The most destination on Everest, as the highest point in the world. Experience to the base camp of Everest that takes you 14 days trip. 5,364 MASL leads you to changing scenery, rich local culture and spectacular scenery ever.
Everest Base Camp is one of the most favourite hiking trails in the world. Everest is a dream of every mountaineer to step on the highest peak in the world. To reach 8,848 MASL is not an easy hike. Preparation, endurance, skill, passion, persistence are needed to reach the highest point on earth. Consider too nature is unpredictable, anything can happens in seconds. Many people failed to attempt, if you are passing by on 5,000 MASL of Everest Base Camp trail, there is massive area called Everest memorial, small hill of moraine heading to the south camp where plenty of memorials have been built each by pile of stones to those who lost their lives trying to scale Everest. There are dozens of them, such as famous Scott Eugene Fischer, Rob Hall, until the unnamed ones.
To Everest, even to any mountain in the world, no one is special, everyone is the same in the mountain, everybody should come to climb with pure light heart and respect. Everest and all mountain in the world have their own right to choose who can step on its peak.
Climbing cost to the peak of Everest is around USD 85,000. It is the highest cost of climbing 7 summits of the world. It is not a joke. Mostly it is well-known as the most legal suicide place in the world considering many people failed and died due to altitude sickness, cerebral edema, hypothermia. Also now Nepal government requires certain term and condition to any mountaineer who would like to climb to the peak ; everyone should at least has climbing certificates of about 5 mountain in Himalayan range above 6,000 MASL
Since not everyone has the same endurance and money to climb to the peak of Everest, though it is still the most favourite hiking trail in the world. And many people are now taking the chance to hike to the Base Camp of Everest as it is a great chance to feel the air of Himalaya and seeing climbers who are about going to attempt, see how they stay in the base camp for preparation and acclimatisation. It is about 7 days of ascending from Lukla to the Base Camp and 3 days descending. Passing beautiful and changing sceneries every single day, getting engaged with the locals, beautiful people and very polite.
The journey to the Everest Base Camp starts from Kathmandu on the first day arrival in Nepal, normally you will take one overnight to prepare and rest, second day, morning flight you may take from domestic airport Tribhuvan to Lukla by twin otter plane with maximum 16 passengers of course plus cabin crew, pilot and co-pilot. Dramatic scenery all the way in the air, snow-capped mountains until the landing at Tenzing Hillary airport – Lukla.
Once you are in Lukla, you will be resting awhile for an hour before continuing trekking about 3 – 4 hours to Phakding as the first stop to stay overnight. Trek to Phakding is quite easy, it is more or less you are going down passing by villages through stairs. From 2,860 to 2,652 MASL.
The next day from Phakding you are heading to Namche Bazaar, the trek starts quite challenging. First hours you will pass up and down tiny hills and passing many bridges over beautiful blue rivers. Then you will start ascending steep hill and you will see the famous suspension bridge that you always see in the movie and documentaries. The bridge is connecting you to Namche Bazaar. That quite long bridge, and after about 2 hours normal speed, steep terrain until finally you will be in Namche Bazaar. Then you will stay 2 nights for acclimatization.
Acclimatisation day, you will hike to the hill to see Everest view point 3,780 MASL. At the point of clear day you will see mostly south side of Himalayan range, including Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest itself. After you may walk around back to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village, a small village and they have blue roof on every house in the village. In small village, there is Khumjung – Hillary school. Khumjung secondary was founded by famous mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary as known as the first climber hiked to the top of Everest together with brilliant Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay.
Hillary school was founded on 1961, Sir Edmund Hillary dedicated it to help the education for the local people lives surround.
On Day 5, trek is continued to Diboche, easy flat will be from Namche for 2 – 3 hours before hiking up steep hill to the monastery of Tyangboche that takes approximately 3 hours. It is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery located at 3,867 MASL, then about 45 minutes heading to Diboche 3,870 MASL and stay overnight
From Diboche hiking about 6 – 7 hours to Dingboche passing beautiful villages, cold river, that the water came from the melted glaciers. Stay overnight in Dingboche.
On day 7, the journey is continued to Lobuche, on the way up over glacier, you will pass that Everest Memorial, on the hill, the first memorial that so very eye-catching with name on it is the memorial of the famous mountaineer Scott Eugene Fischer who died on year 1996 due to disaster and avalanche.
When you reach Lobuche, you are on 4,910 MASL, the oxygen itself only 50% in the air, you need to walk slowly and controlling your breath. If you are not used to hike above 5,000 MASL, at this stage you will get dizzy and start having cold symptom. That’s the most common symptom of light altitude sickness.
After overnight stay in Lobuche, on day 8, the hike continues to Gorak Shep, 5,164 MASL. Gorak Shep is the last tea house accommodation before heading to the Base Camp. Only few tea house there that are open seasonally during climbing season only. If you start early from Lobuche and can reach Gorak Shep after mid-day, have 30 minutes rest, then you can continue to the Everest Base Camp about 3 hours hike up and down. Spending time in Everest Base Camp 5,380 MASL is such an amazing experience. You will see many colourful tents of group of climbers, some climbers are outside doing little running and physical exercise. Also surrounding is full of white glares of the snow-capped mountain range.
Before sunset is very advisable to get back to Gorak Shep, a long day and a long journey, you deserve a good rest.
On day 9, Wake up early morning then hike up to the Kala Patthar 5,545 MASL for a golden sunrise. Kala Patthar itself means Black Rock. Right above the Gorak Shep. So then right after sunrise, you are heading back to Gorak Shep to pack and having breakfast before start descend off. About 8 hours walk down to Pheruche where you will stay overnight in Pheruche village
Day 10 continue descending from Pheruche to Namche Bazaar that will take approximately 8 – 10 hours walk with passing by in foot hill of Tyangboche for lunch. Overnight in Namche Bazaar
Day 11 Heading back to Lukla from Namche Bazaar walking about 8-10 hours, you better start very early. Overnight in Lukla
Day 12 better take very early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu to avoid unpredictable weather in Lukla that can cause delay. Once you reach back in Kathmandu, airport transfer will be transporting you back to the hotel to have final rest before on next day on day 13 you fly home.
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