The Everest Base Camp Trek is highly popular trekking in Nepal. Everest is the highest mountain in the world. It is in Sagarmatha national park which is one of the world heritage sites in Nepal from out of ten UNESCO heritage sites of Nepal. Mount. Everest is also known as Sagarmatha in Nepali and Chomolungma in Tibetan languages. There are thousands of trekkers to visit this place every year.
Scenic Everest mountain range which is known as Mahalangur Himalayan range, river valleys, green forest, terraces, Sherpa culture, Buddhist monuments, vegetation, wildlife, traditional houses, waterfalls, and much more attractions are here in Everest base camp trekking. Daily activities of the local people and their good hospitality are other hands of this region.
There should be several questions with the tourists before travelling to Everest base camp. Here is the information which may help the trekkers to prepare for their trek to Everest base camp.
Where does the Everest Base Camp Trek start?
If the trekkers have a long holiday and would like to do longer trekking then can start from Jiri or Salleri. To go to Jiri and Salleri, There are ground transports from Kathmandu. Public bus or Jeep can be used to drive to these places. The drive may take 7-8 hours then trekking starts the next day. Trekking from these places avoids the fear of the local flights and well acclimatization. Trekkers may feel different lifestyle between the people from the lower elevation and higher. The vegetation, crops, and more experience may have from lower areas. The trekking trail may be lots of up and down hills around this area.
The local flight to Lukla is every day early morning flies from Kathmandu. Small planes with around fifteen passengers may fly in one plane. Most of the trekkers are flying to Lukla to start Everest Trekking. The scenic early morning flight takes about half an hour to get to Lukla.
How safe to fly to Lukla?
It is very safe to fly to Lukla during the clear morning. Before the flight takes off, well check the visibilities and the condition of the plane. If the weather would be not good to fly passengers will have to wait. Sometimes the flight may delay or cancel the cause of the bad weather. Earlier flights may have more chances to fly then latter flights so the trekkers who are going to trek to Everest base camp, need to book in advance their flight ticket to Lukla.
How long is the Everest Base Camp Trek?
Twelve days is the Normal for this trekking with two extra days for the acclimatization days If you are well acclimatization, you may take only one extra day and finish in eleven days trek from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. The weather may not be clear always so you need to have some extra days in case if there is no flight with your regular time schedule. October to December and March to May are the best timing for the flight and trekking. These months will have better views too.
How is the facility of Lodge and food?
There are guest houses every stop to spend the nights during the Everest Base Camp Trekking. The rooms are private rooms so trekkers don’t need to bring their own tents for this trek. There are some luxury hotels too in some places. For the food, trekkers may choose the foods from the food menu but the same food item may be a little bit different taste. The cooks are not well trained everywhere but in some place,s there are well-trained cooks too. Meat may not be safe every place because the people are Buddhist so it is not allowed killing the animals in this area. The people from lower land will go here to sale the meat by carrying several days so meat may not be fresh.
How much risk of High Altitude Sickness?
Everybody may have little symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). There is less chance of altitude sickness. First trekkers may have a positive mind that doesn’t think all the time about altitude sickness. Keep warm, drink plenty of clean water, and take Diamox with you. The guides are well known about AMS so it is better to consult with the guide about the problem.