Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

Everest Base Camp Trek is perhaps the greatest hike that an ordinary person can take on Planet Earth. The distance is 119km, round trip, and will take you between 16 and 20 days. It is imperative that you travel slowly, in order to give yourself time to slowly acclimatise to the tremendous change in altitude. Among all the hikes listed in this guide, Everest Base Camp Trek is the most physically and psychologically challenging; physically, because of the change in altitude; and mentally, because the trek is long and the weather can be extremely cold.

Everest Base Camp Trek

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Everest Base Camp Trek takes place in the Khumbu region of Nepal. You will have a chance to become acquainted with the Sherpas in this region. Indeed, the cultural experience is considered to be one of the highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek, for there is not much wildlife to be observed here. Fortunately, the creation of Sagarmatha National Park is a step in the right direction, toward improving the ecological conditions, and reversing the onslaught of deforestation and soil erosion.

Should you be hardy enough to consider undertaking the adventure of a lifetime, you will begin in Kathmandu. Be prepared for frequent delays along way due to changeable weather; such delays often hamper flights in and out of Lukla. Most travellers will avail themselves of international outfitters who take care of your logistics, provide you with food and accommodations, etc. Alternatively, you may wish to save money by seeking out a Sherpa guide in Kathmandu, who can lead you, carry some of your belongings or arrange for porters. Finally, for the true independent or perhaps extremely budget-conscious adventurer, you can simply hike up Everest Base Camp Trek yourself, eating and staying in lodges along the way.

Everest Base Camp Trek begins in Lukla, passes through Pheriche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, and then finally ascends to Everest Base Camp. Many people consider Namche Bazaar and Thyangboche to be the cultural highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek. From Kala Patar (5500m), you will receive perhaps the best view of Everest. At Everest Base Camp, there is actually not much to be seen of Everest, but people come up here nonetheless for the thrill of the hike.

There are certain precautions to be taken: the danger of altitude sickness, gastrointestinal illness from contaminated food or drink purchased along the way, and finally, you might be bumped by an overladen yak and sent careening into the abyss. It happens.

The Everest Base Camp Trek takes place twice a year: either pre-monsoon, April to June, or post-monsoon, September to November. Either time avoids the perils of too much rain or snow.

Date posted: 29th June, 2016

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