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A Guide to Everest Base Camp trek

Everest base Camp

Everest Base Camp trek brings with the most exciting and daunting experience for adventure enthusiasts. It promises to be one of the most popular and excitement filled treks of all times. In this trek you will witness not only the majestic view of the Mount Everest, but will also come across sightings of other ranges near the highest peak in the world. With a travel filled with green meadows and lush green valleys, it is a combination of Mother Nature’s best gift to the Himalayan region. You will come across many villages where you will be spending your nights in, and needless to say, you will be amongst the friendliest bunch of people on earth. From your porters to your trek guide, and your gracious hosts, all of them have just one objective. To make your visit as memorable as possible. However before you take the trip it is important you understand a few things about trekking in this part of the world. In this study, we will learn:

Mount Everest: a History
Prologue for Everest Base Camp trek
Experiencing Everest Base Camp trek
Hotels and settlements during Everest Base Camp trek
Where to go on Everest Base Camp trek
When to visit Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest: a History

For centuries mankind has tried to reach and has been successful in reaching some of the extreme points in the world. Mount Everest is one of them. Being the highest peak in the world, it is one of the most dangerous and extreme climb a person can come across. Mount Everest stands majestically at a height of 8848 meters and is the highest peak and point of the world. Mount Everest was first scaled by Edmund Hillary along with his trek guide Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in the year 1953, even though many before them tried to climb the peak but with no luck. It was a historic climb made by the duo. Many mountaineers have lost their lives while trying their ascent of the mount everest, and anyone attempting to make the climb is requested to have proper mountaineering knowledge and proper training before they make their ascent to the highest peak in the world. There are numerous routes leading towards the majestic peak, most of which is in the Tibet side of the mountain. But since the invasion of China in Tibet, most of the routes are not open for public access. Everest Base Camp trek provides a platform for trekkers willing to at least reach foothills of Mount Everest.

Prologue for Everest Base Camp trek

Like mentioned above, Everest Base Camp trek is a very popular trekking destination in Nepal and the trip to the camp doesn’t disappoint the ones taking the trek. In your time on this route, you will come across small villages inhabited mostly by sherpas, the friendliest bunch of people in the whole world. You will also come across green valleys strewn with rhododendron trees and mountain animals, among the splendid view of the valley with the clear blue sky at the back of it all. Not to forget the other mountain ranges you will get to see while you travers on the trail leading to the Mount Everest Base camp. The track leading to your destination is good comparatively and your journey will not involve any form of climbing or scrambling. The tour are also designed according to the requirement of the trekking party and the schedule will be adjusted according to the speed and time taken by the group.

Experiencing Everest Base Camp trek

The trip to the base camp starts from Kathmandu and the trek begins from Lukla airport. Along with the most magnificent sights which you will witness as you traverse on this remarkable journey, your trip will be adjusted according to your requirements. Our packages are organised to cater to your needs and also to provide ample time to adjust to the climate of the mountains. We would like it if our trekking party reaches the base camp without any problems or illness. And since there may not be enough assistance in the mountains in case an illness becomes worse, we provide enough adjusting time so that you can regain your composure and enjoy the trip to the fullest as well. The Sherpas you will come across while we venture upwards and reach their lodges and tea houses, will make sure you trip is a memorable one.

Hotels and settlements during Everest Base Camp trek

Since you are up in the mountainous region of the Himalayas, there might be less provisions to get hold of. So make sure you have the necessary items you need for the trip. Also, there are no hotels, but smaller lodges and tea houses to give you shelter after a long and tiring walk. But one thing you can be sure of is that the Everest Base Camp trek falls on the trekking route and there are a lot of villages you will come across where you can rest your tired bones. In the manner of appearance, the first halt will be at your Hotel in Kathmandu, which might be the only Hotel you will see during your trek. Then your next stop will be at a small village called Phakding, located on the banks of Dudh Koshi river. There are few suspension bridges we will need to cross the rivers and then we come to Monjo. Monjo is a small village from where we can enter the Khumbu National Park. Next stop is Namche Bazaar, the capital of Khumbu region, and the home of the sherpas. While we acclimatize at Namche, we trek towards Khumjung to visit the famous bakery there. We trek towards smaller villages such as Thyangboche and home of the Monastery with the most exquisite viewpoint in the world. We also have a night’s stay scheduled at Deboche, then Pangboche which also boasts a stunning viewpoint. The farming village of Dingboche is where we will conduct our second acclimatization session and spend an extra day before we make our way further up towards colder weather and higher altitude. Then we will trek towards Dugla, Lobuche and Gorak Shep where we will spend a night each after a tiring day of trekking. After reaching the Everest Base Camp, while coming towards the end of the fun-filled trek, we will go down to Pangboche and Deboche again as we end our trek at Lukla airport and then you can finally head back to civilization to the busy city of Kathmandu.

Where to go on Everest Base Camp trek

The first pick up point is Kathmandu where you can check your necessities and purchase the supplies you require. Then you will be transferred to the airport of Lukla where your trekking venture begins. The first stop will be at a small hamlet of Phakding located on the banks of river Dudh Koshi. Next we head up the river bank and after crossing the river twice across suspension bridges we enter Monjo, another village. Here at Monjo, lies the gateway to enter Khumbu National Park. We then cross the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi on a high suspension bridge and walk a steep route for about 2hours up Namche hill to reach Namche Bazaar (3440m). Namche Bazaar is the capital of the Khumbu region and is inhabited by the friendly sherpas of the Himalayas. We have 2 days kept aside for acclimatization and we will be visiting the village of Khumjung to visit the bakery there as part of the acclimatization process. Namche Bazaar has a marketplace where Tibetans cross the border and enter the village to trade their goods. It is a fascinating sight to see, and if you want you can take home a souvenir as a remembrance of your trek to the Himalayas. Towards the east of Namche, across the valley you can get the most splendid view in a gracious outline of the Thamserku and Kangtega Mountain peaks.

From Namche, we venture on the well-worn Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the Dudh Khosi. As we move along the path we get our first splendid view of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam ranges. We pass several villages and numerous tea shops following the route, during which we cross the Dudh Koshi River and make a steep climb towards Thyangboche. Thyangboche is the home of the famous monastery and surely one of the world's best viewpoints, looking at the three enormous Himalayan valleys. We drop down to the river and the village of Deboche (3700m) and make our night's halt at a comfy lodge a little further along the same trail.
We continue our trek along a path strewn with Rhododendron trees and across a suspension bridge to get us to the village of Pangboche. Pangboche claims to have an excellent view of Ama Dablam Mountain. Contouring up the valley, we will recross the river and climb uphill along the Imja Valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche (4410m). We will have another acclimatization session while at Dingboche and we will take a brief trek to a nearby hospital in Pheriche, run by the Himalayan Rescue Association.
The next day, we head towards Dugla along the trail up the broad valley leading to the village. Ahead of us is the trekking peak of Lobuje East (6,119m), and to our left is the formidable north side of Taweche. After a three hours walk, we reach the small collection of lodges at Dugla (4,620m). We can walk up to the Sherpa memorial found there, from where you get outstanding views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Taweche. From Dugla, the trail climbs steeply beside the glacial moraine. After a few hours, the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche (4,940m) where we spend our night in.
Three hours beyond Lobuche, we reach Gorak shep (5160m). The valley side that leads the trail is a sight to see. Another 3 hours of trekking and we reach our primary destination Everest Base Camp, near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. In spring you have the chance to see mountaineers getting ready for their ascent up the majestic Everest. The base camp is spread across a huge distance and one can wander around to probably wonder how it would feel like to be stuck there, for months, trying to scale the mountain so huge. But we make a stop there and if you are looking to go beyond the camp, you will need to be a skilled mountaineer with proper gears for climbing a mountain.

After reaching the base camp, we go uphill towards Kala Pattar (5545m) to witness the sunset which is a spectacle from this point. It is recommended to take an afternoon and evening trip to Kala Pattar for hopefully a splendid sunset view of the Everest. The climb normally takes between 2 to 3 hours and can be a hard and tiring walk, but your efforts will be rewarded with the splendid view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, including Lhotse, Nuptse and Pumori mountain ranges immediately above. For many trekkers, this is as far as they go on the Everest Trail. We return the same way back to Lobuche, and then turn down the Khumbu Valley, stopping for a break in Dugla. With views of the stunning peak of Ama Dablam ahead of us, we continue along the flat valley back to Pheriche.
Following the trekking trail for Everest Base Camp, we make our way down the beautiful green valley passing Pangboche and recrossing the river Dudh Koshi, we arrive once again to the hamlet of Deboche. After a night’s halt, we take the final trek back to Lukla airport and from there we fly back to Kathmandu, a wonderful trek thus coming to an end.

When to visit Everest Base Camp

The best season or time to embark on this adventurous trek to Everest Base Camp is during Spring and post Monsoons. Monsoons can be a disaster due to the heavy rainfall, and the view is cloudy and the trail n\muddy making it difficult to walk in that altitude. Winter is another season which is not advisable as the cold and snow might force the lodge owners at high altitudes to close down their venture, and you might not get a place to stay in the cold. Plus the view is cloudy at this time too due to the mist. However, Spring, that is between March and May, the mountain region is fresh with blooming trees and flowering shrubs with plenty of birds and animals to be seen. The view is perfect with the clear blue sky adding to the beauty that surrounds you. After Monsoon, from September to November is another good time to take the trip as the dust and dirt are all cleared by the rain and a sense of freshness envelopes the area with a fresh breeze accompanying it, with the clear blue sky featuring in the backdrop. This is also the best time to get the most of the views around that might not be possible during Monsoons or Winter.

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