All you Need to Know About Trekking to Everest Base Camp

We welcome you to the home of Everest Base Camp treks. In 2019 we won the International Award for Tourism in Nepal. We have 20 years of research backing up our reasons to spend 3 nights in Namche Bazaar 3,500m/ 11,500 feet.

Trek to Everest with Professionals

Ian has climbed Everest to the summit and led 40+ treks to Everest Base Camp. We have the tools you need to best prepare for this trip of a lifetime.  If you are thinking of joining a trek to the worlds highest peak, then make sure you do your research, and choose the right team!  We run over 30 trips a year to Everest Base Camp and are happy to get on a call to further discuss this amazing journey with you.  Check out our upcoming trips and GET IN TOUCH today.

Why Trek to Mount Everest

Mount Everest conjures up stories of heroism, risk, perseverance, extreme challenge and we have a basic human desire to explore.  We want to help you fully prepare you to be immersed in the mesmerizing world of Mount Everest and the Sherpa people.  This region of Nepal is truly magical, and our treks will show you just how exciting it is. Rich culture, world class mountain viewing, great food, the colorful city of Kathmandu, amazing side trips, along with extremely special people – this trek truly has it all.

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Over the past twenty years of running Everest Base Camp tours, we have compiled a list of everything you need to know about this famous trek. This information is to help you discover everything you need to know about the Everest Base Camp Trek, including how to prepare and what to expect from the trip.

We run over 40 trips a year on the Everest trail, following a number of routes and options. GET IN TOUCH today for more information, and sign up to one of our unique itineraries!

What Is the Everest Base Camp Trek?

First things first, what exactly is the trek to Mount Everest? Mount Everest sits on the border of Nepal and Tibet and there are two main climbing routes. To Climb Mount Everest you need to establish a Base Camp for the climb. This trek leads you through the mighty Himalaya’s to the Base Camp of Mount Everest in Nepal.

What is so special about it? Well, first, the history. Mount Everest was first climbed in 1953 by Tenzing Norway and Edmund Hillary. More incredible is the history of the Sherpa people traveled over the mountains from Tibet into the Everest region 700 years ago.

Secondly, the experience. The Sherpa people brought their culture and traditions searching for a better life. They established the first monastery in upper Pangbouche which we will visit. They built trails and monasteries in places you wouldn’t believe.

And last but not least, the primary reason for people trekking these trails lies at the end of the road – the base of Mount Everest at 17, 500 feet. Or, to be more precise, 9 days of hiking leads you through Lukla, Namche Bazaar, the famous Tengbouche. Then hike up Kala Patthar 18,520 feet to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Mount Everest, bathed in sunlight. It’s not a view you forget.

After that marvelous crescendo, you get to stand in awe of the world’s tallest mountain, and explore some of the Khumbu glacier.

How Many Days Does the Everest Base Camp Trek Take?

After each time we get to trek to Mount Everest, we start planning the next trip! No matter how many times we have been on this wonderful trek, we are still stunned and in awe of the Sherpa People.

In total, we run 30 plus treks to Everest each year. Our favorite and popular Everest trekking tour is our sleeping at Everest Base Camp Trek.  We follow the traditional trail that leads you on the famous and original trail to the Base of Mount Everest. We also run a number of other treks through different valleys and over high passes to reach Mount Everest.

Our Most Popular Tour – Sleeping at Everest Base Camp

The sleeping at Everest Base Camp trek gives the visitor more acclimatization alsong with plenty of time to explore the khumbu or Everest glacier without having to rush. For many, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so having the time to fully appreciate the beauty and spiritual connection of this remote region makes for an unforgettable trip.

This is one of the most popular adventure treks in Nepal, as it takes you through some stunning mountain scenery and up and over high passes; Shangbouche hill, Tengbouche and Kala Patthar.

Along the way, you will pass many ancient monasteries in Namche, Pangbouche, Tengbouche,  as well as no end of stunning natural beauty spots. And not only will you experience the remarkable beauty on Kala Patthar, but you’ll also be resting your head in the best campsite on Mount Everest.

This trek generously includes 4 nights in Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital. We include the best available lodges, one night at Everest Base Camp. We include 2 nights at the Encore hotel in Kathmandu.  One night before and one night straight after the trek.

We have a team of full time staff on the ground in Kathmandu available to assist you from start to finish. We also have 4 guides for every group of 10 trekkers. This offers you the best experience possible while you are on the ground in Nepal.

Other Notable Tours

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo.

The Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp Trek, takes you high into the Himalaya on a less traveled trail. Throughout the trek, the route presents four of the world’s highest peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu. This trek takes you off the well beaten Everest trail for some unique views of Mount Everest and the surroundings. Our itinerary includes three nights in Namche Bazaar, for optimal acclimatization. Having the additional acclimatization nights on the way up the trail, gives you the best chance of a safe and successful journey.

The Traditional Trek to Everest Base Camp

We boast a 95% success rate to date on our 130km/ 81 mile Everest Base Camp trek, this is achieved by having 3 nights in Namche Bazaar at 3,440m/ 11,300 feet on the way up to the trail. This is a critical acclimatization point on the trail, giving you the best chance of making a safe and enjoyable journey to Everest Base Camp. Every group of 10 trekkers will have 4 guides with them, supporting their journey to Mount Everest.

How Challenging Is the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Although hiking to Mount Everest is not mountaineering it is a challenging under estimated trek. The trail to Mount Everest is long, leading through steep mountain terrain and steep stone steps. Also, due to high altitudes and steep ascents, it’s vital to prepare oneself before the trek to Everest.  We’ll talk more about trekking preparations in a moment.

Permits and Trail Support

Due to the ongoing erosion, the Nepal Government and locals out of Namche are re-enforcing and replacing parts of the trail. We support this work on contribute to this on going work in the region. We manage all the paper work needed to enter the region and Sagarmatha National Park. Securing these permits is only possible through a certified tour company, such as Ian Taylor Trekking.

Supporting a Remote Village

We have built 4 schools in the remote village of Goli and added over 200 stoves to homes in the region. In 2015 we set up the Goli Village Trust to support the village and region where most of our staff come from. We are in the process to raising $75,000 to build a new medical facility in the village. Get in touch if you would like to donate.

We will be opening a café in Kathmandu very shortly to use funds to keep supporting the on going work in the village.

What Is the Best Time to trek to Mount Everest

When you’re thinking about booking your Everest Base Camp trek, you can either choose between hiking it during the dry season and wet season. The two differ immensely, so it’s important to consider their pros and cons.

Dry Season (October – May)

The dry season lasts from October through May. The most significant advantage is, of course, a significantly reduced chance of rain. In saying that it can rain or snow in any month even the main trekking seasons.

On the other hand, the dry season coincides with the peak tourism seasons in Nepal. That means a lot more trekkers on the trail. Additionally, with more people interested in hiking to Everest in March, April, May, October, November and December you will need to book your trip further in advance.

Wet Season (June – September)

The wet season in Nepal spans from late May to September During this period, the trial is much less crowded, especially when it comes trekking below Mount Everest. The temperatures are also slightly warmer, but there is higher chance of no flights and mountain viewing is poor.

However, the wet season means that you are more likely to hike in the rain, making the trail more slippery and challenging. Hiking in the rain for the whole day can also be a pain, especially if you aren’t equipped with a top-quality rain jacket.

Preparing for Your Everest Base Camp Trek

If you think that you can trek to Everest Base Camp in your worn hiking boots without any preparation whatsoever, think again. First, keep in mind that the Everest trail is over 80 miles of trekking covering over 26,000 feet of elevation.

Secondly, bear in mind you’ll spend the entire trip in very high altitudes. The highest point on the trail, is Kala Patthar, at 5,645 meters above sea level. Such altitudes mean lower oxygen levels. Being able to withstand requires training and acclimatization.

And lastly, there’s the case of preparing high-quality equipment. So yes, there’s a lot to consider when preparing for your Everest trek. We are available to offer advice. We will also go on group video calls to support you as you prepare.

Pick the Right Itinerary to Match Your Ability

Firstly, you need to do is pick the right itinerary. There is no one size fits all solution. The trail can be challenging, and therefore, you should consider adding more days or even a shortened tailored itinerary to suit your ability. Do not underestimate the lack of oxygen.

Therefore, you need to make sure you pick the proper acclimatization schedule and days on the Everest trail to safely make your way through and experience. Choosing the right itinerary is vital for a safe, enjoyable, and successful experience in a low-oxygen environment higher up the trail to Mount Everest.

If you fail to acclimatize well, then you run the risk of getting altitude sickness higher up. And trust us when we say it’s not the most pleasant thing to experience while on vacation.

How to be Successful When Trekking at Altitude

Breathing techniques, low heart rates, excellent hydration, and pacing are all extremely important in order to be safe and successful. Also, you need excellent physical conditioning to be able to walk up and down thousands of steps with a weighted back pack at high altitude.

We can help you with this. DROP US AN E-MAIL today and get access to our Everest trekking professionals. Our office staff have personally made the Everest Base Camp Trek more than 10 times. Pick up the phone and speak to us. We have the trekking team, experience, and knowledge to help you come fully prepared for your trek to Everest.

