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Anushree

5.0

Having trekked in the Sahayadris for over 4-5 years now and after doing two himalayan treks in the previous season, I wanted to do a more challenging trek. So finally I decided to climb the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. The majestic mountain range had been in my bucket list for many years. Now seemed to be the right time, and so I set off in search of the "Everest". I always thought how difficult could it be to climb mountains, after all, it just takes putting one step ahead of the other. I was wrong, it indeed turned out to be more difficult than I imagined. This is due to the rarefied air in the atmosphere, that makes breathing difficult. Even a nominal gradient while ascending seems to be a task. But thankfully I wasn't hit by any symptoms of AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ) which makes the mountaineer's job tremendously difficult at high altitudes. On the trek, it was the promise of some awesome photos, that helped me carry through many steep climbs. But, the sheer beauty of the barren mountains with clear blue sky in the backdrop and the ferocious Dudh Koshi River inspired me not to give up but to keep climbing. During the climb of Kala Patthar, I learnt the importance of balance and concentration, even when you are exhausted beyond limit. On the Kala Patthar summit day, I set out at 4 in the morning, climbing through the mountain with a 50-70 degree gradient; sub zero temperatures, chilly winds and freezing weather. It was total dark and the only thing I could see through my head torch was the next step. From this moment till 6 am in the morning, I only thought about the awesome feeling of summiting and achieving my goal. As the air was thin, I concentrated on breathing properly and adequately and took synchronized baby steps. And, finally at 6:30 am I reached the Summit (5643m)! The view of the sunrise on Everest was just spectacular and the feeling of having summited, exhilarating!! The Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar expedition made me realize that to achieve a goal, it is important to believe in your own efforts and strength (Both Physical and Mental).But more than that, we should be grateful towards the ecosystem around and factors beyond our control which play an equally important role in our journey to achieve anything.

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Deenabandhu Devar

5.0

The great Everest Base trek camp is the most spectacular camping that I ever know of. What I liked personally about this trek was the courtesy and reception of the inhabitants at this place. Even though the trek was steep and sharp we had ample route to trek and enjoy. We even had time to take marvellous pictures at each and every step of the trek. I should say that I went on this trek at the right time. it was a life changing experience for me!!

Overview

Dates: October : 1,21,30
November: 3,13,20,27
December: 4,23,30
March: 1,2,10,17,24,31
April: 7,14,21,28
May: 5,6,12,19,20,26,27
June: 2,9

About the Destination:

With its daunting summit soaring high up above the mountain, trekking in Everest Base camp is definitely the adventure for you.  The Everest, one of the most sought after tourist destination in Nepal is known for its incandescent beauty with the magnificent peaks and hills. At an altitude of 29, 035 ft, Everest creates the perfect spot for the trekkers with the vast blue sky in the backdrop. Covered by the snow capped mountains and the vast greenery, Everest Base Camp trek is one of the dream destination for the trekkers. And the best thing about this place is that you will be in the midst of the friendliest people.

For a close encounter with the Everest summit Everest Base Camp is the best trek for you. In this trek, you will be trekking to an altitude of 17,600 ft ft passing through the quaint villages, grassy paths, steep rocks etc. You will be trekking in the trails of the footsteps of legendary adventurers and mountaineer like Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. Nothing beats the excitement and thrill that holds the travellers on while ascending the Everest and watching it very close. 

If you are planning to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and spend some time in the serenity then Everest Base Camp is the best option for you. This will be a double treat for the nature lovers and the photography enthusiast where you can click some of the best shots.  You will be experiencing a lot of snowfalls while you are on the trek. The moment you reach an altitude of 5365 meters you will feel as if you are standing in a globe of a snowball. Catch the first glimpse of the Khumbu icefall during your trek. Not just get a chance to explore the forest, valleys and waterfalls but also, you will get a chance to learn about the culture of the legendary people Sherpas who are well known to be Mountain Climbers.  

It’s time to take up your adventure to a whole new level. Not just treat yourself with this exciting trek but also learn a lot about the people and cultures of this region. Known for its magnificent beauty with the mountain peaks, glacial moraines and valleys, Everest Base Camp is the one place you wouldn't wat to miss this year.


Quick Facts:

Temperature: Day: 15°C-20°C and Night: -5°C-10°C

Maximum Altitude: 18,513 ft

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Airport: Kathmandu, Nepal

ATM: Namche Bazaar has the last ATM point before your trek begins.

Everest Base Camp Highlights

- With the high passes and the white misty glaciers Everest Base Camp trek will give you an experience of a lifetime.

- On this trek, you will trek to the foothills of the Everest, the world’s highest mountain.

- You will be trekking in some of the challenging treks like Kala Pattar, Nangkartshang Peak, and Everest Base Camp.

- Get a chance to explore the amazing beauty of the Katmandu and learn about the people and their culture.

- Visit the ancient Thami and Tengboche monasteries and investigate the beauty of the Sherpa village.

- Also, visit the school established by Sir Edmund Hillary in the mountain village of Khumjung.

