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Everest Base Camp Trek Cost and Complete Guide

Complete guide to Trekking to Everest Base Camp (EBC) including a break down of the cost, the route that we followed and tea houses we stayed in. We discuss guides, porters, altitude sickness and give packing and money saving tips EBC trek article stingy nomads

How to hike to Mount Everest Base Camp

You have three main options on how tho do the trek to Everest Base Camp, you can either do a package tour through an agency, do it by yourself (no group or guide) but hire a porter or guide or do it completely independent. 

    • Doing an organized tour through an agency is a good option if you are alone or not confident to do the trek unassisted, it is an easier but more expensive option. 
    • Finding porters and guides in Kathmandu is easy, just go to any local agency they will assist you to organize staff for your purposes.
  • Doing it yourself is not hard and plane, bus or jeep tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla is the only thing that you have to organize. You follow a very clear path, everybody stays in the same little “towns” with many tea houses, it is not necessary to book anything.

Trekking independent on a tight budget our cost was less than $600 begin and end in Kathmandu, if we flew to Lukla and back the cost would have been about $730, an organized tour including flights will cost anything from $1000 to $2000.

Organised Everest Base Camp Trek

For some great treks with reputable international companies take a look at these great tours.

15 day Everest Base Camp trek with G-Adventures starting and ending in Kathmandu. I believe reviews is a very important resource when deciding on an activity and company, with more than 1500 reviews and higher than 90% score this looks like a winner, read some of the reviews.

What’s Included

  • English-speaking local guide and assistants for the trek
  • Porters included on the trek
  • Trekking to Everest Base Camp
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodation – Hotels/guesthouses (2 nts), teahouse lodges (12 nts).

Popular international travel company Intrepid Travel Everest Base Camp trek is also  a 15 day itinerary, starts and ends in Kathmandu including flights, accommodation and hiking in small groups with an English speaking guide.

If you are trekking in season escape the crowds by hiking the more quiet way and experience unreal views of famous mountains such as  K 43,  Taboche, Cholatse,  Nuptse and Everest. Climb the tough Gokyo Ri peak for spectacular panoramic views, check out this awesome 19 day trek itinerary, hiking to EBC via  Gokyo lakes with Intrepid Travel!

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost – Independent

  • EBC trek total daily cost –                   $33
    • Food $ 25 ($8×3)
    • Water $2
    • Accommodation $2
    • Snacks $2
    • Miscellaneous $2
  • Permits –                                             $50
  • Budget for the trek
  • 15 days x $33 = $495 + $50 –            $545
  • Flight Kathmandu to Lukla return –   $330
  • 12 days x $33 +$330 +$50 =            $776 (flying)
    or
    Jeep Salleri to Kathmandu return $45
    15 days x $33 +$45 +$50 =              $590 (Walking + Jeep)

If you take $35 per day on the EBC trek you should have sufficient money for food, water, tea, snacks and accommodation. For the most popular way to do this trek, flying to Lukla and trekking to Everest Base Camp in 12 days on this budget you will need to take at least $400 (45 000 NPR) for all Everest Base Camp Trek Daily Expenses. The biggest possibility to save money is to go to Lukla overland instead of flying, we discuss this later in the post.

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Campbell and Alya trekking to Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Trek Daily Expenses

Food on Everest Base Camp Trek

On the trek about $25 a day is enough for 3 good meals, about $8 per meal. Food in the Tea houses were good and not too expensive considering how cheap accommodation is and that the porters and yaks have to carry all the food up the mountain. We stayed clear from meat not really trusting the quality of meat up here and it gets very expensive higher up. I treated myself to a Yak steak one night, it was terrible. The table below show the prices of some popular dishes at teahouses at different elevations, you can see as you go up the mountain prices go up.

Breakfast we often ate omelettes (2 eggs) and toast and tea with milk, I enjoyed the Masala tea. I am a big caffeine junkie, but only had one or two good coffees, for very expensive, on the trek. Want to drink good espresso while hiking to Everest Base Camp? I carry my Aeropress on most hikes, light, easy and great coffee!

We also had porridge or pancakes, price was sort of in the same range as toast and eggs.

Some common Breakfast options trekking to Everest Base Camp: Tibetan bread (bit more filling and oily than chapatti), Chapatti, Toast with jam or honey, French toast, Pancakes, Porridge with milk, Boiled or fried egg

We did not always eat lunch, some days only having a cup of tea and a Snicker on the way. The portions are usually fairly big, so if we bought lunch we usually just shared a meal; some good light lunches were momo’s, a sandwich or bread and soup.

At dinner time we were usually starving after a long day of walking so I ordered for volume and taste! We often ordered spaghetti with cheese and tomato, not bad and the portions were big. Dahl is also a good option, the porters live on the stuff, at most places it is ‘bottomless’, when your plate gets empty they will refill your dahl, rice and potatoes, if they don’t offer just ask!

Food available on most tea house menus; Thukpa (noodle soup), Momos (dumplings), Sherpa stew, a variety of Soups, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Potato, Pizza, Sandwiches, Yak steak, Rice with curry, Burger with chips, Spring Rolls.

For snacks we ate mostly snicker bars, there was cake and pastries available at some of the tea houses, not too get scurvy we bought a couple of apples on the way.

EBC Trek Interesting Dishes

You have a pretty wide selection of food on the tea house menus, here are some items you may not be familiar with.

Sherpa Stew (Syakpa) – a traditional Sherpa food, this broth (soup/stew) is made from handmade noodles, meat from sheep or yak, potato, radishes, carrot, spinach, onions and other spices.

Tibetan Bread – Flatbread, fried in oil, tasty, filling, sometimes very oily.

Momos – dumplings, go for vegetable or cheese and potato, ask for chilly sauce if there is none, the green sauce is quite good!

Springrolls- not the tiny guys you get in Vietnam, a big deep fried pie, I had similar empanadas. Sometimes the filling is awesome, sometimes strange, we eaven had spaghetti in springrolls!

Mars Roll – You have to try this one! A Mars Bar wrapped in dough and deep fried, so a Springroll with a Mars Bar inside, also available as Snicker Rolls.

Pizza – flat bread with tomato sauce and yak cheese, not too bad. I even had one with a crispy base! Go vegetarian, very suspicious fermented cold meat being passed on as salami.

Water during EBC trek

Everything becomes more expensive as the altitude increases. Water starts at 100 NPR ($1) for 1.5L and is 400 NPR ($ 4.00) when you reach Gorakshep.

