Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights
- Exciting mountain flight to Lukla with the Himalayas before us
- Witness majestic Everest and other mountain peaks right from the Everest base camp height of 5364 meters
- Hike to Kalapatthar is at 5643 m above sea level for the even more interesting views of the Everest
- A rest day in Namche Bazaar to explore its culture and heritage including Everest View hotel
- Visit Tengboche Monastery and other architectural masterpieces in the region
- Be part of rich Sherpa culture and festivals while discovering the peace of the mountains
Everest Base Camp Trek Overview
Rivers, snowy peaks, waterfalls, pine, and rhododendron forests fill the region giving you the impression of paradise. Along the way, you find many guesthouses and restaurants where you can stop for a while for rest, lunch, snacks, or to capture the spectacular views on your camera. Chheplung, Ghat, Phakding, Bengkar are the famous stations along the first-day trail.
Although most trekkers plan their overnight stay at Phakding, we recommend Monjo for a couple of reasons. First, Monjo is a bit closer to Namche that the second day’s trek becomes quite easier for you as you already pass nearly 5 km the previous day. Second, Monjo is a comparatively less crowded village than Phakding where you can enjoy as many facilities as you do in Phakding.
Permits for Everest Base Camp Trek
You can’t trek Everest Base camp without permits. You will need two kind of Permits for Everest Base Camp Trek. One is Sagarmatha National park Permits and another one is khumbu pasang lhamu municipality Permits.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Fly To Lukla(2860 m)- Trek To Monjo (2835 m)
- Flight: 35 mins. Trek Distance: 13 km
- Begin: Kathmandu/Lukla overnight: Monjo
- Major stations of the day: Kathmandu-Lukla- Chheplung-Ghat-Phakding- Bengkar-Monjo
The trip begins from Kathmandu hotel where you are supposed to be a day before. The car receives you from the hotel and takes you to the airport from where you will be catching a 35 minutes flight to Lukla, the actual place to begin the trek. This flight offers you an amazing and thrilling experience over the uneven land structure of Nepal. The stunning views of the snow-capped mountains and beautiful landscapes from the plane give you heavenly pleasure.
Once you land at Lukla airport, popularly known as Tenjing Hilari Airport, you require to prepare yourself for a nearly 4 hours trek. The trail goes ahead along the river through Dudh Koshi valley witnessing the beautiful villages with stony houses, stupas with several meditators, and lots of carved stones painted beautifully. You will be hiking mostly through the Sagarmatha National Park, a reputed conservation area enlisted in UNESCO Heritage site.
Day 2: Monjo (2835 m) To Namche (3440 m)
Distance: 7 km time: 3 hrs
Begin: Monjo Overnight: Namche Bazar
The second day of your Everest Base camp Luxury trek begins with the delicious breakfast at the teahouse at Monjo probably at 7 am. The distance from Monjo to Namchebazar is not too long though, it is quite challenging as there is a long ascent and probably no places to stop on the way. Our guide will remind you to carry enough water and some dry food like chocolates so that you won’t have any issues even if it takes one or two hours more to reach the destination.
You might find the way diverged after you cross the second suspension bridge at about 2 kilometers from Monjo. The left route that passes along the river is a better one. Before you start the trek from Monjo, you are required to get the Sagarmatha National Park to permit or to show there. The permits cost NPR.3000 for each. At about 6 km, there is another checkpoint just before you enter the Namche bazaar. You require keeping all the permits safely throughout the trip.
Jorsale is only the station between Monjo and Namche Bazar. It is just 1 km away from Monjo. After Jorsale, Namche is only the place where you find shops, hotels, and other necessary items. Upon arriving at Namche you will find it a big and advanced town with several hotels, restaurants, shops, ATMs, pharmacies, and currency exchange centers. Even if you require some equipment like clothes and trekking gear, you can find them there. Also, make sure to have enough Nepali cash as there are no ATMs and banks further ahead.
Day 3: Rest Day At Namchebazar (3440 m)
The third day of the trip is the day of rest and relax letting your body adjust to the higher altitude atmosphere. Some of the trekkers think the acclimatization day is just a waste of time and ruins almost the whole trip when they are affected by altitude sickness. Tengboche, the destination of the fourth day is located at quite a higher altitude.
The trekkers especially from lower altitudes are compulsorily required enough acclimatization before attempting to the higher elevation. It’s not the rule but you’d better do it for preventing yourself from altitude sickness. Having enough acclimatization is far better than using different kinds of medicine. Taking a rest at Namche does not mean spending the whole day sleeping in bed.
There are a number of popular stations nearby where you can explore and relax. Some of the stations near Namche are really beautiful viewpoints. The most important is the Hotel Everest View, the most elevated hotel in the world, which is about 1 hour uphill. Sagarmatha National Park Museum is another destination for your acclimatization hike.
