Everest Base Camp Trek

Your EBC adventure starts the minute you board your flight to Lukla. Built by Sir Edmund Hillary’s the Himalayan Trust in 1964, the Lukla airstrip is a modern manmade marvel. Landing and taking off from this 450 meter long runway is enough to take your breath away each time you experience it. Lukla in Nepali means “place of many sheep”.

Short Itinerary

Day

From To Time/Distance

Height

Day 1

Respective City

Kathmandu

Day 2

Kathmandu Lukla ½ hour flight

2840m/9320ft

Lukla Phakding 8.5km/4hrs

2610m/8560ft

Day 3

Phakding Namche Bazaar 10.5km/6hrs

3440m/11,280ft

Day 4

Acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar. Walk to Everest View Hotel and sights in and around Namche.

Day 5

Namche Bazaar Tengboche 12.5km/10hrs

3860m/12,660ft

Day 6

Tengboche Dingboche 8.5km/6hrs

4360m/14,300ft

Day 7

Acclimatisation at Dingboche. Walk around to see the sights.

Day 8 Dingboche Lobuche 7.5km/6hrs

4940m/16,210ft

Day 9

Lobuche Gorak Shep 3.7km/3-4hrs

5170m/16,960ft

Gorak Shep

EBC 8km/6.5hrs (round trip)

5300m/17,400ft

Day 10

Gorak Shep Kala Patthar 4.2km/4hrs

5545m/18,192ft

Gorak Shep

Pheriche 10km/6hrs 4360m/14300ft

Day 11

Pheriche Namche Bazaar 14.5km/7hrs

3860m/12,660ft

Day 12 Namche Bazaar Lukla 13.5km/6hrs

2840m/9320ft

Day 13

Lukla Kathmandu

½ hour flight

Day 14 Kathmandu Respective City

Trek Grade: Moderate to Extreme

Best Season: Early April – Mid May; Early September to Early November (For those not afraid of extreme adventures January is also a perfect month to try this)

Detailed Itinerary

Lukla to Phakding

The walk from Lukla to Phakding is dotted with majestic gorges and quaint farms. Along the Chheplung where the original trail from Jiri to EBC meets the current road. Also seen is a little village called Chaurikharka, situated on a plateau, where Hillary built a school for the local children.

Sagarmata National Park

Established in 1976 the Sagarmata National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It covers 1148 sq metres and includes the entire Khumbu area, in fact most of the areas covered within it are above 10,000 feet. Many New Zealanders, along with Hillary helped establish park rules and also helped in the setting up of the park. Its rules and regulations are now enforced by a contingent of the Nepali Army based out of Namche Bazaar.

Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Just as you start walking from Phakding and cross the Phakding bridge you get a spectacular view of Thamaserku (6618m/21,721ft) and this view follows you all the way till Kala Patthar. Namche Bazaar gets its name from a “horse shoe”. Namche Bazaar also affords views of Everest and the Lhotse and Nuptse ridge.

Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Tengboche is situated in a high altitude meadow. The trail from Namche to Tegboche passes through a divine Rhododendron forest that is a sight to see in full bloom.
The Tengboche Monastry, the largest Gompa in the Khumbu region, was burnt in 1989 and rebuilt by funds collected by Hillary.
An ideal time visit the Monastery is in Autumn during the Mani Rimdu festival.

Tengboche to Dingboche

As you start walking from Tengboche towards Dingboche the Birch and Rhododendron forest continues to flank your steps. After about an hour’s walk you reach a village called Deboche (3770m/12,370ft) which houses a Bhuddhist nunnery. Once you cross Pangboche, which houses the oldest monastery in the Khumbu you will also leave behind the tree line.
Dingboche has magnificent views of three of the world’s highest six peaks – Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.

Dingboche to Loboche

This walk goes through arid and rough terrain and yet it is one of the best walks in the entire trek. Also on this day you get a brief glimpse of Pomuri(7138m/23,418ft).
After walking for a few hours you reach a ridge called Chupki Lhara(4840m/15,879ft).
This ridge holds a special significance in the hearts of mountaineers as it is dotted with hundreds of memorials and prayer flags to honour those who perished on Everest.

Lobuche to Gorak Shep

This walk also continues on arid and rough terrain, however, it is grandiose. Mostly flat and barren these paths are strewn with large boulders. Your trail also crosses the Changri glacier which originates in Tibet and meets the Khumbu glacier here.

Gorak Shep to EBC

Walking to EBC from Gorak Shep is completely moraine. Though you cannot see Everest from EBC but you can experience and glimpse the passion and reverence that the mountaineers feel for this mountain, which is nothing short of a pilgrimage for them.
Once at the base camp you will be able to see the Khumbu ice fall which is the first stage or obstacle that climbers must cross in their dream to summit the mountain.

Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar

Kala Patthar is the famous accent where all climbers go to keep their first date with Everest. Though it is a tough and rigorous climb the views and the sense of achievement felt after climbing Kala Patthar are beyond an expression in words.

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Comments

2 comments on “Everest Base Camp Trek”
  1. shivani sikarwar says:

    Please advice from where i can can the cost for this trek to book the same along with inclusions.

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    1. Hi Shivani. Please use the contact us page to drop us a message and we will email you all the details.

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