Everest Base Camp Trek 16 Day is one of the most exciting journeys through the awe-inspiring landscapes that take adventure seekers to the height of (5,644.5m/18,519ft) on the lap of Mt Everest (8,848.85m/29,031.69ft). This trek allows travelers to experience the majestic Himalayan ranges. The trail goes through Sagarmatha National Park—with excellent views of the Himalayan ranges and vegetation with snow-capped peaks. The Sagarmatha National Park is home to rare wild mammals such as red panda, snow leopard, musk deer, and over 118 bird species.
16-Day Mount Everest Base Camp Trek is a Himalayan adventure that will take you to the highest point in the Himalayas and give you a glimpse into Sherpa life. Our journey starts with an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small village in the Khumbu area that serves as the entrance to the Everest region. We'll spend a night or two in Namche Bazaar to explore the local markets and monasteries while acclimatizing ourselves to the high altitude. While adjusting to the altitude, we'll spend two nights in Namche Bazaar. We will explore the local markets and monasteries.
We'll continue the trek after Namche Bazaar to Tengboche monasteries, one of the most important Buddhist temples in the area, which offers breathtaking views of Everest. We'll learn about Sherpa culture along the way and take in the stunning views of the Himalayas. We will trek from Tengboche to the base camp for Mount Everest in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made on their historic 1953 journey. We will also trek up to the Kala Patthar, where we can enjoy panoramic views of Everest and other Himalayan peaks.
Kathmandu to Mount Everest Base Camp Treks is one of the world's most scenic and dramatic journeys. This small group itinerary to EBC reduces the risk of altitude illness. This Trek takes you through Sherpa villages to the Everest Base Camp. The Trek is not technical and can be completed by all trekkers in 16 days. It is beneficial to have previous Trekking experience. Running, jogging, cardiovascular endurance, swimming, cycling, and Yoga are good ways to prepare for Everest Base Camp trekking.
If this trek needs to be shorter, consider the Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 Days. In about two weeks, you can walk past the same route and complete your Everest adventure, or if you have done a trek exceeding 5000m previously, then you may consider our other similar trip Everest Base Camp Short Trek - 13 Days. If you want to avoid retracing your steps downhill to Lukla from Gorekshep, consider our Everest Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter Return of 12 days or a Helicopter Return to Kathmandu directly from Gorekshep 11 Days.
How difficult is Everest Base Camp Trek?
Everest Base Camp Trek is an adventurous journey that goes up to 5,500m/18,192ft on the lap of the world's highest mountains. However, you do not have to be an expert in mountaineering to accomplish this trek. The acclimatization period of about two days, set in the initial phase of the tour, will prepare you to adjust to the condition at a higher altitude. It only requires good mental health and physique. With the leadership of our experienced guide, qualified in first aid, you can complete the trek efficiently. There will always be a guide beside you to make sure you take frequent breaks and drink many fluids as you climb higher on the mountains. Your safety is our main concern. We will take care of all your needs to ensure you are happy with this 16-day Everest Base Camp Trek.
When is the Best time for Everest Base Camp Trek?
The best seasons for the Everest Base Camp trek include spring and autumn- specifically, from March to May and September to November. The weather is usually crystal clear, and the Himalayan views can be explored brilliantly. The days are warm, and the nights are cold. In spring, the temperature of Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) will usually be around 3-9 degrees Celsius (37-48degF). In autumn, the temperature will sometimes go below zero at night, but days are fine to walk.
Winter becomes more adventurous to trek to Everest base camp; the temperature might fall below zero even during the day. The usual snowfall is expected up to Lukla. However, trekking in December and January are great seasons if you want less crowds. Monsoon is considered an off-season trek in the Khumbu region- Everest Base Camp. However, some lower-altitude treks can be done during the monsoon too.
Meals on Everest Base Camp Trek
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we care for our guests, we ensure you get healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and also provide you with seasonable fruits. During the climbing session, hygienic, freshly-cooked food will be provided.
Note: If you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we can make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek
Accommodation on Everest Base Camp Trek
During the trek, you will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu and a guesthouse/teahouse. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Adventure Club Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also, note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower altitudes, but it might be complicated to find them at higher altitudes.
Drinking Water on Everest Base Camp Trek
Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but needs to provide water. The best option is to treat the local water with chlorine/iodine tablets or a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets, make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower-elevation tea houses costs around USD 1. However, higher elevations can cost up to $4, so the cost can add up.
Permits Required For Everest Base Camp Trek
To trek to Everest Base Camp, you need two permits: the Sagarmatha National Permit and the Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit.
The Sagarmatha National Permit is necessary because the trekking route passes through Sagarmatha National Park. You can get this permit from the entry gate in Monjo or the Tourist Service Center in Kathmandu. The permit cost is NPR 3000 (USD30) for foreigners, NPR 1500 (USD15) for SAARC countries, and NPR 100 for Nepalese. These prices do not include a 13% VAT.
The Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit is required to enter the Khumbu region. You can buy this permit in Lukla or Monjo. For foreigners, the permit costs NPR 2000 (USD 20) per person for the first four weeks and NPR 2500 (USD 25) afterward. Please note that this permit is not available in Kathmandu.
Electricity, WIFI, and Battery Recharge
During your trek on the Everest region, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptop, and iPads from micro-hydropower and solar panels on a paying basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots along the trekking trail after Namche. The only two places offering free Wi-Fi are Starbucks Coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche. At other places upwards, you need to pay for internet services, which increases gradually with the altitude.
Experience Required For Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek 16 Day is a moderate trek suitable for passionate Trekkers who can walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light rucksack. Some days, we may need to walk for 7 to 8 hours. Walking at higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking at lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, positive attitude, and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek. Exercising, running, light gem, breathing exercise, Yoga, and jogging is an excellent idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required for this trip. Before booking the trek, participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Adventure Club Trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.