The Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. There are thousands of trekkers visiting the base camp of the world's highest mountain in each high trekking season. Seeing the tallest mountain in the world and being at the base camp of it, may have a desire of many people from all around the globe and looking some helpful information before planning a trek to this place.
A short adventurous scenic flight will take you to a small airport Lukla from Kathmandu. Right after landing at Lukla airport, the trek starts walking towards Phakding passing some beautiful Sherpa villages. Today, the trek is short and easy to Phakding. After spending the first night in Phakding, the trek goes ahead to Namche Bazaar the next day. Walking about 3 hrs from Phakding can be reached Monjo from where the Sagarmatha national park starts. The Sagarmatha national park is a natural UNESCO world heritage.
Namche Bazaar is a beautiful high Sherpa town where trekkers will spend 2 nights for the altitude practice before visiting more higher elevation. After Namche, the trek keeps continuing to Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep before the base camp reached. Once you reach your goal then still, there will be one more adventure that is Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is a hill station from where you will enjoy with 360-degree eye captivating mountain view.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Everest base camp trek regular itinerary is 12 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. You will finish 130km in total from Lukla to Lukla in 11 days trek. It takes 8 days to reach the base camp spending 2 extra days rest for acclimatization on the way and 3 long days trek back to Lukla and fly out to Kathmandu. Here is a basic itinerary which is following by most of the trekkers.
Fly to Lukla (2840m.) and trek to Phakding (2610m.) 3 hours.
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) 6 hours.
Rest and acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m.)
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m.) 5 hours.
Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m.) 5 hours.
Acclimatization day at Dingboche (4410m.)
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m.) 4- 5 hours
Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m.) via Gorakshep (5140m.) 7-8 hours.
Hike to Kalapatthar (5545m.) descend to Gorakshep and trek to Pheriche (4210m.) 5 hours.
Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar 6-7 hours.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla.6 hours.
Fly back to Kathmandu.
Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights
Of course, there should be some attractions that attract visitors. World's highest mountain Everest is the main attraction of this trek. Besides the Everest, there are lots to see and explore from the Everest base camp trek. Here is a shortlist of Everest base camp trek highlights.
A scenic adventurous mountain flight to Lukla
Marvellous Sherpa villages with traditional architect buildings
Ancient historical Buddhist monasteries and other monuments
Decorated Mani rocks, Mani walls and prayer flags
The Everest Himalaya and stunning viewpoints
Wildlife, vegetation, rivers, waterfalls, valleys, glacier and more...
Best Time to Trek to Everest Base Camp
Autumn and spring seasons are the best timings for the Everest base camp trek. Though mid- September and late May will be some rainy days with poor visibilities so try to do this trek in other timings. After Mid-September to November offers the best visibility even from a far distance but these timings might be a little bit colder than the months from Spring. You need to go pretty close to see a nice view in spring because this time is a dry season. Visibility from a far distance may not be good with haze in Spring. Spring makes colourful forest with blooming flowers all around and this is the main season for the Expedition. You may encounter the Everest climbers in this season.
Winter brings cold temperature so trekking to the base camp in winter will be very cold but still, visibility is nice. But trekking during summer is not a good idea. Most of the time rains in summer then you may not enjoy your holiday to the Everest base camp in monsoon.
Be careful with altitude problem.
drink plenty water