EARTH’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN “EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK MAP”
Mountains are so stark and wild, it seems I am chasing angels or fleeing demons to keep the mountain alive in my heart. You need to look for yourself before leaving to achieve the mighty Mount Everest. Mount Everest as we know is Earth’s highest mountain, known as Chomolungma in Tibetan and referred as Sagarmāthā in Nepali.In the words of Krakauer “The way to Everest is not a Yellow Brick Road.”, it most certainly is a yellow line on the map and its insight is the most important thing. Mt. Everest (8844.43m), situated in the Himalaya, dominates the other towering mountains as the highest summit on the face of this planet.
The Everest Base Camp trek Map helps you understand how the Everest stretches from Tibet, China to Nepal, which makes it the most sought after destination for mountaineering and sightseeing. And it’s the beauty of this place that even if one strays away from the track there is no need worry, as any soul around will help you find your way back. Here the people are beautiful and offer help to strangers as well. These people are mostly Shepherd and make you feel welcomed, as they make you feel comfortable by talking in English. Oh Yes! The natives are fluent and well versed in English.
Mount Everest Base Camp Trek Map Via Tibet and Nepal
It is the rigorous walking and hiking on the Himalayas that enlightens the nature in a very unique and beautiful manner. It seems that even Mount Everest does not exist in freedom since Tibet and Nepal jointly share Mount Everest. Both the Everest Base Camps are built separately in Nepal and Tibet, as both serve the purpose of organizing Mount Everest climbing and Mount Everest sightseeing expedition to the majority of Mount Everest traffic. For few individuals will stand atop the world’s tallest mountain, but for some, it will be a trek to the Mount Everest Base Camp.
Mount Everest Base Camp Map (North & South)
North Base Camp in Tibet
Location: Tingri, Shigatse
Transportation: The two ways to commute is either tour bus or trek. (Helicopter is another option for the hefty pockets)
Travel documents: Tibet Visa (also known as Tibet Travel Permit); Alien’s Permit
Best Time to Visit Tour: April to Mid-June; Sept to Nov
View of Mt. Everest: Stunning Panoramic view of the north ridge and entire summit of Mt. Everest
Accommodation: Cozy tents are provided by locals
South Base Camp in Nepal
Location: Sagarmatha National Park
Transportation: Only way in is via trekking
Travel Documents: Passport; Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
Best Time to Visit Tour: October to November
View of Mt. Everest: Can’t see the peak of Everest since your site will be likely blocked by neighboring peaks. However, the scenery of Gokyo valley is just incredibly beautiful.
Accommodation: For accommodation one can either stay at the trekking lodge or can set up a camp.
ROUTE TO CLIMB MOUNT EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK MAP
Base camp: 5200m
Interim camp: 6187m – 5 to 6 hours (first time)
Advanced base camp: 6492m – 6 hours (first time)
North Col or C1: 7000m – 4 to 6 hours (first time)
Camp 2: 7500m – 5 hours
Camp 3: 8300m – 4 to 6 hours
First Step: 8500m
Mushroom Rock – 8549m – 2 hours from C3
Second Step: 8577m – 1 hour or less
Third Step: 8690m – 1 to 2 hours
Summit Pyramid – 2 hours
Summit: 8844,43m – 1 hour
Return to Camp 3: 7 -8 hours
Return to ABC: 3 hours
Nepal is blessed with enormous trekking resources in the world. It is believed to be “the kingdom of trekking and outdoor adventure”. The only way to see the majestic Mount Everest, when there is no road in is from the classic trekking route from Lukla (2860m) to Everest Base Camp (5364m) making it one of the best trekking experiences in Nepal. Lukla 2,800 m (9,186 ft) is a small town with “Hillary-Tenzing Airport”, the only airstrip in the surrounding region. While passing through this trek one comes across numerous Sherpa villages and a variety of Tibetan influenced monasteries, which concede at Kala Patthar 5,550 m (18,204 ft).
Evidently, it’s more challenging to summit Mt. Everest via its north ridge from Tibet’s side than on Nepal’s side. Everest since the first successful ascent by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953, over 2000 audacious explorers have made it to the summit of the world from Tibet’s side. If you are trekking to this area, particularly Khumbu region, a stop at the Trekker’s Information Management System is a must.
BEST TIME FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
The foot fall reduces drastically during winters as most of the people do not prefer coming here in winters. The weather is extremely cold as snow covers all the tracks, it’s just like a clean slate where an old carcass is waiting for a new carcass to make a new layer for the snow to wipe it clean again. Ironic isn’t it. Also with the snow, it gets difficult to enjoy the trekking experience these crazy mountains have to offer.
During winters the greater the altitude greater the difficulty. With the onset of winter, the difficulty level of finding an accommodation for the night at higher altitude rises too.
Summers are golden and wet just as winters are beautifully snow white. The peaks are lost in the procession of clouds, making it even more beautiful. The best time to visit Mount Everest Base Camp is April and May. However, to give you a little more insight into the favorable time to visit the mighty Everest.
Everest Base Camp Map From March- June: A season as such is so horrifically breathtaking. It’s when you get to see the colors of nature and go into a fix as it all looks so animated yet gracefully beautifully. In particular, the blossoming Rhododendrons are a site amongst the trees and shrubs in this season.
Everest Base Camp Trek Map From September- November: However, the view offered in the post monsoon trek is delightful. The trekking in Northern Nepal is warm in the day and cold at night. One may also witness snowfall in the Khumbu region of Northern Nepal during post monsoon. It is understood that most of you will be wondering why post monsoon is better? Generally, recommended planning your visit post monsoon as the wind and rain help clear the terrain.
Hence Pre- Monsoon and Post-Monsoon are the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp. But for the strong souls of winter, would like to bring to your notice that the days are warmer at higher elevations and colder during nights. Hence it is advisable to carry your tents and extra clothes for the night.
EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK MAP: AN ACHIEVABLE TASK
Whether a task is achievable or not is asked keeping in mind the hurdle and not our will power. Everest Base Camp Trek is achievable when one does not doubt themselves if the mind is set to trek the Everest. Yes, there are few important factors which one has to ponder and know about in order to determine whether Everest Base Camp trek map is the right route for you or not. The three factors I would like to touch upon are as follows.
Altitude: For a novice hiker it is important to understand that the length of the trek might seem relatively easy, however, the altitude is actually the most difficult aspect. Yes, you read it correctly, altitude poses difficult for many due to Acute Mountain Sickness especially in the case of a trek at such an altitude.
What does the Everest have to fear?
Acute Mountain Sickness also plays with fear which makes it difficult for the hiker to complete the trek in a sane condition. It is a steady trek upwards to the Everest Base Camp at 5,364 meters, beginning at Lukla just 3,000 meters below. In order to reach the Everest Base camp safely, the trek has to be taken slowly as the Lukla region is already at a good height. Leading into the highest point of the trek at Kala Pathar, establishing a beautiful view point at 5,554 meters. A visit to a physician prior the trek is mandatory as a prior knowledge about the symptoms and treatment will help you cope better with such an altitude. A thorough research on various altitude sickness and medical advice from a doctor help you prepare better for such an experience.
Training: In the words of Friedrich Nietzche, “On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain. Either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow”. You don’t have to be worried about being in a shape to make the fellow travelers swoon over your fitness but a little attention for such a route does help to stay sane. Hence it’ll be a bonus point if you are in a good shape. The difficulty level on such a trek varies from one day to another. Hence having a training plan rolled out helps to cope with different stages of difficulty. A 6-week training plan is sufficient to complete the Everest Base Camp Trek. The Everest Base Camp trek is not a pushover. Hence a long training plan is recommended to encompass long walks as heavy loads are huddled on to the back. A training plan focusing on strengthening of legs and long distance fitness.
Length: Once you arrive at Lukla, the 130 km long round trip begins. The distance of 65 km from Lukla to Everest Base Camp is achievable and 65 km is possible in 14 days at a speed of 5 km per hour walking for at least 5 hours each day. To sail through the trek easily porters are available to carry the large bags. Also, do not let your body get too tired and take small breaks to regain the strength for the further trek.
The Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek
It is important to know what keeps you satisfied, the summit or the view from the base. It’s all about what thrills you. For me, my thrill is the view from the Everest Base Camp. The highlights of this trip for me are the diverse flora and fauna. My visit to the historical Kathmandu Valley, Sherpa village, Island Peak, Lhotse, etc., was a breathtaking experience. For a novice, it may seem a bit too daunting. But trust me it is very much achievable!
Article by Jessica Matharu