Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Flight from Gorakshep - 12 Days

EBC Trek with Heli Flight from Gorakshep – 12 Days

Get the most scenic and iconic helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla in this after trekking to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain.
  • Trip Code: ATH17704
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Strenuous
    Ventures at this grade are 'Tough Treks' and must be fully supported. The altitude attained is between 4,000 to 5,600m. These treks also involve several nights stay above 4,000m. These are genuine expeditions where preparation and a willingness to 'rough it' are necessary. You must have be physically fit for this trek.
  • Max Altitude: 5,555 m/18,225 ft
  • Activity: High Altitude Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche Bazaar - Tengboche - Lobuche - Everest Base Camp - Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar – Lukla by Helicopter - Kathmandu

  • Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December

Trip Highlights

  • Stand beneath Mount Everest (8848.86 m) & other Himalayan giants.
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla.
  • Scenic helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla.
  • Get acquainted with Sherpa culture.
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery.
  • Remarkable views of the Khumbu Icefall.
  • Hike to Nakartshang peak for a picturesque view of the Himalayas.
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp and traverse on the Khumbu Glacier.
  • Hike to Kalapatthar at 5555 meters – the highest point of this trek.

Trip Information

Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most famous, adventurous and demanded trip in Nepal. Heading to the lap of the highest mountain in the world is a lifetime experience and the best that can be treasured forever. The trail takes through the winding paths, through the lush green forests, passing through the glacial lakes, crossing suspension bridges and finally to the Himalayan Giants. The unique point of this trek is the scenic 15 to 20 minutes helicopter ride from Gorakshep back to Lukla. This allows you to replace your trek back from the same route with a luxurious heli ride.

The adventure begins with the scenic flight to Lukla. The landing at the runway of Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla gives another chill down the spine. After landing, follow your experienced mountain guide and trek to Phakding, a Sherpa village situated in the Dudh Koshi river valley. Your next stop is Namche and to reach the village you cross and re-cross the pristine Dudh Koshi River. Trekking past mani stones, colourful strips of prayer flags and chortens you reach the bowl-shaped Namche Bazaar, an important trading post for Sherpas living in the higher reaches. Namche is home to many quality restaurants, lodges, shops, internet cafes and bakeries.

Other villages on the trail include Tengboche, Dingboche and Lobuche. En route hike up to Nangkhartshang Peak (5082m) enjoying awe inspiring views of Himalayan giants like Thamserku (6623m), Ama Dablam (6812m), Nuptse (7861m), Cho Oyu (8188m), Lhotse (8516m), Imja Tse/Island Peak (6160m) and several other peaks. The highlight of your trip is the hike to Kala Patthar (5555m), a vantage point at the base of Mount Pumori (7161m) and Everest Base Camp (5365m), the base camp of Everest summiteers at the foot of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest (8848m). By the end of the trek you will have a rich storehouse of memories – images and experiences in your head and in your photographs that will last a lifetime.

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NOTE: It is recommended that you should arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier before you start your trek (if you do not have a day tour of KTM scheduled). When you arrive a day earlier, you will have time to rest as well as time to buy trekking equipment if necessary. Similarly, it is best to have some extra days (1 or 2) after you have finished your trek because your flight to Kathmandu from Lukla might be cancelled or delayed due to bad weather. So, all together it is recommended to have a few extra days beside the trip schedule so that you don’t miss your International Flight.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrival at Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 ft). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 02 – Fly to Lukla (2,804 m/9,199 ft) from Kathmandu (35 minutes) or drive to Manthali airport, Ramechhap(4 to 5 hours) and take 20 minutes flight to Lukla, and then trek to Phakding (2610 m/8,563 ft), 3 to 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
    For Manthali – Lukla flight: Wake up around 2:30 am, drive to Manthali by shared tourist vehicle for about 4 to 6 hours, and fly to Lukla (20 minutes); Applicable for the peak trekking month of March, April, May, October and November.
    For Kathmandu – Lukla flight: Wake up around 5 to 6 am and drive to the domestic airport in Kathmandu for about 30 minutes and fly to Lukla (35 minutes). Applicable for the remaining months, except peak trekking months.
  • Day 03 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m/ 11,289 ft) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 04 – Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 05 – Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 06 – Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m/14,272 ft) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 07 – Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m/16,676 ft) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 08 – Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m/16,109 ft) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 09 – Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m/17,602 ft) & walk to Gorak Shep (5,180 m/16,995 ft) – 8 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 10 – Morning Hike to Kala Patthar (5,555 m/18,225 ft) & Descend to Gorakshep (5,180 m/16,995 ft) – 4 hours. Shared Flight to Lukla (2,804 m/9,199 ft) on Helicopter – 15 to 20 minutes. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 11 – Fly to Kathmandu (35 minutes) or Manthali (20 minutes) from Lukla (2,804 m) and same-day drive to Kathmandu (4 to 5 hours) and farewell dinner. Overnight at a Hotel.
    Lukla to Manthli flight– 20 minutes and same day drive to Kathmandu by shared tourist vehicle for 4 to 6 hours (Applicable for the peak trekking month of March, April, May, October and November)
    Lukla to Kathmandu flight – 35 minutes and transfer to hotel by shared tourist vehicle which takes about 30 min (Applicable for the remaining months, except peak trekking months).
  • Day 12 – Transfer to the International Airport for final departure.

PLEASE READ: LUKLA FLIGHT OPERATION FROM MANTHALI AIRPORT

As per the notice made by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, all the Lukla flights to and from Kathmandu have been shifted to Manthali Airport, Ramechhap district due to heavy traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport during peak trekking season (March, April, May, October, November). The current Lukla flight operation from Manthali airport that was started from the trekking season of March 2019 will continue from Manthali in the upcoming years. However, if we receive any new updates, we will let you know as soon as possible and your itinerary might slightly change due to this.

Elevation Chart

Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 ft).

Upon your arrival, our airport representative welcomes you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. We take you to the hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Then, we schedule pre trip meeting at office with our trekking guide in the afternoon.

If you arrive earlier than 4 pm, our travel consultant will hold a pre-trip meeting about the EBC trek on our office. But if you arrive after 4 pm, our trekking guide will give you a pre trek briefing about the Everest trekking on the same day. We highly encourage you to ask any questions you have about the trip during the meeting.

Note: Please bring the passport, two copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. You will need the mentioned documents for trekking permits and related documentation during the trek. Make sure you pay the due balance, if any, and sign a legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

Day 02 - Fly to Lukla (2804 m/9,199 ft) from Kathmandu or Manthali, Ramechhap and then, Trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,563 ft) – 3 to 4 Hours

Manthali to Lukla Flight

The airport in Manthali, Ramechhap is about 4 to 5 hours away from Kathmandu. So, wake up early at 2:30 am and drive to Manthali airport on a shared tourist vehicle. Afterward, reach Lukla on 20 minutes flight. Manthali to Lukla flight is relevant during peak trekking months.

Kathmandu to Lukla Flight

Get up early, around 5 to 6 am. Our staff will escort you to the airport’s domestic terminal, Kathmandu. Board on a flight to Lukla. The flight takes about 35 minutes. Kathmandu to Lukla flight is relevant during the off-season of trekking. 

Helicopter Option
Rather than a plane trip to Lukla, there is a choice to take a helicopter. A booked private helicopter can be sorted out at an additional expense of USD 2,500 for one way separated from the flight expense between Kathmandu and Lukla. Similarly, the helicopter charter from Manthali to Lukla costs you extra USD 1800 for one-way flight. The seat limit is five. Meaning you will be sharing the cost with your fellow passengers.

Prepare your things and luggage for the trek the day before the flight. So that you don’t leave your things while in a hurry. You’ll be arriving at the Tenzing Hillary Airport early in the morning. Soon after, have a delightful breakfast in Lukla. Porters are assigned to carry your luggage. For every two clients, one porter is assigned.

Today we’ll be starting our trekking to Phakding. The trail is straightforward. We head out of Lukla and advance to the Dudh Koshi River with a downhill hike. This route connects to the Namche Bazaar trail, situated just above Chaurikharka (2,713 m). Moving further ahead, we come across a small village called Ghat. After a brisk hike, we arrive at Phakding.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 03 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m/ 11,289 ft) – 6 hours.

From Phakding to Namche is a 6 hours hike in total so we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags.

After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest Sherpa settlement along the Everest trail.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04 - Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air pressure. Start your day with a short hike to Syanboche Airport and Everest View Hotel (3,880 m). The hotel is recognized as the highest placed hotel in the world. It offers dramatic scenery of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. After spending a scenic moment, head back to Namche.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 05 - Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m/12,664 ft) – 5 hours.

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We’ll have trekked to an altitude of 3,860 m upon reaching Tengboche. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or in the morning depending on how the trekking goes this day.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 - Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m/14,272 ft) – 5 hours.

From Tengboche, the trail drops to Deboche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time, so we avoid getting affected by the altitude.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07 - Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m/16,676 ft) – 4 hours.

This day is planned as acclimatization day. We don’t make progress towards Everest Base Camp. Instead we will hike to Nangkartshang Peak just above Dingboche. The peak is an excellent view point especially of the gorgeous Ama Dablam. If weather is clear, we will get to see Ama Dablam from its summit to its feet. You can spend the afternoon strolling around the village or resting.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08 - Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m/16,109 ft) – 5 hours.

Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the village of Lobuche which is located at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09 - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m/17,602 ft) & walk to Gorak Shep (5,180 m/16,995 ft) – 8 hours.

This is a big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365 m, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. During spring, there will likely be expedition teams about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak Shep for the night.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 - Morning Hike to Kala Patthar (5,555 m/18,225 ft) & descend to Gorakshep (5,180 m/16,995 ft) – 4 hours. Shared Flight to Lukla (2,804 m/9,199 ft) on Helicopter – 15 to 25 minutes.

This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of the morning is spent climbing Kala Patthar, a small peak at 5,555 m. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama – Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8,848.86 m, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the giants such as Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep and have hot breakfast, and then fly down to Lukla on a helicopter.

The helicopter flight is on a sharing basis. It’s not a private charter flight. If you want a private ride, please contact us for the price. Please note that in altitudes above 4,500 meters, the helicopters can land but can’t take off with more than 3 passengers. So, if there are more than 3 people, the helicopter will take 3 people in the first shuttle and drop them off at a designated point below 4,500 meters. The point is usually the village of Pheriche. Then, in the second shuttle, the helicopter will transfer the remaining passengers from Gorakshep; it will stop at the designated point to pick up the first three passengers and take all of them to Lukla. The helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla takes about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the weather and the number of passengers.

Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11 - Fly back to Kathmandu or Manthali from Lukla

Lukla to Manthli flight– 20 minutes and same day drive to Kathmandu by shared tourist vehicle for 4 to 6 hours (Applicable for the peak trekking month of March, April, May, October and November)

Lukla to Kathmandu flight – 35 minutes and transfer to hotel by shared tourist vehicle which takes about 30 min (Applicable for the remaining months, except peak trekking months).

Helicopter Option

Rather than a plane trip to Lukla, there is a choice to take a helicopter. A booked private helicopter can be sorted out at an additional expense of USD 2,500 for one way separated from the flight expense between Kathmandu and Lukla. Similarly, the helicopter charter from Manthali to Lukla costs you extra USD 1800 for one-way flight. The seat limit is five. Meaning you will be sharing the cost with your fellow passengers.

You might want to stay a little more in Nepal. If you are looking for extending your trip, there are options such as a visit to Chitwan National Park, known for wildlife viewing and to Pokhara, considered one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal. You can also extend your trip to Tibet, India or Bhutan.

In the evening, we will have a Farewell dinner in a fine restaurant.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

Day 12 - Transfer to the International Airport for final departure.

The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast included.

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Price Includes

  • All (international and domestic) airport transfers

  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation in a 3-star hotel for 2 nights in Kathmandu as per breakfast basis (Private room accommodation can be organized at an extra cost)

  • Twin-sharing guest house accommodation during the trek in the Everest region

  • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • Ace the Himalaya's licensed and experienced English-speaking guide

  • Permits regarding Sagarmatha/Everest National Park and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)

  • Porters during the trek for carrying the luggage (1 porter for every 2 clients)

  • Payment, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff

  • Office administration costs regarding trip transportation arrangement

  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu/Manthali and Lukla

  • Shared helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla.

  • 1 Ace the Himalaya’s duffel/kit bag, trekking map, sun hat and trip completion certificate

  • A farewell supper on the last night in Nepal

  • All service charges and government taxes

  • Official expenses

Price Does not Include

  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu

  • International flight fare and airport departure tax

  • Any sorts of beverages including bottle and boiled water

  • Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage

  • Tips to trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected; it is recommended to spend 10% of your trip price for tipping)

  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be acquired easily after your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu with a fee of USD 50 for 30 days visa and USD 125 for 90 days visa)

  • Personal trekking Equipment (You can hire sleeping bag and down jacket from us at USD 25 per item for the duration of the trek)

  • Personal Trekking gear and equipment

  • Any expenses other than the Price Include section

The essential trekking gears and equipment required during the trek are mentioned under the following points:

General

  • A sleeping bag that withstands all seasons (For every bag at USD 35, you can rent it from us for the duration of the trek.)
  • Duffel bag (We will give you a free duffel bag that is all yours and don’t need to be returned.)
  • Down jacket (For USD 35 per jacket, you can rent it from us for the duration of the walk.)
  • Daypack

Upper Body

  • Sun hat or cap (We will give you a free Ace the Himalaya cap that is all yours and doesn’t need to be returned.)
  • Woolen hat
  • UV protection sun hat
  • Mufflers
  • Headlamp

Main Body

  • Thermal wears
  • T-shirts
  • Fabric jacket (Wind/waterproof)
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Fabricated sports bras (for females)

Lower Body

  • Thermal bottoms
  • Normal pants
  • Trousers (Wind/waterproof)
  • Trekking pants (soft shell and hard shell)
  • Hiking shorts

Hand

  • Smartwool liner gloves
  • Hardshell gloves

Feet

  • Warm socks
  • Liner socks
  • Trekking boots
  • Casual shoes
  • Gaiters (for extreme cold)

Note: The number of each piece of trekking gear and equipment is determined by each trekker’s clothing habits and demands.

 

First Aid Kits and Medications

(Note: Guides assigned by Ace the Himalaya carry medications and first aid kits during the trek. However, personal kits and medications are highly recommended.)

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Bandages
  • 125 or 250 mg Acetazolamide tablets for altitude sickness
  • Painkiller tablets
  • Pepto Bismol for indigestion or diarrhea

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport
  • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toiletry kits
  • Water purification tablets
  • Enduring bags for carrying important documents and money
  • Airline tickets (Please leave a copy at our office in Kathmandu just in case. It can be useful if there is a change in the date of the flight.)

Optional

  • Powerbank or extra batteries
  • Cameras and mobile phones
  • Binoculars
  • Pee bottle
  • Trekking sticks
  • Whistleblower

The list mentioned above makes your trekking journey convenient and pleasant. You can purchase these gear and equipment after arriving in Nepal. There is a wide range of trekking gear to buy at various stores in Thamel at a decent price. For selecting the gears, you can buy from your preferred brands.

The following gives you a general idea of trekking equipment and clothing needed for the Everest Base Camp trek.

 

Note

  • We provide you a complimentary duffel bag and cap in our office, Kathmandu. You can use it to pack your essential trekking equipment.
  • We provide one porter services for two people. The duffel bag is carried by porter during the trek and should not weigh more than 12 kg/26.5 lbs.
  • You need to carry your own backpack (with waterproof cover) where you can carry your daily essential items in your own backpack. For instance: money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.
  • You can store your luggage (non- trekking items) at the Hotel lockers in Kathmandu.
  • Total luggage allotment allows at Kathmandu-Lukla flight is 15 Kg/33 lbs combining both luggage (10 Kg/22 lbs) and backpack (5Kg/11 lbs).
  • Down jacket with a hood is a must for altitudes above 4,000 m to keep yourself warm. You can rent down jackets for USD 35 with us on a returnable basis. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you need to reimburse the cost of USD 100 per item.
  • You can rent 4-season sleeping bags for USD 35 with us on a returnable basis. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you need to reimburse the cost of USD 100 per item.

