Trekking in the Himalayan ranges to Everest Base Camp (EBC) is an adventure longed by hiking lovers. This trekking trail passes through the home land of the Sherpa people – they are the famed mountain guides who assist climbers from around the globe to scale the world’s highest peak Everest. The EBC trekking route is surrounded by towering snow peaks. The trail offers spectacular view of peaks over 8000m, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. This trekking trip would start from an elevation of 2800m and ascend to 5600m at the base camp. One would have to overcome high altitude, immense glacier, barren highland, and the reward is feasting on awe-inspiring snow mountain chain scenery.
Depart from Kuala Lumpur in the morning, afternoon arrival in Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel in Thamel district, a backpacker and shopping haven in downtown, where one could easily get supplies needed for the trek ahead.
Transfer by light aircraft to Lukla (2840m), admire amazing view of the Himalayas from above. Upon arrival, start trekking towards Phakding, the trail was once used by caravan traders between Nepal and Tibet. After some 3 hours, arrive in the farming village of Phakding (2610m), home of the Sherpa people, who are followers of Tibetan Buddhism. The village has mani walls and boulders etched with Buddhism prayer inscriptions.
Today’s trail is a long steep climb to reach Namche Bazaar. For altitude acclimatization, we shall spend two nights in Namche Bazaar, rest and recuperate in this well-equipped Sherpa market town, which has bank, post office, cafes, shops, and good for replenishing trekking supplies. Many houses here are adorned with Buddhism prayer flags. The town is also known for its weaving industry using yak fiber wool.
A rest day in Namche Bazaar for altitude acclimatization. Explore the town, visit Tibetan Buddhism temple, and observe local life. One could also have a short hike to Sagarmatha National Park, admire views of dramatic mountains, deep valleys, and glaciers. The national park is also home to several rare species such as snow leopard and red panda (lesser panda). The Everest View Hotel offers a great vantage point to admire 360° view of the surrounding towering peaks, including Everest.
Today’s trail offers glimpses of several tall peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam. The trail also passes through forest, valley, gorge, waterfall, and suspension bridge. Upon reaching the day’s destination, visit Tengboche Monastery built in 1921, it is the biggest monastery in Khumbang region. From there, admire beautiful sunset view.
Stone staircases lead you through beautiful forests of rhododendron, birch trees, and conifers. If lucky, you might spot the national bird of Nepal – Himalayan monal (also known as Danphe pheasant). Once trekked beyond the tree line, you would enter alpine meadow, and arriving at the scenic village of Dingboche, with view of Ama Dablam peak towering above terraced fields of barley, buckwheat and potatoes.
A day of rest and relax for altitude acclimatization, this second scheduled rest day will assist your fitness and oxygen intake at the higher altitudes to follow. Explore Dingboche monastery in the village, or visit nearby Chukung village.
The trail passes through alpine meadows and summer yak pastures, and then ascends steeply for an hour, up the gravely terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. On the summit is a large group of stone-pile in memorial of lost Sherpas and climbers. Everest is hidden behind the towering Nuptse – Lhotse wall. Follow the valley upstream for an hour to Lobuche.
A long and hard day. Follow rocky path along the barren Khumbu moraine to the last village at Gorakshep. After lunch, set out to the world’s highest Base Camp – EBC. In May, the site is covered with colourful tents, where climbers camped out in preparation to scale the world’s highest peak; some would camp for two months, waiting for the right weather to perform the most dangerous ascent. Other time of the year, the site is a bleak and lonely place set below impressive ice walls of the Mahalangur Himal along the Tibetan border. Later, retrace your steps and return to Gorakshep for overnight stay.
Before dawn, set out to Kalapattar (5545m, higher than EBC) for viewing sunrise over the Himalaya chain. Admire the day breaking lights first illuminated the Everest (8848m), and then gradually move over to awakening the surrounding peaks – Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m), Khumbutse (6623m), Changtse (7550m), Lhotse (8516m) and Nuptse (7861m). Back in Gorakshep for breakfast, later, descent to lower altitude for a warmer night stay in Pheriche.
Follow the downhill trail through the scenic Imja Khola River valley until reaching Thyanboche, the highest year-round inhabited settlement in Khumbu region.
A long descent to lower altitude, back to the folds of greenery. Overnight stay in the tiny village of Monjo.
Back at the starting point of EBC trek – Lukla. This is a place where newly arrived trekkers and those who have accomplished the mission converged; mixed emotions of anticipation and fulfillment linger in the air. In Lukla, you might be delighted to find café familiar to city dwellers – Starbucks.
Take a morning flight back to Kathmandu, bidding farewell to the home land of the Sherpa people. But be mentally prepared, light aircraft operation could be disrupted by bad weather, and there’s a possibility to remain in Lukla for another day.
Free & easy day in the capital city. You could opt to join a city day-tour at own cost, visiting heritage sites in Kathmandu such as Durbar Square, sacred Hindu temple Pashupatinath, Money Temple, and the world’s largest stupa named Buddhanath.
After lunch, transfer to airport. Take an afternoon flight bound for Kuala Lumpur, arrival at night, end of tour.
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He is a semiconductor engineer by profession, but travel is his passion and a way of life. He likes backpacking, get upclose and engage with the locals during travel, as he appreciates true cultural exchange experiences. The destinations he has covered including western Europe, South East Asian countries, and the ancient Silk Road countries. He has previously stayed in France and Central Asia, and learnt basic French and Russian. In recent years, he is attracted to the high altitude, and has been exploring various hiking routes in Nepal.
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