Wifi Internet & Charging Facilities on Everest Base Camp Trek 

By Glorious Himalaya on September 25, 2022 in Travel Tips

WI-FI, INTERNET & CHARGING FACILITIES ON EVEREST BASE CAMP TREKKING:
‘enjoy the adventure in the comfort of modern technologies around high Khumbu’

In the world of high technology, the importance of cell phones and the internet has become part and parcel among people. Even the base camp of Mount Everest has access to the internet. And you can connect with your families, friends, and beloved ones throughout this journey.

Remote areas of Nepal and the Himalayas are not far behind modern technologies. Most major villages and larger settlements are well equipped with these technologies over the past few decades until now. Providing the best facilities for the travelers on route Everest base camp, and within various adventure destinations around Khumbu.

At present trekkers can enjoy the services of Wi-Fi and Internet, including charging facilities on Everest base camp treks. Nearly all lodges, guest houses, and inns offer the best services to its guest. Due to its traditional Buddhist heritage and culture, the Sherpa’s of Everest are well known for their friendly hospitality. Which makes the Everest Base Camp trek, one of the renowned and popular destinations of Nepal and around the Himalayas.

Thousands of trekkers, adventurers, and mountaineers visit the high Khumbu every best season of the year. Travelers can find all types of accommodations from the budget, standard to deluxe rooms, in most villages and settlements.

Trekkers can enjoy the facilities of Wi-Fi, Internet, and charging electronic items and gadgets. Nearly throughout the trek from Lukla to Namche Bazaar and Gorakshep. Gorakshep, the last overnight stop before Everest base camp, is located beneath a high Kalapathar rocky hill.

Hydroelectricity is available from Lukla to Pangboche the last permanent village, whereas in other settlements beyond Pangboche. The electricity is run by private solar power at every lodge for the conveyance of its guest.

Above 3,000 m the sun is bright with strong UV (Ultra Violet) rays on exposed areas, much cooler in shades. Provides excellent energy for Solar Power panels, where hydroelectricity has not reached around Dingboche, Pheriche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep.

Everest base camp trek is certainly a delightful adventure, in the comfort of good, cozy lodges with an excellent food menu. Including the services of Wi-Fi, Internet, and charging facilities at nearly every lodge en route to Everest base camp.

PREPARATIONS FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP FOR NEEDFUL ITEMS:

Before departure for the Everest camp trek, one should be aware of the needful items to carry with you. Important to know the facilities of Wi-Fi, Internet, and availability of hydroelectricity power on route Everest Base Camp.

The first step know the flow of AC power, in Nepal the electricity is 220 to 240 Volts and 50 Hz. Where some foreign country like USA and Canada has 110 to 120 Volts with 60 Hz. Necessary to carry a Voltage converter for Nepal, as well plugs are required. A three types C, D, and M (Two round pins, and three round pins with a triangular plug of M).

Type C charger

Type C charger

Besides your trekking gear. Best to know which local SIM cards are the best for trekking in Nepal Himalayas like Everest base camp.

The best and most effective is Ncell and NTC or Namaste of 3G gsm network coverage: Which can be used for phone calls and internet data also.

NTC and NCEll card

NTC and NCELL Prepaid card

Best to buy in Kathmandu, as in the mountain village shops and stores like in Lukla and Namche Bazaar. The price will be much dear than buying in Kathmandu, where one can easily obtain it. Needs to complete the form showing your passport, visa number, and local address or of the hotels including PP size photos.

Travelers also can purchase Everest link Wi-Fi prepaid cards, which is a wireless-based ISP company for Everest, and the Khumbu area. Here you can see how to connect Everest link internet to your device.

Everest Link Card

Established in 2014, issues pre-paid cards similar to recharge. Where the router of Wi-Fi at the lodge releases the network and then logged in to the device scratching the card.

The benefit of a Rs 600 card provides you with 200 Mb of data, which should utilize within 15 hours.

AT LUKLA – 2,820 M HIGH:

Network Company WIFI signal Phone call signal Charging facility
Ncell 3g internet with good speed Ncell network is available for the phone calls Available at an extra cost. However, some teahouses provide free charging service as well. Electricity is generated by hydro.
NTC/Namaste 3g internet with good speed NTC network is available for the phone calls
Everest Link Strong WIFI signal with good internet speed

Lukla is the beginning point of all the Everest region treks and offers wifi, the internet as well as charging facilities. Ncell and Ntc 3G gsm network is available to use the internet and even for phone calls. In addition, Everest Link prepared card is also handy to use the internet. At Lukla, charging facilities are common at every teahouse without paying extra.

