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50% less oxygen than you’re used to, freezing temperatures, no showers for a week, blisters bursting through your socks and one of the best experiences of your life – that is Mount Everest Base Camp Trek in a nutshell.

How much is the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek

At 5380m/17650ft Everest Base Camp is at a higher altitude than most mountains you’ll have climbed in your life. Bearing in mind that Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, is a mere 600 metres higher than the bottom of Everest, it gives you an idea of the extreme conditions that the (quite literally) breathtaking Himalayas will present you with.

mount everest base camp trek

I’m going to run through a few FAQs on the trek so everyone can get a better understanding about it and decide whether or not it’s something you’d like to do.

How much does it cost for the Mount Everest Base Trek? First question as always, I know these awesome activities can create a serious dent in your backpacking bank balances but, alas, that’s life. This is no different. I paid around $330 USD (3 people, $1000) but I hasten to add that took 2 days of bartering and was the cheapest anyone has ever heard of for this trek, it also didn’t include meals. It included a 12 day trek, with a sherpa (guide), return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla airport and accommodation in the various teahouses all the way up and down to Base Camp.

I think realistically now the lowest pricing available starts at around $600 (with hardcore bargaining and low-end food and accommodation) for a 2week trek but remember that’s all your expenses taken care of for the whole two weeks. If you want better accommodation, nicer food, longer time to acclimatize you can easily pay upwards of $2000+.  Remember, don’t book it from your home country! Arrive in Nepal and sort it out from there.

buddhist paintings on everest
Buddhist painting and prayer flags are a common site on your trek

How difficult is the trek? It’s not a lazy Sunday afternoon stroll that’s for sure! If you’re reasonably fit, play a bit of sport, generally healthy you should be able to tackle Base Camp without any training (I did nothing in preparation). That being said, you will be walking for up to 9 hours a day up some steep climbs so be ready to sweat, it is a serious workout in parts! If you’re not so healthy you may need to take longer than 12 days (an 18 day option is available) or consider doing a bit of training before you start because, as I say, I wouldn’t describe it as easy. I recently climbed Kilimanjaro and aside from the summit day for ‘kili’, base camp is more strenuous than the kili climb.

Note:You don’t need any technical mountain climbing skills for this trek.

Tea house on everest trek
One of the towns you stay on on the way to base camp

What about altitude sickness? Altitude sickness has the power to ruin your trek. There’s no way of knowing who it will target and your level of physical fitness has no bearing on your likelihood to experience it. If anything, studies show younger, more muscular men are most likely to be affected by it! There are ways to counteract it, you can take a pill called ‘diamox’ which is great way to counteract AS – just make sure you drink plenty of water if you take it (plenty means plenty, like 6 litres a day!) or it can have a negative affect on your kidneys. Also, let the sherpa guide the pace and, if necessary spend a day or two acclimatizing as you ascend. Remember, it’s not a race and the most important thing is getting there, not getting there quickly!

altitude sickness on everest base camp

Do I need a guide/porter? The trek is quite well laid out so it is possible to go it alone, especially if you are an experienced trekker and mountain climber. However, I would recommend taking a guide/sherpa – if something goes wrong, he’s your man to solve the problem. Your sherpa knows the route inside-out, he knows how to pace the journey, knows about the history, knows the best view-points etc. and for the minor additional cost, it’s well worth it. A porter? That’s up to you, I think it’s unnecessary personally but if you don’t want to carry your backpack then by all means pay someone to do it. Also, it supports local labour which is always a step in the right direction.


What is the food and accommodation like? Pretty primitive but what do you expect, it takes days to get ingredients up here! The teahouses are wooden huts with uncomfortable mattresses, in the cold weather they will supply you with plenty of blankets so the temperature shouldn’t be a problem. You can pay extortionate fees for a hot shower in the first couple of days ($20+ per shower!) but after day 3 or 4, that’s not even an option, stil there’s always the Himalayan melt water stream to bathe in (coldest experience of my life, never again!). The food is hearty if not exotic – plenty of daal bhaat (similar to Indian lentil stews) with rice.

Accommodation on the Mount Everest Base camp Trek
Standard teahouse accommodation on the trek

When you finally reach base camp and climb onto the glacier at the foot of Mount Everest you’ll be rendered speechless. Probably the most beautiful sight I have ever seen, it took you 10 days of walking every day to finally get here and then, there it is, the tallest mountain on earth staring right back at you – amazing.

view from everest base camp
The view from Kala Patthar (5600m)
Mount everest base camp pic
Me proudly at base camp with Everest in the background
Mount Everest at Sunrise
Mount Everest at Sunrise

Ok guys, there’s all the info you need. If you have any questions feel free to drop me an email or comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Other than that- get our hiking boots on and get to Nepal!



