Modarate - Challenging
March - May) and October - December
- Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, that offers exceptional bird eye view of the beautiful hills and magnificent Himalayas.
- Traversing through the Sagarmatha National Park, with an opportunity to explore diverse flora and fauna and witness some of the endangered species in the Himalayas.
- Explore Sherpa settlements in Namche Bazar and learn about their unique culture and lifestyle.
- Witnessing stunning sunrise views over Mt. Everest, and surrounding peaks from Kala Patthar
- Exploring the world’s highest glacier-Khumbu Glacier.
- Exploring Tengboche Monastery, Oldest Pangboche Monastery
- Walking through fascinating trekking trails passing through terraced fields, rhododendron forests, and Buddhist monasteries.
|Person(s)||Price per Person|
|1 Pax||USD 1450.00|
|2 Paxes||USD 1250.00|
|3 Paxes||USD 1225.00|
|4 - 6 Paxes||USD 1190.00|
|7 - 12 Paxes||USD 1150.00|
|13 - 18 Paxes||USD 1125.00|
14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
Imagine yourself at the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers. What an amazing feeling it would be, right? This is what the Everest Base Camp trek is all about, offering lifelong memories from breathtaking natural scenarios surrounded by some of the most stunning landscapes on the planet. Hillary Step Treks presents a 14 Days Everest Base Camp trek package that offers a unique opportunity to explore stunning landscapes in the Himalayas. Our Everest Base Camp trek 14 days itinerary is full of adventurous rides that take you to the base camp of the world's highest mountain.
The breathtaking trekking trails on the Everest base camp journey take you through verdant forests, rhododendron settlements, glacial moraines, and woodlands. Moreover, you will pass through the Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to diverse flora and fauna and offers you an opportunity to witness some of the endangered species in the Himalayas.
During the scenic Mount Everest Base camp trek, you will also get an opportunity to experience the unique lifestyle of Sherpas living under the shadows of the Himalayas. The Sherpas are known for their mountaineering skills and Hospitality. The people are very friendly and easily approachable. You can interact with them and learn about their unique culture and tradition during your trek.
Therefore, the Everest base camp trek is a perfect blend of natural and cultural immersion. However, the Everest base camp trek difficulty level is considered to be challenging as it includes steep ascents, steep descents, rough terrain, and narrow trekking trails. But, the reward you get to enjoy the stunning view of the majestic peak of Mount Everest from the base camp makes it worth it. Moreover, the trekking trail itself offers an exceptional experience in nature.
The view of the magical Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall is truly breathtaking, as is the panoramic scenery of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks. You can also witness a jaw-dropping sunrise view over the world’s highest peaks from the edge of Kala Patthar.
We understand the budget can be one of the crucial aspects while planning for trekking. To inform you, the Everest Base camp trek cost may vary depending on different factors such as trekking seasons, offered facilities, and trekking duration. On average, our Everest Base camp trek cost ranges from USD 1125 to USD 1450 per person, which includes trek permits, accommodation, meals, and transportation.
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Day to Day Itinerary
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Hillary Step Trek's representative will meet you at the International terminal. After completing the formalities, our representative will drive you to a hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the day is for refreshment and relaxation at the hotel. However, if time permits, you can go for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.
In the evening, our representative will provide you with all the essential information regarding our 14 days Everest base camp trek. Prepare your packing as per the instruction from our representative.
Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
The second day of the EBC 14 days trek starts with a thrilling flight to Lukla. You will head towards Tribhuvan International Airport or the Manthali Airport in Ramechhap to board flights to Lukla. The short 35 minute flight to Lukla offers stunning views of the Kathmandu valley and Himalayan ranges from the bird’s eye view. Upon Landing, we will take a short break for tea and to acclimatize to high altitudes.
In Lukla, you will also meet your Porter team. Shortly, you will begin your trek toward Phakding with porters and guides. The trek to Phakding is relatively easy and takes around 3 to 4 hours, passing through beautiful forests of pine and cedar trees. On the way, you will also have the opportunity to explore several local settlements including Chhupulung, ThadoKoshi, and Ghat. Additionally, the pleasing views of mountains, Tibetan inscriptions carved in rocks, multi-color Buddhist flags dangling around the Mani walls, and prayer wheels make the journey peaceful and exciting.
