Trek to Everest Base Camp FAQs
Thinking about something always comes with lots of questions. Either it is about day-to-day normal things or abnormal ones. Likewise, the Everest base camp trek also comes with lots of questions that are simplified by Everest base camp trek faqs. EBC faqs include every question asked about the trek and its necessities. The Everest base camp offers lots of beautiful experiences and unforgettable histories made by iconic people.
Many questions arise as well. Here is the list of highly asked questions that will aid you a lot if you are thinking about or planning this trek. Let’s have a look at them.
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How many days does it take to reach Everest base camp?
- You can reach Everest base camp in 1 day, 5 days, 7 days, and 14 days and so on. The time for reaching the base camp and returning back takes place according to the time period maintained in the itineraries. In the Everest base camp12 days trek, you will reach the camp in 8th days enjoying the beautiful panorama around. These natural vistas will give you majestic and spellbound feelings.
Where is Everest Base Camp?
- Everest Base Camp is in the Solukhumbu district of the country of the Himalayas, Nepal. It is within the Everest region.
What is the altitude of Everest Base Camp?
- The altitude of Everest Base Camp is 5,380m (from the southern side, Nepal) and 5,200m (from the northern side, Tibet).
What is the shortest itinerary for Everest Base Camp?
- The shortest itinerary for Everest is Everest base camp 14 days if you are willing to trek during the whole trip. But that’s not what you think, you can use helicopter flight too. You can have the close-eye view of the region and step foot in the base camp in just 4 hours of flight by helicopter. You can also trek along to Gorakshep and catch the helicopter flight from Gorakshep and get peregrine sight and return back directly to Lukla (or Kathmandu).
What kinds of foods and accommodation are found on the route to EBC?
- While trekking, we will spend nights at local tea houses and lodges. All of the accommodations will be on the basis of twin sharing. Single rooms can also be made available but it will cost an additional $250 which is much more expensive. In some places, single accommodations are not allowed because of less space.
- During the trial, you can enjoy both national and international foods and cuisines like Tibetan, continental, Italian, and Indian. Typical Nepali ethnic foods are mind-blowing. You can also enjoy other foods like hot chocolates, drinks of different varieties and slices of bread and snacks. Breakfasts and dinner will be served on the same hotel/tea houses where you spend the night, according to the menu. Lunch will be served on the way where ever it remains suitable. Welcome and farewell dinner will be served in Kathmandu in full Nepali style.
Do I have a luxury option for Everest base camp?
- The word luxury itself means comfort and everyone wants to enjoy the comfortable journey. For base camp trekking, we have a package named ‘Everest base camp luxury lodge trek’ which provides overall best food and accommodation facilities. in this kind of trekking, you can enjoy the natural majestic environment with full pleasure. For more detailed information, you can check our package Everest base camp luxury lodge trek.
How can I join the trek to Everest base camp in group joining?
- The trek to Everest base camp can be done both individually and in a group. For a group trek, you first need to make a group. You can make your own group from your country involving your friends, family, relatives and other known people, and inform us about that so that we will be able to give you services according to that. But if you cannot form a whole group then, you can simply contact us and we will place you in the group of others.
Can I cancel the trip if I book it once?
Yes, you can cancel the trip that you have booked once but there are certain conditions. Some are mentioned below:
- If you cancel the trip in 60 days remaining for the trip, your full amount will be refunded.
- If you cancel the trip in the 30 days remaining for the trip, 30% of full amount will the refunded
- But if you cancel at the interval of 1 week or less, your invested money will not be refunded at all.
What kinds of clothes and gear are needed for the Everest trek?
- Trekking gives us the splendid feeling of freedom as you can move at your own pace. Clothes and gears also play a vital role in making your journey either good or bad. So, it is very necessary to pack the bags with needed stuff. Some major clothes and gears needed are trekking poles, socks, shoes, boots, gloves, hats and scarfs, and so forth. For further information, you can check our article backpacking checklist.
What are the best months to trek to Everest base camp?
- The best seasons to trek to Everest are February, March, April, May, September, October, and November. In these months the environment remains supportive and skies remain clear. You can have a splendid panorama within a few distances. You can also encounter exotic flora and fauna along with vast and unpredictable landscapes and ecosystems. You can also have the best snowy experience as there are chances of snowfall too.
Can I trek Everest base camp in the months of June, July, and August?
