Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most visited trek in Nepal. The destination is the base camp of the highest mountain in the world- Mt. Everest. Many people from all over the world visit Nepal only to trek this trail.
The trek sees people from almost all economical and social background. The experience the trail imparts knows no partiality. It embraces every single visitor in its arms with beauty and generosity.
The trek gains its popularity from the amazing view of the several peaks it offers. Along with Mt. Everest, you will so get a chance to see Mt Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Changaste, Mt. Lingterin, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. hamserku, Mt. Kantega, Mt. Kusum Khagaru ,Mt. Kongde, Mt. Khumbila, Mt. Twache peak, Mt. Cholaste, Island peak, Lobuche peak ,Pokalde peak, Honku south peak and many more.
The is decorated with green forests, rhododendron forests, beautiful hills, elegant rivers, glacier lakes and beautiful rural settlements of the Sherpa community. These people are known for their hospitality. They are very friendly and warm welcoming.
The route that is most commonly taken to EBC is –
Day 1: Fly to Lukla (2804 mt.), trek to Phakding (2610 mt.)
Day 2: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3441 mt.)
Day 3: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar
Day 4: Trek from Namche Bazar to Tengboche(3860 mt.)
Day 5: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 mt.)
Day 6: Acclimatization day at Dingboche
Day 7: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 mt.)
Day 8: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5153 mt.) to EBC and back to Gorakshep
Day 9: Hike up to Kalapatthar (5545 mt.) and retreat trek to Pheriche (4210 mt.)
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla
Day 13: Early morning fly back to Kathmandu
Trekking Options to trek Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp can be be trekked as desired or as one’s bank account permits. The different ways in which you can trek to EBC are-
If you are running on a low budget or you happen to be one of those people who enjoy the thrill of backpacking, then Everest Base Camp trek has all the facilities for backpackers.
2. Intermediate spending
You can take the general route mentioned above and spend a reasonable amount of money on tea houses and restaurants. On a average, your daily expense need not exceed 10$-15$ which includes food and accommodation.
3. Luxury Trek
Lastly you can luxuriously trek to EBC. The luxury trek to Everest Base Camp consist of two option. You can take a helicopter flight from Gorak Shep back to Kathmandu. Or you can take the general route and spend lavishly on fancy restaurants and hotels. A brief information about each is given below-
i) Helicopter flight from Gorak Shep
The route taken by you will be taking in this trek is slightly different from the general itinerary mentioned above. Instead of trekking back from Gorak Shep you will take a helicopter and fly straight back to Kathmandu.
The advantage of the trek is that you will have already walked through the villages that fall along the retreating route. Therefore, you will miss out nothing but instead save yourself a few extra days to travel to other places. Above all, you will get a chance to experience what it feel slike to fly across the sky with white peaks peaking through the fluffy levitating clouds.
ii) Stay at Luxury Hotels
The other Everest Base Camp Luxury trek includes spending the night in luxury hotel and resorts instead of tea houses. The route that you will be taking will be similar to that of the general itinerary mentioned above. Only difference lies in the places you will be eating and halting for the night.
This can be a good way to travel to the Himalayas. Unlike the ordinary trek, you will not have to use squatting restrooms. Neither will you have to share a restroom with other guests. The hygiene of the food served in luxury restaurants is promising. You will also have a much comfortable room to sleep off the weariness to get refueled for the journey ahead.
Whether you take the luxurious road or the economical one, the destination is the same and so is the route. The kind of money you spend on the trek cannot determine the experience you will actually gain from the journey. It is entirely an emotionally subjective factor whose worth cannot be measured by monetary value. There is way too much to see and explore in the Everest region than to waste your time deciding the place to stay in or eat at.