Complete guide to Trekking to Everest Base Camp (EBC) including a break down of the cost, the route that we followed and tea houses we stayed in. We discuss guides, porters, altitude sickness and give packing and money saving tips
How to hike to Mount Everest Base Camp
You have three main options on how tho do the trek to Everest Base Camp, you can either do a package tour through an agency, do it by yourself (no group or guide) but hire a porter or guide or do it completely independent.
- Doing an organized tour through an agency is a good option if you are alone or not confident to do the trek unassisted, it is an easier but more expensive option.
- Finding porters and guides in Kathmandu is easy, just go to any local agency they will assist you to organize staff for your purposes.
- Doing it yourself is not hard and plane, bus or jeep tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla is the only thing that you have to organize. You follow a very clear path, everybody stays in the same little “towns” with many tea houses, it is not necessary to book anything.
Trekking independent on a tight budget our cost was less than $600 begin and end in Kathmandu, if we flew to Lukla and back the cost would have been about $730, an organized tour including flights will cost anything from $1000 to $2000.
Organised Everest Base Camp Trek
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15 day Everest Base Camp trek with G-Adventures starting and ending in Kathmandu. I believe reviews is a very important resource when deciding on an activity and company, with more than 1500 reviews and higher than 90% score this looks like a winner, read some of the reviews.
- English-speaking local guide and assistants for the trek
- Porters included on the trek
- Trekking to Everest Base Camp
- Internal flights
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Accommodation – Hotels/guesthouses (2 nts), teahouse lodges (12 nts).
Popular international travel company Intrepid Travel Everest Base Camp trek is also a 15 day itinerary, starts and ends in Kathmandu including flights, accommodation and hiking in small groups with an English speaking guide.
If you are trekking in season escape the crowds by hiking the more quiet way and experience unreal views of famous mountains such as K 43, Taboche, Cholatse, Nuptse and Everest. Climb the tough Gokyo Ri peak for spectacular panoramic views, check out this awesome 19 day trek itinerary, hiking to EBC via Gokyo lakes with Intrepid Travel!
Everest Base Camp Trek Cost – Independent
- EBC trek total daily cost – $33
- Food $ 25 ($8×3)
- Water $2
- Accommodation $2
- Snacks $2
- Miscellaneous $2
- Permits – $50
- Budget for the trek
- 15 days x $33 = $495 + $50 – $545
- Flight Kathmandu to Lukla return – $330
- 12 days x $33 +$330 +$50 = $776 (flying)
Jeep Salleri to Kathmandu return $45
15 days x $33 +$45 +$50 = $590 (Walking + Jeep)
If you take $35 per day on the EBC trek you should have sufficient money for food, water, tea, snacks and accommodation. For the most popular way to do this trek, flying to Lukla and trekking to Everest Base Camp in 12 days on this budget you will need to take at least $400 (45 000 NPR) for all Everest Base Camp Trek Daily Expenses. The biggest possibility to save money is to go to Lukla overland instead of flying, we discuss this later in the post.
Everest Base Camp Trek Daily Expenses
Food on Everest Base Camp Trek
On the trek about $25 a day is enough for 3 good meals, about $8 per meal. Food in the Tea houses were good and not too expensive considering how cheap accommodation is and that the porters and yaks have to carry all the food up the mountain. We stayed clear from meat not really trusting the quality of meat up here and it gets very expensive higher up. I treated myself to a Yak steak one night, it was terrible. The table below show the prices of some popular dishes at teahouses at different elevations, you can see as you go up the mountain prices go up.
Breakfast we often ate omelettes (2 eggs) and toast and tea with milk, I enjoyed the Masala tea. I am a big caffeine junkie, but only had one or two good coffees, for very expensive, on the trek. Want to drink good espresso while hiking to Everest Base Camp? I carry my Aeropress on most hikes, light, easy and great coffee!
We also had porridge or pancakes, price was sort of in the same range as toast and eggs.
Some common Breakfast options trekking to Everest Base Camp: Tibetan bread (bit more filling and oily than chapatti), Chapatti, Toast with jam or honey, French toast, Pancakes, Porridge with milk, Boiled or fried egg
We did not always eat lunch, some days only having a cup of tea and a Snicker on the way. The portions are usually fairly big, so if we bought lunch we usually just shared a meal; some good light lunches were momo’s, a sandwich or bread and soup.
