The demanding two weeks of Everest Base Camp Trek has left its brand as the best trekking in the world. This magnificent excursion leads you to the iconic Himalayan destination of Everest Base Camp (5364 meters) and Kalapatthar (5545 meters) that involves the pleasant Himalayas of Everest and its surroundings with incredible glaciers and alpine landscape. The trek is more significantly a journey of self-exploration and saving a unique and outstanding life experience.
About half an hour's flight from Kathmandu takes you to Lukla, which is a gateway to the adventurous EBC Trekking. You walk above the Dudh Koshi RIver through the gentle route and cross a few steel bridges before you enter the Sagarmatha National Park. It is prosperous in preserving rare found Himalayan animals and floral species. Everest Base Camp Trek entirely offers a legendry smile following the footsteps of the Everest summiteers- Tenzing Norgay and Hillary. It is an iconic trip through the colorful and spiritual Sherpa highlands that ensure eternal happiness. Monasteries in Tengboche and Pangbuche are the representatives of such stunning spiritual sites. The Khumbu glaciers and the last settlement at Gorakshep offer the base to quench your thirst to explore the Everest base camp and Kalapatthar to arrest the breathtaking view of the Everest Himalayan chain. Catch the best seasons to enjoy the Everest Base Camp Trek extremely.
A fruitful way of making EBC Trekking in Nepal is acclimatization. It is the best way to adapt to the thin air region with a couple of rest and walk around for days. Easy arrangement of transportation including flights back and forth is available with Nepal Kameleon Holidays, a local agency in Kathmandu that assures your trek with a professional guide and team in a competitive cost and customized itinerary.
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Best Time for EBC Trek
Spring and autumn are the best trekking seasons to the Everest base camp trek. Spring is the time of flowers blooming and the best views due to the clear weather.
Autumn is the festival season in Nepal. Along with the EBC Trekking in Nepal, you can also explore the delighting festivals as Teej, Dashain and Tihar. The weather often remains cool with the sunny days, warm days and little bit cold nights.
Food and Accommodation
Typical Nepali food items to the Indian and continental cuisines are available on the EBC Trails.
They serve Dal Bhat (rice, lentil and curry served with pickle and salad. Chapati, noodle soup, chowmein, pizza and many more items are served by the tea houses and restaurants. They also serve American Breakfast, porridge, boiled eggs, garlic soup, chapatti omelet and many more. Meals with soup are highly recommended. Meals are hygienic.
About accommodation? No need to worry. There are lodges, also called the tea houses and hotels on the EBC Trekking Trail, but they are basic. Being basic too, they offer clean accommodation. Single room, double or three bed rooms? Depends on your group size. If you feel it pretty cold, you can ask for the extra blanket.
Beside this, you need to pay extra for hot shower and wifi.
High Altitude Sickness
High Altitude Sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness. When you walk in the high altitude level, the symptoms of altitude sickness can appear. It is not a great problem at the beginning, but underestimating it, can be severe problem. Generally, altitude sickness may appear above 2700 meters. Dizziness, vomiting, oversleepy, insomnia and others are the common symptoms. If you feel it, you should try some way outs that are easy. You should stop ascending, better to descend. Drink a lot of water, drink hot garlic soups and stay warmed.
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Trekking is an adventurous multi-days walk to a certain destination. In Nepal, trekking includes walking in the Himalayas and green hills.
Trekking requires good physical fitness. It means you should be able to walk 5-7 hours a day. If you have adverse health, it is not suitable for the altitude trek, so choose lower altitude trekking. To ensure that you can go to the high altitude, visit your doctor and get advices.
Well, there are several ways that you can follow. Nepal Kameleon Holidays applies some of the easiest ways for the acclimatization. Trek high sleep low is our method of trekking. Another way is to take a rest and acclimatization day and you can walk around that habituates your acclimatization level. It is the most important part. Eating foods with soup and drinking warm soups keep you warm and energized.
Sun is very direct and more powerful in the high altitude due to the cold and hot mixture. This can burn your skin and harm your eyes. So, bring sun block cream for the skin and UV ray protection glasses.
High altitude sickness if often asked question. And it is in fact really necessary to know about this matter. Our guide applies first aid treatment, and if it is an emergency and do not have another way out of the medical access, helicopter evacuation is the ultimate way. But, you need to know that it is an emergency. Otherwise, trekking down or taking a rest day can be effective.
We would like to let you know that Nepal is safe for female travelers and it is same of the Himalayan trekking. Our field staffs are experienced how to let the solo female travelers feel safe and trek with confidence.
