Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary Nepal

Everest base camp trek is one of the high-status trekking in the World. Everyone’s dream to be near at the top of the world. I have been to there more than 20 times. As a trekking leader, I’ve heard that many people want to be there once in a life time. This is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. I have done lots of hiking, trekking to well-known trek routes in Nepal like; Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Mardi Himal Trek etc. But, EBC trek is some things completely different experience for me. I would like to give you here my complete everest base camp trek itinerary with experience and knowledge I received from Everest trekking in Nepal.

Namche Bazaar Rest Day

In this topic, I’ve mainly focus in Itinerary that could help to travelers to get basic information about the EBC trek with tour. Actually, there are many itineraries you’ll find in google search. But I am going to give you here detail itinerary that will be versatile and adaptable with variety of recommendation for the trek to Everest Base Camp. There are many route choices which can be paired with the Gokyo Lakes trek or the Chola pass trek. The regular Everest base camp trek itinerary from Kathmandu – Lukla – EBC – Kathmandu is detailed in this post.

Make sure you’ve packed everything you’ll need for the Everest trek. Check out comprehensive EBC trek guide for more details.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary Highlights

  • Astonishing mountain view from the left side /window of airplane.
  • Extreme Airport in the World – Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla.
  • The swing bridge made up of many lengthy suspensions.
  • There are many stupas, which are curved erections used for meditation.
  • Buddhist scripts are carved and drawn on Mani stones.
  • A metal cylinder-shaped disk on a spindle which is known as a prayer wheel.
  • Rivers, pine forests, snowy hills, miniature waterfalls, and other natural wonders.
  • Namche Bazar, a largest Sherpa settlement town and its surrounding mountain peaks.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Museum offers breathtaking views of the mountain range and snow-capped peaks.
  • Breathtaking views of Everest and other mountains on the way from Namche to Kyangjuma
  • Base Camp of Mount Everest, Mt. Everest – Top of the world itself.
  • Tengboche Monastery – Oldest and important monastery in Everest Region.
  • A beautiful sunrise and breathtaking views in the morning from Tengboche.
  • Beautiful landscape with majestic mountains and its surrounding – Dingboche.
  • On the way from Dingboche to Thukla, the landscape is breathtaking.
  • Beautiful views of mountain peaks, snow peaks, glaciers and other ice formations.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary Overview

  • Country: Nepal
  • EBC Trek Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.
  • Length of Trek: 12 to 15 Days
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trekking (It is possible to go camping, although it is not recommended.)
  • EBC Trek Distance: 125 Km / 78 Miles
  • Accommodation: Basic Standard Guest House
  • EBC Trek Altitude: Base Camp 5364 m / Kala Patthar 5550 m
  • Best time to go EBC: Spring (March, April, May) & Autumn (September, October, November)
  • EBC Permit: Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit & Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
  • EBC Trek Route: Lukla – Phakding – Namche Bazaar – Tengboche – Dingboche – Lobuche – Gorakshep – EBC.
  • Start From: Lukla, 35 minutes of flights from Kathmandu.
  • EBC Trek /Tour Areas: Nepal’s North Mid-Eastern Himalaya, including the Khumbu and Everest regions
  • People and Society: Sherpa societies influence, with Buddhism as their religion and culture.
  • Areas of Trekking: Nepal North Mid East Himalaya within Khumbu and Everest region
  • People and Culture: Mostly inhabited by Sherpa tribes with Buddhism religion and culture

Everest Base Camp Trek Route – 15 Days

01 Day : Arrival at Kathmandu
02 Day : Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla for 25 minute and trek to Phakding for 3hrs.
03 Day : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) from Phakding for 6 to 7hrs.
04 Day : Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar
05 Day : Trek to Tengboche (3860 m) from Namche Bazaar for 5 hours.
06 Day : Trek to Dingboche (4410) from Tengboche for around 5 and 30 min.
07 Day : Acclimatization Day in Dingboche
08 Day : Trek to Lobuche (4940 m) from Dingboche for around 4 to 5 hrs.
09 Day : Trek to Gorakshep (5170 m) from Lobuche for total 5 hrs. and Base of Mount Everest hike (5364 m) 3hrs.
10 Day : Trek from Gorakshep to Pheriche (4250 m) for around 6 hrs.
11 Day : Trek to Kyangjuma (3610 m) from Pheriche for around 6 to 7 hrs.
12 Day : Trek to Chumoa (2800 m) from Kyangjuma for 5 hrs.
13 Day : Trek to Lukla (2850 m) from Chumoa for 5 hrs.
14 Day : Flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla which is 25min of scenic flight.
15 Day : Departure at Any time.

Everest Base Camp Trek Map

EBC Hike (14N/15D) = 2 Nights Kathmandu – 1 Night Phakding – 2 Nights Namche bazaar – 1 Night Tengboche – 2 Nights Dingboche – 1 Night Lobuche – 1 Night Gorakshep – 1 Night Pheriche – 1 Night Kyangjuma – 1 Night Chumoa – 1 Night Lukla.

everest base camp trek itinerary

If you are traveling alone or have never done a high-altitude trek before, joining a tour from authorize agencies might be a perfect idea. There are many tour operators that offers various travel option, including joining a group or booking a private tour.

Insurance for Everest Base Camp Trek

Travel Insurance is very important before going at the high altitude. Especially, while trekking in Nepal, you must have travel insurance details that cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation (Helicopter Rescue), loss of luggage, any personal effect etc. Because there are many popular trekking areas in Nepal where there is not possible to get easy mean of health and transportation facilities. Such as Mount Everest base camp hike, Annapurna Base Camp trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Mardi base Camp trek etc.

There are many travel insurances companies which cover up personal effects for total period of the trek. There are some recommended companies that cover & protect up to 6000 meters whereas Everest base camp is at 5364 meters.

