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Everest Base Camp Trek – The Ultimate Guide

A wide view of Namche Bazaar from above. Metal coloured roofs, evergreen trees, and huge snowy mountains

Everest Base Camp Trek – The Ultimate Guide

After travelling all over the world, we regularly get asked for advice on destinations we’ve been to, but nowhere comes close to the Everest Base Camp trek. The people have spoken, and we have listened, so here is our ultimate guide to the Everest Base Camp Trek. It includes each day’s journey from Lukla to EBC (Everest Base Camp) and back again, all the distances and altitudes, how to get there, what to pack, some dos and don’ts, and practically everything else you can think of.

Before researching it, we only had one travel journalist friend who had been many years previously. It’s a trip that many might think is impossible for regular folks like us, but that myth couldn’t be further from the truth.

Joining an expedition to summit Everest is an entirely different ballgame. But reaching the Base Camp of the highest mountain on earth, is a much more accessible achievement. All it takes is a decent level of fitness, a surprisingly small amount of money, and a little grit and determination.

Want to know how much exactly? Check out our guide to Everest Base Camp trekking costs.

A couple at the Everest Base Camp 2019 stone marking the base camp with the words "Trekking Everest Base Camp" superimposed

Trekking to Everest Base Camp

Trekking to Everest Base Camp stands out in our travel memories as one of the best trips we’ve ever had. The unrivaled Himalayan scenery is simply breathtaking: mountains larger than your wildest dreams, glacial rivers & lakes as clear as glass, and valleys with unfathomable depths. The latter which you must cross by narrow suspension bridge by the way!

Aside from the scenery, the sense of achievement and wonder reaching the Base Camp is worth it alone. Thinking of the legendary climbers and sherpas that have camped at that very spot is enough to raise the hair on your neck.

But if we still haven’t convinced you, then read on to find out what else you can expect from an Everest Base Camp Trek.

How Hard is it to Walk to Everest Base Camp?

We wouldn’t say trekking to Everest Base Camp is easy like a Sunday morning. But it’s not overly difficult either for an active person with a reasonable level of hiking fitness. There is no technical climbing required and very little scrambling even.

A turquoise river in a valley with snow covered mountains in the background

But given the challenges that come with altitude and changing weather, it certainly ranks as at least a moderate to hard trek. From around 4,000m the air gets noticeably thinner. Meaning even the fittest hikers will experience breathlessness from a normal level of effort.

There’s no need to have prior trekking experience, but it’s highly advisable.

How Long is the Everest Base Camp Trek?

The truth is, you can take as long as you want to complete the Everest Base Camp trek. But most tour companies and guides recommend somewhere between 10 and 15 days.

Our guide covers an 11-day trek, which is fairly typical, but can easily be extended to include more acclimatization days, or more stops. It’s important to listen to your body and adjust your trek accordingly to prevent altitude sickness.

A huge group of brown donkeys being loaded with food and supplies in a village

How Much Does an Everest Base Camp Trek Cost?

The price can vary wildly depending on whether you decide to book with a tour company or arrange most of it yourself. Another big factor is whether you trek with a guide or unguided.

The typical cost of a guided tour with a professional company would be around $1,500 per person. But it’s entirely possible to make the Everest Base Camp trek much cheaper.

A woman hiking along a dusty trail with a view of a deep river gorge and mountains covered in evergreen trees

When is the Best Time to Do an Everest Base Camp Trek?

The most popular months are April, May, October, and November. These spring and autumn months usually bring the best weather. But the downside is the trails can be overcrowded and it can be difficult to get the accommodation you want.

Colorful prayer flags with Himalayan mountains in the background

March might be the best month of all, offering the balance of decent – albeit colder – weather and smaller crowds. Just make sure to pack some extra layers.

Arriving in Kathmandu

Before we get started on the mountain, there’s the small task of getting to Kathmandu! Kathmandu is Nepal’s capital city, sitting at an altitude of 1,410m. That’s higher than any point in the UK, but quite low for Nepal, which gives you a starting idea of how mountainous it is here.

A view of the snow-capped Himalayas from a plane. The plane's wing is visible at the top

We’d advise arriving in Kathmandu at least two days before you intend to head to the mountains. Meaning you’ll have time to arrange your flights to and from the mountains if you decide to do that. As well as renting any gear you may need or getting some last-minute items or medication. More on each of these points later.

