Short EBC trek is for the trekkers who want to visit the base camp of Mt. Everest in their limited vacations. This is the trek to Everest Base Camp in the shorter days than the ideal 14 days EBC trek.
The Short Everest Trek is a journey that takes you to the base of Mt.Everest in less time. The trek starts with a scenic domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla, we follow the popular EBC trail to the Base Camp.
The short Everest Base Camp trek is a once in a lifetime experience. This trek is a blend of natural and cultural charms of the entire region. On this trek, you get to explore the beauty of the Everest region.
Khumbu is the region of Himalayan Sherpas. During the trek, you will get to learn more about Sherpas, their diverse traditions and culture. The Sherpa people are helpful. They are always ready to help if you need any.
Most of the people in the Everest region are Buddhist. Thus, you’ll see the Buddhist gompas, monasteries, and the prayer flags almost everywhere in the trail. The diverse landscapes and biodiversity are truly admirable.
The tour rewards you with dramatic mountain views and variable landscapes. The trail takes us into dense rhododendron forests, unique wildlife, and amazing biodiversity.
Choose our 12 days short Everest Base Camp trek and witness the beauty of Everest. With a certain level of physical endurance, anyone can approach for this trek. However, you must have a healthy mentality too.
Trust me! Our Short EBC trek is full of adventure and fun.
Highlights of Short Everest Base Camp Trek
- View Mt. Everest and its neighboring peaks
- Explore Sagarmatha National Park, its alpine vegetation and its diverse wildlife
- Enjoy the dramatic mountain flight to and from Syangboche Airport. Syangboche Airport is the highest airport in the world.
- Stand at Kalapathar: the best vantage point of Everest and the Khumbu glacier
- Collect blessings at the Tengboche village and the ancient Tengboche monastery
- Stroll around the famous Sherpa hub at Namche Bazar.
- Watch out the enchanting Khumbu glacier and Icefall.
Best Time for Short Everest Base Camp Trek
You will have different travel experiences at different times. The Short EBC treks in the best time reward you with the most scenic vistas of the great Himalayas.
Autumn ( September to November) and Spring ( March to May) are the best times for the Short EBC trek. During these times, the weather is more stable. Thus, trekking in the best time means fewer difficulties to encounter.
The Short Everest Base Camp trek is possible throughout the year. The weather during the summer and winter may add some hurdles to the trek. But the trek is not impossible during the time.
Elevation and Altitude Profile for Short Everest Base Camp Trek
During our Short EBC Trek, you will conquer variable elevations at different places.
Starting at 1300m in Kathmandu, we fly to Lukla at 2642m. The actual trek starts at Phakding, 2562m. From Phakding to Namche 3440m, we gain an altitude of around 1000 meters.
From Namche, we ascend to Lobuche (4940m), Dingboche (4360m), Tengboche (3870m), and finally to the Everest Base Camp at 5364m. The trek takes you to the highest elevation of 5545m at Kalapathar.
We also reach at Gorakshep (5,160m) and Pheriche (4,280m) during the trek.
Short Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulties
- This itinerary completes the Everest base camp in a short span of time. Thus, you might gain a sharp altitude every day. This can cause altitude sickness which is a major difficulty faced by many trekkers during the Short EBC trek. Get enough information on altitude sickness. Watch out for the symptoms. Get immediate help after you see any signs.
- The trek in winter will be very hard without appropriate clothing and gears. The cold is very hard to cope with. Pack extra winter gears for winter treks. You need to pay special attention towards the packing for the Everest base camp trek in winter.
- During monsoon, the trekking trail is wet and slippery due to frequent downpours. Be careful while walking over the tricky sections. There are few sections that are prone to avalanche and landslides. Don’t forget to get good hiking boots with sturdy soles. Get some insect repellants too. You will see lots of leeches and bugs in the trail.
- The weather can change any time in the mountains. During treks, unplanned troubles might join you anytime. Prepare yourself to tackle any kind of EBC trek difficulties you might have to encounter.
