Everest Base Camp Trek FAQs

Namaste! People from all over the world, we are a trekking agency in Nepal located in Kathmandu. You can call us Peregrine Treks and Tour, and we specialize in the adventure in Nepal and here are some Everest Base Camp Trek FAQs. Since 2002, Peregrine Treks and Tour have been organizing best holiday packages for its client. Starting from city tours to trekking in wilderness area performing yoga, we are in the continuous verge of improving our quality. We have served thousands of client from all over the country. Gathering their feedback, maximum of them have rated us the best travel agency in Kathmandu.

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Common Everest Base Camp Trek FAQs

  1. When is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?
  2. How challenging is the trek? How many hours a day do I need to walk?
  3. Do I need any training before trekking to Everest Base Camp?
  4. Is acclimatization necessary? What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?
  5. Is there any provision of Emergency medical services?
  6. What is the average size of the group?
  7. How many staffs do you provide?
  8. Can I stay overnight at Everest Base Camp?
  9. How is the accommodation?
  10. How is the food?
  11. Where can I have a shower? Do I get a hot shower?
  12. How often can I charge my phone and camera batteries?
  13. Where is Wi-Fi available?
  14. Do you provide porter or should I carry my luggage?
  15. How do I pack ideally for the trek??
  16. What kind of shoes do I need?
  17. Is it culturally appropriate to wear shorts or leggings?
  18. Why is tipping necessary? What is the standard rate of tipping?
  19. Where can I exchange my money?
  20. How do I know which trekking agency to book for my trip to Nepal?

 

Answers of Everest Base Camp Trek FAQs given by our guides:

Hy, I am Nima, and I am a senior trekking and climbing guide working in Peregrine Treks. I have already summited two times Mount Everest Mount, Mount Manaslu, and Mount Cho-Oyu. With my several years of experience in the Everest Region, I will answer a few questions which are given below:

 

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

The trekking season for Everest Base Camp starts from mid-September to May. October is usually the most significant time for this trek. The views are high, and the temperature is moderate with the warm sun above our head. Apart from crowd season, we also get many trekkers enjoying the winter season (Dec-Feb). During this season, the trails are quite silent with comparatively fewer visitors.

Winters are much colder or let’s say it’s close to freezing temperature. If you are a winter trekker, make sure your body can cope up with the temperature. Pack up super warm trekking clothes with essentials thermals, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc.

March and April, returns with warm temperature, and mass of expeditors marching to summit Mount Everest. Days and accommodations could get pretty busier and hazier. However, the weather is super suitable for magnificent mountain views.

 

How challenging is the trek? How many hours a day do I need to walk?

This is commonly asked Everest Base Camp Trek FAQs to us. I consider the Everest Base Camp Trek moderate. An individual with a dedicated personality and passion for completing the trek can quickly get success. Regarding the itinerary, we have to walk for 7-8 hours to reach our daily destination. We even have a few rest days. On that day, we will be going on a hike. On hike days, we will walk for 3-4 hours depending upon the elevation and challenges.

Hence, Everest Base Camp Trek is not tricky if you thoroughly prepare yourself physically and mentally. 

Everest Base Camp Tour

Do I need any training before trekking to Everest Base Camp?

It depends upon a respective individual on how seriously he/she is taking this trek. It is advisable to prepare yourself physically before you trek to EBC for fourteen long days. According to your current level of fitness and medical conditions (if any), you can engage in regular light exercise, and hike to hills once a week. You can also do cycling or running to increase your leg stamina and body strength. Apart from exercises, never forget to eat healthily, and sleep on time.

 

Is acclimatization necessary? What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?

Acclimatization is the phenomena of resting body in lower elevation to help it adapt to the environment. It is a necessary phenomenon for every trekkers and climber to prevent their body from attaining altitude sickness.

Altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can vary for each individual. Any people, despite their age, physical status, or body size, can suffer from AMS. However, we have adequately designed our itinerary, including proper acclimatization days at a proper lower elevation.

 

The most common symptoms of AMS are:

  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Lack of sleep
  • Loss of appetite/nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Trembling of hands
  • Swelling of the hands and face

If you feel any symptoms mentioned above, please let us know immediately. We (trekking guides) have extensive first aid training, and we can effectively monitor you.

