The Everest Base Camp Trek (5364m) is like that big guy on the block- it dominates all the other treks. Most call it a journey of a lifetime, but that would be an understatement. Such is the eminence of the Everest region- greatness simply isnt sufficient praise. It wouldnt be an exaggeration to state that the nerve-racking journey Everest presents is unlike anything else. To think that you are within miles of the worlds greatest mountain is empowering enough. Overwhelming, even. The sense of accomplishment it pours in you will stay for a lifetime. You grow fond of, and eventually, grow with the experience. It is these subtle but magnified experiences we live for. This 12-day Everest Base Camp trek from The Great Adventure Treks does this job beautifully for you.
Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary were the modern heroes who achieved this unimaginable feat back in 1953. Ever since then, the Everest region has been a sanctuary for trekkers and mountaineers alike with its vast inventory of magnificent treks. Every other trail the area unfolds is a rare delight. The trailblazing landscapes of the Mount Everest and the lush greenery of the Sagarmatha National Park only support the case in point. In Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Makalu, the region has three of Earths tallest peaks up its sleeves. Youll observe raw and rugged Buddhist tradition in a settlement dominated by the Sherpa community.
We assume that you are a thrill seeker- that nothing short of a mind-numbing experience compels you to set off on an adventure. The Everest Base Camp trek is one of those that gives you the chills and rewards you for your endurance. This is a place beneath the clouds and closer to them than you could ever be. Watch how those Buddhist monasteries speak to you of their rich history. Feel the cold when you witness the Khumbu icefall staring right back at you. From Namche to Kalapathar, experience the journey unfold right in front of your eyes with you being a part of it. Finally, let the euphoria take hold of you when you stand at the foot of the mighty Mount Everest.
Starting from a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, youll fly to Lukla the next day. On your way to the bustling city of Namche Bazaar, youll pass the village of Phakding. Youll also come across the famous village of Tengboche. Each day, youll walk in patches from Dingboche to Duglha and along Lobuche. Thick coniferous forests felted by thin layers of air will keep you on track for a stunning walk. At last, you arrive at approximately 5364m; the Everest Base Camp looks unreal. Could you ask for a better sight? Nothing beats the gripping hold the Everest Base Camp trek has on you, right till the end.
Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek
Spring and autumn bring a smile on trekkers faces every year. It isnt a surprise that wise trekkers wait for these two seasons to go on their dream adventure. You know what to do, dont you?
To put this simply, the months of March through May and September through December are best times of the year for the Everest Base Camp trek. Around winter though, the Everest Base Camp can become a dreary place to be. The weather is fickle and unpredictable enough to pose severe challenges. This tells you precisely what the story is up there- avoid traveling winter at all costs.
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty
Yes, let us say this out loud. The Everest Base Camp trek is moderately challenging, and many label it as difficult. It requires your determination and both mental and physical robustness. But you came to read this itinerary with all the confidence there is to have. Knowing what the difficulty level of this trek is, wont stop you.
Youll need to walk for 5-8 hours every day. The surfaces of the Khumbu region are rough, steep, and at times, tormenting. The manic walk can very well sedate you. Our best tip is to stay hydrated at all times. There is light at the end of a tunnel.
Was the overview helpful? Go through our tailor-made 12-Day Everest Base Camp trek itinerary for a complete picture.
Day 01 :Early Morning drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) duration: 7/8 hrs
Day 02 :Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 hours
Day 03 :Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Day 04 :Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Duration: 5 hours
Day 05 :Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) Duration: 5 hours
Day 06 :Dingboche to Nagarjun (5100m/16728ft) and return Duration: 6 hours
Day 07 :Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) Duration: 5 hours
Day 08 :Trek to EBC (5364m/17594ft) & back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft) Duration: 8 hours
Day 09 :Hiking to Kalapatthar (5545m/18188ft) - Gorekshep - Pheriche (4210m/13809ft) Duration: 7 hours
Day 10 :Trek to Namche (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 7 hours
Day 11 :Trek to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Duration: 7 hours
Day 12 :Fly back to Ramechhap and transfer to Kathmandu (Flight duration: 15 mins and drive 4/5 hrs)
Day 01 :Early Morning drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) duration: 7/8 hrsTo begin this trek, around 2am drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap (Manthali Airport) and 15 min Short flight to Lukla that scenic flight takes in 8,000m peaks, glaciers and even Everest. We land in the bustling, mountainside town of Lukla From here we hit the trail, passing our first Mani wall before continuing on with the DudhKosi to our left. We walk through several villages, including Chheplung, Koshigaun, and Ghat all of which have massive, colorful prayer wheels. Soon after Ghat we pull into Phakding, our final destination for the day. Overnight in teahouse.
Day 02 :Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 hoursFrom Phakding, pack up and start walking early in the morning as it takes you 6-7 hours to reach Namche Bazaar. To get to explore Namche is a joyous opportunity aside from the tight itinerary. Get a hold of the milky white Dudh Koshi River, and cross villages like Chumoa and Jorsale. Once in Namche Bazaar (3440m), you can rest and freshen up before you head out into the city. Explore all the exotica that Namche has to offer. Stay overnight at a hotel.
