What to Expect While Trekking to the Everest Base Camp

  • Jun 21, 2022
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

Everest base camp is a demanded trekking trail for adventure mountain lovers. There are crowded trekkers in the high hiking season in Nepal. So, why the Everest base camp trek is so popular and what to expect from the Everest base camp? Check them here in detail.

Everest base camp trek
On the way to the base camp

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A short aviation journey connects to the Everest base camp trekking trail. You can fly from Kathmandu to Lukla enjoying stunning Mountain View. It is an adventurous flight trip because Lukla airport is known as one of the most dangerous airports in the world. But there won’t be flight operating if the weather would be unfavourable.

Right after you land at Lukla airport, your trekking journey begins at the base camp. You will reach the base camp in 8 trekking days. You might have lots of expectations from this trek which inspire you to choose this trek for your holiday. So, what are the main attractions of the trek which make your trip joyful? You can only expect the things that you can get on the trek, which can make your trip memorable. Then, what to expect from the Everest base camp?

Lukla Flight Expect 

Lukla airport
Lukla airport

Lukla flight is the startup expectation of the Everest base camp trip. Lukla flight takes off from Kathmandu airport or Manthali airport but mainly from Kathmandu. The flights operate from Manthali if there is some maintenance work going on at the Kathmandu airport. A half an hour short flight on a small aeroplane to Lukla joins with the Everest base camp trekking trail.

The flight operates only in clear weather because there are many hills before reaching Lukla. Sometimes, flights could be delayed for a couple of hours or even cancelled due to the bad weather. It is better to book the flight ticket in advance because the earlier flight will have more chances to fly. There are no flights during the day and mostly operate in the morning.

If the flight is cancelled due to the bad weather, you would have fewer chances to get an earlier flight for the following day Because there will be advanced fully booked passengers for the regularly scheduled flights. So, you might take a helicopter flight in this case but, you need to pay an extra amount with the regular flight ticket for this.

You can take only 15kg weight on the flight to Lukla. This weight limitation is including your hand luggage. You can pay for extra weight at the airport but packing only the needed equipment for the trek is suggested. If the plane on which you are flying become overloaded, they might put your bag on the next flight. And there might be no flight after your flight sometimes. If it would be like this, you will have no trekking equipment for the trek.

Physical Level and Training

What to expect during the Everest base camp walk? Trekking to the Everest base camp is a physical challenge. Expect walking about 4-7 hours per day through the narrow mountain trails, steep hills, rocky/dusty paths and crossing over high suspension bridges.

You need to have some hiking experience on the mountain trails before planning a trek to the Everest base camp. If you have done some mountain treks above at least 3000m somewhere, it makes it easier to trek to Everest base camp.

Everest Region Settlement Expectation

Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar

What to expect from locals? Sherpa is the local ethnic people of the Everest region who is known as mountain legend. There are several beautiful Sherpa towns on the Everest base camp trekking trail. You will see Sherpa towns everywhere you will stay and along the way.

Namche Bazaar is the most beautiful town located on a lap of the hill. It is the place where you will spend two nights for your altitude practice before going to a higher elevation. Khumjung is the biggest Sherpa village with a Hilary school and an old monastery where you can see the skull of the Yeti.

Dingboche is the highest proper Sherpa village on the Everest base camp trekking trail. Besides these towns, there are many other small villages with traditional well-carved buildings. You can see the lifestyle and daily activities of mountain legendary Sherpa people in these villages.

Expect to Reach the World's Highest Mountain Base Camp

What to Expect from the Everest base camp? One of the main goals of the trekkers who trek to the Everest base camp is to reach the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain. The base camp is at 5364m of elevation above sea level.

You can reach the base camp of Mt. Everest in 8 days trek from Lukla. People may have a desire to sleep at the base camp, but there is no lodge. You need to bring your tent or hire in Gorakshep if you would like to sleep at the base camp. It is about 2 hours to 2 and a half hours hike to reach here from Gorakshep. Gorakshep is the last place where the lodges are available on this trek. You can see lots of tents of the climbers at the base camp during the Everest expedition season. Spring is one of the main expedition seasons in Nepal.

You will not see Mt. Everest from the base camp because it blocks by Lola and Nuptse. But, you can see other high mountains like Changatse, Khumbutse and Lingtren including Lola and Nuptse from here. You will not see a permanent sign of the base camp here. It is changing every few years caused by melting ice. You can see a few Buddhist prayer flags and writing signs on a rock.

