Every trekker has the dream to visit Everest base camp trek at least once in a lifetime it’s a kind of golden opportunity for trekkers and travelers who want to explore the Himalayas and the great Mount Everest.
It is a kind of unique thought that makes you excited whenever you think about going somewhere like this.
Mount Everest Base camp is located in Nepal and It is one of the major tourist attractions in Nepal. Every year thousands of tourists visit Nepal for trekking to the Base Camp of Mount Everest. It is the highest mountain in the world located in the range of Himalayas.
Every year Everest Base Camp Trek attracts around 40000 tourists who came to trek from all over the world. Read more about the Everest Base camp Trek below this summary table.
- Starting Journey to Everest Base Camp
- Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
- Trekking Option to EBC Trek
- FAQs Related to Everest Base Camp Trek
In every traveler traveling bucket list there is a name called Everest best camp where they want to visit once. I know if you like trekking and traveling then you must want to visit there. And before going there you must have lots of questions in your mind.
So I am going to answer all your questions in this Blog about The ultimate guide to Everest Base Camp Trek.
There are so many Questions Like: How to reach Everest Base Camp? How many days required to complete the tour? Where it is located? What should be the Cost of trekking in Mount Everest Base Camp? And many more.
So I am going to discuss all the exhaustive guide to Mount Everest Base Camp. The thing you must know about before planning any trek.
Starting Journey to Everest Base Camp
Wherever you are, First of all, you have to visit Kathmandu. If you are planning to stay one night in Kathmandu then you can see some of the beautiful places in the capital city like Pasupatinath Temple, Syambhu Monestry, Patan-Square durbar, etc.
The next day took another flight to reach Lukla. It is the starting point of the Trek. You must take Flight or Chopper to reach here otherwise it will take around 3 days to arrive here by road or trek.
Complete Guide to EBC Trek
Mount Everest Base Camp Trek will Surprise you and Make you excited throughout the whole journey. You will encounter several places when you will start the journey to Everest Base Camp.
Phakding (2610m), Namche Bazar (3440m), Deboche (3820m), Dingboche (4410m), Lobuche(4940m), Gorak Shep (5164m), Everest Base Camp (5600m).
You will also go through several mountain peaks in your journey to Everest Base Camp. Mount Everest (8848m), Mt. Nuptse (7855m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Changaste (7550m), Mt. Pumori (7161m), Mt. Lingterin (6679m), Island peak (6179m), Mt. Kantega(6685m), Mt. Kongde (6011m), Pokalde peak (5806m) and many more.
The trek into Everest Base Camp is full of mountain peaks and nature. This trek will give you the experience of different journeys that covers all kinds of traveling in a single package.
The walk through the frozen lakes, Rivers, glaciers, green forests, waterfalls, and Kala Patthar is the best experience altogether.
Sagarmatha National Park listed under the UNESCO world heritage site also lies in the Everest region. It is home to many rare and unseen Animal and Birds species endanger.
It is a kind of pollution-free exclusive natural habitat for animals. If you have some extra time for your tour then you must visit here too.
The Hills of Everest is covered in Unique culture mostly belong to Sherpa and Bhutia Community. They resemble the part of Tibetan traditional culture. They are friendly to tourists but mostly busy in their own community and work.
Before visiting any place it is good to take a rough idea about the places and the circumstances you have to face there. It will help you to get prepared for your journey. In this blog, you will find the detailed ultimate guide to Everest Base Camp trek.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Visit Kathmandu and take Flight to Lukla. It is the main point to start our trek. Now start trekking to Phakding (2610m)
Day 2: Start trek to Namche Bazar (3441m) from Phakding
Day 3: Stay in Namche Bazar and spent acclimatization day in Namche Bazar
Day 4: Trek to Tengboche(3860m) from Namche Bazar
Day 5: Start Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m)
Day 6: Another acclimatization Day in Dingboche
Day 7: Continue trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m)
Day 8: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5153m) to EBC and Back to Gorakshep.Now heading towards Final Destination to Everest Base Camp
Day 9: Hikking up to Kalapatthar (5545m) and return to Pheriche (4210m)
Day 10: Hike toward Debuche from Pheriche
Day 11: Back to Namche Bazar
Day 12: Finally back to Lukla
Day 13: Next day took flight to Kathmandu and its your end to your journey.
Total Budget For Everest Base Camp Trek
The 13 days Mount Everest Base Camp Trek will Cost you around $1500 to $2000 according to your preference. If you are an Indian citizen then you don’t need any visa. And, if you are from somewhere else then apply for a visa from the Nepal tourist visa portal.
For confirming your participation in trekking, You need to pay some advance fees to organize the company through online payment and complete your remaining payment when you will reach Kathmandu.
Don’t forget to ask organizers if the amount included the expense of food ( coffee, tea breaks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner), parking fees, trekking permits, guide fees, Stays in hotels, airport transfers, etc.
Most of the organizing companies provide this for included price. You have to pay extra for personal shopping Soviniers, Tips, Cost of Equipment, and extra food items not included in trek fees.
Also, if you are planning to climb EBC individually, the stay during the trek cost around 500-1200 NPR per night. You have to spend in a range of 2000-3000 NPR/day with food and safety gear.
Also, will you have to buy an entry ticket for Sagarmatha National Park worth 1600 NPR for SAARCA and 3500 for other Countries?
What to pack before starting your journey to Everest Base Camp Trek
Shoes: During the whole trek shoes are the most important things so don’t forget to take a comfortable pair of shoes. You must have an extra pair of sports shoes, a pair of slippers and sturdy trekking shoes.
