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Top 5 Best Treks in Everest Region with Itinerary, Facts and FAQs

  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Wed Sep 23, 2020
5 best treks in everest region

The Everest region is one of the most popular places to trek in Nepal. Thousands of trekking worldwide visit Everest while it is in the bucket of many trekking enthusiasts. The soaring mountains and breathtaking Himalayan views make it a trekker’s paradise and a photographer’s delight. If you are searching for best treks and itinerary in the Everest region then here are the top 5 best treks in the Everest Region.

1. Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts & Overview

Maximum Elevation:

5,550m at Kala Patthar

Trek Duration:

14 days

Trek Category:

Moderate to difficult

Accommodation Type:

Teahouse

Best Season:

March-May, and October- November

Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most sought-after treks in the world that takes you to the base camp of Everest standing 29,000 feet above sea level. This trek attracts thousands of enthusiastic trekkers from around the world. You will be trekking to Base camp of Everest around two weeks, exploring some of the picturesque Sherpa villages, crossing high suspension bridges, and marveling at the sight of some of the highest mountains in the world. The legendary trail to the base camp of Everest has a lot to offer you, and undoubtedly, the journey to the foothills of Everest is one of the finest treks in the world. En route, you will visit Kala Patthar, the vantage viewpoint in the Everest region that commands breathtaking views of the mighty Everest and surrounding peaks. Every bend offers opportunities for great photography, and every day is an adventure in itself.

The well-designed itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek entails acclimatization days to ensure you acclimatize to higher altitudes. Besides, you can enjoy rewarding side-trips at your leisure. Grab an exceptional opportunity to indulge in Sherpa culture. The trekking trail to Everest is adorned with prayer flags, prayer wheels, and boulder inscribed with Buddhist mantra, few monasteries, suspension bridges, and museums. Walk for all day long and sleep at local teahouses owned by local Sherpa and experience great hospitality and enticing lifestyle.

Read more - Why Is Everest Base Camp Trek Popular?

Brief Itinerary

Days  Itinerary Duration/Distance

Day-1             

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4592ft)

Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation

Day-2

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) and trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft)

35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek

Day-4

3Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,284ft)

6-7 hours (10.5 km) trek

Day-4

First Acclimatization Day-at Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft)

4-5 hours (6 km) trek

Day-5

Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3,860m/12,661ft)

5-6 hours (10 km) trek

Day-6

Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m/14,465ft)

5-6 hours (11 km) trek

Day-7

Second Acclimatization Day-at Dingboche (4,410m/14,465ft)

4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek

Day-8

Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft)

5-6 hours (8 km) trek

Day-9

Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,860ft) and visit Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft)

7-8 hours (12 km) trek

Day-10

Hike to Kala Patthar (5550m/18,204ft) and descend to Pheriche (4,240m/13,908ft)

6-7 hours (12 km) trek

Day-11

Trek from Pheriche to Namche (3,440m/11,284ft)

7-8 hours (19 km) trek

Day-12

Trek from Namche to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft)

6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek

Day-13

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)

35 minutes flight

Day-14

Final Departure

 

2. Everest Base Camp Short Trek Heli Return

Everest Base Camp Short Trek Heli Return

Trip Facts & Overview

Maximum Elevation:

5,550m at Kala Patthar

Trek Duration:

12 days

Trek Category:

Moderate to difficult

Accommodation Type:

Teahouse

Best Season:

March-May, and October- November

Enjoy a wonderful trek in the foothills of the Himalayas and take a thrilling helicopter ride over the Everest region.  The Everest Base Camp Short Trek Heli Return is perfect for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the Everest region but are short of time. Trekking to Everest Base Camp and return to Lukla and then on to Kathmandu by helicopter is one of the best treks routes in the Everest region. Your trip will begin and end in Kathmandu. Moreover, both beginners and experienced trekkers will enjoy the trek.

Tread along the traditional Sherpa villages and get an insight into their rich Sherpa culture and tradition. The Sherpa culture and tradition are similar to Tibetan Buddhism and you will see prayer flags, prayer wheels, and Mani walls along the way.

