Mount Everest Base Camp Trek
Mount Everest, also known as Sagarmatha in Nepali and Chomolungma in Tibetan language, is the highest peak in the world. The names translate to “mother goddess of the world”. The trip to the highest point on earth is one of the best experiences for adventure-seekers all over the world.
Mount Everest at 8848 meters (29029 feet) is famous for its majestic beauty and exciting, challenging treks. While everyone dreams about reaching the summit, very few are able to conquer the feat due to the challenges and dangers of the expedition. For others, the base camp trek provides an equally fun, exciting and fulfilling experience through the same trail upto the base of the mountain.
Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek in the Khumbu region has one of the most beautiful trails with spectacular mountain views, scenic landscape, and the unique culture and traditions of the Sherpa settlements. The best seasons to complete the trek are from March – mid may and September – mid December. The trek duration can range from 2 weeks to a month depending on the route, physical fitness of climbers and destination (base/summit) of the trek. The base camp trek reaches to an elevation of 5545 meters (18192 feet).
The trek begins with a 30 minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The airport is one of the most dangerous in the world as the airstrip is situated right between a hill and a cliff. The trek officially starts on foot from here as you will be staying in teahouses, hotels or camps. There are various restaurants and hotels that serve western food as well along with various other modern amenities.
As the trail passes through beautiful Dudhkoshi valley, you will pass many monasteries, forests and Sherpa villages. You will stay and explore the Sherpa villages and their traditions as you acclimatize to the rising altitudes. Acclimatization should be your main concern as altitude sickness is the biggest hurdle of the trek. Proper physical fitness and mental preparedness is equally necessary.
Slowly the trail passes through the villages of Tengboche, Pangboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche. These villages are known for the traditional lifestyles and scenes of yaks grazing in the wide meadows. Gorakshep is the last village with human settlement which is only a few hours away from the Base camp. Khumbu icefall is visible from here and one can also chat with trekkers starting or ending their summits.
Kalapathar is the turning point for the trek from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas right in front of you. From here, the trail descends back with mesmerizing views, friendly people with warm hospitality and memories to cherish a lifetime.
Highlights of EBC trek:
- Base camp of the world’s highest peak
- Entry into Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site
- Rhododendron and pine forests, possibly witness wildlife of the mountain area
- Interactions with Sherpas, world famous climbers
- Trace the route followed by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in the first summit of Mount Everest
- Exquisite views of the entire Himalayan range