Everest Base Camp Trek: 12 Days Itinerary and Highlights

Everest Base Camp Trek: 12 Days Itinerary and Highlights

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Everest Base Camp Trek Overview

Who doesn’t want to stand on the top of the world, Mount Everest (8,848m high)? Unfortunately, most of us are unable to achieve this–sometimes because of not having good fitness and sometimes due to lack of determination. The good thing is that although you can’t reach the top of Mt. Everest, you still can make it to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Everest base camp is at a high altitude of 5,550 meters above sea level. However, EBC trekking in Nepal is considered one of the doable adventure treks that anyone with no past trekking experience can participate in. Nepal Big Mountain (NBM) Travel can make your dream to trek to Everest base camp come true with exclusive EBC trekking services in Nepal. We’ve got a 4.5-star rating on Tripadvisor.
Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal is high on the bucket list of adventure lovers around the globe as it offers them to hike to Everest Base Camp and see a magnificent close-up view of Mount Everest from every angle. The Mount Everest base camp trek also allows you to get stunning views of other highest peaks such as Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, Pumori, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.EBC trek in Nepal represents the extreme beauty of well-organized trails with mountainside’s raw and rugged side, and there is no doubt that the journey is a reason to rejoice. The stupas, monasteries, mani stones, and colorful prayer flags you encounter during your Everest base camp trekking in Nepal reflect the presence of Himalayan Sherpa Culture and traditions within the region.

Why EBC trek in Nepal with NBM Travel?

EBC trek in Nepal is full of exciting and adventurous activities that will blow your mind with joy and happiness. NBM Travel provides you with the perfect Everest base camp trek itinerary. Our guides are highly experienced to make your Everest base camp trek in Nepal possible at ease. They provide adequate information and guide you throughout the journey, while having fun with you. Connect with NBM Travel to get started with your Everest Base Camp trekking in Nepal.

Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Have a thrilling experience with the world’s adventures flights from Hilary Tenzing Airport at Lukla.
  • Stand at the base of Mt. Everest and witness its glorious close-up view from every angle.
  • Witness the spectacular views from Kalapatthar, best known as the Everest viewpoint.
  • Experience the amazing hospitality of Sherpas, especially at Khumjung and Namche.
  • Experience the chilling beauty of the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefalls.
  • Visit Sagarmatha National Park full of unique flora and fauna. (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Visit the Hillary museum in Khumjung Village on the lap of the Himalayas.
  • Go through the trials that Sir Edmund Hillary and many other renowned mountaineers walked through.
  • Exciting views of the biggest Khumbu Glacier on Everest Base Camp.
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery for a strong spiritual connection.

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2840 meters) to Phakding ( 2600 meters)

Day 3: Namche (3440 meters)

Day 4: Rest Day at Namche

Day 5: Tyangboche (3876 meters)

Day 6: Dingboche (4410 meters)

Day 7: Rest at Dingboche (4410 meters)

Day 8: Lobuche (4910 meters)

Day 9: Gorekshep (5180 meters) and EBC (5364 meters)

Day 10: Kalapatthar (5545 meters) and to Pangboche (3910 meters)

Day 11: Lukla (2840 meters)

Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu (Altitude 1400 m)

Upon your arrival, Nepal Big Mountain Travel will welcome you with garlands (Mala) and a traditional Buddhist ceremonial scarf (Khata) which is a traditional welcoming gesture in Nepal. Our representative will guide you to the hotel. You can wander around the streets of Thamel and explore shops during the late afternoon. A cultural dinner will then be presented to you overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu or a similar class.

Day 2

Fly to Lukla (2840 meters) to Phakding (2600 meters)

Your wonderful Everest base camp trek in Nepal begins after a fresh morning breakfast. The 40-minute flight to Lukla awaits you with the thrill of getting caught in turbulence because of the mountains hovering in the place. A slightly bumpy flight will provide you with a view of mountains and hills around the place. As you reach Lukla, you inaugurate your trek to Phakding where you can encounter herds of yaks in the way which are a main source of transport in that area. On the way, you will descend towards Chheplung village from where you can have a glimpse of a sacred mountain, Mt. Khumbila. You will spend the night in a teahouse in Phakding.