Stay overnight at a teahouse in Phakding.
We aim to reach Namche Bazar, the Sherpa Capital, on the third day of our Everest base camp trek 14 days itinerary. The trekking trails ascend uphill towards the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park (SNP) as you pass through the forests of Magnolia trees and rhododendron.
From SNP, which is the official entrance to the Everest region, the trekking trail takes you through Chumoa settlements to arrive at Monjo. At Monjo, you will complete the permit verification and continue your journey passing through the suspension bridge to reach Jorsale village.
The site offers you the first glimpse of the mighty Everest from Top Danda. Hiking up further for 2 hours, the trails will take you to Namche Hill, which is our final destination for the day.
Stay overnight at a teahouse in Namche Bazar.
On our Everest base camp trek 14 days itinerary, we have separated the fourth day for acclimatization. Acclimatization is important to give your body time to adjust to the high altitude and prevent altitude sickness.
On this day, you can explore the local village in the Khumbu region. You can take a short hike to Khumjung village situated at about 3790m to explore Sherpa culture, heritages, monasteries, and purported Yeti scalp, and visit Hillary school. You can also visit the Sherpa Museum, which presents an opportunity to learn and explore more about Sagarmatha National Park, and its diverse flora, and fauna. The rest of the day is for refreshments and enjoying the unique Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar.
Stay overnight at a teahouse in Namche Bazar.
After a restful acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar, you are ready to continue your trek towards Tengboche at an elevation of 3867 m. The trail gradually ascends and passes through Leushyasa, Kyangjuma, and Phungi Thanga offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks including Thamserku and Ama Dablam.
Continuing the walk, the trekking trail passes through the blossoming rhododendron woods before you cross the Dudh Koshi River to arrive at Tengboche. Here, we will explore the largest Buddhist monastery in the region which is considered a significantly important cultural site.
Stay overnight at a teahouse in Tengboche.
On our sixth day of 14 days Everest base camp trek itinerary, we aim to reach Dingboche at an elevation of 4410 m. Today, the trekking trail takes you through conifer, willow, and rhododendron-studded forests. You will pass through Pangboche, Milingo, Deboche, and Somare to reach Dingboche.
On the way, you will visit the oldest Pangboche Monastery at Pangboche and witness a magnificent view of Island Peak, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and surrounding peaks. Dingboche offers beautiful views of terraced fields of buckwheat, potato, barley, and crops.
Stay overnight at a teahouse in Dingboche.
The 7th day of 14 days Everest base camp trek is yet another day for acclimatization to allow your body to adapt to higher altitudes. You can hike up to Nagarjuna Hill and the Chhuking village, where you get to witness exceptional views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Thamserku, and surrounding snow-capped peaks.
Returning to Dingboche after a short hike, you will spend your day exploring the local village with an opportunity to interact with friendly locals.
Stay overnight at a teahouse in Dingboche.
After the previous acclimatization day, you are ready to continue your trek at a higher altitude. Today, we aim to reach Lobuche located at an elevation of 4940 m. The trekking trail is challenging yet exciting as it takes you through a narrow valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
On your journey, the beautiful natural scenarios including exceptional landscapes, vibrant trees, snowy glaciers, and rivers keep you enticed to arrive at Thukla/Dughla. Thokla presents the breathtaking scenery from the top view.
From here, the trek further takes you through Lobuche settlements where you are welcomed by astonishing views of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtern, and Mt. Khumbutse. After ascending for an hour, you will arrive at Lobuche.
Stay overnight at a teahouse in Lobuche.
Today marks one of the most exciting days on our 14 days Everest base camp trek itinerary as you will trek to the Everest base camp today. The demanding yet fruitful trek starts with many short ascents and descents with a lot of rocky fields with wobbly rocks to arrive at Gorakshep.
