Everest Base Camp short Trek 

“Imagine how you feel when you trek in the shadow of the worlds highest peak, Sherpa Land and best Everest view from Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp”

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:13 days
  • Trekking Duration:12 days
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Easy To Moderate
  • Max Elevation:5545m/18193ft
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Meals:Full Board In Trekking
  • Transportation:Private Vehicles /Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Walking Hours:5-6 hrs
  • Max Group Size:01-08
  • Best Time:March-May And Sept-Dec
  • Style:tea house/lodge


The Everest base camp short trek takes you into the region that has captivated adventurous men and women since the 1920. This shortened itinerary is perfect for those who are in great health and wish to see the beauty and wonder of the Everest Region.

The trail is dotted in small villages with prayer wheels, mani stones, and stunning scenery. Converse with your new-found friends around dining-room fire in the evening.  On Everest base camp short trek route, iconic Kala Patthar (5545m) provides you breathtaking scenery of the Everest region while Namche Bazaar mesmerizes you with its history, culture, and diversity.

The Everest base camp short trek begins in the lively city of Kathmandu.  Next, we will embark on a short and scenic flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, you trek through the trail marked with diversity. Trekking through unique villages includes Phakding, Benkar, Monjo, Jorsale, and others.

Along the way visit several monasteries, chortens and prayer wheels. Crossover suspension bridges festooned with prayer flags. as walk enters Sagarmatha National Park. Walk along the torrential Dudh Koshi River until you reach the buzzing Namche Bazaar. Namche is a Himalayan town with interesting shops, fabulous food, stunning views, and culture. Namche Bazaar is also a traditional trading hub and one of the highest permanently settled villages in the world.

After acclimating at the lower elevations then heading towards scenic Tengboche and its impressive monastery. From Tengboche adventure leads to stunning Gorak Shep and the iconic Kala Patthar for a surreal view of the Himalayas. Kala Patthar is famous for its breathtaking view of glittering peaks including the Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Changtse. Here, you will also be able to view the majestic Khumbu Glacier, the famed Khumbu Icefall, the glacial rivers and avalanche paths.

Returning back from the high Himalayas, you shall explore the authentic lifestyle of the Sherpa community and get insider insight of the rich cultural heritage of these legendary people. Everest base camp short trek ends in Lukla before returning to the medieval capital city of Kathmandu.

Everest base camp short trek  route is basically available year round. March to May and September to December is the best time of the year for this trek. Join Trekking Planner Nepal for this trek to make sure you get the best out of the trip. We are happy to provide you with award-winning service and be a part of your adventure of a lifetime. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have.

  • Enjoy the adventure walking at the foot of world number one Mt. Everest
  • Grand views of mountains and beautiful landscapes from the start to an end
  • Super flight to Lukla with awesome panorama of Himalaya with Mt. Everest
  • Enjoy immense culture of Buddhism within Sherpa village with traditional life
  • At Sagarmatha National Park world heritage site enriched with flora and fauna
  • On top of high Kalapathar with spectacular views of Mt. Everest and giant peaks
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft)/Group meeting
  • Day 02: Flight to Lukla (2828m/9279ft) 35m and trek to Phakding (2780m/9121ft) 3-4 hrs walk
  • Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 5-6 hrs walk
  • Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar
  • Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3850m/12632ft) 4-5 hrs walk
  • Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4350m/14272ft) 4-5 hrs walk
  • Day 07: Rest day Dingboche
  • Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16109ft) 4-5 hrs walk
  • Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m/16995ft) 3-4 hrs walk and Everest Base Camp (5364m/17600ft) 2-3 hrs walk
  • Day 10: Trek to Kala patthar (5545m/18193ft) 2-3 hrs walk and to Pheriche (4280m/14042ft) 5-6 hrs walk
  • Day 11: Trek to Namche bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 4-5 hrs walk
  • Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2828m/9279ft) 5-6 hrs walk
  • Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft )
  • All airport pick up drop by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights)
  • Welcome/ farewell dinner dinner in an authentic restaurant
  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • 02 guest to 01 porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment
  • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • First add kit box
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
  • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary
  • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Meals during the traveling time
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • In case of extra more nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
  • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
  • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes column
  • Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag that is to be returned after the trip)
  • Day pack
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sports shoes or sandals
  • Sun Hat/cap
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
  • Pullover or warm sweeter
  • Raincoat
  • 4/5 pairs of good quality socks
  • Hand gloves
  • 2/3 pairs of trekking trousers
  • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
  • 3/4 pairs of underwear (non cotton preferred)
  • Sun glasses
  • Water bottle
  • 4 season sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it. It is to be returned after the trip)
  •  Flash or Torch light
  • Camera and batteries