Some recommendations:

  • Worldwide: World Nomads | Global Rescue
  • Europe: Europe Assistance | IHI Bupa
  • Australian/New Zealand citizens: Cover-More Travel Insurance | Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance | 1 Cover Travel Insurance
  • Malaysia/Singapore citizens: AIG Travel Insurance | AIA Berhad
  • UK Citizens: British Mountaineering Council (BMC) | Dog Tag UK | Adventures Insurance | Campbell Irvine
  • USA/Canada Citizens: Travel Guard | IM Global | Tugo

Everest Base Camp Trek Heights / Altitude

  • Kathmandu – 1340 M / 4396 Ft.
  • Lukla – 2860 M / 9383 Ft.
  • Phakding – 2610 M / 8562 Ft.
  • Namche Bazar – 3440 M / 11286 Ft.
  • Tengboche – 3860 M / 12664 Ft.
  • Dingboche – 4410 M / 14468 Ft.
  • Lobuche – 4940 M / 16207 Ft.
  • Gorakshep – 5170 M / 16962 Ft.
  • Everest Base Camp (EBC) – 5364 M / 17598 Ft.
  • Pheriche – 4250 M / 13944 Ft.
  • Kyangjuma – 3610 M / 11844 Ft.
  • Chumoa – 2800 M / 9186 Ft.

Everest Base Camp Trek Season

Almost every month we see the traveler trekking in Nepal. More or Less every popular trekking route we see the trekkers enjoying their time into the Himalayas.

It is said that MarchApril May (Spring Season) & SeptemberOctober November (Autumn Season) are the best time to trekking in Nepal. In my point of view, the best time to trek Everest Base Camp or any other popular trekking region of Nepal is pre-monsoon (April – May) and post monsoon (October- November). At this time there will be no rain and snowfall. Hence, sky will remain clear – temperature will moderate & flower already bloom.

The EBC trail is very busy during the AprilMay and October November. Almost unbearable traffic which is very difficult to avoid. If you choose to go in the beginning of winter (December January), this time the Everest base camp trail is not that much busy like spring & autumn. Nevertheless, you have to prepare for the -20 Degree Cold. All months, when the sun is up, the temperature is warm throughout the day, so temperature drops quickly when the sun sets. However, you have to prepare for the cold any time of the year.

Everest Base Camp Trek Distance

Total Distance from Lukla to Mount Everest Base Camp is 120.5 Km / 75 Mi – (Excluding the walking Distance of Acclimatization Hike in Namche Bazar & Dingboche)

  • Lukla to Phakding Distance – 7 Km / 4 Mi
  • Phakding to Namche Bazaar Distance – 12.5 Km / 8 Mi
  • Namche to Tengboche Distance – 11 Km / 7 Mi
  • Tengboche to Dingboche Distance – 9.5 Km / 6 Mi
  • Dingboche to Lobuche Distance – 9 Km / 5 Mi
  • Lobuche to Gorakshep Distance – 4.5 Km / 3 Mi
  • Gorak Shep to EBC to Gorakshep – 9.5 Km / 6 Mi
  • Gorakshep – Kalapatthar – Pheriche – 19 Km / 12 Mi
  • Pheriche to Kyangjuma Distance – 15.5 Km / 10 Mi
  • Kyangjuma to Chumoa Distance – 13 Km / 8 Mi
  • Chumoa to Lukla Distance – 10 Km / 7 Mi

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary – 14 Days

01 Day : Kathmandu Airport Arrivals

(Drive Airport to the Hotel – Where to Stay in Kathmandu?)

After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airports in Kathmandu. Hire a taxi from outside airport. There are many taxis at the parking. It cost Rs.1000 (10USD) from airport to Thamel. Thamel is one of the enchanting cities of Kathmandu. Hundreds of Hotel, Restaurants of different taste bud, Pubs, Disco, agencies wait to welcome you. All kinds of hotels from star to budgeted can be found in the Thamel area. Here is some reference:

Economical: Bag Packer’s Lodge |Hotel Jampa
Tourist Standard: Hotel Serenity | Kathmandu Garden Home
Luxury: Oasis Kathmandu Hotel | Hotel Radisson

Thamel House (Nepali Food) – Thamel |K2 Restaurant (Steak House) – Thamel | Road House Café (Italian food) – Thamel | Third Eye Restaurant (Indian Food) – Thamel | Krua Thai Restaurant (Thai Food) – Thamel | Bricks Café (Multi Cuisine) – Lalitpur

Take your time to roam around the city, enjoy your delicious food. Before bed, prepare to pack up the things that are require for EBC Trek. If you have forgotten somethings to buy, better to buy in Kathmandu. Don’t forget to keep your Passport and Lukla flights tickets while packing the trekking stuff. Actually, I am a freelancer tour / trek leader, therefore a company book a ticket for my groups. They book a ticket a months ago.

02 Day : Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla & Trek to Phakding

(Kathmandu – Lukla – Chheplung – Ghat – Phakding)

Flight Time: 35 Minutes | Trek Time: 4 Hours | Difficulty: Easy Up & Down | Stay: Shangri-La Guest House

Flights to Lukla is one of the thrill experiences. There are three main airlines that operates flight from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu. Tara/Yeti Air, Summit Air, and Sita Airlines are among the airlines that fly to Tenzing Hillary airport (2860 m). When you choose to fly early morning (First Fly), you’ll have plenty of day time to trek onwards to Phakding. Early flights usually go without delays and less bumpy. Later, in the day, the wind picks up above the mountains, and flight might be cancelled or diverted to Phaplu or Ramechhap.

Flight from Ramechhap to Lukla

When there will be heavy traffic in Kathmandu International terminal; Ramechhap airport will be the departure point for all flights to and from Lukla. Same aircraft Tara/Yeti Air, Summit Air, and Sita Airlines operate the flight from/to Ramechhap with equal flight fare. The drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap is 4 hours and 130 km. But the flight will run from Manthali Airport (Ramechhap) with prior notice whereas, you will have time to plan for accommodation in Ramechhap.

