Everest Base Camp Trek

Fun Facts About Everest Base Camp Trek

Curious about Everest Base Camp trek fun facts? Delve deep into the lesser-known aspects of the trek with our detailed exploration.

Fun Facts About Everest Base Camp Trek

With the breathtaking views of the mountains, warm cultures of the Sherpas, adrenaline rush of the adventures, and the rewarding feeling of achievement, the Everest Base Camp trek is the perfect blend of a Himalayan adventure.

The Everest Base Camp journey is definitely on the wish list of all the trekking enthusiasts given the stunning views along with the thrill of adventures that the trek provides. However, this trek is not just limited to these factors.

There are many additional layers to the beauty and thrill of the EBC trek which remain unknown to most of the lovers of the Himalayas.

Therefore, in this blog, we unravel those layers while adding to your fascination of the EBC trek and its different facets with Everest Base Camp trek fun facts.

Airport Thrill: Lukla Airport

Located at an elevation of 2,840 meters (9,318 feet), the Tenzing-Hillary airport at Lukla holds the reputation of being the most dangerous airport in the world.

The feeling of the adrenaline rush combined with the stunning view of the mountains makes this airport one of its kind. The Lukla airport features a single runway, just 527 m long, perched on a steep mountainside.

Airplane taking off from Lukla airport runway
Airplane taking off from Lukla airport runway

It is the gateway to the Everest region as it acts as the entry point for thousands of trekkers and climbers visiting the Everest region every year for different purposes.

The experience of landing at this airport is a once in a lifetime experience as the thrilling flight sets the tone for your adventure amidst the Himalayas with the impeccable view.

As dangerous as it sounds, the Lukla airport has reported only 3 fatal incidents since it began its operation in 1971 and is considered rather safe.

Only selective pilots with certain milestones and training are allowed to fly in this airport that too with high consideration given to the weather. So, be assured in terms of safety and enjoy the thrill!

Iconic Namche Bazar

For those expecting the EBC trek to be a remote journey, Namche Bazaar might take you by surprise. Despite being located at a difficult altitude of 3,440 meters, this town features everything that you would be expecting in a tourist hub.

Namche Bazaar presents a unique juxtaposition of modern amenities amidst the splendor of nature. Whether you want to get stunning views of the snow-capped giants or want to visit the internet cafe for a while, this place has it all.

Namche Bazaar with mount Kongde Ri in the background
Namche Bazaar with mount Kongde Ri in the background

Also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest, it also features the highest located Irish pub along with many other pubs and restaurants that trekkers can check out as this place is the acclimatization stop and you will have enough time to explore.

Looking around, this popular resting stop boasts stunning views of peaks beyond Everest like Lhotse, Thamserku, and Kongde Ri.

The Guardians of Himalayas

The exploration of the Everest region is incomplete without the mention of the unsung heroes- the Sherpas who are often said to have mountain magic in their blood.

The EBC region is home to the indigenous Sherpa people who are famous for  their mountaineering excellence, beautiful culture, and warm and welcoming nature.

The Sherpas have lived in the Khumbu region for years and what is surprising is their almost superhuman ability to navigate the high altitude and the challenges of the region with much less difficulty.

Himalayan Sherpa
Himalayan Sherpa

With their immense knowledge about the Himalayas along with their resilience and culture, they present a unique facet of the Himalayas and can be an invaluable addition to your trekking adventure.

Playing a crucial role in the success of numerous trekkers and climbers in the Everest region, Sherpas truly live up to their title of ‘The Guardians of the Himalayas’.

Two Base Camps

This might take you by surprise but there is not just one Everest Base Camp but two of them. The popular one that you will be trekking on is the South Side of the EBC located in Nepal.

There exists a north side of the EBC too which is in Tibet and is also called the Advanced Base Camp. This trek presents the peak and the surroundings in a completely different perspective while bringing alive a new facet of the EBC.

The south side of the EBC will take you to an altitude of 5,364 m and provide you with majestic views of the stunning surrounding peaks along with Khumbu icefall while allowing you to indulge in the melting pot of cultures along the way.

Taking the trekkers up to an elevation of 5,150 m, the north side of EBC can be as challenging as the south side if not more and provides equally stunning vista and rewarding feeling accompanied by the Tibetan culture.

Both these sides have their own perks and consequences, so pick your own adventure!

Glacial Beauty

While on the EBC trail, you will come face to face with the giant, that is the Khumbu icefall accompanied by the Khumbu glacial lake. The glacial lake sweeps you off your feet with its mesmerizing beauty while also forming the foundation of the trek.

