Everest base camp travel guide

Everest Base Camp travel guide


For some, the thought of scaling part of the world’s highest mountain is unthinkable; for others, the chance to walk in the footsteps of Sherpas, surrounded by the Himalayas, is an incredible adventure not to be missed. First things first: there are two Base Camps: one in Nepal (South) and one in Tibet (North). The Tibetan BC can be reached by road on an organised tour from Lhasa; the Nepalese version, covered in this Everest Base Camp travel guide, requires a short plane ride from Kathmandu to Lukla before continuing on foot. Base Camp is over half way up Everest (5,364m) and provides a basic campsite where the serious summiteers can rest and acclimatise before and after making an ascent. However, for us mere mortals, the thrill of reaching Base Camp is unimaginable and although you might not be able to see the summit and you’re encircled by tattered prayer flags and scattered debris there’s nothing that can match that moment of ‘I’ve done it!’.

Trek to Everest Base
Camp if…

… you’re not in a hurry. With the altitude you're gaining, this is a trek you mustn't rush; so beware of any itineraries that get you from Kathmandu to Base Camp and back in less than 12 days.

… you don’t mind roughing it. Shared dorms, shared toilets and a lack of hot water for washing – but then what were you expecting, the Ritz?

… you understand tipping. Tip your Sherpa when you finish and consider donating some much needed cash to support local schools or regional projects. (Your guide or tour operator will be able to advise on reputable organisations.)

Don’t trek to Everest Base Camp if…

… you don’t want to get sick. Altitude sickness, breathlessness, mild headaches and impaired judgment are all to be expected and if you have respiratory problems, consult your doctor before signing up.

… a repetitive menu gets you down. Expect hearty dal bhat (rice and lentil soup/curry, with veggie variations) with more variety in Lukla and Namche Bazaar. However, as fuel reserves and cooking facilities further up are limited it’s better for groups to order similar menu items, just to help out.

… your exercise routine involves walking to the pub and back. While you don’t need to be super-fit, the more fitness training and hiking you do before you go the more you’ll enjoy it.
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Best time to trek to Everest Base Camp


Weather in the Himalaya changes in an instant so the ill-equipped will likely get wet, cold or both. But hey, there’s no such thing as bad weather etc. so, if you’ve packed sensibly, you’ve nothing to fear. The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is either side of the mid-May to mid-Sep monsoon season. Late Sep-Nov and Feb-May are the main trekking months with fairly stable conditions and good visibility. Although late Nov-Feb are extremely cold, especially at night, clear skies are usually the norm with quieter trails and tea houses adding to the exhilarating feeling of wild and unadulterated isolation.
Written by: Chris Owen

Photo credits: [Best time to go chart: Steve Hicks]
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