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Everest as you all know is the highest peak in the world. Located in Nepal and covered with ice throughout the year this is indeed a dream destination. A destination that comes in the wildest of your dreams. It is located at a height of 29,035 feet. The landscape is beautiful with deep blue sky, starry nights and ice capped mountains.
All of us might have had textbook lessons on Everest, about the eventful Journey that Tensing Norgay and Edmund Hillary undertook to climb the peak, and also about the endless failures that happened in the attempt to climb the peak. To be on top of Everest is to be on top of the world. And the destination thus not just is adventurous but thrilling in the very thought of it.
Along with this you will also get a chance to encounter with Sherpas, their lifestyle and cuisine.
About Everest Base Camp Trek
This is one trek that you essentially need to be carrying out once in your life time. It isn’t an everyday opportunity to climb up to the base of Everest and look up the mountain. It is a trek that takes around 15 days to complete, you will have to walk a distance of some 60 kilo meters. You will climb some 17,000 feet. Daunting and tiring but at the same time adventurous and fun filled.
On the way you will come across the beautiful Khumbu icefall, on top of Khumbu Glacier. The trek is well suited for photographers as there are many magnificent visuals all along the way. You will be going through a variety of landscapes like old villages, meadows, ice valleys, forests, waterfalls and rocks among others.
You will also come across the ancient monasteries of Thami and Tengboche during the trek.
EBC Trek Highlights
- Trekking to the base of Everest to see the majestic peak, what more can be the highlight?
- Kala Pattar, Nangkartshang Peak and Everest Base Camp treks are filled with adventure and fun
- This is also a rare chance to see and learn from the people, the culture of Nepal, which will for sure be quite new to many
- The opportunity and chance to go to the monasteries of Thami and Tengboche and explore the splendour of the Sherpa villages.
- One can also go see the school that was started by Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to reach Everest, in the village of Khumjung.
Key Facts About Everest Base Camp Trek
- Location: Nepal
- Starting from: Kathmandu
- Temperature: 10 -12C in the morning; 2 – 5C at night
- Trekking Distance: 62 kilo meters
- Maximum altitude: 18513 feet or 5642.7 meters
- Difficulty Level: Difficult
- Nearest Railway Station: Janakpur Railway Station, Nepal
- Nearest Airport: Kathmandu Airport (Tribhuvan International Airport) , Nepal
- Accommodation Type: Camping, hotel stay in Kathmandu
- Food: Nutritious food suitable for trekking
- Best time to visit: March to May
- Duration: 15 Days and 14 Nights
- Key attractions: Nangkartshang Peak, Everest Base Camp, ancient Thami and Tengboche monasteries
Day 1- Kathmandu
As soon as you arrive at Kathmandu, one of us, who represents the trek team would meet you in person and will take you to the hotel. Your first permit will be allotted this time. After taking ample rest one can see around the place. Kathmandu is beautiful. One place that you can visit is the Thamel Street, famous for its casinos and restaurants. You can also do shopping and prepare yourself for the trek.
Day 2- Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, Walking from Lukla to Phakding
As soon as you finish the breakfast, we would vacate from the hotel and head towards Tribhuvan Domestic Airport. From here will be the flight to Lukla. It takes around 35 minutes to reach the place. The experience in the flight would be spectacular as you will get to see the landscapes-mountains and valleys from above. It is from Lukla that the trek begins.
From Lukla we will be trekking towards Phakding. Phakding is located at some 2652 meters above the sea level. The trek could be carried out without much difficulty and would take around two and a half hours. The stay at Phakding is arranged in a hotel.
Day 3- Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Namche is located at an altitude of 3440 meters above the sea level. You will be trekking along the banks of Dudh Koshi River. As the trek proceeds from Phakding to Namche, there is just one stop point in between that is Monjo, which is the place where you can have food from. The place is green and beautiful with its forests. The trail from Monjo to Namche is a bit difficult, otherwise it is of moderate difficulty level and would take around six to seven hours to reach Namche. The stay for the night is arranged in a hotel
Day 4- Acclimatisation halt at Namche, followed by a small Hike
Anyone would want to rest for a day as the trek isn’t an easy thing to carry out. Namche Bazaar is quite popular for its restaurants and markets. There is also a museum at the place, you can take a small trek of some 20 minutes to reach the place. There is also a small monastery at Namche. Namche is the first place from where you will get a very clear view of the Mount Everest.
