Classic overland Everest Trekking is a 16 days trek which starts from Kathmandu and takes you through the adventurous journey to the Everest Region. Starting from day 1 of the trek, you will embark on a very interesting and amazing journey with scenic view which is sure to leave you astonished in the end.

The journey starts with a jeep ride from Kathmandu, through various highways leading to Everest Highway reaching Salleri at the end of the day. The drive continues through dirt road until Nunthala, the next day. It is only at this point, that our trek starts to reach the Everest Base Camp. Along the way, we will pass through many places with astounding natural beauty and the cultural richness of the Sherpas, who are the natives of the region. We will have to pass through Tengboche monastery – largest monastery in the region, Dingboche, Gorakshep finally reaching the Everest Base Camp.

The journey is equally exciting and adventurous, challenging us through the way but then greatly rewarding us to drive through it. During the trek we will pass through beautiful landscapes, stunning waterfalls, pine and Rhododendron forests, farmlands, with amazing and tall mountains in the backdrop. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp and enjoying the view from Kala Patthar is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it is regarded as the ultimate rewarding point of the whole journey. From Kala Patthar, majestic views of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Thamserku and so on can be admired, which is more fabulous during the sunrise and sunset.

In essence, you will be enjoying the ups and downs, the trek has to offer, along with the epic views of the mountains and the region. This trek is sure to leave you in an awe with an amazing experience in the end. You will enjoy the trek, as you will be having a great time, and finally have its memories to cherish and a story to pass down to generations to come.

Best Time to Trek

Best time for the Everest Base Camp Trek is during the Spring (February to June), Autumn (September and November). Hiking is possible during the winter and monsoon season too, but the weather might not be favorable for everyone, due to the foggy and cloudy weather.

Overview

  • Duration 16 days
  • Max Altitude 5,540m / 18,176 ft m
  • Group Size 02-10
  • Best Season Mar-May, Sep-Nov
  • Per Day Walk 05-06 hrs
  • Accomodation Hotel / Teahouse
  • Start/End KTM / KTM
  • Difficulty Challenging
  • Trip Type Solo / Group /

Includes

  • All transportations during the trip
  • Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee
  • Highly experienced English speaking trekking guide
  • Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation (Three-star in Kathmandu and Teahouses in Trekking)
  • First aid box
  • All government taxes
  • Farewell dinner
  • Mountain Routes T-Shirt

Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Personal expenses (Phone calls, WIFI, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, boiled water and hot shower)
  • Tipping to porter and guide.

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  • Day 1 :

    Arrival at Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,600 ft)

  • Day 2 :

    Kathmandu to Salleri (2,300m / 7,546ft)
    Duration: 10-11 hrs drive

  • Day 3 :

    Salleri to Nunthala and to Paiyun (2760m / 9,055ft)
    Distance: 16.7 km / 10.39 miles
    Duration: 01 hrs drive and 10-11 hrs walk

  • Day 4 :

    Paiyun to Phakding (2,610 m / 8,563 feet)
    Duration: 06-07 hrs walk

  • Day 5 :

    Phakding to Namche Bazaar ( 3,440 m / 11,286 ft)
    Distance: 10.9 km / 6.8 miles
    Duration: 06-07 hrs walk

  • Day 6 :

    Namche Bazaar Acclimatization walk to Everest view hotel ( 3,880 m / 12,730 ft)
    Distance: 5.4 km / 3.4 miles
    Duration: 03 hrs walk round trip

  • Day 7 :

    Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m / 12,664ft)
    Distance: 9.6 km / 6 miles
    Duration: 05-06 hrs walk

  • Day 8 :

    Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410 m / 14, 469 ft)
    Distance: 10.5 km / 6.5 miles
    Duration: 05-06 hrs walk

  • Day 9 :

    Dingboche Acclimatization walk to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083m / 16,667 ft)
    Distance: 5.1 km / 3.2 miles ( round trip)
    Duration: 04-05 hrs walk

  • Day 10 :

    Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m 16,109 ft)
    Distance: 7.9 km / 4.9 miles
    Duration: 04-05 hrs walk

  • Day 11 :

    Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,125 m / 16,814 ft) and  EBC 5,364 m/ 17,598 ft)
    Distance: 4.5 km / 2.8 miles and 7.2 km / 4.5 miles
    Duration: 03 hrs walk and 04 hrs walk round trip

  • Day 12 :

    Gorakh Shep to Kalapathar ( 5,540m / 18,176 ft) and Gorakh Shep to Pheriche ( 4,240 m / 13,911 ft)
    Distance: 3.7 km / 2.3 miles ( round trip) and 11.5 km / 7.1 miles)
    Duration: 03 hrs walk ( round trip) and 05 hrs

  • Day 13 :

    Pheriche  to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,286 ft)
    Distance: 19.5 km / 12.1 miles
    Duration: 06-07 hrs walk

  • Day 14 :

    Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840 m / 9,318 ft)
    Distance: 19.1 km / 11.9 miles
    Duration: 06-07 hrs walk

  • Day 15 :

    Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,600 ft)
    Duration: 30 min flight

  • Day 16 :

    Depart Kathmandu

Everest Base Camp Trekking Classic

Itineraries

  • Day 1 : Arriving in Kathmandu

    The first day of the trek includes you arriving at the capital city – Kathmandu. After landing at the airport, we will have our representatives pick you up and greet you. They will take you to your respective hotels and also help you understand your travel schedules. You can rest a while in your hotels then head out to explore the city of temples. Get ready for the next day of the trek by having a proper good night’s sleep, as we will be heading out early, to Salleri, the next morning.

  • Day 2 : Drive from Kathmandu to Salleri (2,300m)

    We will start this day early, with the jeep drive to Salleri. It will take us about 11 hours to reach Salleri. The road to Salleri is newly constructed and our exact travel duration depends upon the amount of traffic on the road. The road will take us up to Chaurikharka, through Everest highway. A great point to stop by on the way to Salleri, is Pattale village, as it is one of the best view-points to see Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and many other mountain ranges. On the very first day of the trip from Kathmandu, you will be seeing these amazing mountains and it will surely get you more excited for the further trip. We will stay the night in Salleri.

  • Day 3 : Drive from Salleri to Nunthala and Trek to Payun (2760m) Trip Duration: 01 hrs drive and 10-11 hrs walk

    This is the first day of our trekking which begins with a drive from Salleri to Nunthala. It will take us about 1 hour to reach Nunthala due to the bad condition of the road. From there on, we will begin our hike to Paiyun which will take us about 7 hours. We will go down to the Dudh Koshi rive and follow the trail to Paiyun. The trail is mostly, ups and downs and we will see beautiful moutains peaks, such as Numbur, Pikey and so on, along the way. We will spend the night at Paiyun.

  • Day 4 : Paiyun to Phakding (2,610 m ) Trip Duration: 06-07 hrs

    On our 4th day of the journey, we will be trekking to Phakding from Paiyun. The trek will take us about 6 hours to complete. Starting from Paiyun, we will be heading to Srurkhe village which is an hour behind Lukla. Along the way, we will be seeing many trekkers from Lukla and coming back from Everest Base Camp. The path from here is quite busy with all the trekkers, potters, and pack animals. After a few hours of gradual walking, we will finally reach our destination for the day – Phakding.

  • Day 5 : Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m) Trip Duration: 06-07 hrs

    Today, we will be trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazar. The trek will take us about 5.5 hours. We will continue to walk on the banks of Dudh Koshi river, while crossing many suspension bridges and come across many prayer flags. We will cross Chomoa, Monju and enter the Sagarmatha National Park area. From there on, we will be heading to the central hub of the region – Namche Bazar.

    From the Sagarmatha National Park area, firstly we will be heading to Jorsale, passing a waterfall along the way. We will cross the river many times and continue the trail to reach the confluence of two glacial rivers, Dudh Koshi river and Imja river. From there, it is a one and a half hour climb to Namche Bazar. Finally, after reaching Namche, we will explore the town and have a good night’s sleep there.

  • Day 6 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazar

    Today, we will be trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazar. The trek will take us about 5.5 hours. We will continue to walk on the banks of Dudh Koshi river, while crossing many suspension bridges and come across many prayer flags. We will cross Chomoa, Monju and enter the Sagarmatha National Park area. From there on, we will be heading to the central hub of the region – Namche Bazar.

    From the Sagarmatha National Park area, firstly we will be heading to Jorsale, passing a waterfall along the way. We will cross the river many times and continue the trail to reach the confluence of two glacial rivers, Dudh Koshi river and Imja river. From there, it is a one and a half hour climb to Namche Bazar. Finally, after reaching Namche, we will explore the town and have a good night’s sleep there.

  • Day 7 : Trek to Tengboche (3,860m) Trip Duration: 05-06 hrs

    On day 7 of the trek, we will be heading from Namche Bazar to Tengboche. It is trek of about 5-6 hours duration. The trail leads us through the pine forests, with magnificent view of mountains, until Kenjoma. We will then reach the small settlement of Sanasa. From there, the trail will lead to Phunki Thanga (3250 m), then climbing steeply though the forests, finally reaching Tengboche.

    The view from Tengboche is really astounding with the view of the mountains such as, Everest, Tawachee, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and so on. Tengboche monastery is the oldest monastery in the region, which too we will be exploring. Inside the monastery, incredibly decorated wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha and the musical instruments and robe of Lamas can be observed. They strongly reflect up on the culture of the Sherpas, providing us a major insight in their traditions as well.

    Another major point of attraction in Tengboche, is the prayer ceremony held there, every day. The ceremony can be participated in, in the morning or in the evening. We will then travel to your lodges and spend the night there.

  • Day 8 : Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410 m) Trip Duration: 05-06 hrs

    After breakfast, we will be heading towards Dingboche following the Rhododendron and conifer forests. Along the way, we can enjoy the amazing view of mounts Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and so on. We will then reach to, Deboche. From Deboche, the trail will lead us through the long mani walls till another suspension bridge, over the Imja river, leading to the small settlement of Somare village. Close-up view of the mount Ama Dablam, can be enjoyed from here.

    Moving further along the trail, we will walk along the Imja river, before we branch off towards Dingboche, from the track leading to Pheriche. The route then takes us through alpine meadows, above the tree line, before reaching Dingboche at 4350 m. The accommodation at Dingboche, is better than that at Tengboche. We will roam around the place and then stay the night at Dingboche.

  • Day 9 : Acclimatization at Dingboche

    Today we will be resting and explore the nearby places of Dingboche. The best way to acclimatize is to, hike higher and sleep lower. To utilize this day, we will be hiking the Nangartshang hill.
    Due to the high altitude of the hill, it is recommended that at least 6 days are to be spent in the Everest region, before climbing the peak.

    From the top of Nangartshang hill, excellent view of Mt. Makalu (8,463m) and Mt. Ama Dablam can be enjoyed. After returning from the hike, we can stroll around the village, enjoy the view and find something interesting to do, for the day.

  • Day 10 : Trek to Lobuche (4,910m) Trip Duration: 04-05 hrs

    After having stayed and enjoyed at Dingboche, we will now be trekking further into our journey, towards Lobuche. The trek begins with a gentle climb up to the Pheriche village. View of mount Tawoch and Cholotse can be enjoyed on our way to Pheriche.

    Following the trail, we will be passing through Thokla pass, where there is a large collection of tombstones and memorials to the lost climbers and Sherpas. Further ahead, we will pass through the beautiful glacial moraine of Khumbu glacier, and then finally reach Lobuche. We will stay the night there.

  • Day 11 : Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,125 m) – Everest Base Camp (5,364) Trip Duration: 07 hrs

    Today, we will be heading to the Gorak Shep and from there on, to the highest base camp in the world – Everest Base Camp. It is the most awaited moment of the whole journey, and also the most rewarding one.