We suggest you not walk long hours as it is for restoring your stamina for the next day’s challenging hike. Make sure you are taking enough rest along with enough eating and drinking. In addition, you need to charge all of your devices as Namche is only the place you can charge them free of cost.
Day 4: Namche (3440 m) to Tengboche (3860 m)
- Distance: 11 km Time: 4 hrs
- Begin: Namchebazar overnight: Tengboche
- Stops: Kyangjuma, Leushyasa, Phungi and Thanga
The fourth day is one of the challenging days as you will be gaining nearly 500 m altitude. However, the previous day’s rest might help your body to adjust to a higher elevation. The natural beauties and miraculous mountain views along the trail will certainly make you forget all the tiredness. The trail from Namche passes through the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi River giving you splendid mountain views.
Remember! The Everest view from some of the stations is wonderful. The Sherpa village with locals doing their daily activities is amusing to see and it is the golden opportunity to spend a few minutes talking with them exploring the facts about their cultures and way of life. As you walk higher we suggest you drink enough water and walk not too fast.
There are many stops. Rest, drink water and walk in a relaxed manner. After you cross the suspension bridge, you see a checkpoint where you need to show your TIMs and other permits. Kyangjuma, Leushyasa, Phungi, and Thanga are the major stops for this day. Once you reach Tengboche, you will realize that there are a few couples of teahouses around the monastery.
The monastery is one of the most important stations for trekkers and climbers to stop, rest, and recreation. The event especially that takes place in the evening is really amusing ceremony for the tourists who visit this land. They can attend the occasion but are not allowed to take pictures. Tengboche offers you all kinds of basic requirements that you normally find in other villages.
Day 5: Tengboche (3860) To Dingboche (4410 m)
- Distance: 11 km Time: 4 hrs
- Begin: Tengboche overnight: Dingboche
- Stops: Deboche, Milinggo, Pangboche, Shomare
It is another challenging day as you start hiking over 4000 meters from sea level. Be aware of your health! The altitude might start affecting your breathing. The trail from Tengboche to Dingboche descends steeply through the thick forest crossing the Imja Khola (river) and finally reaches the beautiful village of Pangboche. Pangboche village is located just opposite Ama Dablam.
The Tibetan monastery, popularly known as gompa can be witnessed nearby. The gompa at Pangboche is the oldest of the Everest region which is believed to be founded in about 1667. You can see some amusing antiques such as the skull and hand of rumored Yeti. There is another gompa in Dingboche which is the largest of the Khumbu region.
At about 8 km, you find the trail diverged. Both of the trails take you to the destination. So, better not worry about it. However, most trekkers prefer walking through Dingboche as it offers better views and is a bit warmer. Since Periche is situated in the narrow valley, there will be only a little sunshine.
Deboche, Milinggo, Pangboche, Shomare are the main stops throughout the day’s trail. Resting, filling the water bottle, having some snacks or lunch, and capturing the beautiful scenes in the camera are the common activities for you to do in those stops.
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Day 6: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche (4410 m)
The sixth day of your trip is another acclimatization day. A few trekkers do not take a rest there in Dingboche but we highly recommend you to have acclimatization even if you do not have any symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). There are a few stations for your acclimatization hike around Dingboche.
Some peaks near Dingboche are the astonishing viewpoints for stunning mountain views and panoramic landscapes. Most trekkers prefer doing acclimatization hikes to upper Dingboche which is more traditional than the lower one. The old Buddhist Hermitage which is popularly known as Nangar Dzong along Dolma Ri is the most important scenic viewpoint.
Day 7: Dingboche(4410 m) To Lubuche (4940 m)
Distance: 9 km Time: 3.5 hrs
Begin: Dingboche overnight: Lubuche
The trek to Lobuche begins after having an appetizing breakfast at the teahouse at around 7:30. Many trekkers consider this day as the most beautiful day of the trip. Probably the beautiful scenery along the way from Dingboche to Dughla which is filled with snow peaks, glaciers, river, and a wonderful forest with a few rhododendron trees is amazing.
Dughla, a beautiful village called Thokla is only the station to stop along the trail. You’d better stop and rest there for a while as t major ascent begins right after there. You will find no stops until you reach the day’s destination, Lobuche. We suggest you walk slowly while you are on the way up. You are gaining altitude quite faster.
Keep yourself hydrated and walk with relaxation to prevent yourself from getting affected by AMS. Once you pass the top of Thokla Pass, you find the trail quite flat where you will feel easier to walk along the river witnessing the tremendous views.
