12-Day Everest Base Camp Lodge Trek! For those limited by time or budget, this option provides the perfect Himalayan experience.
During this trek, you will venture through the breathtaking Khumbu Valley, which is also known as Nepal's Everest Valley. Prepare to be amazed by the towering mountains, charming villages, and ancient monasteries that you'll encounter along the way.
The 12-day Everest Base Camp Lodge Trek begins with a scenic flight to Lukla Airport at an elevation of 2800m, also known as Hillary Airport, built in 1964. Lukla serves as the gateway to the Everest Region, whether you aim to summit Everest or explore the surrounding trekking routes. It is the starting point for your Everest journey. During this trek, you will traverse various Sherpa villages such as Namche, Khumjung, Tengboche, and Pangboche, as well as other charming villages like Phakding, Monjo, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep.
The trail offers a mesmerizing journey through the high Himalayan landscape, featuring majestic 8000-meter peaks, glacier rivers, and breathtaking views of glaciers and the Khumbu icefall. You'll have the opportunity to reach Everest's close-up vantage point, such as Kalapathar.
During the journey, you'll come across numerous trekkers, as well as caravans of donkeys, ponies (Jokpe), and yaks traversing the surrounding areas.
The Everest Base Camp route is dotted with local teahouses where most trekkers spend the night. For more information on what these local teahouses are like, check out our article on Teahouse Trekking in Nepal. There are also luxury lodges, like Yeti Mountain Home and Everest Summit Lodges, available during the first 5-6 days of the trek. A great option we often recommend is to have a mixture of luxury lodges and local teahouses during your trek.
The best seasons for the Everest Base Camp trek are,
Spring (Late April to early June): Mild temperatures, blooming rhododendrons, and clearer skies. Advantages: Ideal weather, good visibility for mountain views, and a vibrant landscape.
Autumn (Late September to early November): Cool temperatures, stable weather conditions, and clear skies. Advantages: Excellent visibility, dry weather, and comfortable trekking conditions.
These seasons offer the most favorable weather conditions for the trek, with stable temperatures and minimal precipitation. The trails are generally dry and clear, providing breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. Keep in mind that winter (December to February) can be extremely cold, and the monsoon season (June to September) brings heavy rainfall, making the trails slippery and less enjoyable.
Your guide will arrive early at your hotel to pick you up, ready to drive you to either Kathmandu Airport (KTM) or Manthali Airport (RHP). From there, a thrilling flight awaits, taking you to Lukla, a mountain airstrip situated at an impressive altitude of 9,190 feet (2,800 meters) above sea level. During this short journey, you'll be treated to breathtaking views as you soar over the picturesque Dudh Kosi ("Milk River") valley.
Upon landing in Lukla, you'll descend from a small hill and enter a lush, forested valley. The trail meanders through the vibrant landscape, offering tantalizing glimpses of the adventure that lies ahead. Eventually, you'll reach the charming village of Phakding, your home for the first night of this unforgettable trek.
Take on at Lukla Airport 2800m.
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From Phakding, you follow the Dudh Kosi north through magnificent forests with glimpses of the mountains ahead. You cross the river several times by bridge as you pass through the villages of Benkar, Monzo, and Jorsale. A final bridge brings you to the foot of the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. Halfway up the ascent, you may get your first glimpse (cloud permitting) of the Everest summit behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. A last 985ft (300m) climb brings you to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital, and the main town in the area.
Namche Bazar is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading center. It has a weekly market on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings, but the town always bustles with trekkers, coffee shops, bakeries, and stores selling all kinds of trekking and climbing gear and Tibetan souvenirs.
Today is dedicated to acclimatization in Namche Bazaar, a crucial step involving walking at higher elevations and sleeping at lower altitudes. After breakfast, get on a hike to Everest View Hotel at 3810m, where a brief tea break awaits, offering stunning panoramic views of Everest. Next, descend to Khumjung Sherpa Village for a lunch break, exploring the monastery and Hillary School, before returning to Namche. This day of hiking is designed to aid your body in acclimatizing effectively to the surrounding altitude.
Everest View Hotel 3880m.
After breakfast, your day begins as you head towards the next destination. The initial 45 minutes involve ascending, followed by a gradual flat trail until reaching Kyanjuma Village. Continuing, the path ascends gradually until Mungla Dada, where a hot lunch awaits with the best views. Afterward, descend to Phortse Thanga, cross a small bridge, and embark on a one-hour ascent to Phortse Sherpa Village. Phortse is not only home to Everest summiteers but also boasts a rich wildlife-filled atmosphere in its surroundings.
