Everest base camp trek is the ultimate mind-blowing experience for nature lovers. It’s one of the most challenging treks in the world but also one of the most rewarding ones. It takes about two to three days to reach Everest base camp via helicopter from Kathmandu, Nepal. But if you are able to plan your trip in advance, it can easily be done in one or two days. You will be exhausted and possibly dehydrated when you get there but that’s just a small price to pay for an unforgettable experience like this. This is an extremely challenging trek that requires a lot of planning and preparation before setting off on your journey. Even though the entire trekking process might take more than 13 days, you need to give yourself at least two weeks when you decide to do it.
Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world can be climbed in two seasons. One in pre-monsoon i.e. spring and the other in post-monsoon i.e. autumn. Don’t be confused, monsoon is an Asian weather phenomenon originated from the Bay of Bengal. The trip is for one who wants to stand tall at 5300meters. If you want to avoid the crowd at Everest climb, then the autumn (post-monsoon) season is the best time to climb and trek to Everest.
During the spring season, the glaciers and crevasses will be opened up with all the cracks exposed. The snow faces will have blue ice on them. During the autumn season, it will be filled with snow. During the post-monsoon season, expect mostly sunny and warm weather at low altitudes with occasional rain and fog at mid-mountains. At high altitudes, expect strong winds and snow at times.
Everest Base Camp during Autumn (Post Monsoon)
You won’t meet many tourists during your flight to Kathmandu. Instead, we will take you to your hotel in Thamel tourist district. Everything in the area will be open and people will be happy to see you. The trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is at 2800 meters. If the weather is good, you can fly in a helicopter.
After reaching Lukla, you will start your trek to Phakding Village, which is located by the river Dudh Kosi then walk up to Namche Bazaar (3500 meters), which is the main trading town of the Sherpas. Namche Bazaar is popular for hanging around. We can walk to the Everest View Hotel, which is close to the town center. There, we can enjoy eating pizza, drinking coffee, and watching the famous Everest and Lhotse movies. We walk along ridges and heads towards next destination to Pangboche at 3950 meters and rest in lodge. We can see the view of other peaks like Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Nuptse. Then we reach Dingboche (4400m) and rest at another gorgeous lodge. After climbing up 5000m, we can get the close-up view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Island Peak. Our next spot is a famous Italian research pyramid i.e. Lobuche. The lunch at GorakShep (5050m) will provide energy to trek fast. Finally, we head towards Everest base camp (5300m).