15 days of a heavenly experience: The Everest Base Camp Trek

ebcThe trek to the Base Camp of the highest peak in the world is most certainly a feat in itself. The Everest Base Camp Trek is an experience worth living, an adventure of a lifetime and true wilderness of nature in its purest form. For everyone who becomes delighted at the mere view of mountains and for everyone wishing to dwell into the deepest mysteries put forward by the beautiful country of Nepal, the Everest Base Camp Trek is a must go to destination.

The Everest Mountain is the heart and the main jewel of the Khumbu region; Surrounded by several other snowcapped and high peaks, the Everest in itself is grandeur. Everest and its description are not sufficient to explain the importance of this great mastiff in Nepal as it is the highest peak in the world, standing proud and tall at the height of 8848 m. obviously, climbing the mountain is itself an extremely difficult endeavor, but the climb to its base camp is moderately strenuous. Hence, the Everest Base Camp Trek is recommended to everyone who wishes to touch the base of the highest peak in the world.

The trek in itself starts from the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. But, the Lukla region is the starting point of the trek. As with all other kinds of trek the Everest Base Camp trek offers a reason to be out from the hustle bustle of the traffic. Move away from the cities and cemented buildings and dwell into the high peaks formed by nature itself. Marvel at the beauty of the glistening white peaks that has been created by God in the heaven called Nepal. Explore beyond limits, the living style of the ethnic inhabitants of the Khumbu region. Explore the depths of Nepal, live in its vicinity, breathe its air, eat its local food and talk to local people to explore and understand what marvelous beauty lies within.

ebc3

What makes this trek more important is the fact that the Everest Base Camp offers you close-up views of all the other peaks nearby. The trek is filled with adventure. A moderate physique is required to embark on it. Time and again acclimatization are important to move along in harmony with the climate and the weather. With all this, the trek requires only 14 days of your time and an average sum of money, worth spending on this treat of a lifetime.

All in all, for enthusiasts of thrilling adventure, for lovers of the white glistening mountain peaks, for people with an intention to experience an adventure of a lifetime, the Everest Base Camp Trek is highly recommended.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu and other major cities can be done on whichever hotels and lodges that can be found as per your interest. In the Everest region, camping is essential and so are sleeping bags and other required accessories. Be ready to sleep beneath the open sky below the stars and live in with the clean and clear surrounding un-infiltrated by dust and the chaos of human daily life.

Other people required

For an inexperienced climber, it is almost always good to carry along porters and guides to embark on the trek to the base camp of the Everest. The challenging route requires skilled personnel to show you the way and taking along some people who know the deal is highly recommended,

Equipment required

Head light, sleeping bag, knife, sun cream, sunglasses, a good pair of boots and clothes are the major necessary equipment required. It is advised to carry only the basic requirements as in a trekking trip, less is always more.

Clothing

The trip to the Base Camp ensures a harsh cold climate for sure. Warm clothes are absolutely important and more so, lightweight and warm clothes are the best. Carry comfortable clothing that you feel good in. Nature does not judge you for how you dress.

Safety

While not much required, a team should always carry an oxygen mask and a first aid kit in case of emergency situations. Another safety measure to be taken is to ensure proper acclimatization to deal with the problems related to altitude sickness.

Months to Trek

The best season to carry out the trek certainly has to be the autumn, between September to November and the spring, from March to May. This ensures an obstruction free view that remains embedded in your mind for a long time to come. Also, vegetation will be in full bloom during these months, making your trek even better.

Experience and Fitness Required

Prior experience is not required for trekking to the Everest Base Camp. It must be duly noted that the trek is, however, challenging with rocky paths and slippery and tricky routes. Acclimatization and rest time as well as basic training before embarking on the trek is highly recommended. Carry out some minor physical training like skipping and jumping before you decide to move along.

 

Basic Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Sightseeing Around Kathmandu

Day 3: Kathmandu- Lukla- Phakding (1300m- 2652m)

Day 4: Phakding- Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 5: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

Day 6: Namche Bazaar- Tengboche (3440m-3870m)

Day 7: Tengboche- Dingboche (3870m- 4400m)

Day 8: Acclimatization at Dingboche

Day 9: Dingboche- Lobuche (4400-4900m)

Day 10: Lobuche- Gorakshep- EBC (4900m- 5180m- 5364m)

Day 11: Gorakshep- Kalapathar- Periche (5364m- 5545m- 4320m)

Day 12: Pheriche- Namche (4320m- 3440m)

Day 13: Namche- Phakding- Lukla

Day 14: Lukla- Kathmandu

Day 15: Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

From your respective locations, this day you will be arriving in the capital as well as the cultural hub of Nepal, Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, one can choose to go to their respective hotels and take a rest, or stroll around the streets in an attempt to taste the exquisite and the well-known Nepali cuisine. Thamel is the hotspot for some dance and drinking action. One can also choose to end the evening peacefully inside the hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing Around Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the cultural, architectural and the bubbling hub of Nepal. Nepal is a culturally and topographically diverse nation and the same is reflected also in the depths of the Kathmandu City. Kathmandu is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites which attract onlookers from all across the world.

