The Complete Guide to the Everest Base Camp Trek

Written By: The Planet D

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a tea house trek. Nowhere else on earth will you experience trekking as you do in Nepal. Villages dot the landscape filled with hotels, restaurants, and tea houses (mini hotels) where you can stop for lunch, buy supplies, and have a piece of apple pie. On the EBC Trek, you don’t stay in tents. You stay in teahouses with cozy beds, woodburning stoves, and restaurants. They are a welcoming sight after a long day of trekking helping to make the trek to Everest one of the most memorable experiences of our lives.

What is it like to Trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal? It is life-changing, it’s exhilarating, and it is challenging. We share everything you need to know from planning to packing for your trip, to breaking down each day in this step by step EBC trek guide. So sit back and take a journey with us through Nepal’s legendary Sagarmatha National Park.

Everest Base Camp Trek

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Sagarmatha National Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1976. At 1148 square km (443 square miles) in area, it is one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited.

  • Book your Trek to Everest Base Camp with Simrik Real Nepal – Locally owned and operated Simrik is located in Kathmandu.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

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Map of Everest Base Camp Trek

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On the map, the Everest Base Camp trek distances look fairly easy from village to village. Eight Days seems like it would be more than enough time to cover a mere 63 km (39 miles), (one way) but with several sustained days in a row above 4000 meters, the walk is slow and steady. It is important not to push too fast to avoid altitude sickness. Expect to hike anywhere from 7 – 17 km per day.

Day 1 – Morning Flight to Lukla from Kathmandu

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The Scary Lukla Airstrip

Our trip began in Kathmandu, Nepal where we spent a couple of days purchasing all the gear we needed and booking a tour with a local company. We decided on Simreak Real Nepal owned by Kathmandu Resident Dipendra Simkhada.

He planned the entire trip for us and all we had to do was wait for him to pick us up at our guesthouse in Kathmandu to take us to the airport to board our Tara Air flight to Lukla.

Note: Since our trip to Everest, Lukla flights have been suspended from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu due to congestion and are now rerouted from Ramechap airport. When booking your Everest trip be sure to confirm which airport you are flying from as it does change from year to year.

The flight to Lukla is a scary flight and is considered one of the most dangerous in the world. The hour-long trip goes through the unstable wind pockets of the Kathmandu Valley, and the thin air of the Himalayas. (Note the flight from Tribhuvan International Airport is much shorter.)

We sat at the front of the plane and saw the pilot’s instruments constantly flash “obstacle ahead.” It looked as if we were about to crash into a mountain at any time.

Watch Us Fly to Lukla

Feel what it is like to fly to Lukla from Katmandu

The Lukla airstrip is a short landing strip at only 525 meters (1,729 feet long.) Built on the side of a mountain it is also a very steep grade that is needed to slow the planes down quickly. Needless to say, we held our breath during landing.

We survived that flight, but it was the flight back to Kathmandu I was nervous about. Taking off on that short of a runway was a hair raising experience. Once false move and we’d drop thousands of feet into the valley below.

How to Trek to Everest Base Camp

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Deb with our porter “Sher”

Lukla, Nepal elevation of 2869 meters (9,350 feet)

The village of Lukla is located at a high elevation so you will feel the effects of the thin air. We were short of breath and already feeling fatigued. So instead of immediately starting our trek, we had a hot breakfast at one of the many restaurants in Lukla.

Can you Trek Independently to Everest Base Camp

Guides and porters waited at the plane as we disembarked to offer their services. If you didn’t hire a guide before leaving Kathmandu and were having second thoughts, you could easily hire someone in Lukla.

You don’t have to hire a guide for the EBC Trek. Many a traveller tackles the trek to Everest Base Camp independently. It takes a little more planning and a lot more work, but you can do it.

Since we already arranged everything in Kathmandu, our porter Sher was waiting for us when we landed with a big smile on his face.

  • Our all-inclusive trip through Simrik Real Nepal included return flights from Lukla, food, lodging, guiding, and all permits and paperwork.
  • We didn’t have to search for accommodation at the end of each day of trekking
  • We never worried about the cost of meals. They were all prepaid.
  • And our guide (Dipendra) and porter were part of the package for the trip.

Costs for Everest Base Camp Trek

Prices can vary greatly for trekking to Everest Base Camp.

  • Booking with an international agency can cost from $1700 – $4000 USD
  • Booking with a local agency and be anywhere from $1400 – $1600
  • Hiring a local guide and porter can cost $1000 – $1300
  • Trekking independently booking teahouse and carrying own gear can cost under $1000 but it takes a lot of planning and work.

Day 1 – Lukla to Pakding

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the start of the trek to Everest Base Camp just outside of Lukla
  • From Lukla – Elevation 2869 meters (9,350 feet)
  • To Pakding – Elevation 2610 meters ( 8563 Feet)
  • Length – 7.7 km (4.78 miles)
  • Elevation loss – 79 meters (259 feet)
  • Duration – 3 Hours

Lukla is a busy town with plenty of accommodation, shops, and eateries. If you forgot anything for the trek, you can pick up supplies in a pinch. But we suggest purchasing all your gear in Kathmandu. It is much cheaper.

From Lukla, we had an easy three-hour trek to our first stop of the evening, the village of Phakding. Lukla to Pakding actually has an elevation loss, so it is a good introduction to hiking through the region.

A permit is needed to hike to Everest Base Camp as it is located in a National Park. We checked in with the national park headquarters and Dipendra took care of everything. He had all our paperwork in order so all we had to do was start walking.

We felt giddy stepping through the welcome gates located just outside of Lukla. This was it, we were following the footsteps of the great adventurers of our time. It was awe-inspiring to hike through the Khumbu region being surrounded by the Himalayas.

As we hiked out of Lukla, Dipendra pointed out the surrounding jagged white peaks named Kwangde, Mumbu, and Kishumkongara. At 6000+ meters, (19,000+ feet) these are the “little guys” of the world’s highest mountain range. It wouldn’t be long until we were among the famous 8000-meter (26,000 feet) peaks.

For the rest of the day, we followed the Dudh Koshi River Valley at a steady but leisurely pace to the village Pakding where we spent the night in a teahouse.

Our first day was filled with a relaxing walk while learning about the Khumbu region. It was quite early in the day, so we had plenty of time to take our time to learn about the customs of climbing and learning the names of the mountains found in this beautiful region of Nepal.

Spirituality on Everest

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Prayer rocks are all along the way

We saw many prayer wheels, prayer flags, and prayer rocks (mani stones) all along the trail to Everest. Everest is a sacred mountain and these monuments help give luck to the climbers on the mountain. There are customs to be followed when approaching prayer rocks or prayer wheels.

  • When approaching a prayer rock, it is important to walk to the to the left of the prayer rocks (mani stones) in a clockwise direction. The the stone being on the right, it means you are on the “right hand of God.”
  • When using prayer wheels, you walk along and spin them to ask for blessings for the climb ahead.
  • Sherpas and locals spin prayer wheels saying the mantra “Om Mani Padme hum” giving blessings to the climb ahead.
  • The prayer flags have prayers and mantras written on them which are believed to carry messages of positivity and to spread the good will and compassion as it is they are carried by the wind.

Respect for the Mountain

On average 3-5 people die each year doing the trek to Everest base camp. It can be dangerous from falling off the mountain to succumbing to altitude sickness. Some people have simply disappeared.

But the basecamp trek isn’t nearly as dangerous as climbing to its summit. In 2019, 11 people died while trying to summit Mount Everest.

HIring a guide is a good option for safety and it is very important to look for signals of altitude sickness.

Signs of Altitude Sickness

If you start to feel dizzy, have a pounding headache, or if you start to vomit go down to a lower altitude as quickly as possible. Take your time climbing, stay hydrated, and listen to your body.

Daily Life in Nepal

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Cute kids along the way

While trekking to Everest we passed through many picturesque villages. The people are friendly and life goes on as it would in any community in Nepal. People do well in the Khumbu Region and they respect the tours passing through because the tourists are what keeps them going. 

There is electricity from the water that they harness from the Imja Khola River and Dudh Kosi River; two rivers that run through the trek. They also have solar power for electricity as well. There are schools, fresh running water, televisions, a health clinic, and bars.

That is not to say that life is all roses. It is a remote region of Nepal and it is difficult to get any supplies in. Food and equipment need to be carried into villages on foot. Porters carry heavy loads on their backs and women and children also do the heavy lifting. Everything needs to be carted in by hand or by animals.

Sherpas and Porters

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carrying everything up by foot

We were told that some porters (especially the commercial porters carry up to 60kg (150 pounds). That is a lot of weight and we are surprised. When climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, porters had a limit of 35kg. (77 pounds)

The Nepalese are a strong bunch. Dipendra told us that they get paid per kilo so some people push it too far.

  • We kept our pack as light as possible at around 22kg (48 pounds) for Sher and we even felt bad about that!
  • We have heard there is a 30kg (66lb) limit for Everest, but judging by what we saw on the route, people were pushing it well beyond that.
  • We saw men carrying stacks of plywood with heavy white sacks loaded on top.
  • We saw men carrying propane tanks, doors and huge packs.

Accommodation – Tea House

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Accommodations interior

We were thrilled when we reached our first night’s accommodation. It was a quaint little hotel/teahouse that looked like a cottage. The wood-burning stove smelled delicious as it warmed the restaurant while they prepared our meals.

Rooms were clean and we slept like rocks snuggled up in our thick down sleeping bags. Beds were comfortable and Dave and I had private rooms. Some tours use dorm rooms. Toilets were shared, but everything was clean and comfortable.

We supplied our own sleeping bags that were supplied by our trekking company and included in the price.

Meals

Because we booked an all-inclusive tour to Everest Base Camp, all meals and snacks were included with our accommodation. Each evening, hearty meals were served that included pasta, rice, or Dal Bhat. Dal Bhat is the staple food of Nepal consisting of lentils, vegetables, and steamed rice, and curry.

Heating

The main lodges of each teahouse we stayed during the first half of our trip were cozy and warm.

At the lower elevations, woodstoves burned wood in the dining room and common areas, but as we ventured higher, the stoves were less abundant and instead of wood, they burned yak dung. You heard me, Yak Dung. Wood can’t burn in the thin air, so they use yak dung to heat the teahouses at the high elevations.

For the first few days, meat was served at meals, but as you climb higher, meals turned to vegetarian as it is more difficult to get the meat up the mountains.

There were charging stations at the accommodation for electronics and we paid by the hour for electricity.

  • We highly recommend taking a portable USB charger to charge yoru own electronics.
  • We also used a solar USB charger that recharged during the day as we hiked.

Day 2 – Pakding to Namche Bazaar

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Deb carefully follows guide on trail

Pakding – Elevation 2610 meters ( 8563 Feet)
Namche Bazaar – 3440 meters (11,286 feet)
Elevation Gain – 830 meter (2723 feet)
Distance – 10km (6.2 Miles)
Duration – 6 hours

On day two, we checked in at another gate of the Mt. Everest park headquarters to show our documentation. We had to show our passports and give them extra passport photos to go into the log. Once we signed in, we were officially in the Khumbu Region and officially on our way trek to Everest Base Camp.

We covered a lot of terrain on day two making it the longest day of our trek. The trail up the mountains were steep and challenging but it was a memorable day.

Day two was a hike of almost 10km with an elevation gain of 800 meters. But throughout the hike there was a lot of elevation loss mixed in. We would lose elevation as we descended into the valley only to have to climb back up again.

Today was a lot of fun though because we crossed several suspension bridges over Dudh Kosi River Valley.

Suspension Bridges

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Scary suspension bridges

If you have a fear of heights, crossing suspension bridges may not be your favorite moment, but the suspension bridges are well constructed, made of steel and are in excellent condition.

I was nervous about the suspension bridges. The Lonely Planet said “Grit your teeth and climb onto a drooping suspension bridge floating at a dizzying height.” That sentence freaked me out.

I had it built up in my head as something monstrous. But by the time we reached the bridge, I wondered what all the fuss was about? Once I crossed my first bridge, my confidence was up and I was ready for anything.

Donkey Trains

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cows carry packs in low altitude

Today we also started to see a lot of donkeys, cows, and goats taking supplies to the villages. Traffic can get very heavy on the trek. When animal trains go by, make sure to get out of their way and stay to the side.

They are loaded down with heavy gear, they have a mission to keep on walking until they are done, they can easily nudge you right of the side of a cliff.

