The trek to Everest camp base is one of the most adventurous and thrilling treks in Asia, which along with different kinds of trails also has the enchanting scenic natural beauty to please you with. The camp base, located in the Khumbu region of Nepal, is the gateway to the highest mountain peak in the world, therefore it’s also called “steps to heaven”. The trekkers would garner a wholesome experience of himalayan culture for as long as 12 days as they trail through the different himalayan villages with each composting its unique culture. The plan of expedition of the Everest Base Camp is tailored such that trekkers don’t feel burdened and get a good time to spend around the different sites they pass by during the journey. During the trek while passing through its shaded trails, rough and steep terrains you’d get to explore the beautiful sunset views from the sightseeing location in the village Dingboche.
Each day of the expedition would take a minimum of 4 to 5 hours of trek to complete the journey to the destination point. The leftover hours of the day could be well spent in discovering the place of your stay and at some places you’ll stay mandatorily for acclimatisation purposes, on such days exploring local markets and sightseeing locations would be best. The major and important highlighted places like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery at Dingboche, Imja Khola Valley and other places would be fun to explore as well.
Day 1: It would be a 2 to 3 hours long trek from Lukla to Monjo.
Day 2: Move from Monjo towards Namche Bazaar over a trek of 2 to 3 hours.
Day 3: Stay at Namache for the purpose of acclimatisation. A short stroll of 20 to 30 minutes to Namche Museum.
Day 4: It would be a long day, when you walk to Phunge Tenga from Namche in 3.5 hours, then to Tengboche Monastery in an additional 2.5 hours. Stay at Deoboche village.
Day 5: A 3 hour long trek from Deoboche via Pangboche. Another 2.5 hours trek to the village of Dingboche.
Day 6: It would be the no-trek day. But you may explore the local sightseeing locations.
Day 7: You’d aim to reach Lobuche by crossing Dudh Koshi river.
Day 8: From Lobuche the trek to Gorak Shep would be arranged. It would take 5 to 7 hours to reach the Base camp and after spending some time there a return to Gorak Shep would be accomplished.
Day 9: Descend back to Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep in around 3 hours.
Day 10: Further descending to Namche Bazaar in a few hours long trek, crossing places like Tengboche and Phungi Thanga.
Day 11: The last trek of 5 hours to Lukla from Namche Bazaar.
Day 12: Transferred back to Kathmandu from Lukla.
Everest Base Camp trekking is a 12 days long expedition and the itinerary of each day is meticulously planned. Therefore, it’s advisable to read the layout of each day plan while choosing for the programme.
Trek Distance: 7 Kms | Duration: 3.5 Hours | Elevation: 2652m
A picturesque flight awaits us as we leave Ramechaap for Lukla, the entry point to the Everest region. With only one runway and a perilous location atop a cliff, this airport ranks among the most risky in the world.
When you get to Lukla, you will meet our representatives waiting to greet you.
Your first hike to Phakding begins after lunch as you follow the Dudh Koshi river's banks.
At Phakding, you spend the night.
Trek Distance: 10 Kms | Duration: 4 Hours | Elevation: 3440m
Prepare for the journey to Namche Bazaar after breakfast.
Huge, verdant mountain ranges frame the path, and the rivers Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi can be seen below on their respective suspension bridges.
You'll be stopping for lunch at Monjo, so stock up on nutritious necessities before continuing on to Namche, as this is the final place to eat before reaching that city.
Ascend a steep trail after receiving your Sagarmatha National Park permits at Jorsalle till you reach Namche Bazar.
On the side of a mountain shaped like an arch, you'll find Namche, the region's traditional commercial hub.
You'll be spending the night in Namche Bazaar.
The whole day you would stay in Namche for acclimatisation.
Spend the day sightseeing, shopping for essential items, exploring coffee shops and bars and finally dining a sumptuous meal at the restaurants.
At Namche Museum there is a lot to know about the history of the place which you can stop by while exploring the colourful Namche Bazaar.
Spend the night in the Mountain lodge/ stay houses of Namche.
Trek Distance: 8.6 Kms | Duration: 5 Hours | Elevation: 3860m
Have a hearty breakfast, and then pack up your things for the day's hike to Tengboche.
