Everest Base Camp trek is the most well-developed trek in Nepal. The hoteliers have managed for trekkers to have all the choices in the world when it comes to food and drinks. However, the cost is high because you have to skip everything before transporting by porter, mule, or yak.
What types of accommodation would trekkers use while trekk ing in Nepal?
Everest Base Camp trek is a tea house trek. It has a homely atmosphere and cozy accommodation. The quality and amenity of the tea houses depend on the altitude. Lower altitude usually has well-equipped rooms. As the ascent becomes higher, the accommodation facilities become basic. Everest Base Camp Trail offers accommodation for all budgets.
The rooms along EBC are on a twin-sharing basis. A pillow and a warm, fuzzy blanket are provided. The average bed per night per person on the trekking trail is about USD 7. In contrast, a room with two beds will cost USD 10. In Lobuche, the price per night is set at USD 7.
The toilets along the tea houses are basic squat style at higher altitudes. There is no toilet paper in the tea house, so one should bring essential toiletries along with the trek. In lower altitudes, most lodges have commode-style western toilets.
Food in Everest Base Camp Trek
There is a variety of selection of food at the EBC trek. From typical Nepali Dal-Bhat to Chinese and continental dishes, EBC trek offers all. Of course, the staple food is Dal Bhat. This is a high-carb diet that boosts the energy level of your day's hike.
The higher the altitude, the higher the food price. EBC trekking requires an average daily cost of USD 24-30 for food and drink. This includes a decent breakfast, lunch, dinner, hot drinks, and water.
Namche Bazaar also has some unique pubs and bakeries. Namche also has the Irish pub, the remotest and the highest Irish pub globally. There is also a German bakery serving hand-brewed coffees and bakery products. Similarly, there are several bakeries in Tengboche, Dingboche, Pheriche, and Lobuche. There are also vegan options available throughout the trek.
Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Pangboche, Dingboche, and Pheriche have small convenience stores with carbonated drinks, dry fruits, candies, etc. Some hotels on the way to Dingboche also have coffee machines with coffee drinks. You can also try local Chhyang - local alcohol on a hike.
Drinking water in Everest Base Camp Trek
Bottled water costs USD 1 for 1.5 L, but the price goes up to USD 4 as you reach Gorakshep. However, cold untreated tap water is free in Everest; it is not recommended. We recommend bringing at least one purification system such as LifeStraw, SteriPEN, purification tablet. The cost of boiling water is USD 0.4 to USD 1 per cup and USD 2.5 to USD 10 for a large pot.