Need to Know

  • You must arrive at the airport one hour prior to your departure.
  • You are given 10kg of checked luggage and 5kg of carry-on luggage. (Extra cost for more weight)
  • The flight time is about 35 Minutes from Kathmandu & 15 minutes from Ramechhap.
  • Left side window sit on the plane gives excellent view of mountains while taking off to Lukla.

Breakfast at Lukla

After our arrival at Lukla in first flight, we generally stop to have a Breakfast. There are many nice hotels and restaurants that offers delicious food. We usually have our breakfast & overnight (return) at Mera Lodge. Because, they help us for flight confirmation after the completion of our Everest Base Camp Trek. Another, the Hotel is also very nice to stay. At down floor, there is a PUB to enjoy the drinks and play snooker in last night of the EBC trek. If you need somethings to buy, Lukla has also a few ATMs, Super Market and Goods Store. But, ATMs in the mountains allow you to withdraw NPR 10000 /- to 15000 NPR at a time. Hence, you will have three chances to withdraw a money per day. Depends on bank of services provided in mountains.

EBC Hiking Trail Lukla to Phakding

The trail begins with a plunge into the valley and continues along the river, crossing a few suspension bridges along the way. It will take approximately 3 hours to arrive in Phakding. Many guesthouses, bars, and cafes can be found here. There are many tea houses and lodges along the route. You can continue your hike by taking a rest for tea or lunch.

EBC Permit Check Points at Lukla

As you walk along the way down to the valley, there you will find local permit office just before the Pasang lamu gate. There you need to buy a permit which cost NRs. 2000 per person. Do not lost receipt of Pasang lamu municipality permit that paid in Lukla. Time to time along the way, the permit is essential and have to show to make an entry. Therefore, keep the permit with you all the time until the end of hike and you’ll need to sign out multiple times on the way.

Other Options

Actually, some trekkers would like to go little further from Phakding (2610 m) to Monjo (2800 m). Depends on the level of fatigue or arrival time in Lukla.

Advantage of staying in Phakding or Monjo: Next Day, it will be short to reach at Namche Bazaar. If you are fit with mind, body and soul; recommended to stay in Monjo. If you are travelling with guided group, recommended to stay in Phakding. Next Day, it will be much easier to reach Namche bazaar by enjoying tea break & Lunch.

Facilities Provided by Tea House in Phakding

Wi-Fi Internet: 500 NPR for Internet / Everest link also available if you wish to apply for whole trek.

Power Plug: For charging the device like; mobile or camera etc. Cost NRs.200 – unlimited. You must go in dining room.

Blankets: Extra blanket provided during night, if needed. Recommend to carry sleeping bag.

Electricity: Yes, almost every tea house in Phakding.

Hot Shower: For taking hot shower cost NRs.500 per person. Cold shower free of cost.

Accommodation /Toilet / Bathroom: Some lodges have accommodation with attached toilet / bathroom. Some of them have common share western style toilet but, have separate sleeping room.

03 Day : Phakding to Namche Bazaar

(Bengkar – Monjo – Jorsalle – Namche Bazar)

Distance: 12.5 Km /8 Mi | Trek Time: 6-7 Hours | Difficulty: Moderate | Stay: Camp de Base

After your morning breakfast, you begin to walk along the Dudh Koshi river and cross the swing bridge. Continue on for 2 hours, the route begins to ascend, indicating that you have arrived in Monjo. There you need to buy Sagarmatha National Park permit which cost 3000 NPR.

After permit, you’ll descend down for a while & cross the Iconic suspension bridge and reach Jorsalle for lunch stop. We had a lunch at Jorsalle. Because, there are no restaurant & teahouse in between after you cross second suspension bridge. Therefore, best places to have a lunch break is Jorsalle those who started a trek from Phakding. After you begin the climb, there will be no place on the path to refill your water bottle, so make sure you have plenty. Don’t rush up, take breaks along the way, and drink plenty of water to avoid AMS (acute mountain sickness).

Subsequently, you walk for a few minutes and cross the suspension bridge. The trail lead along the Dudh Koshi river again for few minutes. Thereafter, the EBC trek route start to ascend all the way up passing through Hillary famous bridge until Namche Bazaar.

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You’ll be hiking for around 2 hours before you reach a checkpoint where you’ll have to enter and register your details. Just before Namche, they ask for Sagarmatha National Park permit and the permit you purchased in Lukla. Keep all permits before the trek is completed.

After passing through the checkpoint, it’s just a 10-minute hike to Namche Bazaar, a bustling Sherpa town. Saturday market is very special in the Namche Bazaar. This is your last stop, if you have somethings to grab some extra gear, accessories, or cash before Everest Base Camp.

Namche Bazaar is incredibly touristy. You do not like when you see the market first time. But later you start to love this place. Roam around, you will see the amazing things in such a high mountain town. You have two nights in Namche. One day for acclimatization, which I will talk later. On the Everest Base Camp trek, Namche Bazar is the main town. There are a many hotels, guesthouses, pubs, shops, and cafes are available.

Facilities Provided by Tea House in Namche Bazaar

Wi-Fi Internet: 500 NPR for Internet / Everest link also available if you are looking to use for whole trek.
Everest link WIFI (1 GB = Rs. 600 |10 GB= Rs. 2000 | 20 GB= Rs. 3000 | Validity: 30 days from the first use. Good for one device only. 1GB card will valid only for lodge where you are staying. 10GB & 20GB work everywhere inside the lodge or wherever there is Everest link connection).

Power Plug: For charging the device like; mobile or camera or Power Bank etc. Cost NRs.200 – unlimited. But you must go to dining room for charging.

Blankets: Extra blanket provided during night, if needed. Recommend to carry sleeping bag -20 Degree.

Electricity: Yes, almost every tea house in Namche Bazaar.

Hot Shower: For taking hot shower cost NRs.500 per person. Cold shower free of cost.