Kathmandu Airport

Kathmandu’s airport, Tribhuvan International Airport, has good flight connections to the Middle East and Asia. So, if you’re flying from the US, UK, or Europe, either look for connecting flights, or a good option is to fly to UAE and then onto Nepal. If you go for the UAE option and have some time, here’s the best free things to do in Dubai. One thing we usually do before we leave the airport is draw out local currency (Revolut is great for this) and get a local SIM card.

A small 'Tara Air' plane on the tiny Lukla runway. Baggage handlers are stood around in hi-vis jackets

Visa

Citizens of most countries including the US, UK, and most of Europe, can get a visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport. Passport holders from other countries may require a visa prior to arrival. For more information check the official Nepal visa site.

Getting to the city

Nepal has a bewildering amount of taxi apps, the largest being Pathao. Alternatively, you can just get a regular taxi outside the airport. The taxi prices are incredibly cheap here either way.

Inside a small prop plane with old, blue fabric seats which is full of people

Getting to the Mountain

You have two main options for getting to (and from) the mountains: by air or by land. There are pros and cons to both, the main tradeoff being the cost to go by plane, and the time to go by land. The other benefit of going by land is the slower acclimatization, meaning less risk of altitude complications like Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

Flying to Lukla

There are a handful of small flight companies that fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. The Tenzing-Hillary Airport (named after the two legendary men who first summited Everest, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary) is home to one of the shortest runways and is commonly referred to as the most dangerous airport in the world! But don’t let that put you off, we lived to tell the tale.

Interesting Fact: The runway is sloped at a 12-degree angle to aid in accelerating for takeoff and decelerating on landing.

The famously short runway of Lukla airport, the starting point of Everest Base Camp trek. The number 24 is painted on the runway in large numbers

The ticket costs $216 one way per person. You can buy these at many ticket offices around Kathmandu. If you’re struggling to find any, just ask your hotel or any of the shops around Thamel.

Overland to Lukla

You may think flying sounds bad, but going by land isn’t much better. There are buses that run from Chabahil Chowk Bus Station in Kathmandu to a small town called Salleri.

The bus only costs 1,700 INR, which is around $20, which makes it a lot cheaper than flying. But it takes 8-9 hours along a terrible road and involves a 4 to 5-day trek to Phakding (instead of a few hours trek from Lukla airport).

Another option is you can get a jeep to cut out some of this trek. Jeeps go daily from Salleri to Thamdanda for 2,200 INR (around $26), and the drive takes around 5 to 6 hours.

This entire Everest Base Camp Trek guide is ideal if you decide to fly but doesn’t cover the trek from Salleri or Thamdanda to Phakding. If you do decide to overland, then you can still follow the guide from Day 2 onwards (once you reach Phakding).

A woman in a pink winter jacket with trekking poles traversing a snowy valley covered in boulders

EBC Trek

Without further ado, here’s our 11-day ultimate trekking guide from touchdown in Lukla, to Everest Base Camp, and back again.

Day 1 – Lukla to Phakding

The first thing to decide when you get to Lukla is whether you want to use any guides and/or porters. It’s a good place to meet people looking for work, and you can get an idea of prices depending on the experience of the person. We decided to set off without a guide or porter to see how we got on, knowing that there’s another opportunity after the 2nd day in Namche.

The first day’s trek is the ideal start to the trip, with a fairly gentle 8km walk with a net descent of 230m. As you leave the airport and head through the town of Lukla, you will come to a small police checkpoint. You need to buy your first of two permits here. This permit was referred to as the TIMS card, but now seems to be called the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit.

A man enjoying a view of the Khumbu valley on an Everest Base Camp trek

With your permit in hand, you can head through the Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate, named after the first Nepalese woman to summit Everest back in 1993. As you leave Lukla, keep right at the first fork which isn’t signposted.

At some point today you’re bound to come across yaks. The huge beasts are fairly docile but are lacking in manners! Make sure you always get out of their way, and make sure you move towards the hill side of a path, not the edge side.

A metal suspension bridge draped in prayer flags, spanning a deep valley

Starting The Trek

Around 3km in you’ll reach the small village of Chheplung. Upon reaching the village we were suddenly floored by a feeling of having arrived in the Himalayas. Something about this beautiful quiet village adorned with prayer wheels, set against an enormous mountain backdrop under a bright blue sky, struck a chord deep within.

As you head north out of Chheplung you’ll catch a first glimpse of the Dudh Kosi River. After a short descent through the forest, you’ll come to your first suspension bridge. These can take a bit of getting used to!

