Everest Base Camp FAQs

1. Where is Everest Base Camp located?

Everest Base Camp is located in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal. The trek starts with the flight to Lukla.

2. What is the altitude of Everest Base Camp?

The altitude of Everest Base Camp is 5380m (from the southern side, Nepal) and 5200m (from the northern side, Tibet)

3. How many days does the Everest Base Camp trek last for?

The Everest Base Camp trek organized by the Lapha Holidays is a 15 days itinerary. But this trek can be customized as per your need.

4. What is the best time for trekking to Everest Base Camp region in Nepal?

Nepal has 4 major seasons: Spring, summer, autumn and winter. Among which spring and autumn are the best seasons for trekking to Everest region. Spring fall during March, April and May and Autumn fall during September, October and November. However, winter (December, January and February) is colder and summer (June, July and August) rain might be an issue.

5. Is there an age limit for trekking to Everest Base Camp Trekking?

No, there is no age limit for trekking to Everest region. If you are physically fit, in good health and love walking then you will be fine to go for EBC trekking. But prior to the trekking, we suggest you see your doctor and obtain necessary permission and advice, as well as medications if required for travelling in extreme altitude.

6. Do I need to bring additional medicine for the trekking?

It is always better to carry simple medicines such as Ibuprofen, Codeine, anti-diarrhoea tablets, Paracetamol, Strepsils, and Diamox (for high altitude sickness). If you are in any kind of medication we would suggest you consult the doctor for any additional medication required for you to carry for your excursion.

7. What kind of arrangement will be provided during the Everest Base Camp trekking?

Everest Base Camp trekking is basically is the tea house trekking where all your accommodation and meal arrangement will be made on the local lodges or tea houses. Teahouses are the small lodge providing single, double, twin or triple rooms at your choice with basic facilities with or without an attached bathroom. These houses offer basic meals. Dal Bhat is the most popular choice of lunch and dinner during the trek. Please click here  for more information

8. Are there toilet facilities at the tea houses?

Most of the teahouses on Everest trail have squat toilet facilities, but recently built lodges have western-style toilets. It is highly recommended to carry your own toilet paper and required toiletries.

9. Do I have opportunities for a hot shower during trekking?

Hot shower facilities are available till Gorekshep. The most common is the bucket shower, where you will be given buckets with tap filled with hot water and placed in a shower room. Hot shower normally cost USD$5 to 15. The price of the hot shower increases along with the elevation. Attached bathrooms and toilets are available only in the luxury lodge during the EBC trek which is expensive.

10. Do I have a luxury option?

The word luxury itself means comfort and everyone wants to enjoy the comfortable journey. We can organize a luxury Everest Base Camp trek upon request which provide overall best food and accommodation facilities in Everest region. Please contact us for further information.

11. Is drinking water readily available in EBC trekking?

Bottled water is available everywhere throughout the trek, but we highly encourage our guest to carry a water bottle and buy boiled water and treated water from the tea house to save both the environment and money. Buying the boiled water from the lodge is much cheaper than to buy bottled water. We also recommend our guests to use iodine or other purifying agents to treat water before drinking.

12. What kind of clothes do we require for EBC trekking?

In lower altitude, you will be comfortable in T-shirts and shorts and as you get to the higher altitude, the temperature falls you will have to put on down jacket, warm pants, hats and gloves. Thus, we suggest you wear warm clothes.

13. What kind of bags do I need to bring for trekking to Everest Base Camp?

During trekking, you will need two bags. A rucksack/duffle bag to keep your belongings which be carried by the potters and a day bag for personal items which you will carry on your own. A day bag is a small lightweight backpack that has enough room for everything you will need on a day hike such as lunch, water, extra clothing, camera, battery chargers and other necessary personal items etc.

14. Do I need to bring any personal equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, walking poles etc while trekking to EBC?

If possible, we suggest you bring your own equipment. However, we also provide sleeping bags, down jacket, duffle bag to you which must be returned after the trek. There is some trekking equipment hiring shop where you can hire the necessary equipment if required.

