Everest base camp gives you the spectacular scenery
Many mountain trekkers climb these small mountains as a practice for climbing the other high mountains. As mountains are the loveliest part of Nepal, people in these mountains’ regions are very friendly and welcoming. You can also go through the life of local Sherpa and Gurung people living in the Khumbu region. Along with the natural beauty, this trek will provide you to see and observe the remote and cultural part of Nepal. On the Everest base camp trek, you can unlock the mystery of Khumbu valley and build a connection with the people living there. You will have a day off to explore and visit the Khumbu valley.
Everest base camp trek is from 1 to 2 weeks from arrival to departure. you can make the trek longer or shorter as per your time frame as you can return back by helicopter. the trek reaches a maximum height of 5545m at Kala Patthar, a small peak offering fine views of Mount Everest. Although the final part of the trek is through essentially uninhabited areas. few lodges are in operations and in high season time, early booking for a room is a wise idea.
How long does it take to trek to Everest base camp ( EBC)?
The duration of the trek depends on your comfort and budget. If you want to explore the villages and observe their life during this trek then it will take a longer time. but if you only want to see Mount Everest and get to EBC then you can complete this trek within 5 days. However, we suggest you take the long trek, as there is less chance that people suffer from altitude sickness if you trek slowly.
If you have a busy seclude and do not have enough time to trek then Above the Himalayas can also provide you a helicopter tour to Mount Everest, where you can directly reach Everest base camp enjoying the magnificent aerial view of the Himalayas.
Normally, EBC trek is a 14 days trek that starts from Kathmandu and also ends in Kathmandu. There are various options for reaching Everest base camp. You can also take the route with side treks such as Jiri, Saleri, and Phaplu, which will take more time so, this route to EBC is very less traveled.
How fit do I have to be for the EBC trek?
Well, there is no particular test or exam for testing your fitness for trekking to Everest base camp. But of course, if you are physically fit then you can enjoy this trek more. In general, you will have to walk about 5 hours a day during this trek. Many of you might not walk on the stony route for a longer time, so you should be preparing and doing some physical exercise. You will also get a few days for acclimatization if your trekking secludes allow. Furthermore, for completing this trek easily without any problem you must do have some trekking experience.
You will have to start your trek early in the morning so, at the time of the evening, you will complete the trek and even get some time to relax and rest. This is very common for people trekking to base camp or any other higher altitude places. You also need to be fit for this trek so that you will not fall sick. Moreover, doing some basic exercise, yoga and hiking will help you during this trek. Remember the fitter you are the better experience you will get of trekking so we suggest you try to be fit
Best features of the EBC Trek
Everest base camp is the center of attraction for the people wanting to trek to the Himalayan region. Being the highest mountain of all trek to EBC is full of anticipation and excitement. You can find many highlights on this trek. many people often have the misconception that you can see mount Everest from Everest base camp which is not true.
You will get the best view of Mount Everest from Kala Patthar which also falls on the route to Everest base camp. Kala Patthar lies at an altitude of 5,000 meters from sea level. From here you will get to see the highest Mount Everest in the middle of other mountains like Nuptse, Changes, and Lhotse. This is the best part of your whole trip. in addition to this if you stay overnight at Gorakshep then you will get to watch the sunrise from Kala Patthar is also breathtaking.
you will also get to see many historical and cultural places on the route to base camp. The famous Tengboche monastery is the oldest monastery of Nepal which lies in the Khumbu valley. People believe there is spiritual energy in this monastery and here you can see the ancient Buddhist artwork. furthermore, Namche Bazar is another famous and beautiful place in the Khumbu region. Namche Bazar was used to be the main traditional point of Nepal and Tibet. From here you can get a magnificent view of Ama Dablam and Thamserku.
Is Everest base camp hard to trek?
Everest base camp lies at an altitude of 5,500 meters above sea level. People all around the world dream of trekking to Everest base camp. You do not have to expert in mountaineering for trekking to EBC but there are some difficulties that trekkers have been feeling while trekking to this place. altitude sickness is the most common among people trekking to Base camp.
For reducing altitude sickness, you should drink a lot of water and take proper acclimatization and walk at a slow pace. another problem while trekking to Everest base camp is the rough trail people might find it difficult to walk. If you feel any difficulty during the trek then you should immediately inform your guide. For your safety guide will also carry a first aid kit.
