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.
Cobblestones in Lukla, there are flat parts through villages in the lower part of the trail.
When down hill is uphill too. And lots of steps.
Watch your step.
One of the Bridges at Namche Bazaar.
Rocks and rocky paths.
Smooth path into Khumjung after a big climb.
Windy paths along the side of mountains,
The hills look innocent enough here but the altitude is increasing.
Paths widen over turf
and over rivers
Flat but at altitude don’t rush.
Across turf at 4,000 metres
From Dingboche to Dughla above Periche
To Gorak Shep an amazing part of the trail. Lots of rocks to pick your way over.
The path from above…
The hardest walk to Kala Patthar. Over 5,500 metres.
Walking the last few kilometres to Base Camp.
There are hills to go up as you go back down to Lukla. These are marathon runners.
Coming back down can be slippery with those little loose rocks.
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.
Here is a elevation profile I found. The triangular peak represents the acclimatisation day walk above Dingboche.