Everest Trek Frequently Asked Questions

This page is shortlisted with frequently asked questions about trekking in Everest. Apart from regular Everest Base Camp Trek, there are many other itineraries. Additional permit is needed when trekking from Jiri. Also weather are different. Probably you have questions in your mind?

Below is answer to the general question about Everest, and they are asked by trekkers like you. You might find answers below. Browse it category wise of just scroll down. For more detail information and update, go to our homepage. If you still have unanswered queries leave us an email at info@everestbasecamptrek.org

It is highly recommended to have a insurance for the Everest Trek. Not just because of medical injuries, chances of missing the international flight is high. As flight to and from Lukla is unstable and frequently canceled. Make sure you are well covered by your insurance.

Porridge, corn flakes, fried eggs, toast with jam and butter, yak steak with chips (French Fries), rice with lentils, cauliflower, toast with peanut butter and jam, cookies, popcorn, soup, pizza, fresh green beans, mashed potatoes, spring rolls, pasta, macaroni, spaghetti, dumpling, and wide varieties of noodles. This is all what you can have in Everest for everyday meals.

If you can hike up to 4000 meter and have eight days, better trek Everest View Trek, i.e. Lukla Tengboche Lukla Trek. You can have a excellent view of Mount Everest. Also you can trek to Furteng, before Ringmo in the lower Solu. You can have a good view of Mt. Everest. Another easy option in Mountain Flight. A hourly flight every morning will take you high near the Everest with excellent aerial view of other himalayan ranges.

Minus 20 degree sleeping bag is good for EBC trek. Also down jacket is needed. Depending on your frequency of outdoor activities you can choose your gears. You can buy any kind of gears in Nepal, here you can get medium quality gears and high end gears as well. Also rental facility is available in the Kathmandu and Namche.

Namche is major hub for EBC, there are many gear shops. You can rent, buy and sell the gears. Also Dingboche, Chukung have a warehouse for climbing gears. Basic gears like walking shoes, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen can be brought easily up to Pheriche, also available in Lobuche and Gorakshep.

For  Lukla to EBC there is no other alternative of flying to Lukla. For Jiri to Everest Base Camp, there is no need of flying in to Lukla. Also another alternative is Phaplu Airport, from there you need to hike 3 days to reach Lukla. Lukla is more dangerous to fly in comparing to fly out.

Going for organized trek or independent trek?
Most of the agencies provide duffel bag if you are hiring a porter. In this case 30L backpack is good for brining your valuable and useable goods along with you. If you are independently trekking or with just guide and no porter then, you will need up to 60L backpack for your gears.

Excellent medical facilities are available in Everest. There is health post in Namche and Lukla. Also many private pharmacies. In Machhermo and Pheriche there is a base of HRA, Himalaya Rescue Association. You can check your oxygen level and take precaution from volunteering doctors in these places.

No, you don’t need to sleep in the Tent. There are excellent teahouse facilities. For peak climbing you need to sleep in tent. Also it is camping trek then you will definitely sleep inside the tent.

No, it is not a good idea at all. Normally in mountains you need to have dinner and breakfast in the place where you stay. If you eat outside or have your own food then room charge will be significantly high. For example in Namche or Dingboche if you don’t eat in the lodge, you need to pay up to USD 15 for a room, which in general you can get at USD 3. Choice is yours!

Why?
Just for using internet or for something productive task! Even your macbook air 11″ could be heavier for you to carry. If you are a blogger, photographers or videographers then you can bring it. Just for updates and email better bring your mobile or tablet. You can charge it in most of the places and there is WiFi everywhere.

If your kids can walk on their own, also able to differentiate in between tiredness and altitude sickness you can take your kids with you. There are many student trekking group for EBC, you can go with your kids.

Yes, you can get cash out on Everest Trek. There are ATM in Namche and Lukla. Also option of cash advance is available in Namche. Transaction surcharge is high, better carry enough cash out in Kathmandu.

If 110 Volt with 60 cycles per second (i.e. 60 MHZ) is your electronic device’s standard then you will need one voltage converter in order to convert it to fit with 220 Volt with 50 MHZ.