Trekking Clothes: Don’t forget to take warm clothes for your trek. Carry a warm and comfortable fleece Jacket, thermals top and bottom, waterproof jacket, plastic boots for watery places, a down jacket, few t-shirts, trekking pants, trekking slacks, woolen cap, warm gloves, few pair of warm socks, windcheater jacket, Day pack (35-40 liters), camping mattress, undergarments and a sun hat for trekking during the whole day are all you need during your trek.
Note: Carry full sleeves T shirt and full pant to keep you warm.
Sleeping Bag: It is a must item for your Everest base camp trek. Nights during the trek are really cold and rooms in teahouses get very cold during the night time.
After being tired from all-day trek you don’t want to compromise your sleep. So don’t forget to carry a sleeping bag that is certified for -10 degrees celsius.
Protein Snacks & Bars: Just carry some Protein Bar and Snacks for your hunger during the trek. Whenever you feel low munch a protein bar for an instant power boost. Carrying these bars will help you to save your money too, of course, you don’t want to end up buying expensive snacks on the way to Everest Base Camp Trek.
Toiletries and Skincare essentials: Carry body lotion, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, quick-drying towel, wet tissue, Sunscreen, Liquid soap, and tissue papers.
Miscellaneous: Empty water bottle, First aid kit, trekking poles, buff, UV protection sunglasses, a headlamp, rope, a camelback hydrating system.
Preparing your body for the Everest Base Camp Trek
You don’t need to train like an athlete to Climb EBC. But fitness is important if you are going for the trek for the first time. And, you don’t have trekking experience on mountains the sometimes it can be difficult for you.
You have to be fit for long walks and trek without having so much rest. So train your body before your trek. These are some ways you can prepare your body.
- Start morning walks and exercises at least 4-6 weeks before trek.
- Do CrossFit exercises like cardio, cycling, swimming, and running for stamina gain.
- Be used to with the Backpack use it while exercising this will help you to carry heavyweight during the trek.
- Do push-ups, pull-ups, squats, and weight training to strengthen your muscles.
- Again don’t carry further just do train your muscles for trek don’t over push it.
- You can add some breathing exercises to improve your lungs.
Health concerns during trek
If you never had a trekking experience then maybe you can fall a victim of minor problems. Everest Base Camp Trek is high altitude trekking which can cause various health issues.
If you are not habitual to high altitude treks then it might be risky for some peoples. The cause of it can be a natural or unprepared step. The common problems are flu, common cold, viral fever, or muscle aches.
Common health problems during EBC trek
- It is caused by the ascent of high altitude.
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Nausea & vomiting
- Appetite loss
- Upset stomach
Trekking Option to EBC Trek
- You can hire a private guide with a porter for your trek.
- Private guide with No Porter
- Individual No guide with Porter
- Solo No guide and No Porter
- With small group tour with Guide and Porter
There are no compulsory restrictions on hiring guides its totally up to you. But it is highly recommended to hire a guide as they are professional and can help you during your trek.
They have good knowledge and experience of trekking. It is good to have a guide during the trek as they can help with negotiation and in the time of emergency.
Porter is a person who will carry your bags and luggage during your trek. If you can carry your luggage own then no need to hire Porter. But, Hiring a Porter can make your journey more comfortable and easy.
Best Months for EBC Trekking
The best time to trek Everest base camp trek is from March to May and September to December. During this month you can enjoy pleasant weather for long walks. You will find the forest full of blossoms, flowers, and greeneries in the month of May.
The skies are clear allowing you to get the best view of the white sheet range of Himalayan.
FAQs Related to Everest Base Camp Trek
How much cash I have to carry during the trek?
Cash is an essential part of your trek. You will need to carry cash throughout the trek to make necessary payments at different points. Like you have to pay entry tickets for Sagarmatha and EBC night stays and foods. So Make sure you have enough cash with you. ATMs are really rare to see and only can find in Lukla and Namche Bazar. It is good to carry $500-700 cash in hand.
Is there any Internet Connectivity?
Outsider sims with Internation roaming are not a good idea in Nepal. Although, It is not an important part of the trek, but if you need internet connectivity then you can buy Ncell or NTC sim at Kathmandu airport. The Internet will be only available till Namche Bazar. You can also buy additional wifi on tea houses @100-500 NPR for 250mb of data in different tea houses during your trek.
Which Travel Insurance Company is good?
There are several companies available which provide you with travel insurance. In my opinion, you can choose Travelex, Insuremytrip or World Nomad. Don’t forget to choose higher altitudes accidents to cover insurance scheme.
How much EBC I can climb in a day?
You can climb up to 800m a day. But don’t go overboard it will make you tired and dizzy. So make sure to take rest after trekking 600-800m. I personally suggest you climb not more than 600m a day. It will be best for you.
What should be the best place to stay in Kathmandu?
Thamel is the most popular tourist place to stay in Kathmandu famous for its Nightlife, Restaurants, and Shopping markets.
You may have to stay in Kathmandu at the beginning and end of your trip. So enjoy the stay in Kathmandu so it will become part of your journey..
What is the availability of food in EBC trek?
Till Namche Bazar, you will find food as you wish. You will find good food during most part of the trek. Dal Bhat is the most popular food you can find anywhere in Nepal. It is the most economical and nutritional food available during the whole trek. Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking will help you to gain stamina. Also, avoid non-veg and messy meals.
Drink lots of water and Take Diamox
Long treks can make you dehydrated so make sure to drink at least 8-10 liters of water every day to keep yourself hydrated.
Altitude sickness is a major issue during the trek so to avoid sickness, take administered course of Diamox after reaching Namche Bazar. If you feel any symptoms of Altitude sickness seriously then rest sufficiently.
What are the best trekking gears?
you can find lots of trekking types of equipment on Amazon.com shown above. Choose according to your preference as your budget. Always try to carry good quality equipment to have a safe journey.