Everest Base Camp and Lobuche East

Everest Base Camp and Lobuche East – 18 Days

Trip Overview

  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Trip Level: Advanced Beginners Everest Base Camp and Lobuche East
  • Max Altitude: 6,119 m /20,070 ft
  • Activity: Trekking/Climbing & Camping (Climbing, Camping, and Trekking)
  • Meals: Included (Breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during trek days)
  • Accomodation: Hotel, Tea House & Tented camp (3-star hotel in Kathmandu for 2 nights, 13 nights guesthouse & 2/3 nights in a tented camp in the mountains)
  • Best Season: Mar-May, Oct-Nov

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of the Himalayas.
  • Visiting Tengboche Monastery.
  • Remarkable views of Khumbu Icefall.
  • Everest Base Camp, Kalapattar, and walking on the Khumbu glacier.
  • Summit to Lobuche East at an elevation of 6,119 m/20,075 ft.

Trip Description

Lobuche East peak is one of the popular climbing peaks in Nepal, located at the elevation of 6,119 meters in Everest Khumbu Himalayan range. This peak is an attractive summit and offers various routes for climbing. The normal route for climbing is through South Ridge. Lobuche east peak consists of several small summits and the true summit requires climbing steep snow and ice slopes to the top from the summit ridge.

Our professionally designed itinerary takes us to the Everest base camp and Kalapattar then to Lobuche Peak, this will give us enough opportunity to get acclimatized.

Once we return to Lobuche village from Everest base camp then we trek up to the Lobuche peak base camp. The base camp will be set up at 4,950 meters. Near a lake in a rocky hollow at the base of the glaciated South-West Face. The views of Amadablam, Thamserku, Kantega peak, and Tawache peak are superb from here. We climb steep stone terraces and snow slopes just below the main glaciers on the South-West Face of Lobuche East.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu

Max. Altitude: Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 ft)

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

  • overnight Overnight in Kathmandu.
  • meal Meals not included

Day 02 – Flight to Lukla

Max. Altitude: Lukla (2,840 m/9,317 ft)

Duration: 35 mins flight from ktm or 25 min flight from Manthali, 3-4 hrs trek

Manthali to Lukla Flight
The airport in Manthali, Ramechhap is about 4 to 5 hours away from Kathmandu. Wake up at 2:30 am and take an escorted shuttle to Manthali airport on a shared tourist vehicle. Board a 25-minute flight to Lukla. Manthali to Lukla flight is relevant during peak trekking months.

Kathmandu to Lukla Flight
Wake up at 5/6 am. Our staff will escort you to the airport’s domestic terminal in Kathmandu. Board a 35-minute flight to Lukla. Kathmandu to Lukla flight is relevant during the off-season of trekking.

Helicopter Option Helicopter Option

You have the option to book a direct helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla for an extra charge of USD 550 per person. This price is quoted on a 5-people sharing basis. This is the best alternative to avoid the long drive to Manthali airport during peak season (March, April, May, October, and November).

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Prepare your luggage for the trek the day before the flight. You will be arriving at the Tenzing Hillary Airport early in the morning. Breakfast in Lukla. Porters will meet group in Lukla and are assigned to carry luggage. For every two clients, one porter is assigned.

Today we trek to Phakding. The trail is straightforward. We head out of Lukla and follow the Dudh Koshi River with a downhill. The route connects to the Namche Bazaar trail, just above Chaurikharka (2,713 m). Continuing, we come across the small village of Ghat. After a brisk hike, we arrive at Phakding.

  • overnight Overnight at a Guesthouse
  • meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 03 – Trek to Namche Bazaar

Max. Altitude: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,287 ft)

Duration: 5-6 hrs trek

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. After five and a half hours total, we reach Namche. Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,287 ft), known as the “Gateway to Everest,” is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, a money exchange, internet cafes, and a bakery. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail.

  • overnight Overnight at a Guesthouse
  • meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04 – Namche Bazaar acclimatization day.

A day will be spent in Namche in order to adjust to the high altitude. We’ll go on a short trek to a museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point can be seen rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.

  • overnight Overnight at a Guesthouse
  • meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05 – Trek to Tengboche Monastery

Max. Altitude: Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m/12,664 ft)

Duration: 5-6 hrs trek

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi, with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3,860 m/12,664 ft today. After five hours we’ll reach Tengboche, where the local monastery can be seen. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a twenty-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony in either the evening or morning, depending on how the day’s trekking progressed.

  • overnight Overnight at a Guesthouse
  • meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06 – Trek to Dingboche

Max. Altitude: Dingboche (4,410 m/14,470 ft)

Duration: 5-6 hrs trek

From Thyangboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses the suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues for six hours, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche, with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We’ll set a leisurely pace to adjust to the altitude (4,410 m/14,470 ft).

  • overnight Overnight at a Guesthouse
  • meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07 – Day trip to Chhukung Valley and trek back to Dingboche

Max. Altitude: Chukkung valley (4,730 m/15,518 ft)

Duration: 4-5 hrs trek

Today is another day for acclimatization. We’ll have a trip to Chukkung valley (4,730 m/15,518 ft) via the Imja Khola valley, to see the marvelous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall. Then we’ll return to Dingboche in the evening.

