See Everest from its Base
One of the most sought after treks in Nepal is the Everest Base Camp Trek. It is only natural that anyone would love to trek in the shadows of the worlds highest mountain peak. You do not climb to the summit of the peak but get a chance to walk to the base camp where the ardent climbers spend countless week preparing to scale the walls of mount Everest.
Generally the itinerary for this trek would be fifteen days in total, starting in Kathmandu the capital of Nepal and ending back here again.
- The first day you would usually enter the city by air at the international airport known as Tribhuwan and met there by the tour operator that you might have bought your tour package from. You will be taken to the hotel to spend the night before heading off for your trekking adventure.
- The next day, you are back to the airport, not fly back home but to the region from where your trek to the Everest Base Camp begins, Lukla. There are no roads to this part of the world from either the valley nor else where. It is a forty minute flight from the capital to this regional airport. Once your reach it, your hike begins to your stop for the day, Paking which is at a height of 2600 meters above sea level. The route from the regional airport to the night’s stop is not all that difficult and just a three hour walk along the Dudh Kosi which means milk river and you also pass through tiny hamlets. You spend the night in one of the lodges as a reminder also for the rest of the trip, you would have to pay for your keep as the package you might buy would not include boarding and lodging. The tips would also be on you.
- The third day in Nepal would be the trek to Namche Bazaar. This would suppose to be the central hub of the Sherpa ethnic groups acclimatized to this high altitude region and also engaged in most of the touring activity here and else where in the country presently. It stands at a altitude of 3400 meters above sea level.
A short distance from Paking, you meet up again with the river Dudh Kosi walking along it most of the way all the while getting glimpses of different mountain peaks of the region. At lunch time you usually stop at Monjo and get to sample the local delicacies, if you have not already. It is after a short rest of an hour you catch the confluences of the Budh and Dudh Koshi and begin a somewhat steep climb at the a continuous pace to your destination of the day, Namche Bazaar.
The follow day as one can call it, is “No Walk Day”. Your simply rest or stroll around the town taking in the local sights and the ever loom Everest above you. This is primarily done to get you acclimatized to the high altitude you are in. Remember the higher one goes from sea level, the thinner the air gets which means less oxygen as well. A sudden change in it can lead to serious consequences to the body. Taking this rest makes your body used to the less availability of oxygen.
- Finally you get to hike on the fifth day. On this day you start off from Namche Bazaar to Devuche which stands at a height of 3810 meters above sea level. It is a gruelling six hour walk to your destination for the day. Your walk high above the Dudh Kosi on the other side of the valley getting a spectacular view of the region known as Khumbu with peaks of mountains such as Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. You pass a couple of hamlets, teahouses and after crossing a rope bridge you stop at Phunki Tenga for lunch and rest as the rest of the way is steep as well as zigzagging but the tiring effect is put to ease with the comforting sights rhododendron trees and rare Himalayan birds along with the breathe taking mountain sceneries.
On reaching Devuche, you feel the rest is worth having and the food taste even more better to the palate. Before you know, you drop off into sleep with the expectations of the following day.
- The sixth day of you life in Nepal, takes you toward Dingboche which stands at a height of 4360 meters above sea level. It is just a four hour’s trek if all goes well. You hike this begins with a gradual descent to the Imjo Stream and then ascents gradually to Pangboche and then Tawachee. You pass a few tea houses on the way and cross rivers and glacial moraines. You are most of the times above the forests and the sunset is a view to take your breathe away.
Your rest for the day continues into the next day as well as you have hit new heights and it is time to acclimatize again but you can take short walks around the beautiful but tiny fields surrounded by stone walls. You might be advised by your guide to take a short walk uphill from where you would get a picturesque view of the fifth highest mountain in the world Makalu.
- The eight day it is onto Lobuche which stands at a height of 4930 meters and you would usually get to after a trek of 6 and a half hour’s. The trip might be taxing on you but never the less it is worth every ounce as you get scintillating views of mountain such as Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse and Changtse which are in the Tibetan side.
- Finally, after the night’s rest, you going to get what you came all the while for – Everest Base Camp. You follow Khumbu Glacier through pinnacles of ice and crevasses to come into view of the dotted tents of the Climbers to the highest mountain in the world. After taking all the pictures in the world and mingling with the aspiring summiteers, we head towards Gorekshep which stands at 5160 meters above sea level. It is a pastoral camp for yak herders during the summer months.
- After a fitting rest at night, it is onto Kalla Pattar or black rock which stands at a height of 5545 meters with a placement of seeing the magnificent rise of the sun over Everest. From then is down all the way to Pheriche which stands at 4240 meters with the backdrop of the mountains on the way. Here again it is rest for the night.
- From there it is onto Khumjung with a six hour hike mostly downhill where you rest and the next day onto Monjo. The thirteenth day you head back to Lukla where you get to rest for the day taking in the last breathing sights of the Khumbu region.
- Finally, it is a flight back to Kathmandu where you get to sight see the capital city and you may want to extend a few more days stay to see the various historical sites it has on had or depart for destination homeward.
I hope my post on the trek to the Everest Base Camp has drawn interest in you and in my future post, I shall give you more trekking destination that can be found in Nepal. For other trekking routes and information on them please go to Nepal Treks
Till then happy trekking.