/ Everest Base Camp
The simple answer is yes. Turn up and go.
However the route is well marked with neon orange blobs on rocks and not very technical bar the odd scramble, the book 'trekking in the everest region' is also worth a read.
Any other questions just pm me
Hi Bryn, it is more than possible to trek up to basecamp yourself. If using teahouses you you do not need much kit beyond a sleeping bag and clothes. I would carry your own kit.
Costs would then be down to flights to Lukla, Park entrance fee; £20ish and about £10 per day bed, food and all those teahouse brew stops to admire the views.
Have been out a few times, pm me for more info.
Google it there are loads of blogs and stuff out there
I agree. You probably will need a trek permit as well and you can easily do it yourself in Ktm with two photos and money. I`m not sure about the porter/guide: two years ago you were able to trek alone but I read somewhere that the government wanted the trekkers to have at least a porter. Better to check on their website.
Don't think it was ever introduced, am pretty sure you can just get on with it. might be a requirement for Langtang though.
Thats your park entry fee no?
> Costs would then be down to flights to Lukla, Park entrance fee; £20ish and about £10 per day bed, food and all those teahouse brew stops to admire the views.
I don't know when you were last in the Khumbu, but I would budget US$30-40 per day for food and lodging.
It was perishingly cold higher up so make sure you have a really good sleeping bag. Even in the lodges if was -5 in the rooms. I only used base layers and a fleece, but a windproof or light softshell would have been beneficial as the wind is really cold. It only rained one day on our way out, and it wasn't particularly heavy.
Exchange rate is 130rupees to the pound.
Hope this helps
Hi I,m in Nepal at the minute, done the Annapurna circuit and Base Camp trek back to back,, got back from base camp on the 27th
you wont need any guide or porter, as long as your fit enough to carry your own bag,
The route itself is very easy to follow, you would be hard pushed to get lost, we bought a small scale map in Kathmandu.
there were very few people on the trek at this time of year,,,
I, heard that april/ may being the climbing season its very busy then..
As for cost,
Flight to Lukla $120 one way (go directly to Nepal airlines main office)
permits were about 25 quid, you need a blue card to trek independantly, dont be conned into buying a green one, we met people who ran into problems this way,
my average daily spend for 2 people was 3900 Nepaleese rupees.over 18 days
we were in a large group an didnt pay for accomodation as long as we ate there,
also take a lot of snacks with you as its very expensive up there,
and puri tabs or drops as water is also expensive too.
and eat dahl bat every night,, its the only thing that will fill you up, as they bring seconds and sometimes thirds.
we got really lucky with the temperatures the lowest we encountered was -12 on top of Kalla Pattar, Make sure you have a good sleeping bag tho.
you can buy a decent down jacket in Kathmandu for 20 to 30 quid.
I had a fleece a windstopper jacket then my down jacket,
also I would recomend have extra days for rest we saw lots of people charging up and having to turn back due to altitude and we heard of people gettin airlifted out all the time.
id recomend a side trip over the cho la pass and kala pattar is the best veiw youl get of everest itself,,
Base camp for me was good but there are no views, but it would be a different matter in climbing season as you can mingle with the climbers
hope this helps if you need any more info just ask,,
To the OP- try and pay up front. They try hard to rip you off especially around Gorak Shep- captive audience.
Hi Ryan we were there in Nov 2010, and never spent more than £10/12 pounds a day food and lodgings. (No beers till we got back to Namche though)
My experience too. Unless prices have gone up dramatically. The hard parts to do on your own are getting to/from Lukla without having someone who knows the system working for you, especially if the weather closes in. You can carry what you need if you stay in lodges yourself. Biggest issue with going by yourself would be if you got sick (stomach, altitude) which is quite possible, even likely.
on cost for day to day food and lodges for langtang for the 2 of us I went with 3000 nr but took 4000nr a day as I had bus fares yak cheese and park fees to pay.
on the Dahl bat its good when you get a good one and poor and expensive when you get a bad one as I found this was one of the most expensive meals on the menu, i tend to eat shampa porridge for brekfast soup or spring rolls for lunch and dinner veg fried rice and lots of black tea and boiled water rather than mineral water as this gets silly and I dont like chemical water neither of us got sick as we made sure the water was boiled to death.
Bryn, Try this guy. We used him for the Annapurna Circuit/Sanctuary and the EBC trek and he is brilliant, an excellent organiser, very reliable and good value. Recommended
Adam, do you have any maps / books of the trek?
Will have a look, got an old trekking in Langtang book!
I've always wanted to go and do the trek!
Wouldn't mind going back out to Nepal myself next year. Will have to pull my finger out and earn some money first though! :(
4 years ago I paid only the park fee (Everest), 2 years ago we paid park fee (Annapurna) and trek permit which was compulsory whatever the trek. Both done and paid at the government office in Ktm. I don`t know if the trek permit is still "alive": apparently the rules changed again...
Oh, and it depends on when you go. Late Nov/Early Dec is less crowded, so much lower prices
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