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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 05, 2016
Anyone planning to trek Gokyo Ri and Base Camp?  (1 Answer)


Just wondering if anyone is planning to start trek from Lukla first week in November?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2016
Should I book through a 'western' company or a local one?  (5 Answers)

My boyfriend and I are planning to do Mount Everest base camp next year and have been looking into a few different companies and the price differences are quiet large. I was wondering is it best to pay the extra few $1000 or would it be better to go local and book with a Nepalese company?
One company we were looking at was at least $2000 more each than others and we were wondering if this was necessary. We want to do the climb properly and safely but we are not precious, we camp in the bush regularly so we don't mind about roughing it.
I would love to hear about your experiences!
Courtney :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 15, 2016
bus fare for taveling from kathmandu to sagarmatha zone  (3 Answers)

how much does it cost to travel from kathmandu to sagarmatha form bus??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2016
Mont Everest Base Camp  (5 Answers)

Hello dear mountain lovers,
planing on hiking the EBC around 22/05/16. Is anyone else interested in joining these dates?
I am planing to take a jeep from KTM for 30 usd to Salleri and to hike from there to Lukla (2-3 days hike).
I found a guide which costs around 15-20 usd a person (including also his living costs); the price will be reduced the bigger the group is.
Anyone interested in sharing costs for the guide?
xx isabel

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 28, 2016
Further than EBC  (6 Answers)

First off, I'm not a mountaineer nor a skilled climber and I have no delusion of reaching the summit :D

I was wanting to trek to base camp, but from reading I'm worried that I'm going to be left craving for something more adventurous.

I'm guessing next is icefall and camp 1.
1.) Do you need lots of experience going there?
2.) How much more would it cost?

Thanks in advance :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2015
Everest Base Camp Trek Questions  (11 Answers)


I am starting this trek in April and really looking forward to it. I have lots of questions which i hope people can answer for me. im probably over thinking it a bit but no damage done i guess.

What are the chances of not being able to trek because of weather on a particular day? (I arrive Kathmandu April 3 and fly out April 20)

I don't have to book accommodation on the trail right? Just turn up? Is April peak season? Will accom be full if its peak season?

If I wanted to make up a day is there an easier stage to do this (I guess lower down the easier to ascend 600m in a day)?

Is there anything in particular that anyone has found really endeared them to the locals? Likewise, is there anything that a westerner may think nothing of, but would be very offensive to locals?

Seems popular to acclimatize on day 3 Namche. If you are feeling fine is there any point doing this?

The more I read about it, I wish I had at least another day or 2 on the trek, and I think I have decided to go to Kala Patthar and not actual base camp. Will I regret not going to the actual base camp?(from what I've read I don't think so)

Did anyone take anything along the trek they wish they hadn't?

When is it too late to get a porter or guide?

thanks very much to anyone that can answer any of these question!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 04, 2014
How many Gas canisters?  (5 Answers)

Hi Everyone

I'm currently researching rubbish on mount Everest for a University project.
One of the biggest contributors to the rubbish is gas canisters.

Out of experience how many canisters would an individual take up Everest with sufficient gas to cook all their meals?
The same for base camp if anyone has any experience of the trip.

Would be great if anyone can help or if anyone can direct me to an answer elsewhere.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2014
Recommend a guide for EBC incl Gokyo & Annapurna sanctuary  (1 Answer)

Hello travellers
Any recommendations for local guides or trekking companies? I'm flying into Kathmandu for a 6 week trip.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 05, 2014
No Question Title  (6 Answers)

Hi guys,

I'm sure I'll be shot down by a few for even asking this question. I know how ridiculous it must sound to the seasoned
I'll give you a bit of a background of myself...

I'm an athlete - have been for 22 years. I try to keep myself in good shape and cycle/run daily. The thought of climbing Everest is all that's on my mind for the moment. I understand all the dangers that comes with it, of course. I've travelled 20 countries and am currently residing in Thailand. My questions are...

  • Is it possible to be doing the climb from being a guy with no experience - in three years time?
  • I've looked at a lot of websites and it seems I'm gonna need around 50 - 100,000 dollars to do it. Is this a good figure on how much it's going to cost me?
  • What kind of training should one take up if he was considering an Everest climb?
  • Am I being delusional thinking that this could even be possible for a person (of no experience) like myself.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 26, 2014
Camp or not to camp on Everest and Gokyo trek  (6 Answers)

With two weeks away from my departure to Nepal. I still don't know if I should bring my tent with me. I have a Big Agnes Slater UL2 (3 season) tent. It’s around 2 lbs and 15 ounces. My plan is to stay with locals as well, but I was thinking it might be nice to camp once in a while.

