Everest Base Camp Trek 15 Days
Everest Base Camp Trek 15 days is designed for anyone who is very fit and has some trekking experience. The route to base camp is the same as the longer trek but with a faster pace that requires one less day on the ascent to base camp and two fewer days on the descent.
The Everest Base Camp trek is a popular trekking route in the Himalayas that offers stunning views of the world’s highest mountains, unique Sherpa culture, and an adventure of a lifetime.
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulties
Everest Base Camp Trek definitely is not a luxury trek. Even if you hire porters to carry your luggage throughout the trek, ultimately, it will be you who have to walk up to the Base Camp. You will be continuously walking for about 5-6 hours per day for 11 days.
The Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging trek that involves hiking at high altitudes, rugged terrain, and unpredictable weather conditions. Some of the difficulties that trekkers may encounter during the trek include:
High Altitude: The trek involves hiking at an altitude of over 5,000 meters, which can cause altitude sickness if proper acclimatization is not followed. Symptoms of altitude sickness can include headache, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath.
Rugged Terrain: The trail is steep and rocky in some sections, and can be slippery and difficult to navigate in adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow, or ice.
Weather Conditions: Weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, and trekkers may encounter rain, snow, high winds, and extreme temperatures.
Physical Endurance: The trek involves hiking for several hours each day, with some sections involving steep ascents and descents. Trekkers need to be physically fit and prepared for the rigors of the trek.
Accommodation and Facilities: Accommodation on the trail is basic, and facilities such as toilets and showers are limited. Trekkers need to be prepared to rough it out and adjust to a simple lifestyle.
Remote Location: The trek takes place in a remote region of Nepal, and medical facilities are limited. In case of any medical emergencies, trekkers need to be prepared to be airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment.
Best Season to Trek Everest Base Camp
The best time to do the Everest Base Camp trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons.
During the spring season, the weather is mild and stable, with clear skies and moderate temperatures. The rhododendron forests are in full bloom, making for a stunningly beautiful trek. This is also the busiest season for trekking, and the trail can be crowded.
In the autumn season, the weather is cooler, with dry and clear days. The skies are also generally clearer, providing better views of the mountains. This season is also less crowded than the spring season, which can provide a more peaceful and quiet trek.
|Days||Program||Altitude||Distance / Duration||Accommodation|
|1||Arrival at Kathmandu||1,350 m||2/3 star hotel|
|2||Trek preparations in Kathmandu||1,350 m||2/3 star hotel|
|3||Kathmandu to Phakding||2,640 m||35-minute flight and 3 hrs||Lodge/ Teahouse|
|4||Phakding to Namche Bazaar||3,440 m||6 hrs||Lodge/ Teahouse|
|5||Acclimatisation in Namche Bazaar||3,440 m||5 hrs||Lodge/ Teahouse|
|6||Namche to Tengboche/Deboche||3,867 m||5 hrs||Lodge/ Teahouse|
|7||Deboche to Dingboche||4,260 m||4:30 hrs||Lodge/ Teahouse|
|8||Acclimatization day in Dingboche||4,930 m||4 hrs||Lodge/ Teahouse|
|9||Dingboche to Lobuche||5,486 m||5 hrs||Lodge/ Teahouse|
|10||Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp||4,243 m||6 hrs||Lodge/ Teahouse|
|11||Gorak Shep to Periche||3,867 m||6 hrs||Lodge/ Teahouse|
|12||Periche to Namche||3,440 m||7 hrs||Lodge/ Teahouse|
|13||Namche to Lukla||2,886 m||5 hrs||Lodge/ Teahouse|
|14||Lukla to Kathmandu||1,350 m||35-minute flight||2/3 star hotel|
Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. Depending on your arrival time, you may spend your free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.
Trek preparations in Kathmandu
Today we will be finalizing your trek preparations and permits. There will be a half-day tour of World Heritage sites in Bhaktapur or Kathmandu and time to shop for any last-minute items you might need for the trek. In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional Nepali welcome dinner and a trek briefing with your guide.
