A Complete Guide to Trekking Everest Base Camp Independently - 15 Days Itinerary including Gokyo for Solo Backpackers

A Complete Guide to Trekking Everest Base Camp Independently

15 Days Itinerary including Gokyo for Solo Backpackers

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After I went and trekked the Annarpurna Base Camp in 2013, I couldn't get Nepal out of my head. I knew I was bound to be back at some point and after 5 years, I was finally back trekking in Nepal again.

This time I trekked the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake trail that covers around 120 km spanning over 15 days. It is the longest and the highest trek I have ever done, and one of the most memorable trekking experience I have ever had throughout my 6 years on the road. The Himalayas do not disappoint!

Seeing Mount Everest with your own eyes is definitely a once in a lifetime experience and I'm here today to make it happen for you. This is ultimate guide on how to trek the Everest Base Camp independently.

A complete itinerary, things to prepare, where to stay, a day-by-day breakdown of my budget, and tons of stunning photos, here is everything you need to know to have the best trekking experience in your life.

Looking for a complete guide on Annapurna Base Camp trekking? The Complete Guide To Trekking Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal Independently.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary Map

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary Map

When to Trek Everest Base Camp

When to Trek Everest Base Camp

The best time to trek the Everest Base Camp trail or anywhere else in the Nepalese Himalayas for that matter, is either in April - May (Spring) or October - November (Autumn) which are considered to be pre-monsoon and post-monsoon season respectively. There are less chance of rain and the colors of the season are in full-swing at these periods.

Unfortunately, Everest Base Camp trail is very popular to the point that it is almost impossible to avoid crowds unless you trek in winter or go off on a side trail so be prepared for an influx of tour groups when you trek during this time.

I did the trek in late October - November 2018 and It rained on me only once in my entire 15 days period which is more than I could hope for. The temperature during the day is warm when the sun is out but it goes down rapidly when the sun disappears to almost -12°C at night, so make sure you prepare accordingly.

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

A Day-by-Day Breakdown

A Day-by-Day Breakdown

Here is the updated 2019 pricing of Everest Base Camp and Gokyo trek, broken down day-by-day for the entire 15 days duration with the estimated total amount at the end:

Day 1: Kathmandu to Monjo (Total: 22,500 NPR)

Flight to Lukla: 167 USD (19,000 NPR)
Accommodation: 300 NPR
Food per meal: 300 - 500 NPR x 3 = ~1,200 NPR
Local Permit: 2000 NRS

Day 2: Monjo to Namche Bazaar (Total: 4,800 NPR)

Accommodation: 300 NPR
Food per meal: 400 - 600 NPR x 3 = ~1,500 NPR
National Park Permit: 3000 NRS

Day 3: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar (Total: 1,800 NPR)

Accommodation: 300 NPR
Food per meal: 400 - 600 NPR x 3 = ~1,500 NPR

Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (Total: 2,900 NPR)

Accommodation: 500 NPR (fixed)
Food per meal: 600 - 1000 NPR x 3 = ~2,400 NPR

Day 5: Tengboche to Dingboche (Total: 2,900 NPR)

Accommodation: 500 NPR (fixed)
Food per meal: 600 - 1000 NPR x 3 = ~2,400 NPR
Bakery Treats (optional): 500 + 150 NPR (coffee)

Day 6: Acclimatization in Dingboche (Total: 2,900 NPR)

Accommodation: 500 NPR (fixed)
Food per meal: 600 - 1000 NPR x 3 = ~2,400 NPR

Day 7: Dingboche to Lobuche (Total: 3,100 NPR)

Accommodation: 700 NPR (fixed)
Food per meal: 650 - 1300 NPR x 3 = ~2,400 NPR

Day 8: Lobuche to Gorakshep (Total: 2,900 NPR)

Accommodation: 500 NPR (fixed)
Food per meal: 650 - 1300 NPR x 3 = ~2,400 NPR

Day 9: Gorakshep to Dzongla (Total: 2,300 NPR)

Accommodation: 500 NPR
Food per meal: 400 - 800 NPR x 3 = ~1,800 NPR

Day 10: Dzongla to Gokyo (Total: 1,950 NPR)

Accommodation: 150 NPR
Food per meal: 400 - 800 NPR x 3 = ~1,800 NPR

Day 11: Gokyo (Total: 1,950 NPR)

Accommodation: 150 NPR
Food per meal: 400 - 800 NPR x 3 = ~1,800 NPR

Day 12: Gokyo to Dole (Total: 2,100 NPR)

Accommodation: 300 NPR
Food per meal: 400 - 800 NPR x 3 = ~1,800 NPR

Day 13: Dole to Namche Bazaar (Total: 1,800 NPR)

Accommodation: 300 NPR
Food per meal: 400 - 600 NPR x 3 = ~1,500 NPR

Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (Total: 1,500 NPR)

Accommodation: 300 NPR
Food per meal: 300 - 500 NPR x 3 = ~1,200 NPR

Day 15: Lukla to Kathmandu (Total: 19,000 NPR)

Flight to Kathmandu: 167 USD (19,000 NPR)

Cost Breakdown

  • Accommodation: 5,300 NPR (twin room)
  • Food: ~26,100 NPR per person
  • Transportation: 38,000 NRP per person
  • Permits: 5000 NPR per person

Total Cost for 15 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

Now that we have it all summarized, we can sum it all up to get the total cost of trekking the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo trail for 15 Days:

Minimum Cost per person: 74,400 NPR | 654 USD.

Optional Cost (Snacks, Drinks, Bakeries, Hot Shower etc.): ~10,000 NPR | ~90 USD per Person.

Total Cost per person: 84,400 NPR | 742 USD

Total Cost for 2 people: 138,200 NPR | 1,216 USD

Cost Saving Tips for Everest Base Camp Trek

This is how I look after a long day hike, enjoying my delicious garlic soup

This is how I look after a long day hike, enjoying my delicious garlic soup. 🤣

Given the budget breakdown I wrote above, there are a few ways to optimize your budget to save even more cost for your Everest Base Camp trek. Here are a few cost-saving tips I wish I knew before doing the trek:

  • Water Purification Tablets: A bottle of water up there can get very expensive real fast and there is no better way to save cost than to fill up your bottle with tap water and purify it yourself. Personally, I just drank from the tap like the locals do without purifying it and I was fine, but then again, I was born in Bangkok. 😉
  • Bring Your Own Treats: I understand the feeling of wanting to "Treat yo self" after a long trek like this but a Snickers bar up there can cost a leg and an arm, so it's better to bring your own snacks to treat yourself.
  • Carry a 20,000 mah power bank: Charging your devices cost money up there so better bring your own power bank with large capacity and only charge a few times when you need it.
  • Share room with someone: If you are traveling solo, the best way to save cost on accommodation is to find someone to share rooms with which should reduce the accommodation cost by half.
  • Stick to vegetarian food: Stick to vegetarian food as it is among the cheapest food provided by the teahouses.

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

The entire trail is spread out into 14 days of walking the total distance of 123 km from Lukla to Everest Base Camp to Gokyo and back. The average walking time is around 4 - 8 hours per day with shorter days when you are above 4,000m.

The trail is well-traveled, easily navigable and requires no technical mountaineering skills except one part on the Chola Pass where you will be walking on a melting glacier.

For this particular itinerary, I would consider the difficulty to be moderate as you will be carrying around 10 - 15 kg backpack while walking around 4 - 8 hours each day.

The altitude is another factor to consider as this trail will probably take you higher than you have ever been (the highest point is at 5,643m) and it's hard to predict how your body will react until you are actually there.

The golden rule is once you have reached the elevation of 4000m, do not climb up and sleep at an elevation higher than 600m each day.

Things to Know Before Trekking Everest Base Camp

Things to Know Before Trekking Everest Base Camp

  1. ATMs: The last working ATM machines (with hefty fees) are in Namche Bazaar. That will be your last chance at getting money out before spending another 10 days in the mountains so be sure to prepare enough money for the trip.
  2. Food Availability: There are a variety of food available up there thanks to high demands from mass tourism but a thing to consider is that meat is hard to come by when you are up there and it might not be in the best condition for consumption so it is best to stick to vegetarian food. It is also cheaper too!
  3. High Altitude Sickness: If there is even a little sign of altitude sickness symptoms, you have to tell someone about it. It's lethal to continue on. You must be accompanied by someone and start heading down immediately.
  4. Wear Buff: Something I learned the hard way is that when you are hiking in high altitude for many days like this, it is best to protect your lungs against dry air by wearing a buff over your nose and mouth. Khumbu Cough is a nasty symptom from breathing in dry air for a long period of time and can last for weeks after you are back down.
  5. Buy or Rent Hiking Gear in Kathmandu: If you are in the middle of a long trip and do not have your hiking gear with you, you can rent or buy them in Thamel district, Kathmandu. They are cheaper and works perfectly fine in the Himalayas.
  6. Start Early: Clouds often roll in in the afternoon and evening so it is best to start hiking as early as you can to maximize your time under the sun.
  7. Give way to Animals: Yaks and Donkeys roam the trail as many as hikers themselves and it is important to give way to them. Keep in mind that they do not know what is on their backs so they might unknowingly hit you with it. Stay clear and try to stick to the mountain side if you are walking along a cliff.

Things to Prepare for Everest Base Camp Trek

Things to Prepare for Everest Base Camp Trek

  1. Hiking Cloths: The sun is strong and you will be sweating a lot while hiking so I would recommend something light and breathable like a weather-proof outer-shell jacket together with a fleece jacket and a regular shirt inside.
  2. Teahouse Clothing: When you are idle, you will need something that can keep you warm. A big down jacket is recommended for when you are in the teahouse. Most teahouse's bedrooms are NOT equipped with a heater so you will definitely need a good down jacket.
  3. Head Lamps: Important in the early mornings and in case you have to hike at night (I do not recommend this).
  4. First Aids: Bandages in case of blisters, Tylenol for headaches, Diamox for Altitude Sickness etc.
  5. Sunglasses: The sun is extremely strong up there.
  6. Buff: To warm up air before you breath in to prevent the nasty case of Khumbu Cough afterward.
  7. Wet Wipes: The next best thing from actually having a shower in the mountains. You will thank yourself for it after 10 days of not showering.
  8. Good Sturdy Shoes: I've seen plenty (including myself) hiking with sneakers but do it only if you know what you are doing. If not, go with waterproof sturdy shoes in case of rain. At Chola Pass, you will also be hiking on a melting glacier which is quite technical and requires you to have high ankle shoes or even better crampons. I have a high ankle trekking shoes to spare but no crampons and all I had to do is walk sideways and placing my feet on a more jagged area while avoiding the smooth ice area.
  9. Money: Get enough cash out in Kathmandu for all the days you are trekking as they are no way you will be able to get money out along the trail except Namche Bazaar (hefty fee).
  10. Sleeping Bag: Bedrooms in teahouses can get really cold at night and there's nothing worse than not being able to sleep after an 8 hours hike day. I would recommend getting the -10°C one in Thamel, Kathmandu.
  11. Toiletries: Wet wipes, tissue papers, toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreens, lip balms etc.
  12. Snacks: Prepare some snacks to Treat yo self so you don't have to buy an overpriced Snickers bar up there. You deserve it!
  13. Get Maps.me: Download Maps.me app on your phone and download the Nepal map for offline navigation. They do have the trail map available and it's quite accurate. The app is available on both Android and iOS.
  14. Large Backpack (60L): And of course, a backpack big enough to fit all these stuff so you can carry up the mountain.

Travel Insurance

If you are looking for a travel insurance to go along with your trip to Nepal, I would recommend WorldNomads.com, which is what I use to look for a travel insurance that fits my kind of adventure. Be sure to look for one that covers accidents at high altitude of 5000m at least.

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How to Get to Lukla

How to Get to Lukla

First you have to get yourself to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. From the US and Europe, you can fly via Turkish, Emirates , Etihad or Qatar Airways or if you are from Asia, Thai Airways and Cathay Pacific are recommended. Be sure to check out the prices on Skyscanner and Momondo for the best possible deal for your trip.

From Kathmandu, you can fly to Lukla via Yeti Airlines which often fly in the morning. They are often known to be delayed a lot though. The cost for a one-way ticket is 167 USD.

You can also travel by land and hike to Lukla via Jiri for about a week extra. This is the cheapest way to do it and you get to see a more traditional side of Nepalese culture, but it will take you a week more than simply flying.

For more info on how to trek from Jiri to Lukla: Jiri to Lukla (Expert Guide).

Where to Stay on the Everest Base Camp Trail

Kathmandu - Kathmandu Mantra Home - 14 USD/Night (Double/Twin Room + private bathroom + excellent breakfast!)

Monjo - Monjo Guesthouse - 200 NPR/Night (Twin Room)

Namche Bazaar - Khumbu Lodge - 300 NPR/Night (Twin Room)

Tengboche - Tash Delek - 500 NPR/Night (Twin Room)

Dingboche - Snowlion Lodge - 500 NPR/Night (Twin Room)

Lobuche - Oxygen Altitude - 700 NPR/Night (Twin Room)

Gorakshep - Buddha Lodge - 500 NPR/Night (Twin Room)

Dzongla - Mountain Home Zonglha - 500 NPR/Night (Twin Room)

Gokyo - Fitzroy Inn - 150 NPR/Night (Twin Room)

Dole - Himalayan Lodge - 300 NPR/Night (Twin Room)

Lukla - Everest Lodge Restaurant and Bar - 400 NPR/Night (Twin Room)

Internet

If you want access to the internet, the best and cheapest way is to get the NCell sim card at the Kathmandu airport before you start heading to Lukla. They a reliable data connection from Lukla all the way to Tengboche and it worked a little bit at Gorakshep, which is more than I could have asked for such a remote place like this. You can also buy wifi access but it's extremely overpriced and might not work sometimes.

For more info on Nepal sim card: Nepal Prepaid Data SIM Card.

15-Days Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Lukla to Monjo

Day 1: Kathmandu to Lukla to Monjo

Trek Time: 5 hours

Difficulty: Easy with a few ups and downs.

Where to Stay: Monjo Guesthouse - 200 NPR/Night (Twin Room).

Since most of the flights flying to Lukla are in the morning, there is plenty of daylight left when you arrive in Lukla. To not waste a day doing nothing, we will hit the ground running and start hiking towards Phakding.

The trail started out with a descent into the valley until it goes along the river where you will have to cross a few suspension bridges

The trail started out with a descent into the valley until it goes along the river where you will have to cross a few suspension bridges. It will take around 3 hours before you arrive in Phakding.

Continue on for another 2 hours and the trail will start to climb, that's when you know you have arrived in Monjo where you will spend the first night

Continue on for another 2 hours and the trail will start to climb, that's when you know you have arrived in Monjo where you will spend the first night.

Day 2: Monjo to Namche Bazaar

Day 2: Monjo to Namche Bazaar

Trek Time: 3 - 4 hours

Difficulty: Easy start and then it's all up for 2 hours. Luckily, Namche Bazaar isn't too far from Monjo.

Where to Stay: Khumbu Lodge - 300 NPR/Night (Twin Room).

From Monjo, it is an easy stroll until you see the famous double suspension bridge, that is where the trail start to climb towards Namche Bazaar. Once you cross the second suspension bridge, it is all up from here on out.

You will be climbing up for about 2 hours until you arrive at a checkpoint where you will have to line up and register

You will be climbing up for about 2 hours until you arrive at a checkpoint where you will have to line up and register. Avoid arriving at the checkpoint in the afternoon as it will get crowded and you will have to line up for about 30 minutes just to get yourself registered.

From the checkpoint it's just another 10 minutes hike before you arrive in Namche Bazaar, the last place you can get last-minute gear, cash and comfort

From the checkpoint it's just another 10 minutes hike before you arrive in Namche Bazaar, the last place you can get last-minute gear, cash and comfort.

It's amazing how touristy Namche Bazaar is. I didn't really like it at first but came to appreciate it after the trek as it is a perfect place to rest my body and my last chance to be around the Himalayas before I left.

Day 3: Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization Day)

Day 3: Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization Day)

Trek Time: 6 hours

Difficulty: Easy stroll on mostly flat trail

Where to Stay: Khumbu Lodge - 300 NPR/Night (Twin Room).

Now that we are at 3,440m, it is a good time to start acclimatizing our body for what's to come, so the third day, we will be exploring the traditional villages around Namche Bazaar.

Start your day around 8 AM and hike north towards Khunde Village

Start your day around 8 AM and hike north towards Khunde Village. In this village, there is a local monastery with a great view of the valley.

 If you are lucky, you might be able to experience the chanting ceremony in the monastery as I did

If you are lucky, you might be able to experience the chanting ceremony in the monastery as I did.

