What is there in the Everest Base Camp that it has become one of the most sought after trekking destinations in the world? Is it simply because of it being the base of the highest peak in the world or does it have something else that allures thousands of adventure trekkers every year?
Whatever the reasons are, Everest Base Camp Trek has an unbeatable charm – from the mountains to Sherpa culture. Anybody can aspire to trek to the base camp of the highest peak in the world. But it is better if you know a few things before you plan your trip to the Everest Base Camp alternately known as abbreviated EBC. Here are a few things you should consider planning a trek to EBC and going there.
There is time to trek up to the Everest Base Camp. EBC Trek can be done the best in two main seasons of a year – autumn and spring. These two seasons bring great views of the mountains, perfect weather most of the time and pleasant atmosphere to trek. Other than these two seasons, the winter season will be too freezing and most of the trail section will be covered in snow making it difficult to trace the trail. Summer monsoon is too wet and cloudy which might not be much helpful for the view but the greenery will be awesome.
The best way now to get into the Everest region trek is to fly to Lukla. The real thrill of the Everest adventure kicks off once you board the flight. But you should know that you will be flying into one of the top ten the most dangerous airports in the world. The small airstrip in Lukla is the main gateway to Everest Base Camp Trekking. So, prepare yourself to fly into one of the dangerous airports in the world.
While trekking to the Everest Base Camp, make sure that you are insured properly. You will be trekking up to 5,545 meters above sea level, so get an insurance that covers you at least to that elevation. As you go higher, you will always be at the risk of altitude sickness as the air gets thinner. Your insurance is an important aspect of trekking to the Everest Base Camp.
While trekking to the Everest Base Camp, you have to equip yourself properly to beat the mountain adversities. The equipment list can highly depend on the season that you are trekking. You can ask for suggestions on equipment checklist. You can buy all the trekking gears here in Kathmandu if you do not want to carry them all the way in the flight.
The Everest Base Camp trail is well-trodden and gets thousands of trekkers every year. Every day of trekking towards the base camp takes you to a higher elevation along the trail that meanders up and down the mountains. You will walk on the trail that is forest covered to the moraine and boulder filled as you go higher. The trail will take you past lots of prayer flags, mani walls and stones, prayer wheels, chhortens and monasteries.
You will be sleeping in basic lodges but they are comfortable enough for a good sleep up in the mountains. Some places in lower elevation have some luxury lodges as well but in most of the overnight places, lodges are quite basic but good and clean enough to spend a comfortable night.
There are plenty of places to eat along the trail to the Everest Base Camp. You can get the menu with dal bhat, noodles, spaghetti mentioned mostly along with other items in them. You will find from soup to pizza to eat in all the places in the region.
Sherpa people are famous mountaineers; and without them, mountaineering in Nepal is considered impossible. They are the ones who open the trail in the icy mountains; fix the ropes; carry the stuff, and guide other climbers to the summit of the peaks.
Everest is the home to this famous climbing community. You can get to know this famous tribe closely during your adventure.
You will see the Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and many other towering peaks throughout the trek. But you cannot see the Everest from the base camp as other mountains block the view of it. Mountains always have unpredictable weather conditions. So, the view of the mountains is directly dependent on the weather condition of the time.
Manage the level of your expectation and enjoy the magnificence of the trekking to the base camp of Mt. Everest that is famous as Everest Base Camp Trek.