Note: Some clothes like tight-fitting, figure-hugging, and usually made with Lycra, can often be offensive to locals, usually women. So, if you are wearing these clothes for convenience, please make sure that you wear something on top of them.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

Please note there is a minimum of two participants required per departure date as the price is quoted based on minimum 2 customer due to the heli ride from Gorakshep to Lukla. If you are the only person booked for a particular departure, you have the option to either pay a supplement fee of USD 550 to maintain your solo departure or postpone the trip to a different date at no additional charge. We assure you that you will have the private heli ride from Gorakshep to Lukla upon the extra payment.

Ace has experienced history of running successful treks with skilled guides and staff taking care of all your travel needs. We are a certified sustainable travel operator who also believes in giving pack to the community through various social projects. Here’s more to why you should trek with Ace the Himalaya.

Indeed, Nepal is entirely open. There are no limitations for making a trip to Nepal, assuming one is completely vaccinated. You can easily enter Nepal, get on-arrival visa with no quarantine whatsoever. Do visit Covid-19 travel protocols 2022 for more information.

  • A vaccination certificate/card with information on the entire dose of COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days before entering Nepal.
  • A copy of the online form (ccmc.gov.np) for international travelers’.
  • Negative RT-PCR test results not older than 72 hours are required for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated tourists.
  • PCR isn’t mandatory for fully vaccinated travelers. However, check with your airlines and transit country if it’s a requirement at their end.

We advise you to look at the Nepal immigration site https://www.immigration.gov.np for the most up-to-date information.

  • Two passport-sized photos (2×2 inch)
  • A copy of your international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance

The trek officially starts after a day sightseeing in Kathmandu following your arrival. So, you can definitely add a day or two before and after the trek in case of weather delays on Lukla so you don’t miss your international flight upon return. Please note that Ace the Himalaya is not responsible for any inconveniences or missed international flights caused due to airport changes, flight delays/cancellations, etc. which are beyond our control.

Yes, you can trek to EBC without using a guide. However, a guide is for keeping you safe and consistent in an unfamiliar area when the going gets tough. Our trek guides are licensed and knowledgeable. Our clients frequently comment on how much fun they had on their vacation since their guide played a key role in making it excellent.

Yes, all our guides can speak English. The guides we assign during the trek can all communicate in good speaking English without a doubt. They’ll tell you about the mountains’ wonderful legends, folklore, and myths. Furthermore, the guides will assist you in interacting with the locals.

The most encouraging seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek are autumn (Mid-September to November) and spring (March to early June). Kindly keep in mind that this trek is feasible the entire year around and we can organize it whenever you demand. However, we generally suggest doing this trek in the previously mentioned months and keep away from rainstorm season (July and August).

The weather in the Everest region is one of the most unforeseeable aspects. It might rain one moment while you could be greeted with sunshine the next. While fogs can hinder the amazing views of Himalayas, it also calls for chilly weather during the hike. Every beginner trekker is astonished to find out about the inconceivable reach that might happen on a given day. Considering everything, the night hours are a lot cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. During the day, the temperature can range as high as 25°C (77°F), just to plunge down as low as – 20°C (- 4°F) in under 24 hours. While it’s basically impossible to foretell what each day in the mountains will bring, weather and temperature ranges are generally predictable based on the month and season.

Spring – March/April/May/June

Spring is probably the ideal time to travel to the Everest, in spite of the fact that along these lines, it can turn out to be to quite congested. One can meet numerous other Everest climbers during this season and the base camp is brimming with tents. The wonderful clear blue sky should be visible and the various types of blossom are noticeable in the lower elevation. During springtime, the normal temperature is 20°C (68°F), with a limit of 25°C (77°F) during bright days and at least – 15°C (5°F) in the first part of the day and around night time for regions over 4000 meters.

Monsoon season – July/August through Mid-September

This season isn’t precisely prescribed to go as it downpours with rain in the lower heights, under 3500 meters. In regions over 4000 meters, it rains here and there, and even though it can be dry occasionally, not very many individuals travel during this season. There are certain advantages to hiking during the monsoon months, such as the increased probability of seeing stunning views of the waterfall and the best season to avoid crowds. During the monsoon, the normal temperature is 22°C (71.6°F), with a limit of 30°C (86°F) during bright days and at least – 5°C (23°F) in the first part of the day and around night time for regions over 4000 meters.

Autumn – End of September/October/November

Autumn, like spring, in the Everest region is likewise a packed season. However, it’s probably the best chance to travel. While it comes up short on the magnificence of blossoms, the beautiful blue sky should be visible, providing incredible vistas from nearly every point. The normal temperature throughout the autumn is 17°C (62.6°F), with a most extreme temp of 20°C (68°F) during radiant days and at least – 15°C (5°F ) in the first part of the day and around night time, for regions over 4000 meters elevation.

