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Planning Your Everest Region Trip

When to Go

The best times to visit the Everest Region are also the most busy times. You might want to consider what is more important to you less crowds or good weather. Weather details can be seen here.

How to Go

There are two main ways to get to the Everest Region – flying into Lukla or trekking in from Jiri. Assuming there are no flight delays, the first will take about 45 minutes, the second will take an 8 hour road journey and a week’s trek. See here for details.

Itinerary

There are many treks in the Everest Region (also called the Khumbu Region), some including Everest Base Camp, some not. For details of 6 of the most popular treks, see here.

Permits

Everyone other than Nepalese citizens require permits to enter the Everest Region. Some areas will require more than one ie coming from Jiri requires an additional permit. Please see here for details of permits and how to get them. You will be turned around if you do not have a permit.

What to Bring

Packing light is best. There is only a 10kg baggage allowance to fly into Lukla… so definitely you want to keep your gear below that weight. We have prepared a packing list for you here. It is recommended to bring a medical kit with you. We have prepared a medical kit list here. Please be aware there are some health posts along the way. These can be found at Pheriche, Machhermo, Namche, Khumjung, Phakding and Luka.

Renting a down jacket and/or a sleeping bag can be done in either Kathmandu, or, more expensively, in Namche Bazaar. In addition you may want to bring along things like a trekking pole, torch, and your own toiletries. Do not forget your own prescription medicines from your home country. And bring extras in case of flight delays due to bad weather.

Accommodation and Food

There is a wide range of accommodation, from the inexpensive to the 5 star. We have provided a village by village guide to accommodation. Food is available in larger villages as well as in smaller rest stops. Please note bottled water and other bottled drinks will be expensive.

Everest Base Camp Trek Preparation

On Leaving Home

Your level of fitness should meet the intensity of the trek you are preparing for. Preparing yourself in advance is sensible – run, hike, and go to the gym to increase your overall body strength.

Some tips

  • Set your treadmill to incline
  • Build your shoulder strength as you will be carrying your bag for hours and days on end
  • You might want to use an elevation training mask at the gym, and
  • Go hiking around your town, if possible

A combination of cardiovascular endurance, strength training and hiking can be done in advance nothing can really prepare you for the altitude. That is why it takes mountaineers so long to summit Everest. They spend weeks acclimatizing to the altitude. Once you arrive in the region you must acclimatize in Namche Bazaar and then again at Dingboche. Be aware of altitude sickness and its symptoms. See here for details.

Everest Base Camp Trek Things to Know

Lukla Flight

Flights can be extremely full and hard to get in the peak seasons. Please buy your ticket well in advance. Lukla airport is frequently closed due to bad weather. Be prepared for this. Sometimes the delays can be up to 10 days!

Chartered Helicopter

Helicopters can be chartered for around USD 2,000 to 2,500. Obviously if the weather is too bad for a plane to fly, helicopter seats will also be hard to get.

Altitude Sickness

It is very important to recognise the signs of altitude sickness in yourself and others. This is especially vital if you are trekking alone. We have prepared some information about altitude sickness that you should read.

Everest Base Camp Trek Route Highlights

There are some must see things to do in the Everest Region, which include:

Best View Points

Tengboche (3,870m) offers views in a stunning panorama which take in Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku.

Kalapatthar (5,500m) often referred to at Everest View Point offers the best views of Mount Everest, Mount Pumori and Ama Dablam. Gorakshep, not a view point as such but the start of an arduous trail to the Base Camp which runs along the Khumbu Glacier with amazing views of the Khumbu icefall.

Gokyo Ri offers the best views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and Mount Choyou and Gokyo Lake.

Everest View Hotel, situated between Khumjung and Khunde this 5 star hotel offers 5 star views as well.

Hillary School

Located at Khumjung village, a short trek from Namche, this school was set up by Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man, along with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, to summit Everest. This school was set up to give back to the Sherpa community who are still the backbone of any expedition to Everest.

Monastery

Tengboche Monastery (3,867m) is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. With all this natural beauty it is easy to see why the monastery was built on this spot. Both natural and spiritual beauty has always drawn people to this area, and the panoramic views are spectacular. On show are Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku.

Everest View Hotel

If you have the budget, this 5 star hotels offers the most stunning views of perhaps any hotel in the world! Situated between Khumjung and Khunde this hotel is only a short hike from Namche Bazaar.

Sherpa Culture Museum

There is an ethnographic museum in Namche Bazaar which highlights the past and current life of the Sherpa community. It also houses the Everest Document Centre which provides details of the history of the ascents on Everest. There is even a conference hall that seats 60 if you want to hold a workshop, conference or seminar there!

Enhancing your Everest Adventure

Peak climbing provides access to climbing for a wide range of abilities from beginners to experienced climbers. The different peaks also provide challenges to suit these different abilities. Below are some of the climbing peaks in the Everest Region, please click on the links for further information.

  • Island Peak

Island Peak (6,189m) is perfect for those adventurers who are physically fit but have little or no experience in mountain expeditions. Having very little technical aspects, this climb is perfect for the beginner climber. Basic training is given.

  • Mera Peak

Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal at 6,461m and is suitable for first time climbers who have a fairly good level of fitness. Some use of climbing gear is necessary and basic training will be given.

  • Lobuche Peak

Lobuche is situated near to the Khumbu Glacier and has two main peaks, Lobuche Far East and Lobuche East. Lobuche East (6,145m) is more challenging and is one of the most technical, requiring excellent use of expedition style ropes. It is recommended that climbers are comfortable with rock climbing and should have a basic knowledge of alpine climbing techniques of using rope climbing, ice axe and crampons and abseiling.

The Road Less Travelled

For trekkers who want to experience the Everest Region with fewer fellow trekkers on the trail, then the following treks might be just perfect.

Trek to Mera Peak Base Camp

This trek follows the Arun River through an ever-changing landscape of lowland jungles, alpine forests and rural villages. With altitudes up to 6,476m the views of the worlds 5 highest mountains Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse and Cho you are fantastic! See here for more information.

Escape from Tashi Lapcha towards Tsho Rolpa Lake

The Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass trek goes through the Gauri Shankar Conservation Area and the Sagarmatha National Park, linking the Rolwaling Valley with the Everest Region. This trek takes a route that visits the beautiful Tso Rolpa Lake (4,450m) and summits the Tashi Lapcha Pass (5,750m). The Tashi Lapcha Pass is perhaps the most difficult in this region, so a high level of fitness and stamina is required. Please see here for more details.

Ama Lapcha Pass and Sherpani Col Toward Makalu

The Makalu to Everest Traverse traverses the mountain range between Makalu and Everest. This trek combines cross-country trekking with mountaineering (fixed ropes and possible ice axe) to scale the high passes of the “Three Cols” namely Sherpani Col, West Col and Ama Lapcha. An excellent level of fitness is required to complete the long weeks of trekking with the majority of days at altitudes over 4,000 and up to 6,000m. See here for more details.

About Author

Pradeep is the co-founder of Magical Nepal. He has trekked to almost all the trekking places in Nepal. He has been to Everest base camp more than eight times. He is the one who mostly answers your queries by giving the personal touch and experience.

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