Everest Trek

Description

  1. Name Everest Trek
  2. Length in days 9 days
  3. Start of trail Lukla
  4. End of trail Basecamp
  5. Traildino grading SW, Strenuous walk, mountain trail
  6. Hut tour grading T2, Mountain walk

Khumbu Icefall and Everest - by Martijn

From Jiri 16 days to Basecamp, from Lukla 9 days.

Nepal is home to the highest mountain in the world, which sits right on the border with Tibet. Mount Everest, associated with ever so many famous names and stories, is within easy reach of the ordinary hiker. Not the 8840 m high summit, of course. But at 3500 m lower down, at the foot of the mountain, is Everest Base-camp, achievable for any backpacker with a down-filled jacket and a strong constitution.
Giving this trail in Khumbu region extra cachet, is the feeling of walking in the footsteps of the renowned pioneers who mapped this area and finally conquered Everest. And it was no hit and run for these adventurers. The first climbers and their company of porters started out from Dharan, and later from Jiri. Even today, Jiri is a starting point of the Everest Basecamp Trek, although it is not the easiest place to start. The hike from Jiri to Lukla means climbing up and down a lot. Definitely excellent to test your fit-ness.

Many hikers these days choose to fly to Lukla, shortening the trek by a week. Lukla airport is not exactly spacious. If the weather is bad, there is no flight and you may have to wait for a day or more.

From Lukla it takes one day to walk to Namche Bazaar, and an-other seven days to reach the viewpoint summits of Kala Patar. From its low (5545 m) or the high (5623 m) summit you will enjoy spectacular views of Mount Everest, the nearby Nuptse, Lhotse, and the splendid double dome of Ama Dablam. Another day's hike will take you to Everest Basecamp at 5300 m, Khumbu Icefall and the towering massif behind (but Everest itself is out of sight). 

Thanks to a huge choice of lodges all along the trail, this classic trek poses no difficulties for the strong and experienced hiker. Most risky are the altitude and the change of diet. Please keep in mind this trek is very popular, just like the Annapurna Circuit. October, but also April and September are busiest. During the monsoon (June, July, August) hikers are few, but views are limited. Winter months are quiet, but dreadfully cold. Spring is beautiful, but along with rising temperatures, humidity gradually builds up to culminate during monsoon.

Times are changing. Meanwhile the Chinese on the other side of the border have their own Everest Basecamp at the foot of the Everest. The good news: you can drive all the way up there in your 4WD, so no need to walk anymore.

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Everest Base Camp Trek, 54km

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Everest Basecamp

Hike Reports

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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2018
  • Everest: A Trekker's Guide
  • Guidebook to trekking in the Everest region of the Himalaya in Nepal, including Thame Valley, Lukla to Namche, Everest Base Camp from Namche and Gokyo (the Cho la and Phortse route), plus two routes in Tibet (the Rongbuk route and the Kharta Valley). Also describes the new Three Passes trek (Dingboche to Namche via Kongma La, Cho La, Renje La). Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2018
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids Everest - A Trekker's Guide - Nepal | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to trekking in the Everest region of the Himalaya in Nepal, including Thame Valley, Lukla to Namche, Everest Base Camp from Namche and Gokyo (the Cho la and Phortse route), plus two routes in Tibet (the Rongbuk route and the Kharta Valley). Also describes the new Three Passes trek (Dingboche to Namche via Kongma La, Cho La, Renje La). Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
  • Annapurna and Mustang
  • Annapurna and Mustang area in the Newgrove Consultants’ series covering the course of Great Himalaya Trail High Route at 1:100,000 on nine maps printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper. The map is double-sided, with a very generous overlap between the sides, and covers the GHT High Route between the Niwar Pass, across the... Read more
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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
  • Ganesh Himal and Manaslu
  • Ganesh Himal and Manaslu region in the Newgrove Consultants’ series covering the course of Great Himalaya Trail High Route at 1:100,000 on nine maps printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper. The map is double-sided, with a very generous overlap between the sides, and covers the High Route between the eastern boundary of the... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
  • Langtang and Helambu
  • Langtang and Helambu region in the Newgrove Consultants’ series covering the course of Great Himalaya Trail High Route at 1:100,000 on nine maps printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper. The map is double-sided, with a very generous overlap between the sides, and covers the High Route across the Langtang National Park and... Read more
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United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
  • Everest England
  • A unique hill-walking guide with a culminative ascent of the height of Everest, written in Peter Owen Jones` unique descriptive style. Scaling the peaks of Everest, the world`s highest mountain, is the ultimate physical and mental challenge that the human race can aspire to. But as it takes years of preparation and a minimum of £25,000 to... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Rolwaling and Everest
  • Rolwaling and Everest region in the Newgrove Consultants’ series covering the course of Great Himalaya Trail High Route at 1:100,000 on nine maps printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper. The map is single-sided and covers an area between Suri Dobhan and the Daldung La pass across the Sagarmatha National Park and past the... Read more
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  • Kanchenjunga
  • Kanchenjunga region in the Newgrove Consultants’ series covering the course of Great Himalaya Trail High Route at 1:100,000 on nine maps printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper. The map is single-sided and covers the easternmost section of the High Route between the eastern edge of the Makalu Barun National Park and the... Read more
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United Kingdom
The Book Depository
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  • Humla
  • Humla region in the Newgrove Consultants’ series covering the course of Great Himalaya Trail High Route at 1:100,000 on nine maps printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper. The map is double-sided, with a very generous overlap between the sides, and covers the westernmost section of the High Route between the Chinese border... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Notebook
  • Mt. Everest region - Kongma La Pass Nepal - Frozen Lake - (Journal, Diary) - 100 lined pages - 6x8 Read more
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Maps

