Starting Everest base camp trekking
16 Feb 2021 Santosh Gauli
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
For your Everest base camp trekking, there are 3 options. The most popular and short-time option in Kathmandu to Lukla flight b plane and takes 12 days to go and back, similarly you can take a bus from Kathmandu to the Sallery than starts walk to EBC via Lukla, it is 18 days trek and the last option is a classic route of Everest base camp begins from Giri, Bhandara to EBC via Phakding/Lukla. However, the Everest base camp trek can be customized as per your desire, your time, Budget, and plans.
The Lukla flights are normally operators in the morning but if the weather helps, you can fly until 4 pm. The earlier flights are recommended if you wish to view the magical mountain view and smooth flights, plus Morning flights are always sure otherwise you may stock in Kathmandu or Lukla just because of flight problems.
Succeeding, the popular Everest trekking route, there is no other option from Lukla to Namche Bazaar. And, at Namche after spending 2 nights including acclimatization day, you may go to Thame, Thamo for a sight day walk or trek to continue to Tangboche. If you are trekking with your limited time and Budget you better continue the trek otherwise sight day trips are beautiful and more natural.
While you are trekking in the Mountain, Guide and Porters are other factors. If you are young and have plenty of experience you may carry your gear yourself if not, Guides and porters help you to succeed in the trek. Having a guide is your safety, and your small one gives them a job. Porters hiring from Lukla is a good Concession, they carry your entire heavy load and it does give them work for 2 weeks. However, trekking during the spring and autumn season in Nepal, you should book your Guide and Porters earlier; otherwise at Lukla some time, you may not get porters in the High season.
Mountain sickness is another factor that 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 than raising altitude may affect 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 are also another options 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 either autumn season or spring season.
Which month of the year is good for the Everest Base camp trek?
During the year, The Everest base camp trip is suitable between September to November and March to May. It is 2 weeks holiday in the Northeast of Nepal, shows you the beauty of the Sherpa community, their unique tradition, and spectacular snow peak Mountains.
Naturally, it is just heavenly-made trails. In spring and autumn the trails are relatively safe, with no risk of avalanche, landslides, or heavy snowfall this is why these two seasons are highly recommended for Everest trekkers.
Further, obviously in high season, there are hundreds of trekkers on the trails every day and crowded hence, early September and Late November could be the best time if you prefer to walk peacefully.
On average, below 4,000 Meters high, the coldest temperature occurs about – 10 in the spring season and -15 in the autumn season but during the day when sunshine the temperature gets about 12-15 degrees centigrade. The Everest base camp trek is the world’s top ten best rails in a high alleviation therefore, your safety is highly required. The trekking gear, guide, porter, tour operator all factors should be well managed to make your life experience trip in Nepal.
Why Everest base camp trek?
The Everest base camp is the first impression for Trekkers, Especially those who love hiking in the high alleviation. Once people think about Nepal, they always think of the High Mountains, Mt. Everest, and the birthplace of Lord Buddha so on. However, the Everest region is rich in a bunch of high Mountains, old Buddhist culture, and heavenly-made landscapes.
Here are the lists of reasons why Everest base camp trek?
- It is a good enough trails for most trekkers,
- The popular trails in the world.
- You can observe 4 over 8000 meters high mountain s,
- This reason offers mixed Buddhist culture,
- You can visit some old colorful Monastery, varied vegetation, wild animals, etc.
- You can collect various Mountaineering experiences.
- You will visit Everest base camp, Kalapathar, Khumbu ice-fall, Khumbu glacier and crossing suspension bridges.
- You reach at 5,550 m at Kalapathar which is highest spot you reach I this trek.
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 the Kathmandu Airport for your Lukla flight. The early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is always amazing and feels more fun over the majestic Himalaya. 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)
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 under the UNESCO world heritage site.
We have an easy gradual trail along the river until 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 snow cap 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
Namche Bazaar is your first spot where you are recommended to spent 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 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)
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, Lotshe, 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.
Tengboche to Dingboche trails for hikers will be slowly open up and dry. The path leads us gradually up passing several Sherpa settlements such as Debuche, Pangboche, Somare than to Dingboche. It is quite a big village filled with local shops, inns, lodges, and few bakeries.
While you are walking towards Dingboche, you will be seeing some wildlife, sky touching Mountains, gorge, suspension bridges, and crystal clear rivers.
Day 06: Dingboche Acclimatize day
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
Today, you will begin your day after a warm breakfast at Dingboche. The route of Lobuche is all open and more pleasant filled with many snow cap mountains. On the way to Lobuche, you will trek through the cliff of Mountains, banks of an icy stream, stone-made memorials of climbers, who have died while you are climbing to 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 then turn into the valley of Lobuche. You will be staying at Lobuche today.
Day 08: Trek from Lobuche to Ghorakshep (5,180 m.), then trek to Everest Base camp.
Today, you are getting close to Everest base camp (5,364m). In the early morning, you will start your day. I think this is your best and thrilling day because you are walking towards Everest base camp passes 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, explore nearby then back to Gorakshep.
Day 09: Morning hike from Gorakshep to Kalapathar and Trek to Phireche.
After, Everest base camp, Kalapathar is another best and 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 Mt. Everest is just unbelievable from this hill including Everest base camp, icefall, and Khumbu Glacier. After all, you will descent to Pheriche. After spending several nights over 4500 meters high, you will feel very happy to spent a night at lower alleviation.
Day 10: Trek from Pheriche- Namche bazaar 3,450m
From Pheriche, the walking trails will be the same and feel much easier because all your trails are descending. It is long but an easy day 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).
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, Buddhist curtains, finally you are back to Lukla and celebrate with all staff.
Day 12: Flying back to Kathmandu.
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.