The trail is a highway, but instead of transport trucks carrying cargo, people and farm animals carry everything from lumber and building supplies to food and kitchen appliances.

  • Important Tip: When a yak, donkey or cow train passes, be sure to stand on the mountainside of the trail so they can’t push you over the edge!
  • It is better to be squished into a mountainside than to go tumbling over the edge!

Final Stretch to Namche Bazaar

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Deb struggles as porters make it look easy

Right after crossing the last bridge, the hardest part of the day started The last push of the day consisted of 2-hours straight uphill to Namche Bazaar.

We were drenched with sweat but the air was cool. Whenever we stopped for a break, we would get a chill so we just kept on chugging away.

Large tour groups passed us quickly, only to be caught a few minutes later as they rested. We realize that we were the tortoise and they were the hare! Slow and steady is the way to climb at high altitude and in the end, we made it to with plenty of time to spare in the day.

We checked into the security post and cringed when we found out that our lodge was uphill another 20 minutes. Rest had to wait a bit longer.

When we arrived at our accommodation, we were thrilled to see our porter Sher’s smiling face. He had already checked us in and put our bag in our room. We immediately went for a nap and then did a little walking around town in the evening to do some shopping and grab a bite to eat.

Day 3 – Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

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Taking a break above Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar – Elevation – 3440 meters. (11246 feet)
Everest View Hotel – 3880 meters (12,730 ft.)
Elevation – Bounce of 440 meters (1443 feet)
Duration – 3 hours return
Elevation Gain – 0 km

We had two glorious days at Namche Bazaar. Dipendra chose great accommodation for us through our trek and we had a good rest in this splendid teahouse.

What to do in Namche Bazaar

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Namche Bazaar

We explored Namche Bazaar and checked out its many shops. The streets are packed with shopping stalls and markets. We did some shopping for gear that we missed getting in Kathmandu and got some great deals. We were surprised the prices weren’t inflated.

We bought some down booties to keep our feet warm at night, a couple of sherpa hats, and a warmer set of gloves.

The Everest Bakery was a highlight with delicious apple pie, fresh coffee, and WiFi. We had two pieces each!

But we took it very easy, making sure to stay hydrated and to eat enough food to stave off altitude sickness. We already saw a woman suffering from altitude sickness. She had her blood pressure taken and heart rate monitored and when she got up, she was staggering as she leaned on her guide.

Her Everest base camp trek had already come to an abrupt end. It reminded us to relax because the days ahead were going to be tough. So we went back to our teahouse to relax and prepare for the rest of our journey

The acclimatization Hike

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Deb following Dipendra as usual

Most high altitude treks have at least one acclimation day. The Everest Base Camp trek is no exception.

An acclimatization day consists of hiking to a higher altitude and then coming back down to sleep at a lower elevation. It gives your body a chance to adjust to the altitude but you don’t stay for long.

Our hike took us Hotel Everest View. With an elevation gain of only 400 meters it wasn’t too much higher, it is enough to help acclimate to the high altitude. Hotel Everest view offers amazing views of the Everest (hence the name) and is holds the Guinness book of world record as the highest hotel in the world.

Acclimate to the Altitude

It is not an easy day off. Just walking through town takes your breath away. As we made our way up the steps, I wondered if I should have just stayed in bed and skipped the viewpoint to relax. When we started the climb I was breathing heavy just walking up a few flights of steps. We hadn’t even left Namche Bazaar and I was pooped!

Once we got on the trail, things became easier. The steep grade gave way to a sloping trail and I started to feel better. After one and a half hours of climbing, we reached what has to be the world’s highest airstrip at 3700 meters (12,139 feet). We arrive just in time to see a small plane take off.

First Views of Everest

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A view of Everest

It was here that we got to see our first views of Everest. We hiked a bit farther and there it was: standing quietly behind the other highest peaks of the earth. 

Lhotse, Changri, Ama Dablam and Nuptse surround the highest mountain in the world. At 8414m, 6027m, and 7861m they are the little sisters to the mighty Mountain. Everest stands at 8848 meters.

The deep valley views were magnificent. The river wove far below, carving through the panorama of the white mountain tops. We walked a narrow trail snaking along the side of a steep mountain and suddenly realize “this trek has become real.”

We were high in the Himalayas and one false move could mean catastrophe falling into the abyss below. The sky was a deep blue and the white summits reached towards the billowing clouds. The view was so beautiful it brought me to tears. Everythign was so crisp and clear. You feel as if you could reach out and touch heaven.

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The clouds rolled in quickly so it was time to go. The weather conditions change quickly on Everest so it is good to have the experience of a guide leading us through all terrain and conditions. We went back to Namche Bazaar to relax and gain our strength for the rest of the trek.

Day 4 – Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

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Dave and Deb enjoying Nepal

Namche Bazaar – Elevation – 3440 meters. (11246 feet)
Tengboche – 3860 meters (12664 feet)
Elevation Gain – 420 meters (1378 feet)
Distance – 9.3 km (5.77 miles)
Duration – 3 hours (without stopping) 5 hours for photos, lunch and rest.

We awoke earlier than usual on Day 4. Two large group treks (Intrepid Travel and G Adventures) had checked into our lodge and we didn’t want to have to compete for service or breakfast. We also didn’t want to have to wait in line for the bathroom.

Lodges become more and more sparse as you go higher on the Everest Base Camp Trek and fewer toilets are shared between more people. Up until now, we hadn’t encountered crowds of people. It had been pretty quiet on the mountain and we liked it that way.

Luckily, we were a day ahead of the other tours. They had to stay in Namche Bazaar for another day to acclimate to the high altitude, So we moved on, free from crowds of people for now.

Tenzing Norgay Monument

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Stupa honoring Tenzing Norgay Sherpa

During this day we hiked along trails clinging to the side of the mountain. The narrow trail was a little scary, as it wound along the edge of the cliff with nothing but a sheer drop to the abyss. But we kept our wits about us putting one foot ahead of the other until we reached the Sherpa Monument.

Tenzing Norgay Sherpa monument was erected by the Norgay family. It is a stupa honoring Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and all the Sherpas that risked their lives to help climbers. All treks pass this monument and it is an important stop on the journey to pay respect to the famous Sherpa.

In case you don’t know, Tenzing Norgay was the first man to summit Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary.

What is a Sherpa?

