The EBC Trek Trail in 20 Photos

How Difficult is the EBC Trek ? Here it is in photos.

Part of the answer to how difficult the EBC trek is, is about what you are walking on. This shows why you need to do step training. And hill training of course.

Main Street Lukla, setting out on Main Trail EBC Trek

Cobblestones in Lukla, there are flat parts through villages in the lower part of the trail.

EBC Trek Before Phakding after Ghat
When down hill is uphill too. And lots of steps.

EBC Trek Between Phakding and Monjo
Watch your step.

Lower suspension bridge over the Dudh Khosi taken from the higher bridge
One of the Bridges at Namche Bazaar.

EBC Trek Above Namche Bazaar
Rocks and rocky paths.

EBC Trek Coming Into Khumjung
Smooth path into Khumjung after a big climb.

EBC Trek Above Upper Phakding
Windy paths along the side of mountains,

EBC Trek Heading Towards Dingboche
The hills look innocent enough here but the altitude is increasing.

EBC Trek Towards Dingboche
Paths widen over turf

Bridge at the confluence of Khumbu Khola and the Imja Khola Nepal
and over rivers

EBC Trek Heading towards Dingboche
Flat but at altitude don’t rush.

EBC Trek Dingboche to Dughla
Across turf at 4,000 metres

EBC Trek Dingboche to Dughla above Periche
From Dingboche to Dughla above Periche

EBC Trek To Gorak Shep
To Gorak Shep an amazing part of the trail. Lots of rocks to pick your way over.

EBC Trek near Gorak Shep
The path from above…

EBC Trek The climb up to Kala Patthar
The hardest walk to Kala Patthar. Over 5,500 metres.

EBC Trek almost to Base Camp
Walking the last few kilometres to Base Camp.

Everest Base Bamp Trek
There are hills to go up as you go back down to Lukla. These are marathon runners.

Coming down from Tengboche EBC Trek
Coming back down can be slippery with those little loose rocks.

EBC Trek Looking back towards Periche
There are still hills coming down and the magnificent views in reverse.

The thing to understand about these photos is on the really big climb days to Namche Bazaar and to Tengboche – you are too exhausted to take photos. And the photos don’t really show the steepness of the climb.

Lukla-EBC-KP-Gorakshep_Elevation Profile
Here is a elevation profile I found. The triangular peak represents the acclimatisation day walk above Dingboche.

36 thoughts on “The EBC Trek Trail in 20 Photos

  1. Yeah…i know… I think though we really ascended much slower than most. By the golden rule. I have to get to your African posts. I haven’t been reading or writing much lately. We leave for Italy next week so I thought I better get a few posts written and read some too. Hope your shoulder is much better.

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  2. It must have been such a fascinating experience! Great shots of the mountains! How long did you take to prepare for this trek? I’m not sure I would have been able to handle the altitude with the climb. 😦

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  3. Hi Cheryl, it was a wonderful experience. We started out six months before and very slowly built up the intensity the last 3 months. It was pretty full on. At the time my husband wasn’t working and our children are adults. Also I work very close to home so my commuting time is ten minutes tops. So we fit in training after work. It was really worth it. The altitude – the trick is not climbing to fast. I am going to write another post about this soonish. Thanks for the interest. Louise

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  4. Thank you for these photos. I can’t imagine running through those rocks! I’m glad I have your blog to show me Nepal. Lately it’s getting harder for me to reach this dream due to health issues (the altitude may be difficult), but I’m glad I can always refer to your posts! Take care Louise!

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  5. HI, Louise – This is very informative!It is definitely the altitude that concerns me the most. I look forward to your upcoming post about that. (I could use all of the reassurance that I can get)!

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  6. Absolutely love these photos and I can’t imagine how tough this must be at altitude. I was huffing and puffing at 2000m on some not so difficult hikes this summer, but 5000 m, wow! How long did you acclimatize before setting out?

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  7. We’ll do a swap. We’ll do the Camino and you do EBC, WE are off for 3 weeks in Italy this week. So it might take a while to get that post. We’ll see how this week end goes. I really enjoyed all your Camino posts and they were informative too. Louise

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  8. Thanks Louise! My doctor gave me supplements due to lack of iron and then had to go to a foot dr because my right foot was hurting quite a bit. Ughhh all related to hiking! Actually it’s a blessing in disguise that I didn’t go to Nepal because of my low iron. He said I wouldn’t have been able to handle the high altitude! Well hopefully, someday everything will improve!

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  9. No it’s not plantar fasciitis but I forgot the medical term. He gave me a shot of steroids and lidocaine that caused me to react so I stopped getting it. I haven’t been back because I’m afraid of the same reaction. Fortunately my foot hasn’t been hurting as much. I can still go hiking but not sure if I can go for days of walking. 😰

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  10. Wow! So impressed by (and envious of) your accomplishment and images. It is a dream of mine to do that hike and I’d hope to while traveling in this part of the world ..but time got away from me as I found myself diving more deeply into fewer locations. I’ll get there next time around. Delighted to have experienced the hike virtually here today (much easier to complete from the comfort of a couch ;-).

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  11. Haha. Yes much easier but not as rewarding. I think the trek is best suited to being the sole focus of a visit rather than one of a lists of countries in a region. That way you can be properly prepared, have trained and have the right gear and have researched it well. I hope you can make it one day too. Lisa thanks for dropping by. Louise

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  12. A BIG thank you to you, for your detailed blog on the amazing EBC and all of the very helpful info you have shared. I’m just heading back to Australia from seven wonderful weeks away in Nepal. Your info on EBC was invaluable. Also your many beautiful photographs. Already planning to return again next year. Thank you and so much appreciated.

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