We could save about $50 on the trip by sterilizing drinking water. this can be done with chlorine pills our favorite Lifestraw or a use a Steri Pen UV water sterilizing device, much better without that ‘swimming pool water’ chlorine taste. Having a lifestraw in Nepal is great, just filling your bottle from taps everywhere. We have been using our Lifestraw in many places and have never had problems.

If you use a lifestraw bottle be carefull not to let your bottle freeze full of water, this can damage the filter.

Tea houses on the EBC trek

Accommodation on route to Everest Base Camp is very cheap in most tea houses. They charge about 100NPR ($1 to 2) in low season, in high season about $2 to $5. At some lodges they did not even charge us for accommodation if we had three meals there. We never really bargained, but asked for good price if we eat three meals there. Lobuche has a fixed accommodation rate for all tea houses of about $7. These prices are on the condition you eat there.

Be nice – I understand budget travelers want to save every cent possible. Since they make almost nothing on accommodation the only way for the tea houses to make some money is if you eat there, therefore it is not very cool to carry your own cereal, tea etc., sleep there and spend basically nothing.

Accommodation in teahouses are simple, the walls are thin so you hear everything through the walls and the rooms are about the same temperature as outside. The rooms usually only have two single beds, there were always enough blankets available. We carried light +11C sleeping bags, it gets very cold at night, so cold that water sometimes freezes in your bottle in the room. Sleeping in all our clothes (in down jackets), our thin sleeping bags were sufficient under blankets provided. Tip – if you are a couple move the two beds together, makes it warmer! There are no electricity sockets in the bedrooms, can usually pay for charging in dining room.

The tea house usually have a large dining hall where you eat and relax with other guests. In the centre of the dining room is a fireplace that burns wood and mostly yak dung.

At some lodges we stayed there was a Western toilet, but mostly there were squat toilets. You have to take your own toilet paper.

There are nice lodges available in some of the villages ($20 -40) see in the itinerary later in the article.

Miscellaneous items

Shower on EBC Trek – Everything gets more expensive as you ascend. Electric/solar showers are available at most places, since the water in the shower is not very hot or strong there is a chance of getting sick (so we decided to stay dirty), we took one or two gas showers, these go for about $4 to $6 and are super nice! We packed Wet Wipes and did a ‘dry shower’. Pack hand sanitizer for washing hands when water or soap is not available.

Charging – there are lights in the rooms, but no plugs you have to pay per hour for charging in the comunal area.

There are only 2 places where you will find ATM’s on the Everest Base Camp hike that is Lukla and Namche Bazaar.

Flights to Lukla, the start of the Everest Base Camp Trek

The best way to start the trek is to fly from Kathmandu to The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. 

You can buy a ticket online on Yeti airline website for $166 one way or $330 return (2018) can be paid by Visa or Mastercard credit card or PayPal.

We recommend booking your flight for take off before 7am, late flights often get cancelled which is a big problem! I discuss this very common nightmare and how we ended up walking back from Lukla a bit later.

You are allowed only 10kg of luggage, hopefully you were not planning to carry more! If you are traveling with more luggage check that you stay somewhere in Kathmandu that will store your luggage safely without charge.

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The sloping Tenzing Hillary airport in Lukla, considered by some as the most dangerous runway in the world.

 Hiking to EBC from Kathmandu

Lukla is high in the Himalayan mountains with no roads reaching all the way here, most people fly from Kathmandu to Lukla to start the EBC trek. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla has one of the most scary landings in the world with the Lukla runway on an incline (fun/interesting land). The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is expensive.

The biggest possibility for saving money on the Everest Base Camp trek is by going from Kathmandu overland, skipping the flight.

Flights between Kathamandu and Lukla often get cancelled due to wind and I have heard many stories of trekkers spending a couple of days waiting in Kathmandu to fly out or in Lukla to fly back. Our flight from Lukla to Kathamandu was cancelled, while waiting in Lukla for 2 or 3 days the town filled up with frustrated trekkers not being able to fly out, it was horrible. So walking out of Lukla is an ‘off the beaten track’ extension of your trek, it also takes that flight risk out of the equation.

We walked from Lukla to Salerri (2 days) and took a very long and uncomfortable jeep journey from Salerri to Kathmandu for $20.

Coming from Kathmandu you can do the reverse and take a jeep from Kathmandu to Salleri. Salleri is 265 km away from Kathmandu. The ride is about 8 hours costing about NPR 1,100 ($10) for Buses and NPR 1700 ($17) for Jeeps,  buses go daily from Kathamandu. You can walk from Salleri to Lukla in 2 or 3 days.

Another option is to take a bus to Jiri taking about 9 hours, from here the trekking route does not pass through Lukla to EBC, it goes as follows Salleri – Ringmo – Kharikhola – Puiyan – Phakding – Namche, joining the main route after 5 days at Namche Bazaar so there is an extra four days of trekking.

A good way to hike is walking the Jiri to Namche EBC route on the way up and taking the route to Salleri on the way down.

Complete Everest Base Camp Trek Packing List

Everest Base Camp Trek Permits

There used to be 2 required permits, a TIMS and a park permit, this changed in 2018.

Everest Base Camp permits required from 2018

Local permit  cost NPR 2000 ($20) in Lukla.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit (USD 30 + 13% Govt. Tax) available in Kathmandu or Monjo

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

The EBC Trek is about 130 km, so you walk more or less 15km per day for about two weeks. It is not a flat walking surface and typical of treks in Nepal there is a lot of going up and down. The distance you cover does not require super fitness, the altitude does however make it quite tough, you start at 3000m and climb 2400m further to reach base camp at 5365m. Difficulty of the Everest Base Camp Trek is influenced by;  your pack weight, a porter can make it much easier here and season, if you are cold and miserable it is definitely harder.

In a nutshell; you walk 4 to 8 hours a day for 12 days, with a resting day or two for acclimatization. If you are reasonably fit you should be able to do this carrying your own backpack. Having porters make it even easier.

Mount Everest towering over the EBC trail.

Best time to trek Everest Base Camp

There are two distinct seasons for trekking to EBC. The best months to trek to Everest base camp are in the  pre-monsoon season through March, April and May or in the post monsoon season from late September, October, November.

Pre monsoon (Feb-May) the weather should be largely stable and dry, great for trekking. March can be good, in 2019 we spent 2 months in Nepal and there was a lot of snow, this is not normal. Landscapes are spectacular in these conditions, but trekking can be hard and it is cold! From April it gets busy.

