12 days Everest Base camp Trek Itinerary, Cost
Do you think you can conquer Everest base camp? Trekking for 12 days and reaching the base camp of Everest is really exciting. This 12 day is definitely going to be the golden 12 days of your life. Everest region is far beyond amazing. It’s a cocktail of magical nature and amazing culture. Who wouldn’t want to be drunk when they have a vessel full of elixir to taste? Trust me! Everest region is enchanting.
Trekking to the base camp of Everest is not only about exploring the towering Himalayas. On our 12 days Everest base camp trek itinerary, you will be exploring the isolated high altitude Sherpa settlements. The lifestyles full of struggles in the Himalayas are impressive. The unique traditions, culture, and warm hospitality of Himalayan Sherpas are inspiring.
It all begins with a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport. The flight is one of the adventurous things on the trek. From Lukla, we will trek through the majestic trails to Phakding. From Phakding, we will trek to the heart of the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar. At Namche, you will have a rest day. From Namche, we will trek to Tengboche where we will see the biggest monastery in Khumbu.
From Tengboche, we will trek to the beautiful village of Dingboche. You will have your second rest day there. From Dingboche, the trek ascends through Lobuche to Gorakshep and finally to the Everest base camp. We will also hike to Kalapathar for amazing 360 degrees panorama of Mt. Everest. From there, we will trek down gradually to Lukla. From Lukla, we will fly back to Kathmandu by flight..
How Much Does 12 Day Everest Base Camp Trek Cost?
Our 12 days Everest base camp trek package costs USD 1100 to 1150. This cost includes all your arrangements during the trek. It includes your trekking permit fees, cost of food and drinks during the trek, accommodation cost, and so on.
Talking about what is not included in the cost, the cost excludes travel insurance, visa fees, trekking equipment fees, and personal expenses on the trek. But, you should find your own accommodation while you are in Kathmandu. So, the food and accommodation cost in Kathmandu is also excluded.
What do you think about the Everest Base Camp trek cost? Reading this article, you might think it is a huge amount. But once you go there and see the real life struggles, this amount equals to nothing compared to that. If you have further queries on EBC trek cost, feel free to talk to us. Contact us.
Why 12 Days Everest Base Camp Trek?
- This trek is suitable for all trekkers having a certain level of physical fitness. Your previous trekking experience is a benefit. However, even if you are a beginner, there is no point in holding back. Make sure you can hike for 5 to 6 hours daily.
- The two acclimatization days in Namche, 3460 meters and Dingboche, 4200 meters will help you easily acclimatize with the adding altitude.
- You can choose your own hotel during your stay in Kathmandu. Stay as long as you want to. Your arrival and departure are solely in your hands.
- Group joining is available. You won’t have to trek alone. You will have a wonderful time trekking in a group with opportunities for making new friends.
- All the arrangements of food, accommodation, transportation, your safety, comfort, and everything on the trek will be done by the company. All you have to do is enjoy the once in a lifetime opportunity to the fullest.
Things to Know Before Going on Everest Base Camp Trek
- You will be walking regularly for more than a week in the remotest trekking trails. It is definitely not as easy as you expect them to be.
- Reaching 5555 meters within a week isn’t a joke. If you are coming from sea level, beware of altitude. Also, to the beginners, trekking to Everest Base Camp is really tough due to high altitude gain during the trek.
- Take care of your body. Walk slowly, eat a healthy diet, and drink plenty of water while trekking. Take an oximeter with you. It will help you monitor your oxygen saturation level in blood.
- The most popular time of the year for the Everest Base Camp trek is in Autumn (September, October, and November) and Spring (March, April, and May). Going at this time will be better because of the suitable weather at Everest Base Camp. Also, the temperature conditions are also favorable to trek. Good weather in Everest means less difficulty.
Major Attraction during 12 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
The 12 days Everest base camp trek is a beautiful trek where you can get to Everest Base camp and trek back in 12 days. This trek is suitable for all level of trekkers from the beginners to highly experienced ones.
If you have done trekking and climbing at high altitudes before, you can complete this trek with ease. Even if you are a beginner, you can do this trek with proper plans, preparations, and determination.
If you are somewhere between should I go and should I not, here are some reasons why you should go on our Everest Base Camp on 12 days trek. Have a look,
Exciting Lukla Flight
The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is extraordinary. The scenic views down below from the flight are amazing. You will see the amazing valleys, rivers, hills, large monuments, and landscapes varying rapidly. You will see the striking Himalayas smiling right in front of you. The most exciting thing about this flight is landing and taking off at Lukla airport.
