Everest Base Camp Trek after Covid

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The Everest Base Camp Trek for 2021

Avoiding the hectic lifestyle and circumstances of the cities, travelers can spend their outings in Everest Base Camp Trek.

Snowcapped mountain peaks, local monasteries, chortens, Mani walls, prayer flags/wheels, fresh air, fresh rivers originated from the glaciers or the mountains, enjoyable troposphere, an outstanding view of world highest mountain of the world, Sherpa people with their unique lifestyles are possibly the most striking attractions of trek.

As Nepal is a country in the Himalayas, it contains numerous trekking routes to the mountains. Everest Base Camp Trek is one of them which offers breathtaking views of world-class mountains from different vantage points as Tengboche, Kalapatthar, and Everest itself.

Standing at the base of the tallest peak 5,380m and Kalapatthar 5,545m above sea level, trekkers surround by the majestic peaks witnessing gorgeous and mind-blowing natural beauty.

Transversing via numerous Sherpa communities as Phakding, Monjo, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Pheriche, and Gorekshep, explore the well-civilized culture of Nepal and Nepalese hospitality especially of Sherpas.

Among all, Namche Bazaar is the largest settlement where plenty of services are available. Internet cafes, bakery items, Bank and ATM services, trekking and mountaineering gears, and more are also available in this trade hub.

Ever-smiling, hospitable people with their traditional dress welcome guests on Everest. Marching via Dudh Koshi river and Sagarmatha National Park offer lifetime memory to the visitors.

Everest Base Camp Trek: An overview

  • The distance of the trek -130km/ 80m
  • Trek duration -12-16 days
  • Highest point of the trek - 5,545 m/ 18,192ft-Kala Patthar
  • Level of Difficulty-difficult
  • Permits needed- Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
  • Accommodation- guest houses/ Local teahouses

Everest Base Camp Trek: Highlights

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and Khumbu region
  • Have breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, the tallest peak of the world
  • Explore the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the Himalayan people especially Sherpas
  • Stand on the base of the tallest peak of the world surrounded by majestic peaks like Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Makalu, and Ama Dablam, etc
  • Get the picturesque views of sceneries from Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Nagarjun Hill, Everest Base Camp, and Kalapatthar
  • Fly over the majestic peaks, lush greeneries having the thrilling experience

Everest Base Camp Trek: Is this for me?

This trek is perfect for me if I;

  • Am eager to step on the base of the tallest peak in the world.
  • Want to have picturesque views of 4 of the 14 tallest peaks of the world among others.
  • Possess a reasonable amount of physical fitness capabilities.
  • Wish to have an incredible view of Khumbu Icefall, Khumbu Glacier, and sunrise over Mt. Everest from the popular vantage point of Kalapatthar.
  • Desire to get pleasing views of Himalayan Sherpa settlements, wilderness in Sagarmatha National Park, and explore culture, lifestyle, and traditional rituals.
  • Yen to view the largest monastery of the Khumbu region- Tengboche Monastery.
  • Feel a need to trek one of the most popular journeys in the world.
  • Am an active traveler daring to walk 4-7 hours a day?

Everest Base Camp Trek: When to trek?

Everest Base Camp trek is doable throughout the year. However, in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), it receives most of the travelers as it favors in different ways.

Spring offers the scenic view of rhododendron blooms, dazzling peaks, colorful hills in the clear skies. In this time visibility is so high all sight can be viewed more clearly.

In autumn, the forests look just lustrous after the monsoon. The flow of dazzling waterfalls and rivers is high in speed which looks magnificent.

The temperature remains stable and there is a high possibility of seeing the snow-heap mountains. different kinds of festivals in Nepal add more pleasant to the journey.

People transverse here and there to meet their relatives during vacations. People with their unique dresses look gorgeous throughout the excursion.

Trekking can be organized in winter (December-February) as well. But at this time of the year, the high elevated lands are covered with snow and the guesthouses may get closed.

Trekking can be affected by the landslide and flood in Summer. Downpours may create the journey slippery and muddy.

However, with sound preparation, adequate equipment, and gears, trekkers can complete this journey.

Everest Base Camp Trek: Required permits

With the implementation of the sovereign system, a new permit system has implemented by the local body. The new system has totally changed the old one.

Trekkers do not require TIMS- Trekker’s Information Management System now. The cost and types of permits needed for the trek are as described.

  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit which costs NPR 2000 Per Person
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit which costs cost NPR 3000 Per Person
  • Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit that costs NPR 3000 Per Person (if you start trekking from Jiri only)

Note: You can not obtain these permits in Kathmandu instead you get them in Lukla. If you are trekking from Jiri, will get to Monjo.

Everest Base Camp Trek: An Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)

Day 2: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft)

Day 3: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

Day 4: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft)

Day 5: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft)

Day 6: Acclimatization day at Dingboche and a side trip to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m/16,728ft)

Day 7: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft)

Day 8: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,181m/16,994ft) to EBC (5,364m/17,594ft) and return to Gorakshep

Day 9: Kalapatthar (5,545m/18,192ft) and Back to Pheriche

Day 10: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

Day 11: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu

Everest Base Camp Trek: Difficulty Level

Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderately difficult trek. Starting from Lukla 2860m trekkers reach Everest and Kalapatthar 5545m.

Travelers should walk via rough terrains, rocky boulders passing several ups and downs throughout the journey.

Of course, trekkers should walk approximately 130kms/80miles. So, to cover this distance trekkers should walk approximately 15 kilometers a day for 12 days.

To make the journey more comfortable, 2 days are kept as acclimatization days.

Trekking above 3000m above sea level, trekkers may suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness. Symptoms like headache, nausea, vomit, giddy, may appear throughout the journey.

Properly acclimatizing in several places may reduce such risks. In this trek trekkers normally acclimatize in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche to be adjusted to the surroundings.

If you are practically fit you will be able to do this carrying your own backpack. Trekking with guides and porters makes it even easier. For further details regarding the complications of this trek, just click Everest Base Camp Difficulty.

Everest Base Camp Trek: Roles of Guides and Porters

Guides and porters play great roles to make your journey to Everest Base Camp comfortable, accessible, easier, and enjoyable too.

Guides do not only navigate the trek route but also choose the best food, accommodations, and teahouses.

In emergencies, they process evacuation. They have a sound knowledge of mountains, cultures, and the settlements around which make the journey more comfortable.

Porters, on the other hand, carry all your baggage so you can walk freely. Walking in the Himalayas carrying a backpack may create hazards on the journey. Normally a porter carries the goods of two trekkers which is cost-friendly too.  

Everest Base Camp Trek: Why to Trek with us?

Trekking with a company is a bit costly than that trekking independently. You can find numerous freelancer guides and porters in Kathmandu and Lukla as well.

BUT, trekking with the company makes your journey safe and comfortable. All the guides sent in the trekking are license holder ones.

If something goes wrong on the way, the company becomes fully responsible. In case, guides and porters commit mistakes, you directly can contact the company instantly.

So, trekkers can trek with full safety and security, get professional guides and porters, get an immediate rescue in emergencies, get comfortable accommodations and eateries while trekking with the company than trekking alone.

Moreover, most of our trekking guides are fully vaccinated. The risk of spreading the virus is obviously less with them.

Next, we do not compromise on the safety and security of our valued clients. All the staff will have masks, face shields, and gloves with them while meeting and walking with you.

Everest Base Camp Trek: Altitude Sickness

Trekking above 3000m and the sea level, trekkers may feel shortness of breath, giddiness, headache, due to lack of oxygen which is called Acute Mountain Sickness.

If the conditions worsen, it may lead to High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).

Acute Mountain Sickness is mild but HAPE and HACE are extreme forms of altitude sickness. Normal symptoms are seen in the former one whereas fluid is built up in your lungs and brain respectively in the latter circumstances.

If ignored and not taken action immediately, trekkers may become serious and even die as well.  

Some of the preventive measures can be followed to reduce the risks. Staying hydrated, having plenty of neutered food, acclimatizing properly trekkers can avoid such circumstances.

Preparing physically, mentally and emotionally trekkers can complete this journey comfortably. If any symptoms are seen, should inform your leader immediately.

Everest Base Camp Trek: Training

Everest Base Camp Trek is considered a moderately difficult trek that does not need any technical skills and should not be an exclusive athlete to complete the trek.

However, you should be able to walk several hours, several days in the Himalayan topographies that pass via rocky ridges, suspension bridges, mountain vistas, river gorges, and pasturelands. So, you can train your body by:

  • Having some cardiovascular exercises as running, jogging, walking, swimming, or cycling.
  • Starting exercises before 4-6 weeks of the trek.
  • Walking uphill and downhill (if possible) carrying the backpacks.
  • Making strengthen your body by doing squats, pull-ups, pushups, deadlifts, and many more.


After the worldwide pandemic of Covid-19, trek one of the most popular trekking destinations- Everest Base Camp.

Forgetting all the hazards, hectic circumstances, trekkers can walk on the lap of the Himalayas having picturesque views of the peaks, dazzling waterfalls, lustrous meadows, magnificent river gorges, and centuries antique Sherpa settlements.

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