7 Reasons to Do Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal
By Dipesh Khatri Chhetry

Everest Base Camp Trek is probably the most listed activity in any traveler's bucket list. To leave footprints at the base camp of world's tallest mountain Mt. Everest is not an ordinary achievement. It is in fact the epitome of all trekking adventure. Therefore, people strive to do this trek in Nepal. So, if you are still not convinced of doing this trek, here are the seven reasons to do Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal.

The journey of Everest Base Camp Trek surely knits the momentous holiday. In one single trip, trekkers can experience diverse attractions. Get ready to relish the Himalayan wilderness at the abode of the world's tallest mountain, Mt. Everest.

Here are the 7 reasons to do Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal:

Base Camp of Mt. Everest

Final destination on this trek is the base camp of Mt. Everest. The mountain is legend in itself. Every year thousands of people reach the summit. However, everyone couldn't afford or summit the top. It doesn't mean that people don't want to leave footprints on its foothill. Everest Base Camp Trek is basically the trek to reach base camp. At an altitude of 5364 m, base camp is perfect place to understand the grandeur of Mt. Everest.

Over 2 Dozen of Mountains

During Everest Base Camp Trek, trekkers get chance to get the vista of over 2 dozen mountains. It includes 3 top ten mountains of the world as well. Major mountains seen on this trail are — Lhotse, Choyou and Everest (Top 10 Mountains), Amadablam, Thamserku, Kwangde, Lobuche, Island, Pumori, Cholatse, Tabuche, Kusum Kangaru etc.

Sherpa Villages

Sherpa is an ethnic community of Nepal. These people live in the northern Himalayan belt of Nepal. Major trait of these people are that they are expert climbers. There are many legends about the intrepidity of these people in the field of Mountaineering.

Get to know the daily lives of these people. Explore their villages. Everest Base Camp Trek is the best way to understand about these people. During the trek, trekkers can visit various Sherpa villages. Major villages on the trail are Khumjung, Khunde, Phortse, Pangboche and Dingboche. These places have large population of Sherpa people.

Rivers and Suspension Bridges

Rivers originated from glaciers are in abundance throughout the trail. Trekkers have to cross these rivers in many places. Interesting way of crossing these rivers is via suspension bridge. These kind of bridges are typical in Nepal. Crossing the river using suspension bridge is an adventure in itself. There are more than half a dozen suspension bridges on the trail. Major highlight is the Twin Bridge also known as Hillary bridge at the foothill of Namche Bazaar.

Sagarmatha National Park

Among national parks across the globe, Sagarmatha National Park is the highest altitude park. It is home of unlimited flora and fauna. Listed under the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, the park is an iconic place to understand the wildlife and vegetation of high altitude place.

Remember that Everest Base Camp Trek trail is inside this park. Trekkers get chance to experience three types of vegetation. They are temperate deciduous forests, alpine forests and tundra vegetation.

Lukla Airport

First course of action during the Everest Base Camp Trek is flight to Lukla. After the opening of the Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla, it has it's own identity. Across the globe, the airport is known as the most extreme airport. The terrain of runway, surrounding geographical complexities, unpredictable weather and high altitude make this airport one of the most extreme. Therefore, flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is surely the must to collect memory once in a lifetime.

Trail of Superlatives

Trekking route of Everest Base Camp Trek consists of many superlative things and places. You can experience the following superlative things during the trekking:
  • Tallest mountain of the world — Mt. Everest (8848.86 m)
  • Highest place for sunset/sunrise without mountaineering — Kalapathar (5545 m)
  • World's highest situated hotel — Everest View Hotel
  • Monastery located at the highest altitude — Tengboche Monastery
  • Modern town at the highest altitude — Namche Bazaar
  • World's first twin suspension bridge — Hillary Bridge
  • Most extreme airport of the world — The Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla
  • Highest altitude national park of the world — Sagarmatha National Park
Besides these reasons, EBC Trek has numerous other reasons to trek on. As a trekking guide, I assure you that Everest Base Camp Trek will never fail to quench your thirst of mountain wilderness. Try at least once. Everest and Mountains are calling.

First published on ArticleBiz.com 6 May 2022. Hi I am Dipesh Khatri Chhetry, travel planner and content writer at Nepal Hiking Himalaya. I love to trek especially in the trekking routes of Nepal. After my graduation in 2010, I have been traveling to various trekking regions like Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu and some off-the-beaten-path areas. I hope the articles I have written will help fellow travelers.


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