Things to expect when you trek to Everest Base Camp

Things to expect when you trek to Everest Base Camp

Get ready for stunning views of the Himalayas, green lush valleys, indigenous culture and food, and the experience of a dramatic landscape diversity if you go for a trek to Everest Base Camp. The classic trail to the base camp is one of the prominent in Nepal and has different interesting stories and tales. It is considered to be one of the famous trekking regions in the world. The trail follows all the way to the base of the world’s highest mountain, Everest and offers undiluted views of the surrounding mountains, historic Sherpa villages and the beautiful hills.

As you already know, there are many attractions all along the trek that will make you embark on a grand walk in the lap of the Himalayas. Among those attractions, Mount Everest tops the list. The fact that you can’t actually see Everest from the base camp is quite disappointing although you get splendid views of Everest from other parts of the trek. Everest towers above the Khumbu region at about 8848 meters above sea level and is the most sought out mountains to climb.

The adventurous journey gives you vistas of some famous peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, etc., Dudh Koshi river and some picturesque villages. The trek offers you the perfect thrill and adventure but might also surprise you when you finally get there. These are the top things to expect when you trek to Everest Base Camp:

Wi-fi services en route to Base Camp
While you must be thinking that places like Namche, Lukla, Tengboche in the Everest region have good wi-fi service, it is not the case. Yes, if you pay a certain amount then you’re bound to get the unlimited wi-fi coverage, but the connection is not strong enough. Recently, the Everest Link service is really popular in the area. From Lukla, you could buy small recharge cards of Everest Link and it will be active all the way to Base Camp and back.

Accommodation while trekking
You will stay mostly in teahouses all along the trek. Teahouses are small lodges to get rest and eat food, generally fitted with a central heating system. Other trekking regions in Nepal also have teahouses and this region is no exception. It is a great place to socialize and interact with other fellow trekkers making it a fun experience for you. If you’re not a social person, you can enjoy your book while sitting beside the fireplace.

Unbeatable stunning views of the Himalayas
The breathtaking views while trekking to the Everest region cannot be compared to any other. You get to see stunning landscapes and glacier moraines too. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Tobuche and Cho Oyu are some of the mountains frequently seen during the trek.

Culture of the Sherpa people
The majority of the people living in the Everest region are the Sherpas. The culture of Sherpa people are similar to that of the Tibetans. The language they speak is also closely related to Tibetan spoken language. Sherpas are associated with mountain climbing and adventure trekking, which is also their main occupation and source of income. The villages of the Sherpa are uniquely built, they cling to mountain slopes and sit on top of steep hills. Their houses are mostly built of stone with woods usually being used for the roofs. Large villages like Namche Bazaar have more than a hundred houses. The hospitality of Sherpa people are well known and that can be alluring for you to be hooked up in their lifestyle.

Kala Patthar -the highest vantage point of the trek
While everybody thinks that Everest Base Camp is the highest point of the trek but it is not, Kala Patthar is. It is at an elevation of 5643m and you can see panoramic views of the majestic mountains. Mt. Pumori feels really near from Kala Patthar, which is merely a ridge that acts as a transit to get to the base of Pumori. The visible mountains from Kala Patthar are Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Khumbutse.