Weather condition in Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp is suitable for the trekkers all round the year but you can best enjoy the snow between September to December and March to mid-May. Temperatures at the summit are never above freezing and during January temperatures can drop as low as -60° C (-76° F). Despite the low temperatures the biggest issue faced by climbers are hurricane force winds and wind chill. The weather is quite unpredictable in the mountains.  As winters are very cold with a lot of snowfalls, at times it might be difficult for the trekkers to trek through the snow.  In such weather condition, you might not be able to trek to a high altitude. So for your own convenience always carry some light tents with you. 

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. However, it is not as gloomy and cold as you imagine, and the temperature generally features the big temperature gap, cold at night while warm during daytime. It is almost sunny and even warm in the summer time, about 12°C (22°F) colder than in Lhasa.

If you are thinking of trekking in the Everest Base camp during the summers, then it’s the most desirable time will be in the month of April and May. During summers get stunned by the amazing view of the peaks lost in the clouds. You can see the flowers blooming especially the Rhododendrons.  The whole valleys look spectacular with the vast greenery and a mixture of colours. For the trekkers who love to enjoy the monsoons can visit this place earlier. Although it will be a wet season but the dust will be clear because of the rain.

Tips for Everest Base Camp

1) Bring enough money: There are no ATMs in Lukla, so one is advised to carry enough money with them in case of need for an emergency. And even for buy trekking equipments in Kathmandu. It is one of the best and cheapest place to buy the same.

2) Bring your own Tea: Yes, tea is very expensive at the Everest. But getting hot water won’t cost you much. Carry your own tea bags to be used while on the trek.

3) Mentally prepare yourself: As this is not an easy trek, you should prepare yourself mentally for the task that is ahead of you. This means, be prepared for extreme weather conditions, All accommodation on the trek to Everest Base Camp is in small tea houses, run by the local Sherpa people. There are options for showers lower down on the trail, if you decide to use them, however, many people keep clean by using baby wipes and a bowl of warm water each day. The toilet situations can be difficult at times, as in the tea houses they are generally not Western-style toilets, rather just a hole in the ground instead of a toilet bowl. 

4) What to Carry: Warm clothes, sun glasses, trekking boots, gloves, trekking stick, woolen caps among other trekking equipments you want to carry. However, the most important thing to bring is a good pair of trekking shoes that you have hiked in previously. Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking clothes that are both cheap and of decent quality. If you can bring your own sleeping bag otherwise you can rent one for about 500-600 rupees a day.

5) Prepare for extreme weather: If it’s sunny you might be surprised at how warm it can get during the day. Most trekkers wear t-shirts and shorts for the first few days while the elevation is still low. When the sun sets the temperatures drop quick. Wear a warm hat while sleeping and take a Nalgene bottle filled with hot water and keep it in your sleeping bag to stay warm. 

6) Stay Hydrated: Make sure to drink plenty of water while on the trek. Do carry extra water bottles with you at all times.

7) Altitude Headaches: A headache can be one of the first signs of altitude problems.  Do carry suitable medications for the same. Small headaches are common and should not stop you from trekking or worry you. However if it persists or increases, it might be advisable to ascend or even trek down.

8) Avoid the Sun: Taking care of your skin and eyes are important. Sunburns happen much quicker at high elevation so make sure to apply sunscreen a few times a day and wear a hat. Sunglasses are a must have and if you wear prescription glasses it’s good to come to Nepal with a pair of prescription sunglasses or at least clip-ons.

9) Dress in Layers: Layering allows you to easily regulate your body temperature and stay comfortable while trekking.  It’s even better if your layers have zippers so that you have even more control of your body temperature. 

10) Bring a camera: This trek is one of the most beautiful Himalayan Treks. So much so, that one would want to stop at every step and take pictures to make memories for life.

11) Bring Extra Batteries/Charging Packs: In the cold, your batteries will die much quicker than they do at home. This holds true for basically every kind of electronic you'll be using from phones to cameras to kindles. While some of the tea houses allow you to charge things, they all charge you for it (some more than others). An easy way to avoid this is to bring spare batteries and a portable charger.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 -

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival our representative will meet you and take you to the hotel and issue your first permit. In the evening you can visit the Thamel Street, it is a very popular place. It has lot of restaurants, casinos and plenty of shops to buy trekking gears and accessories. You can also visit the Darbar Marg.

  • Day 2 -

    Kathmandu to Lukla, then walk to Phakding (2652m)

    After breakfast we will proceed to the Tribhuvan Domestic Airport, Kathmandu. We will take a flight to Lukla. The total flying time is of 35 minutes. The experience of flying in this route will be one of your best. The flight will be passing through valleys and presenting some breathtaking views of the mountain ranges and the Nepali villages atop. Once you arrive in Lukla, our representatives will receive you. Immediately we will start our trekking and trek to Phakding. It is at an altitude level of 2652m. It is a simple trek for 2.5 hours. The trail will pass via many small villages and green mountains. We will stay overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 3 -

    Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

    Today we will trek for Namche Bazaar. Namche is at an altitude level of 3440m. The route is surrounded by huge green mountain ranges. The Dudh Koshi river flows along the side till Namche. We will stop at Monjo for the lunch, as that is the last point to get food before Namche. The route between Monjo and Namche is a gradually inclining trail amidst thick green forest. You will be able to get a glimpse of Everest and Lhotse just before Namche, though not very clear. Overnight stay at hotel. Total trekking will be 5 to 6 hours with moderate difficulty level and a portion after Monjo will be strenuous.

