The Mount Everest Base Camp has beckoned thousands of adventure lovers and trekkers to unveil the mystery of the mighty Himalayan peaks. For years, people from all over the world have walked distant miles and followed their predecessors to get a glimpse of the panoramic view of these mystic mountain ranges and find out what makes them so majestic. The answer lies in the journey itself, for those who have embarked on this quest have experienced their moments of truth and rediscovered themselves in a whole new way. Many say their souls have untaken a transformation that has taken them beyond the material world and introduced them to a world full of adventure, peace, tranquility, and fulfillment.
The Everest Base Camp has two primary sections, namely, the South and the North Base Camp. While the South Base Camp lies at an altitude of 5,363 metres in Nepal, the North Base Camp is technically in Tibet at an altitude of 5,150 metres. Trekkers and mountain climbers have historically used these camps as acclimatization locations before ascending further up Mount Everest or while coming down after an Everest trek. ‘Sherpas’ (local guides for Mount Everest Treks) and porters carry supplies to these camps for trekkers. These base camps serve as a point where trekkers stop to get accustomed with the high altitude and mountain weather. At times, these stays may be extended to several days depending on how long you take to adjust to altitude and what the weather conditions are like.
The trek to the South Base Camp is extremely popular and is thus frequented by tens of thousands trekkers every year. The starting point of this trek is Lukla that can be reached from Kathmandu via flight. From Lukla you start your upwards journey crossing varied landscapes, the beautiful valley of the Dudh Kosi River, Namche Bazaar, and other small villages. In between, there are stops that allow you to spend some time in and amongst the local villages and get a taste of Nepalese culture while gently acclimatizing to the rising altitudes. Gradually, you work your way to Everest Base Camp destination crossing past Dingboche, Gorakshep, Kala Patthar, and Mount Pumori.
Trekking to the North Base Camp requires permit from the Chinese Government. If traveling on your own, you can with a little knowhow, arrange the permit from reputed travel companies in Lhasa. Along with the permit, you can also arrange for vehicles, tour packages, driver, and tour guides. It’s important however, do to your homework as you don’t want to discover the pitfalls of hiring a vehicle that has been poorly maintained (and breaks down) while your in the middle of now where. While there is a tourist base camp that lays half way on the Rongbuk Monastery, the actual base camp is situated at the foot of the Rongbuk glacier. This camp has been used since Edmund Hilary days, by mountain climbers as a stop before ascending the final leg up the mighty Mount Everest.
If you love adventure travel, and want to explore one of the most sought after hiking destinations of the world, then a trek to the Mount Everest Base Camp is definitely the holy grail of adventure trekking. Along with some jaw dropping mountain panorama that will transfer you to an ethereal world, you will also know how it feels to accomplish something that others can only dream of! You will be filled with a sense of achievement and pride that it hard to match anywhere else in the world. You will discover why travelers round the globe have returned repeatedly to take the road less traveled and decipher the mystery of the mountain dreams.
As a first step take a look at the websites of tour operators and trek organizers dealing with Mount Everest Base Camp treks. You will find a variety of options in terms of duration, cost, itinerary, etc. It’s important to collate all of the information available online and by various tour operators to prepare you for any Himalayas trek. It’s good to get fully acquainted to all of the basic facts about the weather conditions, required physical fitness, things to carry, how to join a trekking tour group, and who to choose to travel with if you are looking for an experienced team to take you and so on.
Once you have idea of where and when you want to go, you can go ahead and pick a trekking group with your preferred tour organizer. Look for active adventure tour company that offers not only comprehensive information about several Himalayas treks, but also ensures you are can enjoy your awesome journey with like-minded travelers. An experienced will take enjoy all of your traveling needs are taken care of behind the scenes while the guides take you on your amazing adventures and make your experience truly one of a lifetime!