  • overnight Overnight at a Guesthouse
  • meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08 – Trek to Lobouche

Max. Altitude: Lobuche (4,930 m/16,174 ft)

Duration: 5-6 hrs trek

The trail continues for five hours today, 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, heading to Lobouche (4,930 m/16,174 ft) – just a few huts at the foot of the giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to altitude.

  • overnight Overnight at a Guesthouse
  • meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09 – Trek to Everest base camp & return to Gorakshep

Max. Altitude: Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,599 ft), Gorak Shep (5,164 m/16,942 ft)

Duration: 7-8 hrs trek

After an early morning start leaving Lobuche, we head up to Everest Base camp (5,364 m/17,599 ft). From here you’ll have an unobstructed view of many mountain giants, including Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, and Lhotse looming directly ahead and on all sides. Then we’ll return to Ghorakshep (5,164 m/16,942 ft) at noon, having completed a 7 to 8 hrs trek.

  • overnight Overnight at a Guesthouse
  • meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 – Trek to Kalapatthar then trek down to Lobuche

Max. Altitude: Kala Patthar (5,555 m/18,220 ft), Lobuche (4,930 m/16,174 ft)

Duration: 5-6 hrs trek

After reaching the Everest base, our aim today is to trek Kalapattar (5,555 m/18,220 ft). We start out early to reach a point that offers one of Nepal’s best panoramas of Mount Everest and the surrounding mountains. We then descend back to Lobuche (4,930 m/16,174 ft), a round trip of six hours.

  • overnight Overnight at a Guesthouse
  • meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 – Trek to Lobuche East base camp

Max. Altitude: Lobuche East Base Camp (4,950 m/16,240 ft)

Duration: 5-6 hrs trek

Today holds a 5 hours trek to the Lobuche base camp. The first half of the journey is over flat terrain, but the second half of the path begins a steep ascent to the Lobuche base camp (4,950 m). The path is quite rocky and it moves along the bank of Lobuche Glacier. While trekking, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega, and many more. For the next two days our accommodation will be this tented camp, food provided by our professional chef.

  • overnight Overnight at a Guesthouse
  • meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 – Trek from summit to Lobuche East Peak then back to Base Camp.

Max. Altitude: Lobuche East Peak (6,119 m/20,075 ft)

Duration: 10-11 hrs climb

Today is our main adventure day; weather permitting, early in the morning we’ll begin the climb up Lobuche peak (6,119 m/20,075 ft). The hike takes about ten hours. At the summit, we’ll behold panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Cholatse, Pumori, Changri, and more. After a trip to the top, we safely make our way down the same day, returning to the Base Camp.

  • overnight Overnight at a Guesthouse
  • meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 – Spare Day In Case of Bad Weather

This day in the itinerary is designed as a spare day. The weather in mountains cannot be predicted as it might change unexpectedly. In case of extremely bad weather on Day 12, you can summit the peak on this day. However, the weather might work in our favour most of the times. In such cases, you can continue trekking down and utilize this day to rest or to relax anywhere in the trail or at Namche or Lukla which offers a lot of good restaurants, bars, bakeries, etc. Namche and Lukla have many good places to hangout. All the trekkers and climbers celebrate the success of their trip in Namche and Lukla.

  • overnight Overnight at a Guesthouse or Tented Camp
  • meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 – Trek to Pangboche

Max. Altitude: Pangboche (3,930 m/12,893 ft)

Duration: 6-7 hrs trek

After reaching the Lobuche peak, we then descend to Pangboche (3,930 m/12,893), a 6 to 7 hours trek.

  • overnight Overnight at a Guesthouse
  • meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15 – Trek to Namche

Max. Altitude: Namche (3,440 m/11,287 ft)

Duration: 6-7 hrs trek

Leaving the mountains behind, our descent takes us back through Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m/12,664 ft) before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,287 ft). We arrive back at Namche Bazaar in the afternoon, a 6 to 7 hours trek.

  • overnight Overnight at a Guesthouse
  • meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16 – Trek to Lukla

Max. Altitude: Lukla (2,840 m/9,317 ft)

Duration: 5-6 hrs trek

We trek another six hours to  Lukla (2,840 m/9,317 ft), where the trek began. There will be time to reflect on the expedition as a group and the personal achievements of all who participated.

  • overnight Overnight at a Guesthouse
  • meal Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17 – Flight back to Kathmandu or Manthali (Ramechhap) from Lukla

Max. Altitude: Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,592 ft)

Flight to Manthali
The flight from Lukla to Manthali is 25 minutes flight. After that, it is about a 4 to 6-hour drive to Kathmandu. You’ll be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu on a shared tourist vehicle. This is relevant for the peak trekking season from March to November.

Flight to Kathmandu
The flight to Lukla takes about 35 minutes. After arriving at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu via a shared tourist vehicle. This is relevant for the months outside peak trekking months.

Helicopter Option Helicopter Option

You have the option to book a direct helicopter flight from Lukla to Kathmandu for an extra charge of USD 550 per person. This price is quoted on a 5-people sharing basis. This is the best alternative to avoid the long drive to from Manthali airport to Kathmandu during peak season (March, April, May, October and November).

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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.

