Mount Everest(8,848m.), the highest peak in the world. Every single dream to see the giant peak at least once in their lifetime. And no doubt, that you have dreamed it too. Well, the best way to make your dream come true is to do Everest Base Camp Trekking.
Trekking to the Everest Base Camp is always a challenge and a great achievement. Here we are going to discuss some of the basic questions you and many other may ask before planning their Everest Base Camp Trek.
How long does it take to complete Everest Base Camp Trekking?
-Well, there are two options available to do Everest Base Camp trekking, they are;
a. 13 Days Everest Base Camp Trekking
b. 10 Days Everest Base Camp Trekking.
The first one takes 13 days to complete the trekking. It has two acclimatisation days in Namche Bazar and Dingboche respectively. It is suitable for the trekkers who want a more relaxing trek. Perfect option for the first-time trekkers in high altitude. Same time, experiencing two extra days during the trekking adds more fun and excitement.
Second, 10 Days Everest Base Camp Trekking is for the pro hikers, who want to complete the trek in less time. It suits for those trekkers having previous experience of high altitude trekking.
How high is Everest Base Camp?
-Everest Base Camp is at the height of 5,364m from sea level.
What is the maximum elevation do I get during trekking?
-The maximum elevation you will get during the trekking is 5,545m. at Kalapatthar.
What documents are needed to trek Everest Base Camp?
-Trekkers are requested to issue TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card and need to get National Park Entry Fee for the trekking.
How much do the permits cost for Everest Base Camp Trekking?
-If you are going through a local trekking company then it costs US$ 10. But if you are trekking individually then it costs US$ 20 per person.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee is US$ 33 per person.
What are the best seasons for Everest Base Camp Trek?
-The best seasons for Everest Base Camp are: –
a. Spring (March-May)
b. Autumn (September-November)
Spring is slightly better than autumn as the rhododendron and other wildflowers bloom around.
How often the Lukla flight happens?
-There are several flights to and from Lukla every day. Again, the weather is always unpredictable and in the case of Himalayas, it is even more.
How much does it cost for the Lukla Flight?
-The Lukla fare is US$ 158 one way at the moment. But the flight rate may change timely.
What types of accommodation are available during the Everest Base Camp Trekking?
-There are several teahouses available in every single overnight place with good food, warm blankets and even with internet access.
Can I take a hot shower during the trekking?
-Well, the answer is yes. You can take a hot shower but in the high Himalayas, the bucket hot shower is available. And you have to pay US$ 2-4 per bath.
Is the power available to charge my electric devices?
-Yes, you can charge your mobile phones, cameras and other devices but you have to pay US$ 1-3 per charging your electric devices.
Below we have attached a suggest itinerary and the details for Everest Base Camp Trekking.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation day.
Day 3: Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding (4-5 hours trek/2652 m/8700 ft.) 8km.
Day 4: Phakding-Namche Bazar(6-7 hours trek/3440m/11280ft.) 10km.
Day 5: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar.
Day 6: Namche Bazar to Tengboche( 5-6 hours trek/3870m./12,694ft.) 10km. .
Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche(5-6 hours trek/4,360/12,694ft.)8km: .
Day 8: Acclimatisation day in Dingboche:
Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche(5-6 hours trek/4940m./16,207ft.) 7km.
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep(7-8 hours trek/5,170m./16961ft.)-Everest Base Camp (5,364m./17,594ft.)-Gorakshep 15km.
Day 11: Gorakshep to Kalapathar(6-7 hours/5545m./18,192ft.)-Pheriche(4280m./14,070ft.) 15km.
Day 12: Pheriche to Namche 5-6 hours/15km.
Day 13: Namche to Phakding 4-5 hours trek/7km.
Day 14: Phakding to Lukla, 4-5 hours trek/7km.
Day 15: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu and last minute shopping in Thamel.
Day 16: Fly back home.
Well, here we have included some of the frequently asked questions. If you have more questions and wish to be answered, then you can ask via comment box or through direct message.