Why 16-day Everest Base Camp Trek?
‘Enjoy fabulous times and scenic moments on a walk to world's highest Mt. Everest’
Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the World’s most famous adventures within two week duration time frame in Nepal. On this trip, the people can join in a walk that leads you right beneath the world's number one, Mount Everest(you may read our blog: Where is mount Everest located?).
Mt. Everest towers high at 8,848 m and 29,028 ft straddling the border with Nepal and Tibet / China, the north face in Tibet and the south face in Nepal. Most of the adventures related to Mt. Everest and its neighboring high peaks are more popular from the south side of Nepal.
The first conquest of Mt. Everest was succeeded on May 29th, 1953, by late legendary mountaineers Tenzing and Hillary. Then it was well exposed to the outside world, and visitors slowly took an interest in this stunning giant peak. Thus, resulting at present, one of the most popular Himalayan adventure destinations.
The walk begins after reaching the Lukla Airport/ Tenzing Hillary Airport by taking a short and scenic flight of 30 minutes from Kathmandu city. Then heading along the side of Dudh Kosi River through friendly Sherpa villages to enter the Sagarmatha National Park. The park is enriched with exotic flora and fauna added in the list of world heritage sites.
Now, the journey continues through nice woodland of pines and rhododendron tree lines to reach the famous Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa Capital. It’s a perfect spot and altitude for rest days to get acclimatized before heading to higher elevations.
Namche Bazaar acts almost like a town with many facilities like banks, shops, stores, and nice hotels and lodges available. It’s also the place where, once a week, a busy, colorful Saturday market takes place, an unusual activity to observe.
From Namche, our walk leads to the high and scenic Tengboche Monastery. It’s another beautiful spot for excellent views of the mountain panorama with Everest and magnificent Amadablam. The small tour in and around the monastery is another highlight of the trip.
After Tengboche Monastery, our hike leads into a barren country within the wilderness of high mountains and deep valleys. Then, again the fantastic adventure leads on the foot of Mt. Everest at base camp, close to Khumbu Ice-fall and glaciers.
After enjoying a wonderful time and experience, the trail leads you to another highlight of the Everest Trek. It takes you to the highest spot of the adventure, above 5,545 m on top of Kalapatthar. This rocky hill rewards you with a stunning panorama of surrounding giant peaks with Everest nearby.
The amazing Everest adventure completes after exploring Everest base camp and experiencing the high Kalapatthar. It is the place where the returning route begins. It takes you through nice scenic places and rural villages to reach Namche Bazaar and back at Lukla. If you want to know more on Everest Base Camp then learn why Everest Base Camp is worth visiting.
After completing our memorable and adventurous trek, we take a short panoramic flight to Kathmandu. This way, we conclude our remarkable journey and experience on the world’s highest Everest base camp trekking. However, if you find 16 days a bit long that could tamper with your professional life, we have a relatively shorter trek package- Short Everest Base Camp Trek where you can have the same experience but for a short time.
Best Time to visit Everest Base Camp
Nearly all months of the year except the monsoon. Wet months from mid-June to mid-September. The best time of the 16-day Everest base camp trek is from March to May, with clear views till the afternoon. The wildflowers are in bloom with fantastic views of mountains. And a pleasant day with cooler morning and night time.
Another best time for 16 day Everest Base Camp Trek is October to December. Clear views of peaks with short sunlight days can be freezing cold in the morning and night time. This depends upon the altitude and overnight stop.