Best Side Trips of Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp trek is the most thrilling and adventure of a lifetime.  Everest region is a popular trekking destination where Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa have first stepped their foot on this region and top of Everest.

Trek to Everest Base Camp rewards with great mountain terrain and cultural diversity. The trail takes you through the rugged landscape, massive Mountain View, heart-throbbing high suspension bridges lined with fluttering prayer flags, lustful forest trails, exceptional wildlife, quaint Sherpa settlements, and spiritual monasteries.

Beyond the legendary peaks and landscape, trekkers get insight into the culture of Sherpa. Additionally, the trekker will also get an opportunity to taste the authentic local foods in these region made from the firewood.

This trek is all about admiration and enthusiasm which captivates all adventure seekers to the core of your own heart. One can join this marvelous trek as a family trekker, solo trekkers or with school groups to touch this peak, reaching Everest Base Camp.

And one of the perfect things that makes the Everest Base Camp Trek unforgettable is the extensive range of side trips offered in this region. Everest Base Camp Trek side trip excursion is also part of acclimatization. The trekkers are acclimatized sufficiently to fully relish the main trek. Here is a list of side trips of Everest Base Camp:

1. Thame Legendary Hike (3,899m) from Namche; Hiking Duration Approximately 5 hours

Namche is the is an ideal place for acclimatization and trading hub of traders come from all corners of the Khumbu and as far as Tibet to trade their products. Village dweller makes their weekly trek to Namche Bazaar to purchase goods.

Thame is the home to numerous well-known Sherpa mountaineers, comprising Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first man to ascent Mount Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary, Ang Rita Sherpa, known as “Snow Leopard” and Apa Sherpa, 21 times Everest summiteer.

This side trip leads trekkers through a part of an ancient trade route joining Khumbu to Tibet. The walk itself is serene with outstanding views of the mountains as it winds in and out of the woodland on the side of the gorge. Along the trail, we encounter abundant wildlife such as Tahrs and Monals, numerous stupas and vibrant prayer paintings on rock walls.

Clinging to the side of the massif far in the distance, Thame is the last Sherpa settlement to the border of Nepal and Tibet in Khumbu called ‘Namgpala’. Thame monastery is also one of the three ancient monasteries in Khumbu. The annual ceremony of the Mani Rimdu festival takes place in  Monastery.

2. Khumjung and Khunde (3,790m) from Namche; Hiking Duration Approximately 2 hours

Khumjung is one of the most charming Sherpa hamlets and can opt to hike up to Khumjung as well as Khunde. These are twin green villages with rock walls dividing stony fields have beautiful landscape views on all sides.

The cluster of houses in Khumjung topped with consistently green roofs that intermingle seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. It is dominated by Khumbila to the north and the valley encircled by a beautiful forest of fir and rhododendron. The views of Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, and other almighty peaks are awe-inspiring. Khumjung is the traditional village along with another village Khunde. Trekkers can often spot Himalayan Monals and Blood Pheasants while Lammergeiers and Golden Eagles are not an irregular sight in the skies above.

This short side trek will be worth visiting where you will come across the Sherpa people and their distinctive culture. Moreover, trekkers get an opportunity to be close to these fascinating mountain people and experience their generosity. Learn more about Khumjung’s attraction.

4. Syangboche (3,450m) from Namche; Hiking Duration Approximately 2 hours

A side trip to Syangboche provides panoramic vistas Nuptse (7,855m), Everest(8,848m), Lhotse(8,516m), Ama Dablam(6,812m).  This day`s trek trail is steep, yet Syangboche hill offers unrivaled 360º views of snow-white mountain peaks. The landscape is sublime and we could witness the entire Namche Bazaar after a short climb toward Syangboche. On a hill overlooking Namche Bazaar is the Syangboche Airport, an unpaved airfield which is not licensed for commercial operations and has few facilities. If you hiked up to Everest View Point Hotel (3,800m) then you can see the closer vistas of Mount Everest including other accompanied peaks.

3. Amadablam Base Camp (4,570 m)  from Pangboche; Hiking Duration Approximately 4 hours

Amadablam Base Camp is a less trekked path side trip that leads trekkers right up to the base of one of the Khumbu region’s most magnificent mountains. The trail from Pangboche to Amadablam presents a succession of lofty and rugged mountains abounding in charming and sublime scenery. Trekkers can enjoy the 360-degree surreal mountain views including Mt. Lhotse-Nuptse massif from base camp. Trekking to Amadablam Base Camp makes feel as if you are wrapped in the arms of this splendid mountain, known as the jewel of the Khumbu. 

4. Nangkartshang Peak (5,050m) from Dingboche; Hiking Duration Approximately 4 hours

Trekkers spend a few rest days acclimatizing in Dingboche before ascending to a higher altitude, for example, Kala Pattar, Everest Basecamp, or Island Peak.  

For acclimatization, most trekkers take Nangkartshang Hill from Dingboche as a side trip. Nangkartshang Peak looms above Dingboche that offers a commanding panoramic view of the Khumbu region, comprising Makalu, Ama Dablam, Chukhung and Numbur.

Locals called this peak Nangar-JOONG. Whatever the name of the peak is, it is an extremely remarkable viewpoint to immerse in the views of the several towering mountains in the Khumbu region.

Depending on the speed, it takes 3-4 hours to ascend the peak. The trekkers can either start the hike from Dingboche (4,410 m) or Pheriche (4,371 m). The route encompasses a steep climb all the way with roaring winds as one goes higher.

5. Chukung (4,730m) from Dingboche; Hiking Duration Approximately 3 hours

The Chukhung Valley is a small village in the northeast of Dingboche where it connects the Pheriche Valley. The trail passes through the vast landscape, stone-walled fields, and Imja Khola valley before entering glacier moraines amid the lofty peaks.

Chukung is an acclimatization day trip for trekkers before heading on to Gorak Shep and Kala Pathar. The walk is easy, less crowd and the mountain views are simply spellbinding. As you go higher the scenery grew more and more outlandish.

Besides acclimatization, the side trip to Chukung helps trekkers to know about diverse alpine shrubs grown in the alpine region. The trail winds through the beautiful rhododendron and juniper shrubs.  The medicinal plant such as Alpine Shrubby Horsetail or Somlata is also found here. The multi-colored alpine shrubs along the route certainly captivated the trekkers. During spring, the entire trail covered with rhododendrons along with honeysuckle and cinquefoils.

The mountain panorama is simply awe-inspiring. Trekkers can soak the view of almighty peaks including Ama Dablam, Imja Tse (Island peak) Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest.

6. Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m) from Gorakshep; Hiking Duration Approximately 3 hours

Kala Patthar (5,550m), literally called “black rock” is the most popular vantage point in the Everest Base Camp trek route.  One can witness the closet spectacle of the world’s highest Mt. Everest along with several adjacent peaks and dazzling views of Khumbu Glacier.

The iconic mountain view that can be seen from Kala Pathar are Lingren (6,714m), Khumbutse (6,636m), Changtse (7,550m), Lho La (6,036m), Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,863m), Ama Dablam (6,856m) and Kangtega (6,635m). While some trekkers make a real early start to catch the mesmerizing glimpses of sunrise from this viewpoint.

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FAQ about Everest Region

What is the difficulty level of Everest Base Camp trek?

Everest base camp trek does not require professional trekking experiences.  However, one should be physically fit and sound mental determination. It is advisable to involve in hiking, cycling, uphill climbing prior to the trek. 

 What is Altitude Sickness?

Altitude sickness, the mildest form being acute mountain sickness (AMS), is the negative health result of high elevation. It occurred by speedy exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high elevation. To know more about Altitude sickness link  the article: Altitude Mountain Sickness: Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention

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Do I need to take permits to trek in the Everest region?

The trekkers who wish to trek the Everest region need a TIMS card, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit and  Sagarmatha National Park permit.  If you are trekking Pike Peak at Lower Everest region then, the trekkers require to obtain TIMS and Gauri Shankar National Park Permit. Nepal Sanctuary Treks is here to arrange all the permits and organize the customize treks for you.

