Trip Overview of Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest base camp trek is the best trekking option for those who have limited leisure time. We will get into the culture and traditional life of the Sherpa people during the trek. A surreal view of majestic mountains, rich biodiversity, and so forth. This difficult trek to the Everest base camp is rewarding the view when you are at Kala Patthar., the short trek gives the trekkers full opportunity to view the World’s highest peak “Mt. Everest”.
For all the trekkers seeking a grand adventure within a short period. Everest Base camp short trek is the best option. It is our most booking trekking package also. It brings an unforgettable experience of the overwhelming vistas of the Everest Himalayan chain of the Khumbu region. Which consists of five of the world’s highest mountains. Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt, Makalu (8,463m), Mt, Cho Oyo (8153m). Mt. Lhotse (8,501m) and Mt. Lhotse Shar (8,393m). Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this Trek will let you experience the most beautiful time of your life.
The nature itself with lots of flora and fauna, glaciers, mountains view. friendly people with distinct cultures and ethnicity, monasteries, etc. are the key factor of the Trek. Aside from the beauty of the Himalayas, this area includes natural wonders heritage sites indexed by UNESCO. Rich in pine forests of rhododendron (Nepalese national flower) and an endangered species of birds and animals, this trek is truly unique and memorable.
The trail route of Everest base camp trek
Flight from KTM flight to Lukla
Trekking to Phakding (2652m/8701ft)
Phakding trekking to Namche Bazzar (Acclimatization day in Namche)
Namche Bazzar trek to Tengboche (3867m/12687ft)
Tengboche trekking to Dingboche (4360m/14304ft)
Dingboche Trekking to Lobuche (4940m/16207ft)
Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170m/16962ft)
Trekking to Everest Base camp (5364m/17598ft)
Gorakshep trekking Kala Patthar (5545m/18192ft)
Trek back from Kala Patthar to Pheriche (4280m/14042ft)
Trek start after the scenic flight to Lukla.
The Mount Everest trek starts from the flight to Lukla airport from Kathmandu. Trek up to Phakding and to Namche Bazar. Where we will be greeted by many local Sherpa’s with their unique culture. The chance to view the mountain vistas will take your breath away for some time. We then head towards Thyangboche Monastery. Therefore, it offers a fantastic 360-degree landscape, definitely a captivating one, and a panoramic view of Everest.
After, we will move toward Imja Khola and the village of Pangboche and Pheriche. Similarly, during this Trek, we will be capturing all the places in the vicinity, from Dudh Koshi to the whole Khumbu valley. The amazing view, interact with the best local people. Also meet other like-minded travelers, delicious food, and the culture there will make your short trek remarkable.
This trekking is feasible for the entire 12 months. However, due to the climate and the weather conditions, we recommend to do it from the start of March to mid-May and then again from the beginning of September to November. During the winter months, snowfall may cause difficulty in traveling. On the other hand, summers are wet, and the extraordinary peaks are frequently lost in the clouds.
Above the Himalaya brings you the trek to a short base camp with unlimited fun, enjoyable memories, and a remarkable trip. With professional guides and porters, we ensure you the best trip of your life.
What our guest tell about the Everest base camp trek
When it comes to trekking and hiking in Nepal Everest base camp trek comes at first. Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world so, most people dream of the trek to Everest base camp. Mount Everest lies on the boundary of Nepal and China. Thus, there is two base camp one on each country at the opposite side of the Everest base camp. But the route from Nepal (south base camp) is mostly preferred by the trekkers. The elevation of the Everest base camp is 5830 meter from the sea level. The Nepali name for Everest base camp is “Sagarmatha” which means “Goddess of the sky”.
Everest base camp trek is full of enormous beauty of nature.
Thousands of trekkers trek to Mount Everest trek throughout the year. Trekkers can find a wide variety of nature. The best part of this trek is watching the world’s highest mountain in the world from Kala Patthar (5,600m/18,373ft which provides the best view of Mount Everest. also, Sagarmatha national park which is instead on the world’s heritage site by UNSECO falls under this trek.
