14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

Overview

14 Days Everest Base Camp trek is an exciting journey that lets you witness the majestic Himalayan vista and routes enriched with Sherpa Culture. You get to trek through suspension bridges while visiting the hidden Buddhist monasteries.

Everest Base Camp Trek takes you on an adventure to the foothills of Mount Everest. It lies in the Solu-Khumbu district of Sagarmatha Zone in province 1. The trekking route of EBC also goes through Sagarmatha National Park.

The 14 Days itinerary offers you immense pleasure by giving a close view of Mount Everest from several viewpoints. You also get to see other majestic peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Aba Dablam, and more.

The area of the Everest region is inhabited mainly by the Sherpa community. Other castes like Rai, Limbu, Gurung also reside here, but the majority is low. However, most of these people follow the Tibetan-influenced culture and traditions.

The trails take you to the base of Everest, but it is not the highest point. There is another destination that lies in higher elevation, and it is Kala Patthar. This viewpoint is well-known for its sunrise and panoramic vista.

You also get to enter the famous Sagarmatha National Park. The forest trails are home to different species of plants and endangered animals that can be seen during the trek.

The trek is 14 days long, so two days are held for acclimatization. At this time, you do not rest but visit the famous Everest View Hotel, Khunde hospital, Khumjung Monastery. Also, you hike to Chukung ri or Nagarjuna Peak.

This moderate-level trek begins with a thrilling flight adventure to Lukla while witnessing the jaw-dropping view of mountains, valleys, and hills. Then you start the hike by heading to Phakding for the night.

The next day, you head towards Namche Bazaar, the hub of the Everest region. You acclimatize here, so enjoy the side trips to Khumjung, Khunde, and Everest View hotel.

The following day, you head to Tengboche and later to Dingboche, where your next acclimatization is done. During your stay here, you go on hikes to nearby peaks.

After a beautiful time, you now walk to Lobuche and prepare for the trek to EBC. You head to Gorak Shep the next day and then hike to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep.

From there, you descend to Pheriche, then head to Namche, and lastly to Lukla. From Lukla, you fly back to Kathmandu, ending your 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek.

Trek to Everest Base Camp is a once-in-a-lifetime journey, so grab this opportunity and live your dream of hiking in the mountains.

Things You Experience in the 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Leave your footprint at the base of the world's tallest mountain
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and other peaks from Kala Patthar
  • Observe Khumbu Glacier, the biggest glacier in Nepal
  • Learn about the lifestyles and traditions of Sherpa Communities
  • Explore the beautiful villages of Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, and more
  • Thrilling flight to Lukla, the gateway to Everest

Altitude Chart

Everest Base Camp Trek altitude chart

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu
Kathmandu Altitude: 1380 m above sea level

Overnight at Kathmandu

On this day, we welcome you to Nepal. You get a glimpse of the Himalayas that stand tall with its breathtaking sight as you enter the country. As you fly nearer to Kathmandu, you get to see the city crowded with homes in every nook and crook.

After landing, you will find our officials waiting for you at the airport's terminal. They will collect you and drive you to the hotel where you will stay. Then a brief introduction session will be held in the lobby, and later the official will help you check into your rooms.

You have the remaining of the day to yourself as there are no further plans in our schedule. You can visit the local stores, pubs, clubs, or nearby marketplace during your free time.

Kathmandu is a beautiful city with many attractions you can visit from. There are several UNESCO Heritage sites located around the valley, primarily religious sites and ancient palaces.

You can add an entire day inside and outside the Kathmandu valley excursion if you have an extra day or two. The next day is the beginning of your 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek, so fill your tummy and sleep early.
Day 2
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
Lukla Flight Duration: 25 to 35 min

Lukla Altitude: 2860 m above sea level

Phakding Trek Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Phakding Altitude: 2610 m above sea level

Overnight at Phakding

Today, you begin your 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek, so wake up early, freshen up, and wait for your leader in the lobby. They will shortly come to pick you up and drive you to the airport, where you catch a flight to Lukla.

The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is a picturesque one filled with the mesmerizing Himalayas and green hills. The ride is nerve-racking but fun to land at one of the most thrilling airports in the world.

After landing, you take your luggage, meet with the rest of the crew, and have breakfast. Lukla was once a farming village, but it has become a trekkers' town with many cafes, accommodation, and shops.

After a hefty meal, you now move north, passing several businesses and giant yaks. The trail takes you through a vast and well-traveled track with some suspension bridges and cobbled steps.

Phakding is in a lower area than Lukla, so the trails are mainly downhill today. You walk down along the streets of Lukla and reach a ticket office to get your local permit before exiting the town.

Then moving downhill through stone stairs and terraced hillsides, you reach Dudh Koshi river and cross over it using a suspension bridge. You then continue the trek through the beautiful forest and pass several prayer flags.