10 Best treks in Nepal: Read to know what you need Exactly

Nepal is the most beautiful country nestled by several Himalayas ranges. Nepal is a popular country for trekking all over the world. It is home to world’s highest peak and also largest lake, glaciers, lush hills and dwindling white river.

It is a  perfect choice who love to trek and explore. More than 200,000 tourists visit Nepal every year. Nepal has always been on the top list for mountain trekking. It is also popular for the ancient heritage, old culture, traditional lifestyle and natural beauty.

During the traveling, you can experience the views of the breath-taking mountains, beautiful green forests, wildlife and thrilling rough and tough terrains and heights of the hills. Also, you will get chance to know the different culture and life at different places.

Nepal is small in geographically, but it has huge, diverse land terrains. It’s a one time opportunity to explore yourself trekking in Nepal.

If you had lots of experience in trekking and want to trek in next level, then you can trek to Himalaya region such as Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Upper Mustang and others mountain region. Or if you are looking for both combination of cultural and adventure trek; you can treks like Poonhills, Gandruk, lower Mustang, Shivapuri and several others.

Before going to the trekking, there is something you need to consider. You need to be physically fit and have enough knowledge about the trekking. The difficulty of trek depends upon a traveler’s physical condition. Short treks are considered to be easier while longer treks require some mental and physical fitness. The trekking usually requires 5-6 hours of walking per day and some days traveler even needs to walk up to 8-10 hours at high altitude. So sometimes training is necessary for few of the difficult trekking.

The things before the trek you need to consider and they are:

  1. Firstly, state your physical ability and mental wellbeing.
  2. The total duration of the trekking.
  3. Level of trekking difficulty that you are seeking.
  4. The trekking route; Tourists route or Non-tourist route.
  5. The complete budget of the trek.
  6. Season for trekking.
  7. Size of the group to trek.
  8. Trekking permits and necessary documents.

Here we have compiled 10 best treks in Nepal with their pros and cons. We have also tried to write some of the details of these treks. If you need additional information on these treks you can directly contact us from our Contact Us page or you can chat with us with icon below.  Hopefully, that will assist you to select the favorite trekking destination.

Everest Base Camp


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The world highest summit lies in Nepal at height of 8,848 meters tall. Everest Base camp is one of the best trekking destinations in Nepal. More than 25,000 trekkers trek to Everest Base Camp yearly. Due to its popularity, the base camp is a bit crowded during the peaks climbing season. No doubt Everest base camp is onf the best treks in Nepal.

While trekking, you get an opportunity to look closely at the lifestyle of the Sherpa people living in that region. During the trek, you will see many Buddhist Monastery, prayer flags, suspension bridge, traditional houses and magnificent jaw-dropping view of mountain ranges.

Everest Base Camp Highlights:

  • Close view of Mount Everest(8,848m)
  • Amazing view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt.Lhotse, and Mt. Makalu.
  • Visit old Buddist monastery of the region.
  • A close look at Sherpa Village and their traditional lifestyle.

To get in the Everest Base Camp fly to Lukla from the Kathmandu airport and trek from Lukla to Namche Bazaar to Everest Base Camp. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to Everest Base Camp.

Trekking Details:

  • Maximum Height of Kalapathar at 5,600 m.
  • Best time to trek: Autumn(October to November) and Spring(May to June)
  • Trekking days: 14 days to 16 days
  • Trekking Difficulty: Medium
  • Trek permits.
  • High-Price

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trekking in Annapurna Base Camp

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Annapurna is the second best trekking route of Nepal. Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain on the earth at the altitude of 8,091 meters. Annapurna Trek cross two different valleys and encircle the massif Annapurna.

Trekking to the Annapurna, you will see the beautiful Annapurna mountain ranges like Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Paganda Peak and spectacular sunrise view. Also discovery the Hindu holy sites and Buddist along the way;  Gurung villages with lush green forest, the lifestyle of the local people and their unique cultural heritage. Annapurna Trek crossing through the point at Thorong La pass (5,416 m).

There are four regions that passed through on the trek; Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, and Myagdi. Annapurna treks begins from the Besisahar or Bhulbhule in Marsyangdi river valley and concludes in the Kali Gandaki rivers. The trails pass through the various villages, Subtropical forest, several waterfalls and gigantic cliff along with paddy fields. That is why Annapurna Base Camp is considered is one the best treks in Nepal.

Annapurna Circuit Trek highlights:

  • Breath-taking mountain views of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Himchuli, Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri and others mountain peaks.
  • Walk through the subtropical forest including oak, bamboo and rhododendron trees, Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites.
  • Crossing the widest pass in the world, Thorong La Pass (5,416m).

Trekking Details:

  • Highest elevation- 5,416 meters
  • Duration – 15 to 17 days
  • Very Commercial and busy route.
  • Best seasons- Autumn (October to November) and Spring( March to May)
  • High price
  • Trekking Difficulty- Moderate
  • There are many teahouses through the trek.

Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill sunset view

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Poon Hill Trek is popular for short and easy trekking that you will explore major attraction during the trekking in just 5-7 days in Annapurna region. It is very exciting tours and takes you through the stunning panoramic views of mountains such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri as well as others Himalayan ranges. The short trail continue through the forest of rhododendron and bamboo and takes through Gurung and Magar villages. You can not miss Poon Hill when talking about best treks in Nepal.

25 minutes of flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The trek begins from Nayapul heading towards Tikhedhunga. Then Tikhedung to Ghorepani to Poonhill and head back to Tadapani to Gandruk to Pokhara.

Poon Hill Trek Highlights:

  • Best Sunrise and Himalayas view.
  • One of the biggest settlements of Gurung and Magar
  • Stunning view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna ranges, Manaslu and other mountains.
  • Easy and short trekking in Annapurna region.

Trekking Details

  • Maximum height altitude of 3210 meters.
  • Trekking Duration- 5 to 7 days
  • Trekking Difficulty- easy
  • Best Season- September to November and March to May.
  • Price depends upon travel agency.

Langtang Valley Trek

Himalayas while in the Langtang trekking

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Langtang valley trek is situated at a distance just 19 miles to the north of Nepal. It is popular as the valley of glacier treks. Langtang is a beautiful and one of the mesmerizing place to see snow-capped mountains. Langtang valley offers pine woodland forests, lush green slopes, stunning views of the Himalayas and rugged rock.

Langtang trek takes around 8-9 hours of drive from Kathmandu. The trekking starts point is Syavrubesi where you follow the Langtang river to Kyanjin Gompa and stay overnight then continue to Langtang Valley. Trek back to Kyanjin Gompa to Syabrubesi to Kathmandu. During the trek, you can visit ancient Buddhist monastery, the local villages where you can have a small talk to Tamang people who are very frank to tourist.

Langtang Trek Highlights

  • Langtang Valley Trek is also known as The Glacier of Trek.
  • Climbing the Tersko Ri Peak.(5,000 m)
  • Nice view of the Sunrise and Himalayas.
  • Ancient Buddhist Monastery and typical life of Tamang people.

Trekking Details:

  • Duration- 7 to13 days
  • Best Season- Autumn (October to November) and Spring (March to May)
  • Trekking Difficulty- Moderate
  • Price- reasonable
  • Accommodations- Hotel and lodge are available.

Manaslu Trek

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Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft) above the sea level, located in the Mansiri Himal in the west-central part of  Nepal. The name ‘Manaslu’ means ‘mountain of the spirit.’ Manaslu comes from Sanskrit word Manasa; it means intellect or soul. The Manaslu region was opened for trekking only in 1992 AD.

The Manaslu Circuit trek offers the stunning view of snowcapped mountain range and the ancient trail along with mix culture, heritage and hospitality of authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist village. The trail follows the spectacular Burhi Gandaki River towards its sources.The highest point in this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ at an elevation of 5,106 meters (16,752 ft).

