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Everest Base Camp: What is it like? Photos, videos and routes


Everest can be approached from two sides: Nepali and Chinese. That’s why there are two camps for climbing the mountain: one on the south side and one on the north side.

Depending on which route of the ascent to the summit of the world mountaineers chose, this base camp for recreation, high-altitude acclimatization, and for going on an assault is used. There are comfortable tents with heaters, cafes and tasty food, Wi-Fi and a good life style for climbers in the camps.

More often than not, the climbers stay at Everest South Base Camp, as it is more difficult to get to the North Base Camp, as it requires an expensive permit from the Chinese Government. The South Camp is accessible by foot only, though (the loads are carried by yaks), and the North Camp is accessible by car. The couloir also organizes its expeditions to Everest from the south side.

You arrive at base camp by a 40-minute flight from Kathmandu (the capital of Nepal) to the Tenzing-Hillary airport in the high-altitude village of Lukla (2,860 meters above sea level), the gateway to Everest. You'll land on the world's shortest and most dangerous runway, with a sheer cliff on one side and a steep cliff on the other.

The trekking to Everest's base camp is a 50 kilometer-long hike that "takes" between 9 and 14 days. The duration of the trek depends on the weather conditions and preparation of the participants. Today there are several routes of varying difficulty and duration, so that tourists can choose the most suitable for their abilities.

The paths leading to Everest pass through the Sagarmatha National Park, which is located in several climatic zones. Travelers pass through:

  • lush tropical jungle;
  • dense coniferous forests;
  • colorful flowering and fragrant alpine meadows;
  • mountain lakes of dazzling turquoise;
  • the rugged rocky and glacial highlands ("eternal" 22-kilometer Khumbu glacier completes the route).

In addition to amazingly diverse nature tourists are waiting to meet an even more amazing and exotic culture of the Nepalese, sacred temples, Buddhist stupas, stones with mantras "Mani Stones", constantly fluttering on the background of the majestic mountains prayer flags - "live" sutras. 

Of course, you can go trekking to Everest Base Camp on your own, but, if you're going to Nepal for the first time, it is still more comfortable and relaxing to go hiking under the guidance of an experienced Russian-speaking team leader Kuluar.

The Weather on the Way to the Everest Base Camp

Weather conditions in the Himalayas are difficult to predict, it is so changeable and depends on many factors. The best time to travel to Nepal is during our off-season months of October-November and April-May. In these months, the rains end, the temperature more or less stabilizes (drops from +40 to +25), the snow lies only on the peaks and passes (at altitudes above 5000 meters).

The higher the group climbs, the lower the air temperature and atmospheric pressure. Tourists are waiting for sharp temperature drops (from daytime + 20 degrees to nighttime - 5 degrees). That is, down in the daytime perfectly go in T-shirts, then you will need fleece jackets and wind jackets. For reference, the temperature at Everest base camp depends on cloud cover (bright sunshine - warm, hidden in the clouds - immediately cool).

Routes to Everest base camp

There are several paths to the top of the world:

Standard trek to base camp  

This route is the most direct and the shortest. It is the route most often chosen by mountaineering expeditions planning to climb Everest.  The route goes through the high mountain monastery Tyangboche: along the river Dudh Kosi, the village of Namche Bazar, from which you can already contemplate the majestic peak. Next stop is Fortze Tenga, Kumjung. The trek provides an incredible experience of the mountainous country, its nature and inhabitants.

Watch a video of the trek participants with the Kuluar expedition group:

You can find the trekking program on the Everest BC itinerary page.

Trek to Everest via Cho La Pass and Gokyo Lakes 

This very popular and incredibly beautiful, with ever-changing mountain vistas, 220 km circular route runs at high (over 5000 meters) altitudes, so there is often a lot of snow at the beginning of the season. 

See what beauty, discoveries and emotions await you on the trail:

Approximate travel time is 16-17 days, the ascent is as smooth as possible (descents-ascents-descents), there are days at the lakes, the ascent to the top of Gokyo-Ri is planned (5483 m). Then trek to Cho-La Pass on the melting Ngozumba Glacier, the key stage of the trek is the pass and the descent to the destination of the route - Everest Base Camp.

See the Everest via Gokyo Lakes route page for details.

Trek to Everest Base Camp over Rengjo La, Gokyo Lakes, Cho La and Kongma La passes (5528 m)

Not simple route "3 passes" of a total length of 300 km lasts 20-21 days and allows you to see almost everything interesting (the main thing is to have good luck with the weather). Participants pass: Namche Bazar, Tyangboche, Chukkung, Lobuche, Gorakshep, Dingboche. Along the way, and especially from the passes, there will be amazingly powerful and fabulous panoramic views and landscapes. These are truly grandiose spectacles.

Базовый лагерь Эвереста - фото 11

Trek to Everest via the Renjo-La Pass, Gokyo Lakes and Cho-La Pass

The 270-kilometer trek is completed in 19-20 days at altitudes from 5,000 to 5,550 meters and is recommended for prepared, acclimatized participants. The route passes through deserted areas of the national park, smoothly changing landscape zones. Fantastic panoramas of Gokyo Lake and Dzhomolungma open from the passes. It is planned to have a daytrip to Gokyo.

Everest Base Camp from the North

You can reach Northern Base Camp (Chinese Tibet) on foot or by car in two or three hours along the Friendship Highway, visiting Rongbuk Monastery (4980 meters above sea level) on the way.

We told about the routes leading to the foot of Mount Everest. They are quite possible for ordinary tourists of different ages and are worth to get out of the comfort zone one day, to see the "roof of the world", to test your strength, to feel the power of nature, to feel life and love for the mountains in a new way.

Базовый лагерь Эвереста - фото 7

Now, knowing what Everest base camp is and what paths lead to it, you can safely go to the Himalayas - the amazing world of high mountains! 

With Kuluar you are sure to fulfill your dream - to see the Mountain of Peace!


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