This slow-moving river of ice unfolds stunning crevasses, ice pinnacles and melt water pools which keep on shifting constantly adding to the beauty of the region. This is one of the most notable points on the EBC trek.

A view of Khumbu Glacier
A view of Khumbu Glacier

At the head of this stunning glacier lies the Khumbu icefall that quickly humbles all the trekkers traversing through the region and reminds them of the actual immense force of the Himalayas in all its might.

The gateway to Mt. Everest, the Khumbu icefall features several avalanches, ice towers, and crevasses making it difficult to conquer more than often and requires lots of courage along with technique.

However, the icefall heroes i.e. the Sherpas with all their resilience become the saviors here allowing the climbers to tackle the icefall with a little ease.

Foot of the Everest

The EBC trek is not just a trekking adventure, but it is also a testament to your nerves of steel as you will be going to the foot of the highest peak in the world at the Everest Base Camp located at the altitude of 5,364 meters.

As you reach for the skies while ascending towards the EBC, the journey is a physical challenge as you traverse in the realm of thin air with limited oxygen and your body still adjusting to the extremely unusual altitude combined with the climatic conditions.

However, an experience as rewarding as the challenges, the EBC trek might be the only adventure that allows you to sip a warm cup of coffee while staring right into some of the tallest peaks of the world.

This is possible as the challenging yet at times cozy trail of the EBC trek features some of the locations that are dotted with eateries and teahouses fueling you for an exemplary adventure.

Monasteries in the Sky

The trek in the Everest Base Camp region is not limited to being a physical adventure, it is a cultural experience too as Buddhist culture is deeply rooted in the region along with high Tibetan influence.

Trekkers can indulge in the beautiful cultures and festivals of the region as the locals are warm, welcoming, and hospitable. From the beginning of the trek, you will come across several monasteries, mani walls, prayer flags, all symbolizing the Buddhist culture.

Tengboche Monastery
Tengboche Monastery

However, one of the most fascinating monasteries in the region is the Tengboche monastery perched on a ridge amidst the breathtaking landscapes at a challenging altitude of 3,867 meters.

Surrounded by Himalayan giants like Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Tawache, this monastery is a spiritual haven and provides the visitors with a moment of reflection and peace amidst their thrilling adventures.

A testament to the Buddhist culture, this monastery also hosts a 3-day Mani Rimdu festival which can be a joy to watch as the visitors send their wishes fluttering with the fresh and flowing winds.

Sagarmatha National Park

The exciting EBC trek weaves its way through the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park that is spread across an area of 1,148 square kilometers.

One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this national park is a true testament of the beauty of the diverse Everest region.

From lush forests at the beginning of the trek to barren landscapes as you ascend above the tree line, the Everest Base Camp trek features it all. This national park is home to Mt. Everest accompanied by seven 7,000-er peaks.

Irrespective of the challenging conditions, the Sagarmatha National Park houses several flora and fauna ranging from rhododendrons, bamboo, juniper, blue pines, to snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, and many more.

Pleasant sightings of several beautiful birds like Himalayan Monal (impeyan pheasants), snow cocks, and more adding a splash of color to the beautiful white backdrop blanketed in snow.

This national park is also home to several Himalayan villages like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, as well as the indigenous Sherpas and adds lots of cultural value to your journey.

World’s Highest Post Office

Although present at the Tibet side of the Everest Base Camp, one of the most interesting facts about the EBC adventure is that you will come across the highest post office in the world.

Contrary to popular beliefs, the Qomolangma Post Office at the EBC trek is the highest post office in the world and yes, it is operational.

Imagine the joy and thrill of sending a postcard to your loved ones once you have made it to the foot of the highest mountain in the world. Truly unique right?

The post office located at 5,200 meters altitude makes it possible for you to send yourself a postcard from the roof of the world and cherish it for a lifetime.

Given the harsh conditions, this post office is not operational throughout the year and is merely even a proper official structure. However, it definitely does what it is supposed to do.

Hospitality at High Altitude

A major highlight of your Everest Base Camp trek adventure is Hotel Everest View. Sitting at an altitude of 3,880 meters, this hotel holds the Guinness world record for the highest placed hotel in the world.

Unfolding a unique tandem of adventure and comfort, this place provides impeccable and unobstructed views of the mighty Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks with its floor to ceiling glass.

Trekking group enjoying at Hotel Everest View
Trekking group enjoying at Hotel Everest View

Weaving its way through the heart of the Himalayas, the Hotel Everest View provides an adventurous touch to your morning view of the giant mountains.

