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Destination Review By Cox & Kings: Everest Base Camp

Destination Review By Cox & Kings: Everest Base Camp

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“Depend on others and you’ll go hungry. Depend on Nepal and you’ll never be full.”

 

The mapped trail from Lukla to Everest Base Camp in Nepal

The mapped trail from Lukla to Everest Base Camp in Nepal

Everest Base Camp Trail

A trek to Everest Base Camp, located at an altitude of 5,364 metres in Nepal, has become a pilgrimage of sorts for adventure seekers. Trekkers usually take a flight from Kathmandu to the precariously seated town of Lukla, before they embark on a journey through spectacular mountainous landscape. The sojourn offers an intimate glimpse into the unique culture of Sherpas, as the trail takes you through quaint villages, remote monasteries and thick forests. Breathtaking views of peaks that stand taller than most in the world serve as timely rewards along the way. And Everest shines through it all.

 

The meadow around Tengboche monastery, with Ama Dablam mountain peaks in the back-drop; a stop along the way to EBC

The meadow around Tengboche monastery with Ama Dablam mountain peaks in the background; a stop on the trek to EBC

Season For Everest Base Camp

There are two seasons for treks and climbs in this region. For EBC, the months from March to May and then from September to December are ideal. Prepare for chilly winds and sub-zero temperatures in December. However, the plus point of going in winter is that you are almost certain to get the trail to yourself, and you may soak up the exquisite beauty of vistas around you, in solitude.

Get ready for the Everest Base Camp Trek

Can I Afford It?

Usually, most trekkers tie up with any one of the numerous trekking companies with knowledge and experience of EBC. While there are several packages priced anywhere between INR 66,000 and INR 1,00,000 for 15 days, here is one of our popular all-inclusive packages, which includes permits, round trip flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, accommodation in lodges and guesthouses, meals, airport transfers and travel insurance; certainly not a bad deal for the trip of your lifetime.

The Nepal government has made hiring of a local guide or porter compulsory after the disappearances of some solo trekkers in the recent years. Apart from this, you will need to spend on some essentials before leaving for Kathmandu: a fleece jacket, thermals, warm jumpers, synthetic T-shirts, shoes, socks, gloves, woollen hat, polarised sunglasses, warm sleeping bags, a down jacket, sunscreen and a first aid kit stocked with the required medicines.

 

If you can manage to walk fast & steady, & keep pace with the porters, there is a lot of knowledge to gain as they know the region at the back of their hand

If you can keep pace with the porters, you’re bound to learn a lot because they know the area like the back of their hands

Who Is This Destination Best Suited For?

Even though grading of this trek comes under the ‘difficult’ category, people with average fitness have famously pulled it off. Being in good physical condition does wonders for you because it makes your walk more about enjoying the beauty of the Himalayas and less about just putting one foot in front of the other. Ideally, start with cardiovascular training, go for a five-hour walk once a week and walk up and down stairs to get in shape. Sanjana Dalal, a 20-year old who weighed in at a light 40 kilos, did just that when she decided to ace the EBC trek as a personal challenge. Here she shares 5 Tips for the Everest Base Camp trek.

The Type Of Accommodation Available

Every year, travellers from all over the world fly into Nepal seeking adventure. The EBC trail hosts a lot of them, which is why the infrastructure is developed keeping Westerners in mind. All villages on the trail have tea lodges with necessary amenities. The lodges have a common living-cum-dining room, which is kept warm so guests can mingle and socialise. The rooms are more or less basic, with thick blankets for cold nights. Choose any lodge and you will wake up to astounding nature all around.

Quirks Of Everest Base Camp

Stories from many trekkers lay claim to the infamous Khumbu cough of EBC. Named after the Khumbu glacier, which is the highest glacier in the world, this ailment is said to hit at least one member of climbing groups. The legend is such that trekkers place bets before the start of their trek on who it will strike first.

 

The mighty Khumbu glacier which sits at the base of Everest, this icy tongue is famous for making even the most experienced mountaineers nervous while crossing it

The mighty Khumbu glacier which sits at the base of Everest is famous for making even the most experienced mountaineers nervous while crossing

Cox & Kings Recommends

#1 Lukla

This is the starting point of your trail. Trekkers usually spend a day exploring the Pashupatinath temple and the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, before taking a flight to the mountainous town of Lukla. After a rendezvous with the porters, the journey begins through the banks of the Dudh Kosi to the village of Phakding, where you will get a sense of Tibetan Buddhist rituals.

 

The Lukla airport is world famous for its short runway and mountain-edge seating

The Lukla airport is world famous for its short runway and mountain-edge seating

#2 Namche Bazaar

As you enter the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, you will be greeted by the first glimpse of Everest; a sight that literally stops you in your tracks. A short climb later, you reach the bustling Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, where trekkers are suggested to spend at least two days acclimatising. After that, the trek leads on to the village of Thami, an ancient outpost on the trading route between Tibet and Nepal.

 

A perfect capture of Namche Bazaar in its horseshoe shape; to climb the stairs in this village your knees will be bent at right angles- the steps are huge!

A perfect capture of Namche Bazaar in its horseshoe shape

#3 Khumjung

For those who wish to walk in the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, this village is a must-visit. This is where Hillary established a school in 1961 and also initiated several other projects for the community. From this picturesque village, the route takes you to the Tengboche Monastery, which has some spectacular views of the valley and range.

 

Take a hike to the historically rich village of Khumjung on your day of acclimatising at Namche Bazaar

Take a hike to the historically rich village of Khumjung on your day of acclimatising at Namche Bazaar

#4 Dingboche

This scenic route is dotted with remote villages, rich with ancient culture and rituals. One such village is Dingboche, where trekkers usually camp for two days. From here, you have two options—embark on a beautiful climb to Nangkar Tshang Peak to see three of the six highest peaks in the world, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu; or continue on the route to the base camp through Lobuche and village of Gorak Shep to reach Kala Pattar. This is where you start the final ascent to the Everest Base Camp, located close to the Khumbu Icefall.

 

The peak of Nangkar Tshang looms above Dingboche & is a smart option for acclimatisation; Dingboche village commands one of the best views of Ama Dablam

The peak of Nangkar Tshang looms above Dingboche & is a smart option for acclimatisation; Dingboche village commands one of the best views of Ama Dablam

Food & Drinks

#1 Kathmandu

Thamel in Kathmandu is where all the popular restaurants and shops are located. The streets almost always buzz with tourists from different corners of the world. Fire And Ice Pizzeria is a great place for Italian cuisine, while Nepali Chulo is where you get an education in typical Nepali cuisine and tradition, with their floor seating and dance performances.

 

Fire and Ice Pizzeria in Kathmandu is popular for Italian cuisine and its ambience; fireandicepizzeria.com

Fire and Ice Pizzeria in Kathmandu is popular for Italian cuisine and its ambience; fireandicepizzeria.com

#2 Everest Base Camp Trail

Various lodges along the trek will take care of your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dal bhat (rice and lentils) is the most common and most relished dish. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself reaching for your third cup of lemon or black tea. Most of the food served is made from ingredients freshly picked from nearby farms, but the same cannot be said about the meat produce. For that reason, and because the body takes more time to digest it, trekkers are advised to stay off non-vegetarian food. Stick to a vegetarian diet and right there you cut your chances of Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS).

 

Dal bhat in Nepal becomes a staple of almost every trekker, just make sure you don't miss out papad cause any meal is incomplete without it; Sistak flickr.com

Dal bhat in Nepal becomes a staple of almost every trekker, just make sure you don’t miss out papad cause any meal is incomplete without it; Sistak flickr.com

This year, the Everest Base Camp trek has seen an enormous increase in popularity and subsequently participants as well. Want a taste of one of the world’s most majestic mountains? Click below!

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5 Comments

  1. Ketan Bavishi
    September 12, 10:44 Ketan Bavishi

    Interested for Mount Everest base camp trek
    Contact no 9374101269

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  2. sudesh sawant
    September 20, 06:34 sudesh sawant

    Interested for Mount Everest base camp trek
    Contact no.9821355264
    i hv few years trekking experience in Maharashtra Sahyadri range..
    but now a days iam affected with severe asthma..

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  3. Krish
    September 30, 17:21 Krish

    I am very keen to visit please contact

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  4. anil pamnani
    September 30, 19:08 anil pamnani

    I want to treak atleast up to pumpori. So howmuch i have to pay.

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