The Manaslu Himalayan region is a adventures trek in Nepal. The beauty of Manaslu is unpredictable. The trekking to Manaslu area is considered one of the finest destination of Nepal. The area is highlighted by two culture; Gorkha which is the ancestral seat of the reigning Shah dynasty and the temple of Manakamana.

The Manaslu Trek starts from Kathmandu to Arughat about 5-6 hours drive. The trekking route for going and coming back isn’t the same route. You will go one route then return by another route.

Manaslu Highlight:

  • Manaslu is the most difficult trekking in Nepal.
  • The scenic view of the back Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Himchuli and other mountain ranges and the subtropical forest at the lower part through the Himalayas foothills to the high, cold and challenging crossing of the Larkya La at the elevation of 5,106 meters (16,752 ft).
  • Many tea houses are there for the trekkers, so they don’t worry about food.
  • Explore the traditional culture, rich heritage and the lifestyle of the locals.
  • Pristine Budhi Gandaki River Valley.
  • Scenic view while driving from Kathmandu to Arughat and Beshishar to Kathmandu.                                                

Trekking Details:

  • Highest altitude at 8,163 meters
  • Duration- 16 to 18 days
  • Best time- Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May)
  • Trekking Difficulty- Very Difficult
  • Trekking Permits

Upper Mustang Trek

Horses in Mustang Trek


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Mustang is rich in the natural beauty, cultural heritage, and a historical place which situated in Dhaulagiri zone in Nepal. This beautiful land divided into two parts; the Upper Mustang and the Lower Mustang. The Lower Mustang is full of natural scenery, and Upper Mustang is popular for the adventurous trekking. Snowfall mostly in the winter season, visitors enjoy playing with snow during this season. The beautiful places lie in the Mustang district such as Jomsom, Kagbeni, Lo Manthang and many others. Muktinath Temple is a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Within, Hinduism it is called Mukti Kshetra which means the ‘place of liberation or moksha’ and had 108 water taps.

Upper Mustang trekking was officially opened in 1992 with a limited number of trekker are allowed to visit there to protect the Tibetan Culture. Upper Mustang is then in the best trekking route even in the monsoon times. The best things to visit in monsoon is that local peoples are busy with everyday works and get the fabulous view of cliff mountains, beautiful hills, and snow-capped mountains. To reach Upper Mustang take a flight to Jomsom and treks to Kagbeni.

Upper Mustang Highlight:

  • Majestic views of mountain ranges like Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukche, Annapurna.
  • Get to see the old Buddhist monasteries, houses made by the stones, traditional culture of Tibetan and yaks.
  • Travel through landscapes of arid regions, barren edges, deep gorges, and mountain valleys and eroded rock faces.
  • Crossing through the two high peak Thorong La and Mesokanto La.

Trekking details:

  • Duration- 15 to 17 days
  • Best time- Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May)
  • Trekking difficulty- Moderate
  • Need trekking permits
  • High-price (Including accommodation, meals and other equipment)

Mardi Himal

Mardi Himal Trek

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The Mardi Himal is newly opened route in the Annapurna region and also known as hidden treasure trek too. The Mardi Himal Trekking is a short, easy; well manage camping and tea house trek that discovery the beautiful view of Annapurna area.

Mardi Himal is least visited of the trekking peak, and this trek is the best destination to avoid the crowd. Though the availability of foods and accommodation on the route is at a bare minimum. Mardi Hima Treking is still an enjoyable trekking route which requires minimum efforts Mardi Himal Trek is about a week-long trip in the Himalayas with stunning views of snowy peaks through small Nepali Villages. It is an interesting trek compared to other popular treks in Annapurna region.

Mardi Himal is located to the east of the Annapurna Base Camp. Mardi Himal offers the spectacular view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and Manaslu Himalayas ranges. Also, the natural beauty allows seeing the Nepal national bird-Pheasant, national flowers- Rhododendron, Musk deer, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Thar and many more wild animals and several plants which are used to make medicine.

Mardi Himal has different trekking route from beginning to the end of the trek. The trek starts from Phedi and ends in Lwang.

Mardi Himal Highlights:

  • Mardi Himal Base Camp is at 4500 meters marks the highest point of the Mardi Himal Trek.
  • The highest sleeping point on Mardi Himal Trek is at High Camp.
  • Mardi Himal Trek is popular the Annapurna Range where you can see amazing views of Machhapuchre (also known as Fishtail, 6,993 m), Annapurna South (7,010m), and Mount Hiunchuli (3,441 m).
  • Mardi Himal trek route has been popular over past five years, and Teahouse (guest house) has established there for visitors.

Trekking Details:

  • Highest altitude: 4500 meters
  • Duration – 8 to 10 days
  • Best time- Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May)
  • Trekking Difficulty- not too difficult
  • Trekking permits
  • Accommodation – Teahouse, lodge, homestay
  • Price depends according to travel agencies.

Upper Dolpa Trekking

Upper dolpa trekking`

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The beautiful Dolpa is situated between Dhaulagiri region and the plateau Tibet. Dolpa is the most remote trekking route of Nepal which is opened in the 80s. Dolpa is most beautiful and still fresh trekking which never affected by the outer world. The trekkers visit Dolpa to mesmerizing views of the Himalayas such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Kanjirowa mountains. Treks pass through several Himalayas, Gompa Monastery, Jhunphal and also enjoy the beauty of the deepest glacier lake, Phoksundo lake in Nepal.

 It is not only the adventure treks but also a cultural treks. It is the mixture of Tibetan and Nepalese Culture.

 The Caravan was filmed in Dolpa region which was nominated in Oscar movie. Upper Dolpa was also mention in the books ‘The Snow Leopard’ by Peter Matthiessen, ‘Himalayan Pilgrimage’ by David Snellgrove and ‘Stones of Silence’ by George Schaller.

Upper Dolpa trekkings begins from Jhunphal (2,285 m/ 7495 ft). The trail passes through numerous terrains of mountain ranges, over the Numa La Pass (5,190 m/ 17,028 ft), until to reach Phoksundo lake at Ringmo village inside the Phoksundo National Park and finally terk to Jumla and end the trek.

Dolpa Trekking Highlights:

  • Hike in an isolated and less tourists region of Nepal.
  • Visit Phoksundo lake, the deepest lake in Nepal.
  • Stunning views of Kanjirowa mountain.
  • Unique and traditional culture of Himalayas people.
  • Visit ancient old Gompa Monastery.
  • The abundance of Wildlife including Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and rare Snow Leopard which makes the environment more beautiful.

Trekking Details:

  • Duration- 25 to 27 days
  • Trekking Difficulty – Difficult
  • Best time- Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May)
  • High-price
  • Trekking Permits
  • Accommodation- Camping
  • Trekking Area- Very remote

Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga is the worls’s third tallest peak at 8,586meters of the remote region which lies in the border of Nepal and India. The trail difficult due to it situated far north-eastern corner of  Nepal. Mt. Kanchenjunga to be one of most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. The name Kanchenjunga means ‘Five Treasures of The Great Snow’ which is In references of five summits which make up Kanchenjunga.

The 25 to 27 days of trails begins after fly to Suketar from Kathmandu. The journey has a unique insight of the rural Region of Nepalese lifestyle. Through the trekking, you discover Pipal Tress, villages, Limbu People famous for inventing Tongba, Oak and rhododendron forests, High terrains. Crossing the Mirgin-La Pass gives you views of Makalu, Chamlang, and Everest. After passing the Glacier, you will view of Kanchenjunga Peak from Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Kanchenjunga Highlights:

  • Kanchenjunga Base Camp
  • Splendid view of Mt. Everest, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga
  • Crossing the Mirgin La Pass and Lapsang La Pass
  • Villages of Sherpa and Limbu

Trekking Details:

  • Duration-25 to 27 days
  • Trekking Difficulty- easy/ moderate
  • Best time- Autumn and Spring
  • Trekking Permits
  • Accommodation- Camping

Gokyo Valley Trek

Gokyo Trekking

Gokyo trek is situated in the west of Everest Base Camp. From Gokyo Ri, you can have a magnificent view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Chu Oyo mountains. Gokyo is one of the popular trekking destination of Nepal, and many tourist come here to enjoy the natural beauty.