About the socket normally two and thee round plug are on use apart from flat prongs. You can buy a one in Nepal if your doesn’t work. If you travel frequently better buy a one online, universal adaptor, which cost less than USD 15.

You need Red Digital Cinema Camera for Everest Base Camp Trek. No one will says like this!

For the first time when I had trekked entire Everest, i.e. Jiri – Lukla – Three Pass Trek I was just on that adventure with my samsung s duos. Photography is not about expensive camera and lens. You can bring your camera which you have. However including telephoto zoom lens and wide angle lens could turn out into excellent frames.

In order to make sure that you are covered, ask you insurance providers the following questions:

  • Policy is active in geographical location Nepal or not?
  • Policy is active up to 5500 meter or not?
  • Medical Evacuation expenses is covered or not?

If answer is yes you are covered, if no you need to upgrade your coverage.

  • Babu Chiri Sherpa spent a night on summit of Mount Everest on 1999
  • Appa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa hold the record of most summits with 21 times Everest Summits.
  • Every year for commercial expedition only from Nepal side from South Col more than 33,000 feet fixed ropes are used.
  • Climber burns 10,000 calories each day in average, which almost doubled i.e. 2,000 calories during summit day.
  • During expedition periods of 2 month in average climber losses 10 lbs to 20 lbs

Sherpa is a surname of people residing high in the settlement of Khumbu. It is supposed that these peoples had migrated a long time ago from Tibet. They are so used to with elevation and without their support climbing wouldn’t be these easy. Sherpa are mainly working as a climbing guide and expeditions crew. There are some expert Icefall Doctors from village of Khumjung, Pangboche and Thame who are mainly responsible for fixing ladders in Icefall for commercial expeditions.

There names are generally Nima, Dawa, Mingma, Lhakpa, Phurba, Pasang and Pema. This is on basis of day of week they are born.

There are eighteen different climbing routes to the summit of Everest, including both from Nepal & Tibet side. The most popular route in use is Southeast Ridge. It was also the route for first successful Everest Expedition.

Census of 2014 data says, 192 climber had summit Everest without supplemental oxygen. It is 2.7 % of the successful climbers. At elevation of EBC, oxygen percentage present in the air is about 50 %, so no one use supplemental oxygen just for EBC trek, not even for the general peak climbings up to 645o meter at Mera Peak.

According to the same census data, 2014 Feb, 161 climbers and 81 support staffs died. 140 were dead in Nepal Route and 108 in Tibet Route.

When this blog was started at 2014 February, 4461 people had climbed using South Base Camp from Nepal and 2455 people had climbed using North Base Camp from Tibet.

The summit of Mount Everest measures 8848 meters from sea level. Don’t know measurement in meter? Ok height of Mount Everest is 29028 feet. The base camp is at elevation 5364 meter, i.e. 17598 feet.

Mountain Everest is located in between Nepal and Tibet. It is borderline in between these two countries. You can access the base camp from either side, i.e. North or South. National Park of Everest is in Solukhumbu District.

Major highlights of trek that you should do and visit during the trek are –

  • Durbin Hill, First View Point of Everest on the way to Namche from Lukla.
  • Saturday market in Namche, where trade took place in between locals for daily used goods.
  • Morning prayers in the monastery of Tengboche.
  • Pass all chorten, prayers wheel making them of your right, don’t forge to spin these wheels.
  • Hike to Nagarjun Hill from Dingboche or Pheriche, excellent view of mountains and valleys.
  • Hike to Kalapatthar from Gorakshep, not for sunrise. Try to make it for sunset.
  • Take picture of children’s and show it to them, they will love it.

General standard EBC Trek refers to Lukla to Everest Base Camp and back to Lukla, with fly at both end. This is of thirteen days, see below is the day by day itinerary for this trip:

Day 01 – Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and Trek to Phakding.

Day 02 – Trek from Phakding to Namche

Day 03 – Acclimatization Day in Namche (Explore Khumjung & Khunde Village, Everest View Hotel and Edmund Hillary Memorial)

Day 04 – Trek from Namche to Tengboche

Day 05 – Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

Day 06 – Acclimatization Day in Dingboche (Either go to Nagarjun Hill or Trek to Chukung, gate way for Island Peak Base Camp.)

