We provide lodge accommodation during the Everest base camp trek. In villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche, the accommodation facility is very nice. We book simple twin shared rooms for our guests at the best lodges. Single rooms are only available on prior notice. Do note that it may be difficult to arrange single rooms in Lobuche village and Gorak Shep.
The rooms are usually small in size with clean bedding and blankets. For more comfort, you can bring a sleeping bag. Likewise, the toilet system can be squat or Western-style. You may not get private washrooms at all lodges. The lodges are operated by the villagers, who are very welcoming and friendly.
Can I upgrade to luxury accommodation?
Yes, you can upgrade to luxury accommodation. Let us know in advance if you want to do so. Extra charges are involved. You may also check out our Everest base camp luxury trek package.
Can you shower on the Everest Base Camp trek?
Yes, you can shower during the trek. Accommodation providers have hot shower facilities. Above Namche Bazaar, you have to pay additional money for the service. We recommend you carry wet tissues to wipe your body on days you can't take a shower. (Not included in the package cost)
Do I need to bring toilet paper for the trek?
It is always ideal to be prepared while traveling in the mountains. You can pack a few rolls and buy them along the trail in small tea shops. At higher elevations like Gorak Shep, a roll of toilet paper may cost you USD 5.
How do you charge your phone and camera battery during the EBC trek?
Every lodge has a designated charging station where trekkers can charge their devices. It costs USD 2 to USD 3 for the service. Spare batteries, power banks, and a solar charger will come in very handy. (Not included in the package cost).
Is there WiFi in the lodges, and which SIM card is best for Everest?
There is paid WiFi service available in Lukla, Phaking, Namche Bazaar, and Tengboche villages. The network can fluctuate because of the weather and altitude. A cellular network is best to stay connected with your friends and family while traveling in the Khumbu region. Ncell, a Nepali telecommunication company, has the best coverage in this region, and you may get a network at EBC as well. (Not included in the package cost)
Can you sleep at Everest Base Camp?
No, you cannot sleep at Everest base camp. The last settlement area is Gorak Shep. There is no lodge or teahouse at the base camp for trekkers. Only in the peak climbing seasons, there are tents for mountaineers. If you wish to spend a night at EBC, let us know. We may arrange a tent for you in peak season at an additional cost.
Simple meals are provided during the trek. Our Everest base camp trek cost covers three meals a day during the trek and two complimentary dinners in Kathmandu with all breakfasts. You are free to buy extra snacks and beverages on your own while trekking as per your wish. As the cost of everything is high along the trail, pack sufficient bars and snacks for the journey.
The meals will be delicious and nourishing. You will indulge in staple Nepali dishes mostly during the trek. Some of the common food options are dal bhat, momos, Thukpa, noodles, Thenduk, etc. Other dishes like mashed potatoes, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, roti, curries, stir-fried veggies, steak, eggs, toast, etc. are also widely available on the menu.
Can you accommodate vegetarian or other special diets?
A vegetarian diet is what we recommend mostly during the trek and is readily available throughout the trek. Other diets like vegan and keto may further restrict the limited options. If you have any specific dietary requirements, let us know during the booking so we can see if it is viable or not in the mountains.
What about drinking water?
Lodges offer boiled drinking water to refill. You can use water purification tablets for more safety.
Can I drink water from a stream or tap?
We do not advise drinking water directly from the tap or stream as you may not digest it properly.
Can I drink alcohol or alcoholic drinks during the trek?
No, you cannot drink alcohol or alcoholic drinks if you ascend. However, while descending, you may try some of the local special alcohol.
Best time to trek Everest base camp
If you are planning to do the Everest base camp trekking, then we highly recommend the spring and autumn seasons as it is the best time to travel in the mountains of Nepal. Spring (March, April & May) and autumn (September, October & November) have the ideal weather and climate to trek. The weather is a bit more predictable than in winter & summer/monsoon, and the views are surreal. And the most important thing is almost no cancellations or delays in flights to Lukla.
Do we organize the Everest base camp trek in the offseasons?
Yes, we organize the Everest base camp trek in winter (December, January & February) and summer/monsoon (June, July & August) seasons. Trekking in the offseason surely is a bit more difficult and requires proper planning. Therefore, our expert team will help you during the trek and assure your safety.
What is it like doing the EBC trek in winter?
Winter trekking is recommended to travelers who do not mind layering up and dealing with freezing cold. The daytime is mostly sunny with cool air, which makes walking fantastic. However, the nights and mornings are extremely cold. Winter is an off-season for the Everest base camp trek, so there are almost no trekkers on the trail. The winter mountain landscapes are the best, and the tranquility of the region gives a new perspective to the EBC trek. And everything is cheap too.
How cold is Everest Base Camp?
The average range of temperature is 18°C to 5°C in the spring and autumn seasons. Winter is colder, and the temperature can go below -15°C at the base camp. Likewise, in the summer/monsoon season, the temperature ranges around -5°C at the base camp.
Difficulty & Trek Distance
The Everest base camp trail is moderate. The final 2-3 days before reaching the base camp get a bit difficult because of the steep and rugged paths. The first difficult section you will come across is while ascending from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. Just before reaching Namche Bazaar, the trail gets steep.
After that, the Dingboche to Lobuche section of the trail involves glacier walking and rocky tracks. From Lobuche to EBC, you are at a high altitude, and the terrain is also trodden. However, as there is nice accommodation and food facility, the journey is manageable even for beginner trekkers.
The Everest base camp trek is considered moderate, but it is in no way easy. You have to be physically fit to walk 6 hours a day, and your endurance should be good to deal with all the limitations that come because of the remoteness of the region. We do trek with beginner trekkers, but only if they are determined to reach the base camp and willing to deal with the shortcomings.
The Everest base camp trek distance is 65 kilometers on each side. So, you will be covering a total of 130 kilometers.
Can a beginner trek to Everest Base Camp?
Yes, a beginner can trek to Everest base camp with us. Our team will assess your fitness and help you prepare for the trek.
How far is Kathmandu from Everest Base Camp?
From Kathmandu, the Everest base camp is around 200 to 300 km away. It takes a 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport & from Lukla the EBC is located 65 km away.
How many km is the Everest Base Camp trek?
The total trail covers 130 km. Each day, you will trek for 10 to 12 km on average.
Do you lose weight trekking to Everest Base Camp?
Yes, usually trekkers lose 5 to 6 kg by the end of the trek, given all the ascends and descends throughout the trek. Likewise, the food intake is also clean, which further helps in losing weight.
Altitude Sickness & Trek Preparation
Altitude sickness also known as Acute Mountain Sickness is normal during the Everest base camp trek. We try our best to help the guests avoid altitude sickness while trekking, but as everybody is different, sometimes the trekkers may get early symptoms even with our best efforts. In that case, our trained and experienced mountain guide will give you first aid and monitor your condition before ascending further.
Our Everest base camp trek itinerary has ample rest days that will let you acclimatize as you trek. It helps in reducing the chances of altitude sickness. Likewise, we do not ascend more than 500 meters a day during the trek, and the only time we ascend higher is from Lobuche village to EBC and trek back to Gorak Shep the same day for a night stay.
To prepare for the Everest base camp trek, book your seat early and have at least 4 weeks on hand to get your body ready for the journey. You can go on day hikes in the meantime and work on your stamina and core strength. Daily exercise, long walking, running, swimming, cycling, etc will prepare your body.
What happens if I get sick or injured while trekking?
If you get sick during the trek, our trained and certified mountain guide will give you first aid. If the symptoms do not subside and your condition gets worse, we will transfer you to a hospital in Kathmandu using emergency air evacuation.
What happens if I have symptoms of altitude sickness on the trek?
If you have symptoms of altitude sickness during the trek, our guide will give you first aid. As per your condition, you either take a rest in the same village or drop down to a lower elevation. Once the symptoms go away, you will begin trekking again. Usually,1-2 days rest is enough, so make sure to have a couple of contingency days on your hand.
Can you do Everest Base Camp without training?
Yes, if you have trekked before or are fit, you can do the Everest base camp trek without training.
Personal Expenses & Tips
Our Everest base camp trek package cost does not cover things such as international flights, shopping, extra nights in the Kathmandu/Khumbu region, travel insurance, tips, etc. We suggest you budget additional money for these expenses and USD 10 to 15 each day to buy services like hot showers, WiFi, etc., on the trail.
Likewise, we advise you to tip our field crew (driver, tour guide, mountain guide, and porters) after their service. It is not mandatory but highly appreciated as a thank-you gesture. You can tip USD 2 to the driver, USD 5 to the tour guide, and USD 100 to the mountain guide/porters. This is only an example number. You can tip them as much as you want.