BASE CAMP TREK

A Complete Guide to EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

Get an opportunity to enjoy a trek of a lifetime At, Foot of the highest mountain in the world; it is more than just a trek, one of the most adventurous treks where you will be a part of breathtaking sceneries of Himalayan ranges, Beautiful Sherpa villages, Buddhist monasteries, glacial moraines, Sherpa culture, and foothills BASE CAMP TREK.

Everest Base Camp Trek starts with a memorable flight from Kathmandu to the airstrip at Lukla provides access to an alpine world where the air is crystal clear and colorful prayer flags flutter from the rooftops.

This classic Everest Base Camp Trek includes ascents to Kala Pattar (5545m), one of the best viewpoint of the Khumbu region from where we will have unobstructed views of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and many other Himalayan peaks & the impressive Khumbu Glacier as well as the glorious sunrise view over the majestic Mt. Everest, as well as characteristic climbing routes all the way to the summit of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest (8848.86m). During the trek, you will be grateful for this magnificent close-up view of the tallest mountain like Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Ama-Dablam, Makalu, Nuptse, and many other snow-capped mountains along with the fascinating local culture and lifestyle of the legendary Sherpa community. However, the highest point of this trek that you will face is 5545 m, Kalapathar. And, Base camp itself stands at an altitude of 5384 meters above sea level.

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a relatively challenging trek that requires a good level of physical and mental preparation before going to Everest base camp, However, this trek is not an impossible way for those who have average fitness with a strong determination and dedication.

If you are planning up for amazing hiking towards Everest base camp (the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain) then there are many things to consider before you go trekking to Everest itself, Here we have sorted some of the useful guidelines for the trek that might be fruitful tips for those who have been dreaming to conquer this mountain, 

Highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC)

  • Explore the historical Sherpa community and lifestyle
  • Scenic mountain flight from hustling and bustling city of Kathmandu to the most beautiful mountain town of Lukla
  • Summit Kalapathar – the height of 5545 meters
  • Everest Base Camp (5364m) of Mt. Everest (8848.86, the highest mountain in the world.
  • Enjoy the spectacular view of Khumbu glacier- the deepest glacier in the world.
  • Discover the ancients Buddhist monasteries and museum
  • Enjoy a great photoshoot across the Himalayas

Best time of The Year for Everest Base Camp Trekking

Nepal has four major seasons including summer, Autumn, Spring, and Winter. Thus, trekking in Nepal has not always the same as Spring and Autumn season, Spring belongs March-May and Autumn belongs to Sep- November,  these are the perfect time of the year for trekking in Nepal, see the briefer as below,

Autumn Season

Autumn is a perfect time of the year for trekking in Everest or any other region in Nepal. The weather is moderate and suitable for trekking with a moderate temperature that offers crystal clear views of the majestic mountain sceneries. The autumn falls in the months of starting from September, October, and November. These months are relatively low chances of rainfall also a low chance of canceling the internal flight to and from Lukla. This is the peak season especially for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal Himalayas including Langtang Valley Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and many other treks.

Spring Season

Spring is one of the peak seasons for trekking to Everest in Nepal, however, this falls in the month of March, April, and May. Trekking in Nepal can be done at this time of the year without any doubt, The temperature is moderate where you can trek easily, this is the perfect time to see vegetation in Nepal including Everest, Sagarmatha National Park becomes lush during this season and the views of rhododendron and pine forests are just awesome, you will be thankful for this clear blue sky and mesmerizing views, the temperature is mild one can adjust, there is no doubt, trekking in Everest region at this time of the year is the best,

Getting to Everest Base Camp

Getting to Everest Base camp is easy, you can take a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla by a small aircraft, the flight between Kathmandu and Lukla would be about 35 minutes, it is one of the fastest way getting into the Everest / Khumbu Valley, However, you can take another option by land to go on Everest via Salleri and trek to Base camp but it always demands another 5-7 extra days to complete the whole journey, the flight is the best option for those who are traveling to Nepal on a limited time, remember that flight too and from Lukla sometime can be delayed or even canceled due to the weather conditions it happens most of the times in Summer. There are two different trekking itineraries for the Everest base camp trek, if you go by fly it can be finished in 12 days or if you want to experience more about the countryside of Nepal and take more trek days on the mountain then you can prefer to take a jeep and starts the trek from Salleri so this itinerary takes up to 20 days. During the  Everest Base Camp Trek, you will have a great time exploring the iconic Sherpa villages of Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Laboche, and many more in Khumbu Valley.

Trekking Permits Fees & Requirements

Trekking in Nepal or any other country might require an entrance permit, so there is no doubt about it, Everest Base Camp Trek always required an entry trekking permit of Sagarmatha National park which can be brought up either in Kathmandu or Lukla/ Monjo. Having a permit secured us somehow our life and collected the data from the local community as well national park community by the Nepal government, it is more than just an entrance. If you are wondering how much a trekking permit costs for you? See the prices below,

The National park entry permit – ——————- $30 USD/ person

And, TIMS cards                        ——————-  $10/ person.

The Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Everest Base camp trek has several trekking itineraries including an eight Everest Base Camp Trek, 12 Days Everest Base Camp Trek, and 14 Days Everest Base Camp trek, it all depend based on your physical stamina as well as holidays, as you all know this trek is one of the high altitude treks in Nepal that certainly requires a good level of physical fitness and a good time to acclimatize to do them successfully. We have found one of the most common and typical Everest base camp trekking itineraries including some days for the acclimatization,

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival Day in Kathmandu and leisure time

Day 2: Pree- trek meeting and explore the Kathmandu valley itself

Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla 35 min by air, and trek to Phakding 92660 m)

Day 4:Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3420m) 

Day 5:Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar short hike to Everest view lodge (3700m)

Day 6:Trek from Namche to Tengboche (Ministry) 93910m)

Day 7:Trek from Tangboche to Dingboche (4,350m)

Day 8:Acclimatization  day at Dingboche, short hike to Nagrjung hill (5100m)

Day 9:Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m)

Day 10:Trek from Labuche  to Everest Base Camp (5,365 meters) – Gorak Shep (5,180m)

Day 11: Early Hike  to Kala Patthar (5,545m)-  Pheriche (4,120m)

Day 12:Trek from Pheriche to Namche (3,440m)

Day 13:Trek from Namche  to Lukla (2,840m)

Day 14:Fly back to Kathmandu; 30 minutes

Travel Insurance

Traveling to another place from home, we know we need to be secured and a sound trip but we never know about the situations so for that we need to be insured by ourselves, especially going on a high altitude trek like Everest base camp in the Himalayas, the travel insurance is a must. As we all know this trek is one of the high altitudes and challenging treks in Nepal, Trekking at higher altitudes can be always a bit risky than our imaginations therefore travel insurance is mandatory and recommended for all the travelers who are keen on this adventure trip, the travel insurance generally needs to be covered all the expenses including the helicopter evacuations in case of emergencies from high altitude, injuries, losses or sprain may turn disastrous. Being a trekker at high altitudes, you may suffer different natural circumstances such as high altitudes or other illnesses, injuries, or any other unforeseen causes. For this, make sure your travel insurance covers all of them up to the height of 6,000 m above sea level.

Conclusion

Embark on the footprint of the Everest; it is one of the world’s most iconic high altitude treks that takes you into the mesmerizing valley of the Khumbu introducing a unique tradition and lifestyle of the mountain people with spectacular mountains view of the magnificent mountains from the begging of the journey to the end.