As an adventurer, it is important to at least once in your life, be part of the Everest base camp trek. This is an experience you should not miss. This is a trek that takes you up an icy mountain, up to a height of about 17,500 feet. And if you think this is very high, you are mistaken. Those who trek to the peak of Everest, trek up to 30,000 feet. This climb is no easy feat, it requires two months time and the starting cost is US$35,000. So, reaching the base camp is something every adventurer should try without a second thought.
How does it work?
The Everest base camp trek is not something you start and end in one go. There are a few stops where you are allowed to rest and roam. These stops create the whole trekking experience. You start at the base you choose. There are two bases where you can start, Lukla and Jiri. You arrive in Kathmandu, and then are either flown to Lukla or to Jiri from where you trek to Lukla. The more popular one is the one that starts from Lukla.
The whole trek is completed in 14 days. Each day’s stop is as so:
Day 1– Trek from Lukla to Phakding
Day 2– Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Day 3– Enjoy Namche Bazaar
Day 4– Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
Day 5– Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
Day 6– A day to adapt to the change in temperature and altitude
Day 7– Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche
Day 8– Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep
Day 9– Hike up to Everest base camp and then back to Gorakshep
Day 10– A downward trek to Pheriche
Day 11– Trek down from Pheriche to Tyangboche
Day 12– Further down from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar
Day 13– Finally from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 14– From Lukla fly to Kathmandu
These are how your days will be from the start of your trek to the end of it. Each day will have a maximum of 6 hours of trekking and an overnight stay at the end.
A climb to remember
This trek will be a climb you will remember because there is no mountain as high as the Everest. As an adventurer, I stamp this trek as a must do. This trek will give your body an extreme push and your eyes an extreme view. As you climb up each meter, the chill will make you ask ‘how much more do we have to walk?’ but when you reach the day’s end, you will be awe-struck by the beauty of the White Mountain. Each day with its physical toll will end with an awe-inspiring moment. By the end of the whole trek, you’ll thank god that you lived. So, all in all, it is a treat.
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