The Everest Base Camp Trek is a journey that will take you to the roof of the world. Standing at an altitude of 5,000 meters, you'll be looking at the surreal view of Everest beneath the endless sky. It's an experience of a lifetime.
And what’s even better? With the Classic Route, this trek is not as difficult as people imagine it to be. The trails are relatively easy since you won't be crossing impossibly high passes or mountain ridges. So even if you’re a beginner, you can easily embark on this journey.
The Everest Base Camp Trek is the most popular destination for trekking in Nepal. The classic route is a two-week journey that starts with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. From there you'll be trekking through picturesque villages, cascading waterfalls, and diverse ecosystems.
You'll get to witness some of the rarest wildlife including Musk Deer, Pika, and even Himalayan Monals and Snow Leopard. From the beautiful rhododendrons and magnolia trees to scattered shrubs and grasses, you'll find yourself getting spellbound with each scene. Along the way, you will also encounter the warm and hospitable local Sherpa people. Their unique cultures and traditions and their humble lifestyle will make your journey even more memorable.
It's important that you do not rush on your way up, and maintain a steady pace for a safe journey. With the Classic route, you will be walking around 5 to 6 hours a day, for 10 days. While the trail itself is not difficult, it's an upward journey toward thinner air. So the rest of the days are for observing, acclimatizing, and resting.
Earthbound Expeditions is a fully licensed and registered company in Nepal with over 23 years of experience. We have been recognized by the tourism authority of the Government of Nepal and awarded several accolades for our contribution to the Nepalese tourism industry. Credited as one of the most popular trekking companies in Nepal by TAAN, Earthbound Expeditions has also been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor, and many other respectable newspapers and magazines. With a safety record of 98%, we are committed to ensuring a safe, enjoyable, and affordable journey for our customers.
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At Tribhuvan International Airport, our team will receive you upon arrival and transfer you to your hotel. In the evening, we shall brief you about the journey.
After breakfast, we will be taking you on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Tour. You'll be visiting the Swayambhunath or the Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath, a holy Hindu shrine and crematorium, Boudhanath- the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, Patan Durbar Square, a Medieval Royal Palace city known for fine arts and metal and stone carvings that date back as far as the 14th Century.
After early morning breakfast, we will drive to the airport and board our 45-minute flight to Lukla. You will be accompanied by your trekking guide. You'll fly by a Twin Otter aircraft, the most renowned mountain flight corporation in the world. During this flight, you'll enjoy the scenic beauty of the rugged foothills, and the snow-capped mountains including Kanchenjunga III, Lhotse IV, and Makalu V. At Lukla, you'll meet your porters, and start your descent to Phakding village. You'll be walking along the Dudh Koshi River till you reach the village where you'll be staying for the night.
After walking along the Dudh Koshi River up to the Hilary suspension bridge, you'll start your upward journey to Namche Bazar. Along the way, you'll witness the Thamserku, Tabuche, Cholatsem, and Khumbila, the sacred mountains that protect the Khumbu region. In the Namche Bazar, you'll get to interact with the local Sherpa people, immerse in their culture, and take pictures of yaks. You'll feel the sanctity in the air as you witness the Buddhist culture, surrounded by the tall Kongde, Kusum Kangri, and Thamserku mountains.
This day is for acclimatizing. After hiking upwards for around 2 hours, you'll reach the Everest View Point where you can view Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Amadablam, and many other Himalayan peaks. From there, you'll return back to Namche Bazar where you'll spend the rest of the day.
After an early mountain breakfast, you'll start your trek to Tyangboche. You'll be walking on a flat and downhill trail for about four hours till you reach Phungi Thanga. From there the path becomes steep, and you'll walk there for another two and a half hours till you reach the famous Tyangboche. There you can visit an ancient Tyangboche monastery where you can see the footprint of Milarepa, a famous ancient Tibetan yogi, and poet from the Kagyupa sect.
The trail to Dingboche passes through Diboche, crossing Imja Khola, and Pangboche. The trail is a mix of up and down and flat and steep paths. Throughout this journey of 5 to 6 hours, you'll witness the enchanting view of the snow-capped mountains.
At this altitude, the human body needs time to adjust to the environment. So, this day is for acclimatizing. We recommend you attempt a short hike up the hill right behind Dingboche. It'll take around four hours to reach the top, but the view from there is worth the effort.
This upward trail to Lobuche is filled with an even closer view of the beautiful mountains. This is also where you'll see the famous Khumbu Glacier for the first time. The glacier will remain in your view for the most part of your trek. At Dughla Pass, you will see the stone memorials of mountaineers who lost their lives while climbing Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and other high mountains. Communicate and listen to your body and find a slow, steady pace.
