11 days Everest Base Camp trek is a short trek specially crafted for those people who have a busy schedule.
But are keen to set their foot at the base of world’s highest mount Everest.
Everest Base Camp trek takes you to the height of 5545 meters, at Kalapatthar which is quite challenging but adventurous and thrilling experience at the same time.
We also arrange a 14 days Everest Base Camp trek itinerary for those who have more time for acclimatization compared to this 11 days Everest Base Camp Trek.
However, this short and fast Everest Base Camp trek is more adventurous and ambitious way of getting to the mighty Everest Base Camp.
If you are planning to book this trek then you needs to be physically and mentally fit.
This 11 days Everest Base Camp trek demands great physical stamina and strong determination as you will be taking just one day for acclimatization.
But we can assure that the breathtaking scenery of this trek to EBC will definitely compensate for the difficulty.
As you will get to witness spectacular views of various mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and many more.
Table of Contents
- Highlights of 11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
- 11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
- Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2610m) – 4 hrs
- Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m) – 6 hours
- Day 03: Acclimatization Day, Hike to Syangboche, Everest View Hotel (3900) and Back to Namche Bazaar.
- Day 04: Trekking from Namche to Tyangboche(3860m) – 5 hrs
- Day 05: Trek to Dingboche (4360m) – 4 hours
- Day 06: Trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m) – 5hrs
- Day 07: Trek to Gorak Shep (5160 m) & Everest Base Camp (5364 m)- 7 hrs
- Day 08: Hike to Kala Patthar 5,545 m and Walk to Pheriche 3210m – 5 hrs.
- Day 09: Trek to Namche Bazaar – 7 hrs.
- Day 10: Trek to Lukla – 6 hrs.
- Day 11: Fly Back to Kathmandu and Transfer to Respective Hotels.
- What to Pack for 11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
- EBC with Helicopter Return Trek, an Alternative to EBC trek
- Some Useful Tips for 11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
Highlights of 11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
- Adventurous flight to Lukla -know as the gateway to Everest Base Camp
- Know about Sherpa Culture and tradition
- Walk through high hanging suspension bridges
- Learn about Tibetan Buddhism and practices, monasteries and Chortens
- Get a closer view of Himalayas en-route to EBC and return
- Walk to the highest base camp of the highest mountain -The Everest
- Enjoy breathtaking sunrise and sunset view from Kalapatthar
- Experience teahouse accommodation and local meals every day.
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Now let us give you daily detailed information of 11 days Everest Base Camp trek itinerary.
11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2610m) – 4 hrs
Today you will board a 30-minute flight to Lukla early in the morning.
Upon arrival, you will meet with other trekking partner and spend a short tea or coffee time.
Later you will start your trek.
The walk to Phakding is approx 3-4 hrs walk through the Dudh Kosi valley.
You will head north from the airstrip to Chheplung and cross the Thado Koshi river on a suspension bridge.
As you pass the bridge, you will get the glimpse of the peak Kusum and Kangru.
The trails then climb towards the Ghat and cross a ridge marked with painted mani stones.
Further, you will continue to ascend where you will reach the beautiful village of Phakding where you will spend the night.
Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m) – 6 hours
You will start the second day through the beautiful pine forests via the trail that goes north up the Benkar valley.
You will then cross the Dudh Koshi river several times on exciting suspension bridges which will test your nerves.
After the last bridge, you will continue your ascent gradually leading to Jorsale.
It is roughly 2 hr 30 min climb up to Namche with two viewpoints on the way.
At Jorsale you will enter the Sagarmatha National park. Here you will need to verify your permits.
Finally, after 5 to 6 hrs of a hard walk, you will reach Namche Bazaar.
Probably the biggest town in the Everest region and capital of the Sherpas.
Overnight stay at a lodge.
Day 03: Acclimatization Day, Hike to Syangboche, Everest View Hotel (3900) and Back to Namche Bazaar.
Today should be quite relaxing, you will hike to Syangboche after breakfast.
Later you have the remaining day to visit around the Namche Bazaar.