Activity Level rating of Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trekking Route
Someone who is easily able to hike 5-6 hours per day carrying a light weight backpack will be fit enough to do this trek. There are stone steps up and down which are uneven. Due to some long descents, your legs may feel shaky so we recommend the use of walking poles. The maximum altitude of the trek is 5545m, so you need to be careful about your health and altitude related risks. To properly acclimatize one needs to walk slowly and drink lots of water.
Safe drinking water on the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek
Generally, you can find bottled water at lower altitude but it gets harder to find it at higher elevations. Furthermore, it gets more expensive. In those higher altitudes, we recommend you drink previously boiled water which can be purchased at tea houses for a small fee. You can also bring chlorine tablets or a backcountry rated water filter to purify your water if you wish. Due to the lack of regulation and difficulty of disposing of plastic bottles it is highly encouraged to use boiled water. This is very helpful to protect our environment.
Recharging Batteries and Electronic Items on the Everest Base Camp Trek
Hydro electricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like cameras, batteries, iPods, phones etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hour for charging facilities. We recommend buying adaptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.
Extra Advice for Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar Trek
In your trekking you might come across some cute, sweet children that you may want to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and pens. Many trekkers have felt the same. But it is best not to do so because it encourages them to beg. While trekking, keep your valuables safe. Do not leave valuables behind. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything outside at night.
Garbage Disposal
Use a dustbin and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbage until dustbin facilities are available. Do not litter on the trail. Please be conscious of conserving the environment.
Spending Money per Day
This mainly depends on your spending habits. Normally you should allocate US $9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. While trekking, US $10-15 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.
Travel Insurance for the Everest Base Camp Kalapathar Trek
You should be sufficiently protected. It is required to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities for the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar Trek
All guest houses offer hot showers, which can be a shower stall or a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated for ecological reasons. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water is frozen simply ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilets are mainly Asian style squat toilets. Toilets are outside of your room. You are in the mountains: Cleanliness will vary. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet. Instead use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet room.
Tea Houses
On this trekking route local people have built tea house lodges. They are quite charming and include food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two single beds. While staying in the tea houses you will have the opportunity to interact with the charming local people and experience their hospitality. Don’t be shy, say Namaste!
Altitude Sickness
Altitude Sickness can affect anyone. At high altitude, the decrease in atmospheric pressure makes breathing difficult due to less oxygen. Mainly, it happens above 3300m (10,000ft). Signs and symptoms are as follows:

  • Headache/Dizziness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • tiredness/fatigue
  • Sleepy but can’t sleep
  • Loss of appetite

Prevention for this is to dress warmly as per weather conditions, drink plenty of water, eat well, and walk slowly. It is a good idea to climb higher than you sleep. Keep hydrated and make sure you avoid alcohol.

Detail Itinerary

Besides our program with standard Itineraries presented in websites.we also run and organize private or Tailor Made itineraries to suit every interested individual- couple or for honey-moon, families, the Everest groups and so on to corporate executives on local mountain Lodge-Hotels and Resorts or with camping facilities include different unit of kitchen-cook-staff and guides as well porters. For special Tailor Made programs and Itineraries to fit as per your duration and interesting destination please contact us and we will provide you with all necessary details and full information regarding your holiday plan in Himalaya.

You’ll be received at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu by a representative of Nepal Trekking Planner and escorted to the hotel for your stay after you shall complete the necessary formalities at the customs. After refresh at your hotel get some briefing about the trip that is to begin and about this beautiful nation. We are checking all the equipment for the trek. If something it’s not appropriate enough we can provide, rent or help to buy it here. If you have any question regarding your trip you could ask. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Organize your trekking equipments and pack your bags the day before, as we shall leave early for Lukla which is the gateway to the Everest. Led by trekking guide, we shall reach Lukla from the scenic flight in a carefully loaded twin otter that shall mark the adventure in the region. Aerial view of the vast landscape with lush valleys and hills, view of the glittering mountains, serpentine shaped rivers weaving the settlements and valleys and dramatic sight of the terraced hills makes this flight entertaining. After landing in the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla and meeting with other trek members, we embark on an introductory trek to Phakidng. In the route used traditionally by various communities and traders to trade with Tibet, we shall move ahead in the trail. Trek begins with the steep descent to Chheplung village past stone walls, we reach to Thado Koshigaon. Crossing a suspension bridge, the journey shall continue on to Phakding through small settlements, viewpoint of Kusum Kangaroo, past prayer wheels and prayer flags, dense forest, diverse flora and fauna, besides the caravan of trekkers and climbers, porters and locals in and out of the Khumbu valley. Stay overnight in Phakding.

