Difficulty analysis

EBC trail is, mainly, a high-altitude trek. You will start from Lukla at around 2,850m altitude and end at EBC Camp at 5,357m altitude, after 8 days of hiking and acclimatizing. The path is rather straightforward, paved by the thousands of trekkers who have hiked it over the years. There is no need for ropes, crampons, ice axes, or technical climbing skills. However, there are many steep ascents and descents, so the participants should be in very good physical shape, having the stamina to hike an average of 5-7 hours per day for 12 consecutive days, and also manage the altitude impact (the higher you go, the less oxygen is in the air, which makes breathing more difficult and often affects in one’s appetite and sleeping habits).

The trail to the top of Lobuche, though, is more challenging, since close to the top (from 5,700m onwards), climbers will need to climb on ice, using fixed ropes and man-attached ropes (their length depending on the depth of the crevasses at the time).

To help you understand whether you are fit enough to participate in this hiking and climbing adventure, Rahhalah’s expert team will assess your fitness levels before your registration and, once you register, will help you prepare a training routine that will include vigorous training to guarantee the success of your trip.

Itinerary Details

The first view of Nepal from your plane window may become a cherished memory, as the clear, wide and snow-covered range of the Himalayas shines in front of your eyes. The beauty is so ecstatic and rare that you don’t want to miss a second. Welcome to Nepal: a small piece of Heaven on Earth.

Upon your arrival at the airport, a Rahhalah representative will welcome you and escort you to your hotel.

Accommodation: Aloft Kathmandu (or similar) in Kathmandu.

Usually, this day starts early in the morning with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu airport. However, as the airport of Nepal’s capital is undergoing extensive maintenance work, domestic flights are rerouted to Manthali Airport, in Ramechhap (a 4-6-hour drive from Kathmandu).

So, you will start very early in the morning heading to Ramechhap, from where you will take (weather permitting) your flight to Lukla and, after 20 minutes, you will land on its steep runway that boasts a fascinating story. The trail to EBC starts from Lukla, at 2,850m. After meeting the crew and support team, you will head towards the DudhKoshi Valley on a well-marked trail.

Trekking time: approx. 3-4 hrs.

Overnight in a tea house in Phakding.

From Phakding, you will cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges, until you pass Monjo and reach the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set up to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You will then take a steep hike to Namche. On the way, if the weather is clear, you will get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in Khumbu with a busy Saturday bazaar: a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hrs.

Overnight in a tea house in Namche.

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you will visit Khunde Hospital, established by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one-hour walk to the Everest viewpoint to watch the sun setting on AmaDablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. You can also enjoy beautiful views from the National Park Centre and Museum.

Overnight in a tea house in Namche.

From Namche, the trail contours on the side of the valley, high above Dudh Kosi. On the way, you will get your first, outstanding views of the high peaks of Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and AmaDablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, you will descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch.

After lunch, you will ascend to Tengboche following a steep, zig-zagging path. Although the trail is tiring, it offers many views of rhododendron bushes and superb mountain scenery. At the top, you will reach Tengboche Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community, situated at 3,867 m. It was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu and has been destroyed twice: in 1934 by an earthquake and in 1989 by a fire. However, given its value, especially since all the Everest expeditions pass by there to receive a blessing, the monastery has been successfully rebuilt and is part of the “Sacred Sites Trail Project” of the Sagarmatha National Park.

Trekking time: approx. 5-6 hrs.

Overnight in a tea house in Deboche.

In the morning, you will continue hiking, heading now to Dingboche. The trail starts with a descent passing through a forest and crosses Imja Khola before climbing steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam (6,856 m), and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. Two more hours of hiking will bring you to Dingboche where you will rest for the night.

Trekking time: approx. 5-6 hrs.

Overnight in a tea house in Dingboche.

Another day of rest and acclimatization. You will go up the valley to look at the TsholaTsho Lake and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. You can also climb to the ridge overlooking Pheriche for a view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mt. Lhotse.

Overnight in a tea house in Dingboche.

You will continue hiking up the wide valley under the protective presence of the peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on your left. You will then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The teahouse at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch.

The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb, there are several stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt. Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hrs.

Overnight in a tea house in Lobuche.

This part of the trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where it crosses a tributary glacier. You will stop for lunch at Gorakshep, which will be your lodge for the night. You may continue hiking for a while on the trail but, as the light begins to fade, you will stroll back to the teahouse/lodge for an early night in view of the final push towards Everest Base Camp the following day.

Trekking time : Lobuche to Gorakshep -approx. 3-4 hrs

Optional: Kala Patthar - 5,644 m.

After lunch and some rest, we plan to head to Kala Patthar for the sunset.

Trekking time : from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar and back to the hotel -approx. 3-4 hrs

Overnight in a tea house in Gorakshep.

You will start very early in the morning, as the trail is long, weaving its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier.
On the way back, you can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the path to the South Col.

You will return to Pheriche 4,252m

Trekking time: Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (EBC) and return to Pheriche: approximately 8-9 hours.

Optional : Fly with Heli from Gorakshep to Kathmandu ( extra cost applies)

Note: Heli flight is subject to weather conditions.

Overnight in a tea house in Pheriche.

From this point, the group splits into two sub-groups, as follows:

Group 1: EBC Trek only

You will continue following the river and, after crossing it, you will climb up through a birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche, you will descend to the bridge over DudhKosi. At PhunkiTenga, you get to look at the water-driven prayer wheels, before making your way back to Namche. By now, you should already feel revived, breathing more oxygen in the air!

Trekking time: approx. 6-7hrs.

Overnight in a tea house in Namche.

Your final day's trek follows DudhKosi down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration. Get ready to party with your Sherpa guides and porters, and don’t forget to try some Sherpa dance steps.

Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hrs.

Overnight in a tea house in Lukla.

You will pack early and head to the small airport, hopping on a flight to Ramechhap and, from there, you will drive back to Kathmandu (4-6 hours driving distance).

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, and maybe do some shopping or stroll in Thamel, an internationally known tourist hub in Asia.

Accommodation: Aloft Kathmandu (or similar) in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, and depending on your departure details, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

Group2: Lobuche Peak Extension

After saying goodbye to the rest of the group, you will proceed towards the Lobuche High Camp.

Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hrs.

Overnight in tents in the Lobuche High Camp.

You will wake up very early in the morning (1 or 2 am) and, after a good breakfast, you will begin your ascent, aiming at summiting before noon, since, later, the strong winds that usually arise in the afternoon may not allow you to proceed. The hike to the top takes about 6 hours. Initially, you will trek on rocky surface but, when above 5,700 m of altitude, you will start climbing on ice, using both fixed ropes and man ropes as per your guide’s instructions, their length depending on the season and the crevasses.
When you reach the summit, you will enjoy the most panoramic views on can have on the Himalayas, marveling at Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, AmaDablam, Cholatse, Pumori, and many other surrounding mountains. After a few celebratory moments at the top, you will retrace your steps to the Base Camp.

Trekking time: approx. 9-10 hrs.

Overnight in tents in the Lobuche High Camp.

The weather on the mountains is notoriously unpredictable. As such, a contingency day has been added to the itinerary to be used as an alternative summit day.

Overnight in tents in the Lobuche High Camp.

After the successful completion of your expedition, you will begin your return, stopping for the night in Pangboche.

Trekking time: approx. 7-8 hrs.

Overnight in a tea house in Pangboche.
*Note: Bottled water is not included and the trekkers have to purchase it separately, on their own, from the tea houses or the lodge.

You will continue following the river and, after crossing it, you will climb up through a birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche, you will descend to the bridge over DudhKosi. At PhunkiTenga, you get to look at the water-driven prayer wheels, before making your way back to Namche. By now, you should already feel revived, breathing more oxygen in the air!

Trekking time: approx. 5-6 hrs.

Overnight in a tea house in Namche.
*Note: Bottled water is not included and the trekkers have to purchase it separately, on their own, from the tea houses or the lodge.

Your final day's trek follows DudhKosi down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration. Get ready to party with your Sherpa guides and porters, and don’t forget to try some Sherpa dance steps.

Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hrs.

Overnight in a tea house in Lukla.
*Note: Bottled water is not included and the trekkers have to purchase it separately, on their own, from the tea houses or the lodge.

You will pack early and head to the small airport, hopping on a flight to Ramechhap and, from there, you will drive back to Kathmandu (4-6 hours driving distance).

Enjoy the rest of the day relaxing, strolling in the streets, shopping in Thamel (the internationally known tourist hub of Asia), or enjoying the local delicacies.

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, and depending on your departure details, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.