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Everest base camp trek

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The Everest base camp trek is a challenging yet rewarding experience that takes approximately 12 days to complete. The trek provides stunning views of the Himalayan mountain range and allows trekkers to immerse themselves in the local culture.

During the trek, hikers will encounter various terrains, including rocky paths and steep inclines. It is important for trekkers to be physically fit and mentally prepared for this adventure. Adequate preparation, such as cardiovascular exercises and mental conditioning, can help ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

Trekkers will have the opportunity to visit local villages and interact with the Sherpa people, who are known for their hospitality and mountaineering expertise. The route also includes stops at iconic landmarks such as Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, and Gorak Shep.

It is recommended that trekkers pack appropriate gear for the trip, including warm clothing, sturdy hiking boots, and a high-quality backpack. Bringing plenty of water and snacks is also essential for maintaining energy throughout the day.

Overall, completing the Everest base camp trek in 12 days requires determination and physical fitness but offers an unforgettable experience. Trekkers should take proper precautions to ensure their safety during this adventure while enjoying all that this beautiful region has to offer.

Overview

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a popular and challenging trek in the Himalayas, located in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, from lush green forests to high-altitude rocky terrain, and offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks, including Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.

The journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small town in the Khumbu region, where the trek starts. The trek follows the Dudh Kosi river and passes through traditional Sherpa villages, including Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Gorak Shep. Along the way, trekkers can explore the local culture and customs, visit monasteries and museums, and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.

The ultimate destination of the trek is the Everest Base Camp, located at an altitude of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet). The base camp is the starting point for climbers attempting to summit Mount Everest, and offers a unique opportunity to witness the preparations and activities of climbers before they embark on their journey.

The trek also includes a hike to Kala Patthar, a vantage point located at an altitude of 5,545 meters (18,192 feet), which offers a panoramic view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other peaks in the Himalayas.

The Everest Base Camp Trek requires a good level of fitness and endurance, as the trek involves walking for several hours each day, often at high altitude. Proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness, and trekkers are advised to take necessary precautions and follow the guidance of their guide or trekking agency.

Highlights

  • The breathtaking mountain views: The trek offers some of the most stunning mountain views in the world. You will get to witness the majestic peaks of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more.
  • The unique Sherpa culture: The trek takes you through the heart of the Sherpa culture. You will get to interact with the friendly locals and learn about their unique traditions and way of life.
  • The challenging terrain: The trek is not for the faint-hearted. The rugged terrain and high altitude make it a challenging adventure, but the sense of accomplishment at the end is worth every step.
  • The vibrant Namche Bazaar: Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Everest region and a buzzing hub of activity. The colorful markets, cafes, and lodges offer a vibrant atmosphere to explore.
  • The serene Tengboche Monastery: The Tengboche Monastery is one of the most important religious sites in the region. The peaceful surroundings and stunning views make it a must-visit destination on the trek.
  • The challenging climb to Kala Patthar: Kala Patthar is the highest point on the trek, offering panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. The climb to the summit is challenging, but the views make it worth the effort.
  • The spectacular Khumbu Glacier: The trek takes you through the Khumbu Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in the world. The ice formations and views of Mount Everest are simply awe-inspiring.
  • The warm hospitality of the tea houses: The tea houses along the trek offer warm hospitality and comfort after a long day of hiking. The cozy lodges and hearty meals are a highlight of the trek.
  • The sense of camaraderie among trekkers: The Everest Base Camp Trek attracts trekkers from all over the world. The shared experience of the challenging terrain and stunning views creates a sense of camaraderie among trekkers.

Includes/Excludes

Cost includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off in Kathmandu
  • Round-trip flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • All necessary trekking permits and fees
  • Accommodation in teahouses during the trek
  • Three meals per day during the trek
  • Experienced English-speaking trekking guide and porter(s)
  • Insurance, wages, and equipment for the guide and porter(s)
  • First aid kit
  • Government-licensed guide and porters (one porter for at least two people)

Cost excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Personal expenses (e.g. snacks, drinks, souvenirs)
  • Tips for guide and porter(s) (recommended, but not mandatory)
  • Additional accommodation, meals, and transportation in Kathmandu in case of early return from the trek due to any reason.

FAQs

What is the best time to do the Everest Base Camp trek?

