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How to Trek to Everest Base Camp, Everest Base Camp Travel Guide

How to Trek To Everest Base Camp ? There are three main options to trek to EBC. You can either go for a package tour through an agency, do it by yourself (no group or guide) but hire a porter or guide or do it completely independently.If you are alone and not confident to do the trek unassisted, it is advisable to go for an organized tour through an agency. This option is an easier one, and more safety. It is effortless to find guides and porters in Kathmandu. Just go to any local agency; they will assist you in organizing staff for your purposes. And Overland Trek Nepal also pleasure to organize your trip.There are various routes to Everest Base Camp. Almost all agency offers every journey to the base camp. So, it is best to look at the companies’ reviews while choosing the trip package. The most common EBC trek is the 15 days Everest Base Camp Trek that starts and ends in Kathmandu.If you are planning to trek in the peak season but wants to walk through the route with less crowd and experience peaceful hiking and incredible views of majestic peaks, including Lhotse, Cholatse, Nuptse, and Everest, then opt-out for Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Lakes.Some standard breakfast options while trekking to Everest Base Camp includes Tibetan bread (bit more filling and oily than chapatti), Chapatti, Toast with jam or honey, French toast, Pancakes, Porridge with milk, Boiled or fried egg.Most tea houses offer foods like Thukpa (noodle soup), Momos (dumplings), Sherpa stew, a variety of Soups, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Potato, Pizza, Sandwiches, Yak steak, Rice with curry, Burger with chips, Spring Rolls on their menu.For dinner, you can choose Khana Set (Rice, Dal, vegetable); this is the best option for taste and quantity as you will get starving with the full-day trek. If you finish your food, they will offer you a refill, if they don’t just ask!EBC Trek Interesting Dishes Tea houses in the Everest region offer many unique dishes exclusive to the area. Here are some of the dishes you might not be familiar with Sherpa Stew (Syakpa) – a traditional Sherpa food, this broth (soup/stew) is made from handmade noodles, meat from sheep or yak, potato, radishes, carrot, spinach, onions, and other spices. Tibetan Bread – Flatbread, fried in oil, tasty, filling, sometimes very oily Momos – dumplings, go for vegetable or cheese and potato, ask for chili sauce if there is none, the green sauce is quite delicious! Spring rolls– not the tiny ones you get in Vietnam, but a big deep-fried pie. Sometimes the filling is fantastic, occasionally strange, Mars Roll – You have to try this one! A Mars Bar wrapped in dough and deep-fried, so a Spring Roll with a Mars Bar inside, also available as Snicker Rolls. Pizza – flatbread with tomato sauce and yak cheese, not too bad. Go vegetarian; you might not get good quality meat. Water During EBC Trek As you go higher, everything becomes more expensive. Water starts at 100 NPR ($1) for 1.5L and is 500 NPR ($ 5.00) when you reach Gorakshep. However, you can get water in every tap in the region, but they are not hygienic. So, you can take a UV water sterilizing device or chlorine pills. This will help you save lots of money. Tea Houses on the EBC Trek Accommodation on the route to EBC is bit cheap in most tea houses. They charge about 800NPR ($8 ) in low season, in the high season, about $10 to $50. Accommodation is fundamental in teahouses. The walls are thin, you hear everything through the walls, and the rooms are about the same temperature as outside. Usually, the rooms only have two single beds. They always have enough blankets in the room. It gets freezing at night, so it would be nice to carry sleeping bags. There are no electricity sockets in the bedrooms, can usually pay for charging in the dining room. The tea house mostly has a large dining hall where you eat and interact with other guests. In the center of the dining room is a fireplace that burns wood and mostly yak dung. If you want a more delightful lodge, some villages offer those too. The price of the lodge ranges from $20 to $70. EBC Trek Difficulty The EBC Trek is about 130 km, so you have to walk around 15km per day for about two weeks. It is not a flat trail, and you will be walking through many ups and downs while challenging the thin year as you gain altitude. The distance does not require extraordinary fitness. However, the height makes it a bit tough. The difficulty of the Everest Base Camp Trek is influenced by; your pack’s weight. A porter can make it much more comfortable here, and season. If you are cold and miserable, it is harder. Best Time to Trek Everest Base Camp Even though you can go for Everest Base Camp all year round, it is ideal for taking the trip either in the spring or autumn season. The weather is mostly clear during these seasons, and there is also a very low risk of rainfall, snowfall, and natural disaster. Monsoon/Summer reasons are riskiest as there is a higher chance of rain and natural calamities like landslides. The winters are icy, and unless you can handle extreme cold, do not try to trek to Everest Base Camp in this season. Hiking routes to EBC Hiking to EBC via Gokyo Lakes The way to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo lakes are even more beautiful than the classic course. These six outstanding glacial lakes, located between 4,700m and 5,000m, lies in the gorgeous Sagarmatha National Park along with Mount Everest. Just by adding around 3 days in your itinerary, you get to enjoy the spectacular views while escaping the crowd in this ‘off the beaten track’ route. The top of the Gokyo RI offers panoramic views of mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, etc. How to hike to EBC via Gokyo Lakes Firstly, walk to Namche Bazaar. Then, instead of going to Tengboche, head west up the Dudh Koshi valley towards Gokyo Lakes. The route joins the main trek route up to Gorakhshep so that you can enjoy both the main course and off-road within a single trip. Suggested EBC Gokyo Lakes Itinerary

  • Namche Bazaar to Dole (4,040m)
  • Dole to Machhermo
  • Machhermo to Gokyo
  • Gokyo to Dragnag, hiking up Gokyo Ri (5,357m)
  • Dragnag to Dzongla via Cho La Pass (5,420m)
  • Dzongla to Lobuche
  • Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,180m)
Where to buy clothes and gears? It is better to buy clothes and gears in Kathmandu as they will cost a lot more in the Everest region. You can find many shops selling the necessary equipment and gear to trek to Everest Base Camp in Kathmandu. Most of these shops lie in the Thamel area. You can buy goods quality ranging from very low to very high. If you are a budget traveler, you might not be able to afford high quality/branded goods. So, opt for high copy goods. They sell lots of copied products of brands like The North Face. Even though the quality does not match that of original, you will get the right class for the price. These fake ones will also be enough for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Things to pack
  • Medicines for altitude sickness, cold reliefs, etc.
  • As you need to pay to charge electronics, it is best to carry waterproof portable charges
  • Travel wet wipes help a lot if it is too cold or expensive to shower.
  • Hand cleaner
  • Warm clothes (Down jacket, Inner Thermal wears, sweaters. Gloves, hats)
  • Sunblock, sunglasses, and hats to prevent sun as sunlight is very rough in higher altitude
  • Headlamp
  • Sleeping bag
  • A good waterproof, windproof jacket

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