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Bag packing for Everest Base Camp for beginners: Trekking information and complete guide

Everest base camp trek is a life time adventure in the Everest region, through several beautiful settlements of Sherpas, forest full with rhododendron, crossing the raging mountain streams and rivers via suspension and wooden bridge, passing by Mani Walls and Chortens, monasteries and prayer wheels, viewing the staggering mountains and ultimately reaching at the lap of the Mount Everest. The view of sunrise from Kalapatthar shall be one of the most phenomenal moments you shall have in this trek. Everest Base Camp trek is a complete blend of adventure, cultural and spiritual experience, diverse landscape and breathtaking mountains. This guide can help you get in-depth knowledge about the trek, trekking equipment, current status of the trails, and food and accommodation that you will be getting.

Everest trekking weather and season: best time of the year

The days during the February aren't much clear, and it is still cold. The mornings during the March are sunny and warm, and as you trek, high peaks get enveloped with clouds during the mid-day and gets nearer to the valley bringing the likelihood of the rainfall. May is hot and the pre-monsoon season can't be relied upon as it might rain anytime. December invites temperature below zero degree Celsius, however, the days can be quite amazing and you shall notice few trekkers too. March through to May, is considered one of the best times to trek, as the days are clear, neither too hot nor too cold. After the monsoon passes, trekking during September through to November is also considered the best time, and the route remains pretty busy during this period. Despite the unstable weather condition, March through to May, and September through to November can be taken as the best time of the year to go for Everest Base Camp trekking.
Trekking Everest base camp without guide
Everest region is a busy area; the route to Everest base camp is straightforward, all you have to do is follow other trekkers, ask bystanders, and ask with those who are trekking. Trekking alone gives more opportunities for cultural linkage, as you would be managing your hotels, lodges, tea houses on your own. But needleless to say, you should always consider for your safety. Unfortunately, if you get injured or become ill, you wouldn't have your guide to assist and take care of you. Besides, you might want to know the name of the mountain that you are looking at or the history of the culture of the village you are staying at, which all, if you do not have a guide, would go unknown and unaware. Do not forget that some trekkers got disappeared, and a Belgian trekker died in the Langtang area in 2012. The cost of a guide might range from US$20to US$50 per day. Most importantly, you might feel lost to search a guide on your own and all the procedures you have to follow before the trek, thus, getting with a trusted travel and trekking can be very beneficial; an agency shall manage everything for you. Having a guide gives you plenty of time to move around and explore the place.

Everest trekking cost and agencies 

After your arrival in Kathmandu, you've to fly to Lukla to begin you trek. Flight to Lukla might cost you US$180-US$190 one way. The average cost of a room during the trek can be US$4-8depending upon when you trek. Stay at luxury lodges might cost you US$100-300 per person per night. The cost of typical Dal Bhat ranges from NPR 200- NPR 800, and the cost of one liter of water range from NPR50-NPR 200 per bottle. The cost of Sagarmatha National Park Permit is NPR3000, and TIMS card cost you NPR 2000. Further, these are not the exact cost, neither are they exhaustive. The cost varies when you trek and where you shop or stay. For exact cost of Everest base camp, please contact us.
Honestly speaking, you might get hundreds of trekking agencies in Thamel of Kathmandu. Selecting one agency from among them is difficult and you might feel uncomfortable to trust. Thus, you have to find an experienced, registered, proactive, dynamic and knowledgeable trekking agency. Nepal Himalayas Trekking is a leading and trusted trekking agency in Nepal. 

Everest trekking difficulty- Is it suitable for beginners? Is it an easy trek? What is the distance?

 You shall be trekking through steep, rocky trails, which can be snowy and icy, depending on the season. The path isn't paved since it is a wilderness trek. You shouldn't ignore the Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You trek starts from Lukla, which is situated at the altitude of 3,000 m, and you shall reach to Everest Base Camp which is of 5,364 m altitude. Kalapatthar is the highest point of the trek with an altitude of 5,554 meter. Ascending too much altitude in a single day can be problematic. Moreover anybody could be the victim of AMS. You need to go slow taking sufficient time for rest and acclimatization. The long trails have many ups and downs. There are pot-holes and rocks near the Ghumbu Glacier.
But despite these difficulties, it is to be noted that Everest base camp isn't a technical climb; you shall not require any ice picks or ropes. With no vertical climbing, you might have to make through some boulders, where you need to climb. You might need some time to get physically ready for the trek depending upon your previous trekking experience and you age. If you are senior citizen, regular hiking at home before few weeks to the trek can help you a lot. And no matter how many times you have made through high altitude areas before, you need to let your body acclimatize with the altitude. Thus, the suitability of the trek for beginners depends upon how much time you have spent in getting ready and how you make through the trek. However, with a moderate level of body fitness, sufficient acclimatization, going slowing, and paying proper attention towards your food, water and personal hygiene you can make this trek without any hassles.
The Everest base camp is at 38.58 miles or 62 km away from Lukla. As your trek advances, you will ascend to higher altitude area with lesser amount of oxygen present in the air.

