When you emerge at the base, looking up at the tallest mountain on earth, you’ll agree that the experience the EBC trek provides surpasses words and even imagination. But we can tell you this- it’ll be the best trek of your life! EVEREST - Need we say anything more?
Take a mesmerizing flight to Lukla (2800m) from Kathmandu as you overlook a beautiful landscape of snow-capped mountains. Upon reaching, start your trek to Phakding, a beautiful town in Sherpa Village at the altitude of 2610m. It is a pleasant walk of 9km (5.6 mi.) and takes 3 hrs. You’ll pass many colourful Tibetan Buddhist prayer walls, monasteries, and monuments. Stop for tea and lunch in one of the intermediate villages on your way.
Upon arrival at Phakding, check into your room and spend the afternoon relaxing, giving your body ample time to acclimatize. Make sure to keep yourself well-hydrated. Drinking 4 to 5 litres of water a day is essential throughout the entire trek.
After a nice, hot breakfast, start your trek to the town of Namche via Toktok, Benkar, Monjo and Jorsalle. For the first couple of hours, you will cross some of the famous suspension bridges. This will be on your way uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park, the official entrance to the Everest Region. From there, you briefly continue downhill till it levels out to a ground of mixed terrain. The trail then follows the river to the final high suspension bridge. Thereon, you begin the long ‘Namche Hill’ trek. You’ll reach the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar after 2 more hours of trekking. The itinerary has you based in Namche Bazaar for 2 nights at 3,340m / 11,286 ft.
Today, you’ll cover 14 km (5 mi.) in 5-6 hours with plenty of breaks to rest along the way. The trail is quite challenging at places, as it holds several exposed parts. You’ll have to tread carefully, but the efforts will be rewarding because of the scenery!
Acclimatization is crucial on this trek to avoid AMS further up the trail. So, indulge in light activities like hiking up to the Everest View Hotel for spectacular views or walking to the twin Sherpa Villages, Khumjung and Khunde. You can also stroll around the Namche Bazar town and visit the Sherpa Museum. The market is full of restaurants and bars along with cyber cafes, souvenir shops and grocery stores, making it a nice place to hang around.
Hike towards Tengboche, situated at an altitude of 3870 m. After the first 20 minutes of hiking uphill, you’ll be presented with an eye-pleasing trail for the next 1.5 hrs, till you reach Kyanjuma. Further, the trail drops down to the Dudh Kosi River. You cross it with a suspension bridge at Phungitenga. The water-driven prayer wheel resting here is quite an amusing sight to marvel at.
Upon reaching Phungi Thangna, refuel yourself with a fulfilling lunch and adequate rest. From here, you’ll be hiking up the hill town of Tengboche over a period of 3 hrs. This is a gradual but long ascent, leading up to 5-6 hours of total trekking for the day.
Further, you’ll reach the destination for the day, Namche Bazar. Explore the region’s most active Buddhist Monastery in the evening and then visit the sacred land exhibition centre. You’ll be amidst the most stunning views of the mountains. To add to it, you’ll be watching a beautiful sunrise and sunset today, only to go to bed in a cosy room in the lodge.
Today’s trail is full of mesmerizing experiences. It takes you through the Rhododendron fields, birch and blue-pine forests. This will continue for the next two hours until you reach the suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge, the climb up a gently steep trail begins, ending in the Pangboche village.
After a lunch break at Somare, continue walking through isolated pastures and fields on the trail towards Orsho. From there, head towards Dingboche, following the upstream trail of Imja Khola. After two hours of witnessing beautiful landscapes, you’ll arrive at Dingboche. From here, you’ll get to marvel at the Amadablam, Island Peak, Lhotse, Tawache, Tsolache, Lobuche, and other peaks as you settle in for a good night’s sleep.
Now that you’ve reached the height of a whopping 4410m, give your body a day to rest and acclimatize with the weather here. If you’re not big on lazing around, you have the choice of going for an acclimatization trek to the Nagarjuna Peak (5030 m), which takes nearly 3 hrs. Enjoy the views and then come back down for lunch and siesta.
Alternatively, you can hike to Nangkar Tshang (5616 m). This will be more demanding physically but will reward you with stunning views of the Mt Makalu and other surrounding peaks. You’ll be staying in Dingboche overnight.
Begin your day with a short climb to the ridge upwards of Dingboche. Carry on with the short Chhorten trail that takes you through a grassy moraine above the Khumbu Khola Valley, until you reach Thukla. Here, you’ll get a glimpse of the majestic peaks of Pumori, Nuptse, Lobuche, Cholatse, Tawache, Amadablam, along with other small peaks.
The trail steeply ascends from Thukla until reaching the top of the ridge. Thereon is an array of cairn memorials and large heaps of stones with prayer flags, put up in the memory of the mountaineers who passed away on their mission to climb the Everest. The trail further continues to Lobuche, which takes about an hour to reach. In total, you will be trekking for 5-6 hours. 12km/ 7.5 miles. Stay overnight at Lobuche.
Kudos! It’s the day you’ve been looking forward to for the past week! After a filling breakfast, continue your trek on the left bank of the Khumbu Glacier. Undertake the steep climb up to the Changri Glacier, followed by a short descent to reach the Gorakshep. This will take you around 2.5 hrs.
Upon reaching, have freshly prepared lunch. Now, flutter with excitement as you’ll be hiking up to the Everest Base Camp! It’s a 10 km (6.2 mi.) hike to the destination you’ve dreamt of for months if not years. Watch the sun go down between the snow-capped Himalayas, as you look up and marvel at Nature’s true wonder, the mighty Mt Everest! That’s what we call ‘ending the day on a high’.
Early in the morning, hike to the Kala Pathar, sitting high at 5550m. It is a 400m ascend from the village to the Kala Patthar viewpoint, a 2-hr hike. What you’ll be looking at is a 360˙ view of the Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Khumbutse, Pumori, Lingtren, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lobuche, and other magnificent Himalayan peaks. This place is also known for majestic sunrises and sunsets, so try making the most of them.
Post this adventure, walk down to the hotel for a filling breakfast. Then gear up for a trek to Pheriche via Lobuche and Thukla. It is a downhill trail, making the experience pleasant with amazing scenery. You’ll be staying overnight in Pheriche.
A long day lies ahead of you, as you’ll trek back to Namche Bazar. This may take up to 9 hrs. The good part is that since you’re heading downhill and to lower altitudes, the trek will be easier than the previous ones.
By the end of the day, you’ll have walked the most for a day in this trek- 22 km (13.7 mi.). So, upon reaching Namche, treat yourself with delights from the Namche Bakery or play pool at Café Danfe before you go back for a restful sleep.
Brace for one of the most difficult days, as your body will be exhausted with all the rigorous trekking. You’ll begin the day by descending the Namche Hill. This will be followed by a long walk to Lukla, wherein you’ll pass Phakding. This trek can take up to 8 hrs. You’ll cover 21 km (13 mi.) on your way. You’ll be staying overnight in Lukla.
After a warm breakfast, fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla at around 8:30 am. This will be a picturesque flight of 35 minutes. Get back to Zostel Kathmandu, take a hot shower, give your clothes for laundry, and scroll through your pictures or tell your story to fellow backpackers. And in between all of that, congratulate for the super-cool achievement you’ve made!
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