Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek
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Overview

Nepal is a land of impressive natural beauty. From sky-high mountains to deep valleys, gorges, and serene lakes, there’s a magnetic view guaranteed for all kinds of visitors arriving here. It has many scenic spots, fascinating cultural sites, centuries-old architecture, and history that stuns visitors. Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar trek gives you chance to experience all in one trip.

The unique topography of Nepal makes it one of the most beautiful places for hiking. It has dozens of mountains, natural parks, and hilltops to climb. But, the best remains to be Everest Base Camp as it unfolds wild beauty with lots of adventures and cultural feasts.

Speaking about culture, the people of mixed ethnicities can be found in Khumbu Valley, especially in the lower parts of the region. However, in the highland, Sherpa people seem to be predominant with tens and thousands of people.

Most of the inhabitants religiously follow Tibetan culture and celebrate the colorful Mani Rimdu festival in October. Trekkers can also find lots of Buddhist monasteries, Chortens, and mani walls, which reflect the old civilizations and traditions of the Sherpa people.

Locals in Khumbu are very kind and welcoming to the guests. They show friendly gestures, putting trekkers at ease instead of making them feel unwanted. Visitors can participate in religious festivals, social gatherings, ritual dances, and songs, embracing the culture.

Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Nepal, with a side trek of Kala Patthar. It’s probably the best and closest where trekkers can get to watch the magnificent Mt. Everest and its surrounding snow peaks, including Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Lhotse.

With Nepal Eco Adventure, travelers will get to explore many hidden places and viewpoints that only a few hikers have been to. At the end of the hike, they’ll get to witness the white landscapes, towering rock hills, shimmering glaciers, and icefalls.

Lying in the north of Khumbu, Everest Base Camp is accessed after a short flight to Lukla. A weeks-long trek follows it through above the ridge and down the valley before walking the level ground.

Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar trek start from Lukla, passing numerous Himalayan villages, including Manjo, Pheriche, and Lobuche. It has the trekkers ascending steep hills, walking into the deep forest, and making their way from the edge of the valley.

From Lobuche, they’ll be traversing jagged trails with rocks and the frozen lakebed from Gorakshep. They’ll have to walk over boulders and ascend the glacial valleys to end up at Everest Base Camp. Trekkers will climb Kala Patthar right before returning to the village.

They’ll take a 2-3 hours hike from Gorakshep to arrive at the mountain and watch the stunning views. After the sightseeing, they’ll climb down the trails and pass several villages to get back to Lukla. From there, we’ll take an early morning flight to Kathmandu along with the crew of Nepal Eco Adventure.

Note: We have designed 12 days EBC Kala Patthar trek itinerary if you want to skip the day tour and just join the trek.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek

  • Panoramic view of spectacular mountain ranges including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku from Kala Patthar
  • A field trip of Tengboche monastery, old Chortens, and gompas
  • Exploration of medieval villages, high valleys, and side cliffs
  • Experience authentic Nepalese culture, Himalayan lifestyle, and traditions
  • Glimpses of rolling green hills, sparkling glaciers, rocky mountains, and lakes