Gokyo Valley trekking starts from the Lukla where trekking is the only one means of transportation. Then trek to Namche Bazaar which is a small town with various shops, hotel, lodge, restaurant and the settlements of Sherpa people. After you reach the Gokyo Ri, you will view the heart-melting mountains views.

While you trek to the Gokyo Valley, you can see the old historical Buddhist monastery, the traditional life of the local peoples and never forget to taste the Sherpa’s Cuisine.

Gokyo Valley Highlights:

  • Most amazing view of the Mt. Everest, Makalu, and Chu Oyo Mountains.
  • Close look to Sherpa Lifestyle.
  • Five emerald lakes of Gokyo Ri
  • Scenic view of Gokyo Ri lakes
  • Buey and commercial route

Trekking Details:

  • Maximum Altitude- 5,360 m
  • Duration- 14 to 15 days
  • Best time- Autumn and Spring
  • Trekking Difficulty- very difficult
  • Accommodation- Hotel, lodge, and teahouse
  • Price-High
  • Trekking Permits

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Eleven less known things about Everest Base Camp Trek

American Author Anthony J. D’Angelo asserts, “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.’’  He is right because you cannot conceive of obtaining the sunshine if you are miser enough to hurl yourself into the lap of nature.

Nature has that remedy to soothe the inner wound you have that no other medicine on earth can ever heal.

For that, all you need to do is to seek refuge in nature so you would be able to forget the worldly worries or the hustle and bustle schedule for the time being and be the part of the genuine nature where you shall experience the solace and peace of mind.

To achieve this goal, one of the best options could be the hiking to Everest base camp where you will get a chance to observe various kinds of soul-chanting sceneries and the people with diverse culture as you march towards the destination.

Nonetheless, there are things you know nothing about hiking to Everest base camp, yet you are supposed to know, which are mentioned below in no specific order.

Fitness solely does not ensure your success

Most of the people think hiking to Everest base camp requires you to have a good physique. However, if you are enthusiastic about grabbing the pleasure of hiking to Everest base camp, then there is nothing that halts you.

People are wrong when they assume that hiking demands as much energy as climbing the mountains does. However, do not worry about the load if you are going with a tour group because the porter will deal with that.

All you have to carry is your daypack containing stuff such as camera, water, snacks and the stuff like that. Likewise, what you need the most is your patience to acclimatize at higher altitude, which has nothing to do with your fitness.

It would be better if you do some workouts before you begin your real adventure, though. So, if you think you can then indeed you can.

Syangboche airstrip is not safe for landing airplanes.

Without patience, no work can be done perfectly. If you are planning to charter a helicopter and fly to the airstrip at Syangboche, then think thousands of times before doing this.

Syangboche airstrip
Syangboche airstrip

Syangboche airstrip (3,780 meters) is one of the most dangerous and unpaved airstrips in Nepal. Besides the pebbly runway, it is precarious due to occasional storms.

The genuine pleasure of hiking relies on the way where you carry the stick and let your feet hit mud and pebbles but not on skipping them.

You cannot enjoy hiking during the monsoon.

If you ever come under the influence of some money-minded agents who might try to convince you to go for the hiking during the monsoon season, you shall have no choice but to regret.

In monsoon, there will be frequent downpours, and the paths will be slippery. Furthermore, puddles will form throughout the trail. Presumably, you will catch a cold and would not be able to continue your journey.

Cloths will be soaked, and it will take days to dry. You cannot enjoy carrying drenched clothes with you on the way.

There will be the chances of a landslide at unprecedented places and times, which might cause casualties too.

Be prepared for everything

As you proceed on the journey, you will need many apparatuses. However, some people happen to carry the things more than necessary.

You should not do this instead of having good speculations about the things that are necessary. Do not go for the weight that consists more than 15 kg you will not be able to bear later.


You should be very conscious about the water and the light foods. So, carry at least two liters of water in your bag, which is extremely important during the trek.

We assume you are smart enough to pick up the rest of the things that are essential.

You should compromise on foods.

If you are fond of eating, then you should not be disheartened because at the Himalayas you cannot get all varieties of dishes that you have been eating in your respective country.

However, it is far better to eat from the earth than the box. Hence, you will be provided with all the things that grow in that locality which include the dishes of rice, potato, vegetables and all for breakfast, dinner, and lunch.

Presumably, you might be thinking it is a gross, but it is all we get at that altitude. There is no other option if you are on tight budget.

But if you wish to make a luxury trip no matter how much it costs, then you can have continental, Chinese, European dishes as well. The choice is all yours.

Additionally, do not desire for the meat at that height because it will not be hygienic. You do not want to have it if you see how the animal is butchered and prepared for the meat. It is indeed gruesome.

Do not expect this place to be a cheap one.

Can you imagine how things are transported to that altitude? No vehicles can reach there.

The only way to carry the things up there is the usage of human power and the animals as well. However, the porters will assist you with your stuff and all. Indeed porters are no less than Hercules.

Yaks on the way to EBC

It is a very toilsome task to carry things up there. Thus, everything is expensive than you ever imagine. You would not believe me if I say even for the cup of hot water, you are charged money.

Who do you think pays for charging the gadgets?  It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?  However, it is common up there just because of the geographical difficulties. You do not need to be baffled.

Your credit cards will not work.

If you think credit cards will work at that height, then you must be fooling yourself. Do not ever think of carrying the card instead of cash. If you do that, then you will suffer.

Namche bazaar

However, you can find the ATMs in Namche Bazaar and Lukla but do not depend on them because they might not serve you when most needed.

This is why it is better to pocket full of cash instead of a tiny card. Cash is the only means that will work.

Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar is compulsory.

Do not think you can ascend the steep without being acclimatized well. So, you should stay at Namche Bazaar until you are acclimatized, and those who completely acclimatize can begin the hiking.

Normally trekkers hike up to 5 hundred meters per day, but the second day of your trek requires you climb up to 8 hundred meters before reaching Namche Bazaar.

You will suddenly experience the thin air that day. Sometimes hikers suffer from altitude sickness hence, cannot continue their tour. In this situation, we cannot do anything except return from the mission that is a waste of time, money, and energy.

Therefore, you should make yourself prepared well mentally and physically before heading for the adventure. Ergo, acclimatization is compulsory.

Tipping is not compulsory

Most of the tourists think the culture of tipping is compulsory. Nevertheless, at that altitude, you are not bound to offer a tip. If you wish to, then it is okay.

There is no judicial law for the tipping. However, if you are pleased by the service given to you, then you will gratefully offer them some amount of tips.

Otherwise, people will not force you to give a tip. However, there are some travel agencies which have established the rule of tipping, but they have nothing to do with the law of Nepal.

Hence, base on your satisfaction level you can offer the guide and porters some tips.

 Wifi is on sale

This is not a slogan. People always want to be connected or updated with the world, and it is possible only when you have internet access.

Himalayan regions are not exceptional; you will certainly have the internet access at that altitude. There will be the availability of the internet connection in every café or teahouses along the way, but you have to pay for it.

Mount Everest Base Camp

The owner will provide you a password to get access to the virtual world, but the cost will be pretty expensive. The more climb, the more you will be charged for internet access.

So, you better buy a prepaid SIM card with a data plan as you land in Kathmandu.

Acetazolamide could be the best medication for altitude sickness

Altitude sickness is the most often experienced sickness at higher places. Some people fail to continue their journey just because of the altitude sickness.

Thereby, you need to be prepared for the required medicine in which you must not forget to include Acetazolamide, or we can call it diamox. This medicine is very useful for the altitude sickness.

Although it has some side effects such as numbness, ringing in the ears, loss of appetite, vomiting, and sleepiness, however, it will help you breathe deeper and faster while taking in more oxygen whenever you feel the sickness.

Similarly, the increased oxygen will assist you to acclimatize. Therefore, the usage of Diamox is beneficial for the altitude sickness.

