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Our detailed Everest Base Camp trek itinerary

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Everest Base Camp trek is a lifetime experience for many individuals. We’ve achieved the trek twice, the primary time again in 2014 and the second time in 2020. We’ve achieved a number of treks in Nepal together with the Annapurna Circuit, the Langtang trek and EBC trek continues to be one among our favourites within the Himalayas. On this submit, we put collectively the perfect (in our opinion) 12-day itinerary with two acclimatization days one in Namche Bazar and one in Dingboche. Our itinerary is versatile and adjustable, we advise a few different routes for the return stroll that you just don’t to Base Camp and again the identical manner.

There are completely different routes to Everest Base Camp it may be mixed with the Gokyo Lakes trek or the Three Passes trek. On this submit, yow will discover the usual EBC trek itinerary from Lukla and again.

Ensure you take the appropriate stuff on the trek! Test our detailed EBC packing information.

Everest Base Camp trek overview

  • Distance – 120 km/75 mi
  • Days required – 12 days
  • Whole ascent – 6015 m/19 734 ft
  • Whole descent – 5821 m/19 097 ft
  • Highest level – 5640 m/18 500 ft Kala Patthar
  • Problem  – tough 
  • Permits – Native Authorities price (NPR 2000/US$17 pp.) and Sagarmatha Nationwide Park allow (NPR 3000/US$25 pp.) are required. No TIMS card wanted for the trek.
  • Value per day – US$ per individual together with permits and transportation. Discover out extra about Everest Base Camp trek value.
  • Information – not obligatory, might be achieved independently, with a information/a porter or in a gaggle.
  • Lodging – visitor homes
Everest Base Camp trek map
Map of Everest Base Camp trek route; Lukla – Monjo – Namche Bazar – Tengboche – Dingboche – Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Pangboche Gompa – Namche Bazar – Lukla

Everest Base Camp trek itinerary

Day 1
Lukla – Monjo
13 km/Eight mi
Day 2
Monjo – Namche
6,5 km/Four mi
Day 3
Acclimatization day
in Namche
Day 4
Namche – Tengboche
11 km/6,Eight mi
Day 5
Tengboche – Dingboche
10,5 km/6,5 mi
Day 6
Acclimatization day
in Dingboche
Day 7
Dingboche – Lobuche
8,7 km/5,5 mi
Day 8
Lobuche – Gorak Shep – EBC – Gorak Shep
12 km/7,Four mi
Day 9
Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar – Pangboche
22 km/13,6 mi
Day 10
Pangboche – Namche
15,5 km/9,6 mi
Day 11
Namche – Lukla
20 km/12,Four mi
Day 12
Flight
Lukla – Kathmandu

When you want extra data for planning your Everest Base Camp trek be happy to test our full EBC trekking information.

Day 1. Flight Kathmandu – Lukla. Stroll Lukla (2800m) – Monjo (2800m)

Kathmandu – Lukla – Chheplung – Ghat – Phakding – Bengkar – Monjo

It was the second time we took the flight and this time it was much less bumpy than the primary time, it went very fast, no issues or delays. We booked the earliest flight out there due to early flights normally go with out delays later within the day it will get windy and flights are sometimes cancelled. 

Flight Kathmandu/Ramuchhap – Lukla

  • There are a number of airways working flights Kathmandu – Lukla; Tara/Yeti Air, Summit Air, 
  • From 20th March 2020 attributable to heavy congestion, all flights to and from Lukla depart are operated from Ramechhap airport, 130km, Four hours drive from Kathmandu. It means now it’ll take 2 days to get to Lukla from Kathmandu although the flight value is similar. 
  • It’s important to be on the airport an hour earlier than the flight. 
  • The flight is about 40 minutes (from each Kathmandu or Ramuchhap). 
  • You’re allowed to have 10kg check-in baggage and 5kg hand baggage.
  • The most effective views of the mountains you get sitting on the left facet (on the way in which to Lukla).

Stroll Lukla (2800m) – Monjo (2800m)

  • Distance – 13 km/Eight mi
  • Time – 3h45min.*
  • Ascent – 530 m/1738 ft
  • Descent – 543 m/1781 ft

*We’re fairly match hikers to get a median strolling time, add to our occasions 1-2 hours (relying on the space and inclination). The occasions don’t embody lengthy stops after we cease for tea or lunch we pause the watch.

Elevation profile Day 1 of Everest Base Camp trek itinerary
Elevation profile of the stroll from Lukla to Monjo. First day of Everest Base Camp trek

Highlights

  • View of the mountains from the aircraft
  • A number of lengthy suspension bridges
  • A number of stupas (a hemispherical construction used for meditation), Mani stones (stones with carved and painted Nepali scripts), prayer wheels (a metallic cylindrical wheel on a spindle).
  • Lovely nature; rivers, pine forest, snowy peaks, small waterfalls, and so forth.