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive to Kathmandu airport (1380m)
On this day, our officials will receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. They’ll be waiting for you right at the airport terminal just before the flight arrives. After a brief introduction, we’ll transfer you to your hotel in about 10-15 minutes. Freshen up and get some rest before we meet in the evening for a short overview of the trek. You can do further questioning with your trek leader and clear them out. Check all the items required before the day ends, so if there are any items left to purchase, you can do it while in Thamel.
Day 2
Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
We’ll begin our Kathmandu City tour with a quick visit to Durbar Square, located in the center of the town. It’s one of the significant historical landmarks of the city, with many ancient sculptures, art, and artifacts. There are many old buildings, royal palaces, courtyards, and ponds, which will give a little hint about Nepalese history and their customs. Most wooden-carved temples and statues here reflect the traditional Newari art and culture. Hanuman Dhoka, Kal Bhairav, and Kumari Ghar are some of the oldest and most significant structures you’ll explore during the visit to this UNESCO world heritage site. Next on the day tour, we’ll stop at Swayambhunath, one of the significant religious sites in Kathmandu. It’s a sacred pilgrimage for Nepalese, but especially Buddhists who frequently visit the monastery to pay their respect. Swayambhunath lies in the west of Kathmandu and sits atop a hillock overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. It also goes by the name of Monkey temple as you can find lots of these animals in the jungle. On this trip, you’ll get to see numerous small stupas, Chortens, and Buddhist scripture lying inside the religious complex. After exploring the monastery, we’ll hop on our private jeep and head to another Buddhist stupa. It’s as stunning as Swayambhunath, not as old as it. During the trip, you can witness the construction of more than 50 small gompas around the main stupa. Prayer flags, mani wheels, and non-stop chants accompanied by musical instruments are the major highlights of the Boudhanath Stupa tour. After exploring the sites, we’ll return to the hotel, but we’ll drop by Pashupatinath Temple on the way.
Day 3
Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m)
Altitude at Phakding: 2,610 meters Walking Hours: 2-3 hrs Overnight at: a lodge We’ll take a flight to Lukla early in the morning as the weather is beautiful around this time. Following a clear sky, we’ll get to enjoy some incredible views of high mountain ranges, picture-perfect villages, and vibrant valleys. It shall take us between 30-40 minutes to arrive at the town, hovering above the vast meadows. After the flight lands, we’ll take a short lunch break and then start walking the trails. The trek from Lukla to Phakding will last 2-3, going at a slow pace. The trail runs off the mountainside on the left bank of Dudh Koshi River, which puts up a stunning view for most of today’s journey. After several ups and downs, we’ll finally reach Phakding, where there are many lodges and hotels for guests to stay.
Day 4
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m)
Namche Bazaar Altitude: 3,445 meters Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs Overnight at: a guest house After getting enough night sleep and a delicious breakfast, we’ll now leave for the trek to Namche Bazaar. The trek kicks off with a gentle uphill walk beside the terrace farm until Bengar. Followed by several ups and downs along the way, the trail stops at Sagarmatha National Park, where the entrance fee is collected. From there, we’ll cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and pass the riverbank village of Jorsale. After trekking the zigzagged paths, the trail runs straight uphill, which takes anywhere from 2-3 hours. After navigating the rugged trails, we’ll arrive at a police checkpoint where the tickets are collected. After a few more walks, the trail ends at Namche Bazaar, one of the famous Sherpa towns in Khumbu. It’s a beautiful village with many small gompas, chortens, and prayer flags. The village also boasts many tea houses, lodges, and hotels for travelers to spend the night.
Day 5
Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar (3445m)
The trails above Namche continuously inclines, which ultimately increases the risk of altitude sickness. Therefore, to avoid the threat, we’ll stay at Namche instead of trekking any further. We’ll use the day off to walk the villages and climb the trail to Hotel Everest View, which comes with breathtaking views. The trail heading to the viewpoint is upward with huge rocks and dust, taking us somewhere between 1-2 hours. After reaching the clifftop, you’ll get the first close snap of Mt. Everest along with Ama Dablam and Thamserku. We’ll also witness the deep gorges, verdant forests, and rolling landscapes while exploring the site. After spending quality time at Syangboche, we’ll retrace the steps back to the village and stay the night there.
Day 6
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867m)
Tengboche Altitude: 3,867 meters Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs Overnight at: a tea house After breakfast, we’ll continue our trek with a gentle descent through Trashinga. From here, the trail gets steep and runs endlessly through the densely forested area. After a level ground walk for about 20 minutes, we’ll see our pace increasing. The trek is easy and relaxing for about 1-2 hours, and then it goes downhill, losing all the elevation gained. We’ll arrive at a small teahouse where many travelers stop and have lunch by crossing the old wooden bridge. After getting some much-needed rest and a delicious meal here, we’ll push ourselves for another 2-3 hours walk, but this time the trail is steep. As we get close to Tengboche, you’ll get to see many ancient chortens and lofty hills along the way. As soon as we arrive at the village, you’ll get to watch the astonishing view of Imja Khola and the high ridge across the ravine of Kunde. Adding to the beauty of the village, Ama Dablam provides equally amazing scenes at the backdrop. Overnight stay in a tea house.
Day 7
Trek to Dingboche (4360m)
Altitude at Dingboche: 4,360 meters Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs Overnight at: a tea house Getting up before dawn, we’ll clean ourselves and then visit the Tengboche monastery to attend the morning prayer. We’ll perform the rituals and offer our prayers before walking through the pilgrimage. Shortly afterward, we’ll leave the village and ascend uphill that offers a lovely view of Ama Dablam and Kantega for a long time. The trail continuously rises upward, passing through several Chortens and villages, including Pangboche. While walking past the town, you can see stone-closed walls. The journey from Tengboche to Dingboche requires 5-6 hours to finish, but it’s relatively challenging. Upon arrival at the village, you’ll get to relish the stunning sights of sweeping hills, glistening mountains, lofty hills, and beautiful valleys. We’ll spend the night in a tea house.
