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Everest Base Camp Trail

The classic trail to the world’s highest mountain

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Overview

This is the Everest Base Camp Trail: In the middle of one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes in the world, in the footsteps of the legendary first ascendants of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. It is no coincidence that the Everest Base Camp Trail has become one of the classics among the long-distance hiking trails in Nepal and is honored every year by renowned travel magazines as one of the world's most beautiful trails on earth.

The start of the adventure, the landing at the famous adventurous airfield Lukla is already breathtaking! Here, with the support of our experienced crews, begins the wonderful hike through the Sherpaland Khumbu up to the much-desired destination, the Everest Basecamp. In between, there is a true trekker's paradise: the Sherpa's ancient caravan trails, the vibrant Sherpa town Namche Bazar, the magnificent Tengboche Monastery, breathtaking views of the most beautiful (Ama Dablam) and highest (Mt. Everest, Lhotse) peaks in the world. Finally, you will experience the summit ascent of Kala Patthar (5,550m), high above the actual base camp. Nowhere else the view of the roof of the world is as impressive as here!

Our tip: Plan this magnificent Trail during the low season, for example in March or from mid-November! You will have a calmer trekking experience! The Everest Base Camp Trail is very popular and during the "high season" it can get crowded in the lodges.

Highlights

  • Mountain flight to Lukla & retour
  • Fantastic and legendary paths
  • Main Sherpa town: Namche Bazar
  • The Buddhistic Monastery complexes of Tengboche and Pangboche
  • UNESCO world heritage site Sagarmatha National Park
  • Breathtaking Mount Everest panorama from Kala Patthar (5.550m)

Highlights

  • Mountain flight to Lukla & retour
  • Fantastic and legendary paths
  • Main Sherpa town: Namche Bazar
  • The Buddhistic Monastery complexes of Tengboche and Pangboche
  • UNESCO world heritage site Sagarmatha National Park
  • Breathtaking Mount Everest panorama from Kala Patthar (5.550m)

Your advantages

  • Special Trail Info and Booking Center
  • Top advice from Nepal experts
  • Unique individual travel planning and booking with "travel planner" & "book here"
  • Fabulous services, experienced crews, clean and well-maintained lodges
  • Online Chat and Trail Hotline: daily from 00:00 to 24:00
  • For your safety: All travel packages fulfill the package travel directive law - PRG; BGL. I No. 50/2017 on package travel and other forms of combined travel.

Your advantages

  • Special Trail Info and Booking Center
  • Top advice from Nepal experts
  • Unique individual travel planning and booking with "travel planner" & "book here"
  • Fabulous services, experienced crews, clean and well-maintained lodges
  • Online Chat and Trail Hotline: daily from 00:00 to 24:00
  • For your safety: All travel packages fulfill the package travel directive law - PRG; BGL. I No. 50/2017 on package travel and other forms of combined travel.
The start of a great adventure
The start of a great adventure
The start of a great adventure
The start of a great adventure
The start of a great adventure
The start of a great adventure
The start of a great adventure
The start of a great adventure

Information

Best time to travel

Spring and autumn are the most suitable times for a trekking journey on the Everest Base Camp Trail, with each season offering its unique advantages.


Spring (March, April, May): Trekking on the Everest Base Camp Trail is possible from March onwards, though there may still be snow on the last few stages leading up to the Base Camp. In April, the temperatures grow more moderate, with blooming rhododendrons covering the landscape in glowing hues of red. The afternoons can bring rain showers, which become increasingly frequent and intense throughout May. The end of May marks the start of the monsoon, and the end of the trekking season.

Summer (June, July, August): Although the monsoon season is less intense in the Everest region than other parts of Nepal, a trekking journey in the summer is not recommended. The mountain scenery is often concealed behind clouds, while flights to Lukla are frequently cancelled due to bad weather.


Autumn (September, October, November): From mid-September onwards, the monsoon season draws to a close, and fine weather conditions can persist in the Everest region for weeks on end – meaning clear blue skies and the most incredible long-distance visibility. The days are still fairly warm, but the air cools down rapidly once the sun has gone down. Especially in November, the nights can turn decidedly chilly at higher altitudes. Autumn is the busiest time on the Everest Base Camp Trail – perfect for those who enjoy sharing their experience with like-minded people.

Winter (December, January, February): From December onwards, the temperatures in the Everest region drop rather dramatically; even in places as low as Lukla, you might get the occasional dusting of snow. Seeing as the Everest Base Camp Trail does not cross any high passes, it is suitable for a trekking journey even in winter: an interesting proposition for those with a high resistance to cold and a deep love for solitude.

Requirements

In terms of technique, the Everest Base Camp Trail is moderately challenging, and can be managed by any surefooted hiker with experience in mountainous terrain. The paths are broad and well-worn, without any exposed stretches. The optional ascent to the summit of the Kala Patthar involves navigating rocky terrain (no climbing).

