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Dates: September: 5,11,17
October 1,11,23,30
November 3,6,20,27
December 4,23,30

About the Destination:

Trekking in Everest Base camp is definitely an adventurous one even though you are the perfect trekker.  The Everest, one of the most exciting adventure destinations in Nepal is known for its astounding beauty as it is encircled by many mountains in the Himalayas. For anyone who is looking to conquer the mountains, this trek will definitely suffice their hunger. Not just you get a chance to witness the beauty of the region with the view of the Everest but you also get to witness the top of Gokyo Ri, the trail has infinitely more variety.

Start with the five terrific alpine lakes on the way which will make you feel as if you are totally in an alternate world. Then you will come across the eight thousand Cho Oyu stands right in front of you at Gokyo. As you slowly keep continuing you will come across the 17,500 ft on top of Gokyo Ri, you will the Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. As you take a look downwards you will witness the beautiful Ngozumpa glacier which is known as the biggest glacier in the world.

Feel the thrill as you take your steps and reach the top where the sky seems to be very near to us and the snow-covered trails will not be very friendly to the conquerors. Everest Base Camp trek is one of the dream destinations for the trekkers and you need to be well prepared to catch the glimpses of the mighty mountains dearly. Pass through the quaint villages, grassy paths, steep rocks as you trek along the trails once walked down by the legends like Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. It would be the most exciting route going through the unbeatable regions.

About the Trek:

Daunting high up in the sky Everest Base Camp is calling its travellers from far and wide to explore it to its core. Take this 15-day trekking expedition to relish the most natural sights of Nepal and the Everest where photography would come at its best. As you reach the altitude of 5365 meters, you will get a feeling as if you are standing on the globe of a snowball. Get bewitched by the first sights of the majestic Khumbu ice fall during your trek and use the opportunity to explore the vast forests and valleys and waterfalls. Learn about the culture of the legendary people Sherpas who are well known to be Mountain Climbers.  

You will start this trek after you reach Kathmandu and take all your permits required there. Explore the exotic and beautiful Nepali villages as you keep continuing from Kathmandu to Lulka and from there you will continue walking to Phakding to a height of 2652m. The green mountains and the small hamlets will make you stare at it for long.  As you keep continuing your trek, you will glimpses of Everest and Lhotse just before Namche, you will be trekking for around 5 to 6 hours a day. On your fourth and fifth day, visit the Namche museum near Namche Bazaar and then the monasteries in the evening. Keep continuing and you will come across Tengboche which is a small valley at 3860m.

As you keep continuing you will come across Pangboche village and then reach the Lobuche River and pass through it and take a steep hike to Dingboche. Soak in the amazing sights of the region as you keep continuing your trek you will come across the sights the top three mountain peaks; Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and Mount Cho Yu. Then you will pass Khumbu Glacier start to see the highest peaks such as Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur. Marvel at the sight of beautified glacier route to Gorakshep (5170m) and Everest Base Camp (5364m) on your ninth day. Your trek will be a moderate one today.

On your tenth, eleventh and twelfth pass Kala Patthar and then reach Tengboche from Lobuche. You will be enjoying a moderate trek for about 6 to 7 hours. Reach Lulka on your thirteenth day and then back to Kathmandu.

Quick Facts:

Temperature: Day: 15°C-20°C and Night: -5°C-10°C

Maximum Altitude: 18,513 ft

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Airport: Kathmandu, Nepal

ATM: Namche Bazaar has the last ATM point before your trek begins.

Everest Base Camp Highlights 

- With the high passes and the white misty glaciers, Everest Base Camp trek will give you an experience of a lifetime.

- On this trek, you will trek to the foothills of the Everest, the world’s highest mountain.

- You will be trekking in some of the challenging treks like Kala Pattar, Nangkartshang Peak, and Everest Base Camp.

- Explore the amazing beauty of the Katmandu and learn about the people and their culture.

- Visit the ancient Thami and Tengboche monasteries and investigate the beauty of the Sherpa village.

- Also, visit the school established by Sir Edmund Hillary in the mountain village of Khumjung.