Day 8
Day 08: Acclimatization in Dingboche (4360m)
After a rough day, it’s essential for us to take a day off from the trek and get proper rest. So, instead of trekking Dingboche, we’ll stop in the village and explore its famous sites and places of interest. For acclimation, we’ll hike Nagarjun Hill at 16,500 ft altitude. It’s perched at the edge of the Chukhung Valley, just above Dingboche. The hikes take around 3-4 hours and have us steering an off-the-beaten trail with rocks and boulders. After arriving at the hilltop, you’ll get to witness an incredible view of Chukhung Ri, Taboche Peak, Kangtega, and Thamserku. There are ample lodges and guest houses here to accommodate the trekkers climbing the hill. But, we won’t be dwelling here and instead get back to Dingboche. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Day 9
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4930m)
Lobuche Altitude: 4,930 meters Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs Overnight at: a lodge Out of Dingboche, the trail slopes downward to the village of Pheriche. After crossing the river, it starts ascending uphill along the river valley. The courses are rugged and filthy from here onwards, so not many locals and porters volunteer to travel ahead. After almost 2 hours of trekking, we’ll arrive at Dugla and cross a small wooden bridge over the river fed by Khumbu Glacier. There’ll be a short mid-day break at Dugla before we continue the journey. From here, the trail rises upward for almost an hour, followed by a short walk to the village of Lobuche. Throughout the entire way, we’ll get to enjoy the mesmerizing view of Mt. Everest along with Changtse, Makalu, Pumori, and Gyachung Kang. Even after arriving at Lobuche, we’ll get to view the rocky hills, sheer glaciers, and snowy ridge. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Day 10
Trek to Gorakshep, Hike to Everest base camp & back to Gorakshep.
Gorakshep Altitude: 5,164 meters Everest Base Camp Altitude: 5,364 meters Walking Hours: 6-7 hrs Overnight at: a tea house After breakfast, we’ll head towards the trail for a trek to Gorakshep, which is relatively more challenging than the others so far. They are jagged and filled with rocks and boulders, which makes it hard for trekkers to reach the remote settlement. The path stretches 2.8 miles from the village and has us following the rocky moraine, which offers a captivating view of serene glacial lakes and icebergs underneath the Khumbu Glacier. The trails running to Gorakshep aren’t clear and filled with loose rocks, which are difficult and strenuous to ascend. Since the altitude continuously rises from here, trekkers are more likely to suffer from altitude sickness. Therefore, we’ll climb the trail slowly, thus taking around 4-5 hours of walk. After reaching the small village, we’ll have our lunch and then walk the trail to Gorakshep shortly afterward. The long March ahead of the trail might take 2-3 hours, depending on the effect of high altitude. After making our way over the base of the Khumbu Glacier, we’ll finally get to the Everest Base Camp. Standing at the foot of Khumbu Icefall, we can watch the magnificent view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, and Pumori. The topography and landscapes with shimmering glaciers above the base camp look stunning. During the exploration, you can see many tented camps set up by the climbers of Everest. After the sightseeing, we’ll return to the village of Gorakshep, following the same path as previous. The trek gets a little easier this time, with most of the trails walking downhill. Within an hour or a few, we shall be back at the village that lies on the edge of the frozen lakebed, providing a fantastic view. Overnight stay is in a tea house.
Day 11
Trek to Kalapathar (5,643m) & back to Pheriche (4,371m)
Kala Patthar Altitude: 5,643 meters Pheriche Altitude: 4,371 meters Walking Hours: 6 hrs Overnight at: a lodge We’ll get up early today for the race to Kala Patthar at 18,513 ft. It’s one of the scenic spots in Khumbu and lies on the south ridge of Pumori. Although the trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar is just 1-2 hours, the hike still remains difficult with increasing altitude and unmarked trails. They are steep with boulders and rocks with switchbacks before leveling off. After ending up at the windswept summit ridge, we’ll get stunning glimpses of Kantega, Chumbu, Taboche, and Ama Dablam. Its unique geographical features with towering hills, glacial lakes, and surrounding snow peaks makes the trek incredible. After relishing the astonishing scenery, we will descend the trail to Gorakshep and have our breakfast. Shortly afterward, we’ll leave the village and head to Pheriche with a slow descent and cross Khumbu Khola. Following the rugged path beside lofty hills and valleys below Cholatse, we’ll end up at Pheriche.
Day 12
Trek to Namche Bazaar
After having our breakfast, we’ll return to the trail that starts with a level walk for a good few minutes. From here, the trail ascends uphill to the top of a small ridge that puts up a terrific view of Imja Valley, Ama Dablam, and Kantega. We’ll take a drop from the clifftop and then cross a suspension bridge before arriving at Tengboche. The final push for Namche Bazaar will see us climbing the trail through coniferous and rhododendron forest. On the last few hours of the trek, we’ll cross the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River and the river valley above. Finally, after hiking for nearly 6-7 hours, we’ll reach Namche Bazaar. We’ll spend the night in a lodge.
Day 13
Trek back to Lukla
On the last day of our Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek, we’ll descend the trail from Namche to Lukla, which shall take anywhere from 5-6 hours. The tracks are mostly downhill from the Sherpa town so that it will be a little easier than before. After passing several villages and climbing down the river valley, we’ll make a final descent to the town. It comes with a dramatic view of snow-capped mountains along with Tibetan monasteries, Chortens, and prayer flags. Overnight stay in a guest house.
Day 14
Fly to Kathmandu from Lukla and transfer to Hotel.
We’ll take our breakfast early in the morning and head to the Lukla Airport to board the flight. The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu will take 30-40 minutes, but even in such little time, you’ll get to enjoy the aerial shot of green meadows, surrounding hills, and majestic forests. After taking down the airport, our officials will drive you back to your hotel, where you can get the rest.
Day 15
Departure to Home
Our officials will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport early in the morning. They’ll drive you to the airport as per the schedule so that you can catch the flight back home.