Laundry Service: Yes, there is laundry services provided by every tea house. But, the cost for laundry is per piece of cloth. For Instance: T-shirt = Rs.75 (50 Cents)

Accommodation / Toilet /Bathroom: Some lodges have accommodation with attached Toilet/ bathroom. Some of them have common share western style toilet /bathroom facility. But, have separate sleeping room.

Others facilities in Town: ATM Services (Can withdraw NRs.10000 to NRs.15000 at a time) & Currency Exchange (USD, EUR) – If you have lesser known currency better to change in Kathmandu.

04 Day : Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

(Sagarmatha Museum – Syangboche Height 3800 m)

Distance: 2 Km / 1.3 Mi | Trek Time: 5 Hours | Difficulty: Strenuous | Stay: Camp de Base

It is very important to adjust your body into high height before going above the mountains. Start your day with delicious breakfast and get ready around 8 am, hike 100 m up to the Sagarmatha National Park Museum. If the weather is fine, enjoy the first glimpse of Ama Dablam and Mt. Everest, the world’s most famous peak.

Subsequently, go to explore the museum; then again ready to head up at Syangboche 3800 m to acclimatize your body with proper amount of rest. We climbed around 350 m up there and enjoyed the view with piquant tea or coffee. After an hour of acclimatization, return to Namche Bazaar and relax. Though, it is not compulsory to go hike, if you are not feeling well. Instead, stroll around the Namche town. Go to nice restaurant, have a good lunch, drink plenty of water, tea, a cup of coffee. Be sure you have everything you’ll need for the further trekking. Because this is the last places to buy things before EBC.

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Two nights rest in Namche Bazaar is good option to adjust human body into the high height. As you push your body into high height above the 3000 m, you may suffer from AMS. Being young, strong and fit does not help against the altitude sickness. If you find any symptom of altitude – Medicine is no substitute for the descent to lower elevation.

Therefore, to accomplish your target to EBC, you must have to acclimatize your body with proper amount of rest. In Namche, there are frequent coffee shops and bakeries where you can simply walk around. Drink tea, eat, and take photographs. Take it easy, relax, drink plenty of water or tea, and enjoy your day off. Be sure to completely charge all of your mobile devices before leaving Namche; otherwise, you will have to pay extra for charging devices.

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05 Day : Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

(Namche Bazaar – Kyangjuma – Sanasa – Phungi Thenga – Tengboche)

Distance: 11 Km / 7 Mi | Trek Time: 5-6 Hours | Difficulty: Strenuous | Stay: Tashi Delek Lodge

Today, start your day a bit early as possible to avoid the crowd along the route to Tengboche. If you haven’t seen Mount Everest the day before then today is also time to see. The trail in the beginning will steep climb, eventually gain altitude. After one & half hours of walk, recommend to stop for the tea break and enjoy the mesmerizing view of Amadablam.

Finish your drinks & continue your hike down along the mountainside with sound of stream. You walk for a couple of minutes in easy flat trail and descend down to the valley. Be careful while going down, the trail is muddy and partly slippery. You’ll arrive in Sanasa after about an hour of walking along the uncovered mountainside, where the trail continues mainly through dense forest of Pine & Rhododendron.

After another hour of hiking, you’ll reach Phungi Thenga, where you can have lunch. From here, you’ll spend the next two and half hours hiking up a steep path through a pine forest before arriving in Tengboche. Tengboche is home to the region’s largest monastery, which is well worth a visit. Just before the climb to Tengboche, there is one army checkpoint that keep the records of trekkers along the route to Everest Base Camp. When you are trekking in Himalayas, it is very important to keep hydrated and no to move very fast. Relax, rest, drink water and never make burden yourself.

Alternative Option If Symptom of AMS Occurs

If you’re exhausted, not feeling well, stop at the lower elevation Phungi Thenga and stay there. Don’t push your body all the way up to Tengboche. Finish the walk a next day. It’s preferable to take easy to get to Everest Base Camp. Never burden your body and rush to get sick somewhere along the route/trail. The symptom of AMS respond to the same altitude in different ways. So, be careful & plan accordingly.

Tengboche is popular for monastery which is the special of Everest trekking. The monastery is a significant landmark; many climbers stop here on their way to Mount Everest. Tourists are welcome to observe the evening ceremony at the monastery, but they are not permitted to take photographs or recordings. There are limited lodges in Tengboche. Hot chocolate and pizza are special of Tengboche, highly recommended to taste.

Facilities Provided by Tea House in Tengboche

Wi-Fi Internet: Everest link WIFI (1 GB = Rs. 600 |10 GB= Rs. 2000 | 20 GB= Rs. 3000 | Validity: 30 days from the first use. Good for one device only. 1GB card will valid only for lodge where you are staying. 10GB & 20GB work everywhere inside the lodge or wherever there is Everest link connection during whole trek).

Power Plug: For charging the device like; mobile or camera or Power Bank etc. Cost NRs.500 – Per device. But you must go to dining hall for charging.

Blankets: Extra blanket provided during night before bed, if needed. Recommend to carry sleeping bag Minus – 20 Degree.

Electricity: Yes, almost every tea house in Tengboche. (Electricity black out are common – be prepare for head lamp, Torch light etc.)

Hot Shower: For taking hot shower cost NRs.600 per person. (Cold shower free of cost – Not Recommend)
Accommodation / Toilet /Bathroom: Common shared western style toilet /bathroom facility. But, have separate sleeping room.

Others facilities: Currency Exchange (USD, EUR) – Conversion value will be less. For Example: 1USD = NRs.100 (Standard Rate). In mountain, 1USD = NRs.80.

06 Day : Tengboche to Dingboche

(Tengboche – Deboche – Milinggo – Pangboche – Syomare – Dingboche)

Distance: 9.5 Km / 6 Mi | Trek Time: 5 Hours | Difficulty: Challenging | Stay: Peaceful Lodge

Today in the beginning, the trail goes down a little up to Milinggo, after which the path will steadily ascend for another 1 hours to Pangboche. There you can stop for the tea break. Also, good time to adjust your body into high altitude before Dingboche. After the multiple up and down on the way you meet another place called Syomare. Stop there for lunch.

