Posted in : 4th Jan, 2018
Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world has attracted adventurous men and women since 1900. After the successful summit, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in around 1950s led to thousands of people to the mountain. The mighty mountain has demanded huge sacrifice, sometimes even life. Thousands of people still try to summit this mountain. Only a hike to the base camp is an achievement that one wants to showcase. Hike to Everest Base Camp is still a dream for most of the travellers.
But today, the hike to Everest Base Camp has become an achievable goal for people from all walks of life who want a glimpse of the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest. According to the Ministry of Tourism, Only in 2012, between 35,000 and 37,000 people trekked in the Everest region.
We experience astounding views of the Himalayas, get glimpses of the life of the world-famous mountain climbers i.e the Sherpas, enter Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site and tour high altitude Buddhist monasteries. For beginner trekkers, we recommend being in good health with average physical fitness. The ample distance covered between daily itineraries, the steady gain of altitude and separate rest days ensures that we are properly acclimatized to fully enjoy our hike to the Everest base camp.
We have to take a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The short flight is itself like an adventure. You can enjoy the green rolling hills and the distant views of the surrounding Himalayas. You go through many famous Sherpa villages and settlements like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche and Dingboche among many. The Sagarmatha National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.
Furthermore, the Everest Base Camp Trek also includes the vantage point of Kalapatthar, from where you can enjoy a breath-taking panorama of the entire Mount Everest. Moreover, you can enjoy reaching the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain itself. The Khumbu Glacier and the Icefall are not to miss.
Khumbu Region lies in the Himalayas, so the terrain is obviously mountainous. But people of all demographics can do the hike to Everest Base Camp. It has a moderate trip grading. You do not require previous trekking experience to do it. You will mostly do up-hill and down-hill trekking in relatively flat-lands. Identically, you will also have ample acclimatization time. Expert guides from Mountain Experience Trekking & Expedition are here to help you.
You can start your hike to Everest Base Camp from March to May and from September to December. It gets hot in May, just before the monsoon season; so be prepared for possible rain. December reaches below-zero temperatures but the days are still beautiful and there are fewer trekkers to encounter. Trekking routes are less crowded.
For hike to Everest Base Camp, pack lightly and just aim for 10 to 15 kg. A fleece jacket, down jacket and thermal underwear are a must, as the Himalaya gets cold above 3000m any time of the year. Also don’t forget to take two pairs of long pants, two or three T-shirts and another warm jumper or light fleece.
Lightly broken-in boots, trekking socks, and sneakers or sandals for evenings. Also a raincoat, gloves, woollen hat, sunhat and polarized sunglasses. A good sleeping bag is essential.
In the past, some of the solo travellers have disappeared. Some trekkers even met a tragic accident such as death. The Nepal government is considering making the hiring of a guide compulsory this season. You can go solo hike to Everest Base Camp, but hiring a guide or porter has many advantages. You will be giving someone a valuable job and in turn, you will also learn plenty about the local culture and natural environment.
Mountain Experience Trekking & Expeditions offers an all arranged trip for you. You don’t need to worry about airport transfers, accommodation and porters and/or guides and their insurance. You must book before you go, so as everything can be planned in advance. We’re registered with the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board and Nepal Mountaineering Association.