 

Weather condition in Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp is suitable for the trekkers all around the year but you can best enjoy the snow between September to December and March to mid-May. The temperatures at the summit are never above freezing and during January temperatures can drop as low as -60° C (-76° F). Despite the low temperatures, the biggest issue faced by climbers are hurricane force winds and wind chill. The weather is quite unpredictable in the mountains.

As the weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict you need to be very careful about your health. However, it is not as gloomy and cold as you imagine, and the temperature generally features the big temperature gap, cold at night while warm during daytime. It is almost sunny and even warm in the summer time, about 12°C (22°F) colder than in Lhasa.

As winters are very cold with a lot of snowfalls, at times it might be difficult for the trekkers to trek through the snow.  In such weather condition, you might not be able to trek to a high altitude. So for your own convenience always carry some light tents with you.  If you are thinking of trekking in the Everest Base camp during the summers, then it’s the most desirable time will be in the month of April and May. During summers get stunned by the amazing view of the peaks lost in the clouds. You can see the flowers blooming especially the Rhododendrons.  The whole valleys look spectacular with the vast greenery and a mixture of colours. For the trekkers who love to enjoy the monsoons can visit this place earlier. Although it will be a wet season but the dust will be clear because of the rain.

 

Tips for Everest Base Camp

1) Prepare yourself mentally:  As this is not an easy trek, you should prepare yourself mentally for the task that is ahead of you. Prepare yourself for the extreme conditions of the weather. All accommodation on the trek to Everest Base Camp is in small tea houses, run by the local Sherpa people. There are options for showers lower down on the trail, if you decide to use them, however, many people keep clean by using baby wipes and a bowl of warm water each day. The toilet situations can be difficult at times, as in the tea houses they are generally not Western-style toilets, rather just a hole in the ground instead of a toilet bowl.

2) What to Carry: Warm clothes, sunglasses, trekking boots, gloves, trekking stick, woollen caps among other trekking equipments you want to carry. However, the most important thing to bring is a good pair of trekking shoes that you have hiked in previously. Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking clothes that are both cheap and of decent quality. If you can bring your own sleeping bag otherwise you can rent one for about 500-600 rupees a day.

3) Bring enough money: There are no ATMs in Lukla, so one is advised to carry enough money with them in case of need for an emergency. And even for buy trekking equipments in Kathmandu. It is one of the best and cheapest place to buy the same.

4) Bring your own Tea: Yes, tea is very expensive at the Everest. But getting hot water won’t cost you much. Carry your own tea bags to be used while on the trek.

5) Stay Hydrated: Make sure to drink plenty of water while on the trek. Do carry extra water bottles with you at all times.

6) Altitude Headaches: A headache can be one of the first signs of altitude problems.  Do carry suitable medications for the same. Small headaches are common and should not stop you from trekking or worry you. However, if it persists or increases, it might be advisable to ascend or even trek down.

7) Avoid the Sun: Taking care of your skin and eyes are important. Sunburns happen much quicker at high elevation so make sure to apply sunscreen a few times a day and wear a hat. Sunglasses are a must have and if you wear prescription glasses it’s good to come to Nepal with a pair of prescription sunglasses or at least clip-ons.

8) Dress in Layers: Layering allows you to easily regulate your body temperature and stay comfortable while trekking.  It’s even better if your layers have zippers so that you have even more control of your body temperature.

9) Bring Extra Batteries/Charging Packs: In the cold, your batteries will die much quicker than they do at home. This holds true for basically every kind of electronic you'll be using from phones to cameras to kindles. While some of the tea houses allow you to charge things, they all charge you for it (some more than others). An easy way to avoid this is to bring spare batteries and a portable charger.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu

    As you reach Kathmandu, you will be taken to the hotel where your first permit will be issued.

    By evening, you will get ample time to explore the city by visiting Thamel Street which is the most popular area.

    It has lot of restaurants, casinos and plenty of shops to buy trekking gears and accessories.

    Also visit Darbar Marg if you wish to.

  • Day 2 - Kathmandu to Lukla, then walk to Phakding (2652m)

    Proceed to Tribhuvan Domestic Airport, Kathmandu to board your flight to Lukla.