You will also visit the Everest View Hotel and Sagarmatha National Park.
Make sure to explore the places around.
Yet at the same time relax well because the following days you might not have time to rest as much.
Day 04: Trekking from Namche to Tyangboche(3860m) – 5 hrs
The route to Tyangboche (aka Tengboche) leads in and out of side valleys, with small ups and downs to the tea shops of Kenjoma.
This route is a spiritual one comprising of various monasteries.
You will visit the Tengboche monastery that sits at 3870m.
The view from here is one of the world’s most magnificent sceneries.
You will get an inspiring panorama of mountains like Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam etc.
Overnight in the Tengboche village.
Day 05: Trek to Dingboche (4360m) – 4 hours
From Tengboche, you will head north and soon cross the Dudh Kosi river by a small suspension bridge.
You will follow the trail as far as Orsho and take the lower path along the west bank of the Imja Khola, through the forest of birches conifers and rhododendrons.
Further, you will walk northward the trails and pass through several Chortens and mani walls and the village of Pangboche.
The route then continues through the summer pastures to Dingboche. Dingboche is also the gateway to Chukung.
Here you will enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat, and potatoes.
Overnight stay at Dingboche.
Day 06: Trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m) – 5hrs
Lobuche lies at an elevation of 16,170ft.
On the way to Lobuche, you will pass by a number of stone memorials to honor climbers who failed in their attempt to make it to the peak of Mt. Everest.
This route will also offer you views of Nuptse, Cholatse, Thamserku and several other magnificent peaks.
As you proceed towards Lobuche, you will walk along a broad valley floor to Thugla where you will leave behind the trekker’s aid post at Pheriche.
When you come out of the valley, you will descend to the yak pastures at Lobuche. Overnight at lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Gorak Shep (5160 m) & Everest Base Camp (5364 m)- 7 hrs
Today you will go on a 2 hours hike up to Gorak Shep in the morning.
The first part is nice and easy but the trail gets harder as time passes by.
However, the pleasant views on big walls formed by the Everest and other mountains will compensate for your difficulty.
Once you climb about 150m the trails get easier again.
Shortly after that, you will get to the moraine. Finally, you will get to the world’s highest settlement at Gorak Shep.
After lunch, you will continue your walk towards the Everest Base Camp, on a side ridge of the Khumbu Glacier.
After walking on the ridge for about nearly 2 hrs you will cross the glacier and enter the EBC area.
With this, you will reach your goal of doing Everest Base Camp Trek reaching an altitude of 5364 meters.
At the base camp, you will meet the climbers attempting to scale the summit of the mountain.
Do not miss out on pulling out your camera for unbelievable views of breathtaking beauty.
You will get an amazing view of Khumbu glacier and Khumbu Icefall.
As the afternoon sun starts to wane, you will head back to Gorak Shep for much-needed rest.
Day 08: Hike to Kala Patthar 5,545 m and Walk to Pheriche 3210m – 5 hrs.
Today you will start your early morning climb to the top of Kala Patthar at 5545m.
This is the highest point of the adventure with a fantastic panorama of mountains facing the Mt. Everest at close distance.
After a great moment with excellent views, you will descend back to Gorak Shep for breakfast.
Further, you will continue walking to Thugla, from where you will go downhill to Periche around the windy valley.
Day 09: Trek to Namche Bazaar – 7 hrs.
The walk leads on an easy path with a short climb and descends to Pangboche village.
And then on the same route from Pangboche, you will move onwards to reach scenic Tengboche Monastery.
You can spend on this beautiful spot for amazing views.
From Tengboche, you will walk downhill to a river with uphill for an hour.
And then with a nice pleasant walk back you will be at Namche Bazaar once again.
Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Day 10: Trek to Lukla – 6 hrs.
From Namche, you last day walk of the adventure leads to a long descend on the same route towards the Sagarmatha National Park entrance to reach Monjo village.
From here you will walk on the gentle gradual trail and cross bridges to reach Phakding.
With few ups and downs with a last and final climb, you will reach Lukla.
Overnight stay at Lukla.
Day 11: Fly Back to Kathmandu and Transfer to Respective Hotels.
Today after breakfast you will move to Lukla air terminal where you will take the exciting flight once again back to Kathmandu.
Enjoy the flight as you take back beautiful and sweet memories from the trip.
Note: We also customize a package that will suit your time and preference.
Plus, if you feel you will be unable to walk back from the trek on foot without taking two rest days, then you can choose EBC helicopter trek.
This way you can easily complete the trek in 11 days as well.
And you do not have to escape your acclimatization days as well.
What to Pack for 11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
Below, you can find a full list of items that you need to pack for 11 Days EBC Trek.
Please go through it thoroughly and don’t miss anything.
If you are planning on doing this trek by yourself, you should get a large backpack of about 80 liters that can fit all your clothing, gear and equipment.
If you are doing this trek through a tour operator and you have a porter included in the package, then get one duffel bag of about 60 liters.
Pack all your gear in this bag, and when you reach Lukla, you will meet your porter, who will carry this duffel bag.
If you have booked your trip with Mosaic Adventure, you can request a duffel bag (without additional charges), transfer your belongings into it, and leave your suitcase/bag at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Again, if it is part of an organized trek, then you get to have a daypack for you to carry during the day’s hike.
As the porter can walk ahead of you or behind you, get a backpack of about 30 liters and keep the belongings that you need for the day.
Items that go in it include a hat, fleece jacket, gloves (while going over 4000 meters), water bottle, camera, sunglasses, sanitizers, tissue paper, some snacks and a first aid kit, etc.
Make sure you don’t bring more than 15 kilos. Keep 10 kilos in a duffel bag for the porter and 5 kilos in your daypack.
Note that on a flight to Lukla, the maximum weight you can bring is 15 kilos (that’s combined between check-in and carry-on).
A good pair of lightweight, waterproof trekking boots that are easy to break in for a comfortable walk and to avoid blisters.
Do bring a pair of spare laces in case they break while tightening them up.
Flip flops or sandals
When you reach your teahouse, your feet might appreciate some fresh air.
So, remove your shoes and wear comfortable flip flops or sandals.
Bring at least 3 or 4 pairs of socks.
You can handwash them at a lower altitude area and avoid washing them at higher altitudes as they take time to dry.
Some trekkers bring a bottle of body or foot powder and squeeze some into their socks before wearing them.
It helps to keep your feet dry and comfortable.
Get a light and comfortable fleece jacket and keep it in your daypack.
Temperatures are mostly pleasant during the daytime, but sometimes it can be chilly.
For times when a heavy jacket is too much, you can wear the fleece jacket.
It also works as a layer when you reach higher altitude areas.
A heavy down jacket is essential for Everest Base Camp trek.
Temperatures are usually in minus degrees no matter what season you go there.
Depending on the season, the lowest temperature can range from minus 6/7 degrees to minus 25 degrees in some seasons.
A warm sleeping bag is really important for a trek like this.
During your 11 days EBC trek, you will be sleeping in teahouses along the way.
The temperature inside the room is rarely similar to that outside.
So, make sure you do some research about the time you are going and get an appropriate down sleeping bag to keep you warm while you spend the night at those chilly teahouses.
You should get comfortable trousers suitable for lower and higher altitudes.
Get lightweight trousers for lower altitudes and a heavier pair for higher altitudes.
Trousers with cargo pockets on the sides and extra pockets are advantageous.
Also, there are some with zip-off legs, which are useful to convert them into half pants when you don’t fancy long trousers.
Choose breathable and sweat-absorbing T-shirts in a combination of half and long sleeves.
A sweater or sweat-shirt
Waterproof / windproof jacket
Long johns or thermal underwear
Waterproof over trousers
Pair of Waterproof and thermal gloves
Warm hat (beanie), sun hat/cap and buff
For those who wake up at night to drink water carry a thermos flask and fill it with hot water in the evening so that you don’t end up drinking cold water at night.
The size depends on your requirements.
