Everest Base Camp -Frequently Asked Question
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Planning on taking on the challenge of trekking to the Everest Base Camp, the base of the tallest mountain in the world? Here is the great starting point.

Whether you would like to know what is the best time to for trek, how physically challenging is the trek or desire a clear summary of trip inclusions, discover answers to our most frequently asked questions from our daring guides, staff, and mountain specialists right here. So, sit back and start planning the expedition of your lifetime.

Exactly how hard is the Everest Base Camp trek? The number of hours a day do you walk?

The Everest Base Camp (EBC) expedition is really possible for people that are prepared to put in the effort before departure. The trek is precisely that: a walk. There are no technological components to the trip, simply one foot in front of the other; the key is to take your time and not to rush.

Our Everest Base Camp trek is rated moderate, meaning that you typically will not exceed eight hours of trekking in a day. Some days can differ from 4-5 hours a day to al little as 2-3 hours, however, there will be regions where you are tested. If you have trained your mind and body you go in the trek with a can- do attitude, that’s the majority of the battle.

Is it very steep?

For our Everest Base Camp trek, travelers should find occasional rough terrain comfortable, however, be prepared for long steep climbs. So, some days you will have to ascent and descents half a kilometer or more. Remember: pace isn’t vital, self-confidence, stamina and continuity are.

When is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?

The trekking period for Everest Base Camp starts from May to mid-September. October is typically the most preferred time for this trek when the sights are fantastic, and the weather is not too extreme. Yet we will find many tourists tolerating the chillier winter (Dec/Jan) for the opportunity to hike on trails with lower crowds.

Do you require great shoes?

Yes! And also quality socks. Happy feet equal a happy hiker, so choose a gear store that will assist you get well-fitted, sturdy, suitable and comfortable trekking boots that’ll last over time.

Can you recommend any training programs for the trek?

A general training program that fits everyone is hard to recommend. The training for the Everest Base Camp trek depends upon your current level of mental and physical fitness and also any medical conditions you might have. We suggest that you work out one hour a minimum of four to five times per week, an hour each time, doing training exercises such as jogging, swimming, cycling and strength work.

How is the food on the trek?

A full-time personal cook and assistant will be on-hand to prepare a productive menu for you under strict clean and hygienic standards making use of mostly all fresh ingredients. You can help yourself to second or even thirds as there’s always plenty to go around.

Every day is different but here is a sample menu

  • Breakfast: Tea, coffee or hot chocolate served in your tent, grain cereal or porridge, eggs (fried, boiled or omelette) and tomatoes, toast with spreads, boiled water.
  • Lunch: Potatoes, Juice, cucumber and carrot salad, chapatis, cheese and gherkins, canned tuna, pizza and meats, fresh oranges and bananas, boiled water.
  • Dinner: Steamed vegetables, rice, daal, soup, fried chicken, spaghetti, fresh apples, chocolate cake, tea or hot chocolate, boiled water.

Unlike many companies, Nepal Trekking Routes provide a full meal service as part of the trip cost that reduces the risks to you and safeguards your wellness.

Do I get to stay overnight at Everest Base Camp?

Our Everest Base Camp trek does not include stay overnight at base camp. Special permits are required to sleep at the base camp which are extremely costly. Rather, you stay at Gorak Shep where you trek to the base camp for a day trip.

What happens if an emergency occurs?

Limited medical facilities are available throughout the rout. And also our guides are equipped with complete medical kit and are thoroughly trained on how to use it. We likewise have a mobile altitude chambers on hand ready to be used if someone is experiencing AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in case they cannot be evacuated because of bad weather conditions.

A guide must pass a medical course every year so they are fully capable and prepare to deal with emergencies. This course is run by our UK-based doctor who conducts the training course annually in Kathmandu.

Our number one concern is the safety of our travellers and crew. We always include an assistant guide in the crew in case a fellow trekkers in your group needs to descend. We have great deals of support personnel on the trek, so the person descending will be well cared for, and won’t impact in any way on the remainder of the team’s experience. If a case is serious then helicopter evacuation is also an option.

What is the typical size of the group?

Groups can range 6 to 16 trekkers, generally a mix of individual, friends or couples travelling together who have a mutual interest interest in nature and outdoor adventure. Ages of the travellers in the group differ from people in their 20’s up to their 70’s from all over the world. The Everest Base Camp trek is an extremely popular trek with all dates assured to depart.

How big is the staff crew?

You will usually have the main guide, plus 4 assistant guides, A person who manages porters (Sirdar), cooks, porters and camp hands that join you on your Everest Base Camp trek.

Can I take my own down coat or sleeping bag?

Yes. Just let your trek leader know you have your own down jacket or sleeping bag when collecting your Nepal Trekking Routes kit bag and they will remove those items from the kit bag.

What else can I do in Kathmandu? Can I do any other short trek?

You can visit other places nearby Kathmandu like Bhaktapur, Patan, Dhulikhel, Kirtipur, or Chitwan (for a jungle safari) we can help arrange this. And if you want a short trek, you can head to Nagarkot or Langtang.

About Author

Shailesh Pokharel
Nepal Trekking Routes Pvt. Ltd. was registered in 2013 as a trekking company with the Department of Tourism and Department of Company Registration. It is a licensed trekking agency with the permission to operate trekking and tourism activities in any part of Nepal. With head office located in Kathmandu, Nepal Trekking Routes team is headed by Mr. Shailesh Pokharel, who has over a decade-long experience working as a Trekking Guide in the Himalayas. He has provided his unique expertise to clients from North America, Europe, South East Asia, Pacific, Africa and South America. Now, under his guidance, a team of highly experienced trekking guides have joined forces to start Nepal Trekking Routes Pvt. Ltd. Unlike other mushrooming trekking agencies in Nepal, Nepal Trekking Routes believes in showcasing Nepal in a much more intimate and personalized way. We believe in offering personalized services at competitive prices. There will be no compromise on the level and quality of services we offer and the hospitality will remain the same for each of our client.