Everest Base Camp Trek Experience
Hey readers! Before sharing my Everest Base Camp Trek Experience, I would like to start this article with my short professional description. I have been working as a trekking and tour leader for the past twelve years. I specialized in Annapurna and Everest Region from Peregrine Treks and Tours.
I am very proud to work for Peregrine Treks and Tours. It is the top-ranking travel company in Nepal with the biggest International Network, offering a broad range of outdoor activities in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Peregrine Treks and Tours carries twenty-five years of history for satisfying hundreds of thousands of worldwide adventurers.
The organization is very humble and takes good care of its employees. Moreover, they provide various training and grants with fun travel vacation options. Hence, I got fortunate to choose the Everest Base Camp trek free of cost.
The Everest Base Camp is the most popular trekking spot in Nepal. From flats to an escalating point, you will find varieties of vegetation on the way to EBC. Various Sherpa villages, Buddhist Monasteries, Museums, and dynamic prayer wheels exist. Walking through the river banks, crossing a few suspension bridges, and climbing steps were the most incredible challenges I experienced.
Walking for 6-7 hours a day and finally resting in the evening in a tea house awaits the most delicious meals. Besides, taking the warmth of igniting a fireplace in the dining room and sharing knowledge and travel experience with nonetheless strangers bonus to my plate. Encountering rich natural EBC charm and picturesque views of Mt. Everest and other surrounding peaks were perks of the EBC trek. Moreover, the hospitality of the Solukhumbhu inhabitants, their compassion, and the way of existing reminisce.
My Everest Base Camp Trek Experience
Day 1: Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding
Firstly, we took 25 minutes mountain flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. We paused at Mira Lodge for our breakfast and walked towards Phakding. We passed a suspension bridge, various Chorten, Mani stones, and vibrant prayer flags. Along with this, we sighted lovely peaks like Karyolung (6511 m), Nupla (5885 m), and Gongla (5813 m). After walking for a couple of hours, we paused to have tea refreshments at Thado Koshi.
We saw Mt. Kusum Kangaru (6367 m) standing behind the Koshi River. We resume walking towards Phakding for one more hour. After reaching, we had our lunch and stayed overnight in Shangri-la Lodge. In the late afternoon, we explored the Pema Choling Gompa in Phakding. It is the oldest monastery in the region carrying 350 years of history.
- Almost of the houses in Phakding are painted with white clay. There used to be a source of white micaceous clay in Phakding in the past. Hence, the villagers named name Phakding after it.
- Also, the other name of Pema Choling Gompa is Rimishung Gumba. It is the oldest and most essential Gumba in the Khumbu region.
Day 2: Trek to Namche bazaar
This day presented us with semi-moderate trails. We had at least two and a half hours of difficulty climbing to Namche Bazaar. Besides, we crossed four suspension bridges passing through the crystal clear Dudh Koshi River. The trail took us to narrows with stone-laid paths, where we paused to run a TIMS permit check.
We had tea refreshments. Afterward, we continue our steps further, passing many Chortens and mane stones and viewing greenhouses. We sighted a few mountains like Mt. Kongde (6168 m), Kusum Kangaru (6367 m), and Mt. Thamserku (6608 m). We then reached Monjo, the last village before the Sagarmatha National Park. There, we showed our National park permit and walked away. Stepping on a few uphill and downhill trails, we finally reached Jorsalle for our lunch break.
After our energetic lunch, we regained our energy to walk for more than two and a half hours. We crossed the Hillary Bridge. On the way to Namche Bazaar, we started viewing Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Namche Bazaar is called the heart of the Khumbu region. Also, it has the largest Sherpa settlements in Nepal. We decided to spend our night and acclimatize in this ancient valley. We checked in at Snow Land Lodge.
Day 3: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar.
We considered this day for acclimatization. Acclimatization is necessary for the body before going to a higher elevation. We had an early morning breakfast and prepared for a short hike. The trail was stony and steep. Marching for two and a half hours, we reached Syangbuche at 3880m.
We could see 360 degrees of mountain views from the top. I recognized a few peaks viz Mt. Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Nuptse (7864 m), and Amadablam (6812 m). Also, Kangtega, Thamserku, Tawache, Cholache, Kusum Kangaru and Kongde, and Khumbila were famous peaks in the surrounding.