Furthermore, you should be preparing for this trek by practicing regular Cardiovascular exercises such as walking, swimming, and running before the trek. doing so will help you to walk continuously during the trek.
The Khumbu Glacier is located in Mount Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge With elevations of 4,900 m. It begins from Western Cwm and flows down through the Khumbu Valley. Afterward, melting, it drains into the Lobuche River. This glacier is the highest of all glaciers in the world. The slow-moving ice from the glacier in the form of the river can be best seen from the Everest base camp or the Kala Patthar. During our Everest trekking, we will follow the Khumbu Glacier in the final part of the trail. It is one of the more famous and often visited Himalayan glaciers as it is the key route for climbing Mount Everest also.
This peak lies in our Everest Khumbu trekking village of Dingboche and easy “walkable” peaks in the region. This is also one more sub-peak of a higher ridge than it is an independent mountain. while you are at the top you will be rewarding the best view of Mount Kangtega, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Taboche.
Since our Everest trekking spends a rest day for acclimatizing in Dingboche. Before going to higher places such as Kala Pattar, Everest Basecamp, or Island Peak. They are climbing Nangkartshang is one way to kill one of the “rest” days and one of the most worthwhile as well. This is an easy ascent than some of the other walks up peaks in the areas and good to be fit for the other peak climbing also. It’s a great half-day excursion and gives you a spectacular view of the Khumbu region. As the People stay in Dingboche for some rest. Thus, Climbing Nangkartshang is also a way to send out your rest day in an exciting way.
Hillary Memorial Chorten’s Viewpoint
We can make an easy day excursion from Namche reset day to Khunde. You can also visit Hillary Memorial Chortens (stupas), which is just about 20 minutes up the hill behind Kunde Monastery. There are Three shortens which are dedicated to the Everest summiteers, his wife and daughter, who died in a plane crash while working on aid projects in the region. You will enjoy the mind-blowing views of Thamserku peak, Namche Bazaar, and Thame Village.
Imja Tsho and Amphu Labtsa
While you are in The Chhukung you can make a detour to the Amphu Labtsa Phedi is further away and higher than Imja Tse BC. It will take about 6 hours trip for going up and back. I made a day hike there last year from Chukkhung, 3:00h up and 2:30h down, 500m climb. It used to be a snow-covered, glaciated wall, now just an ugly grey slab of stone.
The glacier had also mostly disappeared, like most small glaciers in the Himalayas. You are fit and hiking then you can certainly visit both Imja Tse BC and Amphu Labtsa Phedi in a day. Thus it will be an amazing experience to visit The Imja Tsho’ lake and the base of the wall-like Amphu Laptsa Pass. Furthermore, this is a wild and remote high mountain landscape in the Everest trekking route.
The Chola Tsho is a stunning alpine lake just 30 minutes off the main Everest trekking trail. It liest in, between Lobuche and Dughla. You can visit this beautiful lake of Chola Tsho. It is about 3 hours walking above Dughla to Lobuche in a single day due to acclimatization issues. If you are doing the Everest three pass trek, when you will arrive at Cho la pass sand Dzonglla you can see Chola-Tsho sitting at the base of craggy Cholatse Peak.
Enjoy the trekking in Sagarmatha National park
You will get to observe the local lifestyle of the people living in the Everest region. Sagarmatha national park is the protected area where hundreds of species of flora and fauna are found also fall on the EBC region. Kala Patthar is the highest point on this trek. From here you will get an exquisite view of enormous Mount Everest.
People living in the Khumbu region are mostly Gurung and Sherpas following Buddhism. That is why you will find many small and big monasteries on the way. 5 days Everet view trek is perfect for people who have a busy working schedule. You will be walking through typical traditional villages, lush forests filled with oaks and pines, crossing the high suspension bridges, being with the loyal and friendly local people, enjoying the awe-in spring views of the mountains and their landscape.
Low Stamina, how to improve your trekking stamina ???
No worries. Here are a few methods to help you enhance your trekking stamina if you are willing to trek to the hard trails.