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96 thoughts on “Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp – Nepal

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  2. Mount Everest is one of the best trekking in the world. It has became a dream of many trekking enthusiasts. Trekking around the Everest Region will be unforgettable and back to their nations with full of adveenture experiences.

  3. Everest Base Camp Trekking is one of the most famous trekking destinations for adventure-seekers in Nepal. The Everest Base Camp Trekking is also referred to as Everest Base Camp –Kala Patthar Trek as the EBC Trek goes through the Kala Patthar region of the Everest. While the Everest Base Camp Trek offers a great opportunity to witness the world’s tallest mountain peak Mount Everest from a very close distance, the trek is also equally adventurous. The major highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek are Namche Bazaar, popular region of Kala Patthar and the Everest Base Camp itself. Everest Base Camp Trekking traverses through the majestic looking mountains clad with snow, colorful monasteries, the famous Namche Bazaar and the conserved region of the Sagarmatha National Park. This also provides one with the opportunity of viewing at the Mountain Everest, world’s tallest mountain peak, from incredibly close distance.

  4. Namaste and Greetings from Nepal Trekking and Travel guide. My name is Kamal Rimal. I am an experienced and registered trekking and travel guide from Nepal. My work during last 8 years has made me very familiar with many Trekking Destinations, like The Everest, Annapurna and Langtang Regions, As well as local cultures, environment, flora & fauna and other trekking destinations like Mustang, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Helambu. Trekking Guide License I work without an agency to ensure direct communication with our guests so that I can plan your holiday as per your satisfaction and budget. Since there will be no agency fees, I’ll be able to provide you my cost effective services. I’m very serious about my work and it has always inspired me to broaden my knowledge on the cultures, history and other famous things located in trekking routes I take and the country itself. You have almost infinite choices for your trekking adventure beyond the fixed itineraries that most agencies offer. You can take any level of difficulty treks ranging from relaxed easy trekking to high pass treks where you need higher level of fitness. Almost all the treks offer spectacular views of the mountains and different local cultures. During the trek my primary goal will be to provide all kinds of travelers a culturally enriching safe adventure making sure that all of my customers leave with many lifetime memories of their visit to Nepal.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing that info! It is a dream of mine to go to Everest Base Camp. I am going to be in Kathmandu for the month of January and am looking for the best way to make this dream come true in the most cost-effective way. I have a little bit of a tight budget, so I am wondering if you have suggestions of anyone to go through in order to get the best price. I’m not looking for anything fancy, I just simply want to go to base camp! Looking forward to hearing back from you. Thanks!

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  8. Thanks Johnny, a few questions.
    1. Can I do the Everest trek in March?
    2. Do you get power supply to charge your essentials like phone and iPad and other stuff every night on the trek?
    3. How much does it cost?


  9. Good info. Thanks. Booked on a trip for next April. So only showers for the first few days ‘eh? What do the locals do for showers? I’ve also heard you can do laundry along the way? How does that work? What size daypack did you use and how did you find the size to be? Thanks.

  10. Can I pitch a tents instead of staying in Tea house? is it advisable ? and I’m planing to trek solo from Jiri, will it be hard? normally how many days I could possibly reach to EBC?

  11. Just wanted to give an update, we just finished the trek and the hot showers ranged from 200-400 nr so that’s about 2-4us$ We had free cold showers pretty much everywhere. The rooms were pretty cheap as well but better than we thought and the food was good too if you stay on the veggie kick. Our guide wouldn’t even let us order meat 🙂 best trek ever though

  12. why did you just went to the base camp and not to the final summit…And would like to know how i can get to the final summit…on top of the himalyas….

  13. I’d always wondered if it was all it’s cracked up to be but after hearing from a friend who did it last month and reading this post, I’m definitely doing it when I visit Nepal next year.
    Thanks for the great post

  14. Hi, I’m doing this trek in mid April next year, would you advise a down sleeping bag, 4 season but am worried about getting it wet. A porter will be carrying it but someone mentioned condensation in the tea houses?

  15. On my big trip overseas, I always seemed to gravitate toward mountainous environments. They’re the best aren’t they?

  16. This is something we have always wanted to do…a bucket list kind of thing. Reading your story was very inspiring, thank you so much for sharing!

  17. Hay- cheers for the post really handy info- I am hoping to do the trek in July- any chance I could have your opinion on:
    1. How many days would you new in katmandu to bargain down to a good price?
    2. I’m most likely going by myself but would like to get in with a group – is it eat to meet people in hurt houses or I here an option to join a group?

