A trek to the Base Camp of Mount Everest, world’s highest mountain (8850 m), is high on the wishlist of many trekkers. The trail leads you alongside the foot of mighty Himalaya giants, towering high above you. The views from Kala Pattar of Mt Everest, and many other seven and eight thousand peaks are just unforgettable.
After Namche Bazar you climb above the tree line quite quickly and you find yourself walking in a stunning high altitude landscape. The walk to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) from Gorakhshep should not be missed. You walk on the Khumbu Glaciar, surrounded by snow and ice. The Nuptse is so close, it looks like you can touch it. From Everest Base Camp you have a close view of the Khumbu Ice Fall, a huge wall of ice, only one of the big challenges the Everest expeditions face.
Flying in and out of Lukla (2840 m), set already amidst the Himalaya, you need about 2 weeks for the Everest Base Camp trek. The trek described below combines the trek to Everest Base Camp with a visit to the stunning Gokyo Lakes. From Gokyo you cross the Cho La (5420 m), which brings you into the Khumbu Valley in which the Everest Base Camp lies. The stretch between Gokyo and Khumbu is part of the Upper GHT.
The region is dotted with well equipped lodges, run by the friendly Sherpa people.
As with this trek you climb high very quickly, it is important to take acclimatization days, and to be aware of signs of altitude sickness. For more info, we suggest you to read the health and safety section.
Day 1: Flight to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2652m) 3 hrs
Day 2: Phakding (2652 m) to Namche Bazaar (3450 m) 5 1/2 hrs
Day 3: Acclimatization day Namche Bazar (3450 m)
Day 4: Namche Bazar (3450 m) to Dhole (4050 m) 7 hrs
Day 5: Dhole (4050 m) to Maccherma (4470 m) 3 hrs
Day 6: Maccherma (4470 m) to Gokyo (4790 m)
Day 7: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m) and back to Gokyo (4790 m)
Day 8: Gokyo (4790 m) to Thagna (4700 m) 4 hrs
Day 9: Thagna (4700 m) to Dzongla (4860 m) crossing the Cho La (5330 m) 9 hrs
Day 10: Dzongla (4860 m) to Lobuche (4930 m) 5 hrs
Day 11: Lobuche (4930 m) to Gorakhep (5180 m), with visit to Everest Base Camp (5350m) 9 hrs
Day 12: Climb Kala Pattar (5550 m) 3 hrs and descend to Dingboche (4410m) or Pheriche (4240m) 5 hrs
Day 13: Dingboche/Pheriche to Tengboche (3860 m) 4 hrs
Day 14: Tengboche (3860 m) to Namche Bazar (3450 m)
Day 15: Namche Bazar (3450 m) to Monjo (2880 m) 3 hrs
Day 16: Monjo (2880 m) to Lukla (2840 m)
Day 17: flight Lukla to Kathmandu