You will enjoy lunch in Gorakshep and then hike another 2 hours to arrive at the Everest Base Camp. The base camp is situated at an altitude of 5364 meters and offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including Mount Everest.
From the site, you can also witness exceptional views of the Khumbu icefall and the massive Lhotse-Nuptse wall. Take some time to explore the camp and soak in the surreal surroundings. After spending some time at the base camp, you'll trek back to Gorakshep.
Stay overnight in a teahouse in Gorakshep.
After exploring the astonishing Everest Base camp, today you will trek to Kala Pathar which is yet another key highlight of our journey. Enjoying early morning breakfast, the day starts with witnessing the breathtaking sunrise view over the Himalayas.
The view of the first sunlight falling on the surface of Mount Everest and surrounding peaks creates a lifelong memory. From here, you can observe the southern side of Mt. Everest in a close-up view. Take your time to immerse in magical nature and capture the panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks in your camera.
After satisfying your nature-loving soul here, you will return on the same trail and move ahead to the next destination Pheriche.
Stay overnight in Pheriche.
After relishing breakfast, the trekking trail takes you back to Namche Bazaar. The trail passes through engrossing sites including Pangboche, Somare, Deboche, Milinngo, Kyangjuma, and Tengboche to arrive at Namche Bazaar.
On the journey, you are rewarded with impressive views of surrounding mountains as you pass through numerous ascents and descents. The trekking trail also includes paths through the forest as you traverse back along with the mountainside and descend to Namche Bazaar.
Stay overnight at a teahouse in Namche Bazaar.
We will start the day in the early morning as another long day trek awaits ahead to take you back to Lukla. After early morning breakfast, you will begin by descending Namche Hill crossing Hillary Bridge.
The trail includes numerous ascents and descents as you walk through Monjo and depart Sagarmatha National Park and Phakding. Continuing the walk, you will pass through Ghat gradually trekking up to Lukla.
Today you will spend your last night in the Khumbu region. Stay overnight in Lukla.
On the 13th day of our Everest Base camp trek itinerary, you will bid a final goodbye to the beautiful Khumbu region after collecting mesmerizing memories to cherish forever. We will board an early morning flight to return to Kathmandu from Lukla. Once again, you will have an opportunity to relish the exceptional Himalayan views from the top view.
Upon arriving in Kathmandu, our representative will drive you to the hotel in Kathmandu, where you have the rest of the day for refreshment and relaxation. If time permits, you can also choose to explore the Kathmandu Valley. Our representative will provide you with some key locations to visit in the valley. You can also spend time buying souvenirs or gifts in the local streets of Kathmandu.
Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Our Mount Everest base camp trek comes to an end today. Join us for a farewell breakfast. Together, we will recall the beautiful memories from our exciting trekking. You are welcome to provide your valuable feedback and suggestions.
Our representative will drive you to the Tribhuvan International Airport and wave a final goodbye. We wish you a safe journey ahead.
- Two nights accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Thamel Park with Breakfast)
- 11 Nights Standard Accommodation in During the Everest Base Camp Trek
- All Standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner/the main course) during the trek
- Free Pick up/Drop of from to International airport and domestic airport by private vehicle
- Both way Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu by flight with airport tax
- Sagarmatha National Park Fees
- Pasang Lhamu munucipality fees
- TIMS card fees
- Professional & government licensed holder English Speaking Trekking Guide
- Porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation etc
- Sleeping bag (if Needed)
- Trekking Map
- First aid kit
- Cookies & seasonal fruits everyday
- All government and Local Tax
Nepal Trekking Booking open for 2023/24 (from September, Lukla flight will be from Ramechhap)
Planning and Preparation for Trek to Everest Base Camp
The Everest region lies in a remote location with limited facilities and the trekking route passes through highly challenging and demanding trails in unpredictable weather conditions. Upon that, trekking at higher altitudes provides a greater risk for altitude sickness. This is why Everest Base Camp Trek requires careful planning and preparation to ensure that your trekking journey is safe yet enjoyable. So, you may want to consider the following key factors while planning and preparing for a “14 days Everest base camp trek” in Nepal.
