Everest Base Camp Trek – 12 Days
Everest Base Camp Trek – 12 Days Overview
Being the highest peak in the world with an altitude of 8,849m, Mount Everest is beautifully located between the Nepal and Tibet border in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal. The Sanskrit name for Mount Everest is Sagarmatha which means “peak of heaven”. Justifying the name, it gives us the vibes of heaven itself. Sir Edmund Percival Hillary along with Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, were the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest on July 20, 1919. The trail passes through natural landscapes, glaciers, and stunning views of the Himalayas. This region is highly protected by Sagarmatha National park where you can see many endangered animals like snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan Tahr, wild boar, etc. Apart from being amazingly beautiful Mount Everest or base camp may have some disadvantages like suffering from altitude sickness. It is most likely to have breathing difficulties when you are in such heights. Many accidents have been reported on Everest base camps and Mount Everest peak itself.
This is one of the short route to EBC which might take 10/11 days with proper rest and few days off. It cost around 1400-1600$ including food, accommodation, flight tickets, insurance, permits etc.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek – 12 Days
- Explore the beautiful Khumbu valley
- Experience the hospitality of Sherpa people
- Diverse flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park
- Camp at the base of the world’s highest mountain peak
- Day 1- arrival at Kathmandu
- Day 2- Kathmandu- Lukla- Phakding 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours walk
- Day 3- Phakding-Namche Bazar 5-6 hours walk
- Day 4- Namche Bazar-Debouche 5-6 hours walk
- Day 5- Debouche-Dingboche 5-6 hours walk
- Day 6- Dingboche- Lobuche 5-6 hours walk
- Day 7- Lobuche- EBC, back to Gorak Shep 7-8 hours walk
- Day 8- Gorakshep- Kathmandu
Best time to visit EBC
Even though EBC welcomes everyone almost all the months, still the best time to visit EBC is April to May and September to October. At this time the temperature is moderate with slight rainfall. You get all the chance to see the dazzling view of mountains, clear blues skies, and snow. However, if you are on a limited budget the best time for you is early winter. You can actually get cheaper accommodation and food in early winter.
Note: it is almost impossible to trek in mid and late winter due to extreme cold and snowfall and higher chances of avalanches.
Insurance- travel insurance is more of a mandatory thing to do before traveling anywhere. Do not forget to mention the maximum altitude you will be reaching because insurance varies and depends upon the height or elevation. You can always get more ideas about travel insurance from travel agencies or the insurance company itself. You can also get one from any travel agency.
Visa and passports- for all foreigners besides Indian, you will be needing a valid visa and valid passport to visit anywhere in Nepal. You can have your Nepalese visa at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu. You will also need two passport-sized photographs for trekking permits.
Clothing and equipment
|Trekking shocks||Torch lights|
|Waterproof jackets||Beanies and gloves|
|Warm shirts and t shirts||Medicines|
|Thermal tops and bottoms||Toiletries|
|Fleece jacket||Safety kit|
|Down jacket||Hand sanitizers|
|Trekking pole||Water bottles and water purifier|
|Raincoats||Trash bag and tissue papers|
|Duffel bags||Power banks|
|Passport size photographs||Permits|
Optional Itinerary for EBC with Kalapatthar
Day 1- arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2- Kathmandu- Lukla- Phakding, 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours walk
Day 3- Phakding-Namche Bazar, 5-6 hours walk
Day 4- Namche Bazar-Debouche, 5-6 hours walk
Day 5- Debouche-Dingboche, 5-6 hours walk
Day 6- Dingboche- Dughla, 3-4 hours walk
Day 7- Dughla- Lobuche, 2-4 hours walk
Day 8- Lobuche- Gorakshep- EBc, back to Gorakshep, 7-8 hours walk
Day 9- Gorakshep- Kalapatthar- Pherice, 7-8 hours walk
Day 10- Pherice-Namche Bazar, 6-7 hours walk
Day 11- Namche Bazar- Lukla, 6-7 hours walk
Day 12- Lukla- Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight
This Is the longest route and takes around 24/25 days with proper rest, side trips and few days off. It cost around 1400-1900$ per person