Days Itinerary Duration/Distance

Day-1             

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)

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Day-2

Fly to Lukla by helicopter and trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft)

45 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8km) trek

Day-3

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft)

6-7 hours (10.5km) trek

Day-4

First Acclimatization Day-at Namche Bazar

Acclimatization Day

Day-5

Trek to Deboche (3,820m/12,530ft) via Tengboche (3,860m/12,661ft)

5-6 hours (11km) trek

Day-6

Trek to Dingboche (4,410m/14,465ft) via Pangboche

5-6 hours (10km) trek

Day-7

Second Acclimatization Day at Dingboche (4,410m/14,465ft) - Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m)

Acclimatization Day

Day-8

Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16,105ft)

6-7 hours (8km) trek

Day-9

Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,860ft) and visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594ft)

7-8 hours (12km) trek

Day-10

Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,204ft), return to Lukla via helicopter and fly to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)

45 minutes flight, 2-3 hours (3km) trek

Day-11

Free Day in Kathmandu

Reserve day

Day-12

Final Departure

3 hours before your flight departs

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3. Gokyo Ri And Everest Base Camp Trek

Gokyo Ri And Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts & Overview

Maximum Elevation:

5,550m at Kala Patthar

Trek Duration:

15 days

Trek Category:

Moderate to difficult

Accommodation Type:

Teahouse

Best Season:

March-May, and October- November

Gokyo Ri And Everest Base Camp Trek is perfect for those who are searching for some Himalayan adventure. During the trek, you will be trekking to prominent places of the Everest region including Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri, and Chola Pass. It is one of the finest trekking routes in the Everest region.

You will get to enjoy amazing mountain views during the Himalayan trek. Soak into the beautiful Gokyo Lakes, cross Ngozumba Glacier, and also bask in the majestic views from Gokyo Ri. A challenging hike to Chola Pass will reward you with stunning views. You can complete the trip in around 15 days and it starts and ends in Kathmandu. The trek is suitable for experienced trekkers as it is a moderate to difficult trek.

Brief Itinerary

Days Itinerary Duration/Distance

Day-1          

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)

 

Day-2

Fly to Lukla(2,840m/9,318ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft) trek

35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km)

Day-3

Trek to Namche (3440m/11285ft)

5-6 hours (10.7km) trek

Day-4

At Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day

Acclimatization Day

Day-5

Trek to Dole (4,038m/13,248.03ft)

5-6 hours (11.5km) trek

Day-6

Trek to Macchermo (4,470m/14,665ft)

3-4 hours (5.3 km) trek

Day-7

Trek to Gokyo (4,790m/15,715ft)

3-4 hours (7km) trek

Day-8

Hike to Gokyo Ri and Trek to Thagnak

6-7 hours (8km) trek

Day-9

Cross Chola Pass and Trek to Lobuche(4,910m/16,109ft)

7-8 hours (15 km) trek

Day-10

Trek to Gorak Shep(5,140m/16,864ft) and Hike EBC (5,364m/17,598ft)

7-8 hours (12km) trek

Day-11

Hike to Kala Patthar(5,550m/18,209ft) and Trek to Pheriche (4,240m/13,911ft)

5-6 hours (12km) trek

Day-12

Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft)

6-7 hours (19 km) trek

Day-13

Trek to Lukla(2,840m/9,318ft)

6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek

Day-14

Fly to Kathmandu

35 minutes flight

Day-15

Final Departure

3 hours before your flight departs

4. Everest Gokyo Lake Trek and Renjo La Pass

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek and Renjo La Pass

Trip Facts & Overview

Maximum Elevation:

5,360m at Renjo La Pass

Trek Duration:

14 days

Trek Category:

Moderate to difficult

Accommodation Type:

Teahouse

Best Season:

March-May, and October- November

You will get to experience an incredible trek with Everest Gokyo Lake Trek and Renjo La Pass trek. It is one of the best trekking routes in the Everest region. You can complete this trek in the Himalayas in 14 days. The trip starts and ends in Kathmandu. This trek is graded as moderate to difficult trek and experienced trekkers will enjoy this trek.

Enjoy the astounding views of some of the high mountains in the world like Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse. Hike past traditional mountain villages and pristine high altitude freshwater lake system of Gokyo Lakes. Further, cross the highest pass of the Everest, Renjo La Pass with soul-stirring views, and enjoy the panoramic vistas from Gokyo Ri.

Brief Itinerary

Days Itinerary Duration/Distance

Day-1       

Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)

 

Day-2           

Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) & Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft)

35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek

Day-3

Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft)

6-7 hours (10.5 km) trek

Day-4

At Namche Bazaar  1st Acclimatization Day-(3,440m/11,284ft)

4-5 hours (6 km) trek

Day-5

Trek Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3,680m/12,071ft)

5-6 hours (6 km) trek

Day-6

Trek Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4,470m/14,662ft)

 5-6 hours (8 km) trek

Day-7

Trek Machhermo to Gokyo (4,790m/15,712ft)

4-5 hours (6 km) trek

Day-8

Gokyo Valley  2nd Acclimatization Day, Gokyo Ri Climb (5,360m/17,581ft)

3-4 hours (3.8 km) trek

Day-9

Trek Gokyo to Lumde (4,368m/14,328ft) via Renjo La pass (5,360m/17,581ft)

7-8 hours (11.5 km) trek

Day-10

Trek Lumde to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft)

7-8 hours (18 km) trek

Day-11

Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft)

6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek

Day-12

Fly to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)

35 minutes flight

Day-13

Contingency/ Free Day-in Kathmandu

 

Day-14

Final Departure

3 hours before your flight departs

5. Everest Three High Passes Trek

Everest Three High Passes Trek

Trip Facts & Overview

Maximum Elevation:

5,550m at Kala Patthar

Trek Duration:

20 days

Trek Category:

Moderate to difficult

Accommodation Type:

Teahouse

Best Season:

March-May, and October- November

Everest Three High Passes trek is one of the best trekking routes in the Everest Region and offers adventure in the Himalayas. You can complete the trek in 20 days and it starts and ends in Kathmandu. During the trek, you will be traversing three high mountain passes over 5,000 meters namely Renjo La Pass, Chola Pass, and Kongma La Pass. It falls under the choice of intrepid trekkers.

Walk in the shadows of towering mountains and marvel at the breathtaking Himalayan views from the high passes. Visit the base camp of the tallest mountain on Earth, Everest, and hike to Kala Patthar to enjoy the best views of Everest and other mountains. You will get to savor the marvelous views of mountains including the highest mountain on Earth, Everest, Nuptse, Makalu, Lhotse, and others. The pristine and turquoise color Gokyo lakes will mesmerize you.

Brief Itinerary

Days Itinerary Duration/Distance

Day-1             

Arrival in Kathmandu

 

Day-2

Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) - Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)

35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8km) trek

Day-3  

Trek to Namche (3440m/11285ft)

5-6 hours (10.7 km) trek

Day-4

At Namche Bazaar 1st Acclimatization Day

Acclimatization Day

Day-5

Trek to Pangboche (3,930m/12,893.7ft) via Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)  

7-8 hours (13km) trek

Day-6

Hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp(4600m/15,091.86ft) – Back to Pangboche (3930m/12,893.7ft

6-7 hours (10 km) trek

Day-7

Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14469ft)

4-5 hours (6 km) trek

Day-8

At Dingboche - 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft) - Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5100m)

4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek

Day-9

Trek to Chukkung (4730m/15,518ft)

3-4 hours (4.5 km) trek

Day-10

Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft) via Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18,159ft)

8-9 hours (11 km) trek

Day-11

Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft) – Hike EBC (5,364m/17,598ft)

7-8 hours (12 km) trek

Day-12

Hike to Kala Patthar(5,550m/18,209ft) – Trek to Dzongla (4,830m/15,879ft)

6-7 hours (12 km) trek

Day-13

Trek to Thaknak (4,680m/15,354ft) via Cho La Pass (5,420m/17,782ft)

7-8 hours (6 km) trek

Day-14

Trek to Gokyo (4,790m/15,715ft)

3-4 hours (4 km) trek

Day-15

Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,585ft)

3-4 hours (3.8 km) trek

Day-16

Trek to Lumde (4368m/14,331ft) via Renjo La Pass (5360m/17,585ft)

7-8 hours (11.5 km) trek

Day-17

Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft)

7-8 hours (18 km) trek

Day-18

Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)

6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek

Day-19

Fly to Kathmandu – Evening Photography Tour (Boudhanath and Pashupatinath)

35 minutes flight, Photography Tour 3-4 hours

Day-20

Final Departure

3 hours before your flight departs

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Top FAQS about Everest Region

1. What is the best time to trek in the Everest region?

The best time to do high altitude trekking in the Everest region is during spring and autumn or fall. March to May is spring in Nepal. Moreover, spring is the most colorful time of the year as trees along the trail will be filled with colorful rhododendron blooms. The weather will be clear and you could enjoy the stunning mountain views. But there lies a chance of light rainfall and haze obstructing the views.

