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Starting Everest base camp trekking

16 Feb 2021 Santosh Gauli

Starting Everest base camp trekking

Starting Everest base camp trekking is an initial phase of trek preparation. It is a really important factor while you are heading to Everest base camp. The related field, landscapes, food, Accommodations, guide all trek-related subjects should be well known when starting Everest base camp trekking.

The Everest Region of Nepal is the busiest and most visited trekking route. In this region, the major problems apart from acute mountain sickness are to/from Lukla flights. In a year, especially during the Autumn season (September – November) & Spring season (April – May), these two seasons are very busy, therefore, you are suggested to book your flight ticket to/from Lukla early as possible, Furthermore, you can plan slowly.

Starting Everest Base camp Trek 

When planning your Everest base camp trek, you have three options. The most popular and shortest option is to take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, which takes 12 days round trip. Another option is to take a bus from Kathmandu to Sallery and then start the trek to EBC via Lukla, which is an 18-day trek. The last option is the classic route that starts from Giri, Bhandara to EBC via Phakding/Lukla. Keep in mind that the trek can be customized to fit your desired time, budget, and plans. Lukla flights are typically operated in the morning and are recommended for the best mountain views and smooth flights. However, if you have limited time and budget, you can continue the trek from Namche Bazaar or take a sightseeing day trip to Thame or Thamo. It is important to note that hiring a guide and porters is recommended for safety and to give them work. However, it is important to book them in advance during the spring and autumn seasons in Nepal, as it can be difficult to find porters during the high season at Lukla.

Mountain sickness is another factor that one should be aware of. Trekkers look very excited after landing at Lukla and they trek to Namche via Phakding but your pace of walk should be the same and slow with plenty of water and rest. Most of the trekkers are fit and fine until Namche then raising altitude may affect them and get a headache. No, worries with a small headache talk to your team leader, Guide, and use Diamox you will be fine. Once again, plenty of warm safe water is the best remedy.

From Lukla as per the itinerary and guide suggestion within 8 days, you will step on Everest base camp(5,364m), next full 3 days will be enough to decent until Lukla then fly back to Kathmandu.

Foods and Accommodation are not very standard and not very basic in Everest trekking. There are quite some choices of foods- some western, Asian, and Chinese. Concerning the food and accommodation, you are fully accommodated in the warm Lodge and warm local foods.

As per the Bunch of trekkers’ experiences, Mid-September to the end of November is the best time for Everest base camp, likewise From March to May is also another option to visit. The fact is that these seasons give you clear weather, temperature, crystal clear view of the Himalayan range, etc., Hence, plan or Everest base camp trek in either the autumn season or spring season.

Which month of the year is good for the Everest Base camp trek?

Khumbu Glacier and View of Nuptse & Mt. Everest

The best time to go on the Everest Base Camp trek depends on personal preferences and the type of experience desired. September and October are considered the best months for clear, dry weather and the blooming of rhododendron flowers. However, the warmer spring months of March, April, and May also offer a good trekking experience with fewer crowds. Summer months of June, July, and August are possible, but weather can be unpredictable with a higher risk of rain and landslides.

To ensure the best time for your trip, it’s recommended to contact a local trekking agency for advice. Additionally, early September and late November are good options for those who prefer fewer crowds on the trail. The temperature at an average altitude of 4,000 meters can be -10 in spring and -15 in autumn but can reach 12-15 degrees Celsius during the day with sunshine. The trek requires proper gear, a guide, a porter, and a tour operator to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Why Everest base camp trek?

The Everest Base Camp trek is a highly sought-after adventure for hikers and travelers, as it offers stunning views of Mount Everest and the Himalayas, as well as the chance to immerse oneself in the culture of the Sherpa people, known for their strong traditions and spiritual connection to the mountain.

The trek itself is a challenging but rewarding journey through picturesque forests, glacial rivers, and high passes, with opportunities to stay in traditional teahouses and interact with locals. It is the combination of physical challenge, cultural immersion, and natural beauty that makes the Everest Base Camp trek a popular choice among travelers.

Here are the reasons why the Everest base camp trek is so Famous.

Mount Everest: The trek takes you to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, providing the opportunity to see Mount Everest up close and experience the majesty of the Himalayas.

Scenic beauty: The trek takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, including forests, rivers, and high passes with stunning views of the mountains.

Cultural immersion: The trek gives you the chance to experience the culture of the Sherpa people, who have lived in the region for centuries and have a rich tradition and spiritual connection to the mountain.

Physical challenge: The trek is a physically demanding journey that requires a good level of fitness, making it an achievement to complete.

Sense of accomplishment: Completing the trek is a major accomplishment that many people are proud to have achieved, and it is a great way to test your limits and push yourself to your full potential.

Unique experience: The trek offers a one-of-a-kind experience that is not available in many other parts of the world, making it a unique and memorable adventure.

Everest Base camp trek- 12 days Itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding(2,660 m).

In the morning, you will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport for your Lukla flight. The early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is always amazing and feels more fun over the majestic Himalayas. It is a 30-minute short scenic flight to Lukla.

We reach Lukla then we will be introducing our trekking team, take breakfast in the lodge, and trek to Phakding. The trek is very short today. The trails lead us slowly downhill and pass several Sherpa local villages. We will spend a night in the Lodge at Phakding village.

Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,450m)

Reached Namche Bazaar-3,450 m

Relatively the trails from Phakding to Namache are a bit longer but more natural. The beautiful path leads us into the Sagarmatha national park today. The Sagarmatha national park is also listed as the UNESCO world heritage site.

We have an easy gradual trail along the river until our Lunch spot- Jorsalle then we begin to climb through several high-suspension bridges. It is a 5 to 6 hours journey. The best part of the day is the view of Mt. Everest and other might snowcap peaks including a few.

We will be staying at Namche tonight. It is quite a big mountain city that provides quite some facilities such as banking, clothing, food, and medicine. Furthermore, it is an unendorsed headquarter of the Khumbu region.

Day 03: Rest Day in Namche Bazaar

Hiking to the hill station

Namche Bazaar is your first spot where you are recommended to spend 1 extra Night. It is the situation at 3450 m this is why you need to acclimatize. Today, you can have your own time without any pressure of walking and carrying a backpack. You may go around for a sight walk though if you are happy to hike for short time. There are a few beautiful spots you may go to and enjoy. Such as Sherpa Museum, Namche hill station, Everest view Hotel, etc. you will spend the night in Namche Lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,890 m)

Tangboche Monastery

In the morning, you will be walking towards Namche Hill then continue to Kyanjuma, Sanasa along the massif mountain cliff. Today, the route is all open without shadow, therefore, you can have so many beautiful mountain views for example Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Thamserku, Mount Lothse, and other mighty peaks.

The route between Namche and Tangboche is spirit-filled with many Buddhist curtains, Monasteries, and stupas. You will stay at Tangboche tonight.

Day 05: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche.

Way to Dingboche

Tengboche to Dingboche trails for hikers will slowly open up and dry. The path leads us gradually up passing several Sherpa settlements such as Debuche, Pangboche, and Somare then to Dingboche. It is quite a big village filled with local shops, inns, lodges, and a few bakeries.

While you are walking towards Dingboche, you will be seeing some wildlife, sky-touching Mountains, a gorge, suspension bridges, and crystal-clear rivers.

Day 06: Dingboche Acclimatize day

way to Lobuche-4,910m

At Dingboche, you will have 1 full day and 2 nights. The extra night is necessary here to be safe from Mountain sickness this is why you can rest here and make a short sight walk for acclimatization. There are mainly two places for sight walk. The nearest hiking hill is just behind Dingboche on Nagarjun Hill and the next is Chhukung. You can consult with your guide and customize your sight walk.

Day 07: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

On the way to Lobuche

Today, you will begin your day after a warm breakfast at Dingboche. The route of Lobuche is open and more pleasant filled with many snowcap mountains. On the way to Lobuche, you will trek through the cliff of Mountains, banks of an icy stream, and stone-made memorials of climbers, who have died while you are climbing Everest.

Your first 2 and half hours of the walk take you to Dugla, where trekkers stop for Lunch and hot tea/coffee. Next, we climb up to the stone-made memorials and then turn into the valley of Lobuche. You will be staying at Lobuche today.

Day 08: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,180 m.), then trek to Everest Base camp.

Everest Base Camp- 5,364 m

Today, you are getting close to the Everest base camp (5,364m). In the early morning, you will start your day. I think this is your best and most thrilling day because you are walking towards Everest base camp and passing Gorakshep- 5,180m.

When you reach Gorakshep, you can drop your big backpack in the lodge; take quick lunch then hike to Everest base camp. It is a long day, but you will definitely forget all your pain and tiredness because you will reach the base world’s highest peak- Mt. Everest. At base camp, you will spend 30 minutes to 1 hour, exploring nearby then back to Gorakshep.

Day 09: Morning hike from Gorakshep to Kalapathar and Trek to Pheriche.

Kalapathar view station- 5,550m

After, the Everest base camp, Kalapathar is another best and most exciting spot to explore Khumbu Himalaya. Kalapathar is the highest point you will be reaching. The entire view of the Himalayas will be clearly seen from Kalapathar hill station. The View of Mt. Everest is just unbelievable from this hill including Everest base camp, icefall, and Khumbu Glacier. After all, you will descend to Pheriche. After spending several nights over 4500 meters high, you will feel very happy to spend a night at lower alleviation.

Day 10: Trek from Pheriche- Namche bazaar 3,450m

way down to Namche Bazaar

From Pheriche, the walking trails will be the same and feel much easier because all your trails are descending. It is a long but easy day that passes several Sherpa houses, yak grazing, the stupa, and colorful Monasteries.

Today, at Namche bazaar you can go for proper coffee at a coffee shop, bakery, pizza house, bars, and of course proper dinner. However, at Namche, you have various choices of food, and accommodations. You will be staying at Namche bazaar tonight.

Day 10: Trek from Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2, 860m).

final walking day to Lukla-2,860m

Today is your final day of the Everest trek. From Namche bazaar, you retrace your steps back to Lukla. The trails are the same as you follow while you were going up and you will pass several local houses, the stupa, and Buddhist curtains, and finally, you are back to Lukla and celebrate with all staff.

Day 12: Flying back to Kathmandu.

Lukla Airport in Solukhumbu

In the early morning, you will be flying back to Kathmandu. It is only a 340-minute flight. You will be transferred to your respective hotel.

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