Globaltraveling : Treest du camp de base de l'Everest – Le guide de randonnée complet de l'Everest


Comment se passe la marche du camp de base de l'Everest? C'est incroyable, excitant et fatiguant.

Nous partageons tout ce que vous devez savoir sur la planification, l’emballage et ce que signifie faire de la randonnée sur Everest.

Voyagez avec nous dans le légendaire parc national de Sagarmatha au Népal.

À propos du camp de base Everest Trekking

Trekking to Everest camp emmène les randonneurs dans l'incroyable région de Khumbu au Népal, à partir de la ville de Lukla.

Pendant 8 jours glorieux, nous avons traversé les montagnes de l'Himilayan en regardant avec étonnement la scène devant nos yeux.

En parcourant le parc national de Sagarmatha, nous traversons la vallée du Khumbu, émerveillés par les sommets de plus de 8 000 mètres d'altitude, comme le mont Lhotse, le mont Makalu, le Cho Oyu et, bien sûr, le puissant Everest d'une hauteur de 8848 mètres .

Moine du Trek du camp de base du mont Everest
Un jeune moine dit bonjour

Nulle part ailleurs dans le monde, la randonnée n’est aussi agréable et unique qu’au Népal. On l'appellerait "assez civilisé".

Parce que Trekking to Everest Base Camp est une randonnée dans la maison du thé.

D'autres promenades que nous avons faites, comme l'ascension du Kilimandjaro ou les montagnes du Bhoutan, sont les promenades en camping.

Lorsque vous marcherez jusqu'au camp de base de l’Everest, vous séjournerez dans des abris, rencontrerez les habitants et verrez la vie à la montagne.

Les villages parsèment le paysage rempli d'hôtels, de restaurants et de salons de thé où vous pourrez vous arrêter pour déjeuner, acheter des fournitures et manger une délicieuse tarte aux pommes.

À quoi s'attendre de cet itinéraire du camp de base de l'Everest

Sentier de randonnée du camp de base de l'Everest

mt everest carte notre itinéraire

Suivez la carte de randonnée du camp de base de l'Everest: Cliquez ici

Sur la carte, les distances de marche du camp de base de l’Everest semblent assez faciles d’une ville à l’autre.

Il nous a fallu 8 jours pour parcourir environ 68 km (42 miles) de Lukla au camp de base de l’Everest. La plupart des gens font ce voyage en 8 jours et nous le recommandons aussi.

En perdant une journée pour s'acclimater la journée avant de faire pression sur EBC, nous en ressentons les effets. Nous nous maudissons de ne pas passer un autre jour pour nous reposer et récupérer à Lobuche.

Décomposons donc cet itinéraire comme si nous l'avions fait!

Huit jours, il semble que ce serait plus que suffisant pour parcourir seulement 68 km (42 miles), mais avec plusieurs jours d'affilée sur 4000 mètres, la marche est lente et régulière. Il est important de ne pas pousser trop vite pour éviter le mal de l'altitude.

Il y a des jours de marche constants, mélangés à des jours d'acclimatation pour permettre à votre corps de s'acclimater à l'altitude.

Est-il difficile de marcher jusqu'au camp de base de l'Everest?

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Camp de base de l'Everest, drapeaux recouverts de pierre

Bien qu’il s’agisse d’un gain d’altitude progressif sur plusieurs jours, la randonnée est difficile car il existe plusieurs jours de trekking au-dessus de 4000 mètres. (12 000 pieds).

Voler à Lukla vous emmène immédiatement à une altitude de 2 845 m (9 334 ft). Ensuite, vous commencez la promenade en ressentant les effets de l’altitude.

Il n'y a pas de construction progressive pour monter l'altitude.

Le long de la promenade, il y a un gain d'altitude total de 4500 mètres (14 763 pieds) avec plus de 2000 mètres perdus.

Par conséquent, il s’agit d’une randonnée difficile qui grimpe de manière abrupte et descend dans des vallées profondes.

Avez-vous besoin d'expérience en escalade pour le camp de base de l'Everest?

Aucune compétence technique en escalade n'est nécessaire pour atteindre le camp de base de l'Everest.

C'est une très longue marche sur des ponts suspendus, des pentes abruptes et des marches hautes sur des sentiers de montagne.

Mais s'il est relativement en forme, c'est très faisable.

Nous ne nous sommes pas entraînés pour le camp de base de l'Everest, mais nous étions auparavant en altitude et nous avions passé beaucoup de temps à faire de la randonnée avant les mois précédents.

Nous vous recommandons d’être en bonne forme et d’avoir une certaine expérience en altitude avant de monter dans le camp de base.

Il est bon de savoir comment votre corps réagit à l'altitude. Nous vous suggérons de faire quelques promenades au-dessus de 3 000 mètres d'altitude pour voir comment votre corps réagit.

Il y a un grand gain d'altitude avec beaucoup de hauts et de bas qui font un voyage fatigant mais satisfaisant.

L’élévation du camp de base du mont Everest est de 5 380 m (17 600 pi).

Lorsque vous atteignez 5 000 mètres, il s’agit d’un tout nouveau jeu de balle et les effets de l’altitude sont différents de tout ce que nous avons ressenti auparavant.

Devrais-je engager un guide lors d'une randonnée sur l'Everest?

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Deb avec notre portier "Sher"

Nous avons décidé d'engager un guide et un portier pour notre randonnée au camp de base de l'Everest.

Plusieurs jours sur l'Everest sont dépensés au-dessus de 5000 mètres.

Vous pouvez parcourir la région vous-même avec vos propres forfaits et équipements, mais vous avez beaucoup plus de possibilités pour le faire (et profiter de l'expérience) si vous engagez des guides.