Kathmandu to Phakding
Early in the morning, you will be picked up by your guide to go to the Kathmandu airport, from where we will take the 35-minute flight to Lukla. At Lukla, we will meet with our porters and head north to Chablung (2,700 m). Here we will cross the Tharo Koshi river on a local-style suspension bridge. Just past the bridge, we can see the peak of Kusum Kangru (6,367 m), which is the most difficult of the so-called “trekking peaks." Beyond the Tharo Koshi, the trail climbs a bit towards Ghat (2,590 m), where we will cross a ridge marked with painted Mani stones and then cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi river to our overnight lodge in Phakding (3 hours).
Phakding to Namche Bazaar
From Phakding, we follow the valley of the Dudh Koshi river, staying on the west bank of the river. We climb steeply over a rocky ridge towards Benkar (2,710 m). In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it a beautiful walk. We cross the Kyashar Khola river and climb out of the valley to Monjo (2,840 m). Just beyond Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, which was established in 1976 to protect a 1148 sq. km area surrounding Mt. Everest. Beyond the national park entrance station, the trail makes a steep, rocky descent and crosses the Dhudh Koshi river on a 120-meter-long suspension bridge towards Jorsale (2,830 m). After crossing this river a few times, we make a long, steep ascent up to Namche Bazaar (3,420 m). Namche Bazaar is the main trading center in this region and features numerous shops, hotels, and restaurants. (6 hrs).
Acclimatisation in Namche Bazaar
Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher. Today we will take a day hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung. We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Syangboche airstrip (3,790 m), from where we will slowly ascend towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From Khunde, we follow the trail eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in Khumbu, at the foot of Khumbila, a sacred peak. After enjoying lunch here, we will follow a steep switchbacking trail descending to Chhorkung (3,540 m). It's a quick descent back to Namche Bazaar (5 hours) from here.
Namche to Tengboche/Deboche
Our route today to Tengboche weaves in and out of side valleys, making small ups and downs, to the teashops of Kenjoma, and joins the trail from Khumjung just before a collection of Mani stones. The views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek. We pass the small settlement of Sanasa, from where the trail drops towards Phunki Thanga (3,250 m). From here the trail climbs steeply through forests and around Mani stones as it follows the side of a hill to the saddle on which the Tengboche monastery is located at 3,870 meters. The view from here is rightly deemed to be one of the world's most magnificent. Kwangde (6,187 m), Tawachee (6,542 m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8,501 m), Ama Dablam, Kantega, and Thamserku provide an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. From Tengboche, we end our day by descending for about 30 minutes through forests of birches, conifers and rhododendrons to the village of Deboche, where we will spend the night at an idyllic Sherpa lodge. (5hrs).
Deboche to Dingboche
From here, the level trail passes many Mani walls in a deep rhododendron forest. We will climb past some magnificently carved Mani stones on our way to Pangboche (3,860 m) after crossing the Imja Khola (river). This is the highest year-round settlement in the valley, and the Pangboche gompa is the oldest in Khumbu and contains relics that are said to be the skull of a yeti. Beyond Pangboche, the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line, mostly consisting of scrub juniper and tundra. We will cross the Khumbu Khola river, then head northwest toward the Chukkung Valley, and arrive in Dingboche at the foot of the valley (4:30 hrs).
Acclimatisation day in Dingboche
To help ensure our proper acclimatization before ascending further up to EBC, we will spend another day in Dingboche. A good way to spend the day is to hike up to the small summer settlement of Chhukung, where we can briefly experience higher altitudes at 4,730 m. From here, we have tremendous views of Island Peak (6,189 m), the south face of Lhotse, and the south-eastern face of Ama Dablam. After taking in the scenery here, we return to Dingboche for the night (4 hours).
Dingboche to Lobuche
From Dingboche, the trail goes directly up a ridge overlooking the deep valley and the village of Periche. After a steep climb from Dulgha, where we can stop for tea, we reach the memorial area known as Chukpilhara, which was built in memory of six Sherpas who died in an avalanche during the 1970 Japanese ski expedition on Everest. From here, the trail drops a bit and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche, a summer settlement at 4,930 meters that has become a major trekking stop. The sunset over Nuptse, seen from here, is a memorable sight. (5 hrs)
Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp
Today, we will follow the western side of the broad Khumbu valley and ascend gently through meadows beside the glacial moraine. The ascent becomes steeper and rougher as it crosses several side moraines. After rounding a bend in the trail, the conical peak of Pumori comes into view. On the lower slopes of this mountain, a ridge extending to the south terminates in a small peak, known as Kala Pattar (5,545 m), meaning "black rock." The trail then makes a short descent onto the sandy, flat expanse of Gorak Shep. From here, we will continue to the current Everest base camp, which is about a 4-hour return walk from Gorak Shep. We will return to this small settlement after our visit to the base camp (6 hours).
