Distance – 120 km/75 mi
Days required – 12 days
Total ascent – 6015 m/19,734 ft
Total descent – 5821 m/19,097 ft
Highest point – 5640 m/18 500 ft Kala Patthar
Difficulty – Moderate
Permits – Local Government fee (NPR 2000/US$17 pp.) and Sagarmatha National Park permit (NPR 3000/US$25 pp.) is required.
Accommodation – Lodges or Tea Houses
EBC is located about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northeast of Kathmandu in the Khumbu region of Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 meters.
Roughly translates to “Black Rock”. Detour to this soaring lookout point that’s 18,208 feet (5,550m) up on the ridges above Gorak Shep. It’s a real challenge (1,640-feet / 500-meter ascent in 2 hours) but is hailed by many as the best view over Everest, with the Khumbu Icefall crashing through the valley below.
The largest Buddhist gompa in the valley of Everest, Tengboche Monastery is a pit stop for determined trekkers bound for the summit. They come to light candles and ask for blessings.
Trekking Up : Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding – Namche Bazaar – Tengboche – Dingboche – Lobuche – Gorak Shep – EBC
Trekking Down: Gorek Shep – Pheriche – Tengboche – Monjo – Lukla – Kathmandu
Day 1: Kathmandu to Lukla flight. Trek to Phakding
Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Day 3: Namche Bazaar acclimatisation day (trek to Thame and Khumjung, the green village)
Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
Day 5: Tengboche to Dingboche
Day 6: Dingboche acclimatisation day (hike to Chhukung or Nagarzhang Peak)
Day 7: Dingboche to Lobuche
Day 8: Reach Everest Base Camp crossing the Changri Glacier and return to Gorak Shep.
Day 9: Gorak Shep to Pheriche (optional morning trek to Kala Pattar for sunrise views of Everest)
Day 10: Pheriche to Tengboche
Day 11: Tengboche to Monjo village
Day 12: Monjo to Lukla and stay overnight. Flight back to Kathmandu the following day
Although the flight to Lukla is considered as flight to the world’s most dangerous airport, it is also known to be Nepal’s most gorgeous flights.
Trekkers, on the other hand, prefer the Lukla flight, even though it is perilous, because they want to see forested hills, valleys, brilliant rivers and communities, and more. From the air, you can see lush terrace farmlands, you will fly above the clouds, and fly by the side of gorgeous waterfalls cascading through the deep forest, among other things to see from short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
You can get your first glimpse of Mt. Everest when you arrive at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Our adventure begins here at Lukla (also known as the famous Gateway to Everest) and takes us through astonishing landscapes, rivers, valleys, towns, religious and cultural landmarks before arriving at the awaited Everest Base Camp.
The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp falls into two seasons: March to May (spring) and September to November (autumn).
These two trekking seasons fall either side of the summer monsoon season, and therefore allow for optimal conditions – less rainfall, comfortable temperatures and clearer skies. The heavy rainfall from June to early September renders the Everest Base Camp trail off-limits. It becomes treacherous territory with muddy, inaccessible paths and risk of landslides.
The March to May trekking season has the advantage of warm, sunny days and the opportunity to see the bustle of those setting up camp at Base Camp ready to climb Everest. The disadvantage is the chance of humidity and heat on the long trek, and cloudy weather in May as the monsoon season starts to brew.
The September to November trekking season has the advantage of crisp, clear skies that allow for incredible views of the Himalaya ranges. A trade-off for the more moderate temperatures, which get colder towards November, especially at night. As my pictures show, visibility in November was glorious.
The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit replaced the old Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permit in October 2018. It costs NPR 2000 Per Person and is obtained in Lukla.
The Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit is needed since you will be trekking through the park. It costs NPR 3000 Per Person.
Everest region is one of the highest places in the world. The home of the world’s Highest mountain - Mt. Everest (8848m), is the dream trekking trail for many trekkers. Likewise, the trail is opted by many trekkers around the world.
The Everest Base Camp is located in the Khumbu region which is the eastern part of Nepal. When it comes to Nepal, you might have heard about cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu but the trekking region is quite far away from these major cities. The trekking starts from a small town called Lukla which is situated at an altitude of 2,860 m. If you take the plane then it is a 30 minute journey from Kathmandu to Lukla whereas the bus will take you around 3-4 days.