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OVERVIEW – EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

The Everest Base Camp trek features towering peaks from Everest to Lhotse to Ama-Dablam. And picturesque Sherpa villages with sacred monasteries. The trek traverses through the Khumbu region, the home of the Sherpas in the lap of Mount Everest (8,848m). Many visitors travel to the Everest region to glimpse the world’s highest peak. But they go home with much more; they return with an appreciation of the local people who make their home in this high and difficult landscape.

Everest Trekking is the crown jewel of trekking in Nepal!

THE TREK

The Everest trek begins with an exciting flight to Lukla. On the trek, you will be rewarded with daily spectacular and dramatic views of snow-capped mountains that rise above the clouds. From Gorakshep at 17,100 ft., your highest camp, hike further to Everest Base Camp. This is the site from where hundreds of climbers attempt to reach the summit of the tallest peak in the world. Also optionally climb Kalapathar (18,195 ft) for an up-close view of the south face of Everest. The duration of our standard Everest Base Camp Trek is 19 days. So this will allow for optimal time to help you acclimatize. Furthermore, this gives you the best chances of making it to the Everest Base Camp without suffering the ill-effects of high altitude sickness.

If you are short on time, do consider our 15-day fast-paced Everest Base Camp Trek. On the other hand, if you have more time and wish to be more adventurous, check out the Ultimate Everest Trek. This involves crossing the Cho La pass (Everest Base Camp to Gokyo lake) and the Renjo La pass (from Gokyo lake to Thame). Furthermore, an even more physically challenging trek is the Everest Three Passes Trek. This trek involves crossing the Kongma La pass (Chukkung to Lobuche) besides the Cho La pass and the Renjo La pass. No climbing skills are required for these treks. We are also happy to customize any trek for you.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a lodge trek. This means you will sleep and eat meals in local lodges along the trail. The quality of the lodges on this trek are the best among all trekking trails in Nepal. And several lodges on the trail have en suite rooms with hot showers. Meals are also quite varied with many options including rice with veggies, noodles, local breads etc. Read our article about food options on Everest treks.

BEST SEASON

Like most treks in Nepal, the best seasons for trekking in the Everest region are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (October-November). It is also possible to do this trek in Winter months of December, January and February if you do not intend to cross the passes. While it will obviously be very cold (upto -20 C/, -4 F), it will be less crowded as there aren’t as many trekkers in the area.

TREK RATING

The Everest Base Camp trek is rated “STRENUOUS”. It is rated 4 on a rating scale from 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging). The highest altitude reached is at Kalapathar (5,545 m/19,195ft) and the highest overnight elevation is at Gorakshep (5,212m/17,100 feet). There are two acclimatization days and several short days to allow for proper acclimatization. Average daily hiking times is 5 to 6 hours with one long day of around 7 hours on the optional day hike to the Everest Base Camp. Regardless of the rating, it is important to prepare for any trek in Nepal. Read our advice on training for treks.

WHY TREK WITH US?

All our Everest Base Camp Treks are PRIVATE TREKS for a minimum of two participants. We do NOT nickel-and-dime on services. And all inclusions and exclusions are clearly listed in cost details. Some companies will advertise trips for very low prices but they have a lot of exclusions that is usually not clear. With over 30 years of experience, most of our trekkers are either repeat clients or referrals. We employ the most professional and friendly staff.

We are also proud to give back to our community through 3 Summits For Nepal managed by Crystal Mountain Treks staff. Contact us to learn more…

Trip at a glance

Brief Itinerary - Everest Base Camp Trek

Day Description Overnight Altitude
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 2 Exploring Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 3 Kathmandu – Phakding Phakding 2,651m/8,700ft
Day 4 Phakding to Namche Namche 3,435m/11,270ft
Day 5 Namche Namche 3,435m/11,270ft
Day 6 Namche to Tengboche Tengboche 3,931m/12,900ft
Day 7 Tengboche to Pangboche Pangboche 3,985m/13,100ft
Day 8 Pangboche to Dingboche Dingboche 4,252m/13,950ft
Day 9 Dingboche Dingboche 4,252m/13,950ft
Day 10 Dingboche to Dughla Dughla 4,640m/15,300ft
Day 11 Dughla to Lobuche Lobuche 4,940m/16,200ft
Day 12 Lobuche to Gorakshep Gorakshep 5,212m/17,100ft
Day 13 Gorakshep to Feriche Feriche 4,280m/14,100ft
Day 14 Feriche to Khumjung Khumjung 3,790m/12,400ft
Day 15 Khumjung to Monjo Monjo 2,835m/9,290ft
Day 16 Monjo to Lukla Lukla 2,860m/9,390ft
Day 17 Fly Lukla to Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 18 Explore Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 19 Final Departure    
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Detailed Itinerary - Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal for the Everest Base Camp Trek. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner.

Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar.

MEALS: D

Day 2Exploring Kathmandu

Full day exploration of the sights, sounds and pleasant chaos that is Kathmandu. Visit Bodhnath which is a sacred destination for Buddhists from all over the world. Circum-ambulate the sacred monument with devotees, spin the prayer wheels along the stupa walls, and immerse yourself in the experience of Bodhnath.

Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, the God of Destruction. The main temple has a two-tiered golden roof and an ornate silver door. However, visitors cannot enter the main temple sanctum and must view it from across the sacred Bagmati River.

Then drive to Patan. After lunch, visit the well-maintained Patan Museum which houses ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar (Palace) Square. The medieval architecture of Patan is the finest with stunning architectural designs of palaces and temples including the Krishna Mandir. Return to hotel. Free evening to prepare for your Ultimate Everest trek.

Hotel Tibet or similar.

MEALS: B, L

Day 3Kathmandu - Lukla. Trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft.)

Your day will start early today as most flights to Lukla are scheduled for the morning hours. Be ready for a wait at the airport as your flight can be delayed due to weather. The flight is approximately 25 minutes.

After a brief stop at Lukla, set off on your Everest trek. Past Lukla, descend to Chaurikharka and continue on a fairly level trail to Choplung. Continue on a descending trail to Ghat. There is a monastery, numerous prayer wheels, mani stones and a chhorten at Ghat. Whenever possible, please remember to turn all prayer wheels in a clock-wise direction and to walk on the left side of shrines and manes (i.e. keeping these sacred objects to your right. From Ghat, it is approximately 20 minutes to Phakding.

DISTANCE: 8.11 kilometers/5.04 miles approximately
Ascent: 836 feet/255 meters
Descent: 1,424 feet/435 meters
ACCOMMODATIONS: Local lodge.
MEALS: B,L,D

Day 4Phakding to Namche (3,435m/11,270ft.)

The day’s trail follows the Dudh Koshi until you begin your ascent to Namche. Pass several villages to Monju. Before reaching Monju is the village of Chumoa where in the 1970’s, an eccentric but creative Mr Hagayuki lived without a visa for almost 10 years – farming and running the Hatago Lodge – before being deported. Just beyond Monju is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park where your park permit will be checked. Depending on the time you reach this point, lunch will be either at Monju or the village of Jorsalle after crossing a suspension bridge (picture above).

Past Jorsalle, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi and crosses it only to recross it at the base of the hill which climbs up to Namche. The climb is long and steep. The switchback trail is well-worn and wide through a pleasant pine forest.

DISTANCE: 16.72 kilometers/10.39 miles approximately
ACCOMMODATIONS: Local lodge.
MEALS: B,L,D

PHAKDING TO JORSALLE (Lunch Stop)
DISTANCE: 10.5 kilometers/6.53 miles approximately
ASCENT: 2,325 feet/709 meters
DESCENT: 2,266 feet/691 meters
APPROXIMATE TIME: 3.5 hours

JORSALLE TO NAMCHE
DISTANCE: 6.21 kilometers/3.86 miles approximately
ASCENT: 2,016 feet/615 meters
DESCENT: 81 feet/25 meters
APPROXIMATE TIME: 2.5 hours

Day 5Namche (3,435m/11,270ft.)

Today is an acclimatization day. You are free to visit the National Park Museum for great views of Everest and Amadablam or just wander around Namche town.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Local lodge.
MEALS: B,L,D

Day 6Namche to Tengboche (3,931m/12,900ft.)

Climb to the top of Namche Bazaar, then walk on a fairly level trail to Kenjuma and Sanasa. Here there are extensive displays of souvenirs to tempt you. Bargaining is very much in order! The trail descends to Dudh Koshi which must be crossed to reach Phungi Tenga. There is a now-deserted army post here. Past this point, the trail ascends to Tengboche monastery through conifer and rhododendrons forests.

