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Meals in Everest Trekking

13th January 2022

Food is the most essential part during traveling and even more prominent during Everest Base Camp Trek. Similarly, if you're trekking up to Everest Base Camp, the last thing that your body needs is good food. Your body requires more than an average energy level during this trek as you will be trekking in a high-altitude region with a harsh landscape. So, it is really important that you have a good idea regarding the meals available during the Everest trekking. However, although it is located in the Everest region with less developed civilization, it is one of the most developed and famous treks in Nepal. Therefore, you can have a decent meal service during the Everest trekking. You can find several tea houses and home-stays throughout your trekking route where you can enjoy local cuisine and store up the energy with a good meal.

What are the best meals in Everest Trekking?

There is no single Everest meal that can be claimed as the best Everest meal. You should keep a balance between all the nutrients to have a good Everest trek.

Dal Bhat

It is one of the most local and common staple dishes that you get throughout the country, which provides the basic nutrients required for the body and helps in recovering your energy for the next day. Dal Bhat is usually served with cooked rice, boiled lentils, pickles, and vegetable curries. Having a warm dal bhat can instantly warm up your body and help you to survive the cold.

Yak Meat

Yak is the commonly available animal in the Everest region that is also used as food. You can get Yak Meat in most of the hotels of that region which can be something to try for the first time. Also, meat provides an essential protein and helps your body to recover from cold and tired days.

Garlic Soup

Garlic Soup is a healthy drink that is especially drunk to keep the body warm and prevent altitude sickness. Therefore, you can probably get Garlic soup in most of the hotels of the Everest region.  This soup is also popular among trekkers and most recommended for beginners.

Nepali Bread/Roti

Roti made from flour is a healthy and filling diet that you can get on the local tea houses. It is the great food that you can carry and have along the trek.

Chowmein and Momo

It is one of the popular menus after Dal Bhat that is also available on Everest trekking. Although it is not a local food of the Everest region, due to the high demand for this food throughout the country, you can also get it in the Everest region.

Snacks Available in Everest Trekking Routes

Everest snacks that are ready to eat are generally energy bars, dry fruits, candies, and coke which provides a high amount of energy required for your trek. You can get these snacks in the stores of Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Dingboche, Pangboche, Phakding, and Pheriche. A lot of "energy" bars are available in the market, and choosing Everest food ready to eat becomes pretty simple.

Foods to prevent High Altitude Sickness

  1. Carbohydrates – Trekking in high altitude regions requires a huge amount of energy which you can get from foods loaded with carbohydrates such as energy bars, rice, dry fruits, nut, and whole wheat foods.
  2. Garlic Soup – As said before, garlic soup is one of the reasonable food to have during trekking at high altitudes.
  3. Drink enough water – Water helps to prevent the body from dehydration at a high altitude. So, you should drink enough water to prevent the body from fatigue and altitude sickness.
  4. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine – These drinks can cause dehydration sooner than expected and increase the risk of getting altitude sickness.

Things to consider while planning your meals for Everest trekking:

Carbohydrates provide you energy, while fats and proteins give it to your body. Your body also needs vitamins, minerals, salts, etc. Make sure all these are included in your meals. Everest is a high-altitude place with a lot of physical activity involved. So you need more calories than usual.  There are basically two types of Everest Trekking Food, Meals to be cooked and meals to be eaten as is. You need to decide based on your Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary how many portions you will require and what the daily calorie intake of each person in your group should be.

Cost of Water in Everest Trekking

You're probably thinking, "how much does water cost in Everest Trekking?" The price of water can vary depending on the location, but typically it costs between $1 and $3 per liter. Boiled Water: Coldwater might be troublesome while drinking at a cold temperature. So, boiled water is the safest and most convenient to drink during Everest trekking, basically at night. The price range of boiled water varies with NPR 50 to 120 per cup and NPR 300 to 1200 per large pot, according to the higher altitude hotels.  If you are trekking with a guide, they will be able to provide you with safe drinking water along the way. However, it is always a good idea to bring your own water bottle and fill it up when you can. This will help you save money and also help reduce the amount of plastic waste generated by Everest Trekking.  So, What are you waiting for? Start planning your Everest trekking food menu and have a stomach that is as happy as your heart!

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