Everest Base Camp Brief Details

Everest Base Camp, widely known and listed high up in the bucket list of many adventure seekers around the world. The top-tier trekking/touring destination is the nearest to the mighty Highest peak in the world, Mt.Everest(8846.86m). Situated between the rocky and snowy peaks of the high Himalayas Everest Base Camp is visited by thousands of people every year.

Everest base camp is a go-to classical package in the ‘land of Himalayas’. There are different mediums/routes to view Mount Everest. Most tourists prefer to trek to Everest base camp. On the contrary, nowadays helicopter tours are also an emerging way to visit Everest base camp.

Highlights of trekking/touring/hiking to Everest base camp

  • Reach the world’s highest base camp, Everest base camp on an elevation of 5,364m.
  • Hike to the highest place possible without needing a climbing permit, Kalapathar (5,545m)
  • Trek through the highest national park in the world, Sagarmatha(Everest) National Park
  • Not only observe the astonishing and admirable view of mt. Everest (8848.86m) but also other peaks. For instance, Ama-Dablam(6812m), Lhotse(8516m), Pumori(7161m), Cho-yu(8188m), etc while on the trail to Everest base camp
  • Explore one of the oldest and biggest monasteries of the region, Tengboche Monastery along with various other small monasteries.
  • Observe the mix of Tibetan and local sherpa’s way of lifestyle, religion, culture, and traditions of the world-famous Buddhists and Sherpas.
  • Trek with the local guide who is experienced and government license holder for guiding with proper knowledge about the trekking destinations and good English speaking abilities.Not only that local porters will assist you throughout the trek
  • Enjoy domestic 30 minutes memorable and thrilling flight to Lukla
  • Trek on the classical route used by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa while climbing Everest for the first time ever in 1953.
  • Similarly, Observe varieties of flora and fauna available on the Everest/Khumbu region of Nepal
  • Visit traditional villages of the local area such as Namche Bazaar, Phakding, Lobuche, etc.
  • Likewise sightseeing a few of the popular world heritage sites of Nepal. For example Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath(monkey temple), etc.

Elevation of Everest Base Camp

Everest base camp is situated approximately at the elevation of 5,364m or 17,598ft. Due to the avalanche and glacier melt the tent of the cams keep on switching places. There are no accommodation facilities for trekkers in Everest Base Camp. The tents are mostly used by climbers and health personnel. The trail to Everest base camp, however, starts from Lukla “Gateway to Everest” (2860m/9383ft).

The vegetation of Everest base Camp

Even though the higher altitude of Everest region is mostly barren and rocky with small bushes and shrubs at some places. And, The lower region is mostly tropical vegetation with evergreen trees. For instance, some of the trees found are Pines, Fir, different species of Rhododendron (national flower of Nepal), birch, etc.

Species of birds and animals in Everest Base Camp.

The Everest region of Nepal is home to different species of valuable animals and birds. Those species of fauna make Everest trekking a better experience.

Some of the animals found are yaks, Himalayan goats, thars, musk deer. Besides that, At a lucky moment, rare species like red pandas and snow leopards can be spotted at a far distance.

Along with that, species of birds like Rosefinch, Red-billed chough, Lophophorus/Himalayan monal(National bird of Nepal), Golden, etc can be seen around on the trees or flying high above the mighty Himalayas.

What is the best time/season to visit Everest Base Camp?

Even though Everest Base Camp can be visited any time of the year March-May (Spring) and October -November (Autumn) are two of the best times to visit Everest Base Camp.

Firstly, In the spring season, the snow melts and the glazes on the mountains. As well as the new bloom of various trees provides a mesmerizing view of the amazing Himalayan landscapes.

Secondly, in autumn, mild temperature with less wind makes trekking easier. Good visibility and fewer chances of snow make this season one of the best times to visit Everest.

Dingboche Village
Dingboche village

Alternate Ways to visit Everest Base Camp

Despite being one of the best trekking destinations in Nepal, people find it crowded in season time. So to avoid the crowd in most places there are different side treks and alternate trails. Additionally, Everest Region Side trek Blog of Life Himalaya mentions different side treks in Everest Region.

Gokyo Lake, Amadablam base camp, and Island peak are a few f the popular trek that can be combined or done separately.

trekkers walking on trail to EBC
Trekkers walking on trail to EBC

How difficult is the Everest Base Camp trek?

Everest base camp trek requires a certain level of physicality and mentality. It is not as hard as compared to the final day of Kilimanjaro. Everest base camp trek is categorized as Moderate to hard because of its high altitude. Besides that, Life Himalaya follows the principle of climb high and sleep low during the trek if possible. Performing this method helps to acclimatize easier and faster, lowering the risk of high altitude sickness.
Regular 30 to 60 min exercise before a few days of the trek will be a plus point.

Helicopter return trek to Everest Base Camp.

Being the first company to start the helicopter trek return to EBC from Lukla/Kathmandu, we often recommend these Everest helicopter packages.

Why helicopter return?

  • Helicopter return trek has different prospects.
  • The guest won’t have to descend the same way back.
  • It helps to make the itinerary shorter
  • Opportunity to fly and observe the 360-degree view of the Khumbu / Everest region
  • Removes the worry of waiting in Gorak Shep or Lukla due to bad weather which may lead to missing International flight.

How to get to Everest View Hotel?

Everest View Hotel, situated in a small village at Khumjung above Namche Bazaar, is the highest situated 4star hotel in the world. Everest View hotel provides a beautiful 360-degree view of the area with amazing morning sunrise and evening sunset. The height of Everest view hotel is 3,962 m. You can trek to Khumjung and stay at Everest View Hotel or directly perform a Helicopter tour.

Travelers with helicopter tours stop here for breakfast. This is the best place to see Mount Everest, Amadablam, Kusum Kanguru, and many more high Himalayan peaks.

Post Covid-19 Everest Base Camp trek
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Everest base camp trek 2021/22

After the pandemic, the Everest region has hardly been visited. Everest region has opened normally after vaccination normally following necessary safety protocols. In case of a guest not vaccinated a PCR test will be done upon arrival and if the results are negative they can continue their trek from the second day. If they are vaccinated and come with the reports and pre-visa then they can continue without doing PCR tests and quarantine.

Best Everest Helicopter Return trekking package for 2021/2022

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,320 m/4,330 ft.) and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,804 m/ 9,200 ft.) & trek to Monjo (2,835 m/9,301 ft.) 4-5 hrs. Walking Distance: 13 km 

Day 03: Trek from Monjo to Namche Bazaar, Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,286 ft.) 3-4 hrs. Walking Distance: 6 km

Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,867 m/12,686 ft.) 5-6 hrs. Walking Distance: 11 km

Day 05: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,350m/14,272 ft.) 5-6 hrs. Walking Distance: 12 km

Day 06: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930 m/16,170 ft.) 5-6 hrs. Walking Distance: 9 km

Day 07: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961 ft.) and hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,598 ft.), Hike to Kalapathar & Helicopter fly back to Lukla (2,804 m/ 9,200 ft.). 6-8 hrs. Walking Distance: 13 km

Day 08: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,320 m/4,330 ft.) and transfer to hotel and free day. 35 min.

Day 09: Farewell and Departure

Flight To Lukla

The first day of the trek begins with the thrilling and jaw-dropping 30 minutes flight to Lukla(2860m). Starting from the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport (1300m approx.), it lands on a narrow runway. At the end of the runway awaits a high hill making the landing one of the shivering and dangerous in the world. Amazing landscape, villages as well as vegetation can be observed through the small window of the twin otter plane during the flight.

twin otter plane in Lukla Airport
Twin otter plane in Lukla Airport

Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar ‘The Sherpa capital of Everest’  is one of the entertaining places to stay on the trek. The tourist hub of Everest is home to different local and international branded shops to provide ethnic local, Tibetan, and foreign goods and services. Market fairs are arranged on the weekend where Tibetan and local goods, clothes, and foods are exhibited. The cluster of houses and lodges and small hiking places makes it one of the popular places for acclimatization. Kongde Ri and Thamserku are two of the famous peaks around Namche Bazaar. The houses are lodges built upon the sidewalls of the hills. The whole Namche Village can be observed from the hilltop.

Furthermore, situated at the height of 3440m Namche is accessible from Phakding in a 4-5 hrs walk. Crossing dense forest and different suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river hike to Namche is a steep climb. You get the first view of Everest for the first time between the woods while hiking. Accordingly, TIMS permits and National park permits are also checked near Monjo in between Phakding and Namche.

View of Namche Bazaar from hilltop
View of Namche Bazaar from the hilltop

Kalapathar

Firstly, the height of Kalapthar (black rock in Nepali) is 5,545 m. This is the topmost point while visiting the Base Camp of Mt.Everest. Also, it is the highest place reachable without a climbing permit. Kalapathar is famous to view panoramic sunrise views of the Khumbu mountain region as well as the Khumbu glacier. Some of the other popular peaks seen are Lhotse, Pumori, Nuptse.

 

 

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