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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 t...
Trekking the adorable Himalayas is always a must on the “to do” list of an avid trekker. After trekking over the Sahyadris and taking a few treks in Ka...
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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 destinations 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 trek is the best trek for you. In this trek, you will be trekking to an altitude of 17,600 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.
EBC is 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 known to be Mountain Climbers.
It’s time to take up your adventure to a whole new level. Not just treat yourself to 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 want to miss this year.
Maximum Altitude: 18,513 ft
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Airport: Kathmandu, Nepal
Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Kathmandu.
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.
Best Time to travel to Everest Base Camp Trek
Travelling to Mount Everest has its on-peak and off-peak seasons. For ordinary tourists, the golden season to take a Mt. Everest tour would be in April, May, early-June, September and October, and early November. At these times of the year, the skies are clearer, with very few days where visibility is even slightly limited.
There are very little rain and snow, and daytime temperatures, while not the hottest in the year, are well above freezing, and quite comfortable for trekking and touring the region. Although, you will still need some warm clothes for the nights, which can still get quite cold.
However, tours to Mount Everest can be arranged at any time of year, given an individuals’ unique preference. As long as you are not a professional mountaineer with a particular time frame to summit the mountain, Everest Base Camp welcomes you whenever you come.
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 buying 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 or Mountain Lodges. 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, sunglasses, trekking boots, gloves, trekking stick, woollen 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 to 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-on.
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 electronics 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.
The first day of your itinerary involves arrival in Kathmandu and getting prepared for the upcoming trek. You will be picked up at the Kathmandu airport, introduced to the guide and will also be briefed about the trek.
The guide will make sure that your equipment is in place and might recommend any gear that needs to be purchased or rented.
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 3.5 hours. The trail will pass via many small villages and green mountains. We will stay overnight at the Tea house.
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 Tea House or Mountain Lodge. Total trekking will be 5 to 6 hours with the moderate difficulty level and a portion after Monjo will be strenuous.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today's trek to Dughla (4, 620m) will be our shortest trek in this trip. The distance between Dingboche and Dughla is less in comparison to rest of the days. The flat trail till Dughla will offer some of the best views of this trekking expedition. On our right, we can see a magnificent view of mount Pumori (7, 138m) and a glacial lake. We will cross the Dhudkoshi River just before our Tea House; in fact the source of this river is just 1KM from this place. You can see the wall of Khumbu glacier from this place. Overnight in a Tea House/Mountain Lodge.
Today we will start our trekking towards Lobuche which is situated beside the Khumbu glacier. Initial part of the trek will be tough as we will hike to Dughla Pass/ Thukla Pass. It is a short and steep hike from Dhughla/Thukla. The pass is full of mountaineers’ memorials. You can find many famous mountaineers memorials who lost their lives in different expeditions. We usually spend some time at the pass and then proceed to Lobuche. Dhugla / Thukla Pass to Lobuche trail is almost flat. Overnight in a Tea House/Mountain Lodge.
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.
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
Today’s trek will be a moderate trek till Namche Bazaar. We have a little hike before Tengboche and after Phungi Thanga.
Today is the last day of our trekking in Khumbu. The trek is of moderate difficulty level as we return to Lukla on the very same trail. The last hike to Lukla will appear endless as we will be in a hurry to reach Lukla, however the trail is not tough at all.
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 or guest house
Please check out by 12 noon to catch your flight.
We will drop you at the Airport.
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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.
Rated : 5.0
Trekking the adorable Himalayas is always a must on the “to do” list of an avid trekker. After trekking over the Sahyadris and taking a few treks in Karnataka I decided to place my foot on the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. Going through the various options from Chadar, Sandakphu, Roopkund, Hampta Pass, etc. I finally narrowed down to the Everest Base Camp. The very thought of following the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay thrilled me to the core. The sight of having a close encounter with the highest point on earth just pushed further my excitement levels. After a series of e-searches and consulting with other fellow trekkers, I finally made up my mind to enroll for the 14 day EBC Trek with Thrillophilia. The EBC Trek was by far my best trek so far. Though the thin air made the ascent difficult and more challenging, I am glad that I was able to complete the trek. The amazing view of snow clad mountains, the vast greenery and above all the company of similar fun-loving folks made the trek a memorable one. Kudos to the team at Thrillophilia. The trek was not only organized well but the pricing was also reasonable. All the questions, concerns, doubts and apprehensions I that had were properly attended by the travel consultant at Thrillophilia, Miss Madhuri Mathur despite some of them being repetitive. The representatives Mr. Subid Sahoo and Mr. Nitish Singh as well as the trek Guide Mr. Bijay along with his assistants were all friendly and helpful. I will definitely suggest my pals to go for this trek. I wish to do it again sometime soon. Cheers, Vignesh
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!!
