Everest Base Camp trek is a once in a lifetime adventure that takes you to the world’s highest base camp at an altitude of 5,364m. It is one of the challenging trips where you will fall and rise again. Furthermore, you will get a chance to blend yourself with pristine nature, beautiful valleys, majestic Himalayas, local culture, cuisines, and traditions at the same time.
Just remember that if you have a strong will inside you, then gender doesn’t matter when traveling/trekking. As a female or a male, with full planning and preparations, you can do all kinds of challenging trek including Everest Base Camp trek solo.
And our today job is to give you a detailed guide about “Everest Base Camp Trek Solo | Male | Female”.
Everest Base Camp Quick Facts:
- More than 35,000 trekkers hike in Everest Base Camp every year.
- The max elevation of Everest Base Camp is 5,364m but the max elevation you will gain during the trek is 5,545m (Kala Patthar).
- As a professional trekker, you can complete the EBC trek in just 10 days without any acclimatization.
Some EBC Highlights:
- You will take a flight to the world’s dangerous airport: Hillary airport, Lukla, also featured in National Geographic.
- You can visit the World’s highest located star hotel “Everest View Hotel” 3,880 meters (12,730 ft.).
- Explore the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region “Tengboche Monastery”.
- Hike through the Sagarmatha National Park, which is listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Run across the rare wildlife such as Musk dear, Blue sheep, Daphne (national bird of Nepal), and many other endangered animals.
As a solo traveler, it may be hard to prepare many important things in other countries but in Nepal, it is very easy. You get a visa on arrival in Nepal which saves lots of effort. After taking your visa, the remaining things to do in Nepal will be your accommodations, permits, money exchange, packings lists, and some useful pro tips.
So let’s get started!
Money Exchange in Nepal
After your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, take a taxi and head down to the Thamel area where you will stay in a hotel. For the cheap but best service hotel, you can book Hotel Thamel Park which is our best opinion.
In your leisure time, you can just walk around the Thamel area and you will find lots of Money exchange markets in your way. “Just go and exchange your money there” because the prices will be the same. You can check for daily currency updates if you want to. Normally, exchanging USD 1,300 will be enough but it may vary according to the itinerary and your daily expenses.
Where to get the necessary permits for Everest Base Camp Trek?
For Everest Base Camp Trek, the most important things you will need to permit. The first permit you have to buy is a TIMS card which can be bought inside Thamel are or Nepal Tourism Board.
Similarly, you have to get your Lukla flight ticket too. And for this you can contact the travel agency or you can direct contact in some websites that deals flight ticket.
On your arrival at Lukla, you will then have to buy a Local Permit as well as National Park Permit too.
Best 15 Days Itinerary for Everest Base Camp Solo Traveler:
- Day 1: Arrival in Kathamndu
- Day 2: Fly to Lukla 2,800m & trek to Phakding 2,660m – 04hrs
- Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazar 3,440m – 06hrs
- Day 4: Acclimatization day, visit Syangboche 3,800m and Everest View Hotel
- Day 5: Trek to Tyangboche 3,810m or Deboche – 06hrs
- Day 6: Trek to Dingboche 4,450m – 06hrs
- Day 8: Acclimatization at Dingboche.
- Day 9: Trek to Lobuche 4,910m – 06hrs
- Day 10: Trek to base camp 5,364m via Gorakshep & back to Gorakshep 5,180m
- Day 11: Trek down to Pheriche 4,210m or Pangboche 4000m
- Day 12: Trek back to Namche Bazar – 07hrs
- Day 13: Trek back to Lukla -7hrs
- Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu
- Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu
Best Time to do Everest Base Camp Trek Solo:
Normally, Autumn and Spring are the best time to do the Everest Base Camp trek.
However, different season offers you different vibe and experience on this trek.
|Season (Best to Least)||Month||Average Temperature||Weather|
|Autumn Season||September 23 – December 21||20°C at day and -10°C at night||Warm and crystal clear skies, no dust and humidity, breath taking mountain views|
|Spring Season||March 19 – June 20||15°C at day and -10°C at night||Warm and moderate temperature, lush green vegetation especially rhododendron forest, excellent mountain views|
|Winter Season||December 22 – March 20||15°C at day and -17°C at night||Extreme cold nights, snowfalls, avalanches and blocked trails|
|Monsoon Season||June 21 – September 22||17°C at day and 5°C at night||Heavy rainfall, hot and humid, slippery trails|
Accommodation during Everest Base Trek:
|Location||Numbers Of Hotels/Lodges/Teahouses||Accommodation Type|
|Lukla||Abundance Numbers||Basic to Luxury|
|Phakding||Abundance Numbers||Basic to Luxury|
|Namche Bazaar||Abundance Numbers||Basic to Luxury|
|Tengboche||5 Hotels||Basic to Good|
|Deboche||Few||Basic to Good|
|Pangboche||Few||Basic to Good|
|Dingboche||Few||Basic to Good|
|Gorak Shep||5 Teahouses||Very Basic|
|Phriche||Abundance Numbers||Basic to Good|
Food during Everest Base Camp Trek Solo:
- Everest Base Camp trek does not provide a wide variety of dishes. However, during the whole trek, you can enjoy the hot local food especially the very popular “Dal and Bhaat”.
- Usually, three meals a day is a plan for every trekker; Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. The foods here are altitude-friendly, like noodle soup, garlic soup, hot lemon tea, etc.
- Due to the remote region trek, the freshness of meats is not guaranteed. Also, do not expect any kind of fish or seafood.
- Tap water is available during the trek but we do not recommend drinking tap waters as they are not hygienic. Buy bottled water, filtered water, or hot water.
Things to pack for Everest Base Camp Trek as a Solo traveler:
- Everest Base Camp is a high altitude trek. The weather is very cold during night and morning time on each and every four seasons. Hence, you must include warm clothes and essential accessories in your backpack.
- If you are planning the Everest base camp trek in winter then you must have extra warm jackets and clothes.
- Try to make your bag as light as possible. Please exclude unnecessary items such as laptops, make-up boxes, hairdryers, etc.
- If possible carry trekking poles with you. It will help you to walk easily on the trekking trails.
|Wicking long-sleeve T-shirts / 2 pairs||Quick-dry T-shirts / 2 pairs||Bra / 3 Pairs (sports bra recommended)||Thermal underwear / 2 pairs|
|Underwear / 4 pairs||Fleece Jackets / 2 pairs||Insulated Jacket or Down Jacket / 1 pair ( Can be rented )||Insulated trekking pants / 2 pairs|
|1 pair of waterproof jackets & pants on your bag.||Shorts (optional)||Gaiters (optional)||Hiking boots / 1 pair|
|Spare shoe / 1 pair||Camp shoe or sandal / 1 pair||Woolen hiking socks / 4 pairs||Cotton socks / 2 pairs|
|Sleeping Bags ( can be rented )||Water bottles or water bladder||Trekking pole||Portable charger|
Some Useful Tips to do solo Everest Base Camp Trek:
- Come prepared. It means you have to be physically and mentally healthy.
- Buy the essentials clothing, gears, and equipment in Kathmandu. You can get all the necessary trekking items at very affordable prices. You can even get down-jackets and blankets on rent.
- Plan extra days just in case of any problems, delays, or changes on the itinerary.
- Make sure you are eating enough and staying hydrated.
- Hire one experienced porter to carry your bags.
- Don’t forget to bring the basic first aid kit.
I hope this blog will help you on your journey to Everest Base Camp. Feel free to leave a review or any kinds of suggestions in the comment section. Check out our other blogs too if you are interested covering everything in detail.