- Watch the sun set on Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar (5600m)
- Explore Base Camp, where all expeditions start from
- Spend a day in Namche Bazaar, a bustling market town at 3440m
- Enjoy Sherpa culture, villages and people of the Solu Khumbu
|Min. duration||12-16 days|
|Max. elevation||5545m (Kala Patthar)|
Most people opt to fly into Lukla and start their trek from there (as opposed to trekking in from Salleri, which adds an extra four days). From Lukla, you head north, following the Dudh Kosi river valley before ascending steeply to Namche Bazaar, the closest you'll get to a city in the high mountains. From Namche, you drop back down before climbing up again to Tengboche, Dingboche and finally Gorak Shep.
Gorak Shep is the last teahouse settlement on the route to Everest Base Camp. From here, you can climb up a nearby ridge (Kala Patthar) for a classic view of Everest and Nutpse, or head farther north to base camp itself, empty in the winter & fall but bustling with up to 75 expeditions in the spring.
After Gorak Shep, it's a steady descent back down to Lukla. By now, you will be properly acclimatized and feel invigorated as you descend into lower altitudes on your way back to Kathmandu.
Expert tip: There are a number of extensions and alternatives to the main Everest Base Camp Trek that take you into more remote valleys on less trodden trails. If you have the time and up for the challenge, we highly recommend the Three Passes Trek or one of the alternatives routes described in our article about unique Everest itineraries.
Below is a suggested itinerary that takes into account a normal acclimatization schedule. You can do this trek faster (keep in mind the the minimum (safe) number of days is 12), or you can also opt for a much safer schedule of 16 days. However, much depends on how you're feeling as you gain altitude.
|Day 1||Phakding||2635m||2-3 hours|
|Day 2||Namche Bazaar||3440m||5-6 hours|
|Day 3||Namche Bazaar||3440m||Acclimatization day|
|Day 4||Tengboche||3866m||3-4 hours|
|Day 5||Dingboche||4321m||3-4 hours|
|Day 6||Dingboche||4321m||Acclimatization day|
|Day 7||Lobuche||4930m||5-6 hours|
|Day 8||Gorak Shep (climb to Kala Patthar)||5170m||2-3 hours|
|Day 9||Lobuche (day-trip to EBC)||4930m||7-8 hours|
|Day 10||Pheriche||4270m||3 hours|
|Day 11||Tengboche||3866m||2-3 hours|
|Day 12||Namche Bazaar||3440m||4-5 hours|
|Day 13||Lukla||2850m||2 hours|
|Day 14||Kathmandu||1308m||6 hours|
Customize this trek
Your trek to Everest Base Camp can be customized in a number of ways, from more luxury accommodation (Yeti Mountain Homes) to adding on one of Nepal's famous climbing peaks (Mera Peak or Island Peak) to the itinerary. Get in touch with us to see how we can best serve your needs.