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Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Days

Trip Highlight

  • Fabulous views of Mount Everest along with neighboring mountains like Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Khumbila, Lola, Ama Dablam, Khumbu Ice fall and hundreds of other Himalayan peaks throughout most part of the trek
  • Exciting climb of Kala Patthar for stunning Himalayan views & hike to the Everest base camp, base camp of the world’s highest mountain
  • A Sherpa Culture trek through the villages of world famous climbers following the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary
  • An insight to Buddhism and Buddhist culture, visit to ancient Buddhist monasteries
  • Fully supported trek with experienced and knowledgeable English speaking trekking leader
  • Ample acclimatization days built in
  • Exciting Himalayan Mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • City tours in Kathmandu through the major UNESCO World heritage sites, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Durbar Square and Swayambhunath

Trip Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek is the most majestic and picturesque walk in Himalaya culminating base of the world’s highest mountain, Mt Everest. Everest base camp trek falls in the bucket list of most fervent trekkers because it is an adorable walk with grand views of great Himalayan giants.

In Himalayan ambiance we sense the natural and cultural charm of colorful rhododendron forests, cultural Sherpa villages and ancient monasteries. Also roaring rivers, prayer flags swathed suspension bridges, gigantic glaciers, enormous ice falls. Its a carnival in Sherpa heartland in stage of Himalaya adorned beautifully by floras and faunas of Sagarmatha National Park.

Our hiking to Everest Base Camp begins with your arrival, reception and transfer to your hotel the first day. In our second day, we explore around Kathmandu’s exotic heritage sites overflowed with Stupas, temples, monuments and medieval royal palaces. Actual Everest Base Camp walk starts on the third day after a brief adventurous flight to Lukla. We trek through several Sherpa villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and finally reach Everest Base Camp. We also visit Kala Patthar for beautiful sunset/sunrise view over the Himalayan range. After striking the goal, i.e. the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar we return back same route. It will be pleasing experience by the buzz of having seen Everest at exceptionally close quarters.

 Is Everest Base Camp Trek for you?

Yes, you qualify Everest Base Camp hike if you have reasonable fitness and ability to walk through steep gradients. Walking both up and down for about average 4-6 hours a day. (However, some days need more walk, such as the day you reach Everest base camp). You can complete EBC trek successfully even without prior high altitude trekking experience if you are fit and prepare yourself with adequate pre-trek trainings and have strong determination. Prepare with cardiovascular training several times a week: cycling, swimming, hill climbing and lots of walking. Without training, you will find the hiking to base camp of Everest less enjoyable. We want you to enjoy it and have the time of your life! Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses,  and to fulfill every Everest dream, we have EBC express trek -14 days along with slower paced EBC – 20 days.

Come and join on our Everest Base Camp trekking program to explore mountains and valleys. To enjoy the jaw-dropping Himalayan scenery, to rest in teahouses run by local Sherpa families, to learn about tradition and cultures of world famous Sherpas, to get an insight to Buddhism through ancient vibrant monasteries, and to reach the legendary viewpoint of Kalapatthar and the historical Everest Base Camp.

Common Queries On Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Days

Yes, it is possible to stay overnight at Everest base camp. Actually, we do have separate itinerary to make this happen: Everest Base Camp with overnight stay at EBC. Staying overnight at base camp is recommended during spring season in the months of April, May as you get the chance to see and meet Everest climbers(mountaineers) and the base camp is colorful during this time. Other options may be exploring the beautiful Everest region for couple of days more, try Gokyo Lakes and EBC or cross a few high passes for even more adventure.

Best time to trek to Everest base camp during spring season is March, April and May; you will see many Everest expeditions mountaineers (April & May) as it is the climbing season too and weather is quite fine at high altitudes with magical blooming rhododendron forests at lower hills. If you really want to enjoy view of Base Camp, then it is the time to embark in.

In the same way, autumn season during months of October/November is also the best time to go for Everest Base Camp Trek when the weather is clear with crystal clear views of world’s highest Himalayas.

Most of the trekkers wear ankle support trekking shoes for EBC trek.  But it is not actually necessary to be ankle support unless you are carrying heavy loads. All of your luggage loads will be carried by porter team. Actually, you will be amazed seeing locals making their way up and down the hills on flip flops.

But you need to get the strong shoes meant for trekking purposes. Have a look at this blog for more info on trekking shoes for Everest Base Camp .

TIMS card, Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit are two permits required for Everest Base Camp hike. If you are taking roadways from Kathmandu to Jiri, then additional Gaurishanker Conservation Area Project permit is also required. All these permits will be arranged by the agency. You just need to focus on making your trip a worthwhile experience.

While on EBC trek you can definitely trek on your own pace but still if you trek in a joining group, you may need to catch up with the group. We suggest you to go on a private EBC trip if you want to walk on your own pace without any pressure. If you have your own group of frineds and families (at least two) we offer private trip in the group cost and if you are solo, there will be small surcharge for solo EBC trip. Private and Solo trek gives you a lot of freedom.