Day 3

Trek to Namche (3440 meters)

The third day begins with a 6-7-hour trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. You initiate the 900m elevation to Namche Bazaar which is the biggest village in the area. The beginning of the trek makes you familiar with the yaks rather than the normal transports you are used to. You proceed through the trail north up the valley of Benkar where you cross mesmerizing pine tree forest and Dudh Koshi River. You then head towards Chumoa to reach Monjo which is the entrance to Everest National Park. After crossing a suspension bridge, you are in Jorsale village where you can see two giant rivers Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi. Following a lot of steep climbs, you start to see Namche Bazaar which is the viewpoint to see high snow-capped mountains including Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. You stay in Namche Bazaar for the night.

Day 4

Getting Familiar to Altitude Changes at Namche

On Day 4, you spend your day acclimatizing such that you are familiar with the environment before proceeding to the high altitude. You hike towards the Sagarmatha National Park to see a mesmerizing sunrise view. You can have a spectacular view of some of the highest mountains such as Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and Kongde. You then can trek to Khumjung village (12401ft) where you get to acknowledge the Sherpa settlement and discover their lifestyle. You spend overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5

Trek to Tyangboche (3876 meters)

On day 5, you continue your Everest base camp trekking in Nepal by walking towards Tengboche. You will start to feel the rise in altitude slightly and on the way, you encounter various Buddhist stupas. As you pass the amazing Dudh-Koshi River, you will get to see the exotic view of the rhododendron forests. Day 5 is full of views of eye-catching picturesque mountain tops such as Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, and Kongde. The serene environment in the Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the region, will definitely amaze you. You will have a calming feel of the essence of life as you visit this holy monastery. Your stay for today will be at Tengboche.

Day 6

Climb towards Dingboche (4410 meters)

On day 6, you get up pretty early in the morning to see the panoramic morning view of Mount Everest and Ama Dablam. You then start your early morning climb towards Dingboche which is at an altitude of 4360m. You will see the horned mountain goats and rams (if you are lucky enough) along the trials. On the way, you pass by the essence of rhododendron, coniferous trees, and birch trees. You can take pictures of the herds of yaks on the trail while crossing the Imja Valley and Lobuche River to reach Dingboche at a higher altitude. Today you spend your night at Dingboche.

Day 7

Rest at Dingboche (4410 meters)

Since the climate has already become colder and harsher, you will need an acclimatization day, and there you go, day 7 is the acclimatization day. Dingboche provides you with the opportunity to be familiar with the climate before you continue with your Everest base camp trek. You can spend your valuable time today in the Dingboche village looking at the gorgeous mountains such as Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Imja Tse. Today, you can take a short hike to Nagarjuna Hill or Chukkhung Valley with the miraculous views of Makalu, Chalotse, Tawache, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. It will help you energize yourself.

Day 8

Lobuche (4910 meters)

Day 8 starts with a steep climb uphill to Lobuche that offers you an eye-catching view down the Chukkhung valley with Ilem peak visible at its end. Like most trekkers, you will take a short break here to prepare for the long march ahead. Walking to the side of the valley, you can see a small village Pheriche downwards which is famous for having a medical center. You can refresh yourself in the nearest shops where only a small amount of civilization exists. You then encounter the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. While climbing up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, you find an array of stones with prayer flags which are used as memorials to those who perished on a mission to climb Everest.  This day provides you with opportunities to observe the beauty of Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal.

