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Jakarta Post

Hiking The road to Everest Base Camp

Thu, May 31, 2018   /   12:44 pm
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    Just the tip: From the Everest Base Camp (EBC) area, trekkers can only see the peak of Mount Everest (upper right). JP/ Adeline Sunarjo

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    The journey begins: Travelers wait for their seven-minute flight from Phaplu Airport to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. JP/ Adeline Sunarjo

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    Don't look down: Trekkers must cross numerous high suspension bridges to cross deep valleys. JP/ Adeline Sunarjo

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    Horsepower: Mules carry canisters of liquefied petroleum gas to supply houses and lodges on the way to the EBC area. JP/ Adeline Sunarjo

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    Built at a height: A stupa at a height of almost 4.000 meters above sea level (masl) near Pangboche (3.985 masl). JP/ Adeline Sunarjo

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    Checked off the bucket list: A 62-year-old Israeli reaches EBC at a height of 5,364 masl. JP/Adeline Sunarjo

Adeline Sunarjo

With the peak of Mount Everest being the highest point in the world, Everest Base Camp (EBC) has become one of every trekker’s main goals in life.

The best times to trek to EBC are between March and May or late September and December.

At those times, trekkers from all over the world fill up every path there is from Lukla to reach the base camp, and of course, even the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu is filled to capacity by those who are going to trek the Himalayas.

As a town and the starting point to EBC, Lukla has everything from restaurants, lodges to shops for daily necessities, as well as trekking gear, souvenirs, a pharmacy and even beauty shops.
Trekkers can also find local guides and porters in the town.

To get to EBC, trekkers must cross numerous high suspension bridges. Sometimes trekkers have to pass oncoming groups of mules or yaks that shake the bridge more, making the journey even more thrilling.

Passing an oncoming group of yaks, however, can also be very calming. The yaks’ bells ring together in a diverse tempo, sounding almost like a prayer, especially with the natural environment that makes it more soothing.

The key to get to EBC is to acclimatize one’s self properly, because the altitude definitely puts trekkers at risk of altitude sickness.

It is highly advised to take things slowly to reach EBC. There is no need to rush things, especially for those who do not have any experience with low temperatures and high altitudes.

In the end, every hardship endured to reach EBC will be worthwhile when you see the beautiful view of the Himalayas, and it will definitely be an experience worth sharing and remembering.