Everest Base Camp Trek: The Complete Guide - Discovery World Trekking
Everest Base Camp Trek Comprehensive Overview!
Trekking has become one of the most exciting parts of the life. It’s fun and reflects the imagination beyond possibility which brings us to learning new lessons in life, new cultures of the society, an opportunity to visit new places, and a lot more.
One of the most fascinating place to trek in the world is the Everest’s base camp. Since it’s one of the highest mountain peaks in the world, it’s something that you don’t wanna miss in your life.
Reaching Everest base camp has become the dream of foreign trekkers all around the world.
In this blog, we’ll provide a general overview to Everest base camp along with experiences, technical requirements, physical precautions, route variation and many that you’ll need if Everest base camp is in your bucket list or if you’re willing to come over and have a glance of mother nature surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
First, let’s talk about the physical overview a bit.
The base camps of the Everest are above 17,600 ft above the sea level that means the weather condition is a way to cold than your place or anywhere (around -20° C to -30° C). Being at such a height Everest soars high against a backdrop of vast blue sky.The classic Everest base camp journey begins and ends in Kathmandu. You’ll explore villages full of fluttering flags along with Buddhist and Hindus natives, their culture and traditions and many things that you’ll never find anywhere in the world.
Everest Base Camp FAQ
The question that comes before anything before the Trek is
How Long Is Everest Base Camp Trek?
And the answer is quite simple, If we count from start to end of the trek, it’s around 10-16 days trek where you have different options of which route you like to go!
- Everest Base Camp Trekking- 14 Days trek
- Everest base camp and Gokyo Lake trekking - 15 Days
- Island Peak Climbing via Everest Base Camp Trekking - 16 Days
- 10 Days Everest Base Camp Trek (For professionals!)
Typically it’s 9 days trek to Everest Base Camp and 3 days to return to Lukla from where the actual trek Starts of Every Everest treks!
Everest base camp trek difficulty!
-How difficult is Everest Base Camp Trek?
You don’t need to be a superhuman or professional climber (but you’ll definitely need a professional trek guide) to Reach Everest Base Camp but there are certain factors which make this trek quite challenging. EBC is at 17,600 ft (5.36448 Km, 5364.48 M) which is very high from sea level which invites Altitude sickness ( AMS- Acute Mountain Sickness ) but if you stay alert and have some precaution you can easily avoid it, some of the best way to prevent altitude sickness during EBC Trek are
- Travel to altitudes above 3,000m slowly (Slow and steady wins the race!).
- Drink Plenty Of Water.
- Inhale more oxygen.
- Take lots of calories.
- If you're not used to, avoid alcohol or smoking.
- Make sure you have Acetazolamide with you all the time if you’re more likely to get caught by AMS.
Everest Base Camp Trek Route
The Everest base camp trek starts in Lukla and leads you through the Khumbu valley to the Everest base camp situated in the south side of Mount Everest. The entire journey including the trek typically lasts between 14-16 days with 12 days on the trail. The remaining i.e two third will be spent on adapting to high altitude and the climatic environment. Hence, on average 10 days can be expected as average trekking day though you can choose different packages which vary according to difficulty and aim of individuals.
Day To Day Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek
- Day 1: Flight to Lukla (2,850m/9,350 ft) 40 minutes, Trek to Phakding (2,650m/8,690 ft) 3 hrs.
After breakfast, we will be heading to the domestic terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport for an early morning flight to Lukla. After our exciting and scenic 40 minutes’ flight, we will land at the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla. We will meet with our crew members and begin our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla till we reach Phakding. The trek today will be short and enjoyable as we’ll also be acclimatizing to the weather. With spare time on our hands, we may visit the local monasteries around and prepare ourselves for the long trek the next day. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).
- Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285 ft) 6 hrs.
Today we’ll be trekking the whole day. We will begin our trek early morning along the northern bank of the Dudh Koshi River. We will be crossing many suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, including the Hillary Suspension Bridge. As we follow the trail, we will arrive at the Sagarmatha National Park Check Post where we will have our permits registered. The trail climbs through dense forests making it challenging for us. We will also get the first sight of Mt. Everest. Trekking further, we will finally arrive at Namche Bazaar; the gateway to Everest. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).
- Day 3: Rest day and Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Today is the scheduled acclimatization day for us. Trekkers may wish to explore Namche Bazaar as it is a famous town comprising of numerous cafes and restaurants with Wi-Fi, souvenir and gear shops etc. Additionally, we have an optional hike to visit the Sagarmatha National Park visitor centre and a remarkable hike to Khunde and Khumjung. It is also a Sherpa settlement which is an hour away from Namche Bazaar. We will also be hiking up to Everest View Hotel, where we’ll get a spectacular view of Mt. Everest. We will then head back to Namche Bazaar. After a relaxing acclimatization, we’ll brace ourselves for the trek next day. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).
- Day 4: Trek to Tengboche (3,855m/12,850ft) 5 hrs.
After our early morning breakfast, we will begin our trek to Tengboche. On the way, we will enjoy the stunning views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. The trail leads us up and down as it becomes challenging but we’ll be getting a great view of the Himalaya. We can also spot wildlife on the way such as musk deer, pheasant, Himalayan Thar. We will further trek down to cross the Dudh Koshi river. Passing through dense alpine forests we will reach a small settlement called Phunki Thenga. Continuing ahead, we will eventually reach Tengboche after a steep climb through a pine forest. We will see the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu Region; Tengboche Monastery. With spare time, we can visit the monastery and observe their prayers in the afternoon. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).
- Day 5: Trek to Dingboche (4,360m/14,290ft) 5 hrs.
We will be heading towards the upper trail on the way to Pangboche village. We will pass many Chortens, mani walls and small villages. We will be getting a great view of the peak Ama Dablam. The trek becomes easier as we enter the Imja Valley following the Lobuche river. We will descend into the river and trek the steepest climb to Dingboche. As we reach Dingboche, we will see a beautiful arrangement of fields surrounded by stone walls protecting crops like barley, buckwheat and potatoes. The trek today becomes a little challenging as we are in a higher elevation. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).
- Day 6: Rest day and Acclimatization at Dingboche
Another scheduled acclimatization day is at Dingboche. We are at a high elevation and we should not pressurize our body but instead give it time to adjust to the thin air. We will not be staying idle. We will have our acclimatization walk up the ridge above Dingboche and we will slowly enjoy the breathtaking panoramic close-up view of the snow-capped peak Lhotse, the back side of Ama Dablam and Island peak. Cho Oyu and Makalu being one of the six of the world’s highest mountains are also worth admiring. To the north, we observe more Himalaya peaks rising over the Khumbu Khola valley and the beautiful Dingboche village. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).
- Day 7: Trek to Lobuche (4,930m/16,175 ft) 5 hrs.
The trek to Lobuche will be an interesting one today as we will be able to see the stupendous mountain views nearly the whole trek. The trail leads us to a short uphill near a ridge of a top shrine following the wide valley. We will then be crossing a glacial moraine and a small collection of lodges. The trek becomes higher and we start seeing a better view of the peaks as the elevation slowly increases. On the way, there are memorial statues of the climbers who passed away in this region and it is absolutely awed gazing. The hike to Lobuche is very enjoyable. Upon arrival, we will see that Lobuche has a large settlement with many hotels and shops. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).
- Day 8 : Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5,185m/17,010 ft) 6-8 hrs.
