Trekking in Nepal is an exotic affaire; it is a perfect vacation and holiday destination. One of the most famous trekking destinations in Nepal is the Everest region. The Everest Base Camp Trek is a trekking journey that is done by thousands of travelers and hikers every year. Because of its divergent features, the Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking journeys on the planet.
Overview of the Everest Base Camp Trek
The difficulty of trekking in Nepal at various places varies from travelers to traveler. The Everest Base Camp Trek however, is a journey that falls on the moderate end of the difficulty spectrum. The highest altitude reached during the Everest Base Camp Trek is 5,545 meters, i.e. the Base Camp altitude. Generally, the trek commences from Kathmandu to Lukla. The distance is covered via a plane ride and usually takes around 30-40 minutes. This short flight is quite beautiful and provides gorgeous sights of the changing terrain below. After landing at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla, travelers then proceed to trek further from there; staying at various guesthouses along the settlements and villages. Nepal entry visa can be obtained easily at the Tribhuwan International Airport when people arrive. A 30-day multiple entry tourist visa can be obtained by paying USD 40 or equivalent in foreign currency.
Best Seasons for Trekking to Everest Base Camp
Nepal experiences mainly four seasons at different times of the months. The best seasons for trekking in Nepal are the Autumn and Spring seasons. Autumn season lasts from the month of September to November. The weather becomes clear after the monsoon during these months and the skies become clear. The trekking trails to Everest Base Camp are neither too wet nor slippery. During autumn, the temperature around Namche rises to approximate 14° to 15° C during the day and the mercury drops to negative 8° to 9° C during night-time. Spring season lasts from the months of March to May. Spring is the best season for trekking in Nepal. Because the number of trekkers and travelers rise during the spring season, it is also known as the Peak Trekking Season. The temperatures and weather are ideal during spring and the rhododendron trees bear blossoming flowers along the trekking trails. The months of December to February experiences winter season, and the months of June to August experiences the summer. While neither summer nor winter are ideal trekking seasons, trekking journeys can still be done and arranged nonetheless.
Highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek
Because the path of the EBC Trek goes through many villages and settlements, there are many apogees that trekkers can enjoy. The Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, the Everest View Hotel, the Tengboche Monastery and the vantage point of Kalapatthar are only some of the accentuating features of the Everest Base Camp Trek- not to mention the gorgeous views of the Himalayas as well. All along the trekking trails, views of peaks like Mount Nuptse, the Ama Dablam Peak, Mount Lhotse, the Kusum Kangraru Mountain and many others can be seen. From the vantage point at Kalapatthar, a wide panorama of Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks can be seen marvelously. As the trails go through villages like the Summer Valley of Dingboche, Namche Bazaar, Phakding and many more, travelers get ample amount of time to experience the ethnicity, traditions and cultures of the aboriginal Himalayan people very closely. Namche Bazaar is the hub of the Khumbu region and is known as “the Gateway to Everest”. It has many guesthouses, an art gallery and a Sherpa Culture museum and offers amazing views of ivory mountain peaks. The Tengboche Monastery is the spiritual epicenter of the region where trekkers can enjoy intricate carvings and rich religious opulence of the temple. The Khumbu Glacier- located at elevation of 4,900 meters from it terminus to 7,600 meters at it source- is the highest located glacier in the world. The Everest Base Camp Trek encompasses these and many more culminations brilliantly in its endeavors.