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Start/End: Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Duration: 16 days
Difficulty: Medium to Hard
Maximum Elevation: 5,545m (Kalapathar)
Best Time: October - November & March - April
Accommodation: Lodges/Tea houses
The Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek is a spectacular high-altitude trek within the mountains of Nepal that steal one's attention with its jaw-dropping scenery and a singular cultural experience exploring the challenging trekking. The trek also gives an insight into the lives and culture of the Sherpa people. The view of the sunrise above the Khumbu glacier is an unforgettable sight. The Everest base camp trek requires fitness because it demands some challenging climbs on the trail. Our itinerary is taken into account fully acclimatize before reaching Everest Base. There are strenuous sections along the Khumbu glacier where utmost care is required, despite having tons of trails with well-graded paths.
There are many options to access the Everest base camp. Most of the trekkers fly to Lukla from Kathmandu or follow the classical trail Jiri to Everest Base Camp and fly out from Lukla. It will be good for acclimatization to start from Jiri.
Day 01: Pick up from International airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,860 m / 9,383 ft) and continue trek to Phakding (2,610 m / 8,563 ft)
Day 03: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,286 ft)
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (Ascend to Everest viewpoint, visit twins Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde)
Day 05: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870 m / 12,696 ft)
Day 06: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410 m / 14,470 ft)
Day 07: Acclimatization day at Dingboche (Side trip to Nagarsang Peak)
Day 08: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910 m / 16,174 ft)
Day 09: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,160 m / 16,929 ft) and day walk to Everest Base Camp (5,360 m / 17,585 ft)
Day 10: Ascend to Kalapathar (5,545 m / 18,192 ft) and trek back to Pheriche (4,240 m / 13,910 ft)
Day 11: Trek back to Tengboche
Day 12: Trek back to Namche Bazaar
Day 13: Trek back to Lukla
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 15: Leisure in Kathmandu
Day 16: Final Departure, drop to airport.
This is one of the most frequently asked questions. The best time for Everest Base Camp is probably during the pre-monsoon (March, April, and May) and post-monsoon fall (September, October, and November). During this season the weather is clear most of the time and is undisturbed by fog and mist. Although, if you want to avoid the crowd then summer and monsoon (June, July, and August) are the best seasons to visit.
The Everest Base Camp trek is achievable by those people who are prepared and trained for this journey. Of course, the journey is not as easy as walking in the park. As it reaches a staggering height of 5,632m (18477ft) above sea level. It is necessary to gather all the information available on the internet. The journey gets tough as you gain more altitude and the more your body has to be adjusted. So, your physical fitness, age, and preparation for the trek are important to check.
The cost of the Everest Base Camp Trek depends upon what you are looking for. The cost of equipment and gear, flight, visa, guide and porters, Accommodation and meals, VIsa’s, and Insurance are very essential basic costs. Personal expenses during the trek depend upon you. Some people may spend a little extra during the journey and some people save money.
The duration of the trek varies on your package and fitness. The journey can be completed within 12 days if you are fit and an avid trekker. Otherwise, it would take 16 days to complete the journey. You can properly acclimatize in the 16 days journey.
The trail towards EBC leads you through beautiful cafes and restaurants. In teahouses, you can find a variety of dishes. If you are vegan or have dietary restrictions then you can easily find the dish as per your preference. It is better to eat veg on the trail as non-veg is difficult to digest at a higher altitude. Although, your meal preferences will be taken care of by the team. So, you can enjoy various kinds of food throughout the trek.
Lukla flights depend upon the weather of Lukla, as it is unpredictable for flights to operate. The airline does not operate as long as the weather is clear. Flights can be delayed or cancelled as the weather gets worse. There are no other alternative options if you are restrained by time or if the flight gets cancelled.
On the journey, you can easily find internet services and cell reception. Indeed, you have to purchase Nepali sim cards to have a call. Along the trail, there are good Wifi facilities but you have to pay a certain amount of fee. You can easily and daily get in touch with your family members.
It is necessary to have the right kinds of trekking gear and clothes on the journey. The trekking gear and clothes may differ from the season. And while choosing the clothes and trekking gear do check the weather conditions.
Everest Base Camp Trek does require travel insurance as you would be travelling through a higher altitude. It is necessary to cover all the emergency evacuations at higher altitudes as altitude sickness can attack at any time.
In the trial, you can charge your electronic devices easily. The electricity can be easily accessed in the lower part of the trek. Although, as you reach higher ground you cannot get electricity in the room so solar panels are used to supply the electricity. You may have to pay some extra amount for charging.
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