Expectation VS Reality About Everest Base Camp

  • Jun 21, 2022
  • 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 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 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 enrol 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 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 trekkingexpectation VS reality in detail.

Training for Everest Base Camp

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Day hike on the rest day

You might be thinking 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 each day on the hillside trails. Also, you may be getting some advice from 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 walking through lots of ups and downhills.

Physical training and hiking help to walk comfortably but walking on high elevated lands is not an easy walk so walking slowly with needed rest and breaks is highly recommended on the trek. It is better to trek up to a 3000m elevated area before making a trip 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 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 conditions 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 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 need to book your seat in advance to get an earlier flight to Lukla. Also, there might be flight delays 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

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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 a weight limitation on the flight. You only can take a 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 are 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 them back after you finish the trek.

Weather Expectation and Reality in Everest

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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 a successful trip to the Everest base camp. You might think of 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.

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 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 freezing temperatures and have a holiday in spring, this should be a good time for you. This is the main climbing season the Everest 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 Himalayan regions, you should be familiar with available accommodation in the guest houses. In most of the places, you need to carry your tents to sleep then how 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 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. 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 have read different articles writing about it. Most people only share what they experience extra than usual. There are some Tibetan toilets on 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 guests 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 the 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.

What Type of Food to Expectation 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 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 different food items are available on 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 as 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.

Reality and Expectations About Altitude Sickness

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Emergency evacuation

As you are familiar with the problem made by altitude sickness caused by low oxygen with 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 serious problem that 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 but need to 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 altitude of 3000m. You need to walk slow as much as you feel comfortable breathing. Drink plenty of fluid, take the 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, feeling like a drunk, chest pain, headache, and 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'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 travelling destinations in the world. and you may think it is a cheap 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 some other trekking routes in Nepal. Still, it is not expensive as trekking to Kilimanjaro. What makes the trek expensive then? The cost of the Lukla flight which you need to take both ways makes expensive this trek. The cost of hiring a guide and porter, lodging and food are not that expensive. You can finish this trek with less than a thousand boxes but if you go with a full board, it will be more expensive.

Sceneries Expectation and Reality from Everest View Points

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Kala Patthar

You are jumping onto the Everest base camp to have a great experience of the Everest Himalaya right? There are several vantage viewpoints that 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 offers nice 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. 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 the 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 the base camp trek that are what you were expecting and what is in reality. If you need more information about this trek, you contact me and I help you to provide 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.