The Himalayas: A chain of mountains stretching over 1,500 miles (2,500 kilometers) in length. Ten of the planet’s 14 eight-thousanders are here (mountains that are over 8,000 meters (26,000 feet) high)—and jutting out among them is the highest mountain on earth, Mount Everest.
Here, in the midst of the highest points on our planet, adventure is a given—even without climbing a single summit. On the Everest Base Camp Trek, you’ll follow the path of the first explorers to the base camp of the highest peak on Earth. Gigantic mountains accompany you on your hike; endless vistas, magnificent views of snow-capped peaks and unspoiled nature await you. You’ll trek past Nepalese monasteries, through villages with friendly inhabitants and past breathtaking mountain landscapes as you gently approach the world’s biggest sleeping giant.
Your goal throughout this hike is a simple one: slowly get used to the height. At this altitude, however, acclimatization is not an overnight thing. Instead, it's a process characterized by continuous, slow running and a high water intake. In fortified lodges, you’ll recover from the efforts of the day and recollect your strength for the next stage. Sufficient sleep and a mindful treatment of your body will help you better absorb the impressions of this breathtaking country and its people—and make trekking in this distant culture an incomparable experience.
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Last updated: June 22, 2023
Your adventure begins with the flight from Kathmandu to Lukhla at 2,800 m. With a small propeller machine you fly - if the weather cooperates - a little 45 minutes. Since the pilots can fly only on sight, Lukhla is only served when the weather is good. Slowly you leave the hilly countryside of Kathmandu…
Today's tour is one of the hardest stages of this trek. It leads you to the former trading metropolis Namche Bazar. A total of 800 meters of altitude are to climb on some very steep path - at a length of 15 km.
You leave Pakhding on initially very well developed paths. Do not be surprised if many…
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You leave Namche Bazar on a pleasant path. Do not forget to stop and look back. Because from this direction, the village, in the middle of a kesselelförmigen incision, particularly sublime. It may also be that you hear and see first helicopters transport goods or tourists.
The path leads you through the…
This stage will take you to Khumjung.
First of all, you go back the way you already knew from the day before. The narrow path downhill, over the bridge, past some villages and monasteries to the well-marked crossroads to Khumjung. From here, the trail begins to steepen again. Slowly you climb him up…
From Khumjung to Phortse a beautiful trail takes you about eight kilometers through the mountainous landscape of the Himalayas. It takes you about three to four hours - a relaxing morning tour.
You are now in an area where you only go from village to village. In between, you only occasionally meet people…
A good climb leads you out of Phortse before you follow an impressive altitude panorama trail. Always in view: the Ama Dablam with its 6,814 m. The trail is sometimes quite narrow and it goes steeply downhill, so you have to focus well on your crotch.
Also listen to the bells announcing a yak herd. If…
Starting today, you'll be leaving the 3,800m high that your body has been accustomed to for the past few days. Slowly, always listening to your body, leads you the not to be missed, mostly broad path to 4,400 m to Dingboche.
On the way, new mountain panoramas offer you, because you come back a lot closer…
Today, you're getting a big step closer to your goal! First, the trail climbs steeply for about an hour, before crossing a very long level. This level leads you looking back but steadily uphill. Like the day before, the path itself is very pleasant to walk.
You approach the river Lobuche, cross it over…
On to the balcony of the Himalayas. A good two hours will take you along the Khumbu Glacier through the barren, snowy landscape to Gorak Shep. There are the last lodges in front of the base camp of Mount Everest.
The route is quite demanding because of the altitude. The paths themselves are easy to see…
One last effort and you made it. The landscape is now wintry. Snow, ice and lack of vegetation characterize your environment. The white mountain tops glisten in the sun.
A gentle, easy walk will take you to the base camp of Mount Everest at 5,364 meters in about two hours. The route runs in a cauldron…
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