From Lobuche, you'll be trekking along the Khumbu glacier, crossing the Changri glacier, till you reach Gorakshep at 5160 m. Upon reaching there, you'll check into the lodge, have lunch and walk to the Base Camp. It's an ideal place to take lots and lots of pictures. From the base camp, you'll return back to Gorakshep to stay for the night.
Your day will begin with an early morning hike to the highest point of the trek, Kalapatthar. It takes around three hours to reach there. This is where you'll be witnessing the magnificent Everest accompanied by the breathtaking view of the beautiful sunrise. You'll also see several other mountains in the Himalayan range. From there, you'll be hiking down to Gorakhshep. After breakfast, you'll start trekking downhill to Pheriche.
On this day, you’ll trek down to Tyangboche.
We continue our descent via Namche Bazaar to Phakding.
On this day, you’ll be trekking back to Lukla and getting a well-deserved rest. We’ll also have a farewell celebration here!
Please note that flights from Lukla are sometimes delayed or canceled due to bad weather conditions such as fog-bound Kathmandu or stormy winds in Lukla. Be reassured that our staff in Lukla and Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience and your patience is anticipated. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. We take you for a cultural dinner in the evening.
You will be transferred to the airport at your schedule by our staff. To avoid the risk of missing your flight back home, we always recommend that you have 2 to 3 days extra at the end of the trip because the flight from Lukla airport can get delayed or canceled owing to bad weather conditions. If everything goes as planned, you can visit the Chitwan National park, go rafting in the Trishuli River, visit Pokhara, or simply join Yoga classes and get a well-deserved relaxing massage. Please note that if the flight to Lukla gets canceled for more than 3 days, we’ll make changes to the itinerary for an equally better alternative trek. We also recommend you have travel Insurance that covers Helicopter rides/recuses or flight delay/cancellation issues.
The EBC Trek Route map below will help you visualise the whole trip. You can download it if you feel like.
You can expect a buffet breakfast or you can order from the menu at the hotel in Kathmandu. You also have access to several restaurants and cafes at Thamel. During the trek, however, you'll be sharing your table with other guests and trekkers during breakfast and dinner. You'll usually find boiled water in the resorts and you'll be a small amount for the same.
Please note that vegetarian and vegan meal options are also available throughout the trek.
Your accommodation in Kathmandu will be in an eco-friendly green hotel at Thamel Eco Resort or similar hotels. The accommodation is usually on a twin-share basis, but we can provide a higher standard room at an additional charge. Your hotel room will have an attached bathroom, clean bedclothes, and good meals and facilities that can be expected from a standard hotel. Since the hotel is located at Thamel, it is an ideal place for souvenir shopping.
The accommodation during the trek will be managed at hotels or resorts that provide basic accommodation either on a twin-sharing basis or in dormitories. You'll be staying in Everest Eco at Lukla, Sherpa Guide Lodge or Hotel Beer Garden at Phakding, Hotel Tibet or Hotel Nest or Hotel Namche at Namche, Himalayan Hotel at Tengboche, Rivendell Lodge Debuche or Hotel Good Luck at Dingboche, Oxygen Altitude Home at Lobuche, and Gorakshep Yeti Resort at Gorakshep.
The electricity used in hotels and lodges is generated through solar panels and Microhydropower from Dudh Koshi. So the common areas, rooms, and washrooms are well-lit. Similarly, charging ports are also available in the hotels, however, you'll need to pay to use them. It generally costs around $2 to $3 per device to charge your devices (mobile, power banks, and camera batteries). This can be pretty expensive as you’ll be taking a lot of photographs and videos on your way. So, we recommend you carry portable solar chargers and power banks.
In Kathmandu, you'll be provided free Wifi by the hotel you'll be staying in. However, you'll need to purchase Everest Link cards to use the wifi in the teahouses during the trek. These cards come with a code that will allow you to use the internet on per hour or data capacity basis. The cost for these cards also tends to vary from one place to other. You can also find Wifi in small shops along the trail. Please note that the internet speed is not consistent in all places; while emails, social media, and messaging apps work well, you'll face disruptions during video calls.
As soon as you land, you can purchase an NCell sim card for $3 from the counter in the arrival hall at the airport. To purchase the sim card, you need to provide a copy of your passport. You can purchase data packs as per your requirement.