What is Included

  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  • Three 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.
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private vehicle.
  • 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)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees($30 USD per person)
  • Excess baggage more than 15kg for Lukla flight.

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Where does the trek start?

Lukla is the gateway for Mt Everest so, any trek that lies on the EBC trail starts from the town. It passes many famous villages, including Namche and Dingboche, to arrive at the base camp. Those who hire a private helicopter can avoid walking the long trail and have direct land at the base camp or stop at any villages, including Tengboche.

Is the Everest Base Camp Trek dangerous?

No, Everest Base Camp Trek is not so dangerous. But, you have to be careful and acclimatize your body properly to prevent altitude sickness. Also, be careful about slipping on the trail and getting struck by yaks.

How difficult is Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek?

Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek are moderately challenging. They have mixed terrains with several ups and downs, which can be upsetting for some hikers. The paths are unpaved but marked in lower regions, but after going high, trekkers will have to pave their way through steep hills and ascend clifftops. The paths from Lobuche to Gorakshep are filled with rocks and boulders, so trekkers must maintain their physical fitness. They’ll also have to travel glacial moraine and frozen lakebed before making it to the base of Khumbu Icefall.

What is the cost of Everest Base Camp Trek?

Our 15 Days Everest Base Camp Trek costs USD $1500. But, there are other options available as well. The trek can be as low as $500 who trek solo without any porter and guide, avoid air travel and stay at some of the cheapest lodges. In contrast, the tour can cost over USD $ 10,000 for those who prefer a luxury trek, hire helicopters and stay in some of the best hotels.

How many hours do I need to walk per day?

You usually walk about 5-6 hours in most of your trek days. The walks must be slow and steady.

Do I need guides and porters for EBC?

