Everest Base Camp Trek by Road: 17 Days

"Let's head to the Everest base camp in a classical style by taking a jeep to Tham Danda and trek through the paths of the legends."
Good to Know
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5545 m/18193 ft
  • Group Size 1+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Private
  • Activities Trekking
  • Best Season March to May and Sept to Dec


  • Drive from Kathmandu to Kharikhola and trek to Phakiding to avoid the bad weather and delayed flights.
  • The classical route, which involves trekking along the villages of the people living in Everest and a chance to see their villages
  • Witness the almighty Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Thamserkhu, Kongde ri, and many more peak around 50+ in numbers along the way.

Advantage of Booking Everest trek via road with Trekking Planner Nepal.

  • Private vehicles pick up and drop off passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner Nepal’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Trip Introduction: Everest Base Camp Trek by Road 2024/2025

Let's drive to Kharikhola instead of flying towards Lukla. Are you annoyed after repeatedly listening that the flights to Lukla are canceled due to this and that? Then you have come to the right place. We present a package that includes driving from Kathmandu to Kharikhola, trekking to Payain, taking the route towards Phakding, and returning to Kharikhola.

Everest base camp trekking via road ensures your days are not wasted due to flight cancellations and other factors like bad weather or not getting the chance to be on the first flight. The Everest trek by road is operated through out all the seasons, from October 10 to December and January to May.

On this trek, we will pass through Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, and finally reach Everest Base Camp. This is the closest we get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There is an optional hike to Kala Patthar, the trek's highest point. And then a downward trek to Jubing. Followed by a long ride back to Kathmandu.

NOTE: The road from Salleri to Jubing needs to be paved and is affected by the monsoon rain and sometimes it becomes impossible to drive vehicles during heavy rains.

Where does the Everest Base Camp by Road Begin and End?

The trip begins with a drive towards Kharikhola from Kathmandu, which will take around 12–14 hours in a private vehicle, a well-maintained jeep. After reaching Kharikhola, we trek towards Paiyann, where we will spend the night. The next day, we go towards Phakding and catch the trekking trail to Everest Base Camp, which takes us through Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche Gorakhep, and finally to the base camp and a morning hike towards Kalapatthar and then Pheriche and Namche.

After reaching Phakding, we will have the option of either going towards Lukla or going towards Paiyaan, or driving out of Kharikhola.

NOTE: While returning, we can fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu or Manthali, depending on where the flights are happening. A flight will save you two days of valuable time in Nepal.


Why drive towards Kharikhola and trek to the Base Camp of Mount Everest?

Well, the reason is obvious: in the peak trekking season, there are a lot of issues, from weather to flights not being on time due to air traffic to not having a chance to be on the first three flights and many other problems like that. Even though it's a good alternative to helicopter fly-in and fly-out, which will be expensive, this trip is a budget-friendly trek to Everest Base Camp, a good option for all trekkers and travelers traveling on a budget.

What is the Best Season to drive towards Khaikhola and trek to Everest Base Camp?

Autumn, spring, and winter are the best periods to drive toward the Khumbu Region and trek to the Everest Region. Try to avoid the monsoon season. Except for that, a season would be fine.

During spring and autumn, the weather is clear, with good views in the morning and day. During these times, the tea house lodges are open, including the shops along the way, making services and facilities available and providing a hassle-free experience.

Local Culture and Religion are seen along the Trekking trail of the Everest Region

It's common to see the sherpa's yaks, mules, beautiful landscapes, and awe-inspiring tall mountains. For some, this may be a new experience, but it's an everyday thing for the people residing in Everest. Trekkers and travelers can witness sherpas cooking potatoes and even grazing the animals. A lot of mani walls can be seen along the way. That's why we suggest walking to the left, as it shows a kind gesture to the religion.

Get ready to live in the basic way, which would remind you of how the world used to be. For some fellow travelers and trekkers, it can also be a drastic change, but this is how the lifestyle in the Everest Region is, so get ready to feel it.

Before communicating with the locals, ask the guide about the dos and don'ts of the region and try to respect the religion and culture since everyone has their perspective.

What Foods are Available along the Trekking trail to Everest Base Camp?

There are a lot of varieties to choose from along the trekking trail, from vegetarian to non-vegetarian to steaks, spaghetti, chowmein, momo, spring roll pudding, and a lot more. You only need to look at the menu and tell the guide you want this.

Trekking planner Nepal recommends avoiding meat during the trek as meats are not fresh, and even during the cold climate, digesting meat is a little harder than digesting veggies at higher elevations and in colder temperatures. Due to the lack of freshness, it is also completely the traveler's and trekkers' choice for what they want to eat.


Accommodation Facilities at the Trekking Trail of Everest

Various accommodation facilities are available, like tea houses, lodges, camping, and tents. And a variety of rooms to select from, including private bathrooms, electric blankets, or double or triple-sharing rooms.

For better accommodation and room facilities, it is better to always book the rooms and accommodations in advance to avoid the crowd and secure the booking in time.

Let the Trekking Planner Nepal know in advance about the requirements will be a plus.

Altitude Sickness during the Trek to the Everest Base Camp

As we will travel to the Everest Base Camp by driving towards Kharikhola, this is one of the best steps as we get extra acclimatized for the trek. It increases the adaptation to the altitude and cold temperature and even helps to acclimatize properly.

But going from Jeep by extending the days will reduce the chances of altitude sickness. Stay honest with the guide about your physical and mental conditions; the focus will be checking your oxygen levels along the trail twice daily.

Some Symptoms of altitude sickness(AMS) are:

  • Nausea/vomiting/headache.
  • Too much gasping and running out of breath.
  • Feeling tired and sleepy.
  • Loss of appetite and loss of the taste of foods.
  • Sudden changes in the physical conditions of the body.

Is travel Insurance Required for Trekking in the Everest Region?

Yes, travel insurance is required, but it is not mandatory, as you will be asked to show your travel insurance.

A place to place, but is rather for the safety of the passengers, for rescue and evacuation, for unforeseen circumstances, for the protection of baggage, and other events in the case.

Having travel insurance is good for safety and coverage of all unforeseen circumstances, as sometimes medication and evacuation are required in cases of altitude sickness or other medical conditions, which are very expensive, and having insurance insures the trekkers and travelers that at least they are insured, which provides a different level of motivation and security.

What are the Documents and Permits Required to trek in the Everest Region?

The documents required for trekking and entering the Everest Region for trekkers and travelers are the Khumbhu Rural Municipality Permit Fee and the Sagarmatha National Park fee. There are a lot of trekkers and travelers in line when making the permits, and local help is required for it. Trekking planner Nepal representatives ensure your trip is hassle-free and assist in making the permits and everything in time.

Why Trekking Planner Nepal for this trip?

Trekking Planner Nepal ensures that your trip is successful and that the privacy and security of all our clients are safe and secure. Trekking Planners only charge what they should. We always want to make things easy for our clients and guests. We prepare packages and don't charge anything extra except the excluded cost. Trekking Planner Nepal runs all-inclusive packages, which means there will be no hidden costs except for the additional service our trekkers and clients pick, and this is what has made us the best trekking and travel agencies in Nepal.

Outline Itinerary for trekking to everest base camp via road

Day 1:Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport and check in to the hotel.

Day 2:Drive to Kharikhola from Kathmandu by private vehicle for 12 to 14 hours.

Day 3:Trek to Paiyaan from Kharikhola(5 to 6 hours).

Day 4:Trek to Phakding from Paiyaan (6 -7 hours of walk).

Day 5:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11286 ft) from Phakding (2610 meters/8562 ft: 5 to 6 hours).

Day 6:Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar Hike to Hotel Everest View (3,880 m/12729 ft) and back.

Day 7:Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m/12664 ft) from Namche Bazaar (5 to 6 hours).

Day 8:Trek to Dingboche (4,910 m/16108 ft) from Tengboche (5 to 6 hours).

Day 9:Acclimatization Day at Dingboche Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m/16676.51 ft) and back for 4 to 5 hours.

Day 10:Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m/16108 ft) from Dingboche (5 to 6 hours).

Day 11:Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17598 ft) from Lobuche and then back to Gorak Shep (5,164 m)(8 to 9 hours). 

Day 12:Early morning hike to Kala Patthar (5,555 m/18225 ft) and descend to Pheriche (4,240 m/13910 ft) for 7 to 8 hours. 

Day 13:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11286 ft) from Pheriche (6 to 7 hours).

Day 14:Trek to Lukla via Phakding from Namche Bazaar (6 to 7 hours).

Day 15:Trek back to Kharikhola from Lukla (6 to 7 hours).