Afterwards, you will hike around 45 minutes gradually up to Dughla. Do not get confuse, right trail goes to Dingboche and left route goes to Pheriche. You can go any direction, but most trekkers go up through Dingboche and back down through Pheriche. Dingboche is 160 meters higher than Pheriche. Continue your journey towards Dingboche for 2 hours. You will be there around 2 pm if you start at 7:30 am.

Now, you have enough time to rest and relax. Don’t go to sleep as soon as you arrive at the Lodge. Relax for a while, have some hot drinks (Hot Ginger lemon Honey will be good). Go to room & refresh, plan for a short walk around the village. That helps you lot to acclimatize your body into high height.

Alternative Option If Symptom of AMS Occurs

Trekking from Tengboche to Dingboche is challenging day. You will start from the height of 3860 m & end at 4410 m. Almost 550 meter up, you have to climb with the mix of up & down trail. Therefore, if you are not feeling well, you can stop in Pangboche or Syomare which is just 100 to 200 meter high from Tengboche. It is not advisable to accomplish that much elevation until you are fully familiarized to the lower height.

Best of Dingboche

It is said that Dingboche used to be a summer time settlement for yak grazing. Even you’ll see a number of yak and nak grazing over the hill. Mountains such as Amadablam, Tabuche, ImjaTse, and Lhotse are incredibly skyline which you’ve never seen before. There are more guest houses and bakeries shop than in Tengboche & Pheriche. During the winter, there will be shortage of water due to frozen of pipe. They will melt ice from heat and collect the water. Therefore, limited lodge will only open amid the winter.

Facilities Provided by Tea House in Dingboche

WIFI Internet: Yes, they have, but, does not work well. So, recommend Everest link WIFI (1 GB = Rs. 600 |10 GB= Rs. 2000 | 20 GB= Rs. 3000 | Validity: 30 days from the first use. Good for one device only. 1GB card will valid only for lodge where you are staying. 10GB & 20GB work everywhere inside the lodge or wherever there is Everest link connection during whole trek).

Power Plug: For charging the device like; mobile or camera or Power Bank etc. Cost NRs.500 – For mobile. To charge power bank cost – NRs.1000. But you must go to dining hall for charging.

Blankets: Extra blanket provided during night before bed, if needed. Recommend to carry sleeping bag Minus – 20 Degree.

Electricity: Yes, almost every tea house in Dingboche. (Electricity black out are common – be prepare for head lamp, Torch light etc.)

Hot Shower: For taking hot shower cost NRs.600 per person. (Cold shower free of cost – Not Recommend)
Laundry Service: Yes, there is laundry services provided in Dingboche. But, the cost for laundry is per piece of cloth. For Instance: One T-shirt = Rs.100 (1USD).

Accommodation / Toilet/Bathroom: Some lodges provided accommodation with attached toilet/bathroom with extra cost. Most of them have common shared western style toilet / bathroom facility and have separate sleeping room.

Others facilities: Currency Exchange (USD, EUR) – Conversion value will be less. For Example: 1USD = NRs.100 (Standard Rate). In mountain, 1USD = NRs.80.

Pic-mani-stone

07 Day : Acclimatization Day at Dingboche

(Nagarjuna Hike Up to 4800 m)

Distance: 2 Km / 1.3 Mi | Trek Time: 4 Hours | Difficulty: Strenuous | Stay: Peaceful Lodge

Have your breakfast around 8:00 am & start your day hike to Nagarjuna. This acclimatization hike will offer you outstanding view of Tabuche, Lhotse, Amadablam, Nuptse, Peak 38 (7590 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Thamserku, Island peak (6189 m), Makalu (8485 m), and Amphula (5630) etc.

There are many alternative hiking places for acclimatization. Another popular hiking place is Chhukung Ri height to get the best view of Island peak. In a season, you see mountaineers attempting to ascend ImjaTse peak, which is also called Island Peak. At Dingboche, you’ll spend the night in the same teahouse.

It is not compulsory to go for hiking if you are not feeling well. Just decide to rest & relax, enjoy the breath-taking view of Amadablam with delicious chocolate cake and cup of coffee from the nearby Café 4410. (This is one of the best western style cafés in Dingboche). If you need some snacks for Lobuche & Gorakshep – you can buy it in Dingboche. Because, there will be more expensive in the next day’s stop.

Almost every agency, EBC tour package itinerary have – acclimatization stop in Dingboche. Sometimes you will encounter the trekkers not feeling well. Hence, extra day in Dingboche is compulsory. In the night, your room might be cold, request for the extra blankets and manage with your sleeping bag.

08 Day : Dingboche to Lobuche

(Dingboche – Thukla – Lobuche)

Distance: 9 Km / 5 Mi | Trek Time: 5 Hours | Difficulty: Challenging | Stay: National Park lodge

Today, you will climb up to Lobuche which is 4940 Meter above the sea level. Almost, 530 meters, you’ll trek from Dingboche to Lobuche. Actually, we have already acclimatized our body in Dingboche for two nights. Therefore, we don’t have to worry about the height between Dingboche till Lobuche. Don’t take seriously about altitude. Just try to listen your body and move slowly. The day that is quite challenging due to increasing elevation.

The hiking towards Lobuche will be breathtaking & it is the most glorious day of the trek so far. Initially, the path steadily climbs for two hours before it reaches Thukla. I suggest to stop there for some hot drinks and take energy food before climb up toughest part of today’s hike. In fact, it’s a tough ascent, and the 4500m elevation doesn’t help as we thought.

