Everest Base Camp Trekking Cost, Itinerary, Permit and Map
Introduction- Everest Base Camp Trekking is undboubtedly one among the most famous trekking destinations in the world in terms of adventure and mountain views in addition to widest range of alpine flora and fauna. For avid mountain lovers from every corner of the world, Everest Base Camp Trekking is an ideal destination. Protected within Sagarmatha National Park (1148 sq.km), the UNESCO World Heritage Site as enlisted in 1979, it is one of the most cherished and sought after trekking destinations in the world of travel, trekking and expedtion. The location of Mt. Everest(8848m) at the border of Nepal and Tibet, with its larger part in Nepal, makes this trekking phenomenal as expedition lovers and avid mountaineers annually climb this highest peak in the world.
Route Detail, Map
There are altogether four ways that lead you to the Everest Base Camp Trekking : 1. Flight from Kathmandu(1400m) to Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla 2. Flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu Airport. 3. Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar 4. Bus drive from Kathmandu to Jiri. With a flight taken from Kathmandu to Lukla, it is approximately 35 to 40 minutes of flight before you touch down Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla(2860m). Having landed at Lukla, your trekking to Everest Base Camp initiates. This is phenomenally a scenic flight for the fact that you can enjoy breathtaking mountain views. Secondly, you can take for about 30 to 35 minutes' scenic flight to Phaplu(2413m) and hike toward Everest Base Camp. The third option is 25 to 30 minutes' flight to Tumlingtar(285m) and a trekking toward Everest Base Camp. For a vast wilderness and off the beaten trail, you can opt for for 9 hours' bus drive to Jiri(1905) from where Everest Base Camp Trekking starts.
Why Everest Base Camp Trekking ?
Everest Base Camp Trekking, basically, is done to experience the precious feelings of peace and tranquility at the courtyard of Mt. Everest(8848m), needless to state, the highest mountain on the planet. Moreover, Everest Base Camp Trekking involves scenic mountain flight that involves a bird's eyeview of dramatic landscape of Eastnorthern Nepal. The breathtaking ubiquitous mountain chains in the north during flight to Lukla makes an indelible imprints in the minds and hearts of the trekkers and mountaineers. Another attraction is Sagarmatha National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which one of the biggest storehouses of alpine flora and fauna on the planet. One of the highest altitude peaks, the Hotel Everest View and Tengboche Monastery are ever-popular with the trekkers around the world. The beauty of Khumbu icefall is unfathomable, while the surreal beauty of mountain views from Kalapatthar gets you carried away. In addtion, Namche Bazar and Khumjung village are reputed for Sherpa culture and religion.
Permit fees in the Everest Region
Foreigners are supposed to take Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit as well as a TIMS ( Trekkers Information Management System) Card for Everest Base Camp Trekking. If you are trekking via Jiri to Everest Base Camp, you will have to have to pay Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project(GCAP) Entry Fee which is 3000 NPR, which can be obtained from Tourism Board in Kathmandu. Regarding Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit Fee, you will be charged 3000N PR + 13% VAT which comes around to 34 USD. For SAARC Country tourists, the permit fee is set for 1500 NPR. You will also be charged 20 USD for TIMS Card and 20 USD for Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fee, according to a rule brought into effect since October the 1st, 2018. You can get Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and TIMS Card at Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fee at Lukla Chek Post
Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park, established in 1976 and enlited in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979 sprawls above six thousand meters in the Khumbu Region, holding several 5 eight thousander mountains including Mt. Everest (8848m), the highest peak in the work. The serrated mountains and peaks, rugged topography full of gorges, glaciers and bolders is the summary face of its landscape. Approximately 119 species of birds with endangered species are sheltered in this area. Fir, rhododendron, juniper, and birch are the dominant species of trees,while musk deer , ghoral , serow, red panda, tahr and Himalayan blak bear can often be spotted in the National Park area. The altitude varies raises from approximately 1950m to 8000 meters and the dramatic as well as foreboding mountain skyscrapers adorn Sagarmatha National Park in a surrealistic manner. Till the elevation of 4000 meters, you will come across extremely diverse range of alpine flora and fauna.
Best time for Everest Base Camp Trekking
September to November and March to May are regarded as the best times to do Everest Base Camp Trekking. These months provide the travelers with good weather while the temperature does not pose hostility. The foreboding and breathtaking mountain and peaks can be viewed with a crystal clarity during this time. If you want to avoid the traffic, any time from December to February can be suitable for you. As you can gues the times during winter is acutely bleak. Unless you are a botanist, it is best to avoid trekking during the monsoon in the Everest Region as the ubiquitous clouds and frequent rains pose obstacles.