Day 16:Drive to Kathmandu from Kharikhola by private tourist vehicle for 12 to 14 hours.

Day 17:Transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport for Your Final Departure.

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  • AccommodationHotel moonlight/Hotel Lo Mustang/Hotel Thamel Park
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,350m/4,429ft

After you arrive in Kathmandu, a representative from Trekking Planner Nepal's representative will receive you at the airport with your name board. Just as you come outside from the airport the representative will help and assist you with your luggage and take you towards your pre booked hotel by road. Upon arrival our staff will help you with check-in, so that you can go and have some rest. We will have some briefing and discussion in the evening about the trek along with a welcome dinner at a traditional authentic cultural restaurant in Thamel. You can get some glimpses of Nepali culture and traditions. Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationTea House/Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2137m / 7011ft

Begin your day with a fulfilling breakfast. After that, get yourself ready for a scenic drive to Kharikhola. A representative will take you to a sharing jeep where you will board the vehicle and travel for 12 to 14 to Kharikhola. Lunch is served along the way where ever feasible. Visitors can see waterfall along various location until arriving at Kharikhola. Kharikhola is the first Sherpa village which marks the beginning of Sherpa culture in the Everest region. Dinner is served at the accommodation place. Stay overnight at Kharikhola.

  • AccommodationTea house/Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2730m /8,957ft.

As we wake up and prepare for breakfast, we will pack our stuff and get ready for the trek from Kharikhola to Paiyaan. Previously trekkers used to hike to Paiyaan but due to recent development in infrastructure, visitors can take vehicle there. In this section trekkers pass through Karila pass also known as Thamdadha witnessing a spectacular view of Kongde Himal (6,187m /20,299 feet). Lunch is served on the way. Trekkers will ascent through lush rhododendron forest until reaching Paiyaan. Upon arrival rest at the accommodation place until dinner is served. Stay overnight at Paiyaan. 

  • AccommodationSee you Lodge/Sherpa Guide
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2780m/9121ft

After breakfast, we packed our bags and hand them to the porters. After a quick briefing about the day from the guide, we make our entry towards the trail of the Everest Base Camp. We will be seeing a lot of travelers and trekkers heading towards Phakding from Paiyaan. This section marks the first appearance of Mule which is used to transport supplies along the region. The trails here are narrow and slippery. Trekkers can also pass through suspension bridges. Upon arrival accommodation can be selected from normal to 5 star hotels. Various bars, clinic and monastery can be visited. Dinner is served at accommodation place or place of choice. Stay overnight at Paiyaan.

  • AccommodationMoon Light Lodge and Restaurant
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3440m/11287ft

Today, we trek from Phakding to Namche bazaar via Jorsale and Monjo after breakfast. Monjo is a small village which represents the starting point of Sagarmatha National Park. There is located a permit point or check post for checking all the necessary logistics required for travel. After checking, move towards Jorsale. Jorsale is located in the bank of Dudh Koshi River. It is the last village before reaching Namche bazar. Lunch is served after 15 min downhill walk from check post area. Trek uphill for about 3 hours before reaching Namche bazaar. Upon arrival rest and get ready for dinner. Stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.

  • AccommodationMoon Light Lodge and Restaurant
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3440m/11287ft

Today after breakfast travellers spend another day at Namche for the purpose of acclimatizing at higher altitude. Trekkers can visit Sherpa cultural museum (features artifacts of local Sherpa People), Sagarmatha National Park Museum (witness the rich history of mountaineering), Irish pub (for local cuisines and beverages), Syangboche panorama view point and Sherpa panorama hotel. For best view of Everest, hike towards Hotel Everest View which takes about 1 hour 45 minutes. This will be an ideal walk for acclimatization. Despite these attractions trekkers can engage in activities like photography, wildlife watching and even yoga session to spend a quality acclimatization day. Lunch and Dinner can be done at any place of personal interest. Stay overnight at Namche.

  • AccommodationTrekkers Inn/Paradise Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3850m/12632ft

The day begins with plentiful breakfast. After breakfast the trek towardsEverest base camp continues. The trail is uphill walk with narrow passes which takes about 5-6 hours with views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Thamsherku, Nuptse, and Everest. Lunch is served at Phunkithanga which is about 3hours (normal walk) from Namche Bazaar. Upon arrival at Tengboche visit the Tengboche monastery which is known to be the oldest monastery of Nepal. In addition, trekkers can see 16th century footprint on a rock. Tengboche monastery also hosts afternoon ritual and ceremony at around 3 o clock where tourist can participate. Dinner is served in the accommodation place. Stay overnight at Tengboche.