——————– Memorial Section Along the Route to Lobuche ———————

After around an hour, you’ll reach a plateau with many shrines devoted to those who died in the Himalayan mountains. For e.g. On April 20, 1984, Hristo Prodanov, a Bulgarian, scaled Mount Everest alone and without oxygen. On the same day, though, he died on his way back from a summit. Another boy, Babu Chiri Sherpa from Solukhumbu, began his career as a climber when he was only 13 years old. He summits Everest ten times by the age of 36. However, on April 29, 2001, when he attempted for the 11th time, he passed away. Finding about other climber like Scott Fischer’s and Rob Hall’s shrines up here is a chilling experience. After the shrine, it will take about 30 minutes to reach at Lobuche. Today you’ll be reaching 5000m, and every breath will be crucial.
Lobuche Facts

This place offers some of the most breathtaking view of mountains as well as there is high altitude research center which can help with communication for the rescue operation. After your arrival at lodge, go to hike 100 m up to see the Khumbu glacier & Moraine around at 4 pm. It is wonderful place to see the Mt. Nuptse – 7,861 m (25,791 Ft.), you feel like touching.

Facilities Provided by Tea House in Lobuche

Wi-Fi Internet: Everest link WIFI (1 GB = Rs. 600 |10 GB= Rs. 2000 | 20 GB= Rs. 3000 | Validity: 30 days from the first use. Good for one device only. 1GB card will valid only for lodge where you are staying. 10GB & 20GB work everywhere inside the lodge or wherever there is Everest link connection during whole trek).

Power Plug: For charging the device like; mobile or camera or Power Bank etc. Cost NRs.200 – Per Hour. But you must go to dining hall & tell or give for charging your device.

Blankets: Extra blanket provided during night before bed, if needed. Recommend to carry sleeping bag Minus – 20 Degree.

Electricity: Yes, almost every tea house in Lobuche. (Electricity blackout are common – be prepare for head lamp, Torch light etc.)

Hot Shower: Yes, for taking hot shower cost NRs. 800 per person. (Gas hot shower)
Accommodation / Toilet /Bathroom: Common shared western style toilet /bathroom facility. But, have separate sleeping room. Due to limited hotel, some times have to sleep in multi share basis in dining room.

09 Day : Lobuche to Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp (EBC)

(Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp – Back to Gorak Shep)

Distance: 14 Km / 9 Mi | Trek Time: 8 to 9 Hours | Difficulty: More Challenging | Stay: Himalayan Lodge

Today is final day to fulfill our dreams come true. Definitely, you’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time. Start your day early morning breakfast from Lobuche. Because, today is toughest and longest day. It will take almost 8 to 9 hours in total. So, it is preferable to trek early in the morning in order to arrive in Gorak Shep before midday, whereas you will have enough time to trek to Everest Base Camp and return before dark.

It is the longest and most challenging day with several ups & down. In between Lobuche & Gorakshep, no places for tea break. Therefore, don’t forget to carry enough water (3 liters) amid the trek to Gorakshep or to Everest Base Camp. Each time while taking rest along the way, remember to take a moment to look around the Himalayas. It definitely gives you unseen energy into your body to move forward.

The trail began with flat section about an hour, followed by a two-hour climb to Gorak Shep. You’ll arrive at Everest Base Camp (5364 m) after 3 hours of hike from Gorakshep village. Before that you’ll check in, left your backpacks in the room, take some lunch and refresh and then headed to Base Camp.

————- Heading Towards Everest Base Camp (5364 M)—————

After your lunch, you will trek to northeast from the village. There are lots of up and down along with very gravel path. It will take around 3 hours maximum to reach base camp of mount Everest. As you approach at base camp, you will see the large pile of rocks with prayer flag & Everest Base Camp sign; indicating that you have finally accomplished the dream to be near at the “Top of the World”.

Now is the time to cheer. The route back to Gorakshep will take same amount of time. In fact, do not expect much in Gorakshep village. For the reason that, this is only the last village to stay in such a high altitude. Really, there is proper lack of water as well. They melt ice & filter the water to cook food for us. It’s a bitterly cold place at any time of year; no one stays here year-round. So, don’t expect much there. Adjust for one night anyhow. Don’t hold your breath too long. Be happy and stay strong against altitude.

Mentally, you need to be prepared for the night at Gorak Shep. Don’t worry if you haven’t had good sleep. Not only you, number of trekkers have same problem in such high altitude. Try to acclimatize and stay strong for a single night. Think for next day down to the valley.

Gorak Shep Facts

This Gorakshep came by the name of the bird, the raven which is called Gorak by the Sherpas. One day Sherpas saw a dead body of Himalayan Raven (Gorak) at this place. After that, the meaning Gorak found by Sherpas which is popularly known as Gorakshep. This place is the end of lodges as well as for the trip to Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar (5550 m).

Facilities Provided by Tea House in Gorak Shep

Wifi Internet: Everest link WIFI (1 GB = Rs. 600 |10 GB= Rs. 2000 | 20 GB= Rs. 3000 | Validity: 30 days from the first use. Good for one device only. 1GB card will valid only for lodge where you are staying. 10GB & 20GB work everywhere inside the lodge or wherever there is Everest link connection during whole trek).

Power Plug: For charging the device like; mobile or camera or Power Bank etc. Cost NRs.200 – Per Hour. But you must go to dining hall & tell or give for charging your device.

Blankets: Extra blanket provided during night before bed, if needed. Recommend to carry sleeping bag Minus – 20 Degree.

Electricity: Yes, almost every tea house in Gorak Shep. (Electricity blackout are common – be prepare for head lamp, Torch light etc.)

Hot Shower: Yes, for taking hot shower cost NRs. 1000 per person. (Gas hot shower)
Accommodation / Toilet /Bathroom: Common shared western style toilet /bathroom facility. But, have separate sleeping room. Due to limited hotel, sometimes have to sleep in multi share basis in dining room.

10 Day : Gorak Shep to Pheriche

(Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar – Gorak Shep – Lobuche – Thukla – Pheriche)

Distance: 19 Km / 12 Mi | Trek Time: 6 Hours | Difficulty: Challenging | Stay: Panorama lodge

The next morning, wake up early & begin hiking to Kala Patthar (5550 m) to see sunrise view. This is actually the highest point of the trek. A hill top is just a huge rock with a great view of Mount Everest’s and its surroundings. From this vantage point, Mount Everest is even more visible than from the base camp (5364 m). It’s still really windy up there, so dress appropriately. On the way down, trekking pole could help you a lot. With the exception of the rugged section at the peak, the track is mostly straight all the way to the top.