  • Day 4 -

    Acclimatization at Namche (3440m), Short Hiking

    This is a day for acclimatization and we will be resting in Namche Bazaar. It is a place that has everything one can wish for. Coffee shops, Bars, Restaurants and many more things to do. You can go to the Namche museum, this a little above Namche Bazaar, just about 20 minutes trek. You can get a clear view of Everest and Lhotse from this place. You can visit the Namche Bazaar (Market) and Namche Monastery.

  • Day 5 -

    Namche to Tengboche (3860m)

    Tengboche is a small valley at an altitude level of 3860m. It is one of the most beautiful places of our entire trekking route. The Tengboche Monastery is a famous and beautiful place, worth visiting. The trek time will be about 5 hours with moderate difficulty level.

  • Day 6 -

    Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m)

    Today we will start our trek and go towards the Pangboche village, we will get some nice views of Mount Ama Dablam. We are likely to have our lunch at Pangboche. We will then trek towards Pheriche and proceed to the Imja Valley. We will be able to see the Lobuche River and will pass through it and take steep hike to Dingboche. Overnight stay at Dingboche. The trek will be about 6 to 7 hours while it will be moderate for most part, there will be about 2 steep inclines.

  • Day 7 -

    Acclimatization day at Dingboche (4360m)

    Today will be an acclimatization day. We can take a small hike to get a view of worlds three top mountain peaks, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and Mount Cho Yu. Besides these, you will see plenty of peaks and mountain ranges. Overnight stay at hotel.

  • Day 8 -

    Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m)

    Today we will start trekking towards Dughla (4600m) and then to Lobuche (4940m). On this route we will get to see a huge stream and many mountain peaks including Mount Pumori (7138m), Mount Nuptse, Mount Cholatse and Mount Thamserku. Once we pass the Khumbu Glacier we will get to see the highest peaks such as Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur. While all of these will look very near to the Mount Everest, it is not possible to get a glimpse of Everest from here. Total trekking time will be 6 to 8 hours and this will be a moderate trek. Overnight stay at hotel.

  • Day 9 -

    Lobuche (4940m) to Gorakshep (5170m) to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and come back to Gorakshep.

    This will be a completely glacier route. The trek to Gorakshep (5170m) and Everest Base Camp (5364m) is likely to be a moderate trek. You can see Everest on the way but you can’t get a full view from Base camp, the Kumbhu icefall will be very clearly visible. This part of the trek will surely feel like you are in heaven amidst the glaciers and see the gigantic mountain up-close. We will get to see the peak of the Everest very clearly tomorrow from Kala Patthar. Overnight stay in Gorakshep. The total trekking time will be 5 -7 hours and will be moderate.

  • Day 10 -

    Hiking to Kala Patthar (5645m) and descend to Lobuche (4940)

    The hike to Kala Patthar will be the most difficult part of this trekking expedition of yours as well as the most rewarding one. You will be able to see the Peak of Everest. In fact Kala Patthar is the only place which will give you views of almost the entire high peak mountains of the Himalayan Ranges. It will take about 2.5 to 3 hours to reach Kala Patthar from Gorakshep. After Kala Patthar it will be all descending from now on and the trek becomes very simple, though you have to be careful about the decline. We will need another 3 hours to reach Lobuche (4940m). Total trek time will be 7 hours max with only one steep incline and rest simple and easy trek.

    Based on group’s decision you can trek down to Pheriche also

  • Day 11 -

    Lobuche (4940m) to Tengboche (3860m)

    It will be about 6 to 7 hours of easy declining trekking. You will be passing through the amazing Himalayan ranges.

  • Day 12 -

    Tengboche (3860m) to Monjo (2835m)

    This will be a moderate trek; it will take about 6 – 7 hours trek to reach Monjo. Overnight stay at Monjo.

  • Day 13 -

    Monjo (2835m) to Lukla (2800m)

    It will take about 6 hours to reach Lukla. This will remain a simple trek. We will get a very small incline just before Lukla. Overnight stay at Lukla.

  • Day 14 -

    Lukla to Kathmandu

    Today we will proceed to the Airport and catch our flight to Kathmandu and enjoy the valley views throughout the 35 minutes flying time. This is a complete leisure day and overnight stay at hotel.

  • Day 15 -

    Departure

    Please check out by 12 noon to catch your flight. We will drop you at the Airport.

Stay

    7
  • 2 Nights hotel stay in Kathmandu

Activity

    7
  • Trekking

Other Inclusions

    7
  • Airport pick up for international terminal.
  • 7
  • Domestic airport transfers.
  • 7
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (2 nights).
  • 7
  • Accommodation during the trekking period (12 nights).
  • 7
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • 7
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS).
  • 7
  • Certified guide.
  • 7
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
  • 7
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • 7
  • All government and local taxes.

