The name Everest itself says a lot about dreaming high and even soaring higher with adventures and journeys who dares to dream strong and bold. The world’s most majestic and the tallest mountain (8,848m) has always lured the people from all parts of the world big and small. It’s the roof of the world. Everest Base Camp Trek is the most and popular trekking adventures in Nepal which lies in the Khumbu region. Everest Base Camp is the most visited regions and high in the priority among many trekkers. The journey starts with Khumbu’s unforgettable nature and its beautiful cultural presence and happy faces. The scenery around is just gorgeous with other highest mountains in the world – Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,470m) and Mt.Cho Oyo (8,201m). The beautiful experience of the surrounding is Sagarmatha National Park. You can explore the world’s highest villages with the spiritual connection to the mountains. As you trek along you can learn local culture and beliefs and with dotingly beautiful Buddhist monasteries. On the trek there is Kala Patthar, reaching an altitude of 5,500m.
The route starts at Lukla and heads on to north to Namche bazaar making its way to Pheriche/Dingboche. It continues along through Lobucheto Gorak Shep. The view point of Kala Patthar is on the west whereas Everest Base Camp is on the east.
The best trekking months are February, March, April and May. The weather during these months are perfect for sightseeing and trekking. The mountain is at its best with beautiful colours. These are the busiest months for trekkers. The hills are covered with Rhododendrons and green fields. September and October is another popular month for trekking these months are less busy comparatively to the summers. Trekking in winter can be very cold and difficult. Weather conditions in winter months are very challenging the temperature are below freezing.
The prices for a trek to EBC ranges per person from USD$ 1,400 up to $ 1,700 for a average 12 – 15 day trek. This includes round trip flights and permits from Kathmandu to Lukla, food and accommodations.
There are no free wifi hotspots and network connections after Namche. The only two places for for free wifi are the Everest Bakery in Namche and Starbucks Coffee in Lukla.
People with good health condition and physical fitness are encouraged for EBC trek. People after the age of sixty may find difficult to adjust to higher altitude max altitude in the EBC goes to 5,545m (18,200 FT). Trekking to EBC is absolutely safe but it still has variety of risks because of its locations and altitudes. The trekkers suffer from altitude sickness and various health problems. Trekking training program is extremely important to strengthen your body with squats, lunges, step ups and deadlifts. The right clothing helps you to keep warm. The maximum acclimatization built into your itinerary with guidebooks and travel information is necessary. You must read up about Acclimatization and altitude sickness to prevent them. Take gradual ascent with acclimatization and understand the symptoms for altitude sickness.
The EBC trek is 130 km round trip starting from Lukla famously known as Gateway to Everest. The outward 65 km to EBC takes longer as you need to consider acclimatization. The trekking steadily takes its path way up to base camp. The trek to EBC takes 12 days to complete. It takes 8 days to climb up to base camp and 4 days to get back down.