Among the Himalayan base camps, base camp of Mt. Everest is the most desirable adventure landmark and among the top 10 destinations on world. Mt. Everest being the tallest mountain, adventure enthusiast has this journey to Everest base camp on the bucket list as a most do adventure trip in a life time. There are many trekking routes to get to the Everest base camp. Choosing the best trek itinerary to Everest base camp plays an important role for the great and better adventure experience. The time duration you have of your adventure holiday and personal physical fitness also determined the trek itinerary you choose. That ever the trail you trek on the Himalayan panorama and legendary Sherpa settlements, their culture and hospitality is always welcoming. Proper acclimation plan on your trek itinerary and having the suitable gear is must to complete the journey to the Everest base camp with great achievement. All itinerary to base camp normally starts with flight to Lukla, though few trekkers take the longer route with drive to Jiri and trek to Lukla. All trekking itinerary we are talking below follow the same route till Namche after the Lukla flight.
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Direct and Short Cut Route via Tengboche
Among the available trekking route, most of the people fellow this shortest itinerary to Everest base camp via the Tengboche monastery. On this shortest itinerary to base camp of Everest, we head to Thengboche and Dingboche after Namche. Thengboche monastery is one of the highly respected places of visit on whole Khumbu region. We spend 2 nights at Dingboche as in Namche Bazaar for proper acclimation which is must on your trip itinerary. We trek to Lobuche and Gorak Shep where we spend a night. We explore the Everest base camp and hike the Kalapathar from this high Himalayan settlement of Gorak Shep. We retrace our way following the same route via Thangboche and Namche to Lukla. We complete trekking section of this shortest route to base camp of Everest in 11 days besides your extra days in Kathmandu. Mainly the physical fit and experience trekkers are recommended to do this short hike.
Less Trodden Trail via Phortse village
This Hike to base camp of Everest via the less trodden route of Photse village offer the diverse view and less tourist Sherpa settlements to explore on the way. From Namche we fellow the Gokyo lakes route and spend a night at Phortse village on the less visited settlement in Khumbu before we reach the Dingboche. Spending 2 nights respectively at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche is must on this itinerary to Everest base camp. We hike to Lobuche and spend a night at Gorak Shep, the last Himalayan settlement before the base camp. We leave your footprint at base camp and hike to Kalapathar to stand face to face the tallest peak of Mt. Everest. With this trek itinerary on our retrace we follow the regular route via Thangboche on your pay to Namche, this this routes return the different route with diverse view and more exploration option than the shortest itinerary. We complete this itinerary trekking section in 12 days’ time duration. This is one of the best itineraries to Everest base camp trekking in term of proper acclimation and exploration at your own pace.
Challenging route via Gokyo and Chola pass
This is relatively challenging route to get to the Everest base camp in Nepal. We can complete the hiking section in 15 days making a big circuit of entire Khumbu region. We head to Gokyo lakes from Namche via the Dole and Macherrmo. Hike to the Gokyo Ri and staying a night on the bank of pristine Himalayan lakes at charm on your journey to Himalaya. The crossing over the Chola pass over 5400 meter is one the challenging section on this route to the base camp. The view and experience on walking snow at Chola pass is no doubt offer the great adventure experience being on Himalayas. We can add the visit to Thame and Rinjo pass on the way to Gokyo lakes on this itinerary to base camp. After exploring the Everest base camp and Kalpathar we return the different and regular EBC route thus we make a big circuit from Namche to Namche. This Everest Circuit Trek itinerary is recommended to those who have time and wish to explore the complete region at one go.
Trek in and Helicopter ride out
Trek in and Helicopter Ride Out is one of the luxurious ways to reach to Everest base camp and return with Helicopter ride out from Pheriche. This means we don’t have retrace the same route back to Lukla. This makes the hiking section of 09 days only. On your way to base camp we fellow the regular route of Everest base camp. We spend proper acclimation with exploration at Namche and Dingboche making sure everyone enjoy the adventure journey at its best. This itinerary of Everest base camp trek and Helicopter out is recommended to those who really have less time but have budget to spend few hundred dollar more to make the dream come true.
One more option though this is not the trekking adventure we would like to mention here. This is a day Helicopter ride to Kalapathar next to Mt Everest and do your photo taken. Proper safety measure must be taken on this helicopter hie with landing the Kalapathar. Oxygen supplement with proper regular is recommended along with many safeties measure to undergo.
Extra Optional: EBC Trek with 6000-meter Peak Climbing
If you are physically fit, have extra time and wish to explore beyond simply trekking in the Himalayas, there is a great option to join the 6000 m trekking peak to climb Island peak in Nepal. You simply need 4/5 days more time after the Everest base camp hike. Few companies provide all the personal and group climbing gear to make the climbing trip a hassle free and cost-effective adventure too.
Of course, there are various routes to get to the Everest base camp and all hiking trail is equally tantalizing. Choosing which trek itineraries basically depend on the time duration and budget you have on your bucket list destination. The common thing on all this itinerary to Everest base camp is that you must have proper acclimation on route, great warm gear and pre trek preparation is must to enjoy the journey to the base camp of Mt. Everest, a life time adventure destination in the Himalaya.