  • overnight Overnight at a Hotel
  • meal Breakfast and farewell dinner included

Day 18 – Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.

Today we conclude our trip. One of our airport representatives will accompany you to the International Airport for your flight back home. We bid you farewell and hope you’ll travel to Nepal again.

  • meal Breakfast included
  • Price Includes

    • All (international and domestic) airport transfers on a tourist vehicle
    • Twin-sharing/double accommodation in a 3-star hotel for 2 nights in Kathmandu including breakfast (Private room accommodation can be organized at an extra cost)

    • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the trek for 13 nights in the Everest region with attached toilets in Lukla, Phakding & Namche

    • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) including one hot drink and seasonal fruits  
    • Tented camp accommodation and all meals during the 2 night stay at the Lobuche Peak Base Camp (We will provide fully water/wind-proof twin-share tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, etc.)

    • Experienced, first-aid trained, government licensed, English-speaking Ace the Himalaya's trekking guide
    • Climbing Sherpa from the Base camp to the summit and back to the base camp.

    • Group climbing equipment (Climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar and ice hammer)

    • Filtered water in the trails using Water Filter or using water purification tablets
    • Porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every 2 clients)
    • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu/Manthali and Lukla
    • Permits for Sagarmatha/Everest National Park, TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).

    • Special permit for climbing Lobuche East Peak.

    • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff
    • 1 Ace the Himalaya’s duffel/kit bag, trekking map, sun hat, Buff (Neck Gaiter) and trip completion certificate
    • A farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal
    • All administrative expenses and government taxes

    Price Excludes

    • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu
    • International flight fare and airport departure tax
    • Any beverages including bottled and boiled water
    • Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage
    • Tips to trekking staff and driver
    • 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 gear and equipment
    • Any expenses other than the Price Include section

    Gears and Equipment

    Here is a list of what you might want to pack for the hike. Please take this as a starting point. You’ll need layers of warmer clothing during the winter. We provide a 75 liter duffel bag for you to use for the trek. It will be given to you during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffle bag is yours to keep. Also, you can rent sleeping bag and down jacket with us at the additional fee of USD 35 for each once you are in Kathmandu.

    Climbing Gear

    The Climbing equipment are much more expensive to buy. So, please let us know if you want to rent the equipments at the additional cost of USD 250 per person. The Following equipments are essential for climbing Lobuche peak.

    • 1 Pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners
    • 1 Pair of crampons (steel, no aluminum).
    • 1 Alpine climbing harness.
    • 1 Mountaineering axe with leash (sized properly for your height)
    • 1 Ascender (right or left handed as appropriate)
    • 1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide are good options)
    • 2 D-Shaped locking carabiners
    • 2 Non-locking carabiners
    • 1 Pair expedition style gaiters (ensure fit over your boots)
    • Scarf/Neck Gaiter/Buff (highly recommended)
    • Ski goggles (optional)
    • Climbing Helmet (mandatory)
    General

    • Four-season (zero degree) sleeping bag (We have rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
    • Puffy down jacket (We have rental jackets available for an additional USD 35)
    • Daypack (35-45 liters recommended) with rain cover
    • Sleeping bag liner
    Upper Body

    • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a free Ace the Himalaya baseball cap.)
    • Knitted hat/Beanie
    • Headlamp
    • Sunglasses
    Torso

    • Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
    • Technical fabric short (2) and long sleeve (2) shirts
    • Waterproof, windproof shell
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    Lower Body

    • Technical fabric base layer (light for warmer months, heavy for colder months)
    • Hiking pants (2)
    • Comfortable pants for inside the teahouses
    • Waterproof, windproof shell
    • Hiking shorts
    Hands

    • Wool or technical fabric liner gloves
    • Hard-shell outer gloves (insulated for colder months)
    Feet

    • Wool or technical fabric warm socks
    • Hiking socks
    • Liner socks (optional such as silk)
    • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
    • Casual shoes
    • Gaiters (lightweight for dust or heavy for snow in colder months)
    Undergarments

    Note: The quantity of each article of clothing can be adjusted to suit the preferences of each participant.

    • Technical fabric/quick drying is best for underwear (opportunities to launder during the trip)
    • Sports bras (women)
    • Pajamas or sleeping clothes
    First Aid Kits and Medications

    • (Note: Guides carry medications and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are highly recommended.)
    • Sunscreen
    • Lip balm
    • ointment
    Other Essentials

    • Passport
    • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Toiletry kits
    • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
    • Hydration bladder
    • Towel
    • Pillowcase
    • Toilet paper (2 rolls)
    • High protein snacks (such as protein bars or nuts)
    • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying important documents and money
    • Airline tickets (Please leave a copy at our office in Kathmandu. This can be useful if there is a change in the date of the flight.)
    Optional

    Once in Nepal, if you have the time, you can purchase supplies and gear for hiking. Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hub, is home to many shops where you can get a variety of reasonably priced trekking equipment.