We stopped by Everest Sherpa Resort on top of the hill for tea. It was an unforgettable moment to view such majestic mountains by sipping a cup of famous Nepalese tea. After an hour of the blissful moment, we hiked to our lodge and had lunch. We rested the whole afternoon and did some shopping in the evening.
- You can see a remote mountain on the right side of Mt. Kongde. Its name is Mount Khumbila.
- Behind it, there is a small village popularly known as green valley. Many years ago, people painted their house’s roofs with white sparkle zinc.
- As a result, the reflection of sunlight caused all snowmelt in Khumbila Mountain. Later, people realized the effects of white zinc and replaced the roof with green.
- After that, villagers called it Green Valley. Besides, Khumbila is a sacred mountain restricted from climbing.
Day 4: Trek to Tengboche
On our way to Tengboche, we saw peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt Amadablam, Mt. Tabuche, and Mt. Thamserku. We passed a beautiful village named Ports. It is the same village where Ice Climbing training occurs every year. It says that every people in each house can climb high mountains. We arrived at Kyangjuma for the tea break. Then we continued walking past rhododendron and conifer forest. Fortunately, we encountered a Himalayan Tahr (Mountain Goat) grazing on the sloppy rocky hill.
Likewise, one fellow traveler informed us that Phortse valley has a high population of Tahr, Himalayan Monal, and other species of Pheasant. The lucky individual can also encounter Snow Leopard’s pug mark and Himalayan Griffon’s nest.
Therefore, carrying that information, we crossed a suspension bridge to reach Phunki Tenga. We rested for a while and had our lunch. Then we walked for two more hours in an upward direction and finally reached today’s destination, Tengboche. We subsequently kept our backpacks in our respective rooms in Tashi Delek Lodge and Restaurant and went sightseeing.
Sighting awe-inspiring mountain views of Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, and Thamserku lured us to go closer and touch them. Lastly, we visited 104 years old Tengboche Monastery and returned to the tea house.
- A total of sixty monks live in the Tengboche Monastery. Those monks were disciples of Guru Rinpoche.
- Mani Rimbu, Lama Sanga Dorje, Lama Gulu, Kalachakra, prayer wheels, and thangkas inside the monastery.
Day 5: Trek to Dingboche
This day awaited us to come across 4000 meters with relatively easy routes. Because of the elevation increment, we could notice the changes in vegetation. As a result, the tree lines were sparse, whereas the air was thin and windy. We prepared to walk after breakfast in Tengboche.
We descended evenly into the rhododendron forest, following the Dudh Koshi River. On the way to Lower Pangboche, we crossed an iron bridge, Mani stone, and Conifer forest. We trekked forward, pausing for a lunch break at Syomare, crossing the tree line. We could see mountain views and several Yaks and Naks grazing on the grassland at the height.
After walking for about 6 hours, we ultimately reached Dingboche and stayed at Hotel Peaceful Lodge. In the past, Dingboche village was a summer settlement for transhumance herders. We could sight Lhotse, Amadablam, Imjatse, and Taboche peaks from the town.
Day 6: Acclimatization day at Dingboche
We considered this day our second acclimatization day. After breakfast, we had plans to hike for a few hours and return for lunch. We walked up to Chukung’s height at an altitude of 4735 m. Chukung height is the gateway to Island Peak and a suitable place for acclimatization.
Strolling around for a few hours, we could see the amazing Mount Makalu, Island Peak, Baruntse, Amphula, Nuptse, Tabuche, and Lhotse. Apart from the Himalayas, we encountered the Himalayan Raven, Himalayan Vulture, Common Kestrel, and several Yaks and Naks.
However, watching Yaks and Naks made us wonder how unusual species they were to survive above 4000 m. We then hiked down to our tea house and had lunch. Since the day was sunny, we kept warm, enjoying the sunlight, hot drinks, and panoramic mountain views.
Day 7: Trek to Lobuche
From Dingboche, we stepped up on uphill grassland where we could still see Yaks and Naks grazing. We paused for the tea break at Thukla. Marching upwards for an hour after the tea break was tricky for us. We saw several Chorten established in the memory of brave climbers attempting Everest and other surrounding peaks.
