Everest Base Camp Trek: Everything you need to know

Everest Base Camp Trek the most searched trekking destination of the world is a journey of a lifetime that will never cease to vanish from your memories.

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Everest and South Base Camp

Known as Sagarmatha in Nepal, Everest is the highest mountain of the world standing tall at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. Mount Everest has been and is still the meeting point of adventure seekers since it first appeared in the telescopes of mountain surveyors.


The international border between China (Tibet Autonomous Region) and Nepal runs across Everest’s precise summit point.


The South Base Camp (Everest Base Camp) which is the primary goal of the everest trek is at an elevation of about 5340 meters. The route to the South Base Camp is the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year. The base camps are usually temporary campsites on Mount Everest that are used by mountain climbers during their ascent and descent.

Everest “South” Base Camp Trek

The South Base Camp trek which climbs through the foothills of the world’s highest mountain is the most challenging trek in Nepal.

Recommended Itineraries

  1. 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
  2. 17 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
  3. Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek

  • The landscapes including the Himalayan panorama, that gradually comes closer and becomes more wonderful as the trek goes higher to Everest Base Camp.
  • Views of deep Dudh Koshi River Valley and the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • The authentic Sherpa culture.
  • The highland monasteries, the sacred mani walls engraved with Buddhist prayers.
  • Biodiversity of Sagarmatha National Park
  • The glacial walk over Khumbu Glacier that extends from Khumbu Icefall.

Trip Facts of Everest Base Camp

  • Activities: Trekking
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Max Elevation: 5,550 m/18,204 ft at Kala Patthar
  • Trek/Tour Style: Tea-house trek
  • Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge
  • Transportation: Flight & Private vehicle
  • Best Month: Mar – May & Sept – Nov
  • Starting and Ending Point: Kathmandu

How much does it cost? You need to pay 40$ entry fee to trek inside Sagarmatha National Park.Keep in mind that the entry fee is per person and single entry only.  

Plus you need to obtain a TIMS (Tourist Information Management System) Card before you enter any trekking routes of Nepal. All you need is a copy of your passport and 2 x passport-sized photographs.

What to Pack? The mantra is to pack as light as possible. All you need are as follows:

  • A strong and light pair of trekking boots.
  • Trekking poles for those hard climbs.
  • UV Sunglasses
  • Waterproof Down Jacket and Trousers
  • Sleeping Bag (0°C to -10°C)
  • Reusable water bottle

More list of essential trek clothing and gears.

Tips for Everest Base Camp that you should consider to make your adventure lot more easier and enjoyable.

  1. Train your body
  2. Know about altitude Sickness
  3. Walk on your own pace
  4. Purify Drinking water and drink frequently
  5. Listen to your guide.

If you are new to the Himalayas then check out the Tips for the first time trekkers in Nepal.

How do you get in? There are basically two options either you take a scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla starts the trek (most popular)or to walk in from Jiri, which is 5-7 trekking days to reach lukla.

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