Gorak Shep to Periche
We will start our day very early by climbing the Kala Pattar (5,545 m) for a spectacular dawn view of the classic Himalayan peaks. This is a steep ascent up the grassy slopes west of Gorak Shep. From Kala Pattar, the entire Everest south face is visible, as are Lho La (the pass between Nepal and Tibet, also named the Western Cwm), Changtse (the northern peak of Everest), and most of the West Ridge route. We return to Gorak Shep and continue to descend to Lobuche and Periche, which we trekked above on our way up to EBC (6 hrs).
Periche to Namche
The route from Periche descends the Imja valley, crosses the Khumbu Khola on a wooden bridge, and climbs to rejoin the upward trail at some stone huts. Following the trail downhill from here, we will arrive in Tengboche for lunch (5 hours). From Tengboche, we retrace our steps down to the Dudh Kosi River before ascending back up to Namche (7 hrs).
Namche to Lukla
Today, we will trek down toward Monjo and hike along the river before ascending up to the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. There, we will have our trekking documents checked. It’s a fairly long trekking day. But it is mostly downhill and flat until a final one-hour moderate climb up to Lukla. You will confirm our flight tickets for the next day and spend the night (5 hrs.).
Lukla to Kathmandu
The 35-minute flight from Lukla will bring us back to Kathmandu. Since the flight usually arrives in the morning, you should have plenty of free time for sightseeing or shopping in Kathmandu.
Transfer to the airport for your international departure flight or continue to your next destination in Nepal.
- International and domestic airport pick-up and drop-off
- Three nights hotel accommodations in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur (with breakfast)
- Licensed and trained trekking guides
- Porters for carrying luggage and supplies
- All accommodations (teahouse lodges) during trek
- All meals with hot beverages whilst trekking
- All necessary documents and permits for trekking
- Trek equipment including sleeping bag and down jacket
- First aid supplies
- Insurance equipment for staff
- Coordination of Rescue service (costs covered by your insurance plan)
- Guided tour of World Heritage sites in Kathmandu area
- Traditional Nepali welcome dinner
- International airfares
- Travel/trekking insurance
- Excess baggage charges more than 10kg and hand bag more than 5kg in domestic flights
- Nepal visa fees
- Bottled drinks (cold and alcoholic)
- Expenses of personal nature
- Lunches and dinners whilst not trekking
- Scenic mountain flight to Lukla
- Trekking through Sagarmatha National Park
- Visiting Sherpa Villages
- Stunning views of mountains
- Reaching the Everest Base Camp
- Kala Patthar viewpoint
- Sherpa culture and traditions
Frequently Asked Questions
How hard is the trek to Everest Base Camp?
The trek to Everest Base Camp is considered a challenging trek, as it involves hiking at high altitudes in rugged terrain and unpredictable weather conditions. Therefore, you might need proper training, preparation, and a positive attitude to trek to Everest Base Camp. It is achievable for anyone who is physically fit and mentally prepared.
Can a beginner climb the Everest Base Camp?
Although the trek to Everest Base Camp is challenging and requires a good level of physical fitness and mental preparation, it is not a technical climb, so even beginners can climb Everest Base Camp. The trek can be done by beginners who have a positive attitude, are physically fit, and have prepared well for the trip.
How long does it take to hike to Everest Base Camp?
The trek to Everest Base Camp usually takes 12 to 14 days, depending on the itinerary and the pace of the trekker. The trail involves hiking for several hours each day, with a few rest days in between to acclimatize to the high altitude.
How much does it cost to trek to Everest Base Camp?
The cost of trekking to Everest Base Camp can vary widely depending on a number of factors, such as the trekking company you choose, the length of the trek, the level of comfort you desire, the time of year you trek, and the size of your group. On average, the cost of a 12- to 14-day trek to Everest Base Camp ranges from USD 1,000 to USD 2,500 per person. The cost includes the following things: -trekking permits, -domestic flights, -accommodation, -meals on the trail, -a professional guide, -porters, and other necessary equipment.
October to late December and end of February to May
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Finishing point of trek
Read our FAQ that answers general questions