9 Important FAQ about Everest base Camp Trekking | You must know before your trek in 2020 Published on: Sat 04 Jan, 2020 - Highpoint
Are you thinking to trek in Everest Base Camp in 2020?
You must know following important things that makes your trip safe and secured in 2020.
Everest Base Camp trekking one of the most desired adventure destinations for all wide world travelers and adventurer due to its spectacular scenery of world giant peaks and to be closed within number one Mt. Everest Southern Base Camp, where the north side of Everest located in Tibet.
Everest Base Camp Trek Profile:
Trek Grade: Generally, EBC trekking is Moderate and Adventurous walks.
People and Culture: Populated by Sherpa people of Buddhism religions with colorful and impressive cultures.
Highest spot: At Kalapathar 5, 545 m and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m.
The region of Trekking: Nepal Far North Mid-East Khumbu and Everest Region.
Duration of walks: It depends, however, generally the walking duration will be 11 Nights and 12 Days (Lukla to Lukla).
Best Seasons: Nearly all months of the year except monsoon June to August wet seasons, March to May wild-flowers are in blooming time, with clear morning for views and pleasant day for walks, October to December another best month for clear views of mountain scenery, morning and night times will be cold as per altitude wise.
FAQs for Everest base Camp Trekking
Q1. What should I pack for EBC Trekking?
Important Documents and Items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
- Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
- Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
On the trail day pack
- Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
- Lip Balm with Sunscreen
- Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
- Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
- Water Bottles or Camel Back
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- Favorite Snacks
- Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
- Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
- Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
- Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
- Toilet Paper
- Trekking Poles (optional)
- Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
Clothing :base, middle and outer layers
- Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
- Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
- Long underwear pants (2)
- Underwear (5 to 7)
- Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
- Long sleeve shirts (2)
- Sweatshirt (optional)
- Fleece Pants
- Trekking Pants (2)
- Shorts (optional)
- Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hook
- Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
- Waterproof Pants
- Wide brimmed hat
- Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
- Lightweight Gloves
- Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
- Gaiters (optional)
Footwear: Shoes and shocks
- Hiking boots with ankle support
- Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
- Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
- Hiking socks (10)
- Sock Liners (optional)
- Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
- Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- Sleeping bag stuff sack
Duffel baggs and day packs
- Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
- Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
- Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
- Waterproof cover for daypack
- Drybags in several sizes
- Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes
First Aid kit and toiletries
- Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
- Advil or Ibuprofen
- Diamox (for altitude sickness)
- Personal Prescriptions
- Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
- Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
- Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
- Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
- Wet wipes
- Panty Liners and Tampons
- Face lotion
- Hair brush
- Hair ties
- Hand warmers
- Ear plugs for sleeping
- Portable Solar Charger
- Journal, pen and paper
- Reading book
- Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
- Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
- Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow
Q2. What are the visa requirements?
Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Airport.
Visa fee structure for Tourist visa
- For 15 Days: USD 25 or equivalent convertible currency
- For 30 Days: USD 40 or equivalent convertible currency
- For 90 Days: USD 100 or equivalent convertible currency
- For SAARC Nationals: Free visa for 30 days
For Indian Nationals: Visa is not required. However, they have to show valid identification that is passport, citizenship etc. for children under age 10 year no identification is required.
Online visa application is also available, for that you can visit at: http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa
Q3: What about immunizations? Do I need it?
Immunization is important, please refer following link to get more information.
Q4. What is the accommodation like during Trekking to Everest base Camp?
In Kathmandu: Generally, it depends on you, which standard hotel do you need to stay in, options are: Tourist standard hotel, 2 Star, 3 star, 4 star, 5 star.
During Trek: You may accommodate in tea house or lodge or tented camp.
Q5: What currency should I take?
Generally, you can bring USD or Euro or any other to the Kathmandu and exchange it in airport or other money exchange counter, however, you will not get exchange during trekking. So make sure that you have Nepalese currency with you during your trek. Also, some of banks are providing service that you can withdraw NPR from the ATM using your international master card.
Q6. Do I need fitness to trek?
Generally, Everest Base Camp trekking requires 7 hours walk per day in average, and you may carry small bag with 6-8 KG. Some acclimation is required and you can decide whether you are fit enough for trekking or not.
Q7. How old do I need to be for Everest base camp trekking?
Everest base Camp Trekking is quite adventurous, so 18 years + is recommended. If you are 16, you may walk with your guardians.
Q8. What is the best season to trek or what will the weather be like?
Low Season (End Nov - March)
Daytime temperatures will be cooler, and the nights will be very cold. The days can bring winter storms, with regular snowfall above 2500m. Domestic flights are difficult at this time of year.
Monsoon (Jun – Mid Sep)
Temperatures are hot, with heavy rainfall almost every day. Trails can be very muddy, with frequent thunderstorms and high winds.
Trekking season (End Mar-May & Mid Sep – End Nov)
The most popular time to trek with mild – warm days and cold nights. The mornings tend to be clear, with some short rainfall in the late afternoons. In the higher altitudes, the temperatures often drop below freezing in the evening. At Everest Base Camp, the temperatures can drop as low as -15°C.
Q9. What are other things I should take care of?
10 Very Important Information
- Entering in to Nepal or staying in Nepal without a valid visa is illegal.
- Tourist visa can be obtained either through the Nepalese embassy or consulate or other mission offices in your nation or at the immigration entry points in Nepal listed above.
- Visa once issued cannot be amended and the visa fees are non-refundable.
- You should pay the Nepal visa fees in cash. Credit card or cheque are not acceptable.
- Visa charges are not applicable for children under 10 years of age, however, they must obtain a valid visa.
- If you are obtaining a new passport or travel document, you are advised to contact the Immigration Department for the document transfer.
- Always carry your passport and trekking permit while on trekking.
- Some of the areas are restricted for filming. Therefore, be careful not to do the activities that are strictly prohibited.
- The culture, tradition and sentiments of Nepalese people should be respected. Do not perform any activities that would hurt their sentiments.
- Do not perform any activities that would lead to moral turpitude.