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Everest Base Camp & High-Altitude Passes

Nepal Day 01 - Kathmandhu Arrival
Nepal Day 02 - Kathmandhu's Durbar Square
Nepal Day 03 - Boudhanath & Pashupatinath
Nepal Day 04 – Lukla to Phakding
Nepal Day 05 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Nepal Day 06 – Acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar
Nepal Day 07 – Namche Bazaar to Tengbouche
Nepal Day 08 – Tengbouche to Dingbouche
Nepal Day 09 – Acclimatisation at Dingboche
Nepal Day 10 – Dingbouche to Lobuche
Nepal Day 11 – Everest Base Camp
Nepal Day 12 – Kalapattar
Nepal Day 13 – Cho La Pass
Nepal Day 14 – Gokyo & Gokyo Ri
Nepal Day 15 – Gokyo’s 4th & 5th Lake
Nepal Day 16 – Renjo La Pass
Nepal Day 17 – Lungden to Namche Bazaar
Nepal Day 18 – Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Nepal Day 19 – Lukla
Nepal Day 20 – Return to Kathmandhu

Everest Base Camp & High-Altitude Passes


The Everest Base Camp Trek (commonly refered to as 'EBC) is considered one of the world's classic treks and takes one to the foot of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest (elevation : 8848m). The trek takes at least two weeks with several days of acclimatisation stops, and passes through the world's highest mountain range, the Himalayas. Trekking amongst 'eight-thousanders' provides one with some incredible views of some of the highest mountains in the world.

A trip to a place such as Everest Base Camp requires a lot of preparation as any sustained trek uphill for weeks on end tends to take its toll, both physically and mentally, on those who try to take it on unprepared. I was fairly confident with my fitness levels so felt that I didn't require any special conditioning for the trip but I did ensure that the routes that I had planned to use were pre-programmed on my Suunto Ambit for assistance with navigation if they ever were required.


Difficulty Rating : 5.8 / 10.0 (Class 8 - Very Challenging)


*Cick here to learn more about the difficulty rating.

**Please bear in mind that this rating is for the classic EBC hike AND the high-altitude passes. The EBC route alone has a rating of 4.8 (Class 6 - Fairly Challenging) as there is a reduction in every single category.

EBC Classic Route


Classic route from Lukla to Everest Base Camp (without Gokyo & High Altitude Passes). View larger map.

The route mapping for the high altitude passes was a little tricky though as the route was not clearly visible on the map, although I was able to determine a rough route but ultimately had to break up the mapped routes into different phases as each route was limited to only 100 points. This turned out to not be an issue however as the navigation was stopped after the end of each daily trek for battery conservation. It also turned out that the 'rough' routes that I had mapped didn't dramatically differ from the actual route taken as can be seen below (Image below - top : Route that was mapped out; bottom : Actual route taken):

Everest Base Camp Plotted Route


The Plan


My original plan was to travel alone without porters and guides, starting the hike by flying in to Lukla and making my way up the classic EBC route. Once reaching Dingboche, I would have veered off to the East towards Chukung in order to climb to the summit of Chukung Ri before crossing the Kong Ma La High Altitude Pass. From there I would have made my way North to EBC and the summit of Kalapattar, before heading back down to cross the Cho La High Altitude Pass for Gokyo, the 5th Lake, and the summit of Gokyo Ri. Then I would have made my way across the Renjo La High Altitude Pass and back down to Lukla via Thame. The objective was to cross the three high-altitude passes (Kongma La, Cho La, Renjo La), to climb the three summits (Chukkung Ri, Kalapattar, Gokyo Ri), and to hike up to Everest Base Camp.

As is usually the case with all trips, plans change. Ultimately, I did everything that I had intended to do except for the Kongma La high-altitude pass and the Chukkung Ri summit (reasons for which I will go into later).

The large map below has sections of the path that I followed hyperlinked and clicking on each section of the route will bring you to its respective page (if the map does not work for any reason, you may also find the links at the bottom of this page). The GPS routes for each leg of the journey can also be found at the end of the post for each of the respective days.

Nepal Day 04 – Flight to Lukla & Trek to Phakding
Nepal Day 05 – Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Nepal Day 06 – Acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar
Nepal Day 07 – Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengbouche
Nepal Day 08 – Trek from Tengbouche to Dingbouche
Nepal Day 09 – Acclimatisation at Dingboche
Nepal Day 10 – Trek from Dingbouche to Lobuche
Nepal Day 11 – Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep
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Nepal Day 11 – Everest Base Camp
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Nepal Day 12 – Kalapattar
Nepal Day 12 – Trek from Gorak Shep to Dzongla
Nepal Day 13 – Cho La Pass
Nepal Day 14 – Gokyo & Gokyo Ri
Nepal Day 15 – Gokyo’s 4th & 5th Lake
Nepal Day 16 – Renjo La Pass
Nepal Day 17 – Lungden to Namche Bazaar
Nepal Day 18 – Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Nepal Day 19 – Lukla
Nepal Day 20 – Return to Kathmandhu

Clicking each section of the route above will bring you to its respective page

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