Mount Everest Base Camp Trek
Many people would wonder: why trek to the Everest Base Camp if you are not going to summit the world's highest mountain? The answer is easy. It is still a journey that is filled with adventure, beautiful landscapes and is not as uneventful as many imagine. There are a few different routes to the Everest Base Camp Trek and it takes approximately fifteen to sixteen days to reach it. This is a long and rewarding trek, and offers challenges to the most experienced climbers.
Trekking in Nepal would not be complete without taking on the terrain to the Mount Everest Base Camp. With the towering Mount Everest watching over every step you take, it is important to remember, that even though trekking to the Base Camp might not be technically challenging, you will still be heading towards an altitude of 10,000 feet. You will be walking in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and his loyal and experienced companion, Tenzing Norgay. The route is filled with history and spectacular sights with more than enough time to enjoy nature on the stops along the way.
Most visitors trekking in Nepal and gearing up for the trek to the Everest Base Camp use Namche Bazar as their first point of acclimatization. From here, trekkers will pass through the Lobuche Valley and the Imja Khola Valley which takes them to the Khumbu Glacier. For the trekkers that are seeking a good spot to view Mount Everest, Nuptse and the mighty Lhotse they can summit Kala Pattar and enjoy the magnificent mountains in all their glory. Kathmandu is another alternative starting point from where you can fly to Lukla. On this route trekkers are able to stop off at the Thyanboche monastery and spend some time in the town of Namche.
It is always advisable to join a group or trekking outlet expedition when trekking in Nepal as the territory can get challenging and trekking in good company always makes the trip more enjoyable. Climbers are reminded to always carry enough water and ensure that they are physically fit for the hike. The trek to the Mount Everest Base Camp is slow but, with a backpack and sometimes very steep slopes, it is essential to be fit and healthy. Not taking the time to acclimatize properly can lead to altitude sickness and it is therefore important to sit back, enjoy a sip of water and take in the natural beauty of the mountains.