  • AccommodationDingboche Resort/Yak Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4350m/14272ft

Begin the day with fulfilling breakfast then proceed onto the trek. The walk will be uphill with 500m elevation gain. During the route pass through Deboche which consists of lush rhododendron forest. After Deboche continue forward towards Pangboche. Here mountain goat or Himalayan Thar can be seen. Pangboche is famous for Pangboche monastery, and this place has Yeti’s head on display. Walking from Pangboche to Somare can take at least an hour, as Somare is the lunch spot. After lunch continue the hike towards Dingboche which take about 2.5-3 hours depending upon the pace. Upon arrival get rest at the accommodation place where dinner is served.

  • AccommodationDingboche Resort/Yak Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4350m/14272ft

Wake up for a heartily breakfast at Dingboche. Today makes the acclimatization day at Dingboche. Hiking from Dingboche towards Nangkartshang peak and back takes about 4-5 hours (250m altitude gain). During the hike witness the front view of Ama Dablam. There is also a famous rock on route which is widely used for Photography. Upon arrival, witness the good view of Dingboche village, island peak (5,087 meters/16,690 ft) and the world’s 5th highest peak Manaslu (8,163 meters/27,781feet).Dinner is served at accommodation place in Dingboche. Stay overnight.

  • AccommodationOxygen Altitude Home/Pyramid Lobuche
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4910m/16109ft

The hike towards Lobuche begins after breakfast. Today the hike continues for 5-6 hours. Lunch stop is at Thukla which takes about 2 hour 30 min gradual Nepali flat walks from Dingboche.  The most difficult part of the journey start after lunch known as Thukla pass. Thukla pass is a 45 min steep climb which upon completion consists of memorial site (memorial hill) of climbers who previously attempted Everest region. Afterwards, continue the hike towards Lobuche. Lobuche is the last stop before reaching Everest Base Camp where Lobuche peak, Nuptse and Pumori (the mountain daughter) can be seen. Dinner is served at accommodation place. Stay overnight at Lobuche.

  • AccommodationYeti Inn/ Everest Inn Pvt. Ltd
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time5180m/16995ft

After breakfast, continue to walk from Lobuche towards Gorakshep. Then check in at Gorakshep teahouse. Lunch is served in Gorakshep. After lunch head towards Everest Base Camp- the main highlight of the trek. The round trek to EBC from Gorakshep continues for 3-4 hours. On the way to Everest Base Camp, witness the famous Khumbu glacier and first-hand view of Khumbutse, Changtse, Lingtren, Pumori, Nuptse, Nuptsesar and the almighty Everest. During expedition time visitors can see the region filled with yellow tents. After exploration of Base camp descent down to reach Gorakshep. Dinner is served at Gorakshep accommodation place where we spent the night.

  • AccommodationPheriche Resort/Himalaya Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time5545m/18193ft

Today after breakfast we continue the hike towards Kala Patthar from Gorakshep. The hike lasts for at least 3 hours (both ways, including the time spent). Upon arrival, witness the famous sunrise or sunset in the Everest region. Kalapatthar enables visitors with spectacular view of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Hillary peak, Lhotse and Everest. After exploration, hike downward towards Pheriche taking back all the memories from the hike. This marks the return of the journey. Stay overnight at Pheriche where dinner is served.

  • AccommodationMoon Light Lodge and Restaurant
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3440m/11287ft

Start the day with a delicious breakfast. Today hike starts from Pheriche and ends at Namche Bazaar. Today we will follow the trekking path through the beautiful rhododendron hill jungle along the Dudh Koshi River and beautiful white waterfall. Before reaching Namche, trek through the wonderful pine forest, where trekkers will have a great chance to spot grazing musk deer. After arriving in town, we may see lowland porters, highland Sherpa, and Tibetan people trading food and supplies during Namche’s market time. Stay overnight at a Tea house. Dinner can be a place of accommodation or personal choice.

  • AccommodationSonam Lodge/Hikers Inn Lukla
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2828m/9279ft

After Breakfast, re-trace our steps back to Lukla with a big descend till Monjo along the Dudh Koshi River. The trail then continues with gentle ups and downs to Lukla. Dinner is served at Lukla. Stay overnight at a tea house in Lukla. 