Visit Tengboche monastery in the evening or watch the setting sun cast its last rays over Everest if the skies are clear. There is also an eco-centre with historical and cultural exhibits in the monastery compound. If monks are performing prayer ceremonies when you visit, please do not take flash photos or otherwise disturb the ceremonies.

DISTANCE: 10 kilometers/6.24 miles approximately
ACCOMMODATIONS: Local lodge
MEALS: B,L,D

NAMCHE TO PHUNKI TENGA (Lunch Stop)
DISTANCE: 7.04 kilometers/4.38 miles approximately
ASCENT: 1,024 feet/311.2 meters
DESCENT: 1,430 feet/435 meters
APPROXIMATE TIME: 3.5 hours

PHUNKI TENGA TO TENGBOCHE
DISTANCE: 2.99 kilometers/1.86 miles approximately
ASCENT: 1,837 feet/560 meters
DESCENT: 31 feet/10 meters
APPROXIMATE TIME: 2 hours

Day 7Tengboche to Pangboche (3,985m/13,100ft.)

Today is a short day of around two hours trekking to Pangboche. This should aid with acclimatization. The trail descends steeply to the small village of Debuche. Here, quietly tucked away in the trees is a Buddhist nunnery.

 

An optional hike to Amadablam Base Camp at 14,800 feet. (2.7 miles with 2,242 feet ascent one way). Or you may just opt for a shorter hike. Past Debuche, cross the Imja Khola and climb to the village of Pangboche (3,880m/12,800ft). The Pangboche Monastery is the oldest in Khumbu and once contained relics that were said to be the skull and hand of a yeti. These items were stolen in 1991.

Lodge. (All meals)

Total Distance: 2.65 miles/4.25 kilometers
Ascent: 550 ft/167 meters
Descent: 478 ft/146 meters
Total Time: 2 – 3 hours

 

Day 8Pangboche to Dingboche (4,360m/13,950ft.)

Hike to well past the village where the trail climbs to Shomare and then to Orsho on a shelf above the river. Beyond Orsho, the trail divides, the left leads to Pheriche and the right to Dingboche. We will take the right trail to Dingboche. Dingboche is a pleasant village with outstanding mountain views.

Lodge. (All meals)

Total Distance: 3.62 miles/5.82 kilometers
Ascent: 1,099 ft/335 meters
Descent: 21 ft/6.4 meters
Total Time: 3 – 4 hours

Day 9Dingboche (4,252m/13,950ft.)

Rest day for acclimatization. Free to go for a day hike towards Chukkung or to just relax.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Local lodge.
MEALS: B,L,D

Day 10Dingboche to Dughla (4,640m/15,300ft.)

Today is a short trek day. Take the high route over Feriche to Dughla. Ascend gently to the ridge above Dingboche for about 45 minutes. The trail then levels till you get on the steep switch-backs to Dughla.

DISTANCE: 5.47 kilometers/3.4 miles approximately
ACCOMMODATIONS: Local lodge.
MEALS: B,L,D

DINBGOCHE TO DUGHLA (Lunch and OVERNIGHT Stop)
DISTANCE: 5.47 kilometers/3.4 miles approximately
ASCENT: 987 feet/300 meters
DESCENT: 197 feet/60 meters
APPROXIMATE TIME: 3 hours

DAY 11Dughla to Lobuche (4,940m/16,200ft.)

Climb directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier into an area dedicated to climbers who have perished on Khumbu’s mountains. Past this point, it is a very gradual incline to Lobuche. After you have settled in at your lodge, you are welcome to visit the various memorials to those who have perished on Everest, or hike up one of the ridges above the village for excellent views of Nuptse and Lhotse.

DUGHLA TO LOBUCHE (LUNCH and OVERNIGHT Stop)
DISTANCE: 3.89 kilometers/2.42 miles approximately
ASCENT: 1,093 feet/333 meters
DESCENT: 150 feet/45 meters
APPROXIMATE TIME: 2.5 hours

ACCOMMODATIONS: Local lodge.
MEALS: B,L,D

 

DAY 12Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,212m/17,100ft.)

The trek to Gorakshep is only 2 hours. Begin the climb today by ascending gently through meadows in the Khumbu valley. Then cross several steep moraines while also walking on an active glacier. Gorakshep is situated on a sandy and flat section that served as base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest expedition.

