Foods during the Everest Base Camp Trekking
while staying at the guesthouse during the Everest base camp trekking we will have an early breakfast around 7:30 to 8:30 then we start our trekking. Usually you will choices of Teas and coffees which is good for cold weather condition. In trekking lodges tea is served as various size. Normally in menu they are listed small Pot, Medium Pot and big Pot. Normally small pot is 0.5 liters, big pot is 2 liters. All the guesthouses there is not stander pot it may be smaller or bigger than the other guesthouse.
With French toast served with jam, butter or honey. More original and tasty will be homemade bread in the form of Tibetan bread or Chapatti. Sometimes, but not always, local tsampa porridge will be available during the trek. It tastes delicious if it is well prepared.
Hashed brown eggs will also be available for breakfast, as well as omelets, pancakes, muesli, cheese and juice from packs.
When eating breakfast on the Everest Base Camp Trek, I usually prefer a generous portion of oatmeal, fried eggs and Tibetan bread. Oatmeal is healthy and replenishes your body with energy for longer and maintains a higher level of glucose in your bloodstream.
Normally your guide will decide where to make your Lunch. Until you reach an altitude of 4,000-4,500m, during your day’s you will usually encounter several settlements along the trekking route where you can have lunch. The selection of the meals is starting from simple snacks in the form of Tibetan bread with jam right through to various soups, steaks, sandwiches, Momo, macaroni dishes and pizzas. Depending on the guesthouses they offer various items of local foods as well. One of the best high altitude food is garlic soups which helps to prevent the altitude sickness. As well the Nepalese national food – dal bhaat or boiled rice with a specially prepared lentil soup with side dishes: vegetables, root vegetables, curry and the like. Dal Bhaat in the mountains is very nourishing; it is a light and healthy hiking food.
Dinner is usually eaten in the trekking lodge where you are staying overnight which you will usually reach on a normal trekking day some time from 18:00 – 20:00, depending on the route plan. On the way to your destination, you will mostly make your overnight stay at a new altitude which will be higher than before and it is recommended that you start dinner by consuming a lot of fluid. Even if you don’t want to eat and have a mild headache due to the new altitude you’ve reached, it is important to eat, because this reduces the risk of contracting symptoms of altitude sickness. You can order all the same meals for dinner at a lodge that are available for lunch. There is only one menu at trekking lodges at it doesn’t change.
What not to eat
Normally meats are flown in to Lukla and carried up without refrigeration to its destination. Sometime it takes more days so it’s better to avoid the meat items during the trek. Also alcoholic drinks are not good in high altitude.