With much excitement built in us, we will begin our early morning trek heading to the Everest Base Camp! We will be trekking through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We will arrive at Gorak Shep, where we will see snow-capped mountains looming all around us. Further continuing our exciting journey to the base camp, we will see the Indian Army Mountaineers Memorials. After much effort of trekking, we will finally reach the Everest Base Camp. This is the closest we will ever be to the highest mountain in the world. With a rush of pride in our body, we will appreciate our efforts and dedication to reach here. We will spend some time here as we’ll click pictures and enjoy the view. We will also see the deepest glacier in the world; Khumbu Glacier. With much satisfaction, we will head back to Gorak Shep for the evening. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).
- Day 9: Hike to Kala Patthar viewpoint (5,555m/18,208ft), Trek to Gorak Shep then to Pheriche (4,250m/13,945ft) 5 hrs.
Today is definitely the climax of the trip. We will be hiking to Kala Patthar at dawn to view the sunrise on Mt. Everest and other peaks. Kala Patthar is a famous viewpoint, gives us a splendid panoramic view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. There will be prayer flags hung along the way as we climb the rocky trails. After spending a while in the viewpoint we will trek to Gorak Shep for breakfast and rest for a bit. Then we will be trekking to Pheriche, the small beautiful village. Reflecting an unforgettable view of the Mt. Everest, the trek will definitely be enjoyable. The trail to Pheriche has forests and meadows along the way. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).
- Day 10 : Trek to Tengboche (3,855m/12,850ft) 4-5 hrs.
We will be trekking down the trails of the hillside covered by rhododendron trees. During the spring, the surroundings would be so colourful. Our trek will cross the bridge over the Imja Khola and heads into the forest of Juniper. As we walk along a level of the path of ground through the forest, we reach Dingboche. After a final steep climb, we will reach the famous monastery of Tengboche. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).
- Day 11 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285 ft) 4-5 hrs.
The trail to Namche Bazaar takes us through forests where we may eye a wildlife like pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats or even snow leopard. We will be climbing on the steep slope and be winding through several bands. We will pass prayer flags hung along the way and chortens. As we are heading back, we can click pictures and enjoy the view of the tip of Everest and back side of Lhotse. After finally arriving in Namche Bazaar, we will head to our lodges and rest. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).
- Day 12 : Trek to Phakding (2,650m/8,690 ft) 4-5 hrs.
As we are trekking back, our path goes downhill. We will be returning by following the banks of the Dudh Koshi River and also crossing back many suspension bridges. Passing through forests and small villages, we will finally be reaching Phakding after a gentle walk through Benkar. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).
- Day 13 : Trek to Lukla (2,850m/9,350 ft) 3-4 hrs.
Our last day on the trekking trails will be the rewarding day as we make a return down the Dudh Koshi valley. The route is generally quite gentle back uphill to Lukla from the Kusum stream. Before rushing on to Lukla, the trail heads steeply up to the west. After the first climb, the path reaches a small village. At the junction take a left turn up into trees. The trial ahead through the village leads down to the main trial joining at the side stream before Toktok. From Toktok, From this direction, the views will be entirely different. Eventually, we reach the large town of Lukla with the airport where tomorrow we will have a flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at the lodge with included meals (B+L+D).
- Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu
If everything goes according to the schedule, we will be flying back to Kathmandu early morning after breakfast. The 40 minutes’ flight back to Kathmandu will indeed be a relaxing one as we will be carrying an unforgettable and a successful journey to the Everest Base Camp. Upon the arrival to Kathmandu, we will head to our hotels respectively and then it is entirely up to you what you wish to do. Upon your request, we can arrange a Kathmandu city tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites, Durbar Squares, Tourist places etc. with our well informed and experienced guide.
Discovery World Trekking provides different trekking packages which makes trekking easy and fun for everyone according to individuals desire and aim.
Some of them to Highlight are mentioned below.
- Everest Base Camp Trekking 14 days
- Everest base camp and Gokyo Lake trekking 15 days
- Mera Peak Climbing with Amphu Laptsa Pass Trekking 20 days
- Island Peak Climbing via Everest Base Camp Trekking 16 days
Everest Base Camp Trek Cost
What is the cost of Everest base camp trek?
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