Then after several ups and downs, you make a slight descent in the trails and arrive at Phakding. This beautiful village offers several side trips like visiting the nearby monastery or walking along the riverside.
Day 3
Trek from Phakding towards Namche Bazaar
Namche Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Namche Bazaar Altitude: 3445 m above sea level

Overnight at Namche Bazaar

Today you travel from Phakding and head to Namche Bazaar. The day starts after a big breakfast and crosses a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river.

You then walk along the river banks and walk through the beautiful lush forest of rhododendrons and pines. After an hour or two, you reach Monjo and make your way through the beautiful farmlands.

Along the route, you pass typical Sherpa villages and many suspension bridges. As you keep moving forward in the trails, you are welcomed with the view of Thamserku, Khumung peak, Kongde peak, and more.

With steep climbs, you reach the checkpoint of Sagarmatha National Park, where you show your permit. Then after 20 min or so, you get Jorsalle, where you stop for lunch.

After lunch, you move ahead, cross some bridges and reach the famous Hillary suspension bridge. You again cross over this bridge and make a steep ascend to be greeted by the first glimpse of Mount Everest.

Viewing the beautiful sight, you head north and arrive at Namche Bazaar. This beautiful Sherpa town is the hub for the Khumbu region and trekker's stop point. You must be tired, so you can rest early or roam around if you have energy.
Day 4
Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar
Hike around Khunde- Khumjung- Everest Hotel

Hike Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Khunde Altitude: 3840 m above sea level

Khumjung Altitude: 3790 m above sea level

Everest View Hotel altitude: 3963 m above sea level

Overnight at Namche

Your first acclimatization is held here at Namche Bazaar. It is a great place to rest before climbing to a higher altitude as this town has many areas that you can visit for side trips.

So, after breakfast, you get ready to go on a hike. Acclimatization days are called rest days, but you do not sleep or stay at a spot all day. Instead, you walk around and get familiar with the current elevation.

Today, you circle Namche Bazaar by walking to Khunde, Khumjung, and Everest View Hotel, the world's highest hotel. This hotel is only 400 m above Namche, so it is about an hour.

You head out of the town while taking the steep stairs and soon rise above it only to be surrounded by marvelous mountain views. As you walk a bit further, you reach the viewpoint to see the almighty Mount Everest and Lhotse.

Then walking a steep trail for half an hour, you reach a ledge, and the terrain flattens out from here. You keep moving ahead in the paths crossing small villages, bridges, and prayer flags to reach Khunde and Khumjung.

These two beautiful villages are near to each other, surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Arriving at these places, you visit the Khunde hospital, Khumjung Hilary school, and Khumjung Monastery.

After exploring the areas, you head back, retracing the steps to Syangboche, and do a steep climb to Everest View Hotel for lunch. This superb hotel hides between the treelines while giving a close view of Mount Everest.

You enjoy your food and hot drinks while seeing the majestic peaks and valleys. After spending some time here, you now head down to Namche Bazaar for the night.

Today you see many peaks like Kangtega, Kwangde, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and more. Arriving at Namche, you can roam around the town as it is the last stop with wifi and cafes.

Enjoy your time here and go to bed early as you have a hectic day ahead.
Day 5
Trek from Namche to Tengboche
Tengboche Trek Duration: 6 hours

Tengboche Altitude: 3867 m above sea level

Overnight at Tengboche

After a fantastic time at Namche, you now resume your journey towards Tengboche. You get ready, have your breakfast, and be on your way by ascending the stone steps out of the town.

After climbing for about an hour or so, you reach the flat trail giving a marvelous view of the landscapes. Then continuing the walk through the unending ridgeline, you slowly descend to the Dudh Koshi River.

Then crossing over the river, you pass a beautiful chorten with prayer flags and stop for lunch. This place displays the glorious view of Thamserku along with other peaks.

Moreover, you move forward and reach Sansa, the junction of Gokyo and the EBC trek. From here, you follow the short trail to Pungi Thanga and later cross several suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River.

Along the way, you pass several water-driven prayer wheels and cross the dense forest to the checkpoint. Then climbing uphill through the dusty trails, you arrive at the gate of Tengboche.

Tengboche is a small village with a beautiful monastery. After checking into your room, you visit the beautiful monastery with an incredible view of the Himalayas on the backdrop.

You can also see the Gokyo trekking trail from this place. Enjoying the sunset view, you return to your hotel.
Day 6
Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
Dingboche Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Dingboche Altitude: 4360 m above sea level

Overnight at Dingboche

You wake up early, get ready, have your breakfast, and again visit the monastery to pray for a successful trip. Then making a descent through the dusty forest trail, reach Pangboche.

From this village, the trail begins to ascend while passing through yak herds and pasturelands. You then come across a river after walking for a while and cross over it.

The trail again follows with another steep climb to a vantage point that lets you see the exotic view of Mt Ama Dablam. You have your lunch here and continue to gently ascend the trails for half an hour to reach Dingboche.

