Destinations // Everest Base Camp Trek

If you have perused lists of the most popular treks in the world – then you will have noticed the trail to Everest Base Camp always features. Mountaineers and adventurers from all over the world are drawn in by the mysticism of Mt. Everest, undeniable spirituality of the region, and the warm, friendliness of the Sherpa people. The Everest Base Camp Trek immerses you into those experiences and layers in the challenge of high altitude with some of the most amazing mountain vistas in the world. I could keep going but who really needs more reasons to understand why it’s on everyone’s list?

The Everest Base Camp Trek is located within Sagarmatha National Park. This 1148 sq. km park was established in 1976 to protect the Everest Region and ensure that future generations of adventurers get the opportunity to see and explore the Everest Region for decades to come. Given the sheer number of trekkers hitting the trails these days and increasing numbers of expedition teams heading to Base Camp to make summit bids, the role the park plays in conservation will be key to the protection of Sagarmatha, the Nepalese name for Mt. Everest.

Making the decision to trek to Everest Base Camp is an easy one. How you get there? Well, that’s a different story. You might be surprised to find out that there are actually quite a few trekking options in the region that direct you to Base Camp. What you choose depends on how much time you have during your trip, how physically challenging you want the trek to be, your comfort level with high-altitude, and last but certainly not least, how busy you want your trails to be. Check out Destinations // Everest Region Trekking for a break down of the five most popular treks in the region.

When mapping out my Everest Base Camp Trek, I knew I wanted to accomplish three things:

  • Overnight at Everest Base Camp, which requires a special permit.
  • Find a route less trodden and more challenging to avoid the crowds and up the adventure.
  • Minimize backtracking on the same trail to be able to see more of the Everest Region.

I enlisted the help of one of my favorite travel companies – OUT Adventures – to assist in the planning of the perfect, tailored itinerary. The result was a combination of the standard Everest Base Camp Trek with two of the three passes of the 3-Pass Trek. OUT Adventures made all the arrangements for us locally and paired us up with an awesome local guide and Sherpa team. This trip is one that fed my soul and already has me wanting to go back for more.

Time to start planning your own adventure? Check out the itinerary below.

//EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK ITINERARY

Below is a snap shot of the itinerary we used for trekking to Everest Base Camp. You will find multiple villages along the various routes when planning your own trip. Depending on the route you take, the village may or may not be one of the standard stops. Note that we took additional side trips for acclimatization (and for fun), which means the approximated max altitudes listed may differ from a standard route. Accomodation along the trek varies from very basic to luxury. You will find a combination of both included in the below.

DAY

ROUTE

MAX ALTITUDE

ACCOMODATION

1 Lukla – Phakding 2,800m/9,200ft Yeti Mountain Home
2 Phakding – Namche 3,440m/11,300ft Yeti Mountain Home
3 Namche – Thame 3,820m/12,500ft Yeti Mountain Home
4 Thame 3,820m/12,500ft Yeti Mountain Home
5 Thame – Lumdeng 4,400m/14,450ft Renjo Pass Support Lodge
6 Lumdeng – Gokyo via Renjo-La Pass 5,100m/16,700ft Himalayan Eco Resort
7 Gokyo – Thangna 4,650m/15,250ft Chola Pass Resort
8 Thangna – Dzongla via Cho-La Pass 5,340m/17,500ft Hotel Green Valley
9 Dzongla – Lobuche 4,910m/16,100ft Himalayan Eco Resort
10 Lobuche – Gorakshep  5,160m/16,900ft Himalayan Guest House
11 Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp  5,364m/17,600ft Camping
12 Everest Base Camp – Pheriche  4,240m/13,900ft Pumori Lodge
13 Periche – Tashinga via Tengboche 3,860m/12,660ft Everest Summit Lodge
14 Tashinga – Monjo via Kenjoma 3,550m/11,650ft Yeti Mountain Home
15 Monjo – Lukla 2,800m/9,200ft Yeti Mountain Home

//EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK DIARY

Heading to Everest Base Camp was a dream. The variety of what there is to experience each day along the way is mind-blowing. Want to get a closer look at what the day to day is like on the trail? Check out the links below and start exploring DomOnTheGo’s Everest Base Camp Diary. Be sure to check back each week as the adventures unfold.

EBC TREK – DAY 1

LUKLA TO PHAKDING

EBC TREK – DAY 2

PHAKDING TO NAMCHE

EBC TREK – DAY 3

NAMCHE TO THAME

EBC TREK – DAY 4

THAME

EBC TREK – DAY 5

THAME TO LUMDENG

EBC TREK – DAY 6

LUMDENG TO GOKYO

EBC TREK – DAY 7

GOKYO TO THAGNA

EBC TREK – DAY 8

THANGNA TO DZONGLA

EBC TREK – DAY 9

DZONGLA TO LOBUCHE

EBC TREK – DAY 10

LOBUCHE TO GORAKSHEP

EBC TREK – DAY 11

GORAKSHEP TO BASE CAMP

EBC TREK – DAY 12

BASE CAMP TO PERICHE

EBC TREK – DAY 13

PERICHE TO TASHINGA

EBC TREK – DAY 14

TASHINGA TO MONJO

EBC TREK – DAY 15

MONJO TO LUKLA

As tough as the trek was – I can’t wait to get back to the region. Next time it will be via a different route to explore other corners of this beautiful region. Perhaps at some point in the future DomOnTheGo will make a summit bid. In the meantime, be sure to watch this space for more about my exploration and trekking in the Everest Region including:

  • Connections // Robert Sharp – Meet the OUT Adventures founder and what makes OUT Adventures so great.
  • Journeys // Everest Base Camp Trek Tips & Tricks – Your guide to the long list of things to take into consideration when planning your own EBC trip.
  • Connections // Prem Tamang – Q&A with my trusty Nepalese guide who shares his advice for those heading to Base Camp.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OTHER PLACES VENTURED IN THE EVEREST REGION BE SURE TO CHECK OUT DESTINATIONS // EVEREST.

