It is often said that a visit to Nepal is not complete without a visit to Everest Base Camp. It is simply the most iconic and most popular place in all of Nepal and in the Himalayas. Taking a little above two weeks, this popular trail will let you see great mountains on the planet.
The trek will take you through Sagarmatha National Park and a number of villages with peculiar language, lifestyle, and culture of Khumbu. An adventurer's paradise, you will find plenty of opportunities for trekking, climbing and mountaineering in the Everest region. A pristine and serene location, the region is home to perpetual views of snow-capped mountains and peaks.
While Khumbu is the ultimate destination in the Himalayas, the base camp is the true gateway to Mt. Everest. The unparalleled experience will bring you in contact with the truly formidable and majestic mountains on Earth. High up above the gushing river, you will pass through wooden suspension bridges amid scenic villages and dense vegetation. In this trek in the mountains, you will see a variety of high-altitude flora and fauna as well.
Your overnight stays will be in tea houses, wooden lodges, and cabins but you can customize your trip. Check with your operator who will also help you with the necessities like papers, permits, guides, porters, and their fees.
You begin your trip to the Base Camp with a scenic flight to Lukla. The landing strip of Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla is located on a dramatic plateau-like clearing that has very little space on either sides. Upon arrival, you will begin your trek - first crossing the Dudh Koshi Valley and later reaching Phakding for the overnight stay. Another day of subtle trek will bring you to the legendary town of Namche Bazaar. You will instantly feel teleported in Namche, where you will see modern coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and ATMs complete with cell-phone reception and Internet cafes.
After a day of acclimatization in Namche amid great views of mountains, you will continue on a scenic trail to Tengboche. The place is most noted for Tengboche Monastery, an iconic landmark in the foreground of the Himalayas. From Tengboche, your trail passes through beautiful rhododendron forests and later through Imja river before you arrive at Dingboche. Spectacular views of Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Thamsherku will be the highlights of the day. You will spend an additional day in Dingboche acclimatizing, and experience a wonderful stay in the mountains. Along the trek, each new day you will see pristine and close-up views of the mountains.
From Dingboche the trail begins to lose vegetation as you move higher until Lobuche, a notable place in the Himalayas. Slow pace and high mountains mark the next leg of your trail until you arrive at Gorakshep. A short detour from Gorakshep will take you to Kalapatthar, a natural vantage point. From here you will have a wonderful panorama of the mountains glazing under dramatic lighting conditions. After an early-morning detour from Gorakshep, you will finally trek to Everest Base Camp. It is an unmistakably happening place marked by colourful tents, multi-cultural environment, and a right sense of personal satisfaction.
Bliss doesn't last forever. The enjoyment will soon be replaced by nostalgia as you will begin your descent. As you slowly retrace your trail, you will think of returning later. The scenic and windy route will be lined with yaks moving uphill carrying supplies. As you lose altitude until Lukla, you will turn back again and again to capture photographs of mountains that you just left behind.
A trek to Base camp is an immersive experience that will chase you back to your country. The memory of a haunting panoramic beauty at a far-flung place is something that nobody forgets in their life. It is so close to you, yet, so detached from the rest of the world!
Terrain & Weather
The terrain lies at high altitude, passing through green hills and valleys at first. As you gain altitude, you will go through mountain passes along rocky trails. Due to alpine and nival climate, the vegetation in the mountains is almost zero.
While not all members of the support crew will be versed in your native language, all of them do understand English, and can communicate with you. Their primary job is your safety and ability to act in difficult situations, for which they are trained.
Gears and Equipment
Please do not forget to include a comprehensive first-aid kit, your medical and travel insurance, emergency evacuation costs, and some extra money for unforeseen circumstances.
We recommend you to bring along your personal trekking gear such as sleeping bag, inflatable sleeping mat, duffel bag, water bottle, cameras, plastic bags, sanitary pads, tissue & wipes, and trekking poles. Additionally, you need to carry your Swiss knife, toiletries, comfortable shoes, socks, knee or ankle pad, fleece jackets, light trousers, fullsleeve shirts, thermal undergarment, gloves, balaclava, and scarf. Similarly, you will need headlamp and spare bulbs, batteries and spare bulbs, sunglasses with 100% UV protection, insect-repellants, sunscreen and lip balm of SPF 30+, and water purification tablets. You might also want to carry your books, iPods, playing cards, hand-sanitizer, personal medications, oral rehydration powder, analgesics, throat lozenges, and eye drops.
As a long as you are physically fit and have a good habit of walking, you will be okay. Altitude sickness could be a concern, but proper acclimatization and guidance of the trek leader will play an important role in avoiding that. Stay hydrated and if you think that is not enough, please carry some medicines to counter the effects. If you get into any kind of difficulty, report immediately to your support crew you who always carries medications and an extensive first-aid kit. Please note that although the water is direct from the mountains, you should always treat it before using. Carry purifiers and water bottles, or else buy bottled mineral water where available.
Best Time to Visit
The best season for trekking in the Everest region is in spring and fall when the weather is great. In spring, there is no rainfall but immediately after summer, the days get rainy. The best season so far, is autumn when the weather is near-perfect. As beutiful as it gets duing this time, the weather is still unpredictable due to altitude. It changes fequently, giving way to flight delays in Lukla. However, clear skies and beautiful lighting make the views great!
Every year, Everest Base Camp is visited by thousands of trekkers from around the world. During the trek you will pass through quaint Sherpa hamlets and as the altitude increases, you will come close to the world’s highest peaks such as Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Nuptse among others. A trek to the base camp is one of your best experiences from Nepal.