Challenges

  • An extended ascent from Lukla to Phakding, about m down
  • An extended descent on the final 3km to Monjo

Like some other first day on a trek, it was robust getting used to the altitude, to hold our backpacks, to the chilly, and so forth. The path is simple to comply with, it begins on the exit from Lukla. There are a few ATMs, pharmacies and kit outlets in Lukla. The ATMs give max NPR 15 000/US$130 per withdrawal. Subsequent locations with ATMs is Namche Bazar however there you may get solely NPR 10 000/US$85 directly.

At Lukla (simply earlier than the exit gate), there’s a ticket workplace the place you get your first permits for the trek (native authorities allow), NPR 2000/US$17 per individual. There are two checkpoints for the day, the primary one proper subsequent to the ticket workplace, the second at about 9km, each test the allow that you just purchase in Lukla. Maintain the allow until the tip of the trek you’ll have to take a look at a number of occasions on the way in which again.

It was a typical strolling day within the Himalayas you begin and end on the similar altitude, 2800m however to get from level A to level B you go about 500m up and down.

Various possibility

Relying in your arrival time in Lukla, tiredness degree, and so forth. you may cease earlier. Phakding is an efficient place to cease on the primary day. It’s about 8km from Lukla largely downhill. There are lots of guesthouses, eating places and cafes right here. The principle downside of staying in Phakding as a substitute of Monjo is that your second-day stroll to Namche shall be harder and longer, 11km as a substitute of 6,5km, and 900m up as a substitute of 662m from Monjo.

Stops on the route from Lukla to Monjo

There have been actually many guesthouses and eating places, no less than each 1km you get a spot to cease no want to fret about discovering lodging or meals. Listed below are the most important villages on the trek.

Identify Chheplung Ghat Phakding Bengkar Monjo
Distance 2km 5km 8km 11km 13km
Elevation 2664m 2548m 2600m 2720m 2780m
Guesthouse + + + + +
Restaurant + + + + +
Store + + + + +
Electrical energy + + + + +
Sizzling bathe + + + +
Wi-fi + + + +

Mount Kailash Guesthouse, Monjo

Monjo is a pleasant village with many guesthouses, outlets and eating places. It’s situated on the slope and affords good views.

We paid NPR 500/US$4 for a double room with connected bathroom and scorching bathe (photo voltaic), ask for a room inside the principle home, these rooms are larger and hotter. The place could be very good, the proprietor speaks good English and is kind of knowledgable in regards to the space. They run a espresso store with an actual Espresso machine, you may get a correct espresso within the morning. They use native beans and roast them themselves. 

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure, photo voltaic bathe within the room
  • Indoor bathroom – sure, Western flush bathroom within the room
  • Wi-fi – sure, NPR 500/US$Four per day
  • Energy sockets – sure, within the eating room, NPR 200/US$1,7 to cost per gadget
  • Blankets – sure

Day 2. Monjo (2780m) – Namche Bazar (3440m)

Monjo – Jorsale – Namche Bazar

  • Distance – 6,5 km/Four mi
  • Time – 2h.
  • Ascent – 662 m/2171 ft
  • Descent – 70 m/230 ft
A steep and long ascent of day 2 of EBC trek
Elevation profile of the stroll from Monjo to Namche Bazar. The second day on EBC trek

Highlights

  • A few spectacular suspension bridges
  • Lovely views on the way in which as much as Namche
  • Namche Bazar, the village itself and scenic views of the encircling mountain peaks

Challenges

  • Mainly the entire day is one steep and lengthy ascent, about 600m that begins at about 2km from Monjo

It’s a really quick strolling day however with a protracted ascent and no locations to cease on the way in which, besides one village at about 1km. It’s necessary to just be sure you carry sufficient water after you begin the ascent there shall be no place on the path to refill it. Don’t stroll up quick, make relaxation stops on the way in which, drink sufficient water it’ll assist to stop AMS (acute mountain illness).

At about 2km, proper after the second suspension bridge, there’s a break up, take the left route that goes alongside the river, it’s a brand new path for trekkers. The higher route is kind of muddy it’s utilized by donkeys and yaks that carry stuff up within the mountains.

There are two checkpoints on the route, the primary one is on the exit from Monjo, the place you pay NPR 3000/US$25 for the Sagarmatha Nationwide Park allow. The second is at 6km, simply earlier than Namche the place they test each permits the Sagarmatha Nationwide park and the allow that you just purchased in Lukla. Maintain each permits till the tip of the trek.

Stops on the route from Monjo to Namche

Identify Jorsale Namche Bazar
Distance 1km 6,5km
Elevation 2740m 3440m
Guesthouse + +
Restaurant + +
Store + +
Electrical energy + +
Sizzling bathe + +
Wi-fi + +
Different ATM, pharmacy,
foreign money alternate

Footrest Guesthouse, Namche Bazar

Namche Bazar is the most important city on Everest Base Camp trek. There are lots of accommodations, guesthouses, eating places, outlets and cafes. When you realised that you just want some additional gear, garments or extra cash it’s your final likelihood to get it.