In both of these cases, you don’t have to follow any others; you will be trekking at your own pace. Stopping at the place you like for selfie, enjoying the menu of your choice and making your Everest base camp walk, the way you like it.

Your travel insurance must cover the helicopter rescue upto 6000m altitude. It comes handy during medical emergencies and contingency situations. Travel insurance is mandatory before joining any trips with Icicles, and you need to get your travel insurance policy before joining Everest base camp trip too. It is recommended to get from your home country. In case you do not have bought travel insurance after arriving at Kathmandu; we can help you get one.

You need to have proper gear and equipments so that your trip will be more pleasurable. If you have your own sleeping bag, sleeping mat (airbag), and trekking boots and down jacket, then we recommend to use the same during the trek. There are plenty available for sale and hire at stores in Kathmandu and at Everest region. Incase you don’t have, all equipments will be arranges by our company. For detail list of things to pack for trekking in Nepal, please visit this page.

For EBC trek, previous trekking experience is not mandatory, but you need to be physically fit, strong and passion towards walking along the trails of high mountains. Every person has their own limit, but you need to do prepare for your trek like getting involved in cardio exercises like swimming, treadmill, cycling, short day hiking etc. In this way, you stamina along with confidence will also increase that will eventually helps you make the most out of your trip.

Oh yes, you will see many travelers from all round the world especially at popular Everest region during the best season like during spring and autumn. However, nowadays, there are plenty of tea houses across the trail that can accommodate the travelers. At higher altitudes like at Lobuche and Gorakshep there is handful of tea houses, where there might be a problem, but taking a sleeping bag along will allow to sleep at dining room also.

During EBC trek, we offer all (three) time meals breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee. Along the EBC trail, mostly we find the vegetarian items on menu.  Generally, common food items are Dal Bhat, tarkari (rice n lentil), soups, noodles, potato, apple pan cakes and other to name the few. And also you are requested to let us know your dietary preferences like veg or non-veg, so that we can arrange the meals as per your order.

Proper altitude acclimatization is the best way to prevent the high altitude sickness. Trekking is not racing, so you should never walk too quickly too high ignoring your body symptoms.  Listen to your body, trek gradually enjoying the best of culture and nature while giving enough time for your body to adapt the changing atmosphere. Drink plenty of fluid and keep your body hydrated. If symptoms like headache, difficulty in breathing and other occurs then descend to lower altitude and taken to Tenjing Hillary hospital. If condition worsened you will be airlifted to hospital in Kathmandu.

Most of the ATMs accept international credit cards with withdrawal limit of 35000 Nepalese rupees that costs usually 500 extra. You are requested to exchange your currencies while you are at Kathmandu. However there are few ATM at Namche.

All your meals, accommodations, transport and salaries to guides, porters, trekking permits are included in total trip cost. Therefore, generally, we can say that maximum carrying 10USD per day would be more than enough for extras like purifying water, charging your batteries, hot showers, donation to monasteries etc.


The weather at Himalayas is uncertain and unpredictable. Therefore, rate of fight delay and cancellation is high at Everest region. If this happens then you will be boarded on the flight tomorrow and you have to spend extra night at Lukla(if you are returning Ktm) at Ktm( if you are going Lukla). Helicopter rescue can also be used, that depends upon situation.

So, you are requested to allocate couple of extra days for Everest base camp trek, so that you will not miss your international flight back home.

The best recommended way to go for any Everest trek is to board a Kathmandu-Lukla 20 minutes scenic mountain flight. Another available option is to drive from Kathmandu to Jiri (9 hours drive) and trek for a week to reach Lukla. In present day, jeep runs from Kathmandu to Salleri (15 hours drive) and trekking two days from Salleri takes you to Lukla.

EBC is the most popular trek in the world and there are quite a few variations available. Depending on your fitness, time and interest, Everest Base Camp can be reached through couple of routes. If you are experienced high altitude hiker, it can be paced to 14 days itinerary, or if you are with kids/seniors trip can be elongated to 20 days, if you have more than 16 days and want to explore more then high passes trek or Gokyo Lakes & EBC is recommended. In the similar way, we do have classic Tenjing Hillary EBC Trek that takes you on a drive from Kathmandu to Jiri followed by a week trek to arrive at Lukla (or drive on recently developed road at Salleri and 2 days trek to Lukla). Also if we have itinerary that lets you spend overnight at EBC (recommended during Spring season).

We are flexible in customizing the trip as per need and requirements of our valuable clients.

