Mount Everest Base Camp
Reaching dizzying heights of up to 8,848m, the mighty Everest has fascinated and challenged intrepid adventurers for decades. Since the famous ascents of mountaineer legends Sir Edmund Hillary and George Mallory in the 1920’s, thousands of people have trekked to Everest Base Camp for a glimpse of the world’s highest peak. In fact, despite the challenging climb, today the foot of Everest sees over 30,000 visitors each year.
These adventure seekers are rewarded with some of the most spectacular and dramatic scenery on the planet. Hearts race and inspiration is ignited when you are standing at the top of the world. Trekkers also get unique insight into Sherpa culture and their spiritual connection to Everest. A traditional 14-day trek will guide visitors to remote mountain monasteries, stunning mountain-backed Sherpa villages, and along trails lined with stones engraved with Tibetan Buddhist prayers. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is a natural fit for a bucket list as the rewarding hike to the base camp leaves individuals feeling like kings and queens of the untamed, natural world.
Every hiker ascending to Mount Everest base camp must have a guide. Most tour groups leave from Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, after a few days of acclimatization. You can find direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar. Flights to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu’s major airport, are available from most major international airports. However, being Nepal’s only international airport, during high season (late September to mid-November and late February to late March) flights can book up months in advance. Another option is to fly into Delhi, also you can find connecting flights from Mumbai and make your way overland from there. Take a time and explore India and its beauty which is captured in Agra, Chennai, Amritsar, and Bangalore. The key to getting to Everest Base Camp without any hiccups is to plan ahead and ask your guide or tour group for advice.