Choosing the Right Trekking Season
The best time for EBC 14 Days trek is during the pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (September to November) seasons.
Spring (March to May) is the most popular time for Everest Base Camp trekking, as the temperatures are mild, and the rhododendron forests bloom with colorful flowers during this time. In autumn (September to November), the skies are clear, and the weather is dry, which provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy panoramic mountain views.
During those seasons, the weather conditions are generally stable, therefore minimizing the trekking challenges and difficulty levels than other rainy or snowy seasons.
Obtaining the Necessary Permits and Documents
Sagarmatha region, the home to Everest Base Camp is a protected zone in Nepal. So, before embarking on the Mount Everest Base Camp trek, you will need to obtain the necessary permits and documents from the Nepal government. For this, you will need to provide a valid passport and visa for inspection and obtain the important permits – the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Card.
Physical Fitness and Health Requirements
As mentioned earlier, the Everest Base Camp trek is physically demanding and challenging that requires a good level of fitness and health. So, it is ideal to start preparing for the trek several months in advance by engaging in regular exercise and building your stamina. Additionally, it’s important to have a medical check-up to ensure that you are fit to trek.
Altitude Sickness and Prevention
As you are trekking to Everest base camp at altitudes up to 5,545 meters (18,192 feet), altitude sickness may be an issue at times. Therefore, it’s important to acclimatize properly by ascending slowly and spending a few days at intermediate altitude levels during your trek. Additionally, you should stay well hydrated at all times to minimize the risk. So, make sure to drink plenty of water whilst you walk forward with the trails. You may also want to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol to minimize the potential risks during the Everest Base Camp trek 14 days itinerary.
Packing List and Gear Recommendations
To ensure that you have a comfortable and safe trek, it’s important to pack the right gear and equipment. Some essential items to pack include a good-quality trekking backpack, hiking boots, warm clothing layers, a waterproof jacket and pants, sun protection, a headlamp, and a first aid kit.
Best time to visit 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
Every trekking season is unique and thus offers a variety of excitement and atmosphere for trekkers seasonally. Despite this, the best time to trek the Everest Base Camp is during the peak seasons of either mid-March -April - May (spring) or mid-September - October - November (autumn) which are considered to be pre-monsoon and before winter respectively.
The climate is slightly hot during the day while hiking and deep freeze at night depending on the altitude. There is also less chance of rain during this time and you can expect clear weather, fully serviceable teahouses, and plenty of daylight which is perfect for Everest trekking. However, off-season trekking is available for experienced trekkers. We recommend you do methodical planning and medications while trying to complete the 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek at any time of the year.
Health and Safety throughout Everest Base Camp Trek Nepal
Our Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary is certainly physically demanding and challenging. Therefore, it will require you to take the necessary safety precautions and maintain good health throughout the trek. By doing so, you will ensure that you have the safest trek while gathering wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. So, what are the health and safety factors to consider on the Everest base camp trek route? Here we have compiled the key safety factors to be aware of. Let’s check it out.
Climbing higher into the mountains means that you’re moving forward with the reduced air pressure which can lead to lower oxygen levels. This can result in symptoms like dizziness, nausea, and headache. Staying hydrated helps to avoid those symptoms as it increases blood flow and oxygen levels in your muscles.
Additionally, drinking adequate water also helps to maintain optimal bodily function and provides you with the most needed energy to meet the physically demanding activities during your tour. Therefore, staying hydrated helps to stay active in high altitudes preventing fatigue and muscle cramps. So, make sure to drink plenty of water; we encourage you to drink a minimum of 3 to 4 liters per day throughout the trek.
As you ascend higher altitudes passing through harsh climatic conditions, it may weaken your immune system, making you vulnerable to illness and sanitation. This is where good sanitation comes to play to protect your health by preventing the spread of germs. So, make sure to follow the proper sanitation, such as washing hands regularly, drinking clean water, wearing clean and neat clothes, and using clean water to cook foods to ensure healthy trekking.