Culture and Religion
Everest Region is a stronghold of Sherpa Ethnic group. Sherpa people are rich in their peculiar tradition, culuture and religion. They are significantly popular for two distinct reasons: They are world famous mountaineers and the warm hopitality they provide makes travelers feel at home. The trail is adorned with fragrance and color of Buddhist culture and tradition. Famous Sherpa people here celebrate Lhosar and worship the mountains. Majority of Sherpa people are reliant on tourism for the sustenance. Namche, Lukla, Tenboche, Lobuche and Pheriche are some of the places where you explore Sherpa culture and tradition.
Everest Base Camp Trekking Difficulty
Everest Base Camp Trekking doesn't have a climbing section where you have to use climbing gear. If it were not for altitude, Everest Base Camp Trekking would be just a plain hiking which apparently means it is altitude that actually makes the trail difficult. Therefore acclimatization should be taken for the climatic adaptation. If acclimatization is avoided Acute Mountain Sickness may put you through altitude sickness, thereby hindering the journey. To have physical stamina to walk at least 15 km distance a day is important. As the path zigzags through rugged topograhpy, in ascending and descending manner, if you are in a good physical shape, you can do this trek with ease.
Major Highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trekking
There are several things that make Everest Base Camp Trekking stand out. A scenic flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport is a complete adventure in itself. Moreover, the Sherpa culture and lifestyle in Lukla, Namche and other places in this region make you feel at home. Hillary Museum at Namche has lately been a popular tourist icon. What's more, the three high passes: Kongma La, Chola and Renjo La are phenomenal trekking passes. Nepal's largest Khumbu Glacier and Longets Ngozumba glaciers have always been the tourist attractions. The view of turquiose Gokyo Lakes from Gokyo Ri is beautiful beyond words. The entire moutain view including Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar is striking. Besides, the widest range of flora and fauna in Sagarmatha National Park is a blessing of Mother Nature. The mountain view from Tengboche Monastery and being in the courtyard of Mt. Everest is once in a lifetime experience.
Fitness for Everest Base Camp Trekking
You need basic level of fitness to do Everest Base Camp Trekking. However, if you are obese and have some physical impairment, it might appear more demanding as well as challenging. Therefore, if you have a good training plan prior to your trip, it will will prove to be relatively more enjoyable. On average, you will have to walk about 15 kilometers a day which is about 5 to 7 hours of walk. Acclimatization at the altitude will help you gain physical stamina. If you schedule a exercise time for yourself to do exercise like walking and jogging one month prior to the commencement of the trekking would be instrumental in gaining the fitness level necessary. If you are a fitness lover then Everest Base Camp Trekking is just the right trek for you to keep yourself in your best shape.
Eversest Base Camp Trekking Price
The Everest Base Camp Trekking Price USD$1500, is brought into effect by Himalayan Wild Treks. The price is set up depending on a wide range of facilities we provide. We make sure you recieve the best of the facilities and that is why provide you the only best and selected accommodation at every week that we can manage with our personal contact with the local hotel owners there. You can choose the meals you like from the menu. In addition, our guides are license holders, approved by the Government of Nepal. Our strong and helpful mountain guides and hardworking staffs will be on standby to make sure you are getting the best of what you deserve.
Itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trekking
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m\4264ft)
You arrive in Kathmandu (1400n) on this day and you will be transfered to a hospital from airport. You will explore the city during the daytime. If you wish, you can buy things that can be of use on the trekking. You will be given a overview of the entire trekking in the hotel in the evening.
Day O2:Flight to Lukla (2860m/9334ft) - Trek to Phakding (2651m/8697ft.)
You will take a flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla(2860m) from Kathmandu (1400m). The flight takes approximately 30 to 35 minutes. Having touch down at Tenzing Hillary Airport, you will have a short rest and hike up to Phakding (2651m ). En route to Phakding, you will hike along Dudh Koshi river. On the trail beautiful mani stones, chhortens and colorful prayer flags will welcome you with open arms. Phakding is at 4 hours' distance from Lukla. Overnight at Phakding.
Day 03: Lukla to Namche (3440m/11280ft.)
You will arrive at Namche from Phakding today. You will cross a river over a suspension bridge, while devouring the spectrum of flora and fauna in the forest. The most part of the trail involves climbing, meandering through lush forest that cover the rugged landscape. After six hour's walk, you will arrive at Namche (3440m), a tourist hub, known famously as 'The Gateway to Everest.'
Day 04: Acclimatization at Namche Bazar (3440m/11280ft.)
On this day, you will not hike to the next camp. It is a day when you can take a walk around just to acclimatize yourself to the new climatic zone that will prevent you from catching sickenesses of altitude. 'Hike high and sleep low' is its motto. On this day, you will hike up to Khumjung and come back down to Namche, where you stay overnight. You will walk approximately six hours on this day. Overnight at Namche.
Day 05: Namche to Tengboche (3860m/1269ft.)