Our trekking continues along the majestic and torrential Dudh Koshi River towards the ancient trading hub of Namche Bazaar. Starting with the first view of Kongde Ri Peak and through some suspension bridges the trail turns to the beautiful Benkar valley past beautiful waterfall, ancient gompa and lush forests decorating the surroundings. At Benkar we enjoy the view of Thamserku (6623m) and the sacred Khumbila Peak (5765m) before stopping briefly at Monjo, the gateway of Sagarmatha National Park. Moving ahead through Jorsale village we reach to Larja Dobhan, cross high suspension bridge over the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi and embark on the trail that goes steep till Namche Bazaar. Enroute to Namche we have the view of majestic peaks such as Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m) and Nuptse (7879m) providing some relief during the ascent on the steep section. Namche Bazaar is famous for being the buzzing Sherpa town, and perfect town for acclimatization and hub for day hikes, having superb surrounding and scenery as well as rich cultural heritages. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

In the day set aside for rest, we shall take on activities that shall help us acclimatize faster for our trekking journey ahead. In a town known for its colorful and lively nature, Namche has interesting shops and buzzing Saturday market, tasty cuisines and beautiful scenery as well as warm welcoming Sherpa people and the unchanged characteristics of this town since ages. Visit to the Sherpa cultural museum for detailed information on mountaineering in the region, flora and fauna, history and geography of the Himalayas, and the culture and traditions of the local inhabitants. Before the weather creates hurdle, get involved in an early day hike to one of the nearby destinations. Everest View Hotel that provides the marvelous view of the Mount Everest Lhotse, the beautiful Ama Dablam and other nearby peaks, the twin villages of Khumjung and Khunde known for ancient monasteries with old age heritages and school  and hospital built by Edmund Hillary Foundation, are the popular day hike destinations from Namche Bazaar. After exploring the surrounding areas, prepare for the trekking ahead. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Trekking to the higher altitudes, we shall start our walk with a short but steep climb out of the Namche Bazaar before trekking on a fairly leveled trail to reach the settlements of Kenjoma and Sanasa through the dense forest and other vegetation, view of the mighty Everest and occasional exchange of greetings with fellow trekkers from other expeditions. After the trail junction leading to the Gokyo valley and the Everest base camp, we head down to the riverbed of the mighty Dudh Koshi River and climb on to Phunke Tenga through several bridges and some hamlets. Marked by water driven prayer wheels, Phunke Tenga generally serves as the resting place before taking on the steep trail leading to Tengboche. In a climb of around one hour and a half to two hours, ascent to Tengboche takes you in a twisting tail built on the hill through rhododendron forest. Take it easy when you go for such uphill climb as you are now heading to higher altitude where you definitely won’t want to be affected with altitude mountain sickness.  In Tengboche visit the ancient monastery famous for celebration of Mani Rimdu festival, huge statue of Lord Buddha, intricate wall paintings and peaceful chants by the monks, the breathtaking scenery of the majestic mountains (including Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Kantega and Thamserku Peaks) where blooming rhododendron flower contrasts with its color. Stay overnight in Tengbohe.

Leaving the amazing sunset and sunrise of Tengboche, today we shall head for another interesting village of Dingboche. Through the forest we descent from Dingboche to reach the village of Deboche that provides beautiful views of lofty Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and others. We head on in the trail through the sighting of Musk Deer, Monal and Blue Sheep and cross the exciting suspension bridge over Imja River before reaching the settlement of Panchboche. Ancient stupa in the upper Pangboche, surrounded by trees, is a stoppage worth a short visit. Ahead in the trail we have alpine vegetation as we move through landscape with scrub juniper and tundra until we reach Dingboche. The trekking section through Somare is rather flat; after this village we cross a suspension bridge and follow the Imja River upstream as we part our way from the trail to Pheriche. Further ahead in the trail we reach Dingboche where the trail from Lobuche to the Island Peak climb meets. Dingboche is a small village with stone walled houses, cultivation fields and the exquisite view of Lhotse, Island Peak and Ama Dablam. Stay overnight in Dingboche.

