Everest Base Camp Trek 12 Days

Duration: 12 Days5/5(3 reviews)
At a Glance
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 5545m

Highlights

  • Short 12 days trek to Everest base camp, lap of Mt. Everest- the tallest mountain in the world
  • An ideal package for beginner trekkers who want to explore the beauty of the Khumbu region
  • A thrilling flight to Lukla (one of the highest airports in the world) begins the trek
  • Trek through lush forests of rhododendron and walk along the rushing Dudh Koshi river
  • Spend nights in comfortable lodges run by locals
  • Have close interactions with Sherpas and learn a lot about them
  • Visit ancient monasteries along the way
  • The trail at upper elevation involves walking on glacial paths and moraines
  • Explore the Everest base camp and Kala Patthar
  • Unwind and rejuvenate, enjoying dramatic mountain views & diverse landscapes

12-Day Everest Base Camp Trek Overview

"If you are already in Nepal and looking to join the iconic Everest base camp trek from Kathmandu, then you are at the right place. Our 12 days Everest base camp trekking is a short itinerary perfect for travelers with a limited time to spend on the mountains."

Everest base camp trekking is one of the most famous treks in the world. Given the adventure and thrill offered by this trek, many people aspire to conquer the trails to the lap of the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. And our professional team of native guides and porters will help you do so. Unlike the 14 days and 16 days EBC trek, our 12 days EBC trek does not include arrival and departure.

Everest base camp is located in the Sagarmatha National Park, Khumbu region. The Everest Base Camp 12 Days Trek begins with a quick scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Reaching EBC is not easy but not very demanding too (no technical climbing is needed). From Lukla, you'll be walking for the next seven days on rugged trails, gaining elevation every day to reach the Everest base camp. In the peak climbing season, you can see many colorful tents of mountaineers aiming to scale Mt. Everest at the base camp.

Beginning your trek through the forested temperature zone, you enter the sub-alpine area on the second day of your trek and make your way to the alpine zone. The 12-day Everest base camp trekking route goes through forests of fir, birch, and rhododendron. You'll be crossing multiple suspension bridges hanging over the deep valleys and walking along the foothills you pass by beautiful Sherpa villages.

The Khumbu region is a remote area. The inaccessibility of the region has kept it protected from the outside world even though thousands of travelers explore it every year. The locals live quite a simple lifestyle and practice their ancient culture. There are many stupas and monasteries scattered around the trail. A part of Everest base camp 12 Days trekking offers close insight into the rich cultural heritage of natives.

The stunning mountain view from the first day of the trek and soothing Himalayan air unwind you. As you get closer to EBC and Kala Patthar, the mountains get prominent. Amidst the bustle of the peak trekking season, you'll find tranquility for yourself and enjoy the 12 Days EBC journey.

Everest base camp trek 12 days is a perfect short trek to Mt. Everest. One single click and your booking for the Everest base camp trek 2022/2023 with us is done. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. We'll be very happy to assist you in finding the best Everest base camp trek package.

Check out these other easy/moderate trekking packages in Everest Region; Everest Panorama Trek, Everest base camp trek with helicopter return, Luxury EBC Trek, and EBC helicopter Tour.

Major attractions of 12 days of Everest base camp trekking

Short trek to Everest base camp

Our 12 days Everest base camp trekking is for travelers who are in quest of a short itinerary to the Mt. Everest base. This itinerary is also best for the trekkers who are in Kathmandu or want to make their arrangements for Kathmandu and are ready to hit the trail. Even though it's a short trek, we have not compromised acclimatization day and the trekkers get ample time to enjoy the trek.

No previous trekking experience needed

Everest base camp trek – 12 Days does not need previous trekking experience but demands proper preparation. To have a safe and smooth trek, you have to be ready physically and mentally. The overall journey can get overwhelming and exhausting.

Trek safely with an expert team

If we talk about the expertise of Outfitter Himalaya, it goes over two decades. We are an expert trek, tour & expedition organizer in Nepal. Our voyages are well designed and safe. We assure high satisfaction, the best rate, and a friendly atmosphere. You get to trek with the most experience and humble trek guides with us.

Enjoy the serenity of the Himalayas and breathtaking mountain panoramas

If one thing that attracts people from all around the world to the Khumbu region is its breathtaking landscapes and constant mountain views. The trail of the 12 days Everest base camp is packed with mountains dominating the sky and lush green hills. The stillness of the region and rejuvenating air lets you unfold your thoughts and relax.

At Phakding, you get to see the first mountain view of Kongde Ri (6,187 m). Mt. Everest's (8,849 m) first glimpse is seen from Namche Bazaar. From here onwards, you'll be accompanied by stunning views of Lhotse (8,516 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), Island Peak (6,160 m), Makalu (8,463 m), Cho Oyu (8,188 m), etc throughout the trek.

Spend nights in comfortable lodges operated by natives and close interactions with Sherpas

Before reaching EBC, we walk through many mountain villages and spend nights in some of them. Every small and big village on the way shows the lifestyle of the locals. The locals run the lodges and wish you the best for your trek.