Day 5 – Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m)
From Namche we will be proceeding towards Tengboche. Tengboche is one lovely small valley located at some 3860 meters above the sea level. It also has a monastery. The trek would take around 5 hours and it is of moderate difficulty levels.
Day 6 – Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m)
The 6th day of the trek would be towards the village of Pangboche, from where one can get spectacular views of Mount Ama Dablam. From here one can have lunch and will proceed towards Imja Valley along the banks of Lobuche River. The 6 to 7 hours long trek would end at Dingboche where the accommodation for the day is arranged.
Day 7 – Acclimatization at Dingboche (4360m)
You will be getting one more day to be in sync with the weather for acclimatisation. You will be staying at a hotel for the night and can also take a trek to view Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and Mount Cho Yu.
Day 8 – Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m)
From Dingboche, you will be trekking towards Dughla that is located at some 4600 meters above the sea level. There is a huge stream along the route. You will also get to see Mount Pumori (7138m), Mount Nuptse, Mount Cholatse and Mount Thamserku. From Dughla, the trek would continue towards Lobuche. The trek would take around 6 to 8 hours to complete and overnight stay is arranged at Lobuche.
Day 9 – Trek from Lobuche (4940m) to Gorakshep (5170m) to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and come back to Gorakshep.
A trek of moderate difficulty, you will be passing through glacial paths this day. You won’t be getting a perfect view of Everest, however, you will get a clear view of Khumbu icefall. The trek would take around 5 to 7 hours and the overnight stay is arranged at Gorakshep.
Day 10 – Trek to Kala Patthar (5645m) and descend to Lobuche (4940)
The day when you will be undergoing the hardest trek of the entire expedition would be today when you undertake the trek towards Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is the place from where you will get to see many of the mountain peaks of the Himalayan range. The trek from Gorakshep towards Kala Patthar is some 3 hours long. You will also get to see Mount Everest from here. After spending ample time at Kala Patthar, one will descend to Lobuche. Climbing down is comparatively easy and takes lesser time i.e., around 3 hours. From here, if you have ample time and if you are physically fit, you can trek towards Pheriche.
Day 11- Trek from Lobuche (4940 m ) to Tengboche (3860 m)
The path from Lobuche to Tengboche passes through many picturesque locations and the descend would take around 6 hours.
Day 12- Trek from Thengboche to Monjo
The descend from Thengboche to Monjo is a moderate one, in terms of difficulty levels. Thengboche is at an elevation of 3860 meters above the sea level, while Monjo is located at some 2800 meters above the sea level. The trek might take around 7 hours to finish. The overnight stay is arranged at Monjo.
Day 13- Trek from Monjo to Lukla
Monjo to Lukla is an easy trek that would take around 6 hours. The accommodation for the traveller is arranged at Lukla.
Day 14 – Lukla to Kathmandu
From Lukla one can proceed towards Kathmandu. Like we did in the beginning it would be a 35 minutes flying time and flights are arranged by us. The day otherwise is kept to explore the city of Kathmandu, to do the final shopping before leaving the city.
Day 15 – Departing from Kathmandu
This is the day when you will bid adieu to the city. Make sure you vacate the hotel by 12 in the afternoon. The transportation from hotel to the airport will be provided by us.
Accommodation would generally be done in small tea houses that are owned and operated by the Sherpa people.
Meals including breakfast dinner and lunch will be provided
- Airport pick up for international terminal is covered.
- Domestic airport transfers.
- You will receive accommodation in Kathmandu for 2 nights.
- As well as, accommodation during the trekking period for 12 nights is also provided.
- Domestic flights would be booked by us for the travel(Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS).
