- In the beginning, you will follow the Dudhkoshi river valley from Phakding after walking three hrs from Lukla and keep following this river valley until you reach Tengboche.
- It takes 2 days walk and one-day altitude practice rest days to cross this valley.
- Kala Patthar is the most popular hill station which offers the best view on this trek.
Many people dream of Everest and the area attracts travelers from all around the world. The Everest base camp trek is an amazing mountain journey in Nepal. There are lots of things which attract visitors and make this trek wonderful. Seeing the beauty of the Everest region, you will never get bored. Sagarmatha National Park is a natural world heritage site of Nepal, so walking through this national park, you can see lots of wildlife, vegetation and more.
The Everest base camp trek is doable using 3 different trekking routes. Starting from Jiri and Salleri are the longer routes. Using these trails is the best way to escape altitude sickness.
Starting a trek from Lukla is a short and famous trekking route. You can fly with a small aircraft to Lukla from Kathmandu and walk through Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep to reach the base camp.
You need to have two different trekking permits for this trek. Pasang Lhamu rural municipality entry permit and Sagarmatha national park entry permits are the major trekking permits of this trek. You can issue these permits from Lukla and Monjo.
Following Beautiful River valley
In the beginning, you will follow the Dudhkoshi river valley from Phakding after walking three hrs from Lukla and keep following this river valley until you reach Tengboche. It takes 2 days walk and one-day altitude practice rest days to cross this valley.
After Dudhkoshi valley, you will travel to Khumbu valley next. You will trek through this valley one day until the Dingboche and Imja valley meet. Again you will connect with Khumbu valley after spending 2 nights in Dingboche and follow until the base camp. Also, you will be following up the same valleys taking a three days trek back to Lukla.
Traditional Sherpa villages
Sherpa people are famous for Nepalese tourism history. They are famous as mountain climbers. Though all the Sherpas are not hanging on tourism. They are doing farming and some other business too.
Visiting beautiful Sherpa villages is a nice part of this trek. The buildings with their traditional local architecture and colorful towns are amazing on the Everest base camp trek.
Namche Bazar is one of the most beautiful towns on this trek. It is located on the lap of a hill. There are some bars with movie/games shows, bakeries, coffee shops, lodges, different shops and more where you can kill time.
Khumjung village is the biggest village on this trek. You might visit to acclimatization for a rest day or just move on. Other villages like Pangboche, Dingboche and Pheriche are also magnificent towns.
Everest Base Camp
Reaching the base camp of Mt. Everest is the main goal of most trekkers. Walking eight days from Lukla, including 2 extra rest days, you can reach the base camp. The base camp is located 5,364m above sea level. There is a lot of ice under the base camp location.
Being on the Khumbu glacier, it will look like a small mountain city during the expedition season. There are a couple of hundred climbers in spring– the best time to climb Mt. Everest and other mountains. This base camp can be used to climb Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. The base camp might not offer the best view of the mountains so you will visit some vantage points for magnificent mountain views.
There are several stunning viewpoints which offer scenic panoramic mountain views on this trek. Everest view hotel is the first visiting viewpoint during the Everest base camp trek. You can visit this while you take your first altitude rest day in Namche Bazaar. It is about a half-day hike to visit this viewpoint. You will see Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and many other high mountains from this viewpoint.
Tengboche hill is the next viewpoint on this trek. You will trek to this place on your fourth-day. This hill is located on an open area so this hill also offers one of the best views of the Everest massif.
After this, you will visit Nangkar-Tsang hill on your second rest day in Dingboche. This hill offers a beautiful view of the Everest Himalaya and one more mountain from another region. Mt. Makalu is the next mountain which you will not see from other places on this trek.
Kala Patthar is the most popular hill station which offers the best view on this trek. This is the hill from where you can see the nearest view of Mt. Everest. It takes around 2 hours to reach the top from Gorakshep and another hour to come back.
Besides these places and attractions, wildlife from the national park, waterfalls, landscape, vegetation, glaciers and much more things make the trek memorable and a lifetime experience. So explore Everest. You will definitely not feel bored on the Everest base camp trek.