Base Camp of the Mighty Everest (TEB24)

Country Visited: Nepal
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Experience

Considered to be one of the most iconic mountain trail treks in the world, the Everest Base Camp trek is in all its senses truly awe inspiring. As you ascend to the Himalayan range, following the scenic trail, you will get an insight into the life of the Sherpas as y ou w alk  through their quiet villages, Buddhist monasteries and small locally owned and run tea houses. As you walk on the stony trails of Nepal’s Himalayas, absorb the colorful landscapes, alpine forest, and r aging w aterfalls w ith breath-taking views of great mountains. A great pick for an adventure tour in Nepal, this trek is a good challenge so a good level of fitness is necessary for those planning on treading the EBC trek. The average age of the trekker must be above 14 years and it is desirable to have prior trekking experience.
Minimum Child Age: 14 years.
 
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS TRIP
  • Trek on one of the most iconic mountain trail in the world and tick it off your bucket list 
  • Catch sunset views from Kala Patthar
  • Explore Namche Bazaar, learn about the Sherpa culture and flora and fauna of the Everest region 
  • Visit the famous airstrip at Syangboche and Khumjung monasteries 
  • Spot wildlife like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Tahr in Sagarmatha National Park
  • Visit the Tengboche monastery, the biggest Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbu region
  • Hassle-free arrangement of all necessary transfers, permits, equipmentand guides

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu Open or Close

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by a representative and transferred to your hotel. After checking in, you can either take rest or spend your time exploring the city. In the evening trip briefing and meet your trekking guide as well as other participants and do final preparation for the trip followed by Welcome dinner.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2
Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2652 m/8700 ft); Trek Open or Close

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2800m/9186ft), a gateway destination from where the trek begins. After an adventurous 40-minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, you will land at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountain peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, meet the remaining crew members and after some packing and arrangements, start the trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until you reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, there is only a short hike today. However, if you're interested in additional activities, a side trip to a nearby monastery can be arranged.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3
Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11284 ft); Trek Open or Close

Today the aim is to reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt.Everest. Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads you along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. Look forward to catching wonderful sights of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m) on your way. Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, you will come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. You will pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through forests and bridges until it reaches the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours, you get the first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Upon this juncture, stop at Chautara to admire the view. You still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, the main trading centre of this region.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4
Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar Open or Close

This is the scheduled 'acclimatization' day for this trek. Health experts always recommend staying active and moving during the rest day too, as opposed to being idle. You can either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATM's, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If you trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help you properly acclimatize. Himalayan Glacier guides will take you to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where you can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. There is also an interesting side trip up to Khumjung and a climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip will be the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. Also visit the Hillary School which is located at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, walk back down to Namche Bazaar.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5
Namche Bazaar - Tengboche (3870 m/12,694ft); Trek Open or Close

After breakfast in Namche Bazaar, start your trek towards Tengboche, enjoying superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up views of Thamserku. The trek follows a gradual trail, with few ups and downs, overlooking magnificent views of the great Himalayas. Along the way you can spot wildlife like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Tahr. The trail goes gradually down to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after crossing the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, you will reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, there is a steep and slightly tough climb through the pine forests before you reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse and Everest and is also known for the biggest Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbu region. Pay a visit to the monastery the same day at around 3:00 p.m.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 6
Tengboche - Dingboche (4360 m/14300 ft); Trek Open or Close

With mountains as a backdrop, the monastery at Tengboche looks more spectacular in the morning. You will take the upper trail for better views on the way to Pangboche village. Enroute, pass through several Chortens, Mani walls and small villages. The place where you stop for lunch not only serves delicious food but also allows a fantastic close-up view of Mt. Ama Dablam. In the afternoon, walk north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt Ama Dablam. From here onwards, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as you approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. Descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, you will see beautiful fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 7
Dingboche - Duglha (4600 m/15090 ft); Trek Open or Close

You will start the day with a climb to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley. The walk along the arid terrace is rewarding with awesome views of mountains on all sides. As you come to a yak herder's place called Dusa, the valley begins to narrow. As you continue through Phulung Karpo, the camp site of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953, the majestic Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. As the trail descends and curves, Mt. Pumori disappears from view and we come across a roaring stream which you cross using a small wooden bridge. Continue to ascend to Duglha where you can see the tip of Mt. Nuptse as well as Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Thamserku, and several other magnificent peaks. Spending a night in Duglha is ideal for acclimatization purposes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 8
Duglha - Lobuche (4940 m/16207 ft); Trek Open or Close