    • Power bank or extra batteries
    • Cameras and mobile phone
    • Cards/book
    • Binoculars
    • Trekking poles
    • Whistle

    Important Information

    • We give you a free duffel bag and baseball cap during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
    • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs, will be carried by the porter throughout the walk.
    • To carry your daily necessities like cash, crucial papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc., you must have your own daypack (with a waterproof cover).
    • You can store your luggage (non-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu.
    • The total luggage allotment allowance for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is 15 Kg/33 lbs including both duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
    • A down jacket with a hood is a must for altitudes above 4,000 m to keep warm. You can rent a down jacket for USD 35. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you need to reimburse the cost of USD 200 per item.
    • You can rent a 4-season sleeping bag for USD 35. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you need to reimburse the cost of USD 200 per item.

    Note: Some clothing, especially form-fitting, figure-hugging items made of elastic material (like yoga pants), may offend locals. Therefore, if you choose to wear these clothes for comfort, please make sure to wear something over them.

    FAQs for Everest Base Camp and Lobuche East

    General

    Why trek with Ace the Himalaya?

    Ace has a reputation for successfully leading treks with knowledgeable leaders and staff taking care of all your travel needs. We are a certified sustainable travel company that also endorses the idea of giving back to the community by participating in various philanthropic activities. Here are 17 reasons why you should choose Ace the Himalaya for your next adventure!

    Is Nepal open to travelers following the Covid-19 pandemic?

    Indeed, Nepal is entirely open. Travelers are welcome in Nepal without any restrictions. Arriving travelers can obtain a visa on arrival at the Kathmandu airport as well.

    What are the conditions to travel to Nepal post Covid-19?

    Traveling to Nepal is now hassle-free. You don’t need a vaccination certificate or negative PCR test, but check with your airlines and transit countries for any specific requirements.

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

    What additional documents do I need?

    What should I know about booking my flights to/from Nepal? Do I need to plan extra days in case of delays?

    The best course of action is to add a day or two before and after your intended trek days in case of flight delays or cancellations. It also gives you time to buy clothing equipment and gear required before your trip.

    Please be aware that Ace the Himalaya is not responsible for any inconveniences or missed international flights resulting from unforeseen events like airport changes, flight delays or cancellations, etc.

    Are your climbing guides trained and have done the Lobuche peak previously?

    Yes, all our climbing guides hold their license from Nepal Mountaineering Association. They are experienced in many 6,000 and 7,000 meters peaks and have also been to 8,000 meters peaks a few times.

    Can the guide speak English?

    Our guides are fluent in English. All the guides that we assign speak and understand English. They’ll share with you the fascinating stories, traditions, and folklore of the mountains. The guides will also help you communicate with the locals since many shopkeepers and hosts of teahouses don’t speak English.

    Weather and Temperature

    What is the best season for this trek?

    The best seasons to hike Everest Base Camp Trek are autumn (Mid-September to November) and spring (March to early June). This trek is possible year-round, and we can organize it when it suits your schedule. However, we generally suggest doing this trek in the favorable seasons and keep away from rainstorm season (July and August). In cold months of January and February, the temperature can be a little harsh in the mountains. However, some prefer to travel during these months as it is less crowded given that you are well prepared with appropriate winter wear and other gears.

    What kind of weather and temperature can I expect while trekking?

    Due to its tendency to be localized, the weather in the Everest region is challenging to forecast. You could see rain, fog, cold, or hot and sunny weather while trekking. It is best to be equipped to handle various weather situations. In the Everest region, nighttime temperatures are significantly lower than midday temperatures. In less than a day, the temperature can change from a high of 25°C (77°F) to a low of – 20°C (-4°F). The weather and temperature ranges are typically predictable based on the month and season, even though it might be challenging to predict what each day in the mountains will bring.

    Spring – March/April/May/June

    Despite being the busiest season, spring is perhaps the best time to visit the Everest region. Activities assisting the expedition teams take place in Everest Base Camp. The many varieties of blossoming trees should be visible, and the sky should be clear with stunning vistas. During springtime, the average temperature is 20°C (68°F), with a high of 25°C (77°F) during clear days and a low of – 15°C (5°F) overnight above 4000 meters.

    Monsoon season – July/August through Mid-September

    Since it rains heavily at elevations below 3500 meters, this season isn’t exactly ideal for travel in the Everest region. While it can occasionally be dry in areas above 4000 meters, it frequently rains so therefore not many people travel during this season. Trekking during the monsoon season has some advantages, such as a greater possibility of seeing waterfalls and the best opportunity to escape crowds. During the monsoon, the average temperature is 22°C (71.6°F), with a high of 30°C (86°F) during clear days and a low of- 5°C (23°F) overnight above 4000 meters.

    Autumn – End of September/October/November

    In the Everest region, autumn is equally as busy as spring. It is one of the best times to go, too. While the plants and trees are not in bloom, the sky is often clear, offering breathtaking vistas from almost every viewpoint. The average temperature in autumn is 17°C (62.6°F), with a high of 20°C (68°F) during clear days and a low of – 15°C (5°F) overnight above 4000 meters.

    Winter – December/January/February

    Due to fewer tourists, some people like winter travel. Even while the views are still beautiful, it can be cloudy, thus adding extra days is highly advised during this time. The average temperature is 10°C (50°F), with a high of 17°C (62.6°F) during clear days and a low of – 20°C (- 4°F) overnight above 4000 meters. The teahouses provide extra blankets for warmth at night.

    What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers?