The guesthouse is good, fairly dear, NPR 500/US$Four per individual (we had been informed it’s a regular value in Namche) in comparison with what we used to pay on different treks in Nepal however the value included wi-fi and limitless charging which was nice we stayed right here for 2 days and will totally cost all our electronics. Namche is the final place the place you are able to do it without cost, be certain to make use of the chance.

The guesthouse restaurant has good meals and actual espresso. Our room had a pleasant view of the city and the mountains, the room was fairly heat. I had a bathe and managed to scrub my socks and underwear.

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure, shared fuel bathe, NPR 500/US$Four per individual
  • Indoor bathroom – sure, shared Western flush bathroom
  • Wi-fi – sure, works within the room
  • Energy sockets – sure, one within the room
  • Blankets – sure

Day 3. Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar (3440m)

It’s essential to do an acclimatisation day in Namche even in case you really feel good and powerful keep for 2 nights right here. I learnt from my very own experience the primary time after we did Everest Base Camp trek we didn’t keep in Namche for the second evening and went to Tengboche the place I received AMS. We stayed for 2 nights at Tengboche however I didn’t get any higher. In the long run, we needed to stroll from Tengboche 600m right down to Phundi and keep one evening there it helped I used to be fantastic and had no drawback after that however we wasted 2 days.

On the acclimatization day, you are able to do a brief hike to one of many Everest viewpoints, it’s referred to as acclimatization hike. The most well-liked hike is to Lodge Everest View, about 1 hour uphill from Namche or to Sagarmatha Nationwide Park Museum, about 20min. stroll uphill. It’s not obligatory to do the hike in case you don’t really feel prefer it, reasonably keep in your room and relaxation. We normally don’t do acclimatization hikes we choose simply resting, ingesting quite a lot of tea and studying.

There are lots of espresso outlets and bakeries in Namche you may simply wander round, drink tea, eat and take photographs. Take it simple, you need to relaxation, drink sufficient water or tea and revel in your free day. We didn’t do any mountain climbing on our day in Namche simply walked round and caught up with some work. It was one among our costliest days on the trek we had a few cup of espresso, a cake, tons of teas and several other large meals.

Be sure to cost full all of your digital units in Namche from there on you’ll must pay additional for charging.

Campbell & Alya at Restfoot Guesthouse in Namche Bazar, Nepal
We (Campbell & Alya) working on the terrace of our guesthouse on our acclimatization day in Namche Bazar

Day 4. Namche Bazar (3440m) – Tengboche (3890m)

Namche Bazar – Kyangjuma – Leushyasa – Phungi Thanga – Tengboche

  • Distance – 11 km/6,Eight mi
  • Time – 3h.50min.
  • Ascent – 873 m/2864 ft
  • Descent – 453 m/1781 ft
Elevation profile of Day 4 of Everest Base Camp trek
Elevation profile Day Four of Everest Base Camp trek, the stroll from Namche Bazar to Tengboche

Highlights

  • Everest viewpoint (Sagarmatha Nationwide Park Museum) – beautiful views of the mountain vary and snowy peaks
  • Breathtaking views on the way in which from Namche to Kyangjuma
  • Lovely Monastery in Tengboche

Challenges

  • The path was partly muddy partly icy we used our strolling sticks each time we needed to go down.
  • A number of ascents and descents on the way in which from Namche to Phungi Thanga.
  • A really lengthy and steep ascent 600m to Tengboche on the finish of the day

The hardest day on the trek but however with some beautiful views alongside the route primarily within the first a part of the stroll. The hardest half is realizing that it’s important to go 400m up however earlier than that, you go 200m down which makes it 600m up during the last 2km.

At the start of the day, we did a small detour (500m) and went to the Everest viewpoint, we had been fairly fortunate with the climate within the morning and will see a number of snowy peaks round.

As you begin going increased up it’s necessary to remain hydrated and to not go too quick, make stops, relaxation, drink water and don’t push your self too onerous.

There may be one checkpoint for the day after the suspension bridge simply earlier than the ascent to Tengboche.

Various possibility

When you’re not feeling nice drained, headache, nausea, tiredness, and so forth. don’t go all the way in which to Tengboche reasonably stops at one of many locations on the way in which at a decrease elevation, e.g. Phudgi Thanga and the following day proceed the stroll. It’s higher to progress slowly however make all of it the way in which to the Base Camp than to go quick and get sick someplace on the way in which. Folks acclimatize otherwise, even the identical individual however in several circumstances may react differently to the identical altitude.

Stops on the route from Namche Bazar to Tengboche

Identify Kyangjuma Leushyasa Phungi Thanga Tengboche
Distance 5km 7km 8km 11km
Elevation 3600m 3440m 3320m 3890m
Guesthouse + + + +
Restaurant + + + +
Store + + + +
Electrical energy + + + +
Sizzling bathe + +
Wi-fi + + +

Lodge Himalayan, Tengboche

Tengboche shouldn’t be even a village, it’s a gaggle of guesthouses across the monastery. The monastery is a vital place, many climbers cease right here on the way in which to Everest. There’s a ceremony on the monastery that takes place within the night, vacationers can attend it however you’re not allowed to take photographs or movies.

Lodge Himalayan was the one open place in Tengboche, attributable to low season different locations had been nonetheless closed. The place was good, small rooms, large eating space, comparatively heat. Worth NPR 500/US$Four per room regardless in case you’re 1, 2 or Three folks within the room.

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure, shared fuel bathe, NPR 600/US$5 per individual
  • Indoor bathroom – sure, shared bathroom
  • Wi-fi – sure, didn’t work after we had been right here
  • Energy sockets – sure, within the eating room, NPR 300/US$2,5 to cost
  • Blankets – sure
Beautiful scenery on the way from Namche to Tengboche, day 4 of EBC trek
Spectacular surroundings on the way in which from Namche Bazar to Tengboche

Day 5. Tengboche (3890m) – Dingboche (4350m)

Tengboche – Deboche – Milinggo – Pangboche – Shomare – Dingboche

  • Distance – 10,5 km/6,5 mi
  • Time – 3h.50min.
  • Ascent – 660 m/2165 ft
  • Descent – 236 m/774 ft
Elevation profile of day 5 of EBC trek itinerary, ascent to Dingboche
Elevation profile of the stroll from Tengboche to Dingboche, day 5 of the itinerary

Highlights

  • Lovely dawn and beautiful views at Tengboche within the morning
  • Lovely surroundings on the way in which from Pangboche to Dingboche
  • Dingboche a small village with nice views from the encircling hills

Challenges

  • A muddy/icy path down from Tengboche to Pangboche
  • A number of ups and downs on the way in which
  • A steep ascent on the finish from the river to Dingboche, about 200m up

It was one other robust day on the route, you begin getting over 4000m and the altitude makes you drained, even a slight ascent leaves you out of breath. When you don’t really feel properly it’s higher to cease earlier in Pangboche or Shomare, each locations are solely about 100-200m increased than Tengboche. Dingboche is over 500m increased it’s not really useful to achieve that a lot elevation in case you’re not 100% acclimatized for the decrease altitude.

Many guesthouses and eating places alongside the route had been nonetheless closed for low season we walked it originally of March.

The trekking route map of the day 5, the split to Dingboche and to Pheriche
The map of the trekking routes from Tengboche to Dughla. The break up at 8km, the appropriate route goes via Dingboche, the left route goes via Pheriche. Each routes be a part of at Dughla.

There’s a break up at 8km. The higher route (the left path) goes over Pheriche Cross to Pheriche. The decrease route (the appropriate path) goes right down to the river after which as much as Dingboche. Each routes merge once more at Thokla (Dughla). You’ll be able to go both manner most trekkers stroll via Dingboche on the way in which up and thru Pheriche on the way in which down. Pheriche is about 150m decrease than Dingboche. Dingboche has higher views and is a bit hotter Pheriche is situated within the slender valley with little or no sunshine.

Stops on the route from Tengboche to Dingboche

Identify Deboche Milinggo Pangboche Shomare Dingboche
Distance 1km 2km 4,5km 6,5km 10,5km
Elevation 3730m 3770m 3940m 4040m 4350m
Guesthouse + + + + +
Restaurant + + + + +
Store + + + + +
Electrical energy + + + + +
Sizzling bathe + + + +
Wi-fi + + + +

Himalayan Tradition Dwelling, Dingboche

Dingboche is larger than Tengboche or Pheriche, there are numerous guesthouses, eating places, a few bakeries. Sadly for us, nearly every little thing was closed for the low season, no freshly baked cinnamon rolls or muffins. Many of the locations right here have a fuel bathe and wi-fi however nothing labored. Water within the pipes was frozen and wi-fi was off attributable to quite a lot of snow.

Our guesthouse was good, very useful folks, heat eating room, good meals. We paid NPR 500/US$4 for 2 folks. It’s a regular value, different locations in Dingboche cost the identical. We purchased a 1Gb card to connect with wi-fi, it labored good.

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure, shared fuel bathe, NPR 500/US$Four per individual
  • Indoor bathroom – sure, Western bathroom (bucket flush) within the room
  • Wi-fi – sure, NPR 200/US$1,5 per day
  • Energy sockets – sure, within the eating room, NPR 200/US$1,5 per charging
  • Blankets – sure

Day 6. Acclimatization day in Dingboche (4350m)

We determined to take one other acclimatisation day in Dingboche, after going greater than 500m up in at some point. It’s fairly a regular itinerary most excursions do an acclimatization cease in Dingboche. We didn’t have any signs of AMS and had an excellent sleep at evening however out of precaution determined reasonably keep for an additional day right here. We met some those who didn’t really feel nice after arriving in Dingboche for them an additional day in Dingboche was undoubtedly a should.

It received very chilly at evening in our room, beneath 0°C, we requested for additional blankets and ended up sleeping in our sleeping luggage below two blankets. Within the morning water within the bucket in our bathroom had a thick layer of ice on the highest.