If you are an experienced trekker, then you can trek on your own. But, having a guide helps you plan each day more efficiently. They know the place better. They explain the routes and culture of the locals. They are most useful in case of emergencies. Whether hiring a porter is a good option or not depends on the trekker’s physical strength and stamina to carry the load. For beginners, we suggest hiring a porter as they’ll help you with your luggage. They’ll make it easy for you to walk the trail without getting tired and maintaining the pace by carrying the load.

Can I take children to Everest Base Camp?

It is an unwise decision to take children. But if they are old enough to trek for days at high altitudes in a cold climate, there shall be no huge problem. Make sure, they know the symptoms of altitude sickness and have prior experiences of a few days hike.

Should I buy a travel insurance for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Unquestionably! Buy travel insurance that covers you even at high altitudes ie.upto 6000m. Insurances usually do not cover you over 3,000 meters altitude. So, make sure your insurance covers you for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Better be prepared than be sorry.

Is there a risk of getting altitude sickness?

Since the trails of Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar rise to 5,643 meters, there’s plenty of chances for trekkers to suffer from altitude sickness. Due to the low oxygen levels in higher altitudes, they may experience headaches, tiredness, and fatigue. Therefore, we ensure that all our hikers acclimatize well before leaving for the trek to higher regions to prevent the sickness. Starting the trek from a town like Lukla at 2,860 meters also helps adapt to the temperature and environment in the mountains.

How to prevent altitude sickness on the trek?

Anyone can suffer from altitude sickness at high altitudes. If you have not lived at high altitudes, you may also suffer from altitude sickness(also called as AMS or altitude motion sickness). But, with a proper attention, slow walk,and proper hydration you can prevent altitude sickness.

What is the best season for EBC trek?

Pre-Monsoon time from late February to early May and post-monsoon season from late September to early December is the best season to trek to EBC. You can also trek Everest Base Camp in November-December or June-August. But, November and December are cold months and June-August experiences a lot of rains. So, you have some matters to compromise during these off-seasons.

Can I stay overnight at Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp is just a moraine with some prayer flags during fall and dead season. Only in the spring, climbers come and make tented camps there. Sleeping in such a high altitude and cold place without a proper sleeping facility is risky. So, you come back to Gorak Shep for the overnight stay.

How busy is the EBC route?

Trials of Everest Base Camp trek can be pretty crowded in the spring season. As there will be big groups of trekkers, porters, yaks, and mountaineers, you will meet many people on the trails. However, there will still be times when you will walk for hours without meeting any other people.

How much money should I carry during the trek?

If you are traveling through a tour operator, you do not have to carry much cash. The tour guide will take care of your accommodation and meals. We recommend carrying approximately US$20 to US$25 per day to cover the expenses of Wi-Fi, bottled water, charging mobile phones and cameras. Other than that, you may be interested in tipping your guide and porters. So, carry Nepalese Rupees equivalent to a few hundred USD.

Do I need to carry a water bottle?

You can buy bottled water or just carry a bottle and fill the bottle with tap water. If you plan to use tap waters that you find on your way, make sure you carry water purifying tablets with you.

What kind of clothing is required for the trek?

The clothing for Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar trek counts on which time of the year you’re hiking. Weather in autumn and spring is mild so, you can bring light clothes with some windproof jacket to avoid the cold. For winter, you’ll have to pack warm clothes with high insulated jackets and fleece pants. Apart from that, they’ll also have to carry crampons and hiking poles to walk the glacial moraine.

Where should I buy trekking gears?

You can buy trekking essentials in your home country. Or, you can land at Kathmandu and buy them at Thamel. However, most of the trekking gears you get here are not up to standard and are comparatively cheaper. So, it’s on you to decide. If you forget any trekking gears, the last option to buy them is at Namche Bazaar.

Is there WIFI available on the trek route?

Trekkers of Everest Base Camp will be pleased to hear that there are wi-fi services available on the lodges and guesthouses in Khumbu. They charge as few as US$1 to US$2, depending on where you are. Tea houses at higher altitudes offer wi-fi for a high price, and the connectivity is also poor.

Can I charge my electronics in lodges?

Yes, you can charge your electronics in lodges. But, they charge you $2 to $ 6 per hours for that. Further up you go, the price for charging your electronics increases.

What foods should I bring with me?

You can bring snacks and protein bars if you want. Other than that is not so good option. Your daily meal includes Dal Bhat - Nepali meal, which is high in carbohydrate. If you bring your own food, lodges may charge you an additional cost.

