The world’s most epic adventure in the Khumbu region of Nepal, Everest Base Camp Trekking is an excursion of 12 days only walking from Lukla. The trail covers around 130 km in total from 2800 meters altitude above the sea level to 5545 meters altitude, known as Kalapatthar. Anyone dreaming to explore the top of the world Mount Everest (8848.86 meters) enjoys the trek through the thin air region and the glacial route, so the trek is a challenging adventure.
The first time I had done Annapurna Base Camp Trekking in the north-western part of Nepal. The moderately adventurous trekking filled up confidence in my heart that escorted me to 4130 meters altitude and I was inspired and tried Everest Base Camp Trekking the following year. I was confident with the team of Shiva Excursion, so I just contacted them to organize the trekking to Everest Base Camp with 15 days itinerary including my arrival, sightseeing, and departure. But still, I had a little doubt about the challenges and hardness of the trail, which also goes through the glacier route. Except for having a shortness breathing problem for a couple of days, I completed the trek with my friend. But of course, EBC Trekking is a real adventurous excursion in Nepal. –Maria from the USA (New York)
Like the aforementioned review, Everest Base Camp Trek is an adventurous journey, which was explored by the Himalayan pioneers- Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary. The trek is perfect for the thrill-seekers as the trekking has got various route options and the level of adventure you prefer to experience.
The most usual and popular route is a straightforward trail to Everest base camp from Lukla walking in the Sagarmatha National Park, passing through the remarkable villages like Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche. From Gorakshep, it guides you to the Everest Base Camp (5545 meters) and Kalapatthar (5545 meters) as it is the highest Himalayan settlement on this route. Kalapatthar is the best Himalayan viewpoint of the Everest Himalayan chain, including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and several lower altitude peaks. With the sunrise rays, the snowy peaks turn out to be marvelous, alluring thousands of trekkers every day.
During the trek, we recommend two breaks to ease the trek with the hardness both physically and environmentally. Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) is the first breakpoint, which helps to acclimatize and also it’s great to explore around the picturesque towns. The second point is Dingboche at 4350 meters altitude with a short hike around Chhukung or climbing the nearby hill. Acclimatization rest and hiking around help to fit in the alpine altitude breathe well and sleep nicely. While walking in the thin air region, Acute Mountain sickness may happen unexpectedly that might affect the whole journey, so acclimatization rest is a must for the excursion.
If we just say Everest Base Camp Trekking is a difficult trek, then we may not be right all the time, because hundreds of children and senior citizens complete Everest trekking every year. So, walking carefully, acclimatizing, eating warm meals with soup, drinking plenty of water, and holding an adventure soul can make your trip to EBC magnificent.
Furthermore, for the thrill-seekers and trekking through the less-trafficked trail, where you can get more adventure experience, you have some alternative route options. The trek is known as Everest Three Pass Trekking. From Namche Bazaar, taking the route towards Thame, the trail escorts you ultimately to the Renjo-La Pass and climb down to the Gokyo valley. An adventure experience crossing over the 5000 meters high pass is daring to face the challenge. Hiking towards the Gokyo Ri, the trail further leads to the Cho-La Pass, which is considered a technical high pass around 5300 meters altitude. Including the Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar, the trek escorts you to the Khongma La Pass and joins the usual route of the EBC trek, ultimately ending at Lukla.
However, besides doing all three passes in the Everest region, the trek from Gokyo Lake and Cho La Pass can be done; but still, it’s a challenging trek through the icy high pass trail to Everest base camp.
Everest base camp trek becomes extremely challenging in winter after the snowfall starts. So, the best time is spring and autumn. Is it a hard journey to Everest base camp? The answer is simple: if you trek with confidence, well prepared, trekking in the best season and great arrangement of the professional trekking company in Nepal makes your trek great without a big hassle.