Beyond Duglha, climb up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Pass through boulder-strewn slopes as you ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountain views. At the top of the ridge, you will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest summitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, you will find yourself facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. You are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. Mt. Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As you pass along a murmuring stream leaving the Khumbu Glacier behind, you may begin to feel a little out of breath due to the high altitude.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 9
Lobuche - Gorak Shep [5170 m/16961 ft] - Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17594 ft] - Gorak Shep; Trek Open or Close

The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Pass through the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail, see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent takes you to Thangma Riju from where you can take in 360 degree views of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply through the torrent of Changri Glacier, you will catch the first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath Mt. Pumori. As you reach Gorak Shep, you will find snow-capped mountains looming all around including the top of the world - Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, pass through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp can you really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains you can view from the base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here. By now you have met the ultimate objective of our trip. The sunset views from Kala Patthar is a sight to behold and a recommended experience – as the setting sun's rays strike the snow capped mountains, the resulting scenery is indescribable. So, while the journey to Kala Patthar is only planned for the next day, guides and Sherpas can coordinate a hike to Kala Patthar if you wish to catch this unforgettable view, today.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 10
Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar - Pheriche [4280 m/14070 ft]; Trek Open or Close

Today is the climax of your trip. Start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, you need to get prepared for an early morning that will be dark and cold, with temperatures ranging anywhere from -10 to 14 C. Further, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east as Everest begins to reveal itself, emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, you can pause to catch your breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of ascent, you will reach Kala Patthar. From this juncture, scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. On reaching the top, sit on the Kala Patthar rocks, taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, your eyes wandering from one mighty massif to another. On returning to Gorak Shep, have breakfast as you await the other participants to join back. Those participants who will visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast as this hike takes a longer time (4-5 hrs) than the Kala Patthar hike. Upon returning back to Gorak Shep, the group will have lunch together and in the afternoon time you descend down to Pheriche for a good night's rest.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 11
Pheriche – Pangboche – Tengboche - Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11280 ft); Trek Open or Close

Today, trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it is spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers bloom everywhere. Depending on your hunger and condition, you can either have lunch in Pangboche or wait until you reach Phunki Tenga for lunch. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, the trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction in the region. Stop at Kayangjuma (3570 m/11710 ft) for a relaxed lunch. Following lunch, the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kayangjuma, winding through several bends. Keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a Chorten, you will reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. At this point, take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche. On reaching your lodge, the rest of the evening is free to relax in Namche Bazaar.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 12
Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2800 m/9186 ft); Trek Open or Close

The trail descends steeply downward so you need to walk slowly as your legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. By today you will start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as you pass through this charming mountain air. Walk through the Sherpa villages noticing their impressive faith in Buddhism through the lovely prayer stones and prayer flags. Upon arrival in Lukla, stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks and the culmination of a fantastic trek.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 13
Lukla - Kathmandu + Departure Open or Close

Today, take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu after your long mountain journey. The journey to the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today! Your guide escorts you to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals: Breakfast.

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Accommodation

Kathmandu - Thamel Eco Resort / similar
Trekking Days - Locally owned tea-houses.  

 

 

Dates & Prices

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • All accommodation as per itinerary based on twin sharing basis.
  • All Meals including 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners.
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu.
  • English-speaking, expert trek leader (trekking guide) and local sherpa porters / assistant guides (2 trekkers: 1 support staff) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight,   food and lodging.
  • Recycled down jackets, sleeping bags and trekking bags (on returnable basis) 
  • Exclusively EBC Trek branded T-shirt 
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes for Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu sector.
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS).

Exclusions

  • The exact inclusions on your trip are detailed on every trip page.
  • Typically, the cost of flights, visas, passport, insurance is not included in the tour price unless stated otherwise.
  • Any meals not mentioned as included are at your own expense.
  • Single rooms, optional tours and extra nights cost extra.
  • Tips for drivers, guides and tour managers is not included in your tour price.
  • Arrival and departure transfers may or may not be included in your tour price – this is clearly stated on the trip page.
  • Excess baggage, porterage, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages are considered personal expenses and not included in your tour price.
  • GST, VAT and other taxes as applicable in your country are additional to the tour price.

