RE: do they sell t-shirts when you get there?
I did EBC in November at it was great. It's more the feeling of accomplishment once you reach base camp, as well as amazing views on the way. If you go just to say you've been to base camp you'll miss so much on the way. I personally thought the hike was most beautiful up to Tengboche Monestary below the treeline.
I don't feel there really is much of an environmental impact as everyone pretty much sticks on the trails. It's a very popular route but most trekkers appreciate and respect the locals and the environment so it is a positive experience. If you want isolation though, this isn't the hike for you as it is busy.
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