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Mount Everest Base Camp

If you ever wanted to see the top of the world
without beeing an expert mountaineer,
you can not get closer to that
than hiking to the Mount Everest Basecamp!
On the exhausting way you will be rewarded
by the beautiful landscape, amazing Himalaya panorama
and the Sherpa culture of local people.
If you take your time, you propably can handle the altitude:
Slowly is the key

Begin

Kathmandu, Nepal

End

Kathmandu, Nepal

Transport

Domestic flights and trekking

Duration

Two weeks

Costs

Per person, eight-hundred-fifty USD

Season

May, two-thousand-eightteen

The highlights

EBC - Everest Base Camp
Most exciting is, when finally reaching the Mount Everest Base Camp - the effort is worth it!

EBC - Everest Base Camp

Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar as the gateway to the high Himalaya. It is definitely worth to spend at least a day for acclimatization

Namche Bazaar

City of Kathmandu
Don't miss Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. Take a walk at Thamel district, the inner city center

City of Kathmandu

Hillary suspension bridge
On the way to Namche Bazaar, you can not miss the Hillary suspension bridge

Hillary suspension bridge

Lukla airport
Lukla airport is one of the most extreme airports in the world

Lukla airport

Khumbu Glacier
Khumbu Glacier is the world's highest glacier

Khumbu Glacier

Everest and Lhotse summit
On the way you propably will spot Mount Everest and Lhotse summit several times

Everest and Lhotse summit

What to expect

With an average to good fitness level as a minimum, you're good to go! However, you need to be aware of expecting approximately 6-8 hours hiking per day, but there are no climbing, snowshoeing or rope skills needed. We have seen people of completely different fitness levels and ages. Still you need to check your health and be aware of altitude sickness signs. But if going slowly up and take acclimatization rests, it will be an extremly valuable experience.

Usually there are two main periods for travelling. September/October and March/April/May. In the autumn months it is rather dry but cold, while as in spring it is typically warmer. But the raining season is approaching with beginning of June that can result in cloudy conditions and limited views. In May it was mostly dry, but cloudy by the end of the days.

Since this route from Lukla to Everest Base Camp (EBC) 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!

The film

1st part
Kath­mandu
2 - 4 days

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 northeast from the city center. Kathmandu Durbar Square is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally enjoy the view from Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple.

Room in Ashram

recommended stay | type: airbnb
Such a lovely host and the food is delicious! The main road with taxi and bus availabilities is a 5 minutes walk away. The location on the eastern side of Kathmandu is close to the airport and to Bhaktapur.
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Thamel district

recommended activity | type: sightseeing
Take a walk through the center district of Kathmandu and find delicious food, original souvenirs and clothes or equipment for your hiking at the local markets.
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Shops at Thamel
Shops at Thamel
Arteliers at Bhaktapur
Arteliers at Bhaktapur
Sunset at Boudhanath Stupa
Sunset at Boudhanath Stupa
View from Swayambhunath
View from Swayambhunath

Bhaktapur

recommended activity | type: sightseeing
Bhaktapur is a nice half or one day activity to get out of the rush of Kathmandu city, because traffic is forbidden inside Bhaktapur area. It's easy to get there by bus or taxi. The entrance fee is about 20 USD. Inside you can find good restaurants for lunch or dinner, arteliers and souvenirs or just a coffee at one of the coffeeshops.
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Boudhanath Stupa

recommended activity | type: sightseeing
Have a coffee or beer at one of the beautiful rooftop terraces around Boudhanath Stupa and enjoy the view to one of the largest unique structure's stupas in the world. If you enter the square from one of the side entrances you can propably avoid the little entrance fee, that is supposed to be used to maintain the place, as they say.
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Kathmandu Durbar Square

recommended activity | type: sightseeing
That's subjective opinion, but Kathmandu Durbar Square as the only activity that could have been skipped easiest. Even though it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inner buildings and temples are beautiful, it's quite some overcrowded and very touristic. The remainings of the Kathmandu earthquake from 2015 and the respective rebuildings are interesting to see, however, it is a personal opinion, if the approximately 20 USD are worth it.
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Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)

recommended activity | type: sightseeing
Rather climbing up the Monkey Temple Swayambhunath. Pay attention to the monkeys on the way up as they might be a little intrusive, especially when feeding them. The place is also touristic but the view over Kathmandu city impressive.
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Mayur Restaurant at Bhaktapur

recommended eat | type: coffee
Sitting outside and watching the activities on the square in front of Dattatreya Temple while enjoying a cold drink or coffee at Mayur Restaurant. They have the best Momos in town ๐Ÿ™‚
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La Casita at Boudhanath Stupa

recommended eat | type: food & drinks
If you would like to have a change from the traditional food, enjoy the delicious spanish dishes at the rooftop terrace of La Casita. Later relax while having a cocktail watching the sunset behind the Stupa of Boudhanath.
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Lukla airport
Lukla airport
Ceremony at Lukla monastery
Ceremony at Lukla monastery
Hillary suspension bridge
Hillary suspension bridge
2nd part
Lukla and Phak­ding
1 day

Arriving with morning flight in Lukla and immediately starting walking to Phakding. Stay overnight at Phakding.

