EBC vs Pikey Peak

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1. Posted by nickelis (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

I wanted insight on whether it was worth the ~$700 price tag for two tickets to Lukla to enjoy the EBC if one were to have only 6 days to use on the trek, or, if it'd be more advisable to enjoy a more accessible, cost efficient, closer trek to Kathmandu, such as Pikey Peak, or even Poon Hill? (although the crowds there aren't as enticing!) This will also be my first trip to Nepal. Thanks

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1143 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

If your time is limited it might be better to defer the trip to Everest Base Camp. If you're flying to Lukla or any landing strip in the Himalayas you're subject to delays and flight cancellations because of weather. Flights tend to leave early in the morning as winds usually kick up in the afternoon in the mountains before dying down. I was in Talcha last year; and the flights to/from Nepalgunj weren't always available; and tickets were difficult to obtain in advance. Some people had to wait a day or two or longer to get out. Plus, there was a landslide near the Talcha "airport"; and getting to it took some effort. We drove from Talcha (after visiting Rara Lake) to Surkhet, which has an airport.

When hiking or trekking in the mountains acclimatization is important, so you'll have to spend time to adjust. Last year we were around 18,000 feet several times in Tibet and Nepal; and because we made the ascent gradually we encountered no problems.

If you still plan to trek to Everest Base Camp, try to work with a Nepalese company to help make arrangements. In 2017, we hiked in Nepal's upper and lower Mustang regions and permits were required ($50 per day, minimum 10 days). I used the same guide I had in Mustang for last year's trip to western Nepal, including Rara Lake.

Many people think Kathmandu and Pokhara are the best places to see the mountains. But there are other places with more spectacular views, such as Dhampus and Thasang.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Jan-2019, at 15:54 by berner256 ]