Winter – December/January/February

Individuals actually prefer to travel in winter because of fewer masses. The view is still great, however hazy, so having additional days is strongly suggested during this period. The normal temperature throughout the colder time of year is 10°C (50°F), with the greatest temp of 17°C (62.6°F) during bright days and at least – 20°C (- 4°F) on the first part of the day and around evening time, for regions over 4000 meters height. Don’t bother agonizing over the cool temperature as we give the sleeping bag in addition to the additional blanket to ensure our clients are warm enough during the period of scarcity.

The temperature rating of the sleeping bags that we provide to trekkers is about -10°C (14°F). Also, our guides can provide you liners or extra blankets if needed.

Yes, the authority at the airport provides the visa for Nepal upon your arrival at the airport. It costs USD 30 for 15 days tourist visa, including numerous entries. Likewise, for 30 days and 90 days, a tourist visa costs USD 50 and USD 125, including numerous entries. It is suggested that you carry cash for easy payment of visa fee to save time as digital payment isn’t reliable most of the time.

Our staff will be waiting for you outside the airport terminal with our signboard (Ace the Himalaya). After that, you’ll be accompanied to a hotel in a private tourist vehicle.

By and large, USD 15 to 20 for each individual will be enough for a day. This is to purchase water, tea/espresso, snacks and hot showers up in the mountains and for lunch or supper in Kathmandu. Apart from this, you can carry extra cash if you wish to buy souvenirs and want to purchase local Nepali products.

Cash (Nepalese Rupees) is favored more than charge cards while trekking in the mountain region. Thus, trading your cash into Nepali Rupees in Kathmandu before the beginning of the trek would be ideal. There are ATMs up to Namche Bazaar. However, we don’t prescribe you to depend on them. Moreover, the currency conversion scale is larger in Namche than in Kathmandu.

Your trip is confirmed after a 30% deposit payment while booking. The remaining can be paid upon your arrival at Kathmandu or cleared before arrival itself. US cash and credit cards (Visa, Master and American Express) are accepted.

You can make payments via US cash and credit cards. Remember that a 4% bank fee is charged while making card payments. Thus, we encourage you to pay with USD cash if you are planning to pay in Kathmandu as it would save your 4% card fee that goes to the bank. It is recommended you pay with US 50 or 100-dollar bills as it also helps you carry less cash than if you used USD 10 or 20. Please note that the cash should not be old, crumpled, torn, anything written and older than 2009 series.  

Previous trekking experience is not required if you are physically healthy and have enough passion for the trek.

Our undertakings have no restrictions, as long as members are sound and willing. We have had families with kids as youthful as 5 years do the Everest Base Camp Trek, and our oldest adventurers have been in their late 70s.

It is highly doable for a female to trek alone in Nepal. Nepal is usually regarded as a safe nation for female visitors traveling alone. It is entirely safe for a solo woman to trek with Ace the Himalaya on any of our treks.

The Everest Base Camp Trek is challenging due to the altitude and long duration of the trek. It is a strenuous journey that comprises of walking 5 to 8 hours a day. Find more details here: How difficult is EBC Trek?

The average walking speed for a reasonably fit person is 4 kilometers per hour. At higher elevations, it is highly recommended that you walk slowly as you will be trekking long hours for about two weeks.

For trekking, you must prepare your body to walk over uneven, hilly landscapes while carrying a backpack. Walking, jogging, cycling and going for long distance hikes are all good ways to exercise. You should workout for at least one hour three to four times a week for at least 1 or 2 months before trekking.

If you have any health issues related to breathing, stamina, flexibility, or strength, then it is highly recommended to consult with a physician prior to booking your trip. Else, you should be able to do it if you are physically healthy and active. If you are physically inactive, you can include walking, jogging, cycling on your workout routine for at least 1 to 2 months prior to the trek.

The weight limit for the Lukla flight is 15 kg (33 pounds), considering your duffel bag and daypack. You can pay an additional USD 2 to USD 5 per kg if your daypack exceeds the weight limit. However, sometimes the baggage allowance is not given despite the additional pay. Therefore, we recommend you pack under the 15 kg weight limit.

After making the full deposit, one of our staff from the sales team will email you for further processing that requires your passport copy, flight details and provide you with additional trip information to assist you in planning. Then your EBC trek can commence from Kathmandu.

Travel insurance assists you in dealing with various cases. In case of severe illness at higher altitudes or injury, the insurance plan offers coverage for emergency helicopter evacuation, which can be very costly without obtaining insurance. Similarly, the insurance is appropriate for covering extra charges upon flight delay/cancellation due to weather conditions, medical expense, theft, loss, and damage to your belongings during the trip.

You can find the necessary items to pack for the trek on the Equipment tab of Everest Base Camp Trek. Accordingly, you can bring your personal trekking gear and equipment. Otherwise, the gear and equipment can be bought or rented upon your arrival in Kathmandu.

Yes, we do provide sleeping bags or down jackets for rent at a cost of USD 35 each. Do let us know before initiating the trek and we shall provide it before proceeding to Lukla.

We’ll arrange for a porter to carry your luggage. The maximum weight that porters can safely carry is 30kg, and each porter is assigned to two people. We also provide you with a free duffel bag of 70 to 80 liter capacity.

The trek requires a backpack with a 40-liter capacity. Wider straps and hip belts are included to assist you in carrying weight evenly and reduce pain.

Make sure you bring certified copies of your passport, insurance papers, and other essential items in your carry on during your flight. Similarly, if you need to take medications on a daily basis, keep them in your daypack with your other essential possessions.  You can also store other non-trekking essentials in the office of Ace the Himalaya.

