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Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trek: A Journey of Peaks and Passes

The Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trek is an awe-inspiring journey that takes trekkers through some of the most spectacular and challenging landscapes of the Everest region. This unique trek combines the classic Everest Base Camp route with the adventure of crossing three high mountain passes Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La. As you traverse these rugged passes, you'll be treated to unparalleled views of towering Himalayan peaks, including Everest itself. The trek not only offers an up-close encounter with the world's highest mountain but also immerses trekkers in the rich Sherpa culture, quaint villages, and diverse ecosystems that make this region truly remarkable.

Flora and Fauna Along the Route: A Living Canvas of Biodiversity

The Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trek is not only a feast for the eyes but also a haven for biodiversity enthusiasts. The trail winds through various ecological zones, from lush forests of rhododendron, pine, and fir in the lower regions to alpine meadows and barren landscapes at higher altitudes. Along the way, lucky trekkers might spot Himalayan wildlife such as the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan thar, and red panda. The skies above are often filled with the graceful flight of colourful pheasants, while the mountainsides echo with the calls of birds like the Himalayan monal.

Why Choose the Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trek?

The Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trek is a dream come true for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. This trek offers the perfect blend of physical challenge, cultural immersion, and unparalleled natural beauty. By completing three high mountain passes, trekkers experience a sense of accomplishment and personal growth while being rewarded with breathtaking panoramas at every turn. Along with three passes you also get to do 3 summits above 5,000m - Chhukung Ri, Kalapatthar and Gokyo Ri. The journey through traditional Sherpa villages provides a deep insight into the local way of life, and interactions with warm and welcoming villagers enrich the trekking experience. If you're seeking a trek that goes beyond the ordinary, pushes your limits and rewards you with memories to last a lifetime, the Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trek is the ultimate choice. 

Ideal Trekkers for this Epic Three Passes Trek

The Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trek is suitable for trekkers with a moderate to high level of fitness and a sense of adventure. Prior trekking experience at altitude is recommended due to the challenging nature of the high passes. Trekkers should be prepared for changing weather conditions and be equipped with proper gear. This trek is a perfect match for those who seek a more comprehensive and challenging Everest experience, away from the crowds of the standard routes. If you're passionate about mountains, biodiversity, culture, and pushing your boundaries, this trek promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Everest region.

19 Nights 20 Days 21 Sep, 05 Oct, and 19 Oct Kathmandu
Highlights of the Trek
  • Scenic flight to the mountain village of Lukla
  • 3 high-altitude mountain passes Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La
  • 3 high-altitude mountain peaks Chhukung Ri, Kalapatthar and Gokyo Ri
  • 5 Night stay in Kathmandu at a 3-star hotel with breakfast
  • Rest easy at comfortable eco-lodges/guest houses/tea houses during the trek
  • All meals, beverages and mineral water included
  • Hike through small Sherpa villages and experience their exciting culture
  • Get up close and personal with the very famous Khumbu Glacier
  • Visit the popular Tengboche Monastery
  • Stand face to face with Mount Everest, “Goddess Mother of the Earth,” from the attainable high-point of Kala Patthar and marvel at the stunning views
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Short Itinerary

EBC trek itinerary in brief:

  • Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Meet and greet / Gear Check. Travel from Kathmandu to Ramachep. Stay at Ramechhap. 
  • Day 3: Fly from Ramachep to Lukla, Trek to Phakding 
  • Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 5: Acclimatisation Day at Namche Bazaar
  • Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazar to Tengboche
  • Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
  • Day 8: Trek From Dingboche To Chhukung (4750 M)
  • Day 9: Acclimatisation Hike to Chhukung Ri
  • Day 10: Trek From Chhukung And Cross Kongma La (5535 M) To Lobuche (4940 M) (6-7 Hours)
  • Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and then trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Day 12: Sunrise trek to Kalapatthar Back To Dzongla (4830 M) 7-8 hours
  • Day 13: Trek From Dzongla To Cho La Pass (5368 M) To Thangnak (4680 M) To Gokyo (4800 M) 7- 8 Hours Trek
  • Day 14: Rest Day In Gokyo (hike Up To Gokyo Ri 5357 M)
  • Day 15: Trek From Gokyo To Renjo La (5360 M) To Marlung (4210 M) 7-8 Hours Trek
  • Day 16: Trek From Marlung To Namche Bazaar (5-6 Hours Trek)
  • Day 17: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
  • Day 18: Fly from Lukla to Ramachep. Travel from Ramachep to Kathmandu.
  • Day 19: Sightseeing at Kathmandu / Buffer day
  • Day 20: Departure from Kathmandu

