Everest Base Camp
As part of the World Trekker Priority List, Everest Base Camp is one of the most visited areas of the Himalayas. The two-week trek begins and ends in Lukla, where you will fly to the landing strip called "Gateway to Everest".
Departing from Lukla, you will start with a simple 2-day hike through the Dudh Koshi Valley to the famous village of Namche Bazaar. On this road you will find shops and tea house in large numbers. Phakding and Monjo are the popular stopovers on the first day and just beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsale check point. Permits are checked here. The trail that followed the Dudh Koshi River starts going uphill from the suspension bridge just a few minutes from Jorsale. After a 3 hour hike, Namche Bazaar is reached.
It is good to halt here for a couple of days to acclimatize by walking in and around Namche as acclimatization cannot be done in a hurry. A visit to Syangboche or some Sherpa villages such as Thame, Khumjung and Khunde just a few hours walk from Namche are good options for whiling away your time here.
Leaving Namche Bazaar, you will enjoy the village of Imja Khola with spectacular views of the Thamserku, Kangtega and Ama Dablam mountains, overlooking the skyline in front of giants such as Lhotse and Everest. The most common night after Namche is a steep climb from Imja Khola to Tengboche. The Tengboche Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries, probably because of its incredible view of the incomparable Mount Ama Dablam.
Following the Imja Khola from Tengboche, the trail ascends through Pangboche until Pheriche or Dingboche is reached, where the days trek ends. Another day of acclimatization follows with a fascinating side trip to Chhukung which is about a 3 hours walk from Dingboche.
From Dingboche or Pheriche a 6 hour walk leads to Lobuche which sits on the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. You will continue with a roughly 3 hour hike from Lobuche to the last settlement on the trail known as Gorak Shep. The few tea houses at this place provide shelter for the night before one undertakes the final leg of the trek over the glacier to Everest Base Camp.
Above Gorak Shep can be seen the popular view point known as Kala Patthar, from where many a trekker has captured the image of the world’s highest mountain and gazed up in awe. The trek along the glacier to base camp can take up to 5 hours. This is treacherous ground and one must walk through this area cautiously, as finding a route through can be tricky and the risk of falling on the ice is high.
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