I remember a few Chorten named after Hristo Prodanov and Babu Chiri Sherpa. They both were famous climbers from Bulgaria and Nepal but passed away after summiting Mt. Everest. We paid tribute in the memory of every brave climber and continued walking towards our destination. After one hour, we finally reached Lobuche.
So, we freshened up and rested in the afternoon. Then, we decided to see the Khumbu Glacier 100 m from Lobuche. We returned to our tea house before dark and slept after dinner.
- The Pyramid International Laboratory Research Center lies in Lobuche, researching weather. Moreover, they help with communication for rescue operations.
Day 8: Trek to Gorakshep and hike to Everest Base Camp
We marched further towards Gorakshep, having breakfast and walking on medium rocky hills. We sighted the Khumbu glacier and several mountains on the way. Walking for three hours, we reached Buddha Lodge at Gorakshep, where we checked in for a night’s stay.
We had our lunch and moved upwards to hit Everest Base Camp. Finally, we accomplished our mission on the eighth day of trekking. We all were thrilled with happiness and excited about completing our mission. The weather was freezing, and the surrounding was white.
However, we could adequately identify Mount Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, and Mt. Lingtren. We also saw Tibetan Mountain Changtse from the top. Reminiscing on the memory and success of reaching EBC, we returned to the tea house and spent overnight there.
Gorakshep combines two words, Gorak, the raven, and Shep, The Sherpas. It says that Sherpas were the first to see dead Himalayan Ravens in that region. Hence, they named it after that incident. It is also the end place for EBC and Kalapatthar.
9th Day: Trek to Pheriche
Reaching EBC successfully, we decided to visit Kalapatthar as well. It was at an elevation of 5550 m and took us nearly two hours to arrive. We were able to get 360 degrees of mountain panorama. Despite the freezing temperature, we enjoyed mountain views better than at EBC.
Afterward, we hiked to the tea house for breakfast and checked out to descend toward our next stop. We followed the same tracks towards Lobuche, where we had our lunch. Then trekking further for three hours, we finally reached our stop at Pheriche and checked in at Panorama Lodge and Restaurant.
Rocky hills and mountains surround the valley. Besides, the weather was windy and cold. We could readily see Mt. Amadablam, Lobuche, Tabuche, Kangtega, Cholatse, and Thamserku from the valley.
Day 10: Trek to Kyangjuma
On the tenth day, we walked on a different route toward Syomare. We passed a few minor uphill and major downhill trails. With constant pace, We crossed the Iron Bridge. Taking a few minutes of tea break in Syomare, we walked again. Finally, we started noticing tree lines while following the Dudh Koshi River trail.
Passing the rhododendron and pine forest, we reached Tengboche for lunch. So we crossed the same suspension bridge and a few coniferous forests and finally reached today’s destination. We checked in at Amadablam Lodge in Kyangjuma. Hence, we stayed there, resting our night after a delicious dinner.
Day 11: Trek to Chumoa
Leaving the uphill, we descended on trails following the Dudh Koshi River, Chorten, Mani Stone, and a few stupas. Reaching Namche Bazaar, we had lunch at the same tea house where we stayed for two consecutive nights. After fueling ourselves, we stretched our legs slowly through rhododendron and pine forest.
We passed the Dudh Koshi River, crossing suspension bridges and giant prayer wheels. We reached TIMS checking office, where the officials checked our park permit and TIMS card. After finishing the necessary checkups, we finally reached Chumoa Guest House and checked in for a night’s stay.
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Day 12: Trek to Lukla
Leaving the mountains and my Everest Base Camp Trek experience behind, we descended to Lukla, walking on the same trails but backward direction. We checked in at the same tea house where we stayed on our first day.
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu
Finally, my vacation in the mountains ended on this day. So, we took a mountain flight back to Kathmandu scheduled at 10 am due to foul weather. Arriving at Tribhuwan International Airport, we returned to our hotel, where we had lunch for the last time. Then, I took a taxi back to my home.
Everest Base Camp Trek is undoubtedly Nepal’s most famous and best trek. And I had a memorable experience on this Everest Base Camp Trek. The trek is moderate to strenuous level of difficulty. But the picturesque views of the majestic mountain peak, the nature, and the local people’s hospitality will make you forget about the difficulty.
I hope my Everest Base Camp Trek Experience helps you get some insight into the trek and help you plan the trek better. This Everest Trek offers a lifetime experience you don’t want to miss.
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