Day 9

Gorak Shep (5180 meters) and EBC (5364 meters)

You only start your Everest base camp journey on day 9 which is the most challenging and adventurous part of your EBC trek in Nepal. During the journey, you walk along the loose rock trails with steep hills and confusing paths. Because we don’t want you to get lost, today you will be under the strict guidance NBM Travel Guide. The day is guided by the thrill of rocky dunes, moraine, and streams until you reach the Everest Base Camp. You will have to walk on the incredibly loose sand of Gorak Shep during your EBC journey. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, you will see bright tents of mountaineers against the monotony of grey surroundings. Giant mountains such as Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori are astoundingly visible from the Everest base camp. You then head back to Gorak Shep where you will spend your night.

Day 10

Kalapatthar (5545 meters) and Pangboche (3910 meters)

On day 10, you attain the highest altitude of your whole trek, 5545m. In the cold temperature, you will see beautiful peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse that will warm your hearts. You head for Kala Patthar and upon reaching there, you see close-up views of Mt. Everest which will make you feel that an Everest base camp trek is worth it. The panoramic view of the mountains will bring a smile to your face. After sightseeing from Kala Patthar, you head towards Pangboche. The Pangboche trails reward you with a more pristine view of the Himalayas and the Pangboche Monastery.

Day 11

Lukla (2840 meters)

On day 11, you will make your way to Lukla via Monjo. Monjo is a less crowded village closer to Namche Bazaar. As you initiate walking, you will realize it’s much easier to climb down the steep surface than climb up. During the journey, you get to see rhododendron and juniper trees amidst the white and grey background of beautiful mountains. Gradually, the decrease in altitude increases your energy. You will also enjoy the scenery of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Nuptse mountains.

You will then continue to descend downward on the steep trail and the rocky terrain. It is the last challenging and adventurous trail of your Everest base camp trek. You can see the Dudh Koshi and its tributaries as you cross a suspension bridge over the river. You reach Lukla after the adventurous steep trail where you can take a rest and relax. You stay the last night in Lukla before flying back to Kathmandu.

Day 12

Fly to Kathmandu

At last, you will take a thrilling flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. The flight is quite safer and not as bumpy as the first flight to Lukla. Your guide will drop you at the hotel where you can relax for the rest of the day to memorize your journey once again. Instead, you can enjoy your day visiting other places in Kathmandu as well. In the evening, you will devour your farewell dinner and roam around the Thamel area and try various Nepali cuisines and famous street foods. Your last stay will be at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu or a similar class.

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulties

Of course, walking to Everest base camp is not an easy task. Everest Base Camp Trek is moderate in difficulty level. The altitude and weather are what play a vital role in making the EBC journey difficult. Besides, walking through forests, rugged mountain terrains, and steep hills, is another challenge to complete an EBC trek as it requires you to push yourselves to the next level.

People often experience altitude sickness during their hike to Kala Patthar which is located at an elevation of 5,545. It is common to have Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) during an EBC trek in Nepal. However, if not given attention to AMS, the symptoms can lead to severe altitude problems such as High Altitude Pulmonary Edema and High Altitude Cerebral Edema.

Don’t get overwhelmed–NBM travel is there to make your spiritual and adventurous journey to Everest Base Camp safe for you and your companions. It’s important you are accompanied by experienced and highly qualified guides who can provide you with adequate information about the altitude and weather. Make sure you are physically fit, and mentally prepared, and have enough courage to face challenges to start your Everest Base Camp journey in Nepal.

See you on the other side!

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal

Everest Base Camp Trek trials include rough roads, sloppy hills, narrow pathways, and high-altitude places. The climate plays a vital role in ruining your EBC trip. You must choose the best time for the Everest base camp trek in Nepal. Choosing the wrong season for the EBC trek can entirely make the trip difficult. It is essential to choose the right season to make your EBC journey heavenly safe, joyful, and memorable. Plus, it offers a clear view of the Himalayas, glaciers, farmlands, villages, dazzling rivers, rhododendron forests, and a clear blue sky.

The Autumn and Spring seasons are considered the best time for the Everest base camp trekking in Nepal as they offer stable weather conditions for long durations. There are lower risks of variations in Everest weather and the atmosphere and the surrounding vistas are clear. Trekking during Winter and Monsoon is comparatively hard because of the lumps of snow over the trails and the extremely cold weather. You must consider avoiding your EBC trekking plan in Winter and Monsoon.