Everest Base Camp Trek Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu

Altitude: 1,400 meters

Activities: Arrival in Kathmandu, check-in to accommodation, rest, and explore local surroundings.

Welcome to the vibrant city of Kathmandu! As you step off the plane, you'll feel the buzz of this culturally rich capital city. Check into your accommodation and take in the local sights, sounds, and flavors. Explore the bustling streets of Thamel, known for its shops and eateries offering a variety of trekking gear and local delicacies.

Day 2: Meet and Greet / Gear Check. Travel from Kathmandu to Ramachhap. Stay at Ramechhap.

Altitude: 1,400 meters

Activities: Briefing on the upcoming trek, gear check, final preparations, and last-minute shopping if needed.

Today is dedicated to preparations. Meet your trekking group and guides. Engage in a comprehensive gear check to ensure you're equipped for the adventure ahead. Kathmandu offers last-minute shopping opportunities for any essentials you might need. By noon travel to Ramechhap from Kathmandu and get a good night's sleep before you start your exciting journey. 

Important Notice:

We'd like to bring to your attention a crucial update regarding your upcoming journey with TrekNomads. Due to ongoing developments and essential maintenance at Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport, your flight to Lukla will be rerouted from Kathmandu to Ramechhap Airport. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has mandated that flights to and from Lukla operate through Ramechhap since the 2019 post-monsoon season. This arrangement, initially temporary, has been extended, and CAAN is considering a permanent shift for all Lukla flights from Ramechhap. While some flights will certainly still go from Kathmandu, they are not always guaranteed, even when booked in advance and can be subject to unplanned and prolonged delays. 

​If your flight departs from Ramechhap Airport, your journey will commence on day two of your itinerary. You will travel for four to five hours to the town of Ramechhap, where TrekNomads will arrange accommodation and an evening meal. While the roads may be bumpy, this journey is essential to ensure your Everest Base Camp dream becomes a reality. Day three begins with an early start to be at the airport and a flight to Lukla. TrekNomads ensures you're on one of the first flights from Ramechhap, allowing for the best available weather monitoring and a swift start to your trek.

On the return, you'll fly from Lukla to Ramechhap and embark on an adventurous drive back to Kathmandu. Please note that traffic entering Kathmandu can be significant, extending the journey to approximately six to seven hours with breaks for food and rest.

Day 3: Fly from Ramachhap to Lukla, Trek to Phakding

Altitude: Lukla (2,800 meters), Phakding (2,650 meters)
Trek Distance: Approximately 8 kilometres
Duration: 3-4 hours
Terrain: Gentle trail, suspension bridges, Dudh Koshi river views.
Highlights: Thrilling Lukla flight, start of the trek, lush landscapes, suspension bridge crossings.

Begin your journey by flying to Lukla, a gateway to the Everest region. The thrilling flight offers spectacular views of the Himalayas. Upon landing, embark on a trek to Phakding, crossing the iconic Hillary Suspension Bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. Immerse yourself in lush landscapes and the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people.

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Altitude: Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters)
Trek Distance: About 11 kilometres
Duration: 5-6 hours
Terrain: Steep uphill, rhododendron forests
Highlights: Entry to Sagarmatha National Park, panoramic views, bustling Namche Bazaar.