Day 07 – Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

Day 08 – Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep

Day 09 – Trek to Kalapatthar and descend to Pheriche

Day 10 – Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche

Day 11 – Trek from Tengboche to Jhorsalle

Day 12 – Trek from Jhorsalle to Lukla

Day 13 – Fly back to Kathmandu

Do you have a climbing permit for Everest or Lhotse?
It is not legal to go next side of Khumbu Glacier and further to Icefall without necessary permit. During Spring, there will be liaison officers in Base Camp. You can give a try if no one if there! At your own risk.

Normally you will need a climbing permit and proper gears to access Khumbu Icefall.

If you are trekking on your own then No, you can’t. However it you are trekking with national or multinational companies having some climbing group for Everest then you might. EBC is two and half hours walk from Gorakshep. There are no any permanent settlement in base camp. In simple, if you have good connection with some expedition organizer you could spend a day or two in EBC, otherwise no.

It is illegal to climb any peaks without obtaining the climbing permit. Nepal Mountaineering Association is in charge for issuing the necessary permits. You could contact your teahouses, probably they might help you. Issuing the permit is a simple task, and some agent will pass the permit number in mountain. Don’t worry you can rent any sorts of climbing gear in Namche. Also in Dingboche and Chukung.

Not really, but still you can see the paper with notice “Lost Trekker” in few places. During day there are thousand of fellow trekkers that you need to pass by along the trail. Chances of getting lost is minimal, even in worse weather. On a alternative itinerary like Everest Three Pass Trek, Trip to Island Peak Base Camp it might be hard to figure out the trail in heavy snow. Guide is recommended.

You can also hire a guide for day or two in these places.

Yes, unless you buy mineral water or boiled water. There are enough tap water to collect everywhere. You can simply use purifies to treat tap water. Mineral water are available everywhere, up to Namche you can buy a liter of mineral water at USD 1, which goes up to USD 3.5 in Everest Base Camp.

Excellent, teahouse facility is excellent along the trail. Up to Namche you can stay overnight in luxury hotels costing more than USD 50 per night just for the accommodations. It could be problem in small town like Gorakshep and Lobuche during fall and spring. Depending on the flow of trekkers you might need to share a table in Dinning or with other trekkers in a dorm type room.

Rooms are small, you will get pillow, and nice mattress but availability of blanket is not guaranteed. Also you need to share a common toilet. Up to Pheriche with little higher price there are private attached room with nice hot shower.

Lukla to Everest Base Camp is of approximate 38 miles, so for the round trip it will be 76 miles. When converted into kilometer it is equivalent to 125.5 kilometer. It is thirteen days trek for Lukla EBC Lukla. Each day in average walking distance is 5.8 miles or 9.65 kilometer. Make sense?

It is recommended to carry only Nepali Rupees. Denomination of money can be even Rs. 500 or Rs. 1000 cause everything is expensive in Khumbu! There are few money exchange shops as well, however exchange rate will be low. Also ATM will charge you more transaction fees.

There are many money exchange and ATM in Kathmandu, withdraw enough cash for your trip. For emergency backup you can carry USD with you.

Yes you can, in each and every place. For regular EBC trek from Lukla, there is good electricity up to Pheriche. In Lobuche and Gorakshep they had solar energy. So during mid winter it could be a problem in these two places. Also in some small hotel area like Thangnak, the will be limited availability during winter.

There is certain price to charge your gadgets. For mobile it could be up to USD 2 for one hour and little more, i.e. up to USD 2.5 for charging a laptop. Just for charging the mobile, you can bring power bank.

Yes, in most of the places it works. If you trek from Jiri to Everest it works in most of the places. In few it doesn’t. There is always options to communicate, places where GSM doesn’t work there is CDMA. So communication is not a big issue in Everest.

Local mobile works perfect up to Everest Base Camp. You can get either NTC or Ncell, both works. However in Dingboche and Pheriche reception is weak. There are landline V Sat Phone in these places. WiFi is available up to Gorakshep. Remember climber had done video call from top of the everest using GPRS service via Ncell. In heavy snow during the winter, the might not be any receptions. System works using solar power so it quite often problem during heavy snowfall in winter.