In another day of rest and acclimatization in this trekking expedition, we shall have an important day before reaching to the ultimate destination of this trip. The day will be utilized by short hikes to higher altitudes to adapt ourselves to higher altitudes. Hike to Nangkartshang Gompa provides the trekkers with breathtaking views, opportunity to get insight into the heritages such as intricate paintings, Thangka and Yeti scalp and hand. Explore the valley formed by mighty Imja River and the beautiful trail leading to the Island peak. Short hike to the hill behind Dingboche is another option which provides us with the view of couple of six-thousander peaks.  After exploring the breathtaking surrounding, capturing memories of the valley, we return for the overnight stay. Stay overnight in Dingboche and prepare for the next day trek.

This section of trekking begins with gradual ascent from the settlement of Dingboche and come across grazing areas of cattle and the beautiful mountains to the far makes the trek pleasant. Trekking past chortens, Mani walls and stupas, we move forward with the view of beautiful Tabuche Peak (6495m), Ama Dablam Mountain and many more, glacial valleys and vast landscape before we climb onto the valley of Dughla, last settlement before traveling further to the base camp. Ahead of this is the most poignant section of today’s trek. An hour of trek leads us to the height of the high ground overlooking the Khumbu valley, called Chukpo Lari, where monuments are built in remembrance of the mountaineers who lost their life during their expedition to conquer Everest. The trail then descends to the western side of the valley after walking over the glacial moraines of the majestic Khumbu Glacier. Stay overnight in Lobuche.

This is the day you are waiting for! Today we shall be heading for the Everest Base Camp as the destination. Be careful for the acute mountain sickness in this altitude and trek accordingly. The trek from Lobuche begins early in the morning after breakfast. We reach Gorakshep after trekking over the lateral moraines of the Khumbu Glacier past the Italian research centre, the rocky paths, cautiously avoiding the ice pinnacles and occasional crevasses in the Khumbu region. The trail ascends over the Lobuche Pass and then reaches to the section sandwiched by large glaciers of Changri Nup and Khumbu. Shortly ahead is the awaited gorakshep, our stoppage for lunch and the place of overnight stay for today. After refreshment we head for our ultimate destination, the Everest Base Camp. Through the rocky path and on the New Moraine Route, we trek to the base camp. Flooded with the tents and camps of the climbers in the peak season, Everest Base Camp is the destination of lifetime. The euphoric feeling of being there is beyond words and to be in the lap of the world’s tallest peak is something extraordinary. After capturing the memories of these extraordinary moments, we return back to the Gorakshep. You shall get completely lost in the beauty of the sunset visible from the base camp. Stay overnight in Gorakshep.

Get ready for another beautiful trekking day in the roof of the world as we trek to the Kala Patthar before making a return to the lower altitudes. Before the day breaks, we shall today get ready with our equipments and go for one of the most beautiful sunrises you will ever see. In a straight trek from Gorakshep to this small brown hill dwarfed by the Himalayas, we shall have the close up view of the mighty Everest. Ideal for photographers, the sight of Himalayas including Mt, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse and Changtse Peaks, the majestic Khumbu Glacier and the south-east face of Everest. Reach for the higher point of this black hill and capture as many memories as you can. After this extraordinary scenery, trek down to Gorakshep for lunch before heading down to Pheriche.  We shall descent gradually from Gorakshep , in ups and downs  and through the rocky terrain before taking exit from the vicinity of Everest at Dughla and walking straight  to Pheriche. Through the damp valley floor covered with moss, from the alpine vegetation to the sub-alpine vegetation this trek is mostly a downhill walk. Stay overnight in Pheriche.

The return from the vicinity of Everest continues as we depart from the beautiful Periche to the busy hub of Namche Bazaar. In this mostly downhill trek, we now are with the company of the torrential Dudh Koshi River. Our trek will be rather gradual as we won’t want to put much strain on our shaky legs and ankles. In this busy trekking trail, we shall encounter caravan of fellow trekkers, porters, locals and their pet animals like Yak used for transporting goods; make sure you give way to them.  Through the beautiful and dense forests, waterfalls, exciting and sometimes vertiginous suspension bridges festooned with prayer flags, flat and bumpy trails, gompas and monasteries, rural settlements and the culture and traditions practiced there are some of the major highlights of this section of the trek. Water driven prayer wheels, viewpoints of the Himalayas, sights of rare wild animals and strenuous stone steps shall take us to the destination of Namche Bazaar. Explore the busy streets of this ancient trade point and the current tourist hub as you take rest for today in this beautiful village. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

