13 Days Everest Base Camp Trek displaying an incredible array of the Himalayas, the 13 Days Everest Base Camp Trek is full of natural wonders. Along with the Dudh Koshi River and Khumbu Glacier, the trails stretch through numerous Sherpa villages. From Mt. Everest (8848.86m) to Ama Dablam (6856m), and Kongde (6187m), the Himalayas define the beauty of the trek. All in all, the trek is one of the trips that offers both the natural and cultural richness of Nepal.
13 days Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights:
13 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
Firstly, the trip begins with picking you up from your hotel and drive to Kathmandu airport for a scenic flight to Lukla takes you to the Himalayan Khumbu region. A short trek along the Dudh Koshi River takes you to Phakding before setting off to Namche Bazaar. Here, you can explore the rich Sherpa heritage along with surreal views of the Kongde and Thamserku ranges. As you resume the trek, you head to the Tengboche village. Further, you hug the trail alongside the Imja River to reach Dingboche. Here, you hike to local Nangkar Tshang view point (5610 meters) and enjoy the views of the surrounding Himalayas.
As the trek begins to enter the final leg of the trip, you begin to head north towards Thukla village. Following the ascending trail, you trek to Lobuche village and trek to the top of the Lobuche Pass. Then, you trek along the Khumbu Glacier to reach Gorakshep. From here, you continue to the Everest Base Camp as you relish the views of the Mt. Everest (8848.86m). Next, you hike to the Kalapatthar viewpoint and enjoy the sunrise views over the Everest ranges. Now, you begin the return trip and descend along the Imja and Dudh Koshi rivers. Finally, a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla concludes the trek.
The 13 days EBC trek has plenty of difficult sections. However, there is enough time to acclimatize also. Moreover, the trekkers should have a good physical condition to do the trek. Also, spring and autumn are the best time to do the trek. At Visit Himalaya Treks, we also provide the best facilities to our clients without compromising the quality of the trips. Also, we also offer 17 days Everest Base Camp Trek.
13 days Everest Base Camp Trek Short Itinerary,
Day 01 – Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2640m/8699ft) Walking Distance – 8 km, Duration: 3 hours
Day 02 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283) Walking Distance – 10 to 12 km, Duration: 6 hours
Day 03 – Acclimatization Day – Hike to Everest View Hotel (3,962m/12995ft) Walking Distance – 3 to 4 km, Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Day 04 – Namche to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Walking Distance – 6 to 7 km, Duration: 5 hours
Day 05 – Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) Walking Distance – 11 to 12 km, Duration: 6 hours
Day 06 – Acclimatization Day- Hike to Nangkar Tshang view point (5610 meters) and return: Walking Distance – 5 to 6 km, Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Day 07 – Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) Walking Distance – 11 to 12 km, Duration: 5 hours
Day 08 – Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140m/16990ft) – Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) and back to Gorakshep, Walking Distance – 14 to 15 km, Duration- 8 hours
Day 09 – Gorakshep – Kalapatthar (5545m/18192ft) then trek back to Lobuche (4910 meters/16105ft), 12-13 Km, 6 hours.
Day 10- Trek from Lobuche to Tengboche (3860m/14464ft), 5-6 Hrs hours
Day 11 – Trek Tengboche to Namche (3440m/11283ft), Duration- 4-5 hours
Day 12 – Namche to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Walking Distance – 18 to 19 km, Duration – 7 hours
Day 13 – Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you’ll drive to the Tribhuvan International Airport and fly to Lukla. The flight offers mesmerizing views of the Himalayas and the diverse landscapes of Nepal. You take a break after you land in Lukla and start the trek towards Phakding. You walk on the stone-paved trails and notice Lukla vanishing from sight. You’ll see many rocks painted with the Buddhist prayers on the trail. After walking a couple of hours, you’ll reach Phakding in the Dudh Koshi river valley. Night stay in Phakding.
Today, your goal is to reach Namche Bazaar from Phakding. After an early breakfast, you leave Phakding and after a short walk, cross the Dudh Koshi River and head towards Namche Bazaar. Next, you pass Monjo village before you enter Sagarmatha National Park. You cross numerous suspension bridges covered with prayer flags and streams on the way. Unlike other villages, Namche Bazaar is busy and crowded as it is the main acclimatization point and junction for the trekkers. Night stay in Namche Bazaar.