In this national park, you can see many rare snow animals and birds. From Everest base camp you will get to witness other high mountains like Mt Lhotse (8,516m /27,940ft), Makalu (8,485m /27,838 ft.) & the giant Cho-Oyu (8,201m /26,906ft). Since you will be going through the different small villages of Nepal, you will get to observe Nepali culture and tradition closely. This trek also has huge religious and cultural importance as there are many small and big Buddhist monasteries throughout the trek. Namche Bazaar is one of the main highlights of this trek. Namche bazaar lies at an altitude of 3440 meters.
Covid-19 updates & our safety precaution for Everest Base Camp trek
It is safe to travel trekking in the Everest region on post-COVID 19 Above the Himalaya Trekking always puts the safety of our guests, employees, and community at our first priority. The Everest base camp trek is one of the world’s best trekking trails and offers you stunning views. If you choose to join us for your Everest base camp trek, you can be confident that we have implemented social distancing and sanitation procedures to ensure your comfort, health, and safety while cruising or staying with us. Thus worrying about the risk of COVID cases is minimum with our team as we are always concerned about the safety of our customers.
As a locally-owned small business in Kathmandu Nepal, we are deeply connected to our community. We will continue to do our part to keep our guests, employees, and community safe and healthy during this time. It is our passion to share the beauty of Nepal Himalayas with our guests and we look forward to doing so this autumn in the safest way possible.
What we are doing for our Tour Group:
- Limitation on tour group sizes
- Offer free hand sanitizers and face masks
- Hygiene Safety Regulations for Customers
- Mask: Need to wear it all the time when you are in-crowds.
- Hand cleaning: We suggest guests use hand sanitizers available.
- Social distancing: Maintain a physical distance of at least 1.8 meters.
- wearing a mask and using sanitizer regularly during your travel
- Eating healthy food
- Encourage drinking plenty of lukewarm water
Hygiene Safety Regulations for Staff
- Our guides are well trained with Intensive wilderness First Aid
- Masks and Gloves: Suggest to wear all times while serving customers.
- Hand cleaning: Suggest to clean regularly.
- Medical checkup: Employees will be going through regular medical examinations.
- Eating healthy food
- Clean and sanitize frequently when touching the surfaces.
- Encourage drinking plenty of lukewarm water
- Emergency Warning Signs will keep at the entrance.
Our trekking group size
Our Everest base camp trek group sizes are quite small and from 2 people to 10. We always make a small group to reduce the impact on the environment and to enable us to provide a more personal service. The maximum group size on most of our treks/tours is 12 and the minimum group size is 2. if you are a single traveler we also operate a private solo trip for you. After the COVID 19 pandemic, we are now making our trekking group size in a 10-person limit, this also makes it easy to provide you the best service and look after all of you from your trekking guide and porter. So any number are you are don’t matter you can book your trip with us we are happy to run the best holiday for you.
The main attraction of the Mount Everest trek
Mount Everest (World’s tallest mountain)
Mount Everest is the main attraction of this trek. Though you cannot see Everest base camp from Kala Patthar provides the best view of the mount everts. Along with getting to see the mesmerizing view of other mountains like Lhotse, 8516 m, Nuptse, 7855m, the south face of Pumori, 7161 m, and Khumbu glacier. Through this trek, you can get a 360-degree view of Mount Everest.
Visiting Tengboche Monastery
As mentioned above Short base camp trek also holds much religious belief. There are many small and big Buddhist monasteries on the trail. Tengboche Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Nepal. This monastery was believed to be built during lord Buddha’s period. Tengboche Monastery is also one of the places which provide a clear view of Mount Everest. One of the main festivals of Buddhists is Buddha Purnima during this festival Tengboche Monastery is all decorated and celebrated very energetically.
Mani Rimdu Festival
The Mount Everest short base camp trek is also important from a religious point of view. It possesses various monastery for Buddhist people. Another main festival of Buddhist people is Mani Rimdu. Almost all the people of the Khumbu region follow Buddhism. The houses in the Khumbu region is built with typical Buddhist style with handmade crafts. You can see Buddhists’ flags all over the trail. This festival is celebrated to recreate some of the main events of Buddhism.
