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Everest Base Camp Premium Trek

Sagarmatha National Park

Everest Base Camp Premium Trek

Duration :   9 Days 9 Nights
The Price :   $4,444.00
Start Location:   Kathmandu
Age Range :   10-75

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Everest Base Camp Premium Trek is an all inclusive Cordial exclusive 9-Days premium trip to the base camp (5364 m / 17599 ft) of Mount Everest. For those unaware, Everest is the highest peak in the world at 8848 m. Moreover, the package besides featuring the perk of luxurious 4-5 Star accommodations where available, has an additional full on helicopter ride as well. The helicopter ride begins from Kathmandu Airport and takes the travelers all the way to Lukla Airport. The airlift will then again be available for the return journey from Gorakshep to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.


Flight to Lukla

The journey begins with a thrilling 50 minute helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Despite being constructed in 1964 and paved in 2001, Lukla is still considered to be one of the most challenging airports in the world. Here you will meet with your supportive staff and begin your trek towards Everest.


The trip begins with the spectacular view of the Himalayas and a historic insight into the Sherpa Culture. Here you will also have a chance to unveil the ever mysterious existence of Yeti, the abominable snowman. The Yeti is believed to be an ape-like creature purported to inhabit the Himalayan mountain range in Asia. Many dubious articles have been offered in an attempt to prove the existence of the Yeti, including anecdotal visual sightings, disputed video recordings, photographs, and plaster casts of large footprints. Of course some of these are speculated or known to be hoaxes.


Namche Bazaar

The next halt for your trek will be at Namche Bazaar. It is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region. Namche Bazaar is also popular among trekkers for altitude acclimatization. The town has a number of lodgings and stores catering to the needs of visitors as well as a number of internet cafés. Additionally, there are German bakeries, little cafes and many restaurants in the town as well. Moreover, there is also an Irish pub, said to be the highest and most remote Irish pub in the world. A popular local meal is yak steak. On Saturday mornings, a weekly market is held in the center of the village.


Tengboche Monastery

The Tengboche Monastery highlights the next remarkable landmark of your journey. Nonetheless, it is the oldest and biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. Furthermore, there is a belief that the mountaineers and trekkers pray for a successful trip here before proceeding towards their final destination.



Gorak Shep or Gorakshep is a small settlement that sits on the edge of a frozen lakebed covered with sand in Nepal with the same name. It is found at an elevation of 5,164 meters (16,942 ft) elevation, near Mount Everest. Also, in recent times, more modern amenities have become available in the region, such as high-speed internet access.


Everest Base Camp

The base camps are rudimentary campsites at the base of Mount Everest that are used by mountain climbers during their ascent and descent. Supplies are shipped to the Base Camp by porters, and with the help of animals, usually yaks. Not only do climbers rest at base camp for acclimatization, but also it reduces the risk of altitude sickness.


Kala Patthar

A notable landmark, Kala Patthar (5,644.5 m / 18,519 ft) is located on the south ridge of Pumori above Gorakshep. Kala Patthar is very popular with trekkers as it provides the most accessible closeup view of Everest.


Helicopter ride back to Kathmandu via Lukla

Finally, the memorable trip ends with a thrilling helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla. The 15 minute flight in the Everest region will imprint a memory that lasts a lifetime. It features a close up view of the surrounding mountains and an eagle eye view of the higher Himalayas. After a short halt (30 minutes) for refueling in Lukla, the travelers then continue their journey towards Kathmandu.


Note: The premium package adds the perks of a helicopter ride from KTM-Lukla-KTM and Gorakshep-Lukla with 5 Star accommodation in Kathmandu and 4 Star accommodation (where available) in the mountains. 


Trek Map


Helicopter Ride


Additional Information on Everest Base Camp Premium Trek:


Booking Your Everest Premium Trek:

We are now offering maximum flexibility for our guests’ convenience to book their trips into the Everest region for 2024 and 2025. You may thus choose a date that best suits your schedule. Regarding your booking, please select one of the two available options. You may either pay USD 200 per person as a deposit amount to confirm your trip. Or, you may as well pay the full amount of USD 4444 to confirm your trip. If you want to go for the booking option, the remaining is payable via Online / Card Swipe / Cash. We also accept all convertible currencies including USD, AUD, CAD, EURO, GBP, SGD, etc. when you arrive in Kathmandu.


Booking Your International Flight:

For your 9 Days Everest Premium Trek, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu on Day 1 and depart on Day 10. However, having some extra one or two buffer days can prevent any issues with your return tickets.


Packing for the Everest Base Premium Trek:

Please click here for a complete checklist of your Everest Base Camp Premium Trek. Be sure to read it carefully and pack accordingly as per your personal preferences.