27 comments

  • There is some great information here. I’ve often wondered about a trek to base camp, this really helps lay it out for me. Good luck with the idea of doing a summit trip, that would be amazing. I’m going to check your blog out some more.

    • Thanks for your comments Matt. My route is one of many possibilities. I’ll keep ya posted if I decide to summit. 🙂

  • Trekking on the Everest is such a challenge worth taking. It’s good to know that there are a few trekking options in the region that lead to Base Camp and that not all of them are reserved for fittest types of person only. I also find your Everest Base Camp trek itinerary very informative, as it gives me an overview of how such a trek might look like.

    • There are plenty of options for everyone – you are right. The abuility to see Everest in person shouldn’t just be reserved to those that summit, right? 🙂

  • Wow, this is impressive. And by the way the biggest challenge someone who is exited about trekking could face. Boy, the jealousy is real. Keep up the good job. 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻

    • Thanks Patrick. Nepal is a gorgeous country and deffo needs to be explored. Add EBC to you bucketlist and get there.

  • I am not really a winter person but lets be honest Everest is a dream for every traveller ! I hope one day I can pack my back and start climbing the best mountain in the world! Looks like you had an amazing time over there! Congratulation !

  • thanks a lot for the great article! This is really helpful. I also want to try to hike Mt. Everest at least the base camp haha! But I think I will need a lot of preparation.

    • I think you would be surprised. General fitness levels and mental prep is really all you need for Base Camp. Enjoy.

  • I did BEC Trek last month and nostalgia evoked reading your post. It is really one of the most cherished treks of my life too like many others. You have given a good detailed out account of the trek. And your pictures and layout is pretty amazing.

    • Always fun to relive experiences like this eh? Thanks for the kind words.

  • Fantastic articles and they are sure burning up my desire to get out there asap. Love your photos as well. 🙂

    • Appreciate the kind words Danik. 🙂 I hope you get there one day – it is even more impressive in person.

  • I am torn between an Everest Base Camp push or trying to see one of the places less traveled in the reason. I have heard you can actually get above the ice fall and look down onto Base Camp. I had a friend who did this and said it was quite, clean, and tranquil. There is just so much history (and energy) at Base Camp it would be tough to pass over. I love how clear and clean you made the trip planning.

    • Thanks for the kind words. There are a wide variety of trails through the region that go to Base Camp and other larger trekking peaks. The only way to get above Everest’s dangerous Ice Fall and look down Base Camp is to climb Everest, make your way up one of the surrounding peaks or fly over with a chopper. I probably wouldn’t recommend the first two unless a person has high altitude and mountaineering experience. When our trek was over, we took a chopper ride and had the pilot fly up the Ice Fall to Camp 1. That’s pretty much as high as a chopper can safely fly – and was amazing.

  • Always been wondering about base camp trek and this post gives a lot of information. Looks quite adventurous and fun to do once in a lifetime. thanks for sharing.

  • I have never actually done trekking but I will say I am amazed by your drive to do all of this. The captures you got are so amazing and so pretty. I love how you laid out a daily outline. This was a fantastic post, thank you for sharing!

  • This is one of the adventures I’d love to go for but I’m still trying to understand if it’s doable. I suffer with asthma and thus for now the only thing I can do is dream through your articles!

  • Hey Dom, I’m hoping to do base camp at some point so this was a real good read. Friends of mine recently returned from hiking base camp however they tried to cut out acclimatisation days and really suffered! I won’t be making that mistake!

  • What a great adventure. It’s good to hear that there are some conservation efforts being made to preserve the integrity of Everest and Base Camp. I knew that there were a few options to get to base camp, but I did not know there were so many. I would love to take a slow trek to base camp and enjoy all the scenery and culture along the way.

  • Have been reading your EBC blog posts! And fallen in love with the landscapes of Nepal all over again. Have been reading about The friendliness and goodness of Sherpas and your blog post has actually inspired me to take on this adventurous journey someday in my life. some very interesting and useful facts here plus love the collection of in depth posts. Makes it a one-go stop for all information related to EBC! I even read your article in Travel3sixty!

  • I am also fond of trekking and for anyone like us, the Everest Base Camp is probably THE one mythical trek to do! I have trekked in the Andes before and I have yet to discover the Himalayas, it’s great you managed to find a less travelled route because it must be a very busy trek. It’s nice that you did one article per day, it’s the only way to properly share this amazing adventure!

  • WOW! I give you big props for doing this. It truly isn’t something on my bucket list but I know it is something my husband would love to do one day. I’ll be sharing this post with him. Also, congrats on such an amazing adventure!

  • I can’t imagine hiking at this high of elevation! I even get short of breath and quite asthmatic in Tahoe………….this would really take some serious training.
    But what a trip-and challenge! Unforgettable

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