Waking up at around 6 am in the morning and having breakfast, the trail takes you to Tengboche(3860m).On the trail, you will be stunned by mesmerizing view of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Thamserku and many other mountains. Having walked approximately five hours, you will arrive at Tenboche through rhododendron forested land. Tenboche is famous basically because of Tenboche Monastery with Amadablam at its backdrop. Overnight at Tengboche.
Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m/14300ft.)
After breakfast early in the morning, you hike down through a lush forest dominated by rhododendron trees. Subsequently, you ascend walking past aesthetically carved and painted mani stones before arrive at Panboche (3985m). Then the trail meanders through Shomare and Orsho en route to Dingboche (4360m). Here, you will imbibe the striking view of Lhotse, Taboche and Amadablam while the yaks grazing on the slopy pastures amazes you. Overnight at Dingboche.
Day 07: Acclimatization at Dingboche (4360m/14300ft.)
Acclimatization at Dingboche.This is the second acclimatization day other than Namche acclimatization. The route includes steep and rocky parts with spectacular mountain views. Enjoy the breathtaking view of Amadablam in addition to other great mountains. For the better view, you can always ascend more. After the walk, you can hike back down to Dingboche for your overnight stay. Overnight at Dingboche.
Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m/16207ft.)
On this day, you will hike slightly upwards and through the grassland area. Having crossed a suspension bridge the upward hike will lead you to Lobuche Pass. On the trail, you will be showered with beauty of mountain views, prayer flags, chhortens and memorials erected to honor the ones who sacrificed thier life while conquering mountains. A high altitude center located at Lobuche (4940m) can be of a great help regarding taking information about altitude. Today's walk lasts approximately five hours. Overnight at Lobuche.
Day 09: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and Gorak Sep (5170m/16961m)
After your breakfast, you will hike up to Gorak Shep (5164m) from Lobuche and reach out to Everest Base Camp (5380m). The witness of foreboding Khumbu Glacier(7600m its terminus), indescribable feeling of being at the Everest Base Camp and peace and tranquility of Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep was the original base camp for the Everest Expedition in 1953. Before reaching Gorak Shep, you will be walking on a rocky trail, up and down, while enjoying the Khumbu Glacier, coming into view. After having eyeful of Khumbu Glacier, you will soon see Khumbu Icefall(5486m). You will stay overnight at Gorak Shep.
Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar and descend to Pheriche (4288m/14070ft.)
On this day, you will hike up to Kala Patthar (5545m) and trek back to Pheriche (4270m), which involves approximately seven hours hiking. You will enjoy the mountain views including Mt. Everest (8848m) from Kala Patthar, which is the highest of your trekking. Kala Patthar is also considered to be the phenomenal viewpoint for Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Changtse and 360o view of other snow-capped mountains and peaks in the Everest Region palette. After about seven hours walk in total, you will stay overnight at Pheriche.
Day 11: Pheriche to Namche (3440m/11280ft.)
You will trek to down to Namche(3440m) from Pheriche, taking almost 6 hours. Namche is an iconic tourist hub as it has most to offer in terms of religion, culuture and hospitality in addition to beautiful mountain views. On this day the hike involves gentle up and down with crossing suspension bridges at some points. On the trail, you may encounter other trekkers going to EBC. Having walked down for a few hours, you will arrive at Namche Bazar. With a sigh of relief, you will also have a sense of accomplishment while you stroll around the marketplace and city area. You will stay overnight at Namche.
Day 12: Namche to Lukla (2860m/9186ft.)
You will hike down from Namche to Lukla (2860m) , which takes approximately six hours. On this day, you will explore Lukla Town. The trail leads you on the path that meanders down through jungles, crossing suspension bridges over alpine river. Walking along Dudhkoshi river, you arrive at Phakding (2610m), a famous Sherpa settlement. Carrying on the hike ahead, you finally arrive at Lukla (3440m), a famous Sherpa settlement. With a sense of great achievement and accomplishment, you will relax, chat and overview your trekking with a delicious dinner in a hotel with an overnight stay at Lukla.
Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu (1400m/4264ft.)
You will fly back to kathmandu on this day, taking off from Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla. On the return, you will have a great overview of the dramatic landscape of Nepal, with a glistening mountain range smiling at you on your right. Having touched down at Tribuhuwan Internation Airport in Kathmandu, you will be transfered to hotel. Rest of the day can be spent in doing shopping around the different corners in Kathmandu, if you wish. You will stay overnight in your hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Farewell Day / Departure to your hometown
This is a day of departure. You will have a flight back to your hometown on this day. With a farewell, you will finally carry all the sweet memories with you back home where you have a family reunion. There can be nothing like sharing your stories of adventure with your relatives and loved ones. Besides, if you would like to extend your vacations and stay in Nepal, we would be more than happy to sketch pefect itineraries for you.