Are you about to embark on the Everest Base Camp Trek and maybe looking for an Everest Base Camp blog to give you an idea about what to expect? We did the iconic trek at the end of April and wrote loads of notes during it to put this blog post together.
You might have a lot of questions such as:
Is Everest Base Camp Trek difficult?
Can you climb Everest during the trek?
What is the Everest Base Camp elevation?
What is the weather like at Everest?
What is the Everest Base Camp altitude?
We’re going to share all of the answers to these questions including the best Everest Base Camp tour so you know what company to choose, as well as the Everest Base Camp Trek cost.
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1. How To Get To Everest Base Camp
Firstly before you ask, you cannot drive to Everest Base Camp. You can only hike or take an expensive helicopter flight in. The hike takes around 12-13 days but you can customise it to even around 11 days.
Make sure you leave a few days either side of the trek to hang out in Kathmandu first. There’s a lot of things to do in Kathmandu which makes is a great city to explore.
You’ll also be exhausted after the Everest Base Camp trek regardless of your fitness and will need time to recover from the Everest Base Camp altitude.
2. Best Mount Everest Base Camp Tour
Did you know there’s over 2,000 trekking companies in Nepal? The company we went with called Visit Himalaya Treks has so many perks, it would be hard not to choose them.
Notably, you’ll have your own personalised service so don’t expect to be put with other people from other countries (like most other trekking companies do). You can take your time, stop when you want and call your own shots. It honestly doesn’t get much better.
Luckily we’ve written this Everest Base Camp blog which documents everything you need to know about booking your tour with Visit Himalaya Treks below.
We arrived into Kathmandu and found an airbnb that became a huge gem. To be honest, out of the nine countries we travelled to in the six months of our trip, our Kathmandu airbnb was by far our favourite place we stayed in.
Our host Yogendra is a very sincere man with a great quality, budget guesthouse. It’s right in the heart of the tourist area of Thamel in Kathmandu but it’s super quiet, incredibly clean and he does a brilliant breakfast.
After we checked into our airbnb, we went to meet Himal the owner of our trekking company, Visit Himalaya Treks. We picked this company because it's a local Nepalese company and we didn't want to support a more well known one. It turned out very well indeed which is why I keep telling everyone to book with them!!
Himal sent our guide Krishna over to our airbnb the day before the trek with some bags for us to pack our things in. He checked over our stuff and made sure we didn't bring any unnecessary items.
Shopping at The North Face shop in Kathmandu before the trek began.
In the three days we had in Kathmandu, we went shopping for everything for the trek. We already had trekking boots and I'd make sure you break yours in well before doing this trek. I bought mine six months before I went travelling to make sure they were comfy and a size up which is really important. You can find my trekking boots here.
We hired out sleeping bags and down jackets which you'll 100% need but only for $1 a day rather than buying them for $100s!
Day 1: Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters) 10KM, 3 hour trek
The runway strip at Lukla airport is one of the shortest in the world.
We were both nervous, apprehensive and unbelievably excited about our first day on the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Our guide Krishna picked us up with a driver and before we knew it, we were off to the airport for our 8am flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is the starting point for the trek.
The flight was delayed for about an hour (quite usual) and we then went on the tiny plane to experience one of the most dangerous flights in the world.
Tip for getting onto the plane to Lukla From Kathmandu
I wish we knew to sit on the left hand side because that's where you'll see the mountain views! We were trying to reach over everyone to get a photo but it didn't quite work! The half an hour flight was incredible and with a 500 metre runway strip, we landed really fast.
If you're too scared about the flight, you could potentially walk it in three days.
When we landed in Lukla we went for breakfast at a lodge to be greeted by trekkers on their way back from the trek. They had gone to Gokyo Lake, a variation of the Mount Everest Base Camp trek which turned out to be a rather seniority and gem of a version as other trekkers made out. We weren't too fussed as we just wanted to go to Everest Base Camp.
