Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the greatest and once in a lifetime world’s top exploration destinations in the Himalayas. Trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal is an ultimate goal for trekkers. The scenery is simply breathtaking with parades of shining peaks, spectacular glaciers around, ancient Buddhist stupas and monasteries with the fascinating Sherpa people and their culture and tradition in the Khumbu region.
Start from Lukla after the beautiful flight to Lukla (35 minutes exciting Mountain flight from Kathmandu). Once we arrive in Lukla trekking trail passes through Sherpa villages over countless ridges. Trek to Everest Base Camp along the Dudh Koshi River, and climb up to the busting Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar where we spend two nights to ensure proper acclimatization with an exploration hike around. Leaving Namche we hike to the hidden valley of Khunde and Khumjung and then to Dingboche via Phortse. Everest Base Camp Trek’s designed itinerary allows all the trekkers to have enough time for proper and better acclimatisation. We hike up to Kalapathar at the height of 5545 meters, the highest point on our entire trek, from where the experience of seeing Mount Everest and the wonderful Himalayan vista which never to be forgotten.
Volunteer Society Nepal designed the Everest Base Camp Trek route in the Himalayas to minimize the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness with two proper acclimatization days before conquering Everest Base Camp. From Namche Bazaar we visit the National Park headquarters with displays of local flora and fauna and the culture and lifestyles of the Khumbu Sherpas. An afternoon walk to the Sherpa village of Khumjung offers an authentic experience of Sherpa traditional life. Magnificent views of Thamserku, Kangtega, Ama Dablam (The Jewel), Island Peak plus the Everest – Lhotse – Nuptse group. Everest Base Camp Trek route resumes toward the hilltop village of Tengboche and visits the Buddhist Monastery. Then to Pangboche summer Sherpa settlement, and to Dingboche for another acclimatization stop: walk to Nangkartshang Hill for fitness at the higher altitudes. See unparalleled views of the Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Nuptse glaciers.
After the previous day’s tiring ascent to Kala Patthar, today is an easier walk down to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back to the terminal moraines at Dughla and following the wide valley of Khumbu Khola we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Pheriche, Orsho, and Shomare. If we wish to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche we can do so by taking a different trail from Shomare. Otherwise, we take the regular trial to reach Pangboche. From Pangboche we retrace our footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche or if interested, we might visit nuns at the Debuche monastery. Finally, we reach Tengboche. If we are trekking during the full moon of November or December, we might get and opportunity to witness the Mani Rimdu festival in the monastery at Tengboche. Overnight in Tengboche.We will trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees from Tengboche. If it’s Spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudkoshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga. The trail then follows the Dud Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction in the region. We stop at Kyangjuma (3570 m) for a relaxed lunch. We unknowingly appreciate the gorgeous Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptese with every bite. Following lunch,
the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc, while we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. We want to take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here. On reaching our lodge, we take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our room in Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner