Everest Base Camp Trek distance
The Everest Base Camp Trek distance is 130 kilometers (round trip). Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary varies anywhere from 12 days to 16 or 17 days. Some people also do this trek in less than 12 days, but those people are either very experienced in trekking in the Himalayas or have included heli drop or pick up from the base camp Everest.
Everest Base Camp Trek route
Talking about the trail, it has mixed terrain with numerous ascends and descends throughout the trek. There are both rugged, steep tracks and gentle paths. You have to trek 5 to 6 hours a day at least, and the trail might go through lush forests, crossing suspension bridges and old wooden bridges.
Life suddenly gets very simple, and you have to survive without the comfort of modern living standards. The food options get limited, and the accommodation becomes basic.
With the increase in elevation, the air gets thin, and you continuously have to be aware of altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is a common illness that trekkers have to face during the high-altitude journey.
It happens because of a drastic change in the altitude and if your body does not acclimate properly during the trek. You can do the following things to avoid altitude sickness:
- Drink plenty of water during the trek.
- Do not consume alcoholic drinks or smoke. It dehydrates the body.
- Maintain gain in elevation by no more than 500-600 meters a day.
- Carry prescribed medicine to deal with headaches and body aches.
- Check the itinerary and see if it has ample rest days or not.
- Listen to your body and spend the night at the lower altitude if you find difficulty in breathing, sleeping, or feel nauseous.
- Remember to climb high, sleep low, and do not feel shy or afraid to ask for help.
Everest Base Camp Trek Solo/Private/Group
If you want to do Everest Base Camp Trek solo, then contact us anytime. We organize custom trips for travelers who want to explore the Himalayas on their own terms. During the solo trek, you will be accompanied by a professional guide and a native porter.
Likewise, if you want, you can also join our Everest Base Camp Trek fixed departure dates and trek with travelers from all around the world. Or, go on Everest Base Camp Trekking with your group.
What permits do I need for the Everest Base Camp Trek?
You have to get two permits to trek in the Everest region. The first one is Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, and the second is Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. If you are trekking with us or any local trekking agencies, all the necessary permits will be arranged by the company.
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit costs: NPR 2000, per person
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit costs: NPR 3000, per person
*Note: If you are trekking from Jiri, then you also have to get an additional permit for Gaurishankar Conservation Area from Nepal Tourism Board that costs NPR 3000 per person.
Everest Base Camp Trek best time
March to April and October to November are the most trekked months in the year. These months are part of the spring and autumn seasons, which is considered the best time of the year to trek to Everest Base Camp Trek.
The clean air and clear view after the monsoon mark the beginning of autumn in Nepal. The weather in the Himalayas gets stable with a moderate climate and fantastic views. You can see fellow trekkers from all around the world relishing spectacular beauty and serene Himalayan surroundings.
Accommodation & Food
During the Everest Base Camp Trek, you will stay in a lodge. The trekking route has great options of accommodation ranging from budget-friendly to luxurious. Our Everest Base Camp Trek package includes decent, comfortable lodges to stay overnight.
For your information, the rooms are usually small with a few pieces of furniture and a private washroom. The facilities in the lodge are limited, and you may have to pay a few extra bucks to use services like a hot shower, charging station, and WiFi.
You will get breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek. All the meals are cooked and prepared by the lodge owners. The meals range from dal bhat, curries (veg/non-veg), chapati, steak, Tibetan bread, burger, pasta, pizza, momo, thenduk, thukpa, soup, mashed potato to sandwich, egg, toast, oatmeal, muesli, tea, coffee, etc.
- Do leave your litter behind or throw trash on the trail.
- Some high-quality Nepali brands manufacture almost the same quality of trekking clothes and gear at affordable prices. Give them a chance and buy locally.
- Use sustainable and eco-friendly products as much as possible during the trek.
- Carry reusable water bottles.
- Buy from local vendors and help promote Nepali art, crafts, clothes, etc.
- Respect locals and their culture.
Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days is a high altitude journey, therefore a travel insurance is needed to book the trip. Your travel insurance should cover air evacuation up to 6,000 meters and medical bills. Travel insurance will be your lifesaver in an emergency. As you will be traveling in a remote area, the lack of basic infrastructures makes the trek risky.
You can also add flight cancellation and theft/loss of personal property in the travel insurance if you want. You cannot buy travel insurance in Nepal, therefore get one in your home country and double confirm all the clauses.
Everest Base Camp Trek Safety
Your safety is our topmost priority during the trek. As you will be trekking with our experienced and professional trekking guide, there is nothing to worry about during the Everest Base Camp Trek. He will take care of your needs and make sure the trek goes smoothly.
Moreover, our trekking guides are trained to tackle medical emergencies in the Himalayas and are certified first aid providers. So, you will be trekking with a reliable partner with us.
Last Minute Booking for Everest Base Camp Trek
We always recommend having a couple of weeks at least on your hands before the beginning of EBC Trek. You can prepare your body and mind for the journey. But if you want to book Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days at the last minute, then we do have a provision for it.
You have to pay 100% of the package cost and show us the necessary documents to confirm the booking. After getting the confirmation notice, you will have 24 hours to deposit the payment and prepare for the trek. Our team representatives will help you with everything.
Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)
Extra batteries or a solar charger will come in handy during the trek. You can charge your device at the charging stations in the lodge, but it may cost a few bucks.
WiFi or cellular data both will be unstable on the trail, especially at the higher elevation. There are internet cafes in Namche Bazar, where you can use the internet.
No ATM above Namche Bazar, so withdraw enough cash to use throughout the trek. You may need money to buy extra beverages, snacks, or other services.
Each trekker has a weight limit of 10 kgs for duffel bags. The duffel bags are carried by the porters during the trek.
You can keep extra clothing or luggage in the hotel's locker room free of cost while trekking.
Tipping is not mandatory but highly appreciated. It is up to you and your satisfaction level from the service offered by the crew members. You can tip USD 2 to the driver, USD 5 to the tour guide, and USD 100 to the guide/porter.
Any additional expenses like beverages, snacks, tips, souvenirs, travel insurance, etc, are not included in the package cost.