Mt. Everest, considered to be the jewel of the Himalayas, is the tallest mountain in the world. It stands 29,000 feet above sea level and is the destination for hikers and adventurers from all over the world. The Everest Base Camp Trek will bring you into some of the oldest and most treasured spots on earth where you will see breathtaking views of cliffs, towering glaciers, and forested hills. Experience the beauty of nature and the local Sherpa traditions of Nepal. This is regarded as one of the finest in the world. This is your chance to get up close and personal with the majesty of Everest and it is a trip that will be remembered for a lifetime. For the true adventurer, there is nothing that beats Everest base camp trekking for some of the best views of the Himalayas.
Your trek to Everest Base Camp begins on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla where you’ll land at Tenzing-Hillary airport. There are no roads between the two towns and the only way in is by plane. There are some beautiful views of the Himalayas, so if you don’t get airsick you will definitely want a window seat so you don’t miss a single minute of the journey. The flight takes about 30 minutes and then you’ll be landing in the mountain top village. The whole place is buzzing with excitement as trekkers and guides are busy preparing for the trek. As you pack up and prepare to leave you’ll bid goodbye to civilization as you begin the ascent towards Everest Base Camp.
The air at the higher elevations is cool and crisp and lush, green forests stretch as far as the eye can see. You’re off on a journey to one of the most challenging destinations in the world. The beautiful and serene mountain villages, the friendly people, and breathtaking view of the mountain makes this trip a once-in-a-lifetime adventure into the unknown. You’ll have a guide with you every step of the way as you travel along the pathways and trails to Everest Base Camp. Bring your camera and plenty of film because you’ll want to record this trip for all of your family and friends at home. There is much to see along the way like jagged cliffs, sparkling clear pools of water, and a suspension bridge.
You’ll make stops in Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Gorakshep on the way to Everest Base Camp. You’ll spend the night in some of these villages and experience the hospitality of the people of Nepal. It is a 2-day trek to Namche Bazaar, which is the trading hub of the mountain. People come to the villages to buy and trade their goods. The Sherpa way of life is a tradition that has survived for many, many years. The villages are remote and remain as they have been since the beginning of time.
The natural beauty of the Khumbu glacier is one of the best features of the trek. If you’ve never experienced the Sherpa way of life you’re in for a treat. The beauty of the surroundings, the peaceful feeling of being in nature with no distractions like ringing phones and computer screens will acquaint you with a different way of living. Each of the villages you’ll be visiting has its own culture and belief system. Tibetan Buddhism started here and is apparent everywhere you look. You’ll see beautiful icons of the Buddhist faith and life in the Himalayas. As part of the trek, you’ll also get a chance to visit a few of the monasteries and gompas in Nepal like the historic Tengboche Monastery. Each stop along the route is an experience in culture and hospitality. The trek to Everest Base Camp is an adventure that you must experience for yourself.
Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights
Throughout its history, Namche Bazaar has been the center of commerce between the mountain dwellers of the high Himalayas and the region’s lowland traders. It is the first stop along the trail to Everest Base Camp and you’ll get a chance to see what life is like for the mountain people. They come to town to trade their goods and transport their goods back home by yak. It is an old way of life that has survived because of its simplicity and absence of modernization. Namche Bazaar is the Sherpa capital of Nepal as well as the gateway to Mt. Everest. The town is guarded by its neighboring communities such as Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Kongde RI, and Kusum Kanguru. Mt Everest is the center pillar and highest point in the mountain region. These are just a few of the cultural experiences you’ll have on this journey to the summit.
Although it is not one of the designated overnight stays, the Hotel Everest View is a sightseeing opportunity you shouldn’t pass up. Situated within the Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal (on Everest) it holds the record for being the Highest Placed Hotel in the world sitting at an altitude of 3,962 meters. It offers some absolutely incredible views of Everest from the guest rooms. The hotel is a 4-hour hike from Namche Bazaar; and is on the itinerary for day 5 of the trek to Everest Base Camp. A hotel at the top of the world is a sight to behold. Nestled into the Himalayas, it has a gorgeous view of the mountain with all the comforts of home.
Progressing along the Dudh Koshi River and hiking through the Imja Khola valley, you’ll arrive in Tengboche on the 6th day of the journey. Tengboche is the spiritual center of the Khumbu (Tengboche Monastery). It is the oldest monastery in the region with a collection of religious art and offers a look at the Buddhist culture in Nepal. This area is a photographer’s paradise. There are no better views than right here. The majesty of the Himalayas as a backdrop for the monastery, it is truly a sight to see.
