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Everest Base Camp Trek Details

The Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular trekking journeys to the Nepalese Himalaya. Trekking through a UNESCO natural heritage site Sagarmatha national park gives you unforgettable memories with a lifetime adventure experience.

Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal – WEBWIRE
Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp

Once is not enough

It’s amazing, It’s unreal and a beautiful Himalayan trip. There are thousands of people who are doing the Everest base camp trek during each high trekking season in Nepal. Each adventure and mountain lovers may have a dream to visit the base camp of the world’s highest mountain and see this peak from a closer distance. This can make you easy to plan your trip the Everest base camp on your holiday.

The Everest base camp trekking journey begins with a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. It is an adventurous mountain flight to a small airport stands on a little hill station. Right after landing on the Lukla airport, the journey begins walking towards Phakding passing Chheplung, Thadokoshi and Ghat villages. You will send the first night in Phakding then trek ahead the next day to Namche Bazaar. You will obtain the national park entry ticket in Monjo after walking about 3-4 hrs from Phakding then trek another 3 hrs to Namche Bazaar. Namache Bazaar is a beautiful high Himalayan town with lots of souvenir shops, mountain gears, bakeries, bars and lodges.

Lots of trekkers take one extra day for the altitude practice in Namche bazar so you will spend 2 nights here and trek to Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep and hike to the base camp. After visiting the base camp, there will be one more adventure which is climbing Kala Patthar and trek backwards to Lukla walking 3 long days and fly out to Kathmandu.

Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights
There should be some attractions which attract visitors. There are lots to see during the Everest base camp trek too. Here is a shortlist of the Everest base camp trek highlights.

  • An adventurous scenic mountain flight to Lukla
  • Beautiful Sherpa settlements with their traditional architect buildings
  • Ancient and historical Buddhist Monasteries and other monuments
  • Well carved rocks and mani walls with the Buddhist mantras
  • UNESCO world heritage site Sagarmatha national park
  • Stunning Everest Himalaya
  • The base camp of the world’s highest mountain
  • Stunning viewpoints like Kalapatthar, Everest view hotel, Tengboche hill, and more
  • beautiful valleys, waterfalls, rivers, wildlife, vegetation, glacier and much more

Best Time To Trek To Everest Base Camp
Autumn and spring are the best seasons to trek to the Everest base camp. Though, mid-September and late May might have some rainy days and poor visibilities. After mid-September to November and March to mid- May offer the best views of the Himalaya. These timings are dry and nice weather to trek to the Everest base camp.

The month December offers one of the best views but it might be cold. Winter is not bad to trek but you need to have warm equipment. If you would like to trek with less crowed and dare to face the cold temperature, you can trek during the winter but summer is not good to trek. The months of summer season bring lots of rain so visibility will be poor.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Normally, trekkers are following 12 days itinerary to the Everest base camp. It is 130km round trip from Lukla to Lukla. It takes 8 days to get the base camp with 2 altitude practice days, 3 days trek to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu after spending one night in Lukla. Find the outline itinerary of the Everest base camp trek below:

  1. Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m.) and trek to Phakding (2610m.) about 3 hours.
  2. Trek to Namche Bazaar(3440m.) 6 hours.
  3. Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440m.)
  4. Trek to Tengboche(3860m.) 5 hours.
  5. Trek to Dingboche(4410m.) 5 hours.
  6. Second rest day at Dingboche(4410m.)
  7. Trek to Lobuche(4910m.) 4- 5 hours
  8. Trek to Everest BaseCamp (5364m.) via Gorakshep (5140m.) 7-8 hours.
  9. Hike to Kalapatthar (5545m.) and trek to Pheriche (4210m.) 5 hours.
  10. Trek to Namche Bazaar6-7 hours.
  11. Trek to Lukla.6hours.
  12. Fly to Kathmandu from Lukla.

Everest Base Camp Trek Permit
You need to have 2 different trekking permit for the Everest base camp trek. You will be walking through the Sagarmatha national park. So, you need to have the national park entry permit which you can issue in Bhrikuti Mandap Kathmandu or in Monjo on your second day of the trek. Lots of trekkers issue their permit in Monjo during the trek which is easy. The cost for the permit is 3000 NPR for all the trekkers except the trekkers from south Asian nations. It costs only 1500 NPR for south Asian trekkers.

Next, you need to have an entry ticket from Lukla which is obtained by the Pasang Lhamu rural municipality. This ticket has not different cost for south Asian and other trekkers so it is the same cost for all the tourists. It cost 2000 NPR.

Everest Base Camp Trek Accommodation
The Everest base camp trekking trail is managed by the Sagarmatha national park, Sagarmatha pollution control committee and the local Sherpa community. There are plenty of lodges to stay in each stop and lots of restaurants on the way for a lunch break. The lodges have indoor toilets and even some of them have attached bathroom. You can have luxury accommodations in some places with luxury facilities. But some places have limited lodges and need to book in advance during the high trekking season.

The lodges serve foods with a food menu so you can order your meal whatever you like to have. You also can get the local foods along the trek with the western food items. They sell bottled water in every guesthouse but as you go high, the cost of the water also goes higher. You can drink normal tap water filling into your water bottle but you need to use purification tablets or sterilizer. 

Internet and Communications
You can use a cell phone during the trek to call to your family and use inter having data package. You can get a SIM card at the airport and buy internet data service. NCELL and NTC are major cell phone companies who are providing the service although, NCEL has better service up in the mountain. You also can get internet service from the Everest link top-up card but you need to be near the router to cover the signal. You can charge your camera battery and cell phone in the lodge where you stay but you need to pay for this.

Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness is a major problem during the trek. You will fly from Kathmandu (1350m) to Lukla (2840m) so it is already high enough. You will trek gradual ascent all the way to the base camp (5364m) in a few days with 2 acclimatization rest days. After reaching above 3000m, you might feel the effect of the altitude. 

Headache, the hardness of breath, sleeping difficulties, feeling tiredness while resting, loss appetite, vomiting and some other symptoms are major signs of the altitude sickness. You need to walk slow, drink plenty of clean water, keep warm, sleep well, eat well and take enough acclimatization rest days will prevent the problem. If you have an altitude problem, don’t try to go further higher. You need to stay at the same place an extra night or descend as soon as possible according to the condition. I suggest having well travel insurance which covers an emergency evacuation service form above 6000m of elevation from sea level.

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