9 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

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Starts at: Lukla Ends at: Lukla
Trek Region: Everest Transport: Flight
Duration: 9 days Trip Grade: Strenuous
Max Altitude: 5,545 m/ 18,192 ft Accommodation: Teahouse

If you have one whole week to enjoy in the mountains, we can recommend our 9-day trek to Everest Base Camp with a helicopter tour.  You have never had a week’s holiday quite like this.  It is something you will treasure and look back on in the future. 

Our seven-day trek to Everest Base Camp, including a helicopter tour and helicopter ride back to Kathmandu, is not dissimilar to our 6-day trek except there is more time in the mountains and the opportunity to visit Nangkar Tshang Peak with its sacred sites and views of Mt Makalu.

Like any trek in the Khumbu (which is Sherpa speak for the Everest Region), we suggest a good level of general fitness is required. Nowhere in this region is an ‘easy’ trek, only some areas are less strenuous than others.

We provide you with a comfortable three-star hotel the night before your trip and the night you return to Kathmandu.  In this way, you can be sure of a high level of comfort when you return to Kathmandu.

Highlights of the 6-Day Everest Base Camp Trek

  • The mountains are definitely the highlight of any trek around Everest!  What more can we say?  Well, there is more of course…
  • Flying into the Hillary Tenzing Airport at Lukla has to be a thrill in itself.  That airport is high and challenging even for the well-experienced flight crew.  You may get the opportunity to watch other planes land and take off as you wait for your luggage to be processed by your porters.  
  • The Sherpa people are another huge highlight.  While many are engaged in the trekking and mountaineering business, others are still carrying out their daily lives as their ancestors, working their small farms or herding yaks.
  • If you have an interest in Buddhism then Tengboche Monastery will be a highlight for you. If you have less interest in the spiritual side, the fabulous panorama from its courtyard will definitely add a renewed spirit to your journey.
  • The Khumbu Ice Falls, glaciers, and glacier lakes and rivers will leave you spellbound. 
  • Also leaving you spellbound is standing on top of a black rock aptly named Kalapattar (ask your guide to explain) which is THE viewpoint for Mt Everest.
  • Sleeping in the mountains themselves has to be a thrill of a lifetime for most people. What a vista to wake up to!

A Typical Day on the Base Camp Trek

Waking up in the mountains always happens very early.  But waking up to the majestic mountain views puts a spring in your step in the way waking up for your work routine does not!  Breakfast is taken in the teahouse you have just woken up in.  Hot tea or coffee, porridge, eggs, bread – these are the normal fare for the morning.  

Then its time to head out.  That first gasp of air will be cold!  But you will warm up as you walk, and the weak sun will also bring some warmth.  Following the path set by your guide, feel free to ask him questions about the location and the route ahead.  

Lunch is taken on the trail, and it may consist of a cold drink, hot tea, curry, and rice or noodles. It is simple and filling fare.  Bringing some snacks such as a muesli bar may be a comfort on a long hike. 

Gazing at the mountains is compulsory!  As is watching where you put your feet!  Finally, you reach the teahouse you will stay overnight in.  Enjoy the conversation around the dinner table before falling into bed early.  

Now wake up and do it all over again! 

Important Notes for the 9-Day EBC Trek

Before embarking on the trek, please consider the following notes.

  • Flights to the Everest Region now depart from Ramchhap airport due to congestion at the Kathmandu airport.  Ramchhap is several hours’ drive from Kathmandu, so we are obliged to leave at 1 am. Please note there are no day or evening flights due to the high winds in the mountains in the afternoons.   
  • Whereas fixed-wing plane flights can be delayed or canceled due to bad weather, it is highly unlikely that the weather has an adverse effect on helicopter flights.  But in case of delays, going either way, please ensure there are one or two days between landing back in Kathmandu and your international flight out.   
  • Please provide us with a copy of your passport when you book so we can arrange the domestic flight ticket where they will request a copy of each passenger’s passport. 
  • Porters are included in this package.  Usually, one porter carries the luggage of two clients.  Please remember that one porter can only carry up to 20kg so pack accordingly – that is, around 10kg for the porter and whatever you are carrying in your day bag.  We will provide you with a bag/duffle bag that is easy for porters to carry.
  • In your day pack you should carry whatever medications you may need during the day, water, snacks, camera, and/or phone.  And don’t forget sunscreen, regardless of the season. 
  • Airlines have a weight limit of 15kg per person. Please stick to that limit. 
  • Meals on the trek are included in the price.  This does not include hot or cold drinks, alcohol, or extra snacks, so bring Nepali rupees with you.   
  • The lodges charge extra for hot showers ($3 to $5) and charging your battery ($1 to $3) as it costs them to provide this service.  Again, please bring rupees with you to pay for this. We don’t think you will shower often – thus, limit the amount of shower gel you bring We can pretty much guarantee between Namche Bazaar and returning to Kathmandu you will not be so keen to shower due to the cold. 
  • Please exchange your foreign currency in Kathmandu before leaving for Everest.  You can budget around $20 to $30 worth of rupees per day, depending on how much you drink/ charge/ shower! Beer runs from around Nrs700 to Nrs 1,000 per can, cold drinks around Nrs 400 per bottle, and cappuccino, americano, and cafe latte will set you back around Nrs 400 (only available in the lower parts of the route).  So, calculate your anticipated spending. You can always use excess rupees back in Kathmandu..  Importantly, keep up your water intake. 
  • On the subject of alcohol, we do not recommend you drink when trekking.  It badly affects your hydration level which can heighten the risk of altitude sickness.  However, one cold beer on occasion may be too much of a temptation to resist.  And although you may not usually drink coke and the likes, somehow trekking makes us crave that sugary taste! 
  • It is handy to bring water-purifying tablets or similar on a trek.  Boiled water is available in the lodges, but again there is a charge for this.  Do not be tempted to drink from any spring or river – you never know what is happening upstream!  The same goes for snow unless you can guarantee it is newly fallen. 
  • If you need more sugar, aside from shops and bakeries in Namche, there is a bakery in Dingboche.
  • You can buy a Wi-Fi card in Lukla or Namche Bazaar http://everestlink.com.np/  for $25.  10 or 20 GB of data are provided for use over 30 days in the Everest Region.  Wi-Fi quality is not guaranteed.  This depends on the weather and location you are in. 
  • Weather can change dramatically and quickly in the mountains, so please bear with us if there are delays.  Please follow the advice of your guide if he needs to change the itinerary in any way due to the weather. 
  • Drones are not permitted unless you have a special permit to fly them in the Everest Region because of the number of helicopters, often unscheduled, in the sky. It is tricky to obtain permission, so leave it at home unless you really need a drone and can deal with the bureaucracy yourself before the trip. 
  • Remember your insurance – you will not be able to buy insurance for yourself in Nepal.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu!

Kathmandu – 1,300 m / 4,265 ft

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) Trek to Phakding

Phakding – 2,651m / 8,697 ft – 4 hrs

Day 3: Phakding to Namche

Namche – 3,440 m / 11,286 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 4: Acclimatization Day in Namche

Namche – 3,700 m / 12,139 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Day 5: Namche to Tengboche

Tengboche – 3,956m / 12,979 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche

Dingboche – 4,380 m / 14,370 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

Dingboche – 4,380 m / 14,370 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Day 8: Dinboche to EBC by helicopter and landing at Kalapattar and return to Kathmandu


Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu

  • Accommodation: Hotel

On arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport, and Tribhuvan International Airport, we will collect you and transfer you to your hotel. 

Your hotel will be located in the central part of town, known as Thamel.  Famous for being a tourist hub, this area is very easy to negotiate on foot and provides access to a wide range of souvenir shops, bars, and restaurants. 

You will also get to meet your guide today when it will be possible to ask any questions you still may have. 

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding

  • Flight time: 35 to 40 minutes
  • Trek time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trek Distance: 6.2 km/3.8 miles

For logistical reasons, the flights to Everest now leave from Manthali Airport in Ramecchap District.  This entails a four-hour road journey, departing from Kathmandu around 1 a.m.  The flight itself only takes 40 minutes and take off is around 6 am in the morning.  Due to a  current lack of accommodation at Ramecchap (which we hope will change in the coming years) this early morning road trip is a necessary start to all trips to the Everest Region. 

