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Everest Base Camp Trek Blog

Everest Base Camp Trek Blog
04/Apr/2022

Introduction

Adventure to Everest Base Camp Trek Blog takes you to the roof of the world with fascinating views of high and giant mountains. The trek in the Khumbu and Everest areas is in the shade of Sherpa Buddhist culture and the traditional way of life. You can reach Everest Base Camp in various ways, depending on how long you want your holiday. People with a limited time of two weeks can make it to EBC using scenic and short flights to and from Lukla.

The other means is an old and classic route from Jiri to Everest Base Camp with an exciting overland drive to Jiri town or further to Shivalaya. Before constructing the Lukla airstrip, this trail was the original route to Everest. Whatever the route to Everest Base Camp, all roads lead to the famous Namche Bazaar, the capital of Khumbu Sherpa, where you will find all kinds of needy facilities, from Banks to Post offices, stocked stores, and shops with many good hotels, lodges, and restaurants.

From Namche, lead through the well-defined trail with lovely alpine woodland of pines and rhododendrons to reach a beautiful spot at Thyangboche (Tengboche) Monastery. Soon, the walk leads to an open country of arid and barren landscapes. As the altitude gains, the path heads higher to Everest base camp, at 5,365 m high, with tremendous views of Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers. Then, the path climbs much higher to Kalapathar, at 5,545 m high, where you will be closest to Mt. Everest, a stone’s throw away.

Everest Base Camp Location

Everest base camp is in Nepal’s North Eastern Himalaya, where the South Face of Mt. Everest is on the Nepal side, while the North Face is in Rongbuk Valley within Tibet –China. Latitude 27 57 45 and Longitude 86 56 03 are the world’s highest peaks at 8,848 m and 29,028 ft (some have recently claimed it as 8,850 m high), close to the world’s 4th highest Lhotse. Everest base camp is within the district of Solu-Khumbu, protected by Sagarmatha National Park, and has an area of 1,148 sq. km. In 1979, they listed the park as a World Heritage Site.

Location Altitude
Lukla 2860
Phakding 2610
Namche Bazar 3440
Tengboche 3860
Dingboche 4410
Lobuche 4910
Gorak Shep 5164
Everest Base Camp 5364
Kala Patthar 5546

Best Season for Trekking

You can visit Everest Base Camp all year round, depending on your interest. Spring (March to June) is best for views and wildflowers in full bloom, while Autumn (September to November) is the best month with clear blue sky when trekkers are in full swing. People who like fewer crowds can visit during the monsoon wet months. Sometimes, low clouds can cover the views, but you will still find them enjoyable. There is greenery all around, including a blanket of wildflowers, and it is a tranquil and serene environment.

Spring (March-May)

It is the ideal time to visit the Everest Base Camp. During spring, the weather is mild, with stable temperatures. The rhododendron forests burst into bloom, painting the landscapes with vibrant colors. The skies are also clear, giving the best views of the surrounding Himalayas. Considered to be pretty perfect to explore, the trails are busy.

Summer (June-August):

The summer months bring monsoon season to the region. If you ever plan on exploring EBC in summer, you have a huge chance of encountering heavy rainfall. Trekking can be challenging due to slippery trails, leeches, and limited visibility at higher altitudes. However, lower altitude areas can be lush and green while offering a quiet trail.

Autumn (September-November)

The best and most popular trekking season from Everest Base Camp offers clear skies, stable weather, and comfortable temperatures. These post-monsoon views of the surrounding areas are stunning, with crisp air and excellent visibility. It is also the busiest season for tourism, so expect more crowds along the trail and in teahouses. It’s better to book your accommodation if you are trekking in Autumn.

Winter (December-Feburary)

The temperature can go below -10 degrees for collected months of all time. If you are trekking at a higher altitude during the winter season, there is a high chance of encountering snowfall. As a result, the trail becomes more slippery and creates challenges. Being not a popular season for trekking, the routes are quiet. Thus, you can have the best experience of local culture.

Climate

Himalayan weather patterns can be unpredictable sometimes, including the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn (fall), and winter. In Spring (depending upon the altitude), morning and nighttime temperatures are cold and freezing, with a minimum of minus -05° C to -10° C, but the day is warm with sunshine for a few hours, with a maximum of 15° C to 20° C.

Summer (depending upon the altitude) is a minimum minus -05° C to -10° C, but the days are warm with sunshine for a few hours and a maximum of 20° C to 25° C. The autumn months of December to January will be the coldest, with a minimum temperature of minus 15° C to -20° C, but the days will be warm with sunshine for a few hours and a maximum temperature of 15° C to 20° C.

Wind chill is another factor that brings cold, freezing breezes and howling winds; sometimes, trekkers can face snow storms, but they can be safe in the comfort of cozy lodges found around villages on trekking main trails.