In Kathmandu, three-star hotels with fitting rooms are at your administration alongside breakfast and dinners. We use Hotel Thamel House, Gaju Suite Hotel, Hotel Jampa or a comparable class lodging in Kathmandu. Simultaneously, teahouses with clean rooms are accessible during the journey. Teahouses in EBC trek

Although Everest region is a popular tourist hub, the single supplement cannot be guaranteed due to overflow of trekkers in peak season. Again, when there is decline number of guests, the teahouses can easily provide a private room without any additional cost. In particular, the accommodation during the trek will remain very basic with twin sharing room for our trekkers.

On the other side, we can assure separate room in Kathmandu upon payment of USD 35 per room per night.

Swapping the accommodation from mountain guesthouse to Kathmandu is NOT possible. This 16 days Everest Base Camp trek package includes only 4 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu.

In case of unforeseen circumstances such as flight cancellation, your personal health or any reasons, if you decide to discontinue the trip and arrive early in Kathmandu then you will need an extra night accommodation in Kathmandu. In such cases, we can make the arrangement of accommodation conveniences but you need to pay the supplemental charges.

You can buy toilet paper in the guesthouses during the trek. Besides that, you need to bring personal toiletries such as towels, hand sanitizers and so on. 

There are toilet facilities in the teahouses/lodges during the trek. However, in the event of a crisis, when you are on the path, travelers can track down private spots.

Multiple meal choices are available in the guesthouses along the walk. To name some, we have options like common daal bhat (rice and lentil), bread, eggs, potatoes, noodles, soup, pasta, and pastries like hotcakes, rice pudding, fruity desserts, and so on. The menu generally has vegetarian options as we support eating vegan during the trip. You will find a great deal of garlic on the menu since it helps with acclimatization. You can continuously get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks and sodas and deals with like chocolate and crisps.

Most of the teahouses in the mountains offer vegetarian meals. So, being a vegetarian or even vegan is not a problem. Moreover, vegetarian meals are preferable to avoid food poisoning and indigestion. 

Indeed, the guesthouses follow international guidelines while setting up the food and serve you clean, protected, and warm meals.

Natural spring water or tap water is found plenty along the trek and guesthouses. You can also use purification tablets or iodine for pure and safe drinking water, which you can buy in Kathmandu. It is suggested you carry a water bottle that can hold cold as well as hot water and a hydration pack that shall assist you in quick hydration during hiking. Nevertheless, bottled mineral water is available all over the shops and lodges in the trek. However, we discourage use of such plastic bottles that contributes to plastic pollution in land.

Yes, teahouses do provide hot boiled water upon extra charge of USD 2 to 5 per liter. The cost varies with increase in price with the gaining altitude.

Hot showers are available at lower altitudes up to Namche Bazaar. You need to wash from a pail of warm water at higher elevations at the same time. Based on the elevations, it costs you an additional charge of USD 5 to USD 8 for each shower during the trip.

Some teahouses provide laundry services in the Everest region for an extra charge. However, it’s not guaranteed that your clothes will dry on the same day. There is a possibility that you can wash your clothes by yourself during acclimatization days in Namche and Dingboche. However, we recommend you to pack enough clothes for your Everest Base Camp Trek and wash them after returning back in Kathmandu.

Yes, you can charge your equipment during the trek with some service charges. Two pins and three pins adaptors are highly recommended. So, you need to bring these adaptors or purchase them while you are in Kathmandu. 

We provide licensed trekking guides with fluent English. Our guides are certified by the Hotel Management and Tourism Center after receiving 45 days of training. Similarly, the guides receive high altitudes training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP). 

Our guides are well trained and certified regarding first aid. Throughout the journey, our guides will inspect your fitness and your oxygen level using an oximeter to resume the trek. Our head office receives continuous updates on your condition and location through the guides. Even at places with low phone signals, your situation will be updated through a satellite phone during emergency situations.

We allocate one guide as long as the group gathering size is under 8. When there are at least 8 clients, we allot an associate guide. As per the size of the group, we may add more guides or divide it into sub-groups.

We give one porter to each two clients. Two clients’ duffel bags will be carried by one porter along these lines. Their weight limit is 30kg; 15k for every client. Assuming you like to have one porter to convey all your stuff, we can make this course of action at an additional expense.

Our Company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa and porters. Please browse through our legal document page to view insurance details.

COVID-19 vaccination (Negative PCR report in case of unvaccinated travelers.)

  • A dental checkup
  • Blood group information 

It would help if you informed us before the trek in case your initial medical condition can be inconvenient during the trek. Ace the Himalaya retains your medical condition confidential.

The continual of the trek depends upon your health condition. If you suffer from altitude sickness, you need to head down to a lower altitude. It takes three days to a week to recover. In group trekking, you need to discuss with your guide and catch the group accordingly. However, you’ll be bound by time. If you are on a private trek, you’ll have a bit of an advantage.

Yes, we have a portable altitude chamber in case of an emergency. Nonetheless, it is not essential to carry during the trek.

Yes. Guest houses specially at higher elevation such as Lobuche and Gorak Shep offer oxygen supply at an extra cost if needed. The cost of such oxygen can be high due to which, we recommend having travel insurance so they can reimburse you later. We also provide you oxygen at an extra cost of USD 150 that you can use in case of need throughout the trek duration.

