"The first question which you will ask and which I must try to answer is this, 'What is the use of climbing Mount Everest ?' and my answer must at once be, 'It is no use'. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for." – George Leigh Mallory, 1924

50 years ago on May 29, 1953, the top of Mount Everest was reached for the first time by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Since then 1,200 – 1,500 have summited this giant beauty. There are two base camps on opposite sides of Mount Everest. One is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364m and the other is in Tibet at 5,545m. These camps are rudimentary campsites on Mount Everest that are used by mountain climbers during their ascent and descent.

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Everest’s daunting summit soars so high that trekking to its base camp (5,364m) is still an adventure of the highest sort.  For most trekkers around the world, the Everest Base Camp trek has become an epic journey one must experience. Apart from the historic treasures of Kathmandu; staying in villages set against soaring, jagged pinnacles; getting to know the unique culture of the Sherpas to walking the trails lined with mani stones and engraved with Tibetan Buddhist prayers, the Everest Base Camp trek also gives you a chance to pay your respects to the highest mountain in the world, discover remote mountain monasteries and learn about the Sherpas’ spiritual perspective on the mountains they call home.
For most, trekking to Everest Base Camp through Nepal is possible the whole year round. However the best times to visit are from the beginning of March to mid May and from the beginning of September to mid-November.