As the trek started, we saw others finishing who looked absolutely exhausted as they made their way up the hill. We walked down all full of energy and before we knew it, we had arrived in Phakding just after an easy three hour trek.
By lunchtime we were done for the day and just chilled out. We quickly realised how nice it would have been to have an iPad to watch some movies, but it didn't matter as we became great friends with our playing cards.
Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) 6km, 7 hour trek
We were told day 2 would be the hardest day as the trek ascended up the mountain to Namche Bazaar.
It was indeed tough but I didn't find it too difficult. Making our way to the famous town of Namche Bazaar, the biggest town on the trek was incredible and we had loads of fun walking along those famous suspension bridges along the way.
Arriving at Namche Bazaar.
It took us 7 hours to trek to Namche. We stayed at Green Tara Guesthouse, our favourite along the whole trek.
Day 03: Acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar, 4 hours, 3km trek
Overlooking Namche Bazaar
Even though they say it's an acclimatisation day, it's more of an explore day so we hiked up the mountain to get our first glimpse of Mount Everest and to see Namche from a distance. Unfortunately the view had clouded over by the time we got there. We noticed there were many more people on this trek than we saw on Day 1 but as the days went on, we had more space to ourselves.
When we got back down to Namche, we spent the day at our guesthouse watching Everest documentaries. There are so many to watch, it didn't disappoint!
Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche (3860 meters) 12km hike, 7 hour trek
A viewpoint of Everest hidden behind the clouds.
Now, this is the day it really started to get beautiful. The walk along with the Everest view was incredible. We absolutely loved this. This is the day a lot of people will turn off to Gokyo Lake so the path becomes a lot less busy. When we arrived in Thyangboche, it was foggy and freezing.
The incredible monastery at Thyangboche.
Luckily we arrived in time to see the monks doing their prayers at the local monastery at 3pm which was amazing. We were in bed by 7pm which became the norm as time went on.
Day 05: Trek from Thyangboche to Dingboche. (4220 meters), 12.2km, 7 hour trek.
Arriving into Dingboche.
It was amazing to wake up and see the mountains around us as we got there in the fog the day before. It was incredible but this day was the day the altitude started to hit us. The sun was strong and I felt like my face and hands were getting burnt but luckily I had sunscreen (a must have!).
We met some doctors along the way who had done this trek loads before and told us to be super careful with the toilets as most people get sick. Good job we had hand san on us! Wifi stops here which is insane as I was able to do Insta lives along the trek so far.
To get wifi at our guesthouse called Goodluck Hotel, it costs 600R a day. The shower was also 500R. I remember running out of the shower into the snow, such a weird feeling but it was freezing!
Day 06: Acclimatisation Day At Dingboche
Stevo exhausted after Day 5 hike to Dingboche.
Our sleep was terrible, both of us kept waking up, gasping for air but we later learnt by taking a diamox on the Mount Everest Base Camp trek would easily sort that problem out.
We decided to stay put that day rather than go for an explore like everyone else and had the guesthouse to ourselves. We knew the rest of the trek was going to be non stop so we appreciated the time to stop.
Day 07: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 meters) 7 hours, 6km trek
For me, it was my hardest day yet. The views were stunning but it got very cold and it started snowing. The accommodation was OK but the toilets were another level of bad. We learnt the toilet situation got worse the higher up we went which is understandable considering the altitude and the isolation.
Day 08: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep. (5180 meters) 4 hours, 1.8km trek
Hiking along the glacier on the way to Gorekshep.
Although the trek wasn't that far it all, we really suffered with the altitude as we walked up through the glacier. This was the first time we could see the famous yellow tents at Base Camp which looked far away, but it was incredible.
When we arrived in Gorakshep, the final town before Base Camp, we decided not to continue on to Base Camp that day because it started snowing. This is one of the perks with going with Visit Himalaya Treks. Because it was just Steve and I on the trek, we could call the shots. We told our guide we wanted to do the trek the next day.