Post monsoon (late Sept-Nov) with less haze and clouds in this period it will normally provide better views of these spectacular mountains. This time is colder but a great time to hike to Gokyo Lakes. This is a good season for trekking, but from October it can be crazy busy with packed teahouses, combine this with frozen water pipes can make for some frustrations.

Dec-Feb Hiking still possible but very cold, up to -30C at night! Some times a lot of snow falls on the trail, passes might be closed. Avoid the crowds but bring proper equipment!

Everest Base Camp Trek Tips

Best hotel before and after EBC trek

  • Hotel Buddha – Looking for an awesome place, clean, neat, super friendly staff, great restaurant, helps with everything from luggage storage to visa printing, close to airports (airport pickup). Return to a nice place with satellite tv and good wi fi after your hike! $45 for double room.Want a little more luxury before and after trekking? top rated Baber Mahal Vilas in Kathmandu features 4-star accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a garden.
  • On a budget? The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel Nice vibe, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable staff. Good place for before or after the trek, luggage storage. $5 for a dormitory bed, $12 for a double room.
A porter hard at work heading to EBC.
A porter hard at work heading to EBC.

Organizing a porter and guide for the EBC Trek

If you organize the  trek to Everest Base Camp yourself it is easy to arrange a guide and a porter in Kathmandu. We did not feel that we really needed a guide or porter at any stage on the trek. You just follow the path and there are many other trekkers on the route and places to stay. Guides do speak the local language and usually know the owners of the tea houses, if you do run into some sort of trouble it will definitely be helpful to have a local person with knowledge of the area to help you.

If you feel you cannot carry your own bag you can arrange a porter for your trek for 15 to 20$ a day. A porter can carry up to 30kg of luggage, since he put it into a basket anyway size does not matter.

A price for the guide and porter is normally agreed upon before hand, the porters and guides usually sort out their own accommodation and food, discuss this before hand, but it is not standard that you pay extra for board and lodging for your crew, they organize this themselves where you are staying. Since they bring you they are not charged or charged a minimal rate.

Two people can thus share a porter; if you are alone he can also double as company. It is my understanding that you do not pay for meals for the porter; they usually get food if they arrive with you at a guesthouse (for bringing you there), but confirm with the porter/agency.

Tipping the porter and guide on EBC

Please keep in mind that a good tip for the  porter/guide is expected. These guys are unreal, we saw a porter, an old man, slip and fall he was sitting flat on his bum with his basket strapped to his forehead, me and Alya together tried to help to his feet, we couldn’t get him up, we had to wait for a third person to get him on his feet, once up he just shuffled on with his 50/60kg basket strapped to his forehead. 

Insurance for the Everest Base Camp Trek

We try not to think about what can go to wrong too much when attacking a new adventure. Hiking at high altitude in a remote location, there are obviously very real risks.  Insurance is very important on any high altitude trek, altitude sickness is very common and since there are no roads in these mountains if you get seriously injured or sick you will have to be evacuated by helicopter which is very expensive. Most travel insurance will not cover extreme activities like high altitude trekking.  Get a quote here for World Nomads hiking insurance for Nepal that covers you to 6000m (that is a ‘yes’ for Everest Base Camp at 5364m).

Always read the small print and be sure you buy the correct policy. Be properly covered for injury, evacuation, gear loss, trip cancellation and trip delays.

Doesn’t matter where you live or where you are at the moment, it takes less than 2 minutes to get a quote and you can buy it online even if you are already traveling. If you only take out a policy for your trek duration it is not too pricey, starting in a couple of days? it is not too late

Preventing Altitude Sickness (AMS) during the hike.

Altitude sickness (AMS) is caused by ascending to quickly, climb slower to prevent it.

Altitude sickness is very common on the Everest Base Camp trek. It can happen to anybody, irrespective of how old or fit you are or if you have previous trekking experience. We have experience at altitude but still both got headaches. At Tengboche Alya could not sleep and had terrible AMS headaches. We decided to back and down for a day. 

We believe we got AMS because went up to quick and did not do an acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m). Acclimatizing at Namche was on most schedules we looked at but we thought it is still quite low and we are still fresh, don’t make this mistake.

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At higher altitude donkeys are replaced by yaks, for transporting food, building material and other goods up the mountain. Some times you have to wait for a while for a train of these beasts, loaded with cargo to pass on the narrow paths.

Hydration – Drink enough! Very important stay hydrated.

Trekking Pace -Don’t go to fast, not more than 600m increase in altitude per day.

Drugs

Many people take Diamox. At high altitude the air pressure is low and less oxygen available, Diamox prevents AMS by acting as a respiratory stimulant.

We got Diamox from trekkers on their way down and started taking it, we were both OK from here on, but it could only have been due to going down for a day and then going back up or the placebo effect.  

Contraindications Diamox, it is a diuretic so you constantly have to urinate, it is a pain to go to the toilet in the cold at night. Needles and pins (paraesthesia) in hands in feet, I had needles and pins in the soles of my feet, it is not too bad

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Porter carrying building material up the mountain to build a new lodge. 

AMS Symptoms

  • Poor appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty sleeping

If you have only have mild headaches you should be OK, but be careful AMS is dangerous and  trekkers have died on EBC ignoring it and pushing through. You can ask the advice of the experienced sherpas that own many of the tea houses. At Periche there is a clinic with international doctors working there and a daily talk on AMS.

Remember if you keep on pushing through severe symptoms and you do not have insurance a helicopter to take you down can cost a couple of thousand dollars.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

You should never be to fixed on an itinerary, walk at a comfortable pace, if you don’t feel well rest. That is one of the problems of walking in a group, you can feel pressured to walk even when you are not feeling well which is dangerous if you have AMS symptoms. Obviously it is good to have a plan, so see your itinerary more as a plan that can change. The most popular itinerary is 12 days, I include a standard 12 day itinerary used by most agencies, with few problems. We walked 13 days, when Alya felt sick after we skipped the Namche acclimatization day, we turned around and walked 600m down before continuing, so our itinerary became a bit longer.