At dinner time we were usually starving after a long day of walking so I ordered for volume and taste! We often ordered spaghetti with cheese and tomato, not bad and the portions were big. Dahl is also a good option, the porters live on the stuff, at most places it is ‘bottomless’, when your plate gets empty they will refill your dahl, rice and potatoes, if they don’t offer just ask!
Food available on most tea house menus; Thukpa (noodle soup), Momos (dumplings), Sherpa stew, a variety of Soups, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Potato, Pizza, Sandwiches, Yak steak, Rice with curry, Burger with chips, Spring Rolls.
For snacks we ate mostly snicker bars, there was cake and pastries available at some of the tea houses, not too get scurvy we bought a couple of apples on the way.
EBC Trek Interesting Dishes
You have a pretty wide selection of food on the tea house menus, here are some items you may not be familiar with.
Sherpa Stew (Syakpa) – a traditional Sherpa food, this broth (soup/stew) is made from handmade noodles, meat from sheep or yak, potato, radishes, carrot, spinach, onions and other spices.
Tibetan Bread – Flatbread, fried in oil, tasty, filling, sometimes very oily.
Momos – dumplings, go for vegetable or cheese and potato, ask for chilly sauce if there is none, the green sauce is quite good!
Springrolls- not the tiny guys you get in Vietnam, a big deep fried pie, I had similar empanadas. Sometimes the filling is awesome, sometimes strange, we eaven had spaghetti in springrolls!
Mars Roll – You have to try this one! A Mars Bar wrapped in dough and deep fried, so a Springroll with a Mars Bar inside, also available as Snicker Rolls.
Pizza – flat bread with tomato sauce and yak cheese, not too bad. I even had one with a crispy base! Go vegetarian, very suspicious fermented cold meat being passed on as salami.
Water during EBC trek
Everything becomes more expensive as the altitude increases. Water starts at 100 NPR ($1) for 1.5L and is 400 NPR ($ 4.00) when you reach Gorakshep.
We could save about $50 on the trip by sterilizing drinking water. this can be done with chlorine pills our favorite Lifestraw or a use a Steri Pen UV water sterilizing device, much better without that ‘swimming pool water’ chlorine taste. Having a lifestraw in Nepal is great, just filling your bottle from taps everywhere. We have been using our Lifestraw in many places and have never had problems.
If you use a lifestraw bottle be carefull not to let your bottle freeze full of water, this can damage the filter.
Tea houses on the EBC trek
Accommodation on route to Everest Base Camp is very cheap in most tea houses. They charge about 100NPR ($1 to 2) in low season, in high season about $2 to $5. At some lodges they did not even charge us for accommodation if we had three meals there. We never really bargained, but asked for good price if we eat three meals there. Lobuche has a fixed accommodation rate for all tea houses of about $7. These prices are on the condition you eat there.
Be nice – I understand budget travelers want to save every cent possible. Since they make almost nothing on accommodation the only way for the tea houses to make some money is if you eat there, therefore it is not very cool to carry your own cereal, tea etc., sleep there and spend basically nothing.
Accommodation in teahouses are simple, the walls are thin so you hear everything through the walls and the rooms are about the same temperature as outside. The rooms usually only have two single beds, there were always enough blankets available. We carried light +11C sleeping bags, it gets very cold at night, so cold that water sometimes freezes in your bottle in the room. Sleeping in all our clothes (in down jackets), our thin sleeping bags were sufficient under blankets provided. Tip – if you are a couple move the two beds together, makes it warmer! There are no electricity sockets in the bedrooms, can usually pay for charging in dining room.
The tea house usually have a large dining hall where you eat and relax with other guests. In the centre of the dining room is a fireplace that burns wood and mostly yak dung.
At some lodges we stayed there was a Western toilet, but mostly there were squat toilets. You have to take your own toilet paper.
There are nice lodges available in some of the villages ($20 -40) see in the itinerary later in the article.
Shower on EBC Trek – Everything gets more expensive as you ascend. Electric/solar showers are available at most places, since the water in the shower is not very hot or strong there is a chance of getting sick (so we decided to stay dirty), we took one or two gas showers, these go for about $4 to $6 and are super nice! We packed Wet Wipes and did a ‘dry shower’. Pack hand sanitizer for washing hands when water or soap is not available.
