Gateway to Annapurna Base Camp

Imagine waking up to the sight of a nearby mountain smiling back at you as you look at it spellbound. Well, you can expect that and much more in Annapurna Base Camp Trek, right up to the heart of Himalayas. It’s not just a trek, but a wonderful journey towards the base of the 10th highest peaks, located in Nepal. Today there are various checkpoints on the trekking trail leading to the most magnificent places on earth. All these villages, as it turns out, are well maintained and cater to our basic needs at high altitudes. You also enter the Annapurna Sanctuary and make a stop at Machhapuchhre Base Camp on this journey. Let us see how we get to the base of one of the highest and most dangerous peaks to date. 

  • Nepal Tourism Today
  • Why is Annapurna considered dangerous?
  • Stops towards Annapurna Base Camp
  • What to expect in Annapurna Base Camp Trek?
  • Permits and things required for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Nepal Tourism Today

We live in a world dominated by the use of machinery and computers. People are becoming so relentlessly reliant on technology that we forget some of the best things on earth. And travelling can greatly help someone looking to take time off a hectic work schedule. Tourism doesn’t only mean places to visit and things to experience. It also plays a big role in the economy of the city or town or village in question. It helps in the employment of people in so many different aspects of life and profession directly or indirectly. Thus boosting the revenue for the whole nation in the long run. And Tourism is the most important industry and a source of revenue and foreign exchange for the economy of Nepal. 

Nepal is home to some of the oldest and most holy sites for the Hindu and Buddhist religions. There are numerous temples and monasteries around Nepal with great historical significance. Nepal is also rich in cultural heritage and the people are really proud of their respective traditions. But the inclusion of 8 of the 10 highest peaks in the world sets Nepal aside. Thus Today Nepal is considered as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The Nepalese Government and the Nepal Tourist Board have taken various steps and measures to preserve these areas. Some of the sites have already been declared to be a world heritage site by UNESCO. Truly, these locations do need to preserved and kept safe from any further deterioration and damage 

Why is Annapurna considered dangerous?

For many years, the peaks of Mt. Annapurna have lured many climbers from around the world with its beauty. Yet only a handful have been successful in scaling the 10th highest peak right to the summit. However, a considerable amount of deaths have occurred too while making attempts to climb to the peak. The surface area of the peak is very treacherous and only ambitious or experienced climbers can make an attempt. Still, the massif stands beautiful as ever. The literal meaning of ‘Annapurna’ in Nepali is ‘filled with food’. It serves as the main source of water for tributaries leading to the formation of rivers like Indus and Brahmaputra. The tributaries also provide fertility to the farming villages in the region. Hence Annapurna is known as the ‘Goddess of harvest” by the locals.

But the challenging terrain where frequent avalanches occur gives Annapurna the name “killer mountain” too. The climate is also very unpredictable in this region and it practically snows the whole year-round. This is a threat to anyone venturing to these parts especially for those looking to climb the peak. So planning is very important while visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary. Regardless of these facts, the destination has become even more popular nowadays. Each year adventurers take this wonderful journey across quaint villages which frankly gives you picturesque views of the Himalayas. By the end of the journey, you will realize how beautiful indeed the Himalayas really is.

. Stops towards Annapurna Base Camp

The checkpoints on the trail leading to the base of Mt. Annapurna are small or slightly larger villages. These villages are inhabited mostly by the Gurungs and Magars of the Himalayas. The tea houses and lodges we will be staying in are well maintained and will cater to basic daily needs. They are built just for the benefit of the trekking or climbing parties that come by. This journey begins from the city of Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. After a two days halt kept for acquiring permits and a bit of sightseeing, we leave for Pokhara. 

From Pokhara, we take a vehicle to take us to Nayapul near Pokhara, and that is where our trekking begins. Vehicles can take you to the next two stops if you are on a tight schedule and need to rush. But walking is always better to experience the trek first hand right from the beginning. From Nayapul, we reach Bhirethandi, a junction separating the village of Ghorepani and Ghandruk. We submit our Annapurna Conservation Area permit then trek towards Ghandruk village. 

After about 6 hours trek we reach Ghandruk where we halt for the night at a lodge there. In the morning we leave Ghandruk and reach the village of Jhinu. After a short break we take a little above 4 hours of hike towards the village of Chhomrong . Here we can have our lunch. After crossing the river via a suspension bridge, we make our way towards Sinwa after approximately 3 hours of trek. We halt at a tea house in Sinwa.

In the morning, we get ready for a hike towards Deurali. We reach Dovan first after a 3 hours walk. Then we make our way uphill through a very chilly pathway leading to Deurali village which is 6 hours uphill. You will find lots of people trekking to and from different locations, mostly base camps on the trekking trail. Views plenty you can feel the rush when you reach the top. It is just exhilarating. We make our way towards Annapurna Base Camp next. The trail becomes a bit difficult while making your way across avalanches along the water stream. At times, the path is practically covered in thick ice, which makes it a challenging activity. 

On the way to our primary destination, we reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Just a few steps and corners uphill from the Base Camp we finally reach Annapurna Base Camp. The Base Camp is well equipped for a cozy night at such high altitudes. There will be many people along with you at the shelter there. In a perfect weather condition, starry nights in the Himalayas can be really wonderful. So will the phenomenon of the rising and setting of the sun. The Base Camp is at a great location for a resting point on the foothills of this majestic peak. After witnessing the magic first hand, we retrieve our steps back downhill towards a different route suitable for downhill walking. 

About 7 hours downhill from Annapurna Base Camp, we reach the village of Sinwa. We halt for a night at a lodge there. The next part of the journey will be a 4-hour trek to the village of Jhinu. On the way, we come to the Chhomrong Checkpost, where we validate our Annapurna Conservation Area Permit. After completing formalities and admiring the view we head downhill towards our destination for the day, Jhinu. At the village, you can indulge yourself in the hot springs along with a can of beer. It will feel really good after the long-tiring yet wonderful trek in the Annapurna Sanctuary. We rest for the night at the lodge here in Jhinu.

The following day, we make our way towards the stop at Nayapul where your trekking journey began. Crossing rivers and small streams using suspension bridges and wooden bridges we cross many small settlements.along the trail. At first, we make a pit stop at Seuli Bazaar which is the final checkpoint for our permits then we reach Nayapul. The trekking part of the journey is over and we take transport to reach Pokhara. We will halt for the night at the hotel here before making our way to Kathmandu the next day. This brings us to the end of your Annapurna journey with Climb High Himalayas.

What to expect in Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Well for starters, you can expect this trek to be something more than just walking but a journey to the Himalayas. The walk can be of about 5-6 hours each day in the rugged terrain of the Himalayan region. As you make your way to Annapurna Base Camp the terrain changes drastically which is a wonderful sight to see. There are fully equipped and functional 

Checkpoints along the trail where many people have settled  So you can expect to be amongst people while you rest at each checkpoint. The trekking trail is well maintained though few locations may get damaged due to avalanches near the base camp. But apart from that, it is a peaceful walk right on the lap of the Himalayas.

You cross numerous forests filled with Rhododendron and Bamboo trees, cross streams using suspension bridges. There are terrace farms scattered and fields of crops near the villages. There are many smaller villages along with the much larger and more populated villages in the trekking trail. However, the larger villages are where our accommodation will be provided. The region is mostly populated with the Gurung and Magar community of Nepal and a few Sherpas too. The trail takes you through rocky terrain uphill and downhill with stunning views of the mountain range on every bend. 

The list of mountain ranges you come across are listed below:

  • Annapurna South
  • Himchuli 
  • Machhapuchhre
  • Annapurna III
  • Gangapurna
  • Bada Shikhar, and
  • Annapurna I

The sunrise and sunset is another magnificent experience, right from the grounds of Annapurna Base Camp. The 360-degree view of the mountain ranges surrounding Annapurna Base Camp is nothing but mind-blowing. The weather can be really cold at the base camp, but it is relatively cooler as we make our descent. The river you see flowing along the trail is the Modi Khola. You can also experience the hot water springs at the village of Jhinu while you make your way back from the Base Camp. You will run into many people trekking in this trail as it leads to many fantastic locations.  It is a perfect trek for anyone willing to take a short trip, right to the heart of the Himalayas. 

Permits and things required for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

 To enter the Annapurna Sanctuary, there are few things required from everyone entering. First, the Annapurna Conservation Area permit required to be shown at a few outposts which can be acquired in Kathmandu. Then we need to make sure we have our bookings intact. It can get very crowded at the tea houses during peak season. Apart from that, you need to have your luggage, if required you can hire a porter to carry your belongings. You need to pack warm clothes as it can get really cold, especially at the Base Camp. 

But you can keep some space for lighter windcheaters to help you walk freely. Umbrellas or raincoats may be required during Monsoons and winters. Water is an essential part of our lives, especially drinking water. So make sure you are well equipped, as drinking water can be costly in the hills. As for your physical strength, if you are capable of walking 5-6 hours each day with/without porters. Then you can make it to the top. The journey is supposed to invigorate you and freshen you up, and you definitely need a good mindset for it. That’s all. 

Places to see during Annapurna Base Camp Trek

If you have visited Nepal but haven’t got anywhere near the Himalayas, then your trip is still incomplete. The Himalayan peaks are the cream and sugar of Nepal. Tourism would not be as booming as it is now without the presence of the Himalayas in Nepal. Despite the fact that Nepal is a small country, it compensates for the size with its physical features. Home to 8 of the 10 world’s highest peaks, Nepal has the hot spots for the best tourist destinations. Let us have a look at one of these trekking destinations famous as a tourist favourite. 

  • Nepal and Tourism
  • Pokhara: Introduction
  • Mt. Annapurna: Introduction
  • Places you come across on the trek
  • Hotel and Accommodation in the trek

Nepal and Tourism

Nepal is a landlocked country wedged between India, Bhutan and the Tibetan dominion of China. Though small in size, the physical features and the cultural depth is what makes Nepal a wonderful nation. It is also very rich in biodiversity and is famous for its numerous temples and monasteries. Having 8 of the 10 world’s highest peaks makes it a dream destination for tourists all over the world. Nepal has much to offer with its production and supply capabilities. But the dominant industry in Nepal is still Tourism. Each year, thousands of travelling parties visit Nepal for either the holy places or the snowy abode of the Himalayas. And tourism brings about much business to the other industries of Nepal simultaneously. 

Previously, the Himalayan region was not well maintained. There were many incidents of carelessness, especially by the trekkers and climbers after which natural calamities took place. This greatly affected the economy of Nepal and the government was forced to close the regions that were damaged. The animals and birds of the region, along with the people living there were greatly affected by this factor. Later along with the Nepal Tourism Board, the government established camps and made provisions to conserve these locations. Then these locations were re-opened for the public but under strict supervision of the travel agencies. After much work the trekking trail has become one of the best trekking trails in the world. 

