Experience the world’s most iconic trekking route at Everest Base Camp.
Everest Base Camp Budget Trek 14 days is a popular alternative for people having limited time and yet who want to trek to the famous Mt. Everest base camp safely and without the rush. Tailored for trekkers having limited time trekking to Everest base camp in 14 days is an ideal choice. The trek follows proper acclimatization and a well-paced itinerary to provide comfort and safety.
Immerse in the full Everest experience and get close to the highest mountains in the world in just 14 days. Everest base camp is high on many people’s bucket lists. Whether it’s to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes, to savor the iconic history, or simply to say ‘I was there, it remains one of the great objectives for walking enthusiasts. Yet many people can’t afford to trek due to the longer duration of the trek. This Everest itinerary is an ideal trip for people having limited time.
The 14 days Everest base camp trek is specially devised by our expert team who possess years of experience in this adventure field. Altitude, acclimatization, good campsite, and trails are the main factors taken into consideration when devising the itinerary and keeping in mind that our clients will enjoy it from the beginning to the end of the trek. Our Everest Base Camp Trek 14 days is tailored for those trekkers having limited time and yet who want to embark on a journey to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain safely.
This trip follows the same approach as the standard All-inclusive Everest base camp trek and includes two major rest and acclimatization days at Namche Bazar and Dingboche before moving up to the base camp of Everest.
Our trek starts from Kathmandu with a scenic mountain flight to Lukla, our starting point of the trek. Our real trek begins from Lukla, following the Dudh Koshi River as we trek to Namche Bazaar and spend two nights acclimatizing before moving higher up. Visit Tengboche Monastery and trek to Dingboche, where we will have our second rest and acclimatization day before making our way to Everest Base Camp.
At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions we provide a high staff-to-client ratio ensuring safety first and to cater needs of the participants efficiently. We will stay at local tea houses/lodges with all meals provided during the trekking period. If you need to make any changes to our itinerary as per your requirement, please get in touch with us and we will tailor the itinerary accordingly.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,600m), 3 hrs
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m), 6 hrs
Day 04: Rest and acclimatization day (3,440m)
Day 05: Trek to Deboche (3,720m), 6 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4,412m), 5/6 hrs
Day 07: Rest and acclimatization with a hike to Nagartsang Peak (5,083m), 3/4 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4,910m), 5/30 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Everest base camp (5,364m) and retrace back to Gorekshep (5,140m), 7/8 hrs
Day 10: Hike up to Kalapathar (5,545m) and retrace back to Pheriche (4,240m), 7/8 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,450m), 6/7 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2,800m), 6/7 hrs
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 14: International departure
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Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and after completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel. Please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions placard when exiting the arrivals hall. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your journey in the evening at your hotel lobby. And your free time. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street.
After breakfast, we take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at 2860m. The airstrip, built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s, has a flight time of about 35 minutes. After landing we will have time to explore the village while the porter team loads the trekking equipment in order. Then, we start the trek, and where we go to the main trail of Namche Bazar above Chowrikhark. We descend to Dudhkoshi river. The walk is easy and after passing the small village on the ghat it is a short walk to Phakding where we will stay for the night.
Today we leave Phakding and go to Namche market. Trekking along the Dudhkoshi River, and crossing suspension bridges, we pass through lush Himalayan forests of rhododendron, pine and juniper to reach Monjo Village. And then we enter Everest National Park to go to EBC. And our guide will take care of every permit needed to enter the park. After entering the park, we cross two suspension bridges on our way to Namche Bazaar. And we climbed steeply for 2 hours to reach Namche and finally we reached Namche market. Namche Bazaar offers a panoramic view of Mount Everest (8848.86 m), Lhotse (8516 m) and Thamserku (6623 m). En route and overnight at Namche Bazar Lodge.
We spend the second night in Namche to create an environment suitable for high altitude. Namche is a prosperous village, situated on a large protected moat. After breakfast, there are several options: climb the beautiful Bhotekhola river valley towards Thame (3810 m), or visit the National Park headquarters to see interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There are mountaineering demonstrations and descriptions of the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides will be there to advise and help you along the way. And in the evening we also explore the market town of Namche. And overnight at the lodge.
Today we will walk through the glacial waters of the Dudhkoshi River. From this route one can get a view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Thamserku and Matru Dablam Himal. Our journey continues through a colorful forest of rhododendrons in full bloom. The area is rich in wildlife including musk deer and colorful pheasants. There is a junction point at Sanasa. One route takes us to Gokyo Valley and the other to Everest Base Camp. We will climb steeply to Tengboche Monastery, the largest gompa in the Khumbu region. The trip provides us with close-up views of many surrounding mountains.
We hike through a few Chortens, mani walls, and some small villages after which, we haul up some grub, and while enjoying our meals we savor some upfront views of Amadablam towering just above us; We trek via Pangboche, the highest of the true lasting settlements in the valley and reach the regular settlement, the final steepest climb of the day on our way to Dingboche. Agriculture is the chief occupation of locals in Dingboche. We can see fields enclosed by stonewall in Dingboche. Buckwheat, potatoes, and barley are the major crops.
Climb high and sleep low!! This is a day to haul up and rest without being idle. Our acclimatizing gets a further boost with our hike to Nagartsang Peak 5,083m and as we top it with gasping breath we soon realize the gritty climb was worth the go. Doing this acclimatization helps in adapting with the high altitude, afterwards retrace back to Dingboche for a free afternoon to rest.
After crossing by some of the teahouses of Duglha, we plod higher onto the pretty risky moraine of the Khumbu glacier, passing a chain of stone monuments built in memory of Sherpas who have died on mountaineering expeditions to Mt Everest. From hereabouts, the trail lowers and goes by the west side of the valley to Lobuche. The sunset on Nuptse from this point is an amazing sight to behold.
A real early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the risky route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer’s tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a grand view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to Gorakshep for a restful night.
Today is the most important part of our trip. We start early at dawn to catch the dramatic views from Kalapatthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-5 to -15 C) departure beforehand. Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to expose itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kalapatthar, we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding viewpoints to click pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kalapatthar. From here, we scuttle to climb the rocky outcrop near the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kalapatthar rocks and our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan views, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we possibly can with our camera so they can last a lifetime. After this we make our way back to Pheriche with a slow descent; for a good night’s rest which we truly deserve.
Today we descend down, we revert on our previous route to Pangboche and tengboche. We will take gentle descend to Phortse tenga which is a teahouse settlement. We will lower down from hill through the forest of pine and rhododendron. We will cross the wooden bridge over Dudhkoshi River and head towards Sanasa village. From here the trail contours high above the valley and its then a gradual walk to Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.
Last day of our trek through Dudhkoshi River to Lukla. After our descent from Namche, it is just a slow walk along the river Dudhkhosi. We have lunch on our way and we make our final flight to Lukla’s airstrip. The rest of the day is free and you can relax under the warm sun and reflect on the emotional experiences we had while trekking through these great mountains that helped us rediscover ourselves in the least expected way. This is our last day in these magnificent mountains. Later we celebrate the successful completion of our trek with our Sherpa guides and porters who we have come to know well and are now good friends. It is a pleasure to end this wonderful journey on a happy note. Then we fell into a happy sleep
We get up early in the morning, enjoy our breakfast and get ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Katmandu. On our touchdown at the Kathmandu airport, we will be met by our office reps and transferred to your hotel.
Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been our pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the journey, saying goodbye to the trekking and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs for your family. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)
- All meals (B, L, D) whilst on the trek with tea & coffee
- 2 nights standard hotels and 11 nights teahouse/lodges
- Domestic flights bothway (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
- Trekking permit, and national park +local fees
- Local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
- 1 porter for every 2 trekkers throughout the trek
- Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
- All transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
- Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket 'if necessary' (return after completing the trek)
- Employee equipment, insurance, and allowances
- High altitude medicine and first aid kit
- Helicopter rescue arrangement (If necessary)
- Group farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant
- International airfare & Nepal Visa
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu only)
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
- Personal expenses & Personal trekking gears
- Drinks & Souvenirs
- Gratuities for staff
Trails of generally go above the 5000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 7 hours. The perfect setting for an introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.
