Everest Base Camp Trek Complete Guide

September 22, 2020

Trek to Everest Base Camp at such a high altitude is specified as a hard level in terms of grading. However, this trek is absolutely not an impossible way to conquer with a proper fitness level and strong determinations. Of course, there is certain own stamina, along with previous trekking experience that might definitely help build up your strength. If you are beginners it could be challenging in terms of altitude matters but most of the trekking program as they are added some extra time for the acclimatization before you move onto the thin air. The trekker usually deems necessary for a trekker to advance along with this trekking trail as pre-training like some normal gym and fitness class but it should not be really needed if you have no time for that. Additionally, the trekking days are about 4-5 hours of a long walk each day and it is challenging for you if you have not walked this much before at the high altitude area, Most of the trekkers balance their own stamina with reedman by themselves in order to make it easier.

Trekking Details

The Traditional Everest Base Camp trek is a 12 days journey with approximately 5 hours of walking per day. The Everest base camp trekking route is well marked and clear to see while you are in there. However, the wide trail sometimes leads to the demanding stone steps on some sections while crossing some of the beautiful valleys of Khumbu. During the trek, you will be ascending on big steps up to 1200 m. Altitude might need to be done so this might be more challenging but views are spectacular after a harder climb. The maximum altitude of this trek is 5545 m at Kalapathar- the famous viewpoint in the Everest region.

Flight Delay Considerations

The Everest Base Camp Trek starts from Lukla after a short flight of 35 minutes from the capital city of Kathmandu; As Lukla is home to beautiful mountain peaks as well as a gateway to Everest treks where you will be flying out to land at the smallest runway of the Himalayas located at an altitude of 2800 m. However, getting to Lukla in the month of Jun, July and August are always challenging in terms of weather conditions, that might mean the flights from/to Kathmandu might not operate at an accurate time as we expected due to the unpredictable weather conditions in the mountains in fact. However, the trekkers are suggested to add some additional days to your timeline of the holidays just in case of the flight delay or cancellation due to bad weather. That way travel might not be considered the way of chartering a helicopter to catch the international schedules of its flight. Adding some extra days on your holidays always means relaxing and no rushing and your travel experiences doest bit by bit. Likewise, if you are traveling to Nepal for the Everest Base Camp trek on a limited time then you can still do this trek but keep in mind that you’re trekking should always be at the right time of the year.

The best time of the year to go on Everest base camp venture is in Spring and Autumn season there are typically six best months of the year for trekking in a good weather shape to Everest as they are March, April, May, September, October, and November.  These months are relatively the finest months of the year and suitable weather for Annapurna base camp trek. The flight to and from Lukla is usually not canceled but it comes in a delay shape sometimes, it is not a 100% accurate time to get on the board as International schedules in the mountain flights like Lukla.

EBC Overview

Trekking to the Everest Base Camp Trek is a once in a lifetime experience as it brings thousands of travelers’ dreams come true every year. An exciting journey as it takes you to the heart of the Khumbu region and the Sherpa kingdom of Nepal. Similarly, this creates a chance to travel into the depths of the Legendary Sherpa community in the Khumbu region and brings you up to touch the highest peak in the world, which is certainly one of the most outstanding worth embarking on the greatest adventure of a lifetime.

Moreover, this trek is not only beautiful in the culture and nature it is also rich in the wildlife where you will have got an opportunity to explore the magnificent animal through the dense forest of Everest national park in the Khumbu valley. The Everest base camp trek is more than just a trek, offers a wide range of mountains, and culture and flora and fauna. Walking through the most dazzling lands of the Himalayas on earth is certainly out of our imaginations as it brings uncountable joy and happiness, The fulfillment of having revealed the mystique of the spiritual Everest Region and the satisfaction of witnessing the manifestation of the highest peak in the world from down below is unparalleled to any this is why thousands of travelers are dreaming to dare on this adventure once in a lifetime experience.  If you are willing to hike for 12 days in the Himalayas get ready and here are created trip itineraries with altitude levels including some of the extra days for the acclimatization to avoid the possibility of Acute Mountain Sickness.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

We will be arriving in Kathmandu Nepal, meeting locals and tour organizers then your journey is about, to begin with, some of the most enthralling experiences by visiting the heart of Kathmandu for the sightseeing tour.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu

The second is refreshed with some good breakfast and we prepare to visit some of the most historic and beautiful UNESCO world’s heritage sites in Kathmandu, Kathmandu has been declared as a heritage city for a long time. The major highlights of Kathmandu to visit will be the Patan Durbar Square, Swoywmbunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Basantapur Square, Pasupatinath temple, and Boudhanath Stupa.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu-Lukla (2530M) and Trek -Phakding (2610m)

Our first of the trek, a scenic short flight to Lukla is about 35 minute and we trek to Phakding from Lukla, From here, we start off our trek towards Phakding(2610m)- the first camp the trek, the exhaling hike from Lukla to Phakding would be around 4 hours, Send overnight at local trekking lodge.

