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03 May 2017
Having trekked in the Sahayadris for over 4-5 years now and after doing two himalayan treks in the previous season, I wanted to do a more challenging trek. So finally I decided to climb the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. The majestic mountain range had been in my bucket list for many years. Now seemed to be the right time, and so I set off in search of the "Everest". I always thought how difficult could it be to climb mountains, after all, it just takes putting one step ahead of the other. I was wrong, it indeed turned out to be more difficult than I imagined. This is due to the rarefied air in the atmosphere, that makes breathing difficult. Even a nominal gradient while ascending seems to be a task. But thankfully I wasn't hit by any symptoms of AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ) which makes the mountaineer's job tremendously difficult at high altitudes. On the trek, it was the promise of some awesome photos, that helped me carry through many steep climbs. But, the sheer beauty of the barren mountains with clear blue sky in the backdrop and the ferocious Dudh Koshi River inspired me not to give up but to keep climbing. During the climb of Kala Patthar, I learnt the importance of balance and concentration, even when you are exhausted beyond limit. On the Kala Patthar summit day, I set out at 4 in the morning, climbing through the mountain with a 50-70 degree gradient; sub zero temperatures, chilly winds and freezing weather. It was total dark and the only thing I could see through my head torch was the next step. From this moment till 6 am in the morning, I only thought about the awesome feeling of summiting and achieving my goal. As the air was thin, I concentrated on breathing properly and adequately and took synchronized baby steps. And, finally at 6:30 am I reached the Summit (5643m)! The view of the sunrise on Everest was just spectacular and the feeling of having summited, exhilarating!! The Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar expedition made me realize that to achieve a goal, it is important to believe in your own efforts and strength (Both Physical and Mental).But more than that, we should be grateful towards the ecosystem around and factors beyond our control which play an equally important role in our journey to achieve anything.
20 October 2014
A good trek at a very reasonable price is what I need to say about this trek first of all. I had a comfortable and good stay at the base camp. The camping was a great fun and I enjoyed to the core. Heard that this was the most challenging trek of Nepal and so I decided to try this out. This was obviously challenging but I could make it out till the end. it was just out of the world experience
23 September 2015
The mountains were brilliant and nice, the clear sky after the summer monsoon had dusted away the dust and we hence got a chance to have a clear view of the whole peak and the adjacent places. The days we spent at the camp base was cooler even though it could have been more long.
25 June 2015
The great Everest Base trek camp is the most spectacular camping that I ever know of. What I liked personally about this trek was the courtesy and reception of the inhabitants at this place. Even though the trek was steep and sharp we had ample route to trek and enjoy. We even had time to take marvellous pictures at each and every step of the trek. I should say that I went on this trek at the right time. it was a life changing experience for me!!
08 December 2016
Are you planning to head for a trek to the Everest Base camp? Well hear my story of my experience to this wonderful heaven on Earth, I am basically from Rajasthan, and am a great lover of trek, I never leave any trekking place in the World untouched, there are many I have taken up and there are still vast to explore, as I was trekking to each and every place that I had shortlisted from my bucket list, the Everest base camp took its turn last month, I was very eagerly waiting for this trek ever since I had heard from the Indian friends about a trekking destination like this in Nepal. The Everest memory is going to be in memories forever; base camp at the world’s highest mountain is not everyone’s cup of tea. It needs endurance, agility, talent and stability to survive the whole way through, which is what I have learnt from the trek. When the temperature in Rajasthan was touching around 40 degree, I decided to trek to the Everest to take a break from the climate and the city. I read about the reviews before hand and planned everything, initially I thought of going alone, but at the last moment some old school friends of mine joined up, so it was a team of ten heading to the highest peak of the world. Our journey began at Rajasthan, and within few hours we reached Kathmandu, from where we were supposed to be picked up by our guides, we moved on from here to a nearby hotel, as we wanted to fresh up and make ourselves active before the actual trek began, so our first day was a complete rest at the hotel, the next day we went down to explore the Kathmandu valleys and monkey temple, and then by evening we were boarded flight to Lukla, and here finally our trekking activity started, caught a glimpse of this statue on way – Late Pasang Lhamu Sherpa ( the first Nepali women to reach the world top), and then from here we reached to Phakding, here we halted for some time, took a short nap for a couple of hours, and on our guides call we started to trek towards gateway of Everest, Namche Bazaar. Uphill and downhill trek over here was simply amazing, then we had to stop at Jorsale for some legal paper work, which was taken care of well by our guide, crossing the alpine vegetation and suspension bridge we landed at Namche Bazaar, after halting here overnight we started our acclimatizing walk towards the Everest view hotel from where we caught view of various peaks, Kusum Kangaroo, Thamsekru, Amadablam and the gigantic Mt. Everest. Then we trekked to Tengboche, Dingboche, Nagarjuna hill and then towards Lobuche. From Lobuche the final lap of trek to Everest base camp began, after trekking for around three hours I finally made it up to the Everest Base camp. That feel being on top of this Everest was like being on top of the world. Yay! I was waiting for this moment since then to share it with my friends, relatives and other trekking enthusiasts.
