Everest region is very famous trekking region in the world, and Everest High Pass Trek is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the most breathtaking scenery of mighty Himalayas.
The most thrilling part of Everest High Pass trek is the crossing of the three major passes: Renjo La Pass (5,338 m), Cho La Pass (5,368 m), and Kongma La Pass (5,535 m).
This high pass trek offers an unforgettable experience of overwhelming vistas of the Himalayan chain of Khumbu region. This chain of the Himalayas includes five of the world’s highest mountain including Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,153 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,501 m) and Mt. Lhotse Shar (8,393 m).
This Everest High Pass Trek is carefully designed to minimize the risk of altitude sickness by limiting each day’s walk and the gain in altitude. Best time for this adventurous trek is September to December and February to May.
For this strenuous trek in the Himalayas requires a good level of fitness. For all the trekkers seeking a great adventure, Everest High Pass is the most recommended trekking route.
Everest High Pass Trek begins with a scenic 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trek starts from Lukla to Namche Bazaar via Phakding. Namche Bazaar is famous as the gateway to Mt. Everest.
Further, the trek continues through Tengboche, Dingboche, and Chukkung Village. We’ll also cross the Kongma La Pass then we’ll soon trek towards Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar.
Furthermore, crossing Cho La Pass, we’ll enter into Gokyo valley and hike to Gokyo Ri to get a fantastic view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. Likewise, Renjo La pAss also offers a stunning view of the Himalayan range.
- Explore the historical and cultural sights of Kathmandu valley
- Experience the scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
- Explore the Sherpa capital- Namche Bazaar
- Visit the Tengboche Monastery- one of the highest monasteries of Khumbu region
- Sunrise view over jaw-dropping mountain vista from Kala Patthar
- Visit Everest Base Camp and stand at the foot of the Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain
- Stunning views from high passes: Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass
- Ascend Gokyo Ri to get the unsurpassed views of the world’s highest mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho Oyu.
- Experience the vibrant Sherpa culture, traditions, and their lifestyle
- Walk through the glaciers and rocky trails
|Day 01||Arrival to Kathmandu||1,338 m||-|
|Day 02||Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation||1,338 m||-|
|Day 03||Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding||2,804 m||3 hrs|
|Day 04||Trek to Namche Bazaar||3,441 m||5.5 hrs|
|Day 05||Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day||3,962 m||5 hrs|
|Day 06||Trek to Tengboche||3,875 m||5 hrs|
|Day 07||Trek to Dingboche||4,360 m||5 hrs|
|Day 08||Dingboche: Acclimatization Day||-||-|
|Day 09||Trek to Chhukung and climb to Chhukung Ri||5,546 m||7 hrs|
|Day 10||Cross Kongma La Pass and Trek to Lobuche||5,535 m||7 hrs|
|Day 11||Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep||5,365 m||7-8 hrs|
|Day 12||Early morning hike up to Kala Patthar and trek down to Lobuche||5,555 m||9 hrs|
|Day 13||Trek to Dzongla||4,830 m||4 hrs|
|Day 14||Trek to Gokyo via Cho La Pass||5,420 m||7-8 hrs|
|Day 15||Acclimatization day: Climb Gokyo Ri and explore 4th and 5th Gokyo Lakes||5,483 m||3-4 hrs|
|Day 16||Trek to Marlung via Cross Renjo La Pass||5,360 m||7 hrs|
|Day 17||Trek to Namche Bazaar||3,441 m||4 hrs|
|Day 18||Trek to Lukla||2,804 m||7 hrs|
|Day 19||Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening||2,804 m||45 min flight|
|Day 20||Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure||1,338 m||-|
Max Elevation: 1338 m, Kathmandu
You’ll arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, where our representative will receive you and transfer to the hotel. After taking a short rest, you’ll visit our office. Here, you’ll attend a team meeting with your trek guide and fellow trekkers.