Things To Carry

    7
  • Besides trekking shoes, warm clothes, sunglasses etc you always need to keep in mind about the water.
  • 7
  • During your trek you might have to fill water from the lakes and rivers nearby so it is always advisable to carry water disinfecting drugs which you can easily get in Kathmandu.
  • 7
  • Also don’t forget to carry light and soft shoes like Kung-Fu shoes which you can wear after your trek while exploring the nearby villages.
  • 7
  • Even though you will be staying in lodges and restaurants it is always better to carry your own sleeping bags which will keep you warm, incase you were not provided with blankets.
  • 7
  • During your trek there might be chances that you might have blisters, in such cases you need to be very careful so that it does not catch any infection. Because of the cold there are high chances of an infection. So carry some band aid or duct tape with you.
  • 7
  • For the best view of the mountains with the floating clouds carry a binocular with your which will let you experience the best. Spot some of rare birds and flora while you trek.
  • 7
  • Carry 2 pair of synthetic track pants. Track pants are light and when things get cold you can wear one over the other.
  • 7
  • Carry 2 Full sleeve tees with collar.
  • 7
  • Fleece jacket - sweaters are highly discouraged.
  • 7
  • A full sleeve thick jacket.
  • 7
  • Carry 4 pairs of undergarments.
  • 7
  • Get 2 pairs of thermal inners.
  • 7
  • Carry 2 pairs of sports socks. 2 pairs of woollen socks.
  • 7
  • Woollen monkey cap/balaclava that cover the ear.
  • 7
  • Woollen hand gloves + synthetic glove (waterproof). If you don’t have synthetic gloves, get two pairs of woollen gloves and a surgical glove.
  • 7
  • Hot water bottle/Bag - available at any medical store.
  • 7
  • Sun glasses, branded company with 100% UV protection. Curved ones will cover your eyes well. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek.
  • 7
  • A woolen head-scarf or muffler.
  • 7
  • Trekking pole is mandatory
  • 7
  • Dry towel
  • 7
  • Lip Balm/ cold cream
  • 7
  • Personal Medical Kit

Advisory

    7
  • Do not bring non-bio gradable materials
  • 7
  • Pay heed to the instructions given by the trek leader and guide
  • 7
  • Consumption of alcohol and other intoxicating substances are strictly prohibited
  • 7
  • Do check with your doctor if you are medically fit for the trek
  • 7
  • 7
  • Exclusions -
  • 7
  • Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu. Food and drinking water throughout the trip.
  • 7
  • Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc.
  • 7
  • Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight. Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • 7
  • cancellation, health or any other reason.
  • 7
  • Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
  • 7
  • Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
  • 7
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • 7
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s).

Cancellation Policy

    7
  • 25 or more days before the date of departure: 20% of total cost
  • 7
  • 18 – 24 days before the date of departure: 30% of total cost
  • 7
  • 10 – 17 days before the date of departure: 40 % of total cost
  • 7
  • Less than 10 days: 90% of total cost

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    Story by Anushree

     Rated : 5.0

    Having trekked in the Sahayadris for over 4-5 years now and after doing two himalayan treks in the previous season, I wanted to do a more challenging trek. So finally I decided to climb the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. The majestic mountain range had been in my bucket list for many years. Now seemed to be the right time, and so I set off in search of the "Everest". I always thought how difficult could it be to climb mountains, after all, it just takes putting one step ahead of the other. I was wrong, it indeed turned out to be more difficult than I imagined. This is due to the rarefied air in the atmosphere, that makes breathing difficult. Even a nominal gradient while ascending seems to be a task. But thankfully I wasn't hit by any symptoms of AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ) which makes the mountaineer's job tremendously difficult at high altitudes. On the trek, it was the promise of some awesome photos, that helped me carry through many steep climbs. But, the sheer beauty of the barren mountains with clear blue sky in the backdrop and the ferocious Dudh Koshi River inspired me not to give up but to keep climbing. During the climb of Kala Patthar, I learnt the importance of balance and concentration, even when you are exhausted beyond limit. On the Kala Patthar summit day, I set out at 4 in the morning, climbing through the mountain with a 50-70 degree gradient; sub zero temperatures, chilly winds and freezing weather. It was total dark and the only thing I could see through my head torch was the next step. From this moment till 6 am in the morning, I only thought about the awesome feeling of summiting and achieving my goal. As the air was thin, I concentrated on breathing properly and adequately and took synchronized baby steps. And, finally at 6:30 am I reached the Summit (5643m)! The view of the sunrise on Everest was just spectacular and the feeling of having summited, exhilarating!! The Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar expedition made me realize that to achieve a goal, it is important to believe in your own efforts and strength (Both Physical and Mental).But more than that, we should be grateful towards the ecosystem around and factors beyond our control which play an equally important role in our journey to achieve anything.

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    Story by Deenabandhu Devar

     Rated : 5.0

    The great Everest Base trek camp is the most spectacular camping that I ever know of. What I liked personally about this trek was the courtesy and reception of the inhabitants at this place. Even though the trek was steep and sharp we had ample route to trek and enjoy. We even had time to take marvellous pictures at each and every step of the trek. I should say that I went on this trek at the right time. it was a life changing experience for me!!

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    Story by Devika Mehrotra

     Rated : 5.0

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    Are you planning to head for a trek to the Everest Base camp? Well hear my story of my experience to this wonderful heaven on Earth, I am basically from Rajasthan, and am a great lover of trek, I never leave any trekking place in the World untouched, there are many I have taken up and there are still vast to explore, as I was trekking to each and every place that I had shortlisted from my bucket list, the Everest base camp took its turn last month, I was very eagerly waiting for this trek ever since I had heard from the Indian friends about a trekking destination like this in Nepal. The Everest memory is going to be in memories forever; base camp at the world’s highest mountain is not everyone’s cup of tea. It needs endurance, agility, talent and stability to survive the whole way through, which is what I have learnt from the trek. When the temperature in Rajasthan was touching around 40 degree, I decided to trek to the Everest to take a break from the climate and the city. I read about the reviews before hand and planned everything, initially I thought of going alone, but at the last moment some old school friends of mine joined up, so it was a team of ten heading to the highest peak of the world. Our journey began at Rajasthan, and within few hours we reached Kathmandu, from where we were supposed to be picked up by our guides, we moved on from here to a nearby hotel, as we wanted to fresh up and make ourselves active before the actual trek began, so our first day was a complete rest at the hotel, the next day we went down to explore the Kathmandu valleys and monkey temple, and then by evening we were boarded flight to Lukla, and here finally our trekking activity started, caught a glimpse of this statue on way – Late Pasang Lhamu Sherpa ( the first Nepali women to reach the world top), and then from here we reached to Phakding, here we halted for some time, took a short nap for a couple of hours, and on our guides call we started to trek towards gateway of Everest, Namche Bazaar. Uphill and downhill trek over here was simply amazing, then we had to stop at Jorsale for some legal paper work, which was taken care of well by our guide, crossing the alpine vegetation and suspension bridge we landed at Namche Bazaar, after halting here overnight we started our acclimatizing walk towards the Everest view hotel from where we caught view of various peaks, Kusum Kangaroo, Thamsekru, Amadablam and the gigantic Mt. Everest. Then we trekked to Tengboche, Dingboche, Nagarjuna hill and then towards Lobuche. From Lobuche the final lap of trek to Everest base camp began, after trekking for around three hours I finally made it up to the Everest Base camp. That feel being on top of this Everest was like being on top of the world. Yay! I was waiting for this moment since then to share it with my friends, relatives and other trekking enthusiasts.

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    Story by Vaishvi Iyer

     Rated : 5.0

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    Not all travel agents would be able to deliver such an amazing service, I am really grateful to my travel agency and to out trekking guide Mr. Thapa who helped us out from start till the end. When I and my girlfriend got an annual break, we wanted to do something that was always in our bucket-list, a challenging and difficult trek to the Himalayas, and then when we read about the reviews of Everest base camp, there wasn’t any looking back. Initially my GF was stigmatic seeing the height of this gigantic trek, but somehow I was able to convince her and then we packed off for their trek with a minimum of clothing and essentials. I had no problem at as my girl friend had put a check list of all the needed things and packed all these, so whenever we needed anything on the way, she would immediately take it without even searching for it (this is one great advantage to travel along with girls, they are more than perfect in all these things). Well then the endless journey of ours began and the next two weeks weren’t just life, it was a meaningful life. I heard that the lodges in the higher altitudes get closed during peak winter, but luckily we didn’t experience any kind of this situation at all, our organizers had planned everything in advance and we also took effort to call out personally and finalize things before we reached there. As we were trailing we could feel ourselves lost in the clouds and it was a great experience to see the beautiful shrubs and trees on all the sideways, again my GF stopped here and there to take selfies (this is bit annoying when you travel with girls, they stop then and there for selfies break), but then I had to acknowledge because the sceneries and the hills were so captivating that even though I am not a photo freak, I too posed for many pictures. Our accommodation was a great place, it was equipped with all the needed things like – room heater, blankets, warm water to bath and delicious food were served on time mainly. But then I had a very minor problem as some shops accepted only the Nepalese currency, so to be on safe side you can carry some extra local currency (in case you are a shop alcoholic), I heard that some guides are too dependent but our guide was too accommodative and unless and until we invited him for a cup of tea, he never used to barge into our privacy. I personally loved the trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche as the whole backdrop was serene, calm and I loved the Rhododendrons mainly. The top of the Namche Bazaar gave a breath taking view of the surroundings which is still waving in front of my eyes. Some treks have the power to change the way you look at life, and surely this trek was one of my kind.

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    Story by Anurag Devar

     Rated : 4.0

    I heard that guides are not needed for this camp, but we went over here with our co-ordinators and guide, they had done a splendid job by giving us the best trek experience.