Charging – there are lights in the rooms, but no plugs you have to pay per hour for charging in the comunal area.
There are only 2 places where you will find ATM’s on the Everest Base Camp hike that is Lukla and Namche Bazaar.
Flights to Lukla, the start of the Everest Base Camp Trek
The best way to start the trek is to fly from Kathmandu to The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla.
You can buy a ticket online on Yeti airline website for $166 one way or $330 return (2018) can be paid by Visa or Mastercard credit card or PayPal.
We recommend booking your flight for take off before 7am, late flights often get cancelled which is a big problem! I discuss this very common nightmare and how we ended up walking back from Lukla a bit later.
You are allowed only 10kg of luggage, hopefully you were not planning to carry more! If you are traveling with more luggage check that you stay somewhere in Kathmandu that will store your luggage safely without charge.
The sloping Tenzing Hillary airport in Lukla, considered by some as the most dangerous runway in the world.
Hiking to EBC from Kathmandu
Lukla is high in the Himalayan mountains with no roads reaching all the way here, most people fly from Kathmandu to Lukla to start the EBC trek. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla has one of the most scary landings in the world with the Lukla runway on an incline (fun/interesting land). The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is expensive.
The biggest possibility for saving money on the Everest Base Camp trek is by going from Kathmandu overland, skipping the flight.
Flights between Kathamandu and Lukla often get cancelled due to wind and I have heard many stories of trekkers spending a couple of days waiting in Kathmandu to fly out or in Lukla to fly back. Our flight from Lukla to Kathamandu was cancelled, while waiting in Lukla for 2 or 3 days the town filled up with frustrated trekkers not being able to fly out, it was horrible. So walking out of Lukla is an ‘off the beaten track’ extension of your trek, it also takes that flight risk out of the equation.
We walked from Lukla to Salerri (2 days) and took a very long and uncomfortable jeep journey from Salerri to Kathmandu for $20.
Coming from Kathmandu you can do the reverse and take a jeep from Kathmandu to Salleri. Salleri is 265 km away from Kathmandu. The ride is about 8 hours costing about NPR 1,100 ($10) for Buses and NPR 1700 ($17) for Jeeps, buses go daily from Kathamandu. You can walk from Salleri to Lukla in 2 or 3 days.
Another option is to take a bus to Jiri taking about 9 hours, from here the trekking route does not pass through Lukla to EBC, it goes as follows Salleri – Ringmo – Kharikhola – Puiyan – Phakding – Namche, joining the main route after 5 days at Namche Bazaar so there is an extra four days of trekking.
A good way to hike is walking the Jiri to Namche EBC route on the way up and taking the route to Salleri on the way down.
Everest Base Camp Trek Permits
There used to be 2 required permits, a TIMS and a park permit, this changed in 2018.
Everest Base Camp permits required from 2018
Local permit cost NPR 2000 ($20) in Lukla.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit (USD 30 + 13% Govt. Tax) available in Kathmandu or Monjo
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty
The EBC Trek is about 130 km, so you walk more or less 15km per day for about two weeks. It is not a flat walking surface and typical of treks in Nepal there is a lot of going up and down. The distance you cover does not require super fitness, the altitude does however make it quite tough, you start at 3000m and climb 2400m further to reach base camp at 5365m. Difficulty of the Everest Base Camp Trek is influenced by; your pack weight, a porter can make it much easier here and season, if you are cold and miserable it is definitely harder.
In a nutshell; you walk 4 to 8 hours a day for 12 days, with a resting day or two for acclimatization. If you are reasonably fit you should be able to do this carrying your own backpack. Having porters make it even easier.
Best time to trek Everest Base Camp
There are two distinct seasons for trekking to EBC. The best months to trek to Everest base camp are in the pre-monsoon season through March, April and May or in the post monsoon season from late September, October, November.
Pre monsoon (Feb-May) the weather should be largely stable and dry, great for trekking. March can be good, in 2019 we spent 2 months in Nepal and there was a lot of snow, this is not normal. Landscapes are spectacular in these conditions, but trekking can be hard and it is cold! From April it gets busy.
Post monsoon (late Sept-Nov) with less haze and clouds in this period it will normally provide better views of these spectacular mountains. This time is colder but a great time to hike to Gokyo Lakes. This is a good season for trekking, but from October it can be crazy busy with packed teahouses, combine this with frozen water pipes can make for some frustrations.
Dec-Feb Hiking still possible but very cold, up to -30C at night! Some times a lot of snow falls on the trail, passes might be closed. Avoid the crowds but bring proper equipment!
Everest Base Camp Trek Tips
Best hotel before and after EBC trek
- Hotel Buddha – Looking for an awesome place, clean, neat, super friendly staff, great restaurant, helps with everything from luggage storage to visa printing, close to airports (airport pickup). Return to a nice place with satellite tv and good wi fi after your hike! $45 for double room.Want a little more luxury before and after trekking? top rated Baber Mahal Vilas in Kathmandu features 4-star accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a garden.
- On a budget? The Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel Nice vibe, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable staff. Good place for before or after the trek, luggage storage. $5 for a dormitory bed, $12 for a double room.
Organizing a porter and guide for the EBC Trek
If you organize the trek to Everest Base Camp yourself it is easy to arrange a guide and a porter in Kathmandu. We did not feel that we really needed a guide or porter at any stage on the trek. You just follow the path and there are many other trekkers on the route and places to stay. Guides do speak the local language and usually know the owners of the tea houses, if you do run into some sort of trouble it will definitely be helpful to have a local person with knowledge of the area to help you.
If you feel you cannot carry your own bag you can arrange a porter for your trek for 15 to 20$ a day. A porter can carry up to 30kg of luggage, since he put it into a basket anyway size does not matter.
A price for the guide and porter is normally agreed upon before hand, the porters and guides usually sort out their own accommodation and food, discuss this before hand, but it is not standard that you pay extra for board and lodging for your crew, they organize this themselves where you are staying. Since they bring you they are not charged or charged a minimal rate.
Two people can thus share a porter; if you are alone he can also double as company. It is my understanding that you do not pay for meals for the porter; they usually get food if they arrive with you at a guesthouse (for bringing you there), but confirm with the porter/agency.
Tipping the porter and guide on EBC
Please keep in mind that a good tip for the porter/guide is expected. These guys are unreal, we saw a porter, an old man, slip and fall he was sitting flat on his bum with his basket strapped to his forehead, me and Alya together tried to help to his feet, we couldn’t get him up, we had to wait for a third person to get him on his feet, once up he just shuffled on with his 50/60kg basket strapped to his forehead.
Insurance for the Everest Base Camp Trek
We try not to think about what can go to wrong too much when attacking a new adventure. Hiking at high altitude in a remote location, there are obviously very real risks. Insurance is very important on any high altitude trek, altitude sickness is very common and since there are no roads in these mountains if you get seriously injured or sick you will have to be evacuated by helicopter which is very expensive. Most travel insurance will not cover extreme activities like high altitude trekking. Get a quote here for World Nomads hiking insurance for Nepal that covers you to 6000m (that is a ‘yes’ for Everest Base Camp at 5364m).
Always read the small print and be sure you buy the correct policy. Be properly covered for injury, evacuation, gear loss, trip cancellation and trip delays.
Doesn’t matter where you live or where you are at the moment, it takes less than 2 minutes to get a quote and you can buy it online even if you are already traveling. If you only take out a policy for your trek duration it is not too pricey, starting in a couple of days? it is not too late
Preventing Altitude Sickness (AMS) during the hike.
Altitude sickness (AMS) is caused by ascending to quickly, climb slower to prevent it.
Altitude sickness is very common on the Everest Base Camp trek. It can happen to anybody, irrespective of how old or fit you are or if you have previous trekking experience. We have experience at altitude but still both got headaches. At Tengboche Alya could not sleep and had terrible AMS headaches. We decided to back and down for a day.
We believe we got AMS because went up to quick and did not do an acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m). Acclimatizing at Namche was on most schedules we looked at but we thought it is still quite low and we are still fresh, don’t make this mistake.
Hydration – Drink enough! Very important stay hydrated.
Trekking Pace -Don’t go to fast, not more than 600m increase in altitude per day.
Many people take Diamox. At high altitude the air pressure is low and less oxygen available, Diamox prevents AMS by acting as a respiratory stimulant.
We got Diamox from trekkers on their way down and started taking it, we were both OK from here on, but it could only have been due to going down for a day and then going back up or the placebo effect.