The trail takes you through Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As you ascend, you'll be greeted by panoramic views of Everest and neighbouring peaks. Namche Bazaar, a vibrant Himalayan town, offers a blend of Sherpa culture and modern amenities.

Day 5: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

Altitude: 3,800 meters

Activities: Short hikes for acclimatization, visit to Everest View Hotel and explore the local culture.

Spend a day acclimatizing to the higher altitude. Explore Namche Bazaar, visit the local market, and hike to the Everest View Hotel for breathtaking sunrise vistas. This aids in adapting to the altitude, enhancing your trekking experience.

Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Altitude: Tengboche (3,860 meters)
Trek Distance: Around 10 kilometres
Duration: 5-6 hours
Terrain: Ascending trails, pine and rhododendron forests
Highlights: Views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Tengboche Monastery's serenity.

The journey towards Tengboche Monastery, the spiritual center of the region. Along the way, catch glimpses of Ama Dablam and Everest. Witness a mesmerizing blend of cultural and natural beauty at Tengboche.

Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

Altitude: Dingboche (4,410 meters)
Trek Distance: Approximately 12 kilometres
Duration: 5-6 hours
Terrain: Alpine meadows, Imja Khola (a tributary of the river Dudh Kosi), gradual ascent.
Highlights: Unique mountain views, Dingboche's picturesque setting.

The trail leads you through Pangboche village, with close-up views of towering peaks. As you reach Dingboche, the altitude becomes more noticeable. Enjoy the serenity of the landscape and anticipate the challenges and rewards of higher altitudes.

Day 8: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung

Altitude: Chhukung (4,750 meters)
Trek Distance: About 7 kilometres
Duration: 3-4 hours
Terrain: Rocky terrain, glacial streams, alpine environment.
Highlights: Nangkartshang Peak views, Chhukung's remote charm.

As you approach Chhukung, the surroundings become more rugged and awe-inspiring. Nestled beneath soaring peaks, Chhukung offers a taste of the remote Himalayan wilderness.

Day 9: Acclimatization trek to Summit Chhukung Ri

Altitude: Chhukung Ri (5,550 meters)

Activities: Summit to Chhukung Ri, stunning panoramic views.

An acclimatization trek to summit Chhukung Ri rewards you with panoramic views of Lhotse, Makalu, and surrounding giants. This prepares you for the challenging days ahead.

Day 10: Trek from Chhukung, Cross Kongma La (5,535 M) to Lobuche

Altitude: Lobuche (4,940 meters)
Trek Distance: Approximately 11 kilometres
Duration: 8-9 hours
Terrain: Challenging ascent, glacier crossings.
Highlights: Kongma La pass challenge, superb mountain vistas.

Cross the first of the three passes, Kongma La Pass, an exhilarating feat, to reach Lobuche. The pass offers mesmerizing vistas, and Lobuche's proximity to Everest Base Camp heightens the sense of adventure.

Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, then to Everest Base Camp

Altitude: Gorak Shep (5,140 meters), Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters)
Trek Distance: About 15 kilometres
Duration: 8-9 hours
Terrain: Glacial moraine, rocky trails, Everest Base Camp.
Highlights: EBC accomplishment, Khumbu Icefall, Everest's grandeur.

A remarkable day as you trek to Everest Base Camp. Traverse glacial terrain, reach the iconic destination, and soak in the historic atmosphere surrounded by Himalayan giants.

Day 12: Sunrise Trek to Kalapatthar, Back to Dzongla via Lobuche

Altitude: Kalapatthar (5,545 meters), Dzongla (4,830 meters)
Trek Distance: Approximately 14 kilometres
Duration: 7-8 hours
Terrain: Steep ascent to Kalapatthar, descent to Dzongla.
Highlights: Unparalleled sunrise views of Everest and panoramic Himalayan vistas.

Witness the sunrise from Kalapatthar's summit, offering one of the most awe-inspiring views of Everest. Descend to Dzongla, enjoying the change in landscapes.