Embaucher un guide signifie que vous n'avez pas à vous soucier de trouver un salon de thé à la fin de chaque journée.

Son prix est tout compris pour l'hébergement, la nourriture, un guide sur l'itinéraire et le transporteur pour porter votre sac à dos.

Le fait de savoir que tout était inclus nous a permis de nous concentrer sur le voyage au lieu de nous inquiéter de ce que nous devrions dépenser à la fin de chaque journée.

En outre, nous disons: "Pourquoi ne pas profiter de la promenade et soutenir l'économie locale?"

Personne ne dira "Oui, mais est-ce que tu portais ton propre sac quand tu es allé à Everest?"

Nous nous sommes également fait de nouveaux amis à Dipendra (Deep) et Sher, et nous avons beaucoup appris sur les coutumes et traditions locales.

Dipendra a plus de dix ans d'expérience en tant que guide et connaît la plupart des gens le long de la marche. Sher a grandi dans la région de l'Everest.

Comment notre guide nous a aidé au camp de base de l'Everest

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Notre guide et gardien Dipendra et Sher

Le fait que Dipendra nous ait expliqué les choses a non seulement fait de notre camp de base de l’Everest une aventure, mais nous a également aidés à comprendre la spiritualité des gens.

Everest nourrit et fournit la communauté. Ils respectent la montagne et maintiennent les traditions.

Il connaissait également la route comme sa poche, il nous a donc facilement guidés dans les sentiers.

Cela nous a motivés à aller de l'avant et nous a apporté des fruits frais à la fin de chaque repas. (une bonne surprise tous les soirs) et nous nous sommes assurés d'être hydratés et nourris.

Je ne pense pas que nous aurions pu le faire sans lui et notre gardien de but, Sher.

Réservez votre randonnée au camp de base de l'Everest

Le coût du trek du camp de base de l’Everest peut varier en fonction du lieu de votre réservation. Les voyages de groupe réservés en Amérique du Nord seront plus onéreux. Nous avons donc décidé de réserver sur place.

Vous pouvez économiser beaucoup d'argent en réservant un guide local, car cela réduira les prix des intermédiaires.

Nous avons réservé notre trek à Katmandou avec le guide local Dipendra de Simrik Real au Népal.

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Si vous recherchez un guide local, c’est une excellente option avec plus d’une décennie d’expérience dans les montagnes himalayennes.

Un guide local nous a fait savoir que notre argent allait directement à l’économie du Népal et que Dipendra connaissait personnellement les habitants tout au long de leur parcours.

Vous pouvez consulter les itinéraires et les coûts sur leur site web.

Puis-je marcher jusqu'au camp de base indépendamment?

Vous pouvez marcher jusqu'au camp de base indépendamment et beaucoup de gens le font.

Mais nous préférons soutenir l’économie locale en embauchant des guides et des porteurs locaux. Même avec nos petits forfaits d'une journée, nous avons trouvé que c'était un défi et nous ne pouvions pas imaginer avoir la même expérience si nous avions nos propres sacs à dos.

Nous étions reconnaissants que notre portier, Sher, porte notre colis (nous avons préparé un sac à dos pour nous deux) en nous permettant de transporter notre équipement photographique et un petit paquet quotidien de couches et de fournitures.

De plus, lors de la réservation de notre visite à Katmandou, tous nos hébergements et repas étaient inclus.

Nous n'avons eu aucun frais surprise une fois que nous avons commencé la route. Et nous n'avons pas eu à nous soucier de trouver un logement quand nous sommes arrivés dans chaque ville.

Dipendra (notre guide) a tout organisé pour nous.

Nous n'avions plus qu'à nous préoccuper d'acheter des friandises et des collations supplémentaires si nous le voulions et de payer le prix pour nos appareils électroniques ou en utilisant le WiFi.

De l'eau sur la promenade EBC

Nous recommandons deux bouteilles d'eau rechargeables par personne pouvant être remplies en cours de route.

Vous pouvez remplir n'importe quel endroit gratuitement le long du parcours du camp de base de l'Everest, mais assurez-vous d'avoir un SteriPen ou une autre forme de purification de l'eau avec vous.

Nous adorons SteriPen pour purifier l’eau, consultez notre critique ici.

Vous pouvez également utiliser LifeStraw ou des comprimés de purification d'eau, mais une fois que nous avons découvert SteriPen, nous ne sommes jamais revenus.

Maintenant que vous avez le détail de l’escalade, des bagages, des guides et des risques, commençons l’escalade du camp de base de l’Everest et l’itinéraire quotidien.

Début: Vol de Katmandou pour Lukla

L'aéroport de Tenzing-Hillary est situé à 2800 mètres d'altitude au milieu de l'Himalaya.

Le vol au départ de Katmandou est une excursion pittoresque d’une heure dans l’Himalaya, puis atterrissez dans la ville de Lukla, où débute la marche du camp de base de l’Everest.

Nous avons quitté Katmandou tôt le matin pour avoir suffisamment de temps pour atterrir à Lukla et nous reposer un peu avant de commencer notre randonnée.

Nous étions assez nerveux dans le petit avion alors que nous volions dans l’Himalaya. C'est un beau vol, mais c'est intimidant.

Nous nous sommes assis à l'avant de l'avion et avons vu les instruments du pilote clignoter en permanence "obstacle devant." Nous étions entourés de montagnes de chaque côté!

Pas prêt à monter le camp de base du mont Everest? Pourquoi ne pas commencer par le mont Kinabalu à Bornéo?

La piste d'atterrissage de Lukla est une courte piste d'atterrissage construite sur une pente raide afin de réduire rapidement la vitesse de l'avion.

La pente raide est nécessaire parce que si vous ne vous arrêtez pas, vous irez directement à une montagne.

