Is Everest Base Camp on your Bucket List? It was on ours. The Himalayas and the view from 5380 meters (almost 18,000 feet) is spectacular! The the sky is deep blue, the air is thin, the Khumbu icefall and glacier is massive, and there is an overwhelming feeling of seeing the tallest mountain in the world. After 24 hours to reach Kathmandu from North America and eight days trekking from Lukla to EBC to experience this Goddess of a mountain, it’s difficult to comprehend that all explorers hoping to reach the top of Mount Everest start here and continue another 10,000+ feet to reach the Summit. There is a magnetic energy that compels one forward and upward when you’re in the Khumbu Valley, however it’s important to know that the trek to Everest Base Camp is challenging and can be life threatening. To summarize:
- 11 days trekking (8 days to get to EBC)
- 5380 meters / 17,600 feet highest point
- 82.1 miles
- 210,000 steps approx.
- -5 degrees C avg. lowest temp (November)
High points: EBC and Khumbu icefall, the beautiful Himalayas, sunset on Everest, quiet trails, Nepali friendliness & our team!
Challenge: managing altitude sickness/staying hydrated and avoiding the Khumbu cough!
Top 5 must haves/bring:
- Toilet paper
- Hand sanitizer
- Water purification solution
- Diamox pills for altitude
- POWPOW Neck warmer/Neckie
Recommend: It can be a wonderful, unforgettable experience, but please do exhaustive research before you plan a trek to EBC.