Everest was first summited in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, sparking international interest in the region and its people. Trekkers and mountaineers from across the globe have their sights set on Everest and it is a privilege simply to reach its base camp. There is a surreal feeling once you arrive to base camp, a feeling that you are experiencing a historical and natural phenomenon.
Thrilling Flight to Lukla
Take flight to one of the highest and most dangerous airports in the world! Your view from the window displays fantastic views of the Himalayan peaks. You’ll get excited knowing that in a
couple days you’ll be among them. The runway sits on the edge of a cliff, adding to the thrill of the ride.
Explore Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is the commercial and social center of the Khumbu region. This lovely little town has lots to explore and is a perfect place to spend an extra day acclimatizing. You can visit
the Sherpa Cultural Museum, Everest Photo Gallery, restaurants, cafes, bars, etc. If you’re there on a Saturday, there is a fun outdoor market to check out.
Experience Sherpa Culture and Tradition
Staying in local Sherpa-owned teahouses along the trail is one of the most memorable parts of the Everest Base Camp Trek. Sherpas, who are Tibetan Buddhists by faith, are known for their friendliness and hospitality. If you have a chance to sit down and talk for a while, it’s always fun to hear about the age-old myths that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Visit Tengboche Monastery
The legendary Tengboche Monastery is the largest and oldest monastery in the Everest region – a must-see spot on the Everest Base Camp Trek! If you come during Manu Rimdu festival, you’ll witness masked dances, chanting, and a whole lot of excitement. The monastery’s backdrop, consisting of Ama Dablam and other peaks, makes the visit more alluring.
Scenic Sagarmatha National Park
Starting in Monjo, most of the Everest Base Camp trail lies within Sagarmatha National Park, which is made up of diverse climatic zone and flora and fauna. Beyond being an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park is home to red wildlife like the snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, and maybe even the Yeti!
Staying in sweet little teahouses each day is one of the best parts about trekking in the Everest region. After a long day on the trail, there is nothing like having several servings of piping hot dal bhat and sharing stories with trekkers from around the world. Waking up and looking out your bedroom window to pristine peaks never gets old.
Reaching Everest Base Camp
Ah, the moment you’ve been waiting for. Reaching EBC is something that many dream of, but few get to accomplish. At the base of the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest (8848 meters/29,029 feet), you can see the infamous Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu Glacier. Spend some cherished moments at Everest Base Camp Trek among fluttering flags and towering peaks.
Hike Kala Patthar for Panoramic Views
The view from Kala Patthar is the major highlight for most base camp trekkers. At the highest point of the trek (5545 meters/18,192 feet), you get the best view of Mount Everest in the
whole region, as well as a 360-degree panorama view of the many more Khumbu region peaks.