A colorful house on the trail
Before we begin with the day to day itinerary, these tips will really really be useful:
1)Keep one day in reserve for flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back.I booked my tickets online with Tara Air . While returning from Lukla to Kathmandu , it is important that you report one day prior at Lukla airport and confirm that you would be boarding the flight next day.
2)Carry cash as there may be no electricity at times. 2 points where I used cards on the way were at Namchee Bazaar and at Hotel Himalayan at Tengboche. In worst case you could always borrow money at Namchee and deposit your credit card and collect it while returning. Ideally 3000 Nepalese Rupee per day per person is a safe bet.
3)WIFI is available at almost all the points on payment of 600 Nepalese Rupee for 200 MB.
4)If like me you going solo with no porter, no guide, the first trick is to pack light. Keep raincoat and one pair of clothes to change at the end of each day of trek
5)There are signposts on the way which will direct you to the EBC trail. But still keep a map and keep looking for red flags which are ever present on the EBC.
6)Please keep a one liter capacity Thermos flask
7)Acclimatization is the key, please read on high altitude sickness before indulging in this trek
8)You have to get a TIMS card for this trek at the Nepal tourism Board office.It will cost you 600 Nepalese for Indian Nationals.On the way you have to again pay 1695 Nepalese to enter the National park area
9)Accomodation will cost you 100-200 Nepalese except for Loubuche where you have to pay a fixed amount of 500 Nepalese
Day 1 : Delhi – Kathmandu
I had booked a hotel at the airport gate so that next morning i could be at walking distance of the airport to board a flight to Lukla. Rented a taxi and went to collect the TIMS card. It took about half an hour to get the card. Pashupati nath temple is very close to Airport and I really wanted to see it and it was worth it. No trip to Kathmandu is complete without walking in the Thame area. I spent a good half day roaming around in Thamel. If it is a clear day, the view both from Delhi to Kathmandu and Kathmandu to Lukla is breathtaking.