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2137m / 7011ft

After breakfast retrace steps back to Kharikhola. The hike today lasts for 6-7 hours.  On the way admire the memories of Solu-Khumbu region. Keep eyes out for diverse wildlife in the area including musk deer, pheasants and various bird species. Visitors will again pass through lush rhododendron forests which add vibrant colors to the journey. Lunch is served along the way which can be either picnic or teahouse. Upon arriving, relive the peaceful and picturesque environment of the Kharikhola village. Dinner is served at accommodation place. Stay overnight at Kharikhola.

  • AccommodationHotel moonlight/Hotel Lo Mustang/Hotel Thamel Park
  • MealsBreakfast + Lunch + Farewell Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,350m/4,429ft

The day begins with a delicious breakfast. Today trekkers will take a private vehicle for a road trip towards Kathmandu. Representative from Trekking Planner Nepal will be responsible for the transfer to the private vehicle. The drive lasts about 12-14 hours, passing through various landscapes, remote villages, and forest along the bank of rivers. The transition from rough terrain to green vegetation to urban amenities can be felt in this drive. Upon arrival get transfer back to Kathmandu hotel. Have some rest and meet up with Trekking Planner Nepal for farewell dinner. Stay overnight at Katmandu.

  • MealsBreakfast

Today we will transfer you to the international airport for the departure back home. Our staff will help with making the required preparations for departure. Trekking Planner Nepal will arrange for all the logistics and assistance required to make the departure easy and stress-free. The passengers will surely carry with them the experiences, souvenirs and memories of this incredible journey as they get ready to say goodbye to Nepal. Our team looks forward to the possibility of welcoming them back in the future. For now, we bid them farewell and safe travels.

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What's Included
  • All airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights).
  • Welcome, and farewell dinners in an authentic restaurant.
  • Two-night twin/double occupancy deluxe accommodation with breakfast at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Moonlight/Hotel Lo Mustang/Hotel Thamel Park/Apsara Boutique Hotel).
  • Kathmandu to Kharikhola to Kathmandu Jeep
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card).
  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance.
  • Two guests to one porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation, and equipment.
  •  Twin/double shearing best available lodge accommodation in the mountains during trekking.
  •  Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and tea/coffee while trekking.        
  •  One-hour complimentary spa/massage in Kathmandu after the trek.
  •  First aid kit.
  •  Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, and duffle bags for porter, 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).
  •  Oximeter to check your pulse 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 as safe as possible.
  •  All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
  • The sharing bus ride from Kathmandu to Ramechhap for Lukla flight is included both ways.
  • Fresh fruits after dinner every night as dessert during the trek.
  • Cookies and biscuits during the trek for cookie time after reaching the tea house.
What's Excluded
  • Your Nepal Visa fees.
  • All the International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flights).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • In case of extra nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given period of the itinerary.
  • Your expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
  • Tips to the trekking crews and drivers.
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control.
  • Taking a private jeep towards Ramechhap will cost extra, but it will be worth it.
Departure Dates
  • This trip departs every day of the year.
  • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us.
  • This trip is available on both a Fixed Departure and a Private Group Basis.
  • If the given date is not appropriate for you, Please CONTACT US(Call/email now for a private trip, [email protected], Mobile +977 98510 71767 (24 hrs) - WhatsApp, Wechat and Viber) so that Trekking Planner can happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.
  • Trekking Planner also organizes various trips in small groups that can suit you. We recommend you reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away for a wonderful experience with us. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.
Essential Info

Everest Base Camp Trekking Tips for Females.

  • Ladies and women need to keep track of their periods.
  • After tracking the periods, always keep two packs of sanitary pads with you.
  • In the mountains, during the cold, you can feel cramps, and bleeding can be a little more than normal, so feel free to let the guide know about the situation and consume painkillers in case of cramps.

Equipment and Gear List

trekking iconGeneral

  • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
  • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
  • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

HeadUpper Body

  • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
  • warm woolen hat
  • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
  • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
  • Polarized sunglasses


  • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
  • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
  • Fleece jacket or down jacket

PantLower Body

  • thermals inner
  • Hiking pants at least 3
  • Comfortable pants for teahouses
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Hiking shorts


  • Woolen gloves for the tea house
  • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk


  • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
  • Crampons (For passes)
  • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
  • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

UndergarmentsUndergarments and inner wears

  • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
  • Sports bras (women)
  • sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

MedicineFirst Aid Kits and Medications

  • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
  • Lip balm or Vaseline
  • ointment cream
  • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
  • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

(Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.)

