Everest Base Camp Trek Overview
Everest Base Camp Trek - a 14 Days trek is a perfect timeframe to reach the base camp of Mount Everest. Laying at the Solukhumbu district within the Sagarmatha National Park, Everest base camp trek is the most popular trekking amongst trekkers due to the sheer popularity of Mt. Everest.
On this trip, you experience an awe-inspiring view of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar (black rock) an optimally preferred distance, and view the gigantic Everest and relish its empowering glory - quite an extraordinary feeling. The highest elevation you reach on these 14 days is 5545m.
Though Mt. Everest is the most alluring aspect of this trek, nonetheless, other famous peaks like Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lobuche, Mt Tawache, etc that also rise high touching the skies in the vicinity, could be an extra treat to your eyes.
Tengboche monastery is another point of attraction for up-close views of the surrounding mountains and Namche Bazzar, the business hub of the region, is the gateway to Everest.
A strong presence of Buddhism can be felt in most of the places on your trek route. The colorful prayer flags dancing with the flow of gentle to temperate winds, stupas, monasteries, mani stones on the trekking trails reflect the presence of strong culture within the region.
The terrain is also quite unique surrounded by alpine forests, a 100% Sherpa village with Sherpas, and their simplicity within this harsh environment of mother nature are some noticeable features trekking to the base camp.
Major Attraction of Everest Base Camp Trek
- Flight to & from Lukla with a birds-eye view of the beautiful landscape and mountainous terrain.
- View of the several eight-thousanders including the mighty Everest.
- Stopping places like Namche Bazaar, Syangboche, Thamel, etc.
- Attractive Sherpa people with heart-warming cultures, traditions, and hospitality
- Buddhist community with own unique and ancient lifestyle
- Sagarmatha National Park – one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the world
- Monasteries like Rongbuk, Tengboche, Dingboche, Thame, Khumjung, Pangboche, and many more
- Himalayan views from Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp
- Tea houses, hotels, and lodges where you acclimatize and take rest
- Museum, library, and workshops (like Sherpa Culture Museum, Khumbu International Library, and Pyramid International Laboratory)
- Khumbu Icefall and glacier
- Peak climbing spots and passes crossing
EBC Trek Difficulty and Preparation
Everest Base Camp Trek is categorized as moderate level in intensity or difficulty level.
Since you have to reach somewhere around 5500m, hiking 6-7 hrs steep up or down along slide small narrow rugged terrain is required and something you must be prepared ahead of.
If you are in reasonably good physical condition, even beginners will be able to complete this trek successfully according to our gentle acclimatization routine as well as the excellent leadership of Himalayan Trekkers hiking instructors.
Our guides hike alongside you, ensuring that you take regular breaks and drink plenty of water as you ascend further up. They are also first-aid trained and cater to all of your requirements to ensure that you enjoy your 14 days trekking to Everest base camp.
Regular cardiovascular activities at home, such as walking and running, will help you prepare for this adventure. These will help you build up your endurance so that you can embrace this journey to the fullest.
Best Time For Everest Base Camp
Spring is the most popular season to hike to most of the packages of the Everest Region. The weather will be very clear and dry. Most of the Everest summit happens during March-May and maybe you will come across climbing crew on the trail.
In spring, you will find the region and trails very beautiful filled with Rhododendron forests in different colors. The trails will be busiest this season with picture-perfect views of nature.
After spring another best season is Autumn. This season is very popular amongst the trekkers for the magical panoramic view of mountain peaks with less heat and clouds.
On the trails, you can see the lush green forest filled with different colorful flowers and green landscape as post-monsoon. The Autumn season offers you warm pleasant days with few cold nights. You get the best clear view of Mount Everest in Autumn.
A more detailed version of the weather can be found on our blog page – Weather of Everest Base Camp.
Trek Route to Everest Base Camp
Firstly, you fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, then trek to Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche and Lobuche. From Lobuche, you'll finally reach your dream destination.
If you prefer not to fly to Lukla, you can also reach the base camp by road which is as much as exciting as you get to view the landscape of the entire region all the way from Kathmandu.
After that, you ascend further to Kala Patthar via Gorakshep, which is Everest's first Base Camp. However, there are other alternative routes to the base camp. You trek from Gorakshep to Pheriche, then return via the same route to Namche Bazaar and finally Lukla, where your trek comes to an end and finally you fly back to Kathmandu.
An alternative route to Everest Base Camp would be via Jiri following the classic route.
Throughout your trek, you will be surrounded by the astonishing views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholhatse, Pumori, and several other snow-capped peaks. On your journey, you can also see glaciers, frozen trek paths, white-water rivers, suspension bridges, and several other natural attractions.
As you explore these tiny mountain-top villages, gathering with your team and planning for the adventure ahead, you will encounter a number of people, including guides, mountaineers, and porters, as well as additional explorers.
You'll walk through the Himalayan wilderness on your feet, passing prayer flag-draped suspension bridges and observation points in the heart of the Himalayas.
Every step you take takes you closer to the majestic Mt. Everest, also known as Sagarmatha in Nepali and Chomolungma in Tibetan. As you meet the friendly locals who dwell in these communities scattered along the trek route, you get to learn more about those names.
Furthermore, no other journey will bring you closer to the world's tallest summit, Mt. Everest, which is recognized as the most inspiring experience in the Himalayas. All in all, this trekking is a life-changing experience that leaves you with an unrivaled collection of memories.
If you haven't yet considered trekking along this unbelievably gorgeous route then adding that to the bucket list is definitely a priority!
For time-restricted travelers, a short trek to everest can be merely completed in just 8 days and for those who want more luxury, Himalayan Trekkers' Everest Luxury Trek would be a good choice.