Everest Base Camp Kala Patthar Trek 13 Days

Everest Base Camp Kala Patthar Trek 13 Days

Everest Base Camp Kala Patthar trek 13 days offers a magic blend of unique culture and tradition of friendly Sherpa people, monumental landscapes, awe-inspiring views of high mountains and strenuous journey that never fails to impress you.  
Everest Base Camp Kala Patthar climbing tour is always been one of our most challenging and rewarding Himalayan treks. Since the trek is strenuous, the itinerary has plenty of rest days to ensure proper acclimatization.  
Everest Base Camp Kala Patthar trek 13 days commences in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where you will be rewarded by the vast blend of culture, religions and picturesque experiences. On the next day, a 35 minute scenic flight from Kathmandu to mountain airstrip of Lukla, from where your trek into the Khumbu valley is really begins. Following a pleasant route, that will take you through Sagarmatha National park, tiny Sherpa villages, Khumbu valleys, legendary monasteries and over high Himalayan passes. On this trek, you are rewarded with stunning views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, Thamserku and the mountain scenery of the Everest region. After a few days strenuous walk, you will reach non-technical Kala Patthar peak from where the views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are breathtaking.  

Furthermore you will spend another day at Everest Base Camp so that you may explore fully the base of top of the world. The journey that combines the best of Himalayan views with thrilling cultural experiences and the satisfaction of having achieved a physically demanding trail. Kala Patthar and Everest base camp trek is truly an amazing trekking to the highest mountain in the world.



  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Dates & Cost
  • FAQ
  • Gallery
  • Trip Info
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Detailed Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Welcome to Kathmandu         
Day 2  A Scenic flight from Kathmandu to lukla(2880m), trek to Phakding (2640m), 4 hrs walk. 
Day 3 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking. 
Day 4 Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization, hike to Everest view hotel.
Day 5 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.  
Day 6 Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4260m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
Day 7 Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion in and around the places.
Day 8 Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4900m), 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Day 9 Trek from Lobuche (4900m) to Gorakshep (5180m) and retrace back to Gorakshep.
Day 10  Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m) and back to Pheriche (4243m), 6 hrs walk.
Day 11 Trek from Phortse (3750m) to Namche (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 12 Trek from Namche to Monjo then to Lukla (2800m), 6 to 7 hrs walking.
Day 13 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight.

Note: If above itinerary couldn’t meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as white water rafting and Jungle safari in Nepal

Departure Dates & Cost


Cost Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Lukla return trips.
  • Everest National park fee with trekking permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Guest house or mountain lodges) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Any bottled drink such as coke, Fanta, beer, wine, mineral waters, etc
  • Internet/wifi, hot shower, phone calls and laundry services
  • Your travel insurance and tips for guide and porters. 

Trip FAQ

Trip FAQ

The Kala Patthar hike is about a 3-4 hour return trip so not very long. Most tours will do the hike early in the morning of the first day of descending back down to Lukla.

No, the Kala Patthar hike does not require any extra amenities, meals or accommodation so it comes at no extra cost.

By the time you reach the Kala Patthar hike you should already be very well acclimatized due to the structure of the base camp trek. Although Kala Patthar is the highest point on most trips, you do not spend much time at that high altitude as you descend shortly after reaching the peak

Yes. The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you should expect to experience all four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. Even in winter, it can be as warm as 19C during the day. The higher the altitude the higher the temperature difference is at night. It can get very cold at night, around -10C in October/November, and around -20C from December to February.

For our Kala Pattar trek, travellers should be comfortable with occasional rough terrain, but expect long steep climbs. So, some days could include ascents and descents of 500 metres or more. Remember: speed isn’t important, stamina, confidence and continuity are.

Yes! And don’t forget quality socks. Happy feet equal a happy trekker, so seek out an outdoor and gear store that will help you get well-fitted, suitable, durable and comfortable shoes that’ll last in the long run.

There are limited medical facilities on the route, but our guides carry a full medical kit and are trained extensively on how to use it. We also carry portable altitude chambers, which are useful if someone is suffering from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) but cannot be evacuated due to bad weather. Emergencies are dealt with by the guide. The safety of our travellers and crew is our number one priority. If a fellow trekker in your group needs to descend, then an assistant guide would go with them. We have lots of support staff on the trek, so the person descending would be well looked after, and won’t impact on the rest of the group’s experience. In a serious case, evacuation would be by helicopter.

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Trip Info

Where is Everest Base Camp?