From Gorakshep, you may continue to Everest Base Camp. The hike to Base Camp and back to Gorakshep can take upto 6 to 7 hours.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Local lodge.
MEALS: B,L,D

LOBUCHE TO GORAKSHEP (Lunch)
DISTANCE: 5.18 kilometers/3.22 miles approximately
ASCENT: 908 feet/276 meters
DESCENT: 258 feet/78 meters
APPROXIMATE TIME: 3 hours

GORAKSHEP TO EVEREST BASE CAMP TO GORAKSHEP (ROUNDTRIP)
DISTANCE: 7.29 kilometers/4.53 miles approximately
ASCENT: 1,112 feet/339 meters
DESCENT: 1,103 feet/336 meters
APPROXIMATE TIME: 4 to 5 hours

Day 13Gorakshep to Feriche

The trek to Kalapathar (18,195ft) is the final high-altitude climb of this trip, as a result of which you will perhaps achieve the highest reward for your perseverance. The trail ascends steeply to Kala-Pathar, but the view from here is one you are unlikely to forget. Return to Gorakshep and descend to Feriche.

DISTANCE: 12.52 kilometers/7.78 miles approximately
ACCOMMODATIONS: Local lodge.
MEALS: B,L,D

GORAKSHEP TO THUKLA (Lunch)
DISTANCE: 8.15 kilometers/5.07 miles approximately
ASCENT: 385 feet/117 meters
DESCENT: 2,120 feet/646 meters
APPROXIMATE TIME: 3.5 hours

THUKLA TO FERICHE
DISTANCE: 4.36 kilometers/2.71 miles approximately
ASCENT: 0 feet/0 meters
DESCENT: 1,094 feet/334 meters
APPROXIMATE TIME: 2 hours

DAY 14Feriche to Khumjung/Namche

Descend sharply to the Dudh Koshi river and then ascend to Mong danda. Retrace trail to Namche.

DISTANCE: 20.4 kilometers/12.7 miles approximately
ACCOMMODATIONS: Local lodge.
MEALS: B,L,D

FERICHE TO TENGBOCHE (Lunch)
DISTANCE: 10.23 kilometers/6.36 miles approximately
ASCENT: 950 feet/290 meters
DESCENT: 2,064 feet/630 meters
APPROXIMATE TIME: 4 hours

TENGBOCHE TO NAMCHE
DISTANCE: 10.2 kilometers/6.34 miles approximately
ASCENT: 1,621 feet/495 meters
DESCENT: 2,846 feet/867 meters
APPROXIMATE TIME: 4 to 5 hours

DAY 15 and 16 Khumjung/Namche to Monjo to Lukla

Descend to Namche. Retrace trail to Monjo and to Lukla.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Local lodge.
MEALS: B,L,D

NAMCHE TO MONJO
DISTANCE: 6.17 kilometers/3.84 miles approximately
ASCENT: 350 feet/106 meters
DESCENT: 2,279 feet/695 meters
APPROXIMATE TIME: 3 hours

MONJO TO PHAKDING
DISTANCE: 4.82 kilometers/3 miles approximately
ASCENT: 436 feet/133 meters
DESCENT: 1,034 feet/315 meters
APPROXIMATE TIME: 2 hours

PHAKDING TO LUKLA
DISTANCE: 8.11 kilometers/5.04 miles approximately
ASCENT: 1,424 feet/434 meters
DESCENT: 836 feet/254 meters
APPROXIMATE TIME: 3.5 hours

Day 17Lukla to Kathmandu

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Day free in Kathmandu.
Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar.

MEALS: B

DAY 18Explore Kathmandu

Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu: visit Swayambhunath, the monkey temple. Then drive to Bhaktapur, the city of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square.

Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar.

MEALS: B,L,D

DAY 19Final departure

Transfer to the airport for final departure.

MEALS: B

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Cost Information - Everest Base Camp Trek

Valid until Dec 31, 2023

2 – 5 persons: US$2,650 per person

6 or more persons: US$2,385 per person

Single supplement: US$300 

Please inquire for quote in GB£ or Euros.

