One of the best activities to partake in to enjoy Nepal’s beautiful hills and mountains can be planning a trek with your friends or family. In addition, a trek to the base camp of the world’s tallest peak is just as wonderful as it sounds. As far as you might be concerned, Everest is more than just a mountain; similarly, the journey to the mountain’s base camp is more than just a mere trek.
Why should I Trek to the Everest Base Camp?
It’s no wonder why Nepal is one of the top traveling destinations for tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers alike. The enthralling beauty of Nepal lets travelers experience heavenly experiences without having to travel to heaven itself.
Nevertheless, if you are planning to travel to Nepal in the near future or are originally from there, you may be surprised to learn about all the places you can travel to get the best out-of-doors experience.
For regular people, a wonderful trek to the Gokyo Lake or Annapurna base camp or hike the Shivapuri national park might be a good escape from week to week workdays.
However, the Everest Base Camp trek allows a traveler of any experience level to experience a challenging yet physically and spiritually fulfilling journey that’s not easily available in our time. Not to mention, you’d be able to physically spectate the gorgeous hills, villages, and mountains along the way.
How do I prepare for the Everest base camp trek?
Before you embark on this journey, you need to consider that this trek starts at an elevation of 2,860 meters or 9,380 feet and ends at an elevation of 5,364 meters or 17,598 feats. This extreme elevation might cause altitude sickness or breathlessness.
Thus, people with lung problems or other similar problems should avoid or take all the necessary precautions before taking on such an adventure.
Additionally, this trek requires you to walk continuously in a cold climate for many days. Thus, be sure to bring along the following materials with you.
- Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
- Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
- Trekking sticks
- Snow Glasses and flashlight
- Moisturizers and lip guard
- Water bottles and thermos
- Portable fire stoves
Though all of these are quite necessary for the journey, as mentioned above, not all of them are a must. Everest base camp trek is quite famous among frequent travelers, so many hotels and homestays provide these materials for a higher price than the usual price. Similarly, you can opt to get your food at any place during your stay there as per your liking.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
The Everest base camp starts from Lukla and ends at Lukla. Thus, for foreigners, you need to acquire a traveling visa from the Nepal government and get to Kathmandu initially. Now, if you’re in Kathmandu or any other city in Nepal, book a flight to the Lukla Airport in Lukla, Solukhumbu.
Now, after you reach Lukla, your trek starts. About a 12/14 day’s journey would be enough for an average healthy person to complete the trek. And during the end of the day, stay at multiple homestays available in the areas mentioned below as per your liking.
Day 1: Trek to Phakding
After meeting the local people and enjoying the stunning view of Lukla, you should start your initial trek to Phakding. Spend your first night there.
Day 2: Reaching Namche Bazar
From Phakding, start the hike to the beautiful Namche Bazar, which is also known as the gateway to Everest. After reaching there, booking a hotel or a homestay for two days would be ideal. During those days, your body can adapt to the weather and altitude of the area.
Day 3: Mini Hikes
During the second day in Namche Bazaar, a trip to the green village of Khumjung and Thame would be a great use of your time.
Day 4: Off to Thyangboche
A trek from Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche takes approximately 6 to 8 hours. Plan your day accordingly and enjoy the beautiful view of forests full of rhododendron trees along the way.
Day 5: Reaching Dingboche
The trek from Thyangboche to Dingboche consists of rivers, bridges, and long paths with a mind-blowing view of the Himalayas. Similar to Namche Bazaar, it'd be easier for your body to stay at Dingboche for two days to adapt to the area's conditions. Do enjoy the warm hospitality of the people of Dingboche while there.
Day 6: Hikes
During the second day in Dingboche, an excursion to the village of Chhukung and Nagarzhang would be a great use of your rest day. After this day, you can continue your trek.
Day 7: Off to Lobuche
The trail to Lobuche from Dingboche leads through alpine meadows and summer yak pastures near the terminus of the Khumbu Glacier. This path offers stunning views of Nuptse on clear days. Be sure to take in every moment of your hike.
Day 8: Everest Base Camp
On day eight, you need to reach Nuptse via a difficult climb Khumbu Glacier. Furthermore, get past the Changri Glacier towards Gorakshep. Finally, you'll reach Everest Base Camp on the eighth day of the trek. Then, feel a sense of fulfillment and enjoy the day at Everest Base Camp.
Day 9: Descend to Pheriche
When you wake up, a morning trek to Kala Patthar will allow you to view the stunning sunrise, Everest, and its surrounding areas. Later on, Start your descent back to Lukla via Pheriche.
Day 10: Kyangjuma
After spending the ninth night in Pheriche, take a rest at Kyangjuma at the end of day ten.
Day 11: Down to Monjo
On our way back to Lukla, we trek down from Kyangjuma to the small village of Monjo. Stay at Monjo for the night.
Day 12: Finally, Lukla
If everything goes as planned, the twelfth day will be your final day in the Solukhumbu district. After you leave Monjo, you'll reach Lukla. Since it's time to leave, be sure to take in the atmosphere of Lukla and the journey as a whole. Sightseeing, shopping, and relaxing can be a great way to finish off such a great adventure.
After an exciting couple of weeks, go back to your daily life with a memory that’ll last your lifetime.
About Everest Base Camp Trek
- As one of the most adventurous treks in Nepal, the Everest base camp trek requires a good fitness level and activeness.
- A small group of around 5 to 15 people would be preferable for the trek.
- The minimum age requirement for the trek is 12 years.
- This trek is of Teahouse style with simple hotels, hostels, or homestays available.
- Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
- Three meals per day throughout the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- Accommodation in lodges and tea houses during the trek.
- Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
- Trekking Guide and a porter (Shared by two clients) with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
- First Aid kit.
- Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
- TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
- All needed government tax/vat.
- International Airfare.
- Your travel insurance.
- Sightseeing entrance fees
- Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
- Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
- Tips for Guide and Porters
The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.
If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.
Finally, a trek to the Everest Base can be an amazing once-in-a-lifetime event for you. Due to its history, great views, and Sherpa culture, the trek certainly deserves its reputation. However, since the trek is so popular, the main trails are often quite crowded.
Even so, despite its popularity, Everest Base Camp deserves to be listed among the top treks in Nepal. If you decide to take on the journey, I wish you a pleasant trip through the forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines, and foothills on the way to the Everest Base Camp.