Wildlife is one of the major attractions of the Everest trek. One of the regions of tame wildlife on the Everest base camp region is due to the great effort by the national conservation reserve and Sagarmatha national park. Snow Leopard, Red Panda are some of the rare animals found in the Khumbu region along with Himalayan Monal and Musk Deer.
Getting insights into the Sherpas
Sherpas are the main inhabitant of the Khumbu region. We all know that Sherpas are the most courageous and energetic. Because of these things they can be able to live in such a high altitude region. Sherpas are also friendly in nature due to which most of the guides to Everest base camp are Sherpas.
Best time to visit Short Base Camp Trek
Pre-monsoon and post-monsoon are two main times of the year to trek to Mount Everest trek. It falls on the month of March, April, and May whereas post-monsoon falls on the month of late September, October, and November.
Pre-monsoon (March, April, and May)
This is the time of the year before starting monsoon. It is one of the best times to trek to Mount Everest because the temperature during this period is perfect for trekking. The weather during this month is dry and very stable for trekking. Days also starts getting warmer. Season wise this is the spring season in Nepal which is very famous for trekking and hiking activities. Trekking Mount Everest is on pre-monsoon is very advantageous because the change of precipitation is very low and you will not have to delay your trek.
The temperature rises to a maximum of 15 degrees Celsius and falls to 0 and even minus during the night time of these months. You should trek to Mount Everest during the pre-monsoon; period because it is often said that Everest base camp comes to its best at this time of the year. Rainfall during this season is very low but there is a chance of snowfall which will make your trek more enjoyable. You can also get a glance at many rare animals and birds. This is also the peak season for trekking so if you are trekking Everest base camp during pre-monsoon then don’t forget to book your trek early.
Post monsoon (September, October, and November)
This is the time after the finish of the monsoon season. It is also considered the best time to trek to Short Everest base camp. Because of the monsoon rain, the trail looks fresh and green. Post monsoon falls during the winter season of Nepal. If you want to witness the real beauty of Everest base camp trekking post-monsoon is perfect. You can be able to enjoy the view of Mount Everest and many other mountains covered in the white dress of snow. It is true that trekking Mount Everest trek during September, October, and November is not so easy but it’s worth it because of the mesmerizing view of the mountains.
The maximum temperature of Everest base camp short trek goes up to 12 degrees Celsius and falls to -10 during this season. Trekking to Mount Everest can also be helpful and taken as the training for trekking another extreme mountain. If you trek during this month then you can get the whole trekking trail by yourself.
How to trek to Base Camp
Everest base camp short trek can be completed in 12 days starting your trek from Kathmandu. To begin your trek, you can take a short 35 mins flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Alternatively, you can also drive by private vehicle by covering 136.17km. After that, you will trek to Phakding (which lies at 2652 m) by walking an 8 km total distance. Then from there, you will have to walk 11.3 km to reach Namche Bazaar. The 3rd day of the trek will be Acclimatization day in Namche. Afterward, the trek to Tengboche starts which is a total of 10.4 km from Namche Bazaar. You should have an acclimatization day at Dingboche which is at an altitude of (4360m/14304ft).
Then your long journey continued to Gorakshep following the route from Dingboche Trekking to Lobuche and then to Gorakshep (5170m/16962ft). Interestingly the trivial part of the trek is trekking from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18192ft). Kala Patthar is the vantage point of the trek. You get to observe various sparkling mountains from there. Mount Everest (8848m), Mount Nuptse(7855m), Mount Changtse(7550m), Mount Kantega(6685m), Mount Lhotse(8516m), Labuche Peal(6145m), etc. are the famous sparkling mountains of the Everest region.
Watching those snow-capped mountains is a feeling of peace to your eyes. You will be blessed with serene surroundings, dynamic vegetation, dense forest, and various cultural diversity along your trek journey.
