FAQs for Everest Base Camp Trek
What is the best time to visit Everest Base Camp?
The best time to visit Nepal for Everest Base Camp Trek can be anytime in between February to May and September to October. In the spring season i.e. from February to May, the weather is dry and stable which makes walking easier. Also, the views of the mountains are perfect. The best part of trekking in spring is the fantastic views of rhododendron forests with flower blossom. If you opt for Everest Base Camp Trek at any time between September to October, you will be able to see the magnificent mountains covered with white glittering snow. This time of year is less crowded than the spring season. If a little cold weather doesn’t bother you, then September to October is an ideal time for you to trek to Everest Base Camp. Monsoon and core winter is not recommended for traveling to the Everest Base Camp.
How is the food and accommodation in the trail to Everest Base Camp?
There are many guesthouses in the trail to Everest Base Camp. The guesthouses are simple but very neat and comfortable. You can get good and healthy food in every guesthouses/lodges where you stop for lunch or dinner. There will be varieties of food but a fixed menu. You will have to choose your kind of dish from the fixed menu. Dal (bean’s soup), Bhat (boiled rice) and Tarkari (curry) is the main course food in Nepal and is highly recommended for you during the travel. The guesthouses in the route may be cozy but are very comfortable. You will have to share a room on a twin sharing basis. The guesthouses will have electricity and Wi-Fi services. The toilets are clean and you will also have the facility of laundry and hot water. But you will have to pay an extra charge for laundry and hot water service.
What is the minimum time required for Everest Base Camp Trek?
An ideal trekking package to Everest Base Camp trek is of 16 days which includes a day tour in Kathmandu prior to the trek and a leisure day in Kathmandu after the trek. You can bypass these days and opt for Everest Base Camp Trek in just 14 days.
How hard is Everest Base Camp Trek?
If you can walk for six to seven hours a day for around 14 days in high altitude reason then Everest Base Camp Trek is not so difficult for you. As you will be traveling in high altitude region, altitude sickness and thinness in the air may cause a problem. Otherwise, anyone who can walk for around six to seven hours a day and have good stamina can easily walk up to the Everest Base Camp.
What is the equipment that we require to trek to Everest Base Camp?
The equipment that you will require for Everest base camp trek are as follows:
In general, you will require a Duffel bag, day pack, sleeping bag, and a down jacket. Besides, you will require warm clothing that is required for trekking to the mountains. You will require sun hats/ scarf, sunglasses for UV protection for the head. Thin light wears inner socks, thick warm wool hiking boots, hiking socks and camp shoes is necessary for feet. Similarly, lightweight gloves and thick weight gloves and require for hands. To keep your body warm, you will also require lightweight cotton long pants, thermal bottoms for the expedition, woolen pants, waterproof shell pants, T-shirts, light thermal tops, fleece jackets or pullovers, Fleece windcheater jackets, waterproof shell jackets. Toiletries, a first aid kit, and materials for personal hygiene are not to be forgotten.
What is the temperature at Everest Base Camp?
As a normal phenomenon, the nights are very colder than the daytime in the mountainous region. The first time trekkers may get surprised by the temperature variance that can be observed in the mountainous region. During the daytime, the temperature can be as high as 25-degree centigrade and during the nighttime, the temperature may drop down to -20-degree centigrade. This variation in temperature can be observed in less than 24 hours which might be a shocking fact to new trekkers.
Can I get the visa to Nepal on arrival?
Yes, you can get visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International airport if you are entering into Nepal via flight or else you can obtain Nepalese visa at the offices at the border if you are entering into Nepal via neighboring countries – India and China. The visa duration can be of 15 days, 30 days or 90 days thus, visa charges may vary accordingly. The visa charges are USD25 for 15 days, USD40 for 30 days and USD100 for 90 days. One can always pay visa charges can be in USD or equivalent Nepalese currency.
Are flight delays and cancellation too often?
The flight delays and cancellation is often during winter and monsoon season due to thick fog and bad weather conditions. However, if you book your trip to Nepal during the peak seasons i.e. from February to May and September to October, you will not have to face the problem of flight delays and cancellation.
Is travel insurance necessary?
Travel insurance is highly recommended for travel to Everest. We do not know what might happen during our travel to a high altitude region. Therefore, it is always better to get insured to overcome the unforeseen risks that may come through during the journey.