Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal | A General Information
Everest Base Camp is the most popular and favourite destination for trekkers travelling to Nepal. It is located in the snow-capped Himalayas, more than 70% of tourists will visit Nepal for Everest base camp trek.
Everest base camp is known as EBC in short, and it is one of the most loved trekking destinations in the world. It offers a beautiful view of the mountains, fantastic trekking experience, and friendly, hospitable people.
The biggest charm of the Everest trek is that you can be up close and get a majestic view of the highest peak in the world, i.e., the Everest. Also, other tall mountains such as Mt. Lhotse, Cho Oyu Makalu can be seen too close during the trek.
As the base camp of Mount Everest is located at a high elevation, trekking to EBC takes about at least 10-12 days. So, you have to prepare well to complete the trek without any problem such as high altitude sickness.
There are several things you need to know before starting your trek to Everest Base Camp. This post will assist as your latest general information guide for Everest Base Camp trekking.
Highlights of the Everest Base Camp trek
- Reach the Base Camp of Mt. Everest, the highest peak of the world.
- Traverse the Sherpa culture and visit several monasteries and mountain villages of the Everest region.
- Trek inside the beautiful & natural Sagarmatha National Park
- Have a fantastic view of Khumbu glacier.
- Walk with the beautiful forests of rhododendron & pine.
EBC Trekking Overview
- Total No. Of Days: 12 – 16 Days
- Maximum Altitude: 5,545 m / 18,195 ft, Kala Patthar
- Trekking Difficulty Grade: Moderate
- Popularity: High number of trekkers per year (More than 50,000)
- Restrictions: Not Remote, Possible to do Individual without a Guide
- Total Cost: Medium ($900 – $1,199 including food, accommodation during the trek)
- Best Season: March to May and October to November.
- Accommodation Type: Normal Teahouse & Luxury hotels
- Required Permits: Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, Local Government tax
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
- Day: Morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla & Trek to Phakding village (2,890 m). Forty minutes flight – 6 hours trek.
- Day: Day trek from Phakding village to Namche town (3,441 m). 6 – 7 hours of trek.
- Day: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar and hike-up to Sagarmatha National Park. 3-4 hours of a side trip.
- Day: Trek from Namche town to Tengboche Monastery (3,850 m). 6 – 7 hours of trek.
- Day: Trek from Tengboche village to Dingboche village (4,365 m). 5 – 6 hours of trek.
- Day: Trek from Dingboche village to Lobuche(4,945 m). 5 – 6 hours of trek.
- Day: Trek up from Lobuche to Gorakshep(5,165 m). Visit the Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) at daytime. 6 – 7 hours of trek.
- Day: Visit Kalapatthar(5,545 m) early morning & Trek down from Gorakshep to Pheriche village. 8 – 9 hours of trek.
- Day: Further trek down from Pheriche to directly Namche Bazaar (3,445 m). 7 – 8 hours of downhill walk.
- Day : Trek down from Namche Bazaar to Lukla(2,860 m), Gateway of Mount Everest. 7 – 8 hours of downhill hike.
- Day: Early morning, fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu. 40 minutes.
Above mentioned itinerary of a direct trek to Everest base camp and return to Luka straight is the popular Everest base camp trek route. There are lots of other options in the Everest region for trekkers such as Gokyo Lake. Also, you can climb Island or Mera Peak along with Everest base camp trek.