Everest Base Camp

Ultimate Guide to trekking independently


The Everest Base Camp Trek

In our detailed Everest Base Camp Trek documentation you will find everything you need to know about the highest trek in the world. From information on the typical route, day-by-day stories from along the way; tips on trekking independently; notes on budgeting; frequently asked questions; the perfect packing list and much more.

Everest Base Camp Trek | Map of Nepal with trek stages
Mountains and Khumbu glacier

General information

There is no doubt: the best way to visit Nepal is on foot, with its networks of trails formed over centuries by porters, locals, and mountaineers. There lies a happy place, wandering from teahouse to teahouse, taking in the breathtaking beauty of 8000m peaks and the silence of a crystal clear sky.

If you have ever longed to walk in the shadows of the most magnificent mountains on Earth to finally see the top of the world from a stone’s throw away, this is the trek.

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Video Impressions

Everest Base Camp Trek on a budget

After the upfront costs of trekking equipment, flights, and park permits, it’s surprisingly cheap to hike the Everest Base Camp Trek independently.

Check out this post for tips on budgeting and learn how we spent $597 per person for the entire trek.

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Everest Base Camp Trek on a Travelling Budget
Everest Packing list

Packing List

The amount of time we had to plan this trip was limited. We knew the most important task was putting together a solid packing list for all sorts of events.

Here you can find the entire list of gear we brought with us, and we were quite satisfied with the outcome. We never really missed a thing (in fact rather the opposite).

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Frequently asked questions

How flexible is the airline? Do you need mountain climbing experience? How often did you shower?…

Find all the questions we have been asked before.

Drop us a comment or message us if you have any further questions.

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Everest Base Camp Trek | FAQs | Monjo Trekker statistics | Monthly Tourist Record

Top 5 Tips

You are planning on hiking the Everest Base Camp Trek?
Check out these tips!

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Everest Base Camp Trek | Top5 Tips
  1. Chris

    Hey, J & B!
    Absolutely love this. You have done a fantastic job! Slick website design as well. Enjoyed your images, especially the altitude graphics!
    Love that you are sharing your experience is such great detail and helping people like myself to avoid expensive travel agencies.

    Keep it up! Really enjoyed reading!

    • Bella

      Thanks, Chris! Very much appreciate this! Glad you like it! We are still in the beginning, comments like yours really make our day.

  2. AjiMike

    Hi There

    Stumble upon your amazing video on YouTube, subbed. Then I wonder onto this site. Clicked EBC and the first thing I saw was a GPS, a map and a guide book, okay …. And those pictures that keep me glued to Google Earth and topo map, trying to figure out where those shots were taken, ahaa. SUBSCRIBED.

    Keep it simple. Keep it clean. Keep it coming

    • Bella


      Thank you so much for all your kind words! It means a lot! When are you going? 🙂
      If you are not already planning on doing the EBC, you should definitely think about it. We loved Nepal so much that we just decided to go back in spring. (Maybe Annapurna, Langtang, Poon Hill, argh so many options!…) Can’t wait!

      Thanks again! ♥

  3. Where do you get your 3D map images….they are great!

    • Jan

      Hi Darrell,

      we use Photoshop and a plugin called “3D Map Generator – Atlas”. But it is a lot of work to make the maps. Especially the texturing takes a lot of time. For what reason do you need the map if I may ask.


  4. Niklas

    What an amazing website! Thanks for all the effort you have put into this; very much appreciated. I walked from Jiri to Kala Patthar back in Nov-95 (just before the Gokyo avalanches); long before wifi, or even electricity in most places. All we had was a Lonely Planet guide. Am hoping to go back sometime in 2020. This guide really inspired and gave me some really valuable input!

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