The Everest Base Camp Trek offers some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in all the world. There are different routes that you can take to reach base camp. If you choose to follow the path taken by Tenzing and Hillary, you can follow the trail along Khumbu Glacier and ascend Kala Pattar.
The Everest Base Camp Trek begins with a flight to Lukla airstrip which takes around half an hour. The flight path covers excellent scenery and gives you a taste of things to come. From Lukla, you would begin trekking up slowly towards Namche Bazaar, which is the Sherpa capital. The trek will take you along the Dudh Kosi river valley. When you reach the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge, you will get the first glimpse of the majestic Everest peaking above the ridge.
With proper acclimatization, you would begin your trek for several days until you get to the very heart of the Khumbu region. On your way, you will get an opportunity to visit Tengboche monastery. This is a Buddhist monastery belonging to the Sherpa community and is located in the village of Tengboche in Eastern Nepal’s Khumbu region. The monastery was built in 1916 and is at an elevation of 12,687 feet.
The Everest Base Camp Trek will then lead you towards Kala Pattar, which is a rocky outcrop that is located west of Mount Everest. You will ascend Kala Pattar and get an excellent view of the south west face of Mount Everest. This face of the mountain was climbed first by Chris Bonington’s team in 1975. From here, you will also get a spectacular view of South Col and the Ice Fall.