The “South” Everest Base Camp, is one of the most popular trekking destination in the himalayas of Nepal and is visited by thousands each year. Ever since Everest, the highest peak in the world, came into spotlight it has been the top of list of adventure seekers all around the planet.
Renowned for spectacular mountain peaks, the Everest Base Camp trek is a fusion of adventurous thrill, fascinating rawness in nature, intriguing Sherpa culture, warm Nepalese hospitality. Everyday day is a unique experience, with something different, here are 9 different pictures or let’s say major highlights of Everest Base Camp trek.
Day 1 : Lukla, Fly from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding.
Tenzing-Hillary “Lukla” Airport, a starting point of any trekking in the Khumbu “Everest” Region. A program titled Most Extreme Airports, broadcast on The History Channel in 2010, rated the airport as the most dangerous airport in the world.
Day 2 : Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk.
A spectacular view of Kongde Ri peak from Namche Bazar, 5-6 hrs trek from Phakding. Located at 3,440 metres, Namche is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region. Keep in mind Namche is the most expensive place in Nepal, at least thrice as expensive as the capital city Kathmandu.
Day 3 : Acclimatization day in Namche.
Everest seen from distance, somewhere from Khumjung Valley. It is recommended to take an altitude acclimatization rest day in Namche, visit neighboring villages Khumjung (3790m) which is over the hill directly behind Namche, about one and a half to two hours trek.
Day 4 : Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3,867m/12,684 ft), 5-6 hrs walk.
View of the mighty peaks like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak, is a constant throughout the day. After reaching Tengboche your attention is drawn by a big Monastery, Tengboche Monastery, the largest in the Khumbu Region.
Day 5 : Tengboche to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft), 5-6 hrs walk.
Approaching Dingboche with Mount Lhotse in the background. Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers and usually spend two nights in Dingboche for acclimatization purposes.
Day 6 : Acclimatization day at Dingboche.
Astounding views of Imja Tse (Island Peak), Ama Dablam, Makalu, and the Lhotse face. If you so wish and are physically in excellent condition, you can also take some couple of hours time to hike up to Chhukung Ri, rocky peak at 5,550 metres, it is a worthwhile addition to any climbing or trekking itinerary in the Khumbu region.
Day 7 : Dingboche to Lobuche (4,928m/16164 ft), 5-6 hrs walk.
Village in Lobuche, at elevation of about 4,940 metres. It is one of the last overnight stops with lodging on the trail to base camp, a hike that climbers make on their way to Everest Base Camp (South) when attempting an ascent of Everest.
Day 8 : Trek to GorakShep & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m/17,450ft) 5-6 hrs walk.
Trekkers heading towards Gorakshep. Gorak Shep or Gorakshep is a frozen lakebed covered with sand in Nepal, at 5,164 m (16,942 ft) elevation, near Mount Everest. It is the last stop with lodging on the trail to Everest Base Camp.
Day 9: Early hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,204ft) & trek back to Pheriche 6-7 hrs walk.
Everest seen from Kalapathar. KalaPatthar, meaning ‘black rock’ in Nepali is a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Pumori in the Nepalese Himalayas. Since it provides the most accessible point to view Mt. Everest from base camp to peak (due to the structure of Everest, the peak cannot be seen from the base camp), Kala Patthar is very popular with trekkers.
The trek to Everest Base Camp is itself a great achievement for every trek lover who has the strongest desire to witness the closest view of world’s highest peak and is every trekker dreams to be at least once.
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