Packings depend on the trekking you are going to do. If you are going to the alpine trekking, you need warm clothes, windproof and down jacket and other things. If you are doing lower altitude trekking, less equipment is required. Please, see our equipment checklist.
Comfortable boots with thick sole and warm woolen socks are necessary for the trekking. If it is alpine altitude, bring more spare socks. It is easy for you to bring slippers and change at the lodge.
Generally porters carry 15-20 kg baggage in the trekking. It can be more in altitude trekking. Avoid unnecessary equipments and put them in the hotel's storage or the locker.
Tipping is not mandatory, but it is expected. It makes the living of guides and porters easy.
We provide food and accommodation along with any transportation service on the fully inclusive trips. However, if the trip is extended on your interest or due to unavoidable situation, you need to cover the extra cost. Also, if you want to have the things not included in our cost, it is easy for you. So, bring some cash with you.
Mobile phone connections are available in many parts of Nepal now a days. Beside this, internet wifi connections are spreading throughout the country. So, communication service is being easily accessible in most of the trekking routes.
You shouldn't pay any extra charges even though you are a solo traveler. However, the cost of solo traveling and traveling in a group certainly differ.
There are various causes of not finishing the trek. Nepal Kameleon Holidays can't refund you in this situation as it already booked the accommodation and other services. However, in some situation, the company can offer another alternative trip, but not refund.
Tea house serves the meals as well. They offer extended menu with the typical Nepali food items to the continental cuisine.
Mineral water bottles can be bought in many parts of the trekking areas. You can drink the water from natural resources by using the purifying tablet or liquid.
It is a whole preparation by the trekking team. There will be kitchen staffs and porters along with you and they serve your meals and sleep in tents.
Trekking is for you. No matter either you love adventurous or less adventurous trek, you will find your suitable trips.
The trekking trail goes through the isolated region of the countryside. It can be the wilderness of forest and grasslands. Trekking with a guide is sharing their experience and you get the energy to trek confidently. If some emergency occurs, guide will assist you. To communicate with the local people and experience their life, you need a translator, and guide is needed in every moment. Trekking is always adventurous.
Everybody can go and find their suitable packages. The needed things are your interest and budget.
No age restrictions are there for trekking. Lower altitude regions are suitable for family trips. Even children and seniors can do high altitude trekking like Everest base camp trek. There are records that even about 70 years' people are doing that. No worries about age…just be confident.
Trekking is adventurous. But there are treks with easy, moderate and adventurous trips. The difficulty level depends on the specific trips.
Previous trekking experiences are really helpful, especially to trek in the high/alpine altitude. But, it is not mandatory. Be sure that you can do it.
Of course not. The equipment depends on the trips. Higher altitude treks require comparatively more packing and lower altitude trekkers can pack lightly. You can find the full details about it on the equipment checklist.
Travel insurance is an important part of the trekking and any other adventure activities. If you are going higher than 2700 meters, high altitude symptoms start to be seen. In the remote countryside, there are no facilitated hospitals that can care the emergency situations. Having travel insurance helps you to trek confidently and if there is required of emergency evacuation, Heli rescue is necessary. You should do insurance regarding the high altitude of your trekking destination. But if you are taking city tours or lower altitude treks, it's okay even if you do not have insurance. If you want insurance in Nepal, we can help you.
The best time for the trekking in Nepal Himalayas are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The weather gets cleared during these seasons. Beside this, Nepal has multiple regions that are suitable to travel in monsoon and winter too. Dolpo region and Upper Mustang region are suitable to trek in monsoon. Lower altitude treks in Annapurna, Manaslu and other parts are suitable for the winter trips.
Generally, yes. Trekking usually goes through the National Park or Conservation Areas. To enter, you need to show the permit. TIMS card is the identity of the trekkers, which is also compulsive. If it is not a preserved area, you do not need permits. There are some restricted parts as Dolpo and Upper Mustang that require restricted area permits.
Generally, trekking has got 2-4 weeks of itineraries, including arrival and departure day. High altitude treks are longer and lower altitude treks are shorter.
You need to walk 4-6 hrs each day on the trekking. But in some particular days, you need to walk for about 10 hours. For example, at the day of crossing the Thorong La Pass, at the reaching day to Everest base camp or Kalapatthar hiking day. You walk 5-15 kilometers each day, depending the trail and altitude level.
Most of the trekking trails have basic lodges, which is also called tea houses. They are cozy and adaptable.
Teahouse trekking is a lodge based trekking. It is the most common form of today's trekking that you stay in local lodges and eat there.
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