Day 13: Trek from Dzongla to Cho La Pass, to Gokyo

Altitude: Cho La Pass (5,368 meters), Gokyo (4,800 meters)
Trek Distance: About 12 kilometres
Duration: 7-8 hours
Terrain: Challenging trail, icy sections on Cho La, glacial lakes.
Highlights: Thrilling Cho La Pass crossing, serene Gokyo lakes.

Challenge yourself with the trek over Cho La Pass which would be the second pass of the three passes, which is characterized by steep ascents and descents. Gokyo welcomes you with its tranquil lakes and panoramic vistas.

Day 14: Rest Day in Gokyo, Summit Gokyo Ri

Altitude: Gokyo Ri (5,357 meters)

Spend a day relaxing at Gokyo or summit Gokyo Ri for stunning views of the Everest region. It's a great way to catch your breath and soak in the natural beauty.

Day 15: Trek from Gokyo to Renjo La Pass, to Marlung

Altitude: Renjo La Pass (5,360 meters), Marlung (4,210 meters)
Trek Distance: Approximately 15 kilometres
Duration: 7-8 hours
Terrain: Ascending and descending trails, rocky terrain, alpine landscapes, remote trails.
Highlights: Renjo La Pass adventure, off-the-beaten-path scenery.

Trek to the third pass of the three passes Renjo La Pass, a less frequented but equally magnificent pass. Descend to Marlung, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes.

Day 16: Trek from Marlung to Namche Bazaar

Altitude: Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters)
Trek Distance: About 16 kilometres
Duration: 5-6 hours
Terrain: Descending trails, forests, suspension bridges.
Highlights: Reliving familiar paths, vibrant Namche Bazaar.

As you retrace your steps, relish the familiar yet transformed landscapes. Arrive at Namche Bazaar, a hub of cultures and a perfect place for reflection.

Day 17: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Altitude: Lukla (2,800 meters)
Trek Distance: Approximately 18 kilometres
Duration: 6-7 hours
Terrain: Descending trails, Sherpa villages, Dudh Koshi river.
Highlights: Nostalgic return journey, celebrating achievements.

Finish your trek with a descent to Lukla. This day offers a mix of nostalgia and accomplishment, as you bid farewell to the rugged mountains.

Day 18: Fly from Lukla to Ramachep. Travel from Ramachep to Kathmandu

Altitude: Kathmandu (1400 meters)

Activities: Scenic flight, return to Kathmandu, relaxation.

Fly back to Kathmandu, reminiscing about the incredible journey you've undertaken. Return to the comforts of the city and relish a well-deserved rest.

Day 19: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
Altitude: 14,00 meters

Activities: Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, explore Kathmandu's cultural richness

Explore Kathmandu's rich cultural heritage by visiting iconic sites such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. Immerse yourself in the spirituality and history of the region.

Day 20: Buffer Day - Rest or Try Activities like Bungy Jumping/River Rafting

Altitude: 1,400 meters

Use this day to rest and rejuvenate, or engage in exciting activities like bungy jumping or river rafting, adding an extra layer of adventure to your journey.

Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu

As your incredible journey comes to an end, depart from Kathmandu with memories that will stay with you forever. Reflect on the challenges you conquered and the breathtaking landscapes you explored in the Everest region.

Everest Base Camp Trek Insurance

Trekking in the Himalayas comes with its own set of risks. While adventure is fun and can be extremely thrilling, nature can be unpredictable, and to help secure you during your trek, it is of utmost importance that you are covered with insurance.

We've gone a step ahead and made sure that you don't have to worry about scouting for the best insurance option out there. When you trek with us, we get you in touch with the best insurance providers who can help you cover your trek to Everest Base Camp with ease. Know more about Everest Base Camp Insurance here.

