Thinking of hiking to Everest base camp?
So there are a few things to know before you go out! Here are some of the common questions answered for you! The Everest Base Camp trek is the most fascinating high-altitude trek in Nepal. This base camp hike allows you to explore the glorious trails of the Everest region; which was established by legendary mountaineers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on their journey to scale the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest (8848 m) in 1953. This adventurous hike begins after the exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Lukla Airport which is also known as Tenzing Hillary Airport, is one of the most extreme airports in the world and is also a gateway to the Mount Everest region in Nepal. The Everest base camp trek follows an interesting route that will take you through the beautiful Khumbu settlements such as Phakding, Monjo, Namche, etc. where you can witness the lifestyle, local culture and tradition of Nepal. Furthermore, the old age culture and customs of the Buddhist religion are remarkably admirable. Upon reaching your destination, the hike rewards you not only with the highest peak in the world, but also countless views of jaw-dropping snow-capped peaks like Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,855 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Kangienen (6,782 m). All these features of this hike make it more interesting and popular with mountaineers, and this has also become a dream destination for millions of hikers from all over the world.
When is the best time to do the Everest base camp trek in Nepal?
If you are thinking of hiking to Everest Base Camp soon, you need to weigh the pros and cons of each season. The best time to visit Everest Base Camp is spring (March to May) and fall (September to November). These are the main trekking months with fairly stable conditions, good visibility, and Base Camp temperatures reaching -6 ° C. You will definitely get good weather, clear skies and excellent views. At the base camp, you can also find groups of climbers in late April or early May preparing for their attempts to reach the top of Everest. Although late November to February is extremely cold, around -15 ° C during the day and much colder at night, clear skies are often the norm with quieter trails and teahouses adding to the feeling of wild exploration. But it will be very cold, so you will need to pack more clothes and you will have a heavier backpack.
How difficult is the Everest base camp trek?
The total duration of the trip is 14 days and you will spend 11 days on the trail. The average walking time is around 4 to 8 hours per day in the mountains, with shorter days when you are above 4,000 m. The trail is heavily travelled, easily navigable, and requires no technical mountaineering skills. For this reason, we could say that the trek to Everest Base Camp is moderate in difficulty. Altitude is another factor to consider as this trail will take you higher than you have ever been (highest point is Kalapatthar at 5,645m) and it is difficult to predict before as to how your body will react until you are actually there! The rule of thumb is that once you have reached the elevation of 4000m, do not climb and sleep higher than 600m each day. Our itinerary is perfectly designed, allowing you two days of acclimatization, one in Namche and one in Dingboche. Just work on your basic fitness a month or two before the hike and you are ready to take on the challenge.
Are you ready to hike the iconic Everest Base Camp trail? The hike through the Everest region will leave you fascinated and wanting more! Our 14-day itinerary allows you to experience the region, its unique cultures, and the spectacular Himalayan landscapes. Take a look at this to learn more about the Everest Base Camp Trek.