You spend a day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Before trekking higher, you need to adjust your body with the thinning air. Instead of staying in the hotel room, you roam around Namche Bazaar and enjoy the view of surrounding areas. You visit Namche view point, sherpa musuem & the Everest View hotel and enjoy a nice view of Mount Everest in the morning. Other places you can visit are the Khunde and Khumjung villages. stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.
The next day, you head towards Tengboche after breakfast early morning. You walk along the stone trails along the hillsides. As you head further, you see the trails that take you further towards Tengboche. You'll see chortens and prayer flags throughout the way. Todays destination is not very long but dessending and ascending trail make our journey quite challenging. Once arrived in Tengboche then you can visit the Tengboche monastery which is the biggest in the Khumbu region. Night stay in Tengboche.
You’ll start with a descent from Dingboche and meet the Imja river. You cross the bridge over the river and continue on the trail. Then, you’ll ascend gradually chasing the trail that takes you to Pangboche. After a short break, you continue towards Dingboche. Dingboche is a farming area of the local Sherpas, so you’ll see farms and fields as you reach Dingboche. Night stay in Dingboche.
Today, you'll acclimatize once more day and hike to the Nangkartshang peak located right above Dingboche. The climb takes around 3 hours and the whole hike is done in 5 hours. You get beautiful views of Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Kangtega (6,782m), Thamserku (6,623m), Taboche (6,367m), Cholatse (6,440m), and Island Peak (6,189m), etc. from the top. Imja river glacier can also be seen from the top of Nangkartshang peak You retrace your way back to Dingboche and prepare for the next day trek. Night stay in Dingboche.
Our today's destination is Lobuche, you trek towards Thukla walking along the wide trails. Lastly, you cross a bridge and reach Thukla. After Thukla climbing quite steep uphill lead us to Thukla pass and head towards Lobuche. Lobuche isn’t a big village so, there are few hotels and lodges where you can stay. Night stay in Lobuche.
On this day, you trek to Everest Base Camp from Lobuche. First, you head to Gorakshep where you'll have your lunch and take some rest. Then, you continue through the trail towards Everest Base Camp. You come across a trail that goes to the old base camp on the way to Everest Base Camp. You'll see that the base camp is covered with colored tents and prayer flags during the spring season, that contrast the snowy background of the Himalayas. You also get magnificent panoramic views of mountains like Pumo Ri (7165m) and Khumbutse (6623m). You'll get a close view of Khumbu Icefall from the base camp. You'll then return to Gorakshep after a short period. Night stay in Gorakshep.
Early morning, you hike to the Kala patthar viewpoint to relish the sunrise and the views of the Everest Himalayas. You start early morning hope to reach top of Kala Pattar during the sunrise time. The view of sunrise over the mountains like Mt. Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), and Lhotse (8516m) is simply amazing. After you’re done watching the view, you return to Gorakshep. You have breakfast and then you trek back to Lobuche. Night stay in Lobuche.
After breakfast, you leave Pheriche and head towards Tengboche. You visit the monastery in Pangboche on the way down to Tengboche and then start walking towards Tengboche. You cross the Imja River and climb uphill to reach Tengboche. Night stay in Tengboche.
Continuing your return journey, you trek down slowly enjoying the views and surroundings. On this day too, you pass many Sherpa villages and rest in some villages. You reach stone trails that take you down to Namche Bazaar. You can celebrate and enjoy the restaurants in Namche Bazaar. Night stay in Namche Bazaar.
You end the last day of your trek by heading towards Lukla from Namche Bazaar. You walk through the rhododendron and pine forests in Sagarmatha National Park. You may witness some wild mountain animals in the National Park. You check out from the National Park and then head to Phakding via Monjo village. You’ll see many Mani walls, prayer flags, and prayer stones on the way to Lukla. Night stay in Lukla.
Early morning after breakfast, you attend your scheduled flight to Kathmandu. Rest day at Kathmandu stay overnight at Hotel Kathmandu.
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I am so thankful to Visit Himalaya Treks and Himal Tamang ( the founder ) for organizing my trip on very short notice. He responded to my emails promptly and made the trip possible. All the staff I met exceeded my expectations and I had the most excellent experience.
I had a friend who had trekked with Himal in the past and I truly valued her opinion and experience so I felt comfortable being a solo female traveller that I would be in good hands. I was so happy to support and book with a local company.
The night I arrived in Kathmandu, I was greeted by Raj, and my guide Ngima and together with the driver I was taken to my clean and comfortable hotel Aryatara Kathmandu Hotel. Getting picked up at the airport was very appreciated and made it easy and allowed me to meet Ngima before our trek began. The very next morning I was picked up and the adventure began as we were off to the airport and flew to Lukla to begin our 13 day Everest Base Camp Trek.
On arrival I met Sonam who would complete our group of three - me, Ngima as guide and Sonam as porter.
I had the most wonderful weather to base camp with clear skies that allowed me many chances to see Mount Everest along the way - but the early morning hours after base camp it started to snow non stop for over 24 hours so our descent was through 1 1/2 feet of snow but it was amazingly beautiful to see the area covered in snow and actually made it easier on my knees and hip to walk through the packed snow and not as many uneven steps. Ngima, Sonam and I enjoyed the winter wonderland and we did not let this change in weather dampen our spirit - however others were impacted by the snow by not getting further up or flights out so we were very lucky with the timing of the snow.
Along the way up and down - the tea houses that were chosen for us to stay at were more than I expected - although they were cold - I was prepared with my very highly rated sleeping bag and the clothing to keep me warm. The food at the tea houses was always very good and I really enjoyed the dal Bhat and momos .
Ngima made sure I was doing good along the way and was very knowledgeable about the area and pointed out the mountains and answered any questions I had . Very often Ngima and Sonam played Nepalese music so it was very enjoyable walking and listening as it added to the experience.
I love to take photos ( and so did Ngima) so it was easy to just ask to stop or pause whenever I wanted to take or have a photo taken - and since it was just us 3 - we were able to take the time to do fun photos during the trek.
I have so much respect for the hard work and job that Ngima and Sonam do and am forever thankful to have met these wonderful 2 young men that made my trip so very fulfilling. Ngima continues to take more courses to improve his guiding opportunities and Sonam works hard to support his young family so if you have the chance to request these men- you will be in such great hands .
What I also really appreciated from the company was that the internal flights to and from Lukla were taken care of for me- I was very happy with the tea house accommodations chosen for us , my meals and park fees were all taken care of so I could just enjoy my surroundings and accomplish getting to base camp and checking off another thing on my ‘live list’. Back in Kathmandu I also had asked Himal if it was possible to recommend a tour and he provided his driver Dalsur and a guide Mukta Ram Acharya for an incredible day of sightseeing in Kathmandu.
I also went for dinner that night and thank you to Himal for taking me to Bhojan Bhumi Restaurant for an incredible meal and Nepalese cultural experience. I went to Nepal to trek to Everest Base Camp and left the country with amazing new friends . Ngima surprised me by coming to the hotel to see me off at the airport - he told me that I came as a client but leave as family and I felt the same way.
Thank you to Himal,Raj, Dalsur, Mukta and much gratitude to Ngima and Sonam for an unforgettable journey.
This company exceeded my expectations - I highly recommend Visit Himalaya Treks and will book with the company again in the future.Namaste
We always try to be flexible to design the trip itinerary for our client’s needs. However, if you are not convinced as our suggested itinerary then off-course you are always welcome to customize or change the trip itinerary.
Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.
An average physical fitness should be maintained prior to booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are having regular medication then tell us before the trip started which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.
Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety even in remote areas as well.
There would be always back support in case of an emergency situation like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital, if possible, otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent you to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.
It is not a problem at all because in a mountain most of the tea houses/lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide will take care at the time of cooking and on a camping trek, our cook and staffs will care all about the food section.
Most of the lodges in the mountains are basic like a guest house or tea house style. In a few major settlements Lodges are upgraded, where are the possibilities we provide you with the best accommodation! Also, it depends upon the service packages.
Lately, most of the teahouses have electricity supply even with solar panels. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. But charging your battery you should have to pay an additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx. per hour.), in order to get your gadgets to be charged.
Now a day’s most of the major village has a cell phone network connection. However, in a remote area where cell phone does not work, and even if there is not any other communication access then we send satellite phone along with our guide so you can easily be in touch with your family.
Yes, either you can store at the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilograms. A trekking helper (porter) carries the baggage of fewer than 20 kilograms. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.