Everest Base Camp Trek Risk and Liability: 

According to Everest base camp trek map, we will endeavor to make your program smooth and as pleasant as possible. However, the entire course of trekking depends on the ranges of the mighty mountains, physical health, and environmental conditions. Therefore, TrekNomads shall not be responsible for any changes in the itineraries due to unavoidable circumstances and natural disasters such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snowing, cancellation of flight and delay, any types of sickness including altitude sickness.

Everest Base Camp Trek - What to Expect:

The Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging trek that requires prior Himalayan trekking experience. During the course, we will trek 4 to 10 hours per day on moderate to steep grades, at varied elevations. Some days will be rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize, while on other days you will continue your journey towards EBC. Your Trek Captain will set a suitable pace to minimize the risk of altitude issues. Porters and pack animals will transport your gear. A signed medical consent form from your doctor will be required for participation. You will also be required to sign an indemnity bond before heading on the trek.

Everest Base Camp Trek Fitness Criteria:

This trek requires a good level of fitness.

To register for this trek you are required to complete any of the below-mentioned fitness criteria.

5K run in 35 minutes or Cycling 10 km in 40 mins or Swimming 1 km in 40 mins or Stair climbing 50 floors (10 floors up and down 5 times) in 30 mins.

Once you do register, please share the proof of fitness criteria with your Trek Captain anytime 30 days before departure.

If you're not already following a fitness regime, you would need to follow the regime that will be shared with you. The training routine is spread over four months and you would be expected to work out at least 4 times a week. The regime is designed to help you climb smarter even in higher altitudes. The regime consists of a good combination of exercises that work on all parts of your body including the upper Body, Core, Endurance, Lower Body, Shoulder strength and improving your breathing pattern. When followed religiously, you can be assured that you will be ready for the trek. Not only does this regime help you with the trek, but it will also help you inculcate a sense of fitness in your day-to-day life. 


Trekkers who have already trekked in the same route or have trekked at a similar altitude (highest altitude of this trek) or even higher, automatically get qualified. However, they would have to get both the Medical Certificate and Indemnity Bond singed as a mandate.

Trekkers who do not qualify the fitness criteria or fail to share the fitness criteria proof have to get both the Medical Certificate and Indemnity Bond singed with the same mentioned in the documents respectively. 

Trekkers will not be allowed to join the group if the duly filled, signed and sealed copies of the Medical Certificate and Indemnity Bond are not shared. 

Everest Base Camp Trek Trek Gradient:

This trek is graded challenging to extreme because you will be trekking for 13 consecutive days over rough terrain, you will be exposed to increasing altitudes each day, averaging 4,000 m and up to a maximum of 5,545 m.

Your Trek Captain will brief you on the next day's trek every evening so you have ample time to prep and be ready for the climb the next morning. You are expected to wake up at the time told by the Trek Captain. This is highly important because the earlier you start the trek, the faster you can reach the next village.

Being away from home comforts and family for an extended period of time is often a challenge for Nomads although access to communications on the trail is very good overall.

Do’s and Don’ts for Everest Base Camp Trek:

  • We believe in leaving the mountains in a better condition, which is why we follow a no-litter policy on our treks. Each trekker will have to bring back the waste that is created during the trek.
  • Trekking is best enjoyed when you’ve worn comfortable clothes. Try and avoid wearing Jeans, bright colors and heavy apparels as much as possible.
  • A lighter backpack always helps you have a better trek, try and carry just as much as needed.
  • Always be in sight of your trek lead, if you feel the need to stop for any reason at all, please keep the trek lead informed.
  • If you do come across any reptiles, animals or even insects during the trek, please keep your calm and let it patiently pass by. Any kind of noise and panic will scare them as well.
  • Do not venture out into the forest/waterfalls on your own as it may be dangerous.
  • Trekking is a good adventure, having said that, it is our primary responsibility to take good care of ourselves and be compassionate towards fellow trekkers
  • If, at any point, during the trek, you feel uneasy or unwell, please inform the trek lead immediately
  • Tune in to the sounds of nature while on a trek and avoid carrying speakers or playing music during the course of the trek
  • To help you enjoy the trek to the fullest, we avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, and other intoxicants during the course of the trek
Inclusions & Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Arrival and departure transfer to the international and domestic airport in a private vehicle
  • Ramachep / Lukla / Ramachep domestic airfares
  • Kathmandu/ Ramachep / Kathmandu transport in a private vehicle
  • 1 welcome dinner and 1 farewell dinner 
  • 03 Nights accommodation at Kathmandu at a 3-star category hotel with breakfast on a twin-sharing basis
  • 01 night accommodation at Ramechhap at a deluxe hotel or resort
  • 15 Nights of accommodation in TeaHouses during the trek on a twin-sharing basis
  • Accommodation with attached bathrooms is provided wherever it is available
  • Three meals a day during the trekking period (open menu to choose any one item per meal from the menu)
  • Three times tea or coffee or ginger-lemon-honey during the trekking period
  • 2 litres of mineral water during the trek, per person per day
  • 16 days of trekking with an experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide and assistant trek guide
  • 1 porter for every 2 persons’ luggage (max 10-12 kgs per head allowed)
  • Insurance, meals, transportation daily salary of guide & porter
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fees, Trekking Permits and TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • Domestic airport taxes at Kathmandu and Lukla
  • 3 litres oxygen cylinder with mask regulator for emergency (additional charge if used)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with a van and a guide full day for Pashupatinath – Bhaudhanath – Monkey temple – Patan Darbar Square
  • All government, local taxes and service charges
  • TrekNomads Fee, Trek Captain support and expertise
  • 10% discount coupon on Fast&Up products
  • 20% discount coupon on BMore products
  • Personalized Dri-Fit T-shirt
  • Expedition grade duffle bag 
  • TrekNomads goodies 

What is NOT included in the tour

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Lunch & Dinner at Kathmandu
  • Any personal expense
  • Personal Adventure Insurance
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Insurance Fee
  • Any type of soft drinks
  • Boiled hot water, shower, etc, during the trek 
  • Extra meals apart from inclusions
  • Tips to porters and guides (calculated per person on 10$ per day per person)
  • Any other activity such as Bungee Jumping/River Rafting
  • Helicopter fares
  • Transportation to and fro Ramechhap in case of early return from the trek
  • Extra days at the hotel in Kathmandu apart from the schedule
  • Any other expenses incurred apart from inclusions
  • All personal, medical, evacuation and emergency expenses like extra day stay out of itinerary, helicopter services and vehicle charges due to delays, landslides, evacuation
  • Expenses incurred for guide or porter during extra days stay, transport, flight, helicopter service, etc (divided amongst the group which utilises the services of guides/porters on extra days)
Type of Trek
Himalayan Treks, International Treks
Trek Gradient
Tough, Difficult
Treknical Details
Treknical Details

Altitude Map:

  • Lukla: 9,313 ft (2,840 m)
  • Phakding: 8,562 ft (2,610 m)
  • Namche Bazaar: 11,286 ft (3,440 m)
  • Tengboche: 12,700 ft (3,870 m)
  • Dingboche: 14,470 ft (4,410 m)
  • Chukung: 15,584 ft (4,750 m)
  • Chukung Ri: 18,209 ft (5,550 m)
  • Kongma La: 18,159 ft (5,535 m)
  • Lobuche: 16,210 ft (4,940 m)
  • Gorakshep: 16,942 ft (5,164 m)
  • Everest Base Camp: 17,595 ft (5,363 m)
  • Kala Patthar Peak: 18,192 ft (5,545 m)
  • Dzongla: 15,846 ft (4,830 m)
  • Cho La: 17,612 ft (5,368 m)
  • Gokyo: 15,748 ft (4,800 m)
  • Gokyo Ri: 17,575 ft (5,357 m)
  • Renjo La: 17,585 ft (5,360 m)
  • Marlung: 13,812 ft (4,210 m)

Other Details:

  • Trek Gradient: Difficult
  • Trek Distance: 180+ Km
  • Assembling Point: Kathmandu
  • Trek Duration: 95+ hours
  • Average Temperature: 20°C to -10°C
  • Best Months to trek: April, May, September, October, November


Everest Base Camp FAQs


What is Everest base camp? What Route should I take on the Everest Base Camp Trek?


