The days of rigorous walking and hiking on the Great Himalaya trail presents life in a unique manner. Far from the mundane life, one gets to explore a life of nomad. With limited luxury the task becomes ordeal, however, the fun is in enjoying the life in extremes. Believe me! Without it, the adventure ceases to exist!!
The year 1953 gave a new life to Everest region. The immobile region of Khumbu saw the influx of foreign climbers and explorers which bought revenue, urban lifestyle and skills into the region. It started a trend which took a form of profitable trade (Commercial expeditions of Everest). Whatever critics may call it, the home of mighty and determined Sherpa is a popular place to be these days.
Starting from Lukla 2,800 m (9,186 ft), a small town containing an airstrip “Hillary-Tenzing Airport” (the only airport in the region), the trek passes through numerous Sherpa villages and variety of Tibetan influenced monasteries, while conceding at Kala Patthar 5,550 m (18,204 ft).
One must be prepared to get familiar with sweat, blisters and sometimes higher altitude sickness and injuries. EBC trek is one of the toughest treks in Nepal, therefore, hardship comes in handy.
Pre-monsoon (March-June) and Post-monsoon (September-November) are two of the great seasons for trekking in Northern Nepal. The weather is clear; days are warm and nights are cold.
Khumbu region may receive snowfall during post-monsoon. The higher elevations remain warm during the day and colder during nights.
Day 01 Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), 3-4 hrs walk
Day 02 Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 03 Acclimatization (Namche Bazaar)
Day 04 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche(3,867m/12684ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 05 Tengboche to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 06 Acclimatization (Dingboche)
Day 07 Dingboche to Lobuche (4,928m/16164 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 08 Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,320m/17,450ft) via Gorakshep (5,160m/16,929ft) 6-7 hrs walk
Day 09 Everest Base Camp to Kala Patthar [Highest elevation] (5550m/18,204ft) DESCENT: Kala Patthar to Pheriche 6-7 hrs walk
Day 10 Pheriche to Kyanjuma(3,500m/11,480ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 11 Kyanjuma to Khumjung to Monju (2,850m/9,348ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 12 Monju to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Gear and Equipment
- Pair of hiking boots (well broken in) – One could spend over 5 to 6 hours a day on the trail, therefore, long-lasting boots are essential. The boots can range from light to medium, high or low. If one plans to trek during the months when it snows, the high boots become essential for proper hiking.
- Soft and light shoes (sneakers) – Carrying light-weight sneakers for ‘after the day hike’ serves comfort.
- Lightweight knapsack – It is useful for short trips away from one’s lodge, and will save you from carrying large backpack along. It should be large enough to fit a camera, spare clothes and a sleeping bag, if one plans to spend a night away.
- Lightweight sleeping bag – Essential during peak seasons (October-December). Lodges do offer blankets, but are scarce during the peak season, therefore carrying a sleeping bag (-10°C) can be a great precaution.
- Fabric band-aids – Blisters are common due to rigorous walking. A good alternative to bandaids is duct tape. Works great for blisters and also proves invaluable in many other ways.
Costs & Permits
The costs for lodging and dining are predetermined by the Association of lodge (Tea-house) owners. To give a general idea, the costs here are directly proportional to the altitude. The higher the altitude, the greater the cost!
A trekker must register in TIMS beforehand. If one wish to enter Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO Heritage Site), the cost will be as such:
- SAARC Nationals – Rs. 1,500 per person (Approx. US $15)
- Non-SAARC Nationals – Rs. 3,000 per person (Approx. US $30)
- Everest Base Camp Trek -15 Days