Quick overview: This is for sure one of the most popular treks around of the world and beyond doubt the most popular in the Himalayan region. The EBC (Everest Base Camp) trek attracts people from each corner of the planet, it starts in Kathmandu and goes all the way to Base Camp; the Sherpas will guide you to this incredible journey through mountain passes, suspension bridges, local villages and obviously and the most important Mt. Everest. The highlight of this trek is a morning walk to Kalar Patthar (The Black rock) where you will get a rewarding view of the summit of Mount Everest and its neighboring mountains. A life changing experience is how our customers describe this amazing journey, stay at Tea Houses and experience the hospitality of the locals.
Here’s a quick sum up of this amazing experience:
Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu (Altitude 1350m)
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by one of our representatives and transferred to your Hotel in the Thamel district. At evening, we will brief about the trek and free time to make the final arrangements. For those arriving late at night, the briefing will be conducted in the morning.
Day 2 – Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (Altitude 2652m)
Trekking distance 8 kms – Approximately 4 hours
This is an early day, after your breakfast we will drive you to Kathmandu airport and you will board your flight to Lukla. On arrival, you will meet your guide this is when the trek starts officially. We start hiking through a local village called Chaurikharka and finish the day by spending the night in Phakding at a lower altitude than Lukla for acclimatization purposes.
Day 3 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar (Altitude 3440m)
Trekking distance 10-12 kms – Approximately 6 hours
After having breakfast it is time to head to Namche Bazaar, the biggest Sherpa village in the Everest region. Suspension bridges, local villages, forests and Himalayan Mountains are some if the highlights of this hiking day. By afternoon we will reach the Sagarmatha National Park where your trekking permits will be checked, once the formalities are cleared we will reach Namche Bazaar where we will be staying for the night.
Day 4 – Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day (Altitude 3440m)
Today is a resting day, if you feel like we suggest a visit to the Sherpa where you will find lot information about the Sherpa culture and history. On Saturdays only, visit the local market where local trade their goods or simply wander around and rest. Another tip is to buy whatever you need for the trek in Namche as the higher you get the less you will find.
Day 5 – Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (Altitude 3870m)
Trekking Distance 10 kms – Approximately 6 Hours
After a lovely day in Namche is time to get up early and head towards Tengboche. After breakfast we will soon have a first glimpse of Mount Everest and other Himalayan Mountains Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablan.
Yes it is incredible, and then we will cross a river and hike upwards a rhododendrons forest before reaching the beautiful Tengboche. A visit to the monastery is a must where you will get the chance to see Buddhist monks and experience the daily puja or praying sections that take place from 6 am to 3 pm unfortunately pictures are not allowed.
Day 6 – Tengboche to Dingboche (Altitude 4400m)
Trekking distance 11kms – Approximately 6 hours
Today we head towards our ultimate goal the Everest Base Camp, our adventure starts with a descend through a forest and a bridge over the Imja Khol River and local Sherpa villages. After lunch we hike to Dingboche where we will rest for the day.
Day 7 – Dingboche – Acclimitazation Day (Altitude 4400m)
A full rest day is well recommended in order to avoid AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness). For those with some energy left a hike to Chhukung will reward some great views of the valley or just explore Dingboche as you wish.
Day 8 – Dingboche to Lobuche (Altitude 4930m)
Trekking distance 12kms – Approximately 7 hours
After a well deserved day resting, we get up early and after breakfast we will towards Lobuche on the way we will hike through the largest memorials in the Everest region for those who lost their lives trying to stand on top of the world or simple words conquering Everest. Late afternoon we will reach Lobuche and relax for the day.
Day 9 – Lobuche – GorakShep – Everest Base Camp – GorakShep (Altitude 5364m)
Trekking distance 15Kms – Approximately 8 Hours
Ok folks, this is when AMS starts taking some effect on some people so extra careful is essential. Today is the day that we have been waiting for; base camp is just a few hours away. After breakfast we will head to Base Camp, trekking though a rocky path on the Khumbu Glacier we will reach base camp where you will have time to take some pictures and appreciate the view. If you are trekking between March and May you will get the chance to see all the commercial expeditions attempting to reach the summit, after lunch we will head back to Gorakshep to spend the night.
Day 10 – Gorakshep – Kalapathar – Pheriche (Altittude 5545m)
Trekking distance 13 Kms – Approximately 7 Hours
For some this is the highlight of the EBC trek, the day starts with hopefully a bright morning and we ascend to KalaPathar (Black rock) where you will have the privilege to get one of the best views of Mount Everest and its neighbouring peaks, get your cameras out and enjoy the view you have made it and deserve after all the hard work. We will now descend to Pheriche and where we will rest for the night.
Day 11 – Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (Altitude 3440m)
Trekking distance 14 Kms – Approximately 8 Hours
Descending takes a lot less hours and effort and obviously AMS is no longer an issue, enjoy the passes and forest until we reach Namche once again for the overnight stay.
Day 12 – Namche Bazaar to Lukla (Altitude 2800m)
Trekking distance 15 Kms – Approximately 8 Hours
From previous customer’s experience, people tend to find this part of the hike the most challenging. Even though is all downwards the impact of the slopes tend to have a huge effect on the knees and after trekking for so many days people start to get tired, a very good tip use trekking poles for this section it will help you. Once we reach Lukla it is time to party, Lukla has a kind of party atmosphere you can find several bars and it is good time to celebrate with your guides and trekking partners after such great adventure and achievement.
Day 13 – Lukla to Kathmandu (Altitude 1350m)
After having your breakfast it is time to board your flight back to Kathmandu, upon arrival we will pick you up at the airport and take your back to your Hotel. Evening we will host you a farewell dinner, it is time to celebrate once again and we would like to hear your feedback about your experience.
Day 14 – Departure day Kathmandu (Altitude 1350m)
The lasts consists on doing some final shopping in Thamel and according to flight schedule we will take our guests to Kathmandu International Airport. We hope to see you soon.
– Bring a lot of pair of socks.
– Do not wear brand new hiking boots, blisters can be nasty and ruin your trek.
– Equipment can be easily rented in Kathmandu at reasonable prices.
– Do not eat meat up in the mountains, healthy & safety is indeed an issue.
– Make sure you book a changeable flight; weather in Lukla is very unreliable.
– Tipping is not compulsory but excepted a reasonable amount is between $50 to $75 USD.
– Have an open mind, the higher you get accommodation gets more basic but do not let this put you off, enjoy the view and experience the culture.
– Have some Nepali Rupees while trekking, $200 USD is more than enough for the 14 Days.
– Do not push yourself to the limit; stick with the program to avoid Altitude sickness.
– Apart from what is mentioned above, common sense is more important listen to your body and enjoy this incredible journey.