How long is the trek?

The Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar trek length is roughly 62 km one way, starting from Lukla. It takes 2-3 weeks to finish the hike and the side trip to beautiful Himalayan villages and their famous landmarks. The hiking trail of EBC and Kala Patthar traverses deep valleys, crosses multiple suspension bridges, and runs beside the glacial moraine to arrive at Everest Base Camp.

Can I get food and snacks during the trek?

There are plenty of shops on the way to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar that are willing to provide trekkers snacks, bars, and chips. But, due to the topography and transportation problems, food items have to be transported from the city. As a result, they get much more expensive. So, we recommend all the trekkers to purchase the items in the town as they are available for a lower price. If you still insist on getting on your way to the base camp, then stock it on Jorsale since it’s the last village, where you’ll get to buy many of the food items, including candy bars and snacks.

Do I need trekking permits?

Yes, hikers will need a permit for access to Sagarmatha National Park. They’ll have to pay US$30 per person to enter the sanctuary. Compared to foreigners, the cost of a trekking permit for SAARC nationals is low at just US$15. Khumbu Pasang Lahmu rural municipality also charges US$20 to each individual trekker’s first four weeks. If the duration of the trip extends longer, trekkers will be charged an extra US$25 for each person to stay in the region.

Do I need to have travel insurance?

It’s always good to have travel insurance while trekking Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar as it protects them from various risks and financial losses. These risks vary from minor inconveniences like flight cancellation and missing luggage to severe injuries. Travel insurance covers the cost of medical emergencies, immediate evacuations, and even interruptions occurring during the trip.

Can the domestic flight to Lukla get canceled?

The flight to Lukla doesn’t get canceled unless the weather is extremely dire. Heavy snowfall and windstorms can interrupt the flight and cause it to delay. But, once the weather gets better, the flight reopens, and they’ll fly you safely to the town.

Is the Everest Base Camp trail crowded?

The trail of Everest Base Camp is generally jam-packed with travelers during the peak trekking season. It has travelers flocking from all around the world, causing chaos on the trip. The overcrowded trail sometimes creates a traffic jam, making it rather difficult to walk. It’ll be hard for trekkers to find accommodation at the last minute, so early booking is recommended for all the visitors.

Is it possible to charge the electronic device during the trek?

Yes, you may charge any of your electronic gadgets, mobile, camera, or powerbank in the lodges and guesthouses available on the way. They charge US$2 to US$5 for the electricity, though, so unless it’s not urgent, you might not want to recharge your phone.

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Best time for Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek

Although Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar make a wonderful place to visit any season, the ideal time to hike it is between mid-September and November. If not, they can walk the trail during Spring when the weather is soothing and delightful. Both these seasons offer favorable climatic conditions for trekkers to navigate the path comfortably without having to brave heat or cold.

Spring Season

The most popular time for Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar trek is Spring, which starts when the snowy weather has retreated from the region. From the blooming wildflowers to newly bursting trees and green terrains, there’s so much happening during this time.

April is the warmest month of the season, with temperatures reaching up to 7 Degree Celsius. Trekkers visiting the base camp might experience some harsh winter conditions with light snowfall and wind in late March or early April.

It’s not unusual for nights to be wintry cold in the base camp due to rapidly decreasing temperature. However, the days of Spring remain warm with lovely sunshine and mild temperatures. The early spring can be a bit cold, with winter still roving the region, but the weather gets better as time flies.

The climate is pleasant around this time, with low temperatures and impressive scenery. Its trail gets relatively clean and moist after the long winter days are over. Since the skies are clear in days, visitors can easily watch the glistening Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and many more.

Autumn Season

Fall is one of the most incredible times for trekking to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. It’s charming and gorgeous with the fine weather, cooling temperature, and prettiest scenes of vivid landscapes.

Autumn brings a mix of warm and cold climates with sunbeams and clear skies. Early September is generally hot, with temperatures ranging from 18 to 24 Degree Celsius. The weather continues to amaze hikers with hot days still in November, but as it approaches winter, the average temperature falls to the low -2.9 Degree Celsius.