The people of the Khumbu region are welcoming, so you'll feel very comfortable around them. Phakding (2,610 m), Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), Tengboche (3,860 m), Dingboche (4,410 m), Lobuche (4,940 m), and Gorak Shep (5,164 m) are the villages you spend overnight.

Learn about the culture of the locals and visit ancient monasteries

The Everest region houses hundreds of years old monasteries and stupas. The locals are followers of Buddhism. You meet with monks in the monasteries along the way. Talking about the monasteries, you visit the three oldest monasteries of the Khumbu region- Khumjung, and Tengboche. Similarly, along the way, you'll come across colorful prayer flags, prayer wheels, and artistic gates with intricate designs.

Enjoy adventurous trails full of natural wonders

The Everest Base Camp 12 days trekking route ascends through dense forests of rhododendron, fir, and birch. You may get to see wildlife and many species of birds along the way. The trail crosses numerous hanging bridges in the early part. You come across lovely waterfalls and viewpoints.

The upper part of the 12-Day Everest base camp trek route has moraines and glacial paths. The trail gets steeper and filled with loose rocks. The Everest base camp itself is a moving glacier. You see frozen streams and the Khumbu Icefall.

Everest base camp and Kala Patthar

Everest base camp (5,364 m) is in the lap of Mt. Everest. It is the highest mountain in the world. Reaching EBC is a huge achievement and lifelong dream of many humans. It's like reaching the top of the world. The base camp is marked with huge rocks and prayer flags.

The top of Mt. Everest is not seen from its base camp because of other dominating mountains, so we hike to Kala Patthar the following day before descending. Kala Patthar (5,644 m) is a famous viewpoint that offers a 360-degree view of snow-capped mountains.

You'll Experience

Everest Base Camp

Itinerary

Find the detailed trek itinerary of the Everest Base Camp Trek 12 Days. The 12-day Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary starts and ends in Kathmandu. You need to arrive in Kathmandu at least a day in advance and need to have a return flight home on the next day of your return from the 12-day Everest Base Camp Trek. We at Outfitter Himalaya have not included any accommodations in Kathmandu for pre and post the trek. However, if you prefer to book the whole arrangement with hotels, airport transfers, etc pre and post the trek and we also have a 16-Day itinerary and 14 Days Itinerary.

The given itinerary is the standard trek itinerary to complete the Everest Base Camp Trek comfortably and suitable for average fitness levels. However, if you want to shorten or lengthen the trek itinerary, We can make the itinerary and offer you as per your need and interests.

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Our team picks you up at your hotel lobby and takes you to the domestic airport. We'll fly to Lukla airport from where the trek begins.

Upon landing, we say hello to the porters who are going to join us on the trek and start walking on a downhill route that leads to Phakding village for an overnight stay. Flying high and sleeping low will keep us away from altitude sickness.

  • MealsL, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2610

From Phakding, we continue trekking along the bank of Dudh Koshi river through the pine forest. The trail crosses several yak pastures and villages like Benkar and Chumoa. On the way, we come across a large suspension bridge called The Hillary Bridge. Crossing this bridge, we enter Sagarmatha National Park.

The forests get denser, and there are a few other small settlement areas on the way beyond. Crossing rivers and streams, we walk on a steep uphill route that leads to Namche Bazaar. If the sky is clear, we see the first glimpse of Mt. Everest today.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

We spend a rest day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize. Here, we have multiple hiking options to places like Khumjung monastery, Syangboche Airstrip, and Hotel Everest View. All these hikes offer phenomenal views of mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.

Do not forget to explore Namche Bazaar itself and its narrow bustling alleyways. You can visit the Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum. There are a lot of cafes and restaurants with great views & paid WiFi service where you can chill in the remaining time.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

Leaving Namche Bazaar, it's time to trek to the next village, Tengboche. The trail ascends through rhododendron forests and passes by beautiful small villages. Enjoying stunning views of Everest and other mountains, we walk along the hillside above the Dudh Kosi river. From Phunki Thanga, the route gets even more impressive. We cross Imja Khola and walk under the shades of rhododendron until Tengboche comes.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3860

We wake up early to enjoy the beautiful sunrise over Mt. Ama Dablam and have a delicious breakfast. The trail goes north from Tengboche village and crosses a suspension bridge over Imja Khola. We gradually walk and reach the hamlet of Pangboche village.

The trail further gets narrow, and we reach Orsho village. From here, we walk on the lower trail along the bank of Imja Khola. Passing by chortens and mani walls, we walk on terraced fields before reaching Dingboche village.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4410

It's our second and last rest day in Dingboche village. We’ll wake up early and hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100 m). The views of Lobuche Peak, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cholatse, Kangtega, Ama Dablam etc are jaw dropping from this place. Later in the day, we spend time relaxing and mingling with locals.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4410

The trail gradually ascends to Thukla. We'll be walking above the tree line, and the climate also changes into much drier & cold with high exposure to the sun. Likewise, the views change from lush green hills to barren hills and bushes.

The rial today steeply ascends over the moraine of the Khumbu glacier. From Thukla pass, we walk on grassy valleys and rocky terrain to Lobuche village.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4910

The day begins with walking on a rough and rocky trail to Gorak Shep. Despite the rugged trail and high elevation, the close views of snow-capped mountains will keep you eager to move further. In a few hours of walking by small streams and glacial moraines, we reach Everest base camp.

Located on a part of Khumbu Glacier, the Everest base camp is a moving terrain with boulders and surrounded by blankets of white snow. We do not spend the night here and descend to Gorak Shep after spending some time at the base camp.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5364

Kala Patthar is the highest point we touch during the 12 Days Everest Base camp trek. From Gorak Shep, the trail steeply ascends to Kala Patthar, a famous viewpoint that offers 360-degree views of the Himalayan Mountain, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Pumori, etc.

We get to see a heavenly sunrise today from Kala Patthar. The next part of the trail involves downhill walking to Pheriche. It is a small village with the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic, where you can see volunteer doctors from around the world.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5545

From Pheriche, we mostly walk-through lush rhododendron and juniper forests. The trail passes by Tengboche and Phunki Tenga. We may come across exotic birds on the way. From Phunki Tenga, we descend to Dudh Kosi River and cross a small suspension bridge. Further, we ascend to Namche Bazaar.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

The trail from Namche Bazaar steeply descends through the forested path. You soon begin walking through dense forests, passing by remote settlement areas.

On the way, we cross numerous suspension bridges and reach Monjo. From here, crossing many bridges over Dudh Kosi, we reach Phakding village. The next part of the trail ascends to Lukla.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2840

the Himalayas marks the end of 12 days of Everest base camp trekking.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, we'll transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

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Map & Altitude Graph

Everest Base Camp Trek 12 Days map

Inclusions

  • Domestic airport transfers
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek
  • Accommodation in lodges on trek
  • A guide & porters
  • Paper work, National park entry permits & TIMS permit
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu with airport tax
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffel bag – if Necessary (return after the trek)

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Any hotels, tours and meals in Kathmandu
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Tips for the guide and porters
  • Anything not mentioned in included section

FAQs

  • Q1. How Difficult is 12-Day Everest Base Camp Trek?

    Everest base camp trek – 12 Days is considered moderate. The trail does not have strenuous climbing or technical sections, which makes it ideal for beginner trekkers. Do not underestimate the high altitude, long ascends & descends basic facilities, and rough trails. You'll get tired of walking, and your sore body will challenge your mind at every step.

    You can bypass previous trekking experiences to join the 12 Days Everest base camp trekking. However, you have to be fit and ready to endure all the challenges the journey throws at you. Similarly, the risk of altitude sickness is also there all the time.

  • There's nothing called being over-prepared when it comes to traveling in the Himalayas. So, take your time and do your research to prepare for the Everest base camp 12 Days trekking. Our team will provide you with the packing list and help you get ready for the trek physically & mentally by providing all the important information.

    • Do some light training to build your stamina and go on short hikes. You can also go on long walks regularly.
    • You can opt to buy or rent heavy trekking essentials in Thamel, Kathmandu.
    • Meet with your doctor and learn about altitude sickness.
    • Let us know if you have any prior medical history that may affect your trek in the Himalayas. We have to be ready to tackle any possible medical emergency.
    • Do not trek in new trekking shoes. You'll regret it.

Client Reviews

  • 5/5

    Everest Base Camp 12 days trek with Outfitter Himalaya

    We have recently done 12 days Everest Base Camp Trek with Outfitter Himalaya, and we highly recommend this company. The guide we had during our Everest Base Camp trek 12 days was Pralad Dharel, and he is patient with us. We were quite slow during our trekking, but he kept encouraging us to persevere and continue to complete the trek. Slowly but surely, we manage to reach Everest Base Camp, thanks to Pralad.

    He took good care of our needs. He always asks if we need something, helps with the photography too, we got lots of photos which is a bonus.

    Highly recommended!
     

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    JuliFrom: Australia,Apr 21, 2022
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    Dear Juli,

    Thank you for your review about Everest base camp trek 12 days and Good to know that you are happy with the guide and all the services provided on your Everest base camp trek.

    We wish you all the best and wish to serve you again. Have a good day.

    Arjun
    Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd

  • 5/5

    12 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

    Outfitter Himalaya went out of their way to ensure that we never had a dull moment and that we experience the best of our 12 Days Everest Base Camp trek. The staff of Outfitter Himalaya were punctual, accommodating and gave good briefings of the trek to EBC 12 days. With a trekking group of 17 diverse climbers of different capabilities, needs and challenges, our guides handled the group with great professionalism and experience.

    The trekking group was excellent making this one of the most memorable treks I have ever had.
     

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    MarkFrom: Australia,Apr 18, 2022
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    Dear Mark,

    Thank you for your review about our services on 12-day Everest base camp trek in Nepal and good to know that you are satisfied with the team. Good to know that you are happy with the guide and all the services provided.

    We wish you all the best and wish to serve you again. Have a good day.

    Arjun
    Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd

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