A trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the most amazing adventures in the world and has become a Mecca for adventure travel enthusiasts. Just imagine standing at the point where so many expeditions have left on their way to the summit of the highest mountain in the world. The trek ventures deep into the Himalayas with amazing views of many of the world's highest and most beautiful mountains. Not only can you enjoy the breathtaking views across the Khumbu icefall, but you can experience all the amazing landscapes and culture that Nepal has to offer too. A trip to Everest Base Camp is a real adventure taking you from the bustling Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, via a small aircraft, to Lukla and the start of the trek up the Khumbu Valley. The trek passes through many Sherpa villages, including the famous trading centre of Namche Bazar, as well as visiting Buddhist monasteries along the way.
The Everest Base Camp trek is arguably the most famous trekking route in the world and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. Nepal is a fascinating country and the trek gives an insight into the lives and culture of the Sherpa people. Our ascent is steady and well paced to best suit the acclimatization needed. Sunrise on the snow capped peaks above the Khumbu Glacier is an unforgettable sight from the summit of Kala Pattar. Everest Base Camp Trekking is one of the world’s classic treks, taking you through picturesque and welcoming Sherpa villages, past ancient Buddhist monasteries, glaciers, dramatic cliffs and valleys until finally you reach your destination and marvel at the awe-inspiring scale of the Everest massif. Everest Base Camp Trek is one for the lover of high places and those wanting to push themselves to the limit. It is a tough challenge and not to be taken lightly with generally well graded paths but some tougher sections along the Khumbu glacier. It is suitable for fit people who are used to walking in the Irish hills and is a good first trek in Nepal.
There are far too many amazing sights and experiences to describe on a walking to Everest base Camp but below is a basic day-to-day itinerary with some of the highlights. Please note this itinerary is a guide only and may vary depending on the mountain tour operator you travel with.
There are two times of year when conditions are most favourable for a trek to Everest Base Camp, either in the pre-monsoon springtime or the post monsoon autumn. Although, it is possible to join Treks that run almost all year round. The weather you will experience on Everest is extreme and rather unpredictable so it is best to be prepared for all eventualities. Spring is the high season for trekking, but warmer weather can mean there is a larger cloud cover, which obscures many of the fantastic views that are part of this once in a lifetime trek. For those willing to brave the colder temperatures of autumn and winter this is not such a problem.
A large problem on Everest is that as you reach higher altitudes the oxygen content of the air dramatically decreases. At 20,000ft there is only half as much oxygen in the air as you are used to and by the summit oxygen is reduced to only a 1/3.
Everest Base Camp Trekking Equipments :
* Down Sleeping Bag
* Down Jacket
* Long sleeved shirt
* Jumper or fleecy jacket
* T - shirts
* Trekking shoes or boots
* Comfy shoes for around the camp
* Mountain trekking boots
* Polypropylene/wool socks
* Light cotton socks for under wool socks
* Sun hat, Woolen hat,
* Gloves, Sun block for lips,
* Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear,
* Insulated pants, Nylon windbreaker,
* Nylon wind pants, Water bottle, Sewing,
* kit Medical, first aid kit, Flash light,
* Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army
* knife, Towel and toiletries
How fit do I have to be?
Everest Base Camp trek considered as a strenuous trekking route in Nepal, but that does not mean that you require any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. As you are trekking to the Everest Base Camp not Mount Everest; it is not required that you have any technical experience, only that you be in good physical conditioning and are able to walk for four to six hours over hilly terrain with a light bag pack and some healthy lungs. It’s advised to stop every so often for rest and to take in the scenery around you