Some folks do acclimatisation hikes from Dingboche to one of many close by peaks. We simply walked round a bit, went to the previous and new stupas on the high of the hills within the morning and spent the remainder of the day within the eating rooms, ingesting tea and chatting to different trekkers. Within the peak season Dingboche is a pleasant place to spend an additional day there are numerous bakeries and cafes however after we had been right here every little thing was closed not many locations to go not many individuals to speak a bit boring.

Acclimatisation days are normally the costliest days on the trek you find yourself simply spending many of the day within the eating room, ingesting teas and consuming. On each acclimatization days, we spent fairly a bit of cash it helps in case you carry snacks, tea luggage and sweets with you.

If you wish to purchase some sweets, snacks or cookies do it in Dingboche, in Lobuche (the following day cease) every little thing is about NPR 100-200/US$1-2 costlier.

The new stupa in Dingboche, a short walk from the village
New stupa on the highest of the hill in Dingboche, a brief ascent from the village

Day 7. Dingboche (4350m) – Lobuche (4920m)

Dingboche – Dughla (Thokla) – Lobuche

  • Distance – 8,7 km/5,5 mi
  • Time – 3h.25min.
  • Ascent – 696 m/2283 ft
  • Descent – 97 m/318 ft
Elevation profile of day 7 of Everest Base Camp trek
Elevation profile of the stroll from Dingboche to Lobuche, day 7 of EBC trek itinerary

Highlights

  • Lovely surroundings on the way in which from Dingboche to Dughla (Thokla); snow peaks, glaciers, a river.
  • Breathtaking surroundings from the highest of Thokla move all the way in which to Lobuche; the path goes via a slender valley surrounded by the mountains.

Challenges

  • A steep quick ascent from Dingboche to the highest of the hill.
  • A steep lengthy ascent over the move from Dughla, about 300m.

The stroll was very stunning, essentially the most stunning day on the trek up to now. There is just one place to cease on the way in which between Dingboche and Lobuche – Dughla. I’d suggest stopping there for tea and relaxation somewhat bit as a result of proper after there you begin the principle ascent for the day that’s fairly difficult attributable to growing elevation.

It’s necessary to stroll gradual particularly on the way in which up, right now you’ll be getting near 5000m and each breath counts.

After the move, the stroll is fairly flat and simple alongside the river with incredible views. 

Stops on the route from Dingboche to Lobuche

Identify Dughla (Thokla) Lobuche
Distance 5,5km 8,7km
Elevation 4600m 4920m
Guesthouse + +
Restaurant + +
Store + +
Electrical energy + +
Sizzling bathe +
Wi-fi +

New EBC guesthouse, Lobuche

In Lobuche, every little thing will get fairly a bit costlier in comparison with Dingboche, particularly meals, about NPR 200/US$1,5 extra for a dish than it was earlier than.

Our guesthouse had a pleasant and heat eating room, rooms had been good remoted and comparatively heat in comparison with the locations the place we stayed earlier than. The meals right here is sweet, large parts, nicely-cooked, after a meal you keep full for fairly some time. Worth NPR 700/US$6 for a room regardless in case you 1, 2 or Three folks.

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure, shared fuel bathe, NPR 700/US$6 per individual
  • Indoor bathroom – sure, shared Western bathroom (bucket flush)
  • Wi-fi – sure, NPR 700/US$6 for 1Gb card
  • Energy sockets – sure, within the eating room, NPR 200/US$1,5 per charging
  • Blankets – sure
Three trekkers on the Everest Base Camp trek between Dingboche and Lobuche
The surroundings on the way in which from Dingboche to Dughla

Day 8. Lobuche (4920m) – Gorak Shep (5130m) – Everest Base Camp (5340m) – Gorak Shep (5130m)

  • Whole distance – 12 km/7,Four mi
  • Whole strolling time – 5h.
  • Whole ascent – 615 m/2017 ft
  • Whole descent – 357 m/1171 ft

Stroll Lobuche (4920m) – Gorak Shep (5130m)

  • Distance – 5 km/Three mi
  • Time – 2h.15min.
  • Ascent – 328 m/1076 ft
  • Descent – 77 m/252 ft
Elevation profile of Day 8 of Everest Base Camp trek itinerary
Elevation profile day Eight of EBC itinerary, from Lobuche to Gorak Shep

Highlights

  • Lovely views of the mountain peaks, ice crates, ice lakes, and so forth.

Challenges

  • A few steep however quick ascents and descents although because of the altitude each up could be very robust and tiring.
  • Some elements of the route had been a bit icy and slippery we had to make use of our strolling sticks.
  • The excessive elevation of Gorak Shep we arrived there fairly drained, I had a slight headache.

It’s higher to begin strolling earlier with a view to arrive in Gorak Sherp earlier than noon to have sufficient time to go to Everest Base Camp and again earlier than it will get darkish.

It was a really quick although fairly demanding strolling day, with many quick ascents and descents alongside the way in which and no locations to cease for tea or relaxation. The surroundings was superb each time you end an up don’t neglect to go searching.

