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Everest Base Camp Trek: A Complete Travel Guide

Everest Base Camp Trek: A Complete Travel Guide

The trek to Everest Base Camp is one the most dramatic, thrilling and picturesque places in the Himalaya. The landscape is diverse and glorious, the lodgings and tracks are of a very high quality, and the interaction with the local Sherpa people is a genuine and memorable experience.

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is  a lifetime experience for many people and this trek is not so difficult because the camp is located at the altitude of 5,550meters above the sea level. The way leads to the most spectacular terrains of the Himalayas. Tourists are accompanied by Sherpa guides who know this area really very well as they have lived there all of their lives in the region. To reach Everest Base Camp which are traditional Sherpa villages and hidden among mountain friars called “Gompas”.

Locals always used to welcome the guests with warm hearts and eagerly show them how their daily, timeless lives look like. Whoever used to take part in this trek, will never forget the experience and the most incredible views on the mountains as well as picturesque pine and birch forests. They are beautiful all round the year but their exceptional beauty can be admired specially in autumn when the air is so clear that everything looks splendid.

The Everest Base Camp

There is a place on the Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp trail, where you will get a bird’s eye view of the base camp, sitting at the verge of the Khumbu icefall.  You see the Khumbu glacier, the Western shoulder of Everest and Nuptse. It is a sight that excites you with an amazement, and sense of where you are. Walking towards the expedition tents on the Everest Base Camp is an excitement of its own. There is a bewilderment of a voyage of tents among the unbelievably dangerous Khumbu icefall seracs.Occasionally, you find an Indian expedition tents whose climbers will welcome you to their tents and amuse you with stories!

How much time does it take to do the Everest Base Camp trek?

The trek to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri is 106 km long and takes about 18 days to reach and from Kathmandu.

The Everest Base Camp has two known routes. The aforementioned route via Gokyo Ri is the more beautiful but it is really challenging of the two routes. On the other hand, the easier classic route is about 110 km long and takes 14 days to reach from Kathmandu.

Banbanjara used to organize this trek through the Gokyo Ri. To help alleviate the risks of spending more time at higher altitudes as compared to the classic route.

The hardening day at Namche bazaar helps to lower the chances of AMS during the trek and the buffer day helps account for unexpected weather delays which are very hectic and irritable.

Is trekking to Everest Base Camp dangerous?

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is not really very dangerous, but only when you have prepared well for it.

We classify Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri which makes it a Difficult trek. Which means it requires high fitness levels and prior Himalayan trek experience is a also must as well.

There are some of a few factors contributing to the difficulty of the trekking — the distance which have to be covered everyday, the duration of the Everest base trek, the terrains, the time spent at a high altitude (7 days above 14,000 ft) and a typical exit from the trail in case of an any emergency.

One of the biggest risks on any high altitude trek is the complications arising from AMS, HAPE and HACE. All three of them can be cured with adequate hydration, well planned itinerary and proper acclimation. The Indiahikes trek team, led by an experienced trek leader, is responsible to take care of all medical emergencies during the trail.

These measures make sure every participant on the trek is absolutely safe during the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Ri trek.

Who Can Participate in this trek:

Here are some fitness criterias which is compulsory for everyone to match absolutely for defeating this Trek:

Experience of any of the high altitude treks, at least 1 trek.

The climber must be perfectly fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without having any kind of stress.

A goods carrying benchmark applicable in this voyage, the climber should be able to carry a 10 to 15 kg expedition backpack.

Heart problems, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be placated on this mission. The climber must not have any of these conditions which are mentioned above.