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Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Complete Guide to Everest base camp trek itinerary 2019/2020

As is known to all, Mount Qomolangma, or Mt. Everest, is the highest peak in the world. It is 8,848 meters above sea level. In Nepal, it is often known as Sagarmatha and in Tibet, it is known as Chomolungma. It is located in the Mahalangur mountain range between Nepal and Tibet.

Mount Everest mainly attracts many international sightseeing travelers to Everest Base Camp in Tibet, trekking lovers to its southern ridge in Nepal, and many highly experienced mountaineers as well as capable climbers to approach the summit from the southeast in Nepal (known as the standard route) and the others from the north in Tibet.

Everest Base Camp Trek at Glance

Max. elevation 5,643 m / 18513 ft 
(Kala Patthar)
Trek Start/Finish Lukla/Lukla
Difficulty Challenging
Accommodation Teahouse

If you're thinking about a Nepal trekking holiday to Everest Base Camp then make sure you check out the quick guide below to what to pack, what to expect and when to go.

Preparation for your trek

The average trek to Everest Base Camp is between 12 to 14 days from Lukla through the Himalayas, past teahouses and Sherpa villages. It is not a remote wilderness, but a thriving trekking route with well-defined paths. You should be fit and used to trekking at higher altitudes though as your trek will take you up over 5,365 meters which can have a major effect on your health. Walks last up to 8 hours a day which is tiring and mixed with altitude sickness can make you feel awful. Altitude sickness normally passes after a day or so but to help prepare your body prior to the trek try some cardio exercises. Getting your heart rate to about 60-70% of your maximum every workout will improve your general fitness and help you prepare. Also taking lots of regular walks prior to your trek improves the muscles required to make it to Everest Base Camp. Just remember to take it slowly.

What to pack?

The Himalayas is a remote part of the world and on the trek, you'll be faced with long drop toilets or the bushes so pack biodegradable toilet paper. It also gets pretty cold at night in the mountains and teahouses so I suggest at last a 3-season sleeping bag, a 4 season during July and August, plenty of layers, like fleece jumpers, warm hat, and gloves, long sleeved cotton t-shirts and remember your torch. I would also suggest a soft pair of trainers to wear after a day's trekking to give your feet some light relief from your trekking boots.

Best time to go

Nepal trekking holidays is pretty much okay all year round except during the monsoon season from June till August. The most popular trekking season is September to November after the rains have gone and the landscape green and thriving. It gets to 20 degrees Celsius in the day but drops to 5 degrees at night. If you want to avoid the busy season then try early February which is the end of the cold, snowy winter when the days are getting warmer.

It's important to remember that trekking to Everest Base Camp is achievable for most unless you succumb to altitude sickness which is a possibility regardless of how much you train. The routes are busy too but ignoring the people traffic you will experience the fantastic Sherpa culture, the hospitality of the teahouse owners and some wonderful food, especially the momos! Take in the scenery as you climb and remember it isn't just about getting to Base Camp, Nepal trekking holidays are about so much more.

Weather and temperature of Mt. Everest in Tibet

  • * Best Time - May & October

May and October are the best months to visit Mt. Everest because there are most clear days which give you the best chance to see the whole peak of Mount Everest. When in the night of clear weather, the sky will show you spectacular views of the stars and the Milky Way. In addition, it is not cold. The average temperature of daytime is 8°C and nighttime is about 0°C. It is also the best time to climb Mt. Everest, and May is known as Spring Climbing Season and October is Autumn Climbing Season.

May: Max 15°C; 0°C

October: Max 12°C; 4°C

  • * Monsoon Season - June, July, August, September

Monsoon Season is from June to September. During this period, although it is not the best time to climb Mt. Everest and travelers can not usually view the summit of Mt. Everest, it is OK to visit EBC and is worth spending one night to experience the high altitude trip there. July and August are the rainy months. The rainy weather may cause rock or mudslides or flash floods, blocking your travel way.

June: Max 17°C; Min 5°C

July: Max 20°C; Min 7°C

August: Max 19°C; Min 7°C

September: Max 19°C; Min 5°C

  • * Winter Time - November, December, January, February, March

Winter time of Mt. Everest is from November to next March. It is very cold to camp at the EBC in Tibet, and the temperature might be as high as 20°C in the daytime and as low as -15°C in the nighttime. The road to the EBC is sometimes shut due to inclement weather. However, the special and mostly clear, dry, frigid weather also attract many travelers to come here. In addition, it is less crowded and travelers usually enjoy the discount travel service fee.

Nov: Max 10°C; Min -10°C

Dec: Max 4°C; Min -15°C

Jan: Max 4°C; Min -17°C

Feb: Max 4°C; Min -15°C

Mar: Max 7°C; Min -12°C

Then when is a good time to visit the EBC, have a trek there, and climb Mt. Everest?

When is a good time to reach Mt. Everest in Tibet

* If you want to visit EBC ( Everest Base Camp )

May and October are the best time to visit Mt. Everest. However, the whole year is OK to visit EBC in Tibet. Spring offers better weather and less rain. You will be able to see the peak very clear. For better visibility and comfortable temperatures, visiting in Autumn especially in September is highly recommended. Winter is also a good season to visit the Everest Base Camp when there isn't much snow at this altitude.