    • Day 01: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,562m) 35 min flight, 8km, trek 4 hrs
    • Day 02: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 10km, trek 7 hrs
    • Day 03: Namche Bazaar – acclimatization day
    • Day 04: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3,870m) 8km, trek 6 hrs
    • Day 05: Tengboche – Dingboche (4,360mt) 10km, trek 6 hrs
    • Day 06: Dingboche: Rest and acclimatization day
    • Day 07: Dingboche – Lobuche (4,940m) 7km, trek 6 hrs
    • Day 08: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,160m) – Base Camp (5,364m) Gorak Shep, 15km, trek 8-10 hrs
    • Day 09: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5,545m) – Pheriche (4,280 m): 15km, 8-10 hrs
    • Day 10: Pheriche – Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 15km, 15 km, trek 8 hrs
    • Day 11: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,780m: 18km, trek about 8 hrs
  • Day 12: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,300m): 35 min flight

What follows below was our itinerary, this was not our initial plan, but after getting sick our plans changed.

DAY 1 Kathmandu to Lukla, Lukla to Manjo

Flight to Lukla 30 min

Lukla to Manjo

Duration – walk 4 hours

Difficulty – easy and flat day

Teahouse – Manjo Guesthouse, one of our favourite teahouses great food, freshly squeezed juices, nice view

Notes – took a hot shower  200 NPR ($2.10),  TEMS permit NPR 3000 ($30)

Want to book a night accommodation in Lukla? stay at the highly recommended Khumbu Lodge $10 for a basic room or $30 stay in luxury.

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DAY 2 Manjo to Namche (3440m)

    • Duration – walk 2 hours 40 mins
    • Difficulty – starts of easy and flat until after suspension bridge – 2 and a half hours then hard, steep climb for about 2 hours
      • Teahouse – Thamsecko lodge
  • Notes
    • pay permit on the way NPR 2000 ($20)
    • Namche is still a big town where you can buy gear, watch a movie in a restaurant and get wi fi
    • Want to book an awesome place, nice beds, your own bathroom, good coffee, heated beds? book the Panorama Lodge a bargain at $44 a night
    • Our recommendation- Stay at Namche 2 nights for acclimatizing.

DAY 3 Namche to Thengboche (3867m)

    • Duration – walk 3h50min
    • Difficulty – start the day climbing out of Namche, long flat walk, end the day first going down to the river followed by a steep climb for almost 2 hours to Thengboche (600m vertical climb)
      • Teahouse – Thengboche Guesthouse, owner very helpful, knowledgeable and gave good advice.
  • Notes
    • Alya took a shower – prices gone up now shower is 450 NPR ($4.50)
    • Thengboche monastery is very nice to visit, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community.  Well known site, Tenzing Norgay, the first to summit Everest with Edmont Hillary is from the village.  Everest climbers visit the monastery to light candles and seek blessings.
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The town Namche Bazaar, Everest Base Camp Trek.

DAY 4 Thengboche

Acclimatization day, spent most of the day in bed  reading the classic ‘2000 Leagues under the sea’. Awesome that I packed my kindle, light to carry and I read more than one book on the trip!

DAY 5 Altitude problems

Alya had a bad headache and couldn’t sleep, AMS. We decided to walk back down to Punke Tenga, sleep a night at lower altitude and go back up. We walked the whole 600m back down again.

DAY 6 Punke tenga (3260m)  to Pangboche (3930m)

    • Duration – 4 hours 
    • Difficulty – Steep up for 2 hours, flat and down hill from Thengboche
    • Teahouse – Buddha Lodge, very basic, food was good
  • Notes – very cold here, felt great, water price went up

Day 7 Pangboche to Periche (4200m)

    • Duration – 2 and a half hours 
    • Difficulty – short day, easy slope
  • Teahouse – Shangri La Lodge, the owner is a very helpful and knowledgeable guy, some our friends recently stayed in Pumori Lodge another basic tea house, with friendly owners.
  • Note – Periche is  a small settlement, poplar with trekkers,  it has a basic hospital with volunteer international doctors, the place to go if you have AMS problems.

Day 8 Periche

  • Acclimatization day, spent most of the day reading and playing cards.
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Alya with a prayer wheel at Tengboche monastery. 

DAY 9 Periche to Lobuche (4910m)

    • Duration – 5 hours 
    • Difficulty – steep climb through the Thukla pass after Dugla. After our acclimatization/resting day we were feeling fantastic, I had to try to keep Alya back, she was walking at her ‘normal’ pace, way to fast.
  • Teahouse – Peak XV lodge
  • Note
    • We had a cold day here with lots of snow.
    • At the top of Thukla pass there is an Everest Memorial Site, for people that died on Everest including Scott Fisher and others of the 1996 disaster

DAY 10 Lobuche to Gorakshep (5180m) to Everest Base Camp (5365m)

    • Duration – 3 hours to Gorakshep + 3 hour round trip to EBC
    • Difficulty – Flat first hour then some steep climbing and scrambling, leave your bag at Gorakshep, easy hour and a half to EBC!
  • Teahouse – Buddha Lodge, basic tea house, gets very full with groups, felt very touristy but had a nice vibe with many trekkers, here we were happy that we were doing it on our own 🙂
  • Note
    • Left at our packs at Gorakshep walked to EBC and back, very nice gradual climb There were many Yaks and porters on the trail carrying the gear down.  Beautiful view of EBC, mountains and glaciers. Many trekkers
    • TIP: go to EBC very early in the morning to have it almost to yourself, most people head to Kalapatar.

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DAY 11 Gorakshep to Kalapatar (5550m) to Pangboche

      • Duration
          • Total 8 hours + 1 hour breakfast
          • 1.5 hours to the top of Kalapatar, 45 min down
        • Gorakshep to Pangboche 7h15 min (1.5h to Lobutsche, 2h15min to Pereche, 2h to Pangboche)
  • Difficulty
    • It is a tough steep climb up Kalapatar the highest point of the trek. We started at 5am with headlamps and raced up, Alya won!
    • Getting to the top so early it was freezing while waiting for sunrise.
    • Sunrise and the views of Everest, Lhotse etc. was spectacular.
  • Note – Going back from an altitude hike it is always amazing how easy it is going down! We were looking forward to proper coffee!

DAY 12 Pangboche to Manjo

    • Duration – walk 8.5 hours
    • Difficulty – Steep downhill, tough on the knees
    • Tea house – Manjo Guesthouse, awesome to stay again in one of our favorite tea houses, nice food.
  • Notes – took first shower in couple of days 200 NPR ($2.10), awesome!

DAY 13 Manjo to Lukla

    • Duration – 4 hours
  • Difficulty -flat and easy

Want to book a night accommodation in Lukla? stay at the highly recommended Khumbu Lodge $10 for a basic room or $30 stay in luxury.