Visitors walking the trail in early Autumn may encounter gentle showers with storms. But, with the start of April, they’ll get to enjoy moderate weather with pleasant days. Far and wide, they’ll witness the breathtaking view of lush green forests,

Peak Fall foliage in Khumbu usually begins in early October and lasts for about a month before the winter breaks in. It causes the weather to get arctic cold with temperatures dropping up to -11 Degree Celsius.

Compared to other seasons, autumn days are longer, allowing trekkers to explore many hidden places and famous landmarks. They’ll get to relax and ease themselves on a long trail and won’t have to rush.

The season captures your heart with the spectacular view of towering mountains, sweeping landscapes, and alpine forests. Hikers can expect different shades of colorful leaves around late September and October, but possible delays will put them with dry leaves on the trail.

Off-Season

Winters and Monsoons are often regarded as off-season for trekking in Khumbu Valley. The weather during these seasons is the least predictable and harsh. They create extreme challenges for hikers and make travel tough.

Winter days are icy cold with windstorms and snowfall, which causes difficulties for hikers. It obstructs the path and sometimes even leaves them stranded on the trail or postponed the trip. The average temperature is as low as -17 degrees Celsius in January, the coldest month of the year.

The weather in early December is chilly but still endurable, with temperatures ranging from 15 to -10 Degree Celsius. Days are a bit hot in the month, but the nights are icy cold with crisp air. Spring crowds will leave the trail as soon as winter starts.

So, if you visit the base camp in the season, you’ll find the trail empty. Trekkers will be able to walk the course at their own pace without trying to beat the time of their fellow hikers. Everest Base Camp trekkers in winter will also get to enjoy the shimmering mountains with snow-covered valleys and houses.

At the other end, monsoons are wet and dry. There’s continuous downpour all day long from June till the end of September. Unmarked trails become murky and too slippery to walk. Trekkers will have to be extra careful on the landslide-prone areas and even the hills.

But, after the rain has stopped, trekkers will get to breathe the clean and dust-free air. They’ll also get to enjoy the crystal-clear view of glistening snow-capped mountains, breathtaking landscapes, vivid valleys, and green terrains. Days are warmer and more prolonged in summer, so trekkers can get a bit slow on the trail and still make it to the top in time.

Food and Accommodation

A wide range of food and accommodation options are available for Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar trekkers. From great lodges to guest houses and hotels, so many dwelling services are offered to guests of EBC.

Despite the super-varied accommodation options, travelers mostly prefer booking rooms in tea houses as they are cheaper. Also, they are more popular and available almost everywhere in the Himalayan region.

Tea houses offer standard services to their guests at the same or even lower price than that of hotels and lodges in the Khumbu region. From budget to double rooms with en suite, trekkers are free to choose any form of a room according to their convenience.

Since locals and families run the tea houses, the staff are amicable and caring. They provide great hospitality with good food and a warm welcome, making trekkers feel at home. A lot of the services offered to the guests in tea houses are covered, but some facilities like hot showers, internet, and electricity are not included in the package.

So, if you use the amenities, you’ll have to pay them separately. Apart from accommodation, tea houses also provide delicious food to the visitors. Usually, the service for food includes a typical Nepali dish like lentils, vegetables, rice, and pickles. Western cuisines and Asian dishes like stir-fried noodles, hot soup, pizzas, and bread are also on the menu of many teahouses.

But they are slightly more expensive than the regular dish as locals have to transport the ingredients from the town. Local dishes are less pricey as they are prepared using the local farm produce and spices. They provide three-time meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the guests as it provides them enough energy.

Equipment required for Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek

The essentials needed for Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar trek depend on when you’re trekking the site. It’s because the weather varies with every season in Khumbu, so what goes inside the backpack relies on the climatic conditions.

For most trekkers, it’s light and comfortable clothes as they hike the camp in spring and autumn. The weather is quite nice and warm about the time, so the hikers are not required to carry a lot of warm clothes.

A pair of down jackets and thermals will be good enough to fight against the cold weather of Everest Base Camp. In winter, trekkers climbing the base camp will have to carry extra warm clothes.

Trekkers climbing the base camp with teams of Nepal Eco Adventure will get a lot of the items required for Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek, a duffle bag, trekking pole, and other basic hiking gears are provided to the travelers.