  • * If you want to climb Mt. Everest

The best climbing time of Mount Everest is from late April to early June. In general, winter in the Mt. Everest area lasts between November and April. During those months, snow is very deep and the temperatures are very low, so it is not good for climbing. Other months, especially in the spring and fall, are OK for climbing. Expert climbers who want to make their way to the summit usually join organized expeditions and have to form their travel plans around expedition availability.

  • * If you want to have a trek from old Tingri to EBC

The best trekking time from old Tingri to EBC is from mid-September to next May, except the coldest months January and February. Especially from the end of September to December, the weather is usually stable with mild and warm days.

  • * If you want cheaper travel prices

A trip to Everest is pricey, especially if you are to travel there alone. If you are willing to join in a small group in Nepal, which will be cheaper. In addition, the price is relatively low from April.1 to May 31 and Oct.16 to next Feb.30. The cheapest month is December, January, and February, and many travel agency, hotel and car rental can give travelers a big discount.

How Long Is Everest Base Camp Trek?

EBC trek can be completed in 14 days. Those who don’t have enough time can also complete the trek in around 10-12 days. So, you must discuss with the operators, you are choosing. List of trekking itinerary is described below.

How Hard Is Everest Base Camp Trek?

The grade is separated as moderate one as the trek is neither hard nor easy. A normally fit person can complete the trek easily. “Where the will there’s the way” so you just have to have that passion of adventure. Even 65 years old man trekked with us the last season. So stay calm and trek.

Everest base camp trek 14-day itinerary with altitude and duration

DAYS ITINERARY ALTITUDE TIME
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu 1400 m / 4593 ft  
Day 2 Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and Trek to Phakding 2651 m / 8697 ft 35 min + 3 hr
Day 3 Phakding to Namche 3440 m / 11286 ft 5 - 6 hr
Day 4 Acclimatization Day in Namche 3700 m / 12139 ft 4 - 5 hr
Day 5 Namche to Tengboche 3956 m / 12979 ft 5 - 6 hr
Day 6 Tengboche to Dingboche 4380 m / 14370 ft 4 - 5 hr
Day 7 Acclimatization Day in Dingboche 4380 m / 14370 ft 3 - 4 hr
Day 8 Dingboche to Lobuche 4938 m / 16200 ft 4 - 5 hr
Day 9 Lobuche to Gorakshep 5160 m / 16929 ft 2 - 3 hr + 4 hr
Day 10 Gorakshep to Pheriche 4371 m / 14340 ft 4 hr + 4 hr
Day 11 Pheriche to Namche 3440 m / 11286 ft 6 - 7 hr
Day 12 Namche to Lukla 2860 m / 9383 ft 7 hr
Day 13 Lukla to Kathmandu 1400 m / 4593 ft 30 min
Day 14 Departure  

9 days Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary 

 

DAYS ITINERARY ALTITUDE TIME
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu 1400 m / 4593 ft  
Day 2 Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding 2651 m / 8697 ft 3 hr
Day 3 Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3438 m / 11279 ft 5 - 6 hr
Day 4 Acclimatization day 3700 m / 12139 ft 5 hr
Day 5 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3956 m / 12979 ft 5 hr
Day 6 Tengboche to Monjo 3870 m / 12696 ft 6 hr
Day 7 Monjo to Lukla 2840 m / 9317 ft 4 hr
Day 8 Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight) 1380 m / 4527 ft 30 min
Day 9 Departure  

Everest Three high pass trekking itinerary with altitude and duration

DAYS ITINERARY ALTITUDE TIME
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu 1400 m / 4593 ft  
Day 2 Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding 2651 m / 8697 ft 3 hr
Day 3 Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440 m / 11286 ft 5 - 6 hr
Day 4 Acclimatization day 3700 m / 12139 ft 5 hr
Day 5 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3956 m / 12979 ft 5 hr
Day 6 Tengboche to Dingboche 4380 m / 14370 ft 4 - 5 hr
Day 7 Acclimatization day 4380 m / 14370 ft 5 hr
Day 8 Dingboche to Lobuche via Khong Ma La Pass 4938 m / 16200 ft 10 hr
Day 9 Lobuche to Gorakshep (Day trip to EBC) 5368 m / 17611 7 - 8 hr
Day 10 Gorakshep to Lobuche (Morning trip to Kalapatthar) 5,643 m / 18513 ft 6 - 7 hr
Day 11 Lobuche to Dzongla 4830 m / 15846 ft 3 hr
Day 12 Dzongla to Gokyo via Chola Pass 4800 m / 15748 ft 8 - 9 hr
Day 13 Acclimatization day 5367 m / 17608 ft 4 hr
Day 14 Gokyo Valley to Marlung via Renjo La Pass 4210 m / 13812 ft 7 - 8 hr
Day 15 Marlung to Namche Bazaar 3438 m / 11279 ft 5 - 6 hr
Day 16 Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2860 m / 9383 ft 7 - 8 hr
Day 17 Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight) 1400 m / 4593 ft 40 min
Day 18 Departure  

