Everest Base Camp has been a popular destination for trekkers since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in 1953. This route is probably the most famous trekking route in the world. Every spring and autumn the trail fills with awe struck walkers who wind their way through friendly Sherpa villages to make all the way to the base of the world’s highest mountain.
The trek starts flying into a remote airstrip in Lukla and follows the Dudhkoshi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a bustling bazaar that is a junction for trekkers, the local Sherpa, the Tibetan trader from Tibet and expeditions en route to the mighty Mt. Everest. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it the kind of walk you will remember for a long, long time.
After Namche, we trek along a high traversing path from where we have our first good views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and other snow capped peaks and then head towards Tengboche Monastery, which is a 2 hour climb from the river bank at its base. The monastery is structurally located on a ridge top at 3867 m. with commanding views of the Everest landscape and surrounded by dwarf firs and rhododendrons forests. The view from this spot is absolutely mesmerizing and stunning and is rightly deemed to be one of the most magnificent in the world.
We then descend to the Imja Khola and continue to the villages of Pangboche and Dingboche before finally approaching the Khumbu Glacier. We then follow the glacier, first to Lobuche with some spectacular views of the Ama Dablam, Taweche and other peaks and then hike to Gorak Shep for close up views of the surrounding peaks. We then trek to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu Ice fall.
During the trek we also have the opportunity to ascend Kala Pattar (5554m) from where we can get some awesome views of the Himalayan giants which literally numb your senses with breathless admiration that beholds the eye. You soon realize that almost 2 hrs hard climb to get the top is absolutely worth it. We then head back to make our way back down to Lukla to catch the flight back to Kathmandu.