There are internet spots in Namche Bazaar, but anything available further along the way to EBC?
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how about 3g/gprs coverage along the the trail?
Mobile phones lines are available on EBC routes. But it'll be very expensive. I suggest you to buy a nepali sim card, ncell or namaste to use their internet services and mobile lines. It'll be cheaper than use the ones of your own country
Yeah the main idea was to buy a local sim card and use the mobile internet service if it is available. But if I understand correctly, both ncell and namaste has coverage along the trail, as well as have a working mobile internet service.
.....uhhh - just enjoy your vacation. the web will be available at home when you return, and will not miss you.Edited: 14 November 2012, 19:56
Just got back from an EBC trek and was able to have good success with and NCell sim in my US iphone - about 2cents a minute to call back to the US and reasonable fees for data - although if you know you are going to be doing any major data I would wait for a wifi (albiet slow) connection.
I had decent 3g reception almost the whole way - exception being periche, and Gorak - but others in Gorak were doing fine - so not sure of my connection issues. Certain areas along the trails were spotty but most overnight areas have decent connection.
You need a photo to get a nepali sim card and if you bring an iphone be prepared to cut it down as they don't sell the mini-sims that the iphone requires - then you can load up as much/little credits and be able to recharge from vendors almost the whole way up and back from ebc.
Easy to check remaining balances and recharge
Best reception up there over May-June was on Nepal Telecom it seems - my Ncell was mostly on E network or no data at all until Namche, Dingboche and then Gorak Shep funnily enough.
Gorak Shep had the best reception of the whole trip - our lodge was under the mobile phone tower!
Well said NWPhil !
This is an old post, but it is still applicable. Irks me. Some people have family that are very worried for them and Wifi is needed to touch base with them to let them know we are ok - especially if a solo traveler like myself. It's not like I am trying to watch a TV show online or check the latest internet sales. We live in a day and age where we can offer our loved ones peace of mind a bit quicker than decades before and I will give my worried parents that POM, if able. Some have friends and family very excited for us that will never travel and live vicariously through our adventures....and are anxiously awaiting to hear if their friend accomplished his or her lofty goals of the trek to 18,000 ft. That is HUGE! Overall, I appreciate these TA forums, but I get aggravated when people ask a simple question on these forums and then are tried to made to feel stupid or frivolous for asking a question. That's it. I'm done.
I agree with emis 100.Edited: 04 September 2014, 05:38