Lukla is a famous and popular town due to its airport with many nice lodges, hotels, and resorts. Where one can enjoy the facilities of Wi-Fi and the internet, in the lodge, especially on the way back.

AT PHAKDING – 2,645 M, 3 hours walk from Lukla:

Network Company WIFI signal Phone call signal Charging facility
Ncell 2g internet with poor speed Ncell network is available for the phone calls Available without extra cost. Electricity is generated by hydro.
NTC/Namaste 2g internet with poor speed NTC network is available for the phone calls
Everest Link Average WIFI signal with an average internet speed.

Starting the trek from Lukla an easy walk down to Dudh Koshi River, then on a pleasant winding trail. The walk leads through several nice villages adorned with Buddhism prayer monuments. Reaching Phakding for an overnight stop, a moderate size village with many nice lodges. Where all lodge with hydroelectric power to charge your electronic gadgets, includes facilities of internet services and WI-FI. Charging electronic devices are free of cost here as the high voltage of electricity is generated from the Dudh Koshi river.

Sometimes it is free of charge, whereas in some lodges have to pay fees. The area is located in a river gorge, where the internet and WI-FI might get interrupted in between.

AT NAMCHE BAZAAR – 3,440 M, 6 hours walk:

Network Company WIFI signal Phone call signal Charging facility
Ncell 3g internet with good speed Ncell network is available for the phone calls Available without extra cost. Electricity is generated by hydro.
NTC/Namaste 3g internet with good speed NTC network is available for the phone calls
Everest Link Strong WIFI signal with good internet speed

From Phakding walk on a pleasant gradual path for the first half entering Sagarmatha National Park. Sagarmatha is a name for Mt. Everest in Nepal, which the native Sherpa calls Chomolungma. From the park entrance reach Jorsalle the last village on route Namche Bazaar. After lunch on a nice trail crossing over a high bridge, a steep undulating uphill reaches Namche Bazaar.

A haven for trekkers and local Khumbu villagers, the hub and capital of Khumbu, and the major junction for various adventures. Namche Bazaar is steeped with many excellent hotels, lodges, and resorts for all types of travelers.

Where Wi-Fi and internet services are available in every lodge as well as in restaurants, cafés, and pubs. A perfect place for rest and acclimatization and also for a short hike, exploring the scenic viewpoints.

In the comfort of a lovely lodge, with facilities of Ncell and NTC 3 G gsm network coverage. Everest link WI-Fi prepaid cards are available but not for use on phone data.

The internet and phone services get much better higher up from Namche Bazaar.

Can re-charge your electronic items free of charge in most hotels and lodges.

AT TENGBOCHE – 3,867 M, 5 hours treks:

Network Company WIFI signal Phone call signal Charging facility
Ncell 3g internet with an average speed Ncell network is available for the phone calls Available at an extra cost. Electricity is powered by solar.
NTC/Namaste Not available Not available
Everest Link Good WIFI signal with an average internet speed

A scenic walk from Namche Bazaar to the high Tengboche Monastery, overlooking grand views of Everest with majestic Ama Dablam.

In the afternoon a few hours climb after lunch into a lovely cool forest of rhododendron and pine trees.

Reaching on top, Tengboche Monastery amidst forest surrounding encircled by an array of snow peaks with views of Mt. Everest.

Tengboche with a few nice lodges, with excellent services of Ncell 3g gsm network coverage. Recommended for using phone calls and internet data as the Ncell Tower stands close to the lodge.

But Ntc gsm network coverage is disturbed sometimes, where Everest link WI-Fi prepaid cards are available. It can be used in case Ncell data is not working, Cell Phone and camera battery charging are available. One needs to pay the price for charging each item per hour basis. Entering the dining and main reception of the lodge where you can recharge your device.

AT DINGBOCHE – 4,340 M, 5 hours walk:

Network Company WIFI signal Phone call signal Charging facility
Ncell Not available Not available Available at an extra cost. Electricity is powered by solar.
NTC/Namaste Not available Not available
Everest Link Average WIFI signal with good internet speed

Great walk downhill and past the tree line, then up to Pangboche the last permanent village. From here onwards are just temporary settlements to cater to the needs of trekkers.

The walk with an hour up to Dingboche, located in a scenic Imjatse valley.
A large settlement with many fine lodges from Dingboche to Gorakshep every lodge with private solar power. Trekkers can recharge electronic appliances at extra cost, but NTC and NCELL network doesn’t work, even if it does. Bad and slow reception with disturbance due to its location in a valley. Enclosed within high towering peaks of Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam with views of Island Peak towards the east. At this place, we recommend you use the Everest link prepaid card for better internet. 

Cell Phone and camera battery charging are available from solar power at extra cost at your lodge.

Trekkers can use a power bank for phone charging and camera batteries at the dining reception of the lodge.

At Dingboche most trekkers spend an extra day for acclimatization, taking a short hike for grand views of surrounding snow peaks.

AT LOBUCHE – 4,960 M, 05 hours walks:

Network Company WIFI signal Phone call signal Charging facility
Ncell Not available Not available Available at an extra cost. Electricity is powered by solar.
NTC/Namaste Not available Not available
Everest Link Average WIFI signal with an average internet speed.

From Dingboche heading higher, the walk on gentle up with a few short steep climbs from Thugla. The rest of the trek is pleasant with a touch of high altitude reaching Lobuche before Everest base camp.

Lobuche with many good lodges, but the Ncell and NTC gsm network coverage is bad with no coverage. Where Everest link WI-Fi prepaid cards are available, can be used. In case WI-Fi prepaid cards are not available at your lodge, can buy them from another lodge nearby.

For Cell Phone and camera battery charging, solar power is available at an extra cost. Can use the power bank for charging cellular devices also.

AT GORAKSHEP – 5,180 M and AT EVEREST BASE CAMP – 5,364 M.

Network Company WIFI signal Phone call signal Charging facility
Ncell 3g internet with an average speed Ncell network is available for the phone calls Available at an extra cost. Electricity is powered by solar.
NTC/Namaste 3g internet with an average speed NTC network is available for the phone calls
Everest Link Average WIFI signal with an average internet speed.

Due to its location in Gorakshep the Ncell and NTC gsm network coverage works with a good 2 g network. For phone calls and moderate data connection, Everest link WI FI prepaid cards are available and suggested to use.

Cell phones or electronic gadgets for charging are available at extra cost at your lodge in Gorakshep for using solar power. Gorakshep for overnight halt after visiting Everest base camp.

Walk to Everest Base Camp, spending only an hour just to be at the foot of the world’s highest peaks. But for Ncell and NTC gsm network coverage can receive a moderate connection for a phone call. Where Everest link WI-FI is available at Everest Base Camp. We advise you to carry a power bank because the charging facility is not available at Everest Base Camp.

AT KALAPATHER – 5,545 M.

Network Company WIFI signal Phone call signal Charging facility
Ncell 2g internet with poor speed Ncell network is available for the phone calls Not available.
NTC/Namaste 2g internet with poor speed Ncell network is available for the phone calls
Everest Link Average WIFI signal with average internet speed

Kalapather is the only place on this trek for a better and closest view of Mt. Everest. Therefore, every trekker pays their visit to capture the breathtaking sunrise and mountain range.

At Kalapather, Ncell and NTC network doesn’t work well. Instead, we recommend you use the Everest link prepaid card for the internet. There isn’t a teahouse or any charging stations.

Some useful tips for your EBC Trek

  • If you only want to use the internet and stay connected with your beloved ones, the Everest link is the best option for WIFI or the internet for this trek. In most places, it works better than the other gsm networks.
  • Buy a SIM card in Kathmandu and it is also useful for phone calls. You can easily find NCEll and NTC sim cards nearby your hotel in Kathmandu. Remember that network coverage for phone calls and the internet are not accessible at every place on this route.
  • Bring 2-pin (C-type) power sockets for charging on the trek. It can be purchased for around $2-3 at mobile shops in Kathmandu.
  • While charging your gadgets in the dining room at a teahouse, you must inform at the reception.
  • To protect the power of the batteries wrap them in thick clothes because the power of batteries drains quickly due to the cold weather.
  • Electricity in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche Bazaar is powered from hydro and provides free charging facilities. Therefore, find the best hotels in these places that offer charging facilities without any extra cost.
  • Bring some extra batteries for your cameras.
  • Bring a power bank of at least 10,000 mAh or a solar charger that can be very useful in the mountain and help to reduce your charging expenses.

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