What is your opinion?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 20, 2014
Would like some advice about the EBC trek please  (8 Answers)

EBC trek advice needed!!
So this might be a lot but if anyone can help me out I'd really appreciate it. Thanks in advance

So Im a 25 year old American female traveling solo to Nepal mid March for a month. My main thing is to do the EBC trek and possibly make it to Gokyo too and I would like to walk in from Jiri. I get to Katmandu March 10 and leave April 10. Do you think this is possible?

1. Hiring a guide? I'm just curious on general prices of going with a guide and if its highly recommended or if I can do it on my own and what the money difference would be. I was thinking if I met anyone else that wanted to be trekking buddies that would be welcome. I know it's probably not safest to go trekking totally alone.

2. My original plan is do the long way in via Jiri and fly out of Lukla. I'm super iffy on that airport, but I know everyone says I'll survive and it will be awesome, I'm just a bit wary but I'm not going to walk in AND out. Has anyone done the walk via Jiri? How is it? Does anyone have a suggested itinerary?

3. Visas, TIMS, park passes, etc. what exactly do I need, where can I get them easiest and how much?

4. Clothing wise, I know it will be cold especially at night. I currently live in Thailand so I don't exactly have thermals and all that wonderful stuff here, nor am I sure if its available (I live in Chiang Rai and will be in Chiang Mai prior to departure so if you know somewhere please let me know). I do have a pair of under armor leggings and a long sleeve shirt and a NorthFace fleece that I have from skiing that got me through Thailand's "cold" season. Are there places in Katmandu to buy these when I get there? Also what's an ideal packing list? I want to pack as light as possible and am not concerned with wearing the same thing multiple times obviously. Socks wise...are good ones and the liners available in Katmandu? Same with gloves, I've seen packing suggestions saying being three separate pairs but that seems like overkill.

5. I've heard you can rent equipment in Katmandu pretty cheap? Sleeping bag wise I would like to rent rather than buy and preferably a very warm one. I have heard you can rent down jackets in Namche as well because before there you maybe don't need it as much. Is this advisable or would you suggest renting in Katmandu? I wouldn't want to get up there and not be able to get a jacket.

6. My shoes. I have a pair of what I would call hiking sneakers, not so much boots (Merrell) from home. Would these be ok for the trail (I actually don't know if they are waterproof) or should I look I to buying a new pair in Nepal? Money is kind of tight.

7. Any other advice anyone has? Absolute essentials to bring or not bring?

Thank you so much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2014
Taking fuel to Nepal  (4 Answers)

Is it allowed to bring from US to Nepal fuel canister?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 16, 2014
Where are Taweche Towers located in Nepal  (3 Answers)

Does anyone know how to get to these towers, to stand there:

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 03, 2014
SPOT GPS to work in Nepal - Mt Everest Trek  (3 Answers)

I'm planning a trip to Nepal, to Mt. Everest Trek in March and wanted to know if SPOT GPS works there.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 13, 2013
Best time of the year to visit Everest Base camp  (4 Answers)

Is December/January a good time of the year to go to Base Camp Everest?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 04, 2013
IPhone SIM Card in Kathmandu  (3 Answers)

I own a IPhone, which is unlocked. I was wondering where I can buy a SIM card in Kathmandu, so that I can call U.S.

Plus, is it better to order the SIM card from U.S. or just get it in Kathmandu?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 21, 2013
Travel Agent - Can you suggest one. Looking to buy a flight to Lukla.  (1 Answer)

Can you suggest a good agency to purchase ticket to Lukla. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 21, 2013
Is it worth to camp/in tent on the way to Mt Everest Base Camp  (11 Answers)

I know that most of you stay with locals when trekking to base camp of Mt Everest. But, what is your opinion about camping/tenting? Do you think it's a good idea? Please give me your opinion. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 21, 2013
Booking ticket in U.S from Kathmandu to Lukla. How to get one?  (1 Answer)

I'm planning a trip in March 2014, and would like to book a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Most places want me to email them a copy of my passport and credit card information via email.
I land on March 15th at 11:45AM in Kathmandu. I want to get on the first flight on March 16th to Lukla.