Altitude sickness is a high possibility during the EBC trek. With a drop in oxygen level, the air at higher elevations becomes thinner. The acclimatization method is appropriate to avoid altitude sickness and slow climbs are recommended at higher elevations. Along the trek, you’ll be assisted by our professional guides in recognizing and preventing altitude sickness. 

The most necessary item for this trek is trekking boots. Invest in a durable and comfortable pair, preferably with Gore-Tex lining. Boots that provide ankle support on rough ground and allow you to use your stiff edges on hilly or slick terrain are vital. They also prevent water, dust, and stones from entering via the top edge.

Even when the sun isn’t shining, sun protection is essential. UV rays are reflected by the snow and the harshness of the sun will damage your skin before you notice it at high elevations. Therefore, proper clothing and sunblock are a must. Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, clothes, etc. are vital for sun protection.

A notice should be provided 20 days before the trip start date in case of cancellation. The trip is claimed to be cancelled based on justifiable reasons. In doing so, 30% of the trip payment is deducted from the advance payment. 

However, the trip amount is entirely non-refundable if the cancellation is not made before the 20 days as per our terms and conditions. For submitting a claim to your insurance company after the cancellation, we can assist regarding documentation purposes like money receipt. Refund will not be provided for unused accommodation in case of trip cancellation caused by personal reasons/sickness/weather. 

More information about our cancellation policy can be found here:https://www.acethehimalaya.com/before-booking-a-trip/terms-and-conditions/

Tipping is expected. Your gratitude towards the trek guide and porters would be appreciated. You can tip your trekking guides and porters based on your satisfaction and enjoyment. Assuming you find it hard to choose, we suggest you spend at least 10% of your total trek cost tipping the whole nearby staff. During our pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu, you’ll be likewise educated about the proportion of tipping guides and porters based on your group size.

Of course, there is. The guides convey local SIMs, so you can utilize their cell phones as needs be impart and pay them. Assuming you have brought your cell phone, you can undoubtedly get a nearby SIM and use it. There is likewise accessibility of paid web in every one of the towns where you will stop for the time being. The web speed isn’t relatively as quick as in the city; however, it is to the point of sending emails and chat messages to your loved ones. We utilize satellite telephones as well, yet it’s for crisis circumstances only.

For internet usage, the Everest region has a network “Everest Link” which can be bought as a scratch coupon that costs around NPR 600-800(USD 5-7) for 6GB that can be used at one destination of stay or you can pay NPR 2500(USD 21) for 10GB data that can be used at most of the region that has access to Everest link. The data is valid for one device only. Some tea houses will have internet access and offer Wi-Fi hotspots at a charge. These are usually unreliable and not all tea houses will have connections, so it is rather recommended purchasing Everest Link or a 3G/4G sim card to use for the duration of your journey.

It does not cost an extra amount even if you are a solo traveler. You will only be charged an extra amount if you’ve signed up for a personal trek or reschedule the trekking date differently from our standard trekking dates.

Sometimes, trekkers do not finish the trek due to health or personal reasons. In this case, please understand that we do not offer any refunds for purchased services or unused days on the trek. Our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides, porters, trekking permits, all the booked logistic in advance for the time they have committed.

If there are any, you will be allocated to one of the trekking groups. As this trek mandates at least 2 people, you will most probably be paired or be in a group with others. The details of the personal data of your group members cannot be disclosed. However, feel free to contact us if you have queries about other trekkers in the group and we shall give you a general idea on age groups, nationality and sex of your group members. Chances are you will be trekking with others unless you have booked a private trip.

You can extend your trekking trip with an extra cost that makes up for guides, porters, food and accommodation. The arrangements will be made when we get updates from your guide. This condition is applicable smoothly for a private or a solo trip as the itinerary can be easily adjusted. In contrast, the addition of extra days is bounded by time in case you are in a group. Therefore, discuss with your group and guide, and thus the changes can be made consequently. 

Yes, you can extend your holiday. Ace the Himalaya offers many options and alternatives for your holiday extension. For more information, you can visit our trip Ace Special and Day trips pages.

Yes, you have to book your own international flights. We are a local agency, and it would cost you altogether higher to book through us.

We utilize private traveler vehicles for touring, city visits, and pickups. Based on the gathering size, we use cars, minibus, vans, or on the other hand, 4WD SUVs, more flexibility in going along the restricted and uneven streets of Nepal. For domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu), we use Sita Air, Tara Air, and Summit Air.

The flight to Lukla depends on the trekking season. During peak trekking seasons, the traffic in Kathmandu airport is overcrowded. So, the flight to Lukla takes off from Manthali airport, Ramechap district. But during the off-season, you can take a flight to Lukla directly from Kathmandu airport.

You can reach Manthali airport by travelling in a vehicle on the roads. The journey is about 4 to 5 hours (depending upon traffic) by road.

Usually, some airlines companies provide shuttle services on morning 3 a.m to get to Manthali airport, Ramechhap from Kathmandu (depending upon flight time). If airlines’ shuttle services are not available, Ace the Himalaya has made an arrangement of vehicle to reach Manthali airport.

To catch your Lukla flights, you should travel to Manthali early in the morning around 2 to 3 am from Kathmandu. Likewise, if your flight is scheduled very early in the morning, then you have to travel to Manthali one day prior the flight day and stay overnight there. More information will be shared 2-3 weeks prior to your arrival at Kathmandu.

Besides, the return journey from Manthali to Kathmandu would remain similar to your outward journey.