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Three Sherpas with large loads

Sherpas are the unsung heroes of Everest. They do all of the hard work and technical work on the mountain. They carry the heavy loads, set the ladders and ropes to cross the Hillary Step and Khumbu glacier for mountain climbers, and they take care of setting up camp while climbers and trekkers catch their breath and try to survive life on the worlds tallest mountain.

Difference Between a Sherpa and a Porter

Sherpas and porters are very different from one another. We learned that a Sherpa is actually the name of an ethnic group from Tibet. The original mountaineers used Sherpas as their guides in the Himalayas and the world has now adopted the name for porters in the Everest region. If you aren’t born into the Sherpa ethnic group, you cannot be called a sherpa. Porters are porters and Sherpas are Sherpas.

Approaching Tengboche

The final push to Tengboche was a tough yet steady 2-hour steep climb. We put our heads down and huffed and puffed our way up. We didn’t stop for any photos or video and were surprised to cut the climb down to just one and a half hours.

We reached the prayer wheels of Tengboche Monastery just in time for light snow to start falling. We made it into our camp at Tengboche by 1:30 pm and had the entire afternoon to ourselves at 3900 meters (12795 feet).

Tengboche Monastery

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Inside Tengboche Monastery

We warmed our feet with our new down booties that we bought at Namche Bazaar and changed into some dryer clothes before heading off to see the monks chant at Tengboche Monastery.

Our guide Dipendra told us that this is the most important monastery in the region. All climbers summiting the mountains stop at this monastery to be blessed by the monks.

We were allowed to watch the ceremony and to take in the warmth and blessings from the monks. It is a sacred place and all climbers and trekkers stop here before continuing up the mountains.

The View from Tengboche Monastery

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The exterior of Tengboche Monastery

The view is magnificent from Tengboche Monastery. The valley is wide and opens up to massive rolling hills giving way to the highest peaks on earth.

We were told that Sir Edmund Hillary came back to survey the peak of Everest from this spot because the view is so clear of the mountain and we can understand why.

Accommodation – Basic Tea Houses at Higher Altitude

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Toilets covered in ice

At this higher elevation, accommodation became very basic and rustic. We felt like true adventurers as we sat by the fire warming our feet and bonding over our shared experience by candlelight.

There were 10 of us staying in this teahouse. All are sharing electricity to charge our camera batteries.

Meals were now vegetarian and wood stoves were heated by yak dung.

When we went to bed, our rooms were freezing. Rooms are not heated at the higher elevations. The temperature easily dipped down to -10 Celcius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) and our plywood walls didn’t offer a lot of comfort. We tossed and turned all night long trying to keep our noses warm in our sleeping bags wearing our down tackets, thick socks and thermal mid layers..

It was so cold the scoop bucket for the shared squat toilet froze over forming a patch of ice to form on the floor. It was a slippery trip to the outhouse. Sadly, we always have to pee a lot during the night when sleeping at altitude.

Pay for hots showers at lower elevations You won’t regret it!

We realized that we should have paid the 250 Rupees for the hot showers offered at the accommodation in Namche Bazaar. Now that the weather was so cold there was no way we could face a bucket bath in a freezing shed. Dave and I set a new record in these mountains of Nepal, 9 days without a shower!

Day 5 – Tengboche to Dingboche

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Getting closer to Everest Base Camp

Tengboche – 3860 meters (12664 feet)
Dingboche – Elevation – 4410 meters. (14468 feet)
Elevation Gain – 550 meters (1804 feet)
Distance – 10.8 km (6.71 miles)
Duration – 3 hours (without stopping) 5 hours for photos, lunch and rest.

Day 5 was freezing! Morning came too quickly on the Tengboche leg of the EBC Trek. But, we awoke to a winter wonderland of fresh snow at the Tengboche Monastery and clear views of Amaand Lhotse peaks.

The snow from the night before made for more incredible views. As we started out from the lodge, the sky was crisp and clear, showing Everest in all its glory. It was stunning, and in between gasping for air, we admired the view.

Today we walked to higher altitudes and saw our first trains of wooly yaks. Yaks cannot survive at low altitudes because it is too warm for them, so you don’t see them until at least 3000 meters. (9800 feet) They are beautiful.

Yaks on the Trek to Everest Base Camp

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Woolly yak trains were more frequent and we had our system perfected to give them the right of way without letting them nudge us off the mountain.

As we said earlier, it is important to give yaks space. They will run you right off the mountain if you are in their way. Be sure to stand on the mountain side so you don’t get knocked over the edge as they pass by as they have one thing only on their mind. To get to their destination.

Signs of expeditions going up to summit Everest started to go by as large groups of yaks carried giant loads of climbing gear. It is exciting to think that we were walking the same trail as so many great mountain climbers, like Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa.

The trek from Tengboche is breathtaking

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Deb and our friend Yangshou!

I conquered what little fear of heights I had left this day. Some of the narrow paths on the route dropped sharply into the deep valley below. Soon we found ourselves walking along the ledge not thinking at all about the dangers below. We hiked for a couple of hours before stopping for tea at a restaurant in Pangboche.

There are shops, teahouses and restaurants along the route so we could buy lunch along the way

After a tea stop in Pangboche, we met a sweet lady that walked with us all the way to Dingboche. Her name was Yangshou and she waited for us as we struggled up hills and crossed the suspension bridge over the  Imja Khola River. 

Her cute laugh and quiet prayers helped to pass the time. She stopped to talk to everyone on the trail while we plugged along. She’d fall far behind when she chatted with friends, only to quickly catch us and then scoot by us with ease. She must have enjoyed our company because we really slowed her down. “Yangzhou, we will always remember your smiling face!

Day 6 – Second Acclimatization Day at Dingboche

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Inside teahouse in Dingboche

Dingboche – Elevation – 4410 meters. (14468 feet)
Nangkartshang Peak  – Altitude – 5050 meters (16568 feet)
Or Nagarjun Hill
Climb– 640 meters (2099 feet)
Distance – 10.8 km (6.71 miles)
Duration – 4 hours
Elevation Gain – 0

This is a day that most people spend acclimating to the high altitude. We did not do this day, but you should! So we are including it in the guide. If we were smarter, we would have to spend the day here doing a walk to Nagurjun Hill. We would have had we known better.

This is the best place for climbers looking to summit Everest, Ama Dablam (6812m), Lobuche peak (6,119 m) or Island Peak to do their acclimatization day. .