18 Facts about Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar is known as a gateway to the high Himalayas of Mt. Everest region.

Rising to an elevation of 3,440 meters, this relatively small town is a bustling tourist zone and trading hub of the Khumbu region. This stunningly beautiful village, in Solukhumbu district of north-eastern Nepal, is perched on a sloping hill.

It is hemmed in on all sides by gargantuan mountains. In the west of this town is Kongde Ri which is 6,187 meters in altitude and to the east is Thamserku at an elevation of 6,608 meters.

Apart from the abundant hotels and lodges, Namche boasts three museums, a monastery, a Stupa at the bottom of the village, several bakeries and storehouses of trekking stuff.

Even in the communication sector, this particular village is far ahead of all other villages of the Everest region trekking route. It serves as a junction from where different Everest region trekking routes diverge.

Here are top 18 facts about Namche Bazaar which are of high interest and equally important to anyone trekking in the Khumbu region.

Administrative Center

As there are many governmental offices, Namche Bazaar is a big administrative center of the Khumbu region. The Sagarmatha National Park is headquartered there.

There is the office of a local electricity authority named Khumbu Bijuli Company which was built during the late 1990s with the financial assistance from the Austrian government and the then His Majesty’s Government of Nepal.

Likewise, there is the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau which is responsible for punishing the poachers and alleviation of the wildlife poaching. Moreover, Namche has a post office of its own.

For maintaining safe trekking in Khumbu region, a community police check post is stationed there.

First Acclimatization Spot

Namche Bazaar is renowned for being the first acclimatization spot on the way to Everest region trekking.

Tourists, heading to the Mt. Everest, Gokyo and many other destinations for both trekking and expedition, have at least two nights of a stopover in Namche as a part of acclimatization.

Khunde Hospital
Khunde Hospital

During their stay in Namche area, tourists normally visit the neighboring Khunde village which is famous for the Hillary hospital and Khumjung village where Hillary school is located.

On the acclimatization day, we can see many tourists climbing uphill to have lunch at the Everest View Hotel, the hotel at the highest altitude in the world. The feeble people, however, can be seen strolling through the town.

Busy Hub

Before the successful ascent of the Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953, Namche bazaar had been a very rustic place.

Despite that, it was a place where people from lower region bartered agro-products for locally produced cheese and butter. The ascent of Mt. Everest drew global attention and the number of tourists gradually increased.

Now, it has become a bustling tourist zone where economic exchanges have completely replaced the barter system.


At the altitude of 3,440 meters, Namche is cold. Winter is cold and dry. During the period between December and February, the day temperature is normally between 5 to 8 degree Celcius whereas during the night temperature falls between -6 to -8 degree Celcius.

Summer can be the best time to visit Namche since it is warm when the day temperature rises to 16 degrees and which falls to 8 degrees Celcius during the night. Summer is, however, characterized by frequent mists which blur the views of mountainous ranges.

During the monsoon season, it is neither too cold nor too hot, but the streets get quite muddy, and puddles are formed.

Sagarmatha National Park Visitor’s Center

Sagarmatha National Park Visitor’s Center is located at the top end of Namche Bazaar on the way to Tengboche. It provides detailed information regarding the wildlife of the Sagarmatha National Park.

Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park


More than verbose descriptions this center features real pictures of the real flora and fauna found in the national park. Moreover, some replicas of mountaineers, including Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, are also on display.

Sherwi Khangba Center

‘Sherwi Khangba’ in Sherpa language means ‘Sherpa’s home.’ Sherwi Khangba Center is a traditional Sherpa house which is dedicated to preserving the Himalayan Sherpa culture.

This house has many features which reflect the typical Sherpa lifestyle. It consists of a Sherpa cultural museum in which ancient Sherpa artifacts can be observed.

Sherwi Khangba Center
Sherwi Khangba Center

It also has Mount Everest documentation center which has kept a clear record of Sherpa climbers. Likewise, there is Sherpa culture photo gallery where we can thoroughly study the Sherpa culture and lifestyle through photography.

Another part of this center is Khumbu international library in which there are huge collections of books, audios, and videos on national and international mountaineering and trekking.

Moreover, Sherwi Khangba also has a hotel of its own and an international conference hall which can be reserved for rent.

Namche Market

Namche bazaar runs a weekly market every Saturday. From early morning, people from Namche and nearby places bring their agricultural products for sale on the eastern corner of the village.

In addition to agricultural products, they sell woolen clothes, trekking gear, butter, cheese, electronic devices, etc.

It can be advantageous if you plan to buy souvenirs when there is a market because you can get everything at the same place and you can bargain the price.

Syangboche Airport

Little ahead of Namche Bazaar is Syangboche Airport at the altitude of 3,780 meters. It is not licensed for commercial air operations.

Instead, most aircrafts landing at this airport are chartered flights from Kathmandu and Lukla. Syangboche airport is not a safe place for landing an airplane. Therefore we mostly see helicopters supplying both goods and people.

Syangboche Airport
Syangboche Airport

Normally those who do not intend to go any further from Namche Bazaar normally charter a helicopter and land at this airport.

In spite of being deprived of scheduled flights, Syangboche is a wonderful place to observe mountainous ranges at 360 degrees.

Oral and Dental Clinic

Oral and Dental Clinic in Namche Bazaar is the only dental clinic in the entire Everest region, which was established in 1991.

Its establishment was Dr. Brian Hollander’s concept which he developed upon learning that Khumbu region’s children had a serious problem of teeth decaying.

Though there is only one Dr. Nawang Doka Sherpa, people visit this hospital walking for up to five days. Annually approximately 40 thousand people visit this hospital from a normal check up to oral and dental surgeries.

This community hospital lacks advanced technologies, but X-ray and ultrasonic dental cleaning are possible now.

Honorary Visit

The 39th president of the United States of America, Jimmy Carter, visited Namche Bazaar in October of 1985 with his wife Rosalyn.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

They were escorted by Nepal’s government’s security in a personal chopper of the then king, late Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev.

They had spent a couple of hours for lunch at Khumbu lodge. For this the lodge enjoys a massive fame till date.

View of Mt. Everest

Just after leaving Jorsalle below Namche Bazaar, you will see the Mt. Everest partially from a distance. Even from that distance, tourists seem very excited to take some photographs of that gigantic peak.

When you reach Namche Bazaar, the excitement level drastically increases and you will be in raptures over the thought of your prospective arrival near the Mt. Everest.

When you go a little further to Everest View Hotel, you will see clear and awe-inspiring scenery formed by Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam, etc. nevertheless, your focus will mostly be set upon Mt. Everest.

Highest Placed Everest View Hotel

Approximately an hour’s hike from Namche Bazaar will take you to Everest View Hotel which is placed on a ridge overlooking the Mt. Everest range.

It was opened in 1971 and today, it holds a Guinness world record for being the highest placed hotel on earth at 13,000 ft. The unique feature of this hotel is that you can see the Mt. Everest from any room.

In order to immerse in the beauty of nature and the hotel itself, tourists go there for lunch on accommodation day and come back to Namche towards the evening.

Traditional Handicrafts

Apart from hotels and lodges, Namche Bazaar boasts a significantly high number of shops for both commercial purpose and publicity of local products.

Traditional Handicrafts Shops in Namche Bazaar
Traditional Handicrafts Shops in Namche Bazaar

Those shops are run by a majority of Sherpas and few Tibetans. Saturday market is held only once a week, but the shops remain open throughout the week and they both explicitly and implicitly contribute to the Nepalese economy.

They sell traditional handicrafts, including woolen, wooden and metallic products. We can observe tourists buying them in order to take them to their homeland as souvenirs.

Butter and Other Dairy Products

Namche is a central spot for selling and buying of dairy products.

Upper Khumbu’s products are unquestionably supplied to Namche, but it is difficult to believe that even the dairy products of Solukhumbu’s neighboring districts, Khotang and Bhojpur, are brought to Namche in search of good market.

It takes about a week to ten days only to supply the products like butter, chhurpi, ghee, etc. For this reason, they do not seem to earn as much as they deserve, but they still persist.

Major Uphill Climb in the Everest Region

The necessity of acclimatization at Namche Bazaar has a reason that might be unpleasant to some trekkers.

Upon crossing the bridge over the Dudhkoshi river, a severe uphill starts. It takes about two and half hours to complete the ascent.

If you reach Namche on the second day of the trek, you will have ascended 800 meters that day which is above the normal 500 meter level.

Once you cross the bridge, you will start experiencing the impact of thin air and you will have to stop now and then to gather breath. This ascent results in a day’s compulsory acclimatization at Namche Bazaar.

Home to Legendary Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Apa Sherpa

Thame, a yet another smaller village in Namche village development committee is home to so many mountaineers including two legends Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Apa Sherpa.

Tenzing Norgay and sir Edmund Hillary
Tenzing Norgay and sir Edmund Hillary

Tenzing Norgay was born in Thame and later moved to Darjeeling before teenage. He holds the record for being the first ever human to set foot upon the Mt. Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary.

Apa Sherpa also was born in the same village of Thame. He holds a 21 times Everest ascent record. Now, he is a brand ambassador for raising awareness of global warming in the high Himalayas.

Dumjee Festival

Namche Bazaar holds an annual Buddhist festival called dumjee, which has been a major attraction for tourists in recent days.

It is celebrated also in other Sherpa villages but specifically that of Namche is quite special due to presence of a variety of people.

Dumjee Festival

The first few days are spent sharing visits with the neighboring homes and enjoying delicious typical Sherpa food items.

During the final few days, the entire people of the village gather at the Namche Monastery to mark the celebration of highly respected Sherpa monks’ achievements.

The ceremony, which involves breathtaking lama dances and rounds of traditional Sherpa dance called Shyabru, is led by the incarnate lama of Tengboche Monastery.

Stone and Mud Houses

Even to this day, cemented houses are very rare in Namche Bazaar. Due to the easy availability, people still use stone and mud to build houses.

It is neither a wonder because the transportation of bricks and cement is next to impossible. There is no path even for biking, let alone driving four-wheelers.

However, the stone houses are even more beautiful. Some of the old shelters might look precarious, commercial hotels and lodges are strongly built.

The interior of the hotels are designed with wooden frames. You will, hereby, have a wonderful experience of staying in a countryside hotel.


Everest Base Camp Trek: The Ultimate Guide

During the spring of 2012, I had the privilege of doing something remarkable that everybody wishes and few really end up achieving.

I had got an opportunity to go on a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp. 

Since we all had been new to Everest Base Camp Trek, we felt the necessity of buying a trekking package. While browsing, we came across several official sites of trekking agencies and found Nepal Sanctuary Treks the most trustworthy.

Evesrest Base Camp

The day before leaving for Everest base camp trek, we were given a briefing on the nature of our prospective journey.

I was unquestionably happy, and my friends seemed no less excited.

While flying above clouds we were in raptures at the thought of our upcoming journey to the yard of world’s highest peak.

After a thorough discussion with NST’s staffs, we had finalized a fifteen days’ Everest base camp trek itinerary. Upon landing at Lukla airport, our guide led us to a nearby hotel where, after lunch, he shared few words of motivation.

We were convinced that hike to Everest base camp was going to be a phenomenal journey.

Since we had already been informed that during the entire trek we would be going through Sherpa villages, we definitely expected to see some monasteries and maanes (holy boulders carved with Buddhist scriptures). From the very beginning to the end of the trek, the magnificent views of snow-capped mountains were unavoidable.

The trail was entirely off-road. During our trek, the route was mostly occupied by trekkers and Himalayan yaks, carrying loads on both sides of their back.

The surprising thing was though the number of yaks was almost equal to that of tourists I had never seen such a clean path. It was all because of responsible authority.

On the basis of geographical structure, the route to Everest base camp is not a meandering one. Getting to Namche Bazaar from Dudh Koshi river demands the steepest climb.

After that, the route gradually gets less steep. Another remarkable achievement for me was that I go to see strange birds and animals during the trek.

We saw birds like Danphe,  the national bird of Nepal, Himalayan Monal, pheasant, and numerous anonymous ones chirping overhead and upon the ground.

We had been informed the Sagarmatha National Park consisted of snow leopard, black bear, red panda, Himalayan tahr, etc.

But we were not fortunate enough to observe them closely as we saw only yaks and tahrs, an almost extinct animal which is often named the wild goat.

Tahrs: Found on the way to Everest Base Camp

It felt sublime to be passing over suspension bridges which were adorned with Buddhist prayer flags. The sharp chills caused by the mild breeze often gave us divine feelings.

At a lower elevation of the Everest region, the vegetation consisted of pines, firs, rhododendron, juniper, etc. We saw a sudden change in further landscape. It must have been due to the extreme coldness that the foothills of mountains at higher elevation were mostly covered in short-growing grayish shoots of grass.

Upper Khumbu region trekking mostly consisting of routes, made across screes, passing through huge moraines, gifted us with memories that would last a lifetime.

For us, Everest region trekking was not merely an adventure. We dug some aesthetic values out of the majestic views of ever-white peaks, desert-like moraines, and evergreen lower valleys.

Moreover, we were offered very luxurious lodging and climate-based food. As an alternative to electric heaters, the guesthouses had furnaces at the center of the dining hall which kept the room thoroughly warm. Our guide had chosen standard bedrooms for us.

In spite of the difficulties in the transportation of goods, they served a variety of foods compatible with tourists from all over the world.

Here I will share with you some of the essential information that you should know before going for Everest Base Camp. 

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek

If you are coming to Nepal for the trek you are suggested to be conscious of the weather conditions. Due to the geographical variation, the weather varies within the country.

If you are planning particularly to hike to Mt. Everest base camp you are highly recommended to choose two of the best times for trekking to Mt. Everest base camp, either between February and May or between September and October.

Everest Base Camp on Background

As per our guide’s suggestion, we had chosen the second period for our trek. I cannot recall the exact dates of our departure and arrival, but one thing is sure, it was during the biggest Nepalese festival, the Dashain.

Initially, I had thought that I could go trekking to the Mt. Everest base camp at any time of year. It is neither impossible, but the fact is you are required to be prepared to face greater risks during off-seasons.

It seemed very promising with a clear sky and mild breeze when we embarked upon the journey. The entire trek, hence, turned out very fruitful because we had chosen an appropriate time.

It was neither too cold nor too hot, nor it rained, nor snowed, nor the cloud created any disturbance in viewing the mountain ranges. Though this is not the warmest time of the year, this season comes with a pleasant temperature for trekking when nights are also not extremely cold like that of winter.

On one hand, since the popular routes to the world’s highest peak get very busy during this season, you can expect to see thousands of trekkers coming from around the globe.

And, if you do not love being in a crowd, you can change the itinerary and choose alternative routes.

Despite all the benefits mentioned, you are highly recommended to come with suitable gears, for nature is a phenomenon that, sometimes, comes with unprecedented forces.

The period between February and May might be the best time for setting out on Mt. Everest region trek.

As the sky is clear, the days are warm and bright. Because it is preceded by the winter, sometimes you might see small patches of cloud hovering especially in lower valleys.

Very less often light drizzles also might fall, but most days will be fairly stable and dry. Less frequenting showers do not cause trouble whatsoever.

Especially during April, the rhododendron forests en route contribute a lot in the decoration of the entire Khumbu region.

During this season, you may observe them in full bloom which gives exotic feelings even to the local people. Moreover, this is the season when most of Mt. Everest expeditions take place.

Hence, you can have a great time sharing experiences of trekking and expedition with people from around the world. In contrast, if you love spending time in solitude, you might choose to create an itinerary on your own and stay away from crammed lodges.

It is not impossible but very hard to go trekking to the Himalayas during specific seasons of the year.

If you are a prospective visitor to Nepal and want to embark upon Mt. Everest base camp trek, we highly suggest you not to choose the time from November to January and June to August.

This is not a sheer discouragement, though. I just wish you to have a wonderful trekking experience in Nepal. You might wish to know what happens if you choose the wrong seasons for trekking. Again, I would love to remind you of the weather conditions.

By and large, November through to January is the coldest season in Nepal. It does not rain, but the coldness gets to an extreme degree.

I do not discourage you to trek in the Khumbu region, but it depends upon how high you wish to go. During this season, almost all guest houses are closed because the owners move down to lower valleys seeking warmer weather.

Hence, if you are still relentless to go there, it will most probably be a camping trek which is too difficult for both the tourists and the Sherpa assistants.

Moreover, you will have to invest the heavy amount to make such treks possible. At night time, the temperature will go down to -30 degrees Celsius.

Since it is the monsoon period in the Khumbu region of June through to August is not a preferable trekking time. If you go trekking to the Mt. Everest base camp during this season, you might face frequent torrential downpours every day.

It is not specifically cold, but due to the rain, life in this part of Nepal gets pretty arduous for both trekkers and local people. The majority of guesthouses are closed because few tourists arrive.

Even the few tourists, traveling to Mt. Everest base camp during this season, suffer from frequent rainfalls, muddy paths, leach attacks, and they can rarely view mountain ranges clearly.

This season has an adventure of its own kind, but if you really love to go on such trek you will have to invest an additional amount, thanks to the difficulties involved.

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

Nepal Sanctuary Treks is very flexible in welcoming their guests to Nepal, be it single or any number above that. Everest base camp trekking cost, however, differs on the basis of the trekking package.

If you want to go there as a solo trekker, the chances are it might be slightly more costly for you. Solo trekking in Nepal has its own beauty as long as you hire a trekking package.

In contrast, the cost of Everest base camp trek is somewhat cheaper for group trekkers at a personal level. Despite that, we heartily welcome any number of tourists to Nepal.

First of all, a visitor visa is required for you to enter Nepal. The cost depends upon how long you wish to stay. Nepal visa fee is US$ 40 for up to one month and US$ 100 for up to three months.

You can pay the fee either at the Nepalese embassy in your respective country or at the immigration at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal upon landing.

We suggest you bring multiple passport size photos of yours for official purposes. You further might love to know how much it costs to hike to Mt. Everest base camp.

Some of the most important items you are required to purchase are:


 In order to pack your very personal items, you are required to have a medium size of a rucksack.

If you purchase a quality rucksack at Amazon or e-bay, the price is normally above US$ 50.

Waterproof hiking boots

 Hiking boots are another compulsory item for comfortable trekking.

Purchasing a pair of them at Amazon might cost you at least US$ 100.


 Since you are going to the land of snow, sunglasses are necessary for your eyes’ protection.

You can purchase it even at US$ 10 and it might cost up to hundreds of dollars too. However, the quality differs.

Here are a Vestal Himalayas Wayfarer Sunglasses you might like. 

Waterproof/windproof jackets and pants

 If you make a purchase of a pair of these items at Amazon, they might cost at least US$ 150.

Mountain Waterproof Ski Jacket Windproof Rain Jacket and Windproof Athletic Pants can be good friends in the Himalayas. 

Fleece gloves

 They might cost at least US$ 15 if you make a purchase online.

Winter Glove Outdoor Warm Fleece Gloves With TouchScreen is a good option to consider. 

Hiking socks

 You may purchase them on the basis of comfort you need.

You can buy Wool Hiking Outdoor Socks.

Fabric jackets

 Quality fabric jackets for trekking costs normally above US$ 100 anywhere you purchase.

Military Softshell Tactical Jacket Hooded Fleece Coat is a good Jacket for Mountainous region. 

Trekking sticks

 Almost compulsory for kids and old people, trekking sticks will be a great help for every trekker.

Walking Stick Trekking Pole with Adjustable Aluminum will be helpful. 

You might choose to purchase them either in your home country or even in Kathmandu.

The price depends upon the quality of the stuff.

These are only the basic items you are required to purchase and it is applicable to both solo and group trekkers. Nepalese government requires that all trekkers have a professional guide.

While going to Mt. Everest base camp, a trekker is required to make a lot of preparations before making a departure for the destination. The benefit of going with a guide company is that most of the arrangements are made by the company itself.

You should be wary of people who might offer you a trekking package at a very low price and ultimately cheat on you.

We are so sure of this because responses from our clients have been phenomenal so far. Normally, foreigners pay up to US$ 2,000 per person for Everest base camp trek if they are in a group.

Otherwise, if they come alone, they are often found to be paying up to US$ 2,500. 

Tips to save money

When it comes to traveling, the high price often becomes a hindrance to potential travelers.

Spending a huge amount of money for some days of joy might not be everybody’s cup of tea. Nonetheless, following some tips might make your journey to Mt. Everest base camp a lot cheaper.

Followings are some basic tips you might consider the following:

  • Hire a trekking guide who will manage other necessary staff.
  • Ask your guide to manage all trekking preparations.
  • Consult your guide for cheaper shopping.
  • Try to avoid hard drinks.
  • Spend more time capturing memories and less time on the costly internet.
  • Carry sufficient alternative clothes.
  • Try to build a good rapport with people who, you think, are good for friendship
  • If your health condition is deteriorating en route consider taking ample rest, otherwise, you will be required to charter a helicopter.

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

You are most probably curious to know how hard it is to trek to Mt. Everest base camp.

As a trekker going to the Mt. Everest base camp, if you ask your predecessors about the difficulty of the trail, you might hear mixed responses from them.

Since you know you are going there for the adventure, you will definitely expect a certain degree of difficulty. There are obviously various obstacles on the trail which might cause more trouble to some trekkers and less to others.

The difficulty of the Everest base camp trek depends upon many factors.

First of all, the entire route is off-road. Though it is paved with stone slabs at places, most part of the path is pebbly. Everest region trekking trail, famous particularly for hiking, involves climbing steep hills at times.

Therefore, for kids and old people alike, it often gets pretty difficult. You are often required to have a high level of fitness to reach Mt. Everest base camp comfortably. Nevertheless, we encourage kids and old tourists to take a rather lengthier time.

It does not necessarily mean youths will always have an easy journey. Since there is a low degree of oxygen in the Himalayas, anyone going for the first time has a high chance of suffering from high altitude sickness.

Regardless of age and physical fitness, you might have difficulty adjusting to the new climate. Hence, we advise you to attend the briefing sessions organized by Nepal Sanctuary Treks on different occasions of the journey.

Moreover, staff will be sharing their personal experiences and advising you on acclimatization processes whenever you ask them for.

So far, I have not heard any case of an animal attack during a trek to Everest base camp. Despite that, we suggest our guests keep watchful eyes on yaks.

Throughout the trekking seasons, we can observe a large number of yaks moving uphill and downhill, delivering stuff on their back. God knows when, but they can turn violent at any time. Hence, we emphasize that prevention is better than cure.

During favorable trekking seasons, when guest houses are bustling with domestic and international tourists, you might have a problem finding safe accommodation. Hence, we suggest our guests hire a guide at any rate so that they will not have to worry about finding a good accommodation.

Tips for New Trekkers

Everest base camp trek is quite strenuous for many reasons. Though there are so many villages on the trail, you will be trekking for approximately 15 days which is not a joke. The higher you go, the more difficulties you will face adapting to the new climate. We suggest prospective trekkers follow certain guidelines before coming to Nepal for trekking to Mt. Everest base camp.


  • Train yourself by going on long hikes


  • Try to get acquainted with high altitude

Try to learn basic Nepalese greetings

  • is mandatory to have registered proper life insurance before coming to Nepal for trekking.
  • It is important to attend cardiovascular training widely. You can practice physically demanding activities like cycling, swimming, hill climbing, lengthy walks, etc.
  • Don’t consider bringing luggage above 30 pounds
  • Consult the agency you have hired about the necessary stuff you should carry.
  • Do not condemn the local culture just because it is strange to you.
  • You are strictly suggested to read the national park rules and act accordingly.
  • You should not disobey your guide. The professional guides want you to have a wonderful time while in Nepal. So, you have to understand what they mean when they disapprove of your certain demands.