Your flight takes you into the high-altitude airport at Lukla where we unload the baggage and pass it over to the porters.  With a restriction of 15kg per passenger, we suggest you limit your main bag to 10kg and your day pack to what you can comfortably carry yourself i.e., 2 or 3 kg.

Then we set off under the direction of the guide, heading towards Phakding.  There is a lot of greenery today as we descend to the first overnight stop on your trek.  It’s a short hike which is a great introduction to your journey.

Day 3: Phakding to Namche

  • Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trek Distance: 7.4 km/4.6 miles

Today it’s a bit harder going as we pass through villages, plowed fields, and through the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park.  But the sights, smells, sounds, and atmosphere of the region lead us on.  

Namche Bazaar is the destination, the biggest town in the region, and famous for being a temporary home for mountaineers and trekkers alike. There are shops, bars, and baked goods to be had as well as knowledge to be shared by those on the return journey from Everest Base Camp.  

Day 4: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazar

  • Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

We spend another night in Namche to allow our bodies to adjust to the high altitude.  That gives us a whole day to explore.  Khumjung village is a short hike away and is home to the school and health post that Edmund Hillary set up for the Sherpa people. 

This is a very interesting side trek to take and of course, being active helps the body acclimatize.  Alternatively, you might want to walk to Hotel Everest View, which has a wonderful setting overlooking the mountain it is named after.  Here you can drink coffee or some snacks. 

As well as views of Mt Everest you can also see many other huge mountains including Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse among many more.  

Day 5: Namche to Tengboche

  • Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trek Distance: 9.2 km/5.7 miles

After breakfast wave goodbye to the hustle and bustle of Namche and head off towards the spiritual atmosphere of Tengboche.  The views from the terrace of the monastery are awe-inspiring and the whole setting has a very spiritual feel.  Joining a puja (religious ceremony) with the monks may be possible.  Lighting an oil lamp for your loved ones is a certainty.   You can also do some personal meditation, or simply gaze at the mountains and take unforgettable photographs. 

We overnight at Tengboche and wake up to the same stunning views before heading out for another day of trekking. 

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche 

  • Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trek Distance: 9.2 km/5.7 miles

Eating well in the morning is recommended to give you enough energy to get through this somewhat challenging day. 

We follow the Imja Khola (river), climbing upwards to Dingboche, a small settlement surrounded by desolate-looking yet functioning fields.  This is the highest Sherpa settlement and has wonderful views of the mountains. 

Having reached here by lunchtime, there is time to relax and take in the surroundings, perhaps catching up with your blog or journal before dinner. 

Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

  • Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Today there is an opportunity to hike to Nagkar Peak from where there are wonderful views of many peaks such as Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and of course Mt Everest.  It is around a 6-hour return trip, but the views are worth it. Breakfast and dinner are taken in the same lodge you spent the night in.

Day 8: Dingboche to EBC by helicopter, landing on Kalapattar, fly back to Kathmandu

  • Trek time: 2 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel

This is perhaps the biggest highlight of your trip – flying over the Khumbu Ice Falls, glaciers, and Everest Base Camp to land on Kalapattar.  The land near EBC moves constantly (it is part of the Khumbu Ice Falls).

it is not possible to land the helicopter there, so instead we fly onto the high ridge known as Kalapattar, AKA Everest viewpoint.  Here the panoramic views of the Himalayas are out of this world.  And never to be forgotten.  Standing at 5,600m / 18,000 ft you will be astounded at how beautiful nature can be.  Yes, the helicopter will land on top of Kalamata to give you the best views possible. 

Then it’s time to board your helicopter again and head back towards Kathmandu, flying again through Sagarmatha National Park, through the foothills of the Himalayas, and on to Kathmandu Valley.  

Waiting for you is a representative from our company who will escort you to your hotel.  She/he can also make recommendations for great places to eat and where to go for sightseeing.

Day 9: Final Departure

We shall accompany you to the TIA airport in Kathmandu for your onward flight.

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Includes for EBC Trek

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 2
  • Dingboche to EBC by helicopter
  • Kathmandu Lukla flight
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Park and Local Entry Permits
  • Guide for 9 days
  • Porter for 9 days
  • 2 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu (Bodhi Boutique or similar)
  • 7 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff
  • 7 x set breakfast, 6 x set lunch and 6 x set dinner while on the trek
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personnel expenses of any kind and travel insurance

Equipment Checklist for Everest Base Camp

The following PDF gives you a general idea of the trekking equipment and clothing needed for the Everest Base Camp trek.