Dingboche is a small village in the Khumbu Region with only a few guest houses, so it is a good time to relax, replenish and rejuvenate for the next push.

  • If we had brought our Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalayas (which we forgot in Kathmandu and kicked ourselves about it everyday) we would have realized that we should have taken an extra day to acclimate in Dingboche.
  • Dipendra was flexible so he would have easily added another day onto our trek, we just didn’t know any better to ask about it.
  • Lucky for us, we felt strong, but other groups were complaining of headaches and dizziness.

In the end, we wish we spent the extra day here. Some people even spend two days here climbing to the surrounding peaks. We did suffer after reaching base camp and I believe that is because we didn’t spend time acclimatizing here.

Had we stayed, we would have done some light hikes to gain altitude and then come back down to rest at a lower elevation.

Many people who are set to climb Island Peak or  Kala Pattar stay here for a few days to get some practice climbs in.

Day 7 – Dingboche to Lobuche

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Dingboche – Elevation – 4410 meters. (14468 feet)
Lobuche  – Altitude – 4940 meters (16207 feet)
Elevation Gain – 530 meters (1738 feet)
Distance – 17.6 km (10.9 miles)
Duration – 4 to 5 hours

We walked with fellow trekkers we met at our Martin and Richard from Slovakia during the morning hours. They carried their own packs and after watching them struggle, we were happy we hired a porter. They were really starting to feel the altitude and we eventually left them behind.

We enjoyed our day taking photos of the stunning clear views of the Everest region. It may be a little colder trekking in Nepal at this time of year (Early March), but the skies are clear and blue.

We had a front-row seat to some of the best views on earth. An entire panorama of the mountains standing proudly overhead, reaching up to the deepest blue sky that I have ever witnessed. The scene took our breath away.

The mountains looked more imposing with each corner we turned and we could not believe that we were fulfilling our dream of hiking to Everest.

When we came across a small cluster of houses, we felt like we had entered the Kingdom of Middle Earth. Little Hobbit houses lined a valley with giant peaks looming overhead.

We had to knock on the door to see if Bilbo Baggins happened to be in. Sadly, he wasn’t home. I ended up singing Leonard Nimoy’s Ballad of Bilbo Baggins for the rest of the day. A bad idea since I only know a few words.

Weather Conditions

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Getting much colder at altitude and wind

The wind picked up and we put on our outer layers for the first time. We were thankful to have them as we staggered through the high gusts. Weather varies greatly in the Everest Region. The sun can be shining one minute and then wind and clouds roll in the next.

After lunch, we faced quite the scramble up a steep hill littered with boulders. It looked like a tough climb, but we moved with ease and quickly made it to the top. Where we found our strength, I do not know.

Sherpa Monuments

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Monuments to fallen Sherpas

At the top of the hill is a very moving sight. Several monuments and stupas are erected, honouring Sherpas and climbers that have lost their lives on Everest. The most notable of these is Babu Chiri Sherpa.

He was the former world record holder of the fastest ascent of Everest, the most number of ascents up the mountain, and the quickest back to back summits of 2 in less than 2 weeks. He tragically lost his life on his 11th attempt when he fell into a crevasse.

It was a moving experience and a strong reminder to not take things lightly on Everest, even if you are only trekking to Base Camp. It is still a serious trek.

Day 8 – Morning – Lobuche to Gorak Shep

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Lobuche  – Altitude – 4940 meters (16207 feet)
Gorak Shep – 5164 meters (16942 feet)
Elevation Gain – 224 meters (734 feet)
Distance – 4.3 (2.6 miles)
Duration – 4 hours

How did we feel at 5000 meters? (16404 feet). Before entering Nepal, I had been suffering for a few weeks in India. The pollution of Kathmandu didn’t help and my congestion was worse when I started the climb. I thought it would clear up in the fresh air, but it intensified with each increase in altitude.

Every morning my cough got worse and my nose was stuffed up to the point of being unbearable. Today, I felt the effects of the congestion and couldn’t catch my breath.

Dave suffered his first symptoms of altitude sickness when reaching 5000 meters as well. He had a slight case of diarrhea and wasn’t happy about having to wait for the toilet in the teahouses.

Our was a slow climb to Gorak Shep. We stopped regularly to catch our breath and today we took more breaks than usual. Luckily it was only a couple of hundred meters in elevation gain so we made it to our guest house by 12:30.

Afternoon – Everest Base Camp

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This way to Everest Base Camp

Lobuche  – Altitude – 4940 meters (16207 feet)
Gorak Shep – 5164 meters (16942 feet)
Elevation Gain – 224 meters (734 feet)
Distance – 4.3 (2.6 miles)
Duration – 2 Hours

The sun was shining brightly and it was quite pleasant outside. After eating a hearty lunch of vegetarian Sherpa stew (Dal Bhat) on the terrace, (yes, we ate outside in the warm sun above 5100 meters) we set out for Everest Base Camp.

We were lucky and had clear skies. Up until today, the clouds had rolled in by early afternoon. Today the sun shone and the skies were blue until sunset.

The trek to Base Camp from Gorak Shep is an easy one. It’s two hours of walking with only a small elevation gain, and we made it with ease.

Reaching Everest Base Camp

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Celebrating – Reaching Base Camp with Khumbu glacier behind us

The Nepal side of Mt Everest is where most expeditions make their base. People can summit from Tibet, but this is the main route. This camp is legendary and when the climbing season is in full swing, it is filled with tents and expedition teams.

When we arrived just a week or two before the season, we were the only people at Base Camp when we arrived. We saw another group coming down on our way up, but once there we had it all to ourselves. It was thrilling.

When you reach base camp, you will hike out from nearby Gorakshep and then hike back the same day to spend the night.

Khumbu Ice Fall

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Glacier at Everest Base Camp

The Khumbu Glacier is the first thing to come into view, and it is unbelievable to think that we are actually standing there. The Khumbu Glacier the largest glacier in all of Nepal, and is famous for the Khumbu Icefall. This treacherous sheet of ice is the most dangerous obstacle that climbers face when summiting Everest.

We witnessed an avalanche that reminded us just how precarious this climb is. It is an intimidating sight and I cannot imagine having the courage to cross that field of ice. Climbers walk across ladders that shift and move as the ice is alive and constantly settling. It has taken many lives, and we were happy to look at it from afar.