How Long Does It Take To Climb Mount Everest?

Trekkers who love to trek must also be interested to know how long the Everest base camp trek is.

Climbing the high mountains such as Everest is not a matter of a day. It requires acclimatizing your body to get used to the thin air, the type of climate at the Everest base camp before you start your journey to Mount Everest. This is why the entire climbing period takes a long time to reach the top.

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Usually, the expedition to Mount Everest takes around two months. Most of the climbers start their journey from base camp after March and they start arriving at the base camp in late March.

The best time to climb mountain Everest in May.

The base camp is around 5300 meters and it stands at the foot of the icefall which is the major difficulty. Most of the trekkers only go through such unstable and puzzling way of ice twice or thrice but Sherpas can do it around 30 times in a season. Trekkers have now acclimatized to other peaks.

You usually have to spend 4 to 5 days to acclimatizing yourself and when ready you climb halfway to Khumbu ice fall before returning to base camp. After resting for few days you will climb up to the camp 1 and stay there for two nights the return to the base camp.

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You will have to rest at the base camp for 3 to 4 days and then ascend up to the camp 1, stay for a night and continue ascending to camp 2 which is at the base of Lhotse. You will stay there for a couple of nights and descent towards the base camp and rest.

This process of ascending and descending is known as acclimating period which results in making each ascent quicker than previous one. This requires few weeks to make your body adaptive to the environment.

Then you will take rest for three to four day at the base camp and before you start climbing up to the mountain for the summit, a kit is better to go downwards to one of the villages for a couple of days. It helps you to relax and prepare for the big journey. Climbing to the summit is usually during the month of May as the weather during this time is quite predictable.

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The expedition will then require to stay up at camp 2 for two nights and at camp 3 for one night. The next morning you will climb towards camp 4 where you will be breathing oxygen to acclimatize your body and keep it warm. Usually, trekkers leave camp 4 between 9 pm and midnight so that you can reach the top in the morning and have enough time to come back to camp 4.

Similarly, also at the descending period, you will need to take rest at the different camps to regain your energy instead of heading down continuously.

There is another route to climb Mount Everest that is north ridge which is situated in Tibet. Also, the north ridge is technically more difficult because it includes challenging rocks on the route.

In the expedition on high altitude mountain, the most important and most time consuming is acclimatizing period.

Acclimatizing is important but along with this taking consideration of things like the weather, your own health condition at the moment, obstacles on the mountains including avalanche, properly fixed ropes is also equally important.

And they also determine how long you will have to spend a certain camp or at the base camp.

Climbing the Mount Everest is like pushing yourself towards the risk of death. Many have tried climbing the mountain regardless of all the risks and difficulties out of which some made it to the top and some died on the way.

The time taken to climb Everest is not the same for everyone. It depends upon various risks such as avalanche (mass of snow, rocks falling down the mountain), crevasses (a deep open crack especially in glaciers), and the unpredictable weather of the Mount Everest, rocks fall, and oxygen deprivation.  

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Top 12 Major Attractions of Everest Base Camp

The Everest base camp is the most prioritized trekking route and has become a practicable goal for the trekkers who want to have a glimpse of Mount Everest (known as Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in Tibet), the highest mountain in the world.

The most breathtaking sceneries with natural beauty make EBC one of the most visited regions in the Himalaya.

Similarly, the local culture of Sherpa community, the welcoming hospitality of Nepalese in Solukhumbu add value to the trip of the trekkers.

Here are the 12 Attractions of Everest Base Camp which will create a great urge for you to trek in Everest Base Camp as soon as possible. 

Sherpa Culture Museum

Sherpa Culture Meseum, attraction of Everest Base Camp

Sherpa culture museum which is built which traditional Sherpa design and architecture is situated in Chhorkung in well recognized Namche Bazar.

The museum is open to all the travelers to the Everest region for trekking or any other purpose with a reasonable fee.

This museum is run by a photographer Lhakpa Sonam and contains various cultural objects of Sherpa including photos of all the Sherpa Everest Summiteers.

Mesmerizing views of mountains

Mesmerizing views of-mountains everest base camp

Trekkers can view the various Himalayan giants such as Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam and pass through beautiful sceneries including fast flowing rivers, green farmland, Buddhist monasteries, rocky mountains.

The trek starts from Lukla, followed by Dudh Koshi to Namche Bazar and finally to the base of the Mount Everest.

Tenzing Hillary Airport

Tenzing Hillary Airport of Everest Base Camp

You will be amazed by the beauty of Tensing Hillary airport (which was named after Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest) and its operation at such a height and landscape.

It makes the first step of the trip (i.e. flight from Kathmandu to Lukla) a memorable one with the marvelous views of Eastern Himalayan Range, although it is not the core part of the trek.

Khumbu International Library

Namche Bazar

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Namche Bazar, the Gateway to Mount Everest has another attraction for the trekkers that is Khumbu International Library which is the part of Sherwi Khangba Centre.

You can find huge the collection of books, magazines relating different aspects of mountains from Nepal as well as other countries.

The available books also include travel guide, biographies historical accounts, expeditions, flora and fauna and other features of the world.

All local people, national as well as international visitors are welcomed by the library.


Himalayan Tea Houses in Everest Base Camp

Out of many Attractions of Everest Base Camp, you can not miss small teahouses located in a different location with the variety of facilities. 

Some small villages can be found in the mountains that offer tea houses, a popular form of accommodation for trekkers in the region.

The term teahouses have become complementary with Everest Base Camp. They provide all the basic services to the trekkers for the comfortable stay.

It is the great opportunity to socialize with the local people and meet other trekkers from around the world.

Experiencing Sherpa Culture

Sherpa Culture in Everest Base Camp

The trek to Everest Base Camp provides trekkers with the opportunity to observe, participate and experience the culture of Sherpa who are the tribe of Tibetan origin living in the lap of Himalaya.

They are well known for their skills in mountaineering and thus regarded as expert mountaineers in their local terrain.

You can go to different places such as Dudh Koshi, Lukla, and Namche Bazar during the trek. These places depict the lifestyle of Sherpas and help to make ones trip a memorable one.

Documentation Center

Documentation center in Everest Base Camp

The history of the events and people relating to all the aspects of Khumbu region can be found in the Mt. Everest Documentation center.

It includes the photos of all the climbers of Mount Everest including Sherpas and international climbers.

Namche Bazar

Namche Bazar At night time

Namche bazaar is popular amongst the trekkers in the Khumbu region, which is gateway to the Everest. Most of the Sherpas who are in tourism business belong to the Namche.

It is also a thriving market that sells different stuffs ranging from trekking and climbing materials to the artefacts from Tibet.

The slope of Namche Bazar enables trekkers to oversee the picture of huge mountains through the valley.

View from Kala Pathhar

Kala Pathar, one of the best attraction of  everest base camp

Kala patthar, which means ‘black rock’ in English, is the famous viewpoint of Everest Base Camp since it provides a very close up view of Mount Everest.

It also offers a freezing walk to the Everest Base Camp and lies at the base of Khumbu Icefall.

Your visit to the kala Patthar makes the trek fruitful and worthwhile.

Sagarmatha National Park

Sagarmatha National Park is a great place be in.

It is an exceptional area covering 443 square miles (1148 sq. km.) consisting of mountains, glaciers, peaks, valleys and also includes several species such as snow leopard and red panda.

It is the highest National Park in the World consisting approximately 3000 sherpa within the park.

Encountering Monasteries


During the trek, Trekkers will find various monasteries among which Rongbuk monastery is the famous and highest monastery in the world.

The major attraction of this monastery is the scenery all around and the view of Everest’s north face. It is the sacred place for a lot of pilgrims.

There are other monasteries such as the one at Thame, Khumjung, pangboche and Tengboche where trekkesr can oversee the culture of native Sherpa people.

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