There are actually two base camps of Everest: the North Base Camp in Tibet and the South Base Camp in Nepal. The south base camp in the Khumbu region is the Everest Base Camp that most people talk about, and the endpoint of this legendary trek. It’s tucked away at the end of a long valley that carves through the Himalayas after splitting at the Sherpa village of Dingboche. The formidable Khumbu Icefall – the first obstacle for those attempting a summit push to Everest – begins right on the doorstep of the camp, leading up to the Western Cwm (also known as the Valley of Silence) and the peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse.

Everest Base Camp History

Mount Everest expedition started at the beginning of the 1920s, when a team led by George Mallory (who some think may well have been the first person to reach the summit) came to map out the north face. However, Mallory and his team never established a permanent base camp on their trips, and the north route was all but shut when China invaded Tibet in 1949.
Then came the conquering expedition of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. It took place on the south slopes in Nepal. Hillary and Norgay realized it made more sense to have a place to store supplies at the base of the mountain rather than trek the whole length of the Khumbu Valley whenever they needed gear. Thus, Everest Base Camp was born.

Everest Base Camp Trek Distance and Walking Times

The Everest Base Camp Trek may be the single most famous trek in the world. Some say its booming popularity is the trek’s own worst enemy, and it’s true that the trail has suffered from overcrowding and some pollution in recent years. However, nothing can take away from the thrilling sense of adventure that comes with climbing towards the edge of the world’s highest peak. That reaches a fever pitch in the early days of your hike, when you’ll catch a jaw-dropping broadside of Mount Everest from a lookout on the south side of Ama Dablam.

The rewards of the trek don’t come so easily. EBC is a high-altitude path that requires considerable acclimatization over a good distance. You’ll typically need 12-13 days of full-on trekking (that’s right, your “rest days” involve walking too!) to complete the 80-mile (130km) roundtrip that starts from Lukla.

This distance is roughly divided into individual daily sections of 8-10 miles (13-16km), but the reason the whole adventure takes so many days is because it needs to be broken down into bite-sized chunks due to the altitude with acclimatization and rest days mixed in. Our itinerary will leave enough time to complete each leg on any given day at well below the average trekking pace.

Walking times
Most walkers find that they hike a maximum of 8 hours each day, though that can go up a little when you reach the higher altitude sections of the route – not just because of the physical challenge, but because you’ll be stopping often to take in all the breathtaking views!

Everest Base Camp Trek Terrain, elevation, and altitude

This trek is considered as an advanced level, but you may be glad to know that no technical training or mountaineering experience is required.

The Everest Base Camp trek graduates from the alpine surroundings at the south end of the Sagarmatha National Park to the scree-covered ridges of ancient moraines in the final push towards the trekking finish line. The first sections are easier in terms of terrain but more difficult because they are constantly steep. You’ll notice this in the ascent from Lukla to Namche Bazaar, and then again from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche. The path there is largely shaded by pine and ironwood forests, muddy when wet but also interspersed with rocks wedged into the ground. You’ll stroll across suspension bridges to cross most rivers.

After the first few days of your trip, you’ll see that the trekking path levels a little as it skirts a wide, flat valley with the mighty Himalayas looming on all sides. This is where you lose the tree cover for good, so be sure to have the sunscreen handy. It’s rock and grit underfoot until you reach near Gorak Shep. There, the route sort of merges with the great pebble and rock moraine at the end of the Khumbu Icefall. It’s normal to find snow coverage in those parts, especially if you’re trekking between November and March.

Elevation and altitude
How high is Everest Base Camp? Well, altitude is commonly travelers’ biggest challenge on this tall trek. As mentioned before, you’re going to have to clock up a hefty 17,598 feet (5,364m) above sea level. You’ll manage 9,400 feet (2,865m) at the EBC trailhead, which is taken care of by the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The rest is up to your legs. You’ll knock out about 1,800 feet (549m) by climbing to Namche Bazaar. After that, days on the trail (not including acclimatization days) average around 1,200-1,600 feet (366-488m) in elevation gain, though it’s on less-steep paths once you cross the tree line around Tengboche. Everest Base Camp elevation is no joke and can be difficult for some.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) – the mildest form of altitude sickness – is certainly a risk here. It can affect anyone over altitudes of 8,000 feet (2,438m), but usually has severe impacts at higher levels. Since the EBC Trek reaches altitudes of more than double the height where AMS can possibly kick in, there are usually two full acclimatization days planned in – one in Namche Bazaar and another in Dingboche or Lobuche. These days aren’t for resting but instead used to climb high and then descend to sleep at lower altitudes, a common practice that’s known to help the body acclimate to conditions at higher elevations.