Everest Base Camp 9 Days Trek

Is the Everest base camp trek worth it?

Yes! It is worth it to trek to Everest Base Camp. The views are spectacular, particularly in October and November. The base camp is busy with climbers during the expedition period from April to May. If you feel you can do this trek in the winter, there will be fewer other trekkers and climbers, and the views will be clear. However, it will be more challenging and cold!

Is the Everest base camp trek harder than Kilimanjaro?

The daily walking distance of EBC is longer than trekking Kilimanjaro. Elevation lost and gained each day is also more with more nights at high altitudes than in Kilimanjaro. However, summiting Kilimanjaro is harder than any part of the EBC Trek.

How much money do I need for the Everest base camp trek?

Our tour Package covers your accommodation and food. You may need money for a hot shower, wifi, battery charge, and drink We recommend you carry an additional USD 15 a day.

How cold is it at Everest base camp?

When you arrive at Lukla, you are already at 2800 m, so you will immediately feel the difference in the air temperature. Once you get to Dingboche (above Namche Bazaar), the temperature will drop. And continue dropping the higher you go. During the winter, the temperature can go down to -20 Celsius at night.

When is the best time to visit Everest base camp?

Since this is the most popular trek, the teahouses and lodges are open throughout the year, and people trek all months of the year. The best time in terms of weather and scenery is October, November, and April May.

How hard is it to walk to Everest base camp?

You do not require technical expertise or mountaineering skills to trek to Everest Base Camp. Be aware this is not a climb. It is a trek. There are also no high passes to cross. However, there is the altitude to consider, and you need to acclimatize properly, which will be done when you trek with an experienced guide. Suppose trekking solo does; take note of your health and go slowly.

How long should you train for the Everest base camp?

If you know you are planning to come to Nepal to do the Everest Base Camp Trek (or any trek), start preparing yourself physically. Aim to make walking the main part of the training by taking long and regular walks to keep fit.

What is it like at Everest base camp?

Prayer flags and stone piles mark Base Camp. During expedition time, you will see climbers’ tents in preparation for their push to the summit. There are no tea houses at the base camp. The nearest one is around 2.5 hours away at Gorak Shep. You will witness the Khumbu Icefall and glacier.

Where is the base camp for Mount Everest?

There are two base camps for Mount Everest. One is in Nepal, and the other is on the Tibet side near the Rongbuk Monastery. On the Nepal side, the base camp is at the base of Lho La Mountain, next to the Khumbu Icefall.

Has anyone died trekking to Everest base camp?

Although the Himalayan Database has an excellent record of deaths occurring during Everest expeditions, there are no official statistics on the Everest Base Camp Trek. Magical Nepal estimates around 3 or 4 people die annually on this trek, which is around 0/01% of the 35,000 treks on average to EBC each year.

How long does the Everest base camp trek take?

There are several answers! If you follow the regular, and most popular route, from Lukla to Lukla, it will take 12 days. If you want to explore more and go to Gokyo Lake or the Everest Three Passes, the number of days will vary from 14 to 16. If you decide to walk in from Jiri and then fly out from Lukla, it will take 18 to 20 days.

Is it dangerous to go to Everest base camp?

The altitude is the main ‘danger’ to trekking to Everest Base Camp. You will be spending three days at 5,000m elevation. However, going slowly and taking the recommended acclimatization days will reduce that danger considerably. Landslides are very rare, and there is no record of avalanches on this trek.

Can you trek to Everest base camp on your own?

Yes. You can trek to EBC by following other trekkers or groups. However, we never suggest trekking alone is a good idea. If you are taking any side routes crossing passes, please consider hiring a local porter if you do not want a guide. This is for your own safety. And the safety of others who might have to come to your aid if you encounter difficulties.

Is there WIFI at the Everest base camp?

Yes! There is WIFI at Everest Base camp and more than 200 hot spots along the route, thanks to Everest Link company.

Is there cell service on Mount Everest?

There has been 4G connectivity since 2010 in the Everest Region. However, it does not work everywhere. You will not receive service in some Gokyo and the Thame Valley parts.

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