Be ready that you just may not have an excellent sleep at Gorak Shep many individuals wrestle to sleep at this altitude (together with myself), don’t fear in case you didn’t get an opportunity to relaxation properly the following day you’ll begin happening.

Identify Gorak Shep
Distance 5km
Elevation 5130m
Guesthouse +
Restaurant +
Store +
Electrical energy +
Sizzling bathe +
Wi-fi +
View of Gorak Shep and the mountains around
Gorak Shep from the highest of the hill on the way in which from Lobuche

Stroll Gorak Shep (5130m) – Base Camp (5340m) – Gorak Shep (5130m)

  • Distance – 7 km/4,Three mi
  • Time – 2h.50min.
  • Ascent – 287 m/941 ft
  • Descent – 280 m/918 ft
Elevation profile day 8 Gorak Shep - EBC - Gorak Shep
Elevation profile of the stroll from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp and again

We arrived in Gorak Shep between 11am and 12pm, checked in, left our backpacks within the room, drank tea and went to Base camp. The stroll was longer and harder than the stroll to Gorak Shep with a number of ascents and descents.

The path shouldn’t be very properly marked in case you stroll with no information, be certain to not lose it. Within the peak season it’s not an issue there’s a lengthy queue of individuals strolling to Base Camp from Gorak Shep. Low season you may be the one individual going that manner. We had a woman that went alongside fairly late, after 2pm, on the way in which again she took the unsuitable flip and received misplaced, she discovered Gorak Sherp in the long run however after 5 hours of strolling, already in the dead of night. When you’re going alone be a part of different trekkers it’s safer.

Himalaya Lodge, Gorak Shep

Gorak Shep is the final village to cease earlier than Everest Base Camp. There are a few visitor houses-restaurants. It’s a really chilly place at any time of the yr, no person lives right here completely, folks come right here for the season. Our guesthouse was fantastic however the rooms had been very chilly. Meals costs are about the identical as in Lobuche. The room was free.

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure, shared fuel bathe, NPR 1000/US$Eight per individual
  • Indoor bathroom – sure, shared Western bathroom (bucket flush)
  • Wi-fi – sure, NPR 700/US$6 for 1Gb card
  • Energy sockets – sure, within the eating room, free charging
  • Blankets – sure

Day 9. Gorak Shep (5130m) – Kala Patthar (5640m) – Gorak Shep (5130m) – Pangboche (3940m)

Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar – Gorak Shep – Lobuche – Dughla – Pheriche – Shomare – Pangboche

  • Whole distance – 22 km/13,6 mi
  • Whole strolling time – 7h15min.
  • Whole ascent – 672 m/2200 ft
  • Whole descent – 1782 m/5846 ft

Stroll Gorak Shep (5130m) – Kala Patthar (5640m) – Gorak Shep (5130m)

  • Distance – Four km/2,5 mi
  • Time – 2h.
  • Ascent – 462 m/1515 ft
  • Descent – 462m/1515 ft
Elevation profile of the walk from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar
Elevation profile of the stroll from Gorak Shep as much as Kala Patthar and again

Many individuals go to the highest of Kala Patar for the dawn we did it as soon as it was stunning however within the winter it’s very too chilly to go up that early. This time we began strolling at 7.30am to not see the dawn however only for the panoramic views that you just get from the highest. The stroll could be very difficult and hard. The ascent takes about 1.30h.-2h., the descent about 30-40min.

It’s all the time very windy up there be sure you gown correctly. Strolling sticks may be fairly helpful on the way in which down. The path is kind of clear all the way in which to the highest besides the final bit the rocky half you may go up just about anyplace.

Often, trekkers go away their backpacks within the room, come again from the climb, fetch their backpack, eat breakfast and begin the descent. How far to go from Gorak Shep is as much as you relying in your tiredness degree, climate circumstances, and so forth. I’d suggest happening no less than to Lobuche, staying over 5000m for two nights is kind of exhausting.

Alya on the top of Kala Patthar, EBC trek, Nepal
Alya freezing on the highest of Kala Patthar mountain, the best level of Everest Base Camp trek

Stroll Gorak Shep (5130m) – Pangboche (3940m)

  • Distance – 19 km/12 mi
  • Time – 5h.30min.
  • Ascent – 210 m/688 ft
  • Descent – 1320m/4330 ft
Route elevation profile from Gorak Shep to Lobuche
Elevation profile of the descent from Gorak Shep to Lobuche
Elevation profile ascent from Lobuche to Pangboche
Elevation profile of the second half of day 9, the stroll from Lobuche to Pangboche

Highlights

  • Breathtaking views on the way in which from Kala Patthar right down to Dughla (Thokla).
  • Lovely views from the valley over the mountain vary and the snow peaks.
  • Nice views of the river and the mountains on the way in which from Pheriche Cross to Pangboche.

Challenges

  • Lengthy ascent to Dughla, although it’s a lot simpler to go down than up.
  • Pheriche Cross the one vital ascent for the day.

