If you ever wanted to see the top of the world without being an expert mountaineer, you can not get closer to that than hiking to the Mount Everest Base camp! On the exhausting way you will be rewarded by the beautiful landscapes, amazing Himalaya panorama and the culture of local people. If you take your time, you probably can handle the altitude – slowly is the key.
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Since this route from Lukla to Everest Base camp is getting more and more popular, the amount of travellers is increasing from year to year. To avoid overcrowded paths, villages and accommodations better come sooner than later or try to avoid peak seasons.
- Mount Everest Base Camp
- Don’t miss Kathmandu, capital of Nepal
- Take a walk in the inner city, at Thamel district
- One of the most extreme airports in the world
- Namche Bazaar as the gateway to the high Himalaya
- Hillary suspension bridge
- Khumbu Glacier – the world’s highest glacier
Stop 1: Kathmandu
Usually when travelling to Lukla as the starting point for trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp, it is worth to spend a few days in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. Visit Thamel, the touristic inner district of Kathmandu with its Restaurants, Souvenir shops and market places. Don’t miss Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located about 15km east of Kathmandu and Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest unique structure’s stupas in the world, located about 11km northeastern from the center. Kathmandu Durbar Square is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally enjoy the view from Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple
Stop 2: Lukla
Lukla is the starting point when arriving per plane or chopper from Kathmandu. Hopefully you have enjoyed the last days in Kathmandu, because from here on you need to rely on your walking fitness unless you decide to take a chopper or donkey to continue… Just joking, the first leg will be an approximately 4 hours trek to Phakding, mostly downhill. Don’t miss to watch arriving or departing airplanes at Lukla airport – this is exciting! But you might find more time to explore Lukla on the way back. Not too much to do in Phakding.
Stop 3: Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is the main trading center and gate to the higher Himalaya region. It has lots of restaurants, coffee bars and even irish pubs. If you need a supermarket, pharmacy, mountaineering equipment or ATM, Namche is the place to get you ready for continuing, since it will be much harder, more expensive or even impossible later on the higher you get. It is recommended to spend another day for acclimatization purposes. Take a half day hike to the Hotel Everest View, where you can spot the Mount Everest for the first time on clear days.
Stop 4: Tengboche
In an one day hike (about 6-8 hours) to Tengboche and on the next day further to Dingboche. We typically started in the mornings between 8 or 9 am. The weather in the mornings was mostly clear, but in the afternoons it usually got cloudy. So when arriving at Tengboche the view was poor, anyways we were just happy to recover. Even more impressive was the next morning view! All the way to Dingboche the panorama was just beautiful.
Stop 5: Dingboche
Again after 7 hours of hiking we were happy to arrive at Dingboche and stay for an additional acclimatization day.
Stop 6: Lobuche
Planning to hike to Lobuche for staying overnight on day 7 and finally on day 8 to reach the Everest Base Camp!
Stop 7: Gorak Shep
The trek from Lobuche to EBC and back to Gorak Shep for sleeping (since there are no sleeping possibilities at the Basecamp!) will be the longest hike about 10 hours. So starting early morning is a good advice. But remember, that all the hassle will be worth the effort! The rising mountains above the Khumbu glacier will be your companion all the way to EBC. To be promised: finally arriving there is simply indescribable!!