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Why Everest Base Camp with KE?

Written by  Kit Wilkinson - Product Manager

  • 03 September 2015
Why Everest Base Camp with KE?

why everest trek 01The Khumbu region on the south side of Mount Everest is the traditional home of the Sherpa people. Surrounded by spectacular peaks, it is a special place and justifiably popular as a destination for mountain walking. Amongst the first outsiders to visit this area were early mountaineering groups, including the 1953 British Everest Expedition which finally succeeded in putting two members of the team, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, on the summit. Mountaineers continue to make the journey to Everest Base Camp and each year they are joined by increasing numbers of people from all walks of life who want a glimpse of the world's highest peak.

To stand and gaze at the highest mountain on Earth is an almost spiritual experience, especially when to get there you have travelled along the village trails of the Khumbu, passing colourful fluttering prayer flags and centuries old mani walls built of individual tablets of stone, each carved in elegant script offering prayers to the mountain gods.

"You don't have to be a hero to accomplish great things. You can just be an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals." Edmund Hillary

why everest trek 07Any reasonably fit and prepared person can reach Everest Base Camp and with just a little extra effort, it's also possible to reach the top of the non-technical viewpoint peak known as Kala Patar. Here, there is an unrivalled panorama of Himalayan Peaks, dominated by the looming South West face of Everest, almost within touching distance and rising above the astonishing Khumbu Icefall.

Nowadays, most visitors to the Khumbu fly in to Lukla Airport. From here, due to the need to acclimatise gradually to the altitude, we allow a minimum of 9 days for the hike up to Everest Base Camp. The total distance is less than 50 kilometres and, taking into account the rest and acclimatisation days we include at the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and at Dingboche, the average distance we walk each day is just 7 kilometres.

This works well for most people. The majority of the normal route, the Everest Trail, is on well maintained paths which are used by the inhabitants of this mountain region. Only the last few kilometres to the Base Camp itself are on the rubble of the glacial moraine.

Today, all of our treks in the Khumbu region use relatively comfortable lodge accommodation, run by local Sherpa families. This is another element which puts the whole experience within reach of any active person with the desire to get up close to Mount Everest.

"I suppose we go to Mount Everest because - in a word - we can't help it. To refuse the adventure is to run the risk of drying up like a pea in its shell." George Mallory
Why choose KE to trek to Everest Base Camp?
  • We have nearly 30 years experience taking our clients to Everest Base Camp
  • We are the UK's foremost independent trekking specialis
  • All our Base Camp trekking groups visit the REAL Everest Base Camp
  • Our holidays include all meals even lunches and dinners while in Kathmandu
  • All of our Everest treks use lodge accommodation
  • Excellent client feedback 
  • First class guides and trek crews
  • The best and widest range of routes for reaching Everest Base Camp 
When is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?

why everest trek 02The months outside of the summer monsoon season offer the best conditions for trekking. Pre-monsoon from March to May is the main climbing season for Everest and at this time there will be many expeditions at the base camp. This is the time to go if you want to interact with climbers and get the ‘feel' of the climbing season on the world's highest peak. The post-monsoon months of October and November usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather before the onset of winter and this would be the best time to choose for photography of the mountains. Fewer people trek in the winter months between December and February but although cold and with more likelihood of encountering snow, this can be a magical time to visit the Khumbu with less trekkers and pristine landscapes under clear blue skies. Daytime temperatures for trekking are usually very pleasant with shorts and tee shirts often enough until above the last habitations. Even in winter in the mid-day sun it can be quite warm. At night at any time of the year, in the thin air of the Himalaya it can get very cold and during the winter months, temperatures will be below freezing on most nights.

Khumbu Lodges

why everest trek 13All of our treks in the Mount Everest National Park use lodge accommodation throughout. There are lodges all the way up to Gorak Shep, beneath Kala Patar and just a short walk from Everest Basecamp. Owned and run by local Sherpa families, these lodges have heated dining areas that are often attractively decorated with paintings and locally made textiles. Sleeping accommodation is basic but clean in unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattress. Whilst some lodges may have twin sharing rooms, in others there may be multi-bed rooms only. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities and these are sometimes located in a separate building to the main lodge. Note also that some lodges use continental style toilets and may require self-flushing with water buckets. Some lodges offer hot showers (for an additional charge) and battery charging facilities (also extra). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals but it should be remembered that this is still a very remote area and facilities can be basic.

Which Everest holiday should I choose?

why everest trek 10All but one of our routes to Everest Base Camp start and finish at the high airstrip of Lukla in the Valley of the Dudh Kosi River. The exception is our ‘Original' Everest Base Camp trek which follows the original route of the first Everest climbers, walking through the verdant foothills of the Himalaya from Jiri to reach the Dudh Kosi just below the modern airstrip. From Lukla, all trekkers and climbers bound for Everest follow the same trail through this steep-sided valley, dotted with farms and villages, as far as the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. All groups spend a minimum of two nights in Namche to acclimatise to the high altitude before proceeding on their individual routes.


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