The Everest Base Camp is either one of two base camps on either side of Mount Everest. South Base Camp is located in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364m and North Base Camp is at 5,5150m in Tibet. These camps are primarily used by mountaineers to ascend and descend the World's highest mountain.


The classic and most popular route to Everest Base Camp starts at Lukla and continues through Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp. This Everest Base Camp route is extremely popular and almost 95% of the trekkers and Everest summiteers take this route.


The other route is to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri and Chola Pass. This route is slightly more difficult and longer. This route offers spectacular views of the Gokyo Lakes and the opportunity to summit Gokyo Ri (17,575 Feet / 5,357 M) and cross Chola Pass (17,782 Feet / 5,420 m). 


Does this trek require any kind of training? If yes, what is the fitness regimen to be followed?


Yes. This trek necessitates a good level of fitness. If you don't already have a fitness regimen, we suggest you start as soon as possible. You should work out at least four times a week. Training well in advance will help you climb better and more efficiently.


Your workout regimen should consist of a good combination of exercises that work on all body parts, such as your upper body, core, endurance, lower body, and shoulder strength. Working out will help streamline your breathing pattern as well. If you train consistently, you can be confident that you will finish the trek safely.


We suggest that you indulge more in cardiovascular exercises and focus on building your leg muscles by jogging, running and stair climbing. Practice running/jogging on different terrains. This can be done by going on a hike on a nearby hill. Practising walking uphill and downhill is extremely important. More detailed tips are shared in this blog.


Are your staff equipped/trained & insured?


Yes! Our guides and porters are fully trained, equipped and provided for. Our Trek Captain comes with the experience of doing the EBC trek priorly. Every member in a trekking group work as a team and take care of each other's responsibility.


Is there an age limit to do the Everest Base Camp Trek?


No, there is no age limit for Everest Base Camp trekking but, you need to be in good physical shape with a positive attitude. We also suggest you to prior to the trek though we suggest you to please see your doctor and obtain necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for traveling in extreme altitude prior to the trek.


Are there any fitness criteria for this trek? If yes, what are those and how to achieve them?


Yes, we have kept very simple easily achievable fitness criteria. In order to qualify our fitness criteria you should either complete a 5K run in 35 minutes or Cycling 10kms in 40 mins or Swimming 1 km in 40 mins or Stair climb 50 floors (10 floors up and down 5 times) in 30 mins. Any fitness app proof would suffice to qualify. We will also assist you with a fitness training program for free and guide you in getting fit to complete this trek. 


Our fitness criteria are not a blocker or to stop people from joining this trek. However, it is a conscious effort to make sure you have a comfortable and memorable experience during the trek.


NOTE: Trekkers who have already trekked in the same route or have trekked at a similar altitude (highest altitude of this trek) or even higher automatically get qualified. 


Is acclimatisation essential for the Everest Base Camp trek?


Acclimatization is essential because Everest Base Camp is at an altitude of (17,595 ft / 5,363 m) where oxygen levels are low. You might get Acute Mountain Sickness if you don't acclimatise properly to the high altitude. Acute Mountain Sickness is also known as AMS in trekking parlance. Namche Bazaar and Dingboche(11,286 ft / 3,440 m) are where you will stay for an extra day for acclimatization.


You can spend the day visiting the Everest viewpoint or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar. It is in the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, shops, restaurants, a bakery, ATMs, cyber cafes, and a beautiful market.


At Dingboche, you will go on a hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,615 M) It takes about 2-3 hours hike from Dingboche to reach the top of Nangkartshang Peak. You will get the best view of Imja Valley including the three highest mountains in the world Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,749m), Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Island peak (6,189m), Amadablam (6,812m), Kangtega (6,782m), Thamserku (6,623m), Taboche (6,542m), Cholatse (6,440m), etc. 


