Everest base camp, one of the dream destinations of any avid trekker; the larger than life experience will give the mountain enthusiasts an adrenaline rush and will bring out the adventurous spirit in you. You can soak in the picturesque snow-capped mountains and will literally encounter a top of the world experience. However, ensure all the necessary safety measures are in place before embarking on this journey.
Everest base camp trek - Nepal & Kathmandu
Mt Everest has attracted most adventure lovers and trekkers around the world. Trekking to the MtEverest base camp is a lifetime experience. It is a luxury that trekkers and tourists indulge in. There are two base camps for Mt Everest. The South base camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 meters. The base camp is meant for the trekkers going to the summit of Mt Everest and is one of the most popular trekking destinations.Nearly 40,000 tourist visit the base camp in a year. Trekkers spend few days to get acclimatized to the altitude effects. Trekking to Mt Everest base camp is full of adventure, through mountains and creeks, the beautiful valleys and meandering torrential mountain rivers.
View of Himalayas
The routeto Everest Base Camp.
Kathmandu to Lukla-
The journey to Everest base camp starts from Kathmandu, thecapital of Nepal. Kathmandu is connected to Lukla by local flights with 30 minutes time difference. Five people are allowed on each flight.
Lukla to Namche Bazaar-
From Lukla, it nearly takes 5 hours to trek to Monjo. Starting early from Monjo will help to reach Namche Bazar. Namche Bazaar is called the Sherpa capital and you can hire porters from here. The trek from Lukla to Namche Bazaar follows the course of the Dudh Koshi River which is fed by the glaciers of Mt Everest. To get acquainted with the local culture, rest for a day at Namche Bazar.
Local women at Namche Bazar
Namche Bazaar to Base Camp-
It takes 2 days to trek to Dingboche at 4,260meters. Before starting for next phase of trekking; it is wise to spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. The trek route from there to the Everest Base Camp passes through Gorakshep. It is a frozen lakebed of white sand, at the base of Kala Patthar and Mt Pumori. Gorakshep is inside the Sagarmatha National Park and is the final stop before reaching the base camp. The route from Namche Bazaar to Gorakshep passes through the monastery town of Tengboche, Pangboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche.
TIPS FOR TREKKING
Book tour from Kathmandu
Carry dollar in cash
Carry water purifying tablets
Carry own tea
Buy gears, medicines, and Tangs from Kathmandu
Carry chocolates for a continuous supply of energy
Pack your Tour Guide Book and Map
Hand wipes are must (bathing not possible at -10 degree Celsius)
Avoid eating meat after Namche Bazaar
Sleep with batteries close to your body
Mountain sickness is common
Train yourself for a month for physical fitness.
Yaks and porters carry supplies continuously to the Everest base camp.
Trekking Experience to Everest Base Camp
Trekking is not similar to climbing, therefore, anybody can go trekking. Physical fitness is required to trek through mountains and valleys, therefore some practices like walking a long distance with trekking boots help. It is best to take an early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. For the best view of the Himalayas, seats on the front or on the left side are best. It is better to buy all essential items from Kathmandu including medicines. Porters are available at the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazar. Before ascending to Namche bazaar trekkers have to cross Edmund Hillary suspension bridge over a narrow gorge on the Dudh Koshi River. Free Wi-Fi is available at Namche Bazar and at Lukla. The trail starts at Lukla and Jose is the last settlement before Namche It is better to have lunch and gain some energy for the trek next day. Stay at Tengboche, on the way to Gorakshep is a heavenly experience. The monks start their prayer in the evening at 3 pm, by lighting candles and chanting “mantra”, which is echoed through the valley. The early morning start gives a breathtaking view of the sunrise over the Himalayas. On the trek route, tourists come across yaks and porters carrying supplies to the base camp. It is always better to allow them to traverse the road first. On the way back tourists can pick up some souvenir and do shopping for local jewelry or clothing at Namche Bazaar.
View of Himalayas on the way to Mt Everest Base Camp.
Sunrise over Mt Everest
How to reach Everest Base camp?
Kathmandu Airport is connected by international flights. Fly to Kalka from Kathmandu by local flights.
When to plan for the trek to Everest base camp?
Both Individual and guided trek are possible. Accommodation, transportation, and permits need to be planned before the actual trek start. The best time to plan for Mt Everest base camp trek is from March through May or September through November. Himalayas experience heavy rainfall during rest of the year making it inhospitable and dangerous. During these two dry seasons morning offers the best view and afternoons are generally cloudy. Basecamp, located in Khumjung district of Nepal is chilly and windy. It is better to plan for 15 days and 14 nights or more for the trek.
What is the Cost of trek?
Cost for trekking to Everest base camp depends on individual or group trek. Package tours are available at Kathmandu.
Trekkers need to give some rest before getting a return flight to home. The stunning view of the Himalaya and the peak of the Mount Everest itself will certainly keep an abiding impression on your mind.