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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  • Far West
  • The Far West of Nepal in the Newgrove Consultants’ series covering the course of Great Himalaya Trail High Route at 1:100,000 on nine maps printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper. The map is double-sided, with a very generous overlap between the sides. PEASE NOTE: this map covers an area outside the course of the High... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart The Great Himalaya Trail | GHT
  • Prachtige kaartenserie van één van 'swerelds mooiste wandeltochten. The Far West is one of the least explored areas of Nepal. Its area is bounded to the east by mighty, turquoise Karnali river which flows from Tibet’s sacred Mount Kailash. Myth and superstition remain part of the fabric of life here. Though the Nepali language originated... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Everest: Trekking Map & Complete Guide
  • Everest Trekking Guide from Milestone Books with very detailed and informative stage-by-stage descriptions of main Mt Everest trek from Lukla and Namche Bazaar to the Everest Base Camp, plus the route to the Gokyo Lakes. Each route is presented on coloured map extracts from the accompanying separate fold-out map, includes a route profile, and... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Everest Trekking Guide
  • Everest Trekking Guide from Milestone Books with very detailed and informative stage-by-stage descriptions of main Mt Everest trek from Lukla and Namche Bazaar to the Everest Base Camp, plus the route to the Gokyo Lakes. Each route is presented on coloured map extracts from the accompanying separate fold-out map, includes a route profile, and... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Tenzing-Hillary Trek - Jiri to Everest Base Camp
  • One of Nepal’s most popular trekking routes, from Juri to the Base Camp of Mount Everest, presented on a double-sided map at 1:50,000 from Nepa Maps. Now named after the two conquerors of Everest, the main trek is prominently marked on the map, along with the route from Namche Bazaar to Gokyo Lakes. Also highlighted are numerous other treks in... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Solu Khumbu - Everest Region Great Himayala Trail Map
  • Solu Khumbu/Everest Region, map no. 103, at 1:100,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant trekking map from the Himalayan MapHouse in their series covering the whole of northern Nepal. The map highlights main trekking routes from Lukla, both north and south of the town: Everest Base Camp Trek, alternative routes to the Gokyo Lakes, Bhote Koshi... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha) - Hinku Himal
  • Mount Everesr (Sagarmatha) - Hinku Himal, sheet no. 2786-04, in the topographic survey of Nepal at 1:50,000 published by the Nepali Government in the late 1990s and early 2000s and produced from remote sensing data by Finnish cartographers as part of that country’s international aid program. The maps cover 15’ x 15’ quadrangles.IMPORTANT –... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Everest - Gokyo - Cho La - the Renjo Pass (60K)
  • Everest – Gokyo - Cho La - Renjo Pass map at 1:60,000 from the Himalayan MapHouse, prominently highlighting the Three Passes Trek from Lukla and Namche along a section of the Everest Trek via Tengboche and Dingboche to the Thokla Pass, then westwards to the Cho (Chhugyuma) La Pass, Gokyo Lake and the Rejno La Pass, and southwards back to Namche... Read more
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  • Ama Dablam
  • Mt. Everest area on a contoured and GPS-compatible map at 1:40,000 from Nepa Maps, designed to show trekking routes from Namche, Tengboche and Pangboche towards the Ama Dablam and Imja Tse (Island Peak) Base Camps, and the continuation climbing routes towards these two peaks, Lhotse and Lhotse Star.With Thamo and Namche Bazar in the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Everest: Jiri to Everest Base Camp