Ce n'était pas l'atterrissage pour lequel j'étais aussi nerveux que d'avoir à décoller dans 2 semaines. Cela semble effrayant, mais je n'ai pas à y penser pendant un moment.

Cependant, il n'y avait pas le temps de s'arrêter et d'y penser. Une fois que nous avons atterri, nous avons dû marcher pendant 3 heures de Lukla à Phakding.

Ensuite, après un petit-déjeuner rapide dans un restaurant de Lukla, nous partons pour commencer notre aventure. Nous étions réveillés depuis 4h00 du matin

Jour 1: Trekking Everest – Lukla to Pakding

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le début de la promenade

Il est impressionnant de traverser la région de Khumbu et d’être entouré par l’Himalaya.

La randonnée au camp de base de l’Everest nous fait traverser le parc national de Sagarmatha, classé au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO depuis 1976.

Avec 1148 kilomètres carrés (443 miles carrés), le parc est l'un des plus beaux endroits que nous avons visités.

Comme n'importe quel parc national dans le monde, nous avions besoin d'un permis pour entrer et nous devions nous enregistrer au siège du parc pour pouvoir nous rendre à pied au camp de base de l'Everest.

Dipendra avait tout en ordre, alors tout ce que nous devions faire était de commencer à marcher et le laisser prendre soin de tous les papiers.

  • Lors de la réservation avec votre compagnie, nous avions un tarif tout compris qui couvrait nos vols à destination et en provenance de Lukla, la nourriture, l'hébergement et le guide.

En quittant Lukla, Dipendra a indiqué des pics blancs irréguliers appelés Kwangde, Mumbu et Kishumkongara.

Avec plus de 6 000 mètres d'altitude, ce sont les "petits garçons" de la plus haute chaîne de montagnes du monde. Ce ne sera pas long avant que nous soyons parmi les célèbres sommets de 8 000 mètres (26 000 pieds).

Pendant le reste de la journée, nous suivons la vallée de la rivière Dudh Koshi à un rythme soutenu mais tranquille jusqu'au village de Pakding, où nous passons la nuit dans une maison de thé.

Notre première journée a été pleine de marche pendant que nous apprenions la région et la culture de l'Everest grâce à notre guide "Deep"

Roches de prière et roues de prière

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Les roches de prière sont le long de EBC Trek

Dipendra nous a expliqué la signification des moulins à prière et des rochers de prière que nous avons vus tout au long du chemin menant à l'Everest.

Marcher à droite des rochers de la prière vous maintient à la "droite de Dieu".

Les sherpas et les habitants font tourner les moulins à prières en disant le mantra "Om Mani Padme Buzz " donner des bénédictions à l'escalade à venir.

Le mont Everest a pris de nombreuses vies. Même au cours de la randonnée au camp de base, des personnes sont décédées. En moyenne, 3 à 5 personnes meurent chaque année en se rendant au camp de base.

Mais la randonnée au camp de base n’est pas aussi dangereuse que le sommet du mont Everest.

Si vous avez un guide, écoutez votre corps et écoutez ses instructions, vous devez vous rendre en toute sécurité au camp de base.

Il est toujours sage de respecter les dangers de cette montagne et de laisser votre guide et votre groupe d'escalade savoir ce que vous ressentez chaque jour.

Regardez notre playlist vidéo de notre temps à Everest Base Camp Trek

Villages le long du parcours

Les villages de EBC Trek sont pittoresques. Ils nous rappellent quelque chose que nous verrions dans les Alpes suisses.

Des cabines confortables et des maisons en briques bordent le chemin, avec le magnifique paysage himalayen couvert à l'arrière.

Les enfants jouent dans les rues et personne ne demande de l'argent, des stylos ou des bonbons.

C'est une société qui semble prospérer. Dipendra (notre guide) dit que la vie est belle ici dans la région de l'Everest.

La vie sur le chemin du camp de base de l'Everest

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Enfants mignons sur la route

Ici, les gens vont bien et respectent les touristes car ce sont eux qui les maintiennent actifs.

Les villes fonctionnent bien ici dans les montagnes.

Ils tirent leur électricité de l'eau des rivières de montagne et disposent de l'énergie solaire pour l'électricité, les écoles, l'eau, la télévision, un dispensaire et des bars.

Cela ne signifie pas que les choses sont faciles.

Toutes les fournitures, la nourriture et le matériel doivent être transportés à pied.

Les chargeurs portent de lourdes charges sur le dos. Les enfants et les femmes portent aussi des charges.

Les gens élèvent des vaches, des ânes et des trains de yak chargés de propane et de kérosène.

Il est difficile pour nous de descendre les escaliers escarpés dans les villages, mais les habitants le laissent paraître facile.

Les Sherpas portent de lourdes charges

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Dipendra nous dit que certains chargeurs (notamment les chargeurs commerciaux supportent jusqu'à 60 kg (150 livres). Cela fait beaucoup de poids et nous sommes surpris.

Lors de l'ascension du Kilimandjaro, les chargeurs avaient une limite de 35 kg. (77 livres)

Nous avons gardé notre colis aussi léger que possible à environ 22 kg pour Sher et nous nous en sommes sentis mal!

Nous avons entendu dire qu'il y a une limite de 30 kg (66 lb) pour l'Everest, mais à en juger par ce que nous avons vu sur la route, les gens la poussaient bien au-delà.

Nous avons vu des hommes portant des piles de contreplaqué avec de lourds sacs blancs chargés au-dessus. Nous avons vu des hommes portant des réservoirs de propane, des portes et d’énormes colis.

Le sentier menant au camp de base de l'Everest est une route, mais au lieu de camions de transport qui transportent des marchandises, des personnes et des animaux de ferme transportent tout, du bois et des matériaux de construction aux aliments et aux appareils de cuisine.

