Things you might not know about Kathmandu, trekking to EBC and Nepal in general.
If someone says that they are trekking to Everest Base Camp it doesn’t mean they have to sleep in a tent or are intending to climb Mount Everest.
Accommodation is simple on the trail there is not a lot of up market accommodation.
There are no roads into Lukla the start of the Everest Base Camp Trek. Generally people fly into Lukla and start trekking from there. The nearest road is at Jiri and you can walk from there. The airport was built in 1964. People still walk in from Jiri. Jennifer from Jennifer’s Journeys did it.
Some villages along the track have wifi but it doesn’t always work. Great places for wifi are Namche Bazaar, Dingboche and maybe Pangboche and Lobuche. It is a combination of the location but also the lodge.
The early part of the trail is not that remote and you will see children going to school along the trail.
You need to research the season and the months you are traveling well. There advantages for the different seasons.
December – cold but beautiful dry sunny days
Late September two years later. Warmer days when the cloud lifts.
Going there you are helping the local economy.
Stick to vegetables on the trail. Refrigeration is not brilliant.
It is not normal walking and Diamox is key. Make sure you have it an I would tend to follow the trekking guides’ recommendation, as in experienced guides who lead treks on a regular basis. A slow trek is key to getting there without be sick. Altitude headaches can be really horrible. I’ve heard and read. We didn’t have any.
There is a thing called a Go Girl. Apparently female rock climbers use them to urinate. Practice is advised.
Kathmandu has lots of places to see including Durbar Square where you can see lots of pigeons.
Having a massage after a trek is a very good idea. I didn’t do this and I felt really sore and stiff a few weeks later, back home in Australia. I felt like my body was seizing up. Next time I will have a massage.
The lower part of Nepal is quite tropical almost and you can even go on a jungle safari. We went to Chitwan. Buses are very scary and the journeys are incredibly slow.
You can fly into Lukla for a day and take flights up over Everest.
You don’t have to go to EBC you can take a shorter trek and just go as far as Tengboche. There are other side treks you could go and not go to EBC.