All you need to know about Everest Base Camp Trekking

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If you were trying to find out EVERYTHING about Everest Base Camp Trekking, you have stumbled on the right page! Through this blog, I will be giving you all the details on Everest Base Camp Trekking.

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The Basics:

Anyone planning to trek to the Everest Base Camp needs to know the basics about the trail and the trip.

- Duration: 12 days- starting from and ending in Lukla
- Permits required: SNPE (Sagarmatha National Park Entrance) and TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) permit.
- Height of Mount Everest: 8,848 m (29,029 ft)
- Height of Everest Base Camp: 5,364 m (17,598 ft)
- Highest Point in the trek: Kala Patthar (5545 m)
- Best views from: Kala Patthar and Gokyo
- Trekking options: Package tour or Independent trekking
- Best time to trek: October – November

Equipments:

The clothes and gears depend on the time you go, but here are the essentials:

- Good pair of Hiking Boots
- Good quality socks
- Long sleeve shirts
- Trekking pants
- Shorts
- Wind cheater jacket
- Hat/ Cap
- Rubber sandals
- Water bottles (purification tablets)
- Map
- Medical Kit
- Rain jacket
- Laundry : Available in Tea houses

Difficulty:

It is one of the most challenging and thrilling treks. But at the same time, it is also one of the most wonderful and popular ones.

- No Ropes needed
- No Ice Picks needed
- No Vertical climbing
- Few boulders that may need climbing

BUT,
- Ground is not paved – rough, rocky and gravel strewn
- Long paths that go up and then down
- Snow and ice in the trails (depending on the season)
- Ghumbu Glacier: pot- holes, rocks and unsettled ground

Fitness and Tips:

You need to have a certain level of fitness. I advise you to see a doctor before your trek.

- 4-7 hours of slow trekking per day
- Slower trek means easier trek
- For first time trekkers: choose longer package to complete the trek, go during peak season
- Chances of altitude sickness

Cost:

The cost varies on how you will be trekking.

- Package tours: around US$ 1,700
- Guide and porter: $50 to $80 per day (excl. food or accommodation)
- Guide only: $30 to $60 per day (excl. food or accommodation)
- Average tea- house cost: Rs. 250 – Rs. 500 (off season and peak season respectively)
- Cost of Dal Bhat (Rice, pulse soup and curry): Rs. 200 – Rs. 600
- Cost of one liter of bottled water: Rs 80- Rs. 200

Permit Costs:
- Sagarmatha National Park Permit: $33 per person
- TIMS card (Independent trekkers): $20
(Group Trekkers):$10 per person

Itinerary:

This is the basic itinerary for the trek:

Day 1: Fly to Lukla and stay
Day 2: 7 hours trek to Namche Bazar (3446 m)
Day 3: Rest at Namche Bazar
Day 4: 6 hrs trek to Deboche (3760m)
Day 5: 7 hours trek to Dingboche (4360m)
Day 6: Rest day at Dingboche
Day 7: 6 hours trek to Lobuje (4930m)
Day 8: Trek to Gorak Shep (5182m) then to Everest Base Camp (5354m) and back to Gorak Shep
Day 9: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Pattar (5545m) and back. Trek from Gorak Shep to Lobuje and from Lobuje to Pheriche (4270m)
Day 10: Trek to Phortse (3810m)
Day 11: 7 hours Trek to Monjo (2840m)
Day 12: 5 hours trek to Lukla

Other Info:

- Yes, you will have to cross suspensions. Don’t look down if you are afraid of heights.
- Yes, ATMs are available (but may not be working). It’s better to have cash with you.
- Yes, you can charge your electronic devices on the trek. Rates per hour vary from Rs. 100 to Rs. 300.
- Yes, there are food options other than Dal Bhat.
- Yes, helicopter rescue is available which costs around US$5,000.
- And yes, it’s better to have Travel Insurance.

Hope these tips were helpful to you. Have a great trek to the Everest Base Camp!

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