Route options for Everest base camp trek
Well, reaching to the base of Everest itself is a dream for many. It’s an achievable goal for visitors that’s not as dangerous as reaching the peak. The visit offers the visitors the close look of the Sherpa community, the magnificent countryside, the farmland, and the breathtaking view of the Himalayas.
Trekking to Everest Base camp is the fantasy of every trekker.
Many alternate routes lead the visitors to Everest Base Camp. Due to the options, visitors often get confused about the route that they choose. Here are the route options available for you if you are willing to go on a trek to Everest Base Camp.
The Classic Everest Base Camp Route
Thus, the classic route is the famous route that most trekkers take as it is the fastest and most direct route to reach the Everest base camp. Taking this route, you go through the Kukla valley. Visitors observe the quaint farmlands, picturesque villages and terraced landscapes before they reach the Namche Wall. Well, you can take rest in Namche, where you can take the local flavor of Namche, and you can also adjust to the altitude.
Then, you will stick to the course of the river Imja Khola which leads to the Sherpa village of Dingboche. Trekking for few more days leads you to the Kala Pathar Mountain. You can never forget the view from Kala Pathar. Thus, you reach to the Everest Base Camp.
Starting point: Lukla valley
Duration: 13-15 days of trekking
The Jiri Route
When you take the Jiri route, you have to trek for an extra 4 or 5 days. After the long walk of 4 or 5 days, you meet the traditional route of Everest Base Camp. Well, the exhausting five days step is from Jiri to Lukla. This way is often quite. However, the most exciting part of this route is that you can enjoy the view in silence as it is not crowded at all. This route can be very stressful as you have to pass through many hills and irregular valleys.
But, once you reach Lukla, you can take the classic route, and you won’t have much problem.
Starting point: Jiri
Duration: 20-21 days of trekking
The Tumlingtar Route
The Tumlingtar route begins from Tumlingtar itself. Well, Tumlingtar is a very small village and is about nine days away from Lukla. Unlike the classic route, this route is very slow. However, if you are someone who loves peace and would want to travel in silence, you should take this route. This route makes the visitors feel that this is a personal journey and provides them a homely environment.
Moreover, this route is very tiring and has very few comforts. Even though this route is taxing, you will be pleased after you pass the villages on your way. You will also feel the warm love of the people in those villages. Talking about the weather, this route is warmer compared to others. Your eyes will be blessed after you see those incredibly beautiful mountains on your way.
Starting point: Tumlingtar
Duration: 22-25 days of trekking
Three passes route
The three pass route is the best alternate route that you can take to Everest Base Camp. It’s very challenging as you have to cross three passes that too above 5000m. However, the fantastic views of Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Everest will make you forget all your troubles. It is somewhat similar to the classic route as it begins from Lukla but, this route diverges from Namche. It follows the course of Bhote Koshi for many days. Then, you have to cross Renjo La and the famous Gokyo Valley. Taking rest for a day at Gokyo, you can climb the Gokyo Ri. Then, you get to see the view of Pharilapche mountain, which raises just behind the bluish and milky waters of Dudh Pokhari. The trek then leads to the Ngozumpa Glacier and then to Cho La, where you get to see the majestic views of Ana Dablam.
Thus, then you descend, and finally, you reach the Everest Base Camp before diverging from the route and leading towards Kongma La. Here, you get to see the wonderful view of Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Pokalde, and so on. Then, you reach the Niyang Khola valley and finally stop at Chukkung.
Starting point: Lukla
Duration: 19-20 days of trekking
Reanjo La and Gokyo pass trek
Well, this is the shorter form of Three Passes Trek as it skips Kongma La and Everest Base Camp. Unlike other routes, it cant be considered as the exact route for Everest base camp but, you can still enjoy the majestic views of the Himalayas as in other routes. It also follows the classic route from Lukla to Namche valley, and then this route diverges to Dole and then to Machhermo. Then, you need to climb towards Ngozumpa Glacier and then to Gokyo, where you need to cross six lakes. You can climb Gokyo Ri and enjoy its view after you take rest for a day at Gokyo.
Leaving Gokyo, you should cross Renjo La and follow Bhote Koshi for several days before returning to Namche. Thus, you will love the view from the top of Lhotse, Makalu, and Everest.
Starting point: Lukla
Duration: 13-15 days