If you are planning to embark on the Everest Base Camp trek sometime in the near future, we are sure that you will have plenty of questions about what to bring and what to expect.
We have compiled this handy list of frequently asked questions in the hopes of providing you with some of the answers that you seek.
What is the best season to plan a trek?
The best time to trek is in the pre-monsoon season (which occurs in March, April and May) and the post-monsoon season (which occurs in September, October and November). You can choose to travel at other times of the year, just be aware that rain might be an issue.
Is there an age limit for this kind of trek?
Whilst there is no minimum or maximum age for climbing to Base Camp, you will need to ensure that you are in good physical shape and have a positive attitude. As such, young children and the elderly often do not meet the fitness requirements of the endeavour.
What sorts of meals can I expect to enjoy?
When dining at teahouses, you will be served meals that consist of rice, pasta or potato with vegetables and egg, chicken or meat dishes. Some of the breakfast foods you might enjoy include porridge, muesli and toast with peanut butter or honey to spread.
What sorts of clothing should I wear?
You can basically wear whatever you want, but we recommend warm clothing (such as a down jacket, thermal underwear, comfortable pants, t-shirts, fleece, a windproof jacket, hats, scarves and gloves). If you would prefer, you can purchase these items when arriving.
What problems can arise due to altitude?
Altitude sickness (known as Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS) can start to occur when you reach 3600 meters and higher. To ensure that you don’t become a victim to AMS, you will need to trek slower and at a gradual pace to help acclimatise your body.
Is there any communication available?
You will find landline telephones in most of the villages along your route and mobile phone service is available, but reception will vary from location to location. Internet can be find in a few of the villages, but it can be quite expensive. All guides carry mobile phones.
What kind of weather should I expect?
Unfortunately, weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict but you can rest assured that nights are generally colder than days. The coldest time of year is definitely winter (which occurs in December, January and February) and you can expect snowfall.
Will I have access to clean drinking water?
Lodges will serve bottled, boiled and filtered water that is generally safe to drink (although you will have to pay extra for it). Even so, we encourage all trekkers to use iodine and other water purifying agents to ensure that the water is clean.
Whilst we certainly hope that we have answered as many of your most pressing questions as possible, we also encourage you to speak with others who have completed the Everest Base Camp trek and with the company you have booked your tour through.
Just remember that seeing words written and experiencing something for yourself are very different!