Altitude sickness also known as Acute Mountain Sickness is the most common concern as you trek at high altitudes. The thinning air with low oxygen levels is to blame for this. The common symptoms include headache, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. So, if you encounter a situation, it is crucial to take immediate preventive action as it can lead to serious consequences at times. Upon identification of symptoms, descend to a lower altitude as quickly as possible.
So, what can you do to avoid altitude sickness? Well, you should make sure to ascend gradually and allow your body to adjust to the changing conditions over a period of several days. To do this, you can spend several days at lower altitudes to allow the body to acclimatize before gradually ascending to higher elevations.
Risk of Injuries
While most trekkers complete EBC 14 days trek without any injuries, the trekking route does contain the risk of injuries. This is because you will be walking through uneven, stony, and rough terrains where the incidents like slips, falls, and trips are always there as a risk factor. Those risk factors may lead to sprains, fractures, cuts, blisters, and bruises which can be painful spoiling your trekking experience. So, you should not underestimate those risks even if the risk possibility is low. This requires you to be very careful while walking on rough roads and take important precautions to avoid injuries.
Emergency Process in case of injuries or accidents
Though you have prepared in the best way, ensuring all the necessary precautions, accidents, and injuries can still occur on unfortunate occasions while trekking in Everest Base Camp. So, it is essential that you know how to respond to emergencies to avoid serious health consequences.
Dealing with Common Injuries
As discussed earlier, the common injuries during the Everest base camp trek include blisters, cuts, bruises, and sprains. Upon such injuries, it is important that you take prompt action to treat them. This helps you to avoid complications. This is how to deal with those common injuries.
- Blisters: Use moleskin for blister pads to protect the affected area. Avoid popping blisters, as this can increase the risk of infection.
- Cuts and scrapes: Clean the wound with an antiseptic and then cover it with a sterile dressing.
- Bruises: Apply a cold compress to the affected area to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
- Sprains: Rest the affected limb and apply a compression bandage to reduce swelling.
If the injuries are more serious requiring a medical emergency, then evacuation may be necessary. There are several options for evacuation, including helicopter rescue or evacuation by foot or animal.
Here we have put together the step-by-step guidelines for you to consider in case of emergencies. Let’s learn.
Step 1: Stay calm and assist a guide or medical professional from the trekking agency to assess the situation and determine the severity of the injury or illness.
Step 2: After inspecting the severity, the trekking guide or medical professional will decide if the person needs to be evacuated immediately or if they just can be treated by bringing them to a lower altitude and applying basic first aid treatments.
If the situation is severe requiring immediate medical attention, the injured person may need to be airlifted to a nearby medical facility. So, the trekking agency representative contacts the rescue services immediately for quick action to airlift the injured person.
In the other case scenario, if the situation is less severe, the trekking representative will arrange to transport the injured person to a lower altitude for further treatment.
You should remember that the evacuation procedure varies depending on the severity of the situation, the location of the injury or illness, and the available resources. So, consult with the trekking agency for a detailed emergency plan in place before moving ahead on the Everest Base Camp Trek. Also, make sure that you have travel insurance for trekking to Everest base camp that covers emergency evacuation to ensure that you’re prepared for any unexpected events.
Equipment Checklist for Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days
Upper Body: -
- A long-sleeve thermal base layer
- Trekking shirt
- Insulation layer
- fleece jacket
- Warm Down Jacket
- waterproof jacket
- T-Shirt lightweight
- Beanie and ear warmers
- Sunhat & Scarf
- Headlights with extra batteries
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Dust Masks
- Lip Balm
- Face /Body wipe
legs & Boots:-
- Trekking Pants two pairs
- waterproof jacket
- Trekking boots
- Sport Shoes
- Crampons (If snow or Ice)
- Thermal Leggins
- Underwear & thick Socks
- Trekking pole
- Sleeping bag
- Water bottle
- Backpack or Day pack
- Quick drying towel
- Toilet paper
- Small mirror
- Nail cutter
- Power bank
- Extra batteries for the Camera
- Diary & Pen
- Extra Passport copy and Photos
- Firsts Aid Kits
Accommodation at Everest Base Camp Trek
The rise in popularity of trekking in the Everest region has led to the establishment of teahouses and lodges. It has been an income source for the locals residing over there. The teahouses are simple, comfortable, and provided with basic facilities. You can get additional facilities like Wi-Fi, hot showers, and Laundry with rooms, in the lower Khumbu region with additional charges.
Most of the teahouses are owned and operated by a native of that region. You can interact with friendly locals, hear some folklore and learn about the culture, and lifestyle of the people over there. Check for the availability of working electrical outlets, hot showers, and Wi-Fi before booking a room. As the altitude rises, the space and service are limited and sharing must be done. Be humble and respect the local norms while staying in these places.
Meals in Everest Base Camp Trek
Meals during the trek are mostly healthy, keeping fit and energized throughout the trek. The staple dish is Nepali Dal Bhat alongside curry, which provides enough vigor to trek for 6-7 hours. Another classic favorite is Shyakpa (Sherpa Stew). The more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) is also available at Lukla and Namche Bazaar. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served from the teahouses or a lodge menu on the way to the destination stops. The prices for meal rises as you go higher. It is best to follow the guidance of trekking specialists for a safe, hygienic, and nutritious meal diet.
Drinking Water of Everest Base Camp Trek in 14 Days
Drinking water to keep yourself hydrated is best while trekking. Mineral water can cost the US $ 1-3. Alternatively, you can fill up your water bottles at the guesthouses with boiled water or water purified through a filtration system. Similarly, freshwater streams straight from the Himalayas are also not hard to find while trekking. You should carry a drinking water bottle, some chlorine tablets, or water purification agents to perform your water treatment and just to be safe.
Internet connectivity on the Everest base camp trek in Nepal
Everest Link’s Wi-Fi cards have made it possible to connect with our loved ones even on the EBC Trek trail. The cards are easily available at different stops during the trek and the connection is smooth and stable. The cards are easily available at different stops during the trek and the connection is smooth and stable. The cards are easily available at different stops during the trek and the connection is smooth and stable. But there are only two free hotspots along the trek at Lukla and Namche Bazaar. Alternatively, you can purchase a Sim card with a data package and use it anywhere you want. The connection is good enough to do video calls, send messages, and upload files. But it is a great idea to get disconnected from hustle and bustle of the outer world for a while and fall in love with nature and enjoy spectacular mountain vistas, and sceneries.
Starting Point of Everest Base Camp trek
As per the itinerary designed by the expert guides and trekking operators of Hillary Step Treks, the Everest Base Camp trek route starts from Lukla. You reach Lukla via a flight from Kathmandu. The trek begins from the beautiful small mountain village of Lukla elevated at 2840m. The climb along the southeast spine begins with a journey to Everest Base Camp on the southern side of Everest in Nepal, at 5,364 meters. We also provide customization options. Rather than a direct flight, you can drive to Salleri and lower Khumbu and head out towards base camp. If you want more adventure and have extra time, you can go with that option. Since we are here for the Everest base camp trek 14 Days, Lukla is the most straightforward option saving you time, cost, and effort on the Everest base camp trek route.
Permits are required
You are required to get two permits for this trek i.e. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Entrance Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Permit. Both permits are mandatory and can be purchased at the tourism office in Kathmandu or from the town of Lukla, and the Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Permit in Monjo.
All treks in the Everest region require Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Entrance Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Permit. The permit costs NPR 2000 and NPR 3000 respectively. For SAARC nationals, the permit cost is NPR 1000 and NPR 1500 respectively.
Some forms are needed to be filled up for identification purposes while collecting permits. So, having all primary identity documents, especially visa is always favorable along with your passport size photographs.
Travel Insurance is one of the quintessential things you must do before any travel or trek. Most trekkers face many obstacles as they ignore this important part of the trek. Travel insurance, not only acts as a safety net against the risk of experiencing unforeseen medical expenses but also safeguards against other travel-related emergencies that could ruin your trek. One must confirm that the travel insurance covers an altitude of above 4000 meters. Medical extremities, luggage loss, theft, flight cancellations, etc. must be covered. Hence you should get appropriate travel insurance before you start on this trek to enjoy it without worries.
