Helpful Hints for tackling Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Tackling Everest Base Camp

Helpful hints for tackling Everest Base Camp, Nepal

A few years ago I trekked to Everest Base Camp in Himalayas Nepal with torn ankle ligaments. Even though it was quite painful for me, words cannot describe the experience I had and the people that I met along the way. It is still an experience that I look back and on with nothing but fond memories.

With it being Trekking/Hiking season, people are preparing for their treks around the world. I thought I would share some of my helpful hints for tackling Everest Base Camp Himalayas Nepal to make sure you get the most out of your time.

Cows loaded up ready for the trek into the Himalayas

Himalayan yak’s on the way to Everest Base Camp – Himalayas Nepal

Make sure you have the right fitting hiking boots.

You may think this is a silly point but you will be surprised how many people I saw getting really bad blisters and their shoes falling apart during the hike. Remember, this is nearly a 150klms round trip from Lukla Airport, so you want your feet to be as comfortable as possible for the long days.

I think I tried on about 5 different brands before I found the ones that worked for me. I have now worn them all over the world and I have never had a blister from them.

Top Tip:

  • Check in your local area for shops that sell trekking/hiking boots. They usually have a testing area that you can try different boots and see what fits you best before you buy. 
Lukla airport runway, the gateway to Everest base camp

Tenzing–Hillary Airport (Also known as Lukla Airport) – Himalayas Nepal

Carry a first-aid kit and don’t rely on your guide having one

The size of your group and fitness levels will determine a lot where your guides are going to be placed during the trek. Usually, there is a guide in front of the fastest person and a guide behind the slowest person. If you are like me, I am neither so I spent a lot of time hiking on my own in the middle.


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At times we were spread out over a kilometre apart and other times only a couple of hundred meters, so if something happens you need to be prepared.

Top Tip

  • You only need to take a small first aid kit that will fit in your day backpack.
Melbtravel at a prayer site with prayer flags tied to boulders flying in the wind

Monument with prayer flags while hiking to Everest Base Camp – Himalayas Nepal

Take wet ones to keep fresh during non-shower days

Showers are few and far between and to be honest, after a while you don’t even notice, as everyone else is in the same situation. Having wet ones to wipe down to keep fresh can make all the difference especially when you are dusty and tired after your day of hiking.

Top Tip

  • If you don’t want to use wet ones, take a face wash and use that to keep fresh. 
Local on horseback riding along trail cliff edge

Local on horseback riding along trail cliff edge – Himalayas Nepal

Be prepared to pay for your showers & power

This is where I spent most of my cash on the mountain. If you are not prepared, your cash can run out very quickly. How much you are charged for these amenities will depend on where you are staying.

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Top Tip

  • I would suggest asking your guide beforehand when you are still in Kathmandu so you know roughly how much to take up.

about to cross the swing bridge over a rocky gorge

Take enough cash to last up the mountain

As stated above, you need to pay for showers and power but also anything that is not included in your tour like additional drinks (tea/coffee) along the trek, toilet paper, souvenirs (to help support tourism) from the local stores will cost you extra.


I was caught out with this one and needed to borrow money from my guide until I got back to Kathmandu as the only cash machine available at the time was in Namche Bazaar and it did not work.

Top Tip:

  • Check with your guide before you leave roughly how much you will need and what is included in their fee.
looking over the blue and green roofs of small Himalayan village

Overlooking the village of Namche Bazaar  -Himalayas Nepal

Take Water Purifying tablets

You will go through a lot of water especially if you want to stay refreshed and hydrated during your hike up to Everest Base Camp. Water will be boiled for you when it can but remember this is limited and there are others with you on the trek wanting the same thing.

Remember you don’t want to get ill especially as the toilets are not easily accessible during the day.

Take water

Top Tip:

  • You can get purifying tablets before you leave from your local outdoor store or online
Helicopter taking off from the barren land with mountains in the backround

Helicopter taking off from the barren land with mountains in the background -Himalayas Nepal

Take an extra camera battery

Most things in the Himalayan Mountains are run off solar panels, so power is limited especially now that they are trying to rebuild after the devastating earthquakes a few years ago. You don’t want to miss out on taking those amazing scenery pictures because your camera, GoPro or smartphone has gone flat.

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I found by having that extra battery saved me, especially when we didn’t always have the opportunity to charge our equipment and it needed to last a couple of days.

Top Tip

  • It will be silly to get an extra battery for everything. Work out what you take the most photos on and then get an extra battery for that device.
trekkers taking a break with snow capped mountains behind

Taking a break with my team, while hiking to Everest Base Camp -Himalayas Nepal

Don’t take too much equipment

Taking too much is so easy to do these days, especially as we all try to capture everything on SLR’s, GoPro, tablets, even notebooks. Then you want to download it to your devices or computer to share with the world.

There is only limited power and you will be Trekking/Hiking for around 150klms (depending on the route), so you don’t want to be carrying all of these, as after a while they will get very heavy.

Just use your common-sense and figure out what you feel are necessary to take.


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Top Tip

  • If you are staying on longer and are carrying a lot of equipment, I know that the hotels in Kathmandu have holding lockers for your valuables while you are on the mountain
prayer flags flying from monument along the track to base camp

Prayer flags flying from monument along on my way to Everest Base Camp -Himalayas Nepal

Take your time and acclimatise

I think we are all guilty of wanting to get somewhere quickly, I do it all the time. Remember you are very high up in the Himalayan Mountains, so acclimatisation is very important not only for you to succeed but also for your safety as you can easily suffer altitude sickness.

Remember it is better to be safe than sorry.

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Top Tip

  • All the treks will have acclimatisation days and your guide should give you the option of doing these. If you are unsure, you can always check with the company that you are going with. 

Everest Base Camp Tents –  Himalayas Nepal

Remember this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and have fun with it.

For most of us, we will only ever get to hike to Everest Base Camp Himalayas Nepal once, so preparing will give you a better chance of success. If you are like me, you can look back in years to come with a smile on your face and think, ‘Wow! I did that!’

Also, remember to have fun with it. I also look back and think about the amazing people that I met and have been become lifelong friends with.

Melbtravel in front of prayer flags at Everest base camp

Arriving at Everest Base Camp – on the way to Everest Base Camp – Himalayas Nepal Nepal

Thank you for reading this article ‘Helpful Hints for tackling Everest Base Camp, Nepal’.  I hope that I have been helpful in helping you achieve your goal of reaching Everest Base Camp. 

Have you trekked to Everest Base Camp, Nepal before? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.

Having some fun on the way to Everest Base Camp – Himalayas Nepal

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If you are interested in discovering other Hiking & Trekking around the World or simply want some inspiration for your next adventure, feel free to check out my following.

Hiking with the Himalayan yak’s on the way to Everest Base Camp – Himalayas Nepal

If there is anything more you would like to know or you would like further tips please do not hesitate to message me. Happy trekking and enjoy your adventure!

Remember that you need to get some good Hiking Boots before your next Adventure. Happy feet, happy hiker!!

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Disclaimer: I paid to hike to Everest Base Camp,  Nepal and all views are based on my own experience.

The company that I used for my trek to Everest Base Camp was Nepal Uncovered

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19 Comments

    1. It was not to bad as I had a brace on it and took pain killers, I think the experience made me forget about the pain 🙂 Do you do any trekking?

  1. Incredible scenery! Great tips Mel, especially about the footwear! I have only hiked in the mountains of North Carolina, but even there, wearing proper boots or shoes can either make your hike, or break it. How lbg did it take your group, in total, to make the trek? It looks like it was several days worth of hiking!

    1. Thank you Tamie, I appreciate your kind words. It was a 15day round trip, which included the couple of days you are in Kathmandu. I would love to know more about your North Carolina hike, when you get a chance

      1. Mel, we went on a few hikes in NC over the years. Pisgah Forest, and the Blue Ridge, have a few trails that are quite beautiful. Chimney Rock is near Bats Cave, they filmed some of the movie The Last of the Mohicans there, that has a lot of steep stairs that make our legs tremble. Chimney Rock is a park with beautiful scenery. If you are interested I can ask my cousin for the specific names, she is the one who guided us. They are very simple hikes compared to yours! But enjoyable nonetheless. Some of them have nice waterfalls. Once we hiked up to where wild blueberries were growing. Thank you for asking about my hikes!

  2. Congrats on climbing to Everest Base Camp – it must be such an exhilarating experience! Thanks for the tip about paying for showers. I wouldn’t want to be stuck not having enough money to freshen up!

  3. You are such a terrific adventurer at heart. I wish to go on this trek in 2018 or 2019 and I am working on my fitness to be successful in achieving my goal. I will definitely message you while finalizing my trip for more tips. I have already learnt a lot while reading this post like taking water purifying tablets is something one must do. I never thought we need to pay for showers and power, so thanks for the heads up on that. Also that even after hiring a guide we may not have the guide all the time by our side is something I did not expect. Thanks for this extremely insightful post!

  4. You’re a trooper Mel! Big fan of Nepal but never made it to Everest. At least yet. Per your advice, have fun with this process. Enjoy. Like all things in life, if you have fun, you enhance the experience. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Ryan

  5. Just wow your pictures alone make me want to trek. Great tip about the boots and testing out first in the shop.

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