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Everest Base Camp Trek – 15 Most Asked Questions

May 19, 2022

Everest Base Camp Trek – 15 Most Asked Questions

The Everest base camp trek is a classic and moderate type of trek to the base of the world’s tallest peak- Mount Everest (8848m). It is situated on the giant Himalayan range between Tibet and Nepal. The Everest base camp trek faqs are the most important information you should keep in your mind before heading to EBC.

This Remote trekking trail is considered one of the best hiking/trekking routes in the world. It takes you from the lower loop of Solukhumbu district at Lukla, Jiri, and the Sallery village up to the base of Mount Everest through the Dramatic terrain of the massif Khumbu Himalayan range. In this trek, you will have unparalleled magical views over eight thousand meters high, many other high mountains, Sherpa cultural villages, and indescribable natural formations.

After much information asking with the expertise of the Everest region, there are quite some questions that are frequently asked by many trekkers of the Everest region. Below is a piece of complete information to all of the most asked questions about the Mount Everest base camp trek and Everest’s entire region.

Trekking To Everest Base Camp (12 FAQs)

Where is Mount Everest?

Mount Everest is located between Nepal and Tibet in the eastern part of Nepal.

How tall is Mount Everest in ft. and meters?

Mount Everest is 29028.87 ft. and 8848 meters high from Sea level.

When is the best time to hike the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Hiking to the base of Mount Everest is best during the autumn season (from mid of September to the end of November) and the spring season (From February to May), however, if you are simply fit, you can trek to base camp any month of the year with professional Guide.

What is the Temperature and weather like during the EBC trek?

On the Everest base camp trek, there is not the same temperature but it is no doubt a cold hiking route in Nepal. December, January, and February 3 months are the coolest months to hike to the base camp of Mount Everest, and the temperature drops down until -30 degrees centigrade.

The temperature you will get during this trek depends on which settlement are you staying for example: at Lukla, Phakding, Manjo, and Jorsally, you will have a bit warmer temperature compared to other settlements on this trek, similarly, at Everest base camp, Gorakshep, Lobuche, Dingboche, and Tangboche are the coolest places in this trek.

If you are trekking during monsoon season to the Everest region, you may get very light rain so during monsoon time too, you can trek to base camp. And this time the trails will be quieter and less dusty.

The Higher you trek, the colder temperature you get, so at night and early morning you should wear warm clothes and during the day temperature will be mild and you need to wear normal clothes.

How long is the Everest Base Camp Trek?

The Everest base camp trek takes 11 Nights and 12 days but it can be done within 10 and 11 days from Kathmandu. It depends on how to fit you are and how long have you had to train before you begin your trek. However, if you have 2 weeks’ time for your Nepal holiday then you have enough time to explore Kathmandu city and Everest base camp trekking.

How difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Mt.Everest 8848m

The Everest Base Camp trek is the most visited strenuous trail in Nepal. If you are planning to hike all the way up to the base camp of Mount Everest you should have a good level of Physical fitness.

The Everest base camp trek is a moderate to the strenuous type the trek and it is recommended to do during the months of September, October, November, March, April, and May.

Can I trek to Everest Base Camp independently?

You can hike to Everest base camp independently if you are well known about the map and physical fitness. It is not mandatory to have a guide for hiking to base camp but if you have a local Nepali guide with you, it will be much easier to organize all your essential things for your trek such as your tea house accommodation, permit, and entry fees, and vehicles.

How much does the Everest Base Camp Trek cost?

The cost of the Everest base camp trek determines on the tour and travel operator you choose and the total time you spent on the mountain. There are several factors varies the price, for example, Hotel standard, Transport, Grade of Guide you are taking,

The cost of The Everest Base Camp Trek varies depending on the tour operator you choose and the length of the trip you book for. The Everest base camp trek cost $1250 US including both way flight tickets Ktm/Lukla/Ktm. Furthermore, if you are in a group at least 5 or more than 5 in a group then the price will be cheaper.

You can also find budget tour operators offering the Everest Base Camp Trek for about $999 – $1099.

You are suggested to book your trip with a moderate type of tour operator because budget tour operators provide very basic food, less food, low-quality rooms, and less experienced guide.

Do I need a visa or a permit to hike to Everest Base Camp?

Before you embark on your trek, you should have a visa for Nepal. Most the European and American country can get visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport but few countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Ethiopia, Liberia, Cameroon, Swaziland, and Iraq does not get a visa from Nepal on arrival, but from the Nepal embassy in their own country, they can get a visa.

To enter the Sagarmatha National Park, you will need to fill out a visitor registration form and pay an entry fee of about $35 per person and Pasang Lhamu Gaun Palika entry fees,

What gear do I need to hike to EBC?

You will need not so many clothes and gears to do the EBC trek. It is just a hiking holiday not climbing like an adventure activity so, mostly a warm jacket, trousers, and boots will be quite enough. However, you have to have the following gear to make a successful Everest base camp trek:

  1. Trekking Shoes, sandal, sucks, and Gore-Tex for the ankle.
  2. Duffel Bag, base layer top, Fleece top
  3. Trekking poles, sunglass, P-cap, beanie, and warm hat
  4. Day pack, Books, and sleeping bag
  5. Sun cream, lip balm, Gloves, pair of T-shirts and light trekking paints,
  6. Medical kids, down jacket, torchlight, water bottle, raincoat, etc.…

If you forget to buy these gears in Kathmandu then no worries once you land in Lukla there will be shop stores to buy and also in Namche Bazar. Actually, there will be quite some choices ta Namche Bazar.

Is There a proper Everest Guide for the EBC trek or i can hire any other authorized guide?

No, there are quite some guides, who work in almost all trekking regions in Nepal. There is no proper guide who just works in the Everest region. if you are trekking to EBC you can hire a Guide from Kathmandu or Lukla but License Holder Guide.

How much should I pay for the guide and porter?

There are many factors and the standard of travel agencies determine the price, But the moderate types salary a day for a Guide is between 30-35 USD, similarly 25-30 USD for a porter. in Nepal, there is not really a fixed rate for them but the price above is approximate salary a day for them.

Are there locks on our doors at Hotel?

In the Everest region, nowadays there is quite nice tea house accommodation and they provide a key to lock your door. incase if there is no locking key at your door, on request they will provide the key.

Are there ATMs Machines available?

Yes, you can use ATMs in Namche Bazar, there are few ATMs, where you can use your master card and visa card. incase if they don’t work because of the server then you can also exchange money at the Money exchange place. there will be several places where you can exchange money.

What foods should I eat during the EBC trek?

Foods are quite nice on these trekking trails. There will be a menu at each guesthouse and also they serve various foods mostly western and local foods. Don’t expect proper meals like in the city but still, they cook very nicely with fresh vegetables. the most popular foods are Momo, Dhalbhat set, pancake, potato rosti, fried rice, fried Noodles, soups, tea, coffee, pasta, Pizza(basic), and several types of Curry. if you want to try local Nepali food, then try the Dhalbhat set, which will come with rice, vegetable,  soup, vegetable curry, and pickles, they are quite nice. the price of one meal roughly cost 5 to 8 USD and a liter of water cost 0.7 – 3 USD.

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