Everest Base Camp Trek

I was doing this trip solo. But thanks to trekkingpartners, got a trekmate and that made a whole lot of difference. To read about the trek, the route and tips, please visit : http://searchinformycompass.blogspot.in/

I’ve marked the route on Google Maps:
Alternatively, you can access the map here: http://goo.gl/maps/Xts3e

Route Overview:

Day 1: Lukla – Phakding ( Lukla- Phakding is mostly downhill. Alternatively can also proceed to Monjo so that the next day’s trek is shortened)

Day 2: Phakding- Namche Bazar (Hard Days walk up. Especially Jorsale to Namche Bazar is a straight 600m walk up with no respite)

Day 3: Namche Bazar Acclimatisation ( Ask the porters/ guides around or consult McGuiness’s book/ Lonely planet for
places around. I went to the Everest View Hotel)

Day 4: Namche Bazar – Tengboche/Debuche ( Debuche is just 10 minutes lower than and after the crowded Tengboche)

Day 5: Tengboche/Debuche – Pheriche ( Most guides/ porters head for Dingboche. However Pheriche is lower and better for acclimatisation. Plus its got the only medical centre specialised in AMS and there are 2 free talks held here daily. Rather hear these talks on the way up than down. Very helpful)

Day 6: Acclimatisation at Pheriche (Ask around/ consult the guide books for recommended acclimatisation day treks. We went to the gompa between Pheriche and Dingboche)

Day 7: Pheriche – Dughla ( More popular is to head to lobuche which is double the recommended daily height gain of 300 metres. I wouldn’t want to take that risk. Plus after you reach dughla, can go visit the Chola lake- one of the most beautiful things you’ll see on this trek)

Day 8: Dughla – Lobuche (Also can head to the pyramid a little further of Lobuche if not lazy)

Day 9: Lobuche – Gorahshep – EBC- Gorakshep ( zzz at Gorakshep…its almost over)

Day 10: Gorakshep- Kalapathar – Gorakshep- Dingboche/Tengboche ( now you’re descending down and AMS is as big a risk ( you’re still above 3000 metres and very susceptible at any point)so head down at a pace you choose.

Day 11: Dingboche – Namche Bazar

Day 12: Namche Bazar – lukla

The return trip down – can do this in 2 days too and your trip is then 11 days. Take a pitstop in the middle and extend this to 13 days – YOU choose: We chose to lengthen a day and stay for the Mani Rimdu festival at Tengboche Monastery ( totally on the spot decision)- one of the best decisions:) And hence keep your itinerary flexible by one or two days. Do NOT forget to factor in the erratic flights in and out of Lukla. We experienced delays both in and out of Lukla and were lucky to have buffer days.

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