Everest Base Camp Trekking

Everest Base Camp TrekkingFrom Namche, we trek out of the village bowl and follow a small trail high above the Dudh Kosi River, where the views are incredible; behind to the west, the ridge of Nupla and Kwangde Himal (6194m); across the valley to the south, the towering ice-fluted walls of Thamserku (6623m), and to the east at the head of the valley, the Lhotse and Nuptse wall, towering a full three and a half thousand metres above the valley at Dingboche. Everest looms above the ridge, a black, triangular rock; Sagarmatha, "Goddess Mother of Earth", is a truly magnificent sight. On a small ridge across the valley, the monastery of Thyangboche can be seen, a small speck against the gigantic mountain background. We descend to Khumjung, and after staying in the more westernized town of Namche Bazar, these villages make a welcome change. Here tourism has hardly changed the life of the Sherpas. It is possible to take the opportunity to sample the Sherpa speciality, Riki Kur - a type of potato fritter enriched with yak butter. The afternoon has been left free to assist with further acclimatization. Stay overnight in which will prove to be both mentally and physically demanding. Above Lobuche, we follow the path running through a trough alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Continuing on over rough ground we reach Gorak Shep, where a short break is offered to replenish fluids. A walk for a further hour and a half reaches Kala Pattar, a small, rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Pumori - a slow, steady pace, once again being the best attack. Avoid rushing. Stop and turn around: the scenery is fantastic. It is a hard climb, but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. Huge creaking glaciers surround us and classic views of Everest are available. The views from the summit of Kala Pattar (5630m) are truly outstanding. Here you are directly below Pumo Ri's light granite and slanted snow channel. The surroundings have an awesome and unnatural brilliance. To the south, the Khumbu Glacier sweeps below you; northwards rise several border peaks including the vertical Lho La, reached from the Tibetan side in 1921, the first time foreigners had seen the Khumbu Glacier. Mt Everest rises above them all. Known as "Chomolungma" (Lady Goddess of the Wind) by the Nepalese, the mountain was initially called Peak XV. In 1852 it was recognized as the highest peak on earth and four years later was given the name Everest in honour of Sir George Everest.

Trekking Itinerary

Everest Base Camp Trekking MapDay 01: Kathmandu - Lukla 2,840m/9,317ft by flight to Phakding 2640m
Day 02: Phakding - Namche Bazar 3446m
Day 03: Namche Bazar Rest day, climb up to see the views & round the Kumjung village.
Day 04: Namche Bazar - Tyanboche Gomba 3867m
Day 05: Tyanboche Gomba - Dingboche 4252m
Day 06: Dingboche - Labuche 4930m
Day 07: Labuche - Gorakshep 5160m
Day 08: Gorakshep Rest days to see the Everest view from Kalapatar 5545m or go to basecamp & back to gorakshep.
Day 09: Gorakshep - Ferriche 4252m
Day 10: Ferriche - Tyangboche Gomba 3867m
Day 11: Tyangboche - Namche Bazar 3446m
Day 12: Namche Bazar - Lukla 2,840m/9,317ft
Day 13: Lukla - Kathmandu by flight.

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