Useful InformationGood to know before you travel
While we are trekking to Everest Base Camp, the highest point we will reach is not the base camp itself. The maximum altitude during the 11 days Everest Base Camp trek happens to be Kala Patthar, located at the height of 5644 meters. The following morning after exploring the EBC, we ascend to Kala Patthar for a stunning sunrise view of Mount Everest and the surroundings. Actually, Kala Patthar, not base camp, is where you can see Mount Everest's entire face.
The 11-day Everest Base Camp itinerary has a medium level of difficulty. If this is your first experience trekking, especially on a trail across the Himalayas, you might find it a little challenging to finish, but it's still doable. The trail is narrow and rugged, with several uphill and downhill stretches, and you'll be walking for 6-8 hours each day.
Since we've reduced the number of hiking days for this short EBC trek of 11 days, it's more challenging than the standard 14 days itinerary because you have to walk more each day. It takes physical stamina and good health to participate in this excursion. Make sure to accustom your body to cardio to better prepare for the hike.
The motorable road hasn't yet made it to the Everest region. If you decide to go by road, you can take a local jeep up to Jiri and start your journey toward Lukla from there, although this lengthens the trek by a few days, which makes it impossible to finish the tour in 11 days.
Flying to Lukla, the entry point of the Everest region is the most popular method of getting to the Everest Base Camp. The flight over the mountains from Kathmandu to Lukla takes 30 minutes. In addition to a quick and comfortable journey, flying to Lukla allows you to take in the aerial perspective of the Himalayas.
Although you'll be staying in a 3-star hotel with complementary breakfast in Kathmandu, you'll have to spend the nights in mountain lodges or tea houses after departing on the trekking journey from Kathmandu. Except for a few well-developed towns, many lodges are maintained by locals and lack modern conveniences. But worry not; you'll get to sleep in a bed with a comfortable mattress, pillows, and warm blankets.
The rooms are available on a sharing basis. So, depending on the size of the room, a room is shared by 2–5 persons. However, you will get individual beds. Restrooms are usually equipped with Asian squat-style toilets and basic taps and are also shared by all the guests. Don't forget to carry your own toiletries for hygiene purposes.
What you eat while you're in Kathmandu is totally your choice as lunch and dinner in Kathmandu are not included in our price. There are plenty of restaurants serving multiple cuisines in Thamel, where you'll be staying.
You will be served all meals while hiking (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). The menu at the tea house features a small selection of locally sourced, wholesome foods. The most typical meal is Daal Bhat, which includes rice, lentil soup, seasonal vegetables, salad, and pickles. It is an excellent source of all the macros required for your body during the hike. Other choices include Momo, noodles, tea, coffee, ginger tea, etc.
We strongly believe in eco-tourism and encourage our visitors to travel responsibly. Instead of paying for plastic bottled water in tea shops, bring a bottle and fill it with hot water at the tea houses. A bottle with a built-in filtration system is the best to fill up with fresh water along the way. You can also purchase some filtering pills to make your water safer to drink.
Guides and Potters
Trekking to the Everest Base Camp doesn't require a guide compulsorily. But traveling with a guide makes your trip much more fruitful. We offer knowledgeable local guides who have completed multiple treks in the Everest region and have firsthand knowledge of the terrain, local customs, and weather patterns. We highly recommend you book our package, which comes with a guide's salary included in the price.
Likewise, we offer 1 potter for every 2 trekkers, and they can each carry a maximum of 12 kilos from one person. If you're an expert hiker who has spent weeks in high elevations, you might not require a potter, but given the difficult hiking trail, it's always preferable to hire potters.
To start this 11 days Everest Base Camp trip, you need two permits from the designated authorities. Decentralization has led to the requirement of a new permit framework in the Everest Region. It is no longer necessary to acquire a Trekker Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
To visit the Everest region, you need the following two permits:
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit for NPR 3000 (available in Monjo or Kathmandu)
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit for NPR 2000 (issuable only in Lukla)