If you’re planning for Everest Base Camp trek there are certain things you need to know regarding it. This is a challenging at the same time a rewarding trekking adventure. Before opting for this trek there are certain things you need to be aware of. Different challenges might arise during the trek which you have to be prepared for. Thus, this must read article “10 Issues to Consider During Your EBC Trek” might help to plan your dream adventure.
Bring a developing nation; the tourism sector in Nepal has seen increment in the past few years. Everything from booking to finalizing the trip has gotten easier with the new social media inventions. However, it shouldn’t hide the fact that Nepal is still in its development phase.
So it is important for you to understand that the facilities you were equipped to in your country might not be available here. You should prepare to adapt to the change in environment and be flexible with trekking in remote areas and diverse nature.
#1 What causes delay and cancellations in Lukla flight?
The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) settled to reroute Kathmandu-Lukla air administration from Manthali Airport, Ramechap because of maintenance issues in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu. This affects both the domestic as well as international flights.
Lukla airport is situated in the Himalayas and has a short runaway. The mountains and the airport are close to each other which makes taking off and landing difficult. The Lukla flights are limited and the unfavorable conditions make it even challenging. Minor inconveniences in the weather such as high winds, low clouds, and cloudy, extremely foggy and bad visibility can lead to abrupt flight cancellations.
The first few Lukla flights from Kathmandu take place early in the morning at around 6:30 am. But, during peak seasons it gets extremely tough to wait for a longer period as the airplane carries only 15-16 people at a time. Even this is unsure as in the peak season. More so, in cases of bad weather condition the Lukla flights get postponed to the next day. Lukla airport is situated in the mountains so it is important to keep the weather in consideration. A slight change in weather leads to flight cancelation and delays.
#2 Lukla flights via Manthali Airport, Ramechap
As previously mentioned, Lukla flights are unpredictable and can get cancelled any moment. So to avoid such circumstances the best possible option is to fly via Manthali Airport.
Manthali airport, Ramechap is 133 km away from Kathmandu. It takes about 3-4 hours drive from Kathmandu to reach Ramechap. You can leave at 2 am in the morning to catch the flight to Lukla from Manthali Airport on the same day. Or, you can leave later in the day and stay overnight at Ramechap. Then catch a flight to Lukla the next day. Manthali airport is the best alternative in order to stay on schedule. Some tourists have tight schedule so Kathmandu-Lukla flights can cause inconvenience in their time table. So, to make sure the schedule in on track, Manthali airport is a better alternative.
#3 Flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla
There might be some returning flights from Lukla to Kathmandu after 11 am only in conditions of good favorable weather. Nepal Hiking Team always prepares a contingency day in the itinerary in order to prevent wreckage in time schedule. If your direct Kathmandu flight gets cancelled then you can schedule for the next day. Or, the best option is flying back to Manthali Airport and driving 4 hours back to Kathmandu.
#4 Where to stay in Ramechap?
There is high probability that you’ll have to travel to Manthali for your Lukla flight in peak seasons. However, the accommodation facilities might not be available because most of them are pre occupied by the locals and airline staffs. So, an alternate option is to spend the night at Mulkot which is nearby Manthali. Manthali is one hour drive away from Mulkot. Also, accommodation facilities in Mulkot are much better in comparison to those in Manthali.
#5 Helicopter evacuation
If you have a tight schedule and the itinerary that you have fixed cannot be postponed then one of the best options is flying to Lukla via helicopter. A helicopter has the ability to operate under favorable weather conditions of visibility over 1500m altitude. Helicopters namely Twin Otter and Dornier can only fly on visibility of 5000m or more.
Flying to Lukla via Helicopter costs USD 2500 including domestic airfare. A Helicopter charters 5 passengers a time so the total cost of USD 2500 will be divided among the 5 passengers on board. On situation such as bad weather you will be allowed to reimburse the cost of Helicopter ride from your travel insurance policy. Travel insurance policy also covers adventure sports over 4000m, delays due to unfavorable weather delays, cancellations, and helicopter evacuation.
#6 Altitude sickness
As the elevation increases the level of oxygen decreases above 2500m and has high probability of affecting your health. Altitude sickness is common among the trekkers and is a serious matter. However, it also depends on the body of an individual. A person who doesn’t exercise and has health related issues should be very careful about the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness.
The major signs and symptoms of Altitude sickness are constant headaches, weakness, dizzy, nausea, loss of appetite, no sleep, breathing problems and others.