Pokhara: Introduction

Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu. It is also known as the Tourism capital of Nepal. It is called so as most of the treks to the Himalayas lies in its boundaries. The entire city is said to be built upon the Phewa Lake and at night you can hear the water flowing beneath the city roads. It gives us a nice panoramic view of Mt. Machhapuchhre right from the heart of the city. Phewa Lake is a major attraction within the city and serves a lively boating activity on its surface area. You can also go for paragliding from a hill near Pokhara. These flights can be seen while you’re on the boat at Phewa Lake too. Extreme sports like rafting, canoeing and bungee jumping are also prevalent in Pokhara. There are numerous caves you can explore while you are at Pokhara.

The city also has an active night-life. One can have a nice time at one of the pubs or bars open till late at night here. The city is lined with exquisite hotels and restaurants within the city limits. Pokhara is widely dominated by the Gurkha families of Nepal. They are considered as the most valiant and honest people in the world. Other major attractions in Pokhara is the Devi Falls, which is a magnificent sight. The crystal clear water falls forming a foaming later at the bottom of about 20ft height. The International Mountain Museum in Pokhara is also a great place to learn more about the Himalayas and mountaineering. Likewise the Gurkha Museum acts as a great place to understand more about the brave Gurkha soldiers. Apart from this, trekking to many destinations in the Himalayas starts from your arrival at Pokhara. 

Mt. Annapurna: Introduction

Mt. Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain in the world located on the ridge east of the Gandaki River. It is considered one of the most dangerous peaks in the world. Gandaki has one of the deepest river gorges in the world that separates Annapurna from Dhaulagiri range. The Annapurna peak was first scaled by the french climbers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal in 1950. The main peak is only attempted by ambitious and experienced climbers visiting Nepal. Annapurna in nepali literally means “filled with food”. Normally it is translated as the “Goddess of harvest” by the locals. 

As it stands, Annapurna has attracted many climbers from all over the world who have been struck by its beauty. But unfortunately, attempts to reach the summit has been futile and only few climbers descend successfully. Till date more than 200 climbers have taken initiative to climb Mt. Annapurna. There are various reasons why Mt. Annapurna is such a deadly mountain, and is called “Killer Mountain” by a handful. But the main reason for the summit climb being so deadly is the challenging terrain and frequent avalanches. The climate of Annapurna is also quite unstable. The mountain range receives heavy snowfall almost throughout the year which brings eventual threats in a mountaineers life. But we will not be climbing the mountain and any of its peaks. We will only be reaching the Base Camp where we will not get a clear cut view of the summit. 

Places you come across on the trek

The trek begins a few kilometers from Pokhara City, but our journey will begin on your arrival at Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and i the cultural and traditional hub of the country. After a briefing and a day spent on sightseeing around Kathmandu, we head towards Pokhara next. From Pokhara, we take a vehicle to take us to the village of BesiSahar. After BesiSahar we trek towards the village of Bahundanda. 

A day at Bahundanda then we trek towards the village of Chamje. Followed by a trek towards Thonje village. Then we make our way towards the village of Chame. The trek to Chame is followed by a trek to Pisang. Following morning, we trek towards Manang village. The next trek is towards Yak Kharka followed by a trek to Thorung Phedi. We also cross the Thorung La Pass after our stay at Thorung Phedi before reaching Muktinath. 

A trek to Muktinath is followed by a trek to Jomsom and then we head towards the village of Lete. Then we take the trekking trail to reach Ghorepani. After the morning session of sunrise at Poon Hill, we trek towards Tadapani. Tadapani trek is followed by a trek to Chomrong. Then we trek towards the village of Dovan. 

From Dovan, we take a short trek towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp, before heading towards Annapurna Base Camp. We will halt at both the Base Camps on this trip. From Annapurna Base Camp, we make our way towards the village of Bamboo. From Bamboo we trek towards Jhinu danda passing the hot springs at Chomrong. Then trekking past Landruk, we trek towards Pothana. Then a short trek will take us to Kande via the Australian Camp. after which we take a vehicle to take us back to Pokhara. On spending a day at Pokhara we finally make our way back to Kathmandu. Which marks the end of your journey. 

Hotel and Accommodation in the trek

The trekking trail right up to the heart of the Himalayas in Nepal is in good condition. Currently many people have settled around the region as well. So settlements for accommodation is not a big factor even during peak season. Just make sure you have done your pre-booking with your travel agency. You will only find standardised hotels during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara. As your trekking begins, stay will be booked in one of the tea houses or lodges found in the region. 

Tea houses are small cozy settlements with friendly hosts. These are tough structures able to withstand the cold wind and the temperature outside, made specially for the trekkers. The tea houses serve both fooding and lodging to trekkers and climbers alike. There are few amenities which may not be available in all the tea houses, like wi-fi or hot showers. Few tea houses do provide these services at an extra cost. Lodges are only a bigger version of tea houses. They become less profound as you reach higher altitudes. But recently, many lodges have also come up in the Himalayan region of Nepal.

What to remember in Annapurna Base Camp Trek

One of the most sought out treks around the 8000m high mountains of the world is Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The trek promises to be a fascinating journey for anyone looking to enter the Himalayan region. The trekking trail is filled with lush green forests and valleys. The Annapurna Conservation Area is also filled with different species of birds and animals. Quaint villages filled with friendly folks and many settlements to rest for the night in. 

The trail also takes you through classic viewpoints of many mountains surrounding the region where Annapurna Base Camp is located. So let us have a look at what you are up against when you take this trip.

  • The Himalayan Range
  • Annapurna Base Camp: Introduction
  • Places to go through in Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Weather and Climate 

The Himalayan Range

The Himalayan Range of Asia spans over 2500 km of numerous mountain ranges across five nations. Those nations lucky to have the privilege are India, Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan and Bhutan. Including Mt. Everest, 8 of the 10 world’s highest peaks are located within the Himalayan Range. These mighty giants are the main source of water to some of the most important rivers in India. Rivers like the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra are fed directly by its tributaries from the Himalayas. In Sanskrit, “Himalaya” means “an abode of snow” and they are the 3rd largest deposit of ice in the world. The polar caps are the only region to have more snow than the mountains of the Himalayan Range.

Though the Himalayan Range is spread across five nations, the most popular trekking destination lies in Nepal. The Nepalese Government with the help of the Nepal Tourism Board have done a decent job in maintaining these heritage sites. UNESCO has declared most of the area around these majestic peaks as heritage sites. Therefore certain rules apply in these regions presently. And the areas surrounding the base camps have been established as National Parks or Conservation sites.

This is to ensure that along with the Himalayas, the animals and birds living there are also not hampered. A common misconception is that the peaks lie just a short distance from the cities in Nepal. It is not quite right. The trekking to many destinations in the Himalayas starts from a city, that’s true. But you will still have to travel for almost a week to reach the point where the Himalayan Region begins. 

Annapurna Base Camp: Introduction

Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you through some of the most diverse locations, across cute villages with rich mountain vistas. You will find a wide variety of flora and fauna in this region too. Numerous forests filled with fir and rhododendron trees fall directly on the trekking trail which is a beautiful sight. You will go through picturesque views of Mt. Machhapuchhre right at the beginning of your trekking spree. At a height of 8091m Mt. Annapurna is the 10th highest peak in the world with Base Camp at 4130m. The trek to the base camp is not a difficult one, and it is applicable for all age groups. 

It normally takes a fortnight to reach the Base Camp from Kathmandu, but itinerary can be flexible. So if there is any request as such, you can let our representative know. Accommodation is allocated in tea houses and lodges during your trek to the Himalayan region. Since settlements are limited in these parts, it is advised to pre-book your stay with the agency you are dealing with. Tents are also a possible option during dry seasons. Winters may be a bit of a hurdle for tent pitchers though. There is a variation of landscapes and the transition from one to the other is a sight to see. Once you reach Sinuwa, you also enter the Annapurna Sanctuary, a world heritage site declared by UNESCO.

Places to go through in Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The actual trek to Annapurna Base Camp begins from Ghandruk near Pokhara. But where you start depends where your travel agency is located. For Climb High Himalayas, the head office is in Kathmandu, and that is where our journey starts. On your arrival at Kathmandu you will be taken to your hotel there. You are free to explore the city on your arrival. In the evening we will conduct a briefing on the importance of acclimatization at high altitudes. Acclimatization is a necessary activity to take a successful and healthy trek to any high altitude region. While we commence on acquiring and validating your permits, our staff will take you around some locations in Kathmandu. This is on the next day. In the evening we will give a briefing about how we will proceed with the trip.

The following day, we take a 30 mins flight to Pokhara, or we can also take a 4hours drive to the city. On reaching Pokhara, we will assemble and take a cab to Phedi. Then we make our way towards Ghandruk. This will be the first instance of the trek which will last around 5-6 hours. We halt for the night at a lodge in Ghandruk. The next day we make our way towards Pothana 1990m. The trekking trail doesn’t get steeper till Pothana and you only be walking in slightly elevated terrains. The trail becomes steeper as you leave Pothana for Landrung 1565m the next day. There are few suspension bridges across rivers you will have to go through to reach Landrung village. 

The next day we trek towards the village of Chommorong 2340m which is another 5-6 hours walk. Accommodation here will be at a tea house. Then comes a trek to Bamboo 2310m, with the trek taking approximately 4-5 hours. The village has very few settlements and accommodation here will be at a tea house. The following day, the trekking trail takes a drastic transition when we trek towards Deurali 3230m. From Deurali the trekking trail takes a steeper turn as we trek towards Annapurna Base Camp 4130m. On this route, it is possible to make a small leeway towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp 3700m as well. A day will be spent at Machhapuchhre Base Camp before spending another day at Annapurna Base Camp. 

Both the Base Camps have a huge area to explore. Chance to see mountaineers attempting to climb the peaks can also be seen. Once we take in the favored destination, we trek downhill from now on, right up to Nayapul. First, we trek towards Bamboo again. Then we make our way to Sinuwa Village 2340m. This is the village where the Annapurna Sanctuary begins.

Then we head down towards Jhinua Dara 1780m which gives us the best possible view of the nearby mountain peaks. You can also visit the hot springs present a few hours walk from the main village. Next destination is the village of Birethanti. It might be a relief when you finally reach the small hamlet. A cab will be waiting for you to take you to Pokhara. We will rest at a hotel in Pokhara before we drive back to Kathmandu. The journey to Annapurna Base Camp thus ends here.

