Everest Base Camp Trek
The trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) is possibly the most dramatic and picturesque in the Nepalese Himalaya. Not only will you stand face to face with Mount Everest, Sagarmatha in Nepali language, at 8,848 m (29,029 ft), but you will be following in the footsteps of great mountaineers like Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
The trek is scenic and offers ever-changing Himalayan scenery through forests, hills and quaint villages. A great sense of anticipation builds as you trek up the Khumbu Valley, passing through intriguing Sherpa villages, Tibetan monasteries, all towered over by some of highest and most stunningly beautiful mountains of the world. In the evenings you will be rewarded with delicious Nepalese cuisine around the dining-room fire while sipping Sherpa tea and conversing with other like-minded travelers.
Besides the superlative Mount Everest, some other prominent peaks visible during the trek include Lhotse (8501 m), Makalu (8463 m), Cho Oyu (8153 m), and Ama Dablam (6856 m).
Everest Base Camp - Trek Facts
- Trek Difficulty: Level 3 - Medium
- Trek Duration: 12 days
- Remoteness: Fairly remote but a well-serviced trail
- Max Altitude: 5364 m at EBC and 5643 m at the Kala Patthar viewpoint
- Accommodation: Basic teahouses/ moderately-priced lodges / fancy guesthouses
- Best season: Mar-May, Oct-Nov
- Transport To/From Trek: Flight to the town of Lukla (2860 m); also accessible by taking a bus to Shivalaya and then a few days of trekking up to Lukla.
- Required permits:
- Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card
- Sagarmatha National Park Permit
- No restrictive permits are required for the EBC trek
Although the Everest Base Camp Trek is the most well-known of all the treks in Nepal, there are other alternative treks that you can take. A popular choice is the shorter Everest Panorama Trek which can be completed in 8 days. You will get to see Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks but the Base Camp itself is not part of this trekking route.
Another option is the Gokyo Trek which takes 12 days to complete and offers views of Everest and nearby peaks, Gokyo Lake and the longest glacier in Nepal - Ngozumpa Glacier. You also have the option to combine the Everest Base Camp Trek with the Gokyo Trek for a 15-day trip.
Everest Base Camp - Safety considerations
All trekking agencies available at Bookmundi.com take safety seriously and are assessed on their safety standards after every trek, via trekkers’ feedback. They will therefore go through safety procedures with you during your pre-trek meeting. However, please note the following particulars for the Everest Base Camp trek:
- This is a high altitude trek and therefore careful acclimatization is needed. Acclimatization days are required during the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
- Temperatures regularly drop below freezing around EBC during early spring, late autumn and winter. Please ensure that you have the proper gear and clothing for the time of the year.
Everest Base Camp - Itinerary
The standard itinerary for the Everest Base Camp Trek is 12 days long. However, it may vary slightly depending on the trekking agency you choose to go with:
- Day 1: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,650 m)
- Day 2: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
- Day 3: Acclimization day at Namche Bazaar
- Day 4: Namche - Tengboche (3,860 m)
- Day 5: Tengboche - Dingboche (4,360 m)
- Day 6: Dingboche - Dughl (4,600 m)
- Day 7: Dughl - Lobuche (4,940 m)
- Day 8: Lobuche - Gorakshep (5,150 m), then to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m), and back to Gorakshep
- Day 9: Gorakshep - Kala Patthar (5,643 m) - Pheriche (4,280 m)
- Day 10: Pheriche - Namche (3,440 m)
- Day 11: Namche - Phakding - Lukla (2,860 m)
- Day 12: Flight from Lukla - Kathmandu
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