The best time to do the Everest Base Camp trek is from March to May and from September to November. These months offer clear skies, moderate temperatures, and less chance of rainfall.

How difficult is the Everest Base Camp trek?

The Everest Base Camp trek is considered to be a moderate to difficult trek. The trek involves steep uphill climbs, rocky paths, and high altitude passes. However, anyone with a good level of fitness and proper acclimatization can complete the trek.

What kind of accommodation is available during the trek?

Accommodation during the trek is in teahouses, which are basic lodges with shared rooms and common bathrooms. The rooms usually have twin beds with a blanket, pillow, and basic furnishings. Hot showers and charging facilities are available at an extra cost.

What kind of food is available during the trek?

The teahouses along the trail offer a variety of food options, including Nepali, Indian, Chinese, and Western dishes. The meals are usually basic and filling, and include items such as dal bhat (rice, lentils, and vegetables), noodles, soups, and sandwiches.

Do I need any special permits for the trek?

Yes, you need special trekking permits for the Everest Base Camp trek. These include the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit. Your trekking agency will arrange these permits for you.

Is it safe to trek to Everest Base Camp?

Yes, it is safe to trek to Everest Base Camp as long as you follow the proper safety guidelines and acclimatize properly. It is important to trek with a licensed guide, carry adequate warm clothing, and drink plenty of water to avoid altitude sickness and other health issues.

