Among all the popular trek routes in Nepal, the one that you to the Everest Base Camp (5364m) is quite popular, this is proven by thousands of travelers who decide to trek every year, due to its rich cultural diversity and magnificent views.
The trekking route to Everest Base Camp is one of the longest trek route in Nepal, even though they are other trek routes much longer than this, EBC is quite popular. This is because, you will witness panoramic views of the mountains, hills and also get a glimpse to the world’s highest peak. Not to say, the Sherpa and Tibetan cultural lifestyle is something you must never miss to experience.
There are plenty of alternatives for you to go to the base camp. In this article, we present you few of them.
- Lukla to Everest Base Camp Trekking
This is most popular and easy trekking route, designed for most trekkers with average physical fitness and good health. For your time saving, we recommend taking a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla then starting your trek from there. Starting from the beautiful village of Lukla, the whole trail passes through Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep and finally ends at Everest Base Camp. This route can be completed in 12 days for an experienced trekker. In average, it might take 14 days for you to complete.
Trekking Route: Lulka (2,860m) to Phakding (2,640m) to Namche Bazaar (3,438m)- Dingboche (4,260m) to Duglha (4,600m) to Lobuche(4,940m) to Gorak Shep (5,160m) to Everest Base Camp (5,364m)
The best season to embark your journey on would be during September-November.
- Lulka to Everest Base Camp Trekking Map via Gokyo Valley
Everest base camp via Gokyo valley trekking route is an alternative route,
for someone who is looking for more thrilling adventurous challenges. Simliar to the first one, this too starts from a flight to Lukla and follows the classic trek to Namche Bazaar where it forks north-west.
Following the same trail as Route 1 until Namche Bazaar, on your way you will turn the way that leads you to the Gokyo Valley. From Gokyo Valley, it might take you another 3 days to pass through Thagnak, Cho La Pass and Dzongla, before joining the trail of Route 1 at Lobuche,, reaching the base camp.
En route, you can climb to the peak of Gokyo Ri in the north, before crossing the magnificent Ngozumba glacier and Cho La Pass and re-joining the classic trek at Lobuche.
This detour might add additional 2/3 days onto the trek but, the experiences would be totally worth it.
Trekking Route: Fly to Lukla (30 minutes) and Trek to Phakding to Namche Bazaar to Dole to Machhermo to Gokyo valley to Tagnag (4,700m/15,420ft) to Dzonglha (4,830m/15,850ft) via Cho La Pass (5,420m/17,780ft) to Lobuche (4,940m/16,210ft) to Gorak Shep (5,160m/16,930ft) to Base Camp (5,360m/17,590ft)
- Jiri To Everest Base Camp
This is classic base camp trekking route, which is popular among the local tourists, allows you to spend more days in the Everest region. As the other two of the classic trek, it also offers an alternative to flying into Lukla from Kathmandu to start the trek. The Jiri alternative could also be embarked with an 8/9-hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Jiri, where the trek begins.
En route, you trek through the Solukhumbu region and make your way past Lukla, where the trek then follows the same trail as the classic Everest Base Camp Trek route. This route can be completed in 16 to 22 days depending upon your previous experience and walking capacity, an additional of 5-6 days than the other two.
Trekking Route: Kathmandu to Jiri (1955m) to jiri trek to Deurali (2735m)to Sete (2645m).to Junbesi (2640m).to Nuntala (2440m)to Kharikhola (2020m) to Pyau (2700m). to Phakding (2640m). to Namche Bazar (3440m) From Namche follow same route as Kathmandu Lukla EBC trekking route
4. Lulka to Everest Base Camp via Tengboche Monastery
If you are looking for a short trek tour and are also physically fit, then this might be your cup of tea.
This trek fulfills everything that includes in a very adventurous Himalayan trek, rugged trail, crossing rivers and rural villages. Starting from Lukla, you’ll climb through the forested Dudh Kosi valley to reach Namche Bazaar, a small village covered with Buddhist prayer flags and savvy marketers. On your way,you will learn about Sherpa culture, culminating with the holy village of Tengboche and Khumjung, visiting many centuries old monasteries.