While 4G and 5G services are available in most places in Kathmandu, you'll struggle with network signals during the trek. The signal is decent till Namche, and it starts fading as you trek upward. The signal is eventually lost after Dingboche.
The rooms in tea houses are usually on a twin-sharing basis. There are no single rooms available in the teahouses. Unless you’re willing to pay an additional charge, you can have an entire room for yourself. However, the rooms are pretty occupied during peak season.
The rooms pretty much only have beds and blankets. There are also no heating systems in the rooms.
The toilets and bathrooms in the hotels in the mountains are usually shared. You can also pay an extra amount if you wish to use rooms with attached bathrooms. However, not all teahouses provide this facility.
Most of the hotels at higher altitudes have squat toilets, and they do not come with automatic flushing. You'll usually find a water bucket for flushing. It's also a good idea to bring your toilet paper, wet wipes, and sanitizers. Please make sure to bring your personal toiletries. You may not find them in the teahouses.
In lower altitudes, it's easier to get hot showers and hot taps at cheaper prices. However, as you reach higher, you will be charged around $3 to $5 per shower, depending upon the attitude. Sometimes, hotels may run out of water for showering due to high demand. Also, running water is not easily available in higher places; you'll need to manage with bucket showers.
We recommend that you do not shower every day since you can easily catch cold while trekking upwards. Please make the most of your wet wipes and dry shampoos.
Since you’ll be walking most of the trip, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible. Please leave your unnecessary luggage at the hotel in Kathmandu. This will not require any additional cost.
Your backpack should only consist of essential items (Sunblocks, camera, water, valuable items, etc.) required during your trek. We will be providing 1 porter for every 2 trekkers, so make sure that your luggage does not exceed 15 kg. Your clothes should consist of warm, waterproof, and windproof clothes, thermals, warm socks, beanies/hats, and an adequate quantity of inner wears. In addition to trekking shoes, that you'll be wearing during the trek, make sure you pack warm flip-flops to wear at camps.
For gear, make sure you pack your sunglasses, water bottles, laundry bags, Headlamps, batteries, trekking poles, etc. You may also pack a basic first aid kit with you along with your toiletries.
In case you’ve forgotten any items, you’ll find plenty of clothes and gear shops in Thamel that you can buy from.
Your travel guide will be equipped with medical kits in case of emergencies.
The Himalayan Rescue Association has established two clinics, one at Pheriche and one at Manang. In case of an emergency, you'll be provided first aid after a preliminary check. We'll arrange for your transport to the nearest tea house and then to the clinics.
The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is during spring. During March, April, and May, the weather is calm, and the sky is clear and bright, making your trek even more enjoyable. Since these are the best and most popular months, the trails are usually crowded.
The temperature during the months of September, October, and November is moderate with clear skies. However, you may experience slight rainfalls after which the scenes become even more breathtaking. Since autumn is the second-best season to trek to EBC, the trails are pretty busy as well. If you travel in October, you can witness the famous Mani Rimdu festival celebrated by Buddhists for 19 days.
Trekking during June, July, and August is full of challenges; the roads are muddy and slippery. However, the trails are pretty empty, and you get a stunning view of the Himalayas.
The extreme cold months of December, January, and February are the most challenging. The temperature can reach as low as -17°C. While trekking during the off-season is not impossible, it does require a lot of preparation.
The trek to Mount Everest Base Camp is one of the most beautiful journeys in the world, and it requires you to be in good physical shape to trek comfortably. While you need not be an experienced trekker, your body should be conditioned to adapt to the physical effort required for the journey, especially since some places can be steep and challenging.
To prepare for the trek start with brisk walking for at least 3-4 km a day for at least 3-4 days a week. start avoiding elevators, and avoid running down the steps. You can also take up cycling or swimming instead of running. You can increase the duration of your workout by 2-3 km after the first week. During the second week of preparation, you should also start working on strengthening your core. Avoid heavy-weight training. Stay consistent with your workout. You can keep on increasing your workout duration as you progress, but make sure you're not pushing yourself too hard.
Since you will be traveling to high altitudes, it's advisable that you get travel insurance prior to the start of your journey. The insurance should cover luggage theft, flight cancellation, medical evacuation, helicopter rescues, and many other losses that could occur during your trek. You can find numerous insurance companies in various locations. Make sure you go through them in detail and choose the option that suits your requirements the best.
The hike to Everest Base Camp is a life-changing journey. You'll get to witness the beauty of nature up close and personal, and the views are unlike anything you have seen or will see in the future. It should be on the bucket list of avid adventurers and nature lovers. So make sure you're well prepared to make the most of this trip.