Flora and Fauna

The Government of Nepal and Nepal Tourism Board have come together in seeing that the trekking destinations are managed properly.  The same can be said about Annapurna Sanctuary. But the main authority dealing directly with the management of the site is the National Trust for Nature Conservation. They are responsible for creating awareness and conducting activities for the conservation and development of the area. They tend to Tourism Management, Community Development. Protection and extension of the many conservation sites. This department is doing a decent job which speaks for itself.

The Annapurna Sanctuary is very rich in biodiversity. It has over 480 species of birds, 40 species of reptiles, 20 species of amphibians and 100 species of mammals. Several distinct species of butterflies are also found here, and are more active during the Spring season. The most common animals found here are the blue sheep, yaks, koalas, Blood pheasants and Tahr. Chances of running into some endangered species like red pandas, snow leopard and musk deer are rather slim though. Most of the plants covering a forest features Rhododendron and coniferous trees including several species of orchids and medicinal plants. Juniper can also be found in some of the forests. 

Weather and Climate 

Climate and temperature is subject to change anytime in the Himalayas. There may be moments of cold temperature all of a sudden in peak summers or start raining in winters. This is beyond our control and abnormal weather usually doesn’t last for too long. After years of experience of trekking into the Himalayas, we have come up with the assumption that we can put it in a few words that follow. There are basically two degrees of temperature, in winters the temperature falls down to lower than -20 degrees. In Summers it can be around 10-15 degrees during the day, and within 10 degrees during the night. Still it is one of the coldest regions of the Himalayas. 

The main question however that comes up is the best season for a wonderful trek. During Summers or Monsoons, the rain becomes very unpredictable, even annoying. The temperature is not the only issue here. The trekking trail, the landscapes all remain a victim to the rain and makes it difficult to do any work. There are few landslides that might occur in these areas during Monsoons. The views become blurred out and the mist blocks most of the path you walk on. The same goes for winters, only colder. Snow practically pours and covers any signs of the trekking trail, making it difficult to navigate with even a guide. The area is an avalanche-prone area, and part of the trail always gets damaged during the winters. Almost all the tea houses and lodges remain closed due to the extreme weather.

The seasons for getting the best view of the numerous scenery and a peaceful trek is Spring and Autumn Seasons. The trekking trails are cleared and the sky is free of clouds. The views remain as beautiful as ever and the surrounding valleys appear more greener than usual. Especially after the monsoons when the rain is finally over. Most of the birds and animals opt to come out and stretch their legs during these two particular seasons. Consequently, the number of people visiting the area also increases during Spring and autumn seasons. So you may have to consider to consult with your tour guide for the proper information. We can help you decide and place the booking accordingly.

Gateway for Island Peak, Nepal

Gateway for Island Peak

Imja Tse peak popularly known as Island Peak stands with a modest height of 6189m. The English Mountaineer Eric Shipton was the individual who named it as Island Peak in 1953. Mainly he saw it resembling an island in a sea of ice when looked upon from Dingboche. In 1983, Island Peak again got its new name as Imja Tse from the locals, meaning ‘Island Peak’ in Nepali. But the initial name was more popular among the people. Island peak climbing is done along with a visit to the Everest Base Camp. With very little technical aspects, it offers itself even to the beginner climbers with competitive endurance. Hence, it is one of the most popular choices among the 6000m peaks in the Himalayan Range. Island Peak welcomes hundreds of climber groups each year luring them to its base and summit.

  • Nepal
  • Island Peak: Introduction
  • Island Peak: Climate 
  • Island Peak: Places Covered
  • Island Peak: Flora and Fauna

 

Nepal 

Nepal contains some of the most rugged and difficult mountain terrains in the world. Roughly 75 percent of the country is covered by mountains. From the south to the north, Nepal can be divided into four main physical belts, each of which extends east to west across the country. The first is the Tarai, a low, flat, fertile land adjacent to the border of India. Second, the forested Churia foothills and the Inner Terai zone, rising from the Terai plain to the rugged Mahabharat Range. Third, the mid-mountain region between the Mahabharat Range and the Great Himalayas. And, fourth, the Great Himalaya Range, rising to more than 8,850m.

A landlocked country is the size of Arkansas, lying between India and the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. Nepal contains Mount Everest (29,035 ft; 8,850 m), the tallest mountain in the world along with 6 other highest peaks in the world. Along its southern border, Nepal has a strip of level land that is partly forested, partly cultivated. North of that is the slope of the main section of the Himalayan range, including Everest and many other peaks higher than 8,000 m.

Island Peak: Introduction

Island Peak trek spans of around 16-17 days in total. The trip begins after landing in Lukla airport. Spending a couple of nights in Namche Bazaar the climbers acquaint gradually before actually climbing the Island Peak. It takes four to five days to reach the Base camp of Island Peak. Here in the base camp climbers have to familiarize themselves with the climatic conditions before actually pushing themselves to the summit. The ascent to the top starts off with along a ridge where climbers use foot traction device popularly known as crampons along with a rope to elevate upwards. The way across the glacier is easy with occasional fractures in them. After reaching the top, exquisite view of Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Baruntse and Ama Dablam is seen. 

This peak was first ascended by Tenzing Norgay who was a part of the British Team preparing for the Everest Triumph. Historically, the peak has been used as a practice climb before the ascent of Mt. Everest. A fit and enthusiastic advanced beginner with basic climbing skills can successfully reach the spectacular summits of Kala Pattar and Island Peak. The climbs are considered physically challenging, but not technically difficult. Porters and yaks are will help us carry gear, food, and supplies. We encourage you to review the detailed itinerary, and we would be delighted to put you in touch with veteran trekkers to learn from their experiences.

Island Peak: Climate 

We should not underestimate the climate in the Himalayas. Going up there, it can get really cold so it is essential that you get accustomed to that temperature while hiking. In winter, expect a temperature of around -20 C. Not to mention the wind-chill effect that can make the Island Peak climbing even more challenging. Especially during winters, the cold is practically unbearable. the spring-summer and Autumn days are a bit warm with the sun shining bright. Nevertheless, the nights become chillier as you ascend higher in the Himalayan region.

Therefore, acclimatization is very essential to make it to the top successfully without any problems. The most common locations for acclimatization sessions are at Namche Bazaar and at Tengboche. The basic requirement is that we need to first take a light hike to a higher elevation. Then descend to a lower elevation to complete the process. This way, your body will adjust to the new altitude. And the possibility of any sickness will normally be diminished. 

 

Island Peak: Places Covered

During your expedition towards climbing the Island Peak, you come across many villages. Only a few of them will be our destination for a night’s halt. Hotel rooms will only be provided on your visit to Kathmandu. Since there are no hotels in the mountain region, accommodation will be at tea houses and lodges. So the first place, where it all begins in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Here you will be allocated a room in a hotel. Then Lukla, the airport strip where we land after our flight from Kathmandu. On reaching Lukla, we trek towards the hamlet of Phakding. Here we halt for the night at a tea house. Next is Namche Bazaar, the capital and the main trading center of the Khumbu region. 

A day is spent for acclimatization at Namche. We enter the Sagarmatha National Park as soon as we reach Namche too. From Namche, we travel towards Tengboche, and we can visit the Tengboche monastery there. Then we trek towards Deboche. From the village of Deboche we make our way towards the village of Pheriche. Along the way, we cross the Phalang Karpo. Then we reach Dungla a village with numerous stone monuments built to honor the people who died climbing Mt. Everest. Then we make our way towards Lobuche. 

After a night at Lobuche, we trek towards Gorak Shep where we visit the Everest Base Camp along the way. A night’s halt at Gorak shep, then we climb the hill towards Kala Patthar’s viewpoint. This viewpoint gives a great vantage point to have a good look at Mt. Everest from a close distance. Also, the view of the sunrise is priceless. Then we make our way towards Dingboche to rest for the night. We trek across Imja valley to reach Chukkung the next day. From Chukkung we head uphill towards Island Peak Base Camp.

The first day is acclimatization, then the next day we travel to High Base from Base Camp. then we have the summit day, where we attempt to reach the summit. Then we head back to Base Camp after the attempts. We trek downhill, towards Pangboche. Then Namche again. We make a long journey across Phakding to reach Lukla where we halt for the night. Then a flight awaits us to take us to Kathmandu in the morning. Then after a night’s stay in Kathmandu, depending on the flight schedule, final departure at the Kathmandu airport.

 

Island Peak: Flora and Fauna

The forests in the region provide refuge to at least 118 species of birds, including Himalayan monal, blood pheasant, red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. Sagarmatha National Park is also home to a number of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, and red panda. Himalayan tahrs, langur monkeys, martens, and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.

The temperature and available oxygen decrease with altitude. Therefore, the animals that are found here are adapted to living on less oxygen and cold temperatures. They have thick coats to retain body heat. Some of them have shortened limbs to prevent loss of body heat. The Himalayan bears go into hibernation in caves during the winter when there is no food available.

 

 

Island Peak Itinerary

Island Peak Climb is considered the best climbing adventure in one of the most popular trekking trails in the Himalayas. It is best suited for whoever is looking to book their first ascent of one of the best peaks in the Khumbu region. It is not technically difficult to make the ascent. But you will need to be physically fit to embark on this adventure. It is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the Himalayas of Nepal. So make sure you book this trip well in advance to avoid the rush, especially during peak season. Here are a few things to keep in mind during your expedition.

  • Nepal and trekking
  • Island Peak: A History
  • Where to stay during Island peak climb?
  • Itinerary for Island Peak climb
  • Who can take the Island Peak Climb?

Nepal and trekking

For many years now. Nepal is one of the topmost sought out destinations for tourists looking to experience a traditional yet cultural vacation. Nepal boasts the presence of numerous temples and monasteries within its jurisdiction. And all these temples have a historical significance of its own. Every year thousands of people from all over the world come to pay respect at these holy places. Another thing Nepal is popular for is the nepali delicacies. There are many castes or tribes and each of them, they follow their own culture here. So in the long run, Nepal has become the hub for delicious nepali delicacies. That is because Nepal is very rich in cultural heritage. Nepal is also popular for many eatables manufactured and sold only in Nepal. 

Though being a small landlocked country in Asia, the country is rich in biodiversity as well. But one thing that makes Nepal a unique destination is the inclusion of some of the highest mountain peaks in the world. Including Mt. Everest. A major portion of the Himalayan range falls under the jurisdiction of the Nepalese government. In many years, these regions became so popular as a trekking destination that the government took control of it. Consequently, they along with the Tourism Board of Nepal, have been instrumental in the maintenance of the Himalayan regions. There are rules and regulations to enter most of the Himalayan regions. Visitors require permits to embark on a venture to these parts. This in turn helps in keeping the region free of any violations and misdemeanours. And they have done a pretty impressive job in keeping up that balance between the people and nature.

Island Peak: A History

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse Peak by the locals, falls on the same route as Mt. Everest. Like Mt. Everest, this peak also has a historical significance of its own. This Island Peak was originally used as a part of a practice climb before attempting the ascent of Mt. Everest. Historically, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa along with a few other Britishers practiced climbing Island Peak, before he made history with Everest. Edmund Hillary was his climbing partner at that time of course. After that, many climbers followed the leaders of climbing and started practicing on Island Peak before climbing Mt. Everest. 

Island Peak is named so, as it looks like an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The name was given by the British Mountaineer Eric Shipton, who came with the British Everest Expedition crew in 1853. The locals called it Imja Tse which means “Island Peak” in a Nepali dialect. But Island Peak remains the popular choice for the people. The British expedition who came with Shipton scaled island Peak from the southwest summit, which was in 1853. But the first to scale this peak were members of the Swiss team comprising of Hans-Rudolf and two unnamed Sherpas.

Where to stay during Island peak climb?

The Island Peak Climb is one of the most exciting-exhilarating and wholesome treks in the Himalayan region. Since the trail falls on the same trail leading to Everest Base Camp, it is well maintained. And since this trail is the main trading route as well, there are plenty of accommodations available if you visit the villages. However, peak seasons might see a rush in the number of people coming and visiting. Therefore it is advised to do a pre-booking to avoid any hassles and issues. Even better if you let the agencies handle this part of the trip. 

The region is base for some of the most remote and rustic viewpoints in the world. However, there are plenty of villages at certain checkpoints where you can rest for the night. There are plenty of people who have taken to settling in the Khumbu region. Accommodation, however, is limited to tea houses and lodges, nothing above that. So the only place where you will be assigned a hotel is when you visit Kathmandu. Rest of the places you visit past Lukla you will be assigned in either tea houses or lodges. Tea houses are small cozy settlements meant for the trekkers. Basic amenities like hot showers, hot food and beverages are available here. There are a few tea houses where you also get wi-fi connection at a certain cost. Lodges are a bigger version of tea houses and they provide the same benefits too. The possibility of finding a lodge diminishes gradually as you ascend higher and higher though.

Itinerary for Island Peak Climb

Below we have the basic itinerary for Island Peak Climb. The itinerary is subject to change with any unforeseen calamities or natural disasters that may arise. If you are looking for a customised version of the quotation, you can get in touch with us. Our representatives will make sure you have the best possible itinerary for the trip.

DAYS:

  1. Arrival at Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel in Kathmandu (1300m).
  2. Rest day- Sightseeing around Kathmandu. Permit acquisition.
  3. Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek to Phakding (2800m).
  4. Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m). 
  5. Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar. Hike to Khumjung.
  6. Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m). Trip to Tengboche Monastery. Night halt.
  7. Tengboche trek to Dingboche (4243m).
  8.  Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m).
  9. Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5200m).
  10. Island Peak Base Camp trek to High Camp (5550m).
  11. High Camp trek to Island peak Climb (6189m). Return to Base Camp.
  12. Trek from Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3985m)
  13. Pangboche to Namche Bazaar. 
  14. Trek to Phakding, then trek to Lukla.
  15. Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
  16. Final departure.

Who can take the Island Peak Climb?

As mentioned earlier, the trip is not technical but rather has a physical requirement. Let us elaborate on this subject. The trek is admissible to anyone fit enough to walk 5-6 hours daily with a 10kg bag on his/her back. The trekking trail is well maintained and walking on it will not be a huge problem. For the climb, individuals should have basic climbing knowledge and basic practical experience as well.  You can take classes before you take this journey to train yourself. Apart from that, the climb doesn’t require much technical knowledge, but will require you to be fit enough for the expedition. Likewise, if you have trained yourself to be fit a couple of months before the trip, it will be easier. The climbing part is a bit tough, and you need to be strong enough for that. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a breakthrough. If you are looking to put your mark on your climbing record. If you want to do a good job in the first instance. Then Island Peak Climb, is the one for you.

Climb Island Peak ( Imja Tse )

Island Peak (Imja Tse) Climb, is one of the most challenging and daunting expeditions to the Khumbu region. The expedition takes place on the same track that leads the way to Everest Base Camp. In fact, the itinerary goes right to the Everest Base Camp before making way towards the primary destination. Apart from this fact, the trail is filled with variations in terrain and lush green forests. A tough climb is on the cards so make sure you have trained for this particular trip. We will be discussing as to how difficult it is to climb Island Peak. But before that, let’s have a look at a few things to remember before you enter the Himalayas. 

  • Kathmandu: The Capital City
  • Island Peak(Imja Tse): Introduction
  • How difficult is Island Peak climb?
  • Places to visit in Island Peak Climb
  • Best season to visit island Peak

Kathmandu: The Capital City

Kathmandu is not only the capital of Nepal but also the capital city of tourism in Nepal. It is a city famous for having a culture so rich that researchers from all over the world visit. They create reports and documentaries based on the traditional and cultural aspects of the Nepalese people. And quite rightly so. Kathmandu alone has numerous temples and monasteries within the city boundary. All the holy places have a historical significance of their own which makes it even more special. You can find many institutes in Kathmandu established to create awareness about their culture to the people of Nepal. Even the schools and college students hold cultural and traditional feats every once in a while. 

Kathmandu is also the starting point for so many wonderful expeditions to the Himalayas. Moreover, the tourism industry remains to be the backbone of Nepal’s economy and is vital for foreign exchange and revenue. No wonder. Most of the highest peaks in the world, including the highest peak, Mt. Everest is in Nepal. These regions are not only meant for climbers and mountaineers. But it also forms the sweet spot for trekkers and recreational tourists. Not to forget the holy places like Pashupati Nath Temple and Manokamna which have special significance. On top of that the nepalese are well known for their friendly and easy going attitude. Which helps them to give the best customer service anyone can look for. Likewise, the Nepal government has also taken initiative to help boost tourism in Nepal.

Island Peak(Imja Tse) Climb: Introduction

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse peak, stands modestly at a height of 6160m in the Khumbu region. The peak resembles an island in a sea of ice when looked upon from Dingboche, hence the name. This was in 1953 when the British Mountaineer Eric Shipton visited the region to scale the Island Peak. The trekking trail falls on the famous Everest Trail and it is possible to venture towards both the Base Camps. You can request for a modified or custom made itinerary to make this particular trip possible. A trip to the Island Peak is filled with every necessary element required to make a mountain expedition a success. The trail leads you through lush green valleys and quaint villages inhabited by the Sherpas. The trail goes through many temples and monasteries where you can offer your prayers. You can find yourself wrapped in ancient nepali and tibetan cultures while on this journey. 

Since it falls on the same trail as everest Base Camp, the trail is also very well maintained by the Government. As you will be entering the Sagarmatha National Park, you will need to have a permit to proceed further. The forests you enter are filled with rhododendron trees beautifying the area with many singing birds completing the picture. You can also find fir trees and smaller shrubs in the forests. There is also a chance to come across various mountain animals on the trail. The Sagarmatha National Park has transformed the wild animals to a version of tame animals. So they don’t pose any threat when they see humans along the region. There will be a few stops along the way for the acclimatization sessions. Acclimatization is a very important session to avoid mountain sickness and adaptation in high altitudes. 

How difficult is Island Peak climb?

Island Peak Climb offers an excellent opportunity to not only climb the Island Peak summit. But also to reach Everest Base Camp and a trip to Kala Patthar viewpoint which falls on the same trail. Trekking to the main destination is not so difficult as compared with the other trekking destinations in the region. Anyone fit enough to walk 5-6 hours with a 10kg rucksack can take the trip. If required, we can assign potters to carry your luggage while you walk freely during the trek. The climb of Island Peak is also not as difficult as the other peak climbing adventures. Island Peak climb can be considered as a physically difficult climb but not a technically difficult one. This means that the climbers with basic technical knowledge of climbing can participate. But the climbers need to physically fit to take the adventure. In short, you can train yourself to be physically fit for the climb 4-5 months in advance. With some basic climbing training to go along with the physical training. Apparently,  the walk is on easy trail and unless you have difficulty walking uphill, there should be no problems.

Places to visit in Island Peak Climb

Your adventure begins from the city of Kathmandu. On your arrival you will be escorted to your hotel in Kathmandu. The first day will be spent in obtaining permits for entering the Sagarmatha National Park and the Khumbu region. In the evening one of our staff will conduct a briefing on the importance of acclimatization in the Himalayas. The next day, a short trip around Kathmandu’s famous sites is applicable. Where we will visit the historic  sites like Pashupati Nath temple, Swayambhu Nath and the Boudha Stupa. You can prepare for the trip for the following day by doing some shopping at the marketplace in the evening.

In the morning after breakfast, we head towards the airport to take a flight towards Lukla airport. Lukla is a mountain airstrip which is tucked amidst the Himalayas and the surrounding valleys. It gives us a splendid view right before we land at the airport at Lukla. It is considered one of the highest and most dangerous airstrips in the world too. On landing, we assemble and then head for the hamlet of Phakding, our first trekking destination. 

Phakding is located on the banks of river Dudh Koshi with scattered tea houses along the river bed. You can make it a choice to visit the local monastery here at Phakding surrounded by numerous prayer flags. We halt at Phakding for the night. The next day, we make our way uphill towards Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Khumbu region. The Everest trail is the main trading trail in the Khumbu region. On certain days you can find villagers carrying their trading goods on the same path. And Namche is the main trading centre in the Khumbu region.

Namche is mainly inhabited by the friendly Sherpas of the Himalayas. It is a bustling village with several lodges and tea houses scattered around the area. The region may be providing us with scenic and remote views in every corner we take. But since its a trading route, you will find the villages have amazing population and infrastructures. Many nepalis specially sherpas have settled in this region for their livelihood. Namche also falls under the Sagarmatha National Park. So now you are in a controlled zone. Night halt at one of the lodges at Namche.

Acclimatization day is then scheduled before we proceed further. There is no doubt that acclimatization is an important aspects to make your trip to the Himalayas a memorable one. As a part of the acclimatization process, you need to reach a higher elevation first. Before coming down the very same day to rest at a lower elevation. So we travel (without much luggage) to the town of Khumjung that is about 4-5 hours walk. On reaching you can enjoy the view of the whole Khumbu region and the nearby peaks. We return back to Namche after spending a few hours at the viewpoints. Next day we travel to Tengboche.

