How Fast You Can Finish Everest Base Camp Trek
Perhaps you find different trekking itineraries of the Everest base camp trek and not sure which is a genuine one. You can find detail about an itinerary that how fast you can finish the Everest base camp trek in this article below.
Everest base camp is a highly popular mountain base camp in Nepal. There are hundreds of different mountain base camps in Nepal and in the world. Lots of mountain lovers visit those base camps during hiking seasons. Among all the mountain base camps, the Everest base camp is the most popular base camp to visit.
Surely, trekking to the Everest base camp is not easy hiking in Nepal. It is a few days trekking trip in Nepal. There is several entries lead to the base camp. Starting from Jiri and Salleri are the longer routes. Trekking from Jiri is a classic trekking route when there was no airport in Lukla.
People can do this trek as stamina, altitude practice, limitation of holiday and interest. 12 days is a popular and usual trekking itinerary which is following by lots of trekkers. Trekking from Saleri and Jiri with longer itineraries has fewer chances of affecting altitude sickness. Though, these are long treks so you need to have at least 3 weeks or longer holiday.
Everest Base Camp Popular Itinerary
Regular itinerary of Everest base camp which is following by most of the trekkers is 12 days. You can do this trek 11 days minimizing one acclimatization day rather than taking 2 rest days on the way up. If you are adventure trekkers and well acclimatized, you might finish the trek in 10 days.
You will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding, banker or Monjo on the first day. Then trek to the base camp passing Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche and Lobuche. After spending a night in Lobuche, you will trek to the base camp and Kala Patthar and trek backwards using the same path until Lukla and fly out to Kathmandu.
Lukla to Everest base camp trek for elder and normal trekkers, who walk slowly, is better to have some extra days and make the trek in 13 to 15 days. You also can trek to the base camp about a week to 9 days and fly out to Kathmandu with a helicopter.
Alternatively, you can trek to Gokyo valley which has an even better view than the base camp side. Gokyo valley treks also about 2 weeks trek. If you have a short holiday, you can try short Everest trek which is Everest view trek. Everest high passes trek, Cho la pass trek and Renjo la pass treks are the Everest adventure trekking packages.
Best Time To Trek To Everest Base Camp
Autumn and spring are main trekking seasons in Nepal so the same timings are best to go to Everest base camp. September to December and March to May are suggested but until mid-September and first two weeks of May might not be the best.
Monsoon in summer and winter are not recommended to trek to Everest base camp. Winter offers cold but the view won’t be bad. December is one of the best months with clear visibility but you need to have nice and warm trekking equipment.
Where Do you Sleep On The Trek
There are plenty of lodges each night stay. They serve foods from a food menu and there are lots of restaurants along the way for lunch stops. You will have chosen able guest houses as budget and comfort.
Foods are similar items in most of the places cocked by basic trained cooks. You will have hygienic food and must have food in the lodge where you stay. You may try local Sherpa and Nepalese food items sometimes. They sale bottled water in every lodge. As you will ascend altitude, the prices of everything also go higher. You can drink normal tap water but don’t forget to use purification medication or sterilizer.
Buying Nepalese mobile SIM card with internet data in Kathmandu before going to trek is highly recommended. You will have top-up wi-fi card from the Everest link but using the internet with a mobile SIM is far better. You can charge your devices where you stay but it will be costly. Bringing a power bank with you for the trek is a smart idea.
The most important thing that you should know about is altitude sickness. As you go higher, atmospheric pressure will be high and oxygen in the air will be low so you will find hard to breathe.
Altitude can kill people. There are 2 types of altitude sickness affecting in brain and lungs. You will have some symptoms before it gets worst so you will have time to protect yourself with the problem.
Drink plenty of clean water, sleep well, eat well, walk slow as much as you feel comfortable, take enough acclimatization rest days and be friendly with your guide to talk about your problem if you would have.
Trek with a good travel insurance policy which covers an emergency evacuation up to 6000 meters of elevation.
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Starting Everest base camp trek from Lukla and finish at the same place with a flight is a famous trekking itinerary. I have done this trek mostly 12 days and sometimes slower or faster. Starting from Jiri and Salleri will take about 3 weeks to finish the trek. It can be done within a week flying out by helicopter after visiting the base camp.