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    A trek to the highest peak in the world grants many beautiful sceneries to trekkers bold enough to take initiative. The Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most daunting and adventurous treks of all times. Not only does the trip prove to be a journey filled with sightings of the many ranges of the Himalayas. But also provides adventurous routes with historic places and quaint villages to visit as well. Since you are visiting high altitude, it is important that we know a few things about the region. In this context, we will learn about the things we need to keep in mind on this trek. They are: Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal What to expect in Everest Base Camp trek What we do for Everest Base Camp trek Where to stay during Everest Base Camp trek Daily activities during Everest Base Camp trek Cost related to Everest Base Camp trek Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is home to the largest population of Nepalese in the world. The common language there is Nepali and Newari. The city of Kathmandu has a diversified and rich culture and is the main destination for tourists visiting Nepal. Kathmandu, also known as the city of temples, is famous for the numerous Hindu temples and Buddhist Monasteries. Kathmandu is also the largest metropolis in the Himalayan hill region. Tourism plays an important part in the economy of Nepal and Kathmandu has the maximum number of tourist visits in Nepal. Since life in Kathmandu is so much diverse and fast, development is progressive in the capital city. For all the foodies around, Kathmandu can be a treat to them as we get lots of delicacies, especially meat products there. What to expect in Everest Base Camp trek The Everest Base Camp trek stands out as the most popular, daunting and much sought out trek to the Himalayas. The trek promises to bless adventure enthusiasts with splendid views of the mountain ranges and valleys in the region. As you read further you will understand exactly why we say that. The trail on which we walk is sometimes rocky and sometimes grassy but it is a walkable trail. Anyone fit enough to walk 4-5 hours per day at high altitude, can take the trip. . As you read further you will understand exactly why we say that. The trail on which we walk is sometimes rocky and sometimes grassy but it is a walkable trail. Anyone fit enough to walk 4-5 hours per day at high altitude, can take the trip. Your trekking trail includes a visit to small and pretty villages, populated by the most friendly and hospitable people on earth. Your trek will include mainly walking uphill or downhill, with few occasional suspension bridges to cross rivers. But there will not be any climbing or scrambling involved anywhere. Unless you want to go beyond the Base Camp. We also need to make stops at intervals to fulfill the acclimatization process and adapt to the climate of the region. Beyond the Everest base camp, one must be a skilled mountaineer to continue. What we do for Everest Base Camp trek First and foremost, make sure you are ready to take the trip and do some training with smaller treks or just long walks with some luggage on your back. If you have prior experience trekking in high altitudes, you need not go through extensive training. The climate at the top will be chilly and the altitude may cause difficulty in breathing and other illnesses. We have our treks organized to keep plenty of time for acclimatization. And depending on the speed and time taken by the trekking party, we will adjust our routine accordingly. This will ensure that you utilize the full potential nature has to offer in this part of the world and make your trek a memorable and enjoyable one. Where to stay during Everest Base Camp trek As you take the mountain trail leading the way towards Everest Base camp, you will come across many places, to visit, to stay to relax, and every stop we make has been assigned particularly to cater to your needs. Kathmandu is the starting point before we fly towards the Himalayas. Then we come to sloppy hilly Lukla airport from Kathmandu airport, but we don’t stay there. This is the normal route one opts to take before entering the realms of the Himalayas. The first place for our stop in Phakding, situated on the banks of Dudh Koshi, this hamlet falls on the trekking route and is a prosperous little village with numerous lodges and tea houses. You can say the same about the other villages we will walk by on this trek. We also go past Monjo, where we enter the Khumbu national park to continue our journey towards Everest Base Camp. Then we come across the Sherpa village of Namche, which is the capital of the Khumbu Region. The village has a market where traders from Tibet are allowed to cross the border and sell their products in the market. If interested in artifacts, you can take some as a souvenir of your trek to the Himalayas. Namche is also the place where we will conduct the acclimatization session so that we don't fall sick but adapt to the weather at this altitude. Thyangboche is next, the home of the historic monastery with the most spectacular view, and Deboche is another village where we halt for a night. At Dingboche, we will have another session for acclimatization before we head towards Everest base camp. On the way up, we will spend a night each at a lodge in Dungla, Lobuche and Gorak Shep in the same sequence. Before we end the trekking trip, we will be staying at Pangboche and Deboche, before leaving for Kathmandu from the high altitude Lukla airport. Daily activities during Everest Base Camp trek We will first meet in Kathmandu where our staff and driver will take you to your hotel in the city. You can go sightseeing. If required buy what you feel is necessary on your journey ahead. From Kathmandu airport, we head towards Lukla airport. Lukla is the hilly airport with the world’s most dangerous runaway. After reaching Lukla, you will be taken to Phakding for a night’s rest. We head up on the banks of Dudh Koshi, where we need to cross the rivers using suspension bridges. Then we visit the village of Monjo which lets us use the passageway through the Khumbu National Park. We then cross the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi on a high suspension bridge and walk a steep route for about 2hours up Namche hill to reach Namche Bazaar (3440m). Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Khumbu Region, is a prosperous trading town inhabited by the Sherpas. In Namche Bazaar, the Tibetan traders are allowed to cross the border and sell their goods at the Namche market. If you are fancy artifacts and would like to take something home, you can take a look at things the traders have brought to sell. As you travel past the valley in the east at Namche, you get hit by the most spectacular view of Thamserku and Kangtega mountain peaks. We will spend 2 days at Namche for acclimatization before continuing our journey. And for Acclimatizing, we will be going towards Khumjung where you can visit the famous bakery there. From Namche, we continue our walk on the Everest trail contours around the valley high above the Dudh Khosi. As we travel along the trekking path we will get our first spectacular view of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam ranges. We go past smaller and quaint villages and numerous tea shops following the route, and we also cross the Dudh Koshi River again to make a steep climb towards Thyangboche. Thyangboche is the home of the famous monastery and it has one of the best viewpoints in the world, looking across from the three enormous Himalayan valleys. We then go down to the village of Deboche (3700m) and spend our night at a cozy lodge standing just a little away along the trail. The next day we feast for our eyes when we trek past Rhododendron tree laden forest and will need to cross a suspension bridge. An hour walk will take us to an excellent view of Ama Dablam in Pangboche. Rounding up the valley, we recross the river and climb uphill along the Imja Valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche (4410m). Before our ascent up the Khumbu valley, we will make use of the location for acclimatization here. In Dingboche, one can opt to attend a seminar based on the importance of high altitude acclimatization at a nearby hospital in Pheriche. This hospital is run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. The trek to Pheriche and then back to Dingboche also serves to fulfill the process of acclimatization as we get closer and closer to Everest Base Camp. Next day we go back to Pheriche before making our way up to a valley towards Dugla. Just ahead you will notice the trekking peak of Lobuje East (6,119m), and to our left the formidable north side of Taweche. After a three hour walk, we reach the village and lodges at Dugla (4,620m). We can visit the Sherpa memorials close by, where you get an outstanding view of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Taweche. It is all uphill from Dungla. After a few hours of trekking, the trail will eventually lead us to a small cluster of tea houses situated at Lobuche (4,940m) where we can rest for the night after a somewhat longer walk. After walking for three hours from Lobuche we reach the village of Gorak Shep (5,160m). As we move uphill towards the Khumbu valley we come across the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. After yet another 3 hours, we will reach our final destination located near the foothills of the Khumbu Icefall. The Everest Base Camp is a large area spread along and we can spend a long time wandering through it. There is a chance you can meet some of the climbers readying themselves for the climb up the mountain. But to go any further than the base camp, you will need to be a mountaineer with proper mountaineering experience. In the morning, we go uphill towards Kala Pattar (5545m) for the blissful sight of the sunset. Travelers are advised to make the trek during the afternoon before evening as the view is more spectacular than. The climb uphill takes a tiring 2 to 3 hours. However, after a tiring walk, you will be rewarded with the magnificent view of Everest and the Khumbu icefall, and even the ranges of Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori immediately above the ranges. We then go back the trekking trail via Lobuche and make our way down Khumbu Valley after a brief halt at Dungla. With sufficient views of the majestic Ama Dablam, we walk back to Pheriche to turn in for the night. So as we retrace our steps back through the main trekking trail took earlier, we descend past the lush green valley and through Pangboche then cross the Dudh Koshi once more to enter the small hamlet of Deboche. We take our last steps to end the trek to reach Lukla airport after which you are transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu to thus end the lasting trek of Mount Everest Base camp. Cost related to Everest Base Camp trek The cost of taking this trip varies with a travel agency to agency, but most of the things included and excluded will be the same. The cost will also depend on the number of people taking the trip, the facilities one has opted to use during the trek and the duration one wants to take on the trek. So the services that are included in the cost of your itinerary includes: Flights Kathmandu|Lukla|Kathmandu, Airport tax, Domestic baggage 15kg, All meals and accommodations in tea houses during the trek, Guide|Trek leader, Porters for the trek, Insurance for guide and porters, Sagarmatha National Park fees, Trekking permit (TIMS), Climb High duffle bag, First-Aid kit, Hotel in Kathmandu - 4 nights, Rescue arrangements, VAT. Services that are excluded are: Insurance and it should cover helicopter evacuation in case of an emergency and from Lukla, if normal scheduled flights can’t fly due to weather disturbance, Soft and hard drinks, Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Meals in Kathmandu, Bottled mineral water, Personal trekking gear, Tips for guides and porters, any other expenses in case of any natural disaster.
