Living without the internet has become increasingly challenging for many of us. With technology connecting us in various ways, the thought of being disconnected can trigger feelings of disconnection and isolation. However, experiencing the breathtaking beauty of Everest is every adventurer’s dream, and sharing those moments with loved ones is even more enticing. If you’re planning on trekking to Everest Base Camp and want to stay connected with friends via Facebook and Twitter, there are ways to access Wi-Fi during your trek. Here are some tips to help you stay connected while on your Everest Base Camp adventure.
Buying unlimited WIFI at overnights.
Did you know that you can access unlimited Wi-Fi coverage in certain villages along the Everest Base Camp trek? For a fee of around $5 US, you can purchase unlimited Wi-Fi coverage in Lukla, Phakding, Dole, and Namche Bazaar. If you forget to buy access in these villages, don’t worry – you can also purchase it in Thangnak and Dzongla, which are located at higher altitudes and closer to Everest. Staying connected while on your trek has never been easier!
Free WIFI in EBC Trek
The Everest View Hotel is one of the few places in the region that offers free Wi-Fi service to its customers. Additionally, keep an eye out for cafes and tea houses displaying a “Free Wi-Fi” sign to enjoy free internet connection during your trek. However, finding such places can be a matter of luck, and even then, it’s worth noting that the internet connection can be slow due to overuse. So, while it’s great to stay connected with the outside world during your Everest Base Camp trek, it’s important to be prepared for slow or limited internet access.
How expensive is Wi-Fi during the Everest Base Camp Trek?
AAs you ascend on the Everest Base Camp trek, Wi-Fi, along with other services such as food and lodging, becomes more expensive. However, you can purchase credits for Wi-Fi from Everest Link in Machermo for around $8 USD, which will give you access to ½ GB of internet. It’s worth noting that once you reach Base Camp, Wi-Fi comes at a much higher cost of around $5 USD per hour – a popular trend in the area. So, while staying connected can be convenient, it’s important to budget accordingly for Wi-Fi expenses during your trek.
Since 2010, Ncell – a private telecom company in Nepal – has been providing high-speed 3G internet service at the Everest Base Camp. To enjoy this service, you’ll need to purchase a SIM card and activate your data. Luckily, SIM cards are affordable and can be purchased at any Ncell store in Kathmandu or other cities. To save money, it’s best to buy separate data from the phone, as internet usage will otherwise be debited directly from your phone credit – which can be costly. For instance, 1 GB of data typically costs around $10 USD and can be used across the country wherever there’s network availability.
The Ncell 3G network can be accessed from the top of Mount Everest as well.
In conclusion, you don’t need to abandon your modern amenities while embarking on your Everest journey – simply bring extra cash to pay for the services. Happy climbing!
Baburam is a young and vigorous person whose trekking journey has been in the mountainous region of Nepal comprising treks to EBC, ABC and many more. He has gathered immense knowledge of the mountainous terrains, local culture, traditions and other interesting aspects of adventurous journeys.