Everest Base Camp Trek
Cheap Everest Base Camp Trek 17 days: Cost, Altitude, Itinerary & Difficulty
The Everest Base Camp trek takes us deep into the heart of one of the most popular trekking regions on earth. This trip would be great for first time trekkers…
Why the Everest Base Camp trek would be ideal for you:
Is Everest Base Camp Trip cut out for you?
Highlights: Why Everest Base Camp trip will warm your heart
Besides the plentiful rugged mountains, you witness everything from serene alpine lakes and glacial plains to milky frothy rivers and valleys covered in pink blossoms, especially in spring.
This trek will give you a wonderful experience of friendship for a lifetime and the genuine relationship formed between members of your group will stay with you forever.
You will get your first glimpses of the mighty Himalayan range on your flight from Kathmandu to Lukla – the famous airport you would imagine to be in the sky, because it’s one of the highest airports in the world.
Explore Namche Bazaar and soak up the Sherpa culture Visit the hilltop monastery at Tengboche
Outline Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek 17 Days:
Day 01: Meeting upon arrival at Kathmandu International airport (1,350m/4,428ft) by our representative, transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley, overnight at hotel
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft) and start trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft), overnight at guest house
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (gateway to Mt. Everest - 3,440m/11,284ft), overnight at guest house
Day 05: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization, overnight at guest house
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft), overnight at guesthouse
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,360m/14,300ft), overnight at guest house
Day 08: Rest at Dingboche (day hike to Chhukung), overnight at guest house
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4,940 m/16,207ft), overnight at a guest house
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) and back to Gorakshep (5,170m/16,961ft), overnight at a guest house
Day 11: Trek to Kalapaththar (5,545m/18,192ft) and back to Lobuche (4,940 m/16,207ft), overnight at a guest house
Day 12: Trek to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft), overnight at guest house
Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280ft), overnight at a guest house
Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft), overnight at a guest house
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
Day 16: Free day at Kathmandu, overnight at hotel
Day 17: Transfer to airport, departure on your own destination
Useful information and guidance relevant to EBC Trek:
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty levels
Participating in a group trip
TRAVELLERS who prefer going SOLO:
Our Cost versus the Experience
ALCOHOL & CAFFEINE:
Trek leader/guides and other staff
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid
- Trekking Guide Training [Government recognized]
- Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
- English Language
- Conservation and Biodiversity
- Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)
- To meet Unique Adventure’s mountain crew, check out the Guide Profile Page.
Care for Porters and Staff
Protecting the Environment
Fitness and Training
Suggested exercise plans for trekking trips
Vaccinations and your Health
Your Pack List
ESSENTIAL TREKKING EQUIPMENT
- Trekking boots (broken in)
- Gaiters (for winter departures Dec-Feb only - can be hired in Kathmandu if required)
- Waterproof 3/4 season jacket and trousers (can be hired/purchased in Kathmandu if required)
- Camp footwear (i.e. sneakers, thongs or booties)
- Several pairs of high quality hiking socks
- T-Shirts - highly recommended are synthetic t-shirt styles that absorb away moisture
- Thermal underwear/layers
- Down jacket (can be hired/purchased in Kathmandu if required, available with Unique Adventure)
- Warm mid layers (fleece/micro fibre)
- Trousers - lightweight, loose fitting, trekking trousers (can be purchased in Kathmandu)
- Shorts or skirt for summer
- Tracksuit or fleece pants for evenings when it turns chilly
- Sleeveless fleece and extra layers for winter departures (Dec-Feb)
- Warm hat & sun hat
- Scarf/neck warmer
- Gloves and mitts - waterproof and warm
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Head torch (with spare batteries)
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Light weight towel or sarong
- Personal first aid kit
- Biodegradable wet wipes/toilet paper
- Hand sanitizer gel
- Trail mix/nuts/muesli bars (bring zip lock bags from home)
OPTIONAL GEAR [useful on the trails]
- Pocket knife
- Insect repellent
- Ear plugs
- Walking poles
- Extra zip lock bags
- Hot water bottle (winter months)
SLEEPING BAG & INNER SHEET
- Purification tablets available from camping stores or pharmacies e.g. Micropur.
- 2% tincture of iodine, available from pharmacies, used at 4 drops per litre of water and left for at least 20 minutes - longer in very cold weather.