1. Try going for small hikes
Hiking is considered to be a potent activity that could decrease the danger of coronary heart illnesses, blood pressure, makes your bones strong, and additionally allows in reducing the frame weight. Because it lowers the chance and makes you bodily suit, people who are physically fit can go without difficulty trek to the close vicinity too. Also, people with low body weight can stroll longer compared to the ones who are fat. Also, practicing small hikes can make you modify and address the problems that arise while trekking to long routes. Going sluggish and focusing the trekking is a quality manner to increase the stamina for the Everest base camp trek 7 days.
2. Eating healthy diets
Ingesting is necessary for all the activities that we do. The better way to boom the body’s stamina is a healthy diet. Focusing on the meal’s behavior can reduce a variety of body problems and make you physically fit so that you can do Everest base camp trek 7 days easily with your healthy body.
3. Stay active for Everest base camp trek
Even in the offseason, go for training as well as a small trek. Especially winters when people feel lazy, cold, and which is not the season for trek or hike go for it. It will balance your body and strengthen the lung and overall body during cold. Skiing, indoor rock climbing, are the best options, which will help you to improve your stamina.
Do I need a permit for trekking to Everest base camp?
TIMS means the trekker’s Information Management system. You can take this trekking permit on the tourism board in Kathmandu. TIMS card construction will cost you NRS 2000. Remember that this card is only valid for a single entry in only one place. You will have to get a TIMS card by physically going on the tourism board.
In addition to this another permit that you will need to have for this trek for entering Sagarmatha national park there are several checkpoints where you will have to show your permit.
Altitude sickness ( No worry you can handle it)
While you are trekking above 3000 m you may suffer from altitude sickness. This is a very common thing while your trekking in Nepal. While you are trekking above 2500m height the level of oxygen label is starts getting dropped down. Due to the less oxygen on your body, you will feel shortness of breath and nausea. The gradual ascend and hydration is the key things to avoid AMS. You can treat it well if you will take care of your body. You must treat it and make your body acclimatize well on time. If you take precautions to walk slowly and drink enough water it will fade away and you will enjoy your beautiful trek.
What are the symptoms?
There are no specific symptoms of AMS as it can vary from one person to another. Below are a few symptoms.
- Headache is the first and the most common symptom of AMS.
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble sleeping
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Fatigue or weakness
- Persistent rapid Pulse
- Peripheral Edema ( swelling of hands, feet, and face)
Treatment and what You can do
Acclimatization: It is very important to acclimatize your body while you trek above 3000m in height. We will have 2 acclimatize days on our EBC trek.
Hydrate: It is very important to hydrate yourself, So carry your water bottle take water from time to time, and drink at least 3 to 4 liters of water a day.
Say no to Caffeine and alcohol: We recommend you stay away from caffeine and alcohol during your trek. the consumption of caffeine and alcohol will increase the level of dehydration. You can dink ginger tea, hot lemon honey, or black tea and soups.
Slow walk wins the race: Walking slowly and resting at the altitude is the best way to avoid altitude sickness. It is hard to walk on the high-altitude rough path so you can make your speed slow and make enough rest.
Intake the Garlic soup: Garlic is the best local herbal and species to avoid the ills done by altitude sickness. It helps to thin the blood and enhances blood flow in the body to be more efficient oxygen.
Medication: for normal symptoms, you can use the Diamox tablets twice a day with half a tablet. if symptoms are mid you can descend immediately and in worst cases, helicopter evacuation is needed.
Get into Sherpa village of Khumbu
Our Everest base camp trek goes from the Hindu lowland to the ends at the Tibetan Buddhist upper land. ‘while you are in the Namche Bazaar and another upper village You will meet the Sherpa people renowned for their enterprises, hard work, and devotion to the proactive of Buddhism. Nowadays trekking and mountaineering is the main income source of these people. more than half of the populations of these regions are in the trekking and climbing sectors.
No wonder you will meet many Everest summiteers in the village of Thame and Khumjung. the village of Namche bazaar looks more like an alpine resort than a Sherpa village as there are lots of hotels, restaurants, and some bars there.
This is the main center of Solukhumbu and has a lot of shops and you can enjoy good hot showers. there is plenty to do around Namche Bazaar and a day should spend easily here acclimatizing. Don’t make mistakes for AMS as the victims of AMS are often the fittest and healthiest people because of their overextended. It is important to take a day’s walk to a higher altitude as part of your acclimatization and coming back to sleep at Namche. For this purpose, you can make a day hiking to Thame, Everest view hotel, or even further village of Thame to the west.