15. Is it possible for me to store extra clothing that I will not need for trekking?

If you have extra clothing that you do not need for trekking. You will be able to store it safely in Kathmandu. The storage facility is provided by most hotels and lodges in Kathmandu.

16. What are the possible problems that we can face during Everest Base Camp Trek?

During Everest Base Camp Trek the major problems that you can face are altitude sickness (both major and minor). Normally, altitude sickness starts from 3,600meters/11808 feet and above. Our itinerary has been specially tailored to prevent any kind of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). You will be trekking at a relatively slow and gradual pace with necessary acclimatization break. We suggest you follow our expert guide advice to avoid AMS and talk to our guide if you have any symptoms and take the necessary precautions measures.

17. What is the highest elevation on Everest Base Camp trekking?

The highest elevation on Everest trekking is Kalapatthar at an elevation of 5644m. This place is also the best place to capture the beautiful sight of Mt. Everest.

18. What happens if I am no longer able to continue trekking? What happens if I need to leave early?

Our guide will take the required efforts to get you home as quickly as possible if for any reason you need to depart early. However, you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight etc) included in the package that you would not use later. You will also be required to pay for any extra charge incurred. Thus, it is very important for you to have travel insurance.

19. Are there any communication facilities available while we are on the EBC trails?

There is telephones service available in most of the villages along the trekking trails. You can make a call to your family from this phone line. You can also buy a mobile sim card in Kathmandu as mobile phone services are available throughout Nepal and even at the Everest Base Camp but the quality of the reception varies from location to location. You can also find internet in few villages but these facilities can be expensive. Our guide will carry mobile phones which you can use if/when necessary.

20. What if I arrive early or depart late? Can you arrange extra night lodging?

Yes, you can arrive early or depart late. We will happily arrange extra night lodging. If you are interested in other activities in Nepal, we might arrange that for you in your free days. Please contact us for any additional enquiry.

21. What type of adaptor will I require in order to plug my electrical equipment?

Nepal’s Electricity is 220 Volt and 50 MHZ. the Electric Plug is two or three round prongs. If your electric items use 110 Volt 60 MHZ electricity, you will need a voltage converter.

22. Will I be able to charge my batteries during trekking in the EBC?

Yes, you will be able to charge you iPod, mobile or camera batteries in the tea houses or lodges where you will stay. But please note that teahouses/lodges will charge you some extra money for charging your batteries. The fee may vary from USD$1 to 3 per hour.

23. Do I need insurance for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Yes, you need insurance for Everest Base Camp trekking. The travel insurance must provide coverage throughout the duration of the trip and must cover all the medical expenses, personal accidents, emergency helicopter evacuation/rescue, trip cancellations, travel plan alterations and compensation against the loss/theft before coming to Nepal for Everest Base Camp trekking. You should be careful in choosing a policy while travelling for an adventure tour.

24. Who will be my guide/leader?

We have a fully trained and experienced guide in our team who has vast knowledge on the geography, ecology, culture and history of the Everest Region.

25. Are there ATMs available during the Everest Base Camp trekking?

ATM services are available only in Namche Bazaar and Lukla. However, the services might not work or run out of cash. Therefore, we suggest you to carry small amount of money to buy snacks etc. during the trekking.

26. What are the major attractions of Everest Base Camp?

The major attractions of Everest Base Camp are Lukla airport, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, Everest View Point, Kalapatthar, Everest Base Camp and several cultural opulent Sherpa village along the trail.

27. What are the must-see Himalayan Wonders during Everest Base Trek? 

The must-see Himalayan Wonders during EBC trek are Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Khumbu Icefall, Kala Patthar, Makalu, Khumbu glacier, Nangkartshang Peak, Ama Dablam and Cho Oyu.

28. What is the average group size for EBC trek?

The Everest Base Camp Trek can be done from a minimum on one person to a maximum of 20. But is recommended to keep the group as small as you can of 12-13 people because with a small group you can enjoy the trek more with less misunderstanding arising between groups and there will not be any hustle and bustle.