Everest Base Camp Trek is for nature lovers and the one who seeks to achieve a certain level of spirituality among themselves. This trek teaches people the true meaning of determination and patience. A lifetime adventure, this trek has all the aspects, which makes the travelers remember from the spellbinding landscapes, the unique unseen Sherpa culture, the amazing wildlife to the serenity of the monasteries.
The journey of Everest passes through snow peaked mountains, hanging bridges, raging rivers, dense forests, and waterfalls with lots of ascend and descends on the steep & rugged trail that makes the trail difficult. Read below to know more about the difficulty of the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Spring season (March to June), the weather is favorable for trekking. This season attracts a lot of tourists, and the temperature reaches up to 25 degrees on summer days and dropdown to -20 degrees at night.
Monsoon starts in July and lasts till mid-September. This time is not recommended for trekking as during this season, due to high rainfall the roads become more slippery and riskier.
Autumn (September to November) is also the best time for trekking in the Everest region. During this season, the entire region bloomed up with gorgeous rhododendrons and other wildflowers.
Winter begins from November to February. This season presents a very extreme cold. January is considered to be the coldest month of the year where the temperature falls and reaches to -36 degrees and can go down below to -60 degrees. Despite all the low temperature, the biggest issue faced by the mountain climbers is the hurricane, force wind, and wind chill where the force of the wind develop reaching more than 285 km/hr.
Reaching to Everest Base Camp is a dream to various trekkers. There are two base camps, the northern base camp that lies in Tibet whereas the southern base camp, which is situated in Nepal. Both the base camps are used by the trekkers in order to ascend and descend where goods are carried by yaks, porters, and Sherpas. They are the means of transportation in this base camp.
The trails of southern base camp are really rough, rocky and steep, which makes it a challenging for the trekkers. The route for the southern base camp starts from the Tenzing Hillary airport at Lukla (2,800 m), the second dangerous airport and the best air routes in the world as from flight, one is able to see stunning snow-capped Himalayan mountains such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku. Amadablam, Langtang Ri, and the Everest.
From Lukla, the trek starts towards Phakding (2,652 m) through the Cheplung village, passing through the majestic pine forest. Leaving Benkar and Jorsala valley behind, one reaches to Namche Bazaar where generally al the trekkers take a day off and explore the region. From Namche, the trek resumes and the visitors pass through Tengboche Monastery crossing the Loche river, reaching to one small ascend to Dingboche (4,400 m). From here, one reaches to Lobuche via Duglha and head towards Gorak Shep (5,180 m,) which finally leads to the Everest Base Camp (5,364 m)
It is said that difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations, this can be sad for this trek too. The journey leads person to reach a calming state of mind, yet there are various obstacles present before reaching the destination. The difficulty level of the Everest Base Camp is moderate. The trekking time often requires two weeks. Even though the EBC Trek requires no prior trekking expertise, it is suggested that the trekker should be determined and be physically fit.
Among the various hurdles of EBC, the altitude is considered to be one of the major difficulty. As this trek starts at the height of 3,000 meters, and the base cap is situated at the height of 5400 meters above the sea level, which is actually a great height. Therefore it is strongly recommended that if a person has any breathing problem, they should completely avoid this trek. A trekker is suggested to take proper medical advice before trekking at these heights and research altitude sickness.
The distance between Lukla to the Everest Base Camp is nearly 130 kilometers only, yet some of the trekkers might find the distance being too long. The trekkers must keep in mind that even though the distance is small the trekking is on altitude and on non-paved rocky, steep, roads.
For trekking, the trekkers need to be physically fit and energetic. That's why they must start practicing those exercises, which generally strengthens the leg muscles. This is necessary as the weak people may find it difficult to walk on those unpaved rocky roads and adjust in the hilly area.
Day 1: Arrival day and pre-trip meeting at hotel or office.
Day 2: City sightseeing and preparation days for the trekking
Day 3: Fly to lukla from Kthmandu and trek to Phakding and overnight at guest house.
Day 4: Trek to Namche and overnight at guest house
Day 5: Rest day at Namche
Day 6: trek to tengboche and overnight at guesthouse.
Day 7: trek to dingboche and overnight at guest house.
Day 8: Rest day at dingboche.
Day 9 trek to lobuche and overnight at guest house,
Day 10: trek to gorakshep and hike to Everest base camp and overnight at guest house.
Day 11: Morning hike to kalapatther and trek back to Pheriche. and overnight at guest house.
Day 12: Trek to Namche and overnight at guesthouse.
day 13: trek to Lukla and overnight at guest house.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 15: Final Depature,
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Everest scenic flight also one of the option of visit Mount Everest and other high mountain of Everest region. this is a scenic flight by a small plane which is fly over the everest and other mountains. which is exploring mountains without any physical activities.