- The trek demands a certain level of physical fitness. Walking ups and downs over the rugged Himalayan trail is difficult. Get some fitness training prior to the trek.
Day 01: Arrival and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Rest and arrangement day in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,562m, 35 min flight, 8 km, 3-4 hrs)
Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m, 10 km, 5-6 hrs treks)
Day 05: Namche Bazzar - Tengboche (3,870m, 10km, 5-6 hrs)
Day 06: Tengboche - Dingboche (4,360m, 5-6 hrs, 8km)
Day 07: Dingboche – Lobuche (4,940m, 4-5 hrs, 7 km)
Day 08: Lobuche - Gorakshep (5,160m) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m) Gorakshep (7-8 hrs, 15 km)
Day 09: Gorakshep - Kala Patthar (5,545m) - Pheriche (4,280m, 15km, 7-8 hrs)
Day 10: Pheriche – Namche Bazaar (3,440m, 15km, 6-7 hrs)
Day 11: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2,642m, 18km, 6-7 hrs)
Day 12: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,300m, 35 min flight)
Day 01: Arrival and Transfer to Your Hotel in Kathmandu
You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Our hotel representative will receive you at the airport. H/she will then escort you to a hotel via a mode of private transport.
Be fresh and rest for sometime. In the evening you can walk around the streets of Thamel, a famous tourist hub in Kathmandu.
Dinner and Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Rest and Arrangement Day in Kathmandu.
Today is the rest day. You can visit some of the nearby tourist destinations if you like. Or you can stay in your hotel surfing the internet or reading some books. We need to make a few arrangements and plans for the trek.
We will have a pre-trip meeting in our office. There, you will meet your trek guide and your fellow trekkers. You can make discussions if you have any queries regarding the trek.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla, and Trek to Phakding (2562m)
Trek Distance: 8 km
Flight Duration: 45 minutes
Trek Duration:3 to 4 hours
Today is the day! Early in the morning, we will receive you at your hotel. From there, we will travel to the airport. At the airport, we will board on a domestic flight to Lukla.
The scenic flight is short and adventurous. You can see the bird’s eye view of the Himalayas. The flight lands in Lukla.
At Lukla, we will meet the rest of our trekking team including the porters. Our actual trek begins at Lukla when we set off to Phakding. The trek is scenic and exhibits the rich culture and geological variations.
It is quite surprising that the high altitude trek begins with a descending trail. The trail from Lukla descends to the Dudh Koshi river. Today is a short day trek. Walk slowly.
The trail continues along the side of Dudh Koshi valley. The trail now ascends to Ghat and then to Phakding.
Overnight in Phakding.
Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
Trek Distance: 10 km
Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Max altitude: 3440m, Namche Bazaar
Today is our second day on the trek. Most of the trekking trails today involve the ascending sections. If you have heard of ‘crossing many suspension bridges on a single day’, today is that day.
Starting early in the morning after breakfast, we cross the Dudh Koshi river. Following the westward trail along the river bank, we trek towards Namche. The route to Namche is a bit longer and challenging as well.
We will trek through the mountainside forests and beautiful small villages. The trail is very well traveled. You will meet lots of other trekkers, porters, and the locals while walking.
We pass through Monjo, a Sherpa village, to the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. The trek rewards us with magnificent views and sights.
As we reach the Khumbu valley, we will see more of the snow-capped Himalayas ahead of us. Along the trail, you will come across the colorful prayer flags hammered by cold winds.
On walking, we reach the busy Sherpa hub at Namche. There are many hotels and lodges at Namche for comfortable stays.
Overnight in Namche.
Day 05: Namche Bazar - Tengboche (3870m)
Trek Distance: 10km
Trek Duration:5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 3870m, Tengboche
The trek from Namche to Tengboche begins with a pleasant walk through the forest. On today’s trek, we can steadily enjoy the magnificent panorama of splendid mountains.
We follow the famous path that descends down to the Dudh Koshi river. We can enjoy the views of snow-topped mountains like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kongde.
A one hour walk takes us to a place called Phungithanga. From Phungithanga, the trail climbs past the prayer wheels. We make a sustained climb through the dense Rhododendron trees towards Tengboche village.