Other essentialsOther Essentials

  • Passport
  • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
  • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
  • water bladder for the day bag
  • small towel for personal use
  • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
  • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
  • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
  • Power bank or extra batteries
  • Cameras and mobile phone
  • Cards/book
  • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
  • Trekking poles
  • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
  • Thermos for hot water during the nighttime
  • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
  • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
  • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
  • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
  • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg/33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
  • A down jacket with a hood(cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
  • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
  • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

  • The Everest base camp trek by road is an exciting trekking adventure which starts from Kharikhola to Everest Base Camp. Unlike other treks, Everest Base camp trek by road includes road travel as part of the journey. So this trek combines both road and on foot trek which can be an alternative during peak flight season.

  • Autumn, spring, and winter are ideal seasons for driving to the Khumbu Region and trekking to the Everest Region. Avoid the monsoon season if possible. A season would suffice except for that.The weather is clear in the spring and autumn, with beautiful views in the morning and day. During these hours, the tea house lodges, as well as the businesses along the way, are open, giving services and facilities and a hassle-free experience.

  • There are a variety of lodging options available, including tea houses, lodges, camping, and tents. There are also a range of rooms to choose from, such as private bathrooms, electric blankets, or double or triple-sharing rooms. To avoid crowds and get a booking in time, it is best to reserve rooms and motels in advance for better accommodation and room facilities. It will be helpful to inform Trekking Planner Nepal about the requirements in advance. Along the walking trail, there are numerous meal options ranging from vegetarian to non-vegetarian cuisine such as steaks, spaghetti, chowmein, mo:mo, spring rolls, dessert, and much more. Simply examine the menu and advise your guide of your selection.

  • The section of Everest base camp involves a combination of road travel and hiking. However, the road part is only a few section with majority of travel is covered by hiking. The road portion includes:

    • Drive to Kharikhola from Kathmandu by private vehicle for 12 to 14 hours.
    • Trek to Paiyaan from Kharikhola: 5 to 6 hours.
    • Trek to Phakding from Paiyaan: 6 -7 hours of walk.
    • Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11286 ft) from Phakding 2610 meters/8562 ft: 5 to 6 hours.
    • Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar Hike to Hotel Everest View (3,880 m/12729 ft) and back.
    • Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m/12664 ft) from Namche Bazaar: 5 to 6 hours.
    • Trek to Dingboche (4,910 m/16108 ft) from Tengboche: 5 to 6 hours.
    • Acclimatization Day at Dingboche Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m/16676.51 ft) and back for 4 to 5 hours.
    • Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m/16108 ft) from Dingboche, 5 to 6 hours.
    • Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17598 ft) from Lobuche and then back to Gorak Shep (5,164 m)—8 to 9 hours 
    • Early morning hike to Kala Patthar (5,555 m/18225 ft) and descend to Pheriche (4,240 m/13910 ft) for 7 to 8 hours. 
    • Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11286 ft) from Pheriche, 6 to 7 hours.
    • Trek to Lukla via Phakding from Namche Bazaar: 6 to 7 hours.
    • Trek back to Kharikhola from Lukla: 6 to 7 hours.
    • Drive to Kathmandu from Kharikhola by private tourist vehicle for 12 to 14 hours.
  • Any prior trekking experience is not mandatory for Everest Base Camp trek by road. However it is highly recommended. Any individual embarking in this trek should be physically fit and prepared because Everest Base Camp trek is regarded as one of the most difficult trekking route in Nepal. Proper acclimatization techniques, gears, equipment and strong mentality are required. Any previous trekking experience can surely help in Everest Base Camp trek.

  • South Base Camp is located in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) (28°0?26??N 86°51?34??E), whereas North Base Camp is located in China at a height of 5,150 meters (16,900 feet) (28°8?29??N 86°51?5??E).

  • Trekking to Everest Base Camp with Trekking Planner (Top 10 among 17011 Companies) is one of the safest options available. If trekkers are well prepared to take altitude related risk seriously then joining a reputed company like Trekking Planner Nepal is mandatory. Our experienced professionals can manage risk and ensure your safety around the Khumbu region. 

  • The Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit and the Sagarmatha National Park Permit are the paperwork required for trekkers and passengers to hike and access the Everest Region. There are many trekkers and passengers in queue when obtaining permits, and local assistance is essential. Trekking planner Nepal representatives ensure that your journey is trouble-free and that all permits are obtained on schedule.

  • Packing efficiently and effectively makes the trek easier by 20-30 percent. Any unnecessary weight might be an inconvenience during the ascent. Consult with Trekking Planner Nepal or the guide provided by the company for any requirements and recommendations. Here are few mentioned:

    • Climbing Gear: (in case of climbing Mt Everest)

    Climbing boots (insulated and suitable for crampons), Crampons and ice axes, Climbing harness, Helmet, Locking carabiners and quickdraws, Prusik cords and slings, Mountaineering gloves (multiple pairs, including liners), Gaiters, Ascender or jumar, Trekking poles (optional but useful)

    • Clothing:

     Get thermal shirts and bottoms which can wick away moisture. Fleece or down jacket for added warmth during cold evenings. Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants to protect against rain, wind, and occasional snowfall. Trekking pants, trekking shirts, warm hat, sun hat, and a buff or scarf for neck protection. Gloves, Footwear, Socks, and Gaiters: Optional 

    • Gear and Accessories:

    Backpack, Sleeping Bag, Trekking Poles, Headlamp/Flashlight, Sunglasses, Water Bottle, Trekking Towel, Camera and Accessories Power Bank, Reusable Bags.

    • Personal Items:

    Passport and Permits, Money, Travel Insurance, Medications, Toiletries and Sanitary pads, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, and any personal hygiene items you may need.

    • Optional Items:

    Tea Bags or Snacks, Guidebook/Maps, Playing Cards/Books, Trekking Permit and TIMS Card: Ensure you have all required documents.
    You can get full list at here

  • You can go on the Everest Base Camp trek without a guide or porter however it can be a real difficulty. Embarking on a journey towards Everest Base camp without porter or guide will cause several problems like heavy load carriage, improper navigation, altitude sickness, language barriers, lack of knowledge about accommodation place and more. So it is highly recommended that visitors proceed with an experienced guide and porter from Trekking Planner Nepal because they can assist you with directions, carry your bags, and provide useful information about the place and its culture.

  • Everest Base Camp Trek by road takes about 15-17 days for round trip which includes both road and on foot trek. However, it really depends upon the individual’s itinerary, physical fitness, high altitude acclimatization schedule and rest days. While some may finish the trek early, others might extend in order to allow more acclimatization. Travel agency like Trekking Planner Nepal can provide customized itinerary according to personal preference and safety.

  • The difficulty of Everest Base Camp is moderate however there are altitude related dangers. Proper planning, acclimatization, and instructions all contribute to safety. Similarly, the difficulty of the climb may also vary from season to season, so before trying it, check current conditions and get guidance from expert climbers and local authorities. So, make sure you're well-prepared and speak with knowledgeable guides.

  • Mobile network connectivity may be limited and unreliable in certain areas of Everest Base Camp. However, visitors are likely to get good connection in settlements like Lukla and Namche Bazaar. Similarly, ascending upon higher elevations will cause decrease in mobile network signal. If you need to stay in touch or have an emergency communication, it's a good idea to have a satellite phone with you to guarantee you have a reliable means of communication, especially in an emergency.

  • The maximum group size for Everest base camp can vary upon trekking agency. However, Trekking Planner Nepal can and has been carrying up to 28-35 people at once. So it is necessary to rely on good trekking agency that has experience of handling large group before moving on a journey towards Everest Base Camp. 

  • There is a specific protocol followed by Trekking Planner Nepal in case of altitude sickness or an emergency. We proceed with caution making your safety as first priority. First, the severity of altitude sickness is assessed and if the problem is not major, we settle for a day rest in order to acclimatize. However, if immediate action is required, we will continue with evacuation procedure through Helicopter.

  • Yes, you can do Everest base camp trek in 8 days. This is the minimum day required for the trek. Also, it is only possible if you take a return helicopter from Gorakshep to Lukla or Gorakshep to Kathmandu. However, this itinerary is going to be more demanding than usual and fast paced.

  • The Everest Base Camp Trek can be completed in 10 days, however it is a more demanding and fast-paced option. Most trekkers prefer a 12- to 14-day itinerary for optimal acclimatization and enjoyment. In order to complete Everest Base Camp in 10 days you need to skip one day acclimatization and walk for longer hours.

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