  • Book this trek for any date in 2022 or 2023 by Dec 31, 2022 and get US$ 350 per person discount. All our treks are private treks for two or more participants and can be arranged for a date of your choosing.
  • From October 2022, all fixed-wing flights to/from Lukla are required to operate from Ramechhap airport. You must either drive to Ramechhap (5-6 hours) a day prior to your flight and spend the night at Ramechhap or leave Kathmandu around mid-night to board the morning flight. Alternatively, if you choose to fly to Lukla and back to Kathmandu on a helicopter (foregoing the drive to Ramechhap), a US$ 500 surcharge will apply. You may also opt to fly one way only (Kathmandu to Lukla) on a helicopter for a surcharge of US$250 per person. Click Lukla flights for a detailed explanation.

Payment policy:

  • A 20% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking.
  • Balance is payable a week prior to departure or on arrival in Kathmandu.

Cancellation policy:

  • Deposit is non-refundable. But if you cancel a month prior to trek start date, your deposit will be applied to any trek you undertake with us anytime in the future.
  • No refunds for unused services once trek begins.

 

Price Includes

  • All airport transfers
  • Two full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary
  • Four nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu
  • Airfare: Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lodge trekking as indicated in the Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary with three meals a day
  • Boiled water for drinking
  • Use of Steripen to sterilize water
  • Use of sleeping bag (rated to 0 degree Fahrenheit), duffel bag and down jacket for no charge on the trek.
  • Guide and staff wages and their equipment and meals
  • Staff insurance
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee
  • Gamow Bag (High altitude pressure chamber) or oxygen for altitude related emergencies.

Price Excludes

  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you)
  • Travel insurance (Required)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature.
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Options

If you don’t have 19 days for a trek, we would recommend the 15 day fast-paced Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary. While this shorter trip does not compromise on acclimatization taking almost the same number of days for the ascent to Everest Base Camp (minus one night at Dughla), it is imperative that you be in excellent shape for the shorter trip as you would have to hike up to 15 miles on a couple of days on the descent back to Lukla.

If you don’t have 15 days to spare, we can shorten the trip by 3 days (total trip – 12 days) by arranging a helicopter to fly from Gorakshep to Kathmandu. This would be an additional $4,500 and would be a viable option if there are 3/4 participants in the group. A cheaper option would be to take the helicopter from Gorakshep to Lukla ($1,500) and then fly by plane the next day.

If you’re short on time but don’t wish to do a fast paced trek to high altitude, check out our Everest – Tengboche Monastery trek. This trek goes up to Tengboche Monastery with excellent views of Everest.

If you’re looking for a more luxurious trek with en suite rooms, Western toilets and daily showers, our Luxury Everest Trek is a good option for you. We use Everest Summit Lodges and Yeti Mountain Homes which are at a far superior standard than other lodges on the trail with a garden area, comfortable lounge and a professional staff.

If you have more time and wish to be more adventurous, check out our Ultimate Everest Trek that crosses the Cho La pass taking you from the Everest Base Camp to Gokyo lake and the Renjo La pass taking you from Gokyo lake to Thame. Both passes do not require any climbing skills though they can be icy at times. An even more physically challenging trek is the Everest Three Passes Trek which involves crossing the Kongma La pass from Chukkung to Lobuche, the Cho La pass crossing from Dzongla to Thagnag and the Renjo La pass crossing from Gokyo to Lungden.

If you’re looking to climb a Himalayan 6000’er (first or otherwise), check out out our Island Peak climb. We can also organize climbs of Mera Peak (6,476m/21,240 feet) and Lobuche East (6,119m/20,070 feet).

And, YES, we would be happy to custom-design any of our program for you for a minimum of two participants.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

When is the best time to do the Everest Base Camp trek?

There are two preferred seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek: Spring (March through May) and Fall (October through December). Day time temperatures range in the 50’s and 60’s (10 to 15 Centigrade) while night-time temperatures are in the 30’s and 40’s (0 to 5 Centigrade). Expect night time temperatures of below Freezing near the Base Camp. Expect some late-afternoon showers in the Spring which is the season for rhododendrons and magnolias. October is historically regarded as the best month to trek with clear skies and better views of the mountains.

We highly encourage you to trek in the winter months of December, January and February when days can be quite sunny and warm (40F – 5 Centigrade) although you should expect temperatures below freezing on most nights starting from Namche (11,300 ft.). But the trails and lodges aren’t as crowded. We offer a $150 per person discount for treks in the Winter.

How much does the Everest Base Camp Trek cost?

You can: A) organize your own trek B) choose a Nepali company or C) choose a western guided trek.