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    Story by Rameshwar Bharadwaj

     Rated : 5.0

    A good trek at a very reasonable price is what I need to say about this trek first of all. I had a comfortable and good stay at the base camp. The camping was a great fun and I enjoyed to the core. Heard that this was the most challenging trek of Nepal and so I decided to try this out. This was obviously challenging but I could make it out till the end. it was just out of the world experience

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    Story by Sucheta Namboothiri

     Rated : 5.0

    The mountains were brilliant and nice, the clear sky after the summer monsoon had dusted away the dust and we hence got a chance to have a clear view of the whole peak and the adjacent places. The days we spent at the camp base was cooler even though it could have been more long.

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    Story by Buddhana Naik

     Rated : 5.0

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    It is not always about travelling to some great place, but it is all about the experience that we get from out tour. This is what I felt after I am now done with my Everest base camp trek, I heard from my colleagues that this trek is a very challenging one, but then I and my school friends decided to give it a try. Even though I have a good trekking experience, my friend was not too much in to it, still we both were eager to take up and make it possible. The Everest is the most sought after destination for trekking enthusiasts, and we were lucky that we got an opportunity to trek to this wonderful mountain peak region. Now talking out about the trek, I and my friend just backpacked some clothing, good quality trekking shoe and started off to this wonderful destination, I had already arranged for the trekking schedule and the itinerary was briefed to us well in advance, the whole trekking journey of 14 days is still in front of my eyes, I am yet to recover from that trance state. We started our journey at Chennai and reached Kathmandu, and then from here we were flown to Lukla to trek to Phadking, the whole way we enjoyed the panoramic view and the beauty of the hills, from Lukla our trekking journey began gradually, with many ups and downs we never faced any problem anywhere, the Guides were not only co-operative but they were entertaining too, they gave us break every now and then, the short suspension that we came across was a great view at Kusum- Kangru. As we trailed through on this base camp trek we came across many villages and rivers. The villagers were very friendly; in fact we were surprised to see that some of the villagers were able to speak good English, they are very eager to help strangers and particularly trekkers, so there wasn’t any fear of getting lost at all, the pathway which we had to go through was full of ridges and trails, initially I was a bit afraid that we may get lost, but as I had said before the villagers are too friendly and they will helped us out with the ways, once or twice we were little behind our fellow trekkers, luckily with the help of the villagers we managed to get back to our team. As we had trekked only last week, the weather was rather clear and we were able to see clearly the snow capped mountains and the flowing rivers. As we were trekking high, we felt it little hard to trek, over here we had to take a small break and energize our body by filling it with local food and drinks that was available almost at every junction. Some of the other trekkers who hadn’t hired guides faced little problem, luckily we escaped such a situation. Overall, I had a very delightful experience and am longing to trek again during this winter.

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    Story by Dhanpati Gill

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    We (Me and my wife) took up this ever challenging Everest base camp trek last month. Staying at Delhi was an advantage for me, as I was able to make up immediate plans and pack bags for the one of its kinds trek – Everest base camp trek, When my wife had said that she wanted to take a break for two weeks, I immediately rushed online to book our tickets to Kathmandu to take up this trek that I had been dreaming off ever since I was in my college days, and luckily my wife never says no to my decision. It was during the months of Late November and Early December, the winter was starting to pour in, even though it was more chill and freezing than I had expected. Heard that November month is great for trekking to this wonderful place, and so when we landed up at the trek start point at Lukla, I could catch many trekkers who were going to accompany us in this journey, actually it looks good and is great to trek along with other trekking lovers, you will feel motivated. Even though I was the one who insisted on this trek, my wife was even more energetic and active when she saw the other accompanies. The weather and the days were too good at the first place; hence it gave a good kick start for our journey, the guide told us that the trekking would be for nearly 12 days, but we managed to finish it in 11 days. If we follow the instructions and the guidelines that are provided by the organizers we can complete this trek in the given time, on the other hand I heard some trekkers grumbling that they missed out some main points like Kala Pathar and were not able to make it up till the Everest base. But luckily my health and my co-trekkers were co-operative that we made it up till the end. Now that we had finished the trek successfully, it also becomes important to say a few words about the food, stay and the journey. Wherever we stopped, our guides served us with hot foods, even though there were many varieties; I wanted to try the traditional Nepali food – which was really a great choice; the accommodation for us was at Tea house which was really great and amazing, room service was above average and we never faced any problem at any time, Hot water was supplied for whenever we asked, the bedding and the blankets were clean and washed well ( my wife happens to be a clean freak), but then she never had any issue with the accommodation or food. As a final word, this review would become obsolete if I don’t mention that the organizers have done a tremendous job by making this challenging trek successful for us!