 Day 4: Phakding- Namche (3440m)

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) is a bit longer than the first day but it is worth walking through the most scenic land of the Himalayas. We entered the Sagarmatha national park from today once we checked our trekking permits in the headquarters of the Sagarmatha national park at Monjo village. The trek will be following the Dudkosi River to reach Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Acclimatization at Namche

The first Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar, it is needed to eradicate the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness that helps better to adjust our body to reduce our body to thin air and read it slowly to be ready for the high altitude trek. As an option, we can also hike to Everest View Lodge for 2 hours from Namche Bazaar instead of spending the whole day at the hotel. If time permits then we won’t miss visiting the beautiful villages like Khumjung and Khumde then we come back to the Hotel for a night!

Day 6: Namche- Tengboche (3867m)

The day starts with a good breakfast at our hotel, after having breakfast; we enjoy our walking on to the Tengboche with superb mountain views surrounding us all along, a short hike takes us to Phunki Thangkha where usually stops for the lunch break which is recommended by many travelers, from here, we have short ascended to the village of Tengboche (3867m), it is home to the famous Tyangboche monastery which offers exclusive sunrise and sunset views with 

Day 7: Tengboche- Dingboche (4110m)

Today is another exciting day, it is a smooth hike and we enter into the high terrain with a very few of plants, today walk requires somewhere between 6-  7 hour of walking into the Imtsa valley, the views are spectacular until you reach Dingboche, Dingboche is a small Sherpa town where we stock for 2 days as acclimatization. The place is surrounded by mythical mountains of Ama-doblum, Lhotse, Thamserku, and many more.

Day 8: Acclimatization at Dingboche

Typically, today is another day for acclimatization at Dingboche, we take normally two days extra for the trekking to avoid the possibility of AMS, having a day spare time on Dingbuche we hike up to the popular hilltop of Nagarung hill located an altitude of 5400 meters, the view we can see from here is outstanding then retrace back to Dingboche, spend overnight.

Day 9: Dingboche- Lobuche (4110m)

The day kicks off with the breakfast, this day is relatively easy as it requires only 5 hours hike and 400-6-00 meters climb to Laboche, the first steps of the trek is easy on the flat level but the last section of the hike is quite challenging since you need to climb for 1 and half hours on the stairs case up to reach Labuche, this harder climb starts right after having lunch at Thukla. The short terms of the hike will catch up on the Khumbu glacier. The Khumbu Glacier begins from this day!

Day 10: Lobuche- Everest Base Camp (4260m) -Gorakshep (5184m)

Today is one of the most exciting days of the whole journey as it brings us to the base camp of the world’s highest peak which has been waiting for a long time. Starting an early morning hike from Labuche to Gorakshep, we stop for the tea or snacks break and we continue the hike towards the destination of Everest Base Camp. We will finally be reaching the Base Camp of the mighty Everest (4260mfollowing the typical path over the Khumbu Glacier. Once we are here, we will be rewarded and witnessing the close-up views of the Khumbu Icefall and 360-degree panoramic mountain views including Mount Everest and many others, we return back to Gorakshep for overnight.

Day 11: Gorakshep- Kalapattar (5545m) – Periche (4280m)

The adventure is yet to finish, early morning we hike up to Kalaptahtr for the sunrise view over the Himalayas, the hike from Gorakshep takes us to reach on the top of Kalapathar for 2 hours approximately,  Kalaptahr has been one of the ultimate goals to witness the extraordinary views of the Everest and the Khumbu Glacier for all the travelers. After enjoying the stunning views of the Himalayas along with the sunrise, we return back to Phertice to spend a night.

Day 12: Periche (4280m) to Namche Bazzar (3440m)

Today is one of the easiest days of the hike since we descend back to Namche bazaar following the same route and enjoying the same views. An easy going down hills is more pleasant and enjoyable. The hike takes us to reach Namchebazzar around 5 hours through the beautiful villages.

Day 13: Namche- Lukla (2810m)

The second last day of our trek but not the journey, we must be walking on a downhill, most of the hike is down hills passing the some of the most popular suspension bridges of the region, the hike is for 5 hours to Lukla, overnight at Lukla,

Day 14: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight

The final day in the mountain, we have just a 5 minutes walk to Lukla airport from Hotel then we get ready to end our excursion hike in the mountain by boarding our plane for Kathmandu.

Day 12: Final Departure

On the final day of the journey, we will say goodbye to the Himalayas for this time and we promise to come back again with another adventure experience. It has been an amazing time staying with you here, we just go back to the home emotionally with so many good experiences. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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