Generally, vehicles such as Toyota Hiace, Mahindra Scorpio etc. are used extensively for shuttle services between Kathmandu and Manthali. Though the roads to Manthali are uneven, inclined and twisted; the transportation conveniences provided would remain comfortable and satisfactory along the journey.

The direct flight to Kathmandu from Lukla depends on the trekking season. The direct flight may not be possible during peak trekking season (March, April, May, from mid September, October, November and till mid December) due to heavy air traffic in Kathmandu. Therefore, the flight takes off directly to Manthali airport, Ramechhap.

Unexpected events such as bad weather condition is one of the major reasons for Lukla flight delay and cancellation. Other reasons can include congested traffic in Kathmandu Airport, unmanaged runway, topographical difficulties, etc., that can cause the flight delay/cancellation.

A helicopter flight is accessible as an option in the event of delay or cancellation. This assists with getting your planned flight and getting on your international flight. The helicopter trip to Lukla is gainful in contrast with an air flight.

A booked private helicopter can be sorted out at an additional expense of USD 2,500 for one way separated from the flight expense between Kathmandu and Lukla. Similarly, the helicopter charter from Manthali to Lukla costs you extra USD 1800 for one way flight. The seat limit is five. Meaning you will be sharing the cost with your fellow passengers. Sometimes, if you are lucky, the cost can get cheaper if there are passengers sharing the cost for both ways. We can give more information at the time of booking.

Assuming the five-passenger weight limit of 80kg and a baggage limit of 15kg each, with a captain on board, the helicopter carries 475 to 575 kg on a single heli-flight. Please note that in altitudes above 4,500 meters, the helicopters can land but can’t take off with more than 3 passengers. This includes Gorakshep being at an altitude of 5,180 m.

If there are more than 3 people, the helicopter will take 3 people in the first shuttle and drop them off at a designated point below 4,500 meters. The point is usually the village of Pheriche. Then, in the second shuttle, the helicopter will transfer the remaining passengers from Gorakshep; it will stop at the designated point to pick up the first three passengers and take all of them to Lukla.

The helicopter flight is on a sharing basis. It’s not a private charter flight. Thus, it would cost you an extra USD 550 if you are solo or want a private ride. This is also why we run this trip upon two or more bookings to help you save the extra charge.

The helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla takes about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the weather and the number of passengers.

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Please Read: Lukla to Manthali (Ramechhap) Airport Flight Operation

Air traffic expansions in the Kathmandu air terminal are seen during peak trekking seasons (March to June and September to November). Along these lines, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal had executed an answer for all trips to Lukla from the Manthali air terminal in Ramechhap district rather than Kathmandu. Subsequently, all adventurers visiting the Everest locale needed to take a drive to Manthali for 4 to 5 hours and afterward simply fly to Lukla. It was what was happening while at the same time getting back from the journey. This Manthali-Lukla flight activity started from the pinnacle trekking month of March 2019 and went on until mid 2020. For the time being, all trips to Lukla work from Kathmandu however before very long, this could change and the Manthali-Lukla flight could continue. We shall notify you right away assuming there are any new reports in regards to this. The change could influence the scheduled itinerary.

Flight Delay/Cancellation to Lukla: Please Read

Unpleasant weather conditions, congested traffic in Kathmandu Airport, unmanaged runway, topographical difficulties, etc., are the significant reasons for Lukla flight delay/cancellation. Therefore, if you intend on trekking in the land of the Everest region, arranging additional one or two days in your trip is highly preferable. This will help in case of flight delay/cancellation and thus board on the pre-planned International flight.

A helicopter flight is accessible as an option in the event of delay or cancellation. This assists with getting your planned flight and getting on your global flight. The helicopter trip to Lukla is gainful in contrast with an air flight. This is on the grounds that the helicopter flight can fly at a low degree of 1,500 m perceivability during the troublesome climate. Running against the norm, a plane requires perceivability of 5,000 m or more. A booked private helicopter can be sorted out at an additional expense of USD 2,500 for one way separated from the flight expense between Kathmandu and Lukla. Similarly, the helicopter charter from Manthali to Lukla costs you extra USD 1800 for one way flight. The seat limit is five. Meaning you will be sharing the cost with your fellow passengers. Sometimes, if you are lucky, the cost can get cheaper if there are passengers sharing the cost for both ways. We can give more information at the time of booking.

Aside from these, strongly prescribed to carry travel insurance that compensates for circumstances like emergency departure activity, accidents, catastrophes, flight delay/cancellation, and so forth. We ensure to help you with the necessary paperwork for filing an insurance claim.

What makes this trip different ?

Partnership with Sambhav Nepal:

  • Ace the Himalaya provides logistics to the projects of Sambhav Nepal (local NGO) at free of cost; making financial contributions to Sambhav Nepal’s projects when needed.
  • Ace the Himalaya collaborates with Sambhav Nepal to organize volunteer programs to bring international volunteers and utilize their energy, time and skills in various projects.

Sustainability and Responsible Tourism:

  • Ace the Himalaya is one of the few Travelife Partner companies in Nepal who follows the principles of sustainability in tourism. We believe in running responsible trips in socially and environmentally friendly manners leaving as little carbon footprint as possible in the Himalayas.
  • About 80% of the staff of Ace the Himalaya are from the regions where we organize our trips. This is one of our sustainable and responsible efforts to give back to the communities, contribute to local economies and support local life and cultures.

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