Dingboche is a beautiful yet significant settlement with several lodges and attraction points, unlike Tengboche. You acclimatize here, so you can go sightseeing the next day.
Day 7
Acclimatize at Dingboche

Day 7:


Hike to Chhukung Ri or Nagarjun Peak

Chhukung Ri Altitude: 5546 m above sea level

Nagarjuna Peak Altitude: 4876 m above sea level

Overnight at Dingboche

This is your second acclimatization in the 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek. Today, you trek up to Chhukung valley then either hike to Chhukung Ri or Nagarjuna peak.

You start the hike early in the morning after a tummy-filling breakfast. At first, you walk through a steep slope seeing the ranges of Lobuche West, Lobuche East, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and more.

Then, gradually climbing the trails, you reach Chukkung valley. From here, you decide to climb up Nagarjuna Peak or Chukung Ri. These places are viewpoints that offer mesmerizing scenarios of valleys, landscapes, and mountains.

You spend some time here enjoying the view and later drop down to Dingboche for lunch. After a tasty meal, you can now roam around the village and explore the cultivated lands.
Day 8
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche
Lobuche Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Lobuche Altitude: 4930 m above sea level

Overnight at Lobuche

After waking up, you have your breakfast while viewing the Himalayas and later begin the trek. As you leave the settlement, two gigantic peaks (Tabuchi and Arakam) tower to the left.

Viewing them, you slowly make your way up the trails while being surrounded by hills and valleys. Walking at a slow pace under the warm sun, you arrive at Thukla when a few tea houses come into sight.

You have your lunch here and start the trek again by climbing a steep trail to Dughla Pass (4830 m). Reaching the top, you sight a memorial park and walk past it while ascending further in the paths.

As you trek higher in the path, you reach the glacial moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Then moving ahead from there, you come to Lobuche in about another 30 minutes. Arriving at your destination, you freshen up and go out to inhale some fresh air while exploring.
Day 9
Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, Hike to Everest Base Camp, and back to Gorak Shep
Gorak Shep Trek Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Gorak Shep Altitude: 5164 m above sea level

Everest Base Camp Hike Duration (back and forth): 4 hours

Everest Base Camp Altitude: 5364 m above sea level

Overnight at Gorak Shep

Finally, the exciting day has arrived when you reach the foothills of Mount Everest. With excitement, most of the trekkers wake up fast and begin the trek early.

After breakfast, the trek begins through flat trails, and gradually climbing it, you see the fantastic landscapes in the backdrop of Lobuche. Leaving the village behind, you climb through the Khumbu glacier and walk over the rugged sediments.

As you keep hiking up the routes, you arrive at Gorakshep and leave your bags in the lodge. After lunch, you hike uphill and reach Everest Base Camp later on.

Arriving at the base camp, you get the incredible sight of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and more. After Enjoying your time there, you now hike back to Gorak Shep.

You might be hungry after the achievement, so you have your dinner and go to bed early.
Day 10
Hike to Kala Patthar and down to Pheriche
Kala Patthar Hike Duration: 2 hours

Kala Patthar Altitude: 5643 m above sea level

Pheriche Trek Duration: 6 hours

Pheriche Altitude: 4371 m above sea level

Overnight at Pheriche

The memory of a successful climb still keeps you excited on this journey. You wake up fast today and have an early breakfast to hike up to Kala Patthar. Then climbing the steep slope slowly and steadily, you reach your destination.

You visit Kala Patthar to see the beautiful sunrise rising behind the mountains. Also, this viewpoint gives the close-up sight of Mount Everest along with Lhotse, Nuptse, and more.

After spending a wonderful time there, you descend back to Gorak Shep and continue walking downhill to Pheriche. The walks are steep, so it is rigid and straining.

Arriving at Pheriche, you freshen up and explore the village while interacting with the locals.
Day 11
Trek down to Namche Bazaar
Namche Trek Duration: 7 hours

Overnight at Namche Bazaar

After an excellent breakfast, you start the trek by walking steeply down the rugged and dusty routes. The hike from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar is quite long, but you are heading to a lower altitude, so the walks are more leisurely.

The air gets warmer as you descend steadily to Debuche, followed by another ascent to Tengboche. Then making a steep descent to Pungi Thenga, the mountains look stunning.

You stop here for lunch and continue the trek by crossing a suspension bridge over the river. From here, you do several ascend, descend, and cross many suspensions.

After hours of walking on the rugged routes, you arrive at Namche Bazaar. Spend some time visiting cafes or restaurants now that you are back in this beautiful town.
Day 12
Trek back to Lukla
Lukla Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Overnight at Lukla

Time flies so fast, as it is your last day in the Everest region. Today marks the end of your 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek journey. This is a long day, so you start the tour right after breakfast.

The trail will look familiar as you descend downhill the streets of Namche Bazaar. Walking in the paths, you reach Hilary suspension bridge and cross over it to reach Jhorsale.

Moving ahead in your journey, you pass several yak herds and pasture lands through the dusty trails. The route today takes you through several forest paths blooming with colorful rhododendrons.

