Everest is a mountain beast that has defeated many of the greatest climbers who ever lived. Its challenging and rugged trails have long attracted skilled climbers from far and wide. The intimidating peak of Everest is so sculptural that the trek to Everest Base Camp at 17,600 feet is still a must-experience adventure for all trekkers in the world. From staying in villages set against towering peaks to learning about the unique Sherpa culture, every experience in Nepal’s scenic mountains will turn you into a storyteller.
Important facts about Everest Base Camp Trek:-
On this wonderful trek you can immerse yourself in the Sherpa culture. The Sherpas are ancient Tibetans living in remote areas of Nepal. Their unique culture and cuisine will allow you to experience a different kind of life in the Himalayas.
Starts from: Lukla
Ends in: Lukla
Trek Type: Teahouse Grade
Elevation: 5,380 m or 17,600 ft
Difficulty level: Medium to difficult
Culture: Sherpa culture
Tour: Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse etc
Mount Everest Base Camp Trek Cost: A 14-day Everest Base Camp Trek can cost you anywhere between INR 65,000 to 80,000, including permits, accommodation, food and return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla.
Best Season to Trek Everest Base Camp:-
Everest Base Camp can be trekked all year round. Trekking in Nepal in the off-season is a bit cheaper as accommodation and food prices drop in the Kathmandu and Namche Bazaar area.
Trekking in amazing weather: April – May and October – November (peak season) are the best months
Trekking in good weather: March, June, late September and December are good months for trekking.
Trekking in rough weather: July to August (monsoon season) & January to February (coldest months)
Simple Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary:-
Here is a summary of your Everest Base Camp itinerary.
Day 1: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (highest airport at 2700m) and then trek to Phakding at 2600m.
The base camp of the Everest trek is located in Phakding, which can be reached via the trek from Lukla. You can fly from Kathmandu to Luka.
Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
The second day consists of trekking to Namche Bazaar base camp fron Phakding. The total altitude in this place is 3440 m.
Day 3: Rest at Namche Bazaar
Spend the day relaxing at Namche Bazaar. Explore the surrounding areas and prepare for the next day.
Day 4: Trekking to Tyangboche (3860m) from Namche Bazaar
The next day you will start your journey from Namche Bazaar. From there you will trek to an altitude of 3860m and reach Tyangboche and reach here.
Day 5: Trekking to Dingboche(4300m) from Tyangboche
You will reach Dingboche at an altitude of 4300m from (3860).
Day 6: Trek to Labuche (4930m) fron Tyangboche
Next will be trekking from Dingboche at an altitude of 4300m to Labuche, which will take you to an altitude of 4390m.
Day 7: Acclimatization day in Labuche
After reaching Labuche, you will rest and acclimatize. This is important because at this altitude you may feel unaccustomed to the climatic conditions.
Day 8: Trek to Gorapshep (5170m) from Labuche
After taking a day off to acclimatize, you will resume the ascent from Labuche to Gorashep at an altitude of 5170m. This is the last stop before Everest Base Camp.
Day 9: Trek towards Everest Base Camp (5400m) fron Gorashep .
The next day your climb and your trek will reach the destination i.e. Everest Base Camp. The total altitude at Everest Base Camp is 5400 m. After reaching Everest Base Camp, you will spend the night here and bask in the glory of the majestic mountains that lie before you.
Day 10: Trek to Pheriche (4280m) to Gorapshep
After spending the night at Everest base camp, it’s time to start the descent. You start descending from Gorashep and reach Periche at an altitude of 4280 m.
Day 11: Trek to Tyangboche (3860m) from Pheriche
The next day will be spent descending from Periche to Tyangboche and reaching an altitude of 3860 m.
Day 12: Trek to Namchee Bazaar (3440m) from Tyangboche
Once you reach Tyangboche, the descent to Namchee Bazaar begins. This is the last big trek before you reach the starting point.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2840m) from Namchee Bazar
The downward trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla marks the end of a beautiful journey. This will return you home.
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu from Lukla. This is where the trek ends.
Things you need to have on your way to Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp is a teahouse trek, which means there will be plenty of food, water bottles and snacks available along the way. However, there are a few important things you will need for an easy and safe trek. The weather in the upper Himalayan regions is very unpredictable, so even if it is sunny in the morning, it is sure to get unbearably cold at night. You will need to have some items with you for a comfortable experience.
Trekking gear you will need: Camera with extra memory card, heavy gloves, fleece or woolen pants and jackets, trekking shoes, warm woolen socks, running shoes or sandals for wandering around the camp, insulated tops, windshield jacket, waterproof jacket, sunglasses for UV protection, sun hat, quality sleeping bag, headlamp and spare batteries, daypack (20-30 liters), water bottles, towel and toiletries.
Basic first aid kit: Ibuprofen, Diamox (for altitude sickness), your personal prescriptions, medical tapes (for treating blisters, headache tablets and antibiotics.