So, Are You Ready to do Everest Base Camp?
Famous for its majestic mountains, serene landscapes, lush green valleys, beautiful streams, snow-covered pathways; the Everest region in Nepal is one of the most popular and traveled destinations. Situated on the south side of Mount Everest, the Everest base camp is rated as one of the best treks in the world and the journey to the top is unforgettable. The trip to Everest is one of the major highlights of an avid mountaineer’s career. Once you reach the summit, you’ll be standing in one of the highest mountains in the world. On the trails, you’ll explore the cultures and the traditions of the locals by learning about their spiritual bonds with the mountains and valleys. Many legendary adventurers and mountaineers like Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay have traveled there.
For a mountain-lover in you, Everest Base Camp is the best trek for you. Trekking in Everest Base Camp is definitely the topmost adventure. The Everest is known for its incandescent beauty with the jaw-dropping peaks, mesmerizing views and magnificent hills. Covered by the snow-capped valleys, vast greenery and majestic hills; The Everest stands at an altitude of 29,035 feet, providing the perfect environment for the trekkers. In this trek, you will be trekking through the quaint villages, grassy routes and steep rocks.
How to Reach there-
The starting point of the Everest Base Camp trek is Lukla, which leads you through the Khumbu valley to the Everest Base Camp.
To reach Lukla, you have to catch public transport or hire a taxi from Kathmandu, which is well connected to Lukla by road and well connected to big cities of India by road, train and air. Kathmandu, by air, is connected to some other countries as well.
You can begin your trekking in Kathmandu where the international airport is located. From that point, it is a short flight into Lukla, which is the starting point of the actual trekking. The entire journey of the trek typically lasts between 12 to 15 days. In these two weeks, you’ll spend 2-3 days on the high altitude.
Best time to do Everest Base Camp trek-
The Everest Base Camp welcomes you whenever you plan to come. Yes, tours to Everest Base Camp can be arranged at any time of the year. However, the best months to take this tour are from April to June and September to November.
Mount Everest has its on-peak and off-peak season. For an avid trekker, any time is the best time to do this trek, but for an ordinary tourist, the off-peak season would be ideal. In off-peak months, the skies are clearer with bearable cold, the trails aren’t too slippery with little snow, there is very little rain, and the weather is quite comfortable.
Things to carry-
1. Hiking shoes- Water-resistant and light weighed
2. Sneakers and Slippers- As an extra, or to use on the way to Kathmandu, and Kathmandu to Lukla
3. Socks- Heavy woolen socks (2-3 pair)
4. Gloves- Heavy woolen gloves (2-3 pair)
5. Down jacket, Fleece jacket
6. Caps- To block the sunlight or rain
7. Hiking pants, bottom pants, and t-shirts- Warm and comfortable
9. Backpack- with all necessary belongings
10. Munching items like chips, chikki and packed food (dry fruits, chocolates) which lasts for at least two weeks
11. Energy providing beverages (Red Bull, Mountain Dew)
12. Water bottles
13. Small lock- for your duffle bag
14. Plastic bag- To keep the wastage and store your dirty laundry
15. Sleeping bag or tent- You can borrow these items from Kathmandu
16. Trekking poles- Must bring
17. Camera- To click the beauty of Everest Base Camp
18. Powerbank- to recharge your phone
19. Flashlight with extra batteries
20. First aid kit (including band-aids)
21. Sunscreen and lip balm- For skincare
22. Pain reliever- All trekkers suffer from an occasional light headache and body pain
23. Water purification tablets- The water that you’ll get on the height is not purified
24. Body wipes- Showers are limited. Wipes will help you a lot
25. Hand wipes- To keep yourself healthy and germ-free
26. Cash- it’s most important, as you won’t get any ATM on the hill
1. Respect the local traditions and cultures
2. Drink no alcohol- it dehydrates your body
3. Follow your team leader’s instructions and keep in close with your group
4. If you’re traveling solo, be aware all the time. And whenever you get phone signal, inform your family