Group Size: Min 2 to Max 3 Maximum Altitude: 5,545m/18,192ft Trip Grade: Moderate
Total duration: 12 days Start from: Kathmandu End at: Kathmandu
Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter is one of the most popular trek in the world that takes you deep into the Khumbu region of Nepal. You will trek four to nine hours a day surrounded by many of the world's highest mountains such as Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam along with Everest. Our carefully crafted Everest Base Camp Trek ensures proper acclimatization, allowing you to fully enjoy one of the world’s most stunning adventures. Along the way there is a chance to soak up local food and culture and you'll sleep in traditional, warm and friendly tea houses run by Sherpa families.
The adventure beginswith your flight to mountain airstrip at Lukla,the gateway to Nepal's famous Khumbu region and from here you will start on your leg. The journey takes you through many Sherpa villages, including the childhood home of the famous mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay. After trekking to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar you trek back to Gorakashep and from here you board a helicopter for your flight to Lukla on Day 10. From Lukla you fly for 40 minutes in a domestic flight to Kathmandu. This trek is ideal for those who have short vacations and for those who have bad knees for walking downhill.
NOTE: There should be minimum of 2 guests for this trek as Helicopter Charter Cost needs to be shared.
- An adventure experience of a lifetime
- Trekking for 8 days upto 6-7 hours a day walking past the Sherpa villages with stunning views of highest peaks
- Scenic flight from Kathmandu - Lukla- Kathmandu
- Helicopter Ride from Gorakshep to Lukla on Day 10
- Highest Altitude we reach in this trip is 5,545 meters (18,192 feet ) at Kala Patthar
- 2 Rest days in between the itinerary for acclimatization
Trip Cost Includes:
- 2 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- 9 Nights in Teahouse during trek
- Helicopter Charter Cost
- Airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu including airport departure tax at Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
- An English speaking Licensed and well experienced trekking guide
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- All paper work and permits for trekking.
- All ground transportation in private vehicles.
- Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu with a cultural dance
- All government and local taxes
Trip Cost Excludes:
- Meals and drinks
- Personal expenses (Laundry,phone,beverages,battery recharge,bottle water,shower etc)
- Tips for trekking staff and drivers (Tipping is expected)
- Any cost not mentioned in inclusion
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1300 meters)
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: in Kathmandu
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2800m); Trek to Phakding (2652m/8700ft ~3-4hrs)
We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the DudhKosi. We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night.
Overnight: in Phakding
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3450m/) 5-6 hrs
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, you get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market, a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.
Overnight: in Namche
Day 04: Rest Day in Namche (3450m)
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you can do a strenuous day walk to a higher altitude, coming back down to Namche for sleep.
Overnight: in Namche
Day 05: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3870m) 5-6 hrs
After breakfast we start our trek further to Tengboche. Tengboche is famous for its celebrated monastery, the largest in the Khumbu where lots of visitors come for traditional yoga and meditations. From Tengboche we can see nice views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse and Mount Ama dablam.
Overnight: in Tengboche
Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360m) 5-6hrs
We descend through the forest to Devoche and a little further on we cross the rushing ImjaKhola, whose valley we now follow. Climbing steadily the trail enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. Ascending the valley we have lunch at Shomore, after which we leave the trees behind and cross a wooden bridge at the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Kholas, A short steep climb brings us to Dingboche, at 4,530m, a summer settlement where great peaks surround us.
Overnight: in Dingboche
Day 07: Acclimatization and Rest Day at Dingboche (4,360 meters)
Rest days are for acclimatization of body to high altitude. So we take short walks around and enjoy the views.
Overnight: in Dingboche
Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Dughla (4600m) 3-4 hrs
From we walk alongside arid terraces with awesome views of mountains on all sides. We pass through Phulung Karpo, the camp site of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953 then onwards uphill to to the memorial site. After the memorial site it is an easy walk in the fairly even trail. As we continue towards our destination, the majestic sight of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. Then the trail descends and curves, paving way for Mt Cholatse, Mt Thamserku and others to appear before us and after a short while we reach Dughla.
Overnight: in Dughla
Day 9:Trek from Dughla to Gorakshep (5170m) to Everest Base Camp(5364m) to Gorakshep 8-9 hrs
Very steeply up at first onto the edge of the Khumbu Glacier. Here you come across scores of memorial cairns commemorating climbers and Sherpa’s that have died on the mountains. The path then slowly climbs along the left hand side of the glacier to Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft), About three hours beyond Lobuche we reach GorakShep (5,220m/17,126ft), the site of the 1953 expedition's base camp. Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. After about 3 hours we will eventually reach base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. For those visiting base camp in the spring, it is a chance to meet teams making an ascent of the mountain. Base Camp is actually spread over quite a wide area and we will spend some time wandering through it and getting a sense of what it must be like to be camped here for two whole months, whilst attempting the mountain.