In this small meet up, the guide will brief you about the trip. Your guide will also check your trekking equipment. If there is any confusion, you’re free to inquire anything. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner featuring an authentic and cultural dance performance.
Overnight at Kathmandu.
After morning breakfast, we begin our sightseeing tour of four UNESCO World Heritage sites. These include the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and architecturally rich Kathmandu Durbar Square.
After completing our tour, you’ll get leisure time to prepare for the trek.
Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Travel Duration: 45 minutes flight
Trek Duration: 3 hours
Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla
You’ll begin your journey towards Everest High Pass Trek via a prosperous village of Lukla following the trail of Dudh Koshi river until you reach Phakding. First, we’ll trek downhill to Thado Koshi river and cross a suspension bridge where we’ll get an impressive view of Mt. Kusum Kanguru.
Further, we’ll pass a small Buddhist village,Ghat and proceed to Phakding. Once we reach Phakding, we can explore the surrounding area and visit local monasteries.
Overnight stay at Phakding.
Trek Duration: 5.5 hours
Max Elevation: 3441 m, Namche Bazaar
After breakfast in Phakding, we’ll head to the northern bank of Dudh Koshi river crossing many suspension bridges including Hillary Suspension bridge. The trail leads us to a small Sherpa village, Monjo.
Then, the trail enters into the forest area and follows the rocky path until we reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. Here local authorities will check our trekking permits. After a long day trek, finally, we reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Everest and a famous Sherpa town. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Trek Duration: 5 hours
Max Elevation: 3,962 m, Everest View Hotel
Today is the first acclimatization of this high pass trek. We can explore the Sherpa town as there are dozens of cafe, restaurants, pubs, and souvenir shops. Likewise, we can also hike to Khumjung and Khunde village.
Also, we can visit the Everest View Hotel that provides the best view of Mt. Everest. After enjoying the short hike, we’ll return to our teahouse and prepare for the next day’s trek.
Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Trek Duration: 5 hours
Max Elevation: 3,875 m
After early morning breakfast, we commence our journey to Tengboche village. Today we’ll trek high above Dudh Koshi river. Enroute we’ll get a fantastic view of Everest and surrounding peaks.
Further continuing the trek, we’ll head downward the Dudh Koshi river, and follow the forest trail. And, reach Tengboche monastery. It is one of the most outstanding and the largest monasteries of the entire Khumbu region. This monastery rests on a hill, at the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Imja Khola rivers.
From the monastery premise, we’ll get the astonishing view of the most beautiful peak Mt. Ama Dablam along with Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse.
Overnight stay at Tengboche.
Trek Duration: 5 hours
Max Elevation: 4,360 m
Today we’ll trek down to Dingboche village via the rhododendron forest trail. We’ll cross the suspension bridge over Imja Khola and climb to Pangboche village. On the trail, we’ll pass via several mani stones, prayer wheels, and chortens.
Our trek continues to Dingboche with fantastic views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Island Peak.
After 5 hours of walk from Tengboche, we finally reach Dingboche for an overnight stay.
Our second acclimatization day, we’ll hike to Nagarjuna Hill. This hill offers a spectacular view of the world’s fifth highest mountain Makalu, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chalotse, and other surrounding peaks.
After a short hike, we’ll trek down to Dingboche village for an overnight stay.
Trek Duration: 7 hours
Max Elevation: 5,546 m
Early morning after breakfast, we’ll head towards seasonal herding village of Chhukung. After a few hours of the trek and enjoying the view of beautiful and soaring peaks including Mt.Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and others we reach Chhukung village.
This beautiful settlement is the base for climbers going for the ascent to the Chhukung Ri and Island Peak. Further, we’ll climb Chhukung Ri to get the marvelous view of the snow-capped peak, especially the giant Makalu peak.
We descend back to Chhukung for an overnight stay.
Trek Duration: 7 hours
Max Elevation: 5,535 m, Kongma La Pass
Today we’ll start our trek from Chhukung to cross one of the highest passes on the trip.
