Everest Base Camp Trekking

Everest Base Camp Trekking ! EBC Trekking! Everest Kalapattar

The Everest Base Camp trek is quite simply the classic trek in Nepal and high on the priority list of trekkers it is one of the most visited regions in the Himalaya. The two weeks trek starts and finishes at Lukla, an airstrip to the south of the region better known as the ‘Gateway to Everest’.

Starting from Lukla, a gentle two-day trek up the Dudh Koshi valley leads to the famous Namche Bazaar a famous Sherpa trading town. Phakding and Monjo are the popular stopovers on the first day and just beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsale checkpoint. Permits are checked here. The trail that follows the Dudh Koshi River starts going uphill from the suspension bridge just a few minutes from Jorsale. After a 3 hour hike Namche Bazaar is reached.

Namche Bazaar, one of the popular stops along the Everest route is a Sherpa dominated trading centre that seems to have it all. Besides a good number of hotels, restaurants and equipment stores, one can even find a proper pub and cyber cafe. It is good to halt here for a couple of days to acclimatize by walking in and around Namche as acclimatization cannot be done in a hurry. A visit to Syangboche or some Sherpa villages such as Thame, Khumjung and Khunde just a few hours walk from Namche are good options for whiling away your time here.

Everest Base Camp Trekking

Leaving Namche Bazaar, the trail follows the valley of Imja Khola with spectacular views of Thamserku, Kangtega and Ama Dablam mountains, and dominating the skyline ahead are the giants, Lhotse and Everest. The most common night halt after Namche is at the top of a steep climb from the Imja Khola at Thyangboche. The Thyangboche Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries, probably because of its unrivalled backdrop, Mt. Ama Dablam. This Buddhist monastery was burnt down in 1989 and rebuilt replacing the old building with a more solid structure. Tours of the monastery are conducted every afternoon. Following the Imja Khola from Thyangboche, the trail ascends through Pangboche until Pheriche or Dingboche is reached, where the days trek ends. Another day of acclimatization follows with a fascinating side trip to Chhukung which is about three hours walk from Dingboche.

From Dingboche or Pheriche six hour walk leads to Lobuche which sits on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. What follows is a roughly  three hour hike from Lobuche to the last settlement on the trail known as Gorak Shep. The few tea houses at this place provide shelter for the night before one undertakes the final leg of the trek over the glacier to Everest Base Camp. Above Gorak Shep the popular view point known as Kala Patter stands. Kalar Pattar has a better vantage point for viewing Everest and it is where many a trekker has captured the image of the world’s highest mountain and gazed up in awe. The trek along the glacier to base camp can take up to five hours. This is treacherous ground and one must walk through this area cautiously as finding a route through can be tricky and the risk of falling on the ice is great.



Day 01: Arrival and  transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu. Sightseeing Spots are Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2600m) then trek Phakding (2800m).
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450m).Cross the Bhote Kosi River & climb steeply up to the Namche Bazaar. Namche is the main local business centre for the Khumbu region.
Day 05: Namche Bazzar to Khumjung (3880m). Short trek up to Khumjung village then rest day for acclimatisation . Side treks available.
Day 06: Khumjung to Tengboche (3880m).Trek down to the river & climb steeply up to Tengboche Monastery through forests of blue pine, fir and black juniper.
Day 07: Tengboche to Pheriche. From Tengboche Monastery trek Pangboche then walk over a short hill to the small village of Periche.
Day 08: Acclimatisation day. A day is spent acclimatising.We can do side trek to a spectacular view point above Dingboche. From here it is possible to view Mt Taweche, Ama Dablam 6812m, Island Peak and Makalu 8463m. Return Periche.
Day 09: Pheriche to Lobuche. Short climb through the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche.
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep(5545m) / Everest Base Camp / Gorakshep. Early start  trek to Gorakshep. From Gorakshep it takes about two hours to reach Everest Base Camp. Pumori 7161m, with its steep ice walls and hanging glaciers towers above then trek back Gorakshep.
Day 11: Trek back via Lobuche to Pangboche. Leisurely morning  trek down to Pangboche.
Day 12: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar. After viewing the Gompa at Pangboche  trek via Phortse to Namche.
Day 13: Namche to Phakding. Easy trek to Phakding..
Day 14: Phakding to Lukla. Short trek to Lukla  p.m. at leisure.
Day 15: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. Early morning flight back to Kathmandu & transfer hotel. Afternoon at leisure.