Some tips:

  • Walk with a slow and steady pace.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink enough water/ fluid.
  • “Hike high and Sleep low” meaning we will always hike to higher elevation and return to lower to sleep. In such a case, we will get enough amount of oxygen required for the body to adapt.

 

Is there any provision of Emergency medical services?

We guides will never leave on a trek without carrying an essential medical kit. We cannot take any risk with the health of any individuals when there are limited medical facilities on the route. Moreover, we do also carry portable altitude chambers, for those individuals suffering from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). When there is any case of evacuation, due to extensive adverse health conditions Peregrine Treks provide Emergency Helicopter Evacuation, for this, an individual must consult with the agency and appropriate insurance company.

 

What is the average size of the group?

Depending upon the season, groups can extend up to 12 trekkers. Group can consist of individuals from different nations. Trekking with a mixed group could be an excellent opportunity to make new friends and share more travel experiences.

Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

How many staffs do you provide?

We provide one trekking guide in every group. There will be a porter for two trekkers. If the group exceeds five people, then we provide one assistant guide. Besides, there will be a trek leader when there are more than ten members in a group.

 

I am Mingmar Sherpa, also a local resident of Everest Region. I have several years of trekking in my own home land, knowing the geography and culture better. Moreover, I have proficiency in Korean language which has always helped to in handling my Korean clients successfully. I am going to give Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs of Everest Base Camp Trek.

 

Can I stay overnight at Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp is the highest altitude we will gain on our trek, which is 5,364m. Due to the elevation, the temperature is extensively low, and our body will not get a sufficient amount of oxygen. Staying there for overnight, it could result in AMS, HAPE, or HACE. Moreover, one needs a special permit to camp at EBC, which is very expensive. Hence, we do not suggest our client stay overnight at Everest Base Camp. Our Everest Base Camp trek does not stay overnight at base camp. Instead, we have a tea house to stay at Gorak Shep, which is a gateway to EBC.

 

What is the accommodation like?

Since our EBC trek is a tea house trek, you will be staying at tea houses or mountain lodges every day. The tea houses are simple and have comfortable private and shared rooms. Some rooms are equipped with en suite bathroom whereas you will have to share bathrooms as well. We believe one should have a proper bed to sleep no matter how long they walk in the day. So, we arrange the best possible accommodations for our guests.

 

What is the food like?

On your trekking routes, you might find a pretty similar food menu in tea houses. However, we guarantee you with selecting the best tea houses providing us healthy, clean, and delicious foods. Some common foods on the menu are Nepali Daal Bhat Tarkari (lentil sauce- rice- veggies), momo, and chowmean (Fried noodle). You can also find Wai-Wai or Rara (packaged crunchy noodles), which are delicious snacks. We advise you not to consume meats in higher elevation. There are no direct modes of transportation at a higher altitude, and it could take several days for a porter to carry meat. Most of the people there use freezing meat which could cause you with food poisoning. Hence, try to avoid meat if you can to be healthy.

 

Where can I have a hot shower?

During the trek, you can find hot showers in the following locations: Ghat, Namche, Deboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Dole, and Machhermo. Depending upon the availability, the tea house owners might charge you with 300‑650 Nepali rupees.

 

Hello, I am Lhakpa from Solukhumbu region. Along with trekking, I am also a climbing guide. I am specialized in Mera, Lobuche and Island Peaks which are neighbouring peaks of EBC.

 

How often can I charge my phone and camera batteries?

On the way to EBC, you will find tea houses or mountain lodges with 24 hours of electricity. You can charge your electronics when you pause for lunch break and when you reach the tea house for night stay. Most of the places have two portals pluck ins. It is advisable if you carry a universal adapter suitable for your gadget. Depending upon the distance and availability of electricity facility, the charging stations might charge you with some money. The cost can range from 200-300 NRS.

These following locations have electricity available:

  • Lukla
  • Ghat
  • Monjo
  • Namche
  • Deboche
  • Dingboche
  • Lobuche
  • Gorak Shep

Where is Wi-Fi available?

You can have access to Wi-Fi at Lukla, Namche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep. However, some of them can charge you for Wi-Fi as well. 

 

Do you provide porter or should I carry my luggage?

