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Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek - 26 Days

Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek

Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most challenging and adventurous trekking routes in the Everest region. It is perfect for those opting for a long trek on the lap of Mt. Everest on the Himalaya of Nepal.

Everest Base Camp Trek is one of those bucket list items for anyone planning a trekking trip to Nepal. Of course, it is once in a lifetime experience and one of popular trekking trails in the world.

Basically, there are two trekking routes for the Everest Base Camp Trek, one is to fly to Lukla, and another starts from Jiri and finally hike all the way to the base camp.

This trekking package is specially designed to make classic Everest Base Camp Trek more thrilling and exciting. Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek follows the classic route that was taken by two renowned Everest summiteers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953.

This wonderful trek start from Jiri which lies in the eastern part of Nepal. Following the footsteps of greAat mountaineers, the trail passes via several mountain settlements and reach Phakding. Continuing the trek towards Namche, the central hub for trekkers and mountaineers, the trails lead towards the Gokyo valley.

A climb to Kala Patthar is the highest point of this adventure trek, where we’ll get the 360-degree panoramic view of the world’s highest peaks. Another grand viewpoint, Gokyo Ri also offers eye-catching views of the world’s four highest mountain at one look including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho Oyu.

Besides the fabulous mountain views, we’ll enjoy the dramatic scenery of high valley, green hills covered with colorful rhododendron forests. Moreover, we’ll also get a chance to interact with friendly Sherpa people and learn about their culture, tradition, and lifestyle.

Highlights

  • Cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley
  • Hike via the classic expedition route to Mt. Everest
  • Visit the ancient monastery in Tengboche village
  • Explore the famous Sherpa town in the Everest region- Namche Bazaar
  • Hike to Gokyo Ri for a stunning sunrise view over the snow-capped peaks of the Everest region
  • Explore the astonishingly beautiful Gokyo region
  • Visit Everest Base Camp
  • Hike to the incredible Kala Patthar viewpoint
  • Striking views of Khumbu Icefall
  • Experience the Sherpa culture of the Everest region
  • Marvelous views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Nuptse
  • Hike via the remote and untouched valley of the Everest region

Days Itinerary Altitude Time
Day 01 Arrival to Kathmandu - -
Day 02 Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley 1,338 m -
Day 03 Drive to Jiri 1,905 m 8 hrs
Day 04 Trek to Bhandara 2,200 m 6 hrs
Day 05 Trek to Sete 2,645 m 6 hrs
Day 06 Trek to Junbesi 2,675 m 6-7 hrs
Day 07 Trek to Nunthala 2,440 m 6-7 hrs
Day 08 Trek to Kharikhola 2,020 m 5-6 hrs
Day 09 Trek to Puiyan 2,700 m 5-6 hrs
Day 10 Trek to Phakding 2,646 m 5-6 hrs
Day 11 Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,441 m 6 hrs
Day 12 Namche Bazaar- Acclimatization day 3,962 m 5 hrs
Day 13 Trek to Phortse Thanga 3, 680 m 5 hrs
Day 14 Trek to Machherma 4,470 m 5 hrs
Day 15 Trek to Gokyo 4,790 m 5.5 hrs
Day 16 Trek to Gokyo Ri and back to Gokyo 5,483 m 5 hrs
Day 17 Trek to Thangna 4,500 m 4 hrs
Day 18 Cross Cho La Pass and Trek to Dzongla 5,300 m 7 hrs
Day 19 Trek to Lobuche 4,910 m 4 hrs
Day 20 Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep 5,365 m 8 hrs
Day 21 Early morning hike up to Kala Patthar and trek down to Pheriche 5,555 m 7 hrs
Day 22 Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,441 m 7 hrs
Day 23 Trek to Lukla 2,804 m 6 hrs
Day 24 Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu 2,804 m 45 min flight
Day 25 Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu 1,338 m -
Day 26 Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure 1,338 m -

Day 1
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Max Elevation: 1338 m, Kathmandu

Welcome to Himalayan country Nepal! Upon your arrival, our representatives will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to the respective hotel.

Later in our office, you’ll attend a brief orientation about Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek. In the evening, you’ll enjoy the delicious welcome dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurants.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 02: Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley

After early morning breakfast, we’ll go on the sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. We’ll visit Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

After completing the sightseeing tour, you’ll return to the hotel and prepare for Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek.

Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 3
Day 03: Drive to Jiri

Travel Duration: 8 hrs

Max Elevation: 1,905 m, Jiri

We’ll begin our long trek to Everest Base Camp with the long drive to Jiri. We’ll take a local bus and head towards the north east of Kathmandu. Following the Araniko Highway and enjoying the beautiful sights of Langtang, Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Koshi river, we reach Jiri for an overnight stay.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek to Bhandara

Trek Duration: 5.5 hours

Max Elevation: 2,200 m, Bhandara

Today we’ll begin our trek from Jiri and head towards Bhandara. The trail offers beautiful countryside scenery. Slowly we drop down to Shivalaya and pass via uneven roads we reach a small settlement at Bhandara. It is a Sherpa village with huge Tibetan monuments resting on the meadow and terrace field. Upon arrival, you can explore the local village.

Overnight stay at Bhandara.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Sete

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Max Elevation: 2,645 m, Sete

After breakfast, we’ll begin our trek to Sete. We follow the trail that leads us to downhill at Likhu Khola. Here we’ve to cross the bridge, and the winding path leads us to a small charming village at Kinja.

Further, we’ll make a slow uphill climb with amazing views of the surrounding landscapes. After walking for a couple of hours, we’ll reach Sete, a small Sherpa village for an overnight stay.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Junbesi

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Max Elevation: 2,675 m, Junbesi

Today we begin our trek and make a gradual climb to Lamjura Pass at 3,530 m above the sea level. We’ll pass via small scattered farmhouses and teahouses. Following a beautiful rhododendron forest trail, we’ll reach the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar. From the top of the path, we’ll again descend to Taktor via the forest trail.

Further, we’ll traverse on the north side of the valley before dropping down to the Sherpa village of Junbesi for an overnight stay.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Nunthala

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Max Elevation: 2,440 m, Nunthala

Today the trail crosses the Junbesi Khola over the wooden bridge. We’ll follow the left-hand trail, and that leads steeply in and out of side ridge to Khurtang. Here, we’ll get the first glimpse of Mt. Everest, Mt. Thamserku, and Mera Peak.

Enjoying the view, we’ll turn to the north and continue our trek. Further, we descend to the suspension bridge over the Ringmo Khola and ascend to Ringmo village. The trail descends via conifer and rhododendron forest and crosses many streams on wooden bridges just before we reach Nunthala.

Overnight stay at the teahouse in Nunthala.

Day 8
Day 08: Trek to Kharikhola

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Max Elevation: 2,020 m, Kharikhola

From Nunthala, we descend to Dudh Koshi river and cross the large suspension bridge. Continue our walk via forests, we’ll make a gradual climb and reach the Rai village of Junbing. From Jubing, the trail leads us via terraced field, and after few hours of walk, we reach Kharikhola for an overnight stay.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek to Puiyan

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Max Elevation: 2,700 m, Puiyan

Today we’ll begin our trek with a steep climb to Bupsa (Bumsing) village. We’ll climb to the ridge and pass mani wall with the view of Mt. Khumbila and Mt. Cho Oyu and reach Kharte village. Further, we’ll climb to Khari La Pass and descend to Puiyan for an overnight stay.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek to Phakding

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Max Elevation: 2,646 m, Phakding

In the morning, we’ll begin our trek from Puiyan and pass Surke village. Further, we’ll cross Surke Khola and continue our walk along the bank of Dudh Koshi river. Enroute we’ll traverse Cheplung Khola, and reach Cheplung village. The view of Kusum Kanguru is truly breathtaking!

After walking for a couple of hours and passing several mani walls, prayer wheels, and prayer flags, we reach Phakding for an overnight stay.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Max Elevation: 3,441 m, Namche Bazaar

Today, after breakfast, we’ll head towards the major Sherpa settlement Namche Bazaar. It is also known as the gateway to Mt. Everest. This village has modern facilities including a luxurious hotel, bakery cafe, restaurants, pubs, and souvenir shops.

Crossing a long suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi river the trail leads us via pine forests. Soon we’ll pass via different beautiful settlement including Benkar, Monjo, Chimoa, and Jorsole. We’ll enter into Sagarmatha National Park permit checkpoint.

Further, we’ll cross a high Tenzing- Hillary suspension bridge. Enroute we’ll get the fabulous view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Lhotse. After continuous walk for 3 hours via wonderful pine forest, finally, we reach Namche Bazaar.

Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Day 12
Day 12: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 3,962 m, Everest View Hotel

Today is the acclimatization day of the trek. Instead of being idle and lazy, we’ll hike to nearby Everest View Hotel where we can enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of Mt. Everest and surrounding snow-capped peaks. We can also visit the Sherpa Museum which is a great place to learn about the Sherpa culture and the history of mountaineering in the region.

Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Day 13
Day 13: Trek to Phortse Thanga

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 3,680 m

After breakfast, we start our trek with the great views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt Ama Dablam, and close up view of Mt. Thamserku. The trail descends to Sansa via Kayangjuma; we reach the main trail junction to the Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp.

The trail further takes us to the Mong La Pass which also offer great views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Khumila, and Mt. Thamserku. We continue our trek and descend to Dudh Koshi river crossing a bridge and further ascend via rhododendron forest and finally reach Phortse Thanga for an overnight stay. Phortse Thanga is a beautiful village located beside the peaks of Tawache and Cholatse.

Day 14
Day 14: Trek to Machherma

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 4,470 m

Today we’ll continue our trek with a moderate walk with few up and downs. Enroute we’ll spot Himalayan wildlife including Musk Deer, Mountain Goat, Himalayan Thar, and colorful Pheasant. Walking via forest trail and enjoying the beautiful waterfalls and crossing some bridges we reach Dole.

Further, continuing our trek via ridge over Dole we’ll ascend via Lhabrama. We continue our walk with spectacular views of Mt. Kantega, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Cho Oyu. Then we’ll ascend via Luza to Dudh Koshi valley and walk along the roaring Dudh Koshi river and finally reach Machherma for an overnight stay.

Day 15
Day 15: Trek to Gokyo

Trek Duration: 5.5 hours

Max Elevation: 4,790 m

Machhermo is one of the largest settlement on the way to Gokyo. Leaving behind Machhermo, we’ll climb via a ridge Chorten which offer a fantastic view of Kangtega and Thamserku.

Further, the trail passes via a bank of the river and ascends the terminal moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier. Here, we’ll have the first glimpse of the first lake. Ahead of the second lake that offers a mesmerizing view of the sparkling blue water. And the third lake is a little ahead of the second lake. A stream links both lakes. Gokyo valley stands by the third lake.

Overnight stay at Gokyo valley.

Day 16
Day 16: Trek to Gokyo Ri and Back to Gokyo

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 5,483 m. Gokyo Ri

Today, we’ll hike to the Gokyo Ri, the perfect viewpoint in the Everest region. The view from the top is merely mesmerizing and gives a panoramic mountain view of the Khumbu region.

Besides the mountain view, Gokyo is famous for its great lakes. We can also visit the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozumpa Tsho). We can also climb a hill at the edge of the lakes to get the views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu.

From the northern side of the fifth lake, we’ll get the astonishing view of the base camp of Cho Oyu. The view of the world’s biggest glacier- Ngozumpa glacier is another highlight of today’s trip.

After exploring these wonderful places, we’ll return to a tea house for a night stay.

Day 17
Day 17: Trek to Thangnak

Trek Duration: 4 hours

Max Elevation: 4,500 m

Early in the morning, leaving behind the amazing Gokyo valley, we’ll head towards Thangnak. At first, we’ll descend the second lake below Gokyo valley. Then the trail leads us via Nogumpa Glacier. After crossing glacier, we’ll ascend to the ridge and reach Thangnak for an overnight stay.

Day 18
Day 18: Cross Cho La Pass and Trek to Dzongla

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Max Elevation: 5,300m, Cho La Pass

Another most awaited day of this adventure trip, crossing one of the high passes of the Everest region! Today, we should start our trek before sunrise as bad weather conditions can hit during noon time. So if we cross the Cho La Pass late, it is a risk, as we may expose with the strong winds.

At first, we’ll ascend to the ridge and descend to the bottom of Cho La Pass. Slowly, we’ll ascend to the top of Pass. As we reach the top, we’ll get the jaw-dropping views of snow-capped mountains. Again, we’ll slowly descend back to Dzongla for an overnight stay.

The accommodation facilities are basic because of its remoteness. The food we’ll get to eat is a typical traditional food “Nepalese Dal Bhat.”

Note: If there is a lot of snow in the top of Cho La, then it’ll be impossible for us to cross the high pass. In this case, we’ll follow the alternative route. We’ll trek to Phortse and follow the Everest Base Camp route via Lobuche.

Day 19
Day 19: Trek to Lobuche

Trek Duration: 4 hours

Max Elevation: 4,910 m

Today, trek is relatively easy and short from our earlier day. If our health conditions are fine, then we can also trek directly to Gorak Shep too. Following the pleasant trial with simple up and down we reach Lobuche for an overnight stay.

Day 20
Day 20: Trek to Everest Base Camp and Back to Gorak Shep

Trek Duration: 8 hours

Max Elevation: 5,365 m, Everest Base Camp

Today is another exciting day of our trip. Finally, the day arrived where your dream to be on the base of the world’s highest mountain will come true. Everest Base Camp is the base where climbers or mountaineers prepare themselves to climb the highest peak in the world.