    The total flying time is of 35 minutes. The experience of flying in this route will be one of your best.

    You will be able to catch up with the astonishing views of the Nepali villages from above and that would be really enthralling.

    Lukla is the starting point of your EBC trek; after received by the representative, begin your trek to Phakding.

    It is located at an altitude of 2652m and will take around 2.5 hours.

    The trail will pass via many small villages and green mountains.

    Stay overnight at the hotel after the tiring trek.

  • Day 3 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

    Start the day with a trek to Namche Bazaar situated at an altitude level of 3440m.

    The route shows you the enlarged mountain towers around and the views of the Dudh Koshi river flows along the side till Namche will be an inspiration for you to continue.

    Take a stop at Monjo for having lunch and it is the last portion where you can get food before Namche.

    The route between Monjo and Namche will be a gradual inclination trail going through the thick green forest.

    Get the glimpses of Everest and Lhotse just before Namche, though not very clear.

    Stay overnight at your hotel after trekking for a total of 5 to 6 hours with moderate difficulty level and the strenuous portion after Monjo.

  • Day 4 - Acclimatization at Namche (3440m), Short Hiking

    Take the day for complete acclimatization and take rest at Namche Bazaar.

    It is a place with coffee shops, bars, restaurants and many more things to do.

    If you would like to visit Namche museum near Namche Bazaar, just about 20 minutes trek, you are completely free to do it.

    You can get a clear view of Everest and Lhotse from this place.

    If possible, visit the famous Namche Bazaar (Market) and Namche Monastery in the evening.

  • Day 5 - Namche to Tengboche (3860m)

    Today's destination, Tengboche is a small valley at an altitude level of 3860m.

    Being one of the most beautiful place to be in, you would need more energy to swallow its charm.

    Visit Tengboche Monastery and wind up the day later in the evening.

    A total of 5 hours of trekking would make you really tired.

  • Day 6 - Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m)

    Start your trek towards the Pangboche village while enjoying some nice views of the Mount Ama Dablam.

    Have your lunch at Pangboche and then continue to Pheriche and proceed to the Imja Valley.

    Get amused by the sights of the pretty Lobuche River and pass through it and take steep hike to Dingboche.

    After you reach Dingboche, check in to your hotel and relax.

    The trek will be about 6 to 7 hours while it will be moderate for most part, there will be about 2 steep inclines.

  • Day 7 - Acclimatization day at Dingboche (4360m)

    It is essential you are getting familiarized with the climate here in order to remain energetic to complete the trek.

    Take the day for acclimatization or take a small hike to watch the top three mountains peaks; Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and Mount Cho Yu.

    Apart from these, you will see many other peaks and ranges.

    Come back to the hotel and stay overnight.

  • Day 8 - Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m)

    Start trekking towards Dughla (4600m) and then to Lobuche (4940m).

    En route, you see a large stream and many mountain peaks including Mount Pumori (7138m), Mount Nuptse, Mount Cholatse and Mount Thamserku.

    After you pass Khumbu Glacier, you will start to see the highest peaks such as Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur.

    Still, we will not get the glimpses of mighty Everest from here also.

    Total trekking time will be 6 to 8 hours and this will be a moderate trek.

    Stay overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 9 - Lobuche (4940m) to Gorakshep (5170m) to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and come back to Gorakshep.

    Walk through the completely beautified glacier route to Gorakshep (5170m) and Everest Base Camp (5364m) which is likely to be a moderate trek.

    You can see Everest on the way but not fully but you will get the clear view of the Kumbhu ice fall from the base camp.

    While walking through glaciers and see the gigantic mountain up-close, you will feel like you are in heaven.

    Wait for some more time to get the beautiful sights of the massive Everest from Kala Patthar.

    But tonight stay at Gorakshep. The total trekking time will be 5 -7 hours and will be moderate.

  • Day 10 - Hiking to Kala Patthar (5645m) and descend to Lobuche (4940)

    The hike to Kala Patthar will be a difficult one but the most rewarding one.

    In fact Kala Patthar is the only place where you can enjoy the complete views of the Himalayan Ranges including the Everest closely.

