One of the most important things that you need to know about the Everest base camp trek is the number of trekking days. The adventure follows a standard itinerary pattern unless customized as per the clients’ needs. This blog is about the Everest base camp trek itinerary. We are trying to give you details about how the trekking itinerary days work during the adventure.
Unfolding Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary Breakdown
Our Everest Base Camp Trek is a package of a total of 16 days that includes your days in Kathmandu as well. Of the 16 total days, you spend 11 days up in the mountains traversing the trails and exploring the beautiful Everest region.
The package costs you USD 1,390 per person for 16 days. We have already written a blog about our Everest Base Camp Trek Cost breakdown.
Let’s have a look at what we do on those 11 trekking days in the mountains.
We spend those 11 beautiful days in the mountains that involve three different stages of trekking adventure.
- Six days of trekking to reach the Everest Base Camp
- Two essential rest days on the way towards the base camp
- Three days of trekking to reach Lukla from Gorakshep
Let’s get these three stages of trekking adventure in detailed and simplified form.
Six Days of Trekking to reach the Everest Base Camp
The trekking days in Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary start from Lukla. We take a short flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and start the trekking adventure. The first day of the trek takes you to Phakding along the Dudh Koshi river.
This stage in your trekking takes you higher up towards the base camp of Mt. Everest. Although it takes you a total of 8 days to reach the base camp, technically it is the trek of only 6 days. The extra 2 days are the much-needed acclimatization days along the trail.
You will have overnight stopovers in beautiful places of Phakding, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep. During these days, you will only see the elevation go up taking you to the unearthly mountain wilderness.
Two Essential Rest Days on the way towards the Base Camp
As a high-altitude trekking adventure that takes you higher than 5,500 meters above sea level, you will need rest days to adjust to the increasing elevation on the trail. The rest days are planned after gaining 1000 meters of elevation above 3000 meters above sea level.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary, which takes you up to the altitude of 5,545 meters above sea level, has two essential rest days to acclimatize. The first acclimatization break is in Namche Bazar at an elevation of 3,440 meters. The second one is at Dingboche that sits at 4,400 meters above sea level.
Three Days of Trekking to reach Lukla from Gorakshep
Gorakshep is the highest overnight stopover on the trek at an elevation of 5,164 meters above sea level. After trekking to the Everest Base Camp and sleeping overnight at Gorakshep, we start to descend the next day. However, we still need to hike to the highest elevation of the trip, Kalapatthar at 5,545m, early in the morning and later descend to Pheriche.
The next two days from Pheriche take us back to Lukla where the Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary come to end.
This division of trekking days is the standard set to accomplish Everest Base Camp Trek safely. Safe and comfortable adventure ensures a better experience. And this division is the perfect plan to enjoy the best of what the Everest region has to offer.
Let’s take a look at the trekking days division on this table too.