1. When can I book for Everest Base Camp Trekking?
Depending upon your time and duration for the trek you can book this trip at least 2-3 weeks ahead of our departure dates for the trek, with advance payment as per the norms and rules of the company. Make sure that you have checked your medical and physical fitness before signing the trip and as well purchasing medical and travel insurance which is very important for this kind of adventurous treks in Nepal Himalaya.
2. How many people will be in the group?
From a minimum of 2-4 people in the group with a maximum of 10-15 persons in the group, in some cases we do allow booking for a single person as well, running independently at extra cost than in groups.
3. How is the weather in Everest Base Camp Trekking?
As per the season-wise, where the best time is from March to May when most of the day is clear with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depending upon the altitude and areas. Where most of the morning till middays clears for views and walks, sometimes afternoon can get overcast with chances of light rains and snow. March to May will be lively with wild-flowers in full bloom especially various species of rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) from trees to short bushes.
4. How are the lodge and Tea-House on Treks?
Tea-House the word used in early days when there were smaller numbers of lodges on route trekking, at present each village has more than 10 to 20 good lodges with pleasant rooms accommodations, serving excellent food menus as per the season-wise. Higher above 4,000 m the lodges are good but due to freezing cold temperatures in night and morning time where they have toilets on the outside, with some inside as common bathrooms and restrooms. All rooms and dining with warm heating and cozy facilities to make your stay much pleasant and enjoyable.
5. Are there electricity and network for cell-phones?
Most of the places do have electricity on route trekking run by hydro-power after Namche and Thyangboche, where much of the electric supply are private and individual of the lodge owners with sun / solar power to activate electric just for the lodge and as well for customers to charge their computers and cell-phones. Some places do have networks for cell phones and as well for internets like Wi-Fi above Dingboche and some areas due to high peaks and hills, the networks are disturbed in deep areas like around river gorge areas. At present nearly all people in Nepal including remote villages do have assistance in cell-phones with fine network connection only in bad weather the line can be broken, otherwise it is fine in working order.
6. What happens if some are sick and have to break the trek?
In this situation where our guides are well equipped with knowledge for emergency and medical purposes, depending upon the seriousness of the victims if it is much critical where the nearest medical attention needed, we call for immediate evacuation for Helicopter services to reach the victims to nearest medical station and hospital. For light AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), resting and drinking enough fluid leaving an extra guide to take care of sick clients till he/she recovers on route treks or helps them to descend to safer areas and taking an advance flight back to Kathmandu.
7. How are foods and hygiene during treks and lodges on the route?
Meals are prepared according to your choice of menu items, all foods are carefully prepared with much hygiene concern, avoiding complaints and reputation of the lodges, as they have been serving for more than two decades to world-wide travelers.
8. I have heard that some people could get sick while on treks why?
Well hearing rumors and seeing for your own self is a different picture, to be honest, some people are not used to Asian and spicy foods, that’s why people could get sick with the change of diets as well. To be on healthy side before and after the treks is to get advice from your guides what will be the best food to consume while on treks, we strongly suggest staying away from meats items in the first place, as it is not hygienic could be stale meat of a week time or more. If you go with a vegetarian for sometimes will be the best option to stay healthy till you get immune to the local environment and culture.
9. What types of medication should I bring from home for the trek?
In our list we always mention general medication to bring from home as well from your doctor's advice also, your doctor might recommend some basic medication lists like a medicine against diarrhea, headache, fever, cold-flu as well constipation including first aid for cuts-wounds and burns as well. In every trip of ours, we carry comprehensive medical kits which will be carried by our trekking staff, guides, or group leader for common use if required as for your own personal illness, where your doctors might have recommended some medicine to carry with you.
10. What are the major factors and precautions one should take care of treks?
Always abide by the rules of the company and guides/leader, most of the main sickness is stomach disorder due to change in foods and culture shocks. If people have traveled to Asian countries and know the food well will be not a problem. Other factors might leads to altitude sickness known as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) which can happen to any people if they are not careful by walking fast in higher elevation and might catch the symptoms of AMS.
We have designed the itinerary days where people can acclimatize well with rest days in a couple of high places before reaching much higher to our goal and highlights. Some people might take Diamox pills, which is often used as high altitude pills, should consult the doctors before taking the right dose, which helps to regulate the flow of blood systems from getting clots in high altitude. Where drinking plenty of fluids, water-juice, and rehydration drink including black warm tea also helps and taking much rest after getting tired.