Autumn falls from September to November in Nepal. The weather will be clear and visibility will be high. It is the post-monsoon period so there lies very little chance of rainfall. Autumn and spring both are high season so you need to be prepared for a crowd on the trail.

2. What kind of food is served along the trail?

Teahouses or guesthouses along the trail serve a variety of food. The food menu is mostly similar and features momos or dumplings, chow Mein, pasta, porridge, etc. You can also get bakery items like cakes, pies, and others at Namche Bazaar. It is best to stick to a vegetarian meal during the trek as meat products aren’t fresh and flow to the Everest region.

Do try the famous Dal Bhat of Nepal which is a platter of steamed rice, lentil soup, greens, fresh vegetables, and pickle.  Do tell your guide about your dietary restrictions if any so that they can prepare food for you accordingly.

3. What is the weight limit of luggage for a Lukla flight?

You are allowed a maximum weight of 15 kgs (10 kg luggage + 5kg handbag) per person including the handbag during a Lukla flight. So, pack for your Everest trek wisely and if you exceed the weight limit you will be charged as per the rate of your airlines.

4. Why do Lukla flights get delay or cancel?

The weather needs to be clear for a flight to and from Lukla. The weather of high mountain is unpredictable so flights can’t operate until the weather gets clear. Flight can be delayed for some hours but very bad weather can delay flights for days. If you don’t want to wait for a domestic flight then you can fly out of Lukla on a helicopter for an additional cost. It will be wise to keep buffer days. 

5. Do I need to buy travel insurance?

Travel insurance is a must for a high altitude trek in the Everest region. You are going for a Himalayan adventure. Travel insurance will give you peace of mind. God forbid if you suffer from altitude sickness, meet any accidents or need emergency evacuation then travel insurance will be of big help. Moreover, make sure than your travel insurance covers helicopter evacuation among other things. With travel insurance, you will be worrying less enjoying more.

Learn more - Frequently Asked Questions

Travel with a Reliable Company

You are highly advised to travel with a reliable company while doing high altitude trekking in Nepal. An experienced guide will enrich your trek and the one with first aid training will be a big advantage for you. Also, a good trekking company will make the necessary arrangement in the hour of need.

More Helpful Information

Everest Base Camp Trek In October
5 Essential Amenities En Route To Everest Base Camp
Altitude Sickness While Trekking In Nepal


  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Wednesday Sep 23, 2020
Naba Raj

About Author - Naba Raj Amgai

Naba Raj Amgai, stepped into the world of travel and tourism in 1996. He is Founder and Managing Director of Third Rock Adventures.

Beginning his journey in the tourism industry as a humble Porter Guide to founding hospitality establishments and an adventure travel company, he has come a long way.

In a career spanning more than two decades, he has achieved more than anybody dreams of achieving. Along with his professional achievements, his selfless contribution towards his community and society has won him a lot of accolades and praises.

Having dedicated more than two decades in the tourism and hospitality sector, he has amassed a wealth of experience.

After passing high school, he began helping out some trekking guides and was soon recruited as a porter guide at a reputed trekking agency. Within a short time, he was individually guiding clients across the well-known trails of the Himalayas.

He went on to lead tour groups on multi-country tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Being a part of mountain climbing expeditions familiarised him with expedition logistics and operations. Later on, he went to become the Executive Director and took over the reins of Operations, Sales and Marketing departments. Spending several years in the tourism field has made Naba Raj Amgai a destination expert.

Travelling is his passion and he has been to many countries across the world – USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Holland, Germany, Austria and many parts of Asia.

His journeys to different parts of the world have enriched his travel experience and knowledge. This experience has been instrumental in planning and organizing successful trips for several clients.

As of today many reputed travel companies, hotels and restaurants are under his leadership. A dynamic and proactive leader, he continues to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life.

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