Your trek journey starts descending from Kala Patthar to Pheriche (4280m/14042ft). You will have to take the same route for return. And it will take the shortest time.
Everest base camp trek equipment list
The Everest base camp trek is difficult to trek so you need to have the proper equipment to succeed this trip.
You will sleep in the tea house and eat there so you just need to carry your personal belongings which are enough from the cold. Below are some suggested items to take with you while trekking in Everest base camp
- Walking boots with waterproof and have ankle support
- Trainer or casual shoes you can use after a day trek.
- Hiking Shorts (3): Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Trekking Pants (3), preferably that zip on/off at the knees so you can use them as shorts also.
- Loose, casual trousers for trekking
- Thermal wear for colder areas
- Lightweight underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
- Cotton pants or (loose jeans/khakis).
- T-Shirts: Cotton for lower altitude walking. the synthetic is good above 2500m.
- Thermal Underwear: Synthetic polypropylene
- Waterproof Jacket. Quality waterproof clothing is essential. A proofed nylon or Gore-Tex jacket is recommended
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- Goretex or warm jacket for winter trekking bring the down jacket
- women sports bras, Synthetic
- Strong rucksack or large holdall to be carried by porters
- Daysack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
- Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store
- Plug adapter 2 round pin
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal & Pen, Pencils, and small notebooks
- Extra contacts or glasses
- Quick-drying towel (medium-sized)
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap/handwash
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Wet wipes
- Water purification tablets or iodine
- Refillable Water bottles
- Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
- Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
- Sunglasses or goggles
- Warm gloves
- Sun lotion
- Lip balm
- Sunglasses protect from day sunlight
- Sleeping bag rated -20 degree Celcius you can also get a sleeping bag liner
- Some Extra pairs of T-shirts and also shorts.
- Trekking pole
- Flashlight and battery
- First aid kit (with moleskin for blisters)
- Extra passport photos and photocopies of your passport
Everest trek side trips
Do you know what, trekking to Everest Base camp is a boon for you as there are other side trekking sights for visitors? The Everest region is filled with natural beauties. If you are a nature lover and want to explore dynamic places then so should not miss the side treks. And this is a major reason to travel to the Everest region. Thus, if you are planning to visit Everest base camp then we suggest you reserve more time. As there are other places to visit too. Some of the major trekking destinations are described below:
Sagarmatha national park
One of the main highlights of the Everest base camp short trek is the Sagarmatha national park. You can see different species of flora and fauna throughout the trek. Sagarmatha national park is also enlisted by UNSECO as the world’s heritage site. Sagarmatha national park covers an area of 1148 square kilometers. This national park is the world’s highest national park situated at an altitude of 2800 meters from sea level. Blue sheep, yak, and snow leopard are some of the endangered animals on the Sagarmatha national park along with Himalayan Thar, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Snow-Leopard, Himalayan Black bear, and many others. Animals are protected in their natural environment, filled with birch and bamboo forest. For trekking to Sagarmatha national park, you will need to have a special permit. These trekking permits can be made on the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo RI
Trekking to Mount Everest from Gokyo RI and Gokyo lakes is optional but you can get the closest view of the mountains like Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Amadablam, and Pumori from here. Gokyo Lake is a beautiful lake formed by almost 5 small different lakes. This is also known as the world’s highest freshwater lake which is at an altitude of 4750 meters from the sea level. Gokyo RI is the famous point from where you can catch the magnificent view of the world’s highest glacier-Ngozumpa Glacier. This Lake is also known as the heart of the Khumbu region. If you trek Everest base camp through this way then you can witness a Paranomic view of Mount Everest along with many other mountains.
Helicopter flight around Mount Everest
It is true that you cannot see Mount Everest clearly from Everest base camp short trek. But if you really want a 360-degree view of the mountains then you can take a helicopter trek to witness the beauty of snow-capped mountains. A helicopter tour to Everest is one of the easy and fast ways to trek to Everest base camp. This is also an optional tour for trekking to Everest base camp. Through this trek, you can also witness many other high mountains of Everest base camp. Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cho-Oyu, Pumori, Island peak, Mera Peak, and many other surrounding snowy peaks.