No, any words can express the feeling of being there. It’s a magical moment to stand on the base of the world’s highest point.

At first, the trail takes us through the rocky and windy path, and we reach Gorak Shep. After taking short rest, we’ll leave our backpack here and head towards the base camp.

Day 21
Day 21: Early Morning Hike up to Kala Patthar and Trek down to Pheriche

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Max Elevation: 5,555 m, Kala Patthar

We’ll go for an early morning hike to Kala Patthar and enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Everest. After enjoying the view, we’ll trek down to Gorak Shep and head towards Pheriche. Pheriche is a small yet culturally rich village.

Overnight stay at Pheriche.

Day 22
Day 22: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Max Elevation: 3,441 m

We’ll continue our walk via the hidden valley of Khumbu. The trail leads us to the base of Mt. Khumbila. Passing via Khumjung village we’ll head down via rhododendron forests and walk along the local tea houses. And, we’ll reach Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

Day 23
Day 23: Trek to Lukla

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Max Elevation: 2,804 m, Lukla

From Namche, we’ll retrace our route to Lukla via the Dudh Koshi valley. While descending, we’ll get the reflection of the past days, and with unforgettable memories, we’ll arrive at Lukla. We’ll celebrate our last evening of the trek with our team and other trekkers.

Overnight stay at Lukla.

Day 24
Day 24: Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Travel Duration: 45 minutes flight

Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla

After early morning breakfast, we’ll head towards the Lukla airport. The short and scenic flight lands at the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport. Our guide will transfer you to the respective hotel, and you can take rest.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 25
Day 25: Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu

Your adventurous Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek is over. Today is leisure day at Kathmandu. You can walk around the city and visit the oldest market of the Kathmandu Asan and Indrachowk.

In the evening, you’ll join the farewell dinner in the typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural Nepali dance and music.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 26
Day 26: Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure

Your journey to this beautiful mountain country comes to an end. Waving the final goodbye our representative will drop you to International Airport for your final departure.

Further, if you want to extend your vacation, we offer various trek and tour packages.Like mountain flight tour, sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley, river rafting, jungle safari, and paragliding. Please feel free to contact us.

Cost Included

  • 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

Cost Excluded

  • 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;

Important Documents

  • Valid Passport
  • Airline Tickets
  • Photocopies of Passport and 2 passport photographs
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Enough Cash

Headwear

  • Sun Protection Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Beanie or Headband
  • Balaclava or Buff
  • Bandana Scarf

Upper Body

  • 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

Handwear

  • Lightweight Poly-liner Gloves
  • Lightweight Wool or Fleece Gloves

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear
  • Hiking Shorts
  • Hiking Pants
  • Fleece Pants
  • Lightweight Thermal Bottoms (seasonal)
  • Waterproof Shell Pants (Breathable Fabric)

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots (waterproof)
  • Camp Sandals
  • Hiking Socks
  • Thermal Socks
  • Sock Liners (prevents blisters)
  • Gaiters

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • Duffel Bag
  • Backpack
  • Daypack
  • Small Lock for Duffel Bag
  • Waterproof Rucksack Covers (optional)
  • Stuff Sacks for Dirty Clothes/Shoes

Sleeping Accessories

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Bag Liner
  • Air mattress
  • Mat
  • Pillow (small)

Important Accessories

  • Walking sticks / Trekking Poles
  • Headlamp
  • Flashlight/ Torch
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder

Medical and First-Aid Kit

  • First-aid kit
  • Wound and healing ointment
  • Pain relief gel
  • Painkillers
  • Antibiotics
  • Antiallergic
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Electrolytes
  • Insect repellent spray
  • Water purification tablets

Personal Gear and Toiletries

  • Trekking Towel
  • Pee Bottle or Funnel (optional)
  • Small Locks
  • Waterproof Ziplock Bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sun protection
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Facial moisturiser
  • Hand lotion
  • Deodorant and Soap
  • Razor
  • Dry shampoo
  • Wet wipes
  • Disinfectant tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Earplugs
  • Sleeping mask
  • Cotton buds
  • Toiletries bag

Extra/Luxuries

  • Books
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Guidebook/ Trekrout Map
  • Travel Games i.e. cards, chess, scrabble etc
  • Binoculars
  • 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.

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Trip Facts

  • Everest Region
  • 5,555 m, Kala Patthar
  • 26 Days
  • 21 Days
  • 2 to 10 persons
  • Strenuous
  • 6-7 hours
  • Spring and Autumn Season
  • Kathmandu
  • Lukla

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