Option A is the cheapest. If you’re doing the Everest Base Camp trek on your own look to pay around $30 – $40 per person per day (without alcoholic beverages) for meals and accommodations. Add cost of guide and/or porter plus airfare and permits. There are a few luxury lodges on the trail that charge around US$150 per person per day for room.

Option B is mid-range and can cost between $1,000 – $2,500 with varying inclusions and exclusions. Make sure you understand what is included and what is not included in the package. The best way to choose a Nepali company is to ask for references.

Option C would cost above $3,000.

Can I drink tap water on the Everest Base Camp Trek? How can I get water that is safe to drink?

Nepali tap water is NOT safe to drink. Even if you see the locals drinking water straight from the tap, never drink water before boiling or sterilizing. Bring water purifying tablets or other water purifiers. At higher elevations during the coldest times of year the water will freeze, so you’ll need to buy boiled water from teahouses. If you plan to use a STERIPEN, bring wide mouth water bottles. You would need at least 2 one-liter water bottles for the trek. Even if you plan to bring a hydration pack, bring 1 one-liter water to sterilize the water before pouring into your hydration pack.

Crystal Mountain Treks will provide you with a Steripen to use on the trek for no charge.

Do read our blog on safe drinking water options: Hydration on treks in Nepal

What kind of food should I expect on the trek?

Meals on the Everest Base Camp trek start out being quite varied especially at the beginning of the trek in Lukla. But meat items becomes sparser as you ascend to the Everest Base Camp. In general, expect porridge (Oatmeal), toast, eggs (any style), muesli, hash browns, sausages etc for breakfast. And sandwich, pizzas, momos, noodles (dry and with soup), rolls, fried rice, Indian bread with vegetables etc for lunch and dinner. And expect Nepali dal-bhat (rice-lentils with vegetables and/or meat) at all the lodges.

Ours is an OPEN menu. Meaning we allow our clients to order anything from the lodge menu besides bottled beverages, specialty coffee and packaged snacks. We also don’t limit the number of items per meal as long as you aren’t wasteful. When choosing your trekking company, ask if meals are fixed or if you are only allowed to order one item from the menu. If this isn’t the case, costs can add up over 15/16 days.

Check out our article on food options for vegetarians.

How fit do I need to be to do the Everest Trek?

Anyone who is reasonably fit and can hike 6-8 miles a day can trek to the Everest Base Camp Trek. Besides fitness, allowing for optimal acclimatization is the key to successfully completing the Everest Trek. Altitude sickness can affect anyone regardless of their fitness level. Most of the trek is on relatively level trail with some steep ascents and descents. That said, the better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy the trek. Children as young as six and adults over seventy have walked to Everest Base Camp. It is advised that anyone with a pre-existing condition consult their doctor before signing up for a trek.
We rate the Everest Base Camp Trek a 4 on a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging).

Can a beginner do the Everest Base Camp Trek?

There are two aspects to completing and enjoying a trek: Physical and Mental. The daily mileage covered on a moderately-paced Everest Trek isn’t too challenging for anyone in good physical shape as you would only have to walk up to 6/7 miles per day. But on the mental side, it’s a good idea to establish that you like hiking and don’t mind basic conditions, so that you can actually enjoy the experience when you do it.

Can I camp at Everest Base Camp?

The Base camp only exists during the climbing season (March through May) – at other times of year it’s just a moraine with some prayer flags to mark a spot. During climbing season, it’s reserved for expeditions. If you are friends with the owners or operators of climbing expeditions, it is possible to camp with those expeditions. After the climbing season, all the camps are removed. Remember, the Base Camp is a glacier and is unstable.

Is there mobile signal on the Everest Trek? What about wi-fi?

Some of the places on the main Everest Base Camp trail now have cell coverage. N-cell coverage is available in most places; more so than NTC. But once you get off the main trail, coverage may not be available. Some lodges will offer wi-fi for between $5 to $10 per day. The most popular wi-fi provider in the Everest region is Everest Link with relatively good coverage and speed. It should cost you around $20 for 10 GB and around $30 for 20 GB package.

How Should I Prepare for the Everest Base Camp Trek?

The more physically fit you are, the more you will enjoy the trip. There are three aspects to training for any trek.

1) Cardiovascular Training will make your body more efficient in using oxygen. Running, walking, swimming or biking, or any combination of these are great for cardiovascular conditioning.

