Interesting Questions – Answers about Mount Everest

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Interesting Questions – Answers about Mount Everest

It is really a difficult job to answer in a sentence related to Mount Everest as the beauty, nature and features of the Mount Everest cannot just describe through few words. But still I am trying to answer in a short sentence of many questions which are frequently asked by many persons like you. Here you go.

Where is Mount Everest?

Mount Everest is located in north-east Nepal and South Central Tibet at Mahalangur sub range of the Himalayas. The Mount Everest considered the top of the world at 8,848 meters height from sea level.

Is Mt Everest in Nepal or China?

Mount Everest is located in north-east Nepal and South Central Tibet at Mahalangur sub range of the Himalayas. Sagarmatha is local Name of Mount Everest in Nepal and Tibetan local name is Chomolungma.

What is the exact height of Mount Everest?

There were several surveys from British Government from 1802 to 1947 through their agencies. Different heights were claimed and recorded at British era in India, among them 8,840 meters high was claimed by team Andrew Waugh and his mates in 1856. In 1955, the elevation of 8,848 m (29,029 ft) was first determined by an Indian survey, made closer to the mountain, also using theodolites. This is officially recognized by both Nepal and China government respectively. And this is the widly accepted height of Mount Everest (8,848 meters/29,029ft) as of now.

Again there were several claims from 8,839 meters to 8,850 meters. In May 1999 an American Everest Expedition, directed by Bradford Washburn, anchored a GPS unit into the highest bedrock. A rock head elevation of 8,850 meters (29,035 ft), and a snow elevation 1 meter (3 ft) higher, were obtained via GPS. On 9 October 2005, after several months of measurement and calculation, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping announced the height of Everest as 8,844.43 m (29,017.16 ft) but it has not been officially recognized by Nepal. Geoid uncertainty casts doubt upon the accuracy claimed by both the 1999 and 2005.

After a massive earthquake of 2015 in Nepal, because of the powerful tremor many people believe it has knocked the height of the Everest so Nepal already have sent its 4 official climbers to the Everest to get the exact height, as per government officials the whole process is about to complete and will be announced soon. (we shall update here once its announced).

Who named Everest?

Everest was named by the Royal Geographical Society in 1865 to honor George Everest. Sir George Everest was a Geographer and Surveyor General at India from 1830 to 1843.

Has Mount Everest killed the most climbers?

Yes, as per reports Mount Everest has the most tragedy records, as many climbers failed for successful Everest Expedition.

How many bodies are still there at Mount Everest?

As per reports, around 100 bodies may be lying on Everest.

Where is Mount Everest base camp in Nepal?

Located at Khumbu, The Everest Base Camp is near to Gorak Shep at altitude of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet). See this map for further.

Can you see Mount Everest from base camp?

No, you cannot see the Mount Everest from Everest Base Camp due to other tall mountains in front of you. They block you to see the Everest. You can see the clear view of Everest from other places trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Can you see Mount Everest from Kathmandu?

Yes, you can see the Mount Everest from Kathmandu Valley on a clear day. Some pictures were released claiming Mount Everest was seen from Kathmandu while Nepal was fully lockdown due to Coronavirus Covid-19.

Can you see Mount Everest from Lukla?

Yes, you can see some views of the Mount Everest from Lukla. We offer Everest View Trek for the travelers who are on really short vacation and want to see the Everest and explore more about Everest region and Sherpa ethnic people, their culture, tradition and lifestyle.

How difficult it is to walk to Everest Base Camp?

As it sounds the Everest Base Camp Trek is not difficult. Here are major three facts why the Everest Base Camp Trek is not difficult as you might be thinking.

  1. It is not backpacking trek, there are enough lodges for the food and accommodation.
  2. Normal itineraries are perfect to complete the Everest Base Camp Trek but you can still make them longer if you wish.
  3. There is no issue of getting high altitude sickness since you will trek with other trekkers under guidance of experienced & certified guide of Shepherd Holidays, You will have 2 days for acclimatization in normal 15 days Everest Base Camp Trek. These two days are enough to adjust your body with the altitude; however you can rest more than two days for acclimatization in Himalayas if you want.

Is Everest Base Camp dangerous?

If you compare with climbing any peaks above 5,364 meters of Everest Base Camp, it is exceptionally safe but as Everest base camp is the highest base camp of the top of the world; still there are some variety of risks because of its location and obviously the high altitude. This is the main reason that you have to trek with guide who can read the climate well and the symptoms what your body is performing.

How can I reach Everest Base Camp?

Here are 3 options which are being used by the travelers to reach to the Everest Base Camp.

  1. Fly to Kathmandu, Fly to Lukla and Trek to Everest Base Camp.
  2. Fly to Kathmandu, Drive to Jiri and Trek to Everest Base Camp.
  3. Fly to Kathmandu and Take the Helicopter to Everest Base Camp.
  4. Everest Scenic Flight is another (Bonus) option to see the Everest from air.

How long is Everest Base Camp?

Normally, you can reach to Everest Base Camp on your eighth day of the Trek to Everest Base Camp including two acclimatization days to adjust your body with the altitude. If you don’t like to trek or if you are very short on time and would like to reach at Everest Base Camp then you can reach the Everest by Helicopter. Here are some options for you to select the suitable Helicopter tours.

Does Everest base camp trek lose weight?

Definitely, trekking up and down in Himalayas every day for regular 9-20 days (there are different routes) you will lose 5-10 kg weight.

How much does Everest Base Camp cost?

are many ways to reach the Everest Base Camp. And the cost depends on your expenses; the cost differs on services you require. Check here for different packages, you can understand the difference prices cost for the Everest Base Camp Trek.

How can you stay at Everest Base Camp?

If you are trekking to Everest Base Camp, you don’t need to stay at Everest Base Camp. If you still would like to stay at Everest Base Camp, you can stay under tented camp.

Unlike Annapurna Base Camp, there is no option to stay inside the permanent shelter at Everest Base Camp. You can stay overnight at Gorak Shep and trek to Everest Base Camp next day and return back to Gorak Shep.

How Cold Everest Base Camp is?

In Trekking season of winter it gets up around -6°C.

What is the best time to visit Everest Base Camp?

You can visit Everest Base Camp in any season by helicopter if weather is good enough to fly. If you would like to go by trekking, the crowded (obviously the best for anyone with various reasons) months are March, April, May, Late September, October and November. However, December, January and February are also okay to conduct the trek if you are prepared with the freezing condition. Monsoon also considered as another unique season for trekking in Everest recently as tourists flow has been increasing.

Do you need oxygen for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Normally, bottled oxygen is not required for Everest Base Camp. Two days of acclimatization day are enough to adjust your body with the high altitude for Everest Base Camp Trek. However, supplementary oxygen can be used to reduce the effects of hypoxia.

Is Mount Everest a Volcanic Peak?

No. It does not have any characteristics of a volcano inside Everest.

How to be prepared for Everest base camp trek? /Do you need to train for Everest Base Camp?

Yes, you should be fit to complete the Everest Base Camp Trek. Here are some ideas for getting fit for trekking for Everest Base Camp.

  • Cardio training to improve cardio durability.
  • Make your legs strength for walking.
  • Building stamina

Additionally, you can prepare 8-9 weeks before your trek starts. You can at least hike or walk for long distance for a day every week or daily if possible to train your legs for comforatable walk. You can slowly increase the distance while this training. Swimming also helps to be fit for the trekking in Himalayas.

Can you trek Everest base camp without guide?

Yes, you can trek without guide but we advise you to go for the Everest Base Camp Trek under guidance of Guide or Leader since the climate of Himalayas can be changed frequently and nobody can predict well so a guide will keep you strong, safe, informed as well as he/she will do the needful if the condition turned bad.

What do I need for Everest Base Camp? Basic Packing list or equipment for Everest Base Camp

  • Baggage/Day pack (25–35 liters) with cover
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking Boot
  • Camp Shoe
  • Down Jacket
  • Trekking Trousers
  • Waterproof and Windproof Jackets
  • Scarfs/ Neck bands/ Headbands
  • Light and comfortable cloth
  • Cap or Hat
  • Polarized sunglasses with UV protection
  • Drinking bottle
  • Gaiters
  • Medicines and Toiletries
  • LED headlamp with extra batteries.
  • Trekking poles.
  • Sports Bras (for ladies)
  • Money

Do I need a sleeping bag for Everest Base Camp?

Yes. Although you can sleep inside the lodge or guest house in Everest region, still sleeping bag is needed to keep you extra warm for Everest Base Camp Trek.

Is Everest base camp trek worth it?

Yes. As Everest Base Cam Trek or Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour also takes you to Kala Patthar and other especial places around Everest region, it is really worthy for you. Check all the available options and packages here for further.