On the way to Everest Base Camp -  Photo: Clancy Ivanac shot of backpacks among the snow caps -  Photo: Sally Imber Trekkers taking the opportunity to capture some amazing photos -  Photo: Stephanie Pirrie Mani wall -  Photo: Sally Imber Views of the private eco camp-site in Ghat Nepal -  Photo: Kylie Turner

Everest Base Camp Trekking

Tips and advice for trekking Everest Base Camp & beyond

Are you ready to take on the challenge of trekking to the base of the world's highest mountain? 

If you love mountains, you'll love Nepal. This tiny land-locked Himalayan country, the size of England, is home to 10 of the world's highest peaks - including Mt Everest, and offers some of the most dramatic mountain scenery on the planet.

The Everest Base Camp trek is perhaps the most popular trekking holiday on earth. Walking through the stunning Khumbu region of Nepal, to view the highest peaks on earth, is something everyone should experience at least once.

If you're considering a trek in the Everest region, you're bound to have some questions. Most of them should be answered in this handy Everest Base Camp tips blog article. If it isn't, get in touch with our experienced trekking experts.

Everest Base Camp was the first trek that we offered way back in 1975. We’ve established our own operation in Nepal, rather than sub-contract, and this gives us complete hands-on control over the quality of your trekking holiday in Nepal. Since 1975 we have assisted many people to Everest Base Camp and the experience we have gained will only add to the quality of experience you will receive when trekking to the base of the worlds highest peak with us.

Heading towards Ama Dablam in the Everest region -  Photo: Nadine Noel Experiencing the thrill of arriving at Everest Base camp, Nepal -  Photo: Amanda Fletcher The picturesque trail leading up to Namche Bazaar -  Photo: Anthony Batten Breathtaking scenery at Cho la -  Photo: Neill Prothero High up at Namche Bazaar -  Photo: Melissa Nakhle Sunset on the North Face of Everest from the Base Camp, Tibet -  Photo: G. Craig Holmes Breathtaking shot across the snowy Himalayas -  Photo: Sally Imber Meandering ridge trail, Everest base camp trek, Nepal -  Photo: Amanda Fletcher

Popular Treks to Everest Base Camp

Here are some of our most popular treks that include Everest Base Camp:

Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar - 18 Days - Moderate
The classic trek through Sherpa villages to the base of Mount Everest and Kala Pattar and our most popular trek to Everest Base Camp.

Everest Circuit & the Cho La - 22 Days - Moderate to Challenging
Combining our classic Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes treks with a stunning crossing of the non-technical Cho La pass provides an unsurpassed circuit trek of the Everest region.

Everest High Passes - 22 Days - Challenging
The most comprehensive tek in the Everest region with crossings of the Kongma La, Cho La and Renjo La, ascents of Kala Pattar & Gokyo Ri, and a visit to Everest Base Camp.

Everest Base Camp High Flyer - 14 Days - Moderate
Follow the classic trail to Everest Base Camp, climb Kala Pattar, and take a spectacular helicopter flight over the Himalaya back to Kathmandu.

Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar over 55's - 21 Days - Moderate
A more leisurely paced trek to Everest Base Camp, allowing more time to acclimatise and comfortable accommodation.

Acclimatisation walk from Dingboche -  Photo: Michael Pike

Fitness & Preparation

All our adventures are graded from introductory to challenging - we've got options that range from low altitude hikes to high altitude climbs. Depending which level of trip you choose, we recommend 30 mins. to 1 hour of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) 3 times weekly, 3 months before you leave. Hill walking with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also a great way of building stamina and fitness.

Crossing the spectacular high bride over the Dudh Kosi river, Nepal -  Photo: Amanda Fletcher

How Long Have You Got?

Everest Base Camp is 5360m above sea-level. The air has less oxygen at such altitudes so the more time you give your body to adjust to the change in altitude (oxygen levels) on the ascent the better chance you have of realizing your goal. Our treks to Everest Base Camp are between 14 to 25 days and include an extra day between Lukla and the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. This extra day gives your body a better chance to acclimatize and will maximise your chances of successfully completing your trek.

Beautiful shot of rhododendron in front of mountain peak -  Photo: Sally Imber

When to Travel

Our trekking season for Everest Base Camp extends from mid-September to May. Travel during October to November and enjoy rich autumn colours, clear skies and wonderful mountain views. From January to February winter treks mean fewer people and wonderful photo opportunities with snow-dusted landscapes and frozen waterfalls. Nepal has 30 indigenous species of Rhododendron, and March to May is the best time to see them plus a colourful display of Spring flowers in full bloom.

One of our dedicated trekking crew in the Everest region -  Photo: Carlie Ballard

Guides & Staff

All of our Everest Base Camp treks are fully supported with a bilingual group leader and a team of other staff including driver, cook, kitchen staff and porters. We use expert local leaders and staff and they are pivotal to the success of each adventure. By training and empowering local people we are able to provide positive employment opportunities and secure incomes, while our travellers benefit through the authentic experience locals impart.

Eco campsite at Monjo -  Photo: Heike Krumm

What to Pack

We’ll provide you with a gear package which includes a sleeping bag and liner, a down or fibre-filled jacket, and complimentary kit bag. Make sure you pack a pair of good quality walking boots and be sure to wear these in prior to your trek. Also take plenty of layers and bring a good quality waterproof day pack.

Local food in Kathmandu -  Photo: Sally Imber

Eating & Drinking

All meals are included with all our Everest Base Camp treks and a trained cook and assistants will prepare delicous and quality meals for you 3 times a day. Using as many fresh ingredients as possible, our carefully selected menus combine the best of both western and local cuisine. We cater for any special dietary requirements and carefully manage food preparation and hygiene standards.

Beautiful jewellery market in Kathmandu, Nepal -  Photo: Amanda Fletcher


Due to the inclusive nature of our trip prices, the only other money you will need to budget for is US$200 – US$400 spending money for incidentals and souvenir shopping. There are many beautiful handicrafts produced in Nepal. In Kathmandu, shop for pottery from Bhaktapur, paintings, Buddhist thangkas, distinctive weaving from various regions, hand-knitted woollen wear, pashminas, Tibetan rugs and carpets, jewellery, brassware, and more.

Trekkers admiring the views from the Dingboche camp-site -  Photo: Kylie Turner

Where You Will Stay

After a hard day’s trek you can look forward to relaxing in the comfort of one of our private campsites located on the trail to Everest Base Camp. World Expeditions' campsites comprise spacious tents with comfortable beds and thick mattresses, composting toilets, and hand basins, plus a dining room with eco-friendly heating and windows offering spectacular views over the Himalaya.

Last, If you need any extras, we can also help you book flights, get travel insurance, book stop-overs, and trip extensions.

Give us a call or drop us a line via email.

Happy trip planning!
World expeditions gear at Ghat permanent campsite -  Photo: Keri May Campsite at Namche Bazaar -  Photo: Heike Krumm Stay at our exclusive private eco campsite at Landruk in the Annapurna region -  Photo: Mark Tipple Inside the Gokyo eco lodge -  Photo: Kylie Turner Local campsite -  Photo: Heike Krumm Sunrise at the Monjo campsite -  Photo: Mark Tipple Trekkers enjoying a soccer match with the locals -  Photo: Kylie Turner
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