A cliff face with Tibetan symbols carved and painted

Continuing on the path, you’ll pass through a number of villages including Chhuthawa where you can find Mani stones. These are rocks that have Tibetan mantras carved into them, painted black and white.

The path follows the Dudh Kosi for another kilometre or two before reaching today’s endpoint of Phakding. An idyllic village straddling the river, with guesthouses available on both sides.

Accomodation: Sunrise Lodge

Trek: 8km – 3 Hours – 240m Ascent – 400m Descent

Altitude Gain: -230m (2840m to 2610m)

Day 2 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Heading north out of Phakding, you’ll be following the Dudh Kosi for a large part of today’s journey. We found this day quite challenging, and it made us realize we could probably do with a porter to carry some of our weight.

After crossing the first suspension bridge of the day you will start to see vast forests of rhododendron, magnolia, and pine, particularly on the eastern side of the river.

A man with trekking gear waiting for a caravan of donkeys to cross a small bridge

Continue along the path and over another two suspension bridges, and you’ll reach Monjo. Here you need to buy your 2nd permit, the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. Sagarmatha is the Nepali name for Everest, while the Tibetans call her Chomolungma.

From Monjo to the next suspension bridge is a little up-and-down, nothing too difficult, but the worst is yet to come. Clench your teeth and hold tight as you cross the Larja Bridge. It’s higher and longer than any you’ve traversed so far. This feels like the gateway to the real mountains.

A woman stadning overlooking the Himalayan village of Namche Bazaar - a crowded collection of small dwellings with colorful metal rooves

After crossing the bridge, there’s a chance to get your first glimpse of Mount Everest. Following that, it just remains to complete one of the worst sections of the entire trek. A brutal ascent through the pine forest to reach Namche Bazaar. Namche is a magical place with incredible panoramic views. It’s also the closest thing to a city up here in the Himalayas.

Accomodation: Hotel Tibet

Trek: 9km – 5 Hours – 1040m Ascent – 310m Descent

Altitude Gain: 830m (2610m to 3440m)

Day 3 – Namche Bazaar Acclimatization – Hotel Everest View

As you head out for your acclimatization climb make sure to visit the Sagarmartha National Park Visitor Centre and the Sherpa Culture Museum to learn about the history and culture of the area and its climbers.

Then take the steep zigzagging trail past Chhorkang up to the Everest View Hotel at around 3,860m. You can stop in the Sherpa Panorama Hotels on the way up or back for an apple pie and a coffee and to admire the Syangboche Viewpoint.

A couple stood in hiking gear with huge snowy mountains behind

If you’d prefer a loop instead of returning the same direction, there are longer options available. Like continuing on to the village of Khumjung and descending via Syanboche, past the grass airstrip down via Zarok.

Accomodation: Hotel Tibet

Trek: 5.5km – 3 Hours – 500m Ascent – 500m Descent

Altitude Gain: 0m (3440m to 3440m)

Day 4 – Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Take the trail heading east out of Namche near the Sherpa Culture Museum. After a couple of kilometers, you’ll find the Tenzing Norgay Memorial Chorten with an incredible panorama.

At the crossroads follow signs for Tengboche. The path descends down towards the river, and offers incredible views of the distinctive tall, narrow peak of Ama Dablam.

The trail finally reaches the river at the small village of Phungi Thanga which is the ideal stop for lunch. Evergreen Lodge serves huge portions of rice or noodles, to fill you up for the climb ahead.

From here to Tengboche is a continuous 1.5-hour climb, which has many points to stop and admire the view. Ultimately, you’ll reach the two chortens (with interesting images inside!) marking the entrance to Tengboche.

A woman in a pink jacket and head-warmer in a Himalayan village with a gold and white stupa and monastery
A monastery with yellow windows surrounded by snow-capped mountains

If you’re not too tired, you should visit the Tengboche Monastery.

Accomodation: Hotel Himalayan

Trek: 10km – 4 Hours – 880m Ascent – 390m Descent

Altitude Gain: 420m (3440m to 3860m)

Day 5 – Tengboche to Dingboche

Follow the trail heading northeast from Tengboche past Cafe Tengboche. You’ll soon find yourself descending through a dense forest of small evergreen trees. Our map notes that there are many musk deer, monal pheasant, and blue sheep sightings in this area, but we weren’t so lucky.

Continue through the beautiful forest for a couple of kilometers until you reach the Imja Khola river. During the earthquake in April 2015 there was extensive damage to the Khumbu region. The bridge here was a notable victim, but a new bridge has been built next to the old one.

