Climbing the tallest mountain in the world is every trekker’s dream. Mouth Everest is one of the most pride possession of Nepal. The beauty of the snow capped peaks is mesmerizing and breathtaking. But being frank, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. The trek to the top of the world is arduous. You can even lose your life. Well, what you can do is climb the base camp of Mount Everest, light a cigarette and enjoy the magnificent view of the Mount Everest from a safe and comfortable distance.
Okay wait let me warn you something, Mount Everest Base Camp trek is not as challenging as climbing Mount Everest but not a piece of cake either.
Usually, people prefer to hire local guides for Base Camp trek. But if you are on a shoestring budget, you can trek it independently too.
I will provide you all the information necessary to complete the Mount Everest Base Camp trek, without any guide and in a reasonable budget.
1. Do you really need a Guide?
If you are fit and have enough experience, then you don’t need a guide at all. And if you are new to trekking or have any health issues, then it’s better for you to hire a local guide.
There are some advantages of not having a guide; you will probably spend less money, you can plan your itinerary, accommodation, pace, and rest time.
Although there are few advantages of having a guide with you. They have more knowledge and experience regarding the area; they book for your accommodation in advance and will always motivate you throughout the trip.
2. Do you need to be extremely fit or athletic?
You might be thinking that you have to be extremely fit and fast to complete this trek without a guide. But you guys can’t mix fitness with willpower. Sometimes people who are extremely fit and hit the gym every day fail to complete simple treks. While on the other hand people who trek slow and steady gives their body a better time to adapt to the changing altitude, which results in a successful trek. You can prepare yourself weeks before going to Nepal so that your body gets used to hours of walking.
3. Will you get lost?
No, it’s nearly impossible to get lost, even if you don’t have mountain experience. You just have to follow the trails along the mountains and through the villages, and you will find shepherds on your way who are always ready to help you. The trek could last from 10 to 14 days depending on the weather and your speed.
4. Cost of the whole trek.
If you book a package from a traveling company, it could cost you from $580 to $1200 (about INR 40000 to 84000). Not hiring a guide cut down the cost tremendously. If you trek without a guide, it would cost you around $12 to $15 per day. Make sure you carry extra cash because ATMs doesn’t work well, and during the entire trek you will require some money. Your trekking gears will roughly cost you around $150 per person for the entire trip. Make sure to purchase a good quality trekking backpack. It is very important to select the right backpack for you. You can go through our guide of backpacks under $200.
Breakfast at teahouses could cost you about $1 to $2 per tea, and the cost increases as you go higher. The cost of accommodation is pretty low and make sure to try all the local cuisines, especially dal bhat (curry and rice) and buffalo momos. As you move upward, the food gets expensive.
5. How to not fall sick?
Mountain sickness can be a big problem while trekking Mount Everest Base camp, which might bring a full stop to your trek. There are ways through which you can avoid mountain sickness or AMS.
You will trek through two levels, high altitude (2,500 – 3,500m) and very high altitude (3,500 – 5,00m). Even experienced mountain climbers experience AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) as the body is not used to thin air at high altitudes. The easiest way to avoid this is by walking slow and giving your body the time to adjust to the heights. Avoid walking fast, I know it could be frustrating if you like walking fast, but this is for your own good. Keep yourself hydrated, keep drinking the special garlic soup available at teashops for reducing the symptoms, get plenty of sleep, and avoid drinking alcohol.
6. Mount Everest Base Camp permits
The TIMS (Trekkers information management system) permit is not needed anymore, but earlier it was necessary for a trekker to get two trekking permits: the TIMS card and the Sagarmatha National Park Permit. You don’t need any license anymore, but you will need to pay some kind of entry fees in Lukla.
7. Do you need travel insurance?
Heck yea. Anything could go wrong during the trek. A minor injury on the trek could get you in the emergency room, and hospital service could cost a fortune. Consider reading Top 9 Causes of Injury and Sickness while Traveling. When you’re planning to trek at such high altitudes, you should be mentally and financially prepared for all consequences. I am not telling you this to build fear in you, but you should be aware that anything could happen on a trek and its better to be financially ready for it.
8. When should you trek?
The best time to trek the Mount Everest Base Camp is from the beginning of October till the end of December and April to May when the weather is most favorable. Well, you will have to fight the cold in every season there. So make sure to carry proper winter gears. You can go through this post of 7 best jackets for Himalayan trekking and how to select them.
9. Can you take a shower?
Of course! You can, but it could get a little expensive. It will cost you around $8 to $10 per person to take a bath in the bathroom.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this article and finally make a trip to Mount Everest and enjoy your life to the fullest.