August 1, 2022
In spite of the regular belief, it is possible to trek to Everest base camp without a guide. Here is a quick guide to cover everything that a guide does for you from buying gears to lodging there. Find all the answers to when, how and why.
Everest Base Camp trek is one of the classic treks that you can do it Nepal. This trekking trail takes you to a majestic place surrounded by nature’s work is one of the most visited regions in the Himalaya. There are various treks that you can do in this region and customize according to yourself. Everest Base Camp trek with or without a guide usually takes about 2 weeks to reach the basecamp and return. This trek can be increased or decreased by modifying the trek to some other place in the base camp region. Most of the trekkers take the trek to reach the base camp of the highest peak in the world.
Reaching this high altitude secluded area is not an easy task to do but it is an incredible experience. Usually done in groups, this base camp trek can be done solo or without local agencies. This kind of a hike to the base camp will be a different experience with a lot of things you will learn. The iconic Everest base camp trek is long and difficult but can be done by anybody in good health. This Everest base camp trek, although usually done with a guide, can be done without one. This article gives you a complete guide from the beginning to the end of your journey on how to complete your trek without a guide.
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Everest base camp trek with or without guide requires you to reach Namche Bazzar first. There are three ways to reach here.
The best time to get to Everest Base Camp without a guide is during the two famous trekking seasons in Nepal; Pre-monsoon which starts from late February and lasts till the end of May and post-monsoon which starts late September and lasts till the early December.
Although the best time depends on the purpose of your trip. The purpose of your hike to Everest base camp may be to witness the mountains, reach the peak, travel solo or without a guide. Different purposes will vary the best time for your trek.
The above listed time is favorable if you want to experience a relatively easier hike in the Khumbu region as it is the easiest time to trek. There will be a lot of tourists on every trekking trail which will minimize the risks of you being lost. The services will also be in the best quality to accommodate incoming tourists. The weather will not be as cold as any other time of the year, which makes the trek easier than other times.
While visiting this place without a guide, make sure to pre-book the places and get confirmation beforehand as the places might not have empty rooms at that time. The prices might rise a little during this season compared to other months because of the demand there.
Among the two mentioned time, pre-monsoon is better suited for people who aim to go higher than the base camp and the post-monsoon time is better suited for people who want to enjoy nature’s beauty, clearer skies, and better mountain view.
Trek to Everest base camp without a guide needs you to be ready with all the types of equipment and gears. As one reaches higher sections of the region, the weather conditions are quite adverse. Packing is one of the most daunting things as you have to keep the weight to a minimum as well as be prepared for anything. Even with guides, you never get the perfect instructions as to how to pack and if the guide is definitive, you always have to alter it according to your needs. Below listed are the must-haves for your trek without a guide in this region.
It is recommended to carry the products which you have used. All of the products are available in Kathmandu or Namche bazar to rent or to buy and make sure you have used it once in Kathmandu before you proceed to the trek.
The trek in the Everest region requires you to get two permits beforehand. The first permit you need is a local permit (Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit) which costs about 20 USD and the other permit is Sagarmatha National Park Permit which costs about 30 USD.
If you start your trek from Jiri, you need to obtain Gaurishankar Conservation Area permit which cost you about 30 USD.
Everest Base Camp without a guide has one perk of not having a fixed itinerary. One can always change according to how he/she is feeling. Below is a basic itinerary that is usually followed on the trek.
Day 1 – Flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek for about four hours to Monjo
The trek is flat and relatively easy.
Day 2 – Trek from Monjo to Namche Bazaar. The duration for this trek is about 4-5 hrs on average. The ascent to Namche Bazar is through a dusty slog of pine forests. The later part of the trek is relatively difficult because of a steep climb.
Day 3 – Acclimatization in Namche Bazar. It is a place with a few good places to eat and buy gear if you missed any.
Day 4 – Trek from Namche Bazzar to Tengboche, which is at an altitude of 3870m. The duration of this trek is about 4 hours. Visit Tengboche Monastery
Day 5 – Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche. The duration of this trek is about 4 hours. After you reach Dingboche, you’ll see an amazing view of mountains like lots, Amadablam, and Taboche.
Day 6 – Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche for about 5 hours. You will reach an altitude of 4930m. Lobuche has an ancient cemetery and offers a breathtaking view.
Day 7 – It is advised to acclimatize for a day in Dingboche. It is in a higher altitude and hiking without acclimatization will increase the risk of you falling ill
Day 8 – Trek to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp. The duration is about 7 hours but the trail is easier compared to other days. You will reach the main destination of your trek.
Day 9 – Trek to Kalapathar and stay at Pheriche. Kalapathar offers a panoramic view of the mountains. It is said to be the best place to view the mountains. The trek lasts for about 7 hours.
Day 10 – Trek back to Namche bazar
Day 11 – Trek back to Lukla
Day 12 – Fly back to Kathmandu
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As you go higher, the health services available are very less. There are only a few health posts available in the area. Therefore, be sure to take care of yourself and carry medications for common health problems listed below:
Everest Base Camp Trek without a guide can be both expensive or cheap, depending on how well you have planned. If you have planned it efficiently, it is cheaper without a guide.
The average cost per person for the whole trek usually varies from 1500 UDS to 5000 USD, inclusive of transportation, gears, and other necessary materials. The total cost per person on average per day in the base camp region is about 50 USD.
While trekking alone in the high altitude, you will need to adopt some safety measures. As you don’t have a guide, communication there will be difficult. You might also be overcharged for some products. To help you with this, we have listed a few measures that you can take :
The most important and functioning medical facility in the Khumbu region is given by the Himalayan Rescue Association. It has aid posts in multiple places in the region and has a lot of volunteers employed. Urgent medical conditions cannot be treated in the health posts and therefore have to be evacuated via helicopter.
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