Enjoying the remoteness of the area and surrounding nature, we walk back down Bibre valley and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. After a few hours of walk, we get a great view of Island peak-valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha.
Further, we ascend the east side of Niyang Khola valley and turn west and walk via the rocky sloppy trail. Approximately after 5 hours hike, we’ll reach the highest point- Kongma La Pass. At the top, we see tombstone wrapped in prayer flags, and back we look at the landscapes of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu glacier.
From the top of the pass, we make a final descent. It is the most challenging stage of today’s trek as we’ve to make our way to Lobuche via Khumbu Glacier.
Overnight stay at Lobuche.
Trek Duration: 7 hours
Max Elevation: 5,365 m
Today we’ll follow the windy and rocky path and head towards the settlement of Gorak Shep. On the way, we’ll have great views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori and other surrounding peaks. After a couple of hours, we’ll reach Gorak Shep and further continue to Everest Base Camp.
There is not much elevation gain, but the effect of altitude can make this trek route exhausting. So, walking slowly for approximately 3 hours we’ll arrive at the base camp of the world’s highest peak. From the base camp, we’ll enjoy the magnificent view of Khumbu glacier once again.
We’ll return to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.
Trek Duration: 9 hours
Max Elevation: 5,555 m
Today we’ll start early in the morning, in fact, before breakfast to see the early morning sunrise view over the mountains. After 2 hours of the hike, we’ll reach the summit of Kala Patthar. Upon reaching the top, the enthralling views of the Everest in the fresh sunlight will mesmerize us.
The 360-degree views from the top are truly breathtaking! As the right moment comes, we’ll get one of the most remarkable moments in our life! It is only the highest point of the planet that offers direct views of soaring peaks including the giant mountains Nuptse, Pumori, Lhotse, and many other surrounding peaks.
Also, we’ll get the stupendous view of Khumbu Icefall (one of the major treacherous while attempting the summit expeditions for climbers). After enjoying the stunning view, we’ll descend back to Gorak Shep and continue our trek back to Lobuche for an overnight stay.
Trek Duration: 4 hours
Max Elevation: 4,830 m
After early morning breakfast, we'll trek downhill alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Enroute, we’ll enjoy the beautiful glimpse of snow-capped mountains.
On the way, we’ll pass via many stupas and reach the Chola Tsho Lake. Passing via stunning scenery, we’ll traverse the Chola Khola and reach our final destination of the day- Dzongla.
Overnight stay at Dzongla.
Trek Duration: 8 hours
Max Elevation: 5,368 m
Today is another happy day in this trek. In our trekking journey, this is the most challenging yet rewarding day as we’ll hike to Cho La Pass- one of the high passes in the world. As we gain elevation on the trail, the view gets more spectacular.
On the top of the pass, you’ll see prayer flags that flap due to the strong winds. After enjoying the natural scenery, we’ll head towards the Ngozumpa Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in Nepal.
After some time, we’ll reach the other side of the glacier, and we’ll get the view of second Gokyo Lake. Further, after some time we’ll witness the third lake where the beautiful Gokyo Valley stands.
We’ll spend our night at Gokyo village.
Trek Duration: 3-4 hours
Max Elevation: 5,483 m
Today is the third and last acclimatization day in Gokyo valley. To acclimatize in the thin air, we’ll hike to Gokyo Ri and explore the 4th and 5th Gokyo lakes. We’ll get up early in the morning and climb up to Gokyo Ri, another most beautiful vantage point to get the close-up view of Mt. Everest.
From the summit of Ri, we get the spectacular view of Gokyo Valley, Ngozumpa Glacier, and all the highest peak including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Gyachung Kang.
Gokyo valley is not only famous for the fabulous mountain view of the Everest region, but it is also famous for the astonishing view of a series of six lakes. We’ll hike to the 4th lake (Thonak Tsho Lake) and 5th lake (Ngozuma Tsho Lake).
