About Mount Everest
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world and the highest peak of Himalaya. The height of Everest is 8,848 meters above sea level. There are various names of it region-wise like Sagarmatha in Nepal, Chomolungma in Tibet, Zhumulangma in China. It is the dream of many mountain climbers, and several climbers climbed on it till now. The first successful ascent was by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. On the 29th May 1953, they reached the summit at 11:30 AM. The latest expedition was Kami Rita Sherpa in 2019. Till now she ascended Mount Everest 24 times.
About Mount Everest Base Camp
Mount Everest is beautiful, so the base camp is also impressive. The base camp is elevated at 17,900 feet at Nepal side. There are two base camps one is in Nepal, and the other one is in China. The base camp in China is called Northern Base Camp, where climbing takes place from the northern ridge. The base camp located in Nepal is called Southern Base Camp. Most of the climbers used to start the expedition from the Nepal side due to the ample facilities and availability of porters and guides. It is the premium trek in Nepal; the next ranked trek is Annapurna Base Camp.
At Nepal, the starting point of Everest Base Camp is Lukla. From Lukla, as the trekking starts, you will see other wonderful places like Phakding, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Dughla, Lobuche, Gorakshep and Kala Pathar. All these places are carved and designed by nature wherein backdrop you will find only the stunning views of Himalayas, but Kala Pathar is a topmost fantastic site among all others. It is the place where you can experience the complete panoramic views of Mount Everest. Even here, you can experience the other peaks of core Himalayas very well. It is the most and most fantastic experience to have the views of the Himalayas from Kala Pathar.
The Itinerary for Everest Base Camp
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu – Lukla by Flight and Lukla – Phakding
Day 3: Phakding – Namche Bazar
Day 4: Acclimatization and Rest at Namche Bazar
Day 5: Namche – Tengboche
Day 6: Tengboche – Dingboche
Day 7: Acclimatization and Rest at Dingboche
Day 8: Dingboche – Dughla
Day 9: Dughla – Lobuche
Day 10: Lobuche – Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp – Gorak Shep
Day 11: Gorakshep – Kala Pathar – Pheriche
Day 12: Pheriche – Namche Bazar
Day 13: Namche Bazar – Lukla
Day 14: Lukla – Kathmandu
Day 15: Departure
All these places which you visit while trekking to Everest Base Camp are remote places but most serene, pristine and picturesque. These are the places where you will have the chance to get the cultural insights of Nepalese core culture. Here you can also understand and experience how people live and survive happily at these high altitude areas where during the winters they cut-off from the other regions under extreme climatic conditions. Apart from it here you will spend a lifetime memorable moments which you have never experienced, and you will never experience.
Annapurna base camp trek is as popular as this trek. From Everest top we can clearly see Annapurna base camp. Another Interesting thing is that Annapurna base camp is known as ABC and Everest base camp is known as EBC. Both treks are hard after this. It is advised to you if you are fit and young to do both.
Soe Points Related to Everest Base Camp Trek
- Travel style will be active where you will perform hiking and trekking.
- The difficulty level of the trek requires some expertise, although it is comfortable under expert guidance.
- Minimum age to attempt this trek is 12 years; however, children under the age group of 18 must be accompanied by the guardian.
- One of the essential things which you must take care of is packing the backpack. The things which you should want to carry for Everest Base Camp trek, you must choose wisely. The first point is the weight as if you pack your trekking bag with useless items; it increases the pressure, which will be a hurdle for you to carry that. Another point is – “Non Availability of Items”. While trekking to base camp, you will pass through remote places where you can find limited items available which may be not useful or suitable for you.
- Most important things to carry are clothes, accessories like sunscreen lotion, sunglasses, cap/hat etc., medicine and first aid box including Diamox tablets, pain reliever spray and carp bandages and other miscellaneous items like trekking poles, LED torch, solar charger & many more.
- Due to high altitude temperature changes dramatically so you should wear clothes in layers so you will be able to add or remove the layer according to the temperature you are facing while trekking. However, all these areas remain cold even in the summers also.
It is all about Everest Base Camp Trek which you should experience once in a life.