Price Includes

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Four nights twin sharing accommodation in deluxe Hotel Woodland or similar hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including temple/monument entry fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available local lodge  to lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek; we provide rooms with private bathrooms and hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers : 1 assistant guide)  and porters (2 trekkers : 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla– Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
  • Icicles Adventure T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • TIMS, National Park Permits (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • All government taxes & office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • Alcoholic drinks and cold drinks
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc)
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Days Day to day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft)

We receive you at Kathmandu airport! Claim your luggage and after going through customs get to the arrival terminal. You will find our representative with Icicles Adventure Treks and Tour signboard with your name on it at the arrival terminal. You will be then transferred to the hotel. After checking in, we suggest you have a good rest for the remainder of the day to recover from the jet lag. Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft): Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

We pick you up from your hotel for a guided tour to several medieval and spiritual sites in Kathmandu which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath). Later after sightseeing program, we will introduce you with your trekking guide and have a small pre-trip meeting. You can also take an opportunity to hire/buy any last minute trekking equipment or bargain for your souvenirs at the many stores. You are advised to pack your things and be set up for your actual Everest base camp trek adventure that will begin the next day. Overnight in Kathmandu hotel. Included Meal: B

Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft) - Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft)

Wake up at dawn and be ready for the adventure. We will usher you to domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the array of beautiful green and white mountains, we arrive at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), an entry town from where your trek begins. We wake up at dawn to catch an early morning flight to Lukla, ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime – trekking to Everest Base Camp. The flight to Lukla is exciting with remote and breathtaking scenery. Upon reaching Lukla, we meet rest of our crew (porters), and start our trek to Everest Base camp. First we walk down to Chaurikharka and then head up the Dudhkoshi valley until we reach Phakding. As we just land at the altitude of almost 3000m today, to assist in acclimatization, we only have a short walk today. Yet, if interested in additional activities you may take a side trip to a nearby monastery, observe the Sherpa culture mingling among the villagers at Phakding. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 3 -4 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft)

We set out from our lodge in Phakding after breakfast. The beautiful scenery and old mani stone prayer carvings add power to our walk. Near the village of Jorsale at 2740m, we officially enter Sagarmatha National park and get our permits checked and stamped. We continue occasionally spinning Tibetan Buddhist prayer wheels; praying for safe achievement of our Everest Base Camp trek. In addition to the ups and downs, the trail cut back and forth between different sides of the valley, connected by tall steel suspension bridges, which span several hundred feet above the river. Only between Phakding and Jorsale, we cross at least 4 suspension bridges. If you are not used to them, you might get sacred, but you need not because they are well-maintained and safe.
The day today is special since we are going to see the Everest for the first time on our trek. With the prospect of seeing Everest keeping our spirits up, we drag ourselves along the trail, looking in every direction with tall mountains everywhere. Few hours of gruesome climb take us to Namche Bazaar, the “capitol” of the Khumbu region and trading center for people in the region. Surrounded by serrated, snow-covered mountains, Namche Bazaar is a colorful, well-maintained Sherpa village with rocky cobblestone footpaths and quaint stone cottages. Most of the buildings are lodges; some are trekking shops or restaurants, including Pubs, bakeries, pizzeria, etc.
Namche is also home to the first official viewing spot of Mt. Everest along the trek. Gray stone rising up to the left of Mt. Lhotse, with its iconic white column of snow glazes off the summit– Mt. Everest! Everest is still more than 40km away and thus appears less gigantic than some of the closer surrounding mountains. Overnight in Local lodge in Namche. Walking time: 5-6 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day

To complete Everest Base Camp trek successfully, its essential that you condition the body to new altitude and this process is acclimatization. Namche Bazzar is an ideal place to spend first acclimatization day before proceeding to towards higher elevation. Being passive and full rest is not recommended on the scheduled acclimatization day. It is recommended to trek a few hundred meters above during the acclimatization day; it will help you to properly acclimatize. Thus, we spend the day exploring Namche Bazzar or taking a hike to Thame or Khunde. Most people take an interesting hike up to Khumjung, Syangboche airstrip and Everest View Hotel, a Japanese build deluxe hotel which offers you great views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and other mountains. Khumjung also hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. You can also visit to Hillary School which is in the same location. You can visit Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where you can observe an collection of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various flora and fauna of the Sagarmatha National Park. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 4 – 5 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 06: Namche Bazzar - Tengboche (3860m/12660ft)

Today’s walk involves a gradual climb following the trail high above the Dudh Koshi River, followed by a 2 hour steep ascent to Tengboche. Remember not just to look up ahead but also constantly look around and behind because we are literally surrounded by mountains and the mountain views just will keep getting better and better. Everest stays in view most of the day, often recognizable due to cloud surrounding the black rocky summit. The trail passes through forests of birch and silver fir trees and you may spot wildlife musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar and colorful pheasants. Passing through the village of Sansa, we drop steeply to Phunkitenga where we relax and have lunch. Now the walk is rather tougher climb through pine forests until we reach up to an exposed ridge which is Tengboche. The peaks of Tawache, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Thamserku, and the mother of them all, Everest, are all visible from Tengboche; and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. After relaxing, we visit Tengboche monastery and witness the ceremony performed by monks there. If interested, learn about the history of the monastery that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1933. It was rebuilt and again badly damaged by fire in 1989. The current building was constructed in 1992. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 5 – 6 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 07: Tengboche - Dingboche (4410m/14464ft)

