- Explore the ancient city of Kathmandu, Nepal
- Scenic flight from Kathmandu to the mountain village of Lukla
- Hike through small Sherpa villages and experience their exciting culture
- 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
- 5 Night stay in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Get up close and personal with the very famous Khumbu Glacier
- Visit the popular Tengboche Monastery
- Summit Kala Patthar
- Watch the sunrise and sunset at Kala Patthar
- Rest easy at comfortable eco-lodges/guest houses/ tea-houses during the trek
- Maximise your enjoyment of this magnificent region with ample acclimatisation
- Get extra time to bask in the unrivalled views with brilliant photo opportunities of Mount Everest and surrounding peaks.
- Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu
- Day 2: Meet and greet / Gear Check. Stay at Kathmandu
- Day 3: Travel from Kathmandu to Ramachep. 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: Acclimatisation Day at Dingboche
- Day 9: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche
- Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and then trek to Everest Base Camp
- Day 11: Sunrise trek to Kalapatthar then Trek to Periche
- Day 12: Trek from Periche to Namche Bazaar
- Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
- Day 14: Fly from Lukla to Ramachep. Travel from Ramachep to Kathmandu.
- Day 15: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
- Day 16: Buffer day - for rest or try activities like Bungy Jumping/River Rafting
- Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu
Yoga Itinerary for Exclusive Batches ONLY:
- Day 1 - Introduction to basics of Yoga
- Day 2 - Surya Namskar (M) / Introduction to Breathing practices (E)
- Day 3 - Hatha Yoga + Pranayama (E)
- Day 4 - Hatha Yoga + Pranayama (M) / Yoga Nidra (E)
- Day 5 - Jal Neti Kriya (M) / Stretching Practice (E)
- Day 6 - Morning Kriyas + Surya Namaskar (M) / Yin Yoga (E)
- Day 7 - Morning Kriyas + Hatha Yoga (M) / Yin Yoga + meditation (E)
- Day 8 - Cyclic Meditation (M) / Mind Sound Resonance Practice (E)
- Day 9 - Asana + Pranayama (M)
- Day 10 - Cyclic Mediation / Yogic Games (E)
- Day 11 - Tentative / Meditation + Relaxation (E)
- Day 12 - Tentative / Yoga Nidra (E)
- Day 13 - Tentative / Meditation + Relaxation (E)
- Day 14 - Kriya + Pranayama (M) / Tentative (E)
- Day 15 - Inversions play
- Day 16 - Yoga Pyramids
(M): Morning, (E): Evening
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary:
Day 1: Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu at night, and get briefed on the Everest base camp trek the next day. Stay the night in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu
Relax day in Kathmandu. Detailed trek brief, equipment check and team bonding activities by Everest base camp trek Lead. Stay the night in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Phakding
Altitude: 8,563 ft (2,610 m)
Trek Duration: 3-4 hours, 8 Km
Today very early morning we will be travelling from Kathmandu to Ramachep airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m a gateway destination from where the Everest base camp group trek begins. After an adventurous 20 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. Lukla has one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating with a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountain peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet our other crew members, and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. Overnight at a lodge. Get good rest because the Everest base camp trek distance is 145+ km. The Everest base camp trek difficulty level is moderate.
Day 4: Namche Bazaar
Altitude: 11,286 ft (3,440 m)
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours, 10 Km
You start the trek by walking through a beautiful pine forest. The trail takes us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch the wonderful prospect of the glimpse Mt. Thamserku (6,618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, and Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours, we get the first view of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Upon this juncture, we rest here to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading centre of this region. We stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 5: Namche Bazaar Acclimatisation
Today is the first of the two days set aside for "acclimatization." Health experts recommend we stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day's hike to Everest viewpoint or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery, and a colourful market. Dinner and overnight stay at a lodge. Your dinner is included in our Mt Everest base camp trek package.
Day 6: Tengboche
Altitude: 12,697 ft (3,870 m)
Trek Duration: 5 -6 hours, 10 Km
Upon breakfast in Namche, we set out towards Tengboche, enjoying a superb view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and a close-up view of Thamserku. The trail today is more or less smooth with few ascents and descents. The view of the magnificent Himalayas keeps us company all through the journey. Along the way, we can spot wildlife Musk Deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar and multicoloured pheasants. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, we gear up for a slightly tougher climb through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close-up views of Mt Ama Dablam and the popular monastery of the Everest region. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Day 7: Dingboche
Altitude: 14,468 ft (4,410m)
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours, 9 Km
With mountains at its backdrop, the monastery at Tengboche looks more spectacular in the morning. we can take pictures of the monastery and the scenery around and as usual start the day's journey. to Pangboche village. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. The place where we stop for lunch allows a fantastic close-up view of Mt Ama Dablam. In the afternoon, we walk north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt Ama Dablam. From here onwards, the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. We descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, overnight lodge
Day 8: Dingboche Acclimatisation
We spend our second day of acclimatization at Dingboche. A refreshing breakfast while admiring a looming Ama Dablam (6,856m) to the south is fantastic. To better appreciate Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Lhotse and numerous other peaks visible from Dingboche, we climb the ridge on the north behind the village. This will be an ideal acclimatizing excursion. We can see three of the world's six highest peaks, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, and Mt Cho Oyu. To the west, loom the towering peaks of Cholatse (6440 m) and Taboche (6542 m). As we look northwest, we see an array of peaks rising at the head of the Khumbu Khola valley. The Lobuche West and Lobuche East peaks are most dominant along with Lhotse, which stands over 8500 m (8501m). Overnight lodge
Day 9: Lobuche
Altitude: 16,207 ft/ 4,940 m
Trek Duration: 4-5hours, 7 Km
After breakfast, we pass through the valley lunch place at Thukla. After trekking for an hour, we reach the memorial of Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide who summited Mount Everest ten times) who perished on an Everest climbing mission. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest, but the great mountain remains elusive. Mt Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we pass along a murmuring stream leaving the Khumbu Glacier behind, we now begin to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 10: Gorak Shep / Everest Base Camp
Altitude: 16,962 ft (5,170 m) - 17,598 ft (5,364 m)
Trek Duration: 3+5 hours, 4+8 Km
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Ahead on the trail we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive a 360-degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us, including the top of the world - Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once-vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, upon reaching the Everest Base Camp we appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colours against the monotony of grey surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Everest is not visible from here back to Gorak Shep overnight lodge.