    The temperature rating of the sleeping bags that we rent to trekkers is about -10°C (14°F). Also, our guides can obtain extra blankets if needed at the teahouses.

    Arrival and Visas

    Is it possible to obtain a visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

    Yes, you can obtain a Nepal visa upon your arrival at the airport. There are kiosks in the arrival hall that you use to complete the necessary forms.  The cost is USD 30 for a 15-day tourist visa, including numerous entries, or USD 50 and USD 125 for a 30-day or 90-day tourist visa including numerous entries respectively. You should carry cash (USD) with you to pay your visa fees quickly and easily, as digital payments are frequently unavailable.

    Who will come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

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

    Payments and Extra Costs

    Can I rent Climbing equipment's from your company?

    Yes, you can rent the needed climbing equipment at the additional cost of USD 200 per person.

    How much additional money do I need per day?

    Typically, USD 15 to 20 per person per day will be sufficient. This is to purchase water, tea/espresso, snacks, and hot showers in the mountains and for lunch or dinner in Kathmandu. Additionally, if you want to buy souvenirs or native Nepali goods, you can bring extra cash with you.

    Is it possible to use credit cards in the places I visit during the trek?

    Nepalese Rupees cash is preferred to a credit card while trekking in the mountain region. Exchanging your cash into Nepali Rupees in Kathmandu before the beginning of the trek is ideal. This can be accomplished at the airport, at banks, or at your hotel. Please note the hotels will exchange up to about USD 100 for each transaction only. There are ATMs up to Namche Bazaar but can be unreliable. The currency exchange rate is better in Kathmandu.

    Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay a deposit later, or do I have to pay a deposit at booking/reservation?

    When you book, you must pay a 30% deposit to secure your itinerary. The remaining balance can be paid upon your arrival at Kathmandu or before arrival. US Dollars cash and credit cards (Visa, Master, and American Express) are accepted once in Nepal. Please note a 4% transaction fee will be added for all credit card transactions.

    How do I pay the remainder of my balance upon arrival in Kathmandu? US Dollars cash or credit card?

    You can make payments via US Dollars cash or credit card (Visa, Master, and American Express). A 4% transaction fee is added if paying with a credit card. Thus, we encourage you to pay with USD cash if you are planning to pay upon your arrival in Kathmandu.

    We prefer you pay with larger bills (USD 50 or 100).  Please note that the cash should not be older than 2009 and in good condition, as banks do not accept worn, torn, or crumpled bills.

    How are the ATM and money exchange facilities in Kathmandu?

    There are ATM and money exchange facilities almost every few meters in Thamel, where you will be staying in Kathmandu. So, you can easily use your cards to cash out limited sum of money to which a minimum charge is deducted by the ATM facility itself. You can easily exchange your foreign currencies in currency exchange centers for an exact rate.

    Who Can Trek?

    Do I need prior trekking experience?

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

    Is trekking to mountain regions safe for solo female travelers?

    It is safe 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.

    Physical Fitness

    How challenging is the Lobuche Peak Climbing?

    This trip is a little bit technical where using ropes and an ice pick is required. You need good stamina for a long day’s effort while climbing it. You can climb Lobuche East peak without any previous climbing experience and skills in using climbing equipment but knowledge of using equipment and previous experience would be beneficial although not mandatory because pre-ice climbing training is provided to you in Base Camp to make you skillful in using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, and crampons.

    How quickly do you walk on the trail?

    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 to help with acclimatization.

    Do your climbing guides are trained and have done Lobuche peak previously?

    Yes, all our climbing guides hold licenses from Nepal Mountaineering Association. They are experienced in many 6,000 and 7,000 meters peaks and have also been to 8,000 meters peaks a few times.

    What kind of physical training is necessary for trip preparation?

    To prepare for a challenging trip like this 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 floors to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest.

    Please note that the climbing day from base camp to summit and summit to base camp is a very long and tiring journey from a minimum of 8 hours to 12 hours.

    How challenging is the climb?

    The Everest Base Camp with Lobuche Peak Climbing is a challenging trek due to the altitude and long duration of the trek and climbing. It is a challenging journey that comprises walking and climbing for 5 to 8 hours a day.

    Lobuche Peak is not really a technical peak but you need good stamina for a long day effort while climbing it. You can climb Lobuche peak without any previous climbing experience and skills in using climbing equipment but knowledge of using equipment and previous experience would be beneficial although not mandatory because basic pre-ice climbing training is provided to you in Base Camp to make you skillful in using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, and crampons.

    What are the physical standards that I need for the trek?

    Participants in good physical condition should be able to complete this trek. If you are not physically active, we advise starting an exercise regimen two months before the trek that includes at least an hour of walking at an incline, running, or biking four to five times a week.

    Incorporating hiking into your workouts is ideal. It is advised to speak with a doctor before making travel arrangements if you have any health conditions that could affect your ability to complete the trek.

    Trek Preparation and Packing

    What is the weight limit for the Lukla flight?

    The weight limit for the Lukla flight is 15 kg (33 pounds), including your duffel bag and daypack. If your daypack weighs more than the allowed weight, you can pay an extra USD 2 to USD 5 per kilogram. Despite the extra pay, the baggage allowance is occasionally withheld. Therefore, we recommend you pack within the 15 kg weight limit.