  • Trekking route from Juri to Lukla and Namche Bazaar, and then on to the Everest Base Camp presented on a map at 1:100,000 from Nepa Maps. In addition to the main trekking route from Jiri to Mt Everest the map also highlights several other routes in the Khumbu region including treks to Gokyo Lakes, Island Peak (Imja Tse), Mera Peak, Amphu Labsta... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Everest Base Camp & Gokyo - Three Passes 50K
  • Everest Base Camp - Gokyo - Three Passes Trek map at 1:50,000 from Nepa Maps prominently highlighting the Three Passes Trek from Lukla and Namche along a section of the Everest Trek via Tengboche and Dingboche to the Thokla Pass, then westwards to the Cho (Chhugyuma) La Pass, Gokyo Lake and the Rejno La Pass, and southwards back to Namche via... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Everest Region Trekking Map
  • Mount Everest area on a trekking map at 1:75,000 from the Kolkata/Calcutta based Milestone Books, highlighting main trekking routes and showing peaks, passes and selected locations with altitude both in metres and feet. Coverage extends from just south of Lukla to the Chinese side of Mount Everest and the peaks of Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang.The... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Numbur Cheese Circuit
  • Numbur Cheese Circuit at 1:100,000 in the Nepa Maps series which provides extensive coverage of trekking areas of Nepal on detailed contoured maps with trekking routes and hiking trails, huts and camp sites, local places of interest and other tourist information.The map covers the same area as the publishers’ “Jiri to Everest” title and has... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Island Peak (Imja Tse)
  • The trek from Namche to the base camp of the Island Peak (Imja Tse) with the climbing route to the peak itself annotated with views towards the surrounding mountains, presented by Nepa Maps at 1:40,000. The map also includes plans of Namche and Lukla highlighting accommodation and other facilities.Namche is in the south-western corner of the... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mt Everest ITMB
  • Mt Everest region at 1:100,000 from ITMB on a contoured map with tourist information but with somewhat unusual choice of colouring which makes the whole area appear more like a desert rather the highest mountain range covered in glaciers!Coverage extends from Lukla to beyond the North Base Camp on the Tibetan side. The map has contour lines at... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart trekking map Mount Everest | ITMB
  • Mt Everest region at 1:100,000 from ITMB on a contoured map with tourist information but with somewhat unusual choice of colouring which makes the whole area appear more like a desert rather the highest mountain range covered in glaciers!Coverage extends from Lukla to beyond the North Base Camp on the Tibetan side. The map has contour lines at... Read more
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  • Als er één berg in Nepal is die tot de verbeelding spreekt, dan is dat toch wel de Mount Everest; de hoogste berg op aarde. En dat is niet ten onrechte want het spectaculaire gebied rond deze ‘berg der bergen’, met zijn rijke Sherpa cultuur, staat garant voor een weergaloze trektocht. Eerst over de Everest Trail naar Kala Patar (5600m) en het... Read more
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  • Nepal - Everest
  • Sherpa-dorpjes, eeuwenoude Tibetaanse kloosters, de groene uitlopers van de Himalaya, en de ruige en imposante Gokyo vallei. Deze klassieke trektocht die de route volgt die Everest eerstbeklimmers Hillary en Norgay volgden, voert u over rustige paden met weinig andere toeristen. De rijke sherpa cultuur en de landschappelijk zeer fraaie omgeving... Read more
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  • De hoogste bergen ter wereld, de rijke sherpa cultuur en de landschappelijk zeer fraaie omgeving zijn uitstekende redenen om je wandelvakantie te besteden aan het lopen van deze trektocht naar de Everest. Een geweldig avontuur van 17 dagen door het Solo-Khumbu gebied, eerst over de Everest Trail naar Kala Patar (5600m) en het Everest Basecamp.... Read more
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