Significant Highlights of the Trek
- Observing the snow-capped mountains of the Everest Himalayan range, including Mt. Everest, Mt Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and others
- Opportunity to explore the vibrant atmosphere of the Everest Base Camp
- Breathtaking sunrise from Kala Patthar overlooking the mt Everest range of mountains
- Adventurous helicopter ride from Kalapathar to Kathmandu
- Walking through the UNESCO world heritage site of Sagarmatha National Park
- Rare wildlife spotting along the trail
- Experiencing the culture, traditions, a lifestyle of the Sherpa community
- The warm hospitality of the Nepalese people
When is the Best Time to Trek the Everest Base Camp?
Everest base camp trek in autumn
The two peak seasons for the Everest Base Camp trek are the Autumn (September-November) and Spring Spring (March-May).
The autumn season comes after the monsoon season, which means all the clouds disappear from the sky. The dry and warm weather is favorable for trekking and exploring the region.
The unobstructed views of the snow-capped mountains will spellbind you. Many important festivals are also celebrated at this time of the year, providing trekkers an excellent opportunity to explore the region.
Spring makes the natural landscape of the region glow even more. The wildflowers, including the rhododendron blooms all over the hills providing a spectacular sight for all the trekkers.
You can spot the rare wildlife of the region as the wild animals get active in spring after a long winter’s sleep. The glorious view of the snow-capped mountains is the highlight of the trek.
The summers also bring heavy rainfall in the region. In the winter, the temperatures can dip below 0 degrees celsius. The monsoon season also brings leeches in the region, and trails get slippery. There is also the risk of landslides and avalanches in the region. Trekking in the offseason has its own set of challenges, but with proper preparation it is doable.
How Difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek 8 Days?
Trekking the foothills of the highest mountain in the world is always a challenge. The trek is especially challenging if you are a beginner and have not traveled the high altitude region before.
The Altitude sickness in trekkers is one of the major problems faced by trekkers trekking in the region. As the oxygen levels dip to a bare minimum, the breathing gets highly difficult. Thus, acclimatization is the key for trekking in the high altitude region.
Trekkers need to hydrate regularly and descend to lower altitudes after a steep climb to get properly acclimatized. One thing to remember is that the trek is not a race, and you need to walk gently. You will be walking for 5-8 hours on average for eight days.
The trails also move up and down along the hills. A basic level of fitness is a must for the 8 days Everest Base Camp Trek. A basic training regime set before the trek is quite helpful for trekkers. Choosing the right time and the right place to trek also makes a significant impact on the difficulty of the trek.
Food and Accommodation along the Trek
Lodge in Everest base camp trek
The Everest Base Camp trek is a teahouse trek, which means you will be staying at local tea houses and lodges. The accommodations are on a twin sharing basis. They also provide a warm blanket and meal facilities as well. Some tea houses also offer hot water facilities at an added cost.
For breakfast, you will get served regular bread toasts and other snacks with hot drinks like tea and coffee. You can also enjoy other drinks like mint tea, butter tea, hot chocolates. Lunch and dinner generally comprise of the typical Nepali meal of “Dal Bhat.”
Dal Bhat is a traditional meal containing rice, dal (pulses), vegetables, lentils, spinach, meat, Gundruk, and pickles (taste enhancers). Some tea houses also offer a limited variety of western and continental cuisine including dishes like pizza, burger, and pasta
Essential Tips for the Everest Base Camp Trek 8 Days
- Always hire a guide and a porter
- Acclimatize and hydrate regularly during the trek
- Prepare and pack all the necessary equipment properly
- Get Proper training at least two weeks before the trek
- Eat a balanced diet full of carbohydrates and protein
- Start your trek early during the trek
- Carry a solar charger and a local SIM card
- Get a proper Travel insurance package
Everest Base Camp Trek 8 Days Packing List
Main bag for trekking gear
The packing for Everest Base Camp trek of 8 days depends upon the time on which you are planning to trek. Some of the essential items you need to pack are as follows:
- Trekking boots
- Trekking pants and jackets
- Trekking Gloves
- Woolen cap
- Thermals underwear
- Trekking shirts (Short-sleeved/ Long-sleeved)
- Insulating down jackets
- Rain coats
- Diamox tablets
- Anti-nausea Medicines
- Oral rehydration salts
- Mosquito repellents
- Toilet Paper
- Hand sanitizer
- Sleeping bag
- Solar Chargers
- Hot water Thermos
- Water Bottle
- Extra Batteries
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Detailed Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek 8 Days
Day 01: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding
An adventurous flight to Lukla from Kathmandu brings the tour to a start. The short runway of the Tenzing - Hillary airport welcomes us along the trail. We will start our short trek to Phakding as soon as we arrive at Phakding.
The trail moves along the banks of the pristine Dudh Kosi river passing through the settlement of Ghat. After a short ascent, we arrive at Phakding, where we stay overnight.
