The magnificence of the Himalayas cannot be summed up in words. Come, take a walk among the snow clad behemoths on this journey to the base camp of Mount Everest to fully fathom the sheer beauty and magnetism of the world’s tallest mountains!
On this 15-day expedition, you get to have a glimpse into the hardships and immense simplicity of the lives of the Sherpa people during your teahouse stays, learn how to better acclimatize with extreme weather and doubling heights, and finally at the very climax of the journey, come to stand in wonder and awe at the feet of the great Everest peak which the Nepalese respectfully call “Sagarmatha” - “the forehead in the sky”!
The dream of scaling up to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal will usher you into the wondrous spiritual land of Nepal, the country of Lord Budhha’s birth and a place where many Hindu religious myths have converged. Traveling on from Kathmandu, you will get priceless opportunities to explore the depths of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kathmandu Valley, the unique and ancient Sherpa settlements on the way, many a timeless monasteries of the old world like the ancient Tengboche Monastery and one of the world’s oldest nunnery, the insides of the biodiversity hotspot of Sagarmatha National Park, and the legacies of the first Everest climbers to the known world-- Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay.
Here goes some of the key facts you must keep in mind when choosing from different configurations of organized Everest Base Camp tours in Nepal:
● Spring and Autumn are the Two Most Favorable Seasons:
Spring and autumn are the two most comfortable seasons for making this trek. The spring sets in from mid-February and ends towards the last days of May. The days remain warm during this time even at the higher altitudes, with an average temperature of 30°C. Spring is special to trek in Nepal also because of the warm surroundings during this time when the bleak plants, flowers, and hibernating wildlife come back to life with flourishing warm colors everywhere you see!
Autumns are the busiest months on this route, starting from mid-September and lasting till the end of November. Attractions of autumn include the Mani Rimdu Festival held at the Tengboche Monastery.
● Altitude Sickness Prevention Medicinal Courses Need to Start Before Reaching Tenzing-Hillary Airport In Lukla:
If you are going on a doctor-advised AMS prevention drug course like with Diamox, you need to start a few hours before flying from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport. This is where you will suddenly gain a lot of altitude reaching to a whopping 2,860 m. Lukla is usually scheduled for Day 2 on most Everest base camp tour packages in Nepal.
● No Fancy Accommodation:
The lodges and teahouse accommodations on this trail are by no means luxurious. Basic floor bedding is provided made cozy with rugs and blankets. Food is also very simple, made from local produces and limited to just a few basic options.
● Documents and Permits Required for the Trek are Crucial:
For successfully completing the Everest Base Camp Trekking in Nepal you will require TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) cards issued from Kathmandu, and the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit. You guide or organized tour company can take care of this with a few passport size photographs of you and your national id proof.
● Access to the Internet Is Available Throughout the Trek:
There are 8 base stations for mobile network set up in the entire region, from Lukla to Gorak Sheo and beyond. Hikers along the EBC trek can enjoy good enough coverage for most parts of the trek. You have to get a separate Nepalese SIM card of the Ncell brand which will start working from around Lukla/Champlung North, around Namche and up ahead. Network might be down from time to time and mileage may vary.
● You Need to Carry Sufficient Nepali Currency:
Exchange for enough Nepalese currency as going around money, $25 accounting for each day.
On day 1, trekkers are needed to arrive at Kathmandu and leave for Lukla by flight on day 2. It is Lukla from where the EBC trek takes off. On day 12, you will be trekking downhill from Namche Bazaar to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu from there on day 13. Reserving a buffer day for unforeseen delays, you can make your travel arrangements from Kathmandu on day 15.
● Fitness- Though Everest Base Camp Trekking in Nepal is accessible and deemed suitable for most people, you must go through a month of prior strength training. Aerobics and light weight training are good, or simply take a fast-paced walk every day (preferably 3-4 km).
● Best Seasons- The best months to trek are-- February, March, April, October, November and December--for crystal clear skies and less chances of rain and fog.
● Unmissable- The hike to Kalapathar is a highlight of this trek. It is the best spot to get an up-close view of the Everest peak. You will have no visibility of the peak from the base camp. Day 10 is usually reserved for viewing sunrise at Kalapathar, the hike starting before dawn.
● Large or medium size backpack, and a duffle side bag for extras
● Water bottle
● Sun hat
● Warm cap
● Base layers
● Fleece jacket
● Outer jacket
● Rain jacket (essential for the monsoon months)
● Sturdy trekking shoes and a pair of floaters
● Trekking pants, several pairs
● UV-protection glasses
● Thermal socks