The thrill and adventure of the flight to Lukla
The iconic trekking destination of Nepal (Everest Base Camp) starts with a short, epic flight from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla. Early in the morning, your guide will take you to the airport for a Lukla flight, which takes approximately 30 minutes. During your 30 minutes of flight, flying between mountains, beautiful landscapes, and huge mountains, including Mt. Everest, will make your flight more thrilling and adventurous.
If you choose your journey towards the Everest Base Camp trek, your venture will surprise you with the amazing glory of its Himalayan vista. As you walk at low elevation, you will encounter the verdant hills and blooms of rhododendron flowers, whereas as the elevation increases, you will spot an eye-catching glimpse of snow-capped mountains, including Mount Everest. For people who love mountains, the Everest Base Camp Trek will be the perfect destination.
Opportunity to explore native Sherpa culture
As you embark into the Khumbu region, from day 1, you will encounter the native Sherpa peoples. Many Sherpa people are engaged in trekking and mountaineering. Throughout your venture, you will pass through native Sherpa settlements, where they practice Tibetan cultures. Your guide is friendly and close to them. He will help you learn about their cultures and traditions closely. While walking towards the 12-day Everest Base Camp, you will hike to Khumjung village on your acclimatization day. The origin of the Sherpa settlement is where you will learn about the history of the local people.
Mountain hub: Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar is one of the popular trekking stops during the 12 days at Everest Base Camp, which lies 3440m above sea level. Here you will find many facilities, like ATM service, bank service, hospital service, fancy restaurants and bars, and also a variety of souvenir shops. On the other side, the magnificent vista of the Himalayan ranges, including Mount Everest and the beautiful landscape from this point, is mind-blowing.
Mountains are seen during the 12-day Everest Base Camp trek.
During your 12 days of trekking to Everest Base Camp, the mountains you will encounter are Mt. Everest (8,849 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,586 m), Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Pumari (6,480 m), and Thamsherku (6,608 m), as well as many other mountains above six thousand meters.
Get close to nature and give meaning to your life.
The Everest Base Camp Trek is renowned for its natural beauty. It will connect people from the digital world to the natural world. Nowadays, people are engaged with laptops or mobile phones and get busy all the time. Take a break and make your 12-day Everest Base Camp trek itinerary. This trip will bring lots of happiness and joy to your life. The trip offers you amazing snow-capped mountains, fresh and humid air, verdant hills, blooms of rhododendron flowers, diverse landscapes, scenic beauty, local culture, challenging terrain, etc., along with peace of mind and positive energy. Leave your digital world for a few weeks and get to connect with nature and give your life the meaning of this beautiful world of nature.
Opportunity to inspect the diversity of flora and fauna
Sagarmatha is the national park, and trekking to Everest Base Camp is in it. While walking through it, an excursionist encounters a variety of flora and fauna.
- Flora: While rambling through the region, rhododendron is the most prominent plant in this zone, with its blooms of colorful flowers. Not only rhododendron plants but also many other low-lands and alpine trees such as juniper, pine, fir, primulas, edelweiss, cushion plants, mosses and lichens, grasses, medical herbs, etc.
- Fauna: During your 12-day hike to Everest Base Camp, there is more possibility to spot a diversity of rare and beautiful birds and animals, including the Himalayan monal (Lophophorus), red panda, Himalayan tahr, snow leopard, Himalayan marmot, yak and Dzopkyous, langur monkeys, various bird species, insects and butterflies, etc.
Monasteries during the Everest Base Camp Trek
As your journey leads you toward your destination, you will pass through Tengboche and Pangboche monasteries, which hold the cultural and religious significance of the Khumbu people. Both of the monasteries have their own history and uniqueness.
- Tengboche Monastery: It is the biggest monastery and is in the eastern part of Nepal at an elevation of 3,860 m above sea level. The monastery was built by Lama Guru in 1916. Every morning and later in the afternoon, the monks start prayer and meditation. Most of the travelers stop, take part in it, and return with blessings from the monks. On the other hand, it offers an amazing landscape along with a beautiful background glimpse of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Thamserku, and many other Himalayas. The Mani Rimdu is the biggest festival at Tengboche monasteries, which is a major attraction for locals and tourists.
- Pangboche Monasteries: Pangboche monasteries are the oldest monasteries during the 12-day Everest Base Camp trek, which is situated slitter above Tengboche at 3,985 m above sea level. I know the village of Pangboche for ancient relics, including what we believe to be a Yak scalp. People stop on the way to Everest Base Camp and visit the monasteries, which hold cultural and religious significance. It also offers a magnificent glimpse of the Himalayan ranges, including the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest.
Excursion in the Alps
The Alps offer a wide range of exciting excursions and activities for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and those who love the beautiful landscape and culture of this region. While walking through the Alps, you will find it difficult to walk, but the attractive glimpse of mountains and the warm, welcoming nature of people will make your journey more fun and interesting.
Acclimatization days at Namche and Dingboche
Acclimatization at Namche Bazar and Dingboche is very important while trekking towards Everest Base Camp. Your guide will design both acclimatization days to adjust your body to the increasing elevation and decreasing oxygen. It is not the rest; however, your guide will organize a short hike to make your body friendly with nature.
Acclimatization at Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar is at 3,440 m above sea level. Acclimatization at Namche doesn’t mean a rest day. Your guide will organize a short acclimatization hike to the Everest View Hotel, which is 3,880 m above sea level. During your hike, you will pass through Syangboche airport and Sagarmatha Next Museum and come into contact with an amazing glimpse of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, etc. So, acclimatization in Namche Bazar is important.
Acclimatization at Dingboche
When you are in Dingboche, you are already gaining a lot of elevation, and acclimatization at this point is very important. It’s because, when the elevation gets higher, the level of oxygen gets lower, and as a result, there are more chances of getting altitude problems. So, on your acclimation day, your guide will organize a hike for you to make your body friendly with nature. As you are hiking, you will be faced with the mighty Himalayas and their beautiful landscape. After the hike, if you have extra time and want to explore Sherpa communities, then visit the village. The village is quiet, big, and beautiful.
Morning footslogs to Kala Patthar for sunrise
Kala Patthar is one of the highest elevations that you will ever reach during your 12-day Everest Base Camp Trek and lies at 5,644 m above sea level. Hiking to Kalapather is challenging and extremely cold because of its maximum elevation, but if you climb, it will be worth it. Most travelers climb it for sunrise. The sunrise over Mount Everest looks stunningly amazing from Kalapather, along with a mixture of dazzling mountain hunks, landscape, Khumbu icefall, and Khumbu glacier that are beyond our imagination from the top. If you are an adventure enthusiast and a nature lover, hiking to Kalapather is a must.
The final ascent to Everest Base Camp
The world's highest Everest Base Camp is at 5,364 m above sea level and offers a spectacular glimpse of mountains. After hiking for 7 days, it’s your reward. Hiking to Everest Base Camp is not technical, like submitting mountains. It’s walking in the Alps through rough and rocky terrain and the Khumbu glacier, along with giant Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Pumari, Lingtren, Lulu Peak, etc. Reaching Everest Base Camp is a significant achievement and a remarkable experience for trekkers.
Cost of the Everest Base Camp Trek
If the destination is Everest Base Camp, the cost will differ as per the needs and preferences of travelers. Packages are categorized into different sections: luxury trek, standard trek, budget trek, and helicopter return from Gorekshep. The cost will be as per the traveler's choice.
Alternative trekking destinations
If Everest base camp is not your choice, then there are many other trekking destinations that you would love. They are the Short Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp, Langtang Valley Trek, Manaslu Circuit, Mardi Himal, Khopra Danda, etc. These are amazing destinations where you will get a mind-blowing mixture of a glimpse of nature along with the culture of the locals at an affordable cost.
In conclusion, Everest Base Camp is the perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. Throughout the journey, each moment for the trekkers will be thrilling, adventurous, and interesting from the perspective of nature, culture, and religion. Every day, thousands of travelers visit and return with unforgettable memories.