Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Every year thousands of trekkers visit this beautiful area to fulfill their dream to see and some of them even go there to climb those mighty mountain peaks. To be in there not an easy task, you have to be mentally and physically fit as well as better to have some trekking and hiking experiences. Because Everest Base Camp is located at an elevation of 5364m and needs to sleep at 5160m. Also, financially expensive to be in there. Here I’m going to write the seven most important steps you should take to be in the Everest base camp.
FIRST STEP: ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU NEPAL AND PREPARE FOR THE TREK
After you plan and save money to travel to Nepal for the Everest base camp trek and landed in Kathmandu. Need to prepare for the trek like need to buy or rent trekking equipment; arrange permits; book flight ticket to Lukla etc. The equipment is can arrange in your hometown as well. But before you embark on your trip you have to arrange all those things for that, one day in Kathmandu is enough. So the first step to being in the Everest Base Camp is to arrive in Kathmandu and prepare for the trek. However, if you booked through the one of the trekking agency in Nepal. That agency will manay everything for you.
nowadays there is road access till nearby Lukla as well to travel in Khumbu region.
SECOND STEP: FLY TO LUKLA AND TREK TO PHAKDING
When preparation is done in Kathmandu. The second step is to fly in Lukla and trek to Phakding. Lukla airport is known as one of the most dangerous airports in the world because of the short runway and the need to climb up while landing there. While flying in the plane you can enjoy the breathtaking view of snowcapped mountain peaks and dramatic landscapes, rivers, villages. Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla will take around 30 minutes and the walk from Lukla to Phakding will be around 3 hours.
THIRD STEP: TREK TO NAMCHE BAZZAR
This is the day for the first glimpse of Mt. Everest. Need to follow the classic Everest Base Camp Trek trail via Manju and Jorselle. In Manju, there is a national park office where need to register entry permit or buy the entry permit. From Manju, the trail will lead to Jorsalle and Banker on the bank of the Dhud Koshi river. (Dhud means milk in the Nepali language) In the first part need to cross a couple of suspension bridges above the Dhud Koshi may be a bit scary but more fun. After the cross, the last bridge, need to climb up into the pine and rhododendron forest. To reach Namche means your third step to be in the Everest Base Camp is done. Namche is a beautiful mountain village with a better-facilities place in the Everest region. Where is the possibility to have Pizza, Burger, the best coffee? I mean here is Restro and Bar are available.
FOURTH STEP: TREK TO TENGBOCHE
After spent two quality days in Namche your fourth most essential step to be in the Everest Base Camp is to hike to Tengboche. Tengboche is a beautiful place with 3 guest houses and one historical Buddhist monastery. The amazing view from here is one of the best memory of this adventure trip to the land of the crown of the world. To get in Tengboche will cost 5 to 6 hours all depend on what is your ability to walk in the mountain. From here if walk for 30 minutes there is another place to sleep is called Debuche.
FIFTH STEP: TREK TO DINGBOCHE
Today is the day to sleep more than 4000m. As much as climb up the landscapes and vegetation will change and there is treeless land will encounter. As much as a high climb, that much difficulty will face breathing. But the mountain view will be more sparkling and striking in front of us. Each step will take us closer to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest. Also, rise the difficulty level too. Dingboche also, a beautiful village in the shade of mountains such as Amadablam, Nuptse, Lothse, etc.
SIXTH STEP: TREK TO LOBUCHE
Another challenging step to move to one step closer be in the Everest Base Camp and fulfill the desire to put a footprint in there. Hike up to Lobuche is challenging but the stunning view of Amadablam, Nuptse, Pumori, Lobuche peak will encourage us to put our efforts to get our bucket list in reality. Lobuche there are few guesthouses for the accommodation. Lobuche is a village on the bank of Khumbu Glaciar, in the distance around 1KM. Overnight here is a kind of a nightmare as well. As much as gain high altitude difficult to breathe as well as sleep.
SEVENTH STEP: TREK TO GOREKSHEP AND HIKE TO EBC
This is the seventh most important step you should take to be in the Everest Base Camp and the most daring, challenging, exhausted, and most beautiful day of this trip; because this is the day to mark your point in Everest Base Camp. For this day the journey embarks from Lobuche to Gorekshep to take lunch and then continue to EBC. The total length of the hike will be very long and it takes around 8 to 10 hours.
From Gorekshep possible to hike up to the Kalapatter. Kalapatter is one of the best Mt. Everest viewpoints of this region located at a height of 5550m from sea level. The panoramic view from the top of the Kalapatter is spectacular including Mt. Everest. From Everest base camp, there is not a good view of itself. So that Kalapatter is the best place to enjoy the glimpse of this world’s highest peak and other associated mountain peaks. From Gorekshep, way back to Lukla can do from same way down or via Chola Pass and Renjola Pass.