While walking the routes, you stop at one of the points for lunch. Then after stuffing your tummy, you move ahead, passing several main walls, waterfalls, prayer flags, etc.

You walk across the dusty trails and alongside the Dudh Koshi river before doing a steep climb to Lukla. Please make the most out of this day as your journey is now coming to its end.
Day 13
Fly Back to Kathmandu
Overnight at Kathmandu

Laughing, talking, spending time with each other, now it is time to end the trip by flying back to Kathmandu. These 12-13 Days in the mountains were hectic, offering an adventurous time to you.

You wake up early this morning and catch a ride back to Kathmandu. Viewing the same scenarios and bidding farewell to the mountains, you arrive at the airport. The guide will take you to your hotel and leave for the day.

The rest of the day is free, so enjoy your time here in Kathmandu. Visit shops, restaurants, and clubs to make your day fun to its fullest.
Day 14
Departure
Your 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek journey has come to its end. The official will drop you off at the airport according to your flight schedule. We hope the trip was fun for you.

What is Included

  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  • Two nights standard twin sharing Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after the dinner.
  • Trekking Lodge (Tea House) accommodations throughout the trek.
  • All necessary paper works Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit & Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight with private airport transfer and domestic airport tax.
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government License holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment his salary, foods, accommodation and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance company).
  • Use of sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed).
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and cap.
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Everest base camp trekking map.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.

What is Excluded

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee $30 USD for 15 days visa on arrival.
  • Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
  • International Airfare.
  • Your Personal Expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the Tea Houses)
  • All desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Excess baggage more than 15kg for Lukla flight.

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How strenuous is it to climb Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp trek is a moderate level trek that is demanding but doesn’t require technical expertise like mountaineering. The journey is a long walk up to 5643 m altitude through rugged and dusty terrain.

When is the best month for this trek?

The best time mostly depends on what kind of weather you like or prefer. However, for most trekkers, the months from March to May and October to November is the best time for the EBC trek. These months are perfect for trekking with their bright days, clear views, and warm nights.

Where is Everest Base Camp located?

It is located in the Khumbu district of the Himalayas in Province. No. 1 within the Everest region. The trekking route goes through Sagarmatha National Park.

What do we do during Acclimatization?

Acclimatization is done to help the human body adjust to the altitude at a higher elevation. During this day, you roam around the settlements and go hiking in the nearby hills or peaks.

What are the chances of getting altitude-related sickness?

The chances of Altitude sickness is higher in the Everest area as most of its destination lies above 2500 m elevation. The trek itself begins from 2800 m and takes you above 5000 m.

Do we need TIMS?

No, you do not need TIMS for this trek.

Are there ATM facilities on the routes?

Yes, there is an ATM facility on the route. Even though you will be trekking in an underdeveloped area, ATM services are available in Lukla and Namche.

Is it necessary to carry cash during the trek?

Yes, it is mandatory to carry cash as locals do not accept via cards. Also, you need to bring the equivalent money as they do not accept other currencies. You use your money for personal expenses like snacks, bar bills, etc.

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Best Season for 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

All seasons have successful trekking records for the trails of Everest Base Camp Trek. Among them, the two seasons (spring and autumn) have a high visiting rate. However, winter and monsoon are also well visited but at some specific times.

To know more briefly about the seasons, read below:

Spring

Spring has some of the best months suitable for 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek. The months under this season are March, April, and May. In these months, the weather is favorably stable, making high altitude climbs exciting.

The alluring views of the Himalayas and colorful rhododendrons in the trails are a plus point under the clear sky. The season brings new greenery in nature and blooming forest paths along the gushing rivers.

March indicates the end of winter, so it is still cold in the first week. But by the end week, it gets warmer in the upper parts as well. The temperature ranges between 7 degrees to 12 degrees with slightly crowded routes.

Likewise, the weather will be warm by April, so the month gets busier with each passing day. The views are still evident with the slowly increasing heat haze. The temperature ranges from 1 degree to 12 degrees.

May is the last month but the best among all for both Everest Climb and Base Camp Trek. It has the most stable weather, with sunny days making the hikes enjoyable. The temperature ranges from 14 degrees to 26 degrees.

Autumn

Autumn is the top season for 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with its clear skies, mild temperature, and fewer chances of snowfall. It is the fall season, and September, October, November are its months.

Compared to spring, the weather is a chiller, with winter air slowly making its way to the Himalayas. Being the post-monsoon season, the routes are highly crowded with trekkers from around the globe.

September indicates the end of the monsoon, so a bit of rainfall can linger in the first week. However, by the last week, the skies are clear, the weather is bright, and the days are sunny. The temperature ranges between 11 degrees to 20 degrees.

October is the busiest month in autumn due to its perfect weather conditions. This month generally has clear skies with warm walks during the days. The temperature ranges from 2 degrees to 16 degrees.

