We are going to Kathmandu & are wanting to know about trekking to Everest Basecamp. Can anyone help?
How long does it take & is it best to pre-arrange a tour/guide or can it be easily arranged when you get to Katmandu? Thanks for your help, anything appreciated :)
EBC will take around 15-17 days for most people as long as the weather is good and your fitness is ok. I personally believe booking in advance is better as they will tell you what you need to take with you, but of course if your plans are fluid then you will be able to find a guide when you get to Kathmandu. I recommend 'Ace the Himalaya' they were very professional. about 8 years ago
That time of about 15-17 days sounds about right. I also always book in advance as there are a few dodgy trekking companies in Thamel who will try to grab you (and maybe scam you), plus you can get everything organised for you through a pre-booked company, including the Lukla flight.
I have used "Everest Trekking" twice and they are excellent. They are an Australian company based in Melbourne, and really look after their guides as well. about 8 years ago
I went a few years back for this exact trip. Fitness doesn't need to be that high to be honest. I was in a group with a dozen people, man of whom were not exceptionally fit at all, simply average. Altitude sickness can hit anyone regardless of fitness. Just be prepared to do a lot of walking. But it will be one of the best trips of your life. The walking will take a back seat to the scenery. about 8 years ago
you can check and select any one of those itineraries....
and best of luck for your trekking...
have a wonderful time....
Jai Nepal about 6 years ago
Make sure you give yourself enough time for acclimatisation. Around 16 days for the round trip from Lukla should be right. Don't try to do it quicker. You need the days to acclimatise.
A degree of fitness will serve you well. Do training walks at home, wearing the boots you will wear and your pack (around 7kg if you use porters).
Buy your gear at home, not in Kathmandu. The shops in Kathmandu are very, very cheap but the equipment is generally counterfeit or faulty. If you're clever or lucky you can land some great deals but remember, your clothes at Everest Base Camp, where it can be -10 degrees C plus wind-chill, are survival equipment and not disposable fashion items. Save your money elsewhere.
Invest in a high-quality down sleeping bag. Mine is rated to -19 deg C and it was my best friend. Use a fleece sleeping-sheet. The rooms in the tea-houses are not heated and there can be ice in your bedroom in the morning. Blankets are supplied but hygiene is another story.
Take two high quality walking poles. Two, not one. You may think you won't need them. But you will.
Be very, very careful with food. No water, no ice, no salads, peel your own fruit. All meals should be served hot on your plate. Take and use alcohol hand gel. You will need to take your own toilet paper (this can be purchased wherever you go).
Take a competently stocked supply of medications. Don't forget blister packs (Compeed makes the best ones). Check with your doctor. There is very good information on the website of the Centre for Disease Control (CDC).
Read and understand the symptoms of the three main forms of altitude sicknesses (acute mountain sickness, pulmonary oedema and cerebral oedema). Knowledge is your most important defense.
Bottled water is sold everywhere. I sterilised the bottled water with a Camelback ultraviolet steriliser. Call me cautious, but those of us in the group who did that were the ones who didn't get tummy bugs.
Use lots of sunscreen and wear wrap-around sunglasses. Take a spare pair.
The Lonely Planet has very good information.
Take a camera, spare memory and batteries.
And... you'll have a wonderful time. This trek is one of life's great experiences. about 6 years ago