Every year hundreds of mountaineers make it to the Mount Everest after Edmund Hilary and Tenzin Norway first summit it in 1953. But there are very very few people who put their dreams aside to save the life of another.
While the trekkers make their way to EBC from the south side of Everest from Nepal, the north face is accessible by road via Tibet, China.Next thing you know, a team with two Thars, two XUV500s and one Rexton were made ready for the ‘Mahindra Adventure Summit Challenge’, a 7 day drive to the north face of the Everest Base Camp in Tibet.
These are literally the words that I wrote down in my personal diary the day I made it to Everest Base Camp. Ok, they are slightly over-dramatic, but you get the point right?14 days, 160km covered, 2615km ascended, 5365m altitude reached, 50% oxygen levels withstood, temperatures down to -15°c endured.This is the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek.But don’t be put off. With the right equipment (details to follow), the knowledge of an experienced guide at your side and with an adventure-seeking spirit, anyone can complete this spectacular trek to the base of the Earth’s tallest peak.Nestled amongst the vast Himalayan mountain range, straddling the borders of Nepal and Tibet stands the mighty Mount Everest. The holy grail for many mountaineers, climbers and bucket-list enthusiasts. The privilege of getting up close and personal with this wonder of nature was once reserved for an elite few of experienced and wealthy adventurers. Not anymore. Nowadays, reaching EBC is not only achievable physically but with a multitude of travel companies offering deals to get you to EBC, its affordable too.Booking your trekBooking way in advance is not necessary. For the more laid back traveller, booking your trek after arriving in Kathmandu shouldn’t be a problem. For those who like the peace of mind of knowing that everything is sorted before arrival, like I did, then a quick search on Google will provide you with plenty of choice.I picked a few local companies and sent out e-mails. After a few exchanges with a couple of companies I settled with Green Valley Nepal Treks. Their EBC package took care of everything on the 14 day trek and included a pick up and drop off at Kathmandu Airport and 3 nights’ accommodation in Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, at the price of $1047 USD or 70,000 rupees. I had the chance to meet my guide Gopi, a lovely and highly experienced local Nepalese man, a couple of days before my trek started which was great as the thought of spending 14 days with a complete stranger made me a little bit nervous!Best time to visitIt's possible to complete the trek all-year around however there is an off peak season (November – January and June-August) and a peak season (February – May and September – October). I started my trek at the end of October, a great time to trek.The equipment you’ll needYou need to come well-prepared. The weather conditions and the terrain on the EBC trek can be challenging so having appropriate equipment is a must. A pair of strong, comfortable and preferably water-proof walking boots is essential. A comfy day-pack (25-35L is good), a light, water-proof jacket, a fleece, 3 dry-fit t-shirts, 2 warm base layers, 2 pairs of trousers (one water-proof and one thermal-lined), a few pairs of thick socks, a warm hat and gloves, a balaclava that covers your nose and mouth as it can be very dusty, sunglasses to prevent sun or snow blindness and factor 30+ sun cream. You may also want to bring a couple of packs of baby wipes as toilet paper is a luxury on the trek and they also come in handy to freshen up when you don’t quite fancy a freezing shower in sub-zero temperatures!
What does the world look like from the summit of Mt. Everest ? How hard is it to get to the top of the world ? Is climbing the highest peak a dream that can easily materialize? Questions as these may have crossed the minds of many, it certainly has crossed mine umpteen number of times but hadn't given it much thought until I happened to read a book on George Leigh Mallory. George Mallory was part of the earliest expeditions led by British to conquer the highest peak. During his third attempt to summit Mt.Everest, George Mallory along with his climbing partner Andrew Irvine are known to have left from the last camp towards the summit, never to return.Whether or not they successfully reached the summit has to this day remained a matter of speculation. I personally hope they did summit but there isn't substantial evidence to prove it.Mallory's life, his passion, relentless efforts to accomplish the big dream and his famous three words "because its there" has inspired many many mountaineers. It did leave an impression on me and Mt Everest has captivated me ever since. While climbing Everest still remains an impossible dream (mostly), trekking to Everest base camp, I realized, is an achievable goal. The thought of walking in the footsteps of legendary mountaineers to get a glimpse of the world's highest peak is quite alluring.An article on the same was published in Deccan Herald - on road to Mt.Everest
Most tea houses have a common dining hall and small rooms with plywood walls offering little protection from cold temperatures at night. Though rudimentary these tea houses offer good food topped with the warmth of Nepali households. We spent the evenings huddled around a heated fireplace in the common area playing card games and getting to know people from different parts of the globe. One group of French trekkers we got acquainted with were doing impressively well for people in sixties! Clearly age is not a factor, their unflinching spirit was our motivation during times when the trek felt like a relentless struggle.Our guide, also a Sherpa and a commendable three time Everest summiteer gave us a glimpse into the Sherpa culture. Sherpas are a friendly and extremely hard working community without whom the whole mountaineering adventure in the Everest region would be a tougher ordeal.
It all started due to the unending turmoils in life and the need to get out and find some peace of mind which seemed to be lacking from long! Mind you I have never trekked before and what started as a search to head out for a trip to Himalayas ended up in booking a trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC)! Yes, you heard it right....EBC baby! So here I was at Bangalore Airport on Oct 27th, 2012 waiting to board the flight to Kathmandu with 4 other unknown human souls destined to go for a trek together what would be one of the best soul stirring -life experience . If it weren't for the a-bit-pushy attitude of the organizer (in a good way pushy) I would have not thought of going ahead!!So I owe her for this ! To give a preview of events that led me here.... Dads permission ( though informed him after booking the trek ) Check!.. Getting leaves sanctioned from office..( 15 days) Check! ...Fitness for the trek.... Check Errr never been to a trek before and just worked out in the treadmill for half an hour a day for a month. Did I worry about fitness....not really since deep down I had lot of confidence regarding my stamina. All that was there in the mind was" Himalayas" "Everest" and "Himalayas" ...so the rest of the stuff became secondary :) ( I know in reality it sounds crazy).
you know how many bodies remain on Mount Everest today? You don't; neither do I. But there are certainly more than 200. Climbers and Sherpas lie tucked into crevasses, buried under avalanche snow and exposed on catchment basin slopes.Mountaineers largely view such matters as tragic but unavoidable. For the rest of us, however, the idea that a corpse could remain in plain sight for nearly 20 years can seem mind-boggling.
I heard candid call of mountain and this time it was journey of life time, the Mt. Everest Base camp. Each Himalayan trek transforms my soul and churns each mitochondrion (The Energy cell of human) from my mundane though exciting chemical engineering. Nepal has been privileged to have the tallest and mighty monolithic black rock encapsulated with snow and ice-The Everest and I feel lucky to touch the base of Sherpa's kingdom. The journey enthrals from Lukla to Gorakhshep amidst vivid flora and fauna at each corner and hillocks.Altitude: 18500 ft., Temp: -12 Deg. C
“He has pulled his red fleece up around his face, hiding it from view, and wrapped his arms firmly around his torso to ward off the biting wind and cold. His legs stretch into the path, forcing passers-by to gingerly step over his neon green climbing boots.”
Accessing the internet on Everest became a very common but extremely expensive practice after some mountaineers documented their ascent live on Snapchat in 2016. So it isn't the availability of WiFi or internet on Mount Everest that's fascinating, but the fact that it will cost nothing.An IT entrepreneur, Tsering Gyaltsen, is to be credited for internet services actually reaching the Everest region. Writer Daniel Oberhaus shares the history of the internet on Everest on VICE Motherboard. He says,"The roots of Gyaltsen's "extreme internet" company go back to 2001, when he and a group of young Nepali entrepreneurs formed an internet service provider called Namche Technical Support with the goal of finally bringing the internet to the Everest region. In 2003, they succeeded in their goal and launched the first "cyber café" at base camp – a 200 square foot tent populated with a handful of satellite-enabled laptops. Climbers could pay a bulk rate of $2,500 to access the internet for the duration of their expedition, or go with the piecemeal rate of $1/minute."
The expedition was undertaken to send a message to the world climbers that Everest trekking route was not damaged by the earthquakes that devastated other parts of the country, said Thupden Sherpa. Sherpa said they would try to get the children’s names in the Guinness Book of World Records and India’s Limca Book of Records for becoming the youngest climbers to reach the base camp.Last year too, Harshit, another climber from India, had broken the record held by seven-year-old Aaryan Balaji, also an Indian, who reached the Everest base camp in 2012. In 2010, Jordan Romero, a 13 year-old from California became the youngest man to climb Mt. Everest, while in 2014, a 13-year-old girl from Andhra Pradesh named Malavath Poorna became the youngest girl to scale the peak successfully.
"Ever since I was 10, I've wanted to achieve this feat and I'm so glad my parents were supportive of my dreams. There haven't been many youngsters to have climbed the Everest and I took that as a challenge and I'm fortunate enough to have become the third youngest Indian to achieve this feat", said Vajpai, who has continuously been setting examples for the youth and inspiring them to take up and explore mountaineering. "Everest is not the most difficult mountain peak to climb. There are more technically challenging peaks in the world like the Lhotse", he adds.
October 1995 saw Kropp set out on one of the biggest adventures of his life. He started cycling from his home in Sweden, all the way to Nepal, in order to climb Mt Everest."As he cycled across Eastern Europe, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India and Nepal, he covered a distance of over 12,000km (7,000 miles) carrying 108kg (240lb) of gear and food, and arrived at the Everest Base Camp in April 1996."Source
It started with the crazy team at Mahindra Adventure who organises expedition drives every year. The crazier the better! Last year this time, I was part of one such expedition. A 7-day drive from Kathmandu to the Everest Case camp in Tibet, China.
Everest Base Camp Trekking can be your right choice to experience the adventurous and historic route to the base of the world’s highest mountain. Everest base camp has been popular destination for trekkers since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in 1953. After a mountain flight to Lukla, your journey begins with the spectacular mountain scenes, trails lined with Mari stones and winsome view of Rhododendron forests. Buddhist temples and monasteries will welcome you in your every footsteps which keep you moving on with great hope of having unforgettable experience during the trip.
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According to a report by ChinaDaily, the Chinese government has big plans to invest a considerable amount of money to build up infrastructure in Gangkar, the base camp on the Tibetan side of the Mount Everest. The $14.7 million development will include a mountaineering museum, rental and repair centres for cars, motorbikes and bicycles; restaurants, hotel and a helicopter rescue base.
Everest view trek is one of the best and favorable treks for those who seek to enjoy the classic view of Mt Everest and others mighty peak of khumbu region. In this trek trekkersEverest view trek is one of the best and favorable treks for those who seek to enjoy the classic view of Mt Everest and others mighty peak of khumbu region. In this trek trekkers can enjoy the combination of cultural, spiritual and natural beauty of the Everest region of Nepal. The friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages, great variety of cultures and traditions, colorful festivals and monasteries of this region provide the life time memory to the visitors. Everest view trek is a famous trek into the famous Everest region with fascinating beauty of culture and nature to offer. Everest view trek starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to lukla. From lukla we trek the adventurous trekking trail of Everest. Following the upward and downward trekking trail and passing some of the most scenic laces, cultural villages and rivers.Nepal is known as the country of Mt. Everest and every one may have such desire to see this highest mountain in the world. This trekking is not only popular for highest mountain. This trek also provides the warm hospitality of Sherpa people, so one can experience Sherpa culture, way of living style, visit monasteries, wild animals and enjoy the mountain views of snow capped peaks. Following the trail of Everest region and passing via villages like Namche Bazaar, Phakding, Lobuche and more this adventurous trek is worth commencing for.
well...oke.. since we reach Pokhara 2 days ago, my Himlayan Tenzin always request me todo Paragliding... actually its bit nervous.. was didnt want to.. even many time flying with the aircraft.. its still feel has no guts to do it hehe.. but after some though and this is a big chance to see the Himalaya View from Sarangkot, Alright! I decide to do it.and yess!!.. its was really the best experience Ive ever Had for the first time.. Flying across the hills.. the Phewa Lake..saw the Annapurna Mountain range..and I fly with big beautiful Falcon