Crossing the bridge, also means leaving the forest, the trees giving way to a more barren landscape on the opposite side. Next is a short, steep climb up to Pangboche, home of the oldest monastery in the region – Pangboche Gompa.

A hotel with Yak Lodge painted in red on the side with a snowy mountain in the background

The trail continues up the valley to the next village of Shomare, where we stopped for lunch in Sonam Restaurant. They serve local dishes like rice or noodles, as well as some western options like burgers.

After another 2km you come to a crossroads. Take the right side down towards the river for Dingboche. The left path takes you to Pheriche which is another popular option for this leg of the journey.

After crossing the river, there’s just a 30-minute climb left to reach the tangle of buildings at Dingboche.

Accomodation: Yak Hotel

Trek: 11km – 4.5 Hours – 700m Ascent – 150m Descent

Altitude Gain: 550m (3860m to 4410m)

Day 6 – Dingboche Acclimatization – Dingobche Viewpoint

A popular and pleasant acclimatization climb follows the ridge above Dingboche. The path is strewn with prayer flags and many small chortens. After about an hour you should reach Nangkartshang Gompa, a religious shrine with an incredible view.

A man in a blue winter jacket standing next to a stone stupa in a snowy, foggy landscape

You can continue on up the trail further for around 90 minutes to reach an even more incredible viewpoint at nearly 5,100m. It’s marked on Google Maps as Dingboche View Point. From here you can see Makalu to the east, the 5th highest mountain in the world.

Accomodation: Yak Hotel

Trek: 4.5km – 3.5 Hours – 590m Ascent – 590m Descent

Altitude Gain: 0m (4410m to 4410m)

Day 7 – Dingboche to Lobuche

Aiming for a net altitude of 500m in one day is a lot at this altitude, so this day could easily be split in two by staying overnight in Dughla.

There are a few routes out of Dingboche, we opted for the ride that climbs up to the village of Dusa. This trail offers an incredible view of the desolate valley, carved out by enormous glaciers during the last ice age.

The sun shining brightly in a blue cloudless sky above huge, snow-capped mountains

The path drops down to a small river and converges with the trail from Pheriche. We had to cross the river which had partially frozen over, but they may have a bridge by now. Climb up on the other side to reach the small hamlet of Dughla, the perfect lunch stop for the day. Yak Lodge has a nice garden in the front if it’s fine, or a yak dung fire inside if it’s not.

After lunch follow the gravel terrain heading north from Dughla. After a short climb you’ll reach the Everest Memorial. A somber reminder that summiting the world’s highest mountain comes with great risk. The largest memorial is to Sherpa Babu Chhiri who summitted Everest 10 times.

You can also find those of Scott Fischer and Rob Hall, who both died running expeditions during the disastrous year of 1996. This story is captured in Jon Krakauer’s excellent book ‘Into Thin Air’, which was later made into the movie ‘Everest’.

After crossing the ridge, follow the trail north, heading west of the enormous Khumbu Glacier. After a strenuous ascent on the loose ground, you’ll eventually reach the scattered village of Lobuche.

Accomodation: Sherpa Lodge

Trek: 12km – 5 Hours – 820m Ascent – 300m Descent

Altitude Gain: 500m (4410m to 4910m)

Day 8 – Lobuche to Everest Base Camp to Gorak Shep

The trek to Everest Base Camp is the hardest day of the trip, so try to prepare yourself as much as possible, both physically and mentally. The effects of the altitude will become noticeable on your trek today. It’s important to set out early because it’s a total of 9.5 hours of trekking, but it could be longer if any issues arise.

A group hiking through glistening snow on a very bright day on the way to Everest Base Camp

The trail out of Lobuche continues following the Khumbu Glacier, which is just to the east of the path. After a few brief but steep climbs you’ll reach the flat area that is Gorak Shep. It might be early to eat lunch, plus the altitude will suppress your hunger, but it’s best to try to force some food down.

The trek from here to EBC is a grueling scramble across the ever-changing Khumbu Glacier. The glacier moves around one meter a year, so the route will be different each season! After a few hours on the glacier, you might catch a glimpse of a large collection of prayer flags and if climbing during April or May a set of yellow camping tentsyour goal is in sight! As it draws closer, pray that you have enough battery on a phone or camera to get that well deserved photo at the Everest Base Camp sign at 5,364m.