Tengboche village is a small Sherpa village. Situated below a ridge covered with pine and fir trees, the village looks awesome. We can see the distinctive views of Mt. Amadablam, Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse from the village.
At Tengboche, there is a famous Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery in Everest. The monastery is pure in spirituality and is immensely beautiful. Enjoy the sunset views and the inspiring views of Himalayan giants.
Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 06: Tengboche - Dingboche (4360m)
Trek Distance: 8km
Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs
Max Altitude: 4360m, Dingboche
The morning views of the mountains from Tengboche village are spectacular. From Tengboche, we head towards the north to cross a small suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi river.
We follow the trail to Orsho. From Orsho, we walk over the descending path. Walking through the forests of Birch, Conifer and rhododendrons is an amazing experience.
During the trek, we walk past several chortens and long mani walls. The small Sherpa villages along the trails are beautiful.
The trek offers astounding vistas of Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokalde, Kongma-Tse, and Nuptse. Rejoicing the splendid walk, we will finally reach Dingboche.
Dingboche is the last permanent settlement that you will see on the trail. There are temporary settlements on places above Dingboche. At Dingboche, we will see terraced fields of barley, potatoes, and buckwheats.
We will also see the stone walls surrounding the fields. These walls protect the crops from icy winds and the grazing animals. The views of Ama Dablam rising over the array of terraced fields, it’s marvelous!
Overnight in Dingboche.
Day 07: Dingboche – Lobuche (4940m)
Trek Distance: 7 km
Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Max Altitude: 4940m, Lobuche
We start after a warm breakfast at Dingboche. We set off on an ascending trail to Thungla. The walk is a gentle climb. The trail now joins the splendid views of Cholatse.
We conquer another steep climb up and over the terminal moraine of Khumbu glacier. Walking over the rugged moraine can be a bit difficult. Be careful!
Now, we will start feeling close to the towering mountains. We will see Mt. Pumori and Mt. Nuptse so close.
On walking further, the path follows a grassy valley. The walk is more leasing here. We will reach the campsite at Lobuche.
Lobuche village is a group of small stone huts. The village sits between the glacier and the Lobuche peak. From Lobuche, we can get spectacular views of Tawoche and Nuptse.
Overnight at a lodge in Lobuche.
Day 08: Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,160m) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m) Gorakshep
Trek Distance: 15 km
Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Max Altitude: 5364m, Everest Base Camp
Following the narrow trail between the glacier and the mountain walls, we start our day. We can enjoy the view of Khumbu glacier from the edge of the glacial moraine.
The first part of the trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep is nice and easy. But the trek gets harder. The hard walk is worth the refreshing panorama of Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, and other peaks.
The difficult climb ends, as you get closer to the moraine. Walking along the rugged and windy trails, we finally reach Gorakshep. It is the world’s highest settlement at Gorak Shep.
After reaching Gorak Shep, we will check into a lodge and eat lunch there. After Lunch, we start towards the Everest Base Camp. We walk over the rugged trail. The walk is quite hard. Be careful! Watch out for iced stones.
Finally, we reach the Everest Base Camp. At the Base Camp area, we will meet lots of Everest climbers during the expedition seasons. We can also get a beautiful view of the Khumbu glacier and Khumbu Icefall.
After spending some time at the base camp, it’s time to trek down to Gorak Shep again. Click some pictures with Everest on your background before you walk down.
Return back to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.
Day 09: Gorakshep - Kala Patthar (5545m) - Pheriche (4280m)
Trek Distance: 15 km
Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Max Altitude:5545m, Kala Patthar
We hike to Kalapathar early in the morning. Mornings are usually clear. The views when infant sun rays touch the glorious Himalayas is lovable.
The hike to Kalapathar is a two hours walk from Gorakshep. Kalapathar is the best vantage point of Everest and the Khumbu glacier.
We can enjoy the 360-degree majestic panorama of Mt Everest and its neighboring peaks. The views of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku are breathtaking.
