Everest Base Camp Trek
Who wants to join me…
1) showering way too little for way too long,
2) sleeping in unheated rooms at sub freezing temperatures
3) finding themselves walking into a bathroom with “weird” amenities
4) depriving themselves of oxygen while even hiking multiple hundred meters in elevation on a ‘rest day’?
You? Really? You must be crazy, but hey, let’s go on the Everest Base Camp Trek then! On the plus side you get to make memories for life, meet lots of awesome people and enjoy the incredible views the Himalayas have to offer!
The overall pace will be slower than some other treks, meaning not as much distance in a single day or in other words more time to get used to the altitude. There are two acclimatization days in the trek and an additional day going to Dughla instead of straight to Lobuche like many other itineraries. If the trek goes great and nobody is having problems with the altitude, there is the possibility of continuing straight to Lobuche. Either way, the itinerary has these extra days to minimize risk of altitude sickness and take the hurry out of a great time in the mountains. I added some buffer days before the planned flight out of Lukla and after, again to take pressure off the trip (maybe we want an additional day for the descent or the weather turns to crap) and have some buffer for flight delays out of Lukla, which is very common. I’m open to changing the schedule if you have any good ideas to do so. 🙂
So far I am debating hiring a guide in Kathmandu mostly for safety purposes. Cost for the guide could be split evenly in the group and should be about $20-$25 per day total, so like $10-13 if one person joins me, $7-$8ish if two people join. Flight price for the guide to Lukla is less than what we pay and might add up on top of the daily cost if the guide won’t already be in Lukla. If you’re interested, we can discuss the pros/cons of hiring a guide since I am on the fence with this. The budget is generally somewhere between shoestring and mid-range. Meaning it doesn’t always have to be the absolute cheapest option, but I won’t pay more if it’s not necessary.
As for the time of the year this should be right at the end of the busy season, so less crowded than earlier in November or even October, but hopefully not as cold or possibly cloudy as in December.
Here’s my personal plan so far:
Nov 17/18/19 – Arrival in Kathmandu – Organizing permits, possibly finding a guide and doing some gear shopping
Nov 20 – Flight to Lukla, Trek to Phakding
Nov 21 – Trek to Namche Bazaar
Nov 22 – Acclimatization day (Day trip to Everest view hotel or similar)
Nov 23 – Trek to Tengboche
Nov 24 – Trek to Dingboche
Nov 25 – Acclimatization day #2, day hike to a higher point
Nov 26 – Trek to Dughla (can be seen as a buffer day)
Nov 27 – Trek to Lobuche
Nov 28 – Trek to Gorak Shep
Nov 29 – Trek to Base Camp
Nov 30 – Morning Hike to Kala Patthar, breakfast, then trek to Pheriche
Dec 01 – Trek to Namche Bazaar
Dec 02 – Trek to Lukla
Dec 03/04 – Buffer day
Dec 05 – Flight to Kathmandu
Dec 09 – Flight home
Personally I’m a beginner trekker, but did some hikes with more than 1000m altitude gain in a day this year and I am of average physical fitness. My pace isn’t super fast, but it’s not slow either. Previous hiking experience only reaches up to about 10.000ft in elevation without problems.
Looking forward to hearing from you! Any questions, let me know!