- Experienced guide to lead and give guidance throughout the trek, ensuring your safety.
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
- All government and local taxes.
All the transportation during the trek including the domestic flight and others are covered by us. Transportation from hotel to airport and internal travels are also provided for.
- Though the expenses from Kathmandu is covered, the travel to Kathmandu and return journey shall come at your own expense.
- Any food item that one needs like Soft drinks or Chocolates shall be purchased at one’s own expenses. We will be providing meals.
- In case if the trek gets delayed, the extra expenses shall be taken by the traveller for accommodation, food etc.
Kathmandu has Nepal’s sole airport, which is the Tribhuvan International airport. Flights are generally delayed due to the unstable weather conditions of the place. The place is also accessible through bus routes from Gorakhpur or Varanasi. It takes you to Sunauli in Nepal border from where you can go by Local buses. The journey is quite long and can take more than 2 days. By train you can get down at the station called Janakpur, from where it takes 6 hours to reach Nepal. However, flights are the best option as long journey could be tiring.
- Not everyone will be mountain trekker, or else you may not understand the intricacies associated with the location. That’s the Reason listening to a trek leader or direct consists of utmost importance so that your entire journey is equally safe and Fun
- Be sure not to consume alcohol during the Everest Base Camp Trek. Try to steer clear of any kind of intoxicant. You’re climbing uphill and this may have serious impacts
- Altitude Sickness also called acute mountain sickness is due to less exposure to oxygen in high altitudes. The indicators can be non-specific. Breathlessness is a frequent symptom to talk of. Headache, fatigue, stomach disease, nausea, and sleep disturbances Are the opposite. Acetazolamide is the medication that helps in treating acclimatisation. immediately. Make sure your cameras are well packed and protected from moisture
- Make Sure you Trek in the day and not at the night-time
- And most significant of all is this, the Trek is along an eco-friendly as well as to be shielded area. Thus act responsibly and do not litter
- Make sure you are carrying with you a trekking shoe and not a sports shoe. The shoe shall be sturdy, having a hard sole and ankle support and it would be better if it is waterproof.
- Also be sure you take both cotton and silky socks. Woollen to utilize while at the camps in the Evening and cotton Whilst trekking
- Ideal clothing would be quick dry artificial pants, and complete sleeved t-shirts and security for your neck from sunburn. And also remember to wear dress in layers, this could ensure a better defence from changing climate. Make sure you aren’t wearing loud colours
- Care will be required for protection against the sun in whichever way possible. Attempt to use sunscreens, hat and sunglasses to receive maximum protection against light of the Sun. Since it’s high elevation, exposure to UV rays would lead to sunlight burns.
- Also ensure you continue with you additional batteries and electricity banks as because of intense cold, the telephone, and also kindle or camera will drain off very quickly. Though local regional stores may allow you to charge it, it might not always be possible, thus consider precautions.
- Don’t forget to take plenty amount of cash with you. You can’t locate some ATMs at Lukla, so you may end up in a challenging position in the event of any crisis. Kathmandu is a location where you could get trekking gear at an inexpensive cost. Hence if you’re planning to store, be sure to take a little excess level with you.
- It’d be better if you can take their very own green tea bags, as tea is extremely pricey, but there might be much trouble in receiving warm water.
- Be certain that you carry a camera with you in the event that you’ve got one. The area where you trek is very beautiful and amazing.
- It’s very important your body and mind remain fit for your trek. There could be several issues whilst at the trek including poor weather circumstances. Showers are usually restricted and individuals including tourist normally utilizes baby wipes and hot water. Even though there are showers available at particular places if you would like that, but generally it isn’t preferred.
- There won’t be some western kind bathrooms but rather you’ll find a gap in the floor. All this will be well known and vacationers are expected to maintain sync with all the situation.
- Another factor to take good care would be to consume extra quantity of plain water. Considering that the weather is not hot, frequently you may not forget to drink plain water. However it’s extremely imperative that you remain hydrated, thus take water bottles together with you and drink loads of plain water.
- Prepare yourself to manage in the intense weather. As through summers it might be very hot, unlike everything you anticipate as it means the night-time, temperature would fall abruptly in lower elevations you wouldn’t want sweatshirts or sweaters. However you may need it at greater altitude and through night-time. Wear a warm coat whilst sleeping and have a Nalgene bottle full of warm water and keep it on your sleeping bag to stay warm.
- Altitude illness usually starts with headaches. Hence It will be said in the beginning if you’re having headaches. And If regardless of the drug the problem proceeds one shall consider descending.
The best time to go for this Trekking is from March to mid May when the climate is comparatively pleasant. However those who want to enjoy the snow can even visit the place during September to December. Early months of this calendar year certainly signifies opportunities of snow drop on high moves. This nevertheless melts at the month of August. The temperature never goes above freezing anyhow.
The climate is quite unpredictable, but it never will get extremely gloomy and cold, it is a bearable climate in general. IT is warm in the day time with an average temperature of 12 degree Celsius and is quite sunny too, however, this drops down steadily at night. The place gets good rainfall and during the monsoon season, it might rain heavily. However the high altitude regions will be quite sunlit and warm during the day time. The temperature may be in between 12C level, however it moves steeply during night-time to -2 to -6C.
March to May are the best months of this year to get a trek Everest Base Camp as climate will be very good with less odds of rainfall, and Less snowfall and ample heat. The surrounding is also pleasant with Rhododendrons and lush green valley. The sky would also be clear enough. At the start of October temperature begins to fall. But at the night-time it may be everywhere between -6 C to -2 C, and also the trekkers may discover hard to survive. Altitude sickness also called acute mountain sickness is due to significantly less exposure to oxygen in high altitudes.
The indicators can be non-specific. Breathlessness is a frequent symptom to talk of. Headache, tiredness, stomach disease, nausea, and sleep disturbances would be the common. Acetazolamide is the medication which aids in treating acclimatisation. But at the worst case scenario you has to descend the location instantly. People that are on the lookout for rains may pay a visit to the place somewhat before in February.
When is the best time to be doing the Everest Base Camp trek?
The best months to do the trek is from March to May and September to November, which is spring and autumn respectively. The trail would be open even during winter, but it is not advisable to go for trek then due to the weather conditions.
Is there any fitness expectation from the participants of the trek?
The basic thing about fitness during the trek is that, how much ever fit you are the more easier the trekking experience will be for you. Since it is a trek of higher difficulty level and you have to climb a lot, there are chances that you will be acclimatized. Hence any amount of exercise prior to the trek, and your physical and mental fitness will help you finish this trek without much difficulties.
What kind of clothing and equipment ate the participants expected to carry for this trek?
Like said in the trek highlights, temperature is really cold. So carry with you as many woollen clothes as possible and try to dress yourself in layers. Also make sure all your clothing are full sleeved and not bright in colour. You can also carry a raincoat as the weather is quite unpredictable.
Will I get help from the potters? How much weight can one carry?
It is preferable if you carry a 60 litres backpack. There would be porters, however the trek won’t cover their costs, and it has to be paid by you.
What kind of food will be served during this trek? Will I get access to safe drinking water?
You will be given three meals a day, which is either vegetarian or have eggs at times. Safe drinking water is also provided for you.
What is the distance between Lukla and Everest Base Camp?
From Lukla one will have to trek for around 65 kilo meters to reach the base camp. This means a you will have to walk foot some 8 to nine days.
Is it possible to do this trek alone?
Yes, though it is a difficult trek, one with experience can go for it alone. However it has a lot of works that are required starting from permits to arranging stay. A travel agency, would hence be better as you would be saved from a lot of troubles that accompanies the trek. Another benefit is that you will be travelling in groups and would be guided by an expert in the field, reducing risks and ensuring safety. Having said that, the final call is yours.
Will I need a permit, since the trek happens at Nepal?
Yes, it requires certain permits which are the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permit which costs around 600-700 rupees if you are part of a group or 1200-1300 rupees if you are trekking alone.