After making some remarkable memories at Kalapathar, we will descend down to Gorak Shep. A warm breakfast at Gorak Shep and we will set off to Pheriche.
We will continue to follow the trekking trail back to Lobuche. The walk is relatively easier. You will make lots of happy memories during the trek. On walking for around 2 hours, we reach Lobuche.
From Lobuche, we will again continue walking downhill to Pheriche. On this walk back, you’ll rejoice the beauty of the trail and the surroundings.
Overnight in a lodge at Pheriche.
Day 10: Pheriche – Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Trek Distance: 15km
Trek Duration:6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude: 4371m, Pheriche
We start our trek after a filling breakfast at Pheriche. Today, we will walk to the Sherpa town, Namche.
We follow the beautiful trail that passes along a hillside. You will see dense forests of rhododendron and juniper trees. During March treks to EBC, the trail will be more beautiful with the colors of Rhododendrons.
Walking for around four hours from Pheriche, we will reach Thyangboche. Thyangboche is a beautiful Sherpa settlement. There is a famous monastery at Thyangboche, the Thyangboche Monastery.
The green hills and the marvelous views of rivers will go with us throughout the journey. Enjoy the splendid views of Mt. Amadablam.
There are possibilities that we can see some wildlife of some species during the trek. Himalayan Pheasants, Griffons, Musk deer and wild goats are plenty in the jungles.
We cross a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and trek onwards to Kyanjuma. At Kyanjuma, you will see the junction of three popular trekking trails. The trails to Gokyo Valley trek, Khumjung village, and Namche Bazaar separates here.
We choose the trial towards Namche. Enjoying the trek into the heart of nature, we will get back to Namche Bazar. Overnight in Namche.
Day 11: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2642m)
Trek Distance: 18km
Trek Duration:6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude: 3440m, Namche Bazaar
On this day, we trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. This is our last day in Everest. We will fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning tomorrow.
The descent from Namche to Dudh Koshi is strenuous. The downhill walk involves sloppy sections that are difficult. If you have problems on your knees, this day is a hard day for you.
We will cross the high suspension bridges and walk past the rhododendron and pine forests. While walking, we will see some distant views of the sugar-coated Himalayas.
After arriving in Phakding, we will take a break. Enjoying the incredible mountain sceneries, we will arrive in Lukla.
Overnight in Lukla.
Day 12: Lukla – Kathmandu (1300m)
Flight Duration: 45 minutes
Max Altitude: 2860m, Lukla
Early in the morning, we will catch a flight to Kathmandu. This is the last time you will see the mountains. Enjoy the scenic flight! Say goodbye to the mountains.
After arriving in Kathmandu, we will drop you to your hotel.
The short Everest Base Camp trek allows you to explore the prominent beauties and the most enticing places of the Everest region in 12 days. This trek is the best option for those trekkers who have very limited time for the treks in Everest region.
To inquire more on this trek, do contact us.
Trip Cost US$ 1220 Per person
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle.
- Two-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Your entire stander Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek, A Cup of Tea/ Coffe During the Breakfast.
- Seasonal Fruits.
- Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek. Attached bathroom Namche and Lukla.
- A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder Guide, his food, accommodations, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine.
- A Strong Porter among the two trekkers ( one porter sharing among two member ) including all his expenses including full insurance during the trek.
- Round Trip flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla-Kathmandu for member and Guide.
- Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla airport for Group and crews.
- Medical supplies, first aid kit box, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
- An arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance company). If in case.
- Sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be returned after trip completed).
- Sagarmatha National Park permits.
- Trekking route map.
- TIMS (trekkers’ information management System.)
- All ground transportation.
- All our government taxes.
- Check in Baggage 10 KG and Hand carry 5 KG, (Kathmandu-lukla-Kathmandu)
- Official expenses.
- Your travel insurance. Recommended.
- International air fare.
- Extra baggage check in during the flight(Kathmandu-lukla-Kathmandu) if more than 15 KG, 01 USD per KG extra, can pay directly to the airline.
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
- Personal trekking Equipments.
