Expectation VS Reality About Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Jul 24, 2020
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

Nepal- A small country in South Asia offers multiple trekking adventures to the hiking lovers. Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations among a few more trekking routes with its natural beauties. You might have some amazing sceneries through some social media platforms which attract you to this place. Getting some information about this region, what else would you like to know more? What do you expect from the trek and how is the Everest base camp trek in reality then?

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Before you enrol on Everest base camp trek, there are certain things you need to know about the good things and attraction of the trek. You might have some confusion about the trek that you might be thinking one and can be another in reality. So, let’s check here about the Everest base camp trek expectation VS reality in detail.

Everest Base Camp Trek Training: Expectation VS Reality

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Day hike on the rest day

You might be thinking that a couple of day hiking (7-8 hours) will help for 12 days Everest base camp trek. This could improve your stamina to walk 7-8 hours each day on the hillside trails. Also, you may be getting some advice with someone who has visited earlier without any physical training. Yes, some people will be able to do this without any training.

Yes, physical training helps a lot to make your trekking days easier. Some people are doing this trek without any hard physical training and hiking experience. If someone can do without training, you could too but you have to face a hard time to walk through lots of up and downhills.

Physical training and hiking help to walk comfort but walking on high elevated lands is not an easy walk so walking slowly with needed rest and breaks are highly recommended on the trek. It is better to trek up to 3000m elevated area before making an Everest base camp trek. This helps you to walk on high altitude lands.

Lukla Flight Cancelation and Alternative Option: Expectation VS Reality

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Lukla airport

A scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla connects to the Everest base camp trek. Trekkers get excited to get this flight to jump to the world’s highest mountain base camp. The flights will be cancelled often due to bad weather and poor visibility. Also, the flight tickets will be fully booked during high trekking seasons. You should have heard about happening weather condition while flying to Lukla and red that it is one of the most dangerous landing spots in the world. Though you have to fly to this airport for 12 days Everest base camp trek.

This short flight operates in the morning mainly with clear visibility and offers a beautiful view of stunning Himalayas. You need to book your seat in advance to get an earlier flight to Lukla. Also, there might be flight delay or cancelled sometimes due to the bad weather so, think about an alternative flight with a helicopter paying extra if this condition applies.

Weight Limitation on the Flight: Expectation VS Reality

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15kg weight on the flight

You need trekking gear, daily usage things and belongings for the trek which you will take with you on the flight. You may expect that you can take as much as you want or you have from your home.

Yes, you can take your gear with you but there is weight limitation on the flight. You only can take 15kg load with one ticket including your hand luggage. Take only needed equipment to minimize load and think to buy somethings which make overload during the trek somewhere. If you worried to keep the things which you don’t use in the mountain, you can leave them in the hotel in Kathmandu which will be safe and take back after you finish the trek.

Weather and Temperature in Everest Base Camp Trek: Expectation VS Reality

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Nice view on a clear day

You are going to trek to high Himalayan lands so you need to be sure when is the best time to go? Temperature and weather play a vital role to have a great time and for a successful trip to the Everest base camp. You might think a normal adorable temperature with clear visibility on the trek. Yes, It should be fine but you need to choose the right time to jump on.

Everest base camp trek offers cold temperature in October to December. There are fewer trekkers in December because it is the end of the season but the weather is fabulous with cristal clear weather. You should have nice and warm trekking equipment to trek from October to December.

Spring from March to May will be warmer temperatures compared to the months from autumn. If you scare fighting with freezing temperature and have a holiday in spring, this should be a good time for you. This is the main climbing season to the Everest so you will encounter with Everest summiteers in this time. The weather also will be nice and clear during the spring. But trekking in summer is not recommended at all.

Everest Base Camp Trek Accommodation: Expectation VS Reality

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Accommodation type in Everest base camp trek

If you are used to hiking in Himalayan regions, you should be familiar with available accommodation in the guest houses. Most of the places, you need to carry your tents to sleep then how is the condition of the accommodation in the Everest base camp trekking trail? And there will be hundreds of trekkers each day during the high trekking season. Are there enough space for all trekkers at the same time if too many trekkers are in one place?

There are plenty of lodges at each stop where you will spend the night. It means you don’t need to carry a tent with you. Most of the places, you even can have attached bathroom accommodation. Even if you don’t get attached bathroom, you will have indoor toilets in every lodge along the trekking trail. The room will be private but the mattress should not be as comfortable as you will get in the city and the beds might be narrow-body in some places.

Toilets in Everest Base Camp Trek: Expectation VS Reality

You might have seen some available toilet photos of the Everest base camp trek on different social platforms and have red different articles writing about. Most people only share what they experience extra than usual. There are some Tibetan toilets during the walking trail. You might be thinking the toilets are the same everywhere and even with the guest houses.