    What are the procedures after I make my deposit?

    After making the deposit, one of our staff will email you for further information. We will require a copy of your passport photo page and your arrival/departure flight details. We will also provide you with additional trip information.

    What sort of insurance do I need? How can I obtain a policy?

    Travel insurance is mandatory for our hiking itineraries. We require your policy have medical evacuation coverage for the maximum elevation of your itinerary.  Insurance may also cover additional costs in the event of a flight delay or cancellation caused by bad weather, medical costs, theft, loss, and damage to your items while traveling.

    Travel insurance can be obtained online by one of several travel insurance companies. Please note that insurance obtained from an airline at the time of booking your flight may not cover medical evacuation coverage.

    What are the necessary items that I should pack for my trip?

    You can find the necessary items to pack for the trek on the Equipment Tab. Gear and equipment can be bought or rented upon your arrival in Kathmandu. If you plan on buying or renting gear in Kathmandu, please allow extra time.

    Do you provide sleeping bags or down jackets for rent?

    Yes, we do provide sleeping bags or down jackets for rental costs of USD 35 each. Do let us know before initiating the trek and we shall provide items.

    What type of bag will the porters carry?

    We provide you with a free duffel bag of 70 to 80-liter capacity that our porters will carry.  The maximum weight that porters can safely carry is 30kg, and each porter is assigned to two people.

    What type of daypack should I bring?

    We suggest a 30 to 40-liter capacity daypack. Wider straps and hip belts are recommended to assist you in carrying weight evenly and reduce pain.

    What about my passport, medications, and belongings?

    Bring copies of your passport, insurance papers, and other essential items in your carry-on during your flight. If you need to take medications daily, keep them in your daypack with your other essential possessions.  You can store other non-trekking essentials in the office of Ace the Himalaya or at the hotel in Kathmandu.

    Accommodation

    What kind of accommodation is available on this trip?

    In Kathmandu, we use three-star hotels including breakfast. We use Hotel Thamel House, Gaju Suite Hotel, Hotel Jampa, or comparable-class lodging in Kathmandu. Teahouses with clean rooms are used during the trek.

    For the night spent camping, shared tented accommodation is provided (Two Persons in each tent). You can book a private tent by paying an additional cost of USD 200 for the nights you spend in base camp.

    Is it possible to have private rooms while trekking or while in Kathmandu?

    A private room in the teahouses cannot be guaranteed during peak season. During the non-peak season, the teahouses may provide a private room without any additional cost. The accommodation during the trek will remain very basic with twin sharing rooms and occasionally dormitory rooms for our trekkers.

    We can arrange for a private room while in Kathmandu for an additional cost of USD 35 per room per night.

    Do the rooms at the teahouse have a private attached toilet or do we have to use a common toilet?

    Yes, we provide you with attached toilets in the teahouse in some places like Lukla, Phakding, and Namche only. You will have a shared toilet available in the teahouse for the rest of the places.

    What happens if I end up staying an extra night/s in Kathmandu due to an unforeseen delay or cancelation?

    In case of unforeseen circumstances such as flight cancellation, your health, or for any reason you decide to discontinue the trip and arrive early in Kathmandu then you will need extra accommodations in Kathmandu. The cost of the teahouses in the mountains is not equivalent to the cost of a hotel in Kathmandu.  In such cases, we will arrange your accommodations, but you will need to pay a supplemental charge.

    Is it necessary to bring toilet paper for the trek?

    You can buy toilet paper in the guesthouses during the trek, but it can be expensive, so we suggest you bring some with you. You also need to bring personal items such as towels, soap, hand sanitizers, and so on.

    Are there restrooms along the trail?

    There are toilet facilities in the teahouses/lodges during the trek. Trekkers can also find private areas along the trail for emergencies.

    What sort of food can I expect in trekking?

    Multiple food choices are available in the guesthouses. Options include daal bhat (rice and lentil), bread, eggs, potatoes, noodles, soup, pasta, and pastries. We suggest eating vegetarian during the trip.

    You will find a great deal of garlic on the menu since it helps with acclimatization. Each meal includes one hot drink.  Hot drinks include coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks. You can purchase an additional hot drink or sometimes soda at your own expense. You can also purchase candy or cookies (crisps) at your own expense.

    I'm a vegetarian. Is that a problem?

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

    Is the water okay to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets or filters?

    Natural spring water or tap water can be found along the trek and in guesthouses but must be treated. We use Katadyn filters to purify the natural water sources to make them safe to drink. This way, it is sustainable and pocket friendly as you need not buy bottled mineral water. You must carry a water bottle that can hold both hot and cold water and a hydration pack.

    If the temperature drops too low for the Katadyn filter to function properly or if any technical issues occur, it is recommended to buy boiled water from the teahouse to ensure safe drinking water as an alternative.

    Can we get hot or boiled drinking water? Does it cost extra?

    Yes, teahouses do provide hot boiled water for an extra charge of USD 2 to 5 per liter. The cost varies and increases at higher altitudes.

    Can I shower/bathe during the trek?

    Yes, hot showers are available from Lukla up to Namche Bazaar for an additional cost. Some villages at higher elevations too might have shower availability. However, you can purchase a pail of warm water at higher elevations to bathe with. It is not recommended to take showers above the village of Dingboche to avoid sickness. Depending on the location, it will cost an additional USD 5 to USD 8 for each shower during the trip.

    Are there any laundry services available on Everest Region Trek?

    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 yourself during acclimatization days in Namche and Dingboche. However, we recommend you pack enough clothes for your trek and do not rely on laundry services.

    Can I charge my electronic equipment during the trek?

    Yes, you can charge your equipment during the trek for an additional cost. The cost will vary but is around USD 1-5 per charge. Two pins (type C) and three pins (type D) adaptors are highly recommended. Bring these adaptors or purchase them while you are in Kathmandu.

    Health and Safety

    Do your guides have the trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitudes?

    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-altitude training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP).

    What are safety measures in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry on the trek to deal with sickness/accidents?

    Our guides are well trained and certified in first aid. Throughout the journey, our guides will evaluate your condition and your oxygen level using an oximeter. Our head office receives continuous updates on your condition and location through the guides. In places without a phone signal, your situation will be updated through a satellite phone during emergencies.

    How do you allocate guides and porters in a group?

    We allocate one guide for groups of up to 8 participants. For groups of over 8 participants, we allot an associate guide. As per the size of the group, we may add more guides or divide them into sub-groups.

    We provide one porter for every two clients. Two clients’ duffel bags will be carried by one porter. The weight limit is 30kg or 15kg for each client. For an additional cost, we can arrange for one porter to carry one participant’s duffel.

    Is Ace the Himalaya's staff insured?

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

    What vaccinations will I need?

    While no vaccinations are strictly mandatory for travel to Nepal, it is highly advisable to take precautionary measures to protect your health. To ensure a safe and enjoyable trip, we recommend the following vaccinations: Routine Vaccines, Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Rabies, Cholera, etc.

    It is also helpful if you inform us of any medical condition that is relevant so we may convey this information in the event of an emergency. Ace the Himalaya keeps your medical condition confidential unless treatment is necessary.

    What if I am very sick in the mountain?

    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.

    Do you guys have a PAC (Portable Altitude Chamber)?

    Yes, we have access to a portable altitude chamber in case of an emergency. It is not essential to carry during the trek. Though, we can use arrange it upon request for an extra cost of USD 200.

    Do you provide oxygen supply if needed?

    Yes. Guesthouses at higher elevations such as Lobuche and Gorak Shep offer oxygen at an extra cost if needed. The cost of oxygen can be high so we recommend having travel insurance so they can reimburse you.

    We can also provide pre-booked oxygen for an extra cost of USD 200 for 1 tank that can be carried along with you during the trek starting from Namche to higher elevations.

    How are acclimatization and altitude related?

    Air at higher elevations has less oxygen available. To avoid altitude sickness, acclimatization days 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.

    What kind of trekking boot would be best for the trek?

    An important piece of equipment is your trekking boots. Invest in a durable and comfortable pair, preferably with water-proof lining. Boots that provide ankle support on rough ground and have stiff soles are recommended.

    What is necessary for sun protection during the trek?

    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 necessary. Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, clothes, etc. are vital for sun protection.

    Practical Matters

    What is your cancellation policy?

    Notice should be provided 20 days before the trip start date in case of cancellation. The trip can be canceled for justifiable reasons. Once the trip is canceled, a fee of 30% of the trip cost is retained for administrative costs.

    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 with documentation such as a receipt of monies paid. 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 in Terms and Conditions page.

    Do I need to tip my guide and porter? How much would that be?

    Tipping is expected and appreciated. You can tip your trekking guides and porters based on your satisfaction and enjoyment. We suggest you spend at least 10% of your total trek cost for tipping staff. You’ll learn more about how much to tip your group’s guides and porters during our pre-trip briefing in Kathmandu.

    Is there any communication while we are trekking?

    Yes. The guides carry local cell phones, so you can use their cell phones if necessary and reimburse them. Assuming you have brought your cell phone, you can obtain a local SIM card and use it. Our guides or representatives can help you get a local SIM card after your arrival. There is the availability of Wi-Fi at most teahouses for an additional cost.  We utilize satellite telephones for emergencies.

    What is the Internet availability in the Everest region?

    For internet usage, the Everest region has a network “Everest Link” which can be bought for around NPR 600-800(USD 5-7) for 6GB that can be used at one destination, or you can pay NPR 2500(USD 21) for 10GB data that can be used in the regions that have access to Everest link.

    The purchase is valid for one device only. Some teahouses will have internet access and offer Wi-Fi hotspots for a charge. These are usually unreliable and not all teahouses will have connections, so it is recommended you purchase Everest Link or a 3G/4G SIM card to use for the duration of your trek.

    Does it cost an extra amount if I am a solo traveler?

    If you are a solo traveler and book one of our published dates, there is no additional fee. If you sign up for a private trip or change the trip date from one of our published trip dates, you will be charged an additional fee.

    Is there a provision for a refund policy if I don't accomplish the trek?

    Trekkers occasionally fail to complete the journey for medical or personal reasons. In this situation, be aware that we do not issue any refunds for products purchased or unused trek days. We must pay our administration staffs, guides, and porters, purchase trekking permits, and all other booked accommodations in advance, so our expenses remain the same.

