Everest Base Camp Trek 2020/21

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Everest Base Camp Trek 2020/21

The seduction of a trek to Everest base camp has long been known in adventure travel for its unmatched views of Everest, immersed in the peaceful world of Tibetan Buddhism and framed by the majestic Himalayas. This classic Everest trek through the Khumbu valley offers more than just a walking holiday; it is for many a pilgrimage to the highest mountain in the world, in a remarkable country which will leave you with vivid memories of the people who live there.

We have a long history with this region of Nepal. We have been running treks and climbs to Mount Everest since 2000 and started our own company based in Kathmandu. You will be in good hands with excellent travel advice and tips on weather conditions and what to expect. We also provide the trekking permits in advance of your visit.

Everest Base Camp Trek 2020/21

SUMMARY OF EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK ITINERARY

Days 1 & 2: Arrival and preparation/rest day/ sightseeing in Kathmandu
Days 3 – 11: Fly to Lukla and trek up to Everest Base Camp
Days 12 – 15: Trek back down to Lukla
Days 16 – 17: Fly back down to Kathmandu & depart

You can trek to Everest Base Camp from March to early June, and September to early December.

Kathmandu is at an approximate altitude of 1400m and the flight to Lukla will take you up to a height of 2866m. With Everest Base Camp standing at 5360m and Kala Patthar at 5545m, the base camp trek gains a total of 2679 metres from Lukla and 4145 metres from Kathmandu.

EVEREST BASE CAMP TREKKING ROUTE MAP

The route for Everest Base Camp starts in Lukla going through Phakding, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Dughla, Lobuche, Gorak Shep before reaching Everest Base Camp. The return route is the same though the views are just as enjoyable as you walk in the opposite direction.

We do also offer variations on the standard route such as the Gokyo Route and the more challenging Three Passes and Three Peaks route. It’s also possible to start lower down than Lukla by trekking from Jiri or Phaplu. You could also spend some time in the villages of Bumburi and Bupsa where our charity, Moving Mountains, has been working for several decades. (Everest Base Camp Trek 2020/21)

Everest Base Camp Trek 2020/21

EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK LENGTH AND TERRAIN

The total distance covered throughout the Everest trek is approximately 92 kilometres. Every day the trek starts after breakfast at about 8.30 am and there are many opportunities to stop and take photos or have a cup of tea along the trail.

The pace is slow and the itinerary allows for excellent acclimatisation and includes two rest days on the ascent. At the start of the trek, the distances are short but there are a few hills but again we take our time and there’s no rush. As we get higher the distances increase but the gradient is more consistent and even. Most days trekking is finished by early to mid-afternoon.

Many people think they have to ‘climb’ to Everest Base Camp, but it’s purely a trek. The terrain is along well-trodden and defined paths. The last section is on a glacial moraine, which is covered in crushed rocks and presents no need for crampons or technical equipment.

There are no precipitous drops that require ropes, though there are a few high footbridges that cross the Dudh Kosi river several times below Namche Bazar. In the past these were rickety wooden affairs, however, nowadays they’ve been replaced by well-engineered and constructed metal walkways that are high sided and very secure. (Everest Base Camp Trek 2020/21)

ACCOMMODATION ON THE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

Accommodation is in comfortable lodges (formerly known as tea houses) which are run by Sherpa families unless people specify a preference for tents. Each lodge has a central communal area with a large stove that provides heat and a cosy atmosphere. The bedrooms are unheated and generally have two beds with mattresses, pillows and a blanket. You will need to bring a sleeping bag (3 season is normally enough) and we’d recommend a pillowcase.

The lodges generally have showers which are powered by gas and they mostly use sit down flush toilets (some lodges do also have squat toilets). Food on an Everest Base Camp trek is very good quality, a mixture of local Nepali / Sherpa food and western recipes. Burgers and chips are a common meal, as is dal bhat with rice. You will find everything from fresh pastries to beer, stir-fries to deep-fried Mars bars available in the lodges and shops a Nepal price guide can be found here. (Everest Base Camp Trek 2020/21)

And there are many shops selling all types of drinks and snacks, sweets and chocolate. The biggest challenge will be avoiding all the unhealthy foods and sticking to a simple diet of rice and dal!

