20 Stunning Everest Basecamp Trek Photos to Inspire your Adventure

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20 Stunning Everest Basecamp Trek Photos to Inspire your Adventure

I just finished my first-ever Bearfoot Theory group tour led by guiding company Anywhere Plus, where I was joined by 8 of YOU on an epic 11-day trek to Everest Basecamp. I’m confident to say that for every one of us in the group it was a top life experience. The huge mountains combined with the cultural experiences and the personal feats made for one hell of a trip. Another great thing about the trip was our guide Karl was a professional photographer and snapped a ton of amazing shots of us throughout the trip. So many of the Everest Basecamp trek photos of our group in this post were taken by him.

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I did daily vlogs which will soon be posted to my YouTube channel (please subscribe!), and I will also be sharing a deeper review of our journey here. In the meantime though, I wanted to share 20 of my favorite Everest Basecamp trek photos to give you a flavor of what there is to see and do in Nepal and get your gears ticking in case we are to offer another one of these trips….(want to come on the next one? Leave a comment and tell me where you want to go).

Ok, now to the Everest Basecamp trek photos!

Over the course of our Anywhere Plus Everest Base Trek we covered over 50 miles and gained over 9,000 (and it’s even more if you count all of the ups and downs). What really surprised me was the diversity in scenery along the trail. The first half of trek is heavily forest, consisting of swing bridges, super blue rivers, and occasionally a snow-capped peak would show itself through the clouds.

Everest Base Camp Day 1: Hiking to Monjo

Everest Basecamp Trek Photos: Day 1 - Hiking to Monjo

Everest basecamp trek photos - day 2 - sagarmatha national park

Everest basecamp trek photos - day 1 - waterfall on the way to monjo

Everest Basecamp trek photos - day 3 - hiking to Laudo Gompa monastery

The trek to Everest Basecamp isn’t a traditional wilderness experience like trekking in a US National Park, for instance. Instead Sherpa settlements and evidence of Buddhism exist all along the trail allowing trekkers to get a glimpse at their culture and traditions. On our Anywhere Plus tour, our assistant guide Phura Jangbu Sherpa was from the village of Pangoche. There we got to meet with the Lama Geshe and had a wonderful meal of potato pancakes, dal baht (the local sherpa meal), and tea at Jangbu’s house.

Everest basecamp trek - monastery

Everest Basecamp Trek - OM MANI PADME HUM

Everest Basecamp Trek photos - Ama Dablam

Everest basecamp trek photos - meeting with Lama Geshe in Pangoche
As we trekked higher and got closer to Everest Basecamp, the vegetation thinned until we were completely above the treeline….which meant the views just got better and better. We completely lucked out with the weather too. Typically in October (which is the best time of year to hike to Everest Basecamp in terms of weather), you tend to get clear, sunny mornings, with clouds rolling in in the afternoons.

Everest base camp photos - Tabouche and Cholatse peaks while trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche

Everest Basecamp trek photos - Debouche

Everest basecamp trek photos - Ama Dablam views above Dingbouche

Everest Basecamp Trek photos - Ama Dablam

Here’s a short timelapse I took with my GoPro Hero5 of the views over Ama Dablam, one of my favorite peaks that we saw.

Everest Basecamp sits at an altitude of approximately 17,500 feet above sea level and is much higher than any of us in the group had ever been. From 16,000 feet on, the air felt much thinner, and it became harder to breathe. Thankfully, our guide Karl planned our itinerary perfectly so we had a chance to gradually acclimatize to the increasing altitude.

Everest Basecamp Trek photos

Everest Basecamp Trek photos

Everest Basecamp Trek Photos - Views of Nuptse

On our 10th morning, our final day on the trail when we’d be reaching Everest Basecamp, we woke up to beautiful skies. We were staying in the last settlement along the trail called Gorak Shep, and the final push to Basecamp was approximately 3.5 kilometers each way.  While it’s not too steep, the going is slow at 17,000 feet. On the way we got a clear view of Mount Everest –  which you can’t actually see once you descend down onto the Khumbu Glacier – so we stopped and took some pictures and Karl pointed out all the features you encounter when climbing Mount Everest. After about 2.5 hours on the trail, everyone in our group successfully made it to our final destination. It was an incredible feeling of accomplishment arriving to Basecamp after 10 full days together on the trail.

Everest basecamp trek photos - Mount Everest showing in the distance

Views of Mount Everest from the trail above Gorak Shep

We made it to Everest Basecamp!

Celebrating the culmination of our 11-day Everest Basecamp Trek

And I’ll leave you with one bonus picture. Once we got back to Gorak Shep, a couple of us who were feeling energetic decided to tackle the nearby 18,500 foot peak called Kala Pattar. For me, this was the most challenging hike of the whole trip since we were trying to get to the top in time for sunset and time was running out. We hiked as hard as we could and luckily we made it to the top just in time to watch Mount Everest turn hot pink as the sun went down.

Sunset over Mount Everest from the top of Kala Pattar

In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be posting several additional Everest Basecamp posts including my packing list, tips for staying happy and healthy on the trail, and a more detailed itinerary of our Anywhere Plus Trip. Also make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when my trail vlog goes live!

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Special thanks to Anywhere Plus for hosting me as a guest on this trip!
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  1. Omg the photos are stunningly beautiful. It was great following your adventure of FB – looking forward to more content and photos 🙂 Amazing achievement! And when it comes to the next dream destination my call would be – Patagonia 🙂

    Great photo’s! Was following along on Instagram as you all made the trip. It looked epic!- Heather @ ExploreWithHeather.com

    I enjoyed every picture posted . It makes me feel like I’m there with the group. What a challenging adventure. Kristen Bor you are an amazing leader, very resourceful, very energetic, just fun to be with! Good luck with the rest of your amazing trips.

    Gorgeous pics! Headed to EBC this spring, so really enjoying your photos and blogs. Curious, were you warm enough in your jacket?

      We got pretty decent weather, but I was really comfortable in the Thermoball. I’d just recommend bringing a bunch of layers that you can add or remove depending on the conditions.

    Also would love a vlog as a follow up to your packing guide. Did you like all your choices? Would you have made a different recommendation after your trip regarding your clothing and gear?

    Great pictures. Thank you for posting. I was born in kathmandu, Nepal and now living in US. But I have not been to Everest Base Camp. Looking at your pictures make me think, I must go there. Thank you for inspiration.

    absolutely amazing place on this earth where you should visit once in life time to get a brilliant experience .

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