    After trekking for about 2.5 to 3 hours to reach Kala Patthar from Gorakshep.

    After Kala Patthar, it will be continuously descending and it will be very simple, though you have to be careful about the decline.

    Yet another 3 hours will lead you to reach Lobuche (4940m).

    Total trek time will be 7 hours max with only one steep incline and rest simple and easy trek.

    Based on group’s decision you can trek down to Pheriche also.

  • Day 11 - Lobuche (4940m) to Tengboche (3860m)

    Trek around 6 to 7 hours of easy declines to reach Tengboche from Lobuche.

    You will be passing through the amazing Himalayan ranges.

  • Day 12 - Tengboche (3860m) to Monjo (2835m)

    After a moderate trek for about 6 – 7 hours to reach Monjo.

    Stay overnight there.

  • Day 13 - Monjo (2835m) to Lukla (2800m)

    Walk for around 6 hours to reach Lukla.

    This will remain a simple trek but with a small decline just before Lukla.

    Stay overnight in Lukla.

  • Day 14 - Lukla to Kathmandu

    Today, proceed to the airport and board your flight to Kathmandu and enjoy the valley views throughout the 35 minutes flying time.

    Spend the whole day at leisure and stay overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 15 - Departure

    Check out by 12:00 noon to catch your flight from Kathmandu after getting dropped off at the airport.

Stay

    7
  • Accommodation in hotels and eco-lodges

Activity

    7
  • Trekking

Other Inclusions

    7
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS). Certified guide.
  • 7
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
  • 7
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader). All government and local taxes.

Transport

    7
  • Airport pick up for international terminal. Domestic airport transfers. Accommodation in Kathmandu (2 nights).
  • 7
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)

Things To Carry

    7
  • Besides trekking shoes, warm clothes, sunglasses etc you always need to keep in mind about the water.
  • 7
  • During your trek you might have to fill water from the lakes and rivers nearby so it is always advisable to carry water disinfecting drugs which you can easily get in Kathmandu.
  • 7
  • Also don’t forget to carry light and soft shoes like Kung-Fu shoes which you can wear after your trek while exploring the nearby villages.
  • 7
  • Even though you will be staying in lodges and restaurants it is always better to carry your own sleeping bags which will keep you warm, incase you were not provided with blankets.
  • 7
  • During your trek there might be chances that you might have blisters, in such cases you need to be very careful so that it does not catch any infection. Because of the cold there are high chances of an infection. So carry some band aid or duct tape with you.
  • 7
  • For the best view of the mountains with the floating clouds carry a binocular with your which will let you experience the best. Spot some of rare birds and flora while you trek.
  • 7
  • Carry 2 pair of synthetic track pants. Track pants are light and when things get cold you can wear one over the other.
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  • Carry 2 Full sleeve tees with collar.
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  • Fleece jacket - sweaters are highly discouraged.
  • 7
  • A full sleeve thick jacket.
  • 7
  • Carry 4 pairs of undergarments.
  • 7
  • Get 2 pairs of thermal inners.
  • 7
  • Carry 2 pairs of sports socks. 2 pairs of woollen socks.
  • 7
  • Woollen monkey cap/balaclava that cover the ear.
  • 7
  • Woollen hand gloves + synthetic glove (waterproof). If you don’t have synthetic gloves, get two pairs of woollen gloves and a surgical glove.
  • 7
  • Hot water bottle/Bag - available at any medical store.
  • 7
  • Sun glasses, branded company with 100% UV protection. Curved ones will cover your eyes well. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek.
  • 7
  • A woolen head-scarf or muffler.
  • 7
  • Trekking pole is mandatory
  • 7
  • Dry towel
  • 7
  • Lip Balm/ cold cream
  • 7
  • Personal Medical Kit

Advisory

    7
  • Do not bring non-bio gradable materials
  • 7
  • Pay heed to the instructions given by the trek leader and guide
  • 7
  • Consumption of alcohol and other intoxicating substances are strictly prohibited
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  • Do check with your doctor if you are medically fit for the trek
  • 7
  • 7
  • Exclusions -
  • 7
  • Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu. Food and drinking water throughout the trip.
  • 7
  • Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc.
  • 7
  • Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight. Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • 7
  • cancellation, health or any other reason.
  • 7
  • Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
  • 7
  • Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
  • 7
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • 7
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s).