No previous experience of trekking is required but you should be moderately fit and have fun walking and adapting to high altitude conditions. Having previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not mandatory to participate for this trip. To fully participate in this journey, all passengers must be in good physical health. We strongly advise you to prepare for your trip by exercising regularly, walking, running or going to the gym. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the hiking experience will be. All of our travel itineraries have been designed with each aspect in mind and given enough time for adaptation.
The best season for Trek is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain, etc.)
Autumn/Fall (Sept to Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.
Spring (March to May)
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days.
It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.
Our emphasis is always on maintaining small groups to make it easier to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only charge up to 12 pax per group.
If you join us, you can join people from different countries in any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 people required to conduct the trip.
You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.
We have a deep passion for alpine adventure and the outdoors, and with the small business group on board we have worked on the most isolated trails we are proud to be successful in every region of Nepal and this is all due to our diversity and qualified team of guides. So your journey will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter for every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide for every 4 participants.
In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.
(Everest area) does not require large logistics accommodation for hiking as there are many clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, usually a bed with pillows and blankets, but there is a wonderful view from your window. All teahouses/lodges have ample warm dining room lounges. The rooms are very basic. Blankets are usually provided by the teahouse but we will provide warm sleeping bags for everyone.
The Bathrooms are often shared and in many places, toilets are squat type. Please note that some of these are very basic and require a sense of adventure.
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. Especially when traveling in groups, we always pair up to share a room with people of the same sex and age. If in the case of single by default, customers do not have to pay for a single supplement. Please note that trekking, due to limited rooms in teahouses / lodges, is sometimes not possible for singles.
On Trek: Drinking Water
Staying hydrated is important during any physical activity but especially at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3 liters per person per day.
We urge you not to buy bottled water on the trek as it contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal.
Teahouses sell almost boiled water. Nepali Rs.150-300 per liter but (cost increases when traveling) which does not require treatment. It’s also perfect for bedtime refills as it can double as a hot water bottle.
Alternatively, all teahouses will provide free cold water on request. Although it is not good to drink without treatment, it is important to note that we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle and use an effective form of water treatment.
All meals are included in the trek and we will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Tea houses range from traditional Nepali dal bhat, and momo (dumplings) to Indian food to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea house / lodge where you are staying and lunch will be on the way.
In Kathmandu, breakfast will be provided only to give maximum flexibility in deciding where and with whom to have lunch and dinner.
Daily wake-up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided the night before during the briefing time. The timetable for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.
Tea will be served in your room as a wake-up call. After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the Lodge where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. We will arrive at our destination by tea-time and the evening will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.
Needless to say that kitting and stuffing yourself out for a trek is almost a herculean task that keeps you mulling and often gets you overwhelmed. But at the mercy of the renting outlets sprouting in every visible corner in Kathmandu, preparing for trekking in Nepal these days is almost tantamount to equipping yourself for a weekend backpacking trip. Most of the heavy and expensive items are easily available for rent, so you don’t actually have to travel to Nepal with a cartload of gear. We have endeavored to formulate a categorical checklist that gives you a tentative idea regarding the gears and accessories mandatory for you during the trek. The list could vary depending upon the kind of trek you pursue, the terrain, weather conditions, and time of the year. For instance, you don’t need the camp trek equipment when you are on a tea-house trek. This listing below simply serves as a guideline and you can always have your own checklist. It is always preferable to pack light and the key to this is to carry the gears and accessories that have multidimensional uses.
Clothing and Footwear:
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others
-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.
-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens
Toiletries and hygiene:
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Basic first aid kit
Trekking is an all inclusive journey which means you only need cash for your personal expenses and food in Kathmandu. At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation with as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical or emotional. .All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be provided to you hassle free before your arrival. On the walk, you will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio. On the trek, we offer you an open/select menu option which means you can choose your food directly from the menu.
Our itinerary is designed keeping in mind every aspect like customization, good campsites, real life experiences, etc. (Down jacket, sleeping bag, and waterproof duffel bag), all the necessary permits for the trek, guide, and support staff, transfers, and transportation Kathmandu, etc. are included. The cost is mentioned in the inclusion
- Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
- Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
- Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
- In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
- Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
- Drink at least three liters of water a day
- Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
- Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
- However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.
Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.