I’ve been banging on about the Everest Base Camp trek (EBC) for some time, I’ve done it and it took some time but I’m finally ready to tell you how it went! Due to the sheer length of the trip and all that I want to tell you, I’m going to break it down into sections (see towards the end of post there is a link to each), very much like I did for the Kilimanjaro series.
The 12 day trek was undertaken as part of a charity group from Milton Keynes (Climb Your Mountain) whom I’ve helped raise money for in the past in challenges such as Kilimanjaro and UK mountain trips. In total there were 10 of us in the group, each with different physical levels and experience and the trip was booked through World Expeditions.
After a 10 hour flight from London with a short stop off at Delhi we arrived in a hot and dusty Kathmandu. Eventually passing through the airport with all visa requirements met we were greeted by our tour leader Prasant and piled onto a mini bus into the hustle and bustle of central Kathmandu, to the quite luxurious Radisson hotel in Lazimpat just a short walk/drive from Thamel.
We had a short briefing session upon arrival to the hotel, quick dinner, re-organising of bags and a quick visit to the ATM to withdraw an adequate amount of Rupees to see us through the trek, we settled down for the night as the very next day we had our flight to Lukla!
Our itinerary for the trip was as follows:
Day 1 Fly Lukla (2800m). Trek to Monjo (2850m). Walk approx 4 – 5 hours.
Day 2 To Namche Bazaar(3440m). Walk approx 4-5 hours.
You can read about days 1 and 2 here: Lukla to Monjo to Namche Bazaar
Day 3 Rest day Namche Bazaar
Day 4 To Deboche (3770m) via Thyangboche . Walk approx 6-7 hours
You can read about days 3 and 4 here: Namche Bazaar to Deboche
Day 5 To Dingboche (4360m). Walk approx 6- 7 hours
Day 6 Rest day in Dingboche.
You can read about days 5 and 6 here: Deboche to Dingboche
Day 7 To Lobuche (4930m). Walk approx 6 hours
You can read about day 7 here: Dingboche to Lobuche
Day 8 Kala Pattar (5545m) and Lobuche. Walk approx 7-8 hrs
You can read about day 8 here: Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Kala Pattar
Day 9 Everest Base Camp (5360m) and Lobuche. Walk approx 8-9.5 hrs (although it took us around 12hrs)
You can read about day 9 here: Everest Base Camp
Day 10 To Deboche (3770m) via Thyangboche. Walk approx 9 hours
Day 11 To Namche Bazaar (3440m). Walk approx 7 hours
Day 12 To Lukla (2800m). Walk approx 8 hours.
You can read about the last 3 days here: Deboche to Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 13 To Kathmandu by air (1330m).
I hope you find my day to day account of the trek interesting and I hope it inspires you take on a challenge, big or small!
If you have a challenge in mind, tell me what it is, I’d love to hear!