Everest Base Camp trekking is an epic excursion encompassing a trek along the mighty Himalayas along the way passing and living among various local tribes and clans and getting to know the culture, tradition and the nicest of people in the world. Thousands make this journey every year while most of them return again to bask in the beauty of it all one more time (Or two or more. Also known in short as EBC, this trek takes you into the Himayas maneuvering through mountains including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,879m) and many other gigantic peaks.
The Nepalese call Everest Sagarmatha which literally means “above the sky”. Legends say that the mountain is so high that it is higher than the sky itself. Of course it is not possible but it makes for an interesting story nonetheless. Tibetans call it ‘Chomolungma’ which means the mother goddess of the earth.
There are two entry points to this legendary trek. One is from Jiri where we reach via a 4 wheeler and trek all the way up to the Everest Base Camp and there is another option via Air. Tenzing Hillary Airport (Named after the two mountaineers who first scaled Mount Everest) has daily flights in and out of the place. One can arrive here directly from Kathmandu and start the trek hence forth. Tourists taking this trek will pass through several Sherpa villages, High Suspension Bridges built by the local engineers, Zobkyo Yak caravan (family of Yak) and Sagarmatha National Park.
Everest Base Camp Trekking is not popular just for the snowcapped mountains. What’s below is equally mesmerizing. The rugged terrain, free flowing ice falls and snow rich glaciers make for an eye catching sight. Not much jungle can be found here but the short green grass bed upon vast space contrast the pearly white snow peaks.
Gorakh Shep is the final point where lodges are available for stay. From there we will trek up to Kalapathhar from where you can watch the sunrise and sunset in all its beauty. There is no other point on earth from where you can see a more majestic image of the sunrise and sunset.
The weather is also very important factor during the trek in higher elevation. October- December and March – May are the best seasons to trek to Everest Base Camp from the weather point of view.
Everest Base Camp trek highlights
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m) and Transfer to your hotel|
|Day 2||Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek preparation|
|Day 3||4 Wheel drive from Kalanki, Kathmandu at 12:00 AM to Bhandar (2,339m) via Jiri|
|Day 4||Trek from Bhandar to Sete (2575m)|
|Day 5||Trek from Sete to Junbesi (2670m)|
|Day 6||Trek from Junbesi to Nunthala (2220m)|
|Day 7||A day’s terk from Nunthala to Bupsa (2360 m)|
|Day 8||Trek from Bupsa to Surkhe (2290m)|
|Day 9||Trek from Surkhe to Phakding (5364m) via Gorak Shep(5140m). Return back to Gorak Shep for night stay.|
|Day 10||Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m).|
|Day 11||Acclimatization day at Namche Bazzar|
|Day 12||Trek to Tengboche (3870m) from Namche.|
|Day 13||Upward Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4360)|
|Day 14||Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche|
|Day 15||Trek to Everest Base Camp Via Gorak Shep (5100m) and return to Gorak Shep for night stay.|
|Day 16||Trek from Gorak Shep to Kalapathhar (5555m) and descent to Pheriche for the night.|
|Day 17||Downhill Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazar passing Tengboche on the way.|
|Day 18||Descent to Lukla from Namche. Night stay at Lukla.|
|Day 19||Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning. Sightseeing around the valley all day. Farewell dinner at the hotel.|
|Day 20||Departure from Tribhuwan International Airport to selected destination.|