Easy Guide to Everest Base Camp Trek for a Solo Trekker
Everest base camp trek is one of the best hikes, which you can go since it’s full of unique history, amazing people and incredible scenery. If you do it properly with some caution and the right preparation, then even a solo trekker can do without any challenge.
Travel documents needed for a solo trekker
Apart from having a visa so that you can travel to Nepal, there are also some permits, which are required for any person who wishes to trek at Everest Base Camp. One of the most important documents, which are required is the Trekker information Management systems card.
This card ensures the security and safety of any trekker at this camp. In addition, a solo trekker requires a standard fee of about $20 for every trekking area, copy of passport and a passport-sized photograph.
One will also be required to have a permit, which costs about $4 for every person and also a photograph. This permit and TIMS can be obtained from a tourist office at Kathmandu. In case you do not have time to go to Kathmandu you can obtain these documents at Monjo, which is one the route to between Lukla and Namche Bazaar.
Things that you should pack as a solo trekker
In case you have travelled to Nepal without your hiking gear, you can buy a decent one at Kathmandu.
- Sunscreen and sunglasses are very important as they can prevent you from being burnt by the sun, which will reflect the snow.
- Scarf to keep your neck warm
- A pair of gloves to keep your hands warm.
- A rain jacket can also be a wise idea since it might rain especially at lower altitudes.
- Standard hiking pants so as to take care of your legs. If you are able to get waterproof snow pants it can be a good idea.
Best time for trekking
Many of the people like going trekking to Everest Base Camp from October to November when there are high chances of having clear skies and pleasant weather. One of the reasons why you should go for trekking at this time is that you will get a few trekkers at this camp, which implies you will get more room at the guesthouses. In addition, you will have a peaceful trek.
Another best season that you can go for trekking is from April to May. During this time you will be able to see spring flowers and yaks carrying supplies for the trekkers, which means you can get tents at the base camp.
How to plan and budget for trekking form Lukla to EBC
In case you intend to go for a trip to Everest Base Camp, then you need a lot of preparation and planning. For those people who are travelling from Europe or the US, getting to Kathmandu may be very hard logistically. Just a few months before you travel, you should figure out what you need so that you start to pack them in your backpack. You should Pack only the most essential things and leave out any other things, which are not necessary.
It’s also important that you plan your route so that you know where you will be headed every day. Through such kind of planning, you will be able to know the distance you’ll be walking, how high you’ll be climbing and how long you will be walking. Normally, the standard trek can take around weeks to and from however the downhill part will be faster.
For instance, a basic of Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary can be anything like this.
Day one: Lukla to Namche- 2789m
Day two: Namche to Tengboche- 3871m
Day three: Tengboche to Pheriche- 4371m
Day four: Pheriche to Lobuche- 4941m
Day five: Lobuche to Gorak Shep- 5164m
Day six: Gorak Shep to Mount Everest Base Camp -5364m
Day six: you can continue to EBC through Gorak Shep, to Lobuche-4941m
Day seven: Lobuche to Tengboche- 3871m
Day Eight: Tengboche to Namche- 2789m
Day Nine: Namche to Lukla- 2860m
Your trek should also include acclimatization days, where you rest so that you can recharge yourself. The number of days that you require will vary depending on how the altitude will affect you and your own ability. For those who have trekked at this camp have revealed that it’s not good for one to go for a straight trek of 9 days since you can risk your health from the high altitude.
Once you are on this trip you should also have enough money since there are very few places, which accept credit cards. Some places in Lukla and Kathmandu do accept dollars. However, it’s good that you exchange your currency before you leave Lukla since few places at the mountain will accept foreign currency.
Some of the other things that you should plan for this trek are:
- First aid materials and other medications for treating diarrhoea or altitude sickness
- You must know the current fees and trekkers information management system
- You must have accurate itineraries
- Where you can get accommodation at Kathmandu
- The current visa requirements
- The current political situation in Nepal
- The required travel insurance.