Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular and challenging treks in the Khumbu region. Trekking to Everest base camp is also considered as the best treks of Nepal. Mount Everest as the world highest mountain, it has always attracted an adventure lover. It is not easy to trek to the foot of the world’s highest peak. It is still possible to trek up if you have the willpower and ability to trek up for several hours a day.
You will be able to see the majestic view of Mt Everest in this trek. Besides the fantastic scenery, you will be able to experience the Sherpa hospitality and culture. In the region, you will also get to feel the Buddhist spiritualism.
How do you start Everest base camp trek? You will have to take a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Lukla is also known as the “Gateway to Everest.” You will be trekking through the valley of Dudh Koshi to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is a large town. You will be the surprise of what you find there. You will be able to see the cafe and market and all sorts of things.
After leaving from Namche Bazaar, you will be trekking up to Tyangboche Monastery which is on the top of the ridge. Later you will reach Gorakshep before trekking up to the base camp. You will do downhill on the same route. It will be an enjoyable experience if you want to see Mt Everest from near. So, don’t miss the chance to do Everest base camp trek.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
|Day 01||Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding||2,886 m||6 hrs|
|Day 02||Phakding to Namche Bazaar||3,440 m||6 hrs|
|Day 03||Rest day, trip to Khumjung Valley||3,700 m||5 hrs|
|Day 04||Namche Bazzar to Tengboche||3,820 m||6 hrs|
|Day 05||Tengboche to Dingboche||4,360 m||5 hrs|
|Day 06||Acclimatization day, Day trip to Nagarjuna Hill||4,900 m||5 hrs|
|Day 07||Dingboche to Lobuche||4,940 m||5 hrs|
|Day 08||Lobuche to Gorakshep, Day trip to EBC||5,364 m||7 hrs|
|Day 09||Morning trip to Kalapatthar & trek back to Pheriche||5,545 m||8 hrs|
|Day 10||Pheriche to Namche Bazaar||3,440 m||7 hrs|
|Day 11||Namche Bazaar to Lukla||2,860 m||7 hrs|
|Day 12||Fly back to Kathmandu||1,400 m||40 m|
How to reach Everest Base Camp ?
Day 01: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) & Trek to Phakding
On this day( First day of our Everest base camp trek ), first of all, We take an early morning flight to Lukla(40 minutes), and we meet the rest of our team in Lukla. After loading our trekking equipment, we start trekking from there. By descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka. The walking is easy. After passing through the small village of Ghat, you will reach Phakding. Overnight at Phakding.
Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
After breakfast at Phakding, we begin our walk. Our trail passes through a pine forest on the path that goes north up the Benkar valley. We cross the Dudh Koshi River and pass Chumoa and Monjo villages. We will walk crossing the majestic river on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. Finally, we reach the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. After entering the Sagarmatha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views, and we will reach Namche Bazaar (probably the biggest town in the Everest region). Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 03: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar is a great place to acclimatize. The sights around Namche are spectacular and beautiful. On this day We can hike-up to Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kongde, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and so on. We can visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery as well. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse.
Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
We will walk Tengboche today which will take 5 hours. The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with magnificent views of the mountains. Tengboche monastery is the biggest monastery of the Everest region. It is located within the Sagarmatha National Park which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tengboche Monastery always opens at 3:00 pm, if we reach there before 3 o’clock, we can also visit. The monastery is blessed with panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and Ama Dablam. Overnight at a guest house.
Day 05: Tengboche to Dingboche
The trekking trail crosses the Imja River via a suspension bridge and moves towards the village of Dingboche. Along the way, we passed the Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa of this village is considered as one of the oldest monasteries of Everest region. Graceful views of Lhotse, the Island Peak, and the Ama Dablam from Dingboche are quite fantastic. Overnight at the Guesthouse.
Day 06: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.
Rather than moving towards Everest Base Camp, we will take a hike to Nangkartshang peak just above Dingboche. Today we will take our time to rest, so we can avoid getting affected by the altitude. Walking for approximately 4 hours, we will reach Nangkartshang from where we can see a marvellous panorama view of Lobuche Wast, Lobuche East, Kangtega, Taboche Peak, Ama Dablam and the Thamserku. If you are lucky, you can also spot stunning sights of Mount Makalu on a bright day. The view of the Pheriche Valley from here is also splendid. We will spend afternoon their and Return to Dingboche again. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 07: Dingboche to Lobuche
Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. Again we continue to climb until we reach the village of Lobuche. The views of mountain peaks like Mahalangur Himal, the Khumbutse, Pumori and the Lingtren from the moraine are amazing. Stay Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 08: Lobuche to Gorakshep (Day trip to Everest Base Camp)
Walking for about 3 hours, we will reach to Gorakshep, a tranquil location dotted with some lodges. Today is a significant and challenging day walk. From here, the path moves all the way along the Khumbu Glacier, and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365m, you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. We will commence with a slow walk to avoid altitude sickness. After spending some time at the Everest base camp enjoying the environment and the sights, we will return to Gorakshep. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse.
Day 09: Gorakshep to Pheriche (Morning trip to Kalapatthar)
Today early in the morning we will hike up to Kala Patthar from Gorakshep. Kalapatthar is in 5,545m, which is the highest altitude we will trek during our Everest base camp trek. The golden sunrise over the white peaks is impressive. The view from the summit is outstanding. From Kalapatthar we can see panoramic views of Mount Everest, Chagatse, Nuptse, Pumori and the Lhotse among many other peaks. Then we will back to Gorakshep, and after having breakfast, we will further trek down to Periche. Overnight at Guesthouse in Periche.
Day 10: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
Leaving the mountains behind us, We will cross the villages Pangboche and Tengboche continuing to the town of Namche Bazaar. Today we walk on a trail with a lot of ups and downs. We descend through a hillside filled with juniper and rhododendron trees and cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. Finally, we will arrive at Namche in the afternoon. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 11: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
This is our last day of Everest base camp trek(we return to Lukla from where we began the trek). We will move steeply downwards and after crosses a suspension bridge. We will reach Lukla. On the way, we can see pine and rhododendron forests, as well as snow, covered peaks. As we reach Lukla, we can relax. Maybe in the evening, we can celebrate the victory of accomplishing the trek as well. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 12: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight)
Finally, our Everest base camp trek will finish today. We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu today. After arrival in Kathmandu, You’ll transfer to your hotel for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. At afternoon you can do some shopping in Kathmandu.