11th April 2020

Most Asked Question About Everest Base Camp Trekking

The most prominent, demanding, trekking rout the Everest Base Camp Trek always comes in the first list among adventure lovers. Nature fascinates the route with the world’s highest peak along with other various mountains. The entire trekking route combines with natural wonder and mountainous people, Sherpas culture. Here, we answer the question that frequently appears on our inbox, which you may not find after a long googling.

1. How much is it difficult to go to Everest Base Camp Trekking?

The answers come here, ‘Yes’ it is challenging and ‘No’ it is not so tricky what you imagine. In the sense of ‘Yes,’ if you have some chronic health problems such as backache, knee ache, and asthma, then this may halt in walking at the speed of other fellow trekkers.  You better consult with our experts or us on how to make fit yourself for the EBC Trek.

You also need to prepare by train as per your daily schedules such as jogging, climbing, and other intensive cardio exercises. Certainly, jugging on a treadmill also helps to be fit at the same time you also want to jog over uneven roads that help you to walk on the trekking trail.

Regarding other issues, such as altitude sickness, we will explain at other points below.   

2. What kind of gear should I equip with?

The Everest Base Camp Trek, unlike mountain expedition, does not require many gears to be prepared. However, you will need some essential gear. As a responsible organization, we develop a checklist. Please, check them out.

3. How much is it expensive to go to Everest Base Camp Trekking?

It depends on trekkers earning. Some good earning trekkers think it is a quite fair price, whereas less earning people think it is costly. Of course, relatively the Everest Base Camp Trekking is more expensive. There are many factors associated with making Everest Base Camp Trekking expensive.

Domestic Flights: The trekking routes locates in the high mountain, no motorable roads link it. The nearest bus stand, Jiri, is at three days or more walking distance from Lukla, the designated trekking starting point.  After Jiri, it takes a whole day to reach Kathmandu. The best option, which trekking company advises and Trekkers also prefer, is catching two ways of flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Airlifted Essential Facilities- Due to adverse mountainous regions, there is no means of transportation, such as cars, trucks, Lorries, etc. The airlifting and carrying loads on Yaks and porters’ backs are possible options to fetch essential foods, furniture, fuel, etc. Therefore, all cost comes higher than other routes.

Insurance- organizing Trekking in the less hospitable location, like Everest Base Camp Trek, insurance is mandatory. The insurance prices vary as per company Policies.

The other factors, such as international flights, purchasing visas, require gears, clothing, etc. make this Trekking more expensive.

Tengboche Monastery

Tengboche Monastery

4. Do I need to have insurance for Everest Base Camp Trekking?

Yes, you need to have two types of insurance—Travel, and Medical—which are mandatory as per our policy. Some insurance company offers both at their price; please consult your respective company. The EBC Trekking is a journey in a less hospitable region of the world. Nothing can be predicted what will happen next. To make sure, in an emergency case, you need an evacuation by chopper lifting at any corner of the route.  

5. Which is the best season to go to Everest Base Camp Trek?

People go year-round to Everest Base Camp Trekking.  During winter and summer, relatively fewer trekking goers appear on the trail. Summer and winter are considered off-season, whereas autumn and spring are seasons.

Autumn (September-November) is the best season for Everest Best Camp Trekking. During the fall, the weather goes crystal clear, haze-free, greenery, and riped paddy field cover lowland. In the autumn, the mountains spot. This is how autumn is the best season for Trekking to EBC.

Winter– This season is not considered as good as autumn and spring. The heavy snowfall halts the trail in the upper area. The weather goes not friendly, and the temperature goes down.  

Spring– Spring is the second-best season for traveling Everest. This season is known as the high mountain climbing season. A massive influx of high mountain climbers and trekkers choose this season for Trekking and expedition.

Summer– This time is not considered a good season for Trekking. During summer, the weather and rain stop the journey, and also the cloud hides a beautiful scene of the mountain. Due to bad weather, the flight, Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu often cancels.

6. What type of food and accommodation are available in the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Accommodation- Being on the mountain, all the facilities are lifted by air. You can expect a basic level of accommodation. However, the mountain lodges and tea houses maintain hygiene and cleanness their best.   In the beginning days of Trekking, at low altitude, in Namche, Lukla, Phakding, and Khumjung lodges are much cozier than the higher mountain tea houses. The lodges offer a twin-sharing basis.

