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Food on Everest base camp trek

11 Apr 2020 Magic Himalaya Treks

Food on Everest base camp trek

Everest base camp trek is a lifetime experience for me and many other people around the globe. While trekking to another country out of home it is very important to have proper food. Food plays an important role in learning the culture of a particular country where you visited. Food on Everest base camp trek is on different varieties so People doing Everest base camp are lucky. There are many teahouses on the Everest base camp trek that provides food as well as Accommodation to stay the night. The food is available to select from the menu. There will be many international cuisines as well as local. Regarding the food, it is provided three times a day. The first food is breakfast which is normally Bread, egg, chapatti and hot drinks such as tea and coffee. The breakfast is providing early in the morning before trekking and hiking start.

The second meal of the day is lunchtime which normally in mid-day between 12 pm to 3 pm. There will be different lunch items on menus such as Spaugatti, Macaroni, Steak, Fried rice, potatoes, finger chips as well as many more. Dal Bhat is also available for lunch. The third meal is dinner. Dinner is available in the tea house where you stay the night. You can enjoy the different items from the menu which is similar to lunch along with desserts such as chocolate roll, Banana filter, And Apple pie, etc. If you want you can order and eat another time also.

Everest food – FAQs

What kind of food is served during the Everest trekking teahouses?

Answer: The main food during the Everest base camp trek and any other trek in Nepal is Dal Bhat. The Dalbhat is combined with steam rice along with the soup of lentils and different varieties of curry along with spicy pickles. There are many other local dishes along with the famous Dal Bhat. The international dished is limited from the menu. There are few popular international dishes which make locally but some teahouses make it very nicely maintaining international standards.

Is meat available during the Hike?

Answer: We can find menus with meat items in almost all teahouses during the Everest base camp trail. We recommend not eating meat and meat products especially in higher elevations of the trek because it is carried all the way up from the lower area. They carry that meat by foot, yak, donkeys which takes many days. There is no chance of getting meat fresh. Yak is available in higher parts of the trail but the religions of locals not allowed to slaughter animals in that area. So, People depend on lower lands like Lukla for meat products which are a big risk because of not having fresh.

Do we get fresh food during the Journey to base camp?

Answer: Due to remoteness there is not very good availability of fresh food on the Everest trail. Most of the food has to bring from lower parts or Kathmandu spending many days so there is no point that the food remains fresh while serving the clients. To avoid long-stored food use the most popular and crowed guesthouses and teahouses along the way because those guest houses bring food more frequently.

Do I get three meals a day?

Answer: Yes, trekkers in Everest regions get three meals during the day. Teahouse provides First breakfast then lunch and dinner before sleep. In some remote parts such as crossing the three pass, we have to carry lunch which is not required for those doing the Everest base camp trekking. The lunch along with dinner is from the mean which people enjoy along with desserts. Some people drink beers or hot drinks before bed.

Do we get fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, and eggs in teahouses?

Answer: There is no point in getting fish in that area. In lower parts of the trek, we can get fruits to buy which they bring from Kathmandu to sell trekkers. Most of the trekking company provides fresh fruits from Kathmandu which guide will serve during dinner time and some time in breakfast and lunchtime. Fruits such as pineapple, apple stay for long and are safe too. Almost all guest houses will have eggs to serve trekkers but that could be stored long because they bring more in offseason so that they can sell in season. Some of the teahouses have their own garden for fresh vegetable so at that time you will have the opportunity to get fresh vegetables. While selecting guesthouse looks if they have a garden full of vegetables.

How can I drink during the trek?

Answer: If you are trekking through the tour operator then they will provide the filter drinking water. The entire guest house also provides the safe drinking mineral water in bottles which will cost you. Normally the guest house uses tap water to cook and prepare tea after boiling. Many international travelers also use tap water with some iodine, drops and tablets. So it depends on you and your budget on how you like to drink.

Everest base camp trek – Popular food

Dal Bhat

 Dal Bhat is a common dish in Nepal and is a very energetic food combined with steam rice, lentils soup, and vegetable s and different flavored of pickle and papad. Our company has a cooking class to teach Dalbhat making. Remember us and learn with experts to cook Dalbhat.

Chicken Meat

Different kinds of chicken items are on the menu such as chicken curry, chicken fried rice, chicken steak, chicken sizzler and many more. These chickens have to bring from Kathmandu and lower parts which might not be safe to eat all the time.

Yak Meat

Yak meat is also available in some guest house but it is not safe to eat. All the yak meat carried from the lower point which takes many days of carrying by foot and yaks. Local people’s culture does not allow cutting yaks on higher lands so there is no chance of getting fresh yak meat unless it carries by helicopters. If there is Some Everest base camp helicopter tour group at that condition helicopter may drop yak meat or chicken if you have good contacts.

Dumplings (MoMo)

This is one of the Tibetan dishes which are very popular in Nepal and available in all parts of the treks. Mo. Mo is possible to make from veg, potatoes, meat, paneer, cheese so there are many varieties of options for memos. We can also make fried mo.mo or chilly memos.


Besides, there are many popular dishes such as burger, Fried rice, Chow Mein, sandwich, Sherpa stew, Tibetan bread and many more. For all Everest base camp luxury trek, Everest base camp yoga trek, Gokyo valley trek and high pass, the menu is petty much same. Remember us for the best trekking with the best food with Magic Himalaya Treks.

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