  2. climbhighhimalaya

    Everest Base Camp trek brings with the most exciting and daunting experience for adventure enthusiasts. It promises to be one of the most popular and excitement filled treks of all times. In this trek you will witness not only the majestic view of the Mount Everest, but will also come across sightings of other ranges near the highest peak in the world. With a travel filled with green meadows and lush green valleys, it is a combination of Mother Nature’s best gift to the Himalayan region. You will come across many villages where you will be spending your nights in, and needless to say, you will be amongst the friendliest bunch of people on earth. From your porters to your trek guide, and your gracious hosts, all of them have just one objective. To make your visit as memorable as possible. However before you take the trip it is important you understand a few things about trekking in this part of the world. In this study, we will learn: Mount Everest: a History Prologue for Everest Base Camp trek Experiencing Everest Base Camp trek Hotels and settlements during Everest Base Camp trek Where to go on Everest Base Camp trek When to visit Everest Base Camp Mount Everest: a History For centuries mankind has tried to reach and has been successful in reaching some of the extreme points in the world. Mount Everest is one of them. Being the highest peak in the world, it is one of the most dangerous and extreme climb a person can come across. Mount Everest stands majestically at a height of 8848 meters and is the highest peak and point of the world. Mount Everest was first scaled by Edmund Hillary along with his trek guide Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in the year 1953, even though many before them tried to climb the peak but with no luck. It was a historic climb made by the duo. Many mountaineers have lost their lives while trying their ascent of the mount everest, and anyone attempting to make the climb is requested to have proper mountaineering knowledge and proper training before they make their ascent to the highest peak in the world. There are numerous routes leading towards the majestic peak, most of which is in the Tibet side of the mountain. But since the invasion of China in Tibet, most of the routes are not open for public access. Everest Base Camp trek provides a platform for trekkers willing to at least reach foothills of Mount Everest. Prologue for Everest Base Camp trek Like mentioned above, Everest Base Camp trek is a very popular trekking destination in Nepal and the trip to the camp doesn’t disappoint the ones taking the trek. In your time on this route, you will come across small villages inhabited mostly by sherpas, the friendliest bunch of people in the whole world. You will also come across green valleys strewn with rhododendron trees and mountain animals, among the splendid view of the valley with the clear blue sky at the back of it all. Not to forget the other mountain ranges you will get to see while you travers on the trail leading to the Mount Everest Base camp. The track leading to your destination is good comparatively and your journey will not involve any form of climbing or scrambling. The tour are also designed according to the requirement of the trekking party and the schedule will be adjusted according to the speed and time taken by the group. Experiencing Everest Base Camp trek The trip to the base camp starts from Kathmandu and the trek begins from Lukla airport. Along with the most magnificent sights which you will witness as you traverse on this remarkable journey, your trip will be adjusted according to your requirements. Our packages are organised to cater to your needs and also to provide ample time to adjust to the climate of the mountains. We would like it if our trekking party reaches the base camp without any problems or illness. And since there may not be enough assistance in the mountains in case an illness becomes worse, we provide enough adjusting time so that you can regain your composure and enjoy the trip to the fullest as well. The Sherpas you will come across while we venture upwards and reach their lodges and tea houses, will make sure you trip is a memorable one. Hotels and settlements during Everest Base Camp trek Since you are up in the mountainous region of the Himalayas, there might be less provisions to get hold of. So make sure you have the necessary items you need for the trip. Also, there are no hotels, but smaller lodges and tea houses to give you shelter after a long and tiring walk. But one thing you can be sure of is that the Everest Base Camp trek falls on the trekking route and there are a lot of villages you will come across where you can rest your tired bones. In the manner of appearance, the first halt will be at your Hotel in Kathmandu, which might be the only Hotel you will see during your trek. Then your next stop will be at a small village called Phakding, located on the banks of Dudh Koshi river. There are few suspension bridges we will need to cross the rivers and then we come to Monjo. Monjo is a small village from where we can enter the Khumbu National Park. Next stop is Namche Bazaar, the capital of Khumbu region, and the home of the sherpas. While we acclimatize at Namche, we trek towards Khumjung to visit the famous bakery there. We trek towards smaller villages such as Thyangboche and home of the Monastery with the most exquisite viewpoint in the world. We also have a night’s stay scheduled at Deboche, then Pangboche which also boasts a stunning viewpoint. The farming village of Dingboche