10 Reasons To Trek To Everest Base Camp
Conquering Everest is the ultimate dream for many would be adventurers but while the highest peak in the world is out of reach to all but the hardened few, a trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) has become achievable for most people with a good fitness level. Not only is it achievable but the experience of trekking in this part of the world is something few people forget and most who have done the journey rate it as one of the best experiences of their lives. Here’s 10 reasons why you should book a trip to EBC
Nepali culture is fascinating and gives visitors a glimpse of a completely different way of life. Very often, those who make this trip end up returning to Nepal to spend more time exploring the vast array of delights the country has to offer.
Support after the devastating Earthquake
On some trips that you take you can be aware that tourism is actually eroding the very thing you’ve come to see. While there have previously been claims that Everest is under threat from too much tourism the devasting earthquake in 2015 that killed over 8000 people changed all that. Nepal now badly needs visitors to rebuild it’s economy and so not only are you having the experience of a lifetime, you’re helping the local community
Feeling of Accomplishment
Whilst trekking to EBC is a much more accessible option than climbing the great peak itself, there still aren’t that many people in the world who have made this journey. The feeling of being one of few to have done this trip is something to cross off the bucket list and also doesn’t harm your dinner party stories!
The breathtaking scenery is by far and away one of the best reasons to make this trip. The gorges, flora and fauna, wildlife, ice falls and of course, those majestic peaks surrounding you all make for epic vistas every day of the trek. The classic shot of the peak of the world’s highest mountain comes from the view point at Kala Pattar.
Experience a different way of life
In Nepal things may happen differently to how you’re used to in your home country. Time can be a vague concept and the accommodation on your journey may be slightly more basic than you’re used to. However, staying in a teahouse is a rewarding experience and much more comfortable than a tent every night. You’re assured of a warm welcome at each stop and you can take the opportunity to swap stories with fellow travellers as well as tucking in to the delicious local food the teahouse owners serve up each evening.
Getting to know your guide or Sherpa will be an immensely rewarding experience. Not only are the Sherpa’s known for their incredible mountaineering skills and their almost inhuman ability to carry heavy loads, up some of the toughest terrain in the world, they are also some of the friendliest people you will encounter on your adventure. Chatting to your Sherpa will reveal a treasure trove of stories and anecdotes about life in this fascinating country.
Turn off and Tune In
There’s only patchy mobile coverage along the trail and other than the camera function along the trail your devices will be virtually useless. Take the opportunity to disconnect from the frantic digital world and connect with the real one. With a guided adventure you don’t have to think about anything, just trekking, eating and sleeping.
Flight into Lukla
This isn’t everyone’s favourite moment however, it certainly is an experience! The runway at Tenzig-Hillary airport is very short and while some people describe the landing as exhilarating others are less than enthusiastic. Either way, it’s definitely something to write home about. The flight itself also offers stunning views of the Himalayas
Health and Fitness
A lot of the food during the adventure is vegetarian as any meat needs to be transported up the mountain trails which can be expensive and time consuming. A diet of locally grown food, the fresh air and up to 6 hours trekking a day means you’ll arrive at your destination feeling fitter than ever. You can also indulge in a few favourite snacks along the way as you’ll easily be burning them off.
Everest Base Camp
Reaching any destination will never feel as good as finally arriving at EBC. Although the peak isn’t visible from the camp you’ll still be overwhelmed at this majestic rock formation and be inspired at being in the shadow of the world’s tallest mountain.