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Facts and FAQs about Everest base Camp

Everest Base Camp is a campsite at the bottom of Mount Everest. There are two of them, located on opposite sides of the mountain. They are used as bases by mountain climbers. The climbers usually rest at base camp for several days to acclimatize. This lowers the risks and severity of altitude sickness. Climbing starts from one of these two camps. 

Where is Mt Everest base camp?

Mt Everest is the highest peak in the world and it lies in the Himalayas of Nepal. While Mt Everest is shared with China too, the actual peak lies in Nepal. Similarly, due to different routes, one from China and another from Nepal, EBC lies both in Nepal and China. While Nepal EBC is at an elevation of 5,364 m (17,598 ft), whereas China’s EBC likes at an elevation of 5,100 m (16,900 ft)

Can you see Everest from the base camp?

Although the Mt Everest expedition starts from the EBC, one can not see the mighty Mt Everest from top to bottom from EBC. The only peak that is generally visible if it’s a lucky day. To see, Mt Everest from top to bottom, Hikers and travelers hike up to Kala Patthar at an elevation of  5,643 m. Kala Patthar is very popular for its incredible sunrise and sunset.

How to get to EBC?

EBC has three routes that a trekker can choose. The most popular route is from Luka Aiport; people take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and start their trek from Lukla. The second route is from Phaplu, where you can either go by vehicle, or you can also take a flight up to Phaplu airport, and the third route is from Jiri Village, people take a ride from Kathmandu to Jiri and start their trek from Jiri.

How many Trekkers visit EBC?

Each year, more than 40,000 hikers arrive at Everest base camp (as recorded before Covid-19). The momentum has already picked up speed from late 2021, therefore it is anticipated that the prior number will be approached or even surpassed in 2023.

What is the best time to visit Everest Base Camp?

Depending on what you would most like to see, you must choose the appropriate time for your Everest base camp excursion. Which do you like more: the flowers, the animals, the birds, or the mountains? September to February are the greatest months for clear mountain views, while December to February are the ideal months for seeing wild animals. The greatest time to go birdwatching is in the spring, from March through May. The best months to visit EBC are from April to August if you want to see the wildflowers.

Other Facts

  • The majority of hikers only visit the popular “fake Everest base camp,” which is half a kilometer away from the main base camp point and where Everest Base Camp is painted in red spray paint on a large rock; this location was chosen primarily to keep hikers away from expeditions and their camps at the “real Everest base camp.”
  • Sherpas, who are experts in climbing Everest because they have adapted to high altitudes from birth, can be found along the trail and in their towns.
  • During the climbing or expedition season (Spring), the Base Camp resembles a tiny village. There are thousands of tents of all sizes and forms, hot showers, power, a waste management system, a helipad, a hospital, a telecom tower, and much more.
  • There are numerous dangers involved in the Everest Base Camp trek.
  • Extreme cold comes first, followed by arduous trekking, and then altitude sickness (AMS). Only about 80% of the air in Everest base camp is oxygenated. However, all of these issues may be solved with the proper training, planning, and mindset.

 

 

 

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Cost for the Everest Base Camp Trek

The primary factor in determining the overall cost of the EBC trek is the traveler’s needs. Thus, it is impossible to provide fixed prices. Excluding the expense of foreign flights, the price of trekking in Nepal varies on the mountainous terrain, ranging from inexpensive expeditions to extremely expensive luxury climbs.

Generally, people spend $2500 to $5000 to enjoy a good EBC trekking experience. However, we’ll do our best to explain everything about the cost of hiking to Everest Base Camp as well as the variables that affect the pricing that various tour companies across the world provide.

Mandatory Expenditures

Cost in Visa, Permits 

All nationals, except for Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. You may be able to obtain your visa upon arrival at Kathmandu’s international airport. The cost of a visa for Nepal is as follows:

15-day multiple-entry visa for $30

30-day multiple-entry visa for $50

$125 for a multiple-entry, 90-day visa

Since the majority of Everest Base Camp trek itineraries are between 12 and 14 days, it is essential to obtain a 1-month visa.

You will require two official permits for the Everest Base Camp trek: an admission permit for Sagarmatha National Park and one for Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality. The regional fee for Solukhumbu is about $20 per person and can be paid in Lukla or Monjo. The National Park admission permit may be obtained in Kathmandu or Monjo for about $30, including 13% VAT.

Before 2020, trekkers had to acquire a Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card; however, this was swapped out for an admission permit for the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality.

Insurance Cost

Travel insurance with up to 6000-meter trekking costs roughly $150 for a 30-day period. However, the price of insurance will differ depending on your age, location, and walking distance. Since we neither organize nor sell insurance, you must make your own arrangements for travel insurance in your home country. Listed below are a few recommended travel insurance companies.

The journey to Everest Base Camp is somewhat unexpected because of the altitude and extremely chilly weather, and anything may happen. If you require medical care, you might need to be flown to a renowned hospital and evacuated on a helicopter. As a result, you need to obtain a suitable insurance policy that covers all of your trip’s activities in Nepal.

Transport Cost

The EBC trek starts in Kathmandu. A round-trip ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla costs between $360 and $380 per person.

Traveling from Kathmandu to Lukla is the ideal way to begin the journey. A round-trip flight for staff members costs $100 per person. Only 10 kilos of luggage is allowed on these domestic flights. Your undesired items can be left behind at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Plan your journey as long in advance as you can to reduce expenditures. Make an effort to schedule them away from the hectic times. Take a bus or a car to Jiri and then hike to Lukla to save money instead of flying.

Accommodation and Food

The cost of lodging varies from cheap teahouses to ones that are more pleasant and a few deluxe lodges. In a simple teahouse, a bed costs about $3 per night per person on average, whereas a room with two beds costs $5. As you move higher, the cost could increase till it reaches $10 at Gorak Shep. While Lobuche charges a set $7 per night for lodging.

The teahouse accommodations are extremely simple, often featuring two mattresses, a pillow, a blanket, and an adjoining bathroom (except at few locations). Every teahouse often has a sizable eating area where guests can gather to dine and unwind while on their walk. The dining area has a fireplace in the middle that is used to heat the space when people are having dinner.

Prices for food and water vary depending on where you are. The cost of food and water will increase as you travel higher. Surprisingly, the menus at teahouses along the trail are substantial, whereas the selection decreases as you ascend.

The lunch was rich in carbohydrates. The most common food you will find on the path is dal bhat, and prices range from $5 at the beginning of the journey to $12 at Gorak Shep. The same holds true for bottled water. A liter of bottled water can range in price from $1 to $4. The average cost of a day’s worth of food and water is between $30 and $40.

Cost of Equipment

It is crucial that you have all of the necessary gear with you before setting out on your trek across the Himalayan mountains. A beginner’s equipment for hiking may cost between $200 and $500. And the price of our package does not cover this expense.

High-quality boots, a sleeping bag, thermal clothing, a trekking pole, warm gloves, and a water-resistant jacket are just a few of the most important pieces of gear. See the full list of stuff to pack for the Everest Base Camp trip to learn about the necessities you’ll need for the journey.

Optional Expenditures

Guides and porters

While trekking in Nepal, having a guide and a porter is always quite beneficial. They are familiar with the teahouse owners and can communicate in the local tongue. With their wealth of knowledge about the trail, they’ll help you make the most of your trekking experience. Porters will transport your gear so you can move freely, especially at high altitudes where trekking might be challenging.

While hiring a porter costs between $20 and $25 per day, hiring a guide often costs between $30 and $35 per day. One porter may handle up to 20 kilograms of luggage. The premium guides may charge upwards of $50 each day.