Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Flight from Gorakshep - 12 Days
EBC Trek with Heli 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: Sightseeing and 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 (8848m) & 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.
  • Climb Kala Patthar (5,555m).
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp and traverse on the Khumbu Glacier.
  • Hike to Kalapattar 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 20 minutes helicopter ride from Gorakshep back to Lukla.

The adventure begins with the scenic heli 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.

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 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 02 – Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 03 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 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) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 07 – Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 08 – Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 09 – Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) & walk to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) – 8 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 10 – Morning Hike to Kala Patthar (5,555 m) & descend to Gorakshep (5,180 m) – 4 hours. Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) on Helicopter– 20 minutes. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 11 – Morning Flight from Lukla (2,804 m) to Kathmandu and farewell dinner. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 12 – Transfer to the International Airport for final departure.
Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m).

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. S/he will be displaying an “Ace the Himalaya” signboard outside the airport terminal. You will then be received and transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Note: Either on Day 01 or 02 depending upon you arrival, there will be a pre-trek meeting. During the meeting we will introduce you to your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trek. We will also supply you with our trek duffel bag and cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. We will ask you to sign a legally binding trip form as well as a non-liability disclaimer.

Overnight at a Hotel. No meals included.

Day 02 - Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 hours.

An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan Domestic Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minutes scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla situated at 2804 meters. On arrival at the airport, our guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek up to Phakding (2,635m). It takes approximately 3 hours to reach Phakding by walk from Lukla.

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

Day 03 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 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. In a short trek in and around Namche Bazar, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.

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

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

From Tengboche, the trail drops to Debuche, 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) – 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) – 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) & walk to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) – 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) & descend to Gorakshep (5,180 m) – 4 hours. Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) on Helicopter– 20 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 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. After 20 minutes ride, we reach Lukla for the night.

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

Day 11 - Morning Flight from Lukla (2,804 m) to Kathmandu and farewell dinner.

Enjoying the last glimpse of the mountains we have recently visited, the 35 minutes scenic flight takes us back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our hotel.

If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance performances.

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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  • The price per person for the Small group Journey is fixed as stated below. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The discount is subjected to increase with the number of people in your group. Bigger the group better the discount so group bookings are highly encouraged.
    Start dates are your arrival date in Nepal whereas the End dates are the returning date from Nepal.
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    See Group Booking Discount

    No. of people Price per person
    1-1 USD 2,850
    2-2 USD 2,035
    3-5 USD 1,740
    6-6 USD 1,630
    7-10 USD 1,610
    11-15 USD 1,540
    16-20 USD 1,495
    21-25 USD 1,465
    26-30 USD 1,435
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    Date (Start - End) Price (Per Person)
    Sat, 16 Nov - Wed, 27 Nov USD 2,850 INQUIRE NOW
    Sat, 23 Nov - Wed, 4 Dec USD 2,850
    Sat, 30 Nov - Wed, 11 Dec USD 2,850
    Sat, 7 Dec - Wed, 18 Dec USD 2,850
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    Sat, 21 Dec - Wed, 1 Jan USD 2,850
    Sat, 28 Dec - Wed, 8 Jan USD 2,850
    Sat, 25 Jan - Wed, 5 Feb USD 2,850
    Sat, 1 Feb - Wed, 12 Feb USD 2,850
    Sat, 8 Feb - Wed, 19 Feb USD 2,850
    Sat, 15 Feb - Wed, 26 Feb USD 2,850
    Sat, 22 Feb - Wed, 4 Mar USD 2,850
    Sat, 29 Feb - Wed, 11 Mar USD 2,850
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    Sat, 21 Mar - Wed, 1 Apr USD 2,850
    Sat, 28 Mar - Wed, 8 Apr USD 2,850
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    Sat, 25 Apr - Wed, 6 May USD 2,850
    Sat, 2 May - Wed, 13 May USD 2,850
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    Sat, 16 May - Wed, 27 May USD 2,850
    Sat, 23 May - Wed, 3 Jun USD 2,850
    Sat, 30 May - Wed, 10 Jun USD 2,850
    Sat, 12 Sep - Wed, 23 Sep USD 2,850
    Sat, 19 Sep - Wed, 30 Sep USD 2,850
    Sat, 26 Sep - Wed, 7 Oct USD 2,850
    Sat, 3 Oct - Wed, 14 Oct USD 2,850
    Sat, 10 Oct - Wed, 21 Oct USD 2,850
    Sat, 17 Oct - Wed, 28 Oct USD 2,850
    Sat, 24 Oct - Wed, 4 Nov USD 2,850
    Sat, 31 Oct - Wed, 11 Nov USD 2,850
    Sat, 7 Nov - Wed, 18 Nov USD 2,850
    Sat, 14 Nov - Wed, 25 Nov USD 2,850
    Sat, 21 Nov - Wed, 2 Dec USD 2,850
    Sat, 28 Nov - Wed, 9 Dec USD 2,850
    Sat, 5 Dec - Wed, 16 Dec USD 2,850
    Sat, 12 Dec - Wed, 23 Dec USD 2,850
    Sat, 19 Dec - Wed, 30 Dec USD 2,850
    Sat, 26 Dec - Wed, 6 Jan USD 2,850
    Sat, 30 Jan - Wed, 10 Feb USD 2,850
    Sat, 6 Feb - Wed, 17 Feb USD 2,850
    Sat, 13 Feb - Wed, 24 Feb USD 2,850
    Sat, 20 Feb - Wed, 3 Mar USD 2,850
    Sat, 27 Feb - Wed, 10 Mar USD 2,850
    Sat, 6 Mar - Wed, 17 Mar USD 2,850
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    Sat, 20 Mar - Wed, 31 Mar USD 2,850
    Sat, 27 Mar - Wed, 7 Apr USD 2,850
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    Sat, 17 Apr - Wed, 28 Apr USD 2,850
    Sat, 24 Apr - Wed, 5 May USD 2,850
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    Sat, 22 May - Wed, 2 Jun USD 2,850
    Sat, 29 May - Wed, 9 Jun USD 2,850
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    Sat, 25 Sep - Wed, 6 Oct USD 2,850
    Sat, 2 Oct - Wed, 13 Oct USD 2,850
    Sat, 9 Oct - Wed, 20 Oct USD 2,850
    Sat, 16 Oct - Wed, 27 Oct USD 2,850
    Sat, 23 Oct - Wed, 3 Nov USD 2,850
    Sat, 30 Oct - Wed, 10 Nov USD 2,850
    Sat, 6 Nov - Wed, 17 Nov USD 2,850
    Sat, 13 Nov - Wed, 24 Nov USD 2,850
    Sat, 20 Nov - Wed, 1 Dec USD 2,850
    Sat, 27 Nov - Wed, 8 Dec USD 2,850
    Sat, 4 Dec - Wed, 15 Dec USD 2,850
    Sat, 11 Dec - Wed, 22 Dec USD 2,850
    Sat, 18 Dec - Wed, 29 Dec USD 2,850
    Sat, 25 Dec - Wed, 5 Jan USD 2,850
  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
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  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
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Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included (2 nights).