Contraindications Diamox, it is a diuretic so you constantly have to urinate, it is a pain to go to the toilet in the cold at night. Needles and pins (paraesthesia) in hands in feet, I had needles and pins in the soles of my feet, it is not too bad
- Poor appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
If you have only have mild headaches you should be OK, but be careful AMS is dangerous and trekkers have died on EBC ignoring it and pushing through. You can ask the advice of the experienced sherpas that own many of the tea houses. At Periche there is a clinic with international doctors working there and a daily talk on AMS.
Remember if you keep on pushing through severe symptoms and you do not have insurance a helicopter to take you down can cost a couple of thousand dollars.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
You should never be to fixed on an itinerary, walk at a comfortable pace, if you don’t feel well rest. That is one of the problems of walking in a group, you can feel pressured to walk even when you are not feeling well which is dangerous if you have AMS symptoms. Obviously it is good to have a plan, so see your itinerary more as a plan that can change. The most popular itinerary is 12 days, I include a standard 12 day itinerary used by most agencies, with few problems. We walked 13 days, when Alya felt sick after we skipped the Namche acclimatization day, we turned around and walked 600m down before continuing, so our itinerary became a bit longer.
- Day 01: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,562m) 35 min flight, 8km, trek 4 hrs
- Day 02: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 10km, trek 7 hrs
- Day 03: Namche Bazaar – acclimatization day
- Day 04: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3,870m) 8km, trek 6 hrs
- Day 05: Tengboche – Dingboche (4,360mt) 10km, trek 6 hrs
- Day 06: Dingboche: Rest and acclimatization day
- Day 07: Dingboche – Lobuche (4,940m) 7km, trek 6 hrs
- Day 08: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,160m) – Base Camp (5,364m) Gorak Shep, 15km, trek 8-10 hrs
- Day 09: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5,545m) – Pheriche (4,280 m): 15km, 8-10 hrs
- Day 10: Pheriche – Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 15km, 15 km, trek 8 hrs
- Day 11: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,780m: 18km, trek about 8 hrs
- Day 12: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,300m): 35 min flight
What follows below was our itinerary, this was not our initial plan, but after getting sick our plans changed.
DAY 1 Kathmandu to Lukla, Lukla to Manjo
Flight to Lukla 30 min
Lukla to Manjo
Duration – walk 4 hours
Difficulty – easy and flat day
Teahouse – Manjo Guesthouse, one of our favourite teahouses great food, freshly squeezed juices, nice view
Notes – took a hot shower 200 NPR ($2.10), TEMS permit NPR 3000 ($30)
Want to book a night accommodation in Lukla? stay at the highly recommended Khumbu Lodge $10 for a basic room or $30 stay in luxury.
DAY 2 Manjo to Namche (3440m)
- Duration – walk 2 hours 40 mins
- Difficulty – starts of easy and flat until after suspension bridge – 2 and a half hours then hard, steep climb for about 2 hours
- Teahouse – Thamsecko lodge
- pay permit on the way NPR 2000 ($20)
- Namche is still a big town where you can buy gear, watch a movie in a restaurant and get wi fi
- Want to book an awesome place, nice beds, your own bathroom, good coffee, heated beds? book the Panorama Lodge a bargain at $44 a night
- Our recommendation- Stay at Namche 2 nights for acclimatizing.
DAY 3 Namche to Thengboche (3867m)
- Duration – walk 3h50min
- Difficulty – start the day climbing out of Namche, long flat walk, end the day first going down to the river followed by a steep climb for almost 2 hours to Thengboche (600m vertical climb)
- Teahouse – Thengboche Guesthouse, owner very helpful, knowledgeable and gave good advice.
- Alya took a shower – prices gone up now shower is 450 NPR ($4.50)
- Thengboche monastery is very nice to visit, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community. Well known site, Tenzing Norgay, the first to summit Everest with Edmont Hillary is from the village. Everest climbers visit the monastery to light candles and seek blessings.
DAY 4 Thengboche
Acclimatization day, spent most of the day in bed reading the classic ‘2000 Leagues under the sea’. Awesome that I packed my kindle, light to carry and I read more than one book on the trip!
DAY 5 Altitude problems
Alya had a bad headache and couldn’t sleep, AMS. We decided to walk back down to Punke Tenga, sleep a night at lower altitude and go back up. We walked the whole 600m back down again.
DAY 6 Punke tenga (3260m) to Pangboche (3930m)
- Duration – 4 hours
- Difficulty – Steep up for 2 hours, flat and down hill from Thengboche
- Teahouse – Buddha Lodge, very basic, food was good
- Notes – very cold here, felt great, water price went up
Day 7 Pangboche to Periche (4200m)
- Duration – 2 and a half hours
- Difficulty – short day, easy slope
- Teahouse – Shangri La Lodge, the owner is a very helpful and knowledgeable guy, some our friends recently stayed in Pumori Lodge another basic tea house, with friendly owners.
- Note – Periche is a small settlement, poplar with trekkers, it has a basic hospital with volunteer international doctors, the place to go if you have AMS problems.
Day 8 Periche
- Acclimatization day, spent most of the day reading and playing cards.
DAY 9 Periche to Lobuche (4910m)
- Duration – 5 hours
- Difficulty – steep climb through the Thukla pass after Dugla. After our acclimatization/resting day we were feeling fantastic, I had to try to keep Alya back, she was walking at her ‘normal’ pace, way to fast.
- Teahouse – Peak XV lodge
- We had a cold day here with lots of snow.
- At the top of Thukla pass there is an Everest Memorial Site, for people that died on Everest including Scott Fisher and others of the 1996 disaster
DAY 10 Lobuche to Gorakshep (5180m) to Everest Base Camp (5365m)
- Duration – 3 hours to Gorakshep + 3 hour round trip to EBC
- Difficulty – Flat first hour then some steep climbing and scrambling, leave your bag at Gorakshep, easy hour and a half to EBC!
- Teahouse – Buddha Lodge, basic tea house, gets very full with groups, felt very touristy but had a nice vibe with many trekkers, here we were happy that we were doing it on our own 🙂
- Left at our packs at Gorakshep walked to EBC and back, very nice gradual climb There were many Yaks and porters on the trail carrying the gear down. Beautiful view of EBC, mountains and glaciers. Many trekkers
- TIP: go to EBC very early in the morning to have it almost to yourself, most people head to Kalapatar.
DAY 11 Gorakshep to Kalapatar (5550m) to Pangboche
- Total 8 hours + 1 hour breakfast
- 1.5 hours to the top of Kalapatar, 45 min down
- Gorakshep to Pangboche 7h15 min (1.5h to Lobutsche, 2h15min to Pereche, 2h to Pangboche)
- It is a tough steep climb up Kalapatar the highest point of the trek. We started at 5am with headlamps and raced up, Alya won!
- Getting to the top so early it was freezing while waiting for sunrise.
- Sunrise and the views of Everest, Lhotse etc. was spectacular.
- Note – Going back from an altitude hike it is always amazing how easy it is going down! We were looking forward to proper coffee!
DAY 12 Pangboche to Manjo
- Duration – walk 8.5 hours
- Difficulty – Steep downhill, tough on the knees
- Tea house – Manjo Guesthouse, awesome to stay again in one of our favorite tea houses, nice food.
- Notes – took first shower in couple of days 200 NPR ($2.10), awesome!
DAY 13 Manjo to Lukla
- Duration – 4 hours
- Difficulty -flat and easy
Want to book a night accommodation in Lukla? stay at the highly recommended Khumbu Lodge $10 for a basic room or $30 stay in luxury.
Lukla to Salleri to Kathmandu trek
The walk back from Lukla was actually a beautiful trek. It was not as commercial or touristy as the normal EBC trek. Since it was an extra 2 days of walking in terrible weather, wind, rain and hail and we only walked on advice we got from tea house owners in Lukla, it was difficult to enjoy. When we do the basecamp trek again we will walk from Jiri and walk back to Salleri. We walked from Lukla to Salleri in two days, from here we took a jeep to Kathmandu. We were not really prepared and I remember the only positive experience being the $330 we got refunded from Tara, afterwards we remembered quite a nice hike and had a funny story
Hiking to EBC via Gokyo Lakes
An amazing side trip to consider for your Everest Base Camp trek is going to Gokyo Lakes. These six spectacular glacial lakes, located between 4,700m and 5,000m, are situated in the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park along with Mount Everest. Add three days to your itinerary, challenge yourself by hiking this ‘off the beaten track’ route. If you are trekking in season escape the crowds by hiking the more quiet way. Climb the tough Gokyo Ri peak for spectacular panoramic views of famous mountains such as K 43, Taboche, Cholatse, Nuptse and Everest and the famous glacial lakes, cross the beautiful and challenging Cho La Pass. Go to EBC and Gokyo lakes with Intrepid Travel!