The first half of today’s walk is pretty easy, mostly descents or small, gradual ascents. We start day descending through a beautiful forest. We then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m). Gradually, we notice transition from lush forests to small shrubs and to barren terrain. Harsh winds pick up as we proceeded through the rocky valley.We enjoy views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse & other peaks; the route continues through pastures to Dingboche, known as the ‘summer valley’. Although the walk is not so tough today, we might get affected by the altitude with some headaches and nausea. Its normal to get such symptoms at this altitude but if its too severe, you must inform your guide and should not ignore them. We will spend our second acclimatization day at Dingboche. Walking time 5 – 6 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 08: Acclimatization Day at Dingboche- Side trip to Nagerjun Hill (5100m/16728ft)

Dingboche, nestled into a small protected valley, surrounded by imposing snow-covered mountains is a small village with some farmlands, lodges and internet cafes. We spend our second rest day at Dingboche but we are to stay active and hike to higher altitude for acclimatization and not rest the whole day. As per the rule of acclimatization, we will climb high and sleep low. After breakfast we hike to Nagarjun Hill (5100m) on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. From the top of Nagarjun Hill we get good views of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day we could even see Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley. After a short rest, you start the descent back to Dingboche. It deserves a good rest after lunch. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 5 – 6 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 09: Dingboche - Lobuche (4910m/16105ft)

It is one of the most beautiful days of our Everest Base camp trek journey. With each step we took away from Dingboche, we stumble upon larger and larger snow-capped mountains that are made all the more grand by the tiny villages dwarfed in their shadows. Yesterday we were at the scrubby bush area; now we are in the area without any vegetation but only dirt and boulders along the board valley floor until Dugla. We pass the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche (4240 m), where there are western volunteer doctors and supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association which offers treatment and consultation to trekkers. The mountain view on our left is spectacular. A short, steep climb up to Chukpo Lari, a beautiful, yet heart touching place where there is an array of memorials in tribute to the climbers who died during Everest expedition. This is a creepy place and as you take in these memorials you realize the vastness of what Hillary and Tenzing achieved in 1951. From here we have a beautiful vista of the peaks that are in the Nepal-Tibet border. We move on and the trail eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche (4,910m) our next destination, a small settlement with a few teahouses. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. After a rest, walk around the place, be active and don’t miss to watch the sunset over Nuptse. It is going to be a big day tomorrow as we reach our goal, the Everest Base Camp. Walking time 5 – 6 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D.

Day 10: Lobuche - Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) - Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft)

The big day starts at around 7 am from Lobuche after breakfast. We are supposed to walk slowly to avoid over-exertion to enjoy stunning scenery. After about an hour, the landscape begins to change significantly. To our right is the highest glacier in the world, Khumbu Glacier with deteriorated piles of rocky spires, blocks, and boulders. (Khumbu Glacier is an enormous frozen river that begins halfway up Mt. Everest, crashes down the face between Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse, and runs parallel to the final part of the Everest Base Camp trail between Gorek Shep and Base Camp. The Khumbu Glacier changes, reshapes and slides continuously and it is believed that it moves about 120 feet per year.) The well-defined trail here could be slippery and we need to be more careful not to slip and land on a rough rock or stream. After about two hours of leaving Lobuche, we reach Gorakshep, a calm place with few lodges but no permanent settlement. We may take a tea break at Gorekshep before we continue towards Everest Base camp again. The trail reaches the top of the ridge and follows the mountain’s spine due north towards the cul-de-sac at the end of the glacier. Our breaths are clearly audible reminding how hard breathing becomes at this altitude, but the beautiful mountains in our view make us forget our suffering. With Everest Base camp view, we walk about 40 minutes along the edge of a mountain. Finally, we arrive at EBC marked with piles of stones, dozens of strings of prayer flags, and a few “Everest Base Camp” signs. From Everest Base Camp, we get views of Lingtren (22,142 ft/6,749 m), Khumbutse (21,867 ft/6,665 m), the Khumbu Icefall and many other mountains. After spending some time at Everest Base Camp cherishing the moment and snapping pictures, we retrace our steps through the meandering, rocky labyrinth of Everest Base Camp. We take one long last look at Everest Base camp and head back to Gorak Shep. With the exception of the seemingly endless climb off the glacier and back up to the trail, the way back is easy-going and mostly flat or downhill. Overnight at Gorekshep. Walking time 8 – 9 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D.

