Things to know before EBC Trek
The spring season is coming soon in Nepal; booking the Everest Base Camp Trek is too late. But, still, you have a little time to plan to trek to Everest Base Camp. Peregrine Treks is Nepal’s premium adventure travel company and effortlessly handles the last-minute booking for travel and trek in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. This is the world’s best trekking trail because of the unique Sherpa culture, mani stones, Buddhist prayer flag, convenient teahouses, and beautiful mountains, including Mount Everest. This trek starts from Kathmandu, which is 1300 meters altitude, and goes up to 5545 meters from Kala Patthar. So, previous hiking experience, a positive attitude towards hiking, muscular strength of mind, and a good fitness level support completing this trek. Here are the top 25 things to know before the hike to Everest Base Camp.
1. There are two trekking seasons for Everest Base Camp
You can trek to Everest Base Camp throughout the year, but autumn (September, October, and November) and spring (March, April, and May) is the best time to trek. At this time, you can see the clear sky and mountains because of the sunny weather and warmth. You can trek in winter, but the temperature will be minus this time, and you need to prepare for this. Usually, trekking trails are covered by snow, and temperatures downs up to -20 degrees Celsius in Everest Base Camp and Gorekshep. Summer is a good season for botanists because of the blooming greenery and wildflowers. Lukla fly may be difficult because of unclear whether trails will be slippery, and leeches may attack in the lower parts of the trek during this season. The trekking trails are not packed in summer and winter, so that you can get good hospitality.
2. Kickstarts your trip with the exciting Lukla airport
Tenzing Hillary Airport; Lukla is the world’s most adventurous airport. You can take it as a mountain flight. You can see dozens of Himalayas and numerous Himalayan ranges. You need to sit on the left-hand side of the aircraft for the best Mountain View. You have another option for the EBC Trek by Bus. You need to catch the bus from the old bus park, Kathmandu, to Jiri or Salleri, and start your hiking. It takes a few days more for EBC Trek, but it is a good option for beginners. Lukla is the entry point for all Everest region trekking.
3. Leave a buffer when you book your flights
Lukla lies at the 2860 meters altitude, and the weather frequently changes. So, the regular flight may disturb the weather. Taking some buffer days in Kathmandu is highly recommended to ensure your international flight. If you can catch your flight on time, you can sightsee Kathmandu Valley and go to Dhulikhel or Nagarkot. Still, you can make your tour plan for Pokhara and Chitwan if you have time.
4. Make sure your insurance covers your whole trip
During Everest Base Camp Trekking, you must go up to 5545 meters. At this time, you may get altitude sickness, and immediately you need helicopter rescue because this trek is miles far from road access. To be safer, you need to do your insurance, covering the evacuation and medical expenses. Primary insurance policies have a cap on altitude, so I confirmed this before purchasing the insurance policy.
5. The options for hiking – group or solo, guided or not
You have many options for Everest Base Camp hiking. You can trek solo or join a group for this trek. If you have already trekked Everest Base Camp, you can go solely. By joining the group, the Everest Base Camp trek cost will be minimized. You can hire a guide or porters from Lukla. During trekking season, experienced and well-trained guides or porters may be unavailable. Also, you may have a problem knowing the perfect trekking crewmembers.
6. Choose an experienced and government-registered company to guide your trek
Trekking through an experienced and government-registered company is the best and safest option for this trek. You can save time and money by choosing the best trekking company. Because they already managed everything for you, you can trek in a hassle-free mood. Peregrine Treks is a group of young entrepreneurs with more than 15 years of experience in mountain tourism. Most of the guides are Everest summiteers, and to choose them, you need to book the trip in advance. They will do only a few trekking during the year. We will provide the best value for your money.
7. To have a porter or not to have a porter – that is the question
Hiring porters are expected during your Everest base camp trek, and the daily cost will be around US$ 15 per porter. This covers the accommodation, salary, and insurance. One porter can carry up to 30 kg of trekking stuff, which is more than enough for two people. If you have a porter, you can walk freely, they will carry your stuff, and it will be enjoyable. You must purchase one cargo or kitty bag to put your trekking stuff. You can get that bag in Thamel at around US$ 8 to 25.
8. You can kit yourself out in Thamel, Kathmandu
You can get new as well as hire the trekking stuff in Thamel. There is branded and local trekking equipment. You can get a trekking equipment list from your trekking organizer company. Trekking equipment is also available in Namche, but the equipment’s cost is slightly high because of transportation.
9. Bring Nepali Rupees
There are not enough ATMs in the trekking area. It is highly recommended you exchange Nepali rupees in Thamel. Don’t forget to take the slip when exchanging your money. You can pay in foreign currency for your accommodation in the trekking area, but the exchange rate is low than in Thamel. You can consult with your trekking company for the estimated Nepalese currency.
10. Pack a book and play cards
You need to spend your two days in a single place for acclimatization. To spend time, pack some exciting books and a playing card. In a few days, you need to walk for 4-5 hours; on that day, books and playing cards support you in spending your time.