Medical [this is important]
- Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
- 1 skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Anti-headache pills
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
- Water purification tablets or the water filter
- 1 set of earplugs
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Tipping [an expectation on such risky arduous trips]
- Tour Leader: Rs 30,000 - 35,000 (usually tipped on the last night in Kathmandu)
- Your trekking crew (tips are usually given on the last evening of the trek in Lukla):
- Head Trekking Guide and Assistant Guides: Rs 20,000 - 25,000 for each guide
- Trek Porters/yak men: Rs 10,000 for each porter or yak man
Acute Mountain Sickness
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Loss of appetite/nausea
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of the hands and face
But if you feel such symptoms don’t let it worry because it’s normal. Individuals acclimatize at different rates. Some may experience symptoms, some may not. Your best strategy is to take your time and drink plenty of water. These symptoms may not indicate the onset of A.M.S. and if you experience them it does not necessarily mean that you should not continue. All our group leaders have extensive first aid training and we urge you to communicate with the group leader at all times should you believe you have any symptoms in order that we can effectively monitor your symptoms as you go higher. The only cure for Acute Mountain Sickness is to descend. Please note, that your group leader has ultimate responsibility and may ask you to descend if symptoms persist.
For even more details, we suggest you download our Everest Base Camp 17 day’s essential information guide or get in touch with our experts Khum Subedi or Chris Chhetri. They’ll set you up for a journey filled with lifetime memories never to be forgotten…
Your Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary with more exciting details:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
If it’s a clear day when you are flying into Kathmandu, then your tour begins right from the skies itself. The sights from the windows of our jet shows us glimmering snow-capped mountain peaks spread out below us, giving us the first thrills of our just begun vacation, sparking off a whole series of unforgettable experiences that stay with us for some time to come. As soon as your plane hits the tarmac of Tribhuwan International Airport, a Unique Adventure International office representative and driver will be on standby to meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rep will help you check into your designated hotel, and after going to our rooms and refreshing ourselves we will be briefed about our daily activities. The rest of your time is free to move around the neighborhood and get familiar with your surroundings. In the evening we will meet our senior trek guide who will brief the group about details related to our trek. Your first overnight in the ancient city of temples, probably the most in the world. Breakfast
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Today after breakfast, we explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door. Your early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some curious shopping. You will be given your trek departure orientation in the afternoon by our senior guide. Make it an early overnight at your hotel to prepare for your early morning flight the next day. Meals include breakfast.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 30 minutes flight; 8km, 3 - 4 hours trek
After being well rested from a solid night’s sleep, we wake up fresh the next morning, have an early breakfast, and get into our vehicle for a drive to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Hillary’s Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trip commences. After an adventurous scenic 30 minute flight above the stunning green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. Arguably, this is one of the most beautiful sky routes in the world which concludes in a remarkable landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet the other crew members and after some sorting and packing arrangements, we start our trek through the pretty wealthy village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if you are interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. This is our first Overnight in Phakding. All meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. We bunk out at an altitude of 2,651m.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft): 11km, 5 - 6 hours
We head out of Phakding to follow the Dudh Kosi River northwards. Today's walk takes us through splendid forests with glimpses of the mountains ahead. We cross the river several times by airy bridges as we pass through the villages of Benkar, Monzo and Jorsale. A final bridge brings us to the foot of the steep climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent, we may get our first glimpse, cloud-permitting, of the summit of Everest appearing majestically behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. A last 300m of climbing brings us to lively Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and the main town in the area. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre. It has a weekly market on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning but the town bustles and hustles all day every day with trekkers, coffee shops, bakeries and stores selling all kinds of trekking and climbing gear as well as Tibetan souvenirs. You’d be surprised with the facilities available at this remote altitude amid some of the highest mountains on earth. Overnight at your lodge with all meals included. We sleep at an altitude of 3440m.
Day 05: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)
Namche sits nestled between two ridges amidst the huge peaks of the Khumbu and has an assortment of lodges, teashops and souvenir shops as well. Its sophisticated position seems to be developed enough to meet western standards, even at remote mountain outpost like this. The enterprising Sherpa folks hereabouts have learnt a lot from the big expeditions that have passed this way. Said to be the ‘Las Vegas’ of the Khumbu, Namche is just the place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before setting off towards Tengboche. Alternatives for acclimatization walks include a drop in to Khunde hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, and a one hour walk up to the Everest view hotel above Namche for delightful sunset views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also sublime views from the national park centre and museum just above the town. We enjoy ourselves at Namche and then settle in for the night before hitting the trails the next day. All meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner. We sleep at an altitude of 3440m.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 10km, 5- 6 hours
After enjoying our breakfast in Namche, we hit the trail towards Tengboche enjoying superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up views of Thamserku. Our trek follows on the gradual trail with some ups and downs overlooking glorious views of the great Himalaya. Along the way we can spot wild fauna like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kyangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga we then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and the biggest Buddhist Monastery in Khumbu region is found hereabouts. We stay overnight at lodge in Tengboche with all meals included. We sleep at an altitude of 3870m.