Cancellation Policy

    7
  • 25 or more days before the date of departure: 20% of total cost
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  • 18 – 24 days before the date of departure: 30% of total cost
  • 7
  • 10 – 17 days before the date of departure: 40 % of total cost
  • 7
  • Less than 10 days: 90% of total cost

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time for Everest Base Camp trek?

      Ideal time to trek to the Everest Base Camp is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). The temperature is pleasant during these seasons and promises amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, but the cold temperature is harsh, and it might not be suitable for everyone.

    2. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?

      Optimum level of fitness is required, so that you can enjoy your trek without facing any physical issues. You can start jogging every day and then do cycling for some time. Taking the stairs without any breaks is extremely helpful to keep yourself fit. Swimming is also advised. Yoga and Pranayama exercises prove really helpful to regulate your breathing. Walk as much as you can, it will help you increase your capacity to walk on the steep rocks. Experience of walking for long distances with heavy weights (at least 15 Kg) will be a beneficial preparation.

    3. What are the clothing and equipment which I should carry at my end?

      Here is the basic checklist which should help you with your packing. As a general rule, it is advised that you should try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. It is ideal to carry a backpack [40-60 L] and include the following – Trekking shoes, Thermals, Synthetic Trek pants, T-shirts, Top and bottom thick Fleece, wind-proof jackets, sunglasses, LED Torch, Head Torch, Trekking pole, Socks [2-3 pairs], synthetic hand gloves. You need to also carry a day pack of around 20 L which will hold all the toiletries – Light towel, Sunscreen [with high SPF formulation], moisturiser, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitizer, water bottle, Garbage bags, dryflo tube/buff, Poncho, Power bank, warmees [in case you feel cold] and medicines – Diamox 10-15 tablets, Crocin 5-6 tablets, Band-aid pack of 10, Cotton roll, soframycin, O2 [Diarrhoea], Moov/Relispray, ORS/Electral 8-10 packets, Avomine [Motion Sickness]. It is advisable to consult a doctor for medicine before packing.

    4. How much weight will I have to carry? Will porters be there?

      It is always advisable to pack light with maximum weight of 10- 15 kg in a backpack [40-60 L]. Yes, A porter is available at additional cost on request and you need to inform while booking the trip.

    5. Which type of shoes should I carry?

      One needs proper trekking shoes during the trek and should strictly avoid sports shoes or sneakers. Since you have to walk in dense forests along with steep ascent and descent, it is advisable to have high ankle all-terrain water proof shoes. These are easily available. It is also advisable to walk in these shoes and get your feet used to it before the trek. Here are some brand recommendations – Forclaz, Columbia. Quechua, Zamberlan, Lafuma, Conquest and The North Face.

    6. What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?

      Freshly cooked food will be served during the trek. Vegetarian food will be served to the group keeping both health and taste in mind. Tea and Coffee will be served during the breaks. All the members are encouraged to eat well. Safe drinking water will be provided for drinking.

    7. What about first aid and medication if someone falls sick?

      All the trek leaders and guides are trained medical professionals and have the first-aid kits along with all necessary medications with them, including oxygen cylinders. If any emergency arises, immediate medical care is provided to anyone who falls sick during the trek.

    8. Does one feel altitude sickness over there? If yes, how to avoid it?

      While you are trekking in high altitude region, one is prone to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) whose symptoms are – headache, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, dizziness and difficulty in sleeping. To overcome this Diamox is helpful. It is advisable to keep it handy or to have 1/2 a tablet in the morning and 1/2 a tablet 30 minutes before bed [kindly consult your doctor before taking any kind of medicines].

    9. How Long do we trek Each day?

      The total duration of the trek will be 15 days depending on the route of your trek. Each day you will be covering an approximate distance of 10- 12 km, which will be completed in 5-7 hours. You will also be trekking bit slowly to avoid facing altitude sickness.