Oho yes, minimum facilities is you could have bucket shower in Gorakshep. However in most of the place you can easily have hot shower either by solar or by gas. Also for Laundry, there is facilities up to Pheriche and Dingboche. You can pay per piece for washing clothes.

Just for Everest Trek there is no need of particular gears. However microspike could be helpful for crossing high passes in icy conditions. During winter gaiters could be useful. Bring your own tested hiking boots, better with ankle support, full size boots. For peak climbing, you will need crampon, ice axe and helmet. However for trek you can include walking poles, very useful during ascent and descent.

There is no precise medicine for high altitude sickness. Descending down is the way to get rid of mountain sickness. Your body should adopt with increase elevation. Oxygen level drop down as you go high. There is an option to try alpine environment in controlled artificial lab with lower oxygen level. Also before hiking further up, spend at least two acclimatization day. Check you oxygen level at Pheriche, Machhermo and Namche. Also drinking adequate water is preparation for high altitude trek, better to quit smoke and drink!

Yes, in advance scientific labs you can prepare for high elevation trip. You can also go for a regular running or walking a month prior to your trek. Also during trek try to trek high and sleep low, also at gain of six hundred meter elevation allocate a day for acclimatization. Drink adequate water.

True shit, look at the cost of National Geographic Everest Base Camp Trek cost 2015! It is more than USD 4500 per person. Itinerary is same, mountains are same. Only the difference is in accommodation and western guide. You are simply paying more for luxury accommodation in mountain and flight, permit and overall expenses of western leaders. This is about paying more for brand.

There are many factors for determining the cost. Whether it is organized trek or individual trek, also whether it is full board or semi organized trek. Normally if you compare local operates are offering full board thirteen days trek at USD 1300 and some multinational companies are charging even more than USD 4000 for the same thirteen days trek to EBC.

Do you want to ruin your vacation?
No, you don’t want right? Be very careful while choosing the guide, especially freelance guide. It is recommended to go through an agency. Ask few questions to guide, ask about his positive and negative experience with guide. Also ask about alcohol consumption. Cause I had saw many guide fighting with their client after getting drunk!

It is a holiday things and for minimum of eight days being together in the mountain.

It depends, maximum group size that you will find in trail is up to fifteen. Including their guide, assistant guide and porter, it could be a group of twenty five people. This is for trek, also you might encounter climbing, filming group in bigger size.

It is recommended, you can also trek without guide. Mountain is unpredictable! You might need any sorts of assistance at any time. Just for Lukla to Base Camp is somehow ok, however in bad weather it might be hard to figure out the trail in passes, like Chola Pass and Khongma La Pass. If you are trekking without guide, leave your information in every place you go.

Everest base camp is best trek in fall, i.e. in the month of October and November. Spring is busy with expedition stuffs. However despite of particular month people trek any quarter of year. Still fall is recommended over spring, winter and monsoon.

Flight to Lukla should be considered dangerous. In second of trek from Kathmandu (1300 meter), trekker will gain elevation of 3440 meter from sea level at Namche. Elevation is gained quickly, so trek is prone to high altitude sickness. Teahouses are well established, medical facility is excellent and so is the communication options in case of emergency! It is not dangerous to trek.

Comparing to Annapurna, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu, trail in Everest is more better. Each day short camps and well marked trail. Excellent facilities as well! Previous mountain experience is not mandatory, as many people did this on their first himalayas trip. Just follow the simple rules of preventing AMS, go slowly trek is demanding grade trek, not that difficult. But some trails they are, i.e. Everest Three Pass Trek.

Depends on your itinerary. It could be varied from eight days Everest Panorama Trek up to month long Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek. The shortest possible day for Everest Base Camp Trek from Lukla is twelve or thirteen days.

Before starting a trek to Everest Base Camp, you need to have Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and Everest National Park Entry permits. If you are going from Jiri to Everest Base Camp then additional Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project Entry Permit. You can check our permit section for details, where and how to issue which permits.

Khumbu is a upper part of the Solukhumbu District of Nepal, where several alternative itineraries for trekking are available. Major general trekking routes being followed in Khumbu are as below:

  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Gokyo Valley Trek
  • Gokyo Chola Pass Trek
  • Everest Three Pass Trek
  • Everest Panorama Trek
  • Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek