when we are sick and no energy, meal and drink was well serve by them. They are passionate about thier job and willing to interact with us even if we have language barrier sometimes. Definitely will go back to them if I going back for another trek in Nepal.
This is my second time travelling with Annapurna Foothills Treks.The first time was in 2014, when I climbed Mera and Island Peaks with them and I had a superb time and experience. In fact, they were so good that when it was time to bring a larger group to Nepal for their first experience, the choice was obvious.I contacted Ngima again to organise a trek to Everest Base Camp. As expected, communication with Ngima was easy. He was very responsive and always willing to discuss details and options to ensure that the trip is well organised for the group.In typical Nepali hospitality, we were met at the airport with a garland of marigold. The hotel choice in Kathmandu was splendid, being both comfortable and convenient.For the trek specifically, it was clear that the team of guides were there to ensure that the team was safe and well looked after. Tashi, Ngima, Mingmar and Dawa were an excellent team. They provided guidance on the trail, an extra pair of hands when team members got tired, organised the rooms when we arrived at our next village and always having a cheerful smile making it them great company on the trails.No trek is complete without minor hiccups and setbacks, but Tashi and his team managed these with professionalism and did their best considering the circumstances.We were a group of 13 trekkers. Such a big group did present logistical challenges but it was with their support that all 13 trekkers successfully achieved their goal of reaching Everest Base Camp.Thank you to the fantastic team at Annapurna Foothills Treks. From Ngima and his wife, and the trekking guide team of Tashi, Ngima, Mingmar and Dawa. My next trip and trek in Nepal will definitely be by them.AdrianEBC 2018 Team from Singapore