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Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest, Nepal

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a classic walk taking 12 days through the Sherpa homelands and the one taken by expeditions. It is highly recommended to use a guide as the walk itself is strenuous but rewarding for the spectacular views of Everest and the other Himalayan peaks.

Starting in Lukla the trek winds up through villages along the banks of the Dudh Kosi River to Namche Bazar where most people acclimatize for a day. There are shops here and along the way tea houses and very friendly local people which is a highlight of the walk in itself.  Further on at the monastery of Thyangboche there are wonderful views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest. Higher and above the tree line the trek passes Periche where the local hospital specialises in altitude sickness and onwards to Gorak Shep and Kala Patar for the best views of the North Face of Everest or onto Base Camp itself.

The descent takes around 2-3 days and a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. This is a tough but very rewarding climb through some of the most famous mountain ranges on the world and one which requires some careful preparation.


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