Wi-Fi, Mobile Network and Electricity

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Technological advances have made the connection even to rural Nepal relatively easy. Power outages do occur at times, but these have been significantly reduced. In the EBC trekking route, the Wi-Fi, mobile network, and electricity can vary.

Is there internet at Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp Trek has internet. Free Wi-Fi is only available in some cafes and tea houses. The internet also tends to be slow due to over-connection. Like food and lodging, purchasing Wi-Fi is expensive with the ascent.

In certain localities such as Lukla, Phakding, and Namche Bazaar, unlimited Wi-Fi coverage can be bought for around USD 5. Such facilities are also available in Thangnak and Dzongla. Once in the base camp, Wi-Fi is pretty expensive to buy for USD 5 an hour.  

Ncell, a private telecom company in Nepal, has also provided high-speed 3G internet service at Everest base camp since 2010. You need to purchase a SIM card and activate the data to use this service. One GB of data costs around 10 USD, which can be used across the country where the network is available.

Is there a phone network in Everest Base Camp?

There is network coverage on the way to Everest Base Camp. This service is not available at all waypoints. Two telecom companies are operational in EBC -Nepal Telecom (or Namaste) and Ncell. One may or may not work at different times in different places.

Mobile phone coverage in Everest Base Camp might not be as great as in the city. Nepal Telecom works best below Lukla, and Ncell reception is better than above. The network also depends on the weather conditions. Bad weather is the same as bad networks. Since purchasing these sim cards is pretty easy, getting both sims should not be expensive.

Electricity along the EBC Trek

Electricity is available throughout the Everest Base Camp Trek. The lower section of the trek is powered by hydropower, and the upper section is powered by solar energy. The device can be charged throughout the Everest Base Camp Trekking, but at an additional cost.

In many cases, there are no charging sockets in rooms. There is usually a common charging station for charging the device near the hotel reception. It can be charged hourly or as a percentage of the battery.