Everest Base Camp Trek - One of the World's Classic Treks

Ranging from 12-16 days, this famous trek takes you to the foot of Mt. Everest and is steeped in mountaineering history. Not only does it have some of the most iconic mountain views in the world, it is rich in culture and heritage of the Sherpa people.

Overview

Fast facts
Min. duration 12-16 days
Max. elevation 5545m (Kala Patthar)
Start/finish Lukla/Lukla
Difficulty Challenging
Trek style Teahouse

Most people opt to fly into Lukla and start their trek from there (as opposed to trekking in from Salleri, which adds an extra four days). From Lukla, you head north, following the Dudh Kosi river valley before ascending steeply to Namche Bazaar, the closest you'll get to a city in the high mountains. From Namche, you drop back down before climbing up again to Tengboche, Dingboche and finally Gorak Shep.

Gorak Shep is the last teahouse settlement on the route to Everest Base Camp. From here, you can climb up a nearby ridge (Kala Patthar) for a classic view of Everest and Nutpse, or head farther north to base camp itself, empty in the winter & fall but bustling with up to 75 expeditions in the spring.

After Gorak Shep, it's a steady descent back down to Lukla. By now, you will be properly acclimatized and feel invigorated as you descend into lower altitudes on your way back to Kathmandu.

Expert tip: There are a number of extensions and alternatives to the main Everest Base Camp Trek that take you into more remote valleys on less trodden trails. If you have the time and up for the challenge, we highly recommend the Three Passes Trek or one of the alternatives routes described in our article about unique Everest itineraries.

Highlights

  • Watch the sun set on Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar (5600m)
  • Explore Base Camp, where all expeditions start from
  • Spend a day in Namche Bazaar, a bustling market town at 3440m
  • Enjoy Sherpa culture, villages and people of the Solu Khumbu
Lukla Airport
The famous Lukla airport
Namche Bazaar
Historic Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Sagarmatha National Park
Epic views heading toward base camp
Metal bridge over Dudh Kosi river
Crossing the Dudh Kosi river

Suggested Itinerary

Below is a suggested itinerary that takes into account a normal acclimatization schedule. You can do this trek faster (keep in mind the the minimum (safe) number of days is 12), or you can also opt for a much safer schedule of 16 days. However, much depends on how you're feeling as you gain altitude.

Day Destination Altitude Duration
Day 01 Phakding 2635m 2-3 hours
Day 02 Namche Bazaar 3440m 5-6 hours
Day 03 Namche Bazaar 3440m Acclimatization day
Day 04 Tengboche 3866m 3-4 hours
Day 05 Dingboche 4321m 3-4 hours
Day 06 Dingboche 4321m Acclimatization day
Day 07 Lobuche 4930m 5-6 hours
Day 08 Gorak Shep (climb to Kala Patthar) 5170m 2-3 hours
Day 09 Lobuche (day-trip to EBC) 4930m 7-8 hours
Day 10 Pheriche 4270m 3 hours
Day 11 Tengboche 3866m 2-3 hours
Day 12 Namche Bazaar 3440m 4-5 hours
Day 13 Lukla 2850m 2 hours
Day 14 Kathmandu 1308m 6 hours

Customize This Trek

Your trek to Everest Base Camp can be customized in a number of ways, from more luxury accommodation (Yeti Mountain Homes) to adding on one of Nepal's famous climbing peaks (Mera Peak or Island Peak) to the itinerary. Get in touch with us to see how we can best serve your needs.

Join a Group

Join one of our confirmed departures by requesting one of the dates below once you enter the trip planning conversation. Often, you'll receive a discounted group rate.

Route Departing Duration Confirmed
Everest Base Camp & Gokyo October 2, 2016 17 days 1 person
Everest Base Camp October 15, 2016 14 days 1 person
Everest Base Camp & Gokyo November 8, 2016 16 days 2 people
Everest Base Camp April 8, 2017 13 days 2 people