Take it slow on this flat and easy trail with stunning views of the Himalayas.
Explore the region and look for native animals like the Himalayan tahr and the monal.
Eat lunch in Phunki Tenga, a little town with teahouses and military outposts.
Discover the Khumbu region's largest Buddhist monastery, Tengboche, at the top of the mountain.
Reaching up to Deboche, make yourself comfortable and eat dinner in your house.
Spend the night in the peaceful town of Deboche, home to a number of monks.
Trek Distance: 11 Kms | Duration: 6 Hours | Elevation: 4360m
The next in the itinerary of Everest Base Camp trekking is passing the village of Pangboche through the Chortens and Mani walls.
In the village is located The Pangboche Monastery, where you’d find the fragmented mummified hand and the legends say that it came from a Yeti.
You would get tired after walking for 14 kms in upto 4 hours, then a lunch treat at Imja valley is a must before descending to Lobuche River.
Night stay would be arranged in Dingboche village for the day.
This another day would be spent in Dingboche for the purpose of acclimatisation and giving yourself some rest.
You would trek upto the sightseeing location of the world's top three mountain peaks- Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and Mount Cho Yu.
A perfect night stay would be arranged in the stay houses of Dingboche.
Trek Distance: 18 Kms | Duration: 4.5 Hours | Elevation: 4940m
You would leave Dingboche on day 7, to trek upto Dusa and along the edge to Dughla town.
While dragging yourself along the flat trail till Dughla you’d get to embrace the most beautiful Mount Everest base camp views of the expedition.
As you keep walking innumerable pinnacles like Taboche (6,542m/21463 ft), Cholatse (6,440m/21129 ft), Ama Dablam (6,856m/22493 ft), and Lhotse (8,516m/27940 ft) would cross your path.
After strolling 18 kms for over 4.5 hours across Dughla pass, you would reach Lobuche.
Finally, concluding your day at a height of 4940 metres, enjoy a tea and your stay at Tea House/ Mountain Lodge at Lobuche.
Trek Distance: 23 Kms | Duration: 6 Hours | Elevation: 5634m (Everest Base Camp)
It would really prove to be an adventurous day when you cover the longest trek so far through narrow mountain gaps with glacial moraines reflecting the morning sunlight alongside world’s highest Khumbhu glacier.
You would finally set your foot at the base camp after a 23 km long trek. After a brief lunch break before resuming the journey of Everest Base Camp trekking, as you reach the destination and enjoy every spilling emotion of happiness, victory captures every moment well.
After a 6 hour long trek and covering a trail upto the height of 5634 metre you would finally come back to Gorak Shep and stay there overnight.
Trek Distance: 11 Kms | Duration: 3 Hours | Elevation: 5550m (Kala Patthar)
After a tiring and long day, on the 9th day a short trek of 11 kms to Kala Patthar would be arranged.
You’d experience the beauty of an extraordinary sunrise view at an altitude of 5550 km which would compensate for all your hard work.
A trek back to Gorak Shep to enjoy a warm breakfast would conclude the day. After coming down to Pheriche, you’d have an overnight stay there.
Trek Distance: 19 Kms | Duration: 5.5 Hours | Elevation: 3440m
Descending the steep mountains would be fun, after a tasty breakfast at Pheriche you would come back to Namche after a 19 km long trek.
The 5.5 hour long trail would take you through Orso Somare and Pangboche tracing the west bank of Imja River.
While coming down to Namche Bazaar you would get through the dense forest of Tengboche and descend to Phunki Thengafor, where you would rest overnight.
Trek Distance: 18 Kms | Duration: 5 Hours | Elevation: 2800m
This would be the last day of trek, the challenging and soul stirring journey of Everest Base Camp trekking would be completed after descending a distance of 18 km.
You would cross over the Dudh Koshi river and take a descent route to Jorsaley national park while enjoying the blissful scenery en-route.
The trek would be headed towards Lukla via Phakding, where you would conclude the accomplishment of the most adventurous trek of Asia.
Spend a camp night at Lukla one last time and enjoy the peace and beauty of its night before returning back to your hay day life in cities.
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Stay: Included in the price is your lodging in local Tea Houses or Mountain Lodges for the duration of your tour (11 nights).
Activities: Traveling to the foot of Mount Everest is a bucket list item for many.