Trekking to Everest may be more exciting later in the season when Everest expeditions are there, but we really liked having base camp to ourselves. There wasn’t a soul on the mountain except for the three of us.

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Dave relaxing at Base Camp

We finished our climb about two weeks before the high season began and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

We stood at a rock covered with prayer flags announcing that yes, we had made it to Base Camp. We stayed for almost an hour taking video, celebrating, and snapping photos.

Safety in Numbers on the Trek Everest Base Camp

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I need a rest!

A while later another solo climber came along and we decided to walk back together. We saw signs of missing solo trekkers all over the Everest region.

It was close to 4:30 and we didn’t want him to walk back alone. People have gone missing at base camp and if you aren’t experienced, you could easily go off track, fall into a crack or become seriously injured.

It may be a popular route, but there are always times when you are alone and could easily run into trouble without being noticed. Anything can happen.

Even during our walk back an ice bridge broke off after I stepped on it leaving Dave in a sticky situation. He had to make a giant leap over a gorge.

We made it back to Gorak Shep safely but it was a reminder to never trek alone.

After Reaching Everest Base Camp

By the time we made it back to Gorak Shep, the excitement had worn off. The goal of reaching base camp is complete, but it feels a little anticlimactic.

We felt the same when we climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. The thrill of reaching your destination is over and there is nothing more to look forward to, but there are still so many days to go.

That night I had serious sinus congestion and felt like I was suffocating in my freezing bed. It was quite scary to already be short of breath because of the altitude and then be completely congested. I really felt terrified.

Our guide Dipendra brought me hot tea all night and I slathered myself in Vicks but nothing helped me to breathe easier.

Alternative Gokyo Lake Via Cho La Pass

Cho La Pass: Altitude
Gokyo Ri:
Gokyo Lake:

We had planned on climbing up to Kala Patthar and then on to the Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass trek. But we made the decision that night to end our trek and head back down because I was so congested.

Even though I wasn’t feeling dizzy, nauseous, or lightheaded, the sinus congestion was really getting to me. At altitude a cold can turn serious quickly, you just can’t take a chance when altitude is involved.

After you go through the Cho La Pass, we would have taken an laternate route back to Lukla, but instead, we went back down the way we came up.

Day 9 – The Descent and Kala Patthar

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Kala Patthar is a quick two-hour trek to add on to your descent back to Lukla. It is a good option if you are feeling up for it as it gives a great view of Everest.

Start early in the morning before dawn as there is still a long day of trekking after summiting Kala Patthar. Plan on another five or six hours to your overnight stop at Pheriche.

Kala Patthar is a hill above Gorak Shep that offers the best view of Everest and is a must-stop on anyone’s Everest Base Camp trekking route.

We had planned to climb to the summit of Kala Patthar, but my congestion was so bad, we decided it was safer to get to a lower elevation quickly.

Kala Patthar to Pheriche – Afternoon

Kala Patthar: 5643 metres
Pheriche: 4371 Meters
Altitude Loss: 1272

By the time you reach your accommodation at Periche, you should be feeling a lot better. Dave and I find that we are find in the 4000 meter ranges of altitude and experience very little symptoms of altitude sickness. It is at 5000 meters and above that we start to feel our

Days 10 to 11 – The Descent

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A sunny day on the way to Base Camp.

It took us two days more to climb down from Everest Base Camp. I started feeling better on the second day as the dryness of basecamp disappeared. My sinuses cleared and soon I was breathing easy.

Even though we were heading down, there is still a lot of altitude gain as the trek doesn’t continuously go downhill. I was feeling really fatigued and we still had a tough couple of days ahead of us.

But knowing there was light at the end of the tunnel made everything easier.

It takes a lot of mental stamina to climb back down as the euphoria of reaching the top has worn off, but we made the most of it, by chatting with other trekkers and getting to know our guides better.

We followed the route we came up, but it was much faster staying at different villages. The beauty of booking organized trips is guides know the routes like the back of their hand, so they can change accommodations easily to suit your speed.

Day 12 – Lukla

We were back in Lukla early on day 12 and had an evening booked here to catch the first flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning. as much as we loved our trip to Everest, we were excited to be moving on to explore more of Nepal.

Accommodation was pleasant with a lovely restaurant, hot showers and warm and cozy beds. It was a great way to end the trip.

Return Flight from Lukla

It is very important to give yourself an extra cushion when booking your return flight not only home from Kathmandu but from Lukla. We stayed overnight in Lukla after our trek and booked a flight to Kathmandu for first things the next morning.

It is not uncommon for flights to be canceled or delayed flying out of Lukla. Weather conditions change quickly. So give a bit of a cushion when booking your flight home from Nepal.

Many a traveller has missed their connecting flights home from Kathmandu because of delays and it is safer to plan to spend a night or two in Kathmandu after your trek.

We were delayed an entire day. Even though we were booked on the first flight from Lukla, weather made us wait until nearly sunset. We were the first out, so everyone else who was waiting for their flights all day, we wer stuck another night.

When is the Best time to Trek to Base Camp

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Deb check for Hobbits

The high season for treks is April to May and October to November. We climbed in early March and felt that is was the perfect time of the year. The weather was beautiful, the skies were clear and the official climbing season hadn’t picked up yet. So we had a lot of the mountain to ourselves. We had heard stories of how busy the trail is, but at this time of year, it was quite deserted.

But a week and a half after our trek started as we made our way back to Lukla, it was already busier. We saw a lot of parties climbing up and the trail was getting congested. I can only imagine how packed the trails are during the high season.

What to Pack For Your Trek

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Vast valleys to walk through

Layering is extremely important when trekking to Everest Base Camp. This is a quick guide for clothing but we wrote a complete packing guide for base camp here.

  • quick drying long sleeved base layer shirts
  • 2 trekking shirts short sleeve
  • 2 Thermal Base Layer – 2 leggings/2shirts
  • 2 liner socks
  • 3 pair woolen blend trekking socks
  • 2 pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms
  • 2 fleece sweaters – one lightweight, one heavier
  • Outer windproof jacket and pants
  • 2 water bottles
  • Steripen or Lifestraw
  • Portable USB Charger
  • Basic First Aid Kit – A first aid kit is important to have but if you hire guide, they will have one as well.