Tengboche is a popular destination for buddhist pilgrims and followers. The Tengboche Monastery is one of the largest monasteries in the Khumbu region. You can enter the tranquil vicinity of the monastery to offer your prayers and get your blessings. Along with its religious significance, the viewpoint surrounding the monastery is worth mentioning. You can get breath-taking views of the many peaks of the Khumbu region from a hill near the monastery. Tengboche is also known as Thyanboche by the common people of the region. We halt for the night in the village.

We travel towards Dingboche next, leading the path to the broad but sloping valley. 

We go past Phalang Karpo and past small streams and huge boulders. After almost 5 hours, and we reach the village of Dingboche. On the way you walk past few forests laden with rhododendron and fir trees. If your lucky you might come across some animals along the path. We have a long trek the next day and we halt at Dingboche for the night. 

The next day, we leave for Gorak Shep and we also visit the Everest Base Camp along the way. The trekking trail is mostly uphill and the trail gives us magnificent views of Tawachee and Cholatse. You come across a row of stone monuments built to commemorate the brave souls who died while climbing Mt. Everest. Once you reach Lobuche, the trail takes a steep turn. And before you reach the pathway leading to Gorak Shep that is actually a huge rock. 

To reach the top, we will need to walk on the huge rock, which can be a bit tough at first. 

On reaching Gorak Shep, we rest for sometime. Free of our luggage, we then make our way towards Everest Base Camp. You are walking on a high altitude location, so it is advised to walk at your own pace. At the famous Everest Base Camp, you can explore the huge space beneath the highest peak. During climbing season, you might even find some climbers attempting to climb one of the peaks. From the very spot you stand, history was created a long time ago. You can reminisce on the thoughts one might have before scaling Everest for the first time. You will not be able to see the summit from the base camp, but we will venture to a point where we can. That however is for the next day. We return back to the village of Gorak Shep to rest for the night.

The next day, we take an early trip to Kala Patthar. Sunrise is over pretty quickly in the Himalayas. So if you don’t want to miss the magical phenomenon, we need to get there before dawn. Kala Patthar is the best vantage point to view the peaks of Mt. Everest at a close distance. When the sun rays fall on the summit, the transition of colours is absolutely phenomenal. Once you witness the magic, we head back to Gorak Shep and have our breakfast. Then we make our way towards Island Peak, our primary destination. 

On reaching the Island Peak Base Camp, we set up base and rest for the night. The day can be spent as an acclimatization session where you can stroll around the camp. Not as big as the Everest Base Camp, but it is considerably large. There might be another party trying an attempt already. The next day, we will conduct a basic Island Peak climbing training before we attempt on making the climb. Once the training is finished, the experts will guide you to make the climb. Once everyone has successfully reached the summit, we fall back and rest for the day at the base camp itself. 

The next day we bid goodbye, pack our belongings, then make our way towards Tengboche. From hereon, it is all downhill walk along the Khumbu region. We retrace our steps back the same we came before. We halt for the night at Tengboche, then make our way towards Namche bazaar. There will not be another acclimatization session here, but you can explore the places you couldn’t visit the first time. After a day’s stay, we travel further down towards Phakding first, crossing the many suspended bridges. We have our lunch there, and then head towards Lukla airport. This sums up the trekking part of your Island Peak Climbing adventure. 

We halt for a night at a lodge in Lukla. The next day, we take our scheduled flight to Kathmandu. You will be taken to your hotel here. You have the whole day to yourself. You can take a stroll and go shopping. There are numerous shops where you get something for your loved ones, as a momento. You can explore the handicrafts and traditional items in almost all the shops there. In the evening, we will conduct a farewell dinner for a great trip we had with nepali delicacies. Come morning, depending on your flight schedule, you will be taken to the airport for your departure. This brings us to the end of an exciting journey in the Himalayas, until next time.

Best season to visit island Peak

The climate of the Himalayas is rather unpredictable. The information below is as per the past few years of experience in this region. But since elevation takes its toll, the weather might be subject to change without notice. During the monsoons, the rain makes it very difficult to walk and to view the scenery. The rain falls at torrential speed and most of the trails are muddy as well as slippery. Vision is blurry due to the mist and fog in the area. Experiencing fever and cold is predictable during this time. Sickness can lead to worse diseases if not tended to quickly. The altitude also doesn’t help if you are sick in the first place. 

In Winter season, it is extremely cold, so much so the path is frozen and becomes slippery to even walk on it. The fog blurs the view of the mountains and the valleys. Possibility of landslides and avalanches are also there in the Khumbu region during winters. Due to the cold, most tourists stay away from the place. Therefore almost all the tea houses and lodges remain closed during this time of the year. Snow storm is also inevitable in most parts of the region.

Therefore, the best time to visit this location is during the Spring season and Autumn season. During the Spring, the view is clear and the path as well. The forests are in full bloom, which is a pretty sight to witness. You can also run across many mountain animals during this time of the year. The weather is also peaceful and it is not as cold as compared with the winter season. Most of the tourists prefer this time of the year for a visit.

Autumn is another season when the weather is at its best. The rain washes the path clear and everything is fresh after the monsoon showers. The views are brilliant and the landscapes bursting with lush green vegetation. Animals also find solace in coming out during the autumn season. The days are relatively peaceful and warm with the sun shining bright above your heads. The nights can become a bit cold, but nothing the tea houses and their services cannot handle. Walking during this time is also relaxing and the breeze will take your mind off your tiredness.

Trek to Everest Base Camp

For thousands of years, mankind has ventured into the realms of the Himalayas for a daunting adventure. But many are still left behind from taking this opportunity of a lifetime to witness the grandeur of the mountains. If you belong to the latter group, then don’t hesitate to get some time off from work. We assure that this adventure will not only take you to the foothills of the highest peak. But we will also make sure that you have a safe and wonderful journey to the Himalayas. Let us see what we are up against when we travel to take the Everest Base Camp Trek.

  • Kathmandu: the Beginning of a Journey
  • Overview: Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Accommodation in Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Quotation for Everest Base Camp Trek 
  • When can you take the Everest Base Camp Trek 

Kathmandu: the Beginning of a Journey

As you read this chapter on Everest Base Camp, there are people already lining up or planning. Not for anything else but for a long trek to the mountains. So let us start with a short intro about the place where it all begins, Kathmandu. We all know, Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. But most of us don’t realize the significance of the cultural dominance that Kathmandu portrays. Kathmandu is a bustling city with many historic places open to the public. There are numerous temples, monasteries, and stupas around Kathmandu worth visiting. The Nepalese Government has taken a lot of steps to promote the cultures of Nepal amongst the youth. In the process, they have been fruitful in arranging camps for youths of Nepal. 

Besides that, Kathmandu is a modernized version of a city rich in culture and traditions. Apart from the Nepalese culture, people are well acquainted with western cultures. You can find multiple shops, restaurants, and institutions here which will prove this theory correct. The market place in Kathmandu is also a great spot to make your purchase for the equipment necessary for your trip. Likewise, most of the travel agencies with adventure packages to the Himalayas are based in Kathmandu itself. Needless to say, they are the most popular travel agencies with experts in mountaineering. Most of these experts often go around the world preaching their knowledge and expertise in mountaineering. 

Overview: Everest Base Camp Trek

Mt. Everest is the highest peak in the world. The summit falls at an impressive 8848 m making it the highest point in the world as well. Apart from the elevation, it also has the highest altitude than any other mountain peaks in the world. Locals have long revered Mt. Everest as home to the Gods, and many ventures to attain Nirvana, ultimate enlightenment. Whatever is truly loved, has many names and quite rightfully so. Everest is known to the Nepalese as “Sagarmatha”, meaning “Goddess of the Sky”. Likewise, in Tibet, Everest is known as “Chomolungma”, meaning “Mother Goddess of the Universe”. But the original name came after Sir George Everest, a Britisher who served as Surveyor General of India from 1830 to 1843. 

However, Mt. Everest attracts experienced mountaineers as well as novices looking to visit this historic region. Reaching an altitude of more than 8000 m is no ordinary feat. Most climbers face altitude sickness, breathing problems and feel under the weather on their journey. Therefore basic training for trekkers and advanced training for climbers is a requisite to complete the trip peacefully. Rest assured, the trip will be worthwhile if you are willing to sacrifice a few hours of your time daily in making yourself fit. You will be making your way through hills and valleys, across quaint villages with friendly people. There are few rhododendron filled forests on a perfectly maintained trekking trail. Each corner you take and each turn you make, you are bound to be hit by a viewpoint on this trail. And the views of the surroundings- well, it’s just magical. You will have to see it in order to believe it

Accommodations in Everest Base Camp Trek

You will be venturing through some of the highest points in the world on this trek. So discussing your accommodation is very important in order to find shelter at such high altitudes. You will mostly be passing through small villages where settlements are less so it is better to pre-book your visit. There might also be a shortage of various basic necessities for your daily needs. For instance, the internet or water or your favorite drink, might not be available for you at this altitude. So it is always better to plan ahead. 

Anyway, you can be assured to get a 3star or a 4star hotel on your Kathmandu stay. Apart from that in all other stops, your accommodation will be assigned at tea houses or small lodges. Tea houses are small cozy settlements where you can rest for the night where food is also available. A few of them may also have hot showers and certain amenities for the travelers. They are managed well by the friendly folks living in the Himalayas who cater to your basic needs. These tea houses are specifically built for the people coming to visit the region. 

Lodges are also found in some of the villages. They are slightly larger than the tea houses and more comfortable as well. The lodges are well maintained in their own accord and provide various amenities as well. Some of the lodges provide additional sherpas or trekking and climbing gears if required. Possibility of finding a lodge as you go higher up may be diminished though. But, tea houses will fulfill your desire to rest for the night after a tiring trek in the hills. You can be assured of that fact.

Quotation for Everest Base Camp Trek 

Your Everest Base Camp journey begins at Kathmandu from where you will be taken to Lukla airport via Kathmandu airport. After reaching Lukla, you will be transferred to Phakding for a night’s halt. Phakding is conveniently located on the trade route through the area and is the home for many clean and lodges to spend our nights in. After that, we head up on the banks of River Dudh Koshi, where we need to cross the river twice using suspension bridges. Then we reach the village of Monjo where we enter the Khumbu National Park. We then cross the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi on a high suspension bridge and walk a steep route for about 2hours up Namche hill to reach Namche Bazaar (3440m). 

Namche Bazaar is the capital of the Khumbu Region and is a prosperous trading town inhabited by the Sherpas of the mountain. In Namche Bazaar, you have the chance to observe the Tibetan merchants crossing the border to trade their wares in the local market in Namche, which is a fascinating sight. If you are a fan of artifacts and would like to take a souvenir home, you can have a look at things the traders have brought to sell. As you cross the valley in the east at Namche, you can take in the spectacular view of Thamserku and Kangtega mountain peaks. For acclimatization, we will spend 2 days at Namche before continuing our journey and will be hiking to Khumjung as an acclimatizing process. You can also visit the famous bakery there.