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360m/14,300 ft): 9km, 5 - 6 hours
From Tengboche, the trail climbs and contours around the west side of the Imja Khola valley, providing outstanding views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest. We enter Pangboche on the high trail and after lunch visit the monastery which has relics said to be the skull and hand of a yeti. From Pangboche we walk through alpine meadows and pass beneath the towering Ama Dablam to Dingboche. This is an exciting village to spend the night with all meals. We sleep at an altitude of 4,360m. You will note that now the altitude increases each day and the air gets thinner, so we hike at a comfortable pace.
Day 08: Dingboche: Acclimatization
This is a day to haul up and rest without being idle. We can stroll around the village and get pally with the local folks with some interesting conversations. This will give us deep insights into the lifestyles and cultures of the local folks in this region. At the same time we can also relish the landscapes that surround us and we can also catch up on some reading. Our acclimatizing gets a further boost with our hike to interesting Chhukung village. we then do a steep climb up to Chhukung Ri at 5550m [if we feel like it] and as we top it with gasping breath we soon realize the gritty climb was worth the go; the rewards are as lovely as it comes with the natural beauty that greets us for our efforts, the jaw-dropping vistas of Cho Oyu at 8201m, Pumori at 7161m, the gigantic Lhotse wall at 8400m, Amadablam at 6812m, Makalu at 8481m and Baruntse at 7129m all put together set our hearts on top gear as it skips a beat while watching these massive peaks. Overnight at our lodge in Dingboche with all meals.
Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940 m/16,207 ft): 4km, 5 - 7 hours
After crossing by some of the teahouses of Dughla, we plod higher onto the pretty risky moraine of the Khumbu glacier, passing a chain of stone monuments built in memory of Sherpas who have died on mountaineering expeditions to Mt Everest. From hereabouts, the trail lowers and goes by the west side of the valley to Lobuche. The sunset on Nuptse from this point is an amazing sight to behold. Overnight at Lobuche with all meals – we sleep at an altitude of 4940m.
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours
Today it’s a pretty strenuous, hard day as we leave very early, following the Khumbu Glacier northwards to Gorak Shep (5,170m). The trail undulates up and down the moraine with some short steep sections. The trail is rocky as we are now on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. It will take us about 3 hours to reach Gorak Shep where we will have a rest and something to eat. From here to base camp and back there are no lodges so we will fill our water bottles and take some snacks for the walk to Everest Base Camp. We start by walking across the sandy flat at Gorak Shep and climb onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for a couple of hours before finally descending onto the rocky glacial moraine itself. The trail winds up and down through fascinating ice seracs to the area known as Everest Base Camp, where in spring, we might see in the distance some of the expedition teams as they prepare to climb the mountain. From the Base Camp we get fantastic close up views of the Khumbu Ice Fall and we can appreciate just how difficult it is for the climbers to negotiate a route through the huge blocks of ice. Nuptse towers above us and Pumori rears up behind us. After a short photo stop by the Base Camp rock we retrace our steps to Gorak Shep. Overnight at our lodge with all meals included. We sleep at an altitude of 5170m.
Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kalapaththar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Lobuche (4,940 m/16,207 ft): 16km, 5-6 hours
Today is D-Day, the most important period of our trip. We start at the break of dawn to catch the dramatic views from Kalapaththar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to expose itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kalapathar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to click pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kalapaththar. From here, we scuttle to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the ‘Kalapaththar’ [meaning black rocks] and our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan views, wandering from one mighty massif to another.
We take as many pictures as we possibly can with our camera so they can last a lifetime. After this we make our way back to Lobuche with a slow east descent for a good night’s rest which we truly deserve. [Please note, the walk to Everest Base Camp and the climb up to Kalapaththar is an arduous challenge]. Overnight at a local lodge after a great day where we get set for a hot lunch, but before that we would first like to enjoy hot snacks and some steamy coffee. Overnight at our teahouse lodge with all meals included. We sleep at an altitude of 4,940m.