Maximum altitude: 2860 m
Flight duration: 35 minutes
Trek duration: 3-4 hours
Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar
After breakfast, we start our trek to the famous tourist town of Namche Bazaar. We cross the suspension bridge after walking past a pristine waterfall. The view of the majestic Mt. Thamserku overwhelms us. After crossing another bridge, we arrive at the village of Monjo.
We can find the entry point of the UNESCO world heritage site of the Sagarmatha National Park. There is an entry checkpoint where you have to display your permits. After some formalities, we resume our trek in the Khumbu valley to arrive at Jorsale where we have our lunch.
There are several bridges to cross, and we continue our trek in the banks of the Dudh Koshi river. Then, we trek to the famous Namche Bazaar, which is the commercial hub of the entire region. We spend the night at a Lodge in Namche.
Maximum altitude: 3441 m
Trek duration: 6 hours
Day 03: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Acclimatization is essential as we trek the high altitude region. Namche is a perfect acclimatization point, as there are many exploration points in and around Namche. The hikes to Khunde and Syangboche airstrip is on the cards.
There is also the famous Sherpa Museum where you can find art and artifacts related to the Sherpa community. You can also choose to relax in the vibrant atmosphere of Namche. You will stay overnight at a lodge in Namche
Day 04: Trek to Tengboche
After breakfast, we start our trek in a relatively easy trail. After trekking for some time, we reach Kyanjuma, which is a great vantage point to observe the panoramic view of the entire Everest mountain range.
We pass through forested trails consisting of rhododendron and pine trees. The trail then descends for about 45 minutes towards the Phunki Tenga river. We arrive at Tengboche after some time.
Tengboche is a unique settlement in the Himalayas lying just below the beautiful Ama Dablam. The ancient Tengboche monastery is the spiritual hub of the region. We spend the night at a lodge in Tengboche.
Maximum altitude: 3860 m
Trek duration: 5 hours
Day 05: Trek to Dingboche
After breakfast, we start the trek through the alpine forests consisting of rhododendron and fir trees. There is a wooden bridge to cross along the trail, which then leads us to Pangboche after 30 minutes.
We stop to have lunch at Pangboche. The extensive trail opens up after passing through a narrow path. After 3 hours, we arrive at Dingboche, where we stay overnight at a lodge.
Maximum altitude: 4350 m
Trek duration: 5 hours
Day 06: Trek to Lobuche
After breakfast, we start our trek to Lobuche with a steep ascent. The snow-capped mountains, including Everest, Makalu, Amadablam, and others, will enthrall you. After trekking for 2-2.5 hours, we arrive at Thukla.
A steep ridge leads us to the Memorial Chorten, established in memory of the mountaineers who perished their lives in the mountains. We ascent steeply up the Lobuche Pass and observe the serene Khumbu glacier. After trekking for around 2 hours, we arrive at Lobuche, where we stay overnight.
Maximum altitude: 4910 m
Trek duration: 5 hours
Day 07: Trek to Everest Base Camp and overnight to Gorak Shep
After breakfast, we start our trek to Everest Base Camp from Gorak shep. You can find an Italian research center in Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep is a frozen lake bed and also the original Everest Base Camp.
We continue our trek through the new moraine route of the Everest Base Camp. The vibrant atmosphere of the Everest Base Camp and the up and close view of the mountains will enthrall you. We descend back to Gorak Shep after enjoying some time at the Base Camp. We stay overnight at the Lodge in Gorak Shep.
Trek duration: 8 hours
Maximum altitude: 5365 m
Walking distance: 15 km
Day 08: Hike to Kalapathar in the early morning and helicopter flight back to Kathmandu
We start our hike to Kalapathar early in the morning. The panoramic views of the sunrise from Kalapatthar are breathtaking. You can capture glorious pictures of the beautiful scenery from Kala Patthar.
We have a sumptuous breakfast overlooking the spectacular view. A scenic helicopter ride awaits us from Kala Patthar. You can observe the majestic mountains from up above the sky. The once in a lifetime experience is the highlight of the trek. We stay at a hotel in Kathmandu in the evening and celebrate the success of the trek.
Maximum altitude: 5555 m
Trek duration: 8 hours
Everest base camp
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Where is Everest Base Camp located?
The location of the Everest Base Camp is the Everest region in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal.
What is the elevation of Everest Base Camp?
The elevation of Everest Base Camp is 5,380m above the sea level from the southern side in Nepal.
What are the best months to trek to Everest?
The best seasons to trek to Everest are the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).
How to cope with altitude sickness?
To cope with altitude sickness, you need to acclimatize appropriately and hydrate regularly. You can also carry Diamox tablets under the guidance of a medical professional in case you suffer from the attack.
How much cash should I take with me to Everest Base Camp Trek?
In general, 25$ to 30$ per day would be enough for the Everest Base Camp trek, including lodging, food, and other accommodation/facilities.
Should I hire a guide or a porter or both?
Yes, you should definitely hire a guide. If your luggage is on the heavier side, you can hire a porter as well. Some guides work both as a guide and a porter.
What happens in the case of an emergency?
The rescue team is always ready in case of any emergency. The professional guides are also well-skilled in first aid help. If your condition worsens, there is also a facility of Helicopter evacuation.
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