Everest Base Camp trekking might be a once in a lifetime experience for any trekker unless you are a professional trekking guide or mountaineer. Getting to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain is a huge achievement and why shouldn’t it be, it’s Mount Everest.
Each year thousands of trekkers and mountaineers from all around the world come to the Everest region to conquer their biggest dream to trek to Everest.
Everest Base Camp trek is among the most popular and best trekking destination in Nepal as well as in the world. The breathtaking scenes, varying landscape and diverse culture of the region beautify the trek. This trekking route follows the footprints set by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
Overview on Everest Base Camp
Everest base camps refer to two base camps on opposite sides of Mount Everest (It could also include any Everest base camp on a given route, but this is less common since the two main routes became standardized). South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 meters (17,598 ft) (28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E), while North Base Camp is in Tibet at 5,150 meters (16,900 ft) (28°8′29″N 86°51′5″E). These camps are rudimentary campsites on Mount Everest that are used by mountaineers during their climb to submit.
Everest Base Camp takes us through various Sherpa villages, monasteries and glaciers with a magnificent Mountain View. This trek -a walk to the base camp of the world’s greatest mountain, is the grandest walk in the land of the Himalayas.
While trekking to the base camp, you might miss out on lots of things due to the excitement to get to the top. For the same reason, I have come up with the list of top 7 things to do in the Everest base camp trek that you don’t want to miss.
Top 7 Things To Do In Everest Base Camp Trek
1. Breathtaking Mountain Flight To Tenzing–Hillary Airport
The Everest Base Camp trek starts from Lukla. The 40 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is one of the most exciting flights in the world.
With the stunning views of the Eastern Himalayas, you will land on a thin airstrip at the Lukla Airport. On landing, you will get the breathtaking views of the nearby villages on the lap of majestic peaks. You might want to take a snapshot of the bird-eye view of Lukla.
2. Hike To Everest View Hotel To Get A Mesmerizing View Of Everest
From Lukla, you will trek to the Namche Bazar, which is the headquarter of the Everest region. Most of the trekkers rest in Namche for two days for acclimatizing at higher altitudes.
During this free time, you can hike up to Everest View Hotel which takes around one and a half hours from Namche for an early morning breakfast. FYI, Everest View Hotel is the world’s highest located ‘five-star hotel’.
When you get there, you can simply order a cup of tea and enjoys the view of majestic Everest which is visible from the dining area.
3. Largest Buddhist Monasteries In Everest Region: Tengboche
Adding to the natural goodness is the simplicity of the Buddhist monasteries that offer glimpses of the humble lifestyle of the monks clad in red and yellow. The largest monastery in the Khumbu region, Tengboche Monastery, also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, is a sacred Tibetan Buddhist monastery situated at 3,867 meters.
The trek to this particular is one of the shortest treks consisting of only 5-6 days of light trekking. The monastery is open to foreigners except for a few selected areas. Other Everest Base Camp treks also feature an old but preserved monastery at Pangboche. The preserved monasteries feature several ancient articles and scriptures revealing their history and origins.
4. Write Your Name On The Stones At Everest Base Camp
The Khumbu Glacier generates millions of stones. You can write your name on the stones and take a picture of it. I can’t guarantee you that it will last forever because every year glacier moves ahead with great changes.
5. Spectacular Views From Kala Pathar
The famous Everest Base Camp does not give you the grand view of Everest you were expecting. But a little hike to a rocky hill called Kala Patthar will not disappoint you.
Kala Patthar offers a breathtaking view of the majestic Mount Everest. It is the vantage point for the best and close views of Mt. Everest.
6. Tea House: Local Accommodations In The Mountains
Mountains of Nepal host many small villages scattered around the region. These small villages lack the greatest luxuries in the world. But, the humble people of these simple villages will offer you one of the best hospitality in the world.
On your Everest Base Camp trekking, you will spend a night at the cozy teahouse and lodges in the villages. This is a great way to connect to the local people and meet other fellow trekkers.
7. Glorious Mountain Views
The Everest region trekking Nepal has the most stunning mountain views in the world. Thousands of trekkers visit Everest region treks just to catch a glimpse of snow-capped peaks. The spectacular landscapes and the awe-inspiring views of mountains are plentiful throughout the trek. The mountains include Mt.Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Makalu 8463m, Mt. Cho Oyu 82011m and 23 snowy capped are breathtaking and beyond the imagination.