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An ice cloud covering Everest spectacular view on our way back to Lukla.

Lukla to Salleri to Kathmandu trek

The walk back from Lukla was actually a beautiful trek. It was not as commercial or touristy as the normal EBC trek. Since it was an extra 2 days of walking in terrible weather, wind, rain and hail and we only walked on advice we got from tea house owners in Lukla, it was difficult to enjoy. When we do the basecamp trek again we will walk from Jiri and walk back to Salleri. We walked from Lukla to Salleri in two days, from here we took a jeep to Kathmandu. We were not really prepared and I remember the only positive experience being the $330 we got refunded from Tara, afterwards we remembered quite a nice hike and had a funny story

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Hiking to Everest Base Camp

Hiking to EBC via Gokyo Lakes

An amazing side trip to consider for your Everest Base Camp trek is going to Gokyo Lakes. These six spectacular glacial lakes, located between 4,700m and 5,000m, are situated in the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park along with Mount Everest. Add three days to your itinerary, challenge yourself by hiking this ‘off the beaten track’ route. If you are trekking in season escape the crowds by hiking the more quiet way. Climb the tough Gokyo Ri peak for spectacular panoramic views of famous mountains such as  K 43,  Taboche, Cholatse,  Nuptse and Everest and the famous glacial lakes, cross the beautiful and challenging Cho La Pass. Go to EBC and Gokyo lakes with Intrepid Travel!

How to hike to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes

Hike to Namche Bazaar, instead of going to Tengboche head west up the Dudh Koshi valley towards Gokyo Lakes. The route is circular joining the main trek up to Gorak Shep, you will thus not do the same route up and down.

Suggested EBC Gokyo Lakes Itinerary

  • Namche Bazaar to Dole (4,040m)
  • Dole to Machhermo
  • Machhermo to Gokyo
  • Gokyo to Dragnag, hiking up Gokyo Ri (5,357m)
  • Dragnag to Dzongla via Cho La Pass (5,420m)
  • Dzongla to Lobuche
  • Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,180m)

Climb Island Peak and Trek to Everest Base Camp

Do you want to add a couple of days to your EBC trek itinerary, do some real mountaineering  and climb a peak in the Himalayas above 6000m? then Island Peak is just the climb for you!

Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft),  known in Nepal as Imja Tse, is the peak most often climbed in Nepal. It is a real climb, serious mountaineering, meaning it is not  trekking, equipment and some technical skills are required to climb this peak. The peak is considered the perfect choice for a novice climber since it is not very technical, but it does require some mountaineering skills since moderate climbing on ice and snow is involved. Island Peak is usually climbed as part of an Everest Base Camp trek expedition as a three day extension. Before your summit attempt the climbing crew will teach you the mountaineering skills required to climb Island Peak. You should receive ladder training and practice abseiling and Jumaring. You should be physically fit and master these skills during training before the final ascend. Do not take this peak lightly it is a serous climb and mastering a 6000m peak in the Himalyas is a great achievement, pick a company with a good reputation for this excursion, read reviews and make sure you are physically in good shape. Climbing Island peak is not a cheap trip, expect to pay between $3000 and $5000 for a 19 to 23 day trip including trekking to Everest Base Camp, training and attempting to climb Island Peak.

Packing Tips

  • Water is very expensive, you have three options to sterilize tap water and drink
    • chlorine pills (works but your water taste like swimming pool water)
    • Steri Pen  UV sterilize device. Used by couple of other trekkers on route.
    • Life Straw filter, very efficient, cheap, can also buy life straw in a bottle

Check out this test of lifestraw, you can find many funny ones on Youtube, the point is this is a cheap, safe way to get good quality water out of taps and streams on the hike.

  • Pack a BUFF Multifunctional Headwear – protects your neck and face from sun burn, wind and weather.

    • You have to pay to charge electronics at the tea houses. Charge your phone, kindle, Go Pro any USB device with a portable charger. Luxtude 13400mAh Waterproof Portable Charger

    • Travel wet wipes are very handy if it is to cold (or expensive) to shower, we have been sitting in our tent ‘washing’ with these on countless hikes, a must on your EBC packing list.
    • Hand cleaner easier than finding a tap and soap to wash your hands if you want to eat.
    • I am so glad I had a kindle! Awesome to read in bed on acclimatizing days. Was reading 2 different books, weighed almost nothing.
    • Microfibre towels take almost no space, are light and dry easy so that they won’t get moldy and start smelling. Share one towel if you are a couple.   Active Roots Microfiber Travel Towel
    • We have been using our Petzl’s for ages, the electricity in the tea houses is not always on at night, a headlamp is handy Petzl Actic 300 Lumen waterproof headlamp
    • It gets very cold inside the tea houses at night. Stay warm in sub zero temperatures.  Down is awesome, you won’t regret it! Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree DriDown Sleeping Bag 

Clothes and Gear for sale in Kathmandu

There are many shops selling the necessary clothes and gear to trek to Everest Base Camp in Kathmandu. Mostly fakes of well-known brands like The North Face. Many people buy the fake gear, obviously the quality is inferior and real brand names are not cheap here. You can rent gear in Kathmandu, usually fakes. You are not climbing Everest so you probably wont die of cold in a fake jacket. Having something that fits, lasts and keeps the wind and rain out is just nicer and will improve your chances of finishing the trek successfully. 

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74 Comments

  1. Richard John Wilder

    Amazing blog!
    I plan to go next year. With your article, nearly every question about
    EBC trek has been answered.

  2. Yogesh Pawar

    Great article with details..we are planning for EBC in Dec.

  3. Hi guys, awesome post! we’re looking to do a more independent track next year and this post has helped settle my nerves a little. quick question (sorry if this has been addressed and I missed it) but was you $600 ish budget for the two of you as a couple or individual?

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello Liam, thanks for reading! the budget is per person, the flight alone Kathmandu to Lukla one way is $160 per person. Enjoy EBC 🙂

  4. A very detailed guide. Many thanks. Did ABC last month leaving in few hours to Nepal for EBC!

  5. Wonderfully and lucidly narrated. Got most of my queries answered. I have developed interest to visit Base Camp !!

  6. Hamilton Robert

    Thank you for the great infos. I’ve been wanting to do this trek for a long time now. This’ll definitely be my goal.

