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Everest Base Camp Trek is a perfect getaway for a beginner or experienced travelers alike.
This trek provides a beautiful experience and splendid views of mountains, forests, and the rural villages of Nepal. The skies are clear, and the views are crispier in most of the seasons. Everest Base Camp looks very captivating and mystical.
This trek is a moderately challenging and rewarding trip. The friendly and professional guides interpreting the information along the routes enhance the golden journey.
But if you want to avoid the hardships, then opt for the helicopter ride to the Everest Base Camp only if the budget is not a concern for you!
The authentic foods along the way, local rice-beer, Tibetan and Sherpa cultures, and the unique lifestyle of the locals are remarkable.
We will guide you through everything to know about this trek and how to best deal with the circuit.
Leggi Tutto (Read everything)!
- Basic Outline of Everest Base Camp Trek
- Some Interesting Facts of Everest Base Camp Trek
- The 10-Day Itinerary
Basic Outline of Everest Base Camp Trek
Duration: 10 days
Distance covered: 130 km
Trekking hour per day: 5-7 hrs approx.
Total Trekking days: Average 10 Days
Activities: High altitude trekking in the foothills of Everest, Library, Museums, sightseeing
Max elevation: 5,364 m
Accommodation: Tea House, Guest House, Lodges, Camp (optional)
Food: Nepali traditional cuisine, Indian, Tibetan, and western food
Drinks: Alcohols (local and imported), Cold drinks, Mineral water, or tapped water
Transport: Private, Tourist bus, Helicopter, Regular Flights, Trek
Main Attraction: Closer View of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam and many more.
Best time: March to May
Some Interesting Facts of Everest Base Camp Trek
- Everest Base camp is in the lap of the world’s highest peak Mount Everest, also called Sagarmatha in Nepali. It literally translates to ‘forehead of the sky’.
- EBC is located at an altitude of 5,364m from the sea level.
- Tenzing and Hillary, the leaders of the first-ever expedition of Everest used this route.
- Lukla Airport, ranked as the world’s most extreme airport is a major highlight of the trek.
- The trek will take you through Sagarmatha National Park, the highest in the world.
- The minimum temperature in Everest Base Camp is -10°C and the maximum temperature is about 17°C.
- High-speed internet at the EBC is an actual commodity.
- Monasteries and Gumbas reflect the glorious history and intricate art and architecture and are found across the route.
- The number of visitors at Everest Base Camp exceeds 100,000 every year.
And here we go! Everest Base Camp 10-Day Itinerary is given below:
The 10-Day Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding
The first day begins with a flight from Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft) to Lukla (2,845m/9,333ft).
Then you will trek to Phakding. The trek is 8km and will take about 3-4 hours.
The flight seems to be more of a rollercoaster ride of emotions. The views of mountain peaks and other landscapes from the plane are gorgeous.
Visitors should arrive at Phakding no later than 8 PM. An orientation and an introductory dinner of authentic Nepali cuisine will follow.
Day 02: Phakding-Namche
Meet over breakfast at the hotel and leave the Phakding village (2,610m/8,562ft) to reach Namche (3,440m/11,285ft). This 11km trek will take 6-7 hrs.
Hillary Bridge, a famous suspension bridge on the way, will make you grit my teeth and pass over them as quickly as possible. You will feel proud that you did when you make it to another cliff on the way to EBC.
Day 03: Namche-Tengboche
Ascend on foot to Tengboche (3,870m/12,696ft) from Namche (3,440m/11,285ft). This route is 9km long. The third day of this trek takes around 6-7 hrs.
You’ll again cross one of the highest suspension bridge in Nepal in this trek. Visit Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery of the Khumbu region and pray for clear skies, the best mountain view are on the way.
Day 04: Tengboche-Dingboche
The total distance you will cover from Tengboche (3,870m/12,696ft) to Dingboche (4,410m/14,467ft) is 8km and will take around 6-7 hrs.
On the fourth day, leave the Tengboche, descend to cross a small valley Pangboche, and the ascent begins. Allocate some time to visit Pangboche Monastery, the oldest in the land, and observe the Yeti scalp and hands exhibited there.
The accent through countless Mani stones will take you to Dingboche via rhododendron forests of Shomare and Orsho.
Day 05: Dingboche-Lobuche
The Dingboche (4,410 m/14,467 ft) to Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft) is 7 km, and it takes around 5-6 hrs.
In this route, you’ll see a lot of yaks grazing over a slope of the cliff. The views of mountains like Lhotse, Amadablam, and Taboche will look beyond your expectations.
Don’t forget to stop and pay tribute to the mountaineers, who lost their lives in an attempt to scale Mount Everest, in Dingboche Memorial.
Day 06: Lobuche-Everest Base Camp-Gorakh Shep
This is the day when you will finally reach Everest Base Camp.
The route beginning from Lobutse (4,910m/16,108ft) and reaches Everest Base Camp (5,364m17,597ft) via Gorakh Shep (5,160m/16,928ft).
At 5,364m above sea level, this is the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular.
You will return to Gorakh Shep on the same day for the evening.
This trek totals 14 km of rocky path and will take 8-9hrs to complete.
Day 07: Gorakh Shep-Kala Patthar-Pheriche
Trek from Gorakh Shep (5,160m/16,928ft ) to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,207ft) is relatively hard due to its steepness. You will arrive at Kala Patthar early in the morning for the sunrise view. Kala Patthar is famous for the view of mighty Everest that is not as vivid from any other location.
Take a selfie on top of Kala Patthar, and claim the bragging right for life!
After spending the morning at Kala Patthar, you will descend back to Gorakh Shep and head back to Pheriche (4,230m/13877ft). You will cover 15km of distance in 7-8hrs.
Day 08: Pheriche-Namche Bazar
Descending from Pheriche (4,230m/13877ft) to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,285ft), you will accompany the tree line along the Dudh Koshi river.
The rhododendron and pine forests on the way with mountain views are to die for.
You will walk for 8-9 hours, and cover 17 kilometers and spend a night at Namche Bazaar.
Day 09: Namche-Lukla
This will be your final day of your Everest Base Camp Trek.
The way from Namche (3,440m/11,285ft) to Lukla (2,845m/9,333ft) is 19km. The trek will take around 8-9hrs to complete.
You’ll descend back to the small airstrip at Lukla, called Tenzing-Hillary Airport.
You will spend your night here and celebrate the epic trek you just conquered.
Day 10: Lukla-Kathmandu
Catch your plane, buckle up your seat belt and off you go! From Lukla (2,845m/9,333ft) back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft).
Oh, and don’t miss the mountain views from the plane window, it’s breathtaking!
Another name for Himalayan Range is ‘unpredictability.’ The sudden change in weather can bring along clouds of mist and fog and reduces visibility significantly. It causes domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla to delay or even be canceled for a day or more.
So we highly recommend you to add a couple of extra days just in case!
And there you have it! The complete itinerary to Everest Base Camp in 10 days. BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) has listed Everest Base Camp as the top 50 destinations you must visit before you die. It showcases the epitome of beauty EBC has to offer!