The Everest Base Camp has two primary sections, namely, the South and the North Base Camp. While the South Base Camp lies at an altitude of 5,363 meters in Nepal, the North Base Camp is technically in Tibet at an altitude of 5,150 meters. Trekkers and mountain climbers have historically used these camps as acclimatization locations before ascending further up Mount Everest or while coming down after an Everest trek. 'Sherpas' (local guides for Mount Everest Treks) and porters carry supplies to these camps for trekkers. These base camps serve as a point where trekkers stop to get accustomed to the high altitude and mountain weather. At times, these stays may be extended to several days depending on how long you take to adjust to the altitude and what the weather conditions are like.
The trek to the South Base Camp is extremely popular and is thus frequented by tens of thousands trekkers every year. The starting point of this trek is Lukla that can be reached from Kathmandu via a flight. From Lukla, you start your upwards journey crossing varied landscapes, the beautiful valley of the Dudh Kosi River, Namche Bazaar, and other small villages. In between, there are stops that allow you to spend some time in and amongst the local villages and get a taste of Nepalese culture while gently acclimatizing to the rising altitudes. Gradually, you work your way to Everest Base Camp destination crossing past Dingboche, Gorakshep, Kala Patthar, and Mount Pumori. Trekking to the North Base Camp requires a permit from the Chinese Government. If traveling on your own, you can with a little know-how, arrange the permit from reputed travel companies in Lhasa. Along with the permit, you can also arrange for vehicles, tour packages, driver, and tour guides. It's important, however, do to your homework as you don't want to discover the pitfalls of hiring a vehicle that has been poorly maintained (and breaks down) while you're in the middle of nowhere. While there is a tourist base camp that lays half way on the Rongbuk Monastery, the actual base camp is situated at the foot of the Rongbuk glacier. This camp has been used since Edmund Hilary days, by mountain climbers as a stop before ascending the final leg up the mighty Mount Everest. If you love adventure travel and want to explore one of the most sought after hiking destinations of the world, then a trek to the Mount Everest Base Camp is definitely the holy grail of adventure trekking. Along with some jaw-dropping mountain panorama that will transfer you to an ethereal world, you will also know how it feels to accomplish something that others can only dream of! You will be filled with a sense of achievement and pride that it hard to match anywhere else in the world. You will discover why travelers around the globe have returned repeatedly to take the road less traveled and decipher the mystery of the mountain dreams. As a first step take a look at the websites of tour operators and trek organizers dealing with Mount Everest Base Camp treks. You will find a variety of options in terms of duration, cost, itinerary, etc. It's important to collate all of the information available online and by various tour operators to prepare you for any Himalayas trek. It's good to get fully acquainted with all of the basic facts about the weather conditions, required physical fitness, things to carry, how to join a trekking tour group, and who to choose to travel with if you are looking for an experienced team to take you and so on.
Once you have an idea of where and when you want to go, you can go ahead and pick a trekking group with your preferred tour organizer. Look for an active adventure tour company that offers not only comprehensive information about several Himalayas treks but also ensures you are can enjoy your awesome journey with like-minded travelers. An experienced will take enjoy all of your traveling needs are taken care of behind the scenes while the guides take you on your amazing adventures and make your experience truly one of a lifetime!
You should never be to fix on an itinerary, walk at a comfortable pace if you don’t feel well rested. That is one of the problems of walking in a group, you can feel pressured to walk even when you are not feeling well which is dangerous if you have AMS symptoms. Obviously, it is good to have a plan, so see your itinerary more like a plan that can change. The most popular itinerary is 12 days.
You can see Mt. Everest, Mt. Kusum Kanguru, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. Tabuche along the way to Namche.
Namche is still a big town where you can buy trekking gear, watch a movie in a restaurant and get wifi
Our recommendation- Stay at Namche 2 nights for acclimatizing.
Tengboche monastery is very nice to visit, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community. Well, known site, Tenzing Norgay, the first to summit Everest with Edmont Hillary is from the village. Everest climbers visit the monastery to light candles and seek blessings.
The town Namche Bazaar, Everest Base Camp Trek.
Acclimatization day, spent most of the day in bed reading the classic ‘2000 Leagues under the sea’. Awesome that I packed my kindle, light to carry and I read more than one book on the trip!
Notes – very cold here, felt great, water price went up
Note – Periche is a small settlement, popular with trekkers, it has a basic hospital with volunteer international doctors, the place to go if you have AMS problems.
TIP: go to EBC very early in the morning to have it almost to yourself, most people head to Kalapatar.
Getting to the top so early it was freezing while waiting for sunrise.
Sunrise and the views of Everest, Lhotse, etc. were spectacular.
Note – Going back from an altitude hike it is always amazing how easy it is going down! We were looking forward to proper coffee!
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Tailor-Made Trip and Departure
Everest Base Camp Trekking is an adventurous trip that begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. We have some fixed departures for this trek according to the best trekking seasons. Despite that, we also organize the trekking on your suitable date. When you inform about the customize date and itinerary, we organize the best tailor-made trip for you.
When you are in Kathmandu, from the standard to five-star hotel accommodations are available. During the trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp, clean with basic accommodation lodges is available, which is also known as the tea house. Boundless Adventure arranges the lodge with basic facilities. along the trip has not luxury accommodations over 4000 meters, but our team will organize you the best among them.
Breakfast will be included in Kathmandu and all meals are included in the trekking in package trekking. Although you will be on the mountain, you can have varieties of meals that can be selected from the menu. From Dal Bhat (typical Nepali meal) to the Indian and continental items are available in the tea houses or restaurants during the trek to Everest base camp.
Normally you can get mineral water every single corner but if you prepare boiled water to drink, you can get in the tea house. Another alternative option is, filling from the stream or from hilly sources. You should use a purifying tablet or liquid to make it worth to drink.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Being an adventurous trek, Everest base camp trip usually holds 2 acclimatization days. It is highly beneficial for the trekkers for the altitude adaptation. usual walking hours during the trek is sufficient except the walking days from Gorakshep. Having moderate physical fitness is suitable for the trek. It would be nice to have previous trekking experience, however, the first time trekkers will succeed the trek with rest and acclimatization day. But, your medical conditions and health consultants' advice should be followed by you. The team of Boundless Adventure brings first-aid medical kits during the trek.
Best Time to Trekking
The best time to trek to the Everest base camp is Spring (March to Jun) and Autumn (September to December). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during the winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
We, the team of Boundless Adventure will organize the Everest Base Camp Trekking with best arrangements. However, there can be some issues that are beyond our control. Bad weather can be one of them that can make your flight delay. Or it can be canceled. So, if you have to stay extra overnight, you need to cover the cost of food and accommodation. As an alternative, helicopter charter service is available that can bring you on time from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu at the end of the trip. So, you need to keep this thing in mind so that you will not miss any important things.
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TIMS and Permit
TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) and Permit are necessary for the legal trekkers. It can be obtained once you provide passport's copy and photo for the trek. However, the original passport is needed with them all the time.