    Who else will be joining my trekking group?

    If there are any, you will be allocated to a trekking group. 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 of the ages, nationality, and sex of your group members. Chances are you will be trekking with others unless you have booked a private trip.

    Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

    You can extend your trekking trip for an additional cost. Potential arrangements will be made if we get a request from your guide. This is applicable for private or solo trips as the itinerary can be easily adjusted. The addition of extra days is bound by time when you are in a group. Therefore, discuss with your group and guide, what changes can possibly be made.

    I want to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

    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 Day trips pages.

    Transportation and Flights

    Do I need to book my international flights for the travel to Nepal?

    Yes, you must book your international flights. We are a local agency and do not make international flight arrangements. You can easily browse through flight tickets in airlines sites to book ones most feasible for you.

    What form of transportation do you utilize?

    We utilize private tourist vehicles for touring, city visits, and airport pickups. Based on the group size, we use cars, minibuses, or vans. We use 4WD when necessary.

    Can we fly by plane to Lukla directly from the Kathmandu airport?

    The flight to Lukla depends on the trekking season. During peak trekking seasons (March, April, May, October and November), the traffic in Kathmandu airport is congested so, the flight to Lukla may be from Manthali airport in the Ramechhap district. However, during the off-season, you can take a flight to Lukla directly from Kathmandu airport.

    How can I reach Manthali Airport, Ramechhap? Do the airlines provide shuttle services to get to Manthali from Kathmandu?

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

    Usually, the airline companies provide shuttle services at 3 am to get to Manthali airport, Ramechhap from Kathmandu (depending upon flight time). If airlines’ shuttle services are not available, Ace the Himalaya will arrange for a vehicle to Manthali airport.

    To catch your Lukla flights, you will travel to Manthali early in the morning around 2 to 3 am from Kathmandu. If your departure time is early in the morning, you must arrive in Manthali the day before and spend the night there. More information will be shared 2 to 3 weeks before you arrive in Kathmandu.

    The return journey from Manthali to Kathmandu will remain like your outward journey.

    What sort of bus services can I expect to reach Manthali Airport from Kathmandu?

    Generally, vehicles such as Toyota HiAce, Mahindra Scorpio, etc. are used for shuttle services between Kathmandu and Manthali. Even though the roads leading to Manthali are bumpy, sloping, and winding, the transportation options offered will be comfortable during the trip.

    Is there a possibility of flying to Kathmandu from Lukla by plane directly after the trek?

    The flight to Kathmandu from Lukla depends on the trekking season. Direct flight may not be possible during peak trekking season (March, April, May, October, and November) due to heavy air traffic in Kathmandu. Therefore, the flight arrives at the Manthali airport, Ramechhap.

    What are the main reasons for Lukla flight delay or cancellation?

    Bad weather conditions are the major reason for Lukla flight delay and cancellation. Other reasons can include congested air traffic at the Kathmandu Airport, staffing shortages, and other difficulties cause flight delays/cancellations.

    Is there any alternative option if my flight to and from Lukla is canceled or delayed?

    In the event that scheduled flight(s) to/from Lukla airport are canceled or delayed due to adverse weather conditions, making it necessary to ensure your trek departure or return, a chartered helicopter may be required, shared among up to five(5) passengers. Helicopters can operate in some weather conditions where airplanes cannot. Any expenses incurred for helicopter services will be the responsibility of the client(s) and are not covered by Ace the Himalaya. It is advisable to have a minimum of USD 550 per person (ONE WAY) readily available in case this situation arises. If you have comprehensive travel insurance, you may be able to claim these expenses later. We will provide you with the necessary documentation, including receipts and a letter from our company and the airlines, to facilitate your insurance claim process.

    Is it possible to book a helicopter flight instead of regular flight between Lukla and Kathmandu?

    Yes, you have the option to book a seat on a helicopter between Kathmandu and Lukla for an extra charge of USD 550 per person for a one-way flight. This price is quoted on a 5-people sharing basis.

    How much should I pay for a private Helicopter charter?

    A private helicopter can be reserved for an additional cost of USD 3,500 for one way in addition to the flight cost between Kathmandu and Lukla. Similarly, a helicopter charter from Manthali to Lukla costs an extra USD 2,500 for a 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 from Ace the Himalaya sharing the cost for both ways. We can give more information at the time of booking.

    What is the weight limit in a helicopter?

    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 helicopter flight.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Our CSR with Sambhav Nepal

    • Ace the Himalaya believes in giving back to the communities that surround and support tourism in Nepal. Ace provides logistical support and, if needed, cash donations to the projects of Sambhav Nepal (a local NGO).
    • Sambhav Nepal and Ace work together to plan volunteer programs that will bring in foreign volunteers and make use of their enthusiasm, time, and talents in a variety of projects.

    Sustainability and Responsible Tourism

    • Of the few Travelife Partners in Nepal, Ace the Himalaya is one. We respect the procedures for sustainable tourism. Our excursions are socially and environmentally conscious, leaving the lowest possible impact in the Himalayas.
    • About 80% of Ace the Himalaya’s staff members are natives of the regions where our trips are organized. It is one of our sustainable and responsible efforts to help local communities, support small businesses, and promote regional culture and way of life.

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