Everest base camp trek: A day-by-day guide

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Everest Base Camp Trek

Overview

The distances between villages on the Everest Base Camp journey look manageable on the map. The trek is slow and steady even though eight days would appear to be more than enough time to go the 63 km (39 miles), (one way) distance. To prevent altitude sickness, it’s crucial to avoid pushing yourself too hard. A 7–17 kilometer hike might be anticipated each day.

AN ITINERARY OF THE TREK

DAY-1 :Lukla to Phakding

There are many hotels, stores, and restaurants in the crowded town of Lukla. You can quickly buy supplies if you forgot anything for the voyage. But we advise you to buy all of your equipment in Kathmandu. It costs substantially less.

We had a straightforward three-hour climb from Lukla to our first destination for the evening, the hamlet of Phakding. It is a fantastic introduction to hiking in the area because Lukla to Phakding has some height decrease.

DAY-2: Phakding to Namche bazaar

You must check in at a different gate of the Mt. Everest park headquarters on day two to present our documentation. Your passports must be shown, and you must provide additional passport images for the log. Once you sign in, you will formally enter the Khumbu Region and begin your trip to Everest Base Camp (so bring extra passport photos with you).

The second day of the Everest Base Camp journey will be the longest because of the amount of territory you must cover. Although the trek up the mountains is difficult and steep, it will be a day to remember.

On day two, there is an almost 10-kilometer climb with an 800-meter ascent. But there will be significant elevation reduction incorporated throughout the hike. As you drop into the valley, you would lose elevation and then have to climb back up.

DAY-3: acclimatization Day At The Namche Bazaar

There is often at least one acclimation day on high-altitude excursions. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is no different. Acclimatization days involve hiking to a higher level and returning to sleep at a lower altitude. Although you don’t stay for very long, it provides your body an opportunity to become used to the higher altitude.

DAY-4: Tengboche from Namche Bazaar

Today, you’ll need to get up earlier than normal. On this day, we trekked along paths that clung to the mountainside. Since there was nothing but a sheer drop to the abyss at the trail’s edge of the cliff, it was a little frightening. But until we arrived at the Sherpa Monument, we kept our wits about us and moved forward.

It took two hours of arduous, steady climbing to reach Tengboche. We bowed our heads as we inched our way upward. We made no photo or video stops during the climb and were surprised to finish it in just one and a half hours.

DAY-5: Tengboche to Dingboche

You will ascend higher today on foot and may probably encounter your first herds of woolly yaks.

Yaks aren’t visible until at least 3000 meters since they cannot survive at low elevations because it is too warm for them. (9800 ft) They are lovely. Today’s trek will be one of the most breathtaking ones and you will be having too much fun today:

DAY-6:  Dingboche’s acclimatization

Climbers should spend their acclimatization day here if they intend to summit Everest, Ama Dablam (6812 m), Lobuche peak (6,119 m), or Island Peak. It is a good idea to take some time to unwind, refuel, and prepare for the upcoming push because Dingboche is a small settlement in the Khumbu Region with only a few guest houses.

DAY-7: Dingboche to Lobuche

YOu will have a great time today capturing pictures of the breathtakingly clear Everest region. Early March is a cooler time of year to go hiking in Nepal, but the skies are clear and blue. You will think that you have arrived in the Kingdom of Middle Earth when you will see a tiny group of dwellings. A valley will be lined with tiny Hobbit homes, with enormous peaks towering above.

DAY-8

Day 8 can be divided into two parts where in the morning part you will travel from lobuche to Gorak shep and during the afternoon you will be going to Everest base camp:

From lobuche to Gorak shep

Today is only about a couple of hundred meters of elevation so this part of the trek is not pretty hard. The distance that you need to cover in the morning is about 4 km so you can travel this distance in about 3 to 4 hours. If you start at 8 in the morning then you will be at Gorak shep by noon.

To Everest base camp

The journey from Gorak Shep to Base Camp is straightforward. You may easily complete the two hours of walking with only a slight elevation gain.

You can eat lunch at Gorak Shep before traveling to Everest base camp. You will always remember the spectacular views you saw on your journey.

DAY-9: Descending:

After you have taken enough time at the Everest base camp you can start descending back to Gorka shep. The descent also takes several days and you will have to take the same route while descending so you can take the same accommodations that you had taken as you were coming up. 

Conclusion

This trek is one of the legendary treks which is done by professional trekkers and is like a dream come true for them. So this trek is a must-recommended trek to do and you will not regret your decision.