    Reading your post made me very excited – also very informative so thank you

    1. Hi!! i was looking for some information about the trekking to everest base camp and find this.. Now i am in kathmandu, and i want go on july also. My question is it is possible go in july? i asked already here and many people said yes..but rain… what you know about this…. how is july? ..
      also if you want we can join and lets go…

  18. Hi Johnny,
    I’m trying to decide whether to do EBC or Kiliminjaro. Seeing as you have done both, which would you choose? I will do both eventually, just trying to decide which I do first.

  19. hey man, really inspiring! I’m thinking about visiting Nepal, but since i’ve been travelling in Australia and Asia, i got a big backpack and a small one with me… what’s the best thing to do with that, i mean i don’t want to take both backpacks on the trekk… is there a possibility to store one of them somewhere? how did you do that?

    sincerely, Skizz.

  20. Thank Goodness we found your website/post on Everest Base Camp!! This is just the type of down-to-earth info we have been looking for – its type of info we would put on our blog if we knew how too. We now can go with confidence that we will find what we need when we get there. Your post was Very informative and the pics add an insite to what to expect. We can’t wait!! This confirms our thoughts that it will be one of our perfect challenge for our Gap Year.
    We are also planning to climb Kota Kinabalu when we are in Malaysia in Feb/Mar, hopefully this will prepare us a little for the Everest Hike in Mar/Apr. Thank You. We better read your post on Kota Kinabalu now.

  21. Hello!
    Were do You find The Serpa? In katmandu ou lukla ?
    I pretend to go with nothing booked, so….
    It’s easy to find a ticket plane to Kathmandu to lukla?
    How many days do you spend go up and down from lucla?

    Regards. Goncalo

  22. Hi Johney- Thanks for a great post. Couple of questions for you:

    1. I want to travel the EBC in end November. Will that be a good time?
    2. Will I be able to get the tracking permission from Lukla?
    3. How much usually the guide charges per day?


    1. i did it all through a company in Kathmandu, where you pay for everything up front mate so not sure about the guides prices per day. The company organised my permits too, so again – no idea. November should be fine tho 🙂

  23. Hello,

    I’m interested in doing this, it really is a dream! My question is a basic one, do you think I should really do nothing before going there and start organizing/planning/finding sherpas/finding operators after I arrived in Katmandu? And if your answer is yes, what should i be careful about when choosing the operator/sherpa? Do you have any specific advice?

    And, thanks a million for the great post!

  24. hey this is nice used this info well even thinking about a trek myself. it help me get a A+ on my assignment sheet i now have straight As! Thank you very much for helping me 🙂

  25. Hi Johny,
    Thanks for so much great info! I am considering both the EBC trek and kili climb and read both of your posts. I have to chose one out of the two for next Jan for a two weeks vacation. It’s really a hard decision. 🙂 EBC obviously has the allure of seeing the tallest mountain on the planet, while Africa is just a whole continent i never experienced and being able to have a relaxing safari after climbing up a huge mountain is attractive too. Can you compare these two experiences? Thanks!

    1. hey amy, tough to compare to be honest! Because i don’t go to one country, i stay in the region for months (years?) so before/after nepal i was in bangladesh, india, western china, bhutan etc whereas with Kili i was in Kenya/Ethiopia/Malawi etc so you gotta factor that in too. It comes down to a choice of asia vrs africa i guess, cos the experiences themselves are both awesome 🙂

  26. Hi johnny, I am planning to go to Nepal in two weeks, and was thinking of doing the EBC.
    You said you were there about the same time of the year. I am ok with the cloud cover, but did it rain a lot while you were trekking?
    Also, I don’t have much time to spend in Nepal, about 15 days. Can the EBC track be done in 10 days?

    1. cloud cover was quite bad mate :S luckily on the day we were at base camp it opened up. EBC in 10 days? Sure but it won’t be easy, u bringing a guide? No rain at all until the last day for us too 🙂

  27. Johnny, can you comment on vaccination and medications one may need to trek EBC, and health issues a trekker is likely to encounter enroute to EBC, altitude sickness, stomach, respiratory. Hear about them all the time, just how common are these problems? thanks

    1. hey charlotte, the only worry is alitutde sickness – u can take diamox to counteract it, if u do u need to drink about 6litres of water a day to stay hydrated tho, but that’s ok 🙂 other than that, take it slow and you’ll be grand

  28. Hey johnny,

    Your post is awesome thanks. I started looking into doing this recently as between and might be heading there next month…

    On another subject, i am going alone and have never done this sort of thing before, do you suggest I go there find a group and join them or go solo? If anyone is going in April let me know if you want to meet up – email at ammrdonia@gmail.com


  29. Reading your post about EBC really makes me want to trek up there myself!! sounds like such an experience. Well done to you for scaling EBC.

