Top 10 things to do during Everest Base Camp Trek
We must get a brief overview of the Everest base camp trek before we dive into its various activities. I mean, you wouldn’t watch a movie if its trailer was bad right? The Everest base camp trek offers a fabulous experience of the Khumbu region and simultaneously provides travelers an insight into the Sherpa culture. Make your way through the snowy terrain that is filled with enigmatic views of the colossal 8000 meters+ mountains.
Commence the journey with a scenic flight to Lukla and admire the serene picture of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam from your window. The thrill of arriving in Lukla is second to none and gradually proceeds in the main Everest base camp trekking route. Enter the delightful Sagarmatha National Park and find yourself in the heart of Sherpa culture, ‘Namche Bazar’. Navigate along the trails which are artistically decorated with prayer flags to reach the Tengboche monastery.
Understand the influence of Buddhism in these parts and do interact with the monks too. They might give you some insights as to how to live life purposefully. As the days pass, the trail becomes rougher and you’ll feel the mountains getting closer. Finally, arrive at the Everest Base Camp and witness the sheer magnitude of Mount Everest and other nearby peaks. The morning sun casts a golden hue on these snowy mountains making them that much admirable.
The itinerary for the Everest Base Camp trek is subject to changes as per the requirement of the individual and groups. However, the itinerary below is a standard one and is the most commonly followed one.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 3: Travel to Lukla via flight and trek to Phakding
Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar
Day 5: Acclimatization in Namche Bazar
Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazar to Tengboche
Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
Day 8: Acclimatization in Dingboche
Day 9: Trek from Dingboche to Duglha
Day 10: Trek from Duglha to Lobuche
Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep and visit the Everest Base Camp
Day 12: Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar and to Periche
Day 13: Trek from Periche to Namche Bazar
Day 14: Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu
THINGS TO DO IN EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
There is a lot to see and do in the Everest Base Camp trek and frankly, it is not possible for us to list out each and every one of them. With that in mind, we have made a list of the top 10 things that you should do in the Everest Base Camp trek. So, without any delay, here we go:
1. Start the day with Namaste
‘Namaste’ is a common greeting term that is used by the Nepalese people. Although its use is somewhat replaced in the cities by other forms of greeting, it is quite prevalent in villages. While trekking, say Namaste to the locals. You’ll be quite surprised to see their faces brighten when you say that. Furthermore, you can say this greeting regardless of the time of the day. So, Namaste to you too!
2. Capture pictures of the scenic mountains on the flight to Lukla
The flight that leads to Lukla from Kathmandu lasts just 30 minutes but for travelers, they wish that it was more. The flight provides a staggering view of the mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and many more. These mountains are common for locals but for new-timers, it definitely is a sight to behold. You will be so busy clicking pictures of these mountains that you would barely notice how quickly the time passed.
3. Observe the Lukla airport
The Lukla airport has a reputation for being the most dangerous airport in the world. Once you reach the airport, you’ll understand why. Just at the edge of the runway, there is a cliff and in order to fly successfully, the plane must go through two hills. Likewise, the weather in Lukla is quite unpredictable and at times, the plane cannot take off due to it. Be sure to capture the Lukla airport in your camera and mind for future references.
4. Visit the market at Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar is a prime Sherpa village in the heart of Everest. Here, you will not only find people of Sherpa ethnicity but numerous travelers from across the globe. Namche is also a starting point for those that are about to make the trek. So, if you feel that you are missing something, visit the market and get what you need. You can purchase them at a comparatively reasonable price. Do shop for mementos and gifts too while you’re at it!
5. Enjoy a cup of tea in Everest View Hotel
The Everest View Hotel holds the world record for being the only hotel situated at such a high elevation. From the hotel, you can observe the delightful panorama of mountains that decorate the Everest region. Drink your hot beverage and simultaneously, drink the gorgeous scenery of the mountains and the surrounding environment.
6. Click pictures of the signboard on the way to Everest Base Camp
I know that this one is a bit orthodox but hey, it works! On the road to the Everest Base Camp, be sure that you take the photograph of the signboard that says “Way to Everest Base Camp”. Clicking this photo will provide you with a sense of accomplishment that you have reached halfway through the trek. Likewise, it will provide you with a lifetime of memories and a motivation to progress forward.
7. Carve your name on the stones at Everest Base Camp
Another common activity that you can do upon reaching Everest Base Camp is that you can carve your name on the rocks. This might feel like something straight out of a movie for some but it's amazing to do. There are countless rocks and stones on the base camp so find yourself a good rock! With each passing day, the number of names on the rock keeps on increasing. This small memento will definitely make your heart warm.
8. Take a photo from Kalapatthar
One of the major landmarks while taking the Everest Base Camp trek is visiting Kalapatthar. It is a scenic vantage point and offers you the cinematic display of the snowy mountains. It is highly recommended that you reach here early in the morning to witness the beautiful sunrise. The picture with mountains on the backdrop is something to truly admire.
9. Visit the Tengboche monastery
The Tengboche monastery holds a high place among the people living here. It is one of the holiest places in this region. At the monastery, you can see monks indulged in prayers and other religious activities. The monastery is draped in clayish color and you can observe prayer flags as well. Visit this monastery and take part in a praying session to experience inner harmony and serendipity.
10. Keep the Khumbu region clean
With the influx of travelers, the Khumbu region has been dealing with waste management issues. With that in mind, be sure that you do not litter and throw the waste only at designated sites. It is the duty of travelers to protect these sites for future generations to witness and experience.
These are the top 10 activities that you can do in the Everest Base Camp trek. Here are some other things that you can do during this trek.
- Purchase a blessing scarf and place it in suspension bridges or passes
- Interact with other travelers in one of the bars in Namche Bazar
- Understand Sherpa Culture and history of mountaineering by visiting the museum
- Rotate the prayer wheels in various locations
- Try the classic Tibetan cuisine, Thenthuk
- Interact with the locals and understand their approach and way of life
The Everest Base Camp trek is more of a milestone rather than a straightforward journey. There are lots to see and experience in this trek that cannot be fully described in words. The best possible way to get the most out of it is to take this trek and witness it firsthand. You should not only limit yourself to the above-mentioned activities only but you can do other activities too. So, we hope to see you pretty soon in Nepal and we pray that you have an adventure of a lifetime.