Lukla airport is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. This airport has a short runway and the runway lies above a steep ridge. Landing and taking off from there is quite thrilling. You will feel your heart pounding. Also, flying between big mountains feels incredible.
Namche Bazaar is a vibrant town that serves as the capital city of Everest. Namche is a semi-amphitheater like a town with clusters of houses, hotels, and lodges. It is a busy town buzzing with tourists and locals.
Namche, the gateway to the Himalayas exhibits wonderful panoramas of Kongdi RI and Mt. Thamserku. There are lots of trekkers and climbers who stay at Namche for acclimatization. So, at Namche, you will meet lots of trekkers and travelers.
Also, you can enjoy shopping at Namche. There are several restaurants where you can have a cup of coffee. There are bakeries, dance clubs, and several recreation centers in Namche. You will have a wonderful stay at Namche Bazaar.
Visiting the biggest monastery in Everest is another highlight of our Everest trekking. Tengboche monastery is a wonderful building on a plane meadow at 3870 meters. This place is not only known for the monastery, but also for amazing Himalayan panorama. From the monastery courtyard, you can see astonishing views of the several Himalayas on all sides.
Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongdi Ri, etc look stunning from Tengboche. The incredible sunset views over the towering Himalayas is a highlight of Tengboche. At Tengboche, there is a bakery where you can have cakes, pastries, tea, coffee, and hot drinks.
The early morning sunrise views from Tengboche is beautiful. Also, the morning prayers inside the monastery are spiritual. You will see the trekkers lining in the Gokyo trail from the backyard of Tengboche monastery.
Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park is a natural UNESCO World Heritage site in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Situated in a very high altitude, Sagarmatha National Park houses hundreds of plant, animals, reptiles, and amphibian species.
The park extends from subtropical to the high alpine to the tundra region. At the park, there are chances of spotting several endangered wildlife species. Many trekkers claim seeing musk deers, and snow leopards. Himalayan Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal, is the attraction of this park.
Most of the trekking trails pass through forests of birch and bamboo. Walking into the calm and tranquil nature is relieving. Trekking through unspoiled greenery and beautiful sceneries is like therapy to your mind and soul.
Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar
The major highlight of the trek: Everest Base Camp is the place from where the highest peak in the world rises. Everest base camp, 5380 meters, is a dreamland. Standing on the ground with a roof of Everest, just Imagine! How grateful will it be?
From the base camp, you will see an amazing panorama of the great Himalayas. Also, you will see adorable views of the Khumbu glacier and icefall.
Kalapathar, 5555 meters, is the most popular viewpoint of Everest. Mt. Everest is not visible from the base camp. However, from Kalapathar, you will see a 360-degree panorama of the Everest massif and other snowy peaks.
The early morning hike to Kalapathar is tough and tricky. The sunrise views over the gigantic Himalayas viewed from Kalapathar are to die for. At Kalapathar, you can click lots of pictures with Everest on your back.
Life in the Himalayas
Sherpas are the major inhabitants of Everest. We will be trekking through the amazing villages of Sherpas. Life in the Himalayas is inspiring! The place is remote. People are farmers in the lower regions. In most of the families, the male members work as guides, porters, traders, and so on. The children stay at hostels in the schools to study. Women, you will see some knitting, some working in the fields, and so on.
Though life is basic, they are the happiest people. If you try to interact with them, they will reply to you with a smile on their face. They will help you if you ask for it.
The struggle is real in the Everest region. It isn’t only the people who struggle. You will see the cattle like Yaks, Mules, Jokpeys, and others struggling everyday porting everyday goods from place to place.
Amazing Himalayan Vistas
When you hear ‘Everest Base Camp’, what comes in your mind? Basically, people think of gigantic Everest and the other Himalayas everywhere on the trek. The Himalayas are undeniably attractive.
Along the trekking trail of Everest, you will see amazing Himalayan ranges. From Namche, the Himalayas become more distinct and more beautiful. The views of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Kwangde Himal, Island peak, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Everest, and several others. Seeing the Himalayas from proximity is a valuable moment.
The 12 days EBC trek is for everyone, of any age group, of any gender, who think that they can trek. Pack your bags, carry all the essentials and get ready to fly to Nepal. The 12 days trek to the base camp of Everest is once a lifetime opportunity. Embrace the adventurous journey to the base of the highest peak in the world.
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