Expectation VS Reality About Everest Base Camp

  • Mar 3, 2023
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

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

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Before you enroll on the Everest base camp journey, there are certain things you need to know about the good things and attractions of the trek. You might be confused about the tour that you might think one can be another. So, let's check here about the Everest base camp trekkingexpectations VS reality in detail.

Training for Everest Base Camp

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Day hike on the rest day

You might think that a couple of days of hiking (7-8 hours) will help for 12 days Everest base camp trip. This could improve your stamina to walk 7-8 hours daily on the hillside trails. Also, you may be getting some advice from someone who has visited earlier without 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 do this trek without strenuous physical exercise or hiking experience. If someone can do without training, you could too, but you have to face a hard time walking through lots of ups and downhills.

Physical training and hiking help to walk comfortably, but walking on high elevated lands is not easy, so strolling with needed rest and breaks is highly recommended on the trek. It is better to trek up to a 3000m elevated area before going to Everest base camp. This helps you to walk on high-altitude lands.

What Should You Do If Lukla Fight Cancelled

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Lukla airport

A scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla connects to the Everest base camp trail. Trekkers get excited to get this flight to jump to the world's highest mountain base camp. The flights will be canceled 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 weather conditions while flying to Lukla and read that it is one of the most dangerous landing spots in the world. However, you must fly to this airport for 12 days of Everest base camp trekking.

This short flight operates in the morning mainly with clear visibility and offers a beautiful view of the stunning Himalayas. You must book your seat in advance for an earlier flight to Lukla. Also, there might be flight delays or sometimes canceled 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

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15kg weight on the flight

It would be best to have trekking gear, daily usage, and belongings for the trek, which you will take on the flight. You may expect to take as much as you want or have from your home.

Yes, you can take your gear with you, but the flight has a weight limitation. You only can take a 15kg load with one ticket, including your hand luggage. Take only needed equipment to minimize freight and consider buying some things that overload during the trek. If you are worried about keeping the things you don't use in the mountain, leave them in the hotel in Kathmandu, which will be safe, and take them back after you finish the trek.

Weather Expectations and Reality in Everest

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Nice view on a clear day

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

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

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

The Expectation of Accommodation in Everest Base Camp Route 

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Accommodation type

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

Plenty of lodges at each stop where you will spend the night. It means you don't need to carry a tent with you. In most of the places, you even can have attached bathroom accommodation. Even if you don't get an 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.

Toilet Expect and Reality in Base Camp

You might have seen some available toilet photos of the Everest base camp region on different social platforms and read articles about it. Most people only share what they experience extra than usual. There are some Tibetan toilets on the walking trail. You might think the bathrooms are the same everywhere, even with the guest houses.

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

What Type of Food to Expectations and Reality in EBC Trek?

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Food on the trek

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

There are thousands of trekkers every year, and different food items are on the menu. But most of the places have the same things. The cooks are trained, and the taste of the same items should be different in different areas. 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 want to experience the local taste.

You can buy bottled water in the lodges or groceries but the price goes high as your altitude ascends. You need to pay up to 500 rupees for a liter water bottle. You can drink regular tap water but don't forget to use purification methods.

Reality and Expectations About Altitude Sickness

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Emergency evacuation

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

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

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

Cost Expectation VS Reality for Everest Trek

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Everest base camp

Nepal is one of the cheap traveling destinations in the world. And you may think it is a moderate trek in Nepal. It is a bit more expensive than the Annapurna region and other commercial trekking packages because of the Lukla flight cost. Although, this base camp trek is cheaper than other mountain trips in other countries.

Everest base camp is an expensive trekking destination compared with other trekking routes in Nepal. Still, it is not costly as trekking to Kilimanjaro. What makes the trek expensive, then? The cost of the Lukla flight, which you need to take both ways, makes this trek expensive. Hiring a guide and porter, lodging, and food is not that expensive. You can finish this trek with less than a thousand boxes, but going with an entire board will be more expensive.

Sceneries Expectation and Reality from Everest View Points

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Kala Patthar

Are you jumping onto the Everest base camp to have a great experience of the Everest Himalayas right? Several vantage viewpoints offer stunning eye captivating views of high mountains. Do you think 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 base camp view, which else offers lovely views?

You can see mountains from the base camp but not Everest. There are several spots from where you can see a beautiful view of Mt. Everest. Kala Patthar is one of the best places to see Everest on this trek. Kala Patthar is close to 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 the Everest view hotel, where you will hike during an acclimatization rest day in Namche. And also, Tengboche hill is an excellent spot to see Everest.

Hopefully, you found some helpful tips about the base camp trek that are what you were expecting and what is in reality. If you need more information about this trek, contact me, and I will help you by providing essential information.

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.

You may find beautiful photos on Instagram,  Facebook and Twitter. I have worked very hard to be in this stage after high school and dedicated my experiences to the people who would like to know about Nepal and Nepal travel.