What to Pack for the Everest Trek?

And finally, you need to know what to pack for your trek. We cover that in more detail in our video, but in essence, our advice would be to bring the following equipment :

a solid, trekking backpack with a waist strap,
a sleeping bag,
a change of clothes (hiking pants, merino t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, undergarments, etc.),
a sturdy and solid pair of Trekking boots,
hiking socks,
rain jacket, poncho, or another piece of waterproof clothing,
cap or hat for sun protection,
bug spray
trekking poles,
toiletries (toothbrush, deodorant, washcloth, etc.),
toilet paper,
essential medications,
some light snacks,
power bank.

As said, you will find a full list in our video guide. We will also send you a dedicated Everest Bae Camp Trek 35-page dossier, a full itemized kit list of necessary items to pack, and other information regarding the Everest Base Camp Trek.

Our Staff

At Ian Taylor Trekking, we provide the best possible service to our customers and are proud of the experience that our Nepalese staff provide. That is why we hire full-time staff in Kathmandu.  It’s a win-win for our staff and customers. Our team are motivated to provide the best possible service with a smile, and you get the most out of your trekking experience!

And not only do we provide financial assistance for staff to further their education, but we also contribute to the growth and development of the remote village of Goli which is in the lower Khumbu below Lukla.

All you need to know about the Everest Base Camp Trek

Useful Links

We have added some useful links below that will aid in your planning and preparation for your trek to Mount Everest. We have successfully led thousands of people through these majestic mountains on their way to visit Mount Everest.

The following links will aid in your preparation for the trip as well! And if you want to learn more about our Everest Base Camp Trek, don’t hesitate to CALL US and find out everything you need for your specific trek.

Here are all our important links and pages you need to read before trekking to Everest Base Camp.  We have compiled this list of information for you to explore so that you can correctly prepare for your journey into the Everest region.

All you Need to Know About Trekking to Everest Base Camp

1). Join our Award Winning team in Nepal.

2). Pick the best acclimatization itinerary for your Everest Base Camp Trek

3). Get training, and learn the best way to prepare for your Trek to Everest

4). What heart rate zones should you be training in.

5). Here are our TOP 50 TIPS for trekking to Everest Base Camp

6). 20 reasons to pick Ian Taylor Trekking for your Everest Trek

7). Get FREE constant advice from our professional team

8). Understand the daily distance on the way up and down to Everest

9). Have the right clothing and gear for your Everest Base Camp Trek

10). Pacing each day on the trail is critical to success

11). Why hydration is critical at high altitude and in low oxygen environments

12). Elevation gains on the Everest trail. This will help you formulate a training plan

13). What sort of food will I get on the Everest Base Camp Trek.

14). Read our Top 10 Tips for a successful Everest trek.

15). Read our Top 11 Tips for when you are on the Everest Base Camp Trek.

16). Read about the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp.

17). What vaccinations should you consider for your Everest Base Camp Trek.

18). What type of trekking boots should you have for the Everest Base Camp Trek.

19). What Insurance do I need for my Everest Base Camp Trek.

20). What additional expenses will you incur on the Everest Trek.

21). What are the differences between trekking to Everest and climbing Kilimanjaro.

22). What are the best months for trekking to Everest Base Camp.

23). How do you train for hiking down hill.

24). What is the flight into Lukla Airport like.

25). New challenges getting in and out of Lukla Airport.

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Pick the Right Everest Base Camp Itinerary

The first think you need to do is pick the right itinerary, hence, there is no one size fits all.  One key factor to consider is that you need to have as much acclimatization possible in the critical points of the trek. Therefore, you need 3 nights acclimatization in Namche Bazaar on the way up the trail. This is vital to a safe, enjoyable and successful experience in a low oxygen environment higher up the trail. If you fail to acclimatize well lower down, then you run the risk of getting altitude sickness higher up.

All you need to know about trekking to Everest

The Everest Trek Requires Excellent Physical Preparation

Breathing techniques, low heart rates, excellent hydration and pacing are all extremely important to be safe and successful. You also need excellent physical conditioning to be able to walk up and down hills with a weighted back pack at high altitude. We can help you understand more about this. SEND US AN E-MAIL today and get access to the Everest Base Camp professionals who have made the journey many times.

Support the Local People as you Journey to Nepal

Support a company who has invested in Nepal and the people. We set up the Goli Village Trust after of the 2015 earthquake. We have our own full time staff on the ground in Kathmandu and we run a quality service on all our trekking and mountaineering itineraries. CONTACT US and we can explain how we operate in Nepal. Also follow us on Instagram.

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