Trekking to Everest Base Camp, Nepal
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.
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!