Heading to Everest Base Camp using the power of your own two feet? Well, here's some trekking tips you'll find useful on your Journey. This trek is an epic adventure and really, there are no words to describe the experience!
It is well-known fact- Nepal is one the best adventure destinations in the world. The Trek in Nepal and the Everest Base Camp Trek are the most popular trekking routes in our country. Every year hundreds and thousands of trekkers from all around the world journey to the base camp of worlds highest mountain, Mount Everest. Trekking in the (Khumbu) Everest region offers wide and stunning mountain ranges including the worlds four tallest peaks; Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Makalu (8,443m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), and Cho Oyu (8,201m).
Everest Base Camp Trek Tips!
How High is Everest Base Camp?
Everest base camp is at 5364 Meters above sea level.
What is the best time to head out to Everest Base Camp?
Between February to May and October to December is the best time for trekking to Everest Base camp. If you'd like to experience amazing views, the plan your trip between Mid - October to November, because that's when the weather becomes abnormally clear and dry.
What is the weather like at Everest Base Camp?
November, December, January, and February are the coldest months but it's also when the sky will be at its clearest. During this time there will be snow you need to be well prepared with proper trekking gears. February, March, and April are the months that mark the end of the dry season. It is also the best time of year for trekking. May to June marks the summer season in Nepal and it can get really hot and humid trekking in Mountains. The mountains view will also be average at best because of haze.
Expect wet weather between June to Mid September as the monsoon season announces its arrival in Nepal with continuous rains and storms. It's also off peak season for trekkers heading out to Everest Base Camp. During this wet season, you can expect Kathmandu- Lukla-Kathmandu flights cancellations or delays.
While it is still possible to Trek Everest Base Camp during this time, you have to be mentally prepared for challenges in travel, so do plan an additional 2-3 days to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla or from Lukla to Kathmandu (in the case of flight cancellations).
What are the other transport alternatives if my flight is canceled or delayed?
- If the flights canceled then we can help you arrange for a helicopter.
- Walking from Lukla to Jiri is another option but you need an additional 3-4 days extra to reach Kathmandu. From Jiri, we can take a bus or jeep ride back to Kathmandu.
- The Final alternative is to walk to Phaplu airport which is 2-3 days from Lukla. From Phaplu, we can fly to Kathmandu or walk for an hour walk before taking a jeep ride back to Kathmandu.
What is the helicopter fare from Lukla to Kathmandu and vice versa? I don't have enough money, how can I fly a helicopter?
- Helicopter services normally charge up to USD $265 per person, each way but there should be a minimum of 4 people in one helicopter. If you can't afford this price then contact Rugged Trails Nepal. We will try to work with your given budget.
How difficult is it to trek Everest Base Camp?
This depends on the individual and their level of fitness and ability to adjust to high altitudes. At its highest point, EBC is 5,300 meters (or 18,044ft) above sea level. No matter how fit you are or how healthy you are, altitude can hit anyone.
Trekking towards Everest Base Camp does not require ropes, ice axes or crampons, and you don't have to have any prior climbing or technical skills. However, it does require trekkers to hike for many hours every day, hence, endurance, the strength of will and a positive attitude is key to help you reach base camp like the superhero that you are!
I am not a hiker and I haven't trekked before. I am also not a super athlete. Can I go on the Everest Base Camp Trek?
- Absolutely! You can do this trek if you do the necessary prep work; most people think that trekking to Everest Base Camp is like climbing Everest. They imagine the trek to be racked with dangerous terrain, blizzards, and climbing glaciers. No such thing though. You will be walking along a normal trekking path. Of course, there will be ups and downs along the way and walk for too long can cause your ankles to feel sore and your feet tired but that part of the experience and you have to be mentally prepared for some physical exertion.
Are there any tips you can give me to prepare for the Everest Base Camp Trek?
Here are some tips to make your trips memorable, enjoyable, and successful.
- Train before you come. Although this trek does not require you to have professional mountain climbing skills, remember, you still have to walk a long distance at or beyond 2,500 meters above sea level. Start training 3 to 4 months before your trek. Cycling, running, and stair climbing about an hour a few times a week is the best way to train and prepare your legs for the trek. Yoga is also a great way to stretch and strengthen your muscles.
- Pack appropriate gear; This is one of the most important things you have to do before your trek. From the right backpack to carry all your stuff to trekking poles, you need to find suitable equipment to get you to your destination. See the trekking gear list below or visit this page to know about the Everest base camp kit list.
