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BEST SEASON FOR TREKKING IN EVEREST REGION

While trekking in the Everest Region is possible all year round, the best time to trek is from March to mid-May and from September to mid-November when the weather is most favourable. Basically, there are two distinct trekking seasons. The best months to trek
to Everest Base Camp are pre-monsoon (March, April and May) and post monsoon (September, October and November).

From March to May, the weather starts getting warmer with only the occasional showers. It is often quieter than the other peak season between September to November.

Meanwhile, Everest climbers arrive at base camp to set up their summit attempts during April and May. However, September to November is dry season compared to other times of the year, making it the peak season for trekking to Everest region.

MARCH – MAY

March to May is an excellent time to trek up to the Everest Base Camp with clear, bright

days and warmer conditions. Just coming out of winter, the trekkers can still expect occasional shower, but most of the days will be fairly stable and dry. Besides the perfect weather, there will be a spectacular display of Rhododendrons in full bloom during April.

This period is expected to be busy though, as this is the time of the year when most of the Everest summit attempts occur.

SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER

September to November is the most popular time of the year for trekkers, as it provides the most stable and clear weather. This is
a bonus as most treks offer stunning views of the majestic mountains. Although not

the warmest time of the year, this period provides a pleasant temperature for trekking and the nights do not get super-cold like in the winter. Although usually clear, storms occasionally hit during this period and the trekkers should bring suitable gear just in case.

ITINERARY FOR TREKKING

Adventure lovers need to make a careful
plan for a trek up to Everest Base Camp as a journey to the foothills of the world’s highest place is not a cakewalk. The unforgiving terrain of the Himalayas gives a tough challenge to trekkers. Adverse weather and mountain sickness are the major concerns while trekkers also need to be careful to pack all their gears. Here we provide you the list of necessary items required for a trek to Everest Base Camp as well as other information.

How long does it take for a trip to EBC?

A trek to Everest Base Camp takes typically around two weeks. Trekkers need to travel slowly to acclimatize to the high altitude of

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Travel Destination

Most of the trekkers prefer
to take flights
to Lukla from where the journey begins but the
air route is full
of hassles due to the unpredictable weather and
the danger of landing in one of the world’s top ten dangerous airports.

the Everest Region in order to ensure a memorable trip. While it takes at least 10 days for people from lowlands to travel up to the base camp (5380meters) from Lukla (2860 meters), returning back to the same place is just a matter of two days for brisk walkers.

ESSENTIALS

Since the terrain in Everest Region is rough and the weather unpredictable, trekkers need to be prepared with necessary gears during the trip. Some of the essentials required for the trip are:

• Trekking shoes • Raincoat
• Walking sticks • Cap

• Sun glasses
• Sun-screen cream
• Down jacket
• Water bottle
• Thermos flask
• First aid kit (including Diamox) • Torch light
• Swiss knife
• Snacks

TRAVEL ADVISORY

Trekkers can either take a direct flight
to Lukla from the capital or trek all the way up there from Salleri, the district headquarter of Solukhumbu. Most of the trekkers prefer to take flights to Lukla from where the journey begins but the air route is full of hassles due to the unpredictable weather and the danger

of landing in one of the world’s top ten dangerous airports. Due to the heavy traffic, finding ticket is another burden although it costs around Rs 5,000 (US$ 50) for the locals while foreigners have to pay extra charge.

On the other hand, travelling by land
to Lukla takes just three days due to
the expansion of road network as far as Thaksindu, a hilltop that stands tall to
the south of Lukla. It’s just a one-day drive from Kathmandu to Salleri and a couple of hours of pleasant walk along the tall pine forests from the district headquarters to reach Thaksindu if one prefers to trek. Alternatively, one can take a four-wheel drive up to Thansindu, from where trekkers will have to walkhalf a day down to the foot of the hill and as far as Juvin to take a break. Then onwards, it’s an uphill trek for a whole day (almost 10 hours) to reach Lukla.

When the weather is clear, Lukla offers a perfect view of Mount Numbur and Mt Kongde. From Lukla, it is a one-day trek to the famed Namche Bazar, which

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is said to be the gateway to Everest. But many travellers prefer to rest in between at Monjo, till where the route is almost straightforward. From there, Namche is just a few hours away with an hour of uphill climb. Trekkers often spend a day at Namche (3440 meters) for acclimatization. Namche offers a spectacular view of Everest and AmaDablam as well as Thansherku, Khumbila, Kongde among other famous peaks. During their stay at Namche, trekkers often travel one hour uphill to Syangboche (3800 meters), which offers 360 degrees view of the entire mountain range of the region.

The next stop from Namche is Tengboche, which is
just about four hours away. Trekkers will have to travel three hours of downhill and the one hour of uphill to reach Tengboche, a place which harbours an ancient
and famous Buddhist monastery. On the way lies rhododendron forest. There is treeline up to Pangboche, which is a few hours away from Tengboche(3860 meters) and then there’s the desert landscape. The air becomes thinner and the land is full of rocks as you travel up to Dingboche (4410 meters) the next day. Mountain goats, Himalayan birds and wild animals enthrall the trekkers as they travel along this trail in between the mountains. After traversing the mountains for a day along this trail, trekkers need to acclimatize at Dingboche at least for a day.

As you travel higher, the weather gets colder and the food gets expensive. One-time meal, which costs around Rs 150 in the capital costs as much as Rs 500 in these areas due to the high cost of transportation. As the weather is freezing cold throughout the year, even during summer season, a flask of hot water costs as much as Rs 500.

The next stop from Dingboche is Lobuche (4940 meters). It takes almost a day to trek up to Lobuche with the only obstacle being the slope of Thugla, which takes almost an hour of steep accent.

A few hours away from Lobuche is Gorakshep (5164 meters), which is the last human settlement in the region. Up till Lobuche, trekkers can find lodges and restaurants as well as facility of electricity. But during the peak season it is hard to find room so it would be wise for advance booking. Kalapathhar (5545 meters), which lies atop Gorakshep offers a good view of Everest, which remains hidden along the trip from Dinboche to Gorakshep.

The Everest Base Camp (5380 meters) is just 5 kilometers away from Gorakshepbut it takes almost two hours walk to reach the place due to the rocky terrain above the Khumbu glacier. The whole route is above the glacier and there is thick snow everywhere upon reaching the base camp.