Everest Base Camp Trek 2020/21

PACKING LIST FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP

Check out our gear recommendations and also our Nepal Trekking Kit List page for information about what gear and clothing we recommend.

The basic idea of the clothing you will take is to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night. The main points to cover are as follows:-

  1. Bags – Rucksack or duffle bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you. Dry bags inside to store clothes.
  2. Rain protection – Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain, also an umbrella
  3. Layers – Shirts, trousers, shirts, T-shirts, jumpers and jackets, hat and gloves.
  4. Walking – Comfortable boots with a good sole and ankle support. Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings. Trekking poles
  5. Sleeping – 3 or 4 season is enough in the lodges where there are beds and mattresses and blankets
  6. Water- Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles. Water can be boiled or treated.
  7. Personal hygiene – wash kit, towel, small first aid kit
  8. Sun protection – sunglasses, sunhat
  9. Miscellaneous – head torch, camera, books, music, power bank and leads.

Kathmandu has an area called Thamel which is full of hundreds of equipment shops, each one an emporium of new, used, quality and fake equipment all very reasonably priced for rental and buying. You can buy almost anything needed for any trek. (Everest Base Camp Trek 2020/21)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) FOR TREKKING TO EVEREST BASE CAMP

Below are a few commonly asked questions but do also check out our Related Blogs section and also the ‘More Information’ section also on this page which covers every question you may have for trekking to Everest Base Camp!

WHAT IS THE LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE ON THE FLIGHT TO LUKLA?
Please note that the luggage limits vary on the internal flights from 15kg – 20kg for hold and hand luggage. You can take more if you wish and the excess cost ranges from$2 – $3.00 per kilo. You can, of course, wear your trekking boots and jacket to help cut down on the weight of your bag. You can also leave any city clothes or extra travel kit in Kathmandu at your hotel or in our office.

Heavy bags also require us to employ extra porters to carry them, if any bags are over the 15 kg weight limit you will be charged extra, which can be paid to your guide at the time, however, 15kg is more than adequate to cover all your gear.

HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE TO TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?
The Everest Base Camp trek is a well-trodden path all the way, although it can be rocky and uneven in parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or ‘mountaineering’ which requires equipment. It is a walk all the way to Everest, although some of the hills can be steep and at the time perhaps, never-ending! The final section to Everest Base Camp, on the Khumbu glacier itself, can be a bit slippery underfoot with ice and loose rock or scree. Poles are useful for balance and support.

Nothing is particularly demanding, but the combination of long days hiking and high altitude with obviously varied mountain weather does make this trek a challenge. It’s wise to be fit in advance if only to ensure your body can convert oxygen to energy more efficiently. The best advice is to go hill walking at home beforehand with a pack on, and in the gym, you can work on quads and thigh muscles because the uphill slopes are quite long.

The pace of the trek is slow and there is always time to rest and recover before the next section. Altitude will make you feel exhausted and you will pant and feel tired more quickly, so it’s vital to follow the essential rules of safe walking at altitude – go slow, drink well, eat well, sleep well and if you feel bad then stop. (Everest Base Camp Trek 2020/21)

HOW EASY IS IT TO TREK TO BASE CAMP OF EVEREST?
This Nepal trek is a feasible goal for most fit hill walkers. The paths are well-trodden, they are the highways and byways of the Sherpa people, so you find yourself passing through many villages and getting up close with the culture. The average group size is six and you will have Sherpa guides and a team of porters to assist you all the way there.

It is more remote than, say, the Annapurna Circuit trek; the final part of the trek is on the Khumbu glacier itself, which ends at the camp used by climbers attempting to ascend the mountain. Over the high wall of mountains beyond base camp in Tibet, so you will have reached the northern border of the country.

There is nothing technical about the trek, no climbing or even scrambling, but the path is rocky and hilly and at the end of the trek it is on moraine and finally on the glacier itself. With a good pair of boots, there should be no need for concern though, the biggest issue is hiking at altitude and staying fit and strong for the final ascent of Kala Patthar. This is a walking holiday but the usual concerns for weather and remoteness and handling the high altitude require common sense and a slow pace.

Therefore the Everest Base Camp Trek 2020/21 details are explained above.

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