Everest base camp trek is moderate trek that begins from Lukla. This trek takes you to the base camp of highest peak of the world, the Mount Everest. You should walk 6-7 hours each day on uphills and downhills.
Everest Base Camp trek itinerary
Day 1: From Kathmandu to Lukla:
Your adventure begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to the small town of Lukla in the Everest region. Lukla serves as the starting point for most hikers heading to Everest Base Camp.
Day 2: From Lukla to Phakding:
From Lukla, trek to Pakding, a small village at an altitude of about 2,610 meters (8,562 feet). This hike is relatively easy and takes about 3-4 hours.
Day 3: From Phakding to Namche Bazaar:
The trail follows the Dudu Kosi River, crosses suspension bridges and passes through several Sherpa villages. Your next stop is Namche Bazaar, a bustling commercial center and acclimatization hub in the Khumbu region. The trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar takes about 6-8 hours.
Day 4: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar:
It is important to spend an extra day at Namche Bazaar to acclimate to the altitude. On this rest day, explore the local markets, visit the Everest View Hotel for panoramic mountain views, or take a short hike to a nearby lookout.
Day 5: From Namche Bazaar to Tengboche:
The trek continues through beautiful rhododendron forests and crossing the Imja Khola River. Upon arrival in Tengboche, visit the famous Tengboche Monastery and enjoy breathtaking views of Everest, Ama Dablam and other mountains. This part takes about 5-6 hours.Tengbocher is final destination of Everest Panorama trek on which you will return back after enjoying the Mountain View.
Day 6: From Tengboche to Dingboche:
The higher you climb, the more alpine the scenery becomes. Dingboche, located at an altitude of about 4,410 meters (14,469 feet), is also an acclimatization point. The trek from Tengboche to Dingboche takes about 5-6 hours.
Day 7: From Dingboche to Lobuche:
The trail passes through wide open valleys and traverses glacial deposits. The next station, Lobuche, is about 4,910 meters (16,109 feet) above sea level. The hike from Dingboche to Lobuche takes about 5-6 hours.
Day 8: From Lobuche to Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp:
From Lobuche, trek to Gorak Shep, the last settlement before Everest Base Camp. After a short break, trek to Everest Base Camp itself at an altitude of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet). This part of the journey can take approximately 6-7 hours. After completing trek to Everest base camp you can continue to Gokyo Cho la pass trek depending on your desire.
Day 9: From Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar and back to Pheriche.
An early morning trek to Kala Patthar, a famous lookout point for spectacular sunrise views of Everest, Lhotse and other Himalayas. Then descend to Gorak Shep and drive to Pheriche for the night. This section of the hike takes approximately 7-8 hours.
Day 10: From Pheriche to Namche Bazaar:
On the way back, follow the path you climbed when you climbed the mountain. Return through Tengboche and Namche Bazaar and finally reach Namche Bazaar after about 6-7 hours of trekking.
Day 11: From Namche Bazaar to Lukla:
Continue down from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. Journey time is approximately 6-7 hours. This is it the last day of trekking. You will reach Lukla and celebrate the day of completion of the trekking.
Best season for Everest Base Camp trek
The best times to trek to Everest Base Camp are generally pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn). These seasons offer the most favorable weather conditions and more vivid views of the mountains. Recommended seasons are as follows.
Spring season (March to May):
It is one of the most popular seasons for trekking to Everest Base Camp. The weather is generally stable, with mild temperatures and clear skies. The rhododendron forest is in full bloom, adding bright colors to the scenery. However, expect more hikers along the way as it can get crowded during this season.
Fall season (September to November):
Autumn is another great time to trek to Everest Base Camp. The weather is generally stable and dry, and the mountain scenery is crystal clear. The temperature is cool, but not extremely cold, so you can enjoy hiking. Autumn is less crowded than spring. Both seasons have their benefits and which one to choose is a matter of personal preference. If you prefer blooming flowers, slightly warmer weather, and a lively atmosphere along the way, spring may be your best option. On the other hand, if you prefer cool temperatures, less crowded hiking trails and clear skies, autumn may be your favorite season.