Reaching incredible heights of up to 8,848m, the gigantic Everest has fascinated and challenged intrepid adventurers for decades. It’s one of the most popular treks in the Himalayas, and thousands of people have trekked to 5,364m to stand at Everest Base Camp and get a glimpse of the world’s highest peak. In fact, despite the challenging climb, today the foot of Everest sees over 40,000 visitors each year.
After flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, where you’ll meet up with your sherpa guides, you’ll begin your 14 to 21-day trek to the Everest Base Camp by walking to Namche Bazar, and entering Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From there, you’ll hike to Tengboche Monastery in Dudh Kosi gorge before descending to a lodge in Debuche. Over the next five days you’ll hike through the sherpa village of Dingboche, across the Nepalese mountain of Lobuche, around the frozen lakebed of Gorakshep, and into the village of Pheriche, before making the final climb to Everest Base Camp where you’ll be rewarded with some of the most spectacular and dramatic scenery on the planet. Stand at the top of the world and feel your heart race and your senses explode. It truly is the experience of a lifetime.
Every hiker ascending to Mount Everest base camp must have a guide. Most tour groups leave from Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, after a few days of acclimatization. You won’t find any direct flights from North America or Europe to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu’s major airport. Instead, international airlines connect Kathmandu to cities in Asia and the Middle East, including Kuala Lumpur, Kunming, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Seoul. This is Nepal’s only international airport, so during high season (late September to mid-November and late February to late March) flights can book up months in advance. Another option is to fly into Delhi and make your way overland from there. The key to getting to Everest Base Camp without any hiccups is to plan ahead and ask your guide or tour provider for advice.