There is something humbling about mountains. Maybe it’s their tall and grandiose appearance or the initial intimidation when you cast your eyes on it. But ultimately, the most humbling part is the sense of accomplishment that you get after climbing one.There must be a connection between the mountains and us, which always grabs our attention towards them. In this fast-paced world, we all crave for solace deep in our hearts. We somehow find peace in the silence they have in the surroundings, the calm and soothing breeze that touches our faces, in the sun. These feeling of us humans are accomplishing by Everest Base Camp Trek.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp is not an easy task. What we need is experience and determination to stand on the base of the world’s highest peak. Being a first timer to attempt the highest peak you should have knowledge about the mountaineering. Though, it is not compulsion to show the Mountaineering certificate to Nepal Government but for your comfort you can have a practice trek on small hills for a month before attempting Everest.
Everest Base Camp trek Highlights
- Kathmandu day sightseeing
- Scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
- Explore Himalayan Sherpa culture
- Take rest at Namche Bazaar and acclimatize, walk around and feel it
- Visit Tengboche monastery and see monastic performance
- Trek to Everest Base Camp and view sun rise from KalaPatthar
Reaching of Everest Base Camp
Your initial journey starts with thrilling flight of 45 min from Kathmandu to Lukla airport, a small airport of Nepal. Lukla is the trailhead of the trek from where you start your actual trek on foot. The distance from Lukla to Everest Base camp is of 68 km which requires 8 days with minimum walk of 6 -7 hours. 8 days seems enough for trek however, don’t forget you are on trek above 8000m. Beware of altitude sickness and do follow the instructions of local sherpa.
Cost incurred in Everest Base Camp Trek
Daily expenses during the trek depends upon the days you travel and travel agency you consulting. The minimum expenses for day will be around $25 per day which includes three times meal.
Usually, a two week package tour can cost up to $1500 per person. This includes the flight to/from Lukla, food, accommodation, permits, and cost of the guides. For an independent trekker, the cost may range from $750-$800, and please keep in mind, everything becomes more expensive as the altitude increases.
Do carry enough cash as you can find ATM booth only in Lukla and Namche Bazar. However, they are not reliable. It will be better if you have enough cash for the entire trek.
Best Time to Trek Everest Base Camp
There is no fixed time to trek Everest Base Camp. You can enjoy the beautiful peaks all year. But the most preferable season for trek are Spring(March-Maya) and Attum(September-December).
In Spring, you can witness green bushes and trees bursting into bloom with colourful rhododendrons flower adding an exquisite colour to the landscape. In Autumn you will enjoy seven hours of sunshine with biggest Hindu festivals Dashain and Tihar along with the Sherpa festival of Mani Rimdu.
The Everest Base Camp Trek is well-thought-out as one of the best treks in Nepal. Every adventurer’s dream. From the sheer beauty of the Himalayas to the humble and enticing culture of the Sherpas, EBC trek provides you with a lifetime of memories.