Everest Base Camp Trek in 18 Amazing Photos

Julie Nepal 14 Comments

The Everest Base Camp Trek takes those willing to do it through some of the most gorgeous terrain in the world. While trekking, ascending hundreds of meters every day, fighting for oxygen, and dealing with fatigue and the symptoms of early altitude sickness, it was difficult to appreciate the true beauty of the trek. Yes, we were amazed at the snowcapped Himalayas towering over our heads, the prayer flags flapping in the wind, the crystal blue skies dotted with white puffy clouds. It was breathtaking in more ways than one. But, now that we are home, these photos from the trek are amazing gifts, proof that we really walked this epic trail through the Himalayas. How could we not share them with you?

Here are the Himalayas in Nepal…one of the most breathtaking places we have been.

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Everest Base Camp Trek in 18 Photos

On the first day of the trek, hiking between Lukla and Phakding, we walked amidst misty mountains. It was late September and the monsoon season was lingering a little longer than normal. With that came overcast skies and the threat of rain.

Each small village had a collection of prayer wheels and prayer flags, evidence of the numbers of people who practice Buddhism in Nepal.

Prayer Wheels

Those who have watched the 2015 Everest movie will recognize these suspension bridges. It is the higher of the two bridges that is open for business, carrying trekkers over the “milk river.” From the end of the bridge, it was one final climb to Namche Bazaar.

EBC Suspension Bridge

This is the view over Namche Bazaar from our acclimatization hike. From here, the terrain changes, and for the remainder of the Everest Base Camp trek, we would be hiking in the shadow of the Himalayas.

namche bazaar

Continuing our journey north…a chorten (also known as a stupa) and the Himalayas stretching out beyond it. Yes, Everest is there, just hiding behind the clouds.

Himalayas in Nepal

We walked on seemingly endless rocky paths along the edge of mountains, climbing stone steps, dodging yaks and porters on the trail, feeling so small and insignificant in the company of these mountains.

EBC Trail

Prayer flags, the trail, and Everest just barely hidden behind the clouds.

Prayer Flags in the Himalayas

More prayer flags and chortens along the trail.

Prayer Flags

This is Dingboche, at 4410 meters. This is when we started to feel the effects of the high altitude. Just a few more days to go…

Dingboche

Now we have left Dingboche behind and are trekking towards Lobuche. The views just keep getting better everyday. Down in the valley is the town of Pheriche. We would hike through Pheriche during our return trip back to Lukla.

pheriche

Just past Pheriche we had a small but difficult climb. From here the landscape changed dramatically. Say goodbye to almost anything green that was growing. Now we were hiking among boulders, scraggly bushes, and soon, a glacier. From here we were just a few kilometers from Lobuche.

everest base camp trek

Another view of the trail connecting Dingboche to Lobuche. It looks almost flat…it was crazy how difficult it was to catch our breath here!

Going to Lobuche

The final day to Everest Base Camp. The buildings with the blue roofs make up the tiny town of Gorak Shep. Just beyond it sits Everest Base Camp, with the comma shaped mounds of snow and ice that make up the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall. Everest looms off the right side of the photo. We were now so close to it that we could not see the summit anymore, since it was hidden behind Nuptse.

Gorak Shep and EBC

On our way to Everest Base Camp from Gorak Shep.  It takes several strenuous hours to get to base camp even though it is only a few kilometers away. At this point, walking on level ground had us struggling to breathe…5164 meters, 17,000 feet.

Trekking

A closer shot of Everest Base Camp on October 1, 2014. In October, very few people attempt to summit Everest. The main climbing season is April and May. October is the most popular month for people to do the Everest Base Camp trek because of the clear weather conditions. But watch how in less than two hours we will go from blue skies to snow!

Everest Base Camp

We made it! What a cool moment for our family! In the photo are Indra, our guide, and our porter. And the snow that moved in extremely fast!

Earth Trekkers at Everest Base Camp

Trekking to Everest Base Camp at times feels like a never-ending slog. But days of trekking and acclimatizing pay off for the return journey to Lukla. We literally felt like we were walking on air. Our first day we trekked from Gorak Shep to Pangboche, 18 kilometers, and felt like we could have kept going.

What was even better was that we could now enjoy those amazing views. The fatigue, headaches, and general feeling of being unwell were gone. Look at this place!

everest base camp trek

It took us eight days to trek from Lukla to Gorak Shep. It would take us four days to trek from Gorak Shep to Lukla. All of our hard work to get here had paid off. Now we could enjoy these views during the way back down. Plus, the weather was cooperating a little more, giving us crystal clear skies almost everyday.

Indra on the Trail

It’s hard to believe we were really here…

Indra Tyler Kara

Do you have a place that you visited that was so beautiful it almost seems like a dream? For us, it’s the Himalayas of Nepal.

For those of you considering doing the Everest Base Camp trek, hopefully this post has inspired you to sign up for this epic adventure.


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Comments 14

  1. Hey,

    These pictures are fantastic. I’m planning this trip myself, but I don’t fancy booking a tour with several others. Is it easy enough to get a guide when I arrive and do it alone with them? Is this what you did and would you recommend it?

    Cheers,

    Matt

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      We hired a tour company prior to arriving in Nepal. Since we were traveling with kids, we wanted the convenience of having all teahouses arranged ahead of time and the knowledge of a reputable guide. In our case, it was just our family of four, our guide Indra, and one porter. I know that you can hire a guide once you get to Kathmandu and it’s usually cheaper this way, you just have to be prepared to arrange your own flights to Lukla. You will also be responsible for finding accommodations once you get to each town on the trail. Or, you could hire a tour company and pay extra to have your own guide rather than joining a group. Just things to think about. Cheers, Julie

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  2. Great pics ! Thank you for sharing.
    Is it possible to get the contact details of guide and porter/agency you used.How much did the whole trek/hike costed.Me and my wife are thinking about it.

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      We used Nepal Social, a company we found on Trip Advisor. Our guide’s name was Indra. I do not know if Indra still works for Nepal Social. We were very happy with Indra, but had complaints with Nepal Social, so we would not recommend them. You could try looking on Trip Advisor for other trekking companies and contact them for estimates. – Julie

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