Everest Base Camp Trek with Kalapatthar
Everest Base Camp Trek with Kalapatthar Overview
Everest Base Camp Trek with Kalapathhar visit is a dream for every mountaineer. This adventurous tour takes you to the base camp of Mt. Everest and gives you a taste of real Nepal adventure.
Mount Everest is the tallest peak in the world and proudly stands at the height of 8848m in Sagarmatha Zone, Solukhumbu district, in between Nepal and Tibet. The base camp of Mount Everest itself is at the height of 5364m from sea level. What could ever be more adventurous than trekking through the trail of the tallest peak in the world? Sir Edmund Percival Hillary along with Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, were the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest on July 20, 1919. Since then climbing Mount Everest, if not, camping on the base of Mount Everest has been people’s favorite. The main highlight of this trek is not only Mt Everest but also the Sagarmatha National Park which has protected our pride for centuries.
Scenic Moment during Everest base camp trek with Kalapatthar
Sagarmatha National Park covers a surface area of 124,400 hectares. The park is home to hundreds of flora and fauna including Himalayan Tahr, musk deer, red panda, wild boar, juniper, fir, Rhododendrons, etc. The Everest base camp trek with Kalapatthar passes through several landscapes, glaciers, rivers, waterfalls, and stunning views of mountains. Tibetan people and lifestyle highly influence theis area. We also get to experience the Tibetan lifestyle and culture in this trek.
Besides Tibetan, the area has highest population of Sherpa and Tamang people. Apart from being beautiful and mesmerizing, Mount Everest or the base camp holds some deep risks and challenges. It is situated at a very high altitude which makes people suffer from mountain sickness. Those who are new to trekking and don’t have excellent fitness have more risk of getting sick. It is better to have some experience and great physical and mental fitness for this trek.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek with Kalapatthar
- Explore the beautiful Khumbu valley
- Experience the hospitality of Sherpa people
- Diverse flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park
- Camp at the base of the world’s highest mountain peak
- Day 1- Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding (35 minutes flight, 4 hours walk)
- Day 2- Phakding-Namche Bazar (5-6 hours walk)
- Day 3- Namche Bazar-Debouche, (5-6 hours walk)
- Day 4- Debouche-Dingboche,(5-6 hours walk)
- Day 5- Dingboche-Dughla, (3-4 hours walk)
- Day 6- Dughla-Lobuche,(3-4 hours walk)
- Day 7- Lobuche-Gorakshep-EBC,back to Gorakshep, (8-9 hours walk)
- Day 8- Gorakshep-Kalapatthar- Periche (7-8 hours walk)
- Day 9- Pheriche-Namche bazar (6-7 hours walk)
- Day 10- Namche Bazar-Lukla,(6-7 hours walk)
- Day 11- Lukla-Kathmandu,(35 minutes flight)
Safety and difficulties of EBC
Everest Base camp trek can be quite challenging and difficult. This is a moderately difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness. But you can build your muscle strength, make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to Everest base camp via Kalapatthar is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 15 days. This solo reason is enough to make this trek challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, may be snowy in off-seasons. The maximum height in this trek is the base camp of 5364m with other high passes on the way. There is a high risk of mountain sickness. The primary cause of altitude sickness is a decrease in the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. It’s important to carry handheld oximetry. Oxygen saturation below 75% may be a risk.
Symptoms of Mountain sickness
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heartbeats
*Preventing mountain sickness
- Walk slow
- Stay hydrated
- Have nutritional food
- Have enough rest
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
*Medicines for mountain sickness
- Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
- Promethazine (for nausea)
Clothing and equipment
|Trekking shocks||Torch lights|
|Water proof pants||Sunglasses|
|Water proof jackets||Beanies and gloves|
|Warm shirts and t shirts||Medicines|
|Thermal tops and bottoms||Toiletries|
|Fleece jacket||Safety kit|
|Down jacket||Hand sanitizers|
|Trekking pole||Water bottles and water purifier|
|Raincoats||Trash bag and tissue papers|
|Duffel bags||Power banks|
|Passport size photographs||Permits|
Travel insurance: Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Seeing all these benefits,
the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.
Visas/passports: if you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.