The fourth lake is about 3 km north, and from the hill, we’ll get amazing views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Makalu. As we reach the fifth lake, we’ll see the base camp of Mt. Cho Oyu. From the fifth lake, we’ll also get the close view of the biggest glacier in the world- the Ngozumpa Glacier.
After exploring these beautiful series of the lake, we’ll head back to the hotel in Gokyo village for an overnight stay.
Trek Duration: 7 hours
Max Elevation: 5,340 m
After spending one full day in Gokyo, today we’ll trek to Marlung via Renjo La Pass. As we leave Gokyo Valley, we’ll head towards Renjo La trail. After a 5-hours of the walk, we’ll reach Renjo La where we can see the highest peak in the world including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cholaste, and Mt. Tabuche.
Although, we have a similar view here in Renjo La as we had from Gokyo Ri, the feeling is entirely different. Continuing our trek, we’ll head down via a stone staircase and reach narrow valley Lumde. During our walk, we can see Relma Tsho and Renjo Lake. After an hour’s walk on the east of the Bhote Koshi, we reach Marlung for an overnight stay.
Trek Duration: 4 hours
Max Elevation: 3,441 m
Today we’ll descend to Namche Bazaar. We’ll start our journey in the early morning from Marlung. The trail leads us to the beautiful village Thame via the valley of Lagnache Khola. Moreover, en route we’ll enjoy the mesmerizing view of Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kusum Kangaru, and Mt. Katenga.
Likewise, we’ll again descend from Thame village. On the way, we’ll pass via several Buddhist monasteries, colorful prayer flags, and mani stones. Finally, after several hours of walk, we’ll reach Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.
Trek Duration: 7 hours
Max Elevation: 2,804 m
After early morning breakfast, we’ll set out for Lukla, the starting part of this adventurous trek. With the feeling of great joy and wonderful memories, we’ll trek down to Lukla. Passing via the rhododendron forests with the eye-catching view of snow-capped peaks we’ll continue our trek to Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, we can celebrate our victory. Overnights stay at Lukla.
Travel Duration: 45 minutes flight
Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla
Early in the morning, we’ll catch a flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoying the last glimpse of the snow-capped mountains, we’ll arrive at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu International Airport. Our representative will transfer you to the hotel.
After refreshment, you can go shopping and buy some souvenirs for your family and friends. In the evening, you’ll join the farewell dinner with our team member and your fellow trekkers.
Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
With a final goodbye, our representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back home.
Further, if you want to extend your vacations, we offer various travel and tour packages. If you’re interested, please feel free to contact us.
- Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourists vehicle
- 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
- Accommodation in tea houses during the days in a trek
- All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu half day sightseeing
- During sightseeing tours guide
- Airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
- Sagarmatha National Park Entry and TIMS card fee
- A professional English speaking guide
- All government taxes, VAT and service charges
- First aid kit box
- Nepal Entry Visa Fee
- International Airfare
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal gear for trekking
- Extra baggage charges
- Personal Expenses (Soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Gratitudes to the guide and porter
Here is a comprehensive packing list for trekking in the Everest region. This packing list equally applies to all trekkers as well as all seasons and routes for the Everest Base Camp trek.
Depending on the number of trekking days, you can adjust the number of items for clothing and equipment respectively. You can use this list as a guideline. Please keep in mind that, it is not necessary to have all of it. Also, since packing is subjective use your judgement to decide on what to take.