Safety and our guides
Our guides are well-trained, professional, seasoned adventurers with over one decade of experience. They are technically competent, friendly in nature, have proven safety performance, and impeccable judgment, able to provide useful and expert instructions. Personal protection equipment and first-aid kits are readily available with guides for trekkers’ safety. Our itinerary is also designed in such a way that acclimatization is properly performed and reaches our destination successfully. We are always giving our best to meet the diverse needs of international clients and assuring that you are in the safe hands of professionals. It's always better to hire a guide for everything to run smoothly and safely. We want our clients to have safe, pleasurable, adventurous, and memorable experiences.
Extra Personal Expenses
You might have to spend extra and advisable to carry extra cash with you as access to ATMs and banks are difficult here.
- For your Travel Insurance.
- Extra or personal porter.
- Hot showers, internet access, battery charging, laundry, and other extra services in the mountains.
- Emergency evacuation cost.
- Souvenirs from the Himalayas, such as medicinal herbs, paintings, and other things.
- Any kind of drinks, energy bars throughout the trek, tips to the guides and porters at the end of the trek.
How tough is Everest Base Camp Treks for trekkers having various experience levels?
The Mount Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal is challenging, adventurous, and moderately tough for trekkers and requires acclimatization for everyone. If you have experience trekking in the Himalayas before, it is quite easier. We recommend you in attempting short hikes, convey a backpack of 10/15 kilos, and start climbing before venturing into the high-elevation trails of the Himalayas. You descend the same trail you ascend. However, with proper guides and planning, anyone can complete the trek without any hassle. Even people having average physical fitness but strong willpower and a positive attitude can do Everest trekking, regardless of the optimal fitness level required for Everest Base Camp. But, the fitter you are, you can relish your treks. The weather is pleasant during the season and you can find plenty of other trekkers to assist you throughout the journey. Be sure to experience the trek during the season if you are a first-time trekker. It is convenient if you have a guide and porter to escort you.
Altitude Sickness and Acclimatization
Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary includes scheduled acclimatization days at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche to adjust your body to the high altitude. Altitude sickness is common for trekkers heading over the 3000 meters (10000 ft.) mark in the Himalayas. The EBC Nepal voyage starts at 2,610 meters in Phakding and ascents to a maximum elevation of 5,644.5 meters at Kala Patthar. Acclimatization days are scheduled considering your body is adjusting to the altitude. Hence, these stopovers at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche are crucial. However, only a minor percentage of trekkers are severely ill, and proper caution can let you be safe here. The prime symptom of altitude sickness are headache, nausea, breathlessness, vomiting, and in extreme cases hallucinations and unconsciousness. Make sure you let your guides know if you have any of these symptoms while trekking the Everest Base Camp trail. Some key points to avoid altitude sickness are:
- Do warm-up hikes and stretching before starting the journey for the day.
- Drink an adequate amount of water. Keep rehydrating at regular intervals. It is best to drink a liter every hour you've walked then. Set yourself to urinate further throughout the day and night.
- Get plenty of rest & sleep. Don't push yourself too much while walking. The key is to ascend slowly and gradually. You should trek slowly and gradually.
- You need to have an applicable balanced diet throughout the journey. Avoid too-much salty food and alcohol throughout the trek.
- If necessary take the capsules for Altitude sickness by consulting with your guide. If you feel too uncomfortable descend immediately.
Cultural and Environmental Considerations
Certainly, the Everest Base Camp 14 Days itinerary provides you with a mesmerizing experience with the rich and diverse culture of the local communities and natural surroundings. In return, you may want to ensure that you have positive impacts on them too. While you will benefit the locals as a tourist, providing income and employment opportunities, your many activities can also lead to the displacement of local people and the degradation of their way of life.
Negative effects on local communities and the environment
As you do not want to leave negative effects behind, it becomes crucial to recognize your possible negative effects on the local communities and environment. Here are some impacts to avoid:
- Littering and waste disposal.
- Deforestation and habitat destruction.
- Carbon emissions and pollution.
- Overcrowding and destroying natural resources.
