People are frequently asking if Everest base camp trek is safe after the Nepal earthquake. I will say YES and the entire zone is very much safe for the trekking. This is basis the real ground report from the trekking zone.
The earthquake that occurred in Nepal resulted in a big avalanche on The Mount Everest Base Camp, Base camp 1 and 2. This took the life of 17 climbers and the world was shocked. Everyone thought the entire Everest region is devastated, however the ground report and reality is something else.
Actually Everest region is the least affected area. I am giving a real ground report from the world’s most popular trekking zone. Here, I am giving you a real picture of what has happened and not happened from Lukla to Gorakshep (Everest Base Camp). If you are aware of this zone then you must know that most of the Hotels (Tea Houses) are made of wood, and many of them are two and three story wooden buildings.
Let’s start from Lukla. Almost zero effect of the earthquake in Lukla and all the hotels and homes are safe. Only few homes got a negligible crack.
Phakding: Very little effect of the earthquake here. Very less no of homes got partially broken and no one is injured.
Monjo: The effect in Monjo also very little and only few home partially broken and no one is injured.
Jorsale: Almost nothing happened here in this village and all the homes and hotels are safe and functional.
Namche Bazaar: Namche Bazaar also had the very little effect of the earthquake. A few, may be 2 or 3 hotels’ roof was partially broken and few Hotels & homes got minor cracks. Almost the entire Namche region is not affected from the earthquake and no injury to anyone.
Kyangjuma: Absolutely no effect of the earthquake here in Kyangjuma village.
Tengboche: Here in Tengboche many hotels are broken down and however no one was injured. Currently most of the hotels are operational, like the Himalayan hotel in Tengboche is 85% repaired and within few days it will be 100% operational.
Deboche: Almost no effect of earthquake in Deboche which is just below Tengboche.
Pangboche: Few homes and Hotel affected but most of them are safe in this big village and no one is injured.
Shomare: Situation in Shomare village is also very similar to its neighbor village Pangboche, only few homes and Hotels are affected and no injury.
Dingboche: nothing has happened here in this big settlement of many hotels and absolute zero effect of the earthquake.
Pheriche: It is a bad luck for Pheriche as almost everything is fully broken down over here. Periche is situated just right opposite to Dingboche; however there are no major injuries that people have faced. Now in 2016 all the constructions done as old time.
Dughla: Nothing has happened here and this place is just 2 hours walk from Pheriche.
Lobuche: Only three hotels are affected. One of them is 90% broken and other 2 are partially broken down and no one is injured. This region has several other hotels that are operational.
Gorakshep: All of the hotels are safe and only few negligible cracks occurred here but all of them fully operational.
The hotels or homes that are broken down in some of the above places are because of their built quality and many of them are very basic wooden construction and that is the reason they have broken down. I saw many hotels (tea houses) in this region which are made of basic plywood (single floor hotel) so there is no surprise that even if it is a nominal earthquake, these hotel will fall down.
As per my analysis the entire trekking zone is safe to trek. Once the situation in Kathmandu will settle down then you can start your Everest base camp trek as planned and the entire zone is open for you. Once the rescue operations are over in Kathmandu, one can comfortably go for their Everest Base Camp Trek Expeditions.
Please find below the references for Nepal earthquake to get more detailed information.