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary with altitude and duration

DAYS ITINERARY ALTITUDE TIME
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu 1400 m / 4593 ft  
Day 2 Kathmandu to Bhandara (Drive) 2190 m / 7185 ft 8-10 hr
Day 3 Bhandara to Sete 2575 m / 8448 ft 6-7 hr
Day 4 Sete to Jun Beshi 2670 m / 8759 ft 6-7 hr
Day 5 Jun Beshi to Nunthala 2220 m / 7283 ft 6 hr
Day 6 Nunthala to Bupsa 2360 m / 7742 ft 5-6 hr
Day 7 Bupsa to Surke 2290 m / 7513 ft 5-6 hr
Day 8 Surke to Phakding 2652 m / 8700 ft 4-5 hr
Day 9 Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440 m / 11286 ft 5-6 hr
Day 10 Acclimatization Day 3700 m / 12139 ft 5 hr
Day 11 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3870 m / 12696 ft 5-6 hr
Day 12 Tengboche to Dingboche 4360 m / 14304 ft 5-6 hr
Day 13 Dingboche to Thukla 4600 m / 15091 ft 3-4 hr
Day 14 Thukla to Lobuche 4940m / 16207 ft 3-4 hr
Day 15 Lobuche to Gorakshep (Day trip to EBC) 5368m / 17611 ft 7-8 hr
Day 16 Gorakshep to Pheriche (Morning trip to Kalapatthar) 5545m / 18192 ft 7-8 hr
Day 17 Pheriche to Namche Bazaar 3440m / 11286 ft 5-6 hr
Day 18 Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2860m / 9383 ft 7-8 hr
Day 19 Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight) 1400 m / 4593 ft 40 min
Day 20 Departure

Gokyo Lake Trek - 13 Days Itinerary

DAYS ITINERARY ALTITUDE TIME
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu 1400 m / 4593 ft  
Day 2 Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding 2651 m / 8697 ft 3 - 4 hr
Day 3 Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3438 m / 11279 ft 5 - 6 hr
Day 4 Acclimatization day 3700 m / 12139 ft 5 hr
Day 5 Namche Bazaar to Dole 3680 m / 12073 ft 5 - 6 hr
Day 6 Dole to Machhermo 4470 m / 14665 ft 4 hr
Day 7 Machhermo to Gokyo 4800 m / 15748 ft 4 hr
Day 8 Morning trip to Gokyo Ri 5,357 m / 17575 ft 4 hr
Day 9 Gokyo to Dole 4110 m  / 13484 ft 6 - 7 hr
Day 10 Dole to Namche Bazaar 3438 m / 11279 ft 5 - 6hr
Day 11 Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2860 m / 9383 ft 7 - 8 hr
Day 12 Lukla to Kathmandu 1380 m / 4527 ft 40 min
Day 13 Departure  

Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek - 18 Days Itinerary

DAYS ITINERARY ALTITUDE TIME
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu 1400 m / 4593 ft  
Day 2 Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and Trek to Phakding 2651 m / 8697 ft 3 5 min + 3 hr
Day 3 Phakding to Namche 3440 m / 11286 ft 5 - 6 thr
Day 4 Acclimatization Day in Namche 3700 m / 12139 ft 5 hr
Day 5 Namche Bazaar to Dole 3680 m / 12073 ft 5 - 6 hr
Day 6 Dole to Machhermo 4470 m / 14665 ft 3 - 4 hr
Day 7 Machhermo to Gokyo 4800 m / 15748 ft 4 hr
Day 8 Gokyo to Thagnak (Gokyo Ri in the morning) 5367 m / 17608 ft 4 hr
Day 9 Thagnak to Cho Dzongla via Chola pass 4843m / 15889 ft 7 - 8 hr
Day 10 Dzongla to Lobuche 4940 m / 16207 ft 2 - 3 hr
Day 11 Lobuche to Gorakshep ( Everest Base Camp during the day) 5368 m / 17611 ft 7 - 8 hr
Day 12 Gorakshep to Pheriche (Kalapathar in the morning) 4200 m / 13779 ft 7 - 8 hr
Day 13 Pheriche to Namche Bazaar 3440 m / 11286 ft 7 hr
Day 14 Namche Bazaar to Lukla 2860 m / 9383 ft 7 - 8 hr
Day 15 Lukla to Kathmandu Flight 1400 m / 4593 ft 40 min
Day 16 Departure
 

 

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour - 1 Day Itinerary

5:30 - 6:00 Drive from Hotel to Airport
6:00 - 6:30 Boarding
6:30 - 7:15 Kathmandu to Lukla Flight
7:15 - 7:30 Refueling
7:30 - 7:50 Lukla to Kala Patthar
7:50 - 8:00 Landing in Kalapatthar
8:00 - 8:15 Kalapatthar to Everest View Hotel or Kongde Resort
8:15 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 9:50 Everest View Hotel or Kongde Resort to Kathmandu
9:50 - 11:00 Drive from Airport to Hotel

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