Moreover, Kathmandu is the great place to buy trekking gear at an affordable price. So, let’s take a look;
- Valid Passport
- Airline Tickets
- Photocopies of Passport and 2 passport photographs
- Travel Insurance
- Enough Cash
- Sun Protection Hat
- Woollen Hat
- Beanie or Headband
- Balaclava or Buff
- Bandana Scarf
- Short Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
- Long Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
- Lightweight Thermal Tops
- Down Vest
- Sports Bra
- Insulated Jacket
- Fleece Jacket
- Wind Jacket
- Waterproof Jacket
- Lightweight Poly-liner Gloves
- Lightweight Wool or Fleece Gloves
- Thermal underwear
- Hiking Shorts
- Hiking Pants
- Fleece Pants
- Lightweight Thermal Bottoms (seasonal)
- Waterproof Shell Pants (Breathable Fabric)
- Hiking Boots (waterproof)
- Camp Sandals
- Hiking Socks
- Thermal Socks
- Sock Liners (prevents blisters)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
- Duffel Bag
- Small Lock for Duffel Bag
- Waterproof Rucksack Covers (optional)
- Stuff Sacks for Dirty Clothes/Shoes
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Bag Liner
- Air mattress
- Pillow (small)
- Walking sticks / Trekking Poles
- Flashlight/ Torch
- Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
Medical and First-Aid Kit
- First-aid kit
- Wound and healing ointment
- Pain relief gel
- Gastrointestinal tract
- Insect repellent spray
- Water purification tablets
Personal Gear and Toiletries
- Trekking Towel
- Pee Bottle or Funnel (optional)
- Small Locks
- Waterproof Ziplock Bags
- Lip balm with sun protection
- Facial moisturiser
- Hand lotion
- Deodorant and Soap
- Dry shampoo
- Wet wipes
- Disinfectant tissues
- Toilet paper
- Hand Sanitizer
- Sleeping mask
- Cotton buds
- Toiletries bag
- Notebook and Pen
- Guidebook/ Trekrout Map
- Travel Games i.e. cards, chess, scrabble etc
- Plug Adapter
- Swim Suit
- Portable Solar Charger
Q1. Is Trekking in the Everest Region Difficult or Easy?
The difficulty of treks in the Everest region depends on the trek you choose to do.
If you’re looking for a little more challenging adventurous trail rather than a simple walk, then you can go for Everest Base Camp trek! This base camp trek takes you from 2,804 m at Lukla to 5,545 m, the summit of Kala Patthar.
The trails in the Everest region include moderate uphill and downhill walk, steep ascents and descents. Generally, the trekking route is well-maintained but also involve some mix- rough terrain.
So, with a good health condition, you can complete this base camp trek with ease. With enough acclimatization day and proper training, you can complete the trek with success. You should train yourself before embarking this adventurous trek. The more fit you are, the more pleasant your journey will be.
Q.2 Do I Have to be Extremely Fit to Trek in the Everest Region?
There is no specific requirement of fitness for trekking in the Everest region. However, a basic level of fitness is required. After all, you’ve to hike with your daypack for 4-6 hours, on various types of terrain, over the course of several days.
You need a basic level of fitness, but you don’t need to have a pro-level athlete’s fitness. Before trekking, you can do an exercise like jogging, running, swimming, or hiking.
Thus, if you attempt Everest Base Camp Trek with proper training, you can enjoy every moment of the trek. Remember to walk at your own pace, drink plenty of water, and allocate enough acclimatization day.
Q.3 How to Reach Lukla from Kathmandu?
Lukla village serves as the main entry point of world famous Everest region. It is a small town located at the height of 2,860m and inhabited by Sherpa community. This small mountain village hosts Tenzing Hillary Airport, one of the most adventurous airports in the world.
At present, the airport is the only convenient way to reach the Everest region from Kathmandu. Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla take around 45 minutes. Buddha Airlines, Sita Airlines, Yeti Airways, and Tara Airways are some of the airlines that operate daily flights between Kathmandu and Lukla.
Likewise, the monsoon season (June-August) is highly prone to flight delays and cancellation due to bad weather conditions. Therefore, if you’re traveling to Nepal during monsoon time, it is recommended to add 2-3 spare days in your itinerary.
Q4. Am I Prone to Altitude Sickness while Trekking in the Everest Region?
While trekking in the high altitudes of the Everest region, the symptoms of altitude sickness are very common in all trekkers, regardless of their age and fitness level. At higher elevation, many experience symptoms like occasional headaches, shortness of breath or mild nausea. These symptoms are easily treated with proper rest, hydration, and over the counter medications.