From Khunde, you can continue east for about 10 minutes until you arrive in Khumjung Village, a good place to rest, have lunch and enjoy your first sight of the iconic Ama Dablam mountain

From Khunde, you can continue east for about 10 minutes until you arrive in Khumjung Village, a good place to rest, have lunch and enjoy your first sight of the iconic Ama Dablam mountain. There's also another local monastery where you can pay to get in and see its interior.

After you are done in Khumjung, head south toward the Everest View Hotel, and if you are lucky, you might have your first sight of Mount Everest all the way from here

After you are done in Khumjung, head south toward the Everest View Hotel, and if you are lucky, you might have your first sight of Mount Everest all the way from here. I wasn't so lucky though as the cloud swept in at noon.

After the hike, return to Namche Bazaar and relax

After the hike, return to Namche Bazaar and relax. Make sure you have everything you need for the trek as this is your last chance to buy gear or get cash out.

Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Trek Time: 5 hours

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. You go down at first but then it's all up from there.

Where to Stay: Tash Delek - 500 NPR/Night (Twin Room).

Start from Namche Bazaar as early as you can to beat the crowds. If you didn't see Mount Everest that day, today is the day you will see it.

It's a steep climb out of Namche Bazaar but the trail should peak gradually and then you will be going down along a mountainside where you will have a sweeping view of the valley, Ama Dablam and Mount Everest towering them all

It's a steep climb out of Namche Bazaar but the trail should peak gradually and then you will be going down along a mountainside where you will have a sweeping view of the valley, Ama Dablam and Mount Everest towering them all.

After about an hour walking along an exposed mountainside, you will arrive in Sanasa where the trail continues northeast, mostly under thick forest

After about an hour walking along an exposed mountainside, you will arrive in Sanasa where the trail continues northeast, mostly under thick forest.

Another hour hike and you will arrive in Phunki Thanga where you can stop for lunch

Another hour hike and you will arrive in Phunki Thanga where you can stop for lunch. From here on, you will be climbing up a steep trail through a pine forest for 2.5 hours straight and then you should arrive in Tengboche.

Tengboche has a monastery, the biggest in the region that is worth visiting

Tengboche has a monastery, the biggest in the region that is worth visiting. Tenzing Norgay, one of the first people to summit Mount Everest was born in a village nearby and he used to be a monk in Tengboche Monastery.

Day 5: Tengboche to Dingboche

Day 5: Tengboche to Dingboche

Trek Time: 4 hours

Difficulty: Easy. One of the easiest and shortest days but you will start to feel the altitude from here on out.

Where to Stay: Snowlion Lodge - 500 NPR/Night (Twin Room).

Today is an easy stroll starting with a descend from Tengboche to Pangboche where the trail will climb gradually for another 3 hours towards Dingboche. If you start at 7:30 AM, you should be there before 12 PM.

Since you have almost half a day left, be sure to spend your time walking around the village or hiking up to one of the many stupas around the valley

Since you have almost half a day left, be sure to spend your time walking around the village or hiking up to one of the many stupas around the valley.

Day 6: Dingboche (Acclimatization Day)

Day 6: Dingboche (Acclimatization Day)

Trek Time: 0 - 8 hours

Difficulty: Depends on what you want to do. Pheriche is pretty easy hike whereas Ama Dablam base camp is a full-day hike with lots of ups and downs.

Where to Stay: Snowlion Lodge - 500 NPR/Night (Twin Room).

In Dingboche, you are almost 4,400m above sea-level which is why it is time for another acclimatization day. Spend another day in Dingboche, either hiking to the sister village, Pheriche or you can spend the entire day (8 hours) hiking to the Ama Dablam Base Camp.

I decided to just relax, enjoy the stunning view of Ama Dablam, and have a nice cheesecake with a good cup of coffee at a local bakery

I decided to just relax, enjoy the stunning view of Ama Dablam, and have a nice cheesecake with a good cup of coffee at a local bakery. 😅

I got really bored at night so I went out, wrapped with full winter gear and saw this!

I got really bored at night so I went out, wrapped with full winter gear and saw this!

Make sure to go out at night and look up at the sky, you might be able to see the Milky Way in its full glory!

Day 7: Dingboche to Lobuche

Day 7: Dingboche to Lobuche

Trek Time: 4 hours

Difficulty: Moderate to Hard, due to the altitude and the steep climb before Lobuche.