With regards to endurance, the Everest Base Camp Trail is slightly more demanding. For one, each day-trek involves up to seven hours of hiking, and up to 900 metres of elevation gain. All the while, your body must adapt to the high altitude (with overnight stays at up to 5000m above sea level) – a process that has to be carefully managed. For this reason, it is vital to adhere to the stipulated programme of trekking and acclimatisation days, and to follow the instructions of your Sherpa guide.

The Everest Base Camp Trail is suitable for teens aged 14 and up, provided they have very good stamina.

We also recommend that you request a health check and start your relevant vaccinations six months before your date of travel.

Here you can find more information about the requirements.

Equipment

Standard alpine trekking equipment will be sufficient for your trek on the Everest Base Camp Trail. Click here for more equipment details.

Important information: Your luggage will usually be divided between a light-weight day-backpack and your main travel luggage (i.e. a duffelbag, preferably waterproof, especially to protect your sleeping bag). While you take the day-backpack (containing a change of clothes, raincover, thermos, energy bar, photography equipment and headlight), your main luggage (max. 15kg) is carried by a porter. Please note that trekking poles are obligatory.

Stages

For a closer look, check out the detailed information for each stage along the trail here. The times are average values and may vary depending on personal fitness, number and length of breaks, weather conditions, etc.

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Service

Category

In Kathmandu, you are able to choose between three accommodation categories (regional ratings):


Basic: simple, clean, functional – standard Nepalese guesthouse 

Classic: higher levels of comfort – 3-star hotels
Comfort: high-end accommodation – 4-star hotels, sometimes with spa area

Along the Trail, there are two categories:

Basic: simple, functional lodges 

Classic: higher standards, clean and cosy
Comfort: not available along the Trail


Children aged 14 to 16 staying in their parents’ room are charged at a 35% discount (provided both adults are paying full price)


Basic

Classic

Comfort
Boarding

The following catering options are available:

Breakfast: morning buffet or breakfast served at your table
Half-board: breakfast and dinner (usually 3 courses)



Please enter any individual dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food intolerances etc.) in the ‘comments’ box. Our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center will do their best to accommodate your request.


Bed and breakfast

Half board

Mobility Service

To ensure a particularly carefree Trail journey, we offer a comprehensive transport service:


Luggage service: Trekking with a light-weight day backpack, while a porter carries your main luggage (max. 15kg) to your next accommodation.

Shuttle services (using the country’s customary transport vehicles): All airport shuttle services (for both international and domestic flights) are included. 



Domestic flights: All flights within Nepal that are necessary for your Trail journey (i.e. from Kathmandu to Lukla or Pokhara / from Pokhara to Jomson) are included in your package price. In this instance, Trail Angels GmbH acts as an agent, and must make you aware that all Nepalese domestic airlines are on the list of air carriers banned from entering the EU airspace. While Nepalese airline companies are continuously striving to improve their safety standards, they do not currently meet the EU’s stringent requirements.

In general, our long-distance hiking and trekking routes are not geared towards persons with limited mobility. However, if you would like to discuss your options based on the degree and nature of a particular impairment, simply contact our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center.


Luggage service

Back transfer

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Service

Our comprehensive range of services has been carefully designed to ensure a smooth and carefree Trail journey in the Himalayas.

All Angels’ Services are included in the package price, and encompass the following:

Trail Hotline: This English-language service is available around the clock, every day of the week, offering both advice and practical support.


Sherpa Guide: An experienced guide (Sirdar) with good English skills will accompany you on your Trail journey. Groups of five or more are provided with an additional assistant guide.


City Guide: An English-speaking city guide will take you on a tour of the Kathmandu valley (listed as a UNESCO cultural heritage site). A taxi service is included.


Permits: All necessary permits (Trekking Peak permit, entry fee Sagarmatha National Park) will be organised on your behalf, and are included in the price.

Comprehensive Travel Information: We will send you an expertly compiled folder with in-depth information in plenty of time prior to your trekking adventure.

Arrival

For this Trail journey, arriving by plane is the only available travel option (not included in the price):


International flight: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. A shuttle service (included) takes you to your hotel, and back to the airport at the end of your tour.

Partners along the trail

The lodges where you spend your nights during your trek on the Trail, as well as the hotels and guesthouses you’ll be staying at in Kathmandu and Pokhara, have been selected and quality-tested by Bookyourtrail.com. Under the project title ’Fair Trails for the Himalayas’, we are working with our partners in Nepal to develop sustainable tourism models that directly benefit our partner establishments and their employees.

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Information about your destination

Here you will find all relevant information about your travel destination such as currency, entry requirements, food & drink, health and vaccinations and literature tips.

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Your booking center

Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
Austria

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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
Eintragungs-NR. Veranstalterverz. des bmwfi: 2016/0005
Tel: +43 4782 93093
Email: info@bookyourtrail.com

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