25 things to know before hike to Everest Base Camp
The spring season is coming soon in Nepal; it is late to book the Everest Base Camp Trek. But, still, you have little bit time to plan to trek to Everest Base Camp. Peregrine Treks is Nepal’s premium adventure travel company and easily handle the last minutes booking for travel and trek in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. This is the world best trekking trail because of unique Sherpa culture, mani stones, Buddhist prayer’s flag, convenient teahouses, and beautiful mountains including Mount Everest. This trek starts from Kathmandu that is 1300 meters altitude and goes up to 5545 meters Kala Patthar. So, previous hiking experience, positive attitude towards hiking, the strong strength of mind, and good fitness level support you to complete this trek successfully. Here are top 25 things to know before hike to Everest Base Camp.
1. There are two trekking seasons for Everest Base Camp
You can trek to Everest Base Camp throughout the year, but autumn (September, October and November) and spring (March, April and May) is the best time to trek. At this time you can see the clear sky and mountains because of the sunny weather and warm. You can trek in winter but at this time the temperature will be in minus and you need to prepare for this. Normally, trekking trails are covered by snow and temperature downs up to -20 degree Celsius in Everest Base Camp and Gorekshep. Summer is a good season for botanist because of the greenery and the wildflowers are blooming. Lukla fly may be difficult because of unclear weather, trails will be slippery, and leeches may attack in the lower parts of trek during this season. In summer and winter, the trekking trails are not packed so you can get good hospitality during trekking.
2. Kickstarts your trip with the exciting Lukla airport
Tenzing Hillary Airport; Lukla is the world’s adventurous airport. You can take it as a mountain flight. You can see dozens of Himalayas and numerous Himalayan range. Y0u need to sit on the left-hand side of the aircraft for the best Mountain View. You have another option for the EBC Trek by Bus. You need to catch the bus from old bus park, Kathmandu to Jiri or Salleri and start your hiking. It takes a few days more for EBC Trek but it is a good option for beginners. Lukla is the entry point for the all Everest region trekking.
3. Leave a buffer when you book your flights
Lukla lies in the 2860 meters altitude and the weather frequently changes. So, the regular flight may disturb the weather. To ensure your international flight, taking some buffer days in Kathmandu is highly recommended. If you are able to catch your flight on time, you can sightsee Kathmandu Valley, you can go Dhulikhel or Nagarkot. Still, you have time; you can make your tour plan for Pokhara and Chitwan.
4. Make sure your insurance covers your whole trip
During Everest Base Camp Trekking; you need to go up to 5545 meters. At this time, you may get altitude sickness and immediately you need helicopter rescue because this trek is miles far from road access. To be on the safer side, you need to do your insurance, which must cover the evacuation and medical expenses. Major insurance policies have a cap on altitude so, before purchasing the insurance policy confirmed this.
5. The options for hiking – group or solo, guided or not
You have many options for Everest Base Camp hiking. You can trek solo or join the group for this trek. If you have already trekked Everest Base Camp, you can go solely. By joining the group, the Everest Base Camp trek cost will me minimize. You can hire guide or porters from Lukla. In trekking season, experienced and well-trained guide or porters may not be available. Also, you may have a problem to know the perfect trekking crewmembers.
6. Choose an experienced and government-registered company to guide your trek
Trekking through the experienced and government-registered company is the best and safest options for this trek. You can save time and money by choosing the best trekking company. Because they already managed everything for you and you can trek in a hassle-free mood. Peregrine Treks is a group of young entrepreneurs, who have more than 15 years experience in the mountain tourism. Most of the guides are Everest summiteers and to choose them you need to book the trip in an advance. They will do only few trekking in the year. We will provide the best value for your money.
7. To have a porter or not to have a porter – that is the question
Hiring porters are common during your Everest base camp trek and the daily cost will be around US$ 15 per porter. This covers the accommodation, salary, and their insurance. One porter can carry up to 30 kg of trekking stuff, which is more than enough for two people. If you have a porter, you can walk freely, they will carry your stuff and it will be enjoyable. You need to purchase one cargo or kitty bag to put your trekking stuff. You can get that bag in Thamel at around US$ 8 to 25.
8. You can kit yourself out in Thamel, Kathmandu
You can get new as well hire the trekking stuff in Thamel. There are branded and local trekking equipment. You can get trekking equipment list by your trekking organizer company. Trekking equipment is available in Namche too but the cost of the equipment is slightly high because of the transportation.
9. Bring Nepali Rupees
There are not enough ATM machines in the trekking area. It is highly recommended you exchange Nepali rupees in Thamel. Don’t forget to take the slip at the time of exchanging your money. You can pay in foreign currency for your accommodation in the trekking area but the exchange rate is low than Thamel. You can consult with your trekking company for the estimated Nepalese currency.
10. Pack a book and playing cards
You need to spend your two days in single place for the acclimatization. To spend time, pack some interesting books and the playing card. In few days you need just walk 4-5 hours, on that day also books and playing cards support you to spend your time.