Mount Everest trek will provide you a breathtaking view of high mountains surrounded by the green valley, geographical variation, green hills, rivers, and streams, snow-lakes, Glacier Rivers, and many more. And, a Helicopter trek to Mount Everest is slightly expensive and not that safe as other treks. Helicopter trek is not suitable for any season like winter and monsoon. Because of many reasons your trek might be delaying.
As we all know that sir Edmund Hillary was the first person to trek to Mount Everest. So as a memory of Sir Edmund Hillary museum was established. This museum was one of the oldest museums in the Khumbu region. Hillary museum is located at Namche Bazaar. If you have some extra time during this trek you must visit Hillary museum as you can see Tradition Sherpa Lifestyles, cultures, dresses, utensils, art and architecture, trekking gears and equipment, and many other things. You will get to know many things about Nepali and Sherpa culture. You can visit the Hillary museum on the acclimatization day at the Namche Bazaar.
Altitude sickness in Everest base camp trek
Altitude Sickness is the main thing we need to think about while making the trip to Everest base camp trek. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can get in the high altitude int the mountain above 3000 meters. The early symptoms are a headache, extreme fatigue, and loss of appetite. Some people become breathless at rest. AMS is the result of fluid accumulating in parts of the body. It does not belong: in the brain or into the lungs or both, when mild symptoms develop, it is a signal that you must stay at that altitude until symptoms have gone away. Never ascend with any signs of AMS! If you get a headache or normal symptoms just take a rest after two days, you will feel well and can continue your trek.
Treatment of altitude sickness:
The main medicine for the Altitude sickness is to lower down the elevations, Therefore If you get some symptoms are becoming worse, then it is necessary to descend.
For mild symptoms, one can stay at the same altitude to see if symptoms will resolve and ascend when symptoms have resolved entirely. Diamox can take to treat mild to moderate symptoms. If symptoms persist or worsen at this altitude need to be descent.
If you gee the severe symptoms of HACE or HAPE, We suggest you immediately descend down whenever feasible. In wors case, Helicopter evacuation may be essential and we will help you to arrange it. you need your full coverage insurance for both rescue and medical assistance for this.
Do you need to hire a guide and porter for trekking to Everest?
Particularly, Hiring guides and porters are optional but it is better if you hire them as they can help you to solve your problems while trekking. Most of the people hire a guide for their trek. Not hiring a guide or porter is okay if you are traveling for the second time.
There are different ways for an Everest base camp trek, if you are planning to create your own crew then you will have to hire both a guide and porter. Furthermore, you can hire a trekking guide online however it will be safer if you go to the agency. Some of the trekking agencies will provide you guide and porter from Kathmandu but sometimes they will pick you up at Lukla airport. For your kind information, your contact with the trekking company then porter and guide will cost very less. Not only this, our trekking agency company would have a well-trained guide so that that would provide you a lot of information. But if you are hiring a guide by yourself then make sure that the person is a Government certified guide and he has insurance. Be aware of while hiring a guide outside of the company. They may charge more.
Health problem during this trek
The Short Everest base camp trek is a challenging and exciting trip. However, there is a risk of various problems you will encounter in your journey. Most importantly, Altitude sickness is very common while trekking to higher altitude places above 3500 meters. So you may have altitude sickness while trekking to Everest base camp. Simply altitude sickness is causing by ascending too quickly. For preventing altitude sickness you will have to slow your trekking rate. Altitude sickness may cause headaches, fever, and vomiting. The major way of reducing altitude sickness to be fit from your mind. If you are mentally ready and strong then there is a lesser chance of altitude sickness. Along with that, you will have to drink water continuously.
The key prevention of altitude sickness
Proper hydration is the key prevention for altitude sickness. So have enough amount of water at regular intervals. Keeping your body hydrated is very important for this Everest base camp trek. For safe and clean water you need to carry purifying tablets with you. In addition to this, you should not drink hard drinks like beverages and alcohol in high altitude places like Everest base camp. Sometimes your feet might hurts due to continuous climbing so it will be very much easier if you carry a couple of trekking boots. Another important factor for preventing altitude sickness is having enough acclimatization. Enough acclimatization will help to preserve energy and cope with the current environment.