- Extra hotel night in Kathmandu.
- Activities in Kathmandu.
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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions
Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.
Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.
If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.
Recommended Packing list for Short Everest Base camp trek.
- quick drying long base layer shirts.
- trekking shirts short sleeve
- Thermal underwear – base layer.
- liner socks
- pair woolen blend trekking socks.
- pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms
- fleece sweaters – one lightweight, one heavier
- wind/rain proof overlayer- jacket and pants
- down jacket. ( -20 D.C )
- down vest
- warm winter hat
- lightweight thermal layer hat
- peak hat
- pair of gloves
- Pair trekking boots.
- Head lamp with extra batteries,
- sleeping bag heavy ( -20 D.C)
- watch with alarm
- Sun glasses ( UV protection )
- camera with, extra batteries.
- portable chargers.
- Diamox – for altitude
- Vicks vapor rub
- anti nauseant – you tend to feel just a bit nauseaus a lot at altitude.
- immodium – diarrhea is common at altitued.
- blister bandaids or moleskin
- eye drops
- advil cold and dinus
- nasal moisturizer – altitude causes nasal cavities to be very dry, nasal moisturizer was very helpful.
- tiger balm.
- Foot powder (for Deb’s stinky feet)
- Toilet paper
- micro fibre towel
- Gold Bond – this just feels good all the time.
1. Is trekking difficult?
The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.
If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.
Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.
If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.
Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.
Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.
2. Is trekking expensive?
This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.
You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.
Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!
3. What preparations should I make before trekking?
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.
Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.
Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.
If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.
4. What are the things I need to pack?
There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.
Some of the equipments are listed below:
- Lightweight trainers/shoes for wear in lodges.
- Waterproof jacket.
- Waterproof trousers.
- Fleece jacket.
- Down jacket.
- Light-weight fleece or wool vests.
- Long or short-sleeved shirt; often more comfortable to wear than a fleece vest or T-shirt.
- Warm hiking trousers.
- Warm hat (can be purchased in Kathmandu for a couple of pounds).
- Wide rimmed sun hat.
- A good quality Ultra-light Backpacking Sleeping Bags that is comfort temperature up to -15 degree Celsius.. It is not necessary to carry ultra-light backpacking sleeping bags but ultra-light will reduce the backpack weight. Check out Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags Under $100 and best Ultra-light Backpacking Sleeping Bags.
- 2 – 3 pairs good quality walking socks.
- Warm gloves or mitts.
- Large rucksack or Duffel bag. (55 to 70 liters)
- Rucksack liner or thick bin bag.
- Day sack. (25 to 40 liters)
- Dark sunglasses.
- High factor sun-cream.
- Lip balm preferably with sun bloc.
- Ear plugs. (Walls in lodges are very thin)
- Head torch/torch and spare batteries.
- 1 liter 2 water bottle.
- Water purification kit. (On trek you will need to drink 3 – 4 liters of fluids each day)
- Small hand towel. (Do not bring large towel. They are bulky and heavy)
- Toilet paper. (You can buy poor quality paper along the route)
5. Do I need special permission to trek?
You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.
Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-
6. Is drinking water easily available?
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.
An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.
Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.
7. What kind of food is available during trekking?
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.
Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.
8. What kind of accommodation should I expect?
Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking
1. Tea house trekking:
You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.
Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.
The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.
2. Camp treks
In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.
9. What are the risks associated with trekking?
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.
You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.
10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-
- Attain height gradually and slowly
- As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
- Drink plenty of water
- Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
- Eat high caloric food
- Avoid smoking or drinking
11. How to diagnose AMS?
In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Upset stomach
- Feeling unsteady
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Difficulty sleeping
If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:
- Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
- Descend to a lower altitude if possible
- Take complete rest until you feel well
- Do not exercise
- Do not smoke
- Drink plenty of water
- Take external oxygen supply if necessary
- Take anti-sickness medicines
If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.
12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.
A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.
A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.
In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.
Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.
13. Can I trek solo?
To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.
A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.
Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.
14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?
Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.
In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.
15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?
Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.
In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.
The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at info[email protected]