Everest Base Camp

The Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek is one of the most iconic trekking journeys in the world, leading to the base of the highest mountain on earth, Mount Everest. Every year, thousands of people from all over the world travel to Nepal to follow in the footsteps of history's greatest explorers.

Trek Overview

The Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek takes place in the beautiful Khumbu region of Nepal. Adventure travellers are drawn by the challenge but also by the overall experience this route offers. The EBC trek takes hikers through vibrant Sherpa villages in the foothills of the Himalayas. Learn about the region's history, culture, and landscape. Discover monasteries and cross numerous high-suspension bridges. Key stops include Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Gorakshep.

Typically, the classic trek takes about 12-14 days. It is a round trip, starting and ending at Lukla, which is reached by local flights. On Skyhook, we give you the option of booking the no-frills trek (12-Day EBC hike) or extending your trip with a few extra days in Kathmandu to take in the sights (16-Day EBC trip).

When booking your EBC trek through Skyhook, you can be sure you are in safe hands with expert Sherpa guides and trekking teams. Our open groups can provide a good opportunity for solo travellers to meet up with others who share their passion for trekking. The Everest Base Camp hike is for everyone who has dreamed of standing at the base of the world's highest mountain.

Trek FAQs

The pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (late September to December) seasons are the most popular due to clearer skies and moderate temperatures. Read more about the best time to hike to Everest base camp and Everest base camp weather.

The EBC trek is challenging due to its altitude, length, and the terrain. While no technical climbing is involved, physical fitness and good stamina are crucial. Read more about the difficulty of the EBC hike, as well as details on the EBC daily hiking distances. For fitness, see our EBC hike training plan.

Accommodations are typically in teahouses — basic mountain lodges that provide a bed and meals. It's advisable to bring a sleeping bag liner. If your trek includes nights in Kathmandu, you will be staying in a hotel before and after your trek. Read more about teahouses on the EBC hike, toilets on the EBC trek, food on the EBC trek and things to do in Kathmandu.

Absolutely. Ensure that your travel insurance covers high-altitude trekking and potential evacuation by helicopter. This isn't only for if you get injured and require medical evacuation from the mountains. But also, bad weather can make it necessary to return by helicopter, which is very expensive out-of-pocket. See our guide on EBC hiking insurance.

Yes, trekkers need the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card and the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit. When you book an EBC trek through Skyhook, permits and park entry are included in the price.