Upon your request, while booking the trip, Peregrine Treks do provide you with a porter. However, one porter in every group carries luggage of two trekkers. The maximum amount of weight one porter can carry is 30kg. So, each trekker should not pack their bag more than 15 kg. Still, you can ask for a private porter with an extra cost.

 

How do I pack ideally for the trek?

Packing for the trip is always a tricky task for humans. We usually get confused about what we need and what we want. Hence, follow the guideline for packing things that are essential for the trek.

  • Trekking pole (one pair)
  • Hiking sandal (one pair)
  • Trekking boots (one pair)
  • A small pack of toiletries
  • Lots of Sanitizers and wet and dry wipes.
  • Down Jacket (one)
  • Thermal set (one)
  • Trekking socks (three pairs)
  • Trekking pants (two pairs)
  • Quick-dry towel (one)
  • Woolen cap and gloves (one)
  • Personal first aid kit

 

Namaste! I am Krishna Regmi certified yoga trekking guide in Nepal. I have conducted yoga trek in various trekking destinations in Nepal.

 

What kind of shoes do I need?

Your legs are your assets. If you keep them happy during the trek, they will undoubtedly take you to EBC. Hence, we suggest you invest in good quality trekking shoes perfectly fitting on your legs. Do not forget to gift your legs with quality socks to prevent the ankle with blisters from new shoes.

Sunset and Clouds

 

Is it culturally appropriate to wear shorts or leggings?

Every corner of Nepal is equally rich in its own culture and tradition. One common thing in every ethnic group is female covering their body appropriately. It applies to foreigners as well. However, there are no strict rules for you to dress in full-length cloth while trekking. We still suggest you wear knee-length pants and waist level tops to be safe from people’s lousy target.

 

Namaste, I am Sonam Sherpa, trekking guide is a profession that is carried out by my ancestors and now I am taking it as well. I am originally from Everest regions. I have summited Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Manaslu, and other trekking peaks. I am able to give answer of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) of Everest Base Camp Trek.

 

Why is tipping necessary? What is the standard rate of tipping?

Tipping reflects a kind gesture. It is to thank your guide and porter for keeping you safe and successfully taking you to your destination. The standard rate of tipping in trekking is generally 20% of your total trekking cost. However, it depends upon you on how much and whom to tip. We believe in appreciating hard work performed by the staffs and tipping them with your heart.

 

Where can I exchange my money?

Landing in Kathmandu, you will have a day to do your stuff lie changing money or shopping. You can readily find money exchange shops in Thamel and another major touristic area in Kathmandu. There might be very fewer chances of recovering money exchange offices in the Everest region. So, we suggest you exchange money in Kathmandu.

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Why Peregrine Treks?

Well, I have been working in Peregrine Treks for a very long time. All these years, I have served numerous clients and believe me; they all were satisfied with the service. Peregrine Treks are best known for its accountability, trekking experienced guides, creating a flexible itinerary and time saving and optimizing expenses. All staffs and members come together for the smooth and successful functioning of travel packages. The friendly and caring nature of Chairman to the guides and porters are very well appreciated.

Hence, choose what is best for you. Choose what is best in its field. No matter what, we welcome you to Nepal on the occasion of Visit Nepal Year 2020. Nepal is a beautiful country with diverse geography and cultures. Come and explore its beauty. Join us to make Visit Nepal Year 2020 successful.

 

About Us

Peregrine Treks and Tour has dedicated and passionated travel enthusiast coming together and forming a team. Back at the office in Kathmandu, you will meet Mr. Pradip Karki, who is our chairman. He does his best to help the client with all their bookings and enquires. We have Ms. Jamuna Bhandari as the director. Apart from the board of directors, we have eight indoor members contributing to the smooth functioning and management of our agency. We have seven trekking guides. Among them, one is a professional yoga guide, whereas three of them are professional mountain climbing guides as well. Besides, two tour guides are enrolled, with us as well.

Talking about trekking in Nepal, Peregrine Treks have expertise leading the guest to the successful completion of the targetted destination. Among the most trekking spots in Nepal, Everest Base Camp is the most popular and high rated destination. Our trekking guides have a maximum number of experience leading a trek to Everest Base camp. In this context, we have answered Everest Base Camp Trek FAQs raised by various people from all around the world.