Arrival Information:

Once you’ve booked your flight tickets, please share the details with us. Our airport representatives will then be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, holding our official name ‘Cordial Trek’ and your nameplate as you exit the airport terminal. Additionally, if you’re arriving earlier, we can arrange accommodation for extra nights and add-on tours as well for additional cost and provide complimentary airport pickup.


Flight to Lukla and Return:

Your trip package includes Kathmandu (KTM) – Lukla (LUA) – Kathmandu (KTM) two way return helicopter flight tickets as well. The trip begins on Day 2 of your arrival with a 50 minutes early morning helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Regarding your return, you will board the helicopter flight back to Kathmandu on Day 9 from Lukla Airport.


Trek Starting and Ending Days:

The actual trekking days are from Day 2 to Day 9. You’ll fly to Lukla on Day 2 to commence the trek and return back to Lukla on Day 9. On the same day (Day 9), you’ll fly back to Kathmandu and be transferred to your hotel. Expect to spend 7 nights and 8 days completing the EBC Premium Trek. You’ll begin your trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and back to Lukla via a helicopter flight. You will have overnight stays in villages like Phakding, Namche, Deboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep.


Moreover, each day’s trek will begin around 07:30 AM and conclude in the late afternoon with frequent breaks to catch your breath. You’ll have numerous photo opportunities along the way and enjoy breakfast and dinner at the same place, while lunch is en route.


Additionally, your guide will provide you with regular briefings about timing and stops every morning before the trek begins.


Helicopter Flight back to Lukla

The Everest Premium Trek has a special perk of a 15 minutes helicopter ride back to Lukla from Gorakshep on Day 9. After the travelers return back from their trek to Kala Patthar on day nine, a helicopter will escort them back to Lukla Airport.


Accommodation in Kathmandu:

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay in a 5 Star Hotel with twin / double sharing beds.


Accommodation in the Mountains:

During the trek, your accommodation options will be luxurious (4 Star) Yeti Mountain Home for Day 2, Day 3 & Day 4, Hotel Rivendale for Day 5 & Mountain Guest House with private bathroom and hot showers (where available) on Day 6, Day 7 & Day 8. Some days (one or two nights) might have tea houses as your accommodation. Although basic, these tea houses are clean and provide a comfortable place for a good night’s rest.


Food during the trip:

The premium package includes full board meals with hot / cold beverages (no alcoholic drinks) throughout the trip. You may thus choose from a menu offering local and international cuisines for your breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Baggage and Weight Limit:

On your flight to Lukla, the total baggage weight allowance is 20 kgs. Ensure you pack to stay within the 20-kilo limit. If you have any items you don’t need on the trek, you can leave them at the Kathmandu hotel for storage at no cost. Remember to take a photo of your bag-tag and keep it for easy identification in case the original tag is lost.


Drinking Water on the Trek:

Bottled drinking water will be provided to you throughout the trip. However we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottles and treat tap water to reduce single-use plastic bottle waste. We might therefore provide you with water treatment pills and flavorings to enhance the taste. Staying hydrated is essential, so aim to drink more than 4 liters of water every day while trekking.


Electricity, Charging and Wi-Fi:


The premium package includes all the facilities of battery charging and Wi-Fi connectivity. However, please keep in mind that you’re embarking on a trek to the Everest region & some facilities might get disrupted at times due to bad weather conditions. We also recommend against planning to work or conduct online meetings during the trek, allowing you to fully enjoy the mountain experience.


Cash for Extras and Tipping:

You will need no extra cash other than your alcoholic drinks or any personal expenses. But please set aside USD 150 to 200 for tipping your guide and porter. The amount can vary based on the level of service provided by the field staff members.


Availability of Guide & Porter:

Every premium traveler will be provided with a private porter and an experienced guide. The baggage however must be limited to a maximum of 20 kgs (flying limits). Moreover, both guide and porter will be fully insured and well equipped with necessary items and first aid kit.


Highlights of Everest Premium Trek:


1. Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364 m)
2. A thrilling helicopter flight to and from Lukla Airport
3. Helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla on Day 9
4. Trek inside Sagarmatha National Park
5. Explore Namche Bazar
6. Experience Sherpa culture and traditions
7. Five Star Category Accommodation in Kathmandu
8. Luxurious accommodation in the mountains

Places You’ll See :

Travel Itinerary:

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (Max Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On the first day of your trip, you will be arriving in Kathmandu via Tribhuvan International Airport. A Cordial Trek representative will greet and pick you up from the airport. You will then check into a hotel and be briefed about your upcoming trek and get introduced to your guide.


