Mount Everest Base Camp Trek – Complete Guide

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With its petrifying summit rising high up above the mountain, trekking in Everest Base camp is definitely the right kind adventure for you, if you are looking for the toughest trek in India.  The Everest is one of the most sought after tourist destination in Nepal and is known for its ethereal beauty with the beautiful peaks and hills. Located at an altitude of 29, 035 ft, Everest creates the ideal spot for the trekkers with the vast blue sky in the background. Covered by the snow-peaked mountains and the lush greenery, Everest Base Camp trek is one of the dream locations for the trekkers.

In this trek, you will be trekking to a height of 17,600 ft passing through the quaint hamlets, grassy routes, etc. Nothing is compared to the excitement that holds the travelers on while climbing the Everest and watching it closely.

Mount Everest base camp

This trek will be a dual treat for the nature lovers and the photography enthusiast as you can capture some of the best shots.  During the trek, one may expect a lot of snowfalls. You can catch the first view of the Khumbu icefall during your trek. You will not only get just an opportunity to discover the forest, valleys, and meadows but also learn about the culture of the legendary people Sherpas who are famous to be Mountain Climbers.

Mount Everest the highest peak in the world is located in Nepal-Tibet border. Thus, it has two base camps. A southern base camp that is located in Nepal and the other is the northern base camp, which is located in Tibet. These base camps are used by climbers and trackers as the base for climbing peak of Mount Everest. A long walkway is used to reach the southern base camp and the local resident Sherpa provides food-supplies and other essentials. On the other hand, there is a proper road up to the northern base camp which is located in Tibet. Climbers stay on the base camps for several days to adapt to the environment.

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Mount Everest

This track is one of the world’s most famous trekking routes and thousands of trackers come here every year. Typically, trackers come from the airways from Kathmandu to Lukla to save time and start tracking after Lukla. In 2015, more than 40000 trackers tracked the Everest Base Camp. This number of trackers shows the popularity of this track.

Southern Base Camp

Trackers start tracking from Lukla along the Dudh Kosi river to reach Namchi Bazar which is at the height of 3,440 meters (11,290 feet). It takes two days, but experienced trackers can finish it in one day. Namche Bazaar is the largest city in this track route. Here most of the trackers take a pause for a day or two so that they can make their body suitable for height. After this, it takes one day to reach Tengboche, the second-day Dingboche which is at 4,260 meters (13,980 feet), on the third-day Gorakshep and the base camp reaches the fourth day.

Northern Base Camp

Since the Northern Base Camp is located in Tibet (China), there is a special permit required to go there. These permits can always be obtained through various recognized travel companies located in Lhasa or any other part of China. It is necessary to get a car, driver, and guides, which the company provides. Base camp for general tourists is just a few minutes distance before the base camps used by climbers.

How to reach Kathmandu 

The trek starts from Kathmandu before reaching the base camp. There are buses going from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh for Kathmandu. There is an airport named as Tribhuvan International Airport in the Kathmandu and there are regular flights from most of the countries.

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Best time to Go:

The best season to trek to Everest base camp is pre-monsoon time that is from February to May and post-monsoon time that is from late September to December. Better to go at the starting of the season.

 

Once you reach base camp the mighty Mount Everest will be in front of you. You can see the glimpse of beautiful snow covered Mount Everest and nearby peaks. You may also get a chance to see the beauty of Katmandu and learn about their local culture. One can also visit the ancient Thami and Tengboche monasteries.  On April 25, 2015, the 7.8 and 7.3 magnitude earthquake had occurred in Nepal, where 19 people died on the base camp. Mount Pumori avoided an earthquake and it destroyed the base camp.

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