Les Népalais sont un groupe fort. Dipendra nous dit qu'ils sont payés au kilo, alors certaines personnes vont trop loin.

Mais ils prennent tout facile.

Ils sourient et disent Namaste (bonjour), parlent sur leur téléphone portable et écoutent de la musique.

Tout cela en grimpant vers la plus haute montagne du monde, avec de grosses charges géantes sur le dos.

Hébergement au camp de base Everest Trek

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Hébergement intérieur

Nous sommes ravis lorsque nous arrivons à notre première nuit d'hébergement.

C'est un petit hôtel / maison de thé pittoresque qui ressemble à une cabine.

Le poêle à bois sent délicieux tout en chauffant le restaurant.

Après un dîner matinal, nous nous sommes retirés dans notre salle blanche où nous avons dormi comme des rochers nichés dans nos sacs de couchage épais.

Nous attendons avec impatience chaque nuit sur la montagne.

La cabine principale de chaque salon de thé était confortable et chaleureuse.

À basse altitude, les poêles à bois brûlaient du bois et, lorsque nous nous aventurions plus haut, les poêles brûlaient du fumier de yak.

Tu m'as entendu, Yak Dung.

Les lits étaient confortables et Dave et moi avions une chambre privée.

Nous fournissons nos propres sacs de couchage que nous louons et avons été inclus dans le prix de notre promenade dans l'entreprise de Dipendra.

De nombreux repas étaient servis tous les soirs et comprenaient des pâtes, du riz ou du dal bhat: riz au curry et légumes.

Il y a des bornes de recharge pour nos produits électroniques où nous payons de l'électricité à l'heure.

  • Nous vous recommandons vivement de vous munir d’un chargeur USB portable pour recharger vos propres appareils électroniques.
  • Nous utilisons également un chargeur USB solaire qui se recharge pendant la journée tout en marchant et peut ensuite être utilisé pour charger les appareils photo la nuit.

Les salles de bain étaient partagées, mais tout était propre et confortable.

Notre premier jour à l'Everest s'est terminé et nous avons passé la nuit à 2400 mètres d'écoute de la pluie qui tombait à l'extérieur de nos chambres, le cœur battant par anticipation.

Jour 2: EBC Trek: Pakding al Namche Bazaar

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Deb suit attentivement le guide sur le chemin

Le deuxième jour, nous nous sommes connectés au siège du parc pour montrer notre documentation.

Dipendra s'est occupé de tout, en livrant notre pièce d'identité avec photo et des photos de passeport supplémentaires pour entrer dans le dossier où nous entrions dans le parc.

Une fois que nous nous sommes connectés, nous étions officiellement dans la région de Khumbu et sur le chemin du camp de base de l’Everest.

La deuxième journée de notre randonnée au camp de base de l’Everest a été la journée la plus longue de notre randonnée.

Nous couvrons beaucoup de terrain le deuxième jour.

La deuxième journée a été une promenade de près de 10 km avec une altitude de 800 mètres. Mais nous avons également perdu beaucoup d'élévation lors de l'ascension, puis de la descente dans la vallée, juste pour devoir remonter à la fin de la journée.

Il s’agissait d’une montée de 6 heures entre Pakding (2600 m) et Namche Bazaar (3440 mètres).

Cependant, c'était très amusant parce que vous traversez plusieurs ponts suspendus qui surplombent la vallée de la rivière Dudh Koshi.

Le sentier qui monte les montagnes est raide et difficile et constitue une journée mémorable.

Trains d'âne

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les vaches portent des colis à basse altitude

Aujourd'hui, nous commençons également à voir de nombreux ânes, vaches et chèvres sur les sentiers qui transportaient du matériel jusqu'au bazar de Namche.

La circulation peut être très intense pendant la randonnée.

Lorsque les trains d'animaux passent, vous devez vous assurer que vous vous écartez du chemin et que vous restez sur le côté.

Ces animaux ne s'arrêtent pour rien.

Ils sont chargés d'équipement lourd, ils ont pour mission de continuer à marcher jusqu'à la fin, et s'ils vous poussent sur le bord d'une falaise en courant … eh bien, c'est votre problème.

Astuce: Lorsque vous passez un train de yacks, d’ânes ou de vaches, veillez à vous tenir sur le flanc de la montagne afin qu’ils ne puissent pas le pousser au bord.!

Il vaut mieux être écrasé sur le flanc d'une montagne que de tomber sur le bord!

Ponts suspendus

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Ponts suspendus effrayants

Si vous avez peur des hauteurs, ce n'est peut-être pas votre moment préféré, mais les ponts suspendus sont bien construits, en acier et en excellent état.

J'étais nerveux à propos des ponts suspendus.

La Lonely Planet a dit "Il serre les dents et monte un pont suspendu qui flotte à une hauteur vertigineuse.. "

Cette phrase m'a fait peur.

Je l'avais accumulé dans ma tête comme quelque chose de monstrueux. Mais quand nous avons atteint le pont, je me demandais pourquoi tant de tracas.

Une fois que j'ai franchi mon premier pont, ma confiance en moi a augmenté et j'étais prêt à tout.

Après cette première traversée, j’attendais chaque pont suspendu pour profiter de la vue!

Namche Bazaar Walk

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Deb lucha cuando los porteros hacen que parezca fácil

Justo después de cruzar el último puente, comenzó la parte más difícil del día.

El último empujón del día consistió en 2 horas cuesta arriba hasta Namche Bazaar.

Estábamos empapados de sudor pero el aire era fresco.

Cada vez que nos deteníamos por un descanso, teníamos un escalofrío, así que seguíamos alejándonos.

Los grupos nos pasaron rápidamente, solo para ser atrapados unos minutos después mientras descansaban.

Nos damos cuenta de que éramos la tortuga et ellos eran la liebre!

Lento y constante es la forma de subir al campamento base del Everest y al final llegamos a Namche con mucho tiempo libre durante el día.

  • La altitud puede matar. No tomamos esto a la ligera y nos negamos a acelerar nuestro ritmo.

Cuando llegamos al Namche Bazaar, nos sentimos muy bien a 3440 metros.

Nos registramos en el puesto de seguridad y nos encogimos cuando descubrimos que nuestro albergue estaba cuesta arriba otros 20 minutos.

El descanso tuvo que esperar un poco más.

Cuando llegamos a nuestro alojamiento, Camp de Base, nos emocionó ver la cara sonriente de nuestro portero Sher.

Él ya nos había registrado y puesto nuestra bolsa en nuestra habitación.

Todo lo que teníamos que hacer era quitarnos la ropa sudada y meternos en nuestros acogedores sacos de dormir para tomar una siesta.

Día 3: Día de aclimatación en el bazar Namche

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Tomando un descanso sobre Namche Bazaar

Tuvimos dos días gloriosos en Namche Bazaar.

Hicimos algunas compras de equipo que nos dimos cuenta de que deberíamos haber comprado en Katmandú y obtuvimos excelentes ofertas.

Puedes recoger un montón de equipo de escalada en Namche si encuentras que olvidaste algo. Sin embargo, este es el último lugar de compras, así que piense detenidamente sobre lo que necesita.

Compramos unos botines para dormir, un par de sombreros de sherpa y unos guantes más cálidos.

¡Después de eso, nos sentimos bien!

El dia de aclimatacion

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Deb following Dipendra as usual

Most high altitude treks have at least one acclimation day. The Everest Base Camp trek is no exception.

An acclimatization day consists of hiking to a higher altitude and then coming back down to sleep at a lower elevation.

It gives your body a chance to adjust to the altitude.

If you are not feeling well, it is also a good day to relax.

It was on this day that we climbed up to the Hotel Everest View that is the popular climb on this day.

It was here that we got to see our first glimpse of Mount Everest.

Our hike started at 8:30 am to see the Everest Viewpoint from Namche Bazaar.

Acclimate to the Altitude

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Dave and Deb enjoying all the high peaks

It is not an easy day off. Just walking through town takes your breath away.

As we made our way up the steps, I wondered if I should have just stayed in bed and skipped the viewpoint.

Children run and play and porters carry heavy loads with ease, but we (especially me) were breathing heavy just walking up a few flights of steps.

We hadn't even left Namche Bazaar and I was pooped!

Once we got on the trail, things became easier. The steep grade gave way to a sloping trail and I started to feel better.

After one and a half hours of climbing, we reached what has to be the world's highest airstrip at 3700 meters (12,139 feet).

We arrive just in time to see a small plane take off.

The pilots have a short runway filled with rocks ending with a vertical drop into the abyss. The plane doesn't need much room though, it is airborne before it even reaches the middle of the airstrip.

It flew right over our heads into the valley surrounded by jagged rocky peaks.

First View of Mount Everest

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Mount Everest Panoramic Views from our day hike

We hiked a bit farther and there it was: Mount Everest, standing quietly behind the other mammoth peaks of the earth.

Lhotse, Changri, Ama Dablam and Nuptse surround the highest mountain in the world.

At 8414m, 6027m, and 7861m they are the little sisters to the mighty Mount Everest. Everest stands at 8848 meters.

The deep valley views were magnificent. The river wove far below, carving through the panorama of white peaks.

We walked a narrow trail snaking along the side of a steep mountain and suddenly realize the trek has become real.

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We were high in the Himalayas and one false move could mean catastrophe.

The sky was a deep blue and the white peaks reached towards the billowing clouds. The earth shows off her glory and we suddenly felt insignificant.

These mountains have lasted an eternity. They are the lords of the land and we are merely visitors.

You feel as if you could reach out and touch heaven.

The clouds rolled in quickly so it was time to go. We went back to Namche Bazaar with visions of Everest in our heads.

Namche Bazaar

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Namche Bazaar

The rest of the day was spent relaxing, reading and eating chocolate. We explored Namche Bazaar and checked out its many shops.

The Everest Bakery was a highlight with delicious apple pie, fresh coffee, and wifi.

We already saw a woman suffering from Altitude sickness. She had her blood pressure taken and heart rate monitored.

When we walked back to our guesthouse we saw her staggering as she leaned on her guide.

Her Everest base camp trek had already come to an abrupt end. It reminded us to relax because the days ahead were going to be tough.

Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

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Even women are porters

We awoke earlier than usual that day.

An “Intrepid Tour and G Adventures Group had checked into our lodge and we didn't want to have to compete for service or breakfast.

We also didn't want to have to wait in line for the bathroom.

Lodges become more and more sparse as you go higher on the Everest Base Camp Trek and fewer toilets are shared between more people.

Up until now, we hadn't encountered crowds of people. It had been pretty quiet on the mountain and we liked it that way.

Luckily, we were a day ahead of the other tours. They had to stay in Namche Bazaar for an acclimatization day.

So we moved on, free from crowds of people for now.

Tenzing Norgay Monument

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Stupa honoring Tenzing Norgay Sherpa

During this day we hiked along trails clinging to the side of the mountain. The narrow trail was a little scary, as it wound along the edge of the cliff with nothing but a sheer drop to the abyss.

But we kept our wits about us putting one foot ahea dof hte other, until we reached the Sherpa Monument.

The Norgay family erected a stupa honoring Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and all the Sherpas that risked their lives for Everest.

