The overwhelming appeal of mt everest base camp may be the greatest ambition for many ardent climbers of the world. The summit may not be as daunting for them as it is for the rest of the people. But, it does take a lot of strength, nerves, money and insanity to get into the action.
There are two main routes that take you to the top; the southeast ridge from Nepal and the northeast ridge from Tibet, China. The expedition from the northeast ridge primarily need a permit from the Chinese government and is fairly strenuous when compared to the southern route. The southeast ridge starts from the Lukla town in the Khumbu Region, Nepal. Nepal, being the home for the roof of the world, warmly embraces the stream of the tourist and hikers flowing in. the hikers get all the facilities and support from the local sherpas, making this route more likely to be used by the tourists.
Since the summit is not possible for all, the hike to the base camps on either side, itself, is an adventure of the highest degree and one of the best hiking trails in the region.
The north ridge route starts from Tibet on the north of Everest. The base camp lies at the foot of Rongbuk glacier at a height of 5180 meters above the sea level. The journey starts from Lhasa from where you can get a guide and a vehicle with a driver. Highway has been developed that takes you directly to the base camp. The ride may be a good choice for those who are destined for the summit. But for those seeking the charm of hiking, they should opt for the southeast ridge to the southern base camp.
The southeast ridge to the ebc Nepal is the most popular routes and is visited by thousands of travellers every year. Trekking begins from Lukla from where tourists pass through the Sherpa capital of Namache Bazaar. Passing through Dingboche and Gorakshep, the climbers reach the base camp and the expedition takes around 7- 10 days. Yaks are hired to port the climbing equipment and supplies to the base camp.
Though, stepping on the summit is something most of us can only fantasize, but standing on the base camp is no less either. When you descend, there is a huge party and applause awaiting you and you stand among those heroic people who may provoke a bit of jealousy in the rest of the people. Be sure to mark the spot on your map!