From Namche, we venture on the Everest trail contours around the valley side high above the Dudh Kosi. As we traverse along the path we get our first spectacular view of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam ranges. We go past smaller villages and numerous tea shops following the route, and we also cross the Dudh Koshi River and make a steep climb towards Thyangboche. Thyangboche is the home of the famous monastery and surely one of the world’s best viewpoints, looking across from the three enormous Himalayan valleys. We then descend to the river and the village of Deboche (3700m) and spend our night at a comfy lodge that stands a little further along the same trail.

Before our ascent up the Khumbu valley, we will make use of the location for acclimatization here. In Deboche, one can opt to attend a seminar based on the importance of high altitude acclimatization at a nearby hospital in Pheriche. This hospital is run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. The trek to Pheriche and then back to Dingboche also serves to fulfill the process of acclimatization as we get closer and closer to Everest Base Camp. 

The next day we go back to Pheriche before making our way up to a valley towards Dugla. Just ahead you will notice the trekking peak of Lobuje East (6,119m), and to our left the formidable north side of Taweche. After a three hour walk, we reach the village and lodges at Dugla (4,620m). We can visit the Sherpa memorials close by, where you get an outstanding view of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Taweche. It is all uphill from Dungla. After a few hours of trekking, the trail will eventually lead us to a small cluster of tea houses situated at Lobuche (4,940m) where we can rest for the night after a somewhat longer walk.

After walking for three hours from Lobuche we reach the village of Gorak Shep (5,160m). As we move uphill towards the Khumbu valley we come across the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. After yet another 3 hours, we will reach our final destination located near the foothills of the Khumbu Icefall. The Everest Base Camp is a large area spread along and we can spend a long time wandering through it. There is a chance you can meet some of the climbers readying themselves for the climb up the mountain. But to go any further than the base camp, you will need to be a mountaineer with proper mountaineering experience. 

In the morning, we go uphill towards Kala Pattar (5545m) for the blissful sight of the sunset. Travelers are advised to make the trek during the afternoon before evening as the view is more spectacular than. 

The climb uphill takes a tiring 2 to 3 hours. However, after a tiring walk, you will be rewarded with the magnificent view of Everest and the Khumbu icefall, and even the ranges of Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori immediately above the ranges. We then go back the trekking trail via Lobuche and make our way down Khumbu Valley after a brief halt at Dungla. With sufficient views of the majestic Ama Dablam, we walk back to Pheriche to turn in for the night. So as we retrace our steps back through the main trekking trail took earlier, we descend past the lush green valley and through Pangboche then cross the Dudh Koshi once more to enter the small hamlet of Deboche. We take our last steps to end the trek to reach Lukla airport after which you are transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu to thus end the lasting trek of Mount Everest Base camp. 

When can you take the Everest Base Camp Trek

The best time to take the Everest Base Camp Trek is during the Spring season and Autumn season. During Spring, the weather is warmer and the rhododendron trees and other flowers are in full bloom. The longer days provide better opportunities to stretch and explore more of the locations you visit. The visibility is also good during this time of the year, especially during the mornings. The trekking trail is also in good condition, with greenery surrounding you while you make your way to the top. However, this is one of the most popular times of the year and most people take the venture at this time. 

Then Autumn season. The monsoon clears the sky after its rain and the visibility is unobstructed during this time. The terrain has a rich green layer bursting with freshness after the showers. The breeze is cooler and the trail is also cleaner. The temperature becomes comfortable especially for trekking although the weather is colder at this time. The days are dry and the view is just perfect. The landscape gets washed clean by the monsoon rains too, making it easier for you to tread on.

Everest Base Camp: Trek, Tour, Expedition

One of the most sought out adventures to the mountains is the Everest Base Camp Trek, in Nepal. It is one of the most daunting experiences that one can hope to go through on a trip. The trail is filled with beautiful sceneries and forests of Rhododendron trees, scattered along the region. It is definitely one of the most complete packages which are filled with new and exciting things to witness. You go across many rustic paths leading traditional villages. You will meet many commoners of the Himalayas, all friendly folks. You also have a chance to run into some animals found in the Himalayas.

  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Places you come across on Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Best season for a visit to Everest Base Camp

Introduction

There are thousands of parties coming and visiting the highest peak in the world every year. And every year, the peak remains adamant as to its structure and posture. Due to the popularity of the Himalayas amongst trekkers, the government of Nepal has taken initiatives for its conservation. Every nationality visiting the region needs to register themselves before they enter the region. This helps the government to preserve the sanctity of the Himalayan region. This way, they see to it that the region is well maintained and preserved for the benefit of the visitors. You will be clearly briefed about the many rules and regulations before you take this trip. There will also be a session on the importance of Acclimatization held before the trip.Nevertheless, it is a worthwhile adventure if you are looking to take some time off from your hectic schedules. Reaching Everest Base Camp has become the goal for hundreds of trekkers in the world. In this context, we will learn about what we need to keep in mind when visiting the highest peak. 

Overview

The Everest Base Camp Trek takes you through the Khumbu region. Allowing you to experience the immense beauty of the Sagarmatha National Park. At the same time, you witness the breath-taking views of 4 of the 6 highest peaks in the world. That is Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu. To complement these magnificent mountains, the views of the surrounding hills are not to be outcasted. Every corner or bend or a climb in the trail has a viewpoint of its own. The view of the valleys with scattered settlements and rich green fields are a feast for your eyes. This trek takes you right at the base of the highest peak in the world.

One of the most sought out adventures to the mountains is the Everest Base Camp Trek, in Nepal. It is one of the most daunting experiences that one can hope to go through on a trip. The trail is filled with beautiful sceneries and forests of Rhododendron trees, scattered along the region. It is definitely one of the most complete packages which are filled with new and exciting things to witness. You go across many rustic paths leading traditional villages. You will meet many commoners of the Himalayas, all friendly folks. You also have a chance to run into some animals found in the Himalayas.

  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Places you come across on Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Best season for a visit to Everest Base Camp

Introduction

There are thousands of parties coming and visiting the highest peak in the world every year. And every year, the peak remains adamant as to its structure and posture. Due to the popularity of the Himalayas amongst trekkers, the government of Nepal have taken initiatives for its conservation. Every nationality visiting the region needs to register themselves before they enter the region. This helps the government to preserve the sanctity of the Himalayan region. This way, they see to it that the region is well maintained and preserved for the benefit of the visitors. You will be clearly briefed about the many rules and regulations before you take this trip. There will also be a session on the importance of Acclimatization held before the trip.Nevertheless, it is a worthwhile adventure if you are looking to take some time off from your hectic schedules. Reaching Everest Base Camp has become the goal for hundreds of trekkers in the world. In this content, we will learn about what we need to keep in mind when visiting the highest peak. 

Overview

The Everest Base Camp Trek takes you through the Khumbu region. Allowing you to experience the immense beauty of the Sagarmatha National Park. At the same time, you witness the breath-taking views of 4 of the 6 highest peaks in the world. That is Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu. To complement these magnificent mountains, the views of the surrounding hills are not to be outcasted. Every corner or bend or a climb in the trail has a viewpoint of its own. The view of the valleys with scattered settlements and rich green fields are a feast for your eyes. This trek takes you right at the base of the highest peak in the world.

Since it is a trek to the Himalayas, your accommodation will be held at tea houses or small lodges. Tea houses are cozy structures built especially for trekkers. You will stay in some of the highest villages in the world, and you can learn about the traditions there. Most of the people you meet on this trip are the Sherpas and Gurungs. You can also explore many Buddhist monasteries dotted along the trail and learn a lot about their history and tradition. Most of the monasteries are amidst a grand view of the Himalayas standing majestically and complimenting the holy places. You will also get to ascend the Kala Patthar which gives the most splendid frontal view of Mt. Everest. Especially during sunrise when the rays of the sun falls upon the snowy peaks. 

Places you come across on Everest Base Camp Trek

The nearest city from where your note-worthy trip begins in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. Then we make our way to the scenic airport of Lukla via a flight. The airport is tucked between the hill and gives a wonderful view of Mt. Everest from an exceeded height. Then the first chapter of your trek begins with a trek to Phakding village. After your stay at Phakding, you make your way towards Namche Bazaar, a Sherpa village. This day, you enter the Sagarmatha National Park which is a UNESCO world heritage site. An acclimatization session will be held at Namche Bazaar too. Acclimatization is an essential part of your journey to the Himalayas to ensure your safety. It makes sure that you get good rest and adapt to the altitude and climate before proceeding further up the trail. 

After acclimatization day, we trek towards the village of Tengboche next. The biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region can be found in this village. You can also attend a prayer ceremony conducted by the monks to bless you in the expedition. We also make our way through the small village of Phunki Tenga. Leaving Tengboche, we make our way towards Dingboche village. You will have another acclimatization session here at Dingboche where you can take small hikes around the village. There are a few viewpoints here where you get magnificent views of a few of the world’s tallest peaks. The view of the Imja Khola Valley and Dingboche Village from another viewpoint here is also worth mentioning.

Leaving Dingboche we head towards the village of Lobuche. As you make your way across the Khumbu glacier, you can also see Mt. Nuptse in the distance. Next, the trail takes us towards Gorak Shep and also make your way to Everest Base Camp. The trail leading towards Gorak Shep might be a nice steep climb. But the trek to the base camp is relatively easier. You can enjoy amazing views of Nuptse, Khumbutse and Pumori mountains from the Base Camp. accommodation will be held at Gorak Shep. Next, we take an early morning hike to Kala Patthar to witness a stunning phenomenon. Kala Patthar, a rocky hilltop below Pumori, gives a magnificent view of the sunrise falling on the Himalayan range. Then we head back to Gorak Shep after witnessing the magic then trek towards Pheriche again. 

From Pheriche, it is all descent and relatively easy trek towards Namche Bazaar. No acclimatization session at Namche again, but you can enjoy the free time mingling with the locals there. Then from Namche Bazaar, we descent further continuously reaching Phakding. Here we have our lunch, then make our way towards Lukla airport. We halt for the night after a long trek at Lukla. The next day, we take the flight out of Lukla towards Kathmandu. So those were the places you will visit during your trek towards Everest Base Camp. 

Itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trek

Below the itinerary for Everest Base Camp is mentioned with the approximate estimated altitude of the location. This is a 14days itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trek. there are other itineraries or rather packages with more days of adventure as well. Please note, the itinerary is subjective and may be changed with or without the knowledge of the visiting party. There might be many reasons and it will be clearly communicated to you if it comes to that. Nevertheless, we will make sure that you are safe, and it is our first and topmost priority. The brief itinerary is as follows:

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m)

Then, Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2860m). Then trek to Phakding (2600m).

On Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450m).

Day 4: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.

On Day 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3850m).

Then Day 6: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4350m).

Day 7: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.

On Day 8: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4950m).

Then Day 9: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5150m) and Everest Base Camp (5350m).

Day 10: Hike to Kala Patthar (5550m) then retreat to Periche (4300m)

On Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar.

Then Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding, then Lukla.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu and final proceedings.

On Day 14: Departure After a wonderful journey to the Himalayas.

The fitness criteria for anyone willing to take the trip can be explained in the following manner. An individual needs to have at least some experience with trekking to understand the basics. You need not have strenuous training beforehand, but make sure you are fit to walk 4-5 hours each day. You can train yourself by taking long walks over a distance of 5km every day for a month before the trip. The basic requirement is the individual should be able to carry approximately 10-15 kg on his/her back while walking. Individuals with heart problems, high BP, asthma, and epilepsy are advised not to take the trip. High altitudes can have a major impact on such an individual’s health and well being. 

Best season for a visit to Everest Base Camp

There are two seasons best suited to take a trip to any of the Base Camps in the Himalayan range. Namely, Spring and Autumn seasons. During Monsoon, the path can be very slippery and some areas damaged by landslides. The cloudy weather also plays a vital role in besmirching the surrounding views of the mountains. Rain can be another factor to make your trek a difficult one. Most of the tea houses also remain closed due to low trekking expeditions. 

Even winters pose a great threat to the well being of the trekkers in the Himalayas. There are possibilities of snow storms hitting the place. Avalanches can be a part of the trail being blocked or inaccessible. Due to the mist in winters, the views are also blurry or absent. Of course, the trail will be one slippery adventure if you venture during the winters. Consequently, most of the lodges and tea houses are closed during winters due to the extreme cold and snow. Also due to less trekkers visiting the place. Therefore it might be very difficult to get accommodation facility during winters. 

But Spring and Autumn seasons give us a wonderful experience of the Himalayas. Doesn’t matter which peak you are travelling to in Nepal. The weather is clear with blue sky and the terrain filled with greenery. The path is cleared and the breeze will help you relax after a strenuous walk. Most of the animals and birds also come out during the Spring and Autumn seasons. Importantly, the views of the surrounding mountains and valleys are immaculate during these times. Possibility of running into trekkers from other parties on your trek to the realms of the Himalayas is also imminent. 

If you have any other queries not found here, you can definitely get in touch with us. Our customer service agents will guide you throughout the booking process and your journey to such a magnificent location. Prepare to get enticed.

The Everest Base Camp Trek takes you through the Khumbu region. Allowing you to experience the immense beauty of the Sagarmatha National Park. At the same time, you witness the breath-taking views of 4 of the 6 highest peaks in the world. That is Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu. To complement these magnificent mountains, the views of the surrounding hills are not to be outcasted. Every corner or bend or a climb in the trail has a viewpoint of its own. The view of the valleys with scattered settlements and rich green fields are a feast for your eyes. This trek takes you right at the base of the highest peak in the world.

Since it is a trek to the Himalayas, your accommodation will be held at tea houses or small lodges. Tea houses are cozy structures built especially for trekkers. You will stay in some of the highest villages in the world, and you can learn about the traditions there. Most of the people you meet on this trip are the Sherpas and Gurungs. You can also explore many Buddhist monasteries dotted along the trail and learn a lot about their history and tradition. Most of the monasteries are amidst a grand view of the Himalayas standing majestically and complimenting the holy places. You will also get to ascend the Kala Patthar which gives the most splendid frontal view of Mt. Everest. Especially during sunrise when the rays of the sun fall upon the snowy peaks. 

Places you come across on Everest Base Camp Trek

The nearest city from where your note-worthy trip begins in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. Then we make our way to the scenic airport of Lukla via a flight. The airport is tucked between the hill and gives a wonderful view of Mt. Everest from an exceeded height. Then the first chapter of your trek begins with a trek to Phakding village. After your stay at Phakding, you make your way towards Namche Bazaar, a Sherpa village. This day, you enter the Sagarmatha National Park which is a UNESCO world heritage site. An acclimatization session will be held at Namche Bazaar too. Acclimatization is an essential part of your journey to the Himalayas to ensure your safety. It makes sure that you get good rest and adapt to the altitude and climate before proceeding further up the trail. 

After acclimatization day, we trek towards the village of Tengboche next. The biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region can be found in this village. You can also attend a prayer ceremony conducted by the monks to bless you in the expedition. We also make our way through the small village of Phunki Tenga. Leaving Tengboche, we make our way towards Dingboche village. You will have another acclimatization session here at Dingboche where you can take small hikes around the village. There are a few viewpoints here where you get magnificent views of a few of the world’s tallest peaks. The view of the Imja Khola Valley and Dingboche Village from another viewpoint here is also worth mentioning.

Leaving Dingboche we head towards the village of Lobuche. As you make your way across the Khumbu glacier, you can also see Mt. Nuptse in the distance. Next, the trail takes us towards Gorak Shep and also make your way to Everest Base Camp. The trail leading towards Gorak Shep might be a nice steep climb. But the trek to the base camp is relatively easier. You can enjoy amazing views of Nuptse, Khumbutse and Pumori mountains from the Base Camp. accommodation will be held at Gorak Shep. Next, we take an early morning hike to Kala Patthar to witness a stunning phenomenon. Kala Patthar, a rocky hilltop below Pumori, gives a magnificent view of the sunrise falling on the Himalayan range. Then we head back to Gorak Shep after witnessing the magic then trek towards Pheriche again. 

From Pheriche, it is all descent and relatively easy trek towards Namche Bazaar. No acclimatization session at Namche again, but you can enjoy the free time mingling with the locals there. Then from Namche Bazaar, we descent further continuously reaching Phakding. Here we have our lunch, then make our way towards Lukla airport. We halt for the night after a long trek at Lukla. The next day, we take the flight out of Lukla towards Kathmandu. So those were the places you will visit during your trek towards Everest Base Camp. 

Itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trek

Below the itinerary for Everest Base Camp is mentioned with the approximate estimated altitude of the location. This is a 14days itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trek. there are other itineraries or rather packages with more days of adventure as well. Please note, the itinerary is subjective and may be changed with or without the knowledge of the visiting party. There might be many reasons and it will be clearly communicated to you if it comes to that. Nevertheless, we will make sure that you are safe, and it is our first and topmost priority. The brief itinerary is as follows:

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m)

Then, Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2860m). Then trek to Phakding (2600m).

On Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450m).

Day 4: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.

On Day 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3850m).

Then Day 6: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4350m).

Day 7: Acclimatization day at Dingboche.

On Day 8: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4950m).

Then Day 9: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5150m) and Everest Base Camp (5350m).

Day 10: Hike to Kala Patthar (5550m) then retreat to Periche (4300m)

On Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar.

Then Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding, then Lukla.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu and final proceedings.

On Day 14: Departure After a wonderful journey to the Himalayas.

The fitness criteria for anyone willing to take the trip can be explained in the following manner. An individual needs to have at least some experience with trekking to understand the basics. You need not have strenuous training beforehand, but make sure you are fit to walk 4-5 hours each day. You can train yourself by taking long walks over a distance of 5km every day for a month before the trip. The basic requirement is the individual should be able to carry approximately 10-15 kg on his/her back while walking. Individuals with heart problems, high BP, asthma, and epilepsy are advised not to take the trip. High altitudes can have a major impact on such an individual’s health and well being. 

Best season for a visit to Everest Base Camp

There are two seasons best suited to take a trip to any of the Base Camps in the Himalayan range. Namely, Spring and Autumn seasons. During Monsoon, the path can be very slippery and some areas damaged by landslides. The cloudy weather also plays a vital role in besmirching the surrounding views of the mountains. Rain can be another factor to make your trek a difficult one. Most of the tea houses also remain closed due to low trekking expeditions. 

Even winters pose a great threat to the well being of the trekkers in the Himalayas. There are possibilities of snowstorms hitting the place. Avalanches can be a part of the trail being blocked or inaccessible. Due to the mist in winters, the views are also blurry or absent. Of course, the trail will be one slippery adventure if you venture during the winters. Consequently, most of the lodges and tea houses are closed during winters due to the extreme cold and snow. Also due to fewer trekkers visiting the place. Therefore it might be very difficult to get accommodation facilities during winter. 

But Spring and Autumn seasons give us a wonderful experience of the Himalayas. It doesn’t matter which peak you are traveling to Nepal. The weather is clear with blue sky and the terrain filled with greenery. The path is cleared and the breeze will help you relax after a strenuous walk. Most of the animals and birds also come out during the Spring and Autumn seasons. Importantly, the views of the surrounding mountains and valleys are immaculate during these times. The possibility of running into trekkers from other parties on your trek to the realms of the Himalayas is also imminent. 

If you have any other queries not found here, you can definitely get in touch with us. Our customer service agents will guide you throughout the booking process and your journey to such a magnificent location. Prepare to get enticed.

Trekking in the highest peak: Mount Everest

Ever since the duo took the summit for the first time, Mount Everest has been a dream destination for millions. No wonder each year, thousands of trekkers and climbers book their passage to the mighty Everest. Apart from offseasons, the trekking trail usually has footprints of the previous party that went through. It is not a surprising fact that popularity has increased due to the great maintenance of the region. The Nepalese Government has taken numerous precautions and initiatives to sustain popularity. The tourism industry as well plays a vital role in affecting the experience of the tourists coming to this region. Here, we will learn how we go about to reach Everest Base Camp. In order to begin this journey, one needs to reach Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. 

  • Nepal: A Briefing
  • Everest Base Camp Trek: Introduction 
  • Where to stay during Everest Base Camp Trek?
  • Places to visit in Everest Base Camp Trek
  • When can you go for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Nepal: A Briefing

Nepal is a small, landlocked country surrounded by a few of the Indian states and Tibet, now under China. Though small in area, the country is rich in biodiversity and has a rich cultural heritage. Nepal also has 8 of the 10 highest peaks in the world within its territory including Mt. Everest. It has always been famous for handmade goods, art, and architecture. Not to forget the numerous historical temples and monasteries within Nepal. The location of some of the holy places is worth a mention too. Besides this, Nepal is also the world record holder for the tallest mountain peak in the world, Mt. Everest. The deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki (1200m) and the highest lake on earth, Tilicho Lake (4919m). Along with these wonderful destinations, there are other magnificent breath-taking vistas around Nepal worth visiting. 

