ApproachFlying into Lukla 9,350 ft.:
(Note walking times are approximate a lot will depend on how you acclimitize.)
Slowly decend to Phakding 8,700 ft. about 2 hr walk from Lukla, you will probably overnight here.
The next morning after about 2-3 hours you will pass through Jorsale 9,100 ft. . Here is where you will pay a fee and enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Parkand. You will then continue for another 2-3 hours up hill to the main Village of Namche Bazaar 11,300 ft. This is quite an elevation gain especially for those who have flown in. You should rest here one to two days, doing small side trips ect. to acclimitize.
The next day will take you through Shyangboche 11,800 ft. (approx) then onto the village of Khunde 12,600 ft. then onto Khumjung 12,400 ft. then you decend to near the river crossing at 10,650 ft. Cross over at Pungo Tenga. Then it is uphill for two hours to Tengboche. This is another good rest spot.
The following day continue east out of the settlement and down 1.5 hours to Pangboche 12,800 ft. (keep right). Continue for 1.5 hours till you reach a fork in the trail. Go left down to the river and cross over and uphill to the village of Pheriche (13,950 ft.). Stop here for the night. Here there is a Hospital for treating altitude illnesses.
The next day or so go north along the valley floor to the end and then up to the north-east along the glacial moraine past Dunhla (15,075 ft.) (Climbers memorials) to the Village of Labouche (16,175 ft.) another 2-4 hours will bring you to Gorak Shep. from here you can go to the top of Kala Pattar (18,450 ft.) or cross the moraine to the right over to Everest Base Camp (17,575 ft.) The base camp trek is longer thtn you would think so bring lots of water and food.
Route DescriptionThe walk in for the first few days follows a very well travelled beaten track. A highway of trekkers, porters and yaks. The last couple of day involves a lot of travel over loose rocks (moraine). This is tiring with the altitude. Your foot ware should be comfortable well broken in and as waterproof as possible as you can and will encounter all types of weather.
Essential GearPartial Equipment list info:
Here is a brief incomplete list for you.
3-1-litre waterbottles with insulators (drink at LEAST 5 litres a day to help acclimatize)
Food....your sherpas can provide this.