Why booking your Everest Base camp trek a little early is important?
The best season for 2016 for Everest Base Camp trek, i.e. autumn 2016 is round the corner. Have you booked and confirmed your place for the trek to the base of world’s highest peak? If not and if you are thinking to do it this year you shall rather hurry up! Planning and booking your trips ahead is always good for all holiday trips and especially for Everest base camp trek, its more important to make your trek more comfortable, enjoyable, and memorable. Trekking agencies will accept your booking even if you book two day before but there will be no guarantee of best experience for late bookers. Here are some of the reasons why pre-booking Everest base camp trek is recommended:
To get hold of early morning flights
The first and the most important reason for booking earlier is to get hold of early morning Kathmandu – Lukla –Kathmandu flights. Lukla is the gateway to Everest region and point from where you start your trek unless you are thinking to do the longer Everest base camp trek from Jiri after driving a whole day. Late morning flights have 50% chance of being canceled, leave alone the afternoon one. You probably don’t want your flight to get delayed or cancelled due to bad weather condition, do you? Obviously not! Flights in the Himalayan region are highly affected by the weather. What happens is that as the day progresses, the weather (wind and cloud) starts creating disturbances making it impossible to fly. This happens even in the peak trekking season. Yes it does, not to mention about the monsoon season where flights don’t take off for weeks!
The weather condition of Himalayas is rather unpredictable and dynamic as the day progresses, and hence the frequent flyers along the route prefer early morning flight. You are late for booking for the Everest Base Camp Trek means that your chances of getting desired early flight decrease rapidly and late morning flight means uncertainty! You will need more buffer days after the trek. This is seriously important; and a thought on this!
Have the desired hotel and preferred room (s)
Another reason you are supposed to pre book trek at least few months ahead is hotel reservation stuff. Similar to the case of flight, the early bookers are awarded with best and more desirable rooms in hotels. Best season for Everest treks is the most tourist season in Nepal and hotels gets overbooked months ahead. Booking your trek belatedly means that you are reducing your chance of getting preferred room in preferred hotel. You would love to sleep in cozy comfortable rooms after a long flight and after a long strenuous trek. Getting earlier booking means you get the room in the desired hotels with best facilities available.
Get served by the best guides
Similarly, when you book your trek not on time, you may miss a chance to trek in companion to excellent, experienced, knowledgeable trekking guides. Of course, no trekking guides are employed by trekking operators unless they have the government license, good knowledge about the route, knowledge about AMS, first aid knowledge, etc level of knowledge, professionalism and experience vary person to person. The best guides are generally allotted for early group of birds!
No last-minute negotiation
If you start planning your EBC trek you don’t need to go for last minute negotiation with trekking companies. You can compare and examine the services, quality, and offers of several trekking companies with enough time at your disposal. Sometimes you may be very lucky and catch early bird discounts which most agencies offer!
Thus, book your Everest Base Camp Trek as early as possible and be sure in regards to the quality of related logistics.