Terms & Conditions

Trip operates with minimum participation of 2 people
 
Detailed Registration Form is required to confirm services. Full payment is needed for travel documents to be sent.  Cancellation and amendment fees apply. Group travel is subject to minimum participants. All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking. Active Holiday Company and supplier terms and conditions apply, as applicable. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with our conditions as these are deemed accepted by you when you book a tour with us. Please read our detailed conditions here.

Flights
Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights are often delayed or cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions, sometimes for hours and at times for days. Please be prepared for long waits, and possible delays and cancellations, and if possible an extra day or two. We provide heli rescue in such conditions, if it's available and requested by you. The approximate costs are USD 3500 and the flight accommodates 4-5 persons per flight. On the extra days, you can take optional trips including sightseeing, rafting, wildlife safaris, shopping, etc.

In case of a delay / cancellation at the start of your trip that affects your international flights, we will be pleased to offer you an alternative such as a trek in the Annapurna or other regions. You are also welcome to wait in Kathmandu as long as you need to, for the flight to Lukla if EBC is your mission. There is no refund, if you lose time waiting for the flight and do not take the alternative trek. If the flight cancels before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. If the flight is delayed or cancelled after the trek, please budget for your expenses as these will be your responsibility. There is no refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc).

FAQs

Q 1. What is the best time to do the trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC)?
The EBC trek can be done all year round except in the monsoon months of June to early-September . There are distinct advantages and disadvantages to doing it at different times of the year. The winter is obviously colder and you can expect there to be snow and ice on much of the route. The skies in winter are particularly clear and this is the best time for photography. Late-April to late-May is the most popular time for summit attempts on the Everest - this also makes it the most crowded on the route. September to November and March to the end of May are the most popular months for doing this trek. 

Q 2. What level of fitness is required to for EBC Trek?
While the Everest Base Camp is not a technical climb, it is challenging and you do need to be fit to attempt it. This means that you should be able to walk 5-6 hours at a stretch on consecutive days. Please remember that while the distances are not great, the altitude does take its toll. Please remember that you will be carry your own day-pack with water, snacks, and some clothing you will need while walking that day. You can expect the bag to weigh 3-4kgs. You will be walking between 4-6 hours a day on your way up and between 8 and 10 hours a day on your way down.

Q 3. How can I train myself to the level of fitness needed to undertake this trek
There are many ways you can condition yourself for the trek. We believe the best form of training is stimulating the activity you are training for and then increasing the level of exertion as the routine becomes easier. For example, walking uphill and stair climbing are excellent ways to train your lower body, heart, and lungs for climbing. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, and eventually add weight as you increase your training pace. Subsequently supplement these workouts with running, swimming, cycling or other forms of aerobic activities. Additionally, we highly recommend that you incorporate a weight training program into your training to build upper body strength. In the 2 weeks leading up to the trek, you should be able to walk 6-8 hours per day for 3-4 days a week.

Q 4. What are the everyday distances we trek on this trip?
The distance from Lukla to the Everest Base Camp is about 37km. You will cover this distance in about 8 days on the way up - that is walking between 4km and 7km or 4-5 hours per day. However, on the way down, this distance is covered in only 2.5days - this means walking between 15km and 20km and up to 10 hours a day.

 Q 5. Do I need special equipment or shoes for this trek?

There is no special equipment required for the trek. If you would like to use trekking poles these can be bought in Nepal at Thamel - our hotel is located right here. While people do this trek in sneakers, sturdy trekking shoes that have been broken into are definitely recommended.

Q 6. What should I bring along? Is there a comprehensive packing list that I can follow?
We have a comprehensive packing list that you can download from this page to help you with packing for this trek. We provide all trekkers with a down jacket and a sleeping bag - both are to be returned at the end of the trek. Everything that you need to carry is detailed in the packing list.

Q 7. Who will be carrying my luggage during the trek?
During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters - please be considerate and keep your luggage as light as possible (around 10kg). You will have to carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket etc. You can expect this bag to weigh about 3-4kgs.

Q 8. I see a lot of different prices for Everest Base Camp on the internet. What is the reason for this differential pricing?
The pricing of this trek is affected by a number of different factors, primary being -

Does the trip start in Kathmandu or Lukla? If the trip starts in Kathmandu, what is the mode of transport used for getting from Kathmandu to Lukla? We use flights both ways but it is possible to make the journey by road and public bus.