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

  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms.

  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking guides.

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.

  • Shared helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla.

  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat.

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page.)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks

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

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected)

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

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

This is a porter-supported trek. Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.

The weight limit for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights is 15 kg or 33 pounds. This is combining both the duffel bag and the daypack. If you exceed this limit, you will have to pay an additional fee. When this happens, sometimes the airline sends your bag in later flights and this can be very problematic for many reasons. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.

General

  • 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek.)
  • Duffel bag (We will provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag which is yours to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; we can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek.)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya hat.)
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer

Hand

  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (For women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants

Feet

  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-Aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)

Optional

  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
  • Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

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

Everest base camp trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

We use standard rooms at three star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.

Substituting the accommodation or swapping from mountain guest house to Kathmandu is NOT possible. We only provide two nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu included in the package.

In case of flight cancellation or early arrival to Kathmandu due to any sickness in the mountain or any of your own personal reason or due to bad weather and you are unable to continue the trek, you will need an extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu. We can make these arrangements for a supplemental charge.

Yes! The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% deposit payment. You can pay the balance of the money when you arrive in Kathmandu.

During the trek we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required.

In Kathmandu, USD 45 Per Room per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu but not in the mountain especially during the peak time.

YES, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants, we can arrange the trip for one person as well.

You can clear the remainder of the money upon your arrival in Kathmandu or even before you arrive in Kathmandu. You can use USD cash, American Express, Master or Visa cards for the payment options. There will be 4% bank levy when paying by credit cards.

Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest Base Camp trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat(rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and tea houses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per littler. You can also drink the normal tap or spring water if you bring the purifying aid with you.

No problem at all because the lodges mostly serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs, more maneuverable in travelling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas.

For domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu), we use Tara Air, Sita Air, Summit Air -popular domestic airlines.

And, for heli-tour we use Fishtail Air, Air Dynasty and Simrik Air

Most of the tea houses do have western style flushing toilet however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.

At most cases you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.

All the guest houses sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself. Hand sanitizer and a towel you must bring your own.

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per littler. More higher you go it would be expensive.

If you are planning to drink normal water, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must.

One can purchase purification tablets or iodine in Kathmandu, Lukla or Namche.

Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp deluxe trek.

Every trekking trip up the mighty Mt. Everest presents its own amazing, unforgettable moments that forever live on in the hearts and minds of those brave enough to make the climb. One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C, only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

Spring – March / April / May / June

Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude.