Day 8: Luboche(4940 m) – Ghorakshep (5164 m) – Everest Base Camp (5364 m)
- Distance: 12 km Time: 5 hrs
- Begin: Lobuche overnight: Everest Base Camp
Day 8 of the trip is one of the best days as you will be stepping on the final destination of the trip, Everest Base Camp. The distance from Lobuche to Gorakshep is about 5 kilometers. You will probably reach Gorakshep to have your lunch. After having lunch and a while of relaxation, you need to be prepared for another 7-hour hike up to EBC where you will be spending the night.
Some of the trekkers return back to Gorakshep overnight but we always recommend our clients to spend at least a night at Everest Base Camp as it is the most popular destination in the world. And it is also more tiring and challenging to walk another 7 kilometers for a night stay.
The trail from Gorakshep to EBC has lots of short ascents ad descents. Keep walking up and down with titillation of reaching the Everest Base Camp, the dream destination of millions of people in the world. Hurray! You’ve done! You’ve been to EBC. Take photos and videos on your own, relax and check in to one of the best guesthouses. Explore the EBC till evening. well after Everest base camp if you want to go back to kathmandu by helicopter this option also possible you can take a helicopter from Gorakshep.
Day 9: EBC to Kalapatthar (5643 m) To Pangboche (3985 m)
- Distance: 22 km Time: 7/8 hrs
- Begin: EBC overnight: Pangboche
- Stops: Kalapatthar-Gorakshep-Lobuche-Dughla-Pheriche-Shomare
This day is the most challenging as you need to walk really a long-distance nearly 22 kilometers. Kallapatthar (Black rock) is the most important viewpoint in the whole trip. It is the highest point of the EBC trek. You can enjoy the 360-degree mountain views from Kallapatthar. If you can reach early in the morning, the sunrise views can be amazing from there, and if you want to go Gokyo lake trail you can go after Kalapatther.
The mountain views from Kallapatthar are clear and stunning. Spending a few minutes at the viewpoint, you hurry to restart your trek as you still have to walk a long distance to reach Pangboche overnight. Today there are many stops along the way. But you can’t have long rest at any of the stations. You need to be alert to reach Pangboche in time.
Overnight at one of the fine guesthouses in Pangboche
Day 10: Pangboche (3985 m) To Namche(3440 m)
- Distance: 19 km Time: 5 hrs
- Begin: Pangboche overnight: Namchebazar
Basically, there are two routes to trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazar. The first pass through Tengboche is the same way you took while going. The other is through Phortse which is a little more challenging but offers scenic views. In spite of the difficulty, we recommend our clients to take the route through Phortse as there will be panoramic mountain views along the trail.
Once you pass Phortse, you will find many ascents and descents. It is better to have a walking stick so that you won’t get slopped on the icy peaks. It is nearly 19 km from Pangboche to Namche if you take the route through Phortse. When you arrive at Namche after 8 days, you might feel arriving at home. You will feel pretty comfortable there as it is a more advanced town compared to other elevated villages.
Day 11: Trek Namche (3440 m) To Lukla (2860 m)
- Distance: 20 km Time: 5:30 hrs
- Begin: Namchebazar overnight: Lukla
- Stops: Jorsale, Monjo, Bengkar, Phakding
It is the last day in the mountain and equally challenging as you need to walk for nearly 6 hours to reach Lukla. The trail passes along the Dudh Koshi River. As you cross the suspension bridges and pass through the small villages with tiresome bodies, you will see many bright-eyed trekkers heading in the opposite direction.
It is just the same route you walked on the 2nd day. Jorsale, Monjo, Bengkar, Phakding, etc. are the major stations where you can stop for a while and rest with the wonderful mountain views. Ghat and Cheplung are other important stops between Phakding and Lukla. Upon arriving at Lukla you will stay overnight at one of t best hotels there.
Enjoy the last night in the mountains celebrating the successful trek. You will probably get the farewell party with ‘Chhang’, the homemade beer made of rice, and learn a few steps of Sherpa dance.
Day 12: Fly back from Lukla (2860 m) to Kathmandu (1400 m)
It’s a day to say goodbye to the mountains and return back to Kathmandu. After having the early breakfast at the hotel, you will go to the Tenjin Hilari airport and take a nearly 35 minutes flight to Kathmandu. Try getting a seat at the window so that you can cherish the beautiful mountain views and the views of panoramic landscapes. The flight is really amazing over the uneven terrain of Nepal.
Depending upon the time you land at Kathmandu airport (TIA), spend a few hours exploring Kathmandu valley and take the last meal at one of the best hotels in Thamel, a tourists hub of Kathmandu. Grab the souvenir for your friends and relatives. If you still have a few more days to stay in Nepal, Himalayan-Masters will help you find other destinations that suit your interest and time. Also, learn about the things to do in Kathmandu and the Durbar Squares.