Ever wondered what is the highest place on earth? Googled for the answer and the word Mountain Everest pops up. Makes you wonder, what it’s like there? Read many travel website, blog and perhaps inspiring travel stories that fascinates you to think I should visit there sometime. Well let me simplify why this trek is popular. For this let us first acknowledge some history and facts about it. Mount Everest lies in border between Nepal and Tibet. Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmatha (सगरमाथा) and in Tibetan as Chomolungma. Its height is 8848m above sea level. In 1865, Everest was given its official English name by the Royal Geographical Society. Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first official ascent of Everest in 1953.Since then many thousands has successfully climbed and there have been many disaster too. Although the safety record has increased quiet lot. If you are not into climbing it and want to see the mountain as nearly as possible well Everest base camp trek is the way to go.
It starts with some thrilling ride. From Kathmandu (capital city of Nepal) you have to take a flight to highest airport located at Lukla (2860m) and near to landing you can see how geographically challenging the airport construction was , the airplane passes through two big hills, tearing through the wind and it surely scares you a bit. No wonder it is among top dangerous airport of the world. Scared? Well that’s the beauty of this trek, its adventurous. After you are in lukla u can definitely feel the warmth it provides you (Tough its cold out there). Always keep some extra days in spare as the flight may get cancelled due to some weather or any other reason. The time frame (itenary) depends upon how many days you have usually to complete this trek 14 to 16 days is ideal. Its going to test you physically and at some level emotionally too.
As you walk through the trial the dudh koshi river is flowing below the trial. The clear river just flowing through the Himalaya is just breath taking. As you cross the river through a suspension bridge you reach the Top dandha gives the first impression of Everest and the beautiful snow which rises to the sky as the wind blows by it. Though its just the beginning to this trek it shows a great promises of what it has to offer you as you move forward. Namche bazar the gate way of Everest. It has developed so much through the years. The food, hotels and landscapes in which it is situated is phenomenon. It offers you almost everything you want international foods, traditional food, bakery and don’t forget the internet, it’s good. Just roam around the khumjung areas where, the khumjung monastery where the yeti skull lies and the Everest view point hotel (5 star of khumbhu region) have a coffee or tea and have the view of the Everest. There is large Sherpa villages too where you can actually see how the livelihood of people is.
Through the trials you will reach the Tengbouche monastery which is very famous in the khumbhu region. It is one of the very oldest monastery of the region built in 1923. After walking for few hours the tree line and the greenery gets thinner and after sometime it vanishes and you can find some bushes only. As you ascend forward you can feel the lack of oxygen the heart beat rising. Some of them could have worse too. So you have to be prepared. But the good thing is you will feel like getting closer to the Himalaya.as walking by you can see a lots of mountains. Dengbouche is another beautiful place. The majestic view of the mount AMA DABLAM makes you not leave the place ever. The cold wind blowing towards you and the rays of sunlight falling in the top of AMA DABLAM is a unforgettable experience you just cannot explain. Moving forward,though you don’t want to leave from AMA DABLAM . There is a memorial for the people who have lost their live on Everest at DUKLA PASS. “May their soul rest in peace.” There lies the khumbhu glacier on the side of the DUKLA PASS whose part could be seen from the top as we move upward. We are getting closer and closer to our mission. As the destination arrive closer and closer the place gets colder and spectacular. The mountain range can be a lot closer and vivid. We move towards Lobuche and Gorekshep from where we can see the Khumbhu glacier. As we pass through Lobuche and Gorekshep then will reach to our main destination “EVEREST BASE CAMP”.
If you arrive here in spring season the place will be crowded with climbers. But for trekkers better season will be in autumn. From there you can see khumbhu ice fall and the lots of mountain range some of which are Choyu ,Everest, Lotse ,Makalu etc. which are above 8000m and many other too. You can take a lot of picture and experience the phenomenonal mountain range. The thing is you cannot actually view the top of the Everest from the base camp.For that you have to hike 2 two 3 hours from Gorekshep to reach KALAPATTHAR (5555M) usually in morning to view the sunrise and when sunrises and the ray fall on the top of Everest it is beyond explanation. Yes you can see top of Everest from kalapatthar and it feels as if you’re on the top of it. How? Well it is extremely closer to you that it is hard to expalin the feel. It’s just majestic.
Though it’s just the summary of the trek and the experience I have felt over the years, I hope it helps to justify the question.