Early in the morning, at Kala patthar top these lines flashed into my mind when I saw The Everest for the first time and instantly fell in love with that mountain.
Note: Before starting day to day journey I want to highlight some important points about EBC trek:
1) Keep buffer days for flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back as flights from Lukla are weather dependent. Lukla airport remains closed if the weather is not clear.
2) Carry cash as there is no ATM on EBC trail. I used my card at Namche but don't be dependent on cards as there may be no electricity at times. 2500 NPR per day is a safe bet.
3) Now TIMS card is no longer valid for Everest base camp trek. The new local permit system is enforced and it can be obtained only in Lukla. This will cost 2000 NPR for both organised and individual independent trekkers. You don't need photo to get this permit.
4) Its a well marked trail so like me if you also want to make it solo to the base camp, you can. Although its a well marked trail and there are signpost on the trail you still need to carry a map.
5) Acclimatization is necessary so better to take rest days after every 3000 feet. A lot of people feel altitude sickness after Namche so better to read about AMS before going on this trek. To avoid mountain sickness drink minimum 5 liters of water on daily basis and carry Diamox if you feel altitude sickness and some pain killers if you feel minor headaches during trek.
6) Accommodation is cheap on the trek, it will cost around 100-200 NPR except Lobuche where you'll have to pay a fixed amount of 500 NPR. Food is expensive all over the trek so plan your budget accordingly and carry some extra cash just to be safe.
7) Carry raincoat and wear waterproof trek shoes as you can't predict weather in mountains.