Top Tips for Trekking to Everest Basecamp

Heading to Everest Basecamp? Have all of the information? Think you don’t need more advice or
insight? Think again. Whether trekking solo or with an organised group, these tips could provide that
extra insight you need to make your trip go from good to great.

1. Take an abundance of cash

Travel-savvy minds may advise otherwise – but they are wrong. The Sagarmatha National
Park and Everest Region of Nepal is one of the most remote in the world and as such has
poor accessibility. This makes for the prices being pretty expensive (sometimes over three
times the price you will find back in Kathmandu!). Another repercussion of this is that the
villages will not have an ATM. You may find one in Lukla, or Namche Bazaar, but don’t count
on it. They are often out-of-service, and the ones which aren’t may not accept your card.
Don’t be caught short – just take a bunch of cash.

2. Take your own Tea Bags/Coffee

Due to the poor accessibility of this region in Nepal – only possible by Helicopter or on-foot –
the costs of luxury items such as tea or coffee are pretty steep. Buy your own before
heading out from Kathmandu to keep spending to a minimum.

3. Seriously reconsider taking that Down Jacket and/or Sleeping Bag.

If visiting in peak season (Late September to November), daytime temperatures will typically
vary from 8⁰C to 15⁰C. Walking in this temperature will not usually require a Down Jacket,
especially if you Layer Correctly. The night time temperatures don’t get too uncomfortable
until approaching the highest altitude you will sleep at; Gorakshep (5,190 metres). At this
height the temperature usually falls to around -8⁰C, but the Tea Houses and Lodges here
provide thick blankets to sleep with – as do many, if not all Lodges/Tea Houses along the

4. Toilet Roll

Very rarely will the bathrooms be equipped with complimentary paper. So, make sure you
aren’t caught out by always having a roll in your bag. Go one further ands purchase your
toilet paper in Kathmandu to save money by avoiding the inflated prices.

5. Walk on the Inside

Possibly the most important tip in this post. You will undoubtedly encounter numerous Yak-
Trains (a single-file convoy of Yaks) along your journey. Make sure to move to the uphill side
of the path as opposed to the downhill side; avoiding any swaying heads of wayward Yaks.
The last thing you want is to be air-rescued (or potentially die) because of a little accidental
nudge by a giant animal.

6. Lemon-Honey Tea, and Garlic Soup

Lemon-Honey Tea will help sooth your throat (many people develop sore throats during the
trip) and make your journey more comfortable. Garlic Soup will help you acclimatise to the
altitudes you will be reaching.

7. Water Purifiers

As mentioned before, accessibility to this region is not great. Especially when considering the
amount of foot-traffic it receives. Avoid littering, and the very obvious negative effects that
plastic has on our environment by bringing a re-useable water bottle and a pack of water
purifiers. A more personal benefit is not having to pay out for bottled water several times a
day – which can be expensive yet again due to accessibility.

8. Trekking Poles

I learned this the hard way. The typical itinerary consists of 8 days uphill to reach the
Basecamp and 4 days downhill to return to Lukla. The downhill WILL hurt. Take some
trekking poles with you for the return journey and make it easier on your knees (they can
reduce the stress on your knees by 25%). Do not end up with a double-limp like I did. It takes
a little bit of the fun away – only a little bit.

9. Solar Powered Battery Pack

The electricity in the villages is typically produced by Solar or Turbine means and is then sold
to customers (again at a pretty high rate). Avoid some of this by purchasing a solar-powered
battery pack. Simply plug your device in and hang the battery pack on your bag; charging
your electronic devices while you walk.

10. Wet-Wipes

While there are showers usually available in the accommodation available along the trail,
whether or not the accommodation has hot water facilities is entirely different matter. In
addition to this, if you are indeed lucky and come across a hot-water shower – you will likely
have to pay an excessive amount for it. But you’re trekking, your clothes are smelly and
dirty. You’re tired. Take some wet wipes. Also, maybe a nose peg (joking – sort of).
Utilising these tips will ensure that you have a better adventure than if you arrived ill-
equipped. If you have any further ideas which you think other could benefit from whilst on
this trek, please feel free to add in the comments below.

Happy Trekking!

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