Everest Base Camp Trek

Hi! I`m currently looking for a trekking partner. I`m not an experience trekker, just made a vow last year to reach Everest Base Camp in May 2015.That is why I`m flying to Kathmandu on 8 May. As I`m traveling alone, it would be great to have a nice company to share this experience with.
My plan is to spend couple of days in Kathmandu, get all the permits, fly to Lukla and trek to Everest Base Camp. Booked my flight back home on 30 May in order to have enough time in case of possible flight delays in Lukla and also for altitude adaptation. My budget is limited, so was planning to skip out on a guide, but I may change my mind if a group of 3-5 of us want to split the cost.
If anyone is interested let me know and we can figure out the details together!



18 replies
  1. Hi Irina, as far as I know you are not allowed to trek without a guide in Nepal anymore. So I advise you to check on this before you go.

    • Hi Natasha!
      Thanks a lot for your advice. As far as I know this restriction is not an obligation,but I’ll definitely doublecheck it before my departure. Thank you again.Irina

  2. Hi Irina, I will be arriving on the 10th and I am planning on starting my trek on the 11th as well. So far I have reached out to a company to hire a guide/porter, but nothing has been finalized. Let me know how your plans go. I would rather do this with a few ppl than by myself.

    • Hi!!
      Truly happy to hear from you. I`m pretty flexible about the whole trek and it would be cool to have a great company.Have an approximate schedule thou, but feel free to add any changes.
      Here is it:) Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu. Day 2: Preparation day. Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, first day of trekking. Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Day 5: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m). Day 7: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4410m). Day 8:Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and a local excursion. Day 9: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) via Dongla (4620m). Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140m) and on to Everest Base Camp! Day 11: Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) for sunrise and down to Pheriche (4243m). Day 12:Trek from Pheriche to Phortse (3810m). Day 13:Trek from Phortse to Khumjung (3790m). Day 14:Khumjung to Phakding (2640m). Day 15: Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2800m). Day 16: Flight back to Kathmandu.
      Ideally wanted to do it without guide/porter assistance but I am not that critical about it. Have you already got an offer regarding the itinerary from that company and do you know the approximate cost?

    • Hi!I had to cancel everything as well. It`s just horrible what is happening… Hope to go to Nepal in November to volunteer. thanks again for a great discussion.

  3. Here is the itinerary and the cost was about $20 a day + transportation cost. This is for Guide/Porter (basically a junior guide). This itinerary looks very similar to what you have except for the descend. I am planning on leaving from Katmandu on the 24th of May, so I am not sure if this will work for you.
    Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. Proceed to Hotel (Everest or similar category)
    Day 2: Fly to Lukla (9200 ft.) & Trek to Phakding (2 hrs approx.).Overnight at Phakding. (8,700 ft.)
    Day 3: Trek to Namche (6-7 hrs approx.). Overnight at Namche.(11,318 ft.)
    Day 4: Rest day in Namche. Overnight at Namche. (11,318 ft.)
    Day 5: Trek to Tengboche (6-7 hrs approx.). Overnight at Tengboche. (12,677 ft.)
    Day 6: Trek to Dingboche (3-4 hrs approx.). Overnight at Dingboche. (14,107 ft.)
    Day 7: Rest day in Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche. (14,107 ft.)
    Day 8: Trek to Tukla/Tugla (2-3 hrs approx.). Overnight at Tukla/Tulga. (14,271 ft.)
    Day 9: Trek to Lobuche (3-4 hrs approx.). Overnight at Lobuche. (16174 ft.)
    Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (4-5 hrs approx.). Visit Kala Patthar peak (18,205 ft.) and back to Gorak Shep (3 hrs approx.).
    Overnight at Gorak Shep.

    Day 11: Trek to Pangboche (8-9 hrs approx.). Overnight at Pangboche. (13,074 ft.)

    Day 12: Trek to Namche (8-9 hrs approx.). Overnight at Namche. (11,318 ft.)

    Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2-3 hrs approx.). Overnight at Lukla. (9,514 ft.)

    Day 14: Flight to Kathmandu – rest day at Kathmandu free time for souvenir buying – Overnight at Kathmandu

    • I plan to spend a week in Kathmandu after the trek so your itinerary works perfectly for me.Have some contacts of guides as well. Let me just check the possible cost of such trek with them.Will let you know asap.

    • Looks like the cost is more or less the same everywhere.I suppose this price doesn’t include insurance and the cost of permits,right?

    • The $20/day includes food, accommodation and insurance. From what I am reading, transportation will be about $100. I am also reading that Guides can be hired at Lukla. Although, they will not have any insurance. I am open to any option. We can meet with the company when we are at Kathmandu and decide?

    • Thought about hiring a guide in Lukla in order to safe some money as well.Lets meet with the company when we both in Kathmandu then.

    • Just contacted an agent that assisted a friend of mine with all the arrangements for such a trek. He can arrange a guide in Lukla so that there is no need to pay for his flight ticket. Also he can help to get the permits and flight tickets.
      He also told me that the cost for one way flight will be $165, national park permit – $30 and Tims permit – $20.
      Looks like the best option for now as he is not going to charge anything for the services.

    • It’s great if it can be arranged from Lukla. Also, I think the fare and permits are slightly different for saarc nationals. I am planning on arriving on the 9th. Do you prefer to start on the 10th?

    • I`m arriving on 9 May as well.As far as I know there is a flight to Lukla in the early morning. Will need to have at least some rest after the flight before the trek, buy some equipment and permits can take time as well. so think it is reasonable to start on 11 May.

    • 11th works fine as well.

    • Hi Irina,

      Not sure if you are still traveling, but based on the current situation in Nepal, I have decided to cancel my trip for now. Thank you for having a great discussion regarding the trip. Hope we cross paths in the future.

  4. I Irina, I will be leaving for Nepal for EBC trek too and would be nice to join you.

    • Hi!!Glad to hear from you!
      When do you arrive to Kathmandu and when do you plan to start the trek?

    • Hi! My dates have not been finalized yet, but starting the trek between 11-14th May will be best for me as I will have to get back home within 30th!