Trekking to Ever­est Base Camp, Nepal

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Be­tween Ti­bet and Nepal stands Mount Ever­est, the high­est sum­mit in the world. Climb­ing it takes a lot of strength, train­ing, and de­ter­mi­na­tion, but trekking to Ever­est Base Camp (EBC) is an achiev­able goal for those who’d like to have a glimpse of the for­mi­da­ble peak. through The trek Bud­dhist will take monas­ter­ies, you breath­tak­ing scenery and Sherpa vil­lages. What’s great about the trek is it’s man­age­able even if you have no ex­pe­ri­ence in climb­ing or trekking. Some days will call for six to seven hours of hik­ing, and your big­gest enemy will be the al­ti­tude and chasms of thin air.

To­tal: $2,600+

Equip­ment: $400 - $800

The equip­ment cost is mostly de­pen­dent on what you al­ready have and whether you want to rent or buy new things. The es­sen­tials are a warm sleep­ing bag, a wa­ter­proof jacket, light­weight hik­ing boots, trekking poles, ther­mal socks, gloves, UV pro­tec­tion sun­glasses and a sun hat. Sun pro­tec­tion is very im­por­tant dur­ing the trek as the ul­tra­vi­o­let rays are more in­tense at higher altitudes.

Vac­ci­na­tions: $200 - $250

There are cer­tain vac­ci­na­tions you need to get be­fore the trek. The rec­om­mended ones in­clude those for Po­lio, Te­tanus, Typhoid and Hepati­tis A. Do con­sult your doc­tor or tour com­pany be­fore ar­rang­ing to get your shots. Also, pills for al­ti­tude sick­ness will come in handy.

Per­mits: $90 - $130

There are two ways to go about your trek to EBC: in­de­pen­dent or guided, and both have their pros and cons. For in­de­pen­dent trekkers, plan­ning it from scratch can be a lot of work as you’ll need to set­tle your own per­mits, ac­com­mo­da­tion and trans­port; whereas a guided tour pack­age will have most of th­ese cov­ered. The catch is that a guided tour will likely cost more and also bring you to tourist-y spots that you might want to skip. Be­sides ap­ply­ing for a visa for Nepal, you’ll also need to get two dif­fer­ent per­mits when you’re there. The first is a Trekkers In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment Sys­tem (TIMS) per­mit, and the sec­ond is the Sa­gar­matha Na­tional Park En­try Per­mit.

Air tick­ets: $1,200 - $1,400

Fly to Trib­hu­van In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Kath­mandu, Nepal and then take a do­mes­tic flight to Lukla Air­port.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion: $2 - $200/night

On av­er­age, peo­ple go on a two-week jour­ney – this in­cludes hav­ing am­ple time to ac­cli­ma­tise and en­joy the en­tire trek with­out feel­ing too rushed. There are plenty of tea houses and lodges along the trail with en suites that can cost as low as $2, as long as you dine at their restau­rant as well. If you want some­thing more com­fort­able, lux­ury lodges can cost about $200 a night.

Porters/Guides: $40 - $80/day

A porter/guide who is fa­mil­iar with the route and speaks ba­sic English will cost around $40 to $80 per day, de­pend­ing on their skill and ex­pe­ri­ence. If you have ex­tra bag­gage be­sides your back­pack, a rea­son­able load for a porter is 15kg. It’s al­ways nice to show your grat­i­tude if the ser­vice was ex­cel­lent. Most gen­er­ally tip their porters about 10 per­cent of the en­tire cost of the trip.

Food: $100 - $200

There are many small vil­lages along the trail, so food shouldn’t be an is­sue. Your ac­com­mo­da­tion will prob­a­bly have your meals cov­ered too, but they usu­ally con­sist of Nepalese stew, fried noo­dles, fried rice and dal baht, a lo­cal Sherpa meal con­sist­ing of lentil soup, rice and veg­gies. Note that prices for ne­ces­si­ties and ac­com­mo­da­tion will also go up as the al­ti­tude in­creases!

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