- Disruption of traditional lifestyles and cultures.
- The exploitation of local labor.
- Loss of local control over resources.
Tips for minimizing negative impacts and promoting sustainable tourism
To promote sustainable tourism, we encourage you to engage in responsible tourism practices and respect local culture and customs through your Mount Everest Base Camp trek days. Some tips for responsible trekking include:
- Hiring local guides and porters.
- Staying in locally-owned lodges.
- Following proper waste management and disposal processes.
- Respecting local cultures and customs by dressing appropriately, asking for permission before taking photographs, and refraining from engaging in activities that are considered disrespectful or offensive.
- Staying on designated trails and avoiding damaging natural habitats.
Benefits of Choosing Hillary Step Treks (HST)
- Our professional and experienced team of over one decade has accomplished treks in Everest Base Camp treks and other treks too.
- Our government-licensed guides are fluent in English, Nepali, and Sherpa dialects. They know the terrain, culture, people, and the Everest region through & through.
- HST provides you with the best value services for your money. No hidden cost, every step with HST is transparent and clear. We value our clients over profit any day.
- Your safety is the top priority while trekking with the HST team. Thus, in case of an emergency first-aid kit or provision of rescue teams as a requirement.
- We are a government-registered company providing you with real care services at the best reasonable rate.
- Our company also has 70% repetitive clients over the years which shows their trust in us.
- We go the extra mile to assure you of a complete trekking experience in Nepal. HST is your ideal choice for trekking in Nepal.
FAQs of Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days
1, Is there Bank, ATM & Money exchange available during the EBC trek?
Yes, a couple of places have banks, ATMs & Money Exchange (Lukla & Namche) but rates will be lower than in Kathmandu. So, it is better to carry enough Cash from Kathmandu for your extra expenses.
2, What is the Luggage limit for Plane & Porter to carry?
Limit luggage for the plane is 10kg luggage & 5 Kg hand carry per trekker and Hillary Step Treks will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry a combined 20 Kg of Luggage (10Kg for each trekker)
3, Do I need to do acclimatization during the Everest Base Camp Trek?
Yes, we highly suggest two places for acclimatization to complete the Everest Base Camp trek (Namche and Dingboche)
4, Can I bring kids for Everest Base Camp trek?
Yes, if they are fit and healthy then you can bring them to do the Everest Base Camp trek. We have already taken 7- & 9-Years Kids to EBC.
5, What permit is required for the EBC trek?
There are 3 permits required for the EBC trek. Pasang Lhamu Rural municipality permit, Sagarmatha National Park Fees & Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card.
6, How long does it take to reach Everest Base Camp?
Generally, it takes 10-16 Days to reach the EBC trek from Kathmandu depending on which route you choose.
7, Do guides and Porters have Insurance?
Yes, all the guides and porters from Hillary Step treks are covered by Insurance. We also cover the expenses for their salary, meals, accommodation, equipment, etc. during the trek.
8, What is the Tipping culture like in Nepal?
All our tour operators are a member of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal registered under the Nepal Government. You may wish to tip the guides and porters for their service during the trek. Tipping is your personal choice and you may tip about 10% of the trekking cost or more than that.
9, What type of rooms do we get during the EBC route?
You will have a private twin-sharing common room during the EBC route. And, numerous places including Lukla, Phakding, and Namche include rooms with an attached bathroom.
10, Is October a good month for Everest Base Camp Trek?
Yes, October is the best time to trek Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek and all other trekking destinations in Nepal. The weather will be supper. So, we highly suggest traveling to Nepal in October/November.
11, Do we need sleeping bag for EBC Trek?
Yes, you need warm sleeping bag for EBC trek.
12, What is the Total Distance for 14 Days EBC Trek?
The Total distance for 14 Days EBC trek is 130km/80 miles round trip.
13, What documents do I need for the EBC 14 Days trek?
You need to submit the following documents by WhatsApp or Email after the advance deposit.
- A Copy of Passport copy
- P.P size Photos
- Flight details (Arriving and Departure date)
- Travel insurance which should include emergency evacuation
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