Trekking alone to Everest Base Camp might sound overwhelming to many travel lovers out there, but trust us it is possible. No doubts, hundreds and thousands of people go on Everest Base Camp Trek every year to witness the spectacular beauty of the Himalayas. However, most of them are group treks organized by Travel Agencies and lead by guides. Well, trekking with the travel agency makes the journey smooth and hassle-free. All the permits and arrangements are done before the commencement of your trip. Likewise, your guide and porter will make the journey informative and easier.
But, regardless of all the little comforts that you will have with a travel agency, you will miss the adventure and thrill, you might get to experience while traveling alone. You know the little things like finding paths on your own, interacting with locals to know about the place, and that great feeling to conquer Everest Base Camp Trek alone. Trekking alone, especially in the higher elevation and most secluded region of the world, does bring many pros and cons with itself. It is very important to know all the major things before embarking on journeys like this alone.
Here, in this blog, you will get to learn if it is possible or not to go on Everest Base Camp Trek alone; and if yes what are the things that you should be prepared ahead before the commencement of your trip, and what are the problems you might face while trekking alone.
One of the most common itineraries goes like this:
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing and preparation day (optional)
Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazar
Day 5: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche
Day 8: Acclimatization day at Dingboche
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche
Day 10: Hike to Everest Base Camp through Gorak Shep and trek back to Gorak Shep for night stay
Day 11: Hike to Kala Patthar and trek back to Pheriche
Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazar
Day 13: Trek to Lukla
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 15: Departure
Talking more about the season, March to April (spring) and October to November (autumn) are the months when the weather is at its most stable condition. The climate is neither too hot nor too cold. Likewise, the region also gets bloomed up with hundreds of rhododendrons and other wildflowers.
Monsoon is a no-no time of the year to go on EBC Trek. The trails are slippery, bugs are out there, and views are not cleared. Similarly, Winter brings lots of heavy snowfall. The climate is super cold, and views might get unclear due to fog. However, photographers love to visit Everest Base Camp during winter for best shots.
If you are getting problem in sleeping, feeling nauseous, and is lost in-breath, then immediately drop down to lower elevation as it is the symptoms of altitude sickness. Rest in the lower altitude before continuing your journey ahead. Also, keep in mind that altitude sickness can happen to anyone regardless of their age, health, and physical fitness.
The most difficult time is when you ascend from Phakding to Namche Bazar. The trail from Phakding to Namche Bazar includes long steep ascend on a forested and rugged path that makes the trek challenging. Other than this, you will find little difficulty while heading from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp because you have to walk on the glacial path.
Rooms are generally small and have only a few pieces of furniture with common washrooms. You can find what we say here is a luxurious lodge, but the price is way too high for budget traveling. For food, you can get a wide range of food especially in Namche Bazar and Lukla. Dishes like rice, curries (veg/non-veg), veggies, bread, bakery items, momo, pizza, noodles, sandwich, thukpa, etc are found. You can also find soft drinks and other snacks on the trail, but as the elevation gets higher, the price also gets higher.
However, from October 1st, 2017, you do not need to get these permits. Instead of that all the trekkers either trekking in group or individual have to pay an entry fee of NPR 2,000 each to enter in Khumbu region, which is part of the trek. Do a little more research and ask around the locals for more clear information.
Make sure to carry enough hand cash with yourself as you will not find ATM machines after Namche Bazar
Always check the weather thoroughly
Do carry insects repellent
Get a nice map
Interact with locals and ask if you find yourself in a dilemma
Don't rush and trek safely
Warm woolen Gloves
Sun hat/woolen hat
First aid kit
Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc)
Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)