Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world is also a favorite among the trekking enthusiasts, for them trekking to The Everest Base Camp is a must to do trekking expedition and a life time experience. The Base Camp is on the south face of Mt. Everest and comes in the Nepal region.
In this article, we will try to cover all key elements such as the location, experience, tips & tricks to reach Everest Base Camp.
Let’s Understand the region, location, season and how it can be reached.
The Base Camp is at the south face of Mt. Annapurna Base Camp Trek Guide that comes in the Sagarmatha Region of Nepal. A village called Lukla serves as the gateway to the high peak wonders of the world. One can reach Lukla by air from Kathmandu as it has good number of daily flights. It takes about 40 minutes of flying time to reach Lukla from Kathmandu.
The flying experience is also considered as a mini adventure, due to the tiny table top run ways and scenic flight on Himalayas. After Lukla one has to trek only to reach any of the places in the Sagarmatha Region, unless of course you plan to hire a Helicopter for yourself. The other possible option to reach Lukla is to take a bus ride to Jiri and from there on trek to Lukla, which will take about 6 days to reach Lukla. The most preferred option is to reach by air from Kathmandu.
The region’s entry from Lukla it set at an altitude level of 2800 meters and goes up to 5643 meters around Everest Base Camp. The maximum altitude gain is 5643 meters. Needless to say, it is a challenging task considering the altitude gain and one has to proceed with gradual and staged altitude gain on daily basis and not rush. Proceeding without proper rest may lead to altitude sickness.
Weather! It is always cold and severe cold. The lower altitude areas of Lukla, Phakding or to some-extent Namche Bazaar will be relatively less cold. Then on, once the altitude starts going up 4000 meters and more, it begins to get colder.
The trekking season can be divided into two parts, Mid March to June and then September to early December. These two seasons are the most preferred among the trekkers. In March to June, it is relatively less cold and also you get to see more wildflowers etc on the lower altitude regions. The other season gets little colder and towards the end of December it is extreme cold, however the skies are much clear in peak winter.
There are people, who love to experience extreme cold and try to go in January; however the weather will be very harsh in this time. The months of July and August receive rain falls in lower altitude and snows in the higher altitude.