What food can be eaten on Everest Base Camp?

Its every trekkers’ concern what kind of food they would be eating when trekking in to Everest Base Camp .  Most of the trekkers believe that almost every food you get in the mountains are either inedible or flat in taste since the resource has to be carried for days before reaching the villages on yaks or on backs of some strong Sherpa porter.

Anyone trekking to Everest Base Camp would be amazed to witness the variety of food available in the Everest region in spite of the absence of proper resources. You can find them delicious and healthy which have surprised the first time trekkers.  The approximate cost one has to pay for the meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea en route to Everest Base Camp ranges from US$20- US$ 30 in a day.Read More

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wifi at Everest Base Camp

Wi Fi and Internet: Stay connected on Everest Base Camp

It’s agreed that when you trek in the wilderness you would be drowned completely in nature. This is when you want to disconnect with the outer world to enjoy the trek to the fullest and make it memorable. Not many years ago when people trekked in the Himalayas they were entirely out of contact, but this has undergone a change.

Among the treks in the Himalayas, the Everest Base Camp trekking stands out as the sought-after trek that every avid trekkers want to do; they cannot stop praising about the trek using social media like facebook, instagram, twitter, etc. This shows very clearly that technology has crept in the mountains which have made life easy for the locals as well as trekkers to connect and be in touch via the internet. So, when one is trekking to the Everest Base Camp, one need not worry about the communication facilities available in the mountains. Many tea houses and the lodges on the trail have WiFi giving access to internet for a fee.  As you go higher the fees for Wifi and to charge the device will increase. It can range from US$ 2 to US$ 10 for an hour usage of the internet depending upon the location of the place.Read More

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Sherpas: The People of the Mountains

Sherpas are some of the most well-trained and experienced climbers in the Himalayas. Their wisdom, strength and sharp instincts—in despite of their small figure—often leads outsiders to believe they have a ‘sixth sense’ or ‘magical powers’ in these isolated places. For this reason, companies wouldn’t think of going on an expedition or trekking tour without their guidance and assistance.

Yet, if you were to ask a Sherpa about these ‘heighten instincts’, they’d respond by saying (very humbly and modestly) that they don’t possess any special powers or characteristics; rather, they simply listen to the mountains and respect the custom that She (the mountain) always decides who goes up and who doesn’t, not man.Read More

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Everest Base Camp and Altitude Sickness. Am I susceptible to AMS?

Altitude Sickness—known as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)—can affect ALL trekkers both new and seasoned. While the Everest Base Camp trek is a rewarding adventure, trekking in the mountains at high altitudes comes with certain risks such as AMS which should never be overlooked and undermined.

Everest Base Camp sits at an elevation of 5,545m or 18, 192 ft, and most often trekkers arrive in Kathmandu the day before their trek starts—leaving little time for acclimatization. Kathmandu itself sits at an elevation of 1,400m or 4,593 ft, so if possible try and arrive a few days before your trek start date. There are many incredible places to visit and see in and around the city, and the more time you have to acclimatize before your trek the better.Read More

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Packing list for Everest Base Camp Trek

Heading to EBC?

Not sure what to pack?

There’s nothing worse than NOT being prepared; especially when dealing with the unpredictable weather conditions in the mountains. Having the proper gear and equipment ensures you’ll be comfortable and warm, so you can relax and enjoy your trek, instead of focusing on your cold toes!

Here’s a detailed packing list of what you need to bring so you’re prepared for the Everest Base Camp trek. Keep in mind, this list also applies to those trekking other tea house treks in Nepal such as Annapurna Base Camp (ABC).

1. What to bring vs. what to buy in Nepal

Should you forget any gear at home or require some additional equipment, you can easily purchase or rent all that you need for a trek in Thamel upon your arrival. Keep in mind, just because the product says, “The North Face” doesn’t mean it’s North Face certified. However, the quality of most products sold by local vendors are suitable for your EBC trek. But whoever you end up buying from, be sure to check the zippers and the stitching on all jackets, pants and bags; you want to make sure the make is strong and durable. Also, if you plan to do your Everest trek with Wind Horse Adventures, your down jacket and sleeping bag is included in your trekking package (click here to see what else is included). If you have your own equipment do bring it along, but if you’re on a budget and are looking to get suitable gear at a low cost, wait until you arrive in Kathmandu.

Personal Tip: I buy all of my trekking gear from V-Tex International on Mandala Street in Thamel. Their products are high quality, affordable, and durable.Read More

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