Mt. Everest Basecamp | Top of the World
The journey to EBC starts from Kathmandu, a short 30 minutes flight from the capital city to Lukla initiates the EBC expedition. As the flight lands in Lukla of Khumbu region; trekkers may take some rest and have food made available by the locals. There are variety of meal options at the local market for both vegetarians and those who love meat; though, trekkers are advised to refrain from eating meat products as probability of getting an upset stomach is high.
So the journey to EBC has officialy started, now the next step is to get to Phakding and this would normally take about 2 to 3 hours. Trekkers will walk along the bank of the famously known Dudh Koshi river and steadily climb the generous mountain, this is very modest climb. There are few suspension bridges along the way, this is quite a decent walk and not much of a challenge. After continuing for another 2 or so hours you will reach Monjo village.
After spending a night at Monjo Village, trekkers will now head to Namche bazar, this may take upto 3 to 4 hours depending upon your pace! It is an easy walk as Namche Bazar is quite near to Monjo Village. The uphill climbing starts once you cross the two of the famous suspension bridges know to trekkers, after reaching to the other end you will need to climb for another two hours. Now you will reach the checkpoint where you need to make your registrations and other official clearings. You are now only ten minutes away from Namche Bazar! This is your final destination to get all the last moment gears, cash and food that you require for the next couple of days. While you are at Namche bazar, you can stroll around and go visit the local places, Buddhist monasteries and experience the local Sherpa culture.
The next day starts early, expect this walk to get moderately difficult than the last one! At first it is a downhill walk but after a while it is all up and up, if you did not get the opportunity to see Everest while you were in Namche ,then along the way now you have the chance to see the glorious mountain peeking through the smaller ranges. As you walk for an hour, you will reach Sanasa then continue towards the north east. As the trek progress through the trail for another couple of hours; trekkers will now reach Tengboche. This trek may take upto 5 hours.
After having rest and a good night sleep, trekkers will now head to Dingboche which takes about 4 hours to reach and is one of the shortest and easiest trek amongst all of the above and the one to come! Trekkers may start to feel the altitude from this point, as this place is 4,400m above sea level.
Now the next destination is Lobuche, this is a hard climb. As the altitude begins to raise it gets harder for trekkers to gain speed. For this reason trekkers are advised to spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization and as you climb higher to Dukla that’s at 4500m, the trek gets even more challenging. After getting through all the challenges you will reach Lobuche.
We are getting there! This is the final walk that every EBC trekkers dream of, it will take a minimum of 6 hours to reach EBC from Lobuche. Trekkers must first reach Gorakshep and then pass to Mount Everest Base Camp. Trail from Lobuche to Gorakshep is all about maintaining your pace, this trial consist of both flat and uphill climb for about three hours straight. Trekkers will head northeast and then finally reach the most awaited Mount Everest Base Camp!
It is a tough and challenging trail but it’s worth taking the risk! How many people in the world can proudly say that they have been up close to Mount Everest? Well, take this as a challenge or an opportunity; all that counts in the end is your will power and the endurance you have to take up a quest and acing it!! Trekking in Nepal is always a fun and challenging thing to do and this EBC trek tops the list!