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This company is amazing, we arranged to go to Everest base camp through them. They were so professional and organised the whole trip, they looked after us at each stage even after when we planned to go to Pokhara for a sort break. They arranged flights to hotel accomodation so we didn't have to worry about it. Nothing was a big thing for them. Thank you to Rajan, Badri and all the team for making our dream come true. I would definitely be going back to Annpurna and would go through them to arrange everything for me. Giving you 5*s.. All the best..
Unforgettable EBC trek My fiancé and I completed the EBC trek with Earthbound Expeditions and have nothing but extraordinary things to say about the whole experience! For months leading up to our departure, Rajan answered all of our many inquiries and made sure we were all set for a life changing journey. Once in Kathmandu, we met our wonderful guide Gopal! We truly felt in the best of hands with Gopal who so generously shared the amazing Nepali culture with us throughout our trek. He ensured we were always comfortable, ate enough, rested enough and walked slowly to ensure we make it all the way to EBC. We cannot thank him enough for helping us achieve one of our dreams. And a big thank you to our porter Kancha! We truly had a dream team!! Looking forward to returning to this incredible country for another trek with Earthbound!!
Amazing local company very trustworthy and really care about their customers Classic Everest Base Camp Trekking I have used Earthbound Expeditions three times while visiting Nepal, including treks to Everest Basecamp and the Annapurna Circuit. You will be in good hands with them from the moment you plan your trip until they see you off to return home. Their guides are great, especially Chetan, he made both of my long treks even more enjoyable. When you arrive at the airport you will know you are working with a service that wants your entire visit to Nepal to be perfect...their driver is the best, he's picked me up several times and is always right there when you walk out of the airport. California, USA
Experience of a lifetime!!
Until I set out on this trek, I had absolutely no clue how much planning and organization would go in to successfully taking 7 women of all ages to Everest Base Camp and back. I don't think I can ever thank this company and specifically Hari, our guide enough for this amazing experience. Even before the included days of the trek began, I was 100% taken care of by Mr. Rajan and the company. From the accommodations in Kathmandu, through every tea house we stayed at along the way, I never once doubted we're being cared for to the fullest. Not only did they care for our health and safety while completing a 12 day high altitude hike, but ensured we also learned about the Nepalese and Sherpa culture. Throughout the trek, I gained more and more love and respect for this company and our guide from witnessing and talking to other trekkers in other guide companies. Our guide Hari was able to manage 7 women of different paces, 3 (amazing) porters, and 12 days of accommodations/meals/ altitude complications, with grace and humor and brought us all together as a family. The only doubt you will have about this trek is not snatching it up when you get the chance! Dhanyabaad Hari!!
The most amazing 10 days of my life!
The hike from Lukla to Everest Base Camp was about pushing our selves to our limits on most days, and what helped a lot was Rajan and his team taking care of all the support we needed through it all. Rajan has set up a great team that is very courteous and always willing to help out whatever the situation we might be facing. The tea houses on the way were much beyond what we expected. We had attached toilets half the way and the initial ones even had heated blankets. The food was basic, healthy and nutritious. Overall a great experience thanks to the Earthbound expeditions Team!
Rajan and the team are amazing in making a rather difficult trek come easy. They are very resourceful, energetic, positive, attentive... Very positive experience.
One of my best treks todate
and my 14-year-old son was part of a large group that trekked to the Everest Base Camp. We also went on a mountaineering trip to Mt. Lobuche on the way. :) From the time we landed in Kathmandu to the time we left for home, Rajan and his crew left no stone unturned to make this trip as comfortable and memorable as possible. The food was great and the accommodations were comfortable. The guides and porters took extra care to ensure our safety and comfort during the treks and at the various lodges, we stayed at on the way. We were also well informed on what our day(s) would entail. Special shoutout to Gokul who carried a sick child on his back for miles, on the trek from Dingboche to Kala Patthar lodge on our way to Lobouche. Customer service is a commitment and not a mere slogan for these wonderful people. And they do it all with a genuine warm smile. I am already looking forward to my next Himalayan expedition!
EBC - Sept-Oct 2019
Group of 11 of us embarked on the journey to trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. With Earthbound Expeditions experienced team the entire trip was made exceptionally pleasant and stress-free for us first-timers. Arjun and Ram who accompanied us on the trek as guides were exceptional. They went above and beyond their normal duties to make sure all of us were comfortable and successful in completing the EBC trek. They treated us like family and I have found life long friends in them. I highly recommend Earthbound for any of your future expedition needs.
