The Everest base camp trek is a classic adventure journey to the Himalaya. It is the most popular trek in Nepal. There are thousands of trekkers visiting this trek each high trekking season.
The Everest base camp journey begins with a short adventurous scenic mountain flight to Lukla. Then the trek goes to Phakding at the first-day walk which takes about 3 hrs from Lukla. Leaving Phakding behind, the second-day trek is to Namche Bazaar. Today, the Sagarmatha national park starts from Monjo.
After spending 2 nights in Namche Bazaar for the altitude practice, trek go-ahead towards Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep before reaching the base camp. Next, hike to Kalapatthar and trek back to Lukla in three days and fly back to Kathmandu.
Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights
- An adventure scenic flight to Lukla
- Beautiful Sherpa settlements with traditional architect buildings
- Ancient Buddhist monasteries and other monuments
- Walkthrough a natural UNESCO world heritage site
- Magnificent Everest Himalaya and stunning viewpoints
- Wildlife, vegetation, waterfalls, rivers, glacier, valleys and much more
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 01:Fly to Lukla (2840m.) and trek to Phakding (2610m.) 3 hours.
Day 02:Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) 6 hours.
Day 03:Rest and acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m.)
Day 04:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m.) 5 hours.
Day 05:Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m.) 5 hours.
Day 06:Acclimatization day at Dingboche (4410m.)
Day 07:Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m.) 4- 5 hours
Day 08:Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m.) via Gorakshep (5140m.) 7-8 hours.
Day 09: Hike to Kalapatthar (5545m.) descend to Gorakshep and trek to Pheriche (4210m.) 5 hours.
Day 10:Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar 6-7 hours.
Day 11:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla.6 hours.
Day 12:Fly back to Kathmandu.
Everest Base Camp Trek Accommodation
Everest base camp trekking route is managed by the national park, Sagarmatha population control committee and Local Sherpa communities. There are plenty of lodges for the night stay in each stop. Toilets are clean which are indoor and even attached to the rooms in some places.
There is a food menu in every lodge so don't need to bring own food for the trek. Foods are hygienically cocked by basic trained cooks. The local food items are also available with choosable food items on the menu.
Bottled Water can buy in every lodge but as altitude ascends, the cost of the water also goes high. Also, normal tap water can drink but need to use water purification or sterilizer.
Internet, Communication and Battery Charging
Al the way from Lukla to the base camp, there is the reception of the cell phone. NTC and NCELL SIM can use for the phone call and internet service with buying data package in Kathmandu. Lodges sale the internet top-up card from the Everest link so using data from the cell phone is better than buying a top-up card.
For the battery charging, lodges have solar power so it is possible to charge the stuff but always good to have a power bank for the trek.
Altitude sickness is a serious problem that travellers will face. Flying from Kathmandu (1350m) to Lukla (2840m) is already high enough so it is better to have an extra day in Kathmandu before flying to Lukla direct. Then trek goes gradually ascend day to day up to 5364m (Base camp) taking 8 days including 2 extra acclimatization rest days.
Walk slow, keep warm, eat well, sleep well, drinking plenty of clean water and fluids to not have a problem of altitude sickness. Once problem accrued, it is better to rest at the same pace or descends as soon as possible.
Travel insurance is compulsory for this trek. There can be any accidents up in the mountain so need the policy of insurance which covers emergency evacuation and be sure if it covers up to 6000 meters.