Trekking to Everest Base camp Tour is an essential part of the route for every Everest summit attempt. There are various Everest Base Camp treks and most begin with a flight into Lukla airport at a height of 2860 metres. Each of these trekking routes provides a picturesque and rewarding way to tackle the rise in altitude of 2500 metres to Everest Base Camp on the Nepal side, situated at 5360 metres in elevation. Importantly, these Everest treks incorporate rest days to provide trekkers and mountaineers. With a chance to get use to the thinner air while enjoying the scenery on the route.
For mountaineers, the trek to Everest Base Camp is just the start of their adventure. When they reach the head of the Khumbu Valley, they establish their Everest Base Camp on the Khumbu glacier. As they launch into the final stages of their training and acclimatisation that comes before any summit attempt. It is a gradual process that can take months, and often years, of preparation and planning.
For the famous television survival expert, Bear Grylls, his 1998 expedition to Everest’s summit took three months to complete. At that time, he was the youngest Briton to safely reach the peak. The following year, his British record was then eclipse by Rob Gauntlett from Sussex, aged just nineteen.
But in nine years later, Bear Grylls returned to the Everest trekking region and made an even more audacious and dangerous venture. He attempted to fly a paraglider to an altitude exceeding the summit of Mount Everest. Bear would fly in a supercharged vehicle designed by his friend Giles “Gilo” Cardozo. Trying to exceed the existing altitude record for paragliding of 20,017 feet (6101 metres).