Top 10 FAQs on Everest Base Camp Trek


Everest Base Camp is one of the world’s popular trekking destinations.  Every mountain lover has a dream of scaling the base camp of mighty Everest. There are several trekking routes in the Everest Region and the EBC trek is the most popular one. We have prepared the Top 10 FAQs on Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC) in Nepal that is prepared based on the experiences from our previous trekkers. If the given FAQs are not helpful enough, you may reach us, one of our representatives will respond with information that you need before you prepare and plan the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal.

 

Planning to go to Everest Base Camp without a flight to Lukla? Check these itineraries (Salleri to EBC or Jiri to EBC) for a better idea. 


FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about Everest Base Camp

 

1. How high is Everest’s Base Camp?

Fly from Kathmandu(1310m) to Lukla (2860m) via small plane (17-19 people occupy), takes about 30 minutes; and start trekking further to the south face of Mount Everest Base Camp (EBC) at an altitude of 5380m or 17600ft above sea level.

2. How difficult/challenging this trek is? Does it fit any trekkers?

This trek is a kind of moderate level of trekking. The trek has rolling flats and steeply ascends but it is generally manageable for the trekker of any ages with little trekking experience. The trekker has to be physically fit, though. However, it is advised to have some training before planning this EBC Trip in order to adjust to high altitude sickness. There is no exact age limit for this trekking as seniors and minimum age people can still do it but it is suggested to be aware of the route map, itinerary, difficulty, altitude, action challenges, fitness, medications, requirements, and any other advice from the blogs or news. Check out essential info before heading for NepalTrekking information while planning this EBC Trip in Nepal.

3. How far or long does it take to reach the EBC?

The total Everest Base Camp Trek Distance is 62 Kilometers or 38.58 miles. It will take 7 to 8 days to reach Everest Base Camp (EBC) and 3-4 days to return to Lukla. Each day you will be walking less than 8-10 Kilometers, the high your trek, the your speed of walking will get slower. Normally, the trek to EBC is slower because of the high altitude and possibility of AMS; you will need to adjust to the new altitudes. It is suggested to have some spare days in Kathmandu and start the trek right after a day of your arrival because of flight cancellations due to unfavorable weather conditions.

It is wise to follow a 12-Day standard EBC Trekking itinerary (To and From Lukla) to avoid AMS and have a smooth trekking experience.

4. What is the standard itinerary, Budget, the best season for Everest Base Camp Trek, and Can I join a group?

Everest Base Camp Trek 12 Days best times/months/seasons are  Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November). EBC Trekking in other months can be the hardest because of heavy snowfall in winter (December, January, February) and heavy rains in Summer (June, July, August).

Regarding the group to join, yes! You can join but we need to see the available dates to join the group. However, the Everest Base Camp trek can be done solo and we provide one guide and porter for every trek itinerary we offer.

 

– Everest Base Camp Trek Standard 12 Days Itinerary 
                Day 1

Flight: Kathmandu to Lukla

Trek: Lukla to Phakding

Elevation:2610m/8561ft

Duration: 30 minutes flight/4 hrs trek

Day 2

Trek Phakding to Namche

Elevation: 3440m/11283ft

Duration: 5-6 hours

Distance: 9 KM

Day 3

Rest day in Namche for acclimatization.

Hike to Everest Hotel

 

Day 4

Trek Namche to Tengboche

Elevation: 3860m/12661ft

Duration: 5- 6 hours

 

Day 5

Trek Tengboche to Dingboche

Elevation: 4360m/14301ft

Duration: 5-6 hours

 

Day 6

Another Rest Day in Dingboche

Hike around

Day  7

Trek Dingboche to Lobuche

Elevation: 4840m/16203ft

Duration: 6-7 hours

 

Day 8

Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep to  EBC

Elevation: 5181m/5364m

Duration: 7-8 hours

Day 9

Hike  Kala Patthar and back Pheriche

Elevation: 5545m/18188ft

Duration: 7-8 hours

Day 10

Trek Pheriche to Namche

Duration: 6-7  hours

Distance: 9.6 KM

 

 

Day 11

Trek Namche to Lukla

Duration: 5-6 hours

Day 12

Flight: Lukla to Kathmandu

Duration: 35 minutes

Check for Everest Base Camp Trek Detailed Itinerary

 

– Tentative Breakdown Cost for Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days

Here is the tentative breakdown cost for Everest Base Camp Trek 14 days separately for Foreigners, Indians, and Nepalese. Make us a call or email us for discounted prices and offers.

No of Pax For Foreigners in USD – For 14 Days  For Indians in INR Rupees –  For 14 Days For Nepalese in NPR Rupees – For 12 Days 
01 Pax USD 1595 INR 106,900 NPR 124,900 (For 12 days)
02 Pax USD 1395 P/P INR 85,900 P/P NPR 98,900 P/P (For 12 days)
03 – 07 Pax USD 1295 P/P INR 75,900 P/P NPR 88,900 P/P (For 12 days)
08 Pax Plus USD 1195 P/P INR 65,900 P/P NPR 78,900 P/P (For 12 days)

 

Please read: The given price is tentative and preparation to get an idea before planning the trip. You will need to make a specific inquiry to get the exact cost with discounts. The above cost for EBC Trek 14 days for foreigners and Indians includes two nights’ standard accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu, domestic flight, all airport-hotel transfers, food, guide, porters, national park fees, and company surcharges. For Nepalese, accommodation in Kathmandu is excluded.

 

5. Do I need to have travel insurance? How likely is altitude sickness?

Of course! It’s RECOMMENDED to purchase travel insurance and make sure it covers emergency evacuation at high altitude. Altitude sickness can attack anyone no matter your fitness level is good, the solution is to take time and walk slow. If you feel AMS, it is suggested to go to the lower elevation.

6. Does the EBC Trip cost the same as foreigners to the Indian and Nepalese Citizens?

Well, the trekking cost (accommodation, guide/porter fees, food) remains the same. However, due to flight fare and permit fees (less than the other citizens), it will cost cheaper than foreign citizens. The cost will be less by nearly 200 US dollars than the standard quotation mentioned on the package. Make us an inquiry for the updated cost for Indian and Nepalese trekkers.

7. What types of foods are available during Everest Base Camp Trek?

You can choose the food from the menu and it depends on the places. You can also choose local dishes and continental/Chinese dishes. However, food is cooked by the basic local trainers so the taste may not be the same as you have at your house.

8. What should I bring for Everest Base Camp Trek? Can I rent equipment in Kathmandu?

You can bring whatever equipment is available in your home town. The rest of the things can be hired or purchased in Kathmandu. Usually, the company does not provide the equipment for the trek so you will need to buy or rent before the trek starts. Check our blog about the Everest Base Camp Packing List and Equipment that you can hire in Kathmandu.

9. Can I use normal drinking water during the trek and what are the toilets and shower facilities?

Yes, you can use normal drinking water using water purification tablets or you can also refill the water at some tea shops as buying bottled water at every stop is very costly.  The price for the bottled water keeps increasing every step you go ahead. Usually, the price for the drinking water is not included in the package. Toilets are clean and nice but water can be freezing during winter. However, there are all indoor toilets so you do not need to go outside at night.

10. Can I charge my camera batteries and mobile phone during the trek?

Yes, you can charge your batteries and mobile phones in every place by paying some extra amount. The price of charging may vary in different places. It is wise to bring your power bank which you can charge in Kathmandu and use it in the higher area as charging batteries in the higher area is quite costly.

 

If you have more questions or planning to visit Everest Base Camp in a day, we organize the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing every day in a season. You can also directly reach us through our phone or email for more information.

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