Don’t be surprised if your Everest Base Camp Trek guide constantly reminds you to drink enough water as it’s another way to combat AMS. Once you hit the higher altitude parts of the path, you can typically expect your guide to be prepared with a supply of oxygen, should you need it. You might also want to consider packing an AMS medication like Diamox on your trip to Everest Base Camp.

Even seasoned alpinists find the trip a challenge and lots of climbers struggle with Acute Mountain Sickness. Just remember: no pain, no gain on this most incredible of trails! On this trip, you’ll see the sheer majesty of the Nepalese Himalayas up close and scale to viewpoints that are simply some of the best you’ll ever hike to.

Food on the Everest Base Camp Trek

All that trekking is going to work up a serious appetite, you can be sure of that. Thankfully, EBC teahouses tout some decent grub for when it’s time to refuel. Don’t be surprised to find that the menus are virtually identical the whole way along, even if the dishes themselves vary greatly with the whims of different chefs up and down the trip route.

Common dishes include:

Dal bhat – The most popular EBC meal of all. Every hiker who’s done the route has warmed up with this spicy lentil stew at least once. It’s usually served with rice and chapati flatbread.
Egg and fries – A hearty option for those feeling really hungry, this one includes hand-cut, fried potatoes and a double-egg omelette.
Shyakpa (Sherpa stew) – A classic favorite of sherpas in Nepal and a great vegetarian option that’s basically broth with cut potatoes, carrots, and other root vegetables.
Pizza – Some teahouses try their hand at pizza. We’ll let you be the judge of whether or not the Italians would be proud.
Is your mouth watering yet? These dishes will surely give you the energy you need to power through the trek.

Accommodations on Everest Base Camp

Apart from the hotels in Kathmandu at the start and at the end of your quest, all of your accommodations on the Everest Base Camp Trek route are likely to be teahouses. Don’t let the name fool you – these aren’t just places to stop for a hot drink. They’re actually full-fledged bed and breakfast lodges purposely designed to host travelers.

Accommodations in Everest region are simple, clean, and comfortable. The general rule is that the quality is better towards the start of the trek, where the teahouses are both larger and better supplied. Rooms are usually minimally decorated. They have wood-paneled or plastered walls and, for the most part, a single window, along with low-rise beds with foam mattress pads. Some have in-room heating, while other teahouses are warmed by a central stove that’s kept alight in the evenings. Some places offer hot showers, but most only offer cold. Electrical charging of devices is on offer at most places, though that could come at an extra cost.

Best time to trek to Everest Base Camp

There are two main seasons for trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The first is in the spring (late March to May) and the second comes in the autumn (late September to November). Both high seasons essentially straddle the main monsoon season, offering more dryness and clearer skies without too much precipitation. Although, it’s important to note that zero rain can never be guaranteed this high up.

Here’s a breakdown of the best months to go:

March – Marks the beginning of the trekking season proper but it’s not its peak. That means a good balance of smaller crowds, availability in teahouses and affordability. Most of the ground snow has melted by this point, but rising temperatures do mean there can be some heat haze to obscure the views.
April – The busiest time of all on the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek, but for good reason: Clear skies abound, the views are wonderful, and temperatures are comfortable. You can also come in April if you’re keen to see the hardcore mountaineers prepping for a summit push up Mount Everest itself.
May – The hottest month on the trail with less harsh conditions in the evening. Downsides include heat haze that can obstruct the views and the potential for some early-monsoon rains.

September – The first month after the monsoon can see some rains stick around. However, that also means the lower-altitude parts of the trek between Lukla and Namche Bazaar are wonderfully lush with flower blooms and vivid greenery.
October – Second only to April in terms of crowds of travelers. Lots of people hit the EBC trail at this time because there’s a great balance between comfortable temperatures and clear skies. In fact, this is the clearest time of all, so it’s perfect for those wanting uninterrupted views of Everest.
November – Cold winter conditions can start to set in by November. It’s not unusual to encounter snow at higher altitudes and you’ll need proper thermal gear to get through the nights. The payoff is super-clear skies and way fewer hikers on the trail.

December to February is the low season for one main reason: Snow. Temperatures during these colder days drop to an average of 25 degrees fahrenheit (-4℃) in the middle of the winter season, and that’s in Namche Bazaar, one of the lowest points on the trek. It’s not ideal for overnight hikes that rely on teahouses made of plywood walls. That said however, completing the EBC certainly isn’t impossible at this time, it just presents unique challenges. You’ll need way more thermal layering, special trekking equipment to handle the snowdrifts, and probably extra days to complete the trek. The upside is that winter days offer very clear skies and there’s rarely a big crowd on the trail.

