Everest base camp trekking is one of the most challenging treks in the world. Trekkers reach a maximum elevation of 5,545 meters at Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp (5,360 meters) Gorakhshep (5,180) is the maximum elevation to overnight during this trek. Reaching at elevation by walking and sleeping in the high elevation is not easy for those who are not used to with elevation and are not fit for trekking. Route of Everest base camp trek is one of the remote areas of Nepal. No road access, all the goods, and materials are carried by helicopter or regular flight and transferred by mules or porters. It takes many days to transfer goods from Lukla airport to the places where accommodations are made for trekkers. This is the reason; luxury accommodation was rear to build in this trekking route. All the trekkers had to adjust to simple accommodations and accept simple foods during the trek. The entire route has to trek ups and down in different temperatures and weather which makes this trekking entirely basic and hard. But time chanced, now a day there are luxury hotels and good foods on the way that makes Everest Base Camp trek a luxury way. We provide some tips here to trek EBC in a luxury way.
Choose luxury accommodations: Luxury lodges are available now in the route of Everest Base Camp. After flying to Lukla and trekking to Phakding on the first day of the trek, there is Yeti Mountain home to overnight. This lodge is the first luxury lodge till now. On the second day at Namche is also the same lodge available to stay in a luxurious way. On thirst day of this trekking also stay overnight in Namche for acclimatization. The cost of a Yeti Mountain home in Phakding and in Namche is similar to five-star hotels in town. The fourth day of the trek does not get as similar luxury as Namche Phakding but there is to choose the best one near Tengboche called Dibuche.
On the fifth day of trekking, EBC reaches at Dingboche. Some of the Hotels offer luxury accommodation here but do not expect as similar as Phakding and Namche. The sixth day of stay is also in Dingboche for acclimatization at 4410 meters. When you reach Lobuche on the seventh day, Pyramid lodge is the best lodge to choose in the way of Luxury. Most of the rooms here is in group sharing but comparing other lodges in the place, it is good to have a warm bed and good food. Gorakshep is the last lodge for overnight in this trek. This is the night of compromising. There is no luxury accommodation available. More chill night there with the minus temperature. Some of the local lodges provide beds with an electric blanket which makes you more comfortable in this coldest place.
Fly back by Heli after Everest Base camp and Kalapatthar: Trekkers reached the ultimate destination and fulfilled the dream of being base camp of the world’s highest peak Mount Everest and climbing Kalapathar to view the excellency of the panoramic Everest region. After the final reaching of the dream, It is all the way downhill in the same route to trek down to Lukla for another 3 or 4 days. Instead of trekking down, it can fly back by Helicopter from Gorakshep. This is a way to make your EBC trek in a luxury way. Only a small helicopter 5 seater will be able to land and fly back from Everest base camp. This kind of flight has the option to fly only up to Lukla airport and fly back to Kathmandu with a regular flight. This is a way to reduce trip costs. Another option is to continue to fly with the same heli from EBC all the way to Kathmandu.
Flight with Helicopter for both the way: Regular flights to Lukla with tiny aircraft flying on time depending on the weather. You have to be at the airport early in the morning and may be waiting for a long time in the same of flying with a regular Lukla flight. Due to air traffic flying from Kathmandu airport to Lukla mostly gets delayed and even canceled. In the peak touristic season, this flight diverts to Ramechhap airport for two months. It is 5 hours drive from Kathmandu. Trekkers either drive one day before or at midnight from Kathmandu to catch flight time from Ramechhap airport. This makes more adventure and if you choose to fly with Heli to Lukla, this is the way of making this trip in a luxury way. Heli flight goes from Kathmandu, flies almost on time and no need to wait a long time as regular flight.
Hire enough staff for support: When the company organizes the Everest Base Camp trek, there is a professional guide and every two trekkers provide one porter. If you want to make the luxury way of this trek hiring a personal porter or personal supporter is recommended, so that in case of any difficulties he/ she can help you immediately. He/ she also can handle your handbag in case of need and take care of it personally.
Get Good Internet: The Internet is another way to update your trip to friends and family so that it will be another luxury way of information passing and doing your online work. There is a now good facility for Wi-Fi internet while doing Everest Base Camp trekking. Buy an Everest Link internet card from your first day and connect it to your device. You will get internet access for the whole trip.
Trekking to Everest base camp is an adventure but can make this trek in a luxury way by using luxury lodges, helicopter back instead of trekking down, hiring personal supporters,s and getting facilities of good internet. Nepal highland treks can manage you this trekking in a luxury way by using maximum facilities. Since this is an adventure trekking trail and a professional team is needed. You can trust us as we are running this trip with a professional trekking guiding team. We also provide small group trekking joining to reduce the cost and get benefits. Trekking to Everest base camp also can run in a different way. If you want to skip any flight in this trek, Everest Base Camp without flight can be also operated.
Everest base camp trekking route, the view from Lobuche on the way to EBC