On a pleasant day, the stroll down is kind of simple however in case you really feel drained after climbing Kala Patthar you may shorten the day and cease earlier e.g. in Pheriche, that’s about 8km from Gorak Shep. The route via Pheriche is shorter than via Dingboche, about 30min. distinction.

Dingboche is taken into account to be a pleasant place to cease on the way in which up, it’s hotter, there are nicer views however Pheriche is an efficient place to cease as properly. There are lots of guesthouses, it’s on the route, it’s a bit decrease than Dingboche. The one drawback of strolling via Pheriche there may be an excessive amount of water, within the spring and within the wet season quite a lot of water happening from the mountains, some rock hopping may be concerned. If it rained loads I’d suggest selecting the higher route via Dingboche if it’s comparatively dry, comply with the decrease shorter route via Pheriche.

It’s a protracted strolling day however there are a number of villages on the way in which the place you may cease for tea or lunch.

Stops on the route from Gorak Shep to Pangboche

Identify Lobuche Dughla Pheriche Shomare Pangboche
Distance 5km 7,2km 12km 16km 19km
Elevation 4920m 4600m 42660m 4040m 3940m
Guesthouse + + + + +
Restaurant + + + + +
Store + + + + +
Electrical energy + + + + +
Sizzling bathe + + + +
Wi-fi + + + +
Campbell on the trek on the way down from Gorak Shep
Campbell on the way in which down from Gorak Shep, it was a ravishing sunny day

Various route possibility

There may be another path to Namche from Pangboche in case you don’t wish to stroll the identical manner via Tengboche. As a substitute of going to Pangboche you may stroll to Pangboche Gompa which is about 80m above Pangboche. There’s a break up about 200m earlier than Pangboche, the appropriate route that goes as much as Pangboche Gompa, the left route (the decrease route) goes to Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa is a really good stunning village with a few guesthouses, eating places and a monastery. It’s much less touristy and quieter.

Day 10. Pangboche (3940m)/Pangboche Gompa (4028m) – Namche Bazar (3440m)

There are two methods of strolling from Pangboche to Namche; via Tengboche (the identical manner you walked) or via Phortse (extra scenic however tougher route).

A map with two trekking routes from Pangboche to Namcheroutes
Two route choices of strolling from Pangboche to Namche Bazar; the crimson route via Tengboche and the blue (different route) via Phortse

The usual route. Pangboche to Namche via Tengboche

  • Distance – 15,5 km/9,6 mi
  • Time – 5h.
  • Ascent – 613 m/2011 ft
  • Descent – 1083m/3553 ft

Following this route, you stroll the identical method to and again. Regardless of happening you’ll nonetheless have a few ascents to overcome, the primary ascent is from Deboche to Tengboche, about 160m up, the second is from Pungi Thanga to Kyangjuma, about 300m up.

Stops on the route from Pangboche to Tengboche

Identify Milinggo Deboche Tengboche
Distance 2,5km 3,5km 4,5km
Elevation 3770m 3730m 3890m
Guesthouse + + +
Restaurant + + +
Store + + +
Electrical energy + + +
Sizzling bathe + +
Wi-fi + +

Stops on the route from Tengboche to Namche Bazar

Identify Phungi Thanga Leushyasa Kyangjuma Namche
Distance 7,5km 8,5km 10,7km 15,5km
Elevation 3320m 3440m 3600m 3440m
Guesthouse + + + +
Restaurant + + + +
Store + + + +
Electrical energy + + + +
Sizzling bathe + +
Wi-fi + + +
Different ATM, pharmacy

The choice route. Pangboche Gompa to Namche via Phortse

  • Distance – 19 km/11,Eight mi
  • Time – 6h.
  • Ascent – 805 m/2641 ft
  • Descent – 1362 m/4468 ft
Elevation profile day 10 of EBC trek itinerary
Elevation profile of the stroll from Pangboche Gompa to Phortse
Elevation profile of the route from Photse to Namche Bazar
Elevation profile of the second half of the day. The route from Phortse to Namche Bazar, the hardest half

This route is tougher than the one via Tengboche. The choice route is about 200m extra up and 350m extra down in comparison with the usual route via Tengboche. When you’re sufficient drained from going up and down and wish to comply with the best route reasonably undergo Tengboche. When you don’t thoughts placing additional effort you’ll be rewarded with the beautiful surroundings alongside the route.

From Pangboche Gompa proceed strolling on the appropriate facet of the river in the direction of Phortse. The route from Pangboche Gompa to Phortse has many ups and downs however the views from there are spectacular. You get to see Tengboche and the monastery from the other facet of the river. The views on this route are extra spectacular than on the route via Tengboche plus you don’t stroll the identical route up and down.

After Phortse comes essentially the most difficult a part of the route, first you go all the way in which right down to the river, you may want your strolling sticks the path may be very muddy or icy and slippery. After crossing the river you begin going up, it’s a really steep and lengthy ascent all the way in which to the highest of the mountain with a subsequent lengthy however not that steep descent.