This section of a trek is the last of such trekking in this adventurous journey that climaxed in the base camp of Everest. Descent on a steep trail out of the Namche Bazaar to descent at the riverbed of a confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River and after crossing over the high suspension bridge, we reach to Monjo where we exit the Sagarmatha National Park. Through the beautiful Benkar and past waterfalls, several suspension bridges, unique, busy and interesting villages including the popular ones such as Phakdng, Ghat, Nurning and Chheplung, Mani walls and prayer wheels, we trek up to the hill town of Namche Bazaar. The beautiful and humongous Himalayas overlooking the entire trail acts as the motivation for trekkers; they find purpose of trekking in the sight of mountains. After reaching Luka, get yourself relaxed and explore the surrounding areas of hotel, if you are interested. Stay overnight in Lukla.

Today we shall return to the medieval capital city of Kathmandu after an adventurous stay in the Khumbu (Everest) region.  Due to the weather related disturbances during the day, we shall take on the flight that starts early morning from Lukla. Over the vast landscape, lush hills and valleys, perennial rivers and with the sight of glittering Himalayas, the flight of around 35 minutes brings us back to the civilization of Kathmandu valley. You shall be transferred to the hotel of your stay for the much deserved rest after enduring a rather strenuous trek in the Khumbu region. Later in the evening you may stroll around in the streets of Thamel and the surrounding areas. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Trekking Planner always committed in keeping our standard day to day schedule as per the given program with itinerary days, sometimes due to some circumstances beyond our control like natural disaster blockade of roads, damaged trails, flight delay and cancellation arises when bad and unfavorable weather persists for some days including political unrest and strikes. We assure that if above situation arises we will try our best to keep our itinerary as it is if not please bear with us, as we might have to reroute some of the holidays to other destinations for your safety and to make your time in Nepal with us, a money worth of good times providing you with enjoyable holidays. We Trust that you will enjoy having wonderful and delightful times in Nepal with Trekking Planner!!!!!!!!

Trip Map

Everest Base Camp short Trek 

Most Common FAQs

Ans: Everest Base Camp trek is not that difficult as it sounds for many people, as long you take your normal steady and easy pace.

However, Everest base camp and all Himalayan countries involves ups and downhill. Depending upon the itinerary days to cover the whole trek, where Trekking Planner has flexible itinerary days. So that all trekkers can make most of the day enjoyable walks, providing acclimatization days where needed on high altitude.

Ans: Starts with an easy gradual trail with few short ups and down from Lukla town after arriving on a short scenic flight. With not much difficulty, on the second day to Namche Bazaar, the last hour is all ups from the river bed for near two hours or more. Where one can take it slowly with frequent rest and acclimatize along with grand scenery.

The next uphill walk after Namche Bazaar to reach Tengboche Monastery, where the afternoon starts with winding up for two hours, again taking short rest and admiring the views will make your day enjoyable.

Ans: Solo traveler or FIT (Free Individual Traveler) are on their own either with guide and porter, or with only guide cum porter.

But when joining with a group of trekkers can be interesting making friends of different nationalities, and keeps you busy knowing each other or sharing your knowledge with each other.

Each individual in a group differs sometimes, some are close friends and couple or just a solo traveler joining in the group.

Ans: Certainly, all trekkers requires to obtain travel and medical insurance for safety purposes. One can never know what befalls ahead, some might can be very ill from diarrhea or altitude sickness known as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).

Where the victims need to be evacuated immediately by any means of quick transport like on Helicopter, where all your medical bills will be reimbursed by your insurance depending upon the nature of insurance policy.

Another reason for travel insurance, just in case the trip can be obstructed by bad weather, where trek needs re-route the destination or might get canceled.

Where flight to Lukla operates on good fine weather, if the flight gets delayed or canceled it will affect the whole itinerary days. Where you’re insurance can cover most of your expenses.

Ans: Depending upon each individual and how fit and strong you are, normally altitude does affect many trekkers with slight headache, where one can get acclimatize taking slowly, sleeping well and having meals.

If your doctor or leader recommends you taking Diamox, which should be taken on the very first day of the trek, and till the end of the journey to Lukla.

But if you are in good health, and take the walk slowly no need for Diamox as it has some side effects also, making your finger numb.

All strong drugs including sleeping pills should be avoided at high altitudes, as it can lead to severe consequences and disorder to your body, Ibuprofen is a pain killer, can be taken on the advice of your doctor or group leader.

Ans: Well you never know in countries like the high Himalaya, in case of emergency situation where victims need immediate medical attention and safe evacuation on the quickest possible means, like calling for helicopter service.
If someone gets very sick or injured on treks taking care utmost care of the victim with immediate medical facilities to the nearest hospital available and then evacuate to a better medical center or hospital at Kathmandu, taking a Helicopter depending upon the seriousness of illness and injuries.

Ans: Nearly all seasons of the year that one can trek, but the main good times in mid-spring (March to May) and autumn/fall and pre-winter (mid-September to mid of December months).

Ans: During mid-spring time of March till May and from autumn season in the month of mid-September to November. These are the high and peak times for Everest Base Camp and all-around Himalaya.

Can be quite busy, where one needs to book much earlier so that we can arrange necessary details like booking hotels in Kathmandu, local lodge on trek as well for air-tickets flight to Lukla and back.

Ans: It depends upon how you spend it, on booking with full payment all main hotel and lodge accommodation are included, with meals on treks and service of guides and porters.

The only extra money required for your personal expenses such as having extra drinks and snacks, as well for souvenir buying.

If you are a beer drinker and other hard drinks, one needs to carry extra more like NRS 10 to 20, 000 more on top of average money to carry on trek minimum of NRS 10,000.00. As well as reserve money in case of flight delay at Lukla and other main expenses like gratitude or tips for the trekking staff, guide, and porters.

Ans: You can buy souvenirs like handicrafts, trinkets, T-shirts and bags with emblem of the area of trekking. Money matter regarding your interest if you want to buy some souvenirs or for other side drinks and snacks.

Minimum of NRS 10, 000.00 and Maximum of NRS 20,000. As well carry your credit card which you can cash at Namche Bazaar in banks or at ATM where available.

Ans: Yes, of course, one can drink safe water, buying a liter or more drinking water on the lodge or on route walk around local lodge and restaurants, where you will be served with boiled and filtered water which is very safe.

One can buy bottled water, but can be very expensive as you go to higher areas which will be more double and triple the amount that you buy in Kathmandu.

As we are very much involved in Responsible Tourism and Eco-Trekking we try to discourage trekkers from buying bottled water, as it is a plastic bottle that adds more garbage for the country to cope with and as well much expensive.

Unless you are very desperate and sick, you can buy the bottled water, to keep fit as per medical advice on high altitude, one needs to consume a minimum of 2 liters per day.

Ans: If it’s too much to carry from home, one can purchase some trekking gear in Kathmandu or hire, such as Down Jackets and Sleeping bags.

Where you can purchase almost all items from torch/flashlights to goof quality aluminum water bottle, etc…………….

Ans: Extra baggage that is not necessary for Everest base camp trek can be stored in the hotel, as well as valuable and documents in the hotel locker or with Trekking Planner.

Ans: Namaste is the formal greetings as well a farewell gesture in Nepal, while visiting temples and monasteries, ask your guide when taking photograph if it’s all right.

As some holy places do not allow a photo to be taken, respect all religions and local culture. When visiting monasteries or temples wear suitable and appropriate dress, especially for ladies.

Always use the right hand for greetings and handing or receiving items.

Ans: In good normal and average to high standard hotels, lodges, and resorts foods are served of international standard quality, as well in many smaller nice lodges. No need to bring your food except for some smaller nick-knack like dry fruits, candies, or similar for your own personal use.

Ans: Yes, you can but not while heading up towards Everest base camp, as alcohol can give you worse effect on your body, and dehydrates you.

It is best to stay away from alcohol including beer, but on the way down after reaching your destination, you can enjoy beer or any other alcoholic drinks.

Ans: Nearly all types of snacks are available, depends upon where you are, for instance in major villages there are general stores and shops,

As well the lodge restaurants can serve you snacks from French Fry, noodle varieties, bread, biscuits to Pringles or packet juice.

Ans: Yes, showers hot and cold available in nearly all lodges that you stay for overnight stops. Where you need to pay extra for the shower. Bathrooms are neat and clean but smaller than the hotel in Kathmandu.

There are bathrooms and toilets in all villages lodge on route to base camp till Gorakshep the last settlement before base camp.

Ans: You can charge your electronics gadgets in all lodges on this trek, where electric power is run by hydro or personal/private solar energy. Yes, you can bring your laptop on this trek to EBC.

Ans: Yes, but not in all villages or local settlements WIFI available in major hotels, lodge-like at Lukla, Phakding, Monjo, Namche Bazaar, and Tengboche including Dingboche and at Lobuche.

Sometimes the network is slow, and disturbing in some areas due to weather and places that is located on deep valley and gorge.