Everest trek after earthquake

The devastating earthquake of 2015 destroyed some guesthouses and villages in Phakding, Khumjung and Pangboche of Everest region. The earthquake was followed by number of after quakes.  Most of these guesthouses have already been restored and villages are rebuilt. The trails have been cleared. Other areas weren't affected by the earthquake; neither is any trail including the Three High Passes trail and Gokyo to Cho La trails. Lukla suffered very minimum damage during the earthquake, and things have improved very well by now. The suspension bridges weren't affected at Phakding. Monjo and Jhorsalle had suffered to a great extent, as all the teahouses that had withstood the first quake collapsed in the powerful aftershock; most of the teahouses have been recovered there. Despite some damage in Namche Bazar, the restoration and rebuilding have availed sufficient number of tea houses for stay. Only three tea houses were damaged in Tengboche, and Pangboche didn't suffer any major loss. Pheriche suffered major damage in the Everest region. Reconstruction and maintenance have been completed. The teahouses at Gorakshep are safe.
All the damages in the Everest region have been addressed and documented. The Everest region has been declared safe for trekking by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

Trekking gears/equipment: what to pack?

 Carry an Osprey backpack, camera gear and accessories, comfortable and light hiking boots and socks, gears for lodge and tea house, trekking shirts, pants, outerwear and jackets, long underwear, rain gear, gloves, hat, sweatpants, toilet papers, balm, chocolate bars, water bottle, sun glass, sunscreen, etc. Do carry a headlamp, sleeping bag, portable chargers, powdered juice, peanuts, trail mix, etc. For your first aid, do carry Diamox, Aleve, Advil, vapor rub, Immodium, anti-nauseant, nandaids, tiger balm, tweezers, etc. Toiletries include soap bar, shampoo, micro fiber towel, toilet paper etc. Don’t be too optimistic in packing kitchenware or stoves or anything unnecessary.

Everest Gokyo trek route and map

Kathmandu (1,350 m)-Lukla (2,800 m)-Phakding (2,651 m)-Namche Bazar (3,438 m)-Phortse Thanga (3,680 m)-Machhermo (4,470 m)-Gokyo (4,800 m)-Thagnak (4,750 m)-Cho La Pass (5,367 m)-Lobuche (4,940 m)-Gorak Shep (5,170 m)-Everest Base Camp (5,364 m)-Gorak Shep (5,170 m)-Kala Patthar (5,545 m)-Pheriche (4,288 m)-Namche Bazar (3,438 m)-Lukla (2,800 m)-Kathmandu (1,350 m).


Food and Accommodations

You ca have eggs, toast, potatoes with tea or coffee for breakfast in various tea houses in the Everest trek. You can also have chapatti with jam or honey; butter here is always frozen. Porridge is also available for breakfast whose topping gets sparse as you ascend. You can get pancakes almost everywhere. The fluffy and thick pancake is also available in chocolate flavor and apple version. Sherpa stew is a popular dish that you can get in almost every menu of each tea houses. It is full with green beans, carrots, beans, noodles and other vegetables. Its variety varies from one place to another. You can carb your lunch and dinner entrees with pasta, noodles, potatoes, or rice. It gives you the freedom to combine varieties of vegetables such as carrots, cabbage, along with cheese, eggs, etc. However, no dish can kill your hunger as much as the Dal Bhat can do. It offers you lentil soup, rice, curried potatoes, vegetables, greens, Papad, chutney, etc.; and you can get extra items without any extra cost.
You shall accommodate at lodges, hotels, and teahouses in the Everest base camp trek. You shall be served with good breakfast, lunch, dinner and bed services. Initially the accommodation has western-style toilets, in-room showers, in-room charging spots, heating blankets. As you ascend higher, the facilities shall keep being limited to basic and bare facilities. You shall not have in-room showers, no heat, no squat toilets.
Everest tea house trekking: a luxury trek
Everest luxury trek offers you a complete blend of comfortable accommodation with exceptional services and facilities, and wild trekking adventure in the Everest region. After your long walk, you can ease off your exhaustion in the most comfortable and cozy accommodation available in the Everest region. Nothing can be more pleasing than the staggering views of mountains, sharp exhaustion, and most luxurious stay with warm hospitality. You shall be enjoying the rich cultural awareness as you trek through several small and large villages of Sherpa. You shall stay at a five-star hotel during your stay at Kathmandu, and will be provided with best English speaking guide with required number of porters. Further, the agency shall provide you some of the gears from its own side for the trek. You shouldn't worry about payment to the guide and porters or their food and accommodation, all shall be borne by the agency. You are free to enjoy the luxury of your stay and the nature at the same time.

Everest base camp trekking insurance

You shall need the trekking insurance that covers you for high altitude trekking; also ensure that such insurance cover helicopter rescue not less than 55000 meter altitude. If you do not have a trekking insurance, you might cost your health and bank balance. Many trekkers get their ankle sprained, some trekkers get their leg broken too. It can be really difficult if you encounter any injury or illness at the high altitude area; you shall be compelled to spend the rest of your time at a hospital. If you are thinking about helicopter evacuation, it might cost you about US$ 5,000 without any treatment or hospital expenses. For these reasons, you may not get plenty of trekking insurance companies with your desired terms and conditions. But ensure that any insurance you take, it covers your high altitude maladies and cost of helicopter evacuation.
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