In a setting like this, it often seems like time is standing still. The villages thrive as they have for hundreds of years, the peaceful atmosphere invites you to leave all your worries behind and experience life in the mountains. One of the highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek is ascending to the highest point on the trail, Kala Patthar. You’ll arrive just about sunrise for one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see, the sun coming up over the rocky crags of Everest in the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
You’ll also see a variety of wildlife living in the area such as the red panda, snow leopard, and Himalayan black bear. The park is an animal reserve for endangered animals. If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the Himalayan Monal, the national bird of Nepal.
- See the breathtaking views from the lap of the world’s tallest mountain – Mount Everest.
- Surrounded by the beauty of nature and the mountains of Nepal: Cho Oy u, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, and so on.
- Experience the hospitality of the Sherpa people. Learn about their community, traditions and culture.
- The journey includes stops at Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery and Kala Patthar.
- Take in the history and spiritual experience of visiting the Tengboche Monastery.
- Hike to see the world’s highest placed hotel – Everest View Hotel.
- Discover the beauty of Sagarmatha National Park that is home to several species of endangered animals.
- See the picturesque views from Nagarjun Hill and the Everest massif.
- Get some awesome views of Everest from Kala Patthar, the highest point in the trek. Take in the views of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and many other peaks. Also, there is the beautiful sunrise view over Everest from Kala Patthar.
- Most exciting and adventurous flights to/from Lukla.
- Take a guided city tour of UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites of Nepal.
What is the trail like?
- The journey is a moderate level trek, so with the proper level of training beforehand, you will be able to finish the trek with few problems.
- The trail is uneven and unpaved, so you will be walking a rough path all the way.
- It includes doing many ups and downs.
- The highest elevation you will reach is Kala Patthar at 5,550m and each day you will be gaining an altitude of 500-600m.
- And lastly, you will be walking for 5-6 hours every day, so we suggest you prepare yourself with the appropriate exercise routine.
How Difficult This Trek?
Everest Base Camp Trekking is suitable for most trekkers and hikers of average fitness levels. The entire trek takes place over a 12-day period and reaches a maximum elevation of 5,545 meters. The hike is moderately difficult so you should have strong legs and be physically and mentally fit to meet the challenge. If you’re worried about being able to keep up on the trek it is recommended to practice various cardiovascular exercises like walking, jogging, and swimming to prepare for the trek. It is a well-known fact that the air at the higher elevations is thinner and some may find it hard to catch their breath if they are not prepared for the change in altitude.
There is no hiking experience needed for the trip. You should be able to walk and climb moderate hills to keep up with the guides. You’ll be monitored by the Nepal Hiking Team and everyone progresses at the same pace on the trail, slow and steady. The main concern is for the safety of the group and you’ll get the opportunity to stop and take a break along the way. It helps a lot to get plenty of rest and hydration for the hikes, as well as being in good physical condition. The sooner you acclimate to the environment the faster you’ll adapt to it. The main goal is to sustain your energy over long periods to keep a steady pace. If you follow these tips you’ll complete the Everest Base Camp Trek like a seasoned pro.
When is the Best Time of Year for the Everest Base Camp Trek?
The best time of year to undertake the Everest Base Camp Trek is in the spring from February until May. You can take the trek any time of year actually, but the mountains of Nepal are known to experience changes in weather. The best time to visit is when the temperatures are moderate and the atmosphere is relatively dry. Later in the season, it gets very humid which makes hiking more difficult. Another good time, if you’re not able to come in spring, is in the fall from September through November. You’ll see wildlife, flowers blooming, and clear blue skies. No matter when you plan your trek, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
How Can I know if the trek is Right for Me?
If you are looking for a new and exciting experience, the Nepal Hiking Team can take you to new heights. Trekkers are provided with all the basics like accommodations, meals, and transportation. Everything is arranged ahead of time by our administration staff prior to the trek. Hundreds of people flock to Everest every year to take a trip up the mountain. It’s an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. Our guides and courteous staff will make sure your trip is memorable and one that you will cherish forever. Let go of your worries and follow your adventurer spirit to Everest Base Camp.
You’ll be setting out on a 12-day adventure into the mountain villages of Nepal, a place that few people get the chance to see on the way to Everest Base Camp. It’s like stepping back in time to a simpler way of life surrounded by nature. Your itinerary is designed to show you all the best sights and a chance to visit remote areas that are only accessible on foot. Contact us today to book your adventure.