Due to this uncertainty, most trekkers use Diamox, a medication which can help you fight the symptoms of altitude sickness.
Unfortunately, some people may experience more serious symptoms that demand intensive treatment like oxygen therapy and a portable hyperbaric bag.
Q5. How Do I Prevent Altitude Sickness?
- Stay hydrated. Try to drink at least 3-4 liters per day.
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and meat.
- Don’t go up until symptoms go down. People acclimatize at different rates, so make sure to acclimate properly before ascending further.
- Listen to your body. Take your time. The pace is a critical factor on all routes.
- Don’t skip the acclimatization days.
- Walk high and sleep low. If you have enough energy, take an afternoon stroll further up the mountain although you descend to sleep.
- Consult your doctor before you start your trek. Your doctor may prescribe you an altitude sickness tablet.
Q6. What Happens if I get Mountain Sickness?
If you get altitude sickness while on the trail, let your guide know immediately. They’ll help you. For this, you need to be familiar with the symptoms of altitude sickness.
Most people experience mild symptoms like a headache, loss of appetite above 12,000-14,000 feet. These mild symptoms are not serious and will disappear within 48 hours. But, if symptoms become more serious, there are two options:
- Descend to a lower elevation- possibly resume the trek once you recover.
- Get into a portable hyperbaric bag- it is an inflatable pressure bag large enough to accommodate a person inside. A person is placed inside the bag, then sealed and inflated with a foot pump. By doing so, within minutes, the effective altitude is decreased by 1000 to 3000 meters depending on the elevation.
Q7. Do I Need Travel Insurance to Trek in the Everest Region?
In the Everest region, most of the trekkers face the problem of high altitude sickness. So, it’s important you should get proper insurance for your Everest Base Camp Trek. Make sure that your travel insurance package covers:
- Trip cancellation
- Travel delay
- Loss/damage of baggage
- Medical emergencies
- Medical evacuation.
If you’re confused about the insurance, you can contact us, we are happy to help you.
Q8. When is the Best Time for the Trek in Everest Region?
The best time for Everest region trek is Spring (March-May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov). In the spring season, the weather is dry and stable, and the mountain views are at their best.
One of the best part of trekking during spring is the fantastic view of the lower hill blooming in rhododendron flowers.
Autumn is one of the peak trekking seasons in Nepal. If you opt autumn season for Everest Base Camp Trek, then you’ll get the magnificent snow-capped mountain views.
During spring and autumn, the trail is overcrowded because of the large inflow of the tourists. During this time, almost all tea houses get packed with the trekkers. So, you need to make advance-booking for accommodation and flight.
Moreover, if you love solitude, then the monsoon (June-Aug) and winter (Dec-Feb) are a good time to do it. Also, if you opt these seasons, you may need to add extra days in your itinerary as flight delays and cancellations are common due to bad weather conditions.
Q9. What are the Accommodations Along the Trail?
The accommodation facilities along the Everest Base Camp trail are pretty great! You can opt from the luxurious hotel to basic tea houses according to your budget. In luxurious accommodation, you’ll get a luxury room with attached bathrooms and hot showers.
Likewise, teahouse has a simple room but comfortable to sleep. Most of the teahouse have squat toilets. Also, as you move to higher altitudes, the accommodation facilities become more simple. So, don’t expect luxurious accommodation at higher altitudes.
Q10. What is the Food like on the Everest Trail?
Everest trekking trail is a lot more developed in comparison to other trekking routes in Nepal. You’ll find several teahouses that serve good food.
Along the trail, you can get everything from rice and lentil dishes (dal bhat power 24 hr) to pizza. Almost all tea houses have similar menus. You’ll get momos, noodles, soups, and burgers.
Beer and soft drinks are available everywhere but at a highly inflated price. Snacks like candy bars, chips are widely available, but for a higher price than Kathmandu valley. As you move towards higher elevation, the price gets higher too.