During springtime, the average temperature is 17 degrees C with a maximum of 25 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season

This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. There are positives to trekking during the monsoon months, however. The excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds. The maximum temperature during the monsoon season averages 25 degrees C during sunny days with a minimum -15 degrees C in the morning and night at areas above 4000 meters. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 18 degrees C.

Autumn – End of September / October / November

Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle.

The average temperature during the fall is 15 degrees C with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

Regardless of time of year, trekkers should always plan accordingly and bring clothing for both cooler and warmer temps. Layering is always recommended, as are pants that can double as shorts. For a full list of clothing and materials to bring to account for various temperatures and weather changes that can occur in the Everest region, visitors should work closely with their travel provider. This will ensure that the adventure will be enjoyable no matter what the weather and that every possible scenario will be accounted for ahead of time.

The guesthouses at lower altitude facilitates heater. However, in the guesthouses in higher altitude, the rooms may not be heated. In such conditions, they have the facility of heating the dining area by providing kerosene or metal heater. USD 1 to USD 3 per person might be applicable to use this service and this is payable directly to the guesthouse.

Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.

Our guides are well trained for the high altitude problems and first aid. They always carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well. All our guides carry the local mobile phones and SAT phones for the emergency.

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

In case of emergency cancellation of flights due to weather condition at Lukla or in Kathmandu we recommend our clients to wait for some time for the weather to clear out. In case the weather fails to clear out and the flights are not likely to take place then in such cases we recommend to go for a helicopter charter. This facility can be provided if our clients are agreeing to pay the extra charges applicable for the heli ride. The helicopter takes 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared amongst the passengers. The cost must be paid by the participant, which can later be submitted for reimbursement through travel insurance company. We can help you with the necessary documents for a claim.

The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, American Express only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance.  The extra charges incurred are approximately $2,500 to $3,000 USD per helicopter (minimum USD 500 to maximum USD 3,000 per person) would be applicable to you for the helicopter charter. Usually the helicopter takes only 4 to 6 passengers at a time. Therefore whatever the cost of helicopter is, the price is divided among the group members. Any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of those 4% amount)

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters!

In the cities, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

There will be proper running of both hot and cold water at most of the guesthouses. However, in some of the guesthouses, they might provide you with a hot bucket of water for shower.

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.

The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 deg C, we can provide liner or extra blanket if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.

Yes, we do have PAC but we don’t use it for Everest Base Deluxe camp trek since you only have to stay a night above 5000 meters. We will surely provide one if required.

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.

YES, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

A dental check-up prior to travelling.
That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the call-back or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use Oxy meter. They are very much aware that higher the altitude the oxygen level gets lesser so to get updated on the oxygen level of our client and to know whether they are fit enough or needs extra precautions to continue.

Guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.

It totally depends on level of your sickness. Once you are sick in higher altitude you need to rest at lower altitude and it at least need 3 days to a week for the recovery.

If you are in private or solo trip you can discuss and decide with guide depending on your health status.

If you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with guide and catch up the group later on.

For Lukla flights you are given only 15kgs as weight limit, which is equal to 33 Pounds; this includes both your duffel bag and daypack. So please pack and prepare wisely. If you exceed your limit additional cost of USD 2 to USD 5 Per Kgs would be applicable in the airport and this amount should be paid at the airport in airlines counter itself.

The hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.

Cancellation notice is required, minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as cancelled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.

If you do not cancel your trip prior to 20 days due to whatsoever reasons, you must be aware that the trip you’ve already bought is completely non-refundable as per our terms and conditions. If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid. If your trip is cut short due to weather/illness/personal reasons, there is no refund for accommodations unused.

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The above information is a guide and a standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can bring changes in the itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.


Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla

Lukla Airport is situated on a wonderful valley surrounded by high mountains. Due to this reason, landing and taking off from Lukla is considered to be difficult and technical. The weather in the area unpredictable and is likely to change every few hours resulting in flight delays or cancellation.

Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. However, if flights are cancelled due to mountain weather conditions, to Lukla or from Lukla to Kathmandu, we will help you charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your trip and international flight connections. The extra charges incurred are approximately $2,500 to $3,000 USD per helicopter (USD 500 to USD 3,000 per person) would be applicable to you for the helicopter charter. The helicopter takes 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared amongst the passengers. The cost must be paid by the participant, which can later be submitted for reimbursement through travel insurance company. We can help you with the necessary documents for a claim. Payment for helicopter must be paid at time of service by participant. US dollars cash, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, American Express) are accepted for helicopter transport. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee, which goes directly to the bank.

The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m or greater, while the twin otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5000m or greater, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. If the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters are also not operated. In such case we will reschedule your flight for next day depending on the availability. If this situation keeps on getting repeated for many days then you would be provide with the alternative trek options.

What makes this trip different ?

Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

Donation
Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

Sponsorship
One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal. After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org

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