Tenzing Norgay Sherpa was the first man to summit Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary

Sherpas are the unsung heroes of Mount Everest.

They carry the heavy loads, set the ladders and ropes to cross the Hillary Step and take care of setting up camp while climbers and trekkers catch their breath and try to survive life on the worlds tallest mountain.

We can't imagine this work. It looks difficult and dangerous.

Stacks of stones are laid upon one another building a retaining wall.

Men are perched on the edge of the mountain as they do their work and face the danger of plummeting into the depths below.

What is a Sherpa?

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Three Sherpas with large loads

Sherpas and porters are very different.

We learned that a Sherpa is actually the name of an ethnic group from Tibet.

The original mountaineers used Sherpas as their guides in the Himalayas and the world has now adopted the name for porters in the Everest region.

If you aren't born into the Sherpa ethnic group, you cannot be called a sherpa.

Porters are porters and Sherpas are Sherpas.

The Everest Base Camp Trek Takes on a New Feel

We made it into our camp at Tengboche by 1:30 pm and had the entire afternoon to ourselves at 3900 meters.

The final push was once again a steady 2-hour steep climb. We put our heads down and huffed and puffed our way up.

We didn't stop for any photos or video and were surprised to cut the climb down to just one and a half hours.

We reached the prayer wheels of Tengboche just in time for a light snow to start falling.

We were happy we beat the heavier snowfall that fell a short while later.

The snow fell all afternoon and the temperature dropped dramatically.

Tengboche Monastery

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Inside Tengboche Monastery

We warmed our feet with our new down booties that we bought at Namche Bazaar and changed into some dryer clothes before heading off to see the monks chant at Tengboche Monastery.

Our guide Dipendra tells us that this is the most important monastery in the Mount Everest region.

All climbers summiting Everest stop at this monastery to be blessed.

We are allowed to watch the ceremony and feel the warmth and blessings come from the monks.

It is a sacred place and all climbers and trekkers stop here before continuing up the mountains.

The View from Tengboche Monastery

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The exterior of Tengboche Monastery

The view us magnificent from Tengboche Monastery.

The valley is wide and opens up to massive rolling hills giving way to the highest peaks on earth.

And yes, Mount Everest is part of that view.

We are told that Sir Edmund Hillary came back to survey Mount Everest from this spot because the view is so clear of the mountain and we can understand why.

Tea Houses at Higher Elevation

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Dave's trying to stay warm at Everest

At this higher elevation, the tea houses are very basic and rustic.

We felt like true adventurers as we sat by the fire warming our feet and swapping stories with other trekkers by candlelight.

There are 10 of us staying in this tea house. All are sharing electricity to charge our camera batteries.

When we went to bed, our rooms were freezing.

Rooms are not heated. The temperature easily dipped down to -10 Celcius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) and our plywood walls didn’t offer a lot of comfort.

We tossed and turned all night long trying to keep our noses warm.

Toilets on EBC at High Elevations

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Toilets covered in ice

It was so cold the scoop bucket for the shared squat toilet froze over forming a patch of ice to form on the floor.

It was a slippery trip to the outhouse.

Sadly, we always have to pee a lot during the night when sleeping at altitude.

Pay for Your Shower, You won't regret it!

We realized that we should have paid the 250 Rupees for a hot shower at Namche Bazaar the day before because now the weather was so cold there was no way we could face a bucket bath in a freezing shed.

Dave and I set a new record on the Everest base camp trek,  9 days without a shower!

Day 5: Tengboche to Dingboche

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Getting closer to Everest Base Camp

It was freezing! Morning came too quickly on the Tengboche leg of the EBC Trek.

But, we awoke to the fresh snow at the Tengboche Monastery and clear views of the Mount Everest and Lotse peaks.

Today we walked to higher altitudes and saw our first trains of wooly yaks.

Yak can't survive at low altitudes because it is too warm for them, so you don't see them until at least 3000 metres.

They are beautiful.

Yaks on the Trek to Everest Base Camp

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You get this close to yaks

Signs of expeditions going up to summit Everest go by as large groups of yaks and people carry giant loads of gear.

It is exciting to think that we were walking the same trail as so many great mountain climbers, like Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa.

Altitude Sickness – A Very Real Threat

We talked to two people whose companions had to go back down due to symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS).

A rescue helicopter flew overhead and we heard stories of people being choppered out regularly.

A fellow from Norway told us of a family that was rescued by helicopter. $6000 later they were safely down at a lower altitude and feeling better.

Luckily, we don’t feel in any danger at this point.

The trails are excellent and we take it slow and steady each day.

Staying Ahead of the Climbing Season

Each guest house on the EBC Trek has been quiet and comfortable, with only one to two other parties climbing.

We have been lucky; we only see a dozen or so people on the trail each day, and the yak trains have been few and far between.

We are climbing during the month of March, but in a couple of weeks that all will change.

Soon it will be the high season and the trails will be packed.

The trek from Tengboche is breathtaking (literally).

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A sunny day on the way to Mount Everest Base Camp.

The snow from the night before made for more incredible views. As we started out from the lodge, the sky was crisp and clear, showing Mount Everest in all its glory.

It was stunning, and in between gasping for air, we admired the view.

I conquered what little fear of heights I had left this day. Some of the narrow paths drop sharply into the deep valley below.

Soon we found ourselves walking along the ledge not thinking at all about the dangers below.

Woolly yak trains were more frequent and we had our system perfected to give them the right of way without letting them nudge us off the mountain.

Friendly Locals

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Deb and our friend Yangshou!

After a tea stop in Pangboche, we met a sweet lady that walked with us all the way to Dingboche.

Her name was Yangshou and she waited for us as we struggled up hills and crossed suspension bridges.

Her cute laugh and quiet prayers helped to pass the time.

She stopped to talk to everyone on the trail while we plugged along.

She fell far behind when she chatted with friends, only to quickly catch us and then scoot by with ease.

She'd then wait on a ledge while we caught up. She must have enjoyed our company because we really slowed her down.

When we got to Dingboche, we parted ways and never saw her again.

"Yangzhou, we will always remember your smiling face when we think of our time on Everest! "

Day 6: Acclimatization Day at Dingboche

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Inside teahouse in Dingboche

This is a day that most people spend acclimating to the high altitude.

We did not do this day, but you should! We would have had we known better.

Dingboche is a small village with only a few guest houses, so it is a good time to relax, replenish and rejuvenate for the next push.

If we had brought our Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalayas (which we forgot in Kathmandu and kicked ourselves about it everyday) we would have realized that we should have taken an extra day to acclimate in Dingboche.

Dipendra was flexible so he would have easily added another day onto our trek, we just didn't know any better to ask about it.

Lucky for us, we felt strong, but other groups were complaining of headaches and dizziness.

In the end, we wish we spent the extra day here, we did suffer after reaching base camp. But that is a story farther down the page!

Day 7: Dingboche to Laboche

People started to feel ill this morning on our Everest Base Camp Trek.

We walked with Martin and Richard from Slovakia during the morning hours.

They carried their own packs and after watching them struggle, we were happy we hired a porter.

We enjoyed our day taking photos of the stunning clear views of the Himalayas.

It may be a little colder trekking the Everest Region at this time of year (Early March), but the skies are clear and blue.

We had a front row seat to some of the best views on earth.

An entire panorama of the mountains standing proudly overhead, reaching up to the deepest blue sky that I have ever witnessed.

The scene took our breath away.

The mountains looked more imposing with each corner we turned and we could not believe that we were fulfilling our dream of hiking to Everest.

Hobbits on Everest?

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Deb check for Hobbits

When we came across a small cluster of houses, we felt like we had entered the Kingdom of Middle Earth.

Little Hobbit houses lined a valley with giant peaks looming overhead.

We had to knock on the door to see if Bilbo Baggins happened to be in. Sadly, he wasn't home.

I ended up singing Leonard Nimoy's Ballad of Bilbo Baggins for the rest of the day.  A bad idea since I only know a few words.

Weather in the Everest Region

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Getting much colder at altitude and wind

The wind picked up and we put on our outer layers for the first time.

We were thankful to have them as we staggered through the high gusts.

Weather varies greatly in the Everest Region. The sun can be shining one minute and then wind and clouds roll in the next.

After lunch, we faced quite the scramble up a steep hill littered with boulders.

It looked like a tough climb, but we moved with ease and quickly made it to the top. Where we found our strength, I do not know.

Sherpa Monuments

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Monuments to fallen Mount Everest Sherpas

At the top of the hill is a very moving sight.

Several monuments and stupas are erected, honouring Sherpas and climbers that have lost their lives on Mount Everest.

The most notable of these is Babu Chiri Sherpa.

He was the former world record holder of the fastest ascent of Everest, the most number of ascents up the mountain, and the quickest back to back summits of 2 in less than 2 weeks.

He tragically lost his life on his 11th attempt when he fell into a crevasse.

It was a moving experience and a strong reminder to not take things lightly on Mount Everest, even if you are only trekking to Base Camp.

It is still a serious trek.

Day 8: Laboche to Gorepshep – Morning

How Are We Feeling at 5000 meters?

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I have been suffering from a cold since India, and it seems to be intensifying with the increase in altitude.

Every morning my cough is worse and my nose is stuffed up to the point of being unbearable.

Dave has suffered his first symptoms of altitude sickness.

He has a slight case of diarrhea and is not happy about having to wait for the toilet in the teahouses.

It was a slow climb to Gorakshep.

We stopped regularly to catch our breath and today we took more breaks than usual.

  • We noted that if we had taken the extra day to acclimate at Dingboche, we woud have been better off.

Luckily it was only a couple of hundred meters in elevation gain so we made it to our guest house by 12:30.

Afternoon – Mount Everest Base Camp

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This way to Everest Base Camp

The sun was shining brightly and it was quite pleasant outside.

After eating a hearty lunch of vegetarian Sherpa stew (Dal Bhat) on the terrace, (yes, we ate outside in the warm sun above 5100 meters) we set out for Everest Base Camp.

We were lucky and had clear skies.

Up until today, the clouds had rolled in by early afternoon. Today the sun shone and the skies were blue until sunset.

The trek to Base Camp from Gorepshep is an easy one.

It's two hours of walking with only a small elevation gain, and we made it with ease.

Celebrating at Base Camp Everest

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Celebrating – Reaching Mount Everest Base Camp

We were the only people at Base Camp when we arrived.

We saw another group coming down on our way up, but once there we had it all to ourselves. It was thrilling.

When you reach base camp, you will hike out from nearby Gorakshep and then hike back the same day to spend the night.

Khumbu Ice Fall

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Glacier at Everest Base Camp

The Khumbu Ice Fall is the first thing to come into view, and it is unbelievable to think that we are actually standing there.

We witnessed an avalanche that reminded us just how precarious this climb is.

It is an intimidating sight and I cannot imagine having the courage to cross that field of ice.

We enjoyed marveling at it from afar.

It may be more exciting later in the season when Everest expeditions are there, but we really liked having base camp to ourselves.

There wasn't a soul on the mountain except for the three of us.

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Dave relaxing at Base Camp

We finished our climb about two weeks before the high season began and we wouldn't have it any other way.

We stood at a rock covered with prayer flags announcing that yes, we had made it to Mount Everest Base Camp.

We stayed for almost an hour taking video, celebrating, and snapping photos.

Safety in Numbers

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I need a rest!

A while later another solo climber came along and we decided to walk back together.

It was close to 4:30 and we didn’t want him to walk back alone. People have gone missing at base camp and if you aren't experienced, you could easily go off track, fall into a crack or become seriously injured.

We saw signs of missing solo trekkers all over the Everest region.

It may be a popular route, but there are always times when you are alone and could easily run into trouble without being noticed.

Anything can happen.

Even during our walk back an ice bridge broke off after I stepped on it leaving Dave with a sticky situation.

He had to make a giant leap over a gorge.

We made it back to Gorepshep safely but it was a reminder to never trek alone.

Video: Everest The Final Day

After the Climb

By the time we made it back to Gorepshep, the excitement had worn off.

We felt the same when we climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

The goal of reaching base camp is complete, but it feels a little anticlimactic.

The thrill of reaching your destination is over and there is nothing more to look forward to, but there are still so many days to go.

That night I had serious sinus congestion and felt like I was suffocating in my freezing bed.

It was quite scary to already be short of breath because of the altitude and then be completely congested. I really felt terrified.

Our guide Dipendra brought me hot tea and I slathered myself in Vicks but nothing helped me to breath easier.

We had planned on climbing up to the Gokyo Lakes trek the next day, but we made the decision that night to end our trek and head back down.

You just can't take a chance when altitude is involved.

Day 9: The Descent and Kala Patthar

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This is a quick two-hour trek add on to your descent and a good option as it give a great view of Mount Everest.

Kala Patthar is a hill above Gorak Shep that offers the best view of Everest and is a must-stop on anyone's Everest Base Camp trekking route.

Start early in the morning as it makes for a long day because, after Kala Patthar, it's another five or six hours to your overnight stop at Pheriche.

Days 10 to 12 – The Descent

It took us two days more to climb down from Everest Base Camp.

I started feeling better on the second day as the dryness of basecamp disappeared.

My sinuses cleared and soon I was breathing easy.

Even though we were heading down, there is still a lot of altitude gain and loss on the trek back and we had a tough couple of days ahead of us.

But knowing there was light at the end of the tunnel made everything easier.

It's a lot of mental stamina to climb back down as the euphoria of reaching the top has worn off, but we made the most of it, by chatting with other climbers and getting to know our guides better.

In the end, we fulfilled our dream and made it to Everest Base Camp.

Flight Back from Lukla

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The Scary Lukla Airstrip is where the EBC Trek Begins

It is very important to give yourself extra time (even days)at the end of the trek before flying home.

It is not uncommon for flights to be cancelled flying out of Lukla. Weather is unpredictable and people miss their flights home from Kathmandu because of delays.

When reaching Lukla we spent a night in town to catch the first flight out in the morning.

But the weather was so bad, we were delayed all day long. It didn't look like we would be able to fly.

But at the last hour, the sky cleared and we made it out on the only flight.

Because we had the morning flight booked, we got out, ut many people had to stay another night. So be prepared for delays.

It's an experience we'll never forget and highly recommend it to everyone. The Himalayan Mountains are the most beautiful and spiritual place on earth.

A trek to the Himalayas and Everest will change your life.

What to Pack For Your EBC Trek

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Layering is extremely important when trekking to Everest Base Camp.

This is a quick guide for clothing but we wrote a complete packing guide here of everything we packed for our EBC Trek.

Treats and Medication

Tang – I was glad we packed Tang for our water. It made it taste better, keeping us well hydrated. We didn't really want to drink just water, but the Tang was actually delicious.

Diamox – I highly recommend using Diamox tablets for altitude sickness as well. We met so many people suffering from headaches, dizziness, and fatigue and they weren't taking anything.

We've always used Diamox when climbing to altitude and it has worked beautifully for us. The Everest Base Camp Trek is no exception.

Chocolate – When we were feeling ill, we were happy to have chocolate to eat. It was the only thing that we could at times.

Food and Comfort on EBC

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Body aches and pains have popped up from carrying our backpacks.

The old shoulders are a little stiff each evening and the beds aren't the most comfortable, so a little ibuprofen has helped to take the edge off.

But the most important part is to have good company. Having our guides Sher and Deep helped us get through trek with flying colors.

Assurance voyage

We always travel with travel and medical insurance but hiking to Everest Base Camp will not be covered by regular insurance providers.

There is a very real possibility of altitude sickness and we knew of two people that needed helicopter rescues during our trek.

World Nomads offers specific Everest Base Camp Insurance. You can check them out to get a quote.

Book Your Trip

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To book your own Everest Base Camp Trek, check out our friend Dipendra at his company Simrik Real Nepal.

We hope you enjoyed our journey along the Everest Base Camp Trek. It is one of the greatest adventures we've ever done. We made new friends and created memories to last a lifetime.

Tips for Trekking to Everest Base Camp

Keep your camera batteries close to your body when not in use. The cold and altitude really eat up battery life, so you will want to keep them warm for as long as you can.

Bring USD, ATM Fees are high and you are limited to the amounts you can take out of the ATM, so have ISD to exchange instead.

Pack handi wipes and Gold Bond Powder.

See our Full list of Everest Base Camp Tips here.

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Lire plus

Things to do in Bhutan

Mount Kinabalu in Borneo

Flight to Lukla

Packing list for Everest Base Camp

Sherpas of Everest Photo Story

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A propos de Dave et Deb

Dave et Deb sont les propriétaires et fondateurs de The Planet D. Depuis son lancement en 2008, ils continuent d'inspirer "L'aventure dans tout le monde" et montrent qu'il n'est pas nécessaire d'être un athlète super ou super riche pour être un aventurier. .

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