    From Lobuche, we will first head out to Gorak Shep – the last tea-house settlement in this trekking trail. After having lunch at Gorak Shep, we will be heading to the amazing Everest Base Camp.

    The hike from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp is an exhausting one, as it passes through the moraine of Khumbu glacier. Though the trek is tiring and exhausting, we will definitely be rewarded for our effort. Startling view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse and others will help us forget any sort of tiredness we’d acquired. We will stay there for some time, pondering over the magnificent view, and then head back towards Gorak Shep, for staying the night.

  • Day 12 : Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5,545m) and to Pheriche (4,240m) Trip Duration: 08 hrs

    On the 12th day of our journey, we will be travelling from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar and finally to Pheriche. The speciality of Kala Patthar is that it is the best vantage point to view the sunrise and sunset, and the hike takes us about 3 hours. The best view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more, can be enjoyed during the sunrise. Sun rays, kissing the tips of these mountains, is a magnificent scene, that leaves most travellers speechless.

    After enjoying the sunrise from Kala Patthar, we will head out to Pheriche. The climb to Pheriche is an easy climb, downwards. Upon reaching Pheriche, we will see the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic, which helps trekkers with altitude sickness and related problems. Volunteers doctors are present to provide medical assistance to climbers and the local people of that region. We will stay the night at Pheriche.

  • Day 13 : Pheriche to Namche Bazar Trip Duration: 06-07 hrs

    Today, we will be heading from Pheriche to Namche Bazar. Today’s trekking is going to be a bit hard and tiring because of the long walk ahead, and the hike, a day before. But it is not something we cannot do. Keep moving forward, because a good dinner and a decent hot shower awaits you at Namche Bazar.

  • Day 14 : Namche Bazar to Lukla (2,840m) Trip Duration: 06-07 hrs

    We will trace our steps from Namche Bazar, back to Lukla. We will start early, and head out after having our breakfast. We will have our lunch on the way and upon reaching Lukla, we will rest and enjoy our stay there for the night.

  • Day 15 : Lukla to Kathmandu ( (1,400m ) Trip Duration: 35 minutes flight

    Today, we will be heading back to Kathmandu. An early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, is what we will be travelling by. Upon arrival at the capital, we will be greeted and received by representatives of Mountain Routes. They will welcome us and take us to our respective hotels. You can rest there for a while, then head out to explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu. There many options you can choose from during the day.

    You can also go shopping, to take souvenirs back with you to your country. At night, you can enjoy at Thamel and its night life. You will be exploring the capital, nicely today, because this is your last night at Nepal. A good night’s sleep is all that is left for the day.

  • Day 16 : Departure Day

    Your 16 days trek ends today and so, you will be travelling back to our country. After breakfast at the hotel, you can do something interesting like shopping, until your departure time. We will be providing you with private transport to the Airport. We will bid you farewell, and wish you a safe flight, back home.

    With all these amazing experience and memories, you will have gathered enough stories to tell for a lifetime. You will head back home, with some part of you moved, in the last couple weeks.

Everest Base Camp Classic: Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I do Everest Base camp trek with no experience of Trekking?

    Adherence to the arduous journey of Everest base camp is certainly getting out of comfort zone, It’s a long vigorous walk in gradient step stones, steep uphills trails and downhill at least for fourteen days consistently .so, we basically recommend for the more comfortable experience one should practice hike for three days in a treacherous path beforehand.

  • Is it possible for me to do EBC trek if I am acrophobiac?

    Absolutely! it’s more of steep uphills rather than escarpment or rock cliffs climb and most of the trails in the circuit are covered with trees but the walkthrough elastic suspension bridges which move in accordance with the motion of one’s movement while walking and the confluences of rivers are visible down side requires courage. Here is an easy hack, look ahead, deep breath and go with the flow.