Guide: During the trek, you'll be assisted and guided by a certified trek leader and a Sherpa. Each hiker may have their porter carry a maximum of 10 kg.
Permits: Permission to trek in Sagarmatha National Park, often known as a TIMS card. Permission to Enter the Khumbu Area. Inclusion of all federal, state, and local levies.
Transfers: Flights within the country, for transfers (Ramechhap- Lukla -Ramechhap)
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Stay: Tea Houses and Mountain Lodges for lodging throughout the tour (11 nights). Kathmandu hotels for overnight stays (02 nights)
Lip balm with sunscreen
Advil or Ibuprofen
Antibiotics (Cipro for travellers’ diarrhoea)
Medical tape, Moleskin, duct tape for treating/preventing blisters
Diamox (for altitude sickness)
Diaper rash cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
Razor (as needed)
Feminine hygiene products
Duffle bag for carrying gear
Trekking Gear & Supplies
Water bottles or hydration bladder
Waterproof cover for daypack
Lightweight water filter or iodine water tablets
Travel pillow or pillowcase
Headlamp with extra batteries
Sleeping bag rated to -18°C/ 0°F
Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
Quick-drying trekking towel (optional)
Small lock(s) for duffle bag and daypack
Sleeping bag stuff sack
Drybags in several sizes
Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes
Taking the 25-minute flight to Lukla from Kathmandu is the most convenient route to the Everest base camp. Due to ongoing repairs and renovations, however, flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are now departing via Ramechhap Airport (Manthali Airport) instead of the original route. Jiri is also accessible through road, which can be taken to continue on to Lukla. Additionally, a helicopter service is available to transport you from Lukla to Kala Pathar. To get to the base camp, also known as Gorak Shep, from Lukla, you'll have to pass through Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Thyangboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche.
Anytime from late May and mid-Sep is the ideal time to visit Everest Base Camp. The best times to embark on a hike are between the months of September and November, or February and May, when the weather is relatively predictable, the views are unobstructed, and the temperature at Base Camp rises to a comfortable minus six degrees Celsius. At the end of April or the beginning of May, you might also run into teams of mountaineers at Base Camp, getting ready for their summit bids on Everest. Although the temperatures between late November and early February are exceptionally low—around -15°C during the day and even lower at night—clear skies are typically the norm, and quieter routes and teahouses add to the exhilarating sense of untamed remoteness.
It is possible to walk to Everest Base Camp in January even if there may not be much snow, but it is freezing.
Nighttime temperatures in February and early March can drop to roughly -20°C, but clear skies should allow you excellent visibility of Everest during this time. In addition, there will be fewer people on the path, and the teahouses will be more peaceful, making the journey to Base Camp feel more like an expedition.
March and April are peak hiking months because of the higher temperatures and the abundance of rhododendrons and other flowers further up the trail. The lengthening of the days means there will soon be plenty of time to go sightseeing, especially since the early mornings will be bright and clear. Late in April, you might see climbers in Base Camp acclimatising before starting their ascent to Camps I, II, and III on Everest's slopes, and then making an attempt at the summit.
In early May, just before the monsoon, you can still make the trek to Base Camp, though you may have to share the area with mountaineers who are engaged in a series of 'rotations,' in which they climb higher and higher before retreating to Base Camp to rest and recoup before attempting to reach the summit.
The monsoon season in Nepal begins in late May and continues through the months of June, July, and August, into the beginning of September. Trails are muddy and infested with leeches, the mountains are frequently shrouded in cloud, and landslides are regular and disruptive to travel during the rainy season, even though it may not rain continuously throughout the day.
Towards the end of September, as the monsoon winds down, the autumn trekking season begins. The weather is perfect for hiking in the months of October and November, thanks to the lack of precipitation and the resulting abundance of clear skies and clean air. Daytime highs are around -10 degrees Celsius at Base Camp, which is cooler than the spring season, but the days are dry and the scenery is beautiful.
Even though it will be much cooler in late November and December (with nighttime lows well below freezing), these months are also ideal for going on a hiking adventure. People who want to avoid the cold will likely abandon their treks, which means the trail to Everest Base Camp will be much less crowded.
It is advisable to the trekkers to not bring any non-biodegradable material along and contribute to sustainable tourism.