  • Warm welcome with garland (mala) by our representative at the airport on your arrival day.
  • Airport (International and domestic) transfers on a tourist/Private Vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a 3-star hotel including breakfast. (Private room/4-star/5-star accommodation can be organized at an extra cost)
  • Twin-sharing Tea house/guesthouse accommodation during the trek in the Everest Region.
  • Experienced, government-licensed, Chinese/English/Hindi-speaking trekking guide.
  • Arrangement of domestic flight tickets (Kathmandu/Manthali and Lukla)
  • Permits for Sagarmatha/Everest National Park, TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System), and local government tax.
  • Porters during the trek (1 porter for every 2pax/guest)
  • 1 Trekking map and 1 duffel bag for every 2 Pax/guest.
  • Trek completion certificate
  • A farewell dinner on the last night in Kathmandu.
  • All applicable administrative expenses and government taxes throughout the trek.
  • First-aid kit

Not Included

  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and the trekking area.
  • Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage
  • Tips to trekking staff and driver
  • Personal Trekking gear and equipment
  • Private and customized trip
  • Extra accommodation in case of early arrival/late departure or flight canceled (domestic) due to climate.
  • Any other services, activities, or personal expenses which are not mentioned in the itinerary.



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Viet Anh
Viet Anh
The tour gave me such an amazing experience, especially about the cultural, historical and religious values of Nepalis. 2 colleagues and me went on 1 tour of NBM Travel, in 4 nights and 5 days in Nepal (Limbini, Nagarkot, and Kathmandu). Mr Sujit, the Manager was very supportive in arranging a customized tour for us, meeting all our requirements. He is very responsive and professional, with quite good connections to help us (our domestic flight was delayed, he managed to get us on board of an earlier flight)Mr Subash, the Tour Guide, was also responsible and hospitable. He always tried to make us enjoy the trip. He is also expertised in his job, knowing a lot of information about the tourist attractions. He was very ready to help when we want to buy local fruits, and very collaborative when we want to change the schedule.The tour gave me such an amazing experience, especially about the cultural, historical and religious values of Nepalis. In our tour, we also planned to see the Himalayan Ranges from our Hotel in Nagarkot and from Chandragiri Hills, but the weather was so cloudy during our stay. It may be a good reason for our come back to Nepal next time and enjoy the hospitality of NBM Team.
Ciara M
Ciara M
Fantastic We had such a fantastic experience in Nepal with this tour company. We were overwhelmed by how welcoming and warm Sudarshan and his team were from the moment we arrived. We felt so comparable and taken care of in the beautiful Nivas Botique home in Kathmandu. The rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. We enjoyed delicious, complimentary authentic Nepalese meals and had such a fanatic stay here. We travelled to Pokhara for 2 nights in very comfortable private transportation. We had a fantastic 2 days of activities including paragliding and white water rafting, all organised for us. We couldn’t have asked for a better trip and I couldn’t recommend using this travel company more. We will definitely be back in the future!
Rory N
Rory N
Amazing Trip! We spent 4 fantastic days in Kathmandu and Pokhara with NBM travel. Our trip included paragliding, sight seeing and an Everest flight. Management went above and beyond to make us feel welcome, safe and ensure that we had the best time. Would highly recommend this travel company!
绝美风景,期待下次再见 不同于之前在国内看到的雪山,喜马拉雅山系的雪山绵延不绝,又高又长,能见度好的时候能看到一片的雪山,感觉自己第一次离雪山那么近,超震撼的感觉。看到了鱼尾峰的鱼尾巴,好美!雨林里山中的空气超级好,刚好走的那段路像原始丛林一般,很美空气很新鲜,竟然有点爱上这种雨中漫步的感觉~选的旅行社的老板人真的很好!安排的十分妥当,爱上这种异国他乡的快乐啦哈哈!不过这是我们第一次相遇,但绝对不是最后一次相聚!