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patrik b
patrik b
2024-05-06
Amazing Annapurnas with Mta trekking Great tour, everything was well organised - great tour guide and porters, very nice ldoges owned by friendly people, good food, very nice transportation, generally very professional approach. Woudl recommend to everyone.
Loni S
Loni S
2024-05-05
Enjoyable and unforgettable trek with the experienced! Thanks MTA and Mardi Himal ❤️ I did 5D4N Mardi Himal trek with a few friends in Apr 2024 with MTA. The four of us from Hong Kong were very well taken care since entering Pokhara. MTA (kudos to Bijay) gave us best advice of anything from equipment, flight to massage. Bijay organised our airport pickup and connecting cars so well so we could be worry-free the whole time. It’s especially important as we sometimes had miscommunications with drivers even using ride-hailing app. Our tour was customised and extended one day vs the regular 4D3N with Bijay’s help so we had more time for ascending and made it easier to reach the highest point at 4200m. Going on Mardi trek with MTA, their guide Kaji and two porters Donbadu and Natium, makes the experience 5-star! 1/ Kaji knew the trek and his guests so well. He never failed to estimate how much time we still needed and we could adjust our expectations. 2/ Kaji had best connections on the mountain (which is tremendously important), everyone doing business on the trek is like his extended family. With that our schedule was more flexible for a change. 3/ MOST IMPORTANTLY, Kaji was very observant and ensured safety of everyone. He made timely decision to save my friend from altitude sickness! My friend started to feel unwell and vomit after we reached 3,300m. Kaji tried to extend our rest time to help her recover, and in the end got Donbadu to go down with her so she could be relieved. We really appreciate that! ❤️ We’re always treated as top priority and served very well on the trek. Food and drinks are never missed, Kaji and his team were very hospitable and always checked in if we felt good for the coming trek. MTA guides all treks you can name - Poon Hill, Mardi Himal, ABC, ACT, EBC and many more lesser known ones. Definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a worry-free, safe trek in Nepal, especially if you’re first timers like us. Thanks for supporting our trekking dream! Annapurna and Mardi Himal look surreal, it’s a good story of a lifetime. <3
René S
René S
2024-05-01
Everything we wanted and more! The company is excellent. This is a newer trekking company but with all the right contacts to make sure things run smoothly. We were 3 in our group. We all felt relaxed because everything was taken care of in an stress-free way. Our questions (which were many) were answered before and during the trek. The vibe is laid back and friendly. The company are also concerned that porters do not carry too much weight and everybody is treated fairly. The trek was tough for us but the guide and our porters were excellent - very patient and helpful - they were very concerned for our needs and thanks to them, we made it to base camp and it was so amazing we cannot thank them enough!
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Zacattack
2024-04-22
Everest Base Camp - Absolute must for your Bucket List. If you're an adventurer at heart, seeking the thrill of reaching great heights and witnessing breath-taking landscapes, or like me have a bucket list then a journey to Everest Base Camp is an absolute must. Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to embark on this unforgettable expedition with a few friends and M.T.A , I'm still buzzing with excitement from the experience. Our journey began in Kathmandu, Nepal, where after landing at the airport we were greeted by Bijay from M.T.A. and taken for a very delicious Nepalese meal. Next we flew to Lukla, a tiny airstrip nestled among the towering peaks of the Himalayas. The hair-raising flight was an adventure in itself, offering jaw-dropping views of the rugged terrain below. Here we meet our main guide Shishir along with porters to assist in carrying our packs. We then embarked on 9 day trek to Everest Base camp. As we trekked through quaint Sherpa villages and lush rhododendron forests, each step brought us closer to our ultimate goal: reaching Everest Base Camp. Along the way, we were treated to awe-inspiring vistas of snow-capped peak, sparkling glaciers and an array of different animals such as Yaks & horses, Shirhir was amazing in his knowledge of the trek, the villages and giving us advice on how best to pace ourselves to enjoy the journey. As we reached higher altitudes he was very conscious of our health and safety to ensure we were in the best possible position to reach base camp watching us closely and monitoring our oxygen levels. Reaching Everest Base Camp was a momentous occasion, even thou we were tired this soon faded as we were filled with a sense of accomplishment and wonder. Surrounded by towering giants like Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse, we couldn't help but be humbled by the sheer magnitude of nature's grandeur. We were blessed with been able to meet with one most experienced sherpa’s who had climbed mount Everest 18 times and enjoyed a cup of Tea with him. Shirhir knowledge of the region, coupled with his warm camaraderie, made the journey all the more enjoyable. We enjoyed the hearty wide range of Sherpa meals that fuelled our bodies and warmed our souls after a long day on the trail. In the evenings after a meal, we reflected on the days excitement and ended the evening most nights with a round of cards and in bed by around 9. As I had limited time I opted to fly out by Helicopter from Gorashep. This was absolutely an amazing flight. What had taken 8 days to walk around 70KM from Lukla to Gorashep took around 8mintues to Helicopter out. I will never forget the amazing scenery on that flight out. In conclusion, my journey to Everest Base Camp was nothing short of extraordinary. It was a test of endurance, a feast for the senses, and a soul-stirring adventure that will stay with me forever. If you're searching for an experience that will challenge you, inspire you, and leave you utterly spellbound, look no further than Everest Base Camp. M.T.A , Bijay and Shirhir make the whole experience so enjoyable I have no hesitation in recommending them. Everest base camp is worth every step of the journey, it is a must to put on your bucket list.
Peter M
Peter M
2024-04-17
Wonderful Mardi Himal Trekk My favorite mountain. The people were incredibly helpful I made a few mistakes in bookings, but they were very accommodating.We managed to shorten the trip to meet my schedule by taking me partway by jeep. My guide was very good. He brought me to the best place my strength could handle.
Jana H
Jana H
2024-03-18
Experience you never forget Unforgettable experience to trek the EBC, thank you to Shishir who was always very helpful and kind. We all successfully reached the base camp.
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2024-03-04
Wonderful poonhill trekking via Ghandruk We thoroughly enjoyed trekking in Poonhill and Ghandruk village! Sadly, the weather was not favorable and we couldn’t see the mountains from Poonhill but aside from that, our experience was wonderful. Our guide Kaji was caring and went above and beyond to make our trek memorable. He organized clean and comfortable hotels with hot showers in Ulleri which was great after climbing many stairs. The early morning Poonhill hike was worth it and the Ghandruk village and museum were also intriguing. We are happy to have booked our Poonhill trek via Ghandruk village with MTA Trekking.
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Ultralight Plane Flight and Sarangkot The ultralight plane flight was amazing. You can see the Himalayas from so close you can almost reach out and touch them. It's a must-do if you visit Pokhara. The guide was very experienced, so I was able to leave it to him with confidence.
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2024-01-14
Wonderful Poon Hill Trekking Experience We had wonderful Poon hill trekking experience with Mta trekking. As we had chosen full package, everything was taken care perfectly including accommodations, foods and transportation. Sunrise from Poon hill was the highlight of this trip. We would recommend this trusted and reliable company.
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Wonderful Mardi Himal Trek Experience i had Wonderful Mardi Himal Trek Experience . The Guide was knowledgeable and know the local areas very well. As it offers few numbers of accommodations, my guide made sure that the food was prepared fresh and hygienic. Their service is recommended.

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