While following the difficult Everest base camp trek, all the participants must follow the instructions of the trek leader and guide for their own safety.
Don't push yourself too hard; instead, take it easy and let your body relax and recuperate between daily hikes. Experiencing pain and exhaustion when hiking is inevitable, so make sure to get enough rest and take pain medication as needed.
All the participants are required to carry enough money at hand because you won’t find ATMs in Lukla at short distances.
Pack an efficient daypack with all the essentials like warm clothes, sunglasses, trekking boots, gloves, socks, woollen caps, medicines, rainwear, water bottles and other essentials
Before setting off on a trek, one of the most crucial things to consider is whether or not you have the proper gears. Thus double-check your gears to make sure nothing will let you down.
Take a note that sunburn at higher altitude might happen quicker, so keep your skin and eyes safe with moisturiser and sunglasses.
Keep extra batteries for head torch and other electronics handy as the batteries in cold might die quicker than at home.
In order to reach Everest base camp, one can explore the various routes available. All the routes are unique, and adventurous in their own ways and ready to welcome you in their pleasant beauty while offering challenges simultaneously. However, here is explained the shortest route from Kathmandu to the base camp via Namche.
Kathmandu to Lukla ( 130-140 km) - The intriguing Everest base camp trek begins from Lukla which is the gateway to Everest region. In order to reach Lukla, you'd require to take a plane from Kathmandu and land at Lukla airport, one of the most risky airstrips in the world.
Lukla to Namche - After the commencement of the iconic trekking, As the trailhead and entry point for the EBC Trek, Lukla is where the journey begins. You begin your ascent from Lukla and hike to Phakding before continuing up to Namche Bazaar. Namche is a great tourist hub and is renowned for its breathtaking Everest view from a comfortable elevation.
Namche to Everest Base Camp- To reach the destination of base camp, on moving out of Namche trekkers would ascend to the villages of Pangboche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and the renowned Gorakshep. The trail would continue for a minimum of 8-10 days.
There are two base camps for Everest trekking, one in the North at Tibet and the other at South in Nepal. Everest Base Camp, in the Khumbu region of Nepal is the endpoint of this legendary trek for Everest.
While following the trek to the base camp you would pass the famous Sherpa village of Dingboche. It’s the home of Tenzing Norgay,the first person to climb Everest.
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay had marked the south base camp of Everest in Nepal and stored their supplies at the mountain base and that is how the Everest Base Camp was born.
Every trekker aspiring to climb Mount Everest makes sure to stop at Tengboche Monastery, which has the largest Buddhist gompa in the valley to light candles and seek blessings. Overtime, it has become a very significant ritual without which a trekking event won’t even be started.
Everest base camp trek is one of the most sought-after trek routes where the trekkers from across the globe arrive to escape the fast cities and gain a valuable soul stirring experience. As they climb up the base camp in Nepal covering an impressive 17,598 feet height, not only do the trekkers overcome obstacles of the journey but also enjoy the serene splendid beauty of the mighty mountains. The trek is considered amongst the most famous treks in Himalayas for being towards the edge of the world's highest peak as well as due to the kind of adventure it offers. While following the trail one gets to enjoy the magnificent sights of mystical monasteries and Sherpa villages, the highlights of the trek would also include Kala Patthar, Gorak Shep and Sagarmatha National Park Museum.
How difficult is the Everest Base Camp trek?
The trek to the Everest Base Camp is among the most difficult treks in Asia. But, that shouldn’t discourage you from going on the trek because the difficulty level of the trek is moderate. The trail of the trek passes through the villages of Nepal which are located at higher altitude. The passage is diverse, sometimes quite harsh but other times smooth, therefore the trekker won’t require any expertise and past experiences in trekking for joining in. You would be walking 8 hours per day for a continuous 12 to 14 days to finally land at the formidable Khumbu Icefall. Therefore, it’s advisable to add a good exercise schedule in your daily routine as well, to keep yourself in physically good shape to not face any problem during the trek like cramps and fatigue. he basics like walking, jogging, squats and stair climbing would be sufficient though you may add other exercises as per your bodily requirements. Try to be consistent with the exercise schedule and keep repeating the exercises for longer duration.
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