• Last Updated on Dec 30, 2023

Foods on Everest Base Camp Trek

Embarking on the Everest Base Camp trek is a challenge that pushes adventurers to their physical and mental limits. With towering peaks, icy slopes, and unpredictable weather, climbers need all the energy they can get to conquer this formidable mountain. That's where proper nutrition plays a crucial role. In this ultimate guide to food during the Everest Base Camp trek, you'll discover essential information to fuel your climb and optimize your performance.

Whether you're a seasoned mountaineer or a first-time trekker, knowing what to eat and when can make all the difference in reaching the summit successfully. From the best types of food to consume to strategies for maintaining energy levels, we'll cover it all. So, if you're ready to tackle the challenges of the Everest Base Camp trek and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, join us as we delve into the ultimate guide to food that will fuel your climb and make your adventure a success.

The food options are quite incredible along the Everest Base Camp trail. You will get various food options to enjoy. Nepali cuisine remains widely available with a variety of dishes. Along with that, you will also get many Western, Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese dishes. Likewise, fresh bakeries are also available in villages like Lukla, Phakding, and Namche Bazaar.

Among all the dishes, Dal Bhat (Nepali set meal) is the staple meal for any trekker during the EBC trek. It is packed with all the nutrients and energy needed to walk 6 hours a day. Moreover, Dal Bhat is also a very affordable meal. It is freshly cooked during every meal.

Along the trail, you will also find snacks and refreshments to keep your energy levels up. Local bakeries in some villages offer items like pastries, cookies, and cakes. Additionally, you can enjoy a variety of hot and cold beverages, such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and soft drinks.

*Note: We highly recommend buying your favorite snacks and bars in Kathmandu for the journey, as everything is expensive in the Everest region.

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Foods Available on the Everest Base Camp trek

Below, we have made a list of dishes that are usually found on the menu during the EBC trek:


Toast bread with jam and honey, French toast, cheese toast, honey toast, jam toast, toast bread with egg and cheese, plain toast, boiled eggs, plain omelets, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, veg omelets, cheese omelets, Tibetan bread, pancake with jam or honey, apple pancake, egg pancake, chocolate pancake, lemon pancake, cinnamon pancake, chapati plain, chapati with honey/peanut butter/egg and baked beans, oat porridge, Tsampa porridge, apple porridge, honey porridge, porridge with cinnamon and resins, muesli with hot milk, cornflakes with hot milk, rice pudding, chocolate pudding, etc.

Lunch and dinner

Dal bhat veg, dal bhat non-veg, rice with chicken curry, rice with veg curry, cheese fried rice, veg fried rice, egg fried rice, tuna fried rice, mixed fried rice, veg fried noodles, egg-fried noodles, fried noodles with cheese, mixed fried noodles, veg momo, buff momo, chicken momo, cheese momo, veg momo fried or steamed, potato momo, veg fried pasta, cheese fried pasta, pasta with cheese and tomato sauce, plain macaroni, macaroni with vegetables, cheese, and egg, mix macaroni, chicken pizza, mushroom pizza, mixed pizza, grilled cheese tomato sandwich, grilled tomato egg sandwich, grilled tuna tomato sandwich, spaghetti with cheese and tomato sauce, spaghetti with tomato sauce, spaghetti veg tomato sauce, spaghetti with tuna, cheese, and tomato sauce, etc.

Are non-veg dishes available during the Everest Base Camp trekking?

Yes, non-vegetarian dishes are available during the Everest Base Camp trekking. Trekkers can expect to find a range of meat options, including chicken, yak meat, and occasionally buffalo. The meat is usually prepared in different styles, such as curries, stews, or grilled.

For instance, you can get the most famous dal bhat with a choice of meat, such as chicken or yak meat, during trekking. Similarly, other non-veg dishes include momo, noodles, thukpa, thenduk, pizza, burgers, etc. Non-vegetarian options like omelets, sausages, ham, etc, are also available for breakfast.

Lodges in the Everest region prioritize hygiene, and the meat used in the dishes is usually sourced locally. As you ascend to higher altitudes, the variety of food options may become more limited, but non-vegetarian dishes are still available.

*Note: If you are an option for non-veg dishes during trekking, please be careful and inquire about the meat's freshness and quality.

Is the food served fresh during trekking?

Lodges along the trekking route normally source their ingredients locally. This includes vegetables, grains, and, to some extent, meat. Local sourcing contributes to the freshness of the food, as it reduces the time between harvest and preparation.

As you ascend to higher altitudes, the availability of certain fresh ingredients may be limited due to the harsh climate and remote location. Fresh produce might be brought in from lower altitudes or nearby villages, but the options can become more basic as you go higher.

Lodges often have limited storage facilities, especially at higher altitudes. To overcome this challenge, some teahouses may use preserved or dried ingredients, such as dried vegetables or grains, to ensure a longer shelf life. However, efforts are made to maintain the nutritional value of the food.

The teahouse staff prepares meals on-site, and cooking is done upon order. This helps ensure that the food is cooked fresh for trekkers. You can communicate your preferences and dietary requirements to the teahouse staff.

Which drinks are available along the way?

Different types of drinks are available along the Everest Base Camp trail. From boiled drinking water and mineral drinking water bottles to fruit juice, tea, coffee, energy drinks, cold drinks, and alcohol numerous options are available for trekkers to quench their thirst.

*Note: We highly recommend avoiding alcoholic drinks and smoking during trekking, especially when you are ascending, to avoid dehydration and ultimately, altitude sickness.

Mineral water: Buying mineral water bottles while trekking in the Everest region is a straight-up waste of money because it will cost you five times more than in the city. Not only that, mineral water bottles also increase waste and ruin the environment. Keep this option only for emergencies.

Boiled drinking water: Every lodge and tea house along the trail offers boiled drinking water. You can refill your water bottle by paying USD 1 to 2. For extra protection, use water purification tablets.

Tea/coffee: Different types of tea and coffee are sold in lodges and tea shops along the way. Varieties like butter tea, milk tea, black tea, lemon tea, ginger honey tea, black coffee, and milk coffee are widely available.

Fruit juices: Freshly squeezed fruit juices are not available everywhere, but you will get canned/bottled juices.

Alcohol: Different kinds of alcoholic beverages are available, like beer and wine. You will only find either Nepali brands or some homemade wines. Be mindful while drinking alcohol on the EBC trek.

Arjun Rijal

Arjun Rijal

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I am Arjun Rijal, Founder Director of the Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd & working as a travel planner/consultant for Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet Travel. I love hiking, trekking, and traveling.

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