Lying quite close to the majestic views of the Himalayas, Everest Base Camp trek offers everything for a trekker. It has great trekking trails, wonderful culture and scenic views of the tallest mountain in the world- the Everest. You can enjoy all the perks of the Everest Base Camp on a 15-days trek to this region.
Everest Base Camp trek is the starting point of a mountaineers ascent of the Everest. The Base Camp is in two areas. One of them is called the South Base Camp while the other one is called the North Base Camp. During your trip, you will visit the South Base Camp as visiting the North Base Camp requires a permit from the Chinese Government.
Everest Base Camp trek can be completed in a various number of days. You can also complete it in 14 days or 12 days or even 10 days. But the 15 day Everest Base Camp trek gives you ample time to spend time in Kathmandu valley, acclimatize in the Everest region, and doesn’t exhaust your body as much as some other treks would.
Your trek to Everest Base Camp will start from Lukla. Then your route to Everest Base Camp will take you to various places like Namche Bazaar, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, and finally to Everest Base Camp. You will also trek further up to Kala Patthar before descending further down.
There will be a great change in elevation while you trek in the Everest region. The elevation in Kathmandu is merely 1400 meters. The altitude of Lukla, which is the starting point of your trek, is 2860 meters. From there you will trek all the way up to an altitude of 5643 meters of Kala Patthar. Thus there will be a change of almost 3000 meters during your trek.
Trekking at such high altitudes might bring some difficulties if you don’t prepare well. One of the major problems that many trekkers face is that of altitude sickness. To reduce the risks of altitude sickness, you must undergo strength training before your trek. You must also pay attention to proper diet while you are trekking.
The total distance you will cover in the Everest Base Camp trek is 130 km. This corresponds to 65 km while ascending and 65 km while descending. You will need to build up your stamina by working out for two to three months before you start such a long distance trek.
Everest Base Camp trek can be completed all year round. But trekking in some seasons might bring some difficulties as the weather might not suit everyone. Trekking in the Everest region during the summer season can be a bit tricky as the weather conditions are wet. Similarly, winter treks are quite cold as the temperature can be as low as -20 degrees C. Therefore, these seasons are not as popular as Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September, October, and November) treks.
There are many mountains in the Everest region that you can see while trekking to Everest Base Camp. Mountains which are over 8000 meters high like Mt. Everest (8848 meters), Mt. Makalu (8463 meters), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 meters), and Mt. Lhotse (8516 meters) will be visible during your trip.
You will also visit Sagarmatha National Park during your trek. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Ever since it has helped preserve of glaciers, mountains, and deep valleys in this region. Many species of birds, animals, and plants have been preserved in this region as well.
The people in the Everest region are friendly and well-receptive to tourists. Sherpa people dominate this region. Tibetan Buddhism is the main religion of this region. Tibetan Buddhism encompasses a wide range of beliefs. This makes people more tolerant and well-mannered.
There are various costs that come into play when you want to trek in the Everest region. You will have to buy all the necessary equipment. There will be costs of food, accommodation, as well as trekking permits. Sublime trails offer you the 15 days Everest Base Camp trek at a reasonable price. You will get the full value of your money if you choose to trek with us.
Major Attractions of Everest Base Camp Trek
Flight to Lukla
Lukla is the place from where your trek in the Everest region normally begins unless you are trekking to Everest Base Camp from the classic Jiri Route. There are no roadways that connect Kathmandu to Lukla. A flight is the only alternative.
Lukla is a small town in the Solukhumbu district in Sagarmatha zone. There is an airport in Luka which is known as Lukla Airport or Tenzing-Hillary airport. This airport is of one the most thrilling airports in the world. The views of the mountains you can see during this trek are exemplary.
Tengboche Monastery is the largest monastery in the Khumjung region. It lies within the premises of Sagarmatha National Park and has deep ties to its mother monastery known as Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet.
This monastery could not have been located in a more beautiful location. On the backdrop of the mountain lies various mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. There is a huge annual celebration in this monastery during the Mani Rimdu festival. Lots of Buddhists and trekkers come to this destination during this festival to receive the blessings of the Lama.
Kala Patthar is the highest point along your trek. It lies at an altitude of 5643 meters compared to the altitude of Everest Base Camp, which is 5380 meters. Kala Patthar translates in English as “Black Rock”.
After the visit to Everest Base Camp, trekkers set out early in the morning to Kala Patthar to view Mt. Everest closely. Due to the geography of this region, the views of Everest are blocked by Nuptse while trekking in the surrounding areas. Kala Patthar is the most wonderful spot in the Everest region for viewing Mt. Everest.
Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp is considered to be the Mecca of trekkers. Annually thousands of trekkers grace this region and challenge themselves to trek to the Everest Base Camp. One thing worth noting is that Mt. Everest is not visible from the Base Camp. While you trek to the Base Camp, you will be able to see the Khumbu glacier.