How to Reach the Everest Base Camp
“Stop Saying “I wish”, Start Saying “I will”
Once you achieve your goal in life, the feeling is you have conquered the Top of the world. Pursuing the dream is the only feeling of success in life. So, let’s feel it and come into Step on Himalaya (Mt. Everest) to make your dream come true. It’s always a difficult pathway to success but once you determine nobody or nothing can stop you. Stepping on the path of success is a mighty decision to make. The triumph once you receive is always yours. Hence, carry your rug sack with all the necessary equipment for trekking and step in Nepal to be on the lap of the Himalayas.
The trekking to Everest Base Camp starts from Lukla, a beautiful village at an elevation of 2860m. The stunning flight to Lukla gives you the feeling of reaching the summit of the mighty Himalayas as you will be flying over it enjoying the majestic views of the amazing landscapes beneath. Landing in Lukla is now entering the Khumbu region of Solukhumbhu district, Sagarmatha zone. It lies in the northeastern part of Nepal. From Lukla, we will start walking following the trails of the Dudh Koshi River. Continuing the walk, we will pass by the Phakding Village (2160m) and cross the suspension bridges on the way. There are small settlements like Chumoa, Monjo, and Benkar moving ahead, and walk through the Sagarmatha National Park.
To reach the bustling Namche Bazaar, we will walk further passing Jorsale. The buzzing Namche Bazaar will make you forget your tiredness for some time as you can see everyone busy trading, the children shouting and playing on the roads, the dzopko carrying heavy loads, etc. Many trekkers prefer acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. After acclimating, they will set up and walk again towards the destination. During the stay in Namche Bazaar, one can visit the Sherpa Museum where the equipment of trekking is kept safely for display, and the Everest Photo Gallery. There is the famous Tengboche monastery in Tengboche where we can pay our visit. The enchanting views of the Himalayas on the way are eye-soothing. We will now reach Dingboche (4410m) and then Lobuche (4910m). We will now walk towards the final destination which is the Everest Base Camp situated at an altitude of 5364m.
As we keep on walking, the amazing snow-capped peaks appear insight with breathtaking views. From Everest Base Camp, we will hike up to Kala Patthar which is famous as one of the best vantage points for the mesmerizing view of Mt. Everest and other adjoining peaks like Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Nuptse, etc. The other day we will now return to Gorakshep and then to Pheriche. Then we will head back to Lukla and then via a flight to Kathmandu. This Everest Base Camp usually takes about 14days but some time due to bad weather or if you wish to stay more in the mountains, it might prolong the trekking days. Step On Himalaya offers you the package of a 14-days Everest Base Camp that includes airport transfers, permits, and other entrance fees, food, and accommodation during the trekking, flight from/ to Lukla, hotel in Kathmandu, and the porter.
Everest Base Camp Trekking not only offers you the tedious walks and trekking experience to Everest but also provides you the chance to experience the cultural differences, the lifestyle, and enjoy the meals of the mountains. The spiritual feeling during the visit to Tengboche Monastery or while passing the chortens with colorful prayer flags, mani walls is simply awesome. The friendliness of the local Sherpa people with their simplicity always comforts you during your stay in the teahouses. The different types of flora and fauna found in this Everest region, the wildlife like Himalayan Thar, dzopko, yak, mules, etc are amazing. So, once you decide to trek in the Everest region, the better time is during spring (March-May) and autumn (September- December) because during this time, the sky is clear and the views of the surrounding Himalayas are magical. The temperature during this season ranges from minus 2 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius.
Step On Himalaya will assist you with all the documentation and trek preparation. The preparation to Everest Base Camp must be done ahead of the trekking. The trekkers must be fit and able to walk about 6 – 7 hours every day. Some tips to warm up before beginning the trekking to Everest Base Camp are as follows:
- Nutrition to boost up your energy and stamina
- Long walks at least twice a week
- Exercises like hiking, swimming, cycling, etc. have been proven beneficial
Author: Step on Himalaya
Date: 13th December, 2019