A couple stood next to the "Everest Base Camp 2019" stone surrounded by prayer flags and snow covered mountains

Congratulations on making it to EBC! After a short stop to soak it all in, it’s time to head back down to Gorak Shep for the night. Following the route back the way you came across the glacier until you reach the sanctity of a yak dung fire and some hot food.

Accomodation: Yeti Resort

Trek: 11km – 9.5 Hours – 550m Ascent – 310m Descent

Altitude Gain: 230m (4910m to 5140m)

Day 9 – Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar to Pangboche

During our EBC trek, we suffered a blizzard and some unusually cold temperatures for March, it was -23C indoors in Dingboche, which is still nearly 1,000m below Base Camp. The nights higher up were below -30C. Due to this we didn’t attempt Kala Patthar, so have no first-hand experience.

We’ve since met many people who have summited, and everyone says it’s incredible. So that’s definitely on our list for next time.

Once back in Gorak Shep, return on the same trail to Lobuche, with the Khumbu Glacier to your left. Continue straight past to Dughla which may be a good option for lunch. If not, the next village you’ll reach will be Pheriche.

A woman in a spotty, colorful beanie hat and pink winter jacket overlooking a glacier and Everest

To get there from Dughla, when you cross the small river just below the guesthouses, instead of returning on the same trail above the valley, take the right-hand lower path. This follows the moraine down to Pheriche.

From Pheriche, continue descending south, you will rejoin the path down from Dingboche and pass through Shomare. Within 10-20 minutes you should reach the crossroads at the start of Pangboche.

Accomodation: Eco Holiday

Trek: 20km – 11 Hours – 580m Ascent – 1790m Descent

Altitude Gain: -1210m (5140m to 3930m)

Day 10 – Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

There are two options from Pangboche, back down the same route via Tengboche or take the upper route west via Phortse.

The trek to Phortse is fairly flat and rocky and offers great views of the Imja Khola river. Take a left in Phortse down to the other river, cross the bridge and take another left, then follow the trail south to Namche.

A panoramic view of Namche Bazaar - the largest village on the Everest Base Camp trek

We couldn’t believe the difference between how we felt arriving in Namche on the way up and down. After acclimatizing to much higher altitudes, Namche on the way down felt amazing. We enjoyed having a drink for the first time on the trip in the Irish bar.

Accomodation: Hotel Tibet

Trek: 13.5km – 7 Hours – 530m Ascent – 980m Descent

Altitude Gain: -490m (3930m to 3440m)

Day 11 – Namche Bazaar to Lukla

The last leg of this enormous journey is one last long descent from Namche to Lukla. Make sure to head out early because the flights can stop at any time during the day. The earlier you get there the better chance you have of leaving the mountain that day.

Phakding is the ideal stop for lunch, and there’s also a bar here if you feel you’ve deserved another beer! As you leave Phakding, you’re faced with the final bit of ascending that you’ll do. As you get closer to Lukla, listen out for the planes taking off, and cross your fingers.

A woman sat on a rock with a view over a deep ravine with a river and evergreen trees

The only thing that remains now is to wait it out until you’re able to fly back to the warmth and comfort of Kathmandu.

Accomodation: Hopefully won’t need it but Hotel Sherpa if you have to stay a night in Lukla

Trek: 17km – 6 Hours – 710m Ascent – 1280m Descent

Altitude Gain: -600m (3440m to 2840m)

What to Pack for an Everest Base Camp Trek

This is a general guide to the things you might need and/or want on the EBC trek:

Clothing

  • Base layers
  • Insulation layer
  • Outer layer – down jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hiking trousers (and shorts if going during warmer months)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Underwear
  • Hiking boots
  • Thermal socks
  • Hat (preferably two – warm and sunhat with wide brim)
  • Neck warmer (sometimes called snoods or gaiters)
  • Gloves (preferably two pairs – inner and outer)

Bags

  • Backpack
  • Day pack
  • Rain covers
  • Sleeping bag (rated for very low temperature)
  • Accessories
  • Sunglasses (preferably polarizing)
  • Headtorch
  • Water bottle
  • Trekking poles
  • Towel
  • Dry bag

Electronics

  • Camera
  • Powerbank
  • Kindle

Medical and toiletries

  • Water purification tablets or purifying pen
  • Diamox (AMS medicine)
  • First aid kit – plasters, painkillers, blister cream, imodium
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with UV protection
  • Baby wipes
  • Antibacterial hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper

Miscellaneous

  • Playing cards
  • Passport
  • Cash (better to withdraw in Kathmandu and take plenty to the mountain)
  • Padlock
  • Map
  • Compass

Dos and Don’ts When Trekking to Everest Base Camp

Here are some obvious and not so obvious tips to help get you through your Everest Base Camp trek unscathed.

