Everest Base Camp Trek Versus Everest Base Camp Tour
12 Nov 2020 Dil Gurung
We are comparing Everest base camp trek viruses Everest base camp tour. The Mount Everest base camp probably the most famous adventure destination in the world. Officially there is two Everest base camp it called north and south. North Everest base camp laying at Rongbuk glacier at height of 16,900 ft in southern Tibet and South Mount Everest base camp located at Khumbu glacier at height of 17,598 ft in Nepal. The world is widely known as Everest base camp tour and Everest base camp trek. Both Everest base camp is a landmark travel destination in the world most of the Everest summiteer spend few weeks inside the tented camp at base camp in-term of high altitude acclimatization.
Comparatively Everest base camp tour is a non-physical challenging and luxurious journey but most of the time roaming around 4000 m above sea level. And Everest base camp trek is a physically demanding high elevation mountain trek with 5-8 hours walking a day on distinct altitude terrain. Each year couple of the thousand travelers stepped both north and south Everest base camp. Nepal side Everest base camp is slightly higher elevation than Tibet side also slightly easier get necessary official documents. Both of the Everest base camp tour and trek let you have a unique travel experience that included culture, heritage, and nature. Everest base camp trek can be done freestyle without a travel agency but Everest base camp tour has to go through tour operator where the guide, transport, and accommodation should pre-book. Everest base camp trek can be organized from home or instant booking upon arrival in Kathmandu but Everest base tour must be organized in advance. Everest base camp trek cost expense is cheap than Everest base camp tour.
Everest base camp trek is located south side of Mount Everest on the Khumbu glacier in Nepal. Everest base camp trek is on high priority between outdoor trekker’s and more than 50000 thousand hikers reached yearly from around the world. Everest base camp trek is not only a mountain trek it also experiences Sherpa culture flavor and admire the varied of dramatic landscapes. Everest base camp trek also classified as high altitude mountain trek, maximum elevation on the journey, Kala Patthar (5,645 m) that rewarded excellent view of glacier and Himalayas. Everest base camp trek duration depends on the starting point, since Lukla is not connected by driving road has to fly to reach Lukla. 95% of folk fly-in and fly-out Lukla airstrip. About 5% of trekkers do extra 5-days walk from Salleri/Jiri to Lukla then following the busiest trekking route of the Himalayas. Standard Everest base camp trek requires 12-days and classical Everest base camp trek can be completed in 17 days. There are a lot of open day trips that might attract you namely Sunder Peak, Ama Dablam Base Camp, Chhukung Ri, Kala Patthar, Awi Peak, Nangkar Tshang Peak, and Hillary Memorial viewpoint.
From Lukla, it takes about 8-days to reach Everest base camp that included 2-days altitude acclimatization. Then ascend to Kala Patthar (5645 m) for the best view of Mount Everest and Khumbu icefall. There is an option of getting down Lukla by walking or trekking. The Sherpa village is scattered en route of Everest base camp trek where most of the Sherpa mountaineer reside. Very basic and mountain standard accommodation are available throughout the journey also deluxe lodging is offered in Lukla, Phakding, Pangboche, Lobuche, and Deboche. Some village has health post also a hospital at Khunde and Lukla where they do dealing with high altitude mountain sickness. Profusely of local and international cuisine restaurants are running throughout the mountain trek.
Everest base camp trek trodden into diverse geographic from farming terraced to glacier valley also walking through the blossoming forest of rhododendron and magnolia. EBC trek rewards the view of three eight thousand mountains out of fourteen plus famous trekking peak Imja Peak, Lobuche Peak, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Kangtega, Kwande, Thamserku, Number, Baruntse, Taboche, Cholatse, and Nuptse. During the Everest expedition season in spring can meet with Everest summiteer at Everest base camp who are doing high altitude acclimatization. The trail to Everest base camp is rapidly ascending on the grit path as well as down on the rocky and unstable path. While journey onward to Everest base camp average distance of walk a day approximately 10/11 km after that about 18 km walk a day with following a downhill trail to Lukla. A trekker requires three different trekking permits to complete the Everest base camp trek. These three trekking documentation is mandatory namely Everest national park fees (Rs-3000), Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fee (Rs-2000), and Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (Rs-2000)
Lukla flight is often disturbed by weather forecast because of Lukla airstrip located above the valley and bottom of the mountains. Please keep about 2 buffer days on your program that will be used on the Kathmandu to Lukla or Lukla to Kathmandu flight.
North Everest base camp is located in southern Tibet which is 615 km far from Lhasa city and the nearest permanently human exist-in Rongbuk Monastery. North Everest base camp is roughly 400 Km far from Nepal border (Rasuwa Ghadhi). Both drive and flight are open from Kathmandu to Lhasa (Tibet).
Tibet is modestly known as the high plateau of the earth and highest place of human reside. The high highland has a dense Tibetan population as well as beautiful and eye-catching Buddhist monuments. The Everest base camp tour is a combination of the glacier, moraine, lake, mountain, culture, and architecture. The Everest base camp tour passing through different beautiful cities of Tibet including Lhasa, Shigatse (Xigatse), Gyantse, Lhatse, Tintri, Sagya, and Yamdrok Lake. And explore the ancient Buddhist culture of both Bon-Po and Tibetan Buddhists. The final destination of the Everest base camp tour is the north side of Mount Everest that located near Rongbuk monastery at a height of 5,100 m above sea level. Compared to the Everest base camp trek, it is a luxurious and challenges free trip with no physical assigning hike. The distinct type of accommodation is open throughout the journey from budget to deluxe with a private bathroom. Also varied of Chinese cuisine and Tibetan food available as well as taught yak meat.
Free individual travelers are not allowed to enter Tibet, must hire a guide, private vehicle, pre-booking of accommodation as well as have to obtain three different Tibet travel permits. Travelers only allow entering Tibet from Nepal (Kathmandu) or China. From Nepal drive and the fly option is available to begin the Everest base camp tour. Kathmandu to Everest base camp Lhasa drive tour is one of the popular road trips. Arranging everything from Kathmandu then drive to Nepal-Tibet customs office at Rasuwa Ghadhi. After that private drive ahead on the varied Tibetan terrain including green forestry, alpine territory, turquoise lake, mountain pass, moraine, and glacier to Tibet Everest base camp. Regards of taking the flight, about 90-minutes of the flight bring to Lhasa Gonggar airport which is approximately 65 km distance of Lhasa city.