07 December 2016
It is not always about travelling to some great place, but it is all about the experience that we get from out tour. This is what I felt after I am now done with my Everest base camp trek, I heard from my colleagues that this trek is a very challenging one, but then I and my school friends decided to give it a try. Even though I have a good trekking experience, my friend was not too much in to it, still we both were eager to take up and make it possible. The Everest is the most sought after destination for trekking enthusiasts, and we were lucky that we got an opportunity to trek to this wonderful mountain peak region. Now talking out about the trek, I and my friend just backpacked some clothing, good quality trekking shoe and started off to this wonderful destination, I had already arranged for the trekking schedule and the itinerary was briefed to us well in advance, the whole trekking journey of 14 days is still in front of my eyes, I am yet to recover from that trance state. We started our journey at Chennai and reached Kathmandu, and then from here we were flown to Lukla to trek to Phadking, the whole way we enjoyed the panoramic view and the beauty of the hills, from Lukla our trekking journey began gradually, with many ups and downs we never faced any problem anywhere, the Guides were not only co-operative but they were entertaining too, they gave us break every now and then, the short suspension that we came across was a great view at Kusum- Kangru. As we trailed through on this base camp trek we came across many villages and rivers. The villagers were very friendly; in fact we were surprised to see that some of the villagers were able to speak good English, they are very eager to help strangers and particularly trekkers, so there wasn’t any fear of getting lost at all, the pathway which we had to go through was full of ridges and trails, initially I was a bit afraid that we may get lost, but as I had said before the villagers are too friendly and they will helped us out with the ways, once or twice we were little behind our fellow trekkers, luckily with the help of the villagers we managed to get back to our team. As we had trekked only last week, the weather was rather clear and we were able to see clearly the snow capped mountains and the flowing rivers. As we were trekking high, we felt it little hard to trek, over here we had to take a small break and energize our body by filling it with local food and drinks that was available almost at every junction. Some of the other trekkers who hadn’t hired guides faced little problem, luckily we escaped such a situation. Overall, I had a very delightful experience and am longing to trek again during this winter.
07 December 2016
Not all travel agents would be able to deliver such an amazing service, I am really grateful to my travel agency and to out trekking guide Mr. Thapa who helped us out from start till the end. When I and my girlfriend got an annual break, we wanted to do something that was always in our bucket-list, a challenging and difficult trek to the Himalayas, and then when we read about the reviews of Everest base camp, there wasn’t any looking back. Initially my GF was stigmatic seeing the height of this gigantic trek, but somehow I was able to convince her and then we packed off for their trek with a minimum of clothing and essentials. I had no problem at as my girl friend had put a check list of all the needed things and packed all these, so whenever we needed anything on the way, she would immediately take it without even searching for it (this is one great advantage to travel along with girls, they are more than perfect in all these things). Well then the endless journey of ours began and the next two weeks weren’t just life, it was a meaningful life. I heard that the lodges in the higher altitudes get closed during peak winter, but luckily we didn’t experience any kind of this situation at all, our organizers had planned everything in advance and we also took effort to call out personally and finalize things before we reached there. As we were trailing we could feel ourselves lost in the clouds and it was a great experience to see the beautiful shrubs and trees on all the sideways, again my GF stopped here and there to take selfies (this is bit annoying when you travel with girls, they stop then and there for selfies break), but then I had to acknowledge because the sceneries and the hills were so captivating that even though I am not a photo freak, I too posed for many pictures. Our accommodation was a great place, it was equipped with all the needed things like – room heater, blankets, warm water to bath and delicious food were served on time mainly. But then I had a very minor problem as some shops accepted only the Nepalese currency, so to be on safe side you can carry some extra local currency (in case you are a shop alcoholic), I heard that some guides are too dependent but our guide was too accommodative and unless and until we invited him for a cup of tea, he never used to barge into our privacy. I personally loved the trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche as the whole backdrop was serene, calm and I loved the Rhododendrons mainly. The top of the Namche Bazaar gave a breath taking view of the surroundings which is still waving in front of my eyes. Some treks have the power to change the way you look at life, and surely this trek was one of my kind.
08 December 2016
We (Me and my wife) took up this ever challenging Everest base camp trek last month. Staying at Delhi was an advantage for me, as I was able to make up immediate plans and pack bags for the one of its kinds trek – Everest base camp trek, When my wife had said that she wanted to take a break for two weeks, I immediately rushed online to book our tickets to Kathmandu to take up this trek that I had been dreaming off ever since I was in my college days, and luckily my wife never says no to my decision. It was during the months of Late November and Early December, the winter was starting to pour in, even though it was more chill and freezing than I had expected. Heard that November month is great for trekking to this wonderful place, and so when we landed up at the trek start point at Lukla, I could catch many trekkers who were going to accompany us in this journey, actually it looks good and is great to trek along with other trekking lovers, you will feel motivated. Even though I was the one who insisted on this trek, my wife was even more energetic and active when she saw the other accompanies. The weather and the days were too good at the first place; hence it gave a good kick start for our journey, the guide told us that the trekking would be for nearly 12 days, but we managed to finish it in 11 days. If we follow the instructions and the guidelines that are provided by the organizers we can complete this trek in the given time, on the other hand I heard some trekkers grumbling that they missed out some main points like Kala Pathar and were not able to make it up till the Everest base. But luckily my health and my co-trekkers were co-operative that we made it up till the end. Now that we had finished the trek successfully, it also becomes important to say a few words about the food, stay and the journey. Wherever we stopped, our guides served us with hot foods, even though there were many varieties; I wanted to try the traditional Nepali food – which was really a great choice; the accommodation for us was at Tea house which was really great and amazing, room service was above average and we never faced any problem at any time, Hot water was supplied for whenever we asked, the bedding and the blankets were clean and washed well ( my wife happens to be a clean freak), but then she never had any issue with the accommodation or food. As a final word, this review would become obsolete if I don’t mention that the organizers have done a tremendous job by making this challenging trek successful for us!
14 December 2016
At the end of your lifetime, when you sit back and recollect your old memories, it is not the tour that you will remember, but it will be the ones that made your trip memorable. And without any doubt I can say that my memory in future is going to be filled only with this Everest Base camp trek that I had taken up last week. A trek will become memorable only when it is filled with adventure, challenge and fun in it, and all this is coupled in the Everest base camp trek. When I had suggested this trek to my family, they immediately said a big “NO” as this was the most challenging one and I had picked the winter months for trekking, but then I gathered guts to convince my parents and started to go ahead with my itinerary which I had already done many months before the trek was decided. Actually the trek is not as scary and rough as others presume it to be, if you are packed with necessary stuffs and if you have some skill and knowledge about this trek you are sure to go through it easily. Trekking to the base camp is actually a great fun to experience for real. I want this review to be useful to the readers, thus I am writing more of tips rather than my experience so that it would be useful for the other trekkers who are planning to go ahead with this trek. If you are planning to trek to this base camp, I feel it is always wise to carry some USD and Rupees as you hardly find any ATM’s over here, it is also great if you are able to arrange some Nepali currencies too in case you want to shop or buy something to eat. If you haven’t packed enough winter gear or trekking gear, buy them at Kathmandu itself and save some bucks, and as you climb the altitude will lower down your oxygen level, so carry plenty of chocolates and some treats for your mouth. When your energy level goes down, just munch in few chocolates and gets instant energy. And you can also carry some tea bags with you; hot water is available at many places, so you can just stop by to sip your tea instead of searching for a local tea stall. Well all this being said, my trek to Everest base camp was more than I wanted it to be, fun thrill, excitement, adventure, mystery and above all I made friendship with so many trekkers that in future I will not have to go alone to any place, this trekking friends group will be ready to hang out with me.
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