Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking in Nepal that takes you to the base camp of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. From the base camp (5364 m), hikers can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Everest itself. The trek is physically demanding, and requires a good level of fitness, but the experience of reaching the base camp of the world's highest mountain is one that is truly unforgettable. This trek will not only take you to the base camp of Mount Everest, but you will also get a chance to climb the non-technical peak of Kala Patthar (5545 m). Kala Patthar is a great place to see Mount Everest up close and other beautiful snow-capped mountains. The trek typically begins in the town of Lukla, which can be reached by a short flight from Kathmandu or Ramechhap.
More likely in high trekking season, Lukla flights operate from Ramechhap due to heavy air traffic at Kathmandu Airport. It takes around 4-5 hours (135 km) to drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap (Manthali Airport). Lukla Airport is to the south of Sagarmatha National Park. The park was created in 1976 and inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. It is one of the few places on Earth that can lay claim to biological diversity and the highest and youngest mountain system in the world.
The trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp is a popular route that has become quite congested and over-developed. From Lukla, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi valley, passing through Sherpa villages, forests, and high alpine landscapes, and have the opportunity to experience the local culture and way of life in the Everest region.
The trek to Everest Base Camp typically takes around 12-14 days, depending on your pace and the route you take, and the number of rest days you take along the way. The first few days of the trek involve relatively easy hiking through the lower reaches of the valley, allowing you to acclimatize to the high altitude. As you progress higher into the valley, the terrain becomes more challenging, with steep inclines and rocky trails.
Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, visit the Tengboche Monastery, and explore the surrounding valleys and peaks including Mount Everest (8848.86 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Nuptse (7861 m), Makalu (8463 m), Ama Dablam (6812 m), and many other snow-capped mountains in the region.
The trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp is a challenging but rewarding journey that offers the opportunity to explore the beauty of the Himalayas and push your physical limits. It requires proper planning and preparation, but the rewards are well worth it.
When to go Everest Base Camp Trek "Whenever you're ready," which means it's possible to go at any time of the year without difficulty, but the best times of year are from March to May and September to mid-December. We always use local expert trek guides who will provide good care and attention to the clients, So you don't have to worry about planning a trip to Everest Base Camp with us throughout the year.
Accommodation during the trek is typically in Teahouses, mountain lodges, guesthouses, or tents, depending on your preference and the availability of facilities. Meals are usually included in the cost of the trek and are typically basic but filling, with a mix of local and western-style food.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary Given below is a general itinerary that gradually leads to higher places to prevent the possibility of altitude sickness but it is possible to customize it to suit your needs.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Flight to Lukla trek to Phakding (2610 m)
Day 04: Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Namche Bazaar trek to Tengboche (3867 m)
Day 07: Tengboche trek to Dingboche (4410 m)
Day 08: Acclimatization and exploration day at Dingboche
Day 09: Dingboche trek to Lobuche (4910 m)
Day 10: Lobuche trek to Gorak Shep (5140 m) then hike Everest Base Camp (5364 m)
Day 11: Gorak Shep hike to Kala Patthar (5545 m) then trek to Pheriche (4260 m)
Day 12: Pheriche trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
Day 13: Namche Bazaar trek to Lukla (2840 m)
Day 14: Flight to Kathmandu (1350 m)
Day 15: Reserve Day in Kathmandu
Day 16: Depart Kathmandu