很棒的旅游体验-Kathmandu 一直有想去尼泊尔旅行的想法,前些日子终于下决心仔细研究了,人生地不熟的,问了朋友的朋友有没有旅行社推荐,就推荐了这家,英文名NBM中文名大山旅游,老板中文名也叫大山,感觉对中国文化很有研究,让我们这种出国游的感觉很安心。老板很靠谱,给安排了懂中文的向导,沟通很顺利,人也很亲切。不得不说尼泊尔景色真不错,适合放松身心,有机会的话还会再来,也会多推荐大山旅游的。
Tina B.
Tina B.
Great if you have limited time to visit the city I was in Nepal in November and after a trek of 10 days I only had 1 and a half day to visit Kathmandu. I found out many places to visit in Kathmandu are far from each other (5 to 10 km) and walking between places is not an option (heavy traffic). So I decided to book a private tour (I was a solo traveller) and had a great experience. My guide Raj took me to all the important places , UNESCO sites, and explained everything about the place we were visiting. I would recommend this tour to anyone who has limited time to explore the city. -1 point as the guides will take you to shop/restaurant they have an agreement with, I didn't mind the shop as they don't force you to buy anything, but I would have wanted to choose the restaurant by myself
Hari r
Hari r
Cable Car Trip near Kathmandu Me and my friends travelled Kathmandu this July and we went for a short distance trip to Chandragiri Hill. Cable Car took us to Chandragiri hill, which is best to escape from hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. The view of Kathmandu was beautiful as rain cleared up the sky. The guide we were provided was professional and he told us incredible stories of the hill. Overall it was fantastic trip.
Bindu B
Bindu B
Trekking, Local, culture views and sites 5 days in Nepal trek was awesome. We went to Sundarijal, then to Chisapani walking a lot of stairs and then to Nagarkot. We could see beautiful peaks from Dhaulagiri to Everest. People at Sundarijal seem very friendly. All in all, our trek was very nice and we enjoyed it very much.
Stephanie H
Stephanie H
Amazing Trip! Thank you to the folks at NBM Travel for an awesome trip to Nepal! Shristi was incredibly helpful with coordinating everything and answering all of my silly logistical questions from the moment I booked the trip. My tour guide Mani provided so much support on the tour, from sharing his knowledge about Nepali culture and history, to helping me find souvenirs at a good price, to rearranging our itinerary when we had weather delays. I chose this tour specifically to learn about the many cultures and lifestyles of Nepal and was not disappointed. Each location was so different from the last - Kathmandu is the chaotic capital, Chitwan is a gorgeous jungle where you’ll see animals that you’d never expect to see up close in real life (still can’t believe how close I was to crocodiles and a rhino!), and Pokhara feels like a cute beach resort. We were unable to go to Lumbini due to weather, so we spent an extra day in Pokhara and an extra day in Kathmandu, which worked out fine for relaxing and shopping. Even the bus rides between cities were interesting because you could see examples of life in the countryside and some really cool landscapes. There was a decent balance of sightseeing and free time, and I really liked each of the hotels we stayed at. If you are interested in learning about Nepal beyond trekking, this is a great introduction. They have such an interesting diversity and unique history, I wish more people knew about it!If you go in July, like I did, you’ll likely catch some rain (monsoon season), so make sure you pack accordingly! Rain boots, rain coat, and quick dry pants worked well on rainy days and the boat tour/jungle trek in Chitwan, plus a few pairs of comfortable pants and a pair of sandals for sunny days. Don’t let the name “monsoon” scare you off from coming if this is the only time of year you can go. You’ll still see, do, and eat a lot! (Make sure you have dal bhat and momo while you are here...they are the best!)
Swostika M
Swostika M
Exciting trip in cable car Had a experience of such a steep cable car. The trip was exciting and the mountain view was worth the travel.

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