Everest Base Camp trek takes you into the heart of the Himalayan region (Khumbu) with breathtaking views of many of the world’s most beautiful mountains and leaves you awestruck. Trekking to the famous Everest Base Camp, without a doubt, is the most famous trekking route in the world, which brings many travelers to Nepal and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to glimpse at some of the most breathtaking unimaginable sceneries along the Himalaya. Everest Base Camp Trek gives a closer insight into the lives and culture of the Sherpa people.
While many of the routes through the mountains during Everest Base Camp Trek are arduous, there are ample places to rest and enjoy a meal along the way. To ascent Everest Base Camp trekking trail is steady and requires some time for acclimatization comparing to trekking in other regions. Everest Base Camp Trek is for those wishing to push themselves to the limit and who are generally fit and used to walking on foothills. Although Everest Base Camp trek has generally well-graded paths, it is a tough challenge especially along the Khumbu glacier and not to be taken carelessly. At Base Camp, stand face-to-face with the fabled Khumbu Ice Fall and its towering seracs. Go on to hike to the summit of Kala Pattar at over 18,500 ft (5,545 meters) for an unobstructed view of Everest’s windblown summit, trailing a seemingly perpetual banner of cloud and snow. Sunrise on the snow-capped peaks above the Khumbu Glacier is also an unforgettable sight from the summit of Kala Patthar.
Ever since the early days of climbing expeditions, the 8,848m mountain has had a lure of its own; very few people return from Everest Base Camp Trek unmoved by the experience of this trekking. Since Mt. Everest is well-known and self-challenging; it is the main reason why Everest base camp trek is increasing in popularity among adventure seekers throughout the world. Besides self satisfaction and reaching the significant height of 5,545 meters, another great benefit of the Everest base camp trek is being able to say you’ve visited the highest mountain in the world, an achievement to be quite proud of!
How fit do I have to be?
Everest Base Camp trek considered as a strenuous trekking route in Nepal, but that does not mean that you require any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. As you are trekking to the Everest Base Camp not Mount Everest; it is not required that you have any technical experience, only that you be in good physical conditioning and are able to walk for four to six hours over hilly terrain with a light bag pack and some healthy lungs. It’s advised to stop every so often for rest and to take in the scenery around you.
*Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card and Sagarmatha National Park entry fee is compulsory to visit Khumbu region.
*Altitude sickness can affect everyone while trekking including young and healthy people and is a genuine concern in Khumbu. If you feel dizzy, suffer palpitations or severe headaches, return immediately to a lower altitude. Do not take altitude sickness lightly. It can be Fatal!