About Everest Base Camp
Take a step into the land of adventure: Nepal. You will fall in love with its mountains and peaceful nature. Visit Nepal to soak yourself in the scenery and experience the electrifying beauty of the mountains. People from all around the world dream of immersing themselves in the idyllic beauty of magnificent landscape. Visiting the real Sherpa is an interesting part of the trip to Everest Base Camp.
Everest Base Camp (EBC) is the most visited trekking base camp in the world. Up at 5364 meters above sea level, the landscape is unreal. Thousands of people on trekking tours visit EBC in a week. It offers 100s of mountains (5 above 8000 meters), two scenic mountain valleys, a national park with various flora and fauna, and a jungle trekking experience.
Picture: Everest Base Camp trail seen from Everest View Hotel. People go to this hotel to acclimatize themselves while taking a break at Namche on day 2 of their Mount Everest expedition.
WHEN TO GO FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP ?
September to December
Everest base camp is accessible throughout the year but EBC has great temperature and good weather starting from the end of September to early December. Many people trek to EBC in spring as well, although at this time a little bit of cloud in the sky might get in the way of the great view while walking towards Everest base camp.
October is a festival season for Nepali people. Clear skies and a good temperature make life easier; this is when the majority of people come up here. Travel during November or towards the end of April to enjoy the same views & temperature but with fewer trekkers.
Picture: Everest is mountain in the middle with less snow on its peak.
While doing Everest base camp please do not skip the hike to Kalapatthar for a golden light view. The sunset hike to Kalapatthar is great way of seeing the golden lights of the Himalaya. The highlights of your trip will be the people you meet along the trail; your porters’ and guides’ stories; Namche bazzar; and of course the view from base camp. Even though it is called Everest, you can see hundreds of other mountains in the trip. You will find Mount Amadablam simply stunning.
Picture: Mount Amadablam. Amadablam means ‘mother’s necklace’ in the local language.
Lets Explore the UNESCO world Heritage Sites
If you have more than 11 days of holiday, you always can extend your trip with UNESCO sightseeing. Nepal has 7 Heritage sites, various temples representing different religions in Kathmandu valley make an interesting addition to your Nepal trekking tour. Ask a tour guide for interesting information about the architectural, cultural and religious history that surrounds you.
Picture: A holy man posing for the picture at Cremation Place. Cremation Place is a Hindu temple called Pashupatinath and these holy men make their living posing for pictures for tourists for couple of dollars.
There are 3 UNESCO listed places that will take your breath away. The famous Monkey Temple (Swayambunath) is a Buddhist temple in Kathmandu with lots of monkeys. Pashupatinath Temple is the holy cremation place and it’s full of amazing features; you will be impressed to learn about the Hindu ritual for the dead. We advise you to take your time in this temple, it is interesting to listen your guide’s information. Changunarayan Temple on one of the hill tops of Kathmandu valley is not interesting unless you have a guide to share its fascintaing story.
Picture: Nyatapol Temple is a famous five story temple on the Bhaktapur sightseeing tour.
It can be hectic to trek in the middle of October or mid-April, with lots of people doing their own Everest Base Camp trek. However, you can be clever by starting your trek early in the morning and leaving the entire crowd behind. But make sure the temperature is fine in the morning – your guide will always be there to give you information. If you need some time for yourself in the tea house, bring some books while trekking, they will keep you occupied in the dining hall. The view of the mountains will always excite you but for some uphill stretches you’ll need to be patient and walk at a slower pace.
Picture: Crowd of trekkers on their way down to Namche from successful completion of Everest base camp trekking.
During the trek you will get used to seeing similar menus with similar foods, try all of them, ask your guide for the details, they do not hesitate to consider it as part of their informative job. Guides might recommend some good dishes in the mountain. Make sure you taste different types of Dal Bhat, Mo : Mo both in the mountain and city.
People eat three times a day in Nepal; you need to follow this as your primary routine during the entire trek. Once you get back to Kathmandu or at Namche you can eat whenever you want.
Where to Stay?
Tea houses with single or shared rooms are available in the mountains. In cities like Kathmandu you will have a choice – from dorm rooms at hostels to five star hotels like Dwarika’s. Dwarika’s is a family-owned heritage hotel in Kathmandu near cremation place, and there are lots of other good hotels to choose from in Kathmandu.
Thamel in Kathmandu and Lakeside in Pokhara are two major tourist hubs in Nepal. If you like night life, clubbing and meeting new friends these places might be a good choice. There are lots of hotels and home stays near Thamel.
Picture: Tea houses in the mountains of Nepal are stone and wood structures in most of the villages.