Everest Base Camp Trek answered
What is Everest base Camp?
Everest Base Camp is a place up to where you can go with normal conservation fee and small local entry permits. That marks for people to climb Everest. It is located in Nepal, in the Khumbu valley. Everest Base Camp is located at the elevation of 5,350 meters above sea level.
What is Everest Base Camp trek?
Everest base camp trek is a serious hike with the splendid view of the mountains including Everest and that goes up to the elevation of 5,350 m. in Khumbu area. There are various places to start the trekking but people take a flight to Lukla airport on small aircraft and keep walking for about a week to reach Base camp.
How many days it takes to go to Everest Base Camp?
The round trip after the flight to Lukla is about 12 days of walking. It all depends with individual’s speed and ability to walk. The 12 days trip has two days of acclimatization as it is not recommended to gain more than 500 m. of elevation in a single day.
Is it hard to get to the Everest base Camp?
This is not the hardest trek in Everest area but it deserves an energy and time to reach there. The trek is done quite well with slow pace and spare days for acclimatization. If somebody wish to complete the trip in less than 12 days it would be much harder. Experienced trekkers can even make in 8 days round trip from Lukla to Lukla.
How long is the distance from Lukla to Everest Base Camp?
The distance from Lukla to Everest Base camp is just 65 kilometers so it will be around 130 kilometers both ways. As going to Everest base deserve more days due to higher elevation, one can come back in few days.
Which is the hardest day to go to Everest Base Camp?
As it depends with individual’s ability to walk and individual’s response to altitude but in general the second day as you start from Phakding to Namche is the hardest day of the Everest Base camp trek because this day contains so many steps and you have to gain a highest elevation during this day. The second hardest day would be going from Namche to Tyangboche and third hardest will be climbing to Kalapathhar based on experience of many of our clients who trekked in Everest Base Camp.
How dangerous is to go to Everest Base Camp?
It is considered totally safe to go to Everest Base Camp as there are no risks of avalanches on the way and there is always a rescue facility if somebody gets sick in the trek. If you consider altitude is not a big deal all type of dangers are avoidable.
Do you need to be specially trained to go to Everest Base Camp?
Not really, you don’t need any special training to go to Everest Base Camp. Person with normal physical condition without having difficulty of walking can easily reach Everest Base camp. A prior experience of walking in the high mountains and exposure to the higher elevation is always an asset to go to Everest Base Camp.
Can you see Everest from Everest Base Camp?
Not really, the base camp is not the place from where you could see the Everest. There are different points during the trek from where you can capture the best views of Everest. Nearby the Base camp, Kalapathhar is the best Everest view point.
Are there other ways to go to Everest Base Camp except walking?
Yes, you can always take a helicopter to reach the Everest Base Camp. The helicopter flies over Base Camp and lands at Kalapathhar to have the best view of Everest. Now a day even a shared helicopter trip is available in high season.
How much does it cost to go to Everest Base Camp?
The price is variable from company to company and that goes from $1500 to $2500 or even more for a period of 12-13 days. The prices totally depend with what type of service you want to take. All inclusive package some time you might get cheaper than this also they cut your budget for meals as the guide, permits and porters cost normally remains same.
What is the best time to go to Everest Base Camp?
The best month to go to Everest Base Camp is from end of September to Mid-November and March to May. After mid-November it will be cold up there and May to August it might be cloudy and rainy in the area.
Do you lose weight doing Everest Base Camp trek?
Yes, normally people lose 3 kilograms of weight doing a trek to Everest Base Camp. As you are in the higher elevation the body deserves more energy just to maintain and as you are walking you burn the calories.
Who carries my backpack during the trek?
You can carry on your own or when you book a trek through reliable operator, they will provide you a porter and small day pack with necessary items for a day you can carry on your own.
Where do I eat during the Everest Base Camp trek?
All the tea houses where you sleep furnished with their own restaurant with menu. You can check the menu and eat at the restaurant they have. Now a day a wide variety of food are catered in Everest area.
Am I able to sleep in Everest Base Camp?
No, sleeping arrangement in Everest Base Camp is just for expedition people and their crews, the trekkers are not allowed to sleep there legally. You would rather walk back to Gorakshep to sleep where the last tea houses are located.
I am scared flying with small planes, can I have other choice?
Yes, if you scared of taking flights in small planes you can take a road transport and walk some extra days to reach Lukla and do the same when you come back. The best alternative is to follow the footprints of Edmund Hilary also who trekked from Jiri to climb to Everest.
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