Mount Everest Base Camp trek 2018 Ultimate Guide Mountain Sherpa Admin on 7th Aug, 2018
Everest Base Camp trek provides a once in a lifetime adventure and proves to be an iconic visit to the Himalayas. It is among the most thrilling trekking experience in the world. As it is the highest peak in the world, it is the most beautiful trekking experience. It has been covered by most of the trekking enthusiasts and trekkers around the world time and again.
The Everest base camp is the gateway to try to climb the highest peak of the world for the climbers and trekkers. The Everest region is the most popular trekking destination, which holds a very long history of pride, glory along with tragedy too.
The Everest Base camp trek is the dream trekking for millions of people around the globe. People dream to accomplish it at least once in a lifetime. This trekking tour will let you experience the magnificent views of Himalaya series, local culture and tradition of Nepal. You will also get to know about the loyal and friendly local people (Sherpa’s).
The actual excitement of this adventure starts once the trip to Lukla takes off. The absolute wonder of visiting the tallest mountain on earth itself is a sense that's mentionable of this excursion. The experience continues to amaze throughout with its amazing attributes from hills to individuals and from nature. It is the most amazing feeling that stays with you for your life.
Let’s talk about some of the most common questions related to Everest Base camp trek.
1. What is the height of Mount Everest?
Ans. Mount Everest stands 8848 metres high as per the official measurement by Nepali and the Chinese government.
2. What is the total height of Everest Base camp?
Ans. The Everest base camp stands 5364 metres from the south while it is 5545 metres high from north Tibetan side.
3. How is weather at Everest base camp?
Ans. As Mount Everest is located in the mountainous region of Nepal, the temperature is quite low around the area.
The total gain in altitude from Kathmandu is around 4000 metres, so the temperature changes would be quite significant with the increasing elevation. The higher you will go, the temperature would turn more unpredictable.
The temperature variations are given below during different seasons:
- Summer- The summer season falls from June to August and the temperature around the base camp is around 0-degree centigrade at the highest point. But the monsoon coincides with this season, hence it is not so popular season for trekking.
- Winter- winter falls between December to February and the temperature goes somewhere too - 20-degree centigrade. Because of the cold weather, trekking in this season not so popular.
- Autumn - The Autumn season falls from September to November and the temperature is quite pleasant with very low chances of rainfall. The temperature is quite mild in this season and is considered as the best time to go to Everest Base camp.
- Spring - Spring season starts after the cold winter around the EBC region. Spring falls between March to May and the surrounding goes beautifully with greenery and beautiful rhododendron flowers.
4. What is the difficulty level of Everest base camp trek?
Everest base camp is the world’s most popular trekking adventure and an adventure of a lifetime. So, difficulty should not matter quite a lot for those who are determined to accomplish it leaving their comfort zone.
Talking about the Everest base camp area, the ground is not paved. The trekking route is rough, rocky and gravelled. Most of the trekking route is longer with ups and down trails. Also, depending on the weather conditions, you can also see snowfalls and ice on the trek route. Overall, it is not an impossible trek if you are determined for once in a lifetime adventure leaving your comfort zone.
5. Can I trek if I have never trekked before?
Well, if you are fit and healthy, of course, you can. As I already mentioned, if you are determined to leave your comfort zone you can complete the trekking adventure.
6. What are the preparations required for Everest Base Camp Trek?
In terms of fitness for trek preparation, EBC isn't suitable for somebody with weak joints, knee, lungs or heart difficulties and for these your physician's advice is mandatory.
But even the children of an early era to the adults of over 70 have walked into Everest base camp. No matter how the Mountain difficult is mountain climbing, the itinerary is so designed that the walks are brief and attainable.
Nevertheless, EBC isn't as simple as walking in some park or random treks; there are many ups and downs. Therefore, to prepare for this excursion, you need to train yourself with the regular walking and jogging together with the total amount of weight you're thinking about taking while on your journeys.
7. What type of food and accommodation can I expect on the journey to Everest Base camp trek?
Every tea home you come across will provide you with a menu which is quite similar to menus in a regular restaurant in Kathmandu. Getting meat and non-veg food is a bit difficult beyond the Namche, and you may wish to have it unless you're staying in luxury lodging. The main reason is hard to keep it fresh and also the pricing. Though, you can still afford a steak in EBC during the peak season.
And the most popular food on the market is Dal Bhat. Dal Bhat is a mixture of soup, rice, vegetables and vegetable curry. It is served in massive portions and suits most large hiking appetites. Dal Bhat is the national dish of Nepal.
Note: We advise you to have bottled water on the entire trekking expedition. It is available throughout the trekking area. Please do not try to consume local tap water as it might cause you bad stomach and become a hindrance in your trekking journey.
8. Can I bring my own food on the trek?
Almost every type of foods are available on the trekking journey but if you are specific to some food, then it's upon your choice.
But we suggest you not to carry heavy foods as it will increase your backpack weight. You can get chocolates and energy bar which would be a saviour on long trekking expeditions.
9. What about Altitude Sickness on Everest Base Camp?
With the increase in height, the oxygen level starts decreasing which causes health issues to many people. One of the major issue people faces on the Everest Base Camp trek is the altitude sickness.
To get over the altitude sickness, you need to be mentally and physically prepared. Also, you should take small and slow steps while ascending on the trek and make sure your body is relieving enough nutrition.
To prevent the altitude sickness, you should also take proper medication, attention to sanitation and eat the nutritious and right amount of food.
10. Is it mandatory to hire a Guide for Everest Base Camp Trek?
Guides assist you in various ways during your trekking journey. The most substantial help they provide besides directing you in hiking trails is by helping you to know the local community.
Along with guides, you could even hire a porter. A porter will carry your possessions giving your body rest through the trek. This will boost your hiking performance and allow you to complete out the trek on time.
Additionally, you may even hire a porter cum guide will carry your load along with guiding you on the trek
In case you've trekked to Everest Base Camp several times, you could be tempted to visit EBC with no guide.With sufficient hiking expertise, you can certainly do that.But hiring a guide in an unknown destination is always a good choice.
Even the Nepal Government is planning to make the hiring of guide compulsory due to the disappearance of many solo hikers.
12. Do I require a travel insurance to go to Everest Base Camp trek?
No matter where you're currently travelling, trekking or hiking, having travel insurance assures you to feel safe about the things, which may go wrong. There are a number of problems you may face while hiking like altitude sickness, injuries, sickness etc., insurance will be convenient in covering up expenses for these issues.
At the worst case, you might be down with altitude sickness while hiking and need to rescue you via helicopter, which would cost you up to 5000 USD.
Getting travel insurance to your Everest Base Camp trek will help you to overcome such issues. There are a lot of travel companies, which give travel insurance coverage to EBC. Ensure that you check the list of things covered at the travel insurance coverage you select. Also, many travellers, who lose their luggage and personal belongings because of theft or forgetfulness then Travel insurance, will also help you cover up those expenses.
13. What is the best time to go on the Everest Base Camp trek?
The best time to go for EBC trek is in summer from April to mid-June and spring and September to November during fall. It is considered the best time to trek Everest Base Camp and enjoy the Earth highest summit along with its neighbouring Himalayas range.
Travellers from different parts of the planet come to EBC throughout winter (December until February) despite the critical chilling wind and reduced temperature. They come to enjoy the crystal clear weather and outstanding mountain views during afternoon time.
Winter is the best time to enjoy the incredible beauty of Everest besides cold morning and evening. If you can prepare yourself for the chilling cold of the winter season, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Everest and the other Himalayas covered with the beautiful white layer of snow.
We provide custom packages for Everest Base camp trek based on your requirements. Please contact us in case you need any special package for your group for Everest Base Camp trek.
14. What are the things I need to go for Everest Base Camp trek?
You will need trekking permit along with National park entrance fees and TIMS, which is easily available at every travel agency, or you can get them from Nepal Tourism Board office.
The major packing for the trekking depends upon the season you are going trekking to Everest Base Camp. These are the basic requirements and one should have during the trekking journey:
- A well-documented map
- Good quality trekking boots
- Good quality socks to accompany the boots
- A warm jacket to prevent you from cold
- Long sleeve t-shirts
- Trekking pants
- Tight sealed and heatproof water bottle
- Water purification system
15. What is the cost of Everest Base Camp Trek?
The 16 days adventurous Everest Base Camp Trek by Mountain Sherpa trekking & expeditions cost ranges from 1450 USD. We also have custom packages if you come with a group. You can directly mail us your queries at “firstname.lastname@example.org” for detailed information about costs and other information related to the Everest Base Camp trek.
The 16-day itinerary of the Everest Base Camp trek is given below:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft) and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Half Day sightseeing of Kathmandu city. Overnight Hotel [B/B]
Day 03: Flight to Lukla by air and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)-3-4 hrs Lodge [B/L/D]
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft) -Approx- 6 hrs Lodge [B/L/D]
Day 05: Hike to Everest View hotel, Khunde Village & return to Namche- approx 5 hrs Lodge [B/L/D]
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche(3,870m/12,694ft)-Approx 4 hrs Lodge [B/L/D]
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300ft)-Approx 4 hrs Lodge [B/L/D]
Day 08: Hike to Nagarjuna Peak back to Dingbuche 4,360 m/14,300ft - Approx 5 hrs Lodge [B/L/D]
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft) - Approx 4 hrs Lodge [B/L/D]
Day 10: Trek to Everest base camp 5,364m and back to Gorakshep (5170m) 7/8 hrs Lodge [B/L/D]
Day 11: Hike to Kalapattar (5545M) & Trek back to Pheriche 4280m approx 6/7 hrs Lodge [B/L/D]
Day 12: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 20km, 6 - 7 hours
Day 13: Trek to Lukla [2840 M/ 9,318ft] - Apporx 5 hrs Lodge [B/L/D]
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu & Transfer to hotel, relax after Long Trip Hotel [B/B]
Day 15: Reserve day (In case of flight cancellation due to Bad Weather) Hotel [B/B]
Day 16: Drive to the Airport to head back to that lovely place we call ‘home’’
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