Everest Base Camp Trek starts and ends at Kathmandu. After a short trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, we start our classic EBC Trek. We follow the ancient Sherpa hamlets that meanders between the gigantic peaks.
16 Days Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary is designed to allow your body acclimatize properly by limiting the daily gain in altitude. The itinerary comprised 2 rest days: the first one at Namche and another at Dingboche. We explore the nearby settlement of Khumjung where we get closest glimpse of Sherpa culture, lifestyle and traditions.
Further we climb to the hilltop village of Tengboche where we visit the largest monastery of the region. Then we continue through Pangboche to last year round settlement of Dingboche – second scheduled spot for acclimatization. During acclimatization period, we stay active: climb high to Nangkartshang Gompa for up-close views of the Nuptse glacier, Ama Dablam’s north face glacier and Makalu.
As we gain the altitude, the temperature drops down and tree-line gives way to alpine scrub and gradually to rock and snow. After spending night at Lobuche, we climb to the highest temporary settlement of Gorakshep for lunch. We then follow the desolate trail along the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp located beneath the immense wall of Nuptse-Lhotse ridge and dreadful icefall. We retrace our step back to Gorak Shep for the night.
The next day, we start pre-sunrise to Kalapatthar (5,545m) to avoid mid-morning cloud and winds. Kalapatthar rewards you with incredible panorama of Everest, South col, Nuptse and the lower glacier.
The descending journey requires four days to get back to Lukla using an alternative route and overnighting at different villages.