  • What kind of preparation is required to do EBC trek?

    you are moving towards the roof of the world, an undulating terrain, steep uphills and downslope with weighty backpack (essential stuff, clothes and sleeping bag required for – 8 to 20-degree celsius), you probably need to do the short trek and prepare yourself to the full extent as to dedicate at Gorak shep, over 5160m above sea level.

  • Is safe drinking water available in the walking trails?

    Unaltered water directly flowing from the stream might be drinkable but for your safety don’t drink water directly from the tap or stream. You can bring water purifier tablets which treat water contaminated with microorganisms.

  • What sorts of clothing and gears would be comfortable for doing EBC trek? Where do I buy my gears?

    First and foremost, Avoiding cotton is always the best idea.  However considering the wide range of temperature variation in accordance with altitude we recommend the base layer should be made up of merino wool, which is more moisture-wicking, the second layer should be somewhat like of Fleece material, a synthetic insulating fabric made from a type of polyester called polyethene terephthalate (PET) or other synthetic fibres. It is very comfortable due to its lightweight and anti-perspiration qualities and allows moisture to evaporate while blocking the humidity from the outside as well as it makes movement easier and the outer layer should be a lightweight down jacket, water proofs or wind cheaters, joggers and trekking pants  according to the month you are travelling. You might get some decent sturdy and resilient  waterproof boots supporting your ankle and also normal running shoes and slippers for your feet. You can keep a pair of waterproof gloves and if you feel too cold wearing thin wool gloves underneath your gloves would be very helpful. An undergarment is completely neglected but to escape frostbite while cleaning it, one should carry sufficient pairs of wool and polyester socks and clean underwear. Reasonable quality gears are available in Kathmandu and Pokhara, but be aware it might be fake or of low qualities which might not be according to the standard what they might promise so it’s better you manage your gears in a wise manner. There are lots of things still to be mentioned, The more the merrier. You shouldn’t miss toilet paper and decent pairs of thermos flasks for topping up hot water from the lodge where you are accommodated. Those are your lifesaver! Besides that, you also need Energy and protein bars, trekking poles, headlamps, Camelbak bottles to keep yourself hydrated throughout the journey. Please make sure, you do have a comfortable sleeping bag which is certified for at least -8 to20 degree celsius and 50-70 l backpack to carry all of these things.

  • How is Lodge accomodation in Everest Base camp like ?

    In general, Accommodation in Everest base camp is commonly known as teahouses. Each room has a twin bedroom and a small table, some hooks on the wall and possibly, a small window with a view and an attached bathroom. High-end accommodation also offers similar rooms but obviously slightly differs in price range, western-style bathroom, traditional stone built house however one should request to make a purchase for a bucket of hot water,Wifi, laptop or mobile charging  and even for toilet papers in any form of accommodation. As we elevate, the mode of amenities for accomodation is very limited and exorbitant.

  • What is the food like in EBC trek?

    Carb Loading National food of Nepalese, Dal(Lentils), bhat(Rice)  and tarkari(Vegetables)  is mostly preferred as it provides substantial energy to hike in high altitude. Namche Bazar which is also considered as the highest Irish Pub in the world .perhaps, You get some bottles of wine and delectable cakes at 14,000 ft height.

  • In What Health conditions shall I avoid the Everest Base camp trek ?

    We usually recommend avoiding trek for pre-existing health conditions like sickle cell Disease, Pregnancy, Pulmonary hypertension, High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) , Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome, Acute Mountain Sickness and cardiac Surgery including different other surgeries. Depending upon the severity of disease and one’s physiology you should consult the doctors before commitment made to the self.

    Asthma congestion can differ according to the person and adaptation of climatic condition and temperature fall. Asthma that is triggered only due to allergies seems to be better in high altitude. We are reaching at the height of above 5000 m and it’s obvious that the weather is cold and dry. one should ensure that Asthma is fully in control. We highly recommend using a buff and other options would be getting  medication or bronchodilators which helps inhaling the cold, dry air easier.