9 Days 9 Pictures Everest Base Camp Trek

The “South” Everest Base Camp, is one of the most popular trekking destination in the himalayas of Nepal and is visited by thousands each year. Ever since Everest, the highest peak in the world, came into spotlight it has been the top of list of adventure seekers all around the planet.

Renowned for spectacular mountain peaks, the Everest Base Camp trek is a fusion of adventurous thrill, fascinating rawness in nature, intriguing Sherpa culture, warm Nepalese hospitality. Everyday day is a unique experience, with something  different, here are 9 different pictures or let’s say major highlights of Everest Base Camp trek.

Day 1 :  Lukla, Fly from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding.

Lukla airport Everest region

Tenzing-Hillary “Lukla” Airport, a starting point of any trekking in the Khumbu “Everest” Region. A program titled Most Extreme Airports, broadcast on The History Channel in 2010, rated the airport as the most dangerous airport in the world.

Day 2 : Phakding  to Namche Bazar  (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk.

namche bazar

A spectacular view of  Kongde Ri peak from Namche Bazar, 5-6 hrs trek from Phakding. Located at 3,440 metres, Namche is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region. Keep in mind Namche is the most expensive place in Nepal, at least thrice as expensive as the capital city Kathmandu.

Day 3 : Acclimatization day in Namche.

Everest view from khumjung valley

Everest seen from distance, somewhere from Khumjung Valley.  It is recommended to take an altitude acclimatization rest day in Namche, visit neighboring villages Khumjung (3790m)  which is over the hill directly behind Namche,  about one and a half to two hours trek.

Day 4 : Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3,867m/12,684 ft), 5-6 hrs walk.

namche to tengboche

View of the mighty peaks like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak, is a constant throughout the day. After reaching Tengboche your attention is drawn by a big Monastery, Tengboche Monastery, the largest in the Khumbu Region.

Day 5 : Tengboche to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft), 5-6 hrs walk.

tengboche to dingboche

Approaching Dingboche with Mount Lhotse in the background. Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers and usually spend two nights in Dingboche for acclimatization purposes.

Day 6 : Acclimatization day at Dingboche.

view from chukhung ri

Astounding views of Imja Tse (Island Peak), Ama Dablam, Makalu, and the Lhotse face. If you so wish and are physically in excellent condition, you can also take some couple of hours time to hike up to Chhukung Ri, rocky peak at 5,550 metres, it is a worthwhile addition to any climbing or trekking itinerary in the Khumbu region.

Day 7 : Dingboche to Lobuche (4,928m/16164 ft), 5-6 hrs walk.

lobuche village

Village in Lobuche, at elevation of about 4,940 metres.  It is one of the last overnight stops with lodging on the trail to base camp, a hike that climbers make on their way to Everest Base Camp (South) when attempting an ascent of Everest.

Day 8 : Trek to GorakShep & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m/17,450ft) 5-6 hrs walk.

trekking trail towards Gorakshep

Trekkers heading towards Gorakshep. Gorak Shep or Gorakshep is a frozen lakebed covered with sand in Nepal, at 5,164 m (16,942 ft) elevation, near Mount Everest. It is the last stop with lodging on the trail to Everest Base Camp.

Day 9: Early hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,204ft) & trek back to Pheriche 6-7 hrs walk.

everest view from kalapathar

Everest seen from Kalapathar. KalaPatthar, meaning ‘black rock’ in Nepali is a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Pumori in the Nepalese Himalayas. Since it provides the most accessible point to view Mt. Everest from base camp to peak (due to the structure of Everest, the peak cannot be seen from the base camp), Kala Patthar is very popular with trekkers.


The trek to Everest Base Camp is itself a great achievement for every trek lover who has the strongest desire to witness the closest view of world’s highest peak and is  every trekker dreams to be at least once.


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The Everest Region

Ranked 6th best region to travel in the world – Lonely Planet

Khumbu popularly known as the Everest Region on the Nepalese side of the Mount Everest is home to the wonderful Buddhist Sherpa culture and some of the majestic mountain peaks of the world.

Loyalty and friendliness of its inhabitants with spectacular mountain peaks makes Khumbu Region one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Nepal.

Getting In

By Air : There are several flights flying the Kathmandu – Lukla. Also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla airport is titled the most dangerous airport in the world by a program Most Extreme Airports, broadcast on The History Channel in 2010. Flights from Kathmandu take around 25 minutes.

On Foot : Jiri “Gateway to Everest” is the nearest destination about 184 km from Kathmandu. From there it is usually 6-7 days trek to Namche Bazaar.


Lukla

Lukla Village

Lukla, at 2860 m above sea level is a village in Khumbu home to the main airport of the region caters number of hotels for travelers. It is the entry and exit point for tourists and trekkers visiting the Everest Region.

Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the high Himalaya is located within the Khumbu area at 3,440 meters. Popular with trekkers, Namche is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region. Namche the modern Sherpa capital is said to be the most expensive place in Nepal, almost three time expensive than Kathmandu.  Weather of Namche is mainly affected by its altitude and the summer monsoon season, having cool, wet summers and chilly, dry winters.

Everest Region has been a meeting point for many travelers and mountain climbers since Mount Everest first appeared in the telescopes of mountain surveyors. Mt. Everest & Base Camp being an obvious trademarks, Everest Region does offer many other sights.

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Tengboche Monastery

Tengboche Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Khumjung in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal, located at 3,867 meters (12,687 ft). Built in 1916 this monastery is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal.

Kala patthar

Kala Patthar, meaning ‘black rock’ in Nepali is a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Pumori in the Nepalese Himalayas. The ascent of Kala Patthar is very popular with trekkers in the region of Mount Everest, since it provides the most accessible point to view Mt. Everest from base camp to peak.


The views of Everest, Nuptse Nup II and Changtse are spectacular from Kala Patthar and there are glimpses of the northern flank and summit of Lhotse.

Gokyo

The other major attraction of Everest Region & one of the most popular tourist destinations leading towards the Sagarmatha “Everest” base camp.

Located at an elevation of 4,750 meters (15,580 ft) Gokyo Valley is one of the highest settlements in Nepal and in the world.  Not permanently inhabited all year around Gokyo valley is a collection of houses which acts as tea houses for travelers and trekkers.

3 High Passes

Everest region provides a high-altitude challenge for the hiker looking to get off the beaten path and away from the crowds. This trek offers unique views of the spectacular mountain scenery in the Everest region.

The Kongma La pass is the highest pass among them. Cho La pass is an Icy and interesting glacier crossing, whereas, Renjo La pass is recently found by an experienced Sherpas.

Imja Tse

Better known as Island Peak, Imja Tse is one of the most popular trekking peaks of the Everest Region.  At a height of 6,189m Imja Tse summit was first climbed in 1956 from then Island Peak is the most commonly climbed “trekking peaks” in Nepal.

Climbing Island Peak is a sheer adventure and a big achievement for novice climbers who aim to summit higher peaks including Everest in the future.


In comparison Everest is one of the coldest regions. Early October to mid-November, and late March to late April is considered best to visit.

According to Rough GuideEVEREST is more a pilgrimage than a trek: a tough personal challenge with a clear goal at the end, it passes deep into Buddhist Sherpa country, among some of the world’s most sublime peaks.

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