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Everest Base Camp Trek FAQs

10 Sep 2020 Santosh Gauli

Everest Base Camp Trek FAQs

The Everest base camp trek is an adventurous journey in the Himalaya of Nepal. It is also one of the finest moderate to difficult trek, where many adventure travels have a dream to reach. Before you plan your trek to Everest base camp, you should read Everest Base Camp Trek FAQs.

In Nepal, there are many High Mountains and unspoiled landscapes where many people go for the trek, but The Everest base camp is the most popular one. In the Everest region, there are several trails for trekking, such as Gokyo trek, Chola pass Gokyo trek, Island peak trip, Renjola pass trek. Short Everest panorama trek and Mera peak trip. However, the Everest base camp (EBC) trek is a complete adventure trek that takes 12 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.

The questions and answers regarding the related field are important before you travel, Therefore, here we have prepared the most reachable questions and their answers based on the experiences of local Sherpa guides and clients. If you are still not satisfied after reading these all FAQs, then you are kindly requested to send us a message at

What is actual Everest base camp trek distance?

The Everest base camp trek takes 12 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu with both way flights to/From Lukla. And the total distance of the Everest base camp trek is 130 kilometers. Lukla to Everest base camp is 65 kilometers similarly way back 65 kilometers.

How High is Mount Everest top and base camp?

The Height of Mount Everest is 8,848 meters and the base camp is at 5,364 m/17598 ft.

Can I see Mount Everest from Lukla?

No, you can’t see Mount Everest from Lukla but if you trek to Namche Bazaar then you get to see Mount Everest and other many neighboring peaks. While you are flying to Lukla, you can observe Mount Everest from the Plane, if the weather is clear.

How cold is Base camp?

The Everest base camp trek is in a very high altitude area and lies in the Himalayan Plateau hence, in almost all months of a year the temperature is very cold. Relatively December to February is the coldest month and the temperature drops until -20 Degree centigrade But on average the temperature in Everest base camp is about -10 to – 15 Degree Centigrade.

When is the best month to trek in the Everest region?

The best trekking months in Everest regions are in September, October, November, March, April, and May. In these months, you will have a mild temperature, great visibilities, Stunning views of mountains, Get to see Festivals, fresh air, scenic view, and less risky than other months in a year.

How difficult is Everest base camp trek?

The Everest base camp trek is a relative adventure trip in Nepal. There are quite some ascends and rugged paths to walk thus, it is not an easy trek, but it is one of the most beautiful trips in Nepal. However, the Everest base camp trek is a magical 12-day trek in the Himalayas, which has good physical and mental fitness. There are very few people that may occur altitude sickness, but if you follow some instructions, books, itinerary and local guide then you can avoid so many problems.

How much does the severest base camp trek cost?

Everest base camp trek cost depends on the trekking season, Number of people, Standard of Hotel, Services in the Mountains, Number of Guides/Porters, etc. therefore; it is not very easily share the price of Trek. But, to give you a rough idea for 11 Night 12 days Everest base camp trek costs about 1150 US to 1250 US. However, trekking in a big group ( 5 or more than 5 people) cost much lesser than trekking in a small group (Less than 5 people)

What is the maximum and Minimum Number of trekkers group for the EBC trek?

For the Everest base camp trek, there are no restrictions regarding the number of people. Either single trekkers or 50 people in a group can trek to Everest base camp (EBC). If you are even solo trekkers, you can trek to the Everest region.

How much does the permit cost?

The Everest Base camp trek permits cost 62 USD per person. There are 3 different permits such as the Pasang Lamu Village Municipality entry permit- 20 USD, the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit- 32 USD, and TIMs card – 10 USD. So, in total, the Everest-based camp trek permit cost about 62 USD.

What is the highest altitude in Everest Base camp trekking?

The highest altitude of the Everest base camp trek is Kalapathar, which is situated at 5550 m from sea level. The trek begins generally from Lukla after your 30-minute flights from Kathmandu.

Will I get Acute Mountain sickness (AMS) in Everest trek?

  • Many trekkers get Altitude Mountain sickness, but not everyone. If you are not physically and mentally fit, you may have altitude problems. There are few tips which are recommended to follow.
  • Trek with Local Guide,
  • Don’t trek alone,
  • Try to get your accommodation at better guest Houses or Lodges in the Mountain,
  • Get fresh vegetable item food rather than meat items,
  • Don’t trek 600 meters high in One day,
  • Try to walk at your own pace
  • Drink enough water(4 to 5 liter a day)
  • Bring warm clothes,
  • Follow Itinerary and take enough rest while walking

Can I drink Normal water on this trek?

