Available Routes for Everest Base Camp trek

  • Ram Khadka
  • Feb 5, 2023

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Everest Base Camp trek brings a combination of feelings like adventure, achievement, excitement by taking you closer to nature and at the foot of Mount Everest. There are lots of things to consider before trekking in Nepal especially in the Everest region. You will have many routes to choose from depending upon the time you have, your budget, priorities and physical conditions. But, there are few things that you are bound to encounter during each trek, exotic animals inside the Sagarmatha National Park, beautiful Rhododendron forests, views of glorious mountains and unique culture and hospitality of ethnic people like Sherpas.

Treks that take less time will cost you less and longer treks will be more expensive and very simple accommodation can be found.  It also depends upon what you want to get trekking in the Everest region adventurous trekkers often add some high altitude treks to Gokyo lake or High passes before or after Everest Base Camp trek. Trekkers wanting to check things off their bucket list often choose regular base camp trek. People wanting to learn about isolated people and culture by being a part of it trek during festive seasons and enjoy a few extra days at the Tengboche Monastery which is also an amazing vantage point.

Lastly, you would want to choose a trek that is fit for your body. If your body reacts negatively with high altitudes, it is recommended that you take a regular base camp trek or shorter treks. Since various routes of Everest Base Camp trek consists of varying difficulties, physical preparation these are different too. No matter which route you choose, the Everest Base Camp trek with astonishing you with its unique beauty. Take one of these treks and build memories to keep your whole life.

Classic Everest Base Camp Trek

Starting with a flight to Lukla, the Everest Base Camp takes you to several villages before taking to the base camp. It takes about two weeks to get there and return. Trails take you to places higher than 3000 meters after Namche. After acclimatizing for two days at Namche and Dingboche, you will get to Lobuche and move forward to Gorak Shep and then to Everest Base Camp. Next day, you get to Kala Patthar, a vantage point to get great views of Everest, unlike the Base Camp.

There is also an extended Everest Base Camp trek for Mani Rimdu Festival which takes the same route but stays for 3 more days at Tengboche Monastery. This spiritual trek lets you be a part of the glorious tradition and culture of Buddhists in the Himalayas.

Who should choose this trek?

This trek is perfect for anyone who wants a trek balanced combination of nature, culture, and adventure. Since the trails will be full of fellow travelers taking the same route and also those who are planning to climb Everest, this trek is perfect for people who love to share experiences and small talks with people from various parts of the world

Everest Base Camp Trek with High Passes and Gokyo Lakes

High mountains passes are amazing vantage points and take you to very isolated, serene and freezing places filled with crevasses, scree, and boulders. Routes taking to these passes are often adventurous and challenging. These routes demand you to stay at villages at an altitude higher than 3000 meters for several days. There are three major high mountain passes in the Everest region Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass. With varying difficulties, there are various routes that take you to one or all three passes often with Gokyo Lakes.

Everest Base Camp with Cho La Pass trek starts as the Classic Everest Base Camp trek but takes you to the village of Dhole and then Machhermo after Namche. Then, you will move towards Gokyo village to explore Gokyo Lakes, hike up to Gokyo Ri and then move to Cho La Pass. This trek finally takes you to Everest Base Camp via Dzongla and then to Kalapatthar.

Everest Base Camp with Three High Passes takes you to all three passes. This trek also starts as the Classic Everest Base Camp trek but takes you to Kongma La Pass after Dingboche. After that, the trail proceeds towards the Everest Base Camp via Lobuche and then to Kalapatthar. Then comes the village of Dzongla which takes you to Cho La Pass after which the village of Dragnag takes you to Gokyo village and lakes. Finally, the trek takes you to Renjo La Pass. Stopping at two villages, Lumde and Thame will take you back to Namche.

Who should choose this trek?

Anyone who wants to dive into the Himalayas for a longer time, trek to less-traveled and serene places also without compromising the popular base camp trek. This is also perfect for more adventurous people and trekkers who have more time and budget. Since staying without comfort in the Himalayas can be a bit challenging, this trek is better for travelers with more endurance and has previously trekked in similar places. 

Trekking to very high altitudes also keeps you at the risk of altitude sickness. So, you have to be careful on each step but these trekking are filled with hair-raising beauties of nature filling you with thrill.

Everest View Trek

Everest Panorama Trek takes you up to Tengboche Monastery. Starting with a flight to Lukla, this trek is the shortest one that lets you witness the majestic beauty of the Himalayas. The difficulty of this trek is Moderate Plus only because of the three days stay at villages higher than 3000 meters. These villages are Namche and Tengboche. After spending two days at Namche acclimatizing, there will be no major risk of altitude sickness. Tengboche Monastery, one of the biggest monasteries is also the perfect place to spend viewing various snow-peaked mountains like Mt. Amadablam, Thamserku and Mt. Everest.

Who should choose this trek?

Short trek, cheap trek, less risk of altitude sickness and cold temperature, amazing views, culture and tradition of people. Panorama treks are perfect for first-time trekkers wanting to get great views of Everest and introduction to Himalayan beauty of Nepal.

Everest Base Camp Trek from Jiri

It takes about 22 days to reach Everest Base Camp taking this route through Jiri. This is the same route Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa took before the Lukla airport was built. After about 8 hours of bus ride from Kathmandu takes you to Jiri and you will have to trek to Lukla. Walking through villages like Bhandara, Sete, Jun Beshi, Nunthala, Bupsa and Surkhe for an average of 6 hours a day finally takes you to Phakding. After the 12th day in Phakding, you may now continue the same route as our regular Everest Base Camp trek. 

Getting to Lukla via Jiri lets one dive slowly into the culture, landscape, and beauty not only of the Himalayas but the whole Nepal. 

Who should choose this trek?

This trek is perfect for people who want the most authentic and detailed experience of Everest Base Camp Trek. This trek can take up to 22 days and you should only choose this route if you have plenty of time and habituated to walk 5-7 hours continuously for several days. It will be easier for those who have already taken another trek previously in the Himalayan landscape. People who want to avoid a flight to Lukla also often choose this route.

Ram Khadka

Ram Khadka

15 years of experience in Nepal Himalaya and worked as a trekking guide for 10 years. Managing Director at Sublime Trails Pvt. Ltd.