Day 11: Gorekshep - Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) - trek back to Pheriche (4210m/13809ft)

The secret of Everest Base Camp Trek is that, Everest is not visible from Everest Base camp (because some other massive mountains block Everest), and focus of Everest Base camp is actually the Kalapatthar peak for the view. Kala Pattar (5,550m) is a small peak literally meaning black rock, it appears as a big brown bump below the impressive Pumo Ri (7,165m) and above Gorak Shep. Kalapatthar is just west of Gorak Shep, and is best viewpoint especially at sunset. We schedule visit to Kalapatthar at sunrise but if you opt to visit it at sunset, we will keep Kalapatthar for Day 10 and we will do Everest Base Camp today. As scheduled, we start early in the morning to catch the stunning mountain views at sunrise from Kala Patthar. After about two hours of an ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. It is a severe climb, but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. We push ourselves to climb the rocky projection near to the summit manifested by cairns and prayer flags. At the very top of Kala Patthar is a small stupa and a weather station. Huge creaking glaciers surround us. The mountains of Khumbu are laid out in front of us and an incredible panorama comprising Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest Sagarmatha – the highest mountain in the World. Hard work, yes, but the rewards are fantastic. We have breakfast back at Gorekshep and descend to Pheriche for a well earned rest. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 7 – 8 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D.

Day 12: Pheriche-Pangboche-Tengboche-Namche Bazzar (3,440 m/11,280 ft)

TWe have spent a night in lower comparatively lower altitude at Pheriche, so we must be feeling a lot better. Breathing is much easier. Temperature rises dramatically as the altitude drops off continuously. You may think you will be descending most of the way, but wrong there are plenty of uphill sections too. As we descend the Dudh Kosi river is raging more and more furiously fed by its tributaries and the fact that the temperature that has risen quite dramatically melt water making the river to swell. The walk today is in the shadow of the pine trees and rhododendrons bushes that line these well-trodden trails. Watch out for faunas such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc too in these trails. After several ups and downs we come near by the army camp at Namche Bazzar from where we take last look at the Everest which will be no more visible ahead on this back trek. On reaching our lodge at Namche, we would be excited to get a relishing nice hot shower that will help relief our tired muscles. We may retire to our rooms straight after dinner as the rooms are more comfy than the last nights’. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 5 -6 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 13: Namche Bazaar - Lukla

Today the trail goes steeply downwards, so we need to walk carefully having control over our shaky legs. After again multiple crossings over the prayer flags festooned suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. The more we trek downwards the more we feel easier to breathe as the air gets denser. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today. Although we are following the same route down, we feel completely different views with open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. Upon arrival in Lukla, stretch those sore legs and summon up the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Celebrate your successful and safe trek with your crew. Overnight in local lodge. Walking time 6 – 7 hrs, Included Meals: B, L, D

Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu

The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. Flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for morning because wind can create problem to fly the aircraft after noon. But sometimes the flight can be delayed and even canceled due to bad weather and other reasons that are beyond our control. You will be transferred to hotel in Kathmandu after arrival in Kathmandu. You can rest in your hotel, could do some last minute shopping and packing, or stroll around Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel. Flight Time: 35 minutes. Included Meals: B

Day 15: Contingency Day

Mountain weather becomes unexpectedly bad sometimes that can affect the Lukla-Kathmandu flight to be delayed and even canceled. An extra day would help you to be in safe side from missing your flight back home. If everything went smooth as planned, you can use this day for sightseeing around Kathmandu UNESCO World Heritage sites. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel. Included Meals: B

Day 16: Final Departure

Today your Everest Base camp trekking comes to an end. If you have more time you can do some shopping, sightseeing, be at leisure or your individual activities. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Icicles Adventure Treks and Tour will escort you to the airport and see you off on your home-bound flight. We believe your experiences during the past few days are sure to leave memories you will cherish. For those who are not ready for the day to finish, we are more than happy to provide an extended service for you. Please have a look in our website for more programs. Included Meal: B

Trip In More Detail

Trekking Group

On Everest Base Camp Trekking, the number of crew looking after you will depend on the size of your group. There will be one leader, assistant guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters as carriers (2 trekkers:1 porter) to make sure that if anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours runs the Everest Base Camp hike for any group size. But generally we do not exceed more than 10 people if it is an internationally mixed group, as we have found this to be the optimum size for a successful trek. But if you would like to make booking for a group of more than 10 people together, we can arrange that too. We can even organize private trip for one/two or more person as per request.

Accommodation During Trip

During our EBC trekking program, you will spend four nights in three star category hotel (we can upgrade the hotel or use budget hotel too as per your interest) in Kathmandu. During trekking you spend 10 nights in standard teahouses/lodges. We provide attached rooms in Namche, Lukla, and Phakding (attached bathroom, toilet and hot shower). In rest of the places in Everest region, the teahouses have basic toilet facilities and always outside the room. The teahouses/lodges generally provide basic sleeping facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We offer you sleeping bags (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. All accommodations for this trek are on twin sharing basis. However, single rooms can be made available on request and by paying a single supplement USD 190. However, please note that there are several places that do not allow single accommodations in the Everest Region.

