Summary: If you are planning for trekking tour in Nepal or in the Everest but unaware of how to go, when to go or what to pack, with whom to go, etc. The following article will clear all your doubts regarding the same.
Everest Base Camp trekking in Nepal seems like touching the height of the sky for many. Though a lot of trekkers have reached that height there are more who wish to follow the same path. If you are one of those who aspires to trek in the Everest base camp trek then, you are on the right page. The following article will comprise of almost each and every minute information that will help you plan your trek accordingly.
Where is it located and how can you reach it?
World’s tallest mountain stands on the border between Nepal and China. The best way to reach is to catch a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport. Then, you have to walk for a couple of days to reach Namche Bazar. You may want to take a small rest here and allow your body to adjust to the altitude. This is followed by a 5-7 day walk to the Everest base camp.
The best season to visit in the Himalayas
For the best experience of trekking tour in Nepal you may choose to visit either in pre-monsoon i.e. April to May or post-monsoon i.e. October to December. This is because visiting the Himalayas during monsoon makes the terrain slippery which may lead to dangerous accidents.
Duration of the trek and difficulty level
The difficulty level of this trek varies from moderate-to-difficult as it offers diverse terrains to trek on. Altitude is considered as the second factor responsible for its difficulty. Hence, the trekking tour may last between 12-15 days. Since, this trekking tour in Nepal is going to be on a risky one you may want to go alone, with friends or a large group of trekkers. Though trekking alone may have its own pros and cons.
Visa required for Everest Base Camp Trekking in Nepal
Apart from Indians, all foreigners must have a visa which should be valid for at least the next 6 months. Visa on arrival is available for 15-90 days and the visa fee will vary accordingly. For the visa, you just have to fill an application form at an automatic registration machine and pay the visa fee. To avoid the hassle of crowd you can also fill the form online within 15 days prior to your arrival date.
Technical equipment required
Since you will be trekking 4-6 hours a day, you must give importance to the layering of clothes. If you are trekking in winters during the day you may want to trek in your trekking shirts and trousers, but you must take into account that nights will be chillier; you must buy or pack clothes accordingly. A reliable pair of trekking boots and a slipper, a warm cap, pair of gloves, balaclava, adjustable trekking stick, an extra fleece jacket, a lightweight but strong backpack. Purchasing a sleeping bag is something you may ignore as Everest Base Camp trek offers the option to stay in the lodges.
Things you need to carry during the trek
Though the lodges will be offering food but the price will rise as you move higher. Therefore, things that you need to carry during the trek involves dry fruits, proteins bars, chocolate bars, muesli bars, ready-made tuna salad pouches, whole grain tortillas, etc. Also, it is very important that you keep yourself hydrated during the trek; make sure you have a good quality hydration pack.
Now, since you will be experiencing Everest Base Camp trekking in Nepal don’t forget to capture the panoramic views of the Himalayas and the scenic beauty of Nepal; especially, during the sunrise and sunset.