How to hike to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes
Hike to Namche Bazaar, instead of going to Tengboche head west up the Dudh Koshi valley towards Gokyo Lakes. The route is circular joining the main trek up to Gorak Shep, you will thus not do the same route up and down.
Suggested EBC Gokyo Lakes Itinerary
- Namche Bazaar to Dole (4,040m)
- Dole to Machhermo
- Machhermo to Gokyo
- Gokyo to Dragnag, hiking up Gokyo Ri (5,357m)
- Dragnag to Dzongla via Cho La Pass (5,420m)
- Dzongla to Lobuche
- Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,180m)
Climb Island Peak and Trek to Everest Base Camp
Do you want to add a couple of days to your EBC trek itinerary, do some real mountaineering and climb a peak in the Himalayas above 6000m? then Island Peak is just the climb for you!
Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft), known in Nepal as Imja Tse, is the peak most often climbed in Nepal. It is a real climb, serious mountaineering, meaning it is not trekking, equipment and some technical skills are required to climb this peak. The peak is considered the perfect choice for a novice climber since it is not very technical, but it does require some mountaineering skills since moderate climbing on ice and snow is involved. Island Peak is usually climbed as part of an Everest Base Camp trek expedition as a three day extension. Before your summit attempt the climbing crew will teach you the mountaineering skills required to climb Island Peak. You should receive ladder training and practice abseiling and Jumaring. You should be physically fit and master these skills during training before the final ascend. Do not take this peak lightly it is a serous climb and mastering a 6000m peak in the Himalyas is a great achievement, pick a company with a good reputation for this excursion, read reviews and make sure you are physically in good shape. Climbing Island peak is not a cheap trip, expect to pay between $3000 and $5000 for a 19 to 23 day trip including trekking to Everest Base Camp, training and attempting to climb Island Peak.
- Water is very expensive, you have three options to sterilize tap water and drink
Check out this test of lifestraw, you can find many funny ones on Youtube, the point is this is a cheap, safe way to get good quality water out of taps and streams on the hike.
- Pack a BUFF Multifunctional Headwear – protects your neck and face from sun burn, wind and weather.
You have to pay to charge electronics at the tea houses. Charge your phone, kindle, Go Pro any USB device with a portable charger. Luxtude 13400mAh Waterproof Portable Charger
- Travel wet wipes are very handy if it is to cold (or expensive) to shower, we have been sitting in our tent ‘washing’ with these on countless hikes, a must on your EBC packing list.
- Hand cleaner easier than finding a tap and soap to wash your hands if you want to eat.
- I am so glad I had a kindle! Awesome to read in bed on acclimatizing days. Was reading 2 different books, weighed almost nothing.
- Microfibre towels take almost no space, are light and dry easy so that they won’t get moldy and start smelling. Share one towel if you are a couple. Active Roots Microfiber Travel Towel
- We have been using our Petzl’s for ages, the electricity in the tea houses is not always on at night, a headlamp is handy Petzl Actic 300 Lumen waterproof headlamp
- It gets very cold inside the tea houses at night. Stay warm in sub zero temperatures. Down is awesome, you won’t regret it! Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree DriDown Sleeping Bag
- A good waterproof, windproof jacket – super important! Wearing this and layering with a fleece and thermal vest when very cold was perfect for me. The North Face Men’s Venture 2 Jacket
- Down Jacket, light, warm, pack-able, breathable, look at this top rated waterproof, 650 down filled with built in stuff-sack Outdoor Research Men’s Transcendent jacket
Clothes and Gear for sale in Kathmandu
There are many shops selling the necessary clothes and gear to trek to Everest Base Camp in Kathmandu. Mostly fakes of well-known brands like The North Face. Many people buy the fake gear, obviously the quality is inferior and real brand names are not cheap here. You can rent gear in Kathmandu, usually fakes. You are not climbing Everest so you probably wont die of cold in a fake jacket. Having something that fits, lasts and keeps the wind and rain out is just nicer and will improve your chances of finishing the trek successfully.
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