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Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

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Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Witness the sun setting over Everest from Kalapatthar, known as the Everest viewpoint.
  • Walk through beautiful coniferous forests, alpine shrubberies, glaciers and desolate mountain terrain in one single trek.
  • Be surprised at how tame and approachable the Himalaya Tahrs, Himalayan Monals, and Tibetan Snowcocks are.
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery with its strong spiritual connection and the surrounding panorama of mountains –what views!
  • Experience the journey of world’s shortest runways hemmed in by the Himalayan mountains, Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal.

Everest Base Camp Trek Overview

About Everest Base Camp:

Everest, with magnificent peaks and hills with an altitude of 18,513 ft, creates the perfect spot for the trekkers with the vast blue sky in the backdrop. For a close encounter with the Everest summit, the Mount Everest Base Camp trekking offers the best view from Kalla Patthar. In this trek, you will be passing through the quaint villages, grassy paths, steep rocks, etc. You will be trekking in the trails of the footsteps of legendary adventurers and mountaineer like Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. Trekking to the Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal is in many ways like visiting a real mountain museum. Nowhere else on earth is there such a dense concentration of mountains of such stature. Four out of ten of the world’s highest peaks are here. It feels like, you will be breathing and eating mountains throughout.

Quick Facts about Mount Everest Trekking:

Duration: 12D/11N

Maximum Altitude: 18,513 ft

Trek Difficulty: Difficult

Approx Trekking Distance: 130 km

Temperature: 25oC (Max. During Day Time) to -20oC ( Min. During Night Time)

Best Time to Travel: April – Early June, September – Mid December

Airport: Kathmandu, Nepal

ATM: Namche Bazaar has the last ATM point before your trek begins

Start Point/End Point: Tribhuvan Domestic Airport, Kathmandu

How To Reach Kathmandu:

By Air

Kathmandu is served by the Tribhuvan International Airport, Which Is The Only International Airport in The Country. A Number of Direct Flights Fly From Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore And Varanasi to Kathmandu. Popular Airlines That Operate Regularly are Air India, IndiGo And Nepal Airlines 

By Road

You Can reach Kathmandu By Bus From Either Gorakhpur Or Varanasi To The Nepalese Border at Sunauli. From Sunauli One Can Take a Local Bus To Kathmandu. 

By Train

There Is No Rail Line To Reach Kathmandu Till Date. However, There’s a Train Originating From Jainagar (India) To Janakpur (Nepal). From Janakpur It’s a 6 Hours Drive To The City

Mount Everest Base Camp Trekking Inclusions:

➔ Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)

➔ Accommodation during the trekking period in tea house/Mountain Lodge (12 nights).

➔ Trekking permits Sagarmatha National Park Permit, TIMS and Khumbu Region entry Permit.

➔ Qualified guide.

➔ Medical kit (carried by your trek leader). All government and local taxes. Oxygen cylinder

➔ Porter to carry up to 10 kgs of weight per trekker

Available Group Departures:

• May: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 22, 29

• June: 1, 5

• Sep: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26

• Oct: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31

• Nov: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

• Dec: 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 22

[ Note: If you are a group of 4 or more people then the dates can be customized]

Everest Base Camp Trek Price Variants: 

 Cost with a stay in Kathmandu and airport transfers: INR 42,500 per person

• Cost with a stay in Kathmandu, airport transfers and all meals: INR 58,500 per person

Tips for Mount Everest Trekking

1) Bring enough money: There are no ATMs in Lukla, so one is advised to carry enough money with them in case of need for an emergency. And even for buying trekking equipments in Kathmandu. It is one of the best and cheapest place to buy the same.

2) Bring your own Tea: Yes, tea is very expensive at the Everest. But getting hot water won’t cost you much. Carry your own tea bags to be used while on the trek.

3) Mentally prepare yourself: As this is not an easy trek, you should prepare yourself mentally for the task that is ahead of you. This means, be prepared for extreme weather conditions, All accommodation on the trek to Everest Base Camp is in small tea houses, run by the local Sherpa people or Mountain Lodges. There are options for showers lower down on the trail, if you decide to use them, however, many people keep clean by using baby wipes and a bowl of warm water each day. The toilet situations can be difficult at times, as in the tea houses they are generally not Western-style toilets, rather just a hole in the ground instead of a toilet bowl

4) What to Carry: Warm clothes, sunglasses, trekking boots, gloves, trekking stick, woollen caps among other trekking equipments you want to carry. However, the most important thing to bring is a good pair of trekking shoes that you have hiked in previously. Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking clothes that are both cheap and of decent quality. If you can bring your own sleeping bag otherwise you can rent one for about 500-600 rupees a day. Tips for Everest Base Camp

5) Prepare for extreme weather: If it’s sunny you might be surprised at how warm it can get during the day. Most trekkers wear t-shirts and shorts for the first few days while the elevation is still low. When the sun sets the temperatures to drop quick. Wear a warm hat while sleeping and take a Nalgene bottle filled with hot water and keep it in your sleeping bag to stay warm.

6) Stay Hydrated: Make sure to drink plenty of water while on the trek. Do carry extra water bottles with you at all times.

7) Altitude Headaches: A headache can be one of the first signs of altitude problems. Do carry suitable medications for the same. Small headaches are common and should not stop you from trekking or worry you. However, if it persists or increases, it might be advisable to ascend or even trek down.

8) Avoid the Sun: Taking care of your skin and eyes are important. Sunburns happen much quicker at high elevation so make sure to apply sunscreen a few times a day and wear a hat. Sunglasses are a must-have and if you wear prescription glasses it’s good to come to Nepal with a pair of prescription sunglasses or at least clip-on.

9) Dress in Layers: Layering allows you to easily regulate your body temperature and stay comfortable while trekking. It’s even better if your layers have zippers so that you have even more control of your body temperature. Tips for Everest Base Camp

10) Bring a camera: This trek is one of the most beautiful Himalayan Treks. So much so, that one would want to stop at every step and take pictures to make memories for life.

11) Bring Extra Batteries/Charging Packs: In the cold, your batteries will die much quicker than they do at home. This holds true for basically every kind of electronics you’ll be using from phones to cameras to kindles. While some of the tea houses allow you to charge things, they all charge you for it (some more than others). An easy way to avoid this is to bring spare batteries and a portable charger.

More Details about Everest Base Camp Trek

Know Before You Go for Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Do not bring non-bio gradable materials
  •  Pay heed to the instructions given by the trek leader and guide
  • Consumption of alcohol and other intoxicating substances are strictly prohibited
  • Since Kathmandu-Lukla flights are dynamic, we recommend you keep a buffer day in hand
  • All foreign nationals must share their passport and visa details at the time of booking, and also upon arrival.
  • ID proof Is Mandatory ( Passport, Driving License, Voter ID ) Either One Of them Is Required

Things To Carry for Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Warm clothes
  • Caps
  • Oxygen can (6 litres)
  • Back pack (50-60l)
  • Day pack (20-30l)
  • Water bottle
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Fleece jackets and thermals
  • Hiking shoes
  • Mosquito & insect repellent
  • Toilet paper & wipes
  • Backpack with waterproof linings
  • Walking stick
  • Rain cover
  • Lightweight quilt or blanket
  • Thermal inners
  • Walking shoes
  • Waterproof windcheater
  • Head torch

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Written by Swati V

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