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 fitnes unless you decide to take a chopper or donkey to continue... ๐Ÿ™‚

Just joking, the first leg will be an approximately 4 hours trek to Phakding, mostly downhill. Don't miss to watch arriving or departuring airplanes at Lukla airport. This is just exciting! But you might find more time to explore Lukla on the way back.

There is not too much to do in Phakding.

Beer Garden Lodge at Phakding

recommended stay | type: Lodge
After the first trekking session you most likely want to recover and adjust yourself to the altitude. Take your time and relax at the dining room. You will figure out that the nights can become cold and the only heating is the oven in the middle of the dining rooms. That applies, of course, the higher you get on the route. So grab a book or bring card games to socialize with other people. They most likely will have a similar itinerary and you probably will meet them again.
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The Nest at Lukla

recommended stay | type: Basic Hotel with private bathroom
Due to bad weather conditions on the way back, spending some days at this place in Lukla while waiting for a returning flight to Kathmandu. Keep in mind, that you plan some spare days in advance because of unreliable flight schedules! However, the rooms had a private bathroom and shower.
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Lukla airport

recommended activity | type: Point of interest
Lukla airport is one of the world's most extreme airports, so only watching airplanes and choppers landing itself is exciting. The flight schedules are very weather dependent and therefore often get canceled or postponed.
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Note:Plan some spare days in case of bad weather conditions as your flight can be delayed or canceled!

Kemgon Gompa Monastery

recommended activity | type: Temple
During that time in May there is a daily ceremony hold by the monks. It's a quite interesting alternation for spending the time besides of coffee bars and little walkings through the village. The monks are praying and local people giving gifts to the monastery and its monks. Free tea also for trekkers!
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Hillary suspension bridge

recommended activity | type: Point of interest
On the way from Phakding to Namche Bazaar you will cross the Hillary suspension bridge. It is the highest bridge on the trek. Since trekkers as well as donkeys need to cross it, there can be a queue especially in peak season.
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Everest Coffee Bar at Lukla

recommended eat | type: coffee
Western style coffee bar with good coffee, drinks and food. Free Wifi and power supply if needed.
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Hint:Power supply for charging mobiles, cameras or powerbanks and Wifi is usually a paid service, that is offered at accommodations. However, some bars and restaurants provide it for free when consuming there.

Cafe Danphe at Lukla

recommended eat | type: coffee
This lodge is also hosting a bakery with fresh cakes and drinks.
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3rd part
Nam­che Ba­zaar
2 days, incl. acclimati­zation

Namche Bazaar is the main trading center and gate to the higher Himalaya region. You can find 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 areas. 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.

Hint:An ATM is only available in Namche Bazaar. In Lukla cash can be withdrawn with credit card from the bank during the working hours.

The Nest Restaurant & Hotel

recommended stay | type: Budget Hotel
Low budget room, but meets the requirements for a two nights stay. Having a warm shower for an extra fee is really feeling valuable.

Remember, the higher you come the more expensive everything gets. Internet access and recharging of your mobile or camera is also on an extra. Better have a coffee in one of the bars, most of them having free Wifi and power supply when consuming there.
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Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar

Hiking to Hotel Everest View for acclimatization

recommended activity | type: Hiking
"Hotel Everest View has been listed on the Guinness Book of World Records (2004) as the Highest Placed Hotel in the world at 13000ft"

as it is stated on their website. On a clear day you can see the summit of Mount Everest. Unfortunately, due to cloudy weather, not lucky enough that day to spot it. However, have lunch and tea before returning to Namche Bazaar.
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Syangboche Airfield
Syangboche Airfield
Shops at the Bazaar
Shops at the Bazaar

Syangboche Airfield

recommended activity | type: Point of interest
In an approximately 30 minutes walk from Namche you can reach the Syangboche Airfield. It is an unpaved airstrip for cargo flights or helicopters and STOL aircrafts making chartered flights from Kathmandu or Lukla. You will pass by when hiking to the Hotel Everest View.
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Walk through the Bazaar

recommended activity | type: Sightseeing
Walk through the small streets and see the shops, markets, equipment stores and groceries. You can find almost everything, just check the shops, they have original products and of course tons of fakes. If you need a pharmacy or sleeping bag, you can find it here.