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    Story by Dwaipayana Pilla

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    At the end of your lifetime, when you sit back and recollect your old memories, it is not the tour that you will remember, but it will be the ones that made your trip memorable. And without any doubt I can say that my memory in future is going to be filled only with this Everest Base camp trek that I had taken up last week. A trek will become memorable only when it is filled with adventure, challenge and fun in it, and all this is coupled in the Everest base camp trek. When I had suggested this trek to my family, they immediately said a big “NO” as this was the most challenging one and I had picked the winter months for trekking, but then I gathered guts to convince my parents and started to go ahead with my itinerary which I had already done many months before the trek was decided. Actually the trek is not as scary and rough as others presume it to be, if you are packed with necessary stuffs and if you have some skill and knowledge about this trek you are sure to go through it easily. Trekking to the base camp is actually a great fun to experience for real. I want this review to be useful to the readers, thus I am writing more of tips rather than my experience so that it would be useful for the other trekkers who are planning to go ahead with this trek. If you are planning to trek to this base camp, I feel it is always wise to carry some USD and Rupees as you hardly find any ATM’s over here, it is also great if you are able to arrange some Nepali currencies too in case you want to shop or buy something to eat. If you haven’t packed enough winter gear or trekking gear, buy them at Kathmandu itself and save some bucks, and as you climb the altitude will lower down your oxygen level, so carry plenty of chocolates and some treats for your mouth. When your energy level goes down, just munch in few chocolates and gets instant energy. And you can also carry some tea bags with you; hot water is available at many places, so you can just stop by to sip your tea instead of searching for a local tea stall. Well all this being said, my trek to Everest base camp was more than I wanted it to be, fun thrill, excitement, adventure, mystery and above all I made friendship with so many trekkers that in future I will not have to go alone to any place, this trekking friends group will be ready to hang out with me.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time for Everest Base Camp trek?

      The best time to trek to the Everest Base Camp is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

    2. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?

      The fitter you are the more you'll take away from the experience. Take as much time as you can for cardio exercise and strength training, including core strength. This will make it far easier for you to trek and explore the terrain with your guide. Moreover, exercises aid in acclimatization for the trip. Experience of walking for long distances with heavy weights (at least 15 Kg) will be a useful preparation.

    3. What are the clothing and equipments which I should carry at my end?

      As the temperature is cold throughout the trek with the possibilities of rain, we recommend that you carry woolen clothes, which can be full sleeves woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, windproof jacket, etc. along with a raincoat.

    4. How much weight will I have to carry? Will porters be there?

      It is advisable to carry a 60L backpack, weight to be carried will depend on your requirements and capacity. Yes, porters will be there to carry your luggage at an extra cost.

    5. Which type of shoes should I carry?

      Please do not carry the normal sports shoes. As you need the good traction during the trek, shoes from Woodland or Forclaz 500 is a recommended choice.

    6. What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?

      All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner of veg and egg dishes and safe drinking water throughout the trek is provided.

    7. What about first aid and medication if someone falls sick?

      All the guides are trained medical professionals and have the first-aid kits along with necessary medications with them. Hence, immediate medical care is provided to anyone who falls sick during the trek.

    8. Does one feel altitude sickness over there? If yes, how to avoid it?

      Yes, with high altitudes comes mountain sickness. Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of the symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort. If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation. You can even avoid falling so sick, if you carry suitable medications to suit your body.

    9. How Long do we trek Each day?

      The total duration of the trek will be 15 days depending on the route of your trek. Each day you will be covering an average distance of 10- 12 km. You will be trekking slowly or else you might face some altitude sickness. This will be mostly completed in 5-7 hours.

    10. What should I take?

      It is always advisable to pack lightly (10- 15 kg). Carry thermal, fleece jacket, trekking socks, sandals for the evening. Also, carry two pairs of long pants, two or three T-shirts (synthetic fabrics – not cotton – that wick away sweat), and another warm jumper or light fleece. A good sleeping bag (rated to -20°C/0°F) is essential; if it’s winter, a thermal liner makes it extra toasty.

    11. Can trek leader/operator change the itinerary?

      Usually the trek will happen according to the regular plan but at times there might be situations where you will have to choose a different plan. So we always have a Plan B ready. As the trek will be happening in the most remote region, some unforeseen events may occur where we might have to change the itinerary. The date of the trek completion will coincide with the original date. If there are such cases occur then the trek leader wills suggest you the best alternative similar to your original plan.

    12. I am the only girl in trek, is it safe?

      Our first priority is to create a safe environment for all the trek members. And it is first priority when it comes to the safety of the girls. While at the time of allotments for the tents/rooms boys and girls will have different accommodation. We try to create the best environment for all the trekkers to be friendly with each other. Keeping in mind the safety measures we try to carry the supporting staffs. But it is advisable that you take care of your own personal belongings.

    13. Who will lead the trek and who all will be present in the team to go along with us?

      Your trek will be led by a professional Trek leader who is an expert in mountaineering and has completed his Basic and Advance courses like MOI and are also certified in first-aid course. Our local guide will be accompanying our trek leader with the details of the route. The rest of the team includes the kitchen staff, porters, helpers and extra trained local supporting staff which will be taken as a backup.

    14. What are the clothing and equipment that need to eb purchased from our end?

      As you will be trekking at a high altitude you need to keep yourself away from frost bites. Always wear layered clothes which will protect your from cold. Wear a knit cap which will help you to keep your face warm. As for the gear we advise you to go through the list of before starting your trek. Our team will further assist you if you need any further information.

