Everest Base Camp Trek Guide-Chose The Right Trek

  • Last Updated on Dec 2, 2022

Everybody wants a peek of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest at 8,848m/29,029 ft. which is how trekking in the Everest region became as popular as it is today. Ranked 6th best region in the world to travel by Lonely Planet, Everest region is also the home to the Sherpas, the bravest climbers in the world, the endangered snow leopard, astounding icefalls and glaciers, warm, welcoming people, monasteries, a fusion of Buddhist-Tibetan and Nepalese culture, and on top of it all the absolute best trekking routes for those looking for high-altitude adventure.

Before you pack your bags and head to the Everest Base Camp, it is very important to choose the right trek for you. Everest Base Camp trek comes with a variety of options depending upon the length of the trip (in days) and the difficulty of the trek. The Everest base camp trek can be classified into three main categories based on these available options, and they are:

  • Moderate Trek Route
  • Strenuous Trek Route
  • Everest Base Camp Trek Via Helicopter

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    Moderate Trek Route


    The trek to Everest Base Camp is moderate if you have a healthy habit of walking and exercising regularly. Even if you have not built such habits and do not exercise regularly, you can get into shape and complete your dream trip. All you need to do is start walking, stretching your body, start breathing exercises and get into shape before 1 to 2 months of your Everest Trek. There are 3 main choices for the Moderate Trek Route to the Everest Base Camp and they are:

    1. Everest Base Camp Trek- 13 Days
    2. Everest Base Camp Trek-14 Days
    3. Everest Base Camp Trek-16 Days


    You can Click on each Trek listed above to know about the Trek detail, cost of the trek, Everest Trek Itinerary, and other useful information.


    All the Everest Base Camp Treks listed above have the same trip destination that is: All the treks start and finish at the same place. The difficulty level and the amount of hike you must do is also the same. However, there are some differences in each of the treks listed above. Knowing these differences can help you choose the right trek for you. Some of the similarities and differences between these Everest Base Camp Trek are shown in the table below:


    Everest Base Camp Trek-13 Days

    Everest Base Camp Trek-14 Days

    Everest Base Camp Trek-16 Days

    Starting-Ending Place: Kathmandu

    Starting-Ending Place: Kathmandu

    Starting-Ending Place: Kathmandu

    No sightseeing in Kathmandu

    No sightseeing in Kathmandu

    Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1Day)

    Only 1 Acclimatization/Rest Day in Namche

    2 Acclimatization/Rest Day in Namche and Dingboche

    2 Acclimatization/Rest Day in Namche and Dingboche





    So, how to choose between the 3 different Everest Base Camp Trek?


    Choose Everest Base Camp Trek-13 Days if you are short in time, do not want to explore the Kathmandu- City of Temples, and do not need more than 1 Rest Day during your trek. This trek is mainly for those people whose dream destination is Everest Base Camp but have little time for it. Also, if are choosing this trek be well prepared since there is NO MORE THAN 1 REST DAY.


    Choose Everest Base Camp Trek-14 Days if you are short in time but want more than 1 rest day during your Trek. During the trek, you get 2 rest days one in Namche (the 5th Day of your trek) and the other in Dingboche (the 8th Day of your Trek). This trek is preferred by the trekkers as one gets enough rest during the trek and gets enough time to spend in their dream destination. Resting in the laps of the high Himalayas surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery is a different experience altogether. And it is just one day more than the Everest Base Camp Trek-13 Days trek!!!


    Choose Everest Base Camp Trek-16 Days if you have enough time for the trek and want to Explore the Capital city of Nepal-Kathmandu. Kathmandu is also known as the City of Temples. Our city guide will take you to the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu: Swayambhunath stupa, the famous Buddhist monkey temple. Pashupathinath temple, is one of the most important pilgrimages. Likewise, Buddhanath is the largest spherical stupa in Asia. You will also visit the Kathmandu Durbar Squire, a centuries-old royal palace, now turned into national museums, temples, and other buildings, with the finest architecture, fine cuts, and wood carvings. You get 2 Rest Days during your trek same as the 14-Day Everest Base Camp Trek. However, you will be exploring Kathmandu city for an extra 1 Day.


    Our Recommendation: We have been hosting the Everest Base Camp Trek for the Last 2 decades. Therefore, we have tons of experience hosting the trek for different people with different situations. Our best recommendation will be Everest Base Camp Trek-14 Days. And if you get an extra day, you can always explore Kathmandu after your trek.