Keep in mind, that the nights in higher regions can get cold and not all accommodations provide additional blankets. If you have finished your shopping tour, have a rest in one of the restaurants, irish pubs or coffee bars.
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The Nest Restaurant & Hotel

recommended eat | type: food
During the trek you will notice, that it is common to usually eat at the same lodge where you or your guide respectively agency has booked your night stay. In some accommodations the price for a night is even higher, if you eat away.

From experience the menues are typically almost the same at any place - meaning very western style. You can find anything from Pizza and Pasta to Yak-Steak and Burgers. Always a save option is to stay with rice or noodles. Easy and tasteful. Prices will increase with going uphill.
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4th part
Teng­boche and Ding­boche
3 days, incl. acclimati­zation

In an one day hike, about 6-8 hours, to Tengboche and on the next day further to Dingboche. Typically starting in the mornings between 8 or 9 am. During that time, weather in the mornings mostly clear, but in the afternoons usually cloudy. So poor, cloudy view when approaching Tengboche, anyways just happy to arrive and recover ๐Ÿ˜‰ The view on the next morning then even more impressive! Having just beautiful panorama all the way to Dingboche. Again, after 7 hours of hiking just feeling happy to arrive at Dingboche and stay for an additional acclimatization day.

Cafe Tengboche Lodge

recommended stay | type: Lodge
Arriving at Tengboche is highly welcomed, since the ascent is hard and the air gets thinner. That's an alternating up- and downhill walk. However, if you take your pace and do not hurry, it is doable.

Remember, slowly is the keyword! Take your rest whenever needed, there are several resting places for having lunch and tea on the way. Let your guide informing you about upcoming unmanaged parts of the trek and have a break before exhausting ascents. It's a good idea of having power snacks with you. And highly important: drink a lot!
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Tengboche monastery
Tengboche monastery
Tengboche view to Mount Everest
Tengboche view to Mount Everest
Dingboche valley
Dingboche valley
Hint:It is highly recommended to drink up to 3 - 5 litres a day! Tab water can be cleaned with purification tablets. Bring or buy them in Namche.

Hotel Goodluck at Dingboche

recommended stay | type: Hotel
After another exhausting trekking day, having a rest at the Hotel is really appreciated. The rooms are simple but nice and the dining room is heated. Because of a little headache the resting is more than welcoming. At this altitude it is absolutely recommended to spend one more day for acclimatization. Again: drink a lot.
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Note:Pay attention to your health and look out for altitude sickness signs! In that case do not ascend. Stay at this level and descend if it is not getting better!

Tengboche Monastery

recommended activity | type: Temple
If you can make it, do not miss the ceremony at Tengboche Monastery, which is celebrated every evening.
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Dingboche View Point

recommended activity | type: Hiking
Use the resting day for a hike to the Dingboche View Point. On one hand the view to Dingboche and the surrounding mountains is spectacular while as on the other hand the ascent is improving the process for acclimatization.
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Cafe Tengboche

recommended eat | type: coffe & food
Dinner with having the local food called Dal bhat. It consists of steamed rice and a cooked lentil soup. Depending on the region it is prepared slightly different with other grain such as maize, buckwheat, barley or millet substituting rice. Served with tea it is power- and tasteful.
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Hotel Goodluck at Dingboche

recommended eat | type: food
The breakfast usually can be chosen from a variety of meals: Cereals, Cornflakes, Porridge, Pancakes, Toasts with honey or cheese and coffee or tea. Take a proper portion to be strenghten for the day. The higher you come the smaller the selection will be.
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Way to Everest B.C.
Way to Everest B.C.
EBC - Everest Base Camp
EBC - Everest Base Camp
Everest and Lhotse summit
Everest and Lhotse summit
5th part
Lo­buche, Ever­est Base Camp and Gorak Shep
2 days

Planning to hike to Lobuche for staying over night on day 7 and finally on day 8 reaching the Everest Base Camp! The trek from Lobuche to the Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep for sleeping (since there are no sleeping possibilities for individuals at the Base Camp!) 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 literally breathtaking!!

Alpine Home & Restaurant at Lobuche

recommended stay | type: Guesthouse
There are not too many choices in that altitude of nearly 5000m. Again simple, but good enough for sleeping.
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Buddha Lodge and Restaurant at Gorak Shep

recommended stay | type: Lodge
Same applies for an altitude of more than 5000m. After 10 hours of walking, exhausted but happy, sleeping is possible almost everywhere ๐Ÿ™‚
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Mount Everest Base Camp

recommended activity | type: Hiking
First spotting of the Base Camp after one of the curves is just pushing you forwards... What an amazing view, still it is another 30 - 45 minutes walk away.

But when arriving there, it is the absolutely highlight of the trek! There is a little rock covered by prayer flags and tents appearing in the background - just beeing at this historical place and having it accomplished - this is just amazing! Congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚

Don't forget: going back to Gorak Shep will be an approximately 1.5 - 2 hours way.
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Hint:If you feel confident, hike up early morning from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar Summit to see the sunrise (about 2 - 3 hours walking).
6th part
All the way back from Gorak Shep to Lukla
3 - 4 days

It is not a pleasent stay at these altitudes, so going downwards from Gorak Shep is not a hard decision. On the way back you can stop and sleep at different places, depending on your requirements. Typically trekkers stay one night at Pheriche, continuing the next day to Namche Bazaar and returning to Lukla on the third day. However, due to good walking pace that day, deciding to pass Pheriche and continue to Pangboche for overnight stay. Even though it is continuously downhill, remember the crossing of valleys. So, again there are uphill passages to be managed.

Highland Sherpa Resort at Pangboche

recommended stay | type: Hotel
A nice hotel with beautiful view to the mountains. Dinner and breakfast tastes good! It is definitely less crowded than other places.
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Golden Rules of Altitude
Golden Rules of Altitude

Additional information

Itinerary

  • 2 - 4 days Kathmandu (1400m)
  • Day 1: Flight to Lukla (2840m), hiking 7.6km to Phakding (2625m)
  • Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) in 10.4km
  • Day 3: Acclimatization, hiking 1.6km to Hotel Everest View (3880m)
  • Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) in 8.6km
  • Day 5: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) in 10.7km
  • Day 6: Acclimatization, hiking 850m to Dingboche View Point (4810m)
  • Day 7: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m) in 11.4km
  • Day 8: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and return to Gorak Shep (5180m) to stay overnight in 11km
  • Day 9: Gorak Shep to Pangboche (3985m) in 17.6km
  • Day 10: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m) in 12.1km
  • Day 11: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m) in 18km
  • Day 12: Initially planned to fly back to Kathmandu, postponed due to bad weather situation
  • Day 13: Waiting for better weather conditions, so visiting Lukla monastery, having coffee and burning time ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Day 14: Finally flying back to Kathmandu

Costs

  • Booked the trek in advance for 850 USD per person (total of 2 persons)
    Included: private guide and porter, permits, accommodations with breakfast for 12 nights, domestic flights Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
    Not included: international flight, lunch, dinner and private spendings
  • Internet access and power supply is usually not included in low-cost accomodations and comparatively expensive
  • Costs are dependent on personal requirements and standards

Transportation

  • International flight to Kathmandu airport
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu airport to Lukla airport in around 40 minutes by chopper or plane.
    When arriving in the morning at Kathmandu airport, it turned out to fly to Lukla by helicopter - without an extra fee. Simply awesome ๐Ÿ™‚
    However, bad news on the scheduled return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu! Due to bad weather the flight has been cancelled, resulting in two extra days stucked at Lukla. Finally, our travel guide managed to reserve seats in a helicopter, but on our costs. So, plan some buffer days and consider checking a proper insurance!
  • Traffic in Kathmandu is chaotic, but you can go by bus, if you know where to go. Timetables are not that reliable and you propably need to ask the driver. The ticket will be paid to the driver or one of his assistants. Buses are often overcrowded. So it can be easier to go by taxi, but always agree on a price before the ride. You can usually start negotiating on the half of the initial amount - that applies also for items you want to buy at the local markets or souvenir shops

Food and drinks

  • "Dal bhat" is a tasteful traditional dish, eaten by porters and sherpas. It is steamed rice and a cooked lentil soup and can be prepared with other grain such as maize, buckwheat, barley or millet
  • Another typical meal is "Momo", a type of south asian dumpling with indian spices and herbs
  • Differently prepared rice and noodle dishes can be found at many places
  • The typical drink on the way to EBC is any kind of tea. They are usually heavily sweetend and therefore giving power for hiking
  • Drink enough during your trek!

Do's and Dont's

  • It is recommended to give an extra tip to the porters at the end of your trek. They are the lowest link in the chain and mostly underpaid for their effort. You propaply can notice them carrying heavy items up the hill. They do a great job!
  • On the way you will often passing by prayer mills, keep on the left side and always spin them clock wise
  • Put your shoes off when entering a temple
  • When taking photos of locals or children, ask them if they agree
  • Don't give money to kids, better have a chocolate bar or snack prepared

Safety

  • In general the EBC route is frequently visited or even crowded, so the safety feeling is quite high
  • In Kathmandu, surroundings and crowded places better pay more attention to your belongings

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2 Comments

  1. Morten & Rochssare 21. June 2019

    Ein toller Beitrag! Sehr informativ.
    Die Wanderung zum Everest Basecamp ist der Wahnsinn. Einfach unfassbar schรถn.

    • world.wide.photos 21. June 2019

      Hallo Morten & Rochssare,
      Danke, dass ihr vorbei geschaut habt ๐Ÿ™‚ Kann mich dem nur anschlieรŸen, ist ein einmaliges Erlebnis!

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