The Everest base camp or the EBC trek has been the best trek of my life till now. I am one of those people who treks at least once a year if not more but since the time I did my first EBC trek, my annual treks have become at least twice a year.
It’s hard to pen down all the feelings I felt during the trek but still I will try. So the trek began at Lukla, one of the smallest airstrip in the world that one can witness and passed through multiple towns like Phakding, Namche, Thiangboche, Lobuche.
During the day, the cold dry weather with sun shining on our faces seemed like a treat but we all had to be careful of not being sunburnt. The temperature at night from the beginning dropped below 0 degree during the winter period but worry no more as we were comfortably tucked in one of the local’s cottages where we sought shelter.
With each day passing by, the views of the majestic range became more interesting and impressive. The mountains made me fall in love with them all over again. Not only the trek to the highest peak in the world is beautiful , the food we ate at every pit stop was also very delicious.
Namche bazaar, the highest village in the world offers some really delicious variety of food to its travellers. My favourite part of the trek was to sit in the cafes, rest and relax and eat some of the most delicious food and gain back those calories that I lost. No matter how much one ate, we all ended up losing weight even when we had bars of chocolates for our snacks :)
The higher we went, the tougher the situation became. Four days into the trek, I was all prepared for long tiring walks and the cold but I was not prepared for the snow. Yes one can encounter snow from Namche bazaar onwards. If you feel that the climb till Namche bazaar is easy, then my friend you are in for a treat as the path from Namche Bazaar onwards becomes more difficult and inclined.
The following day we proceeded to our next stop , Thyangboche, it was one of the most tiring days but the view of the landscape from this town was beautiful and worth all the effort. To attempt the pass one has to leave in the early hours and return to the last stop, Lobuche. If attempting from Gorakshep, one can relax a tiny bit in the morning. Until the last stop we all had our energy drained but after reaching the end, we all were really motivated to complete the trek and return home.
The visit to the base camp was mixed with emotions but all in all , it was worth all the effort and pain. One should also visit another site called the ‘Black stone’ or the ‘Kala pather’. The serenity and the peace that I felt there is beyond words. We attempted both these from Gorakshep on two different days.
In my opinion, if you like trekking and think you can manage the dry cold harsh conditions for about two weeks and are mentally and physically prepared, then you should try this trek. Even if you do not reach the end, It doesn't really matter as the idea is to gain experience and not cross the finish line. This trek made me connect with my inner self and I am so glad to have hopped onto that flight and attempt this magnificent journey. Here is the itinerary that we followed, the stops can vary depending on your pace of trekking and number of days you have. We walked for an average 6-7 hours ( including breaks) everyday from the second stop until the last. Hope this blog helps you give a little insight of the beautiful and most popular trek in the Himalayas.
The route that me and my group followed was as Kathmandu- Lukla - Phakding - Namche - Thyangboche - Pheriche - Lobuche - Gorakshep - Base camp - Gorakshep - Kala Pathar - Gorakshep - Lobuche - Pheriche - Thyangboche - Namche - Lukla - Kathmandu( spending one night in every town).
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