Accommodation: '5 Star' Hotel  


Meals Available: Dinner

Day 2 : Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (Max Altitude: 2800 m / 9187 ft)

On the second day of your trip you will be taking a 50 min helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary airstrip at Lukla, one of the most challenging airports in the world. Here you will meet with your support staff (porter). You will then trek down to Phakding for about 3-4 hours. Phakding is a small town that lies on the banks of river Dudhkoshi. You might as well have a small detour to the monasteries and explore the town of Phakding in the afternoon. The max altitude you might be facing on this day is 2800 m / 9187 ft at Lukla.


Approximate Trek Distance: 7 km / 4.3 miles


Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home  


Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (Max Altitude: 3438 m / 11280 ft)

On the third day of your trip, you will be hiking (6-7 hours) from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. Here you will be exploring the Manjo village, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. On your way, you will cross over the river Dudh Koshi to Thaple Danda via Hillary Bridge, one of the highest suspension bridges in Nepal. Here you will also be getting your first glance at Mount Everest. Namche Bazaar, the home of Sherpas and gateway to Everest Base Camp (EBC) will be your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 8 km / 4.9 miles


Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home  


Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 : Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar (Max Altitude: 3438 m / 11280 ft)

The day is to explore Namche Bazaar and get acclimatized to the altitude of 3438 meters. Acclimatization must be considered as an essential part of your journey to Everest Base Camp. Here you will be guided to Everest View Hotel, the highest altitude (3800 m) placed luxury hotel in the world that gives you a spectacular view of a wide range of peaks including Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Tabuche, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Everest itself. The halt for the night will again be at Namche Bazaar.


Approximate Trek Distance: 3 km / 1.8 miles


Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home  


Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Deboche (Max Altitude: 3820 m / 14305 ft)

On day five, you will be trekking from Namche Bazaar to Deboche. The trek spans over approximately 6 hours and takes you to an elevation of 3820 m / 14305 ft. On your way you will be exploring the Monastery of Tengboche, the ethnic village of Sherpas and chatting with the buddhist monks.


Approximate Trek Distance: 9 km / 5.5 miles


Accommodation: Hotel Rivendell  


Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 : Trek from Deboche to Dingboche (Max Altitude: 4360 m / 14305 ft)

On day six you will be trekking from Deboche to Dingboche. The trek spans over approximately 5 hours and takes you to an elevation of 4360 m / 14305 ft. On your way you will be passing through river Lobuche and river Imja to Imja valley itself before ascending towards Dingboche.


Approximate Trek Distance: 9 km / 5.5 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House with private bathroom   


Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 : Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (Max Altitude: 4940 m / 16207 ft)

On day seven of your trek you will be continuing to ascend towards Lobuche, a small hamlet in Solukhumbu District in the Himalayas to the south of Khumbu Glacier. The settlement, consisting of several huts, is located at an elevation of 4,940 meters.


Approximate Trek Distance: 7 km / 4.3 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House  


Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 : Trek from Lobuche to GorakShep to EBC (Max Altitude: 5364m / 17599 ft)

On day eight you will be trekking up from Lobuche to Gorakshep, a small settlement at an elevation of 5,164 meters (16,942 ft) to the final destination of your trip, the Everest Base Camp (EBC) at an altitude of 5364m / 17599 ft. The base camps are rudimentary campsites at the base of Mount Everest that are used by mountain climbers during their ascent and descent. You will be returning back to Gorakshep in the late afternoon for a night halt.


Approximate Trek Distance: 12 km / 7.4 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House  


Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 : Trek to Kala Patthar and Helicopter Ride back to Kathmandu (Max Altitude: 5545 m / 18193 ft)

In the early morning of day nine, you will be taking a 3 hour round trip to Kala Patthar from Gorakshep. Kala Patthar, a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Mt. Pumori provides the most accessible closeup view of Mt. Everest. It also provides a panoramic view of Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Changtse and Mt. Lhotse among others.


You will then take a 15 min helicopter ride back to Lukla in the early afternoon.


After a short halt for refueling at Lukla, you will then again take a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu. In the evening you will be awarded with a Trip Certificate and be bidded a final farewell.


You might then take a departure home the next day (we will drop you at the airport 3 hours before your flight) or book any other new trips with us.


Approximate Trek Distance: 3 km / 1.8 miles


Accommodation: '5 Star' Hotel in Kathmandu  


Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


How can I get my ‘On Arrival’ Nepal Visa?