The menu here allows you to enrich your palate with the mouthwatering Nepali cuisine while you warm your hearts at the thrilling altitude with the welcoming Sherpa hospitality.

Highest Bakery in the World

Another addition to some of the apex’s, the EBC trek also features the highest bakery in the world located at an altitude of 4,910 meters in Lobuche.

Trekkers will find this bakery in Lobuche. The ‘World’s Highest Bakery Cafe’ is a popular spot amongst the trekkers and rightly so.

Imagine the joy of having your favorite delicacies while slurping a hot cup of coffee and enjoying the view of the Himalayan giants at the highest possible bakery in the world! This bakery makes it possible for you.

Settlement at 5,190 meters (17,028 feet)

A fascinating addition to the wonders along the EBC trek is the last stop before conquering the Everest Base Camp- Gorak Shep. This village is the highlight of the EBC trek.

Gorak Shep features comfortable tea houses at a difficult altitude of 5,190 meters where even carrying out day to day activities are a challenge.

Sunset view of Gorakshep Village
Sunset view of Gorakshep Village

Providing warm hospitality amidst such harsh climatic conditions topped with the challenge of altitude is a commendable feat achieved by Gorak Shep making it one of the highest settlements in the world.

Kalapatthar: Best Viewpoint

A point perched even higher than the Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar takes the trekkers to the highest accessible point on the earth an elevation of 5,555 meters and is one of the best sunrise viewing points in Nepal.

Sunset view of Mount Everest and Nuptse from Kalapatthar
Sunset view of Mount Everest and Nuptse from Kalapatthar

This vantage point is a notable landmark in the Sagarmatha national park that provides stunning views of Mount Everest, especially as the sun shines its golden rays on the pristine snowcapped massif.

Although the EBC provides a closer proximity to Everest, the view provided by Kalapatthar is even better as it presents the massif in all its glory along with 360-degree views of other surrounding peaks.


While acclimatization is of utmost importance to tackle the altitude related challenges on the Everest Base Camp trek, it need not be boring.

Mountain view from Nangkartsang Peak with prayer flags
Mountain view from Nangkartsang Peak with prayer flags

Acclimatization hikes to beautiful places like Nangkartsang peak, Syangboche, and even the exploration of Namche Bazaar can add a dimension of fun to your trekking adventure.

While providing your body with enough time to adapt to the challenging altitude, you can soak yourself in the interesting cultural facet of the EBC trek too!

Debunking Myths

Despite the widespread popularity of the Everest Base Camp trek, many myths surround the region while making the tourists skeptical about their expedition. So, let’s bust some of these myths for you!

The Iconic Yeti

Also referred to as the ‘Abominable Snowman’, Yeti is one of the biggest mysteries of the Everest region along with other snowy corners of the world. A Yeti is often described as a creature resembling a man as well as a bear.

But how real is the existence of the Yeti? Much research and scientific studies have been done to find evidence about the existence of Yeti. However, none seem to have reached a conclusion despite the infamous wave of ‘Yeti Mania’.

Although many sightings of creatures matching the description of Yeti were reported in the 20th century, these creatures still remain a myth limited to folklore given the lack of evidence.

So, worry not as the chances of you encountering a Yeti on your Himalayan adventure is equal to that of a snowball’s chance in hell.

The Myth of Dysconnectivity

While many people might assume that throughout the EBC trek you won’t be able to connect with your family members in any way and must be isolated from the real world, this is false news.

Mobile Phone tower near Tengboche
Mobile Phone tower near Tengboche

Despite the challenging adventures offered by the EBC trek, you will still find Wi-Fi connections in many teahouses and lodges along the EBC trek. In addition, you can also use local SIM cards for mobile data as well as Everest specific options like Everest Link.

So be assured that going to the EBC trek doesn’t mean going in ghost mode.

The Myth of Restrictions

Many people assume that the EBC trek is only for experienced trekkers with extremely high knowledge of the region or for people of certain physical cutout. However, this is not true.

Although having prior trekking experience gives an upper hand while trekking the EBC region, with proper preparation, physical fitness, acclimatization, and guidance, it is possible to trek the region without prior experience.

Trekking towards Gorakshep on snowy trail
Trekking towards Gorakshep on snowy trail

The trek is not restricted by age given you have the physical preparedness and mental resilience to tackle it.

Busting the myth of restrictions, in January 2024 a 2-year-old boy from Scotland- Carter Dallas became the youngest person to have reached the Everest Base Camp.

Another best example that we can give is the youngest trekker of Ace the Himalaya- Gus Man who successfully conquered the challenging EBC trek at the age of 7! If they can do it, you can too.

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