At the Active Holiday Company we maintain a ratio of 1 porter to every 2 trekkers and 1 guide to every 4 trekkers and we ensure that all our support staff receive fair wages, eat the same food as us on the trek, and are adequately ensured.
The category of hotel used in Kathmandu is also an influence. The hotel we use is a 3* located in Thamel.
What is the category of accommodation used on the trek? While all tea-houses are fairly basic, they can still be distinguished based on category. it is also possible to use campsites that do not have toilet facilities.
Whether meals are included on the trek or not - we include all three meals on every day of the trek starting from Lukla and ending in Lukla.
All our treks have porters which means that your larger bag is carried by them and you have only your own day-pack to carry.

Q 9. What sort of food can I expect on this trek?
On this trek, we provide standard breakfast, lunch, and dinner, tea or coffee will also be included with each meal.
Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water (extra cost to be paid).
In addition to this, the Everest is a route frequented by people from all over the world and tea-houses have cuisines ranging from India, to Chinese and Italian.

Q 10. Can I request non-vegetarian meals on this trip?
Non-vegetarian food is available but we would recommend that you try and eat vegetarian. This is primarily because while meat is available on the mountain, it is not usually fresh and storage conditions are not always ideal.

Q 11. Why are single rooms not available on this trek?
All our accommodation on this route is in teahouses and there is a massive scarcity of these on the mountain. This means that in order to maximise the available resources, we cannot have single supplement while on the trek. All accommodation is on twin sharing segregated by gender.
Single rooms can be arranged in Lukla and Kathmandu and might be possible in Namche Bazar.

Q 12. What are the safety measures taken by Active Holiday Company on this trek?
All our treks are led by a professional, certified leader who has many years of experience in leading groups and is a qualified first-aider. We also emphasises on a ratio of 2 trekkers to 1 porters and 4 trekkers to a guide. This means that, should the need arise, we can have a trekker accompanied down while the rest of the group carries on with the trek. Our on ground partners have a comprehensive emergency evacuation system in place and arrangements will be made to airlift a trekker off the mountain. All of these measures ensure that our trekkers are absolutely as safe as possible while on the trek.

Q 13. What about altitude sickness?
AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness is a valid concern at the altitudes you will be hitting on this trek and common symptoms include headaches, dizziness, sleeplessness, and loss of appetite. Altitude can and does affect everyone differently and AMS can range from mild nausea and headaches to a potentially life-threatening illness. Having said this, many people do not experience any symptoms at all and this is not something that should dictate whether or not you do the trek. There are many over-the-counter drugs such as Diamox that can be used to prevent AMS and we recommend that you speak to your physician about this. We ascend slowly to minimise the risk of our trekkers getting AMS and also advice you to stay hydrated at all times - about 5lts a day is a good rule of thumb. The most effective treatment for AMS is descent to a lower altitude and our guides are fully trained to assess the situation and take decisions as necessary.

Q 14. What if I am unable to cope?
On the Everest Base Camp Trek, you will not have the option to change the itinerary and if you have to cut short your trek or change or alter the itinerary you might have to incur an extra cost. For this reason, we recommend you choose your trip carefully after evaluating your own physical ability.

Q 15. What happens in case of an emergency?
As detailed in the safety measures, we ensure that we stick to 1 porter for every 2 trekkers and 1 guide for every 4 trekkers. Should there be an emergency, you will be escorted down while the rest of the group continues the trek. Should you need to be evacuated from the mountain, we will make arrangements to have a helicopter pick you up and transfer you to the nearest hospital. Your medical insurance will cover this. 

Q 16. I am a solo woman traveler. Is it safe for me to join this trek?
Our first priority is to create a safe environment for all the trek members. As a solo woman travellers, groups give you a safety of numbers and is far safer than travelling completely alone. You will have another female roommate and our guides and porters are there to ensure your safety at all times.

Q 17. What sanitation facilities can I expect during the trek?
You will find toilet facility at tea houses where you spend the night and small restaurants till Gorak Shep close to base camp. At the base camp, there will be a log hut for a toilet. This is a very popular route and very well developed for a trekking route!

Q 18. Can I do this trek without a guide/support?
Yes, it is possible to do the trek without guide/support since you are walking on a well-defined trail all the way to the base camp and many people very regularly do this trek on their own. However, there are clear advantages of trekking with a group - the chief among which is that there is a support network in place should you be taken ill or get injured. You also have porters to help with the bags and of course, company for the afternoons once you are done trekking for the day.

