Everest Base Camp, or EBC, is one of the most sought-after destinations in Nepal. Located in the Sagarmatha Zone of the Himalayas at an elevation of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet), it is a dream destination for many trekkers and mountaineers. The main attraction here is Mt. Everest – the highest peak on Earth at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet).
Traveling to Everest Base Camp is an adventure of a lifetime for many people. The attraction of the magnificent Mt. Everest and Himalayas, with its natural and cultural experiences, makes it a dream destination for many.
How to plan a trip to the Everest Base Camp?
Make a proper plan for dates of trekking, Check the weather forecast for that days. Prepare your gears, get travel insurance. Pack your backpack not more than 15 kilos. Consult with your doctor and take the necessary vaccines. Find someone to take care of your plants and pets.
Budgeting for your trip
The budget for each trek ranges from $1500 to $3000 per person, depending on the duration of the trek, the number of days spent in the mountains, and the number of people in a group. When you trek independently, prepare around $50 per day for your food and accommodation.
Training for the trek
Training for the Everest Base Camp Trek is not easy. If you are new to trekking, you will have to learn a lot of new things before heading out. The most important thing is to prepare your body for trekking. There are many ways you can do this in order to get ready for an Everest Base Camp Trek.
First, start slow. You can’t just jump out of bed and run a marathon, or hike up a mountain. Start with some easy walking, and work your way up from there. You will also want to increase your distance gradually until you can climb at least 2000 meters at a lower altitude.
Then your body is trained enough to climb 600-700 meters at a high altitude.
Packing for your journey
Your backpack should have everything you might need while on the trek. Make sure you have enough clothes and layers, and also some thermal wear so that you don’t catch a cold in the freezing temperatures up there. Gather all your toiletries like soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste, mustache wax, etc. Check our Trekking Gear Checklist for Nepal to prepare for your packings.
Booking your flight
The Everest Base Camp Trek can be done either by hiring a local guide and doing it independently or by joining a group trip which also allows you to get to know other travelers. There are many travel companies offering the whole package trips to Everest Base Camp or you can buy only the flight tickets to Lukla. If you are doing the trip independently then finding the accommodation in peak season is a bit tough but it’s possible.
What to expect on the way?
When you are trekking to Everest Base Camp (EBC), you will have some great memories. You will see a lot of amazing things that you may never have seen before. You will probably take thousands of pictures and videos, but most importantly, you will meet new people from all over the world who share your passion for adventure.
The main attraction of this trek is that it gives you a chance to visit Mount Everest and covers many other high mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, etc.
From Kathmandu to Lukla
Kathmandu to Lukla flight is the most popular and amazing flight in Nepal. It is also known as the Everest air route or Everest trail. The flight between Kathmandu and Lukla is an unforgettable experience because of its scenic views, narrow path, and extreme weather conditions.
The plane takes off from Kathmandu international airport in the morning. After reaching cruising altitude the pilot must navigate through a mountain pass in some areas. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is considered one of the most dangerous flights in the world.
Lukla is a small village, which serves as a gateway to Mt. Everest and other Himalayan Peaks. It is situated at an altitude of 2840 meters above sea level on the bank of the Dudh Koshi River. This place has been serving as an important stopover for mountaineers since the 1960s when it was opened for tourism.
Trekking from Lukla to Kala Patthar
The trek to Mt Everest Base Camp is a dream of many who visit Nepal. It’s one of the most popular treks in the world and is considered by many to be one of the hardest. Trekking from Lukla to Kala Patthar is especially challenging because it involves traversing high altitudes (upwards of 5000m), crossing glaciers, and climbing steep terrain. And yet, thousands make this trek each year.
Afraid of heights? Then you might want to rethink your plans to trek from Lukla to Kala Patthar. The trail, also known as the Khumbu Icefall Trek is one of the best treks in the Everest region that leads directly up to Mount Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters). If you are looking for a challenging trek and an opportunity to conquer your fear of heights, this is it!
Rest days at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche
It is a fact that acclimatization in the highlands of Khumbu is a must before trekking to Everest Base Camp. This is because there are drastic changes in altitude, dryness, and air pressure. Our bodies need time to adjust to these changes. When we spend time at any altitudes before heading up high, it gives our bodies time to get used to that altitude. Then when it is time to head up high, our bodies have already adjusted and we can enjoy the climb more. At Namche Bazaar and Dingboche, you can find great places to relax and rest.
Acute Mountain Sickness
Altitude sickness is a common problem for trekkers and climbers who ascend too quickly in high altitudes. If you’re planning on trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp, or just going on a trek through the Himalayas, it’s important that you understand how to avoid altitude sickness.
There are several types of altitude sickness, but the most common one is acute mountain sickness (AMS). AMS can be avoided with a few simple strategies. The best way to avoid AMS is to ascend slowly enough that your body has time to acclimate.
As you gain elevation, the air becomes thinner. This means less oxygen, so your body needs time to adjust. To do this, every 300 meters of elevation gain should be followed by a full day at that elevation.
Planning a trip to the Everest Base Camp is an adventure in itself. We have covered everything you need to know about making this trip happen for you and your family or group of friends. If you have any questions or looking for a trekking agency in Nepal, please contact our travel partner in Nepal by visiting the link below. We hope you enjoy your trip!