There are many alternative trekking itineraries in Everest. It ranges from eight days to twenty six days or even more. For general itinerary from Lukla to Everest Base Camp, it’s difficulty grade can be defined as “Demanding Grade” trek. There are mainly four different factors to be considered while determining the trek difficulty grade. They are walking time, altitude, terrain and remoteness. Know more about factors determining trek difficulty grade for Lukla to Everest Base Camp Trekking.
Walking Time During Everest Base Camp Trek
For demanding grade trek, walking time duration per day in average range between five to eight hours per day. There might be some days up to twelve hours walk. In Lukla to Everest Base Camp, you don’t need to walk more than nine hours in a single day. Average walking time is six hours per day. Also the number of days is just thirteen.
Altitude during Everest Base Camp Trek
For demanding grade trek maximum elevation elevation limit is fifty hundred meter from sea level. Everest base camp trek from Lukla starts with 2850 m from sea level and highest elevation encountered is 5545 m at Kalapatthar. The highest overnight stay is at 5179 m at Gorakshep. You will wait few hours at Kalapatthar (5545 m) for sunrise or sunset without additional effort. Also you can bypass this climb.
Terrain during Everest Base Camp Trek
For demanding grade trek terrain is a mix of steep ascend and descend, also marked and rocky trails. In Everest, trail in between Jhorsalle and Namche is steeply up. Also trail in between Phunki Thanga and Tengboche is steep up. It is a mix of steep up and down in some part. Also trail in between Gorakshep and Kalapatthar is mostly rocky. Trail also encountered some glacial walk while approaching Everest Base Camp.
Remoteness of Everest Base Camp Trek
For demanding grade trek remoteness is best described as multi days approach to the nearest motor able road and absence of general communication facilities. During Lukla to Everest Base Camp, nearest motor able road is in Salleri, which is at least three to four days walk, down lukla.In most of the part communication facility is excellent. Except in the village of Dingboche and Pheriche.
For Lukla to Everest Base Camp Trek, trail is not a problem. The main problem is with elevation, as it dramatically increased in second day as you get in Namche, the very next day from Kathmandu. Elevation at Namche is 3440 m from sea level. High altitude sickness could be major things to deal with. Remember the first thing about altitude sickness is not to think about it.