Category Archives: News

About Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

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-

1.  Backpacking

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.

Conclusion

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.

 

When to Trek to Manaslu Circuit?

Breath taking view of ManasluThe answer to ‘when to trek to Manaslu Circuit’ or ‘best seasons to do Manaslu Circuit Trekking’are two- spring and autumn. Spring from March to May and autumn from September to November are the best time to tackle any trail in Nepal. Following are more detailson when to expect what kind of weather.

October

October is the best time to trek to Manaslu Circuit. The weather is clear. Rain stops completely giving you a clear view of the beautiful peaks. Terraced farms are golden with paddies and trees are full of sweet oranges. This is the busiest time in Manaslu region. However, in comparison to other treks, it sees lesser tourist meaning less crowded trails for you.

September and November

Autumn in Nepal lasts from September to November. October, mid-autumn, is the most preferred time but September and November are no lesscompetitive.

In early September, there is a possibility of some rain. The sky can be slightly clouded at times and in later weeks of November, it gets a little cold at higher altitude. But, because of the cold, air becomes clearer. Soboth these months are a very good time to do Manaslu Circuit.

March to May

March to May is spring, another good time to trek to the Himalayas. It is the second best season. But compared to autumn, there is much less trekkers around. Therefore, ifyou want a morequiet trekking experience, this is the time to go here.

March sees good weather. It is not very hot in lower regions and not very cold at higher grounds. Colorful rhododendron bloomscover the forest, a fine time to be in the Himalayas, really. If you are going early in the month, check with the agencies to see if lodges have opened.

It starts to get warmer in the lower area in April. But forests are cool and rhododendrons are now in full bloom. Fewer people, clear skies and beautiful colorful flowers; I’d rather trek in April.

Later weeks of May is less clear. It is not a big problem but the weather gets hot and it can be quite hazy. You can still see the last of rhododendron flowers in May.

June to August

June is the beginning of monsoon. Monsoon too is a time for green plants and colorful flowers. However, rain is a problem. In the beginning of April, though, trekkers can catch a view of the mountains early in the morning.

July- it rains almost everyday. Views can be blocked by layers of clouds. Heavy rains can cause landslides and flood. Then there are pesky little leeches you wouldn’t want to encounter. Monsoon is not a good time to do Manaslu Circuit. Instead, you can do treks to rain shadow areas like Mustang and Dolpo. August is the same. Rain stays around till few days into September.

December to February

It starts to get colder from the end time of September. By December it is getting colder still. The air is dry so you can get a crystal clear view but that is not a good enough reason. About two weeks into December, people in the upper villages head to somewhere less cold. So, lodges will be closed. It becomes risky to cross the Larke Pass as well.

In January, winter storms makes the Larke Pass dangerous to cross. It is very cold and icy. The locals have migrated somewhere else and camping would be required. Winter is just not the time to trek to Manaslu. But the views will be very beautiful. Cold, white and fresh. February is as cold. People will not have returned so camping becomes necessary. But at the end of the month, it starts to get a bit warmer.Lodges start to open from March.

There are people who have done Manaslu Circuit Trek in winter and monsoon but it is not everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, it becomes a lesson for us to stick to the popular seasons of spring and autumn.

Manaslu is a region that is steadily becoming more popular. Due to earthquake of 2015 that had affected the trails here, a part of the circuit trek has been re-routed. It is back to business though and just in time for the peak season of autumn.

Flight to Lukla – Everest Region Trekking

Everest FlightTenzing Hillary Airport, famously called Lukla airport, is a small airport with an airstrip of 460m. It lies in Khumbu, Sagarmatha zone, eastern Nepal. It was named thus in 2008 in the honor of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay who were the first to summit Mount Everest and also had hands in its construction.

In 2010, a program titled Most Extreme Airports rated this airport as ‘most dangerous’. It earned this title because of the short runway and its location at the height of 2,845m. The strip has a wall and a hairpin turn at one end and a steep drop into the valley at the other. The inclination is 12%. Because of this, people joke that even without a proper takeoff the aircraft has plenty of time to rise; that is while falling into the valley.

The runway is accessible only to helicopters and small, fixed wing, short takeoff and landing aircrafts like Twin Otter, Dornier and Pilatus. These small crafts can carry only 16 to 18 people at a time. Due to this, the traffic is high.

Everest Base Camp TrekDespite its reputation, it is one of the busiest airports in Nepal. It is the gateway to Everest Base Camp Trekking. Every treks to Everest Region begin here. Therefore, dozens of people seeking adventure lands on Lukla every day during peak seasons. The other way is a long drive to Jiri and a 4-5 days hike to Lukla. Tourists prefer this short 30min flight instead.

The flight to Lukla is exciting in more than one way. Its reputation aside, it is one of the most scenic flight. It offers spectacular up-close view of the peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, AmaDablam and others along with the lush green valley below. Then the small patch of a runway appears making everyone nervous. The fear is justified due to its precarious position and there have been few incidents. Most of the time people escaped with minor or no injuries.

Trekking in Everest Region in NepalThe major accident was that of 2008 when a DHC-6 Twin Otter crashed and caught fire killing all aboard. Then on 2010, a Dornier crashed at Shikharpur when returning to Kathmandu. All fifteen people died. These accidents were unfortunate but considering the traffic, Lukla airport is only as dangerous as driving through any road. Only the best of Nepal’s pilots fly to Lukla and much precaution is taken.

There is a control tower manned by two or three air traffic controllers who keep constant radio contact with Kathmandu airport and the planes. The navigation is by sight alone and clouds are obstructions. Thus, the controllers in Lukla decide whether planes should leave Kathmandu. But days can turn cloudy so fast that the aircraft cleared to leave Kathmandu has to turn back even though the distance is only 30 minutes. This is also why the flights keep getting canceled. Once, about 3500 people were stranded in Lukla waiting for their flight.

Everyday many safe landing takes place. Yet, because of the risks, it has maintained its dubious title as the most extreme. Even now, after a 30min flight of excitement and anxiety, when the aircraft finally makes a successfully land, the passengers tend to clap in relief and with other tourists snapping pictures, every landing is like a walk through the Red Carpet.