Identify Phortse Phortse Thanga Mong Kyangjuma Namche
Distance 7km 9,5km 11,5km 14km 19km
Elevation 3800m 3680m 3990m 3600m 3440m
Guesthouse + + + + +
Restaurant + + + + +
Store + + + + +
Electrical energy + + + + +
Sizzling bathe + + + + +
Wi-fi + + + + +
Different ATM, pharmacy

Footrest guesthous, Namche Bazar

We stayed on the similar guesthouse on the way in which again, we preferred the place. Worth NPR 500/US$Four per individual.

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure, shared fuel bathe, NPR 500/US$Four per individual
  • Indoor bathroom – sure, shared Western flush bathroom
  • Wi-fi – sure, works within the room
  • Energy sockets – sure, one within the room
  • Blankets – sure
Tengboche village and monastery from the opposite side of the river, Phortse
View of Tengboche from the other facet of the river on the way in which to Phortse

Day 11. Namche Bazar (3440m) – Lukla (2800m)

Namche Bazar – Jorsale – Monjo – Bengkar – Phakding – Ghat – Chheplung – Lukla

  • Distance – 20 km/12,Four mi
  • Time – 5h.20min.
  • Ascent – 694 m/2276 ft
  • Descent – 1200 m/3937 ft
Elevation profile day 11 of EBC trek itinerary, the route from Namche to Lukla
Elevation profile of the final day of Everest Base Camp trek itinerary, the stroll from Namche Bazar to Lukla

Challenges

  • An extended and steep 600m descent from Namche to the river.
  • An extended ascent, about 200m, on the final couple of kilometres to Lukla

The day was tougher than we anticipated. The primary half from Namche to Ghat was fairly simple although largely happening with only a few quick ascents. From Ghat which is at 2548m, you begin steadily going up all the way in which until you attain Lukla. To get that a lot ascent on the very finish of the trek was a bit annoying. Ensure you begin from Namche early sufficient and don’t underestimate the final strolling day. Fortunately there are numerous locations to cease for tea/espresso and pastry on the way in which.

Stops on the route from Namche to Phakding

Identify Jorsale Monjo Bengkar Phakding
Distance 5,5km 6,5km 8,5km 11km
Elevation 2740m 2780m 2720m 2600m
Guesthouse + + + +
Restaurant + + + +
Store + + + +
Electrical energy + + + +
Sizzling bathe + + + +
Wi-fi + + +

Stops on the route from Phakding to Lukla

Identify Ghat Chheplung Lukla
Distance 14,5km 17,5km 20km
Elevation 2548m 2664m 2800m
Guesthouse + + +
Restaurant + + +
Store + + +
Electrical energy + + +
Sizzling bathe + +
Wi-fi + + +
Different ATM, pharmacy
A group of yaks on the suspension bridge just before Jorsalle, Nepal
Yaks crossing the primary suspension bridge after the descent from Namche

Hikers Inn Lodge, Lukla

We stayed in a deluxe room, it was fairly costly in comparison with different locations, we paid US$10 for 2. It wasn’t a typical guesthouse it was extra of a resort, our room was large with good bedding, large double mattress, ensuite bathroom and bathe. There are cheaper locations to remain in Lukla, together with this resort has finances rooms for US$5. There’s a good restaurant and a terrace with a terrific view. The girl that runs the resort may also help you to e book aircraft tickets, and so forth. She even received up early within the morning to stroll us and a few different vacationers to the airport. The meals right here was actually good, can suggest yak steak and burger.

  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Sizzling bathe – sure, photo voltaic bathe within the room
  • Indoor bathroom – sure, Western flush bathroom within the room
  • Wi-fi – sure, not superb, works solely within the eating room
  • Energy sockets – sure, within the room
  • Blankets – sure

Day 12. Flight Lukla – Kathmandu/Ramuchhap

Be sure to e book one of many earliest flights out of Lukla, after 8am it normally will get windy and lots of occasions later flights get cancelled. We flew with Tara Air however each Summit Air flights that had been scheduled for a similar time left earlier and our flight was 30 minutes late. We determined the following time we reasonably use Summit Air. It’s important to be on the airport in Lukla 30min. earlier than your flight. They do some handbook safety test there nevertheless it’s very fast.

The place to remain in Kathmandu

We’ve stayed at a number of accommodations in Kathmandu in several elements of Thamel and at last discovered the perfect (no less than for us) location Keshar Mahal Marang Road. A small and quiet dead-end road in Thamel with solely accommodations, hostels, eating places and low outlets. The road is a 5-minutes stroll from the principle touristy space with tons of of retailers and companies. There are a few nice eating places and low outlets close by.

There are a few accommodations on the road we stayed at Aryatara Kathmandu Lodge for fairly some time, each time we completed a trek we got here again for a few days. It’s a really good place, large rooms, comfy beds, good breakfast (included), nice scorching bathe, AC, wi-fi, TV, and so forth. The room value consists of free airport pick-up (for worldwide flights solely). The employees could be very useful and pleasant. We saved our additional baggage right here each time we went mountain climbing without cost with none drawback.

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