Food- Despite being on the far mountain, the lodges and restaurants offer a wide range of verities of the meal. The menu maintains with continental, Nepalese, some Chinese, and Nepali cuisine.  Usually, they offer bread, chapattis, omelets, pancake, boiled eggs, etc. for breakfast. In lunch, noodles, dumplings, fry rice, yak cheese, etc. are available. For dinner, noodles, mountain pizza, rice and lentil soup with vegetables, soup, etc. are in your choice.

If you have any dietary plan or allergies, lodges offer some food, which provides good stamina, if you are not so fussy. The menu offers ample meals for vegetarian, non-vegetarian, and vegan people. We advise trekkers to avoid a non-veg meal. The meat items are not well-processed as a western recipe, and also these diets take time to be digested.

7. How do I manage drinking water during Everest Base Camp Trek?

You will have a handy outdoor water bottle or bag that contains 1-2 litter. The lodges, restaurants at stop points sell boiled and cold drinking water at a fair price that you can fill up your bottle or bags. If you do not mind with a funny taste of water using water purification drops or tablets, then it could be one option.  There is another option of finding a handy filter water bottle. So, you can fill up free water from designate taps or places which your guide will suggest to you. 

Trekking to Everest Base Camp

Trekking to Everest Base Camp

8. How about washing laundry and shower in the Everest Base Camp Trekking?

Laundry- We do not suggest trekkers wash outer clothes like down jackets, fleece, trousers, and shoes until finishing Trekking. Trekking is daily walking activity living different places. There is no time to get dry heavy clothing. So you are suggested to compromise.  In the case of inner garments and shocks, you can wash, but make sure it will dry before leaving the lodge tomorrow.

Shower- In the beginning days, at Lukla, Phakding and Namche, there are nice hot showers. From the day 4th, you will buy a bucket of warm water for bathing in a washroom.

9. How many days does it take to complete the Everest Base Camp?

Trekking companies prepare different itineraries for Everest Base Camp Trekking as per their convenience.  It depends on the trekkers walking intensity. The 12-day plan is the practical time frame. It requires 5 to 6 hours daily hiking on average. The 12-day itinerary includes two days acclimatization day at Namche and Digboche.

Some people yet complete Everest Base Camp Trekking in less than 12 days. But it is not advisable. It is not a mountain marathon. It is a holiday to catch lovely views and experience mountain once in a lifetime.  If trekkers’ available holiday allows more days, then you will have more opportunities to experience EBC trek closely.

10. How much weight will I be allowed to take in domestic flight, i.e., Kathmandu to Lukla?

As per the Airlines Companys’ rule, a maximum of 15 kg load can be cargo. Due to being the short runway in Lukla, small aircraft, 19-seated, operates from Kathmandu. Therefore, it would be a savvy decision to avoid packing unnecessary stuff.

11. How frequent Kathmandu-Lukla- Kathmandu flights cancel or delay?

It depends on the weather. If the weather goes harsh, the flight control tower does not allow flying. Frequently, flight canceling and delaying happen during summer. In winter, the canceling chances are less than summer.  It is quite challenging to a weather forecast of Lukla. The autumn and spring season get quite rare of cancelation and delay.

In stranded condition due to flight cancelation, some helicopter companies offer helicopter lifting service. Paying some additional fair price on a sharing basis, they will lift you to Kathmandu.

12. Is there WIFI internet available during Everest Base Camp Trekking?

Yes, there are two best options to be connected with the internet—one buying Nepalese Sim Card then topping up data, and buying Everest Link prepaid Data. After Pangboche, sometimes the internet reception goes poor or out to coverage, so you better to choose Everest Link or both. The internet speed is pretty satisfactory, which you can make a video call without long buffering.

13. What kind of charging provision is available for electronic gadgets?

Indeed, almost all the places have gadget charging facilities in the lodges, restaurants where we stop. Further Pangboche, generates power from solar, which they fairly charge on an hourly basis. Most of the charging plugs are universal standards. We suggest trekkers carry handy gadgets rather than laptops. 



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