Overnight: in Gorakshep
Day 10:Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) and back to Gorakshep (8-9 hrs); Fly to Lukla (2,800m) by Helicopter
The climb takes between 2 and 3 hours and can be hard work, but the effort is rewarded by the classic view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori immediately above. We retrace our steps back to Gorakshep. From Gorakshep you fly in a helicopter to Lukla.
Overnight: in Lukla
Day 11: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu (40 minutes flight)
In the early morning you board a flight from Lukla Airport to Kathmandu. From Kathmandu AIrport you will be transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore this wonderful city; shopping for souvenirs, trying out the various restaurants in Thamel or simply relaxing.
You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: in Kathmandu
Meals: Farewell Dinner
Day 12: Airport Transfer
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.
Best Months for Everest Base Camp Trekking
The spring time from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Everest Base Camp Trekking.
Maximum Altitude: 5,545 meters (18,192 feet ) at Kala Patthar
Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays. Please note that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather conditions, health condition of team member, unexpected natural disasters and delay or cancellation of flights can affect the itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Please be aware that Kathmandu- Lukla - Kathmandu flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airport, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both. We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift 4-5 persons per flight. Still, we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities or shopping etc which can be arranged by Eve Holidays upon request.
In case the flight delay/cancellation that happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund. So please ensure you have adequate travel insurance.
Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee
You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.
Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict. Spring season (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) is considered the best months for Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by helicopter. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July, August) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a good choice for botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed
Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.
All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.
It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.
To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack. Around base camp you will need your down jacket. Here is the guideline of Equipment and Packing List
Luggage Limit in Lukla Flight
Domestic flights to Lukla allows 10kg of check-in luggage and is included with your flight ticket. Excess baggage (up to 5kg per person only) will be charged at your own expense.
All our trekking guides are highly experienced, well trained and Government Licensed guides. As we focus on employing single women with the aim of helping them make a living for themselves and their children, we usually provide female trekking guides. But we provide male as well if you prefer male guide.
We use standard rooms in hotels/guesthouses in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Accommodation are on a twin sharing basis. The accommodation in lodges in trekking routes can be single and double rooms, or a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations. Hotels in Kathmandu can be upgraded to 4 star and 5 star in an additional cost.
In Kathmandu, breakfast and farewell dinner are provided. While on trekking, usually, each day dinner and breakfast will be at teahouses where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. We make it sure that the food is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always find hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.
Means of Transportation
We use private tourist vehicles for all land transportation. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs. For Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight we use domestic airlines. From Gorakshep to Lukla Chartered Helicopter is provided.
Communication while trekking
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made you can pay to the guide
One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss) and also trip cancellation. We don't arrange or sell insurance.
The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date. Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.
How to Book Trips ?
Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582.
Wow, trip of a lifetime! I want to thank the staff of Eve Holidays for a fantastic job. I got a great feedback from Maina on all my questions from the start before I confirmed my trip, to the final preparation and throughout the trip. Bishnu, our guide was super friendly and great help. Maina and Bishnu, we love you. The people from Iceland. All the best.
Kari Karason, Iceland
I have travelled to many parts of the world due to my work and have enjoyed my holidays along with work. I hardly had chance to travel to Nepal for work. So after a long time planning I finally decided to go for trek in Nepal. While looking for treks I found this company Eve Holidays and I got very quick and positive response from them. After exchanging some emails I was convinced to book the trek with them. I am really impressed by the standard of service they provide. Everything was perfect. They are very professional in their job. My trekking guide Pasang was very much informative and caring. I would recommend Eve Holidays to everyone looking for trekking in Nepal.
Jacob, United Kingdom
We are just back from trek. I am overwhelmed by the beautiful mountain views and the life of people in the mountains. We are thankful to Eve Holidays team for this great experience. Everything was well organized. We had Helicopter in few minutes after we were at Gorakshep and the views were amazing flying past the worlds highest mountain and himalayan glaciers. Hotel in Kathmandu was one of the best in Thamel and food was delicious. Our guide Pasang was born in mountains and very knowledgeable. We had farewell dinner with Maina in a traditional restaurant with Nrpalese Cultural Dance. Born in a hilly region of Nepal Maina is a strong lady and single mother making her space in between the fierce competition of tourism businesses run by men. In overall we appreciate that we got more than we expected and we are glad that we can honestly recommend this company to anyone travelling to Nepal.