Kathmandu Lukla Flight
From the Kathmandu domestic airport, you can take a direct around 35 minutes flight to Lukla airport (Tenzing-Hillary airport 2,846 m). The flights are usually on time but get delayed or canceled sometimes due to bad or unstable weather. In case the flight gets canceled, we will arrange the next flight as soon as possible or take a heli ride back to Kathmandu. Heli ride will cost you an additional charge. The cost per person will not be way expensive in a group.
How hard is it to walk to Everest Base Camp?
Everest Base Camp Trek is graded, moderate to difficult by professionals. Anyone can become part of this adventurous venture under proper guidance and a well-planned itinerary.
Everest Base Camp Trek distance
The Everest Base Camp Trek distance is 130 kilometers (round trip). Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary varies anywhere from 12 days to 16 or 17 days. Some people also do this trek in less than 12 days, but those people are either very experienced in trekking in the Himalayas or have included heli drop or pick up from the base camp Everest.
Everest Base Camp Trek route
Talking about the trail, it has mixed terrain with numerous ascends and descends throughout the trek. There are both rugged, steep tracks and gentle paths. You have to trek 5 to 6 hours a day at least, and the trail might go through lush forests, crossing suspension bridges and old wooden bridges.
Life suddenly gets very simple, and you have to survive without the comfort of modern living standards. The food options get limited, and the accommodation becomes basic.
With the increase in elevation, the air gets thin, and you continuously have to be aware of altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is a common illness that trekkers have to face during the high-altitude journey.
It happens because of a drastic change in the altitude and if your body does not acclimate properly during the trek. You can do the following things to avoid altitude sickness:
- Drink plenty of water during the trek.
- Do not consume alcoholic drinks or smoke. It dehydrates the body.
- Maintain gain in elevation by no more than 500-600 meters a day.
- Carry prescribed medicine to deal with headaches and body aches.
- Check the itinerary and see if it has ample rest days or not.
- Listen to your body and spend the night at the lower altitude if you find difficulty in breathing, sleeping, or feel nauseous.
- Remember to climb high, sleep low, and do not feel shy or afraid to ask for help.
Training for the Mount Everest Base Camp Trekking
You can train your body for Everest Base Camp Trek 15 Days by doing exercise and hiking. Other activities like swimming, cycling, and jogging also work to increase stamina. You have to make your core body and legs ready for the long trek on the rugged terrain. Likewise, you also have to prepare mentally to deal with bare minimum facilities, a simple lifestyle, and high altitude.
You don't need to worry too much or go through extensive preparation to reach base camp Everest. Regardless of your fitness, you can stick to your pace once you are on the trail, and as the days will pass by, you will get attached to the surroundings.
What permits do I need for the Everest Base Camp Trek?
You have to get two permits to trek in the Everest region. The first one is Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, and the second is Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. If you are trekking with us or any local trekking agencies, all the necessary permits will be arranged by the company.
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit costs: NPR 2000, per person
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit costs: NPR 3000, per person
*Note: If you are trekking from Jiri, then you also have to get an additional permit for Gaurishankar Conservation Area from Nepal Tourism Board that costs NPR 3000 per person.
Everest Base Camp Trek best time
March to April and October to November are the most trekked months in the year. These months are part of the spring and autumn seasons, which is considered the best time of the year to trek to Everest Base Camp Trek.
The clean air and clear view after the monsoon mark the beginning of autumn in Nepal. The weather in the Himalayas gets stable with a moderate climate and fantastic views. You can see fellow trekkers from all around the world relishing spectacular beauty and serene Himalayan surroundings.
Accommodation & Food
During the Everest Base Camp Trek, you will stay in a lodge. The trekking route has great options of accommodation ranging from budget-friendly to luxurious. Our Everest Base Camp Trek package includes decent, comfortable lodges to stay overnight.
For your information, the rooms are usually small with a few pieces of furniture and a private washroom. The facilities in the lodge are limited, and you may have to pay a few extra bucks to use services like a hot shower, charging station, and WiFi.
You will get breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek. All the meals are cooked and prepared by the lodge owners. The meals range from dal bhat, curries (veg/non-veg), chapati, steak, Tibetan bread, burger, pasta, pizza, momo, thenduk, thukpa, soup, mashed potato to sandwich, egg, toast, oatmeal, muesli, tea, coffee, etc.