About Everest Base Camp Trek
The Everest Base Camp Trek is likely the most storied walk on the planet. For decades it has inspired humanity with its otherworldly high-altitude landscapes and mystical Tibetan Buddhist heritage. For many, it is a dream-come-true trek that challenges them to process staggering big-mountain views and alpine scenery.
From the bustling Sherpa outpost of Lukla to the unobstructed panoramas gained from Kala Patthar, you will traverse Sagarmatha National Park and can look forward to encountering Sherpa culture, some of the most dramatic high-mountain scenery on Earth, and possibly even a few of the rare species that call this region home. The Everest Base Camp Trek is an empowering, fulfilling, and accessible walk all should experience at least once.
Our walk begins in Lukla following a thrilling, scenic flight introducing us to many of the mountains that will accompany us through much of our trek. As we proceed up the eastern side of the valley, we are accompanied by the DudhKosi, the aqua-colored glacially-fed river that originates in higher altitudes of the Everest region and that defines the valley floor.
During our walk, we pass through Sherpa villages filled with Mani walls, prayer wheels, and legendary hospitality. We stop in Namche Bazaar (3440m), a bustling mountain-side village full of stories, delicious food, and excellent day hikes for acclimatizing. We discover Tengboche, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region, and home to its largest Gompa.
In the higher alpine, we clamber over moraine trails, glimpse glacier after glacier, and consider the mysticism of colorful prayer flags and Mani walls. From GorakShep, we bag Kala Patthar (5643m) and catch a killer sunrise and life-changing panoramic views of Everest (8848m), AmaDablam (6812m), Lhotse Shar (8383m), Pumori (7161m), Thamserku (6608m), and so many others that we will be drooling.
Following our walk in the Khumbu region, we return to Kathmandu via another scenic flight for final glimpses of the big peaks.
The Everest Base Camp Trek is an empowering, fulfilling, and accessible walk all should experience at least once.
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