Independent Everest BC Trek Maps & Facts 2023

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Everest BC Trek Maps & Facts page provides facts about the new trekking rules, an 8 day itinerary, costs, how to get a porter/guide, accommodation, recommended agencies, maps and GPS tracks.

April 2023 Independent Trekker Rules Change

How to get around the Nepal Tourism Board’s new law that mandates all foreign solo trekkers hire a guide while trekking in Nepal’s mountainous regions. This law will come into effect from 1st April 2023.

There are a lot of locals that are porter/assistant guides in Nepal. Unfortunately they generally only find work through Agencies in Kathmandu at very minimal wages. I have always tried to hire my guides/porters directly at the trail head so that I can pay them a fare wage. However, this can be hit and miss or time consuming.

If you are going to the Everest Region I suggest you give Pemba Nuru Sherpa a call +977 984 286 8763 (WhatsApp) and he can setup a local porter/guide for you from Lukla. He is a local Guesthouse owner and not an Agency. See “If You Just Need A Porter” after the Itnerary.

Everest BC Trek Itinerary

Day 1: March 7, 2023
Kathmandu flight to Lukla
Lukla to Monjo (7.5 hrs)
Altitudes (1400 – 2840 – 2835)
Everest Pilgrim Lodge

Day 2: March 8, 2023
Monjo to Namche Bazaar (1.5 hrs)
Lunch break (1 hr)
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (6 hrs)
Altitudes (2835 – 3440 – 3860)
Trekkers Lodge

Day 3: March 9, 2023
Tengboche to Dingboche (4.5 hrs)
Altitudes (3860 – 4410)
Bright Star Lodge

Day 4: March 10, 2023
Dingboche to Lobuche (4 hrs)
Lobuche to Pyramid (1 hr)
Pyramid to Gorak Shep (3 hrs)
Altitudes (4410 – 4910 – 4970 – 5140)
Yeti Lodge

Day 5: March 11, 2023
Gorak Shep to EBC (3 hrs)
Return to Gorak Shep (1.5 hrs)
Gorak Shep to Lobuche (2 hrs)
Altitudes (5140 – 5364 – 5140 – 4910
Sherpa Lodge

Day 6: March 12, 2023
Lobuche to Tengboche via Pheriche (7 hrs)
Altitudes (4910 – 4240 – 3860)
Trekkers Lodge

Day 7: March 13, 2023
Tengboche to Lukla (10 hrs)
Altitudes (3860 – 2840)
Sherpa Kitchen Lodge

Day 8: March 14, 2023
Lukla Flight back to Kathmandu
Altitudes (2840 – 1400)

If you Just Need A Porter Or Bed in Lukla

Pemba Nuru Sherpa (Sherpa Kitchen Lodge & Restaurant in Lukla)
+977 984 286 8763 (WhatsApp)

He can arrange a local porter/guide. Expect to pay around 2000 NRS a day. Generally the local porter/guide can carry his own gear and reasonable amounts of gear from one-two trekkers. Be smart and never carry more than 10-15 kg. All guesthouses in Kathmandu have unlimited and free baggage storage, so leave it behind if it is not absolutely necessary.

A Porter/Guide Beyond Everest

While trekking I also met Sauman, who is both a Porter and an Assist Guide. He charges around 2500 NRS per day and can be reached directly at +977 984 281 9770 (WhatsApp).

If you Need An Agency

(see Nepal Trekking App for details)

Himalaya Hub – Puru RImal +977 984 923 4135
Nepal Mountain Adventures – Bimal Giri +977 984 429 0054
Nepal Environmental Treks – Mahesh +977 984 184 3931
Makalu Adenture – Mohan Lamsal +977 985 103 7083

Kathmandu Transport Ticket Agent

There are many ticket agents in Thamel as well as trekking agencies that can provide transportation tickets, however the trekking agencies will really try to push you into a package so my advice is to look for travel agents, not trekking agents, if you only want a jeep, bus or airline ticket/advice.

Need a Bed in Kathmandu (price low to high)

(see Nepal Trekking App for details)

Hotel Yog (& Hostel)
WanderThirst Hostels
Thamel Echo Resort
Hotel Excelsior
Kathmandu Guesthouse


cost range

Total Cost Range of this Activity is: $$$

Cost Details*:

Flight to/from Kathmandu-Lukla ($196 each)**
Food & Bed ($20 per day max)
Lukla Tourism Fee (2000 NRS)
Solukhumbu National Park Fee (3000 NRS)
Ktm to/from Airport taxi
Total $585
2023 prices,
* 7 days trekking expenses and 8th morning flight from Lukla to KTM,
** 3000 NRS jeep alternative KTM-Sallari with +3 days walk to Lukla.

Airfare to Nepal

I have started visiting Nepal again because of the cheap and direct tickets available from FlyDubai. With direct flights from Dubai to Kathmandu and all the other connection options to Dubai, it has become much easier to visit Nepal (and cheaper) than in the old days of transiting through Delhi.

2023 Everest Trek Permits

These permits can be purchased at the Lukla and park checkpoints. No TIMs card or photos are required. Just Nepali rupees and your passport.

Everest BC Trek Map & Route

Download just the Everest Base Camp trek GPS EBC.gpx track file.

Download the 16 Trek GPS gpx track files from the GPS Tracks page.

Download the free mobile Trekking Nepal App for more route and trek options.

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