Clothing & Footwear

  • Windproof jacket and fleece pants
  • Long sleeve t-shirt and
  • Moisture-wicking t-shirt
  • Heavy-weight pants for higher altitude
  • A pair of sturdy climbing boot
  • Mountaineering boot for all kinds of terrains
  • Synthetic or woolen socks with some extra pairs

Other items

  • First-aid kit with prescribed medicines
  • Reusable water bottle with water purifier tablets
  • Camera with extra batteries, power bank, and charger
  • Journals and bag
  • Hiking poles

Things to be considered during Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek

1. Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is indeed the most common challenge faced by trekkers of Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. While going to higher altitudes, they experience a gradual decline in air pressure which causes shortness of breath and dizziness.

While many of them only witness minor symptoms like dizziness, headache, lack of appetite, and nausea, some have insomnia. Therefore, to prevent the sickness as much as possible, trekkers are required to acclimatize.

Namche and Dingboche are some of the most famous villages where trekkers stop to adapt to the weather and temperature. Acclimatization at these places helps trekkers to survive the low atmospheric pressure at base camp. Climbing the trails at a slower speed, staying hydrated, and taking proper rest also help to prevent altitude sickness.

2. Long and Steep Trails

No doubt, trekking is fun, but it surely is troublesome when the trails are as long and inclined as Everest Base Camp. The stress and exhaustion of continuously walking the paths with rocks and boulders dishearten any visitor but primarily beginners who have no previous trekking experience.

Stretching 38.5 miles one-way with two hours extra walk up to Kala Patthar is strenuous for any hiker unless they are physically fit and strong. Trekkers with low stamina and mental balance won’t be able to put up with the main course of EBC.

Therefore, visitors will have to spend enough time on their physical fitness and stability to avoid fatigue and distress. They’ll also have to measure their current fitness level and plan the workout accordingly. For beginners, aerobic and cardio exercises like cycling, brisk walking, or jogging seem to provide more benefits.

Walking the course of EBC doesn’t get easier with a continuous steep hill and no level ground up to miles. Therefore, to beat the mountainous terrains, trekkers will have to take both short and long-distance hikes. In that way, they’ll be able to cope with the trails and the severe weather of the mountains.

3. Weather and Climate

The climate and temperature of the Himalayas are unpredictable and harsh. It changes pretty quickly without any indications or even a single hint. Therefore trekkers will have to be extremely careful while planning the trip.

Since it’s a multi-day trek, chances for trekkers to face adverse weather at base camp are always high. But, hiking the landmark in winter and monsoon has extreme difficulties, especially cold weather.

Temperatures are generally below 0 Degree Celsius around this time, so trekkers will have to defy several odds to reach the camp. With the snowfall lasting several hours, trekkers will have difficulty hiking the paths unless they have crampons. Windstorms and blizzards impair the visibility, making it hard to find the way.

Spring and Autumn are ideally the best time for Everest Base Camp as they have pleasant weather. Visitors will quickly climb the trails with the sunny days followed by a clear blue sky and warm weather.

4. Accommodations

Accommodations available at Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Trek are basic. Although there are plenty of lodges and hotels to make reservations, trekkers usually prefer to dwell in tea houses. As compared to other forms of accommodation, they are less pricey, and the services are standard.

Most of these tea houses come with a double or sharing bedroom and an attached bathroom. But, a few of them do have a well-facilitated single room with an en-suite, except they are a little bit more expensive. Guests can expect no more than a comfortable bed with a pillow and a bedsheet.

Sleeping bags and down jackets are provided to fight the chilly wind and snowstorms in the mountain. Apart from that, trekkers will have to bear their private expenses including snacks, and trekking equipment.

5. Porters/Guide

Porters and guides are heaven-sent angels for trekkers as they help them carry the loads and navigate paths. They help Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar hikers by transporting the luggage and making it relatively easy to walk the steep trails.

But, you’ll have to be very careful while hiring the guides as not everyone can speak fluent English. In such a situation, you might not be able to have proper communication. A licensed local guide can guide you better and even help you visit many unexplored places.

Also, don’t forget that the porter at Everest Base Camp can carry no more than 25kg weight. So, if there are any unwanted items in the backpack, then get rid of them immediately. These porters may charge you anywhere from US$16 to US$20 per day for helping with the loads.

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