Top Searched Everest Base Camp Trek Questions With Answers 2023

  • Updated on Dec 16, 2022
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Considering a hike to Nepal's Everest Base Camp? Here are the most frequently asked questions that we receive each day from several continents regarding the Everest Base Camp. Let's get to the point without extending the page or the words. Please contact us if you can't find the answers to your queries since it could assist someone else. Since there are more than 100 questions, it is clear that the Everest Base Camp Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Confusions, inquiries, and revised booking information for the Everest Base Camp Trek for 2023 and 2024.

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Q 1: Is Everest Base Camp Trek dangerous?

Well, this is not a common question but most people think that Trekking to Everest Base Camp is dangerous. There are numerous trekkers who visit Everest Base Camp every year from different age groups. Technically the trek is not dangerous with Avalanches, landslides but the Major problem is AMS, HAPE, and HACE. If you follow the Mountain rules and the Elevation (AMS) then everything is good. 

Q 2: Is Everest Base Camp Trek Hard?

Main thing Everest Base Camp trek is not just a Tourist Trek. People of all ages, shapes have completed this trek with less preparation. As we already mentioned above Everest Base Camp trek is not technical and anyone can trek to Base camp. For some people, it’s a mentally challenging but rewarding trip of a lifetime. Ascending and descending are normal on this trek so don’t combine the terrain general hiking. If you prepare yourself before trekking to base camp, then it will not be tough as you thinking.

Q 3: Is the Everest base camp trek worth it?

There is no doubt! That Everest Base Camp Trek is Absolutely a lifetime Trip. Nowhere else in the world can be found in this kind of beauty. 

Q 4: Can I do Everest Base Camp Trek?

The question is why I can’t do Everest Base Camp Trek? If you physically fit, then make your dreams come true. There are many inspiring people around the world who had done Everest Base camp trek without having their legs, hands, etc. Dare to do it!

Q 5: Where does Everest Base Camp Trek start?

Officially the Everest Base Camp Trek starts from Lukla airport after flying from Kathmandu or Manthali Airport. Another Popular and ancient trek starts from Jiri where Edmund Hilary had started. These days almost every company and trekker starts from Lukla. 

Q 6: When to do Everest Base Camp Trek? Best Time of the Year!

Everest Base Camp Trek can be done all around the year, but Feb to End of May and October to December is the best time. Sometimes winter goes crazy but Rugged Trails Nepal had done many winter treks to Everest Base Camp. Monsoon June to Mid September major problem is Lukla flights and need a few buffer days because of flight cancellation. April, May, October November are the best months of the year. 

Q 7: Should I Do Everest Base Camp Trek?

There are dozens of reasons to trek to Everest Base Camp but once in a lifetime if you love trekking and adventure then you must do Everest Base Camp Trek. 

Q 8: How much does Everest Base Camp Trek Cost?

This is the most common question regarding the Everest Base Camp Trek. The 14 days standard trek cost 1500 USD  per person for 1 person. Keep in mind the budget and cheap trips mean you are getting what you paid for, don’t expect much. Guides and porters are not paid well. But more than 1 person the price will be less about 1200 USD + per person. 

Q 9: How long does the Everest base camp trek take?

The total Everest Base Camp Trek Package is for 14 and 16 days from Kathmandu Base Camp, and Kathmandu. From Lukla to Everest Base camp is 8 days trek including acclimatization at Namche, and Dingboche or Pheriche. 

Q 10: How many days Everest base camp trek?

16 Days Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary is one of the best trip plans than 14 days. Some people love to speedy Everest Base camp trek but for normal and beginners trekkers 16 is perfect. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is not a marathon race, let’s enjoy slow down, breathe, and make it possible. In tight schedules, there won’t be extra buffer days in case of Lukla flight canceled. Well, a Helicopter is another option but still, it’s not easy to save money! 

Q 11: How far is Everest Base Camp Trek?

Let’s forget Kathmandu and drive but the Classic Everest Base Camp which starts from Lukla is 130km and 65km each way. Hell yeah! But not 1 or 2 days it’s 12 days trek so not worry and each day about a 15km walk. 

Q 12: How Crowded is Everest Base Camp Trek?

To be honest with this question, October, November, April may is the busiest time and for sure it will be crowded. March, April, May is a normally busy time at the Base Camp because of Expedition groups. Sometimes people don’t even get rooms to sleep and have to squeeze at the dining hall.

Q 13: What to wear and Pack Everest Base Camp Trek?

The first thing trekking to Everest Base is not technical or need climbing gears. Depend on the season there are different trekking gears you need to pack which are listed on our website. Follow the link; Proper trekking gears.  if you love photography then a nice camera and lens. 

Q 14: Should I purchase my hiking equipment at home or in Kathmandu, Nepal? 

In Kathmandu, hiking equipment is generally inexpensive and fake. Authentic brands like NorthFace, Sherpa Outdoor, and Mamut exist, but the majority of what you see at Thamel is fake. Although there is certain equipment you'll want to buy at home, it doesn't imply you can't acquire counterfeit goods. Although Nepal is a good option, you can also get all types of hiking equipment there.

Q 15: What shoes or boots for Everest Base Camp Trek?

There are many different boots that as amazing, lightweight, waterproof, boots are perfect for the trek. Trekking boots are more comfortable than running shoes or normal shoes. Shoes that support the ankle are better for the Everest base camp trek.

Q 16: What currency for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Easily you can exchange Nepalese currency at the airport, hotels, Thamel, or anywhere in money exchange. Nepali currency is easier during the trek. For small bills like water, snacks NPR is easier. However, in some places, cards are also accepted but still better to carry cash with you. 

Q 17: Is it possible to trek to Everest Base camp and fly back by Helicopter?

Yes, it’s possible and nowadays people are flying back to Kathmandu by helicopter. If you are doing the same classic trek which is the same trekking trail to return back then it’s better to experience the scenic flight. For more: Everest Base Camp Trek Helicopter Fly Out

Q 18: How to find trusted Everest base camp Trek companies?

This is a very tricky and tough question but honestly, none of the government-registered trekking companies want to make their clients unhappy. The most important thing is the standard of the trip you are looking for. Check their reviews and activities in social media which shows how professional they are. Check their guides and how the company behaves to their staff which shows a clear image of the company.

Q 19: How to prepare to trek to Everest Base Camp?

First thing you shouldn’t try the speedy Everest Base Camp trek which has fewer acclimatization days. Rugged Trails Nepal itineraries are with 2 extra acclimation days. So before coming to Nepal for this trek, it’s better to do cycling, swimming, do some hikes. If your trekking boots are new then start wearing those boots which will be helpful on the trek. If you get the chance to learn yoga then try breathing practice.

Q 20: Everest Base Camp Trek packing list for the female trekker.

Active hikers know how and what to pack and some fellows write page longer lists for female trekkers to pack, Seriously!. Its simple trekking gears are normal like which all hikers need but for female trekkers better to get a sports bra, comfortable underwear (nowadays there is trekking underwear too). Another most important is Tampons/Pads and pain relief medicines which are easily not available. Wet wipes, the dry shampoo also needed because sometimes it’s not possible to take a shower.

Q 21: Do I need travel insurance for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Yes. Clearly, buy travel insurance and make sure it will cover you at high altitudes above 5000 M. There are many Travel insurance companies such as JS Travel Insurance, World Nomads, Allianz Global Assistance, Amex Assurance, Travel Guard, etc. 

Q 22: Everest Base camp trek Accommodation.

The accommodations are all with the basic amenities needed for a comfortable. Normally it's called Tea Houses which are run by local community people. Depends on price and place accommodations are a luxury too with the electric blankets but normal accommodations are with single or twin beds, fresh hot meals, hot shower, electricity, or solar electricity. Most of the places with WIFI services too. There is no heating system inside the room but in the dining, they will use a traditional heating system. Toilets are inside the Teahouses with western style too. 

Q 23: How much money to take on Everest Base Camp Trek?

Normally once you book the trip with the company your meals, accommodations will be included in the price. Quality service trips also cover tea, coffee, fruits but on normal trips, this will be extra. Around 200 USD extra money will be enough during the trek for your shower, beers, drinks, etc.

Q 24: Everest Base Camp Trek Food and Water.

During the trek, you can choose food from the menu. If you are vegetarian or Vegan no problem you will get yummy food. Pizza, burgers, and other western foods are also available but the taste will be different. Food is safe but as always our guides suggest not to eat meat above Namche bazaar because the meat will be carried all the way down from Lukla village. 

Drinking water is normally not included on trek price so to purify water buy some water purification tablets or water purifiers. Running and tap water easily can fill at the tea houses or can buy mineral water. We request all the trekkers not to buy mineral water bottles because it's not safe for our nature and in this country, there is no proper recycling system. Some tea houses collect and send it back to Namche or Lukla but most of them burn the plastic near their place.

Q 25: How can we Trek to Everest Base Camp in 2023?

All the previous Covid-19 rules are revoked and visa on Arrival for all travelers who want to enter Nepal. Write us for the best deals and offers for the 2023 EBC Trek.

Q 26: What do you suggest Group Trek or Solo Trek to EBC?

If you've hiked before, you'll probably prefer to undertake it alone. However, by hiring a guide or porter, you are helping the local community. You are not only covering their daily costs; the money also benefits their family and children, enabling them to enjoy a higher quality of life and education. 
What I advise against: tours for big groups. On the hike, bumping into groups of 15-20 individuals was annoying. These groups will have members of various ability levels, and the pace might occasionally be discouraging. for others to catch up, go to the bathroom, or take a break.

Even if you have experience, go alone with a guide or porter. If you want a helpful guide and porters in a small group environment, join a group like Rugged Trails. There will be plenty time for photos, videos, and sight-seeing.

Q 27: To what extent is altitude sickness likely? 

It is hard to actually train for the altitude unless you reside at a high altitude. Regardless of fitness level, anyone can get altitude sickness (AMS). The secret is to go slowly and with consideration. To aid with acclimatization, it is a good idea to climb high and sleep low. Anyone can succeed, but take your time climbing.

Q 28: Should I take Diamox For Everest Base Camp Trek?

Before you go, you should discuss the advantages with your doctor in your native country. A lot of individuals choose to use it as a safeguard against altitude sickness. If you want to take, it is best to do so prior to beginning your journey, which entails taking half of the tablet the day before you travel to Lukla. It does cause you to urinate more frequently than normal as a side effect. This implies that some chilly wake-up calls to use the toilet in the middle of the night will be necessary.

Q 29: Which season is best for hiking Everest Base Camp—spring or fall? 

The EBC hike is fantastic in both seasons. In any season, it may snow or it may rain. The optimum times to hike are during the pre-monsoon in March/April and the post-monsoon in October/November.

Q 30: How busy are the Everest Base Camp Trekking Trails?

The trails may become a little crowded in certain places during the busy seasons. Around 10-20 persons make up many guided groups. Along the route, you'll also pass by yaks, porters, and residents. It will feel like you and the Himalayas are the only two things around you for long stretches, though.

Q 31: How much water should I drink during the EBC Trek?

When walking and at high altitudes, water is crucial. two liters before and two liters after lunch. Please consume as much liquid as you can. In the middle of the night, getting out of your cozy sleeping bag is not enjoyable. But water is really important. I advise consuming at least 4 liters of liquid each day.

Q 32: What kind of restrooms are there on the EBC trek? 

Depending on your lodging budget, these will vary greatly. You'll probably enjoy a great, contemporary bathroom in Namche. You will come across anything as you climb, from a freezing western toilet to a hole in a shanty. Bring your own hand sanitizer and toilet paper to be prepared for everything.

Q 33: Does the EBC trail have restrooms? 

Yes, there will be restrooms available when you stop for lunch or tea during the day. However, that is a rather typical sight and most people use the trail when they have to go.

Q 34: What kind of snacks are available on the EBC trail?

Don't anticipate finding protein bars along the way. If you want those, bring them from home or buy them at Thamel, Kathmandu. If you didn't bring any from home, you may get your energy from Snickers, Twix, and other candy bars.

Q 35: Can I have alcohol while hiking to Everest Base Camp? 

Sherpa beer and Everest beer are both accessible all the way to Everest Base Camp, although we do not advise drinking them. Beer and altitude don't mix, and drinking beer while hiking will only make the journey more challenging. When you get back to Namche Bazaar, we advise you to drink.

Q 36: Do I need to bring food with me on the EBC Trek? 

Absolutely not! According to several bloggers and budget travelers, there won't be enough protein and healthful meals since they don't want to pay for it. They recommend energy drinks, snacks, and meals because they want to save as much money as they can. Western cuisine, continental food, Indian food, and Asian food are all quite nice and simple to obtain. While Nepalese food is excellent, you should become used to dal bhat.

Q 37: What about showers, available on the EBC trek?

Yes, however most hikers don't choose for it. Depending on the accommodation and the amount you paid, showers in Namche, Lukla, and Pangboche are typically free. But as you move higher, the price will increase. Don't worry; everyone on the walk smells the same. The main issue will still be staying warm. After going for days without a hot shower, the wait is well worth it. In the end, it feels even better because of it.

Tech Guide For Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekking is a fantastic activity for detaching and getting lost in the outdoors. We wholeheartedly agree with that viewpoint and believe that switching off your phone and avoiding social media for a few days is a wonderful experience. It wasn't an issue when the power and connection went out, but it was good to be in touch with loved ones and friends while traveling. It is wonderful to check in to keep people updated while you are traveling and encourage others to visit this lovely Himalayan area, whether it be for emergency reasons or simply sharing images.

Q 38: The trek to Everest Base Camp has WiFi. 

On your climb to Everest Base Camp, WiFi will vary from town to town. WiFi access and inexpensive tea cafes are available at some finer motels and bakeries. Although this is unreliable, you may anticipate finding WiFi available in the majority of the towns along the route. The majority of the route is connected by Everest Link, and while it is operational, WiFi is available in most towns. 

Q 39: Charging and Electricity on EBC Trek

Since you want to document your journey to Base Camp with photos and videos, charging your gadgets is crucial. The room's plugs will disappear as you move toward the EBC, forcing you to charge your smartphone at the front desk. This normally happens hourly and moves extremely slowly. To obtain a complete charge, you have to keep the charger in place all night. Depending on the hotel, you can charge inside your room in Lukla and Namche. A portable charger for batteries can be a smart choice. These are portable and can charge your phone approximately four times before they need to be recharged. IPhone users keep your phone warm because IPhone is good in cold temperature. 

Q 40: Trek to Everest Base Camp with Cell Service 

NCELL and NTC are Nepal's top mobile networks. You can think about purchasing two local SIM cards if you decide to do so. It's difficult to determine which one is preferable because NCELL and NTC both have strong connections in some locations. One for NCell while you are hiking and one if you stay in Kathmandu for an extended period of time from NTC. Both cellular networks provide 4G, which is superior.

IT'S OUR REQUEST PLEASE DON'T BUY MINERAL WATER BOTTLES UNLESS YOU DON'T GET OTHERWAY TO FIND WATER. 

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