Everest Base Camp Trekking FAQ
01.Base Camp trekking?
Everest base camp trekking is the one of the most popular treks in the world. Each year thousands of tourist visit Nepal for Everest base camp trekking. Everest Base Camp trekking is trekking to the base camp of world’s highest summit Mt.Everest. This trek was set off for the first time by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953. It is one of the most beautiful and famous journey of Nepal.
02. Where does Everest Base Camp lies?
Everest Base cam lies in SoluKhumbu region of Nepal. Along with Mt.Everest the UNESCO world heritage site Sagarmatha National Park also lies there. This district is also known for unique Sherpa cultures. It has 8 municipalities where 1 is urban and other 7 are rural. Different caste groups such as Bhramin, Chhetries, Sherpa’s can be found in this region.
03. What is the altitude of Everest Base Camp?
The Everest base camp lies at an altitude of 5380m (17600ft) above the sea level.
04. What is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?
The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is spring i.e. (from March to May) or during autumn i.e. (September to December) the temperature in these seasons guarantees promising and breathtaking views. However temperature reaches below 0 in December yet we can enjoy the mesmerizing views. But you need to be prepared with the proper clothing for some potentiality of the very low temperatures. October is also traditionally best time for trekking as the temperature is moderate and offers us with the best views.
05. What will be the average size of the groups trekking to Everest Base camp?
We normally organize trekking for 2-16 people in a group. We can also customize the size of the people according to your preferences. Our group contains people of all nationalities.
06. What accommodation will you provide during the trek?
Our accommodation will be in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and during our trek we will be staying in lodges and guest houses. Our accommodation will be in twin share basis. If you want single supplement then you will be charged extra fee. All our accommodations in Kathmandu will have attached washrooms whereas during our trek most of the teahouses may have shared washrooms. Our team will try to serve you with best available facilities.
07. What are the main highlights of the trek?
Everest Base camp offers you with so many mesmerizing views. Everest Base Camp itself is a heaven placed high among the clouds. Reaching there fills your soul with peace and lots of positive energies. The major highlights of Everest base camp are the highest view point on earth Kalapatthar, Tengboche Monastery,Mt.Everest,Mt.Pumori,Mt.Lhotse and other highest mountains also including the wildlife, Agriculture of Khumbu region and most of all the loving and friendly Sherpas with their warm hospitality.
08. Do I need to have prior trekking experience to trek to Everest Base Camp?
If you have trekking experience anywhere in the world then you can trek to Everest Base Camp. There is no such experience required. If you can walk up to 6-7 hours a day then you can easily trek to the base camp. It is better if you start taking energy boosting diets and doing some physical exercise a month before the trek. All you need to have is strong willingness and ability to overcome the challenges
09. What are the meals included during the trek?
All meals are provided during the trek. Breakfast and dinner will be provided on our stay to the next destination where as we will have our lunch during our trails. We will also provide tea and coffees where we will have rest. We can get variety of Nepali and continental dishes in lower elevations but we may not be able to get continental dishes is higher elevations so we will be served with authentic Nepali cuisines.
10. Who will carry my stuffs?
If you are travelling with us then you don’t have to worry about carrying your stuffs. Our porter will carry all your stuffs. We will provide you porter who will carry up to 15- 25kgs.
11. Should I have travel insurance?
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our clients traveling with our company. The Nepalese Insurance company doesn’t have travel insurance for foreign people so we recommend you to bring the legal documents with you while coming to Nepal. Your travel insurance must cover the loss due to theft, injury, delay; inconveniences or any other and the company should not have any liabilities for your personal loss.
12. Do I get to charge my phones and cameras?
In some of the lodges and trekking houses they provide you the facility to charge your phones and cameras by taking a very small amount of charging fee. But some of the areas might have electricity problems so, we suggest you to bring extra batteries.
13. Is there any age limit to trek to Everest Base Camp?
There isn’t any age limit to trek to Everest Base Camp. If your physical condition is good and if you have ability to walk for few hours for several days then you can easily trek to Everest Base Camp. It is better if you start preparing for the trek few months earlier by doing some exercises like running, skipping, jogging etc and also by taking some healthy and energy boosting diets. We also suggest you to consult to your doctor once before the trek.
14. Can domestic Flight get cancelled or delayed?
The weather forecast of Lukla is beyond prediction. Thus, due to bad weather flight might be delayed for several days sometimes. If it disturbs your trip at the beginning then you are free to choose any other alternative trips. We will look for the best alternative for you taking into considerations of the whole group if it occurs during the trip.
15. Can I get a shower along the trek?
There are shower facilities in guest houses and lodges. They have gas and solar heating systems. But in some of the villages they use fire wood to boil waters and provide buckets as shower facilities.
16. Can I communicate with my friends and relatives during the trek?
You can communicate with your friends and relatives. You can purchase local sim cards such as NTC, NCEll and use them to communicate and also you can use the internet. Only some of the areas might have network problems. Some of the lodges also have Wi-Fi facilities.
17. Is guide compulsory?
It is not compulsory to have a guide but it may not be safe at the higher elevations to travel alone. So, we recommend you to hire a guide and a porter. If you do so there are less chances of getting lost and you will get to know more about the places as well. The guide will help to rescue you if you fall sick or injured during the trek.
18. Is tipping compulsory?
Tipping is a way of showing gratitude and appreciation. Though it is not compulsory in Nepal. Your small appreciation to our guides, porters, drivers and other staffs will give some positive vibes towards their work.
19. What are the chances of getting lost?
If you travel with our guide then there is very less chance of getting lost. But if you are planning to travel alone then you might miss the way. There are so many confusing trials where we have to follow our guide carefully.
20. Are ATM machines available during the trek?
ATM machines are available in Lukla and Namche Bazaar. But we suggest you to carry some amount of cash with you because sometimes the machines might be out of service.
21. Do I need to bring my own trekking instruments?
You will also get trekking instruments on rent in Kathmandu. But we think it is more convenient to use our own instruments. So we suggest you to bring your own instruments if possible or you can also purchase it in Nepal.
22. What are the documents and paper required while trekking to Everest Base camp?
The documents and paper that are required to trek to Everest Base Camp are heath certificate, travel insurance, and PP size photos to obtain the trekking permits like TIMS (trekking information management system).