Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the world as well as in Nepal. Trekking in Everest is a lifetime dream and opportunity for every trekker and adventure lovers. This amazing journey takes you on an incredible ride to the foothills of renowned World’s Highest Mountain, Mount Everest (8,848m).
If you want to experience nature, Himalayan culture and geography in its pure form? Then Everest Base Camp Trek will fulfill all your expectations.
Throughout the trekking trails, you get to know wonderful rich cultured ethnic villages and towns. The views received after long days of trekking are beyond imagination; which is enough to fill your heart with happiness and excitement. Numerous reasons are sufficient to attract you to do Everest Base Camp Trek.
Usually, every Everest Base Camp Trek starts with a Kathmandu City Tour. You can have this city tour later after you completed the EBC Trek. Since, you will be more tired from EBC Trek, touring around Kathmandu would be tiresome. So, most agency has Kathmandu City Tour before heading from Kathmandu to Lukla. This exciting cultural city tour around Kathmandu valley takes you famous culturally and historically rich World Heritage sites. Sites include Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa or The Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu or Patan Durbar Square.
Additionally, you can have Kathmandu Day Tour; that gives you a wonderful sightseeing tour around the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Bhaktapur Durbar Square along with Changu Narayan Temple. Changu Narayan Temple is the oldest temple in Nepal history that dates back to the 5th century.
Although the flight to Lukla is one of the most dangerous flights in the world, it is also one of the most scenic flights in Nepal. There are various approaches to Everest Base Camp; which includes via Ramechhap to Lukla Flight, Phaplu Everest Base Camp Trek route, Jiri to Everest Base Camp routes, etc. But trekkers favor the Lukla flight most; even its risky as they want to have a wonderful outlook of forested hills, valleys, dazzling rivers and villages, and more. From the air, you can bird eye view of greenery terrace farmlands, clouds, beautiful waterfalls falling amidst the deep forest, etc.
On landing to Tenzing Norgay Airport, Lukla you can have your first sneak peek of Mt.Everest. From Lukla ( also called gateway of Everest) our journey starts that passes through landscapes, rivers, valleys, villages, religious and cultural sites then finally reaching great Everest Base Camp.
On the way to Namche Bazaar, we arrive at the UNESCO Heritage site of the Khumbu region, Sagarmatha National Park. This protected area needs permission to enter which you can get on its entrance gate. Here, you can experience the Himalayan based ecosystem which includes a dense forest of pines, oaks, junipers, bamboo, and rhododendrons. This forest provides shelter to numerous endangered flora and fauna of this region. Walking along the woods, you might see some rare animals like snow leopard, blue sheep, Himalayan goats and eagles and many more. The trails between these forests give experiences of wildlife adventure as well as nature walk while heading towards Namche Bazaar.
It is the highest suspension bridge of the Khumbu region that lies over the milky Dudh Kosi river. It is the last bridge for Day 2 or 3 of Everest Base Camp Trek before taking a steep ascent to the street of Namche Bazaar. The bridge in itself is adventuring and holy. The religious prayer flags embellished around the bridge gives you religious and spiritual vibes; while the swinging bridge will thrill you while walking across it.
Also called the Tourism Capital and the largest sherpa settlement of the Khumbu region. The beautiful town of Namche acts as a rest and acclimatization destination for most Everest Region Trekking including Everest Base Camp Trek. Tourism is the main profession of Namche Bazaar. This town showcases a beautiful glimpse of peaks like Kongde Ri(6,187m), Thamserku (6,623m) also the mighty Everest (8,848m). Throughout the town, there are numerous cafes, restaurants, lodges, bakery, Tibetan handicraft shops, museums, etc. so, during your break day at Namche, you can visit these places and enjoy the day with luscious food and drinks.
The monastery of Tengboche resides in the hillock of Tengboche village on the convergence of Dudh Kosi and Imja river. Tengboche monastery is the largest monastery of the Khumbu district, which was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu. This monastery has strong influences from Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. From the Tengboche Monastery, you can have remarkable views of peaks like Everest, Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. Trekkers and Alpinists visit this holy site to explore the history of the monastery and also pray for the success of their Everest journey. This monastery is home to thousands of monks who performs daily Buddhists rituals every morning. Besides that, the Tengboche monastery is famous for Sherpa festivals held once a year, which is called the Mani Rimdu Festival.
Trek will be incomplete if you did not visit Nepal’s Highest Altitude Hotel. Everest View Hotel is the highest altitude hotel in Nepal and one of the highest hotels in the world. It is also included in Guinness World Records for Highest Altitude Hotel in the world in 2004. A few hours of hiking from Namche Bazaar, you reach Everest View Hotel. This luxury hotel will open up the terrace for trekkers for some time to have view and scenery of the lifetime. From terrace offers amazing views of snow-capped summits among which Everest stands out the highest. At the hotel, you can have a table either outside or on the rooftop to enjoy local cuisines while admiring the surrounding views and scenery. Here, you can have access to the internet or Wifi along with excellent accommodation facilities.
It is the main attraction of the entire journey. The Everest Base Camp resides at an elevation of 5300m which is the closest point to have face to face encounters with Mt.Everest without any climbing gears. After working hard for days and finally reaching the Everest Base Camp and exploring this magical kingdom of snow and rocks gives trekkers some sort of inner peace and accomplishment. The entire Everest Base Camp area embellished with colorful prayer flags, large valley, apex touching snow peaks and beautiful Khumbu Glacier Icefall. It is a popular landing spot for most Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour.
It is the highest point of Everest Base Camp Trek. Kala Patthar means a large black rock mountain that resides at 5,500m. Kala Patthar is one the best viewpoint in Nepal to have magnificent views of sunrise, sunset and panoramic views and scenery. Trekkers take an early morning hike before dawn to reach the summit before sunrise. The viewpoint provides 360-degree sweeping views of Everest along with Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, and other smaller ones.
Food is a must while trekking in Nepal that helps to provide energy while trekking for a long day. Trekkers are strictly prohibited to have heavy foods instead of which they can have easy to digest Nepalese food “Dal Bhat”. Dal Bhat is the national dish of Nepal which consists of rice, curry, lentils, chicken soup, pickles, salads, ghee, etc. It is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins, and minerals which is essential during trekking. Throughout the trek, you can have the opportunity to taste local cuisines of different ethnicity of this region. AT Namche Bazaar, several bakeries are famous for their chocolate cakes, coffee, and Tibetan tea. The food at this altitude might be expensive but it's worth having it as it tastes amazing.
Khumbu region is the main settlements of thousands of sherpas people whose main source of income is tourism. This legendary trek to Everest Base Camp allows you to experience and explore the old culture, traditions, rituals, and lifestyle of Sherpa people. Sherpas are fond of singing and dancing thus they have a tradition of singing folk songs and dancing on it.
Besides their unique culture and bravery, sherpas are famous for their grand festivals. In the Khumbu region, there are 3 main festivals that takes place among the Sherpa community. They are Lhosar, Harvest Festival, and the Mani Rimdu Festival.
Lhosar is the New Year's Eve for sherpa people along with other Buddhist religion followers. This festival occurs for 15 days where only three days have major importance.
The festival of harvest takes place in July; where sherpa people celebrate at home and visit the local monastery to pray and attend religious events.
Mani Rimdu Festival is the most important and grand festival of the Khumbu region. Sherpa people from distant villages visit the Tengboche monastery to participate in this grand event. Trekking during the season of this festival (late October to November) you can witness the magnificent ceremony where masked dancers are dancing and providing stories on religious topics.
After Namche, Dingboche is the place where we take a rest and acclimatization break. During the day, you can visit NangkarTshang Hill’s viewpoint. A 3 hours hike from the Dingboche village to the summit of NangkarTshang Hill; this viewpoint offers close and wide pictures of Makalu, Lhoste, Mera Peak (Island Peak) and Chhopulu.
Lastly, Everest Base Camp Trek is full of exciting, surprising and adventuring activities that are enough to blow your mind with joy and happiness. For trekkers who want to be on Everest Base Camp without trekking for days then Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is best for them. Recommended visiting Everest Base Camp during spring and autumn as the weather is clear and moderate that offers a clear picture of the entire Himalayas.