Complete Guide to Everest Base Camp

A Photographic Journey to Everest Base Camp

Making the trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp had been a dream of mine since I was a kid. The idea of walking in the footsteps of legendary adventurers and mountaineers sounded incredible. However, I didn’t know when I would have the chance to turn this dream into a reality.

Luckily, I found Active Adventures and I started my training for the trip of a lifetime. Active Adventures is a New Zealand based company and they employ guides and porters from Nepal. I can’t say enough great things about the people I met and got to know during the trek.


The Active Adventure team was unharmed in the earthquake but their communities were hit hard. Originally, the link below was raising money to build a brand new library but now they are trying to rebuild their town and lives. It is a great cause if you would like to donate.

To make a donation to Nepal Earthquake Relief please see the links below:

Active Hearts Himalaya This donation will go directly to help the guides and porters that lost their village in the earthquake. I consider the guides and porters friends after our journey to Everest Base Camp and every contribution will help rebuild their village.

Red Cross– The Red Cross is another safe place to make your donation to assist Nepal


The trek to Everest Base Camp starts in Kathmandu. It is a chaotic city and in complete contrast to what you experience in the mountains but every journey starts here.

Choosing my favorite photos from the thousands I snapped on the trip was almost impossible but hopefully these will give you a glimpse into the trek to Everest Base Camp.

Kathmandu- 1,400 m (4,600 ft)

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The actual trekking to Everest Base Camp starts in Lukla after a flight into the world’s most dangerous airport. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is one you will never forget. From there the views only get better.

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Namche Bazaar is the last large village before heading higher up into the mountains. It is a common place to rest or take an acclimatization day.

Namche Bazaar- 3,440 m (11,290 ft)

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One of my favorite views from the trek was waking up to see this spectacular shot. Mt. Everest is peaking over on the left side of the mountains. Ama Dablam, on the far right, was probably my favorite peak. It was visible much of the way and an amazing mountain.

Ama Dablam looks like what you would expect from Everest, towering over the other peaks of the Himalayas. However, it is only 22,349 ft compared to Everest’s colossal 29,029 ft. Mt. Everest looks dwarfed from here but don’t let it fool you.

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Running into yaks and naks along the trek is a common sight. Trek to Everest Base CampGareth, Tourist2Townie, always making friends along the way.

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The team takes a rest as the oxygen levels drop and hiking becomes more difficult. Trek to Everest Base Camp Trek to Everest Base Camp

Views during lunch never disappoint. Trek to Everest Base Camp

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Remembering those who died on the mountain. If you’ve read Into Thin Air you will recognize the legendary Scott Fischer. Trek to Everest Base Camp Trek to Everest Base Camp Trek to Everest Base Camp

Reaching Gorakshep was an achievement in itself. With heads pounding after a 4 hour morning hike we push on another 2.5 hours to Everest Base Camp.

Gorakshep- 5,164 m (16,942 ft)

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Base Camp is within view!Trek to Everest Base CampTrek to Everest Base Camp Trek to Everest Base CampReaching Everest Base Camp is an unbelievable feeling and an incredible site.

Everest Base Camp 5,380 m (17,700 ft)

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The journey doesn’t end at Everest Base Camp. It is a five day trek back to Lukla from here. Trek to Everest Base Camp Trek to Everest Base Camp

Everest peaks over during sunrise on Kala Patthar. This was the most challenging day on the trek. A 3:30am wake up call to hike to the top of Kala Patthar for amazing Everest views and sunrise.

Kala Patthar- 5,643 m (18,514 ft)

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Khumjung after an overnight snowfall. This is where Sir Edmund Hillary set up schools in 1961 and various projects in the region.

Khumjung- 3,970 m (13,025 ft)  Everest Base Camp Trek Everest Base Camp Trek

Namche Bazaar covered in snow on our way back to Lukla made for a nice contrast to what we experienced on the way up. Everest Base Camp Trek Everest Base Camp Trek Everest Base Camp TrekEverest Base Camp Trek

The Trek to Everest Base Camp

The Everest Base Camp trek is incredible and the experience of a lifetime. I recommend it to anyone looking to challenge themselves physically and mentally.

Learn more about the trek on Active Adventures.

More Info About Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek FAQ: All Your Questions Answered

How to Train for Everest Base Camp Trek

Tech and WiFi Guide to Everest Base Camp Trek

Life Above 17,000 ft: From Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Packing List

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  • Anita

    Just two words: immense and gorgeous.

  • mytravel ireland

    so great job… this is a super collection of travel information…

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  • NorwayToNowhere

    This is FANTASTIC. Thanks for such a cool post!

  • Nepalplanet

    Sanjib picked us up from the airport when our flight arrived 12.4.2015. He took us to our hostel, and visited us again the next morning, taking us to various places to get final provisions prior to our trek. His office is very nice and he served us tea.

    He picked us up the morning of our flight to Lukla. Upon arrival in Lukla, we met our porter and we had breakfast. The cost of our trek was extraordinarily competitive and everything was included. The only thing I had to pay for was if I wanted something like a candy bar while trekking–and then only if it weren’t a scheduled meal or break. I honestly feel we had the best deal available for this trek in Nepal.

    Sanjib commands a certain amount of respect from the Nepalese and other guides. He is very tall and in excellent shape. He seems known by everyone on the trail, from the teahouse owners to the other guides to airport personnel. It seemed as if he arranged everything in advance, getting us excellent lodgings in teahouses. Each of our dinners came with pomegranate seeds and tangerines–but no one else in the dining area had these. To this day, I don’t know where Sanjib found this stuff.

    My travel partner and I are 57 and 53 years old respectively. Sanjib did not push us to make our miles in any amount of time. It was a leisurely pace, although still very difficult. He explained many of the sites and cultures. He knew everything it seemed. His English was good enough where we had absolutely no problems with communication.

    Sanjib has an excellent sense of humor, and even with the extreme difficulty, I found something to laugh about daily. On the day from Tengboche to Lobuche, I ended up very ill. I couldn’t even carry my pack. I would say this is one of the sickest I’ve ever been. When we reached Lobuche, I immediately laid down under two sleeping bags and two huge wool blankets. I could not get warm. I had no appetite.

    Shortly after, Sanjib appeared with a bowl of porridge and cup of tea. He very calmly but sternly explained that it was necessary I choke this down if I had to. He left. I choked it down, and within 1/2 an hour, my strength began returning and I started tow arm up. The next day I woke up about 80% of my usual strength, able to continue on to Gorekshep. It wasn’t until later I found out we were headed out in a helicopter the next morning if I woke up in the same condition.

    On our descent, while in Namche, the earthquake struck. This isn’t a review of the earthquake, so I’ll say no more about that event. Sanjib decided, along with my travel partner (I was overruled) to head out the next morning to Phak Ding. The trek to Phak Ding was treacherous, with earth clearly waiting to slide off the mountain. We reached a landslide area that destroyed the trail, so we had a vertical climb up and around this landslide.

    The ground we had to climb was very loose and I was fearful it would not hold our weight. Sanjib made steps with his feet, after taking my pack, and assisted me with getting to the top. I was fearful, knowing I left a kid back at home.

    A half hour after we got off the trail, a 6.9 aftershock occurred. Sanjib had insisted we be off the trail by noon because of “tales” of another earthquake. I told him that was superstition and he should not worry. He said ok, but we need to hurry up and get off the trail. The 6.9 aftershock occurred 12:30.

    Upon arrival in Lukla, so many people were waiting to get out of the airport and back to Kathmandu. Our flight was cancelled, so we were now at the end of the line of hundreds of trekkers trying to get out. We were looking at that time at a good one week delay. Somehow, and he has not told me how this happened, he got us on the first flight out on the day after we were scheduled to leave.

    People who trekked the same time as us were stranded for up to two weeks. We were delayed one day. You tell me what kind of pull Sanjib had, to get us out of Lukla only one day later.

    When we arrived in Kathmandu, our hostel was closed because of damage. Sanjib found us a very good high rise hotel at a very reasonable cost who took us in. He visited us everyday until we left.

    I owe this guide my sincere thanks for the best trek we’ve ever taken–and we are world trekkers–and for in all likelihood, saving our lives.

    I cannot wait to again visit Nepal and visit Sanjib Adhikari.

    • Michael Clarke

      This sounds like a load of wank and a poorly written advertisement.

  • Carmen B

    Awesome post!
    I want to encourage people to go visit this fantastic country and experience this breath-taking trek. We did it right after the earthquakes last spring and were mind-blown. And this is the best way we can support local people.
    If you’re wondering about the condition of the trails or simply need more inspiration, check out our blog:
    http://bonatravels.com/2015/05/19/country-summary-nepal/

  • Giddy Grub

    Amazing photos. The best I’ve seen of someone blogging about this trek. Thank you.

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  • Robin Patterson

    A great blog and fantastic photo’s. I didthe Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La Pass trek last year , which was amazing !!

  • Arindam Roychowdhury

    Awesomely done and written. I want to prepare for this. This is what should be the ultimate test. Test of fitness, determination and life itself.

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