Treats and Medication

Tang – I was glad we packed Tang for our water. It made it taste better, keeping us well hydrated. We didn’t really want to drink just water, but the Tang (which we bought in Kathmandu) was actually delicious.

Diamox – (You can buy this in Kathmandu without a prescription) I highly recommend using Diamox tablets for altitude sickness as well. We met so many people suffering from headaches, dizziness, and fatigue and they weren’t taking anything. We’ve always used Diamox when climbing to altitude and it has worked beautifully for us.

Chocolate – When we were feeling ill, we were happy to have chocolate to eat. It was the only thing that we could at times.

How to Get Fresh Water

We recommend two refillable water bottles per person that can be refilled along the way. You can fill up anywhere for free along the Everest Base Camp route, but make sure you have a SteriPen or some other form of water purification with you. We love the SteriPen for purifying water, see our review here.

You can also use the LifeStraw or water purification tablets, but once we discovered the SteriPen, we never went back.

See our complete Packing a Travel First Aid Kit here

Do You Need Climbing Experience for Everest Base Camp?

There is no need for any technical climbing experience to make it to Everest Base Camp. If you are relatively fit, it is very doable. But it is a full two weeks at sustained altitude over 4000 meters.

We didn’t train for our Everest Base Camp Trek but we had been to altitude before and had spent a lot of time backpacking leading up to the months prior. It’s good to know how your body reacts to altitude. We suggested doing a couple of treks above 3000 meters (9000 feet) to see how your body reacts.

Where to Book Your Everest Base Camp Trek

We booked our trek in Kathmandu with Local Guide Dipendra of Simrik Real Nepal. 

If you are looking for a local guide he is an excellent choice with nearly 20 years of experience in the Himalayan Mountains.

Prices for the Everest base camp trek cost can vary depending on where you book. Group tours booked in North American will charge more. Ranging from $1500 – $5000 USD

You can save a lot of money by booking a local guide as you will cut out the middle man prices. Having a local guide let us know our money was going directly to the Nepal economy. Check Simrik Real Nepal for current prices.

Tipping – 15% of total cost of the trip. Some suggest $5 per day per person for guide and $3-$4 per day per person porters.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does it Take to Trek to Everest Base Camp?

The Everest base camp trek takes 12 days to climb including two acclimatization days. Treks can be done in 11 days and it is not uncommon for trips to take 14 days to allow for more acclimatization.

How Difficult is it t trek to trek to Everest Base Camp?

Trekking to Everest Base Camp requires good fitness. You spend several days at a sustained altitude of more than 4000 meters (16,404 feet). Altitude sickness is a genuine possibility, it is important to take your time, stay hydrated, and listen to your body.

Can you trek to Everest Base Camp on your own?

You don’t have to hire guides and porters, but we highly recommend it. You can trek the region yourself carrying your own packs and gear, but you have a much better chance of making to base camp (and enjoying the experience) if you hire guides.

How Long is the Everest Base Camp Trek?

The trek is 63km (39 miles) each way. 126 km (78 miles) round trip from Lukla. Expect to hike anywhere between 7 to 17 km per day.

Hot Tips for Trekking to EBC

  • Keep your camera batteries close to your body when not in use. The cold and altitude really eat up battery life, so you will want to keep them warm for as long as you can.
  • Bring USD, ATM Fees are high and you are limited to the amounts you can take out of the ATM, so have ISD to exchange instead.
  • Pack handi wipes and Gold Bond Powder – it’s a life saver when you can’t get hot showers.
  • See our Full list of Everest Base Camp Tips here.

Travel Insurance

We always travel with travel insurance on our travels, but hiking to Everest Base Camp will not be covered by regular insurance providers.

Medjet is a good option for medical evacuation insurance and is a good addition to your regular travel insurance..

There is a very real possibility of altitude sickness and we knew of two people that needed helicopter rescues during our trek.

World Nomads offers specific Everest Base Camp Insurance. You can check them out to get a quote. I would suggest a combination of World Nomads travel insurance and Medjet medical evacuation insurance. Regardless of what travel insurance you choose, be sure to call them directly to ask specific advice about trekking to Everest Base Camp.

complete guide to the everest base camp trek

It’s an experience we’ll never forget and highly recommend it to everyone. The Himalayan Mountains are the most beautiful and spiritual place on earth and this trip will change your life.

Read More about travel to Nepal and things to do in Kathmandu before your trek

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About The Planet D

Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil are the owners and founders of The Planet D. After traveling to 115 countries, on all 7 continents over the past 13 years they have become one of the foremost experts in travel. Being recognized as top travel bloggers and influencers by the likes of Forbes Magazine, the Society of American Travel Writers and USA Today has allowed them to become leaders in their field.

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51 thoughts on “The Complete Guide to the Everest Base Camp Trek”

  1. This is a fantastic and unique post! After reading it, I learned a lot about Basecamp that I didn’t know before. Excellent article! That is true adventure, and conquering Mount Everest is without a doubt the goal of all hikers around the world. Keep up the excellent work. Thank you for providing this information.

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  2. Wow, the content has got all the details about the trek. Thank you so much for sharing your Journey experience of Everest Base Camp Nepal.

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  3. Hi There, Great Article! That’s the real adventure and especially climbing Mount Everest is the dream for all hikers across the globe without any doubt. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Wow, the content has got all the details about the trek. Thank You so much for writing such an efficient article on Everest Base Camp Trek.

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  5. That’s the real adventure and especially climbing Mount Everest is the dream for all hikers across the globe without any doubt.

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  6. Thank you for taking the time and effort to produce such an awesome post with amazing pictures. Loved reading all your posts, really good insights here into Everest Base Camp ! Looking forward to read more.

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  7. Dear Dave and Deb
    Namaste
    It is really beautiful article regards of Everest base camp trek in Nepal. Your article provides a lot details of the EBC trek. I’m sure your blog helping lot to organize other trekkers.

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  8. Excellent article. Everest Base camp is in my bucket list but I haven’t attempted because I’m prone to sickness quickly. Reading this article has triggered the interest even more. Thank you so much for explaining in detail about EBC trek. I hope One day I too can share my experience 🙂

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  9. Hey, I love trekking, I went last month with my friends in Nepal after reading your blog the memory are refreshed
    Thank you for sharing

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  10. Namaste, Dave and Dave,
    Thank you so much for sharing your Journey experience of Everest Base Camp Nepal. And also glad to read that why not support the local economy by hiring a guide and porter… I salute to your positive view. Visit Nepal anytime.