Do:

    1. Stay hydrated: Make sure you drink plenty of water to prevent AMS symptoms.
    2. Drink tea: As well as aiding with hydration, ginger and lemon tea can help with sickness and stomach bugs.
    3. Acclimatize: Don’t skip acclimatization days and take more if you’re feeling rundown or noticing symptoms of AMS.
    4. Dress appropriately: Multiple layers are essential for extreme weather conditions, and make sure you have a solid pair of waterproof boots to avoid foot and ankle injuries.
    5. Take your time: Trek at a comfortable speed, remember, it’s not a race. Take a rest when needed.
    6. Pack wisely: You don’t want to bring too much with you, but ensure you have enough layers, and a decent medical kit including painkillers, plasters, and blister treatment.
    7. Check equipment: Thoroughly check any gear, boots, and clothing before setting off to make sure everything’s in good condition.
    8. Listen to your body: If you experience symptoms of AMS (headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue), descend to a lower altitude.
    9. Leave no trace: Dispose of all your trash properly. Or better yet, take everything back down with you.
    10. Respect the locals: Be mindful of local customs and traditions and always ask permission before taking photos of people.

Don’t:

    1. Underestimate the altitude: The altitude involved in the EBC trek can be very dangerous. AMS can worsen into HAPE or HACE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema or High Altitude Cerebral Edema), both of which can be fatal.
    2. Overpack: You need to make sure you have everything, but don’t take unneeded weight. Hire a porter to carry some of your belongings if your bag is too heavy.
    3. Skip travel insurance: For some trips it might not be all that important, but for EBC insurance is essential.
    4. Go solo: The trek is far safer and much more enjoyable with company.
    5. Drink untreated water: Only drink treated water and carry purification tablets with you. Even the cleanest looking streams could contain pathogens.
    6. Ignore weather forecasts: Keep an eye on the weather forecasts. You don’t want to get caught in a blizzard or monsoon.
    7. Rush: You will quickly tire at higher altitudes and increase the chance of altitude sickness.
    8. Ignore local customs: Dress modestly (this won’t be a problem in lower temperatures) and avoid public displays of affection.
    9. Skip lunch: Even if you’re not feeling hungry, it’s important to eat. The effects of altitude will kill your appetite, but you’ll be burning a lot of energy, so make sure you’re replenishing this throughout the day.
    10. Rely on electronics: It’s nice to have a GPS device or smartphone with you, but don’t rely on them. You may not always be able to charge them, signal isn’t reliable, and the batteries drain quickly in cold weather. Always have a physical map (and ideally a compass) with you as a backup.
A caravan of laden donkeys crossing a metallic suspension bridge high in the Himalayas

Everest Base Camp Trek FAQs

Can a beginner trek Everest Base Camp?

Yes, beginners can complete the Everest Base Camp trek. You don’t need prior trekking experience, but it’s important to have a good level of fitness. A guide and porter are recommended for beginners.

Can I do the Everest Base Camp trek alone?

It’s certainly possible to do the Everest Base Camp trek alone, but it’s not advisable due to the higher level of risk involved. If you sustain a bad injury from a fall, or suffer from altitude sickness, there’s no guarantee that you will be able to get the help required. It is far safer to trek with at least one other person, whether that is a friend, another hiker, or a professional guide or porter.

Where does the Everest Base Camp trek start?

The most common places to start an Everest Base Camp trek are Lukla, Salleri, or Thamdanda. Flights go from Kathmandu to Lukla, and there are buses and jeeps to Salleri and Thamdanda. The latter two involve a few more days of hiking.

Is the Everest Base Camp trek worth it?

The Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most iconic treks in the world, and for most people it is absolutely worth doing. If you enjoy outdoor pursuits, adventure, and a challenge, then it will almost certainly be a worthwhile achievement.

Is the Everest Base Camp trek dangerous?

The Everest Base Camp trek can be challenging and potentially hazardous, primarily due to the high altitude and associated risks. However, with proper preparation, precautions, and adherence to safety guidelines, tens of thousands of trekkers complete the trek safely each year.

How high is Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp sits around an impressive 5,364m (17,598 feet). Interestingly, it can change each year since it’s located on an ever-moving glacier.

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