WHERE IS MOUNT EVEREST LOCATED?
Where is Mount Everest Located?
Nepal containing four of the six highest mountains in the world is also the home place of Mt. Everest. It is also known as Sagarmatha in Nepali and Chomolungma in the Tibetan language. Located at an elevation of 8848m (29029ft.) in Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas lies between the border of Nepal and Tibetan Plateau. Thus, the routes may create confusion for the climbers. One is the standard route where the summit is approached from the southeast in Nepal and for the second, the summit is approached from the northeast. Along with this, there are many other routes to Mt. Everest, but the most used and technically easier route is through the southeast face of Himalaya.
- Southeast route:
This route starts from the south side of Mt.Everest at an elevation of 5,380m (17,700ft.). Starting the trip from Kathmandu including Namche Bazaar on the trail and then to the high camp, which takes nearly 6 to 8 days refers southeast route.
- Northeast route:
Similarly, the northeast route starts from the north side of Mt. Everest which belongs to Tibetan Plateau at an elevation of 5180m (16990ft.). The common spot that both routes contain is the summit itself.
There was a dispute regarding Mt. Everest’s height between China and Nepal which lasted from 2005 to 2010. Nepal claimed its height as 8848 meters and China claimed only 8844 meters. Why the difference? Because China measured only up to the rock of Everest and Nepal included the pile of snow too. But later in 2010, the final agreement was made between two countries and set it to 8848 meters as its official height. And Nepal still recognizes its rock height as 8844 meters.
Expeditions over Mountain:
The first early attempt in the history of Mt. Everest climbing was made in 1924 June 8 by George Mallory and Andrew Irvine through the North face but unfortunately, they never returned back. Then in 1953, the second successful attempt was made by a Nepali Sherpa climber, Tenzing Norgay, and the New Zealander Edmund Hillary. Many climbers, foreigners climb the Everest every year.
How does the trek start?
Our trek starts through the south ridge of Mt. Everest, for minimum 12 days from Kathmandu to Lukla flight( 140 km), and then to the beautiful and the main trading center of Khumbu region known as Namche Bazzar. After this we have to hike up to the valley over Bhotekhoshi River to Khumjung. Exploring the beautiful sceneries around us, passing the amazing monasteries Thyangbochey, Dingbochey by the flat field below the Kalapatthar called Gorakshep we reached to the base camp. At last returning back to Kathmandu, our trek completed.
DAY 1 – KATHMANDU: ARRIVAL DAY
DAY 2 – KATHMANDU TO LUKLA FLIGHT AND PHAKDING
Height: 2,800m/9184ft (Lukla) & 2,652m/8,698ft (Phakding) Daily walking distance: 9km (3-4 hours)
Flight time: 35 min
DAY 3 – PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR
Height: 3,440m/11,283ft Daily walking distance: 12km (5-6 hours)
DAY 4 – NAMCHE BAZAAR: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
DAY 5 – NAMCHE BAZAAR TO TENGBOCHE
Height: 3,870m/12,684ft Daily walking distance: 12km (6 hours)
DAY 6 – TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE
Height: 4,400m/14,435ft Daily walking distance: 11km (6 hours)
DAY 7 – DINGBOCHE: REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
DAY 8 – DINGBOCHE TO LOBUCHE
Height: 4,900m/16,076ft Daily walking distance: 12 km (6-7 hours)
DAY 9 – LOBUCHE TO GORAKSHEP AND EVEREST BASE CAMP, EBC TO GOREKSHEP
Height: 5180m/16,994ft (Gorekshep) & 5364m/17598 (EBC) Daily walking distance: 15km (6-8 hours)
DAY 10 – GOREKSHEP TO KALAPATHAR AND PHERICHE
Height: 5,545m/18,192ft (Kalapathar) & 4,320m/14,173ft (Pheriche) Daily walking distance: 14km (5-6 hours)
DAY 11 – PHERICHE TO NAMCHE
Height: 3,440m/11,284ft Daily walking distance: 14km (7-8 hours)
DAY 12 – NAMCHE TO PHAKDING AND LUKLA
Height: 2,800m/9,184ft Daily walking distance: 18km (6-7 hours)
DAY 13 – LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
Height: 1350m/4428ft Flight time: 35 min
DAY 14 – KATHMANDU: DEPARTURE DAY
Note: Walking Distance depends upon trekking experience.
We can customize the trip according to your time base
How physical do I need to be for trekking?
Trek to Everest region is considered as one of the difficult treks but it is not so hard that you need a pro athletes fitness to reach their. Though being a difficult grade of level, reasonable level of fitness is required for trekking. Walking from 5 to 6 hours each day takes you at an elevation of 8848m (29029ft).
Many things to observe their!
Trekking to Everest region, passing beautiful views of local valleys filled with people of different ethnic groups following their own different customs and traditions, along with the surroundings covered by Himalayas makes your trip much exciting. Here you can closely explore the spectacular views of stunning Himalayas like: Cho oyu(8152m\26745ft.), Lohtse(8,516m\27,940ft), Makalu(8485m\27838 ft.), Ama Dablam(6812m\22349 ft.), Nuptse(7,855m\25,771 ft.) and Changtobse(7,580m\24,870 ft.). You can also explore the beautiful rhododendron forests along the way filled with pine and bamboo trees as well and amazing wildlife of Red Panda, Blue Deer, Wild Yak, Wild Dog, Spotted Deer, and Musk Deer etc. During this trek you can get a great chance to observe the cultures and traditions of Sherpa people, slightly influenced by Tibetan cultures. Everest Base Camp Trek makes your trip unforgettable with wild natural resources and ancient Buddhists monasteries.
What’s the best season for trekking?
Worrying about the seasonable problems? Don’t be so, it is necessary to know about the perfect seasons for trekking to observe the spectacular views surrounds there. And the best time are generally spring and autumn seasons which include, March to May and autumn including September to December. Usually foreigners don’t trek in monsoon as the time period is very muddy with rain and leeches all around. The season also lacks the proper views of Himalayas.
Max elevation: 5550m (18208 ft.)
Grade of difficulty: Difficult
Average walking hours: 5-6 hours
Best season: Sep-Dec and March-May
Useful things you must require while travelling:
T-shirts – Hiking shorts – Undergarments – Full sleeves shirts – Long lightweight cotton pants – Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) – Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. – Insulated pants/nylon windbreaker – Light and expedition weight thermal tops. – Fleece jacket or pullover – Waterproof shell jacket – Down jacket – Light warm fleece hat/woolen hat – Sun hat – Lightweight gloves. – Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear – Hiking boots – Light and comfortable camp shoes – Thin, lightweight inner socks. – Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories – Down Sleeping bag – Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) – Daypack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the daytime ) – Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) – Water bottle – Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries – Trekking Poles – Personal medicine box – Sunglasses with UV protection. – Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene – Quick drying small towel – Toothbrush/paste – Soap – Face and body moisturizer – Sunblock for lips – Tissues / toilet rolls – Wet wipes – Feminine hygiene products – Anti bacterial hands wash
Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide traveling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the traveling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.
Trek to Everest Base Camp takes you to the eastern part of Nepal, where you can get a great chance to closely observe the eastern culture of different ethnic group of people along with their daily living lifestyle. Excellent views of spectacular mountains, amazing cultures, Buddhists monasteries and wildlife habitats in the beautiful forests of rhododendron, pine and bamboo through the trail offers you memorable moments of your life. Trekking to Everest Base Camp with services provided by Sunrise Adventure Treks confirms your trip being more interesting with safety secure.