    10. What should I take?

      It is always advisable to pack lightwith maximum weight of 10- 15 kg. Carry thermal, fleece jacket, trekking socks and sandals for the evening. Also, carry two pairs of long pants, two or three T-shirts (synthetic fabrics – not cotton – that wick away sweat and is not recommended), and another warm jacket or light fleece. A good sleeping bag (rated to -20°C/0°F) is essential. For winter, it is ideal to carry a sleeping bag with a thermal liner.

    11. Can trek leader/operator change the itinerary?

      Most of the time itinerary is followed but however, due to unpredictable weather in Himalayas, tour operators keep plan-B ready. Depending on the prevailing situation the itinerary can be altered. However, the date of trek completion will always coincide with the original itinerary. We should consider that The Chadar Trek is taking into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

    12. I am the only girl in trek, is it safe?

      Our motto is to keep every member of the group safe during the trek A girls’ safety is the foremost important thing for us. Allotment of rooms/tents for both boys and girls are segregated in different accommodations. Our other supporting staffs are carefully chosen keeping all safety measures in mind during the trek.

    13. Who will lead the trek and who all will be present in the team to go along with us?

      The trek is spearheaded by a professional Trek leader who has completed his Basic and Advance mountaineering course from a reputable institute are also certified in first- aid course The trek leader will be accompanied one local guide with the route-map to support you. Rest of the team members include the kitchen staff, Porters, helpers and extra trained local supporting staff taken as a backup in case of any emergency

    14. What are the clothing and equipment that need to be purchased from our end?

      Here is the basic checklist which should help you with your packing. As a general rule, it is advised that you should try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. It is ideal to carry a backpack [40-60 L] and include the following – Trekking shoes, Thermals, Synthetic Trek pants, T-shirts, Top and bottom thick Fleece, wind-proof jackets, sunglasses, LED Torch, Head Torch, Trekking pole, Socks [2-3 pairs], synthetic hand gloves. You need to also carry a day pack of around 20 L which will hold all the toiletries – Light towel, Sunscreen [with high SPF formulation], moisturiser, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitizer, water bottle, Garbage bags, dryflo tube/buff, Poncho, Power bank, warmees [in case you feel cold] and medicines – Diamox 10-15 tablets, Crocin 5-6 tablets, Band-aid pack of 10, Cotton roll, soframycin, O2 [Diarrhoea], Moov/Relispray, ORS/Electral 8-10 packets, Avomine [Motion Sickness]. It is advisable to consult a doctor for medicine before packing.

    15. What are the sanitary Facilities?

      Toilet tents will be pitched in the campsites These can be used for sanitary purposes. All members are requested to bring their own toiletry kits for hygiene purpose. While on trek one might find tea housed and small restaurants till Gorakshep close to base camp. At the base camp, there will be a log hut in a dark pit.One will have to climb it every time. Nowadays, toilets with flush are also found in the route of your Mount Everest Base Camp trek.

    16. Do we need Gumboots on this trek?

      A lightweight pair of “Gore tex” is advised, and it will be the best for your Everest Base Camp trek. These boots not only provide great ankle support, but also helps you to keep your feet dry. These boots are available in all shapes and sizes. You can also opt for Gumboots, if you want, as it will help you with your grip and keep off the ice from entering your shoes.

    17. Can we have liquor or smoke while on the trek?

      Consumption of any type of liquor or narcotic substance should be avoided and it can lead to dangerous implications. Alcohol also leads to dehydration, which you cannot afford during the trek. Smoking will cause heavy breathing problems at high altitude.

    18. Is Diamox advisable?

      While you are trekking in high altitude region, you are prone to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) whose symptoms are – headache, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, dizziness and difficulty in sleeping. To overcome this Diamox is helpful. It is advisable to keep it handy or to have 1/2 a tablet in the morning and 1/2 a tablet 30 minutes before bed [kindly consult your doctor before taking any kind of medicines].

    19. How do I get in shape?

      Mount Everest Base camp trek is considered a moderate to difficult level trek. Physical preparation is mandatory, for all treks. You can start jogging every day and then do cycling for some time. Taking the stairs without any breaks is extremely helpful to keep yourself fit. Swimming is also advised. Yoga and Pranayama exercises prove really helpful to regulate your breathing. Walk as much as you can, it will help you increase your capacity to walk on the steep rocks.

