• Updated on Apr 23, 2024

Everest Base Camp Trek has always been one of the bucket lists for adventure lovers in many ways. Everest is not a trek, it is a pristine journey into the Himalayas, into the base of the highest mountain in the world.

The trail to the Everest Base Camp has always been one of the best destinations for trekkers, exploring the untouched Himalayas, the unique culture, the vibrant spiritual environment, and the Sherpa Hospitality.

Moreover, ascending from the lowland into the Himalayas will be a majestic trip, exploring the vegetation, visiting the monasteries, chorten, spinning prayer wheels, and the praying flags fluttering with the wind, etc, as one ascends higher.

The voyage towards Everest will be a memorable trip and the beauty always to remember for a lifetime. The range of the Himalayas awaits travelers with its wonders and the scenic adventure is just a WOW!

Himalayas have always remained a deep-rooted connection with the people living in India, due to their vibrant spiritual connection carrying religious importance, a place where you can still feel its spiritual power. For ages and still, the Himalayas are regarded as a spiritual place to be and an abode of gods and goddesses, all this makes a close connection with the Himalayas.

Although the altitude of the base camp of Mount Everest is higher, there are multiple ways to skip the high altitude during the trek. Trekkers who are worried about the high altitude but desperate to explore the Base Camp of Everest can spend the last overnight camp at LOBUCHE (4910M), skipping the GORAKSHEP (5140M).

However, spending a night in Gorakshep will not be a difficult task for first-time trekkers who have trekked acclimatizing themselves because the day you reach the Gorakshep, you will be doing a day tour to the Base Camp of Mount Everest (5364M). This helps one to acclimatize and then descend to Gorakshep (5140M) for an overnight stay.

Everest Base Camp Trek can be customized with multiple options depending upon one's physical level and the trek's time frame. This can be the shortest starting from 9 days to a maximum of 17 days for the senior citizen.

However, the alternative option can also be to take a Helicopter ride from Gorakshep, the last overnight camp to avoid the same way to descend. This will further decrease the number of days.

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Standard Itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the unique trails in self and the success of reaching the Base Camp for trekkers is determined by his/her fitness level and also the ability to cope with the altitude more important is how you have designed the itinerary for the trek.

The first and foremost point for trekkers to make their trek to the Base Camp a success is to follow the regular and standard ITIENARY, which is 12 days starting from Kathmandu and ending in Kathmandu.

This 12-day trek includes a 2-night acclimatization day and on that particular day, you will be hiking to the hill station to explore the Himalayas and also to make your body acclimatize with the high altitude. This will provide sufficient time for trekkers to maintain their pace and help the body cope with the drastic change in altitude.

Acclimatizing one night in Namche Bazaar will allow you to Hike to Everest View Hotel (3880M) and the other night in Dingbuche will help you hike towards Nagtsang Hill (5091M). This will be helpful for any trekkers including first-time trekkers, this will be the best to follow.

However, Everest Base Camp Trek can be accomplished in multiple ways and also the number of days can go as low as 7 Days when one takes a Helicopter Return Option. Further, if one is physically fit and has trekking experience then 9-10 Days is another option for EBC Trek. This will be a trek instead of a Heli return and without acclimatizing.

Moreover, while following the perfect standard itinerary, it takes 8 days to reach Everest Base Camp from Kathmandu and while descending, it will take 4 days to reach Kathmandu. This makes a total of 12-Day Everest Base Camp Trek.

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Regular Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary for Indian Citizens

Day 1: Flight to Lukla and Trek to Monjo

Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day 3: Acclimatization Day, Day Hike to Everest View Hotel

Day 4: Trek to Debuche

Day 5: Trek to Dingbuche

Day 6: Acclimatization Day, Day Hike to Nagtsang Hill

Day 7: Trek to Lobuche

Day 8: Trek to Gorakshep and Day Tour to Everest Base Camp

Day 9: Hike to Kalapatthar and Descend to Pheriche

Day 10: Descend to Namche Bazaar

Day 11: Descend to Lukla

Day 12: Flight to Kathmandu

Trip Cost Includes:

  • All Ground Transportation to/from Domestic Airport
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Flight Ticket
  • All the Trekking Permits for the trek:
  • Sagarmanta National Park Permits
  • Pasang Lhamnu Permits
  • TIMS Permits
  • Registered and Experienced Hindi and English-speaking Sherpa Guide
  • Full Board Meal (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the Trek
  • Trekking Pole for the trek
  • Duffle Bag during the trek
  • First Aid Medical Kit
  • Trip Achievement Certificate
  • All Government Tax and Service Charges

Trip Cost Excludes:

  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Personal Expenses (WIFI, Hot Shower, Hot/Cold Drinks, Electronic Charging, Mineral Water etc)
  • Porter to Carry your Bags

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost for Indian Citizens ONLY

  • Single Trekkers INR 83000
  • 2 to 6 Trekkers INR 75000 Per Person
  • 7 to 10 Trekkers INR 68500 Per Person

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Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary for Senior Indian Citizen

For Senior Indian Citizens with first-time trekking experience, we recommended to follow a comfortable itinerary in a more relaxing and easy way. This will be a 5 hours hike every day with acclimatization as you ascend higher.

However, you can customize the Itinerary, if this doesn’t fall under your timeframe.

Day 1: Flight to Lukla and Trek to Thado Koshi

Day 2: Trek to Jorsale

Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day 4: Acclimatization Day, Hike to Everest View Hotel

Day 5: Trek to Kumjum

Day 6: Trek to Debuche

Day 7: Trek to Dingbuche

Day 8: Acclimatization Day, Hike to Nagtsang Hill

Day 9: Trek to Tukla

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep and Day Tour to EBC

Day 12: Descend to Pheriche

Day 13: Descend to Tengbuche

Day 14: Descend to Monjo

Day 14: Descend to Lukla

Day 15: Flight to Kathmandu

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Best Part of Everest Base Camp Trek for Indian

Trekking to the Everest is one of the best destinations in many ways. This is a trail leading one to the base of the highest mountain on earth. Moreover, the trail will take you through the lush green vegetation into the bare Himalayas.

Exploring the enchanting mountains, local daily lifestyle, and exotic religious practices and visiting the enchanting Monastery will be one of the best advantages of this entire trip to the Everest Base Camp.

Apart from Nature, you will be able to explore the wide ranges of the Himalayas over 8000+ meters including Mount Everest. The Khumbu Glacier, the Himalayan lakes, snow-melted rivers, suspension bridges, etc will be mesmerizing views. If you are trekking during SPRING and AUTUMN, you will be able to visit the EXPEDITION group at the Base Camp preparing for the Everest Summit.

What are the Permits required to trek Everest Trek for Indian Citizens

Regarding Permits for the EBC, it remains the same for all nationalities. However, one best parts for Indian Citizens is that, if they hold valid Indian Documents, such as a Passport, Voter ID Card, or Adhar Card. You will need to pay 35% less for the Permits and for the flights. This makes EBC Trek comparatively budget-friendly for Indian Citizens.

Permits required for INDIAN CITIZENS are:

a. Sagarmatha National Park Permits

b. Pasang Lhamnu Permtis

c. TIMS Permits

Accommodation during the trek

During the Everest Base Camp Trek accommodation will be Hotel/Lodge and Tea House. Standard hotels and lodges with attached bathrooms are possible at lower altitudes.

However, as you ascend higher those tea houses/lodges will have common sharing toilets on every floor. Rooms are warm with 2 separate beds along with a tick mattress and warm blanket.

Rooms will be standard for trekkers and a comfortable place to spend overnight.

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Food during the trek

Although EBC is a remote trek into the Himalayas, trekkers will have multiple options for delicious foods. As the lodges and tea houses are run by the family members, they are clean and tidy with lavish kitchens and multiple options for fresh food.

You will have a menu in every lodge/tea house and can select from the menu to eat of your interest including continental, Chinese, Indian, Nepali, Italian, etc.

Drinking Water during the trek

Water is one of the main things that plays a vital role for trekkers and helps hydrate. So drinking a sufficient amount of water during the trek is very important.

During the EBC Trek, one can easily find water everywhere. This can be from the tap or from the hotel itself. Water is mainly refilled in the bottle you carry and is purified mineral water processed with German technology and refilled in a Jar of 20 Liters. Trekkers can refill those upon payment of a certain sum of amount.

However, if you want to use Tap water then you can use a tablet or liquid (Aqua-guard) to purify to drink. Those will be free of cost.

Guide and Porter During the trek

For Indian Citizens, you can take a Guide and a Porter or a Porter Cum Guide for the Everest Trek. Guide or Porter cum Guide will be able to speak English and also Hindi together. So, there won’t be any problem with the communication.

Moreover, they are experienced and well-trained staff, who can tell you about the importance of culture, religion, and the Himalayas. Their guidance will be an assist throughout the trek. They will not only guide you in the mountains but will also assist you in times of emergency.

They will help you to reserve your accommodation in the mountain before your arrival and will update you with all the latest changes in the weather conditions.

Alternative Trail to EBC for Indian Citizens

Everest Base Camp which lies in the Khumbu Region of Nepal is one of the diverse areas of the Himalayas. The trail will take you to numerous areas of the region, from the low altitude to the highest Pass to the Lakes of the Himalayas

Trekkers can extend according to their interests and time frame and can extend or divert towards Gokyo, Three Pass, Ama Dablam, etc.

Moreover, if one is worried about the long trek but desperate to explore the ranges of the Himalayas, then the possible option will be to trek halfway towards Namche Bazaar and explore the entire range to the Himalayas including Mount Everest from the Everest View Hotel. This will be a short hike from Namche Bazaar.

Is EBC Cheaper to Indians compared to other Citizens?

Everest Base Camp Trek is comparatively cheaper for Indian Citizens as compared to other citizens. However, you will need to provide legal documents (Passport or Adhar Card, etc,.) to claim special privileges given to Indian Citizens.

Everest Base Camp which lies in the Khumbu Region is a pristine trail and the entire region falls under UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites. Thus, trekkers will need certain permits to enter. However, for Indian Citizens, there will be a discount on the Permits.

Apart from Permits, Indian Citizens will have the best price for the flight ticket to/from Lukla. As Lukla is the gateway to Everest Base Camp and the entire Everest region. Trekkers will need to take a short flight to Lukla on the first day and then hike towards the overnight destination and the trail remains the same onwards.

Finally, on the last day, you will need to take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. This flight minimizes the trekking days lesser.

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How to Trek Everest Base Camp from India

The trekking point for Everest Base Camp is to reach Kathmandu, the gateway to the Himalayas of Nepal. Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and holds only one International Airport (Active).

Trekkers at the very beginning need to arrive in Kathmandu and Indian Citizens, can fly to Kathmandu via Delhi or drive through the land border, to enter Nepal, Indian Citizens don’t need to pay any visa fees. However, we recommend you come with a Passport or Adhar Card or any official documents.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will need to take a domestic flight to Lukla and the rest journey continues according to the Day to day-to-day itinerary and ends in Kathmandu via a flight from Lukla.

Everest Base Camp Tour from India is comparatively cheaper when you hold an Indian Citizenship. This is so because of the cultural and political relationship between the two countries. For Indian Citizens, a visa to enter Nepal is free, and also domestic flight tickets and permits for the trek is cheaper.

Kumar Lamsal

Kumar Lamsal

Kumar is one of the Co-founders and Managing directors of Discover Altitude holding 18 years of experience in the tourism sector of Nepal. He has trekked to almost all the popular regions of Nepal and is an authorized trekking and tour guide.

Started his career as a porter to support his study, now holds MPhil and LLB degree, and is doing his Ph.D. in religious studies. He loves traveling to the Himalayas and has deep knowledge about religion, culture, and history.

Kumar is also involved in the teaching sector as a part-timer to deliver his research related to the cultural and religious diversity of Nepal and is the one who mostly answers your queries giving them his personal touch through his decade-long experience.