The expectation of Stunning Mountain Views from Vantage Viewpoints

View from Everest view hotel
View from Everest view hotel

What to expect about views and viewpoints? The main attraction of this trek is the stunning mountain view of the Everest massif. You can see high snow-capped mountains every moment and from each angle along the way of Everest. But, there are some vantage viewpoints on the trek which offer panoramic eye-catching mountain views.

You will start seeing attractive mountains with your landing at Lukla airport. You will see Number (Dudhkunda peak) from here and see Kusum Kangaroo from Thadokoshi. After that, Mt. Thamserku can be seen from Banker and the Everest while you will be climbing to Namche Bazaar if the weather would be clear.

The first day with lots of mountain views is while you will be climbing to Everest view hotel during your hike on your altitude practice day from Namche. Everest view hotel is the first hill station that offers panoramic mountain views of Thamserku, Kusum Kangaroo, Khanteka, Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and other high peaks including Everest.

Tengboche hill is another hill station located in an open space. You can see a stunning view of the Everest Himalayas from here. Tengboche hill is the best hill station which offers the best view of Mt. Amadablam. Amadablam is one of the most beautiful mountains in the Everest region.

The next viewpoint after Tengboche is Nangkar-Tsang hill. You will climb this hill during the second altitude practice day in Dingboche village. You can reach the top by hiking for around 3 hours from Dingboche and enjoy the view of the beautiful Everest massif. You can also see Mt. Makalu from this hill which is the 4th highest mountain in Nepal and 5th in the world. It is only the hill station from where you can see this mountain and never see from other places during this trek.

The best viewpoint on the trek is Kala Patthar. Every trekker should have heard about this hill station before coming to the trek and thinking to climb on it. But, once they reach the base camp and don’t care about hiking to this hill because of getting tired from the long hike of the base camp. Kala Patthar offers a far better view than the base camp. You can see a 360° mountain view from the top of this hill and the closest view of Everest. It takes around 2 hours hike from the lodge where you stay in Gorakshep. You can hike either in the morning for the sunrise or in the evening for the sunset. The view of the sunset is unreal from this hill.

Accommodation, Food, Drink and Toilets Expectations from EBC Trek

Everest base camp trek accommodation
Accommodation in Gorakshep

What expects about the lodge, food, drink and toilets? Well-managed trekking trail Everest base camp has lots of tea houses to stay in every place. This trekking trail is kept clean and facilitated by Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC), Sagarmatha National Park and the local Sherpa community.

Finding accommodation should not be very difficult in most places. But, it can be difficult to get spaces in places like Tengboche, Dingboche and Gorakshep during the busy trekking season. You need to book accommodation at least a day earlier in those places.

You will have a food menu in every lodge where you stay. But, there will be the same food items in most of the places and seeing this, you may be bored sometimes. You can pick your choice from different available food items and also can get the local dishes if you would like to try them. Foods are usually hygienic if you stay with vegetarian food. You can get food dishes with meat on the food menu but, they might not be fresh every time and everywhere.

Some people don’t like the taste of water purification medication and buy bottled water. But, some people even don’t like the taste of the purification tablets still use them to minimize the budget. You can drink normal drinking water using purification or sterilizer. Also, you can buy bottled water in guest houses or grocery shops.

Living Cost Expectations in Everest Region

What to expect about the budget? Except for some types of vegetables and limited crops, there is not much growing which could not be enough even for the locals. Most of the daily usage things are coming from Kathmandu to Lukla by plane cargo and carried by people to the higher elevation. Because of the transport cost, everything is expensive in the region.

You will see the same food items in every place and lodge but, the only difference is the price. A food item that costs 500 in Lukla, the same one may cost 1500 rupees at the last camp of the Everest base camp trip. Likewise, a bottle of water you can get in 100 rupees in starting a few days trek and will cost up to 500 rupees. These are only the example and every food, drink, and accommodation applies the same term. So, be prepared to spend around 3000 rupees or a bit more per day on the trek.

Health Expect from Everest Trip

What to Expect about health? Every trekker expects a cold temperature while trekking in the Himalayas. Yes, there is a cold temperature at the Everest base camp. And trekkers might have a common cold, running nose and have some cough on the trek. Cough on the Everest base camp trek is known as Khumbu cough. Keeping warm yourself, drinking warm water, and covering your nose and mouth with a buff to protect you from the dust can protect you from this problem.

People could have diarrhoea while trekking in the Himalayas. It’s known as traveller diarrhoea which can be caused even by climate. So, you need to take some Imodium and rehydration salt if it happens.