It takes around 2 hours to the top of Kala Patthar. The trail is steep path along the black rocks. Although, the trail is not so much interesting to walk, but the view from the top is beyond the imagination (completely 360 – degree views of Himalayas). Many trekkers would like to be there to see closest view of Mount Everest and to see sunrise. Descending to Gorakshep is just another 50 minutes of walk. Be careful while descent down.

——————– Descend To Pheriche ———————-

After arriving in Gorakshep, have your breakfast and begin to trek down to Lobuche. It will take approximately 2 hours to get to Lobuche. Suggest to stop for tea break. Afterwards, continue your journey to Thukla for 1 and half hours. Stop to have rest and lunch. Imagine going down is much easier than going up. After your lunch, cross the river through small bridge and head up a little and down to valley followed by stream and concave to Pheriche. There is only half an hour’s difference between Pheriche (Shorter) and Dingboche (Longer).

We only trekked for 3 hours to Pheriche after lunch. It is located in a valley surrounded by Rocky Mountains and hills. However, the town was very windy, making it ideal for summer settlement. We stayed at the Panorama Lodge and Hotel, which provided us with dinner and breakfast. Amadablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, Tabuche, Cholatse, and Lobuche are among the mountains seen from here.

Facilities Provided by Tea House in Pheriche

Wifi Internet: Everest link WIFI (1 GB = Rs. 600 |10 GB= Rs. 2000 | 20 GB= Rs. 3000 | Validity: 30 days from the first use. Good for one device only. 1GB card will valid only for lodge where you are staying. 10GB & 20GB work everywhere inside the lodge or wherever there is Everest link connection during whole trek).

Power Plug: For charging the device like; mobile or camera or Power Bank etc. Cost NRs.500 – Unlimited. But you must go to dining hall for charging.

Blankets: Extra blanket provided during night before bed, if needed. Recommend to carry sleeping bag Minus – 20 Degree.

Electricity: Yes, almost every tea house in Pheriche. (Electricity black out are common – be prepare for head lamp, Torch light etc.)

Hot Shower: For taking hot shower cost NRs.500 per person. (Cold shower free of cost – Not Recommend)
Accommodation/Toilet/Bathroom: Some lodges provided accommodation with attached toilet/bathroom. Most of them have common shared western style toilet / bathroom facility and have separate sleeping room.
Others facilities: Currency Exchange (USD, EUR) – Conversion value will be less. For Example: 1USD = NRs.100 (Standard Rate). In mountain, 1USD = NRs.80.

11 Day : Pheriche to Kyangjuma

(Pheriche – Syomare – Pangboche – Deboche – Tengboche – Phungi Tenga – Kyangjuma)

Distance: 15.5 Km / 10 Mi | Trek Time: 6 Hours | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate | Stay: Amadablam Lodge

Today, is a wonderful day of the trek. The hike starts around 7 am in the morning from Pheriche. This is significant because today is the day, we feel like flying in to the lower altitude. We got up early and had our delicious morning meal. The reason we begin early is that we want to be at Kyangjuma on time. Because the later it gets in the day, more difficult to hike last upper section before Tengboche & after Phungi tenga.

In the beginning, the trail is easy going by following a river across a flat plain between valleys from Pheriche. It will take over 30 minutes to walk along the trail before it begins to ascend. Thereafter, the trail goes down steeply for another hour, before it reaches to Syomare. After Syomare, again, you’ll have to descend straight up to Pangboche. It is one of the famous place for the short break. You may have exhausted due to continues hour of walk, have some coffee or tea.

——————– Still Way To Kyangjuma ———————

After your tea, the trail here simply follows down & down to the river bridge until the forest is inevitable. Walk cautiously and sideways. Avoid slippery part & step your foot in hard surface. Now, all the down hill from there about 1 hours until you reach Deboche. Afterwards, the trail heads up another hour up to Tengboche. Stop here & have lunch. Believe in yourself, you worth your effort.

After spending an hour for Lunch, you will have to push downward until you reached Phungi tenga. You have to hike up again through the pine and rhododendron forest. It’s an easy stroll with few ups & down for about 30 minutes and then the trail starts to climb through the forest. It will be around 1.30 hours of climb until you reach at Kyangjuma. A lovely little village with a few guesthouses and a bakery. It’s less touristy and more peaceful.

Facilities Provided by Tea House in Kyangjuma

Wifi Internet: Yes! Internet Penetration Slow. Suggest Everest link WIFI (1 GB = Rs. 600 |10 GB= Rs. 2000 | 20 GB= Rs. 3000 | Validity: 30 days from the first use. Good for one device only. 1GB card will valid only for lodge where you are staying. 10GB & 20GB work everywhere inside the lodge or wherever there is Everest link connection during whole trek).

Power Plug: For charging the device like; mobile or camera or Power Bank etc. Cost NRs.200 – Unlimited. But you must go to dining hall for charging.

Blankets: Extra blanket provided during night before bed, if needed. Recommend to carry sleeping bag Minus – 20 Degree.

Electricity: Yes, almost every tea house in Kyangjuma. (Electricity black out are common – be prepare for head lamp, Torch light etc.)

Hot Shower: For taking hot shower cost NRs.500 per person. (Cold shower free of cost – Not Recommend)
Accommodation/Toilet/Bathroom: Some lodges provided accommodation with attached toilet/bathroom. Most of them have common shared western style toilet / bathroom facility and have separate sleeping room.

Others facilities: Currency Exchange (USD, EUR) – Conversion value will be less. For Example: 1USD = NRs.100 (Standard Rate). In mountain, 1USD = NRs.80.

