Everest Base Camp Trek
If you are looking for trekking in the Himalayas, there is no better place to go than the Everest Base Camp. The majesty of the mountains of this region and the thrill of trekking here brings a lot of passionate travelers to this place.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp gives you majestic views of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu amongst others. These mountains are amongst the 4 out of 14 peaks in the world that are more than 8000 meters high.
You can also interact with many travelers and residents of the Everest region while trekking to Everest Base Camp. You can experience of the culture of Tibetan Buddhism of this region by traveling to various monasteries like Tengboche Monastery and Pangboche Monastery.
Most of the trekking takes place within the boundaries of Sagarmatha National Park. While trekking, you are also likely to encounter different species of plants like juniper, fir, birch, rhododendron etc. This national park also provides habitat for 118 species of birds. Besides, animals like snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, Himalayan wolves etc. are also there in this national park.
This trek has a wonderful mixture of scenic views, rich cultural heritage and picture-perfect villages. These attractions make the EBC trek one of the most sought-after destinations for travel enthusiasts.
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty:
Everest Base Camp is a moderately difficult trek. Moderate trekking destinations in Nepal take about 2 weeks to complete. A majority of moderate treks take place at altitudes of lower than 5000 meters.
During the Everest Base Camp trek, you will reach a maximum altitude of 5545 meters in Kala Patthar. During most days, your trekking will take place at altitudes that range between 2800 - 5000 meters. This makes you susceptible to Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness.
So to complete this trek, you have to ensure that you build your strength and stamina. For this, you need to start various forms of exercises like running, cycling, and strength training for around 3-4 months prior to departure.
If you work on your fitness well and are mindful of your dietary habits, you will be able to complete the Everest Base Camp trek quite easily. While trekking, don’t forget to hire a porter who will carry your load and reduce the physical stress on your body.
Everest Base Camp Highlights:
● Your trek starts after a thrilling and scenic flight to Lukla.
● You will get to explore a unique trading center in the Everest region named Namche Bazaar. It buzzes with tourists, flourishing trade, wonderful restaurants, and other beautiful facilities.
● Tengboche Monastery is the biggest monastery in the Everest region. It lies in front of the stunning mountains of the Everest region.
● Kala Patthar promises to be one of the best spots in the world for viewing sunrise. The views of the sun coming up through the Himalayas of this region is stunning.
● Khumbu Icefall and Glacier are other places of natural beauty during the EBC trek.
● You will also get to walk through Sagarmatha National Park. This park is a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site that is home to many exotic species of plants and animals.
● You will have a chance to learn the rich Tibetan Buddhism culture of this region while trekking.
● You will also get to experience an authentic village lifestyle while you visit many picturesque villages like Phakding, Dingboche, and Lobuche.
I spent very memorable days in the Everest region in Nepal. I used to dream to see this highest peak of the world and now I arrested it in my camera. My guide arranged everything and helped me a lot. He did not let me feel tired and boring. I have read about the Manaslu region and willing to go there with this company again. I like to make a strong recommendation.
Best Time to Trek to Everest Base Camp:
With appropriate preparation and trekking equipment, you can trek to Everest Base Camp any time of the year. But it is important for you to note that there are various seasons in the Everest Base Camp. The number of trekkers in the Everest Base Camp depends upon these seasons.
Autumn (September/ October/ November) is the most popular season for trekking to the Everest Base Camp. This season experiences a low amount of rainfall and moderate sunshine making it a popular choice amongst trekkers. Spring (March/ April/ May) has weather that is similar to Autumn and is the second most popular season for trekking to EBC.
Winter (December/ January/ February) can be quite cold. The temperature in places like Gorak Shep can get as low as -15 degrees C. But the low number of trekkers makes these months quite peaceful and popular amongst solitude-loving trekkers. Summer (June/ July/ August) is also a season where the trekking traffic is low as the monsoon rain makes trekking problematic for some.