    Strenuous Trek Route


    The Trek to Everest Base Camp can get more serious and difficult for those wishing to challenge themselves. If you want your trek to Everest Base Camp to be full action-packed adventure, demanding more scenery and the Himalayas, then you will enjoy the treks listed below:



    Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La pass Trek is an adventurous journey through the turquoise lakes and the high landmarks in the Khumbu region. This trip also combines the beauty of the lakes with the Himalayas and skies. Gokyo Lakes (4,700m/15,400ft), Gokyo Ri (5,357m /17,575feet), the Everest base Camp(5,364m/17, 598ft), and Kala Patthar (5,545m/ 18,192ft) are the key elements that offer a spectacular view of the Himalayas



    Everest Base Camp Trek with Chola and Renjo La Pass-20 Days is an ideal trip for those who are looking for a challenging Himalayan trail combined with Everest base camp. The trek allows you abundant Himalayan sceneries, including the top of the world, Mt. Everest (8848.86 meters). The trek begins in Lukla and escorts you to EBC passing through the Sherpa villages and a naturally diverse route. Then it connects to the Gokyo valley via the icy route of Cho La Pass (5420 meters) and crosses the Renjo La Pass (5340 meters). This is a journey mixed up with excitement, thrill, cultural fascination, and Himalayan charms through the inner and isolated parts of the Everest region.



    If you are looking for an adventurous trekking package avoiding the crowded route, you can sign up for our best recommended Everest's three passes trek, which includes Kongma La Pass (5,535m), Cho La Pass (5,368m), and Renjo La Pass (5,360m). Besides, the trek also includes the world's best-renowned destinations like Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar along with the Gokyo Lake (4750 meters) and Gokyo Ri (5360 meters).




    A Major difference between the three treks mentioned above:



    Everest Base Camp via Gokyo-Ri -Cho-La Pass Trek - 18 Days


    Itenary has only one high pass-Ri Cho La Pass

    Everest Base Camp Trek with Chola and Renjo La Pass- 20 Days


    Itenary has 2 high passes- Chola and Renjo La Pass

    Everest Base Camp -Three High Passes Trek -20 Days


    Itenary has 3 high passes- Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass.





    So, how to choose between the 3 different Everest Base Camp Trek?


    Choosing between the trek routes comes down to how many passes of the Everest region you want to climb and explore. Detailed itineraries and information about the trek can be found by clicking on the name of each trek.




    Everest Base Camp Trek Via Helicopter


    Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is the shortest and easiest way to explore the hidden natural and cultural gems of the Himalayas. The tour offers abundant magnetism for travelers who are bound up by time or have family groups with senior citizens and kids. It is an ideal form of tour and trekking with a luxury option along with a great opportunity to arrest the mind-blowing Himalayan sceneries and picturesque landscape from the closest point.

    There are mainly 2 helicopter tours to the Everest base camp that are popular among travelers and they are :


    Everest base camp helicopter Tour with landing is one of the best and shortest ways to be close to the tallest peak on this planet where Helicopter flies over rolling hills, dales, and valleys dotted with nice-looking farm villages with an amphitheater of terraces with views of high snow-capped peaks. Kathmandu to Everest base camp helicopter tour offers you the best at its price, taking you from Kathmandu to Everest base camp (5364 meters) to Kalapatthar (5545meters) for the ride of your life for the next 4-5 hours.


    Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is an opportunity to explore the immense Himalayan sceneries of the Everest region in a short period. The trip blends multiple experiences of trekking and shared helicopter tours, which offer the hidden gem of the Himalayas, glacier terrain, frozen Lakes, and the peaks of the Tibetan part that surplus more than only a trekking itinerary. A helicopter return from the Everest Base Camp after strenuous trekking reduces the switchback downhill steps and saves you valuable time.


    Why Choose Everest Base Camp Tour via Helicopter?


    • Mind-boggling helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp with a panoramic and close-up view of the stunning Himalayas.
    • View Hidden Lakes and the surrounding Tibetan Peaks from a Helicopter that can not be seen from a normal Trek Route.
    • Breakfast at the exquisite location of 3800 meters - Everest View Hotel.
    • 2 in 1 Package-Have experience in both hiking and luxury Helicopter Ride to Everest Region.
    • Save your time by avoiding returning through the same Trek Route after your Trek to Everest Base Camp.




    So, how to choose between the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tours?


    If you want to have a luxury trip avoid all the hard trekking parts and just explore the Everest region within the limited time you have, then the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour- 1 Day is the perfect option for you. You will love the thrills and mesmerizing scenes offered by the Helicopter Tour.


    If you do wanna trek to the base camp but don’t want to come back the same way but want a luxury return with a bird's eye view of the Everest Region the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return-12 Days is the perfect choice for you.



    Birendra Chudal

    Birendra Chudal

    Hello! Greetings from Nepal. 

    Birendra Chudal has been serving in tourism in Nepal for more than 18 years. He has walked on both famous and less-known trekking routes in Nepal. This has helped him become very good at tourism. He has learned much from his time in the field and wants to share that knowledge with others. He owns Adventure Club Trek and hopes that what he knows will be helpful to people who visit Nepal!