Everest Base Camp Trek Route is amazing and diverse. It is not like other ordinary trekking trail. The route is epic and father of all trekking routes of the world. In fact the route leading trekkers to the base camp of world’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest (8,848 m) is definitely not an ordinary. There is lots of misinformation about Everest Base Camp Trek Route. People are constantly on internet to find out the actual situation of the route. Therefore, as a responsible Trekking Guide I have tried to accommodate each and every aspect of the EBC Trek route. Please read until the end of this blog. Give me your feedback’s and mail me if it is relatable and helpful for the planning of Everest Base Camp Trek.
Entry or Trail Head
Everest Base Camp Trek starts from Lukla (2,860 m). This is the small town of Solukhumbu district of Nepal having world’s most extreme airport the Tenzing Hillary airport. This is exciting. You can find lots of myths and stories about this airport in internet. Go check out these footage. The design of the airport and the location both are unique. It is always exciting to take off and land in this airport. You will start your trek in great note. Almost all trekkers on the Everest Base Camp Trek Route meet their crew members (Sherpa & Porters) in Lukla. Once you land in Lukla the instant chill breeze of air that hits you on your face remind you that you are at the home of mountains.
River & Suspension Bridges
Trekkers have to cross 8 suspension bridges along the trail. These bridges are simply constructed by the support of cables and are unique to Nepal. For most of the foreigners these bridges are pretty interesting. It swings with the flow of the air and the way of walking the trekkers do. Therefore, it takes people back to childhood days. The raging white river flowing below and the swinging bridge to walk on is definitely wilderness adventure. There are numerous streams, waterfalls and glacial rivers in the route. Dudhkoshi, Imja Khola, Phakding Khola, Solu Jharna etc. are noticeable rivers and streams of the trail.
High situated National Park of Everest Region
Sagarmatha National Park is the highest situated national park of the world in terms of altitude. Therefore, it is achievement on its own. One can observe various Himalayan wild animals. You might not encounter the deadly Himalayan animals. The sightings of Himalayan Thar, goat, birds etc. are normal throughout the route. Trekkers will have to enter the Sagarmatha National Park in the location between Namche Bazaar and Phakding (2,610 m).
Namche Bazaar and Dingboche are regular acclimatization stops during Everest Base camp Trek. For the successful trip of the Everest Base Camp proper acclimatization is highly required. First acclimatization is done around Namche Bazaar. This place is very iconic. Moreover, It has Starbucks to Irish Pub. It is probably the only high altitude place where you have disco, eateries and bars of world class standards. Please don’t misunderstand about acclimatization. Lots of people complain to walk on the acclimatization rest day.
This is rather the most crucial action to do during high altitude trekking. Trekkers are taken to high altitude place for a while and then returned back to low altitude for the overnight sleep. This mantra is highly suitable for the proper acclimatization. Everest View Hotel or Khumjung Village is the final destination during Namche acclimatization while the Nagarshan Hill Top is the final destination during Dingboche (4,410 m) acclimatization stop.
Monasteries, Prayer Flags & Chhortens
Nepalese people are aesthetic. People of Khumbu are also not exception. There are numerous monasteries and chhortens in the route. The most iconic of all is the Tengboche Monastery. Besides, This is the place where Mani Rimdu Festival which is the biggest festival of region after Dumji takes place. Prayer flags are attached on the bridges, trees, houses and walls. When you walk on the trail if I am not wrong you will get the prayer flags, chortens or monasteries in every one hour.
Tea-houses/Lodges & Food
There are different categories of teahouses/lodges & restaurants. According to your budget your Travel Agency will offer the itineraries and services accordingly. Trekkers will get the attached bathroom and heating system until Tengboche. However further up you go you will not get the attached bathroom. You will have to adjust in common rooms.
Internet, Hot Shower & Battery Charge
Internet use during Everest Base Camp Trekking until Tengboche (3,860 m) is free nowadays. If you have to use the internet after Tengboche you will have to buy the net card. For hot shower you will have to buy the bucket system basis from the first night as well. Battery charge of your gadgets or mobile phones requires you to pay from Phakding. You don’t need to pay for these services in Lukla.
Moraines, Glaciers & Thin Air
After Dingboche the Everest Base Camp Trek Route is mostly above moraines and into the thin air. Therefore, trekkers need to take proper care. Slow and gradual walking as well as consumption of lots of liquid is the best way to overcome these hurdles. Lobuche (6,119 m) to Everest Base Camp is completely above moraines. No vegetation and the tiring muscles really make it arduous for some trekkers. Please take care of your body and consume lots of liquids.
Everest Base Camp & Kalapathar
Please plan for the trip properly. Don’t rush while trekking to the base camp. If you get tired before heading to the top of Kalapathar (5,643 m) then it would not become very useful trek. Always know your body. Observing the sunrise from Kalapathar is astounding. Therefore, please don’t miss out this moment. Lots of trekkers opt not to hike the hill and miss out the most iconic moment to see Everest up close.
The return trip to Lukla from Everest Base Camp is on the same trail. Even if it is on the same trail the experience is different. My experience of guiding trekkers in Everest proves that return trip is always mesmerizing. The altitude decreases and trekkers will start to breathe better. The scenery looks outstanding while you return. Don’t miss out these enjoyments. Return Trip is always blissful. Apart from this information the Everest Base Camp Trek Route is full of mountain vistas. You can get the sight of more than a dozen of mountains.
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