Find The 5 Best Itineraries Ideas For Trekking to Everest Base Camp.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp

Are you planning a hike to Everest Base Camp or further? But You have no ideas how to find the best itineraries of the Everest region. The 5 alternative trekking routes that connect to Everest Base Camp, each with its own set of attractions. To help you choose the best trek for you, we’ve put together five itineraries that cover each of the five routes.

We’ve tried to remove all of the uncertainty in this post, so you can now plan and pick your best itinerary for trekking to the Everest region, which might be the Everest Base Camp Trek or the Everest Three Passes Trek, and so on. All these treks are fascinating as well as provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences for trekkers of varying abilities and experience levels.

Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a dream destination for global trekkers to achieve a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The vistas of Mount Everest and the other eight-thousanders are stunning and unequaled on this adventure. Your trek begins in Nepal at Lukla since it continues up to Kala Patthar, 18193 feet above South Base Camp. In addition, this trek will give you an adrenaline rush and a sense of accomplishment you won’t get anywhere else. The gigantic Everest serves as the cherry on top of this expedition, which includes challenging terrain, incredibly high mountains, as well as beautiful views.

Trekking to Everest Base camp
Suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi at Manju.

Because it is higher in altitude than most other Himalayan Treks and needs a certain level of physical condition and mental preparedness, trekking to Everest Base Camp is known as the “Mother of All Himalayan Treks.”

DaysDay by day itineraryAltitude in MetersDistance
1.Fly into Lukla then trek to Phakding or Manju26503-4h00
2.Trek to Namche Bazaar34406h00
3.Acclimatization day!
4.Trek to Tengboche Monastery38505h30
5.Tengboche to Dingboche43805h00
6.Acclimatization & rest day!
7.Trek to Lobuche48906h00
8.Lobuche to Gorakshep then hike to Kala Patthar 5545 meters51007h00
9.Visit EBC (5364 meters) then trek back to Pangboche39007h30
10.Trek to Namche 34406h30
11.Namche to Lukla28507h00
12.Fly out to Kathmandu
Classic Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary

Gokyo Lakes via EBC Trek

The Gokyo Lakes Trek is a spectacular alternative to the Everest Base Camp Trek. The route starts in Lukla and follows the classic EBC Trek to Namche Bazaar for the first three days. Then, it leads northwest to the magnificent Gokyo Lakes, passing through the villages of Dole and Machhermo. The trail then ascends to Gokyo Ri (5,483 meters) and traverses Cho La Pass (5,420 meters) before arriving at Lobuche, the starting point for the famous Everest base camp trek.

Gokyo valley
Gokyo village

It adds two to three days to the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes, but it provides a good opportunity to avoid the crowds on the popular Everest Base camp route.

DaysDay by day itineraryAltitude in MetersDistance
1.Fly into Lukla then trek to Phakding or Manju26503-4h00
2.Trek to Namche Bazaar34406h00
3.Acclimatization day!
4.Trek to Dole4206h00
5.Tengboche to Machhermo44804h00
6.Trek to Gokyo Lakes47905h00
7.Acclimatization & rest day!50906h00
8.Trek to Dragnak47003h00
9.Dragnak to Dzongla via Cho – La Pass (5370 Meters)48307h30
10.Trek to Lobuche49005h30
11.Lobuche to Gorakshep then hike to Kalapatthar (5545 Meters)51007h00
12.Trek to Pangboche after visiting EBC39007h30
13.Pangboche to Namche Bazaar34006h30
14.Trek to Lukla28507h00
15.Fly out to KTM
Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes itinerary

Island peak Climbing via Everest Base Camp

First, you will trek to the Everest Base Camp and its surroundings while you are embarking on Island Peak. Once, you explore the Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar then detour to Lobuche or Dingboche. Island Peak, at an elevation of 6,189 meters, is a true challenge. It is not for novice climbers although it is said that Island peak is suitable for beginners. Many climbers are preparing for Island Peak before climbing Mount Everest.

You can walk from here to Island Peak Base Camp (5,120 m) for a hike/ascension up to Island Peaks Summit. The summit generally takes two days from the base camp. So, Island Peak Climbing via Everest Base Camp takes 18-20 days.

If you are planning to climb Island Peak, read this Island Peak Expedition guide for a better experience.

DaysDay by day itineraryAltitude in MetersDistance
1.Fly into Lukla, & trek to Phakding or Manju26503-4h00
2.Trek to Namche Bazaar34406h00
3.Acclimatization day!
4.Trek to Tengboche Monastery38505h30
5.Tengboche to Dingboche43805h00
6.Acclimatization & rest day!
7.Dingboche to Lobuche48906h00
8.Trek to Gorakshep then hike to Kala Patthar 5545 meters51007h00
9.Visit EBC (5364 meters) then trek back to Lobuche49006h30
10.Trek to Chhukung via Kongma- La Pass (5535 Meters)44309h30
11.Rest day! Climb Chhukung Ri 44304h00
12.Trek to Island Base Camp49704h00
13.Island Peak Base Camp to High Camp56005h00
14.Summit Island Peak 6189 Meters then back to Base camp8h00
15.Contingency day
16.Trek to Pangboche39006h00
17.Pangboche to Namche34006h30
18.Trek to Lukla28507h00
19.Fly out to Kathmandu
Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary

Everest Three Passes Trek

The Everest Three Passes Trek is more demanding than the Everest Base Camp Trek because it involves three high passes. The Everest Three Passes Trek begins in the same way that the Everest Base Camp Trek does, with a trip to Namche Bazaar. The route then heads west, passing through Thame and the isolated Nangpa Valley. The trail goes through the Dudh Koshi valley since you approach Renjo – La which is the first pass of the Three Passes Trek. Before descending to Gokyo Lakes and its valley, you will be rewarded with a wonderful vista of Mount Everest.

After that, the trail heads east to Chola Pass, which connects the Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. From here, the trail descends to Dzongla and gradually climbs up to connect the Everest Base Camp Trek route before Lobuche. It offers an awe-inspiring view of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks when you hike up to the iconic Kala Pathar viewpoint.

Renjo Lake in the Everest region

Finally, you make your way to the Everest base camp which is combined with the Everest Three Passes Trek. The Everest Base camp is the most iconic place while you are trekking to Everest Base Camp. The trail turns to the east from Lobuche along the Khumbu glacier then it goes to a steep climb to Khongma – La, which is the final pass of a trek. The trail then gradually descends to Chhukung before making a hike to Chhukung Ri. Thus, the Everest Three Passes Trek allow the discovery of all the valley of the Everest region as well as high passes.

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Dalai Lama

Everest Three Passes Trek Itinerary

You’ll still get spectacular vistas of the neighboring peaks that you wouldn’t get on the normal EBC Trek. Likewise, trekking through the entire valley of the Everest region returning to Lukla completes the circuits of the Everest Three Passes Trek. But given itinerary is anti-clockwise starting from the Kongma – La pass which is the highest pass of the trek. You may do this trek both clockwise and anti-clockwise which could be either start from Renjo – La Pass or Khongma – La Pass.

DaysDay by day itineraryAltitude in MetersDistance
1.Flight to Lukla then trek to Phakding26504h00
2.Phakding to Namche Bazaar34406h00
3.Acclimatization day!
4.Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery 38505h30
5.Tengboche to Dingboche 43805h00
6.Acclimatization & rest day!
7.Trek to Chhukung44304h00
8.Rest day! Climb Chhukung Ri 4h00
9.Trek to Chhukung via Kongma- La Pass (5535 Meters)44309h30
10.Rest day! Climb Chhukung Ri 44304h00
11.Trek to Lobuche via Kongma- La Pass (5535 Meters)49009h30
12.Lobuche to Gorakshep then hike to Kala Patthar 5545 meters51004h00
13.Visit EBC (5364 meters) then trek back to Lobuche49005h00
14.Lobuche to Dzongla 48304h00
15.Trek to Dragnak via Cho – La Pass (5370 Meters)47008h00
16.Trek to Gokyo Lakes4790 4h00
17.Rest day!
18.Trek to Renjo Lake via Renjo – La Pass (5435 Meters)47907h00
19.Renjo Lake to Thame38006h30
20.Trek to Namche34006h30
21.Namche to Lukla28507h00
22.Fly out to Kathmandu
Everest Three Passes Trek itinerary

Jiri or Salleri to Everest Base camp

An alternative to flying into Lukla from Kathmandu is the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek. This option begins with an 8-hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Jiri, whereas Jiri is the starting point for the trek.
This route adds 5-6 days to the trip while traversing the lower Khumbu region. You’ll pass via Lukla on your way to Everest Base Camp, whereas the route follows the same trail as the classic Everest Base Camp Trek.

It features a picturesque but long road trip as well as extensive exposure to Tibetan and Sherpa cultures. Additionally, the trek goes through more forests and streams because the trek begins at a relatively low elevation of 1800 meters.

DayItineraryAltitudeDistance
1. Kathmandu to Jiri by bus19108-9h00 drive
2.Jiri to Deurali27006h00
3.Trek to Sete25206h30
4.Sete to Jun Bensi 25657h00
5.Jun Besnsi to Nun Thala23457h00
6.Trek to Bupsa 23606h00
7.Bupsa to Surke22906h30
8.Trek to Phakding/Monju then continue to Everest Base Camp Trail27305h30
Salleri or Jiri to Everest Base camp Trek

Likewise, the route via Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trek is another option if you wish for a shorter walking distance to get to Lukla and beyond.

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To wrap up!

Now, you got all about the best possible itineraries that connect to the Everest Base camp at your hands. So, hoping that it cleared up all confusion to choose the best routes for trekking to Everest Base camp. Look and enjoy this virtual trek by Google on their Street View program in the Everest region from a few years ago.

Let’s book your next trekking to Everest Base camp according to your needs and preferences. We, Himalayan Exploration is here to assist you, if you are still seeking any customization on plan or route.

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Kumar Lama is a founder of Himalayan Exploration Treks Pvt. Ltd. He is leading a team of travel professional offering tailor made travel services across Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.

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