What to Expect on Everest Base Camp Trekking

Are you planning for Everest Base Camp Trekking and confused on what to expect? We are finally back from Everest Base Camp Trekking. It took us two weeks to complete it. The memories and experience are unforgettable and worth it. According to our experience, we would like to share some tips regarding EBC. Hence, these points would be useful if you are planning for Everest Base Camp Trekking.

Training & Preparation for the trek

We do not have high altitude and freezing temperatures in Singapore. To prepare us for Everest Base Camp Trekking, we did a few physical exercises. We went for cardio, stairs training, and strength training. It would be better if you have a few trek experience; otherwise, no trek experience would also be excellent. All you have to prepare yourself physically and mentally.

Flying into the world’s most dangerous airport

We flew to Lukla from Kathmandu via the most hazardous airstrip of the world. I would consider it the first challenge of the trek. The runway is short and treacherous, situated on a cliff. The pilot does great work to land safely and accurately on the track. I still remember the turbulence made my heart chilled.

Lukla Airport

Actual trek & terrain

We walked for almost 6-7 hours daily on our trails towards Everest Base Camp. The ground was mostly flat. We walked on some steeply inclined slopes as well. Although the terrain was undulating, Nepalese people called it flat. They claimed it Nepali Flat.

Tips: Don’t forget to get a pair of trekking poles when you go for trekking. It will help to balance your weight between legs and poles. Poles come in a handy size, readily available at any trekking shops.

We completed Everest Base Camp Trekking in two weeks. The length of days make this trek a bit challenging and stressful. We need to go through highs and lows battling the cold, AMS, and fatigue for at least 14 days. This trek was comparatively longer than Mount Kinabalu and Mount Rinjani, which we trekked last time.

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Health & altitude sickness

When you trek to an altitude higher than 3000 meters, please be careful of acute mountain sickness (AMS). It is real and does not neglect the symptoms. No matter how fit or young you are, it will eventually hit you on the trails. I had no appetite for almost seven days, could not sleep properly, and the headache was severe. During my trek, I depended on chocolate bars and warm water. My condition was so bad; I almost got heli-evacuated back to Lukla by my guide. But in the end, I finally made it to EBC by curing the AMS.

Tips: To be on the safe side from AMS, you can take Diamox pills before you start the trek. It will prevent you from any altitude sickness and has no side effects.

Apart from that, carry other prescribed medicines in the first aid box. Here is the list of most probable medication, which we brought for EBC trek:

  • Altitude sickness – Diamox
  • Diarrhea- Metrodinazole and Electrolyte
  • Flu/ Sore throat & cough – Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or medicines like Ibuprofen
  • Nauseousness- Meclizine hydrochloride
  • Antibiotics (for any bacterial infection like food poisoning, or throat infection, etc.)
  • Panadol/ Ibuprofen for those that prefer without caffeine)

Mesmerizing views of the Himalayas

It is not an easy job to walk daily for 6-7 hours. But believe me, with that hard walk of climbing till the base camp comes worthy when you sight majestic Himalaya views. The picturesque Himalayas, including the world’s tallest peak and surrounding peaks, are just awe-inspiring. Book your trip at the most probable season so that views and weather will bless you.

Water

We tried our best to be responsible and environment-friendly. As our agency advised us not to purchase plastic water bottles, we went for water purification tablets. The tablets didn’t have any strong aftertaste. We used a hydration pack, refill two liters of water each time when available. Try to drink the maximum amount of water; it will help you to reduce symptoms of AMS.

Tips: You can either use purification tablets or liquid. We preferred using tablets which were easier to carry. You can find it anywhere in supermarkets or medical stores.

Food

The food choices along the trek trails are almost similar. You might have to eat the same food item every day. But the taste is not that bad as well. Some foods that we liked were chop suey (crispy fried noodles) Waiwai/ Rara noodles (Nepalese noodles), spaghetti, fried rice or chowmein, and milk tea. You can also find yak cheese during your trek to EBC and famous Butter tea as well.

Tips: Avoid meat if you can. Porters carry most of the flesh and take a long time to reach the destination. Also, it remains frozen for months and could make you suffer from food poisoning if consumed. Instead, you can bring energy bars and chocolates. It will help you restrain your energy and keeps you warm. You could also carry a few salty snacks to change the taste buds from sweet to salty. Try taking a mixture of dry fruits as well. All these extra foods will boost your energy while trekking. You can also have Daal Bhat twice a day which is very healthy and energetic.

