Everest base camp Trek is one of the most popular trek and thousands of tourist travel Nepal to undertake the adventure journey to the Everest Base camp. Starting by taking short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and completes at Lukla, takes about 10-14 days for about 130 KM length trail of EBC.
Everest base camp trek offres Himalayan views, landscapes, the people of the area, the prayer wheels and prayer flags makes. Being a most popular Trek, we found that many of the people are planning to complete the Everest base camp trek once is lifetime and searching for the information about the trek to make the trek successful so, we have put together all the information related to the Everest Base camp or most of the questions about the Everest base camp Trek.
How long is the Everest base camp trek?
The total length of the Everest base camp trek depends on where you start and end the trek as there are few option to start the trek such as from Jiri, Phuplu or Lukla however most people start the trek from Lukla so, if you want to start the trek from Lukla then it is about 130 KM to Everest base camp and return to Lukla and it takes from 10-14 days depending on your pace etc…read the detail about the Everest Base Camp Trek distance !
How difficult is Everest base camp trek?
How difficult is the Everest base camp trek? Is it very difficult questions as the difficulties varies from one to another, being an adventurous treks in Nepal, the Everest base camp trek is not easy and to know the detail of its difficulties and solutions, read our full article on Everest Base camp Difficulties.
What is the best time for the Everest base camp trek?
The Best time for the Everest Base camp is Autumn season (September to mid-December) and Spring season (March to May) however the Everest Base camp trek is doable all throughout the year despite of some difficulties on other season. Most of the travelers think the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp on the season of summer read the detail for the best time for the EBC Trek in Nepal.
How is the Accommodation on Everest base cam trek?
The hotel/guest house accommodation is available on Everest base camp trail and mostly basic hotel/guest house accommodation are easily accommodation however some places/villages on Everest base camp trail offers luxury/deluxe accommodation ie the Lukla, Phakding, Namche offers great luxury accommodation.
We need to book the hotels/accommodation in advance if traveling in autumn and spring as these seasons are the busiest time for the EBC Trek and if traveling in other months then we can find the accommodation easily.
Do I need any permits for Everest base camp trek?
Yes, you required to have National park permit and TIMS (Trekkers Information management system) permit to do the Everest base camp Trek So, the cost of the permits you required for the Everest base camp Trek:
- Sagarmatha National Park fees- 3000.00 NPR
- TIMS permit- 1000.00 NPR
Is there Wi-Fi on Everest base camp trek?
Yes, most of the guest houses/lodges of the most of the places/villages of the Everest Base camp trails offers Wi-Fi services and it cost you some for sure however it is not guaranteed as it may be not working sometimes so, do not be 100% sure that you will get wi-fi.
How is the weather in Everest base camp trek?
The weather and temperature in Everest Base Camp Trek is always unpredictable and the Weather and Everest Base Camp are two sides of the same coin that are inseparable and always the conversation starter for many travelers who are looking to visit Everest Base Camp.
The Everest Base Camp can be very cold during December and January to almost -18C at the altitude of 5364 m. So, only few people dare to trek to EBC in these months though it is possible and most people prefer to travel on autumn or spring for the better weather. Get the detail of the weather condition of Everest Base camp weather.
Is training necessary for Everest base camp trek?
The Trekking to Everest Base Camp at 5364 meter above the sea level with regular trekking of 5-7 hours every day for 11-12 days is surely not easy. We always get the similar questions from all our trekkers those planning for the trek that “How fit I should be”? “What training we should for the preparation of the Everest base camp trek”? Or do we need any need any training for the trek to Everest base camp?
To answers to these questions, there is not any fixed or scheduled training course to complete the Everest Base camp trek and it may varies for different tourist as per the places they live and have any availability of regular hiking or walking and the altitude they are living. However, we have given here some common suggestion for the preparation for the trek to EBC to everyone.
That is the necessary gear for Everest base camp trek?
Essential Gears and Equipment for Everest Base Camp Trekking are as below
- Rain Jackets for early September
- A good quality Sleeping Bag
- A pair of comfortable trekking boots (waterproof)
- Trekking trousers (waterproof)
- Trekking shirts
- Jackets (Down and fleece)
- Caps or Hats for head
- Trekking socks
- Moisturizer and sunscreen lotions
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Trekking Poles for ascends and descends
- Solar Torch
- Refillable hot water bottles with water purifiers
- Toiletries including toothbrush, toothpaste, dry and wet tissues, soaps, shampoos, Sanitizer gel or hand wash gel, a lightweight towel, etc.
- First aid kit with essential medicines.
Should I booked the Everest base camp trek in advance?
It is up to you that wheather you want to book the trek in advance through internet or once you arrive in Nepal with the local company as you can find many trekking agency in Kathmandu that offer Everest base camp trek and it is easy to book with any of local company however we advise you to book the trek in advance as you can travel with peace in mind once you booked and arranged the trek already you arrive in Nepal as the company book the airport transfers, hotels in Kathmandu, flight to Lukla, permits arrange the accommodation on trek plus guides and porters as well so, there will be your guide to greet you at the airport on arrival so, It is so easy travel and trekking in Nepal when you book and arranged the trek in advance.
Solo or Group Trek to Everest base camp?
It is your choice that you want to trek solo or in a group as company like Outfitter Nepal Treks and Expedition offers both of the treks upon you request. The both of the treks have advantages as if you book the private solo trek then you can trek on your own pace and there is not any rush and you do not have to follow any fixed itinerary as you will have own private guide and porter moreover the private solo trek cost you little more rather group trek to Everest base camp. Furthermore, if you do the Group trek then the price is cheaper and it is more fun to travel in group of people to share the adventure so, it is your choice to do the Solo trek or group trek to Everest Base camp. Please write us if you want to do the solo trek or find the dates to join group trek to Everest base camp
Is there any alternative way to see Everest?
Yes, there are some other tours where you can see the Everest and many other mountains without trekking to Everest base camp as one can take regular Everest Mountain flight tour for an hours that more of the domestic airlines offer every morning and one take the Helicopter flight tour as well that goes to the Everest and even land in the Kalapattar to view the Everest and other Himalayas and these trips are suitable for those have short time or not able to trek and hike up all the way to Everest base camp.
Do I need travel Insurance for Everest base camp trek?
Yes, Travel Insurance is compulcory for the Everest base camp trek as this is adventure trek in high Himalayas so, of course there is some risk on this trek so, you need to have travel insurance policy that covers the emergency evacuation as the Helicopter is only the means of transport you back to city/Kathmandu and Hospital in case of any accident happened on your trek or get any sickness including Acute mountain sickness.
How much is the cost for Everest base camp trek?
The cost of the trek differs how do you do the trek to Everest Base camp as the basic 12 days trek from Kathmandu to Kathmandu cost you about 1000.00 -1200.00 USD per person that includes most of the things that you need for the trek or if you want to book the full 16 days trek then it cost from 1300.00 – 1600.00 USD depending different services and the company you choose, find the costing detial for Everest base camp Trek.
Is there is Electricity on Everest base camp trek?
Yes, the most of the hotels/guest house of most of the camps/villages have electricity power to charge your camera and mobile batteries and some places offers the solar system power so, there is not enough power to charge your stuff so, and we advise you to have some spare batteries on our Everest base camp Trek.
Should I take Diamox on Everest base camp trek?
You have to consult with your doctor at home before you leave home and do it accordingly from your doctor’s advice and we have found many of the trekkers Use Diamox even for the prevention propose and even it may have some side effect.
How to manage drink water and how much does it cost?
You can have water purification medicine and get the normal free tap water and use the medicine and drink water and this idea is helpful to save money however it is available to buy bottled water or boiled water in every lodge/ teahouse and the cost of the bottled water is from 100.00-250.00 NPR and you need to drink about 4-6 liters of water each day.
Do I need to bring own food on Everest base camp trek?
You do not really need to bring your own food on Everest base camp Trek as meals are available on lodge/restaurant available on trails however it is advisable to have some energy bars/chocolates ie Snickers, Twix bars and snacks that helps to gain more energy on the trek.
Is there is hot shower available on Everest base camp trek?
Yes, hot shower is available in most of the lodges on the EBC trails however people do not take shower every day on Everest Base camp trek as most people take shower only few times such as in Namche, Dingcuche and Lukla and the cost of shower is from 300.00 to 600.00 NPR as you go higher the price also goes higher.
What is the weight limit on Lukla flight of Everest base camp trek?
The airplane that operate flight to Lukla are small and the total limit of weight per person is only 15 KG including the main luggage and hand carry. You can take some Kg more by paying some extra charge however it is not guaranteed for the extra more luggage as it is available only when they have spaces available.