Tips: Bring your snacks from Kathmandu. Yes, it’ll increase the weight of your luggage, but it’s better to pay NRS. 80 per bar in Kathmandu than NRS. 200 on the trail.
Q11. Is Drinking Water Readily Available During the Trek?
Most of the tea house along the trail serve bottled, boiled, and filtered water. It is not safe to drink tap water without treating it. The best options are to bring a reusable water bottle and a water purification tablet. It’s cheap and doesn’t hurt the environment too.
You can also buy mineral water bottle everywhere. It is cheap in Kathmandu (USD 2 for a liter bottle) but expensive on the Everest trail (USD3-5 for a liter bottle).
Q 12. Can I Charge My Electronic Devices?
Yes, you can charge your electronic devices during the trekking period. Almost all tea houses have charging plug points. However, charging your electronic devices will cost you some money especially a the higher elevation. So, it’s a good idea to carry spare batteries for your camera.
Q13. Can I Trek Alone?
Yes, you may trek alone actually there is no any law these days that tourists need to travel with guide or travel company. However, trekking alone in the Everest region is not advisable.
For your convenience hire a guide or porter. A guide will not only help you in route navigation but also will help you to get the best places to eat and sleep. Also, they’re familiar with the local culture and tradition.
A guide will help you to get a close insight into local culture and traditions. They’ll also assist you with gears, medical emergencies, and travel arrangements.
A porter is one who will carry your baggage throughout the trekking journey. Hiring a porter will help you enjoy long walks as you don’t have to carry heavy backpacks.
Q14. Do I have to Carry my Luggage on the Trip? If Not, What is the Weight the Porters Carry?
Trekking is a long journey for which you’ll need two bags to keep your belongings. A rucksack/ duffel bag and a daypack for personal items.
Throughout the entire trekking journey, our porter will carry duffle bag whereas you have to carry a daypack of your own. A daypack is a small backpack where you can keep your personal items like camera, battery chargers, snacks, and water bottle.
If you’re taking a flight to Lukla, there is a certain weight limit of your baggage. The maximum weight of the check-in baggage is 10 kg whereas that of hand carry is 5 kg.
Our porter can carry up to 25kg during the trek, whereas your other personal items will be safely kept at the respective hotel.
Q15. What Qualifications Do the Guides Have?
Our guides are knowledgeable in the areas of history, culture, and geography of the Everest region. Also, our guides and porters are well trained and licensed. Last but not least all of our guides are friendly, helpful, honest, humorous, and hardworking.
During the trekking journey, they’ll provide you with a good knowledge of the local culture. They’ll assist you in every aspect of your trips like arranging the rooms, meals, and flight.
Q16. Can I Hire a Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket with the Quality Thermal Required for the Trip?
Yes, you can hire a sleeping bag and down jacket with the thermal quality in Kathmandu. There are plenty of shops in Thamel that sell trekking gears. You’ll find many shops selling a high-quality copy of these brands but at a relatively low price.
Further, you can also hire most of the trekking equipment from Kathmandu. The rental cost may range from NRS. 3 – 4 per day.
Q17. How Much Do you Recommend to Tip the Porters or Local Guides?
Tips are not mandatory while trekking in Nepal. However, at the end of the trip, if you wish to show your gratitude, it is always welcomed.
Tipping can be in USD or Nepalese Rupees (NRS). So, it is good to carry small denominations of USD for small tips to driver, hotel staff, porter etc. If you want to tips someone you are free to do so but there is no hard and fast rule about how much you should tip.
Q18. Are ATMs Available in Everest Region?
Yes, there are some ATMs in Namche Bazaar and Lukla but not in places higher than that. Also, sometimes ATMs might run out of cash or the machines may not work properly. So, it’s a good idea to carry some hand cash.
Q19. Is There Any Alternate Way to See Mt. Everest Closely Without Trekking?
Yes, if you don’t have ample time for a number of days trek, then you can opt Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour around Everest region to get a close-up view of Mt. Everet.