Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain peak in the world with an elevation of 8848m above sea level. The foothills of Mount Everest provides a great trekking opportunity for trekkers all around the world. Thus, the trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the most sought after treks in the world.
The 8 days Everest Base Camp trek is an excellent trekking adventure that lets you complete your journey in a short amount of time. The trails of this trek pass through the natural heritage site of Sagarmatha National park. It works extensively for the conservation of rare and endangered wildlife of the Everest region.
Moreover, the breathtaking sunrise overlooking the snow-capped mountains is a highlight of this trek. Besides that, you will also have an opportunity to experience the scenic mountain vista in your Helicopter flight back to Kathmandu. The awe-inspiring aerial views of the Himalayan mountains are enchanting.
Trekkers can observe Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Taboche, Nuptse, Cholatse, Pumori, and others during the trek. Thousands of trekkers take this spectacular trek every year in the Everest region. This outstanding trip to EBC is available at a reasonable price.
Read further to know more about the Everest Base Camp trek 8 days and other relevant information in detail.
Major Highlights of the Trip
- Observing snow-capped mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt Ama Dablam, and the Everest Mahalangur Himalayan range
- Exploring the bustling atmosphere of EBC
- Passing along the Sagarmatha National Park, a natural heritage site
- Breathtaking sunrise overlooking the snow-capped mountains from Kala Patthar
- Aerial helicopter ride back from Gorak Shep to Kathmandu
- Exploration of the culture, heritage, and lifestyle of the Sherpa community
- Wildlife exploration of rare and endangered lifestyle of the region
- The warm hospitality of the local people
When is the Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek 8 Days?
EBC trek is ideal during Autumn (September-November) and Spring (March-May). The autumn season comes after the monsoon season and has stable weather conditions. The day time temperatures are moderate and the climate is favorable for trekking. Besides that, many festivals fall during this time of the year. Hence, trekkers can go on a complete cultural exploration of the region.
The Spring season is another incredible time to trek in the Everest region. Wildflowers like rhododendron bloom all over the trails making the 8 days EBC trek a pleasant adventure. The wildlife of the region also starts to stay active after a long winter’s hibernation. Spring brings clear skies and unobstructed views of the mountains.
Moreover, the monsoon season brings heavy rainfall in the region and the trails become slippery. The winters are cold with temperatures that dip back to 0 degrees Celsius. Besides that, there is a risk of avalanches, and landslides along the region as well. However, with proper preparation, you can complete this trek at any time of the year.
How Difficult are the Everest Base Camp Trek 8 Days?
This spectacular 8 days Everest Base Camp Trek is moderately challenging. The trails of this exciting trek move along rugged trails at an altitude of above 4000m at all times. Altitude sickness is one of the most difficult aspects of any high altitude trek. The oxygen levels and low air pressure along with the freezing temperature make it quite challenging.
Proper acclimatization and hydration are essential to tackle altitude sickness along trails. Descending to lower altitudes is necessary if the altitude sickness persists along the trail. Trekkers need to walk at a steady pace, and with regular breaks in the middle.
A basic level of fitness, proper preparation, and a positive attitude is essential for this trek. A good training routine is also necessary as it will help you immensely along the trek. Overall, the difficulty level of the Everest base camp trek 8 days is a moderately challenging short duration trek.
Food and Accommodation Along the Trek
Food and Accommodation facilities are quite basic along the trail. Trekkers will stay at tea houses where you will have food and accommodation facilities. There are twin beds in each room with a pillow, a sheet, a mattress, and a warm blanket.
Furthermore, the food ingredients need to be carried by Yaks in high altitude remote regions. You can also carry snacks like chocolate bars, protein bars, granola bars, and others to munch on during the trek.
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Detailed Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek 8 Days
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, and Trek to Monzo (2804m), 10 Km
Maximum altitude: 2804 m
Flight duration: 35 minutes
Trek duration: 3-4 hours
Trekking distance: 10 Km
Our representative will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. We will then take an early morning scenic mountain flight to the Tenzing – Hillary Airport in Lukla from Kathmandu. We will start our trekking journey from Lukla to Monzo.
We will trek on the side of the Dudh Kosi river to arrive at Monzo after a trek of around 3-4 hours. The beautiful trail passes through the scenic settlements and provides you with magnificent mountain views along the way.
You need to show your Sagarmatha National Park entry permits at a checkpoint in Monjo. The Sagarmatha National Park is a natural heritage site that works in the conservation of rare and endangered flora and fauna in the region. We will then stay overnight at a teahouse after arriving in Monzo.
Day 02: Trek from Monzo to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 4 Km
Maximum altitude: 3445 m
Trek duration: 6 hours
Trek distance: 4 Km
After having early morning breakfast, we will start our trek from Monzo to Namche Bazaar. We will pass through many suspension bridges and waterfalls observing Mt Thamserku to reach Jorsale.
