This is one of the most frequently asked questions by those people who want are planning for Everest Base Camp Trek.
Everest Base Camp Trek route is the highest trek route in the world located in Khumbu region of Nepal. Some people like to follow the classical Everest Base Camp Trek. If they want to begin their Everest Base Camp Trek from Jiri or Shivalaya, they follow the trekking route from Jiri to Namche via Nunthala, Junbesi and Salleri. This is the legendary Everest Base Camp Trek Route used by Tenjing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary when they scaled Mt. Everest in 1953. Still, people love to follow this classical Everest Base Camp Trek route since they love to enjoy beautiful villages like Nunthala, Junbesi and Salleri. We can experience such picturesque rural setting with core wilderness that triggers us to follow the same route again and again.
After the constructing of Lukla Airport in 1964, people became more interested in Everest Base Camp Trek. The runway of the airport was not paved till 2001. Later in 2008, the Lukla airport was named as Tenjing Hillary Airport and also started the direct flight from Kathmandu. Then, the flow of tourists considerably rose.
In fact, Everest Base Camp Trek gets a considerable popularity around the world after Tenjing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary scaled Mt. Everest successfully in 1953. Later, people around the world were interested to experience the highest trekking route in the world. Gradually, Everest Base Camp Trekking route became remarkably popular among the adventure trekkers.
Everest Base Camp Trek route begins from the elevation of 1300m in Kahtmandu. A short from Kathmandu takes us to Lukla. Lukla is located at an elevation of 2860m. Then, the route follows Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the national park located at the highest elevation of the world. We experience alpine flora and fauna in Sagarmatha National Park. Namche is another attraction of Everest Base Camp Trek Route. The hustle and bustle, traditional market, Hotel Everest View and Internationsl Sherpa Museum are the major attractions of Namche Bazar. Next, Everest Base Camp Trek route takes us to Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorekhshep. After Gorekhshep, we climb Kalapatthar and capture stunning sunrise and mountain views including Mt. Everest. Kalapatthar (5643m) is the highest point of Everest Base Camp Trek route. Similarly, we trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) bordering to Tibet and witness mighty glaciers and mountain summits.
Everest Base Camp (5364m) is the borderline between Tibet and Nepal. Actually, there are two Everest Base Camps: one on Nepal’s Side and the other on Tibetan side. The northern Everest Base Camp is on the Nepal side and the southern Everest Base Camp is on Tibetan side. The northern Everest Base Camp on Nepal side more popular and impressive than the Everest Base Camp Located on Tibetan side. People also trek to Everest Base Camp located on Nepal’s side from Tibetan side.
Everest Base Camp Trek route is a legendary trek route used by two legendary climbers: Tenjing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary. Beginning from Lukla or alternatively, from Jiri or Shivalaya, we pass via Namche and finally takes us to Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp letting us experiencing entire Khumbu region of Nepal.
Nowadays, there are modern hotels and lodges on the Everest Base Camp Trek route. We get luxury accommodations in Phakding, Namche and Dingboche. Recently, the Khumbu region is operating all activities in the region independently.
Everest Base Camp Trek route is terribly crowded during Autumn ( Sep-Nov) since it is the best season for travelling in Nepal. We have the finest weather during Autumn and the mountain views are magnificent.
Everest Base Trek route is not considered as technical trekking route in Nepal. In fact, this trekking route is, relatively, safer than other trekking routes in Nepal. Everest Base Camp Trek route has wider space without the threat of avalanches and glaciers. Only the problem, sometimes, occurs due to altitude sickness. For this, we can follow the ideas how to prevent altitude sickness for Everest Base Camp Trek. We do not need to use technical equipments of trekking like ice axe, rope etc for Everest Base Camp Trek route.