11. Be prepared to substitute wet wipes for showers
Most of the lodges have the hot shower but after Namche taking shower is not recommended because of cold and high altitude. So, to be fresh in those days wet wipes do your job. We will provide hot shower facility up to Namche and after Namche.
12. Bring a battery pack
To charge your gadgets, you need electricity. The electricity is available during trekking. Small hydro and solar system are available to charge your gadgets. The lodge may take little money to charge your gadgets. The single battery may not be work properly because of the cold. So, battery pack is highly recommended. The electricity plug socket may vary between Europe and Nepal. In Nepal, two rounded pins are easily available.
13. Take a reusable water bottle
You need to drink plenty of water during the trek, which supports you to acclimatize. After a single purification, most of the water sources are drinkable. So, to save the money, you need to carry big neck bottle. You can buy bottled mineral water on the trekking trail but that is costly as well as that have the negative impact on the environment. In Goraekshep, you need to buy bottled water because the water sources are highly mineralized due to the nearness to the glacier.
14. The most useful toiletries to bring
To protect from sun and cold, you need to carry suns cream. Lip guard cream, wet wipes and recyclable hand wash. We highly recommend you to carry some medicines like Diamox, paracetamol, Imodium etc.
15. You cannot see Mount Everest from Everest Base Camp
This may be an interesting thing for you. You can’t see the Mount Everest from the Everest Base Camp because there are other mountains, which block your view. You can easily see the Mount Everest from the trekking trail. Kala Patthar is the main viewpoint to see the Mount Everest.
16. Head up to Kala Patthar for sunrise
You need to wake up early in the morning for the sunrise view from Kala Patthar. This is the highest point of your entire Everest Base Camp Trek and situated at 5545 meters altitude. You can see the astonishing view of Mount Everest, Khumbu Glacier and dozens of other Himalayas from this point.
17. There is no rush
Hike slowly from Namche, enjoy with nature, take photographs, chat with your friends and relatives, describe your trekking experience. Stop in the teahouses for snacks and tea, drink plenty of water, make positive attitude towards hiking, this supports you for proper acclimatization. If you will be rush, high altitude may affect you and your Everest Base Camp Trek may cancel. If you have limited time, you can down quickly as well as you can take a helicopter to return from trekking.
18. Keep on the mountainside; particularly where yaks and mules are involved
The trekking trail is wide but if you find the group of mules and yaks, you need to keep on the mountainside for your safety.
19. Look forward to the amazing suspension bridges
Suspension or hanging bridges are the strong and steady. You need not be nervous because of the suspension bridge. Before crossing the bridges, be sure that heavy loaded porters are coming from your opponent or not. Stay some time on the edge of the bridge if there are wide loaded porters. You can take full enjoyment of the prayer flags and Khadas, which is threaded up along the bridge.
20. Be sensitive to altitude sickness symptoms
Altitude sickness is the common problem during the hiking in the mountains. Normally this problem arises hike over 3500 meters. The highest elevation of the Everest Base Camp Trek in 5545 meters, so there are high chances of altitude sickness problems because of careless. The major symptoms are a headache, often with loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, disturbed sleep, dizziness etc. You need to consult with your guide if these signs shown by your body. Drinking plenty of water, garlic soup, using Diamox may reduce this sickness problem the descending is the best option for treatment.
21. The accommodation is basic but comfy
Accommodation during Everest Base Camp Trekking is basic but all of them are comfortable. There are few luxurious trekking lodges, but they are expensive. You need to book Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek Package to stay in that lodge. In the normal lodge, there is a warm eating area, good western as well as Nepali food, comfortable bedroom. Lodge provides the pillows and blanket but taking sleeping bag is highly recommended.
22. Food and drink options
There are enough lodges along the trekking trail; you need not worry about the food and drinks. You can get Nepali and western food in major lodges. In peak trekking season, lodges may not be easily available because of lots of tourists. But we will manage and pre-book the lodges for you. Alcoholic drinks are not recommended during trekking because of high altitude.
23. Everything gets more expensive the higher up you go
There is no road access in that area. Foods with all other things must carry by porters, mules, yaks and helicopters. Because of the transportation cost, most of the goods are expensive in the higher area.
24. You can tap into wifi if you need to
We will provide one Nepali sim card and you need to top up the balance on that. In major places, mobile data will work. Mobile data is not reliable and slow. You can take wifi password on pay by the hotels and restaurants.
25. Keep your batteries in your sleeping bag overnight
In the night, put your all accessories, clothes and other things into your bag. Put batteries in your sleeping bag because cold may damage your battery life. These 25 points cover most of the necessary information, but if you want to more information, please mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly call on +9779841063000 or +9779851052413. We are available 24/7 to provide information to you. Also, you can contact us for trekking, tour, peak climbing, expedition, and jungle safari in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.