Phortse Village, Khumbu, Everest
Today, the landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation as we trek through a zone renowned for its abundant wildlife. The journey begins with the first village, Pangbuche, where you can take a break for hot tea before continuing towards Somare for lunch. Post-lunch, the trek progresses towards Dingbuche Village. Along the way, engage in conversations and enjoy face-to-face encounters with Mount Ama Dablam, considered one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.
Dingbuche Village 4410m.
Today marks your second acclimatization day in Dingboche Village, a strategic step in preventing altitude sickness by hiking high and sleeping low. Following breakfast, seize the opportunity to ascend Nangkartshang Peak (16,730 ft/5,100m). From the summit, revel in breathtaking views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawoche, and Ama Dablam. For those acclimatizing well, a challenging three-hour and thirty-minute climb to the top is an option, while a halfway climb is available for those feeling less energetic. Despite the difficulty, the awe-inspiring vistas make the journey worthwhile. After descending, return to Dingboche for a late lunch, leaving the remainder of the afternoon for relaxation and further acclimatization.
Dingbuhce View Point 4700m.
The trail ascends steeply out of Dingboche, passing a chorten, and gradually climbs the valley to Thukla, located at the terminal moraine's end of the Khumbu Glacier. A tea break and snack await here before the challenging ascent to Thukla Pass, a poignant spot adorned with memorials to climbers who lost their lives on Everest. From Thukla Pass, a magnificent panorama of the Mount Amadablam range unfolds. The trail then eases as we follow the valley to Lobuje, a quaint hamlet with a few teahouses. In the late afternoon, consider walking up onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, where the sunset on Nuptse is a spectacle not to be missed.
Thukla Pass 4900m.
Today is a challenging day as we trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep. The trail goes up and down along the rocky moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, and it takes about three hours to reach Gorak Shep. There are no lodges from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp, so we fill our water bottles and grab snacks.
After a break in Gorak Shep, we walk across a sandy flat area and climb onto the rocky moraine of the glacier. The trail goes up for a couple of hours before coming down onto the rocky moraine itself. We pass fascinating ice formations called seracs and reach Everest Base Camp. In spring, we might see climbers preparing to climb the mountain. At Base Camp, we get close-up views of the Khumbu Ice Fall, understanding the challenges climbers face negotiating through massive ice blocks. After a quick photo stop at the Base Camp rock, we return to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.
Everest Base Camp 5364m.
Note that accommodation options are limited at Gorak Shep, and the teahouse is basic. The communal dining area is warm, and food is served quickly. Due to the high altitude, plumbing facilities can be affected, and water may freeze often.
The trek to Kala Patthar starts early in the morning, so you can catch the sunrise over the mountains. The trail is steep and strenuous, but the views make it all worth it. The altitude can also be a challenge, so it's important to take your time and acclimatize to the higher altitude. Once you reach the summit, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and many other peaks. The views are truly breathtaking, and you'll feel a sense of accomplishment for reaching the summit.
Kalapatthar View Point 5660m.
After you've enjoyed the views, it's time to head back down. The trail is steep, but it's much easier going down than it is up. You'll return to Gorak Shep for breakfast before beginning the descent through the valley, past yaks and rivers to the village of Pangbuche.
Today, our extensive trekking day begins early. In comparison to previous days, it will feel relatively easier as you descend from Pangboche to Tengboche and Namche. The walk starts with a 45-minute ascent from Debuche to Tengboche and approximately 1:30 minutes ascent from Phungithanga to Kyangjuma. The overall trail is well-defined, leading you to Namche. We'll spend the night in Namche Bazaar.
After breakfast in Namche Bazaar, descend to the renowned Hillary Bridge and continue your walk to Manju, Phakding, and finally Lukla. The total walking distance for today is approximately 17.7km, taking around 7 hours.
Today marks your last night in the mountains, and it's a tradition to celebrate with a small party including your trekking crew. You can provide drinks and food as a gesture of appreciation for their hard work, making the final evening more memorable for the entire team. Expressing gratitude through tips will not only make the crew happier but also bring a different kind of happiness to your journey's conclusion.
We take a flight back to Kathmandu and transfer you to your hotel. If your return from Lukla falls between April 10 and May 10, 2023, during the spring season, the flight will land in Manthali on one of the first flights of the day, around 7-7:30 am. This timing allows for a 5-6 hour bus transfer back to Kathmandu, with an expected arrival in the city during the mid-late afternoon. Your journey with Community Trek is now complete. If you're interested in other trips or tours, feel free to discuss with us, and we'll assist you in arranging anything you desire.
