A paradise for trekkers, mountaineers and naturalists, the Khumbu or Everest region of Nepal offers a number of rewarding adventurous treks and expeditions, Everest Base Camp trek being the most popular one. Imagine walking through rural villages, with constant views mostly of the highest snow-capped peaks in the world, and ultimately arriving at Everest Base Camp, the major base where daring mountaineers set up their camp before attempting to summit the 8,848m Sagarmatha or Mt. Everest. We know you are tempted to join us on this fabulous trip right away.
During our Everest Base Camp trek you can enjoy some of the best experiences of Sagarmatha National Park, such as staying overnight at the mountain village of Namche and reaching the incomparable Himalayan vista at Kalapatthar (5,545m). Kalapatthar is a vantage point that is extraordinarily close to some of the highest mountains on the planet. From there you can have incredible views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Lhotse – just like from Everest Base Camp itself. Throughout the trip, you will visit some very old monasteries and mingle with the brave Sherpas who have a peculiar lifestyle and culture.
The base camp lies at an altitude of 5,364 m and brings you at the feet of the highest mountain in the world. The journey to Everest Base Camp takes you via mountains, mountain passes, forests, rivers, and quaint Sherpa villages & monasteries. Once you go there and return, this close-to-surreal experience will remain with you for years to come.
We begin with a 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. First, trek to Phakding (2,600m) along a nearly flat terrain passing through chortens and prayer wheels and stay overnight at a guest-house at the bank of Dudh Koshi River. Further, trek to Namche and stay there overnight. Waking up in Namche and having a breakfast with beautiful views of mountains around you, that’s one of the many memorable experiences you’ll have in this trek. A day of acclimatization in Namche Bazaar will help you prepare well for the walk ahead.
You will trek to Tengboche (3,880m) and beyond seeing the wildlife and the strange culture. If you happen to be at Tengboche Monastery during the Mani Rimdu festival (usually October-November), you may attend the festival and see the ways of the Sherpa. From there, trek to Pheriche and encounter more wildlife such as musk deer, pheasants, and yaks along the way. With each passing day, the view gets more wonderful and peaks such as Ama Dablam, and Lhotse come clearer. We trek further and pass through Lobuche (4,930m), and on to Gorakshep (5,130m) from where we will reach the gem of this trek – the Everest Base Camp (5,364m). EBC is where all the great mountaineers and adventurers have come and stayed and appreciated the grandeur of the highest peaks on the planet.
A short detour to Kalapatthar will take you to a majestic vantage point located deep into the mountains. Have excellent views of the surrounding mountains and let the feeling sink in that you have to leave it all and return to civilization. And so you retrace your steps to Gorakshep, trek to Dingboche and on to Namche. Relax as much as you can in Namche, for the next day you will trek back to Lukla and catch a flight to Kathmandu.
Orbit Alpine recommends the trek Everest Base Camp in autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). Although it’s a moderately difficult trek, you don’t need prior trekking or climbing experience to take on this trek. All you need is a habit of regular exercise and average physical fitness.