A Journey to the Roof of the World – Everest Base Camp Trek

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Everest Base Camp Trek
The golden crown during the sunrise and sunset in top of the Everest

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the world-renowned trekking trails and it is located in the eastern part of Nepal. Trekking to the base camp of the world’s highest place is not only walking. It means following with path to heaven. Each step moving forward closer to this gigantic peak will allow you to give a pose for lifetime memorable photos.

The Everest region is in the eastern part and the Solukhumbu district of Nepal. This trek is also called the Khumbu Trek. This world-class trekking offers a mesmerizing view of the world’s highest mountain peaks and other snowy peaks in the surroundings.

Everest has different Names. In the Nepali language, it’s called Sagarmatha, Sagar means sky, and Matha means head. And in Sherpa or Tibetan Language, it’s called Chomolungma, which means the goddess mother of the world. All these names refer to one of the significant things in the world.

Everest Base Camp Trek

Walking to the lap of this world’s most valuable Mountain Is called Everest Base Camp Trek. Trekking to the Base camp of this giant peak is not only witnessing beautiful nature. Also allows getting into the culture of the Sherpa people, who live in the high alpine areas of Nepal.

The Sherpa people are known as one of the strongest and toughest people from the Himalayas. They can easily ascend to any mountain peak in the world. That is why so many sherpa people have world records to climb mountains all over the world.

Hiking into the UNESCO World Heritage site Sagarmatha National Park is a full package. Nature, culture, traditions, and flora and fauna; these all things that are going to be seen at one time while doing Everest Trek in Nepal. Naturally mountains and landscapes, culturally the Sherpa people and their culture, costumes, and tradition. Protected varieties of trees and animals in National Park.

Classic Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Everest Base Camp Trek
Guess the Name of the Mountain
Day 1Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding or Manju
Day 2: Phakding or Manju to Namche Bazar
Day 3Hike to Everest View Hotel and trek down via Khumjung Village
Day 4Namche to Tengboche
Day 5 Tengboche to Dingboche
Day 6 Dingboche rest day
Day 7 Dingboche to Labuche
Day 8 Labuche to Gorekshep and Hike to Everest Base Camp
Day 9 Hike to Kalapatter and back to Pheriche
Day 10 Pheriche to Namche Bazar
Day 11 Namche to Lukla
Day 12 Fly back to Kathmandu.

This is the 11 Nights 12 Days trekking itinerary which is the normal itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trek. However, it can be changed as your time and plan to explore the Everest region. Because in this area other many trekking trails can add to this itinerary.

Other treks can add with Everest Base Camp Trek.

Inside the Sagarmatha National Park, there are many trekking trails that can add with EBC Trek. The first one commonly added by trekkers is Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake. This trek is called Everest Base Camp and Chola Pass Trek. At the same time, there is another trek called Renjola Pass Trek can add. And there is another trek which is known as the longer version and harder trek in the Everest region. That trek is called Everest Three Pass Trek and also Everest Circuit Trek.

Places can visit during this trek.

Gokyo Valley

Trek to Everest Base Camp
The View of the Gokyo Lake and its surroundings

Gokyo valley is another outstanding place in the Everest region. The Gokyo lake, Nomochungma Glacier, Gokyo Ri, and the Cho Oyu are the must-visit places of the Gokyo Valley. To reach this photogenic land there are different options first one is a direct way via Dole and Machhermo. The second option is to pass the Renjola via Thame. And last but not least option is to continue the Everest Base Camp trek to Zongla and pass Chola to reach the Everest Base Camp. 

Kongma La Pass

Everest Base Camp Trek

Kongma La Pass is the highest pass of the Everest three-pass trek. Adding this site to your journey to Everest Trek means expanding the thrilling adventures in your journey. The elevation of Kongma La Pass is 5550m above sea level and the highest pass in the Everest region. 

Chhukung Ri.

Everest Base Camp

Chhukung Ri is the perfect viewpoint of Everest, Nuptse, Makalu, and much more snow-capped peaks. Located in the backdrop of the world’s tallest ridge offers the best surrounding views. The top of this viewpoint is 5546m from sea level.

Phortse Village

Everest Base Camp Trek

Phortse village is an isolated village in the Everest territory. Visit this beautiful village while trekking to Everest Base Camp; means extending your trip for one more night in this heavenly land. This can add to your itinerary while waking up and coming back from EBC.

Best time to do Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekking to Everest Base Camp

The Everest region is open for all seasons for trekkers. So the choice is yours when to trek in there. Although there are some seasons that are the best time to do Everest Base Camp Trek. 

Spring season (March April, May)

This season is the king of the seasons and the best trekking season in Nepal. Not that cold and not that hot and the perfect weather condition to make your journey to your dream project.

Autumn season (September, October, November)

The Autumn season is the second-best trekking season in Nepal. This period also offers the best views, even though this is a festive season; so travel during this season is a full package to make a trip to Nepal.

Summer season (June, July, August)

The summer season is not that nice to trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. Because this is the rainy season and walking while raining is not a pleasant job. Also, most of the time, not an excellent mountain and landscapes view. Although this time the atmosphere will be greenery.

Winter season (December, January, February)

The winter season is very good for mountain scenery and to play the snow. However, the frozen season is not that nice because everything will be frozen. Getting water is the most demanding task in the upper part of the region. And of course, heart-biting cold is another disadvantage of this season.

Important Notice for domestic flights to and from Lukla

Everest Base Camp Trek

Nepal has only two international airports and Kathmandu Airport is the busiest one. So that, the air traffic will be very busy in Kathmandu airport during the peak trekking season from March to April and September to October. 

Due to the air traffic congestion at Kathmandu Airport, the flights to Lukla for Everest Base Camp Trek will operate from Ramechhap (Manthali Airport). So that a trekker has to first need travel to Manthali and then fly to Lukla and the same way back to Kathmandu. 

To fly from Manthali firstly need the drive to Manathali, there is sharing transpiration from Kathmandu but that transportation will operate at night time between 1 to 2 AM. Or you can travel by private transportation as well. But I suggest taking one more extra day than travel at night time. However when fly back from Lukla no need to spend a day there. Possibility to drive back on the same day to Kathmandu. 

Flight operation from Manthali Airport from these dates. 

Spring (March 1, to May 31, 2023) 

Autumn (September 1, to November 30, 2023).

Require Permits to do EBC Trek.

Everest Base Camp Trek is under the Sagarmatha National Park. That is why before embarking on the journey to the base camp of the world’s highest place need to buy a national park entry permit. Which can purchase in Kathmandu (Nepal Tourism Board Bhrikuti Mandap) and on the way to base camp at Manju Village (At the National Park Office)

Also need to have TIMS Card. Unfortunately, nowadays there is no checkpoint for this, and it’s good to have because it is the insurance for Nepali staff traveling with you. And the local government will charge the local tax to go up to Everest Base Camp. You have to pay along the way to Namche Bazar from Lukla.

Special Note.

This trek can do by everyone who is physically and mentally strong. However, better to have a previous walking experience in the Himalayas. Highly recommended to have the best travel insurance while trekking to Everest Base Camp. Because there are not the best medical facilities available in the Everet region.

If something is wrong need to rescue by Helicopter and that costs a huge amount. And weather conditions of the mountain always fluctuate. Therefore flying in and out from Lukla is always not sure. You may need to take an extra option which may be an unexpected cost for you.

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