How Difficult is the EBC Trek ?The trail in 20 photos
It’s about what you are walking on…
The last few kilometres to Base Camp on slippery scree. But let’s start at the beginning
slate footpath in Lukla, there are flat parts through villages on the lower part of the trail.
Lots of steps. Down hill means uphill too.
rocks of all sizes
swinging suspension bridges
lovely smooth path into Khumjung after a big climb
windy paths along the side of mountains,
uphill paths innocent enough here but the altitude is increasing…
paths widen over turf above the tree line
and funny little bridges rivers
Flat but at altitude don’t rush.
Across turf at 4,000 metres
narrow little paths along the side of the hills (Dingboche to Dughla above Periche)
Almost to Gorak Shep an amazing part of the trail. Lots of rocks to pick your way over.
See what I mean rocks everywhere The path to EBC from above…
Smooth and not too many rocks to navigate but at over 5,500 metres to Kala Patthar the hardest steps
Even Marathon runners know to slow down for this path
Coming back down can be slippery with those little loose rocks.
Look at the magnificent views but watch your feet too. Always
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.
Here is a elevation profile I found. The triangular peak represents the acclimatisation day walk above Dingboche.