  7. Hi Campbell & Alya,

    Great article!!!!
    thanks for write it down. its super nice and complete!
    just a quick question, any link recap (regarding to early book flight (kathmandu-Lukla), accomodation, porter, etc) ?
    once again thank you for your article it’s really helpful

  8. Hey! Did you book in advance the accomodations in pangboshe, perishe, leboushe and gorak shep? Or did you search for accomodations the moment you arrived there? I ve seen a lot of info about what the accomodation provide and the prices but nothing about how you book them in advance. Great info btw!

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Ciprian! We didn’t book any accommodation beforehand we looked for it once arrived there. We always could find a room if the first place you go doesn’t have anything just go to the next.
      Safe travels!

  9. Andres de la Cerna

    Hey guys, just say thanks for the information will be really useful. I have just one question will do the EBC with an agency and we need to pay extra for a porter… So it’s really necessary a pirter for a fit guy with a acceptable experience doing trekkings in altitude we live in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile and we do Likancabur 6000 mts with no problem but I know this is 12 days trekking so can you advise me? Again thanks guys be safe and happy.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello Andres, thanks for reading. We did not use porters, it is certainly possible to do the trek carrying your own gear. It sounds like you are very familiar with walking in the mountains at altitude. This is a long trek, but since you sleep and eat in tea houses you do not need to carry any more food, water or other supplies than you would for many shorter treks, making it possible to keep your backpack lighter for this 12 day trek than it would be for a much shorter trek done independently in South America. Enjoy EBC it is amazing, safe travels!

  10. Elle Hussain

    Dear Alya and Cambell,

    Dying to do EBC. Your piece has helped strengthen my resolve. My age is my only concern. However; finding one gentleman’s, Matt Hahnewald’s, comment here has given me fresh hope. If not 2019, then Feb 2020 it is! Thank you for your hugely helpful blog. A pleasure to read.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello Elle, thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed our post and found some inspiration in Matt’s adventures! Goodluck with your planning and preparation, I am sure you are going to have an amazing time in Nepal!

  11. Hi!
    we did the Everest Basecamp trek last year in May, two persons with guide and porter and came to similar costs.
    However, due to bad weather conditions on the way back, our flight from Lukla to Kathmandu had been cancelled and we had to go by chopper on our costs. Still it was amazing experience 🙂

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello Rainer, thanks for the comment glad you also enjoyed EBC, sorry to hear about your cancelled flight, unfortunately this sometimes happen at Lukla, great that you still had a good trip!

  12. Arshad Zubair

    Thank you for the amazing detail. Can you please tell me if EBC trek can be done in late July? Cos thats the only time of the year i have time off.
    Thank you

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello Arshad, we have never been in Nepal in July because July/August is monsoon season. This is not a good time to do the Everest base camp trek, but apparently there are still few trekkers this time of the year. Visibility can be bad due to fog and walking in mud and rain without views can get very unpleasant. Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla daily flights are not always available because of poor visibility/bad weather. I would definitely not recommend trekking to EBC in monsoon season. Safe Travels

  13. MARCELO MARCOS PEREIRA

    Que incrível seu blog ! Parabéns pela riqueza de detalhes ! As informações estão realmente muito uteis. Um forte abraço do Brasil !!!!

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hola, Marcelo! Thank you very much for the comment! We’re happy you found our post helpful! We love Brazil, it’s an amazing country, we’d like to go back and explore it more!
      Cheers from Portugal!

  14. Mark Geo

    Hi Campbell & Alya,
    Thank you so much for this write-up.
    i am doing EBC in late November 2018. I am planning to go EBC Independently starting from June or July 1st week 2019. I have couple of quick questions, it would be great if you could help me out on this.

    1. Can we hire porters on spot from Lukla itself, at what cost?
    2. How strenuous it would be to trek from Lukla to Salleri & how much time will it take?

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello Mark, I assume you are doing the trek middle 2019, you should be able to organize a porter in Lukla, off course I cannot guarantee this, but I have heard of people that organized it this way. You can also organize it from Kathmandu. Some things to consider if you organize an independent guide; you will not have the back up of an agency, the guide is unlikely to be insured, they might not be licensed, if you hire an independent guide paying him in three payments during the trek is a good idea (that your porter does not disappear if there is a problem).

  15. Which dates did you trek?

    Sorry if this has already been said somewhere.

  16. Hi Campbell & Alya,

    Thank you so much for this write up.
    I’m planning to trek EBC independently as I’m tight on the budget.

    I asked a local on the internet for porter-guide service and he listed down things I have to prepare.
    Among them is local government entrance tax – $20 (this is not the TIMS permit or the national park fee).
    But I don’t see this fee in your list.

    Do you know this fee? Is this new or is this some extra I have to pay to him?

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello Rara, from what I understand there are 2 fees, a Local permit  that cost NPR 2000 ($20) in Lukla. and the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit (USD 30 + 13% Govt. Tax) available in Kathmandu or Monjo. TIMS is no longer required for EBC. If however you are going to walk from Jiri to EBC you will require a TIMS permit and then there is another conservation permit of $20 required. I have not been in Nepal in a while, this is my current understanding, so I would recommend that you confirm with local/official sources.

      • Just a quick correction on this. I did Jiri to EBC in November and December.
        You need 3 permits, 2 you mentioned for EBC which is 2,000 for Khumbu region and 3,000 for Sagarmatha National park.
        For the Jiri to Namche section there is Gaurishankar Conservation Area permit which you get in Shivalaya. It’s 3,000 rupees. It’s such BS as if you look at the map you literally are only in the national park for about 2 hours of walking. You can avoid if you start after Shivalaya.
        You DO NOT need a TIMS card for this though. All the permits you get on the way. I don’t see the point getting them in advance.

        While this blog is too late for me I love entries like this that give daily costs and such like so good work none the less!

  17. Hi,

    Really good post thanks! Just wondering if it as easy to do the Gokyo lakes trek independently aswel or is advisable to get a guide do you know?

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello Grace, thanks for reading, from what I understand from other trekkers that did the route, trekking to Gokyo independent is completely possible. This should add about an extra 4 days to your trek from Kala Pattar to Dzongla, from Dzongla over Chola Pass to Thagnak, from Thagnak to Gokyo, from Gokyo to Dole, from Dole to Namche Bazaar, you will also need a rest day or two and time to see the lakes. Hiking to EBC with Gokyo is often done in about 16 days. We have not done this so I am telling you this on hear-say and would recommend you do more research. Goodluck and safe travels

  18. Hi, Thanks for the detailed article on this, I am doing EBC in late September 2018, i couple of quick questions, it would be great if you could help me out on this
    1.Can we hire porters on spot from Lukla itself, at what cost?