Day 03 :Acclimatization at Namche BazaarEvidently, Namche is the biggest hub of the region. It connects trekkers with destinations and locals with privileges. Plus, there are facilities like cafes, shops, market, restaurants, and even ATMs. Scurry to the Hillary School. Get excellent views of surrounding mountains like Thamserku and Kongde. By now, you are also within the vicinity of the Sagarmatha National Park region. The park is one of the 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal, and therefore, quite significant.
Day 04 :Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Duration: 5 hoursOur destination for today is Tengboche at 3860m. While in Namche, you’ll visit the Tengboche Monastery, the most popular one in the town. The monastery opens late afternoon, which gives you time for other explorations. Glimpses of mountains like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam will also fascinate you. In the evening, the area hosts one of its distinct Buddhist ceremonies. Observe the ceremony and get back to Namche Bazaar. Night at the hotel in Namche.
Day 05 :Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) Duration: 5 hoursAnother of many villages that fall on your way to the base camp is the Dingboche. However, to get to Dingboche, first, you’ll have to cross the likes of Pangboche and other small villages. The river Lobuche will accompany you all the way with its wavy rustles. Also, visit the Pangboche Monastery which lies on the way. Get through patchy grazelands and reach Dingboche at 4410m. Overnight at Dingboche.
Day 06 :Dingboche to Nagarjun (5100m/16728ft) and return Duration: 6 hoursFrom Dingboche, walk up north for around 6 hours to reach the Nagarjun Hill. The hill is at an astounding 5100m. This mildly strenuous walk can be a good forecast of your abilities to make it to the base camp. The hill features excellent scenic views of the Himalayan vista. From there, check out the panorama of Lobuche, Kangtega, and Ama Dablam. Walk back to Dingboche where you’ll be staying for the night.
Day 07 :Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) Duration: 5 hoursAs you head towards Lobuche for the day, there are two things to expect. One is the spectacularly suave Khumbu Glacier, whose moraine you’ll leave behind. The other is a ridge at Chupki Lhara which trekkers mention, is for stunning views. There will be shrines and flags and boulders along your path to Lobuche. The walk is bumpy and uncomfortable for most parts. But miles across, the helping hand from mountains like Khumbutse and Pumori make it easier, characteristically. Arrive at Lobuche and stay overnight at a tea house.
Day 08 :Trek to EBC (5364m/17594ft) & back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft) Duration: 8 hoursIt’s a bright sunny day, perhaps not naturally, but emotionally. If at any point up until now you asked yourself - “well, was it worth it?”, then expect a firm answer today. All the build up from days led you to this. Today will be a day of planning, of challenges, of overcoming, and of triumph. Walk slowly from Lobuche just beside the Khumbu Glacier and reach Gorakshep at 5181m. The path will be stiff and quite abrupt. Take measured steps to the top. A surge of relief will stream down your body. You’ll commend yourself for this endurance. Soak in all the flavors of this Everest Base Camp trek. Take a few moments to yourself. You have earned it. But time’s ticking. Note that you’ll now take a walk back to Gorakshep again, because of the lack of places to camp/stay in the base camp. Say farewell to the Base Camp and return to Gorakshep.
Day 09 :Hiking to Kalapatthar (5545m/18188ft) - Gorekshep - Pheriche (4210m/13809ft) Duration: 7 hoursKalapatthar is peculiarly known for its unbiased views of the Mount Everest. Avid photographers, who could kill for a scene like this any day, love this region. Take a shot at it yourself, and embrace the beaming giant of a mountain. This unhinged and unfiltered view makes you swivel. The golden sun on the other side is cherry on the cake. Take several miles down until you reach Gorakshep, and eventually, Pheriche. This is where you’ll spend the night before heading back to Namche.
Day 10 :Trek to Namche (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 7 hoursToday, we head back to Namche from where we kicked start this epic journey. Follow the gushes of the Imja River towards Tengboche first, and then the Pungki Thanka. Also, you’ll leave the Kyangjuma behind on your way further down. Take your time exploring whatever’s left of Namche. The sight of the mountains starts getting clearer again, with the clouds moving away. You know what that means- more oxygen. Life will be easier again. Once in Namche, you’ll get to do all the stuff you probably missed the first time around. Later, have dinner and stay at the hotel in Namche.
Day 11 :Trek to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Duration: 7 hoursWake up to some breakfast in Namche. Start walking down the rough trails on the way to Lukla. Acquaint with that old friend Dudh Koshi again. Also, the village of Phakding which you crossed days ago. It’s almost a full circle back to Lukla, but not quite. You’ll hear the mountains bid you adieu for being an exceptional guest. Prepare for the departure as you head back to the capital city the very next day. Settle for the night in Lukla.
Day 12 :Fly back to Ramechhap and transfer to Kathmandu (Flight duration: 15 mins and drive 4/5 hrs)We jump back in the plane early in the morning for a scenic closure to our walk. Upon arrival in Ramechhap (Manthali Airport) transfers to Kathmandu your hotel where you can rest or explore. In the evening the Adventure Bound team and you meet up for a culturally-oriented farewell dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Lukla Flight are departing and returning to Ramechhap instead of Kathmandu due to ongoing upgrades at Kathmandu Airport. Its about a 4 hours drive to Ramrchhap from Kathmandu so that you need to leave from Kathmandu around 2 am. The return drive at the end of this trek between 4/5 hours depending on traffic