15 things to do during your Everest Base Camp Trek

Have you been to Everest Base Camp? Have you heard about it? Or have you thought of going there?  The answer may be either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.

Everest Base Camp Trek, the majestic trek in Khumbu region of Nepal, offers us fabulous experience of adventure trekking taking us to the highest mountain base camp of the world. So, we even cannot imagine the moment when we step at Everest Base Camp and celebrate the triumph.

Begin it with a short flight from Kathmandu airport to Lukla, trek to Namche via Manjo. At Manjo, we see the office of Sagarmatha National Park. Entering into Sagarmatha National Park offers us the serenity and wilderness.  We enjoy experiencing diverse species of flora and fauna too.

Observing Tibetan market at Namche in the evening will be astounding. Climb to hotel Everest View and enjoy mesmerizing Everest Panorama before heading to  Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp.

Be spiritual participating evening prayer at Tengboche monastery , have bliss of cool breeze in deep forest in Sagaramtha National park, hike to Kalapatthar and celebrate spectacular sunrise and mountain giants including Mt. Everest, the top of the world, further trek to Everest Base Camp, the world highest mountain base camp and backtrack along the same trail to Lukla. Now, take a short flight again to end the trek in Kathmandu.

While venturing on this majestic trail, we need to do certain things. And also people ask ‘what are the things to do during our Everest Base Camp Trek? ‘So, it is like preparing for your trek to know the things to do during your Everest Base Camp Trek. Here, we have proposed 15 things to do during your Everest Base Camp Trek.

1. Capture breathtaking mountain views and the landscapes while flying to Lukla from Kathmandu airport

It is a spectacular 30 minutes flight from Kahtmandu to Lukla. This is the first experience you are going to make for Everest Base Camp Trek.  While flying with smaller plane to Lukla, we have majestic glimpses of mountain panorama. Get your camera ready and capture the views as many as you can.

2.Do not forget to say ‘Namaste’ to  every local whom you encounter with

‘Namaste’ is the most important and humble greeting among Nepalese. When you see local people in the mountain, do not forget to say’ Namaste’ to them. They will be happy to say ‘Namaste’ to you again.  ‘Namaste’ is common to all good morning, good afternoon and good evening. But, you can say ‘Namaste’ for good night.  So, begin your talk with local people saying ‘ Namaste’.

3. Take picture of Lukla Airport ( the most dangerous airport of the world)

Lukla airport is considered as the most dangerous airport in the world. So, why not capturing in your camera? Take some fine photographs of Lukla airport as you get to the Lukla town. You cannot even imagine that there is airport at Lukla at the lap of mountain.Lukla airport is also known as Tenjing Hillary Airport.

4. Spend some time at Sagarmath National Park Office at Monjo

Sagarmatha National Park has its office at Monjo where you get your permit checked. This is the entrance of the national park. You are instructed what to do and what not to do in the park putting some boards at its office. Even, you can explore more about the park asking with the staffs at the office. And do not forget to make a photograph of it.

5. Visit Sherpa Cultural Museum at Namche

Namche is the gateway to Everest region. While exploring Namche and its premises, one thing you should not forget to do is visiting Sherpa Cultural Museum. You will have tremendous insights of rich Sherpa culture, civilization and most importantly know about legendary climbers including Tenjing Norgay Sherpa.  Without visiting it, the exploration of Namche will be incomplete.

6. Observe Tibetan Market at Namche in the evening

Enjoying the hustle and bustle of Tibetan market at Namche will be astounding. We even can find some clothes or equipment at this market in the evening at cheap cost. You will have the insights of core commercial activities of Tibetan people while observing this market at Namche.

7. leave the way for the yaks and mules

 You will encounter with numerous yaks and mules carrying heavy loads on the trail. They may not leave their way and they like to keep moving. At this time, you need to leave the way and let them go first. Otherwise, they push you with their stuffs on the back.  So, you need to be careful about it. The yaks and the mules are the only means of transportation after Lukla to Everest Base Camp.

8. Climb Everest View Hotel and enjoy Khumjung village and incredible Everest

Hotel Everest View is the hotel located at the highest elevation of the world. It has record in Guianese Book of World record. It offers entire Everest panorama to the trekkers as well as magnificent Khunjung village where Hillary School is located. Have tea and coffee or heavy meal and enjoy the view from it.

9. Offer prayer to holy Tengboche monstery in the evening

Every evening, the holy monks offer prayer in the Tengboche Monastery. You can join them and offer your prayer too. It is magnificent to be part of it. The different performances during the offering and the good fragrances of incense will take your pains away. This spirituality will help you to make your entire trek an energetic.

 10.Capture the picture of the signboard Way To Everest Base Camp

Do not forget to take the photograph of the signboard ‘Way to Everest Base Camp’.  This makes your trek more memorable and complete. When you recall the memories seeing the old photographs, you feel proud of yourself that you have been to Everest Base Camp.

 11.Take photo from the top of Kalapatthar

Do not imagine accomplishing Everest Base Camp trek without climbing Kalapathar and capturing photos from the top of it. Pumori is just in front of your and all majestic Himalayas including Mt. Everest are towering to the sky. It will be marvelous to take photo of Everest from Kalapatthar.

12. Take the right turn of the mani or mani wall

In Tibetan tradition and culture, taking right turn of the manis or mani wall will be the ‘Good Luck’. So, you can see everybody is taking right turn of manis in the mountain. Rolling the Manis is offering the holy prayer to Buddha.

 13. Write your name on a stone at Everest Base Camp

Everybody seems busy writing their names on the stone at Everest Base Camp when they get there. You can see the stones around are full of different names of the visitors. And now, take your time and add one more name on these stones.

14.Taste Thenthuk

Thenthuk is Tibetan food which is similar to Thukpa. The noodle and the vegetables are boiled and served with some spices which help you to keep your body warm in the mountain. Thenthuk is a special dish in Everest region. You can add some more species if you want.  So, do not forget to taste it during your Everest Base Camp Trek.

15. Keep Khumbu region Clean

The final and the most important thing to do is Keeping Khumbu region clean. Do not disturb any wildlife and birds; do not harm the wilderness and harmony among the ecological organisms. Actually, we are trekking through Sagarmatha National Park and numerous towns and villages. Do not throw garbage indiscriminately. Keep Khumbu Region clean.

Simply, do the above mentioned 15 things for your successful, happy and memorable Everest Base Camp Trek.

- Krisna Thapa

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