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Everest Base Camp Trek

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You will find that you get far more than you bargained for on this classic route. Follow the guidelines and you should ascend in sensible and manageable altitude stages all the way to Gorak Shep on the 8th day of trekking (including 2 acclimatisation days) after which you can head for Base Camp and Kala Patthar before returning to Lukla.

In between is some of the most awe inspiring mountain scenery on the planet not to mention rural life in the Sherpa hills. You will get to know your local Guide and Porters and you will quickly see just how simple and harsh their lives are. And please remember, despite what they say, they are as susceptible to altitude sickness as you are. Don't be fooled by their brave faces, if you think that they are suffering, tell someone who can do something about it.

Watch for the small tea house stop at Dughla. Straight after that you will climb up the front end of the Khumbu glacier. Most don't even realise it!

Make sure that you stay overnight at Gorak Shep BEFORE you head for Base Camp; to pass through it (from Lobouche) to get to Base Camp and then return to Gorak Shep is not a good idea! Some do that but it makes for a very long day indeed and tends to leave many people too tired to tackle Kala Patthar the next day. The altitude here is over 5000m and whilst you may not be suffering from altitude sickness per se, you will highly likely be feeling the effects that altitude has on your body. You will also be tired from the accumulative effects of 8 days trekking and also the conditions do get more basic as you get closer to Gorak Shep. Many underestimate it.

This is a great trek, make no mistake about that and it has so many highlights; you lose count. Acclimatise well, take your time, be prepared to experience basic conditions for a few days and enjoy.

Written by  Terry Crosby.

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Sanjib Adikhari ist empfohlen 2011 von deutschen Wanderer Sabine und Frank aus Berlin

Sanjib Adhikari The ultimative Kompliment fuer Sanjib kamen aus anderen Trekker wir auf dem Weg, die, wie gluecklich wir einen Fuehrer so sympathisch, kompetent und engagiert fuer uns und unsere Erfahrung haben waren, bemerkte erfuellt. Wir konnten nicht mit ihnen vereinbart, mehr zu haben. * Wir haben eine 21 Tage Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp Trek und Langtang Valley trek und mit noch nie gewandert sind diese Laenge vor, wir beide Neulinge waren. Es ist ohne Zweifel, dass unser Fuehrer war jemand anderem als Sanjib haetten, haetten wir nicht gehabt haben fast die Reichen, authentisch und sehr angenehme Erfahrung haben wir getan. wenn Trekking

mit Sanjib genossen wir:

* Ehrlich, kompetent und aufrichtig Diskussionen ueber alles von Nepal die Geschichte und aktuelle Politik, lokale Religionen und Kultur Geschichte, Geographie Naturlandschaft und alle Berge Namen

* Eine Sensitivitaet und Sensibilitaet, um eine gute Balance zwischen Unterhaltung und respektieren eine Einzelperson oder Paar Beduerfnis nach Privatsphaere * ueber 9 Jahre Wanderfuehrer Erfahrung ermoeglichen

* Respekt fuer die individuelle gewuenschte Tempo und Kondition

* Eine intime Kenntnis der besten Unterkuenfte, Tee stoppt und Sehenswuerdigkeiten entlang des Weges, nach unseren eigenen Budget

Wir wuerden empfehlen eventuelle trekker in Nepal, die Dienste von Sanjib Adhikari zu gewinnen. Es ist ohne Zweifel, dass Sie reich belohnt werden, wenn Sie so Trek in Nepal seine Kontaktadresse lautet:

Trekking Nepal (Annapurna /Everest Base Camp)Guide

There is no substitute for personalized attention. I traveled to Nepal to visit Everest Base Camp. I traveled alone and had certain trepidation about traveling on my own, but I also knew I wanted to escape the pressures of trekking in a large group. Altitude and safety are paramount on mountain treks and I did not want to end-up hyperventilating trying to keep-up with faster, fitter, trekkers.

Even though, I have altitude experience, I relied heavily on my guide's advice regarding what to eat, pace, and hydration. I have climbed and summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro, so I was confident I could complete this trek, but nothing can prepare you for the terrain of the Hymalayas. It is truly a humbling experience.

Mr. Adhikari came highly recommended by other trekkers, who were only too willing to write positive and detailed letters of recommendation. I found that all their recommendations were more than true. Mr. Adhikari has been to Everest Base Camp more than 50 plus times, as a woman traveling alone, I found his level of professionalism refreshing. I cannot count the times, Mr. Adhikari truly saved me from my inexperienced trekking self. He ensured I would not be run over by a Yak, horse, or donkey, kept me focused on the difficult terrain, and somehow ensured I stopped long enough to enjoy the scenery (in spite of my exhaustion). I shudder to think what my trek would have been like if I'd been just another trekker in a large group. I have to comment that I have never been so healthy-stomach wise at altitude.

Mr. Adhikari explains that when organizing for larger groups, he makes provisions for trekkers like me who tend to walk at a slower pace. I thought for sure that, this time, my ambition had superseded my ability, but thanks to Mr. Adhikari, my long time dream of seeing Everest Base Camp first hand came true. I was able to spend time in the rarified air and observe camp life, took plenty of pictures, and asked Mr. Adhikari numerous questions about his experiences around the area. I so wanted to see the famous "ice fall." it was helpful to have a guide who spoke Nepali and who is so friendly. At a time when all one's body wants to do is rest, it was nice that my guide struck-up conversations with other climbers. He pointed out that some of the people passing me were not base camp visitors, but climbers in training-those hoping to summitt Everest. They use the road to base camp and the surroundings as a sort of conditioning track.

I was very aware of the economic implications of traveling with a Nepali Operator vs. a foreign trekking company. I wanted my trip not to only be a self-serving adventure, but numerous travel books suggest that traveling with a Nepali Operator does ensure more of the money goes and stays into the Nepali economy. I was unsure how the whole experience would unfold, but I am staying here and going to Annapurna Base Camp with the same operator. Mr. Adhikari seems to be grounded on the mountain community ad well as in Kathmandu. It was reassuring to see he has good and long standing relationships with other guides and the mountain community.

I need to add that you should come prepared and bring a permanent marker. There is a large boulder marking the entrance to Everest Base Camp. The boulder is covered with trekker signatures. The smaller boulders and stones are covered with messages from those lucky enough to have been there.

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Best time for Mount Everest Camp

June-July is not a good time to go because of the monsoon season…the rains will hamper flights to Lukla and also the trekking would be dangerous at the time…if you are planning to go then April – mid May is the best time…

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Title: “a perfect trip…….not to be missed “

“This year at the end of february i went in Nepal for 18 days for the second time and i did a small trekking in the Annapurna region, I went to visit Pokhara, Kathmandu, Bakthapur and Nagarkot and I saw the National Park of Chitwan and in this trip I had the pleasure to meet Sanjib Adhikari.

He is an independent trekking guide and tour operator in Nepal and he has already obtained trekking guide license from the ministry of tourism, government of Nepal.

In his work Sanjib Adhikari is a person very responsible and serious, very helpful and attentive to his customers, he knows very well the mountain because he has many years of experience and is also an excellent guide for visiting the cities, the best thing for me is that he loves his country very much and loves his work and always manages to convey all his enthusiasm with simple ways and always with the smile.

Sanjib is also a very funny person and after this experience we became a very good friend

For these reasons I am very glad to report the site of Mr. Sanjib Adhikari

Everest Base Camp trekking is one of the famous trail in the world to do trtekking.Any travel is a privilege, and to travel on the roof of the world is something extra special. Pictures don't justify how amazing the Himalayan Mountains are, every new valley is another postcard, and if you are really lucky you may just get to see a Snow Leopard like us. Add a great team to your own desire to be involved, take it slowly and I guarantee Everest Base Camp will give you a wonderful experience.

just arrived back in Kathmandu from the Everest Base Camp Trek and I had a wonderful time!

We have had a fantastic two week trek to Everest base camp. Our Guide and porter. Sanjib and Pemba have been excellent and very attentive looking after us .Sanjib is a very good guide and taught us a lot about Nepali culture. Pemba was a brilliant porter. We think he will make an excellent guide in future.The level of service from both Sanjib and Pemba was superb. They were available all the way to help us with anything we needed, and both were thoughtful about anything we might require, water, food showers,accomodation. Sanjib's knowledge of the area and the lodges meant that we were always happy with our accommodation. He took care to visit places which were comfortable and had home stay feel. Sanjib have the qualities to be excellent guide and porter and to give all his clients a wonderful trekking experience.We highly recommend him.

-Nedeen & Alisaa,USA .

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I have just returned from Everest base camp and cannot BELEIVE the amount of people who slated it and said it was nothing but a rubbish dump and nothing really to see!....I thought it was absolutely beautiful and stood in awe for ages taking it all in! The views were wonderful and the trek there was amazing! We left from Lobuche at 3.30 am and did Kala Patar first and then took a short cut down a very dangerous boulder field, on to the base camp trek and returned to Lobuche (totally knackered!) by 5pm! Best day of my whole life!!!

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I'm so glad you had a great time and that you didn't see a lot of rubbish. They've been going to a lot of trouble to clean things up, but I wasn't sure what it would be looking like now. Too many people bring things in and don't take them out again!

Being a Traveler, Everest Base camp trek has always been my favorite. You get lots of adventure and amazement here.

Risks are greater than explained

We used One World Trekking to set this up. They were all positive so much so they never explained the risks. Flights to Lukla to start the trek are routinely CANCELED even in the so called good months. This can delay your trip and leave you stuck in a small extremely dirty local airport. Sometimes for days. Not much fun. Plus we got sick from all the dirt and germs. If you get up, it is beautiful no doubt, but there are significant risks and very expensive. I would think twice.

Everest Base Camp Trekking

A trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the most amazing adventures in the world and has become a Mecca for adventure travel enthusiasts. Just imagine standing at the point where so many expeditions have left on their way to the summit of the highest mountain in the world. The trek ventures deep into the Himalayas with amazing views of many of the world's highest and most beautiful mountains. Not only can you enjoy the breathtaking views across the Khumbu icefall, but you can experience all the amazing landscapes and culture that Nepal has to offer too. A trip to Everest Base Camp is a real adventure taking you from the bustling Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, via a small aircraft, to Lukla and the start of the trek up the Khumbu Valley. The trek passes through many Sherpa villages, including the famous trading centre of Namche Bazar, as well as visiting Buddhist monasteries along the way.

Without doubt Everest base camp trek is one of most popular trek in Nepal as well as in world. You will not only get legendary Sherpa hospitality but scenery & tranquility is equally rewarding. Every person should journey where legend is live, where everything is greater & taller in this earth. Of course, every person should do this trek before die.

Base Camp over Everest

For many Everest will always be thought of as “The Big Adventure”, but with it becoming a bit too busy, as in the slopes are littered with debris and bodies and the expense of it you may get more out of a trek to Everest Base Camp. If it is the views and culture (both climbing and local) rather than the altitude that excites you then Base Camp, located spectacularly beside Khumbu Glacier has the same approach and many of the views as Everest but without the final slog. Pass through the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar, the traditional village of Tengboche which has an exquisite monastery, below Ama Dablam and summit Kalar Patar (which at 5545m is not to be sniffed at.) for views of the whole Everest valley.

Fly in to Kathmandu with the rest of the adventurers and experience the busy streets for yourself (it’s pretty crazy) and see the beautiful Buddhist stupa shrines. One of the highlights is flying in one of the tiny planes over the mountains to begin the trek at Lukla where most treks start. It’s like a preview to the walk and the relief of the terrain is gob smacking. It doesn’t take much walking before you can see Everest peaking out and up behind other mountains at several points along the route, sometimes from half way up a big old mountain you’re struggling to get up, which gives you some perspective on how big things are here, you may even be glad you’re only going to Base Camp. This is a challenging but achievable experience and I found that I was tired but relaxed at the end of the day while some people we met in paries attempting Everest were so obsessed about possible weather conditions and altitude acclimatisation for the big day that they were missing out on what they passed on the way there.

If you’re camping you get more of a feel of an adventure but you don’t have to, some companies arrange accommodation in tea houses. Lots of companies will take you there now all inclusive, my only thoughts on that would be to think about the kind of people you want to have the experience with, this is one of those once in a lifetime things so if you want to spend time doing your own thing (we held a little prayer ceremony for example) you need to make sure you can fit it in.

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