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Do you have any medical history that may impact your ability to participate fully in the program? Program staff must have all the information they need to ensure your safety and well-being. Trekking in Nepal involves living conditions and activities that may be more physically and/or mentally demanding than you are used to. You are the best judge of your limitations – please be honest about any issues you have, as failure to disclose information in advance could severely compromise the program and in extreme cases could result in expulsion without reimbursement.
We will provide freshly cooked food from the local guest house or restaurant. You will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge and lunch available along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks during the Everest base camp trekking. Besides this, if you've bought our full package of Everest base camp trek, you'll get the season food as dessert and dry nuts as snacks during the trekking as well. Bottled water is available along the trail until the last village. You can buy boiling water from the lodge or restaurant or you can use Iodine or water-purifying medicines. All the lodges and hotels provide free drinking natural spring water.
We consider our guides and porters to be the backbone of our company and go above and beyond to ensure they are treated with respect. All of our staff members are paid higher wages than is the industry minimum and our team members are all provided with training and educational opportunities. We view our porters as being an integral part of our team and know our consistently good feedback is because of the great work our team do.
Tipping is a way of showing gratitude for a job well done, it is not their salary, it is a bonus on top of what the team have already earned. We also want to stress that in the unlikely event that you are unhappy with the level of service received from your team, you are not obligated to tip.
As a general rule of thumb, the average tips given to your team (guides and porters) are 12-15 US $ per member per day would be a kind and respectful amount to pay to your team. If you are trekking in a group this money is divided among all of the guides and porters, if you are trekking privately the tips can be given directly to you guide and porter.
How to Tip
We like to make the tipping fun and easy, we don’t want you to feel uncomfortable about how to tip or how much you should tip, we like to be transparent about this. If you are in a group it’s normal for the tips to be pooled together on the first night at the end of your briefing dinner, the tips are handed to your lead guide who will then go on to divide the money into envelopes to be handed out on the very last day of your trek in Lukla. The last night is always a celebration, everyone is happy and relaxed. The envelopes with the pooled tip money is given to a nominated person in your group who then presents each of the tips to the porters and guides. It’s a gorgeous way to end the trek, it brings joy to both the givers and receivers.
If trekking privately it is normal for the tipping to happen on the last day of the trek when you are in Lukla, on that evening you will celebrate your trek with the team that supported you and hand the tip money directly to your team members. Many people choose to be prepared before they start the trek by ensuring they have the money ready before they leave Kathmandu.
The package cost covers accommodation, breakfast, permits, transport, guide, domestic flights, and porter fees. However, please be aware that you'll need to have cash on hand for expenses such as lunch, dinner, hot drinks, bar bills, mineral water, and tips for the guide, porters, and driver throughout the trek. We recommend carrying an additional USD 400-500 per person or more to account for any unforeseen expenses or emergencies that may arise during the journey. Being prepared with extra funds ensures a stress-free and enjoyable trekking experience.
We suggest bringing cash in major currencies such as US dollars, which can be easily exchanged for Nepali Rupees in Kathmandu. Please note that only Nepali Rupees are accepted in the mountains of Nepal.
Our team consists of experienced and reliable tour leaders, guides, trek leaders, climbing leaders, and porters who are used to living in high altitudes.
We are committed to providing our clients with the best possible Himalayan experience. Our team is dedicated to your safety and enjoyment, and we will do everything we can to make your trek a success.
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Disruptive behavior may lead to expulsion without a refund.
Consider adding extra days for buffer, especially in remote areas or off-season.
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During your Everest Base Camp trekking, you'll get telephone access up to Pangboche village and internet access will be available in almost all places except for unusual weather situations that may disturb the internet connection. Each hotel has the wifi where you need to buy a card from Everest Link and you can access the internet. The telephone and internet costs would be the additional cost for your trip. Most of the lodges/ guest houses take an additional charge for battery charging. There is no electricity in all the places in Everest Base Camp Trek. There is electricity or solar power where you can recharge your camera batteries, laptop, mobile, etc. that costs you need to pay extra. But, the facilities will be there to recharge your gadgets and devices.
Without a doubt, Trekking Nepal with Team RAMESH and Community Trek was the most incredible experience I've shared with my colleagues. These incredible guides, hailing from a mountain village nestled in the lower Everest region, possess an intimate knowledge of the region and its people. Walking alongside them, we felt a comfort and genuine connection that surpassed expectations. Their expertise and passion for their homeland ensured our trek was not just enjoyable, but truly unforgettable. If you're planning a Nepalese adventure, I wholeheartedly recommend Community Trek and Team RAMESH – you won't be disappointed.
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