Stay fit and do some training before the trek
We offer you lots of training packages other than the Everest base camp short trek. You can choose the best according to your need. We above the Himalaya will try our best to provide you what you need. With a team of experts and well-trained members, we are always ready to serve you. Get ready to achieve your goal of traveling to the lap of the world’s tallest mountain.
Everest Base Camp Trek - Trip Info
Duration: 12 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Max. Altitude: Kalapathar (5545m/18192ft.)
Trek Grade: Difficult
Everest base camp trek is the difficult grade treks, which are 5 to 7 hours walking each day one or two days are a little longer too and some days are shorter. The trails are mixed starting part is well- marked and wide and the upper part is mostly less well-traveled, rockier underfoot, and steeper. we are making an acclimatization day in our difficult trek after trekking3,4 days. The difficult trek goes up to 5500m in height.
This is the zone of less oxygen and our bodies start to notice and adjust to the reduced air pressure (and therefore reduced availability of oxygen) We ask that you have a good level of fitness and stamina: if you’re comfortable going on multi-day walks in mountainous terrain in your home country you swim, cycle, run or take a fitness class a couple of times a week you should find this trek within your means. You don’t need to be an experienced trekker to enjoy this trip but you should feel very comfortable hiking in the mountains,. The chances of altitude sickness are high on this trek so you need to trek slowly and drink plenty of water and carry enough warm clothing.
Trekking Dates: You can do this trek on any date. The best time is Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 2 to 12 people. the rainy season is not that good for the trek as the views are not great and sometimes landslides can happen.
Trip Details: 12 days, 11 nights at tea house Lodges, Breakfast in the city, and breakfast lunch & dinner during the trek is included.
Equipment Renting and buying: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment. We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment.
Your trekking luggage: You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis to carry your luggage. the maximum weight per trekkers is 15 kg as we never overload our porters. however, you only carry your valuables in your backpack., including your sleeping bag, and down jacket; other items not required on a trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu.
Accommodation in Everest base camp trek
Accommodation in the Everest base camp trek is a local lodge or in a teahouse. There is a luxury to basic tea houses, on this package we use a basic tea house lodge. You will sleep in a basic room with a bed, mattress, bed cover, and pillow. You need your own sleeping bag and better to have a sleeping bag liner also. The facilities are quite basic at the lodge. In some places, there is no electricity but they have solar power in the dining room and. You can charge your battery for cell phones and cameras at extra cost.
Food on the trek:
We will eat at the local guest house during our Everest base camp trek. We will include your daily meals on our package, which covers your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All the guest houses have a menu that is fixed by a National park or conservation area project. There are local to international hygienic food choices.
You will eat at the same tea house where you stay. To be vegetarian is better in high altitude and remote areas. The meet items are carried in a long way, so not fresh. The typical Nepali food is Dal Bhat ( Rice lentil, mixed vegetable curry, and pickle)
For breakfast, you will have a choice of pancakes (plain, apple, cinnamon, lemon, etc.) served with peanut butter or honey; porridge; egg items (scrambled, boiled, fried, omelet); bread (toast, chapatti). Lunch and dinner try Nepali food, They will also serve pasta, pizza, garlic soup, momos, curry, macaroni, and other rice and noodle-based dishes are served.
Your Trek Leader and Support staff
Your Everest base camp short trek is leading by or experience trekking guide and porter who are joining you from Kathmandu. All of our guides have trained for and attained a Trekking Guide license provided by the Government. The license exam is organized by TAAN and Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHAM) every year. They have vast knowledge about the trekking trails and kinds of medical treatments and emergency services of first aids, altitude sickness, and other relevant issues. Your belongings will be safely taken by our Porter, making your walk easy, more pleasant, and comfortable. Our porter will carry a maximum of 30 kg in total for 2 trekkers’ bag. If you have any extra weight, We suggest you hire another porter and will cost extra cost.
Transportation: Lukla Flight
To start our Everest base camp trek we will fly to Lukla. which is a small Sherpa village, is located at an altitude of 2800 meters above sea level. Kathmandu to Lukla flight offers you spectacular views of the 18 highest peaks, and interestingly, four of them lie above the altitude of 8000 meters. It is about 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu. however in busy season time flights are diverting from Ramechhap to Lukla, To get to Ramechhap you need to drive 4 hours. We will take you to the airport and back to the hotel by private transport 2 times for the trip.
Passport and Visa info
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months’ validity from the return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days for single/multiple entries. If you get a visa for 30 days It is USD 50 or equivalent convertible currency. USD 125 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days for single/multiple entries
You can get a Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy in your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an upon arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal.
We find that most travelers find themselves in difficulty as sometimes; they don’t carry money to get a visa at the time of their arrival. There is no ATM inside the visa section. Though there is a provision of ATM outside, it is more likely that sometimes it doesn’t work. So, for your comfort, we recommend you bring the cash US$ to get them on arrival visa.
Money Exchange for the trek
for your needed extra money for the Everest base camp trek, you need to exchange it for Nepali Rupees. Nepal banknotes come in Rupees, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rupees 1, 2, 5, and 10 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. The receipts of such transactions are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival too, Although their rates are quite low so better you can exchange in the city.
You can also get money from ATM machines there are many in the city and it allows you a maximum of 40,000 per day. Visitors other than the Indian nationals have to make the payment in foreign currency (non-Indian currency) in the hotel. It also applies to book your trekking and tour. During the 12 days Everest base camp trek, you need local Nepali rupees for your extra expenses. So you can carry enough amount for the trek there are no ATM facilities along the way except Dhunche.
Note: Most of the banks and money changers in Nepal will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn, or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
Drinking water during your Everest base camp trek
On the Everest base camp trek, We suggest you at least drink 3/4 liters of water per day while you are on the trail. While bottled mineral water can be purchased all over Kathmandu and along popular trekking trails, plastic water bottles are a significant problem in Nepal’s mountain areas. So instead of relying on bottled water, travelers should instead purify their water.
Get the water purification iodine or tablets. They are small, cheap, and light to carry, another better way is to get water filters they are low to carry and easy to use. You can bring two reusable water bottles. So that you always have one bottle to drink from, while the water in your other bottle is being purified.
Showers and electricity – Most of the tea houses in the Everest base camp trek have a solar hot shower and have cold showers available. Few of them have gas Guizar or electricity hot shower. Few places every charge the cost for hot showers for the extra cost of around USD 3 to 4. Electricity is usually available in most parts of the route with hydropower, you are able to charge your battery for camera and phone, normally they charge an extra cost of about USD 1 to 2 for full battery charging.
Everest base camp trek group size
Our Everest base camp trek group sizes are quite small and from 2 people to 10. We always make a small group to reduce the impact on the environment and to enable us to provide a more personal service. The maximum group size on most of our treks/tours is 12 and the minimum group size is 2. if you are a single traveler we also operate a private solo trip for you. After the COVID 19 pandemic, we are now making our trekking group size a 10-person limit, this also makes it easy to provide you the best service and look after all of you from your trekking guide and porter. So any number are you are don’t matter you can book your trip with us we are happy to run the best holiday for you.
Altitude sickness: Our entire trek itinerary is designed to climb slowly to prevent altitude sickness. When we ascend above 2500 meters, our bodies have to acclimatize to the decreasing amount of oxygen available. The early symptoms are a headache, extreme fatigue, and loss of appetite. The only cure for Acute Mountain Sickness is to descend. When we climb slowly, avoid alcohol during your trek, eat crabs food, drink ¾ liters of water daily will help you.
Communication during the base camp trek
In Everest base camp trek the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. while you are in Langtang alley trek there are telephones facilities in many villages. You can make international calls and most of the places have wifi facilities. Now You can contact your family and friends via the lodges. Our guide has a cellular phone and We’ll communicate with them frequently to know the trek and your health.