12 Day : Kyangjuma to Chumoa

(Kyangjuma – Namche Bazaar – Jorsalle – Monjo – Chumoa)

Distance: 13 Km / 8 Mi | Trek Time: 5 Hours | Difficulty: Easy Downward | Stay: Chumoa Guest House

Start your day with warm breakfast and enjoy the stunning Amadablam view. Today we are going to Chumoa which is just 2800 meter above the sea level. It is easy stroll gradually until Namche bazaar, you can spend your time there until lunch. If you need cash out, you can do it in Namche Bazaar. After lunch, it’s a one- and half hour easy hike down to Hillary bridge. Afterwards, the trail goes along the riverside and cross the suspension bridge. You will arrive at Jorsalle, where we had stopped for our lunch before going onwards to Namche from Phakding. May you remember!!

We think that going down is much easier than up. But, hiking in Himalayas is that when you think of conquered the toughest part, another challenge appears naturally.

The good thing is that after the Jorsalle. We cross the suspension bridge and head up to Monjo entry gate to show a permit and exit from Sagarmatha National Park. From here, we walk up and down passing large rock territory along the trial that locally used for storage and finally reach to Chumoa.

The best of Chumoa guest house – food itself very tasty and delicious. Rooms are very comfortable. Don’t forget to play volleyball in a playground of lodge, enjoy surrounding green nature and landscape, which made us a finest for rest to night place.

Facilities Provided by Tea House in Chumoa

Wifi Internet: Yes! they have Wifi internet. Cost 500 NPR – Unlimited.

Power Plug: For charging the device like; mobile or camera or Power Bank etc. Cost NRs.200 – Unlimited. But you must go to dining hall for charging.

Blankets: Extra blanket provided during night before bed, if you need.

Electricity: Yes, almost every tea house in Chumoa. (Electricity black out are common – be prepare for head lamp, Torch light etc.)

Hot Shower: For taking hot shower cost NRs.400 per person. Cold shower free of cost.

Accommodation/Toilet/Bathroom: Some lodges provided accommodation with attached toilet/bathroom. Most of them have common shared western style toilet / bathroom facility and have separate sleeping room.
Others facilities: Currency Exchange (USD, EUR) – Conversion value will be less. For Example: 1USD = NRs.100 (Standard Rate). In mountain, 1USD = NRs.90.

Lukla airport

13 Day : Chumoa to Lukla

(Chumoa – Phakding – Ghat – Chheplung – Lukla)

Distance: 10 Km / 7 Mi | Trek Time: 5 Hours | Difficulty: Easy / Moderate | Stay: Mera lodge

Today is the last day of Everest Base Camp Trekking. The day turned out to be more complicated as the trekking goes to end. You feel almost exhausted & don’t want to move anymore. But, make sure to start early morning from Chumoa and don’t take too lightly the final walking day. The first half of the trek from the Chumoa is relatives straightforward, with just few short ascent & decent. Actually, you begin your ascent from the Ghat (2550 m) and continue steadily until you reach Lukla. It is little annoying to climb at the end of the journey. However, you must make it.

After your arrival at Mera lodge, take a warm shower and refresh. Ready to roam around the town. There are nice restaurants with live music. Enjoy your time with nice coffee. Back to the hotel for your final dinner. The food is excellent; the yak steak and burger are highly recommended.

Remember to manage the flight for tomorrow morning. If you wish to fly early morning then, visit the office nearby airport related to your Airlines. Consult to them for the flights from Lukla to Kathmandu. It will help you a lot next morning before you take a flight for Kathmandu. Otherwise, the hotel’s proprietor will assist you with booking plane tickets, among other things. They also walked with us to help at the airport early in the morning.

Facilities Provided by Tea House in Lukla

Wifi Internet: Yes! they have Wifi internet. Cost 200 NPR – Unlimited.

Power Plug: For charging the device like; mobile or camera or Power Bank etc. Yes! inside the room as well.

Blankets: Extra blanket provided during night before bed, if you need.

Electricity: Yes, almost every tea house in Lukla.

Hot Shower: For taking hot shower cost NRs.400 per person. Cold shower free of cost.

Accommodation/Toilet/Bathroom: Some lodges provided accommodation with attached toilet/bathroom. Most of them have common shared western style toilet / bathroom facility and have separate sleeping room.

Others facilities: ATM Service in the Town. Currency Exchange (USD, EUR) – Conversion value will be less. For Example: 1USD = NRs.100 (Standard Rate). In mountain, 1USD = NRs.95.

14 Day : Lukla to Kathmandu /Ramechhap

It’s time to get up and return to authenticity of Kathmandu. Take the earliest flight possible, later flights are normally windy and often canceled. It will take just 35 minutes flight to Kathmandu & 15 minutes to Ramechhap. As I have already mentioned you that there are three airline (Tara, Summit & Sita) that operates flight from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu. Any of the plane take same time into & out of the destination. Do not forget that you must be at the airport 1 hours before the departure. There will be some manual security check, But, it’s a fast process.

After your arrival at Kathmandu, you can hire a taxi outside airport and driven back to the hotel. Which cost max. NPR 1000.

But if your arrival will be at Ramechhap (Manthali Airport), then the cost for transportation from/to Kathmandu one way in average are as follows:

One-way Private Reserve Transportation (Ramechhap to Kathmandu)

Car Rental (Reserve) – 3 Seated – NPR 12000 – 4.30 Hrs. Drive
Jeep Rental (Reserve) – 7 Seated – NPR 15000 – 4.30 Hrs. Drive

Regular Transportation (Ramechhap to Kathmandu)

Regular Local Bus – NPR 600 – Ramechhap to Kathmandu – 5 hrs. Drive – Departure time (6 to 11 AM)
Regular Local Jeep – NPR 1000 – Ramechhap to Kathmandu – 5 hrs. Drive – Departure time (5 AM)
Local Tourist Bus – NPR 1500 – Ramechhap to Kathmandu – 5 hrs. Drive – Departure time (11 AM)

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