Your journey to Everest Base Camp starts when you arrive to the bustling city of Kathmandu 1,400m/ 4,593ft a day or two before you fly into the mountains. You may choose to spend your time there relaxing, exploring the Kathmandu Valley, rafting, cycling or just walking around the busy district of Thamel, picking up any souvenirs or last minute gear you need for the trip! Whatever you choose will not disappoint! Once you leave Kathmandu, you fly into the mountains and the start of the trek, in the town of Lukla 2,850m/ 9,350ft. On the trek, you will be walking for 13 to 15 days, depending on your chosen itinerary. Our Itinerary has 3 nights in Namche Bazaar at the critical acclimatization point of the trek, giving you the best chance at making it safely to Everest Base Camp. Remember you will be covering 8,200m/ 26,902ft of ascent and decent. This is physically demanding and in a low oxygen environment. COME PREPARED!!
Day 1). Ideally, you will arrive in Lukla between 7 – 9 am, so that you can have breakfast and start walking mostly down hill for a relaxed walk on your first day. The total hike should take 3-5 hours, depending on if you will travel to Phakding or Monjo. If you go are going to Phakding (2,650m/8,694ft) it will be about 3 hours walking and if you are going to Monjo (2,850m/9,350ft) it will take approximately 5 hours. If we are going to Monjo, we will have lunch in Phakding and then continue onto Monjo, arriving in the afternoon. When you arrive, you will check into your room and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and starting the acclimatization process. Make sure you keep well hydrated, drinking 4 to 5 liters of water a day is essential all the way through the trek. 9km/ 5.6 miles to Phakding or Monjo will be 13km/ 8.8 miles
Day 2). For the first couple of hours on day 2 you will get to cross some of the famous suspension bridges, while gradually moving up-hill towards the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, the official entrance to the Everest Region. You continue down hill on for a short time before it levels out to flat ground on mixed terrain. The trail then follows the river to the final high suspension bridge before you begin the long ‘Namche Hill’, which can take 2 hours, to reach the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. Our itinerary has us based in Namche Bazaar for 3 nights at 3,340m/ 11,286ft. The total for today’s trekking is usually 5 hours long with plenty of breaks and rest along the way. There are many exposed parts on the trail so be aware of your surroundings and stay away from drops and exposed parts of the trail. READ our Top 10 Tips while you are on the Everest base camp trail. From Monjo to Namche is 8km/ 5 miles
Day 3). All our treks have an extra day in Namche Bazaar, which is we have found to be critical to success on the Everest Trek. Today we will trek up to the Namche Museum, which holds a stunning view of Mount Everest and surrounding peaks. This trek is only 1 to 2 hours and the rest of the day will be spent relaxing, hydrating and enjoying the unique Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar at 3,450m/ 11,320 ft. We will move up to 3,600m/ 11,811 ft. and back to the lodge for lunch 1km/ .6 of a mile
Day 4). Today is one of our acclimatization trek days. As you trek up behind Namche Bazaar, the trail is quite steep and you can feel the lack of oxygen while you ascend 460m/1,509ft to Shangbouche Airport, then cross the runway and head another 100m/ 328ft up to Shangbouche Hill at 3,900m/ 12,795ft. We will enjoy the stunning views and relax for 30-45 minutes before returning back to Namche. This trek is an essential part of the acclimatization process and usually takes approximately 4 hours. 3km/ 1.8 miles
Day 5). Today you will hike towards Tengbouche, at 3,900m/ 12,795ft. After ascending out of Namche, the first 2 hours are relaxed walking, traversing the left hand side of the valley, high above the valley floor. The trail then descends down toward the river for our lunch stop. From here it will take 2 – 3 hours to hike up the long hill to the town of Tengbouche. This is a gradual but long ascent and the total time will be 5/6 hours of hiking today. 12km/ 7.5 miles
Day 6). From Tengbouche, we will travel to Dingbouche, at 4,400m/ 14,436ft. The trail starts down-hill and continues very gradually up and down hills before crossing the river and gradually head up hill towards Pangbouche for lunch (Pangbouche was one of the villages on the trail that suffered most from the recent earthquakes), which usually takes 2-3 hours. From there it is a gradual up-hill trek towards the Imja Valley looking towards Island peak , and an hour later arriving in Dingbouche. The total trekking time today will be 5 to 6 hours. 12km/ 7.5 miles
Day 7). Today, we spend another night in Dingbouche to further the acclimatization process. From here we will aim to reach the height of 4,900m/ 16,076ft, gaining 500m/1,640ft, in this acclimatization trek which should take approximately 3 hours. We will enjoy the views and rest for about 30-45 mins at the high point before dropping back down for lunch and an afternoon of relaxing. 3km/ 1.86 miles and 500m/ 1,640 feet of ascent and descent.
Day 9). Today we travel from Lobuche to Gorak Shep at 5,180m/16,995ft. Today’s trek is very beautiful and unique, crossing a lot of loose rock and Glacier moraine. The up and down trail into Gorak Shep takes approximately 3 hours. We will have lunch here before continuing an additional 3 hours to reach Everest Base Camp, where we will spend some time enjoying the Base Camp of the World’s highest mountain! The hike back to Gorak Shep is a another 2 hours, bringing this long day to end after a total of 7 or 8 hours of hiking. Today is very challenging day for most people. 10km/ 6.2 miles
Day 10). After a good nights rest in Gorak Shep, those who feel ready and able, will wake up very early and hike up Kala Phattar to see the sun rise over Everest. This is a difficult 3 hour up-hill hike which is very hard work, but well worth it for the amazing views of Everest in the early morning. Once you return back or Gorak Shep, you will have breakfast and return all the way to Dingbouche at 4,410m/ 14,468 ft. which can take 4 hours, making the total amount of time walking 7 hours today. 18km/ 11.2 miles
Day 11). Today we will trek from Dingbouche back to Namche Bazaar. Today is another long day and can take approximately 8 to 9 hours. As you are heading down-hill, to lower levels of altitude, and you can cover the ground quicker than on the way up. When you get back to Namche you will get to enjoy the delights at the Namche Bakery or play a few rounds of pool at Cafe Danfe before we rest up for the long walk back to Lukla tomorrow. 22km/ 13.7 miles
Day 12). This another long day and can be one of the hardest as your body is tired after the trek. You start the day going back down Namche Hill and then the long stretch back to Lukla. You will pass Phakding before starting the last up hill section into Lukla where we will sleep for one more night. Today’s trek can take 7 to 8 hours. 21km/ 13 miles
Day 13). Today your legs get a break as you only have to trek to Lukla Airport and fly back to Kathmandu, which is only about 10 minutes walking!