Everest Base Camp Trekking
When Everest Region Trekking comes calling they say there is no stopping oneself. There are numerous mountaineering options in Nepal. Eight of the 14 mountains over 8,000 meters high are located in this tiny Himalayan nation, and of these Everest is the ultimate challenge.Even before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa set foot on top of the world, the quest to conquer Mount Everest has always been a dream for adventure seekers.
Located in the districts of Solu and Khumbu, the Everest region’s beauty is unparalleled with its well-maintained trails and mountain lodges. The trekking routes that lie in this region start higher and stay higher in altitude than many others in the world (even in Nepal), offering unrivalled views of some of the world’s highest and incredible panoramas.
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Solukhumbu is the ancestral land of the Sherpa people who have become synonymous with the word ‘Himalayas’. The glacier-fed rivers, the Buddhist monasteries and nunneries, the virgin white glaciers, the sprawling snowfields and glistening ice ridges emitting sparkling flashes in the warm Himalayan sun, and the exotic flora and fauna that populate this perse temperate to alpine landscape – like the golden eagles that circle the sky and the elusive and rarely-seen snow leopard - make the Everest region a paradise. Trekkers should also be on the lookout for the Abominable Snowman – or ‘Yeti’ – another Himalayan mystery.
Every year, Everest attracts thousands of travelers from across the globe. The best season for trekking is the autumn – October and November – when the skies are crystal clear and the temperatures are comfortable. For these reasons, autumn is the time when the Everest region draws the biggest crowds. The spring season – March and April – is another viable season, but travelers have to watch out for the occasional clouds and rain, which become more frequent as the monsoon gets closer in May.
Everest region is less crowded during the winter, the so-called off-season, and it’s possible to trek to Everest Base Camp during the winter. The days are comfortable but the nights are freezing cold. Quick research on local weather condition would be a better way to start a winter trek to base camp to watch out for snow.
Though being in a high and rugged region, the accommodation facilities within the trekking routes are comfortable. Trekking routes are well developed, with plenty of teahouses, mostly made of stone, offering wi-fi, western style toilets, and delicious meals.
The Khunde Hospital just north of Namche Bazaar, which was built by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1965, has been providing medical services for the past few decades. The Himalayan Rescue Association also runs a health post in a village called Pheriche just above Namche Bazaar, offering emergency treatment, a consultation costs about US$65, and Gamow bags and bottled oxygen for treatments. Chartered helicopters are available to rescue those who have fallen sick or have been injured.
Besides the natural beauty for which the Khumbu region is known throughout the world, the region also offers a rich culture and heritage. The Gyalpo Losar or the Tibetan New Year, which falls in late February or early March, is one not to be missed. The masked dances and the Tibetan opera are a sight to behold. The birth of Lord Buddha or Budhha Jayanti as it is known locally, is another festival that is celebrated with much fanfare. Buddha Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon of the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar, which normally falls in May.
Other major festivals celebrated in the Khumbu region are Mani Rimdu and Dumje. Mani Rimdu, which falls in either October or November, is perhaps the most famous festival of the Sherpa people and is celebrated for three days interspersed with various ritualistic dances. It is a symbol of the victory of the Buddhist religion over ancient animistic religions of the mountains. The Dumje festival is a celebration of the birth of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), the Himalayan saint who introduced Buddhism to Tibet, with six days of rituals and feasting in the fifth Tibetan lunar month, normally in June or July.
Lukla, the gateway to Everest lies in the Solukhumbu district. The term Lukla refers to a place with many goats and sheep. It’s just around 25 minutes flight away from Kathmandu. Back in the days when Everest was first open to foreigners one had to walk all the way to Lukla from Kathmandu, just like Tenzing and Hillary did when they first scaled Mount Everest. But at present, Luka is easily reachable. The Tenzing-Hillary airport located in Lukla is the most easily accessible airport of the area. The other two airports in Solukhumbu are a few days walk away from Lukla. Due to the varying climatic conditions of the area, an unexpected delay in flights is common throughout the year, especially during the monsoon and winter. An alternative way to reach Lukla would be to trek from Salleri, which would take around 4 days trek to reach Lukla, after a drive in the jeep from Kathmandu to Salleri.
National Park Trekking routes in the Everest region lie within Sagarmatha National Park. Foreigners are required to obtain a Sagamartha National Park entry permit as well as a TIMS card to trek in the Everest Region.
- Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee for foreigners: 3,000 NPR + 13% VAT, totaling 3,390 NPR (Approx. US $34)
- Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 1,500 NPR
- Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality of Solukhumbu district has started levying entrance fee of Rs 2,000 (approximately $20) on every foreigner entering the rural municipality from October 1, 2018 replacing the TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Approx. US $10)
Packing for Everest Basecamp trekking :
Here’s list of essential items to be packed for Everest Basecamp Trekking, core layering clothing, and added extras, to ensure you can pack light, yet have everything you need for a comfortable trek to EBC.
Dealing with High Altittude while trekking Everest Base Camp Trek
Every year, thousands of nature-lovers make their way to Nepal to embark on some of the most beautiful walking tracks the world can offer, and with good reason. The Himalaya offer terrain to be trekked unlike that you’ll find anywhere else in the world, whether you choose the Everest Base Camp, Annapurna, Mustang or other popular circuits around the nation. The mountains here are magnificent, the peaks precipitous and the beauty is breathtaking.
The only issue is, unlike most of the world’s natural beauties, the Himalaya will take your breath away all the time. When you’re sleeping, when you’re eating, walking, talking. Heck, one of the most strenuous activities on the mountain is going to the bathroom. It’s because there is another factor at play than purely beauty: altitude. Read about dealing with High Altitude while trekking Everest base cam Trek.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Your adventure begins today. Please be informed, that you might have to face a long queue for immigration clearance and it gets messy during baggage collection. It’s a common scenario due to the lack of proper infrastructure and the high volume of tourists’ inflow during the peak season. However be assured about the helpful airport staff and friendly Nepali people around you. Our representative will be there to receive/greet you. Just look around to locate our company’s logo at the placard. You will be transferred to hotel. There will be full briefing in the evening.
A short and thrilling flight from Katmandu takes you to a mountain airstrip of Lukla, which is also renamed as Tenzing Hillary Airport. Lukla, a small town in the Solukhumbu district is the gateway to Everest. Starting from Lukla, the trail heads towards the northern side along the Dudh Koshi valley. With small settlements in between, the trails offers aesthetic views. Phakding, a small village at an altitude of 2652 m marks the end of the first day.
Heading north from Phakding along the Dudh koshi river the trails takes you through dense and vibrant forest of Rhododendron. After a small village of Jorsale and with the crossing of western fork of the river starts the steep climb up to Namche bazaar. With a gradual climb, if the weather permits, the majestic summit of Everest looms behind the ridge of Lhotse and Nuptse. Another steep climb for about 300 meters takes you to Namche Bazar. Namche Bazar, the administrative and trading center of the Khumbu region and is a famous village of the Sherpa people.
To avoid Hight altitude sickness, we acclimatize at Namchee Bazaar where we visit the local museum and surrounding villages. Namche host of fancy shops, coffee shops, lodges and tea houses, and is an excellent place to grow used to moving around in the thin air nearly 3500m above sea level. An alternative trek can be walk to Kunde abd Khumjung ,where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding snow capped giants and the valleys way down below.
All set and acclimatized, we head towards Thyanbochu and on your way unfolds the first glimpse of Mt. Everest and adjoining Himalayan Mountains including Nuptse, Lhotse and Amadablam. You will traverse upwards through the rhododendrons forest before finally arriving at the spectacular Thyancoche. A customary visit to the Monastery is a must, where you will witness Buddhist monks, observing daily pujas in their sacred praying section. Be advised that you are not allowed to take picture inside there, but you certainty can outside the Monasery.
After breakfast, we start a short descent to Debuche, following Imja Khola River, and then climb up to Pangboche which houses the oldest monastery in the Khumbu. Pangboche is a pleasant village with beautiful fields. Ama Dablam seems almost at touching distance and shines with majesty. Following the Imja River, there is a short climb to Somare - a settlement with a few houses. We will trek up the Khumbu Valley past chortens and walls of Mani stones and climb for about 45 minutes to the settlement of Dingboche.
A well deserved break for acclimatization to avoid Altitude Mounatin Sickness (AMS) . However you will hike to Chhukung, a small summer settlement and is the staging place for trekkers attempting to summit the Island Peak (6189m). The views from Chhukung are very picturesque with the south face of Lhotse, eastern face of Amadablam and other peaks. This hike will definitely be one of the highlights of the trek.
After breakfast we trek North towards Lobuche. On the way you will come across the largest memorials in the Everest region. The memorials is a fitting tribute to all those who lost their lives attempting to summit the world’s highest mountain, Everest. You will also enjoy the spectacular views of Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde, Kongma-tse Mt. and the great wall of Nuptse
Today is the day you been waiting for, a walk to remember and cherish it forever. It’s Everest Base Camp day, which is only a few hours away. After breakfast you will trek through a rocky path on the famous Khumbu Glacier. Past that, you will walk into the mother of all base camps in the world. If you are trekking between (March-May), you will find the place buzzing amidst the colorful tent-camps, with seasoned mountaineers, record holders, aspiring record bakers with their activities as commercial expedition to summit Mt. Everest commences. After lunch, we return to Gorekshep for overnight stay.
If you believed that your walk to Everest base camp was amazing. Hold your excitement, as you will be blown away with the majestic views of Everest from Kalapatthar(Kala Pattar). The view of Everest peak seems within a touching distance between the summit of Mt. Nuptse and Lho-La and Lhotse on the back. You trek early morning with the strenuous climb to reach Kalapatthar(Kala Pattar), a magnificent spot to be on a clear sunny morning, with full view of all the higher snow capped Mountains.
You descend back to Gorak Shep and then all the way back to Loboche. We trek down to Pheriche, which is an easy trail going mostly downhill all the way passing through the village of Dugla.
After breakfast you will trek downhill to Pangboche and then pass though Deboche, which offers spectacular views of If you believed that your walk to Everest base camp was amazing. Hold your excitement, as you will be blown away with the majestic views of Everest from Kalapatthar. The view of Everest peak seems Khumbi-la, the revered mountain and protector Goddess of the Sherpas. . You will continue to walk towards Tengboche and downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs from the bridge at Phungitenga, near Sanasha.
You will gradually start to leave behind the imposing views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku and other peaks. You trek further down to Khumjung and to Syangboche through a hillside filled with rhododendron and juniper trees, pine forest and spot mountains goats, pheasants and other wild animals and birds, which are common to the area before reaching to Namchee Bazaar and continue to finally reach Phakding.
After breakfast you will follow the rocky terrain, which is mostly a downhill trek alongside the Dudh Kosdhi River crossing several suspension bridges, Monasteries and Sherpa Villages before reaching to Lukla. You will unwind yourself, as it will be your last day on the mountains in the calm and peaceful Lukla.
You will bid farewell to the region and check-in at the Lukla airport to fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer back to the hotel. You will be free for the rest of the day. You can explore the handcraft/souvenir shopping. Our guides can help you, so please don’t hesitate to inquire about the best shop/area for that bargain deals.
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