In the Everest region trek, Normal water is not safe to drink. It is not advisable. Most of the local villages make laundry in the stream, river, and also they through some garbage on them, therefore, Normal Water is not safe to drink.

You can bring your Metal bottle or thick plastic Bottle in the trekking. There are several places where you can refill them. You are recommended to drink mineral water (cost about $1 -3.5) and Boiled filter (cost about $2) water. You can get them easily along the trails from small lodges and restaurants.

In case, if you are very tight on budget, then you can use Normal water (Free) using purification tablets.

What is the average distance of walk in one day?

The Everest region trek is in a high altitude area thus, we just walk limit distance and elevation. Everest day, you have to walk about 4 to 7 hours and 500 to 600 meters ascending.

Can we have Food from the Lodge in Everest trek?

Of course, you can have various items of food from the Lodge while trekking in the Everest region. Every single Guesthouse and Lodges serves food according to their menu managed by the Local Community. The most popular local food is called Dhalbhat set served with Rice, Lentil Soup, Vegetable Curry, Spinach, Pickle and, Papadam. Similarly, they serve Momo, Fried Rice, Fried Noodles, Set breakfast, Pizza, Pasta, Tea, Coffee, Cold Drinks, etc.

Whichever food you taste during your Everest trek, you can have fresh and hygienic food.

In Average, one proper meal cost about 4 to $7 US.

What is a tea house trek means?

Tea House trek means you are staying in the Guest or Lodges while trekking in Mountain. Tea Houses provides food, a hot shower, internet, and a safe private room to sleep. In Nepal, every trekking region, they have Tea House trek facilities.

Is Everest base camp trek safety?

While traveling your security and safety are the most important factors. Trekking in off-seasons such as wintertime (Dec. – Feb,) and summer (June – Aug.) is relatively a risky time to trek. You may have problems such as Avalanches, Landslides, Lukla Flights, rain, heavy snowfall, etc.

For safety, you are advised to trek during the spring season (March-May) and autumn (Sep. – Nov.) season. However, the local Guide constantly monitors while you are in the Mountain. In case, if you have to cancel your trek, they will remake the itinerary on the spot.

What is the standard Itinerary of Everest base camp Trek?

The Everest base camp trek can be done in several ways, but the most popular entrance is Lukla. The standard itinerary of the Everest base camp trek takes 11 Nights 12 Days and click here to observe the standard itinerary of the Everest base camp trek.

Do I need insurance for Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek?

For your Everest base camp trek, travel insurance is highly recommended to buy before your trek. When you buy your insurance before you are trekking to Everest base camp, be sure it will cover or not, when there is an emergency. In the mountain either, you are physically fit or moderately fit, you may occur mountain sickness. When you are above 4000 m, then you should keep your slow pace walk, drink a lot and take enough rest.

What is the price of the Everest base camp trek for Indian citizen?

The price of the Everest base camp trek is similar for foreigners and Indian citizens. However, compared to other trekkers, for Indian people the cost of the Sagarmatha national park permit and Flight fare to/from Lukla is slightly cheaper. So, for Indian citizens, the cost of a package Everest base camp trek will be 150 to 200 US lesser than the standard price of the Everest base camp trip.

How long is Everest base camp from Lobuche?

Distance from Lobuche to Everest base camp is about 12. 5 km and it is not so easy part of the trek, because it is over 5000 meters high and most of the time, trails take us over the rugged trails and glacier.

What are the top eight difficult mountains to Climb in the world?

The following eight mountains are the hardest mountains to climb in the world.

  • Mt. Everest (8,848 m) – Between Nepal & Tibet
  • Annapurna I (8,091m) – in Nepal
  • K2 (8,611 m) – in Pakistan
  • Kanchanjunga (8,586 m) – Between Nepal & India
  • Baintha Brakk (7,285 m) – Pakistan
  • Cerro Torre (3128 m) – Argentina and Chile
  • Denail (6,190 m) – Alaska, USA
  • The Eiger (3,970 M)-in Switzerland.

High high is Tengboche Monastery?

On your day four of the Everest base camp trek, you reach Tengboche. The Tengboche Monastery is located at 3,860 m.

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