Highly recommend the EBC Trekking with Earthbound Expeditions. Tough trek, but rewarded with stunning views! - Rajan was responsive and accommodating. By having the president of the company intimately involved with the details of my trek, it shows that he cares and sets a great example for his team. - Professional, knowledgeable and courteous guide, Bibek, and porter, Bibechan. Recommendations: - If you can go solo with a guide and a porter, it gives you more flexibility. - Take another day or two descending so you can go down on the other side of the mountain visiting the oldest monastery in the Everest region, experiencing less traffic, and enjoying the amazing view of the valley and wildlife. - Try to take a direct flight back from Lukla to Kathmandu. - If you have time, visit Pokhara - quaint and clean city - paragliding, white water rafting, etc. Overall, I had a wonderful time in Nepal with great experience from the planning to the end of the trip with Earthbound Expeditions.
EBC Trek: Amazing Nepal Adventure!
I have been planning this trip for 2yrs from the time I've done Kilimanjaro. This company has been referred by a friend and I didn't bother contacting other companies. Rajan, the President of the company based in Kathmandu has been very helpful in answering my questions in a timely manner. After 2yrs of waiting, flights have been booked and I am very excited about this new adventure! Rajan made sure my questions are all answered and emailed me all the info I need to know before arriving into Kathmandu. Arrived into KTM safe and sound but visa on arrival took at least 3hrs to obtain. I recommend applying for a visa before you depart in KTM. Was able to find the driver right away although it took me time since I dont see any of my name but just the company name, good thing I mentioned the name of Rajan so I knew Rajan sent him for me. I stayed for 2nyts at the hotel and I was sent off for my flight to Lukla and met my guide/porter. After 2days to the trek, I asked Rajan if he could replace my current guide since he doesn't speak English well and couldn't communicate properly although he is good at taking care of my needs. This is important to me since I'm Solo and I need someone to talk with during the trek, even if it's just about random stuff. I am VERY GRATEFUL for Rajan once again, on our 2nd day in Namche, he sent my new guide Chattan Rai and was with him until the end of my trek. CHATTEN RAI was very helpful and he was able to answer all my questions, although I asked a lot of questions every single day. Can't blame me since I'm curious.???? We talked. Laughed. And has was able to put up with me when I was cranky because of a headache. All the lodges we stayed at during the trek were all nice especially on Namche where they have hot showers and heated blanket! I requested a private room and they tried to provide it to me although they cannot make reservations way ahead of time so we're pretty lucky getting pretty decent rooms for the whole trek. I would definitely use Earthbound Expeditions again since I am planning another trip to Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet in a couple of years and would definitely request Chattan to be my guide. You guys should definitely give this company a try and ask for Chattan as your guide! All their guides and drivers are very kind and helpful and always on time. Thank you again Rajan and company! Until next time.
Nepal adventure – Earthbound Rocks!
Namaste! Nepal is a place that gets under your skin. It’s energy stays with you long after you’ve left. It makes you want to stay. Makes you smile when you recall the hospitality of the kind Nepali people. Makes your heart bleed to hear about the earthquakes. When you leave, already thinking about returning. I’m writing this review one year after returning from a truly amazing Everest Base Camp trek. Yes it’s taken me a while (!) but a few things recently have really impressed me about Earthbound and they deserve to be recognised. My EBC trek was a Groupon deal, as was that of the other 14 people in my group, from all over the world. I left England alone and nervous. I returned feeling amazing and with many new friends. Our tour guide Resham was brilliant. Bursting with energy and knowledge. He is a credit to Earthbound. So much so that I arranged for him to guide my friend, last month, on his solo Poon Hill/rafting tour. He has raved about his trip nonstop since! Another friend of mine has just returned from her EBC trek. She travelled with Earthbound, on my recommendation, and she absolutely loved it. EE’s president, Rajan, is a tremendous business man. He is highly respected in Nepal and I think his reputation gives EE customers an advantage when services are in demand (ie. fuel/transport difficulties, accommodation, tourist activities). Rajan fiercely strives for the utmost customer satisfaction yet is approachable and friendly. He is extremely busy (meeting the tourists personally, organising his staff, running his businesses, rebuilding damaged schools, etc) yet he responds to my emails the same day and always finds time to reply, when other presidents would’ve delegated it to a deputy. Yes… I’m currently customising my return trip with him : yey! This time some of the friends I met there are joining me, plus some Nepali newbies. The plan is to trek and then do some volunteering work. I can’t wait!