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.
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
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
- Wind cheater jacket
- Hat/ Cap
- Rubber sandals
- Water bottles (purification tablets)
- Medical Kit
- Rain jacket
- Laundry : Available in Tea houses
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
- 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
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
- Sagarmatha National Park Permit: $33 per person
- TIMS card (Independent trekkers): $20
(Group Trekkers):$10 per person
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
- 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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