Trekking in Nepal and to Everest base camp is one of the most popular and visited adventures in the world and it is very essential to know about food, meals and drinking water available at trekking trails.
Everest base camp trek is mostly tea house trekking where there are numerous teahouses and lodges all over the trekking routes that offers menus to visitors. In most of them you will find pasta, potato soup, eggs, chowmien, bread and pancakes along universal Nepali food dal bhat tarkari (rice, lentil and mixed vegetables).
While trekking in Nepal at Everest region, non-veg items are rare after crossing Namche Bazar because of lack of refrigeration and added cost to bring it up and keep it fresh. However if you have high budget and plan to stay at high end accommodations... then veg, non-veg should not be an issue. You can get it.
Carry some chocolate bars, yak cheese or canned tuna fish with you from Kathmandu for instant energy.
Cost of these items can multiply several times if you buy them on the trail as all of these goods are eventually imported from Kathmandu with added cost. Mostly you will be served with boiled potato soup with mix of rice and noodles with fried egg on the top. It is the best sold food while trekking in Nepal and of course on Everest base camp trek.
Regarding the drinking water at Everest base camp trek, you can get bottled water all the way up to base camp but the price per liter goes higher and multiplies significantly. Per liter its 20rs is Kathmandu, 30 rs at Lukla and can go up to 200rs at base camp. Therefore, it is recommended to bring steripen (UV filtration) or iodine tabs for water purification with soft plastic bags so that you can purify the water from local source and make it safe for drinking purposes. At tea houses you will be served with boiled water.
And please be noted: don’t drink water from local taps and resources as it would prone you to water borne illness.
Alcohol is available while trekking in Nepal at Everest region. But another important thing to remember is to avoid alcohol and coffee as much as possible during the trek as it can cause dehydration and root cause of other illness including AMS. While returning from Everest base camp, you can have a farewell party at Lukla and recall all those adventurous moments and accomplishments of being at base camp of top of the world.
EXTRA: Do not forget a good travel insurance before you go
We highly recommend to get a good travel insurance as most likely your standard health insurance won’t work abroad. We at Traveldudes recommend the awarded Travel Insurance by WorldNomads which you can easily purchase online for the exact time needed.
Written by Trekking in Nepal