So naturally, with historic places and awe-inspiring viewpoints, Nepal is a great destination for tourists and travelers. Consequently, the people of Nepal have become well acquainted and open to visitors entering their country to explore these wonders. Which has to lead to an increasing demand to visit all these landmarks? In the process, the Government of Nepal has been very cooperative in enhancing the experience of the tourists. They have taken various steps and set rules to ensure the maintenance of all the tourist destinations around Nepal. There are certain permits you need to acquire before you enter certain areas now. Presently, we can freely say that Nepal Tourism is the largest industry in Nepal and the largest source of Foreign exchange. At the moment there are hundreds of travel agencies serving the tourists with their best efforts. With this in mind, let us take the journey to Everest Base Camp.

Everest Base Camp Trek: Introduction

Everest Base Camp trek is the most complete trekking adventure towards the Himalayas. It is a daunting experience filled with great viewpoints for many peaks in the Khumbu region. The Base Camp sits at an elevation of 5380m and has spectacular views of the mountain giants. The trekking trail goes through Annapurna Base Camp and there is a chance to witness many mountains of the Khumbu region. It holds a special significance in the hearts of the trekkers visiting as well as the people associated with it. Mt. Everest also holds a sacred significance to the Hindus and Buddhists around the world. This sacred landmark serves as a source of revenue for the locals and a challenging adventure for adventure seekers. 

Mt. Everest peak stands at a height of 8848m and is the tallest mountain peak in the world. However, you will not be able to see the summit from the base camp at 5380m. And the best spot to get a glimpse of the summit is from Kala Patthar 5550m. You will stay in quaint villages scattered around the region with friendly faces. Your stay will also be assigned at teahouses found in the region managed by friendly folks. The trail takes you through beautiful valleys, through dense forests filled with rhododendron trees and numerous gorges. You can also visit a few monasteries along the way to offer your prayers. Each corner has a wonderful view of the surrounding hills and valleys. There is a chance of running into some animals like the blue sheep in the Khumbu region. Rare animals like the snow leopard are seen only during winters when the trail is inaccessible or snow-fed. 

Where to stay during Everest Base Camp Trek?

Your stay during Everest Base Camp Trek will usually be assigned in teahouses or small lodges. These teahouses are small cozy establishments found in the villages you enter specially built for trekkers, climbers, and campers. They are simple structures able to withstand the cold of the region and few amenities which may be available. For instance, the internet or Wi-fi facility is not common in this region. But you can find few teahouses providing Wi-fi and hot showers or extra sherpas to travelers. The hosts will provide meals and beverages on demand. To make sure you get what you want, please ensure you speak to the consultants before making the trip. 

The hosts of these teahouses are linked with the agencies bringing people to the Himalayas. If there is any gear or equipment you wish to bring along, you can have a check with the hosts. You can also opt to take tents to camp during your trek. For this make sure you are aware of how to set up a tent or get help from the experts. Some factors may not agree with camping especially if it rains or snows, so it is advised to act accordingly. The only place where you will be allotted a hotel is during your stay at Kathmandu. 

Places to visit in Everest Base Camp Trek

Your journey to the realms of the Himalayas begins at the bustling city of Kathmandu. A day will be kept aside for the final formalities of acquiring a permit. Including a briefing on the dos and don’ts and the importance of Acclimatization in high altitudes. A day may also be kept aside for short sightseeing around Kathmandu. Accommodation is allocated in a hotel here in Kathmandu. The next day, we take the flight to the picturesque airport strip at Lukla. The runaway is one of the highest and the shortest airport strips in the world. Mainly because the flights to Lukla are 20seater aircraft and are not as big as the Airbus or Boeing aircraft. 

Once you land at Lukla Airport, previously known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport, a trek to Phakding is on the cards. Phakding is a small hamlet on the banks of river Dudh Koshi.  You can visit the local monastery at the location too. Halt is scheduled for the day at Phakding in one of the teahouses there. The next day we trek towards Namche Bazaar and enter the Sagarmatha National Park. Namche is the gateway to Mt. Everest and the rest of the Himalayas in the region too. It is mostly populated by Sherpas of the Khumbu region and you can indulge in small luxuries while you are there. There is a chance to come across some wild animals when you make your way into the National Park too. Such as the Himalayan Bear, Thur, Red Panda and many others. Namche is also the main trading center in the Khumbu region. The next day will be kept aside for acclimatization at Namche. 

Acclimatization is an important process which we need to go through before climbing higher up. On this day, you can take a stroll through the village of Namche and mingle with the Sherpas there. It is also famous for its bakery for its own reasons. You can also get a great first view of Mt. Everest. As a part of acclimatization, you will be taken to the town of Khumjung. As it turns tonight, you can indulge in awesome Nepali cuisines served hot at your teahouse. Your trek towards Tengboche begins the next day after breakfast. There is a flight of steps you need to climb to reach a magnificent view of the surrounding valleys. Atop the steps you get panoramic views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. Khumbila. 

Tengboche is famous for its picturesque Tengboche monastery, one of the largest monasteries in the Khumbu region. You can offer your prayers at the monastery and enjoy the tranquility of the monastery at the same time. There is a chance of meeting climbers of Mt. Everest visiting the place during peak season. We rest at a teahouse in Tengboche village. The next day, you travel through lush alpine forests and across smaller villages on the trail. A good place to learn about the people of the Himalayas and their cultures. The surrounding landscape on this path is magnificent with great views of Mt. Taboche, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Cholatse. The landscape also changes as you near Dingboche, your next destination. It has a desert feel as the trees are replaced with smaller shrubs and you’ll love the transition. Rest day at Dingboche.

Before we make our ascend, we have another acclimatization session here at Dingboche. We will make our way up the steep hill for the acclimatization process. The trail leading to the summit is pretty steep and rocky but the views on each corner are priceless. The main viewpoint is surrounded by prayer flags where you get amazing views of Ama Dablam and other nearby peaks. For better views of the mountains, you can also climb another hour uphill. After experiencing this spectacular views, we head back towards Dingboche. We halt for the night here. 

Next, we head towards Lobuche through the steep terminal moraine left by the Khumbu Glacier. It may be a bit difficult to ascend from this point on for a while. But the views of the mountains surrounding the trail will definitely motivate you to go further. Atop the hill, we find several memorials strewn across the summit for those who lost their lives climbing Mt. Everest. After walking a few more clicks, we reach Lobuche where you spend the night at a local teahouse. Next, we head towards our main destination, Everest Base Camp. First, we make our way towards the village of Gorak Shep, which is a few miles from the Base Camp. Before the present Everest Base Camp, Gorak Shep used to be the base camp for Everest. The trail leading to Gorak Shep is over a large rock so it can be a bit tiring or difficult at first. 

On reaching Gorak Shep, we rest for a while, then head out towards Everest Base Camp. You have reached a high elevation point so it is advised you walk on your own pace to avoid sickness. We will come across the Khumbu icefall once we mount the Khumbu Glacier. After a few hours of walking, we reach the Everest Base Camp. Much history has been created at this camp at an elevation of 5380m. You cannot see the top of the mighty mountain, but you can indulge in the vastness the base camp is spread across. If lucky, you can also see climbers making their attempt in climbing the highest peak, with all their gear and equipment. The base camp is filled with small tents and camps by the visiting climbers during peak season. You can also gather thoughts about how it must feel to come here to climb the mighty Everest. After that, we head back to Gorak Shep to rest for the night.

Early morning, we get ready for the most stunning views of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar. In order to get a clear view of the sunrise falling on the mountain, we need to be there as early as possible. People have described the first rays of the sun hitting the peak as something magical and awe-inspiring. Kala Patthar is considered one of the best viewpoints for a breath-taking view of Mt. Everest in the Khumbu region. The hill stands at an elevation of 5545m, the highest altitude in this trek. Apart from Mt. Everest, we can get panoramic views of Khumbutse, Changtse, Lhotse and Nuptse mountains from Kala Patthar. After witnessing all the magic the hill has to offer, we descend making our way towards Pheriche. Here we halt for the night.

Then it is all downhill walk from here on till Phakding, where you will need to walk an inclined plain to reach Lukla. But nothing you cannot handle after you’ve made your way to the Base Camp, right? We first enter Namche Bazaar and you can explore whatever you missed on your first visit. You can also celebrate the success of the trip since many things are available at Namche for a small victory dinner. We will halt the night at Namche. The next day marks the final walk of your Everest Base Camp Trek. The trail towards Phakding goes through many suspension bridges to cross Dudh Koshi. It is a sloping hill downhill till you reach the river banks. We rest for a while, have our lunch, then head uphill again. But comparatively, it is not a steep hill you need to walk on towards Lukla. After the Gorak Shep walk, this will be child’s play for the party. We halt for the night at Lukla. 

The next day, we fly towards Kathmandu, a spiritual journey thus comes to an end. There will be another flight back from Lukla airport the highest airstrip in the world to take us to Kathmandu. The view of the region surrounding Lukla is indeed spectacular, so you can take another glimpse of it. Once back in Kathmandu, you will be taken to your respective hotels, finally back to civilization. In the evening you can take a stroll through the marketplace exploring the various shops. You can buy souvenirs for your family and friends from the shops there. We will arrange a hearty dinner for your party at supper time, and you can celebrate once again the grand success of the trip. The next day, depending on the time of your scheduled flight, the staff will take you to the airport. Thus here we will say our final goodbyes. 

When can you go for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Depending on the type of experience you are looking for, you can take the trek any time of the year. But in order to have a smooth trekking session, it is advised to take the trip during two seasons. First is pre-monsoon, February-March-April-May, and post-monsoon, October-November and December. You can take the journey in September, but the risk of rainfall remains active at that time. And since the climate of the himalayas can become unpredictable, it is advised you check before you take the trip. Monsoons can be a wrong time to come, as the views are blurred, the trail is muddy and slippery. Plus the rain at this altitude can make you fall sick pretty easily. In winters, the fear of snowstorms and avalanches are prominent in these parts. The trail has the tendency to be covered by snow and most of the teahouses and lodges remain closed during winters. No question about the weather, as it is in negative figures during winters. 

Therefore, Spring and Autumn seasons are the best time to enter the Khumbu Region towards Everest Base Camp. The sky is clear and the roads are clean. Most of the animals are seen at this time of the year. The lush green valleys and the landscapes are greener than ever. The breeze is cool and fresh and the air for trekking is always flowing around the region. The only drawback is that it is the peak season so bookings might be hard to come by. The trail may even get crowded at this time of the year. Since it is dry during these two seasons, climbers also venture to make an attempt on the peaks. If you are coming solo or on your own, then it might be a problem getting bookings. But if you pre-booked your stay or have come with a travel agency, then it will be taken care of.