1.Everest Base Camp, Nepal
Distance: 80 miles (130 kilometers). return journey
Time frame: two weeks
The 2-week trip to Everest Base Camp is Nepal’s most popular trek, rising to 18,193 feet (5,545m) at its highest point, with 8849m Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) looming ahead like a petrified monster. This huge journey follows twisting river valleys and the creaking mass of the Khumbu glacier, stopping at mountain monasteries, soaring lookouts, and precariously balanced Sherpa communities, with grueling days of altitude increase that will put your muscles and endurance to the test.
But it’s not all hard work. The trekking infrastructure is unparalleled: porters and guides await arrival at Lukla’s tiny mountain airstrip, cosy teahouses along the entire route provide warm beds and nourishing plates of dal bhat (lentils and rice), and side trails open up a mountain playground of summit ascents and high pass crossings for a taste of true mountaineering. Sure, the routes are crowded during the season, but the sense of community among hikers is hard to surpass.The golden rule, on the other hand, is to respect the altitude. If you rush, you risk getting acute mountain sickness, so take it nice and steady and take the prescribed rest days to allow your body to adjust to the elevation.
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