As soon as you feel the symptoms you have to immediately inform your guide because it is important to take immediate action. If not taken instant action or lack of knowledge can lead to fatal conditions. Here are some tips you could implement:
Hiking at a slow and steady pace taking lots of breaks in between
- Acclimatization day is important
- Drink plenty of liquids throughout the trek
- No use of alcohol and sleeping pills during the trek
- Pick vegetarian meals as much as you can
- Take Diamox, altitude sickness medication under a physicians prescription
- Make sure to inform your guide about your health and follow their advice
#7 Cough problems
Khumbu Cough is one of the regular issues among trekkers and mountain dwellers face during Everest Base Camp trek. This may sound astounding that the reasons for this “Khumbu Cough” have not been recognized by any stretch of the imagination. This is progressively normal as you trek to higher rise above 3000m. The cold and dry air is bound to cause bronchial problems more.
Then again, there are safety measures you can pursue to maintain a strategic distance from this high elevation related issues. They are provided below:
- Use buff or tissue to shield your neck and mouth from cold.
- Wear veil to inhale humidified air.
- Avoid breathing through the mouth.
- Dress comfortable garments to maintain a strategic distance from cold related issues.
- Keep yourself all around hydrated.
#8 Opt for vegetarian food options
Meat fanatics, we have sad information! This doesn’t mean you won’t discover meat dishes on tea houses menu but we exceptionally prescribe you to stay with veggie suppers. There are some viable purposes for having vegan dinners during your stay in the Everest. Local people in the Everest are mostly Buddhists and Buddhism restricts creature butchering in the Khumbu area. So all of the meats accessible at tea houses are brought from Kathmandu and neighboring town beneath Lukla called Kharikhola by watchmen or by yak. Thus, the meats accessible there are not fresh and not sterile. In this way, the best alternative is to avoid meat for your wellbeing reasons and to maintain a strategic distance from food contamination.
Then again, vegan dinners served at tea houses are exceptionally nutritious and give you adequate vitality for the trek. This incorporates run of the mill Nepali dishes: dal (lentils), bhat (rice) and tarkari (vegetable curry) for lunch and supper. Thus, tea houses give tasty veggie lover nourishments, for example, pasta, noodles, fries, eggs, , omelets, toast, MoMo, soups and a lot more dishes. Furthermore, you can have tea, espresso, hot lemon, hot cocoa and cold beverages as well. Along these lines, you don’t need to stress a great deal. You will be furnished with customary dinners that give you adequate vitality for the duration of the day.
#9 Drinking Water
Human body loses water all the more rapidly at higher heights contrasted with ocean level. When trekking to high elevation like Everest Base Camp, your body endeavors to get more oxygen that is the reason remaining hydrated is a key. It is recommended to drink in any event 3.5-4 liters of liquids (water, soup, hot beverages) in a day to maintain a strategic distance from elevation sickness, muscle issues and lack of hydration. In the event that you are taking Diamox, we propose you to drink more than 4.5 liters of water each day in the trek as it bring about dry mouth rapidly. The water directly from the water streams are dangerous to consume.
Rather, you should drink packaged mineral water, hot water, or use cleaning tablets or iodine for making every characteristic wellspring of water drinkable. Other conceivable choice is utilizing SteriPEN for water sanitization. You can buy filtered water and hot water on the teahouses in the Everest district. Be that as it may, ensure you are not tossing plastic containers all over, and the best choice is utilizing reusable metallic water bottle or arranging water bottle, plastic waste in appropriate spots.
#10 Basic and comfortable accommodation
During your trek the accommodations facilities at lodges/guesthouses are extremely essential. The tea houses accommodations incorporate warm eating area with bon fire, delectable veggie suppers and comfortable room. We provide your comfortable sleeping bags and down jackets, so you don’t need to stress significantly over the frigid temperature.
What’s more, the settlement comforts offered at tea houses may differ here and there. Most tea houses are available which doesn’t have attached washrooms (special case in the event that you book extravagance rooms) at guesthouses of Khumbu area. This implies setting off to the bathroom during the evening time might be issue due to the frigid temperature.
So, to avoid such issues make sure to book your trip early so as to arrange a private room with private bathroom.
The above are 10 Issues to Consider During Your EBC Trek, should consider before and during your trek. Everest Base Camp Trek is an adventurous trekking journey so make sure to take precautions and make preparations beforehand. You can encounter any unpredictable situations, so you have to be ready to tackle any problems that may arise in your way. So, make sure to go through the 10 tips provided to ensure your trek will be a smooth and safe journey. If you have any queries, you can always send us your inquiry. We’re always available to assist you.