    20. Do I need a guide?

      When one is trekking through a trekking company, then its company will be arranging a guide for the trek. But if you are travelling independent, then it is important to take a guide. It is mandatory for you to take a guide as per the Nepal Government.

    21. How to stay healthy and safe on the trek?

      During the trek, it is always advisable to consume vegetarian food. The healthiest yet safest option is to consume dal rice (lentil soup with rice). Altitude sickness can cause distress sometimes, so it is advisable to be careful on the trek, While you are trekking in high altitude region, you are prone to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) whose symptoms are – headache, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, dizziness and difficulty in sleeping. To overcome this Diamox is helpful. It is advisable to keep it handy or to have 1/2 a tablet in the morning and 1/2 a tablet 30 minutes before bed [kindly consult your doctor before taking any kind of medicines].

    22. How to Reach?

      One can take an international flight to Kathmandu. Flights are scheduled from all the major cities, including daily flights from New Delhi and Mumbai. Flight schedules and availability are at the mercy of the season and the weather in the region.

    23. When should I take the trek?

      Ideal time to take-up this trek is during the month of March to May and from September to December. During the month of May, the days are slightly hotter, as compared to winter. During December, the temperature drops below zero degree and it is suitable for the trekkers.

    24. How high is base camp?

      If you are trekking from the South-East Ridge, then your Base Camp will be 5,380 m (17,600 ft.) on the south side of Everest in Nepal. If you are trekking via Gorakshep below the Kala Pathar. then your Base Camp will be at the height of 5,545 m (18192 ft.).

    25. How far is it from base camp to the summit of Everest?

      There are 2 ways to summit of Mt. Everest. One is trekking through the south ridge route,where you will be covering the distance of 12.5miles (20km), plus 50miles (80km) on trekking approach (total 62.5miles, 100km). However, if one is trekking through the Northeast ridge route then you will be covering 22.75miles (36.5km).

    26. How many base camps are there on Mount Everest?

      There are in total of 4 campsat different elevation before reaching the summit of Mount Everest. First is the Base Camp 5,335m (17,500ft). Camp 1 is at an altitude of 6,000m (19,685ft). Camp 2 is at an altitude of 6,400m (21,000ft). Camp 3 is at an altitude of 7,200m (23,625ft). Camp 4 is at an altitude of 7,950m (26,085ft). Summit of Mount Everest stands at 8,850m (29,035ft).

    27. How hard is it to walk to Everest Base Camp?

      One needs to make it clear and keep in mind that the Everest Base Camp trek requires negligible technical climbing and is basically a long hike. Hence, we strongly believe that anyone with strong determination and a basic fitness level can trek the route. In our experience we have seen people who are overweight, underweight, old and young, have successfully attempted this trek and all of them enjoyed it thoroughly.

    28. How long is the trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp?

      Distance from Lukla to Everest base Camp is 65 km. One has to trek for around 8-9 days to walk in and around 3-4 days to walk out.

    29. How many people have been to the top of Mount Everest?

      Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first one to summit Mt. Everest in in 1953. Till now, an approximate of 4,000 people have climbed Mount Everest.

    30. Can I trek to Everest Base Camp independently / without support?

      Trekking independently to the Everest Base camp is definitely possible but it has its own set of pros and cons. Everest Base Camp trek requires a lot of pre-planning – right from getting permits, accommodations, making arrangements for transportation. Additionally, there are a lot of logistical aspects one needs to consider before and during your trek. Trekking with a group from a reputed travel company costs money but comes with zero stress of all the above-mentioned points. Plus, the major benefit is safety, because you will have trained guides and experienced leaders to trek you through the best route.

    31. Do I need permits?

      Yes, permits are required if you want to ascent Mt. Everest, including its base camp. There are two different permits one needs to trek to Everest Base Camp. One is Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permit. It costs around Rs. 600-700 (US$ 9-11) if you are part of a group or Rs. 1200-1300(US$ 18-22),if you are trekking independently.

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