    2.Can we hire a guide maybe from Dingboche to Dingboche/Periche, at what cost? as to what I’ve understood by reading numerous blogs, till Dingboche there is no need of guide as the path is well laden and we can seek help from locals in case required.

    3. What would be approximate permit cost for an Indian for doing the EBC?

    4. What is the current state of Salleri to Kathmandu roads? can they be considered for returning after EBC?

    5. How strenuous it would be to trek from Lukla to Salleri & how much time will it take?

    6. If we do it independently without any operator, will spot booking an accommodation in tree houses be a challenge? (our travel dates, 20th September to 6th October)

    Thanks in advance.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hi Shivam, thanks for reading. You can hire a porter in Lukla, the advantage is you do not have to pay for a flight for him. The problem is that trekking permits are different depending if you use staff or not, apparently best way to stay within the rules here is to organize a porter through an agency in Kathmandu to meet you in Lukla.
      We thought the trail was clear to follow the whole way, you might be able to find a guide at Dingboche at a tea house or can ask at an agency in Kathmandu.
      EBC permits http://www.everestbasecamptrek.org/permits-necessary-everest-trek/
      Lukla to Salleri was not a very steep trail compared to the rest and took us 2 days.
      I think without booking anything you should get available tea houses in every town.
      safe travels!

      • Thanks Alya& Campbell for reverting but you missed on cost front for porters and guide, it would be great if you give me an estimate for hiring porters exclusively from Kathmandu and guide from Dingboche.
        Also current situation of roads from Salleri to Kathmandu.

        • Stingy Nomads

          Hello Shivam, we live in Cape Town, South Africa, not Nepal. We share our experiences in this travel blog, aiming to help as much as we can with your travels at no cost. The best way to find the info you are looking for would be to contact a couple of agencies in Nepal and compare the prices, they will also be able to tell you the state of the road, from what I found on recent forums online, the state of the road seems to be good enough to hike. Goodluck!

          • I know that you don’t live in Nepal but i thought you might be having an idea as you have a quite active forum here where there is incredible exchange of information. Anyways thanks for all your help, Keep up the good work, Cheers 🙂

  19. Thanks for the great story. Awesome

  20. desert trips

    thanks for posting this article about the everest basecamp Trek! I enjoyed reading it!

  21. Sarena Wilson

    thanks for sharing this useful article…..

  22. Amazing post. Really appreciate the details you’ve gone through and also the updates. This is one of my bucket list items. Just a quick question: I plan on making a daily vlog while trekking. Would it be too much to carry a Mirrorless DSLR, a Gimbal, a monopod and three lenses while on the trek apart from all the luggage you mentioned?
    What about electricity on the way for recharging the batteries and is there any special permit required for videography along the way.

    Thanks in Advance

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hi Chandan, thanks for reading, always nice if our posts can help. Most of the tea house have no outlets in the rooms, most of them have electricity but you might have to pay per hour for charging. Twelve days is a long trek, but you can get away with packing light since you wont need to carry a tent, a stove or any food! I think if you pack all your stuff and your pack is about 10kgs you should be ok to carry it, the porters carry up to 30kgs! Paying a porter to carry video equipment is always an option. I don’t think you need a permit for your equipment, but check some of the official Nepalese websites – If you are thinking of taking a drone check with Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)

  23. EBUZER KILIC

    Hello,

    Is it still possible to do it on your own without a tour? I recently heard that they dont allow it anymore, is this true? And what are the options for sleeping in your own tent, would you advice it or is it simpy too cold to do this.

    Thanks in advance and thanks for your great post!

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hi, glad you enjoyed the post. As far as I am aware you can still do it independent and I can not find anything suggesting otherwise online. It looks like this rumor was floating around as early as 2007. Send me a link and I will take a look at it. There are no campsites, but you could ask to camp next to one of the tea houses. It is never to cold to camp if you have an appropriate sleeping bag, but it does get very cold our water froze inside our room at the last tea houses. Sleeping in a tent won’t save you much on accommodation since you stay in the tea houses for about a dollar as long as you eat there. Carrying your tent, food and gas for 12 days would be very tough. Goodluck!

    • Matt Hahnewald

      I’m 63 years old and I did the EBC tourist highway this year between April, 23 and May, 7, uneventfully and on a budget (accommodation and guesthouse food for 14 days: US$ 190, internet-booked return flight Kathmandu – Lukla: US$ 296; permits: US$ 52.50). In the years before I did Langtang, ABC and Annapurna Circuit on a similar budget. I never carry a sleeping bag, just a cotton liner (single-bed cover). All the guesthouses provided enough clean blankets/duvets. In my personal experience, the biggest risks/nuisances when you go trekking/hiking are: (i) a group, (ii) a guide, (iii) an itinerary. Happy Trekking!

      • Stingy Nomads

        Hi Matt, thanks for your valuable input, we appreciate you informing us of the latest prices. Well done on completing all those hikes in Nepal, they are still on our list 🙂 Glad you had a good and safe trek. We just finished climbing Mount Elbrus in Russia, it was great keep an eye out for the post coming soon. Keep on trekking!

      • So glad to read this Mike as we’re heading off in 2 days and at this point we’ve decided not to take sleeping bags. Forecast up there right now is nothing below minus 10, I don’t honestly think we’ll need them and they’re such a pain to carry. A couple of years ago we went to Tengboche and didn’t need bags and that was at a colder time. But…famous last words. With kids I do tend to worry more, but we’re well used to low winter temps through living in Romania with no heating and no sleeping bags. We’re generally fine to about minus 17 then it starts to get chilly at night. Just too many decisions.

  24. shankar banjara

    really good tips for budget travellers and backpackers to visit the Everest base camp Nepal

  25. Great to know about your trip in detail! Thanks much 🙂

  26. Great report. Many thanks.
    Two short remarks:
    (i) I did Langtang (in autumn 2014, before the quake), ABC (in spring 2015, during the quake) and Annapurna Circuit (in spring 2016) without a sleeping bag. A liner or single bed cover (for hygienic reasons) was good enough. All tea houses and lodges supplied clean and thick duvets/blankets.
    (ii) I have just bought tickets Kathmandu – Lukla (and return) over the internet, only two days ago. I went directly to the website from Yeti Airlines. It was US$ 148.- one way (US$ 296.- return); payable by credit card or PayPal. It worked and I received immediately printable e-tickets. They charged my Visa card US$ 296.-, at no extra costs.