    15. What are the sanitary Facilities?

      While on your EBC trek there are not abundant toilet facilities. While on your trek you might find tea housed and small restaurants till Gorakshep close to base camp. In the base camp there will be a log hut in a dark pit which you will have to climb every time. Nowadays you can also find flushing toilet in the route of your Mount Everest Base Camp trek .

    16. Do we need Gumboots on this trek?

      A lightweight pair of “Gore tex” will be the best for your Everest Base Camp trek. These boots provides you with great ankle support and also helps you to keep your feet dry. You can get these boots in all shapes and sizes. You can also opt for Gumboots as this will help you with your grip and keep off the ice from entering your shoes.

    17. Can we have liquor or smoke whike on the trek?

      No, liquor and smoke is to be strictly avoided during your trek. As you will trek in high altitude the oxygen level will keep changing. Consuming any kind of kind of liquor will make you fall sick. You need to be physically fit to complete your whole trek. Consumption of liquor or smoke might cause AMS and nausea which could be dangerous.

    18. Is Diamox is advisable?

      If you wish to use Diamox then you can take it a day before starting your EBC trek or when you realize when you are start to get the hint of a headache while you ascend. It is best advisable that you avoid taking it and let your body cope to the process naturally. We also advise you to consult with the doctors before the trip.

    19. How do I get in shape?

      You will be trekking in the extreme hills and to an altitude of 5545m. So it is advisable to prepare yourself to a fitness level which will help you to walk in high altitude. Walk for at least five hours once a week which will increase your capacity to walk on the steep rocks. Instead of taking the lift take the stairs. Also, you can go for swimming, cycling, walking etc to keep up your fitness level.

    20. Do I need a guide?

      If you are trekking through a trekking company your company will be arranging a guide for you. You can book your guide before starting your trip. But if you are travelling on your own then it is important to take a guide is compulsory for you as per the Nepal Government.

    21. How to stay healthy and safe on the trek?

      While you are on the trek it is always advisable to eat veg food. The safest, healthiest option is to eat dal bhat (lentil soup with rice). Altitude sickness can affect sometimes so it is advisable to be careful on the trek, If there are any symptom of headaches, dizziness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite and breathlessness take Diamox for treatment.

    22. How to Reach:

      Take an international flight to Kathmandu Most of the flights are scheduled from major cities with daily flights from New Delhi and Mumbai. Flight schedules and availability are dependent upon the season and the weather in the region.

    23. When should I take the trek?

      The best time to take this trek is during the month of March to May and from September to December. During the month of May the days will be hotter just before the onset of monsoons. During December the temperature reach below zero temperature and it is suitable for the trekkers.

    24. How high is base camp?

      If you are starting your trek from the south East Ridge than your Base Camp will be 5,380 m (17,600 ft) on the south side of Everest in Nepal. If you are trekking via Gorakshep below the Kala Pathar then your Base Camp will be is 5,545 metres.

    25. How far is it from base camp to the summit of Everest?

      From the base camp if you are trekking through the south ridge route then you will be covering 12.5miles (20km), plus 50miles (80km) on trekking approach (total 62.5miles, 100km). If you are trekking through the Northeast ridge route then you will be covering 22.75miles (36.5km)

    26. How many base camps are there on Mount Everest?

      There are 4 camps at different elevation before reaching the summit of Mount Everest Base Camp 5,335m (17,500ft) Camp 1 at an elevation of 6,000m (19,685ft) Camp 2 at an elevation of 6,400m (21,000ft) Camp 3 at an elevation of 7,200m (23,625ft) Camp 4 at an elevation of 7,950m (26,085ft) Summit at 8,850m (29,035ft)

    27. How hard is it to walk to Everest Base Camp?

      The first thing to make clear is that the Everest Base Camp trek requires no technical climbing and is essentially a long hike. We therefore strongly believe that anyone with determination and a basic fitness level can trek the route - and all of our successful clients attest to this! We have seen overweight, underweight, old and young do this trek and all of them enjoyed it thoroughly.

    28. How long is the trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp?

      From Lukla one has to trek only for about 65 kms to reach the Everest Base Camp. It is a long trek of about 8-9 days to walk in and about 3-4 days to walk out.

    29. How many people have been to the top of Mount Everest?

      Approximate 4,000 people have climbed Mount Everest since Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

    30. Can I trek to Everest Base Camp independently / without support?

      One can definitely trek independently to the Everest Base camp but it comes with its pros and cons. Everest Base Camp trek planning can be a lot of work – from permits, accommodations, transportation, and more – there are a lot of logistics to consider before and during your trek. If you pay a travel company to do this, it will cost money but comes with zero stress of all the above mentioned steps. Plus the biggest benefit is safety. You will have trained guides and experienced leaders to trek you through the best route.

    31. Do I need permits?

      There are two different permits you need to trek to Everest Base Camp. The first is a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permit. This costs around 600-700 rupees if you are part of a group or 1200-1300 rupees if you are trekking independently.

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