Physical fitness can help prevent AMS to some level but does not rule it out completely. 


Read about AMS here.


What if I get Acute Mountain Sickness on the Everest Base Camp trek? Are there any medicines to cure AMS?


The best way to avoid AMS is to follow simple tips before and during the trek.

  • Avoid over-exerting yourself at the beginning of the trek. Climb slow, and enjoy the views. Trekking is not a race.

  • Drink plenty of water. Try to drink at least 3-4 litres of water during the trek. Follow the 2-sip rule - after every few hundred metres, take 2-3 sips of water.

  • NO Alcohol, Cigarettes and intoxicants before and during the trek. (These are things to avoid after the trek as well.) This increases your risk of getting AMS multifold.

  • Eat lite and easy-to-digest foods - fruits, vegetables, and carbohydrates (rice, daal). Avoid fried foods, bread, noodles, and non-vegetarian items during the trek. These can cause stomach upset - which can cause dehydration and AMS. Also avoid any yak milk products during the trek if you haven’t tried them before. 

  • Get enough sleep - Sleep for at least 8-9 hours during the night.

  • Check medicines with your doctor before taking them. Avoid over the counter drugs. Avoid medicines suggested by fellow trekkers, online blogs or google - unless you are very sure about it. You may never know how medicines may react to your body at high altitudes.

  • Make sure you are physically and mentally fit to take any trek. Exercise regularly at least 5-6 months in advance, reduce stress levels and be healthy.


Some of the symptoms you can experience when you have AMS are:

  • Headache

  • Disturbed sleep

  • Loss of appetite/nausea

  • Shortness of breath

  • Cough

  • Palpitation

  • Swelling of the hands and face


AMS does not discriminate between new and experienced trekkers; if you notice any of the above symptoms, please inform your trek leader immediately.


Our trek leaders and guides have received basic first-aid training and can effectively monitor you. However, if the situation gets worse, you might have to visit a doctor.


Do I need to carry a medical kit on the Everest Base camp trek?


We advise you to consult your doctor regarding the medicines you will need to carry. However, while our trek leaders do have a first aid kit along with a portable oxygen cylinder, we suggest you bring regular medicines as advised by your doctor.


Are toilets/washrooms available on the Everest base camp trek? 


Most of the teahouses on the Everest Base Camp trail have western-style toilets. It is strongly advised to bring your toilet paper and other sanitary essentials. Depending on the package you choose, you may get a private (in the room) or shared toilet in the tea house. Please note that the water in the toilets may be freezing cold.


How do I get the Nepal Visa for the Everest Base Camp trek?


Indians do not require a visa to enter Nepal. Citizens of countries other than India will be required to purchase a Visa. The Visa fee can range between USD 30 and USD 50, depending on the days you must stay in Nepal. We always recommend getting a 30-day visa because there is a chance of unprecedented delays and setbacks during the trek.


Are ATMs on the Everest Base Camp trek?


ATMs are only available in Namche Bazaar and Lukla. However, the services may stop working or even run out of cash. So, we suggest you bring some extra cash on the trek for food, snacks, and other necessities.


What is the perfect time to trek to EBC?


You can trek to Everest Base Camp during two seasons. The first period runs from April to May (Spring), and the second from October to November (Autumn). The latter is considered a post-monsoon period, with fewer chances of rain along the trail. During the autumn, the Sagarmatha region is in full bloom, providing beautiful picturesque views for you to enjoy. During the spring season, many indigenous flowers also put on a colourful sight.

Read more about the best time to do the EBC trek here!


What is the Everest base camp trek cost? How can I book the Everest base camp trek package?


Mount Everest base camp trek cost from Kathmandu with TrekNomads is ₹88,799 per person. To get more details about our mount Everest base camp package , you can reach out to us on info@treknomads.com.

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