Everest Base Camp Trek – Close encounter with the world’s highest mountains
Everest Base Camp Trek needs no introduction. When it comes to trekking in Nepal the first trek that comes to mind is a Trek to the foot of Everest. Everest Base Camp Trek is not only the most popular Trek in Nepal but a journey to the foot of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. In order to save time and energy trekkers usually fly into Lukla and start the fourteen days everest base camp trek from here. In a period of two weeks one can Trek from Lukla (2840m) to Kalapathar (5550m), the highest point on the Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) & return back to Kathmandu.
Everest Base Camp Trek – What to look out for.
On a rest day in Namche Bazaar, which is the sherpa capital of the Khumbu Region, visit the twin Sherpa Villages of Khundae & Khumjung. Two beautiful villages situated in a valley surrounded by the mighty mountains. Vist the monastery in Khundae and check out the skull of the Yeti. If Trekking to Khundae and Khumjung is a little tiring then Trek upto the ridge of the Everest view Hotel for views of Everest and other peaks. While in Namchee Bazaar one can also take a Day Hike to Thame Village and when in Thame visit the old monastery there.
On a rest day at Dingboche take a day hike to Chukung and climb upto Chukung Ri or take a side trek to Island Peak Base Camp for incredible views of the Everest Range. If trekking to Chukung Village is a little tiring on your legs than climb upto the view point above Dingboche for spectacular views of the Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku, Amadablam and Makalu. This is the only place on the Everest Base Camp Trek from where you can catch the view of Makalu.
From Gorakshep take a day-hike along the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp(5,364m/17,598ft) and climb Kala Patthar (5550m) for panaromic view of Mt.Everest & other Peaks. While on the way to Everest Base Camp from Gorakshep you will reach a point from where you get a spectacular birds eye view of the Everest Base Camp dotted with tents at the edge of the Khumbu Ice Fall. The sight of the Khumbu Glacier, Nuptse and the west shoulder of Everest is incredible.
The most striking mountain that you see on the Everest Base Camp Trek is Amadablam. The most photographed and most beautiful mountain on this trek. As you proceed further Amadablam greets the looker with different faces. This in itself is a privelage to watch the mountain in different forms from different places.
Everest Base Camp Trek , is it Dangerous ?
Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate to difficult Trek and this means prior trekking experience is needed but with proper preparation this trek for an average trekker can be done without any problems. The difficulty of the trek also depends on a few factors. The number of days spent at high altitude and the distance covered in a day. A total of seven days will be spent above 3000m and at an average one will be covering ten kilometres in a day and this is difficult.
Conclusion about Everest Base Camp Trek
High on the priority list of every trekker the Everest Base Camp Trek is trully a classic trek with views of the mountain range right from day one and the trek route passing through Glaciers and small villages. Surrounded by some of the highest mountains on earth you will bask in this incredible mountain scenery before trekking back to little visited Phortse village to end the trek in Lukla and fly out to Kathmandu.
Moderate to difficult trekking from Lukla(2,805m/9,202ft) to Everest Base Camp(5364m/17,593ft) with optional day hikes to Kalapathar(5550m/18,208ft). Accommodations are provided in comfortable lodges run by the Sherpa families. Participants carry their back pack only and walk at their own pace.
What is the Climate like in the Everest Region ?
Days are normally warm. Nights can at times be (general) very cold and in winter even below the freezing point. Monsoon showers in summer (heaviest in July, August) and sometimes even in spring and autumn.
View of Everest from the Base Camp
One can get the view of Mt. Everest from Kalapathar, Tengboche and from the Everest view Hotel above Namche Bazaar. From the Base Camp you will only be able to see the western Shoulder of Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Lobuche and Lingtren.
- Type of Trek: Lodge Trek.
- Total No. of Days: 14 Days.
- Trekking Days: 14 Days.
- Trek Grade: Moderate to Difficult.
- Duration: 13 Nights/14 Days.
- Maximum Sleeping Altitude: 5140m/16,863ft(Gorakshep).
- Maximum Hiking Altitude: 5550m/18,208ft(Kala Patthar Peak).
- Best Season: Mar-June and Oct-Dec.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla(2800m). Trek to Phakding(2625m/8Km-3Hrs). Lodge.
Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar(3440m/12Km-5Hrs). Lodge.
Day 03: Rest and acclimatization day with optional hikes to Khunde Khumjung. Lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery(3860m/12Km-6Hrs). Lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Dingboche(4410m/11Km-6Hrs). Lodge.
Day 06: Rest and acclimatization day at Dingboche. Optional hike to Chukung(4730m/8Km-5Hrs).
Day 07 : Trek to Lobuche(4910m/9Km-5Hrs).Lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Gorakshep. Continue Trek up the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp(5364m/15 kms). Return to Gorakshep for overnight(5140m)Total 8-9 hours.
Day 09: Morning climb to Kala Pathar(5550m) for panoramic views of Mt.Everest & Khumbu Glacier(6kms/4hours return). Afternoon return trek to Pheriche(4240m/10kms-5hours). Lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Phortse Village(3680m/10Km/5Hrs). Lodge.
Day 11: Trek to Namche(3440m/14Km-6Hrs).
Day 12: Trek to Monjo (2835m/8Km/3Hrs). Lodge
Day 13: Trek to Lukla(2800m/16Km/6Hrs). Lodge.
Day 14: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. End of Trek.
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Note: The above itinerary is a sample intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
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