Mount Everest Base Camp has been a popular
destination for trekkers since the very
first expeditions to the Nepalese side of
Everest in the 1953. To reach this part of
the Himalaya within a limited time, we have
devised this two week trek to Everest Base
Camp which runs directly to and from Lukla.
The Everest Base Camp trek, a very well
known mountain trek, starts at the upper
Phakding and follows the Dudh Kosi valley
which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of
Namche, a bustling bazaar that’s a junction
for trekkers, the local Sherpa 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.
From Namche, we trek along a high traversing
path where we have our first good views of
Everest and then head towards Thyangboche
Monastery, which is a 2 hour climb. The
monastery sits at 3867m in a clearing
surrounded by dwarf firs and rhododendrons.
The monastery is structurally located on a
ridge top with commanding views of the
Everest landscape. The view from this spot,
seen to best advantage in the morning, 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
Pheriche before finally approaching the
Khumbu Glacier. We then follow the glacier,
first to Lobuche, a vantage point for some
spectacular views of the Ama Dablam, Taweche
and other peaks and then hike to Gorak Shep
for a breather.
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; and makes
up for the lung-bursting climb that took you
up there. You soon realize it was absolutely
worth it. This also includes fantastic views
of the south west face of the colossal Mt.
Everest. We then trek down to Everest Base
Camp at the foot of the Khumbu ice fall
before finally making our way back down to