Everest base camp trek - FAQs
The Everest base camp trek is the most popular hiking route in the Himalayas. Famous for its incredible scenery and friendly locals (the Sherpas), the Everest region is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. If you are considering this trek, read on as we answer some of your frequently asked questions.
What's the best way to get to the trek?
The most popular way to get to the trek is to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport. Flying time is 25 minutes and there are several flights every day.
When is the best time of year to go on the Everest base camp trek?
Trekking is possible the whole year round, but the best times to go are March, April and early May and September, October and early November.
What should I bring when hiking?
You'll need a well broken in pair of hiking boots, UV sunblock, warm clothing, light footwear for time off hiking, a good first aid kit, duct tape (which is handy for lots of things, including blisters!) and a lightweight sleeping bag if you'll be staying in budget accommodation.
Do I need to hire a porter?
If you are strong or if you've packed light, a porter may not be necessary. However hiring one will inject some much needed cash into the community. You'll pay around 1,500 Nepalese Rupees per day as far as Namche. After Namche you will also need to pay for the porter's meals and accommodation (there is cheap and clean accommodation especially for porters).
Do I need to hire a guide for the Everest base camp trek?
If you are travelling as far as Tengboche or Pangboche, a guide isn't really necessary. If you're travelling above that, you may wish to hire one. Although self navigation is possible, guides are absolutely invaluable if you fall ill.