Aside from breathtaking scenery, travellers to the region can experience unique Sherpa culture by visiting monasteries and museums along the way. The heady mix of natural beauty, fascinating culture and a personal sense of achievement, as well as warm Nepalese hospitality from the people of the Solukhumbu region, makes the Everest Base Camp trek one of the world’s most unforgettable.
When should I make the trek?
Mostly from March to May or from September to December. It gets hot in May, just before the monsoon season; be prepared for possible rain. December reaches below-zero temperatures but the days are still beautiful and icy; so there are fewer trekkers .
Do I need a guide?
The Nepal government is considering making the hiring of a guide compulsory this season, after the disappearances of some lone trekkers.
But hiring a guide or porter has many advantages: for US$20 to $30 a day you’re giving someone a valuable job and in turn you will learn plenty about the local Nepali culture and cool Himalayan environment.
How do I get there?
A trekking company offers the advantage of having everything arranged for you, including airport transfers, accommodation and porters and/or guides and their insurance. You can book before you go with western tour companies – ensure they’re registered with the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN).