About Everest Base Camp Short Trek
The Everest Base Camp Trek (5364m) is like that big guy on the block- it dominates all the other treks. Most call it a “journey of a lifetime”, but that would be an understatement. Such is the eminence of the Everest region- greatness simply isn’t sufficient praise. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that the nerve-racking journey Everest presents is unlike anything else. To think that you are within miles of the world’s greatest mountain is empowering enough. Overwhelming, even. The sense of accomplishment it pours in you will stay for a lifetime. You grow fond of, and eventually, grow with the experience. It is these subtle but magnified experiences we live for. This 12-day Everest Base Camp trek from The Great Adventure Treks does this job beautifully for you.
Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary were the modern heroes who achieved this unimaginable feat back in 1953. Ever since then, the Everest region has been a sanctuary for trekkers and mountaineers alike with its vast inventory of magnificent treks. Every other trail the area unfolds is a rare delight. The trailblazing landscapes of the Mount Everest and the lush greenery of the Sagarmatha National Park only support the case in point. In Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Makalu, the region has three of Earth’s tallest peaks up its sleeves. You’ll observe raw and rugged Buddhist tradition in a settlement dominated by the Sherpa community.
We assume that you are a thrill seeker- that nothing short of a mind-numbing experience compels you to set off on an adventure. The Everest Base Camp trek is one of those that gives you the chills and rewards you for your endurance. This is a place beneath the clouds and closer to them than you could ever be. Watch how those Buddhist monasteries speak to you of their rich history. Feel the cold when you witness the Khumbu icefall staring right back at you. From Namche to Kalapathar, experience the journey unfold right in front of your eyes with you being a part of it. Finally, let the euphoria take hold of you when you stand at the foot of the mighty Mount Everest.
Starting from a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, you’ll fly to Lukla the next day. On your way to the bustling city of Namche Bazaar, you’ll pass the village of Phakding. You’ll also come across the famous village of Tengboche. Each day, you’ll walk in patches from Dingboche to Duglha and along Lobuche. Thick coniferous forests felted by thin layers of air will keep you on track for a stunning walk. At last, you arrive at approximately 5364m; the Everest Base Camp looks unreal. Could you ask for a better sight? Nothing beats the gripping hold the Everest Base Camp trek has on you, right till the end.
Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek
Spring and autumn bring a smile on trekkers’ faces every year. It isn’t a surprise that wise trekkers wait for these two seasons to go on their dream adventure. You know what to do, don’t you?
To put this simply, the months of March through May and September through December are best times of the year for the Everest Base Camp trek. Around winter though, the Everest Base Camp can become a dreary place to be. The weather is fickle and unpredictable enough to pose severe challenges. This tells you precisely what the story is up there- avoid traveling winter at all costs.
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty
Yes, let us say this out loud. The Everest Base Camp trek is moderately challenging, and many label it as “difficult”. It requires your determination and both mental and physical robustness. But you came to read this itinerary with all the confidence there is to have. Knowing what the difficulty level of this trek is, won’t stop you.
You’ll need to walk for 5-8 hours every day. The surfaces of the Khumbu region are rough, steep, and at times, tormenting. The manic walk can very well sedate you. Our best tip is to stay hydrated at all times. There is light at the end of a tunnel.
Was the overview helpful? Go through our tailor-made 12-Day Everest Base Camp trek itinerary for a complete picture.