2) Strength Training by either using free weights or machines at the gym will build hiking strength. Walking stairs, especially with a pack will simulate the hiking environment. We also recommend practicing squats. Trekkers will encounter low hanging obstacles to duck under, and many toilets are at ground level, which requires a low squat.

3) Endurance Training is where you build endurance in the months leading up to your trek, slowly increase your length of training sessions. By the time you are 2 weeks from the scheduled trek date you should be able to ascend 3,000 ft. in a 3-4 hour period.

In the end, the more your training simulates a trek, the better off you will be. So hiking 4-5 hours outdoors, uphill and downhill, about once or twice a week in addition to other cardio vascular training at the gym or at home will greatly benefit and prepare you for the trek.

Check out our article on training for treks.

Are there ATM's in the Everest region?

There are ATM’s in Lukla and Namche. But they may not always be working. So don’t rely on them. Bring cash for expenses en route.

What are the toilet facilities like? Will I have a chance to take a shower?

Most tea houses have a common toilet. Some tea houses, especially those at the beginning of the trek, have en suite rooms. While squat toilets are more prevalent, newer lodges have Western style toilets.

It is possible to shower in almost all the lodges. And hot shower usually means a bucket of boiled water. Be prepared to pay anywhere from $2-$5 for this service.

What gear do I need for the Everest Trek? Can I purchase or rent some gear?

Layering is key. And it’s always recommended to trek with good branded gear. A good pair of hiking boots that’s been broken in is very important. Good top and bottom base layers, a mid layer (fleece or capilene), and an outer layer (Gore-tex or other material). If you tend to get cold quickly, bring a down parka especially for the evening at the lodge. On most days, you’d be hiking in a convertible hiking pant that can be converted into shorts and one or two top layers.

if you’re trekking with Crystal Mountain Treks, we provide a sleeping bag (rated to 0 degree F or -17 degree C), duffel bags, down jacket and Steripen for water purification to our clients for no charge.

It is possible to buy cheap and relatively functional gear in Kathmandu – convertible pants, down jackets, fleece, Gore-tex jackets. But remember, you get what you pay for. Wool gloves, hats, socks are available too.

There are quite a few branded stores too. North Face, Moutain Hardwear, Marmot and Sherpa. If you’re coming from Australia or Europe, items in these shops are probably cheaper than back home. But if you’re coming from the US, it’s better to buy branded gear at home.

Is it possible for me to store extra gear in Kathmandu that I will not need on the trek?

Yes. Most hotels do have a storage room where you can store your bags. Remember to ask for a token identifying your bags. For valuables, ask for a locker. But not all hotels will have this facility.

What vaccinations are required for travel to Nepal?

No vaccinations are REQUIRED. There are some that are recommended. Check out websites of the following for immunization that are recommended:

1) CIWEC hospital in Nepal

2) CDC (Center for Disease Control)

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Vlad Dabija

Family Traveller

The entire experience with Crystal Mountain Treks was very positive: from trip planning and preparation to the initial stay in Kathmandu continuing through the entire mountain trek and ending with the final stay in Katmandu. I especially appreciated the flexibility and the willingness to customize the trip to our needs: we had a very specific time interval available for this trip and the organizers helped us both fit our objectives within our dates and adjust the itinerary along the way to adapt to our goals and physical abilities. It was an unforgettable trip and I will both use Crystal Mountain Treks for my next trip to Nepal, and recommend them to my friends.

May 21, 2019

Bob Held

Group Traveller

Hi Jwalant, I think I can safely speak for the group in saying that we were thrilled with Crystal Mountain. Staff on the trek were exceedingly attentive to us, always making us feel safe, well cared for and having a wonderful time. The guides displayed unsurpassed kindness, good humor and patience. Somehow, they always knew when to lend an extra hand. The office staff that we met, you, Jordan and Ramhiri, were helpful and always available if needed. I’ve heard bad stories about guide behavior on treks. I felt confident that our experience with Crystal Mt would be a great one and my confidence was fully justified.

We are all deeply grateful and we take away from our visit to Nepal nothing but delightful memories, great pictures and wonderful feelings, Bob

August 24, 2017

Amy Dellwo

Group Traveller

I needed to write and express my gratitude to you and the staff of Crystal Mountain. I am impressed by the thoughtful arrangements made for our group from landing to takeoff. Thank you for all that you do. I appreciate the exceptional experience your company provided. I will highly recommend your company to anyone.

November 15, 2014