Religion and Culture

Highlanders, the Sherpa of Everest, populated approximately 3,000 interwoven with the teaching of Buddhism and practiced a traditional way of life similar to Tibetan culture and customs. Monastries kike Tengboche serves as spiritual and cultural centers. Trekking to Everest Base camp offers a firsthand experience of the rich heritage and deep-rooted religious beliefs of the Sherpa people.

Along the trekking trail, you will see colorful flags and stones carved with prayers, showcasing their belief. The Sherpa people have special festivals with dances and rituals. sharing their culture with visitors. They are famous for being warm and hospitable. The journey to EBC offers scenic beauty and connects you with their traditions and way of life.

The main settlement areas are Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame, Thyangboche, Pangboche, and Phortse. The Khumbu Sherpa community’s economy has traditionally been heavily based on trade and livestock herding. However, with the arrival of international travelers, mountaineering expeditions since 1950, and trekkers, the Sherpa economy today increasingly depends on tourism.

Views on Everest Base Camp Trek and around the Khumbu Area

When you reach the top of the trekking destination, towering peaks surround you, including Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. Offering incredible views, you can witness rugged and beautiful landscapes with icy glaciers, rocky terrain, and snow-capped mountains. Standing at the base of Everest, you can’t help but marvel at the sheer majesty of the Himalayas.

Upon reaching the base camp, here is a list of the mountain peaks. If you want to explore the beauty of the Himalayas, nothing can beat Everest Base Camp. Pack your bag and prepare for your next EBC trip for the majestic mountain views.

Mt. Everest (8,848m / 29, 028ft) Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft)
Nuptse (7,855m-25,772 ft) Khumbutse peak (6,036 m – 19,992ft)
Mt. Lingtren (6,749 m / 22,142 ft) Changtse ( 7,583 m / 25,230 ft)
Mt. Pumori (7,161 m / 25,772 ft) Amadablam ( 6,812 m / 22,480 ft)
Kangtenga (6,782 m / 22, 380 ft) Tharmarserku ( 6,623 m / 21, 855 ft)
Kwangde (6,011 m / 19,837 ft) Kusum Khanguru (6,373 m / 21,030 ft)
Khumbi-la (5,761 m / 19,012 ft) Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft)

What to Expect?

Everest Base Camp attracts more than a thousand trekkers and mountaineers each season.  You will encounter a flow of trekkers, packed animals, Ghopkyu (a mixed breed of normal cow and Yak), and porters carrying heavy loads. Everywhere you turn, there are towering peaks, vast glaciers, and stunning vistas. It’s like stepping into a postcard price, with every view more breathtaking than the last.

Not just is it popular for its vast, attractive number of people, but you will also have a chance to meet fellow trekkers worldwide. You can also spot wildlife such as Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Mountain antelopes, and many species of birdlife, including Nepal’s national bird, the beautiful Danphe. You can also see tended fields of wheat-barley, potatoes, and other vegetables below Namche Bazaar at an elevation from 2,500 to 2,900 m high. From above 3,000 m to 4,000m, green vegetation, and tree lines drop, and you can witness juniper-azalea (dwarf rhododendron) Burberry bushes only exist.

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We also aim to minimize the environmental impact of trekking in promoting sustainable tourism in Nepal. We offer you itinerary flexibility. You can customize your own itinerary based on your convenience. Whether you are seeking a challenging adventure to Everest Base Camp or a more leisurely trek through the Annapurna region, we have options to suit every traveler.

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FAQs

Is there an age limit for Everest Base Camp Trek?

There is no strict age limit for Everest Base Camp treks. If you are physically and mentally prepared, you can reach the destination. However, we recommend not taking your children under 14 years old. Also, it is not recommended that elderly people above 70 explore this trekking route.

Can I do Everest Base Camp without training?

Yes, you can trek to Everest Base Camp without training. It is just moderately difficult and does not require any technical mountaineering skills. But you should be in proper physical condition. If you plan the EBC trek, we recommend cardiovascular exercise, such as cycling, to increase your endurance.

What is the most difficult part of the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Although the EBC is not difficult to complete, its high altitude is a major challenge. Located at 5420 meters, the Cho La Pass is one of the most difficult parts of the Everest Base Camp trek. This high mountain pass has a reputation for its icy conditions and steep slopes.

How much does Everest Base Camp cost?

The cost of trekking to EBC varies depending on various factors, including duration of the trek, accommodation, meals, guides and porters, season, and transportation. Generally, you can expect to pay between $700 to $3000 per person if you trek to Everest Base Camp.

What is better, Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp?

Everest is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world, but it’s quite crowded, while Annapurna Base Camp invites fewer people. The Annapurna trek route is also well-maintained compared to EBC. Thus, you can choose any destination based on your preference, as both promise an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Himalayas.

What is the hardest day at Everest Base Camp?

The trekking day from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep is often considered the hardest day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. It involves navigating rugged terrain and the Khumbu Glacier at high altitude, which can be physically demanding.

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