Day 09: Climb Kala Patthar (5545 meters) 1.4km 4 hours and Base Camp (5,330 metres) 4 hour trek
At the top of Kala Patthar at 7am.
Because we were supposed to go to Base Camp the day before, we decided to stay an extra night in Gorekshep which turned out to be amazing.
We started our climb up to Kala Patthar at 4am to reach the top by sunrise and of course to see the best view of Everest we would see on the entire trek. It was honestly the hardest but most rewarding thing I've ever done.
Views from the top of Kala Patthar.
Imagine climbing up with practically no air and at -20C? My water bottle froze at the top and although I literally had a bit of a melt down on the way up, my guide pushed me onwards and upwards. I'm glad he did because it was incredible.
We had a great view of Everest Base Camp and the mountains surrounding us - one of the best moments of my life!
Arriving into Everest Base Camp.
When we returned back to our guesthouse, we had breakfast and continued on to Base Camp which took us nearly 4 hours. I'm glad we stayed the extra night because everyone pretty much starts and finishes each day at the same time so because we changed our schedule, we had the entire path to base camp by ourselves.
At the ending point of Everest Base Camp trek.
It was an amazing moment and I'm glad that when we got to Everest Base Camp, there wasn't anyone else there. By the time we left, loads of people started to show up.
Day 10: Trek from Gorekshep to Pangpoche (5,100 metres to 4,000 metres) 7km 9 hours
There's all weather conditions on the Everest Base Camp trek.
Because we had changed our schedule slightly, we needed to make up time so we made a beeline back to Pangboche. We finally noticed a difference with the altitude and were able to breathe better again. The weather changed drastically from sunshine to snow and it got really cold.
Poor Steve started to get really ill along the way and our pace really slowed down. I realised how the trek is pretty much all up hill to get to base camp so coming back down was much easier.
We stayed in a lovely Tibetan hotel which was so quiet, it made me realise that I would have probably asked to stay in lesser known hotels along the way to support the locals who were trying to make a living, rather than staying in the popular hotels.
You can easily tailor your trek with Visit Himalaya Treks for this service. We finally got a decent sleep thanks to the drop in altitude.
Day 11: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,000 metres) 9 hours
This day was really hard on Steve as he really started to get ill. By the time we got back to our lovely Green Tara hotel, he was pretty sick.
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Stevo making his way into the helicopter.
Unfortunately we woke up with a very ill Steve and we thought he had caught pneumonia. We had a final final 10 hour trek on our hands and I knew he couldn't do it.
So we had two options, either he would have to sit on a donkey for 10 hours up the mountain or we call for an emergency helicopter. Obviously I got him the helicopter which cost us USD$700 for a fifteen minute flight back to Lukla.
Our trekking company could have sorted it all out for us but in our rushed state we just paid the helicopter company to pick us up.
Luckily he had insurance which refunded us in the end with World Nomads. When we arrived in Lukla, we went straight to the hospital for the doctor to confirm Steve was all OK.
This situation was completely a one off and our trekking guide who had been a guide for eight years had never experienced a situation like this before. He was genuinely worried for Steve and we appreciated his kindness and actions to make sure Steve's health was put first.
We got back to our hotel in Lukla and spent the day resting and playing cards as we waited for our early morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 13: Lukla To Kathmandu Flight
We managed to get on the first flight at 7am from Lukla to Kathmandu which was amazing and when we arrived back, Steve instantly got better. I think the altitude really hit him on the trek. Also being Aussie, he doesn't take to the cold too much!
Over the next four days we rested in Kathmandu at our amazing airbnb. This is where we really started to notice how important life is. Up on the trek to Everest Base Camp, we noticed the fewer birds and wildlife. When we returned to Kathmandu, we started to see everything with fresh eyes and really appreciated the importance of life.
In those four days whilst we rested, we got ourselves ready for our next adventure to Japan.
So that's our Everest Base Camp Trek Blog! I know I wish I had something like this to read before we embarked on this once in a lifetime opportunity!
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