Everest Base Camp Trek 2017

  • Sri Abeywickrema
    Sri Abeywickrema
    Sri Lanka Published: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    Everest Base Camp Trek 2017

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    I joined Welcome Nepal Treks (owned by Hari Khadkha) for an Everest Base Camp Trek between 05 and 23 Oct 2017 for 16 Days. Back in Apr, 2017 three of us did a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan with them and were quite impressed with their service so decided to take on the more challenging EBC Trek with the same Tour Operator owned and managed by Hari Khadkha. Further one of the most decisive things for choosing this trek with Welcome Nepal Treks was our guide in the previous tour, Ngima Ongel Lama who was such a wonderful person, someone a whole lot more than a guide. We were very much comfortable and impressed with his service so I decide to do the EBC Trek with Welcome Nepal Treks on the condition that Ngima (pronounced Neema) would accompany me. I wanted someone who had a lot of experience, knowledge and patience to accompany me on this solo trek and I was sure he was the right choice. Well, now that I managed to complete my trek very successfully, I can safely say I couldn't have found a better guide than Ngima. He was simply amazing and without him I wouldn't have been able to do this successfully. So if you ever wanna do EBC Trek, Welcome Nepal Treks is highly recommended as Hari gave me a very good price for a solo trek but do insist on having Ngima as your guide coz he's a lot more than highly recommended. EBC is approximately 120+ km in length both ways but depending on the route and by treks you do, this can only go higher. At the end of my trek, I'd done somewhere between 160-175km over 15 Days. That's a one tough yet an amazing trek you should attempt at least once in your life time. Why is EBC trek so dangerous? It's the High Altitude and as a result Lack of Oxygen. You start your trek in Lukla which is at 2,840m (9,318ft) and you end up at EBC at 5,364m (17,600ft) which is an altitude gain of 2,524m (8,280ft). If you attempt Kalapaththar, that is at 5550m (well over 18,200ft). Remember, when you cross the 12,000ft mark, that's the killer zone and Oxygen level starts to decrease rapidly. Therefore you have to keep an eye out for Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS which can kill you in no time with very little warning. Also trekking for so long means you’re prone to injuries quite easily such as sprained ankles, diarrhea, headaches, etc. Why do you need Ngima as a Guide? Coz he's done EBC Trek (and many other high altitude treks) more than 50 times and I’m not kidding. He’s such an easy-going person with exceptional qualities. Not once you’ll regret of having him as your guide. Thanks to his experience, he will be able to see if you’re suffering from AMS or not before you even know it. Remember, knowing this in advance will mean life or death as AMS is a sudden and a silent killer. Further he knows the Everest Region better than the back of his hand. No matter where you are, he knows the best places for viewpoints, have safe drinking water, the best paths and guest houses to stay at. Having him almost guarantees you have a successful trek and I can vouch for him from my very own experience. Why go with Welcome Nepal Treks? Well, Hari offered me a very attractive price and he’s so reasonable and easy to deal with. Quick to respond to any inquiry and will help you tailor-make your journey just like he did with mine. It was a great experience all in all and I’ll have no hesitation in partnering with them for any future hikes in Nepal. Well, I hope you all will have a great trek if you ever visit the Everest Base Camp Trek. Good luck folks! Sri Abeywickrema Show less