How To Trek To Everest Base Camp

01/17/2013 02:08pm ET | Updated March 19, 2013
Mount Everest seen from The Kalapattar Plateau some 140kms (87 miles) northeast of Kathmandu, on December 4, 2009. Nepalese ministers held what they said was the world's highest ever cabinet meeting to highlight the impact of climate change on the Himalayas. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices - many with their lives - in their own attempts to the summit.

But today, the trek to Everest Base Camp has become an achievable goal for people from all walks of life who want a glimpse of the world's highest peak. In 2012, between 35,000 and 37,000 people trekked in the Everest region.