Why travel with Alpine Eco Travel?

Experience the Everest Base Camp Trek with the best tour operator in Nepal. Our guides have been leading adventure trips in the Himalayas for over 25 years and are experts of trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp. They are also native to the Khumbu region of Nepal, the home of the Sherpa community, so you know you’ll enjoy an authentic experience.

We pride ourselves on delivering extraordinary tours based on travelers’ needs and are humbled by our guests’ testimonials. In fact, our dedication has earned us a 5-star rating on Tripadvisor, and awards by TAAN and Nepal Tourism Board. Check us out and learn why so many travelers worldwide choose us. Our team would love for you to join us on the trek to Everest Base Camp!

Check List

Everest Base Camp Packing List

Are you preparing to trek Everest Base Camp or another tea house trek in Nepal? If so, you may be looking for a comprehensive packing checklist. Packing the proper clothing, equipment, and supplies for your Everest Base Camp trek will go a long way in ensuring you have a great trekking experience.

As you pack for Everest Base Camp, remember that your gear will be divided into two packs: your daypack that you will carry each day as you trek, and your duffle bag which will be carried between tea houses by porters. All extra luggage can be left at the hotel before you begin your trek.

At the start of every morning, your porters will take your duffle and carry it up to the next tea house. It will be difficult or impossible to access your gear from your duffle bag until the evening when you arrive at your tea house. This means you should pack anything you may need each day during your hike in your daypack. However, to make trekking easier, you should keep your daypack as light as possible—so only carry the essentials. This includes water, snacks, camera, headlamp, poncho, extra layers, and sun protection.


• Moisture-wicking long-sleeve t-shirts (2)
• Moisture-wicking short-sleeve t-shirt (1)
• Heavy fleece or down jacket
• Gortex or waterproof jacket with hood
• Windbreaker
• Rain poncho
• Fleece pants
• Trekking pants (2)
• Hiking shorts (1)
• Waterproof pants
• Hiking socks (10)
• Warm thermal socks (1)
• Long underwear (2)
• Underwear (10)
• Hiking boots with ankle support
• Camp shoes or tennis shoes
• Light inner gloves/glove liners
• Insulated wool or down mittens/gloves
• Sunglasses
• Broad-brimmed hat
• Neck gaiter or bandana (for sun protection)
• Wool hat or balaclava (should cover ears)
• Gaiters (needed Dec-Feb)
• Sweatshirt (optional)
• Sock liners (optional)

Trekking Gear & Supplies

• Duffle bag for carrying gear via porters (provided by Alpine Eco Travel)
• 40L Daypack for carrying what you need on the trail
• Waterproof cover for daypack
• Water bottles or hydration bladder (i.e. CamelBak)
• Sleeping bag rated to -18°C/ 0°F (available for rental)
• Trekking poles
• Headlamp with extra batteries
• Lightweight water filter or iodine water tablets (personal preference)
• Hand warmers
• Travel pillow or pillowcase
• Sleeping bag stuff sack
• Drybags in several sizes
• Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes
• Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
• Small lock(s) for duffle bag and daypack
• Sleeping bag liner (optional)
• Quick-drying trekking towel (optional)

Food & Snacks

• Snacks (combine protein & carbs for well-balanced energy)
• Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
• Re-hydration gels or powder


• Sunscreen
• Lip balm with sunscreen
• Toilet Paper
• Moleskin, medical tape, and/or duct tape for treating/preventing blisters
• Advil or Ibuprofen
• Diamox (for altitude sickness)
• Personal prescriptions
• Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
• Anti-chafe balm (e.g. Body Glide, to prevent chafing)
• Diaper rash cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
• Soap
• Deodorant
• Toothbrush/toothpaste
• Razor (as needed)
• Shampoo
• Wet wipes
• Hand sanitizer
• Feminine hygiene products (as needed)
• Face lotion
• Hairbrush
• Hair ties
• Earplugs (for sleeping)

Additional Supplies

• Portable solar charger/power bank
• Book
• Journal/pen
• Playing cards
Important Documents
• Passport (needed at entry gate for registration)
• Visa (these are easy to attain when you land in Kathmandu—bring $30 (15 Days) or $50 (30 Days) USD for Visa Application
• Money ($200-300 cash is recommended—while there are occasional ATMs on the trail, they are almost always out of order)
• Travel insurance

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