Everest base hiking in Nepal is one of the most popular hiking trips in the country. Nepal is known as the “Himalayan Land” and although relatively small in size, it has a wide variety of geographies, cultures and wildlife. Among the ten highest mountains in the world, Nepal has eight mountains, including Mount Everest – the highest mountain peak on Earth. Thus, hiking in Nepal has become one of the most popular adventures among travelers and aspiring travelers around the world. The country has many amazing mountaineering destinations that differ in topography, cultural prominence and landscape. Thousands of travelers and travelers visit this country every year to enjoy its many natural, cultural and traditional features. Of all Nepal’s hiking destinations, Everest is the most popular, and the main Everest camp is the most extensive hiking trip, responsible for a large portion of the country’s tourism revenue.
It can be imagined that walking in the main camp of the highest mountain in the world is something that requires a lot of effort and money, but this can not be far from the truth. Walking in Everest base camp is very cheap, it is very affordable, it can be done at any time of the year and by people with all demographic characteristics. This can be done by novice climbers as well as experienced climbers. A trip to the main camp is a great opportunity to experience many of the amazing features and aspects of the Everest region (like Khumbu), such as the rich Sherpa culture, the beautiful mountain landscape full of river valleys, gorges, moors, glaciers and rivers. Mountains and magnificent views. And the sights of the Mahalangur Himalayas, which include some of the tallest mountains on earth. Khumbu is a top Sherpa town in Nepal and this region has a very rich and dense concentration of Sherpa traditions and practices that are not found anywhere else in the country. The legendary Sherpa people are also known for their mountaineering ability and agility in the Himalayas. Because indigenous mountain people often follow Buddhism in its unique form, the khombo is decorated with numerous chortens, gombas, small stupas, monasteries, prayer flags, and Mani stone walls. The trail runs from the main camp to Everest through many Khumbu villages and also follows the main mountain rivers that drain the area. In addition, the route to the main camp is decorated with alpine forests, forests and pastures in low-lying areas and snow-covered areas with increasing altitude. The scenery of the mountain peaks of Serva such as Ama Dablam, Lutse, Nopetse, Changtse, Tamserko, Kangdi Rey and many more are present as a trek along the amazing route that passes through the heart of the Himalayas.
Everest Camp Walk
The trip to Mount Everest Main Camp usually begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lokla. The flight from the capital to Lukla takes about 30 to 40 minutes and is considered one of the most impressive short trips on earth. Lukla Airport is also a very attractive airport, which is located on a cliff and has a runway that ends at the end of the runway, moving towards the open valley and down. It is surrounded by high green hills and mountains, and the land in Lokla is completely different from Kathmandu. This change is felt immediately upon landing in Lokla. From the village of Lokla, the trail then passes through villages such as Fakding, Monjo, Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, Tangboche, Dingboche and Gorakeshp until you finally reach Everest Main Camp. The walk usually takes two weeks, but this time can be adjusted according to the needs and conveniences of the passenger. It takes about 5 to 6 hours from one place to another because the distance between two consecutive villages in Khombo is about 10 to 12 kilometers. Adaptation to high altitudes is usually done in the famous mountain town of Namche Bazaar and Dingbuche.
Best time to walk to Everest Main Camp
This walk can be done at any time of the year and is available throughout the year. Nepal experiences mainly four main seasons – autumn (September to December), spring (March to May), winter (end of December to February) and summer (June to August). Autumn and spring are the best seasons for walking in the main camp because the weather conditions are very favorable during these months. Clouds tend to disperse, and the view of the mountains is clear. Summer and winter are not ideal for hiking, but it is still possible to travel. Monsoon rains occur during the summer months, and trails become muddy and slippery with continuous rainfall. The view of the mountains is not as good as autumn or spring. In winter, high hills in the mountains are blocked by heavy snowfall, and the area experiences extreme temperatures. This is why autumn and spring are the peak of the hiking season because most travelers reach Everest during this time and hotels and plane tickets are booked quickly.