The expectation of Traffic 

Trekkers on the trail
Trekkers on the trail

Everest base camp trekking trail is a very popular trekking trail. There are lots of trekkers that can be seen during the high trekking season. So, you can expect that there will be a big traffic jam for trekkers. Not only the trekkers, but there will also be the local porters carrying loads, Yaks, mules, and Jopke (a hybrid of cow and Yak) will be on the trekking trail. You need to stand for a few minutes somewhere and let them pass if you are on a narrow surface and suspension bridge.

It also comes about your safety reason. If you would be in a hurry and keep walking without standing on the safe side, loads carried by the porters and animals may push you to the cliff. So, being in the safe zone is suggested if you meet crowded on a narrow surface. You may keep walking when there is no traffic and feel safe.

Expectation of Climate

What about weather and temperature? The weather in the mountain is unpredictable and can change very fast. You may start the day with clear weather and blue skies but, it can change into rain, wind and snow so fast. The porter who carries your trekking gear, once leave from the starting point then you will meet directly at the next stop. If the weather changed quickly, you might be in trouble so, take some rain cover and Windstopper in your daypack.

The Expectation of the Internet, Communication and Electricity

An important thing that keeps you closer with your family, relatives and friends is the internet and communication even if you are far from home. You can use the internet and phone calls every day during the Everest base camp journey. There is cell phone reception everywhere on the base camp trekking trail. For that, you need to buy a Nepalese SIM card with internet data from the Kathmandu international airport upon your arrival.

You also can use Wi-Fi in the lodges where you stay. You need to buy a top-up card for this service which is provided by the Everest link. Using this service, you should be closer to the internet router so, the SIM card of the cell phone is far better and highly recommended.

You will have electricity services until Tengboche. But, they are using solar power after this place. You can charge your phone and camera batteries even with solar power but, you need to pay. It can be more expensive than bringing a power bank is recommended for the trek.

Altitude Sickness and Prevention

high mountain rescue
High mountain rescue

Altitude sickness could be a complication for the trekkers while trekking to the Everest base camp. You will feel altitude effects when you will be walking above 3500m of elevation. Altitude sickness can be a cause of death. So, be serious about this problem.

There will be early symptoms of altitude sickness like headache, vomiting, feeling like a drunk, tingling fingers, loss of apatite, fatigue and difficulties breathing while resting, and a few others. If you have these symptoms, you need to be careful and take suggestions from your guide.

Walking slow, drinking plenty of fluid, sleeping well, keeping warm, eating well, stopping thinking all the time about altitude problems and starting taking 250mg of altitude tablets may prevent the problem. If you have altitude symptoms, you need to rest an extra day at the same place or descend as soon as possible according to the condition. Buying a good travel insurance policy that covers any emergency evacuation above 6000m is highly recommended for the Everest base camp.

Cultural and Religious Expectations from Everest

Tengboche Monastery
Tengboche Monastery

The Everest region is a land of Buddhist religious people. You will see numerous old and ancient Buddhist monasteries and other monuments while trekking to the Everest base camp. There are the local culture and costumes which are followed by the people.

You can walk keeping on your right to those Buddhist monuments during the trekking trail. Entering the monasteries also have some term and conditions that you can see on the board outside of each monastery. Also, it is better to ask if you are going to take a picture of the local.

There are some wildlife and birds which you see on the trail, some of them considered holy. Never talk about killing them even as a joke.

Need to Stay with Basic in Everest

Don’t expect luxury beds which are available in the lodges where you will stay as much as in cities. They might not be much comfortable but is good enough to spend the night. Foods also should be more basic than you will expect. But, it could be more than you expect.

Food menus have almost the same food items that include Mo: Mo, noodles, pizza, pasta, soup, local food (Dal Bhat) and more. Foods are cocked by basic trained cocks in the guest houses. So, the taste should be a little bit different.

The Everest base camp is rich in natural beauty. You can see massive Everest Himalaya, green hills, wildlife, waterfalls, beautiful valleys, glacier and much more attractions on this trek. There should be some challenges with these natural attractions on the trek. People should expect more and get less sometimes. So, Expecting less and getting more results to make happier for people. The things listed above only should not be your expectation from the base camp trek. But, at least you got some things about what to expect from the base camp trek from this post. If you have more queries about this trek, don’t forget to contact us. We are always happy to provide you with the right information.

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Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, a Nepal travel blogger who provides Nepal travel tips to travellers who are planning to visit Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs, so it may make it a lot easier for you to travel to Nepal.

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