Ans: Nearly, in all places where you can get cell phone services and even with re-charge card the main popular and widely used us Ncell and NTC or Namaste.

Sometimes the network is slow, and disturbing in some areas due to weather and places that are located on deep valley and gorge.

Ans: After or before booking this trip to EBC Trek, one can train like jogging, swimming, and taking Jumba or Aerobic classes, as well as walking up and down a staircase. As all Himalaya is with more ups and downs.

You can train at least a minimum of a week or more before and after you sign up for the trek and as well for trip departure from home.

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Amazing trek with this company!! I wouldn’t do it with anyone else. Our guide Nirmal was the best!

This company goes above and beyond! They think of every detail and take care of all the trekking needs including accommodations, food, water tablets, medical emergencies, etc. Our guide Nirmal was extremely familiar with the trail, he was attentive - making sure everyone was taken care of, made us laugh the entire way, gave great advice/tips/recommendations for a successful trek, generous (carried some of the day packs up when they were feeling tired), encouraged us and more! I was so impressed with how well thought out everything was and I loved that I didn’t have to worry about the details and all I had to do was show up. The other guides and porters were all just as fun, thoughtful, and accommodating. I would highly recommended these guys for the EBC trek!


Best Guide for trekking in the Himalyas

Everest Base Camp is such an amazing trek, but to have the best, kindest and funniest guide, who encouraged our team all the way and back, made my trek extra special. Nirmal Lamichhane your knowledge of all the mountains are incredible and you knew everyone on the trek. Watching you interact with the rest of the guides, they clearly have great respect for you. You are a natural leader. You are ambitious and know where you want to be in the future and I applaud you for studying while doing treks and taking people up into the mountains.

I enjoyed your stories and games along the way especially the last 2 hours before reaching Namche when it was up, up and up (your way of saying it is very steep). When I fell ill and gotten worse you were there all the way alongside me to help and encourage. The morning after reaching Base Camp when I was faced with being evacuated from Gorakshep, you told me that you believe that I could finish the trek and you would be there all the way if I choose to do so. Seeing the helicopter leave was hard but you believed in me and it made all the difference. Thank you so much.

Nirmal carried my bag on our decent in order for me to be able to breath better (I had bad flue, borderline bronchitis). Out of his own pocket, he bought us Fanta, lollypops, gum .... anything to lift moral on the last day down to Lukla. Our group had such fun with Nirmal.

If ever you need a guide, Nirmal is the perfect man for your trek. He does varies treks into the mountains, not only to Base Camp. Mountain expert, clued-up with flights to/ from Lukla, knows everyone and teahouses, can help with last minute gear, great knowledge about altitude sickness and knows how to take great photos (and how to pose, lol).

TrakkingPlanner and Travel Her Way are very lucky to have Nirmal as a guide.

The organising of my trip was great. Before leaving the UK, all my emails were answered promptly. Collecting from the airport, great accommodation in Kathmandu and the tea houses we stayed at on our trek was great. We were taken to a welcoming dinner at a local Nepali restaurant. What an experience. They also arrange for a farewell dinner back in Kathmandu - all included in the price. The care and detail was appreciated. Fruit and biscuits at dinner while on the trek- and the guides carried all of it all the way. Taking our oxygen levels after every meal to make sure we were in great shape.

All in all I had the best experience! Thank you Trekking Planner.

Janettie W,

Brilliant service

Just finished the EBC trip with Trekking Planner. Brilliant service from Prajol in Kathmandu who covered my every need with cheerfulness. My guide on the trek, Sudip, was excellent throughout ensuring I made it to Kala Pattar despite a severe headache. He was great fun and was ably supported by Damact (?) as my porter. All in all I really aprecated the service from Dipak and his team and recommend them wholeheartedly.

Graham H,
TripAdvisor Cockermouth, United Kingdom

Average service

I went to Everest Base Camp in August 2019. EBC was my best life experience so far which I will never forget. It is sooooooo beautiful.
As a female solo traveller, I truly felt "safe" with my guide (Ramesh) and the porter. Ramesh is a great photographer who helped me to record all those beautiful moments, the porter was such a helpful, friendly young guy who always had a smile on his face and helped me every morning to pack the sleeping bag which was not his duty and I am thankful for.

A few areas of improvement for the guide (Ramesh).
1) On the way back to Namche which we supposed to have lunch there, I suddenly found myself alone in the mountain, the guide just left without even telling me, I even could not see him from far, he just disappeared suddenly. I was frustrated and panic somehow, after a long walk when I reached the restaurant we supposed to have lunch (the same restaurant that we stopped 3 days ago) the guide was there and was enjoying his drink!!! He did not even bother to explain or apologize for his action. Still, it is not clear to me why he did that!

2) At EBC we took a photo with the company banner, in which was written Kala Patthar!!!, which we did not even go to! On the way back, I found out that it was only 2-3 hours more walk to Kala Patthar which if I had more information about this, I would definitely be wanted to go. It is the saddest thing about my trip. I regret that I could go to Kala Patthar and we did not! :(

3) He felt his job is done after we reached EBC because he changed a lot in attitude and his service! e.g. in Kathmandu airport, he left me alone with my heavy backpack and was talking on the phone and disappeared! I was running after him with a heavy backpack at a crowded airport and he did not even care about me to help or at least wait for me to reach him! I found it rude.

4) The guide kept justifying (lying!) about things. E.g. in some hostel/tea houses, I requested a room upstairs, and he could just say our estimated budget is x and I can not upgrade ur room, (that I could understand or I could pay the extra fee myself for a better room) instead he was like, the rooms are full (the whole hostel was empty on that season) or the upper floor is not good, next day I asked the hostel manager and the second floor rooms were slightly (2$) more expensive! shocking, I wish I had the option to upgrade my room and I could pay the balance myself! another example was a museum in Namche which he said it is closed! so I did not go, and at night, people were telling me about that museum which they went THAT day. He needs to be more honest, and less stingy!

5) The last day plan was to help me to buy some souvenirs and then to visit a temple in the evening with another guide. I asked if he can company me for lunch first, he said he already had his lunch! so we started shopping, after 20 minutes, he kept looking at his watch, 100 times per minute, I asked if he is in rush, he said "Yes, I am going to meet my friends for lunch!", I felt so offended by his attitude and asked him if he wants to go now? he gladly left without asking with me if I know how to return to my hotel, and disappeared in a blink of an eye! I got lost and confused there and later I texted the tour manager and cancelled the other tour, I told him I am going to meet my friends!!! but the fact was I disgust his behaviour so much that I did not want to meet any of such guides anymore. I explored the city by myself happily on that day "alone"!

5) And many more but the word limit does not allow me to write more...

As InterNation ambassador who has organized many international events, and as a foreign lecturer who is dealing with lots of international students, I gave him many suggestions and advice which I hope he employs, and indirectly I recommended him to change his job to a hostel manager or sth, I did not find him passionate or self-motivated at all! the role of the guide is not to walk ahead to people follow you, it is something more than that! He needs to learn to be a good listener, many times he replied something that proven me that he did not even listen! He is a good human but not a great guide.

Ramesh does not have my recommendation at all.

TripAdvisor Iran

Excellent service from Sudip, Gelu and Dipak – Highly recommended!

I booked a 13 day Everest Base Camp trek online after finding that Trekking Planner were the only company offering dates that matched my leave. Prior to booking, Dipak answered all my questions efficiently via email. He didn’t ask me for a deposit when I booked, which I initially thought was unusual but I now see is just another example of the high standard of service offered.

The whole trek was very well organised from start to finish. I was particularly impressed with my guide, Sudip, and porter, Gelu. They were very friendly and put my safety and enjoyment of the trek first at all times. Sudip regularly checked my oxygen levels and advised me what was safe to eat and drink so I didn’t get sick at any point. He was also very knowledgeable regarding the culture and history of the national park, and just good fun to spend time with. He was always on the lookout for a good photo opportunity and I’ve got a memory card fun of silly (and some sensible) photos to show friends and family. There were times when we needed a change of plan, such as my flight from Lukla to Kathmandu being delayed for weather, and Sudip knew exactly what to do and supported my throughout.

The trek itself is challenging but well worth it. The altitude is not to be underestimated, and the terrain is very challenging. It is not a gradual climb on the way up, and a steady descent on the way down. There are points where you need to descend to the bottom of a valley to cross a river, then climb back up again. So there are steep climbs going both ways! However, the views of Everest are amazing and you’ll get a really sense of achievement from reaching Base Camp.

I was also surprised how much is included in this package, compared to what other companies are offering. You get all airport transfers, full board while trekking (you pick one menu option and one tea/coffee per meal off the menu at each teahouse), and a welcome dinner. And there is no deposit and I believe you can cancel up to 24 hours before if required. Overall this is excellent value for money.

TripAdvisor London, United Kingdom

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