    I’ve only trekked once and that was last year at Mount Kinabalu. I rested at most of the stations but I did make it to the top in time to see the sunrise (was spectactular!). As you’ve done both – how does EBC compared to Mount Kinabalu? I’m just worried that I’m not fit enough.


    1. thanks ying! kinablu is awesome too, so beautiful at the summit! EBC is a lot longer than Kinabalu, its almost 2 weeks as opposed to 2 days (and the price is obviously a lot more too!). Fitness wise, it’s not too much of a problem, you just take it slow. You don’t have to be in great shape to do it, i promise =)

  30. Hey Man ! This is really great ..I have some questions..

    1.How much total it costs you?
    2.How much for the Guide/sherpa?
    3.how many days you stayed in Kathmandu?
    4.What were your clothes ,if I buy from store there How much it costs??

    please tell as I have plan to go there and I want to make it as cheap as possible..

    1. hey amit,

      i bargained HARD and it cost me less than $500 for everything. That includes one guide and fees. For clothes, i bought fake stuff in Kathmandu – they have s0 much stuff there, it’s really easy. I stayed in kathmandu for 3 or 4 days after to celebrate, cool city =)

      1. Did you bought or should we take on rent and after use we can return to it..I think that is good too…Thanks for your reply ..

  31. Thanks for the info, sounds awesome. I am going to head in that direction this summer and was wondering what kind of red tape I need to take care of. The visa is no worries but some of the websites I have seen are telling me different things. Did you deal with other paperwork other than your visa?

    1. hey tom,

      forget that mate – i arrived in short and tshirts with my passport in hand. That’s all you need, don’t worry about anything else!

  32. Great blog! Really inspiring.

    I’m hoping to head for EBC around june-july 2012, but I’ve heard so many bad things about that particular time of the year.
    Would you advise me to go anyway?

    1. Hey nat! i went in low season too and the cloud cover can be quite frustrating so the mountains are under cover for long portions of the time. That being said, there are often breaks where you can see everything AND you have the whole place to yourself, which is a real bonus. My friends just got back from it in high season, and it was packed!

    1. chris mate – you put me on the spot there!!

      Errrmmmmm… hmmmmm…. bloody hell that’s tough! How about costs, i know flights to tanzania can be pricey? I guess i’d say Kili, Everest is more beautiful BUT you’re only going to the bottom although seeing the top of the tallest mountain in the world is pretty special. With Kili though, when you reach the summit you’re literally the highest person on the whole continent at that time, that’s pretty cool too! I’d go Kili just because you actually summit it 🙂

      let me know what u choose!

      1. Hey Johnny

        Thanks for getting back to me, as I’m travelling from the UK both trips are going to cost in excess of £2000 so money isn’t really the issue. I just could’nt decide which one to do but then I figured it doesn’t relly matter as I will always want to do both of them any way!

        Either way neither of them are going anywhere so…..

        Cheers dude!

  33. Hey Johnny – I enjoyed this story… very interesting. One question though – You said the price you paid for the trek did not include meals. How much did you end up paying for your meals? Did you carry your own food with you? I understand food gets expensive the further you go up the trail. Do you think it would be worth it to pay the extra amount so you don’t have to worry about paying for meals?

    1. hey mate,

      i didn’t carry any food with me at all. Drunk water from the river mostly – i’m cool with eating local Nepalese food so we ate daal baat EVERY meal i think! It costs $1-$3 i think, more expensive as you go up is spot on. If you’re drinking beers and eating mars bars you’ll spend a fortune, but if you’re ok with slumming it for a week or two then it works out cheap as chips 🙂

  34. I did EBC trek from 16-Apr-2011 to 3-May and it costed me NPR 56000 which included porter at $15/day and 4 nights stay+food in Kathmandu. I bought boiled water instead of using water puification tablets and an expensive shower at Naamche bazaar.

    Just thought to share my experience.

    1. I have just returned from an EBC trip with a buddy. We did the trip in 6 days, and my buddy smoked cigarettes all the ways to the top and was not that fit!! We had signed up for a 10 day trek which included meals, return flight to Lukla, accomodation a guide and a porter for $575 each. If we had anticipated we could do it in 6 days we might have gotten it a bit cheaper. Great trip n experience!!! Highly reccommended 🙂

      1. hey ken – thanks for the info mate. Thats a great update – did u barter much for the price? Did u pre-book it?

        1. I pre booked for just myself over a few emails and phonecalls for 770$ for the 10 days! Once I knew I had a friend come on board I got them down to 600$/person. As I had payed a deposit for myself and my friend had not we got him down to 575$ on the day to secure the both of us….. We got a great Sherpa too who had reached the summit a few times, he even introduced us to the world record for everest summits, Apa Sherpa. He just reached his 21st summit on the 10th May I believe and we met him on route to BC.

          1. wow! awesome experience Ken, that was a great opportunity! Thinking of attempting the summit yourself?!

      2. Hello Johnny, great experience.

        Hi Ken Allen, thanks for sharing your trip. Can you tell me with which sherpa / organization (name or maybe emailadress) you and your buddy made that trip. Can you recommend them? Please let me know. Thanks!

      3. my friends have invited me to tag along this fall….I am so sceptical! I am 54 years old, overweight but curious….the comments about your friend the smoker actually encouraged me….is it too much of a challenge….that is the question….

        1. no way debbie, u can definitely do this! a month or two of healthy eating and early morning walks and ul be ready for the summer! let me know please! 🙂

    2. Hi Rachna,

      Can yousend me the details of the porter u had used? how difficult was the EBC trek? I am planning to do this summer?

  35. Johnny

    I have experienced fear of heights on some previous trips. Tetons, Mount Rainier.
    Does the Base camp trek have exposed dropoffs. thanks

    1. not too many exposed drops mate, no sheer cliffs or any of that malarky, just time and money – then everest is all yours!! 😛

  36. Connor, I can’t believe you did this! Honestly your life is incredible – you put the rest of us economics peeps to shame… (apart from Ritchie, who will no doubt be PM one day..)

    1. hey Dani,

      Thanks for the nice words, I don’t think it’s a case of anyone doing better or not, my lifestyle is just very different from the rest of you guys. It’s not for everyone, but it’s certainly the right one for me 🙂 Hope to see u again soon, I’m in Bangkok now, any plans to visit thailand again!?

  37. what could be the best time to do EBC ?
    Can you suggest me some trek optrs in Nepal ?
    Can I buy clothes for EBC trek in Nepal or get them from trek optrs ?
    What could be the total length of this trek in Kilometres ?

    1. There are sooo many operators you don’t need my help there mate, you’re more likely to need help avoiding them all!!

      With regards to the best time, the general consensus is October to Dec, but it’s available all year round and I went around July i think. March and April (pre-monsoon) are good too.

      You can buy as much (counterfeit and genuine) mountaineering gear that your bank account will allow in Katmandu, seriously it’s everywhere.

      I’m not sure how far it is to be honest mate, but i think you trek around 10-15km a day, for around 6 or 7 hours so i guess it’s around 70km total. Something like that i would imagine. Hope that helps!

      1. Thanks Johnny,

        70 Kms in not that much in 2 weeks.

        Buddy like you I am too a solo traveller. So how much should I expect for EBC trek if travel alone with porters / guide ?? Sometimes you find no other travellers with you.

        I don’t want to buy special clothes and keep them with me. I can buy them but will not. So do trek optrs provide warm clothes during trek ? Can I hire them ?



        1. i guess if u bargain hard u might be able to do it for $500, how good are ur bargaining skills!? lol U can hire everything u need, no stress there mate

  38. Some great shots. Another very cool experience that frequents the universal bucket list! We did the Annapurna region but were pretty socked in by fog and rain, so we didn’t really get a chance to see the mountains. Hopefully we’ll get back that way one day – Tibet has been calling but the prices keep rising!

    1. Hey cam, i hear Annapurna is amazing, perhaps even more beautiful than the Everest trek but it’s not as popular due to the draw of the Everest naturally. I’d love to do the Annapurna route too so maybe we should both head back there asap!

    1. With regards to the best time, the general consensus is October to Dec, but it’s available all year round and I went around July i think. March and April (pre-monsoon) are good too.

  39. These are some great tips, it’s something that Poi and I really want to do, but I am definitely not fit enough yet! Those pictures look amazing!

    1. sure you guys are, just take it slow. Sometimes it’s an advantage to be a little less fit, it slows you down and then you avoid altitude sickness! 95% of the people who fail, fail due to AS, not their levels of fitness, so you’d be fine i’m sure 🙂

  40. Johnny, you’ve gotta stop making me jealous! First gorillas, then Everest? Is there more than one route getting there (like Kili) or is everyone going on the same route?

    1. Sorry Jill! i’m supposed to be doing an assignment for my Masters so im doing some blog stuff as a way to avoid studying! Yeah there’s only one route this time around but if you go out of peak season you have the place pretty much to yourself.

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