Rated : 5.0
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.
Rated : 5.0
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.
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.
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
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.
Rated : 5.0
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.
What is the best time for Everest Base Camp trek?
The best time to trek to the Everest Base Camp is Spring (March to Mid June) 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.
Is it hard to get to Everest Base Camp?
Trekking up to the Everest Base Camp is one of the exhilarating experiences one can have in their lives. It is an uneven trail with snow-capped mountains in the background. A lot of trek enthusiasts all over the world have successfully completed this trek. Sometimes, the unpredictable weather conditions and the high altitude may hinder you to fully enjoy the hike, but it is quite manageable with a few precautions and alertness. So, if one plans, prepares and packs properly, he/she will definitely be able to finish this iconic trek.
Is it safe to trek to Everest Base Camp?
With the advent of updated technology, better trekking equipment, and safer evacuation systems, the trek to Everest Base Camp has become safer for the avid trekkers. And due to that, even the people with no mountaineering experience can and do finish this trek efficiently. For a first-timer, it is better to go through a trekking agent. They will make sure you have a great experience. There are chances to experience the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), like nausea, vomiting, or headache. In such a case, immediately let your trek leader know about it. He will make sure the situation gets better.
How long does it take to do the Everest Base Camp Trek?
On average, it takes 14-16 days to do the entire Everest Base Camp Trek. It usually starts from Lukla, where you land from Kathmandu on a 35-minute flight. Commencing from Lukla, you will trek through Khumbu region and then to the Everest Base Camp. This takes around 10-12 days of hiking and descending down back to Lukla takes around 3-4 days. In between, there will be acclimatization days in between when you will not be allowed to trek higher and further. These days are necessary so that you get used to the higher altitudes and climate.
What is the total distance of Everest Base Camp Trek?
The total distance of the Everest Base Camp trek is around 130 kilometres round trip beginning from Lukla. On this 14-day trek, you will be walking around 15 kilometres each day, excluding the time required for acclimatization.
How much does it cost to trek to Everest Base Camp?
Typically, the trek to Everest Base Camp from India will cost you around 45000-50000 INR. This includes the domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, accommodation at different tea houses/ mountain lodges, a porter carrying backpacks of up to 10 Kg per person, a qualified guide and a trek leader, first aid kit, and most of the government permissions and taxes. Booking your flights to Kathmandu as early as possible is highly recommended to get cheaper deals on the flights.
Can beginners go for Everest Base Camp Trek?
Yes, beginners can go for Everest Base Camp Trek. Everest Base Camp Trek is considered to be a moderate to difficult level trek, it is definitely doable by beginners. The reason is that the gradient is mostly flat with only a few ascents. You don’t need any technical training for this trek. With a reasonable amount of fitness and preparation, beginners can enjoy this experience of a lifetime.
How cold is it at the Everest Base Camp?
The Everest Base Camp covered with snow will naturally be cold enough for you to keep yourself covered in thick and warm clothing. The temperatures vary in every season and this difference will give you a different experience every time. The season from March to May is Spring when most of the trekkers plan to come for the EBC trek, June to August is Summer, September to November is Autumn which is also a popular time for trekking here, and December to February is Winter.
What happens in case of an emergency?
In case of an emergency, the trek organizers in the area are extremely professional and adept at handling any kind of emergency. They carry medical kits and altitude chambers and are trained to manage the health concerns of the trekkers.In cases any trekker needs to descend, there are even facilities to evacuate her/him by a helicopter.
Can you see the summit of Everest from the Base Camp?
You can see a glimpse of the Everest summit, although not clearly. You can mostly see Nuptse and Kumbhu ice falls. To get a clear and dramatic view of the Everest peak, you will have to climb further to Kala Patthar which takes about 7-8 hours of trekking from Gorakshep.
How far up is Everest from the base camp?
