Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations among trekkers from all over the world. Everest Base Camp Trek is tough in grade. 5364 meters above the level is the height at which the Everest Base Camp Trek attraction is located, without a doubt a challenge for anyone, even for many experienced climbers and mountaineers. Despite its height and the challenge that this trip entails, it is extremely feasible to perform regardless of your physical condition, age or gender and here I explain everything you need to know to make it happen.
How is the trip to Everest Base Camp Trek?
You will do trekking or hiking, in an average of 14 days you will be walking between 5 and 6 hours a day until you reach the Everest Base Camp Trek which is 5,364 meters above sea level. I say average because some agencies put together a package of 16 days and others of 13, so it is an average. Normally this tour starts from Lukla, a town that is 2,640 meters high.
The interesting thing about this trip is that the landscapes you will see are unique in its kind, you will be in the middle of the Himalayas and you will be able to appreciate the highest mountains in the world. Definitely, a unique and worthwhile experience.
Is it difficult to do Everest Base Camp Trek?
The first three quarters of the trip is extremely quiet, the only thing that will make it a bit strenuous is the lack of oxygen as you go up, the last quarter of the trip, which is approximately 2 days before arriving at Everest Base Camp, becomes a little more complicated, nothing that can not be done very carefully but keep in mind that it is definitely not a walk in the park.
I went without training before and had no problems. What if I am already used to walking long distances throughout the day, so I suggest that if you do not do any exercise at least you start walking a lot to take some condition.
Everest Base Camp Trek Weather?
The weather varies depending on the height at which you are, in areas below 4,000 meters high probably during the walk of the day and with the sun you find yourself sweating and hot, however during the night it will be cold regardless of the height to which you are. In addition to thermal underwear, it is usually recommended to wear 2 jackets, a fleece lining which you can use in moderately cold temperatures and during the day and a jacket for intense cold for the night or the last days you are arriving at the Everest base camp.
Another issue you should consider is that in the rooms they DO NOT have insulation or heating in the rooms, they will give you a blanket but it is everything, so it is likely that you have to sleep with your jackets on and inside your sleeping bag for cold (which you rented in Kathmandu).
If you wear the right clothes for the trip you will not have problems with the cold.
Best season for Everest Base Camp Trek?
The high season is two October-December and March-May. If you go in the March-May season you will have the opportunity to live with many people who are going to try to reach the top of Everest, I think it is worth talking to them and spending your night.
Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, where our Nepali guide awaits us to welcome us and transfer us to the hotel in the Tibetan neighborhood of Kathmandu.
We take the plane to Lukla in the morning (2,850 meters), the flight lasts approximately 30 minutes. This is a mountain flight that offers stunning views of the Himalayas, but it depends greatly on the weather conditions, therefore, in case of bad weather, the flight could be delayed to more favorable situations .. From there we start the trekking to Phakding 8 kilometers away. Estimated time 3 to 4 hours.
After having breakfast we will begin the stage traveling a path that crosses the Dhud Khosi river several times. Upon arriving at the town Monjo (3000 m.), After doing the required procedures and permits, we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park (Everest). We continue with a strong zig-zag climb, and where we will not stop since in one of the curves we will observe Mount Everest. Today we will travel 12 kilometers until we reach Namche Bazaar. Estimated time 6 to 7 hours.
Namche is located in the Khumbu Valley, this great Sherpa town, has all the needs one could want, two museums, some Internet-Cafes, and even two pizzerias and three cafes (locally known as patisseries, we will also find two exchange offices , so it is a good place to stock up on the local currency for the next few days, although it is better to bring the money changed in Kathmandu.
After a short but steep climb, you will walk along a fairly flat path until you reach the villages of Kenjuna and Sanasa. In the village of Phunki Thanga (marked by its water prayer wheels), the route ascends steeply until reaching Tengboche after 1 hour and a half of walking, it is better to get water in this village. Distance 10 kilometers, estimated time of the walk from 5 to 6 hours.
In the village of Panboche there is a small convent of nuns that is worth visiting. Distance of 11 kilometers, estimated time of the walk from 5 to 6 hours.
It is recommended that you take an acclimatization day in Pingboche due to the altitude. You can take short and slow walks around the town, marvel at the peaks you see or devote yourself to reading.
It is a small town full of tourists. There are several accommodations in this town, but there isn’t much to do here, besides eating and sleeping. Distance of 10 kilometers, estimated time of the walk from 4 to 5 hours.
This is a fairly easy hike. You can deviate a bit from the road and visit the Pyramid of Everest, a weather station built by Italians. In Gorak Shep there is a small and icy lake. This place will be the base to visit the Everest Base Camp (5,380 meters) or to climb Kala Patthar (5,643 meters) with excellent views of Everest and the surrounding mountains. The distance of 15-17 kilometers. After a refreshing hike to Everest Base Camp (5,316 meters), we return to Gorakshep. Estimated time of the walk from 8 to 9 hours.
We get up very early to visit Kalapatthar, so we can enjoy the sunrise over Mount Everest and the other Himalayan peaks. This 360-degree view of the Himalayas is something impossible to forget. We descend to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue the route back to Pheriche. Distance 15 kilometers. Estimated time of the walk from 8 to 9 hours.
This Sherpa village is located in the Khumbu Valley. This withdrawal from the trekking circuit and therefore has a more authentic air. Distance of 10 kilometers, estimated time of the walk from 4 to 5 hours.
This traditional village is home to generations of Sherpa climbers, located in the Khumbu region. From there you can see spectacular views of the Ama Dablam and Khumbila mountains. Distance of 14 to 15 kilometers, estimated time of 6 to 7 hours.
Monjo is made up of a handful of shelters along the road a few minutes walk from the entrance to Sagarmartha National Park. There is a small gompa (monastery) right next to the road. Arrival in Lukla, distance of 14-15 kilometers, estimated time of the walk from 4 to 5 hours.
At the agreed time, we will go to Lukla airport to take a flight to Kathmandu.
Before leaving, We will do Kathmandu Sightseeing: Durban Square, Swayambhunath temple or temple of the monkeys, the medieval cities of Bhaktapur and Patan, the Buddhist monastery of Kopan, the Hindu temple of the Pasupathinath cremations, the stupa of Boudhanath in the Tibetan neighborhood.