Day 11: Kalapatthar Summit / Periche
Altitude: 18,192 ft / 5,545 m - 14,341ft/ 4,371 m
Trek Duration: 3+4 hours, 6+10 Km
Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar and witness the first light of day caress the peaks of the mountains, particularly, Mt. Everest. However, we need to prepare for an early morning departure, amid predawn darkness and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C).
Further, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch a breath at several outstanding viewpoints from where we can snap great pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From Kala Patthar, we scramble up to the top of a rocky outcrop marked by cairns and prayer flags. Mind-blowing Himalayan panorama unfolds before our eyes as they wander
Return to Gorak Shep and after breakfast trek back to Periche overnight at a lodge.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar
Altitude: 11,286 ft (3,440 m)
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours, 20 Km
Just after the start of our trek, we cross Khumbu Khola (stream). Following the main Everest trail down the beautifully scenic valley, we pass through the villages of Tsuro Wog, Orsho, and Shomare and reach Pangboche at the base of Ama Dablam. We cross the bridge over Imja Khola and pass through the Deboche village Tengboche The trail to Namche Bazar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. We look out for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, and colourful pheasants while passing through the forest by the trail. We have enough time in Namche overnight at the lodge.
Day 13: Lukla
Altitude: 9,317 ft/2,840 m
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours, 19 Km
Start your descent back to Lukla from Namche Bazaar, the trek will take 7 hours. Reach Lukla and spend the night in Lukla.
Day 14: Kathmandu
Take an early morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. Take a rest on this day or visit the Pashupatinath Temple. Stay the night in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Kathmandu
Leisurely wake up and start exploring the city of Kathmandu. Visit the Durbar square, Bhaudhanath, Monkey Temple and Patan Durbar Square. Stay the night in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Kathmandu
Keep this as a buffer day. Try your hand at Bungee Jumping or go river rafting in the Bhote Kosi river. Or, if you wish, take it as a rest day. Stay the night in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Departure
Depart from Kathmandu and travel back to your city.
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Risk and Liability:
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.
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.
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 10kms 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 works on all parts of your body including - 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.
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:
- 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
Everest exerts a pull like no other mountain and trekking to the base of Everest with a group is the perfect way to experience the spectacle of one of the worlds most excellent treks. The mountain scenery is simply spectacular, the complete cultural immersion in the Sherpa culture is fascinating, and the physical challenge a reward in itself.
Your journey to the base of the World's highest mountain begins in the vibrant city of Kathmandu where you will enjoy a full day sightseeing tour. This trek starts with a heart-throbbing, scary flight to the dangerous airport in Lukla. From here ahead in the trek we get some spectacular views of mountains like Mt.Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Imja Tse, Pumori, etc. Passing through various Sherpa villages like Namche bazaar, Monasteries like Tengboche, Rhododendron forests, crossing over numerous hanging bridges and ascending and descending over multiple types of terrain. This trek becomes all the more cherishable because of the company of friendly and loyal Sherpas. The highest point of the trek is Kala Patthar (5,545m) from where we get a panoramic view of the Mt.Everest 8,848 m and surrounding peaks. It will take around 17 days to cover the Everest base camp trek distance. The best time to trek Everest base camp is from April to June. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the culture of the Sherpas and visit ancient monasteries, walk through the towns and explore the shops, stop at any of the numerous teahouses sip a glass of sweetened tea or Chang [Millet beer, for the brave hearts] and get a taste of hospitality unique to the Sherpas. Beautiful, multi-hued prayer flags, prayer wheels and intricately carved Mani stones line every hilltop, rock wall and trailside singing prayers to the gods with every breeze and every passing traveler. To get details about mount everest base camp trek cost, reach out to us.
You’ll be captivated by Nepal, a country of hospitable people, beautiful scenery, and a large variety of cultural traditions. This blend of outdoor adventure and artistic exploration is a great way to experience the Himalaya – the world’s most awe-inspiring mountains.
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
- 05 Nights accommodation at Kathmandu at deluxe/premium category hotel with breakfast on twin sharing basis
- 11 Nights accommodation in TeaHouses during the trek on twin sharing basis
- Accommodation with attached bathrooms will be available at Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Dingboche and Pheriche and not available at Tengboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep.
- Three meals in a day along with three times tea or coffee during the trekking period
- 4 litres of purified filtered drinking water during the trek, per person per day
- 11 days trekking with an experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide and assistant trek guide
- 1 porter for every 2 persons’ luggage
- Insurance, meals, transportations daily salary of guide & porter
- Sagarmatha National Park Fees 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
- 25% discount coupon on HappyBars products
- Personalized Dri-Fit T-shirt
- 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
- Mineral water or 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
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Periche: 14,340 ft (4,371 m)
- Trek Gradient: Difficult
- Trek Distance: 145+ Km
- Assembling Point: Kathmandu
- Trek Duration: 70 + hours
- Average Temperature: 20°C to -10°C
- Best Months to trek: April, May, October, November
Everest Base Camp FAQs
What Route should I take on the Everest Base Camp Trek?
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:
Loss of appetite/nausea
Shortness of breath
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?
Mount Everest base camp trek cost 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.