Everest base camp trekking is one of the popular trekking destinations of Nepal, that takes you to the base of the majestic Mt. Everest.
Seeing the Mt. Everest with your own eyes is definitely a once in a lifetime experience and standing on the foot of Everest will surely couldn’t get Nepal out of your mind. But this is only possible if you follow the proper guide before trek in Everest region.
Major Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek
- Up close view and standing at the base of Mt. Everest
- Sunrise from Kalapatthar, a peak perfect for Everest view
- Sherpa people, which are highly influenced by Tibetan Culture
- NamcheBazar, a get way to Mt. Everest and also trading hub for Nepali Sherpa and Tibetan
- Tengboche Monastery
- Beauty of the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefalls
- Sagarmatha National Park and its diverse biodiversity
- Cultural trek into the scenic landscape around Sherpa heartland of Khumbu Region
- Himalayan wildlife, flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park
About EBC Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek, is the playground for the Sherpas, probably the best mountaineering community in the world. Passing through their homes in Lukla and beyond, through the Sagarmatha National Park, the legends of Yeti, the spectacular viewpoint of Kala Patthar and of course the Everest Base Camp itself, the trek is a perfect blend of culture and adventure.
Despite just the short duration of 14-day, this trek provides ample of opportunities to follow the Sherpa lifestyle and their faith in Buddhism as we pass through various villages and the highest monastery in the Khumbu region – Tengboche Monastery. It also provides the one and only chance of being up close to various snow-covered peaks like Ama-Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and obviously, the roof of the world, Mt. Everest itself.
A complete guide to Everest Base Camp Trekking
Here you will know about the complete itinerary, best season, things to prepare and stunning photos and map in order to make your journey the best experience in your lifetime.
Best Season for Everest Base Camp Trek
The best season to travel around the Himalayan area of Nepal is April – May (Spring) or October – November (Autumn). This time the sky will be more clear and also there is less chance of rain. During the day, the temperature is warm however it goes down rapidly when the sun disappears, especially nighttime. So make sure you prepare accordingly.
Making your Everest Region trekking cost-effective
In the upper part of the Himalayan areas, as there will be very limited facilities of electricity, the internet as well as foods; the price of the foods and drinking water will be a bit expensive as compared to lower regions.
Carry 10000+ power bank
Charging your devices costs money up there (because of solar energy). So, better bring your own power bank with large capacity and charge only when needed.
Water Purification Tablets
Just like electronic devices, a bottle of water is very expensive and costs you good money. Sometimes they even charge for refilling. So, Use local tap water and purification tablets to save yourself from unnecessary expenses.
Yes, it will be better to stick with vegetarian foods. As it is very reasonable as compared with non-veg. Or you can also carry a few cans of food ( meat chunks, fish, sausages) in your rucksack.
A bar of snickers there cost you a leg and an arm, so it’s better to bring your own snacks for satisfying hunger.
Sounds crazy but yes, share your room in order to save your expenses.
How hard is EBC Trek?
The trek starts from Lukla to Everest Base Camp( 5,643m). It is best for those who can easily walk 4-8 hours a day carrying 10 -15 kg rucksacks (in need, porters available).
The trail requires no mountaineering skills and well-traveled. If you are planning independently, don’t worry the trail is easily navigable.
One thing that trekkers mostly concerns while trekking in higher Himalayan regions is altitude sickness. So it’s kind of tricky to tell how your body will react up there. If you are traveling through trek companies, you will surely keep in a day or two for acclimatization before trailing to higher altitudes.
In case you are a solo traveler in the Everest Region, then don’t push hard to your body. Remember to sleep at low altitudes. For e.g, if you are planning to sleep around 4000 m, it’s better to walk 4200-4400 meters and roam around and again be back at 4000 m for the night. If any symptoms of altitude sickness arise, descend to low altitude immediately (Garlic soups are the best remedies for altitude sickness).
Most of the travelers have recommended wearing buff over your nose and mouth to prevent lungs from dry air, especially at higher altitudes. Khumbu Cough is a nasty symptom from breathing in dry air for a long period of time and can last for weeks after you are back down.
Similarly, the trail is difficult to moderate, better stay away from animals. Yaks and donkeys roam around the trail (for transporting goods), so make sure you give them the way. Or else, save yourself from their kick as they hardly see what’s on their back. Stick to the mountainside rather than a cliff.
Everest Base Camp Route and Itinerary
Here is the itinerary for 14 days.
1st Day: Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation
2nd Day: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding
3rd Day: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
4th Day: Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar
5th Day: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
6th Day: Tengboche to Dingboche
7th Day: Dingboche: Acclimatization
8th Day: Dingboche to Lobuche
9th Day: Lobuche to Gorak Shep, visit Everest Base Camp
10th Day: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar to Pherice
11th Day: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
12th Day: Namche Bazaar to Lukla
13th Day: Fly to Kathmandu
14th Day: Final departure
Necessary equipment for trekking around Everest Base Camp
- Hiking clothes
- Down jacket
- Fleece jackets
- Sleeping bag
- First aid
- Good trekking boots (sturdy recommended)
- Wet wipes
- Large backpack (above 60l)
- Power Banks
Everest Base Camp Trekking Map
Internet facility in Everest Base Camp
The internet over the Everest Region is quite slow and expensive. Better to buy Ncell sim card here in Kathmandu and use its data pack over there. It is quite slow at Gorakshep, which is more than you have expected in such a remote place.
Food and Accommodation in Everest Region
Due to mass tourism and mixed culture, almost every variety of food is available up there. Meat is very hard to come by so it is better to stick with vegetarian foods.
There are normal tea houses to a luxury lodge in Everest Region. The choice is yours, what kind of accommodation you are comfortable with. Trek companies will manage accordingly.
So, this is how you can prepare your Everest Base Camp Trekking. If there is anything to want to share with our readers, please mention it in our comment sections. Good luck with your trekking.
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