04 April 2019 | Arjun Rijal
The 10 days Everest Base Camp trek takes you to the challenging height of 5,545 m of Kala Patthar. We recommend this trek if you have a busy schedule but can’t afford to miss out on the glorious views of the mountains in the Everest region.
The 10 day Everest Base camp trek is the ultimate goal for mountaineers. It starts from Lukla and passes through the Sherpa towns with tea houses and monasteries to Sagarmatha National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will also get to visit the thriving hub of Namche Bazaar. As you leave behind the last village of Gorakshep, the magnificent sight of the Everest Base camp will greet you.
In this short 10 days Everest Base Camp trek, you will get to explore the natural beauty and the wide variety of flora and fauna of the Everest region. You also get to experience the local lifestyle of the people living in the Himalayan region.
This trek is hard with lower amount of oxygen you get in the high altitude of the Everest region. The freezing temperature and tough terrains might also make this trek a bit challenging. But the 10 days Everest base camp will greet you with the stunning landscape and the magnificent sight of Mount Everest
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel (No meals):
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (B, L, D):
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (B, L, D):
Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization (B, L, D):
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche(B, L, D):
Day 06: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (B, L, D):
Day 07: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization (B, L, D):
Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (B, L, D):
Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and return Gorakshep (B, L, D):
Day 10: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar and Helicopter flight to Kathmandu (B):
Depending on the experience you may want to have, you can visit the Everest base camp can accordingly.
The best time for the 10 days Everest Base Camp trekking is generally considered to be the autumn season. It falls in the month of September, October, and November. This season has moderate temperature and relatively low chances of rainfall. This season is usually highly popular among tourist. The sky clears and the temperature gets warm.
Summer season falls in the months of June, July and August. These months see a lot of the monsoon rain. The trails during the summer season are quite muddy and slippery. You will also encounter plenty of leeches along the way. The mornings are generally clear with higher amount of precipitation in the latter parts of the day.
The spring season falls the month of March, April and May. It is also popular among tourists for trekking purposes. The weather warmer gets warmer and calmer. The vegetation in the Sagarmatha National Park also becomes lush. This gives a great view of rhododendrons and other flowers in bloom. It is also the Everest expedition season so you get an opportunity to meet the other mountaineers who will be attempting to climb Everest.
Winter season which falls in December, January and February are coldest in Nepal. The days will be shorter and there is a lot more snow. Because of this, routes that involve crossing big passes like the three passes trek are usually closed. Fewer people are likely to be trekking during this season due to colder temperatures, winds, and heavier snowfalls. It is a great opportunity for those who like to trek cheaper and in solitude.
The first challenging yet underestimated aspect on the 10 days Everest Base Camp Trek is altitude. The 10 days Everest base camp starts from Lukla at 2,860 meters above sea level. And with each day of trekking the elevation can increase 600-800 meters per day. This steep elevation causes health condition like Altitude sickness.
Altitude sickness causes shortness of breath, headache, vomiting, nausea, and fever due to the lack of oxygen. The 14 days Everest Base Camp trek is generally recommended for 2 acclimatization and rest days to adjust to the elevation.
The 10 days Everest Base Camp trek requires lots of strength and stamina. Not underestimating the trek to the Everest Base Camp proper training is essential. This allows you to get the physical fitness necessary to overcome this challenging trek. We recommend you to be involved in aerobic exercises like jogging, running, cycling, and swimming 6-8 weeks prior to coming to this trek.
Every day’s diet plan is essential for the 10 days Everest Base Camp trek as it is the food that you consume that keeps you alive. Taking note to keep yourself hydrated when trekking on such altitude is important. Recommending three meals a day with altitude-friendly and liquid food is important. Avoiding meat as they are mostly flown in and transported by yaks or porter which increases the chance of food poisoning.
One of the most underestimated and overlooked part of the 10 days Everest Base Camp is the distance you have to walk. The total distance that you have to cover is 130 km as you have to cover 65 km up and down from Lukla to the Everest Base Camp. Walking through paths filled with snow and wilderness and steep, rocky land for 8-10 hours a day is itself challenging.
Extending or reducing the trek time according to situation is also vital. Managing proper rest and foods to cope with this challenging trek should top priority. For inexperienced trekkers the 14 days Everest Base Camp trek is highly recommended.
If you are planning Everest Base Camp trek, join with us. We will make your trip memorable.
The cost for the Everest Base camp trek ranges from USD $1000 to $3000 per tourist. It excludes travel insurance, visa fees, trekking equipment, and other personal expenses. The trip can span for 10 days which is considered Short Everest trek to 21 days.
It is recommended to have a Porter and Guide for the trekking as without them traveling is useless and dangerous due to the unfamiliar terrain. Hiring fully insured, well trained and skillful guides and porters are better than to hire freelancer guides and porters. They can ensure your successful journey with 100 percent care without any problems. The standard rate of Guides is USD $20 – $25 per day and Porter is USD $15-$ 18.
As you elevate higher the cost of Lodgings, foods and drink also increase. Good food and rest is a must for a challenging trek like this so it is important to allocate the required budget for it. In the trekking seasons, the hotels remain packed and no room stays free for immediate booking.
Doing advance booking helps you to get the required and preferred room of your choice. But you can get a free room in off-seasons for food and drinks at the lodge.
The TIMS permit was replaced by Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit on October 1, 2018.
You can obtain this permit at Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu or in Monjo at Park Entrance Gate. This will cost NPR 3000 Per Person.
There are also many other options apart from the 10 days Everest Base Camp trek. We have also specially designed many trekking packages. It meets the requirements and interests of all kinds of trekkers including :
16 Days Everest Base Camp Deluxe Trek includes your arrival and departure days plus a day tour in Kathmandu. The trek starts after a short flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and we follow the bank of the Dudh Koshi River and reach Namche.
We then will have an extra day for acclimatization day in Namche. After which we will continue trekking to Everest Base Camp through Tengboche. Then to Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp.
We then retrace the same trail to Lukla and take return flight to Kathmandu. However for those having longer days and wanting to explore further in the region, we have Cho la pass and Gokyo Valley and Everest High Pass as well.
The 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and 12 Days of Trek in the Himalaya. The trekking to Everest base camp usually starts with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It continues to Phakding, Namche and Tengboche.
After that, you reach Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorekshep and finally reach Everest base camp. After exploring all around, you retrace back to Kala Pathar. Then continue trekking to Pangboche, Namche Bazar and finally get back to Lukla, subsequently return back to Kathmandu.
The 12 days Everest base camp trek starts from Kathmandu and end in Kathmandu. You start the Everest base camp Trek- 12 days by taking a flight to Lukla. The trip ends as you finish trekking up to Everest Base camp and return to Lukla. Completing the Everest Base Camp 12 day adventure with the return flight to Kathmandu.
Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour begins from Kathmandu airport. It flies east from Kathmandu towards the beautiful Sherpa village and the gateway to Everest region, Lukla. After fueling in Lukla, the flight starts flying towards Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar. The Everest flight tour goes over the Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorakshep and Khumbu glacier to reach the Base camp of Mount Everest.
Nepal has a variety of trails and trekking destinations. There is a range of trails to choose from for trekking to Everest Base Camp. The trip to the Everest Base camp is very much challenging. But at the end of the day, it is and will be one of the best and fulfilling experience you will ever experience in your life. It is a trek of a lifetime and will be forever cherished in your memory.
If you are planning Everest Base Camp trek, join with us. We will make your trip memorable.