Moreover, store your foods properly while you sleep. There are numerous chances of being attacked by rats. They are horrible thieves. You seriously don’t want to lose your special energy foods for horrible fat rats.

Food during Everest base Camp trek

What to pack

People usually end up packing lots of things for their trek. In the end, they will only be using half of what they packed. Make sure you pack wisely and select essential things. Ask your agency whether they will provide a porter or not. Or else, you can check it out our ultimate full packing list for Everest Base Camp trekking. A porter can take about 25 kg of total baggage. Two trekkers have to share one porter, which means, one can only have a maximum of 12.5 kilograms of luggage. So, don’t overpack and make that porter suffer.

When your porter carries your baggage, you can take a small day backpack of 20-30 liters. You can stuff that backpack with the hydration pouch, med kit, snacks, energy bars, and some warm clothes. Don’t worry about the security of your baggage, as the porter will already drop your belongings to your room once reaching teahouses.

Showers and personal hygiene

You can quickly get a hot shower at a higher altitude, but you would probably don’t want to take a shower risking your life. The cold breeze will make you shiver like hell. During our2 weeks of the trek, we only had a shower twice, both at Namche Bazaar.

Tips: To keep yourself clean, you can use wet wipes which much more comfortable and hassle-free. Use along with the baby powder and dry shampoo, could do best for ultimate situations as well. Due to lack of running water availability, you won’t be able to wash your hands and face. Ask it from the restaurant. Don’t forget to carry lots of hand sanitizer and toilet papers. You will need it on every step of your trek.

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Accommodation

During the EBC trek, you will find the most common accommodation facilities with private rooms and some with attached bathroom. Don’t expect the place to be heated or equipped with some heating machines. You should bring a perfect sleeping bag to make you warm and sustain in the cold. Most of the tea houses are made up of wood, means you will probably hear everything from the room next door. Try to avoid those noises and try to sleep well.

Tips: We suggest you buy a thermos to pour hot water. You can drink it during night and morning time to warm your body in higher elevations. You can also carry a multi-use water bottle and refill it with hot water and keep it inside your sleeping bags. It will somehow prevent water from freezing.

Lodges in Everest

Money & tipping

If it’s possible, carry some spare dollars to use it in an emergency. You can find tons of cash machines or ATMs in cities up till Namche Bazaar. Those machines will charge you 5USD per NRS.10,000 of transactions. When you go higher, there are very minimal chances of finding cash machines. Hence, it would be beneficial for you to carry some extras.

Your agency will cover most of your trek expenses. However, you need to carry extra money to buy chocolates, energy bars, water, and most often hot shower. Chocolates generally cost around 2-4 USD per bar, and hot water costs 3-4 USD per liters. The price varies according to altitude and resources available. Besides, separate some money to tip your guide and porter as well.

There is standard tipping in every agency. The most common tipping amount is 10% of the total trip cost. However, it depends upon the satisfaction of your trek and your heart.

For more info regarding Everest Base Camp Trek, read our blog on “A Complete Guide to Everest Base Camp Trek“.

Which agency we chose

We booked our Everest Base Camp Trek from Peregrine Treks. This company is the most reputed and trusted trekking agency in Kathmandu, Nepal. Total of 15 days trip included Kathmandu city tour and Everest Base Camp trek. They provided us with a professional trekking guide and a lovely porter.

Back at Kathmandu, Pradip was the one who responded and handled all our queries very diligently. The one thing that impressed us was Peregrine Treks usually organized smaller groups. It was much more natural and flexible to handle small groups. We made friendly new friends.

We had Nima Sherpa as our guide to accompany in our trek. I remember how experienced and caring he was. He managed to organize our accommodation and food in such a superficial way; it left us with zero complaints. Apart from Nima, our porters Tenzing and Lhakpa were superheroes. Despite the heavy luggage, they encouraged us to move further and reach our destination. They were “man of steel” and super friendlier.

Hence for the best result, choose a local trekking agency. It will help to generate local employment and increases the local economy.

Ms. Esther Darryl, who trekked Everest Base Camp in September 2019