Question 1: What is the best way to get a ticket to Lukla via secure way.
Question 2: How many weeks, or months ahead of time should I purchase my ticket?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 15, 2013
Staying a night at Mt Everest Base Camp - Nepal  (2 Answers)

Do I need a permit a camp a night at Mt. Everest Base Camp? I'm going solo.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 07, 2013
Trekking Companies in Nepal  (10 Answers)

I am travelling to Nepal in early November and planning to trek to Everest Base camp and Gokyo lakes, the tour company I planned to use is no longer running the trek to suit my dates.
I would be grateful if anyone can recommend a suitable company

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2013
medical and fitness restrictions for EBC trekking  (2 Answers)

Hi all,
I am planning to do EBC trekking early next year and I would like some advices from more experienced trekkers.
My questions are;

1. Is there fitness restrictions? (i'm in my mid 20s in a good shape)
2. Any medical restrictions? (I do have flat feet)

Thank you all,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2013
base camp,14 Aug,2013  (2 Answers)

Heading to base camp form Kuala on 14Aug 2013 and was looking for a climbing partner or group?I'm a 28 yr old male from Ireland and climbing alone.climbed Kilimanjaro last year and looking for another challenge.would appreciate any advise,cheers

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2013
Sleeping Bag for November 2013 Trek  (4 Answers)

We are attempting the EBC trek this November staying in tea houses.

I am having a bit of trouble trying to work out exactly what rating sleeping bag we should take on the Trek. Both my wife and I have -2 (celsius) bags which we will use for travelling through india and china (either side of the EBC trek)
but I am not convinced that -2 would sufficient for the EBC on its own.

I have the Deuter Trek Lite 300 - and was planning on boosting the comfort rating with a thermal sleeping bag liner which should get me at least to -10 celcius)

I figured that if that was not enough, then I could always use the blankets that are apparently at the tea houses - or wear all my clothes.

Has anyone tried this before - or is able to give me any guidance on this?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2013
everest base camp  (2 Answers)

M frm patiala, punjab india. M planning to go to EBC alone in nov or dec this year. I hv a vry small budget. I cant afford pacages. Cant afford to let big money ruin my dream. Can anyone let me know the chespest kathmandu-ebc-kathmandu 15 day trek?? Or ne1 frm north india interested in going with me?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2013
where to start?  (2 Answers)

I'm an experienced big wall climber and have recently become interested with the idea oh climbing everest but I'm not sure where to start. I need someone to shoot me in the right direction. Advice on guided vs private parties, training, books to read, or a preferred website to learn more would greatly be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 23, 2013
I'm thinking of going 2016 with Jagged Globe  (1 Answer)

Has anyone used them before. Their websit elooks great and is clearly very experineced on the South Side. Anygood? 

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 17, 2013
Which travel company to go with?  (11 Answers)

Hi there, I am planning to go to EBC in November this year. As I'm going as a single travelling female I want to go through a reputable travel agency. There are a couple in Britain which I am looking at, Safejourneys & Nepal Uncovered. Both seem to be relatively cheap compared to some of the other sites advertising, one of them almost half the cost. I am wondering if anyone has experience of either of these companys and finally why do you think there is such a huge margin between prices from different companys when they are all offering the same trek? Your feedback will be gratefully appreciated. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 25, 2013
equipment hire from Kathmandu  (4 Answers)

i am preparing to climb base camp in april/may 2013. I am not sure if it worth buying new gear or can i hire from Kathmandu? I need down jacket, crampons, ice axe, walking poles, gaiters, waterproof snow pants and jackets etc, how good or well stocked are the local shops in Kathmandu? appreciate feed back from people who have been there

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 28, 2012
Cheaper booking in Kathmadu?  (2 Answers)

Hi guys,

I'm just after a little advice on a trip to everest base camp.

Me and my bro are planning a 12 day trek in late april/ early may 2013. After the trip we are travelling onwards through asia and australia so like a lot of travellers we are trying to keep the costs down. In my experiences of travelling so far I have always found it less costly to book a tour with a local travel agent when you arrive at the destination. So I was wondering if we should wait until we arrive in kathmandu and book the trek there for a better price. Does any one know the rough cost of a 12 day trek to EBC including all costs (flight to lukla etc) when booked in kathandu?

Any info would be great. Thanks!


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