Everest Base Camp Trek Overview:
Who wouldn’t love to be at the top of the world, Mt. Everest at 8848.86 meters? However, it’s not impossible. But it is very difficult for most of us to stand tall at the top of Mt. Everest. Although, if you are physically and mentally strong, can make it up to Base Camp at 5364 meters. For most of the travelers, trekking to EBC is a lifetime experience. The trail leads through the mighty challenging Himalayan landscapes. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp is walking past beautiful traditional Sherpa Villages. Likewise, small and big monasteries on the way give you the religious vibes of Buddhism. The trek to Everest offers splendid views of Mt. Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, and of course Mt. Everest.
An adventurous trip to Everest begins with a thrilling flight to Lukla, either from Kathmandu or Ramechaap. The moment you land at Lukla, you will get to see the views of the mountains. After that, the trek moves ahead towards Phakding. From Phakding, the trail starts to get challenging as you also start to gain the elevation. The trail passes through different sherpa villages, suspension bridges, rhododendron forests, monasteries, etc. Likewise, the trail gets tougher on steep and rocky paths. There is another option to experience this thrilling trip is to return by Helicopter. Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter return is an exciting lifetime experience trip package. To know more about trails, you can check it the Everest Base Camp Trekking Itinerary mentioned below.
The best time to go to Everest Base Camp Trekking
Generally, the best time to do the EBC trek is during the Spring and Autumn seasons. But, we really can’t predict the weather at such a high altitude. The views of crystal clear during these seasons. Likewise, the temperature stays between 15-20 degrees during the day. Meanwhile, during the night it is 5-7 degrees Celsius. However, the trail might be a bit busy as these two seasons are the high trekking season in Nepal. Everest Base Camp Trekking can be possible in winter too but the temperature is very cold throughout the day.
Accommodation during the EBC Trek
Hotels and lodges in the Himalayas are very basic and standard. However, the rooms are on a shared basis. Till Namche Bazaar you will have rooms with private attached bathrooms. The hotel will provide you with basic rooms with warm blankets and a Pillow. However, we recommend you to have a sleeping bag with you. But in Kathmandu, you will stay in a 3-star Hotel.
Essential Gear for Everest Base Camp Trekking
Before trekking to Everest Base Camp, good preparation is always needed. Perhaps, it will take some time to wrap up all the necessary gear for the trek. That’s why we have given one extra day just before we start our trip to Everest Base Camp. Reminder, you don’t have to buy all the trekking items with you. You can get in rent as well. First and foremost, get a good and well-fitted backpack that distributes your weight effectively. A waterproof backpack would be a bonus as you can predict the weather of the mountain region. Likewise, trekking poles are always necessary to tackle uneven and rough trails. The sleeping bag should be a must as the temperature can go below -10 during the night. Though hotels provide you with additional warm blankets, it is better to carry one sleeping bag with you.
Furthermore, your clothing and footwear are also important fundamentals of your backpack. It is very tricky to adjust your clothing in the changing weather of Everest Base Camp Trekking. Three layers of clothing are the ideal choice for the Himalayas. We recommend avoiding cotton. Since it is impossible to have a washing machine in the mountains, it is better to have underwear and other new clothing.
Important info before trekking to Everest
- First of all, we recommend our clients keep 1 or 2 days extra on their trip. It is because, sometimes Lukla's flight may get delayed for days.
- Recheck your backpack once before you start your trip.
- During the EBC trek, drink plenty of water as much as you can to avoid altitude sickness.
- Carry necessary toiletries like toilet paper, tooth brush, toothpaste, etc.
- We suggest following the steps of the guides.
- A hot shower and charging battery can cost you up to USD 3.
Everest Base Camp Trek Permit requirements:
Trekkers need to take a mandatory permit to enter the Khumbu region and Sagarmatha National Park. The Government of Nepal has made this policy to protect the beauty of the Everest Region and other trekking regions of Nepal. The entrance fees will be used in the future to preserve the beauty of Mt. Everest.
Here is the list of permits you need for the EBC Trek:
- Khumbu Region Rural Municipality Entrance Permit – NPR 2000 per person.
- Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit – NPR 3000 per person.