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  11. It is very interesting to read this Everest base camp trekking. I love trekking and i am excited very to do this base camp trekking once. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. This popped up in my inbox
    I love the way you break down your travel itinerary this way. I’m one of those people that love to know every detail of a place before travelling there myself. Another place to add to the list, thanks to you guys! Beautiful photographs.

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  13. Thank you for taking the time and effort to produce a terrific blog of your trek to EBC. I really appreciate being able to experience what it is going to be like before I actually arrive.

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  14. Everest is the highest mountain. It is at the Zenith. Most of the people just a dream of it.Very useful information.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

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  15. Excellent article !! Thanks for sharing such a great informative post it really helpful and amazing so keep it up and all the best………….

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  16. The post was very informative. If you love adventure and treks you should definitely visit Nepal, it’s gonna be a life time experience. This post will really help people who are planning their next trek to Everest base camp. If you are planning your next trek to Nepal, North Nepal Trek can help you to make your trek much easier and will give you unique experience.

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  17. It’s an informative post and I was thinking how you backpack for the weather? There are many things that somewhere can’t be cope at altitude like a sickness. I remember I scare when I attempt sky diving in Dubai. It’s was a wonderful experience but I have a fear of altitude places.

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  18. I have read about it but never tried. I am glad that at least i am reading such an informative article that clearly shows experience of treking over there. It might so much exciting and filled with happiness because seeing something like that would always be more of fun and achieving some of our own. Would love to try it once for sure!

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  19. Hi guys. Nice blog. Very informative. I just wonder, how did you prepare for the weather? How did you acclimatise so that you can cope with thr danger of altitude sickness? It is the ine thing that scares me to try to trek on high altitude places. To climb Kilimanjaro and to reach the EBC are in my bucket list. I’m hesitant because of my fear that I might die from cold temperature and altitude sickness.

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    • Dress in layers, and drink plenty of water. You will want to bring DIamox with you and take it. You can get it in Kathmandu, or go to a travel clinic before leaving home.
      You won’t die from cold temperatures at Base Camp if you have a proper guide, and dress properly. The real dangers are if you are summitting Everest, that’s when you can get into problems, but Base Camp is very doable for anyone that is physically fit. If you don’t have the gear, you can buy winter coats, boots etc in Kathmandu. But we do recommend breaking in your boots beforehand, so you should buy those before you leave home and wear them a lot.
      Get warm, waterproof breathable boots with wool socks and bring several pairs.
      We have a guide to winter base layers to avoid the deep freeze here: https://theplanetd.com/layering-tips-for-cold-weather-travel/

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  20. Loved reading all your posts, some really good insights here into EBC! You mention putting your hair in braids, why is that? Is it because of the sweat? Is it windy so it gets knotted up? Just curious as I am doing this trek in a week and am open to all tips ?

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    • Yes, hair can get really matted due to wind, dryness and lack of showering. The Braids kept it from matting up like dread locks. Have a great time!

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    • Long hair can get very matted almost like dread locks. It’s becuase there aren’t a lot of chances to shower after Namche Baazar, the wind, sweat and dryness from altitude really takes its toll on both hair and skin and the braids, keep the hair from matting and breaking off.

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  21. This is just amazing and knowing each and every experience that we will have while travelling is another aspect that made me read this article fully. I am in Dubai now on a trip and would surely try to visit this place i could. I should consider the right time and other things roo. I must thank you for this wonderful piece.

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  22. Such a great journey you have shared from start to finish and your presentation is also impressive. I would love to follow these things when I will go for a camp tour.

    Regards,
    Ronit

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  23. Great article, thanks, surprised at the early time of year you did the trek, but sounded ideal – any other good write-ups or links discussing the pros and cons of going in the spring vs fall? …weather, landscape, crowded w/ other trekkers, festivals, etc Thanks!

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  24. What an excellent post!! Thank you so much for an informative article and personal feel. This is very helpful and inspiring for my upcoming trek to Everest Base Camp.

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  25. Such a great journey you have shared from start to finish and your presentation is also impressive. I would love to follow these things when I will go for a camp tour.

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  26. There is so great view in pictures.it’s useful and helpful for the trekkers .i like these types of views .and tourist are also love these types of views.

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  27. Anyways amazing photos and love the videos! really gives you a feeling how it is there and must be just thrilling. Looking forward to read more about your travels.

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  28. Nice Articles and sharing a good details of Everest base camp and amazing photos. I will try to go this year Nepal and go to Everest Base Camp.

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  29. Great post. I am doing the Everest Base Camp trek in October. I completed the Annapurna Circuit in 2012 and loved it. Nepal is a such a lovely place and the people are amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Wow congratulations on your trip and everything looks really cool. I would love to do the same! Did you train a lot before you went there? Did you prepare physically? I don’t know how fit I have to be to be able to take on such a travel. Anyways amazing photos and love the videos! really gives you a feeling how it is there and must be just thrilling. Looking forward to read more about your travels.

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    • Hi Marus, we didnt’ train a lot before. We were traveling a lot though. Before heading to Nepal we spent 4 months traveling Sri Lanka and India. We did a yoga retreat and a lot of hiking and walking, but we didn’t do any proper training. We were in relatively good shape. It’s mostly just a long uphill hike. The difficulty is being at altitude for a sustained amount of time. It affects everyone differently. Some people can be in tip top shape, but not do well at altitude and vice versa. So, it’s best to take it slow and steady, drink plenty of fluids and pay attention to how you are feeling.

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  31. All your photos are simple awesome and your posts are speaking a lot of useful information. Thank you for sharing this article.

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  32. Thanks for your beautiful video. I fell a little up lifted seeing this. I believe one of the prayer flags is for a lady I knew. Inspiring. I wish I would have done adventurous things like this when I was young. Young people don’t put off adventure.

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  33. I’m glad I read this. This is something I have always wanted to do but have been a little nervous to think about doing it when the climbing season is in full swing. The time of year you went and the company you chose make a lot of sense! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. The views are amazing!! I love adventure, but I would definitely need to build up my stamina to do the Everest Base Camp trek. It looks like it was an awesome experience for you!

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