Essential equipment for walking
Essential mountaineering equipment for Everest base camp includes suitable mountaineering boots, sleeping bags, wooden bags, hiking poles and hiking suits. It is very important to have hiking boots that you are comfortable with and “broken in”. Walking in boots that you are not comfortable with can lead to blisters on the feet and just an unpleasant trip that is constantly ruined by the feeling of uncomfortable boots in mountainous areas. That’s why it’s important to have good, comfortable hiking boots (from any brand, as long as you wear them comfortably). It is also recommended to pack as much as possible. Lightweight packaging causes less hassle and the possibility of losing things. In the mountains, porters are commonly used to carry wooden bags. The porter is able to carry 25 kg of weight between two people. Therefore, packing a double bag that does not weigh more than 12 kg is the most convenient way. Kathmandu hotels also offer safe storage shelves where you can store extra luggage that is not really necessary for travel. There are many shops in Kathmandu that sell hiking and hiking equipment. You can rent / hire them when you arrive in the city as well as before you start your trip. A good down jacket is essential, but if you are hiking in the fall or spring, the temperature is mild during the day and you can easily move around with a hiking shirt and shorts. As the sun sets and the air cools, the temperature drops by one or two degrees, so warm hats, wool socks and coats are used. Other essential items can include sunscreen, sunglasses and a hiking helmet.
Accommodation and food during the trip
Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels from three star to five star. But with the start of the trip, access to mountain resorts can be restricted to inns, teahouses and resorts. Places like Namche Bazaar, Phakding and Lukla have guesthouses that offer more services, but other places offer the hotel’s initial accommodation. This does not mean that accommodations are not comfortable. Conversely, guesthouses and residences are very comfortable and breakfast and dinner are served there. Generally, a two-person accommodation is available in the mountains, and climbers are sometimes asked to share a room with other (same-sex) climbers. Electricity is available in all guesthouses and some even have Wi-Fi services. Laundry services are not really available, except in Namche, Lukla and Phakding, and extra hot water is available.
In the case of meals, vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals are available. Breakfast at the hotel can range from oatmeal, toast, eggs, pancakes and fruit juices to dumplings, noodles and pasta. For dinner, climbers generally have rice and vegetables. Lunch is served during the afternoon journey from destination to destination. Drinking water can be purchased from mountain shops. A liter of water costs about $ 100 or $ 150 for a walk. Passengers can also bring water purification pills with them. This method is best for drinking water because it is less harmful to the environment and easier to carry and carry than buying plastic water bottles in the mountains. There are many springs, wells and pumps in the mountain villages, and filling the bottle and purifying it with tablets makes it suitable for drinking. It is important to know that tap water is not suitable for direct consumption and it is necessary to use precautionary measures such as water purification tablets before consuming water during walking.
Altitude sickness and adaptation
Altitude sickness is a condition of the body that occurs when the body is unable to adapt to high altitude conditions in the mountains. The incidence of this disease varies from person to person. If the symptoms of the disease are not treated properly, this condition can even become serious. That is why it is important to have the right time to adapt properly when mountaineering so that the body can adapt to the difference in height. It is recommended to use plowing without proper adaptation, especially for novice climbers. Some of the symptoms of the disease include headache, loss of sleep and appetite. It is important to stay properly hydrated when walking and eating frequently for energy. Slow and steady in your comfortable walking is recommended. Medications for this disease can also be used to reduce its chances. Medications like Diamox help. Some climbers even take medicine from Kathmandu from the very beginning of the hike. If symptoms appear and the person is unable to continue in this condition, it is recommended that you stay and rest before continuing treatment.
There are many currency exchange centers in Kathmandu where you can exchange foreign currencies. Using foreign currency in the mountains is not recommended because it can be problematic. Instead, exchanging money before you start your trip is the best way to avoid unnecessary hassle during your trip. Local money also allows you to buy things and pay for services in the mountains easily.
This Everest Camp Walk It’s a journey that takes climbers and travelers out of their comfort zone, but it’s one of its many attractions. It is a journey that, when reaching the main camp of the highest mountain peak, immerses the climbers in a deep sense of success. The trip also has many highlights, such as the Kalapatar Landmark, which is also famous for its panoramic views of the entire Mount Everest massif, the Tangboche Monastery, the Khombo Glacier and the Glacier, Namche Bazaar. Gateway to Everest “, Sagarmatha National Park, the lush forests of Rhododendron and of course the Himalayas. This is a great way to see the culture of Sherpa and enjoy the mountain scenery.