If you have perused lists of the most popular treks in the world – then you will have noticed the trail to Everest Base Camp always features. Mountaineers and adventurers from all over the world are drawn in by the mysticism of Mt. Everest, undeniable spirituality of the region, and the warm, friendliness of the Sherpa people. The Everest Base Camp Trek immerses you into those experiences and layers in the challenge of high altitude with some of the most amazing mountain vistas in the world. I could keep going but who really needs more reasons to understand why it’s on everyone’s list?
The Everest Base Camp Trek is located within Sagarmatha National Park. This 1148 sq. km park was established in 1976 to protect the Everest Region and ensure that future generations of adventurers get the opportunity to see and explore the Everest Region for decades to come. Given the sheer number of trekkers hitting the trails these days and increasing numbers of expedition teams heading to Base Camp to make summit bids, the role the park plays in conservation will be key to the protection of Sagarmatha, the Nepalese name for Mt. Everest.
Making the decision to trek to Everest Base Camp is an easy one. How you get there? Well, that’s a different story. You might be surprised to find out that there are actually quite a few trekking options in the region that direct you to Base Camp. What you choose depends on how much time you have during your trip, how physically challenging you want the trek to be, your comfort level with high-altitude, and last but certainly not least, how busy you want your trails to be. Check out Destinations // Everest Region Trekking for a break down of the five most popular treks in the region.
When mapping out my Everest Base Camp Trek, I knew I wanted to accomplish three things:
- Overnight at Everest Base Camp, which requires a special permit.
- Find a route less trodden and more challenging to avoid the crowds and up the adventure.
- Minimize backtracking on the same trail to be able to see more of the Everest Region.
I enlisted the help of one of my favorite travel companies – OUT Adventures – to assist in the planning of the perfect, tailored itinerary. The result was a combination of the standard Everest Base Camp Trek with two of the three passes of the 3-Pass Trek. OUT Adventures made all the arrangements for us locally and paired us up with an awesome local guide and Sherpa team. This trip is one that fed my soul and already has me wanting to go back for more.
//EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK ITINERARY
|1||Lukla – Phakding||2,800m/9,200ft||Yeti Mountain Home|
|2||Phakding – Namche||3,440m/11,300ft||Yeti Mountain Home|
|3||Namche – Thame||3,820m/12,500ft||Yeti Mountain Home|
|4||Thame||3,820m/12,500ft||Yeti Mountain Home|
|5||Thame – Lumdeng||4,400m/14,450ft||Renjo Pass Support Lodge|
|6||Lumdeng – Gokyo via Renjo-La Pass||5,100m/16,700ft||Himalayan Eco Resort|
|7||Gokyo – Thangna||4,650m/15,250ft||Chola Pass Resort|
|8||Thangna – Dzongla via Cho-La Pass||5,340m/17,500ft||Hotel Green Valley|
|9||Dzongla – Lobuche||4,910m/16,100ft||Himalayan Eco Resort|
|10||Lobuche – Gorakshep||5,160m/16,900ft||Himalayan Guest House|
|11||Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp||5,364m/17,600ft||Camping|
|12||Everest Base Camp – Pheriche||4,240m/13,900ft||Pumori Lodge|
|13||Periche – Tashinga via Tengboche||3,860m/12,660ft||Everest Summit Lodge|
|14||Tashinga – Monjo via Kenjoma||3,550m/11,650ft||Yeti Mountain Home|
|15||Monjo – Lukla||2,800m/9,200ft||Yeti Mountain Home|
//EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK DIARY
As tough as the trek was – I can’t wait to get back to the region. Next time it will be via a different route to explore other corners of this beautiful region. Perhaps at some point in the future DomOnTheGo will make a summit bid. In the meantime, be sure to watch this space for more about my exploration and trekking in the Everest Region including:
- Connections // Robert Sharp – Meet the OUT Adventures founder and what makes OUT Adventures so great.
- Journeys // Everest Base Camp Trek Tips & Tricks – Your guide to the long list of things to take into consideration when planning your own EBC trip.
- Connections // Prem Tamang – Q&A with my trusty Nepalese guide who shares his advice for those heading to Base Camp.
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