Everest base camp trek cost
The cost of Everest base camp trek has been greatly affected by the recent political upheaval in Nepal, and the current Government has implemented many new taxes and costs to ensure that people working in the hospitality industry, such as hotels, guest houses, restaurants, and tourism are paid fair and equitable wages. Daily needed things prices to hike up, meals and rooms cost in Everest base camp trek cost increased seasonally, as in the rest of the world, fuel costs have been increasing regularly and due to a severe shortage in Nepal prices vary from day today.
However, even though we at Above Himalaya Trekking have been affected by these factors, we continue to offer the best services to our customers at a nominal cost. the cost of our standard package for Everest base camp trek full board package from arrival to departure is USD 1560 per person. in the group 1 guide and 1 porter on 2 people basis, in a big group we can have some cost-sharing and can be the little cheaper basis if we need to run the trek for just 1 person there is 1 guide who will help to carry the bag and this will make your trek cost down.
Mount Everest has enthralled valiant men and ladies since the 1920s. The endeavors of legends, for example, George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the guide; thousands have emulated, making colossal tributes – numerous with their lives – in their endeavors to the summit.
Today, the trek to Everest Base Camp has turned into an achievable objective for individuals from varying backgrounds that need an impression of the world’s most astounding crest. In 2012, between 35,000 and 37,000 individuals trekked in the Everest area.
Everest Base Camp trek cost for Nepali
Everest base camp trek cost for Nepali is cheaper than foreigners as they don’t need a permit. the flight cost to Lukla is also local fare which is cheaper than USD fare. The flight ticket cost is Nepali rupees 8455 one-way LPC fare. If you are in the group to make the cost down you can drive by private Jeep also from Kathmandu near Lukla. After driving you to need to trek for 4 hours to reach Phakding. The road is quite rough and bumpy though. You can plan Nepali rupees 4000 to 5000 per day for your daily meals and lodge. Your drinks bill and personal expenses will need more money.
Hiring Guide & Porter cost
It depends on whether to hire a guide or not. If you are trekking solo then we recommend you hire a guide and porter. As there might be a chance that you might get lost. For people who are trekking Everest base camp to a particular trekking company, they will provide you guide and porter themselves. If you want to hire a guide the cost of the guide is USD 30 per day. For hiring a porter, the cost ranges from USD 25 to 30 per day. Guide and porter will help to make your trek more fun and enjoyable. Guide and porter will also help if any problem arises during the trek. Furthermore, they will provide you the information about the places and help to communicate with the local people.
Picking up ‘The Right’ Gears
Everest Base Camp trek is not a technical climb but saying, so it is not even that easy. You should be ready in every way. And the preparation is incomplete without sufficient gears. How you prepare for the trip makes a huge difference in how you enjoy the trek.
There are several essentials that you need for the Everest base camp trek 14 days to ensure its safety and success. But few things are of utmost importance.
While packing, don’t forget essential items like a passport, permits, travel insurance, and enough cash. Talking about the clothing items, trekking boots, and down jackets are a must.
During the trek, you will be walking for long hours every day. You don’t want to injure yourself. Thus, you need trekking boots with proper traction and make you feel comfortable. For that, you will need appropriate waterproof and comfy trekking boots to protect you from the hazards of the cold and rocky trails.
We usually suggest taking your running shoes for the Everest base camp trek for 14 days. They are incredibly comfortable with walking high and long distances. Plus, they are breathable too. Most importantly, running shoes protect your feet from minor injuries to a major like plantar fascistic, tendinitis, pronation, etc. Get yourself a pair of the best women’s running shoes for plantar fasciitis.
While doing the Everest base camp trek for 14 days, it will be freezing on the higher part. The chilly wind can quickly get on your nerve and cause severe problems like nausea, headache, frostbite, pneumonia, etc. Moreover, the uneasiness may cause altitude sickness. Thus, make sure to warm your chest and head.
Nothing helps to beat the cold like a high-quality down jacket. Before taking one, don’t forget to check the necessary features, material, and down-fill power. You have the option to buy or rent it in Kathmandu. If you don’t have any idea regarding them, go through the best down jacket of 2017. This jacket will undoubtedly help you find a better one. Other essentials include sleeping bags, water bottles, sun hats, gloves, sunscreens, medications, personal health requirements, and many others.