Top Frequently Asked Questions: Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal

Are you wondering yourself to know what is Everest Base Camp Trek? 
Everest Base Camp Trekking is not just about reaching the foothill of world’s tallest mountain. It is amalgamation of high altitude topographical experience and people’s cultural understanding. Too many of superlative activities do make it an exciting prospect of finding the inner self of your traveling desires. On these Journey of Lifetime,  you’ll experience the base camp life of Mt. Everest climbers and wonder at the gorgeous views from Tengabouche Monastery, Kala Patthar, trek to the Khumbu Icefall, and engage yourself with the friendly Himalayan Sherpa people of Nepal and Namche Bazar. 
There are always people asking what is Everest base Camp Trek? Here we are trying to provide as much information as possible on the environment when you are on trek and some things that you will need to pack along for your trekking.  

WHAT IS EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK IN NEPAL?

ANSWER: Everest Base Camp is located on the south side of Mount Everest an altitude of 5360m. And hiking up to Base Camp is known as Everest Base Camp Trek. It is one of the most popular high altitude treks in the Himalaya. This is where you can experience Mountain Sherpa people & Yaks, and breath taking Peaks above 6000 meters including Mount Everest and Mount Ama Dablam and more.

WHAT IS THE BEST SEASON TO DO EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?
ANSWER: Everest Base camp trek can be done at any month of the year. However, we highly recommend you to do trek between September and May.  Generally,  from June onwards until end of August it’s Monsoon season with lots of rain showers and unpredictable weather.  

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HIKE TO EVEREST BASE CAMP?
ANSWER: In general it is 11 Days total hiking from Lukla to Lukla including 2 Rest Days during trip. (8 Days going and 3 Days coming down.) There is a day flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. So total days of trip from Kathmandu to Kathmandu is 12 Days.

WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM ALTITUDE WE GET TO?
ANSWER: Everest Base Camp is located at 5360 meters . However, for those who wish to set their foot on Kalapthhar, you will be reaching at 5500 meters  and that will be the highest point for you with the best view of Mount Everest. Please do take note that your will not be able to see Mt Everest from Everest Base Camp.

HOW DIFFICULT EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK IS?
ANSWER: It is remarked as a moderate trek which is not very difficult and not also easy. Trail goes slightly up which is easier compare to Annapurna Base Camp.

WHAT ARE THE TRIP HIGHLIGHTS OF EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?

  • Local Town of Namche bazaars - a Popular Sherpa People Town 
  • Panorama view from Syangboche including Mt. Everest 8848m
  • Sherpa people and culture
  • Closed view of Thamsherku,Amadablam & pumori
  • Sunrise view from kalapatthar including breathtaking views of Mt. Everest 
  • Everest base camp an altitude of 5360m 
  • Khumbu glacier, one of the biggest glacier in Himalayas

WHAT IS THE SHORTEST DURATION OF EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?
ANSWER: If you have limited time, EBC trek can be  shorten to 10 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. However, if you would like to take helicopter down which can make your trip within 9 days from Kathmandu. It is highly recommended to have 15 Days Everest base Camp trip if you are able to make it.

IS THERE ANY AGE LIMIT TO DO EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?
ANSWER: No, there is no any age limit but you should be physically healthy, fit and able to trek.

 

WHAT KIND OF ACCOMMODATION WE CAN HAVE DURING TREK?
ANSWER: You will have basic Lodge which are also known as Tea Houses. You will get private twin sharing room throughout the trek but sometimes at Gorakshelp, our last destination can be crowded during peak season. So with limited Tea Houses, it might be chances to share rooms with the others. However, rest assured that we will try our best to provide our clients with the best option.

ARE THERE WI-FI AVAILABLE DURING TREK?
ANSWER: Yes, there is Wi-Fi but not as strong as in the city. You will need to pay extra, USD 3-5 will be charged per device for unlimited using.

WHAT ARE THE MEALS PROVIDED DURING TREK? IS WESTERN FOOD AVAILABLE DURING TREKKING TO EVEREST BASE CAMP
ANSWER: With Scenic Nepal Treks, you can have 3 meals per day per your choice from the menu. Choices of food runs from Nepali, Thakali, Indian to Western.

HOW IS TOILET AND ROOMS FACILITY DURING EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?
ANSWER: You will have western style sharing toilets at 80 % of the places. You will have private twin sharing Room which you will be using with your/Group partner. Please expect very basic Room with 2 beds.

IS THERE HITTING SYSTEM AVAILABLE INSIDE THE ROOM?
ANSWER: No, you will not have hitting system at your Room. However, fireplace is available at the common dining area.

SHOULD I TIP TO GUIDE AND PORTER? IF YES, HOW MUCH IT SHOULD BE?
ASNWER: Tipping is not compulsory, but they do expect it from you.  You can give them whatever amount that you feel comfortable with the quality of services they had provided throughout the trek. They sure will be enlighten with the token of appreciation from you.

IS DRINKING WATER EASILY AVAILABLE DURING TREK? HOW SAFE IT IS TO DRINK TAP’S WATER?
ANSWER: You can refill your water at the Lodge or restaurant. It is very safe to drink. Optionally you can also have tap water with purification tablets.  Refilling water will cost you about USD 2 to USD 5, depends where you are

IS THERE LAUNDRY FACILITY DURING TREK AT HOTEL?
ANSWER: No laundry service during the trek. You may do your laundry at Kathmandu after the trek.

HOW CAN I CHARGE MY PHONES AND CAMERA? IS THERE ANY CHARGING FACILITY?

ANSWER: Yes you can charge your phones and other gadgets at the tea houses with charges ranging from USD3- USD 5 per device. Normally the charging point is located at the tea house’s reception counter. 

IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE ACCLIMATION DAY DURING TREK? HOW MANY DAYS?
ANSWER: Yes, it is important to have acclimation day during trek. This is to allow your body to adapt to the rising altitude. 2 Days is sufficient for a 12 Days Everest base Camp trek.

WHAT HAPPEN IF I GET SICK IN THE MOUNTAIN?
ANSWER: General headaches and coughs are very normal in the mountain. But if you feel very sick then you have to stop to ascend and proceed to make your way down to lower altitude. Representative of Scenic Nepal Treks will be keep in touch with your guide for entire trip.  

DO I NEED TO BRING MEDICINE FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?
ANSWER: Yes, we encourage you to bring your own medicine from home as the ones we provide might be different which might not be suitable for you.

HOW OFTEN PEOPLE GET ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
ANSWER: Actually nobody know who may get altitude Sick because altitude sickness is very unpredictable. Sometime our Local Guides and Porter also get suffered from it. Let’s say 95% trekkers do this Everest Base Camp Trek successfully. 

HOW DO I AVOID ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
ANSWER: Few tips to avoid altitude sickness

  • No Cigarette or alcohol while going up
  • Walk slowly
  • Drink 4 Ltrs water per day
  • Do not skip acclimatization day
  • Do not take Diamox before you feel something  

You may check here for some Ideas: Altitude Sickness and Prevention in Mountain- Trekking in Nepal

DO I NEED INSURANCE FOR THIS TREK? WHERE I CAN MAKE?
ASNWER: Yes you need to have good Insurance for trekking. You can buy at your own Country. Please make sure your Insurance Covers emergancy Evucations and Hospital. Credit card or sufficient cash (approximately USD 3000 - 5000) is required for any emergency evacuation by heli should the insurance company fails to arrange the heli

 

WHAT KIND OF WEATHER CAN I EXPECT DURING TREKKING? HOW COLD DOES IT GET?
ANSWER: It depends on which month you are doing this trek. If you are doing it on winter can be less than -15C outside at night. Daytime is warm while walking.

WHAT IS THE PACKING LIMIT ON THE PLANE TO LUKLA?
ANSWER: Lukla Flight allow you only 11 kg for your bag. So please you can leave all unnecessary stuffs in Kathmandu  which you do not need during trekking. Hotel has store Room. 

WHAT ARE THE EQUIPMENT LIST FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?
CLOTHING
 

 

  • Trekking Boots and Spare Laces
  • Hat (Warm), Scarf, and Gloves
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Trousers
  • Running shoes, Sandals or Flip flops
  • Wool blend socks, socks liner
  • Thermal Innerwear
  • Sun Hat
  • Fleece Jacket T-Shirts (Quick Dry)
  • Down Jacket (Min -10C) Depends where/When you are trekking

EQUIPMENT

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag and Silk Liner (Scenic Nepal Treks Provide you)
  • Maps, Torch (Flash Lights) and Water Bottle
  • Duffel Bag (Scenic Nepal Treks Provide you)

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

  • Toiletries
  • Quick drying Camp Towel
  • Laundry Soup Powder or bar
  • Toilet Paper and Cigarette Lighter ( If you Smoke)
  • Sunblock Cream and Lip warm
  • Polarizing Sunglasses
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Medical and First Aid Kit Box (We Scenic Nepal Treks Provide you, however, we recommend you to use your own if you have)
  • Locks for your Bags during trek

Things you can Rent or Buy here in Kathmandu

Once you arrive in Kathmandu, Scenic Nepal Treks Guide will assist you to buy the Equipment in the Shop of Thamel, Kathmandu. However, you can also rent gear such as Down Jacket, Sleeping Bags in Kathmandu.

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