Where to Stay: Oxygen Altitude - 700 NPR/Night (Twin Room).

On day 7, we will be gaining almost 600m in elevation which is a maximum height one should gain at this altitude but since we have already acclimatized in Dingboche, we should be safe from altitude sickness.

The trail gradually climb out of Dingboche for about 2 hours until you arrive in Dukla where the trail shoots up steeply

The trail gradually climb out of Dingboche for about 2 hours until you arrive in Dukla where the trail shoots up steeply. It's a difficult uphill climb and the altitude of 4500m isn't help either.

After about an hour, you will arrive at a plateau where you will see several shrines dedicated to those who died in the Himalayas

After about an hour, you will arrive at a plateau where you will see several shrines dedicated to those who died in the Himalayas. It's a chilling moment to find Scott Fischer's and Rob Hall's shrines up here.

They lost their lives during one of the deathliest disasters on Mount Everest in 1996

They lost their lives during one of the deathliest disasters on Mount Everest in 1996. The stories of their demise are well-covered in the "Into Thin Air" book by Jon Krakauer. I highly recommend you to read the book while you are on the trail.

After the shrines, it will be about 30 minutes until the trail forked west to Dzongla and east to Lobuche

After the shrines, it will be about 30 minutes until the trail forked west to Dzongla and east to Lobuche. This is where you will have to backtrack your way to Dzongla on day 9 so mark that on a map.

From the intersection, it should take you no more than 30 minutes to arrive in Lobuche

From the intersection, it should take you no more than 30 minutes to arrive in Lobuche.

Day 8: Lobuche to Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp and back

Day 8: Lobuche to Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp and back

Trek Time: 6 hours

Difficulty: Moderate with a steep climb towards Gorakshep and an easy trail to Everest Base Camp and return.

Where to Stay: Buddha Lodge - 500 NPR/Night (Twin Room).

Today is the day, you have been waiting for. The day you will reach the Everest Base Camp (5,380m), but first, you will have to make your way from Lobuche to Gorakshep. The trail started out flat for about an hour and then it is a constant climb for another 2 hours until Gorakshep.

Once you have arrived in Gorakshep, get some lunch and start hiking northeast from the village to Everest Base Camp

Once you have arrived in Gorakshep, get some lunch and start hiking northeast from the village to Everest Base Camp.

The trail to Everest Base Camp consisted of a lot of ups and downs on a very dry gravel trail

The trail to Everest Base Camp consisted of a lot of ups and downs on a very dry gravel trail. It will take you around 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach the base camp where you will see a big pile of rocks, prayer flags and the Everest Base Camp plaque signifying that you have finally made it.

It's time to celebrate! It will take the same amount of time to get down to Gorakshep

It's time to celebrate! It will take the same amount of time to get down to Gorakshep. Gorakshep is not much of a village but more of a crude settlement with little to no running water or any pool of natural water that is not frozen for that matter. Don't expect much here.

Day 9: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar to Dzongla

Day 9: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar to Dzongla

Trek Time: 7 hours

Difficulty: Hard and Long (That's what she said 🤣)

Where to Stay: Mountain Home Zonglha - 500 NPR/Night (Twin Room).

The next morning, start hiking as early as 6 AM to Kala Patthar, the highest point of the trail (5,643m), and probably the highest one can be without mountaineering gear.

Kala Patthar is just a big rock but with a rewarding view of the landscape around Mount Everest

Kala Patthar is just a big rock but with a rewarding view of the landscape around Mount Everest. Mount Everest is also more visible from up here than from the base camp.

The hike is straight up for 1

The hike is straight up for 1.45 hours along a rocky trail full of boulders. It's not a particularly inspiring trail but the view up there is well worth the effort. It takes another 45 minutes to get down to Gorakshep.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is Mount Everest!

This, ladies and gentlemen, is Mount Everest!

After you get down to Gorakshep, start heading down to Lobuche before 10 AM so that you will have enough daylight to get to Dzongla on the same day. It will take around 2 hours to get to Lobuche where you can stop for a while and have lunch.

Remember the intersection mentioned in Day 8? That is where you will have to backtrack to but instead of returning the same way, turn right and you will arrive at an opening where you will have to cross to the other side

Remember the intersection mentioned in Day 8? That is where you will have to backtrack to but instead of returning the same way, turn right and you will arrive at an opening where you will have to cross to the other side.

Once you are on the other side of the valley, the trail will start to go along the left side of the mountain heading west

Once you are on the other side of the valley, the trail will start to go along the left side of the mountain heading west. Now, you are officially on a side-trail, away from the crowds.

The trail from Lobuche to Dzongla is by far one of my most favorite trails on this trek as the trail hugs along the side of a mountain, exposed to a panoramic view of the valley, the river, and Dukla

The trail from Lobuche to Dzongla is by far one of my most favorite trails on this trek as the trail hugs along the side of a mountain, exposed to a panoramic view of the valley, the river, and Dukla. This kinda view is why I love hiking so much!

From Lobuche, it should take around 2 hours until you arrive in Dzongla, a pretty basic village perfect for a stop-over before one of the most challenging parts of the trek, the Chola Pass

From Lobuche, it should take around 2 hours until you arrive in Dzongla, a pretty basic village perfect for a stop-over before one of the most challenging parts of the trek, the Chola Pass.

Day 10: Dzongla to Chola Pass to Gokyo Lake

Day 10: Dzongla to Chola Pass to Gokyo Lake

Trek Time: 8 hours

Difficulty: Hard. Steep climb to Chola Pass, walk on glacier and lots of annoying ups and downs to Gokyo.

Where to Stay: Fitzroy Inn - 150 NPR/Night (Twin Room).

Day 10 will be one of the longest days of all, with the hike starting in Dzongla at 5 AM. This is important because today is the day we cross the Chola Pass and in order to do that, we will have to walk up an icy glacier.

The reason we started early is that we want to be at the glacier at 9 AM to cross it because the more into the day, the harder it is to hike the glacier as the ice will start melting causing it to become even more technical

The reason we started early is that we want to be at the glacier at 9 AM to cross it because the more into the day, the harder it is to hike the glacier as the ice will start melting causing it to become even more technical.

The trail begins easy enough along a river through a flat plain in between the valley

The trail begins easy enough along a river through a flat plain in between the valley. It will take you around an hour to walk through until the trail started to climb. This is where things get challenging. The trail will shoot up steeply for another hour until you hit a side of a mountain.

From there, you will have to climb straight up over several large boulders to the top of that mountainside

From there, you will have to climb straight up over several large boulders to the top of that mountainside. It's one of the steepest and most tiring parts of the entire trek. Thankfully, it is not too high and you will reach the plateau in about an hour.

From the plateau, turn left and walk along the left side of the glacier

From the plateau, turn left and walk along the left side of the glacier. Do not walk on the glacier just yet as you can still jump over boulders for around 15 minutes before you will actually have to walk on a glacier.

The trail is not very clear here so simply follow someone or stick to the rocky part of the mountain until the glacier is inevitable

The trail is not very clear here so simply follow someone or stick to the rocky part of the mountain until the glacier is inevitable.

Here is the tricky bit

Here is the tricky bit. The glacier is on an upward slope and you will have to climb up to get to Chola Pass. Without a crampon, this becomes a little challenging but it becomes easier once you get used to it.

The key is to walk sideways, slowly and only step on a jagged surface

The key is to walk sideways, slowly and only step on a jagged surface. Avoid flat icy surface at all time! You can do as I did and simply follow one of the porters, slowly stepping on a surface to make sure that it is not slippery and continue on for about 30 minutes until you arrive at Chola Pass.

Now that the most technical part is done, from the pass, it's all downhill from there for about 1

Now that the most technical part is done, from the pass, it's all downhill from there for about 1.5 hours until you reach the Dragnag village. Stop here and have lunch. Treat yourself, you deserve it!

After spending an hour for lunch, you will have to push onward until you reached a hill that goes down into the rocky glacier

After spending an hour for lunch, you will have to push onward until you reached a hill that goes down into the rocky glacier. It was like stepping into a different world. This rocky glacier is almost moon-like!

You will have to walk on the glacier again but thankfully, this is a rocky glacier so no need to walk on a sketchy ice surface

You will have to walk on the glacier again but thankfully, this is a rocky glacier so no need to walk on a sketchy ice surface. It's an easy stroll with lots of ups and downs for about one hour and then the trail will start to climb out of the glacier.