Food and Dietary Restriction

During this Everest Base Camp adventure, we provide three times meals (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with tea/coffee. Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest Base Camp trail cook a variety of mostly vegetarian food. Please do not expect as much variety and taste as in cities– we will be in a remote area where access to supplies is not easy. In higher altitudes near the base camps of the mountains, you get fewer varieties than in the lower altitudes. However, plenty of cuisines like Nepali, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian {Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes can be enjoyed}. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization; you are suggested to have garlic soup every day. . If you are doing high altitude treks like the Everest base camp , do not consume alcohols ( you get beers and whisky even in mountains) until you reach your destination. Alcohol consumption may increase the chances of altitude sickness. You are allowed to choose the food you like but it is wiser not to order different dishes for each individual as cooking so many dishes takes a long time, especially at lunch. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu, however while going up eating meat is not so health friendly. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you stayed at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination. A farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served in Kathmandu. Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance.

Water: You can buy bottled water in the mountains but we suggest you to bring filter, water purifying tablets, Steripen, etc., and avoid bottled water. Water bottles are major source of pollution in the mountains. If you are planning to treat the water with tablets you would need a couple of liter bottles as well as you may would like it to use water flavor enhancers to cover up the unpleasant taste of the tablets.

Altitude Acclimatization

Normally it does not become noticeable until you have been at that altitude for a few hours. Almost anyone can get altitude illness if they go too high, too quickly. Continuing to higher altitudes without proper acclimatization can lead to potentially serious, even life-threatening illnesses. Because of the individual differences; a preventive rate of ascent for one person may be too slow or fast for another. Altitude acclimatization is the key to avoiding altitude sickness and improving altitude performance. There are ways to optimize your adjustment to altitude and improve your chances of not getting altitude illness. Slow ascent to altitude is the key to acclimatizing well. Go up slowly, take it easy, and give your body time to get used to the altitude. Drinking plenty of liquid is another preventative measure. Garlic soup is considered to do good defense with altitude sickness. So please have garlic soup during your altitude trek at least twice a day. However, you could consider taking a drug called acetazolamide (also known as Diamox) that helps you to breathe faster to give more oxygen to your body. The body has an amazing ability to acclimatize to altitude, but it needs time. For instance, it takes about a week to adapt to an altitude of 5000m. Our trip itineraries are designed keeping in mind that the trekker/adventurer has adequate time for altitude acclimatization. However, if possible if you have booked high altitude treks or mountaineering, we suggest you for training in the attitude to make your body familiar to altitude. Please click here for more on AMS and altitude acclimatization.

How is a typical day in Everest Base Camp Trek like?

Most of the days of our walk during EBC starts early in the morning to avoid too much bustle in the midday heat, or, most importantly to catch the clearest weather and the best views. If you are passing through villages its also usually the best time to learn about local life too as families in villages go about their daily chores. You wake up at around 6 am. A cup of hot tea will be brought to your room, followed by hot water for washing / shaving. You are responsible for packing your own gear into your duffel bag that your porter will carry.  A hearty breakfast is served at the dining hall of the lodge. After breakfast, the trekkers start to walk usually 2 – 3 hours or longer (depending on the trek) until reaching the lunch spot for more stunning views of the Himalayas. You can set your own pace, stopping to talk to villagers, take photographs, or to study the flora or fauna, or linger happily hypnotized by a jaw-dropping view without worrying that you are holding anyone up. Or push yourself on if you are in the mood for a challenge. However, it is always advisable to be in sight of one of the support crew.

Lunch is usually taken on the way from where you can please your eyes with best possible views while pleasing your stomach. After lunch, we continue walking and aim to reach our teahouse/lodge by 4 PM. Upon arrival at our lodge, we have tea/coffee with cookies that is well deserved while resting! After checking in, you might take time to read, chat with fellow trekkers, support crew or you can even explore village, temples/monasteries, or have a side walk nearby. After dinner in cozy dining hall your trekking guide will brief on next day’s program. You can spend time reading, playing cards, listening to the Sherpas the myths of mountains before climbing up into your sleeping bag…

Local Trekking Leaders and Support Crew

The most substantial thing that makes your Everest Base Camp trip enjoyable, successful and unforgettable is the professional, experienced, well-mannered and helpful trek leader and the crew members who have the ability of operating your days in the mountain efficiently. Your trek will be led by the best and most professional Nepalese leaders. Your trek support crew is made up of local trekking guides and porters. The local Nepalese guides know the local area well, and is a great source of knowledge about local customs, lifestyles, culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history of the area. We select our leaders on the basis of experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, leadership skills, experience, professionalism, sense of humor and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. Plus we only employ the leaders who have undergone following trainings:

  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

We pride ourselves on our staff: trekker ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety. You are in very safe hands with Icicles Adventure leader. Visit Guide Profile Page to know more about our guide team.

Porter Care

Porters are most important on your trek because they are the ones taking all the necessary implements to make your tour as pleasant as possible. Sadly, many tour operators don’t give them the importance they deserve, NOT providing them with adequate clothing for their jobs, overloading them, not providing special gear for carrying things, paying them very low salaries. Icicles Adventure has a strict porter protection policy and support the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG). We make sure that all our porters are well paid and well regarded. Our porters are insured. Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours provides the level of shelter, clothing and footwear the harsh Himalayan environments demand. We do not overload them. For the safety of the porters we always ask our trekkers to keep their luggage weight under 15kgs/33 lbs. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members.

Trip Safety

Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with cell phones, even emergency satellite phones, extensive medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. You are all time connected to our Kathmandu office. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing For The Challenge


The terrain in this trip is very varied as the route passes through valleys, forest and mountain slopes above the tree line; paths on the whole are good but are very steep in places and with many steps to both walk up and down. Terrain can be slippery in wet conditions. You should have a good level of fitness to enjoy the trek to the utmost. The trek takes you as high as 5545m and some people may experience symptoms of altitude sickness despite of precautions. Because of the varied terrain and lack of accurate maps, it’s impossible to give accurate daily distances. It’s also much more useful when training to think about the hours you need to walk for, and the terrain involved, rather than the actual distance! We are always happy to talk through the trip in more detail with you if you are worried about your fitness at any stage.


Nepal has cool, clear winters, pleasant moist springs, hot wet summers and fantastic mostly clear autumns. Thus best time to do most of the popular treks including Everest Base camp is spring (March to mid June) and autumn (September to December). But you can also trek during winter being well prepared for the severe cold conditions. Click here to know more on Climate, Weather, and temperature chart.

Clothing and Equipment

You are travelling through remote mountains where you could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be prepared for all weathers and temperatures. Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. We provide a rucksack for your luggage that is carried by porters during the trek. You will also need a day pack in which water, clothing for a day, knickknacks and camera goes in and that will be carried by you. We also provide sleeping bag and down jacket for you to use during the trek. Here is the recommended equipment list for Everest Base Camp Trekking.


Fitness Level

Fitness required varies from trek to trek but for Everest Base Camp  you should be reasonably fit, used to some regular exercise. It is most important that you know you enjoy walking in the great outdoors but you certainly don’t need to be an experienced hiker for Everest Base Camp hiking. For some people this is their first real trek. Understand that you trek with a day pack with water, spare clothing, knickknacks and camera; porters or animals carry your sleeping bag and other gear you don’t need during the day in a kitbag. So in theory your day pack will be light and you can skip along the trail – except that you are at altitude and this really does make a difference, and we are walking easy days but day after day they still build up so that you feel like you really are getting fit and really do have to push your body more than you might think. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve the Everest Base Camp challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. The older you are the more important prior fitness and training is. We design our trips such a way that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones.


There is no need to present inoculation/immunization certificates to enter Nepal. However, vaccination for diseases such as Malaria, Small Pox, Typhoid, Tetanus, Meningitis, Rabies, Hepatitis and Polio are recommended before you commence your travel to Nepal to be on the safe side. We advise you to consult your doctor before beginning your travel and also to carry necessary health certificates (immunization certificates), should they be required in any case.

Buy Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Icicles Adventure trekking and mountaineering trips you must have adequate insurance that covers comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance. You are welcome to source your own travel insurance and provide us with proof of this prior to 15 days of your trip departure date.

Passport and Visa

All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu airport (Tribhuvan International airport). If getting the visa at the airport, be prepared for long queues (30 minutes), but this is still the easiest way to go. You will need to provide one passport-sized photo and fees in US dollars or equivalent convertible currency: multiple entry visa valid for 30 days – US$40. Please note regulations and costs for visas change frequently so it’s advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese embassy or consulate. More on passport and visa

Environmental Care and Sustainable Tourism

We have designed our trips to ensure they make minimum impact on the environment. Our viewpoint is to leave the incredible Himalayan nature the way we found it, unspoiled, clean and well preserved so future generations will have a chance to enjoy this just as we do with our clients. We also understand that our industry depends completely on the conservation of the fragile nature and with increased tourism comes our responsibility to make sure our customers can explore with peace of mind, making sure that they are not doing any harm along the way. All tourism, even simply walking, can make some damage to nature if care is not taken. We evade the harm by carefully designing our itineraries, educating guides and having an active practical environmental policy which is persistently reviewed. Our guides are committed to following our environmental policy and illustrate how to “leave no trace” and encourage our guests to help us preserve the Himalayan nature.  See more on our Environmental policy:
Transport: Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours chooses fuel efficient and low emission vehicles whenever possible. Our drivers are instructed on eco-friendly driving tactics and to keep fuel usage to a minimum to reduce emission. We also use public transport when possible to reduce emission per passenger and to support the local economy.
Garbage Management: All debris on our trips is disposed at suitable recycling facilities. On trips where no recycling and debris service is available all waste is stored until a garbage disposal facility is reached. We also endeavor to select re-usable products and environment friendly products such as bio degradable cleaning agents, toilet paper etc. In our office also the waste is separated for recycling and we promote our staff to minimize waste.
Overcrowding: We realize the fact that certain areas in the Himalayan region are very famous and are already at jeopardy for environmental damage because of being overcrowded. To facilitate such areas with the break they need we either offer suitable alternatives to our customers, or suggest visiting the most famous areas at times when they are less crowded. These is evidently better for the environment and also endow with a better experience for our customers.
Purchasing Local Products: We use local products as much as possible to keep away from avoidable transport around the world. We also use local food and products on trips where possible. This helps lessen emission and also supports the local economy.
Paper and Printing: We keep the use of paper and printing to least by using electronic business processes and encourage our clients to do the same. All paper and printer toner we use is eco friendly and we recycle all printed materials.

Sustainable Tourism

As a Responsible tourism company, we really care that our challenges are ethical, sustainable and responsible. We work very closely with the local communities through which we pass and in return we get lots of love and support from the local community as well as our clients. Usually the guides, cooks, porters and drivers etc. employed for our trips come from the local villages where our particular trip is operated. During trekking and mountaineering trips, we use accommodations owned by the locals where possible to support local economy.

We are committed to leave positive impact on the local communities we pass through.  We actively support several community projects in the locality we run our trips.  In Kathmandu itself, we have links with Nepal Deaf people organization and support them. We also financially support some health posts in the outskirts of Kathmandu valley. We also give some part of our profit to some orphanages. We always ensure that our help goes to worthwhile and needy, long-term project and is managed fairly and with sustainable development in mind. As well as our own help, whether that’s in the form of money, goods, practical help or raising awareness, we encourage many of our customers to bring stationeries, clothing, unwanted books, etc., to be distributed to our porters, orphanages, schools if they wish to do so. Please contact us if you are interested to know more.

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Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Days Reviews

“EBC Trekking is must for all Adventure Lovers”

We used Icicles Adventure for our Everest Base Camp Trek. You access to Himalayan region from crowded and bustling Kathmandu in a tiny airplane that offers stunning view of Himalayas. This is a wonderful lead up to what you will see. Our trekking guide Shiva was very professional and passionate towards hiking. He holds great knowledge on trekking trails, has good local relations and knows every culture, rituals of Sherpas along with tips and tricks to make this journey extra special. It was really on my knees while we were trekking from Gorakshep to EBC and next early morning hike to Kalapthher. I thought I can’t make it next morning, but encouraging words of Shiva and seeing other passionate people around boosted my energy making this EBC trek a 100% success. One thing that I would like to mention is that our porters were on with good trekking shoes while I could see guys from other companies carrying loads with slippers, so I knew that I had chosen the right company that looks after their team well. Another highlight of our trek was glacier walk at EBC. After all how often do you get the chance to walk on a glacier? Well worth the money and effort. I would highly recommend Icicles for all travelers looking forward for EBC trek in Nepal.

"Emily Jones"

Family trip to Everest Base Camp!!

We selected Icicles Adventure after contacting few other companies based on Indira’s specific answers to our questions and we never regretted. Everything that was under their control was perfectly organized. Hari picked us up in the airport, brought us to the hotel and even organized a sightseeing day tour in Kathmandu the next day. Very friendly and professional guide Tika was assigned as our guide for our Everest Base camp trek. The guide spoke good English and our trek was very enjoyable. Our porters were hardworking and were careful on service at their part. My son (15) and my wife experienced some altitude sickness symptoms at Dingboche. Tika told us that it’s typical to get some symptoms, and we can wait as see if my son and wife could overcome the sickness until next day which was a rest day at Dingboche. Tika contacted back to Kathmandu to get ready with helicopter in case we needed. Fortunately, they both felt better next day and finally all three of us were able to reach Everest Base camp. We are so happy and satisfied with Icicles Adventure team. Tika did everything he could to make our trek enjoyable, with utmost professionalism and courtesy. Back to Kathmandu, we had an amazing dinner with Hari, Tika and Indira where we enjoyed the great local food and folk dance show. My sincerest thanks to Icicles Adventure Team and I highly recommend them.


Everest base camp trek with Great Professionals

My girlfriend and I chose Icicles Adventure for our trekking to Everest Base camp in September. The company is great, very professional with excellent services. Indira is very professional, answering very quickly all our doubts via e-mail before the trip. We felt safe and comfortable since our first contact with the staff at the airport. Our guide Raj was the best!!! He is very knowledgeable about the trekking, so friendly, attentive and took great care of us, and always ready to answer our questions, give us advices, he is also very funny and we had a great time! Our porter was also so lovely and friendly. We were so relaxed and comfortable during the trek, we knew we were in very good hands. The trekking to Everest Base camp is amazing and people are really nice! We will never forget our experience in Nepal. Thank you all from Icicles Adventure Treks for this incredible trip! Alberto Bristol Sweden

"Alberto Bristol"

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Max. Altitude : 5545m Group Size : min 1, max 12 Best Season : March, April, May, September, October, November, December Activities : Trekking and Tour Transportation : ground transportation- private car, Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu in aeroplane Starts From : Kathmandu Ends In : Kathmandu
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