- Be mentally prepared. You have to be mentally prepared for this beautiful yet challenging trip. Trekking in the mountains is not easy and it will not be as comfortable as your home. Although there is now better lodging and accommodation around the Everest region than ever before, once you hit the mountain town of Namche, which is the closest town to Everest Base Camp, you will only find accommodation and food at small tea houses run by local Sherpa people. These tea houses are small, cramped and dirty where you'll have to get used to bugs, small, uncomfortable beds, and smelly restrooms. Some hotels and tea houses in the area do have western style restrooms and toilets but these are few and far between. As to shower facilities, there are some tea-houses that have them but again, bring wipes in case. Lots of wipes. Besides, if you want to experience true mountain life and immerse yourself in trekking culture, these are just some of the inconveniences that you will have to put up with.
- Drink plenty of water; your body will dehydrate faster at high altitudes than at sea level so it is very important to drink water throughout the day. Water can be purified from mountain streams, boiled in tea houses, or our less favorite and not environmentally conscious way is to buy bottled water along the way.
- Slowly and steady wins the race! Do not try to walk fast. Always maintain a steady walking pace. Don't run if the trail is flat and easy because it will exhaust you unnecessarily and that exhaustion will catch up with you as the trek progresses further towards the end. Remember trekking is like participating in a marathon! The more you push yourself, the more difficult the days ahead will be, and the more difficult it will be to adjust to the altitude. Follow your guide's instructions because, hey, they are the experts after all.
- Don't forget! You are on holiday so make it memorable! This is the most important thing to keep in mind. Being nervous and tense will not make your vacation enjoyable try to forget the fear by asking questions of your guides, porters, and fellow trekkers. Chatting with them helps too! Be friendly with your guide and porters so they can also share more information about the places, cultures, and people with you.
WHAT ARE THE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK REVIEWS?
- Everest Base Camp treks are highly recommended by TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet, and many other travel blogs, and forums. Thousands of trekkers have posted pictures, written books, as well as reviews on their personal blogs. You can also find them giving reviews on different social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Google +, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, Getyourguide and many others...
How much does the Everest Base Camp trek cost?
- Prices vary for Everest Base Camp treks
- Some companies charge as little as USD$699 while others can charge up to USD$5,000 or above.
- Just be aware that companies charging low prices may not be reliable or honest.
- The standard rate for Everest Base Camp tours is USD$1,295 + per person.
But if there are groups of more than 5-6 persons then the price will be anything between USD$900 to $1000 per person.
The 15 - 16 day Everest Base Camp trek which costs the standard fare (USD$1,295) generally covers the following charges and costs:
- 3 nights accommodations stay at a Kathmandu hotel on b/b
- Permits, round trip flight tickets to Lukla
- All ground transportation, and sightseeing activities.
- Accommodation with 3 meals a day during each day of the trek
- Guide, porters, etc.
Kindly take note. The standard price does NOT include the following: Personal travel insurance
- Visa fees
- Trekking equipment and other personal expenses
For visitors of Indian nationality ( or citizen holders) the Everest Base Camp trek price will cost INR 55,000 to 60,000 per person.
- Hiring just a guide or porter to Everest Base Camp trek costs USD$25 to $30 USD per day. IF you hire a guide from Kathmandu, then you would have to pay a guide airfare which will be about 100 USD for both ways.
- Make sure and ask the company if the guide is experienced and licensed by the Nepal Government.
Is it cheaper and better to book with a local trek and tour agency in Nepal versus a company from my home country?
Booking your trek through a local agency will be much cheaper. You will also be helping sustain the local people by supporting our economy. (Read why local operator)
Where can I buy and Everest Base Camp trek map?
- Once you book your trip with a local agency, they will provide you with a trekking map. You can also buy one at a Kathmandu trekking shop or at any bookstore in Thamel, the popular tourist area. You can also buy trekking maps online at Amazon.
What is the recommended Everest Base Camp trek itinerary?
- Average and normal trekking itineraries for Everest Base Camp trek is 15 nights and 16 days including your stay in Kathmandu. The13 Nights 14 days itinerary, however, is the shorter option. If you cannot hike up to Everest Base Camp whether it's due to time constraints or physical limitations, then there is a short and easy Everest view trek up to Namche, which offers stunning views with a smaller time commitment.
How long does it take to climb Everest Base Camp?
- From Lukla, it normally takes 8 days to climb Everest Base Camp, but it also depends on trekking itinerary and routes.
IS THERE WIFI OR CELL PHONE SERVICES ALONG THE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREKKING ROUTES?
- In major places like Lukla, Namche, Tengboche, and Dingboche there are wifi services but you can be sure that they will charge for it. The easiest way to get around this is to get an unlocked phone before traveling to Nepal. Once you have arrived in Katmandu, purchase a Ncell or NTC SIM card to use their 3G services. NCELL has good 3G service at Everest Base Camp. Hikers are even getting on Skype from Kalapatthar these days, it's crazy!!