You should follow social media but not always. Toilets during the trek are not bad to use and most of the places will be quite clean. Tibetan toilets are for non-paying guest available while you will be walking and with the local inns where the local and trekking porters stay. You will have clean toilets in most of the places though, as you go higher, the toilets will freeze with cold temperature. So, you will not get western sitting toilets in higher elevated lands. But you will get sitting toilets around lower areas of the trek.

Foods on Everest Base Camp Trek: Expectation VS Reality

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Food on the trek

You are on a trek to the urban area of Nepal and thinking it is far from the city. So you may be thinking that you have to stay with locally available food items. The trek is not one or two days and you will stay in the mountain for 12 days. Are you thinking about staying with the local food all the time which can make you bored?

There are thousands of trekkers every year and having different food items which are available with a food menu. But most of the places have the same items. The cooks are basic trained and the taste of the same items should be different in different places. Although, available foods are safe and hygienic up in the mountain if you stay with vegetarian food. You will get meat items also but meat items should not be fresh all the time and everywhere. You can try the local food items sometimes if you would like to have an experience of the local taste.

You can buy bottled water in the lodges or groceries but the price goes high with your altitude ascend. You need to pay up to 500 rupees for a litre water bottle. You can drink normal tap water but don’t forget to use purification methods.

Everest Base Camp Altitude Sickness: Expectation VS Reality

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Emergency evacuation

As you are familiar with a problem making by altitude sickness caused by low oxygen with air during the Everest base camp trek, you might not have a solution to avoid the problem. Altitude can kill people if they are not careful with. Altitude sickness is a serious problem which the trekkers will face during the trek. Are you taking it as normal or serious?

Altitude sickness is a big challenge that trekkers will face. Not many trekkers will badly suffer with but need be alert and careful with acute mountain sickness on the Everest base camp trek. Almost every trekker will feel the altitude at least with its mild symptoms after the altitude of 3000m. You need to walk slow as much you feel comfortable to breathe. Drink plenty of fluid, take high altitude medication with you, sleep well, eat well, and keep warm to avoid the problem. If you have some symptoms like vomiting, loss of appetite, feel like a drunk, chest pain, headache, fatigue while resting with other major symptoms, you better consult with your guide or local health assistant from the place where you are.

If the situation gets worst, you need to have one extra day rest at the same place or descend as soon as possible according to the condition. Trekking with a travel insurance policy which covers an emergency evacuation up to 6000m is suggested.

Everest Base Camp Trek is Expensive: Expectation VS Reality

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Everest base camp

Nepal is one of a cheap travelling destination in the world. You might be thinking the Everest base camp trek is not very expensive and can be done with a couple of hundred dollars. Is the Everest base camp trek cheap then?

Everest base camp trek is an expensive trekking destination compared with some other trekking routes in Nepal. Still, it is not expensive as much as trekking to Kilimanjaro. What makes the Everest base camp trek expensive then? Cost of Lukla flight which you need to take both ways makes expensive this trek. Cost of hiring a guide and porter, lodging and food are not that expensive. You can finish this trek with less than a thousand box but if you go with full board, it will be more expensive.

Stunning Views from Right spots: Expectation VS Reality

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Kala Patthar

You are jumping on to the Everest base camp to have a great experience of the Everest Himalaya right? There are several vantage viewpoints which offer stunning eye captivating views of high mountains. Are you thinking the base camp is one of the best spots to see a great view? If yes, you are thinking wrong. If you can't see a good view from the base camp then which else offer nice views?

You can see mountains from the base camp but not the Everest. There are several spots from where you can see a beautiful view of Mt. Everest. One of the best places to see Everest on this trek is Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is close to the place where you will spend your night after visiting the base camp. You need to climb this hill taking about 2 hours from your lodge either in the morning for the sunrise or evening for the sunset.

You also have a good view of Everest from Everest view hotel where you will hike during an acclimatization rest day in Namche. And also Tengboche hill is a nice spot to see Everest.

Hopefully, you found some helpful tips about Everest base camp trek that what you were expecting and what is in reality. If you need more information about the Everest base camp trek, you contact me and I help you to provide essential information.

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, Nepal travel blogger providing Nepal travel tips to the travellers who are planning to travel 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 a lot easier you to travel to Nepal.

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I was born in the countryside and finished my high school from there. After my high school, I came in Kathmandu and started to work as a trekking porter then I improved my English and started to work as a trekking guide at the same time I was a university student. While I was working as a tour leader, I visited all the Himalayan base camps in Nepal and collected lots of information about these areas. So my work inspired me to write and provide information about travelling Nepal to the visitors.