FastFacts is a segment on our blog where we give you a quick rundown of facts or trivia related to our various locations. If there’s any particular place you want to hear more about, drop us a line at [email protected]
Here on the Adventure Abroad blog, we mention Everest Base Camp a lot. And we mean a lot. But then we realized, hey, do people even know what exactly Everest Base Camp is? So this week, we’re here to give you the FastFacts on Everest Base Camp!
What is it?
Everest Base Camp actually refers to two camps situated at the base of Mount Everest. The North Base Camp is located in Tibet, China at an altitude of 5,150m (16,900 ft). The South Base Camp is located in Nepal and rests at an altitude of 5,364m (17,598 ft). Each of these base camps serve as both a resting place for mountaineers attempting to summit Mt Everest, and as a destination in of itself for more casual hikers.
Due to the number of permits required to access the North Base Camp, the South Base Camp is much more popular among trekkers and adventurers. The Nepalese Base Camp sees nearly 40,000 people a year making the trek.
Everest Base Camp, NOT Mount Everest
Contrary to what some might initially assume, Everest Base Camp is absolutely not the same thing as climbing Mt Everest! As its name suggests, these are campsites located at the base of Everest. This is where mountaineers stay either when preparing to summit Mt Everest or when they need to come back down for various safety reasons. Summiting Everest requires climbing skills such as rock climbing and knowing how to use crampons and ice axes.
But if you’re just off to visit Everest Base Camp, all you really need is a basic level of fitness and you’re good to go! The trail to Base Camp is long but ultimately only demands a lot of walking.
What’s there to do?
Namche Bazaar and Tingboche Monastery are two of the most popular spots that trekkers visit. But for more inside recommendations, check out our interview with Pasang Sherpa on some cool spots to visit along the way to Everest Base Camp!
Honestly, why not? It’s a beautiful trek that showcases Nepal’s stark yet stunning landscape. It’s an amazing opportunity to experience the different cultures of Nepal, and it’s a great trek to challenge yourself with!