Day 12: Retrace our steps to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft)
Descending from Lobuche, today we will follow our footsteps back to Lukla. The walk to Tengboche via Pheriche and Pangboche through an alpine meadows landscape offering spectacular views of Amadablam, Mt Lhotse and other well known Himalayan peaks in the Everest region. We continue to travel through peaceful lovely rhododendron forest, across Imja Khola and explore several monasteries on the way till we reach Tengboche for an overnight with all meals included. We sleep at an altitude of 3870m.
Day 13: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 10km, 5-6 hours
After breakfast, from Tengboche, we continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Namche bazar. On our way, Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants we wonderfully get to view on our return journey. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche for the night with all meals. We sleep at an altitude of 3,440m.
Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft): 19km, 6 - 7 hours…this is our last day on these lovely mountains!
Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration because this is our last day on these fantastic mountains that were home to us all of these days.
We have a party with our Sherpa guides and porters who've got close to us over the weeks and are now good friends. We sample some 'chhang' (locally brewed mountain beer) and try out some Sherpa dance steps. This also includes some special delicacies and a great dinner. Altogether, this is an end to a merry trip on a merry note. After supper, we relax under the starry skies on a moonlit night and reflect on the emotional experiences we had while hiking through these massive mountains that have probably helped us re-discover ourselves in ways least expected. We then slumber into blissful sleep. We sleep at an altitude of 2,860m.
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu - Transfer to hotel, relax after Long Trip
Today, after a hale and hearty breakfast, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at our hotel. If interested, we could buy some gifts to take home from Nepal for loved ones and friends and relatives; we can visit some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods. If we want to explore any other areas in Kathmandu, we have to manage time for this today as well! At eventide, we will attend an exciting celebration dinner together for successfully completing our original EVEREST Base Camp trek hosted by Unique Adventure International Treks! Overnight in Kathmandu, the valley of the gods, they say.
Day 16: A contingency free day that’s yours
This is entirely your own free day in Kathmandu to do as you please. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or send a few post cards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia. You may also want to do some things that you may have planned for your last day in Kathmandu; and this may well be the time to do it. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 17: Drive to the Airport to head back to that green, green grass of ‘home’’
After breakfast, our rep and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer us to the airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was a wonderful joy and pleasure, we at Unique Adventure International will cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the time you spent with us and we thank you for choosing us as your travel partner and for visiting this amazing country Nepal. We are sure that trekking in this beautiful region of the Khumbu [Everest region] will give you lifetime memories of a vacation well enjoyed. Ciao friends! Till we meet someday again. Breakfast.
FAQs [frequent questions on the EBC trip]
- Disturbed sleep
- Loss of appetite/nausea
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of the hands and face
- Dingboche (if you’re camping its not possible, but you can charge in nearby teahouses)
- Lobuche (Solar charging facility)
- Gorak Shep (Solar charging facility)
- Do the company’s values, such as its sustainable travel practices and porter welfare, align with mine?
- What are their trek inclusions? Are meals provided? Do I have the use of a down sleeping bag?
- What are their facilities like?
- How well do they handle altitude sickness and other medical emergencies?
- How experienced are they trekking in this destination?
- How do they treat their staff, crew and porters?
- Do they represent the best values for my money?
We would like you to know that although we try to follow the program given above, at times local trails or weather conditions may compel us to make slight changes if necessary. The itinerary may also vary slightly subject to our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This odyssey goes into untamed territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the safety of your trip and your life. Thank you so much for your understanding. We value your precious life.
Client ReferencesWrite a Review
The hike up to Everest Base Camp was simply breathtaking. Climbing through all the varied environments made every day feel amazing. I strongly recommend this company and services. The trek was very well organized and all the accommodation along the way allowed for a very comfortable stay. The Nepali food was also fantastic!Bruce Baldwin, Sydney, Australia
Journey to EBC was extremely enjoyable and memorable
Thanks to our excellent guide…… Journey to EBC was extremely enjoyable and memorable. I can't give a high enough recommendation. Looking forward to coming back one day for another trek!Victoria George , Manchester, UK
I and my wife did 17 days EBC with Unique Adventure which is excellent with well-organized company from Nepal. Chris and his team were very supportive and took care from beginning to end. In short, this was one of the most amazing experiences we've ever had, and a big part of this was due to the excellent and professional service provided by Unique Team.
We are more than happy to recommend Unique Adventure to anyone considering a trek in Nepal. Thank you guys!
Patrick Pondel, Berlin, Germany