- In the months of June, July, and August, the monsoon season falls. So, the rainfall can strike at any time. It makes the path slippery and less relevant for hiking as there are high chances of falling apart. Perhaps, you can have beautiful views of Himalayan ranges, flora, and fauna but that may be blur and unclear. You can have experience of this season in Everest, but it is not recommended to trek in that time as there is the risk of life too.
What should I do if I get sick in the middle of the trek?
- The major health issue that can occur is altitude sickness. To avoid this problem, you have to drink lots of water. You should carry an effective medicine called Diamox and have it immediately after the attack. We will provide guides and helpers who are experienced and trained to take different kinds of precautions and safety measures in this kind of situation. If your condition becomes severe, you will be taken 300m downward from your current position. From there, you can trek again in substitute time according to the rate of your body recovery.
Do you offer local health insurance for the EBC trek?
- Yes, let us know if you need local health insurance. We will provide you with detailed information on the best health insurance which is good to buy for the EBC trek.
How much cash should I take with me to the Everest trek?
- Performing the Everest trek is quite expensive. You will need approximately 25$ to 30$ per day for lodging, food, and other accommodation/facilities. If you have an interest in other beverages like alcohol and other drinks, then you can keep your average cash to 50$ per day.
What are the best seasons to trek to Everest and its base camp?
- The best seasons to trek to Everest and its base camp are autumn and spring. In autumn the months like September, October, November fall, and in spring the months like February, March, April, and May fall.
What is the standard itinerary for the trek to Everest base camp?
- The standard itinerary for the trek to Everest base camp lasts for 14 days. It is the extended form of 12 days itinerary including arrival in Kathmandu and departure from Kathmandu. The itinerary goes as follows:
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)
- Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860m) by Flight and Trek to Phakding (2,610m)
- Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,446m)
- Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar- Side Trip to Thamo
- Day 05: Namche to Phortse (Phorche) (3,800m)
- Day 06: Phortse to Dingboche (4,410m)
- Day 07: Acclimatization day at Dingboche
- Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940m)
- Day 09: Gorakshep (5,164m) to EBC (5,380m) and back to Gorakshep (5,164m)
- Day 10: Gorakshep to Pheriche (4,371m) via Kalapatthar (5,643m)
- Day 11: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,446m)
- Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m)
- Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m)
- Day 14: Back to your native country
What are the possible problems that we can face during the Everest trekking?
- During Everest trekking the major problems that you can face are altitude sickness (both major and minor), vertigo, and acrophobia, immediate tiredness, swelling of legs and frostbite, and other natural calamities that can occur.
Should I hire a guide, porter, both or guide cum porter?
- The guide shows you the way whereas the porter carries your heavy lodges. Hiring both may cost you higher. So, it is better to hire a guide cum porter. Because with him/her you can enjoy the trek efficiently and your cost will also be minimal. S/he will show you the path as well as aid you in carrying your heavy stuff.
I have never done trekking yet. Can I do it?
- Yes, of course, you can do it. Trekking is hard but not the hardest one. For accomplishing this, you can take training like swimming, aerobics, jogging, etc. in order to increase your stamina and endurance. You can also take part in the hiking and walking programs on a weekly basis, in order to increase your walking speed and make you used to it.
What is done during an emergency?
- If any kind of emergency occurs, the rescue team is called as they are always ready to go. If the emergency is minor, locales, and guides sort it out. Helicopter rescue service is also provided to prevent immediate damage.
Can I extend my trek to Everest base camp?
- Yes, you can. But for this, you have to update us before the trek so that we could manage the itinerary as per your requirement. But if an emergency occurs and you need to extend days, we can make you comfortable in that too.
Can I explore Kathmandu valley before or after base camp trek?
- Kathmandu is a big city. It is not possible to explore it all in one day but one can visit the main places like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Mahachaitya, Swayambhunath Mahachaitya, and a few others. But if you want to visit more and more, you need to plan your trip to Nepal in such a way that you could have spare days in Nepal. In your spare time, you will be able to perform as many activities in Nepal as you want.
How can I use toilets during the trekking to Everest base camp?
- It is not guaranteed that you will find the toilet in every place. So you need to be ready to hide behind large rocks and continue. But in the places where toilets are found, you can use them well. You also need to carry urinal bottles with you for your convenience.
What is the average group size for the Everest trekking package?
- The Everest trekking package can be done from a minimum of 1 person to a maximum whichever the number of people. The maximum number of people is estimated to be 20 people. But it is recommended to keep the group as small as you can. It is because with the small group, you can enjoy the trek more and there will not be hustle and bustle. There is a lesser chance of trek being boring and misunderstanding arising between team members.