    • stingynomads@gmail.com

      Hello, Matt! Thank you for reading and providing updated info!
      Concerning sleeping bags we were very cold last two nights before reaching the Base camp and we had many blankets and sheets but slept in all our clothes and sleeping bags. It was below C0 inside the room, water froze in our bottles.
      It’s a good upgrade from Yeti that you can buy a ticket online now, it wasn’t possible three years ago when we did the hike. Thank you we’ll update it in the article.
      We really enjoyed your site you have great photos, very catching and inspiring!
      Good luck in your new Nepal adventure!

  27. hi ! how can i go from Kathmandu to jiri and tracking to lukla. How many days will it takes?

    • stingynomads@gmail.com

      Hello Lita, thanks for your question. You can take a minibus or bigger bus from Kathmandu to Jiri. We went in the opposite direction, from Jiri to Kathmandu by Jeep. This is what I get from forums regarding Kathmandu-Jiri: Departure in the morning from south of Ratna Park (in the middle of station) Usually 6 and 8 o’clock. Buy tickets the day before (by noon is fine), same place. You can choose your seat number. It took us 3 days to walk from Lukla to Jiri, I think the opposite direction should take you 3 to 4 days.

  28. Alya, Campbell. Thank you for the great info.

    I am heading to EBC on 1 Apr 2017, and wanted to ask you about booking a guide/porter. If you book your porter in Kathmandu, are you expecting to pay for his airfare to Lukla? Or is it fairly easy to find a porter in Lukla? There are two of us, and we plan on organizing independently, by booking our flight KMT-LUK, hiring some porter help and not bother with a guide, for the same reasons you described above.

    Also, given that April is the beginning of high season, do you think there would be a problem with finding a room in a teahouse without booking in advance?

    • stingynomads@gmail.com

      Hello! Thank you for your question! We didn’t have any guide or porter but if you need one you can book it in Kathmandu through an agency (check the one that we used to book our flight) it’s very likely they have some contacts in Lukla and can arrange a porter from there. As you say April is a high season so with finding a porter in Lukla. We heard some people hired porters in Kathmandu and paid for their tickets to Lukla but being locals they pay less for the flight. One porter should be enough for two people they carry up to 15kg. You can’t really book tea houses in advanced but we did a hike in April as well and never had any problem with finding place to sleep. For our hike we didn’t book anything in advanced except tickets to Lukla and it worked out good.
      If you have more question we’ll be happy to answer them!
      Good luck!

  29. Hi Alya and Campbell thank you so much for sharing your experience!!!! Since I’m also a backpacker traveling around the world trying to spend as little money as possible I found your content very helpful!:)
    I am actually thinking to do the same, gonna trek back from Lukla to Jiri and you said it’s two days? How many hours a day you hiked? Is the path well signed? And will I be able to find tea house or anything on the way? Also is it always easy to find jeep head back to Kathmandu from Jiri? Thank you for your time and best luck for your upcoming travels!!!!

    • Hello Stephanie,

      Such a nice and simple information by both of backpackers , even I am planning to do the same trek in this April , if you have any such plans , do let me know .

    • stingynomads@gmail.com

      Hi Stephanie, thanks for your question! We walked about 9 hours a day for 2 days and then another day in the jeep. There were many jeeps going from Jiri when we arrived. There were not too many markings on the trail, but it was easy to follow. Tea houses were few, but they were right on the trail. Another money saving tip, take a little stove, tea and oats and cook your own breakfast. Take water purification tablets and drink tap water. Pack a chocolate for each day, they get expensive as you go higher.
      Safe Travels
      C + A

  30. Hi, this is really nice blog. Helping fellow trekkers planning to go EBC. I am planning to go EBC independently starting from Feb 1st week 2017. is it require to book the lodges upfront or will I get one when I reach there ? Also, if I find difficulty at some part of trek, will it be possible to hire guide for that particular part ? My plan is to go overland from Jiri to Lukla. I heard that most of the trekkers directly fly to Lukla. So is the path from Jiri to Lukla clear and will I get lodges in this path? Please help me.

    • stingynomads@gmail.com

      Hello, Naresh! Thank you!
      February is out of two main seasons (October-November and March-April) so there will be few tourists and most lodges will be empty you don’t need to book anything beforehand. In fact you can find a place to stay even in high season. We never needed a guide because there were always many people to follow and the trail was very clear but I think it’s possible to find a guide for a particular part in one of the teahouses/lodges. Be ready that in February it’s colder up there so you need proper warm clothes and sleeping bag. And there won’t be many other travellers.
      We walked back from Lukla to Jiri and from there took a jeep the trail was clear with several teahouses where you can stay and buy food.
      If you have more questions we’ll be happy to help!
      Good luck!

      • Thank you. can I get good sleeping bag and down Jacket ( as per February climate) in Khatmandu ?

        • stingynomads@gmail.com

          Yes, you can rent or buy both in Kathmandu but don’t take very fake things they will fall apart in one or two days. We rented one sleeping bag it was cheap and fake and after one night it was broken (the zip and the stitches). Good luck!

          • I read on Internet that temprature can fall down to -20c during February and I planned to go in same month. If I carry sleeping bag range upto -5c, will it be ok?

            • stingynomads@gmail.com

              Hi, Naresh!
              We were there in April and in last two huts before the Base Camp it was very cold almost as cold as outside, during the night water in our bottles got frozen. But our sleeping bags weren for above 0C. In all huts you get many blankets especially in winter and some nights we slept in all our clothes (hiking pants, fleece, jacket, beany etc.). But in general February is a good month for Nepal there are no big crowds.
              Good luck!

  31. looks amazing!!! those porters r crazily strong, omg.

    • stingynomads@gmail.com

      Hi Tammy, yes those guys are unreal. We couldn’t believe all the cargo humans were carrying at that altitude!

  32. laura sheeran

    Great read!!!! thanks!!!!

  33. Lulia Morocutti

    Hi ! Good recap. I wondering in which month did you do your trek ?

    • stingynomads@gmail.com

      Thank you Lulia. We did it in mid April, the weather was great. We had a little bit of snow at altitude and no rain on the trek itself, it started raining when we walked back to Kathmandu.

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