Once you have reached the plateau, it will be around 15 minutes walk until you started seeing a village and a vivid blue lake

Once you have reached the plateau, it will be around 15 minutes walk until you started seeing a village and a vivid blue lake. Welcome to Gokyo!

Day 11: Gokyo Lake to Gokyo Ri and Back

Day 11: Gokyo Lake to Gokyo Ri and Back

Trek Time: 3 hours

Difficulty: Moderate to Hard. Hard climb to Gokyo Ri and then rest for the rest of the day.

Where to Stay: Fitzroy Inn - 150 NPR/Night (Twin Room).

We have made it to Gokyo Lake! It's time to rest, but before that, we will have to climb the Gokyo Ri first. The Gokyo Ri is pretty much like Kala Patthar, an ugly rock to climb but with a rewarding view at the top.

It will take around 2 hours to climb all the way to the summit and you will be rewarded with a view of the Gokyo lake 3, the glacier you crossed yesterday, and Mount Everest from afar

It will take around 2 hours to climb all the way to the summit and you will be rewarded with a view of the Gokyo lake 3, the glacier you crossed yesterday, and Mount Everest from afar.

From here, you can clearly see that Mount Everest is the highest among all, something you can't really tell when you are up close, look up

From here, you can clearly see that Mount Everest is the highest among all, something you can't really tell when you are up close, look up.

One hour easy down to Gokyo and spend the rest of the day

One hour easy down to Gokyo and spend the rest of the day. chilling by the lake or treat yourself with a delicious bakery at Fitzroy Inn.

Day 12: Gokyo Lake to Dole

Day 12: Gokyo Lake to Dole

Trek Time: 4 hours

Difficulty: Easy. All down from Gokyo to Dole.

Where to Stay: Himalayan Lodge - 300 NPR/Night (Twin Room).

The 12th day is all downhill, which is a welcome pace compare to all the ups and downs we've been through. You will start to get more and more oxygen in your bloodstream which makes hiking much easier unless you got a case of nasty Khumbu Cough as I did. The walk down was as hard due to my constant coughing, disrupting my airflow. Wear buff when you hike!

Day 13: Dole to Namche Bazaar

Day 13: Dole to Namche Bazaar

Trek Time: 5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate. I really want to write easy for you, I really do but the truth is, there is one steep climb before you are to Namche Bazaar.

Where to Stay: Khumbu Lodge - 300 NPR/Night (Twin Room).

Oh, how I wish the last day would be an easy stroll down for us but unfortunately, that is not the case. From Dole, it's a one-hour easy hike down to Phortse Tenga but from the bottom of a mountain, you will have to hike straight up for 2 hours to Mong village.

Hiking in the Himalayas is like real-life. When you think you have made it, there's always another god damn obstacle to overcome. 😆

The good thing is, after Mong, it's all downhill from there. The trail will merge back at the intersection in Sanasa, a village you passed on your 4th day and then you will be walking along an exposed trail leading back to Namche Bazaar.

Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Trek Time: 6 hours

Difficulty: Easy. Simple walk with a lot more downs than ups.

Where to Stay: Everest Lodge Restaurant and Bar - 400 NPR/Night (Twin Room).

For day 14, it's pretty much the same as day 1 and 2 combined but from the opposite direction. There is a lot of ups and downs and you are still quite far from Lukla but nothing will motivate you more than a nice shower, delicious food and warm beds waiting for you in Kathmandu the next day.

Once you arrive in Lukla, stay at the Everest Lodge Restaurant and Bar to stay close to the airport so that you can get on the earliest flight you can buy.

Day 15: Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 15: Lukla to Kathmandu

Wake up, it's time to head back to civilization! Get the earliest flight you can as clouds often roll in in the afternoon and there is more chance that the flight will be canceled when that happens. After you get on the flight, you should be back in Kathmandu in about 30 minutes.

Congratulation, you did it! You have trekked the Everest Base Camp, including Gokyo! If you find this guide useful, don't forget to share with your friends or if there is something you wanted to know about Everest Base Camp that I missed out, let me know in the comments below.

The Solo Traveler’s Journal is a series of posts by BucketListly where we will follow our founder, Pete Rojwongsuriya around the world as he singlehandedly travel alone and experience different cultures, people, and historical locations one country at a time.

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