We will stop to have lunch at Jorsale and continue our trek along the Dudh Koshi river. Finally, we will arrive at Namche Bazaar, a commercial hub of the Khumbu region with many hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes, bars, and others. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Namche.
Day 03: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar
After breakfast, we will start our acclimatization tour of Namche Bazaar as it is essential to tackle altitude sickness along the trail. We will explore the famous Sherpa town and observe local people selling various items and souvenirs.
Trekkers can also hike to Khunde and Syangboche airstrip from where you can observe breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains. There is also a Sherpa Museum where you can explore the culture, heritage, and achievements of the Sherpa community. You can also relax in many cafes in Namche. You will spend the night at a hotel in Namche.
Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3850m), 9.5 Km
Maximum altitude: 3850 m
Trek duration: 5 hours
Trek distance: 9.5 Km
After having breakfast, we will start our trek on a relatively easy path. We trek for a few hours to arrive at Kyanjuma. The mountain vista of the entire Himalayan range from the Kyanjuma viewpoint is incredible.
We will then pass through the forested trail covered in rhododendron and pine trees. After trekking for around 45 minutes we will arrive at the Phunki Tenga river. We will continue our trek to Tengboche where we arrive after a few hours trek.
Tengboche lies on the lap of the Ama Dablam mountain peak. You can worship in the holy Tengboche monastery and seek blessings for the successful completion of the trek. We will further explore the area and observe evening prayer chants. You will stay overnight at a lodge in Tengboche.
Day 05: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4350m) 11 Km
Maximum altitude: 4350 m
Trek duration: 5 hours
Trek distance: 11 Km
We will have a sumptuous breakfast and start our trek through the forested trail of rhododendron trees. We cross several makeshift wooden bridges to arrive at Pangboche.
We stop to have our lunch at Pangboche before continuing along the trail. The wide and extended trail is different from other parts of the route. We will reach Dingboche, after trekking for around 3 hours and stay overnight at a teahouse.
Day 06: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4950m) 11 Km
Maximum altitude: 4950 m
Trek duration: 5 hours
Trek distance: 11 Km
After having breakfast, we will start our trek from Dingboche to Lobuche. The trail is a steep ascent and challenging especially for beginners. You can observe enticing views of snow-capped mountains including Mt Everest, Makalu, Amadablam, and others. We will reach Thukla after trekking for around 2-2.5 hours.
We then climb to the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the mountaineers who perished while climbing. The trail then leads us to the challenging Lobuche Pass, from where we can observe the pristine Khumbu glacier. After a trek of 2 hours, we arrive at Lobuche, where we will spend the night at a teahouse.
Day 07: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5160 m), and Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) and down to Gorak Shep, 15 Km
Maximum altitude: 5364 m
Trek duration: 8 hours
Trek distance: 15 km
We will start our trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep early in the morning. Gorak Shep is the original EBC and also known as a frozen lake bed. An Italian research center in Gorak Shep is a prime attraction. We resume our trek to the EBC after spending some time exploring Gorakshep.
You can find many climbers setting up their tents and preparing for their ascent in the climbing season. The close-up atmosphere of mountains will enchant you. We will explore around base camp, take incredible pictures and then descend back to Gorak Shep. We will spend the night at a teahouse in Gorak Shep.
Day 08: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5643m), and trek back to Gorak Shep, and then Fly back to Kathmandu on a Helicopter
Maximum altitude: 5643 m
Trek duration: 8 hours
We will start our hike to Kalapathar early in the morning from Gorakshep. We will arrive at Kalapatthar to observe a gorgeous Himalayan sunrise overlooking snow-capped mountains. The ray of the morning sun falling upon silver mountains and turning them golden is an experience of a lifetime.
Kala Patthar is also known as a great place to get beautiful pictures of Mt Everest. After having breakfast in the lap of the mountains, we will continue our trek back to Gorakshep. From Gorakshep, we will board a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu.
The aerial views of the snow-capped mountains are the prime attraction of the trip. Our representative will pick you up at the airport in Kathmandu as our short Everest base camp trek 8 days comes to an official end.
Things to Consider During the Trek
Hiring a Guide/porter
EBC trek is one of the most traveled paths in the world, thus trails of this trek are well marked. Although you can trek solo, hiring a guide will prove to be of immense help during the journey.
They will not just help you navigate the trail but manage your itinerary by adding acclimatization and rests in between. They also provide essential information along with the cultural context of the place and during the trek. This will allow you to break the ice with locals and interact with them.
Besides that, you can also hire a porter as trekking with heavy luggage is quite difficult. They will cost you less than guides and only carry your luggage. Porter-guides are those who work both as guides and porters.
Basic level of Fitness
The EBC trek is a challenging trek that requires trekkers to be in good shape physically and have a basic level of fitness. A good training routine that includes strength and endurance training, cardiovascular activities and mental preparation is essential for this trek. Trekkers should start activities like cycling, hiking, swimming, and others two months or at least two weeks before the trek.
Altitude sickness is one of the most challenging factors of this trek. Acclimatization and hydration are key to tackle altitude sickness in the 8 Days Everest Base Camp Trek. You should also trek at a gradual place and not treat it as a race.
There are health posts of Himalayan Rescue Mission in Namche and Periche where you can get a consultation and medical services. Altitude sickness should not get treated lightly as it can turn fatal.
There are various travel permits that you should get before starting this trek. The Sagarmatha National park permit is available at the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Monjo. Besides that, you should also get the Pasang Lhamu municipality local area permit. If you trek with an agency, you don’t have to worry as the guide will arrange all your permits beforehand.
Travel insurance is an essential part of any high altitude trekking adventure. Accidents and injuries are common in these treks. The risk of altitude sickness is another factor where you might require a helicopter evacuation.
The helicopter evacuations cost around $5000 to $10000. Hence, an excellent travel insurance package that covers accidents, injuries, flight cancellations, thefts, and others is essential during the trek.
Essential Tips for the Everest Base Camp Trek 8 Days
- Always hire a professional guide and a porter
- Proper acclimatization and regular hydration is essential along trail
- Start your training regime at least two weeks before the trek
- Pack lightly with only those items that are necessary
- Start your trek early to arrive at your destination before dark
- Book all your meal and accommodation facilities in advance
- Increase your carbohydrates and protein intake
- Get a Travel insurance package that covers an altitude of 4000m and above
- Get a local SIM card with a data connection
- Get your travel permits in advance
- Carry snacks like protein bars, granola bars, chocolate bars, to munch on during trek
Everest Base Camp Trek 8 Days – Packing List
Some of the essential items you need to pack for the 8 days Everest Base Camp trek are as follows:
- Long-sleeved Trekking shirts
- Short-sleeved Trekking shirts
- Trekking pants and jackets
- Trekking boots
- Woolen cap
- Thermals underwear
- Trekking Gloves
- Insulating down jackets
- Diamox tablets
- Mosquito and insect repellents
- Anti-nausea Medicines
- Toilet Paper
- Hand sanitizer
- Power Banks
- Solar Chargers
- Extra Batteries
- Sleeping bag
- Water Bottle
- Hot water Thermos
- Travel Permits
- Travel Insurance
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The 8 days Everest Base Camp Trek is a spectacular adventure in the foothills of the highest mountain in the world. The scenic mountain vista and cultural settlements make for a great trekking experience. You will also pass through forested trails, serene waterfalls, suspension bridges, and others.
Trekkers will stay at local teahouses and get served delicious Nepalese meals. The exciting Everest Base Camp Trek 8 days is a great trek that allows you to explore the region in a short amount of time. Contact us for more details regarding this exciting trip and book your trip now!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Where is Everest Base Camp and what is its elevation?
EBC lies in the Solukhumbu district in Eastern Nepal. It lies at an altitude of 5,380m above sea level.
When is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?
The best time for EBC trek is in the autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) season. The stable weather conditions and moderate temperatures are the highlights of the trek at this time of the year.
Is offseasons trek doable?
The monsoon season means heavy rainfall, slippery trails, and risks of avalanches and landslides. Similarly, winter means freezing conditions and heavy snowfall. However, with proper preparation, you can complete the EBC trek at any time of year.
How are food and accommodation along with the trek?
The local tea houses and lodges provide basic meal and accommodations facilities. You will get a twin bedroom, a pillow, a mattress, a clean sheet, and a warm blanket. You will get served a traditional Nepalese meal of “Dal Bhat” along with a variety of western cuisines. However, you will need to adjust as there is a limited variety of menus in high altitude regions.
What should we pack for the trek?
You need to pack only those stuff that is necessary like trekking shoes, trekking boots, socks, gloves, polos, hats, and others. You can check our packing list section for more details regarding this topic.
How should I train for a trek?
A proper training regime is essential to complete this trek with ease. A basic training routine must include endurance and strength training, cardiovascular activities like swimming, hiking, aerobics, and mental preparation. This training exercise increases your stamina and helps you gain a basic level of fitness.
What to do in case of altitude sickness during the trek?
Trekkers should trek gently with proper acclimatization and hydration during the trek. You can also take Diamox tablets before or as soon as you have an attack of altitude sickness. The professional guides provide all help you need. You can also descend further and only continue the trek if you feel better.
Should I hire a guide or a porter or both?
Hiring a guide is generally recommended in this trek. You can also hire a porter if you cannot trek with luggage on your back. But hiring a guide and a porter entirely depends upon your choice.
How much cash do I need to carry on the EBC trek?
You can carry around 25$ to 30$ per day during the EBC trek. This will include accommodations, food, and other facilities. However, if you trek through a trekking agency you don’t have to worry about these logistics.
What is the procedure in case of any emergency?
Our rescue team is responsive and quick in action in case of any emergency. The local guides are well trained in first aid facilities. Besides that, there is also an option of Helicopter evacuation in case of emergencies.