The Himalayas attract lots of people every year. Some of them want to get to the pinnacle of Mount Everest to prove themselves they can beat the difficulties that high altitude and the lack of oxygen cause, but there are also many who just want to admire stunning views of lower parts of the mountains surrounding such peaks as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and Ama Dablan. When the weather is good all the summits can be admired as well as the nature which shows its rich biodiversity. A lot of tourists are fond of the history and culture of the country which also embraces religion.
Those who do not feel like climbing the highest mountain in the world or are not fit enough usually decide on one of the treks such as Everest Base Camp trek which is not very demanding but also not easy. Such treks are offered by many companies from which Asian Trekking distinguishes considerably. Our company has a lot of experience as it was established in 1982 and since then has organized numerous treks, trips and expeditions. It was established by Ang Tshering Sherpa one of the first graduates of the school that had been founded by the first person to set foot on Mount Everest summit – Edmund Hilary. Having decided to take advantage of education he had been able to get and do something for the local community he comes from Ang Tshering Sherpa founded the company. Nowadays Asian Trekking is known all over the world for providing mountaineers with its outstanding legal, administrative, logistical, guiding and support services. It also takes responsibility for the health of climbers and tourists coming to Nepal.
There are a lot of foreign companies that offer similar services, however, none of them is able to work independently but through one of Nepalese companies that is certified by the Government of Nepal. Deciding on heading up right into the mountains with us tourists save a lot of money as they do not have to pay for intermediaries.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp is for many a lifetime experience and is not a very difficult task although the camp is located on the altitude of 5 550 metres over the sea level. The way leads through the most spectacular Himalayan terrains. Tourists are accompanied by Sherpa guides who know the region really well as they live there all their lives. To reach Everest Base Camp means trekking past traditional Sherpa villages and hidden among mountains monasteries called “Gompas”. Locals always welcome guests friendlily and eagerly show them what their daily, timeless lives look like. Those who took part in such a trek will never forget the experience and the most exciting views on the mountains as well as picturesque pine and birch forests. They are beautiful all year round but their exceptional beauty can be admired in autumn when the air is so clear that everything looks very sharp like in a picture.
What to expect at Everest base camp?
We do our best to stick to the schedule of the Everest Base Camp trekking, nevertheless it might happen that it has to be changed. Such situations happen when there is a sudden weather change, bad conditions on trails, a tourist or a member of staff does not feel well, in short, when there is nothing we can do about, but to change the itinerary.
From the very beginning of the trek you will be amazed with absolutely fantastic views of the Himalayas as you will take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla lying at 2810 m. After landing, you will have the opportunity to know the rest of the staff, your Sherpa guides, and you all take a 3-hour pleasant stroll to Phakding where you will spend the first night. If you are lucky, you will be able to admire a few snow-capped summits.
The next days are not as easy as the first one because you will have to ascend first to Namche Bazar at the altitude of 3440 and Kumjung at 3780. In the second place you will stay almost the whole day for acclimatization. During the trek to Everest Base Camp you will be able to see some birds and animals. There will also be a possibility to enter a monastery in Tangboche that is an important Sherpa people place of cult. The views of Month Everest and some villages below the place are outstanding. On the most exciting day for a lot of members you will be trekking through some Sherpa villages where you will stay a little longer for acclimatization. An unforgettable experience is hiking through valleys surrounded by mountains and looking at rhododendron forests, numerous rope bridges and other views you will never see in another place. If you really want to trek to Everest Base Camp you have to be prepared for a whole day walking sometimes on steep icy trails, ridges and rocky paths but the views on the way compensate for your effort. Being interested in details, look at the itinerary where you will find everything you need to know.
We do care for all our clients and prepare everything in detail to make Everest Base Camp Trek as enjoyable as it is possible. Our staff is not only experienced but also friendly and ready to act quickly in difficult situations not to risk anyone’s life. Our Sherpa guides are certified, and they know everything about the Himalayas. Chosen from the local community they are used to harsh conditions and able to help hikers survive.
Everest – is this trip right for you?
In spite of the fact that Everest Base Camp trekking is not an easy task, almost everyone who is used to trekking with some weight on their back can experience it and take up the challenge on condition, that they start preparations for the event long before its start. If you do not suffer from serious illnesses and you are ready to prepare yourself for it, the trek to the Base Camp will be rewarding and may become the best experience in your life. For obvious reasons young people need fewer preparations than the older ones as they rarely suffer from hypertension or heart illnesses, but it does not mean, that 70-year-olds who trained their whole lives and have a lot of stamina will not be able to hike. You have to learn more about the trek and decide for yourself if the adventure suits you.
How to prepare yourself for the trek and everest base camp?
Being aware that you will have to hike up and down on an uneven trail for 13 days carrying your bagpack of at least 6 kilos on average 5-6 hours a day, you will have to start building up your strength and endurance a few months earlier. Make a plan of your training for 5-6 days a week and at least once a week walk up and down a hill with your bagpack loaded with 6 to 12 kg on. The more hill training the better and your legs and muscles get stronger. It is very important as at the higher altitude there is less oxygen and your lungs cannot provide your muscles with the right amount of it. So if you want to succeed in getting to the Base Camp and not to make trouble for other members of the trek, start exercising, take up weightlifting and walk with your heavy bagpack to be fit. Even experienced climbers prepare themselves for such a challenge in advance.
Good To Know
Asian Trekking is a Nepali expedition operating company established 36 years ago. According to Paragraph 26 of the Tourism Act (2035), no foreign expedition teams or companies are allowed to provide expedition services in Nepal directly and any foreign company must work through a Nepali company licensed by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal. As such, Nepali companies are the ones that provide all the legal, administrative, logistical, guiding and support services in Nepal, while also being legally responsible for the safe and responsible conduct of the expeditions. Booking through foreign expedition companies naturally makes the cost to the customer higher due to the extra layer of administration and profit margins, without necessarily adding any extra value.