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Few places on earth are as revered and respected as Everest base camp. For those hoping to make the climb to the top of the world, a stop at base camp is essential. Spending a few days at base camp allows for the body to acclimatize to the altitude and can help to lessen the impact of altitude sickness on the body.
What many people don’t know is that there are actually two different Everest base camps. One is on the Northside of the mountain in Tibet at 5,150 meters above sea level, and one is on the Southside of the mountain in Nepal at 5,364 meters. Around 40,000 people make the trip to the South base camp every year.
The South base camp trek is the most popular trekking route. This base camp is located in Nepal, which is a landlocked country in South Asia that shares a bored with India and China. Most mountaineering expeditions start at Kathmandu airport. From here, trekkers can fly to Lukla airport where they begin their expedition to the South base camp. The route takes around eight days, including rest days to help get used to the change in altitude.
Even if you have no plans to climb Mount Everest, there are still plenty of reasons to make the trip to Everest Base Camp. You can still fulfill your desire for adventure and a challenge as the trek from Lukla to base camp is no mean feat. It’s a truly unique destination that not many people can say they have visited. Since the base camp is located so high above sea level in the Himalayas, there is an incredible opportunity to see how animals and plants can survive in some of the harshest conditions in the world.
In addition to the stunning scenery and a view of one of the most iconic mountainscapes in the world, there are plenty of things to see and do at Everest base camp. The Sherpa Museum located east of Namche is worth a visit. There are also many monasteries in the area where you can learn about the local culture and the religious significance of the region.
Before embarking on any mountaineering adventure, it’s important that you have a reasonable level of physical fitness. The region is very remote, which means that getting help in the result of an injury can be problematic. It’s also important to give your body time to acclimatize to the change in altitude, as altitude sickness can be deadly. Making the trek with a reputable tour company is one of the best ways to ensure your health and safety.
The weather in Nepal is defined by the main seasons. The dry season runs from October to May and this is the best time to visit. Within the dry season, many people choose to visit during the post-monsoon season, which runs from October to December when they can enjoy clear skies and incredible views of the snow-topped mountains. The pre-monsoon season runs from March to April is the most popular time for climbing Everest, so base camp will be buzzing with activity.
The Everest base camp trek, or EBC trek as it is known in climbing circles, is a hugely significant trek that can be very personally rewarding. The region has huge significance around the world, not only for elite athletes who wish to reach the top of the world but also for those looking for spiritual enlightenment.
Around 40,000 people make the trip to Everest base camp every year. Exploring the camp is a great way to get to know people from around the world. The local Sherpas are incredibly experienced climbers and many people who visit Everest base camp report that seeing the Sherpas or porters in action is one of the most rewarding aspects of the expeditions.