It’s about time, the dream comes true, and Its an Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. Now, if I’m not obvious and said “you are going to do this” – It’s because I know Everest Base Camp is on your bucket list for a long time. But you just waited for the right moment to come, here I’m for you to guide steep by steep.
My name is Raj, and I’m the one who started NEST Adventure Blog. Through my blog, I have a clear record helping hundreds of visitors, especially in the Himalayan high altitude trek. I was a mountain guide for over a decade have explored hundreds of Mountain, and its base camp. The last count I remember was 42nd times I stood up on Mount Everest Base Camp. So, you can say I know my way well enough in the mountains. Besides, my organization skills running NEST Adventure company for many years will help to bring this wring to the next level.
As a mountain guide who stood up at the base camp over 42nd time, I’m here to help you plan Everest base camp trek steep by steep.
My writings generally, is a long but detailed. With a little patient, I want to make sure this article covers everything you need to know about Everest Base Camp Trek without surfing a single other web page. Stay focus and enjoy the readings.
#1 Book the Flight to Lukla
Let’s start with your arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal. At this stage, you already have your ticket to and from Kathmandu, Nepal. Exception for the 12 countries passport holder, all tourists can get a visa on arrival. It is USD 50 for the 30 days multiple entry visa while USD 40 for the 15 days. Once you clear the customs, get a taxi from Kathmandu airport to Thamel. A Prepaid Taxi cost around USD 7. Thamel is the central backpacker’s destination in Kathmandu, and this is where you would want to start your journey and where your hotel would likely be. It has virtually everything a traveler would be looking for from a one-star (or none at all!) guesthouses to luxurious 5-star hotels, groceries, local food stalls, and restaurants, laundry facilities, local markets, hair salon, spa centers and many more! Here it comes, your journey to the Everest Base Camp Trek finally begins from here.
- As of 2020, all passengers traveling to Lukla (Gateway to Everest Base Camp) require to use Manthali Airport Ramechap, which is 4/5 hour drive (132km/82 miles) from Kathmandu on a tourist bus.
- Book round trip ticket through the local agency for Manthali Airport Ramechap to Lukla. (USD 165 per person for one way). Depending on the season, you may not find tickets online because the local/international travel agency stocks them.
- Earlier, the better. Try to get in first or second flight because the chances are likely higher to reach Lukla on time. Afternoon flight might get delayed or even canceled due to uncertain weather in Lukla.
- If you are an independent hiker, with no extra time, It is convenient If you book the ticket in advance. The last-minute rush, especially during busy season Between October-December and March until May, early hours flights are likely sold out.
- Lukla ticket includes the ground transportation to and from Manthali airport Ramechap. Make sure the pickup destination, departure time, from the provider. Different air company has a different time and pickup location.
- Have some extra days in your plan. It is going to be helpful If the flight gets delayed or even canceled. Having additional days also useful if you become sick and need extra days for acclimatization.
Note: The information above is mostly for independent hikers who would like to organize things by themself. However, none of the trouble is necessary for someone hiring a guide or a local company. They will arrange everything for you, and there is someone beside you to handle the situation.
#2 Pick The Itinerary Which is Suitable For your Fitness
Now you at the trailhead. The next thing you should balance is your itinerary. Generally speaking, Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary comes a minimum of 12 days to a maximum up to 14 days. Depending on the acclimatization days in between and the side trip, you can make up your that is suitable for your fitness.
The journey from Kathmandu to Lukla takes you from 1,300m to 2,860m just in a couple of hours. Which is a change of 1500m in only in one day alone! Be slow and get acclimatized properly.
If this is your first high altitude trek, make sure you have enough days to acclimatize before reaching a high altitude. Expert says you should rest at 3,048 m (10,000 ft.) and only increase elevation by 305m (1,000 ft) there-after. Every 915 m (3,000 ft) of elevation gained, you should take a rest day. This is just a standard belief, but depending on hikers, it may vary. The best advice is to have a small medical device called “Plush Oximeter” and check your blood oxygen (SPO2) and Blod presser BPM every day as you hike. This device will help you track all the changes in your body.
Here is the sample itinerary For Everest Base Camp trek
#3 Arrange The Permit
As you probably know, the Everest region, otherwise also know as Khumbu Region is within Sagarmatha National Park and Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality. You also need to get permission from the Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality (USD 20) to enter this valley. You can arrange it on your first day, stopping by their office in Lukla. Once you pay the fees, they issue the permission card immediately. Sagarmatha National Park permits (USD 35 per person) is available on your second day at the entry point of the park at Jorsalay. Tims card is no longer necessary in the Khumbu region in 2020. That was replaced by Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees in 2018.
If you are part of the group tour or with a local agency, they will arrange all the paperwork in advance. You don’t need to worries any of those.
#4 Arrange a Guide/Porter
If you are a completly independent hiker, you might not need this, but for safety reasons, it is highly recommended you should trek with a guide. Above 95% of EBC trekkers hire a guide/porter, while the rest of them are highly skilled, experienced independent hikers in the region.
The first online impression puts a majority of hikers off to the budget limit when it comes to the price of this trek. Well-known foreign investor dominates the first few pages of any search engines. Understandably, their price for this trek is at least four times higher than the actual cost. What if you just don’t want to join a big group in a fancy package trek. But willing to arrange basic needs without breaking a bank. These tips will help you get through a necessary organization without paying a huge amount of money.
- Look for a company that is not on the top advertising section page of Google because these companies would pass on the cost of advertisement to clients.
- Look for a company that is at least on the first couple page of Google. As local companies in Nepal do not have enough resources or finances to compete with large international travel companies on the first page of Google.
- Avoid third party booking agencies as it is likely the local travel companies pay at least 15%-20% commission to these third-party websites.
- Look for a company legal document page to make sure they are registered and appropriately licensed by the Nepal government.
- Check what other travelers say about the company, such as Tripadvisor. These are independent reviews done by clients and verified by Tripadvisor so you can be sure of the type of service these companies are capable of. If they treat 90% of their clients well, chances are, you will experience the same service.
- Check with a local company if their guide has a license, first aid and high altitude training, insurance, and accompanied by the right hiking gear.
- Check with a company if they are concern about your safety. If the local agency has a contract with a helicopter company in case of an emergency. You may not need this service, but in emergencies, this is VERY important.
- Make sure the company provides proper acclimatization policies to complete the trek, before guide reaching helicopter company for a general altitude sickness symptoms. Some local company trains their guide on how to use a small medical device called Plush Oximeter. This device will help to track if your body has acclimatized or not? Do you need to cancel this trip in the middle and go back to the hospital? Which also to prevent altitude sickness that keeps tracks of daily report of Blod oxygen level (SPO2) and Blod pressure BPM.
- Compare prices with at least a few other companies, so you know you are getting a good deal. At the same time, do not go too low or too high. Stay with a medium one.
- A local company would appreciate if you write a positive review or recommendation in other travel forum or websites. You may get a discount for you and your friends!
- Make it a secure and safe payment gateway! Like Paypal e-transfer etc. Do not pay 100% in advance. However, most of the company requires at least some percentage of the total amount as a booking confirmation.
- Agree to meet with a guide before departure, so you know the level of the guide and his expertise. If you have a doubt, change the person you could be comfortable with.
- Bring cash! Instead of paying by card. You will save 4.2% if you pay in cash.
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