The earlier weeks of November have a similar climate to October, but the cold begins to hit the trails by its end. The views are clear, but the temperature slowly begins to rise. The temperature ranges between 1 degree to 12 degrees.

Winter

Winter months January, February, and December fall under the off-season time. These months have the coldest days in the year, with temperatures below the freezing point.

The temperature keeps dropping as you climb higher in the elevation. However, the views of the mountains are clear and alluring under the blue sky. So, the routes are less crowded and possible to trek in.

December is the final time of the year but the beginning of winter. It brings extreme coldness and a bit of snowfall in the ending weeks. The temperature ranges from 10 degrees to -12 degrees.

January is the next month and the coldest one among the three. There is heavy snowfall till mid-week causing road blockage and flight delays. The temperature ranges from 5 degrees to -17 degrees.

By February, the snowfall will have stopped, but it will still be cold till mid-week. However, by the end, snow begins to melt and gets warm. The temperature ranges from 4 degrees to -15 degrees.

Monsoon

June, July, and August are Monsoon months and the least preferred time for 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek due to heavy rainfall. During this time, the walks are quite challenging due to the unsettling weather.

The routes at lower areas are slippery and muddy with continuous rainfall. Also, the chances of flight cancellation are high, making it a challenge to get in and out of the mountains.

The rainfall begins only from mid-June, so that you can trek in dry trails in the earlier weeks. Later, the rain clouds and humidity starts to get uncomfortable. The temperature ranges from 11 degrees to 5 degrees.

July is the peak time for continuous rainfall, so the lower trails are harsh to walk on. Also, you do not get to see the mountain views, but you do get to see many new species of flora in the paths. The temperature ranges from 9 degrees to 4 degrees.

There will still be rainfall till mid-August, but slowly it dies down and makes the trails dry. By late August, you can comfortably walk the trails and get clear views. The temperature ranges from 7 degrees to 15 degrees.

Accommodation for 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

Accommodation is crucial while trekking in the Himalayas as you need a proper place to freshen up after an exhausting day. So, every trekker wonders what the staying arrangement will be like during the 14 days of Everest Base Camp Trek.

The trails of Everest Base Camp Trek provide several lodges and tea houses with a very simple structure. Generally, these places offer a double/twin sharing room that comes with a mattress, sheet, pillow, blanket, or quilt.

Well, our package offers tea house accommodation which has more cozy bedrooms and facilities than the lodges. The accommodation in the Khumbu region varies from place to place.

You will find a warm dining area with a bonfire and attached bathroom in the lower regions. But as you climb higher, it gets simple with standard toilets. Also, the toilets are mostly built outside, so walking at night in the cold will be problematic.

Usually, the nights keep getting chilly as you reach higher elevations, so sleeping bags and down jackets come in handy at this time. If you have not packed one with you, do not worry. We provide them to you, but you need to return them after the trek. Also, if you wish, then you can rent them in Kathmandu.

If you wish to stay alone in the room, we can make the arrangements, but you need to pay an seperate fee for the entire room. However, it is possible during off-seasons only.

Foods in 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek is in the mountain area, so you should not expect to find a variety of western food up there. But you will for sure taste authentic Nepali food on this journey.

Also, it would be best if you did not consume meat dishes during the journey as it is not fresh and hygienic. It is because animal slaughtering is prohibited in the Khumbu region, so meat available there is brought from Kathmandu or Kharikhola using yak or porter.

However, the vegetarian meals served in the homestays are highly nutritious and delicious. They give you enough energy to complete a day’s hike. Each day a different breakfast and lunch menu is provided to you.

You get to eat food like french fries, boiled eggs, toast, scrambled egg, momo, garlic soup, pancake, omelets, pasta, noodles, and more. Also, taste the typical Nepali dish: lentils, rice, vegetable curry, pickle, and other side dishes.

Similarly, various drinks like hot chocolate, hot lemon, coffee, tea, and cold beverages are available in these trails.

How Difficult are the 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek?

Every traveler wonders about the difficulty level of Everest Base Camp. The route to Everest Base Camp is categorized as a moderate-level trek suitable for any trekker.

The trek is a bit challenging for beginners, but it can be completed efficiently with essential fitness. The trails make you do several ups and downs through the rocky terrains.

Also, you need to be aware of climate changes and altitude-related sickness. The trek takes you above the 5000 m mark, so nothing is predictable. Ascending and descending each day will be harsh for newcomers.

The trek is primarily physical walks with no technical sections, so you do not need prior mountaineering experience. But you need to have enthusiasm and dedication to complete the 14 days journey in the Himalayas.

Difficulties faced during 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

Spending a week and more trekking in the mountains to reach Everest Base Camp brings you across several challenges. Completing the trek requires a calm mind due to unpredictability.

There are many difficulties you face during the 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek, and some are:

Walking Difficulty

Walking the EBC trails is a tough job as you keep gaining and losing altitude every day. You have to make several steep uphill and downhill walks to reach your destinations.

The trails are pretty good and well maintained, but still, it is rough, treacherous, and rocky. Continuously walking for several hours can cause foot ache, knee pain, and even blisters without proper footwear.

Altitude Sickness

By far, altitude-related sickness is the most common difficulty aspect during Everest Base Camp Trek. You travel above 3500 m altitude, so chances of AMS are high, making it more challenging than your typical trek.

The amount of oxygen keeps decreasing as you trek higher in the elevation. So, human health might take a toll due to the low air pressure in highlands. Altitude sickness is a risk at the sort of elevation you are going on the trek.

The 14 days Everest Base Camp Trek begins from 2800 m altitude and reaches up to 5500 m. Without proper care and itinerary, the risk of altitude sickness increases.

So, if you see any symptoms like headache, nausea, dizziness, breathing difficulty, vomiting, sleeping difficulty, etc., inform your guide immediately. You need to halt your trek at times like this and rest at the spot or head down.

However, not everyone suffers from AMS as it mostly depends on the ability of an individual's body to cope with a new environment. But don't be overconfident and ignorant as it may lead to fatal conditions.

Length of the trek

The overall length of the Everest Base Camp trip is 130 km while walking on a guided trek. The journey is quite long as you need to walk 15 km each day for the next 9 to 10 days on the Himalayan routes.

Each day you walk 5 to 7 hours through rocky, flat, paved, graveled, and sometimes snowy terrain. When you combine the landscapes with steep climbs and descents, it gets more challenging.

Walking longer hours is harsher for beginners, as they do not have prior knowledge about the trails. So, they can quickly get tired, and leg cramps slowly down the entire group as well.

Weather and Climate

The climate in the mountains is not always perfect for trekking. If you travel during peak seasons, it might not create many challenges. But if you travel during off-seasons, it is a different situation.

The weather and climate can be unsatisfying for Everest Base Camp Trek during monsoon and winter. Trekking in upper regions is strenuous during winter due to heavy snowfall and road blockage.

Likewise, trekking in the lower parts is harsh during the monsoon due to continuous rainfall. Also, dark clouds are hovering over the peaks blocking your view. The routes are slippery, wet, and muddy during these seasons, making them challenging and exciting.

Crowded Routes

Just like off-season has terrible climatic conditions, peak season is considered the best time, so there are crowded routes. During spring and autumn, people worldwide visit Nepal to reach the foothill of Mount Everest.

You will find travelers like you at every destination and viewpoint, so it won't be easy to adjust if you are a peace-loving person. You might have no privacy and wait a long time to click lovely pictures.

Sometimes you are even stuck behind other trekkers due to clogged trails. Many people travel in large groups with guides and multiple porters.

High Altitude Cough

High Altitude Cough is also called Khumbu Cough, and another common problem trekkers face during the trek. The exact cause of Khumbu Cough is still unknown, but it is common above 3000 m altitude.

Many believe the cough usually occurs due to bronchial irritation caused by dry and cold air. The coughing gets violent with gain in altitude and hurts like hell. Plus, breathing through the mouth makes the situation worse, so it is better to wear a mask of some sort.

P.S. Make sure to carry something to cover your mouth, but it should not be very tight. Also, have cough drops or candies to help ease your throat.

Lukla Flight Delay or Cancellation

There are other alternative routes, but flying to Lukla from Kathmandu is the most popular way to enter the Khumbu region. It is the shortest path to reach the gateway to Everest, so almost all trekkers begin their trek from this place.

But you should know there are limited flights available each day between these points. Also, the flights only operate during early mornings to avoid high winds, poor visibility, and low-lying clouds.

So, during bad weather conditions, there is a high possibility of delays and cancellations. Sometimes, there is a delay due to increased air traffic in Kathmandu airport as well.

Accommodation

Accommodation might not be a significant problem, but it does cause difficulty during Everest Base Camp Trek. It is a primary issue if you are traveling during peak times due to the crowds of people.

Along with routes, the lodges and tea houses also get packed with trekkers. If you do not have reservations, it will be hard for you to find a room on arrival. Thus, many travelers camp outside or sleep on the kitchen floor and lobby.

Although it is less crowded during winter, many accommodations are closed due to heavy snowfall in the upper region. So, you might have to adjust to any open lodges to stay for the night. Thus, we always recommend you to book in advance due to these reasons.

Outdoor Toilet

Outdoor Toilets do not sound glamorous, but you need to adjust according to the condition. There will not always be toilets available in the routes, so that it will be the only option for you.

However, there are western-style toilets in most of the areas, but they might not be as clean as you expect them to be. Also, squat toilets are more prevalent in rural areas, so if you are used to this style, it will be hard to use for first-timers.

High price

As you know, Everest Base Camp Trek takes you through the rocky terrain, but the areas in the Himalayas are not yet developed. So, due to scarcity and lack of infrastructure, the price of goods and services is high.

The Himalayan people depend upon porters and animals for transportation as they are the only medium. They carry the products on foot from lower regions and deliver them to shops and lodges.

Everything in the Himalayas costs double the regular price due to the hard work and rarity of products. An essential bottle of water also costs $1 to $2 in the upper region. You will find several snacks as well, but they cost more than their usual price. Also, lodges charge you an extra fee for services like hot water, hedging devices, etc.

No ATM or Exchange Services

As you know, the Everest region is still underdeveloped, so there are no banks, ATMs, or money exchangers available in the upper parts. The last ATM of this trek is found in Namche Bazaar; after that, you won't find any pos and need to pay with cash for the rest of the journey.

Also, the atm machines are sometimes out of service in Namche Bazaar and Lukla, so it is better to take out enough money in Kathmandu.

Things to Know Before hiking to EBC Trek

Drinking-Water and Tablets

Your body will quickly lose water when traveling at a higher altitude, so you need to keep yourself hydrated. It is recommended to swallow 4 to 5 liters of fluid in any form (soup, juice, water) each day. Staying hydrated helps you avoid muscle cramps, dehydration, and altitude sickness.

However, a bottle of water might not be enough for an entire day, and there are few shops available on the routes. So, at times like this, you might have to drink from a natural source that can be unsafe.

Your body is not used to fresh unboiled water, so that some travelers can suffer from diarrhea or stomach aches. So, to avoid these mishaps, you need to carry purification tablets or iodine with you.

They kill harmful bacteria and make your water drinkable. But if you are still unsure about the water, you can buy extra bottled water at the lodges or when you come across a shop.

Acclimatize

Acclimatization is the most crucial process when going to high-altitude places. If this is your prime time in the mountains, adding more than one rest day to tackle and adapt to the changing situations is better.

AMS is a major obstacle while going on Everest Base Camp Trek, and its symptoms are usually seen when heading above 2500 m altitude. So, Proper acclimatization lowers the chances of altitude-related sickness.

14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek takes about two weeks to complete. Thus you should have at least two acclimatizations in your itinerary. It helps you adjust to the altitude in the higher environment.

You don’t rest or sleep during acclimatization but instead, move around and familiarize yourself with the current environment. So, during this off day, you hike to nearby hills and high-altitude villages.

Choose itinerary having longer days.

Usually, Everest Base Camp Trek can be completed from 7 to 16 days. But it is better to choose an itinerary having longer days as it gives you time to adjust to the altitude.

Moreover, the 7 Days Itinerary was made for travelers who are eager to visit the Everest region but have limited holidays. It is primarily suitable for professionals who have prior trekking experience as they can move on without acclimatization.

However, if you are a first-timer, we recommend choosing at least a 14 Day long itinerary. The longer the days are, the less complex the trek will be for you. The extended schedule has more acclimatization days, shorter walking hours, more touring time, causing more minor leg cramps, knee pains, and AMS.

Carry a Bottle

Never forget to pack your water bottles during a trek, as it is the most critical factor in your journey. You will find bottled water in the routes, but they are expensive, and shops are scarce.

You might not find shops for the next two to three hours from your last destination, so bringing your bottle helps at times like this. If you can, it is better to carry two bottles as you will have more water for the trip.

Also, thermos can be helpful as you can carry hot water in them to keep your body warm. You can fill hot water in the lodges, but they charge you a separate fee for it.

Wear the right shoes

Your trekking shoes determine how your journey will turn out to be because Everest Base Camp trek trails pass you through remote and rugged terrains. So, bringing proper footwear is important to traverse these challenging routes.

You walk for several hours and cover a certain distance each day, so be sure to check the shoes before carrying them on the trek. Please do not bring tight boots as they can cause blisters making it hard to walk for a longer duration.

If you are purchasing new shoes, make sure they fit and try them out a few times while going on a hike. Your boots must be durable, breathable, and comfortable. So, invest well in shoes before packing them.

Advance Booking

No matter what season you are traveling, always make sure to book your rooms and flights in advance. It will mainly come in handy during peak seasons when you won’t find any rooms or seats on the spot.

Sometimes booking in advance saves you money as several offers are available from time to time. Also, during peak seasons on arrival rooms cost more compared to advance booked rooms.

Eat nutritious food

You must eat balanced and carbohydrate-rich food during the trek. The lodge and tea house offers you typical Nepali food that gives you enough energy to complete the hikes.

You need to eat more food and not skip any meal as you burn high calories while walking up and down the paths. However, do avoid meat as they are not refrigerated and fresh.

Do not hide your health problem.

Reaching the base of Mount Everest is a dream of many travelers. So people tend to hide their health problems with the fear of halting their journey, which is a mistake.

You should never lie about your health as it will be fatal for your life later on. Always let your guide or companion know if you face difficulties like breathing problems, numbness, etc.

Permits Required for Everest Base Camp Trek

People frequently ask us whether they require permits or not for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Well, you do because, without an entry pass, you cannot enter the Everest region.

For Everest Base Camp Trek, you need to carry two permits, which are Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit and Sagarmatha National Permits.

Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit

This permit is required to enter the Khumbu region and can be purchased from Lukla or Monjo. For foreigners, the pass costs about NPR 2000 (USD 20) per person in the first four weeks and NPR 2500 (USD 25) after it. However, this permit is not available in Kathmandu.

Sagarmatha National Park

The trekking route of Everest Base Camp goes through Sagarmatha national park, so this permission is a must to finish the journey. You can obtain this pass from the entry gate in Monjo or from the Tourist Service Center in Kathmandu.

The permit costs about NPR 3000 (USD 30) per person for foreigners, NPR 1500 (USD 15) per person for SAARC, and NPR 100 per person for Nepalese. The mentioned prices exclude 13% VAT.

14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Costs

The cost of Everest Base Camp Trek ranges from $2100 to $4500 depending on the services, outfitter, and route. And our 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek is more affordable compared to other packages.

Our package covers most of the details like a guide, meals, accommodation, porter, and more. But it does not cover your personal expenses, so you need to carry between $15 to $25 for each day of the trek.

Be sure to carry the equivalent currency because they do not have money exchanges, ATMs, or banks. You need to bring cash to cover your bar bills, hot shower, snacks, phone or camera charging, and others.

Cultural Tips for Nepal

The mountainous parts of Nepal are still culturally conservative, so they are not fully aware of western culture. However, the Himalayan people of the Khumbu region do respect and are open to other cultures.

But it would be better to give them the same respect by considering their etiquette. You should not kiss on the cheeks or hug new people as gestures, point your finger at things or people, whistle inside houses, and more.

Also, while walking the trails, you will notice the men, women, and children wearing their traditional dresses. You do not need to wear the same clothing, but it would be better if you bring shoulder and knee covering clothes for the trek. Also, men should not go shirtless around the villages.

Training Required for Everest Base Camp Trek

There is no technical section in Everest Base Camp Trek, but you can do fitness training for this journey. The trek does require you to have huge stamina and a calm mindset. So, you can do courses like hiking, endurance, and cardiovascular to increase your physical and mental strength.

Short Hike

If this is your first time trekking in the mountains, then short hikes can be very helpful to get your body adjusted to walking long distances. It also helps you break in your new boots and understand the knee stress during treks. Before the actual trip, you can go on 3 to 5 hikes that last about 5 to 7 hours for training.

Cardiovascular Conditioning

Cardio training is a must because it prepares your body to deal with oxygen deficiency for a long time. This exercise stops you from becoming breathless on the trails.

Running, cycling, walking up and downhill, stair-stepping, swimming are some of the exercises for cardiovascular training. You can also carry weight packs during your courses to get used to the weights.

You can do this training 3 to 4 weeks before the actual trek for half an hour each day. It helps build overall strength in your legs, abdominal areas, upper and lower back.

Mental Conditioning

Many trekkers are unaware but mental stamina is just as important as other factors. Some days on this trek are comparatively tough, so you need to have the right mindset to push you through it.

Mental stamina is the one thing that remains active even when your body is exhausted. So, if you have strong determination and willpower, it helps you overcome any obstacle.

Travel Insurance

Before going on a trek, it is highly recommended to have travel insurance for your safety. The insurance should be able to cover your medical expenses and have helicopter rescue in case of emergency.

It would help if you made sure the insurance covers accidents above 5000 m trek because most companies do not offer high altitude security. Also, they need to have helicopter evacuation to fly you to the nearest hospital.

Packing List

Choosing only a few things to bring in the trek will be a harsh task. You will be out for several days, so it will be confusing on what to pack and what not to. Thus, we have prepared a packing list to make your task easier.

Headwear

  • Sun Cap
  • Headscarf or Bandana
  • Knitted Hat
  • Neck Gaiter or Buff
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses

Clothing

  • Moisture-wicking long sleeve t-shirt
  • Moisture-wicking short sleeve t-shirt
  • Down or fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Fleece pants
  • Windbreaker
  • Rain poncho
  • Insulated jacket
  • Trekking pants
  • Hiking shorts
  • Thermal tops
  • Thermal pants
  • Woolen pants
  • Sports bra
  • Moisture-wicking underwear

Handwear

  • Wool or fleece gloves
  • Waterproof gloves

Footwear

  • Hiking boots
  • Ankle support
  • Trainers or running shoes
  • Light and thin socks
  • Wool or synthetic socks
  • Sandals or slippers

Equipment

  • Duffel Bag
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking poles
  • Daypack
  • Thermosets

Accessories

  • Garbage Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Water Bladder
  • Stuff sacks
  • First aid kit
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Earplugs
  • Wet wipes
  • Toiletries (towel, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Toilet paper
  • Extra batteries
  • Solar power bank
  • Camera

We provide you with some of the trekking equipment like a Sleeping bag, hiking poles, duffel bag, and down jacket, so you do not need to bring them. Other than these, you need to bring other items on your own or rent, buy them in Thamel.

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