Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DIFFICULT IS THE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?
The Everest base camp trek is workable for people who are willing to work hard before their departure. Indeed, the trek is a long expedition and requires a lot of physical and mental endurance. However, there are no technical elements along the trek, so this adventure is accessible to all age groups. It is necessary to take your time during the trek to channel your energy and appreciate the landscapes. Our team is trained to give you the best of chances to reach your dream destination. In the end, with the proper preparation it is quite feasible for all.
DO MANY PEOPLE HAVE ACCLIMATION PROBLEMS?
The altitude sickness can vary for each individual during the trek. That’s why our team of experts has built an acclimatization program to allow hikers to adapt to different levels of altitude. During the day, we reach higher altitudes and we sleep at lower altitudes to allow the body to recover well.
Nevertheless, during the process of acclimatization, hikers
may experience the following symptoms:
• Disturbed sleep
• Loss of appetite/nausea
• Shortness of breath
• Swelling of the hands and face
It is important to know that all our guides have extensive training in first aid and they can adapt the trek according to your health. The most important thing is communication during the trek to allow a better proactivity. In the end, we want you to push your limits while having fun and being healthy.
WHAT HAPPENS IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY?
Medical facilities are limited on the way, but our guides have a complete medical kit and have comprehensive first aid training. Each year our guides come to a medical course to update their knowledge. In this way we are confident to ensure a well-organized adventure to our hikers.
Your safety is our number one priority. If you feel sick and need to get off, a guide assistant will accompany you. The person going down will be well taken care of and will have no impact on the rest of the group experience. In a serious case, the evacuation would be by helicopter.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION DURING THE TREK?
With our many years of experience, we know the best tea houses along the trek. You will be able to eat in common area and sleep in private rooms with 2 beds. There are sheets and pillows, but we strongly advise you to have a sleeping bag, as the temperatures become more and more cold in the altiude.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE ON THE TREK?
The trek incldue 3 full meals a day that you will choose from a menu in the tea houses along the trek. The food is very good and homemade. For example:
Breakfast: Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, porridge, toast with spreads, fried eggs, etc.
Lunch: Potatoes, cucumber and carrot salad, pizza, canned tuna, etc.
Dinner: Soup, steamed vegetables, rice, fried chicken, spaghetti, fresh apples, tea, hot chocolate, boiled water.
WHEN IS THE BEST PERIOD TO GO?
The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is in the spring before the monsoon (March, April & May) and in the fall after the monsoon (September, October & November). However, if you want to avoid the crowd in these seasons and give priority to clear skies and the view of the great diversity of flora and fauna, we can make arrangements. During winter season (December, January & February) it is colder and in summer season (monsoon) (June, July & August), rains could be a problem.
DOES MY TRAVEL INSURANCE COVER ME FOR THE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?
Check very carefully the conditions of your travel insurance before you go on the Everest Base Camp trek. Sometime, when the altitudes in question exceed 5,000m many companies will simply not cover you at all. You must also make sure that you are covered for helicopter evacuation from the mountain in case of emergency.
HOW LONG IS THE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK?
In general, hiking to Everest Base Camp takes 12 to 14 days for a 130 km round trip. It takes at least 8 days to get to the base camp and 4 days of short trekking acclimatization days. We recommend taking a 14 days itinerary to get acclimated so you have to go to a slower but more enjoyable pace.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO NEPAL?
Yes! You will need a VISA to enter in Nepal. They have a Visa On Arrival process, which makes it relatively easy to obtain on arrival.
IS THERE INTERNET AVAILABLE DURING THE TREK?
You can buy relatively reliable internet access in most lodges and tea rooms. But, remember, you are in remote mountain villages, so the entrances and exits are frequent! Price and availability vary from place to place, and are all the more expensive as tea rooms are high and distant, but they usually cost around Rs. 600 per 200 MB.
IS IT SAFE TO DRINK WATER DURING THE TREK?
For most hikers in different countries, the water found on the trail may not be suitable because strangers are used to drinking bottled water. Most tea houses will supply bottled, boiled and filtered water. If you decide to drink the water provided by the tea rooms, we also recommend using iodine and other purifying agents to treat the water before drinking. Bottled mineral water is also readily available on the trail. Most of the bottled local mineral water is made in the mountains and sold only in the mountains. On the trail, there are many streams and waterfalls from which you can get drinking water but you have to clean them before drinking.
CAN THE DOMESTIC FLIGHT TO LUKLA GET DELAYED OR CANCELLED?
Lukla is located at an altitude of 2860 m. The weather is sometimes unpredictable, resulting in delays and cancellations of flights. On some days the weather may cause delays of only a few hours, but in other worst conditions, the flight may be canceled for several days in a row. If your flight is canceled, you can plan your flight for the next day and airlines will help you do the same.
WHAT IS ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS (AMS)?
Acute mountain disease is the negative effect of high altitude on health. This is due to rapid exposure to low amounts of oxygen in high altitude places. Symptoms of AMS may include headache, vomiting, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, fatigue, etc. AMS can rapidly progress to high altitude pulmonary edema associated with shortness of breath and high altitude cerebral edema associated with confusion. and hallucinations. Acute mountain sickness usually only occurs above 2500 meters. Some may even have symptoms at low altitude. AMS usually occurs when the person has had a history or episode of AMS in the past. This may even be due to a high level of activity or a rapid increase in altitude without proper acclimatization. We can not really say who will have the AMS and who will not have it. Sometimes even the best of the best suffer from acute mountain sickness. The only advice we can give you is to recognize the symptoms and act immediately. The best cure for acute mountain sickness is to decrease it again and again. Altitude sickness can affect anyone and no one can say that it will not happen to them during the trek, as even seasoned and seasoned mountaineers sometimes face mountain sickness.