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A Trek to Everest Base Camp

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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