Get a good quality, UV-resistant sunglasses that provide better coverage at the sides.
If possible, opt for a hard case that you can easily hang on your backpack or body.
Headlamp / Flashlight – Get both a headlamp and a flashlight, as you may need them on some days.
Water bottle that can hold about 1.5 liters of water.
You can fill your bottle along the way, so you don’t have to pack water for the whole day.
Bring some purification or treatment pills and drink local tap water after treating it.
Avoid plastic bottles and refrain from using bottled water whenever possible.
Get some flavor to add to your water in case you don’t like the taste of the treatment pills.
Basic First Aid kit
Bring a basic first aid kit that you may require during travel and trekking in rural Himalayan areas.
Make sure to pack your medicine if you have any that you must consume regularly as suggested by your doctor.
Consult with your doctor and pack medicine as advised, depending on your previous health records and allergies, etc.
- Hand sanitizers
- Antiseptic hand-wash
- Sewing kit – in case you need to fix your clothes/bags.
- Toiletries including wet wipes and toilet paper.
- Medium size towel
- Walking stick
- Waist pouch
- Note book and pen
- Pack of cards
- Power bank
- Travel adapters
- Preferred snack (energy bars, dry fruits etc)
Packing list for Everest Base Camp outlined above is prepared based on past experiences and consultations with local experts.
Actual packing may vary from person to person, depending on each individual’s past hiking experience and personal preferences.
So, make sure you pack wisely and don’t forget anything while going on such an adventurous trip to EBC.
EBC with Helicopter Return Trek, an Alternative to EBC trek
We arrange Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return too.
This is also a short trek that provides overall experience and an assured safe return.
The peak of Mount Everest is daunting high and trekking to its base is also every trekker’s dream.
More than a mere mountain, trekking its base is a journey of a lifetime many people want to experience.
However, some trekkers do not have the time or the physical ability to trek to and from the Everest Base Camp.
So, they choose the EBC helicopter trek where they walk to the base of the Everest but on return they rather choose to take a direct flight back to Kathmandu.
Thus, Everest Base Camp Helicopter trek is the best option for those who want to collect the experience of walking to the Everest Base Camp and enjoy the spectacular flight across the Everest region.
Some Useful Tips for 11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
- Be sure to find the best time to trek EBC that meets your need.
- Get proper training and work on stamina because the short EBC trek is going to be more challenging that requires more strength.
- Though you will have less time for acclimatization, do not push yourself too hard. Take it slow and take rest in between.
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to reduce the risk of Altitude sickness.
- Avoid the direct sun, protect your skin and eyes.
- Avoid alcohol consumption during the trek.
- Hire a porter and a guide for a safe and comfortable trek.
- Carry snacks for an instant boost of energy and water purifier.
- Do not forget to carry your passport and permits.
- Schedule extra days in case of flight delays or any other unplanned situation.
The Everest Base Camp trek is an ideal destination to all adventure seekers.
It is a trek that takes you to the foot of the magnificent Mt. Everest.
Our 11 days Everest Base Camp trek is especially for experienced trekkers looking to push their limits.
This short trek can be energy draining.
Hence prepare yourself physically and mentally prior to the trek. 11 days Everest Base Camp trek is full of adventure, thrill, and enthusiasm.
For further question and queries, please feel free to contact us.
It is our pleasure to help you in planning the 11-day trip for you and making sure it is a successful one.
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Madhav started working as a porter in 2001 and then moved on to work as a trekking guide. After working in the trekking and tourism industry for eight years, he co-founded Mosaic Adventure in 2009.
Madhav has trekked to most of the trekking destinations in Nepal, including Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Poon Hill Trek, Jomsom Muktinath Trek, Indigenous Peoples Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, and all of the day hikes around Kathmandu.
He has also extensively traveled to other countries such as Australia, the USA, the UK, France, Hong Kong, Japan, China, the Philippines, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Thailand, Turkey, and India. Madhav is the one who answers most of your questions about trekking and tours and helps to plan your trip by giving a personal touch.