Frequently Asked Questions: Everest Base Camp

Frequently Asked Questions: Everest Base Camp

 

What kind of Physical shape do I need to be in to trek to Everest Base Camp?

This trek into the Everest region is strenuous but does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. It does not require any technical experience; only that you be in good physical conditioning and be able to hike for 4-6 hours over hilly terrain with a light day pack. Good cardio-vascular conditioning and muscles that are used to hiking will make your trip much more enjoyable. Our goal is to climb Kala Patar at 18,700 feet, and walk on broken glacial moraine all the way into Base Camp, at 17,500 feet. You will spend 12 days in a land where life is simple, trails are steep and the air is thin. Begin training today if you want to get the most from this trip

What are the Entry & Exit Points for the Everest Base Camp trek?

The typical Route is that we take a flight from New Delhi to Kathmandu (Duration 90 Mins) , spend a Day and a half in Kathmandu and then take a small aircraft from Kathmandu to Lukla ( Duration 30 mins) from where we start trekking. We follow exactly the same route back Homendor providing breathtaking views of Nepal from river banks and pine forests to snow capped peaks.

What are the accommodations like in Kathmandu and while trekking to Everest Base Camp?

In Kathmandu we will be staying in a 2/3 start Hotel or Guest House in the Thamil often referred to as a trekker’s paradise. On the trek we will be staying in a combination of clean and friendly Sherpa Lodge’s / Tea Houses. Tented accommodation is also an option if someone wants to experience it for a night or two

Do I need any special Equipment or climbing gear during Everest Base Camp Trek?

No as the trek does not involve any technical climbs, no special climbing equipment is required. A rucksack (60-70 lts), good pair of Climbing shoes, a warm jacket and a pair of thermals are good enough. Also we will be sending you a comprehensive mail on the list of Items to be carried which will help you pack Rucksack better.

What is the Communication system available on the way to Everest Base Camp?

There are different ways to be in touch with your Family. If you have a Mobile with International Roaming on it, your Phone will work till Day 3 of the trek so you can easily be in touch with your Family. Post which, most of the tea Houses we stay in have the facility of an ISD Phone and the Internet. You can call your family everyday or E-mail them during the course of the trek. Although the prices for these facilities may vary from a minimum of 100 Nepali rupees to 500 Nepali rupees per minute

What about High-Altitude acclimatization?

You will notice in the Itinerary that there are 2 exclusive days for acclimatization at Namche & Dingboche (11,400 feet & 14,200 feet). These are rest days to allow our bodies to adapt to the High Altitude.

Will I be able to take showers/bath on the course of the EBC trek?

Yes there are hot water showers available on most of these tea houses that we would be staying in. And you can avail of these facilities at an average rate of 300 Nepali rupees for a 10 minute shower. But usually after the 3rd/4th Day, you yourself would want to avoid it because of dropping temperatures and biting cold outside.

What is the medical / emergency precautions taken en-route?

We require each of our travel buddies to provide a medical fitness document before joining the group. Our crew is well qualified for any First-Aid procedures if required on the way. In addition a comprehensive Medical & first Aid kit is carried at all times. There are Medical stations available en-route in case of a emergency and also evacuation procedures are available on actual. When we ascend above 2500 meters our bodies have to acclimatize to the decreasing amount of the oxygen available. To allow our bodies to adjust

What would be a typical day like?

You will be woken in the morning by 5:45 to 6:00 am. Breakfast and hot beverage would usually be served in the dining room of the tea house by 6:30 am. Before breakfast you pack your gear into your kit bag which is then taken by the porters and will not usually be available to you until camp that afternoon. We are usually on the trail between 7.00 am and 7.30 am to avoid the heat of the noon and to reach our destination by lunch time. Following a good morning’s walk, we stop for tea at around 11 am. This is usually a 30 – 60 minute break to allow for the trekkers to relax and pace themselves. The subsequent walk is generally a little shorter and camp is usually reached by around 2 pm to 3 pm. Once we have our next destination, tea is served. Washing water is again provided to enable you to wash at the end of the trek day. Until dinner there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with the crew and local people. Dinner is usually served around 6 pm to 7 pm. Remember to bring your torch and water bottle to the mess tent so it can be filled with boiling water. It then makes a great hot water bottle. Trekking evenings afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is talking, playing cards, chatting with the crew or joining in some singing and dancing with the local people, it is always a special time. All camp chores are done for you, leaving you free to use your time to do what you like.


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