is where we will conduct our second acclimatization session and spend an extra day before we make our way further up towards colder weather and higher altitude. Then we will trek towards Dugla, Lobuche and Gorak Shep where we will spend a night each after a tiring day of trekking. After reaching the Everest Base Camp, while coming towards the end of the fun-filled trek, we will go down to Pangboche and Deboche again as we end our trek at Lukla airport and then you can finally head back to civilization to the busy city of Kathmandu. Where to go on Everest Base Camp trek The first pick up point is Kathmandu where you can check your necessities and purchase the supplies you require. Then you will be transferred to the airport of Lukla where your trekking venture begins. The first stop will be at a small hamlet of Phakding located on the banks of river Dudh Koshi. Next we head up the river bank and after crossing the river twice across suspension bridges we enter Monjo, another village. Here at Monjo, lies the gateway to enter Khumbu National Park. We then cross the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi on a high suspension bridge and walk a steep route for about 2hours up Namche hill to reach Namche Bazaar (3440m). Namche Bazaar is the capital of the Khumbu region and is inhabited by the friendly sherpas of the Himalayas. We have 2 days kept aside for acclimatization and we will be visiting the village of Khumjung to visit the bakery there as part of the acclimatization process. Namche Bazaar has a marketplace where Tibetans cross the border and enter the village to trade their goods. It is a fascinating sight to see, and if you want you can take home a souvenir as a remembrance of your trek to the Himalayas. Towards the east of Namche, across the valley you can get the most splendid view in a gracious outline of the Thamserku and Kangtega Mountain peaks. From Namche, we venture on the well-worn Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the Dudh Khosi. As we move along the path we get our first splendid view of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam ranges. We pass several villages and numerous tea shops following the route, during which we cross the Dudh Koshi River and make a steep climb towards Thyangboche. Thyangboche is the home of the famous monastery and surely one of the world's best viewpoints, looking at the three enormous Himalayan valleys. We drop down to the river and the village of Deboche (3700m) and make our night's halt at a comfy lodge a little further along the same trail. We continue our trek along a path strewn with Rhododendron trees and across a suspension bridge to get us to the village of Pangboche. Pangboche claims to have an excellent view of Ama Dablam Mountain. Contouring up the valley, we will recross the river and climb uphill along the Imja Valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche (4410m). We will have another acclimatization session while at Dingboche and we will take a brief trek to a nearby hospital in Pheriche, run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. The next day, we head towards Dugla along the trail up the broad valley leading to the village. Ahead of us is the trekking peak of Lobuje East (6,119m), and to our left is the formidable north side of Taweche. After a three hours walk, we reach the small collection of lodges at Dugla (4,620m). We can walk up to the Sherpa memorial found there, from where you get outstanding views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Taweche. From Dugla, the trail climbs steeply beside the glacial moraine. After a few hours, the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche (4,940m) where we spend our night in. Three hours beyond Lobuche, we reach Gorak shep (5160m). The valley side that leads the trail is a sight to see. Another 3 hours of trekking and we reach our primary destination Everest Base Camp, near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. In spring you have the chance to see mountaineers getting ready for their ascent up the majestic Everest. The base camp is spread across a huge distance and one can wander around to probably wonder how it would feel like to be stuck there, for months, trying to scale the mountain so huge. But we make a stop there and if you are looking to go beyond the camp, you will need to be a skilled mountaineer with proper gears for climbing a mountain. After reaching the base camp, we go uphill towards Kala Pattar (5545m) to witness the sunset which is a spectacle from this point. It is recommended to take an afternoon and evening trip to Kala Pattar for hopefully a splendid sunset view of the Everest. The climb normally takes between 2 to 3 hours and can be a hard and tiring walk, but your efforts will be rewarded with the splendid view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, including Lhotse, Nuptse and Pumori mountain ranges immediately above. For many trekkers, this is as far as they go on the Everest Trail. We return the same way back to Lobuche, and then turn down the Khumbu Valley, stopping for a break in Dugla. With views of the stunning peak of Ama Dablam ahead of us, we continue along the flat valley back to Pheriche. Following the trekking trail for Everest Base Camp, we make our way down the beautiful green valley passing Pangboche and recrossing the river Dudh Koshi, we arrive once again to the hamlet of Deboche. After a night’s halt, we take the final trek back to Lukla airport and from there we fly back to Kathmandu, a wonderful trek thus coming to an end. When to visit Everest Base Camp The best season or time to embark on this adventurous trek to Everest Base Camp is during Spring and post Monsoons. Monsoons can be a disaster due to the heavy rainfall, and the view is cloudy and the trail n\muddy making it difficult to walk in that altitude. Winter is another season which is not advisable as the cold and snow might force the lodge owners at high altitudes to close down their venture, and you might not get a place to stay in the cold. Plus the view is cloudy at this time too due to the mist. However, Spring, that is between March and May, the mountain region is fresh with blooming trees and flowering shrubs with plenty of birds and animals to be seen. The view is perfect with the clear blue sky adding to the beauty that surrounds you. After Monsoon, from September to November is another good time to take the trip as the dust and dirt are all cleared by the rain and a sense of freshness envelopes the area with a fresh breeze accompanying it, with the clear blue sky featuring in the backdrop. This is also the best time to get the most of the views around that might not be possible during Monsoons or Winter.
  3. A trip to the Everest Base camp is a daunting and wonderful experience plus a must-do-trek for trekking enthusiasts all around. Before we embark on this journey, it is imperative we understand the basic things which make Everest base camp trek a delight and what you should expect during your trek. In the following content we will learn about: The Everest Base Camp trek Experience The Trekking trail on your Everest Base Camp trek How do we initiate the Everest Base Camp trek Places you see on the Everest Base Camp trek Itinerary for the Everest Base camp trek When is the best time to take the Everest Base Camp trek? Introduction to Everest Base Camp trek Everest, as it stands, is one of the most magnificent and daunting peaks in Nepal. Naturally, a trek to the Everest Base camp is one of the most sought out and popular trekking destinations in Nepal, and quite rightly so. Trekkers who undertake this venture are blessed with a combination of the majestic view of the soaring high Mount Everest, along with the surrounding lush green hills to accommodate the perfect picture and compliments of a vast blue sky in the backdrop. As you make your trip through the sometimes grassy, sometimes rocky trail leading the path at a height of 5364m, you are bound to come across quaint villages, inhabited by the most friendly people on earth. If you have assigned porters to carry your luggage from the pickup point, you might get a heads up before you make your way through these villages though. A trek to the Everest Base camp might be the closest one can get to the Everest summit. Beyond the huge campsite, you must be a mountaineer to continue, as the venture involves climbing and other extreme mountaineering activities. Overview of Everest Base Camp trek: The trek is on good trails, with some moraine stretches near our destination, but nowhere is this climbing or even scrambling – there are good walkable paths all along the way. You can expect to trek for 4 to 6 hours each day, with some days spent resting and acclimatizing to ensure that we are all fit and healthy at this altitude. This makes the trek suitable for any average fit walker. Accommodation while going towards the Everest Base Camp is adjusted in Nepal’s famous tea houses – the accommodation though basic, is comfortable and the friendly and hospitable folks of the region will make your stay a memorable one. Initiative for Everest Base Camp: Almost all trips to the Himalayas in Nepal begin with the arrival at Lukla Airport, Nepal, after which your paths vary. With awe-inspiring views of the world’s highest and most beautiful mountains, our treks are carefully organized to ensure you have plenty of time to acclimatize to the climate conditions, making sure you can enjoy the trekking experience to the fullest. We also adjust our schedule depending on the speed and time taken by the trekking group, so that you can enjoy the viewpoints and landmarks you come across during this trek. Places to visit while on Everest Base Camp trek: The pickup point for the trek is the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. A diversified city, rich in culture and crowded areas, Kathmandu has the largest number of tourist population in Nepal. The next stop is Lukla Airport from Kathmandu airport, the standard flight taken by trekkers making their way to the Himalayas. As we begin the trek we come across many lodges and tea houses for your stay. First, we come across Phakding, located on the banks of the river Dudh Kosi. You also come across small suspension bridges to cross the rivers. Monjo is another village we go by before entering the Khumbu National Park. Then after a few suspension bridges, we reach Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Khumbu region. While acclimatizing in Namche, we will also make a trip to Khumjung. We also go through many small villages such as Thyangboche where you can visit the monastery, Deboche where we have a night's halt, Pangboche which has a stunning viewpoint, the farming village of Dingboche where we will have another acclimatization session, the Khumbu valley, Periche hospital, Dugla, Lobuche and Gorak Shep where you will be staying for a night each. We will also venture uphill towards Kala Pathar for a view of the sunset after we reach the Everest Base Camp. While coming towards the end of the trek, you will visit Pangboche and Deboche again before you head back to Kathmandu via Lukla airport. Each point has a significance of its own, so make sure you utilize your time there fully. Itinerary for Everest Base Camp trek: Once our staff picks you up at the airport for the Everest Base camp trek, we head for the first night's halt at Phakding. Situated on the banks of the river Dudh Kosi, which drains the whole of the Khumbu Region, this small hamlet is on the main trade route through the area and there are a number of clean, well-built lodges where we can spend the night in. Then we head up the banks of Dudh Koshi, crossing it twice by way of small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo where we enter the Khumbu National Park. We then cross the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi on a high suspension bridge and walk a steep route for about 2hours up Namche hill to reach Namche Bazaar (3440m). Namche Bazaar is the capital of the Khumbu Region, inhabited by the Sherpas and is a prosperous trading town. The Namche Bazaar permits many Tibetan merchants to cross the nearby border in order to trade their wares in the local market, and it is a fascinating spectacle. This is a good place to buy genuine Tibetan artifacts. Just across the valley to the east, you can emerge yourself with the magnificent view of the Thamserku and Kangtega mountain peaks. In order to acclimatize to the weather conditions, we will be spending 2 days in Namche bazaar and will be visiting the village of Khumjung for its famous bakery. From Namche, we venture on the well-worn Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the Dudh Khosi. As we move along the path we get our first splendid view of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam ranges. We pass several villages and numerous tea shops following the route, during which we cross the Dudh Koshi River and make a steep climb towards Thyangboche. Thyangboche is the home of the famous monastery and surely one of the world's best viewpoints, looking at the three enormous Himalayan valleys. We drop down to the river and the village of Deboche (3700m) and make our night's halt at a comfy lodge a little further along the same trail. After a night's rest, we continue our journey along a path strewn with Rhododendron trees and cross an airy suspension bridge just beyond Deboche. An hour's walk is all we need to bring us to Pangboche, which boasts an excellent view of the Mount Ama Dablam. Contouring up the valley, we will recross the river and climb uphill along the Imja Valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche (4410m). Dingboche is another location where we can acclimatize before our ascent up the Khumbu Valley. While in Dingboche, we can attend a seminar on high altitude acclimatization at a nearby hospital in Pheriche, is run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. This walk to Pheriche and back will also serve as an acclimatization training before we continue. The next day, we retrace our steps back to Pheriche before continuing along the trail up the broad valley towards Dugla. Ahead of us is the trekking peak of Lobuje East (6,119m), and to our left is the formidable north face of Taweche. After a three hours walk, we reach the small collection of lodges at Dugla (4,620m). We might choose to walk up to the Sherpa memorials, from where you get outstanding views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Taweche. From Dugla, the trail climbs steeply beside the glacial moraine. After a few hours, the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche (4,940m) where we spend our night in. About three hours beyond Lobuche we reach Gorak Shep (5,160m), the site of the 1953 expedition’s base camp. Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier which becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. After another 3 hours, we will eventually reach the base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. For those visiting base camp in the spring, there is a chance to meet teams making an ascent of the mountain. The Everest Base Camp is actually spread over quite a wide area and we will spend some time wandering through it and getting a sense of what it must be like to be camped here for two whole months, whilst attempting the mountain. To go any further than base camp, you will need to be a mountaineer with proper mountaineering experience. But mountaineer or not, we rest at the base camp. After touching the base of Everest, we then make an ascent of Kala Pattar (5,545m) and organize ourselves for the trip to base camp the following day. It is highly recommended to make an afternoon and evening ascent of Kala Pattar for hopefully a sunset view of the Everest. The climb takes between 2 to 3 hours and can be a hard and tiring walk, but the effort is rewarded by the classic view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori immediately above. For many teams, this is as far as they go on the Everest Trail. We retrace our steps back to Lobuche, and return down the Khumbu Valley, stopping for a break in Dugla. With views of the stunning peak of Ama Dablam ahead of us, we continue along the flat valley back to Pheriche. Following the main Everest trail down the beautifully scenic valley, we pass through Pangboche and re-cross the river before arriving at the quiet hamlet of Deboche. Then finally back to civilization. The best time to take Everest Base Camp trek: A trek to the Everest Base Camp can be taken any time of the year, but the best time to take the decision is for a trek between March to May and from September to November. Winters may be a hard time to come by, due to the cold weather and snow, which will make your trekking experience a difficult one. Higher altitudes may even find the lodges being closed due to the terrible weather and you might not find a place to spend the night in. In summers, the landscape is wet and peaks lost to the clouds, so much of the views may be disappointing. Therefore, Spring, when the freshness of the mountainous trees and shrubs blossom at their best, Rhododendron particularly, is the best time to make the trek. The fresh lush green surroundings complement the view in a spectacular manner. After monsoons, between September to November, is also a good bet once the rain has washed away the dust and clears the skies to give a more spectacular view of your surroundings.
  4. The Everest Base Camp trek is proclaimed to be one of the most popular and a wonderful experience for trekkers and climbers alike. It is comprised of many different locations with the most spectacular view of the surroundings that one can only imagine being possible. However, it is beneficial that anyone taking the trip should be aware of what they are up against. The following content will shed some light on basic things like: Nepal and Nepal tourism A brief history of Everest Base Camp A guide to Everest Base camp trek Places to stay during Everest Base Camp trek Quotation for Everest Base Camp trek Best season to visit Everest Base Camp Nepal and Nepal tourism The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is a landlocked country which borders China in the north and India in the south, east and west. Bangladesh is located in the southeastern point of Nepal. The widely used language here is ‘nepali’ and they are known for their bravery and honesty worldwide. Nepal is the home for eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. It is also the home for many historic Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries, like the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. Tourism is the largest industry in Nepal, and it proves to be the main source of revenue for the Nepalese people. With possession of the eight highest peaks in the world, Nepal is a hot spot destination for tourists, mountaineers, rock climbers, and adventure enthusiasts. Therefore, Mountaineering and other types of adventure tourism and ecotourism are important to the economy of Nepal. A brief history of Everest Base Camp Mount Everest (8848m), (also known as Sagarmatha in Nepali) is the highest point in the world and is the highest mountain peak of all the mountains in the world. As there were several different local names for the mountain, Everest was given the official name by the Royal Geographical Society in 1865, upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India. The Everest base camp is located in both Nepal and Tibet side. Many climbers attempted to scale the mountain before 1920 from the Tibet side since Nepal didn’t take kindly to foreigners at the time. After China invaded Tibet in 1950, the Tibet side of the base camp was closed off for visitors. So the historic climb of Mount Everest was taken by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa from the Southeast ridge route (Nepal’s side) in the year 1953. Since then, thousands of Mountaineers have attempted and some have scaled the Everest, while a few hundred have lost their lives during their climb of this majestic peak. The Everest base camp is the site where trekkers end their journey, and Mountaineers begin their ascent of the highest peak in the world. A guide to Everest Base Camp trek Taking a trip to Everest Base Camp is a much sought out and popular trekking destination for adventure lovers visiting Nepal. The trek has a combination of everything a wonderful trip amidst nature has to offer. Anyone who embarks on this voyage is blessed with a vision of majestic mountain ranges of the Himalayas and the surrounding lush green valleys which will enrich your trekking experience. The valley is rich in greenery and many mountain animals can be sighted as you go along. There is no climbing or scrambling involved in this trek and the trek is on good walkable trails with moraine stretches near the base camp. In order to successfully reach the camp without any injury or sickness, it is necessary to keep some days to acclimatize to the surroundings at that altitude. As you make your way on the trail, you will come across many villages inhabited by the most friendly and hospitable people on earth. Places to stay during Everest Base Camp trek The starting of this trek will include having to visit the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. It has the largest population of Nepali folks in Nepa and is rich in diversity and culture. Kathmandu is also one of the top tourist destinations in Nepal. From Kathmandu Airport, you will need to go to Lukla Airport, which is in a hilly region. It has the world’s most dangerous sloping runway, but it promises to be a bumpy yet joyful landing strip for the aircraft that’s carrying you. This is the standard route that many opt for rather than taking an 8hours drive, before making their way to the Himalayas. Since it is a very popular route for a trek, you will come across many lodges and tea houses conveniently located along the trekking trail. Your first halt will be at Phakding, which is a village located on the banks of Dudh Koshi. There are a few suspension bridges you might need to cross to advance as well. Monjo is another village you come across where the Khumbu National Park is located. Later in the trek, you will visit Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Khumbu region, where we will acclimatize before continuing the trip. The next stop for the tired trekkers will be at Thyangboche, where you can visit the historic Monastery and Deboche another village on the trail where we make our stop for the night. We will have another acclimatization session in the farming village of Dingboche before continuing. Before we reach the Everest Base camp, we will have a night’s halt each in Dungla, Lobuche and Gorak Shep. While coming towards the end of the trek, we will visit Pangboche and Deboche before you head back to Kathmandu via Lukla airport. Quotation for Everest Base Camp Trek Your Everest Base Camp journey begins at Kathmandu from where you will be taken to Lukla airport via Kathmandu airport. After reaching Lukla, you will be transferred to Phakding for a night’s halt. Phakding is conveniently located on the trade route through the area and is the home for many clean and lodges to spend our nights in. After that, we head up on the banks of River Dudh Koshi, where we need to cross the river twice using suspension bridges. Then we reach the village of Monjo where we enter the Khumbu National Park. We then cross the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi on a high suspension bridge and walk a steep route for about 2hours up Namche hill to reach Namche Bazaar (3440m). Namche Bazaar is the capital of the Khumbu Region and is a prosperous trading town inhabited by the Sherpas of the mountain. In Namche Bazaar, you have the chance to observe the Tibetan merchants crossing the border to trade their wares in the local market in Namche, which is a fascinating sight. If you are a fan of artifacts and would like to take a souvenir home, you can have a look at things the traders have brought to sell. As you cross the valley in the east at Namche, you can take in the spectacular view of Thamserku and Kangtega mountain peaks. For acclimatization, we will spend 2 days at Namche before continuing our journey and will be hiking to Khumjung as an acclimatizing process. You can also visit the famous bakery there. From Namche, we venture on the Everest trail contours around valley side high above the Dudh Khosi. As we traverse along the path we get our first spectacular view of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam ranges. We go past smaller villages and numerous tea shops following the route, and we also cross the Dudh Koshi River and make a steep climb towards Thyangboche. Thyangboche is the home of the famous monastery and surely one of the world's best viewpoints, looking across from the three enormous Himalayan valleys. We then descend to the river and the village of Deboche (3700m) and spend our night at a comfy lodge that stands a little further along the same trail. The next day will be a feast for your eyes as we trek past a path laden and strewn with Rhododendron trees and across an airy suspension bridge beyond Deboche. After an hour walk, we come across an excellent view of Ama Dablam in Pangboche. Contouring up the valley, we recross the river and climb uphill along the Imja Valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche (4410m). Dingboche is another location where we can acclimatize before our ascent up the Khumbu Valley. While in Dingboche, we can attend a seminar on high altitude acclimatization at a nearby hospital in Pheriche, that is run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. The trip to Pheriche and back to Dingboche also serves as a good acclimatizing training before we make our way closer to the base camp. Next, we retrace our steps back to Pheriche before continuing along the trail up the broad valley towards Dugla. Ahead of us is the trekking peak of Lobuje East (6,119m), and on our left is the formidable north side of Taweche. After a three hour walk, we reach the small collection of lodges at Dugla (4,620m). We can also make our way to the Sherpa memorials, where you get an outstanding view of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Taweche. From Dugla, the trail climbs steeply beside the glacial moraine. After a few hours, the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche (4,940m) where we spend our night. After three hours past Lobuche, we reach Gorak Shep (5,160m), where the site of the 1953 expedition’s base camp rests. Contouring along the valley the trail leads to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier which becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. After another 3 hours, we will reach our destination near the foothills of the Khumbu Icefall. The Everest Base Camp is spread over a large area and we can spend some time wandering through it. One might even take a guess and ponder what it must be like to be camped here for two whole months, whilst attempting the mountain. To go any further up the base camp, you will need to be a mountaineer with proper mountaineering experience. The morning of the base camp advent, we ascend the Kala Pattar (5545m) for the blissful sight of the sunset. Viewers are advised to make the ascent during the afternoon as the view is more proficient then. The ascent takes 2 to 3 hours and is a hard and tiring walk uphill. Nevertheless, the tiring walk will be rewarded with the stunning view of Everest and the Khumbu icefall, and even Lhotse, Nuptse and Pumori immediately above the ranges. We then retrace our trail back via Lobuche and make our way down Khumbu Valley after a brief halt that Dungla. With views of the majestic Ama Dablam, we make our way back to Pheriche where we stall for the night. Thus as we follow the main trail taken earlier we descend through the beautiful valley as we pass through Pangboche and cross the Dudh Koshi once more to enter the hamlet of Deboche. From there we take our last walk towards Lukla airport after which your trek comes to an end once you reach Kathmandu. The trip can be taken under different durations depending on the number of passes you want to see in your travel. At an average, the total duration of the trek is 17days. Best season to visit Everest Base Camp The Everest Base Camp trek is in a mountainous region and the climate there is chilly most of the year around. A trip to the Base camp can be taken at any time of the year, however, Monsoon might not be the time to take the venture. Due to the rain, the trekking trail might be an obstacle rather than a path to walk on. And the summits are also cloudy and vision might be blurry due to the mist. Winter is also not a good time for a trek. Due to the cold weather and the snowfall many of the lodges are closed, so you might not find a place to spend the night in. Therefore, Spring (between March to May) is the best time to visit the Everest base camp as it is the time when the mountain region is bustling with rich lush green surrounding with greenery all around. The views are more spectacular than with shrubs blooming at their fullest. September and November is also a great time to be in that location as the monsoon washes away all the dirt and clears the sky to provide a much desired and spectacular view of your surroundings.
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