Kathmandu is divided into three cities, the Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur. Each of these cities was once ruled by a king of a certain dynasty giving rise to three palaces and three Palaces (Durbar Squares). Each of these durbar squares emits the beauty and complexity of art forms that existed among people all in the golden era of Nepal. Viewing the three durbar squares and living in the cultural and religious harmony of Kathmandu is highly recommended for all thrill seekers. If time permits, one can also visit the largest Stupa in the world, The Boudhanath. Syambunath, the monkey temple, Pashupatinath, the famous and the most important Hindu temple, are all the architectural areas of Kathmandu, worth visiting.

Day 3: Kathmandu- Lukla- Phakding (1300m- 2652m)

Today, we commence our actual trek into the Everest Region. Before the trek starts, we take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla has been known to be one of the wildest and the best scenery flights across Nepal. One can view the glistening tops of the mountains, glimmering in the warmth of the morning sun. The flight will take about 35 minutes and will most certainly be one of the best flights one will have experienced in his life.

Today, we also commence the trek. Today’s trek can be called a short hike or a walk. The trail passes through the Chaurikharka village. After crossing the village, the path will descend downwards towards the Dudhkoshi Ghat before finally reaching the bank of the Dudhkoshi River. The path continues along with a short and pleasant walk with the cool breeze of the water and the forests around following through your hair. The trail continues up to Phakding where we will be resting for the night. The village of Phakding is a beautiful one in itself, with views of several mountain peaks and the warmth of the welcoming populations, ready to greet yours everywhere you go. The trek requires about 3 to 4 hours completing.

Day 4: Phakding- Namche Bazaar (2652m- 3440m)

Today, we will be reaching the entry point to the Everest, the Namche Bazaar.

Before gearing up to move towards Namche Bazaar, an early morning strong and sturdy breakfast is highly recommended. The day requires a few strenuous activities and will surely require you to eat well in order to move along through the day without any problem. We trail takes us to the Dudhkoshi River. We cross the river through a suspension bridge and reach a pine forest. The grand and beautiful pine forest is crossed to reach Monjo.

From Monjo, a few hundred meters away, we will find the entry point to the Sagarmatha National park. Entering the Park requires a brief permit. One can now descend down to the Dudh Koshi River by looking at the black inscriptions on the main walls all along the way.  Now we come across the village of Jorsale. Jorsale is where we will be having our launching before moving on towards Namche Bazaar. We will be passing along two crossing to finally reach the Namche Bazaar. One crossing is the Hillary Suspension Bridge which we need to cross to be able to reach Namche Bazaar. The climb upwards from this location is a tough one, but once you reach the top, you will be awarded the most magnificent views of mountains surrounding the Namche Bazaar from three sides and making you feel like heaven. The trek requires about 5 to 6 hours completing.

ebc7

Day 5: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

Today is the rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Upon reaching higher elevations, the body cannot respond to the sudden changes in the decrease of oxygen and the thinning of air, thus requiring acclimatization. Acclimation is absolutely important to prevent the case of Altitude Sickness at heights.

Namche Bazaar is the entry point to the Everest and was once an ancient salt trading route fromTibet. It is one of the largest Sherpa settlements and is full of religious delights worth visiting. You have the option to hike to the Everest View Point. A 2-hour hike to this viewpoint, offering the delightful view of the Everest speeds up the acclimatization process.

Another option is to spend the day in exploring the Namche Bazaar. One can check out the Sherpa museum and understand the Sherpa culture as well as the history of mountaineering from close. Another option is the exploration of the Hatt Bazaar, which includes the marketplace selling all kinds of goods. You can also buy some mountaineering and trekking equipment as well as souvenirs here.

Day 6: Namche Bazaar- Tengboche (3440m-3870m)

Today, we start off with an early morning breakfast in the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar. Following this,we embark on a trek to reach the destination for today, Tengboche.

After being fueled up with the delicious breakfast, we will be passing along with the exquisite views of the perfect high peaks like the Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kwangde, and Thamserku today. With the views of these magnificent peaks glistening in the sun, the atmosphere becomes extremely exciting to walk through. Nature and its beauty will not make you feel any pain in your tired legs after the trek today.

A short drop to the riverside is followed by crossing the river and rising upwards towards the forest pass. Att his point, we will be moving on an uphill track and one should brace one’s knees for the tiresome job of climbing such a steep altitude.

Tengboche is known to be one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. The views from Tengboche include the view of the Ama Dablam specifically. We will also be getting the chance to visit the Tengboche monastery which is the largest one in the Khumbu region. A guided tour through the grounds of the monastery is surely sure to give us a feeling of peace and relief. The trek takes about 6 hours.

ebc5

Day 7: Tengboche- Dingboche (3870m- 4400m)

Today, our destination is the beautiful Dingboche. We will kick off the day with a passage through the lush green rhododendron forest eventually reaching Deboche. This is a followed by the passage over a bridge, standing tall over the raging and roaring Imja Khola River. After we pass along the valley wall, we will be greeted with the plains of the Pangboche village. Pangboche is the biggest settlement of Sherpas in the Everest region of Nepal.

Pangboche offers the chance to love in and understand the unique Sherpa heritage and have lunch and mix in with the Sherpa populations residing there. One can embark on a brief hike to the Pangboche monastery, which is one of the oldest one in the area. After this, the terrain becomes arid, dry and deserted, until we reach Dingboche.  Today’s trek takes about 6 hours.

Day 8: Acclimatization at Dingboche

Today, we again acclimatize with the altitude in order to give our bodies the much-needed rest and the chance to be free from problems related to acclimatization issues. We will be moving towards a more challenging trek so this is the last chance to take a rest before embarking on more adventure. A full day will be spent in savoring the wonders of the Dingboche valley surrounded by the Chhukung and the Imja valleys. Also, observe the high passes of Amphu Laptsa and Makalu Barun National Park and rest adequately for the upcoming days.

ebc1

Day 9: Dingboche- Lobuche (4400-4900m)

The hardest part of the journey starts today. We will first;y be passing through the village od Dungla. Reaching Dungla requires a tough and steep walk to the top of a high hill and this will surely test your stamina and the strength of your legs. Memorial stupas dedicated to climbers and trekkers to the Everest are present here.

We will next be going towards a craggy mountain terrain, which eventually brings us to Lobuche. You can view the glistening peaks like the Mt. Lobuche, Nuptse, and the Mt. Pumori, once atop the Lobuche. The night here will surely be a cold one. So be sure to snuggle up and keep yourself warm. The trek today requires an estimated 6 to 7 hours to complete.

Day 10: Lobuche- Gorakshep- EBC (4900m- 5180m- 5364m)

Today s the day we had been waiting desperately for. We will kick off the day with an initial and easy trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep. This trek is a comparatively easier one, but be ready for the hard part that follows. The trail to the Everest Base Camps harder and involves passage through rocky dunes and moraine. The accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris and other tricky areas makes it difficult to climb upwards to the EBC. Upon reaching the highly awaited Everest Base Camp, we can meet up with the trekkers, in an attempt to scale the Mt. Everest. From the Base, Camo one can see the unbelievable views of breathtaking beauty all around.

The 360-degree views of pristine snowcapped peaks surrounding us are surely enough to be embedded in the memory for an entire lifetime. The views of the peaks, along with the massive pride f being in the Base Camo of the highest peak is the world, is surely set to make you forget all the worries in the world and make you proud for having accomplished such a great feat. As the afternoon wanes in, we return back to Gorakshep and spend the night there. The entire trekking duration of the day is from 6 to 8 hours.

Day 11: Gorakshep- Kalapathar- Periche (5364m- 5545m- 4320m)

Today, we walk towards the Kalapathar, which means black rock. In a glorious sunrise, glistening the top of the Everest, we will be rewarded with the spectacle of the views of the snowcapped peaks like the Lhotse, Changtse, and Nuptse. This is the best moment to capture amazing pictures of the Everest and its neighboring peaks. The Kaslapathar is the best place to view the Everest at its best. We will return back to Gorakshep and move along to Pheriche where we spend the rest of the night. The trek duration is about 5 to 6 hours in total.

ebbbe

Day 12: Pheriche- Namche (4320m- 3440m)

Today, we move back to the Namche Bazaar, with or heart’s content on having experienced the spectacles of Everest from so close by. The trek is mainly a downhill path and requires an hour of scaling a hill only/ so the trek will be comparatively easier today. In the afternoon after reaching Namche, we can rest and give some energy to our tiring muscles. The trek requires about 7 to 8 hours in total.

Day 13: Namche- Phakding- Lukla

We trace our way back to Phakding today. We will pass the Hillary Suspension bridge and move forward to where we came from, after reaching Phakding and resting for some time there, we move forward to Lukla, where we will be spending the night.

Day 14: Lukla- Kathmandu

After bidding farewell to the Himalayas, with the promise to come back for more, we embark of a flight back to the capital with heart’s content for the feat accomplished and heavy for departure.

Day 15: Departure

After having experienced all the spectacles of the massive Everest and having felt the pride of reaching the Base Camp of the highest peak in the world, it is time to bid farewell to the trek and the country if you are a foreign national. With the promise to come back for more, one can leave the country with the memories of the experience of a lifetime, worth cherishing forever.

 

Leave a Reply

error: Content is protected !!