Everest base camp trek is one of the most famous treks in the world and it shouldn’t be missed by any trekker visiting Nepal. The views of the highest mountain in the world make this trek one of the best ways to get an adrenaline rush and to experience nature at its finest. This guide will show you everything you need to know about this popular trek and help you plan an unforgettable trip with your friends and family!
Planning the Trek
The first step in completing your trek is, of course, planning. There are two different approaches you can take:Everest base camp trek You can either book through a guided tour or self-guide. This is an important decision that affects every aspect of your trip. It all comes down to how much free time you want vs.
Permits and Preparations
Since you’re trekking through Tibet, you’ll need an additional permit for China. In order to obtain that, you must apply at least 10 days before your trip.
The Lukla airport is located at an elevation of 9,334 feet. Once you get off of your plane, you will notice many other trekkers in your flight’s terminal. The airport only has one ATM and one security checkpoint – so get any transactions done as soon as possiblePhakding to Namche Bazaar
4-5 hours; 8.6 miles (14 km) – Start your trek with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Kathmandu and drive for about two hours to Syabrubesi, where you will be greeted by your guide and porters. From here, it’s about an hour walk uphill to Namche Bazaar, where you can catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest on clear days! Enjoy lunch at one of Namche’s lodges before heading out for an afternoon hike up towards Tengboche Monastery (about 3,500 m). Here you can also visit Everest View Hotel if you wish – they have a balcony that provides great views of Mt. Everest on clear days!
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
Today you leave Namche Bazaar, known as Namche for short, and make your way up toward Tengboche. You will have lunch in Dingboche, and then continue on through several large cedar forests to arrive at Tengboche by evening. Your altitude increases throughout today’s trekking route; even if it doesn’t seem like it on some parts of the trail that zigzag up through lush greenery, you will be gaining altitude quickly on most of today’s hike.
Tengboche to Pheriche
Breakfast at Tengboche and lunch in Deboche (2,900m). From here it is an easy walk through forests and past picturesque lakes until we reach Pheriche. Along the way enjoy sights such as a Himalayan village with yak herders and their yaks, Sherpa homes built on stilts above steep cliffs, prayer flags along hiking trails, etc. Arriving in Pheriche late afternoon or early evening we check into lodges and have dinner. Overnight in Pheriche. Hiking distance: 6-7hrs
Pheriche to Lobuche
Take your time getting moving in Pheriche because you have a longer day of trekking ahead of you. The trail leaves town and gradually ascends through agricultural land, passing through several prayer flags along the way. After about two hours, you’ll reach high alpine terrain and enter Sagarmatha National Park where pine trees and juniper bushes are now common sights. After another 1-2 hours of hiking, stop for lunch at Ghat (4100m/13100ft). From here, there are views south over Kongde Ri (6631m) towards Cho Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8501m), Nuptse (7875m), Choyu Nepal (6759m) and other peaks.
Lobuche to Gorak Shep (Everest Base Camp)
4 hours (10.6 miles) and -5,340 ft. This was it: day five was when we would reach Everest Base Camp at 17,600 feet! There was no turning back now.
Kala Patthar Sunrise
The final day of our Everest base camp trek we woke up at 1:00am for an ungodly early start, but once we reached Kala Patthar (or Black Rock), I was glad we did. The views from atop Kala Patthar are well worth getting up at butt-crack-o’clock for; and let me tell you, those first rays of sun hitting Mt. Everest and Lhotse—two of Asia’s highest peaks—were absolutely breathtaking.
Back in Lukla
If you thought Lukla was bad, wait until you land in Kathmandu! Check into your hotel and take stock of what you’ve just done. You’ll probably have plenty of business cards from people you met along the way, too. Now is also a good time to make friends with other trekkers and swap stories.