Furthermore, we are making sure to make sure you’re fine, safe, feel right, and have everything up there. Also, the easy way now is you can get the local sim card on arrival at the airport which has a 4g/3g network in most of the routes. Now Most of the places in the trekking route have wifi service available Normally Wi-Fi works for every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with a minimal fee or someplace have free.
Travel rescue Insurance
We suggest you have a full travel insurance package that covers medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, furthermore, it should also include, trip cancellation, loss of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage, etc. While you trek in the high altitude some time you get illnesses, small injured, or get sick. If you will get any problem and get ill or injured during your trek, Above the Himalaya trekking will taking care of you and in an emergency, we will rescue you.
If small injuries and health problems and altitude sickness are getting during the trek. Our staff will descend to you immediately. For the more serious medical issues, emergency Above the Himalaya trekking company will arrange a helicopter rescues for you.
We need a guarantee of payment from your Insurance company or a cash deposit or a promise in Kathmandu. While you are trekking with Above The Himalaya Trekking, we will arrange the travel rescue insurance and initial payments. We will claim the refund to your insurance company again. Make sure when you buy the insurance it should cover bother rescue and medical assistance. We suggest you giving your full insurance information while you book your trip with us. For an emergency case, this will help us to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation and get emergency medical help.
Everest base camp Package Cost:
Everest base camp trek cost depends on your group size how you travel by bus or private car and your trekking staff. Our package includes a trekking guide, porter, transportation by private car. It also includes the necessary trekking permits, accommodation meals, all service charges, and taxes. You can do the half board package also just hiring a guide, porter, get permits. for your meals and accommodation during the trek, you can pay by yourself also. You can browse these pages more for detailed prices and trip dates.
In the hospitality industry of Nepal, the workers except for some tips while you are in your tour or Trekking
While you are on the tour and trekking, you can tip the guide and porter. Normally, people tip 10% of their payable amount. If you have booked the full board package for your trekking and tour. but if you just hire guide and porter service you can tip differently like a per day calculation basis.
We don’t suggest tipping while you have something to eat at the restaurant as they have already taken a 10% service charge, and 13% Government Taxes. However, while you enter the hotel, the bell boy may expect some tipping.
Flight delay/cancelation and changes in the itinerary:
Be aware that Lukla flights are based on weather conditions can sometimes lead to flight delays or changes. We always endeavor to make sure you reach your destination on time. And for our Everest base camp trek, we will re-arrange your ticket to the next available flight.
In the case of delaying Lukla flights, the client is responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation costs. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a Helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, all additional costs would be your responsibility.
in case of flight delays to Lukla on this Everest base camp trek 12 days, we will endeavor to accommodate you with the same hotel you use in Kathmandu on your arrival day. if It is not available we will look for other hotels for your availability until we have a confirmed flight for you. We will adjust the itinerary to ensure you get as much time as possible in the mountains. This may mean reducing/removing the Kathmandu nights at the end of the trip.
If in case the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is canceled you will be asked to cover the additional night cost and food as well. You will be rebooked for your flight the next day. If flights can not operate due to extremely bad weather: In extreme conditions, the regular flights cannot operate. In such cases, We can assist you by providing helicopter service for your Everest luxury trek. You will be asked to pay this extra cost (less the regular flight ticket price). You may wish to place a claim for this with your insurance company on return to your home country
After completing your Everest base camp trek, if you have more time you can do different activities in Nepal. You can go to Chitwan National park for a Jungle safari tour or can do a day Rafting trip. Pokhara is a famous place for different adventure activities like Paragliding, Ultralight flight, Bungy Jump. We can arrange different tours and put these extra activities as optional tours and They are not included in your package cost.
You can arrange these activities with us at a good discounted price. If you need hotel or flight ticket services after the trek we can arrange them at a reasonable cost. you can do the tour in Kathmandu city also or join a 1-hour scenic flight over Mount Everest. Furthermore, we are also offering Tibet tours and Bhutan tours.