Popular packages for EBC
Everest Base Camp is one of the most trekked destinations around the country and this journey sees a fair share of tourists every year. The ecstasy of being so close in front of the tallest mountain in the word is hard to put into words. But beautiful destinations come with a hard climb as the trails take us to the moraines and steep stairs.
Everest Base Camp is the very likely destination for trekkers who want to test their endurance. However, there are packages for novice trekkers as well. And even if you are not much of a trekking person, this journey can be completed by helicopter as well. There are different packages as per one wishes and the costs and services vary with the packages.
Depending upon the packages and the route, Everest Base Camp can take from two to four weeks to complete. Trekkers’ fitness and trekking experience for sure adds to how much one can enjoy the journey. The often trekked trail shall be completed in two weeks whereas the lesser trekked trail could take 3 - 4 weeks.
But there is an option to trekking as well as one can reach the base camp by helicopter as well. In doing so, one would miss the enthralling trails, the cultures of the Sherpa villages en route and the endangered flora and fauna of the Sagarmatha National Park.’
The following packages are among the best packages for Everest Base Camp.
1.Trekking to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake and Chola pass
This trek is completed in 17 days starting from Kathmandu and this package takes you to ten other destinations. Accommodation in the hotel, flight ticket, experienced guide, meals, transport, first aid and more are included in this package.
Maximum group size can be 20 people between the age range of 18 to 80. The journey is majorly completed by hiking or trekking with minimum transportation needed. The journey is commenced at Kathmandu when you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA).
Next day you will fly to Lukla which is a 30 minutes flight above the lush mountains. The trek starts here onwards as the mountain range embark our way.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (2652 m)
Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440 m) Day 3: Acclimatization at Namche (3440 m)
Day 4: Namche to Dole (4200 m)
Day 5: Dole to Machhermo (4470 m)
Day 6: Machhermo to Gokyo (4800 m)
Day 7: Acclimatization day at Gokyo (4800 m)
Day 8: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5330 m) to Thagnak (4750 m)
Day 9: Thagnak to Cho-La pass (5367 m) to Dzongla (4850 m)
Day 10: Dzongla to Gorak Shep (5160 m)
Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) and back to Gorak Shep (5160 m)
Day 12: Gorakshep - Hike to Kala Patthar (5555 m) and trek back to Dingboche (4358 m)
Day 13: Dingboche to Tyangboche (3867 m)
Day 14: Tyangboche to Namche (3440 m)
Day 15: Namche to Lukla (2800 m)
Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu (40 minutes flight)
Day 17: Sight-seeing around Kathmandu and departure
Additional services in this package include pick up and drop service from the airport. One day sightseeing around Kathmandu with a tour guide is included as well. The flight service to Lukla is included and all the necessary paperwork and permits are managed before you commence the trek.
A first-aid kit is always stand-by. The package will include an experienced travel guide and potters if necessary. You will be equipped with trekking gears and expedition kit which are to be returned after the trip is completed. This package will cost approximately 1000 to 1200 USD.
2. Everest Base Camp and back by helicopter
Starting from Kathmandu, this package is best for the people who love traveling but prefer not to trek. This package sees most of the journey completed by the means of transportation. All age groups from children to old people can complete the journey.
A group of maximum 16 people can be accommodated in this package. Accommodation, meal, and transportation are inclusive in the package. Expert and experienced guides will accompany you throughout the journey starting from Kathmandu.
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu to Manthali airport. Fly to
Lukla (2800 m)
Day 3: Lukla to Namche Bazar (3440 m)
Day 4: Acclimatization and rest at Namche bazar
Day 5: Namche to Tengboche (3870 m) trek
Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360 m) trek
Day 7: Acclimatization at Dingboche (4360 m)
Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m) trek
Day 9: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m) and
Everest Base Camp (5364 m)
Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m) and back to Lukla by Helicopter
Day 11: Lukla to Manthali (via flight) and back to Kathmandu
Day 12: Departure
This package includes an experienced travel guide who will give you a brief orientation about the journey before you commence. Accommodation will be done in the best possible lodges with attached bathrooms and hot showers at Phakding, Namche and Lukla.
The helicopter flight will be from Kala Patthar to Lukla while Kathmandu to Lukla will be via plane. The guide provided will be an experienced one with years of experience in the route with fluent English so there won’t be a problem for communication.
Besides potters are available as well to carry the gears. Full board meals are included and will be different for vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Pick up and drop at the hotel and airport included. Trekking gears are also provided which should be returned at the end of the journey.
All the paperwork and permits are managed before the start of the journey. Government taxes and service charges are included in the package. Search and rescue is arranged in the worst-case scenario with insurance guaranteed. What is not inclusive is excess baggage charges (more than 15 kgs per person), meals besides the one included and other personal expenses.
Everest Base Camp via Jiri.
Another popular package is a three weeks trek to the base camp via Jiri. This trail was used by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norge Sherpa to complete the summit. The trail from Jiri to Phakding is tranquil and serene and the rest of the journey meets the same route as previous.
This region is enriched with rare flora and fauna walking through the verdant forests of Sagarmatha National park with the magnificent view of lush mountains on the backdrop. All the transportation cost will be included in the package.
Besides, deluxe accommodation at Kathmandu and the best possible hotels and lodges en route are guaranteed. Expert guides who have years of experience in this route will be with you to ensure you don’t miss even the minor details.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Jiri (2370 m)
Day 2: Jiri to Bhandar (2190 m)
Day 3: Bhandar to Sete (2575 m)
Day 4: Sete to Junbesi (2680 m) via Lamjura Pass (3530 m)
Day 5: Junbesi to Nunthala (2330 m)
Day 6: Nunthala to Buspa (2300 m)
Day 7: Buspa to Surkhe (2290 m)
Day 8: Surkhe to Phakding (2610 m)
Day 9: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440 m)
Day 10: Acclimatization ar Namche Bazar (3440 m)
Day 11: Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3867 m)
Day 12: Tengboche to Dingboche (4358 m)
Day 13: Acclimatization and rest day at Dingboche (4358 m)
Day 14: Dingboche to Lobuche (4928 m)
Day 15: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5160 m) to Everest Base Camp (5316 m)
Day 16: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545 m) and trek back to Pheriche (4200 m)
Day 17: Pheriche to Kyanjuma (3500 m)
Day 18: Kyanjuma to Khumjung to Monjo (2850 m)
Day 19: Monjo to Lukla (2800 m)
Day 20: Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 21: Sight-seeing around Kathmandu and departure
Transportation from the airport to the hotel and hotel to the airport as per itinerary suggests.
1.Deluxe room at Kathmandu with welcome and farewell dinner.
2.All domestic airfares.
3.Accommodations during the trek with full board meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and tea).
4.Licensed trek guides with fluent English and potters as per required (one potter for two trekkers).
5.All the required paper works and permits including the entry fee to Sagarmatha National Park.
6.Trekking gears which are to be returned after the journey is completed.
7.First-aid kit for medical complications if any arise.
8.A rescue team in the case of emergencies.
9.All the government and local taxes.
Package does not include.
1.Visa fees and international airfare to and from Kathmandu.
2.Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure.
3.Travel and rescue insurance.
4.Personal trekking types of equipment.
5.Tips to the drivers, guides, potters, etc.
6.Cost arising due to any extending trips.
7.Other personal expenses.
8.Any other expenses for deviating from the itinerary.
Each trekking package should cost no more than 100 USD and could be less depending upon the best packages. Everest Base Camp is one of the best journeys to invest on which will yield a lifetime memory.