Q 19. What if I need extra days on account of weather situation?
Weather, especially on the mountain, is unpredictable and we recommend that you book a couple of extra nights in Kathmandu before your international flight out just to be on the safe side in case your flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is cancelled/delayed because of bad weather. Should you have to add days to your stay at any point, these will be charged and you will have to make the payment directly to the group leader. You will have to also bear any expenses incurred from rescheduling flights.

Q 20. When should I book my return flights home from Kathmandu?
On last day of the trip, you will take an early morning flight from Lukla-Kathmandu and, while you can book you flight back home the same day, we recommend that you take at least one extra night in Kathmandu just to be safe. Weather in Lukla can be very variable and flights are quite often cancelled because of bad weather.

Q 21. What is the weather like? How cold is it?
Since it is possible to do this trek from September all the way through to June, the weather will vary depending on when you choose to do it. Kathmandu is in a valley and can become quite warm with temperatures reaching 38 degree Celsius in the summer months. Winter temperatures in Kathmandu will be around the 0 degree mark. At 19,000 ft above sea level, Base Camp is never warm. Even in the summer, you can expect the temperatures at the base camp to be between 4 degrees and 0 degrees at their coldest - expect a layer of ice on the trail in the mornings even in May as you ascent towards base camp. Dress is layers that you can shed or pull on as you ascend or descend from the mountain. If you plan to do the trek between December and February, you can expect temperatures averaging around -17 degrees at Base Camp. Heavy snowfall and high winds are not uncommon during these months either.

Q 22. What sort of accommodation can I expect during the trek?
On Everest Base Camp Trek accommodation is in simple locally run lodges, known as teahouses. Tea houses are communal areas where the locals typically gather - often around a plate of food or a hot cup of tea. Over the years, teahouses have expanded to include rooms that are rented out to trekker - it is in these rooms that we will be staying throughout the trek. Rooms are simply furnished with just a wooden platform for a bed and occasionally, a small table. If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room with someone else of same gender.

Q 23. Is water easily available on the trekking route?
Water is easily available along the entire route but ranges from very expensive bottled water to slight less expensive boiled water, and free water that you can fill from streams along the route and purify with tablets. Bottled or boiled water is not included in the cost of the trek and you will have to purchase this directly at an additional cost. Most trekkers choose to fill tootles from streams and either purify the water with tablets or use a filtration device.

Q 24. Will I be able to charge my phone, camera batteries and other gadgets along the trek?
Yes, you will find electricity facility to charge your phone, camera batteries and other gadgets on the trek all the way till the Base Camp.

Q 25. Is there phone connectivity and Wi-Fi on the EBC trekking route?
Yes, there is phone connectivity on the EBC trekking route on large sections of the route. WiFi might be available in some places.

Q 26. Can I carry along alcohol to keep myself warm in the cold?
Alcohol on Active Holiday Company treks is an absolute no. Drinking alcohol at these altitudes can be fatal and is not permitted.

Q 27. Can I extend my trip?
Yes, of course. You can extend your trip by adding extra nights at the start or/and end of the trip in Kathmandu and Lukla.

Q 28. Do I need a special insurance coverage to do this trek?
Yes, you need special insurance coverage which includes cover for Emergency Medical Evacuation and covers high risk activities such as trekking EBC. Ordinary travel insurance, even if it has Emergency Medical Evacuation, will not cover trekking. Please ask us about specialist insurance companies. Travel insurance is mandatory on all our trips and all details of your insurance policy including the policy number and insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number must be submitted to us before the trip begins. 

Q 29. Will I have the chance for local experiences on this trip?
You will be passing through villages and forests on this trek and your hosts will be native to the region. Staying at local Tea-houses, you will have an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle of Nepalese. You will also have plenty of opportunities to chat with Sherpas while on the trek. Experiences don’t come more local than this!

Q 30. What can I do with the equipment etc. that I am unlikely to use at the end of the trip?
A great way to dispose of equipment that you are unlikely to use is to give it to the porters and guides on your trek. It is often not within their means to buy equipment that we think of as inexpensive and giving them lightly used equipment is something most trekkers do.

Q 31. Why is there a differential pricing for Indians and non-Indians on EBC?
Because of an understanding between Governments, Indians are charged the same rates as Nepali Citizens for trekking permits, flights, and hotels. Most non-Asian Nationalities are charged a different rate for all of the above. This is why the trip is priced differently for Indians and non-Indians.

 

 

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