Introduction to Everest Base Camp Trek

Published Date: 2017-08-18 12:47:39

Introduction to Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest base camp trek is a life time adventure in the Everest region of Nepal following the off the beaten trail via several Sherpa villages, making through lush green forests full with rhododendrons, crossing several suspension bridges, and witnessing the soaring mountain ranges. You shall be following the route made by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Kalapatthar offers you the best views of the Everest. People have remained attracted towards the Everest since 1920s, and the Everest Base Camp has been the most desired and destined trek in the world, as it offers you the closest experience of the Everest without climbing it. This trek is the blend of adventure, cultural awareness, and magnificent views of Himalayas, streams, and monasteries.

Away from the daily hustle and bustle of city lives, busy work schedules, and luxuries, as you enter the Everest region, a melody of beauty, adventure, and enchantment seize your heart. You can visit the Everest National Park, Sherpa museum, Sherpa Cultural Centre, etc. from Namche Bazar. You have the exclusive opportunity to learn more about the Sherpa culture. The incredible mountain vistas include the views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Cho Oyu. Throughout the trek, you shall pass beside lots of holy monasteries. As you reach the top of the Kalapatthar, a sense of thrill and accomplishment engulfs you, as if you've made a landmark achievement in your life.
Kathmandu (1,350 m)-Lukla (2,800 m)-Phakding (2,652 m)-Namche Bazar (3,440 m)-Tyangboche (3,870 m)-Dingboche (4,400 m)-Lobuche (4,900 m)-Gorakshep (5,180 m)-Everest Base Camp (5,364 m)-Gorakhshep (5,180 m)-Kalapatthar (5,545 m)-Pheriche (4,320 m)-Namche Bazar (3,440 m)-Lukla (2,800 m)-Kathmandu (1,350 m)
After your arrival in Kathmandu, you shall head off to Lukla via a 30-minute flight. From Lukla, you shall start your trek off to Phakding via Cheplung village. Passing through pine forest, leaving Benkar Valley, Jorsale Village, you shall arrive at Namche Bazar. You shall spend an extra day at Namche Bazar, exploring, visiting Sagarmatha National Park and Khumjung Village. Before arriving at Tengboche Village, you shall pass Tengboche Monastery. Passing the Imja Valley and cross the Lobuche River, you shall ascend to Dingboche. Via Duglha you shall come to Lobuche. From Lobuche, you shall head off to Gorakshep and ascend to the Everest Base Camp. Returning back to Gorakshep, you shall ascend to Kalapatthar the next day. The same day, you shall descend down to Pheriche before reaching Namche Bazar. Descending further to Lukla, you shall catch a flight of 30 minutes back to Kathmandu. Once you return to Kathmandu, you shall have complete memories of the trek to ponder upon and recollect all the emotions buried deep within, which is why this trek is called a life time adventure.
With or without a guide?
Trekking to Everest base camp isn't difficult; in the busy season, you might see lots of trekkers on a trail. Similarly, being one of the most destined treks in the world, the local people are happy to show you the direction, even if you get confused or feel being lost. There are teahouses, hotels, and lodges throughout the route at regular intervals; you might not feel difficult for your accommodation. But, the news of the disappearance of solo trekkers and death of Belgian trekker in 2012 in the Langtang region might make you concerned. Keeping these accidents, the Government of Nepal is considering to make the trip mandatory with a guide.

In addition to that, you need somebody to tell you the name of the mountain you are looking at, or the short history of the village and the inhabitants you recently left, or the possible weather condition, and you need somebody to look after you if you got injured or feel unwell due to altitude sickness. If you do not have a guide, you might be busy managing your accommodation, food and ensuring that you are heading off in the correct direction. This might not avail you plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful vistas in peace. Choose a trekking agency as your travel partner eradicates lots of worries and problems.
Everest base camp trek doesn't require you to have any athletic body fitness; a moderate level of fitness will do. It is not a technical climbing, but a long hike in the remote region all the way to the base of the giant Everest. Keep in mind that the weather is pretty unstable. You shall cover about 1200 KM distance, ranging from the altitude of 1,350 m to 5,545 m. Kalapatthar is the highest point of the trek with 5,545 m of altitude, ascending strenuous uphill. Few trekking experience and experience of regular exercise can be added advantage to you. Another major challenge that you might face is the altitude sickness, as you will be making significant elevation within a short time, you might be prone to altitude sickness, and no matter who is ascending, altitude sickness makes every trekker suffer. You need to take sufficient days for acclimatization, elevating the near peaks.  Despite these few challenges, you might not face any problems during the trek. Ensure that you can do long duration of ascending and descending for few days in a row and that you do not suffer from any problems related to your knee or ankle.

Trekking gears
Do not overload your rucksack with unnecessary items. Pack lightweight trekking boots, sandals, thin and thick socks, long sleeve trekking shirts, combat trekking pants, long sleeve cotton t-shirt, rain jacket, windbreaker, hat, underwear, towel, gloves, some Karabiners, Bungy cords, drops or tablets for water purification, washing powder, duct tape, dry bag, plastic bags to keep your washed underwear, First Aid kit, water bottles, watch, tissue paper, day pack, sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, chocolate bars, nuts, headlight, trekking poles, etc. But, don't pack the items like hair dryer, makeup items, shaving foam, gas stove, laptops, solar powers, etc. Ensure that your luggage does not weigh more than 15 kg; not only the heavy rucksack cost you extra charge to pay to porters, but it is meaningless to carry unnecessary items all the way to the Everest base camp. If you do not have few trekking experience, do not overburden yourself with a rucksack, take a porter with you. You trekking agency shall manage the guide and porter.

Food and Accommodation
The most common food item that you get in this trek is Dal Bhat. For breakfast, you can have toast, eggs, porridge, pancakes, chapatti, and potatoes, with juice, coffee or tea. You can have MoMo, spaghetti, fried rice, Macaroni, Dal Bhat etc. for lunch and dinner. Throughout the trek, you shall have lots of tea houses, hotels, and lodges to stay at. Being one of the most popular treks in the world, the accommodation facilities and services in this region are fine, but not too luxurious.
Mountain Hiking & Trekking Pvt. Ltd. is a leading trekking agency in Nepal that has been taking domestic and international trekkers from around the world to various trekking destinations. For any trek in Nepal, do contact us.


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