People often dream to try something adventurous for a unique experience at least once in their lifetime. Trekking is one of such interests that escorts people through the picturesque landscape and often leads to the Himalayan heart. As Nepal is a tiny Himalayan country, various trekking trails welcome thousands of trekkers every year. Everest base camp trekking is one of the adventurous trekking in Nepal, which people always prefer to mark themselves to be a part of the adventure stories with gaining the height of 5545 meters in the Sagarmatha National Park, the north-east part of Nepal.
The round trip from Lukla to Everest base camp and vice versa, the trail to Everest base camp covers about 130 km (80 miles). However, a couple of rest and acclimatization hike will increase the walks as acclimatization is an essential part of safe trekking in the Everest region. Every day, based on the itinerary, you walk roughly 4-8 kilometers, but it all depends on your walking speed and the customization of the trip itinerary.
The duration of the Everest base camp trekking depends on your preference. Would you like to do the whole 130 km on foot or trek to EBC and Kalapatthar then taking a wonderful helicopter flight back to Kathmandu? So, the usual itinerary suggests 12 days from Lukla and ending the trek at Lukla. But there are some alternative routes to reach Everest base camp enjoying extra adventurous high passes. The total distance will also increase. The three high pass trekking route escorts taking a left trail that follows Thame. Crossing the Renjo-La Pass (5340 meters), climb down to the Gokyo valley, and cross another technical pass of the Cho-La (5330 meters). After exploring the Everest base camp and Kalapatthar, the last high pass in this region is the Khongma La Pass (5555 meters).
Where and How the Everest Base Camp Trek Begins?
As aforementioned, Everest base camp trek embarks from Lukla, which is a Himalayan town located at 2860 meters (9383 feet). It is accessible after a short Himalayan flight (about half an hour) from the domestic airport of Kathmandu. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla sometimes gets obstructed due to the sudden change in weather, so a couple of extra days for contingency are required so that you will not miss your important appointment of schedule. Besides the flight by plane, a Helicopter is another option, which is possible even there is a flight cancellation.
Duration of Everest Base Camp Trek
Although the world’s epic adventure of the Everest Base Camp Trekking is just a 130 km round trip, it requires a minimum of 12 walking days from Lukla, including a couple of acclimatization breaks in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche. The only reason is the hefty increase in elevation. The rugged trail, glacial route, and rocky terrain make the trek further challenging. However, the thin air region is a real challenge in the trekking, which begins after heading from Namche Bazaar (3440 meters).
The walking gets slower heading from Dingboche around 4360 meters altitude due to the lack of oxygen in the air. Even the flat ground looks adventurous and tiny peaks as giant ones. Shortness of breath and fatigue make the journey quite challenging so the short distance needs a long walking duration.
Besides the trekking duration of 12 days, you need to manage some extra days. To be specific, you need to adjust the altitude and weather of Kathmandu in the beginning. Arrival day and sightseeing not only gives you enough time for acclimatization but also to explore the medieval town with world heritage sites. Also, a couple of extra days after completing the trekking would be great to get relief from the tiredness and shopping for souvenirs from the local market. Or in case the flight gets canceled, the extra days come in use as reserve days.
Everest base camp seems far away than it really is for the senior citizens and children as they find it challenging to breathe well due to the elevation. However, the best option is to trek to Everest base camp and fly back to Kathmandu by helicopter. So, the far distance becomes a closer one with an hour flight from Kalapatthar.
When is the best time to go to Everest Base Camp?
The best time mainly includes two seasons, April and May in spring and October and November in autumn. The fall months are amazing for the trek to get outstanding Himalayan views including the top of the world- Mount Everest (8848.86 meters), Lhotse, Makalu, and Ama Dablam along with their neighboring peaks. Also, the days are warmer, which is a great time for trekking.
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