The Everest summit is further 20 Km from the Everest Base Camp from Nepal side. The average time to reach the Everest Summit is 40 to 45 days. This is because the trekkers have to assemble at least 4 camps at various locations and establish amenities like food, fuel, and oxygen at each of the camps and then come back to the base camp. As the altitude increases drastically after the Everest Base Camp, it is vital to get acclimatized to reach the peak safely.
Do you need to train for Everest Base Camp?
Training for the Everest Base Camp Trek is not compulsory, but it is better to be prepared so that you get to enjoy the trek in a better way. You can start with basic cardiovascular exercises like jogging, cycling, swimming and hiking a few weeks before you fly off to Kathmandu. These exercises will help to increase your stamina and endurance. While trekking as well, it is always helpful to walk at a slow and steady pace to minimalize the effects of altitude sickness.
How difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek?
Trekking in the Himalayas is a moderate level trek. It is of course comparatively challenging than other mountain ranges. But it is not at all impossible. People ranging from the age of 7 years to 70 years have successfully completed this trek. The Everest Base Camp lies at the foot of the highest mountain in the world. There will be unpredictable weather conditions and high altitude, but all this thrill will be worth when you finally reach the base camp.
What is the temperature in Everest Base Camp trek?
The temperature at the Everest Base Camp is generally -20-degree Celcius to -30-degree Celcius. During the day, the temperature can be as high as 25 degrees Celcius and at night, it can drop down to -25 to -30 degree Celcius. As you climb up from Lukla, you will feel the temperatures dropping on the higher regions like Kumbhu. It may also happen that the weather would drastically change from bright sunny to snowfall or blizzard. But it is manageable to continue the trek after the weather conditions are preferable.
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.
What is the altitude of Everest Base Camp Trek?
The altitude of the Everest Base Camp trek varies as you hike up. At the starting point Lukla, the altitude is 2800 meters. Going up to Namche Bazaar in Kumbhu region, the altitude further ups itself to 3400 meters. When you reach the Everest Base Camp, you will be at a whopping altitude of 5364 meters. Further up, as you go to Kala Patthar for a clearer view of the Everest peak, you will reach at an altitude of 5643 meters.
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.
What are the clothing and equipment that need to be 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 Packing list before starting your trek. Our team will further assist you if you need any further information.
What are the sanitary Facilities?
While on your EBC trek there are not abundant toilet facilities. While on your trek you might find tea houses 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 .
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.
Can we have liquor or smoke while 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.
Is Diamox 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 your guide before consumption..
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.
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 traveling on your own then it is compulsory for you as per the Nepal Government.
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.
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.
When should I take the trek?
The best time to take this trek is during the month of March to Mid June 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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do I need permits?
There are three different permits you need to trek to Everest Base Camp.
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.
What are the clothing 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.
How much weight will I have to carry? Will porters be there?
It is advisable to carry a 60L backpack.. Yes, porters will be there to carry your luggage and will carry upto 10 kgs of your weight.
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.
What kind of food will be available during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
Veg and egg dishes and safe drinking water throughout the trek is available.
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.
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. The guide will have first aid kit and oxygen cylinder to address the situation. You can even avoid falling so sick, if you carry suitable medications to suit your body.
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.
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.
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 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. But it is advisable that you take care of your own personal belongings.
How to reach Everest base camp from Kathmandu?
The best way to reach the Everest base camp from Kathmandu is to take a flight to Lukla, which takes around 25-minutes. Alternatively, you can reach Jiri by road and then proceed to Lukla. There is also a helicopter service that takes you from Lukla till Kala Pathar. From Lukla, you need to trek through places like Phakding - Namche Bazaar- Thyangboche- Dingboche- Lobuche- to finally reach the base camp, also known as Gorak Shep.
Can we go Everest base camp in January?
Yes, You can go for Everest Base Camp in January. The skies are clear and offer great views of the mountain ranges. The daytime temperatures can go to around 10°C, which is comfortable to bear. In the nights, while the temperature might fall between -5°C to -12°C, it is easy to bear provided you have good sleeping gear.
How did you avoid altitude sickness?
While there is no way to avoid altitude sickness, there are ways in which you can minimise its occurrence by taking a few easy precautions. The golden rule is to never miss the acclimatization days. Avoid caffeine and smoking a few days before the trek starts.This helps in avoiding headaches that can be confused for AMS. Your water intake should be sufficient every day. Less water intake will result in headaches due to altitude. Walk at a comfortable pace to gain altitude slowly.
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