11. Be prepared to substitute wet wipes for showers
Most lodges have a hot shower, but after Namche taking a shower is not recommended because of the cold and high altitude. So, wet wipes do your job to be fresh on those days. We will provide a hot shower facility up to Namche and after Namche.
12. Bring a battery pack
To charge your gadgets, you need electricity. The electricity is available during the trekking. Small hydro and solar systems are available to charge your gadgets. The lodge may take little money to charge your gadgets. The single battery may not work correctly because of the cold. So, the battery pack is highly recommended. The electricity plug socket may vary between Europe and Nepal. In Nepal, two rounded pins are readily available.
13. Take a reusable water bottle
It would help if you drink plenty of water during the trek, supporting your acclimatization. After a single purification, most of the water sources are drinkable. So, to save money, you need to carry a big neck bottle. You can buy bottled mineral water on the trekking trail, which is costly and hurts the environment. In Gorakshep, you need to buy bottled water because the water sources are highly mineralized due to the nearness to the glacier.
14. The most useful toiletries to bring
To protect from the sun and cold, you need to carry suns cream. Lip guard cream, wet wipes, and recyclable hand wash. We highly recommend you carry some medicines like Diamox, paracetamol, Imodium, etc.
15. You cannot see Mount Everest from Everest Base Camp
This may be an exciting thing for you. You can’t see Mount Everest from the Everest Base Camp because other mountains block your view. You can easily see Mount Everest from the trekking trail. Kala Patthar is the primary viewpoint to see Mount Everest.
16. Head up to Kala Patthar for sunrise
You need to wake up early for the sunrise view from Kala Patthar. This is the highest point of your entire Everest Base Camp Trek and is at 5545 meters. From this point, you can see the astonishing view of Mount Everest, Khumbu Glacier, and dozens of other Himalayas.
17. There is no rush
Hike slowly from Namche, enjoy nature, take photographs, chat with your friends and relatives, and describe your trekking experience. Stop in the teahouses for snacks and tea, drink plenty of water, and have a positive attitude towards hiking; this supports you for proper acclimatization. High altitude may affect you if you are rushed, and your Everest Base Camp Trek may cancel. If you have limited time, you can down quickly, as well as you can take a helicopter to return from trekking.
18. Keep on the mountainside; mainly where yaks and mules are involved
The trekking trail is vast, but if you find a group of mules and yaks, you must keep on the mountainside for your safety.
19. Look forward to the fantastic suspension bridges
Suspension or hanging bridges are solid and steady. You need not be nervous because of the suspension bridge. Before crossing the bridges, be sure whether or not heavily loaded porters are coming from your opponent. Stay some time on the edge of the bridge if there are wide-loaded porters. You can enjoy the prayer flags, and Khadas threaded up along the bridge.
20. Be sensitive to altitude sickness symptoms
Altitude sickness is a common problem during hiking in the mountains. Usually, this problem arises on hikes of over 3500 meters. The highest elevation of the Everest Base Camp Trek is 5545 meters, so there are high chances of altitude sickness problems because of carelessness. The primary symptoms are a headache, often with loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, disturbed sleep, dizziness, etc. You need to consult your guide if your body shows these signs. Drinking plenty of water and garlic soup and using Diamox may reduce this sickness problem; descending is the best option for treatment.
21. The accommodation is basic but comfy
Accommodation during Everest Base Camp Trekking is essential, but all are comfortable. There are a few luxurious trekking lodges, but they are expensive. You must book Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek Package to stay in that lodge. The typical lodge has a warm eating area, good western and Nepali food, and a comfortable bedroom. Lodge provides pillows and blankets but taking sleeping bags is highly recommended.
22. Food and drink options
There are enough lodges along the trekking trail; you need not worry about the food and drinks. You can get Nepali and western food in significant lodges. In peak trekking season, lodges may not be readily available because of many tourists. But we will manage and pre-book the lodges for you. Alcoholic drinks are not recommended during trekking because of the high altitude.
23. Everything gets more expensive the higher up you go
There is no road access in that area. Foods with all other things must carry by porters, mules, yaks, and helicopters. Because of the transportation cost, most goods are expensive in the higher area.
24. You can tap into wifi if you need to
We will provide one Nepali sim card, and you need to top up the balance. In significant places, mobile data will work. Mobile data is not reliable and slow. You can take wifi password on pay by the hotels and restaurants.
25. Keep your batteries in your sleeping bag overnight
Put all your accessories, clothes, and other things into your bag at night. Put batteries in your sleeping bag because cold may damage your battery life. These 25 points cover most of the necessary information about Everest Base Camp Trek, but if you want more information, please mail us at [email protected] or directly call on +9779851052413. We are available 24/7 to provide information to you. Also, you can contact us for trekking, tour, peak climbing, expedition, and jungle safari in Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet.