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“Trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp” is a dream for everyone who loves outdoor activities. However, they think I’ve never been to a high mountain. Can I do the Everest Base hike as a beginner? I’m retired, too old, and I think I can’t do the Everest Base Camp trek. Some people think the Everest Base camp treks are too hard for me. Can’t I go hiking for more than 1 week?
Our answer is “yes” to all your Everest Base Camp Trek questions, whether you are a beginner, a retired person, or an old person between 65 and 75 years.
If you are physically, mentally and spiritually perfect, the Everest Camp Trek is just for you. No worry! We have experienced guides and a support team to look after you for the trek.
How long can you keep dreaming of doing the Everest Base Camp Trek? Don’t just put the trek on your bucket list! Pack up your gear; great ready and go to fulfil your dream adventure, the “Everest Base camp Trek”.
“Everest Base Camp Trek” is a 14-day trek known as the EBC trek. The trek leads you to the base of the tallest mountain in the World, Mt. Everest. Among the many treks in Nepal, the Everest Base camp trek is the more popular trek in Nepal. Because of its natural beauty, thousands of trekkers and mountain climbers visit Nepal annually. They will enjoy their trekking experiences and climb the World’s tallest Mount. Everest.
During the trek, you will enjoy the scenic beauties of nature. Especially the view of Mt. Everest from Kalapathar (5545 m) is inspiring. Similarly, you will feel and experience the traditional culture and warm hospitality of the local Community.
Fulfil your Everest Base Camp Trek dream
Everest Base Camp is one of the ultimate destinations for adventure seekers. Because it’s a dream of every traveller worldwide who wants to fulfil their dream by visiting EBC, while planning for this trek, you can make the trek plan from 12 to 14 days, including Kathmandu. As in our standard trek plan, you will spend 11 nights in the mountain. It includes visiting the Everest Base Camp and a hike to Kalapathar.
In addition to the Everest Base Camp trek, we offer other featured tours and trekking activities to our adventure lovers. “NATURALLY NEPAL Once is not enough” is the tourism brand of Nepal. Hence, the people who visit Nepal frequently visit Nepal, planning different tours and trekking activities. That’s why adventure lovers, who have already experienced the EBC trek, look for different adventure activities as they like to have different experiences in culture, nature, and adventure. That is why the Makalu Base Camp trek or Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek could be an alternative trek option for adventure seekers to enjoy nature and the cultural way of living of the local people.
It’s also our pleasure to inform you that our team can customise this standard trek plan. So please contact us by email if you are making the trek individually, with your friends or family.
How the Everest Base Camp trek starts
Firstly, on day 1st, we will pick you up upon arrival at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu. Then, we will transfer you to your pre-booked hotel in Kathmandu. After check-in at the hotel, we will provide you with a short briefing about the trek. Meanwhile, we will also introduce you to your guide, supporters, and other fellow trekkers. Tomorrow, your flight to Lukla is early morning. Hence, we advise you to go to an early bed and become an early bird for your wake up at 5 am and get ready for the airport departure.
On day 2nd, we will provide your transfer from the hotel to the airport at 5:30 am. We provide you with a packed breakfast as the hotel serves breakfast only after 6 am. However, if you are in a big group, we can also arrange a buffet breakfast at 5 am (optional).
Please note that – the flight to Lukla or vice versa always depends on weather conditions! The weather in Lukla is unpredictable because even in the best trek season in October – November, the weather might be worse in Lukla.
Let’s wish and pray for good weather for your flight to Lukla! After a 30-minute exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you will land at its tiny Tenjin Hillary Airport, commonly known as Lukla airport.
Kick off your trek!
As soon as you come out of the aeroplane, you will be mesmerised by the sound environment and tranquillity. Then the surroundings will fully energise you to kick off your first-day trek from Lukla to Phakding village.
First view of Everest Glimpse
From Namche, you trek along a high path from where you have the first good view of Mt. Everest. First, you will start trekking towards Thyangboche Monastery, located on top of a mountain ridge, descend the Imja Khola and continue to the villages of Pangboche and Dingboche. After that, you will reach the Khumbu Glacier. The trek through the glacier takes you first to Lobuche and then to Gorak Shep, where you finally reach your destination at the foot of the Khumbu ice falls.
Acclimatisation on the trek
Spending time at such heights, even the approaches to the Base Camp requires some acclimatisation. Therefore, after flying into Lukla from Kathmandu and then; completing the two-day trek up to Phakding and Namche Bazar in the Lower Everest region (3535 m), you will spend 2-nights in Namche Bazar adjusting to the conditions with a trek in the valley and a leisurely visit to the local community museum.
In Dingboche, you will enjoy another acclimatisation day with a day hike to the Chhukung valley, where there are fine views of the 5th highest mountain peak, Makalu (8463 m). With snow-capped peaks all -around, you will be eager to trek higher up to the Everest Base Camp.
Guesthouse and lodges on the trek route
The high-altitude Everest region has fewer visitors than Annapurna. However, trekkers are well-provided with guest houses and lodges offering a welcome warm bed for the night, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Along the way, you will visit the lavishly rebuilt monastery at Tengboche. In addition, you will enjoy the view of high snow-capped peaks surrounded by pine trees and alpine meadows.
Return from Everest Base camp Trek
On the first day of the return trip from the base camp, you will stay overnight at Gorakshep and then hike up the slopes of Kalapathar (5545 m) for a fine view of Everest and its surrounding peaks. Then, it is a three-day trek back to Lukla via Pheriche and Namche Bazar before flying back to Kathmandu.
Some Health Tips before travelling
High altitude sickness Prevention and Treatment
For people who are not accustomed to living in high-altitude environments, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or Altitude Sickness is a common occurrence when travelling to sites with elevations of approximately 8,000 feet (2,400 metres above sea level) and above. Popular destinations like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Upper Mustang, Kanchenjunga Base Camp, Makalu Base Camp, and other high-altitude sites present a risk of AMS for hikers, skiers, and adventurers. Mainly because these locations are usually remote, it’s essential to recognise and identify the symptoms of AMS and how to deal with them.
What to Watch Out For Altitude Sickness
AMS is caused by a lack of oxygen in the body and decreased air pressure which you can experience during skiing, mountain trekking, or flying when the body does not have enough time to adapt to the change or too much energy is exerted. The AMS can lead to a range of symptoms, including:
- dizziness, nausea, and vomiting
- headaches and muscle aches
- loss of appetite, irritability
- swelling in feet, hands, and face
- shortage of breath
- Increased heartbeat. Severe cases include coughing, chest congestion, skin discolouration, and loss of balance and ability to walk.
These cases can lead to damage to the cardiovascular as well as muscular and nervous systems and should be dealt with urgently; worst-case scenarios can result in a coma or death. Less severe cases should also be dealt with immediately before they can progress.
Treatment of High Altitude Sickness
In non-severe cases, AMS can be resolved by descending to a lower altitude, hydrating with water, and taking time to rest between activities before ascending to a higher altitude. Symptoms can take from a few hours to a few days to subside. However, oxygen may be administered if there is swelling in the brain and fluid in the lungs. Patients may also be prescribed a range of medications, including Diamox to aid breathing, Decadron to reduce swelling in the brain, aspirin for headache relief, and blood pressure medicine.
Prevention of High Altitude Sickness
Fortunately, most people can prevent the onset of AMS with some conscientious planning. They ensure good physical health before exposure to high altitudes (such as assurance of no severe health conditions and reasonable fitness levels). Doctors can prescribe Diamox to be taken before climbing. Trekkers can also plan their route accordingly to allow for gradual ascent and days of rest (usually done in 600 metres intervals).
Keeping hydrated, carrying oxygen when ascending above 3000 metres, eating regular, high-carbohydrate meals, and avoiding unnecessary exertion (and allowing for plenty of rest) will also help prevent AMS.
Take Note If Altitude
You suffer from heart and lung disease. As a result, your cardiovascular system will experience strain under high altitudes. Also, consult the doctor before climbing to high altitudes if you take medications that lower breathing rates, like narcotic pain relievers, tranquillisers, and sleeping pills.
People who suffer from anaemia should also consider taking iron supplements before trekking to high altitudes. Low red blood cell counts mean less oxygen in the blood, which high climbs will extenuate.
Like any illness, AMS can be prevented and treated accordingly with conscientious planning, an acute awareness of its symptoms, and sufficient access to the right resources for treatment.