Any international traveler arriving by air can get an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at ‘Tribhuvan International Airport’ in Kathmandu. ‘Overland Travelers‘ may acquire an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at the entry points of Nepal-China / Nepal-India border at following locations:

Kakarbhitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Optional: You may also get a Visa prior to your arrival in Nepal from ‘Nepalese Diplomatic Missions‘ from your respective nations.

Note: You must carry your valid passport and two passport size photographs (35 x 45 mm / 3.5 x 4.5 cm) along with you upon your arrival in Nepal for a Visa. Travelers from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Syria and Zimbabwe however require to submit a pre-application at Nepal Consular Services in their respective nations for a Nepal Visa.  

Will I be ‘Received’ upon my arrival in the Airport?

Yes, you will be received by a Cordial Trek Airport Representative with your ‘Name Sign’ on our organizational placard upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu

What is the weight limit for luggage during my trekking days?

Every traveler is allowed up to 15 kilograms / 33 pounds of luggage during all of their domestic flights over mountainous regions in Nepal. A traveler is however allowed to carry a total of 30 kilograms / 66 pounds of luggage during their domestic flights elsewhere in Nepal.  


All porters available at your service (one porter for every two travelers) can carry a maximum of 25 kilograms / 55 pounds each. You are therefore allowed to load a maximum of 12.5 kilograms / 27 pounds of luggage to your porter during your trekking days.

What about the communication services available during the trekking days?

All hotels and guest houses in the city area are available with free WiFi hotspots. Also, all travelers with a valid passport and a photograph are allowed to purchase a SIM Card (included with this premium package) upon their arrival in Nepal. There are 2G3G and 4G services available with major carriers all over Nepal. 

What are the permits required for this trip?

You need not worry about any permits required. We will make preparations for all the documents and travel permits (including TIMS and National Park Permit) required for your Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek.

Can I book this package as a solo traveler?

Yes, we do book a solo traveler. However a single traveler surcharge may be applied.

What about the foods / meals during my trekking days?

You will be provided with full board meals as well as hot / cold beverages with this premium package throughout your trip. You may however choose to purchase your additional meals / beverages where available.


Full board meal mentioned above includes breakfast with an omelet / boiled egg, toasts / local bread and one porridge with fried potatoes.


During your lunch you will be provided with Dal-Bhat-Tarkari, the most famous Nepalese food that contains rice and pulse / lentil with curries (vegetables / chicken) and pickle. Optionally you may choose your lunch for fried noodles with eggs / chicken / vegetables as well.


For your dinner you will have an option to choose between Dal-Bhat-Tarkari / Pizza / MoMo / Spaghetti. 

How hard is Everest Base Camp Trek?

Everest Base Camp Trek is a comparatively challenging trek as it includes high altitude hikes. However many successful attempts have been made by children less than 12 years of age and elders above 75 years of age. The difficulty mostly relies upon your will power and physical fitness. The extremities you must expect here include a 6-7 hours hike with tea breaks in between. 


Additionally, Cordial Trek also provides you with an experienced trek guide capable of first aid services and other assistance.

Which location(s) include the Helicopter ride?

According to the package, you will fly from KTM-Lukla-KTM and Gorakshep-Lukla on a helicopter ride. 


Note: Any extremely unfavorable weather conditions may result in cancellation of all flight schedules.

What items should I bring (or buy in Kathmandu) for this trip?

You may bring (or buy in Kathmandu) following items for this trip:


1. Warm clothes including a down jacket / puffer jacket, inner wears, hats, a beanie, gloves, neck gaiter, hiking boots, warm socks, a towel and a pair of hiking pants as well.


2. A Daypack (25-30 liters)


3. Backpack (A duffle bag will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)


4. Sleeping bag (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)


5. Trekking Poles (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)


6. A Camelbak or a water bottle


7. A sunscreen 


8. A sunglass


9. A headlamp for night use


10.  Your toiletries

Are there any hidden costs?

No this premium package do not have any hidden costs. Your payment includes all excluding any gratitude / tips for your guide & porter. However any alcoholic beverages are not included in your pay.

What's Included

  • 5 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Airport Tax
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bottled Drinking Water
  • Company T-shirt
  • First Aid
  • Full Board Meals
  • Guide and Porter
  • Helicopter Ride
  • Hot / Cold Drinks
  • Hot Shower
  • Monuments Entrance Fee
  • Mountain Guest House
  • National Park Fee
  • Necessary Equipment
  • Specially Abled Friendly
  • Travel Permits
  • Trekking Map
  • WiFi

What's Excluded

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratitude for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance
  • International Flight Tickets
  • Nepal Visa
  • Personal Expenses


  • Helicopter Ride
  • Hiking
  • Snow and Ice
  • Sunrise
  • Trekking

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